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Cedar Rapids Sunrise

We meet In Person
Thursdays at 7:00 a.m.
Matthew 25 Groundswell Cafe
201 3rd Ave SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
United States of America
We are meet at Matthew 25 Groundswell Cafe. Order your breakfast on your way into the meeting, as our guest!
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  • Programs/Events: 
> April 11: Phil Wasta - Exec Director MedQuarter will show us what's new in the Q. 

> April 18: We go on a trip!   Visiting the Hallmar Innovation Center, 8900 C Ave NE. 

> April 25: Freedom Festival is coming... Learn what's planned for this year.  Karol Shepherd. 
  • Recent Highlights: 

    April 4: Brandon Blankenship of ProCircular told us about our personal digital security and how his company helps businesses.
    Mar 28: This is a busy election year. Matt Warfield, Linn County Deputy Director of Elections - explained the dates, deadlines, candidate nominations, the counting, and how any registered voter can help and earn money by working an election site for one or more days.

    >Mar 21:  Rotarian and Attorney Anne Wilson talked about Corporate Transparency. This can impact you, your neighbor, family member!  A new 2024 Federal Beneficial Ownership Information (BOI) reporting requirement is mandatory for business organizations including LLCs, LLPs. 

    Mar 14:  We visited the NewBo City Market in Rotary Hall. Julie Parisi, Exec Director presented the NewBo Market expansion plans

    Feb 29: Iowa AEAs are in the news. Grant Wood AEA leader John Speer joined us.

    Feb 22: Brooke Bathe from Families Helping Families - We are planning our Sunrise & FHF golf fundraiser now!  Website 
> Feb 1: Lynette Markofski gave us a great program showing "the principles of architecture" and examples from around the world.

> January 25: Kimberly Dickie, Project Director for Duane Arnold Solar near Palo - Learned the progress and future benefit. Phase 1 is running!

> January 18 Nate Klein showed the large impact of Junior Achievement in schools from Clear Lake to Iowa City. . 
  • Great News!   2029 Rotary International Convention will be in our backyard - Minneapolis!  Volunteers will be needed from our District. Attend your FIRST International Convention and save-the-date!
  • Sunrise Rotary Members:  "Meeting Duties List" is updated in the Newsletter. Check for your dates.
  • Program/Speaker suggestions are always welcome.  Contact Bruce Lindholm or email
  • We hold our weekly meeting at 7am Thursdays at Matthew 25, 201 3rd Ave SW. Cedar Rapids.   All are welcome!
March 14 Sunrise Rotary gathered at the NewBo City Market in "Rotary Hall"  
Julie Parisi, Exec Director, shared plans for the future expansion plans recently announced. Exciting changes are coming! 

Great News from our District Governor:

I am excited to share that the 120th Rotary International Convention will be hosted just to our north in Minneapolis, MN May 26-30, 2029!

More than 15,000 Rotary members and participants from around the world will gather in the Twin Cities to connect, learn from each other and various experts, and share ideas for bringing positive, lasting change to communities across the globe. 
Along with our sister District 6000, I have expressed to the host committee that D5970 will assist where needed. In my visits this year I have spoken about how RI Conventions have influenced me personally and how they show the impact Rotary has around the globe.
I invite you to take advantage of this opportunity, when it’s so close, to experience what a difference Rotarians make worldwide!


After nearly 90 days they are HOME!!!!

Cedar Rapids Gazette front page article April 9:  Read or Print PDF

Use this link to Donate!   Contribute to Rotary Foundation - Polio Fund! 
Read their story, see photos, share the Facebook page with friends.
Peter Teahen and John Ockenfels raised awareness for polio eradication by piloting a single engine aircraft all the way around the globe! 
Peter and John departed from Cedar Rapids, Iowa May 5, 2023 in a Cessna T210M (single engine) airplane. Along the way, they attended events and encourage support of ending polio forever throughout the world.
YOU can promote the completed flight, start conversations, and encourage Polio funds for Rotary with friends and strangers!  
Rotarians and friends in D6000 and D5970 are promoting awareness and this fundraising effort. Donations will go toward PolioPlus Fund. 
Peter and John arrived home July 30 and are reunited with their spouses!
The crowd moving out to greet the brave Rotarian pilots!

Scramble for Kids May 25 was a great event on an ideal-day for golf!  25 foursomes completed their rounds, a great Texas Roadhouse BBQ dinner, and boosted our Silent Auction.   The final report will come soon.  We enjoyed the company of some FHF families at dinner!   Their board worked the even through the day. 

The event benefitted and raised awareness of "Families Helping Families" (FHF) serving in Cedar Rapids and the surrounding areas AND Sunrise Rotary. 

Families Helping Families is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.  Read more here.

A round of golf included included:

  • Beat the Pro Drive

  • Hole in One Contest

  • Chipping Contest

  • Putting Contest

  • Prizes

  • Silent Auction

  • Texas Roadhouse BBQ Supper  

Sponsorships including on-course business signs.

Watch for Event Photos soon on our Cedar Rapids Sunrise Facebook Page and look for Sunrise Rotary Golf to return in May 2024

Sunrise Rotary awarded these THREE grants.  They were funded 50% by our fundraising and 50% by the Rotary Foundation.
  • Catherine McAuley Center.   Equip their new childcare center, enabling parents to learn without distractions. 
  • Abbe Health/Aging Services.  Prepare at-home older adults to use tablets to connect to others. 
  • ChildServe Coralville.  Assist with purchasing Speech Therapy Apps to help non-verbal children. 
Sunrise Rotarian volunteers engaged on completing these projects AND volunteered with the organizations in their critical work. 

When asked this morning, "why are you a member of the Sunrise Rotary?" here are some member responses:

-"I like the impact we have locally AND internationally"
-"Carrying out service above self."
-"I like the local service projects and the community relationship that comes from serving."
-"It's an opportunity to grow in leadership and make a difference in the lives I care about."
- "Interpersonal development, networking, and making a difference."
-"Learning about local organizations and the services they provide this community."

We invite you to be part of the exciting service projects, amazing network, and morning breakfast meetings. If you are interested in learning more, please message us! Visit our Sunrise Rotary Facebook Page to learn more!  Contact us at


Mercy Staff. Click open to Read More
Apr 18, 2024 7:00 AM
Tour will be AT the Mercy Innovation Center for Aging and Dementia
Saturday Earth Day Project at Ellis Park
Apr 20, 2024
Shakespeare Garden Cleanup
Cedar Rapids Freedom Fest - Karol Shepherd
Apr 25, 2024 7:00 AM
Freedom Fest 2024
Mehgen MacDougall - Linn County Master Gardener
May 02, 2024 7:00 AM
Planning and Planting your 2024 Gardens!
Christine Smart
May 09, 2024 7:00 AM
Downsizing! Simplify our lives...
Matthew Arndt -
May 16, 2024 7:00 AM
Meet us at the "Cultivate Hope Urban Farm" - What's Happening this year!?
Families Helping Families Golf Fundraiser!
May 23, 2024 11:00 AM
Registration Site will be posted soon!
Join Great People at Rotary! 
Are you looking for a way to engage in the Cedar Rapids area community?   Serve alongside some great Rotarians!   
Check us out.  Visit our weekly meetings, any Thursday morning at 7:00 AM.   Just walk in - breakfast is on us.  Matthew 25/Groundswell Cafe.  201 3rd Street SW, Cedar Rapids IA
Contact us directly.   Click to Email or our Membership Chair, Eric Harris
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