Club Information
Cedar Rapids Sunrise

We meet In Person
Thursdays at 7:00 AM
Matthew 25 Groundswell Cafe
201 3rd Ave SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
United States of America
We are meeting "live" at Matthew 25 Groundswell Cafe. A Zoom option is available to join remotely. Send an email for the link, to this address
Home Page Stories
  • Program this week: Don Meyer our District Governor from Waverly. "Doing Rotary"
  • Program last week: Mike Johnson - Hall Bicycle Shop a historic business with a great bike mural (see below)   419 2nd Ave SE
  • Program/Speaker suggestions are always welcome.  Contact our new Program Chair- Penny Foy or email
  • We hold our weekly meetings at 7am Thursdays, at Matthew 25 201 3rd Ave SW. Cedar Rapids.   All are welcome!
Hall Bicycle painting underway. It is complete today.
    This story will carry news of upcoming All-Metro Rotary events all are invited to attend.  Mark your calendars. 
    Sep 27 - Rotary Business Roundtable.   Noon -1PM Join Rotarians and Guests to learn of Charlie Rohde's Life Story and Lessons Learned as President of Kings Materials. Pre-registration required.  Click to register before Sep 27. Pre-pay $18 which includes tip.
    Oct 15  - NE Iowa "MotoRotary Tour/Leaf Drive". Drive yourself and guests on a pre-set route. See the leaves, visit landmarks, a winery, a lunch restaurant, a Mississippi dam, and other places. $10 per vehicle for the turn-by-turn directions.  7:30 AM - late afternoon.  Lunch and other costs are paid-your-own. Details and signup are here
    Oct 22 - "All Metro Rotary Trail Cleanup" and lunch. Starting point and time will be set.  Lunch is at Black Sheep downtown.  Bring weed-pulling/clearing gloves and tools. Trash pickers too.
    Oct 25Rotary Business Roundtable. Speaker to be announced. 
    Nov 4 - "Sunrise Rotary Chili Supper and Auction"  See article in the newsletter. All Rotarians and guests are welcome. 
    Our in-bound Rotary Exchange Student - Alvaro - arrived Sunday August 21 from Argentina.  He began attending Kennedy HS on August 23.  
    He has finalized his classes, attended his first PEP Assembly, signed up for Soccer, has a KHS Activity App/Pass, a US cell phone Sim card, and his CRB&T "teen" bank account we support.  His English skills improved a lot in 1 week!  He is a delightful, happy young man.  We thank the Globokar family, a kind host-family for him. 
    Consider hosting Alvaro in his 2nd or 3rd trimester at Kennedy HS.  Also ask friends and neighbors as well.   Contact Bruce or Mary if you want to discuss. 
    Business Advisory Roundtables are back again!  Everyone is welcome.  
    September 27 will be Charlie Rhode! 
    We welcomed Larry Helling, CRB&T and Tim Guenther, founder of Clickstop, as our recent presenters in July and August.  They were fantastic, sharing success factors and setbacks as well.  Watch for the September event news. 
    12 Noon on the 4th Tuesday.  This monthly event offers you insights from local business leaders... their successes, their lessons learned... to equip you going forward.  Join Rotarians from all Linn County Clubs. 
    We are at a new site:  Biaggi's on Collins Road.  The lunch is fine at $18-20 (total).  Register and pre-pay on Square by Mondays if you are having lunch.  September is not yet ready to register. 
    (You may join us without a meal... just come. )
    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. 
    Sunrise Rotary thanks the many golfers, sponsors, volunteers and our Wish Child who joined together for a great day of golf, May 26!   Hunters Ridge Course was perfect, the rain stayed away and fun was had by all!
    Our fundraising reached $26,000! 
    Our Facebook 2022 event post is here
    Check out the event photos taken and donated by Wayne Anderson of WGAMedia Production.  

    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


    French Pastry by Sandrine
    Oct 06, 2022
    Her business and coming from France
    Jessica Peel-Austin
    Oct 13, 2022
    Jessica VanDenBerg
    Oct 20, 2022
    Ronald McDonald House Iowa City
    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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