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. Order your breakfast on the way in.
Home Page Stories
  • Dec 8: Melissa Carlson - Serving a big need in our area:  Families Helping Families
  • Dec 15: Dennis Barnett - Coe College Theatre.  About
  • Dec 22: Christmas/Holiday Morning Social - Bring your spouse/friend/guest!
  • Blood Drive next week!  Schedule your appointment.  Details are below. 
  • 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!
    Tuesday Dec 20 - Rotary Business Roundtable.   Register and pre-pay here:  
    Join all Linn County Rotarians  - Sign up today to give blood at the Rotary Holiday  Donation Challenge!
    Donate December 12-17 to help the community blood supply build up before the holidays. Donations drop by around 20% during holiday weeks. Your donation will ensure that all patients have the treatment they need no matter what time of year!
    All donors will also get their choice of a $10 gift card OR a donation to Feeding America (one donation will provide about 50 meals to those facing hunger)!  
    Rotary Holiday Blood Donation Challenge
    December 12 – December 17       
    Cedar Rapids Donor Centers
    Cedar Rapids Lindale  (4828 1st Ave NE)
    Cedar Rapids West   (3001 Williams Blvd SW)
    Our in-bound Rotary Exchange Student - Alvaro - arrived Sunday August 21 2022 from Argentina.  He began attending Kennedy HS on August 23.  
    He working on his classes, has a KHS Activity App/Pass, a T-Mobile cell phone Sim card, and his CRB&T "teen" bank account we support.  His English skills improved a lot !  He is a delightful, happy young man.  We thank the Beth and Brian Globokar family, a kind host-family for him. 
    He is on the wrestling team! 
    Consider hosting Alvaro for a trimester at Kennedy HS.  Also ask friends and neighbors as well.   Contact Bruce or Mary if you want to discuss. 
    Everyone is welcome.  
    12 Noon on Dec 20.  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. 
    Biaggi's on Collins Road.  The lunch is fine at $18 (total).  Register and pre-pay on Square before Tuesday morning if you are having lunch.
    (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


    Melissa Carlson
    Dec 08, 2022
    Families Helping Families of Iowa
    Dennis Barnett
    Dec 15, 2022
    Coe College - Professor of Theatre
    All Club Members, Spouses/Partners and Guests
    Dec 22, 2022 7:00 AM
    A Morning Sunrise Christmas/Holiday Social
    Penny Foy and Mary Schell
    Jan 05, 2023
    The Challenge of Long-term changes
    Lexi Coberly
    Jan 12, 2023
    Freedom Foundation
    Peter Teahen and John Ockenfels
    Jan 19, 2023
    Flight to End Polio
    Cindy Goerdt
    Feb 02, 2023
    Comfort Dog
    Clayton Cubbage
    Apr 20, 2023
    Tour - New Plumb Heart Center - Ryan Companies - details to come
    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
    Share your profile with us using this Profile form. It is limited to our Membership Chair and Club Secretary. 
    Not sure yet which club to consider? Start your inquiry at our Rotary Leads portal and we will talk and point you to one or more clubs.  
    Club Executives & Directors
    President Elect
    Immediate Past President
    Student/Youth Protection Officer
    Programs Chair
    Foundation Chair
    Membership Chair
    Social Chair
    Service Chair
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