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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: 
> May 23 Families Helping Families Golf Fundraiser :  Play!  Sponsor! Volunteer and Sign up Here!
  •  Recent Highlights: 
          > May 16 Rotary ProgramWe meet at the Matthew 25 urban farm!  437 G Ave NW, Cedar Rapids Matthew Arndt hosts our visit.
>May 9 Rotary Program:  Downsizing! Simplify Our Lives. Christine Smart of Designing Moves

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!

Annual Families Helping Families Golf Fundraiser

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The FUNDRAISING golf outing is May 23, 2024 at Hunters Ridge Golf Course in Marion. Noon start. 
We are once again partnering with Families Helping Families of Iowa, Inc. 

Families Helping Families (FHF) is a unique nonprofit organization located in Cedar Rapids that serves all of Iowa’s Children in Foster Care or adopted from foster care. There are about 10,000 children in the state of Iowa living in foster care. Children enter the foster care system abruptly and without chances to collect any of their belongings and may not return home for days, weeks, months or ever again. The trauma of living in an unsafe home, coupled with the removal from their home adds layers of hurt in these young lives.
Each year, FHF serves over 3,000 children across the state. FHF aims to help provide some of the most basic needs, along with programs intended to help kids gain confidence, education and memories that are positive throughout their journey. FHF does this by offering programs like a free Clothing Closet, Shoe Voucher Program, Haircut Voucher Program and Senior Picture Program.
When a child enters a foster home, often with no clothing than the clothes on their back, these programs aim to help meet the most basic needs. FHF also has other programs such Spread Your Wings, Soaring Towards Success and Senior Celebration are geared to help build confidence, social skills, relationships, and educational success. These kids deserve to have the best possible outcomes for their future, despite being in a situation that is not their fault.
The FHF goal is to help them thrive in spite of the challenges they face. All money raised to support FHF is through grant awards, corporate sponsorships, or individual donors! FHF could not do the work they do in our community without the support of local community members investing in the lives of foster youth!  Cedar Rapids Sunrise Rotary will request a local Rotary grant and Rotary Foundation matching funds.
Printable Event Flyer is here
Sunrise and West Rotary Clubs joined the Shakespeare Garden volunteers April 20 for a clean up effort. 
The Shakespeare Garden is our 2024-2025 Linn County Rotary Community Project, funding major improvements and supported by ALL Linn County Iowa Rotary Clubs! 
See the metal feature to be raised and installed over a circular brick area


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!

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!
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


Anna Long - Trees Forever
Jun 06, 2024 7:00 AM
Trees Forever Programs
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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
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