Stillwater Sunrise Rotary
The Sunrise Club was chartered August 14, 1984. There were 23 charter members. Our membership is about 55 members and growing. We meet weekly for fellowship and discussions on important topics. We participate actively in many Rotary events locally, statewide, nationally and internationally.
- The Stillwater Sunrise Rotary Club is one of about 32,000 clubs in 172 countries and geographic regions.
- Our club is one of 68 clubs in Southeast Minnesota and Western Wisconsin with over 3400 members, which comprise Rotary District 5960, one of 526 Districts worldwide.
- As Rotarians, we are part of a worldwide group of over 1,200,000 members committed to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise.
|Stillwater Sunrise Rotary Club
|Mary Jo Weingarten
|Mary Lou Gorski
“WHATEVER ROTARY MAY MEAN TO US, TO THE WORLD IT WILL BE KNOWN BY THE RESULTS IT ACHIEVES.”
—PAUL P. HARRIS
OUR ONGOING COMMITMENT
- Warren G. Harding, U.S. president
- Jean Sibelius, Finnish composer
- Dr. Charles H. Mayo, co-founder of Mayo Clinic
- Guglielmo Marconi, Italian inventor of the wireless radio and Nobel laureate
- Thomas Mann, German novelist and Nobel laureate
- Friedrich Bergius, German chemist and Nobel laureate
- Admiral Richard E. Byrd, American explorer
- Jan Masaryk, foreign minister of Czechoslovakia
- H.E. Soleiman Frangieh, president of Lebanon
- Dianne Feinstein, U.S. senator
- Manny Pacquaio, Filipino world-champion boxer and congressman
- Richard Lugar, U.S. senator
- Frank Borman, American astronaut
- Edgar A. Guest, American poet and journalist
- Sir Harry Lauder, Scottish entertainer
- Franz Lehar, Austrian composer
- Lennart Nilsson, Swedish photographer
- James Cash Penney, founder of JC Penney Co.
- Carlos Romulo, UN General Assembly president
- Sigmund Sternberg, English businessman and philanthropist
The Object of Rotary
The object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:
- The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service.
- High ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying by each Rotarian of his/her occupation as an opportunity to serve society.
- The application of the ideal of service by every Rotarian to his/her personal, business, and community life.
- The advancement of international understanding, good will, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional men/women united in the ideal of service.
The Four-Way Test
Of the things we think, say or do...
- Is it the TRUTH?
- Is it FAIR to all concerned?
- Will it build GOOD WILL AND BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
- Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
The Four Avenues of Service
Those things that a Rotarian does to help make successful the running of his/her Rotary Club. These activities include the planning, implementation, and member participation in the following:
- Interesting and informative weekly club programs. Each member is responsible on a rotating basis to arrange for an interesting speaker.
- Publishing our weekly club newsletter.
- Annual social events, including a summer picnic and a Christmas party.
- Other special events.
Activities which promote the “Ideal of Service” throughout the business and professional world include the following:
- Programs and activities calling attention to the Four Way Test, and how it may affect our daily actions.
- Programs dealing with employer/employee relations, including an award to employees for outstanding performance which exemplifies the ideals of Rotary.
- The opportunity to visit the place of business of some of our members in order to learn about their business.
Every Rotarian is urged to participate individually in those activities which makes his/her community a better place to live. In addition, our club is active in supporting or participating in the following activities:
- Rake-A-Difference yard raking for seniors
- Highway Clean-Up Days
- Halloween Parade at Boutwells
- “What’s Best for Kids” Golf Fund Raiser
- Annual Fund Raiser(s) as approved by the Board
To encourage and foster the advancement of understanding and goodwill among the peoples of the world. Our club actively supports the following:
- Rotary Foundation. Each member is encouraged to contribute generously to support this program. When $1000 is contributed in a Rotarian’s name, that person is eligible to become a Paul Harris Fellow.
- Group Study Exchange Program which sends small groups of young professionals from each District to a different part of the world to explore their career fields. The exchange is four to six weeks and the participants live with and observe the work of Rotarians in that area.
- Ambassadorial and Peace Scholarship Programs which provides grants to outstanding undergraduate and graduate students for continuing their studies in a country other than their own.
- Polio Plus, an international program to immunize the children of the world. Rotary has pledged to help control polio world wide. As of 2007, four countries are not yet polio free.
- International Youth Exchange. Sunrise Rotary participates in sending local high school students abroad to live and learn in another country. In a like manner, our club hosts inbound students in our community.
- Fast for Hope, a District 5960 service project to provide help to the people of a needy country in the western world.
- World Community Service, a rotary international service project initiated by a local club with a club from a needy, foreign country. In the past, our club has done projects in Argentina, Africa, India, and Ecuador, among others.