St. Petersburg Sunrise Rotary has served this community following National & International Rotary initiatives for over 25 years. The club received its formal charter on February 12, 1977 with 22 members. At the first installation banquet held on February 23, 1977, the anniversary of Rotary’s founding in 1904, Robert T. Hill became Sunrise’s first President. Russ Shaw was the Charter Secretary. Composed principally of local business men and women the current membership hovers at 30 Rotarians.
Sunrise Rotary is proud to participate in Rotary’s Four Avenues of Service: these include Community Service, Club Service, Vocational Service, and International Service. Good works are undertaken through direct service and fundraising activities. Responsibility for club efforts is shared among the membership with leadership opportunities being earned through involvement in Club projects. Each year the Club reviews its projects and flexibility exists in adopting new activities to better help others.
Continuing Projects Include:
- St Pete Pier 5K Fun Run
- Rotary House of St Pete
- A Student Of The Month Award For Northeast High School
- S4TL Student Leadership Summer Camp
- Student Scholarships At The Pinellas Technical Education Center
- Funding A Doorways Scholarship
- Brookwood, A Young Women’s Residence Inc.
- Ronald Mcdonald House
- Rotary Shelter Box, Program Providing Shelter To Victims Of War And Natural Disasters.
Ongoing Service Projects include preparing dinners for the residents of Brookwood and the Ronald McDonald House, and a breakfast for disabled sailors participating in local sailing regattas. Holiday projects include bell ringing with the Salvation Army, and providing bears for the girls at Brookwood. Sunrise Rotary also donates funds for a unique holiday gift program for needy children: The Club takes the girls from Brookwood out to lunch and on a shopping trip where they purchase and wrap the gifts for needy children.
New service projects are proposed annually. The Sunrise Rotary also works with other local and regional clubs on service projects to meet District and International objectives. In the past, International Projects have included raising funds for new wells in India, and health and education initiatives in other Third World Countries. Sunrise Rotary partners with the St. Petersburg Downtown Rotary on the annual Pig Roast, the largest US fund raiser for the international Shelter Box Program and with St. Pete Suncoast on Festival of States.
Founded with a strong commitment to Rotarian principals of ‘Service Above Self’, and the promotion of high ethical standards in all vocations, St. Petersburg Sunrise Rotary welcomes new participants who find these principals and objectives worthy of support.