Benzie Sunrise 

                                    Rotary Club

                                                                                                                         Crystal Lake Sunrise Courtesy Steve Loveless 

Who We Are

Benzie Sunrise Rotary is a volunteer service club whose members donate their time and resources to help others in the community and beyond, with a special emphasis on making a difference in the lives of Benzie County youth. Our motto is “Service Above Self,” and we strive to live by the Four-Way Test. We meet each Tuesday at 7:30 a.m. for breakfast at the Cold Creek Inn at 185 Benzie Blvd in Beulah, Michigan. Guests are always welcome; come and check us out!
To learn more about our Club contact our President Andy Ashworth (231-645-0922) or our PR Chair/Site Administrator John Ester (231-325-2445).

Club News

Julie Clark, the Executive Director of TART Trails updated club members on the trail system in Northwestern Lower Michigan.  The TART Trail system consists of over 60 miles of regional trails including the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail, Leelanau Trail, Vasa Pathway, Boardman Lake Trail, Boardman River Trail and others.
Lauren and Abbey updated the club on their experience at the Rotary District 6290 Life Leadership Conference that they attended in June. Lauren is a Sophomore and Abbey is a Junior at Benzie Central High School.


Steve Strasko is the newest member of the Benzie Sunrise Rotary Club.  Welcoming Steve are Club President Andy Ashworth and Steve's sponsor Michelle Russell.

Shaun Anchak has been running Benzie County's Probation Department since 2003. He also is its chief officer.
Executive Director John Stephenson describes the role of NMCAA in the 10-county area it serves.
Using several props--including a three-legged stool--DG Al Bonney urged us to attract new members and build our Club.
North Sky's Todd Sanders is helping develop a plan for the Northwest Michigan Food Coalition.
Ed Butt tells us what is happening with the Betsie Valley Trail.

Dick Lutz introduces Taunt Ju Lin from Taipei, Taiwan--the newest exchange student sponsored jointly by the Frankfort and Benzie Sunrise Rotary Clubs.

Bob Nendza told us about the Coast Guard Station where he is the Senior Chief Boatswain's Mate and Officer in Charge.
We met under the tent at the Crystal Lake Golf Club not only to hear from Brandon Seng about Goodwill's new "Fresh Start" mobile food service, but also to sample its locally-sourced food.


Oct 28, 2014
Bill Kennis
Benzie Bus
Nov 04, 2014
John Russell
A.P photographer/ The Honor Flight
Nov 11, 2014
Riley Burch
Riley experience in Croatia
Nov 18, 2014
Dec 09, 2014
No meeting
No meeting
Dec 16, 2014
Kris Thomas
Food security study


Dynamic young club uses social media to grow
Erin Mills had just finished teaching for the day in Montevideo, Uruguay, when her smartphone buzzed with a message. An impromptu gathering to watch Uruguay's World Cup soccer match was being organized. Through the power of a mobile messaging app, a majority of the Rotary Club of Plaza Matriz had soon assembled at a member's home to munch on baked goods and chips while rooting for their national team. That enthusiasm and ability to draw a crowd has made the club, which just received its charter in July, a success in the country's capital city. Made up almost entirely of young professionals,...
Previewing the World Polio Day Livestream event
Rotary celebrates World Polio Day on 24 October with a Livestream event featuring expert speakers and celebrity performers. Hosted by Time magazine science and technology editor Jeffrey Kluger, the Chicago event also includes a global status update on the fight to end polio and the challenges that remain, as well as information about joining Rotary's historic campaign. The program, being held before a live audience at 18:30 Chicago time (UTC-5), includes a performance from Tessanne Chin, 2013 winner of the TV show "The Voice," an introductory message and videotaped performance by reggae star...
Creating works of art helps refugee children repair their lives
When asked to describe his future, a refugee child from Iraq draws a picture of himself as a doctor. Another child uses colorful paints to depict happy memories of his former life in Iraq. Both children are among the 200,000 displaced Iraqis who now live in Jordan, a country that has become a safe haven for those fleeing oppression and war in neighboring Palestine, Syria, and Iraq. Alexandra Dawley, a former volunteer with the Collateral Repair Project in Jordan, emphasizes how something as simple as an art project can help young refugees adjust to their new lives in a foreign country. With...
Chat with food experts on Twitter about alleviating hunger
Hunger affects more than 800 million people worldwide, according to the United Nations' World Food Programme, and one-third of all the food grown every year goes to waste. Together, we can change that. On World Food Day, Thursday, 16 October, join a conversation on Twitter from 12:00 to 13:00 Chicago time (UTC-5), using the hashtag #RotaryHunger. During the chat, food experts will talk about ways to alleviate hunger and malnutrition in your community and around the world. Rotary (@Rotary) will moderate the chat, and experts from organizations including Rotary First Harvest (@RFHarvest), the...
Benzie Sunrise Rotary Club
P.O. Box 341
Beulah, MI 49617
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