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 David Sylvester (231-871-1577) or our PR Chair/Site Administrator John Ester (231-325-2445).
Club News
Larry Ross helps a youngster try on a new coat at the Wayne and Joan Webber Foundation annual distribution of winter outerwear to Benzie County elementary students at the Platte River Elementary School.
Linda Dewey took over from her late father William as President of the Kassel Mission Historical Society, a 501(c)3) organization dedicated to the men who fought in what became known as the Kassel Mission of September 27, 1944.
Executive Director Glen Chown founded the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy in 1991 with a $100,000 grant from Rotary Charities.
Michelle Russell  told us all about the "Pathways for Benzie Youth" grant of $2,500 that we received from the Consumers Energy Foundation.
David presents Service Above Self recognition to Benzie Central senior Bethany Barker.
Today Frankfort Rotarian Dick Lutz introduced us to Marcin Sweirkot, the inbound exchange student from Warsaw, Poland jointly sponsored by the Benzie Sunrise and Frankfort Rotary Clubs.
Colby Taylor is the founder of Covenant Defense, a faith-based cooperative network operating out of Traverse City.  Its focus is to educate people and to equip them with the knowledge and skills to preserve their safety and community.
Kurt Bard, a financial adviser at State Savings Bank in Frankfort, is also a long-time member of the North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association. Kurt showed us a short video about NAVHDA and talked about training and working with hunting dogs--clearly a passion with him.
Oct 25, 2016
Lisa Vogler
The Maples Project
Nov 01, 2016
Kris Dykstra
Crystal Lake Elementary Books
Virtual reality films bring new dimension to polio fight
At this year’s World Polio Day celebration in Atlanta, Rotary is harnessing the power of virtual reality technology to build empathy and inspire action in our fight to eradicate polio. Rotary, with support from the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, produced a virtual reality film that tells the story of Alokita, a young adult who suffered paralysis from polio as a child growing up in India, which has been polio-free since 2011. “When you open your eyes and see a different environment around you, you relate to the subject on a visceral, personal level,” says Vincent Vernet, direct of digital and...
Rotary Day at UN highlights role of business in building a better world
From the United Nations’ earliest days in the aftermath of World War II, the organization’s humanitarian mission has always dovetailed with Rotary’s efforts to administer aid and build peace. This year’s Rotary Day at the United Nations, 12 November, will highlight the role businesses can play in that collaboration as we work toward a more just and equitable world. The theme of this year’s gathering at UN headquarters in New York City, “Responsible Business, Resilient Societies,” recognizes Rotary’s role at the intersection of commerce and cause. As leaders in their professions and...
ShelterBox prepares for Mosul refugees
Today marked the start of the battle to take control of Mosul back from the Islamic State group, also known as ISIS. The city is the group's last major stronghold in Iraq. But humanitarian aid agencies have known about the military offensive, giving them an unusual opportunity to prepare for the crisis. "It is rare for the world to get early warning of a vast human catastrophe," says Chris Warham, chief executive of ShelterBox. "The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees issued a paper in July saying this would likely be the biggest humanitarian crisis of the year — and we better get...
Skydivers raise thousands for polio eradication
The first time Noel Jackson jumped out of a plane at 14,000 feet, it had nothing to do with raising money for polio eradication. The Michigan dentist had received a gift certificate to go skydiving from his staff because they knew he was into adventure. “It is definitely a defining moment,” says Jackson, a member of the Rotary Club of Trenton, Michigan, USA, of that first jump, done in tandem strapped to a professional skydiver. “The rush of the free fall is beyond anything I have ever experienced before. Just the speed and acceleration is unbelievable. You don’t even have time to figure out...
Benzie Sunrise Rotary Club
P.O. Box 341
Beulah, MI 49617