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 Barb Skurdall (231-882-4332) or our PR Chair/Site Administrator John Ester (231-325-2445).
Club News
The Beach Bums' Scott Montesano and Dan Rohn examine the Cherry Hut treats they received from Barb after their presentation at Sunrise Rotary.  Scott is the club's Director of Media & Broadcasting, while Dan is its veteran manager.
Rachelle Bishop received the November Service Above Self award for Benzie Central High School.
David gives Lucy Straubel Service Above Self recognition for her work at Benzie Central Middle School.
Chris Etienne, past District Governor and current District Rotary Foundation Chair, reminded us how the Rotary Foundation changes lives around the world.
Before our program started Barb led a hearty Happy Birthday serenade to Club co-founder Bob Istnick.
On November 14 Kris Thomas released a 2015 Healthy Harvest Program Summary of Activities, available in its entirety as a Download.  The Summary reflects that in the program's inaugural year there were 13 total visits to 7 area farms/growers.  Hats off to Kris and her loyal band of volunteers who rescued crops to feed our hungry neighbors.

BACN Executive Director Gerri VanAntwerp returned to give us an update on the non-profit that describes itself as "A caring community of Neighbors helping Neighbors."
On November 5th and 6th Sunrise Rotary returned to Benzie Central Middle School to present the CHOICES program to 8th Graders.  Here Sue Webber prepares for a mock job interview while Peter Van Nort looks on.
Mike Viilo points to a map to illustrate the route he took on his 650-mile walk from Wales to Scotland.
Dec 01, 2015
Jim Olson - FLOW (For the Love of Water)
Line 5 Pipeline under Straits of Mackinac
Dec 15, 2015
Asa Kelly
"Back the Track" - Benzie Central Community Track Project
Jan 05, 2016
John Ester & Kris Thomas
Sunrise Rotary Website
Jan 12, 2016
Dr. Jane Millar
Rotary District Governor 2011 - 2012, District 6290
Jan 19, 2016
Chuck Weitschat
American Red Cross National Smoke Alarm Installation program
Jan 26, 2016
Sue Webber
Special Olympics
Feb 02, 2016
Bob Roelofs
Benzie County Veterans Memorial
Feb 16, 2016
Mitch Deisch
Gaylord / Manistee Rotary Dominican Republic Humanitarian trip.
New Rotary flag and banner materials available in Brand Center
Give your Rotary flag or banner a new and professional look with our updated materials, available in the Brand Center. With eight options of colors and backgrounds to choose from, you can find the design that will best strengthen your club or district brand. The Brand Center also offers everything you need to create communications with the Rotary look and tone. You can download Rotary’s logo -- or create your own club or district logo. And you’ll find editable templates for brochures, newsletters, PowerPoint presentations, fliers, and more. (Sign-in required.)
Rotary honors six women for leadership and humanitarian service
Rotary President K.R. Ravindran has named six Rotary Global Women of Action for 2015. The honorees were chosen for their dedication and service, which has improved the lives of thousands around the world. “Every day at Rotary I see firsthand how our members work to change lives and make a significant impact,” said Ravindran. “Rotary’s Global Women of Action embody Rotary’s motto, Service Above Self.” The women will be honored at Rotary Day at the United Nations in New York City on 7 November. They will address attendees and lead discussions on various topics related to their work. The six...
Showcase your project at the Seoul convention
Apply to host a booth in the House of Friendship at the 2016 Rotary International Convention in Seoul, 28 May-1 June. This is an opportunity to showcase your club or district project, recruit members for your Rotary Fellowship, share information about your Rotarian Action Group, or market Rotary merchandise if you are a licensed RI vendor. The application deadline is 30 September. Booth allocations will be awarded by 1 November. Apply
Bringing education to rural Mexican area, one school at a time
When Mariana Day moved in 1989 to the small beach town of Chacala, in Nayarit, Mexico, she noticed that the surrounding rural areas struggled to maintain schools. And most children weren’t able to go beyond an eighth-grade education. Day, who is a member of the Rotary Club of Bahía de Jaltemba-La Peñita, in Nayarit, had started a local scholarship program before she joined Rotary. Called Changing Lives, the program provided students with high school tuition, uniforms, school supplies, and transportation. In addition, Rotary clubs from the United States and Mexico have been investing in the...
Benzie Sunrise Rotary Club
P.O. Box 341
Beulah, MI 49617