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

Donna Kennis, personal trainer and wife of Sunrise Rotarian Bill Kennis, explained that good health encompasses physical, mental and social well-being.
At Benzie Central's Senior Awards Night our Club gave a number of scholarships, including the new Tim Krause Memorial Scholarship.  This scholarship went to Marcy Fries, pictured here after the ceremony with Tim's widow, Carole.
On May 21 we co-sponsored the Benzie Chamber of Commerce's Business After Hours with Cold Creek Inn, and Andy gave a plug for our club.
Our own Barb Skurdall explained that flexibility, strength and balance are important to all of us.  Strength and balance are important not only with regard to the performance of our favorite forms of exercise, but also in preventing falls. 
With a handful of degrees and a background that has included everything from being an ER doctor in San Francisco to running a bed-and-breakfast in Frankfort, Bill Gittlen shared his considerable knowledge about the timely issue of climate change.
Andy shares with the Club the Distinguished Service Citation that we received from Rotary District 6290 for our exemplary work in bringing THREE SQUARES to the Five-County Grand Traverse Region (click "Read more" below).
Stacey Pullman's 4th grade art class is helping out with Bike Benzie by painting the bike bags that will be given to registered riders. (Click on picture for larger view.)



Jun 02, 2015
Jason Richards
Jun 16, 2015
Bianca Mclaren
Odyssey of the mind
Jun 23, 2015
Stacy Daniels
The Comedy of Crystal Lake
Jun 30, 2015
No Morning Meeting
President Dinner
Jul 14, 2015
Lynette Maxey
Jul 21, 2015
Penny Dougherty
Benzie Home Health Care


Rotary, USAID collaboration improves sanitation facilities in Ghana
According to a 2012 report by UNICEF and the World Health Organization, Ghana has made great strides in providing its people with clean drinking water. But access to better sanitation has lagged. Only about 14 percent of Ghanaians have access to improved facilities, compared with the 54 percent target set for 2015 by the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. Addressing the issue isn't simple, as pit latrines need emptying, toilets need maintenance, and promoting hygiene requires education. The H2O Collaboration, a partnership between Rotary and the U.S. Agency for International...
How a simple school project in India became a global grant
Two years ago, U.S. Rotary members in Maine set out to improve the education system in Bikaner, Rajasthan, an Indian city near the border of Pakistan. The Rotary Club of Kennebunk Portside chose Bikaner because club member Rohit Mehta was originally from the area and had connections there. Mehta put the club in contact with Rotarians in India to provide desks for four government-run schools. But when community leaders returned with a request for more desks, the Maine Rotarians decided they had to think bigger. The Rotary Foundation had rolled out its new grant model, which required that the...
Korean sailor makes waves for End Polio Now
Enjoying calm winds and peaceful Pacific waters, Seung Jin Kim dove off his 43-foot sailboat, the Arapani, to swim with some dolphins nearby. The serenity that day near the equator was a stark contrast to the 60 mph winds and 23-foot waves he had to fight around Cape Horn, the southern tip of South America. But Kim, a veteran sailor and member of the Rotary Club of Seokmun, in Chungcheongnam, Korea, expected such challenges when he set out in mid-October on a 25,600-mile journey around the world. In addition to fulfilling a lifelong dream, Kim is using the trip to raise awareness and funds...
Monrovia club’s Ebola fight not finished
After the first cases of Ebola reached Liberia's capital, Monrovia, last June, local Rotary members feared that the city's limited health care system wouldn't be able to contain the highly infectious, often-deadly disease. Those fears were realized when infections quickly multiplied, underscoring the speed with which Ebola can spread in an urban center. It was the first time the hemorrhagic fever had threatened a major city since it erupted in West Africa last March. Now, after months of crisis-level response, and with the number of new cases declining, club members are looking to the long...
Benzie Sunrise Rotary Club
P.O. Box 341
Beulah, MI 49617
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