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    sunrise rotary vero beach invites you to join us !    

Welcome to Sunrise Rotary Vero Beach! 

We meet on Wednesday mornings at 7:00 a.m. (breakfast available at 6:30 a.m.) at the Riverhouse - 305 Acacia Road.

Chartered in 1989, Sunrise Rotary Vero Beach is made up of members of our community who volunteer throughout Vero Beach, Indian River County, the state of Florida and internationally under the motto 'Service Above Self.'

Some of our areas of focus indclude improving our environment, combating hunger, impacting the health and welfare needs of a variety of popultaions, providing education and job training, promoting peace, eradicating polio and so much more!  

We are small business owners, corporate executives, non-profit leaders, government officials, as well as retired executives and professionals who meet weekly to share camaraderie, hear from speakers on important topics, and plan meaningful projects to benefit others.

Contact Us Now to Learn More.

                          

SPEAKERS/PROGRAMS FOR OUR UPCOMING MEETINGS

February 21st:    Mo Mazzacane - St. Vincent de Paul

February 28th:   Agriculture and Natural Resource Director, State of FL

March 6th:          Shannon Davis Norvig - Estate Planning    

 

          

 

CRAFT BREW AND WINGFEST 2024

   

                                     

     

Another Craft Brew and Wingfest is in the books.  It was a great day!

 

CRAFT BREW AND WINGFEST 2024

Members of the Club promoting the Craft Brew and Wingfest.  This is the largest fundraiser of the year.  Proceeds are used to support projects on a local and international level.

DISTRICT NEWS

Several members of our club recently attended the Foundation Luncheon for District 6930.

SING-A-LONG

                            

                                    

Sunrise Rotarians and friends held our annual sing-a-long with the residents of St. Francis Manor.  Singing, fellowship, and refreshments were enjoyed by all.  It was hard to say if the Rotarians or the residents enjoyed it the most as it was a fun and festive event.

SANTA FOR SENIORS

    

Sunrise Rotary again participated in the annual Santa for Seniors project sponsored by the Senior Resource Association.  Pictured are Lyn Kenney (L) and Linda Scott (R) wrapping donated items to be delivered to seniors who otherwise might not receive a gift.  

BELL RINGING

                                         

 

                                       

Several of our Rotarians gave of their time by rinigng the bell for the Salvation Army.  This is an annual event for our Club.  

ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL CHRISTMAS PARADE!

                                     

 

                                

 

    

All hands were on deck to provide another great Christmas parade for our community.  90 + entries were in the parade.  Thousands of people lined the streets and tuned in live on Facebook to watch.  

CAN CHALLENGE

Imagine Rotakids participaten in the Can Challenge, which was sponsored by Sunrise Rotary. They collecteed over 1,000 cans that were later donated to the local food bank.

LEARNING ALLIANCE

Barbara Hammond, Wendy Orthober, Pam O'Donnell, and Moonshot puppet enjoying the Learning Alliance & Dr. Moore "meet and greet" at Counter Culture. Attending was a network of local, state, and national policy makers, researchers, and practitioners.

NEW LITTLE FREE LIBRARY

Thank you Jim Parks for building and installing our new Little Free Library at Shady Oaks Park. This LFL was dedicated to Buddy Dawson, a longtime Rotarian.  

COMMUNITY FRIDGE GRAND OPENING

                                      

Sunrise Rotary recently held a community fridge grand opening at the Mueller campus of IRSC.  The refrigerator was donated by David Thompson and Laura and David Kennedy in memory of their father, Jim Thompson, a 65 year Rotarian and member of Sunrise Rotary.  The refrigerator is located in a room that also provides space for dry goods, personal hygiene items, clothing and shoes.  

GREAT AMERICAN CLEANUP

                                                      

                                                                                 

Members of our club helping with the Great American Cleanup.    

Nationally - 14,056,283 pounds of liter and debris  collected and 2,449,669 pounds of items recycled!!!

 

CAREER FAIR

Sunrise Rotarians, Pam O'Donnell, Wilfred Hart, and Gail Marcia DeRoy participated in a carrer fair at Treasure Coast Technical College.

INTERACT AWARDS

                                   

Pam O’Donnell, Gail Marcia DeRoy, Linda Scalso, Mike Murphy, and Rex Taylor presented Zone 34 Interact awards at Indian River Charter High School.

 

ANOTHER COMMUNITY REFRIGERATOR

                                                         

Sunrise Rotary partnered with other local agencies to establish another community refrigerator.  Pictured above (L-R): Wanda Scott (Fridge Coordinator), Sue Flak, Sister Mary Jackson, Chief Touchberry, Pam O'Donnell, Debbie Martens, and Jill Brown at the grand opening of the Gifford Community Fridge.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

 

 

♦♦♦FEBRUARY♦♦♦

19

Community Service Committee Meeting

20

Spirits Festival Committee Meeting

26

Membership Committee Meeting

27

Environmental Committee Meeting

♦♦♦MARCH♦♦♦

5

Spirits Festival Committee Meeting

7

Rotary Means Business

 

 

                                                                                  

 

 

 

 

OUR NEWSEST MEMBERS

COLBY BECHTOLD

Colby Bechtold is a single father, born and raised in Vero Beach. He is a Registered Nurse and held leadership positions in a level one trauma hospital on the intensive care unit and the emergecny department.  Prior to that, he worked for eleven years as a patient care technician in and out of the hospital setting.  In honor of his grandparents, Colby founded (and is the owner of) Hummingbird Care Services.  He and his team provide compassionate in-home companion services, personal assistance services, memory care assistance and respite care.  In his spare time, Colby plays cello, flies paramotors, and loves nature and photography. 

JOHN ROBERTS

John is originally from Brooklyn, New York. After high school, he enlisted in the United States Army. After completing his military service, he received an Associate of Applied Science degree in Criminal Justice from Suffolk County Community College and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Relations from St. Joseph’s College. John held several corporate asset protection positions at Macy’s, Federated Department Stores, and Saks Fifth Avenue. In 2004, he moved to Maryland and eventually expanded his retail career as the General Manager for Home Depot.  John and his wife, Cindy, relocated to Vero Beach in 2016 to be closer to family.  John and Cindy both enjoy successful careers as realtors with Dale Sorenson Real Estate. He currently serves as Chairman for the City of Vero Beach Historic Preservation Commission and and works with the Indian River Board of Elections as a poll deputy. John and Cindy have three children and four grandchildren. In his spare time, John enjoys walking the beach, cooking with Cindy, and spending time with their grandchildren.

COLLEEN JENNINGS

Colleen grew up in Vero Beach with her parents and brother. Colleen’s brother got her involved in Rotary years ago and she has loved it ever since! She has been an active Rotarian with the Rotary Club of Vero Beach for the past eight (8) years and is a past president. She has been involved in many local projects and events with her primary focus being high school homelessness.  She started a Christmas drive at the local high school seven (7) years ago. Coleen is a local realtor with Billero & Billero Properties.  She is on the Realtors Association of Indian River County Board of Directors and serves on five committees for Florida realtors. When Colleen is not giving back to her community or selling real estate around the clock, she enjoys spending time with her family, her fiancé (Jason), friends, and her Potcake (Cooper). In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, boating, fishing, winter skiing, and cooking.

NICK BRUCE

Originally from Texas, Nick attended Furman University and then graduated law school at Southern Methodist University in 2008. He met his wife, Christina, at Furman.  In May they celebrated their 17th anniversary.  After Nick graduated in 2008, they moved to Savannah, Georgia so Christina could pursue her passion of interior design by attending (and graduating Summa Cum Laude) from Savannah College of Art and Design. In 2011 they relocated to Vero Beach to be closer to her parents. Nick joined the law firm of Collins Brown as an estate planning and tax attorney. After 10 years in that role, he switched gears and joined UBS as a financial advisor. They are the proud parents of twins Carlisle and Samuel and are actively involved in the community and various nonprofits. If he’s not at the office, you can probably find him at the beach with his son surfing, helping his daughter learn guitar, or losing golf balls. Nick also enjoys cooking, reading and spending time with his family.

RAY ROSADO

Raymond served 8 years in the US Navy Reserve with three active-duty deployments to Southwest Asia and Europe. He retired as a Detective from NYPD after 22 years of service. After retiring from NYPD, Raymond owned and operated a private security company which provided executive protection for international visitors to the United States. Due to the pandimic in 2021, Raymond closed his security business and relocated to Vero Beach. It wasn’t long before Raymond’s entrepreneurial spirit motivated him to purchase the local PostNet Franchise.   Raymond is a member of the IRC Chamber of Commerce, the local BNI Power Partners of IRC chapter, and a member as well as a board member of the Vero Beach Chamber of Commerce. He’s been married to his wife Azalia for 34 years.  They have three daughters and a grandson.

CAPTAIN KELVIN GARCIA

Captain Kelvin Garcia has a Bachelor in Industrial Engineering from Technical University Ecuador. He completed two years at The Salvation Army seminar and graduated as a Minister, and is currently working on his second bachelor's degree in Christian Ministry at Trevecca University.  Captain Kelvin is from Ecuador, and Captain Niuris is from Cuba. They arrived in the United States in the same year, 2005, and moved to Naples, FL, where they met in The Salvation Army Church and married in 2010. They came to Vero Beach from Miami Dade County, where, for the last five years, he and his wife were responsible for the programs and services of The Salvation Army Hialeah. Captain Kelvin and his family assumed their new position in Vero Beach in June 2022.  Captain Kelvin is active in the community with the programs The Salvation Army provides such as the Food Pantry, Emergency Disaster, Soup Kitchen, Utilities Assistance, Summer Camps, Youth Programs/Music Program, Christmas Assistance for Children and Seniors, Back to School Supplies, and more. They have three children: Caleb, David, and Angelina.

ROTARY MEANS BUSINESS

Rotary Means Business meets the first Thursday of each month 

7:30 - 8:30am

Baci Trattoria - 1918 14TH Avenue

 Contact a Sunrise Rotarian for your invitation

Rotarians are welcome!  

Rotary Means Business encourages Rotarians to support the success of their fellow Rotarians

by doing business with them, and by referring others to them.    

NEXT MEETING IS THURSDAY, MARCH 7, 2024

SUPPORTING OTHER ROTARY CLUBS

 

Pam and Gene O’Donnell, Lyn Kenney, Wendy Orthober, Linda Scalco, Tom and Rita Groendyke, Bill and Patrice Stapleton, Mike and Kristy Murphy and Debbie Avery supported the Rotary Club of Port St. Lucie by attending their Motown fundraising event with proceeds benefiting their Haiti project. 

GIFFORD MIDDLE SCHOOL

 

Bob McCabe, Wilfred Hart, Jane Burton and Markus Mueller presented laptop computers to eight (8) students at Gifford Middle School for their exceptional test scores including one student who had perfect test scores in math and reading! 

ROTARY LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE

Congratulations to (front row left to right) Judith Lennox, Chris Steinkrauss, Jane Burton, Mike Murphy, Lisa Gehin, (back row left to right) Justin Lefebure, Pam O’Donnell and Tarik Kawi our most recent Rotary Leadership graduates.  Also pictured, Arthur Hodge, instructor, and Chairman of our Sunrise Rotary Foundation. 

The Rotary Foundation

The Rotary Foundation transforms your gifts into service projects that change lives both close to home and around the world.  Since it was founded more than 100 years ago, the Foundation has spent more than $4 billion on life-changing, sustainable projects.  With your help, we can make lives better in your community and around the world.

Our mission

The mission of The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.

What impact can one donation have?

  • For as little as 60 cents, a child can be protected from polio.

  • $50 can provide clean water to help fight waterborne illness.

  • $500 can launch an antibullying campaign and create a safe environment for children.

 

 

 

 

 

Help Your Community!

Consider being a part of our dynamic club serving Vero Beach, the state of Florida, and beyond.

                                         

 

Contact a Sunrise Rotarian & find out how you can become a Member!

HELPING AT HALLSTROM

    

Several Sunrise Rotarians were out bright and early participating in the Hallstrom Conservation Cleanup.  The 100+ acres around the Hallstrom Farmstead were purchased by Indian River County and are being restored as a nature preserve and green space. The County expects the 93-acre conservation area around the Hallstrom House to be open to the public sometime in early 2023.

TREASURE COAST GIRLS COALITION

Pictured above at a recent event held by the Treasure Coast Girls Coalition: Shala Edwards , Director and Sunrise Rotarians Wilfred Hart and Pam O'Donnell.

ENCOURAGING FUTURE ROTARIANS

                   

Rotarians Pam O'Donnell, Mike Murphy, and Gail DeRoy supporting Trent (past presidnet of the IRCHS Interact Club) and Lindsey (current president) during the Rotakids and Jurior Interact Orientation/Open House at Imagine Schools at South Vero.  

SUNRISE ROTARY COMMITTEES

Community Service

Chair - Debbie Avery

Environmental

Chair - Sue Flak

Health & Wellness 

Chair - Linda Scott

International

Chair - Rick Root

Literacy

Chair - Wendy Orthober

Membership 

Chair - Robyn Stone

Public Image

Co-Chair - Deb Avery

Rotary Means Business

Chair - Darrell Horn

Scholarships

Chair - Ed Massey

Vocational

Chair - Linda Scalco

Youth 

Chair - Mike Murphy

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                       

POLLUTION MAPPING PROJECT

                                              

                              

 

 

                                         

   

Sunrise Rotary is involved with the Ocean Research & Conservation Association’s Pollution Mapping Project on a regular basis.  The most recent expedition Saturday included Rotarians Mike Murphy, Jack Diehl, Kathy Lindsey, Justin Lefebure.  They collected samples from the lagoon then analyzed and reported their findings at ORCA’s Center for Citizen Science.  The two lagoon sampling sites our members monitor on a regular basis are the areas behind the Riverhouse and the dog park. This sampling provides needed data to initiate and maintain conservation actions. The purpose of the poject is to educatte and engage community members in solving the problmes that lead to the degradation of the Indian River lagoon.  

 

WOMEN IN ROTARY