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Trip of the Month Winners!

 

The Trip of the Month is the Brantford Sunrise Rotary Club's biggest fundraiser and helps us to support many great causes in our community and the tickets make a perfect gift! For more information please email Allie VanDyk allie_vandyk@yahoo.com

$100 - Bruce McKinnon
$200 - John Kocsis
$500 - James Pelton
Trip - San Francisco & Wine Country ($6,600 value) - Michelle & Joel Biro

 

 

Trip of the Month Winners!

The Trip of the Month is the Brantford Sunrise Rotary Club's biggest fundraiser and helps us to support many great causes in our community and the tickets make a perfect gift! For more information please email Allie VanDyk allie_vandyk@yahoo.com

$100 - Teresa Catherwood
$200 - Noel & Margaret Beach
$500 - Helen Vamos
Trip - Cuba ($2,500 value) - Gary Potts

 

 

Fish Fry Social a Big Hit! Over 500 in Attendance!




 

 

Two Great Clubs, One Big Forest!






This past weekend more than 200 Rotarians and their families from both the Rotary Club of Brantford Sunrise and the Rotary Club of Brantford participated in a successful afternoon of tree planting in the sunshine! A fantastic time was had by all and we look forward to many more opportunities to partner with the Friday Club!
 

 

 

Trip of the Month Winners!

The Trip of the Month is the Brantford Sunrise Rotary Club's biggest fundraiser and helps us to support many great causes in our community and the tickets make a perfect gift! For more information please email Allie VanDyk allie_vandyk@yahoo.com

$100 - Paul Young
$200 - Pete Donkers c/o Donkers Millright
$500 - Byron Day
Taboo Golf Muskoka ($1,500 value) - Jody Tysoski

 

 

High Flight Donor School Update

From the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum: "In May of last year, the Brantford Sunrise Rotary club generously donated $1,250 to sponsor a Brantford school to attend the museum’s High Flight program. Due to the teacher’s strike last year which significantly impacted our booking program, we were not able to schedule your school until now. I pleased to report that, on Tuesday April 12th a class of 27 students from Graham Bell Victoria will be attending the Museum’s grade 6 program.

We would like to invite any members of your club that are available and would like to see what your contribution is being used for to attend that day as our guests. If you can let me know who or how many will attend – I will provide a personal tour of the museum, an introduction to the students and staff of the sponsored school and an overview of the program. The visit from your club would be scheduled from 10:00 to noon." For more information please email perkinsfits@me.com

 

 

Fish Fry Social Around the Corner!

 

 

Trip of the Month Winners!


The Trip of the Month is the Brantford Sunrise Rotary Club's biggest fundraiser and helps us to support many great causes in our community and the tickets make a perfect gift! For more information please email Allie VanDyk allie_vandyk@yahoo.com

$100 - Midge Allan
$200 - Blake Vokey
$500 - Erin Appleton
Turks & Caicos ($3,400 value) - Jane Kaminsky

 

 

Mud, Mud and More Mud!

Planning and preparations for the Sunrise Rotary Roughneck Mud Run are in high gear! June is fast approaching and we're hoping to see as many as a thousand people up to their eyeballs in mud! What's shaping up to be the province's largest permanent, charity mud run is really taking shape. Digital billboard advertising, social media, boots on the ground with a region-wide poster campaign and today our first newspaper ad! This front page Expositor ad was proudly donated by Lucas & Laura Duguid of Octopus Red!

For more information please visit www.sunrisemudrun.ca or on Facebook: Sunrise Rotary Roughneck Mudrun
 

 

Off-site Meeting at the Best Western

You are invited to the Classification Talks (Teresa & Brenda). You can also book family and friends.
 
Event: Classification Talks (Teresa & Brenda)
Date: Mar 02, 2016 at 07:00 AM - 08:30 AM
Fee: $0.00
Location: Best Western Plus, 19 Holiday Inn Drive
Details: As Brantford Golf and Country Club will be closed for kitchen repairs this meeting has been moved to the Best Western Plus. Teresa Schoonings and Dr. Brenda Gough will be giving their Classification Talks.
 

 

It's All About The Mud!


A small army has moved mountains over the last eight weeks to get to today! The word of the day is mud ladies and gentlemen!! Saturday, June 4th the Sunrise Rotary Club of Brantford will be holding a full day mud run at the Southern Cross Equestrian Farm outside of Burford! The "Sunrise Rotary Roughneck Mud Run" will be the largest and only permanent charity mud run in the province.

This year’s event will be bigger and better than ever! We have introduced more obstacles to get your fitness on with levels for all participants, including an elite division. Great food and prizes! And vendor booths on site day of the event! Bring a team or fly solo! For more information please visit www.sunrisemudrun.ca. Tickets are on sale for $75 inclusive until May 18th! Keep an eye out for promotional materials popping up everywhere, we will be painting this region MUD!!




 

 

Trip of the Month Winners!


The Trip of the Month is the Brantford Sunrise Rotary Club's biggest fundraiser and helps us to support many great causes in our community and the tickets make a perfect gift! For more information please email Allie VanDyk allie_vandyk@yahoo.com

$100 - Stuart Green
$200 - Wesley Gee
$500 - Gary Donaldson
Trip to Chicago ($1,800 value) - Dr. Leah Van Allen-Haase



 
 

 

A Look Ahead To 2016 / 2017

Sunrise Rotary President-Elect Justin Bester gave club members a detailed look behind-the-curtain of what's in store for the club in 2016 / 2017. President-Elect Bester touched on a wide variety of topics ranging from upcoming fundraising opportunities (Fish Fry, Canada Day, Trip of the Month, Mud Run) high-profile quarterly speakers as well as expanded membership drive efforts just to name a few. Vocation, Youth, Seniors, Community and International are among the major tent poles for this coming Rotary year. As always the team from The Sherwood provided an outstanding meal with excellent service. Thank you to all who attended and thank you to President-Elect Bester for your efforts and your vision!


 

 

Trip of the Month Winners!

 
 
The Trip of the Month is the Brantford Sunrise Rotary Club's biggest fundraiser and helps us to support many great causes in our community and the tickets make a perfect gift! For more information please email Allie VanDyk allie_vandyk@yahoo.com

$100 - Ron Cowell
$200 - Andrea Bidenti
$500 - Craig Holden
Trip to Costa Rica ($5,000 value) - Bob Peever

 

 

Rotary Club of Brantford Sunrise Realizes Completion of a Major Project

 
 
On Monday, December 14th the Adult Recreation Therapy Centre (ARTC) hosted the grand opening of their new building.  ARTC provides physical and recreational therapy for disabled adults (e.g. stroke and accident victims). This new location will allow them to better serve our community.
 
This move was made possible in part by a $250,000 donation by the Rotary Club of Brantford Sunrise, which is the realization of a long-term fundraising goal of the club.  This project was started by Rick Bullas and was completed in his memory.  Rick Bullas was a found member of Sunrise Rotary and had a vision of the club creating a recreational centre that would serve seniors.  The Club was proud to fulfil his vision.

 

(From left to right: Reg Schram (Architect and major donor to the project), Joe Persia (President of ARTC and Sunrise Rotarian), Ginny Bullas (Sunrise Rotarian and widow of Rick Bullas), Lori Santilli (ED of ARTC), Jeff Noble( Board Member Sunrise Rotary) and Kevin Davis (President of Sunrise Rotary)

Together over five years, The Rick Bullas Charity Golf Tournament and major fundraisers by Sunrise Rotary, like Trip of the Month, $250,000 was raised to assist in fulfilling Rick’s vision of a senior’s activity centre in Brantford and to help the Adult Recreation Therapy Center find a new home.

The Rotary Club of Brantford Sunrise couldn’t be more proud to make this major contribution to a vital organization like ARTC to ensure they continue to thrive and it was wonderful to see the building become a reality. 

 

 

Vacations to Portugal, Costa Rica & The Bahamas are just a few of the 48 prizes to be won!


 
Each year the Rotary Club of Brantford Sunrise pulls out all the stops with a contest like no other. With 48 prizes to be won, only 999 tickets printed and a draw each month for 12 months starting January 13th the odds of winning a dream vacation have never been better! The Trip of the Month is the Brantford Sunrise Rotary Club's biggest fundraiser and helps us to support many great causes in our community and the tickets make a perfect gift for the holiday season! For more information please email Allie VanDyk allie_vandyk@yahoo.com
 

 

A Packed House for the Sunrise Rotary Annual Remembrance Day Dinner

 
 
Another successful Remembrance Day Dinner at the Canadian Military Heritage Museum here in Brantford. This dinner is a favourite among the club membership and tends to be a sold out affair. This year was no different as museum staff had to bring in extra chairs to accomodate. After a wonderful meal provided by Dennis Duce and the team from The Sherwood the club enjoyed speeches by local veterans and a performance from the Braemar House School Choir. The evening was concluded with a cheque for $2500.00 presented by the Brantford Sunrise Club President Kevin Davis to the museum on behalf of the December pod.
 

 

Brantford Sunrise Rotary Paul Harris Inductees

 
 
Please join us for a wonderful evening to celebrate Rotary International and the spirit of volunteering. Best Western Plus Brant Park Inn. Wednesday Oct. 7th. Social Hour / Networking 5:30 pm. Dinner followed by presentations 6:30 pm Tickets $45 Bill Clarridge front9@bellnet.ca (519) 751-2882 Special Guest Speaker Tony Chapman.

The Rotary Club of Brantford - Sunrise will induct three new Paul Harris Fellows Mary Welsh – Lucy Marco – John Utley. The Paul Harris Fellows recognition is the highest honour that a Rotary Club can bestow on any person or business. It recognizes and acknowledges our motto “Service Above Self”.

Mary Welsh (top left) has spent her entire life as a tireless champion of civic causes. Many leaders in Brantford have known for years that if there is a project of significant importance then you “Call Mary”. Mary has Chaired or is an Executive Member of BCI Alumni Association; Brant Waterways Foundation; Brant Animal Aid Foundation; Big Brothers; St. Josephs Hospital Foundation; Gordon Glaves Memorial Trails Steering Committee; Parks, Recreation and Waterfront Advisory Board; YM-YWCA Fund Raising Campaign; Mohawk College Capital Fund Raising Campaign; Downtown BIA and The Chamber of Commerce of Brantford. In 2007 Mary was Brantford Citizen of the Year and in 2009 she was awarded the Order of Ontario.

Lucy Marco (top right) retired from her job as Director of Immigrant Services in 2006 and has been described as “the City’s busiest retiree”. Over the years Lucy has served on over 30 community boards, and committees including President of the Grand River Council on Aging and Steering Committee member of the Master Aging Plan. She was a founding member of the International Villages 1974, Board Member of the YM-YWCA, Board Member of Y Homes, member of the Continuing Education Advisory Committee, Probus Club Executive and Member of the BCI Alumni Association. In 2006 the YMCA Building became Lucy Marco Place which now houses Laurier Brantford students and in 2009 she received the Citation for Citizenship.

John Utley (bottom left) John Utley has over 35 years volunteer experience and was honored with the Queens Jubilee Medal for Community Service in 2002. John has been a member of the Brant United Way Campaign Cabinet 2007 to present. Kids Can Fly founding member and past Chair. 18 year member of the Kiwanis Club of Brantford where he is a distinguished past president. John served on the Willett Hospital Board of Governors when they initiated the Palliative Care Unit. He was a founding member and Chair of the Brant Skills Development Group. Former Board Member of the Brantford / Brant Regional chamber of Commerce. John served for 10 years on the Organizing Committee of the Wayne Gretzky Sports Classic.
 

 

Brantford Sunrise Rotary Paul Harris Recognition Event

 
 
Please join us for a wonderful evening to celebrate Rotary International and the spirit of volunteering.

For over two decades Tony Chapman has crafted and shaped winning business strategies for organizations, associations and individuals across the globe. He has founded and successfully sold three communications agencies, and he is one of the youngest individuals ever inducted into the Marketing Hall of Legends. His work has garnered over 100 awards including Canada's Agency of the Year, Three Best of Shows, and over ten International Awards including three coveted Globes for best Marketing campaigns.

The Rotary Club of Brantford - Sunrise will induct three new Paul Harris Fellows Mary Welsh – Lucy Marco – John Utley. The Paul Harris Fellows recognition is the highest honour that a Rotary Club can bestow on any person or business. It recognizes and acknowledges our motto “Service Above Self”.

Best Western Plus Brant Park Inn. Wednesday Oct. 7th. Social Hour / Networking 5:30 pm. Dinner followed by presentations 6:30 pm

Tickets $45 Bill Clarridge front9@bellnet.ca (519) 751-2882
 

 

Skid Row to CEO - Joe Roberts Speaks at Sunrise Rotary

 
Joe Roberts from the Push to Change Foundation attended the Rotary Club of Brantford Sunrise September 9th. Joe tells a compelling story of his transformation from a Vancouver East side heroin addict, living out of a grocery cart, to MacLeans top 10 CEO. Next year he will be doing a Cross-Canada walk pushing a grocery cart in support of his Foundation, which assists street kids in making the same transformation as his.
 
From Joe's Wikipedia:

After having earned two sales and marketing diplomas in Ontario, Joe Roberts moved back to Vancouver in 1996 and accepted a position with Mindware Designs Communications in 1997. Joe Roberts led Mindware Design Communications to an 800% increase in business in less than four years, and the company now employs 15 people with Roberts as president and CEO. According to his partner and Mindware founder, Dr. Pesi A. Unwalla, it was Roberts's energy which drove the company's success over the past six years.[5] "I transferred a lot of the skills I learned from hustling on the street and applied them to business," Roberts said in an interview with the Vancouver Province newspaper. "I'm very persistent and determined. I know how to take it on the chin to get things done." 
 

 

Brantford Sunrise Rotary donates $4,000 to Canadian Nurses for Africa.

 
Rotary Club of Brantford Sunrise donates $4,000 to Canadian Nurses for Africa. President Kevin and Joanne presenting the cheque to Jean and Gail. Below is some background from CNFA (Canadian Nurses for Africa)

"CNFA is a nurse-led volunteer organization empowering nurses to use their highly developed skills and knowledge in a field setting. We conduct medical missions to Kenya where we partner with Kenyan medical personnel and community workers. We treat a wide range of illnesses, with malaria and upper respiratory problems being the most frequent. We also treat many wounds and do point-of-care diabetes testing. Along with our daily clinics, we conduct sexual health education classes for men, women and students, deworming programs in schools, a jiggers eradication program and finance the building of school latrines. We also provide hospital care for the acutely ill that are seen at our clinics."

To learn more about the CNFA please visit http://www.canadiannursesforafrica.ca/

 
 
 

 

Rotary Club of Brantford Sunrise Pledges $35,000 to 'Save The Evidence'

 
Rotarians from Brantford’s Wednesday morning Sunrise Club are backing the #SaveTheEvidence campaign in a major way. The club is pledging $35,000* to be released in stages towards the repair of the roof and the repurposing of The Mohawk Institute as a museum.
 
The Mohawk Institute Indian Residential School at 184 Mohawk Street operated in Brantford from 1827 until 1970 as one of over 130 Indian Residential Schools operating in Canada. Less than 10 stand today.
 
The message to the community is clear: turning this place from what it was in the past, an instrument furthering a policy of cultural genocide, into a national museum of consciousness, is a worthy cause. The repurposing of this building into a national museum will help Canadians understand a regrettable part of our history, while at the same time honouring the students who attended the institute. It also recognizes that reconciliation is not possible without understanding the truth behind the history of the Mohawk Institute.
 
“One of Rotary’s areas of focus is to promote peace and conflict resolution,” said Rotary Club of Brantford- Sunrise President Kevin Davis. “It is rare that we have an opportunity to work towards this goal so close to home.”
 
“We hope other service clubs and members of the community join with us and contribute as well,” Davis continued. “This is a way to come together and repair and restore both this building and our the relationships between First Nations communities and more broadly Canadians across the country.”
 
* A portion of this contribution is conditional upon approval from the OLG and City of Brantford Lottery Licensing Office.
 
 

 

Happy Canada Day!!!

Canada Day at Lions Park. One more way Sunrise Rotary truly shines. More than 45 Sunrise Rotarians and their families emblazoned in blue & gold taking shifts and working hard to serve more than TEN THOUSAND cold beverages as part of the City's Annual Canada Day celebrations!
 
Last year, with the help of a generous and thirsty crowd we raised more than $18,000 in a single day!! It's hard not to get excited about that kind of giving! Sunrise Rotary is all about putting the service back in service club. Happy Canada day from the Rotary Club of Brantford Sunrise!
 
If you're interested in membership or just want to learn more about the Rotary Club of Brantford Sunrise stop by the Brantford Golf & Country Club Wednesday mornings at 7:15.
 

 
 

Standing Tall Against Domestic Violence

What an incredible morning! The 5th Annual Men in Heels was a HUGE success!! Setting a new record with over $43,000 raised for Nova Vita!!

We couldn't be more proud to stand tall against domestic violence with our fellow Sunrise Rotarians in an ocean of Rotary blue and gold! In less than a month we put together a team of more than 20 walkers and took second place in the team division raising more than $8000!! Not bad for our first year as a team... imagine what we can put together next year!

A very special mention to our Club President Kevin Davis. Not only did Kevin win the Mr. Congeniality Award but was also responsible for almost $4000 of our team's total. You went hard Mr. President and you set the bar for next year!
 
 

 
 

Same Great Club, Brand New Vision

It was a packed house at the Brant Park Inn last Wednesday night for our Club's visioning exercises led by District 7090's Visioning Committee.

President-Elect Kevin Davis opened the evening with the following remarks... "Our Club stands at a cross roads. We are just about to complete the 5 year ARTC major funding project. We are a well run club. Our membership, after dipping down to 47 members 4 years ago, is now back to 55 members. Our three major fundraising projects raise approximately $80,000 per year. We make significant contributions to a number of worthwhile organizations in our community. We have a number of hard working well organized committees."
 
A great visioning process is a process that requires time and many hands. This is an exciting time for our Club!
 

 
 

A Brand New Look!

There is no better way to re-introduce yourself to your community than with a fresh new look for your organization! Club member Lucas Duguid of Octopus Red working with PR Chair Kristin Pass have developed a vibrant and contemporary new look for our club's branding. Over the coming months you'll be seeing a lot more of this logo! :) This is an exciting time to be a Sunrise Rotarian!
 

 
 

Sunrise Rotary Club Donates $250,000

An outstanding article from Vincent Ball of the Brantford Expositor! Local media standing shoulder-to-shoulder with our club is a pretty amazing thing!

From the article... "The Rotary Club of Brantford Sunrise made a huge contribution Wednesday to a facility that will improve the lives of local seniors. The club is donating $250,000 to the Adult Recreation Therapy Centre's new home, which is scheduled to open in the fall at 58 Easton Rd. The donation was announced at the club's Wednesday morning breakfast meeting at the Brantford Golf and Country Club."
 
"Most of the money for the club's donation to the centre's new facility was raised through an annual charity golf tournament named after Rick Bullas. A founding member of Sunrise Rotary, Bullas had a vision of the club creating a recreational centre that would serve seniors and the larger community. A past president of Sunrise Rotary, Bullas served as an assistant district governor and was a two-time Paul Harris Fellow, an award of distinction given to Rotarians for their service above self to the community. He was also a veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces who established his own business following his military service.Bullas died in 2009 and since then the club's membership has worked to fulfil his vision."
 

 
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