Sunrise Provides Hurricane Relief to the Bahamas

September 7: 

Bob Socks and Bruce Lysne teamed up to pull together an outreach effort to provide hurricane relief to the Bahamas.  The shopping cart, full of baby supplies will be on Grand Bahama Island by evening today.  The rest of supplies will be in the Bahamas by tomorrow



EFSC Rotaract Visit

Reyna Behymer, Matthew Hudson “others”, from Eastern Florida State University Rotaract including University Sponsors Dr. Phil Simpson and Dr. Susan Ivey presented accomplishments from 2017 – 2018 to Titusville Sunrise Rotary during breakfast on August 1, 2018.

Their vision for future goals and the impact they believe they can impart to the community at large is dynamic and impressive. EFSC’s Rotaract Club started from the ground up in the Fall 2017 with all the members completely new to Rotaract.

One of the first projects the club initiated was Thanksgiving Baskets, and with the help of Sunrise Rotary, Rotaract donated three food baskets to students in need at EFSC.

Rotaract was very active and the next projects included adopting a road at the Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge for clean-up, raising money for charities such as Arts in the Armed Forces, and volunteering at the Freedom Tails Rescue, Arts in the Garden, and various other events.

Reyna completed the presentation of what grounded her for many years and why she sought her objective of how one person can make a difference in the world today…

“89 degrees, 15 minutes and 50.8 seconds. That’s the current position of Polaris, the northern star. Viewed from another planet, it’s just one among many. But on earth, it’s uniquely important. Fixed in place, an anchor, no matter where you are in the northern hemisphere, if you face Polaris, you face north. You know where you are.

But there are other ways to get lost. And the choices we make and the events that overwhelm us, even in our own minds, what can be our anchor then? What beacon can we turn to, to guide us from darkness into light? What if it’s other people; the lives that touch our own, in ways big and small?  Because unlike Polaris, the light they bring will never fade”.


Exchange Student

Exchange Student –Friends, families and Sunrise Rotarians gathered together at River Lanes on June 29 for a bowling party to bid farewell to our exchange student Louis Lou. Louis is a native of Taiwan. He was hosted by the Crenshaw and Belford families during his almost eleven month stay while attending Titusville High School.  


Sunrise Rotary Scholarships

Els, Bruce and Dan met with the Titusville Noon Club Rotary at the Chamber of Commerce for scholarship interviews of ten (10) scholarship applicants from three (3) area high schools: Space Coast, Titusville and Astronaut.

Each Club selected five (5) students to receive a scholarship award of $1,000.00. Scholarship certificates were presented at the Academic Awards Nights by Els, Dan, Bruce and JoLynn. Sunrise Rotary selected Shannon Washington from Space Coast High School, Robert Guthrie IV from Titusville High School and Chace Gadepee, Makaley Rendina and Khasandra Hobbs from Astronaut High School.

Students and their parents attended breakfast with the Club on May 15, 2018. Bruce focused on three things for a short wrap-up for those who were present: 1) Communication, 2) Progression, and 3) Commitment!  The Rotary Motto for Rotary Year 2019, “Be The Inspiration!” one life does make a difference! Each student spoke to us telling something about themselves and what they had planned for their future.


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Reaching out beyond self / beyond borders became a goal of our Club in 2017 in order to support Pastor Eric Ball, E3 Ministries, in attaining E3 Ministries goal of raising and getting 1,000 toothbrushes to Cuba and to Cuban individuals or families that have either no toothbrushes, or, one toothbrush to share with all family members.

What started as a conversation in between Eric and Bruce at Church in January 2017, then in our Club in February following a presentation by Eric, expanded to a second Club in Texas, the Fair Oaks Ranch Club in San Antonio, Texas. Two brothers, Gil and Joe, members of Sunrise Rotary and Fair Oaks Ranch Rotary, respectfully, came up with a phrase, “Two Brothers, Two Clubs, One Mission Across Borders”. Operation Toothbrush was born! Together, both clubs collected over 4,700 toothbrushes and raised $250.00 to help support the goal of E3 Ministries.

The toothbrushes were shipped in containers to Cuba through the Western Baptist Convention in January/February 2018. Cuban customs is a bit tricky, but all the toothbrushes made it through customs without delay or confiscation. E3 Ministries finally went back to Cuba in May 2018 and Eric presented the final outcome of Operation Toothbrush on June 12 to our Club.

Over 6,600 toothbrushes were distributed to Cuban families in the poorest of regions (Punta de Mais) in Cuba. E3 Ministries gained a reputation of not only ministry to Cubans, but following through with a need that most of us fail to comprehend!


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 Sunrise Rotary Stop Gap Dinners

The Mission of the Community ‘Stop-Gap’ Dinners is to fill the gap and provide emergency assistance to those individuals and families who may not otherwise qualify for assistance through other agencies. We help them to overcome barriers that may jeopardize their livelihood. The ‘Stop-Gap’ meal enables us to feed members within the community that may only qualify for emergency food once every 90 days.” Titusville Sunrise Rotary ‘Stop-Gap’ dinners were held on September 21 and November 30, 2017 and on March 15 and June 14, 2018. Over 700 meals were served or delivered at these four dinners. Babs and John have been providing the leadership, planning and service for these meals for more than two years.

Five times a year we provide dinners at the Harry T. Moore Social Service Center on Deleon Avenue. The STOP GAP days remaining for Sunrise Rotary are: August 23, 2018, October 11, 2018, and December 6, 2018.

We serve meals from 4 to 5 p.m. They are prepared on site at the Service Center and served by our Sunrise Rotary Club. We volunteer at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. preparing the meals; 3:45 to serve the meals; and 5:00 for cleanup. 


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