Friday, September 19, 2014
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
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Help others, and make friends (there’s coffee, too)

Susanne Rockwell, Web Editor, Strategic Communications

Susanne Rockwell is the outgoing president of the Sunrise Rotary Club. Courtesy photo

Sunrise Rotary

When: 7-8 a.m. Fridays
Where: Odd Fellows Hall, 415 Second St., Davis
Contact: Susanne Rockwell, sgrockwell@sbcglobal.net

By Susanne Rockwell

We are the bright-and-early club. Visit us and you’ll find 70-plus cheerful Rotarians who connect through a common goal of serving their community, locally and globally. And, of course, we offer coffee.

This is what I like about Rotary: It offers opportunities for individuals to come up with ideas to help people. Collaborating within our club and others, our members connect like-minded Rotarians to transform ideas into reality. And you make friends as you help others.

Did I tell you about our sergeants? These comedians make our club worth getting up for every Friday morning. Seriously. That and the coffee.

Opportunities for hands-on service are the big draw for Rotary. You will find us handing out beer at the Yolo County Fair, serving beans and beer at the Rotary Barbecue, selling sausages and pretzels (and more beer) at our Oktoberfest, planting at the UC Davis Arboretum, building garden boxes at Davis High School, constructing China Road for Grad Night, trading wit and quips with nonprofits at our Trivia Challenge fundraiser for human rights education …

Davis Sunrise is particularly focused on helping youth: the children of migrant farm workers, foster boys or high school students seeking leadership skills and a vocational path. We work closely with the two high school Interact clubs and the Campus Rotaract Club of Davis. In addition, Yolo County senior citizens are served through our weekly work for Meals on Wheels and our annual holiday gifts to the frail and elderly.

Our club is known for its interest in international service. Projects have included literacy in Zanzibar, science education in Sierra Leone, water quality in Cambodia and Bolivia, health in Nicaragua and women’s economic vitality in Uganda.

We encourage younger community members to check us out and have created a special category for university affiliates on a limited income.

You will discover that the best part about Rotary is that it is fun. We start our meetings with song, continue with humor and friendship, and end with a renewed commitment to improving our world.

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