Making a difference

The Sunrise Rotary Club recently finished its annual Food for Kidz packaging event. What an incredible display of local groups and students coming together to achieve amazing results. The Sunrise Club, in conjunction with over 600 middle school kids, 20 Marshall High School Honor Society students, some Noon Rotarians and the Food for Kidz folks from Stewart packaged 98,411 meals to be shipped to Third World countries, as well as being used at our local food shelf. In a short four hour period, all these groups came together and put rice, soy, a vegetable supplement and oatmeal into individual packages that each feed six people. Our Sunrise Rotary goal is to package 1 million meals in 10 years. This is year nine and we are well over 900,000 meals so far!

Our next event coming up is the local essay contest for sixth-graders. Students from area schools write a short essay on what the Rotary Four Way Test of: “Is it the Truth, is it fair to all concerned, will it build goodwill and better friendship and will it be beneficial to all concerned” means to them. It allows students to think about how they can give of themselves and their time to make their world a better place. The students are then judged by Rotarians and the winners receive prizes and a chance to compete at the regional level.

Each month our Club also helps prepare meals for Esther’s Kitchen. A group of Rotarians work the first Monday of each month with other folks from Fishes and Loaves and 30-40 people receive a delicious warm meal.

Our Sunrise Club meets every Thursday at 7 a.m. at the Marshall Y. Each week we have a speaker come in and share information about their organization and any events they may want to promote. We eat breakfast, share some fellowship, and discuss new ideas on improving our community and the world. Our meetings only last an hour so you can get to work by 8 a.m. If you are interested in joining our group send me an email at and I’ll bring you as my guest.