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Our weekly meetings are now online.

If you would like to join us contact our President Glen Christensen and he will send you a link to join us.

Please note Trip of the Month Draws will continue to take place as scheduled on the second Wednesday of the month.

We will publish the winners in the Expositor and on our website as well as notify by phone and email.


Thank you and stay safe!

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Donate to our club's foundation to help us fulfill our commitment to Service Above Self through the implementation of our service projects locally and abroad. All donations will be used for service projects only.

The Rotary Club of Brantford Sunrise is a registered charity. All donations are tax deductible and donors will receive a receipt for tax purposes.

Sunrise Rotary entered a team in Lawn Summer Nights! Instead of lawn bowling there was trivial pursuit on line! Very well done, a successful fundraiser for Cystic Fibrosis, $12000.00 so far! We came in a pretty respectable 18 out of 37 teams.
We just ended another wonderful Rotary Club of Brantford Sunrise meeting. Rotarian Bob Morrow was our guest speaker today. He is a man with many accolades and impressive roles over the years, but today he spoke to us about Rotary Fellowships. These are groups that form from members of Rotary clubs around the world based on a common interest or vocation. Whether you like chess, beer, off-road vehicles, or dolls, there is likely a group for you.

For more information go to the following link:

Thank you, Bob, for speaking with us today!
A big thank you to Jeanne Smitiuch from Kids Can Fly & Dolly Parton's Imagination Library of Brantford/Brant for speaking to us about the great work they do with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. President Richard presented a somewhat improvised cheque for $10,000 to Kids Can Fly, completing a $30,000 commitment that Rotary Club of Brantford Sunrise made to support their great work.
The library gives free books to children every month until they are five years old. Kids Can Fly offers it for the Brantford area:
To see if another area is being served by the library, you can search here:
If you’d like to attend next Wednesday, let us know and we’ll get you in! Check our events page on Facebook or our website to see the speakers.
#dollypartonsimaginationlibrary #rotary #brantford #brantcounty #literacy #serviceaboveself

We had a great meeting yesterday! It's always fun to get presentations from the exchange students. It sounds like Alina (from Finland) and Joanne (from Taiwan) had a great year in spite of the pandemic interruption. Thank you, ladies, for your presentation and for choosing to spend your year in Canada!

We'd love to see you next Wednesday morning! If you'd like to come and see what we are up to, let us know and we'll hook you up. Check out the events tab to see who is speaking.

The Brant Community Healthcare System (BCHS) Foundation would like to express our sincere gratitude to the Rotary Club of Brantford Sunrise for providing $1,400 to purchase face masks for healthcare workers at the Brant Community Healthcare System during the COVID-19 outbreak. This generous contribution will help to protect our staff while they provide care and support to patients from our community throughout this unprecedented time. Thank you! #BCHSStrong #Thankyou
Our wonderful local non-profits need financial support more than ever and Rotary Club of Brantford Sunrise is still stepping up to help. The club donated $2500 to Food4Kids Brant-Haldimand, a local non-profit dedicated to making sure kids have satisfying lunches during their school days.

Rotarian Jason Cherry has made the donation in a socially distant yet supportive way to the founder and Executive Director of Food4Kids, Rachel Boateng. If you’d like to learn more about the Rotary Club or Food4Kids don’t hesitate to reach out!

#rotary #rotaryinternational #serviceaboveself #brantford #brantcounty

We are pleased and honoured to welcome Lisa Larocque as our newest member of the Rotary Club of Brantford Sunrise! Lisa was inducted this morning by President-elect Glen Christensen and Ken Tota. 

Welcome to the club, Lisa. We look forward to getting to know you and working with you in the community!

Here we grow again! 

Rotary Club of Brantford Sunrise are proud to welcome Andrea Berestovenko and Blaine Field into our club. Andrea is an independent financial advisor. Blaine and existing member Ken Tota are co-owners of Brant Aero which has the distinction of being our first corporate member. 

Welcome to the club!
Thank you to  CAO of the city of Brantford, Brian Hutchings, for joining us and speaking about the ambitious goals to maintain Brantford’s status as one of the best cities in Canada. We learned about the key initiatives that are being undertaken and the breadth of the role of the city's Chief Administrative Officer.
Donation to Shawn Stuart at Organized Kaos
Thank you to Shawn Stuart for sharing the ongoing story of Organized Kaos with us this morning! Shawn is the founder and Executive Director of this innovative program. To help with their noble efforts, The Rotary Club of Brantford-Sunrise presented Shawn with a donation of $1000.
From their website

"Organized Kaos exists to apprentice young people in life and trade inspiring hope and purpose. We offer a safe environment in which young people work and learn alongside skilled trades persons from local churches. Organized Kaos is not an “up-front” teaching, but a “side-to-side” mentorship, in which trades people teach youth, ages 13-17, in a hands on approach. OK maintains low ratios of 1 Skilled Trades Mentor to 2 Students. Projects create a common ground and break down barriers in a casual setting, leaving space to teach life skills, employability skills, faith, and the trades."

This week Cindy Blair and Harold Kuret from our local Steel Wheel Brewery joined us to present a cheque of over $1200 to us.  Cindy and Harold joined us at Canada Day and had their own beer tent for people to enjoy some craft beer on Canada Day.  They decided to donate all proceeds from Canada Day to help the community.  THANK YOU!!!
This week we are holding our monthly social event at Steel Wheel in celebration of Oktoberfest.  Feel free to come by ... it's only $25 a person and includes a craft beer and some great Oktoberfest eats.  
The Brantford Rotaract Club set out to raise money to supply the Why Not Youth Centre with $1000 worth of peanut butter, which will provide food supplements to youth in need for a half a year.  Why peanut butter?  It's relied upon globally as a ready-to-use therapeutic  food that requires no cooking/utilities with enough nutrient and energy for those in need.  The Rotaract club already has their next community project underway ... click on See More for details and for contact information.  Thank you to the Brantford Rotaract Club and all of the community supporters that helped them to reach the $1000 goal.
In the Fall of 2017, a grade 9 student at BCI, Claudia Costa decided to apply for the Rotary Youth Exchange Program.  Claudia has wowed us with her maturity and enthusiasm to truly dive into another culture.  Claudia spent a year in Spain and just returned a couple of weeks ago.  She will be sharing more about her experience at our regular Club meeting on September 25, 2019.
We have two students heading out on exchange this month ... Liam and Trinity.  And we have two new students arriving later this month, one from Taiwan and one from Finland.  They will both be speaking on September 25 as well.  Come out and learn more about the program.
On July 8, Participation Support Services moved eight individuals to the newly transformed Stedman House as their permanent home.  This was possible as a result of the support of our Rotary Club.  We donated $125,000 for Participation Support Services to invest in the capital equipment needed to make this a home.
“Stedman House is a perfect, comfortable small home that suits the needs of individuals who require supportive housing,” said Sherry Kerr, executive director of Participation Support Services, which offers residential services at its site at 10 Bell Lane.
For more from our original announcement, click Read More ...


Thank you to Jackie Young and Stephanie Young of Dominos Pizza Brantford for your very generous donation of $1,725.    On Wednesday, July 10th, 2019 Jackie and Stephanie attended our Rotary meeting and presented our Club with a cheque for all proceeds from the sales on Canada Day.  THANK YOU!  
Happy Canada Day!!  
Members of the Rotary Club of Brantford-Sunrise spent their Canada Day volunteering as one of our many annual
club fundraisers.  We organize the beer tent (and run it on the day of) and manage the parking for the event in collaboration
with the City of Brantford each year.  Thank you to the many volunteers from other community organizations, including the Rotary
Club of Brantford, Laurier's Rotaract Club and more for coming out to help.  And THANK YOU to all of our Brantford and Brant County 
residents and visitors to this great city for supporting us.  What a great day, with 20,000 people attending and many local entertainers.
See you next year.
We are so pleased to honour the contributions of Nick and Glayde Rizzo to our community by making them Paul Harris Fellows.  Nick was a Rotarian in the Brantford Rotary Club (Friday) for over 30 years.  He served on their board, many committees and helped to establish the YOuth Exchange program.  An avid runner, Nick and some of his running friends got together one year and held the 'Boston to Brantford' run as a fund raiser.  That little has now grown into the Brantford Classic, which raises close to $100,000 every year to help our community.  Click on 'Read More' to learn more about Nick and Glayde's contribution to Rotary and to read about the Paul Harris Fellow recognition.

18-year-old Noah Irvine came to share his story and mission with us on Wednesday, March 27.  In early 2017, Noah wrote a letter about mental health to all 338 MPs across Canada to push for changes to our Mental Health system.  Noah has lost both of his parents to mental health and he wants to make sure that no other child ends up in the situation that he did.  Noah exemplifies this year's Rotary motto, Be the Inspiration.  Thank you Noah for sharing your story.
We like to have fun!  Each month, our club hosts a social event in lieu of a Wednesday morning meeting.  This month we had a St.Practice Day event at Steel Wheel Brewery to celebrate St. Patrick's Day.  Members and spouses from our club, Rotary Club of Brantford -Sunrise, Rotary Club of Brantford and the Rotary Club of Cambridge all came out to enjoy some local beverages and food.  Thanks to March team for organizing.  Picture here is our President-Elect and Membership Chair, Richard Boyington and his wife (and fellow Rotarian), Darion.
Since 2017, our members prepare and serve a dinner for 60 to 75 local youth at Why Not on Dalhousie Street every month in partnership with the Rotary Club of Brantford.  This month, our local Brantford Rotaract Club led the Why Not Youth Centres dinner.   
Click on 'Read More" for full story.  
To learn more about Why Not Youth Centres, please click here.
To learn more about Rotaract, please click here.
Rotary Club of Brantford-Sunrise is pleased to announce that we have selected our next Major Project for financial support!  We will be giving $125,000 to Participation Support Services to purchase capital equipment needed to transform Stedman House into a permanent home for eight individuals with physical disabilities. The new residents are expected to move in this spring. Click on 'read more' for full story.


In picture: John Huigenbos (left), chair of the Participation Support Services board of directors, executive director Sherry Kerr and Phil Race, 2018-2019 President of the Rotary Club of Brantford – Sunrise with Andrew and Amanda Neilsen, who will be moving into Stedman House in the spring.

On Monday, December 14th 2015, 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 allows them to better serve our community.  The 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 is proud that we were able to fulfill his vision and make a substantial difference in our community.  Click on 'read more' for the original story and more pictures ...

In picture, 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 (2015-2016 President of Sunrise Rotary)

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Brantford Sunrise
We meet In Person & Online
Wednesdays at 7:30 AM
Brantford Golf & Country Club
60 Ava Road
Brantford, ON N3T 5R7
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