For the 10th consecutive year, The Rotary Foundation has received the highest rating — four stars — from Charity Navigator, an independent evaluator of charities in the U.S.
In the most recent ratings, the Foundation earned the maximum of 100 points for demonstrating both strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency.
In a letter to the Foundation, Charity Navigator notes that "only 1 percent of the charities we evaluate have received at least 10 consecutive 4-star evaluations, indicating that The Rotary Foundation outperforms other charities in America. This exceptional designation from Charity Navigator sets The Rotary Foundation apart from its peers and demonstrates to the public its trustworthiness."
The rating reflects Charity Navigator's assessment of how the Foundation uses donations, sustains its programs and services, and practices good governance and openness.
Be proud that you give generously to the Foundation!  And please continue giving. 
Foundation Minute for Week of February 26 Lana Rouff 2018-02-21 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lana Rouff on Feb 14, 2018
According to Bill Gates, “ We are achingly close to getting rid of polio – more than 99% of the way there.  Finishing the job is a big challenge, but it is very doable if we keep up the effort.”  Your generous contribution will enable us to immunize 400 million children against polio every year.  It will improve the ability of surveillance and monitoring systems to diagnose new cases and detect the wild poliovirus.  It will help hire more than 150,000 health workers to go door to door to find every child that needs to be vaccinated and will also be used to track the virus in water,  and sewage and provide National Immunization Day materials. 
Polio is Rotary’s #1 priority!  If polio is not eradicated, hundreds of thousands of children could be paralyzed.  Global health costs will rise dramatically, and many children’s quality of life will be drastically diminished.
Your donation will save lives and give a child a chance at a prosperous future.  
Thank you for your continued support!  We are almost there and once there we shall celebrate! 
Foundation Minute for Week of February 19 Lana Rouff 2018-02-14 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lana Rouff
ElsaMarie D’Silva of Mumbai began her career as a flight attendant, eventually rising to become vice president of a planning network for one of India’s largest airlines.  Learning about the fatal 2012 gang rape of a young woman in Delhi, an unusually heinous crime that led to public outrage, D’Silva made a dramatic career change.
She is now the founder and CEO of the Red Dot Foundation which works with nongovernmental organizations in India, Nepal and Kenya to address street harassment and violence against women.  In addition to community workshops, the foundation empowers women to document catcalling, groping, and other incidents through an online crowd mapping platform called Safecity. 
D’Silva was a Rotary Peace Fellow at Chulalongkorm University in Bangkok.  There she learned that the work she does is actually peace building.  Through her foundation she is trying to help people understand gender stereotypes that reinforce toxic masculinity on a daily basis.  Safecity gives victims a safe space to discuss this and understand each other’s point of view.  I also helps them navigate these complex issues and become agents of change. 
Your contribution to the Rotary Peace Fellows enables this to happen. Thank you.  
Foundation Minute for Week of February 19 Lana Rouff 2018-02-07 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lana Rouff on Jan 31, 2018
Through the efforts and expertise of The Rotary Foundation our clubs and districts have accomplished a great deal around the world.  There is still much to be done and many of our clubs labor with the problem of funding these projects.  Some clubs and districts are able to pay entirely for the project through fundraising events, such as charity dinners, walkathons or online auctions.  These events will not only help you raise money for your project, but also build awareness for Rotary and The Rotary Foundation.  Some other ideas are:  Hold a raffle, Skip a meal at your club meeting and donate the cost; organize a walkathon, bike-a-thon or skate-a-thon.  Honor a special person in your life or your community.
And many clubs struggle to find an international partner.  To help TRF has created an International Service Chair.  Zone 28 & 29’s chair is Craig Leiser from District 5960.  Don’t hesitate to contact him at  He will be happy to help.
And don’t forget:  When you focus on making a difference in other people’s lives, your life is the one that improves the most.” (Quote by Roxanne Emmerich).  Thank you.  
Foundation Minute for the Week of February 5 Lana Rouff 2018-01-31 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lana Rouff
In the past few months there have been many disasters that have taken people from their homes, displaced families, ended in death and left individuals with no hope for the future.  As Rotarians we want to help – BUT before you do so – keep this in mind:
Do your homework before you give!!  In the wake of repeated national disasters here are tips for giving wisely!
 Donate money to a charity that you respect, rather than shipping goods that may go to waste!   (Like Rotary)   
 Donate to organizations, that are on the scene.  Groups operating in the midst of the disaster can direct money and other aid to the people who need it mostly.  (Think Rotary!
Established organizations (Rotary!) are most apt to have staff, experience and infrastructure in affected communities.  Look for national organizations such as Rotary and the Salvation Army, or a local community foundation.  Do your research at or before sending your check!
Maximize the speed of your gift.  Texting a donation seems fast, but wireless companies tend to wait until you pay your bill before passing that money along.  Online donations with a credit or debit card can be faster.
Thank you for caring and for your generosity.                    
Foundation Minute for Week of January 29 Lana Rouff 2018-01-24 05:00:00Z 0

According to Mark Little, founder of the Rotary Action Group Against Slavery, the Rotary Foundation has just approved a global grant for the biggest anti-trafficking project to date.  Two District 5180 Rotarians from California masterminded the project.  They partnered with districts in the Philippines, Mexico, Brazil, Australia and Argentina.  The project addressed the need for education both for those who were most vulnerable and also for the general community population. 


The grant will consist of a sex trafficking education program rolled out to selected teachers, administrators and students in 5th, 7th, 9th and 11th grades within their district as well as a 30 month human trafficking public awareness campaign aimed to make their communities aware of these atrocities. 


Raising awareness of the existence and extent of human trafficking and slavery is the raison d’etre of the California project.  As Matt Friedman (CEO of the Mekong Club and author of his book “Where Are You?”) states,  “ If we don’t know about a problem, we can’t care about it.  If we don’t care about it, we will never act!  If we don’t act, it is inevitable that the problem will continue to exist or more likely get worse.  So we need to raise awareness on this issue of modern slavery to increase the number of those people who care …”


With the help of The Rotary Foundation, and your contributions, Rotarians - People of Action- have taken on the responsibility of opening the eyes of as many people as possible to the unseen world where millions languish in slavery everywhere because of poverty, corruption and greed.  As Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. stated, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. “ Thank you. 

Foundation Minute for Week of January 22, 2018 2018-01-18 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lana Ruff on Jan 10, 2018
  • According to Rotary International the African country of Nigeria has only one physician for every 2,500 individuals.   In rural communities people seeking health service have make long, arduous trips to find treatment which results in many not receiving care.  While it would be ideal to get more doctors in remote regions, it would take years.
  • To solve this problem, Dr. James Gude of Sebastopol, California and Mikel Cook of the Rotary Club of Sebastopol Sunrise brought technology to bear by using telemedicine.  This is the use of information technology to provide health care from a distance –virtually bringing doctors to patients.  Thanks to a global grant from TRF, a team of health care professionals from Nigeria has been trained in this process.
  • Telemedicine allows physicians to connect with patients remotely as well as consult with colleagues all over the world.  At its simplest, it consists of a chat via online video, but it can also allow a physician to examine a patient remotely using a robot.
  • Telemedicine technology and training is used in several hospitals around the world, allowing health care for the underprivileged, for the underserved, in remote areas.  Your contribution to The Rotary Foundation enables this to happen.  Thank you. 
Foundation Minute for week of January 15 Lana Ruff 2018-01-10 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lana Rouff
  • In September, Hurricane Maria pummeled Puerto Rico, the strongest storm to make landfall on the island in 85 years.  More than three months later, people are still struggling to recover.  The immediate response from Rotarians in District 7000 was quick and precise.  Several clubs around the island began to provide humanitarian aid to those affected.  The help included non-perishable food, water, hygiene kits, water filters, solar lights and power generators. 
  • Now local Rotarians are focusing on recovery and reconstruction.  Plans are underway to work with pumping systems for renewable energy projects in communities without potable water, the installation of water filtration systems, and the rollout of community economic development projects for the most affected areas.  Disease prevention efforts in areas affected by the hurricane are also taking place among other initiatives. 
  • Rotary International has established a Donor Advised Fund (DAF) of the Rotary Foundation to support projects for the recovery of Puerto Rico.  Given the great work that remains ahead, contributions from Rotarians to this fund will be essential to help Puerto Rico get back on their feet.  Visit District 7000 website to learn more.  Your contribution will make a difference in lifting Puerto Rico.  Thank you.
Foundation Minute for Week of January 8, 2018 Lana Rouff 2018-01-08 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 12, 2017
Composed by PDG Lana Rouff

Foundation Minute for Week of April 17
The needs and concerns about opiate use weigh heavily on Rotarians throughout District 7170 in Upstate New York.  Last year in response, the District leadership added a discussion session to their district conference agenda so individual Rotarians could articulate their concerns.
The discussion revealed significant disparities in general knowledge related to the field of substance abuse and the availability of prevention, treatment and recovery services among the communities of the district.  Recognizing the enormous complexity of the heroin/opiate abuse epidemic, session participants concluded the meeting by requesting that a small core committee of district Rotarians and non-Rotarian professionals with a variety of experiences/skills in substance abuse and other relevant areas were charged to design a plan for a global grant to meet the needs identified in District 7170.
Foundation Minute for Week of April 17 Christine (Chris) Haase 2017-04-12 04:00:00Z 0
Composed by PDG Lana Rouff

The Rotary Foundation’s district and global grants support Rotarian’s efforts to change lives and serve communities within their own neighborhoods and throughout the world.
In 2015-16 the Foundation approved 494 district grants, and the program awards totaled $25.5 million. These grants supported smaller scale, short-term projects related to the Foundation’s mission.
And during the same year the Foundation approved 1,165 global grants, which totaled $70 million. These grants fund large-scale international activities with sustainable and measurable results that support Rotary’s six areas of focus. Activities include humanitarian projects, scholarships and vocational training teams. 
Your contribution to The Rotary Foundation enables this to happen. Thank you. 
Needed support:  The Rotary Club of Point West Sacramento is seeking funding for a sustainable project in the Sacramento region to combat human trafficking.  Contact for more information.
Foundation Minute for the Week of March 6 2017-03-01 05:00:00Z 0
Composed by PDG Lana Rouff
Suzette Ramdanie-Linton was almost ready to give up on a clean water project that her Rotary club had initiated in St. James, Jamaica, last year, because the funding simply wasn’t there. 
She and fellow members of the Rotary Club of Montego Bay Sunrise in Jamaica did a community assessment in 2015 and found that 11 schools and one children’s home in rural St. James were in desperate need of new bathroom facilities. The club contributed nearly $4,000 to get the project off the ground; unfortunately this was far from enough.   
Her district governor then encouraged her to promote the project on Rotary Ideas, a vehicle that showcases potential projects that are in need of support. Two weeks later she received an email from a member of the Rotary Club of Central Cayman Islands who contributed $8,000 towards the $40,000 goal. Their generosity and partnership pushed the project forward, which is now expected to be completed in July. 
Foundation Minute for the Week of 21 November 2016 2016-11-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Christine (Chris) Haase
Composed by Lana Rouff
Every day Rotarians are improving lives in communities around the world through thousands of service projects.  Here are a few:
Affordable drinking water in purification stations has been supplied to 8,000 people in North Cambodia by Rotary clubs there.

Rotaract university students mounted a campaign in Zimbabwe for breast cancer awareness.

In Nigeria a Rotary club donated food items, clothes and toiletries to prisoners in Keje Prison to commemorate World Humanitarian Day.

And through a joint partnership with the Rotary Club Osada East and the Hospice of San Jose in the Philippines solar energy was provided for a school for special children.

These projects happen thanks to your donations to the Rotary Foundation.  Thank you.      

Projects found through Rotary Showcase
Foundation Minute for Week of 7 November 2016 Christine (Chris) Haase 2016-11-03 00:00:00Z 0
WIZARDING WEEKEND ITHACA NY 2016 2016-09-22 00:00:00Z 0
Ride for Rotary 2016-05-12 00:00:00Z 0
Wonderful Wheelchairs is an all-volunteer organization that cleans, repairs, and sells used wheelchairs. 2016-04-21 00:00:00Z 0
2016 Rotary Council on Legislation 2016-04-12 00:00:00Z 0
Pics from our 30th Anniversary Dinner 2016-04-11 00:00:00Z 0
We're Celebrating! 2016-03-24 00:00:00Z 0

From the March 2016 issue of The Rotarian

I believe I am safe in assuming that most of you are not regular readers of the Journal of Leadership Studies. Nor that you had the pleasure of perusing the article in that magazine’s Winter 2014 issue titled “Followership in Leadership Studies: A Case of Leader-Follower Trade Approach.” To save you the trouble, let me summarize the argument put forward by the author, Petros G. Malakyan:

While an abundance of research is devoted to leaders – an entire literature, in fact –almost nothing is written about followers.

The reason for this is not particularly elusive. From presidents to mob bosses, from generals to drug lords, we love narratives that center on figures who hold, or aspire to hold, absolute power.

Illustration by Bjorn Rune Lie

Best in a supporting role 2016-03-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Christine (Chris) Haase on Jan 21, 2016
RI President-elect John F. Germ chose Rotary Serving Humanity as his theme for 2016-17. Noting Rotary’s unique ability to bring together committed professionals to achieve remarkable goals, Germ believes that “now is the time to capitalize on our success: as we complete the eradication of polio, and catapult Rotary forward to be an even greater force for good in the world.”
RI Theme for 2016-2017 Rotary Year Announced! Christine (Chris) Haase 2016-01-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Christine (Chris) Haase
A contemporary way to get involved in Rotary
Ithaca, New York – Ithaca Sunrise Rotary Club is introducing the Rotary Navigator Membership. This is a contemporary way to participate in one of the world’s most recognizable service organizations, Rotary International. This newest form of membership is open to prospective members who live or work in Ithaca and the surrounding areas. Members work together volunteering their time and skills to give back to their local community and the world at large.
2016 Waterfall calendars are available! 2015-10-20 00:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Foundation exists to help Rotarians “repair” the world when things go wrong … and since things go wrong a lot, we’re very busy! If we’re going to repair the world we’ll need some tools and a toolbox.
A Rotary Foundation Minute 2015-05-29 00:00:00Z 0
Ithaca Sunrise Rotary was presented with a fun award by District Governor Pat Kriebel at our District 7170 Conference in mid-May 2015: Best Sergeant-at-Arms and Jokes Award. Hahaha!
We love it!
Want to see the presentation?
Ithaca Sunrise Wins a Fun Award 2015-05-26 00:00:00Z 0
Bob Nicholas, Amanda York and Christine Haase represented Ithaca Sunrise Rotary on Saturday, 9 May 2015 during our monthly visit to Oak Hill Manor on South Hill in Ithaca. The game Uno still appears to be a favorite among the residents. There were so many interested in joining in that a second deck of cards was located so that more could play. While Bob and Amanda played the game with their respective groups, Chris ran around to help some of the players with their cards and to take a couple photos--have you seen the bird cage out in the main hall? Click here to hear them sing!
May Club Visit to Oak Hill Manor 2015-05-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathleen (Kathy) Larson on Mar 25, 2015

Once each month or so the Ithaca Sunrise Rotary Club distributes gently used magazines to the waiting rooms of the local hospital, and once every few months we go to Convenient Care.

Club members, friends, relatives, fellow workers, neighbors, etc. donate their magazines to our Club at the Royal Court. Frank Smith is the leader of the Magazine Gang. He gathers them up every week, and then when he determines that we have enough, he picks a date that we will meet at the hospital.

Frank will announce the date at our meetings and also sends out an email for everyone to join if they can.

Club Project: Hospital Magazines Kathleen (Kathy) Larson 2015-03-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Christine (Chris) Haase on Mar 11, 2015


JUNE 28 - JULY 3, 2015

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is Rotary's leadership training program for young people.  It emphasizes leadership, citizenship and personal growth for the exceptional young men and women who are selected to participate.

RYLA is one of the best and most effective programs run by Rotary clubs around the world. The first RYLA session was held in 1959 in Queensland, Australia. Planned around Queensland's centennial, it proved to be a extraordinarily successful event. Annual sessions took place in following years. And then the good news spread throughout the worldwide Rotary Community. 

RYLA came to District 7170 in the early 1980s, and a week-long conference was held at Golden Valley Sports Camp in Sidney, NY in the early years. Now it’s based on the SUNY Oneonta campus in Oneonta, New York.  This coming summer's program will be District 7170's 33rd annual event.

What is RYLA? Christine (Chris) Haase 2015-03-12 00:00:00Z 0
Ithaca Sunrise Rotary Featured in June 5, 2013 Edition of the Ithaca Times Christine (Chris) Haase 2013-06-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Christine (Chris) Haase on Oct 23, 2012

It’s the 25th Annual…

All You Can Eat

…brought to you by the Ithaca Sunrise Rotary Club

Friday, November 9, 2012
5:00 – 7:00pm
Ithaca High School Cafeteria
1401 N. Cayuga Street, Ithaca

All You Can Eat Spaghetti Dinner! Christine (Chris) Haase 2012-10-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dalva Hedlund on Oct 19, 2012
Ithaca Sunrise Rotary club is partnering with the Ovalle, Chile, Rotary club to build an English Language teaching facility in Ovalle.

Recently, Ithaca Sunrise Rotary Club member Keefe Gorman traveled to Ovalle, Chile to review the Ithaca Sunrise Rotary Club's world service project. Keefe was greeted in September by Ovalle Rotary Club members. Keefe and his daughters MaKena (14), and Sophie (16), toured the city of Ovalle and visited the location where the new English speaking lab will be furbished. 
Chileans residing in Ovalle do not have access to English language instruction beyond high school. This English teaching lab will be the first and only facility in Ovalle for adults to further their English speaking and writing skills. English is the most important  language for those wishing to grow their business with other English speaking companies.
The Ithaca Sunrise Rotary Club through District Matching and International Rotary Foundation matching grants will be able to coordinate close to $25,000 to equip the English teaching lab in Ovalle, Chile.  Ovalle  is located in the Limari Valley, an area rich in agricultural production, especially fruits and also home to significant wine producers.  Ovalle, Chile, is a city of approximately 100,000 people, located four hours north of Santiago.  Also in the Limari area is mining for copper, gold and silver.

Ovalle Chile International Service project Dalva Hedlund 2012-10-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 08, 2012
It reminds me of that old definition of “love” that I heard long ago. Love is “the will to extend one’s self for the purpose of nurturing...another’s spiritual growth.” Love is that act of contributing time, energy, something useful toward the deepening and enriching of another person’s experience of life, assisting another to bloom and grow forever and to become more of the potential that is theirs to actualize and express. That’s love. The act of giving for the sake of making another life a little bit better, a little bit richer, a little bit more fulfilling and blessed. (A Road Less Traveled, M. Scott Peck, adapted)
Thought for the Day 2012-10-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Christine (Chris) Haase on Sep 26, 2012
On September 8, 2012, ten members of the Rotary Club of Ithaca Sunrise worked a two-hour shift at Ithaca’s third annual Feed My Starving Children Mobile Pack event, hosted this year at the First Congregational Church.

Ithaca Sunrise Rotary Helps Feed 916 Children Christine (Chris) Haase 2012-09-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dalva Hedlund on Jun 17, 2011

Jane Wang, a Junior at Ithaca High School, was chosen to attend the District 7170 Rotary Youth Leadership Awards program, June 26 - July 1, at Hartwick College. 

This is the first year for a long time that Ithaca Sunrise has supported a RYLA student. We hope to continue doing so! For more information about RYLA and Ms. Wang, see Ken Walker and review the RYLA material on the 7170 web site.

Welcome Jane Wang, Our 2011 RYLA Student! Dalva Hedlund 2011-06-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dalva Hedlund on Jun 17, 2011

From  the District 7170 Web Site --

Reynolds, Dave, Jun 11, 2011

District 7170 Mebership/Extension Committee is working on forming a New Generations Rotary Club in the Tompkins County area! 

This club will welcome young professional and business people to a newly structured club that will meet the needs of our younger generation.  Its emphasis will be "Service Above Self".  

If anyone in this geographic area is discovered to have an interest in becoming  chartered member of this club, please contact Janet Steiner of the Ithaca Noon Rotary Club.  <>


New Gen Tompkins County Rotary Club is Looking for Members Dalva Hedlund 2011-06-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dalva Hedlund on Jun 15, 2011

District 7170 Governor Orville Wright awarded ISR  the District Club Service Award.

Club service involves all the activities Rotarians must perform to make their club function successfully.

The Club Service Award recognizes one Club that has the active support of the Club's programs from a majority of its members.

Congratulations, ISR Rotarians! 


Ithaca Sunrise Rotary Wins Club Service Award Dalva Hedlund 2011-06-16 00:00:00Z 0
District Governor Orville Wright says: Christine (Chris) Haase 2011-06-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Christine (Chris) Haase on Jun 15, 2011

If you missed today's meeting, then you missed a lot! Our program was Lucia Sciore, a local belly dancer whose stage name is Nura. Dressed in her practice outfit, she spoke about the origins and benefits of belly dancing and fielded many good questions from her captive audience. And what would a talk about belly dancing be without a demonstration? A few brave Rotarians got up for a brief lesson. What a fun and informative program!

Belly Dancing at 7:30 in the Morning?! Christine (Chris) Haase 2011-06-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dalva Hedlund on Jun 14, 2011

 YEP, Its a Party! was a great success! 

 Wonderful food. Great music by Yumpity. Dancing and more dancing. Warm fellowship. An enticing silent auction! And the weather cooperated.

 Many thanks to Rita Rosenberg and helpers for organizing the party. And our appreciation to Roni Mays and helpers for putting together the Silent Auction.

 Financial results (approximate):

$1461 net for ISR from ticket sales.

$1,000 from the Silent auction for Camp Good Days.

 $465 from the Silent Auction for ISR Programs.

And a good time was had by All! 


YEP, its a Party! Dalva Hedlund 2011-06-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dalva Hedlund on Apr 15, 2011

 Ken Walker, Karen Creenan, Lynda Myers, Doug Armstrong, Jo Ellen Hedlund and Dalva Hedlund served about 25 seniors with hearty ham and pot luck pickin's.

 The entertainment was the Lifelong Theater Group! About 10 seniors get together and write their own stories to perform individually. They are wonderful. Be sure to see them wherever they perform.

 Karen is the coordinator of this project this year. And she is there every month holding us all together. Thanks, Karen! 

Senior Luncheon, April 10 Dalva Hedlund 2011-04-15 19:06:33Z 0
Posted by Dalva Hedlund on Apr 11, 2011

The Ithaca Sunrise Rotary Club honored Ann M. Colt and Rev. Nathaniel Wright for their outstanding community service by recognizing them as Paul Harris Fellows. The motto of Rotary, with more than 33,000 clubs in over 200 countries, is “Service Above Self .” Honoring non-Rotarians as Paul Harris Fellows is one way of recognizing the value that individuals who live the ideal of service bring to our communities. Paul Harris was the founder of Rotary International. 

Since 1997, Ann M. Colt has served as the Chief Development Officer for United Way of Tompkins County. Under her leadership, along with hundreds of dedicated volunteers, talented staff members, thousands of generous donors, and numerous non-profit organizations, more than $25,000,000 has been raised to support health and human service programs. Ann is a member of the Ithaca Downtown Business Women, National Association of Professional Women, and the Finger Lakes Chapter of the Association of Fund Raising Professionals; serving on its Board of Directors for six years and as Chapter President in 2004. She has been a presenter for Leadership Tompkins, United Way Worldwide, and served on the Marketing Committee for United Way of New York State.  She currently serves on the Advisory Board at Museum of the Earth and in the past she served on the Board of Directors for the Human Services Coalition.  Ann was treasurer of the Lansing Central School District's Parent Teacher Student Organization, a Liberty Partnership Mentor, and served on the District's Shared Decision-Making Team. She was a member of the Town of Lansing Water and Sewer Board, responsible for getting municipal services for several areas in that community. For many years Ann and her family delivered Meals-on-Wheels throughout Tompkins County.

Rev. Nathaniel Wright has been pastor of Calvary Baptist Church, Ithaca, since 2004. In addition to his ministry to individuals and families in the community, he is known for his ability to facilitate communication and build working relationships between diverse groups.  He organized and continues to facilitate on-going peace conversations within the community after the 2010 Greenwood shooting. He participates in on-going discussions of  race equity issues between the Ithaca City School Board and the community at large and serves on the Equity and Inclusion Leadership Council. He serves on the Hospicare Board of Directors and the Cayuga Medical Center Foundation Board of Directors. In addition, Rev. Wright created an after school program at Calvary Baptist utilizing student volunteers from Ithaca College and Cornell University. He has hosted an eight week series of community workshops on how to manage your finances and a three part community health fair.  Rev. Wright was instrumental in joining Calvary Baptist Church with St. Paul's United Method Church to hold an annual Tear Down the Wall benefit concert to foster closer relationships between the Calvary and St. Paul's communities while raising funds for a mutually agreed upon charity. And he was instrumental in organizing a get out the vote effort that provided transportation to and from polling booths on election day for the elderly and those without access to transportation.

The Ithaca Sunrise Rotary Club is proud to recognize the contributions of these outstanding individuals during its 25th Anniversary celebration.

Ithaca Sunrise Rotary Club Honors Two Community Leaders Dalva Hedlund 2011-04-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Christine (Chris) Haase on Feb 24, 2011

[President Ursula read this to the club at our 2/24/2011 meeting.] 


Ithaca Sunrise Rotary

Ursula Russ, President

P.O. Box 6565

Ithaca, NY 14851


February 15, 2011


Dear Ursula,


We have just received your much appreciated donation of $101 toward the construction of the pedestrian suspension bridge in El Charcon, El Salvador. Since my presentation in December, the new bridge has been formally inaugurated with due ceremony and an all-day celebration. We hear that it has become the favorite youth hang-out. More than that, this bridge has made life easier and safer for the residents of this small rural community working so hard to create a better life for itself and a better future for its children.


Please extend this note of thanks to Ithaca Sunrise Rotary for your generous support of our bridge building project. It is deeply appreciated.




Suzanne Geoghegan

for the Binghamton - El Charcon

Sister City Project


P.S. BECSCP is a 50l-c-3 organization.

A Thank You Letter Christine (Chris) Haase 2011-02-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ursula Russ on Jan 23, 2011

You are cordially

invited to attend


the Ithaca Sunrise Rotary

25th anniversary dinner


on the fourteenth of March

two thousand and eleven

at the Country Club of Ithaca

which is located at

189 Pleasant Grove Road, Ithaca


$35 per person

Cocktails will be served at six

Dinner will be served at seven


Please RSVP by

the first of March

An invitation... Ursula Russ 2011-01-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dalva Hedlund on Nov 21, 2010

Local Rotaries Announce Completion of Uganda Water Project!



 ENDICOTT, NY – The Endwell Rotary Club hosted a news conference on 11/10/10 to announce and discuss the completion of a 2-year project that now delivers clean, treated, piped water to 9 public water stands in the rural agricultural Asinge Village in Osukuru Subcounty of the Tororo District of Uganda.  Project partners included the Ithaca Sunrise, Nimmonsburg and Deposit Rotary Clubs as well as the South Central and Capital Rotary Districts.  The Tororo Rotary Club in Uganda is the “on-site” host project sponsor.  “Water, especially safe drinking water, is a genuinely life sustaining resource in East Africa,” said Tom Hranek, Project Coordinator, who visited the Tororo region for 7 weeks in 2008.  “Learning about the water and sanitation needs and the cultures of the people  within Uganda was an amazing, life-changing experience.  The Asinge water project is one of the outcomes of the trip.”

“International Rotary Projects often grow out of the relationships between Rotarians here and in distant lands,” said Carol Belva, President of Endwell Rotary.  “Tom’s first-hand relationships with the Tororo Rotary Club and his background as a licensed engineer gave our local clubs the confidence to invest in the Asinge-Osukuru Clean Water Project.  We’re delighted to see the pictures of our neighbors 8 time zones away and their completed public water stands.  Clean water is now available throughout  the village of 2500 and near its primary school.”

Precious bottled water was served.


Uganda Water Project Press Release Dalva Hedlund 2010-11-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Roger Beck on Oct 31, 2010

We have a great opportunity to improve the lives of young people in our community. The Learning Web needs mentors, and -- we can all be mentors! Here's a memo from Sally Schwartzbach, their Associate Director, who spoke at our meeting a week ago:

WANTED: Mentors for Youths in our Community Roger Beck 2010-11-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Christine (Chris) Haase on Oct 27, 2010

Due to commitments at her business, it is with great reluctance that Lynda Myers must step down as president-elect.

An election was held at our club meeting this morning and Karen Creenan was unanimously voted in as club president for the 2011-2012 Rotary year. Karen just returned from a wonderful trip to Italy and, along with her experience serving on the board of directors and as club secretary, is ready to take the helm next year. Congratulations, Karen!

Thank you, Lynda, for your work on the board and for your willingness to serve as club president. Don't worry--your time will come!

Change of President-Elect Christine (Chris) Haase 2010-10-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dalva Hedlund on Sep 14, 2010
 Thanks to (Ithaca Sunrise) Rotary, a permanent supply of drinkable water is available to Asinge Village, Osukuru Subdistrict, and the Oriyoi elementary school, Uganda. Photos and a series of email communication between Robert Shaka, President of the Tororo Rotary Club and Tom Hranek, Project Leader for the Endwell Rotary Club follow. Well done, Sunrise Rotarians!! We funded half of the cost of the project.
Water in Asinge Village! Dalva Hedlund 2010-09-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jo Ellen Hedlund on Jul 20, 2010

Since Priscila will talk to us about Argentina, it is time to bring back Jo Ellen's quiz from last July. Don't cheat!! 


 Are you smarter than a fifth grader?

What do YOU know about Argentina?

Our Inbound student for the coming academic year is from

Posada, Argentina. Her name is Priscila Horrisberger and she will turn 18 on October 16 th . She is fairly fluent in English and we still need host families for her.

So, to start everyone thinking about Priscila and to build our base of knowledge regarding all things Argentinian, I

thought we could test our current knowledge base.

See how many of these questions you can answer without benefit of the Internet. No cheating!!!!

What is the capital of Argentina?

Name 3 of the 5 countries that border Argentina

What is the predominate language?

What is the "dance" of Argentina?

What is a gaucho?

Name a famous 20 th century revolutionary born there

What animal do tourists want to see wintering in Argentina?

Argentina is home to the highest peak in the Americas. Name it.

What is their currency?

What islands in the Atlantic do they claim?

Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? Jo Ellen Hedlund 2010-07-21 00:00:00Z 0
Check Your Club Commitments!! Dalva Hedlund 2009-11-11 00:00:00Z 0
Bring your magazines to Rotary meetings! Frank M. Smith 2009-11-11 00:00:00Z 0
Hello from Pavan Dalva Hedlund 2008-08-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Christine (Chris) Haase
The Ithaca Sunrise Rotary Club has been invited to participate in a video competition sponsored by the Tompkins Trust Company. We have a chance to win $1000 in this first quarterly round and advance to the final for an additional $5000. We will use the prize money to supplement our annual support of the Rotary Youth Soccer Program. They would like to acquire equipment for the older kids, which costs more.
Here is the link to view the contest and cast your vote:
​You will need to log into a Facebook account and "Like" the page in order to access the contest. You can vote daily until the end of June!
Vote for Ithaca Sunrise Rotary's 1-Minute Video! Christine (Chris) Haase 0
Posted by Christine (Chris) Haase

Where are we in the fight to end polio? What have we accomplished? How can we make history together? Find out on World Polio Day. To mark World Polio Day on October 24, Rotary and Northwestern University’s Center for Global Health will host a live-streamed global status update on the fight to end polio, featuring invited guests including Global Polio Eradication Initiative partners, celebrity ambassadors, polio survivors and Rotary members.

Thu Oct 24, 2013 6:30pm EDT — Thu Oct 24, 2013 8:00pm EDT

Please visit for more information and to tune in on October 24th!


Posted by Christine (Chris) Haase

Ithaca Sunrise Rotary

Spaghetti Dinner!

All you can eat: meat sauce or vegetarian.


Salad bar, garlic bread, drink, and dessert.

Carry out available.

Ithaca High School Cafeteria; Friday November 8, 5 to 7 PM.

Cabaret entertainment by Running to Places!

Only $8 for adults; $5 for kids 5 to 12 years; Under 5 free.

Proceeds from this event support Ithaca Sunrise Rotary youth programs.

Tickets are available from any Sunrise Rotarian

or at the door.

Spaghetti Dinner 2013 Christine (Chris) Haase 0
Posted by Dalva Hedlund

The Ithaca Sunrise Rotary Club presented Camp Good Days and Special Times with a $1,000 check in support of its programs for children and adults. Ithaca Sunrise Rotary raised the funds from a silent auction held in conjunction with the Youth Exchange Party at Oasis Dance Club. The silent auction was supported by the generosity of Ithaca area merchants. 


Rotarian Roni Mays presents a check to Marcie Kreydt for Camp Good Days

ISR Supports Camp Good Days and Special Times Dalva Hedlund 0
Overwhelming Response to Send Shelterbox to Haiti Christine (Chris) Haase 0
Posted by Dalva Hedlund

Congratulations, Ithaca Sunrise Rotary Club!!!

Under the leadership of President Chris Haase, 2008-2009, Ithaca Sunrise Rotary earned two awards at the District 7170 Rotary Foundation Banquet.

The first award is for exceeding the $1,000 goal to match the Gates Foundation contribution to End Polio Now. We achieved a $2,000 plus total for the year!

The second award was for exceeding the goal of a $100 contribution each year for each Rotarian to the Rotary Foundation. Ithaca Sunrise Rotary gave almost $146 per person for the year.

Congratulations Ithaca Sunrise Rotarians. And special thanks to Past President Chris Haase for her leadership in this effort.

Let us keep up the good work.

Foundation Awards Dalva Hedlund 0
Posted by Christine (Chris) Haase

"Not every Rotarian realizes that every dollar, pound, yen, and euro in our Foundation's accounts comes from voluntary donations. None of it—absolutely none—comes from dues."  — Glenn E. Estess Sr., 2009-2010 Rotary Foundation trustee chair, at the 2009 International Assembly in San Diego, California, USA

From the July 2009 ROTARYWORLD, Vol. 16, No. 1: Christine (Chris) Haase 0
Posted by Christine (Chris) Haase

On Friday, July 10, 2009, Ithaca Sunrise Rotarians were at work doing what Rotarians do best: serving their community. Dewey Neild, Ursula Russ, George Sperry, Kathy Larson, Chris Haase, Lynda Myers and Dalva Hedlund were instrumental in handling the sale of Luminary Bags at the Tompkins County Relay for Life held at Lansing High School.

ISR Sells Luminaries at Relay for Life Christine (Chris) Haase 0
Posted by Christine (Chris) Haase
Rotary District 7170's Group Study Exchange (GSE) team will be visiting us at our August 13 club meeting to share their experience in Peru. Please take a moment to visit their blog at They have included journal entries about their travels and some great photos. It is definitely worth a look!
GSE Team is back from Peru! Christine (Chris) Haase 0
Posted by Dalva Hedlund
HBO Documentaries present The Final Inch, a documentary film on the eradication of polio. Go and watch Word has it that it will only be there for free viewing for a limited time. I will guarantee that you will be committed to the cause after seeing this video.
The Final Inch Dalva Hedlund 0
Posted by Dalva Hedlund
The famous Ithaca Sunrise Rotary Spaghetti Dinner was a rousing success!!

Thanks to Ken Walker for getting it done! What a wonderful job, Ken!

Last count was 214 dinners served and probably over $2,000 profit for Club projects.

Thanks also to everyone who helped - and there were a lot of folks: Sunrise Rotarians, students and staff from BOCES Career and Technical Education, Cornell Rotaract students, and the Boy Scouts.

This is a wonderful Sunrise Rotary tradition! Lets do even better - and have more fun - next year!
Great Spaghetti Dinner!! Dalva Hedlund 0
Rotary Radio Dalva Hedlund 0
Posted by Christine (Chris) Haase

In the early 1980s, Rotary started planning and, in 1985, began its aggressive fight to rid the world of polio, a deadly and crippling disease that targeted mostly children in more than 125 countries around the world. Now, in 2008, there are only four countries - Afghanistan, India, Nigeria, and Pakistan - that are still endemic.


How can you help?

Rotary Says "Good-bye" to Polio Christine (Chris) Haase 0