Rotary is making a difference around the world! A plastic waste collection and recycling operation led by Prakash Tata (involving The Rotary Club of Naperville, Naperville Sunrise Rotary, Rotary club of Lake District Moinabad, Bharathi Theertha, and other Indian nonprofit organizations) won Grand Prize of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists for small projects. The $120,000 project provides collection vehicles and machinery required to pelletize plastic waste. The project will employ 25 youth and process up to 2 tons of material daily. Congratulations to all involved!
Sunrise Club welcomes international guests
Naperville Sunrise Rotary recently received visiting Rotarian Dr. Yogi Devaraj and his representative Lilia Meidinger. Dr. Yogi brought greetings from his home club in India, Rotary Bangalore Global Yoga Club, RID 3190, the first cause-based Rotary club in the world, which he founded. Dr. Yogi presented Sunrise President Stephanie Colbert Randall with a uttariya and the two exchanged club banners. Yogi briefly discussed his mission to spread awareness of yoga for the health, happiness, and peace of all Rotarians. Dr. Yogi is Founder President of Swami Vivekananda Yoga Research and Holistic Health Trust in Bangalore. He is also Vice President of Yoga University of The Americas in Miami, Florida.
Neuqua Valley High School NVeco club discusses microplastics and sustainability
On Friday, April 21, the Naperville Sunrise Rotary Club welcomed sponsors and members of the Neuqua Valley High School Environmental Club (NVeco). The student-led organization’s mission is to raise awareness of how we impact the environment, and to promote the protection of people, wildlife, and the planet from environmental harm. The Rotary group heard from NVeco’s President Grant, Vice-President Olivia, and general member Dhruv about microplastics, along with product ideas to reduce waste in everyday life. The students also encouraged Rotarians to keep both business and sustainability in mind when making decisions in their businesses. NVeco's website is NVeco.org.
Hands-on ravioli night raises money for club’s International projects
Sunrise Rotary visits Little Friends’ new campus
Community volunteers aid in Sunrise Rotary’s NaperLights wrap-up
On Saturday, January 7, Rotarians and friends of Rotary came out to help the Rotary Club of Naperville-Sunrise take down its annual holiday lights display, NaperLights. Dozens of adult and student volunteers removed the displays from Jaycees Park in Downtown Naperville and packed them away for next year. The club relies on members and community volunteers to bring NaperLights to Water Street in Downtown Naperville each year.
Sunrise club supports young women in Honduras through Feminine Hygiene Project
On Friday, January 6, members of the Rotary Club of Naperville-Sunrise spent their first meeting of the year making templates and cutting fabric to be made into affordable, reusable cloth-based sanitary napkins for needy girls and women. The fabric will be sent to small businesses in Honduras to complete and distribute locally. In a country where often, young women drop out of school or have difficulty working once they begin menstruating, this program empowers women to complete their education and find gainful employment and additional income. The program also provides work for small businesses and reduces the impact of disposable sanitary products on the environment.
Sunrise club enjoys musical holiday cheer
The Sunrise Club enjoyed festive song and dance performances by talented young members of Road Show, Inc during its annual holiday meeting on Friday December 16. The musical numbers full of holiday cheer were a special way to wrap up our final general club meeting of 2022 and enter the holiday season.
Food, toys, and books donated to West Suburban Community Pantry
On Friday November 4, member of the Naperville Sunrise Rotary collected donations for West Suburban Community Pantry.
In total, the club collected 325 lbs of food, as well as many toys and books. In addition, $550 in Rotary donations was spent on holiday food, Legos, and dolls of all colors for the pantry.
Sunrise members celebrate humanitarian projects made possible through the Rotary Foundation
Sunrise Club members reminded what the Rotary Foundation is and encouraged to support it.
Sunrise Club members receive refresher on the Rotary Foundation
November is Foundation Month in Rotary, so Nikhil encouraged club members to make a donation to the Foundation (https://my.rotary.org/en/donate).
Sunrise Rotary holding a Holiday Drive-By Drop-off Food and Toy Drive
The Rotary Club of Naperville-Sunrise is holding a Holiday Drive-By Drop-off Food and Toy Drive from 8AM to 10AM on Fri., Nov. 4, 2022, in front of Naperville Country Club, the Club’s regular meeting place. The event is planned to support West Suburban Community Pantry which serves over 750 families each week from Naperville, Lisle, Woodridge, Bolingbrook, Westmont, Willowbrook and Romeoville.
Rotary Club of Naperville-Sunrise Partners for One-Day Book Drive
Sunrise Rotary club provides upkeep of memorial garden
Members and friends of the Naperville Sunrise Rotary club came together on October 16 for a fall cleanup of the Ron Buonauro memorial garden at St. Patrick’s Residence in Naperville. About 8 volunteers conducted a general cleanup of the plant beds. Beautiful morning and great fellowship! The garden provides a place for the residents and staff of St. Patrick’s to relax and rest. It was dedicated in memory of longtime Sunrise Rotarian Buonauro in 2003. Buonauro was a volunteer and avid supporter of St. Patrick’s, where his mother had lived out her last years.
Local author Nick Ryan shared what led him to write book “From Jackass to Joy: Discovering the Art and Science of Love, Marriage, and Blending Family”
Rotary Club of Naperville-Sunrise Spreads Mulch at Little Friends
Champion coach Al Carius inspires club with his definition of success
On Friday 9/16/22 longtime North Central College cross country coach Al Carius inspired us to strive for our personal best rather than compare ourselves to others, focusing on the process and enjoyment of developing our character through all of life's ups and downs. He defined success as "making the most of our God-given talents" and shared stories and wisdom from his fruitful 57-year career as head cross country coach at North Central College, which included many championships and titles.