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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.

West Suburban Community Pantry (, located at 6809 Hobson Valley Drive Unit 118, in Woodridge, is devoted to eradicating hunger within the families and individuals in the DuPage & Will County areas. After finding and fostering families and individuals who need care, they can also refer resources to ease and eliminate the circumstances that led customers to seek emergency aid.

The need in our community continues to grow and the individuals and families served by WSCP would be so blessed by additional donations, which can be made at

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.

Naperville Sunrise Rotary President Stephanie Colbert Randall, President-Elect Srini Namasivayam, and member/District Foundation Chair Bruce George attended the Rotary District 6540 Foundation Celebration Dinner on Wednesday, November 9 at Abbington Distinctive Banquets in Glen Ellyn, IL.

The Rotary Foundation supports club projects locally and globally through grants which address Rotary's seven areas of focus: Promoting peace. Fighting disease. Providing clean water, sanitation, and hygiene. Saving mothers and children. Supporting education. Growing local economies. Protecting the environment.

Bruce highlighted our club's recent global grant project - installing 75 clean water tanks in Guatemala, in partnership with Imagine Guatemala and other Rotary clubs and individuals.

The Rotary Foundation values culturally-aware projects that are sustainable in the community they're in, emphasizing that there is no such thing as global grants without training in that community to ensure long-term success.

Sunrise Club members receive refresher on the Rotary Foundation


Sunrise Club members were reminded what the Rotary Foundation is and encouraged to support it during their meeting on Friday November 4.

Foundation Committee chair Nikhil presented information about the Rotary Foundation during the club’s general breakfast meeting and encouraged club members to increase support of the Foundation.

The Rotary Foundation is a non-profit corporation that supports the efforts of Rotary International to achieve world understanding and peace through international humanitarian, educational, and cultural exchange programs. It is supported solely by voluntary contributions. Its seven areas of focus are: 1. Promote peace 2. Fight disease 3. Provide clean water, sanitation, and hygiene 4. Save mothers and children 5. Support education 6. Grow local economies 7. Protect the environment.

The Foundation was created in 1917 by Rotary International’s sixth president, Arch C. Klumph, as an endowment fund for Rotary to “do good in the world”. It has grown from an initial contribution of US$26.50 to more than US$1billion. It has one of the largest and most prestigious international fellowship programs in the world.

Sunrise Club members appreciated the reminder that the Rotary Foundation enhances the club’s ability to serve the community in meaningful ways, in addition to having widespread impact around the globe.

November is Foundation Month in Rotary, so Nikhil encouraged club members to make a donation to the Foundation (

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.

“In the current economic climate where the cost of food, gas and heat are sky rocketing, children, families and seniors who struggle every day now face an even more challenging holiday season,” said Club President Stephanie Randall. “Sunrise Rotary is dedicated to helping kids and families thrive in our community. This is a great opportunity to make our neighbors’ holidays a little brighter during particularly tough times.”

Nonperishable Items Needed

  • New Unwrapped Toys (ages 0-12)

  • New Unwrapped Books (ages 0-12)

  • Diapers and Baby Wipes

  • Boxed Potatoes

  • Canned or Instant Gravy

  • Canned Cranberries or Cranberry Sauce

  • Canned Vegetables or Soups

  • Pumpkin, Apple or Cherry Pie Filling

Club volunteers will be standing by in front of Naperville Country Club, located at 25W570 Chicago Avenue.

All donations will be delivered to the Pantry at its Seven Bridges Woodridge location. Donations can also be dropped off at the Pantry at 6809 Hobson Valley Drive Unit 118, in Woodridge, from 8AM- 4PM Monday through Friday. For additional information or to donate to West Suburban Community Pantry visit

Rotary Club of Naperville-Sunrise Partners for One-Day Book Drive


The numbers are in for the Bernie’s Book Bank One Day Children’s Book Drive partnered by the Naperville Sunrise Club and other Naperville Rotary Clubs. The event was held on Monday, October 10 at the Naperville 95th St. library.

In only 4 hours:

1. 3,286 children’s reading books were donated

2. 7,500 books were sorted and processed

3. 20 Neuqua Valley High School Interactors volunteered

Naperville Sunrise donated 78 new and used books for ages infant to young adult. Over 400 children throughout Chicagoland will benefit from the donated books alone. The Sunrise Club is thrilled to help get these books into the hands of grateful children and improving children’s literacy and the lives of the recipients.

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”


On Friday 10/7/22 local author Nick Ryan, CEO of Marquette Companies based in Naperville, IL, described the life circumstances that led him to write his first book “From Jackass to Joy: Discovering the Art and Science of Love, Marriage, and Blending Family” (available on Amazon

He encouraged Sunrise members and guests to be honest with themselves and their partners about who they are and what will make their lives fulfilled. He said life is a series of negotiations with others through all seasons of life, especially those with whom we are in close relationship. He recommended prioritizing God first, then the marital relationship, followed by children. He found this structure to bring the best order and contentment in his own life. Ryan also said he found that working to make others’ lives better, even those who might otherwise be considered an enemy, always resulted in his own life being more peaceful and joyful.

The Rotary Club of Naperville-Sunrise scheduled Naper Lights 2022 set-up for the first weekend of November


On Friday 11/4/22 and Saturday 11/5/22, The Rotary Club of Naperville-Sunrise will begin set-up of this year’s Naper Lights display on Water St in Downtown Naperville. Members of the public are invited to sign up for a task / time slot by clicking on this Sign Up genius link:

The Sunrise Club is proud to continue to offer positive outdoor family-friendly experience to celebrate the holiday season in our community. This year’s even includes added displays that will increase audience engagement and encourage the community to linger in our beautiful downtown to take advantage of everything it has to offer.

Rotary Club of Naperville-Sunrise Spreads Mulch at Little Friends


On October 1, 2022, members and friends of the Rotary Club of Naperville-Sunrise spent the morning spreading mulch around the playground at the Little Friends Warrenville campus as a part of a landscaping project. Rotarians worked side-by-side with a team from Little Friends to move nearly 100 cubic yards of synthetic mulch/wood chips.

The Little Friends mission is to empower people of all ages experiencing autism, intellectual and emotional disabilities and their families to thrive in their communities. They provide lifelong opportunities for growth, so those we support can work, learn, play and experience the joy of life’s everyday moments. (Source:

Sunrise Rotary is pleased to partner its Clean Sweep crew with such a phenomenal local organization.

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.

Rotary Club of Naperville-Sunrise installs new President and Board


On June 23, 2022, the Rotary Club of Naperville-Sunrise held its Installation Dinner to honor the work of its members over the 2021-2022 year and to install a new President and Board of Directors.

The 2022-23 officer installation dinner at River Place Pavilion was attended by about 30 Rotarians and guests.

Outgoing President Ryan Siebert thanked his Board of Directors and said he has no intention of riding into the sunset and plans to remain an active club member.

Incoming President Stephanie Colbert Randall thanked Ryan for his “let’s do it” attitude and regular pep talks at Friday meetings” which “have made this a really fun place to be and has fostered action and ideas on our projects…and Ryan makes everybody feel valued and needed and has the ability to see the core of an issue and keep focused on the essentials of what the Club is here to do.”

District 6450 Governor-elect Conor Gee performed the swearing-in ceremonies.