Four Avenues of Service:
Vocational, International, Community, Club
West Wichita Interact Club
The Sunrise Rotary Club helped to start the Interact Club of West Wichita in 2002. Interact is a platform for teaching ethics and service to students at west Wichita high schools. Currently, members of the club represent Bishop Carroll, Goddard Eisenhower and Andale High School. Bi-annually, the Sunrise Rotary Club helps sponsors a group of Interact students for a service trip to Panama. The students stay with Rotarians in Panama and perform work projects for schools in the mountain villages. Brent Dome, Sunrise Rotarian, is the current sponsor.
High School Senior Scholarship
The Sunrise Rotary Club annually awards a $1000 scholarship to a high school senior who has exhibited strong leadership abilities and wants to continue their education either at a vocational technical school or college. Qualifications for the scholarship include a proven involvement in school, church and community activities, a 250 word essay on what the Rotary Four-Way Test means to them and how they will live these characteristics in their lives.
(an excerpt from a candidate's essay)
“Truth is a difficult word to define. You know it when you hear and know it when you didn’t receive it. Without truth you really don’t have much else. You constantly require truth in all aspects of your life. Truth from your family, truth from your job, and truth from yourself. The last one is probably the most difficult at times to reconcile with.” – Jake
Sunrise Boundless Playground and USD Wichita public elementary schools
The West Sedgwick County Rotary Club Sunrise has accomplished many service projects throughout its history, but two stand out – the development and building of the 1.5 acre Sunrise Boundless Playground in Sedgwick County Park. Visitors to Sedgwick County Park doubled in one year after the playground’s opening – rising from 500,000 to over a million.
The second major community service project has been our assistance with two Wichita elementary schools Dodge Elementary School, Kensler Elementary School, and most recently, Enders Elementary School.
In addition to sponsorship of Interact students to Panama, each year the Sunrise Rotary Club and the West Wichita Rotary Club partner to send five to six Wichita area school teachers to Panama, and host six plus teachers from Panama and Argentina. The RITE program (Rotary International Teacher Exchange) has been going on for almost 20 years, and has touched a conservative estimate of 400 to 500 teachers who are sharing methods and strategies for teaching English as a Second Language.
Another program we are proud of is our active participation in providing the funding to drill water wells in India.
Our club enjoys informative breakfast meetings, but we also enjoy getting out to see unique businesses and organizations within our community. We’ve taken field trips to NIAR (National Institute for Aviation Research), Mark Arts, Starkey, and the Recycling Center to name a few. About once a year we have our meetings (Fireside Meetings) at a host members’ place of business to learn more about them and what they do.