Four Avenues of Service:
Vocational, International, Community, Club
West Wichita Interact Club
The Sunrise Rotary Club helped 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 on a service trip to Panama. The students stay with Panamanian Rotarians perform to work on projects for schools in the mountain villages.
High School Senior Scholarship
The Sunrise Rotary Club annually awards two scholarships to high school seniors who have exhibited strong leadership abilities and want 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 .
“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 (an excerpt from a candidate's essay)
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 dedication 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 visits per year.
The second major community service project has been our assistance with Wichita elementary schools Dodge Elementary School, Kensler Elementary School, and most recently, Enders Elementary School.
Rotary International Teacher Exchange Program (RITE)
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 or six Sedgwick County area school teachers to Panama in the summer, and host six teachers from Panama and Argentina in January and February. 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 funding water wells in India.
We Meet Weekly
Our club enjoys informative Thursday breakfast meetings, but we also enjoy getting out to see unique businesses and organizations in 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.