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living out rotary's motto 'service above self' 


    sunrise rotary vero beach invites you to join us !    

Welcome to Sunrise Rotary Vero Beach!  Chartered in 1989, Sunrise Rotary Vero Beach is made up of nearly 100 distinguished members of our community who volunteer throughout Vero Beach, Indian River County, the state of Florida and internationally under the motto 'Service Above Self.'

We are always forming connections to improve the health of our environment, combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, provide education and job training, promote peace, eradicate polio and so much more.  We are small business owners, corporate executives, non-profit leaders, government officials, as well as retired executives and professionals who meet weekly to share camaraderie, hear from speakers on important topics, and plan meaningful projects to benefit  others.


Meeting Time:
Wednesday at 7:00 am -  8 am
Breakfast is served at 6:30 am

Meeting Place:
The Riverhouse @ the base of the Barber Bridge
305 Acacia Road
Vero Beach, FL  32963


Vero Rotarians Host 45th Annual Homestay!

Local Rotarians from five clubs in Indian River County welcomed incoming  District Governors from five countries into their homes in Vero Beach for a week in January to share our community, develop friendships and build international understanding.  It was a week filled with good fun, touring, dining and great fellowship. Now in its 45th year, Homestay Vero Beach is a week-long series of events and get-togethers meant to foster goodwill among Rotarians across the globe. 

This year's visiting DGE's came from England, South Africa, Israel, the Netherlands and New Zealand.  In their words, Homestay Vero Beach was  "warm, welcoming, absolutely fantastic, well balanced, powerful, fascinating, and memorable!"  Congratulations DGE's and may you have a wonderful year ahead!


Rotary District 6990 Thanks Sunrise Rotary Vero Beach for Rotary Bahamas Relief

Sunrise Rotary Vero Beach recently received the following letter from Ray Williams, District Governor, Distict 6990:

I wanted to pass on our very sincere thanks to Robin Pelensky and Bob McCabe and all the members of The Sunrise Rotary Vero Beach Club for your incredible support of our District’s efforts to help our fellow Rotarians and all the residents of Grand Bahama Island.  Your check made payable to the Robbins Fund will be a great help in our commitment to help the residents there to restore and rebuild their homes, their businesses and most importantly their lives.

As you may know we have 5 Rotary Clubs and 2 Rotaract Clubs on the Island.  The experience of leading the efforts to provide immediate relief and now helping to rebuild their communities has bonded all our Rotarians into an amazing group of community leaders that are coordinating and driving the good working of not only Rotarians but several of the NGOs who have stepped up to help.  In their role to coordinate all this international support, they now truly understand the power of Rotary Connects the World.

Thank you again for your Club’s very generous contribution to this effort.

Ray M Williams

District Governor (2019-2020)

Rotary International District 6990

Days after Hurricane Dorian hit the Bahamas, Rotary Vero Beach Sunrise Foundation, the club's own 501c3 foundation, offered to match dollar for dollar up to $10,000 all donations made by Sunrise members for the Bahamas Relief. 

By the end of September, club members more than matched that amount and will be sending $22,863 to Rotary Bahamas Relief through Districts 6990 and 7020. Past President Kevin Anderson's son Oliver and his friends created their own lemonade stand to raise money and donated it towards the effort.  Former Sunrise member and US National Jiu Jitsu Champion, also contributed $3,500 from funds raised at one of his Brazilian Jiu Jitsu locations.  Sunrise Rotary Vero Beach practicing Service Above Self ! 


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Homestay International District Governors Elect




VIP at VBO – Something is Brewing

Friday, February 7, 2020

6:30-9:00 pm

@ Vero Beach Outlets, Vero Beach

Join Vero Beach Outlets Friday, February 7 as it hosts VIP at VBO – Something is Brewing!  Part of the 2020 Florida Craft Brew and Wingfest, event sponsors and ticket-holding guests will be treated to tastings by local Home brewers and local restaurants under a special event tent in the center of the parking lot at the Vero Beach Outlets, located west of I-95 at Exit 147 in Vero Beach.



Florida Craftbrew & Wingfest

Saturday, February 15, 2020

11:30 am - 4:00 pm

@ Royal Palm Point, Vero Beach

The Florida Craft Brew & Wingfest is the premier fundraiser for the Sunrise Rotary Club of Vero Beach. All profits benefit charitable projects in Indian River County and abroad. Raise money for charity by purchasing a tasting bracelet which allows you to sample from hundreds of delicious craft brews, including rare selections and high quality local home brews. Fill your belly with a variety of chicken wings prepared by local chefs and amateur competitors vying for glory in the wing competition. Bring the family to chill on the lawn and jam to the bands, taking in the sun and fun. If you want a full cup of beer stroll over to one of four beer trucks pouring golden hopped glory all afternoon. Pairing beer and wings for a good cause is sure to provide a memorable experience that will keep you coming back each February!

While supplies last, use coupon code “Rotary5" to save $5.00 each on up to 2 bracelets.   All sales are final.



Full Moon Jazz Concert

6:30 - 8:30 pm

@ St. Francis Manor

$25 includes dinner & one adult beverage

St. Francis Manor provides affordable housing for  seniors on a limited income. So many seniors are living strictly on their social security and need a safe affordable place to call home. SFM was built in 1974 and continuously needs improvements. This fundraiser will help The Manor continue to improve and update the buildings and grounds which over 120 seniors who call it home.

Sunrise Rotary is a proud sponsor of this event!


Tuesday 25 @ 6:30 pm  & Saturday 29 @ 9 am

FREE Rain Garden Workshop @ Garden Club of IRC

2526 17th Avenue, Vero Beach




Gifford Youth Orchestra



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Sunrise Rotary Dominican Republic

Dental, Literacy & Water Trip




Community Service & Partnerships

Chair - Jane Burton


Chair - Mike Murphy


Chair - Pam O'Donnell


Chair - Tom Groendyke

Health & Welfare 

Chair - Pam O'Donnell


Chair - Jane Burton


Chair - Marty Lewis


Chair - Mike Murphy

World Community

Chair - Rick Root


get involved

With nearly 100 members, Sunrise Rotary Vero Beach has been taking action to serve our local and global community since 1989.

  • Enjoy Professional Networking, Friendship and Fellowship.
  • Get Involved in Local Community Service
  • Experience International Awareness and Service
  • Share your Time and Experience with Youth through many Youth Services projects
  • Stay Informed with Exciting Weekly Programs and Speakers
  • Contact Us Now to Learn More.


Sunrise Rotary Receives Dyer Difference Award

Special to Treasure Coast Newspapers USA TODAY NETWORK – FLORIDA

One of the top three annual events in Indian River County is Florida Craft Brew & Wingfest – a day when the whole community takes wing – chicken wing, that is.

Rotary Club of Vero Beach Sunrise Foundation puts on the event to help fund services provided to tens of thousands of individuals through over 50 service projects each year, and the community flocks to attend and enjoy craft brews of every conceivable flavor and a whole lot of wings. The event, which is scheduled for Feb. 15, will feature over 180 craft and micro brews, four live bands, and a wing contest to see which local restaurant has the Best Vero Beach Wings.

And while the Dyer Difference Award Committee loves wings, what they loved even more about the event is Rotary Club of Vero Beach Sunrise’s commitment to the community through support of educational, youth guidance, environmental, nutrition, and service projects. That’s why they chose Rotary Club of Vero Beach Sunrise as the December Dyer Difference Award recipient in Indian River County.

By Brian Carman, Past President of the Rotary Club of Vero Beach Sunrise, United States

This project began as most Rotary projects do. I was invited to participate in a new effort by the Rotary Club of Vero Beach Sunrise to visit the Dominican Republic and learn about local efforts to improve drinking water. Three past presidents were leading the project by building on work Rotary clubs in Michigan had done. As president-elect, I wanted to know more.

The basis of the project was to assess the needs of the local community, and if possible to implement and sustain, we would fund as much of the project as we were able.   Read more ...

Sunrise Rotary supports Gifford Youth Orchestra

Sunrise Rotary Club not only puts its money where its mouth is, but also gives generously of its time and physical support of other charitable organizations. Their members don't just make donations, they shine! Sunrise Rotarians get involved in making a difference in the community they serve. They personally interact with the leadership, the children, the families, through networking, meetings, attending events, responding to calls for help, and many other services. These Rotarians are business people who put their strength into caring for and caring about their community and about the recipients of their good hearts. Sunrise Rotary is an exceptional group of individuals focused on service!   Read More...


Sunrise Rotary Vero Beach Participates in Vero Beach Centennial Parade - A Perfect Chili Challenge Reminder!

A special thanks to Todd Darress, Marty Lewis, Jack Diehl, Carl Fetzer & Gene O'Donnell for helping with the wagon. Thanks to Stuart Kennedy, Michael Kanuka, Marc Gingras, Larry Parks, Steve Lauer, Brenda Bradley for their part in the Rotary Float today. Thanks to club members, Billy Halliday, Kathy Lindsey, Tracy Carroll, Pam O'Donnell, Susan Wert Melton, Cindy Panigal, Ann Marie Amante, Tom Groendyke, and Rotary Community Corp members Gene & Eva.

The Rotary Foundation


The Rotary Foundation transforms your gifts into service projects that change lives both close to home and around the world.  Since it was founded more than 100 years ago, the Foundation has spent more than $4 billion on life-changing, sustainable projects.  With your help, we can make lives better in your community and around the world.

Our mission

The mission of The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.

What impact can one donation have?

  • For as little as 60 cents, a child can be protected from polio.

  • $50 can provide clean water to help fight waterborne illness.

  • $500 can launch an antibullying campaign and create a safe environment for children.


Rotary Means Business meets every second and fourth Thursday,

7:30 - 8:30am

at Chelsea's on Cardinal Drive. 

Rotarians are welcome!