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living out rotary's motto 'service above self' 


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Welcome to Sunrise Rotary Vero Beach! 

We meet on Wednesday mornings at 7:00 a.m. (breakfast available at 6:30 a.m.) at the Riverhouse - 305 Acacia Road.

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

Some of our areas of focus indclude improving our environment, combating hunger, impacting the health and welfare needs of a variety of popultaions, providing education and job training, promoting peace, eradicating 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.

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July 24th           IRC Economic Opportunity Council

July 31st            Rodger Pridgeon - Corporate Air











Several of our Rotarians braved the heat and spent their morning cleaning up Jones Pier Conservation Area.  


WELCOME Incoming President, Ray Hooker (pictured on the left) , for the 2024-2025 Rotary year!!!  The club "bell exchange" was completed by Steve Kepley.

CONGRATULATIONS Outgoing President, Justin Lefebure (pictured on the right), on a fantastic 2023-2024 Rotary year!!! Arthur Hodge presents Justin with a plaque of appreciation.  


Sunrise Rotary participated in "Juneteenth, a Day of Celebration, in Gifford.  Pictured above is Ernie Poland setting up the tent prior to event.  





Awards presented to the Sunrise Rotary Club at the District Conference for their continued dedication and focus on Service Above Self.    



Eighteen Laptops and iPads were recently awarded to students in the 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade reading program at Gifford Middle School.  







Several Sunrise Rotarians recently made a trip to Gualemala and worked on various projects during their time there.  



Thank you to Jim Parks for constructing and installing our newest Little Free Library at Jaycee Park.  





Sunrise Rotary held a Mother's Day Brunch at St. Francis Manor.  It was an enjoyable morning with great food, fellowship, and fun!  




Kevin Anderson, Mike Murphy, Jack Berrigan and Kevin's son, Oiliver, are pictured above helping with parking at the Blue Angels Air Show.  





Rotarians Wendy Orthober, Pam O'Donnell, Chris Steinkrauss, and Nancy Nitardy are shown reading to elementary school students.  Our club does this twice a week in several local schools to stress the importance of books.


Sunrise Rotarian, Ed Massey, attended ceremonies at the local high schools to present scholarship.

Eight scholarships were given to students at Sebastian River High School.

14 scholrships were given to students at Vero Beach High School.

Three scholarships were given to students at Indian River Charter High School.



Sunrise Rotary and The Mental Health Collaborative held a book signing at The Center for Spiritual Care with Meg Kissinger, nationally known author of “While You Were Out: An Intimate Family Portrait of Mental Illness in an Era of Silence.” Ms. Kissinger was the keynote speaker the following day at the "Mental Health Matters" symposium.  Numerous agenices were on hand to provide information about mental health services available in our area.  





The first Treasure Coast Craft Spirits Festival held this weekend was a enjoyed by the crowd as well as the many Rotarians who worked to make it happen! 



Rotakids Valentine Party for the residents of St. Francis Manor




Imagine School RotaKids picked up 68 pounds of trash at Humiston Beach.  Afterwards they enjoyed a cool treat from Kilwin's.   







Christmas Parade Committee Meeting


Environmental Committee Meeting


Membership Committee Meeting








Larry’s business background includes ten years working with reputable companies such as George Pacific and Pactiv Corporation where he was responsible for over $100 million in combined sales.  This provided the opportunity to understand markets and how they affect the economics of Main Street Americans. Additionally, he was the owner and operator of Treger Studio of Martial Arts. During that time, he acquired the perspective of a small business owner, learning the importance of personal relationships in business and how seemingly small economic policies can drastically affect the dreams of everyday, hard-working people. The discipline that comes with the life-long study of martial arts as well as the instruction of it, has been a vital part of who he is and has assisted him in all aspects of his life.  He resides in Vero Beach, Florida with his wife and their “semi” laidback dog, Watson. In his spare time, Larry enjoys swimming, pickleball, relaxing at the beach, and volunteering in the community.



Heather Chianis currently serves as the Director of Operations of a Healthcare company in Southern California. She holds a PhD in Industrial and Organizational Psychology. In addition to her corporate responsibilities, Heather and her husband, John, are the proud owners of Pepper & Salt BBQ. Despite her demanding careers, Heather is first and foremost a devoted mother to her two young children. Heather is an avid sports enthusiast with a particular passion for baseball and softball. Each year, she eagerly anticipates the opportunity to participate in the Red Sox Fantasy Camp. A highlight for Heather was the chance to fulfill a lifelong dream of playing baseball at the iconic Fenway Park in Boston, an experience that she cherishes to this day.


Brian Rutherford was born in Lancaster, California and relocated with his family to Florida during his childhood. He has been a resident of Vero Beach since 2012. Brian has worked to build his business, Integrity Tree, and become involved in the community.  He is actively studying arboriculture and is a member of the Florida ISA Chapter.  He is very supportive of youth activities in the community.  He currently serves as a board member for the Vero Beach Little League and well as coaches a team.   Brian is also invested in supporting and working with men from transitional sober living homes and offers a second chance by providing a job when they are ready.  Brian and his wife, Jessica, have two boys ages eight (8) and five (5) as well as a newborn baby girl.


Dr. Nardone was born and raised in Wheeling, West Virginia.  He attended Fairmont State University and received a bachelor’s degree in biology and a minor in Chemistry. He then attended The Southern California University of Health Sciences in Whittier, California earning his Doctor of Chiropractic degree.  He eventually went on to receive his Juris Doctorate degree from the Charleston School of Law in Charleston, South Carolina. He has been practicing the science, art and philosophy of chiropractic for over two decades. Emil obtained credentials and certifications in Zone Technique, the ICA council's Certified Chiropractic Wellness Practitioner, The Spinal research Institute of San Diego Whiplash and Brain Injury Traumatology, International Association of Veterinary Chiropractitioners, and Impairment Ratings for Disability Evaluations 5th Ed. He performs Functional Medicine with a focus on whole body nutrition and practices the Pinnacle Chiropractic System. Emil and his wife, Tricia, live in Vero Beach.


Elizabeth was born and raised in Florida. She attended Fellsmere Elementary, Sebastian River Middle School, Sebastian High School, and Indian River Community College. She has worked in construction most of her life starting with Florida Shutters and now owns her own company, IRC Fencing Company. In May of 2023, she opened a bar called the “Short Twig” in Vero Beach. She plans to start a new business soon called D.O.G. Transportation, which will provide transportation for your beloved dog to places including doggie daycare, groomers, or any other type of needed transport. She has a farm in Fellsmere with horses, chickens, turkeys, and cows. She loves anything outdoors and is very fond of air boating and tours local marshes and waterways with her own airboat. Elizabeth has one daughter who serves in the United States Navy. 


Alex Martezian was born in Long Island, New York. He moved to Florida in 2010. He graduated from Centennial High School and attended Indian River State College. He moved to Jacksonville and transferred to the University of North Florida and obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Actuarial Science with a minor in Finance. In December of 2021, he graduated and immediately started working in the insurance field. Alex obtained his 2-20 and 2-15 licenses to work with home, auto, life and commercial insurance products. He moved to Vero Beach and started his career at Florida Farm Bureau Insurance in August of 2022. Since moving to Vero, he has purchased a home, adopted a puppy, and met many wonderful people!


Shannon Davis Norvig grew up in nearby Osceola County. She obtained a Bachelor’s Degree from Florida State University and a Juris Doctorate and Family Law Certificate from Florida Coastal School of Law. She was admitted to the Florida Bar in 2009 and to Federal Tax Court in 2018.Her practice of law concentrates on Estate Planning, Probate and Trust Administration, Guardianship, Probate Litigation and Estate & Gift Taxation.   Shannon and her family have resided in Indian River County for almost a decade and have made it their permanent home. 


Colby Bechtold is a single father, born and raised in Vero Beach. He is a Registered Nurse and held leadership positions in a level one trauma hospital on the intensive care unit and the emergecny department.  Prior to that, he worked for eleven years as a patient care technician in and out of the hospital setting.  In honor of his grandparents, Colby founded (and is the owner of) Hummingbird Care Services.  He and his team provide compassionate in-home companion services, personal assistance services, memory care assistance and respite care.  In his spare time, Colby plays cello, flies paramotors, and loves nature and photography. 


John is originally from Brooklyn, New York. After high school, he enlisted in the United States Army. After completing his military service, he received an Associate of Applied Science degree in Criminal Justice from Suffolk County Community College and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Relations from St. Joseph’s College. John held several corporate asset protection positions at Macy’s, Federated Department Stores, and Saks Fifth Avenue. In 2004, he moved to Maryland and eventually expanded his retail career as the General Manager for Home Depot.  John and his wife, Cindy, relocated to Vero Beach in 2016 to be closer to family.  John and Cindy both enjoy successful careers as realtors with Dale Sorenson Real Estate. He currently serves as Chairman for the City of Vero Beach Historic Preservation Commission and and works with the Indian River Board of Elections as a poll deputy. John and Cindy have three children and four grandchildren. In his spare time, John enjoys walking the beach, cooking with Cindy, and spending time with their grandchildren.


Colleen grew up in Vero Beach with her parents and brother. Colleen’s brother got her involved in Rotary years ago and she has loved it ever since! She has been an active Rotarian with the Rotary Club of Vero Beach for the past eight (8) years and is a past president. She has been involved in many local projects and events with her primary focus being high school homelessness.  She started a Christmas drive at the local high school seven (7) years ago. Coleen is a local realtor with Billero & Billero Properties.  She is on the Realtors Association of Indian River County Board of Directors and serves on five committees for Florida realtors. When Colleen is not giving back to her community or selling real estate around the clock, she enjoys spending time with her family, her fiancé (Jason), friends, and her Potcake (Cooper). In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, boating, fishing, winter skiing, and cooking.


Originally from Texas, Nick attended Furman University and then graduated law school at Southern Methodist University in 2008. He met his wife, Christina, at Furman.  In May they celebrated their 17th anniversary.  After Nick graduated in 2008, they moved to Savannah, Georgia so Christina could pursue her passion of interior design by attending (and graduating Summa Cum Laude) from Savannah College of Art and Design. In 2011 they relocated to Vero Beach to be closer to her parents. Nick joined the law firm of Collins Brown as an estate planning and tax attorney. After 10 years in that role, he switched gears and joined UBS as a financial advisor. They are the proud parents of twins Carlisle and Samuel and are actively involved in the community and various nonprofits. If he’s not at the office, you can probably find him at the beach with his son surfing, helping his daughter learn guitar, or losing golf balls. Nick also enjoys cooking, reading and spending time with his family.


Raymond served 8 years in the US Navy Reserve with three active-duty deployments to Southwest Asia and Europe. He retired as a Detective from NYPD after 22 years of service. After retiring from NYPD, Raymond owned and operated a private security company which provided executive protection for international visitors to the United States. Due to the pandimic in 2021, Raymond closed his security business and relocated to Vero Beach. It wasn’t long before Raymond’s entrepreneurial spirit motivated him to purchase the local PostNet Franchise.   Raymond is a member of the IRC Chamber of Commerce, the local BNI Power Partners of IRC chapter, and a member as well as a board member of the Vero Beach Chamber of Commerce. He’s been married to his wife Azalia for 34 years.  They have three daughters and a grandson.


Captain Kelvin Garcia has a Bachelor in Industrial Engineering from Technical University Ecuador. He completed two years at The Salvation Army seminar and graduated as a Minister, and is currently working on his second bachelor's degree in Christian Ministry at Trevecca University.  Captain Kelvin is from Ecuador, and Captain Niuris is from Cuba. They arrived in the United States in the same year, 2005, and moved to Naples, FL, where they met in The Salvation Army Church and married in 2010. They came to Vero Beach from Miami Dade County, where, for the last five years, he and his wife were responsible for the programs and services of The Salvation Army Hialeah. Captain Kelvin and his family assumed their new position in Vero Beach in June 2022.  Captain Kelvin is active in the community with the programs The Salvation Army provides such as the Food Pantry, Emergency Disaster, Soup Kitchen, Utilities Assistance, Summer Camps, Youth Programs/Music Program, Christmas Assistance for Children and Seniors, Back to School Supplies, and more. They have three children: Caleb, David, and Angelina.


Rotary Means Business meets the first Thursday of each month 

7:30 - 8:30am

Baci Trattoria - 1918 14TH Avenue

 Contact a Sunrise Rotarian for your invitation

Rotarians are welcome!  

Rotary Means Business encourages Rotarians to support the success of their fellow Rotarians by doing business with them, and by referring others to them.    





Our Club was one of the sponsors and our members particiated in the Indian River Lagoon Greenway Air Potato Cleanup event.  They along with others, helped in the effort to "get ahead of the spread."  

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.










Another Craft Brew and Wingfest is in the books.  It was a great day!


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Several Sunrise Rotarians were out bright and early participating in the Hallstrom Conservation Cleanup.  The 100+ acres around the Hallstrom Farmstead were purchased by Indian River County and are being restored as a nature preserve and green space. The County expects the 93-acre conservation area around the Hallstrom House to be open to the public sometime in early 2023.


Pictured above at a recent event held by the Treasure Coast Girls Coalition: Shala Edwards , Director and Sunrise Rotarians Wilfred Hart and Pam O'Donnell.



Rotarians Pam O'Donnell, Mike Murphy, and Gail DeRoy supporting Trent (past presidnet of the IRCHS Interact Club) and Lindsey (current president) during the Rotakids and Jurior Interact Orientation/Open House at Imagine Schools at South Vero.  


Community Service

Chair - Debbie Avery


Chair - Sue Flak

Health & Wellness 

Chair - Linda Scott


Chair - Rick Root


Chair - Wendy Orthober


Chair - Robyn Stone

Public Image

Co-Chair - Deb Avery

Rotary Means Business

Chair - Darrell Horn


Chair - Ed Massey


Chair - Linda Scalco


Chair - Mike Murphy











Sunrise Rotary is involved with the Ocean Research & Conservation Association’s Pollution Mapping Project on a regular basis.  The most recent expedition Saturday included Rotarians Mike Murphy, Jack Diehl, Kathy Lindsey, Justin Lefebure.  They collected samples from the lagoon then analyzed and reported their findings at ORCA’s Center for Citizen Science.  The two lagoon sampling sites our members monitor on a regular basis are the areas behind the Riverhouse and the dog park. This sampling provides needed data to initiate and maintain conservation actions. The purpose of the poject is to educatte and engage community members in solving the problmes that lead to the degradation of the Indian River lagoon.  




Sunrise Rotary recently held a community fridge grand opening at the Mueller campus of IRSC.  The refrigerator was donated by David Thompson and Laura and David Kennedy in memory of their father, Jim Thompson, a 65 year Rotarian and member of Sunrise Rotary.  The refrigerator is located in a room that also provides space for dry goods, personal hygiene items, clothing and shoes.  



Our newest Little Free Library.  Thank you Jim Parks!!!



Sunrise Rotary partnered with other local agencies to establish another community refrigerator.  Pictured above (L-R): Wanda Scott (Fridge Coordinator), Sue Flak, Sister Mary Jackson, Chief Touchberry, Pam O'Donnell, Debbie Martens, and Jill Brown at the grand opening of the Gifford Community Fridge.






Many or our Rotarians helped with St. Francis Manors' Jazz Under the Starz fundraiser.  It's an annual event our Club supports.