Rotary Club of Niagara Falls Sunrise

Club Information

Welcome to our Club!

Niagara Falls Sunrise

Local Friends - Global Reach

We meet Thursdays at 7:30 AM
Betty's Restaurant (Chippawa)
8921 Sodom Rd.
Niagara Falls, ON L2G 7W5
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Contact Us:
Mailing address: 
P.O. Box 142; Niagara Falls ON; L2E 6S8
Email address:
Club No. 27545
NOTICE Meeting Cancellation
In light of the recent global pandemic outbreak of COVID-19, Rotary International is advising all clubs to examine and evaluate whether to cancel meetings and/or events within each club.
Our board has decided, as a precaution, it is in the best interest of our members, to cancel the next 2 club meetings at Bettys, scheduled for March 19th & March 26th.
We will continue to evaluate the local situation and determine whether the April 2nd meeting will be cancelled or not.

The board meeting scheduled for March 23rd will become a virtual meeting via Zoom.   Dave Berry will send an invite link with easy connection instructions for all to virtually attend.
For up to date information about other cancellations within our district 7090, please click the link below:

Please stay safe & if you need assistance, do not hesitate to reach out for help.
Brilliant presentation by Carling Wright, another potential future Rotarian. 
Carling was representing the new group in Niagara Falls called GROW, a Community Food Literacy Centre.  Their vision is to provide healthy and accessible food for people with low income. Their plan is to use the old Scout building on 4th Street for programs such as the following to provide:
  • Community Lunch and Dinners
  • Community Fresh Market and Pantry
  • Community Gardens
  • Cooking Classes
This project promises to be a tremendous advantage to Niagara Falls.
A Paul Harris Fellowship is granted by both of the Rotary Club of Niagara Falls Sunrise and the Rotary Club of Niagara Falls, in recognition of the contributions that recipients has given to their community.  These are awards that we feel are worthy of people that give, as our motto says, "Service Above Self"!
The 2020 recipients above are
  • Captain Dayman Perry
  • Ann Mantini-Celima
  • Sue Forcier
  • Jessica Gale-Friesen
  • Jim Craig
  • Robert Smith
Today's meeting was relocated to the New City of Niagara Falls Office building. What a great renovation of the old Police Station.  The Building now holds the Business Development Dept, The IT Department and City Facility Offices.  After being in the basement of City Halls, all are happy with this bright, spacious and welcoming space.
Michael Warchala, the Small Business Consultant spoke on the services provided by the City including
  • Business Startup
  • Business Plans
  • Marketing Advice
  • Budgeting
  • Registration and Licensing
Including One on One consulting, Mentoring and a great Innovation Space.
Feb 6th.    Very busy meeting! Introducing new and future Members!
We welcome Zoltan and Suzanna Maros as new members of the Niagara Falls Sunrise club.  From what we understand they both are experienced volunteers and will make great contributions to our community.
An ideal topic presented by our speaker.  Our own Justina Castrilli gave an excellent presentation on Volunteering.  She spoke eloquently and professionally, demonstrating a skill that most of us would envy.  She will have no problem doing well at the final presentation she has to make at her school. 
We also took the opportunity to recognize the dedication and commitment that Dennis Gilmore has given to this club and his community. His generosity has been recognized by RI with a second Paul Harris pin.  (One should recognize that at minimum wage, the amount of time Dennis spends working for this club would have easily gained him three more!)
Members, Family and Friends all helped out the Niagara Falls Community Outreach Soup Kitchen by unloading the Bus after their community Food Drive.  Even those with a broken leg were put to work.  Without a doubt..... Rotary is Family, Fun and Service above Self.
Scott and Karen Wright generously offered their beautiful home for our annual President's "Picnic". 
The ceremony included the award of a Paul Harris to our wonderful Past President BJ Romans. So important did we all feel that this award as deserving; that we invited the District Governor to present it. Thank you BJ for your great service to this Club.
above: BJ, Harry and DG Bob Artis
Our second ceremony was to present a very deserving "Hero Award" to Nancy and Scott.  These two have steered our annual Ribfest through rain and shine for the last 15 years.  Over $500,000 has been  raised because of their "Service Above Self" attitude.    Thank you Scott and Nancy for your contribution to our community.
Scott and Nancy......   Super Heros
See Photo Album for more pictures
What a fascinating speaker.   Elisa Blowe grew up in a horse racing family and has continue the legacy having moved to Fort Erie to help run the Race Track there.  Every member listened intensely as she explained the behind the scenes details of the industry.   Thank you Elisa, your excitement and lovefor this industry was obvious.   We all learned so much. 
President Nancy T with Elisa Blowe
Bob Artis, District 7090's Governor, visited our club this week. Prior to his inspiring speech, he presented to Michael Brown and Carrie Zaffiro recognition  that their service to the club and District has been true "Service Above Self".   Congratulations; and well deserved!
Scott Wright receives a cheque from "birthday boy" Chuck Hodgson for $900 made out to the Rotary Foundation.  That's $10 for every year.....  Chuck said he was taken to Las Vegas by his family.  He said he enjoyed himself but we all know, "What Happens in Las Vegas; Stays in Las Vegas!"
Thank you Chuck.  Your contribution to the foundation will make a difference to your community.
Congratulations to our 2019 Rotary Medallists.
  From Left to right
  • Riley Manels - Stamford Collegiate
  • Daniel Kesseler – St. Michael Catholic HS
  • Julia DeLuca – St. Michael Catholic HS
  • Chole Morgan Van Hemmen – Stamford Collegiate

We wish them well in their future studies and careers.
From "My City" publication by City of Niagara Falls
Niagara Falls Rotary Clubs, Foundation and Sunrise, presented Council with two cheques totaling $75,000 in contribution to section five of the Millennium Recreational Trail, which will now be known as the Rotary StoryWalk® Pathway. Sixteen StoryWalk® boards will be constructed along the trail to help promote the Niagara Falls Public Library's literacy initiatives. 
City Proclamation of Pathway Naming
Sponsor Dale Hall and President BJ Romans welcome 3 new members to the Rotary Club of Niagara Falls Sunrise.  Sang Nyugen, Taylor Wright and Josh Rabe.  The meeting was a great opportunity for members to really meet our new members.  Follow the induction Josh gave a tremendous "Who's Who"!  The test will be next week when he asks random members to pronounce his last name...  (Hint:  It's German not Italian)
Pod Assignments
Month: March 2020    Pod # 2  David S.
Task Member
Set-up Dave Berry
Reception Dave S.
Record fines Dave S.
Introduce / Thanks Speaker  
Tear-down Dave Berry
Next Month April ....  Pod 3 Carrie Z.
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