Welcome to the Rotary Club of Burbank Sunrise! We are a non-profit service club actively involved in humanitarian efforts in our community and the world! Come to one of our meetings and see what we are all about. Rotary is a global network that strives to build a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change. Rotary values diversity and celebrates the contributions of people of all backgrounds, regardless of their age, ethnicity, race, color, abilities, religion, socioeconomic status, culture, sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity. 
 
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"Great things happen when good people come together." Paul Harris

We meet In Person
Tuesdays at 7:15 AM
Another Broken Egg Cafe
250 E Olive Avenue
Burbank, CA 91502
United States of America
*****Club will continue to meet on Zoom until further notice due to COVID. Email us for more info at Burbanksunriserotary@gmail.com
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We are so excited for our second annual Smile Bag delivery to Family Promise of the Verdugos in honor of Rotary Peace Days! We adopted six families transitioning into housing from homelessness. Our families had all endured some sort of trauma from fleeing from domestic violence to mental health illnesses. This gentleman never expected to be a homeless father but thanks to Family Promise, a new job, and our Smile bags, the future is full of hope!!
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The Rotary Club of Burbank Sunrise donated healthy snacks to our local YMCA Social Impact Center. The Social Impact Center is the first of its kind in Burbank. The center supports the LGBTQ+, social justice, and foster communities and offering a safe place for Burbank Youth and all individuals to be themselves.

At our 4th of July party, Burbank Sunrise Rotarians donated food and pet supplies for the Burbank Animal Shelter! First project of the new Rotary year! We intend to support them further throughout the year!

 
Early morning for some Sunrise Rotarians as we came out to support the Burbank Family Service Agency’s annual CareWalk. This year they honored the amazing Mickey DePalo! Proud to be one of the sponsors of this fundraiser to the agency that provides a broad array of counseling services in our community.
Sunrise Rotarian Dave Carletta was proud to present the first annual Liz Carletta Memorial Scholarship to Ashley Maricevic from Village Christian in honor of his wife who lost her battle with COVID. Ashley will be pursuing a career in the medical field as did Liz.
Sunrise Rotarian Dave Carletta was proud to present the first annual Liz Carletta Memorial Scholarship to Ashley Maricevic from Village Christian in honor of his wife who lost her battle with COVID. Ashley will be pursuing a career in the medical field as did Liz.
 
Each year the Rotary Club of Burbank Sunrise is pleased to present scholarships to deserving students in our area. This year we were proud to award almost $13,000 in scholarships to Burbank, Burroughs, and Village Christian graduates. We also awarded a $1000 scholarship to a student from Village Christian who will be pursuing a career in the medical field in memory of our friend Liz Carletta who lost her battle with COVID last December. These students are all so amazing it makes it hard to pick!!!
Congratulations to our very own Lee Stacy on receiving the Ian Jones Humanitarian Award from Rotary District 5280!  This is one that is not given every year, but District Governor Bette Hall honored Lee as he has handled the District's grant program for the last 10 years helping better the lives of people locally and abroad! Bette described Lee as one of the most patient, kindest people she knows, who gently nudges us all along every year to submit for grants and then makes sure our grants are administered properly and our reports to RI are timely. She described Lee as the consummate Rotarian. The award is a thank you for his many years of true dedication and professionalism! 
 
Burbank Sunrise was proud to help sponsor the Shake, Rattle, and Roll fundraiser for Family Promise of the Verdugos, combating homelessness one family at a time! Held in the parking lot of the Starlight Bowl in Burbank, it was just like a drive-in! We ate picnic dinners and enjoyed the sounds of an Elvis Tribute band! We honored Chuck Cusumano, a longtime member of the Burbank business community and very active in philanthropic and charitable service, as well as Pat and Laura Patterson who are faithful partners to Family Promise. Fun fact, Pat is a past president of Burbank Sunrise Rotary!!
 
 
 
Burbank Sunrise was please to present Brighton Thomas with a Vocational Grant. The grant was funded with a combination of district and club funds. Brighton is a graduate of John Burroughs HS. She is attending the Musicians Institute in Hollywood where she is studying Audio Engineering and Studio Recording. Some of her highlights include being awarded the title of Ambassador for Michael Feinstein’s Songbook Academy, being a Grand Prize Finalist for the Music Center Spotlight Program, performing at the Pantages Theatre, and singing at the Disney Concert Hall! Due to COVID, we were not able to present her check in person but we were able to speak with her at one of our Zoom meetings where she thanked our club and told us how much it meant to her to be awarded the scholarship. We wish her success in her future aspirations! 

 
 
 
Burbank Sunrise Rotary and the Rotary Club of Burbank Noon used a District Grant and club funds to purchase a new freezer for Burbank Temporary Aid Center. Club Presidents Kelli Lowers and Barry Gussow presented CEO Barbara Howell with the checks! 
 
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Holiday parties are challenging in the time of COVID but doesn’t mean we can’t have them! We ordered snowman paint kits and had a paint and sip party over Zoom! We logged in for cocktails, which really helped with the painting, and fellowship! Yes, we couldn’t get together in person, but we really had a great time!!
Burbank Sunrise Rotary adopts families each year as part of the Burbank Coordinating Council Holiday Basket Program. The baskets each contain several days worth of food, a holiday dinner, grocery gift card, and gifts for all members of the family. The sleigh is loaded and Burbank Sunrise is out delivering holiday baskets to the families we adopted! Doing our part to spread some holiday cheer!! 

COVID has certainly had an effect on how we serve our communities. Normally this time of year, Burbank Noon and Burbank Sunrise would be putting on a holiday party and dinner for developmentally challenged teens and adults. This year, we decided on a drive thru party where they could at least get their gifts from Santa. Sadly with the spike in COVID cases including in our own Rotary families, we were reduced to dropping off the gifts for about 75 clients at BCR A Place to Grow. As I’ve become fond of saying, things are exactly the same only different. Ho Ho Ho! 
 
 
Burbank Sunrise joined with the  Kids Community Dental Clinic with a drive-thru no contact trick or treat for low income families! Happy Halloween!!!
 
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