Club Service

Business Encounters

Co-Chairs: Rich Donaldson and David Faulk
Twice a year, Sunrise Rotarians are asked to host a meeting at their office or at a business that would be of particular interest to the members. Business Encounters are held at the same time as the weekly meetings. The club’s membership is divided into six (?) Business Encounter sites. The committee chairs identify six members who will host the Business Encounter and coordinate all activities associated with the meeting.


Co-Chairs:  Jeremy Perque and Michael Donahue 

The Membership Committee is vital to Sunrise Rotary since it is the members that make this club exemplary. Membership qualifications are set forth by the officers and board members and passed on to the membership committee for implementation. This committee encourages active members to invite their friends and business associates to consider joining Sunrise Rotary, reviews new member applications, proposes new members to the club’s Officers and Directors and meets with prospective members and new members.

Public Relations

Co-Chairs: Gretchen Varnell and Buddy Webre
Getting information about the work Sunrise Rotary does to make Baton Rouge a better place to live is important to the success of the club. The Public Relations Committee provides news stories, press releases and photographs of Sunrise Rotary activities to the local media outlets.

The Website Committee is responsible for keeping the Sunrise Rotary website fresh and current so members have information about current, future and past activities, as well as information about their fellow members. The Website Committee has recently updated the website to provide an avenue for members and the public to easily access the calendar of events and to learn more about Sunrise Rotarians through the Rotary Spotlight.

RRRR Regular Rotary Restaurant Rendezvous

Chair: Skip Sharrer
RRRR was established for Sunrise Rotarians to meet for lunch once a month with two or three fellow Rotarians so members could get to better know each other on a more personal level. Emails are sent each month to all Sunrise Rotarians interested in participating in RRRR letting them know who they will be meeting and which of the members is responsible for setting up the lunch meeting date and location.


Co-Chair: Bart Zimmerman and Tony Nicolich
Good speakers and programs provide Sunrise Rotarians with information about what is going on in their community and in Rotary. The Program committee coordinates interesting and informative speakers and programs for every Rotary meeting through the input of committee members as well as suggestions from club members. This committee meets regularly to discuss and select people and programs focused on topics that are of interest to the members.

Sergeant at Arms Committee

Co-Chair: Steve Gammon and Mike Donahue
Committees gets volunteers to assist with weekly duties which include:  setting up name tags, flags and banners before each meeting.  Setting out the sign in sheet for guests and sending the list to the Rotary office each week for billing.  Sends the attendance list to the Secretary of the club each week for attendance records.  Tears down the flags, banners and stores name tags at the end of the meeting

Fundraising/Events Committee

Chair: Beth Olinde
This committee is charged with the task of organizing one new fundraiser in addition to the Beer Bands & Barbecue Fundraiser that is held in June.  The goal of the committee is to raise funds to be used for future community service projects.

Volunteer Committee

Chair: Lynn Bradley
The Volunteer Committee will work with the Community Service Committee to engage and encourage members to volunteer for projects throughout our community.