Community Service

Community Service Committee Rouge

Chair: Don Olsson  and Paula Bradley
The Service Committee is to be aware of how funding is being used when donated to Community Service Projects.  The committee will arrange to visit projects being funded at least twice per year.  The Chair will work with the President to arrange for new groups to compete each year for annual funding, arrange for “sweat equity” activities in the community each quarter, and prepare a budget and schedule for funding for groups receiving funds.

Mental Health Association of Baton Rouge

MHA specifically serves individuals who have been treated for any mental or emotional disorder and/or substance abuse, with a special focus on the seriously and chronically mentally ill adult population.  All programs operated by MHA strive to develop independent, self-sufficiency and consumer empowerment.

Good Fellows/Good Samaritans

Chair: Barry Meyer
Good Fellows/Good Samaritans, Sunrise Rotary’s primary volunteer project, brings Christmas gifts to children in East Baton Rouge Parish whose families are not able to provide Christmas presents for them. Each year, Good Fellows/Good Samaritans purchases clothing, books and toys for children in the East Baton Rouge School System identified by school counselors to be in need. Sunrise Rotarians assist with the purchase of the clothing, toys and books, and set up a temporary warehouse/distribution center for the gifts. After filling Christmas bags with presents for each child, members arrange for the school counselors to pick up the gifts so the counselors can bring the gifts to the children’s parents or guardians for distribution. Additionally, Sunrise Rotary provides financial support for Good Fellows/Good Samaritans

Opera Louisiane

Chair: Russ Chapman
Opera Louisiane presents high quality, professional operatic performances, showcasing internationally acclaimed talent for culturally enriching our community; educating our school children; and providing professional performance opportunities for Louisiana artists.

Junior Achievement

Chair: Sam Herpin 

Junior Achievement is dedicated to educating students about workforce readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy through hands-on programs. Sunrise Rotary supports JA by providing volunteers to deliver JA programs at various Baton Rouge area schools. Avenues of programs for Junior Achievement include job shadowing, JA Finance Park, “JA in a Day”, and the traditional K-12 fall and spring in-class sessions. Additionally Sunrise Rotary club provides an annual financial donation to JA of Greater Baton Rouge, and sponsors a team for the annual JA Bowl-a-Thon. In 2016, Sunrise Rotary raised the most money for Junior Achievement at the Bowl-a-Thon.

Beer, Bands & BBQ for Uniforms for Kids

Chair: Michael Olinde
Beer, Bands & BBQ, Sunrise Rotary’s only fundraiser, raises thousands of dollars each year for the purchase of new school uniforms for children in East Baton Rouge Parish through the Uni-forms for Kids program sponsored by the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. This annual event is held at the Rural Life Museum with food provided by the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, bever-ages donated by members and a silent auction with items provided by Sunrise Rotarians.

Salvation Army Bell Ringers

Chair: Paula Bradley

Members of Sunrise Rotary volunteer at Christmas to ring bells for donations to Salvation Army.  The money dropped into the red kettle goes right back into the local community to support those in need.

Public Service Award

Chair:  Randy Ledet
Each year at the weekly Sunrise Rotary meeting before Memorial Day, Sunrise Rotary recognizes one outstanding public servant from the Baton Rouge Police Department, Baton Rouge Fire Department, Emergency Medical Service, East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Department, City Constable’s Office, Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries, Louisiana State Police, and Louisiana State Parole and Probation Office. The Public Service Awards committee contacts each of these departments to obtain the name of the most outstanding employee during the previous year then arranges to get plaques made with the name of each recipient, which are presented to the individual during the meeting.

ReBuild Together Baton Rouge

Sunrise Rotary supports the work of ReBuild Together Baton Rouge as they work to focus on helping those most vulnerable to the rising cost of living and falling social service budgets.  They aim to preserve affordable homes by providing free home repairs, improvements and senior living modifications to make homes safer and more accessible.