Community Service

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

Beer, Bands & BBQ for Uniforms for Kids

Chair: Mike Hubbs
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.

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.

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.