Fall is definitely here!  November’s service project is a clothing drive.  Please bring slightly used sweaters, jackets, or any other warm article of clothing to our meeting at Ivar’s Salmon House, Thursdays @ 7:15 AM.  Items will be donated to the homeless in our area. Any questions contact Colleen White,

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Debuts and Discoveries 2018: Sponsors Needed

While the major University Sunrise Rotary fundraiser is 6 months away (March 17, 2018), we need event sponsors NOW!

Of course, the big reason for soliciting sponsors is to reduce or eliminate the amount needed from our net proceeds to pay our event organizing costs such as rent, permits, beverage curator, printing, PR and more.  The more sponsor dollars we have coming in, the more we are able deliver to our supported charity, Friends of the Children.

In past years, many of you have stepped up to sponsor personally or on behalf of an employer.  We truly appreciate such great support and are hoping that this will be repeated this year.  If neither you or your employer can contribute, perhaps you have a business that you frequent that might be interested in helping.

To help gathering sponsors contact Nancy Bolin: tasting[at]

Sponsorship and the benefits of sponsorship plus details on Friends of the Children are linked.

Sponsor Solicitation Letter.doc

D & D Sponsor Benefits_2018.doc

Beneficiary: The Friends of the Children

Thanks for your wonderful support!

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SandPoint Block Party, and a good time was had by all.

The Block Party was anticipated and well-received by the neighborhood. There were treats and games for the kids, and a fire engine for them to swarm over.  Hamburgers and hot dogs abounded.

Rotarians scurried around, most clad in identifiable T-shirts provided by Tim Lenihan. The burgers (plain, cheese, and veggie) were turned out, over hot grills, by Dave Mushen and Ron. Our Nearest Star caused one and all to broil a bit. Tom and his musicians (Ranken File) provided totally audible entertainment.  

All who participated shared the feeling that it was a pleasure and privilege to serve. In fact, according to our motto, that is what it is all about. Photos!

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University Sunrise Rotary helps support various local charities; one of those programs is the University District Food Bank.  Currently our focus is on donations for the “Packs for Kids” program. 

The importance of proper nutrition for a growing child is well documented. Hungry kids have decreased attention spans, increased behavioral problems, and more school absences due to sickness. Simply put, hungry kids can’t learn as well, and when they fall behind academically as young children, it is very hard to ever catch-up. Free meals in school certainly help, but they are not enough. After all, school is only Monday through Friday.

Through collaboration with eight local Seattle public schools, University District Food Bank provides meals and snacks to children who are at risk of going hungry on the weekend when free or reduced school meals are unavailable. These packs of food contain items that are age-appropriate, nutritious, simple to prepare, and easy to take home in a school bag.

Saturday, March 4th, 2017 we are hosting a food drive to support “Pack for Kids” at the Metropolitan Market, 2320 42nd Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116. Join us on March 4th and donate.

Here is a list of needed items:

Nut-free granola bars
Cereal bars
Fruit cups
Pop-top soup
Single-serve tuna packets
Easy mac
Trail mix packets
Oatmeal packets
Jif to-go

Emphasizing single serve options for this is important.

And to complement the specific Packs for Kids items you could offer a family focused list of items too if you want to provide more options for shoppers:

Peanut butter and jelly
Pasta and sauce
Soups (veggie and meat options, protein rich)
Canned fruit
Graham crackers
Healthier crackers
Kid toiletries (shampoo, soap, toothpaste, toothbrush)

See you March 4th!
Metropolitan Market
2320 42nd Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116

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November Food Drive to benefit the UNIVERSITY DISTRICT FOOD BANK


UDFB has entered its busiest season and is distributing groceries to over 1,100 families, delivering food to 105 homebound adults, and providing weekend food to 500-plus middle, elementary and high school students through their Pack for Kids program.  They currently serve 11 schools! 

WHEN:      First three Thursdays in November
November 3rd, 10th and 17th 

WHAT DO YOU DO?  Donate items or Cash.  As a member of your team, by your giving, your team will add 10 points to their cumulative total-to-date.

We’ll announce at each Thursday’s meeting the team scores- it’s a win-win!

It’s also easy and fun!  PLEASE CONSIDER GIVING to an agency our Club is so proud to be a partner with…………

 Needed items:  In addition to the ‘always need’ canned good items that include fruit (highly desired!), canned chicken, canned tuna, canned salmon, canned soups, stews and chili’s, peanut and other nut butters (especially Crunchy), shelf stable milk and milk alternatives, cereal and cooking oil are most appreciated!

They would also really like to have hygiene items – soaps, toilet paper, lotions, toothpaste, feminine hygiene products and BABY PRODUCTS – formula and diapers, especially large size diapers for older babies.  

Make your check out to University District Food Bank if you desire to contribute funding.

Bring your items in each Thursday – we’ll make sure they get delivered.

Thank you for all you do!!!  UDFB appreciates Rotaries continuous support and love.


Teri St. Onge and your Community Service Club Committee Members





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Join Relay for Life: Saturday, August 14th

Hi everyone,

Relay for lifeOn Saturday, August 13, our club will be participating in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life walk in Capitol Hill. The walk will begin at 10am in Cal Anderson Park with the Survivor’s Lap and will end at 10pm with a Luminaria Ceremony to honor and remember cancer survivors and those we have lost to cancer. If you would like to join us for our walk or donate to the American Cancer Society, you can do so at this link. We look forward to seeing you all on Saturday!


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Rotary November Food Drive + Team Challenge

November Food Drive:

Over the next two club meetings please bring canned food as part of the community service committee’s Thanksgiving food drive benefiting the University District Food Bank. This will be the first way you can earn points for your team as part of the new team challenge!  (more info on the challenge below).

    • Bring dry/canned food items for the next two club meetings – November 12 & November 19
    • Items will be sorted by the color teams and weighed – Thank you Pam Mushen for making the color sorted boxes!
    • Points will be accumulated for the color teams as part of the new team challenge
    • 1 pound of the food = 1 point for your color team
    • Hats are encouraged for maximum fun

Community Service Color Team CHALLENGE

Between now and the end of the Rotary year in June the community service committee is thrilled to introduce this challenge to our color teams. Points can be accrued by participating in various community service activities organized by the committee.

How to earn points for your team:

  • One hour of labor at sanctioned community service projects = 60 points for your team
  • The community service committee may announce other ways to earn points, similar to the November Food Drive

Why participate:

  • Exemplify the Rotary maxim, Service Above Self
  • Your team could win Mimosas and Donuts at a club meeting in June
  • Unlimited bragging rights

Looking forward to performing great work with you all for the rest of the year. Have fun, get stuff done!

Thank you,

University Sunrise Rotary Club, Community Service Committee

Teri St Onge, Chase Carter, Betsy Conklin, and Pam Mushen
Teri St Onge, Chase Carter, Betsy Conklin, and Pam Mushen
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