2020 CYF Grant Donors
Our club would like to thank the following donors for their generous contributions to the 2020 Community Grant for Children, Youth and Families of DeKalb County:
Academy Solutions
Ameriprise Financial (Brendon Gallagher)
Applications Development Corporation
Barsema Community Property Trust
Crum-Halsted Agency
Diane Hammon - Coldwell Banker Real Estate Group
Gene R. Deisz and Illini Security Systems
Iddy Biddy Pool School
Kenda Jeske CPA,
North Central Cyclery
Northern Rehab Physical Therapy Specialists
Paul and Marilyn Stromborg
Resource Bank
State Farm Agents (Scott Zeimet, Brian Scholle, Jeff Keicher, Micah Stoddard)
Due to COVID-19 mitigation measures implemented by state officials, our club is not currently meeting in person. In the meantime, we're meeting every other week on Zoom. To join us, email kishwaukeesunriserotary@gmail.com for the link. We hope that you'll consider joining us once we resume in-person meetings.  When that happens, our community will need us, and organizations like us, to respond to the many needs that result from the pandemic. Has there ever been a more important time to be a member of a service organization? Come contribute with us - we WILL be responding to our community's needs and we WILL be making a difference!

Kishwaukee Sunrise Rotary Club

Kishwaukee Sunrise DeKalb

Rotary Opens Opportunities

We meet In Person
Tuesdays at 7:00 AM
Kishwaukee Hospital
1 Kish Hospital Drive
DeKalb, IL 60115
United States of America
Kishwaukee Club News
The Kishwaukee Sunrise Rotary Club recently completed its fourth year of award selections for its annual Community Grant for Children, Youth and Families of DeKalb County. The club raises money each year through the “Taste of DeKalb” event held in September, in conjunction with the Corn Classic Run, to fund an annual $10,000 grant to  local non-profit organizations with a project that will directly benefit children, youth, and/or families in the county. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, both the fund-raising efforts and the Taste of DeKalb event were impacted, resulting in reduced awards for 2020 to $5,000.
The Taste of DeKalb event, originally scheduled for September 26, 2020, has been canceled, but that didn’t stop a number of community-minded business and individual donors from still contributing to the community grant. Because of their generosity, we are thankful to have awarded $5,000 to deserving projects in the county. Kishwaukee Sunrise Rotary would like to thank the following businesses and individuals for their contributions to assist children, youth and families in Dekalb County: Applications Development Corporation, Academy Solutions, Gene R. Deisz and Illini Security Systems, Kenda Jeske CPA, Ameriprise Financial (Brendon Gallagher), Crum-Halsted Agency, Northern Rehab Physical Therapy Specialists, Barsema Community Property Trust, Resource Bank, Paul and Marilyn Stromborg, North Central Cyclery, Iddy Biddy Pool School, State Farm Agents (Scott Zeimet, Brian Scholle, Jeff Keicher, Micah Stoddard), Diane Hammon Coldwell Banker Real Estate Group.
Awardees for 2020 include AdventureWorks, the Regional Mobilization Access Program (RAMP) and the Northern Illinois Food Bank. AdventureWorks was awarded $2,500 to support its Little Adventurers program, which is a social-emotional kindergarten readiness program for four- and five-year-olds. RAMP received $1,500 to support Project SEARCH, a unique work immersion model for at-risk high school students with developmental disabilities who are transitioning from school to work. The Northern Illinois Food Bank received $1,000 to support its Backpack Program and provide 125 food-filled backpacks to students facing a risk of hunger.
You may be checking out this website because you're considering Rotary - GREAT! You've come to the right place. Below are 10 good reasons you should consider joining us.

Service Opportunities
Club members have many opportunities for humanitarian service, both locally and internationally. Service programs address such concerns as health care, hunger, poverty, illiteracy, and the environment. Rotarians experience the fulfillment that comes from giving back to the community. At Kishwaukee Sunrise, we endeavor to provide a $10,000 community grant EVERY YEAR. This money goes directly towards helping children, youth and families in DeKalb County. Internationally, we support the Jane Adeny Memorial School for girls in Kenya. We raised and donate funds for this because we know that educating young women is one way to bring prosperity and advancement to any community, region and country (and the world!).

Professional Networking
A founding principle of Rotary was to meet periodically to enjoy camaraderie and enlarge one’s circle of business, community and professional acquaintances. As the oldest service club in the world, Rotary club members represent a cross-section of the community’s owners, executives, managers, political leaders, and professionals – People who make decisions and influence policy. Our club members are invested in the community and are the type of people who can "get things done."

International Awareness
With more than 34,000 clubs in over 200 countries & geographical areas, Rotarians gain an understanding of humanitarian issues through international service projects and exchange programs. One of Rotary’s highest objectives is to build goodwill and peace throughout the world.

Rotary was founded on fellowship, an ideal that remains a major attraction of membership today. Club members enjoy the camaraderie with like-minded professionals, and club projects offer additional opportunities to develop enduring friendships. Rotary club members who travel have friendly contacts in almost every city in the world. Have you ever met Diane Hammon? Join us for one meeting and you'll know what we mean by friendship.

Good Citizenship
Weekly Rotary club programs keep members informed about what is taking place in the community, nation, and world and motivated to make a difference. Each week we have a presenter, many of whom share news about relevant events and activities going on in our own back yard. 

Supporting the Development of Youth
Rotary sponsors one of the world’s largest youth exchange programs in the world. We also help run a leadership camp for high schoolers in our region every May. At our club, we additionally fund three scholarships for AMAZING students from DeKalb and Sycamore high schools and the Kishwaukee Education Consortium who have overcome incredible challenges and strive to build a new life for themselves through higher education.

Social activities give Rotarians a chance to let loose and have fun. Every Rotary club and district hosts parties and social activities that offer diversions from today’s demanding professional and personal schedules. Conferences, conventions, assemblies, and social events provide entertainment as well as Rotary information, education, and service.

Ethical Environment
Encouraging high ethical standards in one’s profession and respect for all worthy vocations has been a hallmark of Rotary from its earliest days. In their business and professional lives, Rotarians abide by The Four-Way Test:

Of the things we think, say or do:

1) Is it the TRUTH?

2) Is it FAIR to all concerned?


4) Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

Leadership Development
Rotary is an organization of successful professionals. Team building, fundraising, public speaking, planning, organization, and communication are just a sampling of the leadership skills that club members can exercise and enhance. Being a Rotary leader provides further experience in learning how to motivate, inspire, and guide others. Members can participate in the three day Rotary Leadership Institute courses offered at various times during the year.

Want to be a part of something like this? Join us any Tuesday morning at 7:00 am at Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital in conference room 4. Or, if you're not a morning person, the DeKalb club meets on Monday nights at 6:00 pm at the Ellwood House Museum and the Sycamore club meets every Wednesday for lunch (12:00 noon) at Blumen Gardens.

Club Executives & Directors
Immediate Past President
Sergeant at Arms
Club Foundation Chair