Club Activity in 2022
Even with continued challenges of 2022, our club is proud to share how we've been helping our community!
1. Provided $10,000 in grant money in support to children, youth and families in DeKalb County to the three local non-profits
2. Donated $2,075 and over $650 in new toys to the Salvation Army for use in Christmas support of local families 
3. Volunteered a day at the Salvation Army bell ringing station at HyVee
4. Covered a local Meals on Wheels route for 2 months 
5. Adopted two families through the Family Service Agency and purchased Christmas gifts for their children
6. Purchased 27 new children's books and donated them to the DeKalb Public Library 
7. Contributed to a wider effort to provide $15,000 worth of books to two Ukrainian Village schools in Chicago
Kishwaukee Sunrise Rotary Club
Kishwaukee Sunrise DeKalb

Serve to Change Lives

We meet In Person
Tuesdays at 7:00 AM
Coldwell Banker Real Estate Group
1957 DeKalb Avenue
Sycamore, IL 60178
United States of America
We meet every other Tuesday, starting July 6, 2021.
Kishwaukee Club News
The Kishwaukee Sunrise Rotary Club recently completed its sixth 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. 
Through sponsorships and donations from the Taste of DeKalb event, the club awarded $10,000 this year to three recipients: Opportunity House, Inc., Hinckley Area Food Pantry and 4C: Community Coordinated Child Care.
Grant dollars will be used by Opportunity House, Inc. for materials to make accessibility improvements at two of their properties. The Hinckley Area Food Pantry will use the money to fund the Food4Kids snack program, providing healthy snacks for elementary school students for an entire calendar year, and 4C will be organizing two parenting workshops with a focus on child growth and development, communication and fostering self-esteem. These are great examples of the type of projects directly addressing the needs of our community. Our club is proud to be a part of that effort!
The 6th Annual Taste of DeKalb occurred on Sunday, September 25 in downtown DeKalb. The event coincided with the finish line of the Corn Classic 5k/10k race and served as a post-race recovery option for many runners and their family members. The Taste of DeKalb ran from 9am to 3pm and featured a number of local bands, to include the DeKalb High School Jazz Band and Tim Gleason, and a number of DeKalb County-based food and drink vendors. The event was sponsored by a number of people and organizations and included major sponsors Meta through Opportunity Unbound and Shaw Media. The event raised over $10,000 for the Kishwaukee Sunrise Rotary's community grant, which will be accepting applications from non-profits in the area beginning November 1. The club has contributed over $45,000 in the past five years to community non-profits with projects aimed at improving the lives of children, youth and families in DeKalb County. Thanks to everyone who supported the event by coming out and enjoying the afternoon with us.
Interested in contributing to your community? That's our specialty!! The Kishwaukee Sunrise Rotary club welcomes visitors and potential members to check us out. We promise you'll have fun and make a difference in your local and global community - it's what we (Rotary) do. Email for more information or check our Facebook site.
Rotary District 6420 hosted the "World Series of Giving" this year in support of the Rotary Foundation. Over 45 clubs were divided into regional divisions for the competition. While our club did not win our division (congrats to Pecatonica!), there was a baseball trivia component to the competition and our very own club member, Becky Beck Ryan, won! She was the first to respond in 5 of the 9 months of the competition and the on the final trivia question - and these questions were HARD (thanks to Kevin Buick). Becky Beck Ryan was awarded a custom Louisville Slugger bat for her achievement. In the picture with her is Jim "Mac" MacMurdo, our club Foundation Chair, and the trivia master himself, Kevin Buick. Congratulations, Becky! We're proud you're on our team!
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
President Elect
Immediate Past President
Public Image Chair
Community Service Chair
Vocational Service Chair
International Service
Grant Management Chair
Club Foundation Chair