The Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise was chartered November 6, 2007. 

 

The charter members, many still active & engaged in Rotary were:

 

Doc Burgess

Deb Cottle

John Drew

Claudette Drummond

Patti Duncan

Alex Evers

Christal Fish

Stan Fishburn

Brian Flick

Ron Flick

Nick Gillette

Ann Hays

Jack Heard

Myers Kurtz

Danny Leeper

Jim Mayo

Ashley McIntyre

Suzanne McLeod

Jason Mudd

Mike Mullin

John Myers

Larry Ogilvie

Jake Posey

Shandra Riffey 

Pat Rogensk

Art Shuster

Rachel Sutton

Chip Townsend

Melvin Usery

Donna Lynne VanPuymbrouck

Rob Weeks

Our Club...

was sponsored by the Rotary Club of Fernandina Beach.  As part of Rotary International, we support causes around the world to bring better quality of life and lasting joy to many people.  One of the most important efforts we support is the worldwide eradication of polio.  

We celebrated our 10th anniversary in 2017

   

In 2013 our club celebrated it's 5th year.

 

Rotary International has helped reduce polio in the world by 97% and we are proud to have been a part of that effort with our annual financial contributions, promotional and educational efforts and in addition, we are proud to mention that past president Katey Breen was a part of a Rotary trip to India a few years ago and personally administered the polio vaccine to countless children.   

 

Our Annual Events

Since its founding this Rotary Club has provided members the opportunity to grow personally and professionally with meaningful community activities and lively fellowship. It is a successful blending of hands-on work, strategic plans, large and small projects, and hybrid meetings filled with laughter and good cheer.

The club responds to community needs with work parties and raises funds for worthy local non-profits and international projects:

2020/2021 was a challenging year due to the COVID virus. This did not stop this Rotary Club and projects included.

The Barnabas Empty Bowls project is where the club provides funding and volunteers for the event.

The club started the first annual Lobster Fest-To-Go. The recipient of this inaugural event was the Meal Pack Program of Barnabas which provides nourishment to students enrolled in the Nassau County School system’s Families in Transition Program.

The cancellation of the 2020 signature event of the Club, the Annual Wine & Food Tasting Gala, did not stop the members to present a Virtual Summer-Fun Wine Tasting. This event raised $10,000 which was presented to the FOAR FROM HOME project.

In a team effort this club helped staffing two four-hour shifts Wednesday – Friday at the Emergency Operation Call Center calling individuals of the community informing them about the status of their covid vaccinations and help making appointments for the individuals eligible to be vaccinated.

The Club also supported a water filtration system for families in Nicaragua and the Cannaan Orphanage in Haiti. This project was a shared project with four other rotary clubs.

In addition to this club’s organized projects individual members regularly volunteer with organizations such as Keep Nassau Beautiful, Hope House, Boys & Girls Clubs of Nassau County, Big Brother & Bid Sisters, the Salvation Army, Council on Aging, Ft. Clinch State Park plus numerous neighborhood beautification projects.

 

Our Signature Annual Event

We started our annual Wine & Food Tasting Event in 2013 and it has become the major fund raising activity for our club.  Originally held at the Amelia Island Museum of History the event has benefited a series of great organizations. In total, the club raised and donated over $200,000, receiving grants from the Rotary District to supplement the clubs' contributions. Due to the pandemic this event had to be cancelled in 2020, 

Here is a brief look at the successes in our community: 

 

Year Recipient(s) Use of Proceeds

2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Barnabas Center

 

 

 

Towards repaying the loan of their 14' box truck used to pick-up and deliver donated food items for the food pantry and for mobile food distribution in Nassau County, FL.


Nassau Habitat for Humanity of
Fernandina Beach

 

Funds to be applied towards the purchase of a building lot to provide safe, affordable housing for low income residents.

 

Big Brothers Big Sisters

 

 

Funds for paid internships and scholarship opportunities for participating youth in Nassau County.

FOFA - Friends of Fernandina Aviation

 

Funding several flight training scholarships for high school students to attend the National Flight Academy.


2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Boys & Girls Clubs of Nassau County 

 

Raised money toward a bus to transport students to the clubs after school. 

FOFA - Friends of Fernandina Aviation 

Raised money for student scholarship to attend the National Flight Academy 

Nassau County
Council on Aging 

Raising money to complete the tech room to assist seniors without access to internet or computes 


2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8 Flags Playscapes

 

Enhancing Eagan's Creek

 

Fernandina Beach
Fire Department

 

CPR training equipment

 

FOFA - Friends of Fernandina Aviation

 

Sent two middle school students to the Pensacola Aviation Simulation Camp for a week.

 


2016 Friends of the
Fernandina Library
Build out of Tech room

2015 Arts Alive! Annual Operating Expense

2014 Wolfson's Children Hospital Purchase of two defibrillators

2013 Wolfson's Children Hospital Purchased a child hospital bed

 

Beneficiaries of the Wine & Food Tasting are organizations that were selected because of their involvement in our community, their alignment with the Rotary areas of focus, and their willingness to participate and support this event.

 

 Rotary Serve To Change Lives

 

District 6970

The Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise is part of District 6970 – referred to as "Florida's Crown District" where Rotary has served for more than 100 years. 

As of 2021 there are 63 clubs, 2 satellite clubs, 15 Rotaract clubs and 44 Interact clubs serving 31 Northeast Florida communities in 12 counties. 

Our District's more than 3,100 Rotary members are active, involved and accomplishing service and humanitarian goals on behalf of our neighborhoods, towns, and cities as well as being involved in international service. We are proud of the national and international Rotary leaders who have come from our ranks.

For more than a century Rotary's presence and involvement in our region have been positive forces to improve the well-being of the people in our communities.

The Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise and District 6970 look forward to the next 100 years of service and living up to our commitment to all that Rotary stands for by placing Service Above Self.  

We are 1.2 million neighbors, friends, and community leaders who come together to create lasting change in our communities and around the world. This year's RI theme is to open opportunities to the world.
 

 

 
 
 
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