NEW HORIZONS: Sunrise Rotary turns 25

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By Adam Brazeau 
CORNWALL, Ontario – Cornwall’s Sunrise Rotary Club is continuing to celebrate its 25 years of service – and rightfully so.

Cornwall Sunrise Rotary members Susan Lopez (left) and Katie Burke stand with honorary Rotary friend Virginia Lake.

Rotarians made recent headlines when they announced they’re adding a $65,000 outdoor gym (estimated costs for phase one, which they will incur) to Lamoureux Park.

Katie Burke and Susan Lopez have spent nearly 20 years as Sunrise Rotary members. Both Rotarians celebrated the service club’s key milestone at a booth in the Cornwall Square on Friday.

Hundreds of meetings, thousands of hours spent fundraising, and nearly 1$ million in local and international donations were on display on two large boards covered in photographs. They greeted numerous shoppers, and mostly all of them were impacted by their passion for generosity.

“We’re 25 years old and very active,” said Burke.

Sunrise Rotary has contributed to the community through projects including the children’s play structure in Lamoureux Park, and donations to the Hospice, Cornwall Community Hospital, Aquatic Centre, and Benson Centre.

“It’s been a real pleasure working with youth programs,” said Lopez.

Rotary youth programs such as Adventures in the Environment, Adventures in High Tech, and Adventures in Citizenship have led local high school students to higher education and an exciting career path. In addition, local community members have participated in Rotary Youth Exchange and Rotary Group Study Exchange programs.

There are currently 25 Sunrise Rotary members who meet at 7:15 a.m. on Wednesdays at the Glen-Stor-Dun-Lodge.

“If you’re interested in community service either locally or internationally, and want to have some fun, Rotary is for you,” said Burke.

For more information, visit their website.

Organizations: Cornwall Community Hospital, Benson Centre, High Tech Rotary Youth Exchange and Rotary Group Study Exchange Glen-Stor-Dun-Lodge

Geographic location: Lamoureux Park, NEW HORIZONS, Citizenship

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