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Immediate Past President
July 2024
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 Welcome to the Sierra Vista Sunrise Rotary Club!
Sierra Vista Sunrise

Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Wednesdays at 6:30 AM
My Place
1081 E Fry Blvd
Sierra Vista, AZ 85635
United States of America
Our Mailing Address:
Sierra Vista Sunrise Rotary P.O. Box 1021 Sierra Vista, AZ 85636-1021 
The Rotary Club of Sierra Vista Sunrise is offering 5 (five) $1,000 scholarships to high school seniors!
Click here to fill out the scholarship application before March 31, 2024!
Home Page Stories

The Sierra Vista Sunrise Rotary 12th Annual Rising Sun Run will be held Saturday, November 2nd, 2024. Last year’s Rising Sun Run was tremendous success and our best year ever for providing funding for youth scholarships, youth leadership and professional skill development programs, and service project support for our local non-profit organizations.  Registration will open on April 1, 2024.

Located on the high desert plain of southeast Arizona, Sierra Vista offers the ideal venue to stage a beautiful and challenging Half Marathon and 5K event with a 1M fun Run/Walk. Starting at 4,500 feet and with the Huachuca mountains as their background, the courses wind through country neighborhoods with the half marathon continuing up to the half marathon turnaround at the entrance to the beautiful Ramsey Canyon Preserve at 5500’ of elevation. The return to the half marathon finish line affords beautiful vistas of the San Pedro River valley to the end of the run. Both courses are USA Track & Field certified.

The City of Sierra Vista is a major sponsor of the Rising Sun Run with the RSR being a key event of their Sports Tourism Initiative; an Initiative to expand and bring sporting events to Sierra Vista from across Arizona.

Estimated race starting times will be as follows:

                                       Half Marathon - 7:30am,    5K - 8:15am,    1M Run/Walk - 8:30am

Timing will be provided by “On Your Left Fitness and Timing” using a chip timing system. Timing will end at 10:30am and the event courses will close at 11:00am. 

First aid stations, rest room facilities, and water stations are located at race headquarters and on the course.

Check out this video of our Rising Sun Run course by Joshua Lindstrom. Learn more about Josh here:
The Sunrise Rotary Club District Grant Project is complete and already showing signs of growth! Members of the Sunrise Club worked to create a hydroponic garden for Echoing Hope Ranch in January 2024.

Echoing Hope Ranch is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located near the San Pedro River in Southeastern Arizona. Serving individuals in Cochise and Pima counties, Echoing Hope Ranch exists as a supportive resource for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to build new skills, gain independence, and self-advocate within their community.
The intent of the project is to provide a sustainable pathway for autistic adults to learn about gardening, food self-sufficiency, and healthy living. The first picture was taken 2 weeks after the January 20 workday. One month later, Echoing Hope Ranch manager Daniel Wichgers (pictured) is excited about the progress. The Ranch had their first harvest of lettuce and are selling the product at their booth at the Thursday Farmer's Market in Veterans Memorial Park in Sierra Vista, and receiving rave reviews.
Full harvest of all the initial plantings is expected in the next 2-4 weeks. Another great project by Sunrise Rotary Club!
The purpose of the Arizona Rotary Days of Service is to increase awareness of Rotary throughout the State and to invite non-Rotarians to engage with us in some of our Service Projects. This opportunity for volunteer service is open to all! The Governor of the State of Arizona, Katie Hobbs, proclaimed April 15-22, 2023, as ROTARY WEEK OF SERVICE and urged all citizens to recognize, applaud, and join the service efforts of this organization as it builds goodwill and peace throughout Arizona.
On April 15, the Rotary Club of Sierra Vista Sunrise organized a landscape cleanup project at My Place Restaurant. The club meets weekly at My Place, located at 1081 E Fry Blvd in Sierra Vista. The owners often go the extra mile for our club, and we wanted to show our gratitude by cleaning up weeds and other parking lot hazards. The Club also installed an impressive Rotary Wheel at the driveway entrance to let all those that pass by on this major road that Rotary meets here.
Club members pictured above are Bill Hanson, Kris and Bill Hagerl, Dennis Malecki and Mike Moats. Other members participating in the event included Richard Karwaczka, Leta Lindstrom and Rachel Raynes.
The Rotary Club of Sierra Vista Sunrise came out in force to support Breakfast in the Garden at the Sierra Vista Community Garden on August 27, 2022. The annual event has taken place for over 10 years, and brings the locals out to learn more about all the Community Garden has to offer.  Sunrise has supported the Garden in the past by building garden boxes, and the former West Club installed a Peace Pole in early 2022. 
On Saturday, 31 people attended Breakfast in the Garden. Big thanks to all the club members who came out and helped cook and serve the chili and cheese quesadillas! Bill Hagerl was again a fantastic chef, and Joe Farmer his trusty assistant. This was a great opportunity to enjoy a beautiful morning with friends.

The final meeting of the members of the Rotary Club of Sierra Vista West was held on Thursday, February 17, 2022.   Effective March 1, 2022, the Rotary Club of Sierra Vista Sunrise will merge with Sierra Vista West. The merger of these two clubs will be chartered under the Rotary Club of Sierra Vista Sunrise.

The Rotary Club of Sierra Vista Sunrise is a perfect fit for the previous members of Sierra Vista West. Both clubs have a long history of focusing their service projects on the Sierra Vista West End, and members have often worked together to achieve their goals. President Scott Weiss will welcome the members from the Rotary Club of Sierra Vista West at the first meeting of the newly merged club on Wednesday, March 2, at 6:30 am, My Place Restaurant, 1081 E. Fry Blvd, in Sierra Vista.  For information about the outstanding community work and for meeting and membership information please visit

Rotary is a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.The Rotary Club of Sierra Vista Sunrise is responsible for Project Graduation, and performs service projects with Boys & Girls Club, Good Neighbor Alliance,  C.A.N.T.E.R, and Salvation Army. 

Sunrise Rotarians gathered on Feb 12 , 2022 in Huachuca City for our quarterly Highway Cleanup event. Years of service are showing results as many commented there was less trash to pick up than ever. Great job, Rotarians!
October 2, 2021 - Members of the Sierra Vista Sunrise Rotary Club supported the NAMI Sky Island Challenge bike ride with a refueling pit stop for riders. Our luau themed station had snacks, bananas, water and electrolyte beverage choices. Best of all, riders were able to add a lai-flare to carry them through to the finish! Many thanks to members Sierra DeBusk and Jenn Wantz for organizing the snacks and decorations, Bill Hanson for providing the pop-ups and tables, and to all the Interact and Rotaract students who added their cheers to the crowd.
It was a very special evening at Scott Weiss' home on June 6, 2021. Our Club celebrated the leadership of President Joe Farmer and welcomed the 2021-2022 President, Scott Weiss. We all know the past year was not typical, and Joe led us through with humor, compassion, and honesty. Joe also recognized Bill Hagerl with the Rotary Service Award, and thanked all the Board members for their support over the year. Special thanks to Bill and Kriss Hagerl for providing the delicious Mediterranean meal! 
Sierra Vista Sunrise Rotary upgraded the kitchen at Lori's Place on May 1. With funds from a district grant, our club provided Lori's Place with a bookshelf, two pantry cabinets, a rug, and a mural. Additionally, a loveseat and chair and cabinets will round out the comforting and welcoming decor. Our members also took the opportunity to freshen up the outside landscaping. 
Lori's Place, also known as Cochise Family Advocacy Center, is a client focused facility. Professionals in disciplines including law enforcement, child safety, medical, mental health, and victim advocacy work together for the benefit of victims of child abuse, sexual assault, domestic violence, and human trafficking cases.  Case coordination includes crisis response, investigation, prosecution, treatment, and support.
Thank you Rosalie and Scott for organizing this project!