Benzie Sunrise Rotary is a volunteer service club whose 45-50 members donate their time and resources to help others in the community and beyond. Our motto is “Service Above Self,” and we strive to live by Rotary's Four-Way Test. Our primary mission is to improve the lives and futures of the youth of Benzie County.  In the fall of 2010 we began working with the administration at the Benzie County Central Schools, looking for ways to support the schools in educating their students. We are proud of the partnership we have forged with the school district allowing us to serve district students in a variety of ways:
 
At Benzie Central Middle School:
  • Purchase of a sound system for the Benzie Middle School gymnasium.
  • Awarding “Service Above Self” awards
  • Providing guidance and support for the operation of the Middle School Store.
  • Hosting an annual Career Days with the 7th grade class.
  • Administering annual CHOICES Workshops with the 8th grade class.
  • Sponsoring an educational field trip for the 8th grade class to Michigan State University at East Lansing and Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant.
  • Sponsoring the Middle School Interact Club.
At Benzie Central High School:
  • Sponsoring the High School Interact Club.
  • Awarding “Service Above Self” awards. 
  • Sponsoring Benzie Central students at Rotary’s Life Leadership Conference in Tustin, Michigan.
  • Sponsoring a history trip to Chicago.
  • Offering a STRIVE Program (Students Taking Renewed Interest in the Value of Education) to students in the senior class.
  • Providing Benzie Bus passes to support student participation in after school activities.
  • Awarding three $1,000 Benzie Sunrise Rotary Club Choices Scholarships to graduating seniors.
  • Donating $20,000 to the "Back the Track" project for a new athletic facility at the school.
Our Club also supports many other programs, for youth and otherwise, such as:
    Locally:
  • On the ground and financial support of Healthy Harvest to ensure food security within our area.
  • Support of BACN, including its GED Program.
  • Support of Special Olympics and other programs for those with challenged abilities.
  • Support of the Benzonia Ice Rink.
  • Michigan Legacy Art Park
  • Elizabeth Lane Oliver Center for the Arts
    Internationally:
  • Rotary International’s efforts to eradicate polio in the world.
  • International Youth Exchange.
  • Wheels of Hope (motorized wheel chairs for Nigeria).
To support our many projects and programs, our Club raises more than $35,000 annually by organizing and hosting four major fundraisers:
  • Benefit Golf Outing
  • Bike Benzie Tour
  • Lucky 13 Raffle
  • Fajita Dinner
While we are happy with the size of our Club, we are always looking for kindred spirits embracing our mission and the concept of Service Above Self. We have friendly breakfast meetings each Tuesday at 7:30 a.m. at the Cold Creek Inn in Beulah. Come check us out!
 
For further information about our Club contact our President David Sylvester (231-871-1577) or our Website Administrator John Ester (231-325-2445).