Lamorinda Sunrise Rotary

We are "Unique"

Actually, every Rotary club is unique, but we all share the same purpose: to bring innovative, sustainable change to improve communities worldwide. Our 60 members work together to produce results that we are proud of for people we believe in. While our locality is Lamorinda, we also serve surrounding communities in which needs are greatest.

We are not your father’s Kiwanis club. First, we are family-friendly. Children of all ages and other family members routinely participate in our activities. Second, we favor hands-on service projects over monetary contributions. Third, you are unlikely to find us barbecuing burgers at a local festival. You are more likely to find us using our creativity and ingenuity to solve problems. For instance, we have:

•   Designed and built craftsman-quality canoes and a teardrop trailer to raise funds for our service projects
•   Developed the infrastructure of a working farm serving at-risk youth
•   Provided innovative technology solutions that offer the greatest possible social impact. Solutions include VR, AR, XR, and web-based technologies

 If you have passion, creativity, and a desire to give back to your community, we invite you to explore our website to learn how you can engage, connect, and make an impact with us.

Check out our photo gallery to see us in action by clicking the link below.

Photo Gallery

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

At Rotary, we have no tolerance for racism. Promoting respect, celebrating diversity, demanding ethical leadership, and working tirelessly to advance peace are central tenets of our work. We have more work to do to create more just, open and welcoming communities for all people. We know there are no easy fixes and that challenging conversations and work lie before all of us. Rotary’s strength has long been our ability and commitment to bringing people together. We will tap into that strength now as we stand with those who are working for peace and justice. Rotary will do our part to listen, learn and take action to ensure that we continue to contribute to making positive change.

News and Press

Volunteers move a mountain of mulch at Family Harvest Farm

Date: March 2021
Publication: LSR Update
Description: A baker's dozen of volunteers from Lamorinda Sunrise toiled for hours one recent Saturday at Family Harvest Farm (FHF), a working farm located in Pittsburg, Calif., and operated as a program sponsored by the John Muir Land Trust (JMLT). The volunteers' collective task was to move by dint of wheelbarrow a mountain of dumped mulch to cover furrowed irrigation lines.

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Honoring frontline workers, supporting Orinda restaurants

Date: April 2021
Publication: The Orinda News
Description: Emergency vehicles deliver patients to local hospitals all too often but a 1971 Ford fire engine unloaded a very different cargo on March 16. Owned by Michael Karp of Fourth Bore Tap Room and Grill, the fire truck carried 250 boxed meals from various Orinda restaurants, 250 gratitude cards colored by local school children and a floral arrangement from the Orinda Garden Club to Concord’s John Muir Medical Center.

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Hope Initiative COVID-19 launches new website

Date: November 21, 2020
Publication: From Our Press Room
Description: Each week, we produce and distribute the free Newsletter COVID-19 in 20 Spanish-speaking countries across Latin America. The Newsletter contains relevant pandemic-related scientific information in Spanish. This information is otherwise unavailable to those who need it in their native language. Distribution of the Newsletter has expanded exponentially since its inception in April 2020. The new Hope Initiative website will make this life-saving information more widely accessible.

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Rotary Clubs unite to present big payday for local food bank

Date: November 25, 2020
Publication: Lamorinda Weekly
Description: Two Rotary clubs - Lamorinda Sunrise and Clayton Valley-Concord Sunrise - have stepped up to the plate by donating a total of $50,000 to the Food Bank of Contra Costa Counties.

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Scholarships awarded to deserving nursing students

Date: October 22, 2020
Publication: From Our Press Room
Description: Lamorinda Sunrise Rotary has awarded its 2020 Ann Estelle Richter Memorial Scholarship to two outstanding Merritt College nursing students, Rehan Siddique and Sunbun (Kym) Tibayan. Both are second-year students in the nursing program who have demonstrated a commitment to “pay it forward.”

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Transitioning youth out of the foster care system

Date: July 22, 2020
Publication: Rotary Service in Action 
Description: The Rotary Club of Lamorinda Sunrise (LSR) thrives on identifying problems within our community and partnering with community organizations to create solutions that benefit all.

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Lamorinda Sunrise Rotary donation to Town Hall Theatre used for new carpeting

Date: February 5, 2020
Publication: Lamorinda Weekly
Description: Dennis Markam, managing director of Town Hall Theatre in Lafayette, accepted a $750 check from Lamorinda Sunrise Rotary to replace backstage carpeting.

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Letter: 40th anniversary of the global battle to end polio

Date: October 5, 2019
Publication: Mercury News
Description: World Polio Day, Oct. 24, is a time to reflect on what has been accomplished. Worldwide, polio is nearly eradicated. In 1988, some 350,000 cases were reported in 125 countries. Thanks in no small part to efforts by Rotary International, cases reported globally last year were down to 13.

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