September 1999 – Fulton Sunrise Rotary held its Charter Celebration Dinner at the Fairway Manor in Fulton. 141 Rotarians from 22 of our 44 Clubs were on hand to help celebrate, including District Governor Ed Paparella, DGE Herb Jerry, DGN’s Ward Vuillemot and Bruce Frassinelli, and 10 PDGs. (click here for the new PDG page).
In his charter presentation, DG Ed said, “PDG Ned Mann and PDG Dave Peterson started the beginning of Sunrise Fulton. As Paul Harris said, ‘the most important thing you can do is invite others to join our mission.’ You’ve created a beautiful rainbow.” Guest speaker PDG Nick Norton exhorted the new club to “every day, make a patch, and create a magnificent quilt.”
The newly designated President, Joe Langlois, gave credit to Judy Young, President of the Fulton noon club, and others who sponsored them. We were treated to a wonderful musical entertainment by singer Jack Walsh, and a great quartet who spiritedly sang the PDG Joe McCarthy version of “You Are My Sunrise.” It was an evening of camaraderie, fellowship, and joy for all in attendance.
Our Club Today
Since that day in 1999, Fulton Sunrise Rotary continues to grow and thrive! Recently we have welcomed several new members who, along with long standing members, have been active in Rotary district projects and our community events.
We raised and donated tens of thousands of dollars to more than 30 different communities, youth, and international service projects. Some of the community programs supported by the club are: Annual Scholarships for Fulton high school graduates’ studies at a two-year or vocational school, Fulton Youth Soccer, Fulton YMCA, OCO Bowl-A-Thon, ARC of Oswego County, Fulton Public Library, Catholic Charities, Salvation Army, Fulton Polish Home, Fulton American Legion, and Literacy Volunteers. The club assists the Salvation Army at Christmas with the Kettle Drive, fills Blizzard Bags for shut-ins throughout Oswego County, and provides a dictionary to every third grade student in the Phoenix and Hannibal schools with the annual Dictionary Project. Our club also maintains a Litter Free Zone on Route 3 West through a project called Mayberry Days. Fulton Sunrise Rotary is also involved with the District and International projects. Funds have been donated to the Water Project: Pure Water for the World, Books for the World, Polio Plus, and Shelter Box. The club continues to sponsor Youth Exchange students both coming to Fulton and going out to various countries, and welcomes Group Study Exchange teams. The club raises money through an annual Pork BBQ, an annual Italian Dinner, Fulton Memorial Day Salute, a golf tournament, personal donations, and other fundraising projects.
Our club boasts an excellent relationship with other service clubs within the community of Fulton. We work side by side with our brothers and sisters in Fulton Rotary, Lions and Kiwanis to foster harmony in the community through The Memorial Day Salute and the Annual Service Clubs Golf Tournament. The Memorial Day Salute honors the men and women who died serving our country in cooperation with the Fulton Veterans’ Council.
Fulton Sunrise Rotary Club is alive, active and a vibrant part of the community! We, the Rockin’ Rotarians, are proud to be a part of the larger District 7150 and Rotary International.