Pollinator Garden - Tow Path

An awesome team and a rain free morning.
We planted 235 native pollinator plants in 1.5 hours! Rain last night at Towpath Park. Perfection! Thanks Jill, Greg, Susan McC, Timothy, Lili, Mariane, Sharon, Catherine and Barbara- You are the best!
Pollinator Garden - Tow Path 2024-05-09 04:00:00Z 0

Bikes & More

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The Rotary Club of Buffalo Sunrise is always looking to collect and repair bikes (bicycles). 
Bikes & More 2024-03-19 04:00:00Z 0

2023 Paul Harris Awards

Rotary of Buffalo Sunrise hosted a Paul Harris Fellow Community Service Award reception in Downtown Buffalo We filled the room with many Rotarians to honor these 3 individuals who exemplify Rotary. Congratulations to those were recognized: Robert G. Shibley SUNY Distinguished Professor, Thomas Beauford Jr. President and CEO Buffalo Urban League and Brigid Jaipaul-Valenza Executive Producer WBFO What's Next? Being in their company was special. Rotary established the recognition in 1957 to encourage and show appreciation for substantial contributions to what was then the Foundation’s only program, Rotary Foundation Fellowships for Advanced Study, the precursor to Ambassadorial Scholarships. It is the highest honor a Rotary Club can bestow upon a person, and represents extraordinary service to the community, whether locally or globally. Congratulations!
2023 Paul Harris Awards 2023-10-10 04:00:00Z 0


Rotary District 7090 - Southern Ontario & Western New York is happy to announce that The Rotary Foundation has approved a Global Scholarship for Ms. Norievill Espana. The host, the Rotary Club of St. Catherines, and the international partner, the Rotary Club of Buffalo Sunrise, worked together to secure over $42,000 (US) through the Global Scholarship for Norie, using District Designated Funds, Clubs’ donations, and the World Fund.
District Foundation Chair Sandi Chard (l) and ‘22=’23 DG Lisa Bishop (r) congratulate Norie. She will be speaking at the Foundation Celebration on November 12, 2023.
(https://rotary7090.org/event/foundation-celebration-and-district-grant-seminar/), so Save the Date!
So exciting to see what our Rotary Foundation dollars can do locally and around the world!
BSR SUPPORTS ANOTHER GRADUATE STUDENT!  Barbara Ochterski 2023-07-30 04:00:00Z 0 thespirit



I have been a Rotarian for over four years now.  My initial contact in Rotary was with the most dedicated Rotarian in the entire district, Kevin Crosby (not just my opinion!!).   He introduced me to Buffalo Sunrise and it was an instant fit!  Since joining this diverse group of individuals I have had the privilege of being the President of our group and I am now an active member on our Board. 
MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: Denis LeFebvre Patricia Johnson 2023-04-01 04:00:00Z 0


Bicycle recycling: We collect donated and discarded bikes (and occasional tricycles and scooters!), refurbish them, make any needed repairs, and distribute them to local organizations (Journey’s End, the Jericho Road Refugee Center, the St. John Kanty Youth Program) as well as several individuals in need. The hope is to provide transportation for adults, along with helmets and bike locks and bikes for children for their exercise and entertainment – all with the goal of helping to create a healthier, happier community. While most items are “found”, we do need to purchase some parts like inner tubes, bells, helmets, or locks to donate along with the bikes.
*Beautification Project - Tree-Planting along Grant Street: on Saturday, November 6, 19 of our members showed up at Buffalo State – shovels in hand - to plant 40+ trees along Grant Street. Trees included Eastern Redbud, Lindens, and Oaks. Cost: $1,457
*Muslim Wellness Center – Jami Masjid, 1955 Genesee Street. We presented a check for $3041 (half from our club, half to be matched by the District) to the new clinic on Genesee Street, for needed medical equipment.
*Providence Farm Collective – Empowering Just and Equitable Access to Food and Farmland; A Place to Share Cultural Farming Traditions and the Benefits of Nature Our club raised $1,387, which was matched by the district, enabling PFC to purchase a seed-spreader for their cooperative farm in Orchard Park. https://providencefarmcollective.org/
* Shoreline Trail – Adopt a Trail segment from Vulcan St. @ Riverside Park to Hertel Ave. @ Tow Path Park (Approximately 1.2 miles). Our club has adopted that portion of the Niagara River–Greenway Trail along the Black Rock Canal. We have purchased benches that were placed along the Trailway ($2000) and we’re now planning clean-up and beautification projects in the spring.
*Global Scholarship: our Club spearheaded a Global Grant to enable a Western New York woman to study Community Economic Development (a focus of Rotary), at Oxford.
Let There Be Light (LTBL) – SEE VIDEO AT https://www.lettherebelightinternational.org/safe-births-healthy-homes/journey/
In unelectrified rural Uganda, clinics are only open during daylight hours, and homes are lit with dirty and costly candles or kerosene lamps. In collaboration with the non-profit LTBL (https://www.lettherebelightinternational.org/) we are raising funds to support a grant that will provide solar electrification for a rural clinic in Uganda, and provide every new mother with a solar light. We were at the point of applying for a Global Grant for the project, but the pandemic made communication with our partners in Uganda spotty or impossible. We had to withdraw the application. The cost of a lamp is $10.
*Our club’s contributions in these cases, described above, will be matched 1:1 by our Rotary District.
Mail a check to:
Buffalo Sunrise Rotary Foundation
620 West Ferry Street
Buffalo, NY  14222

We greatly appreciate your support for our programs, both locally and internationally.
Every dollar donated is 100% tax-deductible, will go to our 501(c)3, and will be used entirely to support our service projects.
___ $25 (could buy a helmet, inner tubes, or a lock for a bike)
___ $50 (could supply solar-powered lamps to 5 homes without electricity in Uganda)
___ $100 (could buy a wheelbarrow to be used by immigrant farmers at the Providence Farm Collective, growing fresh vegetables for their community)
___ $250 (could cover the cost of 7 beautiful trees planted along Grant Street)
___ $1000 for a donation of $1000, you can designate a person of your choice, who demonstrates “Service above Self”, to receive a Paul Harris Fellow award
___ $ other 
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Meet Rotarian Denis Lefebvre

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I currently work for a small local construction company in the Buffalo area.  I have been directly involved in many development projects in Uganda and I try and visit there at least once a year for a month or more to oversee the ongoing work.  I enjoy cycling and classic cars, and I spend an inordinate amount of time collecting Canadian coinage.  Rotary has introduced me to like-minded people who strive for social equality and are hands on in their pursuit of making a difference. Cheers 
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Meet Rotarian Melissa Brinson

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Melissa is the Director of Marketing, Communications & Business Development for Millington Lockwood, Inc. She also serves as a member of SUNY Buffalo State College's Board of Directors, Chair of the Industry Advisory Board for the Data Science & Analytics Program at the College and is active with St. Luke’s Mission and their companion ministry Build Promise in the City of Buffalo. She resides in Buffalo, N.Y.
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Meet Rotarian Barbara E. Ochterski

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Retired private secondary school administrator.Served as principal at Mount Mercy Academy and Head of School at Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart. Upon retirement in 2008, owned and operated  Graves Do Matter,a personal grave care service, until 2018.
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Meet Rotarian Melanie Rushforth

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Currently serving as the CEO of the Lutheran Charities of Western New York. Melanie is a veteran with many passions. She relocated back to WNY after nearly a 30 year leave of absence in May 2020.  Mom to adult son, Andrew and any animal that finds her.   
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150 Bikes and Counting Angela M Hintz 2021-01-05 05:00:00Z 0
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