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Club members put together backpacks with supplies for at-risk elementary school children each year. These children have a higher probability of dropping out if not given a helping hand to succeed. Backpacks were provided to third, fourth, and fifth graders for the return to school classes after the summer break.
BISD School Supplies Project (September 30, 2022)
Our President Enrique Medellin conducted the Friday weekly meeting at Skinner Elementary. Our guest speaker was the Principal of Skinner Elementary, Ms. Mary E. Rodriguez. The flag honors were conducted by Marissa Badillo, the song by past President, Stan Petraitis, and the “Four Way Test” by Anita Beas, the raffle by Sandra Langley. Our past-district Governor, Andy Hagan, said some inspiring words to the students. The purpose of the meeting was to donate the school supplies to Skinner Elementary. Thank you to Ms. Mary Elizabeth Hollmann, Chair of Service Projects who coordinated the donation of the school supplies. We also want to thank all Rotary Club of Brownsville Sunrise members who attended today’s meeting!
Rotary Club of Rancho Viejo
(SEPT. 20, 2022)
on September 20, 2022, our President Enrique Medellin, officially signed a petition for the new club at Rancho Viejo Texas. Rotary Club of Rancho Viejo officially signed a petition to be an independent club that will be represented by their future President, Maria A Escobedo. With her knowledge and experience, we don’t doubt that their club will have a prosperous year. Congratulations to all the members that integrated this club!
BISD Homeless Kids Project (Nov. 18, 2020)
Donations to this program have shown a decrease due to COVID-19 concerns. Ms. Diana Clough, Homeless Youth Program Coordinator, assists any family in need that is on this list of high needs families.
Students live in non-stable conditions that put them at risk of living in the street. Our projection to address this need is to initiate by this December. We are planning long-term assistance. The short-term need is to help them with daily essentials, which are homeless. We propose a collaboration between the Rotary Clubs from our zone.
First, we will open a registration list on WalMart.com named “Christmas for Homeless Kids” this list can also be used in the store and contain items that the kids need for a life with dignity. Second, Members will distribute a flyer on social media, and all of our clubs’ members, friends, and family may participate in this endeavor. Third, any person who would like to contribute to this cause can purchase the item on the wish list online or in the store. Wal-Mart will ship the item to the warehouse of our member Celia Galindo.
Our deadline for any contributions will be Thursday, December 17th.
The donations will be sent to Ms. Clough for student distribution on a tentative date, possibly Saturday, December 19th. These items are for the individuals on Ms. Clough’s list. The public will not receive them.
An alternative method to this contribution would be gift cards donations purchased at Wal-Mart gift cards. These contributions, in turn, will be used for the fulfillment of the wish list. Family members will not receive gift card contributions. Designated members will utilize them to purchase items on the wish list.
Here is the Registry event link:
Let’s make this our Area Activity, Lend a helping hand to the homeless kids.
HOSPITAL DR. ALFREDO PUMAREJO PROJECT (Dec. 23, 2020)
On December 23, 2020, we concluded an activity and collaboration with Rotary club Matamoros Profesional. Four monitors, facemasks, and hospital sheets, were donated to the Hospital General Alfredo Pumarejo in Matamoros, Tamaulipas. The total cost was: $4,072.55 USD. Our club participation was $1500 USD, and we received $500 USD from our District 5930 and IBC Bank in September, with the finality to help in combat COVID.
BISD SHOE DRIVE FOR HOMELESS KIDS (March 13, 2021)
Rotary Club of Brownsville Sunrise has a Shoe Drive to help the Homeless Youth Program from BISD. More than 600 kids are in need of tennis-shoes.
We open a registration list in Walmart.com You can enter the name of the event "Shoe Drive for Homeless Kids" and a list of different shoes and sizes are available to purchase online. The item will arrive at our seasonal warehouse.
If you prefer, can buy the shoes at any store, and drop them in the Restaurant La Escondida (Gourmet Central by Cel) at Brownsville Texas.
Also can donate gift cards who will be use to get more shoes.
The value of a pair of shoes is no more than $12 USD. Help us to make a difference in the life of these kids.
Here is the link of the Registry Event:
Deadline is March 13th, 2021.
DISTRICT GRANT SANITIZING SPRAYS (March 18, 2021)
District Grant Donation from our Rotary Club of Brownsville Sunrise to nine (9) local Non-Profits, we will receive the Representatives and Directors from Ozanam Center, Big Heroes, Monica and Maggie's House, Moody Clinic, Friendship of Women, Good Neighbor Settlement House, Sunshine Haven, Gladys Porter Zoo, and Camille Playhouse on May 18, 2021 at Prax Orive Park
PRAX ORIVE PARK PROJECT (MAY 15, 2021)
Brownsville Sunrise Rotary Club and Rotaract RGV Leaders, along with the Brownsville Parks & Recreation Department the Pace Lady Vikings Basketball team worked together on a community service project to beautify Prax Orive Park. #ServiceAboveSelf #PeopleOfAction #district5930
PRAX ORIVE PARK PROJECT (MAY 26, 2022)
The Rotary Club of Brownsville Sunrise, accomplished a great project in Prax Orive Park. We painted the park, planted roses in the garden, added books to the book house, and installed a water fountain very close to the trail walk. It is just an amazing feeling you have when you serve your community. Feel free to contact us in case you want to become a member of this wonderful Rotary Club. Brownsville Sunrise Rotary Club along with the Brownsville Parks & Recreation Department worked together on a community service project to beautify Prax Orive Park. #ServiceAboveSelf #PeopleOfAction #district5930
BOARD MEMBERS RETREAT 2021-2022
JULY 17, 2021 9-1 PM
The Rotary Club of Brownsville Sunrise Board of Directors and Committee Chairs gathered for a 3 hour Board Meeting/Board Retreat. The past year was reviewed discussing successes, challenges and improvements, and a workshop on Board Directors’ roles and responsibilities. The committee chairs presented this year’s goals and plans. It’s going to be a year full of action! And the retreat was closed with a relaxing BBQ lunch at the President’s home with lots of fellowship and FUN.
SOUTH PADRE ISLAND VOLUNTEER PROJECT 2021-2022
JULY 23, 2021 6-7 PM
The Rotary Club of Brownsville Sunrise join The Sea Turtle Inc. hosted Beach Clean Up!
at the End of the Road (South Padre Island, TX)
we used trash pickers, re-usable buckets/bags/baskets, and/or re-usable gloves, to clean the beach. It was our first volunteer service project that was accomplished. All Rotarians were invited to join the community and other organizations on Friday, July 23rd evening for 1 hour for a beach cleanup with our friends at Sea Turtle, Inc! .
BISD Homeless Youth Program Check Presentation
JULY 27, 2021 11 a.m.-12 noon
RCBS had the check presentation, July 27th at BISD Central Cafeteria for the BISD Youth Connection Program under the coordination of the Chair for Community Services, Gabriela Ríos. 50 students from BISD Early College High Schools. Students and family members attended the event who received their checks. We had the participation of staff members from BISD, Ms. Diana Clough, BISD Youth Connection Project Coordinator and Dr. Nereida "Nellie" Cantu, BISD Deputy Superintendent.