SPANISH SPRINGS — The Sparks Centennial Sunrise Rotary Club is small in size but big on success.
The 30-member club received 13 awards from Rotary International for its work in recent years, but no one is resting on their laurels.
The club meets weekly at the Resort at Red Hawk in Spanish Springs for breakfast, camaraderie and to plan out future service projects.
In its six years, the club’s focus has always been sharply trained on one demographic.
“The big emphasis for us has been the youth,” said past-president Tina Spencer-Mulhern.
The club runs an annual leadership program for 8th grade students, teaching them how to better communicate and preparing them for life in high school.
The club also awards academic scholarships for graduating high school students, provides a career-training workshop and literacy programs, and distributes calculators, among other initiatives.
“The kids are our future,” Spencer-Mulhern said. “If we can get youth on board … then it’s going to make it better all the way around.”
The club raised about $17,000 in the last fiscal year through an auction, raffle and a golf tournament that will return this year to Red Hawk the last weekend in September.
“We’re hoping to make it a signature event,” Spencer-Mulhern said.
Compared with other Rotary clubs, the Sunrise group is small in numbers, but that lends itself to a stronger connection between members, who all joined in order to give back.
“The opportunities it has provided for me to give back to the community was exactly what I was looking for – a chance to make a difference in peoples lives,” said Sparks Fire Chief and Rotary member Andy Flock.
Sparks Councilman Ron Schmitt joined the Sunrise club about five months ago. He said he is excited about participating in a program that works to eradicate polio worldwide.
Schmitt also enjoys the bond he has formed with fellow members.
“It’s a good club with people that like to have fun and get things done,” he said.
For more information about the Sparks Centennial Sunrise Rotary Club, visit www.sparkscentennialrotary.com or call Tina Spencer-Mulhern at 336-6513. Sponsors and golfers are still needed for the club’s golf tournament fundraiser on Sept. 24.