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Rotary Club celebrates first decade of service

"Ten years ago a group of people formed a club. Their focus was selfless service and a commitment to the local and global community.The organization gave needy people food, gave children toys at Christmas and helped bring water to a drought-stricken village in Africa. Now the Sunrise Rotary is celebrating a decade of service in Federal Way.We couldn't be happier about the things we're doing, said Vaughn Hoffman, one of Sunrise Rotary's charter members. After 10 years you meet with people and it becomes like a second family. To me it's an honor and worthwhile.Named for its weekly 7:15 a.m. meetings, Sunrise Rotary has weathered many changes over the years, most notably a constant change of venue. When Sunrise broke off from the Noon Rotary, the afternoon service club in Federal Way, members searched the town for places to meet. In the club's early years, members met at places like the Federal Way Executel, the Old Country Buffet and the King's Buffet. A fire, however, ruined the King's Buffet as well as materials the club had stored there.We learned the hard way it's not as easy to find places to meet in the morning, Hoffman said. Seeing brighter days now, club members are enjoying an adopted home at Marie Callendar's each Tuesday morning.Club president Bob Coach Roach says he couldn't be happier with the changes and progress the club has made over the years. But Roach says he is proudest of the organization's service and commitment to others.We're a people helping people organization, Roach said, and service above self is our theme.Sunrise Rotary not only keeps active in Federal Way by providing assistance to the needy and helping mentor troubled youth, helping to keep them away from drugs and alcohol abuse, but also by helping the needy abroad. In fact, giving overseas help is a club rule.For example, this year Sunrise Rotatrians have linked up with a school in Paupa, New Guinea and are helping to stock it with school and library books.Members also established Federal Way's first-ever Junior Miss program. The contest awards academic scholarships to young women who demonstrate academic ability, community service and leadership. The program began this year.At weekly meeting,s members are briefed about upcoming projects and often meet with guest speakers - active leaders within the Federal Way area, such as the superintendent of schools, fire department administrators and police officials.We try to get people in leadership to speak to tell us where they are and what they're doing, Roach said. My focus this year is to connect this with drugs, alcohol and violence that's affecting kids right now.With about 22 members, Sunrise Rotary hopes to gain even more members in its next decade of service, say Hoffman and Roach.Hoffman says his goals and hopes are set higher for the organization as a whole - eliminating illiteracy.I don't know how we're going to do that, he said. But we'll work on it and somehow we'll do it. Moreover, Sunrise Rotarians say they hope their message of goodwill and service reaches to everyone all over the world.That's what we do, we help people, Roach said. It's men and women coming together to make things better for the purpose helping, not hurting people.youth, helping to keep them away from drugs and alcohol abuse, but also by helping the needy abroad. In fact, giving overseas help is a club rule.For example, this year Sunrise Rotatrians have linked up with a school in Paupa, New Guinea and are helping to stock it with school and library books.Members also established Federal Way's first-ever Junior Miss program. The contest awards academic scholarships to young women who demonstrate academic ability, community service and leadership. The program began this year.At weekly meeting,s members are briefed about upcoming projects and often meet with guest speakers - active leaders within the Federal Way area, such as the superintendent of schools, fire department administrators and police officials.We try to get people in leadership to speak to tell us where they are and what they're doing, Roach said. My focus this year is to connect this with drugs, alcohol and violence that's affecting kids right now.With about 22 members, Sunrise Rotary hopes to gain even more members in its next decade of service, say Hoffman and Roach.drugs and alcohol abuse, but also by helping the needy abroad. In fact, giving overseas help is a club rule.For example, this year Sunrise Rotatrians linked with a school in Paupa, New Guinea, and are helping to stock it with school and library books.Members also established Federal Way's first-ever Junior Miss program. The contest awards academic scholarships to young women who demonstrate academic ability, community service and leadership. The program began this year.At weekly meetings, members are briefed about upcoming projects and often meet with guest speakers - active leaders within the Federal Way area, such as the superintendent of schools, fire department administrators and police officials.We try to get people in leadership to speak to tell us where they are and what they're doing, Roach said. My focus this year is to connect this with drugs, alcohol and violence that's affecting kids right now.With about 22 members, Sunrise Rotary hopes to gain even more members in its next decade of service, say Hoffman and Roach.Hoffman says his goals and hopes are set higher for the organization as a whole - eliminating illiteracy.I don't know how we're going to do that, he said. But we'll work on it and somehow we'll do it. Moreover, Sunrise Rotarians say they hope their message of goodwill and service reaches to everyone all over the world.That's what we do, we help people, Roach said. It's men and women coming together to make things better for the purpose of helping, not hurting, people. "

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