Rotary Club of Palatka Sunrise
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Our Projects


The club has been involved with FISH Ministries in Haiti since 2004. The main objective of the project is to provide animal protein to malnourished children. At least 12 Sunrise members have traveled to the project site and several have visited on multiple occasions. The program currently feeds approximately 1,200 children three times per week. Since the devastating 2010 earthquake our club has partnered with the University of Florida College of Public Health and Health Professions to expand the project. With this expansion, the addition of a vocational school is in the process and an emphasis on public health initiatives has been added. The goal of the "Better Tomorrow for Haiti" program is to assist Haitian residents in becoming self sufficient by providing them with training and micro finance loans.


Palatka Sunrise has awarded scholarship annually to Putnam County students since 200 for a total of over $100,000 in awards! See our Scholarship page for more information on this program.

Heart and Sole

This project provides shoes and socks to needy K through 3 grade elementary school children throughout the Palatka and west areas of the county. Guidance counselors and teachers help identify the children who benefit from this project. To date, shoes have been distributed to students attending Browning Pearce, Interlachen, James A. Long, Ochwilla, and Mellon Elementary Schools.

Rotary Youth Exchange

This year, Palatka Sunrise is proud to support Madison Smith from our local area, traveling to Belgium as part of the student exchange program. The students attend school and immerse themselves in the culture of their host family and country. Follow Madison's blog of her experience abroad at

3 Year Old Book Bag Project

Palatka Sunrise contributed funds towards the purchase of books and club members will assist the Early Learning Coalition of Putnam and St. Johns Counties in preparing bags stuff with 10-12 age appropriate books for 3 year old children, along with educational information for their parents on the importance of reading.

Literacy Project

Second grade students at several selected school sites are visited by Sunrise Rotarians for this "annual reading" project. Members arrive at the school with their books in hand, and sometimes with various props to make the book really exciting for the students. At the end of the "read" several copies of the book are left with the classroom teachers to be added to the class libraries.

Senior Day at the Putnam County Fair

The Sunrise Rotary sponsors the "Senior Day Luncheon" at the Annual Putnam County Fair. Senior citizens are treated to a picnic lunch cooked and served by Sunrise members. Last year approximately 700 senior citizens from throughout the community enjoyed the lunch.

Senior Santa

The Rotary Club of Palatka Sunrise makes Christmas a little merrier by presenting gifts to selected senior citizens living in nursing homes throughout Putnam County and who have little or no family visits. The gifts are hand delivered by Rotary members. Hopefully, in the years to come even more senior citizens will be reached by this outstanding community project.

Purple Pinkie Project

This project was held in the Putnam County School District schools mimicking the process an infant or small child would go through after receiving a polio immunization by dying the little fingers of all students who donate a dollar with a harmless gentian violet dye. On National Immunization Day the dye on a child's pinkie finger indicates that he/she has received inoculation and prevents re-inoculation. The money raised during this project benefitted to the End Polio Now Campaign.

Wipe 'N Dipe

This project was to support the goal of A Woman's Resource Center by providing supplies to them to be used in working with women and their families of unplanned pregnancies. The club purchased diapers, wipes, paper towels, and printing supplies for the center.

Honor Air

This project was in partnership with First Coast Honor Air. On May 22, 2010, twenty-four Putnam County World War II veterans were honored in Washington, DC at the World War II Memorial for their commitment to America. On Friday, May 21st with the help of the Putnam community, these individuals were given a hero's send-off as they paraded to Jacksonville International Airport with "Law Enforcement Honor Guard" all the way. This same level of celebration continued for the next 24 hours during their trip to and from Washington. Palatka Sunrise Rotary honors the men and women who serve in the military.

Other Programs the Sunrise Rotary Club Supports

  • Beasley Middle School Jr. National Honor Society
  • Communities In Schools of Northeast Florida
  • Jenkins Middle School Jr. Beta Club
  • Lee Conlee Domestic Violence Shelter
  • Palatka Christian Service Center
  • Palatka High School Carpentry Department - Personal Energy Transportation (PETs)
  • Palatka Police Department's Victims Advocates Program
  • Relay for Life
  • Rodeheaver Boy's Ranch
  • St. Vincent's DePaul
  • WHIF HOPE FM 91.3 Edify Project
  • Interlachen High School Student Literacy Circle

Rotary Club of Palatka Sunrise :: Chartered August 17, 1989