The Beginnings of Boulder City Sunrise Rotary

Bert Hansen, who had been "noon club" president during 1979-1980, became BCSR charter president. Robert Ferraro who had served as "noon club" president during 1976-1977 led the our club as president in 1989-1990. BCSR honorary member Darrell McGarvey also served as noon club president in 1985-1986. Charter member Alan Stromberg and wife Ellen were the first husband and wife team to join BCSR. Alan also designed the original Club Logo and Club Flag.

While these businessmen and professionals were searching for a permanent location, they met in such places as The Hacienda Hotel & Casino, The Boulder Dam Hotel, Two Gals Restaurant and later at the beautiful Boulder Creek Golf Club. At one point they brought McDonalds Egg McMuffins and hot coffee to be served at picnic tables in the park!

During the charter year, the club boasted 32 members of which 7 were women. Some of the members still active in our club that joined during that charter year are Bob Blair and Bob Sears. Peggy Leavitt was the first BCSR woman president, during 1991-1992.

In 1992, the first All Night drug and alcohol free Graduation Party was held to keep Boulder City High School graduating seniors safe on this most important night. The budget was $1,600. Today's budget is approximately $30,000. The evening is filled with food and fun events at different venues around the valley, all kept as a surprise until the event. Nearing daylight a drawing is held with several graduates winning large cash prizes.

Our annual Würst Festival is the means to fund our annual contributions to the community as well as projects such as the Graduation Party. This day of family fun is held the last weekend in September. Rotarians grill brats, serve beer and host a wine pavilion. Live and silent auctions are held, hundreds of cars are on display at the car show, and there is lots of musical entertainment.

Today's 60 plus member club has become a major contributor to the well being of the entire community. However, social activities and events allow Rotarians a chance to let loose and have fun together. Boulder City Sunrise Rotary hosts parties and activities that offer diversions from today's demanding schedules. Boulder City Sunrise Rotary is part of district 5300 which has approximately 60 clubs located in Southern Nevada and California.

Becoming a Member of Boulder City Sunrise Rotary

An important distinction between Rotary and other service organizations is that membership into any Rotary Club is by invitation only.

Potential new members are typically invited by a current member to attend one or more club meetings to learn more about Rotary, after which they may be considered for membership. If you are interested in becoming a Sunrise Rotarian, but do not know any current members, please feel free to contact us by clicking here for more information!

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