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The Rotary Club of Cornwall Sunrise, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Cornwall, was chartered January 17, 1989; the celebration took place on April 22, 1989. The charter president was Brian Loucks.
This marked the first time a Rotary Club in District 7040 was chartered with female members (i.e., May Brown, Susan Carter and Bette Miller). In Canada, women were officially admitted to Rotary membership on January 1, 1989.
Establishment of a second Rotary Club in Cornwall that met for breakfast provided further opportunities for business and professional men and women to serve their community and enjoy the fellowship of like-minded citizens.
Rotarians are proud of the varied opportunities to serve humanity within their immediate community and farther afield. Over the years members of Cornwall Sunrise have participated in hands-on activities and made financial contributions to a variety of organizations that share goals which are in harmony with Rotary’s philosophy.

Within the Cornwall community, the Rotary Club of Cornwall Sunrise has led or been a substantial partner in many local improvements.
  • The much used playground facility in Lamoureux Park is the result of a successful partnership with the Cornwall Kinnettes and the City of Cornwall.
  • More recently, the Outdoor Gym in Lamoureux Park is the result of a substantial investment of both time and funds by both of the Rotary clubs in Cornwall.
  • The Aquatic Centre, the Cornwall Community Hospital Foundation, the Cornwall Hospice, the Benson Centre, Tri-County Literacy and the Boys’ and Girls’ Club have all been recipients of substantial financial support.
  • The Children’s Christmas Fund receives financial and hands-on support annually.
  • The Seniors’ Day-Away program; Blood Donor Clinics; Read-to-Ride; Computer Aided Literacy; Agape Centre; Cornwall Comfort Quilts and other local services and programs have all benefited over the years
  • Support of mental health programs is recognized as extremely important for the wellness of our community.
  • The Cornwall Community Arts and Culture Centre is the most recent community undertaking that has benefited from significant financial support.
 Our philosophy that youth are the future is reflected in the assortment of opportunities provided for young people.
  • “Adventures in the Environment”, in partnership with the St. Lawrence River Institute, is a source of pride. This program is an intense four day hands-on immersion in environmental research for senior high school students who are considering a career in environmental science.
  • Opportunities to participate in other subject specific Adventures are a part of our activities to support and challenge youth 
  • Our Dictionaries 4 Life project provides all grade 3 students at a local elementary school with a pictoral dictionnary.
  • For a number of years, a partnership with Staples raised funds to assist local schools through the Back-to-School program 
  • Interact and EarlyAct clubs at Char-Lan High School and Eamers Corners Public School are important members of our current Rotary family. Students are provided with opportunities to develop their leadership skills and serve their communities. General Vanier Intermediate School (est.1987) closed in 2008 when the school closed. We regret the closure of the Interact club at Rothwell-Osnabruck School (est.1995), our East Front Public School EarlyAct (school closed 2016) as did the Morrisburg Public School EarlyAct club.
  • For more than 20 years, Academic  Year and Short Term youth exchanges have been made available through club sponsorship and with the help of Rotarians and friends of Rotary who have opened their homes to host international students.
  • Group Study Exchanges for non-Rotarian young business and professional people to study their vocations abroad have been replaced by fellowships directed toward international Peace and Conflict Resolution and Global scholarships that provide opportunities for growth and the development of world understanding. Cornwall residents have been recipients of each of these highly competitive opportunities.
Our International humanitarian efforts have included our commitment to Rotary’s drive to eradicate polio; disaster relief through Shelter Box; the endeavours of CanSEE (until retirement) and assistance to alleviate poverty, improve health and promote literacy through our “Sustainability... One Village at a Time” program in Ghana as well as a number of  smaller humanitarian projects.
More recently we have embarked upon a major program in Ghana to provide education, training and treatment for such neglected tropical diseases as Buruli ulcer, Yaws disease, leprosy and others. Our work with this project has been recogized by the World Health Organization as important and making a significant impact.
In addition, the shipment of containers filled with good used medical equipment and supplies and the repurposing of the containers as rural medical clinics, rural hospial laboratories and rural libraries has helped improve the quality of life and availability of medical care for the residents in some rural communities.
The service we provide is made possible through the support of our community. Our fundraising endeavours have included the Amazing Rotary Rally; the sale of ‘Mums at Thanksgiving’; an annual Trivia Night in addition to the 50/50 draw at the Cornwall Prowlers hockey games, sponsorship of bingo as well as several smaller events.
Click here to view some of these activities in pictures. More pictures can also be viewed, using the links to the left.