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Park City Sunrise Rotary Club prepares for busy time of year

To become a member of most Rotary clubs, one must be invited to a meeting. But the Park City Sunrise Rotary Club does things a little differently. Its president, Jon Green, said anyone who wants to stop by and offer a helping hand is welcome to pitch in.

"Our doors are always open," he said. "We welcome anybody to just pop in and join us at a meeting. You don’t necessarily need an invitation — if you’re interested in helping out and you want to learn more about Rotary, just come to a meeting, sit with us for an hour and get a feel for who we are what we do."

Now is a good time of the year to get involved. While the club’s busy season is from July to January, it is currently laying the groundwork for the handful of projects it puts on each year. The largest comes on the Fourth of July, when the club hosts a barbecue at City Park.

"That’s our big fundraiser every year," he said. "We raise a bunch of money from that, then we use that money to give back to the community in the form of grants. Almost all the community grant money we give out every year comes from the barbecue. So that takes almost all of our club members to pull off."

A month later, the club will hold its Tour de Sunrise event in conjunction with the Summit County Fair. Community members are invited to ride their bikes in the parade in Coalville, then branch off into a route on the Rail Trail that travels along the edge of Echo Reservoir. Green is hopeful the ride will draw people to the fair and also raise money for the Rotary Club.

"We’re really trying to promote that as much as we can because it’s only our second year doing it," he said. "Last year, we only made a few hundred dollars, which honestly is more than we thought we would make because it can take a few years before you start making money when you’re trying to get a big fundraiser of the ground. But we’d like to see a few hundred people register to join us."

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Though the busiest time of the year is upcoming, the club does not sit idle in the spring. The club was set to help this Saturday, May 7, with Recycle Utah’s annual collection of hazardous household waste. The event, held at the parking lot of the Canyons Village base area of Park City Mountain Resort from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., allows residents to dispose of things such as paint, fertilizers, motor oil and antifreeze.

Green said about 50 Rotarians help make the collection run smoothly.

"That’s anything that shouldn’t go in the landfill," he said. "The idea is to save our streams. We don’t want the ground water contaminated. And it’s a big one. There are hundreds and hundreds of cars that come through there in those few hours with loads and loads of mostly paint, but we get all sorts of stuff."

For more information on the club, visit parkcitysunriserotary.org.

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