The Rotary Club of Petaluma Sunrise collects dues from its members in order to cover the club’s operational expenses. Additionally members pay for their meals during our breakfast meetings. Members also pay a portion of the expense for fellowship events that can not be covered by the club dues. We, as members, cover all of these expenses to ensure that all of the proceeds from our fundraising events go to support our service projects.
The Petaluma Sunrise Foundation is a separate entity. It was incorporated as a 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization. As such, contributions to the foundation may be tax deductible. The mission of the foundation is to raise and manage funds that will enhance and expand the Rotary Club of Petaluma Sunrise’s capabilities to participate in local community and international service projects and to provide individual Rotarians and other community members a vehicle to make annual and planned gifts for the long term benefit of the Rotary Club and the community at large. To learn more about the Petaluma Sunrise Foundation click here.
The Sonoma County Backroad Challenge has been the primary annual fundraiser for the Petaluma Sunrise Foundation for 10 years. Approximately 150 volunteers come together on the weekend of this event to host around 1,000 cyclists for a phenomenal day of cycling followed by a festival with live music, barbeque and craft beer! We have 4 beautiful routes through the back roads of Sonoma County of varying distances, a full team of SAG support people and vehicles, and 5 fully staffed rest stops along the routes. To learn more about this event click here.
The Rotary Club puts on additional, smaller, fundraising events to augment the funding provided by the Foundation and The Sonoma County Backroad Challenge. Our best-known event is our Oysterfest. The Rotary Club of Petaluma Sunrise with Bodega Bay Oyster Company and Quinua Cocina Peruana put on this great event. We have approximately 35 volunteers serving raw and barbequed oysters, Peruvian ceviche and Peruvian paella accompanied by salad, pasta, bread, craft beer and wine and live music. This is a great afternoon!