Rotary’s theme of “Service above Self” is the driving force behind the Sun Lakes Rotary members, many of whom are former business and professional leaders, now retired. The primary thrust of this club is toward education. Club members spend hundreds of hours each year mentoring and leading children from third grade through high school in the choices they make – choices that will affect them throughout adulthood.
The Sun Lakes Rotary Foundation 2000 is the philanthropic arm of the Sun Lakes Rotary Club. The mission of the Foundation is to promote charitable giving and to provide support for important community-based projects and programs as well as numerous vital international programs. For example, in our community, the Sun Lakes Rotary Foundation 2000 provides grants and support for programs such as Neighbors Who Care, high school student scholarships, outstanding teacher and student awards, Matthew’s Crossing Food Bank, choices training for all ninth graders in the Chandler Unified School District, the Sheriff’s Posse, the Perfect Place, the Sky Harbor Airport Military Hospitality Room, United Food Bank of Arizona, and Gift of Life-Arizona. Internationally, the Foundation is involved with a project called PolioPlus® which serves to eradicate polio worldwide. Our club donates thousands of dollars yearly to stamp out this dread disease. We’ve sent shelter boxes to Haiti and Nepal; wheelchairs around the world. We also promote development of safe water wells in the developing communities of our world.
Donations to the Sun Lakes Rotary Foundation 2000 are tax deductible. We urge your consideration of being a participant. The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt foundation. Our IRS Tax Identification Number is 86-0947391. If you should have any questions about the Sun Lakes Rotary Foundation 2000 and how you can participate, please feel free to contact Gary Whiting at 602-369-8677 or, if you have an interest in becoming a member of The Sun Lakes Rotary Club, please feel free to contact Charles Loew at 602-721-3680.
Our Club was founded in 1986, starting with 22 members. Today, we have approximately 90 members. We meet weekly in the Oakwood Country Club Grand Ballroom on Tuesday mornings; breakfast at 6:30 a.m.; meetings between 7:00-8:00 a.m. Guests are always welcome!