Sunrise Rotary focuses on local charities

Sunrise Rotary

Melissa Edmiston, VP of Operations for Mavuno with Sunrise Rotary President Joe McKay. (Submitted Photo)

O’FALLON – The local Sunrise Rotary Club focused their morning meetings on several local charities during February.

The month started with Melissa Edmiston, Vice-President of Operations for Mavuno.  This St Louis based charity seeks to end poverty and violence in the Eastern Congo.  The name Mavuno is Swahili for “Harvest “ and Mavuno works to create prosperity with local solutions.  Their five-step solution is to listen, develop local leaders, end poverty, create stability and exit.  Most rural Congolese are subsistence farmers so diversifying  crops and increasing yields leads to development of marketplaces helping to end poverty and create stability.  More information is available on their website,

Next, Brett Schuette spoke t the club about the programs and services the American Cancer Society offers to the O’Fallon-Shiloh-Belleville area.  Look Good Feel Better, where a licensed cosmetologist teaches women how to put on make-up during treatment, takes place monthly at the Cancer Treatment Center in Shiloh.  The Road to Recovery program, where volunteer drivers take patients to their cancer treatments, takes place all throughout the Metro-East.  If would you like more information on these services please call 800.227.2345 to talk to a cancer information specialist.

Finally, our speaker for Relay for Life got snowed out, but Sunrise Rotary is moving forward with donors and a team to raise funds for the American Cancer Society at the O’Fallon Relay fro Life on June 18th at the OTHS track.

Rotary focuses on service and February provided the members an insight into local support of charities at home and worldwide.