Who We Are


Rotary is a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who come together to make positive, lasting change in communities at home and abroad.
Solving real problems takes real commitment and vision. For more than 110 years, Rotary members have used their passion, energy, and intelligence to take action on sustainable projects. From literacy and peace to water and health, we are always working to better our world, and we stay committed to the end. 

Our Weekly Meeting  –

  1. We meet Fridays at 7:15 at the Country Club Restaurant at 1717 Cottman Ave, Philadelphia Pa 19111.  We always conclude by 8:30 AM.
  2. We do not meet on the Friday of- Labor Day, Memorial Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s, Passover and Easter.
  3. If you are interested in attending please check our Facebook page or our Calendar of Events page on this website or contact Abby Gilbert.
  4. Our meeting consists of Fellowship, club business and an invited speaker on a variety of different topics.
  5. If you would like to speak to our club at one of our Friday morning weekly meetings please contact Bob Lankin at 215-887-9990 or via email at bob.lankin@raymondjames.com


The Rotary Club of Northeast Sunrisers, Philadelphia Pa was founded by Bob Lankin, an Assistant Governor in Rotary District 7450 who felt that a new Rotary Club was needed to serve the local community, especially business people who live or work on the West side of Roosevelt Boulevard in the Northeast Philadelphia area.

In the fall of 1999 two meetings were held at the Country Club Restaurant which were attended by Sandra Costanzo, District Governor, Arnold Graff PDG, and representatives of other local Rotary Clubs. It was decided to establish the club and to start meeting.

A meeting was held with Bob Lankin, Tim Hinchcliff and Dave Tecosky at the Burholme Ambulance Headquarters. At that meeting, the three agreed to establish the club with the first meeting to be held on January 6, 2000 at the Country Club Restaurant.

At the opening meeting, Jeffrey Cadorette, PDG gave a spirited talk entitled “Why Rotary.” This meeting was well attended by a number of prospective members and members of other local Rotary Clubs. A Bell and Gavel was given to the Club by the Rotary Club of Jenkintown which became one of the Sponsoring Clubs along with the Rotary Club of Frankford.

In February of 2001, District Governor Dan Bronson met with representatives of the Rotary Club of Northeast Philadelphia. As a result of that meeting official Rotary Club boundaries were adjusted permitting the Rotary Club of Northeast Sunrisers Philadelphia Pa to apply for an official charter.

In May of 2001, the Rotary Club having recruited 26 members received a Charter from Rotary International. A celebration was held at the Knowlton Mansion on May 23, 2001. At that time, awards were given to Sandra Costanzo, past District Governor and Dan Bronson, the sitting District Governor for their support and assistance in starting our club. Our first vocational service award was presented to Noel Perloff, owner of the Country Club Restaurant where we meet, for the wonderful support that he gave us in our formative period.

The Masters of Ceremony at the event were Beverly Black and David Tecosky. Ed Rendell, then a former mayor and candidate for Governor presented an address to the over 180 people present. The club raised that evening over $3000.00 through a silent auction. This money was given a way to numerous local community organizations. Additionally, a number of local clubs gave us gifts to help us purchase important equipment.

At the Charter, the club officers were as follows:

President: Bob Lankin

President Elect: Jim O’Brien

Vice-President: Beverly Black

Secretary: Dave Tecosky

Treasurer: Tim Hinchcliff

Sergeant-at-Arms: Jane Scott

Board Members: Marge Fox, Noel Perloff, Kelly Barton, Holly Lankin, Susan Croushore

A big thanks and lots of credit to Rotary