Research has shown that a large percentage of citizens have heard of Rotary Club, but only about 35 percent actually know what the Rotary Club does. Mansfield is home to two Rotary Clubs— the Sunrise Rotary Club, which meets at 7 a.m. Thursdays at the First United Methodist Church, and the Noon Club, which meets at noon Tuesdays at Spring Creek Barbeque.Rotary’s main objective is service. In connection with Rotary International, the Mansfield Sunrise Club has helped in the eradication of polio, brought fresh water to remote areas, and has multiple programs to promote peace. The Sunrise Club also has helped to support many local projects.In 2012-13, the club has embarked on two new projects that the group feels will become annual events. In August, the club hosted the first Mansfield Sunrise Rotary/Mansfield ISD Volleyball Tournament. With a field of 24 teams from around the state, the club was very pleased with the inaugural event and hopes to expand to 32 teams this August. Proceeds from the tournament support the philanthropic service of the club.The other event the club is planning for the first time is the Mansfield ISD Special Needs Prom in late April. Long a supporter of special needs initiatives in the district, the club learned of the difficulty of hosting this event annually from the district special needs coordinator when the club gave him the Teacher of the Year Award in May. The club promptly awarded the district $1,000 to support the 2012 event, but told him that the club would like to host the event in 2013. Planning is under way to present a spectacular Special Needs Prom for these deserving students in April.As an update on recurring activities, the club continues to partner with Methodist Mansfield Medical Center on a Read To Me Program, in which every newborn at the hospital is given a book furnished by the club so parents can begin reading to their children at the earliest possible age. When the Sunrise Club started the program four years ago, there were 500 births in the hospital. In 2012, there were 2,000. With the help of the hospital, the club identified some sources for books that help keep up with the demand.In late December, the Sunrise Rotary and Mansfield Rotary hosted their 10th annual Rotary Invitational Basketball Tournament, one of the most highly regarded girls tournaments in the state. With 32 teams, many of which are ranked in the TABC polls, the club once again had a great tournament with many exciting games. This tournament provides funds for both clubs to utilize in their various community projects and helps fund the International Projects both clubs support each year.In November, the Sunrise Club delivered its annual donation of dictionaries to half of the third-graders in the Mansfield ISD (the other half provided by the Noon Club).In November, the club donated to and provided volunteers for the Miles 4 Meredith 5K Race, an event held by the Meredith Hatch Foundation to support health and wellness initiatives in the community. Meredith Hatch was an outstanding community leader and Mansfield Rotary Club President who was killed in an auto accident while training for a triathlon five years ago. In March, the club will be taking a Friday to help build a home in the Habitat for Humanity program in Mansfield. And, as mentioned earlier, the club recognizes the Teachers of the Year at the high school campuses at a breakfast each May. In June of each year, the club participates in a Summer Reading Program in the district by providing books for underprivileged children to read while out of school.