On 16 May '96. we were chartered as the Rotary Club of Norfolk Sunrise; a new Club within District 7090 of Rotary International.
On 18 May '21, with the restrictions of a pandemic upon us, we celebrated our 25th Anniversary with a special 'zoom' gathering of our members, all being entertained with stories and anecdotes about the club and its beginnings, as told by the founding members still with us.
On 09 Oct '21, we concluded our anniversary celebrations with the planting of a copper beech tree at the Rotary Sunrise parkette along our Sunrise Trail at Argyle St. A special stone was dragged into place and a suitable commemorative plaque was positioned to mark the occasion.
We continue to be proud of our contributions to our community; it is great to give back especially when it can be done having fun and making new friends; all at the same time.
Shown are Past Pres Steve Malo, Jim Peters and RCNS Pres Louise Schebesch. See the 'Read more...' tab below for additional pictures and a short description of the Copper Beech tree.
Yours in Rotary ...
Gathering to help with the planting and the commemorative stone on this rainy Saturday in October, are RCNS President Louise Schebesch, Past-President Steve Malo and club members, Ross Gowan, George Cornfield, Lucine McKay, Jim Peters, John Wallace, Dave Nicolle and Jim Simpson. Attending and assisting with the work was Abe Klassen.

Copper Beech at a Glance

Outstanding Qualities

The dark purple foliage of this magnificent columnar tree is difficult not to notice. In spring deep reddish-purple leaves emerge and darken to burgundy purple. In winter the strong upright limbs surround a central trunk with smooth pale gray bark create and interesting bare framework. It is one of the most striking and beautiful of all columnar trees.

Quick Facts

Growth Habit: columnar 

Type: deciduous 

Ten Year Height: 25 ft (7.62 meters)

Ten Year Width:  6 ft (1.83 meters)

Mature Height: 50 ft. 0 in. (15.24 meters)

Mature Width: 15 ft. 0 in. (4.57 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 4 to 9

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun to light or open shade

Water Requirment:regular to occasional watering

Seasonal Interest: a tree of all seasons, but the dark purple foliage is spectacular through the summer and the strong angles of the branches are beautiful during winter

Resistant to: rabbits, slug, snail

Culture Notes

This beech can tolerate a wide variety of soil conditions from sand to clay as long as the drainage is adequate. Once established it only needs occasional watering during prolonged dry periods. It is a handsome specimen and should be provided enough space to fully develop. It rarely needs pruning to maintain its naturally graceful and majestic form and the thin, delicate bark can be easily injured. For these reasons, consult an experienced pruner or arborist before attempting to prune. Woolly aphids can be a minor problem, but sprays are not required since they do not jeopardize the tree’s vigor or health. Avoid planting near driveways or patios where the “honeydew” from the aphids can create sticky surfaces and the maturing roots can damage the pavement.