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Wasilla Sunrise Rotary

Wasilla Sunrise Rotary

Rotary Serving Humanity

Tuesday's 7:00am - 8:00am
Jack White / Meridian Point Building
865 N Seward Meridian Parkway
PO Box 876972
Wasilla, AK  99687
United States
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Wasilla Sunrise Rotary

 aka "The Pirate Club"...Arghh!
established July 2001

We welcome visitors to our meetings, pirate and non-pirate alike!
Contact President Garry Forrester with any questions 907-841-9490

Please join us for a continental breakfast and program $10

 

 

 
Please be sure to check out our Sunrise Home Page!
WEEKLY PROGRAMS
Speaker Chair for August - Trish Keown
 
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Kelly Larson
Alaska State Fair 80th Anniversary Celebration
Greeter-Janel Gagnon, Pledge-Trish Keown, Invocation-Greg Brooker, Sgt-At-Arms-Jerry Moses
 
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Dawn Carmichael
Ak Community Health Foundations
Greeter-Janel Gagnon, Pledge-Mark, Invocation-                Sgt-At-Arms-Jerry Moses
 
 
 

 
Thanks for an "Amazing Year" Daniela!
 

 
District Governor Brad Gamble presenting Significant Achievement Award for Wasilla Sunrise Rotary to Dan Goff, for the No More Mat-Su Campaign.
Dan Goff, Chairperson for the No More Campaign 2015-2016
 
Frontiersman Newspaper April 16, 2016
 
KTVA.com KTVA CBS 11 April 19, 2016
 
 
No More Campaign to End Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault in Mat-Su Valley Connects Survivors and Students
2nd annual conference continues efforts to educate and empower youth to be agents for change in epidemic
 
On Sunday, April 24, from 12-3 p.m., at the Glenn Massay Theater, many adult and student leaders from around the valley will convene for the second year in a row to unite in their message of “No More!” No More is a national campaign to end domestic violence and sexual assault that encourages local adoption and action. Expected speakers include former Olympic athletes, Nina Kemppel and Kevin McMahon, and former NBA athlete, Jahadi White. This event is free and open to the public to attend.
 
Two years ago Jason Marvel, Burchell High School principal and father of two daughters, impressed upon the Wasilla Sunrise Rotary Club the gravity of the situation in the Mat-Su Valley, where statistically 1:2 women will experience some form of domestic violence or sexual assault.  The Sunrise Rotarians immediately picked up the mantle and, together with Alaska Family Services, have pledged an on-going effort to educate and involve the youth of the valley to help break the cycle and be agents for change.
 
Domestic violence and assault can happen to anyone of any race, age, sexual orientation, religion or gender and affects people of all socioeconomic backgrounds and education levels. The No More Mat-Su campaign seeks to raise awareness in the community in general of this epidemic, and to educate and empower young people to put an end to what is often generational cycles of abuse.  
 
Surviving hardship and overcoming odds of all kinds share traits of will, determination, belief in self-worth, and the strength to reach out for help.  Sunday’s event combines the testimonies of the survivors of violence and assault, along with the overcoming the odds tales from two former Olympian athletes and a former NBA athlete, to drive home the message of No More. For more information, please call the No More Mat-Su Team at (907) 746-6213.
No More Mat- Su,
 Sunday, April 24, 2016 
Glenn Massay Theater
 
 
No More Mat-Su is on Facebook
 
 
 

 
Congrats Morgan! Your participation in RYLA and leadership in Interact have not gone unnoticed. We look forward to watching your continued success. Good luck at Texas A&M!
 
"I owe many thanks to Wasilla Sunrise Rotary, Palmer Elks, Palmer Lions, Beta Sigma Phi, the University of Alaska, and MTA for these scholarships. I can't express how thankful I am for these and how grateful I am to be able to put them towards my college education. Thank you to everyone who contributed."
- Morgan Chapman, Colony High School Interact Charter President
 
 

 
Attached is the official letter from the Federal Government acknowledging the naming of Rotary Falls.
The Rotarians in the Valley sure appreciate the cooperation from the Mat-Su Borough, especially the Parks and Recreation Department, to help the Rotarians make this happen. 
The State previously gave the Rotary Falls their blessing.  
 

 
2015-16 District Governor
Brad Gamble
Brad and Tonya Gamble
 
Greetings Fellow Rotarians and Welcome to the 2015-16 Rotary year! 

As we begin this new year, I want to express how deeply honored I am to serve as your District Governor.  As I often say, one of the greatest pleasures of being a Rotarian is the opportunity for new friendships both here, and around the world, while at the same time working toward making our world a better place.  It’s what we as Rotarians do.  We do this selflessly, we do this tirelessly, we do this in addition to our work, family and other obligations.  And, we have fun!

This year’s Rotary International  President ,Ravi Ravindran ,is urging that we “Be a gift to the world.”  At the International Convention in Sao Paulo, attendees heard of the many accomplishments we have achieved over the past year in so many areas of the world.  Of significant note is the exciting news that we are nearing one year with no new polio cases reported in all of Africa!  And great strides are being made in Pakistan and Afghanistan, with fewer cases than ever being reported and with access being gained to areas that have been out of reach for years.  All this is happening because of the power of Rotary and the ability of Rotarians to reach great heights.  In the words of the Dalai Lama, “If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.”

Over the next several months, Tonya and I will have the privilege of visiting each of the clubs in our great District.  We are eagerly looking forward to these visits and meeting with your clubs and boards to learn more about what each club is doing, how the District and RI can help strengthen the clubs,  and getting  to know our great District 5010 Rotarians.  I know that you are doing wonderful things in your communities and I’m excited for this opportunity to be your District Governor. 

Thank you for your service.  Thank you for being Rotarians.  Thank you for being a gift to the world.
- See more at: http://rotarydistrict5010.org/#sthash.JiVVMcua.dpuf
 

 

NO MORE Mat-Su

Coverage from 2016 Summit  - Marissa Silver Fox 4 KTBY April 24, 2016

Coverage from 2015 Summit - KTVA coverage of No More Summit - http://www.ktva.com/mat-su-valley-gathers-to-help-end-domestic-violence-and-sexual-abuse-947/#.VTc6ufSr2wI.facebook

Domestic Violence can happen to anyone of any race, age, sexual orientation, religion or gender 
and affects people of all socioeconomic backgrounds and education levels. 
No More seeks to bring domestic violence & sexual assault into the national spotlight 
to generate more attention, more resources and 
more action to prevent them. 

 http://nomore.org/ 
 http://www.alaskamenchooserespect.org/compass/

Like us on Facebook -  No More Mat-Su

 
 

 
Candace, her daughter, Mark & Chris Lee and Debbie Bushnell will travel to Guatemala on February 29th and return March 5th. 
Tierra Linda (appropriately translated as ‘Beautiful Land’) is a small village in the mountains of Guatemala.  The indigenous students’ native language is Katchiquel, but their schools are taught in Spanish.  This presents a significant challenge in an impoverished area.
I have had the blessing to work with a wonderful  group called Mayan Families, a fantastic 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located in rural Guatemala.   This is unlike any other organization.  In 2009 I had the privilege to visit and witness firsthand how 100% of my donations went directly to the family we sponsored.  I witness the joy on their faces, the excitement in the children’s eyes and the hope of a better future.  It was an experience that left me humbled, thankful and desperate to share their stories. 
In the past years, through generous fund raising efforts of supporters of Mayan Families, in addition to their elementary school, Tierra Linda now has a preschool, a middle school and a small library open for community use.  Unfortunately education is not free in Guatemala.  Often time’s parents are forced to choose between sending their children to school and feeding their families.  They simply cannot do both and survive.  Guatemala has one of the highest illiteracy and lowest school enrollment rates in Latin America. This is primarily due to the high cost of attending school which prevents many indigenous families from receiving an education.
This is where we can help.  Education is key in breaking the cycle of poverty and can create a better future for the children and their families.  Fronteras, students from both  Colony and Wasilla High School, Wasilla Sunrise Rotary and other community members are collecting items to take down to distribute in Guatemala in February 2016.  We are requesting the following donations:
-Books in Spanish
-School supplies
- And of course, monetary donations toward sponsorship of students* at Tierra Linda
* To sponsor a student the cost of one full year is $360.    Tierra Linda has 12 students that need sponsorship.  Student sponsorship covers the cost of enrollment fees, requisite school materials, supplies and uniforms, regular monitoring of school work and progress by a Mayan Families Social Worker, and provides students with access to the Charlie Gomez Medical Clinic as well as general educational support as needed.
To learn more, please go to Mayanfamilies.org or contact Candace Cieslo at Candace.cieslo@yahoo.com.  If you are interested in traveling to Guatemala with our group, we would be happy to give you more information. This is a great opportunity to meet the students you sponsor!
Thank you so much for your help and consideration.
Sincerely,    
 
Candace Cieslo
Wasilla Sunrise Rotary  Member
907-795-3449
 

 
 

April Khongsavanh (1st place)

Lilly Otte (4th place)

Areina Czarny (Did not finish)

Kiersten Sierra (2nd place)

Riley Glasen (3rd place)

 
Students with WSR Judges, Sherie Vieira, Jeaninne Milne, Andy Faiks, Matt Ketchum and Greg Brooker
 

 
Thanks to all who gave their time to speak to Mat-Su Middle School students about their vocations.
Classroom speakers help students to accomplish the following:
*Begin to identify possible career pathway interests
*Gain awareness of the academic, technical, and personal skills required by particular jobs
*Realize that different jobs are characterized by different work cultures and working environments
*Understand the connection  between school, work, and achieving goals.
 

 
 
PRESIDENTIAL THEME
2015-16: BE A GIFT TO THE WORLD
[Rotary International Presidential Theme 2015-16]
RI President K.R. Ravindran chose Be a Gift to the World as his theme for 2015-16. Ravindran urges Rotary members to give the gifts of time, talent,
and knowledge to improve lives in communities across the globe.
"Through Rotary, we can take these gifts and make a genuine difference in the lives of others and in our world."
 

 
 
Submitted by Dan Kennedy:
It was just two years ago that our Wasilla Sunrise Rotary Club completed the playground project at Newcomb Park on Wasilla Lake. The attached is a photo
of the plaque that Greg Brooker installed a couple of weeks ago. Thanks again for the Communities' effort to accomplish this Rotary project.
 
 

 
Sunrise Rotarians Donation of $2500 to the Salvation Army specifically for the people who lost their homes in the Sockeye Fire 2015. Checks were presented to Jeff Josephson of the Salvation Army. Thanks to all who donated and to all who support our fundraisers
throughout the year!!
 
 
 

 
 
Dear Club President Ken Miller,
 
Hello again from Rotary International! I am writing to let you know since your video was one of the best videos that illustrated how your club has improved your community, we have published your work on several of our media outlets here are Rotary International.
 
I am pleased to let you know, your video was promoted in the following areas:
 
3.      And published on the digital version of the Rotarian here: http://therotarianmagazine.com/video/share-your-story/
 
Also make sure to keep your eye out on the Rotary Facebook page and the Rotary Twitter page, as we will be featuring your video there as well in the upcoming weeks.
 
Again, we sincerely thank you for your participation in our campaign. Thank you for all that you do to support membership growth in Rotary!
 
Kind Regards,
 
Sheena
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Sheena Lilly
Coordinator, Regional Membership Plans | Membership Development | Programs and Member Services
Tel 1.847.866.3000
 

 

Rotaract, Interact, and RYLA

Leadership is an essential aspect of Rotary—and we offer both clubs and programs to help emerging leaders develop their skills. Through these groups, participants strengthen their leadership skills, serve their communities, increase their world understanding, build friendships, and more.

Rotaract

Rotaract brings together people ages 18-30 in universities and communities worldwide to organize service activities, develop leadership and professional skills, and have fun. Rotary clubs sponsor them, but Rotaract members manage and fund their clubs independently. Rotaract members work closely with their local Rotary club, and may join after their Rotaract membership ends.

How can I participate in Rotaract? - Facebook - Mat-Su Valley Rotaract

Follow Rotaract on , , , and to see what Rotaract clubs are doing around the world.

To find a Rotaract club in your area, .

Interact - Facebook - Mat-Su Valley Interact

Interact is a club for youth ages 12-18 who want to connect with others in their community or school. Interact club members have fun while carrying out service projects and learning about the world. Interact clubs organize at least two service projects a year: one that benefits their community and one that encourages international understanding. While Interact clubs receive guidance from individual Rotary clubs, they govern and support themselves.

How can I participate in Interact?

Follow Interact on and visit Interact’s to see what Interact clubs are doing around the world.

To find an Interact club in your area, .

​RYLA - Rotary District 5010  - www.wasillasunriserotary.com - Debbie Bushnell

RYLA 5010 will be held in April 2015 in the Mat-Su Valley

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is a leadership development program run by Rotary. While participants can be any age, most events focus on secondary school students, university students, or young professionals. RYLA events are typically 3–10 days long and include presentations, activities, and workshops that cover a variety of topics, including:

  • Leadership fundamentals and ethics
  • Communication skills
  • Problem solving and conflict management
  • Community and global citizenship

How can I participate in RYLA? - Facebook District 5010 RYLA - Are you a 10th or 11th grade High Student who would like a chance to attend RYLA 2015? Click on RYLA Registration on our home page under upcoming events. http://wasillasunriserotary.com/

Follow RYLA on to learn about inspirational events happening around the globe. Facebook Mat-Su Valley Rotaract

 

 

 

This is RotaryEN from Rotary International on Vimeo.What would it take to change the world? Rotary's 1.2 million members believe it starts with a commitment to Service Above Self.

 

 
 
 

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Playground Upgrades

Members of the Wasilla Sunrise Rotary recently gathered to install much needed benches

at the inclusive playground at Wasilla Lake.

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MYHouse Appliances and Mat-Su Valley Rotary Clubs
by Kaplan, Sondra

A great big thank you to the Rotary Clubs of Palmer, Wasilla, Sunrise, and Susitna for 

taking part in the MYHouse Appliance Grant. Wsilla Sunrise Donated $300 to the project.

 

 

 

 

 

MyHouse celebrated their grand opening on August 8th at their new Gathering Center off of Herning and Lucille

in Wasilla (the old Husky Building).  For more information go to http://myhousematsu.org .

 Thank you to the Palmer Rotary and the Wasilla Noon Rotary for purchasing a washer and dryer from Allen and Peterson for our Gathering Place. 

 

 
 

Johns

The WSRC appropriated $500 toward the Honor Flights

in support of John Warner and John Glass’ efforts for the WWII Vets

and in memory of so many of the fathers of Club members.  Great work John, John and Ron. 

 

 
 
 

Dear Dan, and Wasilla Sunrise Rotary Club,

On behalf of the City of Wasilla, and our Honorable Mayor Verne Rupright, we that thank YOU for your dedication of time, and talent to persevere in sometimes inclement conditions to ‘serve’ in a capacity that truly holds credence to your motto,  ‘service above self’.  Thank you for making this year’s Mayor’s Picnic a wonderful success, as we have appreciated your long- standing commitment to serving our community.

On a personal note….HUGE THANKS to all of you for helping me coordinate these efforts.  I couldn’t have done it without you!! I’m looking forward to working with you next year!

Joan Klapperich

Event Production & Facility Supervisor

Curtis D. Menard Memorial Sports Center

City of Wasilla

1001 S. Mack Drive

 

 
 

Choose Respect

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Many thanks to Governor Parnell for joining us for breakfast this morning and sharing his vision on the administration's "Choose Respect" initiative.

Speaking to a full house this morning the governor challenged groups like ours to continue our efforts to keep the conversation about domestic violence going.  Remember, sometimes a victim only needs someone they can trust to take a step towards getting help.  Our children need to hear that abusing someone else is never acceptable.

 

 
 

Thanks to All Rotarians who helped Paint the Deck at the Hatcher Pass Visitor Center on July 15th 2013 and Thanks to James Hastings for organizing!

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