Wasilla Sunrise Rotary

Wasilla Sunrise Rotary

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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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August 7, 2018
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Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Past President
Board of Directors
Board of Directors
Board of Directors
Board of Directors
Club Administration Chair
Membership Chair
The Rotary Foundation Co-Chair
The Rotary Foundation Co-Chair
Public Relations
Public Relations
Youth Services Chair
Service Projects Co-Chair
Service Projects Co-Chair
Sunrise Projects

Wasilla Sunrise Rotary

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

We welcome visitors to our meetings, pirate and non-pirate alike!
Contact President Debbie Bushnell with any questions 907-715-4288

Please join us for a continental breakfast and program $10


June is Rotary Fellowship Month

June 26, 2018
President Elect, Janet Kennedy
Goals for Wasilla Sunrise 2018-2019
Greeter-Judy Tebow Pledge of Allegiance-Trish Keown, Invocation-      Sgt-at-Arms-Jerry Moses
Thanks to Everyone who attended the fun run! It was a great time!
The Mat Su 5K was formerly the Menard Run and the Rotary Running Dead 5K. For several years people have participated in this event from
around the Valley and from Anchorage. Net proceeds from the Run are used to fund scholarships for graduating high school seniors in the Mat Su.
The event is put on by the local Valley Rotary Clubs.
One of the 4 avenues of Service in Rotary is Vocational Service.

Wasilla Sunrise Rotary has been a presence in Mat-Su Middle Schools going on 15 years.
Thank you to Matt Ketchum for organizing another great year of Career Talks in Valley Middle Schools and
Thank you to all who have taken time out to talk to these young students. You are making a difference!
A powerful culmination of student performances and visual arts, along with student and community voices. 
Together WE can end domestic violence and sexual assault. This event is going to ROCK! 
Hosted by No More Mat-Su, a Wasilla Sunrise Rotary Club service campaign.
Next meeting is Tuesday, April 17, 6:30pm at MatSu Family Restaurant in Wasilla.
We will be finalizing details about the Rock the Resilience event (4/25). Come one, come all!!
Visit No More Mat-Su on Facebook
Honor Flight Homecoming will be on Saturday, April 21, at noon and there will be quite a celebration!
All are welcomed and encouraged to attend and welcome them all home!
They arrive on Alaska Air.
Honor Flight is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing veterans with honor and closure.
Our Mission: To transport America’s Veterans to Washington, DC
to visit those memorials dedicated to honor the service and sacrifices of themselves and their friends.
On Tuesday, April 17, Sunrise Rotarians John Glass & John Warner 
will be escorting two of America's Veterans
to Washington, DC.,
Our two Veteran's are: 
Mr. Jerome Schiller - US Army SP2 246 TAAM - Maintenance mechanic of Helicopters
Mr. Kenneth Laing - USAF Airman 1st Class
Please bring your handwritten notes to our Veterans to the next meeting.
If you have children that would like to write them or other family members or friends, please reach out to them. 


Wasilla Sunrise Welcomes Agustin Montes Lira from Vera Cruz Mexico!!
2017-2018 Inbound Exchange Student
Augustin adventures of the week
Augustin with Dan & Janet Kennedy - Host Family
The following is a list of things that Guty would like to do while in Alaska. Please call him for any activities including these!
-Going mountain climbing
-Go fishing on the ocean
-Go hunting
-Go to matanuska glacier
-do ice-fishing
-kayak in the sea
-Go camping at Denali national park
-Glacier climbing
-go dog sled riding 
-go to Juneau and Fairbanks
-Go shooting
Thank you to Sgt. Donald Ridge from the Wasilla Police Department for talking to us about the K9 Program.
These are a couple of items that he did not have time to tell us about.
The Vested Interest of protecting K9's - You can donate toward a K9 protection vest

 Welcome from the District Governor

District Governor Harry Kieling

Welcome to Rotary in Alaska and the Yukon. Our Rotary District is just one of many Districts around the world, but we are unique. We are one of the largest—from Nome to Ketchikan and from Homer to Whitehorse. We are phenomenal at attracting and retaining members because we give them an opportunity to serve their communities and the world and have fun with their friends while doing it.

Whether you are a long time Alaskan or Yukoner or just moved here, you will find a friendly and fun club nearby ready to welcome you. We’ll give you an opportunity to serve your community and the world.

Rotary has an extensive array of youth programs, scores of local community service projects and an opportunity to be part of one of the most incredible projects in world history—ending polio. Our meetings are fun, interesting, and worthwhile. All you’ve got to do is let us know you are interested. We will take you to a club meeting or community project where you will meet Rotarians who are eager to show you why we enjoy being Rotarians.

Rotary Backpack Stuffing Party - Saturday, March 31 at 10am, Inlet Tower 1200 L St., Anchorage.

District 5010 Rotarians!  We have a Mission that we need your support to accomplish! 

What is the mission?  To provide comfort and promote self-worth at the very emotional and difficult time to Alaskan children who are transitioning thru foster care through our new district project, Rotary 5010 Cares for Kids. The goal is to ensure that no child is met with a garbage bag when moving into or around the childcare system by providing age appropriate backpacks with Rotary branded blankets, personal care and comfort items.

Last year in the Mat-Su, South East Alaska and Nome areas alone, 945 children were Out of Home (OOH), 297 were removed from their home and 244 were discharged from Foster Care.  The average child faces two placement changes while in foster care.  While OCS Officers work hard to avoid this, some children are handed a garbage bag in which to place their belongings when they are removed from their home or relocated.  With Rotary 5010 Cares for Kids, backpacks with age appropriate items will be given to children being removed from their primary residence and duffle bags will be distributed to youth being moved between foster homes or when aging out of foster care. All bags will be distributed at the discretion of OCS.

Our pilot project will include Mat-Su, South East Alaska, and Nome.  The Rotary 5010 Cares for Kids committee will work with State of Alaska Office of Children’s Services (OCS) field offices in our partner areas to determine need and establish a protocol for request and distribution. Even though we are starting with a pilot program with three areas, OCS will be able to make requests for the entire state and have access to the backpacks and duffle bags.  We want to make sure this is a sustainable program and want to get all the logistics figured out before we launch a statewide program. 

We recognize that there may be many other needs and we encourage Rotary Clubs to get involved where they can.  Together, we can make a difference in the lives of these children.

 Watch our District 5010 Facebook page as well as the District 5010 Website for updates on the project and how you can get involved.

If you would like to personally donate to the project, ARCS is a 501c3 and all donations are tax deductible. 

Send checks to: 

Rotary 5010 Cares for Kids

c/o Anchorage Rotary Community Services (ARCS)

205 E Dimond Blvd, 515

Anchorage AK,   99515

Together we are Making A Difference!

Rotary Running Dead 5K 2017
Shane Leivestad, Janel Gagnon, Leo Oliveira de Souza, Natasha du Toit and many more Rotarians
30 years of Women in History Celebration at District 5010 Conference in Sitka 2017 
Photo on left is taken in front of Harrigan Centennial Hall, District Conference 2017 and from left to right on second photo are:
Debbie Bushnell, Judy Tebow, Rachel Gernat, Jackie Marvel, Janel Gagnon and Sherie Vieira from WSR.
Not all WSR women were present at this meeting but they were there in spirit:)

Just heard from Ken.  He said the distribution went GREAT ! ! ! ! ! ! !  They distributed 180 wheelchairs.  The Ecuadorian Indians that live in the mountains couldn't make it down due to the Volcano.  The Bishop of the Catholic Church (along with his priests) determined who needed chairs.  He said it was just like in the video.  He shared one story of an elderly woman being carried in a sling to the distribution point and being placed in her chair.  He's been staying with the former president of Ecuador (his new friend) and she had a television crew there and will provide us with a copy of the tape.  We plan to share during the Rotary meeting on Tuesday, July 15th.

He's had a few other adventures while there so plan on a long meeting on the 15th.  He did mention something about "crazy drivers", I guess 80 is the normal speed on winding mountainous roads.

Miss all of you.

Donna (and Ken in absentia)

Donna & Ken Conrad  - Sunrise Rotarians

4-Way Test Speech Contest 2018 scheduled for April 18, 2018 at WHS - 10am. Please see Greg Brooker. He needs judges for this event. 
2017 WSR judged it's 13th Annual 4-Way Test Speech Contest at Wasilla High School last Thursday.
The 4-Way Test Contest requires each contestant to provide a 3 minute speech about a topic of their selection.
The speech must relate the topic to how it relates to the Rotary 4-Way Test; 
Of the things we think, say or do;
1 Is it the Truth?
2 Is it Fair to All Concerned?
3 Will it Build Goodwill and Better Friendships? 
4 Will it be Beneficial to All Concerned? 

We had 6 contestants and 6 judges. 
The first photo shows Speakers and Judges. Front row. Andrew Palmer, Shyanne Massie, Joshua Wilson,
Aubrey Dubois, Jeremiah Zeedar-Boeck, Ginger Shepardson. Back row Greg Brooker, Andrew Faiks, Jim Martin,
Mark Lee, Chris Lee, Eldon Bell, Trish Keown.

Second photo: Winners 1st-Andrew Palmer, 2nd-Jeremiah Zeedar-Boeck, 3rd-Shyanne Massie, 4th-Aubrey Dubois
All of the contestants were impressive. Their presentations were interesting, prepared and
well delivered and it was a true privilege to listen to them. 
A special thanks to Jason Moen, Vice Principal of Wasilla High School, who helped coordinate the contest!
Third Round of Career talks took place at Teeland Middle School.
Thank you to all who participated and thanks to Matt Ketchum for organizing!!
Last work party of the year at Rotary Trailhead
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.
Candace Cieslo
Wasilla Sunrise Rotary  Member
 Brayden Bowker and ColeenGeraghty, along with the 
Colony High School Interact Club, raised
to purchase books written in Spanish, for Mayan Families.
Interact clubs are required to participate in an international service project of their choosing. 
Thanks to Eddie Ezelle, Executive Director of the MatSu Food Bank for speaking to our club last Tuesday.
If you want to share your blessings, you can visit link above and donate directly to the food bank
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