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Sunrise Rotary will also be inducting two new members to our club. 
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.
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Dues are Due!
A friendly reminder that it is time to pay dues.  Invoices with a link to pay via the web have been sent out.  
If you haven’t received one, please let Don Vieira know.  You can pay using the link in the invoice,
or in person using cash, check, or credit card, or you can mail a check.  
Please consider an additional amount of your choosing to
support the Paul Harris foundation at the same time.  
Thanks from our Treasurer, Don
Weekly Program
Speaker Chair for January - Mark Lee
Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Neal Fried
Economist for the State of Alaska
Greeter, Jim Martin - Sgt At Arms, John Warner - Pledge, Jackie Marvel- Invocation, John Warner
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Trish Keown
Clubrunner Education
Greeter, Jackie Marvel - Sgt At Arms, Matt Stielstra - Pledge, Candace Cieslo - Invocation, Matt Stielstra
Speaker Chair for January - Candace Cieslo
Fireside at Candace & Joe's
  A Big Thank You
the Cieslo Family
for hosting an amazing fireside!!
Pictures to come
Wasilla Sunrise Rotary Playground Plaque Installed
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.
Letter from Jan Newman
To Sunrisers,

I just thought the Sunrise Club might like to hear of some Exchange Student happenings you may not have heard yet.  Kearney is just finishing her freshman year in college in Oregon and has spent her last semester on exchange in Tübingen, Germany.  Next week is her finals week and the following Sunday she will be traveling to Switzerland to visit with Lara Rüfenacht. They have been corresponding all year and Lara has planned lots of great activities and day trips for them.  They are both SUPER excited to spend time together again!

I can’t thank you all at the Wasilla Sunrise Rotary Club for setting Kearney on a lifelong path of exploration and discovery.  She has an open heart and mind and I know she will experience fully all the world has to offer.

Heartfelt thanks,
Jan Newman
Sunrise Donation to Sockeye Fire Victims
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!!
Mayan Families
The Following is a string of emails from Candace. Please read through. 
Good morning Candace, 
I hope this email finds you well! 
After meeting with the family aid team this week, we have decided that the family of Mercedes and Carlos (FA-317) may be a good match for you and the rotary group who will be supporting. 
Here is a little summary of the family:
Doña Mercedes and don Carlos head the Coj Salpor Family. The family was absolutely devastated when Carlos was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer--since then, he has had to receive chemotherapy. After each session, he is very weak and unable to swallow solid foods. The doctors have recommended he drink milk to keep him as strong and healthy as possible. This is an extremely arduous treatment he is receiving, which leaves him debilitated, so it is important for him to receive Ensure so as not to become malnourished.
Neither Carlos nor Mercedes are able to work, Carlos because of his cancer treatment and Mercedes because she must care for the family's home and children. 
There are 2 children currently needing sponsorship, little Oscar Alexander (3051) and Yenifer Paola (3394). These children are in grades 4 and 1st respectively. 
The family currently are sharing a one room house on the in-laws land, between 9 family members and you can barely move around the place where they all sleep. Luckily at the back of this, they have a small piece of land which they own and we could build a place on. I think this would make a huge impact on their lives, especially considering Carlos' debilitating illness. It would be wonderful if we could build a bedroom specifically for Carlos to give him some privacy whilst going through treatment. 
We have not yet done a budget for the house but usually 2 rooms, a kitchen and bathroom is around $10 000. This would of course vary depending on materials, dimensions and their land. If you are interested in fund-raising for this, please let us know and we will send our construction team out to do an evaluation and proposal. I have copied our coordinator Amy, who will provide more information on this if you decide to pursue this option.
I provide you with some photos here, and if you would like to sponsor one or two of the children, this is $360 per year.  Here is a little information about the two kids who need sponsors:
Yenifer Paola (3394) is the youngest pictured in the family photo. She is in 1st grade this year and was born on March 12, 2008. Her favourite subject is math and she loves playing with dolls. 
Oscar Alexander (student #3051) was born on January 29, 2005. He is in 4th grade in 2015. Like his sister, his favourite subject is also math. He also loves the colour green and playing soccer in his free time. Oscar is pictured below with his school backpack when he came in to receive school supplies at the beginning of the year.
I'm looking forward to hearing from you soon, this is such an exciting opportunity that you have proposed, so thank you! 
Have a wonderful week and please don't hesitate to contact me with any further concerns or questions. 
Hello Candace, 
I just wanted to share with you a photo we took when we visited the family's home 2 weeks back, unfortunately everyone was not home so it is only some of the family members.
Also, I have a small update to share with the rotary club.
Don Carlos has not been able to work for 2 months which has been very hard on the family, although in his condition you would hope that he would not have to be looking for work but unfortunately this is not the case.
Two of the other children who are no longer in our program Carlos (22 years) and Gerardo (21 years) have recently started working and earning a little money for the family. Carlos is working in a small store while Gerardo weaves. Due to this the family has been able to move forward in the last few months, with the sons taking out a large loan amounting to $4800 and constructing a kitchen.
The family is currently in 2 rooms but are extremely concerned as an aunt who has inherited half of the current house is coming this month and the family will be forced back into a single room with just 2 beds in disrepair.
They are also worried about the rainy season as the path to the house is prone to slide and needs to be fixed.

They wish to thank you for sponsoring the children and assisting with medical aid for Don Carlos, it is a huge relief for the family.
We were wondering what your plan going forward would be regarding the rotary club's support? We believe that now the sons have found work this family is in better shape, especially with the education of their children now covered and medical care for Don Carlos. Considering this, we would like to know if you would be interested in dividing your support between this family and another? If you are, we have a number of families who are in extremely critical cases right now who are waiting for a home and I will provide you with information. 
The other question was whether you have explored further whether the group was instead interested in a larger infrastructure project or another community project such as water filter or improved fuel-efficient stove distribution? If they are interested in this, we are currently in the process of working out the final details of a range of exciting community projects and I can send you details depending on the parameters of your support.
If you could let me know your intentions soon that'd be wonderful! 
Have a great day and thank you for all your generosity, we are so looking forward to working with you further!  
Thank you for the information.  I am so very excited to be able to be a part of the "Mayan Families" Family, again.  
My family will sponsor the two children. I would like to see them through to graduation.  When does the school year start?  
I am trying to tell from the photos, but am unsure how many children they have?  Is Don Carols in the photo? Who is paying for the Ensure now?  I know that is very expensive. 
The Rotary Club in Alaska is a great group.  We will work with other Rotary clubs in Alaska and work towards gathering the funds for a home.  
I sent the 500$ check to the address you sent with "Erica will choose sponsor family"
Hope this finds you well!  
Erica Berthelsen
General Family Aid Coordinator
Mayan Families 
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Rotary Public Relations
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:
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 Lilly
Coordinator, Regional Membership Plans | Membership Development | Programs and Member Services
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Rotary International Monthly Themes
Rotary Monthly Themes have changed effective July 1, 2015
JULY No special designation 1 July — Start of new Rotary year
AUGUST Membership and Extension Month 
SEPTEMBER - Basic Education and Literacy Month
OCTOBER Economic and Community Development Month   
NOVEMBER Rotary Foundation Month  
DECEMBER Disease Prevention and Treatment Month  
JANUARY Vocational Service Month  
FEBRUARY Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution Month
MARCH Water and Sanitation Month 
APRIL Maternal and Child Health Month
MAY Youth Service Month    
            28 May–1 June — RI Convention, Seoul, Korea
JUNE Rotary Fellowships Month
  17–23 January — International Assembly, San Diego, California, USA
    23 February — Rotary's anniversary


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