Wasilla Sunrise Rotary
Weekly Program

May is Youth Service Month
May 15, 2018
Stuart Leidner 
Executive Director Mat-Su Trails & Parks Foundation

Greeter-Jim Martin, Pledge of Allegiance-Judy Tebow, Invocation- Rachel Gernat, Sgt-At-Arms-Greg Brooker
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
Roses for Rotary
Reach out and sell your Roses!!
If you haven't returned Janet's email asking about your sales, then please do so now. Turn in your money if you have. 
Please fill out forms completely as to save time & effort for those who are in charge of record keeping! 
Rose Delivery Day is April 24, 2016 during Administrative Assistants Week.
Begin your selling now!
4-Way Test Speech Contest 2018
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!
Honor Flight Homecoming 4-21-18
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. 


Rotarian of the Month of March
Congratulations to Matt Ketchum, Wasilla Sunrise Rotary Rotarian of the month of March!
Career Talks at Mat-Su Middle Schools
One of the 4 avenues of Service in Rotary is Vocational Service.
Wasilla Sunrise Rotary
2018 Career Talks in Valley Middle Schools
in the Mat-Su Valley middle schools for over a decade.
Last School of this season
Teeland Middle School May 17th 8-10am 

Matt Ketchum is the Career Talk Coordinator and is asking for volunteers.
Please contact Matt at matt@khcivil.com for more information.
District Conference 2018 Seward, Alaska

2018 District 5010 Assembly and Conference

Seward, Alaska

  • Assembly - May 17, 2018
  • Conference - May 18-20, 2018

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Wasilla Sunrise New Members 2018
Please welcome Doug Kelsch to the Wasilla Sunrise membership!
March 6, 2018

Young People in Action
Nick Prayner and McKenzie Farrenkopf of Career Tech High School Student Government, 
raised $537 which was donated in part to Mat-Su Animal Shelter and the Palmer Foodbank.
Kim Prayner, Nick Prayner, McKenzie Farrenkopf
Rotary Cares for Kids

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 International Monthly Themes
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    
            June 10-14 2017 — RI Convention, Atlanta, Georgia
JUNE Rotary Fellowships Month


Birthday's & Anniversary's
Spouse Birthdays
Helen Hall
May 3
Christi Goff
May 20
Dan Kennedy
May 1
Janet Kennedy
May 1
John Warner
May 8
Eldon Bell
Holly Bell
May 12
Bert Hall
Helen Hall
May 24
Join Date
Dan Kennedy
May 1, 1986
32 years
Mark Lee
May 1, 1986
32 years
Judy Tebow
May 24, 2016
2 years


Wasilla Sunrise Rotary meets Tuesdays, 7:00am at the Meridian Point Building, 865 N Seward Meridian Pkwy., Wasilla www.wasillasunriserotary.com

Wasilla Rotary meets Wednesdays, 12:00pm at the the Grill at the Grandview Hotel, Wasilla - Facebook.com/wasillarotary

Palmer Rotary meets Thursday's, 12:00pm at Turkey Red - Facebook.com/palmerrotaryclub

Susitna Club - meets Wednesday 6:00-7:00 pm @The Sky Lounge in the Extreme Fun Center, Wasilla - Facebook.com/susitnarotary

Eagle River Club -  Facebook.com/eagleriverarearotary - www.eagleriverrotary.org

Rotaract - See Mat-Su Rotaract on FB

Interact - contact Dan Kennedy at kennedy@kennedycpas.com

May 22, 2018 7:00 AM
Alaska Association of Student Governments
May 29, 2018 7:00 PM
Community Organizations Active in Disaster
Jun 05, 2018 7:00 AM
Jun 19, 2018 6:00 PM
No Morning Meeting
Jun 26, 2018 7:00 AM
Jul 03, 2018 7:00 AM
Jul 04, 2018 12:00 PM
Right after the parade
Jul 10, 2018 7:00 AM
My Rotary Exchange in Wasilla Alaska
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