this week
Mayor Bert Cottle

Mayor Bert L. Cottle is a lifelong Alaskan, born and raised in Wasilla.  Mayor Cottle is a graduate of Wasilla High School, and Trinidad State College in Trinidad, Colorado.  Mayor Cottle is also a graduate of the FBI Academy and Northwestern University School of Management in Chicago, Illinois.

Mayor Cottle was elected Wasilla City Mayor in October 2014; he spent the previous three years in the position of Deputy Administrator for the City of Wasilla. Prior to coming home to Wasilla, Mayor Cottle spent 22 years as a police officer in Valdez, Alaska, and 10 years as Mayor of Valdez.  He also worked for 13 years with the Alaska Gasline Port Authority.  His vast experience includes three years on the Alaska Alcohol Beverage Control Board; three years on the Alaska Municipal League Board (Past President); and, three years on the Alaska State Homeland Security Task Force.

Join us as we welcome City of Wasilla Mayor Bert Cottle to our meeting on Tuesday!

Greeter: Judy Tebow
Pledge: Sherie Viera
"Be the Inspiration": Rachel Gernat
Sgt. at Arms: Judy Tebow
Classification Talk: Debbie Bushnell
August: Membership & NEw Club Development
August's monthly theme is Membership & New Club Development.
With RI's emphasis on new member recruitment, member retention, and new club development, Past RI President Cliff Dochterman says that "If Rotary is to grow, we must all take action."
Click below to read the full article with tips from Past RI President Cliff Dochterman on ways to seek new members, retain current members, and foster new clubs.
In case you missed it
Check out the most recent Wasilla Sunrise Club happenings below - or visit the Club Facebook page to see more!

Rotary fellowship at the Fair

On Thursday, August 23, Palmer Rotary Club hosted their annual Rotary Fellowship at the Fair inviting all Rotarians to join them. 
Rotarians in attendance had the chance to meet Youth Exchange students from the area, enjoy pizza from Humdingers in Palmer, share Rotary upcoming Rotary projects, and learn about the Mat-Su Sea Hawkers and their plans to enhance youth athletics in the Valley.
Thanks to all you attended this year!
Arnaud introducing himself at the luncheon.
WSRC's Dan Kennedy sharing about the Mat-Su Sea Hawkers Booster Club.

Peace Officer of the Year

At last week's meeting we had Ron & Lynda Travis with the Last Frontier Honor Flight speak about their fantastic program honoring Alaska's veterans. Twice annually the Last Frontier Honor Flight takes local veterans on the trip of a lifetime to Washington, DC to visit the memorials built to honor them and their comrades. 
We heard Ron & Lynda talk about their experiences on these trips and the significance to the veterans that are able to go. One of the highlights of each trip is the "mail call" done on the plane ride home where letters from local schools, families, organizations, etc. are hand delivered to the veterans. Ron & Lynda shared how the veterans come with sentiments of "we thought people had forgot" and are overcome by emotions when reading their letters from community members.
To learn more about this amazing program, visit them online at
Ron & Lynda Travis

Arnauad's first day

WSRC's Youth Exchange Student, Arnaud, started school at Wasilla High School on August 16. Good luck this year, Arnaud!
Arnaud outside Wasilla High for the first day of school.

WSRC at Stuff the Bus

Wasilla Sunrise Rotary members gave their time at United Way of Mat-Su's 5th annual Stuff the Bus event on August 15 at the Menard Center. The Club was also an event sponsor for the event that helped 1200 Mat-Su students get supplies to go back to school.
Trish & Pam opening boxes and sorting backpacks.
Arnaud helping sort school supplies.
Future Rotarians volunteering.

rotarian of the month

President Janet Kennedy recognized John Glass as the July Rotarian of the Month. Thank you, John, for your service to our community and for putting service above self!

upcoming speakers

Mayor Bert Cottle
City of Wasilla
Tony Gasbarro
Project Salvador Scholarship Program
Yvonne Lamm
American Legion Auxiliary Alaska Girl's State Program
Ryan Anderson
Alaska State Troopers
Dr. Monica Goyette
Mat-Su Borough School District

Events & Fellowship

Fireside @ Stan & Judy Tebow's
5:30 p.m.
Come welcome Arnaud from Belgium while enjoying some great Rotary fellowship. Bring a dish to share, adult beverages provided. 
VPA Fundraiser
Beer & Wine Tasting

Pirate Club word of the week

Black spot
(n.).: death threat

Rotary around the valley

Tuesdays @ 7 AM
Meridian Point Bldg.
865 N. Seward-Meridian Pkwy., Wasilla
Wednesdays @ 12 PM
The Grill @ the Grandview Hotel, Wasilla
Thursdays @ 12 PM
Turkey Red Banquet Room, Palmer
Wednesdays @ 6 PM
The Sky Lounge @ the Extreme Fun Center, Wasilla
Mat-Su Central School
Wednesdays @ 3 p.m.
Contact Dan Kennedy
Russell Hampton
National Awards Services Inc.