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Speaker Chair for August - Trish Keown
Tuesday, August 9, 2016
Rachel Kennedy
Osteopathic Medicine
Greeter-Jackie Marvel, Pledge-Dan Kennedy, Invocation-Andy Faiks, Sgt-At-Arms-Janet Kennedy
Maria Ines is Here!! Leo is Here!! Bring your pins to share with them for their Rotary coats.
Sunrise Rotary Highway Cleanup. Jerry Moses MIA - Welcome Chelsea and Dennis!! WSR's Newest Members
Rotary Passing of the Gavel Banquet
Wasilla Sunrise Rotary's
2015-2016 Passing of the Gavel Banquet
The Chalet at Government Peak
Hatcher's Pass
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Cocktails 6:00pm
Ceremony begins 6:45pm
Dinner to follow
Tickets $50 pp
RSVP by June 16
Trish Keown 841-4487 or
Dani Vasquez
Thanks for an "Amazing Year" Daniela!
Morgan Chapman Interact President Colony HS 2015-16
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
No More Mat-Su
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 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 
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Exciting News!
Dear D5010 Rotarians,
The Rotary Council on Legislation (COL), Rotary’s legislature, was held in April in Chicago.  Meeting in the spring every three years, the Council is made up of one representative from every Rotary district.   The purpose of the Council is to consider proposals by Rotary clubs, districts and the RI Board for changes in the way Rotary operates at every level of the organization.
At the 2016 Council, identified as one of the most progressive in Rotary’s history, many actions were taken to strengthen Rotary as we look to the future. There are many exciting new opportunities for clubs, including significant flexibility changes so that your club can make its own decisions on matters ranging from meeting frequency and attendance to membership types to best meet the needs of your community.  You can find a summary report of key changes at under the Home Page, Download Files link on the right side
An official report of action will be compiled, sent to clubs and posted online by Rotary International within two months of the COL. Clubs will also have an opportunity to oppose any approved legislation during the following two months through a form included in the report.   All Council actions otherwise go into effect 1 July.
You are highly encouraged to hold a discussion of Council actions with your club at an upcoming meeting or at its next assembly.  If you would like more information or help in planning this assembly, please contact us.
In addition, mark your calendar for upcoming D5010 webinar which will summarize the key outcomes of the 2016 Council and discuss actions your club can take to benefit from the new flexibility options.
The dates for the webinars are:
Wednesday, June 15 OR Thursday, June 23
5:30 to 6:30 pm AKDT; 6:30 to 7:30 pm PDT
Details and a link to register will be sent to all Rotarians in early June.
For questions or more information on the Council or its decisions, please contact us.
Gayle Knepper
Past District Governor/COL Representative
Jane Little
Past District Governor/Alternate COL Representative
Mayan Families
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. 
* 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 or contact Candace Cieslo at
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
2016 Middle School Vocational Talks
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.
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


Birthdays & Anniversary's
Member Birthdays
Eldon Bell
August 2
Matt Monaco
August 2
Matt Ketchum
August 13
Dan Kennedy
August 19
Jackie Marvel
August 25
Dan Goff
August 30
Join Date
Elsie O'Bryan
August 16, 2005
11 years
Garry Forrester
August 20, 2013
3 years
Matt Stielstra
August 20, 2013
3 years
Brian Holes
August 25, 2015
1 year
Val Clark
August 25, 2015
1 year
Sherie Vieira
August 26, 2014
2 years


Wasilla Sunrise Rotary meets Tuesdays, 7:00am at the Jack White Building, Wasilla

Wasilla Rotary meets Wednesdays, 12:00pm at the Hacienda Restaurant, Wasilla -

Palmer Rotary meets Thursday's, 12:00pm Palmer Ale House, 320 E. Dahlia Avenue, Palmer -

Susitna Club - meets Wednesday 6:00-7:15 pm @Settler's Bay Lodge, Wasilla -

Eagle River Club - meets Thursday morning 7am at Bear Mountain Grill, Eagle River and Thursday noon in Eagle River - -

Rotaract - See Mat-Su Rotaract on FB

Interact - See Mat-Su Interact on FB - or contact Dan Kennedy at