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Apr 24, 2016
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Apr 26, 2016
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Apr 29, 2016
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Apr 30, 2016
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May 05, 2016
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May 07, 2016
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Rose Sale Instructions
Rose Delivery Day is Tuesday, April 26, 2016 - There will be no meeting that day.
We will pick up our roses between 7am & 8am
at 2901 E Bogard Road in the back of the building where Blinds Unlimited is.

Rose Sale review: 
Note: There is no space on rose form for the cvc# (3 digit code on back of card)... Please fill in rose form completely and add this very important detail! 
Forms are available from PE Matt Stielstra or at our meetings. We are committed as a club to sell 450 dozen roses.
The delivery day is scheduled April 26, 2016 during Administrative Assistants week and are $30 per dozen.
We receive the long stem roses in boxes and they are one dozen wrapped in plastic with a little baby's breath. There will be red roses as well as a variety of other colors.
There are no multi-colored dozens.
Each Rotarian is responsible for completing the forms with all pertinent information. There is a 3-part form. Pink copy for customer, Yellow for you and White (most clear)  for our treasurer.
Please turn in all monies to Don as you receive.
There is a place on form to record how your money was received.
Phone numbers and delivery instructions are important too, especially if someone else is going to be helping you deliver your roses. 
Adding these details because the day of delivery is usually a little frenzied and having your paperwork filled out and money ready will ensure everyone gets in and out of there quickly. 
Bring a bucket or two with a little water in each to keep your roses fresh in transport.
Please be mindful of keeping your roses cool!  We want our customers to receive their roses fresh so they are inclined to buy next year.
Weekly Program
Speaker Chair for April - Valerie Clark
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Candace Cieslo & Debbie Bushnell
Mayan Families Presentation
Greeter, Jason Marvel - Sgt At Arms, Greg Brooker - Pledge, Jackie Marvel - Invocation, Matt Stielstra
No More Mat-Su
Planning Meeting Wednesday, April 13th - Burchell HS 6:30-7:30
Save the Date! No More Mat- Su, Sunday, April 24, 2016 
Glenn Massay Theater
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 Roses for Rotary 

 Image15th Annual
Roses for Rotary Fundraiser

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Get your rose sale forms at the meeting or contact PE Matt Stielstra. 
Everyone is encouraged to sell as many as you can!

Roses On Sale Now!

$30 for a dozen long stemmed roses
Just in time for Administrative Assistants Week, April 25-29
Rose Delivery Day is Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Let someone know you are thinking of them, Appreciate them,
are wishing them a Happy Birthday or Anniversary, 
or any other reason just to put a smile on their face!!

Only $30 gets you a dozen roses
for that someone special
 and you help support one of the many many
community service projects put on by
Wasilla Sunrise Rotary!

Contact any Sunrise Rotarian with your order!
Thank You for Your Support!

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.
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 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
District Conference 2016 Registration
If you haven't registered for District Conference you need to do so now. The committee needs asap. Thank you.
You can pick and choose the events if you'd like or if you can't make the whole event. The banquet is a fun event.
Deadline is now on banquet so hurry and register. 
To register, please visit:
We have secured a special conference rate at Talkeetna Lodge, our conference location.  Just $135 per night, first come first serve on the room type. This should incentivize everyone to book early to get Mountain Side and Main Lodge rooms!  Once these rooms are filled, reservations will flow to the exterior lodge rooms.  Please request the room type preferred when making reservations.
 You may begin to reserve rooms now.  Please call 866-845-6338 toll free, or 907-777-2806 local. You may also email:  Either by phone or email, simply say that you are with the Rotary Conference, and the discounted rate applies.
An exciting, fun and informative conference is being planned!  District conference provides an ideal opportunity for new members & friends to learn more about Rotary International, our District 5010, leadership and service opportunities- plus creating new friendships.  Watch your email for other details to follow.
  • Call or email Talkeetna Lodge to secure a great room!
  • Invite new members of your club, family or friends to conference
We look forward to seeing you in Talkeetna May 12-15, 2016.
President Elect Training Seminar
Matt and company at PETS...
Matt Stielstra, President-Elect 2016-17

Each officer and director shall be a member in good standing of this club. The president-elect shall attend the district presidents-elect training seminar and the district assembly unless excused by the governor-elect. If so excused, the president-elect shall send a designated club representative who shall report back to the president-elect. If the president-elect does not attend the presidents-elect training seminar and the district assembly and has not been excused by the governor-elect or, if so excused, does not send a designated club representative to such meetings, the president-elect shall not be able to serve as club president. In such event, the current president shall continue to serve until a successor who has attended a presidents-elect training seminar and district assembly or training deemed sufficient by the governor-elect has been duly elected.

Standard Rotary Club Constitution – Article 9 Section 5(c) – 2013


PETS participants should include the governor-elect, assistant governors, the district trainer, and all incoming club presidents in the district. The RI Board of Directors has recommended that the expenses of the incoming club presidents be paid by the clubs or the district. (RCP 23.020.4.) Assistant governors promote attendance among the presidents-elect to whose clubs they are assigned and facilitate team building among the presidents-elect, governors-elect, and themselves. (RCP 23.020.4.)

Manual of Procedure – 2013 and Rotary Code of Policies

Pacific Northwest PETS
2015 – PETS Friday 6 March thru Sunday 8 March

The PNW Presidents-elect Training Seminar is the largest and one of the oldest multi-district PETS. PNW PETS is a joint effort of the nine Rotary districts in the Northwest area of North America (and eastern Russia). This large area includes the states of Alaska, Oregon, Washington, parts of Idaho and California, the Canadian province of British Columbia and the Yukon Territory. PNW PETS is managed, prepared and conducted by a PETS Operating Committee composed of the District Governor-elect and a Past District Governor representative from each participating District. Consisting of well known exceptional speakers, informative workshops, detailed district training sessions, fellowship and networking, the basic purpose of our PETS is to have the best prepared, most enthusiastic club presidents in the Rotary world. Annually, the over 550 Presidents-elect attending leave well prepared to carry out their Rotary duties.

There is a lot of information throughout the web site that will answer your questions about PETS and the training weekend. Please spend a few minutes to visit the various pages. As new information is developed it will be added to the site. A detailed program of the events occurring during PETS will be provided on the program page when it is approved by the committee. As you complete your on line registration on the registration page please read the notes and directions provided and you should be able to avoid problems that others have had in the past.


The purpose of the presidents-elect training seminar (PETS) is:
• To prepare incoming club presidents for their year as president.
• To give district governors-elect and incoming assistant governors the opportunity to motivate incoming presidents and build their working relationship.

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
John Warner
April 30
Spouse Birthdays
Shannon Clark
April 19
Matt Monaco
April 27
Join Date
Matt Monaco
April 24, 2007
9 years
Bob Doyle
April 27, 2010
6 years
DeeDee Jonrowe
April 29, 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 @Piccolino's Restaurant, Wasilla -

Eagle River Club - meets Thursday morning 7am at Bear Mountain Grill, Eagle River and Thursday noon at Picollino's Restaurant, Eagle River - -

Rotaract - See Mat-Su Rotaract on FB

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