this week
Dr. Talis Colberg
Join us as we welcome Dr. Talis Colberg, Ph.D., the Campus Director for Mat-Su College. Appointed, as the 10th director of Mat-Su College in August 2010, he is a third generation Alaskan and graduate of Palmer High School. He attended Pacific Lutheran University and Pepperdine University School of Law, and earned a Ph.D. in Northern Political History & Cultre from UAF. Colberg has served as Attorney General of Alaska, twice on the Mat-Su Borough Assembly, and as Borough mayor, in addition to his other community and state service. Welcome, Dr. Colberg!
Click the link below to learn more about Mat-Su College and the local educational opportunities.
Greeter: Chris Lee
Pledge: Chelsea Fields
"Be the Inspiration": Trish Keown
Sgt. at Arms: Jerry Moses
Classification Talk: Janet Kennedy
New beginnings: Rotary year 2018-19
July marks the beginning of the new Rotary year!
New RI President Barry Rassin’s theme for 2018-19, Be the Inspiration, asks Rotarians to inspire change in the world and in each other. “I ask all of you to Be the Inspiration to help Rotary move from reaction to action — to take a hard look at the environmental issues that affect health and welfare around the world and do what we can to help.”
Click below to view Rassin's video highlighting this year's theme.
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 Youth Services: Interact, Ryla, and youth exchange

Our last club meeting on July 10 was all about Rotary Youth Services - Interact, RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards), and Youth Exchange. We also had many young people join us at this morning's meeting - so great to see our next generation taking an interest in the work of Rotary!
Snapshot of our room filled with young people!
Michael Moore, President of Mat-Su Valley Interact Club, who gave an update on RYLA and how things are going for his Interact club. Thank you, Michael, for putting service above self in your leadership of Interact! 
Michael Moore, President of Mat-Su Valley Interact
In addition to hearing from Michael, our Rotary Exchange Student from Mexico,  Augustin Lira (affectionately known as Gus), gave his final presentation all about his Alaska experience. Some highlights for Gus included playing football for Wasilla High, spending time with his Rotary families and friends, developing a love for Cinnamon Toast Crunch, swimming in local lakes, participating in the Polar Plunge, and his West Coat Trip. Thanks for sharing the last year with us, Gus, we will miss you!
Agustin "Gus" Lira, Exchange Student from Mexico

WSRC at the City of Wasilla Independence BBQ

Serving hotdogs at the Wasilla Mayor's lunch on Independence Day has become a tradition for Wasilla Sunrise Rotary. While there are no official numbers we've served as many as 3000 hotdogs to our fellow Wasilla community members. 
Thank you to all those who came to volunteer!
WSRC Pirates prep hotdogs to serve.
Our fearless grill masters!
Volunteers handing out fruit.

rotarian of the month

President Janet Kennedy will recognize a Wasilla Sunrise Rotarian each month that exemplifies Service Above Self in their work with the Club. Monthly updates will be featured here in the newsletter. 

upcoming speakers

Dr. Talis Colberg
Campus Director for Mat-Su College, UAA
Dr. Jamin Burton
CHS Band Director
Leticia Wade
Mrs. Alaska United States 2018
Diane Fejes
District 5010 District Governor
Ron Travis
Last Frontier Honor Flight
Police Officer of the Year Award
Mayor Bert Cottle
City of Wasilla

Events & Fellowship

Satellite Club Charter
4701 E. Shoreline Dr., Wasilla
7-8 PM
Agustin Lira Montes returns to Mexico
Arnaud Bollen
New inbound student from Belgium arrives!
Fireside @ Stan & Judy Tebow's
Welcome Arnaud Bollen from Belgium!
VPA Fundraiser
Beer & Wine Tasting

Pirate Club word of the week

Avest ye (expression).:
Pay attention
Avest ye - today's speaker is beginning their presentation!

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
Contact Dan Kennedy
Russell Hampton
National Awards Services Inc.