Russell Hampton
National Awards Services Inc.
Mar 06, 2018
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Mar 13, 2018 7:00 AM
Pam will present on her takeaways from the Vancouver International Rotary meeting
Mar 27, 2018 7:00 AM
Alaska Economy
Apr 03, 2018 7:00 AM
Native Youth Olympics Organization
Apr 24, 2018 2:23 AM
Will meet to deliver roses
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Wasilla, AK  99687
Sunrise Rotary
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FEBRUARY is Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution Month

February 27, 2018 Program
Greg Giaque
Mat-Su Middle College School
Greeter-Judy Tebow, Pledge of Allegiance-Pam Hill, Invocation-James Grogan, Sgt-At-Arms-Greg Brooker

Salvation Army Bell Ringers
Agustin Montes Lira - Exchange Student from Mexico
Wasilla Sunrise Welcomes Agustin Montes Lira from Vera Cruz Mexico!!
2017-2018 Inbound Exchange Student
Augustin adventures of the week
Augustin with Dan & Janet Kennedy - Host Family
The following is a list of things that Guty would like to do while in Alaska. Please call him for any activities including these!
-Going mountain climbing
-Go fishing on the ocean
-Go hunting
-Go to matanuska glacier
-do ice-fishing
-kayak in the sea
-Go camping at Denali national park
-Glacier climbing
-go dog sled riding 
-go to Juneau and Fairbanks
-Go shooting
No More Mat-Su Media Blitz
(Rescheduled to January will keep you posted) 
Are you looking for an event where you can do some good, spread a worthwhile message AND enjoy
the company of your fellow Rotarians? 
Look no further than the "No More Mat-Su Media Blitz."
we will be visiting local coffee shops, bars, restaurants, etc.
to ask that these establishments join us in saying “NO MORE.” 
We will be distributing posters, leaflets, resource cards and information. 
The committee feels that we still need to
make the community aware of the problem of DV and SA in the Valley and that we want to
employ the help of local businesses to do this. 
We will be asking them to hang up posters and have resource cards available.  We want to ask the coffee
stands to to distribute a leaflet or card with every order, and ask bars to use coasters
and/or have information displayed in the bathrooms.  
Here is how it works (Oh, and there is a possibility of a prize at the end!):
When: Thursday December 7 at 5:30 pm
Where: Meet at the Bear Paw parking lot
What: The NMMS committee will be giving you all the material you need to hit the road and pass out information. 
You have about 1 hour to pass out information. 
Meet back at the Bear Paw at 7pm for drinks with your fellow community volunteers (aka Sunrise Rotarians).
Prize: We hope to have NMMS t-shirts for every volunteer. 
Every time someone agrees to display the NMMS material, they sign your shirt. 
Person with the most signatures when we meet at 7pm wins a prize.
Remember: NMMS is a club-wide event, so please join us on 12/7.
Thank you,
No More Mat-Su Committee
Wasilla Sunrise Rotarian of the Month October

Congratulations to Janel Gagnon
Wasilla Sunrise Rotarian of the Month
October 2017
Thank you for your Service!
Be Humble Be Kind Award from Harry Kiehling
Congratulations to Don Vieira - Wasilla Sunrise Rotary Treasurer
He was awarded the "Be Humble, Be Kind, Take Action" Award 
from District Governor Harry Kiehling
October New Rotarians
Wasilla Sunrise Rotary Welcomes October New Members
James Grogan and Pamela Hill
District Conference 2018 Seward, Alaska

2018 District 5010 Assembly and Conference

Seward, Alaska

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

Important Links:

Rotary Cares for Kids

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 Helps Disaster Victims

Rotary helps disaster victims

Severe storms, an earthquake, and hurricanes are wreaking havoc across the globe from the United States and Mexico to South Asia and Africa. The Rotary Foundation and Rotary clubs in affected areas are helping bring emergency aid to battered communities. 

The Rotary Foundation is collecting emergency relief funds to help victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. 

Severe rainfall caused historic flooding along the Texas coast, including in Houston, the fourth largest city by population in the United States. About 6.8 million people have been affected by the hurricane.

Meanwhile, Hurricane Irma is in the Caribbean and headed for Florida and the Atlantic coast of the United States. Already, the storm has directly affected 1.2 million people and millions more are in its path.

“The power of Rotary is in the Foundation's ability to pull help from around the world while local clubs provide immediate relief in their own communities,” says Don Mebus of the Rotary Club of Arlington, Texas.

Rotary districts along the Gulf Coast of Texas and Louisiana are collecting emergency relief funds and providing immediate aid to flood victims. 

The most powerful earthquake in a century hit the southern coast of Mexico Thursday. At least 61 people were killed in the 8.1-magnitude quake. Rescue and relief efforts are expected to be hampered by floods and a dangerous storm surge off the Gulf of Mexico as Hurricane Katia moves into the area .

How to contribute

Two Rotary Foundation donor advised funds have been set up to accept donations for disaster relief and recovery in response to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma:

Hurricane Harvey
Account name: Gulf Coast Disaster Relief Fund
Account number: 608

Hurricane Irma
Account name: Hurricane Emergency Relief Fund
Account number: 296

You can contribute by check or wire transfer or online with a credit card. You'll need to provide the DAF account name and number listed above. If you would like a credit card receipt, please check the address box to share your address with Rotary. 

Learn how you can contribute.

In Sierra Leone, torrential rains and a mudslide in August has killed more than 500 people and destroyed nearly 2,000 homes. An orphanage where more than 60 children slept was one of the buildings swept away in the slide on the outskirts of Freetown, Sierra Leone’s capital.  More than 600 people are still missing.

As estimated 40 million people across India, Bangladesh, Nepal have been affected after massive floods hit the area last month. UNICEF estimates 31 million people in India have lost their homes, and 8 million people in Bangladesh and 1.7 million in Nepal have been affected.

Rotary's partner, ShelterBox, is providing support to families displaced by the storms. 

ShelterBox teams are working with Rotarians to assess the damage and provide supplies, housing and resources in Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Panama, Nepal and Bangladesh.

In Texas, hundreds of light privacy tents were deployed to evacuation centers for families to use temporarily.

If you have questions about how you can help, contact

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
Member Birthdays
Elsie O'Bryan
March 12
James Martin
March 12
Paul Hurley
March 16
Chris Lee
March 17
Matt Stielstra
March 26
Jerry Moses
March 31
Spouse Birthdays
Christine Lee
March 17
Amy Stielstra
March 30
Matt Ketchum
March 21
Join Date
Janel Gagnon
March 15, 2016
2 years
Roger Beck
March 30, 2004
14 years


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

Wasilla Rotary meets Wednesdays, 12:00pm at the the Grill at the Grandview Hotel, Wasilla -

Palmer Rotary meets Thursday's, 12:00pm at Turkey Red -

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 - -

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