this week
Leticia Wade
WSRC welcomes Mrs. Alaska 2018 Leticia Wade as she comes to share about her platform - Build Them Up: Building confidence in our youth through activities and the arts.
A lifelong Alaskan, Leticia is a 2004 Bartlett High grad and has a BA in Communications from Kaplan University. She currently resides in Wasilla with her husband and two children as a primary stay-at-home mom, part-time substitute teacher, and dance instructor for Sonja’s Studio of Dance.

She believes that the youth of today are our tomorrow and maintaining involvement in activities and the arts will help to create a more confident and driven youth. Leticia grew up dancing, singing, and competing in cheer and dance and knows firsthand the importance of extracurricular activities and  the experience of not being able to continue. As Mrs. Alaska 2018 she is determined to do her part in assuring that no youth has to quit because of financial hardship.
Click below to connect with Leticia via social media.
Greeter: Dan Kennedy
Pledge: Janel Gagnon
"Be the Inspiration": Trish Keown
Sgt. at Arms: Don Viera
Special presentation from Braden Bowker on his semester abroad.
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!

Benefits of music & the Arts

Last week's speaker, Dr. Jamin Burton, shared a very heartfelt and inspiring message about the benefits of music, and arts in general, being taught in schools.
Not only does learning music give kids a leg-up on academic outcomes and accomplishments, it is also good for mental and emotional health and well-being - a particularly important point to be made during a time where isolation, mental illness, and suicide among our young people is at an all-time high.
Thank you, Dr. Burton, for being an inspirational educator to both your students and the community.
Dr. Jamin Burton, Band Director at Colony High School

WSRC welcomes home connor

Connor Hanson, spent the last year in Japan as a Rotary Exchange Student and returned early Tuesday morning.
Not only did Connor make it to our 7 a.m. meeting last week, he brought Japanese candy to share with the club and a Rotary flag from Japan to exchange with President Janet.
Welcome home, Connor! We can't wait to hear about your adventures in Japan!
Connor exchanges flags with President Janet.

Satellite Club induction

On July 19, we welcomed thirteen new members into the Club as part of our new satellite club - Wasilla Sunset Club. A special thank you to District Governor Diane Fejes for joining us!
New members with WSRC Board.
Group photo! Thanks to all the new and current members of WSRC for making this a fun night.

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

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
Dr. Monica Goyette
Mat-Su Borough School District

Events & Fellowship

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

Dungbie  (n).: rear end
Sit down on your dungbie and get to work!

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.