Wasilla Sunrise


Wasilla Sunrise Rotary

Wasilla Sunrise Rotary

Be a Gift to the World

Tuesday's 7:00am - 8:00am
Jack White / Meridian Point Building
865 N Seward Meridian Parkway
PO Box 876972
Wasilla, AK  99687
United States
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Sunrise Projects

Wasilla Sunrise Rotary

 aka "The Pirate Club"...Arghh!
established July 2001

We welcome visitors to our meetings, pirate and non-pirate alike!
Contact President Garry Forrester with any questions 907-841-9490

Please join us for a continental breakfast and program $10



September Speaker Chairperson - Debbie Bushnell
Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Jeannie Troshynski
Jeannie will give an overview of the progress of the Wasilla Library.
Greeter, Chris Lee- Sgt At Arms, John Warner- Pledge, Jason Marvel - Invocation, 
Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Dr. Powers - Imaging Associates of Providence
What is a Radiologist? 
Providence is providing breakfast this morning!!
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Daniela Vazquez
Sunrise Rotary Exchange Student from Mexico

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Wasilla Sunrise Rotary and Valley Performing Arts
The 15th Annual VPA Wine & Beer Tasting
Event of the Season
Party begins at 5:30 with amazing appetizers brought to you by Sunrise Rotarians,
Artfully crafted beer from June & Stephen at Arkose Brewery in Palmer, and Specialty wines brought to you by K&L Imports. 
Please contact Garry Forrester for tickets at 841-9490

Sunrise Rotarians: Our club is responsible for silent auction as well as live auction items. Please contact Mark Lee at 354-4430 with your donations. 
November 14th is the date to Save for the Valley and Eagle River Rotary Clubs yearly event to raise money for the Rotary Foundation. This year, as in the past couple, it will be at the Valley Cinema. John Sweigart, fellow Rotarian ( Ashland Oregon Club), is once again donating the venue and the food for the event. We hold a silent and live auction that is a lot of fun and you get some great deals, and at the same time are helping support such worthwhile causes such as End Polio Now, Rotary Peace Fellowships, District and Global Grants of all kinds. The cost of tickets is $50 each, or $80 for two.  If you missed this event in the past, you missed a good time.  After the silent and live auction, you can sit back and relax while eating popcorn provided by Valley Cinema, and watching "Spectre", the new James Bond movie which will be released just the week before. Start thinking of items you can donate to the auctions. We encourage you to donate Time, Talent or Treasure...if you enjoy hiking, donate a guided hike on Hatchers Pass for example, or if you like to snow machine, fish, or golf, or whatever, get creative to put a "package" together. Find something you enjoy doing and donate others coming along. Of course, we still take gift certificates, and silent and live auction items you can donate. All of the area clubs will be helping collect items. It's a great evening of fun, so mark your calendars.  

2015-16 District Governor
Brad Gamble
Brad and Tonya Gamble
Sunrise Rotary will also be inducting two new members to our club. 
Greetings Fellow Rotarians and Welcome to the 2015-16 Rotary year! 

As we begin this new year, I want to express how deeply honored I am to serve as your District Governor.  As I often say, one of the greatest pleasures of being a Rotarian is the opportunity for new friendships both here, and around the world, while at the same time working toward making our world a better place.  It’s what we as Rotarians do.  We do this selflessly, we do this tirelessly, we do this in addition to our work, family and other obligations.  And, we have fun!

This year’s Rotary International  President ,Ravi Ravindran ,is urging that we “Be a gift to the world.”  At the International Convention in Sao Paulo, attendees heard of the many accomplishments we have achieved over the past year in so many areas of the world.  Of significant note is the exciting news that we are nearing one year with no new polio cases reported in all of Africa!  And great strides are being made in Pakistan and Afghanistan, with fewer cases than ever being reported and with access being gained to areas that have been out of reach for years.  All this is happening because of the power of Rotary and the ability of Rotarians to reach great heights.  In the words of the Dalai Lama, “If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.”

Over the next several months, Tonya and I will have the privilege of visiting each of the clubs in our great District.  We are eagerly looking forward to these visits and meeting with your clubs and boards to learn more about what each club is doing, how the District and RI can help strengthen the clubs,  and getting  to know our great District 5010 Rotarians.  I know that you are doing wonderful things in your communities and I’m excited for this opportunity to be your District Governor. 

Thank you for your service.  Thank you for being Rotarians.  Thank you for being a gift to the world.
- See more at: http://rotarydistrict5010.org/#sthash.JiVVMcua.dpuf

[Rotary International Presidential Theme 2015-16]
RI President K.R. Ravindran chose Be a Gift to the World as his theme for 2015-16. Ravindran urges Rotary members to give the gifts of time, talent,
and knowledge to improve lives in communities across the globe.
"Through Rotary, we can take these gifts and make a genuine difference in the lives of others and in our world."

Thanks to Andy Faiks our Community Service Chair and everyone who helped out on Saturday at our end of season trash cleanup on KGB.
Read Dunn, Jason Marvel and Janet & Dan scurried off before getting into the photo's. 

Submitted by Dan Kennedy:
It was just two years ago that our Wasilla Sunrise Rotary Club completed the playground project at Newcomb Park on Wasilla Lake. The attached is a photo
of the plaque that Greg Brooker installed a couple of weeks ago. Thanks again for the Communities' effort to accomplish this Rotary project.

Sunrise Rotarians Donation of $2500 to the Salvation Army specifically for the people who lost their homes in the Sockeye Fire 2015. Checks were presented to Jeff Josephson of the Salvation Army. Thanks to all who donated and to all who support our fundraisers
throughout the year!!

Dear Club President Ken Miller,
Hello again from Rotary International! I am writing to let you know since your video was one of the best videos that illustrated how your club has improved your community, we have published your work on several of our media outlets here are Rotary International.
I am pleased to let you know, your video was promoted in the following areas:
3.      And published on the digital version of the Rotarian here: http://therotarianmagazine.com/video/share-your-story/
Also make sure to keep your eye out on the Rotary Facebook page and the Rotary Twitter page, as we will be featuring your video there as well in the upcoming weeks.
Again, we sincerely thank you for your participation in our campaign. Thank you for all that you do to support membership growth in Rotary!
Kind Regards,
Sheena Lilly
Coordinator, Regional Membership Plans | Membership Development | Programs and Member Services
Tel 1.847.866.3000


It was an honor for Dan Kennedy to present the Wasilla Sunrise Rotary Club's "Teacher of the Year" award to Mr. Blake Livingston of Wasilla High School. He has greatly helped our Rotary exchange students with academic success for over a decade. Also in the picture is Dr. Deena Paramo (Rotarian), Superintendent and the School Board President of the Mat-Su Borough. Oorah Blake!



 A Domestic Violence Awareness Summit 

KTVA coverage of No More Summit - http://www.ktva.com/mat-su-valley-gathers-to-help-end-domestic-violence-and-sexual-abuse-947/#.VTc6ufSr2wI.facebook

Domestic Violence can happen to anyone of any race, age, sexual orientation, religion or gender 
and affects people of all socioeconomic backgrounds and education levels. 
No More seeks to bring domestic violence & sexual assault into the national spotlight 
to generate more attention, more resources and 
more action to prevent them. 


Like us on Facebook -  No More Mat-Su



Rotaract, Interact, and RYLA

Leadership is an essential aspect of Rotary—and we offer both clubs and programs to help emerging leaders develop their skills. Through these groups, participants strengthen their leadership skills, serve their communities, increase their world understanding, build friendships, and more.


Rotaract brings together people ages 18-30 in universities and communities worldwide to organize service activities, develop leadership and professional skills, and have fun. Rotary clubs sponsor them, but Rotaract members manage and fund their clubs independently. Rotaract members work closely with their local Rotary club, and may join after their Rotaract membership ends.

How can I participate in Rotaract? - Facebook - Mat-Su Valley Rotaract

Follow Rotaract on , , , and to see what Rotaract clubs are doing around the world.

To find a Rotaract club in your area, .

Interact - Facebook - Mat-Su Valley Interact

Interact is a club for youth ages 12-18 who want to connect with others in their community or school. Interact club members have fun while carrying out service projects and learning about the world. Interact clubs organize at least two service projects a year: one that benefits their community and one that encourages international understanding. While Interact clubs receive guidance from individual Rotary clubs, they govern and support themselves.

How can I participate in Interact?

Follow Interact on and visit Interact’s to see what Interact clubs are doing around the world.

To find an Interact club in your area, .

​RYLA - Rotary District 5010  - www.wasillasunriserotary.com - Debbie Bushnell

RYLA 5010 will be held in April 2015 in the Mat-Su Valley

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is a leadership development program run by Rotary. While participants can be any age, most events focus on secondary school students, university students, or young professionals. RYLA events are typically 3–10 days long and include presentations, activities, and workshops that cover a variety of topics, including:

  • Leadership fundamentals and ethics
  • Communication skills
  • Problem solving and conflict management
  • Community and global citizenship

How can I participate in RYLA? - Facebook District 5010 RYLA - Are you a 10th or 11th grade High Student who would like a chance to attend RYLA 2015? Click on RYLA Registration on our home page under upcoming events. http://wasillasunriserotary.com/

Follow RYLA on to learn about inspirational events happening around the globe. Facebook Mat-Su Valley Rotaract



The Rotary 4-Way Test Speech Contest 2015 was held this month at Wasilla High School.
Special thanks for WHS Teacher Ed Ripley and the WHS staff for helping put this event together. 
 Thanks to Andy Faiks for coordinating this years event and for our judges,
Greg Brooker, Jerry Moses, Garry Forrester, Andy Faiks and Trish Keown.

The winners this year are: 
1st Place - Miriam Farley
2nd Place - Chase Hammer
3rd Place - Cory Stubbs
4th - Tie - Logan Whitlatch and Deborah Polk


This is RotaryEN from Rotary International on Vimeo.What would it take to change the world? Rotary's 1.2 million members believe it starts with a commitment to Service Above Self.


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2015 Rose Sale is a Success!!
Thank you to all who supported our fundraiser! We sold 450 dozen Roses and proceeds are used in our community! 







Playground Upgrades

Members of the Wasilla Sunrise Rotary recently gathered to install much needed benches

at the inclusive playground at Wasilla Lake.

Playground 1Playground 2



MYHouse Appliances and Mat-Su Valley Rotary Clubs
by Kaplan, Sondra

A great big thank you to the Rotary Clubs of Palmer, Wasilla, Sunrise, and Susitna for 

taking part in the MYHouse Appliance Grant. Wsilla Sunrise Donated $300 to the project.






MyHouse celebrated their grand opening on August 8th at their new Gathering Center off of Herning and Lucille

in Wasilla (the old Husky Building).  For more information go to http://myhousematsu.org .

 Thank you to the Palmer Rotary and the Wasilla Noon Rotary for purchasing a washer and dryer from Allen and Peterson for our Gathering Place. 




The WSRC appropriated $500 toward the Honor Flights

in support of John Warner and John Glass’ efforts for the WWII Vets

and in memory of so many of the fathers of Club members.  Great work John, John and Ron. 



Dear Dan, and Wasilla Sunrise Rotary Club,

On behalf of the City of Wasilla, and our Honorable Mayor Verne Rupright, we that thank YOU for your dedication of time, and talent to persevere in sometimes inclement conditions to ‘serve’ in a capacity that truly holds credence to your motto,  ‘service above self’.  Thank you for making this year’s Mayor’s Picnic a wonderful success, as we have appreciated your long- standing commitment to serving our community.

On a personal note….HUGE THANKS to all of you for helping me coordinate these efforts.  I couldn’t have done it without you!! I’m looking forward to working with you next year!

Joan Klapperich

Event Production & Facility Supervisor

Curtis D. Menard Memorial Sports Center

City of Wasilla

1001 S. Mack Drive



Choose Respect

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Many thanks to Governor Parnell for joining us for breakfast this morning and sharing his vision on the administration's "Choose Respect" initiative.

Speaking to a full house this morning the governor challenged groups like ours to continue our efforts to keep the conversation about domestic violence going.  Remember, sometimes a victim only needs someone they can trust to take a step towards getting help.  Our children need to hear that abusing someone else is never acceptable.



Thanks to All Rotarians who helped Paint the Deck at the Hatcher Pass Visitor Center on July 15th 2013 and Thanks to James Hastings for organizing!

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As part of our Literacy program, Wasilla Sunrise donate's a library book in recognition of each of our weekly speakers.
Set's of books are given to selected Valley Elementary Schools each Rotary year. Pictured are Valley Elementary Principal's 2014


Club Executives & Directors

President Elect
Past President
Youth Exchange Officer
New Generations