Wasilla Sunrise Rotary

Wasilla Sunrise Rotary

Rotary Serving Humanity

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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Stephanie Nowers & Mark Mastellar
Mar 28, 2017
Renewable Energy
Pete LaFrance - City of Palmer
Apr 04, 2017
bike path project
Desiree Shepler - R.O.C.K.
Apr 11, 2017
Raising our Children with Kindness
Judge ______
Apr 18, 2017
Justice Not Politics

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Wasilla Sunrise Rotary

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

We welcome visitors to our meetings, pirate and non-pirate alike!
Contact President Matt Stielstra with any questions 907-315-6664.

Please join us for a continental breakfast and program $10


Happy 1st Day of Spring!!


The four seasons are determined by shifting sunlight (not heat!)—which is determined by how our planet orbits the Sun and the tilt of its axis. On the vernal equinox, day and night are each approximately 12 hours long (with the actual time of equal day and night, in the Northern Hemisphere, occurring a few days before the vernal equinox). The Sun crosses the celestial equator going northward; it rises exactly due east and sets exactly due west. There will be a quiz tomorrow. 

Speaker Chair - Rachel Gernat
Rotary International Theme - Water & Sanitation Month
March 21, 2017
Amy Pettit
Alaska Farmland Trust
Greeter: Chelsea Fields  - Pledge: Leo deSouza - Invocation: Debbie Bushnell - Sgt-At-Arms: Jerry Moses
March 28, 2017
Stephanie Nowers and Mark Mastellar
Renewable Energy
Greeter: Dan Kennedy  - Pledge: Jerry Moses - Invocation: Rachel Gernat - Sgt-At-Arms: 
April 4, 2016
Pete LeFrance - City of Palmer
Bike Path
Greeter: Jackie Marvel - Pledge: Jerry Moses -  Invocation: Dr Jim - Sgt-At-Arms: Janet Kennedy 

2017 District 5010 Assembly and Conference

Sitka, Alaska

  • Assembly - April 27, 2016
  • Conference - April 28-30, 2017

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Rotary District 5010 Conference Agenda

April 27-April 30, 2017

Sitka, Alaska


Thursday, April 27th DISTRICT ASSEMBLY


  • “Up, Up, and Away!”  District Assembly, Hosted by District Governor Elect, Harry Kieling 10AM-4:30PM, with an introductory welcome by Zone 24W Rotary Coordinator and Director’s Rep. Jackie Hobal

Chart your own course through a series of exciting and interactive breakout sessions designed for you to discuss and dig deeper into topics that interest you.  Explore ways to take action in your community, lead your club, promote Rotary, engage Youth, and much, much more.  

  • “Adventure, Straight Ahead.” District Assembly Luncheon, 12:45-2PM, featuring RI President’s Rep PDG Elizabeth Smith Yeats, Rotary Public Image Coordinator, Zone 29

Unknown conditions ahead are a norm for aviators.  Join us for this fun theme lunch which will feature a special twist.  This won’t be your normal lunch, and our Leadership Academy Graduates will be your table Captains.

  • “The Road Well Traveled”, Past District Governor’s & VIP Dinner, Ludwig’s, 5:30-7:30

By invitation only, this special gathering honors those who have captained the ship, and our special VIP guests.

  • “Change the Course of the Future”  7-11PM  The Pub, Downtown Sitka

If you could guarantee a great journey for only $26.50, would you do it?  Join us for an evening of live music, appetizers, and a tribute to the Rotary Foundation.  $26.50 gets you an evening of great music, prizes, food, and more.  Plus your donation helps The Foundation. **Please note that regular menu items are available for an additional cost at The Pub for those that desire to dine.


Friday, April 28th


  • Grand Opening Umbrella Parade, Main Street, Sitka, 9AM

Rain or shine, bring your own unusual umbrella or grab one of our Rotary umbrellas as we celebrate everything Rotary.  Surprise us with your creativity, and then grab our special passport to get great deals in all of the local Sitka shops.

  • “This is Here, This is Now, You are the Future of Rotary.” Opening Celebration, Centennial Hall, 12:30-1:45PM,  with RI Director Nominee Jeffry Cadorette and a special tribute to the 150th Anniversary of Alaska and the Yukon

Start the festivities off right with a welcome you’re sure to put in your memory book.  2017 is a monumental year for Rotary, and for Alaska and the Yukon.  There are historic moments that deeply impact communities far beyond their scope of time.  Hear from RI Director Nominee Jeffry Cadorette about why we should not only celebrate the past, but also steer our compass to the future.

  • “You Never Know What You Can Make Happen”, 2-3PM featuring Razia Jan

Razia’s Ray of Hope Foundation has been shaped by the spirit and vision of Razia Jan. Founder of the Zabuli Education Center, Razia has worked for many years to forge connections between Afghans and Americans. Her humanitarian efforts are honored in First Lady Laura Bush's 2016 book We Are Afghan Women.  She is a CNN Top Ten Hero, a Rotarian, and a recipient of Rotary’s Service Above Self Award in 2016.

  • “Sharing Our Stories to Grow Membership”  3:15-4PM featuring RI Presidential Rep,  PDG Elizabeth Smith Yeats.

“Every man can transform the world from one of monotony and drabness to one of excitement and adventure.” – Irving Wallace.  Why Rotary’s story is so important.  Learn how new media and Rotary’s new tools are essential to our future success.

  • Assistant Governor Shoreside Social, 5-6:30 PM, Sitka Centennial Hall Seaside Patio

It’s not the Lido deck, but the closest thing we can get.  Grab your fun fishing outfits and join us portside with live music, cocktails, and more.  

  • Steer Your Way Into Service, Rotary E-Club and Youth Exchange Project, 6-9PM, Sitka Fine Arts Camp

Two powerhouses join together to create a great project to benefit the community.  This awesome event will be followed by a movie and pizza night for the kids at the Fine Arts Camp. Project starts at 6, Dinner and a movie starts at 7:30.

  • Pier Pleasure Seafood Spectacular!  7-11PM, Centennial Hall.  Featuring Ray Troll and the Ratfish Wranglers and Authentic Alaskan Seafood

Grab your Xtratufs, your fishing clothes and celebrate everything seafood with the famous Ray Troll and his musical band of fishy folks.   Travel around the room tasting fresh Alaskan seafood, enjoy live music, and more. This is an event not to be missed.  **Please note this event will be open to the public on an invitation only basis. **Dress is casual Alaskan.


Saturday, April 29th


  • Presidents’ Breakfasts, 7:30-8:30AM

Whether you’ve driven the President’s boat, are driving it now, or are set to sail soon, join some of Rotary’s VIP’s for a Q&A at breakfast, with opening thoughts from our world travelers, Rotary Youth Exchange

  • General Breakfast for all others, 7:30-8:30AM, Centennial Hall
  • “Women in Rotary:  What an Adventure It’s Been!”9:15-10:15AM Centennial Hall,  featuring Past RI Director Julia Phelps.

 “A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.” Rotary is celebrating its 30th Anniversary of Women in its ranks. Hear the exhilarating history from one of Rotary’s leading women who paved the way, and what she thinks about women in Rotary moving forward.

  • “The Power of Connections.  From Young to Old, There’s Something for Everyone in Rotary”, 10:30-11:45, featuring Mayo Woodward, former Charter Member with DG Michelle of the Sunset Rotary Club of Tallahassee.

Chartering new clubs isn’t easy, especially if you don’t have a roadmap, but Michelle and Mayo did exactly that back in Tallahassee for a group of young professionals.  Learn how you can engage every age group and make their Rotary adventure worth every minute. From new clubs to your club, you’re sure to learn something.

  • Luncheon, “Oh, the Places, You’ll Go!”, 12-1:45PM  RI President’s Rep Elizabeth Smith Yeats, and joined by Julia Phelps, Jeffry Cadorette, and Jackie Hobal in a roundtable discussion with audience participation.

Rotary offers an amazing adventure that you can take advantage of.  Learn more about where Rotary plans to go in the future, and how you can help make it happen.  From the new customizable meetings, to brand new “mileage plans”, Rotary has some awesome opportunities for your clubs.  Learn all about it, first-hand here.

  • “I’m 26, and I’ve Been a Rotarian for Half my Life.”  Mitty Chang, President E-Club of Silicon Valley, 2-3:00 PM

From Interact, to Rotaract, and now the President of the E-Club of Silicon Valley, Rotary has been the trip of a lifetime. You won’t want to miss this amazing Rotarian’s stories.  #futureofRotary  #Rotaract

  • Major Donors Reception, Centennial Hall, 5:00-6:00PM

You’ll need a special passport to attend this very special event honoring those who have invested in the future of Rotary’s efforts through the Rotary Foundation.  Featuring special whiskey pairings from the Jim Beam Corporation.

  • Rotary Youth Exchange Balloon and Silent Auction, Centennial Hall 6:00-7:30

The original creator of memories, Rotary Youth Exchange brings you their annual fundraiser and auction.  From trips to artisan items from around the world, bid high and bid often!  Your donation helps the next dream come true.

  • Governor’s Banquet featuring Past Rotary International President, Richard D. King, Centennial Hall, 7PM, featuring local Sitka entertainment and various live performers.

Larger than life Rotary icon, RI Past President Richard King, joins us for an entertaining and enlightening (and often humorous) look at Rotary and beyond.  “Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”


Sunday, April 30th


  • Wonderous Waters, Whale Watching Breakfast Tour Aboard Allen Marine, 8:00-10:00AM, Remarks by District Governor Michelle O’Brien and various dignitaries, **Please note that those leaving on domestic flights will have plenty of time to check in at the airport in Sitka for southbound flights if you are leaving at noon.

The Grand Finale to the tour….join us aboard Allen Marine’s famous, enclosed small ships for a tour around the spectacular beauty of Sitka’s waters to not only honor those who have departed, but to celebrate our future legacies. A beautiful vessel and knowledgeable captain are at your command for this soul-stirring coastal scenery.  Guests will have an opportunity to honor the departed by casting flowers upon the water.

District Governor Brad Gamble, 2015-2016, presenting Significant Achievement Award for Wasilla Sunrise Rotary to Dan Goff, for the No More Mat-Su Campaign.
Dan Goff, Chairperson for the No More Campaign 2015-2016
Frontiersman Newspaper April 16, 2016
KTVA.com KTVA CBS 11 April 19, 2016
No More Campaign to End Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault in Mat-Su Valley Connects Survivors and Students
2nd annual conference continues efforts to educate and empower youth to be agents for change in epidemic
On Sunday, April 24, from 12-3 p.m., at the Glenn Massay Theater, many adult and student leaders from around the valley will convene for the second year in a row to unite in their message of “No More!” No More is a national campaign to end domestic violence and sexual assault that encourages local adoption and action. Expected speakers include former Olympic athletes, Nina Kemppel and Kevin McMahon, and former NBA athlete, Jahadi White. This event is free and open to the public to attend.
Two years ago Jason Marvel, Burchell High School principal and father of two daughters, impressed upon the Wasilla Sunrise Rotary Club the gravity of the situation in the Mat-Su Valley, where statistically 1:2 women will experience some form of domestic violence or sexual assault.  The Sunrise Rotarians immediately picked up the mantle and, together with Alaska Family Services, have pledged an on-going effort to educate and involve the youth of the valley to help break the cycle and be agents for change.
Domestic violence and assault can happen to anyone of any race, age, sexual orientation, religion or gender and affects people of all socioeconomic backgrounds and education levels. The No More Mat-Su campaign seeks to raise awareness in the community in general of this epidemic, and to educate and empower young people to put an end to what is often generational cycles of abuse.  
Surviving hardship and overcoming odds of all kinds share traits of will, determination, belief in self-worth, and the strength to reach out for help.  Sunday’s event combines the testimonies of the survivors of violence and assault, along with the overcoming the odds tales from two former Olympian athletes and a former NBA athlete, to drive home the message of No More. For more information, please call the No More Mat-Su Team at (907) 746-6213.
No More Mat- Su,
 Sunday, April 9, 2017
Glenn Massay Theater
No More Mat-Su is on Facebook


Coverage from 2016 Summit  - Marissa Silver Fox 4 KTBY April 24, 2016

Coverage from 2015 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

Last work party of the year at Rotary Trailhead
 Members of the
Colony High School Interact Club
raised $1300 
to purchase books written in Spanish, for Mayan Families.
Interact clubs are required to participate in an international service project of their choosing. 
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 Mayanfamilies.org or contact Candace Cieslo at Candace.cieslo@yahoo.com.  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
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.
Thanks to Eddie Ezelle, Executive Director of the MatSu Food Bank for speaking to our club last Tuesday.
If you want to share your blessings, you can visit link above and donate directly to the food bank
District Governor Michelle O'Brien
It’s the start of a monumental year in Alaska and the Yukon Territory for Rotary.
I am so incredibly humbled and excited to be your District Governor in this historic year.  David and I would like to thank you all so very much for letting us serve you as Rotarians.  It is our goal to be here for you, for whatever you need.  We are, after all, a team of folks doing good in this world and in our communities.  
You may say to yourself, what’s so different about this year?  Lots. 
It’s is the 100th Anniversary of the Rotary Foundation, the 30th Anniversary of Women in Rotary, as well as the 150th Anniversary of Alaska.  It also could very well be the year in which Polio is eradicated forever from our world.
Rotary International President, John Germ, has themed his year around “Rotary Serving Humanity” after Paul Harris’ belief that serving humanity is the most worthwhile thing a person can do.  I think that is perfect for the dedicated Rotarians all around Alaska and the Yukon.  We have a vibrant and exciting group of talented Rotarians who are always serving our diverse communities and bettering our world.  And, we have fun doing it.
I always like to share with folks that, in my mind, Rotary is the adventure of a lifetime.  What that means, as a Rotarian for 18 years, is that I’ve grown up in Rotary and so have my daughters.  Rotary offers an endless list of possibilities for folks.  Would you like to be a leader?  Would you like to create a better community through a project?  Do you love youth?  How about traveling to far-away places to serve globally?  And you can always make great lifelong friends. 
David and I are looking forward to traveling around Alaska and the Yukon to visit with all of our wonderful Rotarian friends this year.  We hope to cross paths with you soon, and as always, we are always here to help make your Rotarian adventure a reality.
Thank you all for being outstanding Rotarians, for serving humanity, and most of all, for being friends.
Congrats Morgan! Your participation in RYLA and leadership in Interact have not gone unnoticed. We look forward to watching your continued success. Good luck at Texas A&M!
"I owe many thanks to Wasilla Sunrise Rotary, Palmer Elks, Palmer Lions, Beta Sigma Phi, the University of Alaska, and MTA for these scholarships. I can't express how thankful I am for these and how grateful I am to be able to put them towards my college education. Thank you to everyone who contributed."
- Morgan Chapman, Colony High School Interact Charter President
Thanks for an "Amazing Year" Daniela!
Attached is the official letter from the Federal Government acknowledging the naming of Rotary Falls.
The Rotarians in the Valley sure appreciate the cooperation from the Mat-Su Borough, especially the Parks and Recreation Department, to help the Rotarians make this happen. 
The State previously gave the Rotary Falls their blessing.  

April Khongsavanh (1st place)

Lilly Otte (4th place)

Areina Czarny (Did not finish)

Kiersten Sierra (2nd place)

Riley Glasen (3rd place)

Students with WSR Judges, Sherie Vieira, Jeaninne Milne, Andy Faiks, Matt Ketchum and Greg Brooker
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

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.


Thanks to all you
Rotary Elves who rang the bell this past Saturday!
Greg Brooker has sent out a schedule via email for the Salvation Army bell ringing on December 17th. 
Right side of Fred Meyer 8am-6pm

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. 

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.


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. 

Club Executives & Directors
President 2016-2017
President Elect
Past President