Wasilla Sunrise Rotary

Wasilla Sunrise Rotary

Rotary Making a Difference

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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Dennis Anderson
Jul 25, 2017
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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 Debbie Bushnell with any questions 907-715-4288

Please join us for a continental breakfast and program $10




Queen Pirate - Debbie Bushnell


July Speaker Chair - Chelsea Fields
Speaker - July 18, 2017
Michael Carson
Mat-Su Opioid Taskforce
Greeter, Judy Tebow - Pledge of Allegiance, John Warner- Invocation, Janet Kennedy - Sgt-At-Arms, Rachel Gernat
Speaker - July 25, 2017
Dennis Anderson
The Frontiersman 
Greeter, Janet Kennedy - Pledge of Allegiance, Loren Prosser - Invocation, Rachel Gernat - Sgt-At-Arms, Mark Lee
Meet Wendell Harren - Newest member of Wasilla Sunrise Rotary
Not Pictured (Yet) is Mr Bert Hall - Honorary Rotarian
Rotary Running Dead 5K 2017
Shane Leivestad, Janel Gagnon, Leo Oliveira de Souza, Natasha du Toit and many more Rotarians
30 years of Women in History Celebration at District 5010 Conference in Sitka 2017 
Photo on left is taken in front of Harrigan Centennial Hall, District Conference 2017 and from left to right on second photo are:
Debbie Bushnell, Judy Tebow, Rachel Gernat, Jackie Marvel, Janel Gagnon and Sherie Vieira from WSR.
Not all WSR women were present at this meeting but they were there in spirit:)
Honor Flight is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing veterans with honor and closure.
Our Mission: To transport America’s Veterans to Washington, DC
to visit those memorials dedicated to honor the service and sacrifices of themselves and their friends.
On Tuesday, April 18, Sunrise Rotarian John Glass will be escorting one of America's Veterans to Washington, DC.,
Mr. Paul Huppert, who served with the U.S. Navy during WWII.
The Homecoming will be on Saturday, April 22, at noon and there will be quite a celebration!
All are welcomed and encouraged to attend and welcome them all home!
They arrive on Alaska Air.


WSR judged it's 13th Annual 4-Way Test Speech Contest at Wasilla High School last Thursday.
The 4-Way Test Contest requires each contestant to provide a 3 minute speech about a topic of their selection.
The speech must relate the topic to how it relates to the Rotary 4-Way Test; 
Of the things we think, say or do;
1 Is it the Truth?
2 Is it Fair to All Concerned?
3 Will it Build Goodwill and Better Friendships? 
4 Will it be Beneficial to All Concerned? 

We had 6 contestants and 6 judges. 
The first photo shows Speakers and Judges. Front row. Andrew Palmer, Shyanne Massie, Joshua Wilson,
Aubrey Dubois, Jeremiah Zeedar-Boeck, Ginger Shepardson. Back row Greg Brooker, Andrew Faiks, Jim Martin,
Mark Lee, Chris Lee, Eldon Bell, Trish Keown.

Second photo: Winners 1st-Andrew Palmer, 2nd-Jeremiah Zeedar-Boeck, 3rd-Shyanne Massie, 4th-Aubrey Dubois
All of the contestants were impressive. Their presentations were interesting, prepared and
well delivered and it was a true privilege to listen to them. 
A special thanks to Jason Moen, Vice Principal of Wasilla High School, who helped coordinate the contest!
Third Round of Career talks took place at Teeland Middle School.
Thank you to all who participated and thanks to Matt Ketchum for organizing!!
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.
Last work party of the year at Rotary Trailhead
No More Mat-Su 
Glenn Massay Theater
April 9, 2017
2pm to 4pm
Don't miss the 3rd No More Mat-Su event to take place on Sunday, April 9, 2017 from 2-4pm.
Doors open at 1pm for access to vendor tables.
Wasilla sunrise Rotary is so grateful to continue partnering with Alaska Family Services and local area youth leaders
in the long term campaign to end domestic violence and sexual assault in the Mat-Su Valley! 



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 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
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
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
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
Club Executives & Directors
President 2016-2017
President Elect
Past President
co-Community Service Chair
co-Community Service Chair
Vocational Chair
Foundation Chair
Co-Public Relations
Co-Public Relations
Club Administration
New Generations - YEO
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