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Welcome and Thank You for Visiting
Wasilla Sunrise Rotary
aka "The Pirate Club"...Arghh!
established July 2001
We welcome all visitors, pirate and non-pirate alike!
Contact President Greg Brooker with any questions - 907-373-3977
Please join us for a continental breakfast and program $10
December 16, 2014
John Ketchum, 30+ year Alaskan, BP employee and ex-pat living in Angola, Africa. Presentation: Angola history (brief), The oil Business in Angola, John’s role in nationalization, his family life in Angola, and some of his amazing adventures!
Greeter-Dan Kennedy Sgt-At-Arms-Nancy Hall Pledge-Debbie Bushnell Invocation-Chris Lee
Wasilla Sunrise Rotary will Not meet on December 23rd & December 30th.
We will resume regular meetings on January 6th
Pictured are Greg Brooker, Angie Allred (Kindness for Kids) and volunteer Ruth Perkins.
Ruth sewed together a few hundred "Comfort Pillows"
for Sam and Angie Allred's project Kindness for Kids. These pillows are stuffed, put into boxes
and sent to hospitals across the U.S. for children. Federal Express ships for free. The
pillow forms are sent all over to organizations that volunteer to stuff them and get them to
children in hospitals near to them.
Sam Allred (14) wows the Sunrise Rotarians with his powerful message about “Kindness for Kids”.
The Rotarians donated $161 out of their pockets and the Club wrote a $500 check to his nonprofit org. “Kindness for Kids.”
Thanks Sam for your efforts to bring kindness to kids.
Members of the Wasilla Sunrise Rotary recently gathered to install much needed benches
at the inclusive playground at Wasilla Lake.
Victor arrives in Alaska and hits the ground running. Kayaking, an Early morning rotary meeting, and off to school.
Prez. Dan and Treasurer Janet accept a $10,000 donation from the Harold Newcomb Trust
for the late Rotarian’s donation to the playground and community.
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.
Teacher of the Year
As the pres. of the Wasilla Sunrise Rotary Club, it was an honor to present the "Educator of the Year" award to Mr. Jason Marvel.
The photo was taken at the Mat-Su School Dist. board meeting this week.
Thank you Mr. Marvel for your exemplary work with kids and challenging our Club to do more. Dan Kennedy
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 Andy Faiks our Community Service Chairperson
for organizing our first Road Cleanup of 2014.
Mile 3 to 4 of Knik Goose Bay Road is Looking Good!
(not everyone who picked up trash is pictured, missing are Matt Stielstra, Jackie & Jason Marve and Norm Harris)
Thanks to Matt Stielstra who volunteered his time to load up all the trash in his truck and haul away!!
This is what Greg and Dan were doing while trash was being gathered
Graduating Senior of Wasilla High
Aimee was awarded a scholarship from WSRC President Dan Kennedy Tuesday night, 5/13/14.
We are very proud of all she has accomplished with Rotary and the community at large.
Congratulations from all of us at the Wasilla Sunrise Rotary Club!!!
The most common reaction to today's presentation was "Wow!" Jason gave us an overview of the Freedom Writers program, training, goals, and achievements. A confident and inspirational speaker, it is easy to see Jason is one of the better teachers out there and we are lucky to have him teaching the children of the valley.
His presentation hit upon the difference between Tolerance and Understanding. It also tied into a discussion on domestic abuse, a large and sensitive problem in the valley. Jason challenged us to tap into our creativity as Rotary to come up with an action plan for tackling this issue - a thought seconded by our President, Dan Kennedy.
So, fellow Rotarians, what can we do? How can we help our community address not only the after effects of domestic violence, but more importantly prevent it from occurring? Very tough questions with difficult answers. Talk about it, think about, and let's see what we can do to make a difference to fight something that touches too many of us!
The Wasilla Sunrise Rotary Club enjoys sharing our careers with the 8th graders at Teeland MS, a STEM school. Our presenters were, from left to right are: John Warner, Dan Kennedy, Garry Forrester, Dr. Martin, Jake Libbey and Matt Ketchum. Al Haynes and Norm Harris (not pictured) .
Wasilla Rotary meets Wednesdays, 12:00pm at the Glacier Canyon Grill, located in the Grandview Hotel
Glacier Canyon Grill 2900 E Parks Avenue Wasilla, Alaska 99654
Palmer Rotary meets Thursday's, 12:00- Eagle Hotel, Palmer on S. Colony Way across from Palmer Pioneer Home
Susitna Club - We are now meeting on Wednesday evenings 6:00-7:15 pm @ Piccolino's Restaurant in Wasilla.
Eagle River Club - meets at the ER Brewhouse, upstairs on Thursdays at noon