Club Information
Missoula Sunrise Rotary welcomes guests.  Please feel free to join us.
 
Missoula Sunrise

Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Wednesdays at 7:30 AM
PO Box 5755
Missoula, MT 59806
United States of America
Currently meeting Via Zoom on Wed. mornings. To Join Us; please email garyb@montanamusic.com Tax Deductible Donations can be made to Missoula Rotary Foundation, PO Box 7113, Missoula, MT 59803-Memo donation to say "For Sunrise Rotary"
Mission Statement
Missoula Sunrise Rotary developed a Mission Statement that we are proud to share:
Missoula Sunrise Rotary actively supports youth at risk while embracing the Rotary International seven areas of focus: promoting peace; fighting disease; providing clean water, sanitation and hygiene; saving mothers and children; supporting education; growing local economies and supporting the environment.
 
This is why we do the Dictionary Project
My name is Alena Furlong and I'm the parent of a 3rd grade student who received one of the dictionaries your Rotary group donated to the Missoula Online Academy. THANK YOU! I must say, from my "jaded adult perspective" I thought it was nice but didn't think much of it. My son, however, LOVES IT. He has been reading it (for fun!) and learning all sorts of new information from the special sections.
His class also has been using it all week to play a game together (something about sharing the page and then giving clues to a word and everyone guessing) which has been so wonderful to hear, as I know the teachers have been struggling with the "fun/social" aspect of online school. I never thought a dictionary could be so fun!
Your group's thoughtful gift has really been an unexpected blessing for our family during this difficult time. We have been very much self-isolating since last March because my husband works at the hospital with COVID-19 patients and it has been challenging. So thank you for bringing some more social interactions and fun into our lives, especially for my son who really misses seeing his friends in person. It is very much appreciated!!
My son is still learning to type but says "I like it. My favorite part is the state part where it has the state tree, state bird and stuff. Thank you."
I hope you can share our thanks with your entire group. Thank you again and stay safe!
Alena Furlong
Missoula Sunrise Rotary is so lucky to be welcoming new members-Here is Graysen Vukasin
 
I grew up in small town Havre, Montana loving the outdoors. As a youth I Participated in Boy Scouts achieving the high rank of Eagle. My dad was in the financial industry growing so I had the advantage of an early education of how money works. Those discussions served as my springboard into financial services.  I now focus my skills and knowledge to assist others in achieving their maximum potential wealth and protection of that wealth. 
 
 

Outside of work I love being with my wife Kristin, our three kids, and our new puppy. You can find me golfing, skiing, camping, on the lake with family and friends, or one of our great breweries here in Missoula. I joined Rotary as a way to give back to Missoula.

ANDY NELSON:  Another Great New Member
Andy is originally from Culbertson, MT, and moved to Missoula in 2011 to attend college at UM where he graduated with degrees in history and political science. He currently works as the operations administrator at the Western Montana LGBTQ+ Community Center as well as a health education specialist at the Montana Gay Health Task Force. A lover of the arts, Andy enjoys singing, dancing, and acting in his spare time. Especially on stage at his home away from home, Missoula Community Theatre. He's thrilled to be a new member of Sunrise Rotary and looks forward to giving back and serving the local community here in Missoula. 
Another of our newest members is Susan Massey.  I think you can tell from the photo she provided-that Susan likes to Water Ski.  And she likes to Paddle Board, Hike, Golf -claims she is a tomboy.  One of her exceptional qualities-she is an expert with a yoyo.   Seriously.  Susan is a 4th Generation Montanan from Wibaux and a UM Griz.    She has two children who are in the service to our country and we thank them for that.   Susan works for Western Montana Mental Health Center in HR.  She is said to have a quick wit, is efficient and practical.   We welcome her to Missoula Sunrise Rotary.
Rebecca Bowdidge is one of our newest Rotary Members.
 
Rebecca or Becky-either is okay-is married with 4 boys.   2 of these boys are in military service and the other 2 are still at home-the youngest is 9.      Rebecca has been an insurance - health & life agent for over 15 years.   She says she is an insurance geek; she just loves insurance and helping people with their financial futures. 
Rebecca lives the Rotary 4 way test;  its principles were instilled in her since she was a toddler.  And she loves  that Missoula Sunrise Rotary works with kids.  
Her hobbies are golf, running, hiking,  being at the lake, skiing (down hill and water), cooking (she is writing a cook book) and horses.   
Rebecca grew up in Rock Creek and is a 4th Generation Montanan.  Might explain the horses and why she spends her family vacations in the Bob Marshall.
Please join me in welcoming Rebecca/Becky Bowdidge to our Rotary Club.    
Santa Party with the Sunrise and Gallager Homes
December 19 -We had an amazing night at the Museum of Mountain Flying tonight! The Missoula Sunrise Rotary Club hosted a Christmas Party for Youth Homes kids. Despite the limited numbers of people that could be there due to covid restrictions the gathering was a big hit for the kids!
Special thanks go out to Santa and his elf and to Minuteman Aviation for taking the route past the museum for the kids to see the flying Santa and reindeer. Tonight won’t be soon forgotten for many.
The quote of the night came from the MSO control tower: “The tower is requesting a Santa fly by. Is that possible?” It sure was.
Merry Christmas!
2020 Pumpkin Carving with the Gallagher and Sunrise Houses.    Sandy's Bollom's barn was decked out in lights, streamers, hay bales, and pumpkins.    The kids and Rotarians had a great time gooping out pumpkin guts and carving scary faces.   
The smore's, hot dogs, and apple cider were devoured by our little gobblins and later there was a social gathering of the volunteers at Sandy's beautiful home.   I think it was a successful event!
Waterton-Glacier International  Peace Park
In September-every year except this year-Rotarians from around the world gather to shake hands across the Montana/Alberta border and vow to never take up arms against the other.   This year the event will be via zoom.    The two hour seminar will show case the Superintendents of Glacier and Waterton giving their annual State of the Park Addresses.  And at the end of the program is the heartfelt  vow for peace.   

Peace Pledge - Ed Handl

"In the name of all we hold sacred, we will not take up arms against each other. We will work for peace, maintain liberty, strive for freedom and demand equal opportunities for all. May the long existing peace between our nations stimulate other peoples to follow this example."

To find out more about the Peace Park-click below.

Annual Hiawatha Bike Ride with Missoula Partnership for Youth Kids
Last Saturday was a beautiful day to bike the Hiawatha Trail.   No smoke-blue skies and NEW BIKES for the kids.   Thanks to the Missoula Rotary foundation and individual Sunrise Rotary members, so each child could have a new bike.   You will remember that these bikes were part of the July project where 200+ bikes were assembled and delivered to children on Montana Reservations.    Thank you also to our Rotarian, Joe Hertig, for heading up this special day