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 ***********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.
2021 ANNUAL SKI DAY WITH OUR KIDS FROM GALLAGER AND SUNRISE:     These Sunrise Rotarians are spending the day at Discovery.   Cale, Nick, Andy, Joe, Dave and Amy took  Monday off  to help  spread some joy to The Gallagher and Sunrise kids.  The kids are treated to a ski lesson, lunch, and an hour or two heading up and down the slopes with these folks.    Thank you for everyone that made this day a success!  
Welcome Cale Mages to Sunrise Rotary!    Cale enjoys most of the fun outdoor activities you can think of. Combine those with good people and good food and you're looking at his ideal way to spend time. An innate learner and curious person, Cale aspires to be a jack of all trades and master of none. His hobbies also include the household and things like cooking, sewing, and other activities that have resulted in his self-given title of Domestic Champion.
Cale had the privilege to travel and live abroad at a young age and continues to have a fascination with culture, history, new ideas, and traveling. He believes everyone has a story worth telling and enjoys hearing new ones whenever he can.
When he's not doing these fun things Cale can be found providing consulting engineering services. He has consulted extensively in the world of water and wastewater treatment, and recently joined the team at IMEG (formerly Territorial Landworks) in Missoula where they specialize in engineering, surveying, and land planning. At IMEG he supports site development projects, subdivisions, water and wastewater treatment systems, road and transportation, among others.
We love beer and so Nick Shontz will fit right in.  Welcome another great new member:
Nick loves beer and databases. By day he leads a team using technology to connect hop growers and beer brewers. Specializing in geospatial web development, Nick started his career at the University of Montana, co-founded a geospatial marketing tech company (GeoFli), and then landed at Yakima Chief Hops, combining his love of beer and technology.

When not staring at a screen, Nick is a Scoutmaster with a local Scouting troop and enjoys playing softball, cooking, canoeing, and spending time with his wife, son, and their 2 dogs.

Better Favorite movie quote (from Hot Fuzz):
Inspector: And he had one thing you haven't got.
Nicholas Angel : What's that, sir?
Inspector: A great, big, bushy beard!
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