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Wasilla Sunrise Rotary Club

Engage Rotary Change Lives

We meet 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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Posted on Jul 09, 2014


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 Dan Kennedy with any questions - 907-357-8510


Please join us for a continental breakfast and program $10
Each Tuesday morning 7am-8am



Jack White / Meridian Point Building


865 N Seward Meridian Pkwy, Wasilla, AK, 99654

Right Next to the Mat-Valley Credit Union on Seward Meridian


Posted on Aug 13, 2014

  August 19, 2014


Jeff Brodsky

Human Trafficking



Posted by Donald Vieira on Aug 11, 2014


Sam Allred

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. 

Posted by Donald Vieira on Jul 05, 2014

Playground Upgrades

Members of the Wasilla Sunrise Rotary recently gathered to install much needed benches

at the inclusive playground at Wasilla Lake.

Playground 1

Playground 2

Posted by Donald Vieira on Jun 08, 2014

Dan and Janet

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.

Posted by Donald Vieira on Jun 08, 2014


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. 

Posted by Donald Vieira on Jun 08, 2014


On June 10th Rotary exchange student, Lara, and her host Moms,

will present her year as the WSRC inbound student.    

Please bring guests and family members to hear of Lara’s terrific Rotary year

Posted by Donald Vieira on May 27, 2014

Choose Respect

parnell collage

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.

Posted by Donald Vieira on May 25, 2014

Jason Marvel


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

Posted by Donald Vieira on May 13, 2014

Aimee Bushnell

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!!!


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

Posted by Trish Keown


Dear Anchorage International Rotary Club,

I'd like to thank you for providing me with the opportunity of a lifetime by sponsoring my attendance to Dstrict 5010's Rotary Youth Leadership Awards 2014 camp. I thoroughly enjoyed the entire weekend I spent with Rotary. Previously, I have not had the knowledge of Rotary that I accquired recently. My interest in Rotary has heightened, and I'm proud to say I took part in a leadership seminar put on by Rotary. 

Throughout the weekend, I was constantly learning. A majority of our lessons took place on the first full day, and the three major categories covered were: risk taking, self responsibility/self-esteem, and goal setting. Discussion took place both as a camp and in smaller groups, and in each I felt comfortable sharing. The goal that was announced was to teach us to learn who we are, and I feel that I have done just that. In camp, I took risks by putting myself out there and opening up, which I normally would not do. I came up with positive risks I can start taking now that will improve my life. During self responsibility, I learned about defense mechanisms and was able to acknowledge the ones I absent-mindedly use so that I can begin taking full responsibility. RYLA built up my self-esteem with it's accepting and loving atmosphere. When discussing goal setting, I was encouraged to open my mind more. I had a very specific plan of action as to what I want to be when I grow up, and I now accept that my job isn't going to define me and my ultimate goal doesn't have to be job-related. I hope to positively impact the world. Friday was packed full of learning how to be a leader through lessons and acitvities.

On Saturday, we started the day with affirmations by thanking and complimenting all the people we had met. In RYLA, I made more friends than I have in my first two years of high school. Everyone was open and friendly, and I grew close with people who I hope to keep in contact with. By having my social skills enhanced, I will be able to utilize the leaderships skills I now know to a variety of people. In the afternoon, we were split into groups and went off to do service projects in Wasilla. I traveled to My House; an organization that provides homeless teens with food, clothes, showers, etc. Because I have had first-hand experience with helping and befriending teens who have been homeless, this organization affected me personally and now that I know about it, I plan to do more volunteer work in the future there.

Overall, I feel that RYLA allowed me to grow as a person and as a part of this community. I will take the skills and knowledge from this one weekend and use it for the rest of my life as I lead and serve the community. I look forward to personally sharing my experience with my grandpa, Raymond Ellis, and my uncle, Tim Ellis, who are members that I know in Anchorage International Rotary Club, and I also plan to seek out any Interact club close to my home so that I can become more involved.

Again, thank you for sponsoring my attendance to RYLA 2014. I was sad to leave, and only hope I will be able to return again next year. If you would be willing, I woulld appreciate it if you would consider sending me back as a student so I can further learn and solidify all of the skills, or as an alumni so I can be a part of other teens' leadership education and help to the best of my ability. When you are notified of RYLA 2015, please think of me and if you could, contact me with the information so that I may once again apply. I appreciate everything you have done for me.

Thank you very much,

Monica Heintzman

Posted by Trish Keown


Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is a leadership program coordinated by Rotary Clubs across the globe. Each year, thousands of young people participate in this program. Young people ages 14–30 are sponsored by Rotary Clubs to attend the event run by the club's district committee. Participants are chosen for their leadership potential. Rotary Clubs and the Rotary District cover all expenses for the participants. The format of the event vary from district to district, but commonly take the form of a seminar, camp, or workshop to discuss leadership skills and to learn those skills through practice. Rotary clubs and districts select participants and facilitate the event's curriculum.

RYLA aims to:[1]

  • Demonstrate Rotary's respect and concern for youth;
  • Provide an effective training experience for selected youth and potential leaders;
  • Encourage leadership of youth by youth;
  • Recognise publicly young people who are rendering service to their communities.

Every RYLA program covers the following core topics:[1]

  • Fundamentals of leadership
  • Ethics of positive leadership
  • Importance of communication skills in effective leadership
  • Problem-solving and conflict management
  • Rotary's purpose and service to the community
  • Building self-confidence and self-esteem
  • Elements of community and global citizenship

After District 5520's first RYLA, a participant summed up his experience in one word: Camelot. He wrote:

"If you know the story of King Arthur, you may recall that as King Arthur was dying in a young man's arms, he turned to the youth and said, If you learn of anyone that has not heard of Camelot, tell them loudly and clearly that there really was that one wisp of glory called Camelot."[2]

RYLA participants often go on to become Youth Exchange students, Rotaract participants or Ambassadorial Scholars.


In 1959, the state government of Queensland, Australia, invited local Rotary Clubs to help plan an event to help celebrate the upcoming centennial of the state. Princess Alexandra, who was in her early 20s was due to attend the celebrations, so activities were planned specifically for the princess's age group.[2]

The gundoo, an aboriginal word meaning "festival" or "fun together," was deemed successful with more than 300 men and women between the ages of 17 and 23 attending. Encouraged by the event's popularity with the young attendees, Rotary saw potential to create an annual youth program based on Gundoo. The governor of the then District 260, Art Brand, approved the project and on 2 May 1960, RYLA was an official Rotary project.

Australian districts 258 and 260 established a committee together that developed the official framework of RYLA:

to train youth ages 14-30 in character, leadership, personal development, and good citizenship.

These guidelines helped RYLA expand to all Rotary districts in Australia and led to its approval as a Rotary International program by the RI Board at the 1971 Convention in Sydney, Australia.

Posted by Donald Vieira on Feb 06, 2014



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) .

Posted by Donald Vieira on Feb 03, 2014


Dan and Sara

Dan Kennedy and Sara Zwink presented portions of the New Generation elements at the D5010 leadership meeting in Anchorage 2/1/2014.  Sara continues to hone her leadership skills while being the guiding hand of the Mat-Su Valley Rotaract Club as their current President. A DG or RI President in the making!

Sara presenting

Posted on Jul 01, 2013

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.  You may order dinner or snacks "off the menu" if you wish. 

Eagle River Club - meets at Piccolino's Thursday noon (Main Meeting) and Bear Mountain Grill at 7am

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