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Helena Sunrise

Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 7:00 AM
1803 Cedar Ave.
Helena, MT  59601
United States
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Kea Gorden, Planned Giving Officer
Sep 26, 2017
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Oct 03, 2017
Kathryn & Murray
Oct 10, 2017
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Oct 24, 2017
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Nov 07, 2017
Rick & Arne
Nov 21, 2017
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Nov 28, 2017
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Dec 05, 2017
Marci& Tony
Dec 12, 2017
Marci & Tony
Dec 19, 2017
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Jan 02, 2018
Alice & Jock
Jan 09, 2018
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Jan 16, 2018
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Jan 23, 2018
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Jan 30, 2018
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Feb 06, 2018
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Feb 13, 2018
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Feb 20, 2018
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Feb 27, 2018
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Gary Williams and Rick Moore, two of the hardest working members of our club received well deserved Paul Harris Fellow recognition on August 29, 2017.  Gary works tirelessly and cheerfully as our Secretary/Treasurer and contributes mightily to the club's success.  He also does much of the coordination and all of the accounting for our major fundraising via Trivia nights.  Rick is District Governor Elect and faithfully and consistently represents and upholds the values of Rotary.  In addition to his District Officer duties, Rick keeps very active in our local club, volunteering for projects, hosting exchange members and generally being a cheerleader for the Club, the District and Rotary International.  Gary and Rick - we are very fortunate to have both of you in our Club!!  Thank you and CONGRATULATIONS!!!

RYLA 2017 Atendee, CharlieAnn Bedford

Rotary Youth Leadership Academy ("RYLA") 2017 representative student from Helena, CharlieAnn Bedford and her parents, Jan and Pete Petek (pictured L-R) spoke to the club on Tuesday, August 22.  CharlieAnn gave a thoughtful, excited and emotional presentation about how RYLA camp touched her and left her with new friends from around the state.  She has also applied to be a counselor for future camps.  Thank you CharlieAnn!

Rotary Club of Helena Sunrise Honors Past President Brad Lancaster

    Club President Dan McLean presented Past President Brad Lancaster with a Paul Harris Fellow Pin at our meeting this week. Our Club decided to honor Brad with a Paul Harris Fellow in recognition of his many accomplishments during his year as President of our Club. Brad made Membership his top priority. During his year as President, our Club almost doubled in size, and increased significantly in diversity, with many more women and younger members.  Brad also made a significant effort to educate Club members on The Rotary Foundation and how to make contributions to The Rotary Foundation on line. In addition to all that he does for Rotary, Brad also provides many hours of service to charitable organizations in our Community. Many thanks Brad for all that you have done for our Club and our Community.

Ray Zinn, author of "Tough Things First"

Our speaker for August 15, 2017, was Ray Zinn, the longest serving CEO of a Silicon Valley company.  Ray was joined by his wife, DeLona and spoke to the club about his belief that a strong work ethic is essential to success in business and in life.  At the conclusion of his talk, he presented the club with a copy of his book, "Tough Things First" to give away by raffle, which was won by Rick Moore.  As incoming District Governor, Rick advised that he plans to read and then share the book with the District.  Ray and DeLona also invited all members and their families to their annual 4th of July fireworks, music and patriotic speaking event at their ranch located at the base of McDonald Pass.  Read more about Ray at .  Pictured are DeLona Zinn, Ray Zinn and club members, Dewey Bruce, Dan McLean and Tony Perpignano.

Helena Realtors present gift for 6th Ward Park

Freda Wilkinson and Mark Simonich (right) of the Helena Association of Realtors present Helena Sunrise Rotary President, Dan McLean with a check for $3,000 to help cover costs for the 6th Ward Park project.  Thank you Helena Realtors!!!!
A dedicated group of volunteers did "round two" of cleanup work on Spokane Creek Road on Tuesday evening, July 25.  Trash was not as plentiful as with the first cleanup and leader, Murray Strong, advises that a couple of times per year appears adequate to keep this section of highway clean.  Thanks Murray for your leadership with this community service!!

Helena Area Habitat For Humanity

Sophia Webb, Volunteer Coordinator and Mark Leland, Construction Foreman from the Helena Area Habitat For Humanity spoke to the club on Tuesday, August 8, 2017 (the guy with the Habitat shirt is member, Brad Lancaster).  In addition to working on several homes in Helena, Habitat is preparing to build 5 homes simultaneously in a development located south of the new Blue Cross/Blue Shield campus between Helena and East Helena.  Volunteers always welcomed and appreciated on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.  Check them out at:

Townsend Fall Fest is coming!

The Townsend Fall Fest is approaching and will be held September  - October 1, 2017.  Pat Platenberg spoke to our club at the monthly business meeting on Tuesday, August 1.  In addition to being a lot of fun, Pat offered the opportunity for club members to volunteer and help with various events.  The Fall Fest has grown significantly in recent years and is more challenging for for the Townsend Rotary Club to manage alone.  For information, please contact Pat at - 406-431-4615.  Pictured (below) and showing both thoughtfulness and excitement are Marshall Gingery (L) and Pat.  

Valley Bank Gift Helps 6th Ward Park

Allison Atkinson, Marketing Officer for Valley Bank of Helena, joined the business meeting on Tuesday, August 1, 2017 and presented a check for $4,500 to Helena Sunrise Rotary.  Member, Greg Duncan, who was instrumental in contacting Valley Bank for this funding, is shown receiving the check from Allison.  This gift is a significant boost in helping our club gain matching Rotary Grant funding for benches and other improvements for the 6th Ward Garden Park in Helena.  Thanks Alison!  Thanks Valley Bank of Helena!  Thanks Greg!

Gary Carlson Outlines Timber Harvest/Thinning Challenges

Our speaker on Tuesday, July 25, 2017, was Gary Carlson.  Gary spoke from the perspective of being a rancher on his family operation near Bernice, Montana (between Helena and Butte.)  More specifically, Gary outlined a situation in which the U.S. Forest Service, landowners and other stakeholders in the area have agreed to collaboration for a thinning/harvesting/fire mitigation project that has now commenced with an 18 month USFS environmental study.  Part of Gary's explanation of the situation was that ranchers are good stewards of land and must be to survive over the long run, and such projects are not supported without a great deal of fore-thought and planning for the best results.  He noted that litigation against such sales after conclusion of a USFS study is often driven by a few national not-for-profit entities who automatically file suit to stop such timber work without regard to merit of the project or the long-term best interest of the forest, landowners or surrounding communities.
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