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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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Our speaker on Tuesday, November 23, 2021, was Lisa Cordingly of the Helena Education Foundation.  Most discussion was regarding accomplishing the connections for concluding a Rotary District 5390 grant, but Lisa also passed on the energy and commitment of the Foundation and its volunteer membership.
Our speakers on Tuesday, August 31, 2021, were Anita and Jay Sherley, founders of Life Houses.  Life Houses is a faith-based non-profit organization that supports young adults ages 18-25 who are coming from all of life’s various circumstances.  Life Houses Inc. was started because the Sherleys saw many young people living visionless, passionless, and sometimes hopeless, lives. Some wandered from job to job, couch to couch, party to party. Some died. Anita and Jay, along with a 9 member board of directors seek to redirect destructive lifestyles by providing safe housing and a healthy environment.  Young adults in the program must have a willingness to work with life coaches and mentors who speak truth and help build foundations for success.  While living in Life Houses, young adults uncover their strengths, develop life-long friendships, and create their own futures through presence and purpose.
New Club President, Monica Lindeen is shown above being sworn in by out-going President, Kristina Warren.  Kristina has done a fantastic job leading the club through a most difficult year with Covid 19 pandemic restrictions changing much of the way we meet and operate as a club.  President Monica is ready to see us move forward into an even better future!  Congratulations to BOTH leaders!
Our speaker on Tuesday, May 25, 2021, was Dan Rispens, shown here with club members Murray Strong (L) and Tony Perpignano (R).  Dan is the incoming Superintendent of East Helena's Public Schools.  Dan gave a great update on the rapid growth and change East Helena, its surrounding communities, and the schools have undergone - namely huge growth.  More to come from East Helena in future updates!
Our speaker on Tuesday, April 27, 2021 was Dan Ellison of the Last Chance Audubon Society.  Dan gave an overview of birding in the Helena and surrounding area via an informative and humor injected slide presentation.  Additionally, he offered links and references to additional resources on the subject (below).  Thanks, Dan! 
Resources and References:
•        Cornell Lab Ornithology -
•        E-Bird -
•        i-Bird Pro - application for handheld devices
•        Facebook – Montana Birding Group
•        IBAs
•        L-C Audubon: //
•        Bird Guidebook – The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Western North America

Pam Western, the Executive Director of the Cody Dieruf Benefit Foundation for Cystic Fibrosis, was our speaker on April 13, 2021.  This foundation helps those with Cystic Fibrosis and their families to cope with the disease.  Their Recreation program helps families to be a part of recreational activities that their family may not be able to afford.  The foundation purchases recreation and exercise equipment for those families that need it.  The foundation also provides medical assistance to help families get to the only clinic in Montana specializing in CF, which is in Billings.  Finally, the foundation provides for a getaway for mothers of children with CF.  All expenses of the retreat are covered excluding travel costs.  This allows mothers to connect with other mothers that are going through the same thing. 

The Foundation will be holding a virtual 5k run on Memorial Day weekend.  All proceeds will go toward helping these families to improve the wellbeing of the cystic fibrosis community.  For more information or to donate, please go to

Our speaker on Tuesday, March 30, 2021 was Jennie Eck.  Jennie reviewed her Rotary Peace Fellowship and program.  She will commence the Fellowship virtually via internet work with plans to eventually travel to Australia for continuation of the program.

At this morning’s club meeting (by Zoom), Gerry Hill, Executive Director of CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) gave an overview of the CASA program in the Lewis & Clark and Broadwater County area.  The mission of CASA is to provide volunteer guardians to work on behalf of abused and neglected children to promote their best interests in the pursuit of safe, permanent homes.  For more information, see their website: Funding needs are eternal and the next event for CASA’s behalf is a “Treasure Chest of Hope Rendezvous”.  See more information at: Thank you Gerry, for your work in this important area of need!

Our speaker today (via Zoom videoconferencing) was Liann Meyers of MT Supporting Soldiers (  Liann is highlighted in yellow in the meeting screenshot above.  Liann described how teams of volunteers gather and mail care packages to U.S. soldiers deployed around the world.  Recipients express great appreciation for the "small" items in life that we take for granted - healthy snack bars, socks, gift cards, boxer-briefs, toothbrushes, toothpicks, toothpaste, deodorants, small batteries and much more (see website.)  Liann has been a driving force behind MTSS for several years.  For opportunities to help, please visit the "Contact Us" section of the website or call Liann directly at 406-431-7699.
District Governor, Sandy Carlson, was our speaker (by Zoom video conference) on Tuesday, October 27, 2020.  Sandy spoke about Rotary International and District 5390 actions and events.  She invited interaction and questions from members and is interested in learning more detail about Sunrise Rotary's Trivia Night Fundraisers (currently on hold due to the Covid-19 pandemic health restrictions on group gatherings.)  Thanks, Sandy!
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