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Helena Sunrise

Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Tuesdays at 7:00 AM
Shellie's Country Cafe
1803 Cedar Ave.
Helena, MT 59601
United States of America
We meet the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month
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Murray Strong (L) is shown presenting a check from Helena Sunrise Rotary to Family Promise Executive Director, Renee Bauer.  The check represents proceeds of a Trivia Night fundraising event held by Sunrise Rotary in November, 2023.  Thank you Family Promise for partnering with Rotary!  For more information about Family Promise, please see:
Our speaker on Tuesday, December 19, 2023, was John Finn, Director of the Lewis & Clark Library (L) shown here with club member, Murray Strong.  John updated the club on library operations and events.  For more information, please see:
Our speaker for Tuesday, December 5, 2023, was Maggie Bernstein (pictured with club member, Gary Carlson) of United Way of the Lewis and Clark Area.  Maggie updated us on UWLCA's effort to focus on housing needs.  Housing is a foundational source for battling poverty.  For more information, please see:
Community guest speakers for Tuesday, November 14, 2023, were Renee and Tom Bauer, shown here (left and center) with club member, Marie Mullarkey.  Renee is the Executive Director of Family Promise of Greater Helena.  She and Tom (her #1 volunteer) updated us on FP's efforts to end homelessness for families with children.  For more information, please see FP's website: .  Thanks Renee and Tom!
Speaking on Tuesday, June 20, 2023, were Claire and Terrance Jose (shown pictured with club member, Alice Hinshaw) from the Helena Avenue Theatre ("HAT").  Claire led discussion about the Theatre's upcoming and ongoing programs, much of which was previously unknown to several club members.  HAT is a member of the Montana Playwrights Network and more information may be gained at  Thanks Claire and Terrance!
Our speaker on Tuesday, June 6, 2023 was Howard Skjervem, shown above with club member, Dewey Bruce, Community Relations Manager for Northwestern Energy.  Howard did an excellent job of explaining and discussing the challenges of delivering energy to consumers over a complex and multi-faceted power grid.  More may be learned at  Thanks Howard!
Shodair Children's Hospital CEO, Craig Aasved, and Major Gifts Manager, Adrienna Hines (shown above), were presenters at our May 16, 2023 meeting.  Shodair provides a myriad of services, including a world-class genetics research program as well as inpatient and outpatient psychiatric services for adolescents.  A major upgrade to Shodair's operations is a new hospital building in the final stages of completion.  The $66MM project is funded by a combination of fund raising and bond debt.  Efforts to enhance donations of all amounts are underway to sustain operations and continue to keep the physical plant up to date.  Shodair is a wonderful addition to the Helena community.  For more information, see: 
Our May 2, 2023 speaker was Laurie Ladas, Executive Director of Rocky Mountain Development Council (shown above with club member, Gary Carlson).  Laurie reviewed all of RMDC's program work which includes senior, child and family, utility, and housing services.  RMDC does a fabulous job reaching Helena community members in need.  For more information, see: 
Helena Food Share CEO, Bruce Day (r) and Tim Joyce, HFS Development Director, spoke to Helena Sunrise Rotary on Tuesday, April 18, 2023.  Food Share is our local non-profit agency partnering with us on our next Trivia Night fundraiser.  Bruce and Tim updated us on the status of operations as well as progress on a new building to house Food Share’s services in Helena.  A building campaign has raised bit over $7MM out of a $10.3MM goal.  It is unfortunate that the need is so acute in our community, but reality indicates Food Share is a lifeline for many families and individuals.  Thanks Bruce and Tim!!
April 4, 2023.  As follow to a recent Trivia Night fundraiser by Helena Sunrise Rotary, The Helena Angel Fund founder, Marcia Wall spoke to the club and gave a history of its founding and growth over the years.  Angel Fund does an amazing job of partnering with the Helena Public Schools to provide supplies and clothing to children meeting qualification guidelines.  Marcia, as a former teacher, saw the need early in her career and led the program for many years, building a team who carry the work forward.  Thank you Marcia for being a dedicated and faithful community servant to those in need!  Marcia is shown above (R) receiving a check from Helena Sunrise Rotary club president, Kristina Warren for proceeds of the club's recent Trivia night event.
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