Club Information

Welcome to Helena Sunrise Rotary...
Join Us At Our Next Meeting!

Helena Sunrise

Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 7:00 AM
Perkins
1803 Cedar Ave.
Helena, MT  59601
United States
DistrictSiteIcon
District Site
VenueMap
Venue Map
 
 
Custom Pages
 
Speakers
Tony & Jordon
Jun 22, 2021
TBA
Jun 22, 2021
Michelle V. & Dewey B.
Jul 20, 2021
Board Meeting
Aug 03, 2021
Kristina & Marie
Aug 17, 2021
Murray & Jock
Aug 31, 2021
Board Meeting
Sep 07, 2021
Trivia Speaker Tentative
Sep 14, 2021
Pending discussion when to start up trivia
TBA
Sep 21, 2021
Club Executives & Directors
President
President Elect
Home Page Stories
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 - www.allaboutbirds.org
•        E-Bird - http://ebird.org/content/ebird/
•        i-Bird Pro - application for handheld devices
•        Facebook – Montana Birding Group
•        IBAs www.mtaudubon.org/birds-science/iba
•        L-C Audubon: //www.lastchanceaudubon.org/
•        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 breathinisbelievin.org

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: https://www.casaoflcbwc.org/ Funding needs are eternal and the next event for CASA’s behalf is a “Treasure Chest of Hope Rendezvous”.  See more information at: https://casaoflcbwc.org/menus/light-of-hope.html 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 (https://mtsupportingmilitary.org/).  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!
Speakers today were Liane Taylor and Charlotte Snyder from the Helena area "Let Freedom Ring".  Let Freedom Ring is a group of individuals who recently arranged for a community gathering on 80 acres in the Helena valley.  The event's goal was to be a family friendly, non-partisan, non-political gathering focused on freedom in a time of great divisiveness.  Funded by a multitude of donors, it featured musicians, food vendors and a fireworks show.  Charlotte stressed that an additional goal was to give children and youth an opportunity to have fun in a safe setting, away from the stresses society is currently experiencing.
Our next meeting will be Tuesday, October 13, 2020, 7:00 AM, at Perkins Restaurant (following all Health Department and Perkin's safety rules) for those attending in person.  Alternatively, a Zoom connection will be available for those who may not be able to attend in person.  For Zoom participation, please e-mail or text Brad Lancaster at mtnhkrmt@yahoo.com - 406-449-3942.
Our next scheduled meeting will be Tuesday, September 29, 2020, at Perkins Restaurant in Helena.  The meeting will be both in-person and via Zoom.  For information on joining by Zoom, please contact Brad Lancaster at: mtnhkrmt@yahoo.com.  Guest are VERY welcome - just walk in - we meet in the "south" meeting room.  Current planning is for meetings every other Tuesday morning.  See you there!
Website Sponsors
 
Enter your email address and the message you want to send.
* fields are required