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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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Arnie Bergland
Mar 26, 2019
Trip to the Holy Land
Michelle & Gary W.
Apr 02, 2019
Board Meeting
Russ & Carol
Apr 09, 2019
Russ & Carol
Apr 23, 2019
Eric Thompson, Rotary Foundation (Rick)
Apr 30, 2019
Major Gifts Officer for the Rotary Foundation
Michelle & Gary W.
May 07, 2019
Board Meeting
Trivia Night Speaker
May 14, 2019
Monica & Dan
May 21, 2019
Monica & Dan
May 28, 2019
Michelle & Gary W.
Jun 04, 2019
Board Meeting
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Guest speaker at our meeting of March 12, 2019, was Jen Dalrymple, Director of Montana Girls State.  Girls State is sponsored by the American Legion Auxilary.  ALA Girls State is the premier program for teaching young women about the democratic process and how our republic works at the state and national levels.  As a MT participant, the girls are assigned to fictional cities named after gem stones in Montana whereupon they embark in the full democratic process of seeking office, holding elections and making/enforcing laws. It is a unique and exciting government-in-action learning program.  This year’s ALA Girls State Program will be held on the campus of Carroll College in Helena from Sunday June 9 through Saturday June 15, 2019.   Applications will be accepted January 1, 2019 until April 30, 2019.  A great program educating youth about how American government works!
Helena Sunrise member, Gary Williams, recently spoke to the Rotary Club of Hobart, Tasmania in February, 2019.  Gary and wife, Lynne are touring Tasmania after hosting Rotary Exchange members from Tasmania in two years ago.  We look forward to a program from Gary upon Lynne's and his return!
Jenny Eck, Executive Director of the Helena Friendship Center (right, pictured with club President-Elect, Murray Strong) gave the club an update on the FC's activities and its impact on the lives of individuals and families suffering domestic violence and safety issues.  Usage of the Friendship Center's services continues to grow, unfortunately, and several cases per month must be turned away and referred to alternative, temporary solutions.  A change in FC's planning for 2019 is the decision to not hold an Empty Bowls fundraising event, which Sunrise Rotary has assisted with for the past few years.  Empty Bowls is being evaluated for the significant amount of work required of limited staff (who are needed to provide program services) to put on this fundraiser.
Jaymie Shaldahl (left) and Erica Vallance (center) of the Helena Head Start Program are shown here with club member, Gary Carlson.  Jaymie and Erica gave the club background and update on Head Start's impact on Helena and surrounding communities.  Finding endless opportunities for funding, Head Start will be our Trivia fund-raising partner this coming Thursday, January 17, 6:00 PM at the Staggering Ox Restaurant.  Jaymie and Erica have created expanded posters and have explored options to maximize the amount of funds that may be raised on Thursday.  Head Start is a wonderful Sunrise Rotary partner!!
Michele Steele (left) is officially welcomed as member of The Rotary Club of Helena, Sunrise, by District Governor, Rick Moore and Sunrise President, Michelle Vanisko.  Michele brings a rich history in Rotary having been a member of the Rotary Club of Helena (the "noon" club), including service as Past President.  Work scheduling makes Sunrise an option for Michele to continue her Rotary service.  Welcome, Michele!!
Gary Williams presents a check to Monica Lindeen, Executive Director of the Helena YWCA (and Sunrise Rotary Club member) representing proceeds from a successful Trivia night partnership between the "Y" and Sunrise Rotary.
Guest Pat Seiler (shown here with club member, Russ Cargo) presented a very informative and entertaining program on "The History of Luggage."  Pat led us through the evolution of the bags we all use for travel, pointing out that we put a man on the moon in 1969, but did not put wheels on suitcases until 1972!  Thanks, Pat!
Deb Halliday, board chair for the Holter Museum of Art, spoke to the club on Tuesday, December 11, 2018, about current and upcoming events at the museum.  Helena is truly fortunate to have an art center of the Holter's caliber and it was a pleasure to hear Deb's positive presentation.  Club members, Russ Cargo (left) and Tony Perpignano (not shown), are both Holter board members.
On November 29, another successful Trivia fundraising night was held in Townsend, MT in partnership with the Townsend Rotary Club.  Over $1,400 was raised to help fund a Townsend Interact trip to Guatemala.  Over 70 community members turned out to share the fun.  Great job, Townsend and Sunrise members, Gary Williams, Greg Duncan, Rick Moore and Carol Wilcox!
Kalli Kind, Director of Support Services for the Helena Public School system, pictured (R) with club member, Tony Perpignano, gave us an update of the construction and ongoing maintenance needs of the large physical infrastructure of our local school system at our meeting on November 27.
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