Lora Whalen and Karen Petit
Mar 20, 2018
Suicide Prevention Action Network
Wyatt Cowan & others
Mar 27, 2018
Kootenai County SAR/Essentials for Wilderness Travel
Rudy Klein
Apr 03, 2018
Volunteering in Haiti
Federal Magistrate Judge Candy Dale
Apr 10, 2018
The Federal Judicial System
Lynne Clark/Dr. Crystal Pyrak
Apr 17, 2018
Kootenai Health EMERGE Program
Phil Hough
Apr 24, 2018
Scotchman Peaks Wilderness
Rebecca Stevens
May 01, 2018
CDA Basin Restoration update
Club Information

Welcome to our club!

Coeur d'Alene Sunrise

Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 7:00 AM
Coeur d' Alene Resort
115 S. Second Street
Coeur d'Alene, ID  83814
United States

(208) 667-6300
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     Great meeting today - We viewed a short video from the Wana Duma Eco Village that showcased our project to provide a solar powered pump, water storage tanks, and irrigation system for the garden that supports their program and local community in Kenya.
     Our guest speaker was Spencer Normington, the music program director at Ramsey Magnet School of Science.  Our club recently awarded a grant for $1707.07 to purchase 15 teaching clarinets for the music program.  Spencer's passion for kids and music was an inspiration to all of us. He shared a short "thank you" video of his students playing a variety of instruments that he warned may cause "ear bleed" but it was painless and we loved seeing the proud and happy students, especially the ones playing the distinctive white clarinets donated by our club.
     Congrats to Dwight Bershaw for winning the 50/50 raffle!
     RI President-elect Barry Rassin’s theme for 2018-19, Be the Inspiration, asks Rotarians to inspire change in the world and in each other. “I ask all of you to Be the Inspiration to help Rotary move from reaction to action — to take a hard look at the environmental issues that affect health and welfare around the world and do what we can to help.”
     Brian Goetz and Karen Cook were in Seattle at the Pacific Northwest President Elect Training Seminar last weekend where they heard Barry Rassin speak.  Brian was there as our club president-elect and Karen was there as an instructor.  Great weekend!
     Some hearty Sunrise club members braved the bone chilling water in Lake Coeur d'Alene on January first and were rewarded with a much warmer dunk in Denny's hot tub and a potluck of soup and chili.  Donations totaled $216 and will be sent to The Rotary Foundation's Annual Programs Fund.  Congrats to the plungers and a big thanks to Denny for hosting the event.
     Our Rotary Youth Exchange Student from Chile, Carolina Jara Ribet, also participated in the Polar Bear Plunge at Sanders Beach!  Big thank you to her host parents, Tom and Jennifer Smart, for taking her to the community event and supporting her desire to plunge!  The temperature in Carolina's home town of Santiago, Chile, on January first was 83F!
     We sold 550 beautiful poinsettias for the holiday season!  Thank you to all of our wonderful customers and friends who supported this club fundraiser.
     So excited to report that the paddle raise at our Coeur d'Oween Bash raised $2,810 for PolioPlus!  And, at our club meeting on October 30th, Kim Fontes won the 50/50 raffle and donated another $1,034 to PolioPlus!  Kim is a relatively new member and will soon be recognized as our newest Paul Harris Fellow!  Also on the 30th, Wayne Ellenbecker offered two tickets to the Garth Brooks concert on November 9th to the highest bidder.  Ada Loper won the tickets with an additional $325 going to PolioPlus.  Sunrise Rotary is proud to support the effort to eradicate polio and we are thrilled that each dollar donated will be matched with $2 from the the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation!
     Thank you to our event corporate sponsors, Beck Cabinet Company and Pinkerton Retirement Specialists; our table sponsors, ACI Northwest, Interstate Concrete & Asphalt, Knudtsen Chevrolet, Mountain West Bank, Pacific Source Health Plans, and Tapley Cabinet Works.  Thank you to all of the businesses and individuals who donated a great selection of items for the auctions and raffle.  The costume contest was a hit and some of the outfits were amazing!  Big thanks, also, to our wonderful volunteers who worked so hard to make the evening memorable.  The Thriller flash mob was an unexpected delight!
September 19th - Great program today from Mike and Brenda Balahura, visiting Rotarians from Castlegar.  Sunrise Rotary sponsors ten students per year in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.  This is one of our students.
     On Wednesday, August 30th, we dedicated the new Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons (RRFBs) on Harrison Avenue at Bryan Elementary.  Ten Sunrise Rotarians and two Coeur d'Alene Rotarians, including Principal Kristin Gorringe, joined City of Coeur d'Alene staff for the dedication.  Big thanks to Coeur d'Alene club and the City of Coeur d'Alene for partnering with the Sunrise club.  Our project budget was $7,676 and included the beacons, sponsor signage and road safety coloring books for Bryan students.
     After the dedication, Sunrise Rotarians joined Bryan PTA members to setup, serve food and cleanup at the Bryan Back to School BBQ.
Newly-returned Sunrise Rotarian Mary Terra Burns gives us some insights into Multiple Sclerosis.
Visiting Rotarian Lisa Mueller of the Global Alternative Energy Alliance (GAEA Project) updates us on her week-long visit to our area.
President LaDonna welcomes our newest member Rotarian-In-Training Daniel Connelly as his sponsor Past President Bryan Taylor (center) looks on.
Sunrise Rotarians Rich Swoboda (L) and Dave Gibbs (R) help visiting Rotarian Lisa Mueller of the Global Alternative Energy Alliance (GAEA Project) show off her truck. Learn more at www.GAEAProject.org
Rotarians Karen Cook and Dustin Ainsworth model "Eclipse Glasses" courtesy of Rotarian Optometrist Wayne Ellenbecker .
District Governor Jerri Anderson presents President Ladonna with a banner honoring our club for 100% Foundation participation in 2015-2016.
As District Governor Jerri Anderson looks on, President Ladonna pins Karen Cook as Outstanding Rotarian for 2016-2017.
Two new members! L-R DG Jerri Anderson,Acting Sponsor Ada Loper, new member Kim Fontes, returning member Mary Terra Burns and Sponsor President Ladonna Beaumont.
Visiting Rotarians from Washington's West Side Skookum club Marty Crow and Don Welander exchange banners with President LaDonna.
Our 2015/2016 Youth Exchange student from Mexico, Fernanda Diaz, is pictured (far right) with three of her friends at her high school graduation.
At their regular weekly breakfast meeting, Sunrise Rotary Club of Coeur d’Alene recently granted $5000 in college scholarships to four students from CDA Charter Academy. 
Pictured from left, Shannon Harrison and her daughter Maya Burgess, Natalie Goetz and her dad Brian, Mason Mcgee and his mom Fondra,  John Sanchez and his mom Perlita and Sunrise Rotary Scholarship Committee representative Jeff Voeller.
Sunrise Rotary is a part of Rotary International, an international service organization whose  purpose is to bring together business and professional leaders in order to provide humanitarian services, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and to advance goodwill and peace around the world.
Sunrise Rotary meets for breakfast every Tuesday morning at  7:00 at the Coeur d'Alene Resort Convention Center.  Guests and potential new members are always welcome.
Success!  Our project to provide water at the Wana Duma Eco-Village has been completed.  The solar-powered pump and water storage tanks are in place. 
Barb & Marty Mueller show off the exciting things happening at Gizmo-CDA!
Spencer Callister (little brother to Charter Student of the Month Rachel) draws for Dustin...and wins! Dustin splits the winnings with Spencer & PolioPlus!
February Student of the Month Rachel Callister with Charter Music instructor Michael Harrison.
President Bryan pins Ada Loper with a Paul Harris +4 pin!
Former Rotary Youth Exchange Student, Charlotte Gardes, (2007-2008) recently received her Masters Degree in Economics.  Her thesis was titled "The impact of capital requirements on bank lending: credit supply in light of the Basel III standards implementation" - Wow!  We are so proud of you!
Charlotte with her parents Pascal & Letizia
A very 'spirited' Student of the Month! Marie Zaragoza was excited to join us for breakfast, and is excited to be a CDA Charter Academy Student of the Month!
Sandy Emerson wins a Buck Knife in the 50/50.
Mitch Owens of the BLM explains recreation plans for the Blue Creek Bay area. He was joined by Kurt Pavlat and Debbei Paul for a very informative presentation on BLM plans for two areas in Kootenai County.
Congratulations, Jeff Conroy on your Paul Harris Fellowship Award.
Teresa Espe was worried that she couldn't fill 10-15 minutes of Classification Talk. Great job, Teresa!
Karen Cook's classification talk reminds us of all she does for others!
Hilary Anderson of the City of CDA explains exactly what a Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon is...
Proposed upgrades to West Seltice are explained by Matt Gillis of Welch-Comer Engineers.
Venture High's October Student of the Month Tristan Morgan.
EXCEL Board President Steve Roth explains the goals of EXCEL...
Daniel Connelly and Miranda Anderson were our RYLA campers this summer. Daniel showed us some highlights and shared a video greeting from Miranda!
Venture High Senior Dan DeFalco was our September Student of the Month. He shared his feelings about the school and his future plans.
Who knew? The Director of the Kootenai County Office of Emergency Management, Sandy Von Behren explained to our club just a small part of what went into the Cascadia Rising exercise this summer!
Members of the NIC Womens Soccer team at our September 6 meeting at the Hagadone Event Center - left to right: Jessica Scott, Emily Aspen, Cori Holmes, Jocelyn Cook-Cox and Assistant Coach Becky Thompson.
District 5080 Governor Kees van der Pol and his wife Mayumi told of their Rotary lives during our July 26 meeting.
Sunrise Rotarians Mark Fisher and Wayne Ellenbecker get a close-up look at a demonstration of a tactical shield by CDA Police Officers  (L-R) Craig Buhl, Steve Harris, Nick Lowry and Johann Schmitz.  Nearly $6000 was raised to assist the Police Department at the club’s annual fundraiser event last October.  After consulting with the Police Chief and Sgt. Greg Moore’s wife, it was determined that this was the type of safety equipment Sgt. Moore would have chosen to help protect fellow officers. Those funds enabled the Department to purchase 3 of the tactical shields. 
At our Tuesday, July 12 meeting, Rudy Lopez gives us a great presentation about the Eastern Washington State Veterans cemetery.
At our June 28th meeting, Incoming President Bryan Taylor and outgoing President Jeff Mahon load up on coffee...
At our June 14 meeting we welcomed two new members. President Jeff pins Paula Pinkerton while her husband Gary looks on. Later, they both entertained us with their classification talk.
At our June 7 meeting, Winton Elementary Principal Karen Troxel chats with David Gibbs & President Jeff after her presentation about the Winton Rotary Readers.
Ginger Wireman of the Washington State Dept of Ecology tells us lots of things we didn't know about the Hanford area!
...why can't we meet here every week...?
Kelsey Parker tells us all about First Tee of the Inland NW...
Mike's stylin the glasses as he presents the Constitutional Minute...
On Saturday, April 16, Sunrise Rotarian Tom Tessendorf embraced his nautical side at the Hayden Chamber banquet.
CDA Charter Academy Student of the Month Katie Givens describes her years at Charter...
Incoming President Bryan Taylor updates the club about where we stand on our Visioning goals...
Native North Idahoan and Idaho State Historical Society Trustee Don Pischner entertains our club about things from Idaho's past (and present)!
CDA Charter Academy Student of the Month Stephanie Kociela tells us about herself.
Friday Rotarian Sandy Patano makes a point during the Primary Election 101 presentation, with help from Sunrise Rotarian Denny Davis (not pictured...)
ANNALYSE VANCHIERI is our February student of the month from Venture High School!
Sunrise Rotarians listen as Nicole Kahler tells what's new at CDA 2030...
Greta Gissel gives an overview of Kids Camp, part of the CDA 2030 presentation on February 23.
BNSF Regional Public Affairs Director Ross Lane points out the efficiency and safety of freight trains during our January 19th meeting.
Steve Welch doesn't draw the joker from Wayne Ellenbecker's deck...
Program speaker Lucinda Ade is fired up about Great Shape, Inc.-Jamaica...
At our first meeting of 2016, we met CDA Charter's Rob Gaines...who has already been accepted to the US Merchant Marine Academy, but may wind up at one of the other US Academies as well...
2015-2016 Exchange students Maria Fernanda Diaz Valdez from Mexico (L) and  Ana Flavia de Souza Resende from Brazil  with Club President Jeff Mahan at our December 29th meeting.
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Membership Contact
Director 2016-2019
Director 2015-2018
Director 2017-2020
Director 2017-2018
Director 2017-2019
Director 2018
Director 2015-2018
Foundation Contact
Club Administration
PR/PI Contact
YEO & Interact Chair
March 2018