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February 2nd

Congratulations to Matthew Lambert, our Student of the Month for February from Coeur d'Alene Charter Academy.  After graduation, Matthew plans to study Nuclear Engineering/Physics.  He enjoys working with computers and has participated in a cyber security competition.  Matthew is a serious student with a great sense of humor.  This is his senior photo!
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Rotary Citation

Congratulations to Past President Jen and the entire club.  We earned the Platinum Rotary Citation for 2019-2020!
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June 30th

It was a festive day for Sunrise Rotary as we celebrated the end of a challenging year.  President Jen presented a program on her trip to Germany for the 2019 Rotary International Convention in Hamburg and thanked members for their support and service to our community.  Under Jen's leadership, Sunrise Rotary earned the Presidential Citation for the fourth consecutive year and will again receive 100% Giving & 100% EREY recognition banners for Foundation giving.  Congrats to all!
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Hanging Flower Baskets

May 5th was a beautiful day to deliver 425 gorgeous hanging flower baskets.  Big thanks to Dwight Bershaw and Jaime Arnold for chairing the annual fundraiser.  Congratulations to top sellers Dustin Ainsworth, Troy Tymesen and Jenna Gilliland.  Bravo!
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April 28th Community Service

The Centennial Trail clean up team did a great job!  Thanks to Dustin, Kim (under the orange bag), Sandy, Chris, Laura, Judi, Romer and Bob from the Sunrise club plus Phil, Shelly and Sam from the Thursday Evening club!
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District Grant

Sunrise Rotary's district grant to support the 3rd Avenue Market at the Post Falls Food Bank was approved!  We are purchasing Plexiglass shields for the checkout counter and food to stock the shelves!
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Grocery Cards for CDAIDE

Great news!  Our CoVID-19 Emergency Grant was approved and we were able to purchase 18 grocery cards to support CDAIDE.  Each Super 1 card is for $100 and they were delivered to CDAIDE on Wednesday. 
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Connecting with Members

Thanks to Laura and LaDonna for arranging virtual "happy dollar" meetings by conference call and zoom yesterday.  It was great to hear the voices of our friends and see some smiling faces.
Hope to connect with more of our members on April 7th - watch for an email from LaDonna with a zoom invite.
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Beautiful Hanging Flower Baskets

Sunrise Rotary is selling beautiful hanging flower baskets for $40 each.  Each 12" basket is blooming with multiple varieties and colors of trailing flowers.  Perfect for Mothers Day!  Delivery is on May 5th.  Contact any Sunrise Rotarian to place an order.  These baskets are gorgeous!
For information, please email 
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March Meetings Cancelled

President Jen sent this message today:
RI president and President Elect sent a letter today. They are recommending we cancel meetings at this time. Our school district has just closed all schools in CDA until after Spring Break.  I believe it is best for our members and our community to also cancel our meetings over the next three weeks and evaluate the first part of April. 
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March 10th

President Jen (center) welcomed two new members today: Gary Bower (left) is the owner of Coeur d'Alene Fine Jewelry, and Peter Smith (right) is a business attorney with Smith & Malek.
Growing the STEM organizes and supports math and science programs for students in Coeur d'Alene public schools, with an emphasis on developing youth leaders and encouraging underrepresented groups to pursue STEM education and activities.  Our program was presented by Lilian Smith, a junior at Coeur d'Alene High School and cofounder of Growing the STEM. 
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New Member

Always a treat when President Jen can pin a new member to Sunrise Rotary.  Tad Johnson is a CPA with Magnuson McHugh & Company.  He was sponsored by Kim Kelly.  Welcome Tad!
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March 3rd

Thank you to Barb Nelson for information on an upcoming event:
Congratulations to Sierra Cree for being honored as the March Student of the Month from Coeur d'Alene Charter Academy.  Sierra plans to major in Nursing and minor in French at BSU.
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February 11th

Our exchange student, Filip Mjertan, joined us this morning and invited us to the CHS/Post Falls wrestling match on Thursday at 7pm at CHS.  He competes in the 195 lb. weight class.
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December 31st

Happy New Year from Sunrise Rotary
Introducing two of our newest members...
Congratulations to our Paul Harris honorees...
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December 24th

It was a festive morning in Bay 3 at the Resort!  We welcomed lots of family members and friends, we presented grant checks to Rita Snyder from the Coeur d'Alene Carousel Foundation and to Ali Shute from the Coeur d'Alene Arts & Culture Alliance, we welcomed Matt Briggs as a new member, and we honored several Paul Harris recipients.
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December 17th

Our program today was presented by Phil Faris from ShelterBox USA.  Our club has contributed $1000 per year for three consecutive years and today we received our ShelterBox Hero Award.
Congratulations to Tristan Hone for being honored as the December Student of the Month from Venture High School.  After graduation he plans to attend NIC's Collision Repair vocational training program.  Tristan was introduced by his math teacher Kevin Mahoney and joined by his parents Dave Rodgers and Gretchen Thomas.
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Adopt a Classroom

On Monday, we delivered a big box of new books to Mrs. Davis's kindergarten class at Borah.  This is our express grant project with Opening Books, Opening Doors.  Part of the fun was sitting on the floor with the kids to read some stories!
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2018/2019 PolioPlus Donations

AG Jerry Sinn visited Sunrise Rotary today to present a certificate from The Rotary Foundation.  Last year our club and members donated $4,529 to PolioPlus, achieving 125.8% of our goal.
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World Polio Day - CdA Press

Our World Polio Day ad ran today in the Coeur d'Alene Press!  Visit our club on Tuesday for our annual polio update!
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October 15th

Another great Tuesday morning at Sunrise Rotary!
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October 8th

Don't forget we are taking the SPORT Train Ride on October 20th.
Contact LaDonna Beaumont if you want a ticket!
The train is owned by the Newport/Priest River Rotary Club!
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Express Grant Approved

     On Thursday the 12th, the Sunrise Board voted to apply for a D5080 Express Grant to provide a classroom library for a new K-3 teacher in SD271.  We submitted a grant application to AG Jerry Sinn on Friday morning and by the late afternoon we had approval!  Yay!  The project budget is $500 with $150 from the club and $350 from the Express Grant.  We are partnering with "Opening Books, Opening Doors" and working with the Project Coordinator, Marie Nail from CdA2030.  The SD271 Adopt a Classroom project also offers us the opportunity to be "reading buddies" by listening to children read once a week.
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August 6th

Super day at Sunrise Rotary!  We awarded a club grant, learned about some of our newer members, and Mureleen won the 50/50 raffle!
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Coeur d'Alene Street Fair

     Come visit our booth at the Coeur d'Alene Street Fair and get your University of Lake Coeur d'Alene t-shirt.  We are located in front of Lucky Monkey on Sherman Avenue. 
     Sunrise Rotarians (L-R) Mike Beck, Rich Swoboda, Jim Landers, Mark Beardsley and Chris Guggemos at the booth!
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July 30th

     Today we received an update on Children's Village presented by Rosa Mettler and Mark Wilson.  This wonderful local organization is a residential home for children who are in need of a safe haven from abuse, neglect or severe family crisis.  Their trauma informed care practices are addressing the long term impact of trauma on children, and their family skill building program is supporting foster, adoptive and natural parents.
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July 9th

     Super program today on the Kootenai Humane Society and their exciting plans for a new facility.  Big "Raise Your Paw" event coming up soon!
     We welcomed Brenda Hunter as a new member today and Dwight received his Paul Harris +3 pin.  Congrats to both!
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July 2nd

     Great first meeting of the new Rotary year.  President Jen presented a framed past-president award to Brian Goetz as a thank you for his inspired leadership last year.  Next week we will welcome new member, Brenda Hunter, from Kootenai Health Foundation.  Enjoy a festive and safe 4th of July!
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June 11th

     Visiting Rotarians from the CdA Evening club promoted their upcoming Brewery Olympics on June 29th at Slate Creek Brewery.  It's not often we have a gorilla throwing an axe at our breakfast meeting!  
     Mary Terra-Berns and Judi Cronin have written a guide book on the Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes that will be available in July for $18.  This is the first project for their new business XpertGuide2 and it includes maps, trail heads, waysides, history and more!
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District Conference Mementos

     The STEM+ Riverpoint Academy students made this wonderful centerpiece that Brian brought home from the conference.  The interlocking wheels on the top rotate so the candles move in a circle.  Brian's successful bid for the centerpiece earned him a personally autographed copy of the Rotarian magazine with Bill Gates on the cover!  He's having it framed!
     Recognition plaques for Club of the Year and Rotarian of the Year!  Woo Hoo!
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Come Together District Conference

     Ten of our members and several spouses attended the Come Together District Conference in Spokane last weekend.  It was an amazing event with participants from D5030 (Seattle) and D5080.  Keynote speakers included RI President Barry Rassin and Bill Gates from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.  On Saturday night, Ben Holzhauser and Brian Goetz accepted the "Club of the Year" Awards for clubs with under 35 members (Coeur d'Alene Evening) and clubs with 35 or more members (Coeur d'Alene Sunrise)!  Karen Cook was also honored as "Rotarian of the Year."  Quite a night!
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May 14th

     Beautiful morning view on the 7th floor at the Resort.  Charter member, Rich Nyquist gave us a brief history of the early days of our club; Mike Beck didn't pick the joker and the 50/50 raffle pot has grown to $1,000!  Our program was presented by Bill Furey from the Castlegar club.  He gave us an update on two global grant projects in Peru.  Our club invested in both and it was great to see/hear the positive results.
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May 7th

     We also honored Lucas Cheeley as the May Student of the Month from the Coeur d'Alene Charter Academy.  Lucas is a junior who plans to study aerospace engineering after high school.
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Community Service Project

     This merry band of Sunrise Rotarians spent time picking up trash on Saturday morning.  Thank you for helping to keep our community beautiful!
L-R:  Mary Terra-Berns, Mike Beck, Judi Cronin, Troy Tymesen, Rich Christensen, Kim Wilson, Brian Goetz, Steve Speer, and Jim Landers.  Not shown:  Mark Beardsley took the photo, Laura Little and Bryan Taylor.
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April 30th 

     What a great meeting on the Mish-an-Nock!  We welcomed two new members, Ben Wentling, sponsored by Mureleen Benton, and Tyler Shearer, sponsored by Dustin Ainsworth. 
     President Brian congratulated Judi Cronin for earning her Paul Harris +2 pin and Kerri Thoreson read her impact statement for the Lori Isenberg sentencing hearing.
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April 30th Meeting Venue

     Join us on Tuesday, April 30th, for our Sunrise Rotary meeting aboard the Mish-an-Nock.  The Resort meeting rooms are totally booked so we get a boat!  We won't be cruising, but we will enjoy a breakfast buffet and great guest speaker.  Welcome aboard on Tuesday morning!
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April 16th

     Jacquelyn "Jackie" Kile, the Student of the Month from Venture High School was introduced by Adam Fehling.  Jackie wants to study veterinary medicine after high school. 
     JT Taylor gave us an overview of the District 1 Juvenile Detention Center and the programs they provide to help youth in custody.
     Rich Christensen encouraged us to read the Rotarian Magazine article "Putting Civility Back Into Civil Discourse" and we all enjoyed a yummy breakfast buffet at the Hagadone Event Center.
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April 9th

     At our meeting this morning we heard about a great organization in our area called Relatives as Parents.  This is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that exists to strengthen the safety net resources and support for Idaho children being raised by a relative. 

     The majority of relatives raising children are grandparents, so their primary focus is on the senior population's diverse needs when faced with raising a young child at a time in life when they are preparing for retirement.

     Special guests included two of the Lakes students who went on the Schweitzer ski adventure this year.  

     Our Sunrise Flower Princess, Jaime Arnold, received a cap decorated with posies from Mark Beardsley.

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Sunrise Social

     Mark Beardsley took photos at our Sunrise Social at Seasons on Tuesday night.  These are just a few of the attendees. 
     Ada and Laura were trying to pitch a nickel into a glass and Ada was victorious!
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April 2nd

     It was a fun morning with lots of stories and happy dollars from our members.  Jimmy McAndrew received his Paul Harris Fellowship certificate and pin.
     Math teacher, Darren Gabrielson (aka Mr. G) introduced our April Student of the Month from Coeur d'Alene Charter Academy, Marissa Samayoa, a gifted student who shares her time and talent by tutoring other students.  Marissa plans to attend the University of Idaho to study Computer Science.
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March 26th

     Such a great program today from Tony Blasick, a Kootenai County EMT who is part of a local medical training team that provides free classes in pre-hospital trauma care for medical personnel in Bolivia.  Working with “Mano A Mano,” Tony and his family are raising money to build a 6 classroom school, bathrooms and teacher housing for a small rural community. 
     There will be a golf tournament on June 24th at the Highlands Golf Course to raise money for the project.  Hole sponsors, golfers and auction items are needed.  To learn about infrastructure projects in rural Bolivia, please visit 
     Here is a photo of Tony with some Bolivian children from his 2019 trip:
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March 12th

     Big thanks to Eric Komberec for our program on "Miss Montana to Normandy," a vintage C-47 aircraft that will fly in the D-Day Squadron from England to Normandy on June 6th.  The plane will drop paratroopers in vintage gear for the 75th anniversary reenactment of D-Day.  After the Normandy trip the plane will travel to Germany for the anniversary of the Berlin Air Lift.
     We also honored Marisa Hagerty as the Student of the Month from the Coeur d'Alene Charter Academy.  Marisa will graduate from Charter and NIC in May.  She was introduced by Dr. Bill Proser.
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February 26th

     Alice Arambarri and Sue Depew introduced us to a grassroots movement of Americans fighting for public safety measurers that can protect people from gun violence.  For more information, please visit the organization's website: 
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February 19th

      Today we heard from historian and author, Jack Nisbet, about his latest book The Dreamer and the Doctor, documenting the lives of John and Carrie Leiberg who arrived in the Idaho Territory in 1885.
     We also honored our Student of the Month from Venture High School, Kayla Arndt-Lane.  She was introduced by her teacher and mentor, Val Martin.
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February 5th

     It was super Tuesday at Sunrise Rotary with a dynamic program and our February Student of the Month from the Charter Academy...
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January 29th

     Today we recognized Isaah Ove as our Student of the Month from Venture High School.  Isaah plans to enlist in the Marines after graduation, then become a firefighter after his military service.  He was introduced by his math teacher, Kevin Mahoney.
     Our program was presented by Kimber Gates-Travis, the owner of Coeur d'Alene Cellars.  She gave a brief history of the winery and shared the steps involved with the wine making process.  We also tested our noses to see if we could identify some of the aromas that contribute to the complex bouquet of wines.  Fascinating topic presented by the president-elect of the Friday club. 
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January 22nd

     Today we welcomed Gavin Mobraten from US Bank as a new member.  We also welcomed back a former charter member, Rich Nyquist.   
     Our program was presented by Ioana Siegler and Kristin Moody from Mountain States Early Head Start.  The organization supports pregnant women, infants and families with a variety of programs including play groups, home visits and parenting classes.  Please visit their website for additional information 
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January 15th

     Our program today was presented by Cyndie Wiltsie from Running W Therapeutic Riding Center.  They provide therapeutic riding lessons and equine experiences for special needs kids, seniors and veterans.
     We also recognized a bunch of members...
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January 8th

     Today we honored our January Student of the Month from the Coeur d'Alene Charter Academy, Kaitlin Le.  She told us about the sometimes lonely process of acclimating to a new school.  At Charter, she found her voice and developed confidence with encouragement from her Spanish and Debate teachers.  To support other new students, she established a new WEB Club on campus - Where Everyone Belongs.  Congratulations, Kaitlin.
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Happy New Year!

     As we say goodbye to 2018, let's give thanks for our many blessings and welcome the new year with all of the opportunities it will bring.
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December 18th

     Joanna Adams took us on a wonderful journey as she shared beautiful photos from the 2018 Coeur d'Alene Cellars European Wine Tour.  Their group traveled to England, France, Spain and Portugal with stops in many fascinating and historic areas.  Visiting Rotarians, Charlie Gates and Kimber Gates-Travis joined us for the presentation.  Great program!
John & Joanna Adams on their European wine tour
     We honored our December Student of the Month from Venture High School, Christa Gladden.  She is an amazing young woman and mother.  Her story was inspiring and we were touched by her determination to succeed.  Her adorable daughter, Michelle, and her proud parents Cody & Jodi Likel were her guests, along with Susan Thomas from Venture.
Cody Likel, Susan Thomas, Christa Gladden, Jodi Likel & Michelle
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December 4th

     Today we heard from Dave Schaub, the Executive Director of the Inland NW Land Conservancy. 
     We also honored Paula Pinkerton as our newest Paul Harris Fellow and the December Student of the Month from the Coeur d'Alene Charter Academy, Sequoia Wheelan.
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November 27

     JoAnn Zajicek, the Director of the Union Gospel Mission Coeur d'Alene Center, was our guest speaker this morning.  To learn more about UGM, please visit
     We also honored our November Student of the Month from Venture HS, Kayla McKinnon (holding the mike), and Kristi tried in vain to pick the joker for the 50/50 jackpot.
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November 20th


     Today we enjoyed hearing from Dr. Steve Cook, SD271 Superintendent.  We learned about some of his top goals including engaging with the community, building a new elementary school, increasing mental health services and school security.

     He encouraged us to visit the SD271 website to learn about the 2019 levy and participate in a survey to share our thoughts as taxpayers.  

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ElderHelp Work Crew

Posted on Nov 17, 2018
     Great day to volunteer with ElderHelp - Josh Sattler & son, Brian & Ada Loper, Karen Cook, Scott Jones, Chris Guggemos, Bryan Taylor, Steve Speer (back), Brian Goetz and Mike Beck.

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Centennial Trail Cleanup

Posted on Nov 10, 2018
     Big thanks to the 11 hearty Sunrise Rotarians who braved the cold to pick up trash this morning.  President Brian brought coffee and donuts to keep us warm and energized.
     Karen, Kim, Sari, Brian, Steve, Judy, and Mary were some of the work crew. Not pictured - Ada (taking the photo), Jen and her son, Teresa and Bryan.  Troy made sure we had trash bags and safety vests!
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Sunrise on the Lake

Posted on Nov 06, 2018
     Great meeting at the Hagadone Event Center this morning.
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Upcoming meeting

Posted on Nov 04, 2018
     Our meeting on November 6th will be at the Hagadone Event Center at the Resort Golf Course.  Ralph will share some of his wonderful photos and we will kick off Foundation Month with a video that explains the Annual Fund, the Permanent Fund (Endowment), and the PolioPlus Fund.  Good basic information on our Foundation.  Join us at 7am Pacific Standard Time!
     Ralph's 2019 calendar is fabulous ($16)!

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Crosswalk Dedication

Posted on Oct 17, 2018
     Yesterday we dedicated the new crosswalk beacons on Pennsylvania at 21st near Fernan STEM Academy.  Rotarians from the three partner clubs joined with Todd Fussier, Robert Royce and Sue Sims from the City and Fernan Principal Kathy Livingston for the celebration.  Kathy thanked Rotarians for the beacons, for helping at the school's fall celebration, and for serving as volunteer crossing guards. 
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World Polio Day

     World Polio Day is October 24th.  Join Sunrise Rotarians at our meeting on the 23rd for an update on the worldwide polio eradication effort.  Every dollar donated to PolioPlus is matched with $2 from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.  We are this close to ending Polio!
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District Grant Project

     The crosswalk beacons were installed this morning!  This will improve safety for students and pedestrians crossing Pennsylvania at 21st near Fernan STEM Academy.  A dedication ceremony is in the works for mid-month.  We will keep you posted!
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September 25th

     Great presentation from David E. White, North Idaho Region Parks Manager, on the economic impact of recreation in Idaho. 
     Over $9M in IDPR grants were awarded around the state for campgrounds, trail maintenance, boat ramps, warming huts, ADA access and community recreation facilities.  Next time you renew your auto registration, add $10 for the Idaho State Parks Passport!
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September 11th

     Great program today from Ned Morris, a Shelter Box USA first responder.  Ned is a member of the Walla Walla club and has been deployed three times, twice to Africa and once to the Caribbean.  He trained for a year to become a first responder and has enjoyed being part of the Shelter Box team and partnering with Rotary and the United Nations to serve impacted communities.   Ned is looking for interested Rotarians to become Shelter Box Ambassadors.
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Ten years later...

     So much fun having our former French exchange student, Charlotte Gardes, at Rotary this morning.  Charlotte had her picture taken with ski buddy Wayne Cofield, host Dad Mark Fisher, club president Brian Goetz, special friends Jeff Voeller and his sons Jaron & Jace.  Charlotte and her boyfriend Youri are here for a 10-day visit!
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New baby brother!

     Carolina Jara, our former exchange student from Chile, sent this photo with her new baby brother, Diego.  Carolina will be a wonderful big sister!
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August 7th

     Today we enjoyed a presentation from Paul Connelly on his 2018 RYLA experience.  RYLA gives campers the opportunity to learn and grow, developing self awareness, awareness of others, and honing leadership skills.  Paul told us the days were long but he enjoyed the variety of sessions, activities and hugs.  A few of his favorite sessions were on ethics, business meetings, leadership and as a bonus he learned about nutrition and the benefits of eating better.  Thanks for a great program, Paul!
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July 10th Program

     Great day at Sunrise Rotary.  Luke Russell, Hecla Vice President - External Affairs, gave a fascinating update on technology and equipment used by Hecla Mining Company to improve productivity and safety while saving energy.  Thanks, Luke!  
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Nathan's Apple Tree

     Beautiful day at the Habitat house.  Homeowner, Nathan, had requested an apple tree for his backyard and it was planted today.  Dwight and Teresa did most of the work with Karen taking pictures.  Lots going on at the house today with Habitat volunteers building a fence and a shed.
     Dwight and Teresa with the new Granny Smith Apple Tree!
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Habitat Workday

     On May 19th, Sunrise Rotarians with family members and friends reported for work at the Habitat house in Post Falls.  Our assignments were to paint the interior of the house and lay pavers between the front steps and the garage. 
     We had a great time working together and meeting the homeowner, Nathan (pictured between Brian and Gary).
     What a great caption for this photo of two of the painting crew, LaDonna & Sari.
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Sunrise Rotary for June 5th

     Great program from Kerri Thoreson, Executive Director of Coeur d'Alene Summer Theatre.
     We also honored the Student of the Month from the Charter Academy, Matthew Streeter.
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Sunrise Rotary for Tuesday, May 22...

     Our program was presented by Ali Shute from the Arts & Culture Alliance. We learned about the 8 programs they sponsor annually and Ali thanked us for supporting the "Music for the Wise" program that hires talented musicians to play for residents in nursing homes.  Four CDA Charter Academy students received $500 Scholarships...and we had many guests!
CDA Arts & Culture Alliance Executive Director Ali Shute brought us an update on the "State of the Arts" in Coeur d'Alene.
CDA Charter Academy students pick up scholarships. L-R; Mia Maldonado, Marie Michalson, Clara Marie Zaragoza. Not Pictured: Ana Segsworth​​​​​​​.
Visiting Rotarian Bud Palmer of Marco Island Florida Sunrise Rotary exchanges banners with President LaDonna.​​​​​​​
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Sunrise Rotary for Tuesday May 15...

     The program was presented by Carolina Jara, our Rotary Exchange Student from Chile. She gave a great overview of her country and home town, Santiago (population 6 million). She told us about the economy, native animals, food, and landscape. She reminded us that the seasons are opposite of ours so Christmas is in the summer.
     Lakes Middle Schoolers showed a short video with highlights from their ski trip to Schweitzer. 
     We also awarded $1500 NIC scholarships to Desireya Quintero & Brook Garnett of Venture High.  A very busy morning!
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FRIDAY May 11- All Club Meeting

Area 6 clubs met at the Hagadone Event Center for an All Club Meeting.  The program speaker was Jay Larsen of the Idaho Technology Council.
Each club's President updated the group...LaDonna spoke for us!
Great food!
Great view!
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Sunrise Rotary for Tuesday, May 1:

     Our program was presented by Rebecca Stevens from the Coeur d'Alene Tribe.  She shared history and an update on the Coeur d'Alene Basin Restoration and said the restoration plan is ready for signing by the Secretary of the Interior. Not sure if/when he might sign it. The plan partners have followed all of the appropriate steps to approval and are hopeful it will be signed soon.
     We welcomed new member Jenna Gilliland, sponsored by Dustin, and Charter Student of the Month Grace Moehring (along with her mom Kim).
     Here's an update on the Restoration Partnership open houses later this month (No candid malfunction..)
     Coeur d'Alene Charter Academy Student of the Month Grace Moehring
     New member Jenna Gilliland, sponsored by Dustin​​​​​​​
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Sunrise Rotary April 24:

     Great program from Phil Hough, the Executive Director of Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness. The organization’s mission is “To protect the Scotchman Peaks for future generations through Wilderness designation, ongoing stewardship and education.” 
     Plus a Paul Harris pinning for Kristi Hagan, Club awards presented to Past President Bryan Taylor and welcoming new member Doug Thomas.
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Sunrise Rotary for Tuesday, April 17

     Our program was presented by Dr. Crystal Pyrak and Lynne Clark from the Kootenai Health Emerge Program - providing outpatient centered obstetrics and neonatal care for women struggling with addiction.  Our club recently donated $500 to support Emerge program participants as they work their way toward healthy outcomes for themselves and their babies.
     We also honored Venture High School Student of the Quarter Desi Quintero.
     Next week:  Scotchman Peak Wilderness.
Dr. Crystal Pyrak explains the EMERGE program.
Venture High counselor Matt Flieger introduces Student of the Quarter Desi Quintero.
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Sunrise Rotary for Tuesday, April 10...

     US Magistrate Judge Candy Dale gave us an overview of the federal judicial system in Idaho and told us about the types of civil, criminal and mediation cases that come before the magistrate court.  Judge Dale said one of her favorite duties is presiding at US naturalization ceremonies.
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Hanging Flower Baskets

     Sunrise Rotary is selling beautiful hanging flower baskets in 12" pots for $40 each.  Delivery will be on May 8th, just in time for Mother's Day.
     The baskets are made up of a variety of trailing flowers in complementary colors.  We are not able to honor requests for specific color combinations but you will be delighted with the size and beauty of these spring classics!
     Visit our club on Tuesday morning at 7am at the Coeur d'Alene Resort to place an order or call 208-667-6300.
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Sunrise Rotary April 3...

     We had a full house this morning with 80% of our members and many guests.  Dr. Bill Proser introduced the Student of the Month from Charter Academy, Isabel Bartosh, a junior who was joined by her Mom and her drama teacher. 
     Joanna, using the 4-Way Test as a theme, honored her daughter Marjorie-Ann with a Paul Harris Fellowship.       
     Rudy Klein gave us a long-awaited update on his humanitarian missions to Haiti.  His church is affiliated with the Haiti Endowment Fund and they support the building of churches, provide 4 medical/dental trips per year, have built schools, a garden and a Talapia farm.  Rudy's job on the missions is maintenance (ensuring power and water) and his wife, Nancy, is the trip organizer/team manager and cook.  Great work done by Sunrise past-president Rudy, his wife, and their church. 
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Sunrise Rotary March 27

     Great program from Kootenai County Search and Rescue, a volunteer taskforce that is trained and supervised by the Sheriff's office.  We learned about their mobile command post, communications, and how they find lost people, care for them and rescue them.  We also learned about dog handlers and the skills the dogs bring to a search.  Our club recently donated funds for the purchase of kitchen equipment for the volunteers who feed the search and rescue personnel when they are in the field.  They presented a "thank you" plaque to the club for our support.
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Sunrise Rotary March 20...

     First day of spring and a great turnout at our weekly meeting.  Our program was presented by Lora Whalen and Karen Petit from the Suicide Prevention Action Network (SPAN) of Idaho  Suicide is a tough topic, especially when it hits close to home.  We reviewed statistics, learned some warning signs, and received information on resources.  Our club will be making a donation to SPAN in memory of Rob Newman.
Panhandle Health Department's Lora Whalen talks about SPAN.
Karen Petit shares how her personal experience led to the formation of a Suicide survivors Support group here in Coeur d'Alene
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Sunrise Rotary March 13th

     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!
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2018/2019 Rotary Theme

     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!
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Sunrise Rotarians at International Conference 2018-02-11 08:00:00Z 0

Plunge for Programs

     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!
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     We sold 550 beautiful poinsettias for the holiday season!  Thank you to all of our wonderful customers and friends who supported this club fundraiser.
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Big Day for PolioPlus

     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!
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The Coeur d'Oween Bash!

     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!
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H.E.L.P. Honduras Update

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.
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Bryan Crosswalk Project

     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.
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Sunrise Rotary for August 15...

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.
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A very busy Sunrise Rotary Tuesday, August 8

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
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.
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Congratulations Fernanda!

Our 2015/2016 Youth Exchange student from Mexico, Fernanda Diaz, is pictured (far right) with three of her friends at her high school graduation.
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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.

Wana Duma Water Project

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. 
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A great Rotary Day...Tuesday, February 7

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!
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Rotary Sleigh Ride

Our next club social event will be a sleigh ride and potluck at Stillwater Ranch on February 4th from noon to 4pm.  Bundle up and join the fun!
Age 19 and up $20, age 7-18 $10, kids 6 and under free!  our hosts are Bryan & Kaye Ross
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Congratulations Charlotte!

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
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October 2016 at Sunrise Rotary

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...
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Sunrise Rotary for Tuesday, September 27...

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.
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Sunrise Rotary for Tuesday, Sept 20...

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!
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NIC Womens Soccer at Sunrise Rotary September 6

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.
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Tuesday, July 19...

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. 
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Tuesday, July 26

District 5080 Governor Kees van der Pol and his wife Mayumi told of their Rotary lives during our July 26 meeting.
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Tuesday, July 12...

At our Tuesday, July 12 meeting, Rudy Lopez gives us a great presentation about the Eastern Washington State Veterans cemetery.
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Presidents Present & Future

At our June 28th meeting, Incoming President Bryan Taylor and outgoing President Jeff Mahon load up on coffee...
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Sunrise Rotary June 14...

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.
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Sunrise Rotary June 7...

At our June 7 meeting, Winton Elementary Principal Karen Troxel chats with David Gibbs & President Jeff after her presentation about the Winton Rotary Readers.
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Sunrise Rotary, Tuesday, April 26...

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...?
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Sunrise Rotary, Tuesday, April 19...

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.
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Sunrise Rotary Tuesday, April 5...

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...
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Sunrise Rotary, Tuesday, March 15...

Native North Idahoan and Idaho State Historical Society Trustee Don Pischner entertains our club about things from Idaho's past (and present)!
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Sunrise Rotary Tuesday, March 1...

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...)
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Sunrise Rotary Tuesday, February 23...

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.
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Sunrise Rotary at Chamber After Hours Biz Fair 2016-02-19 00:00:00Z 0
Mike Beck honored as Paul Harris Fellow 2016-02-19 00:00:00Z 0
Inland NW Blood Center update... 2016-02-19 00:00:00Z 0
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BNSF Rep Visits Sunrise Rotary

BNSF Regional Public Affairs Director Ross Lane points out the efficiency and safety of freight trains during our January 19th meeting.
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Sunrise Rotary for January 12...

Steve Welch doesn't draw the joker from Wayne Ellenbecker's deck...
Program speaker Lucinda Ade is fired up about Great Shape, Inc.-Jamaica...
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Sunrise Rotary Family Christmas

Over 20 visitors joined the fun of our Family Christmas meeting on December 22...
Proud Papa Jeff Voeller records sons Jace & Jared during our Family Christmas.
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CDA Charter Academy Student for January

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...
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Exchange Students update our club

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.
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Sunrise Rotary Tuesday, December 15...

Tom Tessendorf doesn't win the 50/50...
Venture High School instructor Gary Day introduces Student of the Month Shana Mount.
After a great update about the Coeur d'Alene Carousel project, President Jeff passes a $2000 check  to Cari Fraser (L) and Rita Snyder.
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Sunrise Rotary Tuesday, December 7...

President Jeff presents Mike Ward with his Paul Harris +1 pin!
Sunrise Rotarian Joanna Adams introduces Bob Small (L) from RSVP and Jeffery Hill (R) from the Area Agency On Aging at our December 7th meeting.
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Showing "A Way Forward" through pain.

Ron Weaver spent many years as a professional meatcutter, before a rare disease left him in constant pain.  At our December 1 meeting, he tells us about how he discovered "A Way Forward".
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CDA Charter Academy December Student of the Month

Our December Student of the Month from CDA Charter Academy told the club on December 1 that her bio is pretty short because "I'm only 15!"  We're sure there'll be plenty more ahead for Mae Alexander.
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Lake City High Business Professionals of America at Sunrise Rotary

Four members of the Lake City High School Business Professionals of America tell us about their group.  They joined our annual Poinsettia fundraiser and sold over 100 plants to benefit their club.  Pictured are Emily Behrens, Anna Shaw, Cameron Cates and Erin Hague.  Advisor Bob Quant also attended the breakfast.
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Venture HS Student of the Month

Our November Student of the Month from Venture High School, Mariah Miller, tells the Club a little about herself at our November 24th meeting.
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Sunrise Rotarians at the St. Vincent de Paul Soup event... 2015-11-20 00:00:00Z 0
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November 10 2015 meeting...

Sunrise Rotary President Jeff Mahon exchanges banners with Exchange student Fernanda Diaz from Mazatlán, Mexico at our November 10 meeting.



Still no winner...



Sunrise Rotarian Russell Volz presents a great fundraising idea...



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A Busy Meeting on Nov. 3...

Visiting Friday Rotarian Wanda Quinn didn't pick the joker...
Karen Cook presents Kim Wilson with a Paul Harris Fellowship honor...
Dan Burnham updates the club on the recent board meeting...
U-I's Lauren Parker gave the club an insight into how climate changes are impacting NW agriculture...
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Combined Meeting at Hagadone Events Center

Coeur d'Alene "Friday" Club President Ron Ouren welcomes everyone to the annual combined meeting, on a blustery Friday, October 30...
Rotarians from throughout Kootenai County recite the Pledge Of Allegiance at the Friday, October 30 combined meeting.
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Sunrise Rotary's youngest guest! 2015-10-22 00:00:00Z 0
District Governor visits Sunrise Rotary 2015-10-22 00:00:00Z 0

Children's Village update

Christina Hull shared a great video and some important information about Children's Village at our September 29th meeting.
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This month in pictures

On September 22, Karen Cook brought pictures of and messages from our HELP Honduras Students.  The club sponsors 10 elementary & high school students from Tegucigalpa, Honduras –  Their parent(s) live and work in the public market and cannot afford the uniforms, shoes and school supplies for their kids to attend school.  Our sponsorship covers those items and health check-ups for the students.
At our Sept. 22nd meeting Laura Little and Ada Loper gave a report on their trip to the Rotary International convention last June in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Sgt-At-Arms Dustin pays off on a friendly "agreement" with Tom Tessendorf following the Seahawks' loss to Green Bay.
New Member Russell Volz talks about coffee...He'll be back in November to continue his presentation on "Fair Trade".
Wayne Cofield wins the 50/ stop...Vegas!
President Jeff Mahon looks on as September Venture High Student of the Month Ryan DeFranco speaks.
At our September 8th meeting, Julie Mitchell of Money Management International had some amazing stats for us!
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A busy day at Sunrise Rotary!

New member Russell Volz receives his pin from Sponsor Joanna Adams. Russell followed with his Classification talk...and how much fun he had!
A new school year has begun.  Instead of speaking, CDA Charter Academy Student of the Month Alex Hastings played violin for the club.
2015-2016 Exchange students Maria Fernanda Diaz Valdez from Mexico (L) and  Ana Flavia de Souza Resende from Brazil introduce themselves.
Rudy Klein's twin brother Randy gave our invocation...and didn't win the 50/50.
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Wana Duma Kenya Children's Project 2015-09-01 00:00:00Z 0
Classification Talk - Heather Alexander 2015-09-01 00:00:00Z 0
Jobs Plus at Sunrise Rotary 2015-09-01 00:00:00Z 0
"Think Big Festival" returns to Lake City 2015-08-07 00:00:00Z 0

CDA Symphony at CDA Sunrise Rotary

The Lake City String Quartet (L-R, Karen Hoatson, April Martin, Kristina Phillips, Sandy Daniel) played a few pieces for the club on July 28. All 4 are members of the CDA Symphony.
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International Eye Institute

International Eye Institute spokesperson Mary Sibulsky tells the club about the group's work in Central America.
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It's a new Rotary Year...


2015-16 Sunrise Rotary Club President Jeff Mahan collects his thoughts before the July 7 meeting.





Sunrise Rotarian Kim Wilson and his wife Jody look on as visiting former exchange student Lisa Gjessing of Denmark thanks the club.  Rotarian Joanna Adams is shown in the background.




Sandy doesn't win...





Beverly Roots of Path tells the club about how foster families make a difference.

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Global project in Bangladesh...

Visiting Rotarian Doreen Kelsey shares information about how Rotarians are making a difference in infant and maternal health in Bangladesh.
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Passing the Gavel - and other stuff

Troy didn't win...check out the three images!
President Laura presents a $2500 check to Vicky Nelson & Debbie Jeffery of the Kootenai Humane Society.
Jeff Voeller is honored for his term on the Board!
Past President Rudy Klein is leaving the board, too.  President Laura comments that she's looking forward to being a Past President!
Outgoing Secretary & Board Member Judi Cronin left not-too-specific instructions in the minutes regarding her plaque!
2015-2016 Club President Jeff Mahan presents outgoing President Laura Little with a plaque honoring her year at the helm.
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Emma visits Sunrise Rotary

Vicky Nelson & Debbie Jeffery of the Kootenai Humane Society visited Sunrise Rotary on Tuesday, June 16 along with Emma.  Vicky e-mailed the next day to say:

Just a note of thanks for giving us the opportunity to share our story.  Thought you should know - Emma was adopted yesterday!  A gentleman was looking for a dog who just wanted to hang out at home and be a friend.  What a perfect match it was. 

Hope to see you again soon,


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Sunrise Rotary awards scholarships

$5000 in scholarships was shared among 4 students, awarded this tuesday at Sunrise Rotary,  Pictured are (L-R), Maggie McSwain - Brown & Dakota Bailey from Venture High School, Scholarship Committee Chair Jeff Voeller, Jodi Grantham & Emma  McCormick  from Coeur d'Alene Charter Academy.
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Venture High Student of the Month 2015-05-28 00:00:00Z 0

Celebrating 20 years of Sunrise Rotary

Event Organizer & Incoming President Jeff Mahan (left) honors Sunrise Rotary's Charter Members...can you name them??
Sunrise Rotarians, Charter members & guests enjoy the sunshine at CDA Cellars during our 20th Anniversary party.
Sunshine, wine & great Rotary memories at Sunrise Rotary's 20th Anniversary party at CDA Cellars.
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Sunrise Rotary remembers...

Sunrise Rotary President Laura Little opened today's meeting with a remembrance of CDA Police Sgt. Greg Moore.
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Sunrise Rotarians learn 'how dry I am' 2015-05-12 00:00:00Z 0

Honoring May Students

Venture High School Student of the Month Cierra Sanford and teacher Christy Smith. 
CDA Charter Academy Student of the Month Sarah Haman with her French teacher Lynda LeBlanc.  
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CDA Casino Cultural Affairs Director enlightens us! 2015-04-28 00:00:00Z 0

Post Falls Chamber Business Fair

CDA Sunrise Rotarian Erna Rhinehart and Post Falls Rotarian Loretta Reed staff the booth at the Post Falls Chamber Business Fair, at the Greyhound Event Center, on Wednesday, April 22.
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Sunrise Rotary Tuesday, April 21...

Sergeant-At-Arms Dustin counts Happy Dollars and Sandy Emerson offers to update his updated Classification Talk, while new Member Mike Beck looks on.  Mike Beck will be giving his Classification Talk at our May 12 meeting.
Coeur d'Alene Fire Chief Ken Gabriel informs our members about the City's General Obligation Bond measure on the May 19 ballot.
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But that's another story...

Not-Quite-Charter Member Sandy Emerson regales the club for nearly 40 minutes with a Veteran Member Classification talk!
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Sunrise Rotary honors Charter Student

At our April 7 meeting, Sunrise Rotary honored CDA Charter Academy's April Student of the Month, Hanna Venera, shown here with her mother Teri.
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Sunrise Rotary for March 24...

Kathy Cousins of Idaho Fish & Fame gives us an in-depth look at the Clark Fork Restoration project.
Rotarian Rudy Klein directs Venture High School Student of the Month Dakota Bailey to the podium, as Dakota's mom looks on.
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Paul Harris Fellows, Centennial Trail, highlight weekly meeting

Presentation of Paul Harris honors, and an update from the Centennial Trail Ffoundation were part of a busy Sunrise
Rotary Tuesday on March 16...
President Laura Little presents Jamie Arnold with her Paul Harris foundation certificate and pin.
Mark Fisher smiles as President Laura presents him with a Paul Harris pin "with a pretty blue stone..."
Dan Burnham doesn't draw the Joker in the 50/50...
John Bruning and Greta Gissel take questions during their presentation on the North Idaho Centennial Trail Foundation.
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Brent travels to Guatemala

Our CDA Resort Convention Center server, Brent Reuer, recently traveled back to his country of birth.  He's an honorary member of our club, and traveled with other Rotarians involved in the Guatemala Literacy Project.
Brent shared pictures and impressions, and presented Club President Laura Little with a trading banner from the Rotary Club of Quetzaltenango.
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A GREAT Rotary Tuesday!

CDA School District Supt Matt Handleman explains how our schools Invest-Inspire-Innovate, and reminds us to VOTE!
CDA Charter Academy Student of the Month Jake Beattie talks about his lack of an Aussie accent after four years in North Idaho.
Jen Brumley pulls a Buck Knife-winning card from the deck held by Wayne Ellenbecker.
INW SIDS Foundation Board member Joe Tessendorf and President Liz Montgomery receive a grant check from Club President Laura Little.
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Old-school pictures of old cars! 2015-02-25 00:00:00Z 0

Venture HS Student of the Month!

Jeremy Mitcham was honored today as Venture High's Student of the Month.  Our photographer was busy listening, and didn't get a picture.
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Pres Elect helms weekly meeting! 2015-02-25 00:00:00Z 0

CDA clubs host Biz Fair Booth

Members of the Coeur d'Alene 'Sunrise', 'Friday' and 'Thursday' clubs hosted a booth at the annual CDA Chamber After Hours Business Fair, to raise general awareness of Rotary.  "Sink a putt, get a cupcake" was heard all evening long!
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CDA Arts & Culture Alliance 2015-02-18 00:00:00Z 0
Poinsettia Sales leaders awarded Paul Harris Points 2015-02-18 00:00:00Z 0
Performing Life Bolivia Visits Sunrise Rotary 2015-01-19 00:00:00Z 0

A great meeting to start 2015

CDA Charter Academy Student of the Month Jackson Widmeyer
CDA Mayor Steve Widmeyer comments on his nephew and his sister!
Sunrise Rotarian Ada Loper talks about our Youth Exchange program.
Eileen & Maggie McGovern talk about their Youth Exchange experiences & expectations...
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An Alzheimers Update

PJ Christo of the Alzheimer’s Association, Inland Northwest Chapter (shown) along with Coeur d'Alene's Katie Mans, updated our club on the work of the Alzheimer's  Association in Spokane & Coeur d'Alene. 
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An honorary Rotarian

Brent Reuer, one of our Convention Center servers, is a native of Guatemala.  After a tumulteous early life, Brent was adopted as a child by a Sandpoint family.  Brent will be returning to Guatemala in February, as part of a Guatemala Literacy Program trip.  Brent was named an honorary Rotarian for the trip.  Here, club President Laura Little (left), informs Brent (center) about his new status, while Brent's Convention Center co-worker Matt (right) listens.  A few moments earlier, the crew that prepares and serves our weekly breakfasts were given gifts from the club.
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Christmas Family Meeting entertainment

With brother Jaron on guitar, Jace Voeller led us in song...
Andrea Barlow's daughter Keegan entertains us with a song...
Keegan's brother Carter, demonstrates his juggling skills...
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A Surprise Winner!

With over 44 cards to choose from, Karen Cook (left) held the deck as Ada Loper picked the Joker to win the 50/50 pot!
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A Christmas Eve eve invocation

Sunrise Rotarian Jeff Voeller invites us to reflect as we gather on Christmas Eve club President Laura Little looks on.
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club members learn a new Camp song 2014-12-06 00:00:00Z 0
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Greta Gissel & James Curb explain CDA4KIDS to our members.
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Building a new "economic pillar" in Coeur d'Alene 2014-11-25 00:00:00Z 0
More Great Gatsby pics! 2014-11-25 00:00:00Z 0
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Classification Talks - Bryan Taylor 2014-11-21 00:00:00Z 0
Classification Talks - Amy Evans 2014-11-21 00:00:00Z 0
Wonderful Great Gatsby photos 2014-11-13 00:00:00Z 0
November is Rotary Foundation Month 2014-11-12 00:00:00Z 0
Sunrise Rotarians meet & greet 2014-11-12 00:00:00Z 0

November Charter Student of the Month

Posted on Nov 03, 2014
Coeur d'Alene Charter Academy's November Student of the month is Jodi Grantham...she's already a CNA, and plans to pursue a career in medicine.
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Venture HS September Student of the Month

Posted by Steve Sibulsky on Sep 22, 2014

Venture HS Principal Matt Flieger introduces September's Student, Parker White, who told the club of his walking trip through England, and plans for a career in Law Enforcement.


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Classification talks!

Posted by Steve Sibulsky on Sep 22, 2014

Two great Classification talks this morning...from Andrea Barlow and Tom Tessendorf.  By the way, did you catch which state Tom's from??




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Still no 50/50 winner

Posted by Steve Sibulsky on Sep 22, 2014

Dustin Ainsworth's ticket won him the right to draw, but he said he was too nervous, and asked our guest, new CDA Police Chief Lee White to draw for him.  Chief White drew the Buck Knife card...and since he already had a gun, gave the knife to Dustin.  3 cards remain for next week!


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CDA 2030 Update

Posted by Steve Sibulsky on Sep 15, 2014

CDA 2030 Project Manager Nicole Kahler gives us the latest on this ongoing project.


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Our September 9th Meeting

Posted by Steve Sibulsky on Sep 08, 2014

Daniel Burnham just misses the winning card...just 5 left!


Our guest speaker, Aaron Baldwin, talks about this year's RYLA!



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Inland NW SIDS Foundation

Posted by Steve Sibulsky on Aug 18, 2014


We learned a lot about SIDS/SUID, thanks to Inland NW SIDS Foundation Executive Director Liz Montgomery.

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President-Elect at podium

Posted by Steve Sibulsky on Aug 18, 2014


At our August 19 meeting, President-Elect Jeff Mahan subbed for President Laura Little.

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Conroy honored for service

Posted by Steve Sibulsky on Aug 11, 2014

Sunrise Rotarian Jeff Conroy receives a plaque from club President Laura Little honoring his years of service to the club's Board. 


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Tubbs Hill Historian

Posted by Steve Sibulsky on Aug 11, 2014

Coeur d'Alene attorney and historian Scott Reed explains to our club how Tony Tubbs' $300 investment in the 1880s is a multi-million dollar jewel of a park today.


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No winner this week!

Posted by Steve Sibulsky on Jul 28, 2014


Wayne Ellenbecker holds the cards for Pat Clevenger to draw.  11 cards remain in the deck for next week!

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District Governor visits Sunrise Rotary

Posted by Steve Sibulsky on Jul 21, 2014


District 5080 Governor Norm McCarville makes a point while addressing our members at our weekly meeting on July 22.

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Preparing for Aging Parents. Steve Sibulsky 2014-07-15 00:00:00Z 0

BLM explained at Sunrise Rotary

Posted by Steve Sibulsky on Jul 07, 2014


Kurt Pavlat of the Coeur d'Alene office of the Bureau of Land Management enlightens us on what goes on on 99,000 acres of Idaho Panhandle!

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Meeting Recap June 24, 2014

Posted by Steve Sibulsky on Jun 26, 2014

Welcome back Cari Fraser! We missed you.

If you weren’t with us Tuesday, you missed a great photo of Dustin Ainsworth, circa high school.

Jeff Mahon gave a Board Report which included a summary of the projects that our club has helped to sponsor. Here’s a list of what we’ve recently supported:

Coeur d’Alene Sunrise Rotary Grants for 2013-2014 Fiscal Year

Donation for auction item to benefit Ronald McDonald House   $500.00

Day of Caring  $500.00

NW Theatre Arts for Traditions of Christmas  $1,000.00

Hayden Meadows Music Program  $250.00

Holidays & Heroes  $600.00

Venture HS Locker Program  $1,000.00

giving the Gift of Sight missions  $900.00

McKuen Park Harbor House (1 of 3)  $5,000.00 ($15,000 over 3 years)

CDA Summer Theatre  $1,000.00

KTEC/HOSA Nursing Student trip  $250.00

K2 Equestrian therapy ramp  $950.00

St. Vincent de Paul H.E.L.P  Center (1 of 4)  $1,500.00 ($7500 over 4 years)

Total for 2013-2014:    $13,450.00


Membership is now at 55 !! Our goal is 75 by 2020.

It was also announced that nn average, our members are attending 70 percent of the meetings, which is impressive.

Our guest speaker was Marie Price, Director of Workforce and Community Education at North Idaho College.

Guests at the Meeting were: Jason Ward (guest of Tom Tessendorf); Peter Bennett, a visiting Rotarian from Longview, Wash.; Mike Stolley and Brianne Joseph, (guests of Kyle Rutley); Robert Green and Emma Beaumont (guests of LaDonna Beaumont); Jasmine (Michelle Fink’s granddaughter), Brady Fraser and Max our exchange student from Switzerland, guests of Cari Fraser.

(Submitted by Erna Rhinehart)

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Exchange Student finishes visit

Posted by Steve Sibulsky on Jun 23, 2014


Club President Rudy Klein thanks Exchange Student Max Jeannette of Switzerland as he prepares to return home.

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Marie Price - NIC Workforce Training Center Steve Sibulsky 2014-06-24 00:00:00Z 0

Sailing around Vancouver Island

Posted by Steve Sibulsky on Jun 16, 2014


David Kilmer of Coeur d'Alene's Blue541 Advertising entertains our members with  views of his sailing trip around Vancouver Island.

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A busy weekly meeting.

Posted by Steve Sibulsky on Jun 02, 2014


The June Student of the Month from CDA Charter Academy is Jaguar Ashtiani.


Incoming President Laura Little , left, and current President Rudy Klein, right, welcome our newest member, Tom Tessendorf.


Rodney Wright of Lake City Community Church updates our club about the Convoy of Hope, coming to the Kootenai County Fairgrounds in September.

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Sunrise Rotary adds 3 new members!

Posted by Steve Sibulsky on May 26, 2014


Club President Rudy Klein (far left) welcomes (from left) Cole Clark (sponsored by Klein), Jaime Armold (with her sponsor Ada Loper) and Andrea Barlow (with her sponsor Erna Rhinehart).

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Sunrise Rotary awards $5000 in scholarships to CDA Charter & Venture HS students. Steve Sibulsky 2014-05-27 00:00:00Z 0
Coeur d'Alene Mayor Steve Widmyer visits Sunrise Rotary Steve Sibulsky 2014-05-20 00:00:00Z 0
Sunrise Rotarians enjoy Centennial Trail cleanup, breakfast burritos & cookies on 5/17 Steve Sibulsky 2014-05-17 00:00:00Z 0

Mothers Day Hanging Basket Sale!

Posted by Steve Sibulsky on May 05, 2014

Sunrise Rotary Club of Coeur d'Alene's photo.It's the 2nd Annual Sunrise Rotary Flower Basket Sale. You'll be seeing 400 of these beautiful baskets around town starting today. We've only got 40 more to sell. Help us raise money for some amazing projects in our community. Call Dwight Bershaw at (509) 370-3133 to get a gorgeous basket for $35 just in time for Mother's Day!!!

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Visioning Update

Posted by Steve Sibulsky on Apr 21, 2014


At our meeting this week, we discussed the latest stage of our Visioning Process. Several the Powerpoint slides are shown here. the next step in the Visioning Process is coming up in late May!

  For a more complete look at the slides, visit our Facebook using the link to the left!
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Sunrise Rotary honored for giving

Posted by Steve Sibulsky on Apr 07, 2014



Coeur d’Alene Sunrise Rotary was among only 10% of clubs worldwide to achieve 100% participation in the “Every Rotarian Every Year” initiative in support of the Rotary Foundation for Rotary year 2012-2013.  District 5080 Governor Bob Carroll (second from right) visited our club Tuesday, April 8, to present a banner noting that achievement.  Pictured from left to right, current club President Rudy Klein, past President Cari Fraser, DG Carroll, and club Foundation chair Jeff Mahan.    

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Jobs Plus+ Update

Posted by Steve Sibulsky on Feb 10, 2014


Jobs Plus+ President Steve Griffitts updates our club on the organization's efforts .

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12th Man visits Sunrise Rotary!

Posted by Select Member on Feb 03, 2014


Since (from left to right - back row) Dustin Ainsworth felt compelled to rub-in the Seahawk Superbowl victory, Michael Ward and Pat Clevenger, both Denver Bronco fans, were asked to don the really ugly (not to mention sweaty) apparel that Dustin brought and eat crow for a moment.  Dwight Bershaw (foreground) came running into the picture to show his “12” shaved into his head (in support of the 12th man)….and in our grief, felt compelled to rub his head at our February 4th meeting :)

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Charter Academy Student of the Month

Posted by Steve Sibulsky on Feb 03, 2014


CDA Charter Academy Student of the Month Emma McCormick is flanked by her parents, plus Charter instructors Darren Gabrielson far left, and Dr Bill Proser, far right.

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HONI Executive Director speaks

Posted by Steve Sibulsky on Feb 03, 2014


Hospice of North Idaho Executive Director Kim Ransier updates our club about HONI at today's meeting.

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KEA Executive Director updates our club

Posted by Steve Sibulsky on Jan 27, 2014


KEA Executive Director Adrienne Cronebaugh updates our club on some of the activities of the  Kootenai Environmental Alliance


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Great Rotary meeting today with an awesome classification talk by Jenni Gaertner! Steve Sibulsky 2014-01-21 00:00:00Z 0
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Raffle Winner

Posted on Apr 15, 2013

ImageBob & Carol Carroll from Deer Park, WA

     Congratulations to Carol Carroll, wife of DGE Bob Carroll, for winning the beautiful quilt from South Africa.  Bob purchased 5 raffle tickets at the Spring Assembly and put Carol's name on each of them.  Proceeds of the raffle will be sent to The Rotary Foundation - PolioPlus.


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World Polio Day

Posted on Oct 23, 2012
Our fundraiser for PolioPlus kicks off today - on World Polio Day.  We are selling 400 raffle tickets for a beautiful quilt from the Mzansi Zulu Quilt Centre in Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa.  Tickets are $5 each and the drawing will be held on April 16, 2013.
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District Appointments

Posted on Sep 09, 2012
     Michelle Fink accepted the position of District Service Committee Chair.  The District Service Committee is responsible for planning, coordinating and evaluating all district service activities and assisting the governor-elect in establishing goals for their term.  Service Subcommittees include Vocational Service, Club Service, Community Service, Friendship Exchange and District Resource Groups.  As District Service Committee Chair, Michelle will serve as a member of the District Council.  Congratulations Michelle!    
     Karen Cook accepted the position of District Grant Subcommittee Chair.  The Grants Subcommittee is responsible for assisting clubs in developing ways to participate in international service projects and informing clubs of the Foundation grants that can help them.  The Chair is responsible for reviewing all humanitarian grant applications sponsored by member clubs and the district itself, certifying that all applications are complete and accurate prior to submission to The Rotary Foundation.  Congratulations Karen!
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2012 Scholarship Recipients

Posted on Jun 04, 2012
Our 2012 scholarship recipients were each presented a $1,000 scholarship at our meeting Tuesday.  Congratulations to our student scholars Lillian 'Lilly' Bonasera, Joel 'Parker' Heisey, Susie Leifheit, Maria de Jesus and Tiffany Lassila, and thank you to your families for joining us.

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New Member

Posted on Apr 30, 2012
Welcome Jonna Olscamp - sponsored by Jimmy McAndrew
Jonna is the Development Director for the Coeur d'Alene Summer Theater
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New Member

Posted on Apr 16, 2012
Welcome Kim Wilson - sponsored by Jim Landers
Kim owns Coeur d'Alene Dental Labs
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District Governor Awards Paul Harris Fellowship

Posted on Oct 17, 2011

Congratulations to Rudy Klein for being recognized as our club's newest Paul Harris Fellow.  DG Rampur Viswanath presented Rudy's certificate, pin and medallion during his visit to our club today.  Rampur also recognized Karen Cook with an Ambassador of Goodwill certificate, and President-elect Cari Fraser with a special "Transformer" pin (transforming lives through Rotary).

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Sunrise Rotarians hike Canfield

Posted by Steve Sibulsky

ImageImageFive hardy Sunrise Rotarians,(and one furry friend) led by Denise Lundy, hike Canfield on Wednesday, July week...Mineral Ridge!    L-R, Ada Loper, Denise Lundy, Karen Cook, Steve Welch & Sandy Emerson.

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iDFY has Club pointing fingers!

Posted by Steve Sibulsky


Idaho Drug Free Youth Executive Director Greg Sommars (center, with thumb up) has Club members making his point at our April 1 meeting.

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Venture HS Student of the Month

Posted by Steve Sibulsky


Venture HS Student of the Month Elizabeth McCormick (right) hugs her mom Mary after being honored at our February 25th meeting.

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A very Merry Christmas Eve meeting.

Posted by Steve Sibulsky


Sgt-At-Arms Stan Schedler and Wayne Ellenbecker showing off their Christmas ties.


At first, no one recognized VP Jeff Mahon in other than his customary suit.


Jaron Voeller plays guitar while his brother Jace sings along.


Club members sing Christmas songs led by Jaron Voeller.


Jennifer Brumley's daughter Jordynn dances along to the Christmas music.

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A very busy meeting!

Posted by Steve Sibulsky

Sunrise Rotarian Sid Smith & wife Kathy were honored as Major Contributors to the Rotary Foundation.  Helping to present the Crystal Award and Diamond Pins were Club Foundation Chair Jeff Mahan,  President-Elect Laura Little, AG Michelle Fink,  Rotarian Karen Cook & President Rudy Klein.Image
Venture High School's Lori Frank talks about Sunrise Rotary's recent $1000 grant to the school's outreach programs, while our December Student of the Month Nolan Halloran looks on.

CDA School District 271 Superintendent Matt Handelman answers questions from the club about progress within the district, while President Rudy listens.

Rotarian Denise Lundy offers a suggestion for a club fundraiser she discovered while travelling Down Under:


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Sunrise Rotarians "Souport" the Work of St. Vincent's

Posted by Steve Sibulsky

ImageSunrise Rotarians from left Dustin Ainsworth, Amy Evans, Michele Fink, Mike Ward, Judi Cronin, Cari Fraser, and Jeff Voeller get ready to serve the Roasted Walnut Soup for the St. Vincent de Paul Souport the End of Homelessness event at the North Idaho Fair grounds.

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Holidays & Heroes Grant presented

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ImageCDA Police Department Sgt. Christie Wood discusses Holidays & Heroes Program as Club President Rudy Klein prepares to present $600 grant check.  Our grant will help the CDA Police Department Holidays & Heroes fund  Christmas shopping for 3 program participants.
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Sister Club Update

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In 2005/2006, Rotary’s Centennial Year, our club established a “Twin Club” relationship with the Hilton & Howick Rotary club in South Africa with a goal to complete an international project together. At that time, the H&H club was running ...a soup kitchen at a community center in KwaZulu Natal (aka Sweetwaters) and they had identified a need for a pre-school to serve AIDS orphans. We partnered with the H&H club on a Rotary Foundation Matching Grant project to provide playground equipment, desks, chairs, chalkboards, school supplies and daily food (for a year) for 25 kids and 2 teachers. We also sent two Zulu ladies to Midlands Community College to become certified pre-school teachers, as required by the SA government for an approved crèche (one of the teachers died of pneumonia a couple of years later). Our club provided seed money for the first few years until the pre-school was able to start collecting a minimal tuition for each student. After the H&H club lost its lease on the community center, the pre-school was moved to a local public school and the H&H club built a classroom for the pre-school class. In recent years, we partnered with the H&H club and the Lakeland Sunrise Rotary Club on a District Simplified Grant to build a septic system and a flush toilet for the pre-school class, the first flush toilet on the school grounds (the rest of the grades at the school use portable toilet blocks). Two more flush toilets have now been added! The pre-school is now self-sustaining and is overseen by the H&H club. We currently have 55 pre-school students in the class. Wonderful project! (Thanks Karen Cook for the description)

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Paul Harris Fellow Honored


Club President Dave McDowell honors Mike Tanneberger with his Paul Harris certificate and pin.  Mike and his wife Aimee both made contributions in June to complete their Paul Harris Fellowships.  It's wonderful that they have finally received their recognition items.  Aimee is a member of the Coeur d'Alene Evening club where she was honored last Thursday.

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Holiday Greetings


Frank Dyson from the Rotary Club of Hilton & Howick in South Africa sent the following message:

     The Pre-school children had a very good end-year party yesterday  - a good send-off into the primary school proper next year.  Herewith a photo of Rick handing over your very generous Christmas gift to Peggy and Fisani.  It was a complete and very welcome surprise to them and I am sure that you will be hearing from them personally in due course.  Not much more to write about now save to say how much we have enjoyed working with you this year and wishing you all a very happy Christmas and an enjoyable and successful 2012.

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Paul Harris Fellow Honored

Congratulations to Ray Watkins for being recognized today as the club's newest Paul Harris Fellow.  Like Ada, Ray made a contribution last June to "top off" his Paul Harris and we are thrilled to finally present his Paul Harris Fellowship recognition certificate and pin.
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New Paul Harris Fellow

Congratulations to Ada Loper for being recognized as the club's newest Paul Harris Fellow.  Ada made a contribution last June to "top off" her Paul Harris and we are thrilled she is finally being recognized for her ongoing support to the Foundation!
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