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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 of America

(208) 667-6300
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Club News
     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.
     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:  momsdemandaction.org 
      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.
     It was super Tuesday at Sunrise Rotary with a dynamic program and our February Student of the Month from the Charter Academy...
     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.  www.cdacellars.com 
     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  www.msehs.org 
     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...
     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.
     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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     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
     Today we heard from Dave Schaub, the Executive Director of the Inland NW Land Conservancy.  www.inlandnwland.org 
     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.
     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 www.uniongospelmission.org
     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.

     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.  www.cdaschools.org  

     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.

     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!
     Great meeting at the Hagadone Event Center this morning.
     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)!

     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. 
     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!
     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!
     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!  https://parksandrecreation.idaho.gov/
     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.   www.shelterboxusa.org   Ned is looking for interested Rotarians to become Shelter Box Ambassadors.
     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!
     Carolina Jara, our former exchange student from Chile, sent this photo with her new baby brother, Diego.  Carolina will be a wonderful big sister!
     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!
     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!  
     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!
     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.
     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.
     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.​​​​​​​
     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!
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!
     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 photos...camera malfunction..)
     Coeur d'Alene Charter Academy Student of the Month Grace Moehring
     New member Jenna Gilliland, sponsored by Dustin​​​​​​​
     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.”www.scotchmanpeaks.org 
     Plus a Paul Harris pinning for Kristi Hagan, Club awards presented to Past President Bryan Taylor and welcoming new member Doug Thomas.
     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.
     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.
     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.
     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. 
     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.
     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 www.spanidaho.org.  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
     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!
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