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Helena Sunrise

Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 7:00 AM
1803 Cedar Ave.
Helena, MT  59601
United States
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Feb 18, 2020
Dewey & Gary C.
Feb 25, 2020
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Mar 03, 2020
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Mar 10, 2020
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Mar 17, 2020
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Mar 24, 2020
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Mar 31, 2020
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Apr 07, 2020
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May 05, 2020
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May 12, 2020
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May 26, 2020
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Jun 02, 2020
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Jun 09, 2020
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Jun 16, 2020
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Jun 23, 2020
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Jun 30, 2020
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Home Page Stories
Belle Marie (L), a past club member and George Nemie (R), a senior at Carroll gave a presentation on Kiva, an international micro-loan organization (  The Carroll Chapter of Sigma Beta Delta manages donations from the Helena community and funnels them into Kiva. 20 students are involved in vetting the potential benefactors.  Kiva has been around since 2005 and allows individuals to give loans to individuals who would not otherwise qualify for loans, generally due to destitute conditions.  Loans can be made in $25 increments.  The Carroll Chapter has a portfolio of $1,350 and has made over 134 loans in 34 different countries.  81% of the loans have gone to women.  Very interesting!  And, it felt good that our monthly voluntary contributions from club members, although modest, has made such a difference in people's lives.
Morgan Marks (L) and Julie Pharmer from the Helena Area Habitat for Humanity updated the club on Habitat's work at our meeting on Tuesday, January 28, 2020.  Habitat is doing a great job in bringing affordable housing on line, having completed 6 new homes in 2019 and starting an additional 6.  The future will hopefully bring 4 units in the Red Fox subdivision.  All housing projects are "self-help" and homeowners must contribute time to earn equity and qualify for financing programs.  Finding affordable building lots is a significant challenge and plans are in process to leverage USDA grant money to enhance housing in Helena and throughout the state of Montana.  Julie and Morgan presented an energetic and positive update on great things happening.
At our meeting on Tuesday, January 21, 2020, Sandy Smith and Barb Leland provided the club with an insight into who the Xpress Singers are and the service they provide to the Helena community.  The organization is a chapter of the Sweet Adelines, a world organization.  The chapter has been in Helena since 1974 and currently has 32 members.  The chorus provides 4-part a cappella harmony, similar to a barbershop quartet.  A fun meeting with energetic Xpress Singers!
Town Pump of Montana gave Helena Sunrise a grant this December to provide a Christmas for a family in need.  Club member, Jordan Hinshaw, helped us identify a family who have increased their number to 6 with the addition of 2 foster children, that the grant would fit quite nicely.  On Saturday, December 17, Jordan and her family shopped (and connected with Santa) to gather gifts to cover a Christmas tree (see above.)  THANK YOU Jordan!!  Jordan will also be following up with a thank-you letter to Town Pump for this generous gift.

Marie Mullarkey organized a day for Helena Sunrise to do "bell ringing" for the Salvation Army on Saturday, December 17, 2019 and Walmart in Helena.  The day was a great success for the "ringers" and $461 was raised!  "Ringers" included Christina Warren (above picture), Marie Mullarkey (L), Dewey Bruce (C) and Gary Williams (R).  Not pictured, but "ringers" non-the-less were Greg Duncan and Jordan Hinshaw.  THANK YOU Greg, Jordan, Christina, Dewey  and Gary.  A SPECIAL THANK YOU to Marie Mullarkey who coordinated with the SA and organized the day!

Major Lawry Smith (center) and Major Philip Smith (right), Corps Officers of the Salvation Army in Helena, pictured above with club member, Alice Hinshaw, spoke on Tuesday, December 17, 2019, updating us on the SA and its mission.  Pointing out that the SA is first a church, they expanded to reacquaint us with how the organization impacts hunger, poverty, housing needs, youth programming, transportation for the non-driving, and other needs of a healthy community.  Helena Sunrise rang "silver bells" last Saturday at Walmart in support of SA (see separate article and pictures) and Lawry and Philip expressed much appreciation for the club's help, pointing out that volunteers inject huge value to the fundraising.  Great program!
Rotary District 5390 Governor, Sandy Wong and her husband, Scott Wilm attended Helena Sunrise Rotary's December 10, 2019 meeting during her annual tour of all clubs in the District.  Sandy gave an interactive and thought-provoking talk to and with members.  She pointed out that polio is not yet eradicated and we need to keep our focus on generating action and money for that cause.  Additionally, and with up-beat and positive discussion, she encouraged the club to ponder its favorite activities, its impact on youth, and what projects may be undertaken in 2020 to carry the Rotary message.  Pictured above with Sandy and Scott are Past District Governor and Helena Sunrise member, Rick Moore and current Helena Sunrise President, Murray Strong who presented Sandy with a club banner and a box of Parrot candy as a token of our appreciation.  Thanks, Sandy and Scott!
The Holter Museum of Art received a gift from Helena Sunrise Rotary to be used in an after-school program for youth that uses art as a mechanism to enhance learning.  Club Member, Tony Perpignano, is shown above presenting the check to Kelly Crevier, Development Director and Membership Manager of the Holter.  For more info about the Museum, please see: .
Club members, Dewey Bruce, Monica Lindeen, Gary Carlson and Brad Lancaster are shown with the fully installed (November 17, 2019) My Little Library box at the Helena Area YWCA.  SPECIAL THANKS to Gary Carlson for coordinating the purchase of the library and all of the materials for the structure, as well as coordinating installation.  It looks great, Gary!
Helena Sunrise Club President, Murray Strong is shown presenting a check to Mary DuVernay of the Lewis and Clark Literacy Council.  The check represents proceeds from the September, 2019, Trivia night fund-raising.
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