Congratulations to these members who have been recognized by Rotary International, and our club, for having achieved either their first, or additional, Paul Harris fellowships in September.  Sarah Hill (her first, presented to her by her father-in-law as a gift), Cathy Simonson (her 2nd award), Jim Ness (his first) and Mitch Godfrey (his 2nd), Lee Nathan (a gift from Keith Nathan, his 4th).  We are proud of you all for your dedication in service and financially supporting our Rotary Foundation.
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Oktoberfest this Thursday 2017-10-02 06:00:00Z 0
The Bozeman Sunrise Rotary Fix-Up Festival completed another year updating 12 homes in the Gallatin Valley on Saturday September 23. An update on the event will be given in coming days. Congratulations to all teams who adopted a home and all the club volunteers and friends who made it a success.
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An update from Abby Fletcher, our selected outbound student from Bozeman High School:
September went by faster than I ever could have imagined. This month I was rarely homesick, felt improvement in my German, made new friends, and found new hobbies. I am having an amazing time here. School is very different than the United States. I have one set class and we stay in the same classroom, the teachers rotate classrooms. I have approximately 12 classes. Something that is different from America is that I do not have the same exact schedule everyday, my classes are different depending on the day. I have gotten extremely close with my host sister Amanda. She is so awesome and we get along perfectly. I have added some pictures of her. I love my host family. They are always so kind, loving, and awesome. I believe I will have one host family the whole time. The Rotary trips have been so much fun. This month we went to Planner Alm in lower Austria which is a ski area. We went on hikes the whole weekend and enjoyed each others company. I love my rotary exchange friends. This weekend we are going to Vienna for 3 days. The food and culture here is awesome! My host sister gave me her old Dirndl! That is the traditional, female clothing. I will soon be buying my own. I have been eating so much bread and chocolate, therefore I have become slightly fatter than I was before haha. But my rotary friend sam and I say, "We can lose the weight when we get back but we cannot eat the food when we get back." But I am enjoying the culture and the food very much. I never want to leave this beautiful place!!
Abby in Austria 2017-08-28 06:00:00Z 0
BSRC members can now choose from one of these 4 styles (below) of approved graphics to add to their email signature lines. Just right-click the version you want to download and select 'file SAVE AS' to your local drive, then add it to your email signature area. This helps us broaden our awareness to everyone with whom we come in contact. More soon on other tools we'll be introducing from the PR committee.
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Coming to us from Vitre, France, Marion arrived here August 9 and will enjoy the next school year, hosted by our club.  In this thumbnail photo (to the left), she is in the center flanked by her parents and sisters as she left France to come to Bozeman.
In the photo below, she is greeted at our airport by her first host family, Sue & Tom Deyo, and their daughter, Jalen.
Welcome to our Newest Exchange Student - Marion Renaudin 2017-08-10 06:00:00Z 0
Register now for the 85th Annual Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park Assembly, September 22nd-24th!
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The Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park Association membership is open to Rotarian's from Rotary Districts 5080, 5360, 5370, and 5390 who have an interest in;  "...supporting and maintaining the development and promotion of Waterton Lakes National Park and Glacier National Park as a symbol of friendship, cooperation and our commitment to building peace initiatives whenever possible."
Register Here.  Registration is open until September 15th.
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Saturday May 20 is our 8th Annual Kids Fishing Day event at East Gallatin Recreation Area. Set for 9:00am registration, and 10am derby start, we hope to accommodate 250+ kids and supportive parents. 
The 2016 Kids Fishing Day at the East Gallatin Recreation Area brought out 190 kids to fish the waters of Glen Lake. Teigan Volkman and Jayce Johanson each brought in 10 fish, the most of the day, while Hunter Dreadin hauled in a whoping 19 inch fish. The kids and their families had a great time despite the rainy weather and our Rotarians also joined in on the fun. Thank you to all of our sponsors and volunteers who helped make Kids Fishing Day a success. 
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Sunrise Rotary Book Giveaway 2017-05-03 06:00:00Z 0
The Annual Bozeman Sunrise Rotary Book Giveaway is off and running. This year we will deliver books to every second grade class in Gallatin County, including Big Sky and West Yellowstone. Every year it is always a great experience to meet the kids and give them each two books of their own, some of whom have never owned a book in their life. Seeing them get excited about reading is what our book giveaway is all about. One of Rotary's primary objectives is to promote literacy and this event is our club's way of promoting literacy to our local community. 
Book Giveaway A Great Success 2017-04-06 06:00:00Z 0

A note from Andy Blanchford from his trip to Sri Lanka:

We were in Sri Lanka for spring break and happened upon a Rotary club meeting at the hotel in which we were staying, so I went to their meeting.  They are a small club, 22 members and only the 5 you see in the photo in attendance on a Friday evening.  They were founded in 2014.  I was struck by the significance of their projects in improving some tough conditions in Sri Lanka. They are installing the only toilets in a girls orphanage. They talked about how they partnered with a club in Washington state to fit over 100 civil war victims with prosthetic legs so they can walk again.


Andy Blanchford - Rotary Club in Sri Lanka 2017-02-03 07:00:00Z 0
Once again the Bozeman Sunrise Rotary is well represented in the Bozeman Daily Chronicle's Annual Top 20 Under 40 list. Congratulations are in order to our members Danielle Scharf, Shane Beams, and EJ Porth. This list spotlights southwest Montana's top young business professionals. We are proud to have these individuals in our club for their recognition within the community. Congrats! 
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The Bozeman Sunrise Rotary is all set for their annual Holiday Banquet and Auction on Thursday December 8th. This event is is the biggest fund raising event that brings in money to support our Rotary club's programs in the community, such as the Book Giveaway, Fix Up Festival and Kids Fishing Day. Some of the auction items include:
  • Private Dinners & Wine Tastings
  • Moonlight Basin House Rental
  • Whitewater Raft or Zipline Trips
  • One Week Stay in the Florida Keys
  • Bridger Bowl Season Pass
If you are interested to see what items are available for bid or would like to attend this event, please contact Robb Miller at
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We'd like to send out a big welcome to our newest member Lori Cox of the Big Sky Country State Fair. Lori will undoubtedly bring lots of energy and enthusiasm to our club. We are very excited to have her as a member. 
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Posted on Nov 21, 2016

Bozeman Sunrise Rotary Club has prepared an East Gallatin Recreation Area (EGRA) Park Master Plan (PMP) for submission to the City of Bozeman for approval.  The EGRA PMP's primary near-term focus is to get approval to extend the beach and add an interactive natural playground.  Anticipating approval of residential condominiums near the entrance of the Park, we plan to piggy back onto a paved entry way to the park driven by the new Condos; paving the park roads and parking lots and putting in a second entrance south of Glen lake.  These are the five projects detailed in the EGRA PMP:

Improvements In the Works for East Gallatin Recreation Area 2016-11-22 00:00:00Z 0
Planning has been underway and our club is actively seeking donations for this year's Holiday Auction. If you have something of value that you feel could help the Bozeman Sunrise Rotary raise money for all the projects they do around the community, please fill out the form below and submit your donation to Robb Miller. The Bozeman Sunrise Rotary Holiday Auction is the primary fund raising event that helps our club raise money for the Fix Up Festival, Kids Fishing Day, Book Giveaway, and improving and maintaining the East Gallatin Recreation Area. This year we are honoring the memory one of our charter members, Doug Alexander, who passed away this year. We are looking forward to the event and we hope that you can help us make it even more special. 
Donate To The Bozeman Sunrise Rotary Holiday Auction 2016-11-04 00:00:00Z 0
On Friday October 21st we were excited to induct three new members into our club, Bill MacBride, Jr., Katie Madison, and Danielle Scharf. We are looking forward to getting to know these three and getting them more involved in all that we do in the community. 
Welcome To Our New Members 2016-10-24 00:00:00Z 0
The 2016 Fix-Up Festival was a great success and we couldn't be more appreciative of all the adopters, sponsors and volunteers. In all we had nearly 200 volunteers helping to fix 12 homes in the Bozeman and Belgrade communities. Thank you to our 12 adopter teams which include Opportunity Bank, Bozeman Kiwanis, Gallatin Empire Lions Club, Pacific Steel & Recycling, West Paw Designs, WIPFLi, Montana Instrument Co., Edward Jones, Bozeman on Mission, Rocky Mountain Credit Union, Dovetail Construction, and Connect Church. And we'd also like to thank our sponsor Tim & Mary Barnard, Quantum Designs, Casey's Corner Stores, Kenyon Noble, Murdoch's, Harvey's Plumbing & Heating, WIPFLi, First Security Bank, Habitat for Humanity, Tenderfoot Trust, Simkins Hallin, Leavitt Group, and all of our in-kind sponsors that donated to help make the Fix-Up Festival happen. Saturday was a great example of our Fix-Up Festival motto, "Neighbors Helping Neighbors". We can't wait to do it all again next year.
2016 Fix-Up Festival a Success 2016-10-05 00:00:00Z 0
The 2016 Fix-Up Festival might be over but we've got a lot of pictures to share with you. Head over to the Fix-Up Festival website to see the photos from our fun day helping 12 homeowners around the Bozeman and Belgrade areas. 
Fix-Up Festival Photos 2016-10-05 00:00:00Z 0

Rachel Cutler is our Rotary Youth Exchange student that is studying abroad this year. Here is her first update from her time in France. 

This is my second week of school now and it has been pretty good, a little boring because I usually can't follow along. But it is nice to meet new people and practice my French. My school schedule here is pretty different, I share all my classes with the same people and on Wednesdays I get out at noon. I have been to one Rotary meeting so far and I also went on a trip with Rotary the first week I was here. On that trip, I got to meet all of the exchange students in my district (see photo), there are about forty of us. I also got to go to my first castle which was pretty cool and the area we were in was very pretty. I am settling in pretty well now and things have been good so far.

My best,

Rachel Cutler

Update from Rachel Cutler 2016-09-15 00:00:00Z 0
Welcome Rob Miller & Dan Uter 2016-09-06 00:00:00Z 0
To apply for our 2017-2018 school year 'Study Abroad' Scholarship, download and complete these two PDF files and submit to our club by the date on the form.
If you have questions about the scholarship and exchange program prior to submitting an application, contact Local Area Coordinator Mike Banville at (406) 388-0455 or
2017-18 Rotary Youth Exchange Scholarship Program 2016-08-21 00:00:00Z 0

Congrats to our member Katie Clark and husband, Brendan Dore on the birth of your daughter!

“Arlo June Dore was born right on schedule July 15th at 4:27 pm. So far, her interests include being punctual, sleeping, and looking perplexed. She weighed in at 7 pounds, 4 ounces and 20.5 inches long. She's pretty awesome.”

A New Addition to the Bozeman Sunrise Rotary Family 2016-08-05 00:00:00Z 0
2016 Installation Dinner 2016-06-28 00:00:00Z 0

Our very own Katie Capp was selected to participate in the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Summer Teaching Institute in Washington D.C. While there she was able to learn a lot, connect with other teacher, and she even got to meet with our Montana Representative. Here's a summery of her incredible experience. 

Library of Congress

In the Winter I wrote an essay explaining the importance of interdisciplinary STEM education, received a letter of recommendation from my science department head, and responded to secondary essay questions on the importance of growing a network of STEM teachers across the United States and was selected from over 300 applicants! I was one of twenty-five applicants to participate in the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Summer Teacher Institute for the week of June 20–24, 2016. 

During the five-day program, participants worked with Library education specialists and subject-matter experts to learn effective practices for using primary sources in the classroom, while exploring some of the millions of digitized historical artifacts and documents available at the Library of Congress.

This was a special session for educators who teach about science, technology or engineering. Activities drew upon the Library's treasures related to these areas, with an emphasis on the nature of science, scientific and engineering practices, interdependence of science, technology and engineering, the historical context of discovery and invention, and more.

Hands down the most exciting department of the Library of Congress, for me, was the preservation lab. At the preservation lab, top-notch scientists work using state of the art techniques to analyze and preserve original items of history ranging from music cylinders, tapes, discs, maps, letters, and documents. 

Meeting Tester, Zinke, and Daines

Every Wednesday, Senators Tester and Daines and Congressman Zinke host Montana Coffee. This is where any Montana residents can come and have coffee and chat with them for over an hour. During this time I spoke with Tester, Daines, and Zinke about the importance of STEM education, professional development opportunities for teachers, and the growth of the Gallatin Valley. 

Later that afternoon, I personally met with Senator Steve Daines at his office to further discuss these topics. Because Daines is a chemical engineer he is very passionate about increasing STEM education and STEM opportunities. He also stressed how there needs to be a growing force of energetic teachers. Together Daines and I created a slogan of "Make Chemistry Cool Again." I let Daines know that he is missed at Sunrise Rotary every Friday. Daines said he greatly misses all the fun of the Sunrise Rotary and it is the top thing he misses now that he is a senator. 

DuPont Circle Rotary Meeting

I visited the DuPont Circle Rotary Club, a 4-year old club and learned about their ongoing services projects. The club does a version of Sargent of Arms and uses this money for a yearly service project. This year their project is funding pedestrian bridges in rural Africa so children can cross rivers to go to school during the rainy season, where without these bridges children are forced to cross the rivers and some do die. It was great to see such a young club take on great ambitious projects to help spread the pillar of Rotary, "Service Above Self."

Katie Capp Visits Washington D.C. 2016-06-28 00:00:00Z 0

After nearly 10 months in Taipei, Taiwan, our 2015-16 outbound exchange student Cale Josephs arrived home to Bozeman this past Monday June 20 and will soon be presenting to our club how his year went.

Cale Josephs is Home 2016-06-24 00:00:00Z 0
The East Gallatin Recreation Area is now listed on Trip Advisor, but we need help populating the page with reviews of the park. Trip Advisor is a popular website for people looking for things to do while traveling. EGRA is a great place for Bozeman visitors to have a picnic, go on a hike, catch some fish, test out their kayaks or paddle boards, or just let the kids run around and swim. Adding reviews will help EGRA stand out on Trip Advisor and hopefully get more visitors to use our wonderful park. CLICK HERE to visit the page and add your review. 
East Gallatin Recreation Area Listed on Trip Advisor 2016-06-02 00:00:00Z 0
On April 22nd Bozeman Sunrise Rotary donated $500 to the Bozeman High School Debate team to help them pay for their trip to Salt Lake City for the 2016 National Speech & Debate Tournament. The Hawk debate team won the state level competition and qualified to attend this year's national contest. We are proud of our local team and excited to support them as they represent our state and community in Salt Lake City. 
Sunrise Rotary Donates $500 to the Bozeman High School Debate Team 2016-04-25 00:00:00Z 0
The deadline for applicants to apply for the 2016 Fix-Up Festival was April 15th. This year we received a record number of applications from around the Gallatin Valley. Forty-four home owners applied for assistance to fix up their homes. That surpassed our previous record of forty-one from 2015. This year marks the 7th year of the Bozeman Fix-Up Festival, which has grown tremendously over that time. 
The next step is for our club members to review the homes and rank the projects to identify the homes that fit the mission of the Fix-Up Festival. We are also currently in need of Adopter Teams to help complete the work on Fix-Up Day, which is scheduled for October 1st. If your business or organization is interested in adopting one of the homes and supplying a team to compete the needed repairs, visit for more information. 
Fix-Up Festival Receives Record Number of Applications 2016-04-19 00:00:00Z 0
The Bozeman Sunrise Rotary Book Giveaway is in full swing around Bozeman and the Gallatin Valley. 2nd graders from around the area are receiving two books courtesy of our club to promote literacy, one of Rotary International's six areas of focus. As part of the giveaway, our members get to go into the area schools and meet with each 2nd grade class and help the students write their names in their brand new books. This is quite a fun experience for the students and our members. 
Book Giveaway in Full Swing 2016-04-12 00:00:00Z 0

We are getting closer and closer to Global Polio Eradication. The Gates Foundation continues to match all Rotarian raised polio donations $2 for every $1 contribution. Below you will find the most recent update from Rotary International on worldwide polio cases. 

 Total paralysis cases
Year-to-date 2016
LY to D 2015
- in endemic countries:
- in non-endemic countries:
Polio Eradication Update 2016-02-09 00:00:00Z 0