We've had so many great speakers in the past few weeks.
On September 27th we heard from past Rotary Exchange students and learned a bunch more about the program. Students are going through the application process for next year right now. It's a highly competitive process. Thank you to Becky Beck and Bill Spindle for marshalling our youth exchange program for the past many years. Let them know if you are interested in joining the committee.
On October 4th we heard from Deans Doug Goering and Fred Barlow of the UAF and UAA Colleges of Engineering. It was a great presentation of the contributions to made by these programs to our great State and the practice of engineering. Our students place higher than MIT, Cal Berkley and other very prestigious engineering programs in the ASCE Steel Bridge competition on a regular basis. The program has doubled the number of students they graduate with a B.S. in Engineering over the past several years. The UAF program includes a robust research program in Northern Engineering. You can check out the student project World Trade Center Failure evaluation here: http://www.wtc7evaluation.org/
October 11th we hear from Christy Resler, GM Alaska Schlumberger on Oil Supply and Demand. Great information on how the markets drive price and the history of oil supply and demand in the world and it's affect on Alaska. OPEC falling apart in November 2014 was the beginning of oil price slide. Overall demand is growing in 2016, but the market remains over-supplied. Throughput in the TAPS system is still steady.
In addition to our Major Project for Victims for Justice this year, we chose three smaller projects. You nominated them, you voted for them and they are:
- Guide Dogs; As a Club we have sponsored the purchase and training of several dogs for the blind and we'll continue to support that effort this year.
- Equine Assisted Therapy Alaska (EATA); This was a major project under President Cheryl. However, this time, they are asking for your time and expertise, not your money.
- Friends of Birchwood Competition Trap Range to Support Youth Training; FOB has started building an official competition trap shooting range at Birchwood so that our youth who aspire to national competition and the Olympics can train right here at home. Prior to this range being available, youth would have to travel outside to train on qualifying ranges.
You'll here more about these projects after our major pushes for VFJ.
Thank you to all who nominated projects and to all who voted for them. Please remember, if you promote a cause in Rotary that is not one of our officially chosen projects, you must pay a substantial fine to do so.
Farewell to Loyal Rotarian Lowell Thomas, Jr.:
Lowell left this earth on October 1 just shy of his 93rd birthday. Mead Treadwell remembered him in our meeting invocation. Words from Lowell's book truly tell of his love of Alaska and his family and flying and highlight a humble, accomplished man:
"Mt. McKinley is spellbinding. I always liked to look at it. I even look out the window everyday at home trying to see it." . . "Between skiing, making films, writing, and especially flying, and of course having a wonderful family, I'd have to say that I did what I wanted to do with my life. It worked out very well. And I guess I am an old, bold pilot. I think if you're going to fly in Alaska you almost by definition are a bold pilot."
Fines and Happy & Sad Bucks:
Lincoln Garrick had to close the office of his firm due to sale by parent corp, but happy to have new opportunities.
Bill Spindle offered some sad bucks as he is leaving us for Texas A&M.
Laura Edmondson was VERY happy about the Alaska Women's Summit and hopes you'll attend.
Dora Gropp was very happy about the really fun fireside at the Planet Walk.
Leah Boltz was very happy about her wedding Anniversary and even brought along her hubby to Rotary.
Henry Penny was happy about a visit with his Grandson on his first birthday (grandson's, not Henry's).
Stan Tebow was happy about being back at Rotary after his travels.
Tracy Hartung is loving our Petroleum Club Thursday make-up meetings and all who attend. Stay current with those make-up on our website calendar. She's also happy for a "steal" a the MCB, she won a trip to Mexico for $100 raffle ticket. Hey, $100 raffle ticket in our VFJ raffle could get you a trip to Nashville!
Karen Turner was happy and paid a find in her Birthday Month (what?).
Mike Gordon was happy about his new Grandbaby.
David Garrison was super happy about going to the Chicago Cubs playoff game. Hoping that $108 would break the 108 curse!
Jeff Stanford's birthday this month so he is fine free!
Rotary Happenings - Raffle for VFJ; Firesides; Foundation Event:
- Make sure you buy your raffle ticket for a trip to Nashville, Grand Ole Opry, and World War II plane ride. See our website to buy tickets: www.anchoragerotary.org
- Want to Host "Look Who's Coming to Dinner"? Contact Lainie Dreas to host on 11/16.
- April 7th, Friday - SAVE THE DATE; Rotary Foundation Event; Centennial Celebration!
Youth Exchange: Our inbound exchange student, Kaja Ferklova from Czech Republic took third place in State in Tennis!!
Steve Ribuffo has the October No Fine Button and is giving us some great history about "Alaska's" Port of Anchorage. It is the entry point for goods that move to all points in the State. Both major industry and the military use our Port heavily. Learn more here: http://www.portofanc.com/
Did You Know? – Pre-Reserve the No Fine Button
Our excellent Sergeants-At-Arms are taking reservations for the no fine button. You can pre-reserve the no-fine button for any month that is open for a mere $400. Just say "no" to amateur auctions and buy the no-fine button ahead of time! The only other open months are March, April, May, June and July! Only 5 no fine buttons are still available for this Rotary Year. Contact Steve Ribuffo or Blythe Campbell today.
World Community Services:
The World Community Service Committee is looking for a Water, Health, and Sanitation project in Rural Alaska. Contact Ian Dutton if you have ideas or contacts that may be helpful. We are working with Canadian Clubs to hopefully garner some RI Grants for rural projects in Alaska and Canada.
All About Our Major Project and More: