Eagle River Area Rotary Club
Eagle River, Alaska



Club Executives & Directors

President Elect
Assistant Treasurer
Past President
Community service
Vocational Service
Public Relations

Welcome to our Club!

Eagle River Area

Service Above Self

We meet every Thursday from 12:00pm-1:00pm at Piccolino’s (12801 Old Glenn Hwy). The Satellite Club also meets every Thursday from 7:00am-8:00am at Bear Mountain Grill (12300 Old Glenn Hwy)
12801 Old Glenn Hwy
Eagle River, AK  99577
United States
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Eagle River Area Rotary Summer Musings
As Rotarians, we are duck slayers de jour raising nearly $16,000 on our I-did-a-duck sales during the 2015 Bear Paw Festival.  What was even more fun was the new Rotary float gracing the Bear Paw Festival Grand Parade… Many thanks to our esteemed president, Eric Bushnell, who took on the daunting task of float builder. And…on Sunday, the magnificent flume was again resurrected... and with the help of the fire department tanker, Business Boulevard rained winning duckies in a battle of the bills. Below are a few highlights from the weekend.
Getting ready Parade Day
Rotarians on the way sharing programs like Polio plus
Happy Rotarian selling duck tickets
Sunday. 4:30pm….Here they come!
Our grand prize winner was Eagle River resident Susan Wallen
who received a check for $1000 at the noon Rotary meeting on July 23rd.
Incoming Exchange Student
Our exchange student is inbound on August 13th from Finland.  The fight arrives at 6:02pm and the hope is for everyone to mark their calendars and provide a warm Eagle River welcome.  Caty Justis is our point of contact on this.
Update on Board Happenings
The budget has been passed for this next year. The next Board meeting will be on Tuesday, August 25th at 6pm at Pizza Man. At this meeting we begin a visioning exercise for our organization. As an club, we need to explore what is in the art of the possible and yet realistic to achieve.  Make time to come…. This is an important conversation.
Committee Chairs & Program Chairs are as follows. Note that several are looking to mentor a new person to support their role. If you want to learn more about our youth programs or vocational service. This is your chance!
  • Vocational Service Chair, Ray Holmsen (would welcome a mentee)
  • Membership Chair, Linda Landers
  • Public Relations Cassi Campbell
  • Club Administration, Susie Gorski
  • RYLA, Arial Talen-Keller
  • Youth Exchange Officer, Caty Justis
  • Morning Director, Tim McLain
  • Foundation Chair, Martin Eldred
  • Choices, Linda Landers (would welcome a mentee)
  • Most Improved Student Lunches, Mary Ann Paul (would welcome a mentee)
Have a fun and safe summer.  Let me know if you have Rotarian announcements to be made in upcoming newsletters!

Eagle River Area Rotary Happenings!
Choices is Coming ~Helping Youth Stay in School
  • Do you want to make a difference for our youth and help them understand the value of staying in school?
  • Would you commit to two hours once or twice a year to make this happen?
  • Would you do it if you knew that it was fun for all involved?
Our Club is a participant in a nation-wide program called CHOICES. CHOICES is an interactive decision-making workshop that empowers middle school teens to achieve academic success in pursuit of their career and life aspirations. In two hour-long sessions, business and community volunteers take students through real-world exercises on academic self-discipline, time and money management, and goal setting. It’s fun… It’s real!
Students get it. Communities want it.
CHOICES keeps teens "into" school
Our next sessions will be in the spring. Please email Linda Landers @ clanders@alaska.net or call 694-9098 to make arrangements on trainingWe need you… please join us!
Most Improved Student ~ Sharing success
Chris Tomsen, Linda Landers, and Mary Ann Paul present certificates for Most Improved Students at Eagle River High School. A pizza lunch, provided by Pizza Man, and awards ceremony takes place each semester at both of our middle schools and both high schools. Photo courtesy of Martin Lang
“Guten Tag” To Moritz ~ From Germany!
Our Eagle River Area Rotary Exchange Student for the 2014-2015 Academic Year
Moritz  joined the morning meeting to visit with Rotarians
and share his adventures and experiences as our exchange student.

Rotary provides support for
Shelter Box International Aid
Eagle River Area Rotary and Interact Club (Rotarian service organization for ages 12-18)  have each donated $1,000 each for two Shelterboxes. ShelterBox provides emergency shelter and vital supplies to support communities around the world overwhelmed by disaster and humanitarian crisis. ShelterBox aid is tailored to a disaster but typically includes a disaster relief tent for a family, thermal blankets and groundsheets, water storage and purification equipment, solar lamps, cooking utensils, a basic tool kit, mosquito nets and children’s activity pack. When ShelterBoxes are delivered, the standard box weighs 120 lbs. and has approximate dimensions of 33" x 24" x 22". They are sealed and banded for transit and security. Since ShelterBox was founded, they have responded to over 240 disasters and humanitarian crises in more than 90 different countries and provided emergency aid for well over one million people.

Winter Wonderland on December 5th
For the past nine years, our Rotary Club has partnered with the CER Chamber and ER/C Parks & Recreation to jointly host the community tree lighting at Rotary Park in Town Center. This year’s date is December 5th and volunteer support is needed for the following:
  • Reindeer Handlers – Be strong and able to keep sharp antlers out of little kids eyes
  • Torch Bearers – To lead the Processional of Santa and his reindeer
  • Crowd / Snow Fence Volunteers – To help unroll snow fencing in front of the processional to create a physical barrier separating the crowds from the deer antlers.
  • Canned Food Collection Table – Man the table and collect cash donations and canned for the ER Food Pantry
The Elementary School Choirs have been invited to sing and free horse drawn sleigh rides are available from 6 until 8:30pm. Santa and Reindeer will process in at 7pm.  A number of businesses will hand  out warm drinks and goodies and the senior center will provide soup – all at no cost. This is truly a night of fun and charity as we welcome in the holiday season.  Following the chilly outdoor extravaganza, the Gambles will host a fire side at their house. So mark your calendars for December 5th and let us know how you might help make this another successful event!

Plans continue apace on the service project for the Eagle River Boys & Girls Club....
Here are additional photos of famous Eagle River Area Rotarians hard at work on improvements to the Eagle River Boys & Girls Club!
Stay Tuned for the next work party -- join in the camaraderie and make a difference!

The Boys and Girls Club service project got underway this past Saturday, August 23 rd,  and a lot was completed. With many hands on deck, members jumped in with lots of paint giving a fresh look to the Club. Closets got cleaned and Rotarians re-constructed the boxes that cover the baseboard heat.  It was a busy day and a good day of fellowship and helping our local youth programs.  There are more upcoming opportunities to work on this project as well as many skills that will be needed.
Stay tuned for more announcements!
Martha Reinbold on the ladder cleaning the storage unit                          MaryAnn Paul down below applying fresh paint!
Another fresh coat of paint and a beautiful day!

Eagle River Nature Center's Thank You to Eagle River Area Rotary for service support "sprucing up" nature center gardens!

Thanks to everyone for helping out with the June 1st Eagle River Nature Center Clean-Up.

 We now have a new location for our Satellite Club meetings.  The Satellite Club meets at Bear Mountain Grill Thursday morning at 7:00am.  Please feel free to join us!  Here is  a picture from our first meeting at our new location on January 31.

Welcome to the website for Eagle River Area Rotary Club!  We hope you’ll look around and scroll down to learn more about our club and Rotary International.  If our regular club meeting on Thursday at noon is hard to make, consider checking out our morning "satellite" club.  The satellite club meetings are breakfast meetings from 7am-8am at Bear Mountain Grill.    Please join us at any of our club meetings to learn more about Rotary.

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