Eagle River Area Rotary Club
Eagle River, Alaska

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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 Fall Happenings
November’s Luncheon Speakers
November 5th Noon – Karen Richard with Eagle River/Chugiak Parks & Rec
November 12th Noon – Heather Handyside from GCI – Bringing the High Speed Digital age to Bush Alaska
November 19th Noon – Update from Brother Francis Shelter
November 26th – Eat Turkey and be Thankful for the richness in our lives
Welcome to our newest Rotarian
Sophia Buehler joined our Rotary Club on Thursday, October 15th . Sophia is the Branch Manager at Eagle River Carrs Denali Alaskan Federal Credit Union. With a growing family of three boys ages, 7, 2 and 1 she commutes daily from Wasilla. We are excited to have her on board and to be a part of our caring community.
Rotary Students of Achievement
Who doesn’t like a pizza lunch! Thanks to Mary Ann Paul and her crew of Rotary members, many students were celebrated at the end of Fall Quarter.  Take a moment and reflect potential impact this program has on our students.Special thank you to Ray Holmsen who prepared all the certificates and fo all the volunteers who took time out of their day to attend the lunches. 
Eagle River Area Rotary members are embarking on a number of fall youth programs designed to support a variety of age groups.  Members of the organization are committed to hands on programs that make a difference in supporting the lives of our future leaders.
One of the most important programs that Rotarians have brought to the Anchorage School District is “Choices.” This nation-wide program is all about helping our youth stay in school and successfully finish high school with a plan after graduation.  Students experience interactive decision-making workshops that empower young teens to achieve academic success in pursuit of their career and life aspirations. In two hour-long sessions, our business and community Rotarians take students through real-world exercises on academic self-discipline, time and money management, and goal setting. Members will be in both Gruening and Mirror Lake during the month of October and again in the Spring to conduct the workshops.  
During the Winter Wonderland Tree Lighting and community gathering at Town Square on December 4th, Rotarians be present to collect canned goods and cash donates for the Eagle River Food Pantry, help with school choirs, and man the Santa brigade with his real reindeer as he visits with all of the children. This is fun filled community evening done jointly with other service clubs and sponsored by the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber.
Academic values are important for every child’s future. At the end of each quarter, Rotarians provide pizza lunches to our middle and high school students honoring their achievements for the quarter. Students are selected by their faculty, presented with certificates of achievement and a hosted lunch. This long- standing program is designed for all types of students to create an atmosphere of support and encouragement.
Four high school scholarships in the amount of $1500 each are awarded each spring to high school students from our local community. There are two types of scholarships available: academic and vocational.  Students admitted to a four-year degree program leading to a Bachelor of Arts or Science or equivalent and students enrolled or admitted to a program of study leading to a skill or trade.  Scholarship application deadline is March 15th of each year and applications can be obtained at http://portal.clubrunner.ca/2454 or searching for Eagle River Area Rotary in your browser.
Rotary Youth Leadership Academy (RYLA) is a joint annual project done by local Rotary clubs that bring high school students together to work on elements of leadership. This program originated with Rotary International and has been adopted by many districts around the world.  Over a weekend of fun and bonding, topics covered include ethics of positive leadership, qualities of a “servant leader”, importance of effective communication and leadership, conflict management and problem solving, building self-esteem and confidence, elements of community and global citizenship.
New this year is the creation of a Junior RYLA program for middle school students. This one day leadership academy will be designed to challenge students at a young age to learn about what leadership means and how they can make a difference. Eagle River Area Rotary will work with other local service organizations to implement the event next spring.
Eagle River Area Rotary also sponsors the high school Interact Club. Interact is a club for young people ages 12-18 who want to join together to tackle the issues in their community that they care most about. Through Interact, students carry out hands-on service projects, make international connections, and have fun.
Finally, every year Eagle River Area joins with Rotary Clubs world-wide to host a youth in the Rotary Youth Exchange Program. This year, our student, Ella Kupianinen is from Finland and attends Chugiak High School where she is actively participating in academics and playing flag football. Each quarter she joins a new family and will experience new Alaskan adventures.  
Rotary is open to anyone committed to the core values of the organization of “service above self.” Eagle River Area Rotary has two meetings a week to accommodate busy schedules. The morning group meets at Bear Mountain Grill at 7am on Thursdays and the noon group meets at Piccolino’s also on Thursday. For more information on joining, contact Linda Landers, Membership Chair at 907-694-9098, or Eric Bushnell, President at 907-360-7471 or any the many Rotarian members in town.

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.

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!

 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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