Eagle River Area Rotary Club
Eagle River, Alaska

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Welcome to our Club!

Eagle River Area

Service Above Self

One Club, two meetings. Every Thursday the “Morning Meeting” gathers at 7 am at the Bear Mountain Grill (12300 Old Glenn) and the “Noon Meeting” gathers 12 noon at Piccolino’s (12801 Old Glenn).
Bear Mountain Grill & Piccolinos
12300 Old Glenn & 12801 Old Glenn Hwy
Eagle River, AK  99577
United States
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Eagle River Area Rotary
Let’s keep our kids in school! Our club works with 8th graders at Gruening and Mirror Lake Middle Schools annually on this topic by using fun interactive and games that teach the importance of staying in school. The time commitment is very doable since each program is taught in two 50 minute class periods on consecutive days. We do this in teams of two so you are not by yourself!
Tuesday, April 26 and Wednesday, April 27 our Club will be at Mirror Lake Middle School. The following are class times.
Tuesday April 26, Choices Part 1
8:55 – 9:45
9:50 – 10:40
11:20 – 12:10     (section a)
11:20-12:10        (section b)
1:55 – 2:45          (section a)
1:55 – 2:45          (section b)

Wednesday April 26, Choices Part II
8:55 – 9:45
9:50 – 10:40
11:20 – 12:10     (section a)
11:20-12:10        (section b)
1:55 – 2:45          (section a)
1:55 – 2:45          (section b)
Linda Landers is our coordinator and will be returning from her time in the sun on April 14th. She needs all of us! If you are interested in doing the training and being a part of this excellent program, you can email Linda at grandmalanders@gmail.com for more information.  For those that are trained, please let her know the classes you can do.
District Conference
Our District Governor, Brad Gamble, is completing his year and we want to have a great attendance at District Conference. The dates are May 12, 13, 14 & 15.   The cost for the event is $300 and includes your meals. Rooms are $135 per night and here are the details!
Rotary District 5010 Assembly & Convention is at the Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge. The tentative schedule is as follows: Thursday, May 12: District Training Assembly 10 am - 5 pm for folks who want to learn more about the inner workings of Rotary.  The conference runs from Friday, May 13 (11am opening ceremonies) to Sunday, May 15 ending at 11am. Speakers include Dr. Steven Nakana 2007 Rotary World Peace Fellow, Alex Saldana Project Amigo, and Julia Phelps Rotary International Director
Registration Fees include meals, plenary sessions, and banquet:
  • Rotarian registration  $300
  • Guest registration  $200
  • Rotaract registration $100
  • District Assembly $50
  • Add-ons:
  • President-elect breakfast $35
  • Presidents breakfast $35
  • Past presidents breakfast $35
  • Additional banquet tickets $75
To register, go to www.rotarydistrict5010.org/
Student Recognition Lunches
It is our honor and privilege to recognize student achievements in April at both of our high schools and at our middle schools. Students are presented with certificates recognizing their accomplishments and they get a pizza lunch (co-sponsored by Pizza Man) ~ what’s not to like!  As of noon on Thursday, March 17th,  there are still some open slots!
April 25                Eagle River High School                 10:45-11:05        Martha & Felix
April 26                Chugiak High School                       10:22 – 11:05     Brad & Pat
April 27                Gruening Middle School                 10:55 – 12:10     Lori & Meg
April 28                Mirror Lake Middle School            10:45 – 12:10     Your name here!
In Memory Wesley Groves (1930-2016)
On March 7, 2016, we lost a Charter member of the Eagle River Area Rotary Club, Wes Groves. Wes and his family came to Alaska in 1976 to work construction of residential housing for oil workers in Prudhoe Bay.  He settled in Eagle River where he managed Valley Home Center for some years. After the oil bust in 1986, Wes went into the drywall supply and stocking business and started the WesGro Paint & Drywall Supply. His company stocked many of the Anchorage and Valley homes built since 1986. Wes eventually sold his business to Spenard Builders and then retired in 2012. His family notes that he was a tireless worker, an industrious entrepreneur, an honorable business owner and a man of compassion and integrity. Wes remained an active member with our Rotary Club until his passing and he will be missed.

Eagle River Area Rotary Winter Musings….
Lots of fun planning and action going on in
the next couple of months … Be up to date!
New Member Fireside
On February 16th our Rotary Club will host a Fireside at Odd Man Rush Brewing. Each and every member should invite one to three non-Rotarians to enjoy an evening of appetizers and libations. The planning is underway and if sufficient sponsorships come in, non-Rotarians may get a free drink ticket. This can be a fun evening of visiting and sharing our adventures and philanthropic work with the larger community. Time will be 6-8pm.  Right now the committee is Linda Landers, Ariel Talen-Keller, Tonya Gamble, and Eric Bushnell.  Rotarians who have stepped forward to date to help underwrite this event are Felix Montero, Linda Landers, Brad Gamble, Jim Palmer, Susie & Jim Gorski.
Junior RYLA
Junior RYLA planning is in full swing. The dates are either April 23 or April 30th and will require at least 20 club members for the day. The location is at the HJ McDonald Center beginning at 8:00 am with sessions running 9-noon and 1-3pm. The program is patterned after Rotary Youth Leadership Awards for high school students but will focus activities appropriate for junior high school age. It will be heavily publicized in both Gruening and Mirror Lake Middle school with a maximum attendance of 80 students. We do need to have background checks done on all volunteers and the information on how to do that will be coming soon.  Emma Gamble and Felix Montero are co-chairs and the Interact Club will be strategically involved. Tee shirt design mock up is below. Stay tuned for more information.
Excellence In Education Dinner
Eagle River Area Rotary joins with the Chugiak-Eagle River Foundation and the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber to celebrate our public educators in our hometown.  This year’s date is March 30th, Wednesday beginning at 5:30pm. There will be a buffet dinner at Bear Mountain Grill and the cost is $21 per person (includes your gratuity and soft drink… there is also a no host bar available.)  Each of our twelve public schools recognizes a teacher or a staff member who is truly going over and above to make a difference in students’ lives.  Take time and help celebrate … call the Chamber at 694-4702 to make reservations so that the restaurant has an accurate headcount.
Special Moments
At Thursday, January 28th Rotary noon meeting, we had wonderful chance to enjoy of our exchange student, Ella Kupianinan, from Finland.  She loves art and has recently attended a gathering of all Anchorage Rotary Exchange students as well as outbound students.
Linda Landers and her crew of Rotarians will be doing the Choices Program at Gruening Middle School on February on February 9 and 10. This is a nationally acclaimed program done with all 8th grade public school students in Chugiak-Eagle River. The program is designed with roll playing, games and thoughtful exercises to help students realize that their choices have consequences and they must be mindful about completing their education. We can always use more folks to help deliver this critical message. We do this in pairs and it takes minimal time – one period class on two consecutive days.
Foundation Giving Update
This year’s goal for our Club giving to the International Rotary Foundation is $8200. To date we have collected $6500 and we have five months to go.  If you have not had a chance to donate, please take a moment to do so. We are hoping for   100 percent participation again this year.  
Student Recognition Program
Once again, Mary Ann Paul and her Rotarian crew celebrated Students of Achievements at Gruening, Mirror Lake and Eagle River High School.  Take a glance down this fantastic list of students celebrated by their teachers and our Rotary Club and note the wide array of achievements. Pizza lunch was enjoyed by all!
Gruening Middle School
Adrian Robles-Overall Academic Improvement
Alexis Timm-Outstanding Student
Carissa Kensinger-Excellent ROV Construction Effort
Charlie Benson-Great Citizen
Dustin Janes-Academic Effort
Emily Walsh-Outstanding Student
Ezrah Echon-Academic Improvement in Math
Gabriel Wisdom-Dedicated Student
Haley Stockwell-Most Improved in Social Studies
Hannah King-Outstanding Effort in Math
Haven Blair-Dedicated Student
Jake Mark Larigo-Hard Work and Consistent Effort in Core Subjects
Javier Vicente Rodriguez-Most Improved Katmai Language Arts
Jayden Zeiler-Most Improved in Katmai Language Arts
Jeremiah Slaven-Most Improved in Social Studies
Kiara Sherman-Outstanding Effort in Social Studies
Lenora Howell-Improved Participation
Lucius Rains-Great Citizen
Margaret Patterson-Excellence in Assisting Others in the ROV Project
Mason Robertson - Most Improved in Language Arts
Matthew Keller-Outstanding Student
Micah Webb-Excellent Achievement and Effort in All Core Subjects
Reece Jones-Leadership and Improvement in All Core Subjects
Rylan Young-Excellent ROV Leadership
Rylee MacDonald-Most Improved in Social Studies
Saydie Wegner-Improved Effort and Determination in All Core Subjects
Tara Sturley-Dedicated Student
Torrance Paulino-Most Improved in Social Studies
Trenten Britt-Improved Effort in Language Arts
Wyatt Goodenbery-Most Improved In-class Effort in All Core Subjects
Mirror Lake Middle School
Abigail Carothers-Her Awesomeness!
Abigail Klein-Being Helpful, Cheerful, Hardworking & Responsible
Aidan Duran-Excellence in Language Arts
Alan Bristow-Keeping Up W/ Homework & Being a Great Role Model
Alan Bristow-Most Improved in Hard Work & Dedication!
Aspen Davis-Hard work & Helping New Students
Blake Washek-Great Effort & Progress in Math
Dawson Packer-Helpfulness & Hard Work
Denali Crum-Academic Excellence & Outstanding Behavior
Denali Crum-Helping Others & Being Kind
Derek Lentz-Being Studious & Cooperative
Donovan Lodzins-Being a Bright Light of Self-Control and Consistent Effort.  Gabriel Parsons-Positive Effort & Attitude
Hailey Hansen-Amazing Effort in Math Class-Thank You!
Isabella Olmos-Hard Work, Kindness & Willingness to Help Others
Jaemarc Lumba-Outstanding Effort & Academic Performance
Justice Victory-Striving to Do Her Best & Always Smiling
Kaden Wasson-Great student w/ Great Attitude & Participating More
Kaleb Keller-Outstanding Academic Effort
Kalia Vue-Being a Great Office Aide
Kameka Tillman-Creativity & Helping Others
Melody Musick-Hard work & Effort
Michael Washington-Perseverance in Mastering Piano Music
Morgan Inman-Excellence in Science
Nancy Lee-Highly Motivated & Always Ready to Learn!
Nicole Newman-Excellence in Work Ethics
Noah Faso-Formoso-Reliable Excellence & Genuine Curiosity
Sarah von Luhrte-Being Kindhearted, Helpful & Very Creative
Spencer Allen-Excellence in Academics & Behavior
Spencer Allen-His Kindness
Tasuki Vang-Always Working Hard & Being Nice & Pleasant
Zoee Beiergrohslein-Always Happy, Prepared, Paying Attention & Smiling
Eagle River High School
Aiden Burton-Improved Math Grade Through Effort and Engagement
Brandon D Hill-Improved Academic Performance and Engagement
Catherine Mack-Hard work and Effort in Biology
Chandler Annis-Courting Self-Control for Academic Gain
Chelsea Scott-Dedication to Grade Improvement
Conall Gelston-Improved Academic Engagement
Dominic Wilkins-Improved Effort and Focus Helped Improve Grades
Ellie Tirado-Strong Finish on Work
Emily Berard-Strong Determination and Effort Resulted in Improved Grades
Eric Case-Using Constructive Criticism to Find His Best Self
Gabe Spinner-Greatly Improved Effort and Engagement
Jacob Schwartz-Increased Effort, Organization and Academic Performance
Jhakai Mejias-Demonstrating Respect Integrity, Community, and Excellence in Science
Jordan Porter-Doing More Than Even He Thinks He Can
Joseph Mercado-Improved Effort in Math
Josh Carlson-Turned Apathy into Solid Work and Now Has Limitless Potential
Joshawa Petering-Greatly Increased Grades and Embraced Learning Experiences
Joshua Spath-Increased Participation and Work Turned In
Kailah Jones-Demonstrating Respect, Integrity, Community and Excellence in Science
Kailah Jones-Impressive Dedication to Math Work
Lauryn Mulkey-Improved Academic Performance and Engagement
Matthew Ames-Improved Attendance and Hard Work
Michael Caywood-Improved Math Grade Through Effort and Engagement
Noelani DeLeon-Persevered Challenging Subjects and Growth as a Learner
Patrick Walker-Great Attitude and Improved Motivation Respect and Humor
Samuel Meaders-Demonstrating Respect, Integrity, Community and Excellence in Science
Sarah Carpenter-Tenacious Effort and Dedication to Academics
Sven Dix-Hard Work Leading to Improved Grade
Thomas Bolin-Improved Focus Resulted in Improved Academic Performance
Thomas Pesch-Hard Work and Participation in Class
Thorstein Wilhelm-Improved Engineering and Drawing Skills
Jonathon Cornett-Determination to Improve Grade in Biology
Ethan Ellis-Improved Effort and Classroom Contribution
Mati Minton-For Excellent Effort and Exemplary Attitude
Nyara Guardo-For Excellent Effort and Exemplary Attitude
Ka' ohinani Olaivar-Wong-For Excellent Effort and Exemplary Attitude
Denver Hoffman-Dilligent and Disciplined
Heather Streets-Found Success Through Steady Work
Sierra Beckman-Persistent Positive Attitude
Alicia Brown-Bright and Quick Thinking
Sophia McAllister-Patient and Hard Working
Anthony Wilson-Increased Academic Focus and Piano Extraordinaire
Tia Slouffman-Increased Academic Focus and Communication

Eagle River Area Rotary Happenings
Friday, December 4th 2015 @ 6 P.M.
Join Eagle River Rotary at the Winter Wonderland Walk & Tree Lighting

Eagle River's Town Square Park


December's Luncheon Speakers
December 3rd  Morning– Warren Foster, FAA
December 3rd Noon – Debbie Debbie Rinckey - Online Marketing
December 10th Noon –
December 17th Noon – Club Assembly and Annual Election of Officers
December 24th – Christmas Eve, no Meeting scheduled
December 31th – New Year's Eve, no Meeting scheduled
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!

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.
We make it easy!  One Club with two meetings.  Every Thursday the “Morning Meeting” gathers at 7 am at the Bear Mountain Grill (12300 Old Glenn Highway) and the “Noon Meeting” gathers at 12 noon at Piccolino’s (12801 Old Glenn Highway.)

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