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     Rotary Club of Anchorage East

Anchorage East

Do Good, Have Fun, Make Friends

We meet In Person
Wednesdays at 12:00 p.m.
Coast Inn at Lake Hood
3410 Aviation Ave.
Anchorage, AK 99502
United States of America
Wednesday Noon In-Person Meetings at Coast Inn at Lake Hood
Jill Gates-Rotary Youth Exchange Rebound
Jul 24, 2024 12:00 PM
My year in Normandy France
Michelle Tabler
Jul 31, 2024 12:00 PM
How to avoid a scam
Sean Prince
Aug 07, 2024 12:00 PM
Principal of Bartlett High School
Janelle Vanasse
Aug 14, 2024 12:00 PM
AK Pacific University President
Jon Bittner
Aug 21, 2024 12:00 PM
UAA Small Business Development Center
Dylan Timberlake
Sep 18, 2024 12:00 PM
Flyntlok, AK's largest software company
Upcoming Events
Home Page Stories
It's A Boy!
We will be receiving Peter from Denmark in August. He is 16 and enjoys swimming, travel, is involved in Scouting and would like to work in finance when he grows up. He has no identified allergies and currently lives with a cat.
I am looking for host families to be identified ASAP. 
If you know of a supportive family, please make them known to me and I will reach out.
Remember youth exchange is the responsibility of the WHOLE club.
Host families can be single parents, couples without children as well as families with children.
If you or your candidate has questions, please share the contact information below for Lupe or Charles, our new Youth Exchange Officers.
Thank you for your support of youth exchange.
Katie Johnson
Lupe Chavez  lupechavez@live.com
Charles Gunther  guntherlaw@gci.net  
The AER Small Grants Committee and the AER Board approved a grant of $2,000 for the Safety and Security staff at Bettye Davis East High to purchase portable radios to enhance communication in the school.
Club Member Theresa Lyons, AER Liaison to Bettye Davis East High School Interact Club, delivered the check. 
AER Club Member Theresa Lyons, Janeen Ceparano Wilkins, Student Services Assistant Principal, and Ron Brown, Head Principal.
 Interact Club NEWS
by Anne Adasiak-Andrew
West Interact Club prepared another 120 bag lunches for Brother Francis Shelter in April! 15-18 students rolled up their sleeves and cranked out 120 lunches in 25 minutes. This team is a well-oiled machine. They all know what to do and get to it! Business partner, Franz Bakery, helped supply the bagels, students made cookies, and used some of the AER grant funds to buy fruit and chips for the lunches. West Interacters are meeting a need in their community.
West High Interact Club’s Trash pick up event,- May 6, 2024.  We were one group of three covering different areas around the school. The funniest thing our group found was a one dollar bill!
Rotarian needed to attend Interact Meeting
May 14th: 1 Rotarian, 10:25-11:05am @ East Interact in Ms. Liland's room #116.
You don't have to prepare anything!  Just go and be supportive of the youth and their service projects. Please email me if you are able to help out.   --Anne AA
Thinking ahead to next school year, it would be great to have 2 Co-Chairs for Youth Services, so that one Rotarian could focus on supporting East and one Rotarian could focus on supporting West.  The high schools will be starting at 8:45am next school year, which will mean a school lunch break meeting time closer to a normal lunch hour for working professionals.
Thank you for supporting and inspiring the next generation of Rotarians!
Allow me to introduce our most wonderful foreign exchange student, Majda (pronounced Mai-da, aka Magdalena) Frydrychova. She comes to us from the Czech Republic and will be here for the year. She is currently staying with the Folds/Berry family.
A busy student is a happy student. If you and or your family are heading out on an adventure (even if it’s just to Dave and Busters) please reach out. The following items are on her wish list:
1)     Go on a dog sled
2)     Ride in a float plane
3)     Go to a shooting range  
4)     Go fishing    
5)     See a glacier
Activities don’t have to be that expansive she also enjoys movies, hiking and eating. Her contact information is:
We are also looking for assistance getting her to and from the Rotary meetings. Please reach out to Katie if you’re able to be an occasional “goober” driver, ak.ktjohnson@gmail.com
Lastly, we’re still looking to shore up one more host family. If you have friends or relatives in the East School zone that might be interested, please send Katie their contact information and she will follow up. We look to place the students for 3-4 months.  If you live in the South or West school zones, never fear, Kt can still set you up! Downtown and South Rotary have young men that are looking for host families also. 
Anchorage East Rotarians attended a Glacier Pilots game in July.  President Kara Blake got to throw out the first pitch and Rotarians got to sing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" during the seventh inning stretch!
A fun time was had by all!
President Kara Blake throwing out the first pitch
Rotarians and friends singing "Take Me Out to the Ball Game"
South Anchorage Club is organizing a small fundraiser for Anchorage clubs by way of selling “Imagine Rotary” zip-up hoodies. 
The zip-up hoodies will have the same Imagine Rotary logo on the back, and our club will have the Anchorage East Rotary name on the front. It appears the color of the hoodie is either a very light gray or white. 
The hoodies will cost $26 per unit, which includes shipping, and we'll be selling them for $40 per unit, so there will be $16 that will go back to our club (small fundraiser). 
The deadline to submit your order and payment will be 8/31/22.
The hoodies tend to run a little small, so if in doubt on sizing, please order the next size up from what you might usually order.
If you would like to order, please email Kara Blake with the following information:
First and Last Name 
Size (XS - XX Large available) 
Total Count ($40 per hoodie)
kara_mae@hotmail.com or phone 907-317–0068
Twenty-one Rotarians, friends and family member attended the Ghost Tour and Happy Hour last Wednesday.  Thank you to Rick Goodfellow and Heather Flynn for the events!  It was a great doubleheader!
Bruce and I recently had the pleasure of taking Hashmat, his wife, Morsal, and his little daughter, Hania, to our cabin in Talkeetna.  We were lucky to have good weather, so the family spent a lot of time on the dock with Hania lying down looking into the water for minnows.  Hashmat also helped us in a number of ways with chores around the cabin, which was a blessing for us.  Morsal also made some tasty Afghan food to share with us.  I'm sure Hashmat and his family would enjoy the opportunity to get to know other members of our club, if you are involved with an activity you could share with them, and he also would like to participate in the Mobile Food Pantry again, if someone can pick him up, since we will be out of town.  --Sandra Wicks
 Photo by Sandra Wicks
Dear Fellow Rotarian,
Some of you may remember Hashmat, a fellow from Afghanistan who our club was assisting as he fled his native country after the Taliban took control.  Since he worked for the US government, it was too dangerous for him to remain in Afghanistan. He left with his wife and daughter and is now living in Anchorage.  He has been very appreciative of the help and friendship we have given him. 
He asked me if I had a kayak or small boat that he could use as he would like to take his family out to enjoy some lakes in our area.  He does not have much money so free family entertainment would be appropriate.   I do not have any small water craft but thought I would but the word out to fellow Rotarians to see if any of you might be willing to loan any to Hashmat for the summer.
If so, please give me a call.  907-830-4858.
Thanks,  Rich
Thanks to all the Club members who came out to help clean up Northern Lights Boulevard.  We had a good crew, made quick work of the task, and enjoyed Margaritas at the end. 
The 2022 Clean Up Crew: Rich Dyson, Eva Khadjinova, Amanda Hesser, Katie Johnson, Craig Bledsoe, Carolyn Jones, Sandra Phelps, Barbara Kagerer, Bruce Phelps, Steven Tucker and Daniel Cheyette.
Several Anchorage East Rotarians attended the District 5010 Conference in Talkeetna.  Attendees include Kara Blake, Katie Johnson, Jay Jackson, Amanda Hesser, Allison Capps, Marjorie Poggas and Paul Paslay. Looks like a good time was had by all!
Bartlett graduating senior, Lucy Atkinson, receives one of the five scholarships for $2,000 from Anchorage East Rotary on April 20th at Bartlett Awards Night.  Past President Jeff Blake and President-Elect Kara Blake (a Bartlett graduate herself) were the official AER presenters at the event.
Bartlett High School senior, Katelyn Foley, receives the $2,000 Gene Furman Accounting Scholarship on April 20th from Past President Jeff Blake, and President-Elect Kara Blake.  The Furman Scholarship is funded completely by Gene Furman, an 18-year member of Anchorage East Rotary, for students who wish to pursue a post-secondary accounting course of study.
AER's Exchange Student
Stay tuned...
Please let me know if you have an email address (contact information) for Peter
so it can be shared in the Eastwind.  Thank you.  --Jay





Hashmat is looking for  a narrow table 4 feet long.  If you would like to donate one, please call Rich Dyson @ 907-830-4858.
Many of us at Anchorage East Rotary have had the pleasure of meeting Hashmat Sarweri our friend who is a recent refugee from Afghanistan. He has attended Zoom club meetings and was at the Mobile Food Pantry last Saturday. Several of us have been working to help him and his wife Morsal and their two-year-old daughter Hania adjust to life in Anchorage.
Surprisingly the federal resettlement program which is being administered locally by Catholic Social Services only provides three months of cash benefits. March is their last month of support.
We have identified seven areas where Hashmat could use help. Please reply to David Hoffman if you can help in an area of need. 
Fulltime employment: Hashmat has a job at Fire Island Bakery from noon to 5:00 five days pr week.  He is seeking a fulltime computer technology job. He has a B.S. degree in Information Technology from an Afghan University. He worked for an American contractor in Afghanistan doing IT support.
Transportation: Hashmat relies on the bus system for transportation and needs more options, i.e., rides, a used car, etc.
Social opportunities: Hashmat speaks excellent English but Morsal does not yet. She is studying English on-line.
IT Consulting business: Hashmat has a business license and has begun doing hardware and software troubleshooting. I have hired him and he has done an excellent job for me. His rate is $40 per hour.
Benefits assistance: Advocate for Hashmat and his family with Catholic Social Services and identify any potential additional services for which the family may qualify.
Spiritual assistance: Provide transportation for Friday prayer service.
If you have attended any recent Club meetings, then you likely have met or at least heard of Hashmat (aka Qais) who along with his wife Morsal and daughter Hania are new residents of Anchorage, relocated to the US after leaving Afghanistan this past fall.  Our Club has been assisting Hashmat and his family resettle in Anchorage and look for work. Led by Elanor Andrews, Sandra Wick and others, our Club is working together to make their transition to a new life in Anchorage as smooth as possible.
While Hashmat is still looking for full-time work in IT, he has found part-time work at Fire Island Bakery! Congratulations Hashmat! Thank you to all Club members who have taken part in the efforts to help Hashmat and his family.  I can think of few things more quintessential Rotarian than this!
Calling all Rotarians!
District 5010 is proud to host the 28th annual Rotary Youth Leadership Awards at the Salvation Army’s King’s Lake Camp, Wasilla, AK, USA – April 14th – 17th, 2022.
RYLA is a program for teens that are high school sophomores and juniors/in grade 10 and 11. Anchorage East Rotary will be providing this opportunity to three teenagers and we need some enthusiastic volunteers to make it happen!
  • Interview process:  We need 2 individuals to review the applications and meet the candidates (via zoom or in person) to select our teens
  • Chaperone:  No better way than to mentor a group of teens from throughout Alaska!  The club pays your fees
  • Transportation:  We need an individual with a vehicle or possibly a donation for a shuttle to transport our teens and chaperone to Wasilla and their return trip.
Anchorage East Rotary, Honorary Member Eleanor Andrews is currently featured in the Black Lives in Alaska: Journey, Justice, Joy exhibition at the Anchorage Museum (https://www.anchoragemuseum.org/exhibits/black-lives-in-alaska-journey-justice-joy/). This exhibition, told through archival photos and collected materials, showcases the richness and resilience of Black lives in Alaska.
Eleanor’s personal archives are on display on the second level Mezzanine. Carefully curated with Eleanor, these materials highlight Alaska’s rich and diverse histories through photographs, documents, awards, and other materials. The Anchorage Museum is working with History Makers and community historians to bring in personal collections, and we look forward to sharing more stories as part of this ongoing effort.
The last day to see this exhibition in person will be on February 13, 2022. Please check the Museum website ahead of your visitor for updated hours of operation and Covid-19 protocols.
It’s 1870 in the town of Dead Man, Kansas, USA. There’s a big crowd whoopin’ it up in Dead Man’s Saloon. The clock on the wall shows high noon, but then, it always does. All at once, word spreads that there’s going to be a shootout on Main Street. The crowd rushes outside to watch, but the street is deserted. Suddenly, two shots ring out from behind them, inside the saloon.
Who's the bad egg and who's above board? You gotta play to find out! *Limit 14 people
Costumes are highly recommended. Awards for Best Costume and Best Performance. Be there or be square! 

Attendees who do not wish to participate in the murder mystery are welcome to attend to watch the scandal unfold (but please still RSVP to receive the zoom link!)

Bring your own cocktails! It will be a hog-killing time!
February 26. 2022 - This date was the preferred date by the greatest number of respondents. 
Social half-hour (join zoom at any time): 5-5:30 pm
Murder Mystery: 5:30-7:30 pm
Are you ready for a whodunit? Giddy up! RSVP HERE: https://forms.gle/ud84XpJ6oqrjTXjb7
Several club members got together this past weekend for a virtual gingerbread house social. A great time was had by all!
Craig Bledsoe won best "prefabricated house," Katie Johnson, Allison Capps and Amanda Hesser won best team house, and Peyton and Piper Dyson won best overall and best individual houses. 
Thanks to all who participated!
February is World Understanding Month on the Rotary Calendar and as I scroll through our membership list, I am gratified to realize how many of our members were born and raised outside of the United States.  The fact that we all work well together on projects, converse freely and happily amongst ourselves, and enjoy genuine friendships with those from different cultures and religions is the essence of world understanding.  Additionally, we have hosted many exchange students over the years who have been able to share their perspectives with us and we with them.  My parents hosted an exchange student from Indonesia and one from Argentina which was a tremendous learning experience not only for our club but for my brother and me as we absorbed cultural views in some cases completely different from our own.  Our family has traveled extensively throughout the world sometimes with Rotary.  In doing so we have maintained friendships around the globe which has enhanced our concept of World Understanding.  I salute Rotary for dedicating this month as they have to promote peace.  I hope you will join with me in recognizing and embracing the diversity which we have been gifted.   I believe it will build the necessary connections to have peace flourish.
A large groups of Anchorage East Rotarians had a great Saturday night pairing wine with Halloween candy. My favorite candy pairing with every wine was candy corn. Katie Johnson and Rich Dyson tied for King and Queen of Halloween trivia.
Great to see such a large group participating.  Join the fun next time!
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