Rotary Club of Anchorage East

Club Executives & Directors
Vice President
President Elect
Community Service
Vocational Service
Rotary Foundation
Past President
Youth Exchange Co Chair
Sergeant at Arms
Youth Services
Youth Exchange Co Chair
Executive Secretary

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                  Welcome to the

     Rotary Club of Anchorage East

Anchorage East

Do Good, Have Fun, Make Friends

We meet Wednesdays at 12:00 PM
Hilton Hotel
500 W. 3rd Ave.
Anchorage, AK  99501
United States
District Site
Venue Map
AER member Al Bramstedt
Mar 01, 2017
Presidential History
Charles Wohlforth
Mar 08, 2017
John Havelock
Mar 15, 2017
The Electoral College
Club Assembly
Mar 29, 2017
Tom Brennan
Apr 12, 2017
Bill O’Leary, President and CEO of ARR
Apr 26, 2017
Alaska Railroad
Home Page Stories
Student-Teacher of the Month East High School
First Sergeant Christopher Watts (US Army Retired. East High JROTC. (The Thunderbird Battalion) “Chose Greatness...Strive For Excellence” He has been at East Hight 8 years, and was nominated for Teacher of the Month by Curriculum Assistant Principal, Dave Morris, along with Cadet Allena Graciani a senior at East. Cadet Graciani’s hobbies/interests are Air Force ROTC, and she plans to attend UAA where she will major in Aviation Technologies.  Her hobbies are Running, track and field, sprinter. 
Hello Awesome Rotarians,
We are beginning to organize our Annual English Immersion Camp for adults.
This year it will take place on SATURDAY, APRIL 22nd from about 9:00 to 3:00.
This is a Great HANDS ON, FUN teaching experience necessary...
Volunteers are needed to help with food (pizza/snacks), assistants in the classroom, clean-up, door prizes, DID I say HAVE FUN???
This year we will have a special guest, Shirley Mae Springer Staten who will team up with Kathleen to do a special session using music for all levels. Shirley has a very inspiring and dynamic personality and should be quite fun.
Please reply to this e-mail if you are interested for either the whole day, or part of the day.
Thank you,
Kathleen Madden
'camp organizer'
Our club recently sponsored our exchange student Zoe, to a day of snowboarding at Alyeska. She wants to share this note with everyone. A great exchange student. If you have not taken time to do something with Zoe, you are missing out!
Hello President Paul, 
I just wanted to say thank you to the whole Rotary Club for paying for my Visit in Girdwood.
It was a lot of fun and I did a lot of process with my Snowboarding skills. I still have to work on it but it's so much fun and I am really getting better.
Best wishes 
The Social Committee is excited to announce a social event at The Alaska Rock Gym. 
Date:  Thursday March 2, 2017
Time: 6:30p-8:30p
Location: Alaska Rock Gym; 665 E. 33rd Ave. (Behind Moose's Tooth)
Capacity: 25 members total
Skill level and ages: all welcome
Cost: $30/person
Who is invited: All Rotarians, family members and friends
Attendance: Counts as a makeup
RSVP: or text 317-2191
Specific questions: Lynn Shaver
Please RSVP as soon as possible as I anticipate this event will fill up quickly.  I will send an email when all 25 spots have been taken.
Thank you very much and we look forward to a fun Rotary evening!
Conor Hlavinka
If you have a child or grandchild that is a sophomore or junior in high school, do we have a program for them!
Each year our District holds a "Rotary Youth Leadership Awards" event. This is a leadership training program that encourages and rewards outstanding young people who want to become better leaders.
RYLA consists of an all-expense paid two and a half-day conference that brings together a special group of young men and women from across Alaska/Yukon to share ideas about becoming better leaders. Action-packed activities, like problem solving games, challenge course, group discussions and team-building activities, help participants build confidence and leadership skills.
RYLA's intent is to encourage students to be more effective leaders. the following topics naturally arise during RYLA activities and discussions:
   * Fundamentals of leadership
   * Ethics of positive leadership
   * Importance of communication skills in
      effective leadership
   * Conflict management and problem solving
   * Rotary's purpose and service to the community
   * Building self-esteem and self-confidence
   * Elements of community and global citizenship

The event is co-planned by both RYLA Alumni and Rotarians. RYLA Alumni make sure that the program is fun and relevant to their peers. Alumni have innovative ideas that make sure the days are as interactive as possible and that the adults do not talk for too long. They serve as Alumni Leaders and Facilitators at the event - an opportunity some of the 2017 RYLA participants will have in 2018. We believe that the large number of teens that want to return as RYLA Alumni is an excellent indicator that the program holds the right balance of fun and skill building.
All forms, including a Frequently Asked Question sheet and the registration forms for the teens and the chaperones plus the medical release form are located on the AER homepage, under the "download files" right hand section.  You can talk to your club President or RYLA committee chair for more information.
With all of these anniversaries... How could you miss the adventure?
100th Anniversary of the Rotary Foundation
30th Anniversary of Women in Rotary
150th Anniversary of Alaska and Canada
Sign up today to join the fun by heading to the District 5010 website
Rotary District 5010 Conference Agenda
April 27-April 30, 2017
Sitka, Alaska
At our last luncheon together, I mentioned wanting to find out who from Anchorage East was planning to go to Atlanta in June for the Rotary International Convention. At the time, I thought there was a discount on registration available if we registered as a group. I've since found out that is not true. So, if you haven't already registered, please do that on your own. And, I recommend doing it before December 18th when prices go up! 
I still think it would be nice to get a list of everyone who is planning to go to Atlanta. Maybe even meet a few times beforehand to talk about our upcoming trip and help newbies like me better understand what to expect. 
If you are interested, please let me know. 
Thank you! 
Here is an article about Rotary Fellowships - particularly as they relate to the Rotary International Convention - from member Craig Bledsoe:

Rotary Fellowships and the International Convention

Fellowships are groups of Rotarians, spouses, and Rotaractors with similar recreation or vocational interests. The RI Board officially recognizes them but Fellowships operate independently with their own rules, dues and administrative structure. They offer opportunities to make lasting friendships outside of one’s own club, district and country.
They have a prominent role at Rotary’s International Conventions.
  • The House of Friendship is where convention attendee first go to feel welcome, meet friends and see displays of the many Rotary International Fellowships and Action Groups.
  • Fellowships often designate a convention hotel for members to stay together. 
  • Fellowships plan meals and social events all during the convention.
  • Fellowships often plan activities for their members before and following the convention.
RI now recognizes 73 Fellowships with interests as varied as yachting, flying, home exchanges, cycling and wine appreciation. They have members from at least three countries and find creative opportunities for service, fun, and advancing world understanding. They serve to promote fellowship and enhance a Rotarian’s experience beyond relationships with those in one’s own club.
I joined my first Fellowship when I sought a way to enrich my experience while attending an RI Convention in Australia. I wanted a way to extend my visit in the host country and link up with other Rotarians with my vocational or recreational interests that wished to do so as well. My investigation led to my wife and my joining the International Fellowship of Flying Rotarians and taking part in their ten-day flying adventure all around Queensland. What a marvelous indulgence in the hospitality and friendship of Rotarians! After the Atlanta RI Convention the Flying Rotarians have planned a ten day fly-away to significant destinations throughout the southeast. So too have many of the other fellowships.
June is designated Rotary Fellowship month. Seize on this time to become acquainted with Rotary Fellowships, make Rotary friends who share your vocation, avocation, recreation or social passion, or plan a club meeting about Fellowships.  
For a listing of all the Fellowships and contact information for joining, go to For a program on Rotary Fellowships to your club, contact the District Fellowship Chair, Thomas Johnston (
Easy instructions on how to set up your own account on the Rotary International website.

 We love Non-Profit announcements and we want to keep them going.  Here is a quick run-down on the rules:

  • All non-profit announcements should be less than one minute
  • All non-profit announcements should be cleared by the president prior to the meeting
  • All non-profit announcements should be cleared by the sergeant at arms prior to the meeting
  • In recognition of the no-fine purchaser, non-profit announcements will now be $40 

Keep them coming!  Keep us tuned in to what your passions are and what we can do to help! 


Weekly Anchorage East Rotary Club Meeting
The weekly Anchorage East Rotary Meeting is held at the Anchorage Downtown Hilton. The food line opens at 11:30 am and the meeting starts at noon. Lunch is $24 and coffee with dessert is $11.

Mobile Food Pantry
Mobile Food Pantry distribution is the second Saturday of each month at 1:30pm at the Fairview Recreational Center. Contact Barbara Swenson for more information.

AERIE Meetings (Anchorage East Rotary Information & Education) All new and experienced members are welcome to join the monthly AERIE meetings and learn more about Rotary International and our club. For 2016-2017 AERIE will be held on the third Thursday of each month at 5:15 pm and the location is at the Community Room of Kaladi Brothers Coffee, 6921 Brayton Drive   . Why AERIE?  Red badge members should come to fulfill your core requirements to turn your red badge to a blue one. Blue badge members should come to learn more about Rotary and get to know our members. Contact Dave Kester if any questions:

AER Board Meetings
Regularly monthly board meetings will be held the 3rd Tuesday of the month at at the Wells Fargo Museum..  Board meetings occasionally move or are changed so check the "Events" section of the bulletin or the the club runner website.  All are invited to attend. It counts towards getting your blue badge and as a meeting make-up.  

If you have any news you want to share with the club, please let us know! Contact Emily Rohrabaugh at

Have some interesting news about yourself? Your family? Anchorage East is one big, happy family and wants to hear about our members! But remember, just like in meetings, announcements must be limited to personal/family news, news related to you, your family or another club member. Also, please limit all stories to 250 words or less, and no more than 4 photos to go with each story.  Thanks!


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