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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 PM
Varsity Sports Grill
3550 Providence Drive
Anchorage, AK 99508
United States of America
Wednesday Noon In-Person Meetings ALASKA AIRLINES CENTER, VARSITY SPORTS GRILL 3550 Providence Drive
Dar Walden
Jul 20, 2022 12:00 PM
Christopher Walden House of Hope
George Martinez, VP of Communications
Jul 27, 2022 12:00 PM
Leadership Anchorage-Alaska Humanities Forum
Ginny Grabowski, Nutrition Coach
Aug 03, 2022 12:00 PM
VegFest 2022
Kelly Larson, Director of Comm & Corp Partnership
Aug 10, 2022 12:00 PM
Alaska State Fair
Upcoming Events
Home Page Stories
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.
We have a mystery student headed our way and we need a first host family. I don't have gender or country of origin yet but it will come soon and we need to have our ducks in a row ASAP to get the paperwork done. 
I've got a second host family in the East school zone if we can target that zone that makes life easier for future Katie. The student would be at your home ~8/13/2022 to November/December. Please feel free to reach out if you have questions about how awesome it is to host.
Throw your friends, children and neighbors under the bus. Couples with and without as well as single parents all make excellent families. We need the whole club to be successful at YE! Help me help us! ak.ktjohnson@gmail.com 907-342-5203.
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!
Multiple club members enjoyed a great 1980s murder mystery this past weekend! Allison Capps was our murder, but nobody guessed it was her, so she won the “Best Liar” prize! Katie Johnson and Rich Dyson must have acted guilty because they received the most accusations, earning them the “Most Likely to Commit a Crime” title. Dave Kester and Kristen Dyson showed up with their best 1980’s wear and won “Best Costume.” Katie Johnson won “Best Performance,” and Jon Dyson won the “Tried Their Best” prize, but only because he wouldn’t show any skin.
Looks like a good time was had by all.  Well done everyone!
The Bettye Davis East High Interact Club has begun working on their annual Valentine's Day sale and will use the proceeds to purchase hygiene kits for Clare House and Covenant House. Additional mentors/advisors from Anchorage East are needed.  Please contact Karen Smith for more information.
East High Interactors assemble gifts to sell for St. Valentine’s Day.
Assortment of Valentine’s gifts for sale to raise funds for Covenant House.
East High Interact Club, sponsored by Anchorage East Rotary is back and meeting now that school is in session.  West High Interact is soon to follow.  If you know of any student at East or West, please let them know about Interact.
Pictured at the first meeting of the year are Rich Dyson, AER liaison, Lisa Xiong, senior student, and Kim Liland, faculty sponsor. If you would like to volunteer to be an AER liaison with East or West High, please contact Karen Smith, AER Director of Youth Services.
During last week's Club meeting Paul Paslay and Woody Angst were both recognized by District 5010 for their contributions to Rotary last year.  District Governor Cheryl Metiva and Lieutenant Governor Lisa Phillips presented the awards!
Paul Paslay and Lieutenant Governor Lisa Phillips
Woody Angst and Lieutenant Governor Lisa Phillips
Two visiting Rotarians from Nepal joined our meeting last week with Jay Jackson. Rajesh Upadhyay from PP Rotary Club Kathmandu Metro and his wife Rara from Rotary Club of Jawalakhel Manjushree visited with us during their visit to Alaska.  Our Club assisted Helping Hands for Nepal did a grant project with Kathmandu Metro that provided an autoclave for the National Kidney Center - Kathmandu.
Rajesh and Rara with Jay Jackson
Rajesh and Rara with District Governor Cheryl Metiva
Air guitar, fellowship and tee shirts were the order of the day for Rotarians and friends at the Tuesday and Thursday Foo Fighters concerts. Led by our illustrious leader Jon Dyson, volunteers sold merchandise at the events and got to hear the concert (though Rich was critical of their Bee Gees covers).
Thanks for sacrificing a little sleep to earn a $100 per person donation to the club!
Amanda Hesser, Rich Dyson, Katie Johnson, Michael and Cassie Jurasek, Mary Rowan, Rachel Arlington and boyfriend, Lina Covil, Eduardo Teran and several others spent 6 busy hours as Foo Fighteers wish fulfillment selling tee-shirts, hoodies, records, beer koozies, and the coveted event posters.
Several Anchorage East Rotarians enjoyed beer and fellowship at Anchorage Brewing last Friday night. 
If  you didn't attend you missed out! The event was attended by Dave Hoffman and guest Lindsey, Rich and Cristen Dyson, Katie Johnson, Amanda Hesser (and guest), Craig and Ruthanne Bledsoe, Allison Capps, and Adam Sikorski. Conversation and beer were the order of business and plenty of both was had.
The social committee looks forward to seeing you at the next event to put the fun in fellowship!
The first zucchini harvest from the Shepherd of the Hills Community Garden was taken to Anchorage Gospel Rescue Mission today. The construction of the garden was completed last year by Roth Powers, a church member, for his Eagle Scout project with the purchase of all the materials needed through a Community Service grant from Anchorage East Rotary.  Looks like there will be plenty of zucchini, cabbage, kale, beans and eventually potatoes.
Thank you Anchorage East Rotary – making our community better!
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