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
Our member Brandon Spoerhase
May 03, 2017
State of Alaska Commercial Real Estate Industry
Teresa K. Pond, Producing Artistic Director
May 10, 2017
Cyrano's Theatre 2.0
Charles Brady, Workers comp manager for ASRC
May 17, 2017
The Need for Workers Compensation reform in Alaska
Zoe Johannsen
May 31, 2017
My year in Alaska as an exchange student to East Rotary
Jennifer Snodgrass and Jason Kim
Jun 14, 2017
Fraud Prevention
Kim Reitmeier, President, ANCSA Regional Assoc.
Jun 21, 2017
Economic Impact of ANSCA Regional Corporations in Alaska
Home Page Stories
Zoe turns 16 on Wednesday, April 26th.  Please wish her a happy birthday! (907) 205-7181 or
Zoe’s graduation from East is Thursday, May 18th at 7 pm at the Sullivan area.  Barbara Swenson is organizing her cheering squad if you’d like to attend.  (907)
I came across some “Old” Eastwinds and saw this cute "Mystery Rotarian" feature we used to do. Thought I would dust some off and bring them back!
First one to answer to me, by email (, the correct name of this mystery Rotarian will receive some fabulous prize, yet to be determined!
  • Sponsor:  Kent Davis
  • Date Inducted: February 1996
  • Birthplace: West Covina, California
  • Graduated From High School: Idaho Falls High School
  • Personal Interests: “God, family, golf and fishing. . .is there anything else”?
  • What I like about Rotary: “. . .what keeps me involved is being aqssociated with tremendous people and making a difference in the community”.
  • Someone that influenced you strongly: “My Dad taught me that there is no success at the office that’s greater than being a success at home”.
  • One thing that people would probably never guess about me is: “. . . that my nickname is “the Walrus” (coo-coo-catchoo. . .).
Anchorage East Rotary will staff the registrations desk for the Walk for Hope on Saturday, May 6th, beginning at 7 am.  Wake up early and come out and help in this AER community project.  Coffee and doughnuts provided.  
Our 7th (?) Annual Rotary English Immersion Camp was held this past Saturday at Alaska Literacy Program. By all accounts, it was a great success!
We had approximately 37 adults from 15 different countries join our 15+ Rotary volunteers for 6 hours of making new friends, learning new words, singing songs, laughing together and overall having a great time learning.  A true afternoon of "service above self" for the Rotary volunteers using our unique talents in a project that was truly  a 'combo' of community, vocational and international service all rolled into one day.  THANK you to all who came to be part of the AER team in putting this event on.  Everything worked so well. 
Students came from 15 countries:
Mexico, S. Sudan, S. Korea, Lebanon, Peru, Columbia, Laos, Panama, Domincan Republic, Pakistan, Russia, Ukraine, Venezuela,Ethiopia,Taiwan
A truly warm gathering of human beings from all over the world...singing together, making new friends and learning English.
Kathleen Madden
AWAIC, Clare House, the McKinnel Shelter, and Covenant House are in need of toiletries for their clients.  Member are encouraged to bring shampoo, conditioner, lotion etc. to the weekly meetings and they will be distributed to the above organizations.  Often times our fellow Rotarians travel and are able to collect travel size toiletries from hotels but regular size products are needed as well.

AWAIC is also in need of luggage or travel bags for their clients to use when they are able to leave that facility.  These will need to be transported to AWAIC by the donor.
Glorious sunshine & 23 volunteers today at the AER MFP distribution. Special thanks to President Paul, Jennifer H & her Mom for arriving early to help with the 90+ client households & new process flow, and Lee for staying late to meet the truck. Awesome team effort by everyone involved. Thank you all so much!! 
The ASD Social Studies Department is grateful for the Anchorage East Rotary grant that enabled them to rent the National Geographic GIANT Map.  ASD teachers selected the map of Africa. Rotarians might like to watch the students interact with the giant map doing educational activities at the following schools for the specific dates below.  Please let Tam know at if you are interested and she’ll give you further details. 
April 3-6 Gruening MS  
April 10-13 Wendler MS 
April 17-20 Goldenview MS 
April 24-27th Central MS
On the 4th of March 2017, after the Iditarod Ceremonial Start, six exchange students, Maria (Bolivia), Noah (Brazil), Tasha (South Africa), Kim (Switzerland), David (Denmark) and me, Zoe (Austria), all from the Anchorage area and the Valley participated in an extremely cold fundraising project for the benefit of the Shelter Box organization.
Shelter Box is an “international disaster relief charity that delivers emergency shelter and vital aid to people affected by disaster worldwide. Since it was founded, they have responded to over 270 disasters and humanitarian crises in more than 95 geographic locations and provided emergency aid for well over one million people.” 
We exchange students decided to camp in one of the shelter tents to get the ultimate experience of what it is like to stay in a shelter tent.  With the guidance of Nancy Dodge in whose backyard we were camping, as well as three other adults, we students saw and experienced how important it is to stay safe as refugees. We were split in three groups of two and each group had their own assignment to complete for the camp. One of the groups was responsible for fire making and for safety of the other "refugees,” such as checking if they were too cold or did not had the proper gear, or if they needed help doing their assigned tasks. The second group was responsible for preparing and cooking the food. The last group had to pack down the snow with snowshoes so that we were able to put the tent up without sinking into the snow.
After everything was prepared and the sun had set, we had dinner next to the self-made fire. We participated in a couple of activities after supper and took a night walk with an amazing view of the stars. Since this day was Maria’s18th birthday, we all enjoyed cake afterwards.
Between 10 and 11 pm, we all went to bed. Unfortunately, our shelter tent was not insulated for cold weather as it was actually a model to be used in emergencies on the continent of Africa!  At first, it was not that bad since we were still warm from the fire. At 1:30 am, however, two students went inside the Dodge’s home because the cold was to much for them and Nancy did not want them to get sick or have any problems afterwards.  At this point in the night, I was freezing my toes off even inside two sleeping bags with two blankets.   All the warm air went outside and a lot of cold air came into the tent. At 7 in the morning, I got up as fast as possible and went inside the house to warm up. The four of us who stayed out the whole night were really proud, but we also knew that we would not have to do it again, unlike real refugees.
I am very happy that I had the chance to participate in this fundraiser. It was an experience I will never forget and if I ever do it again, I know what I need and what to takes to stay warm. A tip I have for future exchange students who do this activity is to borrow an arctic sleeping bag and when you sleep, breath into your bag.  That keeps it warm and you don't get cold as fast. Always take more warm things with you think you need because you can't get warm with something you don't have.
I also understand now a little bit how refugees feel and what they go through. If I see someone in this situation, I will try to help as much as I can. Shelter Box is an incredible organization that helps a lot of people in really bad disaster situations and I’m glad our efforts have earned money for their work.  
I asked the other exchange students who stayed in the tent to comment about the fundraiser:
Kim (Switzerland)
It was such a nice experience. I wore snowshoes for my first time and learnt a lot of things, like how you can make an outdoor sleepover more comfortable. I was so excited for that sleepover and it was so much fun. My tip is kind of weird, but try to push yourself through it. When it's over you can be proud that you did it. Also enjoy every single moment. You never know when you do it the next time.
Tasha (South Africa)
The experience was amazing and even though I was so cold, I still really liked it and decided to hold out because others don't have a choice of going indoors. I learned that camping in Alaska is a lot harder than camping in Africa. I would sleep outside again but be more prepared next time with warmer clothes and maybe a heat pad. I was very proud of everyone and think that it's an experience that I will never forget. I'm proud that I pushed through and that tried something SO out of my comfort zone.  I encourage anyone to do it because I think you learn a lot and it is a good experience for a good cause.
Thank you, Nancy, and the other helpers for organizing this event and letting us claim the title of being the first to stay in a Shelter Box tent the furthest north in the whole world.
And a big hank you to all the generous Rotarians who sponsored us for this great project.
-Zoe Johannsen
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! 
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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