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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
Anchorage, AK 99501
United States of America
Wednesday Noon In-Person Meetings Canceled until Further Notice
Luke Vorstermans, Rotarian & Co-Founder
Apr 14, 2021 12:00 PM
"The Roll-a-Hippo Foundation"
Chief Justin Doll, APD
Apr 21, 2021 12:00 PM
Conversation with the Chief
Bob Scanlon, CEO
Apr 28, 2021 12:00 PM
Blood Bank of Alaska
Upcoming Events
Home Page Stories
Wednesday Club Meeting will be held as Zoom Meetings until further notice.

If you haven't yet attended our weekly Club meeting hosted on Zoom, please do. The meetings are a great way to see other club members and Zoom is easy to use!

April 14th Meeting - Zoom meeting info to follow by email.
Luke Vostermans, Rotarian & Co-Founder
"Roll-A-Hippo Foundation"
In a year unlike any other, we hope to provide more Thanksgiving cheer than any other. With your help we will be serving over 2,000 Thanksgiving meals to men and women experiencing homelessness and hunger over this Thanksgiving holiday.

And we need turkeys! Lots of them.

You may drop off your donations of turkeys and food items at one of two locations:
Bean's Cafe donation dropoff located at 1101 East 3rd Avenue. It's open  from 9 am to 3 pm daily - even weekends.
Tastee Freeze drop-off located at 3901 Raspberry Rd # 1. Open 11am - 9 pm daily.

Or, make an online donation today. https://donate.beanscafe.org/

Because we cannot invite volunteers into the shelter this Thanksgiving, please consider a direct financial contribution, or donating a turkey. We are also in need of donations of potatoes, dinner rolls, stuffing and fresh vegetables.

Although we have discontinued the Beanie Box project, please consider assembling pantry packs for The Children's Lunchbox. These food boxes feed a family of four for a single meal. 
Your support provides a traditional Thanksgiving meal, a place out of the cold, and a full helping of hope.

Thank you to the Anchorage East Rotary Volunteers who delivered Thanksgiving Meals to Chugach View and Chugach Manor Senior Residents!


Sandra Wicks, Rose Ebue, and Lynn Shaver unload turkey dinners to be delivered to residents of Chugach View on November 23rd.
Mark Schmeling prepares Thanksgiving dinner boxes at Chugach View.  Bruce Phelps and Rich Dyson also assisted.
Rich Dyson and Francis Gallela fist bump after delivering United Way and Food Bank of Alaska meals to residents of Chugach View on Thanksgiving morning.  Katie Johnson and Mark Schmeling also participated.
Bill Doolittle directed another successful Mobile Food Pantry distribution this past Saturday that served 139 clients.  There were a total of 17 volunteers, Bill Doolittle, Sandra Wicks, Bruce Phelps, Frank Cahill, Heather Flynn, Kim Liland from East High School, Bob Cox and his new bride Melissa, Rich Dyson, Dave Kester, Shawn Florio, Anne Adasiak-Andrews, Gretchen Klein, Bill Ure, Lee Nordstrom, Mark Mead and Mark Schmeling.
Rotary’s Four Roles in Promoting Peace
Rotary and its members are:
  • Practitioners: Our work fighting disease, providing clean water and sanitation, improving the health of mothers and children, supporting education, and growing local economies directly builds the optimal conditions for peaceful societies.
  • Educators: Our Rotary Peace Centers have trained over 1,300 peace fellows to become effective catalysts for peace through careers in government, education, and international organizations.
  • Mediators: Our members have negotiated humanitarian ceasefires in areas of conflict to allow polio vaccinators to reach children who are at risk.
  • Advocates: Our members have an integral role as respected, impartial participants during peace processes and in post-conflict reconstruction. We focus on creating communities and convening groups that are connected, inclusive, and resilient.
To learn more: https://www.rotary.org/en/our-causes/promoting-peace
400 million people in the world can’t afford or don’t have access to basic health care resulting in misery, pain, and poverty. Which is why Rotary members are devoted to fighting and preventing diseases. From setting up temporary clinics, blood donation centers, and training facilities in under-served communities to designing and building infrastructure allowing doctors, patients, and governments to work together, Rotary members take on efforts both large and small.
Disease results in misery, pain, and poverty for millions of people worldwide. That’s why treating and preventing disease is so important to us. We lead efforts both large and small. We set up temporary clinics, blood donation centers, and training facilities in underserved communities struggling with outbreaks and health care access. We design and build infrastructure that allows doctors, patients, and governments to work together.
Our members combat diseases like malaria, HIV/AIDS, Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis, diabetes, and polio. Prevention is important, which is why we also focus on health education and bringing people routine hearing, vision, and dental care.
Disease prevention and treatment takes on many forms, from supporting studies to helping immunize people to improving drinking water and the sanitation infrastructure. The world relies on Rotary to tackle these global challenges, and to set an example for others to follow.
Disease does not prevent itself. We educate and equip communities to stop the spread of life-threatening diseases. Rotary members have hundreds of health projects underway around the world at any given time.
  • Vaccines
  • Polio
  • Malaria
  • Alzheimer's
  • Telemedicine
  • Dengue Fever
The Rotary Foundation is changing the world by providing grants for projects and activities around the globe and in your own backyard.
Rotary makes amazing things happen, like:
  • Providing clean water: Rotary has worked with partners to provide more than 80 percent of Ghana’s people with clean water to fight Guinea worm disease.
  • Reducing HIV infection: In Liberia, Rotary members are helping women get tested for HIV early in their pregnancies. They used prenatal care to reduce new HIV infections in children by 95 percent over two years.
  • Ending polio: Rotary members have played a key role in bringing the world to the brink of polio eradication. Their efforts have not only ended polio in 122 countries but also created a system for tackling myriad other health priorities, such as Ebola.
Rotary members are devoted to fighting and preventing diseases. From setting up temporary clinics, blood donation centers, and training facilities in underserved communities to designing and building infrastructure allowing doctors, patients, and governments to work together, Rotary members take on efforts both large and small.
This December, Rotary Disease Treatment and Prevention Month, gain inspiration to take action to fight and prevent disease in your community by:
  • Supporting health education programs that explain how diseases are spread, and promoting ways to reduce the risk of transmission;
  • Partnering with medical institutions or ministries of health to help immunize people against infectious diseases;
  • Supporting continued education and training for health workers through scholarships, stipends, and public recognition;
  • Improving and expanding access to affordable health care in under-served areas.
Another great shot from Arnie Cohen!
From Arnie's Garden
The community garden at Shepherd of the Hills that was funded by the AER Community Service grant is almost complete as far as the construction goes. 
A gate is the finishing touch and we will be church members lined out to start seedlings in the spring and have a first harvest in 2021
The Communications Committee is encouraging everyone to review your information on Clubrunner and update anything that has changed.  If you've changed jobs, retired, moved, changed phone numbers or email addresses, or perhaps you'd like a new photo uploaded, chances are you've got a few things to update.  Please take a few minutes and make the necessary changes.  If you're not quite sure how to do this, feel free to send clear information to Chris Wolpert and he will be glad to update your Clubrunner information.
Following is the inspirational reading from our AER lunch meeting on June 6, 2018 and submitted by Anne Adasiak-Andrew.  It is from Katherine Schafler’s article on Thrive Global (https://www.thriveglobal.com/stories/16020-4-questions-we-unconsciously-ask-near-constantly)
Katherine Schafler writes: “Maya Angelou suggests there are four silent questions that we’re all unconsciously asking each other all the time.  When the silent answer to each of the four silent questions is a definitive YES, the love (or our basic sense of humanity) in the relationship becomes more palpable and is immediately felt.  Here are the 4 critical questions:
Do you see me?
Do you care that I’m here?
Am I enough for you or do you need me to be better in some way?
Can I tell that I’m special to you by the way that you look at me?
Whether it's your kids, your colleagues, your partner, the store clerk, or really anyone in your community, when someone feels genuinely appreciated by you, it’s because you treat them in such a way that affirmatively answers each question pretty consistently.  It's because when you look at them, you actually take the time to see them. 
We all make the mistake of blazing through “darling” moments every single day.  (Ex: the child offering you a dandelion, the man who holds the door, the barista who put a heart in the foam of your coffee)  Sometimes we don’t even remember much about our week because we just weren’t fully there.
The answer is quite simple:  Slow down!  Take a second to actually look at another person.  Slowing down and taking the one extra second is how you connect.  It's this incredibly simple part of the human experience that's getting lost in the modern rush.  Taking the one extra second to connect is the secret to the people we find most charming.  It's what the best leaders do -- helping people feel seen and valued will totally shift your life. 
Connection is not based on how much time we spend with someone or what we do with them.  Connection is always based on quality of presence. “  Let us celebrate that we come together as Rotarians each week, to truly “see” and value each other, and build connection.  Thank you.
For those with an interest in history, this is a ticket to the banquet celebrating Anchorage East Rotary's charter on June 17, 1970.

If you have any news you want to share with the club, please let us know! Contact Chris Wolpert at christopherwolpert@hotmail.com

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!

 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! 


Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Vice President
Past President
Communications Co-Chair
Community Service Co Chair
Community Service Co-Chair
International Service
Public Image
Rotary Foundation
Rotary Foundation Co-Chair
Rotary Rondy Beer Fest Chair
Sergeant at Arms
Vocational Service
Youth Exchange
Youth Services
Executive Secretary

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