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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
Rick Goodfellow
Oct 28, 2020 12:00 PM
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Upcoming Events
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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!

September 9th Meeting - Zoom Meeting Details to follow by separate email.
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
More than 775 million people over the age of 15 are illiterate. That’s 17 percent of the world’s adult population. 
Rotary’s goal is to strengthen the capacity of communities to support basic education and literacy, reduce gender disparity in education, and increase adult literacy.  We support education for all children and literacy for children and adults.
Our impact on education:
The Rotary Foundation supports education through scholarships, donations, and service projects around the world. 
Rotary members make amazing things happen, like:
Opening schools: In Afghanistan, Rotary members opened a girls’ school to break the cycle of poverty and social imbalance.
Teaching adults to read: Rotary members in the United States partnered with ProLiteracy Detroit to recruit and train tutors after a study showed that more than half of the local adult population was functionally illiterate.
New teaching methods: The SOUNS program in South Africa, Puerto Rico and the United States teaches educators how to improve literacy by teaching children to recognize letters by sounds instead of names.
Making schools healthy: Rotarians are providing clean, fresh water to every public school in Lebanon so students can be healthier and get a better education.
Enhancing educational systems: In Kenya, Rotary clubs are working with the Global Partnership for Education and local and national governments to advance life-long learning opportunities for poor and marginalized children. 
“When you teach somebody how to read, they have that for a lifetime. It ripples through the community, one by one.“
Mark Wilson
Rotary Club member
The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:
  • First - The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;
  • Second - High ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society;
  • Third - The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian’s personal, business, and community life;
  • Fourth - The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.


Gabi left Alaska on June 8th and Club members were on hand at Anchorage International Airport to wish her safe travels home!
With incredible host Carolyn Jones.
With Youth Exchange Coordinator Katie Johnson
With her flight captain before boarding!
Farewell Gabi! Thanks for being an incredible Youth Exchange Student!
The East High Interact Club is already gearing up for the 2019/ 2020 school year.  Teacher advisor Kim Liland and students were presented with next year's banner by President Paul this week.  The students represent the future for Rotary International.  When we have their meeting dates for next year, we'll reach out for support from our supportive AER members.
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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