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     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
Club Assembly
Jul 25, 2018
Betty Arnett
Aug 08, 2018
Story Teller: 22 and the Mother of 11
Diane Fejes, District Governor
Oct 31, 2018
Annual visit from our District Governor for District 5010
Home Page Stories
  • Jamie Fink visited for the first time with her new daughter.  $342 was raised by the membership for her daughter’s college fund.
  • Our speaker, Dave Pfleiger from Ravn Air, after his speech auctioned off two round trip tickets.  The winners were Julius Brecht, visiting us from Anchorage Downtown, and our own Emily Rohrabaugh.
  • It has come to your president’s attention that Suzie Doll will be competing in the Miss Alaska USA competition at the Wendy Williamson Auditorium on August 4, from about 5:30p to 7:30p.  Might our club get together a group to cheer her on?
  • Today was birthday cake day.  No one at the table with the cake was celebrating a birthday this month, but when this fact was mentioned, Gideon Garcia moved to the table, and we sang happy birthday.
  • Jon Dyson and his wife are expecting a child soon.
  • Emily Rohrabaugh thanked Bill Faulkner for his act of kindness when he opened a grocery store door for her when her hands were full with her child and with groceries.
  • Rich Dyson announced the new No Fine Button policy, which will become a weekly sign-up at a cost of $50.  Rich also announced that instead of a game of skill, there will be a simple split the pot at the end of each meeting.
Last Wednesday President Paul met up with a group to help greet Jeffrey Harris, who is returning from a year in Finland as a Rotary exchange student.  Picture below are Paul and Jeffrey.
It's a new Rotary year and there is a new sheriff (Sgt-at-Arms) in town.  The no-fine button will not be auctioned off each month as in the past.  Members can sign up to use the privilege on a weekly basis for $50.  Contact Rich Dyson who will keep the calendar.   Non-profit announcements will still cost $40 and will need to be coordinated in advance through either President Paul or Rich Dyson.
Hello fellow Rotarians.
Here is your leadership team for this year (in no particular order of importance):
  • Rebecca Sentner and Christian Deykes, co-chairs for community service committee
  • Anne Garrett and Adam Sikorski, co-chairs for international committee
  • Bob Cox, chair for vocational committee
  • Mike Zahare, chair for vocational service committee
  • Shawn Florio and Sheila Lomboy, co- chairs for membership committee
  • Christopher Wolpert and Jeff Blake, co-chairs for communication committee
  • Rich Dyson, sergeant-at-arms
  • Gretchen Klein, chair for social committee
  • Katie Johnson and Marjorie Poggas, co- youth exchange officers
  • Karen Smith, youth services officer
  • Lance Wilber, past president
  • Janine Becka, executive secretary
  • Kara Blake, secretary
  • Charlotte Tharp, president-elect
  • Jennifer Snodgrass, treasurer
  • Bill Ure, vice president
On July 25, we shall have a club assembly at which each of these folks may speak to you about their plans for the year.  Please take a moment to think how you might like to be involved this Rotary year in our club.  Approach any one or more of these people for more information or to join up with them in some way!  The work that is done outside of our weekly meetings is so important to building our friendships and planning our good works.  It can also be a lot of fun.
Our exchange student, Yuga Takahashi, will be returning to his home in Japan on July 13th.  So there is still a little bit of time to invite him to participate in a fun activity.  You can call him directly if you have his number or contact Rich Dyson to arrange.
If you are unable to take Yuga on any further adventures but would still like to see him one last time, you can catch him at the airport on 7/13 at 4:00 AM.  (His flight actually departs at 6:00 AM.)  He will be traveling on Delta Flight 1979 from the National (main) terminal.  If you would like to receive a group text providing updates on his departure, send Katie Johnson your cell phone number.
Those attending the Rondy/Rotary Beer Festival Planning Meeting were quite surprised to have Governor Bill Walker drop in to say hello.  He had been interviewed down the hall at the Channel 2 studios and wanted to come by and offer his support for our fun event for a worthy cause.  During his visit, the committee decided to create the "Governor's Choice Award" to be given to the Governor's selection of the best beer at the Festival.
In the pictures:
Top photo:  Adam Sikorski, Chair of the Rotary/Rondy Beer Fest and Governor Bill Walker
Bottom photo:  John McCleary, Rondy Executive Director and Tony Freije, member AER
Thank you to Greg Solomon for a batch of fresh humor.
  • I've decided to sell my Hoover... well, it was just collecting dust.
  • I ordered 2000 lbs. of Chinese soup.  It was Won Ton.
  • What's the difference between a poorly dressed man on a bicycle and a nicely dressed man on a tricycle?  A tire.
  • Why is a baseball game a good place to go on a hot day? Because there are lots of fans.

If you live in the East school zone, we can still set you up with Adam, our next inbound Rotary Exchange student from Slovokia.  Please talk to your friends and family.

Thank you for supporting Youth Exchange.

Yuga heads home on 7/13.  Where has the year gone?!  He recently returned from his West Coast Tour.  Thank you to those who helped make this possible!
We need your help filling his last days.  He would like to go fishing and/or go to Denali.  His current host family would love to loan him to you, especially if you're headed somewhere during the week.  We can use your help even if you're doing less exotic things - hiking, going to music in the park, the Saturday market.  With school out, he's looking for adventures.  Take this opportunity before he's gone!
Photographed are Diane Fejes, District 5010’s incoming District Governor, and our incoming President Paul Paslay.  This photo was taken on Saturday, June 23, at the Rotary International Convention in Toronto.
AER is pleased to be hosting Mr. David Pflieger, President and CEO of Ravn Alaska.  He will be presenting to our club on July 11.  In preparation for David’s presentation, he wants our membership to know that Ravn Alaska will be giving away two free roundtrip tickets to anywhere Ravn flies.  To be eligible for the drawing, members will need to submit their business cards (only one per member) at the July 11th meeting.  So please come prepared with your business card if you would like to participate in the drawing.
As a reminder, there will be no Wednesday afternoon lunch meeting this week.  In its place is the Changing of the Guard dinner, to be held on Wednesday, June 20th, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Chart Room on the 15th floor of the Hilton Hotel.  Weather permitting, after the formalities the party will move to the Top of the World outside deck.
The cost for the event is $50 per person and the Hilton is providing a wonderful meal of roasted strip loin steak and seared salmon, side dishes and dessert.  Please plan on attending to thank President Lance for his great leadership during the 2017-18 year and to help usher in the new administration under the leadership of President-elect Paul Paslay.
If you are planning to attend, please RSVP to jbecka.gci.net@clubrunner.email and let her know if you will be bringing a guest.  We would like to present the Hilton with as accurate of a count as possible for their planning purposes.  Payments for the event will be accepted at the door on Wednesday evening.
Melissa “Melly”  Burger recently graduated from East High. She was involved in the Interact Club for most of her four years of high school.  Always enthusiastic about the various service projects with which the club members got involved, Melly was usually the first to sign up as a volunteer.  She brought many ideas to the meetings for new service projects. Last year, Melissa accumulated enough volunteer hours for both her efforts in Interact, in other school organizations and in the community to win the bronze Presidential Volunteer Service Award. This year she achieved the silver!   She is shown here wearing her new medal and proudly displaying her certificate.
This week's lunch menu consists of "chef's choice", to be prepared by the Hilton's new (enthusiastic and talented) chef.  We are told that we will be pleasantly surprised.
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.
One of the fun and memorable things I did in Alaska was riding a Segway downtown Anchorage.  I've never driven a Segway, but it was not hard to drive.  It is very safe.  The weather was sunny.  The guide told us stories about Anchorage.  If you come to Anchorage, you should go sightseeing by Segway.  You can go around downtown and feel Alaskan summer!  If I have time, I will do it again before I go home to Japan.
This Wednesday's Hilton lunch menu consists of a soup and sandwich buffet.
Here is some humor for the week, courtesy of Greg Solomon.
-What's the difference between a poorly dressed man on a bicycle and a nicely dressed man on a tricycle?  A tire.
-Why is a baseball game a good place to go on a hot day?  There are lots of fans.
-I have a few jokes about unemployed people, but it doesn't matter.  None of them work.
-My cross-eyed wife and I just got a divorce.  We didn't see eye to eye. I also found out she was seeing someone on the side.
The East Interact Club wrapped up its fourth year of service activities.  Special thanks to teacher sponsor Laron Thomas, as well as Travis Cooper who assisted him.  Thanks to club co-presidents Brianna Edwards and Emma Levy.  Here are the projects completed this year:
• Wrote thank-you notes to firefighters and first responders.
• Volunteered at Halloween party at Tudor Elementary School
• Hosted a dinner at Hickel House (residential facility at Providence Hospital)
• Volunteered at Tudor Elementary School’s Cyberbullying/Technology Awareness Event
• Ran the 2nd annual Random Pies of Kindness campaign
• Donated to Operation Gratitude
• Assisted at Trick or Treat Street at the Hotel Captain Cook
Random Pies of Kindness
Interactors delivered 90 surprise pumpkin pies just before Thanksgiving to Bean’s Café, Brother Francis Shelter, Downtown Soup Kitchen, AWAIC shelter, Clare House shelter, Kids’ Kitchen children’s food program, Anchorage Senior Center, the Salvation Army’s Serendipity Adult Day Care Center and the Prestige Care Center.  There was much delight and appreciation expressed from the recipients.  The $315 profit made from this project were distributed equally to ShelterBox USA (shelter tents and supplies for those suffering from natural disasters), Helping Hands for Nepal (for the Nepalese children’s shoes that grow with them) and Malawi Children’s Village (for education support for HIV/AIDS orphans).  Thank you to Interactors who delivered the pies, Melly, Emma, and Steve, as well as AER volunteer drivers Heather Flynn, Katie Johnson, Tam Agosti-Gisler, and East teachers Laron Thomas and Travis Cooper.  Kudos to Costco DeBarr for donating 10 pies and Rich Dyson who sponsored the pie for Interact students to enjoy as they wrapped up the campaign at their meeting before Thanksgiving.  
Operation Gratitude
East Interact Club participated in Operation Gratitude, a national program that sends care boxes to active military and wounded warriors.  Interactors knitted and crocheted 31 scarves with donated yarn from the community.  Far North yarn shop also collected and donated scarves made by the local community.  Knitters of the North Guild also advertised for the project.  Also, a thank you to East teacher, Heather Roach, for assisting in teaching Interactors how to knit.
Interactor Melissa Burger completed sufficient volunteer hours to qualify for the Silver Presidential Service Award.  East Interact Club also qualified for the Bronze Group award.
Pictured are (Left to Right):  Gabrielle Jones, Monroe Sempleton, Brianna Lawrence, Sophia Mira, Lisa Elconin, and Emma Levy
AER membership, please congratulate Charlotte Tharp for her being honored with a "Be Humble, Be Kind" award.
Kindly be reminded that our AER Mobile Food Pantry Distribution will be held this coming Saturday from 1:30-2:45pm at the Fairview Recreation Center at 1121 East 9th Avenue in Anchorage.
Last month we served a record 145+ client households and we anticipate a large turnout again this weekend.  We need a minimum of 12 volunteers to meet the Food Bank of Alaska standard. Your support is vital to the success of the MFP program and we thank you in advance for your participation & service above self!
The weather forecast is calling for 50 degrees with a mix of clouds & sunshine.  So, wear your favorite sunglasses and shorts if you dare!  We hope to see you at the MFP distribution! 
Remember:  It counts as a Make-Up and is a family-friendly activity.
Please pay Rayli directly.  The cost does not include food or beverage, and you must be 21 to attend.
Presented below is a chart that shows five options for providing work-based learning experiences for high school students.  The time commitments vary from 2 hours to 144 hours!  Please consider the way you and/or your business might be able to provide positive work-based learning experiences for students.
Who to Contact:
Missy Fraze (High Schools): 907-742-8993 or fraze_missy@asdk12.org
Julie Vincek (King Tech): 907-742-8986 or vincek_julie@asdk12.org
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Vice President
Past President
Community Service Co Chair
Community Service Co Chair
Vocational Service Chair
Rotary Foundation Chair
International Service Co Chair
International Service Co Chair
Membership Co Chair
Membership Co Chair
Communications Co Chair
Communications Co Chair
Sergeant at Arms
Social Committee Chair
Youth Exchange Co Chair
Youth Exchange Co Chair
Youth Services
Executive Secretary

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