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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
Ryan Binkley
Mar 21, 2018
Anchorage Daily News
Representatives from Chugach Electric & MOA
Mar 28, 2018
Sale of local electric utility
Jerry Balistreri
Apr 04, 2018
How to Read Body Language
Richard Allen
Apr 11, 2018
District Attorneys Office Update
Anchorage School District
Apr 18, 2018
CTE Program
Lisa Aquino, Catholic Social Services
Apr 25, 2018
Coordinated Approach on Homelessness
Adam Sikowski & Oscar Avellaneda-Cruz
May 02, 2018
How to Tell Stories with Photography
Bill Popp
May 09, 2018
Jerry LeFevers and Scholarship Committee
May 16, 2018
East and Bartlett Scholarship recipients
Stacee Kleinsmith
May 23, 2018
Home Care for the Elderly/Sick
Sophie Minich
May 30, 2018
Jennifer Witter
Jun 13, 2018
ASD - STEM Program
Changing of the Guard
Jun 20, 2018
Evening Program
Exchange Student Yuga
Jun 27, 2018
His year in Alaska
Home Page Stories
As we were walking around Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, we noticed a poster advertising a Rotary fundraising project in conjunction with the local firefighters - a dog wash.  Of course, we had to go see it so we could make a report to AER.  At the fire station, the junior firefighters and junior emergency first responders, in their uniforms and under the supervision of Rotarians, groomed, washed and dried the dogs.  Other young members of the force got equipment and physical training.  It was good to see so many young people engaged in a very productive way.
Robin Dublin and her wife Hilary Morgan (fellow Rotarian at Downtown Rotary) are having an amazing time, currently in South Africa.  We stopped into Knysna Rotary and had a wonderful lunch.  Great conversations about race relations and Rotary projects.  Super nice people. For both Hilary and I, this was our first time going to a Rotary Club outside the U.S.  Recommend it to all!  See you in April.
When we were in Oaxaca, Mexico, in January, we not only visited some amazing churches and artisan studios, I also visited a small Rotary Club that, in conjunction with a Colorado Rotary Club, had just delivered 53 wheelchairs to people with mobility challenges.  At the meeting, a 54th wheelchair was delivered to a man for one of his handicapped relatives.  This club has also delivered lots of solar cookers to women in indigenous villages to help them save on firewood.  One of this club’s members was a Rotary ambassadorial scholar in the US many years ago and was one of the first women inducted into Rotary.  While we were in Oaxaca, we also saw lots of grasshoppers for sale, but we didn’t have any with our cheese omelet. (See the pink picture.)
-The guy who fell onto an upholstery machine last week is now fully recovered.
-He had a photographic memory, but it was never fully developed.
-When she saw her first strands of gray hair she thought she'd dye.  
-Acupuncture is a jab well done. That's the point of it.
Thank you to Adam Sikorski and AER for leading the International Committee Assembly meeting during our regularly scheduled meeting time!  I appreciate all the support from Rotary and my International Committee team during the past few months.  The results from the assembly were not surprising. However, before sharing the details, I would like to invite everyone to take this quick (3 minute) survey. This will give everyone in the club – whether they were at the meeting or not – an opportunity to say what matters to them and where we, as a club, should be putting our energy. MANY thanks and I will share the results next week!
Also, we will have an international Committee meeting next week (the last week of March) date/location TBD to review these surveys and the data from the meeting.
Featured are some of our AER Rotarians from the Iditarod restart party on Long Lake at the home of Tryg and Kim Erickson, which also happened to be a fundraiser for PolioPlus.  Thank you Arnie!
Polio cases continue to decline.  2017 had 22 cases, down from 37 in 2016.  For 2018, there have been 3 cases in Afghanistan.  Currently, District 5010 leads the way with contributing 20% of our DDF Funding to PolioPlus.  Also, with combining the district’s $35,000 check with individual clubs’ contributions so far, we rank 3rd in our zone for per capita giving.
Noteworthy is that only 8 clubs have met or exceeded the RI Challenge of $1500 per club.  Additionally, 40% of our clubs (that’s 16 clubs) have contributed nothing to PolioPlus this year.  It is critical we have all clubs on board if we are going to meet RI’s funding commitment of $50,000,000 each year for 3 years and take advantage of the Gates Foundation 2 for 1 match.
Our leading club, from Juneau-Gastineau, contributed $7,260 to PolioPlus so far.  In fact, the Juneau clubs are our true polio champions with Juneau-Glacier Valley ranking 3rd with over $6,800.  Fairbanks Club is 2nd with $7,150.  E-Club is the top club for per capita giving at over $254 per person!  And a special shout out to Whitehorse who have contributed almost $1,400 in a club with only 24 members.
Please attend the District Conference in Seward where on May 19th, we will celebrate our district’s accomplishments and will honor a long time PolioPlus Champion and fighter of the disease, John Diesher.  There will be plenty of food, fun and dancing as we continue the countdown towards making polio history.
Anchorage School District Superintendent, and AER Member, Dr. Deena Bishop introduced seven students from West High School during the regularly scheduled school board meeting this evening.  Students and their respective organizations were recognized for their leadership and the service that they provide to the community.  Members of the Interact Club were included in the recognition. The President of the Interact Club said a few words about the club's concern regarding the global issue of human trafficking and its efforts to address the issue through its local efforts at West High School.  Last December, the club participated in a global program called "Dressember" during which the girls wore dresses, the boys wore bow ties, and the club raised over $2,000 to address the trafficking issue.
On February 7, 2018, Bruce Phelps and Sandra Wicks delivered the last water filters purchased with AER's district grant to people in two small communities down a long dirt road in the county south of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.  Fifteen filters were delivered to serve 40 people and to the school in Agua Caliente, and 16 filters were delivered to serve 50 people in Bioto.  Many thanks are due to Aide Olivera who lives in El Tuito for driving us to the villages in her truck and acting as our go-between.  In all, with our district grant this year, we were able to deliver 116 filters to serve 343 people, 4 schools and a free dental clinic.
Hi guys. It's time for me to beg for hosts once again.  Please if you live in the south school zone or know someone who does, we're looking for one last host family for our friend Yuga. He's here until early July, but he will be going on the west coast tour for two weeks in June.  I also need someone to step up in the east school zone to host our yet unknown 2018/2019 student.
These are both urgent needs. Please help!  You can reach me at ak.ktjohnson@gmail.com, or 907-342-5203.
Please join us Sunday, March 4th, 2018 to watch the Iditarod Race.  We’re located on the race trail at Long Lake, about 2 ½ miles from the restart.  Race begins at 2:00 PM. Arrive early to avoid traffic.  Chili, hot dogs, clam chowder, and delicious treats will be served indoors.  Coffee, hot chocolate, and apple cider will keep you warm cheering the dogs and mushers outside.  BYOB for anything stronger.  If you wish to make a contribution, this will be the 8th year supporting Rotary’s End Polio Now campaign with our Iditarod Party.  Each year brings us closer to a polio-free word.  The address is 11832 N. Maxwell Dr., Willow.  Email ericksontj@muni.org (cell 907-242-5590) or kim.erickson@greatlandlaser.com (cell 907-223-8385) or 907-495-6679 (landline) for more information.
Greg Solomon and Sally Archer with the 1st of 12 (naked) desserts that Greg won the bid for at the Annual Foundation Auction January 31st.
Rotary kicked off Rondy 2018 with a successful inaugural beer festival on February 17th!  With nearly 300 people in attendance, an amazing group of volunteers, and brewers from around the state, the Alaskan community came together to support an important cause.  The “Brew Crew” looks forward to doing this again next year and continuing to do good and make an impact in our community.
The next AERIE Meeting will be at 6:00 PM on February 22nd at the Cattle Company.  We have invited Past Presidents to come and speak about their year as president (challenges, triumphs, insights gained, etc.).  It should be a great meeting.
We are very grateful for the 18 volunteers who braved the brisk temps to serve 95+ clients at the AER Mobile Food Pantry this past Saturday.  Thanks to Karla Jutzi & Sandy Mitchell from our Food Bank of Alaska partner for joining us today. Thank you everyone for your service above self!
Fur Rondy and Anchorage East Rotary Club are teaming up to kick off Rondy 2018 with a beer festival on February 17th  from 3pm-7pm at the Anchorage Center for the Performing Arts in Downtown Anchorage.  The event will feature over 20 breweries from across Alaska, along with food, and live music for Alaskans to enjoy while tasting the best brews that Alaska has to offer.  Adam Sikorski, of the Anchorage Rotary East Club, is the leader of this event, and has rallied Fur Rondy and Rotary club members to build this event as a fundraiser to benefit organizations that combat human trafficking within Alaska and beyond.  
Human trafficking is a growing problem in the state that is often hidden from sight of the public.  According to a study by the Modern Slavery Research Project at Loyola University, almost 20% homeless youth interviewed had experiences that fit the definition of human trafficking.  When considering the mission of the event, Adam Sikorski stated “Human trafficking is a global issue, and we want to do our part to fight it locally.”
The Rondy Rotary Beer Festival is a new event for Fur Rondy 2018, and has been supported favorably by Alaskan breweries as well as local Alaskan restaurants.  Admission is $45 on Centertix, and includes a commemorative glass to mark the launch of Anchorage’s newest beer festival. 
If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Adam Sikorski at 907 202-2105 or email at Adam.Sikorski@gmail.com.
Following is an update from Heather Flynn on the AER International Grant to the Santiago Foundation:
The AER [International] Grant funded programs in carpentry, knitting, art, and jewelry (the earrings are highly prized).  Students can sell their wares but more importantly, it helps students graduate, learn English, and get good paying jobs and continuing education.  These are kids and adults who have no other opportunities.  AER can be justifiably proud of the support they have provided to make life better for a great bunch of the Santiago community.
Our Youth Exchange Student Yuga needs transportation support from South Anchorage High School to the Hilton so that he can attend our lunch meetings.  Pick-up time would be 11:10AM (can be flexible on exact time), and then he would need to be returned to school or to the Rinehart/Erb house near Goldenview Middle School.  Reach out the Katie Johnson if you can help, and she will work with members to arrange a schedule.  One-way drivers are also accepted.  The first date Yuga will need a ride is 2/7/18.
Yuga is also in need of host family #3.  His anticipated move-date is mid to late March.  Please keep Yuga in mind when you’re talking with friends, relatively, and co-workers in the South school zone.
-With her marriage, she got a new name and a dress.
-Police were summoned to a daycare center where a three-year-old was resisting a rest.
-Did you hear about the fellow whose entire left side was cut off?  He's all right now.
-A bicycle can't stand alone; it's just two tired.
This Wednesday’s lunch features an Asian/Thai buffet.
Wednesday, January 24 is the last day to make a reservation of PartiGras!, AER’s gala/auction. The event will be held at Hotel Captain Cook on Wednesday, January 31 at 6:00 pm.  Cost is $60 per person.  There will be live jazz and blues, a wonderful New Orleans style buffet featuring prime rib and shrimp, salad fixings, dirty rice, beignets and bread pudding.
On January 10, four Rotarians, Bruce Phelps and Sandra Wicks from AER, a man from our partner club (Vancouver Sunrise, Vancouver, WA) and Sandra's cousin from the Grants Pass, OR, Rotary Club, drove 2 hours south of Puerto Vallarta to deliver water filters paid for by our District grants in two villages.  On the way, we stopped to see a lady who received her filter in our fall distribution just to see if it was working or she had any problems.  The filter worked fine, and we reminded her and her grand-daughter how to clean the filter with the big plastic syringe.
We delivered 24 filters in one village and then stopped at another village where 7 people had not received filters in a previous distribution.  We still have 39 filters to distribute before we return to Anchorage in mid-February.  The filter recipients are extremely grateful to have a way to filter their own water and not have to buy or boil water.  Bonus: we discovered that the bad tasting water in one village tasted good once we filtered it.
One of the coolest things about the AER is the number of special and unique experiences you can bid on.  Be sure to bid in our live auction for this special tour hosted by our own demure Rotarian - Barbara Swenson!  It's sure to be a good time for everyone in the family - or bring a group of your adult friends for a great experience:  Behind-the-Scenes Tour at The Alaska Zoo with AER Hostess, and Zoo Sponsor, Barbara Swenson.
Tour Includes:
  • Alaska Zoo admission for up to six adults
  • Approximately two hours of casual exploration of the zoo with a private guide
  • Behind-the-scenes visit to Wolf, Tiger and Moose habitats rarely seen by visitors, with ample time for photography at each location
  • Alaska Zoo themed gift bag for each adult with mementos including animal photo notecards by AER Barbara Swenson
  • June-July, 2018 timeframe
Winners will meet Barbara and an Alaska Zoo guide at the zoo entrance on a date TBD in the June-July 2018 timeframe.  Winners will be treated to a walking tour of the zoo with special insights regarding animal rescue, diet, enrichment and training.  Tour includes a behind-the-scenes experience at the Wolf, Tiger and Moose habitats, lending itself to amazing photo opportunities and close encounters with these magnificent animals.  The NEW Moose habitat is scheduled to open in Spring 2018.  So this will be one of the first “behind the scenes” tours with Elf and Cinnamon, the two moose at the Alaska Zoo.  After the tour, winners can roam the zoo at their own pace until closing.
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Vice President
Community Service
Vocational Service
Past President
Rotary Foundation
International Service
Youth Services
Sergeant at Arms
Program Chair
Executive Secretary

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