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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
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Speakers
Stacee Kleinsmith
May 23, 2018
Home Care for the Elderly/Sick
President Lance
May 30, 2018
Officer Natasha Welch
Jun 06, 2018
Community Action Policing Team/Neighborhood Watch
Steve Ribuffo
Jun 13, 2018
Port of Alaska
Changing of the Guard
Jun 20, 2018
Evening Program
Exchange Student Yuga Takahashi
Jun 27, 2018
His year in Alaska
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Jul 04, 2018
Dave Pfleiger
Jul 11, 2018
Ravn Air
Sandra Wicks
Jul 18, 2018
District Grant Water Filter project
Club Assembly
Jul 25, 2018
Betty Arnett
Aug 08, 2018
Story Teller: 22 and the Mother of 11
Diane Fejes, District Governor
Oct 10, 2018
AS OF MARCH 3, 2018, HOLD THIS DATE PENDING CONFIRMATION SHE WILL VISIT AT THIS TIME
 
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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
 
Experience Type/OpportunityTime CommitmentLocation
King TechHigh School
Classroom Visits & Guest Speaking:  employer visits classroom to share about their career experience, engage in classroom activity or discussion.1-2 hoursXX
Job Shadowing:  student visits job site to shadow a limited number of employees to get brief overview of the business and the roles of employees in the business.  Visits are observational with no expectation of student being involved in any aspect of the work environment.2-4 hoursXX

Micro-Internship:  student visits job site and engages in a limited work experience that gives a deeper understanding of the overall business.  Students could engage in small tasks, interview employees about their jobs, or engage is a simple project.
 


 
4-10 hoursXX
Internship:  student visits the job site for an extended period of time (usually over 4 to 6-week period).  The student is provided an opportunity to engage in predetermined projects or tasks that would develop academic, technical and job skills not attainable in a school-based setting but acquirable in a work-based environment. 40-60 hoursXX
On The Job Training:  students begin an immersive work-based learning experience that engages them in further developing skills related to a specific job.  Student spends approximately 12 hours per week for a full semester at the designated job site. Semester (12 hours/WK)XX
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
 
Experience Type/OpportunityTime CommitmentLocation
King TechHigh School
Classroom Visits & Guest Speaking:  employer visits classroom to share about their career experience, engage in classroom activity or discussion.1-2 hoursXX
Job Shadowing:  student visits job site to shadow a limited number of employees to get brief overview of the business and the roles of employees in the business.  Visits are observational with no expectation of student being involved in any aspect of the work environment.2-4 hoursXX

Micro-Internship:  student visits job site and engages in a limited work experience that gives a deeper understanding of the overall business.  Students could engage in small tasks, interview employees about their jobs, or engage is a simple project.
 


 
4-10 hoursXX
Internship:  student visits the job site for an extended period of time (usually over 4 to 6-week period).  The student is provided an opportunity to engage in predetermined projects or tasks that would develop academic, technical and job skills not attainable in a school-based setting but acquirable in a work-based environment. 40-60 hoursXX
On The Job Training:  students begin an immersive work-based learning experience that engages them in further developing skills related to a specific job.  Student spends approximately 12 hours per week for a full semester at the designated job site. Semester (12 hours/WK)XX
Shown here are the recent AER Rotarians to receive their Paul Harris awards.  Thank you to those who have made this committment!
While Kristen and I were in India, we attended the New Delhi Rotary eClub and were invited to participate in one of their club’s projects which is supporting the Auxilium Snehalaya Girls Orphanage.  We met with Sister Grace, the Orphanage Administrator, and were able to help distribute games, writing materials, and treats to the girls who range in age from 4 to 17.  The Rotary Club donated fruits, vegetables, bags of rice, and other much needed staples which we helped to unload and store.  Kristen and I were happy to make a monetary donation as well to support this orphanage with many needs.  The girls seemed happy, well nourished, and grateful for the opportunity to go to the nearby school. It is such an honor for me to belong to Rotary knowing the good Rotarians do throughout the world.
More than a dozen AER members volunteered at our Rotary English Camp this past Saturday at the Anchorage Literacy Project school.  We had 19 students from 11 countries.  Rotarians and adult English learners interacted in some fun and engaging activities.  Lead instructors Tam Agosti-Gisler, Shirley Nelson, Oscar Avallaneda-Cruz and Kathleen Madden organized classes on professional e-mail etiquette & business writing, creating 6 sentence photo memoirs, learning a reggae song and beginning conversation.   THANK YOU to all the volunteers who assisted in the classroom, brought food and helped with logistics.  This was truly a day of service above self, making friends, doing good and having fun!!!  The students really enjoyed the time spent with all of you.
Rich Dyson provided us with a couple of great photos of Yuga playing soccer.  Yuga is playing his next match on Thursday, April 26th at Service High School.  The match starts at 5 PM.  Please come cheer on Yuga!
 
At our April 19th meeting, we had our Student and Teacher of the month from Bartlett High School.  Selena Aspen-Neyland is a senior and is very anxious to get "on with it."  She is a lifelong Alaskan and attended Wonder Park and Begich Schools.  She received $200 to help with her expenses at UAA in the nursing program.   She is involved in music and sports.  On April 19th, she had 30 minutes between her soccer game and choir concert.  "Lots of time" she said.
 
Laura Blackwood is the Director of the above-mentioned concert.  She has been at Bartlett for two years and has 5 choir classes with 250 students total.  She "loves to see the progress that is happening at Bartlett.”  Laura is from Dallas via Liberty University.  She received $250 to help with her classroom expenses.
 
East Anchorage Rotary Vocational Committee has been doing this at Bartlett and East for about 40 years.  We also give scholarships at both schools.
Are you going to the District Conference in Seward?  Would you care to share a room?  I have a reservation at Harbor 360, checking in on Thursday, May 17 and checking out Sunday, May 20.  Due to a conflict in Homer, I cannot use the room at all on the 17th.  So it is open.  Please call or email Heather Flynn at hfree43@yahoo.com or 277-2220.
Here are some photos of our trip to India for the polio N.I.D (National Immunization Day) in India.
 
We first met with Dr. Matthew Varghese who is the leading orthopedic surgeon in India treating polio patients.  He gave a presentation to my wife, Kristen, and me at St. Stephen’s Hospital in New Delhi.  We were with the Belgian team and were then given a tour of the polio wards where Dr. Varghese explained the different procedures he uses for the varying polio cases.
 
We went the next day to a neighborhood in New Delhi to work our immunization station with Rotary teams from Australia and Japan in addition to local Rotarians.  The local newspaper ran an article the next day showing that we had immunized 232 children at our station.
 
In all, there were 2.5 million volunteers working throughout India on the N.I.D. immunizing more than 75 million children under 5 years old.
Here are some pictures of Yuga going to prom on Saturday.  I helped him get into his tux and his new host mom, Lena Reep, pinned a rose on him.  The young ladies with him are his host “sister” and her friend.
For those with an interest in history, this is a ticket to the banquet at which Anchorage East was chartered in 1970.
To my fellow Rotarians who purchased the mustard making class and dinner at the Rotary Foundation Auction, the class is scheduled for Saturday, April 21, 2018 at the home of Lynn Shaver and Jim Stanley.  Please confirm via email that you are planning to attend the class, the dinner, or both.  Also, please provide me with any allergies you may have and/or strong food preferences so that I may plan a dinner that pleases all palates.  Looking forward to seeing you all on Saturday, April 21, 2018!
 
4:00 pm for mustard making.  6:00-ish for dinner.
First - MANY thanks! The club has spoken.  After analyzing the results from the International Committee assembly meeting (1/24/18), the online survey, and during last week’s old school survey (paper and arm-twisting), we have a lot to catch you up on!  The most important take-away is that over 60 percent of our respondents indicated a strong interest in participating in the international project.  Therefore, we are issuing a call for proposals for the 2018-2019 year that include the following:
 
CALL FOR PROPOSALS:
 
  1. Must include maximum opportunity for a group/work crew from AER to participate and travel to and work on the project.
  2. Priority region – Asia
  3. Priority area – providing clean water
  4. Partner with another Rotary Club
It is my goal for the remainder of this year and through next year working with Adam Sikorski to make the process, timing, and opportunity to participate available to everyone.  With that in mind, please join us for a no-host after-work session.  I (Anne Garrett) am available to write the grant once the committee has reviewed our options.
 
UPCOMING EVENTS
 
-Wednesday, April 4th, at 5:30 PM at Orso’s - International Committee Meeting – no host work session – all invited.
-Thursday, April 12 – International Committee Chair recommendation to the board
-Friday, April 20th – International grant project deadline
This Wednesday's lunch menu features a really yummy Italian Buffet.
Pictured below are East High School's teacher and student of the month - teacher Alfonso Licata and student Abdi Hodan.  Mr. Licata is the English Language teacher at East, speaks four languages, and he enjoys traveling and fishing.  Ms. Hodan is from Ethiopia and plans to be a nurse. 
AER Honorary Rotarian Linda "Jay" Jackson was recently awarded a certificate of appreciation by the Rotary Club of New Road City/Kathmandu "for your effort and coordinating partnership of Helping Hand for Nepal with RC New Road City in doing various projects.”  HHN partnered with this Club on earthquake relief projects.  Most recently (February 2018) HHN partnered with RC New Road City to provide toilets for a Chepang Village made homeless by last summer's floods.  The villagers did the labor, HHN provided materials, and RCNC provided logistics.
Left to right:  Secretary Ramila Shrestha, President Arjun Shrestha, Jackson, PP Nilkantha Shrestha, and Charter President Harsha Ratna Shakya.
 
Villagers dig a pit and cesspool for each toilet.
 
HHN provides materials for the toilets including the porcelain pan for the squat toilets.
 
Jackson and members of RCNRC meet with members of the Chepang village.  Pictured left to right:  Jackson, President Arjun Shrestha, Rtn. Kiran Man Chitrakar, and PP Sita Rupakheti.
 
At a recent ceremony in Chitwan, Jackson presents an HHN check to six Chitwan-area Rotary Clubs to help rebuild a Musahar (people who eat rats) village devastated by late summer floods.  Helping Hand for Nepal partnered with the Rotary Club of Kathmandu Metro to make this possible.  Right: Rotarian Rajib Pokharel, PP RCKM and District 3292 Governor Elect Nominee.
 
Rebuilding Musahar village.  This is a long-term project which will build improved homes.
 
It may be a dirt floor, but women keep their home as clean and neat as possible.  No electricity, no toilets, no running water.  Example: Home in village to be rebuilt and improved. 
Greetings my jet setting rotarian friends!
 
I've got a request on behalf of our current favorite foreign friend Yuga.  He's looking for help getting to and from the West Coast Tour in June.  If you've got some spare frequent flyer miles you're willing to donate, please let Katie Johnson know.  Flights are TO San Francisco and FROM Las Vegas.  So, offers of one way tickets are also workable.  He's got an itinerary in mind for the outbound trip, but he has more flexibility on the return trip.  If you're willing to help, contact Katie Johnson at 907-342-5203 or at ak.ktjohnson@gmail.com.  Thank you for continuing to support Youth Exchange!
The Mobile Food Pantry (MFP) is in need of volunteers for upcoming MFP distribution events.  A minimum of 12 volunteers are needed for each MFP distribution.  Your help at these events is greatly appreciated!  Here are the upcoming dates for MFP distributions:

-Saturday, April 14

-Saturday, May 12

-Saturday, June 9

-Saturday, July 14

 

Contact Barbara Swenson for any details related to MFP events.
East High School Interact Club members have been busy knitting scarves for Operation Gratitude, a national program that sends care boxes to active military and wounded warriors.  Knitted scarves made by community members in the Knitting Guild were also collected for the project at Far North yarn store.  Pictured (from left to right) are:  Gabrielle Jones, Monroe Sempleton, Brianna Lawrence, Sophia Mira, Lisa Elconin and Emma Levy.
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.)
 
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