Rotary Club of Anchorage East

Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Community Service
Vocational Service
Rotary Foundation
Past President
International Service
Youth Services
Sergeant at Arms
Program Chair
Executive Secretary

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                  Welcome to the

     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
Holidays with Santa!
Dec 20, 2017
Dolly LeFever
Jan 03, 2018
Training Canines to Detect Cancer
Denis McCarville
Jan 17, 2018
Alaska Child & Family
International Committee Presentations
Jan 24, 2018
Panel pitching ideas for internationl projects - moderated by Anne Garrett
PardiGras aka Foundation Auction- AT CAPTAIN COOK
Jan 31, 2018 6:00 PM
No lunch meeting! Doors open at 6p
Mayor Ethan Berkowitz- AT CAPTAIN COOK
Feb 07, 2018 11:30 AM
Anchorage Update from the Mayor
Tom and Marie Brennan
Feb 14, 2018
Love in Alaska for the Last Half Century
Portia Noble
Feb 21, 2018
Americans for Prosperity
Adam Sikorsky
Feb 28, 2018
Human Trafficking in Alaska
Ben Kellie
Mar 07, 2018
K2 Dronotics
Julius Brecht
Mar 14, 2018
The Sun - Is it Getting Warmer?
Ryan Binkley
Mar 21, 2018
Anchorage Daily News
Club Assembly
Mar 28, 2018
Anchorage East Rotary
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
Home Page Stories
Terrific AER participation with 24 enthusiastic volunteers for the Mobile Food Pantry distribution held this past Saturday!  We served 76 client households with wholesome items provided by the Food Bank of AK. Thank you everyone for your service above self.
Arnie Cohen received a shoutout in the recent edition of the District 5010 Foundation Focus Newsletter for “being instrumental in facilitating a Global Grant Scholarship.”  The next time you see Arnie, please take a moment to congratulate him!
Using our District 5010 grant funds, on November 4, 2017, in partnership with the Vancouver (WA) Sunrise Rotary Club, we distributed 85 family water filters in El Refugio, Cabo Corrientes, which is located two hours south and west of Puerto Vallarta.  Anchorage East Rotarians Bruce Phelps, Sandra Wicks and Duff Pfanner (and his wife Kathy Atkinson) helped with the distribution, along with a couple from the Vancouver club.  On January 10 we will distribute another 85 water filters in the same area as not all families attended the November distribution which also included several neighboring communities.
A fun time was had by all who attended the Rotary Xmas Party!  Laughs, good food, more laughs, stories, and Tam the winner of the Ugly Sweater Contest!
Pictured below are East High School’s teacher and student of the month - Teacher, Melissa Bledsoe Fischer, AKA " The Jazzmom", and Student, Katelyn McGeary.  Ms. Fischer is the Choir Director of the Fine Arts Department at East High School (East), and she enjoys Jazz, travel, gourmet cooking and running.  Katelyn is a senior at East and plans to attend UAA to major in Music Education.
Please see the follow biography for newly proposed member Oscar Avellaneda-Cruz.
Please see the follow biography for newly proposed member Oscar Avellaneda-Cruz:
Life these days feels like a beautiful, ever-evolving work of art. I invest my time between co-parenting my preschool daughter, Ida Luna, and toddler son, Rio Esteban, with my former spouse Laura Norton-Cruz. When I'm not with the kiddos, I'm actively pursuing a lifestyle that aligns my talents with the innate curiosity I was born with. I’m also an avid cyclist and swimmer that is currently learning to roller skate.
My bi-cultural background as an immigrant from Colombia and my thirty years as an Anchorage resident have been a blessing. I continue to speak my first language of Spanish and thanks to my exploratory nature, I find myself eager to engage with the culture of others. I think food and a story make for unforgettable experiences, and I consider myself to be a good cook and ok storyteller —on the journey to getting better.
As a professional, my first career as a freelance photographer has evolved with the advent of social media to that of a one-person media company. I’ve come to embrace and enjoy expressing my personal brand through the creation of visual, spoken, and written content.  As a business owner navigating the opportunities of the attention economy, I’ve developed habits to stay adaptive and resourceful.
Today it's my role as father and creative person of color living in the context of a global digital community that I value most. I feel like my journey in life is to delve into how my experiences differ from that of others.  That narrative surfaces in my personal work as an artist through the people and places I meet and has become central theme to the work I produce as a publisher of hand-made books.


Paul Paslay here, your president elect.  At lunch on November 15, I announced the following slate of officers for the 2018- 2019 year (after the meeting Bill Ure agreed to become Vice President). 


Please note, one small update with Shawn Florio agreeing to co-chair the Membership team with Sheila Lomboy.


PresidentPaul Paslay
Past-PresidentLance Wilber
President-ElectNot filled
Vice-PresidentBill Ure
Youth Services OfficerKaren Smith
FoundationBob Cox
Community ServiceCo-Chairs:  Rebecca Sentner and Christian Dykes
Vocation ServiceJerry KaFevers
International ServiceCo-chairs:  Anne Garrett and Adam Sikorski
CommunicationsChris Wolpert
SocialElaine Kroll
Sergeant-At-ArmsRaylie Wilson
SecretaryKara Blake
TreasurerJennifer Snodgrass
MembershipCo-chairs: Sheila Lomboy and Shawn Florio

Please come and enjoy lunch with your fellow Rotarians this Wednesday, 29 November.


We shall sup on soup and a build-your-own-sandwich buffet.




A message from Dave Kester to District 5010 Presidents:

After a highly successful Polio Awareness event with over 150,000 Rotarians viewing the Livestream from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation HQ on World Polio Day on October 24th, below is an update on where we are currently in making Polio history and the countdown to history campaign.  Let me encourage you to share with your club members just what we have been able to accomplish so far and motivate them to keep up the momentum as we finish Foundation Month and move on to hopefully a Polio-free world in 2018.  On behalf of the 16,000,000 children that you Rotarians have saved from the crippling effects of Polio over the years, YOU ROCK!

Did You Know.......
-There are more than 450 million children in up to 60 countries who are vaccinated each year!
-There are 150,000 Polio-Funded Workers in up to 70 countries.
-There are disease surveillance activities (environmental testing) in up to 70 countries.
-If Polio is not eradicated within 10 years, there will be as many as 200,000 children paralyzed each year.
-We talk about the 15 cases of Wild Polio year to date, but we sometimes forget the estimated 16 million cases that have been prevented since 1988.
-I have been asked several times about the cost to Vaccinate a child. We often talk about 60 cents per child, but that is just the cost of the vaccine. To protect a child, which includes all the support services and multiple vaccinations, is about $3 US per child.
Keep up the great work!
Where does our district 5010 stand in our Zone?  See below.
Remember with the TRF match (5:1) and the Gates match (2:1) $20,000 in DDF turns into $90,000 of support.
DistrictDirect ContributionDDFMembersPer Capita
5550 $                     50,430 $ 17,4241431 $       47.42
5010 $                     19,672 $ 35,1051767 $       31.00
5370 $                     55,107 $   5,0002116 $       28.41
5040 $                     27,717 $ 10,0001475 $       25.57
5360 $                     35,747 1809 $       19.76
5050 $                     38,606 2544 $       15.18
5060 $                     30,493 2666 $       11.44
Country Updates:
-Since our last report, there have been four new cases of Wild Polio Virus in Afghanistan and none in Pakistan.
-In Pakistan, a round of National Immunization Days (NIDs) are scheduled for next week, aiming to reach about 37 million children aged less than five years across the country.
-In Afghanistan, there has been one new WPV1 positive environmental sample, collected from Kandahar province. In Pakistan, has been six new WPV1 positive environmental samples.
 YTD 2017YTD 2016YTD 2015
Yuga is thankful for the members of AER who have been hospitable since his arrival in August.  I am afraid to mention all of you by name because I might miss one.  Please know he feels blessed!  A shout out to Leah and Mariko for welcoming Yuga this Thanksgiving holiday.  
A need - the Smith gang is leaving town Wednesday and Yuga doesn't want to miss our luncheon and opportunity to meet Aliy Zirkle and her team.  Can anyone pick Yuga up from South High School and get him to lunch?  We would also need someone to get him back to the Smith house after lunch.  He doesn't return to school because it ends at 2pm.
Please keep him in mind when reaching out to friends in the South Anchorage area.  He needs a 2nd and 3rd host family.  He has become a 4th kiddo for us and he'd fit into anyone's family dynamic.  Feel free to grab him for some fun and get to know him first!
Blessings to all and if you can help on Wednesday, please reach out to Karen.
I hate when people ask me where I see myself in 3 years.  It's not like I have 2020 vision.
Age doesn't always bring wisdom.  Sometimes it comes alone.
Talk is cheap because supply exceeds demand.
Paul Paslay here, your president elect.  This is a reminder that tomorrow we meet at the 49th State Brewing Company, 717 W. 3rd Avenue (corner of G Street).  Our menu includes build-your-own slider bar and taco bar, and selections from "49er cookie trays" and fresh fruit trays.  See you there!
Don't forget to attend the next AERIE meeting this Thursday, November 16, 2017.  AERIE is a program to provide information to new and veteran members alike, presented by Anchorage East Rotary.  This is an opportunity to learn more about Rotary in an informal setting where you can ask questions and make new friends. We will have a continuing discussion of the Rotary Foundation, following up on the presentation scheduled for our meeting tomorrow.  NEW LOCATION!  We are meeting at the Cattle Company, southwest corner of Tudor and C Street.  Meeting begins at 5:15 PM. We hope to see you there.
"Scruggs" (shown below) is very excited to join Aliy Zirkle for our annual Military Appreciation Luncheon on November 22nd.  We look forward to high attendance for this special presentation to recognize our men & women in uniform.  See you next week!
In case you missed last week’s meeting, here are some of its highlights:
- Mike Zahere shared some great medical news about his father!
- Mike Zahere, Deena Bishop, and Paul McGuire made donations to the Rotary Foundation.
- Two new members were inducted into AER:  Milena Sevigny (sponsored by Paul McGuire), and Tony Freiji (sponsored by Greg Solomon).
The 5th Annual World Polio Day was held on October 24 and co-hosted with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle, Washington.  The livestreamed Polio Update was viewed by more than 100,000 viewers around the world and thousands have viewed it on the website or on YouTube afterwards.  Anchorage hosted a viewing event that evening at the Bear Square Theater (see attached picture) and was one of over 2,000 viewing events around the world.  You still have an opportunity to check out the program by visiting or YouTube (type in world polio day 2017 countdown to history)

Rotarians are on the verge of making one of the most significant public health achievements of all time.  With only 2 countries reporting new Polio cases in 2017, it is imperative we continue our efforts and increase the funding to end this crippling disease.  All contributions towards PolioPlus will be matched 2-1 by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, tripling the financial impact.  Direct your contributions to PolioPlus and be a part of this countdown to history.  With your help, we will soon be able to tell the world, we made Polio History!
A THANK YOU to all of our wonderful AER members who have taken Yuga to movies, dinners, and most of all for reaching out and sharing your experiences with him these past few months.  We had the son of a Rotarian bring him McDonald's last weekend as a surprise.  Boy, he felt special!
Winter is upon us and this would be a great time to take him sledding, cross country skiing, snow shoeing or an adventure to another city in Alaska.  A current debate we are having in our home is whether Santa is real!?  The E Street Theatre is hosting a fundraiser for Yuga's West Coast Trip with The Polar Express.  I'm quite sure he'll believe after this incredible night!
On Wednesday, we'll bring a list of interests he has, but like many, it includes the Northern Lights, Fairbanks (to see the North Pole), skiing, snow machine rides, dog sled rides, ice fishing and the list goes on.
Thanks again AER members for welcoming this young man into your homes.  Though he may be a boy of few words, he is appreciative!  His first snowman and snow angel are shown below!
The East Anchorage High School Interact Service Club is once again conducting their annual fundraising campaign called Random Pies of Kindness.  Large pumpkin pies can be purchased from the club to be given to others as a gesture of kindness during this season of thanksgiving.  Those who purchase a pie can decide if they want it to be delivered to a local shelter (AWAIC, Clare House, Brother Francis Shelter), a local food kitchen (Bean’s Café, Downtown Soup Kitchen) or a local senior center (Pioneer Home, Anchorage Senior Center).  Large pumpkin pies cost $10 which includes delivery to a shelter, food kitchen or senior center.  There will be order forms on the tables at each lunch through November 15th and you may hand your order and payment to the Interact studenor Tam Agosti-Gisler.  OR, you may write a note with your name, cell phone and where you want the pie delivered, attach it to your check made payable to East Anchorage HS Interact Club and mail it to East Anchorage High School, Attn: Laron Thomas, Room 63, 4025 East Northern Lights Blvd, Anchorage, AK 99508 (Your order and payment must be received in the mail by November 20th.)  All monies earned will be donated to an international humanitarian project the students choose.  The Interactors are also recruiting volunteer drivers to assist them with the pie deliveries on Tuesday, November 21st from 2 to 5 pm.  Please let Tam know if you are interested in being a driver. 
R.I.P boiled water. You will be mist.
Q: What do you call the security outside of a Samsung Store?  A: Guardians of the Galaxy.
I can't believe I got fired from the calendar factory.  All I did was take a day off.
Did you hear about the guy who got hit in the head with a can of soda?  He was lucky it was a soft drink.
In case you missed last week’s meeting, here are some of its highlights:
- AER introduced two new members to our club:  Gretchen Klein and Johnny Turner.  Welcome Gretchen and Johnny!
- Interact East is selling Random Pies of Kindness for $10.00.  See Tam for details.
- Thanks to Barbara Swenson, folks attending the Foundation auction will have a chance to bid on a behind-the-scenes tour of the Alaska Zoo - a rare opportunity.
- Jerry LaFevers was awarded (for a small fee) the No Fine Button.
Last week’s Who’s Coming to Dinner event was an evening full of food, fun, and friendship.  Karen and her family provided a very warm home and a gourmet spread of fresh halibut and the best chicken you’ve ever tasted.  It was a great opportunity to get to know our fellow Rotarians without having to race back to work in time for that 1pm meeting.  A big thanks to Rayli Wilson for organizing it and to Karen Smith and her family for being outstanding hosts.
In case you missed last week’s meeting, here are some of the highlights from the meeting:
- Sean Florio reported on his trap shooting adventure with Yuga and then was awarded his Blue Badge.  Congratulations Sean!
- Paul Paslay and Steve Radar made donations to The Rotary Foundation. Steve was just named GM of the Hilton. Congratulations Steve!
- Buzz Rohlfing was our speaker. He gave a very interesting presentation about drones.
- Robin Dublin reminded us how great a place it is we live in when she had us all repeat, “Wow! We get to live here!”

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