Posted by Paul Paslay
At our meeting December 5:
  • Members reported on their earthquake experience: 
    • Heather Flynn has mixed feelings about the loss of much heirloom crystal over which there can be no dispute who inherits.  Also, a large bottle of olive oil broke and went everywhere. 
    • Our speaker Jeff Jesse gave a shout out to the facilities people at his area of UAA for doing a fast and thorough job to clean up the mess which included broken water pipes. 
    • Anne Adasiak - Andrew reported our exchange student Adam Szabo thought the earthquake was great. 
    • Raquel Edelen was thankful that the “hotel down the street” suffered little or no damage.  Particularly, at Fletcher’s there was no loss at all of the alcohol on the shelves!
    • Sylvia Condy suffered loss of a combination of balsamic vinegar and fine scotch. 
    • Karla Jutzi was on the sixth floor when the earthquake happened, but she reported that the Food Bank of Alaska didn’t have any food fall off the shelf and the FBOA was able to do a Mobile Food Pantry or two over the weekend. 
    • Sgt Rich reported that his son and our member Jon Dyson is missing the meeting because he is at his job at the Alaska Airlines Center helping clean up a big mess of glass, toppled awards and statues.
  • Elliott Delgado and Don Rogers visited from Russian Jack Rotary to sell tickets for the auction of a gun kit.
  • I informed the membership that Jay Jackson just texted me that she will miss the meeting because she is at the Municipal shelter with two very sick kittens.
  • Katie Johnson returned for good from her work assignment on the Kenai.  She mentioned that we need future host families for Adam.  She offered him to the first people to fill out the paperwork!
  • Anne Adasiak – Andrew was in Texas at a conference when the earthquake hit, and recalled she and other Alaskans at the conference may have been much more concerned than people in Southcentral Alaska because they were not in Southcentral to know what was happening.  She reported that all went very well with her family, and in particular Adam and her son were able to check in on other family members.  Anne echoed that Adam is a good person, a fine exchange student and will be a good host son.  Adam is out winter camping this week due to the school closure.
  • Sally Archer was happy that about 10 people showed up that the memorial service for Marjorie Poggas’s husband.  Marjorie expressed thanks for the support and kindness she has received from us during this period of time.
  • Sandra Wicks and Bruce Phelps are back from Mexico for the month.  They reported making new Rotary contacts, buying 30 or more water filters and supplying 34 scholarships in pursuit of their unflagging commitment to make life better for people in the area.
  • Rich noticed broccoli on someone’s plate and this reminded him of recently deceased former President H.W. Bush.  I googled this matter and saw that President Bush refused all invitations to sit down and eat this vegetable.
  • Dave Kester, who is the Polio Plus Chair for our District 5010, told me we have smashed the annual goal I set of $3500; the year is not one half over and we have donated about $4100! 
  • We took another collection for Adam and now have about $240 for a gift for him and for other expenses he might incur.  I asked folks to consider that next week we shall collect money for our Hilton servers.  We shall give the money to Rodney our main contact who will disburse among the numerous servers who have helped us this year.
  • Rich Dyson was unable to interest anyone in using the No Fine Button at any price.  I think we need to bring some fresh thinking to the NFB idea.  Any thoughts?
  • I arranged with Janine to have flowers delivered to Dick Dworsky’s Celebration of Life on Saturday.  Bill Miernyk gave me Dick’s Rotary badge to offer to Sally Dworsky.
  • Karla Jutzi reminded us of an upcoming volunteer gift program.
  • Robin Dublin was happy to announce she is now employed with the State as a program director related to subsistence matters (I think I got that right).
  • Jeff Jesse was our speaker.  After a long tenure at the Alaska Mental Health Trust, for the past 18 months he has been a provost at the UAA School of Health.  He plans to grow the programs under his jurisdiction to meet the growing demands for health care providers in the State.  He focuses on consolidating and streamlining operations across the campuses, and has a goal to supply the employment needs from Alaskans, and not “travelers’ from Outside.  A specific example of this is in Bethel where in order to get people from Outside to travel there, they are offered seven-day, 12 hours per day shifts after which they can travel home.  This schedule is hard on local residents who might supply these services but also have families and regular routines.  I was interested to hear that the use of mannequins to simulate medical problems is very useful to people learning the ropes.
  • Bobi Rinehart introduced her guest Craig Miller who is with the Department of Health.
  • Bill Ure brought his guest Mark Schmeling again to lunch.  I hope to move his application for membership forward soon.
  • I gave Gloria Castenada a ride to Rotary, and when I announced the chance for fellowship with her to give her a ride home, Lynn Shaver raised her hand.  Thanks, Lynn!
  • Sally Archer was happy that Tom Turner gave her tickets to the Arctic Entry Story Telling event.
At other times:
  • On Wednesday there was no East High Interact Club meeting because of the ASD closure.
  • On Thursday there was no reading project at Baxter Elementary because ASD was closed.
  • On Thursday I gave Jennifer Hile’s PH+1 pin to her mother JoEllen Weatherholt at Wells Fargo.  I included a note wishing her well and asking her to consider rejoining our Rotary family.
  • On Saturday three events took place:
  • The Mobile Food Pantry took place.  Bill Faulkner, Bob Hume, Christian Deykes, Craig Bledsoe, Barbara Swenson, Gideon Garcia, Bill Ure, Ventis Plume, Reed Smith, Shirley Nelson, Frank Cahill, Sandra Wicks, Lynn Shaver, Heather Flynn, Dave Kester, Duff Pfanner, Bob Cox and Jennifer Sierra showed up.
    • I made a brief appearance at the MFP, then went to the Celebration of Life for Dick Dworsky.  Sandra Wicks, Carolyn Jones, Paul McGuire, Sean Bradley, Rich Dyson and Sue Sampson attended.
    • There was an extended period of time when people came to the front and spoke about Dick’s life and their connections to him.  Afterwards I gave Sally Dworksy Dick’s Rotary pin (which was Bill Meirnyk’s idea).
    • Saturday night was a great Xmas party hosted by Raquel Edelen at her home.  There were about 40 people who participated in the gift exchange, so there were probably 50 – 60 people present.  Everyone was in high spirits, and the theme of the exchange seemed to be adult spirits.
  • On Tuesday, December 4, West High Interact Club had its weekly meeting.  Jeff Blake and I attended.  There were about 15 students present.  They discussed the film Not My Life, which is a very powerful expose of the cruel realities of human and sex trafficking in various parts of the world.  This film and a panel discussion took place at the World Affairs Council.  The club also focused on the upcoming food distribution they will complete, and their participation in Dressember (see for more details).
Highlights from Anchorage East Rotary (Dec. 12) Paul Paslay 2018-12-11 09:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Paslay
Hello fellow Anchorage East Rotarians.  This week I copy these words from a website for a club in District 5910:
December is Rotary Family Month, a time when Rotarians are asked to not only spend more time with their own families, but to celebrate the family of Rotary and extend a special hand to those in need.  Our clubs will be ringing bells, delivering meals, hosting parties and events for everyone from children in need to the wonderful seniors in our community.  We will have a wonderful time recapping these activities throughout the month.
  • Anchorage East used to regularly participate in bell ringing and I know there are one or more clubs in the Anchorage area that are doing so this month.  Maybe one of our members could take the lead next year to re-establish this tradition?
  • The West High Interact club, which our club sponsors, is taking over and being in charge of an annual project to put together boxes of food to deliver later this month to families in need.
  • Raquel Edelen hosted a great Christmas party last Saturday which attracted about 40+ members by my count.  We enjoyed good food, fellowship and a spirited gift exchange.
  • We shall not have regular Wednesday lunch meetings on December 26 or January 2, which allows us to spend more time with our families and loved ones.
  • A good number of members got together last Saturday for our Mobile Food Pantry, despite the bad weather.
  • Our Community Service committee gets together today (Tuesday Dec 11) to consider a number of grant proposals that will benefit people in need in our community.
  • This Sunday afternoon there will be a Solstice of Trees on the Mize Loop at Kincaid Park.  Our club is a sponsor and will send members as volunteers to serve hot beverages.  Come to enjoy the fellowship!  Contact Barbara Kagerer for more details.
  • A number of us also attended the Celebration of Life for Dick Dworsky, and a memorial service for Marjorie Poggas’s husband.  I learned things about Dick at his Celebration of Life that I did not know.  It makes me think we should hear more from our members, maybe in the form of “Vocational Minutes” or other brief addresses at club meetings.
What would you like to see our club do to increase our sense of community as we do good in the world?
President's Corner (Dec. 12) Paul Paslay 2018-12-11 09:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Schmeling
Mark Schmeling grew up in Dallas, Texas and moved with his family to Wisconsin during high school.  An opportunity to work on the oil spill cleanup crews in the summer of 89’ introduced Mark to his future home of Alaska and he returned for good after obtaining his accounting degree from Carroll University in Waukesha, Wisconsin in 1991.  After many years in the hospitality industry, Mark took his passion for helping others to New York Life where he enjoys working with his clients on their protection and retirement needs as a Financial Services Professional.  Mark currently serves on the Board of Directors for Lutheran Social Services Alaska and as an elder at his church, is incredibly mediocre at golf, and loves spending as much time as possible with his wife Katherine and their two daughters, Amanda and Madeline.
Mark Schmeling Biography Mark Schmeling 2018-12-11 09:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rich Dyson
Eliud Delgado and Don Rogers of Russian Jack Rotary paid a visit to our regular club meeting to sell raffle tickets on their gun collection.  The funds will go toward scholarships for local students.
Guest speaker Jeff Jesse, PhD, Dean of the UAA College of Health presented a program on "Meeting the health needs of Alaska's people and communities."  Listening attentively at the head table was Bob Hume, President Paul Paslay, and Duff Pfanner.
Anne Adasiak-Andrew and Adam Szabo are photo'd below displaying their holiday spirit.
Anchorage East Rotary Photos Rich Dyson 2018-12-11 09:00:00Z 0
Posted by Barbara Kagerer
Our club recently approved a grant in support of our community’s wonderful trail system, and the trail maintenance done year-round by the Nordic Ski Association of Anchorage. Yay, Anchorage East Rotary!  With our donation, we have the opportunity to participate in the NSAA’s 3rd annual “Solstice Tree Tour” on Sunday, December 16, Kincaid Park. If you are not familiar with this wonderful all-ages outdoor solstice celebration, please see
This event truly is beneficial to all concerned: money is raised to support trails and community health, companies and organizations like Rotary get to promote themselves to thousands of event-goers, and the public gets a fun, free winter celebration! Two ways you can get in on the action:
  1. We need a minimum of 4 volunteers to help serve coffee and hot cocoa to the public at our Anchorage East Rotary coffee/cocoa table that will be along the tour route on the Mize trail in Kincaid Park. Two shifts available, Sunday, Dec. 16, 3:45-5:30pm and 5:30-7pm. We need at least two volunteers per shift, but more are welcome!
  2. Come to this free event with your family! Walk (or ski, if there’s snow) the 2.5km Mize Loop at Kincaid anytime between 4 and 7pm on Sunday, Dec 16.  Be amazed at all the beautifully lit and decorated trees. S’mores, warm drinks, friendly people. It’s magical and beautiful out there!
To volunteer, please email me, Barbara Kagerer, or sign up during this week's AER lunch meeting.  Please specify which shift you would like. This is a great one for families, too! I will email you back to confirm. Thank you very much!
Solstice Tree Tour Barbara Kagerer 2018-12-11 09:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Paslay
At our meeting November 28:
  • Our speakers today were Bob Cox and Woody Angst from the Foundation Committee.  Bob chose to have $50 donated to the Alaska Junior Theatre on the speakers’ behalf.
  • During the program, Bob held a drawing for Alaska Airlines miles to one of our members who signed up to make a periodic donation to the Foundation.  Arnie Cohen won the drawing.  There was friendly speculation out loud whether Arnie might use the airmiles to travel and visit us.
  • Bob also made two Paul Harris presentations.  Bill Ure received his PH+4, and Garrett Wong received a major donor award.
  • Barbara Kagerer bought the No Fine Button which she will use on December 19.
  • Barbara had a happy dollar because it is snowing.  Robin Dublin was excited to see snow, but she was also excited about upcoming activities of the Nordic Ski - Alaska School Activities Association.
  • Lynn Shaver had a shout out for KLEF which she listens to while she heals, and she also had good things to say about the Wall of Wine.
  • Raquel announced again the details of her holiday party at her home on December 8.
  • Craig Bledsoe announced that the memorial service for Marjorie Poggas’ husband will be tomorrow, November 29.  Craig also presented Marjorie with two items from an International Conference he attended with her father who was a District Governor for our District.
  • Lance Wilber liked Black Friday.  He also put on the table the list of things for Red Badgers to do to move to a Blue Badge. 
  • Mark Schmeling again was Bill Ure’s guest.  Mark has applied to join our club.
  • Jay Jackson gave a non-profit announcement about the ways to give to help her organization (an approved charity), Helping Hands for Nepal.  She noted that next year will mark 20 years of helping Nepal.
  • I mentioned that we had two sympathy cards to sign on the back table, one for Sally Dworsky and her family, and one for Marjorie Poggas and her family
  • Karen Jordan said her goodbyes to us until May 15.  She and her husband are off to warmer climes, golf and other activities.
  • Bill Ure related a frightening experience his daughter and her partner suffered in Thailand, which thankfully turned out OK.
  • Karla Jutzi was thankful that her organization was part of an effort to give food over Thanksgiving to about 8,000 families.
  • Lynn Allingham apologized for being late, but she was one of the folks who went to the Hilton for our meeting instead of the Cook.  She encouraged members to make donations for the live and silent auctions at the upcoming Foundation dinner in January.
  • Tom Turner gave five happy dollars to be able to sit for lunch with Janine Becka, Kara Blake and Jennifer Snodgrass, our back-table crew.
  • Raquel stressed that she wants the Wall of Wine to be a success again this year so that in the future we can build on the success.  December 15 is a key date to take stock where we are in terms of donations of money and wine.  I gave Janine a $100 check made out to “Anchorage East Rotary” to be used to purchase wine.
At other times:
  • On Wednesday I showed up for the East High Interact Club meeting.  Kim Liland is the new teacher adviser.  It looks like we shall be taking steps to start up the club under her lead.  Kim has great energy and connection with her students.
  • On Thursday, the reading project continued at Baxter Elementary.  Shirley Nelson, Rich Dyson and I showed up.  I continued to help 2nd graders practice their reading.
  • On Tuesday, December 4, there was no West High Interact Club meeting because ASD schools are closed because of the November 20, 7.0 earthquake.
Highlights from Anchorage East Rotary (Dec. 5) Paul Paslay 2018-12-04 09:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Paslay

Hello fellow Anchorage East Rotarians.

I was looking for something more to say during this Rotary month, which is Family month.  I came across this quote from an eClub in District 5110:

You can see it in their faces.  The joy that spills forth as Rotarians take part in service projects, locally or internationally, says volumes about why more than 1.2 million people around the globe belong to Rotary clubs and are committed to making the world a better place.

Recently our long-time member Dick Dworsky passed.  This Saturday, December 8, starting at 2p, there will be a Celebration of Life for him at First Congregation Church, 2610 East Northern Lights Blvd (on Northern Lights just east of the intersection at Lake Otis Parkway).  I plan to go, and our club is considering what we might add to the event such as an arrangement of flowers.

Our member Marjorie Poggas recently lost her husband.  Our member Craig Bledsoe thoughtfully stepped up and announced this to the club at our November 21 luncheon, then at the meeting November 28 he kindly recalled attending an International Convention with Marjorie’s father, who was then District Governor for our District.  From that conference Craig drove back with awards that her father received but could not easily transport, and at our meeting gave them to Marjorie.  These sorts of events remind us that Rotary is a family of people who share efforts to make the world a little better, and share each other’s lives.

President's Corner (Dec. 5) Paul Paslay 2018-12-04 09:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Paslay
Highlights for Anchorage East Rotary from November 21 – November 27, 2018. 
  • At our meeting November 21:
    • We invited about 40 military service members for  our annual military appreciation day.  Our program was presented by Jason Schlegal, Adam Schwartz and our member Amy Slinker  The topic was “Opt Outside: Must do adventures while stationed in Alaska”.  Jason and Adam spoke to their personal outdoors hunting, fishing and other activities.  Amy reviewed a trip from Anchorage to Seward, and back, and highlighted all the things to do along the way.
    • Each service member stood up and introduced themselves.  Sergeant Rich expressed particular  enthusiasm when Army members introduced themselves.
    • I briefly explained to the service members what Rotary is all about.
    • Anne Adasiak-Andrew, aka Triple AAA, announced that at long last Anchorage School District voted to approve a French language immersion program.  Our member Tam Agosti-Gisler, who has long been a champion for this program, was able to follow the vote over the internet in Greece where she and Hans are travelling.
    • Raquel Edelen told us more information about the military members at her table.
    • I mentioned that for our upcoming Foundation auction on January 19, we need to put together the ingredients for a Wall of Wine.  We need donations of wine, or money to buy wine.  Please be in touch with Raquel Edelen or Rayli Wilson to make donations or for more information.
    • Jay Jackson and Bill Ure identified two service members present who are soon to be parents.  We raised $400 to split between them.
    • Shirley Nelson mentioned there is no reading project tomorrow, on Thanksgiving, but our program will resume at Baxter Elementary on November 29.
    • Past President Sue Sampson introduced her guest, who is Stephen Spinell her husband and an Internet Rotarian.
    • Mark Schmeling was Bill Ure’s guest again.  Mark has applied to join our club.
    • Carolyn Jones reported we are well on the way to raise the funds to sponsor an ad on the outfield fence of Mulcahy stadium during the baseball season.
    • I drove Gloria Castenada to lunch and Jeff Blake drove her home.
    • Charities chosen by our three speakers include AWAIC, Anchorage Community YMCA and Make a Wish Alaska.
    • I mentioned that we have a sympathy card to sign to send to Sally Dworsky, wife of Dick Dworsky who recently passed.
    • Craig Bledsoe and others sat with Marjorie Poggas at a table.  Craig mentioned that Marjorie’s husband recently passed. 
    • I mentioned that next week’s meeting is at the Captain Cook
    • Craig Bledsoe also mentioned his wife is healing from foot surgery required when she was injured training in Oklahoma City to slide out of a passenger jet.
    • Rick Allen’s son has been accepted as a Rotary exchange student.  Rick was an exchange student himself.
  • At other times:
    • On Wednesday Karen Smith, Adm Szabo and I showed up for the East High Interact Club meeting.  We met in the classroom of Kim Liland, who is a teacher who leads several clubs at East.  We are exploring that she might add the Interact Club into her mix of clubs.
    • On Monday Bob Cox held a meeting of the Foundation Committee.  Present included Bob, Woody Angst, Lynn Shaver, Michelle Engelke, Lynn Allingham and yours truly.  The preparations for the January 19 Foundation dinner are in full swing.
    • On Tuesday Jeff Blake and I attended the West High Interact Club meeting.  They are fully engaged, under the guidance of teacher John Ruhlin,  collecting food to build food boxes to distribute  during Christmas.  Jeff had the idea if any member of our club drops off one or more cans of food at the West High office, this donation will be added to what is being collected by the students.
Highlights from Anchorage East Rotary (Nov. 27)  Paul Paslay 2018-11-27 09:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Paslay

Hello fellow Anchorage East Rotarians,

         December is Rotary Family month.  This is a good opportunity to become better informed on the vast range of activities that all go to make up the organization of Rotary International.  But just as important as all the service projects and fellowship opportunities and informational events we create, is the continued growth of our family.

         Our Rotary family might include people who have been involved with Rotary, such as Interact Club members, Rotaract Club members, high school scholarship recipients, teacher/student awardees and speakers who address our club.  Let’s consider asking these people  to become future Rotary Club members.

         Anchorage East sponsors Interact Clubs at West High and East High, and there used to be a Rotaract Club in the Anchorage area.  Last year our club gave 8 scholarships to seniors at Bartlett High and East.  Periodically we recognize an outstanding teacher and student from Bartlett and East.  Just about every week we have a speaker who usually is not a Rotarian.  All of these people represent opportunities to expand our Rotary family.  Also, like most clubs, we lose members, and one thing I’d like to see is follow up with these folks to see why they left.  Perhaps there are things we can do to get them back or at least spread the word to others about the Rotary.

         Our District 5010 has a website which directs interested people to a person who can in turn direct them to be in touch with one or more of the clubs in our area.  Our club has a Facebook page which also spreads the word about what we do.

         Our District Governor Diane Fejes addressed our club and urged us to think of ways for people, members and prospective members alike, to experience Rotary outside of the traditional “brick and mortar” setting such as our weekly Hilton Hotel sit down luncheon.  I talked with a club member who perceives people become used to routines, and the routines of the millennial generation may be more inclined to focus on participation in different activities and less on participation in a weekly formal lunch setting.  There may be many people out there who would be interested in Rotary on these terms.  This will make our Rotary family “look“ different in some ways, but the fellowship and the good works won’t change, and our organization can stay a vibrant and powerful force to make the world a better place.

President's Corner (Nov. 27) Paul Paslay 2018-11-27 09:00:00Z 0
Posted by Amy Slinker
Anchorage East Rotary hosted members of the armed forces who are posted locally during the annual military appreciation lunch held on the  Wednesday before Thanksgiving.  The event is a thank you for service members who cannot be with family during the holiday.

Picture 1
Airman First Class Valdes Monijo photographs members of the military guests
enjoying the presentation on various activities available to service
personnel in Alaska.
Picture 2
East Rotary members enjoying lunch with military guests.
Picture 3
Sgt First Class Adam Schwartz, President Paul Paslay, and Major Amy Slinker
listen to Staff Sgt Jason Schlegal recount his adventures in Alaska.
Thanksgiving with the Troops Amy Slinker 2018-11-26 09:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Paslay
Our West High Interact Club starts a Christmas time food drive by dedicating space at school to collect food for about 50 hungry families.
West High Interact Club Food Drive Paul Paslay 2018-11-20 09:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Paslay
At our meeting November 7:
  • I asked for a moment of silence for the memory of Dick Dworksy
  • Rich Dyson reminded us that not too long ago there were about 350,000 cases of polio in the world and this year there are fewer than ten.
  • Jennifer Snodgrass used the No Fine Button to announce Anchorage StartUpWeekend, a 54-hour event to provide experiential education for creators, executors and innovators.
  • I announced on behalf of Shirley Nelson that our reading project at Baxter Elementary continues tomorrow, November 8, 9:15a – 10:30a.
  • Lynne Shaver, Charlotte Tharp, Dave Kester and Raquel Edelen reported on the status of the Foundation Committee, which is in the thick of preparing for the Foundation auction on January 19.  The theme will be Carats and Carhartts.  Dave Kester will be handling the Wall of Wine in Raquel Edelen’s absence.  Members can donate wine or donate money to buy wine.  In a couple of weeks folks can drop off auction items for storage at the Hilton.
  • Christian Deykes announced the monthly Mobile Food Pantry this Saturday, November 10, 1:30 – 3p, at the Fairview Recreational Center.
  • Rayli Wilson was happy to be back at a lunch meeting after being out for a month.
  • Raquel Edelen announced her upcoming Christmas party December 8.  She assured our speaker Chief of Police Justin Doll that we shall drink responsibly.  She also gave a shout out to MJ Thim, Communications Director for the Anchorage Police Department who supported Chief Doll at the meeting.
  • Anne Adasiak-Andrew made a $40 nonprofit announcement about the startup of a French language immersion program in the Anchorage School District.
  • Robin Dublin expressed gratitude to have been a poll watcher at the polls yesterday and to have seen people from all walks of life casting their ballots.
  • Kathleen Madden was happy to be back from a trip to Thailand.  She said she reconnected with a woman who was an exchange student to our club about 14 years ago.
  • I announced the upcoming club Board of Directors meeting tomorrow, November 8, 5:30p at the Captain Cook, and thanked Raquel Edelen and the Captain Cook for providing us with meeting space there.
  • Our speaker Chief Doll chose the Special Olympics for $50 to be donated to in his name.  He told us about the long history the law enforcement across the country has had with Special Olympics.
  • Chief Doll gave a wide ranging and excellent talk about the current situation in Anchorage.  When he discussed the car theft problem in Anchorage, he used the word “criminal ride sharing” to describe the activity of the small group of folks who are responsible for most vehicle thefts.  They tend to transfer the vehicles among themselves in consideration for things of small value.
  • Al Bramstedt was happy to have received a card from the club while he was recovering.  
  • The club raised $300 for the college fund for Sheila Lomboy’s new baby.
At other times:
  • On Wednesday Karen Smith, Rich Dyson and I showed up for the East High Interact Club.  The teacher adviser Travis Cooper was present, but no one else was.  We had a frank exchange of information about what to do next to get the club going.  After the meeting Karen and I visited the classroom of Kim Liland, who is the teacher adviser for the International Club, B-Boys club and the K-Pop club.  Karen will get information to Kim about Interact and we shall discuss how Interact Club might join with one or more of the clubs Ms. Liland supervises.
  • On Thursday I attended the reading project at Baxter Elementary with Maxine Froemling and Shirley Nelson.  I helped by assisting Shannon Ferris, a second-grade teacher, by reading with a couple of her students.
  • On Saturday our District Governor Diane Fejes joined the club to distribute food at the Mobile Food Pantry.
  • On Tuesday the West High Interact Club met.  Discussion was had of plans for the collection and distribution of food for hungry families at Christmas time, and several opportunities to serve in the community.
Highlights from Anchorage East Rotary (Nov. 14) Paul Paslay 2018-11-13 09:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Paslay
Hello fellow Rotarians.
Last week I reprinted part of a mass email authored by Barry Rassin, President of Rotary International and Ron D. Burton, Trustee Chair, The Rotary Foundation.  This week I reprint the rest of the language:
You can end Foundation Month on a charitable note by participating in Giving Tuesday, 27 November. Rotary will be joining thousands of other organizations worldwide for a global day of giving.  Our new online giving platform (the email has a hyperlink to the Donation page on My Rotary) has made it easier than ever to give to the Foundation, and you can easily notify someone of a gift made in their honor via email or by printing and delivering a customized notification yourself.  We usually refer to The Rotary Foundation as Our Foundation.  Unlike most charities, our Foundation is truly Our Foundation, because it is both supported by the Rotary family, and supports the work we do.  This year, our Foundation has already approved 222 district grants, with $31.9 million USD in total funding, and 41 global grants, with $11.9 million in total funding.  Our ambitious goals to grow our endowment and our annual giving set the stage for a larger, more effective, more sustainable Rotary—that will Be the Inspiration for generations to come.
Our Foundation committee chair Bob Cox will be presenting our program on November 28.  Please try to make this meeting to hear much more information about this important part of our club.
Our committee did challenge people to set up a periodic donation in any amount at My Rotary.  The members who have done so are in the running for a drawing for Alaska Air Miles.  Setting up a small periodic donation, say monthly, is a way to contribute substantially to Rotary over time.
President's Corner (Nov. 14) Paul Paslay 2018-11-13 09:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rich Dyson
If you have a family member, friend, or neighbor who is a student at East High School, please pass along the information about the Anchorage East Rotary sponsored Interact Club which provides community service and leadership development for students ages 14-18.  The club is experiencing a rebuilding phase and more dynamic, motivated students are needed to keep the club active.  If you need more information about Interact or would like a Rotarian to speak with and encourage a potential student to become a member, please contact Karen Smith, Rich Dyson, or Paul Paslay.
East High Interact Club Rich Dyson 2018-11-12 09:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rich Dyson
The No-Fine button is up for bid for the remainder of this Rotary year.  The bidding starts at $250 for each month beginning with December.  If you would like to reserve the No-Fine button for any month from now through June 2019, please contact me at or 830-4858.  We will accept all bids, so if $250 is beyond your budget, let me know.  You might have the highest offer and win the right to advertise your business once all bids are considered.  Keep in mind that you can purchase the No-Fine button and donate it to non-profit agencies for important community service announcements.  Also, we are still offering to publish your business card in the Eastwind for $25 per month.
Bidding for the No Fine Button Rich Dyson 2018-11-12 09:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Paslay
At our meeting October 31:
  • District Governor (DG) Diane Fejes was the program this week.  Advice she expressed that resonated with me is to consider a satellite club which meets outside of the Wednesday lunch period.  She thinks this might be a good way to attract younger members.  She senses change in what Rotary meetings will look like in the future.
  • DG Diane encouraged us to consider corporate memberships whereby a company can send a designated person to lunch and other Rotary events.
  • DG Diane expanded her vision of our District’s scope of giving to include the fight against human and fetal alcohol spectrum disorder.
  • DG Diane also encouraged us to keep in touch with former members of our club.  These folks might rejoin, and they might also be ambassadors for Rotary to attract new members.
  • I welcomed Sheila Lomboy back to our club after an extended absence.  She is co-chair of the membership committee with Shawn Florio.
  • Sergeant Rich reported he attended a Rotary Club in Belgium which has no women members.  He said the club was open to the concept!
  • Robin Dublin asked for a show of hands who might want to attend the social event on November 8.  Based on the small showing, this event will be cancelled.
  • Robin also asked us to keep in our minds the victims, family and friends of the shooting in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
  • Mike Zahare announced certain changes in his practice of law, and donated $100 to his Paul Harris.
  • Jim Olson repaid his debt to Rich Mystrom.
  • Shirley Nelson announced again our ongoing reading project at Baxter Elementary, 9:15a – 10:30a on Thursdays.
  • Lynn Allingham was back from being in the Carolinas.
  • Rick Mystrom announced that he now has six grandchildren.
  • Jay Jackson told us that the Rotary District encompassing Nepal invites our District 5010 to their district conference in late February.
At other times:
  • On Wednesday Adam Szabo our exchange student and I showed up for the East High Interact Club.  It looks like the club will re-form from scratch.  Another teacher brought in some students from the International Club who talked about how they attract members and the kinds of activities they do.  It looks like Random Pies of Kindness might be a project for the Interact Club this year.  There was also discussion how to get the word out about the Interact Club, including the use of social media.
  • I was speaking with Robin Dublin who mentioned that pond hockey might be a good social event.  This involves a sort of hockey game at Westchester Lagoon or Cheney Lake where the ice is cleared.
  • On Thursday I attended the reading project at Baxter Elementary with Maxine Froemling and Shirley Nelson.  I helped a first grade teacher with one of her learning centers.
  • On Thursday the Beer Fest met at Adam Sikorski’s home.  Present were yours truly, Lance Wilber, Jess Gutzwiler, Kelly McCormack, Jim Arlington and Rich Dyson.  Arrangements appear to be well underway for a successful 2019 Fest.
  • On Thursday Bob Cox, chair of the Foundation Committee, held a rescheduled meeting at his home.  Attending were Charlotte Tharp, Mary Rohlfing, Lynn Shaver and Woody Angst.  The focus was on the upcoming Foundation auction.
  • On Tuesday the West High Interact Club met.  This week is Interact Club Week and our Chair of Youth Service Karen Smith celebrated by bringing cupcakes for the students. There was discussion of the order for hoodies, the upcoming food drive and the candlelight vigil in November.
Highlights from Anchorage East Rotary (Oct. 31) Paul Paslay 2018-11-06 09:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Paslay
Hello fellow Rotarians,
Today I received a mass email authored by Barry Rassin, President of Rotary International and Ron D. Burton, Trustee Chair, The Rotary Foundation.  I decided to lift verbatim some of the language because it is so relevant to the end of knowing more about The Rotary Foundation:
Rotary’s work to eradicate polio continues, as does our work to promote literacy, economic development, better health, clean water, and peace throughout the world—all of it supported by our Rotary Foundation.  In its 101st year, our Foundation continues to be the engine that drives the Rotary machine, allowing Rotary clubs and districts to aspire to larger, more ambitious projects with transformative, sustainable impact.  If your club is thinking about taking on a more ambitious project, remember that Rotary Action Groups  (RAGs) are great resources.  RAGs are international groups of Rotarians, family members, program participants, and alumni who are experts in a particular field, such as microcredit, peace, family health, disasters, or water.  In addition to contributing technical expertise, RAGs can also assist clubs with global grant projects by helping prepare grant applications, conduct community assessments, identify partners, raise funds, and establish monitoring and evaluation plans. Some of the largest RAGs serve as leaders in Rotary’s areas of focus and help clubs take on large-scale global grant projects: RAG for Population and Development, Water and Sanitation RAG, RAG for Family Health and AIDs Prevention, Microfinance and Community Development RAG, and RAG for Peace.  Connect directly with a RAG for assistance with a project, district, or global grant, at any stage of planning.
Our member Bob Cox is chair of our Foundation Committee and is leading the committee to put together our Foundation auction January 19.  Please plan to attend the auction, and if you have items to donate to the live auction or the silent auction, let Bob know so they can be added.  The proceeds of the auction go to The Rotary Foundation.
President's Corner (Nov. 7) Paul Paslay 2018-11-06 09:00:00Z 0
Posted by Karen Smith
This week is World Interact Week.  Interact clubs empower young people ages 12 to 18 to take action in their community, develop leadership skills, and gain a global perspective.  Every year we celebrate the accomplishments of an estimated half a million Interact club members during World Interact Week.  Please take an active role in supporting our West Interact Club by attending and participating in their meetings, held every Tuesday from 10:20am – 11am.  Here are some interesting facts pertaining to Interact clubs:
  • The first Interact club was chartered on 5 November 1962.
  • There are over 20,370 Interact clubs in 159 countries.
  • There are an estimated 468,556 Interactors around the world.
  • 80% of the world’s countries have Interact clubs.
World Interact Week Karen Smith 2018-11-06 09:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chris Wolpert
On October 27 Carolyn Jones hosted a Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner social at her home in downtown Anchorage, which featured a wide range of delicious Asian food.  The evening was full of fun, friends, and outstanding food.  Thank you Carolyn for being a great host and making all of us feel at home.  Thank you Gloria Castaneda for the photos.
A Tasty Dinner Social Chris Wolpert 2018-11-05 09:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Paslay and Rich Dyson
District Governor Diane Fejes honored us with her official visit and gave an inspirational speech on the status of Rotary, our club accomplishments, and the future of Rotary both locally and worldwide.  She was joined by President Paul and Assistant District Governor Mike Bridges of the Hillside Club.  During Diane Fejes’ visit, she awarded Shawn Florio his Paul Harris + 5 pin (photo below).
Diane Fejes Visits Anchorage East Rotary Paul Paslay and Rich Dyson 2018-11-05 09:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Paslay
Recently, Barbara Swenson received a $3,000 check on behalf of YWCA.  Photographed below are Barbara, Justin Zagorski form YWCA Alaska, and AER Member Christian Deykes.
Anchorage East Rotary Contributions Paul Paslay 2018-10-30 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Paslay
Hello Anchorage East members.
November is the time to celebrate the wonderful work of The Rotary Foundation (“TRF”).  Go to My Rotary and click the link to The Rotary Foundation to explore the activities of the Foundation. Consider how our club can help!
A funding mechanism for TRF are monies contributed by clubs in a given year and are invested for three (3) years, then a portion of the funds are returned to the club.  The returned monies can be used for District Grants, which last one year and are usually used for “shovel ready” smaller dollar projects, or for larger, or much larger Global Grants which involve club(s) from different countries and may extend over years.  The uses that these monies can be put to, when combined with further monies from a District or club(s), I think is limited only by the imagination.
A transition from District Grant to Global Grant may look like a project which succeeds on a smaller level and then is scaled to a larger project.  Our own members Sandra Wicks and Bruce Phelps, for instance, have long had their own organization for raising monies to fund outstanding projects in Mexico, including water filters and scholarships.  From time to time these projects have been funded in part by a District Grant.  I think that the water filter project in particular may be a great one to scale up to a Global Grant which might reach many more people, while in the meantime Bruce and Sandra’s organization helps with the immediate and ongoing need.
Our honorary member Jay Jackson likewise has her own organization which gives desperately needed assistance to people in Nepal.  A Global Grant to assist folks there on a greater scale is something perhaps several clubs in our area can join together to accomplish.
Global Grants can go the “other way” too. That is, Alaska can be the place where the work is done if the sponsoring club is outside the country.  There is plenty of need in our own backyard, and the Rotary model gives the flexibility to tackle these issues.
Our Community Service Committee (Christian Deykes and Rebecca Sentner are co-chairs) and our International Committee (Anne Garrett and Adam Sikorski are co-chairs) mostly deal with these grants.  Why don’t you approach them with your ideas and attend their next meeting?
President's Corner (Oct. 31) Paul Paslay 2018-10-30 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Paslay
At our meeting October 24:
  • Dave Kester made a final pitch for the World Polio Day event happening tonight at Buzz & Mary’s theatre.  He pointed out that several businesses have signed up to display a sympathetic message on their reader signs.
  • Bob Cox gave out Paul Harris pins to Jay Jackson, Christian Deykes and Minda Thon.
  • I reminded the members that District Governor Diane Fejes visits our club next week for the annual visit, and I encouraged a good turnout for her.
  • Our speaker Jeffrey Harris was a rebound student who spent a year in Finland, and he spoke about his year in that country.  He chose to have $50 given to the Alzheimer’s Resource Center in his name.  He read the following description (the font size was too small for my eyes):  The mission of the Alzheimer’s Resource of Alaska is to support Alaskans affected by Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders to ensure quality of life until a cure is found.  Their staff of professional educators and care coordinators provide information, referrals, education, consultations, trainings, support groups and care coordination to Alaska’s vulnerable individuals, not just those with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.
  • I announced to the club that the board has awarded Darrel Kester an honorary membership.  Darrel was a charter member of our club who now lives in Girdwood and does not often get up to Anchorage. Darrell wondered in good humor that he used to be senior active, now he is honorary.  Does this mean he is getting old?
  • Gloria Castenada used the No Fine Button to talk about the goings-on of the social committee.
  • Rick Goodfellow gave a shout out to Carolyn Jones for her gracious hosting of the Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner October 20.
  • Bill Ure and Brenda Hewitt talked about the upcoming visioning session that the club will hold on November 7.  By the end of the month a brief survey needs to be filled out by everyone, and then a more focused survey will go out to the 20 – 25 people who will attend the session.  There will be Moose’s Tooth pizza and salad!
  • I thanked the October team which takes care of many different lunch duties including the pledge of allegiance, the moment of inspiration, the introduction of visiting Rotarians and the greeting of people at the door.  This month’s team included Bobi Rinehart, Bob Cox, Brandon Spoerhase, Maxine Froemling, David Stringer, Woody Angst and Anne Garrett.
  • Ron Rasmussen visited our club.  He is a former member of our club who is planning to return.
  • Sandra Wicks leaves for Mexico tomorrow for about 6 weeks.  She and Bruce Phelps will be doing Rotary things there.  She also gave 1000 of her foundation points to Bill Ure for using his vocation to help her.
  • Robin Dublin announced that she had just voted early, and reminded us to all vote.
  • Robin also announced our next social event, which will be November 8, an evening at Georgia Blue Gallery and Framagio’s Artisan Cheese.
  • Barbara Swenson accepted a $3,000 check from our community service committee on behalf of the YWCA.  This is a grant that the committee has given out.
  • Barbara Swenson also made a nonprofit announcement about the upcoming 29th Annual Women of Achievement awards sponsored by the YWCA.
  • Bill Ure introduced his guest Mark Schmeling
At other times:
  • There was no East High Interact Club meeting because there were parent/teacher conferences.
  • On Thursday Shirley Nelson lead our nascent reading project at Baxter Elementary. It starts about 9:15a and goes for an hour.  Several other Rotary clubs in the area have successful programs and I’d like to this to be successful, too.
  • On Monday, October 29, Bob Cox planned to hold a foundation meeting at his home, but the awful road conditions lead to rescheduling the meeting to November 1.
  • On Wednesday night was held the World Polio Day event.  Many people attended from different Rotary Clubs, and East Rotary was well represented.  Thanks so much to Buzz and Mary Rohlfing for again stepping up to offer their theatre for the event.  Thanks to Dave Kester for his tireless efforts to promote this important event.  There was a movie presented about how the Rotary fight against polio before.  I did not know that there were times when it was unclear whether the fight against polio would catch hold, and that it was the persistence of certain key Rotarians that made the difference.
  • On Tuesday was the West High Interact club.  Jeff Blake and I attended from our club.  It looks they will get hoodies for the club members with an Interact/Rotary design on it.  Also, they will start collection of food to put into boxes to distribute to up to 60 needy families at Christmas time
Highlights from Anchorage East Rotary (Oct. 24) Paul Paslay 2018-10-30 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jay Jackson
AER assists with reading at Baxter Elementary School on Thursday mornings (9:30-10:30am).  Pictured are Shirley Nelson (left, leader of this community service), Jay Jackson, and Maxine Froemling.  Others who have participated include Paul McGuire and Rich Dyson.  It is a vitally important program for our youth and a lot of fun, too!  Please see Shirley to sign up for a month.
Anchorage East Rotary Community Service Jay Jackson 2018-10-30 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Paslay
At our meeting October 17:
  • Immediate past president Lance Wilber was our stand-in Sergeant-At-Arms for Rich Dyson who is travelling with his wife in Northern Europe.  Lance auctioned off the No Fine Button for the Halloween meeting for a $100 donation from Heather Flynn to Polio Plus.
  • I was told by Rodney the Hilton employee who is our primary caregiver at the meetings, that the Hilton chef is thinking about serving a breakfast menu at our lunch.  A show of hands showed lukewarm support for this proposition.
  • Tony Freije was given the chance to make a No Fine Button presentation, and he spoke about his employer KTUU’s upcoming series on emergency preparedness in the Last Frontier. The series is called “Are You Prepared”?
  • Kathleen Madden is soon off to Thailand.  Kathleen sat with two guests of our speaker Polly Smith from the Alaska Literacy Project.  Kathleen also introduced our speaker.
  • Sally Archer reminisced about the vibrant social scene she just saw in Austin, Texas.
  • Brandon Spoerhase said he and Larry Baker were also just in the Austin, Texas, area. Brandon said he saw performances by Sir Paul McCartney and Metallica.
  • Duff Pfanner and his wife will soon be travelling to Mexico and plan to be involved in some Rotary activities there.
  • Charlotte Tharp addressed the club about her role this year as President Elect.  She said her goals include supporting me as president (which she is doing well), to put together her Board of Directors for next year and to attend the President Elect Training Seminar (PETS) in Seattle.
  • Bob Cox made a presentation to one of our members for reaching the Paul Harris +1 designation.
  • David Kester once again pitched the World Polio Day that happens October 24 at Mary and Buzz Rohlfing’s theatre across from the Hilton.
At other times:
  • On Wednesday just before the meeting, our exchange student Adam Szabo, myself and many others attended the East High Interact Club meeting.  The faculty adviser Travis Cooper was present. There was further discussion about how to proceed with the club this year.
  • On Saturday we had this year’s first Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner social.  The veil of secrecy is lifted!  Appreciating Carolyn Jones’ fine hospitality were Sue Sampson and her spouse Stefan Spinell, Craig and Ruth Ann Bledsoe, Gloria Castenada; Anne Adasiak-Andrew, together with Adam Szabo our exchange student who Anne and her husband Tim are hosting, Curro Martinez from Spain who is another exchange student and a friend of Adam’s at East High, Rick Goodfellow and Jan Ingram, Chris Wolpert and Kelly Day; Sandra Wicks, David Hoffman, Sylvia Condy and Karen Jordan.
  • On Tuesday Jeff Blake and I attended the meeting of the East High Interact Club. The club has decided to take over a project that another teacher was leading to put together boxes of food to distribute around Christmas.  There may be 60 families who receive this food. Next week the planning will start in earnest. I also confirmed that officers from the club will be making a presentation at our club that they put together about the fight against human trafficking.
Highlights from Anchorage East Rotary (Oct. 17) Paul Paslay 2018-10-24 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Paslay
As we leave October, which is Vocational month on the Rotary calendar, let’s recall other ways our club supports the vocations in our community.
Under the lead of our member Shirly Nelson, we support the work of elementary school teachers in ASD by reading to kindergarten, first and second grade students.  Emphasis may be on students who are at risk of falling behind in the critical skill of reading and understanding.  We need more members to participate, so please check in with Shirley.
Our vocational committee over the years has reviewed scholarship applications of numerous seniors at East High and Bartlett High, and has chosen to award scholarships to some of these folks to further their education.  Last year we disbursed $24,000 to 8 students.  Jeff Blake has the idea that later we could invite these recipients to visit our club so we can check in on their lives (and remind them that Rotary can also be a part of their lives if they pursue membership).  These recipients are exceptional students and many have overcome significant hardship.  I bet the vocations they choose will be enriched by their participation!  Mike Zahare heads up our vocational committee, so talk to him about ideas you might have related to vocational matters.  Perhaps you’d like to give a “vocational minute” to our club during a meeting about your vocation?
Our community service committee has a lot of money to distribute.  Applications for grant money could propose to support vocational training.  Please think of some worthy local cause that could use grant money and talk to Christian Deykes or Rebecca Sentner.  This year the community service committee has already given one grant to assist YWCA Alaska in covering the staff time necessary to implement Diversity & Inclusion Dialogues which fosters inclusion among our diverse community.
Our larger Rotary structure provides matching funds for projects.  One such District Grant our club secured this year supports the work of people who fight human trafficking by giving them the tools to be more effective.  See Adam Sikorski for more information on this matter.
It seems to me our imagination is the limit to what we can do to support the vocations that people enter.
President's Corner (Oct. 24) Paul Paslay 2018-10-24 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Shirley Nelson
As we embark on this new Anchorage East project to mentor elementary students, it is important to understand our mission:
  • Offer quality time to a student.
  • Assist the reader by reading to and/or being read to.
Jay Jackson and Shirley Nelson met Thursday, October 4, at Baxter Elementary.  They had the privilege of reading with a few students, enjoying important interaction with them.  They also met with several other teachers who are thrilled that Rotarians are stepping into their busy classrooms to offer their time.  Teachers have prepared special areas to sit and read one-on-one, plus they have set up an array of children’s books from which to select (the student will probably pick their favorite).
Please do not hesitate to try your hand at this most important gift to a child.  Just think how SPECIAL this student will feel that an adult—you—are spending valuable time with ME!
  • Baxter Elementary School, 2991 Baxter Road (just past the Anchorage School District main office on E. Northern Lights Blvd.)
  • Thursdays, 9:30 – 10:30 AM
  • Check in at the main office at 9:15 AM.
  • Log in as a visitor on the computer.  Your name tag will print out.
  • Check out the same way when you leave the school.
There are currently 6 classrooms wanting our assistance: 2 kindergarten, 2 first grade, 2 second grade.  Please give your time.  Sign up and Shirley Nelson will assist in assigning a classroom. The rest is up to you.  You will have one of the most inspiring 60 minutes possible!
Rotarian Shirley Nelson officially checks in at Baxter Elementary School
After you log in, the printer will send you a name ID sticker to wear.
One classroom's comfy reading nook by their class library.
Another classroom has a separate area with two chairs for the AER volunteer and student to read together.  A section of books for the student to choose from are in the yellow box.  
Rotary Reading Mentorship – The Gift of Time  Shirley Nelson 2018-10-22 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Paslay
As you know, our club sponsors the Interact Club at West High and the Interact Club at East High. Each club has a teacher adviser who spends his lunch hour hosting and adding direction to the club.  These advisors are not paid to do this work; they are committed to the students.
Woody Angst, Karen Smith and I showed up this morning at the West High meeting.  The club talked about projects for the coming year.  After the meeting Woody, Karen and I talked about Woody’s idea to consider a global grant to combat human trafficking, using the fundraising efforts of this club and other sources.  This grant could be in the form of a scholarship for a person to study in this area.  This would train a person to better work toward the goal of eliminating this terrible activity.
At our Board meeting last week, our Board voted to contribute money to the operation of these two Interact clubs.
Last Saturday our club participated in the Mobile Food Pantry (MFP) at the Fairview Recreation Center. We assist the Food Bank of Alaska (FBOA) to distribute mostly perishable food to people in need. The folks who work at the FBOA exhibit service above self to help provide basic necessities to folks in our community.  Our club has participated in the MFP for years.  Our members, their family and friends show up rain, snow or shine to make this distribution work.
Our club now asks our weekly speaker to choose from one of three charities, and we give $50 to the chosen charity in the speaker’s name.  Each of these charities employs people who are passionate about their work to serve their target populations. Most recently our speaker chose the Alaska Literacy Project.
Our commitment of money to these charities helps them accomplish their missions.  These examples show the variety of fine vocations which our club supports though our funding and through showing up to do work.  Can you think of other vocations our club might support?
President's Corner (Oct. 17) Paul Paslay 2018-10-16 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Paslay
At our meeting October 10:
  • Maia Hernandez was our guest.  She heard about Rotary and reached out to us through the Rotary website.  It turns out she has a connection with Kara Blake.  A possible future member of AER?
  • We officially exchanged club banners with our exchange student Adam Szabo who was our speaker.
  • Anne Adasiak-Andrew introduced Adam and made a strong statement in support of being a host family.  She and her husband Tim, who also attended the meeting, were moved by the appeals that were made for host families and decided that they could not stand to see Adam not have a host family.
  • Lonzo Henderson presented our club’s award to an outstanding East High teacher (Heather Roach) and an outstanding East High student (Matias Miller).
  • Dave Kester played a short video about Polio Plus and again promoted World Polio Day which will be celebrated October 24 at Mary and Buzz Rohlfing’s theatre across from the Hilton.
  • Kara Blake, our Club secretary, gave a talk about her position in the club, focusing on some “best practices” to make easier the process of checking in and being on a monthly team.
  • Rotarian Becky Beck attended our meeting.  She works on the District level as a leader to support Youth Exchange in Southcentral Alaska.
  • Tony Freije had to be at work and delegated the No Fine Button to Karla Jutzi who talked about the “Thanksgiving Day Blessing” event which distributes food to needy families.
  • We sang happy birthday.  Adam Sikorski and Gloria Castenada have birthdays this month.
  • I bought the No Fine Button, and I am delegating it to Gloria Castenada so she can speak to our group.
  • I made another announcement about the October 20 Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner event. The food theme is Asian fusion.  Chicken teriyaki and kalbi ribs will be supplied by the host.  Each guest should bring an Asian side dish from any country.
  • Christian Deykes announced the next Mobile Food Pantry which will be held Saturday October 13 in the parking lot of the Fairview Recreation Center
  • Shirley Nelson encouraged participation in the reading project we have started at Baxter Elementary.  Last Thursday was the first time for the project.  Shirley is looking for 6 people to commit to show up each week.
  • Sean Bradley was happy to recognize the personal benefit he has gained from studying and applying the information in Rick Mystrom’s book about diet for people facing diabetes, and others.
  • We were reminded once again to include our exchange student Adam Szabo in activities he might enjoy.  Anne Adasiak-Andrew said make sure to bring Cocoa Puffs.
At other times:
  • On Tuesday Jeff Blake and I attended the West High Interact Club.  Over the weekend the club decided to have a bake sale, and a group of the club members set up a table today in the hallway to sell sweets.  I later found out the they raised $27 and are thinking that this money and other sources might go to help alleviate the most recent ravages of weather in Indonesia.
  • On Wednesday just before the meeting, our exchange student Adam Szabo, myself and many others attended the East High Interact Club meeting.  The faculty adviser Laron Thomas was present as were two other teachers.  There was discussion about how to proceed with the club:
    • Join forces with the International Club or Key Club at East?
    • Seek to volunteer at the coat check for the AER Beer Fest?
    • Volunteer at the Food Bank of Alaska on Thursdays to help sort mostly perishable food?
    • Show up at the Mobile Food Pantry?
  • On Thursday we held the monthly Board meeting.  Everyone in the club is encouraged to show up at these meetings to observe the good work our members do to keep all our club’s “moving pieces” in motion.  The meetings are the second Thursday of each month at the Captain Cook.
  • On Saturday many members of our club showed up to run the Mobile Food Pantry at the Fairview Recreation Center.
Highlights from Anchorage East Rotary (Oct. 10) Paul Paslay 2018-10-16 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lonzo Henderson
Heather Roach is an extraordinary teacher with approximately 24 years of experience.  She teaches Chemistry, AP Chemistry, and Anatomy and Physiology.  In addition, she runs the Robotics Club.  Ms. Roach is a tremendous asset for East High school.
Matias Miller is from Anchorage and is a Senior at East High.  He is looking forward to graduating but is undecided about the college he will attend.  Matias is currently exploring options.  His hobby/interest is hockey.  Congratulation!
October Teacher/Student Award Lonzo Henderson 2018-10-16 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Paslay
At our meeting October 3:
  • Anne Adasiak-Andrew gave us of application information for future Rotary exchange students. There will be information nights on October 10 (at Jitters in Eagle River at 7p) and on October 11 (at a UAA office at 1901 Bragaw Street, Suite 199, at 7p).  Applications are due October 15, and interviews will be October 16, 17, 18 (currently).
  • I announced the upcoming club social event on October 20.  This will be Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner. The food theme is Asian fusion. Chicken teriyaki and kalbi ribs will be supplied by the host.  Each guest should bring an Asian side dish from any country.
  • Mary Rohlfing made the final promotion for the wreath making social event at the Alaska Botanical Garden on October 4.
  • We welcomed back a well-tanned Sean Bradley from a summer of operating his remote Alaskan lodge.
  • Dave Kester spoke again about the upcoming World Polio Day.  We applauded contributions by Duff Pfanner and Jay Jackson to the Polio Plus Fund.
  • I reminded members to include our exchange student Adam Szabo in their plans for events that he might enjoy.
  • Our speaker chose to have $50 donated in her name to Children’s Lunchbox Program.  I read a description that this charity is a program of Bean’s Café, and it is a local non-profit dedicated to feeding hungry children in safe community environments.  It provides meals to local community programs serving children, and packages and deliver thousands of bagged meals to each of the Title 1 schools in Anchorage.  This program also provides meals for children in the summer when school is out.
  • I mentioned our garden box project will grow food that in part will go to the Children’s Lunchbox Program.
  • Shirley Nelson announced again that our club is starting our reading project at Baxter Elementary tomorrow, which started on October 4.
  • I announced that our club’s visioning project will take place November 7, with more information to come.  We shall be looking for 20 – 25 members to participate.
  • Paul McGuire auctioned off three bags of crab apples from Jeff Blake’s tree.
  • Michelle Tabler had the No Fine Button and reminded us of the upcoming Shred Day at the Better Business Bureau.  I wished Michelle well on her travels to be with family.
At other times:
  • On Tuesday, October 2, after “press time” for this column, Christian Deykes and his daughter, Robin Dublin and I participated with others in the most recent installment of the garden box project that our club is doing with three other local Rotary Clubs.  In about 2 hours we constructed 6 boxes on the grounds of Tudor Elementary School.
  • On Wednesday just before the meeting, Rich Dyson and I attended the East High Interact Club meeting. Unfortunately, only our exchange student Adam Szabo and the president of the club were there.  The faculty adviser Travis Cooper was present, and we were visited by a teacher next door, Kim Liland.  Ms. Liland talked frankly about the challenges she faced getting the International Club going at East.  At first the International Club was for students for whom English was not their first language. Over time she developed contacts and procedures to engage the interest of a variety of students.  This is a challenge for us to help grow this club!
  • On Thursday Anne Adasiak-Andrew, Adam Szabo, Mary Rohlfing and others attended the Alaska Botanical Garden and made wreathes
  • On Thursday the Beer Fest Committee met.
  • On Tuesday Jeff Blake and I attended the West High Interact Club.  The students over the weekend decided to raise some money by having a bake sale in the hallway outside the main office.  Jeff and I bought some cookies.
Highlights from Anchorage East Rotary (Oct. 3) Paul Paslay 2018-10-10 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Paslay
Vocational training teams (“VTTs”) are groups of professionals who travel abroad either to teach local professionals about a particular field or to learn more about their own.  Teams can be funded by district grants and global grants.
VTTs reflect the Rotary Foundation’s long-standing commitment to vocational training.  Activities vary from one team to the next but examples may include training medical professionals on cardiac surgery and care, sharing best practices on early childhood education, or explaining new irrigation techniques to farmers.  A successful VTT increases the capacity of the host community to solve problems and improve the quality of life.
If a VTT is funded by a district grant, the activities should support the Foundation’s mission to promote goodwill and peace, improve health, support education, and alleviate poverty.  If funded by a global grant, the activities must:
  1. Align with one or more of the six areas of focus (promoting peace; fighting disease; providing clean water; sanitation and hygiene; saving mothers and children; supporting education; growing local economies).
  2. Build the capacity of either the team members or the benefitting community; and
  3. Have a sustainable and measurable impact.
Can you think of how you might use your professional background to create a vocational training team from our club or from our District 5010?
President's Corner (Oct. 10) Paul Paslay 2018-10-10 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chris Wolpert
Pictured below are photos from our recent garden box build at Tudor Elementary School on October 2.  Photos are courtesy of Robin Dublin.
Tudor Elementary School Garden Boxes Chris Wolpert 2018-10-10 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Anne Adasiak-Andrew
Posted are some photos of Adam learning the art of grilling (courtesy of instruction provided by Anne's husband), Adam sporting his new East High sports jacket, and a few others.
Adam's Activities Anne Adasiak-Andrew 2018-10-10 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chris Wolpert
Applications for Rotary Youth Exchange (RYE) are coming due very soon.  If you know of anyone from East High School who would make a good candidate for RYE, then please make note of the following details:
1.  Information nights are as follows:
  • Wednesday, October 10 - Eagle River/Jitters at 7pm
  • Thursday, October 11 - Anchorage/UAA at 7pm (1901 Bragaw, Suite 199)
2.  Applications are due on October 15 (District set).
3.  Interviews will be arranged shortly after the the application period ends.
4.  Students can apply at
Please contact Katie Johnson at or at 907-342-5203 if you have any questions.
Rotary Youth Exchange Recruiting Chris Wolpert 2018-10-10 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Rohlfing and Gretchen Klein
The wreath making at Alaska Botanical Gardens was very successful and lots of fun!  We had no idea how talented we were.  Thanks go out to William Criner, Garden and Facilities, Alaska Botanical Garden for hosting our monthly social event, and to Mary Rohlfing for coordinating members and payments.  Artists were Kathleen Madden, Terry Allard, Anne Adasiak-Andrew, Adam Szabo, and Mary Rohlfing.
Botanical Garden Wreath Making Mary Rohlfing and Gretchen Klein 2018-10-05 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Paslay
At our meeting September 26:
  • We met in the Quarterdeck on the 10th floor of the Captain Cook Hotel and enjoyed this venue’s fine hospitality on another glorious sunny day.
  • Kelly McCormack donated $100 to his Paul Harris on account of this recent completion of graduate studies.
  • Michelle Tabler announced today is her granddaughter’s third birthday and that next week is her last working at the Better Business Bureau.  She will now be able to spend more time with family who are Outside.  She has the No Fine Button for October 3.
  • Barb Swenson was pleased to announce she has met Adam our exchange student, is very pleased to see David Hoffman back at a club meeting and is happy to be enjoying the good food and grand hospitality of the Captain Cook Hotel.
  • Daniel Cheyette announced he has never run as fast as his son who is graduating from Middle School and is a champion in track and field.
  • Craig Bledsoe reported from his trip to Nevada to participate in an FAA event, including mock evacuation training from a 747 airliner filled with theatrical smoke.  At a Rotary makeup there, his cell phone went off and he threw it out the window, from which diners apparently regularly throw bits of food for geese to eat.  After the geese examined his phone and found it inedible, they left deposits on the phone which he later had to wipe off.
  • Brandon Spoerhase stated he is remembering members of his family who have passed, and introduced his girlfriend and another friend as his guests.
  • Marjorie Poggas volunteered that the yellow cups on the tables help support our youth program in part by helping fund the stipend for Adam Szabo our exchange student for the year.
  • Mary Rohlfing pitched our upcoming social event at the Alaska Botanical Gardens on October 4.  David Kester modeled what kind of scarf might be created that evening.  Will Criner from the ABG gave details of how wreaths that evening can be made weaving things onto old bicycle rims.
  • David Kester reminds us World Polio Day will be on October 24.  Our club will celebrate at Mary & Buzz Rohlfing’s theatre.  He mentioned one of my club goals is $3,500 contribution to the Polio Plus Fund.  I donated $150, and David and Bill matched my donation, so we are $450 on the way!
  • Anne Adasiak- Andrew is happy to return after a trip with her mother to Tuscany, Umbria and Italy.  She thanked the members of our club for engaging with our exchange student Adam while she was gone.  Anne, her husband and family are Adam’s present host family.
  • Shirley Nelson brought a sign-up sheet for our reading program at Baxter Elementary which starts Thursday, October 4.  She is targeting 6 people to go weekly to read to kindergarten, first and second grade students.
  • I announced that Tuesday, October 2, starting at 4p, is our next step in the garden box project.  We shall be constructing a number of boxes at Tudor Road Elementary.
  • Our speaker today was the first to choose a charity to which our club will donate $50 in her name.  She chose the Alaska Literacy Program.
At other times:
  • On Tuesday, Karen Smith, Jeff Blake, Adam Sikorski and I attended the West High Interact club.  Karen brought 5 Costco pizza pies.  Adam addressed a packed room of about 40 students with comments about how he came to be interested in fighting human trafficking.  One possible way for the Interact club to be involved is to help at the coat check in counter at the next Beer Fest.
  • Wednesday morning of our October 3 meeting, I expect to join Rich Dyson at the East High Interact Club.  The club is still deciding what projects to focus on.  Last week Rich brought a bunch of ice cream pies for the students.  I asked whether students liked ice cream pies or pizza pies, and the vote was for pizza.  Why not come down and have a slice, Wednesday morning 10:20a, Travis Cooper’s classroom (I think it is Rm 204)?  Check in at the front office first.
Highlights from Anchorage East Rotary (Sept. 26) Paul Paslay 2018-10-02 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Paslay
Hello Anchorage East Rotarians.
The Rotary theme for October is Vocational Service.  Rotary was first started as a club based on vocations.  This continues today.  This month is a great time to celebrate, explore, understand the vocations of your fellow club members, and to explore the possibilities of membership from other vocational groups in your community.  Mike Zahare is the chair of our vocational service committee.  Why not offer to him to give an oral “Vocational Minute” during a club meeting to let our club know of your vocation?  What other vocations might we invite into our club?
This month on October 24 we celebrate World Polio Day.  Thirty years ago, 1,000 children were paralyzed by polio every single day.  Since then, we’ve marked our progress, year by year, week by week.  We’ve celebrated as country after country, region after region has been declared polio-free.  This year Anchorage East Rotary will mark this day with an event which our member Dave Kester, who leads End Polio matters for our District, is now highlighting at our meetings.
This is a tremendous opportunity in our Anchorage community for our club to highlight Rotary, and our historic work to eradicate polio.  It is also a great way to take advantage of the challenge from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation:  For every dollar that Rotary raises for polio eradication, the Gates Foundation will give two more.  Join me, and Rotarians everywhere – and Be the Inspiration for a polio-free world!
President's Corner (Oct. 3) Paul Paslay 2018-10-02 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rich Dyson
East exchange student, Adam Szabo, and rebound student, Rowan Folds, enjoy dinner at the Varsity Grill with Kristen and Rich Dyson prior to the UAA volleyball game on September 27th.
Rotary Exchange Rich Dyson 2018-10-02 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Anne Garrett
Anchorage East Rotary International Service committee invites you to join us to learn about the January 2019 mission trip to the Philippines and how you can help both here and on the ground in the Philippines. To set the tone, we're meeting at Bahay Kubo, a Filipino restaurant 3020 Minnesota Drive for authentic Filipino food, friends, and (if you stay long enough and are brave enough) karaoke.
The first Rotarian who actually SINGS Karaoke (that night) will get a home-made (from scratch) pineapple upside down cake made by the AER International Committee co-chair Anne Garrett (guaranteed edible).  Join us to get a "taste" of the generous and welcoming spirit of the Philippines. This is a no-host event and partners/spouses and friends are welcome!
Why the Philippines?
Typhoon Yolanda (2013) decimated many communities in the Philippines. This specific mission project is providing an expansion to a current wastewater treatment system for a village being built by iHomes (Bacolod) for 22 homes. They currently have a system for eight homes but with plans to expand. Together with Rotary clubs from Australia, Wales and the Philippines, we will work to financially support local efforts to expand the current system and travel to provide onsite assistance in January 2019.
What we will learn, discuss and finalize!
Proposed Itinerary: January 16 – 26, 2019
Travel Costs
What you will need (Passport, visa, shots – ouch!)
What can we do here?
What we will be doing on-the-ground?
Who else is planning to go!

ALL INTERESTED ROTARIANS ARE ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND.  Contact Anne Garrett or 907-223-4882 for more information or if you are unable to attend.  In addition, you can also use the evite link.

2019 Mission Trip to the Philippines Anne Garrett 2018-09-25 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Paslay
At our meeting September 19:
  • Lance Wilber announced the AERIE meeting set for September 20.
  • I announced three times that our meeting September 26 will be at the Quarterdeck at the Hotel Captain Cook.
  • I encouraged us all to consider things we can do with our exchange student Adam Szabo from Slovakia.  I saw that John Kagerer later took him on a flight-fishing trip in his plane.
  • Bob Cox, chairman of the Foundation committee, played another short video and spoke about it.
  • Paul McGuire and others including Michelle Tabler, Heather Flynn and Duff Pfanner said goodbye and thank you to Tam Agosti-Gisler, who with her husband Hans will be living and traveling in Europe for the next period of time.  Paul was particularly eloquent and passionate with his remarks about this great Rotarian.
  • Shirley Nelson gave more details about the reading project at Baxter Elementary.
  • I announced that a new policy will soon start that our speaker will choose from 3 charities, and the club will give $50 to that charity in the speaker’s name.
  • Kelly McCormack announced that he recently completed a graduate course of study and with respect to that, he will be making a contribution to his Paul Harris.
  • Maxine Froemling gave $470 to her Paul Harris to celebrate retirement from her 47-year career.  She said she now has more time to become involved in Rotary.
  • Barry Kirksey introduced a friend who is a potential new Rotarian.
  • Karla Jutzi and Sandra Wicks mentioned upcoming events related to matters our club is involved in.
  • Anne Garrett, co-chair of the International Committee, announced an upcoming meeting about the planning for the Philippine trip, which will be at Bahay Kubo, 3020 Minnesota Drive, September 28, 6p to 9p.  There will be the chance to sing karaoke.
Later in the week:
  • At the AERIE meeting Thursday, Lance Wilber, Woody Angst, Anne Garrett, Sally Archer, myself and Rich Dyson gathered.
  • Monday, the Foundation committee met.
  • Tuesday, Karen Smith, Jeff Blake and myself sat in on the West High Interact Club meeting.  It looks like the club will focus on Human/Sex Trafficking as one of its major projects.  Our own Adam Sikorski has agreed to present at the meeting next week on this subject.  Let’s have more Rotarians attend if possible!
Highlights from Anchorage East Rotary (Sept. 19) Paul Paslay 2018-09-25 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Paslay
Hello Anchorage East members,
For this issue of my President’s Column I copied from a couple of Rotary website sources for the following:
Did you know that more than 750 million people over the age of 15 are illiterate?  And, that number will increase when the 250 million children who do not possess basic reading skills become adults.  Illiteracy traps people in the cycle of poverty and costs the global economy an estimated $1.2 trillion each year in lost earnings and productivity.
This is where Rotarians step in.  Each year, district and global grants from The Rotary Foundation provide teacher training, integration of technology into classroom curriculum, and adult literacy programs to communities.  Gifts to the Annual Fund make these grants possible, meaning that learners of all ages have access to quality education and a bright future.
These words came from a Rotarian who lives in Africa:
Literacy can be defined as the state of being literate especially the ability to read and write.  It also lies in the ability of an individual’s capacity to put those skills to work in shaping the course of his or her life.  Genuine literacy involves ‘reading the word and the world’.
Literacy is both a right in itself and an instrument for achieving other rights. The 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights recognizes the right to education.  In modern societies, literacy skills are fundamental to informed decision-making, personal empowerment, and active and passive participation in local and global social community. 
Basic education refers to the whole range of educational activities taking place in various settings (formal, non-formal and informal) that aim to meet basic learning needs.  It comprises Primary education and lower Secondary education.  In developing countries like those in Africa, basic education often includes adult literacy programs.
No matter how much we hate waking up early for school or studying all night for those tests and exams, we all know that education is very important.  I am not saying that an uneducated man has no chance of being successful or that an educated man will surely do well in life.  Exceptions are always there. However, an educated person gets better opportunities in life. 
Countries with high literacy rates are extremely prosperous and the citizens have a high per capita income.  On the other hand, in African countries where the literacy rate is not as high, a number of people are still living below the poverty line.  Education provides us with knowledge about the world.  It paves the way for a good career.  It helps build character.  It leads to enlightenment.  Education makes a person complete.
Benjamin Franklin wrote “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest” while Victor Hugo wrote that: “He who opens a School door, closes a prison.”
President's Corner (Sept. 26) Paul Paslay 2018-09-25 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rich Dyson
For a mere $25, you can place your business card in the Eastwind for a whole month.  This is a great, and cheap, way to get your business noticed by fellow Rotarians.  It’s always better to do business with people you know and trust, so this is a good way to let our membership know what goods and services you can offer.  Just hand your card to Chris Wolpert or Rich Dyson and watch your business grow.
Business Card Bonanza Rich Dyson 2018-09-18 08:00:00Z 0
Rotary Fun 2018-09-18 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Paslay
At our meeting September 12:
  • Bob Cox, Dave Young and Rick Mystrom reported back about an Outside golf trip they took recently.
  • We sang happy birthday to Rotarians celebrating this month and distributed cake from the Cake Lady.
  • I donated 150 of my Foundation recognition points to Adam Sikorski for his outstanding support of our club in a number of different positions.
Later in the week:
  • At the Board of Directors meeting on Thursday, November 7 was set as the date for the club visioning.  About 20 – 25 club members will be invited to participate in a session about the future of our club
  • At the board meeting we also decided to start a program whereby for $25 per month, members can place their business card in the Eastwind, our online weekly newsletter.
  • At the board meeting we also decided to give our speakers the option of choosing one of three charities to which our club will donate $50 in their name.
  • On Friday the Communications committee met at the Alaska Bagel Restaurant.  Jeff Blake, Chris Wolpert, Tony Freije and myself met over lunch.  One idea that came up was to create PSAs (Public Service Announcements) about our Mobile Food Pantry, garden box project and other club events.
  • Our own Rick Goodfellow spoke at the Sunday morning speaker’s forum at the Anchorage Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, and later that day our own Barbara Kagerer and her husband John hosted a party at their business, The Horn Doctor, where he and his wife Jan Ingram celebrated 30 years of operating KLEF classical music radio station.
  • The Anchorage area Rotary club presidents meet later today to review how this year is going.
Highlights from Anchorage East Rotary (Sept. 12) Paul Paslay 2018-09-18 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Paslay
Hello Anchorage East members,
The Rotary theme for September is actually Basic Education and Literacy.  In our club Shirley Nelson is spearheading a project, under the Community Services Committee, to read to elementary school students.  We will do this at Baxter Elementary.  Our contact is Shannon Ferris who teaches 2nd grade there and is a member of South Rotary.  At present we are looking for 6 club members to go into the school for about an hour on Thursday mornings at 9:30a.  More about this soon.
On the front page of the District 5010 website our District Governor Diane speaks: “Students returning to school remind us how important learning is to ALL of us. Not only should we continue learning about new things, new places and people, we should continue learning about ourselves.  I encourage you to be both a mentor and mentee to others – the World and your community needs YOU!  And Rotary needs you as well to Be The Inspiration.” 
Our support of Interact clubs continues at West High and East High.  The clubs are putting together their plans for the year.  Today West club finished a small food drive started last week, and delivered the foodstuffs to a classroom where the teacher keeps a crock pot of food going for hungry students.  Our East Club is considering spending some funds to provide a banner, a bell and gavel, Interact Club pins and some other things to these Clubs so that they become more aware of the connection they have to Rotary as they learn how to be of service to others.  This is also turning out to be a good time to meet up with other Rotarians who can rearrange their schedule to be there Tuesday and Wednesday at 10:15.
President's Corner (Sept. 19) Paul Paslay 2018-09-18 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gretchen Klein
Check out our upcoming AER social on November 8 at Georgia Blue Gallery and Fromagio's Artisan Cheese.  Come sample fine cheese, freshly made colonial drinks (made from Alaskan plants) and learn about techniques used for displaying art.  A thank-you goes out to Helen Howarth, owner of Fromagio's Artisan Cheese, for putting on this private event for us.  She is amazing!  I have been to her cheese presentations in Ketchikan too.  Here are the details:
  • When:  Thursday November 8 from 6-8pm
  • Where:  3555 Arctic Blvd., #C4
  • Cost:  $20 per person (Cash or check only)
  • RSVP required - limited to 50
Contact Gretchen Klein if you have any questions.  Janine Becka will collect all payments during our lunch meetings.
Some fun information about Helen - Growing up in Alaska in the 1960s, cheese was a box of Velveeta and the best fruit came out of a can.  Years later when tasting "real" cheese for the first time (an imported French Roquefort), she had one of those heavenly moments of awakening.  The experience was akin to the first time she tasted a piece of perfectly ripe fruit plucked from a tree.  It was decadent, mouthwatering, and extraordinarily sublime.  From that moment on, whenever she traveled she made it a point to visit cheese shops.  That was the problem - she had to travel to get great cheese.  Driven by indulgent self-interest and the hope that other Alaskans like artisan cheese too, Fromagio's Artisan Cheese was born.
Upcoming Fine-Cheese Social Gretchen Klein 2018-09-11 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Paslay
Highlights for Anchorage East Rotary from September 5 – September 11, 2018. 
At our meeting September 5:
  • We remembered our member David Hoffman who is on the mend from medical challenges.
  • Sandra Wicks gave happy dollars about her trip to Europe.
  • Our treasurer Jennifer Snodgrass made good use of the no-fine-button to talk about her work life.
  • Barbara Swenson was awarded a Major Donor award for contributing $10,000 cash to the Foundation.  Arnie Cohen did the presentation.  Congratulations and thank you, Barbara!
Later in the week:
  • Wednesday late afternoon Woody and Chottie Angst, Sandra Wicks, Bruce Phelps, Shirley Nelson, myself, and a number of folks from the Anchorage South Rotary community, constructed 8 garden boxes at Baxter Elementary and partially filled them with dirt.  The business which supplies the soil closed at 5p so we were not able to fill all the boxes with dirt.  On Thursday Adam Sikorski and I, together with Amy Mackey-Hornak and another from Anchorage South, returned to Baxter Elementary and completed the job.  The man who brought the dirt was able to dump it directly into the beds, so it did not take long to rake and shovel the dirt evenly.
  • On Saturday, under brilliant sunny skies was our monthly Mobile Food Pantry.  Sharon Sullivan, Ventis Plume, Bill Faulkner, Duff Pfanner, Reed Smith, Sandra Wicks, Bruce Phelps, Heather Flynn, Karen Smith, Christian Deykes, Jeff Blake, Lee Nordstrom and yours truly were present.  We could not completely get rid of a mountain of spinach and bagged salad fixings the Food Bank delivered!
  • On Monday we had another social event at the 2 Friends Gallery, owned and hosted by Jacqui Ertischek.  Mary Rohlfing, Jim & Kim Arlington, Gloria Castenada, Sandra Wicks, Bruce Phelps, Woody and Chottie Angst, Emily Rohrabaugh (with her little one), Raquel Edelen, Heather Flynn, Kathleen Madden, Rayli Wilson and yours truly munched on nice refreshments.  Sivaluaq, an Inupiaq artist and story teller, was present.  So was a cloudless sky outside.
Highlights from Anchorage East Rotary (Sept. 5) Paul Paslay 2018-09-11 08:00:00Z 0
President's Corner (Sept. 12) Paul Paslay 2018-09-11 08:00:00Z 0
The next time you see Barbara, be sure to extend to her a big congratulations!  Pictured is Barbara receiving her Major Donor Award during last week's AER lunch meeting.  Congratulations Barbara!
Barbara Swenson Award 2018-09-11 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Heather Flynn
Fellow Rotarian Rick Goodfellow is giving a presentation called “The Little Radio Station That Could” at the Anchorage Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (AUUF).  Rick and his wife Jan are celebrating the 30th anniversary of KLEF, one of the few, and the very best all classical stations in the country.  Join Rick at 9 am on September 16th.  Rick will regale us with tales of early Anchorage and how he (mostly) stayed out of trouble.  AUUF is located at 2824 East 18th Ave.  Coffee and refreshments are included.
The Little Radio Station that Could Heather Flynn 2018-09-04 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Paslay
At our meeting August 29:
  • Sgt Rich informed us a visiting Rotarian from the Rotary Club of Pleasantburg in Greenville, SC, sent us his club’s banner in memory of an enjoyable visit to our club meeting.
  • We sang happy birthday to our exchange student Adam Szabo, whose 17th birthday actually fell on the day of the meeting.  Bill Miernyk gave to Adam an Anchorage East mug.
  • Jeff Blake from the Communications Committee reviewed what he and co-chair Chris Wolpert have planned for this year.  He asked for members to sign up to help think about and participate in a public image/relations project for the club.
  • Dave Young announced that Anchorage East trounced Anchorage Downtown 17 – 3 in the annual softball match.
Later in the week:
  • On Thursday the Community Service Committee met for the first time.  Present were co-chairs Christian Deykes and Rebecca Sentner, together with Gideon Garcia, Barbara Swenson, Duff Planner, Reed Smith, Heather Flynn and myself.  One grant was approved to be submitted to the board, and there is a need for more submittals for grants.  Please think of what might be a good one!
  • I attended the luncheon meeting on Thursday for Anchorage South, where the presenter was from Children’s Lunchbox, which is a program of Beans Café.  This is one of the programs to which the produce from our garden boxes will be donated.
  • Today I visited the second meeting of the Interact Club at West High.  John Ruhlin, the faculty adviser, had the students tape together boxes to create places for plastic to be collected for later delivery to a larger bin.  Tomorrow East High Interact meets for the first time.
Highlights from Anchorage East Rotary (Aug 29) Paul Paslay 2018-09-04 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Paslay
Hello fellow Anchorage East members.
The Rotary theme for September is New Generations Month.  This is the month when Rotarians all around the world focus efforts on supporting youth and Youth Programs.  What can we do?  Listen to their ideas about how Rotary can assist them to make a better world?  Take the time to discuss the great Rotary programs for youth, in particular the youth exchange program?  There are opportunities for us to make a real difference to the lives of many young people.
We have at least five opportunities in our club.  Anchorage East sponsors the Interact Clubs at West High and East High.  I have attended both meetings at West, which occur on Tuesdays and last about one-half hour starting at 10:20a.  There were 20+ students there each time.  One of the ideas that came up at the first meeting was a way to get some of these students to one of our meetings.  
East High starts its Interact Club on September 5 at 10:26a in Travis Cooper’s classroom 206.  It makes a difference to have a Rotary presence there, to remind the students of the bigger picture of which they are now a part.  If you can make it you are welcome.
Our exchange student Adam Szabo has just arrived for the year.  He has gone golfing at least twice, and he was on the Segway Tour social event last month.  He will be at the Mobile Food Pantry this month. He may participate in the Shelter Box project this year.  At lunch last week a member who had hosted him pointed out his English is excellent.  Please consider inviting him to do things.
Later this year we award scholarships to a number of outstanding high school students from Bartlett High and East High.  We also honor a student periodically from these schools, together with their teacher.  Talk to Mike Zahare, chair of the Vocational Committee, to be involved in these opportunities!
President's Corner (Sept 5) Paul Paslay 2018-09-04 08:00:00Z 0
Here is some fresh humor courtesy of Greg Solomon:
  • A TV weather man broke both his arms and legs.  He had to call in from the hospital to explain his four casts.
  • I accidentally plugged my computer keyboard into my hi-fi system and spent the rest of the day stereotyping.
  • The oldest computer can be traced back to Adam and Eve.  Surprise!  Surprise!  It was an Apple, but with extremely limited memory - just 1 byte.  Then everything crashed.
  • Old bankers never die.  They just pass the buck.
Greg's Groaners 2018-08-28 08:00:00Z 0
AER's Dave Kester, Paul McGuire, and Bob Cox had the opportunity to go for another round of golf with Adam Szabo.  Here are some photos from their event:
Golfing with Adam Szabo (Round 2) 2018-08-28 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Paslay
At our meeting August 22:
  • I asked that our members to keep Gloria Castenada in their thoughts as she deals with an illness in her family.
  • Lance Wilber announced he recently returned from a quick 2500 mile road trip.
  • Our exchange student Adam Szabo plans to go for his second round of golf with Bob Cox and Dave Kester.
  • Our club raised $300 for the college fund for the newly born daughter of Jon Dyson and his wife.
  • I presented our annual $5,000 check to the Food Bank.  Karla Jutzi, Executive Director, accepted the check and also talked about upcoming Food Bank events because she held the no-fine button this week.
Later in the week:
  • Rick Allen, Adam Sikorski and I attended the meeting of the Palmer Rotary club which every year takes place on the grounds of the Alaska State Fair.  The meeting went longer so there was a chance for people to talk about their club activities.  There were a number of exchange students present.  Adam and I talked about what Anchorage East is doing.
  • I visited with a staff member at Williwaw Elementary about whether this school might be a candidate for garden boxes.  Although it does not look like Williwaw is a candidate at this time, this person told me about hydroponic “grow towers” which can provide vegetables all year long.  Maybe this is a project for a future time?
  • I checked out 2 Friends Gallery and it looks like this will be a nice venue for our social event on September 10.  More about this later.
  • Jeff Johnson took this picture of me at the Palmer Club meeting last week at the State Fair.  I was asked to sit in for a bass player who could not make a gig, and it turned out the gig was the meeting at Palmer Club.
Highlights from AER Meeting (Aug 22) Paul Paslay 2018-08-28 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Paslay
Hello East Rotarians,
We have opportunities for members outside of our weekly meetings:
This year four local clubs including Anchorage East are using a District Grant to build garden boxes at elementary schools in the Anchorage area.  The next planned activity is Wednesday, September 5, 4:30p, at Baxter Elementary where we shall construct eight boxes.
Our club has for years gathered to distribute food at the Fairview Recreation Center.  The next distribution of the Mobile Food Pantry will be 1:30 – 3p on September 8.
Today Woody Angst, Karen Smith and I attended the first meeting of the Interact Club at West High.  About 30 students and their faculty adviser John Ruhlin showed up.  The next meeting is Tuesday, September 4, 10:20a, Room 10, West High School.  It helps to have as many Rotarians as possible there to support these future leaders.
Our club also supports Interact at East High and they will soon be starting up their year.
Last night was a meeting of the Foundation Committee at Sullivan’s Steakhouse private dining room.  Bob Cox, Lynn Allingham, Lynn Shaver, Rayli Wilson, Bill Ure, Michelle Engelke and yours truly showed up and had a good work meeting combined with fellowship.  The next meeting will probably be September 24, 5:30p, also at Sullivan’s
Coming up is a meeting of the Community Service committee (5p August 30 at La Cabana).  I think the opportunity, to be more “hands on” and being involved in activities which make the world a little better, is as rewarding as our weekly meetings.  Not everyone can make a meeting, and fortunately there are a lot of options at other times.  Choose one of these opportunities and get involved!
President's Corner (Aug 29) Paul Paslay 2018-08-28 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gretchen Klein
AER Members, here are the details for our next social event:
  • What is it:  Music & Artisan presentation by owner Jacqui Ertischek
  • Where: 2 Friends Gallery, 341 E. Benson
  • When:  Monday, September 10, 2018, 6:00-8:00pm
  • Cost: $10 (RSVP required - limit 50)
Food and refreshments will be provided by 2 Friends Gallery per the owner's request instead of members bringing their own dishes.  (This is a change from the notice posted on the social flyer).  If you plan on signing up for this private Rotary social party, please RSVP and make payment by September 5th.  ***Make checks payable to East Rotary Social Event by September 5th so we can give the final count to 2 Friends and make payment for food and refreshments.
Art Gallery Social Event Gretchen Klein 2018-08-21 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Paslay
Here are the highlights from the Anchorage East Rotary meeting held on August 15, 2018:
  • Kelly Larson and Chelsea Eckhart spoke for our program on the 2018 Alaska State Fair.  Kelly reminded us that this Thursday, August 23, 12:30p – 1:30p, there is Rotary Fellowship at the Alaska State Fair in Palmer.
  • Bob Cox gave more details of the raffle for Alaska Airline miles.  To enter, start a monthly contribution to Rotary in any amount, and let Bob know you have done so.  You can go to My Rotary and type in “donate” into the search window.
  • Adam Szabo from Slovakia, this year’s exchange student, made his first visit to our club.  Later that day he went golfing with Dave Kester and Bob Cox.
  • I reminded the group of the East – Downtown softball game August 22, 6pm at Mulcahy Stadium.
  • I announced that the first AERIE meeting of the year will be August 23, 5:30pm at the Cattle Company, hosted by Past President Lance Wilber.
  • I announced that the Board of Directors has approved Youth Exchange for 2019 – 2020, which will be Charlotte Tharp’s year as president.  The board also approved its budget for my year.  Finally, I think I invited folks to come to one of our board meetings to see more of what your club does.
Later in the week:
  • On Saturday we had the second social event of our year, which was a Segway Tour of downtown Anchorage.  It was fully subscribed and everyone seemed to enjoy it. 
  • Very early Friday our outbound student flew out of the Anchorage airport to Poland, his host country.
Highlights from AER Meeting (Aug 15) Paul Paslay 2018-08-21 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Paslay
Hello East Rotarians,
Following is more from RI President Barry Rassin in his President’s Message in the August issue of The Rotarian:
“Our membership has hovered around the same 1.2 million mark for 20 years.  We aren’t growing, and our membership is getting older.  We have too many clubs that don’t have the knowledge or motivation to have an impact: clubs that don’t know what we’re doing on a global level, clubs that don’t know about our programs or our Foundation, that don’t even know how to get involved.  And with a membership that is still mostly male, we clearly aren’t doing enough to become the organization of choice for women who are seeking to serve.”
August is Rotary’s membership month.  I urge everyone to think of who they might invite to check out Rotary.  It would be nice if it is a prospective member for Anchorage East, but there are about 7 clubs in the Anchorage area which meet at different times, and each of which has its own distinctive atmosphere. 
I spoke with one of the presenters at our last meeting, encouraging her to consider Rotary.  She said she is on the road about 8 months of the year and it would be hard to attend a “brick & mortar” meeting.  I told her that the Rotary E-Club might be a good fit.
President's Corner (Aug 22) Paul Paslay 2018-08-21 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Cox
The Rotary Foundation Committee is encouraging all Rotarians to sign up for Rotary Direct.  You can do this on line at  First, select what you would like to support.  The Featured Causes are the Annual Fund and the Polio Fund.  Contributions to either of these Funds are eligible for Paul Harris Fellow recognition (more about this in future articles). Note that a portion of the money you contribute to the Annual Fund comes back to the District over time to support projects we sponsor (these are called District Designated Funds).  You may also choose to direct your support to one of the Areas of Focus:
  • Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution
  • Disease Prevention and Treatment
  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Economic and Community Development
  • Water and Sanitation
  • Basic Education and Literacy
  • World Fund
Select the amount you want to contribute (minimum is $10), the frequency and provide your credit card information. 
As an added incentive, every person who signs up with Rotary Direct before the end of October will be entered into a drawing for 25,000 Alaska Airline miles, donated generously by Rayli Wilson.  Drawing will be held during November, which is Rotary Foundation Month.  In addition, if this is your first time donating, you will receive 100 Paul Harris points generously donated by one of several “senior” Rotarians to assist you in reaching the Paul Harris recognition level faster.
Supporting the Foundation Bob Cox 2018-08-21 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gretchen Klein

A huge thank you to Mary Rohlfing and Buzz, and Susan Metcalf for helping make Anchorage East Rotary’s August social event amazing this past Saturday at Segway Tours of Anchorage!! Check out their specials through the end of summer on different tours and services they offer in marketing, theatre, audio and film.

Stay tune for next event social event scheduled for September 10 at 2 Friends Art Gallery.

And our fearless leader, Paul Paslay!

Segway Tour Fun Gretchen Klein 2018-08-20 08:00:00Z 0
Abbott Loop Elementary Garden Box Photos Paul Paslay and Emily Rohrabaugh 2018-08-14 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Paslay
Hello fellow Rotarians.
Last Wednesday, August 8, a group of members from our club joined Rotarians from other clubs, and other folks (young and older), to construct 7 garden boxes at Abbott Loop Elementary.  Bill Ure, Adam Sikorski, Craig Bledsoe, Woody Angst, Berry Kirksey, Bob Cox, Dennis Bookey, Christian Deykes, Emily Rohrabaugh and Frank Cahill helped complete the task in only about an hour and one-half.  The next step will be to plant next spring.
I spoke with the principal at Baxter Elementary yesterday and she said eight boxes for her school would be phenomenal!
Tuesday, August 14, we fill with soil existing concrete planters at Springhill Elementary, and I just did an email blast to remind everyone.  This is a good example of Rotary working to make the world a little better in our community.  Hope you can all join us at some point in the process.
President's Corner (Aug 15) Paul Paslay 2018-08-14 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Paslay
Here are the highlights from Anchorage East Rotary meeting on August 8, 2018:
  • Sally Archer gave a happy dollar and expressed well received thoughts about the role of bringing new members into our club.
  • Dave Kester gave happy dollars for his excellent showing in a weekend golf tournament.  He plans to take our exchange student Adam Szabo golfing.
  • Visiting Anchorage South Rotarian Ross Johnston auctioned off admission to an upcoming event to Marilyn Porter for $50.  The event is Accelerate Alaska, August 29 – 30 at the Anchorage Loussac Library.
  • Dave Young announced our yearly softball match with Anchorage Downtown Rotary on August 22, 6 pm, at Mulcahy Stadium.
  • Heather Flynn had the No Fine button and told a story of overcoming souffle creation challenges in her kitchen on her birthday.
  • Mariko Selle bought the No Fine button for August 15, and Gideon Garcia bought it for August 22.
  • Past President Lance Wilber announced the first AERIE meeting will be coming up.
  • Adam Sikorski mentioned our Beer Fest coming up early next year, and that the Kenai Peninsula Beer Fest, which is an inspiration for our event, takes place August 11, 5p – 10p.  Some Anchorage area Rotarians will be going there to help out.
Highlights from Aug 8 AER Meeting Paul Paslay 2018-08-14 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Paslay
  • Karla Jutzi presented me with a letter of gratitude from the Food Bank and announced that for the fiscal year which ended June 30, AER distributed 64,745 pounds of food to 1,151 families.  Overall, with AER help, FBOA distributed about 1.4 million pounds of food to 30,327 families.
  • Amy Mackey-Hornak, president of Anchorage South, addressed the club about the August 8 & August 15 work periods for the District Grant supported garden box project.  A number of people signed up to volunteer.
  • Our speaker was Douglas Plume, who was an exchange student from our club years ago, and this fall starts law school at Boston University.  He gave a timely talk about the benefit to him to have been in the exchange program.  There were many good questions asked of him at the end of his remarks.  Our latest exchange student, Adam Szabo, will arrive on August 3.
  • I announced to the club that Jerry and Vivien LaFevers, who just moved to Redding, California, are safe from the fires in the area.
  • Bill Ure asked the club to inform him of particular programs that they might want at our club.  Bill is our vice president and is in charge of programs this year.
  • Heather Flynn announced that she will be making a large donation to the Foundation next week.
  • Heather also agreed to buy the No Fine Button for next week.  For this year, we have decided to have a sign-up list for people to buy it for a one-time opportunity for $50.
Highlights from August 1 AER Meeting Paul Paslay 2018-08-07 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Baldwin
Below is a letter presented to us by AER's Karla Jutzi and written by Jim Baldwin, CEO of the Food Bank of Alaska, thanking Anchorage East Rotary for our cub's support:
You are helping ensure our kids in Alaska have the summer they have been looking forward to, free from anxiety about where their summer meals are coming from.  Thank you!
“You can tell the kids need this food,” says Brian, a monitor at one of Food Bank of Alaska’s rural summer meal program sites.  “No one is picking on each other when they’re eating.”  From Anchorage to Bethel, Kotzebue to Dillingham, your support is helping provide summer meals to kids in over 40 communities.  When kids have enough to eat in the summer, they have energy to burn.  You truly are putting smiles on their faces.  “When they eat here, they leave happier you know," says Brian.
If you’d like to speak with us, please call Development Director Karla Jutzi, 907-222-3112, or email
A Letter from the Food Bank of Alaska to AER Jim Baldwin 2018-08-07 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Paslay
Hello fellow Rotarians.
Last Friday I enjoyed spending some hours at the airport with a group of Rotarians who are passionate about youth exchange.  I helped greet about 5 – 10 exchange students from around the world, including our own Adam Szabo from Slovakia.
These young people may have little knowledge of Rotary at the beginning of their year abroad, but after one year they should be able to speak well about our program and be an ambassador to others.  We have the Interact and Rotaract clubs which they can join, and ultimately they can move into being members of a Rotary club.  Thus our youth exchange program can be viewed as a way we bring in new members to our organization.
When you talk to people about what Rotary is, consider mentioning the “membership drive” aspect which is our Rotary youth exchange program.  Even if a youth exchange student does not pursue Rotary membership, or a person you invite to lunch does not become a member, they go away from the experience with a positive view of what our organization does, and this word can spread to others.
President's Corner (Aug 8) Paul Paslay 2018-08-07 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Cox
Bob Cox gave an update on the Rotary Foundation Committee at the weekly Club luncheon on August 1.  The Committee held their first meeting of the new Rotary year on July 30 to set goals and plan activities.  A key goal for the year is expanding Club participation in Foundation giving.  Bob noted that while Anchorage East Rotary is one of the most generous clubs in the District, only 70% of active members contributed to the Foundation in the last Rotary year.  The upside opportunity is to encourage the other 40 or so Rotarians to join the fun. Using Rotary Direct, this can be very easily done.
Bob announced a campaign to encourage Rotarians to sign up for Rotary Direct.  You can do this on line at or Bob will distribute forms next week if you prefer to sign up the old fashioned way.  You can select the amount you want to contribute (minimum is $10), the frequency and the method.  You can select which causes you would like to support; the Annual Fund is the usual selection, as a portion of these funds come back to the District over time.  However, you may also choose the Polio Fund or one of several other good choices.
As an added incentive, every person who signs up in the next three months will be entered into a drawing for 25,000 Alaska Airline miles, donated generously by Rayli Wilson.  The drawing will be held during November, which is Rotary Foundation Month.  In addition, if this is your first time donating, you will receive 100 Paul Harris points generously donated by one of several “senior” Rotarians to assist you in reaching the Paul Harris recognition level faster.
Foundation Committee Report Bob Cox 2018-08-07 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Paslay
During our July 25 lunch meeting, Rebecca Sentner, co-chair of the Community Services Committee, distributed checks from our club to the Government Hill Commons (Stephanie Kesler accepted the check) and to the American Diabetes Association (our own Gretchen Klein accepted the check).
Recent AER Donations Paul Paslay 2018-07-31 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Paslay
Here are the highlights from Anchorage East Rotary meeting on July 25, 2018:
  • A visiting Rotarian from Ontario, Canada, exchanged his club’s banner for ours.  It so happened that our own Robin Dublin had given us a token, in the form of a small wooden plaque from the Rotary Club of Knysna, Western Cape Province of South Africa, which is meant to be passed on to the next out-of-country Rotarian who visits our club.  And so it came to pass.  The Knysna club has a website which allows this token to be tracked.
  • We also had a visiting Rotarian couple from Southeast Tulsa, Oklahoma.
  • Rebecca Sentner, co-chair of the Community Services Committee, distributed checks from our club to the Government Hill Commons (Stephanie Kesler accepted the check) and to the American Diabetes Association (our own Gretchen Klein accepted the check).
  • Dave Kester mentioned the District 5010 Leadership Academy during Happy Dollars.  Eric Gurley mentioned to me he might be interested in joining the academy.
  • We received reports from the committees for Community Service (Rebecca Sentner), International Service (Anne Garrett & Adam Sikorski), Youth Services (Karen Smith) and Youth Exchange (Marjorie Poggas), Membership (Shawn Florio), Social (Gretchen Klein), Vocational Service (Mike Zahare) and from our Beer Czar Adam Sikorski.
  • Heather Flynn mentioned that she helped get another $3,000 scholarship to one of the students who had earlier received a scholarship.
Highlights from July 25 AER Meeting Paul Paslay 2018-07-31 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rich Dyson
Adam Szabo, our inbound exchange student from Slovakia, will be arriving at the oddly decent hour of 7:19 PM on Friday, August 3rd with United Airlines #1291.  Please come to the airport to show him a cordial Anchorage East Rotary welcome to his new home for the next year.
Inbound Exchange Student is Arriving Rich Dyson 2018-07-31 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chris Wolpert on Jul 28, 2018
The Segway Tour of Anchorage is coming up on August 18 and there is still time to sign up.  Only 8 spots remain, so sign up soon.  Contact Mary Rolfing at 907-227-7916 for details.  One last reminder - please make checks payable to "Buzz Rolfing, Inc".  (Disregard the note immediately below indicating checks are to be made out to "Segway Tours of Anchorage.")
AER Social Event - Segway Tour of Anchorage Chris Wolpert 2018-07-28 08:00:00Z 0
Pictured below are Arnie Cohen and President Paul Paslay with AER's newest inductee Laurie Hoefer.  When you see Laurie, please take a moment to welcome her to our club.
Welcome Laurie Hoefer to AER 2018-07-24 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Paslay
Last year Dave Kester and I took the District 5010 Leadership Academy, which is an online training on many different aspects of Rotary.  It gave me a much more informed picture of how things operate in Rotary.
The other day I received an email from Jodi Stuart of the Soldotna Rotary Club who is the Dean for this year’s academy.  She informed me there are only 20 slots available for this year’s academy.  So, I am informing you of this opportunity.  If you are interested, you can speak to Dave or me, or go to the District 5010 website and click on “Leadership” on the menu bar at the top.
Notice of Upcoming District 5010 Leadership Academy Paul Paslay 2018-07-24 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Paslay
Here are some of the highlights from our July 18, 2018 Anchorage East Rotary meeting:
  • During Sandra Wicke’s presentation to our club, she called on other members to share thoughts with the club about their service work, including Carolyn Jones, Berry Kirksey and Jay Jackson.
  • Matt Thon introduced Sandra and gave a happy $20, mentioning he has become engaged.
  • Adam Sikorski mentioned that August 11 is the Soldotna Beer Fest, an event held by Rotary, and the inspiration for our club’s beer fest.  He invited folks to come down.
  • Gideon Garcia reported he had so many fish stories from his recent trip that he didn’t know where to begin.
  • Laurie Hoefer was inducted as a new member to our club.
Highlights From July 18 AER Meeting Paul Paslay 2018-07-17 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Paslay
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.
Jeffrey Harris Returns From Finland Paul Paslay 2018-07-17 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Paslay
Dear fellow Rotarians,
The Rotary calendar celebrates Membership & Extension.  In the Rotarian magazine, new RI President Barry Rassin stated:
“…We are a membership organization first.  If we want to achieve the goals we’ve set for ourselves, we need to put membership first.  All of us have a responsibility to take membership seriously, not only by inviting prospective members, but also by making sure new members are welcomed into clubs that offer them something of value.  If you see someone walk into a meeting and see them hesitate, be sure that person has a place to sit and is part of the conversation…”
Shawn Florio and Shelia Lomboy are co-chairs for the membership committee this year.  Give them your input about membership.  Consider bringing in folks who you think might make a good addition to our club.  Our two most recent members are Laurie Hoefer and Justin Mills.  Please take the time to welcome them into our club.
President's Corner Paul Paslay 2018-07-10 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rich Dyson
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.
A Note From Our New Sgt-At-Arms Rich Dyson 2018-07-10 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rich Dyson and Chris Wolpert
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.
Yuga Departing on July 13 Rich Dyson and Chris Wolpert 2018-07-08 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rich Dyson
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
Governor Walker Meets AER Rich Dyson 2018-07-08 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Greg Solomon
Thank you to Greg Solomon for a batch of fresh humor.
  • I named my dogs Rolex and Timex.  They are my watch dogs.
  • Want to hear a pun about paper?  Nevermind.  It's tearable.
  • A bike in town keeps running me over.  It's a vicious cycle.
  • Bad puns are how eye roll.
Greg's Groaners Greg Solomon 2018-06-26 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Katie Johnson

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.

Host Family Needed for New Rotary Year Katie Johnson 2018-06-26 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Katie Johnson
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!
Help Yuga With His Last Days Katie Johnson 2018-06-26 08:00:00Z 0
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.
Paul Paslay in Toronto Paul Paslay 2018-06-26 08:00:00Z 0
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.
Ravn Alaska Presentation (and Rountrip Tickets) Chris Wolpert 2018-06-26 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tam Agosti-Gisler
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.
Melissa “Melly” Burger Tam Agosti-Gisler 2018-06-19 08:00:00Z 0
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 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.
Changing of the Guard 2018-06-19 08:00:00Z 0
Greg's Groaners Greg Solomon 2018-06-19 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Paslay
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.
Wednesday's Lunch Menu Paul Paslay 2018-06-12 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Anne Adasiak-Andrew
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 (
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.
Inspirational Reading Anne Adasiak-Andrew 2018-06-12 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Yuga Takahashi
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.
Fun Things I Did in Alaska Yuga Takahashi 2018-06-05 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Paslay
This Wednesday's Hilton lunch menu consists of a soup and sandwich buffet.
Wednesday's Lunch Menu Paul Paslay 2018-05-29 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Greg Solomon
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.
Greg's Groaners Greg Solomon 2018-05-28 08:00:00Z 0
Scotch Tasting BBQ Gretchen Klein 2018-05-28 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tam Agosti-Gisler on May 22, 2018
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
East Interact Club Year Review Tam Agosti-Gisler 2018-05-22 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Paslay on May 22, 2018
AER membership, please congratulate Charlotte Tharp for her being honored with a "Be Humble, Be Kind" award.
Charlotte Tharp Honored Paul Paslay 2018-05-22 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rayli Wilson
Please pay Rayli directly.  The cost does not include food or beverage, and you must be 21 to attend.
Paint Party Rayli Wilson 2018-05-08 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Barbara Swenson
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.
Mobile Food Pantry this Saturday Barbara Swenson 2018-05-08 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tam Agosti-Gisler
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
Julie Vincek (King Tech): 907-742-8986 or
Work-Based Learning Experiences for Students Tam Agosti-Gisler 2018-05-01 08:00:00Z 0
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
Work-Based Learning Opportunities for Students 2018-05-01 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tam Agosti-Gisler
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
Julie Vincek (King Tech): 907-742-8986 or
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
Work-Based Learning Opportunities for Students Tam Agosti-Gisler 2018-05-01 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Paslay and Chris Wolpert
Shown here are the recent AER Rotarians to receive their Paul Harris awards.  Thank you to those who have made this committment!
Paul Harris Awards Paul Paslay and Chris Wolpert 2018-05-01 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rich Dyson
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.
New Delhi Orphanage Rich Dyson 2018-04-24 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathleen Madden
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.
Rotary English Camp Kathleen Madden 2018-04-24 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chris Wolpert
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!
Yuga Playing Soccer Chris Wolpert 2018-04-24 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Miernyk
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.
Bartlett Student and Teacher of the Month Bill Miernyk 2018-04-24 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Heather Flynn
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 or 277-2220.
District Conference in Seward Heather Flynn 2018-04-17 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rich Dyson
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.
India Polio Immunization Rich Dyson 2018-04-17 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rich Dyson
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.
Yuga at Prom Rich Dyson 2018-04-17 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Paslay
For those with an interest in history, this is a ticket to the banquet at which Anchorage East was chartered in 1970.
AER History Paul Paslay 2018-04-10 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lynn Shaver
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.
Looking for Mustard Magicians Lynn Shaver 2018-04-10 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Paslay
This Wednesday's lunch menu features a really yummy Italian Buffet.
Wednesday's Lunch Menu Paul Paslay 2018-04-03 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Leah Magno
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. 
East High School Student & Teacher Award Leah Magno 2018-04-03 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Anne Garrett
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:
  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.
-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
International Committee Update Anne Garrett 2018-04-03 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda "Jay" Jackson
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. 
Helping Hand for Nepal Linda "Jay" Jackson 2018-04-03 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chris Wolpert
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.
Mobile Food Pantry Chris Wolpert 2018-03-27 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Katie Johnson
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  Thank you for continuing to support Youth Exchange!
Youth Exchange Frequent Flyer Miles Request Katie Johnson 2018-03-27 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tam Agosti-Gisler
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.
Operation Gratitude Tam Agosti-Gisler 2018-03-27 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sandra Wicks
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.
Rotary Dog Wash in Cabo Sandra Wicks 2018-03-20 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robin Dublin
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.
Robin Dublin in South Africa Robin Dublin 2018-03-20 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sandra Wicks
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.)
Visiting Rotary in Oaxaca, Mexico Sandra Wicks 2018-03-13 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Greg Solomon
-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.
Greg's Groaners Greg Solomon 2018-03-13 08:00:00Z 0
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.
International Committee Update Anne Garrett 2018-03-13 08:00:00Z 0
Wednesday's Lunch Menu 2018-03-06 09:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dave Kester
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.
Making Polio History - An Update Dave Kester 2018-03-06 09:00:00Z 0
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!
Iditarod Restart Party 2018-03-06 09:00:00Z 0
Posted by Woody Angst
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.
Interact Students Recognized Woody Angst 2018-03-06 09:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sandra Wicks
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.
Clean Water Project Sandra Wicks 2018-03-06 09:00:00Z 0
Posted by Katie Johnson
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, or 907-342-5203.
HELP Your YEO and YE Student Katie Johnson 2018-02-27 09:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Rohlfing
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 (cell 907-242-5590) or (cell 907-223-8385) or 907-495-6679 (landline) for more information.
Iditarod Re-start Party Mary Rohlfing 2018-02-27 09:00:00Z 0
Posted by Greg Solomon
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.
Greg Solomon's Prize Dessert Greg Solomon 2018-02-20 09:00:00Z 0
Posted by Adam Sikorski
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.
Rondy Beer Fest a Success Adam Sikorski 2018-02-20 09:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rich Dyson
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.
AERIE Meeting This Week Rich Dyson 2018-02-13 09:00:00Z 0
Posted by Barbara Swenson
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!
Mobile Food Pantry Barbara Swenson 2018-02-13 09:00:00Z 0
Posted by Heather Flynn
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.
Santiago Foundation Work Heather Flynn 2018-02-13 09:00:00Z 0
Posted by Fur Rondy
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
Rondy Rotary Beer Festival Press Release Fur Rondy 2018-02-13 09:00:00Z 0
Wednesday Meeting at Captain Cook – Mayor Berkowitz Presenting Chris Wolpert 2018-02-06 09:00:00Z 0
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.
Yuga Update 2018-01-30 09:00:00Z 0
Posted by Greg Solomon
-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.
Greg’s Groaners Greg Solomon 2018-01-23 09:00:00Z 0
Posted by Arnie Cohen
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.
PardiGras Sign-up – Last Chance Arnie Cohen 2018-01-23 09:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sandra Wicks
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.
District Grant Water Filter Distribution Sandra Wicks 2018-01-23 09:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Paslay
This Wednesday’s lunch features an Asian/Thai buffet.
Wednesday Lunch Menu Paul Paslay 2018-01-23 09:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rich Dyson
The Rondy/Rotary Beer Fest, a fundraiser to combat human trafficking, is fast approaching and volunteers are still needed. We do have several folks who have signed up to obtain TAPS cards and act as servers at the event, but we need volunteers to help with set up (beginning at 10 am), tear down, and to take ice and water to the vendors or to serve pizza and coffee. The Beer Fest is Saturday, February 17th from 3 pm to 7 pm at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts.  There are many volunteer opportunities before, during, and after the event.  Questions?  Contact Adam Sikorski at 907-202-2105 ( or Shawn Florio at 907-242-2839 (
Rondy/Rotary Beer Fest Volunteers Needed Rich Dyson 2018-01-16 09:00:00Z 0
Posted by Arnie Cohen
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.
Alaska Zoo Auction Item Arnie Cohen 2018-01-16 09:00:00Z 0
Wednesday Lunch Menu Paul Paslay 2018-01-09 09:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chris Wolpert
This Wednesday’s presentation will feature the Berington sisters as they give AER a sneak peek into the life of dog mushing and the challenges of racing the Iditarod.  Assisting with the presentation will be a couple of their fury friends.  Come prepared for an interesting and engaging presentation.
Kristy & Anna Berington Iditarod Presentation Chris Wolpert 2018-01-09 09:00:00Z 0
Posted by Arnie Cohen
PardiGras attendees will get the chance to bid on a 4-nights stay at the spectacular all-suite Platinum Hotel in Las Vegas, featuring full-service valet, concierge service, indoor and outdoor pools, a modern fitness center, and Well Spa and Salon.  Located a block off The Strip and a block from the monorail, the Platinum has easy access to all the attractions of Las Vegas.  And to get you there, you’ll earn 50,000 air miles. Yours only if you bid and win at PardiGras! - Anchorage East Rotary gala and auction!
PardiGras Auction Item Arnie Cohen 2018-01-09 09:00:00Z 0
Posted by Arnie Cohen
Sign-up and payment for tickets to the AER Foundation Gala/Auction - PartiGras! - will begin on January 3. Please, if at all possible, pay at the time that you sign up to attend. This will save time as you arrive at the auction. You can pay at the front desk with cash, check or credit card. The tickets are $60 per person.
Foundation Gala/Auction Parti-Gras Sign-Ups Arnie Cohen 2018-01-02 09:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Miernyk
In the March 25 issue of Time Magazine on page 60, there is an article "The year that polio gets to zero.”  There is this statement:  "The road to almost zero has been a long one -- and a lot of the credit has rightly gone to Rotary International, the global service organization that made polio eradication its mission in 1979.
The Road to Zero Bill Miernyk 2018-01-02 09:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Miernyk
Our Student and Teacher of the month in December from Bartlett High School were at a recent meeting to receive their recognition.  The student was Jordan Flowers.  He is a Senior from a military family and has lived many places.  He plans to attend UAA and study criminal Justice.  He is also a basketball player.  The teacher was Creed Campbell from the Social Studies Department.  He has been at Bartlett for 14 years.  He teaches Psychology and Debate.  Both received checks for $250.
Teacher & Student Recognitions Bill Miernyk 2018-01-02 09:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dave Kester
Matthew and Gunnar Nelson are sons of Ricky Nelson and Grand kids to Ozzie and Harriet Nelson. They sing popular sing-along Christmas songs and they share stories, videos, and pictures of their family Christmases with their family.  There will be food and a beer and wine garden available as well. Here is a link to a tease of what the show will be like. 

Ticketing Site

Video of what the concert will be like.
Anchorage South Club member, Brad Erickson, would like to make the following offer to Rotarians who purchase tickets:   “There is a special spot on the ticketing site where Rotarians can buy tickets.   $5 of every $35 dollar ticket that a Rotarian purchases will go to the Polio Plus fund.“ 

Hope you can take advantage of it.
Holiday Concert For The Entire Family Dave Kester 2017-12-19 09:00:00Z 0
Posted by Karen Smth
Yuga received a letter from Santa and he's on the NICE list this year!  Yuga has finals and will miss our incredible AER holiday luncheon.   We've collected $100 to purchase a gift for his first Christmas in America.  Feel free to reach out during the school break for some adventures.  He'd love to ski or sled or see the zoo Lights.  His big wish includes a trip to NYE or a VR... (he's a teenager for sure!!)
He is still in need of a home in the SAHS district.  See Katie with any possible hosts.  He is leaving our home January 3rd.  We can be creative!  
MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM YUGA! Karen Smth 2017-12-19 09:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dave Kester
Thank you my fellow Anchorage East Rotarians for your trust in me and nominating me for the office of District Governor.  I am truly honored.  As you can see below [see note from Peggy Pollen], I was not selected from the many qualified candidates.  However, I appreciate the opportunity that you all granted me.  Please join me in welcoming District Governor Nominee Designate (DGND), Joe Kashi.
Note from Peggy Pollen: 
Dear Alaska-Yukon Rotarians,
On behalf of DG Harry Kieling, we are very pleased to announce the selection of Joseph Kashi, Soldotna Rotary, as Governor for Rotary District 5010 in 2020-21.  Please join us in congratulating Joe on his selection. We look forward to the strong future of the District with his leadership.
A Message From AER Past President Dave Kester Dave Kester 2017-12-19 09:00:00Z 0
Posted by Barbara Kagerer
Just a quick note to let you know our meeting this week not only includes a visit from SANTA, but it also includes wonderful music from special guest Kathryn Hoffer, violinist and concertmaster of our Anchorage Symphony Orchestra, accompanied by Janna Preston on piano!  Our very own Rick Benjamin will lead us in a few Christmas carols on piano for a sing-along later in the meeting.  If you play a musical instrument and would like to play along, PLEASE BRING YOUR INSTRUMENT and play Christmas carols with us!  I plan to bring my flute and would love to have other musical Rotarians joining in.  Please note, however, that there may or may not be printed music to read from.  So if you're comfortable with the possibility of playing carols by ear, please join in!
Wednesday AER Meeting Announcement Barbara Kagerer 2017-12-19 09:00:00Z 0
Posted by Barbara Swenson
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.
Mobile Food Pantry Barbara Swenson 2017-12-12 09:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rayli Wilson
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!
AER Rotary Christmas Party Rayli Wilson 2017-12-12 09:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chris Wolpert
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!
Arnie Cohen Foundation Recognition Chris Wolpert 2017-12-12 09:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sandra Wicks
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.
AER Rotarians Provide Clean Water Sandra Wicks 2017-12-12 09:00:00Z 0
Wednesday's Lunch Menu Paul Paslay 2017-12-05 09:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lonzo Henderson
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.
East High School Teacher & Student Awardsd Lonzo Henderson 2017-12-05 09:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rich Dyson

Anchorage East Rotary is planning a beer fest on February 17th in conjunction with Fur Rondy as a fundraiser to combat human trafficking.  There is a need for assistants who have had Training for Alcohol Professionals (TAPS) and who have been certified.  The cost of the class is $45 for non-CHARR members.  The AER Board of Directors has authorized reimbursement for up to 10 AER members to take this class.  The class is about 4 hours long and there is a test upon completion.  If you are willing to help with the beer fest, take the class and exam, you can log onto for more information.

You do not need to pre-register.  However, you should arrive at the class 15 minutes prior to the beginning and bring ID and writing instruments.  You will need to pay the $45 and submit a receipt to AER for reimbursement.  Questions?  Contact Rich Dyson at 830-4858 or

TAPS Training in Support of Fur Rondy Beer Fest Rich Dyson 2017-11-29 09:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Paslay on Nov 29, 2017

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.




Wednesday's Lunch Menu Paul Paslay 2017-11-29 09:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dave Kester on Nov 28, 2017

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
World Polio Update Dave Kester 2017-11-28 09:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Paslay


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
2018-2019 Board Announced-Updated Paul Paslay 2017-11-28 09:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chris Wolpert
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.
New Proposed Member Biography Chris Wolpert 2017-11-28 09:00:00Z 0
Posted by Karen Smith
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.
Yuga Update Karen Smith 2017-11-21 09:00:00Z 0
Posted by Greg Solomon
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.
Greg's Groaners Greg Solomon 2017-11-14 09:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul McGuire
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.
AERIE Meeting on Thursday Paul McGuire 2017-11-14 09:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Paslay
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!
Wednesday Lunch Menu & Venue Note Paul Paslay 2017-11-14 09:00:00Z 0
Posted by Barbara Swenson
"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!
Aliy Zirkle & Scruggs Barbara Swenson 2017-11-14 09:00:00Z 0
Wednesday's Lunch Menu Paul Paslay 2017-11-07 09:00:00Z 0
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).
AER Scoop Report 2017-11-07 09:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dave Kester
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!
World Polio Day report Dave Kester 2017-11-07 09:00:00Z 0
Posted by Karen Smith
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!
Yuga Update Karen Smith 2017-11-07 09:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tam Agosti-Gisler
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. 
Random Pies of Kindness Tam Agosti-Gisler 2017-11-07 09:00:00Z 0
Posted by Greg Solomon
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.
Greg's Groaners Greg Solomon 2017-10-31 08:00:00Z 0
Wednesday's Lunch Menu 2017-10-31 08:00:00Z 0
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.
AER Scoop Report 2017-10-31 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chris Wolpert
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.
Lots of Fun in Finding Out Who Came to Dinner Chris Wolpert 2017-10-24 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Milena Sevigny

Please take a moment to review the biography for AER's newest application, Mrs. Milena Sevigny.

As the Community Relations Coordinator for TOTE Maritime, Milena is responsible for fostering a positive relationship with the local community in Alaska and Washington state. She manages the corporate giving and community involvement platform for the company which includes charitable contributions, sponsorships, in-kind donations and employee volunteer efforts. Milena has a strong ability to build, maintain and leverage diverse networks across multiple industries and has been working in Public Relations for almost eight years. Milena is also an active Board Member of the Food Bank of Alaska.

Milena moved to Alaska from Houston, Texas to work as the Social Investment Advisor in the Alaska Venture for Shell Exploration and Production Company. She worked extensively with the communities on the North Slope and Anchorage developing a strong passion for working with Native Alaskans to help preserve their cultural practices and language. When Shell Oil left Alaska in 2015, Milena and her family decided that they did not want to leave the beautiful state of Alaska. Milena was fortunate to find a new role that enabled her to continue to work with the local community. Her spare time is spent volunteering at the Ya Ne Dah Ah Chickaloon Tribal School in Sutton, hiking, fishing, hunting, picking berries or sewing quilts and fur garments by the fire with her family.

Milena holds a Bachelor's degree in International Hospitality and Tourism Management from Bournemouth University which she obtained from the campus in Neuchatel, Switzerland. She lived and worked in Switzerland for six years and graduated with students from 26 countries. She loves meeting people from different countries and learning about their traditions and culture. Milena is fluent in French and can also communicate in Spanish, German, Portuguese and Swedish.

Milena lives in Wasilla, Alaska with her husband, Daniel, and her son Orion (4).

Milena Sevigny Biography Milena Sevigny 2017-10-24 08:00:00Z 0
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!”
AER Scoop Report 2017-10-24 08:00:00Z 0
Wednesday's Lunch Menu Paul Paslay 2017-10-24 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tam Agosti-Gisler
Yuga met a reindeer and a baby moose this weekend at the Reindeer Farm Festival.  He also learned how to sling frozen potatoes 
at a target - a skill we’ll leave hiim to figure out how it will apply in life!
Yuga and Reindeer Tam Agosti-Gisler 2017-10-24 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dave Kester
This is a reminder to join us Tuesday, October 24th for the World Polio Day Event at the Bear Square Theater at 315 E Street at 6:00 pm.  We will show the Polio Update from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.  Please bring a dish and beverage to share.  Call Dave Kester at 244-5806 if you have any questions.  Looking forward to seeing you there.
World Polio Day event at Bear Square Theater Dave Kester 2017-10-24 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Barbara Swenson & Christian Deykes

On Saturday, October  14, 2017 we enjoyed a wonderful afternoon at the AER Mobile Food Pantry with 38 volunteers, and family & friends on hand to serve 85+ client households.  Special thanks to Past President Dave Kester for interviewing with KTUU to share the important story about this vital community program.  (Here is the link to the KTUU article just in case the imbedded link does not work: Great job by everyone – THANK YOU!!  The next Mobile Food Pantry is Saturday, November 11th.   Please plan to join us to recognize our Veterans.  

Mobile Food Pantry Barbara Swenson & Christian Deykes 2017-10-16 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Arnie Cohen

In preparation for PardiGras, we will be posting news about interesting items that will be available during the auction.  For example:

How would you like to experience one of the shrines of the game, or take a road trip with the home team or just get away for a fantastic family sports adventure?  This getaway award can be redeemed for an amazing sports vacation for two to your choice of any regular season NFL football, NHL hockey, NBA basketball, MLB baseball, or MLS soccer games or PGA golf tournament.  That means you have thousands of games and tournaments a year from which to choose! Your lower level seats assure that you will be part of the excitement.

Your trip for two includes:

3 days/2 nights hotel accommodations at your chosen destination

2 reserved tickets to your choice of any regular season game or tournament

Daily complimentary breakfast

All room-related taxes

Free concierge reservation service


Travel package is non-refundable and subject to availability.  Certificates/gift cards cannot be replaced.  PGA tournament does not include the Masters, PGA Championship, US Open or Open Championship.  A minimum 45-day advance reservation is required.  Travel is valid for 12 months from date of issue.

PardiGras Auction Arnie Cohen 2017-10-16 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tam Agosti-Gisler
Kathleen Madden was honored as the 2017 Alaskans for Language Acquisition “Friend of AFLA” award winner for her work in supporting English Language Learners.  In addition to organizing the annual AER English camp for many years, Kathleen is a volunteer teacher at the Alaska Literacy Project.  She also organizes and teaches at an English camp in Thailand every year through Thai Rotarians.   Pictured here with Kathleen are Tam Agosti-Gisler (Anchorage School Board and fellow Anchorage East Rotarian) and Valerie Ekberg-Brown, AFLA member.
Kathleen Madden Honored Tam Agosti-Gisler 2017-10-16 08:00:00Z 0
Wednesday's Lunch Menu Paul Paslay 2017-10-16 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rayli Wilson
Can't draw a straight line?  No worries - they are boring!  You and your friends will have a fun evening creating a magnificent original art piece of your very own.  A special price of $60 gets you appetizers, non-alcoholic beverages (BYOB), dinner, dessert, humorous appraisals and laughs!  All materials will be provided.  Class size is approximately 10-12 participants, and everyone must be at least 21 years old.  The class fills on a first-come first served basis.  Email RSVPs to  Please do not cancel or no-show.
The event takes place on November 9 from 6-8:30'ish and is located at the Rhonda Scott Art Studio (3320 North Shore Drive).  See Rayli Wilson for details.  You can also visit the website at
"Painted It" Party Rayli Wilson 2017-10-14 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Barbara Swenson

Iditarod Musher Aliy Zirkle is thrilled to join AER on Wednesday, November 22 as our guest speaker for our annual Military Appreciation luncheon.  Aliy will break from her racing season training to share in the opportunity to recognize and thank our service men & women for the phenomenal job they do every day to preserve our freedom and keep us safe!

In 1998, Aliy raced her first 1,000-mile sled dog race - the Yukon Quest. She went on to win the Yukon Quest in the year 2000.  Aliy is the only woman to ever win the Yukon Quest 1,000-mile race!  Aliy began racing the Iditarod in 2001 and has started, and finished, every Iditarod since then. Aliy and her husband, Allen Moore, own and operate SP Kennel in Two Rivers, Alaska. Aliy’s goal is to win the Iditarod with the wonderful dogs that she breeds, raises, and trains. She says that she began mushing years ago, because she simply enjoyed being with dogs and she still does.  Aliy considers the Iditarod the ultimate statement for the dog-human bond. “Until you go out along the Iditarod trail and find your team in an extreme blizzard or an impossible wilderness situation, you will never truly know how awesome Alaskan Huskies are and their incredible dedication to us as human beings. I am amazed year after year by my dogs.”

Aliy Zirkle to Present to AER Barbara Swenson 2017-10-14 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tony Freiji
Tony Freije was born in Chicago, Illinois to Steve and Becky Freije, and he grew up in Fargo, ND.  Tony attended the University of North Dakota with a focus on marketing and entrepreneurship.  Upon graduating, he found that the mountains were calling him, and he moved to Anchorage in 2009. Tony enjoys working in media and is the General Sales Manager at KTUU channel 2.  It is there that Tony works with many businesses, non-profits, and other groups to help their messages be heard across the state of Alaska both on TV and online.  Tony is looking forward to joining Rotary to do what he can to make the community a better place and to support those that need it most.
Tony Freije Biography Tony Freiji 2017-10-14 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gretchen Klein
Gretchen is delighted to be joining Rotary Club of Anchorage East.   Gretchen joined Alaska Public Media as Director of Major and Planned Giving in August 2017.  Gretchen has over 20 years of experience in the non-profit sector from developing programming to raising philanthropic dollars for non-profits ranging from Peace Health Medical Foundation, Prince of Wales Health Network, Big Brothers and Big Sisters and Ketchikan Youth Court.  Gretchen was born and raised in Ketchikan, Alaska.  Gretchen holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Parks and Recreation Management & Tourism Development from Pennsylvania State University. She has been actively involved in Rotary Club 2000 in Ketchikan, Delta Kappa Gamma, Lions Club International, Ketchikan Area Humanities and Arts Council, Prince of Wales Chamber of Commerce (Vice President), and Ketchikan Running Club.  Gretchen enjoys travelling, hiking and gardening.
Gretchen Klein Biography Gretchen Klein 2017-10-14 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Johnny Turner
Please take a moment to review the biography for our newest proposed member, Mr. Johnny Turner.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Katherine Zerkel or Sheila Lomboy.

EARLY LIFE - I grew up in Kentucky, 28 miles out of Louisville, Kentucky in Oldham County.  I was one of nine children, and I loved being part of a big family.  We always had a big garden, and I also worked on the construction jobs with my dad, grandfather and uncle in masonry contracting during the summer, or on weekends throughout the year.  Growing up I was active in Cross-Country Running, Track & Field, and Playing Trombone in our high school Concert Band, Symphonic Band, and Marching Band. 

I graduated from high school May 1979.  After high school, I had a track & field scholarship to Bellarmine College, and a Music Scholarship to the University of Louisville for their Marching Band.  I accepted the music scholarship, and at Louisville I was involved in the ROTC program.  Ultimately, I decided to leave Louisville early to pursue a career in the US Air Force. 

USAF Career - I served from February 29th, 1980 until retiring March 1st, 2000.  I was stationed at Langley AFB, VA (1980-1981), Osan AB Republic of Korea (ROK) (1982-1983), Kirtland AFB NM (1983 – 1984) Suwon AB, ROK (1984-1986), Osan AB, ROK (1986-1988), Pope AFB, NC (1988-1993, and Elmendorf AFB, AK (1993-2000)

MARRIAGE & CHILDREN - I met my wife, Kwang Suk Kim in 1982, and we were married April 12th, 1983.  We have two sons, Sean born in the 121 Evac Hospital, Yongsan U.S. Army Post, ROK, and Ian born at Womack Army Hospital Ft. Bragg NC.  I love my family, and hope to be blessed with grandchildren one day.  My wife works as a Personal Care Assistant (PCA) with many elderly patients. 

COACHING CAREER – (June 1994 – April 2017) I moved to Alaska with the US Air Force in 1993.  I fell in love with the State.  In the spring of 1994 I got involved with Cook Inlet Soccer Club as a volunteer coach assisting my eldest son’s team.  I started coaching competitive soccer in 1996, and year around in 1996.  As I was nearing retirement (December 1999) I was asked to work for the Club as a full-time Staff Coach.  I served as the Competitive Team’s Coordinator, Recreational Director, and in the latter years as the Club’s Youth Technical Director.  I was passionate about coaching, and building the soccer organization.  Many of my players had stellar youth soccer careers, and several have gone on to be able to play at the collegiate level.  Whether they played collegiately was not as significant if they grew up being active, and healthy, and succeeding in life.  I hope my players had FUN playing the game, and that my commitment to them impacted them positively.  I hope that I planted a lot of seeds, and that many of my former players will one day themselves become coaches and will work with their own children, and other’s children as well. 

NEW YORK LIFE (NYL) CAREER – New York Life is a Fortune 100 Company.  Realizing I’d never be able to retire as a Coach on my military pension, I started with New York Life last year seizing the opportunity to work for the Company You Keep.  I have been a client myself for twenty years, and I saw the opportunity to work as a New York Life Agent as another way of helping families and business owners develop sound financial strategies.

Johnny Turner Biography Johnny Turner 2017-10-10 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Greg Solomon
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.
I wasn't originally going to get a brain transplant, but then I changed my mind.
Greg's Groaners Greg Solomon 2017-10-10 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chris Wolpert
This week's lunch menu will consist of soup and build-you-own sandwiches.
Wednesday's Lunch Menu Chris Wolpert 2017-10-10 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Karen Smith
Yuga's "dance card" is filling up quickly thanks to so many generous members!  Our members are sure making him feel special!
Yuga was on KTUU this week while wrapping presents for Operation Santa Claus!  He has become an expert wrapper!  He'll be at the Mobile Food Pantry this Saturday to meet even more awesome Rotarians!
Yuga's Adventures Karen Smith 2017-10-10 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dave Kester
It is not every day you have the opportunity to make history.  However, Rotarians around the world are on the verge of making history by eradicating polio from the face of the earth.  You will be pleased to know, cases in 3 remaining countries that have the polio virus continue to go down substantially each year.  As I write this, so far in 2017 RI reports there have been just 6 reported cases in Afghanistan, 4 in Pakistan and 0 in Nigeria.  With being this close, it is critical to maintain momentum as we “Countdown to History.”
World Polio Day is Tuesday, October 24, 2017.  Let me encourage you to join your Foundation Committee to celebrate World Polio Day at the Bear & Raven Theater on 10/24.  There will be a showing of the polio update from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation plus food, fun and so much more.  Save the date and more details will follow as the Foundation Committee puts them together.
I hope you make plans to join us so that you too can be a part of making polio history!
Countdown to History Dave Kester 2017-10-02 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Greg Solomon
I told my girlfriend she drew her eyebrows too high. She seemed surprised.
I've decided to sell my Hoover... well, it was just collecting dust.
I ordered 2000 lbs. of chinese soup. It was Won Ton.
Greg's Groaners Greg Solomon 2017-10-02 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Karen Smith
Yuga is continuing his Alaska Adventure by beating Rich Dyson in miniature golf!  Should we fine him for that? He told us he then had "yummy" Japanese food and great conversation.  Thanks again to all of you who reach out to this young man.  He appreciates the kind gestures.  
He is sporting shorts for his walk home from school, but pants will soon come as will the snow.   Yuga is ready to have fun in the snow!
His spunky "sister" set the table last night and appropriately named his spot!  
As some of you have noticed, his schedule is quite busy with school, clubs, soccer and the "stuff" teens do, but he loves getting invitations!  You can reach him via cell at 907.205 7181.
The Latest on Yuga's Adventures Karen Smith 2017-10-02 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chris Wolpert
Spots are filling up fast for our next social event.  As of Monday, 15 people have RSVP'd for dinner, which leaves only 5 spots left.  Contact Rayli Wilson for any questions or to RSVP.
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner? Chris Wolpert 2017-10-02 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Paslay

This week's lunch menu presents an Italian buffet:

Caesar Salad


Meat sauce

White Sauce

Sliced grilled chicken

Vegetable medley         

Rolls with butter

Chef's dessert (varied)


Wednesday's Lunch Menu Paul Paslay 2017-10-02 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Katie Johnson

Alaska Heritage Center

City Trolley Tour -- -- ends soon!

Segway Tour – we have Mary offering a free tour

Bike on the Coastal Trail – he has a bike!

Camping – he’d love to sleep in a tent!

Fishing – caught one on the Kenai but not on a Charter!

Shooting or hunting

Exit or Mat-Su Glaciers

Portage Glacier Tour

Kenai Fjords Tour

Sled dog tour

Dog sled races

Northern lights viewing

River rafting or boating

Wildlife Conservation Center – we have free passes

Girdwood in the fall – beautiful

Drive to Cooper Landing for fall colors

Flightseeing/helicopter tour


Easy stuff



Movies at Bear Tooth or normal theater


UAA sporting events

Watching a soccer game at your house or restaurant


Get Air/ Shockwave

Saturday Market

Any fast food restaurant or Japanese restaurant

Yuga's Wish List Katie Johnson 2017-10-01 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Katie Johnson

We're almost at the two-month mark with our awesome 2017/2018 inbound student Yuga.  Don't let his quiet demeanor fool you; he's ready to rock and roll on adventures.  Every year I hear club members complain in April, "I tried to get ahold of the student, but they were too busy." Here's the hint:  Yuga is making friends right now and you can be one of them.  His schedule is wide open!  He plays soccer Monday and Wednesday, but otherwise give him a call or text and take him on your favorite adventure.

One of Yuga's goals is to improve his English.  You can help him out by simply inviting him over for dinner.  In that vein, he likes language games. His wish list is below, but if you have something you love, don't hesitate to give him a call.  Interactions with Rotarians will help him gain confidence in his English and will keep homesickness away.  Thank you for your support of youth exchange.  Call Yuga at 907-205-8181!

Take Yuga on an Adventure! Katie Johnson 2017-10-01 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Paslay

Wednesday’s lunch menu will include the following:


Meat sauce

White sauce

Sliced grilled chicken

Vegetable medley

Rolls with butter

Chef’s dessert (varied)


Wednesday's Lunch Menu Paul Paslay 2017-09-26 08:00:00Z 0
About a month before he died, my uncle had his back covered in lard. After that, he went down hill fast.
"Doctor, there's a patient on line 1 that says he's invisible." "Well, tell him I can't see him right now.
The future, the present, and the past walked into a bar. Things got a little tense.
I just found out I'm colorblind. The diagnosis came completely out of the purple.
Greg's Groaners Greg Solomon 2017-09-25 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Arnie Cohen
The Foundation Committee will meet on Wednesday, October 4 at 5:30 pm at La Cabana Restaurant at the corner of Cordova and 4th. All AER members are invited to participate.
Foundation Committee Meeting Arnie Cohen 2017-09-25 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Karen Smith

Yuga had another big week in Alaska!!

His adventure began in Willow this weekend for the Exchange Students Orientation.  His clean, beige jacket is now covered with pins.  He would love an Alaskan license plate to wear on the back of his jacket.  If you have one for him, reach out and we'll "pin" him on Wednesday.

His American Teenager dream we dropped him at SAHS at 6am to decorate a locker for a friend's birthday.  He also has a Playstation 4 and is in heaven. He earns his playtime and is teaching his sisters a few soccer moves with the game.  

He had yummy pizza with Marika's family and is thrilled how our members go out of their way to meet him with kindness.

He's a bright boy and his English skills improve each week.  Text him directly @ 907 205 7181.

Yuga's Week Karen Smith 2017-09-18 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sandra Wicks
On Tuesday 9/12, Bruce and I drove to Seward to give the Water Filters for Lake Chapala Villages presentation to the Seward Rotary Club.  Attending the meeting was the Seward club's new exchange student, Fatima from Bolivia.  We overheard the members talking about Fatima's need to be at Anchorage airport by 10:30 a.m. on Friday 9/15.  We offered to host Fatima overnight Thursday night so she and the club would not have to worry about getting her to Anchorage early Friday morning.  The Seward Rotarians were happy to have that option.
Fatima and her YEO came to Anchorage on the train Thursday night and Fatima stayed overnight with us.  Friday morning, Super Host Mom Karen Smith came with our exchange student Yuga to pick up Fatima and take her to the airport to meet the other exchange students to go to the fall Youth Exchange orientation, so Yuga and Fatima already knew one other exchange student before arriving at the airport to meet all of the other exchange students.
While we were in Seward, a former Anchorage East Rotarian (now a member of the Seward Rotary Club) gave us a lot of frozen vacuum-packed salmon filets from his freezer.  When we tried to pay him, at least for the processing, he told us to apply it to the water filter project at Lake Chapala.  Thanks, Harold.  And thanks, Karen. 
With Rotary, one thing leads to another, which leads to another, and you never know where the connections will take you.

Rotarians Helping Rotarians Sandra Wicks 2017-09-18 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chris Wolpert
This week's lunch menu includes a soup and sandwich buffet.  There will be two soups from which to choose, build-your-own sandwiches, chips, cookies and coffee.
This Wednesday's Lunch Menu Chris Wolpert 2017-09-18 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rayli Wilson
We had 7 members and a total of 10 people that came and played Bingo.  Super fun!  We definitely laughed and joked around a lot.  Heather, the manager of Tudor Bingo, made an announcement and thanked Anchorage East Rotary for their continued support.  I am looking forward to going back again.
A Fun Bingo Night Rayli Wilson 2017-09-18 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chris Wolpert
Our fellow AER rotarian Anne Garrett was recently selected as one of 2017's Good Housekeeping (USA) 50 women over 50 for her work co-founding the Preeclampsia Foundation.  Please take a moment to congratulate Anne for the work she has done to earn this recognition.
Anne Garrett Selected for Award Chris Wolpert 2017-09-11 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Karen Smith

Yuga went to Seward in style with Katie on the Alaska Railroad, enjoyed a "behind the scenes" tour at the Sealife Center and for the first time included a Facebook message about it!  It must have been a great day!  He experienced "Trick or Treat in the Heat" the next day and is ready to celebrate Halloween for the first time in October.  Thanks for the offers to spend time with this young man.  He's bright, full of energy and wants to experience all Alaska has to offer.  907.205.7181..... did I mention his number?.... 907.205.7181... In case you missed it... 907.205.7181.

Yuga's Adventure Karen Smith 2017-09-11 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sandra Wicks

In case you missed it last week, Sandra Wicks reported on the beginnings of an effort to help villages on the shores of Lake Chapala (Mexico's largest lake) have safe water to drink using the water filters our club has been distributing around Puerto Vallarta.  The villages have geothermal water carrying heavy metals coming through their pipes and, as a result, at least partially, the villages have extremely high rates of kidney failure.

By making contacts through the local Rotary Clubs, Sandra was able to work with a local nonprofit to deliver filters to "mothers-in-charge" who received one Sawyer bucket-style water filter to share with 5, 6 or 7 related families.  The filters are for use with the local lake water or water delivered to large tanks in some of the villages, not with the geothermal water, since the filters will not remove heavy metals.  In all, 20 filters are serving over 500 people.  A report from the nonprofit showed that in the first month of use, thousands of liters of water were filtered by the families.

Below are two of the group photos after filters were assembled on buckets brought to the distribution point by the "mothers-in-charge".  If you did not see the presentation and would like to, contact Sandra ( to learn more about the project.

Water Filters for Lake Chapala (Mexico) Villages Sandra Wicks 2017-09-11 08:00:00Z 0
This Wednesday's Lunch Menu Chris Wolpert 2017-09-11 08:00:00Z 0
As a reminder, the International Committee meetings on 9/12 at 5:30 PM at the PAC's Patron Lounge.  Anyone having questions about the meeting should call Anne Garrett at 907-223-4882.
International Committee Meeting 9/12/17 Chris Wolpert 2017-09-11 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tam Agosti-Gisler
Michelle and Tam (and another girlfriend, Pam) had great fun visiting with Prokop Svabik (our club’s 15-16 exchange student) in Prague.  He traveled from his town in the south of the Czech Republic to the capital to spend the day being their guide through the Progue Castle complex as well as the Jewish Quarter.  They enjoyed typical Czech desserts and coffees at the Café Oriental too.  He sends warm greetings to everyone in our club and remains convinced he was extremely lucky to be sent to be our club’s inbound student.
A Visit with Prokop Tam Agosti-Gisler 2017-09-11 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Katie Johnson on Aug 24, 2017
Our 2017/18 Rotary Youth Exchange student Yuga is on the ground and ready for fun. We'll be requesting a "wish list" from him and will broadcast it soon. In the mean time, if you're doing fun things, don't hesitate to contact him and invite him along. It doesn't have to be a grand adventure.  Our students love sharing meals with you, going to the Beartooth for a movie, age appropriate concerts, bicycle rides, hikes, cross country sking, etc. 
Help make this a great year for our Inbound. 
Yuga Takahashi
Rotary Youth Exchange Contact Information Katie Johnson 2017-08-24 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chris Wolpert on Aug 24, 2017
Mark you calendars for Thursday Sept. 14, 7:30PM at Tudor Bingo for a night of fun and commraderie with your fellow Rotarians, not to mention you might win a few bucks!  Tudor Bingo is located at 1436 East Tudor Road.  Noteworthy is that AER has been a beneficiary of Tudor Bingo's gaming proceeds for decades, with those proceeds funding things such as scholarships and various community grants.  So not only will you be having a good time, but you will also be helping social causes as well.
Rotary Social - Bingo Night is Sept. 14 Chris Wolpert 2017-08-24 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Adam Sikorski on Aug 24, 2017
By now, most everyone has endured one of my happy-dollar announcements about outdoor adventures or my referencing a committee that gathers around beer. Today I’m highlighting the latter.
When I joined AER, I met a pool of people passionate about making a difference. During my Rotary-introduction coffee talk with President Dave, we spoke about where Rotary was going organizationally and how our local club operated.  Human trafficking was discussed and I brought up child trafficking, a cause I am passionate about fighting.
I quickly met several people interested in supporting others who were dedicated to fighting it. I also saw a need within AER for financing as well as for some more AER events that didn’t create donor fatigue.  I determined that beer was a great way to achieve both!
For the past year, with AER support, I have been bringing together a team of people to host a beer festival to create a fun event for Anchorage that seeks to fight human trafficking on international and local levels.  We have set the date for 2/17/18 and have partnered with Fur Rendezvous to help market the event under their brand.  We have gained the support of other Rotary clubs, local vendors, and breweries across the state.
I am really excited to bring this event to fruition and for the positive impact it will make. There is a lot more I will share in the future. Thank you to everyone who has helped and supported me thus far!  Until next time…
The Fight Against Human Trafficking Adam Sikorski 2017-08-24 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Katie Johnson on Aug 24, 2017
Looking to join a fun committee?  Want to encourage young people? Youth Services is for you!
We're having our first committee meeting 8/28 5:30, 2393 E 47th Ct. 
Contact 342-5203,, for directions. 
Topics of discussion will include: 
Interact, Youth Exchange, RYLA, other topics as dictated by members. 
I hope to see you there.
Youth Services Meeting Katie Johnson 2017-08-24 08:00:00Z 0
Mobile Food Pantry ADN article Chris Wolpert 2017-08-24 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chris Wolpert on Aug 24, 2017
For our club meeting on August 30, we will meet at the Captain Cook Fore Deck which is located on the main floor of the hotel.  Also note that lunch will be provided at a discounted rate of $20/person.  (Thank you Raquel!)  Coffee will be $10/person.  The lunch menu remains a surprise at this time.
Weekly Meeting Location Change (August 30) Chris Wolpert 2017-08-24 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Anne Garrett
The AER International Committee kicks off on Tuesday, September 12th at 5:30 PM at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts Patron Lounge. All interested AER Rotarians are invited to join us to:

a.  Learn about our two international grants for this year
b.  Discover ways you can get involved
c.  Assist with submitting grants for next year
d.  Be part of the selection committee for next year’s grants

Please RSVP (so we have enough M&Ms) to Anne Garrett, AER IC Chair or call 907-223-4882.

International Committee Kickoff - Sept 12 Anne Garrett 2017-08-15 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chris Wolpert
Amongst all of the committees, projects, and social events, there are bound to be countless interesting stories to share with your Anchorage East Rotary family.  Your membership wants to hear those interesting stories.  Don't be shy - just send them to Chris Wolpert at and he will gladly make sure your stories (and photos!) are made available to our membership.  As a reminder, material needs to be about you or you family or another club member.  And one last note - keep your stories to no more than 250 words and a maximum of 4 photos.  Thank you!  Looking forward to seeing some great material.
Seeking interesting and fun Rotary Stories! Chris Wolpert 2017-08-15 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Katie Johnson
Our new foreign friend Yuga arrived this past Sunday!  If you missed him at the airport, there are two more opportunities to greet him:
  1. Regular Rotary meeting 8/16 where coincidently, our rebound will be speaking. 
  2. Welcome Party at the Smiths, 12800 Cumberland Circle, 8/18, 5pm. RSVP with Karen Smith at Please bring a side dish or beverage of your choice to go with the yummy burgers/hot dogs.  It is a kid-friendly event! 
I’m happy to report your board voted to continue participation with the program. You can help ensure this by helping me recruit host families. We need one more for Yuga and three for our mystery guest 2018/2019. It’s never too early to put your thinking caps on.
Yuga Takahashi is Here! Katie Johnson 2017-08-15 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Arnie Cohen

The Foundation Committee is off and running and planning for a great year devoted to supporting the work of the Rotary Foundation, Rotary International, District 5010 and Anchorage East Rotary. Your donations to the Rotary Foundation are split 50/50 between Rotary International and District 5010 (there is a three year waiting period before our funds with interest return to our district). 

This year the fundraising goal for Anchorage East Rotary is $42,000. We can accomplish this goal through the generosity of club members donating directly to the Annual Fund and through a successful gala/auction on January 31. Last year approximately 60% of our goal came from the results of the auction and the rest was from your direct contributions. To contribute directly you can pick up a form from Janine when you come to a meeting or you can go directly to your My Rotary account, sign in and choose “Give” on the upper right of the page. By signing in to My Rotary, you will find that your information is populated in the form and you can be sure that your donation is credited to you and to Anchorage East Rotary. 

This year our gala/auction will once again be held on January 31 at the Hotel Captain Cook with a Mardi Gras/New Orleans theme.  So get your beads and your masks ready!  Raquel assures me that the Captain Cook is ready to cook up a good time for all! “Laissez les bons temps rouler!”

Rotary Foundation Update Arnie Cohen 2017-08-15 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Katie Johnson on Aug 01, 2017
Inbound Yuga Takahashi got some Facebook exposure when his district was celebrating their exchange students. He is shown here with his mother Tomoka.  Help us greet this smiling (and/or jet lagged) face on 8/13/17 on flight DL2855 from Seattle arriving at 2:30pm. 
His most awesome host family, the Smiths, are throwing a Meet and Greet on 8/18/17 at 5pm at 12800 Cumberland Circle. Please RSVP to Karen at 230-8307. He will be attending South Anchorage High School.  If you have students in that age group, they are invited too!  Side dishes and beverages are appreciated. 
A wish list of activities will follow shortly once he has arrived. Thank you again for supporting Youth Exchange. 
Yuga Takahashi to arrive soon Katie Johnson 2017-08-01 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 31, 2017

Greg Solomon has volunteered to continue his contributions to Greg’s Groaners Corner.  So expect a steady diet of fresh “punnage” in future Eastwind publications, including one today.  Thank you Greg!

“The pianist led an upright life, but it wasn’t grand.  No matter how I tried to spinet, I couldn’t console him.” - Bob Spellman

Greg's Groaner of the week 2017-07-31 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sandra Wicks on Jul 31, 2017
Sandra Wicks was recently at her house in Ajijic, Mexico (south of Guadalajara on Lake Chapala) and had the opportunity to address the Ajijic Rotary Club and the Chapala Sunrise Club.  She showed and explained the Sawyer water filters our club has delivered to communities on the Pacific coast of Mexico, using Puerto Vallarta as a base. Then she showed the PowerPoint slide show about our club's most recent deliveries of filters, after which several people commented that it was the best presentation on water solutions they had seen at their club. The Chapala Sunrise Club is now ready to partner on future water filter projects in their area and several people have ordered water filters for distribution.  The pictures below are from the presentations to those two Rotary Clubs.  In addition to sharing about our Rotary work, we were invited to participate in some social events with the local Rotarians. It's always nice to combine service with Rotary companionship.
Water Filter Grant to Rotary Clubs in Mexico Sandra Wicks 2017-07-31 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Katie Johnson
Zoe had a wonderful time on her west coast tour.  She and Katie Johnson enjoyed their time at the Grand Canyon.  Zoe thanks all of the Rotarians who supported her this year.

Zoe's West Coast Tour Katie Johnson 2017-06-29 08:00:00Z 0
Zoe and her mother, Sabine Johansen Tam Agosti-Gisler 2017-06-29 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul McGuire
The calendar never lies. It shows that my year as President of Anchorage East Rotary is rapidly coming to a close. This may in fact be my last communication in the Eastwind  as President.
As I look back on the year, I once again realize that  Anchorage East Rotary is such a special Rotary club. And what makes it so special? It is our membership, in fact,  that makes it such a wonderful place to be.
Arch Klumpf once said “No one knows for sure what Rotary will be tomorrow. But what Rotary will be tomorrow, depends on what we do as Rotarians today”. 
Trust me, the Rotarians in our club are doing a lot! There are many opportunities to provide service in our club. I hope everyone finds a committee, or passion that they can serve. If you’re stuck for ideas, or just not sure, ask someone. We have many “veteran” members that are happy to share information and fill in gaps. 
There is a lot involved in Rotary. So, maybe not at this point in your life, as you have lots of other demands on your time. But at sometime, those demands change and frees up more of your time. This is when you jump in. This unselfish “Service Above Self” is what makes Rotary so special.
I hope we have had some fun this year, I know I have. One nice thing about Rotary is the leadership changes very year. We get a fresh, different approach every twelve months. Congratulations to President Elect Lance. We promise to support you and make your year as President terrific!
In closing, allow me to say I am happy to have served as your President this year. I know in a perfect world, Rene Haag would be typing this and ending her exciting year as President. Our world is not perfect, but we all continue to strive to make a difference. Never lose sight of that.
Yours in Rotary Service,
Paul McGuire
Message from President Paul Paul McGuire 2017-06-19 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tam Agosti-Gisler
Photos from Rotary International conference in Atlanta. We've heard inspirational talks from Bill Gates, Ashton Kutcher, Andrew Young and Jack Nicklaus and others. Celebrating 100 years of the Rotary Foundation!

Photos from Rotary International conference in Atlanta Tam Agosti-Gisler 2017-06-13 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Barbara Swenson
Special thanks to our 16 AER volunteers who generously served 100+ client households at the Mobile Food Pantry distribution today. We welcomed more than 25 new client households during the event and were happy to see many return clients. :)
And, from Rich Dyson: "Baggin' Potatoes with Mr Spuds...Er, no, I mean baggin' potatoes with my buds!"
Photos from the Mobile Food Pantry Barbara Swenson 2017-06-12 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Katie Johnson
Outbound class of 2017/2018 was trained and fitted for jackets this weekend
Your Anchorage East Outbound Jeffrey and YEO.
Update from Youth Services Katie Johnson 2017-06-06 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Barbara Kagerer
Here is a sweet card I received from Donna Ross, the kind lady who makes the fabulous chocolate cakes for the birthday table. She was responding to the card our club mailed to her after the death of her husband.

Barbara Kagerer
Card from Donna Ross Barbara Kagerer 2017-06-06 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul McGuire



No one has yet identified the mystery Rotarian! So, here are the clues again:


First person to answer correctly by email will win a fabulous prize!

Sponsor: Al Bramstedt

Date Inducted: 2000 

Birthplace: Anchorage 

Graduated From High School: 1974 

Personal Interests: Reading, golf, music 

What I like about Rotary: Being good people from different backgrounds 

Someone that influenced you strongly: my father 

One thing that people would probably never guess about me is: I can juggle.

Wednesday at midnight is the deadline for 2:1 matching points to your foundation account. $100.00 minimum. You donate to the Foundation and I will double your contribution in points. Don't miss out!

Until Next Time

President Paul

Mystery Rotarian Paul McGuire 2017-05-30 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Heather Flynn
A big thanks to Anchorage East Rotarians from Hope Community Resources.  You were out bright and early, checked in many many many runners, walkers and strollers and helped us raise more than $59,000.  Thanks for your help and generosity.
Thank you from Hope Community Resources Heather Flynn 2017-05-30 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Heather Flynn
Santiago Foundation awarded grant from Rotary Foundation.  The Santiago Foundation operates community centers in two small villages outside Manzanillo, Mexico.  In addition to elementary and secondary education for orphaned and abandoned children, technical skill development is provided for adults to improve employability.  Here are some recent graduates.
The annual graduation ceremony on February 23 was held at the Francisco Villa Center. Santiago Foundation Board members and friends were treated to impressive displays of carpentry, jewelry, pinatas, music, clothing, beauty (hair, nails), balloon art and cooking. Behind the tempting array of desserts, stood the cooking class sporting new aprons proudly displaying our logo. We also were guided to the various displays by members of the English class who explained what we were seeing and answered questions. We were very impressed and they enjoyed showing off their English skills.
Friends of Santiago Foundation Heather Flynn 2017-05-30 08:00:00Z 0
Zoe's Graduation Photo Katie Johnson 2017-05-22 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Barbara Swenson
The Community Service Committee, on behalf of AER presented the Government Hill Community Council Board of Directors with a grant check for $1,400.00 for the Government Hill Gardens and Commons project today. This grant supports a community orchard as part of a neighborhood park and multi-phase project that includes the local school and organizations with far reaching programs to knit the community more closely together. Special thanks to Dr. Sylvia Condy for joining me on behalf of the AER CSC and Stephanie Kessler & Steve Gerlek with the Government Hill Community Council Board.
Community Service Grant to Government Hill Community Council Barbara Swenson 2017-05-22 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sandra Wicks
Let's get the bad news out of the way first so we can focus on the good.  Our district grant for PETs (the three-wheeled mobility carts) for Guatemala provided the funds for 43 PETs.  They were produced by the PET workshop in Kansas and shipped to our distribution partner. Our distribution partner packs PETs in containers with a lot of other materials for its work in Guatemala.  Unfortunately, the container that got through customs in time had only 7 of our PETs in it.  The other container is stuck in Guatemalan customs.  So, the rest of our PETs were not here for distribution during my trip to Guatemala as the representative (at my own expense) of our club.  The rest of the PETs are supposed to be available for distribution in June.
Now, the good news.  When you have 7 PETs to distribute in two days at the remote distribution site, you have lots of time to talk to the families of recipients and, where possible, the recipients themselves.  When I am back in Alaska, I hope to give a presentation to our club so our members can get to know the PET recipients a little and see how a distribution unfolds.  We have wonderful partners to work with and coming to Guatemala on a distribution trip is an eye-opening and possibly live-changing experience for anyone.
Here are a couple of the PET recipients and a sketch of their stories.
This is Miguel (age 52).  He worked in agriculture until 9 years ago when a truck taking him to the fields collided with another truck and he was thrown out, resulting in the amputation of his left leg.  Since then he hasn't been able to work. He left very happy with his new PET to drive it 1.5 hours home.
Perhaps the most dramatic (at least to me) of the PET distributions was to Joel, a dwarf-sized person with multiple unknown handicaps.  Below is Joel (in the red shirt) with the family members who came with him.  Joel is 25.
From lack of experience, I at first thought there might not be much going on in this man's mind.  Then, because a huge downpour started as he was receiving his PET and the family couldn't leave, I watched him working at learning to drive his PET in a circle in the small undercover space where the PET was fitted to him.  I was amazed to observe how he was processing the obstacles and how to overcome them.  It was a good lesson to me not to underestimate anyone's abilities.  The family left in the pickup truck they had paid to bring them 1.5 hours from their community to the distribution site. I have no idea how they paid for the trip, since none of the family members have work.
(to be continued)
The Good News and the Bad News from Guatemala Sandra Wicks 2017-05-15 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tam Agosti-Gisler
2016-17 Interact Report
The West and East Interact Clubs are wrapping up another successful year of service activities.  Special thanks to teacher sponsors John Ruhlin at West and Kevin Ratliff at East as well as all of the Rotarians who attended a club meeting to give advice, support a project, make a presentation, or teach a skill.  Thank to club presidents Evie Sorrell at West and Alex Stein and Celia Sheppard at East.   Thank you also to Katie Johnson who will be taking over the leadership of the AER sponsored Interact Clubs in the new Rotary year.
West projects
• Held a Newcomer Center fundraiser to aid the integration of immigrant and refugee students and donated $200
• Made an Interact presentation to AER
• Ran a book drive and installed a Neighborhood Lending Library
• Prepared a video for newly arrived refugee students on how to open a locker
• Prepared care packages for troops overseas for the holidays 
• Held a clothing drive for the CSS Refugee Assistance & Immigration Services (RAIS)
• Sponsored Hot Chocolate and Skating at Westchester Lagoon featuring free hot chocolate and a donation jar 
• Developed a new officer position: Historian whose task is taking pictures of all events
• Picked-up trash at Westchester Lagoon
• 1 Interactor earned a President Volunteer Service Award - gold medal (over 250 hours of service)
East projects
• Project Peanut Butter campaign - Made peanut butter sandwiches for Kids’ Kitchen and Clare House 
• Made a Rotary Polio eradication campaign awareness photo collage /poster to hang in school
• Random Pies of Kindness campaign -  Delivered 150 surprise pumpkin pies just before Thanksgiving to shelters, food kitchens, seniors and distributed the funds earned for the following international humanitarian projects:       
$200 towards water filters for distribution in Huichols, Mexico through the Anchorage East Rotary Service Fund; $175 towards a natural disaster emergency box to Shelter Box USA; $200 for adjustable shoes for Nepalese children through Helping Hands for Nepal, Inc.; and $175 for education support for HIV/AIDS orphans to the Malawi Children’s Village Foundation
• Operation Gratitude campaign - Wrote holiday cards to wounded warriors at Walter Reed Hospital and soldiers stationed overseas 
• Ran a book drive, solicited a library box from a carpenter and installed a Little Reading Library in front of the CSS Refugee Assistance and Immigration Center (RAIS) @ St. Anthony's Church
• Crocheted baby blankets for Children’s Hospital and scarves for Covenant House with donated yarn from community
• Picked up trash around the school with other East HS service clubs 
Other events that some East Interactors participated in: 
• Helped at AER Mobile Food Pantry at the Fairview Rec Center parking lot
• Assisted at Trick or Treat Street at the Hotel Captain Cook
• Attended 1-day Alaska Hopes and Dreams conference - fall and spring
• Attended 5-day PYLI (Prudential Youth Leadership Institute) Training - spring break
• 2 Interactors earned President Volunteer Service Awards - bronze (100 hours of service) and silver (175 hours of service)
2016/2017 Review of Interact Tam Agosti-Gisler 2017-05-05 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rich Dyson
AWAIC, Clare House, the McKinnel Shelter, and Covenant House are in need of toiletries for their clients.  Member are encouraged to bring shampoo, conditioner, lotion etc. to the weekly meetings and they will be distributed to the above organizations.  Often times our fellow Rotarians travel and are able to collect travel size toiletries from hotels but regular size products are needed as well.

AWAIC is also in need of luggage or travel bags for their clients to use when they are able to leave that facility.  These will need to be transported to AWAIC by the donor.
Toiletries Needed for AWAIC, Clare House, the McKinnel Shelter, and Covenant House Rich Dyson 2017-04-24 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Karen Smith
To whet your appetite for the upcoming Rotary Foundation Auction, here is just one of the exciting auction items that has already been donated, by member Karen Smith. Have an item to donate? Contact Arnie Cohen, Rotary Foundation Chair, at or any members of the Foundation Committee.
San Diego Winter Vacation Package
-Beachfront Home
-50k AK Airline Miles and
-San Diego Zoo VIP Passes for two
A Luxurious single story beach cottage with 1700 sq. ft. of beachfront living for up to 10 guests.... Two families work great!
Open the front door and your view is the ocean!  There is nothing like falling asleep to the sound of the crashing waves. The details make it special including an outdoor shower, surf board racks, warming drawer, printer/copier, Internet, cable TV, Bluetooth Bose speaker.
Rotary Foundation Auction Item of the Week Karen Smith 2016-10-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sandra Wicks
In last week's Eastwind, President Paul mentioned that there were opportunities for hands-on international service with AER's District 5010 grants.  One of those grants is for $4000 ($2000 from District funds, matched by AER's $2000) and is to provide water filters for families and schools that do not have access to safe water (unless they buy jugs of it) in a rural area of Mexico south of Puerto Vallarta.
The pictures below illustrate what an assembled water filter looks like and what the assembly process is like.  AER members Sandra Wicks and Bruce Phelps participated last year in a private water filter distribution done in conjunction with a Vancouver, Washington, Rotary club.  This year AER will use its grant funds to provide water filters to 88 families and schools.  AER member Duff Pfanner and his wife will join Bruce and Sandra at the first distribution, which is scheduled for November 18.  You could participate, too, if you schedule your vacation to Puerto Vallarta at that time.  There will also be distributions in January and February.  For more information, contact Sandra Wicks.
An assembled water filter.
Showing a water filter recipient how to assemble her water filter.
Showing a recipient how to clean her water filter using a plastic syringe included in the kit.
Duff Pfanner participated in a previous water filter distribution a few years ago and is signed up for another one this year.
International Service Opportunity Sandra Wicks 2016-10-17 00:00:00Z 0
I know it's been a while since you've heard from me about the District-Wide Financial Literacy Rotary Project .  Our first step is to work with Clark Middle School this semester.  We have three training dates available.  Please click this link below to select a date that works for your schedule.  You'll see the available dates at the bottom of the web page once you click on the link.  If no date works for your schedule, please shoot me an email.

The training session itself is only 30 minutes long.  It is super fun and easy.  Some people do have a little hesitation in being in front of a group of students.  During the training session, you'll have the opportunity to pair up with your fellow Rotarians so that you can do this together.  Everyone who has gone through the JA teaching experience has absolutely loved it.  I hope you do too!

If you know of other Rotarians or non-Rotarians who you think would love to join us, please send them this link to sign up.

I look forward to seeing you!

Warm Regards

Ross Johnston
District-Wide Financial Literacy Rotary Project Ross Johnston 2016-10-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ventis Plume
Douglas Plume, the grandson of AER member Ventis Plume and a former Rotary’s Youth exchange student sponsored by this club in a program to Switzerland (2009-10) and a West High graduate (2012) was awarded Bachelor of Arts Degree at Yale University in June. Douglas majored in English and American history at Yale, where he also served as assistant editor on the Yale Daily, the oldest collegiate newspaper in the country.  He also was awarded the John Hubbard Curtis Prize for Excellence in English language. Currently, he works as news analyst for the Bulletin Intelligence based in Washington, DC serving corporate, government and non-profit executives on global scale. for executives and professionals
Former YE student graduates from YALE Ventis Plume 2016-10-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sandra Wicks
At our regular Rotary meeting on Wednesday, September 28, our exchange student, Zoe Johannsen was our program.  She was extremely poised and spoke English very well.  She clearly charmed our club members.
After telling us about her home country, Austria, she also told us about her family, her friends, her school and her experiences to date in Anchorage.
Zoe invited a rebound exchange student, Andrew Kagerer, who just returned from a year in Indonesia and is the son of AER member Barbara Kagerer, to attend our meeting and provide moral support.
Not only did Zoe provide the program for our meeting, she also brought an Austian meringue dessert made from her grandmother's recipe to the meeting to auction.  Craig Bledsoe was one of the lucky high bidders who provided funds for Zoe's West Coast tour.
Zoe's Presentation at Anchorage East Rotary Sandra Wicks 2016-10-03 00:00:00Z 0
President Paul with the New Food Pantry Truck 2016-08-16 00:00:00Z 0
Welcome Zoe from Austria!!! Kathleen Madden 2016-08-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Emily Rohrabaugh on Jul 31, 2016

Weekly Anchorage East Rotary Club Meeting
The weekly Anchorage East Rotary Meeting is held at the Anchorage Downtown Hilton. The food line opens at 11:30 am and the meeting starts at noon. Lunch is $24 and coffee with dessert is $11.

Mobile Food Pantry
Mobile Food Pantry distribution is the second Saturday of each month at 1:30pm at the Fairview Recreational Center. Contact Barbara Swenson for more information.

AERIE Meetings (Anchorage East Rotary Information & Education) All new and experienced members are welcome to join the monthly AERIE meetings and learn more about Rotary International and our club. For 2016-2017 AERIE will be held on the third Thursday of each month at 5:15 pm and the location is at the Community Room of Kaladi Brothers Coffee, 6921 Brayton Drive   . Why AERIE?  Red badge members should come to fulfill your core requirements to turn your red badge to a blue one. Blue badge members should come to learn more about Rotary and get to know our members. Contact Dave Kester if any questions:

AER Board Meetings
Regularly monthly board meetings will be held the 3rd Tuesday of the month at at the Wells Fargo Museum..  Board meetings occasionally move or are changed so check the "Events" section of the bulletin or the the club runner website.  All are invited to attend. It counts towards getting your blue badge and as a meeting make-up.  

Monthly Club Events - 2016-2017 Emily Rohrabaugh 2016-08-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Conor Hlavinka
I was hoping for a few moments of your time on behalf of the Social Committee.  My goal this Rotary Year is to bring us together and have fun outside of our regularly scheduled meetings.  I am hoping to put together some fun events for everyone.  As an extension of that goal, I’d like everyone in the club to attend at least one event during President Paul’s tenure.  I have assembled a very short survey that I hope each one of you will take the time to complete.  If you have any questions or comments please email me at or call me at 317-2191.
Here is the link:
Thank you very much for your time!
Conor Hlavinka
Survey from your Social Committee Chair Conor Hlavinka 2016-07-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dave Kester
It just seems like yesterday that Anchorage East Rotary was christening the beginning of their newest Signature Community Service Project, the Mobile Food Pantry (MFP).  However, believe it or not, that was over a decade ago; proving that time truly does fly when you are having fun! 
Please join in on the fun and excitement celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the Mobile Food Pantry on Saturday, August 13th at the Food Bank of Alaska Warehouse located at 2121 Spar Avenue from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm You are encouraged to join us first for our regular distribution at the Fairview Rec Center at 1:30 pm and then head on over to the Food Bank for the party and festivities.  This event is to celebrate the many years the Mobile Food Pantry has been serving the community and to thank all the volunteers that have helped with the distributions over the years.  In addition, since the original MFP truck has entered beer truck heaven, you’ll be able to view the new Rotary Wheel emblazoned food truck that will be taking its place.  The event will include live speakers, volunteer recognition, party favors and plenty of food and beverages catered by Qdoba.  You will not want to miss out on all the fun and be a part of history as we celebrate a great success for helping those in our community that need food assistance.  It is a testament to what being a gift to the world truly means and proof that Rotary Serves Humanity.  Please rsvp to  I hope to see you there.
Your Past President and friend,
10th Anniversary of the Mobile Food Pantry Dave Kester 2016-07-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dave Kester
All new and experienced members are welcome to join the monthly AERIE meetings and learn more about Rotary International and our club. For 2016-2017 AERIE will be held on the third Thursday of each month at 5:15 pm and the location is at the Community Room of Kaladi Brothers Coffee, 6921 Brayton Drive . Why AERIE?  Red badge members should come to fulfill your core requirements to turn your red badge to a blue one. Blue badge members should come to learn more about Rotary and get to know our members. Contact Dave Kester if any questions:
2016/2017 AERIE Meetings (Anchorage East Rotary Information & Education)  Dave Kester 2016-07-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Katie Johnson
Anchorage East Rotary said goodbye to Brynn Shewman and Zupik (in Brynn's hand) for a year. They will be traveling to Brazillia Brazil for their exchange year. I hope your year is as great as you are. Thanks to Aaron, Julie, Madison and Logan for loaning her to us!
Outbound Student Brynn Shewman is off to Brazil! Katie Johnson 2016-07-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Emily Rohrabaugh
Mark your calendar to volunteer at the Mobile Food Pantry on Saturday, August 13th at 1:30 PM and then attend a celebration and volunteer appreciation event hosted by the Food Bank of Alaska at the Food Bank of Alaska Warehouse (located at 2121 Spar Avenue). From 3:00pm-5:00pm we will celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Mobile Food Pantry and christen a new Rotary-wheel-emblazoned food truck. Program begins at 3:45pm with appetizers generously provided by Qdoba. Please rsvp to
Questions? Talk to Barbara Swenson at a Wednesday meeting or email her
Photo by Clark Mishler
Mark Your Calendar: Mobile Food Pantry Celebration August 13 Emily Rohrabaugh 2016-07-18 00:00:00Z 0
My son Stephen and I have had a Europe trip planned for almost two years, and it was certainly our good fortune to be able to make a side trip to Kromeriz, Czech Republic, to say hello to Prokop and his parents. He's only been home in the Czech Republic for 5 days, and it was almost surreal to see him here so soon after his departure from Alaska. He sends all of his friends in Alaska warm regards, and his lovely parents send their immense thank-you for every opportunity that Rotary provided for their son during his exchange year.

Our travels also took us to rural Finland, where we visited Stephen's host families from his youth exchange year there in 2013-3014. When we arrived in Helsinki, we stayed for a night at the home of another youth exchange student, Emma Mesia, who was sponsored by ANC International club in 2014-2015.

Rotary youth exchange...making the world smaller, one student at a time.

Prokop, his mother and father hosted Barbara and Stephen Kagerer for the day in their home town, Kromeriz, Czech Republic on July 17th.
Prokop's Hometown Barbara Kagerer 2016-07-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sandra Wicks
Sandra Wicks and Bruce Phelps recently spent a week in Ketchum/Sun Valley, Idaho, and attended the meeting of the Ketchum-Sun Valley Rotary Club, at which they heard a very interesting program about the Sun Valley Summer Symphony that provides all of its concerts to the public without charge.  Bruce and Sandra also attended the "installation picnic", the equivalent of our "changing of the guard", which took place at Rotary Park.  The Ketchum-Sun Valley Rotary Club has partnered for over 20 years with the Ketchum Parks and Recreation Department to provide various upgrades and maintenance to this beautiful little creekside park.
When they left Ketchum, Bruce and Sandra were lucky enough to have a visit with Denise Lafever, a former Anchorage East Rotarian who now lives in Boise, Idaho.  Denise and her son, Josh, met Bruce and Sandra in Idaho City, Idaho, an old gold mining town and drove with them to McCall where they had lunch together at a beautiful lodge on the shore of Lake Payette.
Bruce and the new president of the Ketchum-Sun Valley Rotary club at Rotary Park.
Picnic at Rotary Park with Ketchum-Sun Valley Rotarians
New and old presidents of the Ketchum-Sun Valley Rotary Club.
Former Anchorage East Rotarian, Denise Lafever, with Bruce and Sandra
Anchorage East Rotarians in Idaho Sandra Wicks 2016-07-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Katie Johnson
It was a sad day, at 5am we said good bye to our favorite Czech friend, Prokop Švábík. Good luck in all your future endeavors, it been great to get to know you this year!
In attendance from South Anchorage were:
Julie Erikson, Denise Kipke, Amy Mackey-Hornak and their Inbound Pato. 
Other YE news:
Our Outbound Brynn Shewman departs July 20 1150 pm American Flight 6842 in route to Brazil. Come to the airport and Katie send her off! 
Cable Mason our Rebound from Chili returned safe and sound 6/28. 
Goodbye Prokop! Katie Johnson 2016-07-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul McGuire
Another sunny day greeted Anchorage East Rotarians as we gathered for another food distribution with the Mobile Food Pantry. Thanks to all who participated. If you have never been to this event, make plans too attend the next one. Second Saturday of each month, usually held in the parking lot of the Fairview Recreation Center. If you have been before, come back again. Very worthwhile and a lot of fun. Rotary Serving Humanity.
Rotary Serving Humanity at the Mobile Food Pantry Paul McGuire 2016-07-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sandra Wicks
AER member Sandra Wicks recently visited her house in Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico, accompanied by a Rotary friend from the Puerto Vallarta Sur Rotary Club with whom she has worked on scholarship and water filter projects of the Puerto Vallarta club.  While in Ajijic, Sandra and her Puerto Vallarta Rotary friend attended the "changing of the guard" of the Ajijic Rotary Club (they call it "passing the gavel").  In May Sandra made a presentation to the Ajijic Rotary Club about AER's previous water filter projects and got to know some of the members.  In the picture below are (from left to right) Sandra, Carole Wolf, the in-coming president of the Ajijic Club, Gin Pelzl, the out-going president and new treasurer, and Eleanor Hawthorn from the Puerto Vallarta Sur Rotary Club.
When you are traveling, if you have the time, visit other Rotary Clubs and maybe you will make some new friends.  At a minimum, you can get tips about the local area, ideas for projects and fundraisers, and maybe you'll even get an invitation to someone's home.  Go to and click on the "club locator".
Rotary Friends in Mexico Sandra Wicks 2016-07-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul McGuire
As the new Rotary year begins, I am honored to be serving as your President. Time and circumstance have arranged this. It is now up to us to continue in the great tradition that is Anchorage East Rotary.
Our love, thoughts and prayers go to Rene Haag and her family, as they gracefully face their challenges.
Having served before, some presume this will be “Old Hat” for me. Quite the opposite. Rotary, our club, our world have changed so much from when I was President, that this will be a totally new experience for all of us.
However, the constant that does transcend time is my passion for Rotary and all it brings.  I am committed to doing my very best to ensure that our Rotary year together is fun, successful and meaningful. 
I close today with the words of our Rotary International President John F. Germ:
Today, we look ahead toward a Rotary year that may one day be known as the greatest in our history: the year that sees the world's last case of polio.
Every day that you serve in Rotary, you have the opportunity to change lives. Everything you do matters; every good work makes the world better for us all. In this new Rotary year, we all have a new chance to change the world for the better, through Rotary Serving Humanity.
Thank you,
President Paul
Message from President Paul Paul McGuire 2016-07-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Miernyk
In February I bought the no-fine time and spoke about the Academic Decathlon and asked for volunteers.  About 12 East Rotarians signed up to help.  The competition was held the end of April and was very successful.  Many who had been to other nationals said that it was the best ever.  Visitors were very impressed with our facilities-mostly the Egan Center and Hilton Hotel.  What was especially impressive were the 250 volunteers (including 12 East Rotarians) who came to the two judged events on Thursday.  Comments were that there has never been a more professional group of judges.
About 600 students and 400 coaches, parents, etc. came for the three day event.  Visit Alaska was very helpful throughout the entire process.  GCI is very supportive of Academic Decathlon including many, many employees and much financial support.  
A team from Granada Hills Charter School in California won for the 5th time in the last 6 (one 2nd).  The team representing Alaska was the IDEA Team composed of home school students.  They won the best new team award and four individual medals (which is very good for a new team) including one in speech.  
Most teams took time for an Alaska Adventure while they were here.  About 100 students came from China.  They are very interested in everything American. 
Thanks again for the East Rotarians who volunteered  
Bill Miernyk, Vocational Committee  
Report on Academic Decathlon and Thank You to Volunteers Bill Miernyk 2016-06-27 00:00:00Z 0
AER Members Becoming Paul Harris Fellows 2016-06-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tam Agosti-Gisler
Evidence of Anchorage East Rotary’s service in the community was seen at Clare House, a shelter for women and children operated by Catholic Social Services. 
AER Presence at Clare House Tam Agosti-Gisler 2016-06-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tam Agosti-Gisler
Ambika Kafle, an East High Interact Club member,  was pleased to see a homeless man carrying one of the plastic mats as he walked down the streets of Anchorage.  Making these mats from recycled shopping bags was a year-long service project for the club, assisted by Anchorage East Rotarians.  The mats were presented to the Downtown Soup Kitchen for distribution last month. 
Interact Club Plastic Mats Tam Agosti-Gisler 2016-06-13 00:00:00Z 0
Those interested in going on the Nike Site Summit Tour can register on line at:    $40 per adult
Details below. 
Nike Site Summit Tour
Saturday, August 27, 2016
9:30 am to 12:30 pm

August 27, 2016
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Meet 9:15 AM at:
Arctic Valley Ski Lodge Parking 
Arctic Valley Road
Anchorage, AK 
Nike Site Summit was an active part of America's first line of military defense from 1959 to 1979, during the Cold War era.   Now, Friends of Nike Site Summit (FONSS) volunteers are working with Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson to restore Site Summit as a valuable community resource, part of the Arctic Valley “experience,” and as a tool to educate current and future generations about the contributions of Cold War veterans, particularly those who served at Site Summit.

Spend a summer morning with FONSS volunteer guides who will escort you on a tour of Site Summit, showing those buildings which have been preserved since our work began in 2010 and describing the plans and progress on the others. 

Weather and conditions permitting, tour participants will be transported in 28-passenger buses from the Arctic Valley Ski Lodge parking lot to the Lower and Upper areas of Site Summit.
Registration is a non-tax-deductible donation to FONSS.  Total registration is limited to 50 participants and will close once that limit has been reached. 
Next Nike Summit Tour - August 27th 2016-06-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tam Agosti-Gisler
Tam encourages you to join the International Travel and Host Fellowship (ITHF) for Rotarians around the world. (Go on Rotary Int’l webiste for more details.) You get to meet lots of interesting people both here in Anchorage and when you travel.  Mary Ellen and Rick Harned from  Louisville visited Anchoage recently.  They watched the fisherpeople while enjoying refreshments at the Bridge Restaurant over Ship Creek and did birdwatching at Potter’s Marsh. 
International Travel and Host Fellowship (ITHF) for Rotarians Tam Agosti-Gisler 2016-06-13 00:00:00Z 0
Bruce Phelps and Sandra Wicks recently visited their home in Ajijic, Mexico (south of Guadalajara on Lake Chapala) and, while there, attended the Ajijic Rotary Club.  As usual, Sandra brought along a sample Sawyer bucket water filter to show the club.  This is the water filter AER has helped distribute in the outskirts of Puerto Vallarta in the past.
The Ajijic Rotary Club asked to have a formal presentation about the water filters, since they might want to add water filters to the array of assistance they are already providing to the surrounding community.
Unfortunately, Bruce was sick the day of the presentation, but Sandra explained the assembly and maintenance of the water filter to the club and showed a PowerPoint on the distribution of water filters, in conjunction with the Vancouver (Washington) Sunrise Rotary Club, in January in Nayarit State of Mexico to migrant Huichol indians.  The Ajijic club was very appreciative of the opportunity to learn about the very cost-effective way to get clean water to people who otherwise would have to purchase purified water or just drink bad water.
Water Filter Presentation to Ajijic (Mexico) Rotary Club Sandra Wicks 2016-05-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dave Kester
Council member Dominque Dubois holds up a green card to indicate support of a motion while Sandeep Nurang ponders his response during the 2016 Council on Legislation.
Photo Credit: Monika Lozinska.
The 2016 Council on Legislation may well be remembered as one of the most progressive in Rotary history.  Not only did this Council grant clubs more freedom in determining their meeting schedule and membership, it also approved an increase in per capita dues of $4 a year for three years. The increase will be used to enhance Rotary’s website, improve online tools, and add programs and services to help clubs increase membership.
The Council is an essential element of Rotary’s governance. Every three years, members from around the world gather in Chicago to consider proposed changes to the policies that govern the organization and its member clubs. Measures that are adopted take effect 1 July.
The tone for this year was set early, when the RI Board put forth two proposals that increase flexibility. The first measure allows clubs to decide to vary their meeting times, whether to meet online or in person, and when to cancel a meeting, as long as they meet at least twice a month. The second allows clubs flexibility in choosing their membership rules and requirements. Both passed.
Representatives also approved removing six membership criteria from the RI Constitution and replacing them with a simple requirement that a member be a person of good character who has a good reputation in their business or community and is willing to serve the community.
The $4 per year dues increase was based on a five-year financial forecast that predicted that if Rotary didn’t either raise dues or make drastic cuts, its reserves would dip below mandated levels by 2020. The yearly per capita dues that clubs pay to RI will be $60 in 2017-18, $64 in 2018-19, and $68 in 2019-20. The next council will establish the rate after that.  “We are at a moment in time when we must think beyond the status quo,” said RI Vice President Greg E. Podd. “We must think about our future.”
Podd said the dues increase will allow RI to improve My Rotary, develop resources so clubs can offer a better membership experience, simplify club and district reporting, improve website access for Rotaractors, and update systems to keep Rotary in compliance with changing global regulations.
Also because of this Council’s decisions:
  • A Council on Resolutions will meet annually online to consider resolutions — recommendations to the RI Board. Council members will be selected for three-year terms. They’ll participate in the Council on Resolutions for three years and the Council on Legislation in their final year only. The Council on Resolutions will free the Council on Legislation to concentrate on enactments — changes to Rotary’s governing documents. Proponents predict that the Council on Legislation can then be shortened by a day, saving $300,000.
  • Rotaractors will be allowed to become members of Rotary clubs while they are still in Rotaract. Proponents argued that too few Rotaractors (around 5 percent) join Rotary. Sometimes it’s because they don’t want to leave their Rotaract clubs before they have to, upon reaching age 30. It’s hoped that giving them more options will boost the numbers of qualified young leaders in Rotary.
  • The distinction between e-clubs and traditional clubs will be eliminated. The Council recognized that clubs have been meeting in a number of ways, and given this flexibility, the distinction was no longer meaningful. Clubs that have “e-club” in their names can keep it, however.
  • The reference to admission fees will be removed from the bylaws. Proponents argued that the mention of admission fees does not advance a modern image of Rotary.
  • A standing committee on membership was established, in recognition that membership is a top priority of the organization, and polio eradication was also reaffirmed to be a goal of the highest order.
Learn more about the Council on Legislation
By Arnold Grahl
Rotary News
Council grants clubs greater flexibility in meeting, membership Dave Kester 2016-05-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tam Agosti-Gisler
We are in NEED of more volunteers to make this a success!!
APRIL 23rd  from 9:00 to 3:00 at Anchorage Literacy Program (ALP building), 1345 Rudakoff Circle (behind Credit Union 1 on DeBarr across from Costco).
You don't need to be there the whole day....But we really need some more Rotarians to help with lunch (Costco pizza run) and helping teach (we can coach you)
Email Tam at if you want to add your name to the list!  Thank you.
9:00-9:15 – Check-in
9:15-10:00 – Class #1
10:15-11:00 – Class #2
11:15 – 12:00 - Lunch
12- 1:00 – Class #3
1:00-1:45 – Class #4
2:00 -2:45 – Class #5
2:45-3:00 – Closing
Teach ABCs of ASD class/Travel with mileage class:
Tam Agosti-Gisler
Teach Financial Management classes:
Kathleen Madden
Teach Job Skills classes:
Shirley Nelson
Need a teacher to teach 45-minute basic computer skills class. (Teach 4 times)
Need a teacher to teach 45-minute class on how to navigate DMV to get a driver’s license. (Teach 4 times)
Need two teachers to teach 45-minute basic English conversation/pronunciation class. (Teach 3 times)
1) Rich Dyson
Need two teachers to teach 45-minute intermediate English conversation/pronunciation class. (Teach 3 times)
1) Walter Featherly
Need teaching assistants to assist teachers In 5 different classrooms
1) Sheila Lomboy
2) Sylvia Condy
3) Mustafa Iflazoglu
Need food shopper (purchase beverages and lunch food0
Need meal “director”
Need meal prep helpers
1) Michelle Engelke
6th annual Anchorage East Rotary English Camp Tam Agosti-Gisler 2016-04-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michelle Drew on Jul 28, 2013

 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! 


Non-Profit Announcements - New Rules Michelle Drew 2013-07-29 00:00:00Z 0
Meeting Make Ups? Michelle Drew 2013-02-20 09:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chris Wolpert

If you have any news you want to share with the club, please let us know! Contact Chris Wolpert at

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!

Got Some News? Share it with Rotary! Chris Wolpert 0