Rotary Club of Anchorage East


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