It's time to get your tickets to join us for a Night Under the Big Top!  With great tapas prepared by local culinary masters paired with wine and beer, circus entertainment, games and a live & silent auction you are sure to have a fabulous evening.  Help us raise funds to support local organizations and charities who are working to make Alaska a better place!

October 7 from 6-9PM 

Menard Sports Complex

Doors open at 5:30 
Event Tickets $65 
Win 100 bottles of Wine or Beer!
Wine & Beer Raffle Tickets $10

For more information:  Rotary Uncorked

Rotary Uncorked - Under the Big Top Roxie Mayberry 2017-08-10 08:00:00Z 0

Wanted!  Scholarship Applications!

Deadline April 15
We are accepting applications from High School Seniors for our Menard Leadership and Service Above Self scholarships.  Each year we award scholarships to students for high academic achievement, participation in extra-curricular activities, commitment to community service, and a plan to attend college, a university or continuing education program.  If you know a youth who you feel would benefit, please share the link to our applications.  For more information  click here - Applications
We raise money from our Rotary Running Dead 5K and our Rotary Uncorked events each year for scholarships and for local organizations such as My House.  This year's 5K will be June 3rd at the Menard Sports Complex.
We raise money from our Rotary Running Dead 5K and our Rotary Uncorked events each year for scholarships and for local organizations such as My House.  This year's 5K will be June 3rd at the Menard Sports Complex.
Applications for Scholarships 2017-04-12 08:00:00Z 0

Celebrating 100 years!

The MatSu community helped to celebrate 100 years of Rotary Foundation with the Rotary Winter Festival.  The weather was great, the families had fun and the night ended with 100 lanterns lighting the sky!  

It takes partners in the community to put on an event like the Winter Festival! We want to thank all who helped us put on an amazing event!

Linda Brandon – State Farm

Wasilla Noon Club
Palmer Club
Susitna Club
Sunrise Club

Linda Russell
Mike Criss Photography


Winter Festival Celebrates 100 years! Roxie Mayberry 2017-02-20 09:00:00Z 0

Our club is growing!  We have welcomed several new members to our club in the past few months.  We have also had fellow club members receive additional Paul Harris Pins!  Good job!  Oh - and congratulations to Linda Brandon on her engagement.  That's a diamond she's showing off!

New Members and more Paul Harris Pins! 2017-01-10 00:00:00Z 0
      Thank you to all who helped with the annual Youth Christmas Activities.  They were a huge    success!  From the movie "Sing" to the "Get Your Skate On" ice skating and the swimming party,  youth in the community were able to enjoy fun safe activities during the hoiday break.  These  activies could not happen without the support of our club members who donate their time to  helping greet the community and sharing their Rotary passion. 
Annual Christmas Activities - Success! 2017-01-10 00:00:00Z 0

The Rotary Foundation 100 years of Doing Good in the World

Help us celebrate The Rotary Foundation's 100th Anniversary of Doing Good in the World!
Join us for the MatSu Rotary Winter Festival with ice skating, snow activities, food and a sky lantern festival.  It is a great opportunity to share with the community the good Rotary has been doing for 100 years.  

Saturday, February 18

4-7PM at Newcomb Park

We need your help!  There are many ways you can help from donating to the event, volunteering at the event and being on the committee.  Let Lisa know what you would like to do.  We have a lot of planning to do but we know our club rocks at everything we do!  So don't hesitate another minute!  
The Rotary Foundation 100 years of Doing Good in the World 2017-01-09 09:00:00Z 0
Boots & Bling - Our Sponsors! Roxie Mayberry 2016-09-22 00:00:00Z 0
It's time for the annual Rotary Uncorked.  Join us as we Kick up our Heels for doing good!  
October 8th from 6-9 PM at the Menard Center
Enjoy the great Tapas prepared by local culinary masters paired with great wine and local microbrews and music by the local band Against the Grain. Tickets to the event are $65 and are available online, at Towne Square Art Gallery, Travel Services or by emailing  There will be dancing, a Sheriif and his possee as well as live and silent auction.
Help us to raise money for MyHouse and Sertoma's Hearing Booth. 
Boots & Bling - Kick up your Heels! 2016-09-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 15, 2016
Scholarship Applications are now being accepted!
We are looking for High School Seniors who have a strong commitment to Community Service and strong Leadership skills.  
This year, nine students will be awarded scholarships:
One $3,000 Service Above Self Scholarship
One $2,000 Menard Outstanding Leadership Scholarship
Four $1,000 Outstanding Service Scholarships
Three $1,000 Outstanding Leadership Scholarships.
There are two applications available.  One for Service and one for Leadership.  Please share with everyone you know who either is or has a High School Senior. They can attend a High School, Charter School, private school, Career Tech, or be a home schooler.   They must be attending either a college, university, trade school, or other continuing education institution. 
We want to make sure we give to as many students as we can.  The MatSu Rotary 5K has been the fundraiser for these scholarships.  Because of the great sponsors and the participants, along with many tireless volunteer hours by Rotarians, we are able to give so many scholarships.  
Contact Roxie Mayberry at 907-414-3634 or Sondra Kaplan at 907-227-3486 for more information. 
Attention High School Seniors! Roxie Mayberry 2016-03-16 00:00:00Z 0
This year we have designated $12,000 in scholarships to students who excel in Leadership and Service.  
The Scholarship Committee will be meeting shortly after the March 3rd Lunch Meeting to discuss how the money will be distributed and in what amounts to our local high school graduates.  Please notify Roxie Mayberry or Sondra Kaplan,  if you are interested in sitting on this exciting committee.
The MatSu Rotary 5K Run is our fundraiser for the scholarships. We will be hosting this run again this year at Colony High School on Saturday, May 7th.
As Rotarians, we should all get involved in these worthwhile activities for our club.
Club Scholarships Applications ... Are Being Reviewed Sondra Kaplan 2016-03-03 00:00:00Z 0

Paul Harris Seven Pins Awarded

Three members of our club were recently awarded Paul Harris Pins for their contributions to the Paul Harris Foundation.  
Stan Harris received his Paul Harris 7 pin

Linda Brandon received her Paul Harris 5, 6 and 7 pin
Sondra Kaplan received her Paul Harris 6 pin
Congratulations to all of you for your continued dedication and support in Rotary.  You are both members in which we can all say we want to emulate and we look up to you as leaders in Rotary and the community.
Paul Harris Recipients Roxie Mayberry 2016-02-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 13, 2016


Youth Exchange Winter Orientation is just around the corner... Maddie, our new Outbound Exchange Student will receive her Country Assignment here... all are encouraged to mark your calendars.



On January 14th thru 17th, Youth Exchange Students from around the state will gather in Anchorage at the Millennium Alaska Hotel for training and preparation of their coming year abroad.  The Banquet will be filled with almost unfathomable excitement as each Outbound Student (22 in all) await the announcement of the country they would go to in 2016-17. As each country is announced, the OB (Outbound Student) will be joined on stage by their country's Inbound (IB), Rebound (RB), Rotec (RT) and flag!  A Rotec is a Rebound who has  been back for more than a year.

After the excitement, students will relax with a dance to celebrate!  Pictures all around...this is too much fun to miss.

YOUTH EXCHANGE WINTER ORIENTATION Sondra Kaplan 2016-01-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 05, 2016
2016 District Conference in Talkeetna - SIgn up!!!
Make yourself and your Rotary Club HAPPY today and register for
D5010 Conference and Assembly. May 12-15, 2016 in Talkeetna.
Early Bird discount plus drawing for K-2 flight seeing trip for two!
At the end of the video, click SIGN UP button for registration.
Rotary District 5010
Assembly & Convention 
Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge 
Talkeetna, Alaska 
  May 12-15, 2016 
A reminder that if you Register for District Conference by December 31 the discounted registration fee applies AND you are automatically entered to win a flight-seeing trip for 2 provided by K-2 Aviation & Rust's Flying Service.

Don't delay- you may be the lucky winner! To register, please visit:
We have secured a special conference rate at Talkeetna Lodge, our conference location. Just $135 per night, first come first serve on the room type. This should incentivize everyone to book early to get Mountain Side and Main Lodge rooms! Once these rooms are filled, reservations will flow to the exterior lodge rooms. Please request the room type preferred when makingreservations.
You may begin to reserve rooms starting today, October 1st. Please call 866-845-6338 toll free, or 907- 777-2806 local. You may also email: Either by phone or email, simply say that you are with the Rotary Conference, and the discounted rate applies.
An exciting, fun and informative conference is being planned! District conference provides an ideal opportunity for new members & friends to learn more about Rotary International, our District 5010, l eadership and service opportunities- plus creating new friendships. Watch your email for other details to follow.
 Early Bird registration by December 30.
 Look forward to winning a flight-seeing trip for two!
 Call or email Talkeetna Lodge to secure a great room!
 Invite new members of your club, family or friends to conference
We look forward to seeing you in Talkeetna May 12-15, 2016.
In friendship,
Cheryl Metiva, Co-Chair
2016 District Conference Committee
District Conference Sondra Kaplan 2016-01-06 00:00:00Z 0

A Night at the Derby a Huge Success

Rotary Uncorked A night at the Derby was a big success! A night of fabulous food, wine, auction items, Derby Race, Artist rendered horse sculptures, and people culminated in the event raising over $65,500!  It was the largest event so far we have put on to date.  With over 400 tickets sold, it was a packed room.  Six beautiful artist rendered horse sculptures were auctioned off.  The winners of these then became the "owners" of the horses that then participated in the Race for the Roses Derby Race.  Six jockeys then raced around a course and mock bet raffles were sold.  The race raced $5,800 in additional revenue.  
For the fourth year, part of the proceeds went to MyHouse.  A check was presented on October 28 for $20,000.  Another check was presented to Mat Su Food Bank Food4Kids program for $6,000, $3,000 of which was from a matching grant from Rotary District 5010.  Money will also go towards Scholarships for High School Seniors, a project in Belize and other projects the club votes on. 


Another Successful Rotary Uncorked Roxie Mayberry 2015-11-09 00:00:00Z 0

Saturday, October 3, 2015
Only a few tickets left!  
For more information and tickets
The event will be at the Menard Center in Wasilla
Food, Wine and Beer Tasting
featuring Tapas and Wine Pairings
by local Culinary Masters
Run for the Roses Mock Derby Race 
Artist Rendered Horse Heads to be auctioned off
A live and silent auction will take place to raise funds for local non-profit charities 
Wine & Beer Raffle
Get your Raffle Tickets
$10 per Raffle Ticket

1st prize 100 bottles of Wine
2nd prize 100 bottles of Beer
A Night at the Derby - Rotary Uncorked 2015-10-01 00:00:00Z 0
New Website for Valley Rotary Clubs Roxie Mayberry 2015-10-01 00:00:00Z 0
Save the date and pull out those
Derby hats and Dresses!!!
Saturday, October 3, 2015
 Menard Center in Wasilla
Food, Wine and Beer Tasting
featuring Tapas and Wine Pairings
by local Culinary Masters
Mock Derby
Prizes for Best Derby Hats & Best Dressed
A live and silent auction will take place to raise funds MYHouse, Mat Su Food Bank's Food 4 Kids Program and other
local community service organizations
For more information and to purchase tickets go to
A Night at the Derby Roxie Mayberry 2015-08-10 00:00:00Z 0
RYLA 2015...It was Fantastic! Sondra Kaplan 2015-05-05 00:00:00Z 0
When did you last visit our Club Website?  Well, now is the time to check it out as it has a new look!  We have made it easier to find info on Club Fundraisers and Events, keep up to date on the weekly Speakers, and see the latest stories.  Soon there will be a link for Youth Exchange and our Youth Scholarships.  Share the link with your co-workers and friends.  We want you to visit often to keep informed.  We want this website to be a tool you can use as a Rotarian.  We always want your input.  If you have something you would like to add, please send it to Roxie at  
Website Gets a New Look Roxie Mayberry 2015-03-19 00:00:00Z 0
If you haven't liked our Club Facebook page, you should.  In the last month we have gone from 256 "likes" on March 1st to 470 "likes" on March 24th!!!   That's an increase of 215!  We almost doubled our "likes."  For a club our size that is astounding!  It means people want to know what our club is doing: who are speakers are each week, updates on the MatSu Rotary 5K and Rotary Uncorked, and information on community events which we support.  Thanks to all those who have shared our page and posts with their friends. Through Facebook we are able to promote Rotary and what Rotary is doing in our community.  Do you think we can get it to 500?  I think we can.  Let's shoot for the stars.
Club Facebook Page Exploding Roxie Mayberry 2015-03-18 00:00:00Z 0
Three of our members have been recognized over the last few months for receiving their Paul Harris Fellow Pins.
We want to congratulate them for their contributions.
Stan Hooley  Paul Harris +6
Sondra Kaplan Paul Harris +4 
John Lee  Paul Harris +2 and Paul Harris +3
Paul Harris Fellow Recognition Roxie Mayberry 2015-03-12 00:00:00Z 0
DISTRICT DATES TO REMEMBER... Sondra Kaplan 2014-12-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sondra Kaplan on Dec 01, 2014



Great Job Rotarians...

We raised $25,000
for the
MYHouse Gathering Center.

Thank you for your
donations & attendance.

A check for $25,000 was presented to Michelle Overstreet, Founder & Acting Director and Michael Carson, Board Vice President, of the Matsu Youth Housing Project (MYHouse) at the joint Rotary Meeting on November 20th.  President Les Helfrich of the Palmer Club, and President Paul Beer of the Wasilla Noon Club make the presentation.  Members who attended the event stated they were proud to help this worthwhile community project.


Wasilla Noon & Palmer Rotaries Present Check to MYHouse... Sondra Kaplan 2014-12-02 00:00:00Z 0
Every Rotarian, Every Year! Sondra Kaplan 2014-11-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sondra Kaplan on Nov 01, 2014

A huge thank you to Valley Cinema in Wasilla, and our friend and fellow Rotarian (Ashland Oregon Club), John Sweigart who sponsored the venue and the food.


Also a huge thank you to our Club Members, friends and families who donated their time, talents, and treasures. Together we raised over $24,000 Foundation Dollars to go toward District Grants for the Valley community projects!
 See you next year for more fun!


MatSu Rotaries Raise over $24K with Let's Go to the Movies Fundraiser! Sondra Kaplan 2014-11-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sondra Kaplan on Nov 01, 2014



John Cannon inducts
our newest member,
Michelle Josephson
Salvation Army...

Welcome Aboard!Image

Welcome Newest Member! Sondra Kaplan 2014-11-02 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Monthly Theme's Sondra Kaplan 2014-07-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sondra Kaplan on Jul 05, 2014

Annual Rotary Dues for Wasilla Noon Rotary Club Members

Wasilla Noon Rotary sends in dues for all its members on January 1st and July 1st, and then collects the dues from its members. So, it is important that, since your dues have been sent in for you, that you pay those dues to the club around those same dates. Dues are only $300 this year, which can be paid all at once in July, or half July 1st and the rest January 1st.  If you need other arrangements, Joni will be glad to assist you or explain them to you. Please make every attempt to pay your dues now.

Annual Rotary Dues... Sondra Kaplan 2014-07-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sondra Kaplan on Jul 05, 2014


Mark your Calendars...

Rotary Uncorked Committee
meets this Wednesday,
July 10th at 6:00 PM at
Wells Fargo on the Parks Hwy.

Contact Paul Beer for more info...

Please join us to help plan for a another great event!

Rotary Uncorked Committee Meeting! Sondra Kaplan 2014-07-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sondra Kaplan on May 31, 2014

Rotary Youth Leadership Academy ---   Presentation to come...



RYLA 2014 Sondra Kaplan 2014-06-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sondra Kaplan on Apr 28, 2014


Thank you Joni for being one of the driver volunteers for
the Service Projects on Saturday, April 26th

Huge thank you to Dr. Stacey Lowe for providing our Club's
Saturday afternoon snack!

Thank you John Lee and Linda Brandon for attending the
Dinner with Rotarians on Friday, April 25th.

Thank you Wasilla Rotary Club (Noon) members for sending
Morgan Chapman and Anne Sullivan, both from Colony High School.
They will be reporting to the club on their Leadership Adventure!

RYLA 2014...HUGE SUCCESS! Sondra Kaplan 2014-04-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sondra Kaplan on Mar 27, 2014


As you all know Sue was an instrumental, influential, and positive Rotarian and was happily demonstrating her ongoing commitment to service above self as our District Governor. With her unexpected loss last week we are all in a state of shock and are struggling to reason with this stark reality.  Please keep Sues family and in particular her husband Harold in your thoughts and prayers and that each of you may find some comfort in this very difficult time.

Celebration of Life
April 13 at 1:30 pm
Captain Cook Hotel

If someone wishes to send a note or card to Harold, his address is:
2725 S Nellis, Unit 2069; Las Vegas, NV  89121

In Memory of District Governor Sue Foley Sondra Kaplan 2014-03-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sondra Kaplan on Mar 27, 2014

    Location Change
    Beginning April 2nd!

    Hacienda Restaurant
    1781 E Palmer-Wasilla Hwy
    Wasilla, AK 99654

We want to thank The Grill and their amazing staff for their
years of excellent service...we truly appreciate this venue.

Join us for exciting speakers scheduled by Dr. Jeff Weise!

See you there!

ALERT...Change in Club Meeting Location! Sondra Kaplan 2014-03-28 00:00:00Z 0
News from Outbound Youth Exchange Student Elijah Kahula Sondra Kaplan 2014-03-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sondra Kaplan on Feb 23, 2014


Youth Exchanges students attended the Jr. Iditarod
this weekend with Rotarian's Toni Schmidt and Dr. Kaye Zwiaker. 

A HUGE Thank You!

Youth Exchange visits the Jr. Iditarod!!! Sondra Kaplan 2014-02-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sondra Kaplan on Feb 17, 2014


To Janet St. George, President Daryl Lowe, and Teresa Bloom for receiving their Paul Harris pins.  The funds go to the Rotary 6 Areas of Focus, and qualifies our Club for future grants.


We look forward to 2014 in exceeding our Club Goals.


Paul Harris - Pinning Ceremony - Congratulations Sondra Kaplan 2014-02-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sondra Kaplan on Feb 17, 2014

Ben takes the plunge this weekend at Mat-Su Plunge.
Hosted at the Mat-Su Resort, Saturday, Feb. 15th!

Youth Exchange Student from Indonesia...
bet they don't do this at home!

Rotary Youth Exchange Student Takes the Plunge! Sondra Kaplan 2014-02-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sondra Kaplan on Jan 11, 2014


To Lisa Phillips for being our only Rotary volunteer to oversee over 90 guests at our Free Swim event on December 28th.

AND To Paul Beer, Joni Gerharz, and Bert Hall for volunteering during our Rotary Free Skating event ON Jan. 4th where 35 to 40 guests enjoyed skating.


Rotary Children's Events Shout Out! Sondra Kaplan 2014-01-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sondra Kaplan on Jan 11, 2014

We currently have $8,000.00 designated this year from the Rotary Uncorked Event!

We hope to have other local clubs join us in providing much more competitve scholarships within the Mat-Su.  The calls have gone out to the other club presidents for their input and participation.

As it stands now, we have:

1 - $5,000  Service Scholarship

1 - $2,000  Leadership Scholarship (In honor of Curtis Menard, Jr.)

1 - $2,000  Academic Scholarship

Together we can make a bigger Rotary impact with our students...  will you help?

Contact Sondra Kaplan at 227-3486 to get involved.


Rotary Scholarship Committee ... including other Rotary Valley Clubs Sondra Kaplan 2014-01-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sondra Kaplan on Jan 11, 2014

The Board and current attending members felt it was time to invite your spouses, family and perspective Rotary members to fellowship and eat together.  Lets get to know one another.

When:  February 13th - Thursday evening

Where:  Hacienda Restaurant 

Time:  6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Come enjoy being with like-minded, civic family and friends.

Mexican food and friends ... it doesn't get better than that!


Rotary Fellowship and Fun! Sondra Kaplan 2014-01-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Lee on Oct 27, 2013

Ben just spent a week with Teresa Blume & Jay Owen heading out to Hatcher Pass.  Thanks to Janet & Chas St George for taking Ben out to their Willow cabin this weekend.

The club needs your help so Ben can continue to enjoy our great state!

How can you help?:

Take Ben out to see Alaska or to a movie or hockey game.  

Connect with Ben by texting 907-414-9330.


We are looking for host parents for this year.  See Ryan Berry for details.

Ben's Alaskan Adventure John Lee 2013-10-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Teresa Blume on Oct 13, 2013

Saturday, Oct 12th, Wasilla & Palmer Rotarians hosted valley friends for the 5th annual wine festival and fundraiser. This year's ROTARY UNCORKED, Reds, Whites, & Brews Festival, featured the now famous raffle for 100 Bottles of Wine and 100 Bottles of Beer.  With a SOLD OUT event, over 250 attendees dined on delicious tapas from by best of the valley chefs.  Each tapa was carefully paired with a complimentary wine by the talented Kelci Hatcher from the valley's favorite wine bar, The Grape Tap.  Soon, Joni Gerharz will update us all on the net funds raised from this year's event.

Pictured:  Jay Owen with Wasilla Rotary President Daryl Lowe and The Grape Tap's Kelci Hatcher


ROTARY UNCORKED 2013 - A Great Success! Teresa Blume 2013-10-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Lee on Oct 07, 2013

ImageFoundation Dinner, Nov 1, Valley Cinema


6:00 pm Event including Cinema-Style Dinner & Auction

9:15pm Private Movie Premier for Rotary

Tickets $50 include a $25 tax deductible donation to Rotary Foundation in your name.

Please bring in or email to Teresa your silent auction donation forms this week.

Our club is responsible to organizing & putting on the silent auction.  We're collecting items from all 5 valley clubs.  We need to donate 8 silent auction items from our club and 3 live auction items.



Donate any item including your professional skills or hobby.

SATURDAY, OCT 19:  Auction Donation Forms due

FRIDAY, OCT 25:  All Auction Items due, Delivery to Teresa Blume or Linda Brandon.

Contact Teresa for auction ideas,  questions or donation forms.   

Teresa 355-7036

Foundation Dinner John Lee 2013-10-08 00:00:00Z 0
MYHouse Appliances and Mat-Su Valley Rotary Clubs Sondra Kaplan 2013-07-24 00:00:00Z 0
Grace's latest blog entry! Stacey Lowe 2013-07-22 00:00:00Z 0
President Daryl Lowe Received the Gavel! Sondra Kaplan 2013-06-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sondra Kaplan on Mar 05, 2013

The Rotary Foundation’s Group Study Exchange (GSE) program is a unique cultural and vocational exchange opportunity for business people and professionals between the ages of 25 and 40 who are in the early stages of their careers. The program provides travel grants for teams to exchange visits in paired areas of different countries. For four to six weeks, team members experience the host country's culture and institutions, observe how their vocations are practiced abroad, develop personal and professional relationships, and exchange ideas.

In a typical four-week tour, applicants participate in five full days of vocational visits, 15 to 20 club presentations, 10 to 15 formal visits and social events, two to three days at the district conference, three to four hours per day of cultural and site tours, and three to four hours per day of free time with host families.

For each team member, the Foundation provides the most economical round-trip airline ticket between the home and host countries. Rotarians in the host area provide for meals, lodging, and group travel within their district. 

GSE (Group Study Exchange) Team Visit to the Valley - April 17 to April 20 Sondra Kaplan 2013-03-06 00:00:00Z 0
Follow Iditarod 2013 Sondra Kaplan 2013-03-06 00:00:00Z 0
RI President Speaks 2013 Sondra Kaplan 2013-02-17 00:00:00Z 0
Polio is a Dread Disease -- it can be eradicated! Sondra Kaplan 2013-02-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Andrew Reimer on Feb 12, 2013

I have included pictures of the Placencia Health Clinic, along with a picture of Dr. Alex and Placencia Rotary president, Jim Weller.  The other two pictures are of the Placencia Police/Fire Station, with the inside picture of Inspector Mark Flowers and Jim again.  The two defibrillators were donations from another Rotary club, but they did not include the pads or spare batteries, which is what our club provided.  Luckily they have not had a need as of now, but within the past year or so they could have possibly saved a couple lives if they had them at that time.

The Placencia Rotary, Dr. Alex, the police dept, and the village council were all very appreciative of our donation.

Even the fire truck is a relatively new item.  It was donated from the states a couple years ago.  Prior to that, most fires were fought by bucket brigade.  Some fires still are as they do not have fire hydrants, or sufficient hose to reach all areas.




Placencia Health Clinic Andrew Reimer 2013-02-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sondra Kaplan on Jan 14, 2013

The Co-Chairs of the Children's Christmas Events, Terry Namtvedt and Joni Gerharz, want to extend a warm thank you to all the volunteers who participated.  We had 86 children show up at the swimming pool, around 35 people show up for a great movie, and we packed the house and ran out of skates at the skating event!  Overall we feel the club's money was well spent in supporting the school age children during the holiday break.

Children's Christmas Events Thank You Sondra Kaplan 2013-01-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sondra Kaplan on Jan 13, 2013

A great big thank you to all who participated in this event to make it as wonderful as it turned out. Together we can make a difference!

MY HOUSE Holiday Survival Kits 2012 REVIEW

Rotary participated in Saturday School on Dec 15th at Burchell High School in Wasilla. The school has a homeless youth population of up and sometimes above 70% according to My House. The Saturday School is created to offer a weekend place with activities that benefit these teens. The December Saturday School offers additional help for youth that might be homeless over the holidays.

MYHouse Holiday Emergency Kits - Thank You Sondra Kaplan 2013-01-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sondra Kaplan on Nov 29, 2012

Visioning helps keep the club on a path to reach goals,
be a more productive club and get better results.

RSVP President Sondra at
Dec. 5th - 5:00 to 9:00 pm.  
3rd Floor of Mat-Su Regional Medical Center 
The Denali Room - Dinner provided!

Visioning Questionnaire (emailed last week) - return to President Sondra

Rotary Visioning - December 5th! Sondra Kaplan 2012-11-30 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Raises the Roof -- Palmer Hay Flats Region Project Sondra Kaplan 2012-10-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sondra Kaplan on Oct 29, 2012

Foundation Dinner is November 2nd at Evangelos!

Volunteers to help set up should be at Evangelos on Thursday, Nov. 1st between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Items needed:  Please bring your items to Wednesday's meeting this week, or take them to Evangelo's (downstairs) on Thursday afternoon.

  • We need bag stuffing items up to $25.00 value. 11 from our club!
  • Silent auction items are needed up to $100.00 or better.  11 for our club!
  • We have added a dessert auction (top of the line bakery items to be auctioned off).  We need 3 from our club.  

We obtained more event tickets if you want to invite your friends.

Special Thank You to the following people who have donated:

Foundation Dinner This Weeks! Sondra Kaplan 2012-10-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sondra Kaplan on Oct 21, 2012

All Rotary Clubs across the Mat-Su are stepping up to help the local un-housed youth through the MYHouse Project.  See the flyer for more details and upcoming events.

MYHouse News Sondra Kaplan 2012-10-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sondra Kaplan on Oct 08, 2012

This is an event not to be missed!


Wine and Beer as well as non-alcoholic beverages
will be tasted and
Wasilla Sunrise Rotarian's provide
a fabulous display of scrumptious appetizers too!
Please see any Sunrise Rotarian for tickets to this event
or contact Dan Kennedy at 907-982-6430.

Hope to see you there!
Sunrise Rotary Presents Deathtrap @ the VPA! Sondra Kaplan 2012-10-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Janet St. George on Sep 20, 2012
October 11. 2012 - 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Dont Forget Smiley Image
Town Square Art Gallery
591 E Parks Hwy, Wasilla, AK 
Start the holiday season out right by updating your jewelry collection or purchasing a gift for Christmas.  The amazing work of Solace International has will be displayed for pleasure to support Economic Development in their country. 
SOLACE INTERNATIONAL Janet St. George 2012-09-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeffrey Weiss on Sep 20, 2012

Next Recycling date is:  Saturday, September 29th.
Contact Jeff Weiss to sign up. 

Thank you to the Rotarians who volunteered to Recycle
during the Alaska State Fair!
Recycle w/Rotary Jeffrey Weiss 2012-09-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sondra Kaplan on Sep 20, 2012

Proposed Members: (Next Inductions Ceremony will be 10/10/12)

Delec Lennon
Julie McCartney
Roxie Mayberry
Ryan Berry

MEMBERSHIP MINUTE Sondra Kaplan 2012-09-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sondra Kaplan on Aug 27, 2012

Ticket Turn In -- Wednesday Meeting!

Wasilla Rotary's

LAST BLAST of SUMMER with Ken Peltier Band

Thursday, Aug 30, 9pm

4 Corners Lounge

Funds benefits Wasilla Rotary's Local Community Projects

Advance TICKETS $10

Event Info & Tickets:  Daryl Lowe at 351-0829

LAST BLAST of SUMMER with Ken Peltier Band Sondra Kaplan 2012-08-28 00:00:00Z 0
LAST BLAST of SUMMER with Ken Peltier Band Daryl Lowe 2012-08-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sondra Kaplan on Aug 19, 2012
On Saturday, August 18th Rotarians from around the Valley showed up to have fun, march in a parade and run between the raindrops for the Annual Founder's Day parade and events.  Sunrise Rotarians were there  selling ticket for fuel, Susitna Club sold ticket to their annual Duck Race, and Bert Hall, Bill Keller and Sondra Kaplan were there with their spouses (selling tickets to the Ken Peltier event) and to take in the festivities.  The Military Band played everybody's favorites.  It was a great turn out and everyone had fun!  Good Job Rotarians -- way to get out there.
Founder's Day and Rotarians on Parade Sondra Kaplan 2012-08-20 00:00:00Z 0
Bronze Winners -- Rotary's Red, White & Brews Float Sondra Kaplan 2012-07-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sondra Kaplan on Jul 21, 2012
Grace Mullins
Outbound Exchange Student to Switzerland
and your Rotary Board invite you to:

Rotary Fireside Send-off & Potluck
Matanuska River Park in Palmer
July 28th
6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. 
RSVP: 775-1298 
Outbound Youth Exchange Student -- Rotary Send-off & Potluck Sondra Kaplan 2012-07-22 00:00:00Z 0
Ushering in the 2012-2013 Sondra Kaplan 2012-07-22 00:00:00Z 0
Holiday Survival Kits for Valley Homeless Students 2011-12-12 00:00:00Z 0
Exchange Student Sarah loving Deutschland! Teresa Blume 2011-09-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Teresa Blume on Sep 11, 2011
Thanks Chas for inviting your mom to Rotary lunch recently!  It's always delightful when Rotarians bring their families along to enjoy food & fellowship with our club.Image
Invite your mom to lunch! Teresa Blume 2011-09-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 04, 2011

The handcrafted "fair trade" jewelry sale for Solace International exceeded all expectations, raising $6,650 for international aid plus an additional $500 for Wasilla Rotary's local community projects!

Janet St. George at Towne Square Art Gallery sponsored the venue, providing elegant displays of Solace's gemstone jewelry and expert sales help to shoppers.  Thanks to Holly Gittlein for helping to get the word out in the valley community.  With refreshments cosponsored by Linda Brandon, State Farm Insurance and printing sponsored by Teresa Blume, club expenses were zero.  Thanks to all the Rotarians that shopped and supported this event! We look forward to seeing you & your loved ones wearing those jewels very soon!


Check out photos at Wasilla Rotary, Facebook .  Read more at Wasilla Rotary

Solace Fundraiser reaches $6,650! 2011-09-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Teresa Blume on Aug 24, 2011

Last Blast of Summer! The KEN PELTIER Band rocked & packed the house.  Ken played for more than four hours while Rotarians and friends filled the dance floor.  ALL ticket proceeds will support Wasilla Rotary's local community service projects.  


Pictured:  Event Coordinators, Holly Gittlein, Daryl Lowe and Teresa Blume in front of Ken Peltier and band.

Ken Peltier packed the house! Teresa Blume 2011-08-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Teresa Blume on Aug 23, 2011

Kick up your boots for these awesome sponsors!

My iphone produces a fuzzy picture of the event flyer but these businesses are not fuzzy, they're awesome!!!! Thanks to sponsors, all ticket proceeds from Ken Peltier event "Last Blast of Summer" go directly to Wasilla Rotary's local community projects.  --Teresa, your website editor-in-training


K&K Enterprises     STATE FARM Insurance, Linda Brandon, Agent 

Additional thanks to:

Dr. Jeff Weiss, Valley Dermatology Center, for also jumping in to sponsor this event!

TIP YOUR HAT to these Ken Peltier SPONSORS Teresa Blume 2011-08-24 00:00:00Z 0
Thanks to Lynne Woods, MatSu Trails & Parks Foundation Board Chair Teresa Blume 2011-08-21 00:00:00Z 0
Sunny Skies for Rotary Golf Tournament 2011-08-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Lee on Aug 07, 2011

President Elect Sondra Kaplan has guest speakers sign books that our club will donate to Mat Su literacy projects. Guest speakers pictured with Sondra Kaplan include Michelle Overstreet, Dave Rose, and Michael Carson.  The three speakers presented an overview of the youth homeless community in the valley during our August 3rd meeting.

Rotary Donates Books John Lee 2011-08-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Teresa Blume on Jul 17, 2011

 Here's an update from Sarah Boelter, Wasilla Noon Club's 2011 Outbound Exchange Student.   

Grüß Gott!
 My Name is Sarah Boelter, I am 16 years old, from Eagle River, Alaska, and will be spending my Junior year in Lüneburg, Germany, District 1800. 
Exchange Student Sarah Boelter off to Germany in August! Teresa Blume 2011-07-18 00:00:00Z 0
Exchange Student catches the big fish! Sondra Kaplan 0
Final Push for Rotary Foundation John Cannon 0
Thanks to Stan Mitchell for introducing the Belize international project Sondra Kaplan 0
Handcrafted Fair Trade Jewelry Sale Fundraiser for Solace International was HUGE success! Sondra Kaplan 0
Guest Speakers sign books for donations Teresa Blume 0
Posted by Teresa Blume

 Logan Ketterling gave a great presentation last week! We learned about Logan's experiences in Istanbul and his travels to Rome.  Wasilla Rotarians marveled at Logan's excellent slideshow.  The club was honored to have Logan's parents & grandparents attend his presentation. Sounds like a great school year abroad!. Image

Thanks to Logan Ketterling, Youth Exchange Rebound from Turkey Teresa Blume 0
Posted by Teresa Blume
 Outbound Exchange Student, Sarah Boelter, arrived in Lüneburg, Germany.  Sarah reports that she loves her host family & she is set to start school next week.  Read Sarah's post "Culture Shock is Alive & Well" at Sarah's Blog, which comes complete with Deutsch music.Image
Sarah in Germany! Teresa Blume 0
Posted by Teresa Blume

Thank you to speakers Dave Rose, Michelle Overstreet, and Michael Carson!  They presented an excellent overview of the state of homeless youth in the valley. Dave and Michelle promise to keep our club informed.  

If you would like to learn more or participate in this month's Homeless Coalition meeting August 18th, please contact Dave Rose.

Thank you to speakers for update on HOMELESS YOUTH in the valley Teresa Blume 0
Wasilla Rotary Exchange Students fund Shelter Boxes Stacey Lowe 0
Posted by Stacey Lowe

 Thanks to Dr Stacey Lowe & our club's exchange students for a great program in July.  Our new exchange student from Germany arrived this month.  Come to lunch to learn more.  Get involved in YOUTH EXCHANGE!  Contact Stacey to find out how!  Dr Stacey Lowe

Get involved in Rotary Youth Exchange! Stacey Lowe 0
Posted by Stan Hooley

Thanks to Sandi and Andy for the fun and fellowship this past Saturday.  To view photo's of inbounds, outbounds, rebounds and a host brother, click here.  If you have additional photo's please forward them to

Also, anyone who can pick up Jonas from Colony High school each Wednesday to bring him to our weekly meeting please contact Andy Reimer by phone at 373-1200 (o), 354-2401 (c) or by email at

Posted by Chas St. George

Holly was evaluated by the Orthopod on Wednesday and is now sporting a colorful cast.  Holly's friend Rachael is recovering from two surgeries on her arm and her hip.  Her Mother and father made it from Great Britain to Alaska and we are hoping that they will attend our club in the near future.  Holly wants to thank Andy Reimer for gifting her his corvette.  In her words "It's the most gracious act of kindness she has ever experienced in her entire lifetime.

Posted by Cheryl Combs

Perhaps no Rotary Youth Exchange Student has had a more interesting and challenging year than Lucas Gonçalves Pimenta.  The title to this story would be more accurate by reading ... "from Brazil to Russia, to Brazil to Alaska to Brazil."


Returns to Alaska August 7 at 8:41 p.m. after 11 months in Furtwangen, Germany.  Stan and Loni will host a party for her on Saturday, August 8, beginning at 6:00 p.m.  Please RSVP using the evite announcement sent to your email of record on July 22.  Or call or email Stan at 232.8730 or

Posted by Kaye Zwiacher
Twenty Rotarians and guests gathered at the home of John and Kaye Zwiacher July 24 to give a proper send-off to our 2009 Rotaplast Volunteers. Toni Schmidt (Wasilla Rotary), Debra Bushnell and Brad Gamble (Eagle River Rotary) will leave August 9 for Aracaju, Brazil to support the medical team repairing cleft lips and palates for deserving children there.
Posted by Stan Hooley

To submit news for our club website and our club newsletter, please email your stories or announcement, along with photographs (with a description for a caption) to Stan Hooley at

Posted by Stacey Lowe

September 11-13 - Fall Orientation in Willow

Thanks to Andy, Sandy and Alex Reimer for volunteering to serve as Host Family for Jonas from August to November and to Bev Nash and Bud Jahn for hosting him from December to March.

Remember to contact Andy by phone at either (373-1200 (o), 376-3947 (h), or via email at to make arrangements to include Jonas in your family and individual activities whenever possible. 

Together, we can make this an incredible year for Jonas!

Our very own District Governor Clyde outside of the Hyatt Hotel at the recent Rotary International Convention in Birmingham, England.  We are grateful for his service, but we're happy to have him back...