July 2018
James Grogan
Aug 01, 2018
Training Service Dogs for Vets
Tabitha Karpow
Aug 08, 2018
Young Professionals Group
Amy O'Connor, Lousie Branchflower
Aug 15, 2018
Update on Hatcher Pass Xperience
Paul Foreman
Aug 22, 2018
Paul's Story
Catherine Inman
Sep 05, 2018
Update on Tapriza School (Dopol) Nepal
Robin Lockwood
Sep 12, 2018
My Journey through Youth Exchange
Salli, our Youth Exchange Student
Sep 19, 2018
Come meet Salli
District Governor Diane Fejes Visit
Oct 03, 2018
Be the Inspiration
Heather Handyside
Oct 17, 2018
GCI - Infrastructure in Alaska
No Meeting
Dec 26, 2018
Happy New Year
Upcoming Events
Meeting Responsibilities
Monthly Program Chair
Monthly Program Chair Coordinator
Timm, Kathy
Membership and New Club Development Month - August
Metiva, Cheryl
Basic Education and Literacy Month - September
Conover, Linda
Economic and Community Development Month - October
Metiva, Marty
The Rotary Foundation - November
Grogan, Rob
Disease Prevention and Treatment Month - December
Standley, Rich
Maternal and Child Health Month - April
Grogan, Lanissa
Youth Service Month - May
Mitchell, Lynn
Bulletin Editor
Bulletin Editor (mentor)
Erickson, Kim
Bulletin Editor
Kochendorfer, Cathy
Bulletin Editor
Standley, Liz
Home Page Stories
Christian Hartley is the Fire Chief of Houston, Alaska. He was named as the City Of Houston’s permanent fire chief in Sept. of 2016.  Hartley is a second-generation emergency services professional. Both of his parents were very involved in the calling.  Over the years, Hartley has served in various capacities and locations. A native Alaskan, he grew up in the Sunshine-Talkeetna area. In 1999, Hartley started his EMS work in the Mat-Su Borough like his father. Shortly after that, he ventured to the Lower 48, more specifically Arizona where he fought fires on the south rim of the Grand Canyon. 

After a year there, he returned to the Alaska.

"I could literally look over the south rim of the Grand Canyon, but I love Alaska better than anywhere,” Hartley said. “As a kid, we had acres and acres to play in. We had our own lake.”

In 2003, Hartley returned to the Mat-Su Valley where he worked at several regional fire stations. In 2008, he joined the HFD. In that time, he has served in various capacities including firefighter, lieutenant, and captain—the position he has held for the past five years.In addition to his Mat-Su EMS experience, Hartley’s experience includes working the ground ambulance for Guardian Flight Air Medical out of Anchorage. A Houston resident, Hartley serves on the City of Houston Planning and Zoning Commission.   He also serves on the Mat-Su Borough Emergency Services Advisory Board, and a member of the Houston Lion’s Club.

 Governor Walker appointed Chief Christian Hartley to the chief admin officer/fire chief/volunteer staff seat on the Alaska Fire Standards Council. His term began Oct. 26 and runs through Oct. 15, 2019.  Alaska firefighters ensure the safety of Alaskans in times of great need. The Council works to provide a swift response when a home or business catches fire, as well as quality emergency care for Alaska’s families.

Wasilla Noon Club meets at 12:00pm on Wednesdays at the Grandview, 2900 Parks Hwy
Wasilla Sunrise Club meets at 7:00am at 865 N Seward Meridian Pkwy 
Palmer Noon Club meets at 12:00pm on Thursdays at Turkey Red, 550 S. Alaska St., Suite 100
Paul Demello, who spoke at Rotary last week, decided to help our local community by donating a Life Jacket Loaner Board for Lake Prator.  Paul's foundation Just Against Children Drowning plays an important role for us as well as other families with pools in Florida by donating and building fences around them to prevent drownings. Thank you Paul!
It was a special night at Rotary last week for several reasons.  Jack awarded the Paul Harris Award winners among others.  Congrats to Dan Phillips, Lana Kosek, Charlie Nicolos, Lynn Mitchell, Eddie Ezelle, Trudi Mitchell, and Rylee Rudd.  Literacy Award winners were Robert Hall, Rick Cavens, Neena Levan, and Charlie Nicolos, and the Public Servant Award went to Colleen Leonard.  An honorary member award went to Amy Hall.
Cheryl and Marty Metiva hosted a summer celebration Alaskan style at their house on the lake.  Hobo Jim played while we visited with Rotary friends and even made new ones while huddled under tents while it rained.  They even provided a Food Truck, drinks, hot dogs and great company. Thanks for the wonderful day!
The first three days for Paul and Rhonda have been fun and sun filled days in Alaska!  Floating the Gulkana and fishing along the way with Rob and Lanissa Grogan (Rob's brother Ray and his wife Pam) and Kathy and Jack Timm!
A BIG THANKS GOES OUT to everyone who took part in the Float 4 Life! 
Instructor training with Jodi Sheets, ISA instructor. Jodi very graciously offered her training for free in exchange for a trip to Alaska for she & her husband, Paul.  
We were able to work with three pools in the Valley to provide over 15 hours of pool training and four full days of Jodi's time. Facility certifications will be issued to:
  1. Alaska Club-  Thanks to Jessica Hamilton,club manager & Jared Schmidt, pool director  
  2. Palmer Pool-  Thanks to Tim Pickard, Director
  3. Swim Alaska-  Thanks to Tinamarie, Owner
THANKS to the following 14 volunteers who worked with Jodi in the pool to learn the lifesaving swim recovery skill for infants:
  1. Alaska Club-  Danielle*, Brett*, Denisha*, Sam, Jared, Kim Erickson (Susitna Rotary), Jessica/observed
  2. Palmer Pool-  Aurora*, Ruthie*, Sandy*, Felicity* (daughter of Susitna Rotary member Jack Timm), Tim/observed
  3. Swim Alaska-  Tinamarie, Emmy
 *Instructors who received individual certifications as an Infant Swim of America (ISA) Instructor
THANKS also to our pool side support that gave direction and moral support to parent volunteers as we worked with 4 to 5 different children every 15mins:
  • Linda Conover/Susitna Rotary-lead volunteer on deck + created & sent out the signupgenius for participants 
  • Linda Brewer/Denali Refuse Staff performing "other duties as assigned" by Mama Otter
  • Catherine Inman/Susitna Rotary
  • Liz & Rich Stanley/Susitna Rotary
  • Eddie Ezelle/Susitna Rotary
  • Katie Philips/daughter of Rotary members, Dan & Lisa Philips
THANKS  to Rylee Rudd for taking care of our Alaskan gift for Jodi to take back to Lincoln, NE. 
THANKS to our parents who graciously volunteered their precious 1 to 3yr old children for instructors to be trained.  We had 140 slots (15 minutes each) filled up with 1 to 3 year old's. 
THANKS to the entire community for making this event possible & coming together in a joint effort to teach Water Safety to our kids.  
We hope to continue this joint effort to save lives...one child at a time!
MY BIGGEST THANKS goes out to Jodi Sheets,  my mentor.  "You Rock!!"  None of this would have been possible without you.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart for the difference you will make in our community.
I think it was a huge success and we are looking forward to being able to offer Float 4 Life! classes here in the Valley.  Our Susitna Rotary Club is anxious to help in any way we can to prevent drownings in our community.  Please let us know as soon as you have a plan for classes so we can keep the momentum going. Josh the Otter can help to market the classes for you.
We still have over 30 parents with 1-3yr olds on a waiting list.  This would be a great opportunity to offer a couple more sessions so new instructor can practice this lifesaving skill while it is still fresh.  I will be contacting each pool to see if we can work out a time for these parents.  
With heartfelt thanks to all,
Claire Horton, Mama Otter
Susitna Rotary
NOTE: Check out this web site  justagainstchildrendrowning.org Paul Demello, the founder will be the speaker for our Susitna Rotary meeting!  Please join us 6-7pm, Wed  July 11th at Extreme Fun Center Sky Lounge for his inspirational talk!
The Joshua Collingsworth Memorial Foundation is pleased to announce the 2017-2018 Rotary Water Safety Advocacy Award Winners. Clubs were invited to submit nominations that included a description of their Josh the Otter Water Safety and Awareness program along with successes and outcomes. One Rotarian shared the following with her club’s nomination: “I’m happy to be part of a program that teaches kids about an important and life-saving topic in such an engaging and exciting way. This is one of the most rewarding things we get to do as Rotarians”.
The following eleven clubs were selected this year to receive the award:
  • Rotary Club of Emerald City in South Carolina
  • Rotary Club of Engelwood in Florida
  • Rotary Club of Kerrville in Texas
  • Rotary Club of Laurens in South Carolina
  • Rotary Club of Northwest Des Moines in Iowa
  • Rotary Club of Sarasota in Florida
  • Rotary Club of Susitna in Wasilla, Alaska
  • Rotary Club of Lake Wylie in South Carolina
  • Rotary Club of Longboat Key in Florida
  • Lincoln East Rotary Club in Nebraska
  • Vero Beach Oceanside Rotary Club in Florida

Membership (34 total)

New Members:

Bill Borden (transfer)

Linda Conover        Dan Phillips  

Paul Newman         Liz Standley

Charlie Nicolos      Rich Standley


 Red Ribbon Program: Kathy Timm

 Member Education Program: Kim Erickson & Liz Standley


Fellowship & Fundraising

The French Connection $3,960

With Rotary eClub of District 5010

Supporting service projects

Co-chairs:  Cheryl and Marty Metiva


“Time, Talent & Treasure” Auction & Movie

 Valley Rotary Clubs supporting The Rotary Foundation

Club’s portion $1,090

Committee:  Cheryl and Marty Metiva, Kathy & Jack Timm, John Schweiger, Cathy and Kelly Kochendorfer, Dan Phillips


Ice Breaker $4,308

With Big Lake Lions Club supporting local service projects

 Co-chairs:  Lanissa Grogan and Rylee Rudd


Iditarod Restart Party

Supporting End Polio Now - $6,869 total (Susitna Rotary $360)

Hosts:  Kim and Tryg Erickson


Josh Collingsworth Memorial Foundation

 Club’s portion $2,550

Auction supporting Josh the Otter service projects

 Co-chairs:  Kathy and Jack Timm


New Member Fall Orientation & Fireside

 Chair:  Kathy Timm    Facilitator:  Kim Erickson     Fireside Hosts:  Kathy and Jack Timm


Little Su River BBQ

 Chair:  Kathy Kochendorfer


Summer BBQ & Fireside

Hosts:  Lynn and John Mitchell


Water Safety Programs: $5,925
Josh the Baby Otter - Claire Horton
Kids Don’t Float Loaner Boards -Jack Timm, Marty Metiva, Kelly Kochendorfer
Float 4 Life Classes - Claire Horton, Linda Conover, Lanissa Grogan
Youth Scholarships  $1,000
Rotary District 5010 Kids Care  $500
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) $325
Rotary District 5010 Conference-Seward  $650
Co-chairs:  Cheryl Metiva               MC:  Marty Metiva
Community/Individual Support
Conway Seavey $252
McKinley Wooten    $122
Wasilla High Swim Team $100
Willow Resident Handicap Ramp $697
Other Hands-On Service Projects
Big Lake Library Clean Up
Kiva - Lanissa and Rob Grogan, Kathy and Jack Timm
Reading in the Classroom - Kathy Timm
Upper Little Su River Clean-up - Jack Timm
Susitna Rotary Club made a big impact on our community during the past Rotary year with a particular emphasis on water safety.  Here's peek at the statistics for the Josh the Otter school programs.  Another 44 hours were spent maintaining the Kids Don't Float kiosks.  Pool sessions were also held teaching young children basic water safety.  Finally, countless hours were spent planning, organizing, and tracking all these activities. For instance, Cathy Kochendorfer alone spent 40 hours over six weeks on the scheduling.
A $6,500 district grant was received from Rotary District 5010 to help pay for these programs.  Past President Chuck Foster is compiling information for the final grant report due June 30th.  Please email Chuck at cfoster176@gmail.com with any information you have documenting expenses, volunteer hours, and kids served.
Thank you to the many volunteers that helped make children in our community safer around the water.
Josh the Otter- Water Safety Presentations to all Kindergarten classes in the Mat-Su Borough
Trapper creek
Big Lake
Swanson #1
Swanson #2
Midnight Sun
Wasilla Lake
American Charter
Lady of Valley
Alaska Club 1
Alaska Club 2
Alaska Club 3
We had the pleasure with intensive support in “Keeping India Polio Free Campaigns” from last 2 years in Mega Polio Event 2017 & 2018 with 51 Volunteers from 13 Countries and 63 Volunteers from 17 Countries respectively.
Efforts and personal presence who came, made a huge difference in many lives and without them it was impossible to fight on Polio and “Keep India Polio Free”
Our borders are still not sealed and every day we are getting non-immigrants from neighboring countries and have fear to get Polio back in India, fight against Polio is NOT OVER.
We Rotarians are determined in Keeping Polio Free India and ask  you as part of one Rotary family to help during next “Mega Polio Campaign 2019” from Jan 4 to 6 2019 at Agra, INDIA.
Looking forward to your participation for this noble cause of serving humanity as Rotary working on Polio in India since 1980 as one of the biggest humanitarian projects of the World …   
If you and your club/district Rotarians are coming to Rotary Convention Canada June 23-27 please visit us at booth # 1230-1232 in HOF.
Bringing the Social Change !!
Rotary Service and Engagement
Rtn Dr Sandeep Tomer |Polio Chair | Jt Secertary|2017-19
Rotary Club Agra Tajmahal
Charter no – 76284 | D-3110
What does it take to have a perfect Little Su Classic?  Sunshine, canoes, kayaks, life jackets, sun screen, BBQ and lots of smiles!
Everything came together last Saturday for a fun day picking up trash and enjoying the beauty of the Little Su River.  Jack Timm, with help from Kathy Kochendorfer, coordinated the outing.  Jack made the swift-flowing river safer by taking out "sweeper logs" the week before and giving direction the day of the event.  Kathy Kochendorfer arranged transportation for floaters PLUS donated and prepared 80 lbs of chick for the BBQ. 
Kelly Tothe from the Alaska Office of Boating and Safety came out to see us off and provide any needed life jackets.  The Swift Water Safety Rescue Team accompanied us again and was immediately put to work when one of the vessels swamped early in the float.  Fortunately, no one was injured and all gear was eventually recovered.
Phil Horton/Denali Refuse provided a flatbed truck to transport all the kayaks and canoes to the starting point then later hauled away the trash that was collected. 
Eddie Ezelle/Mat-Su Food Bank donated all the paper products and, with the help from the fine BBQ skills of John Mitchell, cooked all the food.
Cathy K., Claudia Buzard, and Dan Phillips provided transportation from the Houston bridge park to the starting point at 3 Bees Gravel Pit.
Cheryl and Marty Metiva made the sweep through the 3 Bees Gravel Pit to pick up the extra vehicles and signs.
Liz Standley, Lanissa Grogan, Lynn Mitchell, Trudi Mitchell, and Dan Phillips made up the rest of the shore crew.  Dan recorded the event on video.  Watch out for that drone, Lanissa!
Lisa Phillips, once again, captured the essence of the day in photos.  Click to see the full photo album.
Everyone brought a side dish to accompany the delicious BBQ chicken and, thanks to Kim Erickson (at the bequest of Evelyna), there was peach cobbler and homemade ice cream for dessert.
Jack and Kathy Timm, Phil and Claire Horton, Rob Grogan and Rich Standley, Lisa Phillips and Kim Erickson, Kelly Kochendorfer, Evelyna Kuhr, Daun Weis (Wasilla Rotary Club President-elect) and Mark, Clyde Boyer and Clyde Boyer, Jr., and several new friends that learned about the event via Facebook: Victoria and Jessica; Derek, Amanda, Theresa, and Ricky; Mark and Michelle (hope I got those all names correct).
Thanks to the generosity of Robert Hall, the two youngest (but clearly experienced) paddlers won a $250 gift certificate to Gorilla Fireworks for picking up the most trash.  Congratulations to Victoria and Jessica!
Thanks to Kathy Timm, Susitna Rotary made a loan to Suwariyah in Tangerang, Indonesia last week to build a clean water sources facility at her home to improve access to water sources for the family.
Suwariyah's story
Good day lenders! Meet one of KBMI’s clients, Suwariyah. She is 50 years old and married with four sons. Suwariyah is a housewife and she looks after her four children. Her husband has had a grocery shop in the Tangerang District for seven years. Her husband is the only breadwinner in the family. Still, their income is barely enough to provide for their basic needs. They would like to improve their living conditions and create a happy and healthy life for their children.

Suwariyah has asked for a loan of 600,000 Indonesian rupiahs (IDR) from KBMI. This loan will be used to build a clean water sources facility at her home to improve access to water sources for the family. Today her family has no access to a water source in their home and must rely on the river for bathing. Her family income is insufficient to build water sources but Suwariyah will be able to repay the loan received.

She and her family want to live a healthy life with clean water. Suwariyah is very grateful for the opportunity and wants to thank all lenders.

This loan is special because:
It helps prevent the spread of disease by providing access to clean drinking water and sanitation.

Thank you to Jack and Cathy Timm, Marty and Cheryl Metiva, Kelly and Cathy Kochendorfer, Dan and Lisa Phillips, Stan Mitchell, and Claudia Buzard for spending Memorial Day completing the work below on the Kids Don't Float project:
#1 at Little Su, behind Miller's Market mile 57.5 Parks Highway 
 Install the new branding Josh sign and stock life jackets
#2 at North Prator Lake near the corner of Ballyshannon Dr and Morris Rd
 Install life jacket rack and new signage and stock life jackets
#3 at Bearpaw Lake near the corner of W King Arthur Dr and White Rabbit in Houston
Install new signage and stock life jackets
#4 at South Prator lake near Castle Dr and Duke Dr in Houston
Install new signage and stock life jackets
#5 at south Lalen Lake near W Skyview Dr and Carousel Way
Install signage and life jacket rack and stock life jackets
#6 at East Lalen Lake near Alice Ann Ln and N Larry Trail
Assess the area for new life jacket kiosk
#7 at Seymour Lake near Sylvia-Denise Ave and Meadow Lakes Dr
Install new signage and stock life jackets
Susitna Rotary Club awarded Eva Venama, a former RYLA attendee and frequent volunteer for Rotary activities, a $1,000 college scholarship at last week's meeting. Congratulations, Eva!
Susitna Rotary Club was awarded the 2018 Rotary Citation for achieving goals that strengthen Rotary and the club. Goals included increasing club membership, developing sustainable service projects, giving to The Rotary Foundation (TRF), and building awareness of Rotary in our community.
Congratulations to 2017-2018 club president, Cheryl Metiva, and all club members for "Making a Difference"!
22 pots of chili, tons of cornbread, yummy cake, plenty of laughter, and music by Conway Seavey.  What more could you ask for at the first Mat-Su Valley Rotary Chili Cook-off?
Check out the photos Lisa Phillips (Wasilla Noon Rotary Club) took at the event.  Chili Cook-off Photo Album
The sun shined.  Dogs raced. Kids played. Snow mobiles explored. Bush plane flew.  Everyone ate and at the end of the day we are "this much closer" to wiping out polio.
Family and friends of all ages came out to cheer on the dogs and "high five" the mushers as they raced past on their way to Nome.  Check out Brian Pugatch's 1:44 sec video and the 2018 Iditarod Restart Party photo album for a peek at the fun (photo credit to image above goes to Lisa Phillips and the image below to Dan Phillips).  Thanks to the all the family, friends, and Rotarians from many clubs who joined in the festivities:
  • Susitna Rotary (host club)
  • Anchorage International Rotary (host club)
  • Anchorage East Rotary
  • Anchorage Rotary
  • Anchorage Russian Jack Rotary
  • Anchorage South Rotary
  • Anchorage Rotary
  • District 5010 eClub
  • Eagle River Rotary
  • Palmer Rotary
  • Wasilla Rotary
  • Wasilla Sunrise Rotary
A special shout out to:
Hosts - Tryg and Kim Erickson
Moose meat for chili - Rob and Lanissa Grogan
Snow machine rides for kids - Jack and Kathy Timm
Port-a-Potty - Robert Hall
Youth Exchange Student ShelterBox sleepover - Nancy Dodge and Carl Bostek
Water bottles - Lynn Mitchell
TONS and TONS of help -  Lance Wilber, Amanda Boger, Lisa Erickson, Brad and Erika Quade, Marty and Mara Severin, Lucas Mahi, Don Covault, Eli Brooks & Nichole
Donations are still rolling in for EndPolioNow.  If you did not have a chance earlier but would still like to donate, checks made out to The Rotary Foundation will be collected at the Rotary meeting this week or you may make a donation at any time to The Rotary Foundation.  Between online donations and money collected at the event, nearly $7,000 was raised with Anchorage International Rotary Club leading the way at $6,154 in donations!
Nearly $3,200 was raised for ShelterBoxUSA by five of the Rotary Youth Exchange students who slept in a ShelterBox tent last Saturday night in Willow ahead of the Iditarod Restart Party.  Thank you to the following students for going the extra mile and raising money for The ShelterBox Iditarod Challenge 2018! 
  1. Jan Bulinsky (Czech Republic)
  2. Akila Amala (Indonesia)
  3. Yugo Takahashi (Japan)
  4. Isabella Cerri (Brazil)
  5. Lucy Garault (France)
Rotarian Nancy Dodge of the Rotary District 5010 eClub coordinated and chaperoned the event. Other support came from Carl Bostek, Lance Wilber (Anchorage East Rotary President), Lisa Phillips (Wasilla Rotary), Dan Phillips (Susitna Rotary) , Ben Schuman (Anchorage International Rotary President), Tryg Erickson (Anchorage International Rotary), and Kim Erickson (Susitna Rotary) who assisted with the sleepover/transportation and, of course, the many donors.  View the ShelterBox Iditarod Challenge photo album (photo credit- Lisa Phillips).
Thank you for helping families whose homes are devastated by disaster and conflict.
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July is the start of Rotary officers' year of service.


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Wasilla, AK  99654
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