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Michelle Boyden is a K-12 Guidance Counselor with  Mat-Su Central. She'll be talking about the Understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE's) program designed to help parents, teachers and caregivers.

Our next program will be singer, songwriter, producer, and performer Conway Seavey.  Conway is part of the legendary Seavey dog mushing family but his passion is for creating and performing world-class pop music.  His goal is to put Alaska on the map as a music monster. 

Conway is inspired by Maroon 5, Bruno Mars, Train, and Ed Sheeran. He plays with his band and dreams to one day headline a major national concert-tour.

  • December 6, 2017    Wednesday     Annual Meeting and Election of Club Officers
  • December 26, 2017  Tuesday           Annual Kitchen Clean-up Service Project at the Menard Sports Center
  • January 3, 2018         Wednesday     Club meeting:  Josh the Otter Strategic Plan
  • January 31, 2018       Wednesday     Club meeting:  Strategic Focus from Visioning Session
  • February 3, 2018       Saturday          District 5010 Leadership Training in Anchorage (open to everyone)
  • February 17, 2018     Saturday         Icebreaker Fundraiser in Big Lake; co-hosted with Big Lake Lion's Club
  • March 4, 2018            Sunday            Iditarod Restart Party and EndPolioNow Fundraiser at Erickson's in Willow
  • April/May 2018          Various            Josh the Otter Presentations to all kindergartners in the Mat-Su Borough
  • May 3-6, 2018            Thu -Sun         District 5010 Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA), Whitehorse, Yukon Territories, Canada
  • May 17, 2018             Thursday         District Assembly in Seward
  • May 18 - 20, 2018      Fri - Sun           District Conference in Seward
  • May/June 2018                  TBD                   Little Su Clean-up
  • June 24-29, 2018       Sun-Fri              Rotary International Convention, Toronto, Canada
  • June 27, 2018            Wednesday      Club Meeting:  Changing of the Guard
Please note the highlighted date for the Icebreaker "All you can eat prime rib dinner" fundraiser  was changed to Saturday, February 17th.
November is Rotary Foundation month. The Rotary Foundation transforms your gifts into service projects that change lives both close to home and around the world. During the past 100 years, the Foundation has spent $3 billion on life-changing, sustainable projects. With your help, we can make lives better in this community and around the world.
Why should you donate to The Rotary Foundation?
Your donation makes a difference to those who need our help most. More than 90 percent of donations go directly to supporting our service projects around the world.
How does The Rotary Foundation use donations?
Our 35,000 clubs carry out sustainable service projects that support our six causes. With donations like yours, we’ve wiped out 99.9 percent of all polio cases. Your donation also trains future peacemakers, supports clean water, and strengthens local economies.
What impact can one donation have?
It can save a life. A child can be protected from polio with as little as 60 cents. Our partners make your donation go even further. For every $1 Rotary commits to polio eradication, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has committed $2.
“Service Above Self” – it’s a motto to live by!
District 5010 Rotarians gathered last Saturday to assembly the backpacks and duffel bags being given to local foster children.  The goal is to ensure that no child is met with a garbage bag when moving into or around the childcare system by providing age appropriate backpacks with Rotary branded blankets, personal care and comfort items.
Rotary Cares for Kids is 2017-2018 Rotary District 5010 Governor Harry Kieling's flagship project encouraging clubs from around the district to join together to exemplify Rotary:  Making a Difference. Susitna Rotarian, Cathy Kochendorfer, worked behind the scenes using her vocational skills and contacts to source the materials.  Susitna Rotary Club donated $500 towards the cost of the project.
If there is any doubt about the urgent need to support youth in our local community, read this week's article by Tegan Hanlon in the Alaska Dispatch News for some startling statistics on teen suicide rates: Fewer teens drinking and smoking, but more are making suicide plans.
Photos courtesy of Wasilla Noon Rotarian, Lisa Phillips.

We had a great Visioning Session for the club last Saturday.  Thanks to our dynamic facilitators and engaged members, we narrowed down to four key strategies to focus on in the next few years and have captured dozens of innovative ideas.  Special thanks goes out to Marty & Cheryl Metiva at the Grand View Inn and Suites for providing a great brunch and meeting venue for the event. Click here for photos.

January 31st, Lanissa Grogan and Lynn Mitchell will be presenting the results from the event.  Stay tuned for more to come; 2018 is going to be a big year for our club!


Rotary District 5010 Visioning Facilitators:

Cathie Straub (Anchorage International Rotary Club)
Jess Gutzwiler (Anchorage South Rotary Club)
Mark Hill (Anchorage Gateway Rotary Club
Susitna Rotary Club Participants:

Kudos to everyone who worked to make this year's fundraiser for The Rotary Foundation a resounding success.  Jack Timm, treasurer for the event, reported the live auction raised $25,875 and silent auction $5,312 for a grand total of $31,187.


Rotarians from all five clubs local area Rotary clubs (Eagle River, Palmer, Susitna, Wasilla, Wasilla Sunrise) participated  in multiple ways:  planning and organizing, cashiering, setting up, running the auction, donating auction items, purchasing items, and attending the event. 

Thank you to everyone for supporting The Rotary Foundation!


In 1985, Rotary launched its PolioPlus program, the first initiative to tackle global polio eradication through the mass vaccination of children. Rotary has contributed more than $1.7 billion and countless volunteer hours to immunize more than 2.5 billion children in 122 countries. In addition, Rotary’s advocacy efforts have played a role in decisions by donor governments to contribute more than $7.2 billion to the effort.

Global Polio Eradication Initiative

The Global Polio Eradication Initiative, formed in 1988, is a public-private partnership that includes Rotary, the World Health Organization, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, UNICEF, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and governments of the world. Rotary’s focus is advocacy, fundraising, volunteer recruitment and awareness-building.

Polio Today

Today, there are only three countries that have never stopped transmission of the wild poliovirus: Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan. Just 37 polio cases were confirmed worldwide in 2016, which is a reduction of more than 99.9 percent since the 1980s, when the world saw about 1,000 cases per day.


The polio cases represented by the remaining one percent are the most difficult to prevent, due to factors including geographical isolation, poor public infrastructure, armed conflict and cultural barriers. Until polio is eradicated, all countries remain at risk of outbreaks.


Mark Maloney of the Rotary Club of Decatur has been selected as Rotary International’s president-nominee.  He will become president-elect July 1, 2018, and will become president July 1, 2019, 

He is a principal in the law firm of Blackburn, Maloney and Schuppert LLC in Decatur.

A Rotarian since 1980, Maloney has been an RI director and Foundation trustee and vice chair, and he was aide to 2003-04 RI President Jonathan Majiyagbe, according to RI. He also has participated in the Council on Legislation as chair, vice chair, parliamentarian and trainer. He was an adviser to the 2004 Osaka Convention Committee and chaired the 2014 Sydney Convention Committee.

The Rotary Foundation transforms your gifts into projects that change lives both close to home and around the world. As the charitable arm of Rotary, we tap into a global network of Rotarians who invest their time, money, and expertise into , such as and . Foundation empower Rotarians to approach challenges such as poverty, illiteracy, and malnutrition with sustainable solutions that leave a lasting impact.

Strong , a stellar , and a unique mean that we make the very most of your contribution. and become a part of Rotary’s life-changing work!

The Big Lake Elementary reading program commences next week with 11 volunteers signed up to read in the classroom for a total of about 25 hours per month.
Other volunteers are also needed to fill in if a regular reader is out of town or unable to read during one of their assigned slots.  Please contact Kathy Timm if you would like to be a part of this fun - and rewarding - literacy project.
Saturday's joint fundraiser with the eClub of District 5010 was a big hit.  While everyone who attended walked away with a prize, the grand prize winners were our own members, Claudia Buzard and Rylee Rudd.

In Rylee's words, "I can't even express how grateful and blessed I am feeling; Claudia Buzard and I were the grand prize winners this evening at The French Connection, and we're going to France!!!"

Thank you Cheryl Metiva and Marty Metiva for an incredible evening, you truly outdid yourselves. 


Join Valley Cinema and Mat-Su Valley Rotary Clubs to support The Rotary Foundation.


Saturday, Nov. 4th 

“Time, Talent & Treasure”

Live and Silent Auction

Beer & Wine available in the Bistro and Theater #6

Please donate "Time, Talent, or Treasure" to the Live or Silent Auction!   Donation Form
Wondering what this event is all about?  Check out the videos of last year's event put together by Cathy Kochendorfer:


Thor: Ragnarok

Let's Go to the Movies Nov 4, 2017



Word got to Susitna Rotary that a local family in Willow needed a handicap ramp.  Jack Timm took the bull by the horns and in less than a week the project received board approval, materials were purchased, 8 able-bodied members showed up to do the work and the ramp was built.  Thanks to everyone who worked on the project:  Jack and Cathy Timm,  Rob and Lanissa, Grogan, Kelly and Cathy Kochendorfer, Neena Levan, and Kim Erickson.  Claudia Buzard gets points for sending cookies to the project.
Rotary Making a Difference in our local community.
Kathy Timm, Susitna Rotary Club Literacy Chair, has been coordinating the purchase of books that are signed by our weekly speakers.
Pictured below are Claudia Buzard, Rylee Rudd, Cathy Kochendorfer, and Jack and Kathy Timm making the first delivery.  Promoting literacy and encouraging new's what we do.
Books to Big Lake Elementary School Library
There is a wealth of information available for just about anything you would like to do or learn more about in the Rotary world.   Google any Rotary topic and there are hundreds of links.
Here's a link to a quick reference guide (also available for download from the home page of Susitna Rotary Club) to some of the most helpful publications and resources:  Membership Resources
You can also go to:
My Rotary   (hint:  use your Rotary International user name and password)
Rotary District 5010 (hint:  use your ClubRunner user name and password)
Susitna Rotary Club (hint:  use your ClubRunner user name and password)
A Rotary Classification talk is designed to be very brief.  In a nutshell, this is your chance to tell us the important parts of your personal and professional life - not all the story, but just enough that we can begin to ask questions.
Think "four minutes and four questions."  In other words, you should plan to speak 3 - 5 minutes and tell us:
1.  What are you passionate about?
2. Why do you do what you do professionally?
3. Who are your most important relationships?
4. How do we Rotarians fit into your life?
You can also use a different lens.  Though it doesn't translate well into organizing a talk, it is useful in trimming the topics:
a. Where do you spend your money?
b. How do you spend your time?
c. What do you think about when you can think about anything at all?
Finally, you can organize around time:
i. History: how did you get here?
ii. Present: What's the focus of your personal and professional life?
iii. Future: What do you hope to become, through Rotary and your other relationships?
The classification talk was traditionally used to acquaint Rotarians with a member's profession. Most of us don't know what its like to be a dentist, or an airline pilot, or a midwife, or a pharmacist.  But the talk also recognizes the personal aspects of life, which is why tying Rotary to both profession and personal is my advice.
Bottom Line: tell what we should know to begin an interesting conversation with you.
Be pithy, and don't try to answer all the questions.  Instead, plan to stay after the meeting for social time.
Rotary make-ups are fun and a great way to meet other Rotarians from around the world.
Rotarians can attend meetings at any club.  If you would like to attend an online meeting, consider making up with the Rotary EClub of District 5010.  Click the following link to visit their website and do a make-up (under "meetings" tab): 
The Rotary eClub of District 5010, Alaska-Yukon, was co-sponsored by the Susitna Rotary Club and Anchorage International Rotary Club.

A bit of history about e-clubs... the first web based Rotary club was Rotary E-Club One, chartered January 4, 2002.

This year's Rotary International Theme is "Rotary Making a Difference". 
Each January, as Rotary district governors-elect convene at the International Assembly for training and fellowship, they can be certain of two things: a lot of take-home reading and the announcement of a new RI theme.
The tradition of crafting a theme is credited to 1949-50 RI President Percy C. Hodgson, who outlined a list of four objectives for his term in office. Among them were the better application of the principles of vocational service and dedication to world understanding and peace through international service programs.
Though Hodgson’s 83-word proclamation ran substantially longer than today’s shorter, punchier themes, Rotarians’ desire to celebrate and support their president’s annual program of service has remained the same. Other early themes include Rotary Is Hope in Action (Joaquin Serratosa Cibils, 1953-54), Kindle the Spark Within (Nitish C. Laharry, 1962-63), and Good Will Begins with You (Ernst G. Breitholtz, 1971-72).
In the decades that followed, RI presidents introduced theme logos, lapel pins, ties, and scarves. Theme ties were introduced in the 1990s, and are now given out yearly. Many have incorporated the theme for the year. The first scarves showing the RI theme were designed by 1998-99 RI President James L. Lacy and his wife, Claudine, Follow Your Rotary Dream.
For a peak at some of the other themes throughout the years, download Rotary Themes through the Years.  You will also find it under the downloadable files on the home page of the website.
The name Rotary was selected by early members because meeting locations rotated among their offices.
The Caribbean, Florida and other parts of the Southeast are reeling from the impact of Hurricane Irma over the past few days.  This comes on the heels of Hurricane Harvey's devastation in Texas.

ShelterBox is sending out a highly-trained Response Team today to understand how they can help families who have lost everything. 2,000 Shelter Kits are currently stored nearby in Panama. With Shelter Box teams kicking into action, they are keeping one step ahead by tracking its trajectory.

The IRMA/Hurricane Relief Fund has been launched which provides support for all costs associated with ShelterBox’s response to Hurricane Irma and other 2017 hurricanes.

ShelterBox is a partner of Rotary International. 

Severe rainfall has caused historic flooding along the Texas coast, including in Houston, the fourth largest city by population in the United States. Deluged towns in the region are in desperate need of aid as thousands of residents were forced to flee their homes. About 6.8 million people have been affected by the hurricane, which made landfall on 25 August.
Several D5010 Rotary members and club presidents have asked how they can individually, or as a club, support relief efforts in Texas and Louisiana with donations and support. 
Several districts located along the Gulf coast in Texas and Louisiana have established disaster relief funds, including districts 58905910, and 5930 in Texas, and district 6200 in Louisiana. You can find information about how to contribute to other district funds in Texas on district 5840's website.
“We know that a disaster of this magnitude will require our financial assistance for months into the future,” says District 5930 Governor Betty Ramirez-Lara. “Our disaster relief committee will provide support where we believe it can best be used.”
ShelterBox, an independent charity and Rotary’s project partner, is also providing support to families displaced by the storm. ShelterBox is providing much needed equipment.  With the blessing of DG Harry, we are encouraging donations to be made directly to ShelterBox that will support the victims of Hurricane Harvey with needed aid and equipment.  For more information, go to
If you have questions about how you can help, contact
December 2017
McKinley Wooten
Dec 20, 2017
Miss Teen Alaska
Claire Horton
Jan 03, 2018
Josh the Otter - Strategic Planning Session
Lanissa Grogan and Lynn Mitchell
Jan 31, 2018
Results from Susitna Rotary Club's Visioning Session
Club Assembly
Feb 28, 2018
Club Assembly
Mar 28, 2018
Club Assembly
Apr 25, 2018
Club Assembly
May 30, 2018
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Rotary Foundation Month - November
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