Alaska Military Youth Academy
Aug 17, 2022
AMYA Update & Opportunities of service with youth
AMYA Update & Opportunities of service with youth

AMYA Director Mcphetres, Deputy Director Naomi Sweetman and a recent graduate of the academy will share the history of the program, why it is important for our youth and community, and how Rotarians can mentor.

AK Military Youth Academy Mission: To help reclaim the lives of Alaska’s at-risk youth and produce program graduates with the values, skills, education and self-discipline to succeed as adults.


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Aaron Coman received the first annual Susitna Rotarian of the Year award for his tireless efforts on behalf of the club.  Congratulations, Aaron, and thank you for working so hard on behalf of the Susitna Rotary Club!
And here it is! Jennifer Jones, the next President of Rotary International minutes ago revealed the 2022-2023 Theme:
"Imagine Rotary". Inspired by the Beatles anthem of 50 years ago, and the power of Rotarians imagining a new world.
May be an image of 1 person, screen and text that says 'LIVE IMAGINE ROTARY'
Rotary Fellowships are international groups of Rotary members, their family members, and Rotary alumni who share a common interest like cycling, magic, or wine, among many others. Members are encouraged to join a fellowship that matches their hobby, profession, or passion.  In Susitna Rotary, we have members that are part of the International Fellowship of Flying Rotarians, Wine Fellowship, Travel and Hosting Fellowship, plus others.  It is one more fun way to connect with other Rotarians around the world!

How do I join a fellowship?

Membership in a fellowship is open to any interested individual. You can contact a fellowship directly by using the links below.

How do I form a fellowship?

Explore our fellowships

Interested in a particular subject? Visit the group's website or email it to learn more.

Susitna Rotarian Christian Hartley summed up the event well in his Facebook post last Saturday,
"Today was the Susitna Rotary Little Su Classic river cleanup float, and this year we coordinated an addon riverside reading event for kids. Volunteers from the Alaska chapter of Imagination Library came out and did a story trail where kids got to walk along a riverside trail and read a book along the way on signposts, and then sit in the grass and enjoy another story read to them.
The adults cleaned out the river while floating from 3 Bees Drive. Three tires, several bags of trash, and other debris were cleaned out of the river along with the removal of many sweepers to make for a safer float for future days for other boaters. Everybody wore their life jackets which is a focus for Rotary, so excellent people like Kelli Toth from Alaska Boating and Safety don't have to worry about us.
Then we had a barbecue and conversation about the future of the river, and just enjoyed each other's company. Making plans for next year's event was definitely on the docket.
Many, many thanks to Diane Firmani for her help with the reading, Jack Timm for coordination, Alaska Military Youth Academy (arranged by the AMYA Deputy Director, Naomi Sweetman) for cleanup and setup help, Mat-Su Borough Water Rescue Team for standing by (and helping one person escape from a water entrapment), and the ~100 volunteers that helped."
jack Timm & Kelly Kochendorfer
We get faster every year doing the Big Lake Library Clean up. It went so well last night and thank you Metivas for once again hosting the BBQ at your beautiful home. And thanks to everyone who were able to come and work. Anya, the Librarian keep saying such nice things about us, she was so appreciative, as was Becky from United Way, she even stayed and helped pot a few planters.
As the home club of District Governor (DG) Cheryl Metiva, Susitna Rotary Club wanted to set a great example as to how Rotarians "Serve to Change Lives" during the 2021-2022 Rotary Year.  We hit it out of the ballpark and received the following awards at the District Conference in Talkeetna:
  • 2021-22 Club Project Award for the Little Su Park
  • Shelter Box Recognition for Outstanding Dedication and Support...5010 met its overall goal as well, which meant DG Cheryl got to "kiss the pig"!  Marty did not want to be left out of the fun so he showed up in a tutu with a pig's snout to raise a little bit more and get his own kiss from the DG.
  • 100% Paul Harris Club Award (i.e. every member of the club is a Paul Harris Fellow)
  • 2021-22 Rotary International Presidential Citation
Way to go, Susitna Rotarians!
Rotary Supporting Ukraine
Rotary stands with the United Nations General Assembly in expressing grave concern at "the ongoing human rights and humanitarian crisis in Ukraine, in particular at the reports of violations and abuses of human rights and violations of international humanitarian law by the Russian Federation."

As a global humanitarian organization, Rotary takes a proactive stance toward peacemaking by addressing the underlying causes of conflict.

We support recent UN General Assembly resolutions calling for an immediate ceasefire and withdrawal of Russian military forces from Ukraine. This aligns with Rotary’s deep commitment to promoting peace through dialogue and conflict resolution.

We are working beside our partners in the international relief community to help provide resources to the more than 10 million Ukrainian refugees forced to flee the field of battle.
A letter from the teacher Susitna Rotary supported through Donor's Choice:

Dear Susitna Rotary,

Thank you for your contributions to our classroom maker station. Students have been busy designing and creating projects of their own design. They are enjoying the opportunity to explore using different materials and utilizing different methods of learning.

Having the ability to work with their hands to create has opened up new pathways of thinking and processing for many of the kids. They are becoming better problem solvers by trying out different ideas. Some that work and and some that do not. When something doesn't work they go back and try something else. The best part, they don't mind trying something else because it is fun!

Thank you for helping me bring this opportunity to some amazing students!

With gratitude,
Mrs. Benson


Thank you to the following members for volunteering to coordinate programs during the second half of this Rotary year.  Please arrange for your speakers and send information to Kim Erickson <kim.erickson@greatlandlaser.com> (overall program coordinator) to publish Clubrunner at least one month in advance. The earlier the better.  It is great to have our programs filled out months in advance.  All speakers are requested to send any slides they wish to show to Cathy Kochendorfer to upload to the club's computer.   
February – Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution – Lynn Mitchell
March – Water and Sanitation – Jack Timm and Kathy Timm
April – Maternal and Child Health – Matt Pogirski and Karlee Pogirski
May – Youth Service – Tammy Hansen
June – Rotary Fellowships – Phil Horton and Claire Horton
Susitna Rotary Club's Foundation Chair, Rob Grogan, was all smiles last week when he reported our club is leading the district in per capita donations to The Rotary Foundation's (TRF) Annual fund...by a LOT.  We currently have donated $34,220 to the TRF Annual Fund for a per capita rate of $815 per member.  Way to go, Susitna Rotarian's!
Following is the most recent TRF Monthly Contribution Report for District 5010.  

What is a Paul Harris Fellow?

By PRIP Clifford L. Dochterman, 1992 – 1993

“Recently, I joined in a discussion about the importance of the dignity in the presentation of a Paul Harris Fellow. That is why The Rotary Foundation has the beautiful medallion on a blue and gold ribbon, in order that it can actually be presented around the neck of the individual, along with the certificate and lapel pin to show that it is an event of special significance.


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