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:
Building a Consensus Kim Erickson 2017-12-05 09:00:00Z 0
  • 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.
Mark your calendars! Kim Erickson 2017-12-05 09:00:00Z 0
Susitna Rotary Club Financial Statements Kim Erickson 2017-12-05 09:00:00Z 0

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 6th Program: Conway Seavey Kim Erickson 2017-12-01 09:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Susitna board of directors meet on the last Wednesday of each month following the regular club meeting.  The next meeting is Wednesday, November 29th, 7:30pm - 8:30pm.  All members are welcome to attend.
Please email agenda items to club secretary, Cathy Kochendorfer, prior to the meeting.
New members:  attending one of the monthly board meetings is on your list of "red ribbon" activities.  At board meetings you will discuss club business, get to know the board members better, and have some fun!
Approved minutes 2017-2018 board meetings:
Financial information:
Susitna Rotary Board Meeting Kim Erickson 2017-11-28 09:00:00Z 0
Today is "Giving Tuesday" when people across the country take a moment from the hustle and bustle of the shopping season to give back to their favorite charities.
Rotarians are known for their generosity.  Following is a quick peak at a few of the many charitable organizations supported either by the Susitna Rotary Club and/or its individual members.  To help our newer members get to know more about the passions of their fellow Rotarians, the names of the individuals actively involved with the respective charities have been shown in parenthesis.
The Rotary Foundation (all Rotarians!)
Alaska Airmen's AssociationKim Erickson
Alaska Wildlife Conservation CenterKim Erickson
Battle DawgsCheryl Metiva
Big Lake Library Susitna Rotary members
Bikers Against Child AbuseStan and Trudi Mitchell, Lynn Mitchell
Dolpa Project (Nepal)Katherin Inman
Imagination LibraryLinda Conover, Susitna Rotary Club
Josh the OtterClaire Horton,  Rotary members throughout the Valley
Junior AchievementEvelyna Kurh
Kids Don't FloatJack and Kathy Timm, Kelly Kochendorfer, Marty Metiva
KIVAKathy Timm, Lanissa Grogan, Susitna Rotary Club
Little Su ClassicJack Timm, Susitna Rotary members
Mat Su Food BankEddie Ezelle, Stan and Trudi Mitchell, Rylee Rudd
Mid-Valley RecyclingClaudia Buzzard
My HouseSusitna Rotary Club
Neighborhood WatchCathy Kochendorfer
Russian Orthodox Sacred Sites in Alaska Kim Erickson
ShelterBoxNancy Dodge (eClub), Susitna Rotary Club
The Children's PlaceSusitna Rotary Club
Upper Susitna Food PantryEddie Ezelle 
Wasilla Area Seniors, Inc. (WASI)Chuck Foster
Youth HockeyRob and Lanissa Grogan
Giving Tuesday Kim Erickson 2017-11-28 09:00:00Z 0
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!
The Rotary Foundation Kim Erickson 2017-11-13 09:00:00Z 0
This year's Icebreaker will take place on Saturday evening, February 3rd, at the Big Lake Lions Recreation Center.
The joint fundraiser with the Big Lake Lions Club has become a winter tradition that fosters goodwill between our two organizations and raises money for local community service projects.  Plus it is a fun event!
President Cheryl is seeking volunteers to serve on the planning committee for the event. 
February 3rd Icebreaker - Save the Date! Kim Erickson 2017-11-09 09:00:00Z 0
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.
Rotary Cares for Kids Kim Erickson 2017-11-08 09:00:00Z 0
Water Safety:  Minimum Ice Thickness Kim Erickson 2017-11-08 09:00:00Z 0
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.
Literacy Service Project Underway at Big Lake Elementary School Kim Erickson 2017-10-23 08:00:00Z 0

Economist: State of Alaska, Department of Labor, Research & Analysis Section, 1978-Present; supervisor of Anchorage office.

Education: B.A. in History, and a B.A. in Economics, University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Neal Fried was born in Washington D.C., but raised in Vienna, Austria. He has worked as an economist in Alaska for over 30 years and has observed many changes.  His experience as an economist has been broad and deep. He has not been involved with the public policy issues of the economy, but instead has been a producer of objective economic and demographic measures and analysis of our economy
    Mr. Fried produces economic data and analysis on a variety of economic issues facing Alaska, and serves as a speaker on Alaska employment and economic issues at the request of Alaska media organizations, state agencies and public institutions, nonprofits, corporations, professional associations, etc.
    He is a primary author of articles appearing in the monthly magazine Alaska Economic Trends, published by the Alaska Department of Labor.  This publication is distributed to more than 5,000 subscribers.  His articles cover a wide variety of state of Alaska economic issues.  Some of the topics on which he has performed economic analysis and written articles include: the cost of living, annual forecasts of Anchorage and Alaska’s economy, construction, income and wage trends, the military, the health care industry, transportation, oil industry issues, labor needs, rural economic trends, economic impact of the 1989 Prince William Sound oil spill, growth in Alaska’s breweries, the Mat-Su Valley's economy and Alaska's largest employers.
    Neal has served on the Governor’s Oil and Gas Policy Task Force, the Anchorage Economic Development Committee, the Governor’s Technology Task  Force and others; he is also a member of the Pacific Northwest Economic Conference board. He is a recipient of Governor’s 2011 Denali Peak Performance Award.
    Neal came to Alaska in 1973 to attend UAF where he earned a  B.A. in History and a B.A. in Economics. He decided to stay in Alaska? "Alaska is the only place in the United States as a conscious human being I have lived. It has been a wonderful ride, so why would I leave?"Neal is married and has two children.

Advice to Students:
 "Invest in yourselves. Try to be good at least at one thing or preferably many. Do not coast. Be engaged.

October 25th Program: Neal D. Fried, Alaska's Economy Kim Erickson 2017-10-23 08:00:00Z 0
Susitna Rotary Club will be holding a Visioning Event on Saturday, December 2nd, from 9:00am ~ 12:00pm at the Grand View Inn & Suites with a light brunch provided by the club.
Cathie Straub, Anchorage International Rotary Club, will be the lead facilitator with three other Rotarians from the District 5010 Visioning Team for a dynamic morning designed to help Susitna Rotary identify it's vision for the next 3 - 5 years and top 3 strategic priorities
All members of the club will have a chance to give their input via an electronic survey that will be sent out in November after the two fundraising event are completed.  20 members will then take part in the event itself on December 2nd.
Additional information will be sent once we get closer to the date.  In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact Kim Erickson who is the club coordinator for the event. 
Kim and Cathie are co-chairs for the District 5010 Visioning Team.  They have revised the approach this year to make it more efficient and to utilize the resources in Rotary Club Central.
December 2nd - Save the date for Susitna Rotary Club's Visioning Kim Erickson 2017-10-12 08:00:00Z 0
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.

Rotary make-up with the District 5010 E Club Kim Erickson 2017-10-08 08:00:00Z 0

The ECHO Fall Festival is a large scale event put together by our community organizations and businesses. The goal is to unite our whole community with an old fashioned Fall Festival. There’s something for everyone, young and old at Lions Park on October 28th.

The festival will bring together the popular Battle Royale, with other fall events like Trunk-or-Treat, a chili cook-off, a dessert bak-eoff, a pie eating contest, pumpkin carving, a haunted forest, costume contests, and game booths.

The Eagle River Rotary Club is handling the "Battle Royale" Nerf Wars and has asked for help setting up on Friday night, October 27th, or running the event on the 28th.  If you would like to participate, please contact Don Poulton at

Here is what is happening At The Echo Fall Festival 


 Battle Royale


The Nerf Wars again! Back by popular demand, the Battle Royale will be better than ever. Costumes are encouraged. Work with your team, come up with a plan of attack, then sign-up for the team theme costume contest.


 Haunted  Forest 


BOO! We really mean it. We heard that people wanted something scary. Mom and dad you will have to go with anyone under the age of 12. We are talking chainsaws and axes. **FREE**

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 Pumpkin Painting Contest 


Come and carve a pumpkin and leave the mess with us! We will have pumpkins and tools, show us your creative side. Little kids can paint a pumpkin instead.  **FREE**

More Info

 Trunk  Or Treat 


House to house or car to car. We’ve lined them up for you. Trick-or-Treat down the rows of decked out decorated cars.  **FREE**

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 Chili Cook Off 


Think you’ve got the best chili in town? Prove it. We’ve got a panel of judges and tasters waiting with mouths watering. Maybe you’ve got the best homestyle chili, but can you get the popular vote and walk away with a $100 cash prize?


 Costume  Contest 


Along with the “Team Theme” costume contest, there will be a costume contest for individuals as well. Sign up ahead of time to get a number. Our secret judges will be watching all day looking for the most creative costumes.  **FREE**

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 Dessert  Bake Off 


Baking more your style? Let’s see what you’ve got. We can line people up from here to Homer to taste your desserts. You might be the big winner – going home with a gift certificate to Metro Cooks to feed your passion.


 Pie Eating Contest 


Mmmmmm pie! Finally the opportunity to eat pie while not having to use your hands! This really is the best of both worlds. Enter to win this fast eating contest and if you lose, well hey it’s still pie


Live Music by Jarod Woods 


During a break in conversation at a lively Anchorage bar, you might hear a line from Jared Woods’ extensive list of original tunes. “Got a red guitar to play blue songs/To break down doors, right or wrong,” lyrics from his song “Cold blood.”

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ECHO Fall Festival in Eagle River Kim Erickson 2017-10-08 08:00:00Z 0
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.
Susitna Rotary builds a ramp Kim Erickson 2017-10-03 08:00:00Z 0
Vote Today! Kim Erickson 2017-10-03 08:00:00Z 0
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)
Membership Resources - All in one place! Kim Erickson 2017-09-26 08:00:00Z 0
Saturday's New Member Orientation and Fireside was a perfect example of how the habit of attending Rotary meetings and events enables members to excel in "Service Above Self".  Thank you to everyone who participated.
Special thanks to...
Event Coordinators:  Kathy Timm and Lanissa Grogan, Membership Co-Chairs
Hosts:  Jack and Kathy Timm
Facilitator:  Kim Erickson
Board Member Presenters:
  Cheryl Metiva, Club President
  Chuck Foster, Immediate Past President
  Jack Timm, President Elect
  Cathy Kochendorfer, Secretary
  Kelly Kochendorfer, Sgt. at Arms
  Kathy Timm, Membership Co-Chair
  Marty Metiva, Service Project Co-Chair
  Claire Horton, Service Project Co-Chair
  Julie Foster, Program Coordinator
We were especially excited to see five new/transferring members attend along with several of their significant others.  Your energy and enthusiasm is appreciated and will surely strengthen the club.
Rick Cravens (transferred from the Anchorage Hillside Rotary Club)
Linda Conover and Dale Conover
Paul Newman and Christina Deville
Charlene "Charlie" Nicolas
Dan Phillips and Lisa Phillips
Last, but certainly not least, a shout out for all the great food contributed by everyone that evening.  The soup and salad theme was a big hit!
If you were not able to attend but would like to see the orientation material, you can download the presentation using the following links or from the downloadable files on the home page of the website:
* Click on the small comment icon at the top left-hand side of the page to view the notes for the respective pages.
New Member Orientation and Fireside Fun Kim Erickson 2017-09-26 08:00:00Z 0

Program Mission

The mission of the National Guard Alaska Military Youth Academy ChalleNGe Program is to help intervene in and reclaim the lives of Alaska’s at-risk youth and produce graduates with the values, skills, education, and self-discipline necessary to succeed as adults

The Alaska Military Youth Academy's (AMYA) ChalleNGe Program, one of 35 award-winning programs nationwide, was established as a community-based program that leads, trains, and mentors 16 to 18 year old Alaskans who have left high school without receiving a credential. The Youth ChalleNGe program is a quasi- military, 17 ½ month residential and non-residential high school. AMYA is regionally accredited by AdvancED-Northwest Accreditation Commission, and is located on Joint Base Elmendorf - Richardson (JBER). AMYA provides a drug, alcohol, and tobacco free learning environment.

Cadets are instructed in the following areas: Life Coping Skills, Academic Excellence, Job Skills, Responsible Citizenship, Leadership/Followership, Health & Hygiene, Physical Fitness, and Service to Community. In addition to these skills, cadets work toward the completion of a GED, High School Diploma or credit recovery.

AMYA offers the Everfi Radius-STEM Readiness educational program, Department of Labor WorkKeys testing, and SAT testing to eligible participants of the program. Participants can also earn their Alaska Host Customer Service Essentials, OSHA 10, and Food Workers Card certificates of completion while in the program. AMYA is a certified Archery in the Schools site and a national partner with the Boys and Girls Club of America.

Sep. 27th Program: Bob Roses, Alaska Military Youth Academy Kim Erickson 2017-09-25 08:00:00Z 0
The French Connection October 21, 2017 Kim Erickson 2017-09-18 08:00:00Z 0
Sep. 20th Program: Linda Conover -Mat-Su Imagination Library Kim Erickson 2017-09-18 08:00:00Z 0
A Rotary Presidential Conference on Environmental Sustainability and Peace will be held in Vancouver, BC, Canada on Friday-Sunday, February 9-11, 2018.
This is the first of six Peacebuilding Conferences to be offered during 2017-18 RI President Ian Risely's year.  Environmental Sustainability is a major focus of his year.
You can learn more by going to:
Here you can find information on speakers, program, conference registration, banquet and extra social tickets, sponsorship and display tables.
There is also a Facebook page at Presidential Peacebuilding Conference BC 2018.
There is a YouTube entry at:
If you are interested in attending, please contact District Governor Elect-Nominee (DGN) Andre' Layral at 907-460-7786 or 
Rotary Peace Building Conference 2018 Kim Erickson 2017-09-05 08:00:00Z 0
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
Rotary helping in the wake of Hurricane Harvey Kim Erickson 2017-09-03 08:00:00Z 0
WASI "Buy a Meal for a Hungry Senior" Kim Erickson 2017-09-03 08:00:00Z 0
Come join the Wasilla Club Monday at the Happy Run in Palmer. Our Rotary/No More Mat-Su group will be walking the short route, but you can run, skip, hop, dance if you want to. It's FREE, it's fun, there's the option of beer at the end. It's community! 
Wasilla Sunrise Rotarians at tonight's Happy Run sporting their No More Mat-Su apparel. Thank you #ActiveSoles for putting on this awesome weekly event!
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Posted by Kim EricKkson on Aug 17, 2017
Claire Horton has proposed, and the board has approved, Paul Newman for membership.  Paul's proposed classification is Publisher.
Paul is the publisher of South Wasilla Neighbors.  Prior to working as a publisher, Paul had experience in building maintenance and construction as well as sales. He has been active in the local community for over a decade.
Paul lives in Wasilla and is engaged to Christina Deville; they hope to set a date for early next year. Both Paul and Christina have been attending our recent meetings.
If you have any concerns or questions regarding this proposed member, please contact the club secretary, Cathy Kochendorfer, or one of the club membership co-chairs, Kathy Timm and Lanissa Grogan.  Paul is scheduled to be inducted into the club September 6th.
Proposed New Member: Paul D. Newman Kim EricKkson 2017-08-17 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kim Erickson
A Celebration of Life will be held for Ralph Buzard on Thursday, August, 31st, 6:00pm at the Houston Lodge Marketplace located at 16966 W. Parks Highway.
If you have any pictures, please send them to Cathy Kochendorfer for the slideshow she is creating for the event.
Claudia has family in town with her right now so she will not be at our club meeting this week but is hoping to see many of you at the Celebration of Life on Thursday.
Celebration of Life for Ralph Buzard - August 31 Kim Erickson 2017-08-14 08:00:00Z 0

Kennedy Torres is an 11 year-old Wasilla resident who was recently selected to compete as a Junior Chef on the Food Network show, “Chopped Junior.” How much determination  do you need to apply to participate and compete in a nationally syndicated tv show? Come hear this plucky preteen tell you how it's done!


August 16th Program: Kenney Torres "Chopped Junior" 2017-08-14 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kim Erickson
Love dogs?  Looking for four legged companionship?  Evelyna is searching for a temporary home for her two huskies until next spring.  If you are interested, please contact Evelyna at 907-317-5816 or
Temporary home for Evelyna's Huskies Kim Erickson 2017-08-14 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kim Erickson

“Today is the oldest you've ever been, and the youngest you'll ever be again.”

Eleanor Roosevelt
Perspective Kim Erickson 2017-08-10 08:00:00Z 0
Chuck Foster is a Past President of the Susitna Rotary Club and graduate of the District 5010 Leadership Academy.  Rotarians benefit most when we stay connected and informed.  Chuck will outline ways you can be a better informed, more helpful Rotarian.  Chuck will also discuss Rotary International's public promotions, and review Rotary’s new public image campaign, "People of Action," which was unveiled at the 2017 Rotary International Convention. Where others see problems,  Rotarians envision opportunities and possibilities in our communities and around the world.
August 9th Program: Rotary's People of Action Kim Erickson 2017-08-07 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kim Erickson on Aug 03, 2017
At Susitna Rotary's August 2nd meeting, one of the best "happy bucks" came when member Rick Cavens, Pastor of the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Wasilla, presented a check for $300 to member Eddie Ezelle, Executive Director of the Mat-Su Food Bank.  Money for the food bank was raised at an innovative "Beers & Hymns" church event.

As it turns out, Martin Luther, the namesake of the Lutheran Church, was also fond of beer. Luther, who lived from 1483 to 1546, said, “I'd rather my people were in the alehouse thinking of church, than in church thinking of the alehouse.”

Beers & Hymns Kim Erickson 2017-08-03 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kim Erickson on Aug 02, 2017
Past President Kathy Timm has proposed, and the board has approved, Linda Conover for membership.  Linda is retired; her classification is child advocate.
Prior to retirement, Linda worked in a myriad of jobs:  mathematician at Boeing, teacher, administrative secretary, insurance agent, and web design business owner.  Most of us know Linda from her presentations on Dolly Parton's Imagination Library where she is a board member and officer.  Linda and the Imagination Library will be our program at the club meeting on September 20th.
Linda is also active in the Mat-Su Health Foundation, Mat-Su Schools Foundation, Early Childhood Partnership of Mat-Su, Anchorage Weavers & Spinners, Spinners Guild, and the Valley Quilters' Guild.  
Linda lives in Wasilla and is married to Dale Conover and has two grown children, Katie and Marie.
If you have any concerns or questions regarding this proposed member, please contact the club secretary, Cathy Kochendorfer, or one of the club membership co-chairs, Kathy Timm and Lanissa Grogan.  Linda is scheduled to be inducted September 6th.
Proposed new member: Linda Conover Kim Erickson 2017-08-02 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kim Erickson on Aug 02, 2017
President-elect Jack Timm has proposed, and the board has approved, Dan Phillips for membership.  Dan's classification is Project Engineering.
Dan is a senior systems engineer with Leidos, Inc. in Anchorage.  If you attended our club meeting earlier this year with a "mystery speaker", you heard Dan give a very interesting presentation on the type of work he does in the Alaskan Bush and the innovations he has brought to the task.  Prior to working as a senior systems engineer, he was a commercial fisherman, welder, electrician, computer programmer, drafter, and electronics technician.
Dan lives in Wasilla and is married to Lisa Phillips, immediate past president of the Wasilla Rotary Club. As the spouse of a very active Rotarian, he has participated in numerous Rotary events and is quite familiar with the organization.  Most recently, he was a key member of the Rotary Running Dead 5k planning team.   Not one to sit on his laurels, Dan has already stepped up to the plate and volunteered to chair the 2018 Susitna Rotary Club's Lil Su River Clean-up project.
If you have any concerns or questions regarding this proposed member, please contact the club secretary, Cathy Kochendorfer, or one of the club membership co-chairs, Kathy Timm and Lanissa Grogan.  Dan is scheduled to be inducted on September 6th.
Proposed new member: Dan Phillips Kim Erickson 2017-08-02 08:00:00Z 0
Polio News 2017-08-02 08:00:00Z 0
Susitna Club Finances Kim Erickson 2017-08-01 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cathy Kochendorfer on Aug 01, 2017
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July 26th Club Assembly
The first Club Assembly with President Cheryl Metiva was a whirl wind of activity.  The room was bursting with members and guests...all excited to “Learn How to Make a Difference”.  The Calendar of Events is packed with programs and dates galore. Calendar of Events
  • August is also Josh the Otter @ the Fair.  Josh will also be participating in the AK State Fair Parade on August 26th (see Lynn to be part of the parade) and will be at the Fair all day August 25th promoting water safety (contact Jillian to help out for a few hours). Josh at the Alaska State Fair     Alaska State Fair Parade
  • August 24th, the Palmer Rotary Club is sponsoring a joint Rotary Club meeting at the Fairgrounds.  Tickets will include free parking and be available to purchase in advance.
  • Rotary Uncorked - A Night Under the Big Top. Who doesn't love the Circus? This year we are taking Rotary Uncorked "Under the Big Top"! Join us October 7th for a night of food, wine, fun, and, of course, fundraising! 
  • "The French Connection" - a proposed joint fundraiser between Susitna Rotary Club and the E Club - is tentatively set for October 21st.  The French Connection
  • Valley & Eagle River Rotary Club join in an event to support The Rotary Foundation(TRF).   "Time, Talent & Treasure" live and silent auctions, a first run movie, free popcorn & soda.  November 7th.  Let this year's TRF Chair, Rob Grogan, know if you would like to be on the planning committee.
  • January 27th will be the “Ice Breaker” dinner.  Prime Rib dinner @ the Big Lake Lions Club.  If you go home hungry, it’s your own fault!! Lanissa Grogan is chairing the even this year. Ice Breaker
  • February Winterfest –to be determined
  • Iditarod Restart Party and End Polio Now.  Hosted by Tryg & Kim Erickson.  Save this date March 4th for exciting fun for family and friends.  Iditarod Restart Party
  • Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) - stay tuned for more information about this annual district event and let our new Youth Services Chair, Lana, know if you are interested in being part of the program.
  • United Way – Day of Caring
  • Lil Su Clean Up!  Annual clean-up of the Little Susitna River is set for June 9th. Dan Phillips has already raised his hand to chair the event  Lil Su Clean UP
July 26th Club Assembly-New Calendar of Events Cathy Kochendorfer 2017-08-01 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kim Erickson on Aug 01, 2017
Sad News:  Today we lost our friend and fellow member, Ralph Buzard.  Ralph was a charter member of the Susitna Rotary Club and served as club president in 2009 - 2010. He is survived by his wife, Claudia (also a member of Susitna Rotary Club), and several children.
Further information will be announced once the family plans the details for his Celebration of Life.  In the meantime, our condolences go out to Claudia and family for their loss.  Ralph was a husband, father, business man, dedicated volunteer, and friend. He will be missed.
Goodbye, Ralph Kim Erickson 2017-08-01 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 31, 2017
Thank you Rylee Rudd for the beautiful Life Jacket Loaner signs! We will be installing these at all of our "Kids Don't Float" stations.
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Life Jacket Loaner Board Sign Cathy Kochendorfer 2017-07-31 08:00:00Z 0
2018 District 5010 Assembly and Conference Cathy Kochendorfer 2017-07-30 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by CKochendorfer on Jul 19, 2017
Toronto, Canada


There’s a world of opportunity waiting for you at the Toronto convention

© mandritoiu/

Online registration

Convention Hotels

Host Organization Committee



  • Learn best practices from successful projects
  • Share unforgettable experiences at exhibits and events
  • Immerse yourself in diverse cultures and develop rich relationships


  • Unparalleled lineup of speakers, entertainment, and events
  • Pre-convention events, including the Young Leaders Summit
  • House of Friendship
  • Breakout sessions


  • Tour Casa Loma, Toronto’s renowned Gothic castle
  • Explore Kensington Market, the legendary outdoor market
  • Delight in traditional bakeries and delis in Roncesvalles Village
Toronto Canada CKochendorfer 2017-07-19 08:00:00Z 0
United Way of Mat-Su Cathy Kochendorfer 2017-07-19 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by CKochendorfer on Jul 18, 2017
 At PETS, District Governor Harry Kieling presented a project he wanted to do as a District - Garbage Bag Kids (renamed “Rotary Cares for Kids”).  After the presentation, President-Elects pledged their clubs support for the Rotary Cares for Kids program to help us receive a matching District Grant.   We received pledges of over $25,000 from the clubs!  The District awarded an $18,000 grant!  It’s awesome that we can all come together to support a District wide project.  But now the real work is underway.  A District Committee has been formed and work has begun to put together a pilot program.  Attached is a letter to share with your clubs to introduce them to the project.
As we are working to get this project underway, we are asking that all clubs send a check for the amount your club pledged to Rotary 5010 Cares for Kids at the address below, by July 25.  Your promptness in this is much appreciated as we will be purchasing the backpacks, duffle bags and other items in the next few weeks.
It is important that we keep the project on the minds of our members, so a PR campaign is in the works.  Please help us spread the word by sharing posts to your club page that are posted to the District 5010 Facebook page as well as making announcements at club meetings and in club newsletters/bulletins and emails. To help build awareness and to provide more details on the project, a presentation has been created.  Please contact Teri Seward at to arrange for a presentation to be done for your club. 
It is crucial that we all work together.  To create a sustainable project, we are asking clubs to assign a member to be a point of contact for this project.  For those clubs with a larger membership base, we ask that you consider creating a committee.  Please email the contact info to Stacie Stigar at  This project is one we hope will go on for as long as there is a need in the communities. 
Rotary 5010 Cares for Kids
c/o Anchorage Rotary Community Services
205 E Dimond Blvd, 515
Anchorage, AK  99515
Make checks out to:
Anchorage Rotary Community Services 
Memo line: Rotary Cares & club name
Together we are Making a Difference!
Rotary Cares For Kids CKochendorfer 2017-07-18 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ckochendorfer on Jul 11, 2017

As part of our literacy program, Susitna Rotarians will be heading to Big Lake Elementary and Willow Elementary this Fall to spend time listening to kids read. The most critical skill for success in school or in life is the ability to read well.  You can help by signing up to spend an hour  ( for one day a week, one day every other week or one day a month, whatever you can spare and commit to.  I say commit, because we have found that the kids really look forward to us coming and are disappointed if we cannot make it.) You will be amazed at how much you come away with too!.

After we get sign ups, Kathy Timm will be contacting the school to get the schedule.   If she has an idea of when people can go, she will try to accommodate their schedule.

Sign up on line here.


Literacy in Reading Program Ckochendorfer 2017-07-11 08:00:00Z 0
$450 Million more to end polio Kim Erickson 2017-07-10 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kim Erickson
Chris Figureida, an Honorary Rotarian with the Rotary Club of Ventura, is in the Mat-Su for one night and will present the Cycle of Heart, a collaboration with the American Heart Association.
Under this non-profit program, Chris has ridden over 38,000 miles around the US giving presentations about living a healthy and active lifestyle to students and communities.  He is preparing to embark on this 11th cross country ride:  3,100 miles in 78 days starting in Deadhorse, Alaska and ending in San Diego, California.  Chris rides by himself, without any support, while camping and carrying his own equipment.  Wherever possible, he presents to Rotary organizations.
Aug. 30th Program: Cycle for Heart Kim Erickson 2017-07-06 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by CKochendorfer on Jul 04, 2017
We are in need of program coordinators.  Please see Julie Foster if you would like to coordinate programs one month this year.
You can sign up directly on the Rotary Club of Susitna, Alaska website by clicking here. We appreciate your participation and look forward to making this a great year together!
July 2017
1 July — Start of new Rotary officers' year of service
August 2017
Membership and New Club Development Month - Rick Cavens
September 2017
Basic Education and Literacy Month - Kathy Timm
October 2017
Economic and Community Development Month - Marty Metiva
November 2017
Rotary Foundation Month - Julie Foster
December 2017
Disease Prevention and Treatment Month - Evelyna Kuhr
January 2018
Vocational Service Month
February 2018
Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution Month
March 2018
Water and Sanitation Month - Jack Timm
April 2018
Maternal and Child Health Month
May 2018
Youth Service Month - Lana Kosek
June 2018
Rotary Fellowships Month

Now you can signup online! CKochendorfer 2017-07-04 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ckochendorfer on Jul 04, 2017


Global Health leaders commit US$ 1.2 billion to polio eradication   View Slideshow
On 12 June, global health leaders gathered to announce US$1.2 billion in funding for polio eradication at the Rotary International Convention in Atlanta, Georgia. Announcements were made by endemic country representatives, donors and leaders from GPEI partners, signalling a renewed international commitment to ending polio. This new funding will help protect more than 450 million children from the virus each year through vaccination and disease surveillance.

With polio on the brink of eradication, nations from around the world and key donors pledged more than $1 billion on Monday to energize the global fight to end the paralyzing disease.

Bill Gates, co-chair of The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and RI President John Germ share the recent news about their partnership in the fight to eradicate polio.

The historic pledges of new funds at the Rotary Convention in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, will go toward drastically shrinking the $1.5 billion gap in the funding that the partners of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative say is needed to reduce polio cases to zero worldwide. Just five cases have been reported this year, the lowest number in history.

Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, said ending polio would be one of the world’s greatest achievements. 

"Polio is the thing I spend the most time on. Everyday I look at my email to see if we have a new case," Gates said. "I'm very inspired to be part of this. I'm also very humbled."

Rotary International President John F. Germ announced that Rotary would increase its commitment and raise $50 million per year over the next three years. Rotary has raised more than $1.7 billion to fight the disease since 1985.

“Right now, every time a new case is identified, it really could be the last one the world ever sees,” Germ said. 

Gates told the crowd of nearly 24,000 that, starting 1 July, his foundation will extend its 2-to-1 match to cover up to $50 million in donations to Rotary for each of the next three years. The match and donations to Rotary would add up to $150 million per year over the next three years, which will add up to $450 million to the fight.

The new funding will go toward polio eradication efforts such as disease surveillance, responses to any outbreaks, and the vaccination of more than 400 million children annually. 

Polio News Ckochendorfer 2017-07-04 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by CKochendorfer on Jul 03, 2017
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Please join us in welcoming our newest member Charlie Nicolos!  Charlie currently works for the North Slope Borough, and has just graduated from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.  She is originally from Barrow, Alaska. Charlie grew up in a Rotarian household and understands what it is like to be part of Rotary.  Charlie is a vibrant young women with lots to offer our club. Please reach out to Charlie and welcome her to our club!
Charlie Nicolos - New Member CKochendorfer 2017-07-03 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by CKochendorfer on Jun 28, 2017
Our club had an extremely exciting Wednesday evening! We celebrated our Changing of the Guard, welcomed a new member, Paul Harris recipients, new members who completed their red ribbon program, and donated to the Dolly Parton's Imagination Library! Highlights of the evening:
  • As Eddie Ezelle so eloquently put it:  teutonic plate (Chuck) vs a ball of fire (Cheryl)
  • Claudia received another Paul Harris award.  Good job Claudia, you are truly an inspiration.
  • Induction of Charlene “Charlie” Nicholos with her father attending!.  As a life long Rotarian, he was a happy papa!
  • Red Badge Graduation Ceremony with a cake brought by Kathy Timm.
Passing of the Gavel 2017 CKochendorfer 2017-06-28 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 28, 2017

Mat-Su Miners go to bat for Mat-Su Food Bank.

Eddie Ezelle is such a compassionate man in all that he does. We are so lucky to have him as an Rotarian at Susitna Rotary!


Eddie Ezelle has seen better days at the Mat-Su Food Bank in Wasilla.

“As you can see on our shelves, we’re a little thin. We still have food for people, it’s not like we have to close our doors,” said Ezelle.

“We do have canned vegetables we purchased with the money people donated,” Ezelle said. But, there’s one thing noticeably absent from shelves.

“Normally we purchase eggs and butter. This year, because of the downturn, I don’t have any eggs, I just don’t have the funds to buy eggs,” said Ezelle.

That’s why he turned to another source of protein for his clients, but, even that supply is low.

“The shelf was full this morning,” said Ezelle, as he pointed the near empty shelf of peanut butter.

It is a staple of the roughly 3,000 people the Mat-Su food bank serves each month.

“Peanut butter has a lot of nutrition in it, it’s a good, healthy, it’s a filler, you give a kid a peanut butter sandwich, he’s full for awhile,” Ezelle said.

But, he does not have all the money needed to buy enough peanut butter. That’s where the Mat-Su Miners stepped up to the plate.

It usually costs $4 to see the Miners play at home, but, have they a tasty-yet-sticky deal for you. Donate a new jar of peanut butter on game night this season and you’ll be admitted to Hermon Brothers Field for free.

“My ballplayers, they live on peanut butter and jelly, they love it! It’s peanut butter, peanut butter. I buy so much whole wheat bread and so much peanut butter to feed our guys, I’ll even buy some peanut butter to throw up in our peanut butter drive,” said Denise Chrisopher, who helps run the team with her husband.

She and the Miners are doing their part to help stock shelves at the Mat-Su Food Bank are jam packed with something nutritious for those who need it.

Eddie Ezelle in the news! CKochendorfer 2017-06-28 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kim Erickson on Jun 27, 2017
2016-2017 Year in Review

2016-2017 Board


Chuck Foster       President

Cheryl Metiva    President Elect

Kim Erickson      Secretary

Evelyna Kuhr     Treasurer

Eddie Ezelle        Sgt. at Arms

Phil Horton         Past President

Jack Timm           Foundation

Kathy Timm        Membership

Rylee Rudd         Public Image

Marty Metiva      Service Projects




Service Committee Chairs


Claire Horton           Josh the Otter

Jack/Kelly/Marty     Kids Don’t Float

Grogan’s/Timm’s    Kiva

Jack Timm                Little Su Clean Up

Kim Erickson           Programs/Bulletin

Eddie Ezelle             Scholarships

Service Projects & Grants
Water Safety Programs:
Josh the Baby Otter
Kids Don’t Float
Shelter Box
Club & Member Donations $1,049
Rotary Running Dead 5K
Youth Scholarships $1,000
Upper Su Food Pantry
New Freezer $1,000
Rotary District 5010 Conference-Sitka
(MC’s:  Marty & Cheryl Metiva)
Coats for Kids
Club Donation $797
Member donations
Rotary Winterfest
Big Lake Library Clean Up

Upper Little Su River Clean-up


Fellowship & Fundraising


Fallback Follies $3,093

(Co-chairs:  Metiva’s & Timm’s)


Ice Breaker $3,163

(Co-chairs:  Rylee Rudd & Claire Horton)


Let’s Go to the Movies -Club’s portion $985

(Co-chairs:  Metiva’s & Timm’s)


Josh Collingsworth Memorial Foundation Auction (club’s portion) $6,940

(Chair:  Claire Horton)


New Member Fall Orientation

(Chair:  Kathy Timm)

The Rotary Foundation


Annual Fund          $11,086

End Polio Now       $     100

Major Donors                  1


Total members at end of year: 35


New Members:

Rick Cavens (transfer)

George Haynes

Charissa Hooyman

Coby Romero

Madison Romero

Jillian Rosendahl

John Schweiger (honorary to active)

Colleen Sullivan-Leonard

Monthly Program Coordinators
July - Kim Erickson
August  - Rylee Rudd
September - Trudi Mitchell
October - John Klapperich
November - Julie Foster
December - Lanissa Grogan
January - Catherine Inman
February - James Bunch
March - Lynn Mitchell
April - Rob Grogan
May - Neena Levan
June - Cathy Kochendorfer


Secretary's Annual Report Kim Erickson 2017-06-27 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by CKochendorfer
Jack Timm and Kelly Kochendorfer were busy on Tuesday making our lakes safe and clean.  They have dug the holes for two new life jacket kiosks, picked up trash and filled all the kiosks located on the nearby lakes!  Well done gentlemen, we are all very appreciative!!
Life jacket kiosks update! CKochendorfer 2017-06-27 08:00:00Z 0

A new and improved Rotary Club Central will make its debut in July. To meet Rotarians’ growing needs, the updated platform will be more robust, with improved functions for goal reporting and a better user experience through faster, easier navigation. Other new features include: 

  • A modern interface
  • Access on your mobile device
  • Easy-to-read charts and graphs to present past and current club data
  • The ability to enter giving goals for The Rotary Foundation in local currency
  • An improved, simplified way to track service activity
  • Easier access to data for viewing goal progress district-wide 

Rotary Club Central will continue to be an essential tool for clubs to plan and track membership initiatives, service activities, and Foundation giving, in addition to goals specifically for the Rotary Citation. 


All data now in Rotary Club Central will automatically move to the new platform. Clubs and districts will not lose any past or current data because of the upgrade. As the start date approaches, we will provide training materials for you and your club officers.


Visit the Learning Center for the updated Rotary Club Central Resources course in July.

The New Rotary Club Central Kim Erickson 2017-06-21 08:00:00Z 0
Willow Farmers Market Kim Erickson 2017-06-21 08:00:00Z 0
June 28th, President Chuck Foster will hand over the gavel to President-Elect Cheryl Metiva to launch the 2017-2018 Rotary year. 
Location:  Extreme Fun Center Sky Lounge, Wasilla
Time:  6:00pm ~ 7:30pm, doors open at 5:15 pm
Cost:  $15 per person
Includes salad and pizza buffet with dessert; cash bar.
Pay via credit card, cash, or check at the door the night of the event.
Reservations are not required.
Guests are welcome to attend.
Changing of the Guard - June 28th Kim Erickson 2017-06-20 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kim Erickson

Rotary District 5010 PDG Phil Livingston (Anchorage International Rotary Club) is reaching out to Mat-Su Rotarians to form an IFFR "Squadron" in the Valley.  If you are a pilot, aircraft mechanic, or just interested in aviation, this is fun fellowship to join.  For a limited time, dues are free and to both the member and their spouses.  

Interested in joining?  See Kim Erickson for a membership form/pin or contact Phil Livingston at or 907-230-3753.

The International Fellowship of Flying Rotarians (IFFR) is a group of Rotarians dedicated to promoting Rotary and aviation as an opportunity for fellowship and service. This fellowship operates in accordance with Rotary International policy, but is not an agency of, or controlled by Rotary International. The Flying Rotarians (IFFR) originated in 1965 in Seattle, Washington, USA. The efforts of one man, the dedicated Rotarian, the late E. Edison Kennell, encompassed thousands of public-spirited citizens, Rotarians all, who have supported the precepts of Flying Rotarians and those of Rotary International.

Hundreds of events have been held over the years in nearly all of the sixty countries of the world in which Flying Rotarians reside. These are titled Fly-Ins or conventions and have consisted of programs presented to a member’s home Rotary club or other similar audiences.

Many IFFR members fly their own personal airplane in support of international activities. Members donate their time, funds and aircraft to supply the needy outlying areas with medical, dental, optical and surgical aid in the form of material, equipment, tools, machinery, medicines time-critical fluids and transplant organs and tissue.

With widespread geographical locations, the goal of Flying Rotarians helps to achieve the furtherance of the ideals and objectives of Rotary International throughout the world. International understanding has and continues to benefit through this Fellowship of Flying Rotarians.

IFFR Wants You! Kim Erickson 2017-06-19 08:00:00Z 0
Did you know the Eagle River Rotary Club holds meetings twice per week? One Club, two meetings!  It's a great place to do a make-up if you are on your way into Anchorage on a Thursday morning or happen to be in Eagle River at lunch time.
Every Thursday the “Morning Meeting” gathers at 7 am at the Bear Mountain Grill (12300 Old Glenn) and the “Noon Meeting” gathers 12 noon at Piccolino’s (12801 Old Glenn).
The Eagle River Club has invited Susitna Rotarians to participate in two events coming up in the next few weeks:
Changing of the Guard - Thursday June 29th, 6:00pm, at Linda Landers home.  Everyone is welcome.
I Did a Duck (IDAD)- Tickets will be available from the Eagle River Club President-Elect, Don Poulton, at our meeting on Wednesday night.
The club's major fundraiser that supports the following programs:

Chief Alex park enhancements - Eagle River's Grant funded project.

Choices for high school students - helping students make good choices.

Christmas tree lighting event at Town Square.

Excellence in Education honoring teachers.

Holiday baskets at Thanksgiving and Christmas for the needy.

Interact - supporting the reestablishment of an Eagle River Club.

KIVA - crowd sourcing for funding small international entrepreneurs.

Nature Center spring cleanup.

Road cleanup twice a year.

RYLA - sending interested students to this annual Rotary event.

Scholarships for Chugiak and Eagle River High School seniors.

Student recognition for students doing good.

Vocational Service - recognizing a local business annually.

Youth Exchange by hosting a student from another country.

Eagle River Rotary - Upcoming Events 2017-06-19 08:00:00Z 0
SPECTRUM: Remember this father’s words: ‘You can’t teach a hungry child’ CKochendorfer 2017-06-18 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kim Erickson
Past President Phil Horton has proposed, and the board has approved, Charlene "Charlie" Nicolos for membership.  Charlie's classification is Accounting - Governmental and she works for the North Slope Borough. She is also completing her master's degree this month.
Charlie grew up attending Rotary meetings and fundraisers with her father, Tom Nicolos.  She has attended several of our meetings and is looking forward to being a Rotarian.
If you have any concerns or questions regarding this proposed member, please contact the club secretary, Kim Erickson, or club membership chair, Kathy Timm.  Charlie is scheduled to be inducted into membership during the Changing of the Guard on June 28th.  She will officially be the first new member of the 2017-2018 Rotary year.
Proposed new member: Charlie Nicolos Kim Erickson 2017-06-13 08:00:00Z 0
Long time Rotarian, Rick Cavens, has transferred to Susitna Rotary Club from the Rotary Club of Anchorage Hillside.  Rick is sponsored by Chuck Foster and the Pastor at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Wasilla.  
We learned at the Little Su Clean-up that he is also an experienced paddler, hard worker, and an all-round good sport.  Welcome, Rick, and thanks for jumping in with both feet at Susitna Rotary!
Rick Cavens at Little Su River Clean-up
Welcome Rick Cavens to Susitna Rotary Club! Kim Erickson 2017-06-13 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kim Erickson
Things are hopping in Atlanta this week with thousands of Rotarians from around the world coming together to learn, share, and inspire each other to continue doing good in the world. 
News from Rotary International Convention Kim Erickson 2017-06-13 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by CKochendorfer on Jun 11, 2017
The Little Su Classic was a success!  River is now navigable and all had fun!  Thanks to all who volunteered and made it a great day. 
2017 Little Su Classic video CKochendorfer 2017-06-11 08:00:00Z 0
The Little Su Classic has served as a Susitna Club annual project for many years. The 2017 effort will be primarily to make the river safe and clean for recreation. There will be opportunity for recreation, and there are no restrictions on bringing guests to help. This Classic will be a club service project followed by a fireside cookout.

Those who will clean the river from the Schrock Road Bridge ( N 61.642 W 149.527 ) to the gravel pit at Three Bees ( N 61.632 W 149.701) will put in at approximately 9 am. Jack Timm is the Work Boss. Anyone skilled with a suitable watercraft may join the work crew; please let Jack know to expect you. Meet as described below…

Workers provide their own watercraft and tools. Wear a personal flotation device – no one gets on the water without a life vest. (You already know this but…) Dress for cold water: wicking fabrics, dry suit, gloves, head gear, etc. Bring drinking water and some snacks.

Bring hand saws, ropes, hatchets and anything else you need to clean sweepers (some of them are quite large) from the river.

Drive to the Shrock Road Put-in and drop your gear. Label your car keys and everyone will drop them in a box in one of the vehicles. This way drivers can move your car to the gravel pit. (You may choose instead to leave your car at Schrock Road and we will bring you back at the end of the day.)
June 10th: Little Su River Clean-up Service Project Kim Erickson 2017-06-06 08:00:00Z 0
We are in the last month of this Rotary Year and here is where we stand on earning a Rotary International Presidential Citation:
Presidential Citation requirements for 2016-2017 (they change every year) are listed in seven categories:
1.Mandatory Activities: MET GOAL
2.Membership Development & Retention: MET GOAL
3.Foundation Giving: REQUIRE ONE (1) of the following
a.Each of 29 members contribute at least $26.5016 more to go (this is easy)
b.Contribute $2650 to PolioPlus - $2,550 to go
c.Attain 5 year high in total club giving: met $ 11,086 of $12,331 - $1,245 to go
d.Increase Benefactors AND Bequest Society members by 1 each: 2 to go
4.Online Tools: REQUIRE TWO (2) of the following
a.Percent of members with skills & interests in MyRotary: 42% to go (12 more)
b.Initiative posted in Rotary Showcase: 1 to go
c.Contribute to project on Rotary ideas: 1 to go
d.Number of Rotarians in Discussion groups: 1 to go
5.Humanitarian Service: MET GOAL
6.New Generations: Need three (3) of the following (we can only get two)
a.Rotarians mentor Rotaractor/interactor: 1 to go
b.Rotaractors/interactor involved in club events: 1 to go
7.Public Image: MET GOAL
We can easily achieve # 4, and we can likely achieve #3 if we find 16 more people to give at least $26.50 to the Rotary Foundation. While we cannot meet #6 this year (no youth exchange student), Susitna Rotary can still achieve 6 out of the 7 goals, which is a big accomplishment.
Please consider taking action prior to the June 15th deadline.  All you need to do is log into your Rotary International (RI) "My Rotary" account.  If you are not sure how to log in, send club secretary Kim Erickson an email and she will walk you through the process.  Remember, the log in for the RI My Rotary portal is different than logging into Susitna Rotary's Club Runner.  Most members use their email as the user name for My Rotary.  You can find your Donor History Report for The Rotary Foundation (TRF) under your personal profile in the My Rotary portal.  If each member contributes $26.50 to TRF prior to June 15th, we will meet our goal and have 100% EVEY (Every Rotarian, Every Year).
Presidential Citation Chuck Foster 2017-06-06 08:00:00Z 0
As part of Susitna Rotary Club's commitment to water safety, we have build and maintain Kids Don't Float kiosks with life jackets that can be borrowed for use on the water.  There are four locations already in place with two more going up this month.
To locate one of the kiosks, use your handheld device to put in the exact GPS location as shown below. If you are in the area of a kiosk, please check to see that it is stocked with life jackets.  Working together, we can help prevent drowning in our neighborhoods.
GPS coordinates for Little Su kiosk
17152 W Parks Hwy, Houston, AK 99694, USA
Latitude: 61.628692 | Longitude: -149.810421
GPS coordinates for Bearpaw Lake kiosk
12544 W King Arthur Dr, Houston, AK 99567, USA
Latitude: 61.614016 | Longitude: -149.751042
GPS coordinates for Prator Lake #1 kiosk
3113 Castle Dr, Houston, AK 99567, USA
Latitude: 61.616566 | Longitude: -149.733093
GPS coordinates for Seymour Lake kiosk
8770 Sylvia-Denise Ave, Wasilla, AK 99654, USA
Latitude: 61.613809 | Longitude: -149.669857
GPS coordinates for Prator Lake #2 kiosk (proposed)
11198 Bally shannon Dr, Houston, AK 99567, USA
Latitude: 61.624111 | Longitude: -149.731891
GPS coordinates for Lalen Lake kiosk (proposed)
North Carousel Way, Wasilla, AK 99654, USA
Latitude: 61.600438 | Longitude: -149.692817
Kids Don't Float Kiosks Kim Erickson 2017-06-06 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by CKochendorfer on Jun 04, 2017
Perfect weather made for a fun Rotary Running Dead 5K run!  Thank you to all sponsors, volunteers, runners, Q99.7 Valley Radio, Extreme Fun Center and our Mayor Bert Cottle. A great time was had by all.
Rotary Running with the Dead 2017 CKochendorfer 2017-06-04 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kim Erickson
The Rotary Club of Susitna was awarded $2,000 by the Rotary District 5010 Grants committee to "prevent accidental drownings of children and increase basic literacy" in 2017-2018.  The funds will be used to support the club's Josh the Otter and Kids Don't Float service projects.
Wondering why some of the clubs on the list were awarded more than they requested while others were only partially funded?  Per Will Files, D5010 Grants Chair, "There are two examples wherein one club is the lead for a number of other clubs. ANC International is partnering with ANC East and ANC South on a project, so International received a portion of allocations for the other two clubs. In Juneau, Glacier Valley Rotary, received all of the allocations for the 4 Juneau clubs.
In terms of those who received less than their requests, this was based on generally low contributions to The Rotary Foundation. In one case we did not fund a club because we had to “pull teeth” to get reports in last year. We all were fortunate that our total grant amount for this year was substantially higher than ever before due to the excellent contributions 3 years ago."
Remember:  a portion of the contributions we make to The Rotary Foundation (TRF) this year will be returned to District 5010 three years from now to fund District Designated Grants (DDF).  The district grant committee takes into consideration the club's contributions to (TRF) when awarding district grants.
Susitna Club receives a $2,000 2017-2018 District Grant Kim Erickson 2017-05-23 08:00:00Z 0
Plan to stay for the Susitna Rotary board meeting on May31st.
Plan to participate in the Rotary Running Dead 5k on June 3rd.
Plan the Little Su River Clean-up taking place June 10th.
Plan to celebrate another successful year at the Changing of the Guard on June 28th
Plan to complete your New Member Red Badge activities by June 30th
Plan to fulfill your commitment to TRF Every Rotarian, Every Year by June 30th
Plan to attend Lana and Ken's wedding on July 1st.
Planning...the process of thinking about and organizing the activities required to achieve a desired goal.
- Wikipedia
May 31st Program: Club Assembly Kim Erickson 2017-05-23 08:00:00Z 0
May 4, 1987, the Supreme Court ruled that U.S. Rotary Clubs can not exclude women from membership on the basis of gender. - See more at:
Sylvia Whitlock was admitted to the Rotary Club of Duarte, California in 1986. Nine years earlier, Duarte club membership in Rotary International had been terminated because the club had admitted women in violation of the RI Constitution.  Three years earlier, some of the former club members filed a lawsuit regarding gender-based qualification for Rotary membership.  The suit made it to the California Supreme  Court which ruled in favor of Rotary International's  Constitution.  In September 1986 the club was reinstated by RI.

The US Supreme Court finally heard the case before the end of that year.  May 4, 1987, the Supreme Court ruled that U.S. Rotary Clubs can not exclude women from membership on the basis of gender.
Sylvia became the first female president of any Rotary Club in July 1987.  The doors were finally open.
- See more at:
Sylvia Whitlock was admitted to the Rotary Club of Duarte, California in 1986. Nine years earlier, Duarte club membership in Rotary International had been terminated because the club had admitted women in violation of the RI Constitution.  Three years earlier, some of the former club members filed a lawsuit regarding gender-based qualification for Rotary membership.  The suit made it to the California Supreme Court which ruled in favor of Rotary International's Constitution.  In September 1986 the club was reinstated by RI.

The US Supreme Court finally heard the case before the end of that year.  May 4, 1987, the Supreme Court ruled that U.S. Rotary Clubs can not exclude women from membership on the basis of gender.
Sylvia became the first female president of any Rotary Club in July 1987.  The doors were finally open.
Celebrating 30 Years of Women in Rotary Kim Erickson 2017-05-23 08:00:00Z 0
  • Time: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Price: Free
Willow's art studios welcome you to visit, browse, shop, and familiarize yourself with the work of area artists. You will find one-of-a-kind pieces in fiber, wood, glass, porcelain, metal, stone, fur, and more. It's a self-guided tour, with signs to help identify studios along the way. If this is your first time to do the Willow Art Studio Tour, start with Willow Creek Studio at Milepost 69.5 and get directions to the other locations at Milepost 64.5, 66.5, and Shirley Lake. It's s fun day of socializing and shopping. Beautiful art, engaging artists, and light refreshments await you. Visit each of the participating studios to be eligible for a nice door prize; there will be an opportunity to help support efforts for a new Willow Library as well.
2017 Willow Art Studio Tour
Willow Spring Fling Studio Tour - Sat May 27th Kim Erickson 2017-05-23 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kim Erickson
Source:  The American Hiking Society website
What's National Trails Day All About?
National Trails Day is the only nationally coordinated event designed to unite all muscle-powered trail activities with the goal of connecting more people to trails. Every trail beckons adventure and has a story to share with any person willing to discover it, and American Hiking Society believes these trail experiences can improve the lives of every American.

Each year, on the first Saturday of June, American Hiking Society and the trails community invite Americans of all ages and abilities to find their own adventure and discover their unique story at one of the thousands of events hosted throughout the country.

By coordinating a wide array of trail activities on a single day, National Trails Day attracts new trail users and helps connect existing trail enthusiasts with local clubs and organizations with the hopes of creating trail advocates and stewards. The task to protect and maintain more than 200,000 miles of trails in the U.S. requires a collaborative effort among trail clubs, organizations, government agencies, and most importantly passionate trail advocates and stewards.
June 3rd: National Trails Day Kim Erickson 2017-05-23 08:00:00Z 0

CCS Early Learning (formerly known as Chugiak Children's Services) is a private 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides early childhood services in the Mat-Su Borough and in Chugiak and Eagle River.

They have been providing services for over 40 years and are very proud of the strong roots and community connections we have developed during this time. CCS currently employs over 80 individuals, many of which at one time, were enrolled as children or parents themselves. They work individually with each child and with each parent they encounter to help nurture growth and to remove obstacles that will hinder success.

May 24th Program: Mark Lackey, Executive Director CCS Kim Erickson 2017-05-22 08:00:00Z 0
Lana and Ken invite Rotarian friends to join in their wedding celebration on Saturday, July 1st, in Big Lake.
Please text your RSVP to Lana at 907-315-4047 ASAP!
Lana and Ken wedding invite
Wedding Invite from Lana & Ken Kim Erickson 2017-05-16 08:00:00Z 0
Food That’s in When School Is OUT!
Food4Kids, a program of MatSu Food Bank is pleased to be participating as a sponsor in the Summer Food Service Program this summer!
Meals will be made available free to all children 18 years and under from May 22rd through August 18th, 2017.  These are OPEN sites and don’t require sign-ups or registrations – just stop by one of the following locations!
Newcomb Park
Wonderland Playground
Carter Park
Iditapark Skate Park
1:30Pm – 2Pm
Food Pantry of Wasilla
   11:30Am – 1Pm
Food4Kids is committed to feeding hungry children in safe community environments.  Working with organizations such as city governments, local pantries, and churches. Food4Kids prepares and delivers fresh healthy meals to hundreds of local, at-risk children throughout the year.   
For additional information on how we do what we do or for a tour of our sites please call (907) 357-3769. Volunteers are always welcome!
Thank you,
Trudi Mitchell
Program Supervisor
Volunteer for Food4Kids Kim Erickson 2017-05-16 08:00:00Z 0
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Summer is here and that means swimming, ice cream, and PARADES!  Past President Phil Horton has suggested putting Josh the Otter on parade. Topic for discussion at our May 31st Club Assembly.
Colony Days Parade:  Saturday, June 10th (same day as the Little Su River Clean-up)
Wasilla July 4th Parade:  Tuesday, July 4th
Josh the Otter in Summer Parades? Kim Erickson 2017-05-16 08:00:00Z 0
At last week's meeting, President Chuck surprised his lovely bride, Julie, with a beautiful bouquet of flowers in honor of their 36th wedding anniversary.  Congratulations to the Fosters and what a great example, Chuck!
Speaking of anniversaries....did you know we have now have 8 couples in our 35-member club?  It turns out fun, evening clubs attract pairs.
Ralph and Claudia Buzard
Chuck and Julie Foster
Rob and Lanissa Grogan
Phil and Claire Horton
Marty and Cheryl Metiva
Stan and Trudi Mitchell
Coby and Madison Romero
Jack and Kathy Timm
Single or your significant other is not a member of Susitna Rotary?  Not a problem.  We are all one big, happy Rotary family where everyone is welcome.  Bring your family and friends as guests to our meetings, service projects, and events anytime.
Chuck and Julie - 36 years of bliss Kim Erickson 2017-05-16 08:00:00Z 0
May is Rotary's Youth Services Month and one of the many ways we support youth in our area is through college scholarships.  Susitna Rotary Club is joining the other Valley clubs in the raising money for student scholarships in the June 3rd Rotary Running Dead 5K.  Our club is also donating $1,000 towards scholarships.
Congratulations to all the graduates this year including two from our own "Family of Rotary":
Cody Grogan (Palmer High School) - son of Rob and Lanissa Grogan
Amanda Boger (UAA) - daughter of Kim Erickson
Editor's Note:  Have a graduate in your family you would like published?  Please send Kim Erickson their name and picture. We want to celebrate the success of all our students.
Congratulations, Graduates! Kim Erickson 2017-05-16 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kim Erickson
Be Humble * Be Kind * Take Action
2017-2018 District Governor Harry Kieling is a smart man; he recruited the Metiva dynamic duo to lead his 2018 District Conference.  Cheryl is chairing the event and Marty will again preside as MC....everyone is sure to have a good time!
Mark your calendars for the 2018 District Assembly on Thursday, May 17th (2018), and the District Conference Friday - Sunday, May 18th - 20th (2018), to join other Rotarians in the fun in Seward.  As a special treat, the Governor's Banquet will take place on Fox Island.  Click here to register.
Rotary District 5010 Conference, May 18-20, 2018 Seward
2018 Rotary District 5010 Conference May 18-20th Kim Erickson 2017-05-16 08:00:00Z 0
May 17th: Big Lake Library Clean-Up (instead of regular meeting) Kim Erickson 2017-05-16 08:00:00Z 0
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Rotary Running Dead 5K

SATURDAY,  June 3rd

Curtis D. Menard Memorial Sports Center
1001 S Clapp St, Wasilla, AK 99654

  • 10 am registration
  • 11 am race time
  • 12 pm Kids’ Fun Run



Visit Register now or visit our Facebook page. Online registration closes June 3rd at 3pm

In Person

Register the day of the event between 10 -11am at the Curtis D. Menard Memorial Sports Center

Race Day

We encourage you to dress up as a zombie if you would like. Just remember this is a family event.
Don’t worry if you don’t like zombies. Only those runners who choose to wear the belts with flags will have interaction with them.

Please check in at the registration table when you arrive.
The Rotary Running Dead 5K Fun Run will start at 11 am in the parking lot.

The Kid's Run will begin at 12pm.

Prizes will be awarded for for the Best Zombie Costumes, Best Company Costume, Largest Family, Largest Company Team, and more. First, second, and third place medallions will be awarded to men and women in five age categories. Awards will be presented as the runners cross the finish line.



Rotary Running Dead 5k Kim Erickson 2017-05-08 08:00:00Z 0

Mountain-Pacific Quality Health’s Alaska office is located in the Municipality of Anchorage, and since 2006, their staff have served citizens and communities across the entire state to ensure the best quality health care is provided to every patient at the right time every time.

The vast wilderness combined with the modern conveniences found in “The Last Frontier” offer a unique environment in which to provide quality health care for all Alaskans. Mountain-Pacific brings together providers, practitioners, other partners and patients to share and build knowledge, spread best practices and achieve improvement in patient care and our population’s health.

May 10th Program: Kyla Newland, PharmD "Supporting National Healthcare Initiatives in the Last Frontier" Kim Erickson 2017-05-04 08:00:00Z 0
2017 District Conference CKochendorfer 2017-05-03 08:00:00Z 0
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The Joshua Collingsworth Memorial Foundation (JCMF) simulcast on April 29th was a big hit at the Rotary District 5010 Conference in Sitka. 
Stay tuned for results from the auction.  Funds will go to support the Josh the Otter program.
JCMF SImulcast
JCMF Simulcast a Big Success Kim Erickson 2017-05-02 08:00:00Z 0
Susitna Rotary Club wins Best Youth Services Project Award! Kim Erickson 2017-05-02 08:00:00Z 0

Ginny Morning serves as a Protective Services Manager I with the Office of Children Services(OCS).   She has been with the Department for 10 years working as a caseworker, supervisor and manager.  Prior to OCS, she worked in Law Enforcement Field in Anchorageand Sitka, Alaska.  She has a Bachelor’s of Science in Criminal Justice Administration.   


Ms. Morning is a former member of the Domestic Violence Task Force, former member on the Sitka Salvation Army Advisory Board, former member of the Sitka Sexual Assault Response Team, former board member on the Sitka Police and Fire Commission, and former Vice President of the Sitka Chapter of the Soroptimist International.  She has received Meritorious Commendation Award from Sitka Police Department in 2002, Officer of the Year Award from the Sitka Police Department in 2003, Sitkans Against Family Violence’s Outstanding Woman of the Year Award in 2005, Certificate of Merit Award from the Sitka Police Department in 2005, nominated for the Light of Hope Award in 2007.

Steps for Change Award in 2009 for outstanding efforts on behalf of Alaska are Children, Certificate of Recognition in 2011 from Standing Together Against Rape, Anchorage, Alaska, and nominated for Governor’s Denali Peak Performance Award in 2015.

The Office of Children’s Services works in partnership with families and communities to support the well-being of Alaska’s children and youth. Services will enhance families’ capacities to give their children a healthy start, to provide them with safe and permanent homes, to maintain cultural connections and to help them realize their potential.

The Office of Children's Services builds on the strengths of the past, while exploring new opportunities and goals for the future. Since its reorganization on July 1, 2003, the Office of Children’s Services continues to work to bring together the three programs for supporting children, youth and families that are at its core:

  • Infant Learning Program
  • Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems Planning
  • Child Protection and Permanency
  • Office of Children's Services
May 3rd Program: Virginia Morning, Office of Children's Services Kim Erickson 2017-05-02 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kim Erickson

Dave Johnston's full time job is with Geneva Woods HealthCare Services but his passion is running.  In fact, he is an ultrarunner and holds many records to prove it including a multi-year winner of the Iditarod Trail Invitational (ITI)350-mile foot race.

The Iditarod Trail Invitational is the world's longest winter ultra marathon by fat bike, foot and ski and follows the historic Iditarod Trail from Knik, Alaska over the Alaska Range to McGrath and to Nome in late February every year one week before the Iditarod Sled Dog Race. The short race 350 miles finishes in the interior village of McGrath on the Kuskokwim River and the 1000 mile race finishes in Nome. Racers have to finish the 350 mile race in a previous year before they can enter the 1000 mile race.

April 26th Program: Dave Johnston, Winner 2017 Iditarod Trail Invitational Kim Erickson 2017-04-25 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kim Erickson

What is distracted driving?

Distracted driving is any activity that takes your eyes off the road, your hands off the wheel, or your mind off of your primary task of driving safely, potentially endangering the driver, passenger, and bystander safety.  Some forms of distracted driving include:

  • Texting
  • Using a cell phone or smartphone
  • Eating and drinking
  • Talking to passengers
  • Grooming
  • Reading, including maps
  • Using a navigation system
  • Watching a video
  • Adjusting a radio, CD player, or MP3 player


This is Distracted Driving Awareness Month Kim Erickson 2017-04-24 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by CKochendorfer on Apr 20, 2017
To Register for auction or donations.
On Saturday, April 29th at 2:00 pm Susitna Rotary Club will participate in a Live Simulcast benefit with Rotary International Director Robert Hall and his wife, Charlene Hall, to share the global efforts of the Joshua Collingsworth Memorial Foundation (JCMF) in drowning prevention with the Josh the Otter Water Safety and Literacy Program.
Text to Register CKochendorfer 2017-04-20 08:00:00Z 0

Rotary makes high-quality health care available to vulnerable mothers and children so they can live longer and grow stronger.


We expand access to quality care, so mothers and children everywhere can have the same opportunities for a healthy future. An estimated 5.9 million children under the age of five die each year because of malnutrition, inadequate health care, and poor sanitation — all of which can be prevented.

How Rotary makes help happen

Rotary provides education, immunizations, birth kits, and mobile health clinics. Women are taught how to prevent mother-to-infant HIV transmission, how to breast-feed, and how to protect themselves and their children from disease.

Our impact on the lives of mothers and children

The Rotary Foundation reaches mothers and children in need by giving communities the help and training they need to take control of their own maternal and infant health care.



April is Maternal and Child Health Month Kim Erickson 2017-04-10 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kim Erickson
Rotary's focus in May is on the fifth avenue of service:  Youth Service.
Youth service comes in many forms throughout the Rotary world.  A few of the many youth projects in Rotary District 5010 include:
At the local level, a few of Susitna Rotary Club's youth projects include:
Josh the Baby Otter water safety training
Kids Don't Float kiosks
Coats for Kids
Read to me
United Way "Stuff the Bus"
Imagination Library
This month we will be profiling some of these Rotary programs benefiting youth in our community.
May is Rotary's Youth Service Month Kim Erickson 2017-04-10 08:00:00Z 0
Altitude Chiropractic
Dr. August Manelick DC is lifelong Alaskan and family man dedicated to patient care and passionate about the healing power of natural physical medicine.
His education and training were achieved at the world’s most esteemed Chiropractic institution, Palmer College of Chiropractic, located in Davenport, Iowa. His initial Bachelor degree is in Health and Human Science, from Bond University in Queensland Australia. His second is in Kinesiology, from The Pennsylvania State University. 
Dr. August has worked and trained with various athletic, occupational, and therapeutic groups. His work experiences ranges from The Australian Olympic Baseball team to the United States Collegiate and National level rugby teams.
Dr. August shares the beauty of Alaska’s magnificent outdoors with his wife Sarah and their three children. His devotions to nature and family can be seen outdoors as he is constantly adventuring into the wilderness and on the waters. 
April 12th Program: Dr. August Manelick Kim Erickson 2017-04-10 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kim Erickson
Rotary YP (Young Professionals) will hold a mixer on April 13th from 5:00pm - 7:00pm at the MatSu Regional Medical Center
The MatSu Regional Medical Center is providing the room and donating catering for the event.
Please invite anyone 45 years or younger who you feel has great potential as a Rotarian.  All those who attended the Alaska YP Summit have been invited.  The goal is to fill the room with young professional and share our passion for Rotary with them.  A few Rotarians will be tapped to tell a 2 minute story about their involvement with Rotary and explain a little about the organization. Download the invite.
Rotary YP Mixer/Social - April 13th Kim Erickson 2017-04-10 08:00:00Z 0
The Children's Place has launched a campaign to raise $350,000 to construct a larger building that will enable them to provide intervention for every child who was impacted by abuse or neglect. 
Susitna Rotary Club was approached to be a sponsor for the project.  Rather than have the club sponsor, members are invited to consider supporting this capital project individually or through your respective businesses.  Download the printable donation form to help build this important facility for our community.
The Children's Place - Building a safe place Kim Erickson 2017-04-10 08:00:00Z 0
Rotary District 5010 Conference in Sitka Kim Erickson 2017-04-10 08:00:00Z 0

The Office of Children’s Services works in partnership with families and communities to support the well-being of Alaska’s children and youth. Services will enhance families’ capacities to give their children a healthy start, to provide them with safe and permanent homes, to maintain cultural connections and to help them realize their potential.

The Office of Children's Services builds on the strengths of the past, while exploring new opportunities and goals for the future. Since its reorganization on July 1, 2003, the Office of Children’s Services continues to work to bring together the three programs for supporting children, youth and families that are at its core:

  • Infant Learning Program;
  • Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems Planning; and
  • Child Protection and Permanency
May 3rd Program: Virginia Morning, Office of Children's Services Kim Erickson 2017-04-10 08:00:00Z 0
Winner 2017 Iditarod Trail Invitational
Dave Johnston's full time job is with Geneva Woods HealthCare Services but his passion is running.  In fact, he is an ultrarunner and holds many records to prove it including a multi-year winner of the Iditarod Trail Invitational (ITI)350-mile foot race.
The Iditarod Trail Invitational is the world's longest winter ultra marathon by fat bike, foot and ski and follows the historic Iditarod Trail from Knik, Alaska over the Alaska Range to McGrath and to Nome in late February every year one week before the Iditarod Sled Dog Race. The short race 350 miles finishes in the interior village of McGrath on the Kuskokwim River and the 1000 mile race finishes in Nome. Racers have to finish the 350 mile race in a previous year before they can enter the 1000 mile race.
April 26th Program: Dave Johnson Iditarod Trail Invitational Kim Erickson 2017-04-10 08:00:00Z 0

Richard Stanley with Merck Pharmaceuticals


In 1895, the H.K. Mulford Company began marketing the first commercially available diphtheria antitoxin

produced in the U.S., the very medication that helped avert the diphtheria epidemic in Nome.

Today, Merck has a significant presence in vaccine discovery, development and distribution in both human and animal health.

- S
April 19th Program: History of Vaccines Kim Erickson 2017-04-10 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kim Erickson
Here's where Susitna Rotary Club stands with respect to our goals for supporting The Rotary Foundation (TRF) in 2016-2017:
Annual Fund: HURRAY -we are ahead of the game!
Goal = $5,500
Actual = $11,008
Every Rotarian, Every Year: We can meet this goal if everyone jumps on board.
Goal =  $26.50 contribution from every member (marking the original donation that launched the fund- in honor of the 100th anniversary of TRF)
Actual = 14 members
PolioPlus Fund: Nothing yet but there is still time to lend our support this year.
Goal = $1,000
Actual = $0
Unfortunately, weather conditions in the Alaska Range did not cooperate this year so we did not hold the annual Iditarod Restart Party Willow benefiting the EndPolioNow campaign.
Major Gifts and Endowment Fund: This is an easy one....
Goal = 1 new benefactor supporting the TRF Permanent Fund
Actual = 0
All it takes to be a benefactor is a pledge $1,000 from your estate upon your death.  This can be done with a simple codicil to your will or via a whole life/universal life insurance policy.  If you pledge $10,000 or more you become a "Bequest Society" member!
Want to know where you stand in your TRF giving?  Log into your My Rotary account or click here to view the latest Club Recognition Summary.
The Rotary Foundation - 2016-17 update on Club Goals Kim Erickson 2017-03-27 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kim Erickson
Links to the minutes from the Susitna Rotary Club 2016-2017 board of director meetings:
Board meeting are generally held on the last Wednesday of each month and all members are welcome to attend.  If you have an item for the board agenda, please submit it to club secretary, Kim Erickson, by noon on the Monday preceding the meeting.
The next board meeting has been rescheduled for May 3rd due to the Rotary District Conference the last week of April. 
Susitna Rotary - Board minutes Kim Erickson 2017-03-20 08:00:00Z 0

The Office of Children’s Services (OCS) works in partnership with families and communities to support the well-being of Alaska’s children and youth. Services will enhance families’ capacities to give their children a healthy start, to provide them with safe and permanent homes, to maintain cultural connections and to help them realize their potential.

The Office of Children's Services builds on the strengths of the past, while exploring new opportunities and goals for the future. Since its reorganization on July 1, 2003, the Office of Children’s Services continues to work to bring together the three programs for supporting children, youth and families that are at its core:

  • Infant Learning Program;
  • Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems Planning; and
  • Child Protection and Permanency
  • Office of Children's Services
March 20 Program: Virginia Morning OCS Kim Erickson 2017-03-15 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kim Erickson
The Bunch and Romero families have both announced there will be new additions- the fourth child for each - to their growing families later this year.  Future Rotarians in the making!
We are excited for both families. 
Babies on the Way! Kim Erickson 2017-03-09 09:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kim Erickson
On Saturday, April 29th at 2:00 pm Susitna Rotary Club will participate in a Live Simulcast benefit with Rotary International Director Robert Hall and his wife, Charlene Hall, to share the global efforts of the Joshua Collingsworth Memorial Foundation (JCMF) in drowning prevention with the Josh the Otter Water Safety and Literacy Program.
How it works:
The main event takes place at the JCMF headquarters in Nebraska.  Susitna Rotary Club will broadcast from Sitka at the District 5010 Conference. 
Each location will have auction items and participants from across the country will have the opportunity to hear the simulcast program and bid on auction items.  Susitna Rotary Club will be able to keep the majority of the funds raised from the club's auction items to support our local Josh the Otter Program with the remainder going to support the overall JCMF program.
April 29th - Live Simulcast Benefit for JCMF Kim Erickson 2017-03-06 09:00:00Z 0
There may be snow on the ground but spring will be here before you know it.  If you are thinking of adding trees to your home landscaping this summer, now is the time to act.  

Cook Inlet Chapter of the Society of American Foresters is now taking orders for their annual tree seedling sale


For 2017, they are providing 100% American grown seedlings. Siberian larch seedlings are being grown by a local Palmer, Alaska nursery with a Minnesota nursery growing the remainder of the seedlings:
Eastern Larch
White Spruce
Paper Birch
Scotch Pine

Due to the change in seedling suppliers there will also be changes in the way tree seedlings are bundled and shipped and the timing of seedling delivery.  During the Arbor Day (May) seedling distribution, only White Spruce and Eastern Larch seedlings will be available with the remaining species shipped later in the summer to accommodate the growers' sowing schedules. 

2017 Spring Tree Seedling Sale Kim Erickson 2017-02-28 09:00:00Z 0
Rotary's Four Way Test Kim Erickson 2017-02-28 09:00:00Z 0
Bill Gates to Keynote Rotary International Convention Kim Erickson 2017-02-28 09:00:00Z 0

Rotary will be partnering with other service organizations in an International Week of Service, 25-31 March 2017. All over the world, volunteers like you are working to improve their communities. In the spirit of Rotary Serving Humanity, I ask you to invite another local service group to volunteer with you. Information and resources for this event can be found at Visit the International Week of Service 2017 Facebook event page to RSVP and see what other clubs are planning.

Organizations participating in this event include: Lions Clubs International, Rotary International, Optimist International, Junior Chamber International, Kiwanis International, Moose International, Soroptimist, Y’s Men International, Pilot International, and Sertoma Inc.

This event will help us to promote all of our organizations, highlight membership opportunities, and reinforce the importance of doing good in the world. It’s a chance for our volunteers to forge lasting relationships and creating the potential for future joint projects. Your participation will also achieve one of the service goals listed in my presidential citation.

I hope you’ll join me in what promises to be a unique, important opportunity to better your community.


John F. Germ
President, Rotary International 2016-17

International Week of Service
International Week of Service: March 25th - 31st Kim Erickson 2017-02-21 09:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kim Erickson
Each year our District holds a "Rotary Youth Leadership Awards" event. This is a leadership training program that encourages and rewards outstanding young people who want to become better leaders.
RYLA consists of an all-expense paid two and a half-day conference that brings together a special group of young men and women from across Alaska/Yukon to share ideas about becoming better leaders. Action-packed activities, like problem solving games, challenge course, group discussions and team-building activities, help participants build confidence and leadership skills.
RYLA's intent is to encourage students to be more effective leaders. the following topics naturally arise during RYLA activities and discussions:
   * Fundamentals of leadership
   * Ethics of positive leadership
   * Importance of communication skills in
      effective leadership
   * Conflict management and problem solving
   * Rotary's purpose and service to the community
   * Building self-esteem and self-confidence
   * Elements of community and global citizenship
Susitna Rotary Club will again be sponsoring one student to RYLA.  Contact Kim Erickson to receive more information. 
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Kim Erickson 2017-02-21 09:00:00Z 0

The Children’s Place is a non-profit, private agency modeled after Children’s Advocacy Centers around the country. The purpose is to provide a child-friendly, neutral facility where professionals from many agencies involved in the evaluation, investigation, and treatment of child abuse meet to coordinate and bring their services to the child and their family.

Opened in March of 1999, The Children’s Place is funded by federal, state, and local grants, earned revenue  and private donations. The goals are to prevent additional trauma to the child, provide families with support, counseling and other services during and after the investigation, and hold more offenders accountable.

The Children’s Place Mission

To offer hope and healing to children and families impacted by child abuse and neglect through a coordinated community response.

Feb. 21st Program: The Children's Place Kim Erickson 2017-02-21 09:00:00Z 0

Dr. Wadsworth is Assistant Dean for Alaska programs at Idaho State University in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Administrative Sciences. Dr. Wadsworth earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from ISU in 2002 and completed an ASHP accredited Primary Care Pharmacy Specialty Residency at the Boise VA Medical Center in 2007.

Prior to his residency, Dr. Wadsworth served 4 years as a Clinical Pharmacist at the Chief Andrew Isaac Health Center in Fairbanks Alaska. He is a registered pharmacist in Idaho and Alaska and has significant experience in community and home infusion pharmacy. Along with his faculty appointment, Dr. Wadsworth is a Board Certified Pharmacotherapist and served as an Ambulatory Care Clinical Pharmacist at St. Luke's Internal Medicine in Boise, Idaho for 9 years were he provided comprehensive medication management collaborative patient care.  Dr. Wadsworth has a variety of research interests including obesity, diabetes, statin myopathy, and quality outcomes in medication management.  Tom and his wife Heidi have 6 children and reside in Eagle River, Alaska.

Feb. 15th Program:  Tom Wadsworth Kim Erickson 2017-02-14 09:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kim Erickson
The Chariot Group, Inc . hosted Rotary District 5010 Alaska-Yukon's Leadership Team Training 2017 last Saturday in Anchorage. 
District Governor Elect (DGE) Harry Keiling (Anchorage Rotary Club) and District Trainer Chris Letterman (Rotary Club of Juneau 58º Innovators) inspired Rotarians from all over the district with a series of fun, interactive sessions loaded with information and new ideas.
A few of the many high points from the training...
  • 2017-2018 Rotary International (RI) Theme "Rotary Making a Difference"
  • 2018 District Conference (to be held in Seward) Motto:  "Be Humble, Be Kind, Take Action"
  • Rotary International's new website has been launched; new Rotary2017-2018 slogan being introduced at International Convention in Atlanta is People of Action
  • 2017-2018 District budget and leadership team
  • Next year all clubs in district will be asked to participate in a district wide service project providing backpacks/duffle bags to homeless and foster kids showing "Rotary Cares".
  • Descriptions and responsibilities are being updated for all district committees.
  • District 5010 Strategic Plan
  • April District Conference in Sitka
  • $4 increase in RI dues next year; additional funds will be used primarily to build a more interactive website.
  • District 5010 received awards for membership and PR at the recent Zone Institute
  • Our district is considered to be an innovator and leader in the Rotary world
  • New, more informative/interactive District 5010 website is being built.
  • Resources:
Want to get involved at the District level?  Just raise your hand!  President Chuck Foster will be dean of the District Leadership Academy and Kim Erickson will be the Strategic Planning Chair and on the Visioning team.  Talk with either of them about how you can get involved in district activities.
Report from District 5010 Leadership Training Kim Erickson 2017-02-07 09:00:00Z 0
Once again, the Icebreaker event was sold out to an enthusiastic crowd who enjoyed premium prime rib, a live auction, an entertaining talent show, and fabulous fireworks. There were six acts vying for the top money prizes.  However, before the show started, the performers got together and decided that no matter who won, they would split the money between all the acts.  Now that's a class act!
A few of the many thank you's to the organizations and people that made the event a success:
Claire Horton and Rylee Rudd - Susitna Rotary event co-chairs
Big Lake Lions Club
Gorilla Fireworks (Robert Hall)
Marty Metiva - MC
Cheryl Metiva - talent show coordinator, flyer
Ryle Rudd - promotion
Auction donors
Table sponsors
Ticket purchasers
This event helps fund local service projects for both Susitna Rotary and the Big Lake Lions clubs.  Teamwork to build a better community.
IceBreaker breaks records again 2017-02-07 09:00:00Z 0

Join Susitna Rotarians to hear Belinda Bohanan explain Neighborhood Crime Watch; a Crime Prevention Program of the Anchorage Police Department. 

What Are the Goals of Neighborhood Crime Watch?
  • To increase awareness of the crime of burglary and other property crimes.
  • To implement various safety and residential security strategies to make homes more secure and less likely to be targeted.
  • To help neighbors recognize signs of suspicious and criminal activity and how to properly report them to police.
It is one of the most effective and least costly ways of reducing and/or preventing residential property crimes.  It is a citizen involvement, neighborhood and community based effort designed to assist citizens and the police in reducing crime and increasing an overall sense of peace, safety and security in the neighborhood. The program’s success is hinged on improving communications between neighbors and achieving and sustaining an appropriate level of neighbor involvement to a point where the neighbors realize a reduction and/or achieves prevention of burglaries and other property crimes.
Feb 8th Program: Neighborhood Crime Watch Kim Erickson 2017-02-02 09:00:00Z 0
This week: Susitna Rotary Club's10 Year Anniversary Celebration! Kim Erickson 2017-01-31 09:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kim Erickson
Rylee is Susitna Rotary's new Public Relations Chair. As an account manager at buzzbizz Studios, Rylee is highly qualified for the task.  What board members did not realize until our last meeting was just how many services buzzbizz offers:
  • Marketing
  • Graphic Design
  • Web Development
  • Video Production
  • Audio Production
  • Printing
Coordinating one of the club's events?  Be sure to email the details to Rylee Rudd.
Need to print flyers or brochures?  Get a quote from buzzbizz at 907-885-3076.
Rylee Rudd -Susitna Rotary Public Relations Chair Kim Erickson 2017-01-31 09:00:00Z 0
State Legislator - Annual Start of the Session Survey Kim Erickson 2017-01-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Julie Foster on Jan 16, 2017
Lanissa Grogan loves Rotary for the opportunities to help others. If you want to get to know her, she is easy to spot in a crowd. She’s the one with the big smile, an easy laugh, and enthusiastic encouragement for all good adventures and worthy endeavors. She spends her vast bundle of energy on friends, cross-country skiing, snow machining, fishing, and hockey. During the summer, she goes 4-wheeling. A lot. (She isn’t above waxing poetical about her 4-Wheeler a 2010 Polaris Sportsman 550 and her snowmachine a 2005 Yamaha 1000cc RX Warrior.) She also loves to fish, bike, and advocates for Josh the Otter. How can she do all that? Well, Lanissa is a gifted fun-maker. She seems to find fun wherever she is and whatever she is doing in any given minute.
As a Registered Nurse, Lanissa has another unique gift. In her words, she has the ability to “dumb down” medical-speak so that medical discussions turn into understandable conversations for her patients. Her empathy highlights her sincerity, and that is the perfect attribute for someone who works with mothers of newborns.  Lanissa is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. This job title is a little unknown; as most of us have probably not heard of it. Lactation consultants are trained specialists who teach mothers how to breastfeed their baby, particularly if the mothers are having problems, such as latching difficulties, painful nursing, or low milk production. If a baby is having feeding problems, they may not be getting enough nutrition to gain weight to develop healthfully. Babies develop better with human milk versus formula. This is particularly essential for preemies. Because Lanissa understands how vital breastmilk supply is for newborns, she advocates passionately for establishing a milk bank in Alaska. Currently, our processing milk bank is in Colorado, which increases the cost of donor breast milk for preemies dramatically – and often prohibitively. Ask Lanissa to explain how beneficial human milk is for babies and the problems of obtaining donor breastmilk in Alaska.  You may find that her passion is catching. And that’s a beautiful gift!
Member Profile: Lanissa Grogan Julie Foster 2017-01-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kim Erickson
Know a great candidate for a Rotary Peace Fellowship?  The Rotary Peace Center program has a new online application system:
Rotary Peace Fellowships - New Application System Kim Erickson 2017-01-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kim Erickson
Want to get involved with Rotary at the District level?  Curious to learn more about it?  Attend Rotary District 5010's Annual Leadership Team Training:
When:  Saturday, February 4, 2017
Cost:    $30 (which will cover your lunch)
Chariot Group Solutions
3120 Denali St #1
Anchorage, AK  99503
8:30am - 4:30pm
Download the flyer               
District 5010 Leadership Training Kim Erickson 2017-01-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kim Erickson

The MatSu Food Bank, in association with the City of Wasilla Centennial, presents The Hunger Vow: an evening of fine dining, drinks and a silent auction to end hunger in the Mat-Su Valley.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

6:00pm - 10:00pm

The Grill at the Grandview

2900 E Parks Hwy

Wasilla, AK  99654

Tickets:  $40 (see Eddie Ezelle or Rylee Rudd)

You may also make a donation online to help end hunger in our community.

The Hunger Vow Kim Erickson 2017-01-17 00:00:00Z 0

Luanne Urfer, PLA ASLA - Principal, CLARB Certified Landscape Architect

As principal at Sustainable Design Group, LLC (SDG), Luanne has managed local projects for communities throughout Alaska, Northern California, and the Pacific Northwest. Luanne has more than 37 years of experience in natural resource planning and landscape architecture including all phases of design. She also owns and operates The Annex, a collaborative work space in downtown Palmer. On January 18th, she will be speaking primarily about SDG's Landscape Architecture projects in the western part of Mat-Su Valley.

Jan. 18th Program: Landscape Architecture in the Mat-Su Valley Kim Erickson 2017-01-12 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary International launched their new website, and also released their updated visual identity guidelines for clubs and districts. Clubs are encouraged to adopt Rotary's new voice and visual identity, as part of an initiative to strengthen the brand. 

As an Official Licensee, we're excited to announce two new Rotary themes that align with the new guidelines. Rotary Vision Theme Demo Site

New Rotary approved website themes

Introducing Vision and Community, two new Rotary approved mobile-responsive next-generation themes available in 7 different color variations each! Better showcase your work, the impact your club makes in the community, and engage with your audience like never before.

New Official Rotary Approved Website Themes Kim Erickson 2017-01-11 00:00:00Z 0
Your monthly program team is hard at work lining up interesting speakers.  A few of the upcoming programs in the works (dates TBD):
  • Kyla Newland, PharmD
  • Pet Zoo
  • Dave Johnson - long distance running
Have an idea for an interesting program?  Please contact one of the monthly program chairs and don't forget to read Julie Foster's interesting profiles of the program coordinators each month in the bulletin:
January (Vocational Service Month)- Catherine Inman
February (Peace and Conflict Resolution Month) - James Bunch
March (Water and Sanitation Month)- Lynn Mitchell
April (Maternal and Child Health Month)- Rob Grogan
May (Youth Services Month) - Neena Levan
June (Rotary Fellowships Month)- Cathy Kochendorfer
Upcoming Speakers Kim Erickson 2017-01-10 09:00:00Z 0
Posted by CKochendorfer
Jack and Kathy Timm got the royal treatment when donating blood!  Star Poe was happy to let them tour the new Blood Bank of Alaska main center in Anchorage. Please stop in and visit these folks.
Remember, You can help as many as three patients with just one donation. The entire whole blood donation process takes about an hour. Individuals who give blood assure an adequate supply is available - possibly saving someone's life.
Thank you for being blood donors! CKochendorfer 2017-01-06 00:00:00Z 0

ShelterBox provides emergency shelter and vital supplies to support communities around the world overwhelmed by disaster and humanitarian crisis.

The global support from the Rotary International network is the cornerstone upon which ShelterBox is built.

January 11th, Nancy Dodge will be telling her story and giving an update on ShelterBox at Susitna Rotary.  Since arriving in Alaska in1980, Nancy Dodge has always volunteered with non- profit organizations. While living in Fairbanks from 1986 to 1993, she served on the Board of Directors for Presbyterian Hospitality House and the Fairbanks Resource Agency. After moving to Bethel and Anchorage she was a member of the Governor’s Council for Disabilities and Special Education and served as their Chairperson from 1996 to 1997. Most recently she has given much of her time to ShelterBoxUSA and the Rotary Youth Exchange.

In May 2014 she joined the eClub of Rotary District 5010 where she will serve as club president from  2018 to 2019. Dr. Dodge retired from her professional career as a school psychologist July 1 of this year. This allows her time to travel, garden, hike and visit family and friends from Alaska to Nepal.


Nancy Dodge
 Jan 11, 2017
- See more at:
Nancy Dodge - ShelterBox 2017-01-06 00:00:00Z 0
Thank you to the following Susitna Rotarians, plus their friends and families, that showed up bright and early December 26th for the annual Friendship Dinner Kitchen Clean-up project:
Lana Covert
Cathy and Kelly Kochendorfer
Evelyna Kuhr
Cheryl and Marty Metiva
Kathy and Jack Timm
They left a clean community kitchen, had fun, plus earned a meeting make-up. 
Thank you Kitchen Clean-up Crew Kim Erickson 2017-01-03 00:00:00Z 0

Launch the new year with an investment in yourself.  Life Coach Barbara Bernard at Live in Discovery offers insight into being open to possibilities, developing intentional resilience, and living in discovery.

The power of story influences the way Barbara learns, the way she teaches, and the way she lives each day. Storytelling is the foundation of her life’s work as a writer, coach, and educational consultant. Her background and experience in social work, psychology, mediation, human resource development, and cross-cultural communication have been instrumental in the creation of her books, The Secret Gift: Growth in Times of Loss, and Birthdays of the Soul: Seeing Yourself Change in Times of Sea Change.  She currently lives and works in Alaska.

January 4th Program: Live in Discovery Kim Erickson 2017-01-03 00:00:00Z 0
Ice Breaker 2017 Kim Erickson 2017-01-02 09:00:00Z 0
A cheer and round of applause for Rylee Rudd!  She has created a press release for the 2016 Joshua Collingsworth Memorial Foundation Rotary Water Safety Advocacy Award.  It will be sent to KTUU, KTVA, OHANA, Alpha, Country Legends, Denali media, Hatcher Pass, KHITZ and Clear Channel.  
News Media for Josh the Otter CKochendorfer 2016-12-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by CKochendorfer
A big cheer and thank you to Claire Horton.  Even in the bitter cold weather, Josh is getting out and teaching our Alaskan children water safety.  He made a surprise appearance at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church for a quick presentation and received warm hugs and lots of pictures.  Josh we love you!
Josh the Otter at Sacred Heart CKochendorfer 2016-12-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by CKochendorfer
Congratulations to our three elected officers 2016-2017 that will serve under President Cheryl Metiva for 2017!  The vote was unanimous.
All other board positions, including Sgt at Arms, are appointed by the President and will be announced in coming months.
President-elect, Jack Timm 
Secretary, Cathy Kochendorfer
Treasurer, Evelyna Kuhr
Elected Officers for 2017 CKochendorfer 2016-12-19 00:00:00Z 0
Thanks to the success of Let's Go to the Movies and the generosity of club members, Jack Timm, club Foundation Chair, handed out Paul Harris awards and pins to the following members (left to right) last week:
Rob Grogan
Cathy Kochendorfer
James Bunch
Kathy Timm
John Schweiger
Kelly Kochendorfer
Paul Harris Fellow Awards Kim Erickson 2016-12-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 14, 2016
President-elect Cheryl Metiva has proposed Jillian Rosendahl for membership.  Jillian's classification is Insurance and she owns the  Allstate Insurance Rosendahl Agency. 
Jillian was raised in the small town of Sidney, Montana where she grew up exploring the outdoors.  Her hobbies included hunting and fishing with family as well as volunteering in the community.  She moved to Alaska a few years ago with her husband, Brandon, and two children.  A "people person", with a creative flare, Jillian is full of new ideas and looking forward to being a Rotarian.
If you have any concerns or questions regarding these proposed members, please contact the club secretary, Kim Erickson, or club membership chair, Kathy Timm.  Jillian is scheduled to be inducted into membership January 4th.
Proposed New Member: Jillian Rosendahl Kim Erickson 2016-12-15 00:00:00Z 0
Julie is a “Blondie.” That’s not a comment on her hair; she’s a lot like Blondie Bumstead in the Sunday comics. As a “stay-at-home mom,” she is, by necessity, a Jill-of-all-trades. She is, at once, a psychologist, seamstress, historian, cook, hairdresser, teacher, chorister, actress, costume builder, housekeeper, backpacker and hiker, medical researcher, and a kisser of boo-boos. More officially, she is currently the choir director at her church.
Way back when, Julie and Chuck graduated together from Texas A&M, and married the very next day. At the time, they both planned careers as Air Force officers.  After a few remote tours, some experience with marriage, and the arrival of progeny, she shifted her focus. Since then, she’s worked tirelessly to turn good kids into good adults.  She even took jobs at the kids’ schools for several years, earning the coveted “Office Mom” designation.  On top of all that, she volunteered non-stop, although she slowed down a bit to study music (her other passion) at UAA.
With both kids, Abby and Andrew, immersed in pop-culture, Julie joined them in their “geek-dom.” Science fiction has long been high on her list, along with all things Disney and fantastical. Rotary fits in nicely with her penchant for creative endeavors, her work with music, and her active participation in the work of her church, and community. Rotarians accept her gifts and her foibles, and she loves to be surrounded by friendship and optimism.
Member Profile: Julie Foster Julie Foster 2016-12-15 00:00:00Z 0
A big thank you and great job to Rylee Rudd and Kathy Timm!!  They have completed a new membership brochure and form.  The link has been added to the downloads on our home page so any member can download, print and fill it out to submit.  
How easy is that smiley
New Membership Brochure !!! CKochendorfer 2016-12-11 00:00:00Z 0
Celebrate Together in Atlanta
The Rotary Foundation is turning 100!  Let’s celebrate together in the city where it all began in 1917.  The Rotary Convention travels to Atlanta, Georgia, USA 10 -14 June 2017.  We’ll look back proudly over a century of “doing good in the world” — and look ahead to the challenges Rotary will tackle in the century to come. It promises to be the best and biggest party in a hundred years!
President Chuck Foster is asking if anyone who would like to attend but are having difficulties, please contact him.  

Important Links:

RI Convention 2017:

Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Rotary Foundation!  Join us in Altanta Georgia from June 10-14, 2017.

Book now and get the Early Bird registration fee of $340 (increasing over time to the full rate of $490).  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

While you are registering for the Convention, register for your hotel.  Here are some recommendations of hotels near the Convention Center.  These will book quickly so register now - cancellation policy gives you until May 2017 in case you change your mind.

Hotel Recommendations:

Only 5 hotels remaining at this point. (July 14)

The best option for location and price is the Mariott Marquis at $205 per night and about a 20 minute walk.  It has a rating of 4/5 and ranks 41 on TripAdvisor.   Amenities include the Sear restaurant, High Velocity Sports Bar, Pulse (50' sail), and Sear Bar

The two low cost options are about 3 miles away from the Convention Center:

  • W Atlanta Midtown $189
  • Renaissance Atlanta Midtown  $194

Two closer  (around 2.5 miles) but more expensive hotels:

  • Four Seasons $266
  • Loews Atlanta  $236.80

As the Convention is Saturday, June 10 to Wednesday, June 14, consider arriving early (ie Thursday June 8) to enjoy the city first and leaving on Thursday June 15 or later.

Typically there is a District Get Together after the closing ceremony, so make sure you stay in town and are available on Wednesday, June 14.

Hotel booking is through Experient on the RI Convention website - here's the link:

Rotary International Convention 2017 CKochendorfer 2016-12-11 00:00:00Z 0


Join Susitna Rotary on December 14th to learn about keeping your child safe in your car.  There is more to it than you might think!

Gwen Teutch has been certified as a child passenger safety technician since 1999. Working through Mat-Su Services, she has helped countless Mat-Su families understand the correct way to travel safely with their children.

Gwen Teutsch
Mat-Su Services for Children and Adults
1225 W. Spruce Ave
Wasilla, AK 99654
Phone: (907) 352-1200 Extension 229 
Add'l Credentials: Program Manager, Safe Kids Mat-Su Chapter Coordinator 

Dec. 14th: Keeping your precious cargo safe in the car Kim Erickson 2016-12-09 00:00:00Z 0
Madison Romero and Colleen Sullivan-Leonard have been proposed for membership by Cheryl Metiva. 
Madison is office manager at the  KHITZ 107.1 hit music radio station in the Valley.
Colleen is a member-elect of the Alaska House of Representatives, representing District 7.
If you have any concerns or questions regarding these proposed members, please contact the club secretary, Kim Erickson, or club membership chair, Kathy Timm.  Madison and Colleen are scheduled to be inducted into membership on December 21st.
Proposed New Members Kim Erickson 2016-12-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kim Erickson
The goal of The Rotary Foundation's Endowment Fund (previously known as the Permanent Fund) is to:
  • assist Rotarian in fulfilling their local and global philanthropic goals;
  • support the programs of Foundation;
  • ensure a strong future for the Foundation by providing a continuing stream of income to meet the increasing demand for Foundation programs.
The Rotary Foundation Endowment Fund Kim Erickson 2016-11-28 00:00:00Z 0
Benjamin Franklin said there were only two things certain in life:  death and taxes.
Join us at Susitna Rotary this week to learn more about wills, trusts and how they tie into these two events.
Constance A. Aschenbrenner was admitted to the Alaska Bar Association in 1996.  She received her law degree from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan in 1995.  She holds a bachelors degree in German from the University of Iowa, 1991, Iowa City, Iowa.  In addition, she holds a bachelors degree in International Studies from George Mason University, 1986, Fairfax, Virginia.  Most recently she earned her kindergarten through eighth grade teaching certificate from Alaska Pacific University, Anchorage, Alaska, 2009.
Nov 30th Program: Wills and Trusts Kim Erickson 2016-11-28 00:00:00Z 0



The Association of Fundraising Professionals has recognized The Rotary Foundation with its annual Award for Outstanding Foundation.

The award honors organizations that show philanthropic commitment and leadership through financial support, innovation, encouragement of others, and involvement in public affairs. Some of the boldest names in American giving — Kellogg, Komen, and MacArthur, among others —are past honorees.

“We are honored to receive this recognition from the AFP, which gives us even more reason to celebrate during our Foundation’s centennial year,” says Rotary Foundation Trustee Chair Kalyan Banerjee. “The continued strong support of Rotary members will help us keep our promise of a polio-free world for all children and enable the Foundation to carry out its mission of advancing world understanding, goodwill, and peace. We look forward to another 100 years of Rotary members taking action to make communities better around the world.”

The announcement came on 15 November, known to industry professionals since the 1980s as National Philanthropy Day. The award will be presented in early 2017 at the AFP’s annual conference in San Francisco.

Rotary Foundation Trustee Chair-elect Paul Netzel is set to accept the award on Rotary’s behalf, and Eric Schmelling, director of fund development at Rotary, will speak at the conference. The event is expected to draw more than 3,400 senior-level fundraising professionals from 33 countries.

“While almost everyone is familiar with Rotary, not everyone may realize just how much of an impact Rotary and The Rotary Foundation have had on countless people and communities across the globe,” says Jason Lee, AFP president and CEO. “On behalf of the entire charitable sector and people around the world, all of us at AFP are honored to be able to recognize The Rotary Foundation as our 2016 Outstanding Foundation.”

AFP’s committee of judges cited Rotary’s comprehensive campaign to eradicate polio as a major driver of the selection. They also mentioned that Rotary applies a methodical, purposeful approach to support a wide variety of causes, from providing clean water to educating the next generation of peace professionals.

Rotary News

World's Outstanding Foundation for 2016 Rotary News 2016-11-21 00:00:00Z 0
Thanksgiving Day
May the good things of life be yours in abundance not only at Thanksgiving but throughout the coming year.
Happy Thanksgiving! CKochendorfer 2016-11-20 00:00:00Z 0
Susitna Rotary & friends hosted a children's safety class at the Wasilla pool Saturday Nov 19th with "Kids Don't Float" & Josh the Baby Otter "learn to float"! 
Both programs are a wonderful way to teach kids and their parents water safety in Alaska. Thank you Claire, Josh The Otter and all the teachers helping to bring this awareness to our Alaskan children about water safety!

Josh the Baby Otter at the Wasilla Pool! CKochendorfer 2016-11-19 00:00:00Z 0
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Mark your calendars!

December 3, 2016 11:00 a.m.
The Valley Cinema, 3331 E. Old Matanuska Rd., Wasilla

The Valley Rotary Foundation Committee is pleased to offer our 5 clubs the opportunity to bring family & friends to a private showing of this special Holiday film! 

Each club has 32 complementary tickets to use.   


Eagle River, Palmer, Sunrise, Wasilla & Susitna Rotary Clubs


Polar Express CKochendorfer 2016-11-17 00:00:00Z 0
2017 District 5010 Assembly and Conference-Sitka CKochendorfer 2016-11-12 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Leader November 2016 CKochendorfer 2016-11-12 00:00:00Z 0
2016 Foundation Dinner CKochendorfer 2016-11-06 00:00:00Z 0
A great evening was had by all! CKochendorfer 2016-11-06 00:00:00Z 0

Did you know you can find the information you need, wherever you are, with Rotary’s official mobile apps. Whether you’re looking for a club to visit while traveling or friends to meet up with at this year's convention, our mobile apps make it easy to find all this and more on your smartphone or tablet.

Go to Marketplace Resources to find apps created by Rotarians and friends of Rotary and to learn how you can get your app listed.


Rotary Club Locator app

Find Rotary clubs worldwide with our free Rotary Club Locator app. You can search for clubs by keyword, country, state or province, district, and even meeting day. Or simply use the “Near me” feature to find clubs close to your current location.

Note that when you search for nearby clubs, the map won’t display e-clubs. Use a keyword search to find information on e-clubs.


  • Display a club’s location on a map
  • Search for clubs by keyword
  • Search for clubs within 1 to 100 miles of your physical location
  • Save your search results
  • Add a club to your contact list
  • View club officer information (available only to Rotarians and Rotaractors)


Make sure people can find your club! If Rotary doesn’t have your club’s current location, ask a club officer to update it, either by entering the information online or by sending it to

Download the Rotary Club Locator app
OFFICIAL ROTARY APPS CKochendorfer 2016-11-03 00:00:00Z 0

What is OpSanta and Why Does It Matter to Alaskans?

In its 60th year, Alaska Operation Santa Claus (OpSanta) delivers much needed supplies and gifts – donated by generous supporters like you - to remote Alaskan villages during the holiday season. Alaskans provide the needed supplies and gifts. The Alaska National Guard (ANG), supported by state and federal military organizations, assembles and delivers the gifts and supplies, providing seats for Santa and Mrs. Claus on a C130 ensuring a truly memorable event for Alaskan communities.

The Alaska Air National Guard originally started Operation Santa Claus in 1956 as a result of a request from St. Mary’s Mission for toys for their children. In those days, Guardsmen would accept new or used toys from members of the Anchorage community. In turn, they would then hand them over to Santa Claus for delivery aboard an Air Guard C-123J Provider Aircraft to St. Mary’s.
Nov. 2nd Program: April Gettys "Operation Santa Claus" Kim Erickson 2016-10-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kim Erickson
The board of directors will meet with District Governor Michelle O'Brien immediately following the regularly scheduled club meeting on November 9th.  All members are welcome to attend.
If you have an agenda item for this meeting, please email it to President Chuck Foster by November 7th.
Special Board Meeting with DG Michelle O'Brien Kim Erickson 2016-10-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kim Erickson

Deborah has been a public health nurse (PHN) in Alaska for 4 years and is the Vaccine Coordinator for our PHC.  Her clinical area of expertise is the ER on the East coast as well as school health nursing and teaching at the university level in the Midwest.  She holds several advanced degrees: MA in Health Education, a MSN in Nursing Education, and an MSN in Public Health. She also has a doctoral degree in Educational administration with a specialty in adult and higher education.

Her passion is teaching adults who bring so much to any learning environment. She is married to the other Dr. Giedosh and has five children and 3 grandchildren.

Nov. 16th Program: Deborah Giedosh, Public Health Nurse Kim Erickson 2016-10-27 00:00:00Z 0
2016-2017 Rotary District 5010 Governor Michelle O'Brien will be giving an update on what's new in the Alaska/Yukon Rotary world.  Learn about the district's goals for this year, resources you can turn to for projects, upcoming seminars and conferences, and what other clubs are accomplishing around the district.
Nov. 9th Program: District Governor Michelle O'Brien Kim Erickson 2016-10-27 00:00:00Z 0
EREY Goals for 2016-2017 Kim Erickson 2016-10-22 00:00:00Z 0
Mark your calendar for Saturday, November 19th, to attend the pool training for Susitna Rotary Club's spring Josh the Otter water safety training. 
When:  November 19th, 10:00am - 11:00am in the pool; on deck at 9:45am
             Doors open at 9:30am
Where:  Wasilla Pool
              701 E Bogard Rd.
              Wasilla, AK  99654
The Kids Don't Float organization will have four training stations.  Our club will be adding the Josh the Otter water training piece into the event.  This will prepare our members to add pool training to our existing classroom Josh the Otter presentations.
Questions?  Contact Claire Horton 907-362-2727
Kids Don't Float/Josh the Otter Pool Training Kim Erickson 2016-10-21 00:00:00Z 0
October 29th at the Menard Sports Center
Dancing (music 80's, 90's and Top 40), food and drinks from Jalapenos, atmosphere from the Gateway to Horror, and a fun costume contest.  Presented by Mike Newcity of NewCity Entertainment.
Vixens and Villains Halloween Ball Kim Erickson 2016-10-21 00:00:00Z 0

smiley " Choose to make a difference instead of choosing to be indifferent today." 

Thought for the Day CKochendorfer 2016-10-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kim Erickson on Oct 16, 2016
Nikolai Martusheff has been proposed for membership by Lolly Symbol.  Nikolai is an artist and photographer who also owns and Prime Constructors LLC.  His classification will be "Artist- Photographer".  His application for membership was approved by the board  and is being announced via this bulletin and at the club meeting on October 19th.
Nikolai has been working in rural Alaska since early summer.  Prior to that, he attended a number of our club meetings and has already volunteered to help at several events.  If you have any concerns or questions regarding his proposed membership, please contact the club secretary, Kim Erickson, or club membership chair, Kathy Timm.  He is scheduled to be inducted by District Governor Michelle O'Brien on November 9th.
Proposed new member: Nikolai Martusheff Kim Erickson 2016-10-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kim Erickson
Vacations, hockey games, gymnastics meets, sick family members, work - the list goes on and on as to why a member might miss a Rotary meeting.  Rotary's motto may be "Service Above Self" but the reason we continue to show up week after week is because Rotary is like family.
When a friend from your Rotary family misses a meeting, take a moment to call, text or email them to check in. You may be surprised:
On Vacation  Have fun and we'll see you when you return! 
Having a down week  Let's get together for lunch.
Lost a loved one  Let the club know.  How can we help support?
Job stress  Is there a Rotary task we can take off your plate? 
Whatever the answer, your friend will be happy to know their absence was noticed and they were missed. 
We miss you when your are away Kim Erickson 2016-10-17 00:00:00Z 0

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



Let's Go to the Movies November 4, 2017 Kim Erickson 2016-10-13 08:00:00Z 0

Join Valley Cinema and Mat-Su Valley Rotary Clubs as we raise money to support The Rotary Foundation.



Saturday, Nov. 5th @ 6:00 PM

“Time, Talent & Treasure”

Live and Silent Auction

Beer & Wine available in the Bistro and Theater #6


List of Live and Silent Auction items!!!  UPDATED
  1. 1000 Paul Harris Points.
  2. 1000 Paul Harris Points.
  3. Carousel Horse.
  4. A Samovar, value $260.
  5. 12 Months of Treasurers.
  6. A weekend at an Alyeska Condo.
  7. Mexican Dinner with Live Music.
  8. A visit from Santa.
  9. Spring Clean Up yard up to 1 acre.
  10. State Fair package: 2 adult and 2 youth weekend passes, camping permit, carnival sheet, they get to judge the parade, and maybe a couple of concert tickets too.
  11. Pat Garley metal sculpture
  12. "On A Clear Day" Alaska Railroad framed art, EST Value: $ 1410.00
  13. Willow Air Fly-In Fishing Trip, EST Value: $600
  14. Hovercraft Excursion, EST Value: $500.00
  15. Metal Photo Print
  16. Set of 2 Shane Lamb Lynx Framed Pictures, EST Value $500.00 (Min Bid $200)
  17. Aces Jersey and tickets to game in owners booth
  18. Tickets for 2 adults on the Alaska Railroad from Anchorage to Denali and back. Good for May 17, 2017-Sept 17, 2017
  19. One week Krystal International Vacation Club, Puerto Vallarta up to 10 people. For 2016- 2017
  20. Gourmet dinner for 8
  21. Thai “make your own spring rolls” Dinner for 8
  22. Cessna 180 Airplane Flight Seeing 
  23. Inside View of the Iditarod for 2. Begins at Ceremonial Start, then an overnight stay at a B&B at Big Lake. Next day a pickup with a Cessna 180 to Long Lake for the Restart Party, and finish with a “fly over” the Iditarod Race in a Cessna 180.
  24. Valley Cinema.....movies for a year for 2 people
  25. Laser Tag and Pizza for a party of 20 at the Extreme Fun Center. 
  26. Tickets on the Alaska Railroad to Seward, with a stay in the Beach Front Condos and tickets to Kenai Fiords Cruise.
  27. 50,000 Alaska Airline Miles. Donated by GCI
  28. Pontoon boat adventure, fishing, swimming and playing on Seymour Lake, BBQ, and fire pit.
  1. Grandparents Box
  2. Star Wars Box
  3. International Box
  4. Quilted Blanket
  5. Wine Basket
  6. Long Island Ice Tea Basket
  7. African Bowl
  8. Table Cloth  
  9. Hanger
  10. Pampered Chef Basket
  11. $500 worth of Magic Metal Roofing
  12. Jewelry from Joan Tolstrup
  13. Washington Wines
  14. Hand Made Quilt handcrafted
  15. Photo donated by a friend of Susitna Club
  16. Jewelry from Charissa Hooyman
  17. Wood Project
  18. Sky lanterns donated by Gorilla Fireworks 
  19. Apple Pie Liquor and Raspberry Vodka basket
  20. Tax prep from Evelyna Kuhr
  21. Pureology shampoo and conditioner/haircut and shampoo
  22. Cigars and Cognac
  23. Original Oil Painting
  24. Massage from First Choice
  25. Doggie Basket
  26. Kennicott Mine painting
  27. Metal Samovar, value $65
  28. 2 18”x20” photos, value $50
  29. 12 misc filled baskets of goodies including wine, painted Russian eggs, nesting dolls, movies, wall décor, stained glass pieces, cozy up basket, wine/popcorn/movies –various values $50- $100
  30. Mystery bag value $100
  31. A Night at the Movies Basket.  Est. Value: $100
  32. "Fur" Ever Love Wine Set (Sexy Wine).  Est. Value $150.00
  33. Chiropractic Exam & Memory Pillow. Est. Value $560.00
  34. Alaskan Gardeners Winter Survival Kit. Est. Value $225.00
  35. "Alaskan Christmas", Hand Made Alaskan Eskimo Ornaments/Rustic Wine Glass Holder, 1 bottle of wine and 4 glasses. Est. Value $100
Let's Go To The Movies Nov 5th CKochendorfer 2016-10-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chuck Foster
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.
How to give a Classification Talk Chuck Foster 2016-10-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by CKochendorfer
Delivering "Coats for Kids" at Meadow Lakes elementary. 
With donations of $1825, the club was able to purchase from 6th Avenue Outfitters, 64 new winter coats, 17 pair of new winter boots and 72 hats. 
Donations were received from Gorilla Fireworks, Denali Refuse and Subway of Wasilla, as well as from Susitna Rotary and a few members whom gave personally.
A big thank you to Susitna Rotary, Kathy Timm, Kelly Kochendorfer, Evelyna Kuhr, Cheryl Metiva, Gorilla Fireworks, Denali Refuse, Subway of Mat Su and Robert Hall!
Special thanks to 6th Avenue Outfitters for the great discount and free hats!
Keeping our kiddos warm.
Coats for Kids CKochendorfer 2016-10-09 00:00:00Z 0
Whom to contact CKochendorfer 2016-10-09 00:00:00Z 0
Stan and Trudi Mitchell have volunteered their home for Susitna Rotarians to gather and create baskets for the "Let's Go to the Movies" silent auction.  Stay tuned for the date.
Meanwhile, start gathering up treasures to fill the baskets!  If you have basket decorating supplies, bring those as well!
Baskets! Baskets! Baskets! Kim Erickson 2016-10-06 00:00:00Z 0
The Kids Don’t Float (KDF) Program is a collaborative effort between several state and federal agencies, organizations and grassroots sponsors. KDF includes the life jacket loaner board and educational components. The Kids Don’t Float education program is a statewide injury prevention effort that was developed to address Alaska’s high child and youth drowning rate through presentations, and boating safety pool sessions. The speaker will explain what the program is and how it is implemented in Wasilla as well as explore ways we can partner together to bring life-saving information to people in our community.
Oct 4th Program: Alaska Office of Boating Safety 2016-10-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 29, 2016
Help the MatSu Food Bank make sure no family in the Valley goes hungry.  Join them October 8th at the American Legion Post 15 in Palmer for Spaghetti Feed Fundraiser.
October 8th  6:00pm - 9:00pm
Adults $10 - Children $5
No reservations required!
Spaghetti Feed Oct 8
MatSu Food Bank Spaghetti Feed Kim Erickson 2016-09-30 00:00:00Z 0
This quarter's Club Assembly will focus on The Rotary Foundation (TRF): how it works and who benefits.  Join your fellow members to hear Club Foundation Chair Jack Timm discuss this critical component to Rotary's success in the world.
Sep 28th: The Rotary Foundation Kim Erickson 2016-09-22 00:00:00Z 0

B.A.C.A. Mission Statement

Bikers Against Child Abuse, Inc. (B.A.C.A.) exists with the intent to create a safer environment for abused children. We exist as a body of Bikers to empower children to not feel afraid of the world in which they live. We stand ready to lend support to our wounded friends by involving them with an established, united organization. We work in conjunction with local and state officials who are already in place to protect children. We desire to send a clear message to all involved with the abused child that this child is part of our organization, and that we are prepared to lend our physical and emotional support to them by affiliation, and our physical presence. We stand at the ready to shield these children from further abuse. We do not condone the use of violence or physical force in any manner, however, if circumstances arise such that we are the only obstacle preventing a child from further abuse, we stand ready to be that obstacle.

Bikers Against Child Abuse Kim Erickson 2016-09-19 00:00:00Z 0
The Susitna Rotary Club was chartered on January 7, 2007.  It was sponsored by the Rotary Clubs of the Mat-Su Valley and the following Rotarians were charter members of the club:
Scott Norman – President
Dale Adams
Mitch Hull
Ruth Blanchard
Nola Kurber
Suzi Bock
Keith Kurber
Rosemary Burnett
Cherie LeBlanc-Shu
Ralph Buzard
Sherry Mulhaney
Joe Cassidy
Rolf Numme
Gladys Chambers
Roger Purcell
Thom Dowell
Angela Rojas
Steve Frost
John Root
Robert Hall
John Shue
Carla Hendrix
Chuck Tanner
Nora Hull
Jack Timm
Jimmy Hull
Kathy Timm
History of Susitna Rotary Club Kim Erickson 2016-09-18 08:00:00Z 0
MatSu Food Bank Executive Director, Eddie Ezelle, and board member, Rylee Rudd, will update us on the organization's new direction and possible Rotary involvement.
Sep 14 Speaker:  MatSu Food Bank 2016-09-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kim Erickson
Do you know someone you think would make a great Rotarian?  Wondering how to go about proposing them for membership?  The process is simple:
1.  Invite them to meetings as your guest Important:  At this time, introduce them as a guest - not as a prospective member.  Your fellow Rotarians are bright enough to know that when you bring a local business associate or friend to a meeting there is potential for them to be proposed as a new member.
2.  Tell them about Rotary The website is a great resource.
3   Complete a Proposed New Member Form and turn it in to the club secretary or the club membership chair.  Be sure to include the proposed classification, contact data (including email) and any information that would be helpful when considering their application, i.e. work history, community service activities, awards, etc.
4.  Board will review the application and vote on their proposed membership.  
5.  New Member Orientation Handbook The handbook will be reviewed with the prospective member to be certain they understand the privileges and responsibilities of membership.  You can find the handbook on the right hand side of the home page of the club website under "home page download files"
6.  Announced to club The prospective new member is announced to the club and members have seven days to submit a written objection, including the reasons for the objection, to the Board.  Once the proposed member's name has been approved by the board and presented to the club you may introduce them as a prospective member at club meetings.
6.  Inducted into membership If seven days have passed with no objections, they will be inducted into membership on a mutually agreeable date.  The sponsor should obtain a brief bio on the new member that can be used to more formally introduce them to the club at their induction.
7.  Assigned a mentor The new member will be assigned a mentor --- ideally someone other than their sponsor --- to help guide them through the new member "red ribbon" requirements and make them feel at home in the club.
Refer to the Club Bylaws "Article 10 - Method of Electing Members" for a formal description of the process.
How to Propose a New Member Kim Erickson 2016-09-08 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kim Erickson on Sep 06, 2016
John Schweiger is moving to Alaska full time and has requested to transfer from honorary to active membership status.  Marty Metiva is his sponsor. His application to change membership status was approved by the board and announced at the club meeting on September 7th.
Coming Attractions Theatres, Inc. was founded in 1985 in Ashland, Oregon, home of the acclaimed Oregon Shakespeare Festival. The company’s founder, John C. Schweiger, had been a senior executive with major corporations before settling in Ashland and developing an interest in the local movie theatre with a history that dated back to it’s opening in 1937.

After renovating and operating Ashland’s Varsity Theatre, Mr. Schweiger’s enthusiasm for the film exhibition industry and helping young adults go to college fueled his company’s expansion while acquiring or building additional theatres in smaller to medium-sized markets up and down the Pacific Northwest (Washington, Oregon, Northern California, and most recently Alaska). Coming Attractions surpasses its patrons’ expectations by continuously providing modern state of the art theatre complexes that boast all the amenities of larger facilities in more cosmopolitan cities.
Most of you know John by his quick smile and overwhelming generosity to Rotary and the community.  Did you also know that he has been involved in Rotary for decades in Oregon?  No wonder he knows the 4 Way Test and lots of other Rotary facts by heart.  John is moving to Alaska and making this his full-time home hence the request for change in membership.
If you have any concerns or questions regarding his proposed membership, please contact the club secretary, Kim Erickson, or club membership chair, Kathy Timm.  He is scheduled to be inducted by District Governor Michelle O'Brien on November 9th.
Proposed new member: John Schweiger Kim Erickson 2016-09-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kim Erickson
Mark your calendars for Saturday, September 24th, for a New Member Orientation followed by a Fireside at Jack and Kathy Timm's home in Meadow Lakes.  The New Member Orientation will be from 4:00pm - 6:00pm and all members that have joined the club in the past two to three years are encouraged to attend. Older members or prospective members are welcome as well.  Please plan to arrive by 3:45 so that we can begin promptly at 4:00.  Promise:  the orientation will be informative, interactive, and FUN!!!  If you have not had a chance to look at it yet,  check out the updated New Member Handbook prior to the orientation.  It is also available anytime via a link on the Susitna Rotary Club website.
Thanks to Jack Timm's successful fall hunts, the orientation will be followed by a club Fireside 6:00pm - 8:00pm featuring Alaskan game BBQ and fellowship around the fire pit.  All members are invited to the Fireside and are guests are welcome.  BYOB and please bring a side dish or dessert to share.
New Member Orientation & Fireside Kim Erickson 2016-09-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kim Erickson
The air is cooler, leaves are beginning to change color, kids have gone back to school, and the Alaska State Fair is over.  It must be fall and the month Rotary celebrates service efforts designed to promote basic education and literacy.
"Supporting Education" is one of Rotary's six areas of focus.  The worldwide goal is to strengthen the capacity of communities to support basic education and literacy, reduce gender disparity in education, and increase adult literacy. 
Basic Education & Literacy Kim Erickson 2016-09-06 00:00:00Z 0

Linda Volkman is a certified reflexologist with Heart & Sole Inspirations. 

A 33-year resident of the Mat-Su Valley, she retired after 22 years as a teacher in the Mat-Su Borough School district and currently holds certification as a Nia Blue Belt Instructor. 

Linda has completed a 300-hour Nationally Accredited Reflexology Certification Program and a 50-hour Basic Jim Shin Do Bodymind Acupressure Certification Program. In addition, Linda has completed 55 Continuing Education hours of Intermediate Jin Shin Do Bodymind Intermediate Acupressure. 

Sep 7th Speaker:  Linda Volkman Kim Erickson 2016-09-05 00:00:00Z 0
Susitna Rotarians are familiar with Jack Timm's ongoing generosity. Now the United Way of Mat-Su is benefiting from his unselfishness as well.  Jack has donated his huge yellow and white tent to the United Way of Mat-Su where it will continue to benefit the community.
Thanks for being such a great guy, Jack!
The Generosity of Jack Timm Kim Erickson 2016-08-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dr. Robert J. Rowen on Aug 16, 2016


It is important to stay balanced in the vaccine issue. I do need to report situations affecting your choice to vaccinate or not. Now comes a sad report from Nigeria. Just when officials thought polio was wiped out, there has been a report of two cases of polio paralysis in children. This is a huge reminder of a time in our own past. And, it is heartbreaking.

I happen to believe in vaccination or quarantine for a dangerous contagious disease, which is present. The Nigerian cases have been determined to be local viruses, indicating that the virus was not wiped out from the area. Now, worse, with terrorism, the areas affected may not get the service they need, similar to Pakistan. Health people will be risking their own lives to rush in and out of the area. It is conjecture to speculate on the ramifications of this situation.

Nigeria is decidedly different than here in America. Polio was wiped out of North America long ago. To me, the only risk a child (or adult) would have in getting polio would not be from other school children but from travel abroad to the remaining few hot spots. And, one could always prepare for such a journey with vaccination.

I have mentioned that I have a soft spot in my heart for the polio vaccine. But, does the presence of polio in Pakistan and Nigeria merit forced vaccination here? I’d like your take in this one.



POLIO RESURGENCE IN NIGERIA Dr. Robert J. Rowen 2016-08-17 00:00:00Z 0
August is Membership and New Club Development Month Kim Erickson 2016-08-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 14, 2016
Susitna Rotary Club now has one or two "Greeters" assigned to welcome fellow members and guests to each meeting.
Greeters should arrive early (about 5:30pm), find one of the two Greeter badges in the badge box, and wear it along with your name badge.  Position yourself near one of the two entryways and have fun welcoming everyone as they arrive at the meeting.  Please have members and guests sign-in on the attendance sheet.
Finally, recruit someone to take your place and be a greeter at the next meeting.
August 17th greeters:  Neena Levan and Charissa Hooyman.
Rotary Club Greeters Kim Erickson 2016-08-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 14, 2016
Help feed the hungry of the Mat-Su Valley by bringing canned goods to the Alaska State Fair on Thursday, Friday and Saturday August 25-27. The Mat-Su Food Bank will have volunteers and collection bins at the gates for you to drop off. 
Want to volunteer?  See Eddie Ezelle, Executive Director, Mat-Su Food Bank.
Feed the Hungry of Mat-Su Valley Kim Erickson 2016-08-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kim Erickson on Aug 14, 2016

The Object of Rotary

The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideals of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster the following:

  • FIRST. The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;
  • SECOND. High ethical standards in business and professions, the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations, and the dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society;
  • THIRD. The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian’s personal, business, and community life;
  • FOURTH. The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.
The Object of Rotary Kim Erickson 2016-08-15 00:00:00Z 0
Update from our Membership Chair, Kathy Timm
Things are going well in the world of Membership for Susitna Rotary.  
Our membership committee in place now, and what a great committee it is.
Committee members are already diving into projects:

Kim Erickson is doing a fantastic job of recognizing our members birthdays and anniversaries. 

Cathy Kochendorfer has been developing a tri-fold brochure for our club to use as a recruiting/information tool.

Rylee Rudd has agreed to develop a Susitna Rotary specific brochure on "How to Propose a New Member" and the application form to go along with it.

Kathy Timm is working on the New Member Orientation, an information session for new and seasoned members to be held sometime late Sept. or late October....more information to follow. 
Watch for our new Mentor Program too.  If you want to get involved, there is room for you too on this committee. 

Just come see me,
Kathy Timm
Membership Update Cathy Kochendorfer 2016-08-04 00:00:00Z 0
Mayor Bert L. Cottle is a lifelong Alaskan, born and raised in Wasilla. 
Mayor Cottle is a graduate of Wasilla High School, and Trinidad State College in Trinidad, Colorado.  Mayor Cottle is also a graduate of the FBI Academy and Northwestern University School of Management in Chicago, Illinois. Mayor Cottle spent 22 years as a police officer in Valdez, Alaska, and 10 years as Mayor of Valdez.  He also worked for 13 years with the Alaska Gasline Port Authority. 
His vast experience includes three years on the Alaska Alcohol Beverage Control Board; three years on the Alaska Municipal League Board (Past President); and three years on the Alaska State Homeland Security Task Force. Mayor Cottle’s affiliations include:  Pioneers of Alaska (Past President); Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks #2537; Eagles Aerie #1971; longtime NRA member; Advocate for Victims of Violence; FBI Association; Youth Coalition Task Force; and, Wasilla Area Seniors (WASI).
Mayor Bert L. Cottle Cathy Kochendorfer 2016-08-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kim Erickson on Aug 01, 2016
Susitna Rotary Club will be building two more Kids Don't Float kiosks in August.  Watch for information as to the date, time and how you can help with this month's service project.
Service Project: Build Kids Don't Float Kiosk Kim Erickson 2016-08-02 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary District 5010 has partnered with Junior Achievement to help students in our district become 100% financial literate.  Join us to hear Donna Douglas and Ross Johnson present this District-wide campaign and learn about the JA Virtual Finance Park.
This week's program: Teaching Financial Literacy 2016-08-02 00:00:00Z 0
Member Profile: Susitna Club President Chuck Foster Chuck Foster 2016-07-25 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Dream Team 2017 Bob Weel 2016-07-19 00:00:00Z 0
Our New Home: Settlers Bay Lodge 2016-07-18 00:00:00Z 0
Susitna Rotary Club will be building two new "Kids Don't Float" kiosks this summer.  Please email Jack Timm with your suggestion for a location.
Kids Don't Float - 2016-07-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kim Erickson on Jun 20, 2016
The Rotary Month designations and monthly program chairs for 2016-2017:

JULY No special designation 1 July — Start of new Rotary officers' year of service  (Kim Erickson)

AUGUST Membership and Extension Month  (Rylee Rudd)

SEPTEMBER Basic Education and Literacy Month    (Trudi Mitchell)

OCTOBER Economic and Community Development Month  ( John Klapperich)   

NOVEMBER Rotary Foundation Month   ( Julie Foster)

DECEMBER Disease Prevention and Treatment Month  ( Lanissa Grogan)

JANUARY Vocational Service Month ( Catherine Inman)

FEBRUARY Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution Month ( James Bunch)

                        February 23— Rotary's anniversary

MARCH Water and Sanitation Month   ( Lynn Mitchell)

APRIL Maternal and Child Health Month  (Rob Grogan)

MAY Youth Service Month    ( Neena Levan)

JUNE Rotary Fellowships Month  ( Kelly Kochendorfer)

June 10 - 14, 2017 — Rotary International Convention in Atlanta
2016-17 Club Program Chairs & Rotary Monthly Themes Kim Erickson 2016-06-21 00:00:00Z 0
Many exciting changes for clubs were approved during the recent Council on Legislation (COL): flexibility in meeting schedules, membership types, attendance requirements, club administration and more. These changes go into effect on July 1st.  Interested in learning more about the changes?  Register to attend a free one hour webinar:
Thursday, June 23
Tuesday, June 28
5:30 pm AKDT/6:30 pm PDT (either session)
Register Now
What's Ahead for Rotary Kim Erickson 2016-06-21 00:00:00Z 0
Last Wednesday Susitna Rotary Celebrated Club Member Ralph Buzard's 80th birthday with a beautiful cake ( thanks Trudi) complete with race cars, one of Ralph's passions.  Ralph is a Charter Member of the Susitna Rotary Club and came to us from the Petersburg, Ak. club. Ralph was club president  

2009 – 2010. The theme for that year was “The Future of Rotary Is in Your Hands”  The District 5010 Governor was  William Hopper (Anchorage Rotary) and the RI President was  John Kenny (Grangemouth, Scotland).In addition to existing club projects, Ralph Buzzard added Coats for Kids and Reading in the School at Big Lake Elementary to the club’s community service. Ralph and his wife, Claudia have been the driving force behind the involvement of our club in the local Recycling project. Ralph has always been there to help on projects, including United Way Stuff the Bus, Houston Founders Day projects, Kids Don't Float, the Little Su Classic etc, etc, Happy Birthday, Ralph. We love you!

Celebrating Ralph Buzard's 80th Birthday Kathy Timm 2016-05-02 00:00:00Z 0
Come Support Scholarships in the Valley and have fun at Colony High School Saturday, April 30th. Go to the website to register.
Rotary Running Dead 5K is April 30th Kathy Timm 2016-04-25 00:00:00Z 0
Susitna Rotary is proud to welcome two new members to our club:  Cathy and Kelly Kochendofer were inducted on April 20th by President Phil Horton. Cathy's sponsor is Kathy Timm and Jack Timm sponsored Kelly. Cathy's classification is Production Manager and Kelly's is A/I Airplane Mechanic. They are both past supporters of Susitna Rotary fundraisers and are excited about getting involved in future service Projects and have volunteered for several already ( Rotary Running Dead 5K, Kid's Don't Float, The Little Su Classic and Josh the Otter Program). Susitna Rotary is glad to have them as members. 
Susitna Rotary Welcomes Two New Members Kathy Timm 2016-04-25 00:00:00Z 0
April is Maternal and Child Health Care Month in the world of Rotary. Our Speaker on Wed. April 6th is Doctor Cassandra Cook DO-OB/GYN. Dr. Cook's topic is Prenatal care and Genetics. Hope you can join us 6pm at Piccolinos in Wasilla. 
Our Speaker April 6th is Doctor Cassandra Cook Do-OB/GYN Kathy Timm 2016-03-31 00:00:00Z 0
Get Ready for Otter Spotter Day Kathy TImm 2016-03-19 00:00:00Z 0
     Through a grant from Rotary International, Susitna Rotary will be able to present Josh the Baby Otter to every Kindergarten class in the Mat Su Borough.  Our Club purchased a Josh Costume, and almost 1200 books to deliver to the classrooms this year.  Then ordered another 375.
      It is important that every child knows never to go near the water without an adult, always swim with a buddy and learn to float on their back like Josh the Baby Otter. With drowning as the number one cause of death in Alaska for kids under 14 it is crucial that we get this message out.             This program does a great job of doing just that.  Susitna Rotary Club hopes to make this a signature project and do this every year to every Kindergarten child in the Borough. We have scheduled ALL schools  for the Month of May, from Trapper Creek to Glacier View and all the schools in between. The teachers are excited about us coming and we are excited to make this happen.  Pictured below is from a visit last year to Big Lake Elementary School.  Josh the Baby Otter ( Felicity Young) with Chris Sawyer, administrative secretary and Breena Reintsma , Principal at Big Lake Elementary. 
Josh The Otter Coming to a School Near You 2016-03-02 00:00:00Z 0
Mike Miller is with the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. After more than 100 years of extirpation throughout Alaska, wood bison have found their way back to the state!  In collaboration with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, AWCC was able to reintroduce the wood bison back into the Alaska wild. In 2003, 13 wood bison were brought to AWCC from a disease-free herd in the Yukon Territory in Canada.  The goal is to release the AWCC herd back into the Alaska wild. Currently, AWCC is home to the only wood bison herd in the United States. The first wood bison calves born in the state of Alaska in over 100 years were born at AWCC in 2005. In 2008, AWCC received 53 calves from Canada and placed them with the existing AWCC herd. Since 2006, AWCC has seen the birth of multiple calves every spring. Look for small orange “lumps” in the exhibit near the bushes! Come hear an update from Mike Miller  - 
Our Speaker Wed. Feb. 17th is Mike Miller Kathy Timm 2016-02-16 00:00:00Z 0
"Peace and Conflict Resolution" Kim Erickson 2016-02-16 00:00:00Z 0
Polio News Kim Erickson 2016-02-08 00:00:00Z 0
Feb 10 will feature Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) Alex Elmore, Executive Officer to the Adjutant General of Alaska, who will describe Alaska’s highly successful partnership with Mongolia.
Alaska and Mongolia were paired in 2003 under the National Guard State Partnership Program (SPP). They share similar geography, Arctic climate, isolated rural population and a vast mineral wealth. These commonalities and the similar challenges both face, allow for a better understanding of each other.
The SPP is mutually beneficial. Alaska’s Guardsmen share expertise, practice teaching and training skills, experience another culture and learn how a foreign military force organizes and operates.  As a result, Mongolia has become an active participant in global affairs. For example, last year, the Mongolian Armed Forces (MAF) had over 950 soldiers participating in several UN Peacekeeping operations in Africa. The MAF are tailored to the peacetime needs and the economic potential of the country and through the SPP have realized the tangible benefits of being a global partner in peace and security. 
Whether building hospitals or schools, providing medical and dental treatment in underserved areas, working with students, or training with Mongolia’s military, Alaskans have made a difference in the lives of Mongolians.
Our speaker this week is Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) Alex Elmore Kathy Timm 2016-02-04 00:00:00Z 0
HEARTS FOR HUNGER FEBRUARY 13TH Kathy Timm 2016-01-23 00:00:00Z 0
Susitna Rotary Club is pleased to welcome 3 new members to our club. Lanissa Grogan ( Classification Health and Wellness), James Bunch ( Classification Pharmacist) and Lana Covert ( Classification Publishing) were inducted by District Brad Gamble during his official Club Visit on November 11, 2015.  Lanissa's sponsor is Kathy Timm, James' Sponsor is Rob Grogan, and Lana's Sponsor is Cheryl Metiva.  All three have already been active in fundraisers and service projects while awaiting induction. Again....welcome. we are looking forward to working with you in service to our communities. 
Three New Members Welcomed into Susitna Rotary Kathy Timm 2015-11-17 00:00:00Z 0
Above is the link to the Joint Rotary Meeting flyer.  The Valley Rotary Clubs and Eagle River are hosting a joint Rotary Meeting 12-1pm at the Moose Lodge in Palmer.  
Doors open at 11:30am, meal should be ready ( $15 if you choose to eat) no later than 11:40. Plan to arrive early to get your meal before noon. The Governor will be on a tight schedule.  Remember this a make up. All members are encouraged to bring guests.  Hope to see you there. 
Joint Valley And Eagle River Rotary Clubs meeting Nov. 20th Kathy Timm 2015-11-17 00:00:00Z 0
A fun time was had by all at the 3rd Annual Rotary Foundation Fundraiser "Let's Go to the Movies".  Good food, great fellowship, fun auction, and Spectre the Movie all added up to a great time and in addition we raised over $22,000 for the Foundation.  If you have photos, send them to me please and I will add them to the bulletin   
Over $22,000 raised for the Rotary Foundation Saturday night Kathy Timm 2015-11-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 16, 2015
This month, we recognize the vital work Rotarians are doing through The Rotary Foundation (TRF). After a historic year during which transmission of the wild poliovirus was stopped in Nigeria and the whole of Africa, the worldwide eradication of polio is closer than ever, said top health experts at Rotary’s third annual World Polio Day event, held on 23 October in New York City.
November is Rotary Foundation Month Kim Erickson 2015-11-17 00:00:00Z 0
Get ready to celebrate The Rotary Foundation centennial Kim Erickson 2015-11-17 00:00:00Z 0
Brad Gamble and his wife, Tonya, will be visiting our club Wed. November 11th ( tonight).  This will be a great time to learn more about Brad and his family, as well as his passion for Rotary and his hope for the future of Rotary. In addition, Brad will be inducting 3 new members into our club: Lana Covert, Lanissa Grogan and James Bunch. Come welcome Brad, Tonya and our new members. All three of these new members have already been so active in our club and will be great assets to Susitna Rotary.
DISTRICT GOVERNOR BRAD GAMBLE IS OUR PROGRAM 11-11-15 Kathy Timm 2015-11-11 00:00:00Z 0

Neal D. Fried
EconomistState of Alaska, Department of Labor, Research & Analysis Section, 1978-Present; supervisor of Anchorage office. 
Education: B.A. in History, and a B.A. in Economics, University of Alaska Fairbanks. 

    Neal Fried was born in Washington D.C., but raised in Vienna, Austria. He has worked as an economist in Alaska for over 30 years and has observed many changes.  His experience as an economist has been broad and deep. He has not been involved with the public policy issues of the economy, but instead has been a producer of objective economic and demographic measures and analysis of our economy
    Mr. Fried produces economic data and analysis on a variety of economic issues facing Alaska, and serves as a speaker on Alaska employment and economic issues at the request of Alaska media organizations, state agencies and public institutions, nonprofits, corporations, professional associations, etc. 
    He is a primary author of articles appearing in the monthly magazine Alaska Economic Trends, published by the Alaska Department of Labor.  This publication is distributed to more than 5,000 subscribers.  His articles cover a wide variety of state of Alaska economic issues.  Some of the topics on which he has performed economic analysis and written articles include: the cost of living, annual forecasts of Anchorage and Alaska’s economy, construction, income and wage trends, the military, the health care industry, transportation, oil industry issues, labor needs, rural economic trends, economic impact of the 1989 Prince William Sound oil spill, growth in Alaska’s breweries, the Mat-Su Valley's economy and Alaska's largest employers.
    Neal has served on the Governor’s Oil and Gas Policy Task Force, the Anchorage Economic Development Committee, the Governor’s Technology Task Force and others; he is also a member of the Pacific Northwest Economic Conference board. He is a recipient of Governor’s 2011 Denali Peak Performance Award.
    Neal came to Alaska in 1973 to attend UAF where he earned a B.A. in History and a B.A. in Economics. He decided to stay in Alaska? "Alaska is the only place in the United States as a conscious human being I have lived. It has been a wonderful ride, so why would I leave?" Neal is married and has two children.




Neil Fried, State Economist, is our Speaker for October 21st. Kathy Timm 2015-10-12 00:00:00Z 0
Floyd Shilanski, a member of the Big Lake Community Council, and a member of the Rotary E Club will talk to us Wed. night, Oct. 14th, 6pm, at Picollino's about the Past, Present and Future of Big Lake community. Come join us.
Our Speaker for Wed. 10-14 is Floyd Shilanski Kathy Timm 2015-10-12 00:00:00Z 0
We are looking forward to seeing everyone at our District Assembly on Thursday and the Conference which runs  Friday through Sunday. For a complete schedule, go to District 5010 facebook page or website. There are many great speakers, fun celebrations, good food, a fantastic venue....see you all there. 
District Conference May 12-15 Talkeetna 2015-10-04 00:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Foundation Fall Promotion Kim Erickson 2015-09-29 00:00:00Z 0
Come visit us on Sept . 30, and we'll learn what makes the U.S. military a good option for college bound students. Jay Tung has been a college admissions officer since 2009.  He finds, interviews, and assists candidates for appointment to the US Air Force Academy.  Jay also counsels college bound students with higher education goals.  He is a graduate of the Academy and retired pilot, and currently serves as the Air Force Deputy Liaison Officer Director for Alaska. Jay is also a member of the Anchorage International Rotary Club.
Jay Tung is our speaker Wed. Sept 30 Kathy Timm 2015-09-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kim Erickson on Sep 08, 2015

Rotary District 5010 is once again organizing a National Immunization Day (NID) trip to India for Feb/March 2016. India is polio-free, but the potential for importing a virus from elsewhere is still a danger. Immunizations must continue until Africa (very close now!), Pakistan (most cases in 2015 were reported from there ... but the effort there has become very active and aggressive), and Afghanistan have also eradicated the disease.

2016 Polio NID Trip to India Kim Erickson 2015-09-09 00:00:00Z 0
  Susitna Rotary Helps United Way. Jack Timm's  circus tent was erected on Aug. 10th by Susitna Rotary with the help of Job Corps. 700 back packs were stuffed with school supplies for area kids.
United Way Stuff the Bus 2015 Kathy Timm 2015-08-14 00:00:00Z 0
Susitna Rotary will be manning the dunk tank this year at Houston Founders Day. Come join Lolly and challenge your friends to sit in the tank. 
Houston Founders Day is August 15th Kathy Timm 2015-08-08 00:00:00Z 0
Sockeye Fire Relief Fundraiser at Big Lake Lions Rec Center Kathy Timm 2015-07-28 00:00:00Z 0
Our meeting this week will be back at Picollino's. 6pm Wednesday, July 8th.   Bring your lap tops, we will create a hot spot, and learn to navigate ClubRunner,, and make some loans to Kiva. You will learn to access your profile, check your attendance, see your make ups applied, check on your rotary dues payments, and learn how to donate to the Rotary Foundation, and much, much more.  In addition, if you would like to pay your dues, you may do so at this meeting. Remember, the amount you owe has been reduced! There is no meeting fee, dues are $100 for July- Dec. 2015, or you can pay for the entire year ($200).  Age 65 and over is half price.
Wed. July 8 back at Picollino's Kathy Timm 2015-07-02 00:00:00Z 0
Susitna Rotary says thank you to Eric for his year as President and welcomes Phil Horton as our Club President for 2015-16. The evening was filled with fun, awards and a good time was had by all. We are so thankful that we have so many wonderful people in our club.
Passing the Gavel and Awards Ceremony for Susitna Rotary Kathy Timm 2015-06-28 00:00:00Z 0
Just a little "Rotary" Trivia....
The first Rotary Club was formed when attorney Paul P. Harris called together a meeting of three business acquaintances in downtown Chicago, at Harris' friend Gustave E. Loehr's office in the Unity Building on Dearborn Street on February 23, 1905.[5] In addition to Harris and Loehr (a mining engineer and freemason[6]), Silvester Schiele (a coal merchant), and Hiram E. Shorey (a tailor) were the other two who attended this first meeting. The members chose the name Rotary because initially they rotated subsequent weekly club meetings to each other's offices, although within a year, the Chicago club became so large it became necessary to adopt the now-common practice of a regular meeting place. In that vein, we will be Rotating every other week for a few weeks...  All Meetings will still be Wed. 6-7pm
Wed. June 17th    Northshore Ale House ( Formerly Mat Su Resort)
Wed. July 1    Denali Family Restaurant ( on the Parks Highway)
This week's meeting will be at the Backstage Bistro Wed. 6pm Kathy Timm 2015-05-30 00:00:00Z 0
Last year, despite the wind and rain, our club floated the Little Su River, picking up trash and making the River a safer, better place to float.
UPDATE:  Jack will be heading out June 3rd with MatSu Water Rescue and will be cutting the sweepers out of the river to help improve safety for clean-up participants. If you would like to help, call him at 715-7671. 
On Thursday June 4th, Jack will be taking checkpointers around to their duty stations and introducing them to the land owners and showing them where to set up. If you would like to staff a checkpoint, then give Jack a call.
This year is looking like better weather. The float will be on June 6th and will start again at the Schrock Road Bridge at 8am for experienced, advanced paddlers. A family float will follow, starting at noon at the Fishers Gravel Pit at the end of Three Bees in Houston.  The club will provide bags to collect garbage  and will be awarding awesome prizes for various "garbage" categories. Here are some photos of donations this year for prizes.   Food will be dogs and chili at the gravel pit and a BBQ at the bridge at Houston, across from the fire station at 4pm. For more information visit Susitna Rotary's Facebook page, or call Jack Timm at 715-7671. Hope to see you all there. 
Thank you Big Wood Carvers, Jacobsen's Greenhouse, Alaska Railroad, Beach Front Rentals, Cup of Jo to Go, to name just a few.
Little Su Classic June 6th Kathy Timm 2015-05-11 00:00:00Z 0
On April 29th of this year, gov Bill Walker signed an Executive Proclamation recognizing May as National Water Safety Month. To help kick off water safety in our area, Susitna Rotary Club visited Meadow Lakes and Big Lake Elementary Schools in an effort to provide Kindergarten classrooms with water safety training. Nearly one hundred children in attendance were read the book "Josh the Baby Otter" with the help of a video presentation. They were all given copies of the book (which includes an audio CD) and a coloring book. When the book was finished, Josh the baby otter was introduced and everyone joined him dancing to his theme song "Learn to Float." After pledging to never go near the water without an adult, they were all invited for hugs or high fives with Josh the Otter. 

Susitna Rotary Club has a long history of water quality and safety projects in the MatSu Valley. They host the 9th annual Little Susitna Classic river clean-up (this year on June 6th.) They maintain multiple life jacket loaner boards in the Meadow Lakes / Houston area and have participated in several lake clean-ups in the area. With help from the Rotary Foundation and other local Rotary Clubs, Susitna Rotary hopes to bring Josh the Otter to all Mat-Su kindergarten classes next spring.
Josh The Otter : UPDATE: Kathy Timm 2015-05-11 00:00:00Z 0
Our Speaker 5-6-15 is Eric Wade-Links Mat Su Parents Resource Center Kathy Timm 2015-05-03 00:00:00Z 0
Come join us at Picollino's 6pm Wed. April 20th to learn about doing Rotary Meeting Make Ups on the road,  and hear some of the interesting ones that Kim Erickson and her husband Tryg did on their trip to the Lower 48 this month. Kim will also be giving us an Update on the upcoming District Conference in Girdwood. Club assembly to follow...your input is valuable. 
Kim Erickson on Traveling and Rotary Make Ups Kathy Timm 2015-04-20 00:00:00Z 0
Josh Fryfogle is our speaker tonight Kathy Timm 2015-04-15 00:00:00Z 0
"Moose the Movie" Like "Sharknado" without the sharks...and their's only one of him...and he's a moose. A movie made IN Alaska, BY Alaskans, STARRING Alaskans! Debuts April 24th at The Valley Cinema. - 
Our Speaker for April 8th is Chad Carpenter 2015-04-04 00:00:00Z 0
Polio Eradication Initiative News 2015-04-04 00:00:00Z 0
Our Speaker for April 1st is Tara Maltby Kathy Timm 2015-04-01 00:00:00Z 0
Phil, Michelle, Jack and Kathy have been meeting for the last few months, getting things lined up for the Little Su Classic. This is Susitna Rotary's signature service project. It involves cleaning up the Little Su River, and at the same time, we have a lot of fun floating the river, feeding the participants, giving out awards and prizes, and generally, having a great day, hopefully in the sunshine. The date is June 6th so mark your calendars!
We are in need of sponsors, and also prizes for those collecting garbage. If you can help, please contact Kathy Timm 715-7671, or one of our club members. It's fun if everyone walks away with a prize. We could use money, of course, but items and gift cards are always a hit too. And, last, but not least, we would love for you all to come float the river with us, we have starting places for advanced floaters, and for family floats. And, the cost to float is only $20.  That includes a t-shirt, lunch,  BBQ at the end of the float, and a poker hand.  Not bad for a full day of fun!  Check us out on facebood at
Little Su Classic coming soon Kathy Timm 2015-04-01 00:00:00Z 0

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 Rotary Foundation Kim Erickson 2015-03-25 00:00:00Z 0

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!

Every Rotarian Every Year Kim Erickson 2015-03-24 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kim Erickson
Have you signed up for this year's District 5010 Conference?  Now is the time! Register today and be sure to book your room at the spectacular Alyeska Prince Hotel soon.  Use the coupon code "Rotary" to receive a discount on your room reservation.
Thu May 7 - 10:00 am - 5:30 pm    District Training Assembly
Fri   May 8 - 12:00 pm                    District Conference begins
Sun May 10 - 11:00 am                  District Conference concludes
Rotary District 5010 Conference Kim Erickson 2015-03-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kim Erickson
The Presidential Citation from Rotary International recognizes clubs that have taken action to Light Up Rotary in 2014-15 by increasing membership, enhancing their service impact, and expanding the network.  The deadline for completing the actions is March 31st.
Presidential Citation Kim Erickson 2015-03-18 00:00:00Z 0
Post-secondary education in Alaska
          Mar 18, 2015 Dr. Don Bantz, President of Alaska Pacific Univ. Post-secondary education in Alaska Dr. Don Bantz, President of Alaska Pacific University, will discuss post-
secondary education in Alaska, the mission of APU, and “what it takes to make a teacher.” -
Dr.Don Bantz Lynn Mitchell 2015-03-16 00:00:00Z 0
The Foraker Group Leadership Summit 2015 Kim Erickson 2015-03-09 00:00:00Z 0
End Polio Now Update Kim Erickson 2015-03-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kim Erickson on Mar 03, 2015
Missed a club meeting?  Please send in your make-ups to Lynn Mitchell to receive credit for attendance.  Lynn is filling in for our club secretary, Kathy Timm, while she is on vacation. 
Rotary Make-ups Kim Erickson 2015-03-04 00:00:00Z 0
March is the month for Literacy. Today there is growing agreement that literacy is at the center of all learning. The National Center for Literacy Education, a coalition of education associations, policy organizations, and foundations united to support schools in elevating literacy learning,
Literacy Lynn Mitchell 2015-03-02 00:00:00Z 0
Meeting fees waived for guests and visiting Rotarians Lynn Mitchell 2015-03-02 00:00:00Z 0
February 23 marks an important date for us, the 110  Anniversary of Rotary International . On this day in 1905 Rotary founder Paul Harris formed one of the world's first service organizations, the Rotary Club of Chicago, as a place where professional with diverse backgrounds could exchange ideas and form meaningful, lifelong friendships.Since then , Rotary has continued to commitment to service by providing clean water, improving maternal health, awarding scholarships, fighting disease, improving lives around the world.
110 Anniversay of Rotary Lynn Mitchell 2015-02-24 00:00:00Z 0
This year marks the 30 th anniversary of the Polio Plus program.Since the fight to end polio began , 2 billion children have been immunized, 10 million children have been saved from lifelong paralysis and 125 countries have been declared polio- free.
30 Anniversary of the Polio Plus Program Lynn Mitchell 2015-02-24 00:00:00Z 0
The first meeting will be held on March 14 at 10 am. Meeting will be held at the Curtis Menard Sport Center in the classroom down at the end of the Administration hall.
Christmas Friendship Dinner Lynn Mitchell 2015-02-24 00:00:00Z 0

Using their talents, expertise, and leadership, Rotary members worldwide are asked to be gifts to the world this upcoming 2015-16 Rotary year.

Rotary International President-elect K.R. "Ravi" Ravindran called Sunday's address to incoming district governors the "most significant moment of my life."

"All of you have been given so many gifts. And you have now been given this great gift: one year to take all your talents, all your gifts, everything that you are and can become -- and Be a Gift to the World," said Ravindran, revealing his presidential theme at the annual five-day training meeting in San Diego, California, USA. "You have one year to take that potential and turn it into reality. One year to lead the clubs in your district and transform the lives of others. The time is so short, yet there is so much to be done."

Log onto to read the entire speech.


New Rotary International Theme Announced. Lynn Mitchell 2015-02-01 00:00:00Z 0
If you have not signed up for District Conference now is the time to sign up. Head over to their website
District Conference May 7-10 2015 Lynn Mitchell 2015-02-01 00:00:00Z 0
Susitna Rotary and Big Lake Lions Collaborated on a Fundraiser Saturday Night. Prime Rib dinner, Improv Entertainment, and Fantastic Fireworks!
Thank you to all of our sponsors and especially Gorilla Fireworks and Denali Refuse. Thank you Alaska Photography Company for the great photos. For more photos check out the album on our web site. 
ICE BREAKER WAS A GREAT SUCCESS Lynn Mitchell 2015-02-01 00:00:00Z 0

Come meet the new General Manager of Alaska State Fair& catch his vision for the future

Our Speaker next Wed. , Feb. 4, 2015 is Jerome Hertel. Mr Hertel is relocating from his home state of South Dakota, where he was the executive director of the South Dakota State Fair. Prior to that, he served as the event director/operations manager at the Sioux Empire Fair Association, and the food and beverage director for Ogden Entertainment Services, where he oversaw operations at Sioux Falls Arena, Howard Wood Field, and Sioux Falls Convention Center in Sioux Falls. Jerome holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of South Dakota.


Speaker this week is Jerome Hertel Lynn Mitchell 2015-02-01 00:00:00Z 0
Steve and Joyce Pohl will be our speakers Jan. 21,2015
Hear about the Fall 2014 road trip BMW Motorad Magazine put together to shoot a documentary showcasing the breathtaking beauty of Alaska.  Spectacular photos of Hatcher Pass, inside Kennecott Mine, Prince William Sound and more!
Beards & Beemers - 2014 BMW Motorcycle Motorad Roadtrip 2015-01-17 00:00:00Z 0
Congratulations to Stan Mitchell, Susitna Rotary's newest Paul Harris Member. And to Ralph Buzard, Ralph receives his +1 pin from Foundation Chair, Kim Erickson      
Paul Harris Recognition Pins Awarded 2015-01-13 00:00:00Z 0
Be a Hero with your Valentine and support the Food Bank at the Same time. Come join the fun Valentines Day 
HEARTS FOR HUNGER 2015-01-13 00:00:00Z 0
ICE BREAKER TICKETS NOW ON SALE!!!!! Kathy Timm 2015-01-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cheryl Metiva on Feb 06, 2011

Rotary International Monthly Themes:


  January Rotary Awareness Month  
  February World Understanding Month  
  March Literacy Month  
  April Magazine Month  
  May Promote International Convention Month  
  June Rotary Fellowship Month  
  July Literacy Month  & New Rotary Year Begins  
  August Membership & Extensions Month  
  September New Generations Month  
  October Vocational Service Month  
  November Rotary Foundation Month  
  December Family Month






Monthly Rotary Themes Cheryl Metiva 2011-02-07 00:00:00Z 0
History behind the 4 Way Test Cheryl Metiva 0
Posted by Kathy Timm

Stacey, our treasurer sent out invoices this past week if you had dues owing. There are several ways to pay, you can use a credit card, (Cheryl and Trudi and Kathy have the intuit on their smart phones), you can pay by check, or with cash. See Stacey if you have any questions about the billing. She will be back Jan. 16th.  She has to pay Rotary International every January and July. The bills are paid, but now we need to collect from you if you are not current, so our club finances are in order. Thanks in advance for taking care of this. 



Dues are Due for Susitna Rotary Club Members Kathy Timm 0