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Susitna Rotary Club Zoom Meetings

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Zoom Login for Weekly Meetings
 
Welcome to Susitna Rotary's current way to connect while social distancing!  Please use the following link to log into the club's weekly video meetings.  It is set up to be the same login each week. 
 
If you have a guest you wish to bring, please forward the login to them.  If they are not someone whose name would be recognized, please email or text the meeting host know so that she can "admit" them to the meeting:  kim.erickson@greatlandlaser.com  cell 907-223-8385.
 
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Susitna Rotary Club Zoom Meetings Kim Erickson 2020-04-12 08:00:00Z 0

Thank you Don Dyer! 

Don Dyer of the Alaska Moose Federation-Thank you so much for speaking with the Susitna Rotary Group on our last Zoom meeting; The Alaska Moose Federation helps transport moose and other road kill off our highways 24/7.  You can join for only $100/year and they will deliver it to your door. 

Thank you Don Dyer! Kathy Timm 2020-04-11 08:00:00Z 0

April 8, 2020 Program:  Sam Jones, Outbound YE Student

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Susitna Rotary Club's outbound youth exchange (YE) student, Sam Jones, had to cut his stay in Denmark short due to the coronavirus.  The exchange may have been shorter but it was still the experience of a lifetime.  Join us via our Zoom meeting (link emailed to you) on Wednesday from 6:00pm - 7:00pm to hear Sam describe his life abroad in Denmark.  

If you are not a member of Susitna Rotary Club and would like to attend the virtual meeting, please contact one of the board members (see list on home page of the website) to receive the Zoom log-in link.

April 8, 2020 Program: Sam Jones, Outbound YE Student Kim Erickson 2020-04-05 08:00:00Z 0

Susitna Rotary Board Meeting

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Susitna Rotary Board Meeting
Friday, April 10, 2020
1:00pm - 2:00pm
 
President Lanissa has called a board meeting via Zoom to discuss upcoming programs, the Rotary District 5010 $1,000 grant announced by DG Andre' Layral on Friday, and other ways we can support our community during the COVID-19.  All club members are welcome. 
 
If you wish to attend, please contact one of the board members or look on the private Susitna Rotary Facebook group page for the Zoom link.
Susitna Rotary Board Meeting Kim Erickson 2020-04-05 08:00:00Z 0

D5010 Helps 38 Rotary Clubs with Disaster Relief funds

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From Rotary District 5010 Governor Andre' Layral:
 
As the number of Coronavirus cases grows in Alaska, many more communities are seeing their first cases.  Several communities have a greater number of cases than they did just a week ago.  It may be too early to know whether "stay at home" and "hunkering down" succeeds in "flattening the curve". One thing we do know is that the longer this goes on, Alaska will begin seeing the impact of how the Coronavirus contributes to new needs in our communities.
 
The World Fund of the Rotary Foundation has made $1 Million available for Disaster Relief grants to Rotary districts. D5010 intends to apply for one of the $25,000 Grants.  The challenge, of course is how to address the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic in a state as large as Alaska geographically.  There is also no guarantee that D5010 will receive the funds that we will apply for, but I feel we would be remiss as a Rotary District if we did not apply for the relief.
 
This brings me to the encouraging news.  At an emergency meeting of our D5010 Finance Committee yesterday, I introduced a proposal to use $38,000 from our D5010 Excess Reserve Funds to provide $1,000 to every club in our Rotary District, to be used to address known Coronavirus related needs in their own community. The funds are part of our D5010 Rotary Cares for Kids efforts. These checks will go out to clubs by early next week.
 
The Finance Committee approved my proposal with a few parameters we ask clubs to observe when using these funds:
  1. The funds must address a need that is related to the Coronavirus
  2. The funds are intended to benefit your local community now!
  3. The funds are not intended to support a current or ongoing club project (unless there is a clear Coronavirus connection)
  4. The funds may not be used to leverage a district grant application for 2020-2021
  5. The funds should have a direct/indirect benefit to children/families
  6. The funds may be used to address needed medical supplies for health professionals, emergency responders, etc.
D5010 has had a program, Rotary Cares for KIDS, initiated by PDG Harry Kieling in 2017-2018.  Our Rotary Public Image branding of Rotary Cares for KIDS is important.  Therefore, we are asking that in any publicity about your donation (Facebook, Newspaper, Radio, etc.) your club shares in your messaging Rotary Cares for KIDS.
 
We want to feature how each of the 38 Rotary clubs in D5010 are helping their community show Rotary Cares for KIDS.  Therefore, we are asking each club share:
 
*.   2-3 paragraphs that describe the beneficiary of the funds (ie. Children’s Lunchbox), how the funds will be used (to provide warm meals for children) and anything else that helps us understand why your club chose to make the contribution with the group that it chose to benefit.
 
*.   Please share at least one picture, but not more than 3, that captures an image of the group that benefits from your donation.  This might be a picture with you with a program manager or director of the group receiving your donation, or one of the beneficiaries (a child, a group of children, a family), and another you would like to share.  A tight Action picture is preferable if you can provide one.
 
Send these to Rosie Roppel, DG Andre’ and the AG that serves your club.
 
Sincerely,
 
Andre’ Layral
D5010 District Governor
2019-2020
D5010 Helps 38 Rotary Clubs with Disaster Relief funds Kim Erickson 2020-04-05 08:00:00Z 0
COVID-19 Resources Kim Erickson 2020-03-29 08:00:00Z 0

April 1st -Susitna Rotary Club Zoom Meeting

No Fooling!
Susitna Rotary club meeting via Zoom
April 1, 2020      6:00pm - 7:00pm
 
Log into the meeting using the credentials below then cozy up to your desktop/laptop/iPad/smart phone with the beverage of your choice.  For this first meeting, while we experiment with what works best for our club using this meeting format, there is no scheduled speaker.  However, our goal is to bring speakers and programs to you digitally while we all shelter-in-place.
 
Please email Cathy Kochendorfer at asi@ak.net with ONE PHOTO of yourself/family and what you are doing while we practice Social Distancing.  We will use the photos in the slideshow for the meeting.  When your picture comes up, you'll have the opportunity to give a "happy moment" (up to 30 seconds) to share what's going on in your life right now.
 
Everyone is welcome to join.
 
Please log on 5 to 10 minutes early to check your technology.  Note that due to the number of participants expected to be in the meeting, we will have everyone on "mute" when you first join.  You will be unmuted when it is your turn to speak.
 
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Warmest Regards,
Kim & Brenda
 
 
Stay connected while we stay apart!
 

 
Kim Erickson is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
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Time: Apr 1, 2020 06:00 PM Alaska
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April 1st -Susitna Rotary Club Zoom Meeting Kim Erickson 2020-03-28 08:00:00Z 0

2020 Rotary International Convention canceled

2020 Rotary International Convention canceled because of growing coronavirus concerns

We regret to announce that the Rotary International Convention, scheduled for 6-10 June 2020, in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, has been canceled in response to the ongoing threat of COVID-19, the illness caused by the novel coronavirus.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Challenging Times 2020-03-17 08:00:00Z 0
District Grants with Brad Gamble Cathy K 2020-03-02 09:00:00Z 0

February 26 Club Assembly 

Posted on Feb 26, 2020

Come Get updates on

what's happening in Susitna Rotary. 

Welcome back Cheryl, Dan and Lisa

from President Elect Training. 

 
February 26 Club Assembly Kathy Timm 2020-02-26 09:00:00Z 0

Rasmuson Foundation **CANCELLED**

**CANCELLED**
 
Curious to know more about the Rasmuson Foundation? Join us April 1st and welcome Diane Kaplan who will be sharing current events of the Rasmuson Foundation.  
 
  

Diane Kaplan, President and CEO

Before joining the Foundation, Kaplan provided consulting services for philanthropic organizations, Native corporations and tribes, and nonprofit organizations. Prior to that, she served as chief executive officer of Alaska’s 28-station public radio network.
Kaplan earned a degree in communications and women’s studies from the University of Pennsylvania, graduating summa cum laude.
Kaplan is a member of the boards of the International Foundation for Research in Experimental Economics, The Alaska Community Foundation and United States Artists. She is also a member of the Anchorage Homelessness Leadership Council and the Anchorage Rotary Club.
Kaplan’s community contributions have been recognized by a range of organizations over many years. In 2019, she was recognized by Grantmakers in Health, a nationwide nonprofit that aims to improve the health of all, with its Terrance Keenan Leadership Award in Health Philanthropy. The honor goes to an individual whose work is innovative, creative and bold. Other recent awards include the Anchorage ATHENA Society’s 2019 Leadership Award, the group’s highest honor. The society, a program of the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce, works to encourage women as leaders in the business world. She also received the President’s Everyday Hero Award as a tribal ally from the Central Council of Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska.
In 2018, she was a recipient of a Lifetime Champion for Kids award from the Alaska Children’s Trust. In 2013, Kaplan received the First Alaskans Institute Ted Stevens Award. She was recognized with the National Organization of Black Elected Legislative Women (N.O.B.E.L. Women) Shining Star Award in 2010 and was named the Council on Foundations Distinguished Grantmaker of the Year in 2007. In 2006, she received the Alaska Federation of Natives’ prestigious Denali Award, which recognizes a non-Native individual who has contributed to the growth and development of the Alaska Native community’s culture, economy and health.

 

 
 
 
 
 
Rasmuson Foundation **CANCELLED** Cathy K 2020-02-25 09:00:00Z 0

Insights & Trivia

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Join us March 4th and listen to Cheryl Metiva
as she shares with us "thought-provoking"
District Governor Insights & Trivia!
 
Insights & Trivia Cathy K 2020-02-25 09:00:00Z 0

REACH 907

  
 
Please welcome Rachel Olson of the REACH 97 Organization on March 18th to see how she is giving back to our community!
 
Organization was founded in 2014 by Rachel Olson with the tremendous support passionate volunteers. The Olson's are therapeutic foster parents and have fostered 25 children and teens in their home in the severely emotionally disturbed category over the past 6 years. With volunteer support, they began branching out to offer a single summer camp to foster children in 2014 to reach out to more kids in need in the community. 
 
R.E.A.C.H. 907 stands for Restoring, Empowering Alaska’s Children and Homes. Our heartbeat is to see children and youth in foster care restored and empowered to thrive in life. We provide faith-based summer camp experiences and mentoring throughout the school with special group mentoring events every month. We use the trauma-informed model of care Trust-Based Relational Intervention developed by the Karyn Purvis Child Development Institute. An extravagant dose of unconditional love and unconditional acceptance has strengthened and empowered both children and staff/volunteers alike to live life with a greater measure of courage, strength, freedom and joy!
 
Rachel Olson
REACH 907 Cathy K 2020-02-25 09:00:00Z 0

ShelterBox Challenge

Join us March 8th for the results of

IVAN‘S OVERNIGHT ADVENTURE

in a Shelter Box tent!

See you at the Iditarod restart in Willow!

 
ShelterBox Challenge Cathy K 2020-02-25 09:00:00Z 0
Next Talk February 19th: Richard Standley on the Coronavirus 2020-02-17 09:00:00Z 0
The Icebreaker was a success! Thank you Richard Standley, Marty Metiva, Cathy Kochendorfer and all who volunteered! 2020-02-16 09:00:00Z 0

Mardi "Bras" Fireside

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What you missed at Rotary Tuesday night: Valley-wide Rotary fireside where we celebrated Mardi-“Bras.”

Music by WHS pep band, King cake with a prize for the first to find the baby and donations collected for Alaska Family Services.

 

 

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Mardi "Bras" Fireside 2020-02-16 09:00:00Z 0
New Outbound Student going to Italy! 2020-02-01 09:00:00Z 0
Next Talk January 22nd: Dr. Samuel Adams Orthopedic Surgeon 2020-01-19 09:00:00Z 0

Jan 15, 2020 Program:  Jess Gutzwiler on ShelterBox

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Evanston Ill., Rotary International announced on 3 June a three-year partnership renewal with its disaster relief project partner, ShelterBox. For almost 20 years, this unique humanitarian alliance has supported families with a place to call home after disaster.

Rotary is a global network whose members take action to make a lasting difference in their communities – and worldwide. ShelterBox provides emergency shelters and other essential items to support families who have lost their homes in disaster.

What began as a local connection with one Cornish Rotary Club has led to an international movement that’s provided 140,000 ShelterBox family tents or 390,000 ShelterKits worldwide to date (a value of over £54 million).

Facts and figures

  • 90% of ShelterBox responses assisted by Rotary
  • 1,000 Rotary members have roles in ShelterBox, in the UK and internationally
  • £54m+ raised for ShelterBox by Rotary supporters since 2000
Jan 15, 2020 Program: Jess Gutzwiler on ShelterBox Kim Erickson 2020-01-15 09:00:00Z 0

Vintage Snowmobile Show & Ride - Feb 1

Susitna Rotary is sponsoring this year's Vintage Snowmobile Show & Ride during the Willow Winter Carnival.  Whether you are entering a vintage snow machine, volunteering, or just enjoying the festivities, eEveryone is invited to come out and enjoy this fun event.
 
When: Willow Winter Carnival, Saturday, Feb 1, 2020 from 10:00am - 3:00pm
Where: Lake at Willow Community Center
What: All classes need to ride one parade lap around course to qualify for classification awards

1st,2nd, and 3rd place trophies:
I. Antique (pre 1970)
II. 1971-1979
III. 1980-1989
IV. 1990-1999 classics

1st place trophies:
V. Best of Show (People's Choice)
VI. Rat Sled (any year)
VII. Best Cutter (pull behind sled)
VIII. Static display (doesn't need to run)
 
Vintage Snowmobile Show & Ride - Feb 1 Kim Erickson 2020-01-05 09:00:00Z 0
Iditarod Restart Party - March 8, 2020 Kim Erickson 2020-01-05 09:00:00Z 0

Membership Update - January 2020

Posted by Kim Erickson
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Goal:
  Active = 43  Active = 44
  Honorary = 2             Honorary = 2
  
Susitna Rotary Club is growing.  Welcome to Gillian Moon, the newest member of our club!
 
I am encouraging everyone to work together to raise our membership by 5 active members this Rotary year.  So far, we have five new members for 2019-2020:
  1.  Rodger Cheadle
  2.  Dave Cucullu
  3.  Wendy Cucullu
  4.  Donn Liston
  5.  Gillian Moon
Susitna Rotary said goodbye to one member this year, Claudia Buzard, when she moved out-of-state.  That gives us a net increase of 4 active members to date.
 
We can all help strengthen our membership with the following tools: 
Everyone is encouraged to bring guests to our meetings, service projects and fundraisers.  This is a great way to expose them to who we are and what Rotary is all about.  If they like Rotary and are a good fit for our club, refer to How to Propose a New Member.
 
 
Membership Update - January 2020 Kim Erickson 2020-01-05 09:00:00Z 0

ME - Community Service - January 8

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Member Education (ME) - Community Service
 
Join us this Wednesday, January 8th, from 5:00pm - 5:30pm at the Sky Lounge in the Extreme Fun Center for the next ME meeting.  This month's topic is one of Rotary's Five Avenues of Service:  Community Service.  
 
Learn about the various community service projects Susitna Rotary sponsors as well as other projects taking place in Rotary District 5010 (Alaska).
 
Everyone is welcome to attend and guests are encouraged!
 
ME - Community Service - January 8 Kim Erickson 2020-01-05 09:00:00Z 0

Cheryl Metiva is our Speaker for Jan 8

 Cheryl Metiva will be our speaker next Wednesday, Jan 8th 2020.  We are so proud of Cheryl who will be  5010 District  Governor 2022-23. Cheryl will give us a Zone Update and District Governor information. Come join us at the Extreme Fun Center Wed, Jan 8th at 6pm. 
Cheryl Metiva is our Speaker for Jan 8 Kathy Timm 2020-01-04 09:00:00Z 0
Next Talk Dec 11th: Walter Combs 2019-12-08 09:00:00Z 0

Membership Update - November 2019

Posted by Kim Erickson
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Goal:
  Active = 43  Active = 44
  Honorary = 2             Honorary = 2
  
Susitna Rotary Club is growing!  Hands-on service projects, interesting speakers, and dynamic members who love to share their time with fellow Rotarians has made this a fun and engaging club.  Technically, our minimum membership goal for this year is a net increase of two new members.  We can do much better than that and I am encouraging everyone to work together to raise our membership by a net of 5 new Rotarians
 
2019-2020 Membership Plan (click highlighted words to download resources from the Susitna Rotary home page):
1.  Formal membership committee (anyone is welcome to be part of the committee)
Help prospective members learn about Rotary:  New Member Orientation Handbook, guide new members through the red badge process, work on the ME Membership Engagement presentations, assign mentors, have new and old members give classification talks, and help follow-up with members that are not attending events. 
 
Membership committee:
  • Kim Erickson (membership chair)
  • Lanissa Grogan
  • Rob Grogan
  • Liz Standley
  • Jack Timm
  • Kathy Timm
  • Thea Whitehead
 
2.  Bring a guest
Everyone is encouraged to bring guests to our meetings, service projects and fundraisers.  This is a great way to expose them to who we are and what Rotary is all about.  If they like Rotary and are a good fit for our club, refer to How to Propose a New Member.
 
3.  Wear your Rotary pin every day
You never know when you will run into a fellow Rotarian or someone that wants to know more about the organization.  It can be a great conversation starter.
 
4.  Reach out to your fellow members
Last, but definitely not least, engage with other members outside of Rotary. People join Rotary for the service projects, weekly programs, and networking.  They stay in Rotary because it becomes an important circle of friends.
 
5.  Be a Rotary Mentor
Volunteer to mentor one of our new members.
Membership Update - November 2019 Kim Erickson 2019-11-02 08:00:00Z 0

Nov 6th:  Board Meeting with DG Andre'

Posted by Kim Erickson
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One of the things the district governor does during the annual visit is to meet with the club's board of directors.  Susitna Rotary's board of directors will meet with District Governor (DG) Andre' Layral on Wednesday, November 6th, immediately following the regular club meeting.  All members are welcome to attend.  This is a special board meeting and does not follow the regular board agenda.
 
DG Andre' has requested the board meeting cover the following:
  • Introduction of board members
  • Presentation of most recent financial reports
  • Be ready to talk about:
  1. Plans to increase membership
  2. Ideas for encouraging members to engage in activities
  3. Vision for marketing Rotary to the community
Nov 6th: Board Meeting with DG Andre' Kim Erickson 2019-11-02 08:00:00Z 0

October 23rd Talk: Bert Cottle Mayor of Wasilla

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Come hear Mayor Cottle tell us about what is happening in your neighborhoods.  He will update us on the state of the economy and what new and exciting things are happening in Wasilla. 
October 23rd Talk: Bert Cottle Mayor of Wasilla 2019-10-20 08:00:00Z 0

Eric Wyatt/Mat Su Borough Cyber Attack

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Ever wonder what happened when Ransomware hit the Mat Su Borough July of 2018?  Hundreds of computers were taken down with this cyber attack, and the borough had to scramble to keep the  government going.    Eric Wyatt,  Mat Su Borough IT Director will be our speaker  on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019 to tell us what happened, what the fall out was, and about the recovery. 
Eric Wyatt/Mat Su Borough Cyber Attack Kathy Timm 2019-10-06 08:00:00Z 0

Susitna Literacy Project

Big Lake Susitna Readers
It is that time of year again.  For several years now, Susitna Rotary club has been helping the kids at Big Lake and Willow Elementary Schools learn to read.  It is so fantastic to see how the kids progress from October to June. Learning to read is so important in so many ways, the least of which is building confidence in these little kiddos.  If you have an hour to spare, it is well worth your time. If your slot is longer than that, you can always ask for a shorter time in that slot.  The teachers are just so grateful to have us. So, follow the link below to sign up.

2019-20 Big Lake Readers

Please review the available slots below and click on the button to sign up. Please add in the comments what day of week you are available. Thank you! Linda Conover created a sign up for the reading this year.  You can access it at :

 

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0C49A9AE28A2FF2-201920/61329890 

 

You do not have to be a member of our club if you would like to participate this year. ( Thanks, Roger from the Wasilla Noon club.)

Susitna Literacy Project Kathy Timm 2019-09-17 08:00:00Z 0

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)

Posted by Kim Erickson

A top priority for Rotary International is growing and diversifying our membership to make sure we reflect the communities we serve and are inclusive of all cultures, experiences, and identities.

We're creating an organization that is more open and inclusive, fair to all, builds goodwill, and benefits our communities.

To help us achieve our goal, the RI Board of Directors passed a diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) statement:

As a global network that strives to build a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change, Rotary values diversity and celebrates the contributions of people of all backgrounds, regardless of their age, ethnicity, race, color, abilities, religion, socioeconomic status, culture, sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity.

Rotary will cultivate a diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture in which people from underrepresented groups have greater opportunities to participate as members and leaders.

Making diversity, equity, and inclusion a priority is everyone's responsibility!

What about Susitna Rotary?   Think about what we can do as members to make DEI a priority.

 

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Kim Erickson 2019-09-05 08:00:00Z 0

Thea Whitehead - Dream Jobs

Posted by Kim Erickson
During our August Club Assembly, Thea gave her classification talk.   While she is new to Susitna Rotary Club, she first joined Rotary in 2000 as a very active member of the Anchorage International Rotary Club.
 
Thea's official classification is "Retired, Government Agencies" but she had a wide array of occupations over the span of her career.  The last decade was spent as a supervisor with the US Census Bureau where she was in charge of data collection in a wide array of surveys used for economic reports such as the Consumer Price Index.  Prior to that she had many years in the real estate industry working as a realtor, appraiser, and property manager.  There were also stints along the way in retail, a Social Director for a retirement community, and even working as a certified nursing assistant (CNA).  She worked on the Decennial Census in 1960, 1970, 1990 and 2000 and is toying with doing it again in the upcoming 2020 count.
 
Out of all those professions though, her favorite by far was working as a MERMAID at Weekie Wachee Springs where she swam and performed underwater shows from 1960 - 1961 and 1966-1969.  This iconic Florida destination showcases mermaids performing feats such as eating and drinking underwater, dancing, and deep dives without an air hose.  She still attends mermaid reunions where the "girls" (now in their 70's and 80's) love to swim in the springs. You can see some her swimming in the Care and Feeding of a Mermaid  filmed in 1961.  Links:  short version (1:21) or full version (8:54).  
 
The photo below was taken by her father, Milford Jorgensen, during the show "Dream Girls" in 1969. Milford was also a life-long Rotarian.  Grandma Thea signed it as a gift when her first granddaughter graduated from high school in hopes that she, too, would find her dream job.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Thea Whitehead - Dream Jobs Kim Erickson 2019-09-01 08:00:00Z 0
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Kochendorfer's Hit the Road for Adventure

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Have you wondered where members, Cathy and Kelly Kochendorfer have been the past couple of weeks? Those two wild kids have hit the road in their motorhome for adventure and time with family in the Lower 48.  They've already put 3,000 miles behind them and spent time with family in Utah.  Today they meet up with family at Starvation Reservoir State Park, also in Utah, for one week of camping...with 17 camper spots that is going to be a big family reunion!
 
According to Cathy, "We are doing lots of walking and getting skinny, LOL!"
 
A few pictures from their adventure:
 
Dinosaur Monument outside of Vernal, Utah.
 
Roughing it at the Cherry Hill camp ground in Salt Lake, which sported 2 pools, 3 water slides and homemade cherry pie.
Kochendorfer's Hit the Road for Adventure Kim Erickson 2019-08-11 08:00:00Z 0

How to Propose a New Member

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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 Rotary.org 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 2019-08-10 08:00:00Z 0
Aug 14, 2019 Program: Alaska State Fair Kim Erickson 2019-08-07 08:00:00Z 0

Membership Update -July 2019

Posted by Kim Erickson
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Current:Goal:
  Active = 39  Active = 44
  Honorary = 2             Honorary = 2
  
Susitna Rotary Club has grown exponentially over the past few years.  A variety of hands-on service projects, interesting speakers, and dynamic members who love to share their time with fellow Rotarians has made this a fun and engaging club.  Technically, our minimum membership goal for this year is a net increase of two new members.  However, as your membership chair, I believe we can do much better than that and am encouraging everyone to work together to raise our membership by a net of 5 new Rotarians. 
 
How do we do this? 
1.  Formal membership committee (sign up if you are interested!)
These individuals will ensure that prospective members learn what Rotary is about, guide new members through the red badge process, work on the ME Membership Engagement presentations, and help follow-up with members that are not attending events.
 
2.  Bring a guest
Everyone is encouraged to bring guests to our meetings, service projects and fundraisers.  This is a great way to expose them to who we are and what Rotary is all about.
 
3.  Wear your Rotary pin every day
You never know when you will run into a fellow Rotarian or someone that wants to know more about the organization.  It can be a great conversation starter.
 
4.  Reach out to your fellow members
Last, but definitely not least, engage with other members outside of Rotary. People join Rotary for the service projects, weekly programs, and networking.  They stay in Rotary because it becomes an important circle of friends.
Membership Update -July 2019 Kim Erickson 2019-07-28 08:00:00Z 0

Semi-Annual Club Dues

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Standard dues/meeting fees for July through December are $100.  Fees are discounted for the younger members of the club plus those over 65 that are still young at heart!
 
Please pay via check (made out to Susitna Rotary Club) or credit card at the next club meeting.
 
Thank you!
Semi-Annual Club Dues Kim Erickson 2019-07-14 08:00:00Z 0

Join a committee!

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"Rotary Connects the World" is this year's theme.  To help achieve that lofty goal, we want YOU to connect with the club. 
 
What are you passionate about?  Youth?  Literacy?  Water Safety?  International Service?  Weekly programs? Bringing in new members?  There are many opportunities to share your skills and talents to help make the world ---and Susitna Rotary ---a better place.
 
July 1st marks the start of the new Rotary year.  Please refer to the weekly bulletin and Susitna Rotary Club website for a list of the club officers and committee chairs.  For instance: 
  • Have a good idea for a club program/speaker?  Contact Rob Grogan or Rich Standley
  • Something you want mentioned in the weekly bulletin?  Send Liz Standley an email.
  • Want to host a youth exchange student?  See Lynn Mitchell (by the way, we are still looking for host families).
  • Have an announcement you want to make at the meeting?  Clear it with President Lanissa then send the info to Cathy Kochendorfer (or her designee when she is traveling) for the slideshow.  If you also want it in the bulletin, send it to Liz Standley.
  • Love Josh the Otter?  See Claire Horton.
  • Want to pay your dues?  Amanda Fahey is this year's treasurer.
  • Have a prospective new member?  Kim Erickson is leading the Membership committee.
  • Completed a make-up?  Email it to secretary Kathy Timm.
  • Service project related question?  Kelly Kochendorfer is overseeing all the various projects.
  • Question about The Rotary Foundation (TRF)?  See Rob Grogran
  • Question about grants?  Contact grant guru Chuck Foste
 
Join a committee! Kim Erickson 2019-07-13 08:00:00Z 0

Governor Dunleavy addresses club

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Susitna Rotary Club started off the new Rotary year with Governor Mike Dunleavy as the weekly program.  President Lanissa is likely the only Rotary club president in the USA to launch their 2019-20 year with an address by the sitting governor.  Needless to say, she pulled it off with flying colors.
 
During a week marked by extensive political discussions regarding the state budget and Alaskan values, the governor shared his philosophies and priorities with the packed house.  Rotary is a non-political organization.  Whether you agree or disagree with a politician, the ability to hear from and question elected officials is a hallmark of democracy.
 
Special thanks goes out to Brenda Hewitt for lining up the governor as a program, Rob Grogan for collecting and asking the pre-submitted questions, and Rich Standley for coordinating logistics with the governor's office.  Marty and Cheryl Metiva, along with Nick the bartender, and the rest of the Extreme Fun Center staff did a terrific job of accommodating a much larger than usual crowd with additional pre-meeting notices, extra seating and a buffet dinner.
 
Susitna Rotary Club is off and running for the 2019-2020 Rotary year.
 
Governor Dunleavy addresses club Kim Erickson 2019-07-13 08:00:00Z 0

July 17th Speaker:  Tasha Talvie

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Tasha Talvi, President of the Palmer Rotaract Club, will be the guest speaker this week's meeting.  She will be giving us an update on the current status of Rotaract in the Mat-Su Valley. 
 

Rotaract clubs bring together people ages 18-30 to exchange ideas with leaders in the community, develop leadership and professional skills, and have fun through service.

In communities worldwide, Rotary and Rotaract members work side by side to take action through service. From big cities to rural villages, Rotaract is changing communities like yours.

What’s involved?

Rotaract members decide how to organize and run their clubs, manage their own funds, and plan and carry out activities and service projects. Rotary club sponsors offer guidance and support and work with your club as partners in service.

July 17th Speaker: Tasha Talvie Kim Erickson 2019-07-12 08:00:00Z 0

July 10th Program:  Governor Mike Dunleavy

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Governor Mike Dunleavy, who is the 12th governor of the state of Alaska, and was a member of the Alaska Senate from 2013 to 2018, will be a special guest speaker at Susitna Rotary Club this week.
 
If you have a question you would like to ask him, we will be collecting them before he speaks on the 10th.  Please send your questions to Rich Standley (liznrich@bellsouth.net) or Rob Grogan (lilsu@mtaonline.net).  We would like to invite all Rotarians in the area to attend, so spread the word.
July 10th Program: Governor Mike Dunleavy 2019-07-10 08:00:00Z 0

Rotary and ShelterBox Celebrate the Power of Partnership

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Evanston Ill., Rotary International announced on 3 June a three-year partnership renewal with its disaster relief project partner, ShelterBox. For almost 20 years, this unique humanitarian alliance has supported families with a place to call home after disaster.

Rotary is a global network whose members take action to make a lasting difference in their communities – and worldwide. ShelterBox provides emergency shelters and other essential items to support families who have lost their homes in disaster.

What began as a local connection with one Cornish Rotary Club has led to an international movement that’s provided 140,000 ShelterBox family tents or 390,000 ShelterKits worldwide to date (a value of over £54 million).

Facts and figures

  • 90% of ShelterBox responses assisted by Rotary
  • 1,000 Rotary members have roles in ShelterBox, in the UK and internationally
  • £54m+ raised for ShelterBox by Rotary supporters since 2000
Rotary and ShelterBox Celebrate the Power of Partnership Kim Erickson 2019-07-06 08:00:00Z 0

The Rotary Gatsby was a roaring success!

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Amanda Fahey won "Best Dressed Flapper" & Jay Owen "Best Dressed Man" (quite fitting in the 90 degree heat!).
Wendy & Dave Cucullu won the 5 night trip to Las Vegas!
 
 
 
The Rotary Gatsby was a roaring success! Cathy K 2019-07-01 08:00:00Z 0

2018-2019 Committee Chairs

Thank you for your leadership and service!

 

2018-2019 Board

Jack Timm……………………….President

Lanissa Grogan…………...President Ele

 

Service Committee Chairs

Liz Standley….…..….……………Bulletin

Chuck Foster….……Grants/TRF Mentor

Claire Horton……….….…..Josh the Otter

Cheryl Metiva…....….………Membership

Kim Erickson.…Member Education (ME)

Kathy Timm……………….……Programs

Lynn Mitchell…………..Youth Exchange
2018-2019 Committee Chairs Kim Erickson 2019-06-30 08:00:00Z 0

New Rules for "Make-ups"

Effective June 30, 2019, members may now only carry over up to 10 make ups to the next Rotary year. The rest will drop off  on June 30th each year.

 

For example, if you previously had 50 banked makeups, on July 1st you now have only 10.  If you had only 4 banked make-ups, then all 4 will be carried over.  Since there are many opportunities for make-ups through other club meetings, service projects, fellowship events, and district meetings, everyone should still be able to achieve 100% attendance.   This change is a result of the recent Council on Legislation (COL).  The Susitna Rotary board wanted some flexibility hence the decision to allow members to carry over up to 10 make ups (see board minutes).  The spirit of this COL amendment is to encourage members to be more engaged in the club.

 

Roughly two thirds of the club earned 100% attendance awards for 2018-2019 and many members have years of perfect attendance.

 

 

New Rules for "Make-ups" Kim Erickson 2019-06-30 08:00:00Z 0

First Annual Lifetime Achievement Award

Claudia Buzard was selected as the first recipient of the Susitna Rotary Lifetime Achievement Award.  Her husband, Ralph, was a charter member of the club and enticed Claudia to join the following year.  Together, they were hands-on Rotarians leading projects such as Big Lake Recycling and Coats for Kids.  We were all saddened when Ralph passed in the fall of 2017 but relieved Claudia continued her dedication to Rotary. Her many volunteer hours of service have included club treasurer, Big Lake Elementary Reading Program, Big Lake Library Clean-up, Houston Founders Day, Josh the Otter, Kids Don't Float kiosks, BBQ's, Firesides, Ice Breakers, Let's Go to the Movies, and countless other projects and events.
 
Claudia has sold her large property in Houston and is building a new home in Louisianna to be closer to family.  We will miss her smiling face and are already looking forward to future summer visits.
 
First Annual Lifetime Achievement Award Kim Erickson 2019-06-30 08:00:00Z 0
Changing of the Guard Kim Erickson 2019-06-30 08:00:00Z 0

Red Ribbon Graduations

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2018-2019 New Members

The club was thrilled to welcome the following individuals into our Susitna Family of Rotary this past year.  Congratulations to those that are new to Rotary for completing their red ribbon requirements and learning more about the organization.

 

Amanda Fahey, Willy Fahey, Brenda Hewitt (transfer), Catherine Inman (transfer), Darlene Johnson, Netta Lemley, Michelle Maynor (transfer), John Nelson (prior Rotarian),  Karlee Pogirski, Matt Pogirski, Thea Whitehead (prior Rotarian)     

 

 

Red Ribbon Graduations Kim Erickson 2019-06-30 08:00:00Z 0

Forget Me Not Mission seeking stories

The Forget Me Not Mission is dedicating their next Soul Shaking Grief book to the First Responders of Alaska.  This book will be a proactive approach to reducing stress in our First Responders. 
 
They are requesting stories from First Responders and their families about their personal experiences.

They are also seeking comments from anyone who has something to say and comments of thanks & encouragement to these brave folks.  To protect your privacy, you may choose to be listed as an anonymous writer in the book.
 
All stories, comments, statistics, or other submissions are due no later than September 1, 2019. Download their flyer for details.
 
Forget Me Not Mission seeking stories Kim Erickson 2019-06-30 08:00:00Z 0
July 3rd: No Meeting Kim Erickson 2019-06-30 08:00:00Z 0

2018-2019 Honors and Awards

JCMF Float 4 Life Advocate Award
MSEA “Champions for Children” Award
Claire Horton
 
Rotary District 5010 Governor Nominee
Cheryl Metiva
2018-2019 Honors and Awards Kim Erickson 2019-06-30 08:00:00Z 0

2018-2019 Service

Service
Water Safety Programs $9,357
Josh the Baby Otter  & Float 4 Life Classes
Kids Don’t Float Loaner Boards
Bryce Adams Fund for Water Safety
 
Youth Exchange $4,725
Inbound:  Salli (South Korea)
Outbound Nominee:  Sam (Denmark)
 
Senior Security & Safety $1,952
Wasilla Area Seniors Inc. (WASI) – safety repairs
 
Mat-Su Search and Rescue  $1,000
 
Rotary District 5010 Conference $800
 
Rotary Youth Leadership (RYLA) $650
 
Misc. Community Projects $1,085
 
Other Hands-On Service
Christmas Kitchen Clean-up
Little Su River Clean-up
Mat Su Food Bank – earthquake repairs
Reading in the Classroom
Santa Claus at the Extreme Fund Center
Willow Winter Carnival Volunteers
 
Annual Fund - $10,694
End Polio Now - $1,192
     Paul Harris Fellows (PHF)                               31
        Major Donors                                                        1
        Benefactors                                                          10
        Bequest Society                                                    6
       
2018-2019 Service Kim Erickson 2019-06-30 08:00:00Z 0

2018-2019 Fellowship & Fundraising

The Italian Job $683 to club

with Rotary eClub supporting 2018-19 service projects

 

Rotary Uncorked  $1,000 to club

Valley Rotary Clubs supporting My House & projects

 

“Time, Talent & Treasure”  $37,148 total

 Valley Rotary Clubs supporting The Rotary Foundation

 

Ice Breaker $7,572 to club

with Big Lake Lions Club supporting service projects

 

Luau Party $2,310

Supporting Susitna Rotary’s Youth Exchange Students

 

Josh Collingsworth Memorial Foundation (JCMF)

Supporting Josh the Otter $1,950 to club

 

Orso’s/Glacier Brewhouse Fundraisers

Supporting service projects

 

Roaring 20’s, The Great Gatsby

with Rotary eClub supporting 2019-20 service projects

 

Two District 5010 Grants $4,300

 

JCMF Home Hosting

Paul Demello and Rhonda Matzen

Paul, Jan, and Jeff Forman

 

Iditarod Restart Party

Supporting TRF End Polio Now

 

Firesides   Dinners   BBQ’s
2018-2019 Fellowship & Fundraising Kim Erickson 2019-06-30 08:00:00Z 0
July: New Leaders Month Kim Erickson 2019-06-30 08:00:00Z 0

Rotary Brand News

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The People of Action campaign helps you bring Rotary’s story to life by showing Rotary members as the people of action we are. Telling our People of Action stories in a meaningful, coordinated way builds the public’s understanding of who we are and what we do. It highlights the impact we make in our communities and around the world. Learn how to tell your People of Action story and help answer the question, “What is Rotary?”
 
Download and share new versions of our People of Action video Power In Our Connections for various social media channels. Find tips on recommended sizes for each platform, as well as creating social posts to accompany the videos to create maximum engagement.
Rotary Brand News Kim Erickson 2019-06-26 08:00:00Z 0

Wednesday June 26, 2019 Changing of the Guard

Posted by Kim Erickson
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Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Sky Lounge at the Extreme Fun Center
 
6:00 PM
Slideshow
By Cathy Kochendorfer
Dinner

Pledge

Thought for the Day

 
 “Thanks for a Great Year”
2018-2019 President, Jack Timm
 
Red Ribbon Graduation
Cheryl Metiva, Membership Chair
Kathy Timm, Secretary
 
Passing the Gavel
 
Introduction of
2019-2020 Rotary Theme
Board of Directors and Committee Chairs
2019-2020 President, Lanissa Grogan
 
Happy Bucks
Four Way Test
Adjourn 7:30 PM
Wednesday June 26, 2019 Changing of the Guard Kim Erickson 2019-06-21 08:00:00Z 0
Kids Don't Float kiosk in Chitina 2019-06-16 08:00:00Z 0
“Mama Otter” is a super star! 2019-06-10 08:00:00Z 0

Tom Anderson,  Speaker for June 19th

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Formed in the late 1960s as a conduit to approach the State Legislature for an improved retirement system, the Fraternal Order of Alaska State Troopers (FOAST) has evolved into a valuable charitable and fraternal organization with no political involvement.

Colonel Tom Anderson, retired, served 22 years with the Alaska State Troopers. Colonel Anderson was born and raised in Minnesota. He served two years in the US Army and two years in the Seattle Fire Department before being recruited by the Alaska State Police in 1961.

 

Tom Anderson, Speaker for June 19th 2019-06-10 08:00:00Z 0
July 31st: Club Assembly & Board Meeting 2019-05-20 08:00:00Z 0

Lil Su Cleanup 2019

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Come join Susitna Rotary Club as they float down the Little Susitna River from the gravel pit on Three Bees Rd to the bridge on the Parks Highway.
This float is seven miles of flat water and takes about 2.5 - 3 hrs.
We will be picking up trash during the float and then enjoying a BBQ with drawings at the finish.
 
 
 
 
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May is Youth Service Month 2019-05-06 08:00:00Z 0
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Aaron Murph-Speaker for April 17th

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Join us this Wednesday in welcoming Aaron Murph!
Captain of the Steel Bridge team, and the VP of the American Society of Engineering club
Mark Cosby will introduce Aaron
 
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MEETING VENUE and TIME CHANGES IN MAY! 2019-04-07 08:00:00Z 0

Thank you Vince Mahoney!

Thank you Vince for showing us your RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) experience! Susitna Rotary sponsored Vince to go to Juneau with other RYLA students to learn about our government, giving back, and Rotary in action.  Vince helped start Homeless Closet at Colony High helping kids who need food and a good dinner at home. Thanks Vince for giving back!
 
Thank you Vince Mahoney! 2019-04-07 08:00:00Z 0

Fundraising Opportunity for Josh the Otter

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 "Trip to Alaska Auction"
items  needed for the
Annual JCMF Gala/Auction. 
 
 
This has been a great fundraiser for our program here in Alaska.  We just need to remember what we learned from the past...no plane flight or rental car included. 
 
It is limited to 2 people for 1 week of travel to Alaska with an expiration date. 
 
Please let Claire or Jack know if you can donate for this great cause!
 
 
Fundraising Opportunity for Josh the Otter 2019-03-24 08:00:00Z 0
Time to get ready for Josh the Otter 2019 Cathy K 2019-02-20 09:00:00Z 0

Susitna Rotary welcomes 6 new members

Posted by Cathy K on Feb 15, 2019
 
It is with great honor and pride we announce Susitna Rotary six new members. 
Induction includes Thea Whitehead (a former Rotarian), John Thomas, Willy and Amanda Fahey, Darlene Johnson and Michelle Maynor (transferred from Fairbanks). 
These dynamic members will bring fresh ideas, diversity and strong community support.  Please join us in welcoming our newest members!
 
        
 
                         
 
  
 
 
 
  
 
Susitna Rotary welcomes 6 new members Cathy K 2019-02-15 09:00:00Z 0

February 13th Speaker: Tom Wilder

Posted by Kathleen M Timm
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Home Land Security...and a little about Active Shooter Training
Tom Wilder works for Homeland Security. He is retired Navy, a member of Eagle River Rotary and an Active Shooter Trainer. Come learn what you didn't know about Home Land Security.  
February 13th Speaker: Tom Wilder Kathleen M Timm 2019-02-13 09:00:00Z 0

Susitna club LUAU

Posted by Cathy K on Feb 08, 2019
 
 
Break out your hula skirt, tropical attire and aloha spirit for the Susitna club LUAU on Saturday, April 27.  Tickets will be available soon!  Event will be held in the Sky Lounge at the Extreme Fun Center.  We are looking for silent auction donations and help with decorating.  If you can assist, please see event Aunties Liz Standley, Lisa Phillps or Cheryl Metiva.
Susitna club LUAU Cathy K 2019-02-08 09:00:00Z 0

Great Gatsby

Posted by Cathy K on Feb 08, 2019
 
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Our joint fundraiser with the district E-Club will be held at Settlers Bay Golf Course/Albatross on Saturday, June 29 with a Roaring 20's theme.  We really need 4-6 club members to volunteer for the Great Gatsby committee.  Please contact Cheryl or Marty to get into the swing!
Great Gatsby Cathy K 2019-02-08 09:00:00Z 0

Are you ready to Rondy?

 
Are you ready to Rondy? The Rotary Club of Anchorage East has been hard at work for the past year planning the “Rondy Rotary Beer Festival,” a community fundraiser that will serve for the second year in a row as the kick off event for Fur Rendezvous! This February 16th from 3-7pm at the Performing Arts Center, Fur Rendezvous will kick off with this beer festival, the proceeds of which will go to fight human trafficking in the State of Alaska. The 4-hour event will feature craft beer, cider, and mead from across the state of Alaska, served with artisan pizza from all around Anchorage and Eagle River. In addition to the main event, a special 1-hour connoisseur session will occur at 2pm featuring food, beer, cider, and mead pairings specially designed by the top brewers and chefs Anchorage has to offer. As a classical string duo plays in the background, our chefs and brewers will present their creations to you for a truly special and unique experience. While a beer festival in name, this is truly a celebration of Alaska’s history and culture, creatively expressed through our craft beverage and artisan food industries. In addition to food and drinks, the event will feature live music from local musicians, drawings, and awards.
 
Anchorage East Rotary invites you to come support our efforts in creating a unique celebration of the Alaskan culture, and to come together as a community to support the fight against human trafficking in our state.
 
Tickets can be purchased at www.rondyrotarybeerfest.com. Should you have any questions about the event, please contact Adam Sikorski @ 907-202-2105 or email him directly at adam@changewealthadvisors.com.
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Susitna Rotary sponsors donation to school libraries 2019-02-03 09:00:00Z 0
Iditarod Restart Party at the Ericksons 2019-02-03 09:00:00Z 0
Iditarod Restart Party March 3, 2019 Kim Erickson 2019-02-03 09:00:00Z 0

First time attendees at the District Assembly and Conference

Posted by Cathy K on Jan 29, 2019
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We are pleased to announce that our Rotary District will make ten $350.00 stipends available to D5010 Rotarians who are registered as first time attendees at the District Assembly and Conference in Anchorage on May 2-5, 2019. Preference will be given to Young Leaders who apply.  
 
These stipends, paid with Excess Reserves, were approved as part of a proposal last year submitted by Vivian Finley of Kachemak Bay Rotary, to provide education and training for Rotarians. We are particularly interested in providing opportunity for Young Leaders (ROTEX, ROTARACT, Young Professionals) to experience a District Assembly and Conference and opportunity afterward for further leadership development and serving in a district leadership role.  
 
The proposal by Vivian Finley was vetted by the Excess Reserves Committee, recommended for approval by the Finance Committee, then approved as part of the 2018-2019 budget at last year's conference in Seward. 
 
If selected to receive one of the stipends, the awardee will be expected to submit a written Trip Report following the conference, summarizing what they learned and how they expect to apply what they have learned.  Awardees will also be asked to serve on a D5010 committee or in a leadership role serving D5010 Rotary in 2019-2020.
 
Stipends will be paid to the Awardees by the district after receipt of the required Trip Report and a completed District 5010 reimbursement request.
 
The stipend application is simple, and can be found on the D5010 website
 
Sincerely,
 
2018-2019 DG Diane Fejes 
 
2019-2020 DGE Andre' Layral
First time attendees at the District Assembly and Conference Cathy K 2019-01-29 09:00:00Z 0

Semi-annual Club Dues

Posted by Kim Erickson
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Dues for January through June are now due. Please see Evelyna to pay. 
Semi-annual Club Dues Kim Erickson 2019-01-06 09:00:00Z 0

Rotary After Hours

Posted by Cathy K on Jan 05, 2019
Who is ready for Rotary After Hours?!
Sponsored by Wasilla Noon Club

This is to bring everyone together both friends and family! See you there!
 
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1850 E. Bogard Road
Wasilla, Alaska 99654
Rotary After Hours Cathy K 2019-01-05 09:00:00Z 0

Mat+SAR K9

Posted by Cathy K
 
Mat+SAR K9 is with Basco Labador in Wasilla, Alaska.
 

A HUGE thank you to the Susitna Rotary Club for their generous donation to our team! And thank you to Lisa Jaeger and K9 Mak for attending the Rotary club meeting to accept this on our behalf. This donation will help Mat+SAR K9 in so many ways. THANK YOU!

Mat+SAR K9 Cathy K 2019-01-03 09:00:00Z 0

Congratulations Cheryl Metiva!

Posted by Cathy K
 
Congratulations to Cheryl Metiva 
District Governor Designate 2021-22
 
It is DG Diane Fejes’ distinct pleasure to announce that Cheryl Metiva, Rotary Club of Susitna, was chosen by the  District Governor Nomination Committee to be our District Governor for 2021-22. 
Please welcome Cheryl and thank the Clubs and all applicants for putting forth their names to be considered. 
 
It is a great tribute to our District that so many qualified members would make the time and effort to lead our Clubs.” 
 
Diane
N. Diane Fejes
907-230-7941
Rotary Int’l District Governor 2018-19
District 5010 Alaska/Yukon
 
Congratulations Cheryl Metiva! Cathy K 2019-01-02 09:00:00Z 0
Report your makeups! Cathy K 2018-12-03 09:00:00Z 0

District Conference

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It's not to late to register!  
 
Join DG Diane Fejes for a time to network, reconnect with friends, and find inspiration for continuing service and community leadership as we report on the district, including its successes and challenges.

We will have local and international speakers giving information on topics relevant to our district members. 

Be sure to make plans to attend the business meeting to discuss and vote on important district matters.
 
District Conference 2019
Be The Inspiration!
Change the World!

Captain Cook Hotel
Anchorage, Alaska

  • Assembly - May 2, 2019
  • Conference - May 3-5 2019
 
 

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The Italian Job: What an incredible night!

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Karlee, Charlie and Matt were 3rd and 4th place winners!  Matt and Karlee are going to Sonoma, California! 
Charlie is beautiful with her handcrafted necklace!  A big applause to all that attended.
   
                                                                                      
 
The Italian Job: What an incredible night! 2018-10-28 08:00:00Z 0
Wanetta Lemley Inducted into Susitna Rotary! 2018-10-28 08:00:00Z 0

Donations to Tapriza School

Last week, Susitna Rotary donated $1,000 to the Tapriza School in Nepal.  Pam Hill from Wasilla Sunrise was also recognized for her contribution! Thanks Susitna Rotary and Pam!
 
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Mama Otter in Mexico! Cathy Kochendorfer 2018-10-27 08:00:00Z 0

Rotary Foundation Event:  Let's Go To The Movies!

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

 

 

Saturday, Nov. 10th, 2018

“Time, Talent & Treasure”

Live Auction: Fishing trips, Prime Rib dinners, Pebble Mine Tour, Mexican dinner, Lake Float with a BQ and much, much more!

Silent Auction:  Please DONATE!!!

Beer & Wine available in the Bistro and Theater #6, showing Hunter Killer

 

Please donate "Time, Talent, or Treasure" to the Live or Silent Auction!   Donation Form

 

 

Wondering what this event is all about?  Check out these videos of the event in prior years put together by Cathy Kochendorfer:

 

2017 Foundation night at the movies

  2016 Foundation night at the movies   

2016 Foundation night at the movies

 

Rotary Foundation Event: Let's Go To The Movies! Kim Erickson 2018-10-21 08:00:00Z 0
Orso's Fall Harvest Wine dinner 2018-10-08 08:00:00Z 0

Rylee Rudd 

Posted by Cathy Kochendorfer
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Please congratulate Rylee Rudd for her receiving the Paul Harris Fellow certificate and pin! 

The Paul Harris Fellow program recognizes individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, of $1,000 to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.

The honor was established in 1957 to show appreciation for contributions that support our Annual Fund, PolioPlus, or an approved Foundation grant.

Thank you Rylee for your dedication and support!
Rylee Rudd Cathy Kochendorfer 2018-09-13 08:00:00Z 0
Club Assembly and BOD meeting update Cathy Kochendorfer 2018-09-13 08:00:00Z 0

The Italian Job

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Please  "Save the Date" & RSVP for our second annual fundraiser for the Rotary E-Club & Susitna Rotary Club.  Last year you enjoyed "The French Connection"!  This year we carry the theme of "The Italian Job" with a Mediterranean flair!  Once again, each ticket qualifies for a raffle prize with the Grand Prize one week trip to the vineyards of Tuscany (air fare not included).  
 
We are providing all attendees from last year a two week opportunity for advance ticket purchase before we go public with sales!  Don't delay your reservation as we are strictly limited to 60 couples.
 
If you have any questions or wish to reserve, please contact Cheryl Metiva @ 907-315-9920 or clmetiva@gmail.com
 
The Italian Job Cathy Kochendorfer 2018-09-13 08:00:00Z 0

Float 4 Life

Float 4 Life now being offered in the Mat-Su Valley at Palmer Pool, AK Club & Swim AK. Certified Instructors and Mama Otter (Claire Horton) will be teaching the infant swim recovery skill 6 mos-4 yrs. at the AK Club. Please be sure your child is trained in case they accidentally fall in the water. They will know to roll to their back & float like Josh the Baby Otter!
Thank you Mama Otter!
 
Float 4 Life Cathy Kochendorfer 2018-09-05 08:00:00Z 0

RI Strategic Planning Priorities and Objectives

Posted by Kim Erickson
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Rotary International has recently updated their Strategic Planning and Objectives for the next 5 years to realize a new vision that brings more people together, increases our impact, and creates lasting change around the world.
 
Rotary's vision statement:
Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change - across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.
 
Rotary International's Four Priorities:
  1. Increase our impact
  • Eradicate polio and leverage the legacy
  • Focus our programs and offereings
  • Improve our ability to achieve and measure impact
  1. Expand our reach
  • Grow and diversify our membership and participation
  • Create new channels into Rotary
  • Increase Rotary's openness and appeal
  • Build awareness of our impact and brand
  1. Enhance participant engagement
  • Support clubs to better engage their members
  • Develop a participant-centered approach to delivery value
  • Offer new opportunities for personal and professional connection
  • Provide leadership development and skills training
  1. Increase our ability to adapt
  • Build a culture of research, innovation, and willingness to take risks
  • Streamline governance, structure, and processes
  • Review governance to foster more diverse perspectives in decision-making
RI Strategic Planning Priorities and Objectives Kim Erickson 2018-08-28 08:00:00Z 0
Rotary Fellowship at the Fair Cathy Kochendorfer 2018-08-23 08:00:00Z 0

Josh at the Alaska State Fair

Posted by Cathy Kochendorfer

Josh the Otter will be at the Alaska State Fair Friday, August 24th from 12-7 pm. We will set up at 11:30 am in the Events Tent/Yellow gate near the Farm Exhibits. 
Volunteers are needed for 1.5 hr slots & will get a free Fair pass for the day & parking. We will take turns wearing the Josh Costume and handing out coloring books. Please sign up!

Josh the Otter will be in the State Fair Parade on Saturday, August 25th
Denali Refuse is sponsoring the float. We will drive an 18 yd roll off that volunteers can ride in or walk along side handing out coloring books & other giveaways provided by Denali Refuse. We will check in between 9-10:15 am and must be ready to go by 10:40 am. The Parade starts 11 am. Please sign up if you plan to join us!

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0C4EAEA623ABFD0-akstate

 

Josh at the Alaska State Fair Cathy Kochendorfer 2018-08-15 08:00:00Z 0

ROTARY UNCORKED:  What a Night!

2018 Rotary Uncorked

Wow! What a night! For those who were there, it was a fun night full of great food and drinks and wonderful friends who were there to donate through silent/live auctions to  My House and Rotary. 
 
 
 
ROTARY UNCORKED: What a Night! 2018-08-12 08:00:00Z 0

2018-2019 Member Education and Information (ME) Program

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Susitna Rotary Club's Member Education and Information Program

(“ME” Talks)
 
A fun and informative program to acquaint new members with Rotary and each other.  Rotarians from other local clubs are encouraged to join us!  Click to download flyer.
 
ME is a program to provide fellowship and Rotary information for new and experienced Rotary members.  Rotarians from all area clubs are invited to attend.
 
ME meetings are short, 30-minute informal gatherings held September through April on the first Thursday of the month.  Club firesides and other social events are also scheduled throughout the year to increase the fellowship among members while learning more about Rotary. 
 
ME Meetings:
Mat-Su Family Restaurant                                    For more information contact:
401 W Parks Highway                                             Kim Erickson cell 907-223-8385
Wasilla, AK 99654                                                    kim.erickson@greatlandlaser.com
                                                                                                or
1st Thursday of the month (Sep – Apr)                   Liz Standley cell 360-739-1124                          
7:00am – 7:30am                                                        liznrich@bellsouth.net
Complimentary coffee and juice                    
No host breakfast available off the menu       
 
Membership Education and Social Event Schedule:
 
Month
Topic
Type of Meeting
Late Fall/Winter  2018 (Saturday)
New Member Orientation -  Red Ribbon tasks
     followed by club fireside
Fireside – location TBD
September 6, 2018
Rotary Basics
ME
October 4, 2018
The Rotary Foundation:  Worldwide Projects
ME
November 1, 2018
The Rotary Foundation:  Giving
ME
December 6, 2018
Rotary Awareness and Public Relations
ME
December TBD
(Saturday)
Club Holiday Party
Fireside – location TBD
January 3, 2019
Community Service Projects
ME
February 7, 2019
Water Safety Projects
ME
March 7, 2019
Youth “Next Gen” Service Projects
ME
April 4, 2019
Rotary Conferences
ME
June TBD, 2019
(Saturday)
Lil Su River Clean-up
     followed by a club BBQ
BBQ – Lil Su River
 

 
 
2018-2019 Member Education and Information (ME) Program Kim Erickson 2018-08-06 08:00:00Z 0
Rotary Bling Kim Erickson 2018-08-06 08:00:00Z 0

Results of 2018 Volunteer Sign-ups!

Posted by Cathy Kochendorfer on Aug 02, 2018
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Here are the results of our sign-up sheet for 2018-2019 Volunteers!  Great job everyone.
 
 
Results of 2018 Volunteer Sign-ups! Cathy Kochendorfer 2018-08-02 08:00:00Z 0

2018-19 Leadership Academy Students

Posted by Kim Erickson
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Congratulations to Lanissa Grogan, Dan Phillips, and Kathy Timm for being accepted into the 2018-2019 Rotary District 5010 Leadership Academy.  Only 20 Rotarians are accepted into the academy each year.  Marty Metiva and Rob Grogan have also been welcomed back to complete their coursework from a prior year at the academy. That's five new Rotary resources in Susitna Rotary Club!
 
Learn more about this educational opportunity by clicking on: District 5010 Leadership Academy.
 
 
2018-19 Leadership Academy Students Kim Erickson 2018-07-24 08:00:00Z 0

Itinerary for Paul DeMello & Rhonda Matzen

Posted by Kim Erickson
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Josh the Otter Auction Item donated by Susitna Rotary Club Members

Paul DeMello & Rhonda Matzen

(941) 626-7106

jacdinc@gmail.com

 

Thurs, July 6- Arrive in Anchorage 1:00am/rent a car & drive to Wasilla.

                      Overnight at Phil & Claire's Hanger Apt

 

Friday, July 6- FIoat/Fish the Gulkana River with the Grogan's and Timm's.

 

Sat, July 7- Kim & Tryg Erickson's house for Paul's 50th birthday dinner co-hosted by Erickson's and Rich and Liz Standley featuring fresh sockeye salmon compliments of Rich and his successful fishing trip last weekend!

                   Overnight at Kim and Tryg's on Long Lake in Willow

 

Sun, July 8- Two four wheeling trips through trails in Willow with Kim and Tryg Erickson

                    Cheryl & Marty's Metiva's home on Big Lake for

                     barbecue & Hobo Jim concert (famous Alaskan folk guitarist & singer) from 1-4pm
                                              

Mon, July 9-  Drive to Denali National Park and take shuttle bus through Denali Park

                      Drive 3 hrs back to Willow and stay at Erickson's home or back to Hanger Apt overnight

                                         

Tues, July 10- Continue exploring Denali National Park

                       Side trip to Talkeetna on drive back

                      Drive 3 hrs back to Willow and stay at Erickson's home or back to Hanger Apt overnight

 

Wed, July 11-   Erect a Kids Don't Float Kiosk (Tuesday night or Wednesday before Rotary meeting)

                                Rest of day on your own during the day.  Options include

  • Friday Fling/Palmer anytime between 10am-5pm
  • Suggest Iditarod Headquarters
  • kayaking on Seymour lake
  • a hike in Hatcher Pass

                          Susitna Rotary meeting 6-7pm Extreme Fun Center in Wasilla (Paul is speaker)

                          Overnight at Hanger Apt.

 

Thurs, July 12-  Leave Wasilla for Seward stay at Beach House Rentals.

                         Sightsee in Anchorage on the way down to Seward

  • Anchorage:   Museum of History and Art
  • Anchorage:  Federal Lands bldg. (across from Visitor center on 4th) open 9am-5pm with exhibits & short films showing Alaska animals, volcanoes, gold fever, Denali Mt, etc.

Fri, July 13- Beach House Rentals

                     Major Marine Whale watching tour

                    Overnight Beach House

 

Sat, July 14- Check out of Beach House 11am and drive to Anchorage; visit Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center in Portage on drive back

                    Flight leaves 6:50pm back to Florida

Itinerary for Paul DeMello & Rhonda Matzen Kim Erickson 2018-07-03 08:00:00Z 0

July 11th Program:  Paul DeMello

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Paul DeMello founded the Just Against Children Drowning Foundation (JACD) after losing his twin 13 month old sons in a tragic drowning accident.  He turned his grief and loss into a foundation with a vision "to achieve a 0% drowning rate for children". 

JACD works closely with other agencies and foundation to end childhood drowning with a focus on prevention through eduction and awareness.  One of their many partners is the Joshua Collingsworth Memorial Foundation's - Josh the Otter program.

Paul purchased the Alaskan Trip donated by Susitna Rotary Club in the JCMF auction and is now visiting us in Alaska.  Paul resides in Port Charlotte, Florida.

July 11th Program: Paul DeMello Kim Erickson 2018-07-03 08:00:00Z 0

Changing of the Guard - Awards & Recognition

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The 2018 Changing of the Guard meeting was full of laughter, smiles and kudos as outgoing president, Cheryl Metiva, expressed appreciation for the many contributions  of our members to the club and community over the past year.  New members who had completed their Red Ribbon requirements were recognized and the gavel passed to incoming club president, Jack Timm.  Lisa Phillips was officially awarded an honorary membership in Susitna Rotary Club and captured the evening in photos.  See the 2018 Changing of the Guard photo album and program for a full look at the evening's fun.  The awards and certificates of appreciation presented that evening are shown below.
 
A heartfelt expression of Cheryl's gratitude was reflected in the  thank you given to everyone in attendance that evening:
 
 
 
 

June 27, 2018

 

Fellow Rotarians,

 It has been such a pleasure serving as your president the past year.  The sense of community, friendship and service that our club exemplifies is the mark of true Rotarians.  As the gavel transfers to Jack, I'm excited to see his leadership in action and to see our club continue to grow, stretch, and give in new directions.  Thank you for making my year easy.  Thank you for making me feel valued and appreciated.  Thank you for rolling up your sleeves each & every time!

 Cheryl Metiva

2017-2018 Susitna Rotary Club President

 

 

 

 

Changing of the Guard - Awards & Recognition Kim Erickson 2018-07-03 08:00:00Z 0

Float 4 Life Results

Posted by Claire Horton
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A BIG THANKS GOES OUT to everyone who took part in the Float 4 Life! 
 
Instructor training with Jodi Sheets, ISA instructor. Jodi very graciously offered her training for free in exchange for a trip to Alaska for she & her husband, Paul.  
 
We were able to work with three pools in the Valley to provide over 15 hours of pool training and four full days of Jodi's time. Facility certifications will be issued to:
  1. Alaska Club-  Thanks to Jessica Hamilton,club manager & Jared Schmidt, pool director  
  2. Palmer Pool-  Thanks to Tim Pickard, Director
  3. Swim Alaska-  Thanks to Tinamarie, Owner
 
THANKS to the following 14 volunteers who worked with Jodi in the pool to learn the lifesaving swim recovery skill for infants:
 
  1. Alaska Club-  Danielle*, Brett*, Denisha*, Sam, Jared, Kim Erickson (Susitna Rotary), Jessica/observed
  2. Palmer Pool-  Aurora*, Ruthie*, Sandy*, Felicity* (daughter of Susitna Rotary member Jack Timm), Tim/observed
  3. Swim Alaska-  Tinamarie, Emmy
 *Instructors who received individual certifications as an Infant Swim of America (ISA) Instructor
 
THANKS also to our pool side support that gave direction and moral support to parent volunteers as we worked with 4 to 5 different children every 15mins:
  • Linda Conover/Susitna Rotary-lead volunteer on deck + created & sent out the signupgenius for participants 
  • Linda Brewer/Denali Refuse Staff performing "other duties as assigned" by Mama Otter
  • Catherine Inman/Susitna Rotary
  • Liz & Rich Stanley/Susitna Rotary
  • Eddie Ezelle/Susitna Rotary
  • Katie Philips/daughter of Rotary members, Dan & Lisa Philips
 
THANKS  to Rylee Rudd for taking care of our Alaskan gift for Jodi to take back to Lincoln, NE. 
 
THANKS to our parents who graciously volunteered their precious 1 to 3yr old children for instructors to be trained.  We had 140 slots (15 minutes each) filled up with 1 to 3 year old's. 
 
THANKS to the entire community for making this event possible & coming together in a joint effort to teach Water Safety to our kids.  
 
We hope to continue this joint effort to save lives...one child at a time!
 
MY BIGGEST THANKS goes out to Jodi Sheets,  my mentor.  "You Rock!!"  None of this would have been possible without you.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart for the difference you will make in our community.
 
I think it was a huge success and we are looking forward to being able to offer Float 4 Life! classes here in the Valley.  Our Susitna Rotary Club is anxious to help in any way we can to prevent drownings in our community.  Please let us know as soon as you have a plan for classes so we can keep the momentum going. Josh the Otter can help to market the classes for you.
 
We still have over 30 parents with 1-3yr olds on a waiting list.  This would be a great opportunity to offer a couple more sessions so new instructor can practice this lifesaving skill while it is still fresh.  I will be contacting each pool to see if we can work out a time for these parents.  
 
With heartfelt thanks to all,
 
Claire Horton, Mama Otter
907-362-2727
Susitna Rotary
 
NOTE: Check out this web site  justagainstchildrendrowning.org Paul Demello, the founder will be the speaker for our Susitna Rotary meeting!  Please join us 6-7pm, Wed  July 11th at Extreme Fun Center Sky Lounge for his inspirational talk!
 
 
Float 4 Life Results Claire Horton 2018-07-03 08:00:00Z 0

Wednesday June 27, 2018 Changing of the Guard

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Wednesday, June 27, 2018 
Sky Lounge at the Extreme Fun Center
 
6:00 PM
Slideshow
By Cathy Kochendorfer
Dinner

Pledge

Thought for the Day

 
 “Thanks for a Great Year”
2017-2018 President, Cheryl Metiva
 
Red Ribbon Graduation
Membership Co-Chairs
Kathy Timm & Lanissa Grogan
 
Passing the Gavel
 
Introduction of
2018-2019 Rotary Theme
Board of Directors
2018-2019 President, Jack Timm
 
Happy Bucks
Four Way Test
Adjourn 7:30 PM
Wednesday June 27, 2018 Changing of the Guard Kim Erickson 2018-06-25 08:00:00Z 0

2017-2018 Year in Review

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Membership (34 total)

New Members:

Bill Borden (transfer)

Linda Conover        Dan Phillips  

Paul Newman         Liz Standley

Charlie Nicolos      Rich Standley

 

 Red Ribbon Program: Kathy Timm

 Member Education Program: Kim Erickson & Liz Standley

 

Fellowship & Fundraising

The French Connection $3,960

With Rotary eClub of District 5010

Supporting service projects

Co-chairs:  Cheryl and Marty Metiva

 

“Time, Talent & Treasure” Auction & Movie

 Valley Rotary Clubs supporting The Rotary Foundation

Club’s portion $1,090

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

 

Ice Breaker $4,308

With Big Lake Lions Club supporting local service projects

 Co-chairs:  Lanissa Grogan and Rylee Rudd

 

Iditarod Restart Party

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

Hosts:  Kim and Tryg Erickson

 

Josh Collingsworth Memorial Foundation

 Club’s portion $2,550

Auction supporting Josh the Otter service projects

 Co-chairs:  Kathy and Jack Timm

 

New Member Fall Orientation & Fireside

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

 

Little Su River BBQ

 Chair:  Kathy Kochendorfer

 

Summer BBQ & Fireside

Hosts:  Lynn and John Mitchell

 

Service
Water Safety Programs: $5,925
Josh the Baby Otter - Claire Horton
Kids Don’t Float Loaner Boards -Jack Timm, Marty Metiva, Kelly Kochendorfer
Float 4 Life Classes - Claire Horton, Linda Conover, Lanissa Grogan
 
Youth Scholarships  $1,000
 
Rotary District 5010 Kids Care  $500
 
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) $325
 
Rotary District 5010 Conference-Seward  $650
Co-chairs:  Cheryl Metiva               MC:  Marty Metiva
 
Community/Individual Support
Conway Seavey $252
McKinley Wooten    $122
Wasilla High Swim Team $100
Willow Resident Handicap Ramp $697
 
Other Hands-On Service Projects
Big Lake Library Clean Up
Kiva - Lanissa and Rob Grogan, Kathy and Jack Timm
Reading in the Classroom - Kathy Timm
Upper Little Su River Clean-up - Jack Timm
 
 
2017-2018 Year in Review Kim Erickson 2018-06-25 08:00:00Z 0
Definition of Fish Kim Erickson 2018-06-22 08:00:00Z 0

India - Mega Polio Campaign January 2019

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Greetings!
 
We had the pleasure with intensive support in “Keeping India Polio Free Campaigns” from last 2 years in Mega Polio Event 2017 & 2018 with 51 Volunteers from 13 Countries and 63 Volunteers from 17 Countries respectively.
 
Efforts and personal presence who came, made a huge difference in many lives and without them it was impossible to fight on Polio and “Keep India Polio Free”
Our borders are still not sealed and every day we are getting non-immigrants from neighboring countries and have fear to get Polio back in India, fight against Polio is NOT OVER.
We Rotarians are determined in Keeping Polio Free India and ask  you as part of one Rotary family to help during next “Mega Polio Campaign 2019” from Jan 4 to 6 2019 at Agra, INDIA.
 
Looking forward to your participation for this noble cause of serving humanity as Rotary working on Polio in India since 1980 as one of the biggest humanitarian projects of the World …   
 
Bringing the Social Change !!
Rotary Service and Engagement
Rtn Dr Sandeep Tomer |Polio Chair | Jt Secertary|2017-19
Rotary Club Agra Tajmahal
Charter no – 76284 | D-3110
 
 
India - Mega Polio Campaign January 2019 Kim Erickson 2018-06-21 08:00:00Z 0

Aug 11th:  Rotary Club of Soldotna's Annual Beer Festival

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Kenai Peninsula Beer Festival

Saturday, August 11, 2018, 5-9 PM
Soldotna Sports Center
 
 
$50 VIP/Connoisseur Hour 5-6 pm: limited to 200 tickets, early entry, at least one special beer from each brewery, unlimited samples, commemorative glass, admission into general festival, eight 4oz sample tokens for general admission festival, music, fun.
 
$30 General Admission: commemorative glass, eight 4oz sample tokens, Music, fun, all that and some chips. Additional samples may be purchased at the event; two samples for $3 or 12 for $15.
 
Live music, food and great beer, does it get any better than that?
 
  • “People’s Choice” beer and “People’s Choice Brewery” award
  • Food for sale on site from a variety of gourmet food vendors
  • Discounted cab rides provided by Alaska Cab
 
The Kenai Peninsula Beer Festival is a fundraiser for the Rotary Club of Soldotna. The profits from this event will be used for LOCAL Rotary projects. The event will feature beer generously donated by the breweries. There will also be live music and food available.
 
This is a 21 and older event.
Aug 11th: Rotary Club of Soldotna's Annual Beer Festival Kim Erickson 2018-06-21 08:00:00Z 0

2018 Little Su Classic - Fun in the Sun!

What does it take to have a perfect Little Su Classic?  Sunshine, canoes, kayaks, life jackets, sun screen, BBQ and lots of smiles!
 
Everything came together last Saturday for a fun day picking up trash and enjoying the beauty of the Little Su River.  Jack Timm, with help from Kathy Kochendorfer, coordinated the outing.  Jack made the swift-flowing river safer by taking out "sweeper logs" the week before and giving direction the day of the event.  Kathy Kochendorfer arranged transportation for floaters PLUS donated and prepared 80 lbs of chick for the BBQ. 
 
Kelly Tothe from the Alaska Office of Boating and Safety came out to see us off and provide any needed life jackets.  The Swift Water Safety Rescue Team accompanied us again and was immediately put to work when one of the vessels swamped early in the float.  Fortunately, no one was injured and all gear was eventually recovered.
 
Phil Horton/Denali Refuse provided a flatbed truck to transport all the kayaks and canoes to the starting point then later hauled away the trash that was collected. 
 
Eddie Ezelle/Mat-Su Food Bank donated all the paper products and, with the help from the fine BBQ skills of John Mitchell, cooked all the food.
 
Cathy K., Claudia Buzard, and Dan Phillips provided transportation from the Houston bridge park to the starting point at 3 Bees Gravel Pit.
 
Cheryl and Marty Metiva made the sweep through the 3 Bees Gravel Pit to pick up the extra vehicles and signs.
 
Liz Standley, Lanissa Grogan, Lynn Mitchell, Trudi Mitchell, and Dan Phillips made up the rest of the shore crew.  Dan recorded the event on video.  Watch out for that drone, Lanissa!
 
Lisa Phillips, once again, captured the essence of the day in photos.  Click to see the full photo album.
 
Everyone brought a side dish to accompany the delicious BBQ chicken and, thanks to Kim Erickson (at the bequest of Evelyna), there was peach cobbler and homemade ice cream for dessert.
 
Floaters: 
Jack and Kathy Timm, Phil and Claire Horton, Rob Grogan and Rich Standley, Lisa Phillips and Kim Erickson, Kelly Kochendorfer, Evelyna Kuhr, Daun Weis (Wasilla Rotary Club President-elect) and Mark, Clyde Boyer and Clyde Boyer, Jr., and several new friends that learned about the event via Facebook: Victoria and Jessica; Derek, Amanda, Theresa, and Ricky; Mark and Michelle (hope I got those all names correct).
 
Thanks to the generosity of Robert Hall, the two youngest (but clearly experienced) paddlers won a $250 gift certificate to Gorilla Fireworks for picking up the most trash.  Congratulations to Victoria and Jessica!
 
 
 
2018 Little Su Classic - Fun in the Sun! Kim Erickson 2018-06-11 08:00:00Z 0

2018 Kiva Update

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Thanks to Kathy Timm, Susitna Rotary made a loan to Suwariyah in Tangerang, Indonesia last week to build a clean water sources facility at her home to improve access to water sources for the family.
 
Suwariyah's story
Good day lenders! Meet one of KBMI’s clients, Suwariyah. She is 50 years old and married with four sons. Suwariyah is a housewife and she looks after her four children. Her husband has had a grocery shop in the Tangerang District for seven years. Her husband is the only breadwinner in the family. Still, their income is barely enough to provide for their basic needs. They would like to improve their living conditions and create a happy and healthy life for their children.

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

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

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

 
2018 Kiva Update Kim Erickson 2018-06-11 08:00:00Z 0

Mark Lee beloved Rotarian

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It is with sadness in our hearts, Mark Lee, a very respected and loved Rotarian, passed away peacefully at home yesterday surrounded by his family.
Celebration of Life
Monday June 11th 4-7pm
Palmer Ice Rink

Viewing will be at Legacy Funeral Home / Wasilla Heritage Chapel Monday June 11th 11-2pm

 

Mark Lee beloved Rotarian Cathy Kochendorfer 2018-06-06 08:00:00Z 0
Josh in Mexico! Cathy Kochendorfer 2018-06-04 08:00:00Z 0

Band on the Run 5K

 
The Mat Su 5K was formerly the Menard Run and the Rotary Running Dead 5K. For several years people have participated in this event from around the Valley and from Anchorage. Net proceeds from the Run are used to fund scholarships for graduating high school seniors in the Mat Su.

The event is put on by the local Valley Rotary Clubs.
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Susitna Rotary now on Twitter! Cathy Kochendorfer 2018-06-01 08:00:00Z 0

Kids Don't Float - Kiosks are Stocked!

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Thank you to Jack and Cathy Timm, Marty and Cheryl Metiva, Kelly and Cathy Kochendorfer, Dan and Lisa Phillips, Stan Mitchell, and Claudia Buzard for spending Memorial Day completing the work below on the Kids Don't Float project:
 
#1 at Little Su, behind Miller's Market mile 57.5 Parks Highway 
 Install the new branding Josh sign and stock life jackets
 
#2 at North Prator Lake near the corner of Ballyshannon Dr and Morris Rd
 Install life jacket rack and new signage and stock life jackets
 
#3 at Bearpaw Lake near the corner of W King Arthur Dr and White Rabbit in Houston
Install new signage and stock life jackets
 
#4 at South Prator lake near Castle Dr and Duke Dr in Houston
Install new signage and stock life jackets
 
#5 at south Lalen Lake near W Skyview Dr and Carousel Way
Install signage and life jacket rack and stock life jackets
 
#6 at East Lalen Lake near Alice Ann Ln and N Larry Trail
Assess the area for new life jacket kiosk
 
#7 at Seymour Lake near Sylvia-Denise Ave and Meadow Lakes Dr
Install new signage and stock life jackets
 
 
Kids Don't Float - Kiosks are Stocked! Kim Erickson 2018-05-29 08:00:00Z 0
2018 Icebreaker raises $4,458 for Susitna Kim Erickson 2018-05-29 08:00:00Z 0

Eva Venama Awarded $1,000 Scholarship

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Susitna Rotary Club awarded Eva Venama, a former RYLA attendee and frequent volunteer for Rotary activities, a $1,000 college scholarship at last week's meeting. Congratulations, Eva!
Eva Venama Awarded $1,000 Scholarship Kim Erickson 2018-05-29 08:00:00Z 0

Thank you, Extreme Fun Center!

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A big thanks to the Extreme Fun Center (John Sweiger and the Metiva's) for graciously providing a pizza and salad buffet dinner at no charge to our club members when our meeting had to be moved to one of the downstairs party rooms last week. "Happy Birthday" everyone!
Thank you, Extreme Fun Center! Kim Erickson 2018-05-29 08:00:00Z 0

June 15th:  Sutton Safety Fair

Decide at May 30th regular club meeting if we will participate in this event.

Talon Boeve with the Mat-Su Borough Emergency Management Department has invited Susitna Rotary and Josh the Otter to be part of this year's Safety Fair in Sutton on June 16th from 11am to 3pm.

We are seeking at least two volunteers to attend the Safety Fair (Josh and an escort).  Please contact Kim Erickson or Claire Horton if you are interested.  To participate, we have to submit the Sutton Safety Fair 2018 Exhibitor Registration Form by June 1st.  Registration is free.

 
June 15th: Sutton Safety Fair Kim Erickson 2018-05-22 08:00:00Z 0

Calendar of Events:  June 2018

Posted by Kim Erickson
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  • June 2, 2018               Sat                   "Band on the Run" Mat-Su Rotary Club 5K Race, Beer Garden and Band
  • June 9, 2018               Sat                   Little Su Clean-up
  • June 24-29, 2018       Sun-Fri            Rotary International Convention, Toronto, Canada
  • June 27, 2018            Wednesday     Changing of the Guard (Tentative Date)
 
 
Calendar of Events: June 2018 Kim Erickson 2018-05-22 08:00:00Z 0

June 9th:  Little Su Classic River Clean-up

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Planning for this event will be done during the regular club meeting on May 30th.
 
Come join Susitna Rotary Club on Saturday, June 9th, as they float down the Little Susitna River from the gravel pit on Three Bees Rd to the bridge on the Parks Highway. This float is seven miles of flat water and takes about 2.5 - 3 hrs. We will be picking up trash during the float and then enjoying a BBQ with drawings at the finish. There are spots available for the following tasks:
 
 
  • BBQ Site Setup Crew
  • Cooking Crew
  • Floating Clean-up Crew
  • Food Purchasing
  • Halfway Safety Check
  • Vehicle Movement
June 9th: Little Su Classic River Clean-up Kim Erickson 2018-05-15 08:00:00Z 0
Otter Spotter Day was May 14th Kim Erickson 2018-05-13 08:00:00Z 0

Mat-Su Regional Health Center - Expansion Project

Posted by Kim Erickson
Dave Wallace, CEO of the Mat-Su Regional Medical Center, spoke at Susitna Rotary last week about their new Emergency Department Expansion Project.  They have applied for a Certificate of Need (CON) from the State of Alaska and are seeking support from members of the community.  If you would like to support the project, please complete a Letter of Support. You may also download the Emergency Department Expansion CON Bullet Point Summary for additional information.
Mat-Su Regional Health Center - Expansion Project Kim Erickson 2018-04-14 08:00:00Z 0

May 2nd Program:  Chas St. George, Iditarod

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Chas St .George, Chief Operations Officer at Iditarod Trail Committee, will present an insider's view of the 2018 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.
 
Photo credit:  Paige Spensor
May 2nd Program: Chas St. George, Iditarod 2018-04-10 08:00:00Z 0

Get Well Soon, Dan!

Posted by Kim Erickson
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We think Dan is perfect just the way he is....naturally, his wife, Lisa, feels the same way.  However, the doctors at Mat-Su Regional think Dan could benefit from back surgery.  He's taking their advice and having surgery to fuse several vertebrae this week then will be recuperating at home over the next few weeks.
 
Susitna Rotarians and friends are sending get well wishes to Dan for a speedy recovery!
 
Get Well Soon, Dan! Kim Erickson 2018-04-10 08:00:00Z 0

JCMF:  Susitna Rotary's Auction Donation

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Thanks to the generosity of many of our members and local businesses, Susitna Rotary Club has donated the following Alaskan Trip ($5,000 Value) to be auctioned Saturday, April 28th, at the 10th Annual Benefit for the Josh Collingsworth Memorial Foundation (JCMF).  The benefit itself is being held in Nebraska from 5:00pm - 10:00pm (2:00pm - 7:00pm Alaska Time).  Anyone can bid on this and other auction items by logging into their website:
http://qtego.net/qlink/jcmf
The majority of the proceeds from this auction item will be credited to Susitna Rotary's account with the JCMF to be used for future purchases of Josh the Otter books and other water safety presentation materials.
Thank you to Jack and Kathy Timm for coordinating this effort and to everyone that has contributed to make this a spectacular Alaskan trip!

Alaska Trip ($5000 value)
expires Sep 1, 2019
 
Fly, Drive, or Cruise to Alaska on your own. Plan to spend 10-14 days. 
On arrival, we will pick you up and:
 
Metivas will take you on a tour of Iditarod Sled Dog Race Headquarters, tour of Martin Buser's kennel, and a BBQ at their lakeside house. Their B&B will be available for lodging depending on how yor itinerary works out.
 
Kochendorfers will take you on a day tour of Hatcher's Pass with side trips at Independence Mine, Muskox Farm and/ or Reindeer Farm. Lunch or dinner included.
 
Lisa Phillips will meet you at Hatcher's Pass, where she will prepare a professional photo shoot for you.
 
Timms will take you for a day (or two) of fishing for salmon on the Little Susitna River or for rainbow trout on the Kenai River depending on your arrival dates. Includes fish cleaning, packing, lunches and dinner. 
 
Ericksons will have you overnight at their home on Willow Lake with four wheel atv riding and your choice of water activities depending on weather. Options include canoe, kayak, jetski, paddle boat, or pontoon boat. Includes dinner and drinks.
 
Hortons will fly you to a day of hiking to scenic Esther Island and the hatchery there, or to Homer. They also have an apartment available for "home base" if you like, with stairs access. They also have a Seward beach front condo available to you (blackout dates June 22- Aug 15 and Labor Day.) They have arranged guided fishing trip and guided sea kayaking at Miller's Landing while you are in Seward.
 
 
  • Kayak trip will be either half day (Bridal Veil Falls) or full day (Caines Head Bay.)
  • Fishing trip for two before June 22 would be full day for halibut / rockfish for two ($285 each)
  • Fishing trip for two after Aug 15th would be full day combo for all species ($350 each)
 
JCMF: Susitna Rotary's Auction Donation Kim Erickson 2018-04-10 08:00:00Z 0
Nonprofits make Alaska work Kim Erickson 2018-04-10 08:00:00Z 0
Alaska's Nonprofit Sector - Generating Economic Impact Kim Erickson 2018-04-10 08:00:00Z 0

April 18th Program:  Arctic Winter Games Athletes

Local students that represented Alaska in the 2018 Arctic Winter Games are back to tell us about their experience competing with nearly 2,000 athletes from around the circumpolar world in the Northwest Territories.  These students were part of the USA Futsol team (fast paced, indoor soccer).
April 18th Program: Arctic Winter Games Athletes 2018-04-10 08:00:00Z 0

May 16th Program:  Amy Lalor, Big Brothers Big Sisters

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Amy Lalor, Community Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Alaska, will discuss the organization and it's mission in Alaska.

"Changing perspectives. Changing lives.

For more than 100 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. As the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages 6 through 18, in communities across the country. We develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people. 

The Big Brothers Big Sisters Mission To provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported 1-to-1 relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.

The Big Brothers Big Sisters Vision is that all children achieve success in life."

Big Brothers Big Sisters 

May 16th Program: Amy Lalor, Big Brothers Big Sisters Kim Erickson 2018-04-10 08:00:00Z 0

Calendar of Events:  May - June 2018

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  • May 17, 2018             Thu                  District Assembly in Seward
  • May 18 - 20, 2018      Fri - Sun          District Conference in Seward
  • June 2, 2018               Sat                   "Band on the Run" Mat-Su Rotary Club 5K Race, Beer Garden and Band
  • June 9, 2018               Sat                   Little Su Clean-up
  • June 24-29, 2018       Sun-Fri            Rotary International Convention, Toronto, Canada
  • June 27, 2018            Wednesday     Changing of the Guard (Tentative Date)
 
 
Calendar of Events: May - June 2018 Kim EricksonK 2018-04-09 08:00:00Z 0
Are you going? Kim Erickson 2018-04-09 08:00:00Z 0

April 11 Program:  Mat-Su Regional CEO Dave Wallace

Posted by Kim Erickson
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Mat-Su Regional CEO Dave Wallace will speak at Susitna Rotary this week to discuss a Certificate of Need (CON) the hospital just submitted to the State of Alaska.

 

Mat-Su Regional received overwhelming community support when they applied for a CON last summer to add the 36-bed behavioral health and detox treatment facility on campus. This is a second CON and is needed to add treatment rooms to our emergency department in order to support the behavioral health facility as well as the growth in our community.

April 11 Program: Mat-Su Regional CEO Dave Wallace Kim Erickson 2018-04-09 08:00:00Z 0

April:  Rotary's Maternal & Child Health Month

Rotary members are dedicated to maternal and child health

By Azka Asif, Rotary Service and Engagement Staff 

According to the World Health Organization, nearly 830 women die every day from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. 99% of maternal deaths occur in developing countries where nearly half of all mothers and newborns do not receive care during and after birth. The leading causes of death for children under 5 are birth complications, pneumonia, birth asphyxia, diarrhea and malaria. These deaths can be prevented and treated with access to healthcare services.*

Healthcare before, during and after childbirth can save the lives of women and newborn babies. The United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages, addresses all major health priorities, including reproductive, maternal and child health; access for all to safe, effective, quality and affordable medicines and vaccines.*

Rotary members are working diligently towards this goal through projects that provide education, immunizations, birth kits, mobile health clinics, and much more. 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.

April: Rotary's Maternal & Child Health Month Kim Erickson 2018-04-09 08:00:00Z 0

Congratulations, Nancy Dodge!

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"Thank you fellow Rotarians for Helping me to reach my $100,000 goal. The last five years have been fantastic."
- Nancy Dodge, ShelterBox Coordinator for the state of Alaska and member of the Rotary District 5010 eClub
 
 
Congratulations, Nancy Dodge! Kim Erickson 2018-04-09 08:00:00Z 0

Free Movie-  Resilience: Biology of Stress & Science of Hope

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RESILIENCE: THE BIOLOGY OF STRESS AND THE SCIENCE OF HOPE chronicles the promising beginnings of a national movement to prevent childhood trauma, treat Toxic Stress, and greatly improve the health of future generations.
  • Thursday, April 26 at 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
     
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    Wasilla Public Library
    500 North Crusey St, Wasilla, Alaska 99654

“This is the biggest public health discovery we’ve ever seen.”
– Laura Porter, Co-Founder, ACE Interface

When it was controversial to even think of asking patients about taboo subjects, the ACE Study dared to ask questions like, "Were you sexually abused as a child?" AND "Did you have a parent who was an alcoholic?"

The answers produced a public health revelation. For the first time, the loss of a parent through death, divorce or incarceration and other traumatic childhood experiences such as living with an alcoholic parent or being sexually abused was conclusively linked to both physical and mental health problems later in life. ACE, or Acute Childhood Experiences score, are now understood to lead to early-onset heart disease diabetes, addiction, and depression. Understanding that a broken-hearted child is more likely to suffer from mental and physical illnesses as an adult has professionals of all kinds asking, How can we help children before their physical and mental health problems emerge as adults?
 
Film NOT RATED
Length: 1Hr
Website: https://kpjrfilms.co/resilience/
Free Movie- Resilience: Biology of Stress & Science of Hope Kim Erickson 2018-04-09 08:00:00Z 0
May 9th: Big Lake Library Clean-up Kim Erickson 2018-03-29 08:00:00Z 0

Hot Night at the Chili Cook-off

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22 pots of chili, tons of cornbread, yummy cake, plenty of laughter, and music by Conway Seavey.  What more could you ask for at the first Mat-Su Valley Rotary Chili Cook-off?
 
Check out the photos Lisa Phillips (Wasilla Noon Rotary Club) took at the event.  Chili Cook-off Photo Album
 
Hot Night at the Chili Cook-off Kim Erickson 2018-03-28 08:00:00Z 0

April 25th Meeting - Changed to  Rock the Resilience

Posted by Kim Erickson
In support of Wasilla Sunrise Rotary Club's "No More Mat-Su" efforts, Susitna Rotary is changing it's meeting on Wednesday, April 25th, to their "Rock the Resilience".  This concert is a free community event to raise awareness and build connections that features performances by local high school students.
April 25th Meeting - Changed to Rock the Resilience Kim Erickson 2018-03-20 08:00:00Z 0

May 30th:  Susitna Rotary Board Meeting

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The Rotary Club of Susitna's Board of Directors meet on the last Wednesday of each month following the regular club meeting.  The next meeting is Wednesday, May 30th, 7:30pm - 8:30pm at The Sky Lounge in the Extreme Fun Center. 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:
          November 29, 2017
Financial information:
May 30th: Susitna Rotary Board Meeting Kim Erickson 2018-03-19 08:00:00Z 0
Rotary's Water and Sanitation Month Kim Erickson 2018-03-19 08:00:00Z 0

Join the next ME Talk:  April 5th on "Rotary Conferences"

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You've heard of TED talks....now learn about ME talks.  Next month, Susitna Rotary rolls out a new Membership Education program that is designed to be a fun and informative way to acquaint new members with Rotary and each other.
 
ME is a program to provide fellowship and Rotary information for new and experienced Rotary members.  Rotarians from all area clubs are invited to attend.
 
ME meetings are short, 30-minute informal gatherings held September through April on the first Thursday of the month.  Club firesides and other social events are also scheduled throughout the year to increase the fellowship among members while learning more about Rotary. 
 
ME Meetings:                                                                                           
First Thursday of the Month from 7:00am – 7:30am    
Location:  Mat-Su Family Restaurant                                
Complimentary coffee and juice                         
No host breakfast available to order off the menu
 
For more information, download flyer or contact:
Kim Erickson at  kim.erickson@greatlandlaser.com 907-223-8385
or
Liz Standley at liznrich@bellsouth.net 360-739-1124
 
Membership Education and Social Event Schedule:
 
Month
Topic
Type of Meeting
March 1, 2018
Youth “Next Gen” Service Projects
ME
April 5, 2018
Rotary Conferences
ME
June 9, 2018
(Saturday)
Lil Su River Clean-up
     followed by a club BBQ
BBQ – Lil Su River
August 25, 2018 (Saturday)
New Member Orientation -  Red Ribbon tasks
     followed by club fireside
Fireside – location TBD
September 6, 2018
Rotary Basics
ME
October 4, 2018
The Rotary Foundation:  Worldwide Projects
ME
November 1, 2018
The Rotary Foundation:  Giving
ME
December 6, 2018
Rotary Awareness and Public Relations
ME
December TBD
(Saturday)
Club Holiday Party
Fireside – location TBD
January 4, 2019
Community Service Projects
ME
February 7, 2018
Water Safety Projects
ME
 
Join the next ME Talk: April 5th on "Rotary Conferences" Kim Erickson 2018-03-19 08:00:00Z 0
Sign up for Josh the Otter School Presentations Kim Erickson 2018-03-09 09:00:00Z 0

Seeking Donations for JCMF Auction

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Susitna Rotary will once again be participating in this event to raise funds for our local Josh the Otter water safety projects including presenting the program to every kindergarten classroom in the Mat-Su Valley!

Have an item to donate to the auction? Please contact Jack Timm or Kathy Timm.  We are looking for donations of great summertime activities like fishing, hiking, flying, tours, and of course always AIRLINE MILES.

Seeking Donations for JCMF Auction Kim Erickson 2018-03-09 09:00:00Z 0

March 14th Program:  Mat-Su Borough Dive Rescue Team (Settlers Bay)

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Join us at Settlers Bay Lodge to hear Lisa Jaeger from the Dive Rescue Team describe the activities of this hearty group of  local volunteers.
 
The Dive Rescue Team is dispatched by 911, and responds from station 6-5 on the Palmer-Wasilla Highway. All team members are volunteers who spend hundreds of hours training to develop and maintain their skill level. Members are certified in Dive Rescue, Swift-water Rescue, Ice Rescue, Mud Rescue, and Low to High and High Angle Rope Rescue, as well as Emergency Medical Treatment.
March 14th Program: Mat-Su Borough Dive Rescue Team (Settlers Bay) Kim Erickson 2018-03-09 09:00:00Z 0
Imagination Library: 100 Million Books Kim Erickson 2018-03-09 09:00:00Z 0

Mat-Su Rotary Chili Cook-Off

Susitna Rotary, Rotary Club of Palmer, Wasilla Sunrise Rotary and Wasilla Rotary Club are hosting a joint event, and we look forward to having you at our chili cook-off!

Bring your appetite for fun and be ready to help us determine our chili grand champion.

In addition to great food and good company, you will have an opportunity to talk with Rotarians and have all your questions answered.

When?   Friday, March 23, 2018 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Where?  Palmer Moose Lodge  1136 S. Cobb St., Palmer, AK  99645

Cost?      Free plus you get to try some great chili!

 

Mat-Su Rotary Chili Cook-Off Kim Erickson 2018-03-09 09:00:00Z 0

Saint Patrick's Day Beer and Hymns

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SAINT PATRICKS DAY
BEER AND HYMNS
A FUND RAISER FOR MATSU FOOD BANK AND FIVE-LOAVES TWO FISH KITCHENS
MARCH 17 2018
EXTREME FUN CENTER
Sky Box Lounge
6:00 to 8:00 pm
3501 E OLD MATANUSKA ROAD
WASILLA, AK 99654
 
The event is what it reads, Beer and Hymns. We will sing our hearts out to beloved hymns while having a beer, wine, or soft drink. Every fifteen minutes we will take an interlude for a commercial featuring the community service MatSu Food Bank and the Five-Loaves Two Fish Kitchen provide.
 
Grade School folks are welcome to enjoy the Fun Center while parents sing their hearts out.
Teens will be assigned to watch the Grade School folks.
Here ya go. Bring a friend, maybe two friends, maybe even more friends.
Saint Patrick's Day Beer and Hymns Kim Erickson 2018-03-09 09:00:00Z 0

Iditarod Restart Party + End Polio Now = Big Success

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The sun shined.  Dogs raced. Kids played. Snow mobiles explored. Bush plane flew.  Everyone ate and at the end of the day we are "this much closer" to wiping out polio.
 
Family and friends of all ages came out to cheer on the dogs and "high five" the mushers as they raced past on their way to Nome.  Check out Brian Pugatch's 1:44 sec video and the 2018 Iditarod Restart Party photo album for a peek at the fun (photo credit to image above goes to Lisa Phillips and the image below to Dan Phillips).  Thanks to the all the family, friends, and Rotarians from many clubs who joined in the festivities:
  • Susitna Rotary (host club)
  • Anchorage International Rotary (host club)
  • Anchorage East Rotary
  • Anchorage Rotary
  • Anchorage Russian Jack Rotary
  • Anchorage South Rotary
  • Anchorage Rotary
  • District 5010 eClub
  • Eagle River Rotary
  • Palmer Rotary
  • Wasilla Rotary
  • Wasilla Sunrise Rotary
A special shout out to:
Hosts - Tryg and Kim Erickson
Moose meat for chili - Rob and Lanissa Grogan
Snow machine rides for kids - Jack and Kathy Timm
Port-a-Potty - Robert Hall
Youth Exchange Student ShelterBox sleepover - Nancy Dodge and Carl Bostek
Water bottles - Lynn Mitchell
TONS and TONS of help -  Lance Wilber, Amanda Boger, Lisa Erickson, Brad and Erika Quade, Marty and Mara Severin, Lucas Mahi, Don Covault, Eli Brooks & Nichole
 
Donations are still rolling in for EndPolioNow.  If you did not have a chance earlier but would still like to donate, checks made out to The Rotary Foundation will be collected at the Rotary meeting this week or you may make a donation at any time to The Rotary Foundation.  Between online donations and money collected at the event, nearly $7,000 was raised with Anchorage International Rotary Club leading the way at $6,154 in donations!
Iditarod Restart Party + End Polio Now = Big Success Kim Erickson 2018-03-06 09:00:00Z 0

March 28:  New permanent meeting location is Sky Lounge

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Results of the member vote on the club's permanent meeting location were announced last week.  Beginning March 28th, the Sky Lounge at the Extreme Fun Center in Wasilla will be the club's permanent meeting location.  The meeting time will remain the same:  Wednesdays from 6:00pm ~ 7:00pm.
 
Thank you to Paul Newman for chairing the venue review committee.
March 28: New permanent meeting location is Sky Lounge Kim Erickson 2018-03-06 09:00:00Z 0

March 7th Program:  Youth Exchange (Settlers Bay Lodge)

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Join Susitna Rotarians this week at Settlers Bay Lodge for a Club Assembly focused on the Youth Exchange program in Rotary District 5010.
 
Jeff Johnson, Chair of District 5010's Youth Exchange (YE) Committee, is passionate about this premier Rotary International program that promotes peace throughout the world, one student at a time.  He will explain what it takes to become a sponsoring club, a host family, how students are selected, and what it takes to be a volunteer in the program. 
 
March 7th Program: Youth Exchange (Settlers Bay Lodge) Kim Erickson 2018-03-06 09:00:00Z 0
March 10th:  Valley Rotary Clubs Blood Drive Kim Erickson 2018-03-06 09:00:00Z 0
June 2nd: Bank on the Run Kim Erickson 2018-03-06 09:00:00Z 0
2018 Young Professionals Summit Kim Erickson 2018-03-06 09:00:00Z 0

Dues - Just a few more to collect

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There are still a handful of members owing dues.   Not sure if you have paid?  Log into Susitna Rotary Club's Clubrunner "member area" (top right hand corner of webpage) and select "My Billing Account Balance" under the "My ClubRunner" section.  You may also email Evelyna.
 
If you still owe for the last half of this Rotary year, please catch up your dues at this week's meeting.  All members must be current before the end of the Rotary year on June 30th.   
Dues - Just a few more to collect Kim Erickson 2018-02-26 09:00:00Z 0

Susitna Rotary Board Meeting February 28, 2018

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The Rotary Club of Susitna's Board of Directors meet on the last Wednesday of each month following the regular club meeting.  The next meeting is Wednesday, February 28, 7:30pm - 8:30pm at Settlers Bay Lodge. 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:
          November 29, 2017
Financial information:
Susitna Rotary Board Meeting February 28, 2018 Kim Erickson 2018-02-26 09:00:00Z 0

Josh the Otter - Time to sign up for presentations

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Cathy Kochendorfer has been scheduling schools for the spring Josh the Otter presentations.  Everyone's help is requested to cover all the kindergarten classes in the Mat-Su Valley.  Be ready to start signing up to present at your favorite schools at this week's meeting.
Josh the Otter - Time to sign up for presentations Kim Erickson 2018-02-26 09:00:00Z 0

Venue vote ....
 

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Paul Newman will announce the results of the venue selection vote at this week's club meeting.  Stay tuned!
Venue vote ....  Kim Erickson 2018-02-23 09:00:00Z 0

Feb. 28th Program:  Michelle Sturgeon (Settler's Bay Lodge)

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Lend a hand:  Volunteering at the Mat-Su Regional Hospital

 

Mat-Su Regional volunteers help in a wide variety of areas within the hospital, the outpatient center, and in the community. They do everything from helping in the Emergency Department to guiding tours at our annual Baby Fair. With such a wide variety of volunteers positions to choose from, you are sure to find a rewarding experience at Mat-Su Regional.


Feb. 28th Program: Michelle Sturgeon (Settler's Bay Lodge) Kim Erickson 2018-02-22 09:00:00Z 0

Welcome to our newest member:  Bill Borden

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Susitna Rotary is proud to announce the addition of long-time Rotarian, William "Bill" Borden, to the club.
 
As a real estate pro and motivational speaker, Bill offers services throughout the 50 states and has offices in Georgia, Alaska and North Carolina. He is "Broker Emeritus" with High Caliber Realty based in Kennesaw, Georgia. Bill and his wife, Brenda (also a Rotarian), currently split their time between Georgia and Wasilla. He anticipates attending Susitna Rotary Club meetings when he is in town and doing "make-ups" at other clubs the rest of the year.
 
Bill has been an active member of his local community in Georgia and received numerous honors including the 2009 "Kennesaw's Citizen of the Year".  For a full list the many accomplishments and accolades over a 40-year career in real estate,
 
He has been a Rotarian for many years as a member of the Rotary Club of North Cobb and the Rotary Club of Vinings nka Cumberland Vinings.  He has served as a Rotary club board director, Family of Rotary committee chair, and had 12 years perfect attendance.  In addition to being a Paul Harris Fellow + 2, Bill was also named by his club as Rotarian of the Year.
 
Bill was sponsored into membership by his friend of 15 years and former neighbor, Marty Metiva. 
 
We welcome Bill into our Susitna Rotary family!
Welcome to our newest member: Bill Borden Kim Erickson 2018-02-22 09:00:00Z 0

February:  Black History Month

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This week marks the end of Black History Month, an annual observance in Canada, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and the United States.  Launched in 1926, it began as a way of remembering important people and events in African-American history.  The 2018 theme, "African Americans in Times of War," commemorates the centennial of the end of the First World War in 1918.
 
 
 
 
February: Black History Month Kim Erickson 2018-02-22 09:00:00Z 0

Feb. 21st Program - Kelly Marciales (Meeting held at Settler's Bay)

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February 21st Club Meeting will be Settler's Bay

 

Kelly Marciales is the director of Valley Interfaith Action (VIA). A collection of eleven MatSu Valley congregations developing a system that listens to the needs of the community. This Community Organizing effort is unique in that it gives authority to the community. 

Mission of Valley Interfaith Action:

To address quality of life issues for all residents of the Mat-Su Borough, utilizing the faith values of our members, developing community-wide interest and mobilization around quality of life issues.

Through training, leaders address community problems by providing forums for discussion, researching alternative solutions, and working as facilitators with residents and leaders for institutional change. 

Feb. 21st Program - Kelly Marciales (Meeting held at Settler's Bay) Kim Erickson 2018-02-21 09:00:00Z 0

2018 Ice Breaker - Big Success!

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Susitna Rotary Club President Cheryl Metiva was beaming Saturday night as local Rotarians teamed with the Big Lake Lions Club to host another fun and successful Ice Breaker event.  Over 120 people feasted on a scrumptious prime rib dinner, bid on a wide array of auction items, were entertained with live stand-up comedy, then wrapped up the evening with an incredible fireworks display.  It was a big event in Big Lake and the net proceeds will used by the two clubs for service projects in the local communities of Big Lake, Meadow Lakes, Houston, and Willow.  The final tally for the event will be announced next week. View the photo album to see all the fun!
 
Who made all this happen?  Generous volunteers and patrons, of course.  Volunteers from the Susitna Rotary side of the event included the following:
 
Committee Co-Chairs:  Lanissa Grogan and Rylee Rudd
Volunteers: 
  • Claire Horton - ticket sales, auction
  • Jack Timm - ticket design and sales, auction, clean-up
  • Kathy Timm - auction, clean-up
  • Marty Metiva - MC, clean-up
  • Cheryl Metive - "Vanna White", "Girl Friday", auction, clean-up
  • Evelyna Kuhr - event treasurer
  • Dan and Lisa Phillips - clean-up
  • Rich and Liz Standley - clean-up
  • Rob and Lanissa Grogan - auction, clean-up
 
Sponsors:
Gorilla Fireworks (Robert Hall) - Fireworks Display & table purchase
Denali Refuse (Phil and Claire Horton)- table purchase
Big Lake Lions Club
Susitna Rotary Club
 
Auction Donations/Sponsorship (over $4,000 raised!)
  1. MTA - gift basket
  2. Altitude Chiropractic - massage
  3. Mat Valley Federal Credit Union- gift basket
  4. Mary and Janetta Pritchard- red/white/blue flag wood carving
  5. Bill Holler/Big Lake Lion's Club - $100 gift certificate to Club Paris
  6. Rob and Lanissa Grogan - Mat-Su Miner's gift basket with two season tickets
  7. Grogan's and Standleys - Creole Dinner for 6 with wine/beer pairing
  8. Mary and Janetta Pritchard- Mama bear and cubs wood carvings
  9. Nancy Jerkins (artist) - #1/100 "Snack Attack" limited edition print
  10. Claudia Buzard - antique snow shoes
  11. Paul Newman and Christine - Bleu Iris custom necklace and earings
  12. Cheryl Metiva - Dinner and a Show (VPA tickets for 2 to "Mary Poppins" and gift certificate to Evangelo's)
  13. Valley Cinema/John Schweiger - 6 month unlimited pass for 2
  14. Jack Timm - Ruger 1022 gun
  15. Big Lake Lion's Club - Rangers hockey juersey signed by Scotty Gomez
  16. Claire Horton & Bill Haller/Alaska Railroad - Round-trip for 2 to Seward with lodging at the Beach House
  17. Remaining uncooked wrapped Prime Rib @ $10 per pound
Student Servers
Students from Colony High School's Marching Band (director Jamin Burton) raised $700 for their  trip to Normandy, France for the 75th Anniversary of D Day event next fall by serving the dinner, operating the coat check, and helping with clean-up:
  1. Collin Herbert
  2. Carter Thomas
  3. Gloria Shomer
  4. Emerson Moser
  5. Weston Moser
  6. Samantha Lynn
Publicity
Rylee Rudd
Cheryl Metiva - live interview on the Q (KMBQ)
 
Entertainment (Stand-up Comedians from Koot's Comedy Night):
Matt Collins
Mark Griff
Bruce Schulte
2018 Ice Breaker - Big Success! Kim Erickson 2018-02-20 09:00:00Z 0

"ME" Talks - First Thursday of each Month

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You've heard of TED talks....now learn about ME talks.  Next month, Susitna Rotary rolls out a new Membership Education program that is designed to be a fun and informative way to acquaint new members with Rotary and each other.
 
ME is a program to provide fellowship and Rotary information for new and experienced Rotary members.  Rotarians from all area clubs are invited to attend.
 
ME meetings are short, 30-minute informal gatherings held September through April on the first Thursday of the month.  Club firesides and other social events are also scheduled throughout the year to increase the fellowship among members while learning more about Rotary. 
 
ME Meetings:                                                                                           
First Thursday of the Month from 7:00am – 7:30am    
Location:  Mat-Su Family Restaurant                                
Complimentary coffee and juice                         
No host breakfast available to order off the menu
 
For more information, download flyer or contact:
Kim Erickson at  kim.erickson@greatlandlaser.com 907-223-8385
or
Liz Standley at liznrich@bellsouth.net 360-739-1124
 
Membership Education and Social Event Schedule:
 
Month
Topic
Type of Meeting
March 1, 2018
Youth “Next Gen” Service Projects
ME
April 5, 2018
Rotary Conferences
ME
June 9, 2018
(Saturday)
Lil Su River Clean-up
     followed by a club BBQ
BBQ – Lil Su River
August 25, 2018 (Saturday)
New Member Orientation -  Red Ribbon tasks
     followed by club fireside
Fireside – location TBD
September 6, 2018
Rotary Basics
ME
October 4, 2018
The Rotary Foundation:  Worldwide Projects
ME
November 1, 2018
The Rotary Foundation:  Giving
ME
December 6, 2018
Rotary Awareness and Public Relations
ME
December TBD
(Saturday)
Club Holiday Party
Fireside – location TBD
January 4, 2019
Community Service Projects
ME
February 7, 2018
Water Safety Projects
ME
 
"ME" Talks - First Thursday of each Month Kim Erickson 2018-02-13 09:00:00Z 0

Why Join? Why Stay?

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Susitna Rotarians love to share their passion for community service, great programs, laughter, and a glass of wine at the end of the day.  So much so that they have brought guests 175 times so far this Rotary year.  Yes - you read that right -  175 times a friend, family member, business acquaintance, or speaker has joined us for a meeting and that is the first step in bringing in a new Rotarian.
 
In 2011, Rotary International commissioned Siegel & Gale to help simplify and amplify its overall brand expression.  Results from their research identified why people join and, even more importantly, why they stay:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
So keep inviting those guests and help deliver the new message about Rotary that, "We're a leadership organization of local business, professionals and civic leaders.  We meet regularly, get to know each other, form friendships, and through that, we're able to get things done in this community."
Why Join? Why Stay? Kim Erickson 2018-02-06 09:00:00Z 0

Born on February 8th....a Tale of 3 Generations

 What do three people, all born on the same day but spanning three distinct generations have in common?  Why a passion for Rotary, of course!
 
Baby Boomer:  Kim Erickson
Generation born between 1946 and 1964.
 
"The term baby boom refers to the increase in births after the end of World War II. Today, America’s 75 million baby boomers represent about 30% of the population.

Though no terms describe every member of a population or group, the 1960s and early 1970s were defining times for this generation, though boomers born after around 1959 likely have different experiences and definitions of that era. Noted for a penchant for social change, increased divorce rates, affluent living and helicopter parenting (micromanaging their children), the baby boom generation has indeed transformed the American experience."-- Merriam-Webster's dictionary

Generation X - Rich Standley
Generation born between 1965 and 1981.
 
"Members of the generation of people born between the mid-1960s and the mid-1970s who are seen as being highly educated and underemployed, reject consumer culture, and have little hope for the future."  - Collins English Dictionary
 
Millennial (Generation Y) - Evelyna Kuhr
Generation born between 1981 and 2001
 
"Millennial is an identity given to a broadly and vaguely defined group of people. There are two wings of "Millennial" that are often at odds with each other: Generation Y (people born between 1981-1991) and Generation Z (born between 1991-2001). Generation Y grew-up on personal computers, cell phones, and video game systems."
 
"The common ground between both generations is that both have been transforming and altering communication and identity - not just in the United States but globally."--The Urban Dictionary
 
Now all we need to do is recruit a new member, born on February 8th between 1977 and 1983, who would be part of the newly defined micro or in-between generation of Xennials. 
Born on February 8th....a Tale of 3 Generations Kim Erickson 2018-02-01 09:00:00Z 0

February's Focus:  Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution

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"Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change - across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves."
---Rotary International's Vision Statement
 
February marks the month Rotary emphasizes one of it's six key areas of focus:  Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution
 
Our program chair this month is well qualified to address this theme.  A Rotarian since 1985, Ch. Lt. Col (ret.) Rick Cavens is pastor of the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Wasilla.  Before retiring, he served as Wing Chaplain of the 176th Wing of the Alaska Air National Guard.  Rick has lined up four speakers to give us a perspective on the wide array of peace-making efforts taking place in our own community.
 
February 7th- 
Bishop Shelley Wickstrom will speak about peacemaking.
 
February 14- 
Kelly Marciales is the director of Valley Interfaith Action. A collection of eleven MatSu Valley congregations developing a system that listens to the needs of the community. This Community Organizing effort is unique in that it gives authority to the community. She will talk about peacemaking through organizing.
 
February 21- 
Lois Rockcastle and Alea Nobel- Lois is one of the executive mission directors of the Arctic Winter Games. She will share with us insight into the peacemaking dream of arctic nations sending young people to compete in the Winter Games. Being from a dog mushing family Alea will tell of her adventures and insight into running sled dogs in the Arctic Winter Games.
 
February 28- 
Michelle Sturgeon, a former member of Susitna Rotary Club, will talk about volunteering at the hospital or, as Rick Cavens puts it, "Peace through community caring."
February's Focus: Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution Kim Erickson 2018-02-01 09:00:00Z 0

February 7th:  Faith as a Worldwide Peace Movement

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Bishop Shelley Wickstrom will be our guest speaker the first week of February discussing the influence of faith on peacemaking efforts around the world.
 
She is bishop of the Alaska Synod caring for 30 Lutheran Evangelical Lutheran Church congregations and their pastors from Ketchikan to Shishmaref. Before being the Alaskan Lutheran bishop she was a pastor in the Alaskan Southeast leaving that ministry to direct the ELCA’S Region One;  a supporting arm of the National  ELCA Church bodies including MOntana, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, and Alaska.
February 7th: Faith as a Worldwide Peace Movement Kim Erickson 2018-02-01 09:00:00Z 0

Saturday, Feb. 3rd:  Rotary District 5010 Leadership Team Training

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Attending this Saturday's Rotary District 5010's annual leadership training course?  Want to carpool?  Have any questions?  Contact Kim at kim.erickson@greatlandlaser.com or 907-223-8385.  The event is open to all Rotarians and is a great opportunity to network with Rotarians from other clubs and become part of the district team.  If you have ever wanted to serve on a district committee or just want to see what it is all, this is the event for you!
 
District 5010
Leadership Team Training
February 3, 2018 - 8:30 - 4:30
The Chariot Group
3120 Denali Street #1
Anchorage, AK 99503
 
Saturday, Feb. 3rd: Rotary District 5010 Leadership Team Training Kim Erickson 2018-01-29 09:00:00Z 0

January 31st - Meeting Venue changed to Settlers Bay

Posted by Cheryl Metiva
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Marty & I have resigned our position with Grand View Inn & Suites, The Grill & Locals.  Consequently, we respectfully request that our club meeting is held at Settlers Bay this Wed and that The Grill is removed from consideration as a meeting venue. 

 

January 31st - Meeting Venue changed to Settlers Bay Cheryl Metiva 2018-01-29 09:00:00Z 0

Calendar of Events

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  • January 31, 2018       Wednesday    Club meeting:  Strategic Focus from Visioning Session (Settlers Bay)
  • 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           EndPolio Iditarod Restart Party (Willow)
  • April/May 2018          Various           Josh the Otter presentations
  • May 3-6, 2018            Thu -Sun         District 5010 Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA), Whitehorse  
  • May 17, 2018             Thursday        District Assembly in Seward
  • May 18 - 20, 2018      Fri - Sun          District Conference in Seward
  • June 9, 2018               Sat                   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
 
 
Calendar of Events Kim Erickson 2018-01-29 09:00:00Z 0

Susitna Rotary Board Meeting - January 31, 2018

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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, January 31st, 7:30pm - 8:30pm at Settlers Bay Lodge. 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 - January 31, 2018 Kim Erickson 2018-01-22 09:00:00Z 0

Josh the Otter - 2018 Strategic Priorities

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At the January 3rd meeting, club members met and defined this year's vision and priorities for the Josh the Otter Water Safety and Literacy service project .  For a full description of the tasks under each priority, download JOSH THE OTTER - WATER SAFETY & LITERACY PROJECT plan.  Priorities (in order of importance), the respective sub-committee chairs, and action deadlines are summarized below. 
 
Top Priorities:
 
1. SCHOOL PRESENTATIONS (Cathy Kochendorfer & Rick Cavens)
Scheduled by February 1st
Presentations take place in April and May (everyone will be asked to participate)
 
2. POOL SESSION (Rylee Rudd & _____________) We need a volunteer to co-chair!
 Scheduled for May 12th in Palmer
 
 3.  JOSH THE OTTER EVENTS, PRESENTATIONS & PROMOTIONS (Eddie Ezelle, Marty & Cheryl Metiva)
Plan in place by February 15th
Other Committee members:  Paul Newman, Linda Conover, Rob Grogan, Phil Horton
Include Susitna Rotary Club “branding” in all promotions/events
           
4.  JOSH THE OTTER AUCTION (Jack & Kathy Timm)
Online auction scheduled for April 28th in Nebraska (hosted by JCMF)
Auction items due April 1st
Other Committee members:  John Klapperich, Marty and Cheryl Metiva
       
5.  FLOAT FOR LIFE CLASSES (Claire Horton & Lanissa Grogan)
            Plan in place by March 15th
            Other Committee members:  Kelly and Cathy Kochendorfer, Kim Erickson
 
Josh the Otter - 2018 Strategic Priorities Kim Erickson 2018-01-22 09:00:00Z 0

Mat-Su Food Bank's Hearts 4 Hunger

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Show your support for the MatSu Food Bank and have a fun night out on Saturday, February 24th from 6:00pm - 9:00pm with live music from The Jerry Wessling Band and some of the best food in the valley at The Grill at The Grand View!

Attire is semi-formal and tickets are $60. 

Tickets can be purchased at the Matsu Food Bank, 501 E. Bogard Rd. Wasilla , AK 99654 or from Eddie Ezelle during the Susitna Rotary Club meeting.

Not able to attend?  Consider donating an item for the auction that evening or making a donation to the organization.

"Hunger is a real problem for thousands of people in the Matanuska-Susitna Valley, and together we can stop it."

 

Mat-Su Food Bank's Hearts 4 Hunger Kim Erickson 2018-01-22 09:00:00Z 0

Willow Winter Carnival & Josh the Otter - Sun Jan 28th

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Josh the Otter will be joining Susitna Rotarians at the Willow Winter Carnival on Sunday, January 28th to collect parking fees for the event.  Please contact Kim Erickson at kim.erickson@greatlandlaser.com or 907-223-8385 if you can help.  We would like to sign up three people for each shift (two to collect the $1 parking fee per vehicle and one to play Josh the Otter).   While you will be outside, there is a warming booth available.
 
Plan to help a couple of hours and then enjoy the many Carnival activities (see this year's schedule of events).
 
 Sunday, January 28th (please arrive 15 minutes before your shift begins)
 9:30am - 11:30am
  1. __________________
  2. __________________
  3. __________________
11:30am - 1:30pm
  1. Kim Erickson
  2. Rylee Rudd
  3. _________________
 
11:30am - 1:30pm
  1. Lynn Mitchell
  2. _______________
  3. _________________
 
Willow Winter Carnival & Josh the Otter - Sun Jan 28th Kim Erickson 2018-01-22 09:00:00Z 0

Martin Luther King Day January 15th

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This year marks the 50th anniversary of the death of civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 
 
"We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today.  we are confronted with the fierce urgency of now.  In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there is such a thing as being too late. 
 
This is no time for apathy of complacency.  This is a time for vigorous and positive action."
 
- Dr. Martin Lurther King, Jr., speaking against the Vietnam war in 1967
Martin Luther King Day January 15th Kim Erickson 2018-01-15 09:00:00Z 0

Icebreaker - Tickets available now!

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It's time for our annual Ice Breaker event in conjunction with the Big Lake Lions Club. This year we will be serving Nebraska corn-fed prime rib with all the fixings, The Roadside Inn will be serving cocktails at a cash bar and we have two stand-up comedians:  Bruce Schulte, Mark Griff and their MC, Matt Collins, all who appear regularly in Anchorage at Koot's Comedy Night. Dinner and entertainment will be followed by a spectacular fireworks show provided by Gorilla Fireworks.
 
Susitna Rotary Club has a commitment to sell a fixed number of tickets to the event.  Please purchase yours at the club meeting or check out tickets to sell with Rylee or Claire.
 
Saturday, February 17, 2018
Big Lake Lions Recreation Center
Tickets are $60 each and sold in advance only!
Must be 21 and over to attend.
Full tables are 10 or 12 per table.
Tickets available through Susitna Rotary
Icebreaker - Tickets available now! Kim Erickson 2018-01-08 09:00:00Z 0

Rotary Youth Exchange Student - Akila Amala

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Anchorage International Rotary Club's youth exchange student has been getting a taste of the life in the Mat-Su Valley over the winter break.  Akila Amala is a 17 year-old student from Jakarta, Indonesia who has quickly acclimated to life in the cold climate.  She spent her winter break with Tryg and Kim Erickson in Willow where she has taken lake walks at -14 degrees F, explored wilderness trails via snow machine (as a passenger), New Year's Eve bonfire and fireworks, winter wonderland wedding, board games, cooking, and made lots of new friends (including several furry ones).
 
Rotary Youth Exchange Student - Akila Amala Kim Erickson 2018-01-02 09:00:00Z 0

January is Vocational Service Month

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Vocational Service is one of Rotary's "Five Avenues of Service" that focuses on: 
 
  • Adherence to and promotion of the highest ethical standards in all occupations, including fair treatment of employers, employees, associates, competitors, and the public.
  • The recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations, not just those that are pursued by Rotarians.
  • The contribution of your vocational talents to solving the problems of society and meeting the needs of the community. 
During January, Rotarians are encouraged to focus on this important avenue of Rotary service.  Discussions on vocational service can lead to projects that not only develop the ethical consciousness and vocational skills of Rotarians but also the talents within their communities. 
 
Vocational Service Month is an opportunity to begin year-long vocational service activities, ranging from Rotary discussions to awards to community projects.
January is Vocational Service Month Kim Erickson 2018-01-02 09:00:00Z 0

2018 District 5010 Assembly and Conference

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  District Assembly - Thursday, May 17, 2018
  District Conference - Friday - Sunday, May 18-20, 2018
 
District Governor Harry promises it will be interesting and inspiring.  We know from past conferences that with our very own club president, Cheryl Metiva, co-chairing the event it will definitely be FUN!
 
Agenda includes:
  • Motivational speaker Michael Caruso and his partner, Rene
  • Iditarod Champ Mitch Seavey
  • Professional Magician Jim Lang
  • Rotary Cares for Kids presentation
  • Highlights of projects around the district
  • BBQ and entertainment by Hobo Jim on Thursday night
  • Governor's Banquet on Fox Island Friday night
  • Tastings from the chefs of Seward at the Sealife Center on Saturday night
 
Click here to see the many Rotarians who have already signed up and add your name to the list today!
2018 District 5010 Assembly and Conference Kim Erickson 2017-12-18 09:00:00Z 0

Susitna Rotary Club - Committees

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As we near the halfway point under the leadership of our esteemed president, Cheryl Metiva, it is a good time to reflect on our club's accomplishments so far and the remaining goals we set for the current Rotary year.
 
Following is a list of Susitna Rotary Club committees and the respective committee chairs for the events that will take place between now and July 1st.  Everyone is encouraged to sign up for at least one committee/project during the year.  In January, we will be re-visiting the committee assignments we volunteered for last July.
 
Water Safety Projects 
  Josh the Otter 
     School VisitsClaire Horton
     Pool SessionsClaire Horton
 
 
  Kids Don't Float KiosksJack Timm
  
  Little Su Clean-upJack Timm
  
Literacy Projects 
  Reading in the SchoolsKathy Timm
  
Youth Projects 
   Mat Su 5 K ScholarshipNeena Levan
   RYLALana
   Rotary Youth ExchangeLana
  
International Projects 
  KivaLanissa Grogan and Kathy Timm
  
The Rotary Foundation 
   Every Rotarian Every YearRob Grogan
   End Polio Iditarod PartyKim Erickson
  
Membership 
   Susitna Rotary - Recruitment & RetensionKathy Timm & Lanissa Grogan
   Area-wide membership recruiting eventRylee Rudd
   Talkeetna Satellite ClubChuck Foster
  
Fundraising 
   IcebreakerRylee Rudd, Claire Horton, Lanissa Grogan
  
Administration and Leadership Development 
  PresidentCheryl Metiva
  Immediate Past PresidentChuck Foster
  President-ElectJack Timm
  President-Elect NomineeLanissa Grogan
  SecretaryCathy Kochendorfer
  TreasurerEvelyna Kuhr
  Sgt-at-ArmsKelly Kochendorfer
  Public RelationsRylee Rudd
  Weekly ProgramsJulie Foster
  Weekly eBulletinKim Erickson
  Venue reviewPaul Newman
  Visioning/Long-Term PlanKim Erickson
  District Assembly & Conference in SewardCheryl Metiva
  
  
 
Susitna Rotary Club - Committees Kim Erickson 2017-12-18 09:00:00Z 0

December: Disease Prevention and Treatment Month

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How Rotary makes help happen

Disease does not prevent itself. We educate and equip communities to stop the spread of life-threatening diseases. Rotary members have hundreds of health projects underway around the world at any given time. 

December: Disease Prevention and Treatment Month Kim Erickson 2017-12-18 09:00:00Z 0

December 20th Program:  Miss Alaska Teen USA

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McKinley Heather Belle Wooten was crowned as the new 2018 Miss Alaska Teen USA on September 30th at the Wendy Williamson Auditorium.  McKinley is a lifelong Alaskan currently attending Colony High School.  She is passionate about volunteering in her community whether it's raising money as a bell ringer for the Salvation Army, or delivering meals every year on Christmas morning to those in need.  As the new Miss Alaska Teen USA she plans to be the best role model to girls and always hold herself to the standard that young girls are always watching her.
December 20th Program: Miss Alaska Teen USA Kim Erickson 2017-12-18 09:00:00Z 0

Foundation Focus

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Did you receive the Foundation Focus last week?  This monthly digest for Rotarians in Alaska and the Yukon Territory is an interesting and informative snapshot of news about The Rotary Foundation in District 5010.
 
If you have not received it and would like to be added to the subscriber list, please email PDG Alana Bergh at alanabergh@gmail.com.
 
 
Foundation Focus Kim Erickson 2017-12-12 09:00:00Z 0

Congratulations to our 2018-2019 Club Officers

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By unanimous consent, the following members have been elected  to serve as our 2018-2019 officers under the leadership of 2018-2019 Club President Jack Timm:
 2018-2019 President-elect*:  Lanissa Grogan
 2018-2019 Secretary:  Cathy Kochendorfer
 2018-2019Treasurer:  Evelyna Kuhr
 
Congratulations! 
 
 
Congratulations to our 2018-2019 Club Officers Kim Erickson 2017-12-12 09:00:00Z 0
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Mark your calendars!

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  • 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           EndPolio Iditarod Restart Party (Willow)
  • April/May 2018          Various           Josh the Otter presentations
  • May 3-6, 2018            Thu -Sun         District 5010 Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA), Whitehorse  
  • May 17, 2018             Thursday         District Assembly in Seward
  • May 18 - 20, 2018      Fri - Sun          District Conference in Seward
  • June 9, 2018               Sat                   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
 
 
Mark your calendars! Kim Erickson 2017-12-05 09:00:00Z 0

Building a Consensus

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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:
 
LindaConover
KimberlyErickson
EddieEzelle
LanissaGrogan
ClaireHorton
PhillipHorton
CathyKochendorfer
KellyKochendorfer
CherylMetiva
MartyMetiva
LynnMitchell
PaulNewman
RyleeRudd
ElizabethStandley
RichardStandley
JackTimm
KathyTimm
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December 6th Program:  Conway Seavey

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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. 


https://youtu.be/S0FX0-aF3NU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Va2WtXbA6B0

December 6th Program: Conway Seavey Kim Erickson 2017-12-01 09:00:00Z 0

Susitna Rotary Board Meeting

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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

Giving Tuesday

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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

The Rotary Foundation

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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

Rotary Cares for Kids

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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

Literacy Service Project Underway at Big Lake Elementary School

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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

October 25th Program:  Neal D. Fried, Alaska's Economy

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

December 2nd - Save the date for Susitna Rotary Club's Visioning

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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-up with the District 5010 E Club

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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): http://www.rotaryeclub5010.org/Stories/welcome-to-our-new-website. 
 
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

ECHO Fall Festival in Eagle River

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 poulton@mtaonline.net

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.

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 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**

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 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?

Register

 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.

Register

 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

Register

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.”

More Info

ECHO Fall Festival in Eagle River Kim Erickson 2017-10-08 08:00:00Z 0

Susitna Rotary builds a ramp

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

Membership Resources - All in one place!

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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

New Member Orientation and Fireside Fun

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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

Sep. 27th Program:  Bob Roses, Alaska Military Youth Academy

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

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Rotary Peace Building Conference 2018

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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:  www.environmentandpeace.com
 
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:  https://you.tu.be/1-Fu8D55mYE
 
 
If you are interested in attending, please contact District Governor Elect-Nominee (DGN) Andre' Layral at 907-460-7786 or alayral.1920@gmail.com. 
Rotary Peace Building Conference 2018 Kim Erickson 2017-09-05 08:00:00Z 0

Rotary helping in the wake of Hurricane Harvey

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 www.shelterboxusa.org/Harvey
 
If you have questions about how you can help, contact relief@rotary.org.
 
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"

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WASI "Buy a Meal for a Hungry Senior" Kim Erickson 2017-09-03 08:00:00Z 0

Happy Run

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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Proposed New Member:  Paul D. Newman

Posted by Kim EricKkson on Aug 17, 2017
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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

Celebration of Life for Ralph Buzard - August 31

Posted by Kim Erickson
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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

August 16th Program:  Kenney Torres "Chopped Junior"

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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!

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Temporary home for Evelyna's Huskies

Posted by Kim Erickson
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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 ebcaldwell@gmail.com.
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Perspective

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


Eleanor Roosevelt
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August 9th Program:  Rotary's People of Action

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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

Beers & Hymns

Posted by Kim Erickson on Aug 03, 2017
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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

Proposed new member:  Linda Conover

Posted by Kim Erickson on Aug 02, 2017
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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

Proposed new member:  Dan Phillips

Posted by Kim Erickson on Aug 02, 2017
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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.
 
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Susitna Club Finances Kim Erickson 2017-08-01 08:00:00Z 0

July 26th Club Assembly-New Calendar of Events

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
  • 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.
 
  
 
SEPTEMBER
OCTOBER
                             
  • 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
NOVEMBER
  • 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.
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JANUARY
  • 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
  • February Winterfest –to be determined
MARCH
  • 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
APRIL
  • 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.
MAY
  • United Way – Day of Caring
JUNE
  • 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
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Goodbye, Ralph

Posted by Kim Erickson on Aug 01, 2017
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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

Life Jacket Loaner Board Sign

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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Toronto Canada

Posted by CKochendorfer on Jul 19, 2017
 
Toronto, Canada

INSPIRATION AROUND EVERY CORNER

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

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Online registration

Convention Hotels

Host Organization Committee

 

WHY ATTEND?

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

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

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

DISCOVER TORONTO

  • Tour Casa Loma, Toronto’s renowned Gothic castle
  • Explore Kensington Market, the legendary outdoor market
  • Delight in traditional bakeries and delis in Roncesvalles Village
 
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Rotary Cares For Kids

Posted by CKochendorfer on Jul 18, 2017
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 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 kuhlseward@yahoo.com 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 sstigar3548@theupsstore.com.  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!
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Literacy in Reading Program

Posted by Ckochendorfer on Jul 11, 2017
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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.

 

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Aug. 30th Program:  Cycle for Heart

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.
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Now you can signup online!

Posted by CKochendorfer on Jul 04, 2017
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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
 

 
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Polio News

Posted by Ckochendorfer on Jul 04, 2017
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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. 

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Charlie Nicolos - New Member

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!
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Passing of the Gavel 2017

Posted by CKochendorfer on Jun 28, 2017
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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.
 
 
 
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Eddie Ezelle in the news!

Posted on Jun 28, 2017
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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!

http://www.ktva.com/mat-su-miners-go-bat-mat-su-food-bank-944/

 

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.

 
 
 
 
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Secretary's Annual Report

Posted by Kim Erickson on Jun 27, 2017
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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
$6,707
 
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)
$1,000
 
Coats for Kids
Club Donation $797
Member donations
 
Rotary Winterfest
$250
 
Big Lake Library Clean Up
Kiva

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