Rotary Fellowship at the Fair Cathy Kochendorfer 2018-08-23 08:00:00Z 0
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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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!
 
 
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July 4th: No Meeting- Independence Day Kim Erickson 2018-07-03 08:00:00Z 0
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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
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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
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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
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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 …   
 
If you and your club/district Rotarians are coming to Rotary Convention Canada June 23-27 please visit us at booth # 1230-1232 in HOF.
 
Bringing the Social Change !!
Rotary Service and Engagement
Rtn Dr Sandeep Tomer |Polio Chair | Jt Secertary|2017-19
Rotary Club Agra Tajmahal
Charter no – 76284 | D-3110
 
 
India - Mega Polio Campaign January 2019 Kim Erickson 2018-06-21 08:00:00Z 0
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
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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.

 
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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
 
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
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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
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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
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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

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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).
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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
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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
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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

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
Clean water and sanitation is a human right. When people, especially children, have access to clean water, sanitation, and hygiene, they lead healthier and more successful lives.
Rotary's Water and Sanitation Month Kim Erickson 2018-03-19 08:00:00Z 0
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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
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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
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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

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!

 

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.   
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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!
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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
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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
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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
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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
 
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Many members still owe dues for January - June.  If you think you still owe for the last half of this Rotary year, please see the outstanding dues list and plan to catch up your dues at this week's meeting.
Semi-annual Club Dues Kim Erickson 2018-02-07 09:00:00Z 0
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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
 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
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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
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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
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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
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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. 

 

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
Meals on Wheels of Mat Su Valley Kim 2017-12-12 09:00:00Z 0
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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
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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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Susitna Rotary Club Financial Statements Kim Erickson 2017-12-05 09:00:00Z 0
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
 
 
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Water Safety:  Minimum Ice Thickness Kim Erickson 2017-11-08 09:00:00Z 0
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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

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
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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
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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

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.”

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ECHO Fall Festival in Eagle River Kim Erickson 2017-10-08 08:00:00Z 0
Word got to Susitna Rotary that a local family in Willow needed a handicap ramp.  Jack Timm took the bull by the horns and in less than a week the project received board approval, materials were purchased, 8 able-bodied members showed up to do the work and the ramp was built.  Thanks to everyone who worked on the project:  Jack and Cathy Timm,  Rob and Lanissa, Grogan, Kelly and Cathy Kochendorfer, Neena Levan, and Kim Erickson.  Claudia Buzard gets points for sending cookies to the project.
 
Rotary Making a Difference in our local community.
 
Susitna Rotary builds a ramp Kim Erickson 2017-10-03 08:00:00Z 0
Vote Today! Kim Erickson 2017-10-03 08:00:00Z 0
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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
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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.
 
 
 
 
 
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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
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Sep. 20th Program: Linda Conover -Mat-Su Imagination Library Kim Erickson 2017-09-18 08:00:00Z 0
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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
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
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WASI "Buy a Meal for a Hungry Senior" Kim Erickson 2017-09-03 08:00:00Z 0
Come join the Wasilla Club Monday at the Happy Run in Palmer. Our Rotary/No More Mat-Su group will be walking the short route, but you can run, skip, hop, dance if you want to. It's FREE, it's fun, there's the option of beer at the end. It's community! 
 
Wasilla Sunrise Rotarians at tonight's Happy Run sporting their No More Mat-Su apparel. Thank you #ActiveSoles for putting on this awesome weekly event!
 
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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
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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
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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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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.
Temporary home for Evelyna's Huskies Kim Erickson 2017-08-14 08:00:00Z 0
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“Today is the oldest you've ever been, and the youngest you'll ever be again.”


Eleanor Roosevelt
Perspective Kim Erickson 2017-08-10 08:00:00Z 0
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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
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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.”

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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
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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.
 
Proposed new member: Dan Phillips Kim Erickson 2017-08-02 08:00:00Z 0
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Susitna Club Finances Kim Erickson 2017-08-01 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cathy Kochendorfer on Aug 01, 2017
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July 26th Club Assembly
 
The first Club Assembly with President Cheryl Metiva was a whirl wind of activity.  The room was bursting with members and guests...all excited to “Learn How to Make a Difference”.  The Calendar of Events is packed with programs and dates galore. Calendar of Events
 
AUGUST
  • 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
 
 
 
 
 
 
July 26th Club Assembly-New Calendar of Events Cathy Kochendorfer 2017-08-01 08:00:00Z 0
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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
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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2018 District 5010 Assembly and Conference Cathy Kochendorfer 2017-07-30 08:00:00Z 0
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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United Way of Mat-Su Cathy Kochendorfer 2017-07-19 08:00:00Z 0
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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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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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$450 Million more to end polio Kim Erickson 2017-07-10 08:00:00Z 0
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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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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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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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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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Our club had an extremely exciting Wednesday evening! We celebrated our Changing of the Guard, welcomed a new member, Paul Harris recipients, new members who completed their red ribbon program, and donated to the Dolly Parton's Imagination Library! Highlights of the evening:
 
  • As Eddie Ezelle so eloquently put it:  teutonic plate (Chuck) vs a ball of fire (Cheryl)
  • Claudia received another Paul Harris award.  Good job Claudia, you are truly an inspiration.
  • Induction of Charlene “Charlie” Nicholos with her father attending!.  As a life long Rotarian, he was a happy papa!
  • Red Badge Graduation Ceremony with a cake brought by Kathy Timm.
 
 
 
Passing of the Gavel 2017 CKochendorfer 2017-06-28 08:00:00Z 0
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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.

 
 
 
 
Eddie Ezelle in the news! CKochendorfer 2017-06-28 08:00:00Z 0
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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

End Polio Now       $     100

Major Donors                  1

Membership

Total members at end of year: 35

 

New Members:

Rick Cavens (transfer)

George Haynes

Charissa Hooyman

Coby Romero

Madison Romero

Jillian Rosendahl

John Schweiger (honorary to active)

Colleen Sullivan-Leonard

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

 

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

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

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

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

     

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

     

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

The New Rotary Club Central Kim Erickson 2017-06-21 08:00:00Z 0
Willow Farmers Market Kim Erickson 2017-06-21 08:00:00Z 0
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June 28th, President Chuck Foster will hand over the gavel to President-Elect Cheryl Metiva to launch the 2017-2018 Rotary year. 
 
Location:  Extreme Fun Center Sky Lounge, Wasilla
 
Time:  6:00pm ~ 7:30pm, doors open at 5:15 pm
 
Cost:  $15 per person
Includes salad and pizza buffet with dessert; cash bar.
Pay via credit card, cash, or check at the door the night of the event.
Reservations are not required.
Guests are welcome to attend.
 
 
Changing of the Guard - June 28th Kim Erickson 2017-06-20 08:00:00Z 0
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Rotary District 5010 PDG Phil Livingston (Anchorage International Rotary Club) is reaching out to Mat-Su Rotarians to form an IFFR "Squadron" in the Valley.  If you are a pilot, aircraft mechanic, or just interested in aviation, this is fun fellowship to join.  For a limited time, dues are free and to both the member and their spouses.  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Christmas tree lighting event at Town Square.

Excellence in Education honoring teachers.

Holiday baskets at Thanksgiving and Christmas for the needy.

Interact - supporting the reestablishment of an Eagle River Club.

KIVA - crowd sourcing for funding small international entrepreneurs.

Nature Center spring cleanup.

Road cleanup twice a year.

RYLA - sending interested students to this annual Rotary event.

Scholarships for Chugiak and Eagle River High School seniors.

Student recognition for students doing good.

Vocational Service - recognizing a local business annually.

Youth Exchange by hosting a student from another country.

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

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

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

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

Drive to the Shrock Road Put-in and drop your gear. Label your car keys and everyone will drop them in a box in one of the vehicles. This way drivers can move your car to the gravel pit. (You may choose instead to leave your car at Schrock Road and we will bring you back at the end of the day.)
June 10th: Little Su River Clean-up Service Project Kim Erickson 2017-06-06 08:00:00Z 0
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We are in the last month of this Rotary Year and here is where we stand on earning a Rotary International Presidential Citation:
 
Presidential Citation requirements for 2016-2017 (they change every year) are listed in seven categories:
 
1.Mandatory Activities: MET GOAL
 
2.Membership Development & Retention: MET GOAL
 
3.Foundation Giving: REQUIRE ONE (1) of the following
a.Each of 29 members contribute at least $26.5016 more to go (this is easy)
b.Contribute $2650 to PolioPlus - $2,550 to go
c.Attain 5 year high in total club giving: met $ 11,086 of $12,331 - $1,245 to go
d.Increase Benefactors AND Bequest Society members by 1 each: 2 to go
 
4.Online Tools: REQUIRE TWO (2) of the following
a.Percent of members with skills & interests in MyRotary: 42% to go (12 more)
b.Initiative posted in Rotary Showcase: 1 to go
c.Contribute to project on Rotary ideas: 1 to go
d.Number of Rotarians in Discussion groups: 1 to go
 
5.Humanitarian Service: MET GOAL
 
6.New Generations: Need three (3) of the following (we can only get two)
a.Rotarians mentor Rotaractor/interactor: 1 to go
b.Rotaractors/interactor involved in club events: 1 to go
 
7.Public Image: MET GOAL
 
We can easily achieve # 4, and we can likely achieve #3 if we find 16 more people to give at least $26.50 to the Rotary Foundation. While we cannot meet #6 this year (no youth exchange student), Susitna Rotary can still achieve 6 out of the 7 goals, which is a big accomplishment.
 
Please consider taking action prior to the June 15th deadline.  All you need to do is log into your Rotary International (RI) "My Rotary" account.  If you are not sure how to log in, send club secretary Kim Erickson an email and she will walk you through the process.  Remember, the log in for the RI My Rotary portal is different than logging into Susitna Rotary's Club Runner.  Most members use their email as the user name for My Rotary.  You can find your Donor History Report for The Rotary Foundation (TRF) under your personal profile in the My Rotary portal.  If each member contributes $26.50 to TRF prior to June 15th, we will meet our goal and have 100% EVEY (Every Rotarian, Every Year).
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As part of Susitna Rotary Club's commitment to water safety, we have build and maintain Kids Don't Float kiosks with life jackets that can be borrowed for use on the water.  There are four locations already in place with two more going up this month.
 
To locate one of the kiosks, use your handheld device to put in the exact GPS location as shown below. If you are in the area of a kiosk, please check to see that it is stocked with life jackets.  Working together, we can help prevent drowning in our neighborhoods.
 
GPS coordinates for Little Su kiosk
17152 W Parks Hwy, Houston, AK 99694, USA
Latitude: 61.628692 | Longitude: -149.810421
 
GPS coordinates for Bearpaw Lake kiosk
12544 W King Arthur Dr, Houston, AK 99567, USA
Latitude: 61.614016 | Longitude: -149.751042
 
GPS coordinates for Prator Lake #1 kiosk
3113 Castle Dr, Houston, AK 99567, USA
Latitude: 61.616566 | Longitude: -149.733093
 
GPS coordinates for Seymour Lake kiosk
8770 Sylvia-Denise Ave, Wasilla, AK 99654, USA
Latitude: 61.613809 | Longitude: -149.669857
 
GPS coordinates for Prator Lake #2 kiosk (proposed)
11198 Bally shannon Dr, Houston, AK 99567, USA
Latitude: 61.624111 | Longitude: -149.731891
 
GPS coordinates for Lalen Lake kiosk (proposed)
North Carousel Way, Wasilla, AK 99654, USA
Latitude: 61.600438 | Longitude: -149.692817
Kids Don't Float Kiosks Kim Erickson 2017-06-06 08:00:00Z 0
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Perfect weather made for a fun Rotary Running Dead 5K run!  Thank you to all sponsors, volunteers, runners, Q99.7 Valley Radio, Extreme Fun Center and our Mayor Bert Cottle. A great time was had by all.
 
 
 
Rotary Running with the Dead 2017 CKochendorfer 2017-06-04 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kim Erickson
The Rotary Club of Susitna was awarded $2,000 by the Rotary District 5010 Grants committee to "prevent accidental drownings of children and increase basic literacy" in 2017-2018.  The funds will be used to support the club's Josh the Otter and Kids Don't Float service projects.
 
 
Wondering why some of the clubs on the list were awarded more than they requested while others were only partially funded?  Per Will Files, D5010 Grants Chair, "There are two examples wherein one club is the lead for a number of other clubs. ANC International is partnering with ANC East and ANC South on a project, so International received a portion of allocations for the other two clubs. In Juneau, Glacier Valley Rotary, received all of the allocations for the 4 Juneau clubs.
 
In terms of those who received less than their requests, this was based on generally low contributions to The Rotary Foundation. In one case we did not fund a club because we had to “pull teeth” to get reports in last year. We all were fortunate that our total grant amount for this year was substantially higher than ever before due to the excellent contributions 3 years ago."
 
Remember:  a portion of the contributions we make to The Rotary Foundation (TRF) this year will be returned to District 5010 three years from now to fund District Designated Grants (DDF).  The district grant committee takes into consideration the club's contributions to (TRF) when awarding district grants.
Susitna Club receives a $2,000 2017-2018 District Grant Kim Erickson 2017-05-23 08:00:00Z 0
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Plan to stay for the Susitna Rotary board meeting on May31st.
Plan to participate in the Rotary Running Dead 5k on June 3rd.
Plan the Little Su River Clean-up taking place June 10th.
Plan to celebrate another successful year at the Changing of the Guard on June 28th
Plan to complete your New Member Red Badge activities by June 30th
Plan to fulfill your commitment to TRF Every Rotarian, Every Year by June 30th
Plan to attend Lana and Ken's wedding on July 1st.
 
Planning...the process of thinking about and organizing the activities required to achieve a desired goal.
- Wikipedia
May 31st Program: Club Assembly Kim Erickson 2017-05-23 08:00:00Z 0
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May 4, 1987, the Supreme Court ruled that U.S. Rotary Clubs can not exclude women from membership on the basis of gender. - See more at: http://www.rotary5340.org/Stories/celebrating-30-years-of-women-in-rotary#sthash.7pqHV5W4.dpuf
Sylvia Whitlock was admitted to the Rotary Club of Duarte, California in 1986. Nine years earlier, Duarte club membership in Rotary International had been terminated because the club had admitted women in violation of the RI Constitution.  Three years earlier, some of the former club members filed a lawsuit regarding gender-based qualification for Rotary membership.  The suit made it to the California Supreme  Court which ruled in favor of Rotary International's  Constitution.  In September 1986 the club was reinstated by RI.

The US Supreme Court finally heard the case before the end of that year.  May 4, 1987, the Supreme Court ruled that U.S. Rotary Clubs can not exclude women from membership on the basis of gender.
 
Sylvia became the first female president of any Rotary Club in July 1987.  The doors were finally open.
- See more at: http://www.rotary5340.org/Stories/celebrating-30-years-of-women-in-rotary#sthash.7pqHV5W4.dpuf
Sylvia Whitlock was admitted to the Rotary Club of Duarte, California in 1986. Nine years earlier, Duarte club membership in Rotary International had been terminated because the club had admitted women in violation of the RI Constitution.  Three years earlier, some of the former club members filed a lawsuit regarding gender-based qualification for Rotary membership.  The suit made it to the California Supreme Court which ruled in favor of Rotary International's Constitution.  In September 1986 the club was reinstated by RI.

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

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

By coordinating a wide array of trail activities on a single day, National Trails Day attracts new trail users and helps connect existing trail enthusiasts with local clubs and organizations with the hopes of creating trail advocates and stewards. The task to protect and maintain more than 200,000 miles of trails in the U.S. requires a collaborative effort among trail clubs, organizations, government agencies, and most importantly passionate trail advocates and stewards.
June 3rd: National Trails Day Kim Erickson 2017-05-23 08:00:00Z 0
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CCS Early Learning (formerly known as Chugiak Children's Services) is a private 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides early childhood services in the Mat-Su Borough and in Chugiak and Eagle River.

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

May 24th Program: Mark Lackey, Executive Director CCS Kim Erickson 2017-05-22 08:00:00Z 0
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Lana and Ken invite Rotarian friends to join in their wedding celebration on Saturday, July 1st, in Big Lake.
Please text your RSVP to Lana at 907-315-4047 ASAP!
 
Lana and Ken wedding invite
Wedding Invite from Lana & Ken Kim Erickson 2017-05-16 08:00:00Z 0
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Food That’s in When School Is OUT!
 
Food4Kids, a program of MatSu Food Bank is pleased to be participating as a sponsor in the Summer Food Service Program this summer!
Meals will be made available free to all children 18 years and under from May 22rd through August 18th, 2017.  These are OPEN sites and don’t require sign-ups or registrations – just stop by one of the following locations!
 
 
Newcomb Park
     Monday-Friday
   12:00Pm-1:15Pm 
Wonderland Playground
Monday-Friday
12Pm-1:15Pm
Carter Park
Monday-Friday
12Pm-1Pm
Iditapark Skate Park
Monday-Friday
1:30Pm – 2Pm
Food Pantry of Wasilla
     Monday-Friday
   11:30Am – 1Pm
 
 
Food4Kids is committed to feeding hungry children in safe community environments.  Working with organizations such as city governments, local pantries, and churches. Food4Kids prepares and delivers fresh healthy meals to hundreds of local, at-risk children throughout the year.   
 
For additional information on how we do what we do or for a tour of our sites please call (907) 357-3769. Volunteers are always welcome!
 
Thank you,
 
Trudi Mitchell
Program Supervisor
Food4Kids
907-357-3769
Volunteer for Food4Kids Kim Erickson 2017-05-16 08:00:00Z 0
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Summer is here and that means swimming, ice cream, and PARADES!  Past President Phil Horton has suggested putting Josh the Otter on parade. Topic for discussion at our May 31st Club Assembly.
 
Colony Days Parade:  Saturday, June 10th (same day as the Little Su River Clean-up)
Wasilla July 4th Parade:  Tuesday, July 4th
Josh the Otter in Summer Parades? Kim Erickson 2017-05-16 08:00:00Z 0
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At last week's meeting, President Chuck surprised his lovely bride, Julie, with a beautiful bouquet of flowers in honor of their 36th wedding anniversary.  Congratulations to the Fosters and what a great example, Chuck!
 
Speaking of anniversaries....did you know we have now have 8 couples in our 35-member club?  It turns out fun, evening clubs attract pairs.
 
Ralph and Claudia Buzard
Chuck and Julie Foster
Rob and Lanissa Grogan
Phil and Claire Horton
Marty and Cheryl Metiva
Stan and Trudi Mitchell
Coby and Madison Romero
Jack and Kathy Timm
 
Single or your significant other is not a member of Susitna Rotary?  Not a problem.  We are all one big, happy Rotary family where everyone is welcome.  Bring your family and friends as guests to our meetings, service projects, and events anytime.
 
Chuck and Julie - 36 years of bliss Kim Erickson 2017-05-16 08:00:00Z 0
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May is Rotary's Youth Services Month and one of the many ways we support youth in our area is through college scholarships.  Susitna Rotary Club is joining the other Valley clubs in the raising money for student scholarships in the June 3rd Rotary Running Dead 5K.  Our club is also donating $1,000 towards scholarships.
 
Congratulations to all the graduates this year including two from our own "Family of Rotary":
 
Cody Grogan (Palmer High School) - son of Rob and Lanissa Grogan
 
Amanda Boger (UAA) - daughter of Kim Erickson
 
Editor's Note:  Have a graduate in your family you would like published?  Please send Kim Erickson their name and picture. We want to celebrate the success of all our students.
Congratulations, Graduates! Kim Erickson 2017-05-16 08:00:00Z 0
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Be Humble * Be Kind * Take Action
2017-2018 District Governor Harry Kieling is a smart man; he recruited the Metiva dynamic duo to lead his 2018 District Conference.  Cheryl is chairing the event and Marty will again preside as MC....everyone is sure to have a good time!
 
Mark your calendars for the 2018 District Assembly on Thursday, May 17th (2018), and the District Conference Friday - Sunday, May 18th - 20th (2018), to join other Rotarians in the fun in Seward.  As a special treat, the Governor's Banquet will take place on Fox Island.  Click here to register.
Rotary District 5010 Conference, May 18-20, 2018 Seward
2018 Rotary District 5010 Conference May 18-20th Kim Erickson 2017-05-16 08:00:00Z 0
May 17th: Big Lake Library Clean-Up (instead of regular meeting) Kim Erickson 2017-05-16 08:00:00Z 0
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Rotary Running Dead 5K

SATURDAY,  June 3rd

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

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

Register:

Online

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

In Person

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

Race Day

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

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

The Kid's Run will begin at 12pm.

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

 

 

Rotary Running Dead 5k Kim Erickson 2017-05-08 08:00:00Z 0
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Mountain-Pacific Quality Health’s Alaska office is located in the Municipality of Anchorage, and since 2006, their staff have served citizens and communities across the entire state to ensure the best quality health care is provided to every patient at the right time every time.

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

  • Infant Learning Program
  • Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems Planning
  • Child Protection and Permanency
  • Office of Children's Services
May 3rd Program: Virginia Morning, Office of Children's Services Kim Erickson 2017-05-02 08:00:00Z 0
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Dave Johnston's full time job is with Geneva Woods HealthCare Services but his passion is running.  In fact, he is an ultrarunner and holds many records to prove it including a multi-year winner of the Iditarod Trail Invitational (ITI)350-mile foot race.

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

April 26th Program: Dave Johnston, Winner 2017 Iditarod Trail Invitational Kim Erickson 2017-04-25 08:00:00Z 0
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What is distracted driving?

Distracted driving is any activity that takes your eyes off the road, your hands off the wheel, or your mind off of your primary task of driving safely, potentially endangering the driver, passenger, and bystander safety.  Some forms of distracted driving include:
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  • Texting
  • Using a cell phone or smartphone
  • Eating and drinking
  • Talking to passengers
  • Grooming
  • Reading, including maps
  • Using a navigation system
  • Watching a video
  • Adjusting a radio, CD player, or MP3 player

 

This is Distracted Driving Awareness Month Kim Erickson 2017-04-24 08:00:00Z 0
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To Register for auction or donations.
 
On Saturday, April 29th at 2:00 pm Susitna Rotary Club will participate in a Live Simulcast benefit with Rotary International Director Robert Hall and his wife, Charlene Hall, to share the global efforts of the Joshua Collingsworth Memorial Foundation (JCMF) in drowning prevention with the Josh the Otter Water Safety and Literacy Program.
 
 
 
 
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Rotary's focus in May is on the fifth avenue of service:  Youth Service.
 
Youth service comes in many forms throughout the Rotary world.  A few of the many youth projects in Rotary District 5010 include:
 
 
At the local level, a few of Susitna Rotary Club's youth projects include:
Josh the Baby Otter water safety training
Kids Don't Float kiosks
Coats for Kids
Read to me
United Way "Stuff the Bus"
Imagination Library
RYLA
Youth Exchange (we will be teaming with Wasilla Rotary to host a student)
 
This month we will be profiling some of these Rotary programs benefiting youth in our community.
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Rotary makes high-quality health care available to vulnerable mothers and children so they can live longer and grow stronger.

 

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

How Rotary makes help happen

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

Our impact on the lives of mothers and children

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

Richard Stanley with Merck Pharmaceuticals

MORE THAN A CENTURY OF VACCINES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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


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

2017 Spring Tree Seedling Sale Kim Erickson 2017-02-28 09:00:00Z 0
Rotary's Four Way Test Kim Erickson 2017-02-28 09:00:00Z 0
Bill Gates to Keynote Rotary International Convention Kim Erickson 2017-02-28 09:00:00Z 0
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Each year our District holds a "Rotary Youth Leadership Awards" event. This is a leadership training program that encourages and rewards outstanding young people who want to become better leaders.
 
RYLA consists of an all-expense paid two and a half-day conference that brings together a special group of young men and women from across Alaska/Yukon to share ideas about becoming better leaders. Action-packed activities, like problem solving games, challenge course, group discussions and team-building activities, help participants build confidence and leadership skills.
 
RYLA's intent is to encourage students to be more effective leaders. the following topics naturally arise during RYLA activities and discussions:
   * Fundamentals of leadership
   * Ethics of positive leadership
   * Importance of communication skills in
      effective leadership
   * Conflict management and problem solving
   * Rotary's purpose and service to the community
   * Building self-esteem and self-confidence
   * Elements of community and global citizenship
 
SEND US YOUR STUDENT AND WE'LL SEND YOU BACK A LEADER!
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Kim Erickson 2017-02-21 09:00:00Z 0

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

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

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

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

Sincerely,

John F. Germ
President, Rotary International 2016-17

International Week of Service
International Week of Service: March 25th - 31st Kim Erickson 2017-02-21 09:00:00Z 0
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The Children’s Place is a non-profit, private agency modeled after Children’s Advocacy Centers around the country. The purpose is to provide a child-friendly, neutral facility where professionals from many agencies involved in the evaluation, investigation, and treatment of child abuse meet to coordinate and bring their services to the child and their family.

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

The Children’s Place Mission

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

Feb. 21st Program: The Children's Place Kim Erickson 2017-02-21 09:00:00Z 0
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Dr. Wadsworth is Assistant Dean for Alaska programs at Idaho State University in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Administrative Sciences. Dr. Wadsworth earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from ISU in 2002 and completed an ASHP accredited Primary Care Pharmacy Specialty Residency at the Boise VA Medical Center in 2007.

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

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

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

Saturday, February 11, 2017

6:00pm - 10:00pm

The Grill at the Grandview

2900 E Parks Hwy

Wasilla, AK  99654

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

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

The Hunger Vow Kim Erickson 2017-01-17 00:00:00Z 0
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Luanne Urfer, PLA ASLA - Principal, CLARB Certified Landscape Architect

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

www.sdg-ak.com

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

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

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

New Rotary approved website themes

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

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

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

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

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

 

Nancy Dodge
 Jan 11, 2017
- See more at: http://portal.clubrunner.ca/3185/Events?Year=2017&Month=1&Day=11#sthash.QLb0qtUD.dpuf
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The Venue Committee held a meeting immediately following the January 3rd regular club meeting.  16 members responded to the preliminary club vote: 7 voted to stay at Settler’s Bay and 9 voted to move to the Grand View.  Notice was also received that The Extreme Fun Center is available for use on Wednesday evenings so it is still under consideration.
 
We will be holding club meetings at The Extreme Fun Center on January 17th and at The Grand View on January 31st.
 
The committee will hold a final meeting after the regular club meeting on February 7th (all members are invited to attend) to discuss our findings and make a recommendation.  The following week, we will send out an e-mail with a link to an anonymous Survey Monkey for all members to vote on their final choice for the club meeting venue.  Please be sure to participate and have your voice heard!
Venue Review Update Kim Erickson 2017-01-03 09:00:00Z 0
Thank you to the following Susitna Rotarians, plus their friends and families, that showed up bright and early December 26th for the annual Friendship Dinner Kitchen Clean-up project:
 
Lana Covert
Cathy and Kelly Kochendorfer
Evelyna Kuhr
Cheryl and Marty Metiva
Kathy and Jack Timm
 
They left a clean community kitchen, had fun, plus earned a meeting make-up. 
 
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Launch the new year with an investment in yourself.  Life Coach Barbara Bernard at Live in Discovery offers insight into being open to possibilities, developing intentional resilience, and living in discovery.

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

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

Important Links:

RI Convention 2017:

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

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

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

Hotel Recommendations:

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

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

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

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

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

  • Four Seasons $266
  • Loews Atlanta  $236.80

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

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

Hotel booking is through Experient on the RI Convention website - here's the link:  http://www.riconvention.org/en/atlanta/accommodations

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

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

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

http://www.carseatsak.org/ 

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

ROTARY FOUNDATION NAMED WORLD'S OUTSTANDING FOUNDATION FOR 2016

 
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rotary News

15-Nov-2016
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Thanksgiving Day
 
May the good things of life be yours in abundance not only at Thanksgiving but throughout the coming year.
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Susitna Rotary & friends hosted a children's safety class at the Wasilla pool Saturday Nov 19th with "Kids Don't Float" & Josh the Baby Otter "learn to float"! 
 
Both programs are a wonderful way to teach kids and their parents water safety in Alaska. Thank you Claire, Josh The Otter and all the teachers helping to bring this awareness to our Alaskan children about water safety!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
https://goo.gl/RU5sUf
 
 
 
Josh the Baby Otter at the Wasilla Pool! CKochendorfer 2016-11-19 00:00:00Z 0
 
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Mark your calendars!

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

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

Each club has 32 complementary tickets to use.   

 

HOSTED BY THE VALLEY ROTARY FOUNDATION COMMITTEE
Eagle River, Palmer, Sunrise, Wasilla & Susitna Rotary Clubs
www.ValleyRotarians.org

 

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

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

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

ROTARY CLUB LOCATOR APP 

Rotary Club Locator app

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

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

Features:

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

UPDATE CLUB DATA

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

Download the Rotary Club Locator app
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What is OpSanta and Why Does It Matter to Alaskans?

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

 
The Alaska Air National Guard originally started Operation Santa Claus in 1956 as a result of a request from St. Mary’s Mission for toys for their children. In those days, Guardsmen would accept new or used toys from members of the Anchorage community. In turn, they would then hand them over to Santa Claus for delivery aboard an Air Guard C-123J Provider Aircraft to St. Mary’s.
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The board of directors will meet with District Governor Michelle O'Brien immediately following the regularly scheduled club meeting on November 9th.  All members are welcome to attend.
 
If you have an agenda item for this meeting, please email it to President Chuck Foster by November 7th.
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Deborah has been a public health nurse (PHN) in Alaska for 4 years and is the Vaccine Coordinator for our PHC.  Her clinical area of expertise is the ER on the East coast as well as school health nursing and teaching at the university level in the Midwest.  She holds several advanced degrees: MA in Health Education, a MSN in Nursing Education, and an MSN in Public Health. She also has a doctoral degree in Educational administration with a specialty in adult and higher education.

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

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

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

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