Juneau-Gastineau Rotary Club

Service Above Self

We meet Thursdays at 7:00 AM -- Ramada
375 Whittier St.
PO Box 22235
Juneau, AK  99802  United States
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Vice President
Immediate Past President
Rotary Foundation
Youth Exchange Officer
Youth Exchange Officer
Newsletter Editor
Well, that was fun!  Today President Julie conducted the meeting from her dining room table and 34 members were able to get connected and watch Kevin and Kim's presentation about their trip to Project Amigo last month.  Just for fun I took some screen shots of members in the Zoom Room and pictures of members watching the program slides.  Kevin's dialog was amusing and interesting and Kim was able to fill in some other details.  
So, my apologies for those I caught unaware in the screen shots!  
Stay safe, stay well as we all continue to find ways to have fellowship and carry out our mission of service to our community and our world.

It was a Kiva lend with a Zoom meeting this morning! All from our homes, 9 of us met and made 9 $100 loans. We loaned in Bolivia, Nicaragua, Philippines, Tonga, El Salvador, Cambodia, Paraguay and India. We chose a welding shop, a tile maker, a furniture maker, 2 weavers, a sanitary latrine, a general store, a farmer and a pizzeria in Paraguay!

Very good progress toward our $100,000 goal.

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Gastineau Rotarians have been cooking meals at the Glory Hall since we chartered. When they contacted us to say that with current restrictions, we couldn't come in to do this community service, we found other ways! At the board meeting we voted to contribute $400 each month in lieu of purchasing food and cooking a meal. 

When they put the word out to the community that they needed 4 microwave ovens, well, wow, we could do that. Contacting Home Depot to see what they had in stock and perhaps if we could get a discount, Home Depot DONATED the ovens! Thank you Home Depot! President Julie is pictured with Home Depot staff.  President Julie then delivered the ovens to the Salvation Army who is coordinating the effort of feeding the Glory Hall patrons off site with "to go" type meals.  

We're all in this together and I just have to say, I love my Rotary Club and I love our community.

Call for Artists

Juneau-Gastineau Rotary Club calls artists to the Second Annual Fundraising Event--ARC 2020 (Assemblages Recycle Competition), to be held Saturday, September 26 at the JACC. There are several components to this event. First, a JURIED SHOW for all artists to show their recycled assemblages, steampunk, recycled art, upcycle, etc. Whatever you call your recycled art, this is a chance to show your art! And second, an assemblage build competition on the afternoon of, September 26, 2020.
District Governor Andre’ presented at our meeting today, making a special award to Robert Minch, presenting many Paul Harris pins and participating in a Kiva lend.  We made our 999th loan and hit our goal of $90,000!  Our strategic goal is to have loaned $100,000 by the end of 2020 - we can do it!!
President Julie and hubby Gordy took Kevin out on their boat and had a great day fishing. He landed this 16# Coho.  
Every year our President-Elect assumes their role to lead the bulb sale. This year? Is it a man? Is it a plane? No! It's SUPER BULB! The sale has begun!

The Juneau-Gastineau Rotary Club's Annual Bulb Sale Fundraiser has started!. Here is the 2019 selection of bulbs that will bloom in spring and summer 2020. Please check out the selections, as we have two garden packages and several a la carte selections, making it easy to plan a garden with bulbs that compliment each other or add color to your already established garden. To order contact a Rotarian or order online TODAY at RotaryBulbs.com.



$87,000!  Juneau Gastineau Rotary club lending this evening brings us to a total loan count of 937 loans in 72 countries, our goal of lending $100,000 by the end of the 2020 Rotary year is within reach!  Check out our progress chart!  
Get your Rowdy-On with Rotarians from all the clubs in Juneau! July 21st at Sandy Beach from 3-6 pm. Bring your Family and Friends.
Many thanks to Representative Sara Hannan and Representative Andi Story for joining us this morning to give the club an update on the state legislature.
This morning 7 Gastineau Rotarians gathered for coffee cake and lending.  We made 12 loans, concentrating this time in Central America.  We made loans to farmers producing chickens and hogs and raising coffee and feed.  We made loans to a welder, a furniture maker, several tailors and a small appliance repairman.  
We have now loaned $85,150!  We have made 896 loans and are in the top 99% of Kiva lenders.  See "read more" to check out the graphics from Kiva!
President Elect Julie found us another PUP (pop up project) so we did what we could in 2 hours. Rotarians and friends did A LOT! Major weeding in the memory garden at the Bridge Senior Center.  We all need a Rotary Friend with a drill!  A critical aspect of the memory garden design are the three raised beds.  At 20 years old, they are failing.  However, while many hands make light work, with the right tools, it can be exceptionally effective too!  The beds will live to see another season or two.

Saturday, June1 from 10 am to 3 pm

Please join us at our annual Family Fishing Day at the Lake with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Come learn about fish and fishing from experts! There will be lots of games to play and as every year, there will be hot dogs, chips and sodas for incredibly low prices.  Come one, come All!!!

The club’s decade-long KIVA lending portfolio exceeded $83,000 last week. KIVA is a micro-lending organization. Of the total loan value of $83,150, about $12,000 has been collected via loose change cups at meetings; the rest is comprised of paybacks, with interest.
Led by Candy Behrends, last Thursday’s “lend” was decided by Dixie Weiss, Sharon Barton, Doug Eckland, and Claudette Kreuzenstein. All but one of the seven loans – typically of $100 each – were made to individual entrepreneurs in construction.
To date, the club has made 849 loans in 72 countries. Just under half of the loans have been made to agricultural endeavors, another 20 percent to manufactures and construction, followed by food production. Fifty-five percent of the recipients have been women.
One-third of the loans have been made in South American and Central American countries with another ten percent concentrated in each Kenya and the Philippines. It is the club’s goal to loan $100,000 by 2020.

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April 2020
Stephanie Hoag
Apr 09, 2020
Trip to Antarctica
Merry Ellefson and Tristan Knutson-Lombardo
Apr 16, 2020
Lynn Canal Adventures
Club Assembly
Apr 23, 2020