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
The Rotary Foundation
Club Service
International Service
Public Relations
May Day is litter pick up day all over town.  Juneau-Gastineau Rotarians and Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Juneau (Downtown club) covered both sides and the median at Egan Drive from the Yacht Club to the bridge.  President Doug, Alice, Hal, John, Robert, Nico and Milo accompanied by both friends and spouses made up the JGR workforce. Many hands make for light work and the job was readily accomplished!  
Gastineau Rotarians and JDHS Interactors combined funds to present a check to Jorden Nigro of the Zach Gordon Youth Center for the new youth shelter.  You can't see them behind those masks, but there are a lot of smiles!
This morning ten Juneau-Gastineau Rotarians, joined by our presenter this morning, Filipino Honorary Consul Rebecca Carrillo and visiting Rotarian from the Glacier Valley club, Debbie White, we gathered on Zoom to make Kiva lends. In honor of our guest, we made all of our loans in the Philippines. Eleven loans totaling $1,275 were made in agriculture, construction and service sectors, all but one were women.
To date we have made 1,240 loans, lending $110,025.00! This made possible with deposits totaling only $17,792.00. The contributions of our Rotarians have been loaned again and again in this remarkable and worthwhile program.
11 Gastineau members zoomed in to make Kiva loans after our regular meeting this morning.  We made 11 loans totaling $1,474.00 in Palestine, Paraguay, Bolivia, El Salvador, Columbia and Kenya.  They all had the common thread of being in the manufacturing sector and having been affected by the global pandemic.  We had furniture makers, iron workers, brick makers, carpenters and welders.  To date we have loaned $108,750 dollars, making 1229 loans in 72 countries!  

As we did last year, Juneau-Gastineau Rotarians gathered enough hats, gloves, warm socks, toothbrushes, snacks and treats for 55 gifts for the homeless population of the Glory Hall.  Juneau Douglas High School Interact club packaged these gifts and had a nice physically distanced social.  Much thanks to them and we anticipate the gifts will be as appreciated as they were last year.  The Glory Hall administrator told us it’s a pretty cheerless time for these individuals and last year the gifts were truly appreciated.




Gastineau Rotarians are still at it, making Kiva lends!  Although easily managed in a Zoom meeting, we all do miss meeting in person, having some lunch and making loans to help those in need all over the globe.  This morning we made 12 loans in 7 countries loaning $1,150.  We made loans in agriculture, construction, wholesale and retail.  
Our Rotary Foundation Auction is moving online this year!  We've found a platform for the auction that looks like we can do both a silent auction with a bidding period of several days along with an evening event of live auction offerings on November 17.  We will have more details and tantalizing peeks at auction offerings in the coming weeks.  Be sure to check back here and check your email for links to the event.  We will be able to invite others to join us in this fundraising effort, so feel free (and please do) forward information to your friends and family.
UPDATE (Monday, August 31, 2020)
We are sold out! Thank you for making this year's fundraiser a huge success. 
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Seven Gastineau Rotarians Zoomed in to participate in a Kiva lend at lunch time.  We made 7 loans, lending $725.00 in Cambodia, Tajikistan, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica.  Our main focus was in the agricultural sector, but did make one loan to a gentleman who was purchasing tools to go into the contracting business in Tajikistan.  And, we inch closer to our goal of lending $100,000 in Kiva putting our frequency of loans and total loan amount into the 99% percentile of Kiva lenders!
The new Thane campground at Mill Creek was completed last week with the help of Park Foundation, Glacier Valley and Juneau-Gastineau Rotary Clubs. Under beautiful Juneau sky’s, crews spent last week setting it up and getting it ready for the first occupant.  The platforms are sturdy and really high quality.
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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President Julie and hubby Gordy took Kevin out on their boat and had a great day fishing. He landed this 16# Coho.  

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