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Dave is Past President of Anchorage East Rotary and the current District 5010 PolioPlus Chair.  He has been a member of Anchorage East Rotary since 1996.
Dave has worked in the insurance industry for over 30 years and been a commercial risk manager and broker for RISQ Consulting for the past 23 years. 
Dave earned a Bachelor of Administration degree in Finance from Boise State University. 
Dave is married to his wife of 24 years, Elena.  They have two children; a beautiful 22 year old girl, Jessica and a handsome 20 year old boy, Jeremiah.  Dave loves to spend time with family along with hunting, fishing and playing golf in his spare time.
Dave is here to promote the World Polio Day Celebration here in Anchorage on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 and give us a preview of the film that will be shown called, “Dare to Dream, How Rotary Became the Heart and Soul of Polio Eradication.”
Co-founders Les and Evy Kinnear of the Fortress of the Bears in Sitka, Alaska.  A lot of the Rotarians that attended the 2017 District Convention made our way out to their facility and thoroughly enjoyed watching the bears! 
Bears ruled Alaska long before fishermen, gold miners, or cruise ships
arrived. As their territory has diminished, more and more bear cubs have
become orphaned and sick. The state of Alaska has no bear rehabilitation
program in place, and unfortunately orphaned cubs are routinely shot by the
Department of Fish and Game for lack of an alternative. Until now. At Fortress
of the Bear, our mission is to rescue cubs, bring them back to health and
provide a long life full of enrichment.  
Our rescue center opened in 2007, and now houses 7 bears. More than
20,000 visitors per year come to experience the majesty of these amazing
creatures. We’ve sent bears to the Bronx Zoo, Montana Grizzly
Encounter and the International Exotic Animal Sanctuary in Boyd, Texas. Our
goal is to work with the Alaska Department of Fish & Game to someday
release rehabbed bears back into the wild. As a 501(C)3 not-for-profit
organization, we rely solely on admission fees and donations for funding.
Anchorage International Rotary Club recognized Helena Wisniewski and Becky Erickson as our two newest Paul Harris Fellows at weekly meeting October 5th.
New Members Peter Lang and David Webb inducted October 5th into Anchorage International Rotary Club!  Also shown is President Debra Mason, Membership Chair Tim Trueblood and District Governor Diane Fejes.  Welcome to our new members and thanks to DG Diane for giving them the "charge"!

D5010 100% compliant! The Rotary Foundation - October 2018 World Reporting Analysis for District 5010

District 5010
Dear Governor Fejes,
On behalf of the Trustees, thank you for participating in The Rotary Foundation (TRF) grants programs to serve communities in need. I am writing to update you on the world reporting analysis conducted in October 2018. The analysis is performed on a quarterly basis to track each district’s compliance with reporting requirements for Rotary Foundation grant projects.
I am happy to inform you that District 5010 was 100% up-to-date with reporting requirements for grants sponsored by the district and its clubs as of the October 2018 analysis. The Trustees rely on district leaders to ensure that stewardship guidelines are being upheld worldwide and they thank you for your efforts. We recognize the hard work involved to maintain this level of compliance and encourage your district and its clubs to continue your good work.
At the time the analysis was conducted, District 5010 had 3 grants in paid, funded, and reported status. Please see the table at the end of the letter for the list of grants (information included in the table is up-to-date as of the date of analysis).  
We encourage you to work with the clubs in your district to ensure that reports are submitted for any overdue grants.  Over the next few days, TRF will be sending report reminder letters for any grants for which it has been 18 months or more since the last payment or report date. You will be copied on these letters for any grants in your district. 
For updated grant statuses or more detailed information, please contact the TRF grant coordinator listed below for each grant number. You can also request a copy of your district’s file activity report from the TRF Contact Center at or the Stewardship Department at
The Rotary Foundation appreciates the good work that you do and we thank you for your efforts to comply with the Foundation’s reporting requirements. 
Meredith Burlew
Department Manager | Stewardship
Rotary International
Jane Lanford, president of College Rotary in Fairbanks, is schedule to run her 100th marathon on October 21st.  In celebration of this lifetime achievement, she hopes to raise 100 x $100 to help Rotary END POLIO.  Will you please help?
Please see the attached flyer, which will link you directly to Jane’s project page, also accessible here:
Or, you can give online at the general funding page:  To help us track donations to this site, please input “In honor of Jane” and notify her at
Cash or checks are also welcome!  Checks should be made out to: The Rotary Foundation and given to Jane or mailed to: College Rotary, PO Box 73010, Fairbanks, AK 99707. 
As you know, Rotary, along with our partners, has reduced polio cases by 99.9 percent worldwide since our first project to vaccinate children in the Philippines in 1979.  Rotarians have helped immunize more than 2.5 billion children against polio in 122 countries.  In 2018 so far, only 13 cases have been reported – 10 in Afghanistan and three in Pakistan.  But as long as a single child has polio, all children are at risk.  For as little as $0.60, a child can be protected against this crippling disease for life.  As there is no cure, the best protection is prevention. 
We are this close to eradicating polio, but we need your help. 
A donation of any amount is greatly appreciated!!!
For more information, contact Jane at
Join us as we welcome Diane Fejes, District 5010 District Governer.
After growing up on a cattle and wheat ranch in southern Idaho, Diane graduated from Utah State University before moving to Alaska in 1978 and becoming a CPA. She worked as a Tax Partner with firms Deloitte and KPMG before retiring in 2011.
Diane & her husband, Bob, live in Anchorage where they raised their two intelligent, beautiful, and fun daughters, Anna & Erin. They enjoy the Alaskan lifestyle, which includes flying to their remote cabin in the summer and winter trips to Hawaii.
Diane has been a Rotarian since 1989 with the Anchorage Rotary Club and has served in many capacities throughout her tenure. She believes that the business-oriented, non-religious, non-political aspect of Rotary allows us to succeed in being the pre-eminent, worldwide organization to bring health, literacy, peace, and prosperity to the world.
I am privileged to be this year's District Governor.  Barry Rassin, our Rotary International President, has chosen the theme of BE THE INSPIRATION . His explanation of the seascape theme logo includes the Sunrise or a new dawn for Rotary and the Wave carrying Rotary into the future.  The colors are beautiful as is the thought.  
     July has been a whirlwind of fun and enlightening visits to the Southeast Clubs of Ketchikan, Juneau, Sitka and Petersburg as well as a trip up north to see the small but mighty Nome club, and an in person meeting with our local eClub members.
   August so far has been filled with visits to Anchorage Downtown, Girdwood, Wasilla Sunrise, Anchorage Midtown, Russian Jack, and Gateway, 
Visit our District 5010 Facebook page to see all the pictures of Presidents' Kaia, Dave, Helen, Aaron, Chris, Sharon, Kim, Jeff, Chandra, Nancy, Lew, Leah, Art, CeCe, Janet, John, and Aili and  their club members and the local projects that continue to give back to their communities. 
       I'm also gratified by the new members coming into join our forward thinking organization.  The Wasilla Sunrise Club under the direction of Matt Stilstra, Dan Kennedy and President Janet Kennedy chartered our first formal Satellite club with 14 new members - this is just one of the "waves" for the future for Rotary - Congrats!

Dear Meal Providers

It was fun to meet some of you at the appreciation Luau last night at Clare House! Clare House provided us with a delicious meal.  Thank you!

I have had several requests for updated lists of some of the extra items Clare House can use.  Below is a list of their top 10 items of which there is always a need. This is a standard list that we will use rather than try to update specific details on a month to  month basis.  

Thanks again for all your support of Clare House!

Sincerely, Barb Pichon

Toilet Tissue
Paper Towels
Black Trash bags
White Kitchen trash bags
Liquid detergent
Liquid Dish soap
Cleaning supplies (disinfectants, sanitizers, etc)
Size 4,5,6 diapers
Baby wipes
Additional Food items:
Canned foods (spam, Vienna sausage)
Breakfast meats
The 2018 YWCA Alaska/BP Women of Achievement awardees have been selected.
After carefully reviewing all nominations, an independent selection committee chose to recognize the following ten women who have demonstrated qualities of leadership and excellence in their professional and personal endeavors, as well as their contributions to the larger community.
The 2018 Awardees are:
  • Amy Coffman, Special Assistant at Municipality of Anchorage – Office of the Mayor
  • Colonel Patricia Csànk, Commander, 673d Air Base Wing, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson
  • Ella Goss, CEO of Providence Alaska Medical Center
  • Mary Katzke, Producer & Executive Director of Affinityfilms
  • Heather Kendall-Miller, Senior Staff Attorney at Native American Rights Fund
  • Lourdes “Lo” Linato-Crawford, Board President at Bridge Builders of Anchorage
  • Beth Rose, Vice President of Alaska Community Foundation
  • Doreen Schenkenberger, Executive Director of Partners for Progress
  • Krista Scully, Pro Bono Director of Alaska Bar Association
  • Aliy Zirkle, Iditarod Musher & Owner of SP Kennels
Please join us in honoring these women at the 29th Annual YWCA Alaska/BP Women of Achievement & Youth Awards on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts Discovery Theatre. The reception begins at 5:15 p.m. with refreshments and hors d’oeuvres. Tickets can be purchased using the button below. Call (907) 644-9600 for more information or to sponsor this event. All proceeds from the event support YWCA Alaska programs to eliminate racism and empower women.

The young professionals attending the zone conference had a Q & A session with President Barry Rassin.  Thank you, Ted Trueblood for sponsoring an AIRC member to attend the conference in Montreal.

Attached are 2 photos.  One as a mild-mannered accounting professor, the other as a mountain rescue dude...
Here is a short bio:
Soren Orley, a mild-mannered “bean counter” CPA and UAA Accounting Professor, has been a member of the “Alaska Mountain Group” for 30 years where he has participated in numerous avalanche missions, searches, and high angle rescues.
David Parish is a member of Anchorage Downtown Rotary, and served on their board last year. 
He has spent the past three decades based here in Alaska as an independent consultant, lobbyist, entrepreneur, and writer. 
David has written a book that will be released nationally later this month by Greenleaf Book Group.  “The Facts of the Matter: Looking past today’s rhetoric on the Environment and Responsible Development.” His goal is to spearhead a real conversation about the environment, economic growth, and the needs of our increasing global population.
Here are some excerpts from the first two independent reviews on Amazon’s NetGalley:
“This book made me stop in my tracks and after reading it….Perhaps the greatest shock to me was just how much the digital economy consumes electricity…. This book is what I'd gift my environmental conservation friends- it'd make (for) some great conversation and shape policies and narratives written by young people in organizations.”
With the BRICS countries of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa poised to take millions of people out of the clutches of poverty into the category of middle class… the race for resource accumulation and energy consumption is heading in only one direction – north…..The relevant stakeholders across the globe would do well to take into consideration the reasonable balanced proposals of David Parish while evaluating any proposal that has material economic ramifications inextricably attached with environmental consequences.
Foundation Co-Chair Celeste Cohen presents Beth Rose with her Paul Harris plus 2 pin at AIRC meeting on September 7th.  Earlier, Beth had announced to the Club that she is retiring from Alaska Community Foundation at the end of this year and that she and her husband John are scheduling a long vacation to South America!  Congratulations Beth!!
Thank you to Alaska State House Representative Geran Tarr for her presentation to Anchorage International Rotary Club last week and to our own Steve Strait for his introduction of Rep. Tarr.
A big Thank You to hosts Ted and Gloria Trueblood, to Jeanette Wakefield, Nina Mann, Angie Rush and Ben Schulman and all the others who brought food, drink and themselves to greet our visiting Rotarian team from Russia!
Betty Arnett came to Alaska 66 years ago as a young "short-term" missionary of the Methodist Church to work as a housemother to eleven little boys at the Jesse Lee Home in Seward, Alaska.  She married Russ Arnett and they moved to Anchorage in 1954, where he practiced law and she taught elementary school. They raised three children; April, Heather, and Hans. 
Hiking, bicycling, storytelling, and writing continue to be among her main interests.  Because she felt her experience at the Jesse Lee Home was unique, she wrote 22 and the Mother of 11.  She has recently completed Book II on that same subject. 
Other stories of her life that she can share include the great Alaska earthquake and hiking the Chilkoot trail as a senior are published in four Alaskan anthologies.
Betty has also served as the Director of the Alaska World Affairs Council.
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Oct 26, 2018
Mushing Mortician
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Nov 09, 2018
Boy Scouts of America
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Nov 30, 2018
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