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Anchorage International

Peace Through Service

We meet Fridays at 12:00 PM
Coast International Inn
3450 Aviation Avenue
P.O. Box 100516
Anchorage, AK 99510-0516
United States of America
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Ed Ulman is the President & CEO for Alaska Public Media. Ed is a fellow, longtime Rotarian and is a current member of the Downtown Club. 
Over the last three years, Ed has energized the staff, the board and the community with a new perspective on the key role public broadcasting plays in Alaska as Alaska’s locally owned and operated storyteller. Alaska Public Media is committed to amplifying and giving voice to the concerns and interests of our community. 
Ed has enjoyed a long career in public broadcasting. He started as volunteer on-air fundraising talent in Tucson, Arizona. He became the Education and Outreach Manager for New Mexico PBS where he led teams that earned a National Educational Television Award in 2007 for Take One Step: A Women’s Health Initiative and a PBS Development Award for KNME Science Central in 2008. 
Prior to coming to Anchorage Ed served in variety of roles for over seven years at KBTC Public Television in Tacoma, WA where he eventually won a national search as their Executive Director and General Manager. 
Ed is also a talented jazz musician and trombonist. Before working in public broadcasting, Ed’s early career saw him at the helm of the New Mexico Jazz Workshop. He currently performs as Lead Trombonist with the Anchorage Jazz Ensemble. He also hosted a bi-weekly jazz show, Saturday evenings on KSKA, and volunteered with the jazz band at Romig Middle School last year. 
Ed and his wife Peggy have two sons, Evan -- a senior at University of Washington in Seattle, and Andrew -- a freshman at South High School. 
Sarah Riffer is the executive director for the Armed Services YMCA of Alaska.  She will be presenting a video and discussion of the ASYMCA Combat Fishing Tournament for 2020.
Founded in 2006, the Combat Fishing Tournament was established to give thanks to the brave young men and women of the United States Armed Services who have served our nation with honor and courage in both the Iraq and Afghanistan theaters of war. In just a few short years the ASCFT has garnered huge success and notoriety and is now considered the largest military appreciation fishing tournament in the United States.
The ASYMCA is very proud of what the Combat Fishing Tournament has achieved over the past thirteen years.
Here are a few of the highlights:
2,914 currently serving military veterans went deep sea fishing;
326 professional fishing charters;
52 bus charters with State Trooper escort;
850 volunteer charter crew members;
Approximately 8,340 dock-side volunteer hours
The 14th Annual Armed Services Combat Fishing Tournament
will be held in Seward, Alaska on May 20, 2020.
Alaska Air National Guard Col. Anthony D. Stratton, the current commander of the Alaska Air National Guard’s 176th Wing, salutes presiding officer, Brig. Gen. Scott A. Howard, assistant adjutant general and commander, Alaska Air National Guard, after receiving the wing’s guidon from outgoing commander Brig. Gen. Darrin E. Slaten, during a change-of-command ceremony Dec. 8, 2019, at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. A command pilot, Stratton flew C-130 Hercules and C-17 Globemaster III aircraft and later served as the director of operations for the Alaska National Guard joint staff, prior to his role as commander of the wing’s 176th Maintenance Group.
Col. Anthony D. Stratton was born Aug. 12, 1968 in Missoula, Montana, and has lived in the Alaska communities of Barrow, Fairbanks and Anchorage. He currently resides in Palmer with his wife Lorena and two daughters, Sabrina and Katrina. He graduated from Service High School in 1986 and enlisted in the Alaska Air National Guard in February of 1988 as a C-130 Hercules propulsion system specialist. Colonel Stratton received his commission from the Academy of Military Science in October of 1990 and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Alaska Anchorage in December of 1993. He is a command pilot, qualified in both the C-130 Hercules and C-17 Globemaster III, and has served in a multitude of operational and support positions within the Alaska National Guard.
Shari Showalter and her daughter Lucy!Nina Mann and her mother Carolyn!
We will not have a guest speaker this Friday so that we can enjoy club fellowship before we take a two week break for the holidays.  If you are feeling festive, please wear your favorite holiday cheer!
See you on Friday!
~President Angie
 Natasha von Imhof is fourth generation Alaskan. She was born and raised in Anchorage. She earned a BS from Harvard College and went on to receive her MBA from the University of Washington. Natasha worked as a branch manager and commercial loan officer for National Bank of Alaska and as a financial analyst for Latash Investments. She sits on the boards of the Atwood Foundation and Rasmuson Foundation. Natasha served on the Anchorage School Board from 2012-2015. In 2016, she was elected to the Alaska State Senate and is currently Co-Chair of the Senate Finance Committee.  Natasha lives in Anchorage with her husband and two children. In her spare time, she enjoys running, hiking, reading and cooking.
General Ralston will speak to our club Friday 12/6.  He will discuss various countries around the world and what the situations are today.
Gen Ralston served in the United States Air Force from 1965 to 2003. He served in operational command at squadron, wing, numbered air force and major command, as well as various staff and management positions at every level of the United States Air Force. Ralston became Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in 1996.  He then became Supreme Allied Commander for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in Europe until January 2003 when he retired.
In September 2006, Ralston was assigned as Special Envoy for Countering the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) by George W. Bush.
The AIRC Memorial Scholarship Fund Board of Trustees, invite you to attend the annual King Tech Pie Auction.
You can expect an incredible lunch, fellowship and lots of FUN with our awesome auctioneers. Yes, there are delicious pies and pasties to purchase along with many wonderful items that will make great holiday gifts.  
We look forward to seeing you there at 11:30am November 22nd. 
This week District Governor Andre’ Layral will visit our club and be our Program / Speaker.  Andre’ has been a Rotarian since 1992.  He has served twice as Club President (1999-2000 North Pole Rotary and 2010-2011 Sunrisers Rotary Club of Fairbanks).  He has served in several leadership roles within District 5010, including RYLA Chair, District Trainer and Membership Chair. He has also served as a district Visioning Facilitator for many years.  Andre’s proudest moment in Rotary was serving as Project Chair for his club, working with club members and community partners, to complete a Handicap Accessible Playground and Pavilion dedicated in 2016.
Andre’s classification is Education Consulting. He has had a long career in public education in Alaska.  Andre’ has been married to his wife Sheri for 46 years. They have two adult children, Nicole and Matt, and they have been blessed with 9 grandchildren.  Andre’ moved to Alaska after graduating from Hawthorne high school in Southern California in 1970. He came to Fairbanks to swim for the Alaska Nanooks. He is a three time collegiate All- American swimmer and was named to the Nanook Hall of Fame in 2016.
Dan Redfield owns Alaska Photoventures. He is brought to us by member Ric Schmidt.  He will have an amazing presentation of Photo’s and Stories from travelling Alaska.  From his website Dan explains: 
I’m an Anchorage based photographer with published content on magazines, featured on NatGeo and more. I’m a public speaker and photography teacher. I’m the shows host and your personal guide. Sharing the history and beauty of Alaska while walking you through how I frame my shots.
I’ve moved out of Alaska before and always found my way back. No matter what you want to do you’re an hour away, hiking, biking, exploring, kayaking, boating, camping anything you can come up with. The freedom to get your adventure on is something that has kept me here. My Dad was always into fishing and really got me into it while introducing me to the backwoods of Alaska. My Mom loved to camp, I have memories growing up freezing our butts off in the tent but loving every minute of it. When I’m not working as a full time filmmaker, you can find me in the mountains with Kristen and my daughter Ava. I’m very thankful to have found my home, Alaska has given me so much and continues to provide and satisfy my need for adventure.
January 2020
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