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Richard Saville is the Anchorage Pioneer home Administrator.  The Anchorage Pioneer Home provides licensed assisted living care for Alaska resident elders sixty-five years old or older. The home has a capacity for 168 elders and provides care at three different levels including care for persons with Alzheimer's disease or related dementia (ADRD).
His work history includes working as a direct care provider, as an assisted living
home manager, and as a state regulator.
Rich was born in Tacoma, WA and moved to Anchorage in 1980 at age 6.  He graduated from Chugiak High School and has a bachelor’s degree from UAA in History.  He is married and has 2 boys – 25 and 18. 

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Sarah Riffer is the executive director for the Armed Services YMCA of Alaska.  She has been with YMCA for 18 years, coming to the ASYMCA of Alaska in January of 2017.  She has an undergraduate degree in biology and recreation.  She has lived as far east as Virginia and as far west as Unalaska, AK, and a few places in between.  She is married with twin 8 year old daughters.  Sarah was called to serve the mission of the YMCA and weaves this not only into her vocation, but to all aspects of her life. 
Pictures from Annual Pie Auction at King Technical High School.  Joe and Dodie working at the check-in and check-out table!  At top, Nelson and Jess preparing their bidding strategies!!
Clifford Crismore is a 29-year Scouting professional.  He started his professional career in North Idaho as a District Executive and Senior District Executive.  He then served as the Council Program Director for the Inland Northwest Council headquarter in Spokane, WA  where Mr. Crismore provided leadership to three major camping properties and started the North Idaho High Adventure Base. 
In September 1997, he accepted the position as Scout Executive/CEO for the Midnight Sun Council in Fairbanks where he served for 13 years.  During that time, he tripled the operating budget which translated to serving more youth in the Interior of Alaska and the North Slope.  He provided successful leadership to a $3.5 million capital campaign. He also started the Northern Lights High Adventure Base. 
In September 2010, Crismore accepted the position as Scout Executive/CEO for the Great Alaska Council in Anchorage making him the only CEO to have ever served the entire state of Alaska.  During his tenure he has provided leadership in opening the Denali High Adventure Scout Base located at Mile 133 Parks Highway and Chilkoot High Adventure Base located in Haines for summer program operations.  He has raised $2.8 million for construction and renovation of facilities in the council’s five principle camp properties.  The Great Alaska Council currently serves over 11,500 youth in Southeast, Southcentral, and Western Alaska.
He and his wife, Shari, have four children and four grandchildren.  Mr. Crismore is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Association of Challenge Course Technology, and American Camp Association.

Longtime KYUK and KNOM Broadcasters To Be Inducted into Alaska Hall of Fame

Two Western Alaska broadcasters will be inducted into the Alaska Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame this November.

A posthumous award will be given to John Active of Bethel, who served as a “pioneer” Alaska Native broadcaster in the state. He is known for his time serving at KYUK in Bethel, translating stories from English into Yup’ik, gathering and writing local news, and opening a world for Yup’ik broadcasters. Known as the “Voice of the Yukon-Kuskokwim” Delta, Active continued his work until his death in June (2018).

Former General Manager of KNOM Ric Schmidt will also be inducted into the Hall of Fame this fall. Schmidt served more than 25 years in broadcasting in Alaska. Schmidt initially came to Nome to serve as a volunteer at KNOM in 1984 and returned in 1995. He worked as program director and eventually took over as general manager in 2005. He also served as President of the Alaska Broadcasters Association, or ABA, and retired from broadcasting in 2017.

Active and Schmidt will become the 63rd and 64th inductees into the ABA Hall of Fame on November 9th.

Images at top: broadcasters John Active (left) and Ric Schmidt (right). Left photo: Katie Basile, KYUK (used with permission); right: David Dodman, KNOM.

Muff (Nancy) Zellmer RN, MSN, ANP, Executive Director of Women Listen
She is a nurse practitioner certified in family care and has worked in the health care field for over 40 years!  She was a recipient of the “Heroes in Health Care” award from Hospice of Anchorage.  Her background includes, staff nursing, patient education, hospice, university teaching, urgent care, nursing home care, private practice and working with a cancer surgeon.  She recently retired from working in cancer survivorship at a radiation center where she developed over 250 survivorship care plans for cancer patients as they completed their treatment.  Zellmer co-founded Women Listen, a weekly support group for women with cancer and she has led this group for the past 12 years. 
Anchorage International Rotary Club welcomes our newest member Shari Showalter into the club.  Her sponsor Angela Rush did a great job in her first time of running our Friday meeting and extra special to welcome her friend in as a member!  Another great Friday at AIRC!!
Our trip to Alaska was a great experience...!

This year, our club launched a new project “Anti-cancer: support for survivors” on a very important topic not only for our city, but also for the whole Russia.
  The idea of ​​the project belongs to Kapitalina Alekseeva, who published this summer her 4th book “The Day Will Come…”.  In this book she describes her personal experience in dealing with a serious illness making a statement that nobody in Russia rehabilitates patients who survived after oncology. With the idea of our project we wrote a letter to our friends in Alaska, particularly to Past- Governor of District 5010 Ted Trueblood. A big friend of our club, Ted immediately responded to our project and offered possibility of a great studying experience in the rehabilitation and support of cancer survivors in Alaska.  In late  August 2018, a group from Yakutsk went for a week-long trip on “Russian Cancer Survivors Support Program”.  Our group consisted of 3 people: myself from Rotary Club of Yakutsk and two doctors, Alena Nikitina, Director of the Republican Center of Medical Prevention and Belolyubskaya Tuyara, Vice-Chief Doctor of  "Yakutsk Republican Oncologic Dispensary".
Our program was actually like VTT - because it was designed in a way that in a short period we had a chance to visit and study the activities of Alaskan Cancer medical institutions treating cancer patients, as well as the organizations that deal with cancer patients in Anchorage: Providence Hospital, Katmai Oncology Group, Alaska Cancer Treatment Center , Oncology / Hematology and Infusion Center. We also visited Providence Hospice, Hospice of Anchorage, Anchorage Pioneer Home, and, of course, very useful was meeting with people from Women Listen Cancer Support Group. In addition, we visited the University of Alaska in Anchorage.
All meetings were extremely useful and thanks to the excellent organization of our visit, we very effectively spent our time. The process of rehabilitation people who have survived cancer is very important around the world and includes many aspects: psychological help, work of social workers, yoga-therapy, communication with each other, cooking lessons, art therapy, nutrition, prevention of diseases and regular check-ups. Correct rehabilitation allows people to return back to their society in a good shape, helps to continue to live full life, to work, and to reduce the disabilities among patients. At the end of the day our society and the state will only benefit from all this efforts.
Of course, our Rotary friends did everything possible to make our trip informative. We had a wonderful time with Rotarians from the Anchorage International Rotary Club during a picnic at Ted and Gloria Trueblood. Each Rotarian brought a culinary dish, and Ted of course cooked famous Alaskan salmon!

We were also invited to an Anchorage International Rotary Club meeting, where we told about our project, also met with DG Diane Fejes and had opportunity to pass message from Kapitalina Alekseeva. We were very pleased too when DG sent a message expressing support: “Thank you Katya and your team for making the effort to come.  It was a pleasure to meet you and hear your Mom’s story. I wish you well on your future efforts in helping all the cancer survivors in your area.”
The week turned out to be very full, very informative, very interesting.  We got “charged” with tremendous energy to launch our project! Already in October, our club plans to organize Health Fair. After that, we plan to start support group meetings for cancer survivors with doctors. Start to the project is given! Thanks to our dearest, long-time Rotary friends from Alaska, and personally to Ted Trueblood for the support and arrangement of our trip to Anchorage.
We looking forward to meet our friends from Alaska in Yakutsk next summer continue our project!

Clark Katerina
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Dec 14, 2018
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Sarah Riffer
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Jan 25, 2019
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