Anchorage International Rotary Club
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September 2018
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Anchorage International

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We meet Fridays at 12:00 PM
Coast International Inn
3450 Aviation Avenue
P.O. Box 100516
Anchorage, AK  99510-0516
United States
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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.
Please join us this Friday as we hear a legislative update from Geran Tarr.  She represents District 19 in the Alaska Legislature.  She will be discussing the hot items from last year’s session and what is on the horizon for the upcoming year in session. 
Bachelor’s degree in Botany, Environmental Studies and Women’s Studies from Ohio University; 
Master’s degree in Public Administration (Policy Analysis focus) from University of Alaska Anchorage
Adjunct UAA Faculty
  • Airport Heights Community Council President
  • Top 40 Under 40 by The Alaska Journal of Commerce
  • Adjunct Faculty- UAA Biology Department (14yrs)
  • Former Chief of Staff - Senator Johnny Ellis (5 years)
  • Chair/Commissioner, Anchorage Women’s Commission. Appointed by Mayor Mark Begich, re-appointed by Mayor Dan Sullivan, (November 2008-present)
  • Founding Board Member/Member, Anchorage Farmer’s Market
  • District Chair/Campaign Volunteer, Alaska Democratic Party (2001-present)
  • American Council of Young Political Leaders, Delegate to Thailand
  • Volunteer, AWAIC Legal Program (1999)
  • Over a decade of working in workforce development preparing Alaskans for 21st century jobs
  • Many years working in legislature with extensive knowledge and understanding of the legislative process
  • Significant experience as community volunteer, advocate, and leader for under-served Alaskans
  • Project leader for numerous initiatives, including educational conferences, legislative campaigns, and neighborhood projects
  • Recognition for professional contributions through awards
Group Study Exchange (GSE), Rotary International (October-November 2003)
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.
Kelly Larson has lived in Alaska since the ripe old age of three.   She married her high-school sweetheart, Link, is the mother of two, and the grandmother of three.  Kelly grew up in Anchorage and she now resides in the Valley with her husband. She is the Director of Community and Corporate Partnerships for the Alaska State Fair.  Kelly holds a bachelor's degree in Business Management and is pursuing her Master’s degree in the same field.  She is a graduate of the Institute of Fair Management and holds the distinction of Certified Fair Executive!  She is also a second-year student in Institute of Venue Management.  Kelly’s favorite part of her job is working with the talented staff at the Fair to build memories and make people at the Fair happy!  She enjoys serving her community, is a recovering Past-president, Secretary and Treasurer for the Rotary Club of Palmer; and is excited to be a District 5010 2017-19 Public Image Chair.  She is also Director of the Greater Palmer Chamber of Palmer Board.  In her spare time… she sleeps!!
$30 Luncheon
•One (1) Fair admission
•Special parking permit
(inside the gates)
•Catered lunch by
•Entertainment by
Lincoln Maffe
•Share club project
highlights with fellow

Please bring
food donations.
AIRC Board Meeting - Noon Tuesday, September 11th
Hello Board Members,
Our next board meeting is Tuesday, Sept. 11th. at noon.  We will be at my office again, 1400 W Benson Blvd, Suite 400.
Please send me your agenda items!  I'm changing the agenda format to be specific agenda items instead of the list of positions / people. 
Let me know what items you want added to the agenda, either to report on or to consider for future.
Please send me the agenda items by Friday.  I plan to send the agenda on Saturday.
Thank you!
Debra Mason, President 2018-2019
Preparing the Rotary leaders of tomorrow!

 The Leadership Academy is an advanced educational program for those interested in learning more about Rotary, looking to participate in future leadership positions and to find more effective ways to conduct Rotary work --- within clubs or in district Rotary service.
The application deadline for the next session is August 1, 2018. Sessions will run September 2018 - April 2019. If you are interested in participating, download the application from the District 5010 website or talk to one of your board members and we'll get you setup!
In 1999 Jack was elected to the Alaska Broadcasters Hall of Fame by the Broadcaster’s Association and in 2000 was named “Advertising Professional of the Year” by the Advertising Federation of Alaska.
Attention Anchorage International Rotary Club Members!
Our Badge box has been updated and re-organized to reflect our current membership.
When you attend this Fridays meeting, find your name and note the number next to it to find your Rotary badge in the box, it is most likely in a new location!
Debra Mason et al
Sep 21, 2018
Club Awareness - Club Opportunities
Soren Orley
Sep 28, 2018
Alaska Mountain Rescue Group
Diane Fejes
Oct 05, 2018
Rotary District 5010 Governor
Dave Kester
Oct 19, 2018
Polio Plus
Scott Janssen
Oct 26, 2018
Mushing Mortician
Clifford Crismore
Nov 09, 2018
Boy Scouts of America
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