Anchorage International Rotary Club
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January 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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Trivia - Rotary had a goal to grow to 1000 clubs world wide when was this done?  Answer 1921 - a lot sooner than anticipate.
Foundation Auction February 9  Celeste need items and Reminds you to bring guests.
Board Meeting Tuesday January 9 at Wells Fargo on C and Northern Lights 2nd Floor Conference Room - everyone welcome.
Happy Bucks:
Ted Trueblood was sporting the annual wearing his tee shirt from with his photo on the back - Ted was coming and going
John Spaulding shared a good Rancher joke, we will all be saying "show the bull your badge"
Jonthan T announced that this was Emma's last meeting until she is 2.
Bruce announced the Remaining Football Mania winners:  Fred Barlow, Jess S. Bill S.  Greg W, and Paris Butler.  Over $6,000 was raised
Al Biss had a sad buck because they departed Arizona weather over 70 degrees and Shelly was crying at the airport.
Ray Ellis announced that he had been on 5 of the 7 Continents until now - he was able to get in his last 2 - South America and Antartica on his recent trip, just another item ticked off the old bucket list.
Helena said she had a wonderful holiday with her daughter in town, and announced an invitation to club member for the UAA annual Innovative awards on January 26 at 5:30
Club Assembly Notes
We are currently at 66 members - This is a reflection of why Membership is the # 1 priority from the Visioning Session in October.  It is up to all the club members to think about membership and invite a guest to a meeting or event and let them see what our club and Rotary is about, and the good work we do in the community.  Here are some of the community Service Projects we have done this Rotary Year.
Clean up on Wisconsin
Dinners provided for Clare Hous
Tilt Skillet at Hope Center
Stuffing Stockings for AK Child & Family
Salvation Army Bell Ringing
Santa Bob Visit and Gifts for AK Child & Family
Santa Bob visit and Gifts at the Pioneer Home.
North Star Partnership filling boxes of school supplies
North Star Parent University/ computers
Rotary Cares Back Pack project
Inbound and Outbound exchange students who lives are being changed.
Heading up a water project in Kenya.
Coming up Health Fair.
Tim Trueblood talked about the North Star Elementary Parents University - this program has been around 11 years and to date over 450 computer systems have been given to families of North Star Elementary students
Akila our Youth Exchange Student Won the Split the Pot - $22 and she was very excited.


Tim Bradner is serving as the Atwood Chair of Journalism at the University of Alaska Anchorage during the 2017-2018 school year. 

Bradner has worked in Alaska journalism since 1965, interrupted only by a period working with a major oil company and graduate school. He is copublisher of the Alaska Legislative Digest and Alaska Economic Report, and editor of Alaska Inc. magazine. 

He is a regular contributor to the Alaska Dispatch News, Platts Oilgram, a McGraw Hill energy publication, and also writes for the Anchorage Press, Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman, Alaska Journal of Commerce and Petroleum News. 

Bradner will teach an introductory reporting and writing course and an upper-division course in Public Affairs Journalism, where he will lead students in coverage of fiscal and state issues.

“I’m eager to engage with students about covering financial matters that affect them directly,” Bradner said. “Alaskans face complex decisions that will reshape state government and our economy, and I want to help beginning journalists understand these issues so they can explain them to the public.”

Bradner has worked in Alaska media for decades. He started in public affairs for the University of Alaska Fairbanks, then worked as a reporter at the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner and the Tundra Times, an Alaska Native weekly newspaper.

He also worked for BP Alaska in public affairs and government relations. He was a longtime staff writer and contributor to the Alaska Journal of Commerce, covering energy and state government.    

One of the things we want to discuss at the Club Assembly is the Visioning Results.  Please review the information, and come to the assembly with questions, comments, and ideas.
As you remember AIR had a Visioning Session to help determine the future direction of the club. 
The participants indicated areas that were important to them.  The process helps you identify and establish Strategic Priorities and the the goals we would like to set for the club.  The process also helps establish time lines and committees that will ensure goals are realized.
More club member participation is needed - if you see a committee that interests you contact the individuals and offer to help out please.
Here is an overview of the top 3 items identified as most important to the participants.
# 1 Membership (Attraction and Retention)
A Social Media Plan needs to be established - Jonathan T will form a committee
A Membership Drive Plan needs to be established - Andy Varner will form a committee
Retention is a focus - Recognizing Success in bringing in new members - Jeff Promish and Kevin Fimon will work on identifying awards
# 2 Fundraising
Identify and establish a Signature Event  
Form a committee and Form a Plan - Debra Mason has established a committee, and work is being done to identify a Signature Event
Crowd Source Funding - Karl is researching 
Fundraising Plan - Ben is forming a committee - to figure out a plan for the future, with overall goal, address excess funds, and figure out who will do what
#3 Club Meeting Agenda and Programs
Expand the Program Committee - with a diversity of thoughts - need 5-6 members
Limit Non-Profit Programs
Committee for Program Vetting
Trendy and Interactive
District level Speaker List
Happy New Year, Welcome Back to Rotary!.  We have had 2 Weeks without meetings and lots to catch up on.
Santa Bob Bob was out and about a lot - there were visits to Russian Jack Elementary, and North Star Elementary where all the students got to meet Aliy Zerkel and Allen Moore and Learn all about the Iditarod, and individual sports. Also 2 UAA Volleyball players talked about team sports.  It was great fun.
Super bonus - after  the presentation Chera Boom's quartet was able to sing for Aliy and Allen in the North Star Office - 
the AIR Holiday Party was tons of fun with great stories to share and Santa Bob had presents for all the good boys and girls
Pioneer home postponed our December visit due to a flu outbreak, however, January 3 was a wonderful day - even with the slushy snow.  Gifts were delivered to residents of the Pioneer home.   There were non-slip socks, gloves, scarves, hats, and fuzzy warm throw blankets, as holiday gifts, and lots of smiles around the Pioneer Home.
This beautiful sign and a card signed by the kids made us feel so welcome and Special.
Bob Huston, AKA Santa Bob and Nina Mann presented each AK Child & Family student with a stocking filled with with school supplies, socks, gloves, hygiene items, healthy snacks and a candy at the Holiday Kickoff at AK Child & Family organized by Anchorage International Rotary. The stockings were stuffed during an AIR Fireside meeting. Santa Bob also presented the kids with a soft blanket, a Zoo pass and a Tastee Freeze gift certificate.

Rotarians Kevin Fimon, Angie Rush and Penny May assisted the students with holiday craft making and taking pictures with Santa Bob. The students made snowflakes, ornaments and even had portraits taken.

One of the students shared with Rotarian Angie Rush, “The best part of the night was getting to feel like a kid again. I haven’t felt like a kid since I was five years old. That was the last time I got to see Santa and this was so nice.”

Another student hugged the blanket he received and said, “This is the softest blanket I have ever had.”
It was such a fun time making crafts and talking with the kids.  
Oziel brought Gingerbread Houses for the Kids to decorage
Ak Child and Family Director, Denis McCarville, joined in the fun
South Rotarian Rob Morris and staff got to tell Santa their wish.
Thank you to Alaska Child and Family Staff, and to all the Rotarians who stuffed stockings, made treats, and transported all the goodies, and hung out with the kids sharing Holiday Cheer.  
And Someone Special will be attending
Thanks to everyone who came to the the Petroleum Club to stuff stockings.  The assembly line worked out great.  The delivery and Party will be on Monday Dec 18.  If you are interested in attending contact Angela Rush.
The PCA Sure can make a drink! Take a look at Bob's Bloody Mary
and Chera said the breakfast wrap was wonderful.
TBA - Jan 28-Feb3 - Parent University North Star Elementary - If you want to participate handing out home computer systems to Families of North Star Students - Contact Tim Trueblood.  e-mail
Feb 9:  FOUNDATION AUCTION - 11:30 - 1 Coast International Inn - Super fun - bring lots of guests.  Wonderful selection of live and silent auction items.
Feb 13 - Board of Directors Meeting - Wells Fargo C and Northern Lights - 2nd Floor Conference Room
Feb 16 Clare House Dinner - contact Kevin Fimon if you would like to help out.
March 4:  Iditarod Restart Party at the Erickson's on Long Lake - the Best Party of year - Supporting the End Polio Now Campaign - out on the lake cheering on the Iditarod dogs and mushers, lots of great Food and beverages and some of the best company you will ever enjoy.  See you there.

TBA  - March 26- April 6  Parent University North Star Elementary - If you want to participate handing out home computer systems to Families of North Star Students - Contact Tim Trueblood.  e-mail

April 1 - International Grant Applications Due for Rotary Year 2019-2020

April 28 - Health Fair at Willow Crest Elementary School - this is always a great event with lots of community participation.  A Great way to have a very noticeable Rotary presence - Will need volunteers for set up the night before - Volunteers during the event - and clean up after the event.  

May 17-20 District 5010 Assembly and District Conference - Seward Alaska
May - RYLA will be in Whitehorse this year,  If you know of a potential participant or want to help out  with the interview committee, or be a Chaperone contact Jeff Promish. e-mail:
TBA - May  Spring Clean up of Wisconsin Blvd between Spenard and Northern Lights Blvd - more details to follow. 

June 23-27 Toronto Canada - Rotary International Conference

TBA June - Changing of the Guard







Clean Water - Rotary can Provide it


Update from Karl S.

I estimate that we need an additional $8,500 Rotary contribution to make this project solvent. This Global Grant Rotary Project will provide potable water for 800 Maasai in an off-the-grid Kenya Maasai Community. Total Budget $52,000.


Karl is working on a global grant,  The BOD has committed $1000. to get the process started.  The Main objective is to provide potable water to an impoverished area of Kenya. The beneficiaries are: Megwarra is a small town in Narok County Kenya. The Siana Boarding Primary School, with an enrollment of 1300 students and 35 faculty, the Seventh Day Adventist Girls’ Rescue Center with approximately 100 girls in residence, the Siana Girls’ High School, with 36 students and 5 faculty, the surrounding Maasai community within a three-kilometer radius has 178 households with a population of 740 people, and the Megwarra Dispensary, a level one government clinic for the community, located on the grounds of the Siana Primary School.  More information will follow.


Good morning all. I hope that you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your families. I am reaching out to you because of a challenge that the Rotary Club of Verrettes is facing with getting the bank account for this global grant opened in Haiti.

With the new government put in place in January of this year, came new regulations and fees. The new fee for obtaining the paperwork from the Ministry in Port au Prince to open a bank account in Haiti (forgetting about the incredible difficulty in actually obtaining the required paperwork) went from $1,000 Haitian Gourdes (approximately $15 US) to $19,000 Haitian Gourdes (approximately $300 US). In addition, the bank is requiring the Rotary Club of Verrettes to open the account with $500. This presents the Rotary Club of Verrettes with a commitment of $800 just to open the account for this grant. They are a small rural club with, I am sure, very limited excess funds. I am wondering what can be done to assist them in this effort? Is the Rotary Foundation able to forward funds to provide them to open the account? Is my Rotary Club, the Rotary Club of Riverside Sunrise, able to forward them funds to open this account? What can be done? This Haitian account has been the greatest obstacle to getting this grant funded and underway. HELP!!!! Thanks…….Nyron

Nyron McLean

Past President 2015 – 2016

Riverside Sunrise Rotary

District Conference Chair 2018

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