Anchorage International Rotary Club
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February 2019
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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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Mark Hamilton is the Executive Vice President for External Affairs at the Pebble Partnership. He is President Emeritus of the University of Alaska System, and a retired Major General U.S. Army.

Mr. Hamilton received a Bachelor of Science Degree from the United States Military Academy and Masters Degree in Literature from Florida State University. He graduated as well from the Joint Armed Forces Command and staff College and the Army War College.

Mr. Hamilton served 31 years in the U.S. Army, retiring as a Major General. After a typical career through Division Artillery Command, he served as the Military Group Commander in El Salvador, followed by assignment as Special Assistant to the Chief of Staff of the Army in Somalia. These latter two assignments involved nearly 2and ½ years of peace negotiations. In El Salvador it resulted in spending 8 and ½ days at the United Nations in shuttle diplomacy with Ambassador to the U.N. Ambassador Thomas Pickering, resulting in a peace treaty that has never been broken in more than 25 years. In Somalia, his efforts with Somali war lords culminated in a window of tranquility which allowed the 10th Mountain Division to return to the United States. For these efforts, ABC news anchor Peter Jennings selected then Colonel Hamilton as his national “Person of the week.”
MILITARY: Mr. Hamilton is a member of AUSA, VFW, and is a Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army.
CIVIC: Mr. Hamilton is a member of the Alaska Miner’s Association, and serves on the Alaska Airline’s Advisory Board. Mr. Hamilton previously served on the Board of Directors of BP America, Chair of Alaska Aerospace, Board member of Alaska Airlines, and the Denali Commission.
AWARDS: Mr. Hamilton has received the Army’s highest peace time award, The Distinguished Service Medal, as well as Armed Forces highest peace time award, The Joint Distinguished Service Medal. Mr. Hamilton was honored by the National Association of Scholars for “Resolute Leadership in Defense of Intellectual Freedom in Higher Education,” the only University President to be so honored.
Our District and the Anchorage International Rotary Club is sponsoring a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Vocational Training Team to Australia led by Rotarian Michael Jeffery. Our Rotary Foundation contributions are helping to eliminate disease and poverty in real time.       
Congratulations!  Your global grant application for funding to set up operations for FASD detection and treatment, as well as training on prevention, using expertise from a VTT and with PATCHES Pediatrics, over the course of two years by establishing office space, a vehicle and tele-health infrastructure in Leonora, Western Australia, submitted by the Rotary Club of Osborne Park and the Rotary Club of Anchorage International, has been approved by The Rotary Foundation. The award is in the amount of US$ 102,624. 
In front: Monica Charles (who took the picture)

Next row: Marilyn Pierce-Bulger, Tami Eller

Last Row: Dr. Pamela Hill, Rotarian Michael Jeffery

Rotarian Ric Schmidt volunteering at the Atwood Military Lounge out at Ted Stevens International Airport.  Come out and help keep the Lounge open for traveling service men and women!
Jason Baer becomes Paul Harris Fellow and receives his certificate and medallion from Foundation Co-Chair Al Biss and President Debra Mason.  Nice framework from Naomi Sweetman!  I believe Jason volunteered for a song sometime in the future... :)
Jim Cloud hails from Whitefish, Montana.  He moved to Anchorage in 1976 and began a 30 year career at National Bank of Alaska.  Since 2006 he has run a private capital investment company and a consulting firm.  In addition to being a Rotarian with The Anchorage Rotary Club, he has served as a board member in many local organizations.
Jim is a Trustee with Pacific Legal Foundation and will be sharing information about that Foundation.

Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF) is a conservative/libertarian public interest law firm in the United States.  PLF was established for the purpose of defending and promoting individual and economic freedom in the courts. To that end, PLF attorneys litigate, file amicus curiae briefs, and participate in administrative proceedings with the goal of supporting free enterprise, private property rights, limited & nonrestrictive environmental regulation, and the principle of limited government.

PLF is a non-profit organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.  It does not charge for legal services, but instead receives funds from foundations and corporations to provide representation in cases raising policy issues that go beyond the narrow interest of the parties before the court.

Starting in the early 1960s Jules had key roles in the developing criteria used to develop the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act of 1968 and then coordinated the inter-agency policies to implement the Act. 
Jules is a recovering bureaucrat who came to Alaska with his wife Peg in 1972.  He lead wild river studies for the Department of the Interior.  The Fortymile River was one of the rivers Jules conducted on-the-water studies for and was the lead author for the Proposed Fortymile Wild and Scenic River report later adopted in the Alaska National Interest Land Conservation Act.  From 1974-1988 Jules was the Deputy State Director, Renewable Resources for Bureau of Land Management in Alaska.  With 30 years of Federal employment  he graduated from Federal employment.  From 1993-1998, he worked for Alaska Department of Natural Resorces in the Commissioner's Office and as Director of Mining and Water Management.  With both BLM and ADNR, the Fortymile River was a regular series of land management issues.  His proposal to BLM was to review and document the basis of his 1972-1974 study of the Fortymile.  Then identify changes, if any, he would have made based on his experiences with BLM, ADNR and the 2018 observations.    Overall, Jules has had direct input into adding slightly more than 3,500 river-miles now in the National System of Wild Rivers.  These ranged from the Alagash in Maine and the Rio Grande in Texas and New Mexico to 26 different rivers here In Alaska!
The Last Frontier Honor Flight's mission is to transport Alaska war veterans to Washington, DC, to visit those memorials dedicated to honor their services and sacrifices.   These trips are provided by donations and are no cost to the veteran.  Each veteran has a guardian to travel with them on the trip of a lifetime.  The Last Frontier Honor Flight Hub was chartered in January 2013 and accomplished the first flight in October 2013.  As of October 2018, the Hub has completed 11 flights.
Karla Shaw has been involved with the Last Frontier Honor Flight since May 2014, when she went on her first trip as a guardian.  She has been on the Board since July 2014.   The Hub is currently accepting applications from WWII, Alaska Territorial Guard, Korean and Viet Nam veterans.   They also serve terminally ill veterans of any war.
The Alternative Club next meeting is at 7:00am on Wednesday, February 20th at Village Inn on LaTouche
We briefly discuss potential future projects. Discussion will also continue regarding the format for this meeting. We discussed the banners that are collected from other clubs, Naomi suggested taking pictures of them and posting them on the website in a slide show presentation for folks to watch, she showed other members the Scan-able App and how it works using Dave's 20 dollar bill.
We determined that the bulletin editor has enough to do and will not ask for a second bulletin, we agreed that the regular bulletin is a great place to post information so we will send stories each week to him for posting. Naomi agreed to send a summary of our meeting.
Come for breakfast and bring a guest!
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.  Our speaker from January 4th, Sarah Riffer pictured with President Debra and Treasurer Joe Zimmermann.  Thank you to Sarah, Joe and all of the members who helped with the food drive for Armed Services YMCA.
Remember to register for this year's District Conference by December 31st to receive your early bird discount!  You don’t want to miss out on an inspiring and motivational District Conference, packed full with great fellowship, amazing speakers, and tons of fun!
The Conference is the perfect venue to network, reconnect with friends, and find inspiration for continuing service and community leaders as we report on the district, including its successes and challenges. We will have local and international speakers giving information on topics relevant to our district members. Check out their bios here! SPEAKER BIOS
Friday, May 3rd, will be the highly attended and favorite Dinner in the Home event.  If you live in Anchorage, be sure to sign up to host dinner!  If you are coming from out of town, consider being hosted by a local Rotarian and enjoy this fellowship opportunity.
Saturday, May 4th, the Captain Cook’s chefs will dazzle our pallets during the Governor’s Banquet, where we will finish the night off dancing and singing with the Ken Peltier Band!
To register, click here! REGISTER
To check out the Conference page, become an amazing and appreciated sponsor of the event, as well as find information on hotel discounts ($150/night!), click here!  ROTARY DISTRICT 5010 CONFERENCE
Alaska Airlines has generously provided a discount for attendees traveling to the conference – use meeting fare code ECMC187.
We are looking forward to seeing you in Anchorage!
Teri Lindseth and Denise Kipke
District Conference Co-chairs
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. 

Don't miss your chance to Capture the Moment at this year's Rotary International Convention.  Join us June 1-5 in Hamburg, Germany, where you'll experience unforgettable moments alongside new friends.  Come early to enjoy the Rotary Peace Symposium, 31 May and 1 June.

Visit to learn more about this year's program and explore what Hamburg has to offer. Don't forget to share your favorite convention moments with us on social media using #Rotary19.

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