Many happenings and happy $
Al Biss stepped in as SSgt at Arms for today’s meeting and made the rounds. PP Kevin Fimon was happy to have his wife Karen as his guest and to once again have survived tax season.President Bruce mentioned how quiet todays group was, so they must be very serious about something. Which lead Toni Holmes to respond that she was very happy to be “seriously” retired.
Tim Trueblood called attention to next week’s Parent University at North Star Elementary School and invited anyone who would like to join and help out. This is the 10th year of providing computers through this event and the 400th machine will be given away next week. Tim also gave a shout out to the Dell Computer company for providing 24 beautiful refurbished monitors to his project because it was more cost effective for Dell to donate them to the project than to send them back to the factory.
President Elect-Elect Debra Mason will miss the 5010 Rotary District Conference in Sitka next week because she is heading for a competition with her singing quartet. We wish her all the best.
Tim Ellis reminded us of the Adopt-A-Road cleanup on Saturday April 29th on Wisconsin Street. Everyone will meetup at the Seppela Park. Signup is on-line and more information is in our weekly news letter.
We were very happy to see Penny May back in Alaska and attending our meeting. She is happy to be back and adjusting to life without Chuck. She just knows that there is something very special in her future; she just doesn’t quite know what it is yet.
Angie Rush announced that the Clair House dinner will be provided by our club Friday afternoon and gave an appreciative thank you out to Kevin Fimon for helping her out with her taxes while her husband is away.
Michael Duxbury is back from traveling for both business and pleasure which included some Maple syrup in the northeast corner of the US.
All of Karl Schroeder's “Girls” (his bees) will be arriving on Saturday and he was very happy at the prospect.
Boyd Morgenthaler was happy to announce that 10 - $1500 scholarships were presented to deserving candidates from the King Courier Center this past week from the Anchorage International Rotary Club Memorial Scholarship committee. Plus the Anchorage School District has awarded our club with the Scholarship Provider Award.
Bob Huston announced that he had registration/sponsorship forms for this year’s 16th Annual Land of the Midnight Putters Golf Tournament, which will take place on Friday June 23rd, 2017.
Thank you to Ted Trueblood for introducing the 2017 Report Card for Alaska's Infrastructure. The Alaska Section for the American Society of Civil Engineers completed this important project to ensure Alaska's leaders have the best information about the conditions of Alaska's infrastructure. Alaska received an overall grade of C-.
The three presenters for the Alaska Infrastructure report included Dan Nichols, in addition to Greg Kinney and Tor Anderzen. We learned that the National Grade for the USA overall is a D+ in a report recently released for 2017, updated every 4 years. The biggest highlight of the Alaska report came from Dan in pointing out the big difference in water and wastewater systems for urban versus rural Alaska. Tor enlightened us on high hazard potential of dams and the need for emergency action plans for those dams that could have catastrophic consequences if they fail.
Thank you to Greg, Tor, and Dan for presenting on Alaska's Infrastructure report card. We heard about our bridges, dams, airports, aviation, marine highways, and water/wastewater. We didn't get all the way through the 9 categories of the report due to time, but they encouraged us to visit http://www.infrastructurereportcard.org/state-item/alaska/ for more information.
Thank you to Dr Betsy Baker for her excellent slide show and presentation on studying Alaska's amazing ocean spaces.
Only 4 months on the job as ED of the North Pacific Research Board, she took us on a condensed journey of marine science and how it impacts our lives. Previously, Betsy taught ocean law at universities, so she is very excited to be involved with the actual biological marine science.
Dr. Baker was the attorney on board the Coast Guard Cutter Healy as it mapped the Arctic Ocean floor. Only 8% of the Arctic Ocean floor is mapped, which impacts the treaty over the USA continental rights for exploring resources. If you missed the meeting, you missed an awesome slide show!
April AI Rotarian of the Month
WhoAmI - Phil Livingston
Bob Huston was traveling and detoured through Hawaii recently. Not quite sure how Hawaii is a "detour", but AI Rotary is more than happy to bid high on the awesome bag of goodies he brought back.
Cathie Straub was the very happy winner of the auction, taking home Lavaman Red beer, which Bob bought to celebrate Janine Huston's participation in the Lavaman race. Lots of other Hawaiian goodies in the bag! Thank you Bob for helping the club raise money.
President Bruce counts every meeting when he opens the Friday meeting of AI Rotary. As he counts down his year, check out the many expressions of President Bruce.
Happy Birthday Janine Becka!
Happy Birthday to Janine Becka! Our favorite Administrative Executive ever (okay- our only Admin Exec ever). We about ruined her birthday by singing to her last Friday - good thing we aren't known as the singing club. But the gesture was from the heart as we truly wish her the happiest of birthdays.
Meet our 2017-18 Outbound Exchange Student!
Ellen Wallace and her mom joined us as guest of our YEO, Chera Boom at last week's meeting. President Bruce "interviewed" Ellen and presented her with an AIR Backpack along with a coin listing the Rotary 4-way test.
Ellen is a freshman at Chugiak High School. She will be headed to Belgium in August and will be a wonderful Ambassador for our country and our club next year.
Leverette (Hoov) Hoover was last Friday’s candidate for the WhoAmI presentation and very enthusiastically shared his lives story with us.
Leverette was born and grew up in Michigan where his dad worked for GM for 20 years and later for a meatpacking company for just as long, and his mom worked for GE for 45 years. His parents just celebrated 65 years together.
He met his wife Jackie just down the street from where he grew up and they have been together for 25 years and have two sons and a daughter.
Leverette attended Western Michigan University and was planning to get a degree in Aviation, but it turned out that he excelled in “beer” and sales thereof. He decided to join the Air Force and after applying to missile defense wound up in Air Traffic Control and Radar Maintenance in Biloxi, Mississippi at Keesler AFB.
While in the Air Force he was awarded a coveted remote assignment to Shemya Air Force base on the Aleutian chain in Alaska. While working there he brought his family to Anchorage and also worked for Reeve Aleutian Airlines.
Leverette is still in the Guard and Reserve, is the honorary commander of the 176th Guard Wing and today is the Alaska general manager for Siemens. Siemens would like him to take on more responsibility and move south, but he has told them that he will not move while his youngest is still in school, so he should be able to continue to attend our meetings for another five years, between business trips that is.
Nina Mann showed off a stack of thank you letters from Muldoon Elementary 3rd graders for the dictionaries they received.
Jeff Promish announced that he will be changing companies.
Angie Rush thanked everyone for all the bottles of wine that were brought in for the foundation auction, and put a dollar into the hat for each bottle - $39! The offer stands again for next week, so bring in those bottles!
Bob Huston announced that he will be a grandpa in August and proudly showed of a sonogram that showed all fingers and toes were present.
Celeste Cohen showed off the “pay it forward basket” for the foundation auction that includes all kinds of goodies, including 102 pairs of socks. Make sure to get your paperwork for your donation in to her.
Andy Varner is back from trip to California; apparently traveling with four kids is exhausting.
Past President Greg O’Keefe announced that both he and his wife will be retiring in September and will move down to Oregon to their beach house. We will definitely miss him!
President Bruce was MIA for yet another meeting, hope he isn't getting sunburned in Hawaii while we trek long distances through deep snow to make it to our meeting.
Thank you to Past President Bill Pearson for filling in just like old times. Turns out that Nelson Defendorf joined Rotary 38 years ago, the same year Bill was born!
Happy Bucks $
AI Rotary club is a very happy club and we never have a shortage of happy bucks.
John Spalding announced the "anniversary" of his heart attack 37 years ago.
Mike Stinebaugh had brag bucks for his lovely bride, Charlotte Fox, who is receiving two recognitions: Meritorious Service Award from UAA and Lifetime Achievement Award from Governor Walker.
Frequent visitor from Hillside Rotary, Jules Tileston, announced the Moose Madness fundraiser.
"Party Bob" Huston turns 65 on the weekend and had a whole table of guests, including friends from Amsterdam, in town to celebrate. Happy Birthday Bob (so glad we didn't have to sing)!
We are back in! Thanks to Chera Boom stepping up as our Youth Exchange officer, AIR is sponsoring Ellen Wallace from Eagle River as our 2017-2018 Outbound Exchange student!
Chera and Ellen will attend the YE Winter Orientation this weekend at the Lakefront Hotel, and that's when Ellen will learn where she is going! Stay tuned for more details!
We are looking for potential host families! Please contact Chera if you are interested or have a recommendation. The commitment is 3-4 months during the 2017-2018 school year.
Help make that small change in the world by hosting a student from another country!