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!
Greg Wakefield mentioned the Holiday Giving drive that his company is helping out with, Ted Trueblood announced that bids are finally going out to improve the Stuckagainheights road from Tudor. Jonathan Tarant brought back and auctioned of a gift basket that included many items that contained vodka in some form from his recent trip.
Toni Holmes put on her new elf costume and finalized the list for bell ringing on Saturday and also brought Santa hats for everyone. She also mentioned North Star Schools need for clothing.
Boyd Morgenthaler thanked everyone who participated and or donated to the Pie Auction and helped make it a new record year.
Trygve Erickson is back from his travels with his wife, former club President Kim, and will continue to celebrate entering his seventh decade with his entire family on another trip over the Christmas Holidays.
Don't forget the Clare House Christmas dinner on December 16th.
Thank you to all the volunteers who worked hard to make the annual pie auction a meaningful fundraiser for KCC students. Boyd Morgenthaler led the charge before handing it off to auctioneers Leverette Hoover and Jay Tung. They certainly have a knack for getting the highest bids. Leverette was so hot we had to have KCC student fire fighters on hand just in case.
Cathie Straub, Jan Ingram, and 2015 scholarship recipient Kylie Glidden were auctioneer helpers. Kylie is majoring in welding technology at UAA and we were proud to receive her support for our program and KCC. And best of all, were the AIR members and guests who bid often and bid high! This year’s auction set a new all time record, bringing in over $17,000! Thank you!