Anchorage International Rotary Club
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April 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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Always a club favorite The University of Alaska Anchorage Seawolf Debate Program was founded in 1972 as the Anchorage Community College Speech and Debate Team.  Since its founding, the team has gained regional, national and international acclaim while representing the University of Alaska in competitive speaking tournaments.  

Over the last two years, the Seawolf Debate program broke three teams at the Worlds Debating Championships, saw three semifinalist and one finalist team at the US Universities Debating Championships, and climbed in the official World Debate Council’s ranking to the 9th most competitive program in the world based on its cumulative success at the last five World Universities Debating Championships. This ranking places the team in 2nd highest ranked team from the United States.


I am excited to announce that Past club President Naomi Sweetman is applying for membership in AIR.  Many club members have been keeping in touch with Naomi, and her Rotary friends have been encouraging her to come back to the fold.  Now that her work schedule is a bit more forgiving, she is taking the leap.  Stop by and say hi.
It is my pleasure to announce we have a prospective new member.  He is Jordan McCulley.  Jordan is originally from Billings, Montana.  He relocated to Anchorage last fall with his work.  He works for Soriano Consulting Group and is the Grants Managing & Fundraising Director.  Jordan was attracted to Rotary because his Grandfather was a Rotarian and always appreciated Rotary.  Jordan has visited our club for 3 meetings and has decided he would like to be a member.  Jordan enjoys all the Winter Activities and looks forward to an Alaskan summer.  In my chat with Jordan, I learned he has a passion for working with youth and he was happy to learn of our club's bell ringing with the Salvation Army.
Former inbound YE student Indra is on the Europe Tour with Alaskan Outbound YE student Rowan
A presentation was made to A.I.R. Club members who served in Vietnam.  A lapel pin, and certificate thanking the Veteran for their service.  It also described the symbology of the pin.   
Bob Huston was awarded his Vietnam Veteran Pin and certificate along with the club's Thanks for his service to our country.
Going to the farms - last Tuesday Linda and Estella from the Food Bank led us out to the farms where we distributed food, blankets and clothing to the migrant farm workers. The need is so great, yet one of the workers had it in her heart to give something back and gave us a dozen fresh organic eggs! Among those helping out were Steve and Mary Ellis, Scott W, Joe and Haydee Pierro, Stephanie Tobin, Jim Glynn, Toni Holmes, Lucille and her very handsome husband Gabe.
*******Update - Hotel Space Running out- the Harbor 360 is fully booked the Breeze Inn still has space conference rate is $89, be sure to mention Rotary Conference to get the special rate.******
Greetings District 5010 Rotarians,
If you have not registered for this year’s district conference in Seward, May 17-20, it’s not too late! CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.  You are not going to want to miss out.
If you have registered and have not booked your hotel or RV spot, it’s not too late, but it will be a busy weekend in Seward so better book sooner than later.  CLICK HERE FOR HOTELS WITH DISCOUNTS.  If you would like RV or tent reservations CLICK HERE
Here’s a preview of what’s on tap:
Thursday: District Assembly at the Alaska SeaLife Center starting at 10:00
Thursday evening-6 PM- BBQ hosted by Major Marine Tours for assembly attendees, PDGs, speakers, and special guests, music by Hobo Jim- hamburgers, hot dogs, cash bar.  Dress warm, this is outside on Resurrection Bay at the Branson Pavilion. If you are not one of the groups listed above, please contact me about attending this fun event so we have enough food, or just show up after dinner on your own to enjoy the music and cash bar.
Friday- Lunch on board Major Marine boats in the small boat harbor at 11:30 AM- shuttle buses to the school from Harbor 360 Hotel after lunch for plenary sessions and a magic show!  Please do not plan to drive to the school on Friday as parking is very limited.
Friday Evening- Governor’s Banquet on Fox Island- boats depart at 6:30, boarding at 6:00, casual dress is OK, or you can dress up- anything goes- you may even see our DG in an orange flight suit. Guest Speaker Michael Caruso- Music by Elite 9.  You need to register for this event at additional cost of $75, and you may bring a guest.  CLICK HERE TO MODIFY YOUR EXISTING RESERVATION AND ADD THE BANQUET OR A GUEST BANQUET TICKET.  If you have any trouble adding on of these items please contact Peggy Pollen at 
Saturday AM- Breakfast at 7:30 AM aboard Major Marine boats, Past President, President Elect, and Presidents breakfasts at the Breeze Inn, must be paid for and reserved in advance. Plenary sessions at Seward High School after breakfast- you can drive your own car if you’d like, or shuttles will be available from Harbor 360 Hotel.
Saturday evening- A Taste of Seward at the Alaska SeaLife Center, followed by dancing til midnight to DJ Lefty.  This is free with your conference registration and you can add a guest for $50. CLICK HERE TO PAY FOR A GUEST.
If you would like to order a conference logo vest, please have your order in by April 15thCLICK HERE TO ORDER YOUR VEST.  Please be advised they run a size small. 
Please contact me if you have any further questions, we look forward to seeing you in Seward!
District Conference Co-chair
Lori Draper 
If you are thinking of attending the RI Convention in Toronto this year but haven't quite pulled the trigger on it, now is the time.  The final Pre Registration deadline is March 31 to receive discounted registration.  Before 3/31 if you sign up online, the conference fee is $410.00.  I urge you to consider this, it is an absolutely terrific time.
If you have already signed up we are only 3 months out and it would be a good time to go to My Rotary and look over all the fun you can have.  Ticketed Events that are available are- 
Saturday Evening - Toronto Historic Distillery Area- Party with Food/Music/ Entertainment or Jazz Night at the Toronto Aquarium.
Monday Evening- We are Planning a District 5010 Gathering for your District Chums.
Tuesday Evening - ROTARYFEST - Evening @ Canadian National Exhibition Centre with Food / Drinks and Entertainment.
Also Check out on My Rotary the List of Keynote Speakers, the Breakout Sessions available and all the fun at the House of Friendship.  You'll be in the Beautiful City of Toronto where there will be 'Inspiration Around Every Corner'.
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