February 2023
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Anchorage International

Peace Through Service

We meet In Person & Online
Fridays at 12:00 PM
Coast International Inn and Zoom
3450 Aviation Avenue
P.O. Box 100516
Anchorage, AK 99510-0516
United States of America
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January 21, 2023 we had a wonderful visit with the AK Air National Guard on JBER.  Brigadier General Tony Stratton spent 2.5 hours highlighting how his Alaskan Guardsmen are serving/protecting us 24/7/365 and gave us a personal tour of the tools they use. 
Flying vital supplies to Western AK in the wake of Typhoon Merbok, searching for lost snow machiners, identifying Russian bombers in AK airspace, and rescuing hikers from Flattop are just a few things our fellow Alaska citizens are doing while living, working, and playing amongst us.

Gen Stratton also wanted to emphasize that these folks are outstanding employees in their civilian status. They have demonstrated tenacity and reliability while wearing the uniform and can provide the same work ethic to your business and our community.
Tony would very much like to share his folks’ stories with your club.  If you’re looking for a captivating presentation and/or club activity/field trip, please contact Lt Col Hannah Sims, his executive officer to arrange a visit.
More pictures are available on this link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/176wg/albums/72177720305478933
We were honored to welcome our guest, Senator Dan Sullivan as the first speaker for the year 2023! Follow this link to learn more about the work he is doing  in behalf of our community and the great State of Alaska. Check out Sen. Sullivan's social media page by clicking the Facebook logo below...
‘Twas a great day of service ringing bells 🔔 for The Salvation Army on Saturday, December 10, 2022 @ Fred Meyer’s in Abbott. Thanks to all who helped pull off this long standing club tradition. Patrick May's Santa Claus 🎅, Linda Zimmerman's live music 🎶 , Mark's mad bomber fur hat, Greg's shaming Art into buying a wireless speaker on the spot, the Brady's dog 🐶 , Jason's incredible lighted ugly holiday sweater and mis-matched but also heinous pants Christmas 🎄, the Shari/Jason/Angie dancing/singing trio...WOW, we had it all.  If you haven't already, take a peek at the Facebook pics Angie took throughout the day.  Hope you all had as much fun as MaryLee and I visiting with club members and neighbors
AIRC Rotarians gathered together to assemble thanksgiving bouquets 💐 to raise funds and create more opportunities to give back to our community.
Thank you to all who bought bouquets, donated directly, assembled/packaged, and delivered bundles and bundles of Fall happiness!
AIRC Rotarians gathered at King Tech High School on November 18 for the long awaited Memorial Scholarship Fund Pie Auction after a two-year long hiatus. Proceeds benefit students from King Tech High School.  Thank You to our program committee president Boyd Morgenthaler for making this happen. Also a big thank you to our dashing auctioneers, Trygve Erickson and Rick Goodfellow! King Tech High School provided a fantastic lunch, including all the incredible desserts and items auctioned for the Memorial Scholarship Fund. Thank you Rotarians for your generous and most spirited bidding!
Thank you AIRC Rotarians for volunteering your valuable time in helping man the precinct during the November 09, 2022 election. According to Past President Bruce, who spearheaded this project alongside his wonderful wife, President Elect Becky, “I think it is amazing to meet 650 voters and show them what a cool Rotary Club is...On a more even more impressive note, Close Out went VERY WELL with everything adding up and packed away nicely…We were in fact the First Precinct back to headquarters on Gambell Street.  We won a verbal 'Atta Boy'.” Way to set the standards Rotarians!!!
Trunk or Treat fun at AK Child & Family. A group of amazing Rotarians helped gave a great group of kids, a very special Halloween.
We finished another fun community service event on Saturday.  Thanks to Mark Cosby for getting us moving before the white stuff covered everything for the season.  We got to see his progress on the family bus and he fortified us with hot coffee and treats from the Flying Dutchman.  Thanks Mark!  We were able to show observers that Anchorage Intl Rotary Club was out beautifying the neighborhood thanks to the generous donation of high vis vests vests from Stellar Designs.  And the rain and wind held off (for a change).  We found a new sign for Mark's camper décor and while the color matched, the Zig Zag Rolling Cones promoted may not be appropriate for the Partridge Family Bus. A great morning of community service!  Next Adopt a Road cleanup will be the BIG one in May where the interesting stuff gets discovered.  Thank you to the Rotary People of Action  who showed up and made it happen!
Thank you Anchorage International Rotary Club for generously supporting North Star Elementary students with our snack drive.
Picture and content: Angie Rush
At least eight AIRC Rotarians joined in the festivities at the UAA College of Business and Public Policy Showcase on Thursday night.  A "showcase" in every sense of the word.  The visual dazzle of the stock ticker, the lightning fast orientation sessions of the departments, the wine, the food, the networking, just WOW.  Business and community leaders from around Alaska were there.  Governer Walker and our NAC speaker Past President Gideon Garcia listened attentively to the presentations.  Dean Terry Nelson and her team did an outstanding job of community outreach.  Our Anchorage International Rotary Club logo was featured in the sponsorship flyers, posters, and on the ticker.  We are proud to be a part of the education and development of future Alaskan business leaders.
We adopted a precinct to help with the general and primary elections. It was a great day for people of action: Thank You AIRC! And big thank you Becky and Bruce for being truly amazing precinct hosts.
It was a rainy weekend; but this did not stop our AIR Rotarians from enduring the heaviest rain to clean Wisconsin Road and Balto Seppala Park! 
Big thank you to Mark, Rick (with a K), and Kevin who outfitted us with supplies, and Neil from Straightline who 
provided both the street sweeper and a pair of hands.
We got to see Mark's impressive camper bus project which kept the coffee, doughnuts, and their consumers dry.  Neat bus Mark!
Photos courtesy of Angie, who diligently documents all of our activites.
Lt Col Jay Tung retired as the Chief of Training, 611th Air Operations Squadron, Crisis Action Team Director, and Chief of Strategy, Alaska NORAD Region, Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska.  In these positions, he oversaw mission qualification and continuation training for the Alaska Air Operations Center and directed crisis action planning and strategy development for the North American air sovereignty mission in the Alaskan area of operations. He graduated with academic distinction and honors from the United States Air Force Academy in 1987. He is a command pilot with over 3,700 flying hours in the KC-135A/Q/R, T-38A, and C-5A/B. 
Lt Col Tung has extensive operational experience from numerous activities to include DESERT SHIELD/STORM, DESERT STRIKE, ALLIED FORCE, UNIFIED ASSISTANCE, and NORTHERN DENIAL.  He has served at squadron through numbered air force levels as instructor pilot in both the KC-135 and C-5, flight examiner, flight commander, operations planner, and Chief of Safety.
Lt Col Tung is married to the former MaryLee Hyndman of Cheyenne WY.  They have two sons, EJ and Joe.
Aug 87 - Aug 88: Student, Undergraduate Pilot Training, Reese AFB TX
Sep 88 – Dec 88: KC-135 Combat Crew Training, Castle AFB CA
Jan 89 – Oct 90: Pilot, KC-135A, 906th Air Refueling Squadron (Heavy) Minot AFB ND
Nov 90 – Mar 91: Pilot, KC-135A/Q, 1703rd and 1709th Air Refueling Squadrons (Provisional), Riyadh and Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Apr 91 – Dec 93: Pilot, Aircraft Commander, Instructor Pilot, KC-135A/R, Flight Commander, 906th Air Refueling Squadron, Minot AFB ND
Dec 93 – Sep 96: Instructor Pilot, KC-135R, Assistant Chief of Training, Chief of Standardization/Evaluation, 909th Air Refueling Squadron, Kadena AB Japan
Sep 96 – Mar 97: Chief of Wing Tanker Plans, 18th Operations Support Squadron, Kadena AB Japan
Mar 97 – Jun 97: C-5 Aircraft Commander Initial Qualification and Air Refueling Qualification, Altus AFB OK
Jul 97 – Aug 98: Aircraft Commander, C-5A/B, 9th Airlift Squadron, Dover AFB DE
Sep 98 – Jun 00: Instructor Pilot, Deputy Chief of Safety, 436th Airlift Wing, Dover AFB DE
Jul 00 – Jun 01: Student, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB AL
Jul 01 – Aug 04: Chief of Safety, 11th Air Force, Elmendorf AFB AK
Sep 04 – Sep 07: Chief of Training, 611th Air Operations Squadron, Elmendorf AFB AK
1987 Bachelor of Science in Management (Academic Distinction and Honors), United States Air Force Academy
1992 Joint Employment Tactics School (Outstanding Performer)
1993 Squadron Officer School (Distinguished Graduate), Air University
1998 Master of Arts in Military Science (Air Warfare), American Military University
1998 Flight Safety Officer Course, Southern California Safety Institute
2001 Master of Arts in Military Operational Art (Top Performer), Air Command and Staff College, Air University
2001 Chief of Safety Course, USAF Safety Center
2004 Air War College, correspondence
Flight Information
Rating: Command Pilot
Flight Hours: over 3,700
Aircraft Flown: KC-135A/Q/R, T-38A, C-5A/
Throughout this year, Past President Rick Schmidt spearheaded a book drive for AK Child and Family, partnering up with the organization's Director of Development, our very own PP Angela Rush. AIR Rotarians collected over 1,000 books and games for children and youths of the AK Child and Family, and have more than enough to initiate the creation of a Bird House Library at Clare House. 
Big thank you to Title Wave Books, Past District Governor Diane Fejes, and other Rotary Clubs in the area who helped make this project a big success!!
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Calling all gardeners.......come play in the dirt with us!
Last fall and earlier this spring, a group of AIRC members and employees at Wilson Albers Company, came together to clean up the Clare House garden/play area and spread mulch around the landscaping.  Thanks to all our marvelous volunteers!
Clare House has requested that volunteers come in once a week during the summer and help them maintain that same area.  AIRC and Wilson Albers are teaming up again this summer to do just that. 
An online sign up form has been created for those interested in volunteering this summer.  You will need to create a free account in order to view the sign up.  If you sign up, an automatic confirmation will be emailed with an attached document that will outline the procedures and tasks to be completed at Clare House.  
The volunteer times are on afternoons, mid-week (Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday), with rotating days to help accommodate those who may not be able to make it on a certain day of the week.   The Wilson Albers employees have filled many of the weeks.  We need some Rotarians to jump in and help on some of the weeks that are still open.
Given Clare House's vulnerable resident population, each volunteer is asked to complete a background check.  That process begins by visiting https://www.cssalaska.org/get-involved/volunteer/current-opportunities/volunteer-application/.  It's super easy.  The background checks are taking longer than normal and as of right now.  Therefore, Clare House is closing the garden to residents when our volunteers are present.
Any questions about sign up or volunteering can be directed to Shari Showalter at 907-240-2557.
June 14th, under a warm summer sun,  volunteers from Anchorage International Rotary Club and volunteers from the Wilson Albers company gathered to weed the Clare House Gardens grounds.
Marvelous volunteers helping a very grateful Clare House staff!! Those who are interested in volunteering, please click the link here.
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Saturday, July 9th, several AIRC Rotarians volunteered to decorate and prepare for the annual Alaska Flag Day celebration on the AK Child & Family campus in Anchorage.  Blue & gold table cloths were spread, balloons were filled with helium, coolers of beverages and ice cream were prepped for the crowd of children, staff and families to enjoy.  Rotarians also washed their hands & donned masks and gloves, to serve a catered dinner by Mo's Deli to the masses. The afternoon was a fantastic success under the tutelage of the amazing, sensational Ms. Angie Rush.  Way to go, team!
The Alaska Flag Day celebration is held annually on July 9th.  Save the date for 2023!
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June 23rd, 2022 marked the conclusion of President Ric Schmidt's term, and the passing of baton to our new President Jay Tung. As we transition back to in-person meetings President Jay is hoping to bring the energy and fun back to our Friday noon experience.  Not to suggest that now past Presidents Art and Ric weren’t doing everything possible to keep our club relevant.  We can all agree it has been a unique and challenging time.  The enthusiastic turn out for the changing-of-the-guard at the Wakefield’s (big thank you to the Wakefield's hospitality for opening their home!) was a sign of how anxious we are to return to something closer to normal.

It is going to be a great Rotary year!
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Rotarians assembled for a wonderful service project benefitting Clare House and foster children in our community. Thank you Mark & Kevin for coordinating the grant projects with Ted’s always helpful guidance. Each child will leave their current placement with a Rotary bag filled with educational and fun items. Thank you Tim and Stellar Designs for providing the bags and all the goodies. Thank you club members for an awesome day of service.
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Fellow Anchorage International Rotarians,
Wow, we did it!  Thank you, thank you, thank you to all who bought bouquets, donated directly, assembled/packaged, and delivered 224 bundles of Fall happiness.  Thanks to Past President Angie for taking the great pics and to Janine and Becky (coconspirators) for initiating this great project.
Good news: looks like we’ll net around $7K and fund about half of our charities budget.  However, we still need to cover the remainder and replenish our reserves.
So more good news, you’ll have yet another opportunity for club/community service in the near future.
We’re always soliciting fundraising ideas and more helping hands (to make light work).  Please share your rainmaking thoughts with President Ric, P.E. Jay, or President Elect-Elect Becky.
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Lisa Sauder is the CEO for Beans Cafe, Inc. a grass roots, non-profit organization based in Anchorage, Alaska.  The organization focuses on serving the most vulnerable in her community, providing shelter and meals to the homeless and working poor and operating a child nutrition program.  Sauder has over 25 years of marketing, management and non-profit experience and directs all aspects of the organization’s two programs, The Children’s Lunchbox and Bean’s Cafe.  She is a graduate of Pepperdine University with a bachelor’s degree in political science and minor in communication.  In 2015 she was named Non-Profit Pro magazine’s executive director of the year. She is an active community volunteer and anti-hunger advocate. Her most interesting honor was serving as Lady Trapper for the 2019 Fur Rendezvous Festival in Anchorage.
Dr. Denise Runge joins us on July 16, to discuss UAA, what is happening with the university today, and what the future holds. 
Dr. Denise Runge is Provost and Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs at the University of Alaska Anchorage.  She previously served as UAA’s Dean of the Community & Technical College.  With over 25 years of experience in higher education as a faculty member, Dean, and senior administrator in four states, Denise brings a particular focus on collaboration, improving student access and success, and aligning educational programs to local needs. Dr. Runge holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy & Administration from the University of Alabama, and has written and lectured internationally on state, commercial, and Native gambling policies and their impacts. She and her husband Bill live in Eagle River; her two sons live in Tucson, AZ and in Philadelphia, PA.
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Woody Angst
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