Anchorage International Rotary Club
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Chief Warrant Officer 5 Mel Rush
 
State Standardization Instructor Pilot, Alaska Army National Guard
 
30 years of service, 3 deployments to Operation Iraqi Freedom and 1 deployment to Operation Enduring Freedom (Africa).
 
Chief Warrant Officer Terry Symonds
 
Pilot, Alaska Army National Guard
 
5 total deployments with the Air Guard and Army Guard dating back to Desert Storm.
 
24 years with Anchorage Police Department.  18 years of military service.
 
 

 

Saturday, Sept. 23 will be our clean up day - meet at Balto Sepela Park at 10:00 and a pot luck will follow.

 

Rotary is encouraging donations to Shelterbox if you are wanting to help out all the people affected by the recent hurricanes and earthquakes.

 

Oct 2 will be the visioning meeting,  a great chance for club members to decide the direction of our club and the work we do in the community and internationally,  the more members involved the better.

Oct 5 is the South Wine Tasting at Aladdin's  to benefit the Downtown Soup Kitchen Hope Center, the tilt skillet we now know what it does, and how it works thanks to Mike.

President Ben is collecting good looking business clothes for donation to Clare House, both men’s and women’s clothes are needed as residents go out on job interviews.

 

Membership month is in full swing, invite a friend to lunch.

 

Betty Cronin is looking for members to participate in the Dictionary Project.  I can tell you it is a lot of fun.

 

Jonathan is collecting school supplies for North Star Elementary.  There are 18 classrooms that will need supplies, there is a printed supply list if you are interested.  Jonathan offered a big thank you to Neil for the street sweeper for the Saturday clean up.

 

Rich Wilson had a Plug for a fun community event to raise funds for the Hurricane areas.  A musical Concert on Wednesday Sept 27 6:15 to 8:15 at Trinity Church (12310 Lorraine St. at Huffman)

 

Ted introduced his guest Carolyn Ferguson with major giving of the Rotary Foundation

 

Debra Britt was happy to announce there was no damage to the Florida condo and sad to say “See ya in the Spring”

 

Michael had not only a make up at South but was the program with the drug K9 and officer.

 

Jess was happy there were chocolate chip cookies

 

Bruce gave a $50 check to Debra Mason, who’s Football Mania Ticket held the 3 worst team scores.  Way to have a first week Winner

 

Debra Mason invited the club on Sept 30 to the PAC for the chorus scholarship program,  this is always fun, and you will get to see Kids complete, a mens quartet perform, and the Alaska Sound Celebration perform, before they are off to the big competition.

 

Cathie Sträub was happy to celebrate her 29th anniversary.

 

Dodie was attending her last meeting for about 5 weeks she will be vacationing in Europe.

 

Clean Water - Rotary can Provide it

 

Karl is working on a global grant,  The BOD has committed $1000. to get the process started.  The Main objective is to provide potable water to an impoverished area of Kenya. The beneficiaries are: Megwarra is a small town in Narok County Kenya. The Siana Boarding Primary School, with an enrollment of 1300 students and 35 faculty, the Seventh Day Adventist Girls’ Rescue Center with approximately 100 girls in residence, the Siana Girls’ High School, with 36 students and 5 faculty, the surrounding Maasai community within a three-kilometer radius has 178 households with a population of 740 people, and the Megwarra Dispensary, a level one government clinic for the community, located on the grounds of the Siana Primary School.  More information will follow.

 
Sept 23 -- Fall Clean up for the park and street, with a fun pot luck to follow:  volunteers to meet at 10:00 at Balto Shepela Park on Wisconsin St.
Sept. 27 - Pres Ben is collecting business clothes for Clare House.
Sept 27 - 6:15 - Musical Fund Raiser for Hurricane - Trinity Church 12310 Lorraine & Huffman.
Oct 1 - Nominations for our Club leadership - if you have ideas on future President, Secretary, or Treasurer, Please contact President Ben, Past President Bruce or President Elect Debra.
Oct. 2 Visioning Session - Club members meet to help outline the future direction and projects of our club.
Oct 5  South Club Wine Tasting at Aladdin's - Fund Raiser for Downtown Soup Kitchen tilt skillet
 
 
 

More than 775 million people over the age of 15 are illiterate. That’s 17 % of the world’s adult population! 

September is Basic Education and Literacy Month!   To help support basic education and literacy, Rotary members make amazing things happen, like:

  • Opening schools: In Afghanistan, Rotary members opened a girls’ school to break the cycle of poverty and social imbalance.
  • Teaching adults to read: Rotary members in the United States partnered with ProLiteracy Detroit to recruit and train tutors after a study showed that more than half of the local adult population was functionally illiterate.
  • New teaching methods: The SOUNS program in South Africa, Puerto Rico and the United States teaches educators how to improve literacy by teaching children to recognize letters by sounds instead of names.
  • Making schools healthy: Rotarians are providing clean, fresh water to every public school in Lebanon so students can be healthier and get a better education.

“When you teach somebody how to read, they have that for a lifetime. It ripples through the community, one by one.”                                                          Mark Wilson Rotary Club member 

 

 
 
Stock up on purchasing school supply items for North Star Elementary.   Now is the time when everything is on sale.  We will store the supplies until after the Christmas break and provide them to the school.    There is a desperate need for supplies after the holidays, and our wonderful teachers end up purchasing supplies for their students out of their own pocket.  Please help up provide North Star's students will the tools for success.   If you don't want to carry all the items, you could purchase a gift card to any of the office supply stores or Walmart for the school to use.    Jonathan has provided a list of items needed and e-mailed a copy to club members.  The list will also be available as a download document from our website.

 
 
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Akila is from Jakarta, Indonesia.  She is 17 years old, and she would be a Senior at her school.  She loves to draw, watch movies, travel, and write.  When she wrote her YE letter, she was working on her first comic.  Her school days include her subject studies, breaks,  visiting with friends, and  a prayer time with her friends, as she is Muslim.  She is a member of the student council and she works in the technology and information area for school.  She loves to design posters and banners for school. 

Akila writes poetry won first place in a poetry competition, and hopes to rise to higher levels of competition.  She’s traveled quite a bit, including the Czech Republic, Denmark, the Netherlands, Japan and South Korea. 

She likes to think of herself as a strong, solid friend who will help in any way she can, but she also recognizes that she needs “me” time.  She wants to explore art as a career, but she’s concerned on making a living doing that.  She’s very excited to learn about our culture and to share hers with us. 

Akila’s first host family is Nate and Leah Boltz, and their daughter Anna.  Leah is a member of the Downtown Rotary club.  The Boltz’s hosted Kaja last year, and we are very lucky to have them as the welcome family for Akila.  She will be attending South High School with another exchange student from France, Lucie. 

 

 

 
 
Thank you, Ted and Gloria Trueblood, for hosting a wonderful Fireside Barbeque, at your home above Anchorage on Wednesday.  We welcomed Rotary International VP Dean Rohrs and her family from South Africa. Both Ted and Tim Trueblood manned the grills to serve wonderful fresh caught salmon, burgers and hotdogs. Everyone brought marvelous food dishes that were enjoyed by all.
 

 
 
Thank You to all the club members, family, and friends that helped with the Adopt A Road Clean up - Lots of great photos on our facebook page.  Just to let you all know this event was not only lots of fun on a beautiful sunny summer day.  It also brought our club one step closer to the presidential citation.  On of the Goals President Ben outlines is : Carry out at least one project focused on the environment.  If you have any ideas on other projects that would benefit the environment please let President Ben know.
 
Please join us for this Fridays meeting as we welcome our 2017-18 5010 District Governor Harry Kieling for a presentation to our club. Harry will share his thoughts on Rotary and give us a bit of a preview of the coming Rotary year.
 
 
Harry Kieling is the Owner and Sole Proprietor of Far North Flyers, LLC, an Anchorage, Alaska based flight instruction and education company. Harry has spent a career in aviation, flying over 50 years and having flown 70 types of aircraft, including F-100s in Vietnam.
 
He has also been combat ready in the F-111, A-7D, OV-10, and O-2 aircraft. He spent 10 years flying the A-10, including two years in Alaska. During His last Air Force assignment he flew C-12s throughout remote Alaska. He has been an A-10 fighter squadron commander and an Air Force wing commander.
 
After leaving the Air Force, Harry instructed in the aviation program at the University of Alaska Anchorage and flew Part 135 Air Taxi. He holds ATP, MEI, CFI, CFII certifications. He flies his own Cessna 185 on amphibious floats, wheels/skis and floats. He is a past commander of the Elmendorf Civil Air Patrol squadron.
 
Harry previously served as Anchorage City Manager, FEMA Regional Response and Recovery Division Director, and as the Alaska Regional Director of the Office of Aviation Services for the Department of the Interior.
 
Harry served as the initial and primary point of contact for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) in DOI from 2006-2012 and developed policy and procedures for UAS operations and integration in DOI. He graduated from the US Army Raven A Unmanned Aircraft Basic Operator Course in November of 2009.
 
Harry is an active member of the Anchorage Downtown Rotary Club having served as Club President and now District Governor. He is a founding member of the Alaska Civil Military Aviation Council (ACMAC). He serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Alaskan Aviation Safety Foundation and hosts a weekly television show on aviation safety (“Hangar Flying”), which is broadcast throughout Alaska.
 
 

 
 

On Sunday, July 9th 2017, our club sponsored the 25th annual Alaska Flag Day celebration. Alaska Child and Family hosts this annual event celebrating Alaska's state flag, which was designed by Benny Benson, an Alaska Child and Family alumnus, in 1927.

 

Several AIR families attended the event, which was held at The Jesse Lee Campus.

 

 

Stay tuned for more opportunities to sponsor, support, and attend events for important community services through AIR!

 

 


 
 
Another Changing of the Guard has been successfully completed. Thank you to all that joined us at the Greenhouse at the Alaska Zoo on Wednesday evening, June 28, 2017, to celebrate Bruce Erickson’s successful year and the ushering in of Ben Schulman’s year as President of our club.
 
 
Many smiles - good food -  great company. Outgoing President Bruce presented tokens of appreciation to his board and handed the reins over to incoming President Ben with a new gavel to replace the one that was lost a couple of months ago.
 
Ben in return presented Bruce with all the recognition for a presidential year well done. Both the board members and incoming President Ben were serenated by “Elvis” in appreciation for their efforts, thanks to Bruce’s wise purchase during the Foundation Auction back in February.
 
The honor of Rotarian of the club, selected by all the past presidents, went to Bob Huston this year. Thank you Bob for everything you are always doing for Rotary and for our club!
 

 
 
 
The 16th Annual Midnight Putters Golf tournament, put on  by the Anchorage International Rotary club as a fundraiser for the President Elect, lived up to its name and went on past midnight.
 
 
Birthday boy and outgoing club President Bruce Erickson was an honored guest and a cake was enjoyed at the 3rd hole. Everyone had a great time and enjoyed a beautiful sunset.
 

 
 
 

Sandra Wicks from Anchorage East Rotary Club was our speaker on June 23rd. She presented on the distribution of water filters in rural Mexico, outside of Puerto Vallarta, using district grant funds.

 

 

The water filter is basically a gravity filter attached to a bucket. The Sawyer .1 filter, takes out sediment and 99.9% of organisms, but does not filter out heavy metals. The filters cost around $50 each, but purchased in bulk brings the price down. A new filter cleans about 12 to 19 gallons per hour. The photo tour made us feel like we were there. Thank you Sandra.

 


 

 

WhoAmI - Steve Strait

 

 

The Who Am I presentation for the AI Rotary meeting was long-time member and past president Steve Strait. We learned that Steve moved to Alaska in 1956 with his family. They built their first house on the wrong lot off Abbott Loop, which was way out in the woods back then.

 

 

Steve attended the University of Idaho for a degree in broadcasting. He even admitted to being Trygve's roommate briefly. Steve set out on a short holiday to Australia then New Zealand and ended up meeting his wife and staying for many years. They moved to Kotzebue to set up rural radio stations. He has two kids born in Alaska who now live in New Zealand, whom he visits in February each year. Steve currently works in rural Alaska media, operating two radio stations.

 


 

 

One more Paul Harris award

 

 

In Jan Ingram's last official duty as Foundation Co-Chair for AI Rotary last Friday, she presented past president Al Biss with his Paul Harris +3 pin.

 

 

Thank you Al for supporting Rotary Foundation and congratulations on this achievement.

 

 


 
 
 
Beth Rose introduced our main speaker David Ramseur, whose new book “Melting the Ice Curtain” is being published this month. David is a visiting scholar in Public Policy with the Institute of Social and Economic Research at UAA.
 
 
David led us through a bit Alaska and Russian history and the special relationship these northern areas have always shared, especially through their native people. Nome has been a special contact point between Russia and the US, particularly during WWII and again more recently during the citizen diplomacy efforts in the late 1980’s & 90’s to bring the native populations from the two countries closer together again. Much of that effort has faded, primarily due to economic disparity between the countries. Efforts are being made to maintain the connection, much of it through scientific research, but also through individual groups here and there.
 
Thank you David for sharing this important information with us. We hope these past efforts will be remembered and help us continue to keep the connection alive.
 
 

 
President Bruce is back!
 

 

President Bruce has returned from the Rotary International conference in Atlanta and by all accounts had a great time. Bruce and his wife Becky (also in attendance at the meeting) were sporting very snazzy t-shirts from a 3 KM walk/run that both participated in. 

They met many great folks and we may even see some of them in Alaska at some time. Next years convention will be in Toronto and the year after that in Hawaii!

 

 


 

Another commendation for last year

 

Kevin Fimon stepped up to accept  an additional commendation for our club for meeting all of its goals for the Polio plus campaign during Kevin's year as President.

 


 

A Special Rotarian of the Month!

 

 

President Bruce presented a special Rotarian of the month to Greg O’Keefe for everything that he has done for our club over the years. Bruce wanted to bestow the honor before Greg moves to Oregon, which will happen as soon as the house sells. We will miss you Greg! Please stay in touch!

 


 

The Greek Dinner!

Bob Huston lived up to his words from last weeks meeting and invited all members to a Greek dinner at his house for $100 per person, half of which will go to club administration and the other half into the guests Paul Harris plus an additional 100 points toward their Paul Harris, a win-win for anyone that attends. A signup sheet was going around. Check with Bob if you missed it, there may still be some room left.

While Bob was at it, he presented President Bruce with some additional souvenirs, which included a Rotary club flag from Greece and being Knighted?

 


 
 
 
It's here, the 16th Annual Land of the MIDNIGHT PUTTERS Golf Tournament will take place this Friday, June 23, 2017 at the Anchorage Golf Course. This is a major fund-raising event for our Club's Community, International and Youth Services programs for President Elect Debra Mason's presidential year 2018-19.
 
 
Registration and check-in are at 7 pm and a shotgun start happens at 8 pm. For more information see the program and registration form posted on the Anchorage International Rotary Club website or contact Debra Mason at 250-1160.
 
Invite your friends, much fun will be had. See everyone there.
 

 
 
 
Another great Rotary year is nearing its end and what a year it has been! Help us celebrate Bruce Erickson’s year and usher in Ben Schulman as he steps up as our incoming President for 2017-18.  
 
 
Join us for the Anchorage International Rotary Club Changing of the Guard event to be held at the Alaska Zoo on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at 6 PM, $40 per person ($20 for kids) includes Zoo Admission and Dinner. Come join the FUN! This will be the last meeting for June, no meeting on Friday, June 30th.
 
 
 

Thank you Michael Duxbury for a very informative and action packed presentation on the Opioid epidemic in Alaska. Thank you also for all your hard work, dedication and enthusiasm to keep all of your fellow Alaskans safe from the drug predators that are trying to harm all of us.

Mike brought along Mocha, an Alaska State Troopers K-9 rookie that in just one month on the job has identified illicit substances that lead to more than ten seizures of money and substances for the statewide drug enforcement unit. Mocha’s handler gave us a brief demonstration of his training tools and then had Mocha find an object that he had previously hidden in the room. Very impressive!

We heard about the severity of the problem in Alaska and why fentanyl (a very powerful synthetic opioid) is such a big problem and it takes only trace amounts to cause death.

Everyone at the meeting received a packet to help safely dispose of old medication in our home. Those who stayed after the meeting also received training and a Narcan kit that included instruction and naloxone nose spray to help save the life of someone who may have overdosed. Those that have been saved using these kits have become some of the best advocates against opioid use within their communities.

Thank you Mike and we’ll help pass on the information.

 


 

Other meeting news:

 

 

President Elect Ben Schulman presided over his second meeting while President Bruce was heading to Atlanta for the Rotary International Conference, and it looks like Ben is ready to take on the coming Rotary year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 
 

Joe Zimmermann’s guest, Delana Wesen, is one of six Alaskan graduating seniors chosen to attend the Naval academy this year. Delana has been the Interact president for the past four years at West High School and gave us a quick update of her clubs accomplishments, which included raising funds for a shelter box and supporting the protection of elephants.

 

 


Jan Ingram, with help from sergant at arms Trygve, auctioned off two Denali sightseeing flight tickets from K2 aviation that their radio station KLEF had received. Jonathan Tarrant was the lucky high bidder.


Both Bob Huston and Penny May have returned from Greece. Penny auctioned off a nice package of items from the trip, including a bottle of Raki, which is apparently served after dinner in Greece. The package also included a Tshirt that proclaimed that “Raki! Is the answer, but I don’t remember the question!” Bob promised a Greek dinner package that will be auctioned off at next week’s meeting.

 

Penny also reminded everyone that Chuck’s celebration of life will be held on Saturday, June 17, at 2 pm at her house. We hope the sun will shine on all the memories.

 

 
Thank you to everyone from the Anchorage International Rotary Club and the Russian Jack Rotary Club in helping NeighborWorks Alaska completing another great improvement project and making a homeowner very happy on Saturday as part of Paint the Town.

 
What a difference some Paint can make. Look at all the proud and happy faces. Thank you all for helping out!
 
 
 

Thank you to Jim MacKenzie for a very enthusiastic and informative presentation about NeighborWorks Alaska. Their core values include stable housing, for thriving families and strong communities.

 

 

 

We learned that the organization was formed around a kitchen table by locals in the early 1980’s. The group was primarily interested in improving the city’s neighborhoods, in particularly Spenard for starters. Today they have evolved into a statewide support group for affordable housing options, with the goal that everyone has a place to call home.

 

NeighborWorks Alaska creates opportunities for those without homes and teach classes on renting homes, on buying a home and educating new homeowners on the responsibilities of long term home ownership.

 

Paint the Town is one of their flagship hands on projects, that helps homeowners in need with sprucing up their home and lifting their whole neighborhood. Thank you Jim for letting us know how all the hard work pays off.

 

 


 

 

 

Rotarian for the Month of June - Jay Tung Jr

 


 

Having been a member of our club for only 3 years, Jay has contributed in countless ways, particularly in his role as our Sargent of Arms, which he is particularly good at and it looks like he will continue on as for the next rotary year.

 

For this distinguished honor, Jay received the coveted insulated rotary bag, the rotary coin with the four way test, a gift card to Barns and Noble and some genuine Kona coffee. Thank you, for all you do Jay!

 

 

 

 
Thank you Dustin Morris with the Alaska branch of the American Heart Association/ American Stroke Association for giving us a very interactive presentation for a Healthier Alaska.
 
We can all take small simple steps to create a long healthy life. 80% of all causes of cardiovascular diseases are preventable.  Recognize the basic signs of a possible heart attack and take action if you notice any of them in yourself or others. 
 
 
 
Check your blood pressure regularly. Learn FAST to recognize a stroke, a leading cause for disability in the US because stroke victims do not seek help fast enough.
 
Learn Hands only CPR – Push Hard & Fast in the Center of the Chest to the beat of "Staying Alive". Have someone call 911, have someone check for an AED. Perform chest compressions until help arrives, it works and saves lives. Tim Ellis volunteered to demonstrate on Dustin’s helper “Annie”.
 
Look for the location of an AED anytime you enter a public facility and be prepared.
 
 

 
 
WhoAmI - Trygve Erickson
 

Trygve Erickson, the third “volunteer” for a WhoAmI presentation this year, presented a professional presentation to us that was exactly 3 minutes long! We learned that he is an Alaska original, his father worked for the FAA and his mother for the Anchorage school district and they lived right downtown Anchorage.

 

 

Tryg’s early passions were skiing and flying and he took his first flying lessons when he was 13 and had a private license by the time he was 17. He attended college in Washington State and was getting ready to attend Law School when he got a job at the Captain Cook hotel as a desk clerk to make extra money. He worked up to reservation manager and enjoyed the job so much he stayed for five years.

 

Tryg then worked for Motorola for 31 years in sales and communication, which served him well in 2004 when the MOA asked him to become Director of Communications. He is currently working for his third mayor and it looks like they are going to keep him on.

 

Rotary has always been part of Tryg’s life. His father was a long time Rotarian and Tryg has had 43 years of perfect attendance himself; has held every office in our club except for secretary and was president for Rotary year 1983-84. He is married to his wife Kim, a former president of our club (2001-02), and has five kids (including “bonus” kids).

 

 


 
and 4 more PH+ awards
 
 
 
 
 
Jan Ingram presented 4 additional PH+ awards at the meeting, to Kevin Fimon, Al Biss, Neil Harper  and President Bruce Erickson. Thank you all for supporting Rotary!
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
Happy $
 

Special guest at our meeting, Col Suellyn Wright Novak the current President and Executive Director of the Alaska Veterans Museum will retire at the end of 2017 and is looking for someone to step up to the position. Anyone who is interested or knows someone that would be good for the position, please let her know ASAP so she can start training.

Debra Mason was happy that her choir was able to perform at this Fridays citizenship ceremony and also reminded everyone about the golf tournament in June.

Fred Barlow was proud to report that 154 engineering students graduated from the school of engineering at UAA this year.

Dick Boysen invited everyone who will be in town over the Memorial Day weekend to join his singing group plus former members of the Band of the North to the ceremonies that will be held at JBER.

 
 
 
The International Fellowship of Flying Rotarians (IFFR) Alaska Section hosted the first "Student Vocational Tour" at the Anchorage Aviation Museum on May 17th.
 
The tour was a big hit for eight 5th & 6th grade elite students from ASD North Star Elementary School's Ignite program taught by Eben Stone. The goal of the program is to focus on future vocational options for the students. North Star School is one of the most diversified elementary schools in Alaska, Aviation could be an opportunity for these youngsters and is a major and critical industry in Alaska.
 
 
We had five young women and three young men in the group and the Flying Rotarians were very grateful for additional help from fellow Rotarians from several clubs. The students were divided into three groups that rotated through three interest centers and a tour of the museum.
 
Thank you's for helping out and making this event possible go out to AIR members John Spalding, Bo Brownfield, Lynn Johnson, Jay Tung, Chera Boom and Phil Livingston and his wife Diana. From the Anchorage Downtown club we had fellow IFFR members PDG Dick Sutliff and his wife Page Spencer, and Bill Odom.
 
 
  
 
Ted Trueblood introduced the speakers for the day, engineers Tor Anderzen and Dave Gamez to continue the presentation on the Alaska Infrastructure report card that was started on the April 14th meeting.
 
 
Tor gave us an update on Alaska’s Marine Highway System, which at 3500 miles along the states coastline rivals the total mileage of our paved road system, and serves 31 coastal communities.  Tor also covered Ports and Harbors, and Solid Waste facilities, the latter of which includes 207 landfills around the state, only nine of which are class I.
 
Dave Gamez took over the presentation with his contribution to the report, Roads and Highways and Energy around the state. Thank you so very much to both gentlemen, for returning to finish presenting the Findings and Recommendations of all key points of the Alaska Infrastructure report card.
 
 

 
WhoAmI - Bill Pearson
 
 
PP Bill Pearson was on the spot to give his WhoAmI speech, which he did in great style by reminding us that life comes in stages. He gave us a quick tour of his earlier lives stages, being a wrestler in high school, going to college to become a lawyer and now being married to his wonderful wife and enjoying fatherhood with his two young sons.
 
 
Bill demonstrated what his current life “stage” revolves around by bringing up a bag that contained what he found in the back seat of his car, between his kids car seats,  as he delivers the boys to daycare each morning.
 
Items included books that his boys entertain him with, a bag of crackers and a baby bottle for just in case, a red toy of questionable origin and a case full of music CD’s that Bill admitted to not having listened to since the Clinton administration.
 

 
4 more PH+
 
Jan Ingram presented 4 additional Paul Harris plus awards to Jeanette Wakefield, Chera Boom, Angie Rush, and Celeste Cohen. Congratulations all and thank you for your contributions.
 
 

 
 
A little Liquor, a little Wine
 
 
 
The Wakefields have returned from Greece and brought back several bottles of liquor and wine, which Greg auctioned off to high bidders Art Clark and Greg O’Keefe.
 
 
Plus a special small bottle for President Bruce.
 
 
 
 
 
Another 12 computer systems were given away last Thursday to lucky families at North Star Elementary School Parent University.
 
 
Thank you President Bruce Erickson, President Elect Ben Schulman and Dodie Pruessner for helping pass out the systems and helping the happy families carry the systems to their cars. Thank you to Tim Trueblood and his computer group for refurbishing the systems and making this possible.
 
 
 
Thank you to the Bird Treatment and Learning Center for presenting at the regular meeting of AI Rotary last Friday and bringing owls Fang and Galen was a treat for everyone.
 
We learned about owls, but also about the work Bird TLC does to help injured birds. Due to Dr Jim Scott's involvement with both the AI Rotary Club and the Bird Treatment and Learning Center (TLC), AI Rotary was an early and ongoing contributor to Bird TLC. President Bruce Erickson presented the Bird TLC Volunteers with a check to honor the late Dr Scott and support this wonderful program.
 
 
Galen (top) is the great horned owl, rescued in 1994. Fang (bottom) is the boreal owl rescued in 2006. They were both injured and unable to be released back into the wild; most injuries are a result of human interactions. Both birds are now ambassadors for their species and for Bird TLC.
 
 
We were also thrilled and honored to have Carol Scott in attendance at our meeting, the widow of former AI Rotarian Dr Jim Scott. Carol and Dr Scott were a team who made Bird TLC happen. Jan Ingram announced a Paul Harris Fellow in Carol's name, thanks to the generous donation of points by PDG and AI Rotary PP Ted Trueblood. Carol graciously accepted with wonderful words about what AI Rotary meant to her and Dr Scott.
 
 

 
AI Rotarian for May goes to Debra Mason
 
Congratulations to Debra Mason, awarded Rotarian of the month for our club for May by AI Rotary President Bruce Erickson.
 
 
Deb received the insulated Rotary tote bag, 4-way coin, a restaurant gift certificate, and other misc goodies.
 
The recognition is well-deserved for all Debra does to support Rotary on a club and district level, mostly behind the scenes. But not for long, as Debra is President Elect Elect for the AI Rotary club now! Go Debra!
 
 
 
 
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At its January 2017 meeting, the Rotary International Board of Directors adopted a new zone structure for Rotary clubs. Rotary bylaws require the Board to complete a comprehensive review of the 34 Rotary zones no less often than every eight years to ensure that each zone has an approximately equal number of Rotarians. The Board’s previous review of the zones occurred in 2008. The Board earlier approved the creation of three regional workgroups to develop rezoning proposals for Asia, Europe/Africa, and the Americas. These workgroups comprised one representative (either a current director,...
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Through The Rotary Foundation, Rotary members have supported thousands of projects that promote peace, fight disease, provide clean water, save mothers and children, support education, and grow local economies. We’ve also led the fight to eradicate polio worldwide. As part of our celebration of the Foundation’s centennial, we’re honoring 20 global grant projects with special recognition. Learn more about the projects using our interactive map.
Convention: Southern hospitality
The Atlanta Host Organization Committee is offering some good old-fashioned Southern hospitality at the Rotary International Convention from 10 to 14 June. It has planned a wide range of activities featuring everything from good food and music to inspiring tours of local landmarks. If it’s your first convention, these events are chances to meet fellow Rotarians from around the world, and if you’re an experienced convention goer, you can catch up with old friends. Hall of Fame baseball player Hank Aaron will host Rotarians for a “Strike Out Polio” night at the new SunTrust Park, where you’ll...
Member spotlight: The power of the press
When Teguest Yilma helped found the Rotary Club of Addis Ababa Entoto in 2002, she thought polio had already been eradicated from most of the world. But while Ethiopia had been free of the disease, Yilma was shocked to learn that new cases had started cropping up in surrounding countries such as Somalia. “I was thinking, it’s not possible, we can’t be free if the countries around us are not free,” she says. Yilma, the managing editor of Capital, Ethiopia’s largest English weekly newspaper, has brought a journalist’s skills to the fight against polio. She became vice chair of the Ethiopia...