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Anchorage International

Peace Through Service

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3450 Aviation Avenue
P.O. Box 100516
Anchorage, AK 99510-0516
United States of America
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Alaska's Role in the Global Marketplace: an Update on Alaska's International Trade Economy.

World Trade Center Anchorage is a private non-profit membership organization providing international trade and business services to members and community partners across the state. The mission of WTC Anchorage is to assist Alaskans to successfully compete for trade and investment in the global market place.


  • Research and identify trade opportunities.
  • Customized trade information and assistance.
  • Seminars, conferences and trade assistance.
  • Connect local sellers with overseas buyers.
Alaska Permanent Capital Management is excited to announce that Covid-19 will not stop the 4th Annual Teen Girl Empowerment Summit. This is a chance to interact with Senator Lisa Murkowski, Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anne Zink, psychologists, career counselors and thought provoking women leaders from across the state.
Usually we distribute via posters in the school, but with virtual learning, we need help getting the word out to parents. Each principal has been sent a copy via Dr. Bishop but if you could forward to parents and organizations we can use our networks to help teens connect in this disconnected time. There is an RSVP date so we can give opportunities for teens to meet in small groups with the leaders.
Students have opportunities for prizes, can ask questions directly and will have lots of informative take-aways.
Thanks in advance for helping connect teens and leaders through our annual community service event. Register via Zoom.

By Rotary International website


Jennifer E. Jones, of the Rotary Club of Windsor-Roseland, Ontario, Canada, is the selection of the Nominating Committee for President of Rotary International for 2022-23.


Jennifer E. Jones, a member of the Rotary Club of Windsor-Roseland, Ontario, Canada, has been nominated to become Rotary International’s president for 2022-23, a groundbreaking selection that will make her the first woman to hold that office in the organization’s 115-year history.

Jones will officially become president-nominee on 1 October if no other candidates challenge her.  Jones says she sees Rotary’s Action Plan as a catalyst for increasing Rotary’s impact.

“As we reflect upon our new strategic priorities, we could have never envisioned that our ability to adapt would become our North Star during what is inarguably the most profound time in recent history,” Jones said in her vision statement. “Silver linings rise out of the most challenging circumstances. Using metric-driven goals, I will harness this historic landscape to innovate, educate, and communicate opportunities that reflect today’s reality.”

As the first woman to be nominated to be president, Jones understands how important it is to follow through on Rotary’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Statement. “I believe that diversity, equity, and inclusion … begins at the top and for us to realize growth in female membership and members under the age of forty — these demographics need to see their own reflection in leadership,” Jones said. “I will champion double-digit growth in both categories while never losing sight of our entire family.”

Jones is founder and president of Media Street Productions Inc., an award-winning media company in Windsor. She was chair of the board of governors of the University of Windsor and chair of the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce. She has been recognized for her service with the YMCA Peace Medallion, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, and Wayne State University’s Peacemaker of the Year Award, a first for a Canadian. Jones holds a Doctor of Laws (LL.D.).

A current Rotary Foundation trustee, Jones has been a Rotary member since 1997 and has served Rotary as RI vice president, director, training leader, committee chair, moderator, and district governor. She played a lead role in Rotary’s rebranding effort by serving as chair of the Strengthening Rotary’s Advisory Group. She is the co-chair of the End Polio Now Countdown to History Campaign Committee, which aims to raise $150 million for polio eradication efforts.

Jones recently led the successful #RotaryResponds telethon, which raised critical funds for COVID-19 relief and was viewed by more than 65,000. Jones has also received Rotary International’s Service Above Self Award and The Rotary Foundation Citation for Meritorious Service. She and her husband, Nick Krayacich, are members of The Rotary Foundation’s Arch Klumph Society, Paul Harris Society, and the Bequest Society.

The members of the Nominating Committee for the 2022-23 President of Rotary International are: Robert L. Hall, Dunwoody, Metro Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Bradford R. Howard Oakland Uptown, California, USA; Per Høyen, Aarup, Gelsted, Denmark; Peter Iblher, Nürnberg-Reichswald, Zirndorf, Germany; Ashok Mahajan, Mulund, Mah., India; Sam Okudzeto, Accra, Accra, Ghana; Eduardo San Martín Carreño, Majadahonda, Madrid, Spain; Takeshi Matsumiya, Chigasaki-Shonan, Chigasaki Kanagawa, Japan; Michael K. McGovern (secretary), Cape Elizabeth, Maine, USA; José Alfredo Pretoni, São Paulo-Sul, São Paulo, Brazil; Saowalak Rattanavich, Bang Rak, Bangkok, Thailand; Hendreen Dean Rohrs, Langley Central, Surrey, British Columbia, Canada; Kenneth M. Schuppert, Jr (chair)., Decatur, Alabama, USA; Ravindra P. Sehgal, Belur, West Bengal, India; Noel Trevaskis, Merimbula, Tura Beach, Australia; Giuseppe Viale, Genova, Genova, Italy; and Chang-Gon Yim, Daegu-West, Daegu, Korea.

To learn more about Jones, read her interview and vision statement outlining her goals for Rotary.

Thank you to all the AIR Rotarians who spent last Saturday morning cleaning Wisconsin Road, Balto Seppala Park and Turnagain Elementary School grounds.  Past President Kevin Fimon gets special thanks for providing hot coffee and donuts.
President Art Clark took the opportunity during this rare in-person event to present Becky Erickson with the Quiet Rotarian award from Andre' Layral, 2019-2021 Rotary District 5010 District Governor.
Anchorage Police Chief Doll and Deputy Chief McCoy will be the presenter's at this week's AIR Zoom meeting. The Anchorage Police Department was founded in 1921 and is the largest law enforcement agency in the state. The department of more than 400 sworn officers delivers police service to over 300,000 residents in the Anchorage service area which spans from Eklutna to Girdwood, about 200 square miles. 
Chief Justin Doll
​Chief Justin Doll has served as the Chief of Police for the Anchorage Police Department (APD) from June 2017 to present.
He is a lifelong Alaskan with close ties to the community having moved here with his family when he was young. He graduated from West High School and continued his education at the University of Alaska Anchorage receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Alaska Southeast.
Before beginning in law enforcement, Chief Doll enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves and served until 2001. In 1996, he joined APD as a recruit in the Academy. Over the course of his 20 plus year career, he has held command positions in the Patrol Division, Traffic, Homicide and Robbery/Assault Units, and the Crime Suppression Division. He also spent time as a member of the Bomb Squad and SWAT Units and even returned to the police academy as an instructor. His formal law enforcement education did not end at APD’s academy, he is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the National Executive Institute.
Chief Doll is a member of several professional organizations including the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), the FBI National Academy Associates (FBINAA), the National Executive Institute Associates (NEIA), and the Alaska Police Standards Council (APSC).
Chief Doll and his wife Monique have been married nearly 20 years.
Deputy Chief Ken McCoy has been with APD for over 22 years.
He has served throughout the department and has held command assignments in Patrol, Detectives and Internal Affairs.
He graduated from Bartlett High School in 1988, has a Bachelor’s Degree in Justice from the University of Alaska Anchorage and a criminal justice graduate certificate from the University of Virginia. DC McCoy is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy.
Dr. Russell Read, Group Managing Partner
C Change Group
Current & Future Impact of Sovereign Wealth Investing on International Development

Russell Read is Group Managing Partner for the C Change Group of investment funds, companies, and advisors, dedicated to materially transforming the production, distribution, and consumption of natural resources around the globe. In addition, Dr. Read serves as Senior Advisor to MSCI with respect to crafting solutions for the global asset owner community. Prior to C Change, he was Chief Investment Officer (CIO) of the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation, the Gulf Investment Corporation (GIC), and the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS).

Dr. Read has been a resource for regulatory agencies internationally, state governments, the US Congress, and the US Senate for over two decades and served as Chairman of the Investors’ Committee of the President’s Working Group on Financial Markets under Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson. He was named as one of America’s 30 most influential players in business and finance by SmartMoney and #35 on Institutional Investor’s list of the 75 most effective chief executives.

Dr. Read received his undergraduate degree in Statistics and his MBA in Finance and International Business both from the University of Chicago and his masters in Economics and doctorate in Political Economy from Stanford University. His doctoral work The Politics and Policies of National Economic Growth focused on the particular economic roles of natural resources in economic development. He has taught graduate-level courses at the University of California at Davis, the University of Maine, and Stanford University.

Dr. Tunji Funsho, chair of Rotary’s Nigeria National PolioPlus Committee, was named one of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People of the world for 2020. To learn about Funsho's leadership and work with Rotary members and partners to achieve the eradication of wild polio in the African region, read more:
The Way Forward: Let’s Get Uncomfortable

Mike is a 2009 graduate of Tabor College where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and obtained his CPA certification in 2014. He began his professional career at a firm in Kansas. He focused on preparation of income tax returns, worked with multi-pier partnerships and corporate consolidations.  Mike joined Brockway, Gersbach, Franklin & Niemeier, P.C. in 2017. He provides tax and accounting services to businesses and individuals.  Mike’s community involvement includes Temple South Rotary Club and Belton Christian Youth Center as a volunteer coach.

A key focus of DG Joe Kashi will be to work with interested Rotary Clubs to help build local economies.  Starting September 10, 2020, a series of five bi-weekly state-wide webinars, hosted at 7:00 PM on Thursday nights starting 9/10/2020 through December 3, 2020.  Each will be hosted by DG Kashi and D5010 eClub Rotarian Don Albrecht to spearhead this district-wide effort.  Professor Albrecht will introduce a nationally award-winning grassroots process to build local economies.  There is no cost to Rotarians or Rotary clubs to participate in the five webinars.
Alaska has officially been in an economic recession for the past several years, initially as a result of lower North Slope oil prices.  New State of Alaska data shows an additional 10% or more job loss in the past 12 months alone.
Here's the Zoom link for the first forum:
You are invited to the first of Rotary District 5010's  Zoom webinars on
"Rebuilding Alaska's local economies and communities - Where are we now?
When: Sep 10, 2020 07:00 PM Alaska
Topic: State of Alaska economists Neal Fried and Karrinne Weibold (pictured below) discuss Alaska's current economic situation and near-term jobs and economic outlook.
Please click the link below to join the webinar:

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Hospice of Anchorage
Amy Tribbett was introduced by Karl Schroeder.
Ms. Tribbett, the executive director of Hospice of Anchorage, opened by reminding us that most people spend more time planning their next vacation than they do planning for their end of life.  Today 80% of Americans say they would prefer to die at home but only 25% do.  Planning can increase the odds that you will have the passing you want.  People do not contact hospice until very close to the end.   The average duration of hospice service is 3 days.  A longer involvement by hospice would be beneficial for most patients.
Hospice of Anchorage was formed in 1980 and is the only nonprofit of the four hospice service providers.  People often think of hospice as a facility but in Anchorage that is not the case.  All providers come to the patient wherever they are be it home, hospital or long-term care facility.  Some medical insurers have rules for hospice that complicate end-of-life care.  Some examples of this are Medicare requires that a person have a diagnosis that death will occur in 6 months or less and this is often not a realistic question for healthcare providers.  Another is once the patient is in a hospice program they cannot receive treatment for their underlying illness.  Many of these complications are avoided by using the nonprofit hospice provider.  These are also good examples as to why consulting with multiple hospice providers well in advance of the end of life will insure you have the best fit with your provider.  Tribbett recommends talking to all the local providers before making a selection.
Hospice of Anchorage maintains a supply of lendable or free books, medical equipment, incontinence supplies and dementia tool kits.  She shared an anecdote of a dementia client who had been unresponsive to caregivers until he was shown a simple pinwheel from the dementia care kit.  She recounted, “It was like a light went on,” and the patient showed interest for the first time in days.
Among the things Hospice of Anchorage offers are services, such as grief consoling, to the survivors for 12 months following the death of the client. (editors note:  Grief consoling is a service initially recognized, organized and moderated by AIR past president/funeral director Fred Kehl in the 1960’s)

Basic education and literacy is one of The Rotary Foundation’s six areas of focus. We know that basic education and literacy are essential for reducing poverty, improving health, encouraging community and economic development, and promoting peace. 

Consider these facts:

  • If all women completed primary education, there would be 66% fewer maternal deaths.

  • A child born to a mother who can read is 50% more likely to survive past the age of five.

  • If all students in low-income countries left school with basic reading skills, 171 million people could be lifted out of poverty, which would be equivalent to a 12% cut in world poverty.

The world is making good progress in this area. According to a 2014 United Nations Millennium Development Goals progress report, literacy rates among adults and youths are on the rise and the gender gap in literacy is narrowing. But pressing global needs remain:

  • 58 million children worldwide are out of school.

  • Even after four years of primary schooling, as many as 250 million children cannot read and write.

  • 781 million adults are illiterate.

Rotary supports activities and training to improve education for all children and literacy for children and adults.

Area of Focus Statement of Purpose and Goals:

The Rotary Foundation enables Rotarians to ensure that all people have sustainable access to basic education and literacy by:

  • Involving the community to support programs that strengthen the capacity of communities to provide basic education and literacy to all;

  • Increasing adult literacy in communities;

  • Working to reduce gender disparity in education;

  • Supporting studies for career-minded professionals related to basic education and literacy.

Parameters for Eligibility:

The Rotary Foundation considers activities targeting the following to be within the scope of the basic education and literacy area of focus:

  • Access to quality basic primary and secondary education;

  • Educating adults in literacy;

  • Providing training in teaching literacy, curriculum development, and school administration;

  • Strengthening educational experience through improved materials and facilities;

  • Community management of education systems;

  • Vocational training teams supporting the above activities;

  • School desk purchases, when accompanied by a detailed and verifiable plan to improve basic education and literacy;

  • Scholarships for graduate-level study in programs related to basic education and literacy.

The Rotary Foundation considers activities targeting the following to be outside the scope of the basic education and literacy area of focus and as such are not eligible for global grant funding:

Dr. Cathy Sandeen is an educational leader who is committed to providing opportunity for more Alaskans to earn degrees and credentials through strategic innovation. She began serving as chancellor of the University of Alaska Anchorage in September 2018.
UAA’s core missions are excellence, student success and workforce development. With campuses in Anchorage, Homer, Kodiak, Palmer, Soldotna and Valdez, as well as Middle Colleges for high school students in Anchorage, Palmer and Eagle River, UAA is Alaska’s largest post secondary institution.
Prior to joining the University of Alaska system, Sandeen was chancellor of the University of Wisconsin Colleges and UW-Extension for four years. As vice president for education attainment and innovation at the American Council on Education, she lead ACE's nationwide effort to increase post-secondary educational attainment.  She also held leadership positions in the University of California system including at UCLA, Santa Cruz and San Francisco.
Sandeen earned a Ph.D. in communication from the University of Utah and a Master of Business Administration degree from the UCLA Anderson School of Management. She was named an American Council on Education Fellow in 2010-11.
A prolific writer and speaker, Sandeen has published and presented widely on the issues surrounding educational innovation and nontraditional students.
Jon Bittner of the Alaska Small Business Development Center task is promoting the development of business in Alaska.  The SBDC has 15 staff members at seven regional centers to assist small business throughout the state. Recently he has been busy assisting those applying for Federal Paycheck Protection Program loans and grants.
Mr Bittner previously served as vice president of the Anchorage Economic Development Center and as a Deputy Commissioner for the Alaska Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development. He is a graduate of the University of Alaska Anchorage (BS Geology) and a West Anchorage High School alumni.  A real rarity in our state, Mr Bittner is a fourth generation Alaskan. Under the heading of trivia, His paternal grandfather in the early 1950's owned the bus service in Anchorage.
Dave Karp is the Senior Vice President & Managing Director, for Saltchuk in Alaska.  Saltchuk companies include Northern Air Cargo, Carlile Transportation, Tote Alaska, Delta Western, Inlet Energy and Cook Inlet Tug & Barge.
Since 2019, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Alaska Saltchuk.  Since 2011, Chairman, Alaska Communications Systems Group, Inc. (A publicly traded company.) and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and Member, Compensation Committee.  2011 to 2018, President and Chief Executive Officer, Northern Aviation Services, Inc.  Since 2010, Member and Fellow, National Association of Corporate Directors.  Since 2009, Member, National Air Carriers Association.  2007 to 2011, President and Chief Executive Officer, Northern Air Cargo, Inc.
Chugach National Forest - Potpourri    Jules Tileston
For 37 summers, Jules and Peg spent a lot of time in Prince William Sound that is surrounded by the Chugach National Forest. In celebration of the 100th birthday of the Chugach National Forest in 2007, Jules assembled a series of slides documenting special things they observed over the years.  Since 2007, these slides have been updated to include images taken between 2007 and 2020.
Join us on zoom as we usher in a new guard for Anchorage International Rotary Club and say Thank you to those who served for the past year. What an amazing and strange year it has been. See what President Art Clark has in store for the next year and find out who is filling all those coveted positions on his board. You will not want to miss this exciting meeting. 
Pat Klouda
This THURSDAY (6/11) we will have a joint weekly meeting with Anchorage South Rotary.  The speaker this week will be Ms. Pat Klouda who was one of the group of people to colonize the Matanuska Valley.  Pat will be assisted by Steve Strait of Anchorage International Rotary and Terri Hall of Anchorage South Rotary.
In 1935, the Federal Emergency Relief Administration created an experimental farming community known as the Matanuska Valley Colony as part of the New Deal resettlement plan.  The colony was settled by 203 families from the Midwest.  The colony project cost about $5,000,000 and, after five years, over half of the original colonists had left the valley. By 1965, only 20 of the first families were still farming the valley.
Come join us via Zoom meeting THURSDAY to hear about our rich Alaska history!!!
TIME: June 11th 2020 11:45 AM Alaska Time
Meeting ID: 832 3315 9866
Anchorage International Rotary Club welcomes Scott McMurren as our guest speaker for Friday May 15th meeting via ZOOM.  Scott is well known in Anchorage area as a Travel Guru as well for being a great Rotarian and a very fun guy!  Everyone is confused about the Travel Industry and what travel opportunities exist in today’s crazy world and Scott will share some thoughts and ideas.
Scott grew up listening to his grandparents tell him stories about their trips and travel in Alaska.  So of course after graduating from the University of Oregon, Scott packed up and moved to Anchorage.  After getting a job with the Anchorage Times, he has succeeded to established a 30-year career of writing with a strong emphasis in the Travel area.
Please join us Friday for a fun conversation and some interesting insights.
This week’s speaker is Rebecca Parker.  She is Executive Director at Anchorage Senior Activity Center.  She is a Past President of Anchorage Rotary Club.  She retired from Atlantic Richfield Co., having worked in Public Relations.  In her past, Rebecca has also been Executive Director for the Resource Development Council, been involved in Blood Bank of Alaska, and with the Providence Alaska Foundation.  We thank her for making a presentation to us this Friday May 8th.
President Angie, Shari Showalter and Nina Mann deliver "Right Response" Funds to Food Bank of Alaska and Children's Lunchbox.
Nina Mann delivers "Right Response" Funds to Clare House.
Kelly Donnelly is the Executive Director of Alaska SPCA and she will be our Zoom Speaker this week.
Alaska Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals provides affordable, high quality veterinary services including spay/neuter, wellness/diagnostic exams, x-rays, vaccinations, elective and referral surgeries.  At Alaska SPCA’s state-of-the-art adoption center, your new forever family member is waiting for you!  We are always looking for exceptional people to join the Alaska SPCA team!
Jess Gutzwiler is a past president of Anchorage South Rotary and in October had the honor of joining the
ShelterBox USA volunteer team as an Ambassador for District 5010. Jess has lived in Alaska for 13 years
and enjoys being active in the Anchorage community and at her cabin in Clam Gulch were she and her
husband Aaron and pet mirco mini piglet Spank go halibut fishing. 
A ZOOM meeting of the club will be held on Friday, April 24, 2020.  Anchorage South Club member, Jess Gutzwiler, will be the presenter and the topic is "Rotary and Shelterbox".
You can log on at 11:45 and spend a few minutes visiting with fellow members.  When President Angie calls the meeting to order and the speaker is introduced,  please mute your mic and video.  At the end of the program, turn your video on and if you have questions,  raise your hand or unmute and you will be called on in the order of appearance.
Thanks.  See you on Friday!
Anchorage International Rotary Club is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: Jess Gutzwiler - Rotary and Shelterbox
Time: Apr 24, 2020 11:45 AM Alaska
Mary Jo Torgeson is the Director of the Anchorage Public Library. She believes passionately that libraries are an essential part of a vibrant and cohesive community, both in developing strong partnerships with businesses, schools and community agencies and in creating services that transform lives. Mary Jo brings a wide range of experience in developing user-centered services that make libraries easier to use and understand. She has been a leader in developing library services to diverse communities, including non English-speaking communities. Mary Jo earned a master’s of Library Science at the University of Washington and a master’s of Public Administration at Seattle University.  She does what librarians often do for fun -- READ. She also cooks, walks dogs, goes to indie films and enjoys the beautiful Alaska outdoors.
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