October 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
Home Page Stories
Anchorage International Rotary Club (AIRC) annual Thanksgiving floral bouquets are here!!!
Proceeds go to support local and international Rotary club efforts, including: 
  • AK Child & Family
  • Armed Forces YMCA
  • Children’s Lunchbox
  • Clare House
  • Covenant House
  • Northstar Elementary School Snacks
  • Razia’s Ray of Hope
  • Rotary Cares for Kids
  • Local and Global Water Projects
  • ...and so much more!
Each bouquet will include a beautiful selection of fall blooms and accessories that will bring a festive atmosphere to your home or make a charming gift for someone special.  
Thank you for supporting your community through Rotary!
New member Kris Shippen created a wonderful sandpit for the Alaska Flag Day celebration. Parents and kids shared it was the most popular attraction at the event. One proud parent said, “This was my toddler’s favorite part of Alaska Flag Day. So thankful for this addition and hopeful to have it in future events.” Another parent expressed how the sandpit was like one big daycare for the entire evening. Thank you Kris for bringing so much joy to young Alaskans who celebrated AK Flag Day.
July 9th and also Alaska Flag Day, was a beautifully sunny day.  AIRC members played a significant role in making the 31st annual AK Flag Day celebration held at AK Child & Family, a fun, family event. Rotarians volunteered with the set- up/ clean-up, food running and ice cream serving. Ric and Steve “Crook” were the entertaining masters of ceremonies for the brief program. Becky and MaryLee were in charge of balloons (GOD BLESS THEM). Greg and Jeanette assisted with an unsafe issue for employees of AK Child & Family. Tim made the awesome merchandise. Becky, Bruce, Jeanette and Greg sponsored the very popular Tastee Freez booth. Thank you to everyone who helped bring joy to those in the care of AK Child & Family. A special thank you to the family members who also volunteered. The AK Flag Day event is open to the public and an opportunity to celebrate the potential in young Alaskans who have faced adversity, just like Benny Benson who went on to do something pretty spectacular by designing our state flag. AK Child & Family is incredibly grateful to AIRC for your support.

Thank you AIRC members who:
  • sponsored flags
  • Acquired sponsors for our event
  • Volunteers who showed up Friday to build the flags
  • Saturday to paint the field grid
  • Tuesday to place the flags/take down and those that hung out all day watching the awe on people’s faces.
We literally started this year off with an explosion of fireworks with the Field of Honor.  So many people came over to thank us and ask how they can help next year.  We had 53 volunteers and logged about 700 volunteer hours.
I truly thank you all for helping me execute a vision and create a spectacular community event.
Welcome everyone to the 2023/2024 Rotary Year!
Becky Erickson
Rain or shine, Anchorage International Rotary Club members were busy assembling 500 flags that will be proudly displayed at Delaney Park in downtown Anchorage this 4th of July.
Under AIRC’s new leadership, freshly-minted President Becky Erickson is taking the helm to launch the club’s newest project: FIELD OF HONOR to recognize different heroes in our lives to include Military, Veterans, First Responders and other Hometown Heroes. 
Check out this website for more information about this project:
The annual AIRC Changing of the Guard event was held on June 29, 2023 at Kincaid Pavillon. The event celebrated the achievements of our club under President Jay’s tutelage. Our new President, Becky Erickson formally took the gavel and introduced the new officers and committee leaders that will be joining her team this term.
RI President Jennifer Jones gets a selfie with Assistant Governor Elect Bruce and President Elect Becky at the Rotary International Convention @ Melbourne, Australia
On a fabulously sunny morning of May 20, 2023, was our Adopt-a-Road Spring Cleanup.  Straightline brought out THREE sweepers (thanks Neil) to get everything off the curbs.  President Elect Nominee Mark brought out his decked out school bus palace and fortified us with treats/coffee before hitting Wisconsin Drive and Balto Seppala Park.  As always, we over did it and scoured the area well outside our assigned path promoting some community goodwill.  Thanks to our friend at Stellar Designs (PP Tim), we were able to show that ANC Intl Rotary Club was beautifying the area.

The drive for the Armed Services YMCA, spearheaded by PP Joe Z, was incredible. Thank you AIRC for your generosity, we collected cash contributions and a truck full of essential items and food for the Armed Services YMCA of Alaska. With PP Joe driving the effort, we raised approximately $400 in cash and we figure maybe $600 for their wish list items.  It will all be put to good use supporting our military families at JBER!
Anchorage International Rotary Club together with King Tech High School, celebrated KTHS students who were honored and awarded scholarships! The Scholarship Reception was held Wednesday, April 20th at 2:00 p.m.
AIRC club members attended the 12th annual Iditarod re-start party hosted by Kim and Tryg Erickson at their beautiful home in Willow. Guests consumed 12 gallons of chili, 4 gallons of salmon chowder, 140 hot dogs and dozens and dozens of tasty sweet treats. Tryg spent a great deal of time clearing snow so guests did not have to wade through the deep stuff. It was an absolutely beautiful day out on Long Lake. While cheering on the mushers, contributions of $3,000 were donated for Polio Plus. Thank you to Kim and Tryg for an incredible Alaskan afternoon.

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...
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