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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
In person meetings resuming May 14, 2021 with pre-ordered boxed lunches. Members will also be able to continue attending via Zoom.
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Chris Rose will be speaking about renewable energy in Alaska via Zoom this week.
Chris is the founder and Executive Director of Renewable Energy Alaska Project (REAP), a non-profit coalition of diverse energy stakeholder organizations working to increase the development of renewable energy and promote energy efficiency across Alaska. Before establishing REAP in 2004, Mr. Rose had a private law practice for over a decade that included work in remote Northwest Arctic villages and the mediation of a variety disputes around the state. He has written a monthly opinion column for Alaska’s only statewide newspaper and served on various statewide boards including the state’s Renewable Energy Fund Advisory Committee. Since 2008, that Fund has granted over $270 million to 80 renewable energy projects that today are displacing the equivalent of 30 million gallons of diesel fuel each year. He lives in the Matanuska Valley 65 miles northeast of Anchorage, where he runs a small flower farm with his family.
Dr. Kevin Berry is an Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Alaska Anchorage. He had a joint appointment in the Institute of Social and Economic Research from 2017-2020. Before joining UAA in January 2017 Dr. Berry was a postdoctoral associate at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Kevin is a member of the Beijer Young Scholars, a fellowship at the Beijer Institute at The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. He received his Phd from the University of Wyoming in 2015.
Dr. Berry is an author of 11 peer-reviewed scientific publications, including 7 focused on the risk of pandemic infectious disease. While at UAA Dr. Berry has been a principal researcher on projects totaling more than $3 million, frequently as the sole economist on the project. He is currently overseeing a suite of projects focused on Alaskan fisheries and climate change, emerging infectious disease, and climate change in rural Alaska.
As a part of his service to Alaska Dr. Berry participated in the State of Alaska and Municipality of Anchorage responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, including modelling the outbreak and performing analysis and outreach on the costs and benefits of policies to fight the pandemic. He recently testified at a joint meeting of the House State Affairs and Health & Social Services committees and has made frequent media appearances to discuss the pandemic.
Dr. Berry has also given 29 invited seminars and conference presentations including at the University of Nebraska, University of Tennessee, the University of Illinois, Arizona State University, The World Bank, Yale University, and the University of Cambridge. Dr. Berry is a member of the American Economic Association, Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, and Western Economic Association International, and is a review editor at the peer-reviewed journal EcoHealth. He teaches a course on pandemic economics at UAA, and his children are 4th generation Alaskans. Kevin is an avid cyclist, hiker, and skier.
How to have a radical shift!
Jason Gardner is the founder of Radical Shift Coaching. He is a respected coach with capabilities for unlocking human potential. With a long history in magic, escapology, and performing, he helps people free themselves of the invisible constraints they create for themselves and reach their full personal potential and the freedom they crave.
Jason has spoken and performed in over 100 cities and over a dozen countries to more than 1,000,000 people as an escape artist, magician, drummer, and life coach. Jason has a mesmerizing ability to immediately connect with anyone and has a natural ability to create transformation in the lives of anyone he meets.
Jason will share his super-secrets about how he is able to consistently create "magic" in his own life and the lives of others. These strategies, tips, hacks, and systems have been curated and developed by Jason over his lifetime and now he wants to share them with you. Get ready to ESCAPE WHAT'S HOLDING YOU BACK!
Rotarian Mead Treadwell will speak on “Arctic Projects and Arctic Policy with a New Administration: Alaska's Challenge and Opportunity.”

Mead served as  Lt Governor of Alaska 2010-2014, Commissioner of the US Arctic Research Commission 2001-2010 and Chair 2006-2010. He is co-chair of the Wilson Center’s Polar Institute, and active in other Arctic Policy and research non-profits.  

In business, he is Chairman and CEO of QilakLNG, and Vice-Chair, Alaska of Alaska to Alberta Railway.  He is former President of Anchorage-based Pt Capital, and previously helped start two public technology firms, NASDAQ-listed Digimarc and Toronto listed Immersive Media, which developed the spherical camera which pioneered StreetView for Google.  

He serves on the boards of Pt Capital, Ryan Air, chairs the Polar Advisory Board for the satellite firm Iridium.  He is leading Commonwealth North’s Arctic Policy review and was recently elected to the global board of the Explorers Club.  Mead is a member of Anchorage "Downtown" Rotary and a Paul Harris Fellow.  

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Biology of Investing – Nature, Nurture, Physiology and Cognition

About Dr. John R. Nofsinger
Professor John Nofsinger is the Interim Dean and holds the William H. Seward Endowed Chair in International Finance at the College of Business and Public Policy, University of Alaska Anchorage. He also has been on the faculty at Washington State University and Marquette University. He is also a portfolio manager for Denali Advisors. 
Although he has authored (or coauthored) 14 finance books, he is likely best known for behavioral finance. This may come from his popular book, The Psychology of Investing, 6e and his new book, The Biology of Investing. These books have been translated into eleven languages.
Dr. Nofsinger is also a prolific scholar, publishing 73 peer reviewed journal articles in prestigious academic journals and practitioner journals and in all areas of finance.
In addition, he has a great deal of experience and a passion for teaching. Professor Nofsinger has taught many different courses and taught them at undergraduate, masters, and doctoral levels. His course designs include creative structures and different delivery methods.
John is married and has two adult children. Also, he is a 5-time Ironman and a Spartan Trifecta finisher. 
2021 Bond Review
Lance Wilber, Director of Management & Budget for the Municipality of Anchorage, will be presenting an overview of the seven MOA bond propositions totalling $59.58M  in the April 6, 2021 Election.
Lance is a long-time Rotarian, a Paul Harris Fellow, and past president of the Anchorage East Rotary Club.  
Camilla Nordmann is doing her best, trying to keep the Hostel open all year around.
Anchorage International Rotary has hosted dozens of youth exchange (YE) students since the program first came to Alaska in the 1960's.  Many of these students remain in contact with their host families long after their exchange ends.  Camilla Nordman was an exchange student around 2014/2015 who has now opened a hotel in Skagen, Denmark!   See the press release on her new venture below followed by the interpretation of a few words from Camilla.
09. marts 2021
On January 1, the 26-year-old skagbo, Camilla Nordmann, bought Dan Hostel Skagen (formerly Skagen Ny Vandrerhjem) from Rolf Hauge, who built and has operated the hostel since 1994. "I have first, due to corona, officially opened the hostel on March 1, and I look forward servicing the many guests who choose to stay here with me" Camilla Nordmann tells SkagensAvis, who stopped by this morning.
According to Camilla will the place be driven in the same spirit as Rolf Hauge, in which he has been successful for the last 25 years.  “I have chosen to keep all the staff. However, I need to hire a new janitor, as he has previously retired,” says Camilla Nordmann. (See advertisement here in the newspaper with the job advertisement).
After 1 year as an exchange student in Alaska, Camilla graduated from Frederikshavn Gymnasium and Frederikshavn Handelsskole, before taking the 2.5-year sabbath, which she used to travel most of the world. Since then, she has been learned within the travel industry at Happydays in Frederikshavn. “On my many trips around the world, I have stayed in lots of hostels and there I fell in love with the atmosphere there. It was at that time, that my first thoughts to run a hostel in Skagen was fostered. When I got the opportunity to buy the hostel after Rolf I was in no doubt, and now I am more than ready to give it all that it takes here in Skagen.
Camilla does not have it from strangers, renting rooms. Her aunt Gitte Nordmann, who owns several hotels in Skagen, including Foldens Hotel, Skagen Hotel and Skagen Motel. The last-mentioned place did Camilla managed in 2020, so she knows a whole lot about what it means to run a room rental in Skagen.
The hostel has 24 rooms and there are 7-8 employees.
Camilla interpreted several words to explain the above press release in English:
Skagbo: A person who lives in Skagen and has done it for generations.
Vandrehjem: is the word for hostel in danish.
SkagenAvis: is the name of the newspaper.
Gymnasium: Is a school witch we go to after finishing 9th or 10th grade – kind of a mix between collage and high school in USA.
Handelsskole: kind of the same as a Gymnasium but this is the place you study if you want to have a career in the business industry.
"Update - What's Going on in Juneau?"

Matt Claman followed his dream and came to Alaska in 1980, working as a cook in remote mining camps. After graduating from law school, Matt returned to Alaska to make his home, raise his family, and establish his career.
Matt was elected to the Alaska State House in November 2014 and has been serving since January 2015. He is known as as a reasonable, hard-working legislator who is dedicated to finding solutions that work for Alaska and the West Anchorage community.
Prior to service in the State House, Matt served on the Anchorage Assembly beginning in 2007. His colleagues unanimously elected him Chair of the Anchorage Assembly in 2008. He became the Acting Mayor of Anchorage in 2009 when then-Mayor Mark Begich became our United States Senator. As Acting Mayor at the height of the 2008-2009 financial crisis, Matt tackled difficult fiscal decisions and moved the community forward. He led efforts to reduce the municipal budget by $20 million, approximately 5%, and negotiated concessions with bargaining units to achieve a balanced budget.
An attorney for over 29 years, Matt has served the needs of Alaskans and understands a lawyer’s role in helping people solve problems. He has represented commercial fishermen, loggers, families in crisis, local businesses, and individuals. He managed his own small law business for over 11 years. A skilled teacher, Matt taught law classes at the University of Alaska Anchorage. His colleagues elected Matt to the Board of Governors of the Alaska Bar Association in 200 – and its president in 2007.
Matt has also served on the Heritage Land Bank Advisory Commission and on the board of several local non-profit organizations.
Matt Claman and his wife Lisa Rieger have raised two children in Anchorage. Maia and Ben both graduated from West Anchorage High School.
Matt is a licensed Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and accomplished professional wilderness guide. An active hiker, biker, boater, and skier, you’ll often find Matt enjoying the beauty of Alaska with friends and family on our trails and in our parks.

Tami Eller is a lifelong Alaskan who currently works as the Associate Director of Community Programs at AK Child & Family.  She received her Master’s in Counseling Psychology from Alaska Pacific University.  Her passion is to work with individuals and families impacted by FASD.  In 2019, Tami traveled to Australia with the Rotary International Vocational Exchange Team and presented at the District Conference and also to our club in June 2019.  Tami also received a Rotary scholarship for college.
Allen Lewis is a former member of the United States Air Force who has resided in the State of Alaska for 35 years. He began his career with AK Child & Family in Residential Services as a Psychiatric Treatment Counselor in 2015. A year later, he briefly transferred to Case Manager before finding his niche in 2016 as the agency’s Recruitment Specialist in the Licensing Department. Since 2002, Allen and his wife have opened their home to young people as foster parents offering a safe and nurturing home to those in need. In 2007, Mr. and Mrs. Lewis received additional training to upgrade their home and expand their talents to provide therapeutic foster care services for children who have experienced traumatic events in their lives. They continued as Therapeutic Foster Parents until the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, however, they continued providing foster care services for a young man who has been a member of their home for nearly seven years.  
Sue Perles, CEO and #1 Fan of Special Olympics Alaska will be the program this week.
Special Olympics Alaska exists to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. We provide continuing opportunities for athletes to develop physical fitness, to demonstrate courage, to experience joy and to participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.
Barbara Schuhmann (shoe – men) and Jo Kuchle (coo-klee) are: both from Kentucky, both attended all girls Catholic schools, both are attorneys and were law partners at CSG in Fairbanks before Barbara retired (she’s so smart), both married Alaska men, both have two children, both have been President of the Rotary Club of Fairbanks, both love Rotary and both drink wine.
Sarah Burtner has been the Community Engagement Coordinator for Habitat For Humanity since 2019.  The theme of her remarks was ways you can support Habitat For Humanity without lifting a hammer.  For those who may be unfamiliar with the organization, Habitat for Humanity, or HfH, assists families in owning and occupying affordable housing.  They do that primarily by building modest homes that families help build and then occupy.  The family's labor, or sweat equity, becomes a portion of the down payment.  After occupancy, the residents pay the mortgage at a low interest rate and ultimately become the free and clear owner of the property.  In a typical year, HfH builds 3 homes.
Ms. Burtner’s focus Friday was the ReStore retail location occupying part of the former REI on Spenard Road between northern Lights Blvd and Benson.  The location accepts donations of appliances and building materials and then sells them at affordable prices.  The store makes usable items available at much reduced cost and prevents usable materials from going to the landfill.  Nelson Defendorf had positive stories of both donating and purchasing items from the store.  Mark Cosby told of his experience as a property insurance adjuster visiting the homes.  He was uniformly impressed with the care and maintenance he saw in those homes.
Joel Bacon started working at C-SPAN as in intern in the summer of 2013 and has been with the company ever since. He helps lead C-SPAN’s community relations team which seeks to engage students, teachers, civic groups, public officials and those interested in politics to share how C-SPAN’s unfiltered mission and resources can be used as a “Window on Washington” to follow the daily happenings of the Federal government.
Since interning, Joel has spent his time at C-SPAN as the receptionist, as a Book TV production assistant, as a traveling C-SPAN representative, and as a producer for C-SPAN’s signature call-in show the Washington Journal.
Joel grew up in an Air-Force family and has lived and traveled all over the map, and although he’s called Capitol Hill home for the last 6 years he recently got married and now lives happily in Northern Virginia.
Update on ANC - new developments for a new world.
Jim Szczesniak (says-knee-ak) is the Airport Director at the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC).  He is the executive in charge of day-to-day operations of the sixth busiest air cargo airport in the world that was recently rated the best air cargo airport in North America.  The Anchorage airport processes 2.8 million tons of cargo per year, is the strategic link between Asia and the Americas, and a base of operations for all three of the major integrators, UPS, FedEx, and DHL.  The Anchorage airport is also the hub for Alaskan aviation and welcomes more than five million passengers per year.  The Anchorage airport a key economic engine to Alaska providing $1.8 billion in annual economic impacts and is responsible for 1 in 10 jobs in the Anchorage area.  He also oversees the world’s busiest seaplane base, Lake Hood, which is located next to the airport.  
Prior to his position in Anchorage, Mr. Szczesniak was Deputy Commissioner of Aviation for the Chicago O’Hare and Midway International Airports. 
Mr. Szcznesiak holds a MBA from the University of Chicago and a Bachelor’s in aviation management from Southern Illinois University.  He is also a licensed commercial pilot and aircraft mechanic.
Sarah Riffer is the Executive Director for the Armed Services YMCA of Alaska.  She has been with YMCA for 18 years, coming to the ASYMCA of Alaska in January of 2017.  She has an undergraduate degree in biology and recreation.  She has lived as far east as Virginia and as far west as Unalaska, AK, and a few places in between.  She is married with twin 8-year old daughters.  Sarah was called to serve the mission of the YMCA and weaves this not only into her vocation, but to all aspects of her life.  Our speaker from January 4th, Sarah Riffer pictured with President Debra and Treasurer Joe Zimmermann.  .

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.

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.
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