August 2022
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Anchorage International

Peace Through Service

We meet In Person & Online
Fridays at 12:00 PM
Coast International Inn and Zoom
3450 Aviation Avenue
P.O. Box 100516
Anchorage, AK 99510-0516
United States of America
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It was a rainy weekend; but this did not stop our AIR Rotarians from enduring the heaviest rain to clean Wisconsin Road and Balto Seppala Park! 
Big thank you to Mark, Rick (with a K), and Kevin who outfitted us with supplies, and Neil from Straightline who 
provided both the street sweeper and a pair of hands.
We got to see Mark's impressive camper bus project which kept the coffee, doughnuts, and their consumers dry.  Neat bus Mark!
Photos courtesy of Angie, who diligently documents all of our activites.
Lt Col Jay Tung retired as the Chief of Training, 611th Air Operations Squadron, Crisis Action Team Director, and Chief of Strategy, Alaska NORAD Region, Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska.  In these positions, he oversaw mission qualification and continuation training for the Alaska Air Operations Center and directed crisis action planning and strategy development for the North American air sovereignty mission in the Alaskan area of operations. He graduated with academic distinction and honors from the United States Air Force Academy in 1987. He is a command pilot with over 3,700 flying hours in the KC-135A/Q/R, T-38A, and C-5A/B. 
Lt Col Tung has extensive operational experience from numerous activities to include DESERT SHIELD/STORM, DESERT STRIKE, ALLIED FORCE, UNIFIED ASSISTANCE, and NORTHERN DENIAL.  He has served at squadron through numbered air force levels as instructor pilot in both the KC-135 and C-5, flight examiner, flight commander, operations planner, and Chief of Safety.
Lt Col Tung is married to the former MaryLee Hyndman of Cheyenne WY.  They have two sons, EJ and Joe.
Aug 87 - Aug 88: Student, Undergraduate Pilot Training, Reese AFB TX
Sep 88 – Dec 88: KC-135 Combat Crew Training, Castle AFB CA
Jan 89 – Oct 90: Pilot, KC-135A, 906th Air Refueling Squadron (Heavy) Minot AFB ND
Nov 90 – Mar 91: Pilot, KC-135A/Q, 1703rd and 1709th Air Refueling Squadrons (Provisional), Riyadh and Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Apr 91 – Dec 93: Pilot, Aircraft Commander, Instructor Pilot, KC-135A/R, Flight Commander, 906th Air Refueling Squadron, Minot AFB ND
Dec 93 – Sep 96: Instructor Pilot, KC-135R, Assistant Chief of Training, Chief of Standardization/Evaluation, 909th Air Refueling Squadron, Kadena AB Japan
Sep 96 – Mar 97: Chief of Wing Tanker Plans, 18th Operations Support Squadron, Kadena AB Japan
Mar 97 – Jun 97: C-5 Aircraft Commander Initial Qualification and Air Refueling Qualification, Altus AFB OK
Jul 97 – Aug 98: Aircraft Commander, C-5A/B, 9th Airlift Squadron, Dover AFB DE
Sep 98 – Jun 00: Instructor Pilot, Deputy Chief of Safety, 436th Airlift Wing, Dover AFB DE
Jul 00 – Jun 01: Student, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB AL
Jul 01 – Aug 04: Chief of Safety, 11th Air Force, Elmendorf AFB AK
Sep 04 – Sep 07: Chief of Training, 611th Air Operations Squadron, Elmendorf AFB AK
1987 Bachelor of Science in Management (Academic Distinction and Honors), United States Air Force Academy
1992 Joint Employment Tactics School (Outstanding Performer)
1993 Squadron Officer School (Distinguished Graduate), Air University
1998 Master of Arts in Military Science (Air Warfare), American Military University
1998 Flight Safety Officer Course, Southern California Safety Institute
2001 Master of Arts in Military Operational Art (Top Performer), Air Command and Staff College, Air University
2001 Chief of Safety Course, USAF Safety Center
2004 Air War College, correspondence
Flight Information
Rating: Command Pilot
Flight Hours: over 3,700
Aircraft Flown: KC-135A/Q/R, T-38A, C-5A/
Throughout this year, Past President Rick Schmidt spearheaded a book drive for AK Child and Family, partnering up with the organization's Director of Development, our very own PP Angela Rush. AIR Rotarians collected over 1,000 books and games for children and youths of the AK Child and Family, and have more than enough to initiate the creation of a Bird House Library at Clare House. 
Big thank you to Title Wave Books, Past District Governor Diane Fejes, and other Rotary Clubs in the area who helped make this project a big success!!
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June 14th, under a warm summer sun,  volunteers from Anchorage International Rotary Club and volunteers from the Wilson Albers company gathered to weed the Clare House Gardens grounds.
Marvelous volunteers helping a very grateful Clare House staff!! Those who are interested in volunteering, please click the link here.
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Saturday, July 9th, several AIRC Rotarians volunteered to decorate and prepare for the annual Alaska Flag Day celebration on the AK Child & Family campus in Anchorage.  Blue & gold table cloths were spread, balloons were filled with helium, coolers of beverages and ice cream were prepped for the crowd of children, staff and families to enjoy.  Rotarians also washed their hands & donned masks and gloves, to serve a catered dinner by Mo's Deli to the masses. The afternoon was a fantastic success under the tutelage of the amazing, sensational Ms. Angie Rush.  Way to go, team!
The Alaska Flag Day celebration is held annually on July 9th.  Save the date for 2023!
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June 23rd, 2022 marked the conclusion of President Ric Schmidt's term, and the passing of baton to our new President Jay Tung. As we transition back to in-person meetings President Jay is hoping to bring the energy and fun back to our Friday noon experience.  Not to suggest that now past Presidents Art and Ric weren’t doing everything possible to keep our club relevant.  We can all agree it has been a unique and challenging time.  The enthusiastic turn out for the changing-of-the-guard at the Wakefield’s (big thank you to the Wakefield's hospitality for opening their home!) was a sign of how anxious we are to return to something closer to normal.

It is going to be a great Rotary year!
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Rotarians assembled for a wonderful service project benefitting Clare House and foster children in our community. Thank you Mark & Kevin for coordinating the grant projects with Ted’s always helpful guidance. Each child will leave their current placement with a Rotary bag filled with educational and fun items. Thank you Tim and Stellar Designs for providing the bags and all the goodies. Thank you club members for an awesome day of service.
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Fellow Anchorage International Rotarians,
Wow, we did it!  Thank you, thank you, thank you to all who bought bouquets, donated directly, assembled/packaged, and delivered 224 bundles of Fall happiness.  Thanks to Past President Angie for taking the great pics and to Janine and Becky (coconspirators) for initiating this great project.
Good news: looks like we’ll net around $7K and fund about half of our charities budget.  However, we still need to cover the remainder and replenish our reserves.
So more good news, you’ll have yet another opportunity for club/community service in the near future.
We’re always soliciting fundraising ideas and more helping hands (to make light work).  Please share your rainmaking thoughts with President Ric, P.E. Jay, or President Elect-Elect Becky.
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Lisa Sauder is the CEO for Beans Cafe, Inc. a grass roots, non-profit organization based in Anchorage, Alaska.  The organization focuses on serving the most vulnerable in her community, providing shelter and meals to the homeless and working poor and operating a child nutrition program.  Sauder has over 25 years of marketing, management and non-profit experience and directs all aspects of the organization’s two programs, The Children’s Lunchbox and Bean’s Cafe.  She is a graduate of Pepperdine University with a bachelor’s degree in political science and minor in communication.  In 2015 she was named Non-Profit Pro magazine’s executive director of the year. She is an active community volunteer and anti-hunger advocate. Her most interesting honor was serving as Lady Trapper for the 2019 Fur Rendezvous Festival in Anchorage.
Dr. Denise Runge joins us on July 16, to discuss UAA, what is happening with the university today, and what the future holds. 
Dr. Denise Runge is Provost and Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs at the University of Alaska Anchorage.  She previously served as UAA’s Dean of the Community & Technical College.  With over 25 years of experience in higher education as a faculty member, Dean, and senior administrator in four states, Denise brings a particular focus on collaboration, improving student access and success, and aligning educational programs to local needs. Dr. Runge holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy & Administration from the University of Alabama, and has written and lectured internationally on state, commercial, and Native gambling policies and their impacts. She and her husband Bill live in Eagle River; her two sons live in Tucson, AZ and in Philadelphia, PA.
Our own Dr. Helena Wisniewski spoke to us about AI and how it is changing our lives.  
Rotarian Dr. Helena Wisniewski is a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors in recognition of creating and facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life and the welfare of society. She has extensive executive and leadership experience in industry, the federal government, and academia and service on public and private boards of directors.  
She is a technological entrepreneur who has launched 12 startup companies across diverse technology areas, raised investment, built the businesses, and sold companies. She directed corporate-wide technology innovations as a Corporate Director at the Lockheed Corporation and vice president of Titan Corporation and ANSER. As founder and CEO of Aurora Biometrics, she built an international business and sold the company. While at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), she identified and directed many breakthrough advances in science, mathematics, engineering, and AI - as Manager of the Applied and Computational Mathematics Program. Before DARPA, she served at the CIA.
As Vice Provost for Research and Dean of the Graduate School at UAA, she led and grew the university’s research enterprise and developed a culture of entrepreneurship and innovation. She established UAA’s first technology commercialization infrastructure, dramatically increased the number of patents, created the Patent Wall of Fame, and launched its first startups. She created the Arctic Domain Awareness Center (ADAC) to develop and transition technologies to improve crisis response capabilities in the Arctic. As its Founding Director, she led the effort that won a multi-million dollar award from the Department of Homeland Security, making ADAC the first DHS Center of Excellence in Alaska. Before UAA, she was Vice President for University Research and Enterprise Development at Stevens Institute of Technology; she tripled research revenues, launched nine startups, and sold two.
She is currently Chair, Management, Marketing, Logistics and Business Analytics Department, and a tenured Professor of Entrepreneurship and in the College of Business and Public Policy. She established the first Alaska Chapter of the National Academy of Inventors and successfully organized the CBPP Business Plan Competitions. She developed and taught the first CBPP AI course, created five certificates, and established the Business Analytics and AI Lab in collaboration with the College of Engineering.
She was recently appointed Editor of the new journal AI Education, a journal of Technology & Innovation of the National Academy of Inventors. She co-Authored the Book: Creating an Eco System for Academic Entrepreneurship. Among her awards is the Vocational Service Award from the Anchorage International Rotary Club, Paul Harris Fellow, Graduate Teacher of the Year, the 2001 Women in Technology Award for Entrepreneurship, Award of Honor in Recognition of Extraordinary Leadership, and Management from Lockheed, Special Recognition Award from DARPA, a Special Achievement Award from the CIA.  She has provided testimony on emerging technologies to a US Senate Committee and Alaska state legislators.
She earned her Ph.D. in mathematics from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, her MS in Mathematics from Stevens Institute of Technology, and her BA in mathematics from William Paterson University, where she is a Distinguished Alumni.
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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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.
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.  
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.
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