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Nov 20, 2020 Program: Alaska Eating Disorders Alliance Trygve Erickson 2020-11-19 09:00:00Z 0

November 13, 2020 Program:  Sarah Riffer, Armed Services YMCA

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.  .
November 13, 2020 Program: Sarah Riffer, Armed Services YMCA Trygve Erickson 2020-11-12 09:00:00Z 0

What you missed:  Nov 6 Adam Hays "Those Dam Rotarians"

Adam Hays  is a Russian Jack Rotarian who responded to a solicitation from “Those Dam Rotarians.” The name was intriguing enough for him to read the message.  It was an invitation to travel to India to a small village several hours from Delhi to live in a tent and build a dam!  Mr. Hays couldn’t resist. 
After two days on airplanes he arrived in Delhi.  He showed us that India is almost twice the size of Alaska and asked that we picture 1900 residents for each Alaskan to get an idea of the population density.  The first impression is the pollution.  He compared it to our worst day of wild fire smoke but with a more chemical smell and taste.  Delhi has grown 50% is the past 8 years, from 20 to 30 million residents.
Among the sights he noted on the drive to the dam site one of his favorites was a small road side store featuring cigarettes, the spiciest chips you can imagine and laser eye surgery! 
Adam stands out due to his 6’6” height.  He felt like Brad Pitt walking down main street with the crowds he drew.  Children had never seen anyone so big.  They were also enamored by his light skin tone.  They enjoyed pinching him and watching his skin get white and then pick when they released!  Peels of laughter every time. Among his surprises was the “tents” they were assigned.  He described them as palatial and photos looked like something from the Arabian Nights.  Food was catered and superb.  Another thing they noticed was when residents saw the Rotary Wheel they stuck out their tongue.  Took them a bit to realize that their previous experience with Rotary was volunteers administering polio vaccine.  They learned to explain that they were the dam Rotarians not the polio Rotarians.
The project was to build a check dam.  The purpose is to slow the passage of water in the river during the monsoon season.  Gives the water a chance to percolate into the soil so wells remain usable longer.  A dam of this type can be the difference between one harvest a year and three harvests. That can be the difference between continued life and literal starvation. The completed structure looks like a wide rock fence.  The project budget was about one hundred thousand dollars and serves a population of 6200.
The construction force was mainly women.  Men showed up for some jobs and when pictures were being taken.  The rest of the time men were engaged at who knows what?  At the beginning of the work the foreign volunteers noticed that these women who were hauling concrete in what Hays described as big salad bowls, had barely intact sandals.  They ordered new athletic shoes from Delhi for about two dollars a pair.  The day after they women received their new shoes they were back at work in the same raggedy sandals.  The workers explained that they were saving their fancy new shoes for special occasions!
The dam was successfully completed with pictures to show. 
Mr. Hays was a fine presenter about a gratifying hands on program.  Our thanks to President Art Clark for booking the talk.
What you missed: Nov 6 Adam Hays "Those Dam Rotarians" Trygve Erickson 2020-11-11 09:00:00Z 0
October 30th Program: Ghost Tours of Anchorage Trygve Erickson 2020-10-28 08:00:00Z 0

What you missed:  October 23, 2020 RI Past President Rick King

Our speaker last Friday was past RI President Rick King.  Mr. King is a retired trial lawyer who also has worked as a stand-up comedian in Las Vegas!  His talk was recorded at the Western President Elect Training Seminar, PETS.  King speaks at these seminars annually and makes an impression every time.  President Art scheduled the program. Mr. King’s impact was also remembered by PP Joe Zimmerman from his PETS as President-elect in 1993.  Use the link to view the talk at your convenience.
What you missed: October 23, 2020 RI Past President Rick King Trygve Erickson 2020-10-28 08:00:00Z 0

Oct 9, 2020:  Greg Wolf, Exec Dir. World Trade Center Anchorage


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.
Oct 9, 2020: Greg Wolf, Exec Dir. World Trade Center Anchorage Trygve Erickson 2020-10-14 08:00:00Z 0

First Female President of Rotary International


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.

First Female President of Rotary International 2020-10-14 08:00:00Z 0

Meeting Notes:  October 9, 2020

38 members and guests joined us last Friday for our Zoom meeting.  Among the guests were Angie Rush’s in-laws Wayne and Judy Rush as well as Jody Olsen, Jane Pallister, Roshandra Jett and, from Anchorage East Rotary, Michael Archer.  We were pleased to see missing member Lynn Johnson was with us.
President Art Clark presided.  Dodie Pruessner led the Pledge of Allegiance.  Following the Pledge President Art suggested that in our future Zoom meetings all those, other than the person leading the pledge, mute their microphone.  Delays in the audio make it distracting otherwise.  Art then offered the Thought-for-the-day: I am merely a visitor here.  This planet and these people, and the circumstances that surround my existence are meant to help teach me understanding, compassion, empathy and love. 
There were several comments and congratulations for Leverette Hoover’s recognition as a University of Alaska Anchorage Alumni of Distinction.  We also learned that Leverette was planning on using a off screen cue card shuffler for his speech.  Wind made the cards unreadable, so Hoover had to rely on memory for his remarks.
In Happy Bucks Helena Wisniewski is organizing a competition for the best business plan within the community.  It will be judged by academics and finance folks and be a opportunity for aspiring entrepreneurs to gain feedback and experience. She pledged $5 as did Angie Rush for the company of her in-laws.  Rick Goodfellow had $5 as a wish for a good turnout Saturday for the Wisconsin Road clean-up.  Nelson Defendorf is having carpel tunnel surgery soon. He must be pretty confident in his surgeon as he only offered $1.  He had it some years ago to preserve his ability top grip the handlebars of a snow machine.  This time it is to maintain his ability to shoot!  Denise Runge had $5 for Leverette’s award. Bruce Erickson pledged $10 in excitement for the selection of Anchorage as a future site for the United States Golf Association event.  The event has already prompted changes to our golf course.  They removed a hill from the course in the past week.
Meeting Notes: October 9, 2020 Trygve Erickson 2020-10-14 08:00:00Z 0

What you missed last week:  Anchorage Police Chief

Anchorage Police Chief Justin Doll
Chief Doll was re-scheduled from his originally planned date several weeks ago. He was unable to attend then due to his required attendance at a Municipal Assembly budget work session that ran long.
The chief opened by stating that, in general, crime is declining in Anchorage.  He backed up that assertion with charts for the various classes of crime, such as crimes against persons, theft, armed robbery and the like with incidence over the past 5 years. The number of officers is currently at 430 with 445 authorized.  911 wait time, the number of seconds it takes a call to be answered, is at 11 seconds, down from 16 seconds and close to the national goal of 10 seconds.
 In answer to a question he discussed how the department brought down the incidence of car theft.  It was a mix of better communication among Patrol and Detectives, more attention in the preparation of cases presented to the district attorney and municipal prosecutor, revamped ordinance that made it a crime to be in a vehicle if there is visible evidence that it is stolen and willingness of federal prosecutors to pursue some cases under federal statute.
He talked about unrest in other areas of the country and APD’s work to become more transparent to citizens.  The department is not opposed to the addition of body cameras, but funding is a concern.  While the cameras themselves are not too expensive the storage and management of the resulting video files are daunting.  The department has had cameras in vehicles for about 8 years.  From that they can make a estimate of the resources needed to support the addition of body cameras.  Doll is in favor of leasing a system and contracting for data maintenance and upkeep, but that decision will be up to the administration, assembly and voters. 
Answering a question about traffic enforcement he told us that on a typical shift there are eight officers assigned to traffic enforcement.  During the evening and night there are several others assigned to impaired driving enforcement.  From 2012 until 2015 there was no traffic unit at APD.  Patrol officers will also make stops when workload permits and the severity of the offence.  Some offences, like impaired driving, are always a priority for commissioned officers, including detectives.  He encouraged citizens to leave a message on the traffic sergeants’ line, (907) 786-8949 if they know of an area needing enforcement. 
Questioned about the idea of specialized, non-law enforcement agencies handling some of the calls that are more related to social services and mental health the chief gave as an example the Community Patrol which responds to calls for public drunkenness.  Deputy Chief McCoy has spent time in Phoenix to observe their approach to this issue.  He agrees that police in general are tasked with handling many problems for which they are not best suited, such as social services and mental health emergencies.
Asked about the departments staff diversity he had figures showing that in minorities are represented in APD at about half the level they are in the local population.
The final question for Chief Doll was “can I buy coffee or lunch for a cop?” the answer was a strong no. (editors note: Department policy is if officer discovers someone has paid without their knowledge for goods or service they must still pay the full cost to the business and report the details)
Throughout the presentation Chief Doll showed a mastery of Zoom by fielding questions from the chat section and finding answers from his department data simultaneously.
What you missed last week: Anchorage Police Chief Trygve Erickson 2020-10-14 08:00:00Z 0
Saturday - Oct.10 - Wisconsin Drive Cleanup James Goodfellow 2020-10-08 08:00:00Z 0
October:  Economic & Community Development Month 2020-10-08 08:00:00Z 0

Girl Teen Empowerment Summit

Posted by Cathie Straub
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.
Girl Teen Empowerment Summit Cathie Straub 2020-10-08 08:00:00Z 0

Meeting notes:  October 2, 2020

Posted by Trygve Erickson
31 Rotarians and guests joined us last Friday on Zoom.  Guests included Jody Olsen, Jane Pallister and from UAA John Tichotsky, Alexander James and Jonathan Alevy.  Our speaker, Russell Reid joined early and explained his Zoom background picture as being of Denali taken from “one of those precarious little planes” and thusly destroying any Alaskan cred he might have had.  Our meeting was conducted by Immediate Past President Angie Rush.  President Art Clark was missing without explanation. Presider Angie brought the meeting to order promptly at noon. 
Bruce Erickson offered thoughts for the day from Thomas Jefferson.  He reminded us that Jefferson was 33 years old when he assumed the presidency.  Jefferson quotes offered were, “In matters of style swim with the current, in matters of principal stand like a rock” and “Ours is not a democracy it is instead a democracy of those who participate.”
Comments were made about Boyd Morgenthaler’s classy looking yellow rain suit.  He explained that the picture was taken at an abandoned mine on the Kenai Peninsula that he later learned has deteriorated, leaking dynamite in the shaft.  Just as well the entrance was blocked.  Happy bucks were proffered by Debra Mason in thanks for Janine Becka’s distributing Happy buck invoices.  Nelson Defendorf had $3 in relief that his kid (grandkid?) has quickly found employment.  Jonathan Tarrant has one dollar in relief that it is just one month until the arrival of the baby Tarrant #3. Baby is due November 3.  Rick Goodfellow offers $5 hoping volunteers for our continuing club project to clean-up Wisconsin Drive (Editor's note:  Volunteers meet at 10:00am this Saturday for the clean-up). 
The Trueblood’s, Tim and Ted, had $5 for a successful hunt on the Denali Highway in every respect other than shooting anything.  Mark Cosby offers $5 as he has a nearby kid to play with Nelson Defendorf’s grandchild keeping both kids happy. Sheri Showalter had charming daughter Luci as a guest.
Meeting notes: October 2, 2020 Trygve Erickson 2020-10-08 08:00:00Z 0

What you missed last week:  Russell Reid, PhD

Posted by Trygve Erickson
October 2 Speaker:  Russell Reid PhD on Sovereign Wealth Funds
Dr Reid Zoomed in from his home office in the lower 48.  He has extensive investment experience with a variety of firms, including several years as the Chief Investment Officer for the Sovereign Wealth Fund (SWF) we know best, the Alaska Permanent Fund (APF).  He is currently with the Sea Change Group. 
SWF’s are a relatively new form of public investment mechanism.  The first such fund was formed by Kuwait as they prepared for independence from the United Kingdom in 1953.  There are about 100 such funds with the three largest, Norway, China and Abu Dubai, each valued at over one trillion dollars, US.  There are several others, mostly Arab League nations each worth over a half trillion dollars.  In the US there are a dozen SWF’s with Alaska being the largest.  Other state SWF’s have been funded with income from resource extraction, such as Wyoming, New Mexico and the Texas Permanent Schools fund. 
The worldwide recession of 2008/2009 brought about change in SWF’s status.  Prior to that downturn SWF’s were not appreciated as investors relative to their financial clout.  They were perceived as secretive and not necessarily dependable.  Since then SWF’s have organized, improved transparency and now acknowledged as a stabilizing force in markets.  That is partly due to the nature of the other massive investors.  Pension funds and insurance companies are restricted in their investment strategies to favor fixed income securities, such as bonds and other highly liquid investments.  SWF’s on the other hand can take long term positions in infrastructure, venture capital firms and bio-tech.  The Alaska Permanent Fund has done very well with bio-tech investments.  SWF’s have  special access to funds that are being repatriated by a given nation.  This is the source of China’s SWF fund.  Some of the largest funds act like a central bank.  Interestingly enough it is through the APF that the US FED has access to the SWFs.  SWFs hold about half of the US Treasury debt!
Among questions were, “Have any SWFs gone broke?” Yes, Mongolia mismanaged theirs and if folded.  They are trying again.  “Can I mirror a SWFs investment in my personal portfolio?”  Generally only in the public stock holdings as much of the SWF money goes to private offerings such as real estate and infrastructure projects.  Other questions were will SWFs continue to denominate their holdings in the US dollar and who benefits from the funds.  Dr. Russell predicts the US dollar will continue to be the choice of the funds and as to who benefits, “It depends.”  Some countries such as Kuwait spend income for the public good.  Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates send the income to the royal families and broad benefit is harder to recognize.
What you missed last week: Russell Reid, PhD Trygve Erickson 2020-10-08 08:00:00Z 0

October 9, 2020 Program - Anchorage Police Department

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.
October 9, 2020 Program - Anchorage Police Department Trygve Erickson 2020-09-17 08:00:00Z 0
The Four Way Test Trygve Erickson 2020-08-19 08:00:00Z 0

Last week's program:  Jeff Johnson on YE

What you missed last week
Jeff Johnson on Student Exchange in Dist. 5010
Jeff Johnson from Palmer has been a Rotarian since 2002 and involved with student exchange since 2004.  He serves as the District Youth Exchange Officer.
Annually, Rotary International (RI) has about eight thousand kids in the exchange program worldwide.  Last year, District 5010 had 21 kids outbound and 21 inbound.  In past years the program included as many as 33 district clubs; 21 are currently participating.  Each participating club pays seven thousand dollars which funds two students, one inbound and one outbound.  Each student (or their family) pays the same dollar amount for travel no matter where they go.  While the exchange program is a separate item in the District budget, it is larger than all other items in that budget combined.
RI has not prohibited student exchanges during the COVID-19 crisis, but the program requirements are so onerous that virtually all districts have chosen to put the program on pause for a year.  During the break Mr. Johnson and exchange officers from the clubs are working to make the program stronger and easier for clubs to participate in.  Among the changes planned are a scheme to make finding homes for inbound students easier by with assistance from the District to clubs.  Nina Mann told that her experience with AIR’s program was that other clubs hoarded information about families willing to house students.  Mr. Johnson said that has been an issue and will be addressed by the changes.  The program will be working hard to involve adults who participated in the program as students years - even decades - ago.  They are a asset but Rotary loses track of them after their schooling ends.
Johnson recounted the hurdles at getting students home during the pandemic.  A decision was made in late March that students could continue their exchange year if desired.  Quickly it became clear that if kids remained some could become stranded due to the mass suspension of air service; continuation of the exchanges was impossible.  Flights were reduced by 90% and government sponsored repatriation flights were the only choice to some countries, particularly in South America and Africa.  By May 1st, half of all the students had returned home.  Due to the fast-moving virus numerous students experienced delays on their trip home.  Johnson has been successful at calling exchange and club officers to step in.  Those Rotarians responded to their local airport to rescue kids stuck at airports until flights could be re-booked.
Last week's program: Jeff Johnson on YE Trygve Erickson 2020-08-19 08:00:00Z 0
Elizabeth Stevens - Keep Alaska Competitive Steve Strait 2020-07-30 08:00:00Z 0

What you missed... :)

Meeting notes July 24
In before the meeting comments, we heard Janine and Bruce complain about the weather and learned that Jules and President Art go to the same gym.  I am guessing it is not the Alaska Rock Gym.  We also learned that Janine is tracking all our pledges given in happy bucks and fines…
President Art called the 24 participants to order promptly at noon.  Group included visitor Rashswandra Jett formerly from Nome.  Carl Schroeder led us in the Pledge.  Then Jay Tung gave the Thought for the Day.  He grumbled that he had one hour to think of something and haste made him think of the Navy.  The ship that burned for most of the last week the US Bonhomme Richard, named for the Navy’s first ship. That brought several naval related sayings.  Among them were “I have not yet begun to fight” and “Small leaks sink great ships” and your editor’s favorite “Well done is better than well said.”
Nina Mann was happy she didn’t do any more damage to herself than she did removing the wire ties holding a dog kennel Toni Holmes brought with her from Mexico.  She ended up at the ER and some thoughtful person, remembering Nina and Toni’s work history asked if that was Pet Emergency?  It was not.  Tim Trueblood was happy for the truck load of computers donated by Tim Ellis of Stellar Design for the North Star School computer project.  Much appreciated!  Kevin Fimon pledged $10 as a make up for his time spent subsistence dip netting and harvesting rhubarb.  Bruce E. was happy for last week’s speaker and advised that he and Becky Erickson are recruiting for, and attending precinct workers and training for August 18th primary and general elections.  Steve Strait has been contacted by John Spaulding asking when we are going to resume regular meetings.  Steve briefed him and offered to demonstrate how to participate in our Zoom meetings. That is a non-starter for Mr. Spaulding.  Immediate Past President Angie is twenty dollars happy to be sending her boy off to college in Montana.  Finally, Ted Trueblood is happy to the tune of $10 for his upcoming makeup in St. Petersburg RU, rekindling friendships made during his term as District Governor.
Program notes from last week’s presentation by Member Jules  Tileston
Chugach National Forest was established in 1907 and the program was slides and commentary from Jules about Resurrection Bay and Prince William Sound, all within the Chugach.  Program was spectacular and reminds us that now and then Zoom can be better than a face to face meeting.  The quality of images by Jules was better seen on our personal screens than on a distant grainy screen at the Coast.  Jules presents about once a year and it is always a wonderful program!
What you missed... :) Trygve Erickson 2020-07-30 08:00:00Z 0

Dave Karp - Keep Alaska Competive

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.
Dave Karp - Keep Alaska Competive Steve Strait 2020-07-30 08:00:00Z 0

July 24th Zoom Meeting Information

Topic: Anchorage International Rotary Club Meeting July 24, 2020 - Jules Tileston - "Road Trip of Chugach National Forest/Prince William Sound"

Time: Jul 24, 2020 11:45AM Alaska
Meeting ID: 850 7618 3292

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Jules and Peg in Chugach National Forest

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.
Jules and Peg in Chugach National Forest Jules Tileston 2020-07-23 08:00:00Z 0

Staying Relevant during COVID-19

Fellow Rotarians:
I've gleaned the below from multiple Rotarian sources as suggestions as how we can remain socially relevant and cohesive.
The Rotary Club of Deerfield Valley VT has organized a project to send thank you cards to first responders and uplifting greetings cards to nursing homes. They are also sending art supplies to children with Food for Kids packages. In addition, they have established phone chains to check on elderly and the sick, and are regularly donating food to the local pantry.
In District 6440 in Northeast Illinois, 46 clubs have received District Grants and are more than matching those funds. In two weeks, over $100,000 in donations have been made to food pantries, food banks, shelters for homeless families and veterans. The funds have also provided needed PPE to local health care workers and senior centers.
The West Allis WI club is providing face shields and masks to local health care facilities. Many clubs have established face mask making operations, such as those in North Chicago and Rockford IL and Manassas VA.
Engagement through Social Media Tools
Social Media is a great tool for engaging members and the general community every day. Clubs can optimize and concentrate their social media channels as a resource to bolster engagement during the hiatus from in-person contact. Many of these strategies can be used once you return to business as usual, so this may prove to be a pilot for your club.
Use social media prompts to mimic the fellowship your members enjoy during your meetings. Included among the resources are social media assets that you may use to start these online conversations. Here are few examples:
  • What are you reading?
  • Picture Contest: Sunrises
  • Kindness is Contagious
Social Media Takeovers
Allow various members to “take the reins” on your social channels and let them use pictures and stories to share how they’re dealing with the changes to daily living brought on by the pandemic. Here is a useful guide:
Migrating Meeting Activities to Social Media
  • ”Getting to know you” activities like Hot Seat or Member Profiles
  • Happy Bucks or Happy Dollars online (sample social assets are included in resources)
  • Asks members or “guest speakers” to record video presentations to promote through social channels. Have a member with an interesting hobby like beekeeping? Any business owners getting creative during the pandemic?  Have members who are passionate about particular service projects? Ask them to share a self-recorded video!
    • These can be recorded simply using a cell phone. Try to limit video recordings to 5-6 minutes maximum.
    • Remember to write engaging posts that encourage members and guests to interact with the content.
    • **Facebook Live is a great tool for short presentations featuring your members with interesting hobbies, because the audience can ask questions in real-time that the presenter can answer on the spot.
Engagement through Service (from Afar)
Of course, the BEST way to engage members is the same in-person or on-line! Get creative with ways to keep the spirit of service alive with your members!
Spread Good Will
  • Choose a local charity and ask all members to highlight it using their social channels. Choose a new charity each week! This is a great way to leverage the influence of Rotarian leaders to elevate causes that matter to your local community (and it might even sprout a future project collaboration!).
  • Coordinate with local hospitals or nursing homes for members to send cards or letters to combat loneliness from isolation in facilities that have limited visitors.
  • Ask members to make blankets for My Very Own Blanket or similar organizations
  • Challenge members to look through their homes and sort items that can be donated to charity. Once it is safe to do so, hold a group donation day to a local charity thrift store (remember to take pictures!).
  • Ask members to record themselves reading children’s books and post through your club’s social channels for parents to share with their children for “alt-tv time” during school closures.
  • Start a gift card drive. Ask members to purchase gifts cards (bonus points if it’s a local small business) and then mail them along with a note from the Rotarian to organizations that would be able to put them to good use
Creative Engagement Strategies
Chain Letters – Start a good old-fashioned-chain letter to engage members. See resources below for a template of an easy example to distribute via email.
Pen Pals – Develop a relationship with another club near or far to start “Rotary Pen Pals.” See the sample invitation letter. This is a great way to strike up a relationship with someone you’ve met at an International Convention or a District Conference. Invite the partnering club to share mailing addresses for their members and then assign each one to a member of your own club to start exchanging letters.
”Crash” an E-Club! – Share information about e-clubs with your members. Some e-clubs hold “virtual meetings” and some include online content. Anyone can peruse the websites of e-clubs and get inspired for other ways to maintain engagement without in-person meetings (they are the experts, after all!)
Board Buddies – Assign each of your board members (and possibly committee chairs) to 5-6 club members and ask them to maintain regular contact to foster engagement
Staying Relevant during COVID-19 Karl Schroeder 2020-05-15 08:00:00Z 0

Scott McMurren - Current Travel Issues

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.
Scott McMurren - Current Travel Issues Bruce Erickson 2020-05-15 08:00:00Z 0
Tim and Marie singing Happy Birthday Kevin Fimon 2020-05-07 08:00:00Z 0
Virtual Hug by Rotarians Penny and Chidie! Kevin Fimon 2020-05-07 08:00:00Z 0

Paul Harris Plus Members

Ginger George-Smith, Bruce Erickson, Becky Erickson, Debra Mason and Art Clark in presentation of Paul Harris level awards...
Paul Harris Plus Members Benjamin Schulman 2020-05-07 08:00:00Z 0

Rebecca Parker - Anchorage Senior Center

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.
Rebecca Parker - Anchorage Senior Center Bruce Erickson 2020-05-07 08:00:00Z 0
A Time to Endure Together Karl Schroeder 2020-04-30 08:00:00Z 0

Kelly Donnelly - Alaska SPCA

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!
Kelly Donnelly - Alaska SPCA Bruce Erickson 2020-04-30 08:00:00Z 0

Contributions for COVID-19 Relief

Hello Everyone!
Thank you to all who emailed their votes on the motion for COVID-19 funding.  A majority of you voted yes to funding motion.  The
complete tally is below:
  • 9 yes
  • 1 no
  • 3 abstained (did not respond to the email)
President Angie, President-elect Art and Sergeant of arms Jay participated in a district wide meeting on Tuesday with featured speakers Diane Kaplan of the Rasmuson Foundation and Nina Kemppel of the Alaska Community Foundation (ACF).  In summary, AIRC can contribute to the D5010 Rotary Cares Disaster Relief Fund​ through ACF.   Contributions to the Relief Fund will be matched dollar for dollar by the Rasmuson Foundation.  Additionally, we can designate to which organizations our contribution will be distributed, and the Rasmuson Foundation will be paying for the administration costs of this effort.  That means 100% of our donation goes to the non-profits!  AIRC will be taking advantage of this opportunity to DOUBLE our contributions.  If you want to learn more about this program, you can visit
We will move ahead and get funds out to Rotary / ACF indicating our charities as follows:
  • Food Bank - $2000
  • AK Child & Family - $500
  • Children's Lunchbox - $500
Take care and we hope to see all of you in the Zoom meeting on Friday!
Contributions for COVID-19 Relief Shari Showalter 2020-04-22 08:00:00Z 0

Jess Gutzwiler - Shelterbox USA

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
Jess Gutzwiler - Shelterbox USA Benjamin Schulman 2020-04-22 08:00:00Z 0

Iditarod Re-Start Party

Rotarians Tryg and Kim Erickson invite you to bring family and friends to the 10th annual Iditarod Re-start Party. The Erickson's generously open their home and backyard (which is on the Iditarod trail), where everyone can cheer on the mushers without all the crowds. There will be the best chili, hot dogs, chowder and so much more to enjoy. 
Not only is this an absolutely fun day of fellowship and cheering for teams, it is also a wonderful opportunity to donate if you wish, to the Rotary End Polio Now campaign. 
Iditarod Re-Start Party Benjamin Schulman 2020-03-04 09:00:00Z 0

District Conference

2020 District Conference
André Layral, District 5010
Governor 2019-2020
April 30 and May 1-3, 2020, Fairbanks, AK
It is with great pleasure that I invite you to attend the April 30th Peace Forum and the D5010 Rotary District Conference in Fairbanks on May 1-3, 2020.
Fairbanks is referred to as the Golden Heart City because of its genuine hospitality, its history as an energetic mining town, and its location in the heart of Interior Alaska.  Fairbanks is Alaska’s second largest city and a hub to many interior towns and villages.  We hope you will take time to get to know our town, visit the many interesting attractions and take advantage of the many excursions available before, during and after the conference.
For the first time a Rotary Peace Forum is planned to take the place of the District Training Assembly.  We have lined up a number of well known Rotary speakers (Nabil and Gayle Oudeh - Center for Conflict Resolution International; Paul Chappel - Nuclear Age Peace Foundation; Reem Ghunaim - Rotary Peace Action Center; Darragh Metzger who will share their unique perspective and stories on topics of Conflict Resolution, Peace Literacy, and the Rotary Peace Scholars Program that highlight their past and current Peace efforts throughout the world.
We are opening the Peace Forum to both Rotarians and Non-Rotarians so we can share these great speakers.  We encourage young leaders in particular to attend the Peace Forum and District Conference.  Special rates are available for young leaders who attend.
The District Conference is an opportunity to celebrate our club Presidents, President-Elects District officers and the many ways that Rotary Connects the World through our efforts to tackle life’s biggest challenges in Communities and Globally. We will recognize the many Rotarians who have been a part of the Rotary Team that has led our district in 2019-2020.
The conference will feature Youth who participate in our RYLA, Interact and Youth Exchange programs, and a few of the dedicated Rotarians who sponsor these programs.  You’ll meet a Masai warrior who is a Rotarian that started a Rotary Club in rural Africa.  You’ll meet a Rotary Peace Scholar and hear about the amazing work Rotary does that is helping create a more peaceful world.
Our challenge this year from President Mark Maloney was to Celebrate Rotary, Grow Membership, and help make Rotary more Family Friendly.  As I visited each of the 38 Clubs in our District, I met the most amazing Rotarians, had fun, participated in Duck Races, fundraiser events, Polio and Foundation events and saw firsthand many great projects implemented by Rotary clubs.
Come to the conference to be reacquainted with old friends, meet new ones and leave inspired to Connect the World!
See you in Fairbanks on April 30 through May 3rd.
Rotary truly does Connect the World!
Andre’ Layral
District Conference 2020-02-12 09:00:00Z 0

Foundation Auction

Also available.
Two Beth Rose Original Photo's on canvas:
  •  The Great One: Fireweed of Denali
  •  Alaska Autumn: Twin Peaks Trail
Made with love by Marylee Tung:
  • 68"x47" Northern Lights Stained Glass Quilt
*** Reminder***
We still need wine donations for the wine pull. Becky Erickson is happy to take them off your hands and she promises they will show back up at the Foundation Auction. Thanks to everyone participating to make this a success.
Foundation Auction 2020-01-22 09:00:00Z 0

Holiday Dinner for Clare House Friday

Anchorage International Rotary Club will be delivering a holiday dinner to the residents of Clare House at 4:00PM this Friday.  Past-president Kevin, President-elect Art, Dick Boysen, Jay and MaryLee Tung and others to shop, prepare and deliver holiday dinner items as well as breakfast items and holiday treats to the women and children currently residing at Clare House.  A big "thank you" as well so far also goes to Ginger George-Smith and Penny May for items and shopping money for Friday!!  This is Past-president Kevin's 11th year of Holiday dinner for Clare House.
Holiday Dinner for Clare House Friday Kevin Fimon 2019-12-19 09:00:00Z 0

Thank you Senator von Imhof!

President Angie and her friend from high school activities and current Alaska State Senator Natasha von Imhof!
Thank you Senator von Imhof! Kevin Fimon 2019-12-19 09:00:00Z 0

Atwood Military Lounge Open House

Hidden behind tall glass sculptures on the baggage level of the Ted Stevens International Airport in Anchorage is the entrance to the Armed Services YMCA’s home away from home for traveling active military soldiers, retired veterans and their families. For over 17 years they have enjoyed the amenities of the current Atwood Military Courtesy Lounge.

Thanks to the generosity of the Atwood Foundation, the Ted Stevens International Airport, Alaska USA FCU, ConocoPhillips, Petro Star and many others there is a space that welcomes weary soldiers, retirees and their families.

On Thursday, December 12 from noon to 4 pm, the ASYMCA kicked off its open house celebrating the Phase II refurbishing of the Atwood Military Lounge, featuring additional amenities and a longer list of financial and in-kind supporters. Every room has been updated and the new kitchen area features new appliances and a unique counter.  Also new furniture throughout, creating a cozy environment for weary travelers.

Representatives of all military branches, the Atwood Foundation, Ashley Furniture, Senator Lisa Murkowski’s office, Boeing, First National Bank Alaska, ConocoPhillips, Alaska USA FCU, General Mechanical, Petro Star Inc., BP, along with Retired General Mike Bridges, Ted Stevens International Airport administrators and other supporters shared coffee and cupcakes as ASYMCA Executive Director Sarah Riffer led tours of the updated facility.

“We are so happy to provide such a marvelous place of comfort and security to our military,” stated Sarah. “So many generous people, companies and organizations came together to help make this a reality. The entire ASYMCA Board of Directors is very excited to provide this wonderful lounge, along with our corporate, organization and individual partners.”

The military lounge is now open 24 hours a day to active duty personnel, thanks to a first-of-its-kind state-of-the-art card swipe security system provided at no cost by the Smart Switch company.

“With construction finished, our current need is for volunteers to take four-hour shifts between 8 am and midnight,” According to Sarah Riffer, “Volunteers can help give the personal touch and care during the day, while the new security system allows entry to the lounge for active duty personnel at night. Those interested in helping can contact the ASYMCA office at 907-552-9622 for an introductory tour and orientation before signing up for volunteer shifts.”

Our friend Sarah Riffer!

Atwood Military Lounge Open House Ric Schmidt 2019-12-19 09:00:00Z 0
"Ringing the Bells" for The Salvation Army Angie Rush 2019-12-19 09:00:00Z 0

Come share Holiday Fellowship and Cheer

Shari Showalter and her daughter Lucy!Nina Mann and her mother Carolyn!
We will not have a guest speaker this Friday so that we can enjoy club fellowship before we take a two week break for the holidays.  If you are feeling festive, please wear your favorite holiday cheer!
See you on Friday!
~President Angie
Come share Holiday Fellowship and Cheer Angie Rush 2019-12-19 09:00:00Z 0

Santa Mark

There's a new Santa in town. Mark Cosby has taken over the role and spent time volunteering with the Alaska Down Syndrome Network. I think he looks fantastic in this red and white hat over the homeless hat he wore last meeting. Mark Cosby, from your friends at AIRC, we appreciate what you do and those lives you are touching during the holidays. Our hats off to you. 
Santa Mark Benjamin Schulman 2019-12-12 09:00:00Z 0

AIRC Memorial Scholarship Fund Board of Trustees

AIRC Memorial Scholarship Fund Board of Trustees:  Mark Cosby, Kevin Fimon (Vice-chair), Dick Boysen, Bruce Erickson, Jan Ingram, Alison Biss, Joseph Zimmermann (Treasurer), Lynn Johnson, Nelson Defendorf, Boyd Morganthaler (Chair) and Tim Trueblood (Secretary).  Not present were Ray Ellis, Greg Wakefield and Debra Mason.
AIRC Memorial Scholarship Fund Board of Trustees Kevin Fimon 2019-10-31 08:00:00Z 0

AIRC Opera Tolerators!

Posted by James Goodfellow
Rotary is known for its success in combating three great maladies of our time:
Unsafe Water
Fear of Opera
This Friday you can do your part to combat the last one at the AIRC Opera Tolerators!
If you’d like to attend, contact Rick Goodfellow at (907) 529-2598 or his email
The “Barber of Seville” is by Giochino Rossini and it’s full of tunes you recognize.  It’s funny and irreverent.  In fact, in its day it was considered rather scandalous because (gasp) the servants are smarter and more moral than their masters.  There’s an optional dinner before hand.
Rick will get your tickets for you.  Reimburse him.  They are great seats which make it easy to follow the plot thanks to projected super titles.
Tickets come to $58.50 each, which includes a twenty-five percent discount.
The curtain goes up at 8 p.m.
Optional dinner (which is Dutch treat) begins at 6 p.m. at Kumagoro, on the north side of 4th Avenue between E and F Streets.
This is a good deal for experienced opera goers and a good excuse to try something new for people who have never attended one before.
AIRC Opera Tolerators! James Goodfellow 2019-10-31 08:00:00Z 0

Rebecca Barker - Anchorage Public Library

Rebecca Barker is the Community Resource Coordinator (CRC) at Anchorage Public Library. She is the first social worker to work full time in an Alaskan library system. Rebecca has worked in program evaluation research, street and shelter outreach and helped develop the Community Resource Coordinator role while still an MSW student intern at UAA.

The Anchorage Public Library Community Resource Coordinator is a grant-funded pilot project that provides outreach, information and assistance services for all patrons at the Loussac and Mountain View libraries, especially those patrons experiencing vulnerabilities. A collaboration between the Anchorage Health Department and the Anchorage Public Library, the project began in September 2018 and will run through December 2020.

The CRC connects library patrons with available community resources through direct outreach and innovative programs, community events, and collaborations with community partners. The CRC is supported by the UAA School of Social Work and coordinates with the Municipality of Anchorage Mobile Intervention Team (MIT) and the Anchorage Coalition to End Homelessness. The CRC also works with Library staff and security to identify and engage with vulnerable library patrons.

Rebecca is a lifelong Alaskan with multi-generational connections to the Anchorage Loussac Library.

Rebecca Barker - Anchorage Public Library Bruce Erickson 2019-10-31 08:00:00Z 0
October 25th AIRC Meeting Greeters!! Angie Rush 2019-10-31 08:00:00Z 0
October 10th Fireside Benjamin Schulman 2019-09-19 08:00:00Z 0

The Purple Flower

What does a purple flower have to do with ending polio?
The color PURPLE is significant in Rotary's fight to end polio. 
After a polio immunization is given, the newly vaccinated person gets purple ink applied to his "pinky" finger - - it's called the PURPLE PINKY.  The beautiful PURPLE CROCUS has now been adopted by the End Polio Now campaign to energize and remind everyone of the importance of immunization in defeating this devastating disease. World Polio Week is celebrated during the third full week of October, and October 24 designated as World Polio Day.
Anchorage International Rotary Club will host “Lunch and a Movie” October 18th, 2019 from 11:30 – 1:00pm at the Anchorage Coast International Inn.
You may also watch World Polio Day celebration that will take place in Seattle, Washington, on the campus of The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, on the 24th of October. The Gates Foundation, one of our partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, will co-host the event which will include a live-stream update with experts and celebrity ambassadors on where we are at in our goal of eradicating polio.
The Purple Flower Benjamin Schulman 2019-09-04 08:00:00Z 0

AIRC Feeds Clare House August 16th

Posted by Kevin Fimon
We will be feeding the folks at Clare House Friday August 16th at 4:00PM...
There has been a steady increase in Emergency shelter participants at Clare House.  The census is now 70 people in the shelter. 
Help with meals and supplies is needed...
Jordan McCulley is shopping and delivering entree(s), sides, salads and desserts for Friday dinner.
Anyone wanting to help shop or deliver please contact Jordan today at lunch...
Thank you for all you do to help Clare House!
AIRC Feeds Clare House August 16th Kevin Fimon 2019-08-08 08:00:00Z 0

AIRC Board Meeting - Noon Tuesday, August 11th

Posted by Kevin Fimon
Anchorage International Rotary Club
Board of Directors Agenda

Wells Fargo Museum at C Street and Northern Lights Blvd

12:00 PM, August 11, 2019

1. Call to Order – Angie Rush
2. Approval of Agenda
3. Approval of Prior Meeting Minutes
4. Presentation and approval of Financial statements – Tryg Erickson
5. Old Business

6. New Business

7. Next Meeting will be 12:00 pm Tuesday September 10th, at Wells Fargo in the Museum
8. Motion to Adjourn
AIRC Board Meeting - Noon Tuesday, August 11th Kevin Fimon 2019-08-08 08:00:00Z 0

Jim Foster - Magellan Project 500 years later

Jim visited us on June 14 and made a fascinating presentation of the upcoming 500th anniversary of Magellan’s voyage.  We learned all sorts of stuff like – How to find a country to sponsor you, how to deal with mutinies, and much more.  But more time was needed to finish the presentation as Magellan had just left the ‘Straits of Magellan’ and was heading into the Pacific.  The only thing is at that time, neither the Straits were named after Magellan nor was the Pacific called the Pacific yet. 
This week Jim will present – Part 2 of Magellan.
James K. Foster is The Magellan Project founder and project manager.  Jim holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Geography from Florida State University.  Jim has studied and researched the history of the Magellan expedition since 1993.  This has involved field research in Spain and Portugal, Italy, southern Argentina, Guam, the Philippines, and Malacca.
Jim’s Magellan field and academic research has resulted in a successful application for membership in the Explorers Club, January 2019. Jim is also an active member of the Circumnavigators Club.  Jim currently owns the Sea Monkey, a Crealock 37, sailing out of Seward and Resurrection Bay, Alaska since 1993.  In 2005, Jim crewed on the heavy weather leg of the Mahina Expedition aboard a Hallberg-Rassy 46, the Mahina Tiare, from Auckland, New Zealand to Papeete, Tahiti.
He also served as one of the crew of three sailing the 52' Alden ketch Royono II from Titusville, Florida offshore in the Gulf Stream to St. Michaels, Maryland in 1997.  Jim has bare-boat chartered in the Caribbean, Florida, California, Thailand, and Australia. He is a USCG licensed 25 ton master and also a PADI certified Rescue Diver.  In 2016, Jim served as the ship's medic for a crew of 18 onboard the 348' Dino Chouest, an anchor handling/tug/supply vessel transiting from Dutch Harbor, Alaska to Fourchon, Louisiana via the Panama Canal.
In 2014, Jim served as the ship's medic for a crew of 19 onboard the REM Supporter, a 94 meter platform supply vessel sailing out of Stavanger, Norway to Murmansk, Russia and on to the Kara Sea for an Exxon/Rosneft arctic offshore drilling project.
Jim is a retired 21 year firefighter paramedic and Operations Battalion Chief from the Anchorage Fire Department.  He was adjunct faculty at the University of Alaska Anchorage 1991-2010 and served 2010-2012 as an Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the Fire and Emergency Services Technology Program.
Jim Foster - Magellan Project 500 years later Bruce Erickson 2019-07-31 08:00:00Z 0

Mariya Kupchinskaya - Irkutsk State University

Mariya Kupchinskaya is a 4th year student at Irkutsk State University, Baikal International Business School.  She is here on a 4 week internship in Alaska.  This program is organized by Rotary.  Mariya is here to study how American business approaches management, marketing and finance.  She has previously visited Homer with the Kachemak Bay Rotary Club.  This week she is in the hands of Anchorage International Rotary Club and next week Anchorage South Rotary.  Thanks to Ted Trueblood for organizing this event and all the gracious members who have invited her to view their businesses. 
Mariya has also visited Australia on a similar mission of exploring businesses.  She is fluent in English and it should be a great pleasure to hear her stories as she learns about business dealings around the world. 
Mariya Kupchinskaya - Irkutsk State University Ted Trueblood 2019-07-25 08:00:00Z 0
Rotarians in Support of Alaska Baseball League Ric Schmidt 2019-07-18 08:00:00Z 0

AIRC to Host Russian Business Student

Posted by Ted Trueblood
During the week of July 21st, our club will be hosting Mariya (Masha) Kupchinskya, a fourth year business student at the Baikal International Business School, Irkutsk State University, Siberia, Russia.  She is coming to Alaska for a month as part of Watch and Learn, a Rotary sponsored program for business students directed by PDG Vladimir Dosnkoy (04-05) of the Baiikal-Eco Irkutsk Rotary Club.  The Homer-Kachemak Bay Rotary Club is hosting Masha (the familiar form of Mariya) for the second and third weeks of July, we have her for the fourth week and Anchorage South has her for the last week and into August.
Vladimir's stated goal of the program is to expose business students to business practices in a western democracy under Rotary oversight so that they might learn first hand about ethical business practices in a free market, to immerse them in our culture, language and in Rotary and social responsibility in action.
To that end, I have started to organize Masha's time with us by approaching a broad spectrum of our club members who have diverse businesses. Many have agreed to host Masha at their business for a morning or afternoon visit. To date I have Tuesday (7/23-Angie and Leverette), Wednesday (7/24-Ben and Chidi), and Friday (7/26-Art and Ted), and Greg has offered to be open, while others have not finally committed or will be traveling that week. I still need to fill Monday (7/22) and Thursday (7/25) so I need your help to firm up those dates.
In addition to scheduling business visits, I need to find home hosts especially Tuesday and Wednesday (23rd and 24th), folks who can help shuttling her around, possible a host for a fireside, and folks who would like to take Masha to some general interest things like the Alaska Native Heritage Center.  Please call me at 339-4872 or email:
AIRC to Host Russian Business Student Ted Trueblood 2019-07-18 08:00:00Z 0

AIRC Fellowship Day

July 19, 2019 Meeting


Our Scheduled speaker for today was Jim Foster with Magellan’s around the world voyage, Part 2.  Unfortunately Jim had to cancel at the last minute due to an unforeseen event in Portugal. He is rescheduled for Aug 2.

Today we will conduct a fun and interactive review of our club.  Where we have been, where we are and where we are headed. We will have a Super Happy Bucks session, plans for the year and visions how we can all get more out of the Rotary Experience.  

Come armed with your own personal history with Rotary and AIRC, fun stories and adventures.  

Let’s get the 2019-20 year started off right!!



Celebration of life for Betty Cronin.


Many people knew Betty Cronin as a conscientious and detail-oriented CPA, a loving family member, or as an avid runner.   I’m sure those are all true, but many of us knew Betty as a Rotarian—an engaged, active, and committed Rotarian. Betty joined Anchorage International Rotary Club in June, 1993 and instantly became a very active member.


Rotarians follow a four way test that helps direct the things that Rotarians think, do, and say.…

  1. Is it the Truth?

  2. Is it Fair to all concerned?

  3. Will it build Goodwill and Better Friendships?  and

  4. Will it be Beneficial to all concerned? 

That’s a nice charge, but what really makes a good Rotarian? 

Being a good Rotarian takes energy, time, and money. And Betty was very generous with all three! 

  • She was a regular meeting attendee (except when tax season became pressing.) She had a ready smile, a great sense of style, and she always had her lipstick handy! 

  • She was an integral member of the Anchorage International Rotary Club Memorial Scholarship Committee serving as a board member.  She went above and beyond the call of duty, providing extreme detail and review of the product development. She was always down to earth and supported doing what was right every time.  She spent countless hours compiling information and completing the tax returns and never once would she charge for her services. Even after being asked to provide an invoice, she plain and simply wouldn’t do it.  Every year she encouraged members to attend the pie auction to help fund scholarships for King Career Center students. Yes to bid on some of the desserts, but also to witness the spectacle which she thought was great fun!  And she supported the fundraising efforts by purchasing countless desserts which she then shared with her friends. She wasn’t going to be the only one enjoying the treats prepared by the students at KCC!   

  • She was active in distributing dictionaries to 3rd graders in local schools---distributing some herself, and organizing other AIRC members to help with distribution. When members were hesitant to take on this duty she got them a partner!  She gave “tips” on how to interact with the kids. The best tip – don’t give the kids the dictionaries until you are done with your presentation. She loved interacting with children and was also very active with a reading program at Northstar Elementary School for many years.  Some of the kids would come to a Rotary meeting in December as part of a Christmas program, and you would see them greeting her with huge smiles. She had such a positive impact on so many young lives. 

  • She was a longtime supporter of the Rotary Foundation both with her financial donations and her contributions to the AIRC Foundation auction. As a Foundation chair one of the nicest things she would say is “I have a few items for the auction, can you pick them up” and then you drove away with a carload of great donations!  Over the years, Betty became a Major Donor to the Foundation, which meant personal contributions of $10,000 or greater. She was quiet, yet consistent with her support.  

  • And she had a cute sense of humor which was evident when she won a few dollars in the Club football mania program--so tickled and generous that she gave “happy bucks” to celebrate!

Betty’s obvious respect and affection for AIRC and its members made the Club a fun, more vibrant community!    She was a true Rotarian always giving of her time, and financial resources with kindness and grace.


She worked tirelessly in everything that she did.  She shared her kindness and love with everyone she came in contact with.  Everyone was treated with dignity and respect. Betty eschewed retirement even though she more than had earned the right to enter and enjoy that part of her life.  She remains in hearts and minds a figure of what a true Rotarian really is. And she will be forever missed!  

AIRC Fellowship Day Benjamin Schulman 2019-07-18 08:00:00Z 0

Rotarians attending Alaska Flag Day Picnic

Posted by Angie Rush
Dodie and KarlSteve Strait, Terri Hall, Tim Ellis and his brother    Below:  Celebrities Steve Strait and Jackie Purcell with camera man pose for picture...
Shari Showalter and daughter Lucy working hard at Alaska Flag Day celebration!  Kevin and Ric support Lucy's fundraiser.
Rotarians attending Alaska Flag Day Picnic Angie Rush 2019-07-11 08:00:00Z 0
Past President Debra presented Award by President Angie Shari Showalter 2019-07-11 08:00:00Z 0

Changing of the Guard Evening

Posted on Jul 11, 2019
Thank you all that joined us for the Anchorage International Rotary Club Changing of the Guard evening on June 26, 2019, at the Coast International Inn.
AIR club President (2018-19) Debra Mason thanked her board for the year of service (top photo) before welcoming incoming President (2019-20) Angie Rush. Angie thanked Debra for everything she accomplished and presented her with an engraved crystal award (middle photos) to remember her year by. President Angie then introduced her board for the 2019-20 Rotary year.
Thank you all and to a successful 2019-20 Rotary year!
Changing of the Guard Evening 2019-07-11 08:00:00Z 0
Tim and Marie at Changing of the Guard Kevin Fimon 2019-07-11 08:00:00Z 0

Changing of the Guard

Posted by Shari Showalter
President Debra and her AIRC 2018-19 Board of Directors at Changing of the Guard celebration June 26th
Changing of the Guard Shari Showalter 2019-07-11 08:00:00Z 0

Pete Houston & Jen O'Neal - Denali Family Services

Posted on Jul 11, 2019

Denali Family Services serves children and youth who have Serious Emotional Disturbances (SED).  These kids have been through severe traumas such as child abuse, exposure to violence, and other extremely negative experiences.  DFS also supervises therapeutic foster homes in Anchorage and the Valley that care for SED children and youth.
Pete Houston will talk Trail Blazers program that provides 3-day camping and hiking trips for SED youth who are aging out of foster care and transitioning to independent adult living. Trail Blazers is an outstanding program that offers unique outdoor experiences in leadership and self-reliance. 
Pete has been in the human services field for about 30 years, providing a range of services across Child Welfare, Domestic Violence, Substance Use and Psychotherapy for SED youth.  Pete holds a Master of Social Work degree from UAA and is currently the Director of Quality Assurance at Denali Family Services.  When he can pull himself away from writing policies and creating spreadsheets, Pete enjoys the Alaskan wilderness through hiking, camping, mountain biking, paddling and back-country skiing. Having originally worked to create a mountain biking group out of our Wasilla office, Pete has joined forces with Jen to develop the broader Trailblazers Wilderness Therapy program.
Jen has been in the community mental health field for 13 years, specializing in working with Severely Emotionally Disturbed (SED) adolescents and young adults.  She is currently attending the University of Alaska, Anchorage in pursuit of her Master of Social Work degree.  Jen’s initial creation of a hiking group for DFS youth laid the foundation for what has become the Trailblazers Wilderness Therapy program.
Pete Houston & Jen O'Neal - Denali Family Services Bruce Erickson 2019-07-11 08:00:00Z 0

Jim Szczesniak - Anchorage Int'l. Airport Manager

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 fifth busiest air cargo airport in the world.  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 over five million passengers per year.  Szczesniak also oversees the world’s busiest seaplane base, Lake Hood, which is located next to the international airport.

Prior to his position in Anchorage, Mr. Szczesniak was Deputy Commissioner of Aviation for the Chicago O’Hare and Midway International Airports.  He was responsible for the development of O’Hare’s new $200-million, 940,000 sq. ft. air cargo complex.  He led an international trade mission to increase Chicago’s air cargo market and worked closely with Chicago’s air cargo stakeholders to improve air cargo facilities and workforce development.

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.
Jim Szczesniak - Anchorage Int'l. Airport Manager Bruce Erickson 2019-06-20 08:00:00Z 0
Food Distribution Sponsored by AIRC Debra Mason 2019-06-20 08:00:00Z 0
Rick Goodfellow - Proposed new Member Joe Zimmermann 2019-06-20 08:00:00Z 0

Wisconsin Road Cleanup June 29th

Posted by Jordan McCulley
Coming soon!
Date:  Saturday, June 29th for Wisconsin Road Cleanup
Please help us with this event and keep our community beautiful!
Wisconsin Road Cleanup June 29th Jordan McCulley 2019-06-20 08:00:00Z 0

Jim Szczesniak - Anchorage Int'l. Airport Manager

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 fifth busiest air cargo airport in the world.  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 over five million passengers per year.  Jim also oversees the world’s busiest seaplane base, Lake Hood, which is located next to the international airport.

Prior to his position in Anchorage, Mr. Szczesniak was Deputy Commissioner of Aviation for the Chicago O’Hare and Midway International Airports.  He was responsible for the development of O’Hare’s new $200-million, 940,000 sq. ft. air cargo complex.  Szczesniak led an international trade mission to increase Chicago’s air cargo market and worked closely with Chicago’s air cargo stakeholders to improve air cargo facilities and workforce development.

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.
Jim Szczesniak - Anchorage Int'l. Airport Manager Bruce Erickson 2019-06-20 08:00:00Z 0
Proposed Member - Rick Goodfellow Joe Zimmermann 2019-06-20 08:00:00Z 0

Membership Application Form

Posted by Tim Trueblood

Rotary International

Proposal for Membership to Anchorage International Rotary Club

Home Address:
Zip Code:
Home Telephone: Mobile:
Business/Employer Name:
Position Title or Description:
Business Address:
Zip Code:
Business Telephone: Fax:
Date of Birth:
Partners Name
Children’s Names (and their ages if under 18)
Proposed Classification:
Previous Rotary Club:

Some vocational and personal background details that will enhance your activities as a Rotarian:

I hereby certify that if accepted to Membership to Anchorage International Rotary Club,
that I as a Rotarian, will exemplify the Object of Rotary in all my daily contacts and will
abide by the constitutional documents of Rotary International and AIRC.  I agree to pay
an admission fee and dues in accordance with the bylaws of the club.

Signature: Date:

Proposed Member Nominated by:

Board Approval on:
Membership Application Form Tim Trueblood 2019-06-13 08:00:00Z 0

Remembering Bob Huston on June 20th

Posted by Greg Wakefield
A year ago I announced through Club Runner the passing of Bob Huston. 
When Bob was with us he was the organizer of the Club's Midnight Sun Golf tournament over summer solstice and several members have discussed doing something to honor this memory and recognize all members who have passed this year.
The Golf Tournament will not happen this year; so in lieu of that, Jeanette and I have offered to open the fire pit where we can enjoy a glass of wine, or a Good glass of port and a cigar.  
There were many nights when Bob and I sat around the fire pit and solved most of the world's problems; unfortunately no one was listening...
Jeanette, Jeanine Huston and I invite you to join us on the 20th for a glass of wine, port and a cigar if you are so inclined as we sit around a fire to solve the problems again.  Who knows? Maybe this time someone will listen... :)
Anyway it seems like a fitting way to remember Bob and to all our fellow club members who we have said good by to this past year, at the very least we might get some good stories.
I remember learning that when you throw a party you need to include three pieces of information which I did not
What:    Huston Fire Pit
Where:  Jeanette & Greg Wakefield's  630 Oceanview Drive    223-8079  or 229-5799
When:   6:30 PM  June 20th
We will have light refreshments...
Please let Jeanette or I know if you can join us, if not please raise a glass with us wherever you maybe
Greg Wakefield
Remembering Bob Huston on June 20th Greg Wakefield 2019-06-13 08:00:00Z 0
Proposed Member - Rick Goodfellow Joe Zimmermann 2019-06-13 08:00:00Z 0

Changing of the Guard - Wednesday, June 26th

Posted by Kevin Fimon
Wednesday, JUNE 26TH, 6 – 9 PM
Anchorage International Rotary Club
Dinner Buffet
Coast International Inn
$40 per person plus Cocktails
This is our opportunity to celebrate President Debra's wonderful year and welcome in
President Elect Angie and her team for 2019-20!
This is your club!  Please Join Us!
(There will NOT be a meeting on Friday the 28th of June so please come!)
Changing of the Guard - Wednesday, June 26th Kevin Fimon 2019-06-13 08:00:00Z 0

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

Please join us this Friday, 7 June, at our regular club meeting when we look forward to hearing from Marilyn Pierce-Bulger, the founder of the Alaska Center for FASD, and Tami Eller who works for AK Child & Family and was part of the Rotary International Vocational Exchange team to Australia.
Marilyn Pierce-Bulger, MN, FNP, CNM

Marilyn is a family nurse practitioner and certified nurse-midwife with 40 years’ experience providing care and creating services in the field of maternal and child health.  She worked for many years at the Alaska Native Medical Center/Southcentral Foundation and created Nutaqsiivik, a home visitation program that supports high social risk families. During that work she discovered that 28% of the clients either had an identified diagnosis of FAS/FAE or were living and parenting unsuccessfully due to an undiagnosed cognitive impairment. This led to her present work in the field of FASD.  She has worked as a consultant for the State of Alaska, University of Alaska (UAA), National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) prevention projects.  She founded the multidisciplinary Anchorage FASD Diagnostic Team in 2009 and is the owner/medical manager of FASDx Services LLC (the referral coordination hub for the team). In 2017, she founded the Alaska Center for FASD to address the support, service, and advocacy needs of individuals who live with FASD and their families.

Tami Eller

Tami is a lifelong Alaskan whose mission to address FASD is personal.  I truly believe that individuals impacted by FASD can live a life of productivity and fulfillment if provide the right accommodations and an environment where their needs are understood and met.  I appreciate the amazing opportunity that Rotary International provided allowing me to go to Australia and provide education and maybe a little bit of hope to those who work with individuals impacted by FASD there.  Here in Alaska, I have the amazing privilege to work at AK Child & Family supporting our Treatment Foster Parents who provide a safe and therapeutic home to youth, many of whom are impacted by prenatal exposure.



Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Angie Rush 2019-06-05 08:00:00Z 0

Friendship and Fellowship with Open World Guests

Posted by Becky Erickson
Friendship, fellowship and exchange of gifts on a beautiful evening May 24th at the lovely home of Rotarians Greg and Jeanette Wakefield.Farewell to visitors from Russia and Ukraine at the completion of the Open World conference Saturday, May 25th.
Friendship and Fellowship with Open World Guests Becky Erickson 2019-05-30 08:00:00Z 0
District 5010 Leadership Academy Grads 2018-19 Kevin Fimon 2019-05-30 08:00:00Z 0

Jules Tileston - Yosemite National Park photos

Title:  Dogwoods - Mistbows - Moonbows
Our very own Jules Tileston has been fortunate to have jobs where documentary photography has been an essential skill.  Today he shares his images from a vacation to a photo workshop in Yosemite National Park in May 2017.
We will join Jules on a photographic journey around the Southern Sierras.  Centered on Yosemite National Park, CA, Jules documents his visits to 11 special places and has some tips that can improve your photos!  Learn about “Moonbows” and climbing “Mistbows” and why they are so difficult to capture...
Jules Tileston - Yosemite National Park photos Bruce Erickson 2019-05-30 08:00:00Z 0

Arrival of Open World Delegation

Posted by Kevin Fimon
Tuesday night, May 21st our Open World delegation arrived in Anchorage after two days of presentations and touring in Homer.  Some dinner and introductions at The Flying Machine restaurant in The Lakefront Hotel.
Arrival of Open World Delegation Kevin Fimon 2019-05-30 08:00:00Z 0

Major John Brackenbury - The Salvation Army

Major John Brackenbury was born in Port Huron, Michigan and is a 6th generation Salvationist whose relatives worked with Founder William Booth in London, England.  John is a graduate of Regent University with a master’s degree in Organizational Leadership.
Major Brackenbury has served The Salvation Army in Arizona, California, Colorado and Alaska in various divisional and territorial wide capacities.  He has been serving The Salvation Army Alaska Division since July 2018 as the Divisional Commander, leading and responsible for over 16 Corps locations throughout Alaska and various critical community programs and services provided to Alaskans in need.
Major Brackenbury and his wife, Major Pam Brackenbury, have been married for nearly 29 years, and have been blessed with three children; Ashley, Caleb and Brandon.  Majors Brackenbury have been serving God as Salvation Army officers for over 25 years, Doing the Most Good.
Major John Brackenbury - The Salvation Army Bruce Erickson 2019-05-16 08:00:00Z 0

Open World Russians here next week!

Posted by Debra Mason
Open World is a program funded by the Library of Congress and facilitated by Rotary International.  8 individuals, including a translator and a facilitator, will be arriving in Anchorage on the evening of May 21st and departing May 25th.
The program operates on a reimbursement basis to the host Rotary club(s) or district for hosting expenses that follow RI Open World grant guidelines.  The expectation is that lodging will be in homes. 

Potluck Dinner

Wednesday, May 22nd, 6-8PM
Penny May’s house
2811 Leeward Pl.

Join Club Members for fellowship and to support Rotary International’s
Open World Program. This counts as a makeup meeting as well.
Bring a dish to share and your favorite beverage to share.
Potluck Dinner
Friday, May 24th, 6-8PM

Greg & Jeanette Wakefield’s house
630 Oceanview Drive

Join Club Members for fellowship and to support Rotary International’s
Open World Program. This counts as a makeup meeting as well.
Bring a side dish to share.
Open World Russians here next week! Debra Mason 2019-05-16 08:00:00Z 0

Youth Exchange Students at District Convention

Posted by Kevin Fimon
Always one of the best parts of the Rotary District Convention is meeting and getting to know some of the great inbound exchange students.  Here is 7 of the best young people in the world!
Youth Exchange Students at District Convention Kevin Fimon 2019-05-09 08:00:00Z 0

Two of the very best on duty at District Convention!

Posted by Kevin Fimon
Law and Order at this past weekend's District 5010 Rotary Convention.  Steve Strait and Jay Tung were Sergeant At Arms throughout the weekend and with the exception of some dance moves by Past President Kevin, kept a pretty tight rein on the festivities!
Two of the very best on duty at District Convention! Kevin Fimon 2019-05-09 08:00:00Z 0

Beth Rose - Photography from South America trip

Beth Rose and her husband, John Levy, recently returned from a three-month trip of independent traveling to Chile, Argentina and Uruguay. Beth's presentation will provide photo highlights of the most scenic and memorable parts of the trip, anecdotes of traveling in South America, tips for off-the-beaten-track destinations and recommended apps for independent traveling. If you’ve been lucky enough to have seen Beth's photos on Facebook, this presentation will include more new photos and stories!!
Beth Rose - Photography from South America trip Bruce Erickson 2019-05-09 08:00:00Z 0

AIRC receives Award for VTT Sponsorship

Posted by Kevin Fimon
President Debra receives award on behalf of Anchorage International Rotary Club from District Governor Diane Fejes for being a sponsor of the Vocational Training Team trip to Australia.  Rotarian Michael Jeffrey from Barrow Rotary Club and the Vocational Training Team are pictured below at their presentation to Delegates and guests at the  District Convention this past weekend held at Captain Cook Hotel here in Anchorage.
AIRC receives Award for VTT Sponsorship Kevin Fimon 2019-05-09 08:00:00Z 0

Rick Willis builds Flag Display Cabinet!

Posted by Steve Strait
Past President Kevin wanted to have a way to display all of AIRC's exchanged flags.  His good friend Rick Willis showed him and the Club a beautiful way to display at least 48 of them at a time!!  Rick has done a number of furniture pieces for donations to Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and other Service Organizations.  This past Friday, Rick joined Kevin and Karen and all of the members of AIRC to deliver the cabinet into our meetings... Rick and his wife Jessica will be riding in the Clean Air Challenge 2019 as a tribute to lung cancer patients and to raise funds for the American Lung Association.  Rick would not take payment for the cabinet but is looking for donations for his ride in this year's bicycle ride for American Lung Association.  Thank you Rick and have a good ride!
Rick Willis builds Flag Display Cabinet! Steve Strait 2019-05-02 08:00:00Z 0

Michael Duxbury - Paul Harris Fellow!

Posted by Kevin Fimon
It was great having Michael Duxbury home for our Friday meeting along with his wife Catherine.  Michael is pictured here receiving his framed Paul Harris Certificate from Foundation co-chair Al Biss and President Debra Mason. Great job Michael!!
Michael Duxbury - Paul Harris Fellow! Kevin Fimon 2019-05-02 08:00:00Z 0

Corrie Dreher - National Veteran Golden Age Games

The 2019 National Veteran Golden Age Games (NVGAG) will be held in Anchorage June 5th -10th.  NVGAG includes 20 sporting events for Veterans ages 55 and older, who are enrolled with Veteran Affairs. The National Veteran Golden Age Games provides Veterans with opportunities to engage in rehabilitative sport and recreational events.  Approximately 1,000 ambulatory and disabled athletes will travel from all over the nation to participate!
Corrie Dreher is chair of the Local Organizing Committee for this Project.  Corrie Graduated with a Masters in social work in 2002 and has been in Alaska since 2008.  Corrie has worked for the Veterans Administration since 2013 and she is excited to be part of coordinating the National Veterans Golden Age Games.


NVGAG need volunteers starting on June 4, 2019 with greeting the Veterans as they arrive in Anchorage and assisting them with getting their luggage to the transportation buses.  We could use volunteers in several areas including hospitality, sports, medals and more!

The volunteer website for the 33rd NVGAG is Volgistics and listed below:

Corrie Dreher - National Veteran Golden Age Games Bruce Erickson 2019-05-02 08:00:00Z 0

Two of our own on the Last Frontier Honor Flight

Posted by Dodie Pruessner on May 01, 2019

Our very own Ray Ellis, accompanied by son Tim Ellis (both members of Anchorage International Rotary club) were among the twenty-two veterans on the Last Frontier Honor Flight that left Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport bound for Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, April 30, 2019.
They left on the inaugural flight of Alaska Airlines' newest military-themed aircraft with the patriotic paint scheme "Honoring Those Who Serve".

Two of our own on the Last Frontier Honor Flight  Dodie Pruessner 2019-05-01 08:00:00Z 0

Denis Hippert - Anchorage Mushing District

Anchorage Mushing District & Arch


Be a part of history and celebrate the legacy of mushing in Anchorage!

Greater Anchorage, Inc. (Fur Rendezvous), in conjunction with the Municipality of Anchorage and the Anchorage Downtown Partnership, intends to designate 4th Avenue from C Street to E Street as the Anchorage Mushing District in recognition of the mushers and dogs in the Open World Championship Sled Dog Race and the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. The Mushing District is planned to include interpretive signage, banners and plaques honoring our past great mushers, a mushing hall of fame and the crowning element—a steel truss arch (pictured) across 4th Avenue near the start/finish line.

Denis Hippert - Anchorage Mushing District Bruce Erickson 2019-04-25 08:00:00Z 0

Turning Red Badges to Blue!

President Debra and Membership Committee Chair Tim Trueblood recognize members Jordan McCulley and Shari Showalter as having met all the requirements of attaining "blue badge" status in AIRC.
Turning Red Badges to Blue! Tim Trueblood 2019-04-25 08:00:00Z 0

King Tech HS Scholarship Reception

Martin Luther King, Jr. 
King Tech High School
celebrated KTHS students who were
honored and awarded scholarships!
The Scholarship Reception
was held Wednesday, April 24th at 2:00 p.m.
King Tech HS Scholarship Reception Nelson Defendorf 2019-04-25 08:00:00Z 0

Help Needed with Garden Boxes Monday!

Posted by Debra Mason
We will be needing some man/woman power on Monday, April 29th to off load 15 garden boxes at two schools.  We will meet at Campbell STEM at 7:00pm (less traffic and people can have their dinner)  7206 Rovenna St., Anchorage, AK 99518
When we offload them, we have to staple the weed barrier to the bottom of them and flip them over.  We then will go over to Grace Christian school to drop their 7  boxes and do the same thing.
We really could use 8-10 people so it goes quickly and that way we are sharing the weight with several people.  They are pretty heavy.
We will have 23 more boxes to deliver to the following 4 schools:  NL ABC, Denali, Bowman and Pacific Northern Academy!!  More dates to follow!
Thank you ALL for supporting this amazing project.  It has been a lot of work and fun!  Thinking of all the kids that will benefit from the veggies through the Children's Lunchbox brings smiles to all of our faces.
Thank you for your servant hearts!
President Amy
Anchorage South Rotary
Help Needed with Garden Boxes Monday! Debra Mason 2019-04-25 08:00:00Z 0

Submit ideas to "Excess Reserves Committee"

Posted by Kevin Fimon

In 2017 the district Finance Committee established an Excess Reserves Committee whose charge was to develop a process for using Excess Reserves funds. The district Finance Committee then approved a process for using excess reserves funds (see attached). A call for proposals went out in late March with a deadline of April 12 for proposals to be submitted. The Excess Reserves Committee has received some proposals, but decided to extend the deadline to the end of April to allow more time for other proposals to be submitted.

A two page proposal form for use by clubs to propose district initiatives that will strengthen our Rotary district is attached. Please note these funds are not for club projects, but rather "district initiatives" that engage members and clubs at the district level. These proposals will be vetted by the Excess Reserves Committee. Please scan completed proposals and e-mail (as an attachment) by April 30, 2019 to:

After being vetted by the Excess Reserves Committee, promising proposals will be recommended for funding to the district Finance Committee. The Finance Committee will review the recommendations brought forward, and the final step will be for the District Governor Elect to make the final decision on initiatives to be approved as part of the proposed budget for their year.

Submit ideas to "Excess Reserves Committee" Kevin Fimon 2019-04-25 08:00:00Z 0

Dictionaries delivered at Susitna Elementary

Beth Rose delivers dictionaries to 3rd Graders at Susitna Elementary School.  Beth's husband John Levy helped to answer the students' questions and point out highlights in the dictionaries as part of the project partnered with Anchorage South Rotary Club.
Dictionaries delivered at Susitna Elementary Beth Rose 2019-04-25 08:00:00Z 0

Assistant Governor (AG) for Anchorage area

Posted by Debra Mason
District 5010 is looking for an Assistant Governor (AG) for the Anchorage area clubs for 2020-2022.  If interested, please contact President Debra for information.
Assistant Governor (AG) for Anchorage area Debra Mason 2019-04-25 08:00:00Z 0

Rotary Cares for Kids is on facebook!

Posted by Debra Mason
Please check out the wonderful pictures and news about District 5010 Rotary Cares for Kids on facebook!  "Like" the page and see the ways our District Rotarians are helping youth in this District as well as around the world.
Rotary Cares for Kids is on facebook! Debra Mason 2019-04-25 08:00:00Z 0

Moose Marble Madness at District Convention

Join us May 3rd 2019 at King Street Brewery
This year is the 30th Anniversary of Anchorage Hillside Rotary Club's “Moose Marble Madness” event, a fundraiser for the benefit of The Children’s Lunchbox.
All the nuggets are dropped from a helicopter to a target at King Street Brewery, in Anchorage, Alaska at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 3 2019.  Closest turd to the bulls eye wins $5000, second place wins $1,000 and third place wins $500.
Raffle Tickets $10.00. Buy Tickets Here
Moose Marble Madness at District Convention Kevin Fimon 2019-04-18 08:00:00Z 0

Mark Lester - Alaska Aerospace Corporation

Alaska Aerospace Corporation (AAC) operates an FAA-licensed commercial spaceport on Kodiak Island, Alaska; provides other launch-related services, and helps expand Alaska’s aerospace industry.  For the past 20-years, the Pacific Spaceport Complex – Alaska (PSCA) on Kodiak Island has conducted orbital, suborbital, and test missions for various government missions.  The recent emergence of commercial small launch vehicles are revolutionizing the space market by increasing access to space for small satellites while lowering costs.  PSCA conducted two commercial launches in 2018 and expect to conduct several more in 2019 and beyond.  This new market provides AAC with a new set of customers and provides opportunity to diversify and deepen PSCA’s launch manifest.  Recognized as a leader in launch operations, AAC is often called on to advise or support commercial launch operations around the globe. 
Mark Lester is the President and Interim CEO of Alaska Aerospace Corporation.  He has over 25-years’ experience in the aerospace sector and served as a United States Air Force officer in space operations and intelligence fields.  He has also held several executive positions for private sector aviation and space companies, including serving as the Chief Executive Officer for a military flight training company and leading business development efforts for a multi-billion dollar defense firm.  Mark holds a Master of Engineering degree in space operations from the University of Colorado and a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Norwich University.
Mark Lester - Alaska Aerospace Corporation Bruce Erickson 2019-04-18 08:00:00Z 0

Karl Schroeder presents Michener's  Alaska

Karl Schroeder, Kevin Fimon and Ric Schmidt present James Michener book Alaska to Wells Fargo Museum Library as thanks for allowing us to have our Club Board Meetings there.
Karl Schroeder presents Michener's  Alaska 2019-04-12 08:00:00Z 0
UAA Debate Team Performs for AIRC Angie Rush 2019-04-12 08:00:00Z 0

Mike Dunleavy - Governor of Alaska

Mike Dunleavy arrived in Alaska in 1983 as a young man looking for opportunity, and he found it.  His first job was working in a logging camp in Southeast Alaska.  Later, Dunleavy pursued his dream of becoming a teacher.  He earned his teacher’s certificate, and then a master of education degree from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.  Mike spent nearly two decades in northwest Arctic communities working as a teacher, principal, and superintendent.

Governor Dunleavy’s wife Rose is from the Kobuk River Valley community of Noorvik. They were married in Nome and together, they have three daughters – Maggie, Catherine, and Ceil – who were raised in both rural and urban Alaska.

When the Dunleavy family moved to Wasilla in 2004, that was where he worked on a number of projects to improve education, including a statewide mentoring project to recruit and retain excellent teachers. Dunleavy served on the Mat-Su Borough School Board, with two years as Board President, and then as a State Senator for five years.  In November of 2018, Mike won the election to become Governor of Alaska and was sworn into office on December 4th back up in Northwest Alaska.  Governor Dunleavy is working to tackle the hard fiscal decisions that face our State and has forced the discussion of priorities that will determine the future of Alaska.

The Dunleavy family enjoy spending time together and often that time is in Alaska’s great outdoors. Hunting, fishing, snow machining, and camping are all favorite activities.
Mike Dunleavy - Governor of Alaska Bruce Erickson 2019-04-12 08:00:00Z 0

UAA Steel Bridge Team Send Off Party!

Please join us –
UAA ASCE Student Conference & AISC Steel Bridge Competition Send-off Party

Friday, April 5th, 2019, 4 – 6 pm,
Engineering & Industry Building, Room 108
2900 Spirit Dr, Anchorage, AK

Please join the Steel Bridge team, UAA ASCE student members, & company sponsors, to view a timed build and load test of this year’s bridge.  Light hors d'oeuvres will be served.  2019 Steel Bridge Design

Please RSVP
UAA Steel Bridge Team Send Off Party! 2019-04-04 08:00:00Z 0

Vocational Training Team off to Australia

Our District and the Anchorage International Rotary Club is sponsoring a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Vocational Training Team to Australia led by Rotarian Michael Jeffery.  Our Rotary Foundation contributions are helping to eliminate disease and poverty in real time. The Vocational Training Team left this week to Australia.
Vocational Training Team off to Australia Karl Schroeder 2019-04-04 08:00:00Z 0

Steve Johnson and The UAA Debate Team

The Seawolf Debate Team pursues excellence in both competitive and civic debating.  Their competitive team is consistently ranked the top public university team in the nation (in both 2017 and 2018) and continues to set the standard for regional competition (such as winning the Western Regional University Debating Championships in 2018).  Their civic debating program promotes opportunities for young people and the broader community to benefit from dialogue on pressing issues.  Programming such as their Alaska Middle School Public Debating Program and the McLaughlin Youth Center debate initiative brings training in critical thinking and advocacy to youth when and where they'll benefit most."
The motion we'll debate on Friday will be "The Permanent Fund Dividend has been a disaster for Alaska."  
The Coach of UAA Debate Team is Steve Johnson – fabulous Rotarian from Anchorage East Rotary.
Steve Johnson and The UAA Debate Team Bruce Erickson 2019-04-04 08:00:00Z 0

Family Night at North Star Elementary

Posted by Tim Trueblood
The second of three Family Nights was held at North Star Elementary
School this past Wednesday, March 27nd.

AIRC is now in its 12th year partnering with Network Users Group Alaska
and North Star Elementary School, whose purpose is to provide fully
up-to-date computer systems to 13 families at each of three or more
sessions per school year. In total, the partnership is approaching 500
delivered systems over the life of the program.

AIRC and NUGA volunteers meet recipient families to assist them learning
their new computer system. Current installed software includes Windows
10 Professional and Office 2010 Home and Business. Additionally, each
includes firewall, anti-virus and anti-malware software to round out the
Family Night at North Star Elementary Tim Trueblood 2019-04-04 08:00:00Z 0

Request of help making garden boxes...

Posted by Debra Mason
South Rotary is requesting volunteers to help make garden boxes on April 6th ~ 10:00am - 1:00 ish. The Garden Boxes are 38 boxes 4'x12' long. We need to make wood cuts for the boards and will screw them together, stack them and then when the snow melts, we will be delivering them to various schools and then fill them with topsoil.  Right now we have requests and commitments from:
Pacific N Academy
Grace Christian schools.
Bring battery operated screw guns, work gloves, safety glasses.  Appropriate clothing, no telling what the weather will be. Address is 16400 Saint James Circle, 99516 
Request of help making garden boxes... Debra Mason 2019-03-28 08:00:00Z 0
Vietnam Veterans Day - March 29th Ted Trueblood 2019-03-28 08:00:00Z 0

Proposed Member - Mark Cosby

Posted by Tim Trueblood
Not long after Mark Cosby moved from Maine to Georgia in the early 90’s, he quit trying to build a career in managing people and he started a company remodeling homes and, as it turned out…managing people. For nearly 15 years he grew the business, by word of mouth, from small repair work to luxury and vacation home design and construction across the country. The parts of Mark’s business that kept him going was the problem solving, the negotiations and the daily contact with so many different people.
He recently made a shift in life and now has two years left to complete a B.S. in Civil Engineering with a double minor in Communications and Project Management. Mark has described the mental gymnastics of Risk Management and Project Planning as a relief compared to the burden of all the math Engineers-to-be suffer through!
Mark has experience in design and project management, contract writing, strategic negotiations and conflict resolution. He has been consulted as a strategist for political action committees and community organizations. He puts it this way; he likes people and he likes solving problems.
Mark’s lovely wife, Christine, is a Nurse Manager who speaks three languages and spent a year in India living in a small village. He met her here on one of his trips to Alaska in the early 2000’s. They have five boys ranging from 6 to 24 years old. With all those children they have led an active life, at times whitewater rafting, racing dirt bikes, building off road vehicles, restoring cars, driving four-wheelers and camping and hiking and skiing in Georgia, Wyoming and here in Alaska. Recently he and his wife sold all the machines and bought their own armada of kayaks to explore the lakes of Southwest AK including here in Anchorage!
They have a son in Georgia studying pre-med, one that works for a medical devices company, one boy in Africa volunteering with a water well drilling group and studying Construction Management here at UAA, one son at UAA finishing High School and studying Electrical Engineering and the littlest is attending Rilke Schule, a German immersion school.
His wife loves to cook and he recently designed and built her a new kitchen. They love to entertain and regularly have groups of friends and neighbors over for parties!
Proposed Member - Mark Cosby Tim Trueblood 2019-03-28 08:00:00Z 0

Rosie Pillow Covers

Dear AIRC Members: 
I had several people ask me last week how to get some pillow covers?  They can contact me and let me know what they would like and I will make sure they are sent.  My phone number is 907-242-2810.
Thank you,
Toni Holmes
Rosie Pillow Covers Debra Mason 2019-03-28 08:00:00Z 0

Sonya Hunte - 90% Graduation by 2020

Sonya Hunte, VP for Education Impact at United Way, will share the latest results, the new “Look Past The Labels” campaign and what’s head for 90% Graduation by 2020. 
90% Graduation by 2020 is a community collaboration convened by United Way of Anchorage to give our most at-risk students the help they need to graduate and have a successful life.  The network of donors, community partners, and volunteers employs practices to focus on:  early literacy for pre-school children to help them enter kindergarten ready to learn; promoting school engagement for elementary and middle school students who have high absentee rates; and intensive supports for high school seniors who need support inside and outside the classroom to recover credits.
Before heading north to Alaska in the fall of 2018, Sonya Hunte spent eight years with Atlanta Public Schools as director of family engagement, employee engagement coordinator and homeless education liaison. Previously, Hunte was a social services supervisor working with families and children with the DeKalb County(Atlanta) Family Court and a social services coordinator and specialist in Atlanta and Decatur, Ga. Hunte has served as president of the Georgia chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, was a recipient of the 40 Under 40 Award given by the Atlanta Business Chronicle and won the Strong, Smart, Bold Award from Girls Inc. of Greater Atlanta. She earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Penn State University and a master’s in clinical social work from Boston College.
Sonya Hunte - 90% Graduation by 2020 2019-03-28 08:00:00Z 0

March for Hunger - Food Drive

Posted by Greg Wakefield
Most-Wanted Donation List:
      Spinach, mixed vegetables, tomatoes, tomato sauce,
      fruit packed in water or light syrup
      Cranberries, cherries, apples, banana chips, raisins, apricots
      Dried kidney, pinto and navy beans, split peas, lentils
This is our wish list. The below items are “coveted” “dream items” and
“very helpful” according to the local food pantries that we supply
Look for low-sugar and no sugar added options, low salt, natural and organic foods,
and American Heart Association heart check seal.
      Fish, lean meats and poultry
      All fruits and vegetables
      Yes, you can bring in your harvest!
      Milk and cheese
      Rice: long grain and brown
      Pasta: gluten free or whole grain
      Cereal: low and no sugar
      Rolled oats and instant oatmeal
      Low-sodium soups and stews, pop-top meals for kids, kid-friendly healthy snacks
      Tuna, chicken, pork, all kinds of beans
      Nuts and butters
      Almonds, pecans, walnuts, almond butter, peanut butter, sunbutter
      Powdered and shelf-stable milk, almond milk, soy milk
Because these items are perishable, they must be delivered to our warehouse
at 2121 Spar Avenue, Anchorage AK between 8am-4pm Monday-Friday and 8am-3pm on Saturday
      Do you own laying chickens? We’d be happy to take their extra eggs!
      Alaskans love local fish and game!
      Hunters must complete a transfer of possession form.
      Northern Air Cargo can provide free transportation.
      Please deliver to a commercial food processor and notify
      FBA Food Donation Coordinator at 222-3115. We can
      accept ONLY commercially processed fish and game.
March for Hunger - Food Drive Greg Wakefield 2019-03-17 08:00:00Z 0

Letter from District Governor Diane Fejes

Hello you hard-working Presidents!  Happy soon to be spring!
I know everyone is busily accomplishing your goals and bringing in all those new Rotarians who will be active in your clubs.  We are up by 30 in membership and I would love to have that bumped to at least 40 NET of those members who may leave in June.  I know your clubs are so much fun; so please share Rotary with those special people you know.
Knowing that everyone has their own goals to accomplish, I do want to highlight several items that are coming up...
  • District Assembly – May 2nd:  Please be sure to have your officers  - Treasurer, Secretary, Public Image Chair, Foundation/Grants chair, and any others who are interested in more training sign up for the Anchorage Assembly – your Presidents-Elect know all about this.
  • District Conference May 3-5th– This is a great chance for your new members and long-term members to both learn more about Rotary and connect with others around the District.       
    1. We want to see your lovely faces and others! - there is still room so please announce periodically to your members to sign up on the District Conference website.
    2. There is a special fee for ALL Young leaders ( 30ish and under). They can attend the entire weekend for $100. Hotel is extra but only a $150 rate at the Captain Cook.
    3. Also sign up for the President’s breakfast Saturday morning as we celebrate all the wonderful things you’ve accomplished this year.
    4. If you have a Youth exchange student from another country in your club, I will call you to verify if they are coming and the details.
    5. For the Youth Exchange auction, each club is asked to bring a $50-$100 item for the Youth committee to put into the auction. You can reach out to the Youth Exchange committee ( Jeff Johnson/ Cheryl Keepers   “District Chair RYE 5010 (”) for details on where to bring the items.
    6. House of Friendship – This is an area at the Conference where you can showcase your clubs community or global projects, bring posters or pictures etc. to show off or to ask for partners on your grant.  Please touch base with Denise or Teri to reserve space.
    7. Memorial recognition – For your members who have passed away since last May,  during the breakfast on Sunday morning, we will run a slide show with a picture, name of club, years in Rotary and anything special you would like included on their personal slide.  President Debra is looking for pictures or stories of Michael Hidalgo and Betty Cronin by March 29th... 
It is a wonderful year full of Rotary - Thank you again and I’ll call each of you to touch base for your questions or just to chat.  And remember - YOU are my INSPIRATION!
Letter from District Governor Diane Fejes Debra Mason 2019-03-14 08:00:00Z 0

Aaron Murph - UAA Civil Engineering

Hi, my name is Aaron Murph, I am a senior at UAA in the Civil Engineering program, the
captain of the Steel Bridge team, and the VP of the American Society of Engineering club. I
spent my childhood growing up in Petersburg Alaska, roaming the islands of the Alexander
Archipelago searching for adventure, and usually finding more than enough. During high school,
I was introduced to the shop program, where I developed skills in welding, fabrication, and
woodworking. At the end of my high school career I had mastered several these skills. I built
and sold custom welded aluminum boats during high school, and passed welding certification
tests, paving a career into the marine construction industry that would finance my way through
college. For the last 7 years I have worked for a local marine construction company, Tamico,
based out of Petersburg, participating in the various aspect of projects ranging from industrial
ports and harbors, to the “neighbor across the way” kind of jobs. Working at Tamico added
several skills to the repertoire, including advanced welding techniques, crane operation, tugboat
operation, and project management. At UAA I have learned a plethora about Civil
Engineering where research opportunities with professors reinforced the classroom material,
providing the foundation of an engineering future for years to come. Additional opportunities
with the UAA ASCE club were also presented, and the hook was set. Last year I helped with
fabrication and planning of the bridge, and this year I am the VP of the ASCE club and Steel
Bridge team captain. Through all the opportunities presented through my college career, the
Steel Bridge competition has been one of the most impactful. Through this, I have experienced
every aspect of a project from design, to fabrication, and project management, while also
immersing myself in the team comradery, where the wins and losses are celebrated with great
After graduation this summer, I will pursue my life passion of improving Alaskan ports and
harbors. I gained a position at Turnagain Marine Construction working on design/build projects
of marine infrastructure around Alaska, ranging from Ketchikan to Nome. In years to come, I
hope to get my Professional Engineering license, Structural Engineering license, as well as
continue my education at UAA.
Being an outdoor enthusiast, I carve out time to enjoy what raw Alaska has to offer. I am an
avid hunter, fisherman, hiker, camper, and explorer. I enjoy spending those beautiful fall days
chasing alpine dall sheep, mountain goats, salmon, halibut, and being a part of the serenity that
our great state boasts.
Aaron Murph - UAA Civil Engineering Bruce Erickson 2019-03-14 08:00:00Z 0
Iditarod Restart Party at Tryg and Kim's Angie Rush 2019-03-07 09:00:00Z 0
Thank You from Red Shield Society Janine Becka 2019-03-07 09:00:00Z 0

Mike Ferris - Rotary Membership in Changing Times

Mike Ferris has been in Alaska since 1967.  Mike grew up in Kodiak and finished his college at UAF with degrees in Finance, Management and a MBA.  He worked for Mapco then Williams.  While with Williams he had the opportunity to work in Lithuania for over 2 years.  On his return he started work with Alaska Communication where he acquired another Master’s degree in Telecommunication Management.  He started working for Xerox in 2010 and in 2012 started his own Xerox Agency.  Mike Has offices in Anchorage and Fairbanks.
Growing up in Kodiak Mike started commercial fishing when he was 12 years old and has spent part of every year except for 3 commercial fishing for part of the year.  Mike ran the boat the “Seabrooke” for 6 years in the Bering Sea which belonged to his father and was featured on the “Deadliest Catch”.  He is getting ready to start his 25th year commercial salmon fishing in Bristol this year.
Mike is very active in the Anchorage community where he is a Board Member of the Resource Development Council, Coached 7,8,9 year old in Pop Warner Football for 20 years, Officiates High school wrestling, Is Past President  of South Anchorage Rotary and spear heads the Dictionary Project in which 4,000 dictionaries are given to every third grader in the Anchorage School District  and in his spare time he continues to do work on his cabin.
Mike has served as Community Giving Chair, Membership Chair and Foundation Chair for Anchorage South Rotary.  He currently serves at the District Level on the Public Image Committee, Membership Committee and Visioning.
Mike has had the opportunity through District Membership to participate in the Zone 24/32 conferences in Hartford, Connecticut and Montreal, Canada for the last two years and will share some of that information with us today on the current trends in Rotary membership.
Mike Ferris - Rotary Membership in Changing Times Bruce Erickson 2019-03-07 09:00:00Z 0

Health Fair this Saturday, March 2nd

Posted by Jordan McCulley
AHF staff and volunteers will be able to set up tables, supplies, etc. for the health fair the day before at this time
(must be regular business hours; make sure facility is accessible): ________. Please be advised, all events
require set-up on the afternoon prior. Please confirm the reservation time with AHF.
2 Access into the building will be available for volunteers and lab set-up at ____ a.m. the day of the health fair.
No less than an hour is required for final health fair preparations.
Health Fair theme:________________________________________________________________________
A theme or game is recommended for larger events. Theme/games help encourage participation. If not sure,
give us a call to discuss ideas with our Program Directors.
Parking will be available at no charge to volunteers, exhibitors and health fair staff at the following location:
What health topics would you like to emphasize at your health fair? _________________________________
What would you like to accomplish by hosting this health fair?
How will you publicize the health fair in order to reach local residents? Please allow at least 3 weeks for
Blood Tests:
Some organizers sponsor the blood tests to be provided free of charge to participants. If you desire to sponsor
some or all of the tests, please specify the number next to each test (see below), or leave it blank for "none."
AHF will invoice only for the actual number of tests used, and will provide free tests to participants up to the
specified amount.
• ______ Complete men's wellness package - $180 per participant - includes Chemistry/Hematology screening, Thyroid
screening, Vitamin D screening, A1C screening, and Prostate Disease screening.
• ______ Complete women's wellness package - $155 per participant - includes Chemistry/Hematology screening, Thyroid
screening, Vitamin D screening, and A1C screening.
• ______ Chemistry/Hematology screening ($45 per participant)
• ______ Thyroid screening ($35 per participant)
• ______ Prostate screening ($25 per participant)
• ______ Vitamin D 2, 3 screening ($50 per participant)
• ______ A1C screening ($25 per participant)
• ______ ABO/RH Blood Typing ($20 per participant)
• ______ Vitamin B12 screening ($35 per participant)
• ______ Celiac Disease screening ($35 per participant)
• ______ Ferritin ($35 per participant)
• ______ Respiratory Allergen Panel for Alaska (15 allergens) ($195 per participant)
• ______ Testosterone, Total, Adult Male ($55 per participant)
• ______ ColoCARE take-home kit ($5 per participant)
Test descriptions are available on our website:
3  If you have your own Phlebotomist you wish us to use, please provide:
Name ___________________________ Phone _______________ E-mail ___________________________
We need to contact your Phlebotomist to confirm that they are willing and able to serve at the event and orient
them to AHF procedures and protocols. The Phlebotomist will need to sign an annual AHF contract and
complete a seasonal online application to inform us that they are interested in staffing this event (and mark any
other events they wish to assist with).
Screenings & Other – may not be available at all sites (circle if interested):
●Glaucoma ●Dental/Oral Cancer ●Vision (advanced) ●Hearing
●Physical Therapy/Assessments ●Massage ●Bone Density ●___________
Health Fair this Saturday, March 2nd Jordan McCulley 2019-02-28 09:00:00Z 0

Steve Arlow - Alaska State Troopers Museum

Steve Arlow (Retired Captain Alaska State Troopers) will present on the FOAST Museum and a planned remodel for 2 additions to the Museum.  The additions will be:  A) A Shooting Simulator and   B) An Escape Room.  Both additions should create additional interest providing more visitors to the Museum.
Formed in the late 1960s as a conduit to approach the State Legislature for an improved retirement system, the Fraternal Order of Alaska State Troopers (FOAST) has evolved into a valuable charitable and fraternal organization with no political involvement.
Membership consists mainly of Alaska State Troopers, both active and retired, and is also open to all current and retired commissioned members of the Department of Public Safety (DPS), including the divisions of State Troopers, Fire Prevention, and Alaska Scientific Crime Lab personnel.
Associate membership is open to non-commissioned DPS personnel as well as members of other law enforcement agencies, and the general public when sponsored by an existing active member.
We house the state’s only collection of historical law enforcement memorabilia from not only Alaska but around the world.  The goal of the museum is to tell the colorful story of a dedicated team of police officers who continue to bring law and order to one of the most unusual, rugged and far-flung jurisdictions in America.  The museum features a wide variety of unique displays, including an authentically restored 1952 Hudson Hornet automobile.  Other displays include antique radios and communications devices, handcuffs and leg irons, early wiretapping equipment, old photographs and documents, and uniform items unique to Alaska.
Steve Arlow - Alaska State Troopers Museum Bruce Erickson 2019-02-28 09:00:00Z 0

Scott McMurren - Alaska Travel

Scott McMurren is an Anchorage-based marketing consultant, serving clients in the transportation, hospitality, media and specialty destination sectors, among others.
Scott McMurren’s fascination with Alaska and his heritage as a story teller can be traced
back to his grandparents who drove the AlCan in a 1948. They drove a Chevy panel
wagon to write and file articles about Alaska.
Scott grew up hearing his grandparents’ stories so the day after he graduated from the
University of Oregon he arrived in Alaska with his backpack and bicycle.
The Anchorage Times newspaper gave Scott his first job in journalism in Alaska. Then
for the next 30 years, as a freelance writer, he’s regularly provided articles for
Anchorage newspapers.
Via his weekly blog, the Alaska Travelgram, through Facebook and Twitter posts, and by
email and text messages Scott guides travelers who are planning their trip of a lifetime
to Alaska.
For more than 20 years with business partner, Gary Blakely, Scott has published the
Great Alaskan TourSaver, which is a tremendous travel resource with scores of 2-for-1
More recently, at Kaladi Brothers Cafe on Brayton, Scott began producing a monthly
‘Office Hours’ workshop for avid travelers who want hands-on guidance with searching
for travel and booking it.
You can reliably believe that in his heart, Scott is a Rotarian as he firmly believes travel
to be the first leg of diplomacy.
Scott McMurren - Alaska Travel Kevin Fimon 2019-02-21 09:00:00Z 0

Rotary Council on Legislation

The first of three meetings to discuss the Council on Legislation Proposed Enactments will be held online on Go To Meeting by your District 5010 Council Representative, Jane Little.  If you have any questions, email Jane at
If you would like to participate, first review the proposed enactments at:
Then follow the instructions below and join the meeting on Friday, February 15th from 2:00 to 3:00pm.
Friday, Feb. 15, 2019; 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM AKST
Please join the Go To Meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone:
You can also dial in using your phone.
(For supported devices, tap a one-touch number below to join instantly.)
United States: +1 (786) 358-5410
- One-touch: tel:+17863585410,,601054165
Access Code: 601-054-165
More phone numbers:
(For supported devices, tap a one-touch number below to join instantly.)
Rotary Council on Legislation Kevin Fimon 2019-02-14 09:00:00Z 0
Alaska Wing, Civil Air Patrol Tim Trueblood 2019-02-14 09:00:00Z 0

Vocational Training Team to Australia

Posted by Karl Schroeder
Our District and the Anchorage International Rotary Club is sponsoring a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Vocational Training Team to Australia led by Rotarian Michael Jeffery. Our Rotary Foundation contributions are helping to eliminate disease and poverty in real time.       
Congratulations!  Your global grant application for funding to set up operations for FASD detection and treatment, as well as training on prevention, using expertise from a VTT and with PATCHES Pediatrics, over the course of two years by establishing office space, a vehicle and tele-health infrastructure in Leonora, Western Australia, submitted by the Rotary Club of Osborne Park and the Rotary Club of Anchorage International, has been approved by The Rotary Foundation. The award is in the amount of US$ 102,624. 
In front: Monica Charles (who took the picture)

Next row: Marilyn Pierce-Bulger, Tami Eller

Last Row: Dr. Pamela Hill, Rotarian Michael Jeffery

Vocational Training Team to Australia Karl Schroeder 2019-02-14 09:00:00Z 0

Mark Hamilton - Pebble Project Path Forward

Mark Hamilton is the Executive Vice President for External Affairs at the Pebble Partnership. He is President Emeritus of the University of Alaska System, and a retired Major General U.S. Army.

Mr. Hamilton received a Bachelor of Science Degree from the United States Military Academy and Masters Degree in Literature from Florida State University. He graduated as well from the Joint Armed Forces Command and staff College and the Army War College.

Mr. Hamilton served 31 years in the U.S. Army, retiring as a Major General. After a typical career through Division Artillery Command, he served as the Military Group Commander in El Salvador, followed by assignment as Special Assistant to the Chief of Staff of the Army in Somalia. These latter two assignments involved nearly 2and ½ years of peace negotiations. In El Salvador it resulted in spending 8 and ½ days at the United Nations in shuttle diplomacy with Ambassador to the U.N. Ambassador Thomas Pickering, resulting in a peace treaty that has never been broken in more than 25 years. In Somalia, his efforts with Somali war lords culminated in a window of tranquility which allowed the 10th Mountain Division to return to the United States. For these efforts, ABC news anchor Peter Jennings selected then Colonel Hamilton as his national “Person of the week.”
MILITARY: Mr. Hamilton is a member of AUSA, VFW, and is a Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army.
CIVIC: Mr. Hamilton is a member of the Alaska Miner’s Association, and serves on the Alaska Airline’s Advisory Board. Mr. Hamilton previously served on the Board of Directors of BP America, Chair of Alaska Aerospace, Board member of Alaska Airlines, and the Denali Commission.
AWARDS: Mr. Hamilton has received the Army’s highest peace time award, The Distinguished Service Medal, as well as Armed Forces highest peace time award, The Joint Distinguished Service Medal. Mr. Hamilton was honored by the National Association of Scholars for “Resolute Leadership in Defense of Intellectual Freedom in Higher Education,” the only University President to be so honored.
Mark Hamilton - Pebble Project Path Forward Bruce Erickson 2019-02-14 09:00:00Z 0

Atwood Military Lounge needs Volunteers

Rotarian Ric Schmidt volunteering at the Atwood Military Lounge out at Ted Stevens International Airport.  Come out and help keep the Lounge open for traveling service men and women!
Atwood Military Lounge needs Volunteers 2019-02-07 09:00:00Z 0

Jason Baer - Paul Harris Fellow

Posted by Kevin Fimon
Jason Baer becomes Paul Harris Fellow and receives his certificate and medallion from Foundation Co-Chair Al Biss and President Debra Mason.  Nice framework from Naomi Sweetman!  I believe Jason volunteered for a song sometime in the future... :)
Jason Baer - Paul Harris Fellow Kevin Fimon 2019-02-07 09:00:00Z 0

Leadership Training Assembly

Attached to this message is the agenda and GoTo Meeting links for the Feb. 2nd Leadership Training Assembly in Anchorage.
Please note that GoTo Meeting has a limit of 25 people on at any one time.  For this reason, if you cannot get on using the link this may be a possible reason.
There are two links, one for the morning, one for the afternoon.  I would encourage you to log in at 1:45 PM for the afternoon, as the first 45 minutes will be small discussion groups as we review the district strategic plan.
For those using GoTo Meeting, you are encouraged to review the district strategic plan on your own, and use the attached sheet to share your ideas.  We will not be able to engage with individual Rotarians on GoTo Meeting as part of our review, however,  you may e-mail your completed sheet to either Alana Berg (, Diane Fejes ( ) or myself (
A link to the D5010 Strategic Plan 2016-2019 can be found on the D5010 website under the documents section on the right side of the homepage: 
Go to Meeting links:
Sat, Feb 2, 2019 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon AKST
Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone. 
You can also dial in using your phone. 
United States: +1 (646) 749-3129   Access Code: 378-937-485 
If in Canada: +1 (647) 497-9391 
Sat, Feb 2, 2019 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM AKST 
Please join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone. 
You can also dial in using your phone. 
United States: +1 (571) 317-3129   Access Code: 375-289-701 
If in Canada: +1 (647) 497-9391
Andre' Layral
DGE 2019-2020
cell 907-460-7786 (text only please if during the meeting)
Leadership Training Assembly Kevin Fimon 2019-01-31 09:00:00Z 0

President Debra needs Pictures!

Posted by Kevin Fimon
If you have a picture or pictures from AIRC Events since July 1st (President Debra's Year!); please provide along with a caption of what and where to either Debra Mason or Newsletter Editor Kevin Fimon by January 30th.  Thank you!
President Debra needs Pictures! Kevin Fimon 2019-01-24 09:00:00Z 0

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA)

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is a leadership program coordinated by Rotary Clubs around the globe.  Each year, thousands of young people participate in this program. Young people are sponsored by Rotary Clubs to attend the event run by the club's district committee.  District 5010 RYLA takes place March 7-10 this year in Juneau.  If you know a student either sophomore or junior in high school who you believe would benefit from this amazing program, please contact Chera Boom and provide the opportunity!
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) Kevin Fimon 2019-01-24 09:00:00Z 0

Jim Cloud - Pacific Legal Foundation

Jim Cloud hails from Whitefish, Montana.  He moved to Anchorage in 1976 and began a 30 year career at National Bank of Alaska.  Since 2006 he has run a private capital investment company and a consulting firm.  In addition to being a Rotarian with The Anchorage Rotary Club, he has served as a board member in many local organizations.
Jim is a Trustee with Pacific Legal Foundation and will be sharing information about that Foundation.

Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF) is a conservative/libertarian public interest law firm in the United States.  PLF was established for the purpose of defending and promoting individual and economic freedom in the courts. To that end, PLF attorneys litigate, file amicus curiae briefs, and participate in administrative proceedings with the goal of supporting free enterprise, private property rights, limited & nonrestrictive environmental regulation, and the principle of limited government.

PLF is a non-profit organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.  It does not charge for legal services, but instead receives funds from foundations and corporations to provide representation in cases raising policy issues that go beyond the narrow interest of the parties before the court.

Jim Cloud - Pacific Legal Foundation Bruce Erickson 2019-01-24 09:00:00Z 0

Jules Tileston - Wild & Scenic Rivers Act

Starting in the early 1960s Jules had key roles in the developing criteria used to develop the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act of 1968 and then coordinated the inter-agency policies to implement the Act. 
Jules is a recovering bureaucrat who came to Alaska with his wife Peg in 1972.  He lead wild river studies for the Department of the Interior.  The Fortymile River was one of the rivers Jules conducted on-the-water studies for and was the lead author for the Proposed Fortymile Wild and Scenic River report later adopted in the Alaska National Interest Land Conservation Act.  From 1974-1988 Jules was the Deputy State Director, Renewable Resources for Bureau of Land Management in Alaska.  With 30 years of Federal employment  he graduated from Federal employment.  From 1993-1998, he worked for Alaska Department of Natural Resorces in the Commissioner's Office and as Director of Mining and Water Management.  With both BLM and ADNR, the Fortymile River was a regular series of land management issues.  His proposal to BLM was to review and document the basis of his 1972-1974 study of the Fortymile.  Then identify changes, if any, he would have made based on his experiences with BLM, ADNR and the 2018 observations.    Overall, Jules has had direct input into adding slightly more than 3,500 river-miles now in the National System of Wild Rivers.  These ranged from the Alagash in Maine and the Rio Grande in Texas and New Mexico to 26 different rivers here In Alaska!
Jules Tileston - Wild & Scenic Rivers Act Bruce Erickson 2019-01-17 09:00:00Z 0

Foundation Auction was a Success!

Posted by Becky Erickson
Paul Harris Foundation Co-Chairs Becky Erickson and Al Biss did a great job hosting  our Annual Foundation Auction!
Thank you to all members and their guest that participated in the AIRC Foundation Auction held February 8, 2019.  With your support, we generated $13,623.00 for the Foundation.
For those that could not participate at the auction, you still have an opportunity to contribute directly to the Rotary Foundation.
Not only did we raise money for Rotary Foundation but the club made a local contribution on the same day.  Ginger, Nina and Luetta created 12 “Pay It Forward” baskets full of under garments that were auctioned off and then delivered to Covenant House.
Thank you to our auctioneers Tryg and Jay!!  Always doing a great job and keeping it fun!
Thanks also to Nina, Cathy, Angie, Shari and Debra for all of the paperwork help....!
Al and I could not have pulled this off without all the help from members getting auction donations, giving their time before and after the event, members bringing guest and of course generous bidding on all the items.  THANK YOU!
Al Biss & Beck Erickson
Co-Chairs 2019 AIRC Foundation Auction
  • Beautiful kuspuk and embroidered Alaska Flag by Marylee Tung
Foundation Auction was a Success! Becky Erickson 2019-01-10 09:00:00Z 0

Karla Shaw - Last Frontier Honor Flights

The Last Frontier Honor Flight's mission is to transport Alaska war veterans to Washington, DC, to visit those memorials dedicated to honor their services and sacrifices.   These trips are provided by donations and are no cost to the veteran.  Each veteran has a guardian to travel with them on the trip of a lifetime.  The Last Frontier Honor Flight Hub was chartered in January 2013 and accomplished the first flight in October 2013.  As of October 2018, the Hub has completed 11 flights.
Karla Shaw has been involved with the Last Frontier Honor Flight since May 2014, when she went on her first trip as a guardian.  She has been on the Board since July 2014.   The Hub is currently accepting applications from WWII, Alaska Territorial Guard, Korean and Viet Nam veterans.   They also serve terminally ill veterans of any war.
Karla Shaw - Last Frontier Honor Flights Bruce Erickson 2019-01-10 09:00:00Z 0

New Member Jamie Delman

Newest AIRC Member Jamie Delman with sponsor Beth Rose and Membership Chair Tim Trueblood
New Member Jamie Delman Kevin Fimon 2019-01-03 09:00:00Z 0
PDG Evgenia Terekhova Ted Trueblood 2019-01-03 09:00:00Z 0

District Conference in Anchorage

Posted by Janine Becka
Remember to register for this year's District Conference.  You don’t want to miss out on an inspiring and motivational District Conference, packed full with great fellowship, amazing speakers, and tons of fun!
The Conference is the perfect venue to network, reconnect with friends, and find inspiration for continuing service and community leaders as we report on the district, including its successes and challenges. We will have local and international speakers giving information on topics relevant to our district members. Check out their bios here! SPEAKER BIOS
Friday, May 3rd, will be the highly attended and favorite Dinner in the Home event.  If you live in Anchorage, be sure to sign up to host dinner!  If you are coming from out of town, consider being hosted by a local Rotarian and enjoy this fellowship opportunity.
Saturday, May 4th, the Captain Cook’s chefs will dazzle our pallets during the Governor’s Banquet, where we will finish the night off dancing and singing with the Ken Peltier Band!
To register, click here! REGISTER
To check out the Conference page, become an amazing and appreciated sponsor of the event, as well as find information on hotel discounts ($150/night!), click here!  ROTARY DISTRICT 5010 CONFERENCE
Alaska Airlines has generously provided a discount for attendees traveling to the conference – use meeting fare code ECMC187.
We are looking forward to seeing you in Anchorage!
Teri Lindseth and Denise Kipke
District Conference Co-chairs
District Conference in Anchorage Janine Becka 2018-12-21 09:00:00Z 0

Armed Services YMCA Food Drive

Posted by Joe Zimmermann
Joseph Zimmermann, Treasurer
Anchorage International Rotary Club
2121 Saratoga Ave.
Anchorage, AK 99517-1387
Telephone:  (907) 278-2034
Cell Phone: (907) 230-0018
Facsimile:   (907) 278-2034
To serve military families in need, the Armed Services YMCA (ASYMCA) maintains Food Pantries on Elmendorf AFB and Ft. Richardson.  Sadly, there are families of soldiers and airmen, some of whom are deployed, who sometimes do not have enough to eat, and we can do something about it.  There is a greater need each year after the holidays.  To help in support of this need our club is conducting food drives at our AIRC meetings on Fridays, January 4th and January 11th.  Some items that are requested are as follows:
  • Spaghetti sauce
  • Canned tuna
  • Canned chicken
  • Boxed meals (Hamburger Helper, etc.)
  • Disposable diapers (size 4 is a good somewhat universal choice)
  • Baby wipes
  • Canned stew
  • Canned chili
  • Rice
  • Pasta
  • Toiletries (toothpaste, tooth brushes, etc.
Cash or check donations will also be accepted.  This money will be used to purchase perishable items.
Please bring your donations on January 4th and January 11th, and we will arrange for delivery.
Armed Services YMCA Food Drive Joe Zimmermann 2018-12-21 09:00:00Z 0

Proposed Member - Osgar Nolan

I was born in Anchorage after my parents Declan and Kathleen Nolan moved to Alaska from the Midwest.  My parents helped my sisters, Genevieve and Gerda, and I to have a terrific childhood exploring Alaska and also traveling abroad. I studied economics at Carleton College in Northfield, MN, with an emphasis on economic development and healthcare.  I interned with USAID and worked with a group at Providence Hospital to establish initial telemedicine capabilities in Alaska.   I’ve spent time living in the UK and more recently Chicago, mostly working in economics and finance.  When I met Bob Huston in 2012 I was definitely excited to return to Alaska.  Bob allowed me to expand my practice and taught me much about community involvement.  I’ve enjoyed volunteering with Rotaract, waterway cleanup, and the Food Bank of Alaska.  The Rotary community has always been very welcoming to me and I look forward to meeting more Rotarians and increasing my community involvement.    
Proposed Member - Osgar Nolan Kevin Fimon 2018-12-21 09:00:00Z 0

Richard Saville - Alaska Pioneer Home

Posted by Bruce Erickson
Richard Saville is the Anchorage Pioneer home Administrator.  The Anchorage Pioneer Home provides licensed assisted living care for Alaska resident elders sixty-five years old or older. The home has a capacity for 168 elders and provides care at three different levels including care for persons with Alzheimer's disease or related dementia (ADRD).
His work history includes working as a direct care provider, as an assisted living
home manager, and as a state regulator.
Rich was born in Tacoma, WA and moved to Anchorage in 1980 at age 6.  He graduated from Chugiak High School and has a bachelor’s degree from UAA in History.  He is married and has 2 boys – 25 and 18. 
Richard Saville - Alaska Pioneer Home Bruce Erickson 2018-12-13 09:00:00Z 0
Celeste & Arnie - Rotary from Virginia! Janine Becka 2018-12-13 09:00:00Z 0

Capture The Moment - Hamburg, Germany


Don't miss your chance to Capture the Moment at this year's Rotary International Convention.  Join us June 1-5 in Hamburg, Germany, where you'll experience unforgettable moments alongside new friends.  Come early to enjoy the Rotary Peace Symposium, 31 May and 1 June. 

Please inform President Debra if you are going to the International Convention and you have interest in being our club's delegate to the convention business.

Visit to learn more about this year's program and explore what Hamburg has to offer. Don't forget to share your favorite convention moments with us on social media using #Rotary19.

Capture The Moment - Hamburg, Germany Debra Mason 2018-12-06 09:00:00Z 0

Clare House Christmas Dinner Dec. 21st

There is no Club Meeting today December 21st nor next week December 28th for Anchorage International Rotary Club.  Please have a safe and wonderful Christmas holiday!!
Anchorage International Rotary Club is on the schedule to provide dinner to Clare House today December 21st.  The current census is 32 women and 42 kids.  Let me know if you can provide anything... 
I will be collecting food items, paper goods and toddler size diapers for 3:45 delivery today at Clare House.
Text me with questions or your choice of item at (907) 306-6604.
  Thank you in advance...  Happy Holidays!!
                                                    Kevin Fimon
Clare House Christmas Dinner Dec. 21st Kevin Fimon 2018-12-06 09:00:00Z 0

Holiday Gift Giving Celebration!

Posted by Debra Mason
Happy Holidays!
From the Office of Children’s Services and Alaska Center for Resource Families
Enjoy pizza and refreshments. We’re going to have carnival activities, games and crafts for the kids! This year boasts a toddler room for those busy little ones. And don’t forget a visit from Santa!
Date: December 20, 2018
Time: 5:30-7:30 pm
Location: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints;
13111 Brayton Drive (Southbound on New Seward, take DeArmoun Rd. exit, take 1st left onto Brayton Drive,
past the elementary school.)
Foster parents can choose a gift for the foster children in their home and have it wrapped by enthusiastic volunteers!
Have questions:  Give Jennifer Heikkila a call at 269-6913
Special thanks to the volunteers of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for hosting the party!
Holiday Gift Giving Celebration! Debra Mason 2018-12-06 09:00:00Z 0

Proposed Member - Jamie Delman

Jamie Delman has been proposed for membership by Beth Rose.  Jamie Delman is a partner at Shaftel Delman Kaufman, LLC, a boutique Alaska law firm that focuses on estate planning, estate and trust administration, business formation, and tax planning.  Because of a recent addition to the team, the firm can also provide immigration law services.  Jamie’s practice focuses on estate, trust, business and tax work. 
Jamie has presented before the Alaska chapter of ACTEC (the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel), and the Anchorage Estate Planning Council.  He has also participated in hearings related to proposed legislation in the trust and estate field.
Jamie has done pro bono legal work for Alaska Legal Services Corporation as well as the Elizabeth Peratrovich Legal Clinic at the convention for the Alaska Federation of Natives.  Jamie is on the board of the Anchorage Estate Planning Council.
Outside of legal work, Jamie enjoys hiking with his dog, Shakespeare, and (slow) downhill skiing when the snow is good!  He’s (trying to) learn to play blues guitar.  He is (mostly) fluent in French and is also learning Spanish.  Jamie is interested in helping to improve lives of fellow Alaskans and additionly would like to explore opportunities to help improve lives outside Alaska and abroad.  Jamie is being proposed under the classification of legal services.
Proposed Member - Jamie Delman Debra Mason 2018-12-06 09:00:00Z 0

Polio Survivor Joan Toone,  eClub Dec. 8th

Message from Gayle Knepper:
In behalf of President Nancy and all eClub members, we invite you and your members to join us at the eClub meeting this Saturday, December 8. We will host a very special speaker: Rotarian Joan Toone of British Columbia.  You may have heard her speak at PETS and know the inspirational message she brings to all Rotarians about our work toward polio eradication. Meeting details and Joan’s brief bio are below.
We encourage you to share this message with your members and also invite non Rotarians who may be interested in learning more about Rotary’s significant work to eradicate polio in the world.
Hope to see you online Saturday!
Saturday, December 8
8:00 am AKST
Log in from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android:
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Joan was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and contracted polio during the 1951 epidemic. Thirty years after acute polio, Joan began to experience cold intolerance, muscle weakness and extreme fatigue.  She was diagnosed with Post Polio Syndrome which is an after-effect of polio.  She then began the long journey of surgeries and rehabilitation.  When Rotary designated eradicating polio as its number 1 priority, she became an avid supporter, speaking to Rotarians from around the world  about polio and Post Polio Syndrome.  Joan’s husband, Terry, also works as a dedicated advocate for polio eradication, is currently Rotary District 5020’s chair for Polio Plus. They feel optimistic and privileged they will see the end of polio in the world in the very near future. Joan says that it is an outstanding feeling to know they have been a small part of that effort.

Joan deeply admires Rotary’s commitment to the children of the world, and emphasizes the necessity of vaccines when speaking with younger people who often get conflicting information about immunizations, using herself as a first-hand example of what they can prevent.
She  is Past President of the Rotary Anns, the Post Polio Society of British Columbia and of the Rotary Club of Victoria.  She is a Multiple Paul Harris Fellow and a Rotary Foundation Benefactor.  Joan has received a President’s Commendation and a District 5020 Award of Excellence.  She has twice been the recipient of The Rotary Foundation District Service Award, and has also been presented with the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award and the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers. Joan is a recognized and sought after on polio and the progress towards eradication.
Polio Survivor Joan Toone, eClub Dec. 8th Debra Mason 2018-12-06 09:00:00Z 0

Don Rogers - Human Factors in Airline Crashes

Don Rogers will be our speaker on Friday, December 7th on the topic of ‘Human Factors in Airplane Accidents’.  He
also calls this - ‘My Favorite Crashes’.  We look forward to a most interesting talk.

Don began his career receiving a degree at the University of Washington, Medical School in 1958. 
The following year he entered the U. S. Navy for a 4 1/2 year hitch and attended the Navy’s School of Aviation
Medicine. He moved to Anchorage in 1967 and was a Pathologist at Alaska Regional Hospital and its
predecessors. Don has also served as State Medical Examiner.

He joined Rotary in 1983 and is an active member in Russian Jack Rotary Club where he was President in 2005-06.
Don Rogers - Human Factors in Airline Crashes Bruce Erickson 2018-12-06 09:00:00Z 0

Sarah Riffer - Armed Services YMCA

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.  Thank you to Sarah, Joe and all of the members who helped with the food drive for Armed Services YMCA.
Sarah Riffer - Armed Services YMCA Bruce Erickson 2018-11-29 09:00:00Z 0

Jerry Budd Memorial "Ringing of the Bell"

Posted by Tim Ellis

Community Service Project

Jerry Budd Memorial Salvation Army Kettle Bell Ringing

What: Anchorage International Rotary Club continues our club’s tradition of helping the Salvation Army and ringing the bell to help collect money for our community members in need.


We would like all; everyone is welcome.  Rotarians, Family, Friends, Kids, Prospective Rotarians!


When: Saturday December 15th – 10:30 AM – 7:30 PM

Where: Fred Meyers Abbott-2300 Abbott Road Anchorage 99507

Any questions on sign up: Contact Tim Ellis, 907-632-1958 or

Thank you.

Jerry Budd Memorial "Ringing of the Bell" Tim Ellis 2018-11-29 09:00:00Z 0
Contributed Efforts from King Technical High School Angie Rush 2018-11-29 09:00:00Z 0

Rotary Member Michael Hidalgo

Tim and Angela,
I am Janice Hidalgo, Michael's wife.  I do not know if you were aware that Michael had been very ill for several weeks.  It is with great sorrow that I am letting you know that Michael passed on Wednesday, Nov. 14th.  We will be having a Celebration of Life for him on Friday, November 30th, from 1;00 - 4:00 pm at the Russian Jack Chalet.  There will be an Honor Guard for the playing of Taps and presentation of the flag to the family.  He was a 12 year service veteran, including receiving a Silver Star, Bronze Star, and Purple Heart for this time in Vietnam.  I would greatly appreciate if you would pass this information on to his friends at the Rotary Club and let them know they are invited to attend if they would like to do so.
He enjoyed his time with the Rotary and really appreciated the support they gave to the Hope Center/Downtown Soup Kitchen.  You may call me with any questions at (907) 952-6012. 
Thank you.
Janice Hidalgo

Michael Hidalgo (1941 - 2018)

  • "My deepest sympathy to your family"
Heaven celebrates and earth mourns the passing of Michael J. Hidalgo, 77, on Nov. 14, 2018 in Anchorage, Alaska. Born in Santiago, Chile, on March 14, 1941, to a military family, he established his home in Anchorage in 1985. Mike's work career included 12 years of military service, entrepreneurial endeavors, and an extensive career in telecommunications spanning the globe.
In Alaska, he worked for Microcom as a community affairs liaison and project manager. He valued education, returning to school at age 48 and earned his Bachelor of Business Administration from UAA.
Mike's life was one of service. His contributions to his community included political activism (Democratic Delegate), primary fundraiser for the Anchorage Slammin' Salmon Derby and Downtown Soup Kitchen Hope Center, and as an usher for Ushering in the Arts. Additionally, he was an active member of the Anchorage International Rotary Club.
Mike, both a powerful and sensitive man, was a highly decorated soldier serving around the world. An air cavalry infantry officer in the 1968 battle for Hue City, he led his unit in nonstop combat for 50 days until he was wounded. It was the officers and enlisted men from his company who recommended him for his Silver Star of Valor. He treasured a letter from one of his men "to the best Vietnam..."
While a very hardworking man, he enjoyed the adventures of life and engaged in living fully. He was a skilled actor participating in numerous plays presented by UAA, an avid fisherman, and he enjoyed winter sports. In his later years, his greatest joy was spending time on his property in Cooper Landing with his family. He was a man who really listened and family and friends treasured his wisdom.
He is survived by his loving wife, Janice; children, Michael (Sheree) Brown, Robert (Debbie) Hidalgo-Brown, Barbara (Jeff) Dandron; stepsons, Josh (Mayquelle) Buckley, Justin (Kari) Buckley, and German exchange student daughters, Anna and Laura (Gregor) Fontaine; grandchildren, Remington, Hayden, and Jaidyn Buckley, Eddie, Eric, and Austin Dandron, Ryan and Tyler Brown, and Marie Fontaine; siblings, Manuel Hidalgo, Norine (John) Vogel, Kathleen Hidalgo Smyth, and Maryanne Kehoe as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
A celebration of his life will take place at Russian Jack Chalet, 1600 Lidia Selkregg Ln, Anchorage, AK 99504, on Friday afternoon Nov. 30, 2018, service at 1 p.m.
Mike would be honored by contributions to the Downtown Soup Kitchen Hope Center at
Rotary Member Michael Hidalgo Tim Ellis 2018-11-29 09:00:00Z 0

Annual Pie Auction for Scholarship Fund

Posted by Angie Rush
Pictures from Annual Pie Auction at King Technical High School.  Joe and Dodie working at the check-in and check-out table!  At top, Nelson and Jess preparing their bidding strategies!!
Annual Pie Auction for Scholarship Fund Angie Rush 2018-11-29 09:00:00Z 0
Flag from "The Grandfather Club" Kevin Fimon 2018-11-08 09:00:00Z 0

Ric Schmidt - Alaska Broadcasters Hall of Fame

Longtime KYUK and KNOM Broadcasters To Be Inducted into Alaska Hall of Fame

Two Western Alaska broadcasters will be inducted into the Alaska Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame this November.

A posthumous award will be given to John Active of Bethel, who served as a “pioneer” Alaska Native broadcaster in the state. He is known for his time serving at KYUK in Bethel, translating stories from English into Yup’ik, gathering and writing local news, and opening a world for Yup’ik broadcasters. Known as the “Voice of the Yukon-Kuskokwim” Delta, Active continued his work until his death in June (2018).

Former General Manager of KNOM Ric Schmidt will also be inducted into the Hall of Fame this fall. Schmidt served more than 25 years in broadcasting in Alaska. Schmidt initially came to Nome to serve as a volunteer at KNOM in 1984 and returned in 1995. He worked as program director and eventually took over as general manager in 2005. He also served as President of the Alaska Broadcasters Association, or ABA, and retired from broadcasting in 2017.

Active and Schmidt will become the 63rd and 64th inductees into the ABA Hall of Fame on November 9th.

Images at top: broadcasters John Active (left) and Ric Schmidt (right). Left photo: Katie Basile, KYUK (used with permission); right: David Dodman, KNOM.

Ric Schmidt - Alaska Broadcasters Hall of Fame Kevin Fimon 2018-11-08 09:00:00Z 0

Clifford Crismore - Great Alaska Council

Clifford Crismore is a 29-year Scouting professional.  He started his professional career in North Idaho as a District Executive and Senior District Executive.  He then served as the Council Program Director for the Inland Northwest Council headquarter in Spokane, WA  where Mr. Crismore provided leadership to three major camping properties and started the North Idaho High Adventure Base. 
In September 1997, he accepted the position as Scout Executive/CEO for the Midnight Sun Council in Fairbanks where he served for 13 years.  During that time, he tripled the operating budget which translated to serving more youth in the Interior of Alaska and the North Slope.  He provided successful leadership to a $3.5 million capital campaign. He also started the Northern Lights High Adventure Base. 
In September 2010, Crismore accepted the position as Scout Executive/CEO for the Great Alaska Council in Anchorage making him the only CEO to have ever served the entire state of Alaska.  During his tenure he has provided leadership in opening the Denali High Adventure Scout Base located at Mile 133 Parks Highway and Chilkoot High Adventure Base located in Haines for summer program operations.  He has raised $2.8 million for construction and renovation of facilities in the council’s five principle camp properties.  The Great Alaska Council currently serves over 11,500 youth in Southeast, Southcentral, and Western Alaska.
He and his wife, Shari, have four children and four grandchildren.  Mr. Crismore is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Association of Challenge Course Technology, and American Camp Association.
Clifford Crismore - Great Alaska Council Bruce Erickson 2018-11-08 09:00:00Z 0

Shari Showalter - AIRC New Member

Posted by Angie Rush
Anchorage International Rotary Club welcomes our newest member Shari Showalter into the club.  Her sponsor Angela Rush did a great job in her first time of running our Friday meeting and extra special to welcome her friend in as a member!  Another great Friday at AIRC!!
Shari Showalter - AIRC New Member Angie Rush 2018-11-01 08:00:00Z 0

Letter from Yakutsk

Our trip to Alaska was a great experience...!

This year, our club launched a new project “Anti-cancer: support for survivors” on a very important topic not only for our city, but also for the whole Russia.
  The idea of ​​the project belongs to Kapitalina Alekseeva, who published this summer her 4th book “The Day Will Come…”.  In this book she describes her personal experience in dealing with a serious illness making a statement that nobody in Russia rehabilitates patients who survived after oncology. With the idea of our project we wrote a letter to our friends in Alaska, particularly to Past- Governor of District 5010 Ted Trueblood. A big friend of our club, Ted immediately responded to our project and offered possibility of a great studying experience in the rehabilitation and support of cancer survivors in Alaska.  In late  August 2018, a group from Yakutsk went for a week-long trip on “Russian Cancer Survivors Support Program”.  Our group consisted of 3 people: myself from Rotary Club of Yakutsk and two doctors, Alena Nikitina, Director of the Republican Center of Medical Prevention and Belolyubskaya Tuyara, Vice-Chief Doctor of  "Yakutsk Republican Oncologic Dispensary".
Our program was actually like VTT - because it was designed in a way that in a short period we had a chance to visit and study the activities of Alaskan Cancer medical institutions treating cancer patients, as well as the organizations that deal with cancer patients in Anchorage: Providence Hospital, Katmai Oncology Group, Alaska Cancer Treatment Center , Oncology / Hematology and Infusion Center. We also visited Providence Hospice, Hospice of Anchorage, Anchorage Pioneer Home, and, of course, very useful was meeting with people from Women Listen Cancer Support Group. In addition, we visited the University of Alaska in Anchorage.
All meetings were extremely useful and thanks to the excellent organization of our visit, we very effectively spent our time. The process of rehabilitation people who have survived cancer is very important around the world and includes many aspects: psychological help, work of social workers, yoga-therapy, communication with each other, cooking lessons, art therapy, nutrition, prevention of diseases and regular check-ups. Correct rehabilitation allows people to return back to their society in a good shape, helps to continue to live full life, to work, and to reduce the disabilities among patients. At the end of the day our society and the state will only benefit from all this efforts.
Of course, our Rotary friends did everything possible to make our trip informative. We had a wonderful time with Rotarians from the Anchorage International Rotary Club during a picnic at Ted and Gloria Trueblood. Each Rotarian brought a culinary dish, and Ted of course cooked famous Alaskan salmon!

We were also invited to an Anchorage International Rotary Club meeting, where we told about our project, also met with DG Diane Fejes and had opportunity to pass message from Kapitalina Alekseeva. We were very pleased too when DG sent a message expressing support: “Thank you Katya and your team for making the effort to come.  It was a pleasure to meet you and hear your Mom’s story. I wish you well on your future efforts in helping all the cancer survivors in your area.”
The week turned out to be very full, very informative, very interesting.  We got “charged” with tremendous energy to launch our project! Already in October, our club plans to organize Health Fair. After that, we plan to start support group meetings for cancer survivors with doctors. Start to the project is given! Thanks to our dearest, long-time Rotary friends from Alaska, and personally to Ted Trueblood for the support and arrangement of our trip to Anchorage.
We looking forward to meet our friends from Alaska in Yakutsk next summer continue our project!

Clark Katerina
Rotary Club of Yakutsk
Letter from Yakutsk Ted Trueblood 2018-11-01 08:00:00Z 0

Nancy (Muff) Zelmer - Women Listen

Muff (Nancy) Zellmer RN, MSN, ANP, Executive Director of Women Listen
She is a nurse practitioner certified in family care and has worked in the health care field for over 40 years!  She was a recipient of the “Heroes in Health Care” award from Hospice of Anchorage.  Her background includes, staff nursing, patient education, hospice, university teaching, urgent care, nursing home care, private practice and working with a cancer surgeon.  She recently retired from working in cancer survivorship at a radiation center where she developed over 250 survivorship care plans for cancer patients as they completed their treatment.  Zellmer co-founded Women Listen, a weekly support group for women with cancer and she has led this group for the past 12 years. 
Nancy (Muff) Zelmer - Women Listen Bruce Erickson 2018-11-01 08:00:00Z 0

World Polio Day - End Polio Now

Posted by Kevin Fimon
Approximately 40 Rotary members and guests enjoyed great company and delicious food Wednesday evening to honor World Polio Day!  District 5010 End Polio Now Chair Dave Kester presented an update and documentary from Rotary International and the Gates Foundation.  It was very well received and a great time was had at the Bear and Raven Adventure Theatre!  Thank you to Buzz and Mary Rolfing for hosting us and Thanks to all of you who are doing your part to End Polio Now!!
World Polio Day - End Polio Now Kevin Fimon 2018-10-25 08:00:00Z 0

Scott Janssen, The Mushing Mortician

Scott Janssen is the President and owner of Janssen Funeral Homes, Inc.
His interest in funeral service began while he was working at Oakdale Cemetery in his hometown in Northern Minnesota. After graduating high school and marrying his high school sweetheart, Debbie; he received his Bachelor of Science degree in mortuary science from the University of Minnesota. Upon graduating in 1985 he was offered a funeral director and embalmer position at Evergreen Memorial Chapel. He and Debbie packed up their belongings and drove the Alaska-Canada Highway to Anchorage. They planned on living in Alaska for two years and then moving on to new adventures; 32 years later Scott and Debbie (along with his son-in-law Jordan Eastman) now own Evergreen Memorial Chapel and its three associate funeral homes (Janssen's Alaska Cremation Center, Janssen's Eagle River Funeral Home & the newest location Janssen's Mat-Su Funeral Homes) and have found that Alaska is all the adventure they could have ever wished for.
He and his wife of nearly thirty-six years, Debbie, are the parents of two adult daughters, Angela and Chelsea. Angela, his oldest, works for the Anchorage Police Department in the Cyber Crimes Unit. She and her husband Billy gifted Scott and Debbie with their first grandchildren. Chelsea works as the Chief Financial Officer and Office Manager for all four funeral homes and is married to Jordan Eastman. 
Scott is an avid outdoorsman, who enjoys doing maintenance and lawn work around the funeral home as much as helping families and their loved ones. He has been a fan of Harley Davidson Motorcycles since he was young, and finally became a member of the Harley Owners Group in 2001. Always a company man, he ordered his Harley to match the exact color of the company Hearse.

Scott, the "Mushin' Mortician," began mushing in 2007 and says “ the Iditarod has been [his] dream since 1986”. In 2011 that dream came true when he joined the Iditarod Finishers Club after he and his 11 dogs crossed the finish line in Nome, Alaska.
Scott Janssen, The Mushing Mortician Bruce Erickson 2018-10-25 08:00:00Z 0
Jordan McCulley - Paul Harris fellow Debra Mason 2018-10-18 08:00:00Z 0

World Polio Day - Dave Kester

Dave is Past President of Anchorage East Rotary and the current District 5010 PolioPlus Chair.  He has been a member of Anchorage East Rotary since 1996.
Dave has worked in the insurance industry for over 30 years and been a commercial risk manager and broker for RISQ Consulting for the past 23 years. 
Dave earned a Bachelor of Administration degree in Finance from Boise State University. 
Dave is married to his wife of 24 years, Elena.  They have two children; a beautiful 22 year old girl, Jessica and a handsome 20 year old boy, Jeremiah.  Dave loves to spend time with family along with hunting, fishing and playing golf in his spare time.
Dave is here to promote the World Polio Day Celebration here in Anchorage on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 and give us a preview of the film that will be shown called, “Dare to Dream, How Rotary Became the Heart and Soul of Polio Eradication.”
World Polio Day - Dave Kester Bruce Erickson 2018-10-18 08:00:00Z 0

AIRC Memorial Scholarship Fund

Posted by Boyd Morgenthaler
Anchorage International Rotary Club Memorial Scholarship Fund

The AIRC Memorial Scholarship Fund is a 501(c) (3) exclusively for
educational grants to new high school graduates in Anchorage.  The members
of the Memorial Scholarship Fund include all of the members of Anchorage
International Rotary Club. 

Incorporated in 1994, the Fund is a direct descendant of the Virgil Knight
Scholarship Fund.  Knight was a charter member of our Club, a Past
President and Alaska's first District Governor.  Back then we were known as
Spenard Rotary.   In 1964, the Earthquake took the life of his wife Leeora,
and it also took his leg from the knee down.  Virgil credited the heroics of
nurses and doctors for his survival and in gratitude he donated $30,000
(about $120,000 in today's dollars) from an insurance settlement to start a
Spenard Rotary scholarship fund exclusively for the healing arts.  This
later became known as the Virgil Knight Scholarship Fund.

When Virgil passed on, his long time faithful friend and fellow Rotarian Al
Opp (President 76-77) stepped in to run the Fund and maintain the focus on the healing arts.
Worth noting, Al was our Club President for the 1976-1977 year.  Eventually younger members of the Club felt the need to expand the
scope of the scholarships to include all worthy vocations.  Ultimately Al
embraced the change and in 1994 the Virgil Knight Scholarship Fund was
closed and all of its assets were moved to the new 501(c)(3) AIRC Memorial
Scholarship Fund.  The new focus on all worthy vocations is a reflection of
the great strength of Rotary and is one of our primary avenues of service.

Al Opp died in 2002 at the age of 94 and left $50,000 for the
Club's Memorial Scholarship Fund.  This large contribution added to the
appreciated value of the Virgil Knight Fund and was a major boost toward the
financial goal of a sustainable endowment to support future

Most recently, our friend, Past President and Past District Governor Ted
Trueblood encouraged us to take a step further and engage the services of
the Alaska Community Foundation.  With a generous $15,000 gift from Ted, we
opened an account with ACF in December 2017.  Through ACF, we now can receive
PFD Pick-Click-Give donations as well as real estate, vehicles and other
property donations.  We are just getting started with this new opportunity,
and thanks to Ted our future has many new possibilities. 

Equally vital to our success have been the thousand smaller contributions we
have received from Club members and others in the community.  Since the mid
1990's, our major fund raising activity has been the Pie Auction at King
Career Center, now King Tech High School.  We have raised nearly $250,000
through the Pie Auctions and have granted approximately 200 scholarships for
Anchorage Area High School graduating students.   In 2018 we granted ten scholarships to students throughout Anchorage. 

Trustees of this fund are elected for a three-year term and each year we elect
about one third of the Board at our Annual General Meeting in October.
The General Meeting is held as a brief interlude within a normal Club meeting.  Trustees
are expected to attend Board meetings in October and February, participate
and contribute at the Pie Auction, and help with the selection of
scholarships.  The work is fun and rewarding but focused on a few tight
schedules.  In addition to enthusiasm, a Board member must bring a commitment
to participate.
AIRC Memorial Scholarship Fund Boyd Morgenthaler 2018-10-18 08:00:00Z 0

Vocational Training Team to Australia

Posted by Karl Schroeder
The Anchorage International Rotary Club is sponsoring a Vocational Training Team (VTT) in District 9455 with a Rotary Global Grant for Fetal Alchohol Syndrome Disease (FASD).  FASD is a chronic problem for Alaska's indigenous peoples as it is for the Aboriginals in Australia.  The team will depart April 1, 2019, and return April 17th.  Australia's health system is more like Canada's than Great Britain's.  Below is an example of a Rotary District that has a hands-on culture.
There are 48 Clubs in District 9455 having about 1800 members.  District 9455 is the only Australian District that has an Aboriginal Reference Group. The Group’s function is facilitatory in the sense that Clubs can call upon it to assist them in establishing strategic partnerships/alliances with Western Australian Aboriginal communities for:
•    Understanding aboriginal culture, values, and practices make mutual projects useful. Developing strong, respectful relationships with Aboriginal people – which are critical to being able to work effectively together towards a common goal with each party understanding the other’s perspective/s.
•    Assisting Aboriginal groups in recording their language, history, and culture before the traditional carriers die out.
Helping Non-Indigenous and Aboriginal people each to develop social frameworks that viably straddle both western and Aboriginal cultures.
•    Empowering Aboriginal people by offering them opportunities, skills, knowledge, and experience so that they can develop the confidence to make sound cultural and cross-cultural decisions.
•    To encourage Aboriginal people to update and modernize their culture so that it appropriately fits the world they now find themselves in.
Vocational Training Team to Australia Karl Schroeder 2018-10-18 08:00:00Z 0

Proposed Member Shari Showalter

Posted by Angie Rush
Shari Showalter has been proposed for membership by Angela Rush.  Shari was raised in a military family with her roots in the Ozarks of Missouri.  After graduating from Eastern Michigan University with her BS in Biology, Shari continued for years to live a nomadic lifestyle.  Her travels took her to several places throughout the states where she has worked as a park ranger with the National Park Service and then as the Director of Graduate Admissions for an MBA program in Silicon Valley.  A move to Anchorage led her to become a habitat biologist with Alaska Department of Fish & Game.  Following that, she began raising her two children, Maximus and Luciana along with the help of her husband, Thomas.  Shari currently is the Member Services Director of the Alaska Telecom Association. 
As the daughter of an Army colonel who spent his entire career serving our nation, Shari strongly believes in service to others and giving back to the community.  Over the years, Shari has participated on three non-profit boards here in Anchorage, holding leadership positions on each one.  She is skilled at event coordination and to use her project management skills in Rotary to support fun-raising and fundraising events would be spectacular!  
Proposed Member Shari Showalter Angie Rush 2018-10-11 08:00:00Z 0

Fortress of Bears in Sitka, Alaska

Posted by Bruce Erickson
Co-founders Les and Evy Kinnear of the Fortress of the Bears in Sitka, Alaska.  A lot of the Rotarians that attended the 2017 District Convention made our way out to their facility and thoroughly enjoyed watching the bears! 
Bears ruled Alaska long before fishermen, gold miners, or cruise ships
arrived. As their territory has diminished, more and more bear cubs have
become orphaned and sick. The state of Alaska has no bear rehabilitation
program in place, and unfortunately orphaned cubs are routinely shot by the
Department of Fish and Game for lack of an alternative. Until now. At Fortress
of the Bear, our mission is to rescue cubs, bring them back to health and
provide a long life full of enrichment.  
Our rescue center opened in 2007, and now houses 7 bears. More than
20,000 visitors per year come to experience the majesty of these amazing
creatures. We’ve sent bears to the Bronx Zoo, Montana Grizzly
Encounter and the International Exotic Animal Sanctuary in Boyd, Texas. Our
goal is to work with the Alaska Department of Fish & Game to someday
release rehabbed bears back into the wild. As a 501(C)3 not-for-profit
organization, we rely solely on admission fees and donations for funding.
Fortress of Bears in Sitka, Alaska Bruce Erickson 2018-10-11 08:00:00Z 0

Helena and Becky newest Paul Harris Fellows

Posted by Kevin Fimon
Anchorage International Rotary Club recognized Helena Wisniewski and Becky Erickson as our two newest Paul Harris Fellows at weekly meeting October 5th.
Helena and Becky newest Paul Harris Fellows Kevin Fimon 2018-10-11 08:00:00Z 0

New Members David Webb and Peter Lang

Posted by Kevin Fimon
New Members Peter Lang and David Webb inducted October 5th into Anchorage International Rotary Club!  Also shown is President Debra Mason, Membership Chair Tim Trueblood and District Governor Diane Fejes.  Welcome to our new members and thanks to DG Diane for giving them the "charge"!
New Members David Webb and Peter Lang Kevin Fimon 2018-10-11 08:00:00Z 0

Rotary Foundation Reporting Analysis

D5010 100% compliant! The Rotary Foundation - October 2018 World Reporting Analysis for District 5010

District 5010
Dear Governor Fejes,
On behalf of the Trustees, thank you for participating in The Rotary Foundation (TRF) grants programs to serve communities in need. I am writing to update you on the world reporting analysis conducted in October 2018. The analysis is performed on a quarterly basis to track each district’s compliance with reporting requirements for Rotary Foundation grant projects.
I am happy to inform you that District 5010 was 100% up-to-date with reporting requirements for grants sponsored by the district and its clubs as of the October 2018 analysis. The Trustees rely on district leaders to ensure that stewardship guidelines are being upheld worldwide and they thank you for your efforts. We recognize the hard work involved to maintain this level of compliance and encourage your district and its clubs to continue your good work.
At the time the analysis was conducted, District 5010 had 3 grants in paid, funded, and reported status. Please see the table at the end of the letter for the list of grants (information included in the table is up-to-date as of the date of analysis).  
We encourage you to work with the clubs in your district to ensure that reports are submitted for any overdue grants.  Over the next few days, TRF will be sending report reminder letters for any grants for which it has been 18 months or more since the last payment or report date. You will be copied on these letters for any grants in your district. 
For updated grant statuses or more detailed information, please contact the TRF grant coordinator listed below for each grant number. You can also request a copy of your district’s file activity report from the TRF Contact Center at or the Stewardship Department at
The Rotary Foundation appreciates the good work that you do and we thank you for your efforts to comply with the Foundation’s reporting requirements. 
Meredith Burlew
Department Manager | Stewardship
Rotary International
Rotary Foundation Reporting Analysis Kevin Fimon 2018-10-11 08:00:00Z 0

See Jane Run!  Help Jane END POLIO so future kids can run!

Jane Lanford, president of College Rotary in Fairbanks, is schedule to run her 100th marathon on October 21st.  In celebration of this lifetime achievement, she hopes to raise 100 x $100 to help Rotary END POLIO.  Will you please help?
Please see the attached flyer, which will link you directly to Jane’s project page, also accessible here:
Or, you can give online at the general funding page:  To help us track donations to this site, please input “In honor of Jane” and notify her at
Cash or checks are also welcome!  Checks should be made out to: The Rotary Foundation and given to Jane or mailed to: College Rotary, PO Box 73010, Fairbanks, AK 99707. 
As you know, Rotary, along with our partners, has reduced polio cases by 99.9 percent worldwide since our first project to vaccinate children in the Philippines in 1979.  Rotarians have helped immunize more than 2.5 billion children against polio in 122 countries.  In 2018 so far, only 13 cases have been reported – 10 in Afghanistan and three in Pakistan.  But as long as a single child has polio, all children are at risk.  For as little as $0.60, a child can be protected against this crippling disease for life.  As there is no cure, the best protection is prevention. 
We are this close to eradicating polio, but we need your help. 
A donation of any amount is greatly appreciated!!!
For more information, contact Jane at
See Jane Run!  Help Jane END POLIO so future kids can run! Debra Mason 2018-10-10 08:00:00Z 0
Gubernatorial Debate at Downtown Rotary Club Meeting 2018-10-10 08:00:00Z 0

District Governor Diane Fejes

Join us as we welcome Diane Fejes, District 5010 District Governer.
After growing up on a cattle and wheat ranch in southern Idaho, Diane graduated from Utah State University before moving to Alaska in 1978 and becoming a CPA. She worked as a Tax Partner with firms Deloitte and KPMG before retiring in 2011.
Diane & her husband, Bob, live in Anchorage where they raised their two intelligent, beautiful, and fun daughters, Anna & Erin. They enjoy the Alaskan lifestyle, which includes flying to their remote cabin in the summer and winter trips to Hawaii.
Diane has been a Rotarian since 1989 with the Anchorage Rotary Club and has served in many capacities throughout her tenure. She believes that the business-oriented, non-religious, non-political aspect of Rotary allows us to succeed in being the pre-eminent, worldwide organization to bring health, literacy, peace, and prosperity to the world.
I am privileged to be this year's District Governor.  Barry Rassin, our Rotary International President, has chosen the theme of BE THE INSPIRATION . His explanation of the seascape theme logo includes the Sunrise or a new dawn for Rotary and the Wave carrying Rotary into the future.  The colors are beautiful as is the thought.  
     July has been a whirlwind of fun and enlightening visits to the Southeast Clubs of Ketchikan, Juneau, Sitka and Petersburg as well as a trip up north to see the small but mighty Nome club, and an in person meeting with our local eClub members.
   August so far has been filled with visits to Anchorage Downtown, Girdwood, Wasilla Sunrise, Anchorage Midtown, Russian Jack, and Gateway, 
Visit our District 5010 Facebook page to see all the pictures of Presidents' Kaia, Dave, Helen, Aaron, Chris, Sharon, Kim, Jeff, Chandra, Nancy, Lew, Leah, Art, CeCe, Janet, John, and Aili and  their club members and the local projects that continue to give back to their communities. 
       I'm also gratified by the new members coming into join our forward thinking organization.  The Wasilla Sunrise Club under the direction of Matt Stilstra, Dan Kennedy and President Janet Kennedy chartered our first formal Satellite club with 14 new members - this is just one of the "waves" for the future for Rotary - Congrats!
District Governor Diane Fejes 2018-10-04 08:00:00Z 0

Gubernatorial Debate at Downtown Rotary

Downtown Rotary is inviting our club members to their meeting on October 16th at the Egan Center. They will be having a Gubernatorial Debate. Doors open at 11:30.
Gubernatorial Debate at Downtown Rotary Debra Mason 2018-10-04 08:00:00Z 0

Montreal International Zones Conference

Posted by Angie Rush

The young professionals attending the zone conference had a Q & A session with President Barry Rassin.  Thank you, Ted Trueblood for sponsoring an AIRC member to attend the conference in Montreal.

Montreal International Zones Conference Angie Rush 2018-09-27 08:00:00Z 0

Program Speaker - Soren Orley

Attached are 2 photos.  One as a mild-mannered accounting professor, the other as a mountain rescue dude...
Here is a short bio:
Soren Orley, a mild-mannered “bean counter” CPA and UAA Accounting Professor, has been a member of the “Alaska Mountain Group” for 30 years where he has participated in numerous avalanche missions, searches, and high angle rescues.
Program Speaker - Soren Orley Kevin Fimon 2018-09-27 08:00:00Z 0

Women of Achievement Awardees

The 2018 YWCA Alaska/BP Women of Achievement awardees have been selected. After carefully reviewing all nominations, an independent selection committee chose to recognize the following ten women who have demonstrated qualities of leadership and excellence in their professional and personal endeavors, as well as their contributions to the larger community.
The 2018 Awardees are:
  • Amy Coffman, Special Assistant at Municipality of Anchorage – Office of the Mayor
  • Colonel Patricia Csànk, Commander, 673d Air Base Wing, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson
  • Ella Goss, CEO of Providence Alaska Medical Center
  • Mary Katzke, Producer & Executive Director of Affinityfilms
  • Heather Kendall-Miller, Senior Staff Attorney at Native American Rights Fund
  • Lourdes “Lo” Linato-Crawford, Board President at Bridge Builders of Anchorage
  • Beth Rose, Vice President of Alaska Community Foundation
  • Doreen Schenkenberger, Executive Director of Partners for Progress
  • Krista Scully, Pro Bono Director of Alaska Bar Association
  • Aliy Zirkle, Iditarod Musher & Owner of SP Kennels
Please join us in honoring these women at the 29th Annual YWCA Alaska/BP Women of Achievement & Youth Awards on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts Discovery Theatre. The reception begins at 5:15 p.m. with refreshments and hors d’oeuvres. Tickets can be purchased using the button below. Call (907) 644-9600 for more information or to sponsor this event. All proceeds from the event support YWCA Alaska programs to eliminate racism and empower women.
Women of Achievement Awardees Cathie Straub 2018-09-27 08:00:00Z 0
Friendship with Russian Visitors! Kevin Fimon 2018-09-20 08:00:00Z 0

Proposed Member - Peter Lang

Peter Michael Lang is being proposed for membership by Tim Trueblood. 
Since Jan 1st of 2018 I am working for the Business Technology organization for the Fortune50 Company Sysco Food Services as a Support Specialist (liaison / ambassador between Sysco's worldwide IT experts and Sysco Alaska organizations facilitating solutions and smoothing out technology initiatives, deployments, operations and projects.
While anticipating marrying my fiancee' Grace in October, i am also tending to my mother as well as wrapping up a plethora of projects on multiple fronts.
My interests include worshipping and serving Christ, being a Knights of Columbus 4th degree, while also consecrated to Mary. I bridge the Latin as well as Byzantine Catholic Church.
I read and pray a lot, while i used to play and train a lot of tennis, and skiied avidly.
Spent 21 years in Europe. Born in Alaska, first language German. Grew up in a log cabin. Grandfather - three (grand)children. Mother 95 and Father (rip was last year 94).
I enjoy playing chess, woodworking, gardening, walking, mountains, fishing, people, being alone, contemplating how to die healthy and holy with my love.
Used to have dogs and now have three siamese, if you please.
Was Rotarian originally back in 1993 (Downtown Anchorage, then moved to Juneau as Labor Economist (Downtown Juneau) then back to Germany as Honorary Rotarian, then back to Anchorage (Russian Jack).
Positions in non-profits include Rotarian webmaster, newsletter, membership, Chair, while in other ornanizations like ASTD, NMA, ASQ(C), PMI, ATA held various positions from Chair to professional development, memberships, program, historian, etc....
Tend to analyze a lot, like to think and balance things. Enjoy simplicity and getting things done. Systems thinking - MS Systems Management & Project Management, B.S. in Business Management - started 2011 UAF/UAA PhD.
Enjoy some social media (petermlang facebook) exploring history, religion, scriptural theology, science, etc...

Systems Analyst / IT PPM

Alaska Data Technologies
– Present 12 years 9 months
Anchorage, Alaska Area

Roaming Sys Admin / IT PPM
Current and Past Project Include:
SLES / Netware / MicroSoft / Apple LAN/WAN integration
e-Commerce online ordering fulfillment systems including J2EE and EDI over ftp / AS2
DR / BC solutions to maintain high availability
FC SAN / NAS / Blade / DDTD integration into backup topologies
Initial ADT PT Remote Management Concept
ADT IT lab environment for testing / deployment of solutions

Proposed Member - Peter Lang Tim Trueblood 2018-09-20 08:00:00Z 0

Proposed Member - David Webb

David Webb is a former Rotarian with the Longmont Rotary Club.

The Office of University Advancement announces the appointment of David A. Webb to the position of director of marketing and communications. Webb brings more than 25 years of marketing, corporate/market communications and writing experience to UAA. His career highlights include demand generation, internet marketing, market awareness, market research, business journalism and content development.

Most recently, Webb served as communications manager for SKF Machine Health in Fort Collins, Colorado, where he was responsible for conceiving and driving worldwide communications strategies for industrial machine maintenance products and services at a $10 billion company.

He spent six years as a professional trade journalist writing about companies in Silicon Valley, including IBM, Apple, Intel Hewlett-Packard and more. He interviewed several top technology industry executives about corporate strategy and product announcements, and broke national industry news stories relating to major acquisitions, product introductions and corporate performance.

As founder and former manager of a public relations field office, Webb oversaw the performance of multiple account teams, client relations and new business development. He has conceived and directed strategic media relations programs that resulted in broad, positive and accurate coverage, and has managed annual print and digital advertising campaigns of up to $500 million. He’s also served as senior account manager for multiple communications firms, where he was responsible for providing strategic public relations counsel, crisis communications response and media relations.

Proposed Member - David Webb Tim Trueblood 2018-09-20 08:00:00Z 0

Club Opportunities & Strategies

Posted by Debra Mason
The Board and Committee Chairs are leading the program this Friday September 21st.  During our board meeting we brainstormed various ideas and decided to use Friday’s meeting for team building and to find out what the members are interested in seeing done this year. We will go over the results of the "visioning" the club did in late 2017, and ask members to be involved in the continuing effort to update that visioning. 
From the October 2017 visioning: 
Priority #1 is Membership
      Media Planning, Membership Drive & Member retention
Priority #2 is Fundraising
      Signature Event, Formulating a Fundraising Plan, Setting a Goal
Priority #3 is Club Meeting Agenda & Programs
      Expand Program Committee & Diversity of Ideas and Programs
Ideally all members will commit to be involved in some way and do something for the Club.  Members could be on a committee, be in-charge for part or all of a project, or be committed to doing something to help on our projects.
You are the cheerleader for our Rotary club and you are being asked to be involved. It's the "ask" that got us all in Rotary. The "asking" should never stop. That's what keeps us involved!
Bring your ideas and suggestions!
Club Opportunities & Strategies Debra Mason 2018-09-20 08:00:00Z 0

Representative Geran Tarr presents to AIRC

Thank you to Alaska State House Representative Geran Tarr for her presentation to Anchorage International Rotary Club last week and to our own Steve Strait for his introduction of Rep. Tarr.
Representative Geran Tarr presents to AIRC Kevin Fimon 2018-09-14 08:00:00Z 0

Responsible Development and the Environment

David Parish is a member of Anchorage Downtown Rotary, and served on their board last year. 
He has spent the past three decades based here in Alaska as an independent consultant, lobbyist, entrepreneur, and writer. 
David has written a book that will be released nationally later this month by Greenleaf Book Group.  “The Facts of the Matter: Looking past today’s rhetoric on the Environment and Responsible Development.” His goal is to spearhead a real conversation about the environment, economic growth, and the needs of our increasing global population.
Here are some excerpts from the first two independent reviews on Amazon’s NetGalley:
“This book made me stop in my tracks and after reading it….Perhaps the greatest shock to me was just how much the digital economy consumes electricity…. This book is what I'd gift my environmental conservation friends- it'd make (for) some great conversation and shape policies and narratives written by young people in organizations.”
With the BRICS countries of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa poised to take millions of people out of the clutches of poverty into the category of middle class… the race for resource accumulation and energy consumption is heading in only one direction – north…..The relevant stakeholders across the globe would do well to take into consideration the reasonable balanced proposals of David Parish while evaluating any proposal that has material economic ramifications inextricably attached with environmental consequences.
Responsible Development and the Environment Bruce Erickson 2018-09-14 08:00:00Z 0

Beth Rose achieves Paul Harris plus 2!

Posted by Kevin Fimon
Foundation Co-Chair Celeste Cohen presents Beth Rose with her Paul Harris plus 2 pin at AIRC meeting on September 7th.  Earlier, Beth had announced to the Club that she is retiring from Alaska Community Foundation at the end of this year and that she and her husband John are scheduling a long vacation to South America!  Congratulations Beth!!
Beth Rose achieves Paul Harris plus 2! Kevin Fimon 2018-09-14 08:00:00Z 0

State Representative Geran Tarr

Please join us this Friday as we hear a legislative update from Geran Tarr.  She represents District 19 in the Alaska Legislature.  She will be discussing the hot items from last year’s session and what is on the horizon for the upcoming year in session. 
Bachelor’s degree in Botany, Environmental Studies and Women’s Studies from Ohio University; 
Master’s degree in Public Administration (Policy Analysis focus) from University of Alaska Anchorage
Adjunct UAA Faculty
  • Airport Heights Community Council President
  • Top 40 Under 40 by The Alaska Journal of Commerce
  • Adjunct Faculty- UAA Biology Department (14yrs)
  • Former Chief of Staff - Senator Johnny Ellis (5 years)
  • Chair/Commissioner, Anchorage Women’s Commission. Appointed by Mayor Mark Begich, re-appointed by Mayor Dan Sullivan, (November 2008-present)
  • Founding Board Member/Member, Anchorage Farmer’s Market
  • District Chair/Campaign Volunteer, Alaska Democratic Party (2001-present)
  • American Council of Young Political Leaders, Delegate to Thailand
  • Volunteer, AWAIC Legal Program (1999)
  • Over a decade of working in workforce development preparing Alaskans for 21st century jobs
  • Many years working in legislature with extensive knowledge and understanding of the legislative process
  • Significant experience as community volunteer, advocate, and leader for under-served Alaskans
  • Project leader for numerous initiatives, including educational conferences, legislative campaigns, and neighborhood projects
  • Recognition for professional contributions through awards
Group Study Exchange (GSE), Rotary International (October-November 2003)
State Representative Geran Tarr Bruce Erickson 2018-09-06 08:00:00Z 0

AIRC Board Meeting - Tuesday, Sept. 11th

Posted by Debra Mason
AIRC Board Meeting - Noon Tuesday, September 11th
Hello Board Members,
Our next board meeting is Tuesday, Sept. 11th. at noon.  We will be at my office again, 1400 W Benson Blvd, Suite 400.
Please send me your agenda items!  I'm changing the agenda format to be specific agenda items instead of the list of positions / people. 
Let me know what items you want added to the agenda, either to report on or to consider for future.
Please send me the agenda items by Friday.  I plan to send the agenda on Saturday.
Thank you!
Debra Mason, President 2018-2019
AIRC Board Meeting - Tuesday, Sept. 11th Debra Mason 2018-09-06 08:00:00Z 0

Fireside at Home of PDG Ted & Gloria

A big Thank You to hosts Ted and Gloria Trueblood, to Jeanette Wakefield, Nina Mann, Angie Rush and Ben Schulman and all the others who brought food, drink and themselves to greet our visiting Rotarian team from Russia!
Fireside at Home of PDG Ted & Gloria Angie Rush 2018-08-30 08:00:00Z 0

Author Betty Arnett

Betty Arnett came to Alaska 66 years ago as a young "short-term" missionary of the Methodist Church to work as a housemother to eleven little boys at the Jesse Lee Home in Seward, Alaska.  She married Russ Arnett and they moved to Anchorage in 1954, where he practiced law and she taught elementary school. They raised three children; April, Heather, and Hans. 
Hiking, bicycling, storytelling, and writing continue to be among her main interests.  Because she felt her experience at the Jesse Lee Home was unique, she wrote 22 and the Mother of 11.  She has recently completed Book II on that same subject. 
Other stories of her life that she can share include the great Alaska earthquake and hiking the Chilkoot trail as a senior are published in four Alaskan anthologies.
Betty has also served as the Director of the Alaska World Affairs Council.
Author Betty Arnett Bruce Erickson 2018-08-30 08:00:00Z 0
Rotary Service Opportunity - Polio Immunization - West Africa Project Fair 2018-08-28 08:00:00Z 0
Former Governor Bill Sheffield Jeanette Wakefield 2018-08-23 08:00:00Z 0
"Capture the Moment" in Hamburg 2019 Kevin Fimon 2018-08-23 08:00:00Z 0
Special Award to Foundation Chairs!! Nina Mann 2018-08-17 08:00:00Z 0
Where Art thou? Anchorage Chamber! Angie Rush 2018-08-17 08:00:00Z 0
Neal Fried - Alaskan Economist Bruce Erickson 2018-08-17 08:00:00Z 0
Proposed New Member Bruce Erickson 2018-08-16 08:00:00Z 0

Kelly Larson - Alaska State Fair

Posted by Bruce Erickson
Kelly Larson has lived in Alaska since the ripe old age of three.   She married her high-school sweetheart, Link, is the mother of two, and the grandmother of three.  Kelly grew up in Anchorage and she now resides in the Valley with her husband. She is the Director of Community and Corporate Partnerships for the Alaska State Fair.  Kelly holds a bachelor's degree in Business Management and is pursuing her Master’s degree in the same field.  She is a graduate of the Institute of Fair Management and holds the distinction of Certified Fair Executive!  She is also a second-year student in Institute of Venue Management.  Kelly’s favorite part of her job is working with the talented staff at the Fair to build memories and make people at the Fair happy!  She enjoys serving her community, is a recovering Past-president, Secretary and Treasurer for the Rotary Club of Palmer; and is excited to be a District 5010 2017-19 Public Image Chair.  She is also Director of the Greater Palmer Chamber of Palmer Board.  In her spare time… she sleeps!!
Kelly Larson - Alaska State Fair Bruce Erickson 2018-08-09 08:00:00Z 0

Fellowship at the Fair!

Palmer Rotary Fellowship at the Fair

Posted by Debra Mason
$30 Luncheon
•One (1) Fair admission
•Special parking permit
(inside the gates)
•Catered lunch by
•Entertainment by
Lincoln Maffe
•Share club project
highlights with fellow

Please bring
food donations.
Fellowship at the Fair!Palmer Rotary Fellowship at the Fair Debra Mason 2018-08-02 08:00:00Z 0
ITC Names Clint Johnson as New Board Member Kevin Fimon 2018-08-02 08:00:00Z 0

Jack Frost, Hall of Fame Broadcaster

Posted by Bruce Erickson
In 1999 Jack was elected to the Alaska Broadcasters Hall of Fame by the Broadcaster’s Association and in 2000 was named “Advertising Professional of the Year” by the Advertising Federation of Alaska.
Jack Frost, Hall of Fame Broadcaster Bruce Erickson 2018-08-02 08:00:00Z 0

AIRC Badge Box Update!

Posted by Dodie Pruessner on Jul 26, 2018
Attention Anchorage International Rotary Club Members!
Our Badge box has been updated and re-organized to reflect our current membership.
When you attend this Fridays meeting, find your name and note the number next to it to find your Rotary badge in the box, it is most likely in a new location!
AIRC Badge Box Update! Dodie Pruessner 2018-07-26 08:00:00Z 0
Clint Johnson, NTSB Bruce Erickson 2018-07-26 08:00:00Z 0

District Leadership Academy

Posted on Jul 26, 2018
Preparing the Rotary leaders of tomorrow!

 The Leadership Academy is an advanced educational program for those interested in learning more about Rotary, looking to participate in future leadership positions and to find more effective ways to conduct Rotary work --- within clubs or in district Rotary service.
The application deadline for the next session is August 1, 2018. Sessions will run September 2018 - April 2019. If you are interested in participating, download the application from the District 5010 website or talk to one of your board members and we'll get you setup!
District Leadership Academy Dodie Pruessner 2018-07-26 08:00:00Z 0
Photos of Bob Huston Wanted 2018-07-19 08:00:00Z 0
Michelle Tabler Manager BBB Northwest 2018-07-19 08:00:00Z 0
Meeting Duties 2018-07-13 08:00:00Z 0
Rotary International Convention in Toronto Kevin Fimon 2018-07-13 08:00:00Z 0
Akila on the Lake! Benjamin Schulman 2018-07-13 08:00:00Z 0
Goodbye to Our Exchange Student Akila Bruce Erickson 2018-07-13 08:00:00Z 0
July 4th Celebration - NO MEETING 2018-06-28 08:00:00Z 0
Street Cleaning Priceless or a Million 2018-06-22 08:00:00Z 0

Jim Renkert Nike Site Summit


Friends of Nike Site Summit (FONSS) is an Anchorage community organization dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of Nike Site Summit.  We are partnered with the Alaska Association for Historic Preservation (AAHP), a statewide 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of Alaska's historic and prehistoric resources.  FONSS formed in 2007 to advocate for the preservation of Nike Site Summit as a memorial to the thousands of men and women that served during the Cold War.  We meet monthly on the third Wednesday from 5:30-7:00 pm at Wings of Freedom building located at Merrill Field (Reeve Blvd and Fifth Avenue).  We welcome new members.  Before coming to a meeting, please confirm the meeting day and time, by e-mail  

Jim Renkert Nike Site Summit 2018-06-21 08:00:00Z 0

June 15 Meeting Notes

Bruce E covered For President Ben,

Trivia question  what were some of the places that AIR has had meetings in the Past - club members had lots of correct answers:  Forest Park Country Club.  Northern Lights Inn, Captain Cook, the Gold Rush.  AIR also had it’s first female member the year women were allowed to join Rotary 30 years a go.

Clean up of Wisconsin Blvd begins at 9:00 at Balto Shepla park Saturday

We will vote on the changes to club Bylaws at the June 22 meeting.

June 28 is the changing of the guard at the Gallos upper meeting room.


Happy Bucks

Ric had happy bucks in honor of his Uncle Larry who passed away at 90, at a veteran pilot he had served his country in WWII, he was one of 8 survivors of his flight school class of 120.  He was a patriot and quite the character,.

Boyd is happy to be at Rotary, He has been home taking care of Catherine who had major back surgery - she is getting better.

Leverett is back from Hawaii, was down on the Kenai with the wounded veterans fishing trip - took out 60 vets, they got 10 Kings.  

PDG Bob brought his grandson Dan Sandstorm to the club.  He is the only grandchild to finish college i 4 years the others took 7 - Dan is a newly minted mechanical Engineer

Ted was happy an International project 5 years in the making is on track thanks to Ben and Karl, 4 ladies from Russia will be here for a week of training and hospital visits.  Topic is cancer survivor groups - which are nonexistent in Russia.  One of the ladies is a former YE student, who was in Fairbanks in 1993.

Joe Y had happy bucks to thank Art for taking over the property management of his rentals.

Kevin had happy bucks for his wife’s Karen arrival on the Russian River with the 27’ motor home, the bubble was in the middle - and they are ready to fish.  Also Kevin thanked Chera for helping with the Clare House dinner today.

Nina had happy buck to thank the Wakefield's for the invitation to the Feast for the Beasts at the zoo.  The speaker was great and will try to secure for a club presentation in the future.

Joe Zimmerman had happy bucks to thank Toni and Nina for the proper British Tea on the 9th.

Angie had 40 happy bucks for the flyers for the Alaska Flag Day Celebration on the tables, and her son has his drivers ed training, and celebrating 21 years at work.  Also the wonderful job done by Neil’s company fixing her drive way, and Kevin doing her taxes. Jeanette Wakefield for moving everything, and Tim Ellis for always doing great tee-shirts for their events.  Over all  Lots of happiness from club members.

Jay was happy to be back, visiting with family and outlaws were in Cheyenne.  Also a Trip in May for the oldest graduation from the Air Force Academy who is off to the Intel. Group

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Goal Setting Notes from Robert Forgit

Roberts Presentation was great and many asked  about his notes on Goal Setting - here they are.
Many of us struggle with attaining our goals primarily because of how we approach goal setting.  We tend to want to attain something. We hope to have something.  We will do it.   That is the very problem.  They seem out of reach from the start.   Here are a few simple ideas to make your goals reality.
Always write SMART goals:
Those goals should be written “as if” you have already attained them.
Your goal: “I want to be 10 pounds lighter?”
This is a goal that needs lots of work.  It does not answer the questions that you need to know to attain that goal and it is written “out of reach”. 
Be SMART and “As If”
Better example:  It is August 12, 2018, I am maintaining a weight of ___ by eating more vegetables and less carbs and meats and working out in the local gym three  times a week.  I have signed up for my first 5k run for September. 
Now, that’s a goal.
Finally, take 15 minutes and plan your goals five years out.  Envision where you will be and do it “as if”. 
It is June 12, 2023:
“I am living in a 3 bedroom 2 bath house and 3 car garage in ______________ neighborhood and am making extra mortgage payment.  I plan to pay off my house by 2028.”
Then set a one year, six month, one month and one week goal to support this goal.  Update these goals every few months and weeks. 
Example to support your five year goal:
One Year:  June 12, 2019
“I have attained a 90% letter and qualify for “amount of loan” to purchase my 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 3 car garage house and have attained an agent to find property within my location specifications.” 
Do this all the way to one week. 
“This week, I have begun to look in the “neighborhood I want to live in” and see what is available and the current prices of those houses in the current market.  I opened a separate savings account for 20% down by December 12, 2019.”
By living “as if”, your mind and actions move forward with confidence. Your goals become reality! 
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June 8 Meeting Notes

Meeting Notes June 8


Trivia:  At the 1917 Rotary Convention Arch Klumph  started the Rotary Foundation, to do good in the world.  What was the initial donation amount?  $26.50  or 563.18 in today’s dollars.  It has grown to over a BILLION dollars today.


Joe Zimmerman is collecting flags that need to be retired.  He will turn them over on June 14.  Contact Joe if you have flags that need to be retired.


Avila expressed her heart felt thanks to our club and members for her wonderful exchange  - this was her last meeting with President Ben.  She departs tonight at 1:00 am for the Coast Tour.


Wisconsin Street Clean up is next Saturday - We will meet at Balto park at 9:00 - details to follow from Jonathan.


The Bylaw vote is scheduled for the June 22 meeting - copies are available on the tables - and also Debra Mason has sent them via e-mail to club members - if you did not receive them, contact Debra.


June 28 is Changing of the Guard at Gallos on Old Seward  $25 per person.  Please let the back table know if you will be attending.


Past DG Brad Gambell presented a Level 2 Major Donor award to Bob and Jeanine Huston.  Bob and Jeanine thanked Greg Wakefield for sponsoring Bob into the club.  They have enjoyed the friendships and fun they have had with Rotary.  They depart Monday afternoon for their around the world trip, and will be back home July 14.


Happy Bucks

Bob revealed a big jar full of pennies - and told Jeanine Becka there were 23,242 pennies - one for every mile on their around the world trip,  


Kevin introduced his guest, and wife Dr. Karen McCreary and donated 22 happy bucks as today is their 22nd anniversary.  He also mentioned the fun time at the tea, and farewell party for Oziel.


Dodie had happy bucks for being over her 3 week cold and a family cruise on the inside passage, also that Chera Boom is her new neighbor.


Penny had a blast last Saturday at Paint the town - a large turn out  of rotarians and how fresh  and cute the house looked when we were done.


Anna and Little Hans Naidg were at the club,  Big Hans invited them but couldn’t make the meeting - put as a past club member that was ok.

Helena had an invitation for club members, Monday at 4:30 in the old engineering building at UAA  McAfee will be presenting on privacy software,  with over 50 billion personal devices out there - its good information to protect your privacy.  Also UAA hosted Gov Walker signing HB151 (Children’s loving him Act)  UAA Child Welfare Academy played a major role in this legislation


Leverett is off to Hawaii again, looking for office space, he is happy to be fully staffed but they are working out of 2 houses now - so an office is a priority.  He is also happy about his kids,

One son is half way though basic training and when done will be a Navy base Pensacola as an aircraft structure engineer.  Son 2 is on Kodiak rebuilding the antennas for the up coming launches.  Daughter is heading to Salt Lake City to compete in the US Western Regional Championships after having to overcome injuries.


Cathie Sträub - was happy to see Anna and Joan back at the club, and wishes they were still members of AIR


Alex from Downtown Thanked Bob and Jeanine for all their contributions to Rotary and donated $100. in their name to the Rotary Foundation.


John S had happy bucks for all the lovely ladies who brought the average age of his town to about 25.  He also noted he will not retire the flag he owns with 49 stars - he got the flag in 1963 from Camp Carrow, all the old flags were suppose to be turned in and retired.  But he couldn’t do it.


Cheryl Meyers her two daughters and two grand daughters were happy to sit with John,  and Cheryl also donated $100 to the Rotary Foundation for Bob and Jeanine Huston


Oziel  had $100 happy bucks and heart felt thanks to the club.  This was his last meeting - he and his family are relocating to Allen Tx, outside Dallas.  He thanked the club for 5 great years, Rotary changed his life, and he will continue with Rotary in Texas.






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Dustin Overturf


Senior Marine Inspector

U.S. Coast Guard Sector Anchorage

July 2015 – Present (3 years)Anchorage, Alaska Area

Senior Marine Inspector - Conducted inspections on Domestic and Foreign Vessels throughout Western Alaska. Examined U.S. Deep Draft Ships, Offshore Supply Vessels, Passenger Vessels, Barges, Towing Vessels, Fishing Vessels, and Hovercraft. Conducted dry dock exams on these vessels and extensive steel repair oversight. Examined weld procedures and conducted certification of welders.


Examined Foreign Freight Vessels, Passenger Vessels, Chemical Tankers, and Oil Tankers.

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UAF Honors Chidi Igbokwe 2018-05-31 08:00:00Z 0

Paint the Town - Saturday June 2

This Saturday, June 2, is the Neighborworks house painting.  Below is the list of people that I have received the waivers from.  I have also placed the address below of where we will be painting. 
Paint Date: Saturday, June 2
Paint Location: 1925 Columbine
Start Time: 9:00
Homeowner Name: Patricia Pearson

Debora Mason
Bruce Erickson
Fred Barlow
Chera Boom
Mike Duxbury
Jonathan Tarrant
Nina Mann
Toni Holmes

If you do not see your name on this list, but you have turned in a waiver, please let me know.  

Thank you,

Jonathan Tarrant
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Haiti Cervical Cancer Vocational Training Team


Attached images of Vocational Training Team that A.I.R. Club  partnered with via a Global Grant.

The project is happening now. More details will follow to update the club once the project is completed. 

 Some of the team assembling the microscopes.



Some of the Albert Schweitzer Hospital staff and management listening to our opening session.


The team gathered in front of the location at Albert Schweitzer where we are conducting the screening. (The didactic portion is being held in another location in the hospital).



A portion of one of the three patient screening rooms.

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Akila's Birthday Party

Not only was it Akila's Birthday, but it was also the last day of school so the Schulman Kids were all excited.  The sun managed to peek out and allowed us to soak up some sun on Penny's great deck.  We had Akila's favourite, Kentucky Fried Chicken, and wonderful side dishes contributed by attendees.  As usual Rotarians out do themselves, and there was tons of food, and Akila received wonderful birthday cards with gifts for her West Coast Tour.  She is really looking forward to all the shopping she can do on the trip.  She will have lots of souvenirs to take home and remember all of us and her time here in Alaska, and the USA.
Akila in front of her Happy Birthday table
Akila's original art work on her Birthday Cake - Yummy Chocolate.
Kevin teaching Akila and host sister Emma,  the finer art of shucking corn 
Great Group of Party People
Some Cards were silly and sang a song
Akila was very touched by all the cards and Birthday Wishes
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Ryan Binkley


President, Riverboat Discovery and Gold Dredge 8

Ryan is a fourth generation Alaskan who was born and raised in Fairbanks.  He spent his childhood in Bethel Alaska, as well as time in Juneau while his father John served in the Alaska Legislature.  In 1996  at the age of 18, Ryan earned a 100 ton Masters License and began work as a Captain in his family’s business: The Riverboat Discovery.  In 2000 Ryan earned a Bachelors of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering and an Associates Degree in Economics from the Colorado School of Mines. After holding engineering positions with Arco and Veco Engineering, and spending three winters as a freestyle skier in Colorado, Ryan returned home and began working full time for the family business.  He took over as President of the Riverboat Discovery and El Dorado Gold mine (now Gold Dredge 8) in 2006 and has served in that capacity ever since. In 2017 Ryan and his siblings formed Binkley Company and purchased the Alaska Dispatch News, the state’s largest daily newspaper, out of bankruptcy. Ryan is active in the community, participating in youth sports, and serves as a Trustee of the Fairbanks Hospital Foundation. Ryan is married to Sabrina and has two young boys: Simon and Clive.  Ryan is a licensed pilot and spends his winters flying helicopters and playing hockey. 

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Recap of Akila's Birthday Party 2018-05-24 08:00:00Z 0

AKILA'S Birthday!! 

Akila is Turning 18! Let's help her celebrate this monumental event!
She has spent all year raising money for her Westcoast Tour but now she needs help with some spending money. Past President Tim reminds us that the best gift for Akila is a VISA card or Cash. We don't have a meeting this coming week so there is no excuse not to go to her Birthday Party! Wednesday evening, 23 May, at 6:00pm at Penny May's home. We are having Kentucky Fried Chicken, apparently this is Akila's favorite food.
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District Conference


District Conference

The Seward Rotary club went above and beyond to ensure every attendee had a great district conference.  The local business of Seward also showcased all Seward had to offer in both great food, venues, and Hospitality, and that is with a capital H.  Thursday night Major Marine Tours hosted a super Bar B Que with fresh cooked brats, potato salad, baked beans and a wide selection of sodas and desserts.  A bar was available, games on the lawn and Hobo Jim , Paul Harris Fellow, and recent recipient of UAA Phd in fine arts, had everyones toes tapping.

Friday began with the E-club meeting and DG Harry presenting the 100% Paul Harris Award.

Major Marine Tours offered a delicious salmon lunch in the 360 Hotel.  We were transported via busses out to the Seward High School for the Opening ceremony, Leadership Academy graduation and awards.  Our Keynote speaker Stella Roy’s topic What is a Rotarian - We are making a difference, left everyone with things to ponder.

Speaker Madhukar Malhotra had very thoughtful comments on the International Family of Rotary/  Then club awards were presented and Magician Jim Lang performed.

The Governor’s Banquet was on Fox Island, and Kenai Fjord Tours transported everyone out to a wonderful dinner and Key note Speaker Michael Angelo Caruso had insightful words on Engage Anyone in 15 seconds.

Saturday began with various breakfast meetings and the year in review as well as Rotary Cares for Kids projects.  Then we moved into individual district awards.  Rene Potholes presented Rotary Survival 101 - finding Rotary life balance.  recognizing the importance of health and wellness and taking care of yourself so you can do the work of Rotary, she had a handy hint, when you have an idea or thought to do something, count down to 5 and do it, otherwise after 5 seconds your brain will give you excuses not to do it.  

Youth exchange was represented by 4 inbound students, a rebound, and a great presentation by a current rotarian who was a youth exchange student and the impact YE had on her life.  Then we had a great presentation on Project Amigo and the work being done in Mexico,  Many children have been given an education and success stories abound.  Club projects were highlighted.  And Hobo Jim talked about his experience as a song writer and singer, and all the paths he has traveled.  We had a lovely lunch at the high school, enchiladas, and all the sides

The announcement that next years district conference will be held in Anchorage at the Captain Cook and early registration is available.  Don Evans talk  “It’s what we do that really matters”  rounded out the speakers for the day.  The Seward Sea Life Center hosted all our events for the evening.  the Major Donor Reception, the Youth Exchange Auction.  Seward really put on a fun food event.  The taste of Seward, featured all sorts of yummy things to eat, through out the center tables for conversations, and food stations encouraged, everyone to explore the Sea Life Center and enjoy fellowship and food in truly stunning settings.  I felt no guilt eating salmon spread and smoked cod in from of the salmon display.  The DJ played to the packed dance floor area in the entry atrium.

Sunday began with a delicious brunch of quiche and pastries Thanks to the Seward Club, and we moved into the Celebration of Life for District Rotarians and Jon Deicer.  We had the passing of the Gavel, as well as the passing the paddle, and the raffle drawing.  

A great big thank you to the Seward Rotary club, the town of Seward, and all the people who made this district conference fun, enlighten, and energizing.

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Despite the calendar event listing, there is no meeting this week!
Next weekend is Memorial Day. President Ben has excused us from our regular friday meeting. BUT, you don't have to miss out on all of our shenanigans!! Head over to Penny May's home on Wednesday Evening at 6:00pm to help celebrate Akila's 18th birthday!
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May 18 Meeting Recap

We had a great meeting even though two thirds of the club was away at district conference!
Rotarians and guests were greeted by Tim Trueblood and Chera Boom.
The meeting started with Past President Tim Ellis presiding. Naomi Sweetman led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Penny May provide members with two thoughts for the day; the real one was "Use your voice for kindness, your ears for compassion, your hands for charity, your mind for truth and your heart for love", the other was "WebMD is updating their website due to a virus", too funny.
Angie Rush introduced our visiting Rotarians; Ed Rasmussen and from out of Town Les Criter from Mt. Vernon Missouri Rotary. Joe Young arrived, members quickly called out that Joe Young failed to sign in as a visiting rotarian, only to be told that Joe is actually a member of our club. Apparently Joe has been missing in action for a while!!
Today's Trivia Question: "We had our first arm chair horse race fundraiser this last weekend which went well. With that topic in mind, The first Kentucky Derby horse race took place at Churchill Downs in Louisville on May 17th in what year? Past president Mark Simpson quickly answered that it was 1875.
Tim Announced that on Wednesday May 23, we will be having a birthday party for Akila who is turning 18! We will be meeting at Penny May's house and will be having KFC chicken. Please bring a side dish. If you wish to get a gift for her any Visa gift card or cash is appreciated for her West Coast Tour. Paint the town with neighborworks is set for June 2nd, get your liability waivers to Heather if you want to participate, Tim indicated it was easy and he turned his in today. Finally June 28th will be here before you know it and that thursday evening will be the Changing of the Guard. It will be held at Gallo's Mexican Restaurant on Old Seward across from the Dimond Center upstairs. The cost is $25.
Tryg Erickson presided as the Sgt. at Arms. He immediately handed the microphone to Bob Huston who told Mike Duxbury that he won the raffle and pressed Mike to pick a raffle ticket. Bob told a story about hunting and taking lots of gear to protect himself from bears, but he never saw a bear. He told Mike that he won the raffle and gave him a holster, practice bullets, 10mm bullets and a 10mm glock pistol. Bob further explained that he wanted to help Mike protect himself from the 'Bad Guys' and wanted to thank him for his service. Mike Duxbury gave happy bucks because his team intercepted drugs going out to western Alaska and Alaska has been designated as a High Intensity Trafficking state by the White House and this opens up a lot of resources. Last year 64,000 americans died from Over Dose and Native Americans are the #2 populated impacted by drug abuse. Sgt. at Arms announced that a story was published in the ADN and asked for an explaination. Naomi told the club that the story was about the Community Watch Initiative that the Alaska State Troopers are beginning, we will be training community members and Troopers together on Crime Prevention strategies and helping communities start neighborhood watch programs. Naomi further elaborated that as a society we have abdigated our responsibility as citizens to assist our law enforcement officers and it is time for citizens to step up and partner with our law enforcement officers. Naomi gave an additional $2.00 because she beat Mike Duxbury to the meeting, despite his pulling out ahead of her and driving slow, she did all of this by going the speed limit. Mike Duxbury was dubious so gave $20 for her fine. Sgt. at Arms sounded impressed that Akila is 18 and graduated from school. Heather introduced her guest Auna. Mark Simpson informed the club that he remembers the date for the first Kentucky Derby because it was the day his grandfather was born. Al Biss showed up at the meeting all in black with a pink tie, leaving Sgt. at Arms Tryg speechless. Visiting Rotarian Les Criter shared that he is in Alaska escorting his father who was stationed in Adak. Sgt. at Arms Tryg asked Tim Trueblood where his cell phone was and Tim answered he left it in the car. Nelson gave happy bucks because it is raining and he does not have to work on building his deck this weekend. Ric announced he was in Hermiston to see his daughter compete in track. She missed her graduation in Eugene and they held a small ceremony for graduating seniors. His daughter was awarded the President Scholastic Award. His daughter will be moving back to Alaska and will be teaching out in Elim and coaching running and cross country skiing. Ric thanked Mike Duxbery for his service in Western Alaska because one life saved impacts the whole community.
Lynn Johnson introduced fellow Rotarian from Downtown Rotary who was our speaker for the meeting, Joanne Nutter, Senior Director of Development and Marketing for Camp Fire. She talked about Camp Fire, the move to summer camps. Camp Fire has Camp K on Kenai Lake a week long summer camp, Camp SI-LA-ME which is a day camp located in Anchorage and Operation Purple Camp for military youth whose parents serve in the United States military and are deployed, deploying or just returned from deployment. Last year more students applied than were able to attend, they were able to get the kids on the waiting list into camp by the end of sumer. They plan to do the same this year.
Lynn Johnson won $18.00 in Split the Pot.
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Missed a Bulletin

Sorry for the missed bulletin: Here are some updates from the BOD Meeting on Tuesday the 8th.
From all accounts the presentation on May 4 about the Tsunami waring system was great, Thanks Harold for getting things lined up with Lynn and Ben.
Thanks for all the last minute help on the Spenard Health Fair,  Jonathan said the organizers, didn't give us the advance notice we are used to, but as always the members of AIR stepped up and helped the community.
Paint the town is scheduled for June 12, we will need a crew of 12-15 people, We may get additional help from the Russian Jack club. 
Street clean up will happen soon - Jonathan is working on setting a date.
The International Water Project in Kenya, has been scrapped for now, there was a lack of participation with the Kenya Club, however the grant is still available, and has been moved into the Project in Mexico,  Toni Holmes will give a quick outline and update at a club meeting.
The BOD has been working with Debra Mason on revising our club bylaws,  the nearly completed revision will be presented to club soon.
Our Programs are all booked through the end of Ben's Rotary Year,  Debra is finalizing her Program team. if you have ideas for speakers, please talk to Debra, so we can get them booked.
There will be no program on July 7 due to the holiday, but there will be a meeting.
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Larry Daugherty. MD Talk on Mt. Denali/ Iditarod and his physician experiences



Larry Daugherty is an adventuring radiation oncologist whose mission in life is to help  improve access to cancer care around the globe through his non-profit, Radiating Hope.
He has climbed 5 of the 7 summits, including Denali and My Everest. In his quest to become the first person to complete the Iditarod and Climb Mt Everest in the same year, he made it to the South Summit of Mt Everest on May 17, 2017 - just 335 heartbreaking feet from the true summit. His team was forced to turn around due to hurricane force winds.
He has also completed the Iditarod 3 times, inclusive of all 3 routes, Northern, Southern and Fairbanks routes. 
Larry attended medical school at the University of Utah, where he graduated in 2007. He completed his residency in radiation oncology at Drexel University in Philadelphia in 2012. Prior to coming to Alaska, he worked at the Mayo Clinic and specialized in gastrointestinal tumors and sarcomas.
He now works at the Alaska Cancer Treatment Center and treats a wide array of oncology. 
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April 20 Meeting Notes

April 20 Meeting Notes:
President Ben Announcement,  District Governor Harry Kieling and DG Elect Diane Fejes were both visiting the club,  Harry plugged the District Conference in Seward,  we saw a great video of all the events that will be happening in Seward May 17 - 20
Trivia:  Ben asked what is Harry's theme, Be Humble, Be Kind, Take Action.
 Jonathan will be updating the community Project calendar.
Ric Schmidt was welcomed into the club with 35+ years of community Service, and a as a Past President of the Nome Club, He will be a great addition to AIR.  Kevin and Ric both served with Tom Busch and hope to follow Tom's leadership model.  DG Harry Kieling gave Ric his RI theme pin.
Happy Bucks
Jules noted that it is spring in Alaska and the Moose Nuggets would fly at  6:00pm  over O'Malley Golf Course He thanked everyone who bought tickets- we are all anxious to see if our nugget wins!
Jonathan and Heather had Anna who is now 6 weeks old in attendance, she really is to cute for words.
Akila was at the meeting and would be heading out with Nina afterwards to do the shopping and take dinner to Clare House
Naomi announced that her job with the State Troopers has her starting up a Citizens Community Watch in the MatSu - the first meeting was very encouraging.
Beth introduced her guest from Alaska Community Foundation Kevin Gray
Betty C had happy bucks that the extended tax season was over on April 17 and she is happy to be back at the club.
Debra M announced the Fund Raiser - A Night at the Races, which will be on May 12 at the home of the Wakefield's Flyers are available on the tables and to download.  It is a Horse Race Themed event with play money and is sure to be a fun time.     Debra will be flying out on Tuesday to Spokane with her Chorus.
Kevin was happy to introduce his wife Dr Karen McCreary and Thankful for the dinner Angela and Mel delivered during the last throws of Tax Time.
Helen got back from traveling to DC where she participated in a Fellows Patent dinner at the original Patent office.  She announced World Intellectual Proper Day at UAA:  Powering Change:  Women in Innovation ad Creativity  June 13.  There is a flyer you can download from the AIR website.
Jay Thanked  Harold Pierce for his in theatre service and awarded him with Vietnam Veteran pin and certificate.
The UAA debate team once again did a great job.  The argument.  Should we repeal the 2nd Amendment.    The also announced there would be a UAA vs Cornell debate on Thursday April 26  7:00pm at the Recital Hall. Topic:  The Future of American Democracy Depends on Restricting Free Speech
Akila won split the pot and added to her West Coast Tour Funds.
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Qualifying veterans for Mental Health  Services: the VA Comp and Pen Process.


For April 27th  Kerry Ozer


I am a psychiatrist who evaluates veterans and active duty service members for psychiatric diagnoses that might be service connected.  This includes PTSD, Major Depression, Generalized Anxiety, Military Sexual Trauma (MST), Traumatic Brain , and Cognitive Disorders.  The purpose is to qualify appropriate veterans for VA services.  I frequently do the evaluation while the service member is  going through the medical separation process but still on active duty.  The goal is to avoid any gap in services when they are discharged.  My talk will be about this process.

Work history:

Active Duty Army Colonel (Retired) (1970-1992)

Alaska Psychiatric Institute – Medical Director  (1992-1998)

Southcentral Foundation – Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist (1998-2016)

Anchorage VA – Compensation and Pension Dept. (Part-time) 2003- present

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Campfire Operation Purple  Joanne Phillips-Nutter


Program for May 18th.  

Joanne Phillips-Nutter

Senior Director of Development & Marketing

Each summer, Camp Fire Alaska partners with the National Military Family Association to host a week-long Operation Purple Camp for military youth in Alaska whose parents are deployed, just returned from deployment or soon will be deployed.  This camp takes place at Camp K on Kenai Lake in Cooper Landing and is offered at no charge for families. Camp Fire Alaska also provides additional camperships for military youth to attend a variety of summer camps. Joanne Phillips-Nutter, Senior Director of Marketing and Development at Camp Fire, will join us to share more about these special opportunities for our nations’ youngest heroes.

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Night at the Races May 12

Come to the fun at our Fireside fundraising event on Saturday May 12th! Bring some friends and a dish to share. Libations will be provided along with a chance to bet on horse races and potentially win a prize.

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UAA Debate Team



Always a club favorite The University of Alaska Anchorage Seawolf Debate Program was founded in 1972 as the Anchorage Community College Speech and Debate Team.  Since its founding, the team has gained regional, national and international acclaim while representing the University of Alaska in competitive speaking tournaments.  

Over the last two years, the Seawolf Debate program broke three teams at the Worlds Debating Championships, saw three semifinalist and one finalist team at the US Universities Debating Championships, and climbed in the official World Debate Council’s ranking to the 9th most competitive program in the world based on its cumulative success at the last five World Universities Debating Championships. This ranking places the team in 2nd highest ranked team from the United States.


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Say Welcome Back to Naomi

I am excited to announce that Past club President Naomi Sweetman is applying for membership in AIR.  Many club members have been keeping in touch with Naomi, and her Rotary friends have been encouraging her to come back to the fold.  Now that her work schedule is a bit more forgiving, she is taking the leap.  Stop by and say hi.
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April 13 Meeting Notes


Ben’s Announcements:  The fight to eradicate polio got a boost with the distribution of 5000-8000 cell phones - odd you might think, however the NID teams can communicate quickly with the operations centers to report new case, update lists, send worker to talk with families that have indicated parental refusal of the vaccine, with 35 million children under 5 years old - tracking the information is critical.  

Don’t forget to register for District Conference in Seward May 17-20

June 2 is paint the town.  Get your NeighborWorks release form from Ben.

Thanks to Ted and Nina for Donating mileage tickets to Akila for her West Coast Tour.

Happy Bucks:

Kevin said the Tax Season Grind is almost over and donated $100 to the Foundation as Thanks for Nina and Family dropping off dinners while Karen was out of town.  Friday the 20th is AIR Clare House dinner and he needs a shopping buddy.

Mike D had 5 and a half happy bucks for the 5 and half pounds of heroin taken off the street in a recent bust.  Sad fact 75-80% of kids start off with opioids

Nelson had happy bucks and praise for the work done by the kids at KCC auto shop they fixed his bumper and the paint job was better than a professional shop.

Bruce introduced Jordan who is submitting his paperwork to AIR.  He also posed a question?? Would you get a fine if your cell phone went off while working at a NID?

Jeanette really enjoyed Cabo.

Chera is so happy to be back after 2 surgeries on her ankle, and thanks everyone for helping with Akila.

Jeanine thanked Oziel and Angie for covering for her while on vacation cruise, she had a great time.

Ted nominated Angie , as an emerging leader for the Zone Institute in Montreal Canada the conference is in September.   He Welcomed PP Naomi  as a guest.

Beth said what a pleasure it was to spend time with Akila while they attended the Opera Candide

Greg noted he is eating better with Jeanette back in town.

Al mused about ghosts of meetings past with both Jason and Naomi in attendance today.

Joe Zimmerman won split the pot and donated it Akila.  Thanks Joe

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Say Hi to Jordan McCulley

It is my pleasure to announce we have a prospective new member.  He is Jordan McCulley.  Jordan is originally from Billings, Montana.  He relocated to Anchorage last fall with his work.  He works for Soriano Consulting Group and is the Grants Managing & Fundraising Director.  Jordan was attracted to Rotary because his Grandfather was a Rotarian and always appreciated Rotary.  Jordan has visited our club for 3 meetings and has decided he would like to be a member.  Jordan enjoys all the Winter Activities and looks forward to an Alaskan summer.  In my chat with Jordan, I learned he has a passion for working with youth and he was happy to learn of our club's bell ringing with the Salvation Army.
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Bob Huston Vietnam Veteran

Bob Huston was awarded his Vietnam Veteran Pin and certificate along with the club's Thanks for his service to our country.
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Say Hi to Lindsay Schram


Lindsay Schram

Lindsay is interested in doing use in A.I.R.  She is very involved in the community and has spent time at the Downtown Soup Kitchen AKA The Hope Center. Mother of 4 kids with 3 being triplets.  Say hi at the meeting and get to know Lindsay.

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April 6 Meeting Notes


Announcements from President Ben

The year 1968  Rotary Club of North Carolina did what?   Start the first Rotoract club.

Machines mate Bob Huston, who was in Germany last week, was thanked for his service and given a Vietnam Veteran pin and certificate.

Board meeting next Tuesday at Northrim Bank 5th floor at noon

Reminder to register for district conference in Seward May 17-20

Need some help - Akila has her West Coast Tour paid, but needs mileage to get air tickets - contact Ben if you can help with mileage.

Happy Bucks

Greg has a bottle of Red wine from Portugal to auction - when eating in restaurants there you ask for the house wine and it is always very good.  This is one such wine, since he bought it in Euros he wanted it auctioned in Euros.  Boyd won at 40 Euros.

Bob was back from Germany and mentioned his granddaughter has a tee shirt that says I don’t need super hero - I have a grandpa, a response was shouted out that she has grandpa wrapped around her finger.

Hi to Jordan who is back checking out the club. (YEAH !)

Jonathan said Anna is 1 month old today, his in-law’s are in town helping out.

Michael D shared that the state troopers have seized 4 times more meth in 2017 than 2016 and 5 times more heroin.  basically 72,000 doses of meth and 82,000 doses of heroin are off the streets.  He also said that Naloxone saves lives, troopers have alone saved 20 lives and additionally 128 lives have been saved by other professionals.

Art said he went to Spain but could not bring back wine to auction, because he was the pack mule for all his wife’s purchases.

Dave H attended the Junior Nations Cross Country Ski Races in Utah - his grandson was in the top 10.  and is now has Rossignol as a sponsor.  His daughter was back from the Iditarod trail and was in McGraph not McCarthy as Nelson pointed out.

Ric was a treasurer in the Nome Club and learned to leverage fund, to that end - he offered not to tell a lawyer joke if any lawyer would donate $5.  Bill P said he want to hear the joke, Ric said it would cost $5.    Ric went on to say he almost froze his lungs one day when it was 105 below zero with the wind chill - that day he actually saw a lawyer with his hands in his own pockets not someone else’s.

John S was back to 1 dessert, but Jess said he did eat lunch too..

Steve S said it was good to see Al Biss here - with the stock market upsets he was afraid Al would have jumped.  Al pointed out his office is on the first floor, Jess pointed out the windows are sealed shut.

Dodie won split the pot.

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Youth Exchange in Europe

Former inbound YE student Indra is on the Europe Tour with Alaskan Outbound YE student Rowan
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The Olympic Experience


Nina Kemppel

U.S. Olympic Committee Board Member and Former Olympian
The Alaska Community Foundation President and CEO

2018 Winter Olympics: A First-Hand Perspective

Nina Kemppel offers insights and perspectives on the 2018 Winter Olympics, including her experience watching as Kikkan Randall and Jessie Diggins won the historic gold medal for the United States in women’s cross-country skiing.

Nina currently serves on the Board of Directors for the United States Olympic Committee and the Partnership for Clean Competition, an organization focusing on anti-doping in sports. She is completing her second four-year term on the U.S. Olympic Committee board as an Athlete Director. Nina has attended nine Olympics in total, five in her role as a board member, and four as an athlete.

Nina’s international Nordic ski racing career spans 13 years, including a record-breaking 18 U.S. National Championships. She competed in four Olympic Winter Games and in 2002 skied to what was then the highest Olympic finish in history by an American woman in the 30-km classical race. Nina has also won the Mount Marathon race nine times, eight consecutively. In 2009, she was elected to the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame.

In her professional life, Nina serves as the President and CEO of The Alaska Community Foundation, where she builds awareness of the organization’s role as a place where individuals, nonprofit agencies and other funders can create lasting change through charitable contributions, including endowments. 

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A.I.R. Honoring Our Vietnam Veterans

A presentation was made to A.I.R. Club members who served in Vietnam.  A lapel pin, and certificate thanking the Veteran for their service.  It also described the symbology of the pin.   
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Toni Holmes and Rotary Service Project in Mexico

Going to the farms - last Tuesday Linda and Estella from the Food Bank led us out to the farms where we distributed food, blankets and clothing to the migrant farm workers. The need is so great, yet one of the workers had it in her heart to give something back and gave us a dozen fresh organic eggs! Among those helping out were Steve and Mary Ellis, Scott W, Joe and Haydee Pierro, Stephanie Tobin, Jim Glynn, Toni Holmes, Lucille and her very handsome husband Gabe.
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The New Tax Law And Effective Charitable Giving

The new Tax Reform Bill include important changes that have implications for estate planning, taxes, and charitable deductions. Bill Pearson, attorney and shareholder with Foley, Foley and Pearson, and Beth Rose, Vice President of Philanthropy/External Relations with The Alaska Community Foundation will provide an overview of the new tax law, offers considerations for estate planning and discuss opportunities to maximize your charitable donations in 2018. While the 2017 tax deadline is around the corner, this briefing will provide an early opportunity to understand the 2018 tax law.
William M. Pearson, Attorney and Shareholder, Foley, Foley and Pearson
Bill is a shareholder with Foley, Foley & Pearson, P.C.  A graduate of the University of Iowa College of Law, Bill is the past co-chair of the Estate Planning and Probate Section of the Alaska Bar Association. Currently, Bill is President of the Anchorage Estate Planning Council.

A frequent presenter before the Alaska Bar Association and various civic organizations, Bill was a featured presenter at the 2009 Alaska Bar Convention.  Bill previously served as President of the Young Lawyers Section of the Anchorage Bar Association and as past President of the Anchorage International Rotary Club.  Prior to joining Foley, Foley & Pearson, Bill clerked for the Honorable Judge Michael Thompson in Ketchikan, Alaska.

Bill has a B.S. in Finance from the University of Idaho and studied International Finance at the University of Southern Denmark. 
Beth Rose, VP of Philanthropy and External Relations
Beth Rose, MPA, CFRE, oversees philanthropy and communications at The Alaska Community Foundation and is committed to growing philanthropy in Alaska. Beth helps individual, corporate and foundation donors achieve their philanthropic objectives by providing options that take into consideration values, impact objectives, legacy goals and tax consequences. She works closely with individuals and their professional advisers, such as attorneys, financial planners and CPAs. She is currently overseeing a $50 million endowment campaign, of which $43 million has been raised or pledged.
Beth is a board member of the Anchorage Estate Planning Council and past board president of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Alaska Chapter. She presents regularly on effective charitable giving and legacy giving to various civic organizations.
Beth has a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Washington, a B.A. in Journalism/Public Communications from UAA and a B.A. in history from the University of California Santa Cruz.
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Deadline for RV Space in Seward for District Conference


Hello Awesome Rotarians!

There's still time to register for an RV spot at the District Conference. The deadline is April 1st.

If you have made a reservation, and not listed the dates or paid, please use the link below to update your information.

If you'd like to reserve a spot, the link below will work for you too.

The district will be writing one check next week for all the spots, so it's important we have all your information.

See you in Sunny Seward!

Peggy Pollen

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2018 District Conference Update

*******Update - Hotel Space Running out- the Harbor 360 is fully booked the Breeze Inn still has space conference rate is $89, be sure to mention Rotary Conference to get the special rate.******
Greetings District 5010 Rotarians,
If you have not registered for this year’s district conference in Seward, May 17-20, it’s not too late! CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.  You are not going to want to miss out.
If you have registered and have not booked your hotel or RV spot, it’s not too late, but it will be a busy weekend in Seward so better book sooner than later.  CLICK HERE FOR HOTELS WITH DISCOUNTS.  If you would like RV or tent reservations CLICK HERE
Here’s a preview of what’s on tap:
Thursday: District Assembly at the Alaska SeaLife Center starting at 10:00
Thursday evening-6 PM- BBQ hosted by Major Marine Tours for assembly attendees, PDGs, speakers, and special guests, music by Hobo Jim- hamburgers, hot dogs, cash bar.  Dress warm, this is outside on Resurrection Bay at the Branson Pavilion. If you are not one of the groups listed above, please contact me about attending this fun event so we have enough food, or just show up after dinner on your own to enjoy the music and cash bar.
Friday- Lunch on board Major Marine boats in the small boat harbor at 11:30 AM- shuttle buses to the school from Harbor 360 Hotel after lunch for plenary sessions and a magic show!  Please do not plan to drive to the school on Friday as parking is very limited.
Friday Evening- Governor’s Banquet on Fox Island- boats depart at 6:30, boarding at 6:00, casual dress is OK, or you can dress up- anything goes- you may even see our DG in an orange flight suit. Guest Speaker Michael Caruso- Music by Elite 9.  You need to register for this event at additional cost of $75, and you may bring a guest.  CLICK HERE TO MODIFY YOUR EXISTING RESERVATION AND ADD THE BANQUET OR A GUEST BANQUET TICKET.  If you have any trouble adding on of these items please contact Peggy Pollen at 
Saturday AM- Breakfast at 7:30 AM aboard Major Marine boats, Past President, President Elect, and Presidents breakfasts at the Breeze Inn, must be paid for and reserved in advance. Plenary sessions at Seward High School after breakfast- you can drive your own car if you’d like, or shuttles will be available from Harbor 360 Hotel.
Saturday evening- A Taste of Seward at the Alaska SeaLife Center, followed by dancing til midnight to DJ Lefty.  This is free with your conference registration and you can add a guest for $50. CLICK HERE TO PAY FOR A GUEST.
If you would like to order a conference logo vest, please have your order in by April 15thCLICK HERE TO ORDER YOUR VEST.  Please be advised they run a size small. 
Please contact me if you have any further questions, we look forward to seeing you in Seward!
District Conference Co-chair
Lori Draper 
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RI Convention in Toronto

If you are thinking of attending the RI Convention in Toronto this year but haven't quite pulled the trigger on it, now is the time.  The final Pre Registration deadline is March 31 to receive discounted registration.  Before 3/31 if you sign up online, the conference fee is $410.00.  I urge you to consider this, it is an absolutely terrific time.
If you have already signed up we are only 3 months out and it would be a good time to go to My Rotary and look over all the fun you can have.  Ticketed Events that are available are- 
Saturday Evening - Toronto Historic Distillery Area- Party with Food/Music/ Entertainment or Jazz Night at the Toronto Aquarium.
Monday Evening- We are Planning a District 5010 Gathering for your District Chums.
Tuesday Evening - ROTARYFEST - Evening @ Canadian National Exhibition Centre with Food / Drinks and Entertainment.
Also Check out on My Rotary the List of Keynote Speakers, the Breakout Sessions available and all the fun at the House of Friendship.  You'll be in the Beautiful City of Toronto where there will be 'Inspiration Around Every Corner'.
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Erik Hill - A Photographic Life in Journalism

Erik retired last September after spending 33 years working as a photojournalist for the Anchorage Daily News and Alaska Dispatch News. Before that he worked at the Kansas City Star following internships in KC, Jacksonville, FL and Charleston, W Va. Erik grew up in Oregon and earned degrees at Stanford University and Ohio University. He and his wife Robin moved to Alaska over the winter of 1984-85. His work for the local newspaper took him around the state and overseas, and he is extremely grateful for all the support he received from family, colleagues and the community over the years." 
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  Update on International Projects


Update Haiti Cervical Cancer Project - Karl Schroeder

Rotary Global Grants Website - Project G-112

by Nyron McLean

Good afternoon. The bank account in Haiti for this global grant has finally been successfully opened by the host club, the Rotary Club of Verrettes. Thank you to the club officers who have persevered with ridiculously arduous banking procedures for many months, to get this done. We can now proceed with funding by the Rotary Foundation.  

The Kenya water project will be addressed in the new Rotary year.

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Notes from BOD Meeting March 13, 2018


Notes from BOD Meeting March 13 2018 with District Governor Harry Kieling


Harry gave a big Thank You to our club and all 40 clubs in District 5010 our district's 1752 members are working hard to meet the goals set for this year.  His top 4 Goals are

  1. Polio Plus  - Rotary is doing good on Polio but still have a way to go - there have been 3 new cases in Afghanistan.  Currently Afghanistan and Pakistan are the only active countries.  Ponder this fact:  IF ROTARY had NOT decided to eradicate Polio there would be 14 MILLION kids with polio today.  The Iditarod Re-start party on Long Lake at the home of the Erickson's is always a fun time and great way to raise funds for Polio Plus - unofficial number put the amount raise this year over $6,000 with the bulk of donations from A.I.R. members
  2. Membership - This is a BIG priority  District need net 27 new members, our club and Harry’s(Downtown) we are both down members and need to replace the members who have departed our clubs.  Harry has promised matching funds up to $200 for a membership event - so if you have ideas contact Tim Trueblood.  Harry will need to see an outline and after action report for matching funds.  President Elect Debra Mason said AIR is reviewing the bylaws to perhaps include new membership types such as family and business, and other attendance ideas to make rotary membership on potential new members.  Harry noted that our club can adapt our bylaws to accommodate out needs.
  3. District Project - Rotary Cares for Kids - this is a back pack/duffle bag project for children being removed from unsafe homes and going into foster care.  The back pack/duffle bag contains age appropriate comfort items.  The hope is to make this a sustainable project.
  4. Administration Processes - This is for streaming processes within clubs to watch financial reports, and incorporating things into the district level easier.

Harry encouraged everyone to register for the District Conference in Seward May 17-20  to date 165 have registered.  A Rotary fishing vest is available to early registrants.  There will be great speakers and a NID team from India and Iditarod musher Mitch Seavey. 

There will be meals and trips to Fox Island lodge, and the Sea Life center Past Dist Gov. Peggy P is organizing a motor home caravan contact her if you plan on taking your RV to Seward. 

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Consolidating Chugach Electric and Municipal Light & Power


Anchorage has been talking about consolidating Chugach Electric and Municipal Light & Power for over 30 years. Now, Anchorage voters will be asked to help move that idea forward. Proposition 10 on the April 3 municipal election ballot asks voters to authorize the sale of ML&P to Chugach. It's an opportunity to save ratepayers money over the long-term, eliminate duplication, and reduce costs. Chugach Electric Association CEO Lee Thibert  will present the case for consolidation.

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Meeting Notes Feb 23 and Mar 3

Notes From Feb 23
Trivia:  This is the anniversary of the First Rotary International Meeting
Reminder about Parent University March 8 – Talk to Tim Trueblood if you want to help
Akila is performing in the South High School Production of Anything Goes by Cole Porter Feb 28 – March 3, 7 pm   She needs to sell 12 tickets.
Happy Bucks;
This is the anniversary of Rick Goodfellow’s first Rotary meeting
Ginger celebrated her 15 pound pot pie from the Foundation Auction, and noted that Dollars for Dogs was the speaker when she got a close up inspection of the carpet, leading to a pace maker surgery.
Jerry Wolf celebrating 50 years ago being at the downtown club.
Jason reminisced that 20 years ago he coached Olympian Kikkan Randall
Tim E was given kudos for a great pledge
Angie introduced her husband Chief CW5 Mel Rush, which lead to many comments on understanding the military rank system that some of our older members were not up to date on.
Jeanine Becka celebrated her grandsons graduation from the Military Youth Academey.
Meeting notes from March 2
Trivia:  What does Iditarod mean:  Distant Place
March 4 Reminder of the Restart Party at Erickson’s – it will benefit Polio Plus
March 8 Parent University – Want to help out? Contact Tim Trueblood
March 13 – BOD Meeting at Petroleum Club with District Governor
Sgt at Arms Jay T has been out of state helping with his dad, he is now on the mend, and Jay will be back soon.
Happy Bucks: 
Debra Mason is back, said that PETS was great and is feeling confident about her year as President.  Update on Chera Boom, she now has a walking cast and is well.  Chera is still looking for a 3rd host family for Akila, as well as club members to include Akila in any fun stuff you are doing, she wants more Alaska experiences, so if you are going skiing, hiking, sight seeing, to the movies, making cookies, think about including Akila,  she would like to see American life.
Nelson – introduced his wife Cindy – there were off to Las Vegas
Jess won a Ruger Mark 4 at Safari Club International – super lucky guy
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Iditarod Re-start Party for Polio Plus a Great Success

Tryve and Kim Erickson once again pulled off an amazing Iditarod Re-start Party at their home on Long Lake. Many Rotarians, family and friends enjoyed the spring sunshine, a ton of beautiful fresh snow, lots of moose chili, chowder, and overflowing table of sweets and other great food. There was plenty of high-fiving the Iditarod mushers as they came by amid a cheering crowd. 
Nancy Dodge had a shelter box tent set up and 4 brave YE students spent the night to earn pledge money for Shelter Box.  The kids had a great time, and will have wonderful stories to tell they home clubs about a real Alaskan Experience.
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Anchorage urban wildlife


Bears with cameras and biologists surveying moose

Biologists with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in Anchorage have been working on collecting data to determine the importance of human-related food to bears, which will help formulate long term decisions regarding management of black and brown bears in Anchorage.  GPS collars that also record video have been a critical tool used by staff.  I will talk about some of our findings to date and show some of collected videos.

Anchorage residents exist with moose year-round and one of the most common questions posed to the agency is “how many moose are in Anchorage?”.  We recently completed the field portion of a project that relies upon public calls of moose locations, coupled with DNA samples collected by biopsy dart, to determine moose numbers in Anchorage.  I will give a status report on the work. 

Sean has worked on a multitude of projects for Alaska Fish and Game for over 15 years, and has conducted research from Baja to the North Pole.  

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Anchorage Urban Bears with Sean Farley


Anchorage Bears Story Map

During the summers of 2012 and 2013, Alaska Department of Fish and Game biologists tracked nine Anchorage bears (six black bears and three brown bears) using GPS collars that included a video camera. The resulting footage, combined with the location data, has provided some amazing insights into the daily lives of urban bears.

This project is a collaborative effort between research, management and education staff and has helped us better understand the habits of Anchorage’s urban bears. The data will help guide our urban bear management efforts as well as educate the public about bears.

We are sharing some of the data from the Anchorage Urban Bear Camera Collar Project through a story map about Anchorage bears. You can explore location data and video from the project by clicking on the map image below. Anchorage contains some areas of excellent bear habitat. Our urban bears find a variety of natural foods to eat, including berries, fish and vegetation. Unfortunately, however, Anchorage’s bears also have easy access to human sources of food including garbage, birdseed, pet food and livestock, which can lead to conflicts with humans.

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Jon Schleder Alaska's Health Care Industry

Alaska Innovative Medicine, Inc. (AIM) is an unique approach to healthcare with the goal of building a better system for Alaska.  It was founded by physicians and business leaders in the Anchorage community who saw an opportunity for better patient care, decreased cost, and improved health outcomes by coordinating care across “siloed” models of care.  AIM works broadly across the care continuum to improve communication between patients and providers while also removing barriers to access of care.  AIM’s overall success is tied to decreasing cost and better utilization of Alaskans’ healthcare dollars. 
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Akilia's night in a ShelterBox tent for Iditarod




Dear Rotarians and Sponsors,

My name is Akila Amala. I am a Rotary Youth Exchange student from the Indonesia who is currently attending Anchorage South High School and representing the Anchorage International Rotary Club. Rotary’s motto is Service Above Self and one of their objectives is to encourage and promote the advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.  With this in mind, one of my projects with RYE is to fundraise $500 or more for ShelterBoxUSA. Not only have I learned that ShelterBox is the largest global project partner with Rotary International, but I now know that ShelterBox has helped more than 29,000 people in 2016 whose homes were devastated by disaster and conflict. In 2017 they helped families after Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria as well as continuing support to families experiencing conflict in Syria, Pakistan, Cameroon and Somaliland.

I would very much appreciate your sponsorship of me sleeping in the ShelterBox tent at the restart of the Iditarod dogsled race Saturday night March 3rd.  We will be staying near Willow on the property of Tryg and Kim Erickson with the supervision of Nancy Dodge, RYE Child Protection Officer and Ambassador to ShelterBoxUSA.  All monies will go directly to ShelterBoxUSA.

Thank you very much for your support. If you would like more information about ShelterBoxUSA, I would encourage you to go to

Yours in service,

Akila Amala

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Iditarod Restart Party to Support Polio Plus

Download full invitation flyer with map from the home page download section
Iditarod Re-start Party Hosted by Tryg & Kim Erickson Please join us Sunday, March 4th, 2018 to watch the Iditarod Race.
We’re located on the race trail at Long Lake, about 2 ½ miles from the restart. Race begins at 2:00 PM; arrive early to avoid traffic.
Bring your friends and family! Chili, hot dogs, clam chowder, and delicious treats are served indoors. Coffee, hot chocolate, and apple cider will keep you warm cheering the dogs and mushers outside.
BYOB for anything stronger. If you wish to make a contribution, this will be the 8th year supporting Rotary’s End Polio Now campaign with our Iditarod Party…each year brings us closer to a polio free word.
11832 N. Maxwell Dr., Willow Tryg: cell: 907-242-559024907-02-5590 Kim: cell: 907-223-8385-223-23-8385
1 Mile .3 Mile .5 Mile .7 Mile .2 Mile Sides Lane Long Lake Road First right after beginning of hill Look sharp when you start down the hill or you will miss it.
Anchorage 69 Miles Trygve Erickson Gate 495-6679 Tryg & Kim Erickson Tryg’s cell: 907-242-5590 Kim’s cell: 907-223-8385 Land Line: 907-495-6679 Physical (no mail): 11832 N. Maxwell
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Dollars for Dogs: Supporting Anchorage Police Department's K-9 Unit

About the Anchorage Police K-9 Unit

The mission of the Anchorage Police Department Canine Unit is to train, develop and deploy police service dog teams to support the various operational sections of the Department in achieving the police mission in the safest and most efficient manner possible.

The Canine Unit has been able to achieve a high level of performance due to the financial support of Dollars for Dogs, Inc., the leadership provided by the Anchorage Police Department commanders, and the commitment of all the handlers.

APD Canine provides assistance to both law enforcement and non–law enforcement agencies, for example FBI, JBER (formally known as Ft Rich, EAFB), Kulis Air National Guard and the State of Alaska Dept of Corrections Probation Officers.   The Anchorage School District will ask for a police canine to check schools for any guns or ammunition hidden in lockers or around the school.

Selection & Training

It’s not unusual for a newly purchased canine to have already been given a name by the breeder or kennel. However when the dog is selected for the canine unit, it is renamed. The group or organizations providing the funds to purchase a dog are given the opportunity to choose a new name for the canine.

APD uses the Bark and Detain method as opposed to the Find and Bite used by other law enforcement agencies. Bark and Detain is an apprehension technique where the canine provides a clear indication (bark) while guarding (detain) a passive (still) person. This technique requires more training for the handler and canine, and performance at a higher skill level.

Additionally, 40 hours are spent in quarterly training, and once a year the unit will train as a group. This is all in addition to the daily maintenance training done to reinforce learned behaviors.

Frequently Asked Questions

What breeds of dogs are used as APD K9s?

We use Belgian Malinois, German Shepherds and Dutch Shepherds.

Where did the APD K9s come from?

Most of them were bred in Europe, Holland, Czech Republic, or Germany. Then they were brought to the United States by the kennels who purchased them. Before APD chooses one for the Canine Unit, the canine has to pass rigorous selection tests for law enforcement work.

How often do they train?

Their training begins in a Canine Academy that can last for 8 weeks or more. After that, every day the handler does some obedience work with the canine. For every 3 months of patrol work, they spend 1 week working on specific drills. And once a year they are tested and if they pass, they’re certified to continue to work for another year.

Where do the dogs stay when they’re not working?

All of the dogs live with their handlers at home with their families. When they’re “off-duty” they get all the same perks as a regular house dog.

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Meeting Notes February 16 


Trivia Question - What was Paul Harris’s profession?  Attorney

Kevin will be delivering Clare House Dinner tonight - if you want to help out talk to him after the meeting.

East Beer Fest is at the PAC - from 3-7 volunteer help is needed

March 4 if the Iditarod restart party at the Erickson’s house on Long Lake - Bring friends and support Polio Plus


Happy Bucks

Tim T. Introduced our speaker and his friend Lou P. From King Tech High School.

Bob Huston and Greg Wakefield had a bidding war an float trip by Leverette for the foundation - Bob won with a bid of $5000.  pushing our total to over $20,000.

Kevin remarked that our Speaker Lou P. is an old friend from Nome.

Debra Mason is off to PETS next week.

Jules noted that you know you are in trouble with your oldest child turns 60.  He is celebrating the 2nd year after his aorta was replaced.  He one again ran out of tickets for moose marble madness.

We are all very excited about the changes for King Technical High School.  Lou told us there will be about 300 full time students who will call KTHS their home high school and about 800 junior and senior students from the Anchorage School District will still remain in their home high schools and come to the KTHS campus for the vocational classes they want.  The requirements to attend KTHS are strict and apprenticeship/intern positions will be in the mix.  KTHS is looking for mentor businesses for the programs.  

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Beginning in the 2018-2019 school year, Martin Luther King, Jr. Career Center (KCC) will rebrand into Martin Luther King, Jr. Technical High School (King Tech) by adding 200 full-time students. For the first time in our 44-year history, we will become a fully accredited high school and graduate many of our students from King Tech.   Lou will give us all the latest information on the changes that will happen in the new school year.

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Successful Foundation Auction

A great big Thank You to Celeste for a very successful Foundation Auction.  Over a 100 items were available for bidding and over 80 bottles of wine.  It was a great event attended by 66 people.  If you missed the auction or didn't win an item, it's not to late to donate to the Foundation.  Talk to Celeste or Janine Becka and they will make sure your donation makes it to RI.  With the downturn in our economy, it was wonderful that the foundation brought in over $15,000.  The foundation will continue to make a difference locally and globally with this donation.  Thank you to all the Rotarians and friends and family that came Thursday night to the coast to set up all the items and special thanks to Ben for the pizza.  And a Big Thank you to the Coast International Inn and all the staff that decorated and set up the room so beautifully.
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Feb 2 Meeting Notes


Trivia – Rotary the greatest distance from Chicago – The moon – Buzz Aldren left a 4 way test pin on the moon.


Leadership training catered by Diane’s $25.00

Foundation Auction next week

Board Meeting – all are welcome.  Tuesday Feb 13 at noon Wells Fargo on C and Northern lights – 2nd floor conference room

Akila is doing well at the Schulman house – she has her art work on display – and will be attending the Music of Disney concert.

Visit from Lindsay Knight – District 5010 Membership Chair – spoke about the importance of membership – Rotary’s numbers have remained flat – we all need to invite someone to lunch.


Happy Bucks

Celeste announced the Foundation Auction – set up help is needed for Thursday night 5:30 – 8 at the Hotel.

Debra had been in a meeting just before lunch where arrangements were finalizing on the next fund raiser.  It will be May 12 – at the home of the Wakefield's – mark your calendar - more details to follow.

Jules was offering a great deal, 3 for the price of 2 tickets for Moose Marble Madness  - April 29 – he ran out of tickets – but will bring more since he had a line of takers.

Bruce is forming a friendship exchange from Ontario (Canada not California) in May and would like all interested parties to contact him.

Dick plugged singing valentines – there are flyers and you can contact him.  He is also enrolled at UAA way to go new coed.

Lemar from Palmer club said its’s been Windy.  Lindsay said there was snow in Kodiak.

Ted had 5 sad bucks for missing the next three meeting.  They will be in South Africia.

Helena was happy to announce they had a record crowd at the Innovative Awards.  There are now 52 Patent fillings through the program.  She has worked very hard and produced  a great  brochure that she will give to all club members.

Our Speaker Sherrie Laurie the E.D. of the Downtown Hope Center got us all up to date on on the many programs the center offers.  She thanked us for bakery sheeter – the baking program has really taken off and with the addition of the new culinary arts program, the tilt skillet has allowed the program to provide meals for not only the facility guests, but also the new catering arm.

Debra Mason won split the pot.

Don't forget to invite guests to the Auction



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AUCTION DAY - over 100 silent and live auction items.   Invite friends, family, co-workers.  It will be a wonderful Rotary Event.  11:30 - 1:00 
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Auction items and Wine needed

Please bring your auction with donation forms and wine to meeting this Friday.   Remember to invite friends and co-workers to the auction next week.  The more the merrier
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Jan 19 Meeting Notes


I have say if you missed this meeting you missed OUT! - Lots of Laughs and it is totally my fault if details are wrong in the notes, I was trying to pay attention and take good notes - but I got wrapped up in the fun, we truly have the best club, filled with members with a quick wit and great true stories!  so sorry - Nina

60th Birthday of our club:  With 23 charter members.  We have sponsored 6 other clubs in the state as well as the e-club.

Trivia question was about Youth Exchange - the first YE was in 1921 between the US and Copenhagen Denmark.

We had club guests from KCC and a speaker Tasha who received one of the scholarships - she really impressed everyone in the room with her accomplishments.  She stressed how vital the scholarships are, the will graduate debt free, and hopes to open her own restaurant


Jeff Promish was proud to Award Oziel Villasenor with the AIR Vocational Service Award.  Truly Oziel inspires us all with his hard work at the back table, during the board meetings, and especially his work in the community.

Happy Bucks

Lots of banter around the room about the clubs birthday and statehood act dates etc., lots of members were there for the event.  Al Biss and others commented on the changes to our club, and noted the differences in the holiday party, apparently they were much wilder in the past. Bruce Ericsson mentioned he has been a member of the club for 25% of the club existence, however Ray Ellis has everyone beat with 60 years as a Rotarian.

We had plugs from Celeste for the Foundation Auction on February 9th - we need auction items and a reminder to bring guests to the auction.  Ginger had an interesting bottle of wine that will end up somewhere in the auction - it is aged in Whiskey barrels.  She also encouraged everyone to donate for the wine pull.

Club Visitor Catherine Rogers told everyone about a Wine Tasting on Feb 8 downtown at Pangia by the JC Penny parking garage, this lead to lots of comments about drinking at the JC Penny parking garage back in the day.

Mr Dyson of the East club also plugged a fund raiser on Feb 17 - he was asking for help to set up take down and attendance at the Beeriest at the PAC - sounds like a fun time, I signed up to help out, did you?


Tim Ellis thanked Tasha for speaking at our club.

Beth Rose found the nomination for statehood referendum in her mothers things.  It was her parents meeting Bob Bartlett, and suggesting that they to move to Alaska and work on Statehood , and that’s exactly what they did.

Angie introduced her guest Lauren

Oziel thanked the club for the Vocational Service Award.


Akila gave the club her speech about her home in Indonesia, and was such an engaging and entertaining speaker.  One of her favorite things is teaching orphans English, She answered a variety of questions, one of her pieces of art won a scholastic award and will be on display, she is very excited about that.  It happens to be a piece that was produced in her greeting cards, which she is selling to raise funds for her west coast tour.  More cards are available for purchase.  Akila won split the pot, more towards her West Coast Tour Yeah!

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Mike Jipping of Beach Tribe Soda Works

Mike Jipping of Beach Tribe Soda Works will be joining us Friday to discuss his entrepreneurial endeavors as he launches a local craft soda business.  Beach Tribe Soda Works is leading out with fresh Ginger Beer and hopes to develop more Craft Soda, Seltzers, Tonics, and Cold Pressed Juice from Alaska very soon. 
Starting with Alaska's gold standard glacier water, all-natural Ingredients, and a culinary flair, this healthier alternative to traditional 'pop' is hoping to change the way you look at Soda.  
Whether you like it as a mixer or just as a Non-Alcoholic alternative to 'store bought' and 'off the shelf' beverages, this new concept for Alaska is targeting healthy Alaskans, their families, and friends and aims to be Alaska’s #1 Premium Craft Soda Brand.'  
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Sherrie Laurie  of the Hope Center


The Downtown Soup Kitchen began over 30 years ago in a garage, fueled by a vision to share the love of God with Anchorage's homeless. Operating out of a little red house on 4th Avenue, we provided nearly 300 cups of soup each day to homeless and low-income families; in addition, we offered showers and clothing handouts from a yellow A-frame next door. In 2012, we moved into our new facility on 3rd Avenue. 

"Give a man a fish and he eats for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime"

Funded primarily by individual donors and churches, we were able to customize our facility to fit the needs of those we serve. In addition to our regular services, we expanded our programs to create opportunities for our guests to gain experience and marketable job skills. Feed Me Hope Bakery opened its doors in March 2016 to women staying in our emergency cold weather shelter. In Fall 2016, we launched Feed Me Hope Culinary School - a vocational training program for homeless and formerly incarcerated individuals. Already, we have seen remarkable transformations take place as hope has been restored to our Bakery and Culinary students. Our future plans include barista training, a bakery store front, and a food truck for our students to work in. We look forward to what God has in store as we envision a thriving Anchorage community, free of hopelessness. 


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The Rotary Foundation Auction February 9 




This year’s auction will include all kinds of goodies for you to indulge yourself or your sweetie AND to support the Rotary Foundation which transforms lives both close to home and around the world! Goodies include…

  • Stuffed animals
  • Chocolates
  • Baskets of delights
  • Wine
  • And lots more!  

The AIRC Foundation Auction is in just a few short weeks and we welcome your donations for AIRC bidding!  If you need a suggestion on what to donate we can always use wine for the wine pull.  Please bring your items to this Friday’s meeting. 


Thank you! Celeste

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January 12 meeting notes


Andy is in the relocation process – Tim Trueblood is taking over membership, and is looking for help.

Akila is at the winter Orientation.

Lots of Rotary anniversaries were announced .


Jan Ingram won the gun raffle from Russian Jack.  Also Russian Jack is selling prints for $65 to support their scholarship fund – they give out 1500/ per year for 4 years.  They met their goal last year of $18,000 and hope to continue.

Happy Bucks

Boyd congratulated Russian Jack on the scholarship program and provided the letter below from one of AIR’s scholarship recipients Christopher Lawrence.

Bill Pearson shared how much his kids loved seeing Santa 9 early.  He introduced his guest Ricky Morrison.

Beth Rose had $5 happy bucks that she was back to health again after having the flu for 2 weeks.

Rick Goodfellow (Aka Jan’s Husband) was awarded the UAA meritorious Service Award for all the good work KLEF Radio does for the university and the community.  Rick had also credited Jan, Anchorage is so lucky that both are great Rotarians in our community.

Bruce E introduced his guest, wife Becky, who was “enjoying” a furlough day from ACS.

Chidi was at the meeting and we are all glad to see him.  His travel schedule is crazy. He mentioned he got to see some members at the airport to mention a few of his recent trips: to Cuba, Canada, Greece, Fairbanks, Juneau.

The Free Alaska Airlines tickets floating around on facebook are a scam as mentioned by Ted Trueblood and other club members.

Penny is departing Alaska for Arizona and will be back in 3 months, she will not miss the ice.

Tim Ellis had UAA hockey tickets to pass along.

Celeste reminded everyone of the need to fill out donation forms for the auction, and to bring guests on Feb 9 for the Foundation Auction.

Tim Bradner  gave a great presentation one item of particular interest was that over the last 3 years BP and other Prudhoe producers have stopped the decline in production and kept it level,  questions were asked and Chidi was able to help explain the efficiency process to club.

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Akila  Amala our Exchange Student From Indonesia 

A Day of Thanks with Akila Amala, and others
Will be giving us an update on Winter Orientation, Informing us about her home in Indonesia, and what all she is doing on her Exchange to Alaska.
We also have a couple students who received scholarships that would like to meet our club and say Thank you.
It is also the 60th Birthday of our club - if you would like to share any stories.
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FEB 3 District Training Looking for Club Representatives

Calling all Rotarians, 
What happens 11 days before Valentine's Day?'s the annual District 5010 Leadership & Training event!  (If you thought "I had better order flowers" that's probably a good answer too!)
Mark your calendars for the annual District Training event being held in person and online simultaneously thanks to SCIENCE...actually, its the District's GoToMeeting! So if you aren't able to attend in person - NO PROBLEM - we'll have an online meeting so you can tune in from anywhere (slippers and fuzzy PJs not provided). We recommend if you are attending remotely to group up with others in your area - that way when we go to breakout, you can too!
Here's the 411 you need now:
Who: ANY District 5010 Rotarian & Rotaractor! Along with Assistant Governors, District Committee Chairs & Rotary Alumni.
What: District Leadership Team Training
When: February 3rd, 2018  8:30am - 5:00pm
Where: The Chariot Group, 3120 Denali Street #1, Anchorage AK 99503 (Physically) & D5010 GoToMeeting (Online - details forth coming via email as we get closer)
Cost: In person registration $25.00 to cover lunch and supplies (It's a GOOD lunch, catered by Diane's Wild Fork Catering)
After Party: 6:00pm--? THE Abandoned Warehouse in Ship Creek with DJ Sparkles and the Glowworm Bunch.  Just seeing who really reads their email ;-)
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Meeting Notes from January 5

Trivia - Rotary had a goal to grow to 1000 clubs world wide when was this done?  Answer 1921 - a lot sooner than anticipate.
Foundation Auction February 9  Celeste need items and Reminds you to bring guests.
Board Meeting Tuesday January 9 at Wells Fargo on C and Northern Lights 2nd Floor Conference Room - everyone welcome.
Happy Bucks:
Ted Trueblood was sporting the annual wearing his tee shirt from with his photo on the back - Ted was coming and going
John Spaulding shared a good Rancher joke, we will all be saying "show the bull your badge"
Jonthan T announced that this was Emma's last meeting until she is 2.
Bruce announced the Remaining Football Mania winners:  Fred Barlow, Jess S. Bill S.  Greg W, and Paris Butler.  Over $6,000 was raised
Al Biss had a sad buck because they departed Arizona weather over 70 degrees and Shelly was crying at the airport.
Ray Ellis announced that he had been on 5 of the 7 Continents until now - he was able to get in his last 2 - South America and Antartica on his recent trip, just another item ticked off the old bucket list.
Helena said she had a wonderful holiday with her daughter in town, and announced an invitation to club member for the UAA annual Innovative awards on January 26 at 5:30
Club Assembly Notes
We are currently at 66 members - This is a reflection of why Membership is the # 1 priority from the Visioning Session in October.  It is up to all the club members to think about membership and invite a guest to a meeting or event and let them see what our club and Rotary is about, and the good work we do in the community.  Here are some of the community Service Projects we have done this Rotary Year.
Clean up on Wisconsin
Dinners provided for Clare Hous
Tilt Skillet at Hope Center
Stuffing Stockings for AK Child & Family
Salvation Army Bell Ringing
Santa Bob Visit and Gifts for AK Child & Family
Santa Bob visit and Gifts at the Pioneer Home.
North Star Partnership filling boxes of school supplies
North Star Parent University/ computers
Rotary Cares Back Pack project
Inbound and Outbound exchange students who lives are being changed.
Heading up a water project in Kenya.
Coming up Health Fair.
Tim Trueblood talked about the North Star Elementary Parents University - this program has been around 11 years and to date over 450 computer systems have been given to families of North Star Elementary students
Akila our Youth Exchange Student Won the Split the Pot - $22 and she was very excited.
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Tim Brader  2018  Outlook on Legislative Session



Tim Bradner is serving as the Atwood Chair of Journalism at the University of Alaska Anchorage during the 2017-2018 school year. 

Bradner has worked in Alaska journalism since 1965, interrupted only by a period working with a major oil company and graduate school. He is copublisher of the Alaska Legislative Digest and Alaska Economic Report, and editor of Alaska Inc. magazine. 

He is a regular contributor to the Alaska Dispatch News, Platts Oilgram, a McGraw Hill energy publication, and also writes for the Anchorage Press, Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman, Alaska Journal of Commerce and Petroleum News. 

Bradner will teach an introductory reporting and writing course and an upper-division course in Public Affairs Journalism, where he will lead students in coverage of fiscal and state issues.

“I’m eager to engage with students about covering financial matters that affect them directly,” Bradner said. “Alaskans face complex decisions that will reshape state government and our economy, and I want to help beginning journalists understand these issues so they can explain them to the public.”

Bradner has worked in Alaska media for decades. He started in public affairs for the University of Alaska Fairbanks, then worked as a reporter at the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner and the Tundra Times, an Alaska Native weekly newspaper.

He also worked for BP Alaska in public affairs and government relations. He was a longtime staff writer and contributor to the Alaska Journal of Commerce, covering energy and state government.    

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Club Assembly and the Visioning Results

One of the things we want to discuss at the Club Assembly is the Visioning Results.  Please review the information, and come to the assembly with questions, comments, and ideas.
As you remember AIR had a Visioning Session to help determine the future direction of the club. 
The participants indicated areas that were important to them.  The process helps you identify and establish Strategic Priorities and the the goals we would like to set for the club.  The process also helps establish time lines and committees that will ensure goals are realized.
More club member participation is needed - if you see a committee that interests you contact the individuals and offer to help out please.
Here is an overview of the top 3 items identified as most important to the participants.
# 1 Membership (Attraction and Retention)
A Social Media Plan needs to be established - Jonathan T will form a committee
A Membership Drive Plan needs to be established - Andy Varner will form a committee
Retention is a focus - Recognizing Success in bringing in new members - Jeff Promish and Kevin Fimon will work on identifying awards
# 2 Fundraising
Identify and establish a Signature Event  
Form a committee and Form a Plan - Debra Mason has established a committee, and work is being done to identify a Signature Event
Crowd Source Funding - Karl is researching 
Fundraising Plan - Ben is forming a committee - to figure out a plan for the future, with overall goal, address excess funds, and figure out who will do what
#3 Club Meeting Agenda and Programs
Expand the Program Committee - with a diversity of thoughts - need 5-6 members
Limit Non-Profit Programs
Committee for Program Vetting
Trendy and Interactive
District level Speaker List
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Holiday Cheer and 2018 is Here

Happy New Year, Welcome Back to Rotary!.  We have had 2 Weeks without meetings and lots to catch up on.
Santa Bob Bob was out and about a lot - there were visits to Russian Jack Elementary, and North Star Elementary where all the students got to meet Aliy Zerkel and Allen Moore and Learn all about the Iditarod, and individual sports. Also 2 UAA Volleyball players talked about team sports.  It was great fun.
Super bonus - after  the presentation Chera Boom's quartet was able to sing for Aliy and Allen in the North Star Office - 
the AIR Holiday Party was tons of fun with great stories to share and Santa Bob had presents for all the good boys and girls
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Santa Bob and AIR Rotarians go to the Pioneer Home

Pioneer home postponed our December visit due to a flu outbreak, however, January 3 was a wonderful day - even with the slushy snow.  Gifts were delivered to residents of the Pioneer home.   There were non-slip socks, gloves, scarves, hats, and fuzzy warm throw blankets, as holiday gifts, and lots of smiles around the Pioneer Home.
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Santa Bob's Visit to AK Child and Family lots of fun

This beautiful sign and a card signed by the kids made us feel so welcome and Special.
Bob Huston, AKA Santa Bob and Nina Mann presented each AK Child & Family student with a stocking filled with with school supplies, socks, gloves, hygiene items, healthy snacks and a candy at the Holiday Kickoff at AK Child & Family organized by Anchorage International Rotary. The stockings were stuffed during an AIR Fireside meeting. Santa Bob also presented the kids with a soft blanket, a Zoo pass and a Tastee Freeze gift certificate.

Rotarians Kevin Fimon, Angie Rush and Penny May assisted the students with holiday craft making and taking pictures with Santa Bob. The students made snowflakes, ornaments and even had portraits taken.

One of the students shared with Rotarian Angie Rush, “The best part of the night was getting to feel like a kid again. I haven’t felt like a kid since I was five years old. That was the last time I got to see Santa and this was so nice.”

Another student hugged the blanket he received and said, “This is the softest blanket I have ever had.”
It was such a fun time making crafts and talking with the kids.  
Oziel brought Gingerbread Houses for the Kids to decorage
Ak Child and Family Director, Denis McCarville, joined in the fun
South Rotarian Rob Morris and staff got to tell Santa their wish.
Thank you to Alaska Child and Family Staff, and to all the Rotarians who stuffed stockings, made treats, and transported all the goodies, and hung out with the kids sharing Holiday Cheer.  
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Reminder:  Please make sure your information is up to date on the Rotary Directory on-line.  The most important information is your contact information: ie: phone number and e-mail.  This is how the club keeps in touch - please make sure it is up to date - if you have trouble, or don't know how to access your account please see Janine Becka or contact Nina Mann

Board Meeting Notes from January 9


Foundation - The Foundation Auction is in 4 weeks and currently there are only 19 items.  We need donated items and to encourage all members to bring guests to the event on February 9.  We also need bottles of wine for the wine table,  Other popular items are the give it forward baskets - items needed that can be given to shelters or non-profits or schools.  Contact Celeste Cohen.

Membership Andy Varner is Chair, since he is relocating to Oregon the club will need help with membership, if you are interested, please Contact Ben or Tim Trueblood  e-mail

RYLA will be the first week of May, Jeff Promish will be interviewing potential participants Mid February to Mar  He would like a small group of Rotarians to help with interview please contact Jeff if you would like to help out o if you know potential attendee,  - contact Jeff at

Youth Exchange - Chera will be out of town during Winter Orientation the 11-14 of January (Thursday pm, Friday, Saturday and Sunday)  If you would like to stand in for her please let her know.  Akila needs a third host family for the spring.

International Global Grants - Haiti projects is back on track  The Kenya Water Project is still looking for Rotary Club partners to raise funds.  Time to think about what we want to do with International Project in the 2018-2019 Rotary year - Grant paperwork is due April 1 2018 so start thinking and talk to Karl Schroeder about your ideas.  e-Mail:

Programs:  Please help to keep our programs interesting and fun, if you know of a dynamic speaker or program contact Lynn Johnson

Community Service - On the horizon, Clare House Dinners, Health Fair, Spring Road Clean Up.  Think about Community Service Projects you would like to see in the next Rotary year - We have a form located on the web page to submit to the Community Service Committee




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It's a Party

And Someone Special will be attending
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Stuffing Stockings for Alaska Child and Family

Thanks to everyone who came to the the Petroleum Club to stuff stockings.  The assembly line worked out great.  The delivery and Party will be on Monday Dec 18.  If you are interested in attending contact Angela Rush.
The PCA Sure can make a drink! Take a look at Bob's Bloody Mary
and Chera said the breakfast wrap was wonderful.
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Dec 8 Meeting Notes


Trivia question :  What was the first Rotary Service Project answered correctly from Both Dick B and Boyd M  -  A comfort Station in downtown Chicago .

Board Meeting Dec 12 noon at the Petroleum Club

We sang Happy Birthday to all the December babies in the club.

We had the 2nd reading of the slate of officers for 2019 /2020 - Pres Elect Angela Rush, Treasurer Joe Zimmermann, Secretary  Dodie Pruessner    Thanks for volunteering to lead the club.


Happy Bucks


Tim Trueblood could use a couple volunteers to help with the North Star Elementary Parents University  Dec 14 (Thursday night) 6:00 - typically done in an hour - no computer experience necessary.

Andy Varner had big news 40th Birthday plus - He and the family will be moving out of state to Oregon where he will be a city manager in North Blane - Just outside Portland.  We wish them a happy future.

Bruce E is looking for fun Christmas/Holiday stories to share at the party next meeting.  Call or e-mail him directly.

Kevin is looking for help as we supply the holiday dinner for Clare House - if you want to contribute something special, or help out- please contact Kevin Fimon

Avila is selling packages of 6 note cards  with her art work to fund raise for her West Coast Tour, a Shelterbox donation and spending cash for her West Coast Tour.  Nina will have cards available at the Friday meeting  (one design is Christmas themed)

Al Biss had happy bucks for a fun time at the Wreath Making at Dimond Greenhouses with the members of South Rotary Club.  

Jules is celebrating his 85th Birthday

Chera gave a plug for her quartet’s singing Christmas Cards

Penny introduced her guest Scott Rose with Alaska Child and Family - he is interested in Rotary.

Bob H celebrated his first successful cataract surgery with 20/20.

Mara had lots of thanks for the warm reception as speaker the week before for the Anchorage International Film Festival, she also reminded everyone of the stocking stuffing Sunday at the Petroleum Club 9:00 am



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Downtown Soup Kitchen Hope Center

Downtown Soup Kitchen Tilt Skillet


A District Matching Grant concomitant with contributions from Anchorage International, Anchorage East, and Anchorage West Rotary Clubs was used to purchase a commercial Tilt Skillet for the Downtown Soup Kitchen. 
Pictured: Benjamin Schulman, Pre