MEETING RECAP: August 05, 2022

 President Jay opened the meeting promptly at noon. Jason Baer greeted us as we arrived, and PP Angie Rush led us in the Pledge.  Rick Goodfellow offered the Thought-for-the-day from the prolific author Anonymous.  “Life is what you make it.”  Becky Erickson acknowledged visiting Rotarians, which included regular guest Paul Paisley from Anchorage East.  At Becky’s suggestion we re-activated our tradition of greetingmake-ups with a hearty “Hi Paul.”  

In another nice return to normalcy we had a nearly full room which was acknowledged with a $10 happy buck by Rick Goodfellow.  Just shy of 40 in attendance plus a unknown number on Zoom.  It was a pleasure to see a much reduced (weight wise) Tim Trueblood in person or as his brother Ted put on the correct side of a zoom lens.  Penny May announced a special edition of the Ghost  Tour for August 17 with a bargain price of $15 for members and friends.  There are limited spaces on the tour so advise Penny your intentions. Penny also, as an afterthought, introduced her son Patrick.  Jonathan Tarrant gave credit to Leverette Hoover for making available a special tour during the JBER open house.  

In more happy buck activity Mark Cosby had $5 for a for a get acquainted coffee visit with newer member Denise Runge.  Denise offered $5 in gratitude to Mark for reaching out.  Joe Zimmerman introduced his guest Terry Nelson, Associate Dean of the School of Business and Public Policy at UAA.  Last week’s speaker Linda Dunegan introduced 4 guests, including her pastor. She suggested paying attention to children you meet as someday one could become your spiritual advisor!  Our speaker and Hillside Rotary PP Teri Lindseth introduced a guest, her bother Ryan.   Jason Baer offered $5 as thanks for Linda’s inspirational talk last week.  Someone proffered $20 for the pleasure of seeing the always popular Bill Sharrow in attendance.  Jenette Wakefield had $20 for having survived her granddaughter’s wedding.  Jennette and Greg’s wedding gift to the newlywed’s was arranging and paying for their honeymoon.  The only hitch was the young couple were in the dark as to the destination until their departure.  PP Tryg paid $2. $1 for no Rotary pin and $1 for pride in being in the same club as Joe Zimmerman who penned a well-reasoned commentary which appeared in last Sunday’s Anchorage Daily News.  Art Clark gave $5 for being 70 years old and President Jay Tung gave the same amount for failing to display a Rotary pin.

Ms. Teri Lindseth, TSAIA Deputy Director responsible for airport development is this week's speaker!  Introduced by Steve Strait he mentioned that in addition to her airport duties she is an accomplished artist and a ten-year member and past president of Hillside Rotary. 
TSAIA is operated by the State through the International Airport fund, which consists of Anchorage and Fairbanks airports.  The airport is the second largest cargo airport in the US based on tonnage and the fourth busiest in the world.   We follow Chicago but lead Memphis and Louisville. It posted a 13% increase in tonnage from 2020 to 2021.  They calculate that the airport generates 1.84 billion dollars in economic impact.  Among their items of pride is that the facility has never been officially closed because of snow.  TSAIA is 9.5 hours of flying time to 90% of the industrial world.  As a response to COVID they can monitor indoor air quality throughout the facility in real time.  The air exchange system provides a near outdoor quality air purity and exchange. It processed 5.5 million passengers last year which ranks it 57th. The cargo largest operators are Atlas with 19% of the tonnage followed by Federal Express with 12%.  The airport is currently in negotiation for three large land leases to expand cargo handling facilities. 
Ric Schmidt asked if the Ukrainian war would possibly bring trans-continental passenger traffic back.  Teri answered probably not.  Rick Goodfellow asked if there was any progress at getting new passenger service to Europe and Asia.  Eurowings, Condor and Icelandic are or will be serving Anchorage.  There are no other carriers showing interest but TSAIA keeps trying to lure them.  Tryg asked how many passenger gates there are in the south terminal.  There are 18 total with 9 of those belonging to Alaska Airlines.

Interesting fact, at least to this editor, is that the project engineer/construction manager for original construction of the airport  in 1951 and the airports first general manager was Virgil Knight.  Mr. Knight was the Anchorage Rotary (downtown) sponsor in the formation of our club.  Spenard Rotary  we changed our name in 1983) was the second Rotary club in Anchorage.


MEETING RECAP: August 05, 2022 Trygve Erickson 2022-08-05 08:00:00Z 0

MEETING RECAP: July 29, 2022

Thought for the day was a quote from Thomas Watson, who grew IBM from a small manufacturer to the richest company in the world.  Your editor missed the actual  quote so here’s one of my favorites from Mr. Watson, “A manager is an assistant to his men.” We should assume that today Mr. Watson would refer to people rather than just men.

In a spirited auction, Jason Baer bested several other bidders for two tickets to the upcoming event showcasing the capabilities and accomplishments of the UAA College of Business and Public Policy.

The meeting saw lucrative and imaginative Happy Buck contributors.  Sargent @ Arms PP (past president) Kevin Fimon led with $5 in admiration (?) and amazement at the volume of email generated by President Jay Tung.  Kevin also made amends for suggesting a Thursday meeting for drinks and conversation location that was convenient to his home and not showing up.  Ted Trueblood donated in gratitude for his 36 years as a member of AIR, wife Gloria’s birthday and the upcoming arrival of his brother and much missed club member, Tim Trueblood.  Tim will be here for their annual caribou hunt.  Some years the hunt is referred to as a camping trip with guns.  PP Al Biss gave bucks for his recently completed epic vacation where he and his family of four saw a bit of Europe and a lot of Africa.  The highlight (amongst many) was when ¾  of the family impressively and successfully climbed/hiked to the 19,340’ summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.  His oldest child, Anika, almost made it but had to descend due to always dangerous altitude sickness.  Mark Cosby paid $1 for a ring that has come to him from his grandfather.  Angie Rush is grateful to Mark for his donation of a bicycle to AK Child & Family.  Immediate Past President Ric Schmidt was surprised to board a flight and find a Jenette Wakefield on board.  Not too surprising considering the Wakefield’s proclivity for travel.  Ric also advised that he has three computers ready for rehab and donation.  We learned that PP Kevin Fimon is doing CPA work for the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority, which is one of the largest landholders in the state.  Praise and thanks were given to Neil Harper for his generous supply of a street sweeper and operator for the recently completed Wisconsin Drive clean-up.  That kept our volunteers out of the gutter and gave them more time to marvel at Mark Cosby’s bus/motorhome project and consume appropriately sized donuts.  PP Joe Zimmerman had good news from his house.  Wife Linda is recovering but still experiencing fatigue from COVID and both children are home.  One son is mustering out of the navy and the other arrived for a lay-over as part of his initial operating experience (IOE) as a new hire pilot flying the Boeing 777 for Atlas Air.

For our speaker, Ms. Linda Dunegan presented us with an inspirational talk on her life.  She describes it as a story of immigration and achievement.  Born to poverty in Vietnam, she went on to find success as a wife, mother, and real estate entrepreneur in the US. Her earliest memories are of her grandmother giving her a portion of her rice but still being hungry.   The first time she recalls having enough to eat was at a funeral feast.  With the family near starvation, Linda’s mother left the family to travel to Saigon to work in a bar.  Evan with the money her mother sent home, the family still barely survived after the take-over by the North Vietnamese until they fled South Vietnam.  

It was not until she attended church that Ms. Dunegan began to fit into her adopted country.  There she found acceptance and recognition of her potential.  She spoke of the challenge of writing.  First in high school, then college, graduate school, and finally, earning a doctorate degree. Each step seemed impossible, but she persevered. Amongst other accomplishments, Linda has received recognition for her work buying and converting the building that was Fantasies on Fifth - a notorious strip club - into the Open Door Baptist Church.  She has now reached the point where she no longer must work for money.

MEETING RECAP: July 29, 2022 Trygve Erickson 2022-07-29 08:00:00Z 0

MEETING RECAP: July 22, 2022


Meeting opened with Bruce Erickson providing both the Thought-for-the-Day and leading us in the Pledge of Allegiance.  

President Jay Tung gave us a tour of who he is and where he came from.  Starting In New Orleans and then on to the Air Force Academy.  It was there he met another cadet, MaryLee who became his wife.  From the Academy we followed his career through airplanes flown, bases assigned, jobs held, ranks achieved and schools attended.  Jay retired from active duty in 2007 as a Lieutenant Colonel.
Jay shared a brief video from our Rotary International President, Jennifer Jones, the first female to hold that position. We also learned a bit about the meaning and design of this year's Rotary symbol and theme, Imagine Rotary.
We heard from Bruce Erickson in a Will Rogers style musing about history, change and the march of time.
Jay spoke of his goals for his year.  He is planning on one fireside type event a month.  He wants to emphasize our club committees and he is stressing that each committee should be more than a single person leading and doing all the work.  Hopes we will re-engage in the International Youth Exchange by assisting South Rotary with their inbound exchange student by hosting, entertaining or other areas we can help.  
In Happy bucks Past President Kevin Fimon had $5 as he proudly recalls meeting Jay at a Super Bowl party and encouraging him in Rotary.  Denise Runge had $10 for happily moving into her new house after months in a B&B.  Penny May contributed $5 for semi-successfully removing acrylic paint spread into her carpet by a mischievous granddaughter. She’s not displeased that the child went home Monday.  Leverette Hoover donated $50 to cover several milestones.  His parents 71st wedding anniversary, three thriving grown children, his wife of 21 years and maybe a new position with his employer Siemens.   Helena Wisniewski is honored to have been selected as a IBM Distinguished Speaker on the topics of artificial intelligence and emerging technology.  Joe Zimmerman proffered $20 for: #1 the warm welcome our club gave Terry Nelson from UAA, his guest last week; #2 his son who was understood to be making a scheduled call to them from his military assignment in Dubai but was in fact at their front door!; #3 wife Linda has tested positive for COVID but is doing well and lastly #4 Joe is proud to have introduced Jay to our club.  Jeanne Brady put $20 in in relief at having mother-in-law's cancer in remission and the anticipated visit from two children next month.  The final person willing to share and pay for their happiness was Shari Showalter who paid $10 for failing to wear her Rotary pin. 
MEETING RECAP: July 22, 2022   Trygve Erickson 2022-07-22 08:00:00Z 0

Meet our New Club President: Air Force LtCol (ret) Jay Tung

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Lt Col Jay Tung retired as the Chief of Training, 611th Air Operations Squadron, Crisis Action Team Director, and Chief of Strategy, Alaska NORAD Region, Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska.  In these positions, he oversaw mission qualification and continuation training for the Alaska Air Operations Center and directed crisis action planning and strategy development for the North American air sovereignty mission in the Alaskan area of operations. He graduated with academic distinction and honors from the United States Air Force Academy in 1987. He is a command pilot with over 3,700 flying hours in the KC-135A/Q/R, T-38A, and C-5A/B. 
Lt Col Tung has extensive operational experience from numerous activities to include DESERT SHIELD/STORM, DESERT STRIKE, ALLIED FORCE, UNIFIED ASSISTANCE, and NORTHERN DENIAL.  He has served at squadron through numbered air force levels as instructor pilot in both the KC-135 and C-5, flight examiner, flight commander, operations planner, and Chief of Safety.
Lt Col Tung is married to the former MaryLee Hyndman of Cheyenne WY.  They have two sons, EJ and Joe.
Aug 87 - Aug 88: Student, Undergraduate Pilot Training, Reese AFB TX
Sep 88 – Dec 88: KC-135 Combat Crew Training, Castle AFB CA
Jan 89 – Oct 90: Pilot, KC-135A, 906th Air Refueling Squadron (Heavy) Minot AFB ND
Nov 90 – Mar 91: Pilot, KC-135A/Q, 1703rd and 1709th Air Refueling Squadrons (Provisional), Riyadh and Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Apr 91 – Dec 93: Pilot, Aircraft Commander, Instructor Pilot, KC-135A/R, Flight Commander, 906th Air Refueling Squadron, Minot AFB ND
Dec 93 – Sep 96: Instructor Pilot, KC-135R, Assistant Chief of Training, Chief of Standardization/Evaluation, 909th Air Refueling Squadron, Kadena AB Japan
Sep 96 – Mar 97: Chief of Wing Tanker Plans, 18th Operations Support Squadron, Kadena AB Japan
Mar 97 – Jun 97: C-5 Aircraft Commander Initial Qualification and Air Refueling Qualification, Altus AFB OK
Jul 97 – Aug 98: Aircraft Commander, C-5A/B, 9th Airlift Squadron, Dover AFB DE
Sep 98 – Jun 00: Instructor Pilot, Deputy Chief of Safety, 436th Airlift Wing, Dover AFB DE
Jul 00 – Jun 01: Student, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB AL
Jul 01 – Aug 04: Chief of Safety, 11th Air Force, Elmendorf AFB AK
Sep 04 – Sep 07: Chief of Training, 611th Air Operations Squadron, Elmendorf AFB AK
1987 Bachelor of Science in Management (Academic Distinction and Honors), United States Air Force Academy
1992 Joint Employment Tactics School (Outstanding Performer)
1993 Squadron Officer School (Distinguished Graduate), Air University
1998 Master of Arts in Military Science (Air Warfare), American Military University
1998 Flight Safety Officer Course, Southern California Safety Institute
2001 Master of Arts in Military Operational Art (Top Performer), Air Command and Staff College, Air University
2001 Chief of Safety Course, USAF Safety Center
2004 Air War College, correspondence
Flight Information
Rating: Command Pilot
Flight Hours: over 3,700
Aircraft Flown: KC-135A/Q/R, T-38A, C-5A/
Meet our New Club President: Air Force LtCol (ret) Jay Tung Jeanne Brady 2022-07-22 08:00:00Z 0

Calling All Gardeners: Clare House Gardening Project

Calling all gardeners.......come play in the dirt with us!
Last fall and earlier this spring, a group of AIRC members and employees at Wilson Albers Company, came together to clean up the Clare House garden/play area and spread mulch around the landscaping.  Thanks to all our marvelous volunteers!
Clare House has requested that volunteers come in once a week during the summer and help them maintain that same area.  AIRC and Wilson Albers are teaming up again this summer to do just that. 
An online sign up form has been created for those interested in volunteering this summer.  You will need to create a free account in order to view the sign up.  If you sign up, an automatic confirmation will be emailed with an attached document that will outline the procedures and tasks to be completed at Clare House.  
The volunteer times are on afternoons, mid-week (Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday), with rotating days to help accommodate those who may not be able to make it on a certain day of the week.   The Wilson Albers employees have filled many of the weeks.  We need some Rotarians to jump in and help on some of the weeks that are still open.
Given Clare House's vulnerable resident population, each volunteer is asked to complete a background check.  That process begins by visiting  It's super easy.  The background checks are taking longer than normal and as of right now.  Therefore, Clare House is closing the garden to residents when our volunteers are present.
Any questions about sign up or volunteering can be directed to Shari Showalter at 907-240-2557.
Calling All Gardeners: Clare House Gardening Project Jeanne Brady 2022-07-18 08:00:00Z 0

Samantha Lilly: Alaska Geographic Presentation

Samantha Lilly works in outreach for the company.  Alaska Geographic is the not-for-profit corporation that does retail interpretive stores and educational services for the Federal public land agencies in Alaska.  Those agencies include the US Fish & Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service and the US Forest Service.  Alaska Geographic operates 36 retail stores in parks, refugesand national forests. In addition to the retail presence they are operating internships and outreach programs for youth and adults in partnership with the sponsor federal agency.  Ms. Lilly was particularly proud of the 23 million dollars the company has returned to their sponsoring agencies since the company’s founding in 1959.  She advised that Alaska Geographic is governed by a board of directors.  In response to a question she admitted that their website was not easily navigated and did not disclose what the annual revenues of the non-profit were.  The website for the group is
Ms. Lilly can be contacted at
Samantha Lilly: Alaska Geographic Presentation Jeanne Brady 2022-07-15 08:00:00Z 0

You are Invited: UAA College of Business and Public Policy  Showcase

Dr. Terry Nelson, the Associate Dean for the UAA College of Business and Public Policy, stopped by during our July 15 club meeting to invite AIRC Rotarians to attend her department's Showcase event that will be happening on August 18. Our club also presented Dr. Nelson a donation in support of the upcoming event.
Our very own Dr. Helena Wisniewski and Provost Denise Runge will also be a part of this event!! 
You are Invited: UAA College of Business and Public Policy Showcase Jeanne Brady 2022-07-14 08:00:00Z 0

Thank You PP Ric!

During the AIRC weekly club meeting on July 15, 2022, President Jay Tung presented Past President Ric Schmidt with an astonishing token of appreciation, in recognition of all his hard work during his term as president. Thank you PP Ric!!
Thank You PP Ric! Jeanne Brady 2022-07-14 08:00:00Z 0

Alaska Flag Day 2022

Saturday, July 9th, several AIRC Rotarians volunteered to decorate and prepare for the annual Alaska Flag Day celebration on the AK Child & Family campus in Anchorage.  Blue & gold table cloths were spread, balloons were filled with helium, coolers of beverages and ice cream were prepped for the crowd of children, staff and families to enjoy.  Rotarians also washed their hands & donned masks and gloves, to serve a catered dinner by Mo's Deli to the masses. The afternoon was a fantastic success under the tutelage of the amazing, sensational Ms. Angie Rush.  Way to go, team!
The Alaska Flag Day celebration is held annually on July 9th.  Save the date for 2023!
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Alaska Flag Day 2022 Jeanne Brady 2022-07-09 08:00:00Z 0

It's a New Rotary Year: Changing of the Guard 2022-2023

June 23rd, 2022 marked the conclusion of President Ric Schmidt's term, and the passing of baton to our new President Jay Tung. As we transition back to in-person meetings President Jay is hoping to bring the energy and fun back to our Friday noon experience.  Not to suggest that now past Presidents Art and Ric weren’t doing everything possible to keep our club relevant.  We can all agree it has been a unique and challenging time.  The enthusiastic turn out for the changing-of-the-guard at the Wakefield’s (big thank you to the Wakefield's hospitality for opening their home!) was a sign of how anxious we are to return to something closer to normal.

It is going to be a great Rotary year!
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It's a New Rotary Year: Changing of the Guard 2022-2023 Jeanne Brady 2022-06-23 08:00:00Z 0

AIRC Rotarians Assemble Bags for Alaska Kids

Rotarians assembled for a wonderful service project benefitting Clare House and foster children in our community. Thank you Mark & Kevin for coordinating the grant projects with Ted’s always helpful guidance. Each child will leave their current placement with a Rotary bag filled with educational and fun items. Thank you Tim and Stellar Designs for providing the bags and all the goodies. Thank you club members for an awesome day of service.
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AIRC Rotarians Assemble Bags for Alaska Kids Jeanne Brady 2022-06-16 08:00:00Z 0

Thanksgiving Bouquet Sales Fundraiser

Fellow Anchorage International Rotarians,
Wow, we did it!  Thank you, thank you, thank you to all who bought bouquets, donated directly, assembled/packaged, and delivered 224 bundles of Fall happiness.  Thanks to Past President Angie for taking the great pics and to Janine and Becky (coconspirators) for initiating this great project.
Good news: looks like we’ll net around $7K and fund about half of our charities budget.  However, we still need to cover the remainder and replenish our reserves.
So more good news, you’ll have yet another opportunity for club/community service in the near future.
We’re always soliciting fundraising ideas and more helping hands (to make light work).  Please share your rainmaking thoughts with President Ric, P.E. Jay, or President Elect-Elect Becky.
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Four Ways to Change Lives this Rotary Year

Dear change-makers,

Welcome to the new Rotary year — a year when you will be called upon to Serve to Change Lives and achieve big dreams. Because of your passion for achieving great things, we will grow more and do more.

Our Action Plan, Rotary’s strategic road map, sets our course and strengthens us for the future by focusing on four priorities: increasing our impact, expanding our reach, enhancing participant engagement, and increasing our ability to adapt. This year, I am honored to move these priorities forward by leading with vision and implementing several initiatives that I believe will result in positive growth during 2021-22 and beyond.

Expanding our reach through Each One, Bring One 

Rotary is a vibrant organization that has spread to nearly 200 countries and geographical areas and has a rich legacy of fighting to end polio. Don’t you think we could have a greater impact on the world if more people were practicing Service Above Self?

Members like you are our greatest asset. But for the last 20 years, Rotary membership has remained stagnant. Through a program I am calling Each One, Bring One, I ask each of you to commit to welcoming one new person into Rotary or Rotaract in the next 12 months. This one act of growing Rotary will make you true change-makers, because you will have helped us achieve in just 12 months what we could not do in 20 years. Of course, you will need to engage and retain these members as well. Member engagement is equally important for our organization’s growth.

As we welcome new members, let us continue to ensure that diversity, equity, and inclusion are ingrained into all aspects of Rotary. We believe that anyone who gets involved with Rotary — whether as a member, partner, or participant — must feel valued, respected, and welcomed. It is only by embracing the full diversity of the world that we will be able to grow and to achieve our goals.

I am thrilled that Rotaract membership continues to grow. This year, we are taking further steps to reaffirm and promote Rotaract as a distinct membership type in Rotary. I encourage Rotary and Rotaract clubs to find ways to connect with one another, perhaps by creating a mentorship program or partnering on a club-based initiative, district grant, or global grant. We achieve more when we work together!

Serve to change lives 

Service is at the heart of my own connection to Rotary, which is why I want all of us to showcase Rotary’s good work by hosting Rotary Days of Service. Invite your members, neighboring clubs, local civic organizations, program alumni, friends, family, and the public to join you for a community service event. Let Rotary Days of Service be a celebration of our passion for doing good.

As your club decides which causes to support this year, please consider projects that focus on empowering girls and creating equity for them. Whether it’s through a global grant project or a local program that your club supports, we can all contribute to the important work being done all over the world to expand access to education, improve sanitation, and fight gender discrimination and inequality. Girls are equal stakeholders in this world, and they should have equal rights.

We also need to let others know about all the wonderful work Rotary does. Each of you is a Rotary brand ambassador, so use social media, local media, and your club’s website to show your community — and the world — how you and your fellow Rotary members are people of action.

Increasing our impact

My friends, you are resilient, and you are doing amazing things to fight COVID-19. We adapted quickly to support our communities at the start of this pandemic, and we are committed until the very end. Let’s work to ensure that vaccines are made available equitably worldwide and that people get vaccinated as quickly as possible.

We recently awarded our first $2 million Programs of Scale grant to Partners for a Malaria-Free Zambia and will name our second Programs of Scale grant recipient this year. This award and our efforts to eradicate polio and fight COVID-19 are examples of how Rotary addresses significant needs on a large scale. These programs serve as models for how we can demonstrate our measurable and sustainable impact.

We have so much to look forward to in the year ahead, and together, we will do so much. Nothing is impossible for Rotarians and Rotaractors!

I am so honored to be on this journey with you.


Shekhar Mehta
Rotary International President, 2021-22
Four Ways to Change Lives this Rotary Year Jonathan Tarrant 2021-08-05 08:00:00Z 0

Foundation 'minute' from the District Governor

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Dear District Governors and District Rotary Foundation Committee Chairs,
Below is your Rotary Foundation moment for this week.  Please forward to your club presidents to be shared at their meeting, whether in person or on Zoom.  This is a simple and effective practice to keep our fellow Rotarians informed and educated about our Rotary Foundation. 
How did The Rotary Foundation get Started?
The Rotary Foundation was founded in 1917 by Rotary International’s sixth president, Arch C. Klumph, as an endowment fund for Rotary “to do good in the world.” It has grown from an initial contribution in 1917 of $26.50 from the Rotary Club of Kansas City, Missouri to more than $4.4 billion dollars in total contributions. The Rotary Foundation made its first grant of $500.00 to the International Society for Crippled Children in 1930, and to this day it continues to “do good in the world” in the name of Rotary.
Thank you for supporting The Rotary Foundation and its work.
Many thanks in advance for sharing with your club leaders. 
Your Zone 28 Regional Rotary Foundation Team
Chris Etienne
Teresa Brandell
Sherry Chamberlain
Elva Heyge
Hadi Mortada
Ingrid Neitsch
Bob Palmateer
Garry Shearer
Chris Etienne
Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator
Zone 28
(231) 838-2031 Cell
Foundation 'minute' from the District Governor Jonathan Tarrant 2021-07-30 08:00:00Z 0

Rotary Distric 5010 Conference 2022

imageDear Jonathan,
Register this week for the District 5010 Conference and save money!  
 D5010 Rotarians who are first time conference attendees are encouraged to come see what a district conference is all about with a low introductory fee of $150.  This low rate has limited availability, so register NOW.   All other Rotarians who register now will save $25 with the low rate of $200.  This July Summer Special promotion will only last one more week, so register NOW!  Non-Rotarian guest/partner registration is $200.
We are working hard to make this a conference that is inspiring, educational, and loaded with fun!  District conference provides an ideal opportunity for new members & friends to learn more about Rotary International, our District 5010, leadership and service opportunities, all while forging new friendships.
The Conference will be held on May 12-15, 2022 at the Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge.  On Thursday May 12, District Assembly will be held mid-morning thru early afternoon. Conference will officially open at 11am on Friday. The day will be capped off with a cornhole tournament and Cowboy BBQ, featuring live music from Ken Peltier & Hobo Jim.  Conference continues on Saturday with great speakers including inspirational keynote speaker Sylvia Whitlock, Rotary’s First Woman Club President. The Conference will end at 11am on Sunday, May 15.  This fun weekend will be a great way to reconnect with old friends and make new ones from across the District! 
For more information on lodging and travel discounts and to Register, go to the District web site and click on “Conference Registration is OPEN!” or go directly to this address:
We look forward to seeing you in Talkeetna May 12-15, 2022!
In friendship,
Tonya & Kathy
Tonya Gamble & Kathy Timm, Co-Chairs
2022 District Conference Committee
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Letter from the Editor

This marks my last issue as editor of our bulletin.
If you have enjoyed the publication you should know that the real work of editing, formatting, and publishing has been done by AIR Past President/Susitna Rotary member Kim Erickson.  If you didn’t think much of the product it is not her fault, the writing was mine!
Thanks to President Art for tapping me to produce our bulletin. Also thanks to the several members who have consistently read the product and commented, corrected and encouraged me.  I am particularly appreciative of the continued support and encouragement from Angie Rush, Jay Tung and Ric Schmidt.
Thanks for reading.
Letter from the Editor  Trygve Erickson 2021-06-23 08:00:00Z 0

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

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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
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Ginger George-Smith, Bruce Erickson, Becky Erickson, Debra Mason and Art Clark in presentation of Paul Harris level awards...
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