Alaska - Yukon
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Rotary District 5010
Rotary Serving Humanity

Disease Prevention and Treatment Month

                                       District Governor's Message

Dear Rotary Friends and Family,
Happy Holidays
Fellow District 5010 Rotarians, what a pleasure it has been to be your District Governor this past year. My greatest pleasure has been to witness your enthusiasm, dedication, and welcoming spirit. I was able to spend time with you and see firsthand your incredible projects. Your hospitality and giving attitude were absolutely over whelming. At the end of my visits I could honestly say you all are the finest Rotarians I have met in my 24 years of Rotary. You are helping me achieve the four goals we set for this year. We keep our fingers crossed that there will be no new cases of polio in 2018 and we can celebrate that fact at our District Conference. We still lead our Zone in membership gains but we need to redouble our efforts to achieve a net 5% gain. Right now we are showing 1.5%. Rotary Cares has exceeded all of my expectations. I have never seen such an enthusiastic District wide response. How fortunate am I to be able to wish you and yours Happy Holidays and look forward to even greater heights in the New Year. I am honored to be your Governor.
DG Harry (Iceman)

Eagle River

We lit up the tree!

Every year for many years Eagle River has  kicked off the Christmas season with its Winter Wonderland festivities. The Rotary Club of Eagle River and the Eagle River Chamber of partner up with Rotary providing Santa's sleigh (and Santa too), some reindeer and lighting the Christmas tree in Town Square Park.  This year Don donned the Santa suit and Isabella, our "in bound" from Brazil, led the revelers in counting down to tree lighting time.  Many Rotarians helped Santa with taking kid's wish lists, taking photos with the reindeer, and co emceeing the event with the Chamber (thanks to Dan).  The Chamber hosts the Merry Merchant Munch (a contest amongst Eagle River businesses for best treats, best decorations, best Christmas spirit and such) and organizes the 7 elementary school choirs proudly singing their chosen Christmas carols.  We wrapped up the evening with a Christmas fireside at the Gambles, another Christmastime tradition.

From Eagle River...Merry Christmas to all!

From DGE Diane Fejes

Hello!  With great leadership from DG Harry and his line of Presidents, this year is flying by quickly.
Welcome to all the Presidents-Elect who are in the process of planning their 2018-19 years' goals.  I encourage all members to support them as they move into leadership and say YES to open positions.
Some Dates to keep in mind:
  1.       All Clubs should now have Presidents-Elect appointed and voted on by your Club membership (send newly elected names and emails to me please (ndfejes@gmail.com)
  2.      All Club Presidents-Elect should now be registered for PrePETS and PETS Feb 22-25 in Seattle (or have talked to me.)
  3.      February 3rd is the District Leadership Seminar - all are welcome.  We'll update our District short and long term goals and hear from District Chairs on their progress to date.
Watch for the Feb 3rd Registration coming in early January.

4.       May 17th, 2018 District Assembly is for training of Club Officers, Seward, Ak

5.       May 18-20 District Conference - Seward AK


I encourage you to take some time to enjoy to enjoy your family and friends and help out your neighbors during this wonderful time of year!
From my family to yours - Happy Holidays!

Rotary District Conference 2018 in Seward

Register here:

District 5010 (2018) conference in Seward.  

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Rotary Interact Pie Auction of District 5010  Kayhi...Ketchikan First City
Benefiting the Folks of the Pioneer Home's Activity fund! $2750.00 Raised

Listen here for the auction by Xavier from Belgium

Rotary Membership Moment
Rotary Membership Moment #3
Chamber of Commerce:

Fellow Rotarians! Time for another membership moment! Most of the Rotary Clubs belong to the Chamber of Commerce. While in Anchorage, and a member of Anchorage South, I was also Chair of the Anchorage Chamber Ambassador Committee. I enrolled the 8 Anchorage clubs and had the privilege to deliver all their Membership Plaques.

     Chambers do a monthly business mixer, called a BAH (Business After Hours). I was Rotary President of Kodiak Morning and was also the President of the Kodiak Chamber of Commerce in 2011-12 (Brad Gamble's year)

     I scheduled a BAH, hosted by both Rotary Clubs (Noon and Morning) at the Best Western Harbor Room, at the downtown hotel where we both meet. In reality, it is a membership drive, but you don't want to call it that. You may as well invite them to a colonoscopy. We called it a "Community Appreciation Night! " An appreciation event is really what it was, we wanted Kodiak to know how much we appreciate how giving they are to all our projects. We had hor d'oeuvres and a no host bar ( the hotel benefitted from that) The Chamber did Split the Pot and we provided door prizes, for the Grand prize, we had 2 round trip plane tickets, Kodiak-Anchorage, donated by RAVN. Our event was in the first quarter of the year and RAVN replenishes their charitable giving the beginning of each year. Hit RAVN up in January for a donation. Folks will not come out for a T-shirt and a coffee cup, but you will have 50 more attend, with plane tickets, or a high item door prize! You need something to draw them in!

     We had about 80 attend that evening. Schedule someone from the District to speak. The locals are accustomed to hearing from us. Great way to network and invite guests to lunch or breakfast at your next Rotary meeting!

Keep asking!
     Remember, every Rotarian, a guest a month, a new member a year!
Yours In Rotary,
Lindsay Knight
District 5010 Membership Chair
907-539-7298  lindsay@powerhousegym.com

Anchorage clubs at Rotary Cares for Kids packing party



When you donate to the Foundation, we do many wonderful things!!!

-Brad Gamble, District Rotary Foundation Chair

Rendezvous Club
Rotary honours 'Communitarians'

The Whitehorse and Rendezvous Rotary Clubs recently recognized three Yukon citizens with Paul Harris Fellowships for their outstanding contributions to their community and exemplifying the Rotary motto of 'Service above Self'.
Wayne Roberts was recognized posthumously by Rotary District Governor Harry Kieling from Anchorage and Rendezvous President, Jim Kenyon, at a remembrance ceremony held September 9th in Carcross. They presented the Fellowship to Wayne's partner, Deanna Conlon and sister Michele Jack. Wayne is credited with the vision, initial work and leadership that transformed Montana Mountain into an international mountain biking and hiking destination designated by the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA). Known in Carcross as a friend, mentor, caregiver and catalyst for economic development and employment opportunity, Wayne was also a founding member of the 'Singletrack to Success Project' which engaged  Carcross-Tagish First Nation youth in building the network of world class trails. In 2011, the IMBA inducted Wayne's 'Mountain Hero Trail' into its Epic Trails category, only the fifth Canadian trail to achieve the designation.
Whitehorse residents Philip Gibson and Charlotte Hrenchuk were also presented with 2017 Paul Harris Fellowships by District Foundation Chair, Brad Gamble, and local members Lee Pigage and Francine Thivierge at the Rotary Foundation and Awards Dinner held November 12 at the Westmark.
Charlotte Hrenchuk was recognized for her many years helping women as a volunteer, employee, leader, and most especially, as a humanitarian charged with compassion, and a sense of social justice. While still a full time mother raising three small adopted children from Sierra Leone she joined the Yukon Status of Women Council and began part time advocating for women's issues, discerning needs, proposing and developing new programs and services and helping the Council apply for grants to fund them. She eventually became the YSWC Director. Charlotte's service also includes many years as a member, and recently Co-Chair, of the Yukon Anti-Poverty Coalition where she continues to champion efforts to relieve women's poverty, homelessness and abusive relationships, and push for more affordable housing. She has also contributed to the 'Safe Place' after hours drop in program offered at the Victoria Falkner Centre.
Philip Gibson was presented with a Paul Harris Fellowship for his service in feeding the hungry in Whitehorse. Philip began volunteering with the Sacred Heart Cathedral weekend soup kitchen in 2000. He led volunteers in preparing and serving meals, many of which he prepared and served himself. He also coordinated 19 community crews from several local service organizations who took turns manning the kitchen and serving meals, -  a job which presenter, Lee Pigage, suggested must at times have felt like herding cats. Nevertheless, Philip ensured that groups were recruited and meals were provided to community members in need, often over 200 meals per weekend. The last meal was recently served at the soup kitchen as the Salvation Army Centre of Hope is now open and able to serve 3 meals a day, seven days a week.
Rotary International is a network of over 1.3 million members of every nationality in thousands of clubs in virtually every country volunteering to make a positive difference in their local communities and around the world. Rotary also looks to recognize others making noteworthy and often exceptional contributions to their communities often as volunteers whose only reward is the satisfaction of helping someone else. We celebrate those people and their contributions with Paul Harris Fellowships, named after the founder of Rotary International. It is our way of saying 'what you have done matters and thank you'. Wayne Roberts, Philip Gibson and Charlotte Hrenchuk have made a difference. Thank you. Rick Tone

Juneau Rotaract food drive photos
My name is Alexa Duran and I am the Social Media Chair for Juneau Rotaract Club.  Mars Duran president and kDan D

Here are some photos of Rotaracters volunteering at the food drive this weekend for the Southeast Alaska Food Bank.

Mars Duran president


Youth Exchange Blogs
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Another fab blog from Tasha Talvi, our Outbound student in Brasilia, Brazil/Brasil.

Polio Plus
Dave Kester Writes about Polio:

After a highly successful Polio Awareness event with over 150,000 Rotarians viewing the Livestream from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation HQ on World Polio Day on October 24th, below is an update on where we are currently in making Polio history and the countdown to history campaign.  Let me encourage you to be proud of what we have been able to accomplish so far and encourage you to keep up the momentum as we move on to hopefully a Polio-free world in 2018.  On behalf of the 16,000,000 children that you Rotarians have saved from the crippling effects of Polio over the years, YOU ROCK!
Photo by Jon Diesher 2015.

Did You Know.......
There are more than 450 million children in up to 60 countries  that  are vaccinated each year!
There are 150,000 Polio-Funded Workers in up to 70 countries.
There are disease surveillance activities (environmental testing) in up to 70 countries.
If Polio is not eradicated within 10 years there will be as many as 200,000 children paralyzed each year.
We talk about the 15 cases of Wild Polio year to date, but we sometimes forget the estimated 16 million cases that have been prevented since 1988.
I have been asked several times about the cost to Vaccinate a child. We often talk about 60 cents per child but that is just the cost of the vaccine. To protect a child, which includes all the support services and multiple vaccinations, is about $3 US per child.
Keep up the great work!
Where does our district 5010 stand in our Zone?  See below.
Remember with the TRF match (.5:1) and the Gates match (2:1) $20,000 in DDF turns into $90,000 of support.
Results - November 13, 2017
District           Direct Contribution        DDF          Members        Per Capita
5550                  $50,430                   $17,424             1,431              $47.42
5010                  $19,672                   $35,105             1,767              $31.00
5370                  $55,107                     $5,000             2,116              $28.41
5040                  $27,717                   $10,000             1,475              $25.57
5360                  $35,747                                             1,809              $19.76
5050                  $38,606                                             2,544              $15.18
5060                  $30,493                                             2,666              $11.44
Country Updates
Since our last report there have been four new cases of Wild Polio Virus in Afghanistan and none in Pakistan.
In Pakistan a round of National Immunization Days (NIDs) are scheduled for next week, aiming to reach about 37 million children aged less than five years across the country.
In Afghanistan there has been one new WPV1 positive environmental sample, collected from Kandahar province. In Pakistan: Six new  WPV1 positive environmental samples.
Total Cases
YTD 2017
YTD 2016
Total 2016
Thank you,
Dave Kester,
5010 District Polio Plus Chair

Downtown Rotary Hope Kitchen


Project Amigo

WORK WEEK, NOV 2017...Our personal journey!
By: Lori Draper

I was one of four amigas from Seward, Alaska who headed down to Cofradia, Colima, Mexico on  October 27th, with no small degree of uncertainty about what to expect from our work week called "Community and Culture" which was taking place during Dia de Muertos.  We arrived at our casa and were surprised by the spacious and modern accommodations.  We opened our welcome packets and began to study our daily activities.  "Work week?" one of us said, "this is a vacation!" I had a sleepless night that night.  I had signed up to try to make a difference somewhere, would this be what I was looking for? Fellow Rotarians in Alaska have attended work weeks at Project Amigo and described it as life changing.  I guessed that remained to be seen. 
As we started our week, and met the others in our group, my fears began to diminish.  We started with some light manual labor, opening, sorting, and labeling books that would be distributed to schools later in the week.  We were then whisked off to the local elementary school to see a Dia de Muertos pageant.  We were immediately caught up in the sense of celebration and importance of this multi-day festival, and struck by the lovely way our Mexican neighbors deal with death and honoring loved ones who have passed away. 
The week proceeded in a whirlwind of visiting schools, migrant worker camps, and homes. We interacted with young people from elementary to university age.  We read with them, we danced with them, and clumsily helped them try on the new shoes we brought them.  We took some to the State Fair.  More than a few tears were shed, as we were moved by the activities with the kids. The time with work and kids was generously interspersed with cultural immersion and learning opportunities galore- cooking class, a lecture from a volcanologist, tours of an organic chocolate farm and a rum distillery, to name a few, all while being fed delicious authentic Mexican food. And in the end, all of us were changed by being part of something bigger than ourselves, and left elated knowing that we were a small part of improving lives, one at a time.

United Nations of Project Amigo

In November 2017 the Project Amigo Board of Directors assembled for the PAUSA annual meeting in Cofradia de Suchitlan, Mexico. This year marked a special milestone by having representatives from all three boards (USA, Canada and Mexico) in attendance. All felt this was a giant step forward in the three board's
long history of collaboration, with all striving to fulfill the mission of transforming lives through education. 
The weekend focused on how each could better serve our community. Mexico's Board reported on their outreach directly to students. They also announced a strategic partnership agreement for priority placement in the corporate field for internships.
Canada reported on staff commitments and introduced their new Canadian Liaison Representative. In addition, the PA Canada Board will continue to market and push
for more Canadian citizen's participation in the work in Mexico.
The United States Board reported growth in student's sponsorships and new corporate partnerships. In addition, the U.S. board reaffirmed their commitment to help and grow Project Amigo to serve as many students and their families as possible.
Working together, Project Amigo's future is as bright as ever!

Bringing Warmth...One Child at a Time
By: Sam Brown

In July 2017 forty-six Project Amigo students were the first to receive Project Amigo afghans. This was part of a project that will eventually produce enough afghans for all 160 scholarship recipients and over 300 students in the primary school incentive program.
Many Project Amigo students live in unheated homes up in the mountains where it can get down to the 50s at night. Hopefully the afghans will help keep them warm on chilly nights, contribute to many nights of restful sleep, and lead to alert students who do much better academically.
The afghans come from squares knitted or crocheted by volunteers in the U.S. and Canada, and then the squares are mailed to the home of Samuel and Sharon Brown in Connecticut where the squares are arranged into designs. Finally, bundles of the squares are sent to volunteers around the United States who are scheduled to soon travel to Mexico to participate in Project Amigo work weeks. The bundles are checked with the baggage of the travelers and hand-delivered to Project Amigo.
For each completed afghan, seamstresses in Colima receive 250 pesos (less than 14 U.S. dollars) from Project Amigo, paid for by contributions from volunteers in the U.S. and Canada. The seamstresses usually only have primary school education or less and have few options of employment in their villages. This project permits them to work from home and to contribute to the financial well-being of their families. In addition, they can take pride in knowing that they are helping to create useful things of beauty that will be treasured by those who receive them.
If you would like to contribute toward the wages of the seamstresses, click on the  Donate button and in the notes field write Wages for Seamstresses. If you would like to knit or crochet squares for the project please click on the directions link at my  website.

Juneau Rotary Clubs
Thank you, Shawn, Sharon, Pam and all the folks at OCS in Juneau, for being such gracious recipients and partners of the district-wide Rotary Cares for Kids project.
Our District Governor, Harry Kieling, will be so happy to see these bags get into the hands of the kids who need them, here in Juneau.

On behalf of my fellow Rotary
Jamie Letterman, Juneau 58 Innovators
Beth Weldon, Juneau Glacier Valley
James Bibb, Juneau-Gastineau
Marciano Duran, Rotaract

We wish you, your staff, and the clients you serve, blessed and happy holidays!

Warm regards,

Bridget Lujan, President
Rotary Club of Juneau
The Frushour family represents 5010 eClub, wrapping Toys for Tots with Fredricksburg Rotary Club. Steve, Mary, Zel, George, and Pa

EREY (Every Rotarian Every Year!!!)
The Rotary Foundation is KEY!!!   
One of the great ways we do good for the world!!!  
Become a Paul Harris Fellow and more!!!
District Leadership Academy
Greetings Fellow D5010 Rotarians!

My name is Jodi Stuart, your new District Leadership Academy Dean for the 2017-18 course year! I'm excited to begin work as your Dean. I believe strongly that being prepared with knowledge is the best way to be of service to my Club. I have been my Club's Secretary for 6 years before I started the process of becoming a District Leadership Academy graduate. I wish I had done it sooner! 

The information provided through the Academy is helpful as well as the relationships made with other Clubs and Rotarians. I encourage everyone that is thinking of being in a position of leadership to participate in the Academy. The Academy provides knowledge and resources while instilling an additional level of enthusiasm for the work that we do as Rotarians. I recommend getting a team together for every Club in the District to attend!

So, who is taking the District Leadership Academy? Presidents-elect, Presidents Nominee, Past Presidents, Assistant Governors, District Committee Chairs, as well as all club officers and directors and those who aspire to serve as leaders at the club or district level, are encouraged to enroll in the District Leadership Academy (DLA) program. The DLA is an 8 month series of courses in Communications, Membership, Public Image, Youth Services, RI Organization, and The Rotary Foundation. All courses are taught online " using the Global Classroom eLearning Center. 

Each course is taught by an experienced Rotarian with extensive knowledge in their specific course topic. There are times throughout the courses to catch up if you fall behind as well!
Since District 5110 (the Academy founding district) began the program 19 years ago, 12 Rotary districts have adopted the DLA to train their club and district leaders. In all, these districts have graduated more than 1400 Rotarians. 

Our District 5010 Leadership Academy training will provide our Rotarians with the broadest Rotary background possible, thereby enabling them to be the effective leaders that our clubs and district will need to grow and strengthen Rotary. All interested Rotarians are encouraged to learn more about the DLA and enroll for the Class of 2017. Download DLA information enrollment documents from our District Leadership Academy link on the D5010 website.

So, look around your Club and ask yourself, do I know what could make my Club the best Club it can be? If you do, come share your knowledge with the District Leadership Academy. If you don't, come get some knowledge from the District Leadership Academy! Overall, I want to invite all of you that aren't graduates of the program to join us. There is limited space, so make sure to get your application in early!

I look forward to being your District Leadership Academy Dean!

Jodi Stuart
Soldotna Rotary Club


 Rotary Monthly themes and Calendar
Visit this calendar throughout the year to find award nomination due dates and convention and event information. Develop meeting agendas, projects, or public image campaigns based on these special occasions. All dates are subject to change.

July 2017
1 July - Start of new Rotary officers' year of service
August 2017Membership and New Club Development MonthSeptember 2017Basic Education and

Literacy Month October 2017Economic and Community Development Month
2-8 October - Rotary Alumni Reconnect Week
30 October-5 November - World Interact Week

 November 2017 Rotary Foundation Month
1 November -  Service Award for a Polio-Free World nominations are due
1 November -  Service Above Self Award nominations are due
11 November -  Rotary Day at the UN

 December 2017Disease Prevention and Treatment Month
15 December - Early registration discount ends for the  Rotary International Convention

 January 2018 Vocational Service Month
14-20  January -  International Assembly , San Diego, California, USA

February 2018 Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution Month
10 February - Presidential Peace building Conference:  Environmental Sustainability and Peace, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
17 February - Presidential Peacebuilding Conference:  Water and Sanitation and Peace, Beirut, Lebanon
23 February - Rotary's anniversary
24 February - Presidential Peace building Conference:  Disease Prevention and Treatment and Peace, Coventry, England, United Kingdom

March 2018 Water and Sanitation Month
12-18 March - World Rotaract Week
17 March - Presidential Peacebuilding Conference:  Economic and Community Development and Peace, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
31 March - Preregistration discount ends for the  Rotary International Convention

 April 2018 Maternal and Child Health Month
1 April -  Rotary Award for Excellence in Service to Humanity nominations are due
28 April - Presidential Peacebuilding Conference:  Maternal and Child Health and Peace, Taranto, Italy
30 April -  Rotary International Convention registrations and ticket cancellations are due

 May 2018 Youth Service Month

June 2018 Rotary Fellowships Month
2 June - Presidential Peacebuilding Conference:  Basic Education and Literacy and Peace, Chicago, Illinois, USA
23-27 June -  Rotary International Convention, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
30 June - Last day for Rotary and Rotaract clubs to report goals for the  Rotary Citation
30 June -  Rotary Foundation Distinguished Service Award nominations are due
30 June -  Rotary Alumni Global Service Award nominations (from zones) are due
30 June -  Rotary Alumni Association of the Year Award nominations (from zones) are due

July 2018
1 July - Start of new Rotary officers' year of service

 August 2018
15 August - Last day to report  Rotary Citation achievements for Interact clubs

A look ahead to international events in 2019 and 2020. All dates are tentative.
12-19 January - International Assembly, San Diego, California, USA
1-5 June - Rotary International Convention, Hamburg, Germany
19-25 January - International Assembly, San Diego, California, USA
6-10 June - Rotary International Convention, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

In Rotary Spirit,
District Governor Harry Kieling 2017-18
Rotary District 5010

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