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Rotary Serving Humanity

Jan. 2017
Vocational Service Month

Happy New Year 2017!

                                       District Governor's Message

Dear Rotary Friends and Family,

Thank you for all of your  dedication and hard work in so many ways.  Congratulations to our Rotary Youth Exchange teams for their endless hours of expertise and paperwork supporting our youth!

My club visits are nearly completed and I can't tell you how impressed we are with your clubs and members who all have it "going on"!!!  We are looking forward to meeting the rest of you!

Please keep in mind the upcoming:
*  Leadership Meeting in Anchorage:   February 4, 2017
*  PNW PETS in Seattle for all (mandatory) for PEs.:   Feb. 23-26
*  District Conference in Sitka: April 27-30th.  

District Governor Michelle O'Brien
First Dude David Dixon

Nice photo of DG, First Dude, and daughter Devin O'Brien, a former Rotary Youth Exchange student and near graduate of Dennison University, who addressed those outbounds in Anchorage at Rotary Youth Exchange "Shush-out" about how "Being a Youth Exchange Student made her comfortable with the uncomfortable"!


We Want YOU! District Conference - Sitka
T he 2017 Sitka District Conference Committee has openings for individuals who are talented in the following areas:
and more!

Leadership Opportunities for All District 5010 Rotarians

One of the great opportunities in Rotary that sometimes doesn't get much fanfare is leadership training and hands on leadership experience. It usually starts in the club and depending on the size of your club the opportunities might come very soon after joining.
Anchorage Downtown 
DG Michelle and First Dude Dave Visit
District Governor and "First Dude"  A fantastic presentation by DG O'Brien!!!!

Rotoract... Three girls with gingerbread houses for auction.  All eight gingerbread houses were auctioned off for 100 each -- 800 total in a time period of less than 2 minutes.
Doran Powell AG
Stephanie Hadyn, club member, presenting a $500 check to Harry Kieling, club member who won 2nd prize in the Victims For Justice raffle.

 Club member Dale Cope & her Mother who is 90 years young!  Dale gave an invocation about the importance of each of us having mentors in our lives.  And Dale said that her Mother has been her best mentor throughout her entire life

Palmer Club and Malawi and Paul Harris Fellow
if you are subscribed to the Malawi Children's Village blog...but in case you're not I knew you'd be interested in this highlight!    The Paul Harris points were contributed by Stacie on behalf of the Palmer Club.   I know Felix was particularly honored and pleased with being recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow...this blog obviously demonstrates such as well.    It is so rewarding putting a name and face together with personally meeting and experiencing Felix's warm friendship and smile as clearly shown in his picture!

MCV Director Felix Chirombo
In Felix Chirombo's office at MCV, one wall is covered with banners from Rotary clubs that have collaborated with MCV for more than 15 years. Among them is longtime partner, the Rotary Club of Palmer Alaska.

Recently, Palmer Rotarians recognized Felix's contributions to MCV by naming him a Paul Harris Fellow of The Rotary Foundation. Paul Harris Fellows are recognized for their service in making a difference in the world. As Executive Director of MCV, Felix has been an example of the Rotary motto, "Service Above Self." Congratulations to Felix for this well-deserved recognition, and for his ongoing efforts for the children of Malawi.

Rotary Banners in Felix's office

Youth Exchange Shush-out  Where are they going?

Rotary Youth Exchange, Inbound, Outbounds, some Rebounds, some YEOs.  
Photo courtesy of Chris Newbill.

Youth Exchange students, YEO, and other District Leaders and parents converged on Anchorage for training and celebration. Here are some pictures of YE in action!

Ketchikan's First City Rotary Announces Connor Wodehouse to South Africa

Anchorage International Rotary Club.

The first event is from November 
Thank You to the King Career Center for treating AI Rotary to an amazing luncheon on the Friday before Thanksgiving. We met at KCC for our regular meeting for our annual pie auction to support the AIRC Memorial Scholarship Fund.   Great turnout, bidding, fundraising, and just plain fun! KCC students were involved in every aspect, from preparing and serving the meal, creating and donating auction items, helping carry auction items, making flower arrangements to sell, and being an amazing host to an amazing annual event. Thank you to all the volunteers who worked hard to make the annual pie auction a meaningful fundraiser for KCC students. Boyd Morgenthaler led the charge before handing it off to auctioneers Leverette Hoover and Jay Tung. They certainly have a knack for getting the highest bids. Leverette was so hot we had to have KCC student fire fighters on hand just in case.  Cathie Straub, Jan Ingram, and 2015 scholarship recipient Kylie Glidden were auctioneer helpers. Kylie is majoring in welding technology at UAA and we were proud to receive her support for our program and KCC. And best of all, were the AIR members and guests who bid often and bid high! This year's auction set a new all time record, bringing in over $17,000! 

The second event was our annual bell ringing for the Salvation Army (this goes with the bell ringing collage):
Tis the season for bell ringing and in honor of the late Jerry Budd, the AI Rotary Club was out in full force to ring the bells last Saturday. Thank you to AI member Toni Holmes for organizing this amazing group of service-above-self-Rotarians and their families. The AI Rotary club staffed 5 doors across three grocery stores, braving the cold for the annual ringing of the bell for Salvation Army. Thank you to all the wonderful members who participated.  Families turned out together all for a great cause and a tribute to Jerry Budd, who organized this event for years.  Everyone was dressed for the spirit of the season with Santa hats, robes, even wigs. Member extraordinaire Nina Mann raced between the stores delivering coffee to help keep everyone warm. 
 The third event was the Jingle Run (the jingle run collage):
Check out this hardy group of AI Rotarians braving the cold at the Jingle Bell Run last Saturday!  The Arthritis Foundation's Jingle Bell Run is a fun way to get out, get moving and raise funds and awareness to cure arthritis. Thanks to Bob Huston and Stellar Designs, our Rotary group is wearing their holiday-themed shirts. Can't tell if they tied jingle bells to their shoelaces, but we can be sure they were spreading smiles, good cheer and holiday spirit. Anchorage International Rotary definitely has spirit!

Andre Layal - Membership Chair

D5010 Membership Chair
cell 907-460-7786

The district now has 1776 Active Rotary members and 113 Honorary members

Thanks you,

District 5010 is proud to host the 23rd Annual Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) in the Golden Heart City, Fairbanks Alaska March 23-26, 2017

Rotary's Peace Fellowship program

Launched in 2002, Rotary's Peace Fellowship program provides academic and practical training to prepare scholars for leadership roles in solving conflicts around the world. Up to 100 fellows are selected every year in a globally competitive process based on personal, academic, and professional achievements. Fellows embark on one to two years of study to earn a master's level degree or a 3-month professional development certificate in peace and conflict studies at one of six Rotary Peace Centers at leading universities in Australia, England, Japan, Sweden, the United States, and Thailand. 

Diane Fejes DGN for 2018-19
Future District 5010 Governor  Diane Fejes (Also the Leadership Academy Dean) 
Diane is also working hard preparing for her year as District Governor!
To All Rotarians who want to 
Of course YOU do! ..... - the District 5010 Leadership Academy will soon be accepting applications for the fall of 2017.  Talk with past Graduates to determine if the time is right for you to extend your Rotary knowledge.  Whether you are looking to move into leadership or just want more in-depth knowledge of Rotary,  all are welcome - look for more information soon.....!  

Thank you too, to all
 the facul
ty - Harriett Schloer, Dan Kennedy and Ariel Talen-Keller, Rosie Roppel, Susan Bethel, Jodi Stuart, and Sondra Kaplan and Will Files.

Diane Fejes, Academy Dean

2015-16 District 5010 Leadership Academy Graduates, faculty, Dean, and RI Representative Laura Steelquist

Members of the Anchorage and Mat-Su clubs - Clark Middle School
Members of the Anchorage and Mat-Su clubs participated in the roll-out of a potential District-wide project. With members agreeing that financial literacy was a need for young students, Ross Johnston worked with Junior Achievement to train and organize several classes at Clark Middle School in Anchorage. Rotary Club members each led a class in a six week program
where the students learned about saving, budgeting, credit cards and loans.

The program can be adapted to middle school as well as high school. For
more information, please contact LaMarr Anderson of the Palmer Club.
Dr. Tony Paden and Henry Guinotte celebrated 30 years in Palmer Rotary.

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!!!
Sunrisers Rotary Club - Fairbanks, Alaska - 27 Paul Harris Awards

 Friday at our regular meeting 27 Paul Harris Awards were given to members and family members.  District Governor Michelle Brien made the presentations. Congratulations to all of our Sunrisers and family members for this amazing recognition! - at Carlson Center Fairbanks Alaska.
Want Ad: 
Harry Kieling, District Governor 2017-2018.

There will be other appointments to District positions in the next couple of months. I am excited about the level and dedication of the upcoming PE's and club officers and the District staff. I see a continuation of the great things all of you are doing.

If you have a passion to help at the District 5010 level, please email me.

Thank you all for your service to Rotary." 
DGE - Harry Kieling

The Alaska Chapter of the International Fellowship of Flying Rotarians

Check out the IFFR Americas Newsletter 

  The Alaska Chapter of the International Fellowship of Flying Rotarians
(IFFR) is hosting a Fly-In for Rotarians and their families to share in the fun and excitement of the 2017 Fur Rendezvous and Iditarod Sled Dog Race.  These
visitors who are aviation enthusiasts will be converging on Anchorage from
across the globe starting in late February for the start of Fur Rondy and will
be enjoying Alaskan hospitality at least through the Iditarod Restart in Willow
on March 5th.  The preliminary details which we are providing to the potential
attendees for planning purposes are as follows:

     The current information on hotels from which the attendees can pick and
choose may be seen at:

http://www.anchorage.net/places-to-stay/hotels-motels-and-inns/  ]
http://www.anchorage.net/places-to-stay/hotels-motels-and-inns/   Most IFFR
members who bring their own aircraft will want to fly in and out of Merrill
Field.  As you can see in the following link: [
] http://www.muni.org/Departments/merrill_field/Pages/GeneralInformation.aspx
there are 51 transient parking spaces available at five dollars per aircraft
per day, and there is specific tiedown information available at [
] http://www.muni.org/Departments/merrill_field/Pages/Rates.aspx    The best
alternative choice is Birchwood Airport in Chugiak (link: [
http://www.airnav.com/airport/PABV  ] http://www.airnav.com/airport/PABV

Visitors who fly in may wish to rent a car, but that won't be necessary as we
will provide ground transportation via two 4WD vans as needed to all scheduled
events (see attached photo.)  This period is one of the the most significant
Alaskan tourist draws for the entire year, so hotel and airfield accommodations
need to be locked in as soon as possible.

Chris Letterman -  Mark Your Calendars - District Leadership Meeting Plans

What happens 10 days before Valentine's Day?
Mark your calendars for the annual District Team Training event being held in person and online simultaneously thanks to SCIENCE...actually, its the technology of the District's GoToMeeting! More details will be shared as the date gets closer but here's the 411 you need now:

Who: ANY District 5010 Rotarian! Along with Assistant Governors, District Committee Chairs & Rotarians.
What: District Leadership Team Training
When: February 4th, 2017  9:00am - 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)
After Party: 6:00pm--? THE Abandoned Warehouse on Ship Creek with DJ Sparkles and the Glowworm Bunch.  (Just Kidding)

Presidents...Update your goals on Club Central!
PEs establish your goals on Club Central before PNWPETS in Feb.
Bring a District Grant Idea and get your MOU signed!
Also, Presidents help your PEs establish their goals before they go to PNWPETS in February!!!

Have a District Grant project in mind and also think International Project!

Looking forward to seeing you at PNWPETS

Dear Rotarian or Rotary Club

I am writing to you today to tell you about the ShelterBox USA HERO program. I am the Alaska
Ambassador for ShelterBox USA and a member of District 5010 eClub.In that capacity I volunteer my time to speak to Rotary Clubs and other groups about the great work that we do.

In 2012 ShelterBox became Rotary International's first and only disaster relief Global Project
Partner. What does that mean? As Rotarians we are dedicated to Service Above Self and are always looking for opportunities to serve. During a disaster we want to act.

At ShelterBox USA we like to say that we are preparing every day for the worst day ever. We want to be proactive not reactive and to do this we need your support. The HERO program is a sustained giving program where a club can pledge to give $1,000, $2,000, or $3,000 annually for three years. This program shows your club's dedication to give those in need the shelter, warmth, and dignity they so desperately deserve.

For more information and to have me come to your club please feel free to contact me:

Nancy H. Dodge

941 9934335
Eagle River, Alaska 99577
Thank you for your commitment to be the change you want to see in this world.

Nancy Dodge
New Rotary.org look and easier access to Club Central and My Rotary.  

Rotary International Monthly themes and dates - 2016-17 calendar

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


The Rotary Months designations changed, effective 1 July 2015. You'll find the new ones below, in the 2015-16 calendar. Use them at your regular meetings to promote Rotary's involvement in these activities.



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

Membership and New Club Development Month

Basic Education and Literacy Month

1 September - Deadline to submit nominations for the Rotary Service Above Self Award

Economic and Community Development Month

Rotary Foundation Month

1 November - Deadline to submit nominations for The Rotary Foundation Service Award for a Polio-Free World

1 November - Deadline to submit nominations for the Rotary Vocational Service Leadership Award

2-8 November - World Interact Week

Disease Prevention and Treatment Month

15 December - Early registration discount ends for RI Convention

Vocational Service Month

17-23 January - International Assembly, San Diego, California, USA

Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution Month

23 February - Rotary's anniversary

Water and Sanitation Month

1 March - Deadline for district governors to submit nominations for the Rotarian Spouse/Partner Service Award

7-13 March - World Rotaract Week

15 March - Deadline for district governors to submit nominations for the Significant Achievement Award (for clubs)

31 March - Preregistration discount ends for RI Convention

Maternal and Child Health Month

1 April - Deadline to report activities to earn a Presidential Citation for Rotary and Rotaract clubs

11-15 April - Council on Legislation

15 April - Deadline to report activities to earn a Presidential Citation for Interact clubs

30 April - Registration/ticket cancellation deadline for RI Convention

Youth Services Month

28 May-1 June - RI Convention, Seoul, Korea

Rotary Fellowships Month

30 June - Deadline to submit nominations for The Rotary Foundation Distinguished Service Award

30 June - Deadline for zones to submit nominations for the Rotary Global Alumni Service to Humanity Award

30 June - Deadline for zones to submit nominations for the Rotary Alumni Association of the Year


Thank you for your Service in Rotary to Serve Humanity.
DG Michelle O'Brien and First Dude Rotarian Dave Dixon, Retired USCG


In Rotary Spirit,

Rosie Roppel News Editor -  
Next deadline is Feb. 15, 2017 - 
PLEASE SEND TO ME  COPY READY AND LARGER FORMAT PICTURES and I need names of folks in pictures.)
The Rotary Club of Ketchikan First City
(I want to thank all of your who have posted to Facebook, Clubrunner, and have sent in photos and information for the newsletter...Rotary Serving Humanity!!!)

Rotary District 5010


John Germ
Rotarian Photographers 
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Rotary International Convention 2017



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District Financial Report for Year end 2015 and 2016
  District 5010's updated annual financial report for the year ended 6/30/2015 is available on D5010's website along with the report from the internal audit committee who reviewed the financial statements. You should be able to access it via the link below. Or log in the Member only area and look under Resources, D5010 Financial Information. Please contact DG Dick Sutliff or District Treasurer Debra Mason if you have questions about the financial information.

District 5010's annual financial report for the year ended 6/30/2016 is available on D5010's website. You should be able to access it via the link below. Or log in the Member only area and look under Resources, D5010 Financial Information. The internal audit committee has reviewed the financial statements. Please contact DG Brad Gamble or District Treasurer Debra Mason if you have questions about the financial information.