Alaska - Yukon
                                                      "Top of the World"
Rotary Serving Humanity

Oct. 2016
Economic and Community Development Month

                                       District Governor's Message

Dear Rotarians and Friends,

Can you believe the holiday season is right around the corner?  That means treats for the children at Halloween, a deep reverence for those that serve on Veterans' Day,  many thanks being given at Thanksgiving, and the big celebrations of both Christmas and Hanukah.

We have much to be thankful for and proud of in the District 5010 Rotary Family.  As Rotarians, we recently have garnered Zone 24&32 awards for our Public Image strategies, our top Membership gains, and our dedication to ending Polio. Each and every member of our Rotarian family should be proud of what you did to acheive these great accolades.

In this season, in my mind, what we really have to be thankful for is YOU.  Your unwavering dedication to serving our Alaska and Yukon communities, Youth, Foundation, and more, is amazing. What you are doing for our communities and the world is unprecedented. Don't ever forget that your generous donation to our Rotary Foundation during this 100th Anniversary year (and every year) is what keeps these outstanding initiatives alive.  We do good through giving good.

We also have two new clubs to celebrate this season!  A new Interact Club in Petersburg, and a great new Rotary Club in Juneau.  Make sure you welcome our newest friends into Rotary, just as you would a new friend around the holiday table.

Dave and I are about to begin a whirlwind of visits around our District in the next few months.  We are so excited to see you, connect with your club, and to visit with friends all over.  To say that this year so far has been an honor, is an understatement.  Please don't ever hesitate to let us know how we can better serve you.  

Also, don't forget to register for the Sitka District Conference.  We have an All-Star line up of speakers, and the folks in Sitka have been working hard to make this a true showstopper of an event....totally different than anything you have ever experienced. You can register on the District Website, and Alaska Airlines is offering a very generous discount.

As you reflect upon and enjoy the upcoming holidays, think about connecting with someone new in your club, or a person in your community.  You never know what a difference you will make in the life of another.

All the every best to you and your family,

And, as always, have fun and celebrate,

Michelle and Dave

Sean Hogan and DG Michelle O'Brien receive the PI award!!!

Membership Chair Andre Layral Inducted to Nancooks Hall of Fame!!!
FAIRBANKS, Alaska -  The Alaska Nanooks Athletic Department added four new members to the Nanook Hall of Fame on Saturday morning, as Andre Layral, Matthew Rawlings, Scott Roselius and Sue (Murphy) Stanton were all inducted at the Patty Center. The Class of 2016 is the ninth group to join the Hall of Fame, making the 39th, 40th, 41st and 42nd individual inductees since its inception in 2008.

The Class of 2016 is a historic one, as it includes a three-time All-American swimmer from the now-defunct Alaska Nanooks men's swimming team (Layral), a two-time individual and three-time team NCAA National Championship shooter (Rawlings), a founding member and continued supporter of the Alaska Nanooks men's ice hockey program (Roselius) and a record-holding, "ferocious" guard for the women's basketball team from 1986-1990 (Stanton).

"We all came here today to honor four former student-athletes who enriched this institution," Alaska Nanooks Director of Athletics  Dr. Gary Gray  said in his closing statement. "As you've heard, these inductees have made lifelong friendships after attending this university and we hope the memories they've created in association with UAF are still vivid in their minds and that their lives have been changed in association with the past, future and what's to come. Today's inductees - numbers 39, 40, 41 and 42 - of the several thousand coaches, athletes, sponsors, boosters and fans who came before you, you now represent 42 of the greatest Alaska Nanooks, congratulations."
Layral was a three-year letterwinnner for the Alaska Nanooks men's swimming team from 1970-73, before the men's team was cut due to budget issues. Layral was a three-time All-American for the Nanooks, as well as a record-holder when competing against NCAA Division I teams in the 200-yrd freestyle.

Layral continues to reside in Fairbanks and is most notably recognized for his community service actions throughout the Fairbanks North Star Borough.

"I don't think I've ever seen myself as a leader, I mostly just have this urge to give back," Layral said in his interview with Sfraga. "I came to UAF on a whim and it ended up being a life-changing experience."

Each individual was enshrined with a plaque that will be displayed in the Nanook Hall of Fame, located in the lobby of the Patty Center. The Class of 2016 [was] also honored at the Alaska Nanooks hockey team's Blue vs. Gold game  at the Patty Center.

For more information on the Alaska Nanooks, follow @AlaskaNanooks on Twitter or like the Alaska Nanooks team page on Facebook.
This also is the 100th year of The Rotary Foundation.

Special gifts : to obtain instructions for Charitable Gift Annuities and Charitable Remainder Unitrusts email  plannedgiving@rotary.org or call +1-847-866-3100


Woody Angst

Want Ad: 
Harry Kieling, District Governor 2017-2018.

"Championship Team Announced

I want to take this opportunity to announce the Championship Team of Assistant Governors who will be helping you the PE's, your clubs and I in the upcoming Rotary Year 2017-2018. The Assistant Governors are responsible for six different areas within the District. They fulfill the very important liaison function between you the clubs and the District Governor and his/her staff. We are truly fortunate to have a team of super stars who have offered to serve in this capacity.

The Team is as follows: continuing on from last year, we have Mike Pollen, extraordinary leader and past President of the Fairbanks Club; Rosie Roppel, delightful professional with a heart of gold from Ketchikan covering the Southeast; Francine Thivierge, working with our friends and fellow Rotarians from the Yukon; and Matt Pyhala, young energetic go getter representing the Kenai clubs.
And new this year are Roxie Mayberry, firecracker and innovator covering the MatSu; and Mike Bridges, Retired Army General and driving force for the Anchorage clubs. Also I have asked LaMarr Anderson to serve as my Lieutenant Governor. The title is new but the position is not. It has been called Executive Assistant, Deputy Governor and other titles. But I chose Lieutenant Governor because he will serve as both my right hand person and coordinator for the Assistant Governors.

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

Open World (Library of Congress) Environmental Russians from across Russian spent 7 days in Ketchikan - hosted by First City Rotary 
The Open World Program (OW) was originally established as a Library of Congress-administered pilot project in 1999 to give emerging Russian leaders firsthand exposure to the American system of democracy through visits to local governments and communities in the United States. Today, OW also encompasses exchanges for political and civic leaders from other post-Soviet states: Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan and Ukraine.
The overall program now focuses primarily on developing a network of leaders who have an understanding of how American communities deal with contemporary issues and who want to maintain contact with their new American contacts and other counterparts.

Rotary's Role and participation
Rotary International  (RI) is proudly continuing its relationship with the Center and serves as a local hosting organization with Rotary Clubs(RCs) serving as local hosts for OW delegations. RCs have hosted nearly 13 percent of all 25,000 OW participants throughout these years.
Majority of OW delegations hosted by Rotary hosts are from Russia and Ukraine. RI also nominates specialized OW delegations through RCs in Russia and Ukraine.
Brief overview of a local program
Each participating Rotary Club hosts a group of six OW participants(five delegates and one facilitator) for 8 days and nights and develops a program of study, based on one of the OW civic hosting theme, that allows delegates to learn more about specific aspects of American life. OW visitors stay in volunteers' homes, providing an introduction to American family and community life.

Russians with Governor and First Lady Walker

Russians and Rotarians with Doug Ward of Vigor ALaska Shipyard tour
Russians presented to both Rotary Clubs.  Here they are with 1st City Rotary

Russians enjoyed. a flight to Misty Fiords National Monument

Master Carver and World renoun Nathan Jackson explains about carving and history of Saxman.

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!

Leadership Academy is full and fired up!
Thank you too, to all the faculty - 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

Juneau Rotarians are running KINY and raising money to wipe out polio.
This Saturday Juneau Rotarians are running KINY and raising money to wipe out polio. There'll be prizes to win, they'll play WHATEVER you want to hear...and be totally in control. Who will you hear? Bill PetersJamie Lynn Allenbaugh-Letterman, Warren RussellTom SullivanRobin ThomasKris Sell-GullufsenChad EricksonEric ForstBethany Gassan, Dr. Steve Strickler,  Steve Allwine, Sharon from  TAKU 105 and more! Last year Juneau's 3 Rotary Clubs raised almost $50,000 thanks to match from the Bill Gates and Melinda Gates Foundation. So join KINY from 6 this Saturday for all the fun.Juneau Gastineau RotaryJuneau Glacier Valley RotaryJuneau RotaractRotary Club of Juneau 58º InnovatorsRotary District 5010Rotary Club of JuneauRotary International

Andre Layal - Membership Chair

D5010 Membership Chair
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The new The new membership criteria eliminates the above business and professional criteria and provides only that a club be composed of "Adult persons who demonstrate good character, integrity, and leadership; possess good reputation within their business, profession and/or community; and are willing to serve in their community and/or around the world".

As District Membership Chair, I'll be sharing new Rotary Membership Resources with club Presidents and club Membership Committee Chairs. Details will be shared soon with clubs announcing a webinar for club Presidents, Membership Committee Chairs and other interested

Rotary members.  Please feel free to direct any questions you may have, directly to me, about any of the changes mentioned in this article. If your club has a unique strategy you plan to implement this year, I encourage you to share it with me.


Andre' Layral
D5010 Membership Chair

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Andre' Layral
D5010 Membership Chair
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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 5010 is proud to host the 23rd Annual Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) in the Golden Heart City, Fairbanks Alaska March 23-26, 2017

 Membership at it's best!!!
Kodiak Morning Rotary and Kodiak Noon Rotary joined forces !!!

  Kodiak Morning Rotary and Kodiak Noon Rotary joined forces and  35 showed up!
Eagle River Club's strategic visioning session.

 Article to come!
Vocational Month Awards - Ketchikan
Bill Swift of Chamber of Commerce
The Chamber of Commerce and three Rotary clubs in Ketchikan celebrated Vocational month with our DG and Senator Stedman. .  This has been a traditional happening for  years now.    The three awards were presented to incredible working folks in Ketchikan
President Steve Rydeen 1st City Rotary, President Steve Boehlert Rotary 2000, and President Julie Isom, DG Michelle O'Brien 1st CIty Rotary, AG Rosie Roppel 1st City Rotary,  and Angie Gomez President of Kayhi Interact, Bill Swift of the Chamber of Commerce were all present along with organizations' members. Open World Delegates from Russia attended too! 

Ketchikan Rotary Presidents:  left to right (Kayhi Interact Angie Gomez), (Rotary 2000 Steve Boehlert),  Eclub President Julie Isom), (Steve Rydeen 1st City Rotary)
Left:  DG O'Brien, Landfill workers (Excellence in Customer Service), and AG Roppel

VIGOR ALASKA Shipyard - Rotary Vocational Award for Innovation,

Fish from Tish nominated by Stuart Whyte of Rotary 2000. Rotary Vocational Award for Excellence in Entrepreneurism,
Senator Bert Stedman speaker

DG explaining about Vocational Month.

Hi, DG Michelle;
Rotary Club of Nome had two new members recruited to the process in
August, but they weren't up for induction till this month. Great idea,
hope the net gain in membership is positive. We have attracted the
youngsters, who leave for other opportunities (like get out of Nome!)
after a year or two, but new ones take their seats, even with the
inflow, outflow, it energizes the club. Am very pleased overall with
the club's energy currently. 

We have a new program where we tossed  everyone's name into the hat and draw two names each month. The pair  has the obligation and opportunity to conceive their own mini-maxi
project for that month and run it, tailoring it to the time  availability the pair have in size and scope, highlighting that gift  of time as important as merchandise, money.. Last month, backpack  project for less advantaged grade schoolers, this month a rummage sale  from which proceeds will be split between Polio Plus and local senior  lunch program. This plan has spinoff to get people who traditionally  sit at different tables working together and bonding even. Not my  idea, credit to Denice Gilroy, a spark plug in our club.  My local  focus for my year is Rotary visibility, visibility, visibility in  workplace and community, with frequent projects alongside our main  duck race, other annual Rotary fundraisers. From "suits" to
Just letting you know we are remote, but still vertical and stirring  it up! All the best for your DG stint, Sandra Medearis, prez, Rotary  Club of Nome  Rotary for Humanity! --

 Sandra Medearis, president
Rotary Club of Nome
District Secretary 2009-2013 Rotary District 5010 (Alaska, Yukon Canada)
Paul Harris Fellow
Youth Exchange letter from Finland - Ella Hillberry - Ketchikan First CIty
Heipa Rotary!
Man this first month and a half flew by. My first week here was spent at Karkku, a language camp for all inbound students to Finland for the 2016/17 year. There were 114 of us there, and as you can imagine with that many foreign teenagers camping in cabins for a week it was a ton of fun.

Every morning we had language lessons where we were divided up by country. There were 6 of us in a group with a rebound student from Finland and three groups to a teacher. I honestly believe that my groups rebound and teacher were the best. Our tutor, Vikke was a 20 year old rebound that spent his exchange year in Minnesota. He was a ton of fun and basically acted like one of us. Our teacher, Mimmu was one of the most wonderful people I have ever met. She made a ton of jokes about everything, from her country, our country, herself, Vikke, the English language, she even wrote a book about all the most ridiculous Finnish words and their meanings. She had a terrible sense of humor and we all loved it. 

After dinner every night we had free time. We went swimming in the nearby lake, played volleyball, soccer, tennis, went in the sauna, walked to a church, explored around the camp, and cooked sausages over a fire. The last night we were there we had a talent show, more of a chance for each country to represent themselves in front of everyone. The brazilians taught us how to dance and the Japanese exchange students showed us how to fold origami, a few of us american girls went up there and tried to dance, it was a humorous act more than anything. after the whole thing was over somebody brought out a speaker and we all ended up dancing out in the parking lot. I made closer friends in that one week than I've had in my whole life, from Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Chile, Argentina, Hungary, France, Spain, Minnesota, New York, Indiana, Colorado & so many more places.

I was picked up the next day by my YEO, Heikki Kulju. He is a interesting man. He owns a acupuncture buisness, a plane, he has a indoor pool, he is a magician/comedian and as I write this he is road tripping through southern Europe in his motor home.  I stayed with him for two days after Karkku and I'll go back to his home at the end of October.

My current host family is cool too. My host mom, Satu works as a nurse for the college in Tampere, one of the largest cities in finland. She visits the city two days a week and then works from home the rest of the time. My host dad, Markku works for Valio, the largest dairy brand in Finland. He milks and takes care of cows. I have two host siblings, Onni age 17 and Helmi, age 13. We live on a farm about 10 miles from Lapua center. Being so far out of the city has made it possible for me to see the northern lights which is really cool. Most mornings I ride with Onni in his moped truck to school. 

School here is different from home. 
Here are the main differences I've noticed:
- First, the school I attend is a upper secondary school with kids age 15-19 Students can choose to go to a basic school like me, or to specialty or trade school. Its kind of like college in that way.
-Its also like college in the way that students are completely responsible for how well they do. Teachers don't even check if the kids do their homework. If you don't understand something, its completely up to you to go get help and fix your own problems. 
- The way class schedules are set up is different. You pick eight different classes and you have five a day, I only have to pick 5 classes so I have a breaks every day. Its hard to explain how this works but for example on Mondays I have English, Biology, Lunch, P.E., break, and then Art. While on Tuesdays I have P.E., Biology, two breaks, and then Math.
-A lot of kids bike to school. A lot of kids also drive mopeds, dirt bikes, and moped cars. You cant get a drivers license until your 18 here but you can get a license to drive moped type automobiles at age 15.
- The breaks between classes are longer than at home, usually 10-15 minutes instead of Kayhi's 5 minutes. 
- School lunch is free. 
- There are no lockers, just coat hooks by the door. The people here are very trusting. 

I've made quite a few friends already.  Almost everybody here speaks English which is nice because Finnish is not a language I could just pick up overnight. 
Also there are two other exchange students in my town, on girl from Oregon named Grace, and another girl from Japan named Ayame. I have quite a few classes with both of them which is really nice because then I'm not the only one that's completely lost. 

I figured I would end this list with a short list of funny things
- For some reason the doors all open the opposite way of home. I have pulled the push doors way too many times.
- My English has gotten worse sine I've been here. The other day I typed webside and was legitimately angry when it auto corrected to website.
- I tried to ice skate and fell. The finns found this really funny because I'm from Alaska so therefore I should know how to skate. 
- "do you have pizza in Alaska?" is a question I have been asked. 
- Theres a 350 foot hill here thats the biggest mountain in western Finland. 
- The legal age to but energy drinks is 16 because apparently a few years ago they had a issue with 10 year old energy drink addicts.
- Finnish people really like to make fun of Donald trump, like ALOT. 
-Things in the store are labeled american that are made in Finland and I've never seen before. For example Amerikkan Pekoni (american bacon), Amerikkan Munffinsit (american muffins) and so much more,

Kiitos again to all of you for making it possible for me to life halfway across the world, 

Shelter Box
Right now, a ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) is mobilizing a deployment to Haiti to conduct assessments to determine the appropriate level of response.
Hurricane Matthew, the most powerful Caribbean hurricane in nearly a decade has left thousands of people displaced in Haiti, with officials struggling to reach the worst hit areas. Haiti is one of the world's poorest countries, and many residents live in flimsy housing in flood prone areas.
There have been a number of deaths in Haiti and the Dominican Republic, which together comprise the island of Hispaniola. Death tolls are expected to rise as the extent of damage emerges. In the port town of Les Cayes an estimated 70,000 people were affected by flooding, and many of the area's fragile houses have lost roofs.
With advance warnings at least 10,000 people were evacuated to shelters, but the UN has since reported overcrowded hospitals and fresh water shortages, with fears of waterborne disease. An estimated four million children may have been exposed to hurricane damage.

Hurricane Matthew 2016

ShelterBox already has aid stored in Haiti and large stocks of aid in Panama, ready to assist during the hurricane season. With airports closed, some of this aid has already been dispatched from Curacao aboard the Dutch Navy vessel HMNS Holland. The aid includes water filtration equipment which will be vital given the flooding, solar lighting to assist during electricity blackouts, blankets, special shelter kits of tools and tarps to help weatherproof damaged buildings.
ShelterBox USA President Kerri Murray provides a summary of ShelterBox's response:

"The UN has stated that Haiti is facing the largest humanitarian event since the earthquake in 2010A ShelterBox Response Team has been mobilized, with members from the U.S., and many of whom deployed to Haiti previously and have experience in the area. We expect arrival on Friday as air routes re-open. ShelterBox is also standing by to help other countries that may be impacted by Hurricane Matthew as it moves up the Eastern seaboard."
ShelterBox has responded in Haiti previously after hurricanes in 2004, 2007 and 2012, as well as the devastating earthquake in 2010 which left 1.5 million homeless, injured around 300,000 people, and left over 230,000 dead.
ShelterBox responded immediately after the quake struck and provided more than 25% of all emergency shelter in Haiti. The deployment went on to be the biggest, longest and most complex in the history of the international disaster relief charity.
Precautions are being taken already in Florida, the Bahamas, and along the Eastern seaboard as Hurricane Matthew tracks north. ShelterBox Operations will continue to monitor the storm's effects to these areas. ShelterBox USA has dedicated webpage to provide ongoing updates:ShelterBoxUSA.org/matthew.

On Sept 15th  Anchorage South Rotary for went hosting a speaker to host a Hands on Community Service project for the Brother Francis Shelter. Club members assembled 250 hygiene bags for the Brother Francis Shelter that is part of Catholic Social Services. Anchorage South Rotary plans on having a hands on Community Service project once a quarter helping various non-profits and organizations. Br Francis Hands on Project_Jess_Chris_Kara outside of shelter.

Jess Gutzwiler
Petersburg new Interact Club launches
President Dezi Burrell and Dave Berg meeting with prospective Interact kids in Petersburg!!!
Petersburg Interact has launched!  As District Interact Chair, I was privileged to travel to Juneau, share
Ideas about the launch and help present at a school wide assembly.  25 students stayed after to learn more!  Great Rotarians connecting with great students, an unbeatable combination!  So excited to see what projects and activities they come up with this year!  Here is a picture of Petersburg Rotary President, Desi Burrell, with Rtn. Dave Berg taking a picture of the students after the assembly. She probably has more great pics!
Submitted by Michelle Strickler.

We Want YOU!
The 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.

In smaller clubs if you express your interest in being a club officer to your president, chances are you will soon find yourself doing a special project or filling a position on the Board of Directors. And it is just as likely you will soon find yourself on the Club President fast track.  Look at this as a great, almost priceless, opportunity. As the President Elect (PE), you will go to President Elect Training (NWPETS) in Seattle. While there you will have some first class training and the opportunity to become friends with your fellow PE's and the District Leadership.

The training will be a combination of classic leadership topics like goal setting, meeting management, and working with volunteers. It will also include motivational and informational topics that are Rotary unique like the Rotary Foundation, public image, and Rotary administration and organizational structure. Once you have completed PETS and participated in further District sponsored conference calls and training you will start your presidential year on July 1. What a fun and busy year you will have. This is true leadership. You are in charge. Your enthusiasm, drive, ability to work with people, and the leadership training you've received will be what will get you through your year and have fun doing it.

When it is over you will have a great sense of satisfaction BUT it isn't over yet. There are other leadership opportunities in Rotary that you might not be aware of. I should point out that only some of these other leadership opportunities require experience as a past president. Others may need special skills but most just require work and dedication.

So what we want to do is make you aware of what opportunities are out there. Describe the qualifications and desired experience to you most important what the job is and what you can expect as far as time and energy commitment. What we have created is a "Want Ad" program. We will start listing in the District newsletters positions which are opening up; what it will entail; and how you might apply for the position. We want to convince you that leadership is for all in District 5010. We'll tell you what is out there. You tell us you want to serve.


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


Calendar of Events for ALASKA 150th 

Calendar of Events for 150th    January through October 2017
Please note: Speaker's Bureau and other events are not hard dates or subjects .

January  28 2017
Jan 28  - Chamber of Commerce Annual Gala - themed 150 Anniversary of the Alaska Transfer   
March 2017                                                                           
30 March - Kickoff  event for 150 Sesquicentennial. TBA
APRIL 2017
7 April - Annual Greater Sitka Arts Council Art Walk with an emphasis on art from the 1860 and its interpretation.   
12 April - Speaker's Bureau. The tide is out, the table is set. The forest is a grocery store and pharmacy. Discussion on subsistence from the 1860's.
19 April - Speaker's Bureau. Maritime, during the 1860's. Venue TBA.
27, 28, 29, 30 - Rotary District 5010 District Conference at the newly remodeled Harrigan Centennial Hall.
MAY 2017
3 May - Speaker's Bureau. Customary, Culture, and Traditional Tlingit Culture circ 1860's. Venue TBA
10 May - Ribbon Cutting on new Sitka Museum - date TBA
17 May - Speaker's Bureau. Education, Sheldon Jackson School in the 1860 -Venue TBA
23 May - Celebrity Cruise Ship one day docked at Old Sitka Dock, focusing on the 150th
31 May - Speaker's Bureau. Religion from the transfer period, Russian Orthodox and Lutherans, venue TBA
JUNE 2017                                                                                                    
June 3 through 30 concerts by the Sitka Summer Music Festival. One week will be dedicated to Russian composers from that period.
June 7 - Speaker's Bureau. History of the transfer and Russia and the fur trade, venue TBA
June 21 - Speaker's Bureau. Cross cultural discussion, venue TBA
JULY 2017
July 4th Sitka Chamber of Commerce parade theme- 150th
July 12 - Speaker's Bureau. Health and medicine issues from the 1860's. Venue TBA
July 26 - Speaker's Bureau. Military history from the 1860's. Venue TBA
9 August - Speaker's Bureau. Finances from the 1860  Venue TBA
23 August- Table read of the one act play: Transfer: A Sitka Story. Venue TBA
31 August - Speaker's Bureau. Salmon and their importance to everything and everybody, then and now. Venue TBA
Possible Future panel discussions
6 September - Speaker's Bureau. Politics from the 1860 both Native and non native. Venue TBA
20 September - Speaker's Bureau. Conservation from the 1860 era. Venue TBA
9 Oct - Keystone Cops start
11 Oct - Keet Gooshi Heen Elementary School, 4th graders presentation of the Transfer Story.
14 October - Transfer: A Sitka Story, one act play. Sheet'ka Kwaan Naa Kahidi Tribal Community House. Two shows.
13 thru 16 Oct - Sharing Our Culture - Clan Conference dates TBA
14 Oct - Coast Guard open house
15 October - Biathlon at Sitka Sportsman
16 October - The Russian-American Colony Singers 
17 October - Alaska Day Ball - Harrigan Centennial Hall.
18 October - The Parade, Transfer Ceremony, Memorial at the National Cemetery, along with Tea at the Pioneers Home
21 Oct - Paris of the Pacific Melodrama, Sheet'ka Kwaan Naa Kahidi Tribal Community House, two shows, venue TBA
23 Oct - Shape note Singers conference
25 October - Panel discussion on the future of Sitka. Venue TBA.                                                     
Please visit our website WWW.AK150.com for updates and additional programs.  Questions alaska150@gmail.com or jbudd3500@gmail.com


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 Nov. 15, 2016
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
Featured Article
Where has DG O'Brien been and where is she going?
DG went to Zone and visited Whitehorse.  This next week she is finishing up the awesome Juneau clubs!!!

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