Alaska - Yukon
"Top of the World"

Be a Gift to the World

Nov 2015
Foundation Month


District Governor Brad and the First Lady Tonya Gamble

District Governor's Message
         Wow! We are one third of the way through this Rotary year already and the work that our clubs and Rotarians are doing is absolutely amazing. As I've visited clubs around the District it's been a pleasure to  see and hear about these great works. A school playground in Juneau; a sheltered piano for use by all in  Whitehorse; the playground pavilion in Fairbanks; park benches in Barrow; Jr. RYLA in Eagle River; water  safety programs; literacy projects; a community vegetable garden in Fairbanks; trails in Soldotna; food  pantry upgrades in Petersburg, are just a few of the many District Grant supported projects happening in  our area. These and many other projects are funded by OUR Rotary Foundation! 

        November is Rotary  Foundation month and this a time for us to learn about the great things our Foundation does to improve  lives everywhere. So please, as we move into the Holiday Season, remember to Be a Gift to the World  through our support of The Rotary Foundation.

Thank you for your service.  Thank you for being Rotarians.  Thank you for being a gift to the world.

DG Brad Gamble
Andre Layal - Membership Chair
Membership Moment

Effective October 2015, I have stepped into the role of D5010 Rotary Membership Chair. I'd like to thank DG Brad Gamble for having confidence in me to chair this important district committee, and for inviting me to attend the Zone 24/32 Future Leaders Conference recently in Rhode Island . I'd also like to thank DGN (and Past District Membership Chair) Harry Kieling for agreeing to stay on this important committee to offer his expertise.

If as a Rotarian you haven't heard concerns widely expressed in the Rotary world about declining
membership, then you probably haven't been paying attention. This challenge of a changing
demographic of our members also creates an opportunity for our clubs to try new approaches and do
the business of Rotary differently. From time to time we must be reminded that a fundamental
responsibility of every Rotarian is to help their club increase membership. If you are a long time
Rotarian, thank you for your continued membership. If you have ever sponsored a new member, you
already know the satisfaction of bring someone new into Rotary. If you are recently sponsored and
new to Rotary I hope you will take advantage of the many opportunities available through Rotary to
lead and serve your club and community.

Rotary membership starts in your club, so it is appropriate that a key focus of my efforts as
Membership Chair will be to work with a district-wide team to help club leaders, especially club
Membership Chairs, seize on the opportunity to grow their club in size and diversity and to engage
existing members in a meaningful ways through leadership and service. We know that when a club
has a keen focus on membership this results in greater effectiveness while improving the community
and making a difference worldwide.

Think about your Rotary story for a moment. You probably recall being invited to your first meeting,
how welcoming the club was and how excited you felt being recommended for membership. Have
you thanked your sponsor? I vividly remember my first year (1992) in the North Pole Rotary Club for a
variety of reasons. While there is no single moment that contributed to my feeling a strong connection
to my club, each opportunity allowed me to connect with, learn, engage and serve the club. I've never
forgotten these early experiences that have contributed to my becoming a Rotarian.

At the time I was inducted there were frequent intentional efforts to talk about the world of Rotary and
the Rotary Foundation at club meetings. Many Rotarians took on this role of educating our club. There
were a variety of opportunities to serve the club, each offering an opportunity to engage with Rotary.
There were many opportunities to develop leadership skills and apply my emerging leadership skills
through service to my club, community, and to share my vocational skills. There were interesting
programs each week that helped me become familiar with the community and its many leaders. These
same leaders today are still my friends.

In the weeks and months ahead, I hope you will join me and others to make this a great year growing
Rotary. If you have interest in serving your area on the Membership Committee, please contact me. If
you have membership suggestions worthy of sharing with others across the Rotary District, please
contact me. If there is training that will benefit your club in it's membership efforts, please contact me.


Andre' Layral
D5010 Membership Chair
cell 907-460-7786
2016 District Conference in Talkeetna - SIgn up!!!
Make yourself and your Rotary Club HAPPY today and register for D5010 Conference and Assembly. May 12-15, 2016 in Talkeetna. Early Bird discount plus drawing for K-2 flight seeing trip for two! At the end of the video, click SIGN UP button for registration.
Rotary District 5010
Assembly & Convention 
Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge 
Talkeetna, Alaska 
  May 12-15, 2016 

A reminder that if you Register for District Conference by December 31 the discounted registration fee applies AND you are automatically entered to win a flight-seeing trip for 2 provided by K-2 Aviation & Rust's Flying Service.

Don't delay- you may be the lucky winner! To register, please visit: rotarydistrict5010.org

We have secured a special conference rate at Talkeetna Lodge, our conference location. Just $135 per night, first come first serve on the room type. This should incentivize everyone to book early to get Mountain Side and Main Lodge rooms! Once these rooms are filled, reservations will flow to the exterior lodge rooms. Please request the room type preferred when makingreservations.

You may begin to reserve rooms starting today, October 1st. Please call 866-845-6338 toll free, or 907- 777-2806 local. You may also email: groupsales@ciri.com. Either by phone or email, simply say that you are with the Rotary Conference, and the discounted rate applies.

An exciting, fun and informative conference is being planned! District conference provides an ideal opportunity for new members & friends to learn more about Rotary International, our District 5010, l eadership and service opportunities- plus creating new friendships. Watch your email for other details to follow.


 Early Bird registration by December 30. rotarydistrict5010.org
 Look forward to winning a flight-seeing trip for two!
 Call or email Talkeetna Lodge to secure a great room!
 Invite new members of your club, family or friends to conference
We look forward to seeing you in Talkeetna May 12-15, 2016.

In friendship,

Cheryl Metiva, Co-Chair
2016 District Conference Committee

November is Foundation Month!!!

Thank you everyone for your continuing interest and your support for The Rotary Foundation (TRF) and its programs.  Your good efforts are appreciated. 

Have you ever wondered who does the review of proposed global grants?

The Rotary Foundation Cadre of Technical Advisers is a diverse group of volunteer Rotarians who provide technical expertise and advice to Rotarians planning and
implementing Rotary grant projects, ensure proper stewardship of grant funds, and assist
Foundation trustees in the funding process. Cadre members review, monitor, and
evaluate projects and they ensure that grant funds are used properly. Assignments include a) technical reviews, b) site visits, c) audits, and d) operational audits.

The Cadre is looking for Rotarians in all technical areas. Would you like to add your expertise and become a member of the Cadre?
To learn more about the Cadre, go to: www.rotary.org/en/cadre-technical-advisers
For additional information, email the Cadre at: cadre@rotary.org or our D5010 
Foundation Chair Woody Angst at: wangst13@gmail.com


There is good news and a great opportunity available to us for funding global grants!
Rotary clubs in Canada may submit global grant proposals and, accordingly, be identified  as the "applicant" or "owner" responsible for the grant. The Government of Canada is  committing $1.2 million annually for five years to match the funds contributed for these  grants by Rotary clubs and districts in Canada.

All global grant proposals must be approved by both (a) TRF Canada before the Canadian match will be included to fund the proposed project and (b) TRF before  matching funds from the Foundation's World Fund will be included and work on the  project can begin. 

Members of our District Foundation Grants Committee as well as members of our Whitehorse Rotary clubs have details.

Remember, 50% of this year's Annual Fund contributions come back to the district in three years for us to award as district and global grants. That is an exciting opportunity to anticipate.


     In July of this year, the three Rotary club presidents of Juneau met for a planning session for their year. In this meeting they agreed that they would like to make an extra effort for the End Polio Now campaign. A Tri-Club Run/Walk was suggested as a way to involve Rotarians and raise awareness for this issue and a preliminary goal of raising $1,500 to $2,000 was set. Fast  forward to the end of September and the plans for the Run/Walk were well under way! Then, a  call was made to Juneau Glacier Valley Rotarian Richard Burns to solicit help in publicizing the Run/Walk on his and wife Sharon's radio stations. After agreeing to start blanketing the airwaves about the Run/Walk, Richard volunteered another idea for raising awareness and money to help in the fight to eradicate polio. He suggested a Rotary Radio Day!

      So, on World Polio Day, Saturday, October 24th, 2015 Juneau Gastineau, Juneau Downtown, and Juneau Glacier Valley Rotary clubs held an Inaugural Run/Walk and replaced all of the On Air staff for KINY radio from 8 in the morning until 6 at night. Rotarian Disc Jockeys spun the tunes, talked about Polio, and auctioned off many donated items. Matching challenges were issued and answered, and donations flooded in throughout the day! The Run/Walk saw stormy weather abate early on the morning of the event; then, seventy people participated in a group photo and hit the trail for the Run/Walk under sunny skies. After the Run/Walk, snacks were provided and a short speech by event organizer Glacier Valley Rotarian Keith Hermann enlightened a very receptive audience about the need for ending polio now.Juneau Rotarians rose to the challenge with both their pocket books and volunteer hours. Even members who were traveling or otherwise couldn't participate made donations that helped the success of the day! By the end of the day, $18,000 was raised to support the fight for the eradication of Polio. And with the match by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, these funds will swell to an impressive $54,000! These funds will be donated to The Rotary Foundation Polio Plus Fund. Rotarians in Juneau are very thankful for the support of their community!
Foundation Month - November...Polio Eradication...Juneau Rocks it!!!  
$54,000 Raised
Juneau raised $18,220 on Rotary Radio Day ..so with the Gates match that's $54,660. Now we have a template that works...we can build on it next year. I'd also like to see this rolled out to our stations in Ketchikan and Sitka if the clubs there are interested. Q1 might be the best time to do that. Let me know if you like that idea.

Eric Forst shared 800 KINY's photo.
Reading the news for rotary was a lot of fun, thanks Craig, Kris sell, and all the Rotarians who helped raise over $50,000 to end polio!
Who knows  Richard Burns, maybe a second career for me someday? ��

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!!!
College Rotary - Stone Soup Garden Project,  Partially funded by a District Grant!

A nice thank you to Cindy of College Rotary, 

It's clear that the planting season is done for the year.  But the memories created at the Stone Soup Garden Project, so beautifully supported and promoted by the College Rotary, live on. We harvested almost 500 pounds of produce this summer--from the back Cafe garden, the Garden Project, and the Minnie Street B & B Potato Patch.  That's huge and wonderful.  And by the end of the season the crew had made and prepared an additional 12 beds--bringing to their number to 24 for next season!

Thank you so much. I don't know if you met Olessa who brought a crew of kids from Eielson to work in the garden and thento create the great mural on our back wall.  I think it's lovely.

Cindy, your persistence and your constancy were a huge boost.  Thank you, thank you, thank you to all the members of the Rotary.  It's just the beginning of a beautiful thing! 

See what you wrought!    https://youtu.be/6dS1Cc5N1-g  

Jennifer Jolis
Executive Director
Bread Line's Stone's Throw and Stone Soup Cafe

Watch this video to tell the story   College Rotary Video which tells the story!
Michelle O'Brien DGE...What is she up to...how is transitioning going...Zone?
Ramping It Up for 2016-2017

Recently, at the Zone 24 & 32 Institute in Rhode Island, RI President Elect, John Germ, announced that he considered the Rotarians in his year to be "All-Stars." I agree wholeheartedly that every single Rotarian in District 5010 is a valuable part of our team. While being successful and "winning games" takes a lot of hard work and preparation, it's also very important to realize that games should be fun, too! I'm a firm believer that you are a better leader and member of our team when you are well prepared before the game starts. That's why I have started a series of fun monthly webinars for our District 5010 President Elects. October's webinar featured a baseball theme and our All-Star group chatted about planning ahead for their year. It was a great Team Huddle, and we look forward to our
next Team Huddle on November 21st at 9 a.m. November's Go To Meeting will revolve around creative and innovative ideas for membership. There's TONS of energy on our team, and I hope to see all of the District 5010 PE's on the call. Details are available on the District website.

            Also, we'll have a District Leadership meeting on January 30th at UAA in downtown Anchorage. This
year's event will be totally interactive, super fun, and should be a great team building exercise for our  District moving forward. Can't get to Anchorage? No worries, we'll be streaming the event via Go To Meeting. In addition, you'll have the opportunity, NO MATTER WHERE YOU ARE, to order the new District 5010 All Star Shirts or Hoodies very soon. They are totally awesome, and our wonderful t-shirt guy has given us major league price breaks.

Lots going on in the dugout, so be practicing your swing. PETS is right around the corner in Seattle on
February 25-28th.

             I know that all of our District 5010 Team will hit it out of the park!  Michelle O'Brien, DGE

Every D5010 President Elect 
should plan on arriving in Seattle on  Wednesday, February 24th in the evening, and flying out Sunday the 28th in the afternoon or evening.  D5010 Pre-PETS will be held on Thursday, with a District Dinner that night.  

It's a great time to book your flights now using PFD sales at Alaska Air.  Also, in November, you will book your registration and hotel via the PETS website at   www.pnwpets.org.

**Please note that PETS is a mandatory training event for  ALL PE's, but we would like to think that everyone wouldn't want to miss a moment of the fun
Please let me know if you have questions, DGE Michelle O'Brien, First City Rotary, Ketchikan

Youth Exchange is Fired up - Outbound and Inbound
Here is a great letter from Outbound Lily Foster from  Ketchikan to Hungary.
(This was mostly for myself, but you can read it, and I guess rotary could too, but most of it is just totally random)

Story time then! 

HUNGARY IS CRAZY! I love it! The cars are so small! At this point I've gotten use to it but it was so weird at first. Everyone bikes, and it's super nice. I love putting in my headphones and hopping on a bike and being able to go wherever I want! No one here wears helmets when they ride though.... It was super strange at first but I got use to having nothing on my head. That's another thing! People don't really wear hats here! Cèdric from Canada has this hat that he wears and everyone looks at him funny whenever he has it on (which is all the time). My red head count so far has been three. I've only seen three other red heads since I got to Hungary! But everyone wants red hair.... At the mall, all of the mannequins have red wigs! School is really really different! It's pretty boring actually.... I've gotten use to being bored now, but in the beginning it was sort of miserable. I love all of the exchange students here. They have become my family. It's amazing how close we have all become in such a short time! They all tease me because I've shot a bear! I'm the youngest so I'm the baby of the group, but it's sorta fun anyways! They are such amazing people and I'm so lucky to get to spend a year with them. Everyone I've talked to wants to come visit Alaska. 
The food here is pretty great! Some of is is really weird and they eat lots of fat. Their "bacon" is literally just a slab of salted fat. And they spread fat on their toast.... There is even a chocolate fat to put on toast! They don't have peanut butter or chocolate chips! And bagels don't exist here either.... Lankos is probably my favorite thing I've had here so far. It's this really good fried bread with garlic and sour cream on it covered in a giant layer of cheese! Oh! All the Hungarians think that sour cream is only in Hungary and it's hilarious to see their faces when I tell them that we have it too and that I totally love it. It may not be special to Hungary, but it is still used way more. They put sour cream on everything and it's actually super good. They eat so much too! I was in Budapest with my host parents and we had already eaten breakfast a few hours before and they decided that they wanted second breakfast! I thought that was a totally made up thing from lord of the rings, but no, second breakfast is a thing in Hungary. And lunches are gigantic. All meals are gigantic! They also eat so much soup! It's insane how much soup they eat. They have this fruit soup that is fine when it's cold, but the first time I tried it, it was hot and way too sweet. It was like eating hot, melted ice cream with chunks of fruit in it! 
One thing that I really miss is the ocean, and water in general. Debrecen is in a super strange place for a city. The closets lake is 100 kilometers away and no one really knows how the city ended up here. But the only water I've gotten to swim in has been the pool and it's just really sad for me. The drinking water is also sort of sad. They all drink mineral water, or bubbly water. It's always warm and they don't believe in ice cubes or something. No one drinks from the tap and everyone just buys bottled water. All the water bottles are huge too! I asked for some water the first day and they handed me this 1.5 liter jug! 
So much has happened and I already feel like a totally different person than I was when I left. It's been about a month and I've learned so much about the world and myself. This is barley scratching the surface of everything that has happened, but I guess it might be nice for you to read. I'm doing great and I'm so thankful for everyone back home! I'll write more later! 

Hi everyone! 

My mom said that you all liked my last letter thing, so I'm writing another one. It's been two months now. I would just like to say thank you for helping me get here and supporting me from home. This has been such an amazing experience and I'm just getting started! I spent this last weekend in Vienna Austria with all the exchange students from Hungary and Austria. It was great to meet the Austrians and I loved seeing the city. All the other inbounds in Hungary have become my family and I love getting to spend time with them. My Hungarian friends are also absolutely amazing! A few of them noticed once that I was feeling sad and the next day they brought me pancakes and a pb&j sandwitch (both things that don't exist in Hungary)!!! Everything is going really well. Everyone I talk to always has so many questions about Alaska and Ketchikan and I love answering them. 

Here's a list of my favorites....
Is it always snowy?
Do you actually have cars?
How often to bears eat people?
Isn't that part of Canada?
Why isn't Alaska part of Canada?
And soooooo many more (a lot of people think Alaska is Canadian)

School has been going really well and my classmates are wonderful! I love that Debrecen is so flat because I can bike everywhere, but I do miss the mountains. It's weird to have so much open space around me. 
During the Vienna trip, a lot of the oldies started talking about how it feels to be leaving so soon, and I realized that I really don't want to get to that point. I'm really loving my exchange and everything I'm experiencing. It does get sad sometimes, but there is so much support and the people are amazing. My YEO here the the sweetest person and he really cares about us.   
The language is still hard, but I really am trying. At this point I can follow conversations to some degree, but it's really difficult to form sentences of my own. The pronunciation for some things is also super strange and sometimes they don't understand what I'm trying to say. My first language lesson is actually tomorrow so hopefully having a teacher will help! 

I'm just going to say thank you again! 

Köszönöm Szepán!!!!!!

Marcellin Niset from Belgium - The Rotary Club of Juneau
Videos from 
Marcellin Niset
Rotary YEP
D.2170 to D.5010
Juneau, AK

Everything is going great for me. I still enjoy the beauties of Juneau, get to know new people everyday, try new things, explore new landscapes. I am really lucky to be in such an amazing place with so incredible people. My Rotary Club is a real second family and they are so nice with me. 

I made a few videos during my exchange and I wanted to share them with you. Maybe you could even put them on the website or the Facebook page?

Youth Exchange Video #1 by Marcellin of Juneau

Youth Exchange at Fall Orientation

From Petersburg - Inbound Carolina Macluf (SaoPaulo, Brazil) and President David Byrne

Carolina Macluf (Sao Paulo, Brazil) The Rotary Club of Petersburg President David Byrne 

Petersburg Rotary Inbound Carolina Macluf (Sao Paulo, Brazil) exchanges club  banners with club President David Byrne at a recent welcoming meeting in  Petersburg. Carolina's been active playing on the High School Volleyball
team and making new friends.

"Sao Paulo's home to 11 million people so coming to a village like Petersburg with 3,000 is quite different." said Carolina. "But I love it here  in Alaska!"

Recruiting team from Ketchikan at Kayhi
YEO Dr. Hahn, YEO liaison Roppel, From:  Nina from France, Kirstin from South Africa, Neva went to Mexico, and Fabio from Bolivia...explained the benefits of joining Youth Exchange.  

Want to join this group?
PM any Youth Exchange student or YEO in the this picture.

2015 Youth Exchange invite YEO (Youth Exchange Officers) to lunch. top: Fabio inbound from Bolivia (R2000), Morgan rebound from Germany (First City). Row two: Cynna (former YEO First City), Kirsten (inbound South Africa R2000), Cathy (Interact Advisor host mom First City), Christine YEO R2000, Jen YEO First City, Monica Mangis YEO First City, next row: Nina INbound from France First City. IN chair: Gabe Gucker host brother, bottom row, Cynna's nephew, Neva rebound from Mexico R2000, Rosie YEO Ketchikan liaison and AG.

Rotary Friendship Team - 
The entire PDF has been sent to your email address.
As per Jon Deisher - jondeisher@yahoo.com (if you want more information)
To get good airprices, you need to get  on it!

Are there publications that only members have access to? Provide your new members a list (or link to a list) of publications that they now have access to. What are some upcoming publications and release dates? Publications can be a key draw for new members. Inserting a link in your article lets you track which topics attract the most interest.


The girl getting drops, won second place in the R.I. World wide photo contest and was published in the June 2007 edition of "The Rotarian."  PHOTO BY JON DEISHER OF ANCHORAGE DOWNTOWN CLUB
Harry Keiling, DGN  
Membership Moment #6

Here is another Membership Moment I hope you will read. Two topics: (1) Andre Layral has officially taken over as the District Membership Chair. I will continue to be heavily involved in membership because I feel so strongly about it. But I also need to spend more time getting ready for my DG year.

Andre and I will be able to work closely together because I have the greatest admiration for his zeal!  The second topic is more philosophical. In previous Membership Moments I have discussed the nature
of the challenge from a RI, District and Club perspective. In some case I dwelt on the declining numbers and also discussed some successful club strategies to boost membership.

Now I want to suggest that this really boils down to an individual challenge. A challenge to you reading this newsletter. The astounding statistic is that only 14% of Rotarians have ever brought in a new member. Fourteen per cent. Have you sponsored a new member? Think about the people you work with or friends who would make good Rotarians. Just ask them to come to a meeting with you. When you talk to them mention why you are a Rotarian. And it is OK if you are in Rotary for the networking as well as the local and global projects. It is OK to be in Rotary for the friendship. What is important is that your friend or coworker and future Rotarian understands and feels why you enjoy the experience. To take my own advice I am recommending a new member this month to my club. Can you do the same?

Assistant District Membership Chair and DGN, 2015-2016.
Membership Moment #6  Here is another Membership Moment I hope you will read. 

The Rotary Club of Barrow-Nuvuk and the Kodiak Morning Rotary Club - HOUSING FOR KAVRE DISTRICT NEPAL
When a disaster happens the world rushes to help. However, six or eight months
later it is replaced in everyone's mind by the next disaster and aid dwindles. On

April 25, 2015 the region east of Nepal's capital, Kathmandu, was struck by a 7.8 earthquake and about two weeks later on May 12th a 7.3 earthquake hit the same
region. Over 505,000 homes were completely destroyed in the earthquakes and  subsequent aftershocks. 8,699 people were killed.

The Rotary Club of Barrow-Nuvuk and the Kodiak Morning Rotary Club have joined together with the Rotary Club of Kavre Banepa in Nepal to address the continuing need for housing in the hard-hit Kavre District. Barrow-Nuvuk Club
member Yvonne Biswokarma and her husband Sangram came to the club with the suggestion that we get in touch with their friend Milan Gurung, then the president of the Kavre Banepa Club, to see if there was a way we could help.

Global matching grants cannot be used to build housing - so that possibility was closed to the clubs. However, the Kavre Banepa Club had already arranged for the construction of 10 temporary shelter homes using volunteer labor and simple materials costing about $250 US each. The Barrow and Kodiak Morning Clubs decided to each wire transfer $1,000 to the Kavre Banepa Club to get more housing under way. Since then an additional nine temporary shelter homes have been constructed.

Yvonne Biswokarma went to Nepal this fall, inspected the new shelter homes and discussed the Kavre Banepa Club's goals for additional housing. The club is trying to make an additional 25 in Kavre and 45 in the Ramechap and Sindhupalchowk Districts. For $17,500 they can house 70 families. The Barrow and Kodiak Morning Rotary Clubs have fewer than 20 members each but they have been able to make a significant difference for nine households with as little as $1000 from each club. We would like to invite other District 5010 clubs to join with us on this project. We can supply your club with a script and a simple power-point presentation to show your members. Please contact 

Sandy Solenberger,
Kodiak Morning Rotary Club at solenberger1@gci.net.
ARTSpace-Rotary joint projects. 
Soldotna Rotary Club takes inspiration from aspiring artists

Soldotna Rotary Club, ARTSpace, and contractor Kelly Keating designed and installed a permanent outdoor art exhibit facility at Soldotna Creek Park consisting of four permanent outdoor display cases, each 4 feet high by 8 feet wide grouped back-to-back within two treated wood frames.  It's suitable for  several simultaneous exhibits during warmer months, and given its low continuing cost, particularly appropriate for the display of curated high school and college student art. Soldotna Creek Park, a large, open park on the Kenai River with excellent natural views, is a high-traffic center for the community involving both residents and summer visitors. Soldotna Mayor Pete Sprague opened and dedicated the art park on October 24, 2015. This art park has been inspired by other art parks that can be found around the U.S. and was brought to the Soldotna Rotary Club by Rotarian Joe Kashi, a longstanding member.

District 5010 Literacy Committee
Reported by Patty Merrit

Rotary Club of Juneau Vocational Awards

Recipients left to right: John Cannon, Vanessa Gable, and Jim Swanson from Division of Vocational Rehabilitation; Shona Osterhaut and Art Rotch of Perseverance Theatre's STAR program; Bob Urata, Individual; Dan Landen and Lennie Gorsuch of Allen Marine; and Justin Sleppy, youth individual. 
Rotary Club of Juneau Presents Annual  Vocational Service Awards

(Juneau - October 22, 2015) - Since its founding over 100 years ago, Rotarians have emphasized honesty and integrity in professional and personal practices.
By pooling  talents, Rotarians aim to better their communities and the world's condition through  public service. Each year, the Rotary Club of Juneau recognizes those across our  community who exemplify these values. This year, at its weekly meeting on October  25, the club presented five Vocational Service Awards for 2015.   Nominated both by club members and the community at large, the following five   businesses, organizations and individuals have been recognized for exemplifying  Rotary's motto, "Service above Self." 

BUSINESS: Allen Marine. Through the years, Allen Marine has generously donated wildlife excursions to nonprofit organizations for fund-raising opportunities. As a result of this generosity, many of Juneau's local agencies are able to offer services and better programming. In addition, Allen Marine vessels have been used in cases of national and international disaster, such as the 2011 Japanese tsunami cleanup and the 2009 rescue on the Hudson River after the crash of Flight 1549. Reputable worldwide, this company serves as a great representative for Alaska. The Rotary Club of Juneau is proud to recognize Allen Marine for its business ethics and for the extension of its resources in service to others.

NON-PROFIT: Summer Theatre Arts Rendezvous (STAR). A program of Perseverance Theatre, this five week experience is geared to youth10 to 18 years of age. Offered in the summer, it provides an opportunity for high level, specialized training in teamwork, discipline, and creative thinking, along with voice, movement and acting techniques. While students work to present themselves well and meet the deadline to present a fully realized theatrical production, they also develop self-
confidence and life skills. The program's effectiveness was recognized in 2002, by the National Endowment for the Arts, as one of 16 "outstanding American arts programs for young people." STAR was honored by the Rotary Club of Juneau for making a difference in the lives of our youth as they prepare to take their place in the community.

PUBLIC SECTOR: Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR). Coinciding with National Disability and Employment Awareness Month, this award was presented to the Alaska DVR to recognize the work of its staff and the commitment, dedication, and patience required to serve clients and those who employ them. Through DVR's efforts, people with challenges have an opportunity to contribute and to make a difference, while building self-esteem in the process. In presenting the award, it was noted that "...DVR's personal investment in others demonstrates that we all can make a difference."

INDIVIDUAL: Dr. Bob Urata. As a family practice physician at Valley Medical Care, Dr. Urata has gone beyond his daily practice to serve his patients and his community. Throughout his career, he has been an advocate for change, volunteering his time to serve on boards and commissions as well as educate and work with legislative leaders to effect improvements in health care delivery. Rotary also cited Dr. Urata's commitment to Hospice and Home care where he is widely known and appreciated for his holistic approach to dying with dignity. In addition, he has supported his family and community by serving as a manager for the Gastineau Channel Little League and currently, as chair of the Perseverance Theatre Board. The Rotary Club of Juneauextended its deepest thanks to Dr. Urata for his diverse contributions to our quality of life.

YOUTH: Justin Sleppy. Justin Sleppy, a Thunder Mountain junior was honored as a "...young person who makes a difference." Justin Sleppy is a Thunder Mountain junior.  A student athlete and musician, he is also a national honors student, active in student government and a student representative to the school board. A Sources of Strengthprogram peer leader at TMHS, Justin is also active in "Lead on! For Peace and Equality in Alaska," -- a statewide student program sponsored by the Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. In this role he helped to produce an award-
winning video to promote healthy lifestyles and relationships. He was recognized for his community contributions which have extended beyond his high school experience and have embraced the qualities of integrity, work ethic and outreach to others.  This was the first year Juneau Rotary made an award for youth service. According to President John Blasco, "This recognition is long overdue. Our youth are our future leaders. By recognizing them now, we acknowledge that the future in their hands is bright. Justin Sleppy is an outstanding example of the hope we all have for tomorrow's leaders."

The Rotary Club of Juneau meets each Tuesday at noon at the Baranof Hotel. For more information, visit juneaurotary.org.

Vocational Service Awards Committee
Media contact: Sally Smith, Chair
Tel: (907) 364-2401
Whitehorse!  Foundation Dinner and Auction!

The annual Whitehorse Rotary Foundation Dinner & Fundraising Auction will be held on  Sunday, November 8 starting at  6:00 at the Westmark Whitehorse. The cost is $60.00 per person. There will be a sit-down dinner with guest speaker Assistant District 5010 Governor Francine Thivierge. This will be followed by a fundraising auction with all proceeds going to the Rotary Foundation.
Please consider donating auction items, which can be anything you think people will pay money for. They can be goods (e.g. artwork such as a painting, print or pottery, craft items, baked goods, household appliance, movies, or that strange Christmas gift you were given few years ago but have not yet found a use for) or they can be services (such as the use of your boat or cottage for a weekend, tax preparation, legal will, financial consultation). Donations are tax-deductible - donors receive a tax receipt directly from the Rotary Foundation Canada for the selling price of their item(s).
The attached form may be used for submission of auction items. This is a "Fillable PDF" form that can be saved to your computer. Fill in the blanks (blue shaded areas), then save the form with a different name (e.g. Fred_Bloggs_Item1.pdf). Alternatively, you may simply print the form and fill in the blanks by hand. Return to Rod Hill with your items by  Saturday, November 7.
Juneau-Gastineau Club Completes Five-Year Plan
Amy Lujan, President of Juneau Gastineau

Our club recently completed a planning process that will set the direction for our next five years!  The process begin with a survey of all club members about strengths and weaknesses of our club.  These results were reviewed during a four-hour evening Visioning session in April, led by district-trained facilitators.  Through this process, which included a light meal to keep us going, participants were able to think ahead to what characteristics they'd like our club to have in the future.

The first follow-up to the Visioning session was held in May.  Then summer activities intervened and we were unable to hold a second follow-up until August.  The follow-up sessions were just 90 minutes long.

In September, the Club Board reviewed a draft version of a strategic plan, written by President Amy Lujan based on the discussions at the meetings held to date.  The edited draft plan was sent to all club members and reviewed during our October club assembly.  At our October board meeting, a final draft was approved!

During the entire planning process, we kept the door open for participation by as many club members as possible.  Of our membership of 50-55 during the planning period, 33 participated in the spring survey.  Thirteen attended the Visioning session and 10-15 attended each of the follow-up planning sessions, including some different faces each time.  The process of reviewing the draft plan was open to comments from all members and notes from the meetings were available.

Overall, the process took longer than we'd hoped, but we had some very productive discussions along the way.  The resulting Juneau-Gastineau Rotary Club Strategic Plan is three pages long, and it will help guide our club activities over the next five years.  We plan to review parts of the document at each monthly board meeting going forward.  If you'd like a copy of the plan, please email Club President Amy Lujan:  stanandamy@aol.com .

Juneau Tri - Club Project  Completed
Juneau Tri-Rotary Club Effort Completes Playground Equipment Installation

When school opened in mid-August, students at Riverbend Elementary School in Juneau enjoyed new playground equipment, thanks to an effort coordinated by the three Juneau Rotary clubs.

The 2015-16 Presidents of the three clubs began meeting with elementary school staff and PTO members last spring to plan the effort.  The group was concerned about a small playground at the school that didn't meet the needs of the 300 PK-5th grade students.  This resulted in high discipline referrals.  In addition, the Riverbend area has increasingly become a community hub, due to the opening nearby of a new high school, a new swimming pool and a new library all within the past eight years, and the proximity of athletic fields and low-income housing.  A playground update would help meet the needs of Juneau's 2,000 PK-5th grade students who visit the area.

The playground planning group put together a District 5010 grant with funding from Juneau School District, the PTO, local business and individuals.  Cash for the project totaled over $43,000, and with in-kind contributions the project is valued at nearly $60,000.

Juneau Rotary clubs are fortunate to have architects and experienced construction managers among our members who could assist with site prep.  During the installation week of  August 10 , 40+ Rotarians opened crates, hauled equipment, set cement, raked gravel, etc.  And we had good weather!  The Juneau Empire provided great PR for the effort with an article about the project:   http://juneauempire.com/local/2015-08-16/more-just-place-play#sthash.kTVoYD7R.dpuf

It was gratifying to see students enthusiastically jumping onto the new equipment the first day of school!  PTO members put together a large binder of thank-you's from the kids for each club.  A dedication was held in September and a youtube presentation of the project was shown:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SneKUys_7aU&feature=youtu.be#sthash.kTVoYD7R.dpuf

The community really pulled together to make this project happen!  Donors were thanked in the Juneau Empire and a sign is being prepared to recognize those who contributed at the playground site.  This project made us all proud to be Rotarians and members of the Juneau community!

Thank you note from the kids:

DG 2018-19 Nomination Deadline on December 31

The Rotary clubs in our district have many outstanding past presidents, dedicated to providing service to Rotary and who bring life and leadership to our clubs. Serving as district governor is an opportunity for these committed Rotarians to bring the same leadership and service to our Rotary district. Now is the time for you to ask an outstanding past president in your club to consider this
leadership opportunity for the future. Your club's nomination of a candidate is due no later than December 31, 2015. This is the nomination for a Rotarian to serve as District 5010 Governor for the 2018-19 Rotary year. Each club may nominate one qualified Rotarian for this

Details about responsibilities and qualifications, FAQs, the nomination process and a club resolution form can be found at www.rotary5010.org (Download tab).

If you have questions or would like more information, contact PDG Ted Trueblood, Nominating Committee Chair, at tedtatnh@gmail.com or any of the Nominating Committee members shown on the website.
Uncored at the Wasilla and Palmer Rotary Clubs work together!!!
We just held our Rotary Uncorked event.  It's a fundraiser for a homeless youth shelter, food banks lunch in the park and college scholarships. Not sure if that is news worthy, but I think we raised close to $70,000.  Dist Gov and Tonya attended. 
What's going on in Ketchikan
Jen Etten of First City Rotary says, "To say that family night at the library was a success would be an understatement. Huge turnout. I'm proud to be apart of First City Rotary, who sponsored this event!"

Trunk or Treat by Rotary Club of Ketchikan 2000

Interact is busy in Ketchikan

Susitna Rotary Club Foundation Fundraiser
Rotary Foundation Fundraiser "Let's Go to the Movies" event is on Nov. 14th 6pm at Valley Cinema. A fun night of food, friends, live and silent auction, and the movie "Spectre". All money spent that night on items goes to the Rotary Foundation in your name 
Rotary International Monthly themes and dates - 2015-16 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 being Rotarians and sharing your gifts.
DG Brad Gamble


In Rotary Spirit,

Rosie Roppel News Editor -  Send more news soon!!!  PLEASE SEND TO ME!!!  THANKS ROTARIANS!
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..."Be a Gift to the World")

Rotary District 5010


In This Issue
Feature Story Foundation Juneau Rotary Clubs $54,000 Raised for Polio

"RI President  Ravi" Ravindram

Rotary International Convention 2016
Soul Korea



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