Alaska - Yukon
"Top of the World"

Be a Gift to the World

Dec 2015
Disease Prevention and Treatment Month

District Governor Brad and the First Lady Tonya Gamble

District Governor's Message
As reports of the tragic attacks in Paris unfolded, my first thoughts were of our exchange students, who are in France and the surrounding regions.  When I learned that our students abroad were safe and accounted for, my thoughts turned to those inbound students from France and Belgium, and how they must be feeling about these horrible events in their home countries.   Then I received a copy of a talk that  Marcellin Niset, one of our inbound students, gave at his host club, Juneau Downtown Club, a few days later. Please read Marcellin's heartfelt reflection of those events and realize that when we think our future is in doubt, these amazing young people, like Marcellin, who make up our Youth Exchange are our future.  There is hope! 
Thank you for being a gift to the world.


Stand Up Rotarians
By Inbound Youth Exchange Marcellin Nisset of Belgium
Juneau Downtown Club
YEO Virginia Stonkus
President John Blasco
            On a morning of August 2015, I left my parents, my siblings and my friends behind me. I left a country, a beautiful country, my country : Belgium. I decided that I wanted to travel the world to share my culture, my ideas, my points-of-view, my country, my happiness. I was proud to be an ambassador of the peace for the Rotary.
            But on Friday, November 13th, a bullet hit my heart. That bullet was full of anger, hatred and non-acceptance. That same bullet touched lots of people and made them fall on their knees. From there, you have two choices: Or you lay down and wait slowly for death, or you stand up and resist. I have chosen the second option.
            But the most fatalists of us would ask: What could we do ?
            Ladies and gentlemen, stand up! Get involved, believe in humanity, defend peace, tolerance and respect. Stay open-minded, comprehenseive and kind. Let the motto "Liberty, Egality and Fraternity" shine. We are Rotarians, we are all the representatives of those values. Each one of us can make a difference. You are all incredible people. You are all individuals full of love. So my friends, let's be a Gift to the World. Let's be an amazing gift to that world ! It really needs people like you.

I love you all.
Thank you,
DG Brad Gamble
Youth Exchange Nina from France makes 
the Ketchikan Daily News with a great  message.
Ambassador for sure!!!
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Andre Layal - Membership Chair
Membership Moment December

Membership is Rotary International's top internal priority.  RI President K.R. Ravindran (Ravi) has asked, "How can we add more value to Rotary Membership so that more will join and fewer will leave?"  Each Rotarian knows the answer, but often our clubs do not have this important conversation so it becomes a barrier to taking action and trying new approaches.  Here in D5010 we hope to change that and are asking club Presidents and club Membership Chairs to make this a priority.

Webster defines "Value Added" as, "the amount by which the value of an article is increased at each stage of its production".  In Rotary this means, "the amount by which the membership experience increases fellowship, relationships, engagement and connectedness". Measuring how much value increases is tricky. 

Rotary has been working hard to rebrand and define what Rotary is and tell the story of what Rotary does. It seems that better understanding the interests of potential new members (what they value) is key to giving them more of what they value. It is with some irony that as I am writing this article I have CNN on in the background and they are talking about the various targeted recruitment messages that ISIL uses to draw disenfranchised youth and young adults into their organization. Certainly as business and community leaders, Rotarians can figure this out and must do better to meet the needs of club members.

Giving members what they value and matching their interests is the primary motivator for why individuals spend their money and give their time to join Rotary. Members join Rotary for a variety of reasons, and not everyone values the same things. Some members join Rotary primarily to satisfy one particular need over all others. The needs and interests of new members are often quite different from those of more long time members. Efforts to appeal to one segment of a club's members are ineffective if applied to another segment of a club's membership.   Are we giving members what they are seeking?  Do we know what they are seeking?  Are we matching their talents with key roles in the club to grow them as leaders while serving their club?

Value-added measures in Rotary should be focused on the degree of (or increase in) satisfaction by our members compared to the reported satisfaction experienced the prior year.  Therefore, conducting a Satisfaction Survey of club members each is necessary to seek answers to the above important questions.  After these surveys are given, clubs must devote time in a club meeting or at a club fireside to discuss the results.  The benefits are that clubs can continue doing what they are doing where satisfaction is high, and change or stop doing what does not contribute to member satisfaction. New strategies should be identified that seem a good fit for each club, and an implementation plan should follow.  After implementation, an intentional effort should follow to develop some measures of effectiveness.  This helps answer the question, "did anything change?", "was it worth doing?", ' Should we continue with the strategy".

D5010 will be having conversations with our area AG's about conducting Membership Showcase Events in our district, and will be calling on club membership chairs to plan collaboratively for these events with the AG's, myself and Harry Kieling.  We encourage club members to ask their club president what they can do to help put on these events as the planning for each Showcase Event moves forward.  Lets grow Rotary together in D5010.

Please let me know how the membership committee can support your efforts in any of the above areas.  It will be my privilege to be a part of your success growing membership in your club.


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


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. Also, remember the end of the year is approaching!!

Thank you to those of you that participated in Giving Tuesday
Giving Tuesday is a global movement for charities and individuals to come together for one common purpose: to celebrate and encourage giving.
I hope you joined us on December 1st as Rotary participates in Giving Tuesday and celebrates the good work our members do around the world. The Rotary Foundation invites District 5010 to get involved by giving online on December 1st and sharing what inspires you to support our Foundation.  You can continue to do this.
Here is a little competition that took place:  With this bit of friendly Rotary competition, District 5010 could earn a visit from Trustee Chair Ray Klinginsmith. The district with the highest number of donors who contribute to The Rotary Foundation online on December 1st, 2015 may receive a visit from the Trustee chair, schedule permitting.
It is important that donors reference their club, date and district when making the gift so that District 5010 gets credit!
Keep in mind for next year:  Top three reasons to support Rotary on Giving Tuesday
  1. Fund unique projects. Our Foundation's unique grant model creates locally led community development projects throughout the world. These life-changing projects are only possible because of the generous support from our members and friends of Rotary.
  2. Raise awareness. While Rotarians give to their communities and our Foundation throughout the year, Giving Tuesday is a great chance to reach new supporters by leveraging social media and the momentum of Rotary Foundation Month in November.
  3. Continue the tradition. Last year, we raised over $100,000 in a single day to fund sustainable, life changing projects. With your support this year, we can to do even more!
How can District  5010 participate?
  • Give to The Rotary Foundation on 1 December at www.rotary.org/give.
  • Share how you and your club give back to your community be telling your story on social media. Post photos, videos, and stories with the hashtags #GivingTuesday and #Rotary on FacebookTwitter, andInstagram. We've even created a proud donor image you can use as your profile picture.
  • Engage nongiving clubs by sharing this Rotary Foundation Month presentation at club meetings and district events.
  • Reach out to Rotaractors, local alumni, and other members of the Rotary family. Ask them to help others enjoy the same life-changing experiences they've had through Rotary by giving back to our Foundation.
Thank you for participating in Giving Tuesday on December 1, 2015. And you can see you can also keep giving...the Deadlines are above...in the box...you can still give!

Bill Ure
Annual Giving Chair
Rotary District 5010
Anchorage, Alaska

24th Annual Wine & Fine Rood Festival - more than 30K raised

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!!!
Russian Visit 

By Alana Bergh:   In October, District 5010 Rotarians and spouses took part in a joyful reunion with Russian Rotarians who had been part of this district, as we celebrated 25 years of Rotary in Russia. The group traveling to Irkutsk, Western Siberia comprised Leslye Korvola (Fairbanks) Glenn Potts (College) and his wife Pamela, Lloyd Morris (Anchorage) and wife Joan, Clyde Boyer (Homer) Carolyn Jones (Anchorage East) and Alana Bergh (North Pole). Other Rotarians from Moscow, Texas, Massachussets and Australia, as well as a friendship exchange group from California were there.

The conference and celebration consisted of the usual over the top Russian banquets, toasts and dancing, with several presentations by PDG's describing their experiences and the achievements of the Russian clubs during their terms as governor. The entire group enjoyed an afternoon cruise on the extraordinary Lake Baikal.

"Service AboveSelf Award" to Kapitalina Alexeeva, Rotary Club of Yakutsk
The highlight of the weekend had to be the presentation of the "Service Above Self Award "to Kapitalina Alexeeva, Rotary Club of Yakutsk. All of the visiting Rotarians know Kapa as a pioneer in the establishment of Rotary in Russia and champion of the 4-Way Test."Let's get together" was the theme whenever we talked with each other - we miss the great cultural exchanges, whether in a Russian kitchen or a North American one. We miss the immense satisfaction of doing projects together either in our own countries or other Rotary countries. Meeting with our former exchange students, spouses and children, was like visiting family.

PDG Carolyn Jones is compiling a list of clubs that wish to partner, along with their interests. PDG Ted Trueblood is working with RC of Yakutsk on a global grant. DG Brad, DGE Michelle and DGN Harry have all expressed their enthusiasm for a renewed relationship with our closest international neighbors. The time to renew and maintain our friendships has never been more urgent, or easier to do.

Opportunities abound. Traveling in Russia has never been easier, with modern airports, restaurants and stores rivaling anything in Alaska/Yukon, the historical and tourist attractions renovated, and service to make visitors feel welcome. Russian clubs are ready to welcome Friendship Exchanges, take part in Fellowship events (think Skiing, or Traveling and Hosting) and are looking for partnering, and twin club opportunities with our district.

For our Russian friends, Irina Dogadina (RC Yuzhno-Sakalinsk) is your contact. In Alaska or Yukon, get in contact with Carolyn, or me. We will help you get started on a most rewarding renewal and adventure...

Michelle O'Brien DGE...What is she up to...how is transitioning going...
Ramping It Up for 2016-2017
PETS in Seattle...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

and the Leadership meeting:

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
District 5010 Literacy Committee
Reported by Patty Merrit
 Twelfth-grade boys about 12 points behind girls 

One of the most startling findings in national assessments of student achievement is how far behind boys are in reading and writing. Though the problem is even more severe among traditionally underserved minorities, this is a trend that cuts through racial, ethnic, and class divisions, and can even be seen in other countries.

On national reading assessments, the average score for boys in fourth grade is five points behind girls. That gap increa ses to approximately 10 points by eighth grade, and widens even more in high school, leaving twelfth-grade boys about 12 points behind girls in reading skills tests.

Rotarians are assisting in this project through the Guys (and Gals) Read program. To find out more go to: http://www.guysread.com/

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.
Interact is busy in Ketchikan

The Interact Club of Kayhi thanks pie making Rotarians and purchasers.  We also applaud the public who bid the pies up!!!
We made over $3000 for the Pioneer Home residents' activities. 
2015 Interact  Team

Wasilla Sunrise Rotary Club 
Ms. Amy Spargo - Wasilla Educator of the Year!
Ms. Amy Spargo, principal at Wasilla High School has been selected as the Educator of the Year from the women and men of the Wasilla Sunrise Rotary Club (WSRC).
"We are so pleased with the outstanding relationship Rotary has at Wasilla High School" - Garry Forrester, President of WSRC.   "That relationship starts with the positive climate and culture the principal projects to the school.   Many Rotary exchange students and Interact students have graced the halls of WHS.  Rotarians are so very appreciative of the opportunity to make a better community and better world, just like Ms. Spargo is doing at the high school."

Ms. Spargo will be presented a plaque during next spring's Mat-Su Borough School Board awards ceremony.

Thank you, 

Press Contact:
home is  907.357-8510  iPhone is  907.982-6430

District 5010 Youth Exchange Testimony
Back:  Morgan Wyatt, rebound Germany, Neva Gardner Rebound Mexico,
Front:  Inbounds:  Kirsten Streefkerk Inbound S Africa, Nina LaCroix France, Fabio Feeney Bolivia
Do you want to know why your club would love to sponsor a Youth Exchange student...read this from Kirsten Streefkerk of South Africa

Going on youth exchange is something that not only gives you many opportunities in life but makes you grow as a person and I cannot think of doing that in any other place than in Alaska. Alaska has the best Rotary clubs in the world and I can confidently say that because I've spoken to different exchange students about it from all over the world. They take great care of you and will make sure your daughter's exchange will be unforgettable. They make sure you have two or more orientations in which I've just come back from one. They teach you all sorts of things like how to deal with homesickness and what to do in all situations that may not even occur. 

Letting your daughter go to Alaska on exchange is the best thing you can do for her. And I hope the stereotypes don't discourage you or her because it's just like the stereotypes that South African all ride on lions to school. Not always true.

Alaska is on most people's bucket list and is the most beautiful place! Sadly I've tried my whole exchange to capture this places beauty, and no pictures can do justice. 

I have done things there in Alaska that you could never do in South Africa like normally I would drive to other schools to compete in sports but in Alaska you fly thus giving you opportunities to see different parts of Alaska. 

Alaskans are so friendly and welcoming. They have made my exchange amazing. I am now with my third host family and have loved each and every one of my host families. Being on exchange has helped me find the person I always thought I was but was too shy or afraid to be. 

It's hard for me to think of going "home" because just like Jordan said Alaska is now my home. I hope that Jordan and I have given you enough information to help reassure your daughters safety and happiness she will experience on exchange.

Regards Kirsten Streefkerk
Returning to South Africa Dec. 30, 2015
YEO Christine Newbill, Ketchikan Rotary 2000 

 District 5010 Global Grants Scholarship Committee
Are there 
Homer-Kachemak Bay Health Fair

Tonya Gamble, President Craig Forrest, DG Brad Gamble, President-Elect Tom Early

Health Fair Director Sharon Minsch, 
Homer Kachemak Bay Rotary Club Health Fair

Over 1,300 people of all ages walked through the doors of the Homer High School on Saturday, November 7, to attend the 32nd Rotary Health Fair at the Homer High School. Through this Rotary sponsored community event, local health related providers offered free information and diagnostic tests for the public ranging from blood pressure and eye exams to exercise demonstrations and fitness tests. Participants even had a chance to walk through and learn about

"Nolan the Colon"! For a nominal fee, people also had the opportunity to have blood drawn for various tests prior to or on the day of the fair.

          This Health Fair offers the chance to get free or very low cost diagnostic health tests that many would not have the finances or the time to do otherwise. We believe that this service to the community adds a lifetime of better health and well-being to many.

Wasilla Sunrise Rotary Club
The 15th annual Wasilla Sunrise Rotary Club evening at Valley Performing Arts was a huge success. 

President Gary Forrester said, "It is so much fun sharing Rotary to help make a better Community and better World, through the efforts of opening up the hugely popular community theatre to the annual Rotary event.  Both VPA and Rotary are indeed community assets."

RYLA...stay tuned...Information on District 5010 Clubrunner Site
District 5010 is proud to host the 22st annual Rotary Youth Leadership Awards in The Golden Heart City, Fairbanks, Alaska, Pikes... April 14th  - 17th, 2016.
RYLA is a program for teens that are high school sophomores and juniors/in grade 10 and 11.
RYLA Alumni and Rebound Rotary Exchange students (on a space available basis) are also welcome to apply. There is no cost to youth who are selected, as the local Rotary Club pays for the RYLA participants.
RYLA emphasizes leadership, citizenship and personal growth, as participants learn about their own qualities/skills as a leader and the qualities of effective leaders and effective teams. The RYLA program consists of a combination of icebreaker, team building, and experiential problem solving activities as well as group discussions and personal reflection. Participants are introduced to practical leadership topics and issues; presentations from Rotary and community leaders. Opportunities are provided to allow RYLA participants to apply their emerging leadership skills in a variety of challenging activities. We also want the RYLA experience to be memorable with other activities including a barbeque, recreational activities.

The event is co-planned by both RYLA Alumni and Rotarians. RYLA Alumni make sure that the program is fun and relevant to their peers. Alumni have innovative ideas that make sure the days are as interactive as possible and that the adults do not talk for too long. They serve as Alumni Leaders and Facilitators at the event - an opportunity some of the 2016 RYLA participants will have in 2017. We believe that the large number of teens that want to return as RYLA Alumni is an excellent indicator that the program holds the right balance of fun and skill building.
For information about RYLA, check out our Frequently Asked Questions FAQs under Downloads.  If you have any additional questions, contact one of the Rotarians below.
Thank you for supporting RYLA!
Marcus Mueller, District 5010 RYLA Chair, (907) 398-1122  mmueller@borough.kenai.ak.us
- See more at: http://rotarydistrict5010.org/SitePage/rotary-youth-leadership-awards-ryla-2016#sthash.lv8MqNUk.dpuf

Steve Heckman
Puerto Vallarta
Since Hurricane Patricia spared Puerto Vallarta and Alaska Airlines started flying in again, AER members Bruce Phelps, Sandra Wicks and Duff Pfanner (and his wife Kathy) made it safely to Puerto Vallarta, although on different days last week.  Duff and Kathy and I (Sandra) went to the regular meeting of the Puerto Vallarta Sur Rotary Club and I presented our scholarship money to them.  The scholarship delivery ceremony will be Saturday, November 7, so watch for the article about that in next week's bulletin.

The Puerto Vallarta Sur Rotary Club has a monthly social called a "cena hogarena", which literally means a dinner in the home, but this month it was on the tour boat of one of the members.  Duff and Kathy and I were lucky enough to be here on the right day and attended.  

By Saturday, Bruce had arrived and attended the District 4150 monthly breakfast, which this month was hosted by the Puerto Vallarta Rotary and Rotaract Clubs.  There we heard a presentation about a global grant for wastewater disposal systems to clean up the Ameca River.  And the next day, at the Rotary Polio Walk, we saw two of the members of the global grant team from the Ukiah South Rotary Club and got to spend some time with them.  It was a big week of Rotary activities in Puerto Vallarta. 

. Pictured below are Duff and Kathy with one of their two scholarship students, the giant check, and a group photo of the 33 students who received their scholarships.  There will be a separate, smaller distribution of AER scholarships in January

Saturday morning, November 7, 33 Puerto Vallarta area students in junior high, high school and college received scholarships totaling almost $10,000, thanks to a district grant and donations from the club and individuals in the club, in the state, and out of state, some of whom are owners at the timeshare in which AER members Duff Pfanner (and his wife Kathy Atkinson) and Bruce Phelps and Sandra Wicks are owners.  During the scholarship delivery ceremony, Sandra, who was the spokesperson, since she speaks Spanish, was surprised when asked to sign a giant, symbolic check for 165,000 pesos.
Also, during the ceremony, several students and parents volunteered to come forward and explain how important the scholarships are for them and how grateful they are to receive them.

Dictionary Delivery...Anchorage South Rotary
Anchorage South Rotary has been busy delivering dictionaries to all ASD 3rd grade students!
Here's a photo of our president, Mike Ferris, talking to students about their new dictionaries!

Juneau Clubs : Racheal MacLeod Wrapped Christmas Boxes
In the 1990's, Racheal MacLeod had a vision to help local families enjoy a special Christmas dinner gift. Racheal cared deeply about the Juneau community and gave back in many ways for 26 years . The vision turned into a program known as the Racheal MacLeod Christmas Dinner Project. With Racheal's passing in 2014, the community has banded together to continue this much needed service to area families around Christmas. 

Local agencies have grown reliant on the annual tradition of distributing these gift-wrapped Christmas boxes filled with a complete turkey dinner to families in need in Juneau.  Many in our community have donated generously to ensure the tradition continues on.  This year we hope to serve 300 families through the Racheal MacLeod Christmas Dinner Project and we would love you to be a part of this effort. 

Coordinated by the three Rotary clubs of Juneau, local businesses donate supplies, Rotarians coordinate the delivery of food to the local Salvation Army, and the Thunder Mountain and Juneau Douglas High School's Interact Clubs supply the hands-on labor needed to get the job done.  

Please consider a monetary donation to help us meet our goal of raising $9,000 to purchase needed food items for 300 Juneau families.  Thank you for partnering with the Racheal MacLeod Christmas Dinner Project to ensure that all our neighbors have a special Christmas!
Earthquake Relief for Nepal

...and now there are four Rotary Clubs partnering to build low cost shelter homes for Nepalese families displaced by the April and May 2016 earthquakes. In November the Kodiak Noon Rotary Club donated $2,500 to the Rotary Club of Kavre Banepa, Nepal to buy the materials to enable volunteers to build 10 more shelter homes and the Kodiak Morning Rotary Club donated an additional $1,000 for four more.

on the left - Bhuwan Manandhar, President of the Rotary Club of Kavre Banepa, Nepal and on the right Yvonne Biswokarma of the Rotary Club of Barrow-Nuvuk. 

In August, Yvonne Biswokarma of the Rotary Club of Barrow-Nuvuk went to Nepal, inspected the new shelter homes and discussed the Kavre Banepa Club's goals for additional housing. The club, which has already built 19 shelter homes with locally raised funds and donations by Kodiak Morning and Barrow-Nuvuk, is trying to build additional homes in three of the districts which were hardest hit in the earthquakes. For $22,000 they can house 89 families. We now have $8,000 toward meeting that goal. If your club would like to learn more about this exciting international project, please contact Sandy Solenberger, Treasurer, Kodiak Morning Rotary Club at solenberger1@gci.net. She can supply you with a script and a simple power-point presentation to show your members.

The Rotary Club of Barrow-Nuvuk Fall Carnival 
The Rotary Club of Barrow-Nuvuk hosted its 26th annual Rotary Fall Carnival on November 7th at Barrow's Ipalook Elementary School. The carnival is a wonderful family experience, featuring carnival-style games, face painting, an active concession stand, a cake walk and even a "jail." It is also the club's fundraiser for the year, financing scholarships, RYLA participation, Rotary Foundation support and community and international projects. Our small Rotary club depends on support from over 100 community volunteers including members of the Barrow High School Band. The large amount of prizes and other supplies were financed from club funds and corporate donations from Alaska Airlines, BP, Barrow Utilities and Electric Cooperative, and the Jolly Roger Tee Shirt Company. Along with a colorful Rotary tee shirt, each volunteer received an information sheet about Barrow Rotary activities and an invitation to attend a meeting.

Regarding pictures:   Photographer on first two is Kevin Fisher. Photographer on third picture is Rtn. Michael Jeffery.

Anchorage International Rotary
Anchorage International Rotary District Governor Brad Gamble and Anchorage International Rotary President, Kevin Fimon, both show off their RI President Ravi's tie...

College Rotary Club - Fairbanks - Induction!  Membership is where it is at!!!
Here is the newest member of the Rotary Club of College:  Pamela Flory was inducted in November.  As a spouse of a current active member Pamela brings a wealth of Rotary knowledge and experience to the club.  It's a rare occasion when we get to induct someone who is already a PH fellow! In this photo PE

Julie Scott is attaching the Rotary Pin.

Rotarian Sandy Doyle was acknowledged by DG Brad for her first Paul Harris during the DG visit this fall.
Youth Exchange:  Four Years Later Rotary Club of Homer- Kachemak Bay receives this message
Lily Westphal

Hello hello!

In case this message reaches someone who doesn't know: my name is Lily Westphal and I was a rotary youth exchange student to Denmark 2011/12! I was inspired to write to you from Ecuador where I am currently studying Spanish and traveling for the next few months. Since my exchange I have bought many plane tickets. My heart has pulled me in many different directions and towards many different countries. It all started with a flight four years ago. I left the Anchorage airport (in tears after saying goodbye to my family for the first time) only to arrive in Billund, DK two days later, my first passport stamp. In my travels since exchange I have realized exactly how strong the network of exchange students truly is. It is so special that no matter what country I am in I have friends. I receive messages from people I have not seen or talked to in for years who are offering their homes, advice, and company. Open home and open hearts! The people I meet continue to redefine the meaning of both family and friend. The human relationships almost outgrow the experience of exchange itself. It is the people I meet who leave footprints in my heart I could never erase. Exchange gave me my first opportunity to explore who I wanted to be in relation to a global community. Learning to be Lily has been the process of learning to know the world through its expansions, contractions, flavors, and many faces. Exchange was the beginning of my intercultural understanding - and understanding that has been deepened and strengthened through my solo travels to Myanmar, India, Thailand, Chile, and now Ecuador.

This is why I will forever be a cheerleader for YOUTH exchange. I am so unbelievably grateful to have received the opportunity to experience cultural immersion at such a young(er) age! It has absolutely changed the way I move through the world. I just wanted to send a message thanking the Rotary Club of Homer- Kachemak Bay for the opportunity! Four years later, I still consider RYE the best decision I've ever made. 

Thank you thank you thank you!

I hope everyone has a wonderful winter!

Rotary Club of Susitna - Rotary Water Safety Advocay Award
Rotary Club of Susitna was presented the 2015 JCMF (Joshua Collingsworth Memorial Foundation) Rotary Water Safety Advocay Award for bringing Josh the Baby Otter water safety and literacy program to Alaska this year. Since making our initial presentations this fall, our club has purchased a Josh the Otter mascot costume to give Josh a permanent home in Alaska. We also purchased enough books to present to every kindergartner in the MatSu Borough. It's going to be a busy springtime!  Congratulations!!!

Jack Timm
Susitna Rotary Club 

Shelter Box Award
Each club member and Alaska ambassador to Shelterboxusa along with Dr. Nancy H Dodge was honored recently by the shelter box conference in Orlando, Florida for her volunteer work with youth including the Rotary Youth Exchange students.

Dr. Dodge has been a volunteer with Shelterboxusa for the past 2 1/2 years and a Rotarian for the past 18 months. During this time she has given presentations to Rotary clubs from Tampa, Florida to know I'm Alaska. If your club would like her to give a presentation with information about shoulder box, our largest global project partnership, please contact her at nhdodge@Comcast.net.
Anchorage South Rotarians  - Dictionaries
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Anchorage South Rotarians and their dictionary project.  Micheal Archer, Doran Powell, Chuck Skopa and Mike Ferris hold copies of the free dictionaries to be distributed to all Anchorage third graders.
Anchorage Downtown Christmas Ornament  Fundraiser

Want to help a child in need? Then consider purchasing a beautiful, Rotary Christmas ornament for yourself, clients or friends and family  this holiday season. Anchorage Downtown Rotary is selling the  ornaments for $10 each as a fundraiser for Safe Families for Children  Alaska. Since 2003, over 20,000 children have been safely placed with  Safe Families and the organization has been able to reduce foster care  in some states by over 50 percent. The organization steps in when  families are in crisis and finds safe, temporary homes for children,  then reunites them with their family once the crisis is over. This  fundraiser is a great way to help our most vulnerable families, before  abuse or neglect has a chance to occur. 

Many of the Downtown Rotary fundraiser ornaments have already been purchased and will be on the Capitol Christmas Tree in  D.C. Other places the ornaments will end up include on a  fully decorated tree at the Beacon Hill building in downtown  Anchorage and on a decorated tree at the Dena'ina Center from 

November through Christmas. Please consider purchasing an ornament as a gift to a fellow Rotarian,  or save one to give to a faraway Rotary Club during a visit. 

If you would like to purchase an ornament, or are interested in selling ornaments within your club, contact Rotarian Linda Franks at (907) 891-0895 or email her at linda@supportakun.org.
Juneau-Gastineau is a morning club auction!!!
The total proceeds raised for our outcry auction was $11,500, 
designated for The Rotary Foundation.
 Pam Varni made the cake!!!
Juneau-Gastineau is a morning club, and we're morning people.  This has always dictated our choice to have a morning Foundation Auction.  Despite the lack of adult beverage to lubricate the wallets, quite ironic given the fact we meet in the bar of the Prospector Hotel, the Gastineau club has always had a very successful auction. 
This year we needed to do some additional fundraising for our youth programs so the decision was made to attempt to raise funds for both.  Our outcry auction is almost always an auction of "experiences" and the great chefs in our club...and the very willing diners...make the bulk of those dining adventures.  We had a Texas BBQ, a New Year's Eve night at a member's boutique hotel, a Japanese dinner, a homemade soup and bread, a dinner of flavors of Southeast Asia, a snow-machine tour, a German dinner with our exchange student, a Super Bowl appetizer assortment, tempting Mediterranean tapas dinner, a traditional Italian feast, and a Belgian Waffle breakfast with Belgian exchange student.  The total proceeds raised for our outcry auction was $11,500, designated for The Rotary Foundation.
We had an abundance of items donated to our silent auction, from Rotarians in the club and from local businesses.  We had some really fun "experiences" in the silent auction too.   Phoneography lessons, knitting lessons, German lessons, massages, knife sharpening, a bracelet making lesson, sewing or alterations, several condos, whale watching and helicopter tours, wow!  We also had an amazing assortment of gift baskets, too.  There was something for everyone!  Our silent auction raised $7,805 which will help to fund our many coveted Youth Programs.

Looking at the past auctions, we have an AWESOME Foundation Chair, Colleen, who has seen her fellow Juneau-Gastineau Rotarians increasing their auction's proceeds by 25% from last year alone.  Every year she has chaired the auction, it has grown and club members have raised the bar, this year being no different.  Juneau-Gastineau Rotarians continue to dedicate themselves to bettering the lives of others, the true meaning of service to their local and global communities.
Tom Sullivan, our most favorite auctioneer

Buyers busily surveying the goods set up in the Prospector Hotel restaurant.
Joanne and Karla manning the check out desk
Club Speaker about Katrina Relocation to Texas
Narrative and Photos from Dallas Reunion Arena (Katrina Refugee Shelter) 
from Craig Bledsoe
      COL ASDF G6:

Here is a narrative that I provided to  fellow Anchorage East Rotarian Jon Dyson about my first-person report with  photos during the post-Katrina mass casualty evacuation and recovery.  Jon is  the manager of the new Alaska Airlines Center on the UAA campus, so this  experience directly relates to his facility in the event of a major disaster.


    Hello from the ISASI (International Air Safety) Convention in Fort Worth, Texas.  The weather in Texas right now is pretty intense with the temperature  over 100 degrees and the humidity not far behind.  When we arrived here last  Sunday, I spoke on the air with several local ham radio operators, including  PFC Paul Erny, N5MAB, who is a member of an MP Company in the Texas State  Guard.  Paul invited me to tour the Reunion Arena in Dallas, where his unit is  providing security, administrative support, and emergency communications for  the ongoing Hurricane Katrina refugee processing operation.

     This morning (Thursday) Paul picked me up from the convention site at the  Renaissance Hotel here in Fort Worth and drove me to downtown Dallas where the  Reunion Arena is located.  On the way to the refugee center Paul explained that  the entire Texas State Guard has been called to Active Duty for this disaster.  His Brigade is providing military service in Dallas, backfilling for the  Brigade normally based in Dallas that has been deployed to the "front lines" in  eastern Texas.  I brought my digital camera to take pictures of the experience,  some of which are attached to this letter.  Security was very tight, but my  blue ASDF military ID was honored everywhere as a guest pass.  The first photo  is of PFC Erny in front of the entry control point of the Reunion Arena.

     We initially reported to the EOC and the attached radio communications  center (photos attached) in the lower level of the Arena where I was introduced  to the shift supervisor and the EOC staff.  They were preparing for their  morning shift change staff briefing, so we didn't linger but were invited to  return later after my tour of the facility.  Upon entry I was issued a personal  squeeze bottle of antibiotic waterless cleanser to carry with me, and each  staff office had a drum of the same substance and a box of surgical gloves.  Every gathering of TXSG personnel looked like a convention of raccoons with  constant hand washing and scrubbing of food packages in their struggle against  dire infections.

     We went to the very depths of the building for our first stop on the tour. There I passed through tunnels filled with clothing (mostly rags) that had  been taken from the newly admitted refugees.  The smell was indescribable,  though I was told that it was greatly improved from its previous condition.  Then we came to a cavernous storeroom where Red Cross volunteers waded through  mounds of donated clothing and other material seeking to bring some small  degree of order to the chaos (see attached photo.)  Next we ascended up a  subterranean ramp to an interior checkpoint where a friendly Dallas policewoman  was in charge of the shower room for the female refugees.  We visited for a few
minutes and heard stories of what she had seen going on inside the Arena over  the previous week.

     All of this was the prelude to walking out onto the vast main floor of the  Arena and being surrounded by a sea of humanity in every conceivable condition.  I spoke with families that had been swept apart by the floodwaters, people  with loved ones who had been transported to other refugee centers across the  country, and those who had no idea where others in their families were, or if  they were even still alive.  The most popular volunteer was a Red Cross lady  with a service dog: a small golden retriever terrier mix that loved everyone  and was constantly being rubbed and petted by the victims - mostly the many  children.

     As we ascended the ramps away from the ocean of cots and meager  possessions, I came to the outer perimeter of the Arena where volunteers from  many service agencies were attempting to assist a throng of distressed  refugees.  Here a highly visible contingent of TXSG soldiers kept order amongst  the innumerable lines that wound around the structural beams.  Red Cross food  service personnel handed out pre-packaged lunches, and most impressively,  barbers from inner-city barber shops had shut down their retail stores to come  cut victims' hair for free out in the breezeways.  (They weren't allowed inside  the Arena because of the mounds of residual hair.)

     There was an ever-present feeling of concern about an outbreak of deadly  disease.  A TXSG medical staffer, who was probably the most  overstressed-looking person I met, spoke of the variety of contagions that they  had encountered.  I advised her that my worldwide shot record was current,  including cholera, yellow fever, hepatitis A & B, and all the rest.  Nevertheless, I was instructed not to visit the sickest refugees in the  Intensive Care portion of the Arena because of the threat of infection.  Consequently I only took photos of these areas from a distance.  The "disease  of the day" was the Norwalk Virus (Norovirus) which had just been identified as  being present in the building.

     At the conclusion of the tour I was given the latest revision of the TXSG  Shelter Management Plan to take back to Alaska.  Then I was invited to share a  meal with the Red Cross volunteers.  We sampled their solidified scrambled eggs  and fermented stale orange juice, and I realized that we still had a much  better deal than anyone I had just encountered on the floor of the Arena.  I  was driven to the nearby train station for the hour-long train ride back to  Fort Worth where I made notes of my impressions to share with you back home.

Rotary Leadership Academy 2015-16 is in full force
RLA students are in their third module of Rotary Leadership Education.

So far they have beome familiar with My Rotary and many aspects of the modern focuses of Rotary International.  After examining their own clubs, they are making plans to present their findings.

They have examinined:
Communications - Harriet Schloer
Membership - Ariel Talen-Keller
Public Image - Rosie Roppel

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 -  Next deadline is Dec. 20, 2015.  
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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