District Governor Brad and the First Lady Tonya Gamble
District Governor's Message
Greetings Fellow Rotarians and Happy New Year!
Well, the first half is done, the halftime festivities are over and we are now in the second half, and doing quite well. Overall District membership is increasing and our Rotary Foundation is growing and continuing to allow us to do great things, thanks to your generous support. Our clubs are engaging in meaningful, relevant projects in our communities. Several of our clubs are looking within to see where they are today and exploring where they can be tomorrow. This is all great stuff, and I've been impressed with what I have seen around our District. We are doing well. But, we can be doing more. It's time for all of us to revisit those goals that we set at the start of our year and make sure we are on track to finish the game where we had planned to be. In those areas where we're ahead, super! Where we need to make up ground, there's lots oftime left on the clock; but the clock is running. GO TEAM!
DG Brad Gamble
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.
D5010 Membership Chair
TIME FOR ROTARY
Rotary District 5010
WE ARE A GIFT TO THE WORLD
Assembly & Convention
GRAND PRIZE WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT!!!
DEBRA MASON IS THE WINNER!
The random draw for the Grand Prize winner for the district conference early bird registration was just completed. Donated by K-2 & Rust's Aviation, the lucky recipient receives a Denali Flight-See for two ($600 value). The conference committee is pleased to announce Debra Mason from Anchorage International as the winner!
Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge
May 12-15, 2016
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 making reservations.
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: email@example.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
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.
Cheryl Metiva, Co-Chair
2016 District Conference Committee
WOODY ANGST - DISTRICT 5010 ROTARY FOUNDATION CHAIR
ROTARY FOUNDATION CONTRIBUTIONS
Introducing - - - -
the Rotary Foundation Committee of District 5010.
Rotarians serving on our Foundation Committee are valuable resources regarding the Rotary Foundation -- for general information and, especially, for detailed information and help in their respective areas of expertise. A roster of the committee members with their contact information is attached for your use. Please call upon them with questions, for information, and about assistance that you and your club may need or want.
With help from these Rotarians, let's continue to support the Rotary Foundation and engage in its wonderful programs. Thanks.
Remember, Every Rotarian Every Year
If you don't know how to contact the following people in your area, contact Woody Angst and he will get you to the right person.
Gift and Estate Planning Professionals
What is your professional designation? Is it Accountant, Attorney, Financial Planner, Fundraiser, Insurance Agent, Other? What is GEPP? Gift and Estate Planning Professionals, GEPP, is a group of reputable professionals who are supporting the long term health of the Rotary Foundation. These professionals have the technical expertise to help Rotarians achieve their financial and charitable goals. Rotary identifies them as volunteer resources and gives them the tools that they need to assist Rotarians who are considering a gift to Rotary's endowment.
Members of GEPP are expected to:
- Allow Rotary to share your name as a resource
- Abide by the GEPP Code of Conduct
- Understand Rotary's gift acceptance policy
- Keep donor information confidential
- Know your Zone Team members - who are available to help
The opportunities for GEPP members are to:
- Share the benefits of giving through Rotary with charity minded Rotarians
- Make presentations and distribute promotional materials
- Encourage qualified professionals to join the GEPP Group
- Consider making your own estate or life income gift
- Identify planned giving prospects for Rotary staff
- Invite like minded professionals to join Rotary
If you may be interested in becoming a member of the GEPP Group, contact Woody Angst, our District Rotary Foundation Chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Your interest and support for the Rotary Foundation are appreciated. Thanks. Woody
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!!!
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
**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
UPCOMING PE WEBINARS...VERY IMPORTANT TO FIND OUT WHAT TO DO AND HOW TO BE AT PNWPETS!!!
Rotary Friendship Team -
The entire PDF has been sent to your email address.
As per Jon Deisher - email@example.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.
YOU TOO CAN HELP ERADICATE POLIO!!!
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
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 barbecue, 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!
- See more at: http://rotarydistrict5010.org/SitePage/rotary-youth-leadership-awards-ryla-2016#sthash.lv8MqNUk.dpuf
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.
On January 27, 1925, a brave group of mushers agreed to take a 20-pound package of serum by relay
from Nenana to Nome, Alaska, to help save a community suffering from a diphtheria epidemic. Over 5
1/2 grueling days, a total of 20 mushers and 150 dogs made the 674 mile trek through extreme weather
conditions so that a village could survive. It has since become known as "The Great Race for Mercy."
45 years ago, Joe Redington Sr., Dorothy Page, a Nome Musher Howard Farley and 2 fellow mushers
came up with the idea of commemorating that run with the Iditarod Dog Sled Race. Thus was started
the 1,049 mile journey from Anchorage to Nome.
Similarly, ShelterBox was devised in 2000 by a man sitting around his kitchen table thinking about what
types of life-saving equipment his family would need following a disaster or humanitarian crisis.
Today, ShelterBox is an international humanitarian disaster relief organization providing temporary shelter and nonperishable equipment to families worldwide. In 2012, ShelterBox became the largest global Rotary International project partner. ShelterBox teams have been deployed over 250 times to 95 countries. This 120 pound box containing a tent, furnace, water purification and much, much more, is carried hundreds of miles by boat, motorcycle, snow machine, tuktuk and yes, dogsled. During the next 3 months your club can help our largest global project partner by donating to the ShelterBox Iditarod Challenge. For more information, go to www.shelterboxusa.org/iditarod.
Your ShelterBox Ambassador, Nancy Dodge, will be in Nome with the ShelterBox tent for the end of the race. Stop by if you happen to be in Nome between March 13 and March 20. Your support does matter.
Three (3) ways to donate:
2. Mail your check to Shelterboxusa, 8374 Market Street #203, Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202 or 3. Call 941 907-6036 and use your credit card. Please mention the Iditarod Challenge when you mail or call in.
Rotary District Leadership Academy (DLA) 2015-16 is in full force
District 5010 LEADERSHIP ACADEMY
Future Leaders of Rotary Unite!
Do you think PETS is the place to walk your dog?
What is the COL and why should clubs care?
Do you know what your Club plans for Membership, Public Image, or RI Foundation/Grants include?
The answers to ALL these questions can be found by asking the fully informed Leadership Academy graduates or current students.
Better yet YOU can become part of the next class of graduates full of wisdom and knowledge.
Find more information on the D5010 website. Enrollment for the fall of 2016-17 will begin soon.
Diane Fejes, Dean -D5010 Leadership Academy
FYI- Class of 2015-2017
DLA students are in their fourth module of District Leadership Education. Kudos to you hard working scholars!!!
So far they have become 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.
Courses Completed or in progress:
Communications - Harriet Schloer
Membership - Ariel Talen-Keller
Public Image - Rosie Roppel
Youth Services - Sue Bethel
Wasilla Sunrise Rotary Club announces " We are very proud to have established the official landmark, "Rotary Falls" near the Government Peak Recreation Area!"
|Past President Dan Kennedy and Youth Exchange student from Switzerland Lara Ruefenacht pictured in front of the falls.
Wasilla Sunrise Rotary Club past president Dan Kennedy led the two-year effort to name the falls, which honors the Sunrise, Palmer, Wasilla, Susitna and Eagle River clubs, according to Anderson.
Click here for full story.
About the Council on Legislation
The Council on Legislation, Rotary's "legislature," meets every three years in Chicago to deliberate and act upon proposed enactments and resolutions submitted by clubs, district conferences and the RI Board. The Council itself also makes proposals. There are:
- Proposed Enactments which seek to change RI's constitutional documents (the RI Constitution, RI Bylaws, and the Standard Rotary Club Constitution); and
- Proposed Resolutions which seek actions by the Council that do not amend the constitutional documents (i.e., for referral to the RI Board or TRF Trustees).
The Council comprises more than 500 representatives from every part of the Rotary world. Voting members include one elected representative from each Rotary district. Some non-voting members include the chair and vice chair of the Council, the RI president, members of the RI Board, and past RI presidents.
Fore more information about the Council or the legislation, contact Gayle Knepper, D5010 COL representative firstname.lastname@example.org or Jane Little, alternate representative, email@example.com.
Send your opinion on proposed legislation!
The Council on Legislation is an essential part of Rotary's governance. While the Board of Directors set policies for Rotary, the Council provides a way for clubs to participate in setting Rotary's direction. You are encouraged to provide your views on proposed legislation. You may do this in one of two ways:
CLUBS: SEND STATEMENTS OF OPPOSITION OR SUPPORT TO RI BY 10 FEBRUARY
Get involved - give input or feedback. If your club feels strongly about a proposal, write a short message of support or opposition, or provide general comments directly to RI. It will subsequently be provided to delegates before the COL. It is a powerful way to give feedback on proposed legislation.
Use this online form to submit statements (2000 characters or less) by February 10, 2016:
(Additional information on statements can be found on page 109 of the 2013 Manual of Procedure.)
ROTARIANS & CLUBS: SEND YOUR OPINION TO D5010 BY 28 FEBRUARY
Gayle Knepper is D5010's elected representative to the COL; her role is to represent the views of district Rotarians on proposals coming before the Council.
Are you in SUPPORT of a proposal? Or are you OPPOSED? You are invited to let Gayle know your opinions by using the "Support Oppose Legislation" form (downloadable from the sidebar on this site) and returning to her at
by 28 February 2016 or before.
Please give feedback on any selected items as you choose; it is not necessary to provide feedback on the entire list.
You can review the full text of the proposals by downloading "Proposed Legislation 2016 COL" from the sidebar on this website, or review complete information about the COL at
Here is your District COL team:
Will Files and District Grants!
What can our district do for your community and the world?
Apply for a District Grant
I. Note to all recipients of District Grants during the 2015-2016 Rotary Year. Reports are due
within 4 weeks
of completion, but NO LATER THAN
II. Each Rotary Club should be developing a District Grant for the next Rotary Year 2016-2017. Have your President-elect bring a project idea and/or a draft to PETS at the end of February. Projects must be submitted by
using the following web site:
IV. Be generous with your contributions to The Rotary Foundation Annual Program Fund. District 5010 receives half of these funds back for use with District and Global Grants, as well as Scholarships, Peace Fellowships, Vocational Training Teams, and other humanitarian needs.
Will Files, District Grant Chair
eClub of District 5010
President George Frushour, a great Rotarian who is a fun guy! No wonder the eclub is focusing on YOUTH!!!
Our eClub focus this Rotary year is on Youth. With membership widely spread, our members are supporting youth activities near their homes in cooperation with local Rotary clubs. This picture is of the RYLA students from Fredericksburg, Texas, District 5840. Payton Carroll, one of the students, is sponsored by our eClub. In addition, our member is participating as a chaperone for the RYLA event, happening from 15 to 18 January.
Eclub wrapping party
Members of the Anchorage South Rotary Club volunteered at the Clitheroe Center for Christmas dinner.
|President Mike Ferris, members and friends are pictured.
An evening at the Clitheroe Center
More than 20 Anchorage South Rotarians, family and friends gathered together to help the residents of the Salvation Army's Clitheroe Center celebrate a joyful Christmas night of music, dinner, games, prayers and presents. The Center provides treatment and hope for men and women fighting addition and who are striving to improve their lives. Their circumstances are far different from ours. The residents were heartened by the presence of the Rotarians who came to set up the event, serve them dinner and dessert, sing songs, participate in games and clean up. Residents have mentioned that they never realized that they could have so much fun without drugs or alcohol. Some said this was the first time they have received Christmas presents.
I'm not sure who got the most out of the event, the residents or the Rotarians. Anchorage South Rotary certainly lived up to Rotary's motto of "Service Before Self." But, the motto I like the best is "Let's Make a Difference." And we did!
Youth Exchange...Crown Jewel of our District! What does our district do for us? They keep the kids coming and going from country to country, spreading Peace person by person!!!
This past weekend was our Youth Exchange Winter Orientation, at the Millinium Hotel in Anchorage. Thursday was YEO training, Friday - Sunday were the student Orientation. Saturday evening is the Youth Exchange Country Selection Banquet at The Bill Sheffield Railroad Depot at the Anchorage International Airport. The Country Selection Banquet was the event that Outbound students found out what country they will be going to for the next year to study abroad. We have 24 Outbound students, 19 Inbound students, 14 Rebound/Rotex students and 22 YEO's.
This is always a very high energy, fun-filled weekend. What an incredible program...I hope your club is involved! Lots of fun and so rewarding!
Soldotna/Kenai Rotary Club
First National Bank Alaska bumps up Kettle Wars competition
It's been a tradition since the first Soldotna/Kenai Rotary Club was chartered over 35 years ago. Bell Ringing or as the Salvation Army calls it "Standing Kettle." In the beginning when the twin cities had only one club it was a way for members to practice service about self during the holidays while happily greeting friends and neighbors. As Rotary grew on the Peninsula and new clubs formed, a friendly bell ringing competition developed between the Soldotna, Kenai and Kenai River Clubs to see which club could raise the most funds while standing kettle. The rivalry was encouraged by the Salvation Army and a traveling bell trophy complete with bragging rights was created for the winning club each year. Like the SoHi football team Soldotna Rotary does not like giving up trophies or bragging rights so it was a very long year when Kenai defeated Soldotna a few years back says Soldotna Rotarian and First National Bank Alaska Sr. Vice President and Soldotna Branch manager Charlie Weimer, "Winning the bell trophy was sort of a club tradition until we lost it a few years back, so since then First National Bank Alaska has been stuffing the Soldotna Club Kettle and today we put in our check for $500. It's a great time of year to help out the Salvation Army and to remember those who need help this time of year," said Weimer.
Unlike deflating footballs, stuffing the red kettle is perfectly legal in Rotary "Kettle Wars" says Salvation Army envoy Craig Fanning, "I tell all three clubs that if they are going to make a corporate or personal donation to us that they do it during the kettle war times and it will be credited to that clubs kettle," he said. The kettle drive is the only fund raiser the Salvation Army does each year and Fanning also encouraged folks to remember the toy drives and that they will be putting together food boxes for families again this year in addition to the services they provide year round in the community. "The Salvation Army has been doing a kettle drive now for over a hundred years now and kids learn about giving from their parents and we have generations now who have learned the spirit of a giving heart by stuffing coins in that red kettle. But this may be the only Rotary Kettle Wars as such that I know of and we appreciate it," said Fanning.
Check out this video that Marcelin Niset sent to share with you...
Club Presidents ... Time to Recognize the work of your club!!!
Club Presidents and Board of Directors,
You and your club members have worked hard this year to serve your community and the Rotary world. Now is the time to be recognized for the effort and
share the good news! Below is a list of various District and International awards you can earn.
Presentation and announcement of winners will be revealed at the District 5010 Conference, May 13-15, 2016 at the Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge.
RI SIGNIFICANT ACHIEVEMENT AWARD (Deadline March 1)
Recognizes club projects that have done the following:
* Addressed a significant problem or need in the local community (international service projects, no matter how worthy, are not eligible for this award)
* Involved most or all of the club's members in personal rather than monetary service
* Been commensurate with the size of the club and its available resources
* Enhanced the image of Rotary in the community
* Been able to be emulated by other Rotary clubs
* Been active during the Rotary year for which the award is being given (though it need not have been initiated, and may have been completed, in the current Rotary year)
The nomination form (attached) must be completed and returned to the District Awards committee no later than March 1. The District can only accept one nomination per club and the best project will be forwarded to RI World Headquarters for this recognition by their March 15 deadline.
PRESIDENTIAL CITATION (Deadline March 31)
Access Rotary.org and login to "My Rotary" to update your club's efforts via the Rotary Club Central database. No more submitting forms to the district. Simply make sure the data for your club to earn the citation is updated no later than
for more information.
(Deadline March 31)
The club with the highest net growth from July 1-March 31 will be recognized for its efforts to develop club membership for the district. No form is required however review your club membership list in Rotary Club Central and make sure any new club members inducted are added to the database before the deadline.
(Deadline April 15)
Toot your club's horn by submitting your club's most effective service project that was completed in the 2015-2016 Rotary year. Send a paragraph explaining what the project was, impact, partners and any other relevant details that make it your best project. Email your nomination to the Awards Committee.
BE A GIFT TO THE WORLD
(Deadline April 15)
In the spirit of this year's Rotary theme, "Be a Gift to the World" we would like clubs to nominate one Rotary member who has given the gifts of time, talent, and knowledge to improve lives in his or her community. This could be the unsung hero in the club who serves others not because of title but because of the need. Ten members in the district will be selected and recognized at the conference for this distinguished honor. One nomination per club. Send submissions to the District Award Committee. See attached nomination form.
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
Economic and Community Development Month
Disease Prevention and Treatment Month
15 December - Early registration discount ends for RI Convention
Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution Month
23 February - Rotary's anniversary
Youth Services Month
28 May-1 June - RI Convention, Seoul, Korea
Thank you for being Rotarians and sharing your gifts.
DG Brad Gamble
In Rotary Spirit,
Rosie Roppel News Editor - Next deadline is Feb. 20, 2016
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
2016 DISTRICT 5010 CONFERENCE