From:                                                      Rosie Roppel, District 5010 News Editor <>

Sent:                                                        Thursday, August 6, 2015 6:10 PM

To:                                                            Dan Johnson

Subject:                                                  DG Gamble Rotary District 5010 Newsletter July/August 2015




Alaska - Yukon

"Top of the World"

Newsletter             "Be a Gift to the World"

 Membership/New ClubJuly/Aug. 2015



District Governor Brad and the First Lady Tonya Gamble


Dear Daniel,

Greetings Fellow Rotarians and Welcome to the 2015-16 Rotary year! 

As we begin this new year, I want to express how deeply honored I am to serve as your District Governor.  As I often say, one of the greatest pleasures of being a Rotarian is the opportunity for new friendships both here, and around the world, while at the same time working toward making our world a better place.  It's what we as Rotarians do.  We do this selflessly, we do this tirelessly, we do this in addition to our work, family and other obligations.  And, we have fun!

This year's Rotary International  President, Ravi Ravindran, is urging that we "Be a gift to the world."  At the International Convention in Sao Paulo, attendees heard of the many accomplishments we have achieved over the past year in so many areas of the world.  Of significant note is the exciting news that we are nearing one year with no new polio cases reported in all of Africa!  And great strides are being made in Pakistan and Afghanistan, with fewer cases than ever being reported and with access being gained to areas that have been out of reach for years.  All this is happening because of the power of Rotary and the ability of Rotarians to reach great heights.  In the words of the Dalai Lama, "If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito."

Over the next several months, Tonya and I will have the privilege of visiting each of the clubs in our great District.  We are eagerly looking forward to these visits and meeting with your clubs and boards to learn more about what each club is doing, how the District and RI can help strengthen the clubs,  and getting  to know our great District 5010 Rotarians.  I know that you are doing wonderful things in your communities and I'm excited for this opportunity to be your District Governor. 

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


DG Brad Gamble


DGN Harry Kieling - "We are in the midst of a serious membership challenge. "

Membership Moment


Well, this Membership Moment wraps up my first year as District Membership Chair. I wish I could say that as a District we did gang busters and showed a positive net increase. Fact is, we didn't. And this is in spite of a District Governor who could not have been more committed. I certainly had some good ideas-some of which I followed through on and some I didn't.   But I haven't lost my eagerness to make a difference.


Talking with some very dedicated Rotarians around the District, some agree with me that we are in the midst of a serious challenge. Surprisingly enough there are others who don't think there is any evidence we are in downward spiral. My only retort is that if we are in a downward spiral and we don't recognize it then the consequences will be something we regret.


In any case, I am going to redouble my efforts. And I ask you to do the same. If you want some examples of how to do it right, talk to the Fairbanks Club who had a significant positive growth and the heretofore small Seward Club which brought on 12 new members.

In previous columns, I have painted the picture at the RI level, the national level and the District level. What I would ask you to do this year is look at it on the personal level. You, reading this article, bring in one new member. I am going to. Can You?


Finally, I want to mention that Andre Layral has agreed to help with the membership challenge. In the near term he and I will work together and eventually as I move into my DGN then DGE year Andre has agreed to take over as District Membership Chair. Let's all work together to show the world District 5010 will take the membership challenge.



District Membership Chair


Seward Alaska Rotary Club... Loads up on "New Members"!!!

How did they do it?!  A lesson learned...a great process!

Seward Invitational A Grand Success

Our club was shrinking! Members were moving away physically and figuratively. We were down to 20 members, and of those only about 13 were really active and attending.

With less active members, we were finding that inviting engaging speakers was scary, what if only a handful showed up to listen? How could we accomplish the work of the club and serve our community with such a small club? We needed to try something We started with a good old-fashioned classification study. When we pulled out the old one and dusted it off, it was over 20 years old. We sent the new study out to the club and asked them to think of the people in the open classifications that they would love to see in our club, people they liked hanging out with and doing things with. We ended up with a list of 88 people.

Our idea was to do a mass invitation to join our club. We knew it had to be a nice location, a brief presentation, and that we had to shine. We picked the waterfront restaurant Zudy's, and picked out some hearty appetizers, wine and beer. We had nice nvitations printed, hand-addressed the envelopes, and mailed them out asking for
RSVPs, and then we waited. It seemed that no one was RSVP'ing. Would no one show up? We split up the list and started calling people. 
Those personal calls made the difference. Word started to spread, people wanted to hear what Rotary was all about.


We planned our format and decided on one hour long- fifteen minutes to gather, then 15 minutes of presentations from 5 club members, then 30 minutes to mingle. We decided to bring our badges so they could find our members, our banner with the 4 Way Test, and a bunch of old Rotarian magazines scattered throughout the room that they could take with them. Fresh flowers would add a nice touch. We decided that we wanted to offer this group of invitees a discount on the first year membership too and settled on a reduction that we could afford. Then we decided to invite them as guests to the last four meetings of this Rotary year at no obligation, and then if they joined their year would start on July 1.

The night of the invitational was beautiful, that didn't hurt. The food was fabulous, that didn't hurt either. Not much wine or beer was drunk; they weren't just coming for the free drinks, which felt good. When it was time to present we started with Rotarian Kristi as the current president welcoming them, moved to Rotarian Tom T who told them about the networking part of Rotary, on to Rotarian Skip who highlighted the community service projects we have done in Seward over the years, then we had a comedy break with Rotarian Deb who did a fun facts of Rotary poking fun at local club members. We finished with President Elect Lori, with international focus and then an ask to join. We brought with us a sign up sheet that they could fill out- it had four choices they could select, briefly, 1) Yes- sign me up, I want to be a Rotarian 2) I'm too busy in the summer call me in Sept. 3) not now but don't could me out, and 4) No, I'm not interested. 

After the presentation we handed these out. The rest of the meeting was so filled with lively conversations, we overstayed our hour by a half hour, seemed like people just wanted to stay and visit. As we compared notes afterward a common theme was that folks had always been interested but had never been invited.

Seward Invitational A Grand Success

Are you ready for the numbers? Of the 88 invitees, 34 attended the event, 4 replied that they couldn't be there but were interested. When we tallied the sheets at the end of the night we had 16 people check the yes box, 5 said call me in September, 5 said not now but don't count me out! No one turned in a "no" sheet! Holy cow, it appears our club is going to double in size in the upcoming Rotary year!!

It was a good night to be a Rotarian. The 10 current Rotarians that attended walked out full of pride and making plans to make those last four meetings of this Rotary year spectacular so that our new prospective Rotarians would feel welcome. A whole new energy has been injected into our club, now it's up to all of us to keep it going. There were at least of few of us that were worried that Rotary was not going to survive in Seward, and we weren't about to let that happen.



Membership Moment:  Embrace your military!  


USCG  CWO Chad Lawler - Base Ketchikan, Senior Chief Kevinn Smith - Officer In Charge Station Ketchikan, and David Dixon retired CWO former Command Officer USCGC ANTHONY PETIT





The Rotary Club of Ketchikan First City has in the last few years embraced the United States Coast Guard members who traditionally have been strong in service to communities.  This is a perfect fit for our Rotary clubs.

Thursday, August 6, USCG Rotarians Smith and Lawler made a special presentation to the club on all aspects of the history of and the makeup of the Coast Guard commemorating the 225th birthday of the Coast Guard.  These officers are in the top 3% of the Coast Guard and just happen to be members in First City Rotary.




Join My Rotary and get Global Awards wherever you travel on cars rentals, hotels, dining, and Amazon!!!



RI President-elect K.R. Ravindran introduced a member benefits program at the 9 June closing session of the 2015 Rotary International Convention, saying that many more hands are needed to continue Rotary's work around the world.

     The program, Rotary Global Rewards, aims to boost membership and enhance member satisfaction. It will debut on 1 July.

     "This innovative new program will allow Rotary members to connect with hundreds of businesses and service providers from around the world -- and that number is growing," said Ravindran. "These establishments will offer Rotarians discounts and concessions on the everyday business that you do. And, in many cases, not only will you benefit, but our Foundation will as well, by receiving a contribution with each transaction."

     The program will include discounts on car rentals, hotels, dining, and entertainment. Discounts on more products and services from companies worldwide are expected to be added throughout the year.

"It will be another way to benefit from being a Rotarian and being part of the Rotary network," said Ravindran, whose presidential theme for 2015-16 is Be a Gift to the World. "I urge all of you to become a part of that scheme."


2016 District Conference in Talkeetna - SIgn up!!!


Rotary District 5010


Assembly & Convention 

Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge 

Talkeetna, Alaska 

  May 12-15, 2016 




Youth Exchange Coming and Going

Thank you clubs, for honoring your Youth Exchange students with a great send off and welcome back!


Left is Wasilla Sunrise Club:  Farewell Victor. Thank you for being our Rotary exchange student from Brazil.








Photo below:

Rotary Club of First City Rotary welcomes back  
Thank you Rebound Morgan Wyatt returning from Germany, for being our awesome Youth Exchange student!


There are going to be a lot of great greetings and welcomings...look how many involved Youth Exchange we have each year!!!


Fairbanks Inbound having a GREAT TIME!!!


Paula Moreno, the first Rotary Youth Exchange student from Spain to District 5010, has been in Fairbanks since July 16.  Fairbanks Downtown Club has welcomed her enthusiastically and as usual the Club members have been busy taking her out to enjoy the Alaskan summers before school starts end of August.  Paula has been having a great time:  

Paula waterskiing at Lost Lake with Rotarian Barbara Schuhmann (Barbara not shown in the picture, busy taking the photo)






Rotary Involvement




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



On May 13, we were short of our goal of $338,067 for donations to the Annual Fund of the Rotary Foundation. By June 30, we had exceeded our goal for 2014-15 by 1.04% with $352,085 of total donations. These donations came from Rotarians in 39 of our 40 clubs and averaged $203.99 per capita. WOW!

Furthermore, our total donations to the Polio Plus Fund were $180,344. This included a very generous contribution from one Rotarian who will be recognized as our district's second Arch C Klumph Society Member for cumulative cash donations to the TRF.

Encores are wonderful. Let's make this another great Rotary year. Will you "Be a Gift to the World" by continuing your caring support for the Annual Fund and the Polio Plus Fund of the Rotary Foundation?




In 2012-13 our district donated $317,258 to the Annual Fund of the Rotary Foundation. Half of that amount, $158,629, is available for D5010 to use for worthy projects this year.

Here is the "rest of the story."
This year we already have:

- awarded the $79,764 available for District Grants;
- committed $25,000 to continue supporting the Rotary Peace Centers;

- committed $31,726 to support the Polio Plus Campaign.

We would like to;

- fund several Global Grants (yes D5010 can be the beneficiary of a Global Grant);
 - nominate a candidate for a Peace Fellowship;

- support a Global Scholar;

- support a Vocational Training Team.

The money is available; let's us it. Will you "Be a Gift to the World" by sharing your ideas and personal participation to make these ideas realities?




On July 24, Nigeria became the latest country without a new case of polio for one year. Afghanistan and Pakistan remain the only countries with new cases of polio during the current year.

DG Brad has authorized the donation of $31,726, 20% of District 5010's District Designated Funds, to support RI's Polio Plus Campaign. Significantly, this donation is being matched 1 for 1 by The Rotary Foundation AND 2.5 for 1 by the Bill and Melinda

Gates Foundation resulting in a $142,767 donation for polio eradication. That's huge! Our donations do make a difference.  Will you "Be a Gift to the World" and add your donation to the Polio Plus Campaign?


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.

How to have a great District Governor Visit......hints...

Sitka Club receiving their 75 year certificate.  Birthday in January 2016.


There are all kinds of activities that a club can put together for a District Governor visit!



1.  Put a daily agenda together...send it to the DG and AG for preview

2.  Arrange for airport transport and greeters, if appropriate

3.  Build in a little down time for DG.










Most importantly:

Board meeting (with board members, carry on regular business, in an appropriate private venue.)  Board meeting is usually held prior to the club meeting


Club meeting: 

The speaker is the DG at least 20-30 minutes with time for questions...

This is a great time to bring prospective members.

*  Induct Paul Harris members

*  Induct New Members

*  Other awards


Projects Tour:  Take your DG and AG on a tour of your town highlighting your projects.


Social...(If it works out for your timing and area)

Fundraiser...(If it works out)


Club Photo:  

AND if there is time...for a club photo for your Facebook and Clubrunner pages!!!


Sitka Visit 

The Rotary Club of Sitka



Paul Harris recipients:  left to right DG Gambel, Deborah Daniels, AG Rosie Roppel, Jeff Budd, Ken Ash, and Sharon Bergman!


DG and John 


Playground behind Women's Shelter


 Your Presidential Citation is all on My Rotary - 

to Qualify...achievements must be done online.


Be sure to check off what you can do to help your club and president achieve these goals!



Twin Club Relationships with Russian (a former member of our District)


Your clubs have an opportunity to Twin (Partner) with a Russian Rotary Club to open up communications, partner on projects for instance there are four clubs looking for playground partners.  Contact:  Ted Trueblood or Gayle Knepper, or Jeff Hunston if you are interested. 






District Leadership Academy (DLA) APPLICATIONS



What do District Governor Dick,  Rosie Roppel, Dan Kennedy and Past District Governor Jack Randall all have in common???  They are Graduates from the Rotary District Leadership Academy!  DIane Fejes



To ALL Rotarian up and coming Leaders....  



The District Leadership Academy is accepting applications for the 2015-16 year.  This 9 month fully online course starting in September is chock-full of information for Rotarians. 


All are welcome--- President-Elects, and future District Leaders as well as those just interested in more global Rotary information.  


Talk to your Club Presidents, past Leadership Academy graduates and get in your application before the 25 slots are filled.  We encourage multiple members from one Club to apply and work together - teamwork cuts down the individual time spent and doubles the fun! 


See the webpage for District Leadership Academy:


Email Diane Fejes: 





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



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!!!



2015-16 District 5010 Leadership Team...Please welcome!!!







A Message From the District Governor

I think it was in the movie "Evan Almighty" where the actor Morgan Freeman, who played the part of God, said that "you change the world by one random act of kindness at a time." As Rotarians, we are given the opportunity to help change the world through the kind use of the time, talents and resources that we, individually, have been blessed.

I am always impressed by the unselfish ways in which our Rotary lubs pull together to make a difference, both in our local communities and the broader world community, through the participation and support of the many programs in which we are involved.

August is Membership and Extension month, and while we engage in active programs, activities and projects to enhance our community, it is also important that we not ignore the health and well-being of the club itself. To me that means, among other things, that we enjoy good fellowship opportunities, attract and retain new and existing members, encourage participation by all members in the club's activities and truly make Rotary an integral part of our lives.

Thank you for being Rotarians and sharing your gifts.
DG Brad Gamble


In Rotary Spirit,

Rosie Roppel News Editor - one last time...  Send info to Dan Kennedy for next newsletter!

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(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")

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