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Weekly Program
Speaker Chair for March - Dan Kennedy
Tuesday, March 8, 2016
Ms. Terri Hall
Rotary Past District Governor
Rotary Bio: Teresa Hall
Canandaiqua Rotary Club President 1996-97
District Governor 2003-2004 - "Lend a Hand"
Terri Hall is a former Pharmacy and Healthcare business owner in Canandaigua, NY. Currently, she is President of President of Bernie’s Pharmacy, Inc. in Anchorage, Alaska, a Community Retail Pharmacy with 18 employees and TCHmed Consulting, Inc. a healthcare consulting company for Pharmacy, DME and Long Term Care.
In 1989, she became a Rotarian, sponsored by the Canandaigua Rotary Club’s first woman President; she embraced the Canandaigua community by giving back to it with Rotary service. In 1996, Terri became Canandaigua’s second woman President, and Rotary District 7120’s first woman Governor in 2003-2004. During these years, her Rotary International involvement included the establishment and charter of the Staraya Russa Rotary Club in Staraya Russa, Russia, when after being chartered 2 years, they welcomed their first woman President. Terri and Laura Volk were partners in the establishment of Rotary International extension into Russia for District 7120. They traveled to Russia 5 times to meet with Business leaders, potential Rotarians and City officials. The relationship with Staraya Russa, and Novgorod Rotary was significant with the Youth Exchange Program in District 7120, hosting over 15 Youth Exchange students, 4 of which became Terri’s Youth Exchange daughters.  In 1997, they invited 17 Rotarians of District 7120 to St. Petersburg Russia. Laura and Terri spoke to the Rotary world at the Presidential Peace conference about the establishment of Novgorod and Staraya Russa Rotary clubs for President Glen Kinross. She was presented with a Governor Citation from Governor Harry Blaeser for her international extension work for District 7120. She was presented the Rotarian of the year (2000) from the Canandaigua Rotary Club. In 2004, the first Deaf Rotary Club became part of District 7120, during her tenure as Governor; she was a member of the development team that led to its charter.
Rochester Deaf Rotary is the only deaf Rotary club in Rotary International.
Terri has represented RI Past President Carl Stenhammar (2005-2006) at District conferences in Athens, Greece and Palermo, Sicily; served on the RI Convention Committee for the RI International Convention in Copenhagen, Denmark. After Rochester Deaf Rotary was officially chartered; the first Deaf Rotary Club was formally introduced to the Rotary world at the Copenhagen convention. Terri was also a 2008 RI Assembly training leader for Governors Elect  in San Diego for RI President D.K. Lee.
Building goodwill and better friendship, throughout her Rotary tenure, Terri served on many District 7120 committees. A move to District 5010, in Anchorage, Alaska in 2006, Terri is a member of Anchorage South Rotary and currently serves as the District 5010 Club Extension chair. In 2013, the first E Club in District 5010 was chartered, and continues to serve in a mentor role.  Terri is a multiple Paul Harris Fellow, Benefactor and Bequest Society member.
Greeter, Greg Brooker - Sgt At Arms, Mark Lee - Pledge, Jason Marvel - Invocation, Matt Stielstra
Tuesday, March 15
Midshipman Teresa Kennedy
2015 Truman Scholar
Greeter, Janet Kennedy - Sgt At Arms, Mark Lee - Pledge, Jason Marvel - Invocation, Dan Goff
Candace, her daughter, Mark & Chris Lee and Debbie Bushnell will travel to Guatemala on February 29th and return March 5th. 
Tierra Linda (appropriately translated as ‘Beautiful Land’) is a small village in the mountains of Guatemala.  The indigenous students’ native language is Katchiquel, but their schools are taught in Spanish.  This presents a significant challenge in an impoverished area.
I have had the blessing to work with a wonderful  group called Mayan Families, a fantastic 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located in rural Guatemala.   This is unlike any other organization.  In 2009 I had the privilege to visit and witness firsthand how 100% of my donations went directly to the family we sponsored.  I witness the joy on their faces, the excitement in the children’s eyes and the hope of a better future.  It was an experience that left me humbled, thankful and desperate to share their stories. 
In the past years, through generous fund raising efforts of supporters of Mayan Families, in addition to their elementary school, Tierra Linda now has a preschool, a middle school and a small library open for community use.  Unfortunately education is not free in Guatemala.  Often time’s parents are forced to choose between sending their children to school and feeding their families.  They simply cannot do both and survive.  Guatemala has one of the highest illiteracy and lowest school enrollment rates in Latin America. This is primarily due to the high cost of attending school which prevents many indigenous families from receiving an education.
This is where we can help.  Education is key in breaking the cycle of poverty and can create a better future for the children and their families.  Fronteras, students from both  Colony and Wasilla High School, Wasilla Sunrise Rotary and other community members are collecting items to take down to distribute in Guatemala in February 2016.  We are requesting the following donations:
-Books in Spanish
-School supplies
- And of course, monetary donations toward sponsorship of students* at Tierra Linda
* To sponsor a student the cost of one full year is $360.    Tierra Linda has 12 students that need sponsorship.  Student sponsorship covers the cost of enrollment fees, requisite school materials, supplies and uniforms, regular monitoring of school work and progress by a Mayan Families Social Worker, and provides students with access to the Charlie Gomez Medical Clinic as well as general educational support as needed.
To learn more, please go to or contact Candace Cieslo at  If you are interested in traveling to Guatemala in February with our group, we would be happy to give you more information. This is a great opportunity to meet the students you sponsor!
Thank you so much for your help and consideration.
Candace Cieslo
Wasilla Sunrise Rotary  Member
President Elect Training Seminar
Matt and company at PETS...
Matt Stielstra, President-Elect 2016-17

Each officer and director shall be a member in good standing of this club. The president-elect shall attend the district presidents-elect training seminar and the district assembly unless excused by the governor-elect. If so excused, the president-elect shall send a designated club representative who shall report back to the president-elect. If the president-elect does not attend the presidents-elect training seminar and the district assembly and has not been excused by the governor-elect or, if so excused, does not send a designated club representative to such meetings, the president-elect shall not be able to serve as club president. In such event, the current president shall continue to serve until a successor who has attended a presidents-elect training seminar and district assembly or training deemed sufficient by the governor-elect has been duly elected.

Standard Rotary Club Constitution – Article 9 Section 5(c) – 2013


PETS participants should include the governor-elect, assistant governors, the district trainer, and all incoming club presidents in the district. The RI Board of Directors has recommended that the expenses of the incoming club presidents be paid by the clubs or the district. (RCP 23.020.4.) Assistant governors promote attendance among the presidents-elect to whose clubs they are assigned and facilitate team building among the presidents-elect, governors-elect, and themselves. (RCP 23.020.4.)

Manual of Procedure – 2013 and Rotary Code of Policies

Pacific Northwest PETS
2015 – PETS Friday 6 March thru Sunday 8 March

The PNW Presidents-elect Training Seminar is the largest and one of the oldest multi-district PETS. PNW PETS is a joint effort of the nine Rotary districts in the Northwest area of North America (and eastern Russia). This large area includes the states of Alaska, Oregon, Washington, parts of Idaho and California, the Canadian province of British Columbia and the Yukon Territory. PNW PETS is managed, prepared and conducted by a PETS Operating Committee composed of the District Governor-elect and a Past District Governor representative from each participating District. Consisting of well known exceptional speakers, informative workshops, detailed district training sessions, fellowship and networking, the basic purpose of our PETS is to have the best prepared, most enthusiastic club presidents in the Rotary world. Annually, the over 550 Presidents-elect attending leave well prepared to carry out their Rotary duties.

There is a lot of information throughout the web site that will answer your questions about PETS and the training weekend. Please spend a few minutes to visit the various pages. As new information is developed it will be added to the site. A detailed program of the events occurring during PETS will be provided on the program page when it is approved by the committee. As you complete your on line registration on the registration page please read the notes and directions provided and you should be able to avoid problems that others have had in the past.


presidents-elect training seminar (PETS). A training meeting conducted annually, preferably in March, for club presidents-elect. Its purpose is to prepare incoming club presidents for their year as president and give district governors-elect and incoming assistant governors the opportunity to motivate incoming presidents and build their working relationship.


A PETS, which may be a multi-district PETS, shall take place for the purpose of orientation and training of club presidents-elect in the district as determined by the board. The PETS shall be held annually, preferably in March. The governor-elect shall be responsible for the PETS. The PETS shall be planned and conducted under the direction and supervision of the governors-elect.

The purpose of this one-and-a-half-day seminar, held in March, is to prepare incoming club presidents for their role.

The purpose of the presidents-elect training seminar (PETS) is:
• To prepare incoming club presidents for their year as president.
• To give district governors-elect and incoming assistant governors the opportunity to motivate incoming presidents and build their working relationship.

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Save the Date! No More Mat- Su, Sunday, April 24, 2016 
Glenn Massay Theater
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Roses for Rotary
Rose Order Forms will be available next week
Rose prices have been increasing over the past few years
so we will be selling them at $30 per dozen this year. 
Rose Delivery Day is April 26, 2016 during Administrative Assistants Week.
It is never too early to begin your sales.
District Conference 2016 Registration
To register, please visit:
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 now.  Please call 866-845-6338 toll free, or 907-777-2806 local. You may also email:  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, leadership and service opportunities- plus creating new friendships.  Watch your email for other details to follow.
  • Early Bird registration by December 30.
  • 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.
Rotary International Monthly Themes
Rotary Monthly Themes have changed effective July 1, 2015
JULY No special designation 1 July — Start of new Rotary year
AUGUST Membership and Extension Month 
SEPTEMBER - Basic Education and Literacy Month
OCTOBER Economic and Community Development Month   
NOVEMBER Rotary Foundation Month  
DECEMBER Disease Prevention and Treatment Month  
JANUARY Vocational Service Month  
FEBRUARY Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution Month
MARCH Water and Sanitation Month 
APRIL Maternal and Child Health Month
MAY Youth Service Month    
            28 May–1 June — RI Convention, Seoul, Korea
JUNE Rotary Fellowships Month
  17–23 January — International Assembly, San Diego, California, USA
    23 February — Rotary's anniversary


Birthdays & Anniversary's
Member Birthdays
Elsie O'Bryan
March 12
James Martin
March 12
Paul Hurley
March 16
Chris Lee
March 17
Andrew Faiks
March 24
Matt Stielstra
March 26
Jerry Moses
March 31
Spouse Birthdays
Christine Lee
March 17
Amy Stielstra
March 30
Matt Ketchum
March 21
Join Date
Read Dunn
March 11, 2014
2 years
Roger Beck
March 30, 2004
12 years


Wasilla Sunrise Rotary meets Tuesdays, 7:00am at the Jack White Building, Wasilla

Wasilla Rotary meets Wednesdays, 12:00pm at the Hacienda Restaurant, Wasilla -

Palmer Rotary meets Thursday's, 12:00pm Palmer Ale House, 320 E. Dahlia Avenue, Palmer -

Susitna Club - meets Wednesday 6:00-7:15 pm @Piccolino's Restaurant, Wasilla -

Eagle River Club - meets Thursday morning 7am at Bear Mountain Grill, Eagle River and Thursday noon at Picollino's Restaurant, Eagle River - -

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