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It is important for our Soldotna Rotarians to make it to meetings. It is especially important to a Rotarian that has over 30 years of perfect attendance, Mike Sweeney.
Pictured from left to right: Chuck Cook, Dave Peterson, Chris Hough, Allen Auxier, Gary Hinkle, Joe Kashi, David Wartinbee, and Mike Sweeney. Photo credit: Merrill Sikorski
Every year, Soldotna Rotarians donate their time and skills to cook salmon for the residents of Heritage Place, their care givers, and staff. Rotarian, Dave Wartinbee leads the charge organizing the volunteers. It takes weeks of organization, but each year is a smashing success.
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The Soldotna Rotary Club continues to support the local D.A.R.E program. Ofc. Tobin Brennan is the D.A.R.E. instructor in the three local elementary schools. Yearly, Ofc. Brennan provides D.A.R.E education to 5th graders and then provided a lock-in/graduation event. This year, Soldotna Rotary Club was able to provide the grand prize to the winning essay writer on why D.A.R.E is an important program and why it is important to them. D.A.R.E. is an important program in the community.
By partnering with the Rotary Club of Soldotna, the City of Soldotna, the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce, and local businesses, Soldotna’s ARTSpace, Inc. is implementing a community-based public art program. Many of these projects result in regular exhibits and annual events intended to promote public art that enhances the Soldotna area in a manner that’s democratic and for the enjoyment of all.
Soldotna Rotarians joined forces with K-Beach Elementary, Soldotna Elementary, and Sterling Elementary to encourage students to read through the summer months. This fall the schools joined with Rotarians to recognize those students that read this summer.
To the Soldotna Rotary Club:
I just want to also say thank you to the whole club for first of all picking me and also helping me out with the support you guys gave to me. Thank you for giving me this opportunity, because this year has been the best year of my life so far and the memories will stay with me forever. So Thank you again.
Beginning July of 2014, the new Presidents of the Kenai, Soldotna, and Kenai River Clubs stepped into their leadership roles: Scott Hamann/Kenai; Jodi Stuart/Soldotna; and Diane Taylor/Kenai River.
The three of us were able to connect at the District Conference meeting earlier that year, and set up a plan to establish a monthly meeting of the three of us. The purpose of these meetings was to facilitate collaboration and understanding of what other Rotarians in our communities were doing. (The three clubs are within approximately 12 miles of each other!)
At yesterday's Club luncheon, we had two Kenai Central High School students talk to us about a spaghetti feed fundraiser that they are putting on to benefit the Students in Transition program with our local school District.
The Soldotna Rotary Club, Kenai River Rotary Club, and Soldotna Library have combined forces to provide suicide prevention training to the community free of charge.
Soldotna Rotary Club has been known to support reading in the community through dictionary projects to RIGS (Reading is Great in the Summer) and now to SMORES (Summer Months are Open for Reading Everywhere). Recently, Soldotna Rotarians presented t-shirts to K-Beach Elementary students that read over the summer months and supported the first year of SMORES at Soldotna Elementary.
Soldotna Rotarians support Rotary District 5010's Youth Exchange program by hosting a student every year from a foreign country. Also, each year, a local teen is selected to travel abroad as well. This long standing program creates an experience for both students that they will never forget. To take look at the teen's perspective, check out this cool article from the Dispatch!
Scholarship recipients Brandon Rice, Kelsey Tachick and Kiana Hendricks pose between Rotarians Becky Foster and Dale Bagley.
Not pictured: Kelci Benson, Julie Litchfield, Erica McGahan, Molly Silta, and Adam Uchtman.
The spectacular "Kenai La Belle" by Fanny Ryland received its artist's autograph recently. This 12 by 24 foot mural is set to be displayed at the Kenai Airport.
Soldotna Rotary Club contributes $5,000 to the Fred Chambers RAFT Fund to provide transportation and assistance to locals battling cancer.
Soldotna Rotary Club presented the very first “Serving to Learn, Learning to Serve Award “ to Amelia Mueller last Thursday during our Rotary luncheon. Amelia is a nine year old who has been identified as having a heart to serve way beyond her years and therefore is the recipient of this one of a kind Soldotna Rotary Club award.
Want to see more? Check out the article in the Dispatch!
The Kenai River Interact Club, sponsored by the Soldotna Rotary Club, joined forces on March 15, 2014 with Zumba enthusiasts to raise over $1,000 for Cystic Fibrosis Alaska Chapter.
New Rotary International President Gary Huang and his wife Corinna "Light Up Rotary" at NW PETS with Instructor Merrill Sikorski of Soldotna Rotary Club.
EPA Regional Administrator Dennis McLerran presents Caring for the Kenai finalist Courtney Stroh with the President’s Environmental Youth Award at the Alaska Forum on the Environment in Anchorage
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