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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.
Check out this link from the Peninsula Clarion for more information:
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
Our exchange student offered a challenge. Our Rotarians accepted!
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Rotary recognized on public television's 'American Graduate Day'
Rotary was recognized on 17 September on public television's fifth annual American Graduate Day program for its work with San Diego-based Monarch School, a K-12 school for homeless youth. The Rotary Club of San Diego, California, USA, was applauded for its work mentoring Monarch's students, keeping them on track to graduate, and helping the school to continue thriving during tough economic times. Monarch School CEO Erin Spiewak appeared as one of the show's guests, along with Monarch Alumnus Cynthia Valenzuela, who attested to the positive, life-changing experience Monarch School gave her and...
Nations around the world will observe the International Day of Peace on 21 September, a date designated by the United Nations in 2001 as "a day of global ceasefire and nonviolence." Rotary's commitment to building peace and resolving conflict is rooted in the Rotary Peace Centers program, formed in 2002. Each year, the program prepares up to 100 fellows to work for peace through a two-year master's degree program or a three-month professional certificate program at university partners worldwide. Today, nearly 1,000 peace centers alumni are applying their skills — negotiating peace in conflict...
Charity Navigator upgrades Rotary Foundation’s rating
The Rotary Foundation has received the highest possible score from Charity Navigator, an independent evaluator of charities in the U.S. In the most recent ratings, released on 1 September, The Rotary Foundation earned the maximum 100 points for both financial health and accountability and transparency. The ratings reflect how efficiently Charity Navigator believes the Foundation will use donations, how well it has sustained programs and services, and its level of commitment to good governance and openness. In the previous rating, the Foundation had received 97 points.
eBay Live Auctions that benefit Rotary
Each month, eBay, the world’s largest auction website, selects a set of upcoming Live Auction events and donates a portion of all sales proceeds to Rotary. Only U.S. auction sales are eligible. See the schedule of September auctions.
Rotary district collecting relief funds for Louisiana flood victims
Rotary clubs of District 6200 are collecting relief funds to help thousands of victims after record flooding devastated communities in southern Louisiana, USA, earlier this month. Torrential rains caused rivers, streams, and bayous to swell, damaging or destroying more than 60,000 homes and killing at least 13 people. The U.S. Coast Guard and emergency responders helped rescue more than 30,000 residents from the rising flood waters. As of 25 August, more than 3,000 residents were still in emergency shelters even after the water receded. Donate to District 6200 disaster relief fund.