Rotary Club of Soldotna, Alaska Welcomes You to Our Website!


Service Above Self

We meet Thursdays at 12:00 PM
Addie Camp
43550 Whistle Hill Loop
Soldotna, AK 99669
United States of America
District Site
Venue Map
April Walgenbach, DO
Jun 30, 2022
PCHS Eye Clinic
Linzey White
Jul 07, 2022
Upcoming Projects
Chuck Cook
Jul 14, 2022
Kenai Peninsula 4H
Jul 21, 2022
Marquitta Andrus
Jul 28, 2022
PCHS KidFest
Meet Soldotna's Rotarians
Soldotna Rotarians are a special type of Rotarian! Here are stories of local Rotarians and why Rotary is their organization of choice.
Rotarian: Jess Gutzwiler
Jess grew up on a registered Angus beef farm in Eastern South Dakota. As a farmer's daughter, she learned a strong work ethic, love for the land, and the desire to get out of South Dakota. Jess went to college at Black Hills State University in Spearfish, SD where she was very active in their broadcasting and theatre program as well as a full-time volunteer at Spirit of the Hills Wildlife Sanctuary. After graduation, Jess worked in broadcasting until the opportunity to take a job in Alaska presented itself. In July of 2007, Jess packed up her 4Runner and hit the Alcan. Jess worked for Wells Fargo Financial until 2010, when at Wells Jess met her husband, Aaron. Jess moved directions in her career and worked for the American Cancer Society and managed most of their largest fundraising efforts for 8 years. During that time Jess became involved in Rotary and found her Alaskan Family. Jess was Club President in 2016-17 for Anchorage South Rotary Club and became a ShelterBox Ambassador in 2018. She went on to become a Pacific Northwest Training Leader from 2017 to 2020, District Sponsorship Chair for PDG Diane Fejes conference as well as DG Chery's conference. In 2018, Jess made the career change to Advanced Oncology Associates where she is the Practice Representative. Her day-to-day varies wildly, but that is what Jess loves most about her job, it's always changing and presents new challenges. In 2021 Jess, Aaron, and their beloved micro mini-pig, Spank, moved to Clam Gulch, a long-term dream of theirs. In July of 2021, Jess became a member of the Soldotna Rotary Club and the Assistant Governor for the Kenai Peninsula/Kodiak Area Rotary Club.
Home Page Stories
Thank you to KSRM for finding out two of our wonderful Rotarians received recognition from the Governor's office for their volunteer efforts. President Charlene and Rotarian Kathy were both recognized yesterday at First Lady's Volunteer of the Year event. Congratulations to both of you! You are a shining example of Service Above Self!
Bell ringing helps people remember that there are people in their neighborhoods who won't have a Christmas without their help." Since its beginnings in San Francisco in 1891, the Salvation Army's Red Kettle Campaign has become one of the most visible community holiday fundraisers nationwide. Soldotna Rotarians gather every year to support the kettle by volunteering to ring the bell for two days. There is a friendly competition among area clubs to raise the most money. Soldotna Rotary does not yet know if we've won, but we're hopeful!
Soldotna Rotarians, joined with a couple of Kenai Rotarians, had a work day on September 25, 2021 in the cold, snowy weather to help work on houses for families in the RuralCap program.
Don’t miss the Art Park in Soldotna Creek Park, where you’ll find a fantastic curated exhibit contained in two 4’ by 8’ weatherproof displays. Each side of each display contains a panel of art. You might see locally created fine art or the works of artists from around Alaska and the Pacific Northwest.
Rotarian Allen Auxier returned home from a Rotary meeting earlier this month to find a flock of very pink flamingos in his yard. He quickly deduced Rotarian Brian was the mischief maker behind the flocking!
Congratulations to each of District 5010's 2019-2020 "Bronze Level" Shelter Box Rotary Clubs. 
Each Shelter Box can completely sustain for months a family that has lost everything when disasters such as storm and earthquake strike.
It's one of the least expensive, easiest, and most personal and direct ways to help stricken families across the globe. 
Joe Kashi
District 5010 Governor
Congratulations to the Rotary Clubs of :
Anchorage Hillside

Anchorage South
E-Club of District 5010
Fairbanks Downtown

Fairbanks Golden Heart

Homer-Kachemak Bay


Soldotna Rotary Club came together with the Kenai Peninsula School District and the Students in Transition to provide backpacks with basic necessities and an invitation for mentorship with a Rotarian. 
Soldotna Rotary is looking for students in either their sophomore or junior year of high school that are looking for an adventure! We are actively seeking open-minded, flexible students who demonstrate leadership qualities to receive scholarships for study for a year in a foreign country. Applicants must have high moral standards that will enable them to become excellent cultural ambassadors for their country and the Rotary club and district that supports them. District 5010 Rotary Youth Exchange provides students ages 15 to 17 with an opportunity to travel to a foreign country and experience the culture while serving as an ambassador for their home country.
We are also looking for interested families willing to open their home to an incoming student from another country. 

Hosting a student can be an extremely rewarding experience for everyone in the family, yet it is a role that requires a lot of responsibility. The hosting period is typically 3 - 4 months.

Host families are to meet the following expectations:

  • Before the student arrives establish communication with the student.
  • Understand the program rules the student must follow.
  • Know how to contact key Rotarians involved in Youth Exchange in case of an emergency.
  • During the exchange provide a safe and welcoming environment for trust and friendship to develop between the student and your family.
  • Support and make the student feel like a part of the family, with the same privileges and obligations.
Soldotna Rotary was introduced in person with their new daughter from Brazil, Victoria. Victoria is a vibrant and exciting exchange student that will provide Soldotna Rotarians more opportunities to work with youth as well as the ultimate goal of bringing peace to the world. Welcome Victoria!
District 5010 participates in the Rotary Youth Exchange Program. With the support of the D5010, Soldotna Rotary Club is proud to be a participating Club in the Youth Exchange Program!
Soldotna Rotarians joined forces to build planters for Ninilchik and Soldotna Senior Centers. This was a local project that required ingenuity and patience in order to get all of the supplies and coordinate with the local senior centers. They can now use these planters therapeutically as well as practically!
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
The Soldotna Rotary Club, in partnership with the Soldotna ARTSpace, and the City of Soldotna, worked diligently to install an avenue for aspiring artists to showcase their work to the public.
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.
Melodies and memories

The nonprofit Music Mends Minds, launched by Rotary member Carol Rosenstein, provides people with memory loss an opportunity to reconnect through song.

Imagine Melbourne

Join us to Imagine What’s Next at the 2023 Rotary International Convention in Australia

Rotary and ShelterBox renew global partnership

Rotary and ShelterBox renew global partnership

Why Rotary is committed to mangroves

When Lindy Knowles thinks back to his childhood in the Bahamas, a particular tree is the backdrop of the best memories: the mangrove. Spindly, with twisted roots, mangroves thrive in tidal areas around the islands, including a creek near his grandmother’s house. Knowles learned to fish among

Houston clubs raise awareness about the environment, human trafficking

Convention attendees are encouraged to learn about what Houston Rotary members are doing to combat two issues facing their community.

Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Vice President
Immediate Past President
Foundation Chair
Board at Large
Board at Large
Youth Exchange
Board at Large
Board at Large
Sgt. At Arms
Board at Large