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Soldotna

Service Above Self

We meet Thursdays at 12:00 PM
Mykel's Rest., Soldotna Inn
35041 Kenai Spur Hwy.
Soldotna, AK  99669
United States of America
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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!
Soldotna Rotarians gather each spring and fall to clean the road on Spur Hwy. This year was no different. Rotarians gathered and cleaned up the road along a mile stretch of the Spur Hwy.
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.
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.
The Soldotna Rotary Club was well represented at the District 5010 Conference held in Girdwood this year. We represented our Club, our members, our projects, and our fundraising.
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.
~Anna
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.
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.

The famous Rotary Unity Run 10 mile and 5k race was hosted by the Rotary Clubs of Soldotna and Kenai River, and new this year, the Tsalteshi Trails Association on a beautiful July morning. Rotarians from around the central Peninsula gathered to set up the race, grill food, and have an opportunity for fellowship.

 

 

 

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.
 
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Dec 13, 2018
Empty Stocking Auction
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Dec 20, 2018
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Dec 27, 2018
Empty Stocking Auction
Leslie Rohr
Jan 03, 2019
Project Homeless Connect 2019
White Eagle Medicine Woman (Suraj Holzwarth)
Jan 10, 2019
Peace through Sound Healing
Tim Dillon
Jan 24, 2019
KPEDD
Melissa Saulnier
Jan 31, 2019
Help New Writers Find Focus and Purpose
Cheri Smith
Feb 21, 2019
LeeShore Update
Kelly King
Feb 28, 2019
Students in Transition Program Update
Ashley Blatchford
Mar 28, 2019
Green Dot-Bystander Intervention
Renee Lipps
Apr 25, 2019
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