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Soldotna

Service Above Self

We meet Thursdays at 12:00 PM
Addie Camp
43550 Whistle Hill Loop
Soldotna, AK 99669
United States of America
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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: Allen Auxier-
I’ve been a member of the Rotary Club of Soldotna since 2001 when Joe Kashi was President, and he became my Sponsor. First-person to invite me to lunch was John Lourke but then he left town and moved to Fairbanks before he could become my Sponsor. So far I have 20 years of Perfect Attendance, I was Vice President for at least 5 years and Club President twice (2010-2011 and again 2020-2021). My Dad was a Rotarian and he always enjoyed the fellowship and spoke highly of Rotary and all the good things they do locally, nationally, and internationally. After learning the Rotary motto is “Service Above Self”  and remembering my Dad’s praise of Rotary and Rotarians, I was very happy to join and become a participant. I have spearheaded (or “inherited”) a few Club projects over the years (Troop Support Care Packages, Adopt a Road Clean Ups, Rotary Handicap Access Fishing Park Clean Ups) and participated (monetarily or physically) on every project our Club has undertaken.
 
I have been an actor since I was a kid and have been involved in theatre pretty much my entire life! I am constantly amazed and pleased to find all of the talented actors, costume makers, scene builders, etc. found in every community I have lived in. It is a pleasure for me to continue performing at any and every opportunity. I am proud to be a Life Member of the Kenai Performers and have also acted with Triumvirate Theatre (please support their rebuilding efforts).
 
I graduated from Coronado High School (Scottsdale, Arizona) and Northern Arizona University (Flagstaff, Arizona). I am an Army Veteran and served as an Infantryman in Viet Nam. I took a “Mountain Man Journey” through the Rocky Mountains, using only supplies, clothing, food, and equipment available in the Rocky Mountains prior to 1840. Lit my fires with flint and steel, made my own saddle and pack-saddles, and learned the art of horse-trading! I worked in Anchorage in 1969 and realized I belonged in Alaska, so moved to Bethel in 1975 (after Army Service and a couple of years of drifting).
 
I met my wife Mari when I was a crewman on my Uncle Neil’s 40 ft. Ketch “Tillicum”. She joined the crew after learning we were going to sail around the world—which, we never did. We did sail around the Hawaiian Islands for a year (lots of fun) and then back to California (not as much fun).
 
Mari and I were part owners of a dinner theatre in Tacoma, Washington for about 4 years but she told me I had to get a “paying job” so we moved back to Alaska in 2000 when I took the job as Station Manager for KDLL—Public Radio for the Central Kenai Peninsula! Mari worked for the Kenai Peninsula School District and we both retired in 2016.
 
 
 
Home Page Stories
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.
https://www.alaska.org/guide/how-to-see-the-soldotna-murals
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
2020-2021 
 
 
Congratulations to the Rotary Clubs of :
 
Anchorage Hillside

Anchorage South
 
E-Club of District 5010
 
Fairbanks Downtown

Fairbanks Golden Heart

Homer-Kachemak Bay

Juneau
 
Petersburg
 
Seward
 
Soldotna

Susitna
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.
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
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