President Charity MacKinnon
President Elect Charlie Williams
Past President Bill Peters
Secretary Michelle Strickler
Treasurer Sheri Vidic
Vice President Karen Brewer Tarver
Club Administration Colleen Sullivan
Club Service Beth Weldon
Rotary Foundation Bill Peters
Youth Service Karen Wright
Membership Charlie Williams
Board Member At Large Eric Forst
Board Member At Large Kenny Solomon
Programs Tim McLeod
Sgt. at Arms John DeCherney
Sgt. at Arms Kristi Sell
Youth Exchange Dan Dawson
Club Public Relations Mandy Massey
Website Administrator Chris Letterman
Club Photographer Tim McLeod
New Member Orientation George Elgee
Programs Daniel Holt
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Posted by Charlie Williams on Dec 14, 2014


District 5010 Conference is just around the corner!  The serenely beautiful location of the Girdwood Alyeska Resort will be the location for this year’s District Conference.  For those of you who want to know more about the nuts and bolts of how our Rotary Clubs work, the District Assembly will be held on May 7th.  District Conference will be May 8th -10th. The District Conference and District Assembly are open to all Rotarians.

District Conference and Assembly are held each year in the spring.  The Assembly is a training day where courses are taught on Foundation, Membership, Duties of the Club Secretary, Duties of the Treasurer, and etc.  It is day where a lot of learning takes place!

District Conference has many areas of focus- here are a few of the things you may experience while there: Learning about and honoring some of our District’s Club accomplishments, Learning about International needs and successes, Hearing from our National Rotary Leaders, Seeing the entire district’s Inbound Youth Exchange program members and feeling their optimism and energy, Feeling the Rotary Spirit among the largest gathering of Rotarians Alaska!  Believe me, all who attend District Conference come away with a sense of pride for the global effect we Rotarians have. 

Sounds Great, Right?  Click on this link before Dec 31st and you will get a discount off of the Registration fee:

Alaska Air and the Ayeska Resort will be offering discounts to District Conference attendees. Please see the District site for more information:


Our Club will once again be offering first time attendees a stipend to help with the costs of attending.  The stipend amount will be determined after we know how many Rotarians would like to take advantage of this offer!

Thank you for all you do for our Rotary Club, and we’ll see you in Girdwood!!

Posted by Charity MacKinnon

We had approximately 90+ people fill the JDHS Library for our Tri Club Suicide Gatekeeper Training. Many thanks to James Gallonos, of State of AK dept of health and Social Services for enlightening us and giving us tools to deal with such a sensitive and important matter, and Kevin Ritchie of the Juneau Gastineau club for his help coordinating. Sadly, suicide impacts many lives, and having more knowledge of the issue could maybe help to save a life.Image
Posted by Kristi Sell on Dec 03, 2014

Interact Pres. Erika McCormick took control of our meeting last week, bringing along with her 16 faithful members, armed with scrumptious desserts for auctioning off!  We learned about their club's recent activities and Pres. Erika gave a short presentation on their Shelter Box Project. Auctioneer Max and fellow Rotarians with glazed, sugar coated eyes, and rumbling tummies, created quite the frenzy resulting in over $4200 raised for the Interact Club! $1000 of that will go toward their Shelter Box Project, with the rest being used on local projects.  THANK YOU to all of you who were able to make it, and THANK YOU all for your generous contributions!!


Now get back to the gym, and work it off! :0

Posted by Kristi Sell on Dec 03, 2014

Gift Giving Supply List



Sharpie Markers

Regular markers

Single hole punch


Hot glue guns/glue

Regular school glue

Scotch tape

Camera/printer/ink cartridges (for instant prints) (OCS has a camera and printer, we would need more ink, would probably be good to have another if someone has one)


Provided by Nancy:  Decorative bags & ties for the candies (from Nancy)




Book Mark

Card stock paper

Decorative items:  stickers, cutouts, etc.


Contact paper


Coffee Cozy (w/coffee card, or packet of cocoa)

Felt that sticks together

Decorative felt stickers/cutouts

Needles and embroidery thread

Packets of hot cocoa

Mini Marshmallows and small bags & ties to put them in


Decorated Candy Bar

Candy Bars

Reindeer:  brown construction paper, fuzzy red pom pom ball, googly eyes, brown pipe cleaners

Snowman: (white paper: we have a large roll at OCS)  googly eyes, orange construction paper, brown or black pipe cleaners, black construction paper, different fabric (for scarf)


Tribal picture frame

Red felt, black felt, white buttons, twine, beads, needles and thread


Key chain

Wire, beads, charms, tags that can be used for pictures or quotes, key chains or hooks



Ceramic tiles

Different fabric pieces or scrap booking paper

Modge podge

Paint brushes


Wrapping  (Provided by Charity)

Wrapping paper, gift bags, tissue, tags, tape



Cards, card stock, scrap booking supplies:  stickers, paper, cutouts, etc.

Posted by Kristi Sell

This serves as a friendly reminder to keep those children in need this time of year.  OCS dropped off approximately 80 ornaments for our club to match with gifts.  Ages for both genders range from 2 months to 18 years of age.  Gift cards, gift certificates and movie passes are all welcome. 


Posted by Kristi Sell

A good time was had by all at the Fireside last week.  Special thanks to Erin and Marty Hester, for hosting, and George for the informative talk on our foundation dollars and "where they go".  Maybe George can tell us where our money goes next!


Posted by Charity MacKinnon

The need to prevent suicide in Alaska is enormous, with our state having the highest rate of suicide per capita in the country.  Karen King, President of the Anchorage Downtown Club has launched a statewide suicide awareness and prevention campaign to bring suicide awareness in the forefront.  The 3 Juneau are clubs have teamed up and will offer a Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) training, presented by James Gallanos of the State of Alaska, Dept of Health & Social Services.  The training will focus on recognizing warning signs, and how to respond using the QPR steps.  This training is OPEN TO ALL Rotarians, family, friends, and the public in general.  The training will be held Thurs, DEC 4th, 5:30PM -7:30PM at the Juneau Douglas High School Library. Please join us!

Posted by Kristi Sell

2014 “Membership Drive”

Twelve Glacier Valley Rotarians went for a fellowship drive on Friday, November 7th, with a membership bonus.  Jamie Letterman graciously provided us with a luxurious bus and drove us on a tour of the Valley, Lemon Creek, and Downtown business zones.  ‘Riders’ engaged in a game of “I-Spy” where people called out businesses and names as potential targets for membership.  While falling short of actual stalking, members quizzed each other about the owners and operators of the businesses. John D of Specialty Imports assisted with bonding and socializing with some liquid dis-inhibiting aids and Charlie provided delicious snacks.

Brainstorming led to a list of about 60 ‘targets’ for new membership.  The riders then claimed those targets known to them personally and will soon be regaling them with tales of the fun, good works, and fellowship to be had at GVR.

Posted by Bill Peters

The KIVA Committee met on Friday, 11/7 and provided an additional $375 in loans to people in the following countries: El Salvador, Philippines, Sierra Leone, Bolivia, Uganda, Peru, and Kenya.  The club has provided 18 loans totaling $750 since the committees inception earlier this year.Image

KIVA lending helps the club fulfill it's International Service.  If you have questions, or are interested in KIVA, please touch base with Bill.  For more information about KIVA, please go to their website at

Posted by Charity MacKinnon

We had a down home, foot stompin', ImageImagegood time night at our annual Foundation Dinner!  THANK YOU PP Bill, and your fabulous committee for pulling this together for us! Thank you Craig for sharing your knowledge about the foundation (oh, hmmmm, and your past life with the 'Rodeo'), Jamie L for putting together a GREAT line up of auctions items, AND thanks to all who contributed and purchased items.  Thanks to The Red Dog Saloon for the great food and for hosting us, JD/Specialty Imports and the Alaska Brewing Company for quenching our thirst, Mandy for keeping us in LINE...while teaching us to dance, Erin for outfitting some of us with the western bling, and to everyone for their efforts in making it a great night of down home fellowship and fun!Image

Posted by Bill Peters

Work was completed for the new Duck Feeding Station on Sunday, 10/19.  Big Thanks to CBJ for dropping the material and to Jeff Grant for providing us a compactor.  And thanks to Charlie, Max, Neil and Bill for the muscle power! Stay tuned for the next phase of work which will include the installation of a new covered shelter near the playground area and a new playground component.  If you have questions about future plans or are interested in helping, contact Bill or Charlie.Image

Posted by Helen Hesson

 September 7th marked my first month in Thailand and I have already had so many unforgettable experiences. This month I went to Chiang Mai, the largest city in Northern Thailand and instantly fell in love. Chiang Mai is filled with tourists and "ex-patriots" but has still manage to keep intact the unique Thai culture. While in Chiang Mai I visited its Walking Street. In Thailand, Walking Street is a huge market filled with merchants selling items and often includes entertainment such as musicians. My town has one but Chiang Mai's Walking Street is ten times bigger and even more cheap! I spent a $1,000 Baht at the Walking Street which is only roughly $30. I was only able to spend two days there but hope to go again soon. 

 School has been going great here. My popularity hasn't died down yet and I'm still asked to have my picture taken. I am taking  traditional Thai dance and at the end of every class the Thai students show me a modern dance popular in Thailand. My host rotary club is strict but loving and has set up activities for all the exchange students. Two weeks ago we went rafting which was definitely scarier than I expected and has encouraged me to strengthen my swimming skills. On Mondays and Tuesdays I learn how to give Thai massages and Wednesday, Thursday, Friday I go to Thai boxing. 

Thank you for this wonderful opportunity and hope all is well!


Posted by Helen Hesson

GVR lunched in style on the Solstice last Thursday, September 18. 











Eric Forst  made the most of his visit and relaxed on the heated lounge chairs in the spa area. 


Posted by Charity MacKinnon

Wednesday , September 24, 1964 was the formal charter ceremony for our club, and the beginning of Juneau Glacier Valley Rotary!  50 years of service to Juneau, and counting!  We'll start off the celebratory year with BIRTHDAY cake at Wednesday's lunch, and a bit of trivia as well.......better get on the net fast and brush up on your history! Happy Anniversary!


Posted by Helen Hesson

GVR President, Charity MacKinnon, says a few words during a ceremony organized by Glacier Valley Rotary Club on the 13th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the WorldImage Trade Center. 

Posted by Helen Hesson

GVR's Foreign Exchange Student, Pablo, visits with host Dad, Jason Tarver, at Juneau Mercantile & Armory last weekend! He also attended Fall Orientation in Anchorage this weekend.


Posted by Charlie Williams

Pablo, exchange student from Bolivia, arrived on Saturday the 16th.


 Pablo's first Host family will be Karen and Jason Tarver. 

Posted by Charity MacKinnon

We kick off our new year celebrating 50 years of service to Juneau!

Congratulations, PAST President Bill!  You did an awesome job leading our club over the past year, and we thank you!  I'm looking forward to the new year, and thank all of you for your service to Rotary, and to our community.  Let's carry out our RI President's theme, and LIGHT UP ROTARY, GVR style!

President Charity

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