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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1873 Shell Simmons Drive
Mailing: P.O. Box 34418
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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 on Nov 10, 2014

Interact will be hosting the GVR regular meeting on 11-26-14.  They will have a  dessert auction!  You can contribute by bidding on a dessert or by making a dessert to add to the Interact offerings.  The money goes toward the Interact Shelter Box project.



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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