Welcome from the District Governor

District Governor Harry Kieling

Welcome to Rotary in Alaska and the Yukon. Our Rotary District is just one of many Districts around the world, but we are unique. We are one of the largest—from Nome to Ketchikan and from Homer to Whitehorse. We are phenomenal at attracting and retaining members because we give them an opportunity to serve their communities and the world and have fun with their friends while doing it.

Whether you are a long time Alaskan or Yukoner or just moved here, you will find a friendly and fun club nearby ready to welcome you. We’ll give you an opportunity to serve your community and the world.

Rotary has an extensive array of youth programs, scores of local community service projects and an opportunity to be part of one of the most incredible projects in world history—ending polio. Our meetings are fun, interesting, and worthwhile. All you’ve got to do is let us know you are interested. We will take you to a club meeting or community project where you will meet Rotarians who are eager to show you why we enjoy being Rotarians.

District Governor Nominations
Call for Nominations
Rotary 5010 District Governor 2020-21
Club Nomination Submission Deadline: November 17, 2017
The Rotary clubs in our district have many outstanding past presidents, dedicated to providing service to Rotary and who bring life and leadership to our clubs. Serving as district governor is an opportunity for these committed Rotarians to bring the same leadership and service to our Rotary District. Now is the time for your club to nominate an outstanding Past President for District Governor 2020-21.  Your club’s nomination is due no later than November 17, 2017.
In addition to service to Rotary, serving as governor is an opportunity for a Rotarian’s personal growth through many new experiences, before, during and after the governor year.  For example, past District Governors may be appointed to Rotary International committees and resource groups, may be invited to represent the RI President at other districts’ conferences, and are the only individuals eligible to serve as the district’s delegate to the Council on Legislation, as trustees of the Rotary Foundation or members of the RI Board of Directors.
The nominating committee is asking that your club consider which of your Past Presidents would be great leaders for our District and share this announcement with them.  If they feel they can make this commitment, we encourage you to nominate them for this important office.
To nominate a Past President, clubs must pass a resolution adopted at a regular membership meeting, signed and dated by the club president and the secretary.  Each club may submit one nomination. A draft resolution for club use is attached, and is also on the District 5010 website in the information packet.
If your club would like someone to speak about the selection process or the position, please let a member of the nominating committee know.  A time can also be scheduled to talk with the past presidents in your club who may wish to consider this exciting opportunity now, or in the future. If you have questions or would like more information, please contact any of the nominating committee members shown below. 
Candidate interviews will be held Friday December 15th, in Anchorage.  Location and times TBA.
We look forward to receiving your nomination.
Peggy Pollen, PDG
Chair, D5010 Governor Nominating Committee 2017-18

District 5010 News

Many exciting changes for clubs were approved during the recent Council on Legislation (COL): flexibility in meeting schedules, membership types, attendance requirements, club administration and more. These changes go into effect on July 1, 2016, bringing new benefits to clubs.

Two webinars for D5010 Rotarians were held in June to discuss these changes, the decisions your club will need to make and steps to using this new flexibility to strengthen your club and most effectively meet the needs of your community, today and in the future. If you were not able to participate, view the webinar recording and the PPT, and find out what is ahead for your club and for Rotary.

Topics included:

  • Changes for Clubs from the COL
  • Using the New Flexibility Options to Benefit Your Club
  • Decisions and Actions for Your Club
  • Steps to Taking Action

This webinar was designed for club presidents, presidents elect and board members, district leaders and all D5010 Rotarians who would like to hear about the changes and how clubs can benefit.

If you have questions about implementing the COL changes for your club or need help with a club planning session or other aspects of the process, contact your AG, Gayle Knepper, D5010 COL Representative, rotary5010@ak.net, or Jane Little, COL Representative Alternate, rotaryjane@yahoo.com.

District 5010 has undertaken a long-range planning process to better prepare for the future of Rotary in our Alaska-Yukon region. We invite you to view the plan and a short video presentation.

Review The Plan and Watch a Video

You can download the 2016-19 plan, priorities and action steps here:  http://goo.gl/xmQyrr or from the Documents link on the right side of this page.  We request that you take a few minutes to review it and also listen to a video presentation about the plan by the governor team (about 17 minutes): https://vimeo.com/168465360. For help with a club's presentation, there is also a PPT you can use:  https://goo.gl/KEL60j .  We are standing by for questions and to discuss our future direction in more detail, or provide resources to help your club with new areas of development.

Your Input = Plan Priorities

During the planning process, we listened carefully to the input you and your D5010 colleagues provided through the survey in December, your feedback to the goals and action steps in March. We also incorporated the many suggestions provided to the 15 Rotarians from throughout the district who have worked diligently since November on plan development.  Sincere appreciation to all D5010 Rotarians who contributed to this important process so that the plan best meets the needs of our clubs and members. 

Vote of Support

As the plan provides a shared direction for our district’s future, we are asking clubs for their support.  This is through a vote of your club prior to June 30.  You’ll be hearing more from your club’s leaders. The plan will go into effect on July 1 under Michelle O’Brien’s leadership as governor.

Your Club's Future

We also urge your club to consider creating a similar road map to strengthen your club today and lead it into the future.  Rotary clubs with long range plans report greater success attracting and engaging members, building greater impact from their projects and achieving a positive public image.

Thank you for your important role in charting the future of Rotary in District 5010.

Congratulations to PDG Peggy Pollen for the most highly honored award "Service Above Self" Congratulations, Peggy! We all know how hard you work selflessly to help everyone!

RI President-elect K.R. Ravindran introduced a member benefits program at the 9 June closing session of the 2015 Rotary International Convention, saying that many more hands are needed to continue Rotary’s work around the world.

The program, Rotary Global Rewards, aims to boost membership and enhance member satisfaction. It will debut on 1 July.

“This innovative new program will allow Rotary members to connect with hundreds of businesses and service providers from around the world -- and that number is growing,” said Ravindran. “These establishments will offer Rotarians discounts and concessions on the everyday business that you do. And, in many cases, not only will you benefit, but our Foundation will as well, by receiving a contribution with each transaction.”

The program will include discounts on car rentals, hotels, dining, and entertainment. Discounts on more products and services from companies worldwide are expected to be added throughout the year.

“It will be another way to benefit from being a Rotarian and being part of the Rotary network,” said Ravindran, whose presidential theme for 2015-16 is Be a Gift to the World. “I urge all of you to become a part of that scheme.”


2018 District 5010 Assembly and Conference

Seward, Alaska

  • Assembly - May 17, 2018
  • Conference - May 18-20, 2018

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