DG Welcome
      District Governor Michelle O'Brien     
Dear Rotary Friends,
It’s the start of a monumental year in Alaska and the Yukon Territory for Rotary.
I am so incredibly humbled and excited to be your District Governor in this historic year.  David and I would like to thank you all so very much for letting us serve you as Rotarians.  It is our goal to be here for you, for whatever you need.  We are, after all, a team of folks doing good in this world and in our communities.  
You may say to yourself, what’s so different about this year?  Lots. 
It’s is the 100th Anniversary of the Rotary Foundation, the 30th Anniversary of Women in Rotary, as well as the 150th Anniversary of Alaska.  It also could very well be the year in which Polio is eradicated forever from our world.
Rotary International President, John Germ, has themed his year around “Rotary Serving Humanity” after Paul Harris’ belief that serving humanity is the most worthwhile thing a person can do.  I think that is perfect for the dedicated Rotarians all around Alaska and the Yukon.  We have a vibrant and exciting group of talented Rotarians who are always serving our diverse communities and bettering our world.  And, we have fun doing it.
I always like to share with folks that, in my mind, Rotary is the adventure of a lifetime.  What that means, as a Rotarian for 18 years, is that I’ve grown up in Rotary and so have my daughters.  Rotary offers an endless list of possibilities for folks.  Would you like to be a leader?  Would you like to create a better community through a project?  Do you love youth?  How about traveling to far-away places to serve globally?  And you can always make great lifelong friends. 
David and I are looking forward to traveling around Alaska and the Yukon to visit with all of our wonderful Rotarian friends this year.  We hope to cross paths with you soon, and as always, we are always here to help make your Rotarian adventure a reality.
Thank you all for being outstanding Rotarians, for serving humanity, and most of all, for being friends.


Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Rotary Foundation!  Join us in Altanta Georgia from June 10-14, 2017.
Book now and get the Early Bird registration fee of $340 (increasing over time to the full rate of $490).  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
While you are registering for the Convention, register for your hotel.  Here are some recommendations of hotels near the Convention Center.  These will book quickly so register now - cancellation policy gives you until May 2017 in case you change your mind.
Hotel Recommendations:
Only 5 hotels remaining at this point. (July 14)


The best option for location and price is the Mariott Marquis at $205 per night and about a 20 minute walk.  It has a rating of 4/5 and ranks 41 on TripAdvisor.   Amenities include the Sear restaurant, High Velocity Sports Bar, Pulse (50' sail), and Sear Bar


The two low cost options are about 3 miles away from the Convention Center:

W Atlanta Midtown $189

Renaissance Atlanta Midtown  $194


Two closer  (around 2.5 miles) but more expensive hotels:

Four Seasons $266

Loews Atlanta  $236.80

As the Convention is Saturday, June 10 to Wednesday, June 14, consider arriving early (ie Thursday June 8) to enjoy the city first and leaving on Thursday June 15 or later.

Typically there is a District Get Together after the closing ceremony, so make sure you stay in town and are available on Wednesday, June 14.
Hotel booking is through Experient on the RI Convention website - here's the link:  http://www.riconvention.org/en/atlanta/accommodations 
Click here for more information on the convention.

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.



The Leadership Academy is an advanced educational program for those interested in learning more about Rotary, whether looking to participate in future leadership positions or to find more effective ways to conduct Rotary work --- within clubs or in District Rotary service.
It is time to apply for the 2016-17 Leadership Academy.  Learn more about Rotary beyond your club and ways to help your club become even better! All Rotarians are welcome and everyone learns something new whether a 1 year or a 30 year Rotarian.    
There are some great changes and additions to this year’s schedule.
We use an E-learning platform so all learning is fully online. 
                  See more detail and the online application under the Leadership Academy on D5010 website.
August 1, 2016 – final date to apply and pay $130.
September:   Rotary’s Sources and Leadership: How to find Information to best lead Clubs
October:       Membership – To grow a strong Rotary Club
November:  Public Image For Effective Rotary Clubs
December:   Catch up month
January:       Youth Services – Interact, Rotaract, Youth Exchange, RYLA and others
February:     Structure and Organization - Club, District and the world of Rotary International
March/April:The Rotary Foundation – Grant applications and MORE
May:              Receive your very own Leadership vest, pin and recognition at District Conference!
     An average of 10 hours of reading and discussion per month concluding with an online test.
Our new eLearning system also has separate leadership online courses available to everyone. 
We hope you’ll talk to past graduates and then join us to become a well informed and well-rounded Rotarian!

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.
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.
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. 
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.
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, , 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.”