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 5010 News

2018 Montreal Zone Conference is a unique event, and you're invited to be a part of it.  Whether you’re an incoming District Governor, District leader, Past District Governor, or even a Rotarian with an interest in becoming more engaged in Rotary….Montreal is for you!  The theme “People Coming Together” fits our goal in providing you an extraordinary and unforgettable event.  This is why we invited everyone to be a part of the excitement!
Visit the Conference website here.
Conference attendees receive discounts for add-on events- Ididaride Sled Dog Tours, Kenai Fjords Tours, and Stoney Creek Zip Lines! 
Major Marine Tours
20% off
Book by calling (907) 274-7300
Kenai Fjords Tours
20% off any trip between May 15 – 22
Book online (www.kenaifjordstours.com), calling (907-224-4541) or in person
Promo Code: ROTARY2018 
Sunny Cove Kayaking
10% off Resurrection Bay tours
Book by calling (907) 224-4426 or online - www.sunnycove.com
Promo Code:  rotary18 
The Painted Whale
Guided mural walks-2 for 1 special-May 16 – 21
Book online at www.sewardmurals.com
Stoney Creek Canopy Adventures
50% off (local resident rate)
Available May 17-19, 5pm starting time, minimum group size of 5
Book by calling Jeremy Freeman (248) 802-9155
For other things to do while in Seward, check out www.seward.com
Madhukar Malhotra
Rtn. Madhukar Malhotra is an engineer MBA and has diverse experience in various corporate houses including a stint with the Planning Commission, Government of India. He has represented industry and trade in various committees of CII and Ph.D. Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He later promoted Future Innovations  Pvt. Ltd. and was engaged in international trading for over 20 years, has since retired from active business life.
Madhukar joined Rotary in 1979 and served as the Club President in 1989-90, as Assistant Governor in 2000-01, District Secretary in 2003-04, District Grant Subcommittee Chair 2007-08, District Governor in 2010-11,  DRFC 2013-16. He currently serves as the District Stewardship Chair 2016-2019 and  ARRFC Zone 4 for 2017-18. He is a regular faculty member at PETS. DTA, and other rotary training programs like the District Leadership Academy.
A major donor and a member of the Paul Harris Society, Madhukar Malhotra is the recipient of the ‘Regional Service Award for a Polio-Free World’ and ‘Citation for Meritorious Service’ besides other recognitions at the club and district level. He has also served as leader of a GSE Team to D7090 and three Rotary Friendship Exchange Teams. Madhukar was the RI President’s representative to District 5830 in 2011-12 & District 2980 in 2013-14.
Besides organizing and hosting RYE, GSE and Rotary Friendship Exchange teams he has been actively coordinating visits of overseas Rotarians and family members of 15 to 51 participants since 1999 to participate in Polio NID – national immunization days, over 20 teams till date. He has led teams of doctors and volunteers on Medical Missions to tribal areas of Behrampur, Orissa and Chindwara, MP in India and participated in VTT cum Medical Missions to Malawi/Zambia in 2011, Ethiopia in 2013,   Malawi in 2015 and a VTT to Mongolia in 2017.
He has been actively associated with youth programs at both the club and district level, having served as Chair for Interact, Rotaract & RYLA and as New Generations Chair . He was the District Youth Services Chair from July 2015 to June 2017.
An active golfer and member of Chandigar Golf Club, he has served as Vice Chairman & Executive Committee Member of Kasauli Club. He was founder member Secretary/ Treasurer of Cheshire Home Chandigarh, a non-profit organization established for providing assistance to homeless physically challenged persons. He currently serves as Honorary Associate Secretary of Bhartiya Vidya Bhawan, a non-profit trust running a leading school of Chandigarh with over 2100 students.
He is happily married to Neeru, an active member and past president of the Inner Wheel Club of Chandigarh She was instrumental in creating a structured program for the spouses which was held concurrently with PETS 2010. The involvement of spouses led to a very vibrant and eventful year with family involvement in projects being taken up by clubs in the district. He has three daughters; all married, the eldest is a fine arts graduate settled in the USA, while the second daughter is post graduate in mass communication and is a senior executive in a leading ad agency in New Delhi; and the youngest holds a masters in IT and MBA. All his three daughters have been active Rotaract members.
Jim Lang 
Jim Lang has performed professionally for over thirty years. He is Past President of Ring 59 of the International Brotherhood of Magicians and he received the Wizard Award from the national organization in 2003. He is also a member of the Society of American Magicians, the International Magicians Society, The International Platform Association, and theFellowship of Rotarian Magicians. He is listed in Who's Who in America and Who's Who in the World. PDG Jim has entertained at a number of Rotary meetings including District Conferences, Zone meetings and International Conventions. He has received a number of Rotary accolades, including in 2012 the highest award presented by Rotary International: The Service Above Self Award.
Stella Roy
Stella is currently working as an End Polio Now Zone coordinator for 24 East and is the District 7820 Trainer for the Rotary Foundation Grant programs.  She is on the International committee in her Club and has been to the Dominican Republic to help build a garden and see the work D7820 did for this small Haitian community
Stella served as District Governor for the D7820 in 2014 2015, She loved learning that each community is unique, One size does not fit all and was amazed at all the different ways that Rotarians are able to help their communities, especially up in the north of Labrador and the small communities in our many rural areas.
Highlights of her Rotary opportunities have been NID trips to India, Madagascar and Nigeria led by Anne Lee Hussey. She saw the three stages of polio eradication, India being more than three years polio-free, Madagascar in turmoil because of 10 cases of vaccine-derived polio because of lax vaccination programs in 2014 and in 2017, Nigeria fighting complacency with aggressive programs as they reach 18 months for the second time of being polio-free. Stella had been to Nigeria in 2013, 2015 and 2017 and has seen a huge difference in their organization and passion to become polio-free. She saw the mobilization and attention to detail in order to reach all the children. She also saw WHO, UNICEF, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Rotary working in partnership.
Stella has been involved in a number of Club and District committees such as GSE District Outbound Chair and loves working with the Friendship Exchange groups when they come to Halifax. She was District Trainer for three years and is a Rotary Leadership Facilitator. Stella is a Paul Harris Society member and a Bequest Society Member. She was proud to receive the Polio Regional Service Award for a Polio free world in June 2017. She works as a physiotherapist in the area of Women’s Health in Bedford and her hobbies include Sailing, Hiking and Paddleboarding with her dog Sailor. Stella first met Pat in Winnipeg at the Zone partners sessions and felt a connection. This was consolidated when she met Harry.  The Tim Mcgraw: Be Humble  Be Kind Youtube video was shared there and really brought the group together. I am thrilled to see Take action added to the theme and Pat and Harry.  I am honored to be considered among “Your Rotary Friends “.
Donald J. Evans - Rotarian and District 5040 Governor
Don Evans has been active in Rotary for more than 31 years. He is a Past-President of the Rotary Club of Vancouver (2002-2003) and has held many different positions with his club. He has been active with District 5040 in Strategic Planning, as a member of the District Foundation Committee and as a PETS Trainer. He was named Rotarian of the Year for 5040 in 2014 and is currently Governor for 2017-18.  Don is a Paul Harris Society Member and a Major Donor to the Rotary Foundation. Both Don and Deb are also Bequest Society members.
Don is a graduate of Harvard Business School. He established DJE Holdings Ltd. in 1998 following his retirement after 31 corporate years in the telecommunications industry. In the past 20 years, his work in leadership skills and business strategy has taken him throughout North America, to China, much of Europe, and a unique project as part of the peace process in Northern Ireland.  
Active in the community, Don is a Past Chair of the Board of E-Comm 911, and also a long time member of the Vancouver Board of Trade. He has a major passion for railways and railway preservation and is President Emeritus of the West Coast Railway Association and a Director of HeritageRail Alliance.
He was awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002 for his active community involvement. Recently, he was awarded the Sovereign's Medal for Volunteers which was presented March 4, 2016, by the Governor General of Canada. A resident of North Vancouver, Canada, he is married to wife Deb, has two children from a previous marriage and four grandchildren, and enjoys classic cars (a one owner 1967 Nova SS!) hiking, photography, cycling and playing piano.
René Pothetes
After spending an unforgettable year in South Africa as a Rotary exchange student, René realized that her future possibilities were unlimited.
She embarked on professional career that began in the culinary arts and nutrition field, started a catering company at age 19, worked in her family’s distribution and logistics company, began investing in real estate which lead to getting an Interior Design degree, playground safety surfacing, antimicrobial barriers, and now enjoys traveling the globe with her partner in business and life, professional speaker and sales consultant, Michael Angelo Caruso.
Outside of work, René is an avid explorer. She enjoys distance cycling, hiking, obstacle course racing – just about anything that challenges her physical abilities. Optimal health and nutrition, are also passion and she strives to push boundaries while creating delicious healthy meals.  René gives back to her community through Rotary and is currently serving as President-Elect of the Troy club.
Michael Angelo Caruso
Michael Angelo Caruso teaches presentation skills.  He’s a valued communication consultant to companies and organizations all over the world. Mr. Caruso is founder and President of Edison House, an international consulting firm specializing in corporate and personal improvement.
Mr. Caruso was introduced to Rotary via the Group Study Exchange program, now known as Vocational Training Teams or VTT. "There was a long preparation period prior to the trip," says Michael, "And I learned more about Rotary in six months than most Rotarians learn in six years." "I was so impressed with this great service organization, that I decided to join as soon as I got back from South Africa."
Michael has now been a Rotarian for over 20 years. He's served many positions at the club level, including President of his club in Troy, Michigan in 2012-13, Public Image Chair and served as Governor for Rotary District 6380 in SE Michigan and Ontario, Canada, 2016-17.
The Rotary District 5010 District Conference
It Will Be the Greatest Show on Earth
Seward, Alaska. May 17-20, 2018
Our 2018 District Conference is just around the corner. If you haven’t signed up yet it isn’t too late. You can do it right here. Check it out and watch the awesome video in the upper right-hand corner (courtesy of Dan and Lisa Phillips). You can take advantage of a discount with the Alaska Railroad (Under Conference Travel and Discount Codes). You can also book your hotel room there.
It will be a District Conference you won’t forget. It will be fun yet inspiring. The Seward Rotarians are pulling out all the stops. Rotary International President Ian Riseley is sending his representative Past District Governor (PDG) Stella Roy all the way from Newfoundland to be with us. Motivational Speaker and PDG Michael Caruso and his partner Rene (both Rotarians) will inspire us. Iditarod Champ Mitch Seavey will entertain us. PDG and Professional Magician, Jim Lang will amaze us. My fellow District Governor and noted Management expert, Don Evans will get you thinking. A “Rotary Cares for Kids” presentation will remind you of why we are all caring and kind Rotarians. Our Youth Exchange students and veterans will share with you their experience. DG Mike Kinsey is bringing a contingent of Rotarians from Ontario, Canada just to help us celebrate. PDG Madhukar Malhotra will lead a contingent of Rotarians from India who will help us honor our beloved Jon Deisher.
All of this will kick off with District Assembly Thursday, May 17, 2018. The day will conclude with a Bar-B-Q hosted by fellow Rotarian Tom Tougas. Entertainment will be provided by Paul Harris Fellow and Alaska Balladeer, Hobo Jim. Friday night we will head out to the beautiful and remote Fox Island Lodge for the Governor’s Banquet. On Saturday, we will be at the Sealife Center where the chefs of Seward will dazzle you with their specialties. Afterward, you can help us party (with DJ Lefty) and support the eventual end of polio All the while you can see old friends and meet new ones. You can talk to other Rotarians about their incredible projects and journeys. Are you wondering what to wear? Anything from Orange Flight Suits to blue jeans and tennis shoes. We are talking Alaska Casual. You should by now know what I will wear. I will also be wearing my “Be Humble, Be Kind, Take Action” fishing vest. And if you hurry and order by April 30 you can buy the cool and practical vest right on the web site. It will be delivered to you at the Conference. Back to the “dress code” Anything goes.  Carharts and Xtra Tuffs are A-OK too.
Thank You for being 5010 Rotarians and thank you for coming to our conference. It will be one you won’t forget.
Be Humble, Be Kind, Take Action
DG Harry (aka Iceman)
Lights, camera, action!
Past District (D6380) Governor Michael Angelo Caruso is our keynote speaker at the Governor's Banquet.  Michael has a relaxed, conversational style of speaking that’s both entertaining and educational. He speaks “in the round” to involve the audience unlike any other speaker on the circuit.  It’s fascinating to watch Michael do his “stand-up comedian magic!” Michael’s performance is sure to be a highlight of our district conference this May.  Watch more of Michael here. Register here.

For the 10th consecutive year, The Rotary Foundation has received the highest rating — four stars — from Charity Navigator, an independent evaluator of charities in the U.S.

In the most recent ratings, the Foundation earned the maximum of 100 points for demonstrating both strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency.

In a letter to the Foundation, Charity Navigator notes that "only 1 percent of the charities we evaluate have received at least 10 consecutive 4-star evaluations, indicating that The Rotary Foundation outperforms other charities in America. This exceptional designation from Charity Navigator sets The Rotary Foundation apart from its peers and demonstrates to the public its trustworthiness."

The rating reflects Charity Navigator's assessment of how the Foundation uses donations, sustains its programs and services, and practices good governance and openness.

Hello!  With great leadership from DG Harry and his line of Presidents, this year is flying by quickly.
Welcome to all the Presidents-Elect who are in the process of planning their 2018-19 years' goals.  I encourage all members to support them as they move into leadership and say YES to open positions.
Some Dates to keep in mind:
Now All Clubs should now have Presidents-Elect appointed and voted on by your Club membership (send newly elected names and emails to me please (ndfejes@gmail.com)
Now All Club Presidents-Elect should now be registered for PrePETS and PETS Feb 22-25 in Seattle (or have talked to me.)
February 3rd is the District Leadership Seminar - all are welcome.  We'll update our District short and long-term goals and hear from District Chairs on their progress to date.
May 17th, 2018 District Assembly is for training of Club Officers, Seward, Ak
Join Us In Anchorage
We Can Change the World

Captain Cook Hotel
Anchorage, Alaska

  • Assembly - May 2, 2019
  • Conference - May 3-5 2019

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