2019 District Conference
May 2019
Be the Inspiration and Change the World!
I am so thrilled to welcome you to the 2018-19 Rotary District 5010 Conference!
We come together to celebrate the success of your Presidents leading you, the members, in new and exciting times in Rotary.
Our challenge this year from President Barry Rassin was to “Be the Inspiration”.  As I traveled to each of the 40 Clubs in our District, I was constantly inspired by your Rotarian spirit, your community involvement and your commitment to Change the World by making it a better place for all. And you are just plain fun!
This conference will bring our Youth, exchange and global scholarship programs to the forefront to showcase how Rotary is making an impact on their lives which WILL make the future better.  We’ll participate in hard conversations like human trafficking that are difficult to hear but ones that need your thoughtful and caring attention.  You will hear how our Vocational Training Team working with the Aussie’s partnered with local experts on preventable health issues and will bring that inspiration back to make a difference in our local communities. Our cross-cultural speakers representing the larger Rotary world from India and Sweden will show how far we’ve come from the staid Rotary of old. 
But most of all, you will become reacquainted with friends and make new friends which is the core of the Rotary experience.
Through the hope and support that you bring to your communities, both close and far away, Rotary does make a difference – YOU make a difference.  The world needs Rotary - the world needs YOU.
Welcome and let the fun begin!
N. Diane Fejes
District 5010 Governor 2018-19
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Alaska Airlines has generously provided a special discount for attendees traveling to the conference – use meeting fare code ECMC187.  Simply book your ticket traveling between April 26, 2019 - May 10, 2019.  Details below.


Meeting Name :  Rotary District Conference 2019

Meeting Fare Code: ECMC187

Departure City(s):  Any Alaska Airlines/Horizon Air US or Canadian city

Meeting City:  Anchorage, Alaska (ANC)

Not Included:  Prudhoe Bay, Alaska; Hawaii, Mexico or Costa Rica

Beginning Travel Date: April 26, 2019 

Last Travel Date:  May 10, 2019

Blackout Dates: None

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2019 Speakers and Entertainers

Nancy Hughes – Founder of The Stove Team

Within a year, Nancy and her Rotary club, Eugene Southtowne, and other supporters, not only developed a safe, portable, affordable fuel-efficient stove, but also helped Gustavo Peña start a factory to produce them in El Salvador.  Read her full story here or visit Stove Team International’s website.

Basker Chockalingam - Rotary International Director for 2017 – 19
Basker, a Rotarian since 1988 is a member of Rotary Club of Karur RI District 3000, the second largest Rotary club in India. He is also the managing trustee of the Karur Rotary Club Trust which he founded in 1991-92. The trust runs a number of social service projects in health and also provides micro-credit facilities to support the underserved and less privileged.  Read more about Basker here.
Carl-Wilhelm Stenhammar - 2005-06 Rotary International President 
Carl-Wilhelm, a Rotarian since 1974 immediately became involved in all levels of Rotary and has held numerous positions at the club, district, and international levels. He began international service to Rotary in 1991 with an appointment to the Youth Service Committee, has been a member of the Audit and Operations Review Committee of RI,  member of the Polio Eradication Advocacy Task Force. Read more about Carl here

Ken Peltier - frontman for the Ken Peltier Band 

The band was formed in 1996 fueled by Ken’s passion for singing, songwriting, and guitar playing. The Ken Peltier Band plays clubs, arenas, and special events, from the Alaska State Fair to Arctic Man attended by fifteen thousand extreme snowmobile and ski enthusiasts. Ken and the band also take time to do shows and events to raise money for Leukemia Lymphoma research, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospitals, The American Cancer Society, Shriners, and Elks and Wounded Warriors. Read more here.

Adam Legg
Adam is the Executive Director of Love Alaska, a non-profit that exists to mobilize people to serve those that society has marginalized. Priceless, a Love Alaska initiative, walks with survivors of sex trafficking to find new life while meeting practical needs. Priceless has worked with over 150 survivors since they were founded and has trained over 200 mentors and hundreds of volunteers to help fight trafficking right here in Alaska. 
Sharon and Richard Burns
On-air personalities and owners of nine radio stations through SE Alaska, plus another six in Texarkana, Texas, Rotarians Richard and Sharon bring a wealth of knowledge on local programming, local news and actual engagement of staff in local volunteer opportunities.  They will be speaking to us on “How to Get Free Advertising for Your Rotary Event”.
Adam Hays
Born and raised in Alaska, Adam owns Alaska based polling and data anaylis company Hays Research Group LLC.  Adam is a Rotex who will be enlightening us on his Youth Exchange experience in Australia that changed the direction of his life forever. 


Allison Furniss
We will hear a short video from Allison, a Global Grant Scholar under Area of Focus Peace and Conflict Resolution. Allison is working on her Master’s Degree in Justice and Transformations at the University of Cape Town, South Africa.  Her course work and degree internship in Namibia with the UN last summer, along with volunteerism and involvement with Rotary in South Africa, have greatly enhanced her skills and knowledge pertaining to peacebuilding and community development. Recent course work pertained to human rights protection, international peace building, and navigating social challenges facing post- conflict state reconstruction.  Allison hopes to work in Africa, upon completion of studies in Dec. 2019, with an international organization in global peacebuilding. 
Morgan Wienberg
Co-founder of Little Footprints, Big Steps and head of Haiti Operations, Morgan was raised in Whitehourse, Yukon, and volunteered with non-profit organizations and developed an all-consuming interest in human rights. The 2010 devastating earthquake in Haiti drew Morgan to her life’s work.  She volunteered in an orphanage and found the conditions to be appalling. She witnessed children that were neglected, beaten, and starved. She quickly discovered that children had been sent to the orphanage by their parents in the mistaken belief that their children would be offered food, education, and loving care. Morgan began to work towards reuniting children with their families. Morgan continues to live in Haiti where she leads the work on the ground with passion, creativity and integrity side by side with Haitian staff members, partners and collaborators.


Michael Jeffery

Charter member of the Rotary Club of Barrow-Nuvuk, and holding degrees from both Standford University and Yale Law School, Jeffery has served Alaska through his 32 year judicial career as a Superior Court Judge, retiring in 2014.  He is the author of several publications and a true advocate for tackling fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) issues, both in and out of the courtroom.  He continues to volunteer his time and talent, serving on the Alaska Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee, FASD Work Group for the Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Secondary Education, as well as the Alaska FASD Partnership Steering Committee.  

Tami Eller
With a B.S. in Criminology as well as Psychology, and an M.S. in Counseling Psychology, Tami has provided therapy, training and consultation in various forms for substance abuse and dependence treatments.  She is currently the clinical supervisor for the Treatment Foster Care Program, collaborating with community resources and agencies to meet the needs of Treatment Foster Homes.  
Monica Charles
Yup’ik Eskimo born and raised in Bethel, AK, Monica recently served as chairperson for the Alaska FASD Partnership for four years, promoting awareness, prevention, and effective life-long interventions for those affected by prenatal exposure to alcohol and their families.  With her experience as the FASD/Behavior Specialist for 13 years in the Lower Kuskokwim School District, along with her current position as Guardian Ad Litem in the Office of Public Advocacy, she brings a wealth of knowledge on child advocacy.  


Marilyn Pierce-Bulger

Marilyn resides in Anchorage and is an Alaskan Nurse and Advanced Nurse Practitioner with a focus on FASD prevention.  She has completed numerous publications and presentations on FASD awareness and prevention.  She is the founder and a Board of Director member of Alaska Center for FASD, the owner of FASDx Services LLC, and an affiliate faculty member for University of Alaska’s Arctic FASD Regional Training Center and Program Implementation Center.

Pam Hill
Originally from a small town in Iowa, Dr. Pamela Hill earned her medical degree and went on to specialize in Obstetricians & Gynecology.  Serving as a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army from 1980 to 1992, Dr. Hill went into private practice in Palmer, Alaska. Retiring in 2015,  Pam joined the Wasilla Sunrise Rotary Club and found her passion in becoming part of the “People of Action” in Rotary. Upon her return from voluntary participation with the FASD team, Dr. Hill will help to involve District 5010 Rotarians with our future Global Grants to help end FASD in our local areas.
Meet the District Governor Line

N. Diane Fejes, DG 2018-19

After growing up on a cattle and wheat ranch in southern Idaho, Diane graduated from Utah State University, moved to Alaska in 1978 and became a Certified Public Accountant.   She worked with the international accounting firms of Deloitte and KPMG - retiring as a Tax Partner in 2011 after 33 years of interpreting the ever-changing tax law. Diane and her husband, Bob, live in Anchorage where they raised their two intelligent, beautiful and fun daughters, Anna and Erin.  They enjoy the Alaskan lifestyle which includes flying to their remote cabin in summer, and winter trips to Hawaii.
Joining Rotary in 1989 with the Anchorage Rotary club, Diane served as Club President in 2000-20001 and went on to serve in many District capacities: Treasurer, Assistant Governor and as faculty and ultimately Dean of The Leadership Academy, which trains future leaders about Rotary.  Diane has also served on many community and corporate boards, currently serving as Chair of the Board for Spawn Ideas, Inc.    As a Rotary Foundation Major Donor and Bequest Society member DG Diane believes that the business oriented, non-religious, non-political aspect of Rotary allows us to succeed in being the preeminent worldwide organization to bring health, literacy, peace and prosperity to our world. 

Andre’ Layral, DGE 2019-2020

Andre’ Layral has been a Rotarian since 1992.  He has served twice as Club President (1999-2000 North Pole Rotary and 2010-2011 Sunrisers Rotary Club of Fairbanks).  He has served in several leadership roles within District 5010, including RYLA Chair, District Trainer and Membership Chair. He has also served as a district Visioning Facilitator for many years.  Andre’s proudest moment in Rotary was serving as Project Chair for his club, working with club members and community partners, to complete a Handicap Accessible Playground and Pavilion dedicated in 2016.
Andre’s classification is Education Consulting. He has had a long career in public education in Alaska, serving as an Aquatic Coordinator, Physical Education teacher, Athletic Director, and Middle School Assistant Principal and Principal. He retired from public education in 2000 after 26 years, then worked for the Association of Alaska School Boards until February 2009, when he was named Executive Director for the Alaska Secondary School Principals, where he served until June 2013.  Andre’s passion for youth is obvious, so it is not surprising that is where he also found his Rotary passion leading our RYLA program.
Andre’ has been married to his wife Sheri for 46 years. They have two adult children, Nicole and Matt, and they have been blessed with 9 grandchildren.  Andre’ moved to Alaska after graduating from Hawthorne high school in Southern California in 1970. He came to Fairbanks to swim for the Alaska Nanooks. He is a three time collegiate All- American swimmer and was named to the Nanook Hall of Fame in 2016.
Andre’ pursues excellence in all that he participates in, including Rotary. He is an accomplished bowler with three perfect 300 games and two 299’s. He enjoys fishing the Kenai River each summer with his wife Sheri, dog Timmy and friends. He is an avid barbecue pitmaster, known for preparing brisket, pork butt, ribs and chicken for his Rotary installation picnic each June. 

Joe Kashi, DGN 2020-2021

District Governor Nominee Joe Kashi  is a trial lawyer in Soldotna.  He has been a member of the Soldotna Rotary Club since 1980 and twice president of that club.  He and his spouse, Dr. Terese Kashi, are major donors to the Rotary Foundation.  Among other voluntary activities, he has  been active in the American Bar Association and the Alaska Bar Association, primarily involving  computer and networking technology, and also with a regional fine arts center.  Since 2009, he has had 20 solo fine art photography shows, mostly in university and college galleries.  He received his BS and MS degrees from MIT in 1972/1973 and his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 1976..

Cheryl Metiva, DGD 2021-2022

Cheryl grew up in a family owned business supplying dog mushing equipment & gift items world-wide, managing the primary retail location in Mackinaw City, MI.  The runners of a dog sled, the Iditarod and Alaska were second nature to her. Cheryl and her husband Marty moved to Alaska in 2003 where their life of adventure continues.  Her careers have varied from hosting a travel radio show, owning an event & tour company, hospitality, retail sales, marketing and non-profit management.  
She’s served as president of the Wasilla and Susitna Rotary clubs, Lieutenant District Governor to PDG Sue Foley, twice co-chair of district conferences along with numerous other club and district roles.  Her Rotary “ah-ah” moments are clear- her first district conference, receipt of her first Paul Harris, as well as her first international conference in New Orleans.  These experiences cemented a lifelong commitment to Rotary.
Cheryl and Marty are passionate for youth and the future of Rotary, currently hosting their 6th exchange student with their Siberian Husky.  They love travel, fine wine, a good steak on the grill and life at their lakeside home.
Conference Schedule
Conference Schedule
May 2nd
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM District Assembly for officers and interested Rotarians

May 3rd
7:00 AM – NOT REQUIRED - meet for a fun walk on the beautiful Coastal Trail
10:00 AM District Leadership Academy meeting and graduation (for students and interested parties)
11:00 AM Formal meeting begins with lunch and the ever funny and entertaining Paul McGuire and Dave Kester as Emcees
11:30 AM - 4:30 PM
All about our Young Leaders by Young Leaders
What happens to those young kids from Youth Exchange in their future lives?              
What is/are Rotaract and Interact and RYLA and ROTEX and Inbounds and Outbounds?
Hear from THEM why they ARE the future of Rotary
What will our Rotary International Director say to Inspire them – Baskar Chockalingham - Rotary International President’s Representative, Rotary International Director 2017-19
The latest on Rotary Cares for Kids and how Youth Exchange helps ShelterBox during disasters
5:30 PM Gather for dinner in the home.  Be sure to Sign UP!
Or ask about how to attend the Moose Marble Madness Drop from a Helicopter fundraiser event hosted by the Anchorage Hillside Rotary Club!

May 4th
7:30 AM Breakfast
General – for all - Main ballroom Captain Cook
            Sitting 18-19 Presidents Breakfast – separate room – please sign-up
            Sitting 18-19 Presidents-Elect Breakfast – separate room - please sign up
9:00 AM -11:30 AM – more of the Paul and Dave Show
            How the StoveTeam creates jobs and saves lives - Nancy Hughes
            Sex/Human Trafficking – It is HERE - what YOU can do to stop the Cycle - Priceless Alaska
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM What have our 40 District clubs been doing this year?
The latest from Rotary International  Director Baskar Chockalingham - Rotary International President’s Representative, Rotary International Director 2017-19
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM Updates from the Paul and Dave show……..
            Public Image from the experts who live it every day – Pres. Sharon and Richard Burns
            What does a CLUB of CHOICE look like? Ask questions about successful club models
3:00 PM  YOUR VOTE COUNTS - Business meeting
5:30 -   No Host Bar ….6:30 Dinner followed by…. KEN PELTIER BAND Dance-a-Thon
 Featured speaker – Past Rotary International President Carl-Wilhelm Stenhammar

May 5th
9:00 AM General Breakfast
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Celebrating the lives of our Fellow Rotarians who have recently passed on.
Update from our Global Scholar to South Africa - Allison Furniss, Whitehorse, Yukon
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder -Returning Vocational Training Team from Australia – Rotarian Michael Jeffrey,  Pamela Hill and Marilyn Pierce-Bulger with their teammates. What they learned and shared on their trip. How can we apply that to Partnerships and areas in our District?
How can we leverage our Rotary Global Grants and Partnerships to address the issue here?
            Changing of the Guard – Now that we’re Inspired how do we Connect?
12:00 PM Changeover meeting for Conference Committees
It’s going to be a GREAT conference!  
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2019 Conference Sponsors


We would like to sincerely say thank you to our sponsors for having such a caring and giving heart because without their support for our 2019 District Conference it would not be possible.
With your donations, we are able to provide not only a full weekend of exciting events for members and their families, but it will also provide inspiration through our speakers, educational growth and training for dedicated Rotarians, the sharing of local club and international projects, fellowships with new and old friends. We will hear inspiring stories from Rotary Youth Exchange students.  We will share ideas, celebrate our accomplishments, and find out what has been happening in the district and the world. 
“Together, we are the inspiration!”
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