2020 District Conference
André Layral, District 5010
Governor 2019-2020
April 30 and May 1-3, 2020, Fairbanks, AK
It is with great pleasure that I invite you to attend the April 30th Peace Forum and the D5010 Rotary District Conference in Fairbanks on May 1-3, 2020.
Fairbanks is referred to as the Golden Heart City because of its genuine hospitality, its history as an energetic mining town, and its location in the heart of Interior Alaska.  Fairbanks is Alaska’s second largest city and a hub to many interior towns and villages.  We hope you will take time to get to know our town, visit the many interesting attractions and take advantage of the many excursions available before, during and after the conference.
For the first time a Rotary Peace Forum is planned to take the place of the District Training Assembly.  We have lined up a number of well known Rotary speakers (Nabil and Gayle Oudeh - Center for Conflict Resolution International; Paul Chappel - Nuclear Age Peace Foundation; Reem Ghunaim - Rotary Peace Action Center; Darragh Metzger who will share their unique perspective and stories on topics of Conflict Resolution, Peace Literacy, and the Rotary Peace Scholars Program that highlight their past and current Peace efforts throughout the world.
We are opening the Peace Forum to both Rotarians and Non-Rotarians so we can share these great speakers.  We encourage young leaders in particular to attend the Peace Forum and District Conference.  Special rates are available for young leaders who attend.
The District Conference is an opportunity to celebrate our club Presidents, President-Elects District officers and the many ways that Rotary Connects the World through our efforts to tackle life’s biggest challenges in Communities and Globally. We will recognize the many Rotarians who have been a part of the Rotary Team that has led our district in 2019-2020.
The conference will feature Youth who participate in our RYLA, Interact and Youth Exchange programs, and a few of the dedicated Rotarians who sponsor these programs.  You’ll meet a Masai warrior who is a Rotarian that started a Rotary Club in rural Africa.  You’ll meet a Rotary Peace Scholar and hear about the amazing work Rotary does that is helping create a more peaceful world.
Our challenge this year from President Mark Maloney was to Celebrate Rotary, Grow Membership, and help make Rotary more Family Friendly.  As I visited each of the 38 Clubs in our District, I met the most amazing Rotarians, had fun, participated in Duck Races, fundraiser events, Polio and Foundation events and saw firsthand many great projects implemented by Rotary clubs.
Come to the conference to be reacquainted with old friends, meet new ones and leave inspired to Connect the World!
See you in Fairbanks on April 30 through May 3rd.
Rotary truly does Connect the World!
Andre’ Layral
District 5010 Governor 2019-2020
Mark Maloney
President, 2019-20
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Dear fellow Rotarians, Rotaractors, members of the Family of Rotary, and friends,

Gay and I are delighted to welcome you to your 2019-2020 district conference. This event is a wonderful opportunity to see how Rotary Connects the World, helping us come together and share thoughts on how to make Rotary service more impactful and our member experience more engaging.

This year’s conference comes at an especially auspicious moment for our organization. In 2019-2020, we are rolling out our new strategic plan. The plan is an Action Plan for Rotary’s future. It was designed, with your input, to allow Rotary to better serve our rapidly-changing world.

The plan features four strategic priorities: to increase our impact; expand our reach; enhance participant engagement; and increase our ability to adapt. But to me, the central message of the plan is clear – we need to grow Rotary.
Growing Rotary is all about taking the connections that make our organization unique in the world and strengthening and multiplying them. How do we do that? Part of the answer is in how our clubs connect with prospective members. Part of it is in opening our doors to new types of clubs and memberships, making all potential Rotarians feel welcome.
But a big part of it is in how you personally connect with Rotary. It is exciting that you will be adding your ideas and
your energy to your district conference. We hope this conference will help you to create your Action Plan for your Rotary future.

Kindest regards,
Mark Daniel Maloney
President, Rotary International 2019-2020
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Read Speaker and Entertainer Bios

2019 Speakers and Entertainers

David D. Stovall - Representative for 2019-20 Rotary International President Mark Maloney for District 5010 Conference,
Rotary International Treasurer for 2019-20

David D. Stovall retired from commercial banking in 2011 after a 32-year career, 22 years of which he served as president and CEO of a national market NASD bank holding company. He then launched a career as a commercial real estate broker.

Stovall has served Rotary as committee member, regional Rotary Foundation coordinator, training leader, president’s representative, endowment/major gifts adviser, and Council on Legislation representative. In 1994-95 he hosted a Rotary Peace Forum in Senegal that led to the formation of what is now the Rotarian Action Group for Population and Development.

Stovall has received the Avenues of Service Citation, the Rotary Foundation Citation for Meritorious Service, and the Rotary Foundation Distinguished Service Award. He and his wife, Kim Waters, a past district governor, are Foundation Benefactors, Major Donors, and Bequest Society members.

Nabil Oudeh was born into conflict. As a Palestinian growing up in Israel, Nabil experienced the impact of conflict on all aspects of life. His lifelong calling to be a peacebuilder was immediately evident. As a teenager he challenged himself and others in the most difficult circumstances to utilize dialogue as a way of building greater understanding between peoples. Moving to the United States for his undergraduate education, Nabil continued to be engaged in dialogue opportunities for reconciliation between conflicting traditions and cultures. As he continued his graduate studies in peace and conflict resolution, Nabil was involved in various community and international peace initiatives.


Nabil also took the principles of peacebuilding to the workplace and for over 25 years, he has been involved in workplace transformation, assisting leaders, professionals and their organizations.  He helps his clients develop and create effective solutions to their biggest challenges at work. Nabil offers a unique perspective on leadership, organizational effectiveness and workplace wellness.


Keynote Speaker

Nabil has given hundreds of presentations to audiences around the globe on topics such as diversity, dialogue, leadership, conflict management, understanding self and others, and navigating through conflict.


Expert on Dialogue and Peace Building

Nabil has over 25+ years of industry experience working with executives and organizations in conflict. Understands the unique challenges facing leaders and organizations today and what it takes to transform conflict and restore functionality to the workplace.


Expert on Mediation and Workplace Restoration

In addition to organizational issues, Nabil travels the world facilitating and teaching about dialogue between religious and cultural communities in conflict.

West Point graduate, Iraq War veteran, and former army captain Paul K. Chappell shows why people need to be as well trained in waging peace as soldiers are in waging war. Chappell is the Peace Literacy Director of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation and the author of six books, most recently Soldiers of Peace. Lecturing across the country and internationally, he also teaches college courses and workshops on Peace Literacy and Peace Leadership and leads a Peace Literacy curricular development team for k-12 and higher education.

Our understanding of peace is only as good as our understanding of the human condition and trauma. My essay A New Peace Paradigm: Our Human Needs and the Tangles of Trauma upends Maslow’s hierarchy of needs and offers a new and hopeful framework for understanding the human condition, trauma, the nature of human happiness, and the root causes of our national and global problems.


View his YouTube Video at:  Why World Peace is Possible. https://youtu.be/IpGTMjYGUcI

Reem is the Executive Director for the Rotarian Action Group for Peace based in Portland, Oregon. She is also a Global Peace Index Ambassador for the Institute for Economics and Peace based in New York City, and a Rotarian at the Rotary Club of Portland, District 5100. She served on the Rotary Club of Portland as chair of the Peacebuilder Committee, and served on the organizing committee of the Environmental Sustainability and Peace Conference: one of Rotary International’s six Presidential Peace Conferences for 2018. She was previously a Rotaractor with the Rotary Club of Ramallah in Palestine, and later became a Rotary Peace Fellow at the Duke UNC Rotary Peace Center in North Carolina.
Reem received her B.A. in Business Administration from Birzeit University in Palestine. Later, she acquired a Community Leadership Certificate from the International Association for Human Values and the Art of Living Organization in Germany. As a Duke UNC Rotary Peace Fellow, Reem obtained her Masters in City and Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina and an International Peace and Conflict Resolution Certificate from Duke University.
Reem is a proponent of economic development, strategic and regional planning, and promoting peace through global humanitarian projects. She is an accomplished professional in multiple regions including the Middle East, Pacific, Europe and the USA. She has experience working for the United Nations Crisis Prevention Unit in Fiji where she engaged in projects promoting conflict resolution, mediation and trauma healing. She is an expert on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and encourages intercultural exchanges to enhance mutual understanding. Reem is an advocate for Social Entrepreneurship and encourages the utilization of art and dance to create social platforms for peacebuilding. Reem has distinguished experience as a public speaker and has presented and spoken about various important social, economic and political issues around the world at numerous prestigious platforms.
Reem’s personal mission is to build mutual understanding on important issues for peace that revolves around compassion, empowers individuality, and embraces differences in a positive light. She serves as a board member for Peace Village, an organization that teaches these peaceful values to young children.

Darragh Metzgar was born Born and raised in Anchorage.  She is an Actor and writer now living in Seattle. A veteran actress and accomplished horsewoman, Darragh Metzger joined the Seattle Knights in 1994, and has played a variety of characters over the years, though best known as Rowan of Killaloe.  An amateur musician, she has sung, arranged music, and written songs for two music groups.  Though retired from active jousting, she's still an avid horsewoman, and loves trail riding in her rare and mostly stolen moments of free time.


Darragh is now retired from the field of combat, she still loves performing, and handles a microphone with the same flair with which she once handled a sword. Darragh's publishing credits include plays, non-fiction articles, interviews, novels, and short stories.  



Her book, Alaska Over Israel: Operation Magic Carpet, the Men and Women Who Made it Fly, and the Little Airline That Could.  Known as "On Wings of Eagles" and "Operation Magic Carpet", It is the story of the secret emergency Jewish Airlift that began in 1948 was meant to rescue Jewish refugees from around the world and bring them to their ancient homeland--the newly reborn nation of Israel. 


The story tells the miracle of a tiny, struggling American airline known as… Alaska Airlines. Alaskan pilots and crew little suspected they would create an aviation legend. With inadequate aircraft and no preparation, they risked their lives every time they lifted from Aden or Shanghai runways to fly Jewish refugees across Muslim territory to the new nation of Israel.

2020 Conference Schedule
2020 District Conference Schedule of Events
Thursday, April 30, 2020
8:00 AM
Registration - PEACE FORUM
                      Raven's Landing
                      1222 Cowles Street
9:00 AM
Peace Forum
12:00 Noon
1:00 PM
4:00 PM
         Peace Forum  
5:30 PM
7:30 PM
Conference Meet and Greet Social
Sunrisers Park & Pavilion
6:00 PM
8:00 PM
        Past District Governor’s Dinner  

Friday, May 1, 2020
8:00 AM
Registration - Westmark Fairbanks Lobby
9:00 AM –
11:00 AM
Introduction of Colors
Presentation of Country Flags
Opening Plenary Session #1
DG Welcome
Welcome by local dignatary
Rotary International Foundation - Brad Gamble
RI Presidents Representative David Stovall
Paul Chappel
11:00 AM
Breakout Sessions
Leadership Academy
Other Guest Speakers                                   
12:00PM -
2:00 PM
Plenary Session #2
Paul Chappel
Youth Exchange/Rotex/Interact/RYLA
2:00 PM
Breakout Session
Gayle Oudeh
Rotaract and Young Leaders
3:00 PM
Breakout Session
Nabil Oudeh
4:00 PM
Plenary Session #3
Roatry Peace Center and Rotary Action Group (RAG) Peace and Conflict Resolution
Neem Gunaiem
5:30 PM
Assemble for Dinner in the Home
Kip Harmon and Janet Brown


Saturday, May 2, 2020
7:00 AM
8:00 AM –
          Chena River Run
          Paint Pouring
 Plenary Session #4
 Darragh Metzger
 Neem Gunaiem
2:00 PM
          Awards and Recognition
 Business Meeting
5:00 PM
6:00 PM
          Major Donor Reception
6:00 PM
Governor's Banquet
Youth Exchange Auction
RI Representative David Stovall
Conference Keynote Speaker - Nabil Oudeh
9:00 PM –
11:00 PM

Sunday, May 3, 2020
8:00 AM           

           Ecumenical Service

9:00 AM
Plenary Session # 5
Reem Gunaiem
10:30 AM   
Closing Ceremony session - Passing the Gavel
11:00 AM
2020 District Conference ends
Updated:   1/22/20          
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Save on Airfare with Alaska Airlines
Alaska Airlines has generously provided a special discount for attendees traveling to the conference – use meeting fare code ECMC924.  Simply book your ticket traveling between April 11, 2020 - May 11, 2020.  Details below.

Meeting Name :  Rotary District Conference

Meeting Fare Code: ECMC924

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

Meeting City:  Fairbanks, Alaska (FAI)

Not Included: Prudhoe Bay, Alaska; Canada, Mexico OR Costa Rica

Beginning Travel Date: April 11, 2020

Last Travel Date:  May 11, 2020

Blackout Dates: None

Meeting Fare Rules:
·         Your group is entitled to a 7% discount off Alaska Airlines published fares (except companion and other promotional fares).
·         Any change or cancellation after ticketing is subject to a service charge. 
·         All tickets must be issued online or the Alaska Airlines Group desk.
·         A $15.00 ticketing fee will apply to any tickets issued by the Group Desk so we do suggest booking online to avoid this fee.
Meet the District Governor Line
André Layral, DG 2019-2020
André 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 pit-master, known for preparing brisket, pork butt, ribs and chicken for his Rotary installation picnic each June.
Joe Kashi, DGE 2020-2021
District Governor Elect, 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.
Mike Ferris, DGND 2022-2023
Michael Ferris was inducted into Rotary in 2003 and is a member of the Anchorage South Rotary Club, where he served as Club President in 2015-2016.  Mike has completed the D5010 Leadership Academy and has served in a variety of  Club committees, including most recently as Membership, Foundation and Dictionary Project Co-Chair.  Beyond the club, Mike has served on several D5010 committees as Membership Committee Co-Chair, Public Image Committee and as Grants Co-Chair.

Mike continues to serve his community as a coach for 20 years and an official for Pop Warner Youth Football (ages 7-9) and High School Wrestling.  He has been involved in The Resource Development Council, the Alaska Support Industrial Alliance, the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce and The Alaska State Chamber. Mike has also served as President of a local Toastmasters club

Mike has been a leader as early as High School, in both his personal and professional life. He has served as a deck boss at age 18 on his family’s commercial crab boat, the F/V Seabrooke, fishing in the Bering Sea.  Later he captained the same vessel, generating some of the largest crab quotas in the fleet.  From 2000-2002 Mike led a team of Lithuanians at a refinery, moving product through ports in Lithuania and Latvia.

Mike will strive to keep Rotary fresh, while preserving the true Fellowship behind Rotary, “Service Above Self”. 

Support the 2019-20 Conference
Enhance your club or company visibility by sponsoring the 2020 Rotary District 5010 Conference. View sponsorship opportunities below:
Please note: Logos for your business must be received by Cindy Wright <cindy@playwrightalaska.com>no later than April 14th.
2020 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 2020 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!”