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”.