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Service Above Self

We meet Thursdays at 12:00 PM
Palmer City Ale House
320 Dahlia Street
Palmer, AK  99645
United States
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Club Activities
The 2016 Rotary Uncorked event was a huge success!

Annual Cabbage Classic at the Alaska State Fair!
This year's winner was: Beth Clapper who lives right here in the valley.  
She won $780!
Winning cabbage weight 83.4 lbs, her guess 83.5 lbs.
The other half of the pot went to Scholarship Programs right here in the Valley

Rotarians from Anchorage, Eagle River and the Valley came together for an afternoon of friendship at the Alaska State Fair

Friendship Gathering at President Brenda Sheldon's home to welcome Noah

Today, we welcomed our 2016-2017 Exchange Student - Noah

Palmer Rotary meets at 12:00 pm on Thursdays at the Palmer Ale House. 
Join us we hear from community members, discuss our community events and enjoy Rotary fellowship.
Want to know more about Rotary? Follow our link to Rotary International to learn all about this outstanding organization!

Palmer Rotary Friendship Day at Helga Larson's home.  Wonderful weather, incredible hostess and awesome friends!

Our very own Rotary Exchange Student Keany Simarmata graduated from Palmer High this evening.

Fellowship gathering at Sue Welton's home
A great group of people getting together to celebrate everyting (especially Skylar's Baby Shower)

Rick Allen, Statewide Director, Office of Public Advocacy and special guest, George Friese, one of the Fairbanks Four, will be bring us up-to-date on the decision that freed the foursome.  You won't want to miss this meeting.  Get the inside scoop. Invite your friends.  

Jeff Johnson giving a presentation on our Youth Exchange Program

President Elect Brenda Sheldon speaks about next years goals and strategies
Current President Kelly Larson and President Elect Brenda Sheldon

Be sure to check out www.valleyrotarians.org for news on the upcoming Rotary Uncorked and Foundation Dinner.  They both promise to be a great evening!

Club President Kelly Larson and President Elect Brenda Sheldon welcome Kim Carver to the Club
Youth Exchange Officer Jeff Johnson
introduces our Exchange Student Keny
for a presentation on his home
country of Indonesia. 
Foundation Dinner committee planning
a great event.  For more info,

2015 Alaska State Fair Giant Cabbage Weigh Off
The 2015 Giant Cabbage Champion is Steve Hubacek with a 92.15 lb. cabbage!  
The lucky winner of the Annual Cabbage Classic was Mary McGinnis of Palmer.

Last night, our Exchange Student Keany arrived from Indonesia

Changing of the Guard!
President Kelly Larson takes the gavel.

An anonymous member donated Paul Harris points to Jackie Kenshalo

Guest speaker was Joe Hannan,
Palmer City Manager discussing 
"Economic Strategy for Palmer"
Thanks for a great presentation!

Sara VanTassel, President of Janicki BioEnergy, spoke with us about septic and clean water issues in developing nations. Her company has engineered machinery that can take any solids (besides large chunks of metal), or liquids and turn it into clean drinking water and ash. The process also creates electricity that can be then sold or distributed to a local populace. The machine is starts with a diesel powered generator, then with several minutes becomes self powered through the energy created from input materials. 

President Les Helfrich and Sponsor Tammy Bruce welcomed  new member Teri Seward owner of Solestice Reflexology.  

Ken More, Owner and General Manager of Arctic Air Academy of Palmer, shared the current status at Palmer Airport as well as the exciting possibilities for future use of the airport.

Palmer Rotary had a very informative meeting with great information from Marc Van Dongen about Port Mackenzie

The Palmer Rotary Club, on Thursday March 19, presented a $3000 grant to the Malawi Children's Village. The grant, made on behalf of the Palmer club and the Alaska-Yukon Rotary District, will be used in Malawi to buy badly neededdesks and school supplies. 

Rotary Exchange Students Daniale Alarcon from Chili and Victor Sayar from Brazil ​prepare to jump into a lake with Palmer Rotary President Les Helfrich 
Taking the PLUNGE!
Everybody had a GREAT time!

LaMarr Anderson and Les Helfrich welcome Erick Cordero Giorgana back to the club.
Treasurer Brenda Shelden presents a
gift of appreciation to Jeff Johnson for his hard work
in securing a van for the Palmer Ski Team.  
Thanks for all you do Jeff! 
Our Exchange Student Dani making a presentation
 on her home country of Chili.
Jeff Johnson presents the keys to Palmer Moose Ski Team
Here's the van he donated. 

Rotary District Governor Dick Sutliff was our presenting speaker. 

Jerome Hertel, the new Manager of the Alaska State Fair presenting on the future of the fair. 

Governor Sean Parnell was our guest speaker.
Dani our exchange student
got to meet the Governor
And sell him some candy!
Visit our photo album for more pictures

Mariana Marvel our inbound student gives a presentation on her Exchange Student Experience in Denmark
Mariana with President Les Helfrich
Mariana with Dani (our exchange student from Chille)

Service Project.  Putting up some very needed benches in the Downtown Palmer Gathering District.

Picking potatoes and delivering them to the Palmer Food Bank


Brad Sworts, Pre-Design & Engineering Division Manager spoke to us about Capital Projects including road and school projects.




Campus Director, Matanuska-Susitna College - Talis Colberg was our guest speaker.  He gave us an update on the latest news at the MatSu College




Dr. Deena ParamoMSBSC Superintendent gave us some great insight in the operations of the second largest school district in the State



Big week for the Palmer Rotary Club.  After extensive planning and work, our signature Cabbage Classic!


Amanda Sanders from Bryant, Arkansas was the Cabbage Classic winner!



President Les Helfrich and Sharon Hein welcome new member Cecil Sanders, the owner of the Last Frontier Magazine










Sydney Fouch (Palmer's outbound exchange student) gives a presentation on her upcoming trip to Belgium.





Right: Les Helfrich presents the Palmer Rotary Banner to Sydney to take with her.




Jonathan Bittner presents information on local economic development and industry trends.



Later that evening, Kelly Larson makes a presentation on the Sudsey Program to the Wasilla Sertoma Club.


Jeff Johnson received his 3rd Paul Harris pin.  Congratulations Jeff!

Before she goes back t0 Mary our exchange student gives a presentation on her experience here in Alaska


On June 26th, 2014 LaMarr Anderson passed the gavel to Les Helfrich.

Thank you LaMarr for a year of outstanding leadership and guidance!


Lamarr presents a think you gift to Bill Allen for his support
Lamarr presents a thank you gift to Jeff Johnson for his support
Brad Gambell thanking Lamarr for the past year
Thanks Lamarr!

Our waitress was expecting and we threw her a baby shower!
Then we had our Christmas Gift Exchange






As club secretary, Sharon Hein is the source for updating your Rotary information, activities and make-ups.  If you desire make-up attendance credit for activities outside our normal Thursday meetings, just email her your information (date & activity) at sharonh@mtaonline.net.  Her phone # is 355-1587.



Rotary Club of Palmer, Alaska