Speaker Date Topic
Ellen Vande Visse, Good Earth Garden School Apr 02, 2020
What's a Little Gardening Got to Do with Global Warming?
What's a Little Gardening Got to Do with Global Warming?

Ellen is especially fond of all things decaying, and is known in the Matanuska-Susitna Valley as The Compost Queen. She is known to mysteriously brew compost tea for farmers, stores, and markets. She provides consultations on eco-agriculture growing systems. Since 1987 she has been training folks how to farm and garden using organic methods. Teaching topics include selecting organic fertilizers, managing pests non-toxically, building living soil, composting successfully, growing lush flowers, lawns, and herbs, and raising nutrient-dense vegetables. She instructs through her own Good Earth Garden School, as well as credit courses through University of Alaska Anchorage, Matanuska-Susitna College, and Alaska Pacific University.

Mark Austin, Musk Ox Development Farm Apr 09, 2020
Barn Restoration and future plans
Barn Restoration and future plans

The Musk Ox Farm gives visitors the opportunity to observe and photograph these Ice Age animals at close range while learning from the guides and educational exhibits about their fascinating natural history, the domestication project, and how their underwool, called qiviut, is the basis of a cottage Native textile industry which provides an economic supplement to subsistence communities throughout Alaska.

Mark will enlighten us about the Barn Restoration project and futures plans for the farm.

Wes Hoskins Apr 16, 2020
Intro to Mat-Su Trails and Parks Foundation
Intro to Mat-Su Trails and Parks Foundation

Our Mission

To be the Resource, Inspiration, and Catalyst for Trail and Park Development in the Mat-Su Borough.

Our Vision

A World Class Trail and Park System in the Mat-Su Borough

Priorities

  • Develop an integrated system of trails and parks throughout the Mat-Su Borough.

  • Support development and implementation of a formalized trail management plan that engages user groups to understand user requirements.

  • Promote the benefits that trails and parks provide to our communities.

  • Develop sustainable resources to support these goals.

Butch Shapiro, Skeetawk Board President Apr 23, 2020
Update on Alpine Ski Area in Hatcher Pass

Skeetawk is an alpine ski area run by Hatcher Alpine Xperience. HAX is a nonprofit, member-driven organization working to bring lift-access downhill skiing, boarding and other alpine sports to Hatcher Pass, Alaska. Visit skeetawk.com for more news and information.

NO MEETING Apr 30, 2020
Peace Conference and District Conference in Fairbanks
Shayne LaCroix, Commander, Palmer Police Dept. May 07, 2020
Palmer Alaska Beat
Palmer Alaska Beat

Sergeant Shayne La Croix was born in Fairbanks, Alaska in 1976, and moved to the Mat-Su Valley in 1988.  He attended the University of Alaska Fairbanks where he received a B.A. in Criminal Justice with a minor in Human Service Technology.  Following college, he attended the 1998 Interior Alaska Police Academy, and was hired as a patrol officer for the Soldotna Police Department in December 1998. He joined the Palmer Police Department in November 2002 as a patrol officer, in October 2005 he was promoted to the rank of sergeant and to Commander in December of 2019.

Sergeant La Croix will be talking to us about the recent changes in the department and future plans and goals.

Kristen Stohler and Susanne diPietro May 14, 2020

Kristen is a Palmer Superior Court Judge  and Susanne is the Executive Director of  The Alaska Judicial Council.  They will share information with us on the election process for Judges.

Tammy Bruce, Edward Jones May 21, 2020
Social Security, Your Questions Answered
Social Security, Your Questions Answered

Tammy will be sharing information with us and answering all of our questions about social security.

Stephanie Allen and Becky Stoppa, United Way May 28, 2020
Homeless Connect/COAD
Homeless Connect/COAD

Stephanie and Becky will be sharing two great United Way programs with us.

Homeless Connect:  Bringing community organizations, local businesses, and government agencies together to effectively prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters, either natural or man-made.

COAD - Community Organizations Active in Disaster: Bringing community organizations, local businesses, and government agencies together to effectively prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters, either natural or man-made.

 

 

 

 

Bringing community organizations, local businesses, and government agencies together to effectively prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters, either natural or man-made.

Carole Shay, Alaska Assistance Dogs Jun 04, 2020
Therapy dogs in the schools.
Therapy dogs in the schools.

Alaska Assistance Dogs is focusing on education, information resources, and therapeutic programs. Education is hugely important due to problems with “fake” service dogs and poorly self-trained dogs, even poorly trained agency-related service dogs. It can not be emphasized enough that a service dog is not a dog picked up at a shelter, given a few commands and, with an on-line purchased vest, put into the stressful life of performing well in public venues. The liability for that scenario is huge. Service dogs are animals with special temperaments, excellent health lineage and solid training for the rigors of public life. Service dogs are neutered or spayed, do not run around with prong collars because they don’t behave, are taught ONLY with positive reinforcement techniques, and have a lot of public venue experience to be rock solid in any situation.

Steve Brown, Executive Director - VCRS Jun 11, 2020
Reuse it or Lose it.
Reuse it or Lose it.

We are over 3000 strong.  A community of enthusiastic recyclers with a vision for our future.  Valley Community for Recycling Solutions (VCRS) is a non-profit organization devoted to establishing recycling as a part of daily life in the Mat-Su Valley region of Alaska.  Since 1998 VCRS has provided recycling opportunities to our community; recovered and recycled tons of common household materials, and advocated for waste reduction and recycling best management practices in the Mat-Su Borough.

Our vision is to establish the greater Mat-Su Borough as a model zero landfill community.

Our mission is to operated a cutting edge Resource Recovery & Training Park while educating, training, and fostering partnerships to reduce, reuse and recycle for the long term good of all.

Karina Waller, Executive Director Jun 18, 2020
Ted Stephens Foundation
Ted Stephens Foundation

Throughout his 40 years serving Alaska in the United States Senate, Senator Stevens remained committed to its people and the possibilities of this great state. His career was defined by the notion that our state’s greatest days lay ahead, and that the actions we take and the policies we enact should serve to move us forward. To that end, Senator Stevens worked tirelessly in finding creative solutions and proposing initiatives to ensure a stable and vibrant Alaska for generations to come.

In every corner of our state, we bear witness to his achievements – from infrastructure development to transportation, to fisheries and health clinics and education. One of his most lasting legacies was in ensuring Alaskans had the opportunity to succeed and thrive.

Established in 2001, the mission of the Ted Stevens Foundation is to recognize Senator Ted Stevens’ career and honor his legacy of public service by working to ensure a stable and vibrant Alaska for future generations.

Ules Setiawan Jun 25, 2020
Rotary Youth Exchange in Alaska
Rotary Youth Exchange in Alaska

Ules will be giving his final presentation to the Palmer Rotary Club before heading home to Indonesia.  

Rachel Olson, ED, Reach907 Jul 02, 2020
Reach907 and Rotary Cares for Kids
Reach907 and Rotary Cares for Kids

About REACH 907

We exist to strengthen children and teens in foster care. Our faith-based vision is to bring them life-changing experiences through family-style summer camps, one-on-one mentoring and group mentoring. Our next goal is to provide skill acquisition classes for our teens to improve their future possibilities and outcome. We have implemented the trauma-informed model of care Trust-Based Relational Intervention and have provided community trainings to strengthen homes raising children with a history of trauma. 

Craig Thorn, Senior Vice President, FNBA Jul 16, 2020

Since 1984, Thorn has played an integral role in meeting the banking needs of Alaskans in the Matanuska-Susitna Valley, the fastest-growing community in the state. A life-long Alaskan born and raised in Seward, Thorn has provided Valley customers solutions-based expertise to help make their financial dreams come true. Based at the Wasilla Branch, he oversees branch and lending operations and relationship building there as well at the bank’s branches in Eagle River and Palmer.

Lucy Shay Jul 23, 2020
Youth Exchange Preparation for Hungary
Youth Exchange Preparation for Hungary

Lucy will be giving us the presentation she has prepared for her club in Hungary.

Jonas Shumaker Jul 30, 2020
Youth Exchange in The Netherlands

Jonas will present to our club highlighting his year in the Netherlands.