September 7, 2023 Les 2023-09-07 08:00:00Z 0

September 7, 2023

MatSu Borough Mayor Edna DeVries stopped by to bring us up to date on several upcoming proposals.  Very interesting presentation.
September 7, 2023 Les 2023-09-07 08:00:00Z 0

August 31, 2023

Cami, our exchange student from Belgium gave an outstanding presentation on her home country.
August 31, 2023 Les 2023-09-07 08:00:00Z 0

August 3, 2024

Heather Cordbridge and Members of our Local 4H club gave an incredible presentation on their upcoming auction at the State Fair.
Be sure to stop by and show them your support!
August 3, 2024 Les 2023-08-03 08:00:00Z 0
July 29, 2023 Les 2023-07-29 08:00:00Z 0

May 18, 2023

President Elect Lyle Stohler welcomes new member George Hoden to the club.
May 18, 2023 Les 2023-06-01 08:00:00Z 0

May 31, 2023 - Memorial Day

Members of the Palmer Rotary Club put up flags in downtown Palmer for the Memorial Day weekend.  This is a service we have been offering to local business's for years.
May 31, 2023 - Memorial Day Les 2023-05-31 08:00:00Z 0

May 13, 2023

Clean Up Day along the Glenn Highway, just outside of Palmer.
May 13, 2023 Les 2023-05-13 08:00:00Z 0

March 2, 2023

Todd Clark with Denali Tek gave a great presentation on Cyber Security and how it affects small business's.
March 2, 2023 Les Helfrich 2023-03-03 09:00:00Z 0

February 23

Today, we welcome new member Desire Shepler to the club!
District Governor Mike Ferris
stopped by to give us an update
on club activities around the state.
Great turnout for the event!
February 23 Les Helfrich 2023-02-23 09:00:00Z 0

Feburary 16, 2023

Sandra Bohling and JP Roulet with Soliders Heart gave an enthralling presentation on the good work they do to help veterans and first responders suffering from PTSD.
Feburary 16, 2023 Josh 2023-02-16 09:00:00Z 0

January 19, 2022

Dawn Paulson with Beacon Hill shared with us the good work that Beacon Hill does to support vulnerable children in our community.
January 19, 2022 Josh 2023-01-20 09:00:00Z 0

January 5, 2023

We heard an amazing presentation from Collin Faye with the 2024 Arctic Winter Games Committee! 
January 5, 2023 Josh 2023-01-09 09:00:00Z 0

December 1st, 2022

Major Kevin Bottjen with the Salvation Army gave an excellent presentation on the work that the Salvation Army does to help those in need and to strengthen our community. 
December 1st, 2022 Josh 2022-12-01 09:00:00Z 0

November 3, 2022

Susanne DiPetro with the Alaska Judicial Council gave us a great presention on how judges are selected, how their performance is monitored, and how they get on the ballot. Great information and thank you Susanne!
November 3, 2022 Josh 2022-11-07 09:00:00Z 0

November 4, 2022


Let's Go to the Movies Rotary Foundation Fundraiser

The Valley Cinema
It's happening tomorrow night!
November 4, 2022 Les 2022-11-04 08:00:00Z 0

October 20,  2022

Stephanie Nowers with the Mat-Su Borough Assembly updated us on events going on in the valley. 
Very interesting presentation.
October 20, 2022 Les 2022-10-20 08:00:00Z 0

October 20, 2022

Stephanie Nowers with the Mat-Su Borough Assembly updated us on events going on in the valley. 
Very interesting presentation.
October 20, 2022 Les 2022-10-20 08:00:00Z 0

July 14, 2022

Rob Grogan and Rylee Rudd gave a great presentation on Josh the Otter.
Full House!
As usual, Craig Thorn doing an incredible job as our Sergeant of Arms
July 14, 2022 Les 2022-07-14 08:00:00Z 0

Upcoming - May 12, 2022 District 5010 Conference

Register now for the District 5010 Conference, to be held on May 12-15, 2022 at the Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge in beautiful Talkeetna, Alaska.  It will have been 3 years since we have had a District Conference and DG Cheryl wants to celebrate with all of us!
 D5010 Rotarians who are first time conference attendees are encouraged to come see what a district conference is all about with a low introductory fee of $150.  This low rate has limited availability, so register NOW.

Upcoming - May 12, 2022 District 5010 Conference Les Helfrich 2022-05-12 08:00:00Z 0

April 21, 2022

Jan Helfrich becomes our newest member.  Her husband brought Jan's Mom (from Anchorage) and their
daughter up from  Oregon to surprise her.
District Governor Cheryl Metiva and Jan's sponsor Joan Tolstrup. 
April 21, 2022 Les 2022-04-21 08:00:00Z 0

March 17, 2022

Trish Zugg, Career and Technical Education in MSBSD gave an outstanding presentation on how
the School District prepares students for the world of technology.  
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December 9, 2021

Jodie Anderson, Interim Associate Director at UAF gave a great presentation on the Matanuska Experiment Farm and Extension Center. 
December 9, 2021 Lester Helfrich 2021-12-13 09:00:00Z 0

Upcoming - November 6, 2021 Foundation Movie Night

It's the event of the year
Saturday, November 6 At 5 PM
Private Showing of newly released movie
Finger Foods, Free Popcorn & Soda
Silent & Live Auctions & Fun!
Beer /Wine Available to purchase
1 for $50    2 for $80    Student $20
Get your tickets today!
Upcoming - November 6, 2021 Foundation Movie Night Les 2021-10-12 08:00:00Z 0
Upcoming - October 30, 2021 Pints for Polio Les 2021-10-12 08:00:00Z 0
October 9, 2021 Rotary Uncorked Les 2021-10-09 08:00:00Z 0
July 1, 2021 Changing of the Guard Les 2021-07-01 08:00:00Z 0

April 8, 2021

Our guest speaker was Commissioner Adam Crum with the Alaska\
Department of Health and Human Services, DHSS.
He gave an incredibly interesting presentation 
on the the State's progress on COVID vaccines.  
Les Helfrich receives his seventh Paul Harris
April 8, 2021 Les 2021-04-08 08:00:00Z 0

March 3, 2021

Bryant McGraw receives his first Paul Harris.
Congratulations Bryant!
Elda and Bryant McGraw receive this years "Quiet Rotarian" for their
tireless work in keeping our club running. 
March 3, 2021 Les 2021-03-03 09:00:00Z 0

December 3, 2020

Our very own Kevin Bottjen of the Salvation Army gave an incredible
presentation about all the good things this amazing group does.  They
are currently looking for volunteers for the Holiday Season. 
If you'd like more information, click here.
December 3, 2020 Les 2020-12-03 09:00:00Z 0

October 8, 2020

John Moosey, the City of Palmer Manager gave us an update on our local government.  Very interesting.
For more information about the City of Palmer, click here
October 8, 2020 Les 2020-10-08 08:00:00Z 0
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August 13, 2020

Rhys Allen gave a great presentation on his exchange visit in Thailand.  .  
August 13, 2020 Les 2020-08-13 08:00:00Z 0

January 30, 2020

What a great lunch!  Our newest oubound student Lucy Shea let
us know the country she'll be staying in is Hungary.   For more
information on Rotary's Student ExchangeProgram,
click here.
Derrick Pennington  from LINKS – Linking Information and Knowledge
about Special needs spoke to us and passed along some great
informaiton about their organization and how they help local residents
in the valley.
For more informaiton about LINKS click here.
January 30, 2020 Les 2020-01-30 09:00:00Z 0

January 23, 2020

Welcome to our newest member, Elaine Philips!
Rick Allen, Assistant District Attorney for Palmer gave an incredible presentation on the lastest trends in the Valley. 
January 23, 2020 Les 2020-01-23 09:00:00Z 0
January 9, 2020 Les 2020-01-09 09:00:00Z 0

December 12, 2019

Lance Arnold of Active Soles shoe store gave an outstanding
presentation. Lance is a local business person just a block
from Turkey Red! He brought the science of feet and the
science of shoes and movement to the club.
December 12, 2019 Les 2019-12-12 09:00:00Z 0

November 7, 2019

Brad Gambell, Past District Governor gave a presentaiton on the great work 
The Rotary Foundation is doing.   What a great story!
November 7, 2019 Les 2019-11-07 09:00:00Z 0

October 3, 2019

Jon Hunt with Frontier Safety & Supply gave a great presentation on safety.
October 3, 2019 Les 2019-10-03 08:00:00Z 0

September 12, 2019

Jeremy Lilly gave a great presention on the Alaska Dive Search Rescue and Recovery Team.  
For more information on this incredible organization, visit the on their Facebook Page
September 12, 2019 Les 2019-09-12 08:00:00Z 0

September 5, 2019

Ben Cagel presented on Taking Action on Your Sleep: How and Why Sleep Might be Your Limiting Factor
September 5, 2019 Les 2019-09-05 08:00:00Z 0

July 18, 2019

Colonel Blake Gettys, Vice President of the Eagle River Chapter of
Midnight Sun Service Dogs gave a wonderful presentation about
service dogs and how they are helping our Vets who are suffering
from PTSD.  
For more information on this wonderful group, visit
July 18, 2019 Les 2019-07-18 08:00:00Z 0

December 6, 2018

Today was a sad yet happy day for Palmer Rotary.  One of our founding member Henry Guinotte,
is moving to Florida to be with family. 
Henry was a 10x Paul Harris Recipient, a mentor to many and will be truly missed.
December 6, 2018 Les Helfrich 2018-12-06 09:00:00Z 0

November 15, 2018

Today Bob Watson gave us an incredible accounting of how he joined the Coast Guard as a Rescue Diver. 
It was an incredible and inspiring story. NEVER QUIT!
Packed house!
Welcome Nicolas Jenkins as a new member of the club!
November 15, 2018 Les Helfrich 2018-11-15 09:00:00Z 0
November 10, 2918 Rotary Uncorked Les Helfrich 2018-11-10 09:00:00Z 0

November 8, 2018

Mark Stigar from Mat-Sar Rescue gave a very interesting presentation on their organization of dedicated, highly trained volunteers, working cooperatively with the Alaska State Troopers, Emergency Services, and other agencies to assist with search and rescue operations in the State of Alaska.
For more information on MatSar, click here.
November 8, 2018 Les Helfrich 2018-11-08 09:00:00Z 0

September 6, 2018

District Governor, Diane Fejes was our Guest Speaker. 
She gave a very inspiring presentation about "What is Rotary" and got to
pass out some Paul Harris Awards!
District Governor Diane Fejes desribes what the Paul Harris Foundation is. 
Stephanie Allen gets her first
Paul Harris
Kelly Larson gets her first 
Paul Harris
Tammy Bruce gets her 3rd
Paul Harris
Group picture of some
outstanding ladies!
September 6, 2018 Les Helfrich 2018-09-06 08:00:00Z 0

Save The Date

Rotary Fellowship at the 
Alaska State Fair
August 23,2017
12:30 - 1:30 PM
Gates open at 12:00!
A great way to start the Alaska State Fair 
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Save The Date

Rotary Uncorked
Casino Royal ~ A Time to Bond
October 13, 2017
6-9 PM
Dress up and Wear your best Bond Attire!
Doors open at 5:30

Menard Center
Wasilla, AK
Tickets are now available at
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June 28, 2018

Today we changed the Palmer Rotary Guard.  Teri Seward handed the gavel to Kim Carver. 
Teri did an amazing job as our President and we're very grateful for her service to others.  We are looking
forward to the upcoming year with Kim at the helm.
Joe Davis is our President Elect. 
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June 15, 2018

This week was extra special.  We got to indoctrinate a new club member, Linda Menard. 
Then Annika Gagnon, our outbound Exchange Student gave a presentation she will be presenting when she arrives in Argentina. 
What a day!

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June 7, 2018

Andrew Kurka presented at our club.  Andrew has a gold and silver medal in the Paralympics.  
Charter Member
Henry Guinotte and his wife
Martha  celebrated their 65th
Wedding Anniversary. 
President Teri Seward invited her
relatives, Emma Jenski, Amy Roberts,
Chailyn Roberts and daughter,
Allie Seward to lunch today. 
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April 26,2018

Jim Egger gave a great presentation on Astronomical Phenomenon in Alaska.  He has created some amazing
equipment and had some fantastic photographs. 
April 26,2018 Les Helfrich 2018-04-30 08:00:00Z 0
2017 Group Picture! Les Helfrichj 2017-12-10 09:00:00Z 0
December 7, 2017 Les Helfrich 2017-12-07 09:00:00Z 0

November 30, 2017

Guest Speaker for today's lunch was Michelle Tabler from the Better Business Bureau
November 30, 2017 Les Helfrich 2017-12-07 09:00:00Z 0

October 19, 2017

Staff Sergeant Luis G. Gonzalez talks to us about the Toys for Tots Program
October 19, 2017 Les Helfrich 2017-10-19 08:00:00Z 0
October 12, 2017 Les Helfrich 2017-10-12 08:00:00Z 0
September 1, 2017 - Cabbage Weight Off! Les Helfrich 2017-09-01 08:00:00Z 0
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August 17, 2017

Amy Lalor from Big Brothers Big Sisters gave a great presentation on their group.
Henry Guinotte was this weeks selection to wear the Tiara!   Remember, the person who is chosen can wear
the Tiara, pay $5 to take it off or pay $25 to have somebody else wear it. 
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August 3, 2017

Today, guest speaker Rick Casillo of Battle Dawgs gave an incredible presentation about the work his organization is doing.  
For more information about this great group, click here
August 3, 2017 Les Helfrich 2017-08-03 08:00:00Z 0

Save the Date!


August 24th, 2017

Join us for the annual joint meeting hosted by the Rotary Club of Palmer.

We encourage all Rotarians state wide to join us at the Alaska State Fair on

"Buddy Day".

Join fellow Rotarians for an entertaining meeting then stay to see the fair.

Stand by for Ticket information.



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July 6, 2017

Teri Seward at her first meeting as Club President.  
She did an AWESOME job!
Terry has started a tradition to
raise funds.  At the beginning of
each meeting, she will draw
a name from a hat and the lucky
recipient can wear a tiara for
lunch or pay $5 to not wear it. 
The first "volunteer" Kevin chose
to wear it. We have to admit,
he really pulled it off.
Our Guest Speaker was Delany Mitchell.
She gave a very informative presentation on her work
with the  "Welcome Anchorage Project"
July 6, 2017 Les Helfrich 2017-07-06 08:00:00Z 0
June 29, 2017 Passing the Gavel Les Helfrich 2017-06-29 08:00:00Z 0

June 24, 2017

Spring Clean Up!
At the Rotary Foundation Dinner last November, fellow Rotarian Mark Lee purchased a spring cleanup service from our club.  This past Saturday, he dedicated that service to his neighbor. 
Jackie Kenshalo
President Elect, Teri Seward
Les Helfrich manning the thatcher
Teri's daughter Ali pitches in!
That's a lot of grass!
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May 11, 2017

Michelle Overstreet gave an incredible presentation about My House.
Below, Tim Eschers Dad  (Bill Escher) visited us from the Lodi Wisconsin Rotary Club. He has been a member since 1970.  
He presented his son a book called Adventures in Service 
May 11, 2017 Les Helfrich 2017-05-11 08:00:00Z 0
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Stacie Stigar - 6 Time Recipient  Les Helfrich 2017-05-05 08:00:00Z 0

May 4, 2017

Beth Skow and Katie Schweisthal from the Palmer City Library spoke to us about their program,  
"Books are Just the Beginning"
May 4, 2017 Les Helfrich 2017-05-04 08:00:00Z 0

May 3, 2017

This evening, Palmer Rotarian Joe Davis presented scholarships to four Palmer High School Students;  Mary Crowdey ($1,000), Julie Irvine ($1,000), Signey Feigi ($1,000) and Madeline Ko ($2,000).  
These scholarships came from the combined effort of the 5 Matsu Valley Rotary Clubs.  
May 3, 2017 Les Helfrich 2017-05-03 08:00:00Z 0

April 21, 2017

Last night, we enjoyed a dinner of South African food made by our Youth Exchange student Tasha.
This is a fundraiser for Tasha, as she works very hard to pay her way for a West Coast Tour with the other Youth Exchange students. If you would like to support Tasha, please contact our President Brenda Shelden by clicking on the Club Executives & Directors link at the top left of this page.
Left, Tasha explains that the meal she prepared was made entirely from ingredients she brought with her from South Africa.  What a truly authentic dinner.
Right, Tasha discussed "Freedom Day", a national holiday in her country.  It was a very informative presentation.
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April 20, 2017

What a great lunch!
Stacie Stigar receives her 6th Paul Harris.  Congratulations  Stacie!
Jeffrey Josephson, and Kim Carver gave a classification presentation (they told us a little about themselves).
April 20, 2017 Les Helfrich 2017-04-21 08:00:00Z 0

November 10, 2016

District Governor Michelle O'Brien presented at our lunch.
District Governor Michelle O'Brien with President Brenda Shelden, President Elect Teri Seward and Foundation Chairman LaMarr Anderson
November 10, 2016 Les Helfrich 2016-11-10 00:00:00Z 0

November 9, 2016

Presenting a check from the Rotary Uncorked event to My House
November 9, 2016 Les Helfrich 2016-11-10 00:00:00Z 0
Palmer Rotary donated and delivered 1,500 lbs of potatoes to the Palmer Food Bank today! 2016-11-08 09:00:00Z 0
November 3, 2016 Les Helfrich 2016-11-06 00:00:00Z 0
November 6, 2016 Les Helfrich 2016-11-06 00:00:00Z 0
Palmer Rotary at Halloween Hollow 2016-10-31 00:00:00Z 0
October 27, 2016 Les Helfrich 2016-10-27 00:00:00Z 0
October 8, 2016 Les Helfrich 2016-10-09 00:00:00Z 0

August 31, 2016

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
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August 11, 2016 Les Helfrich 2016-08-13 00:00:00Z 0

Thursday Palmer Rotary Meetings

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!
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July 18, 2016 Les Helfrich 2016-07-17 08:00:00Z 0
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April 23,2016 Les Helfrich 2016-04-23 00:00:00Z 0

Join us March 31 at the Palmer Rotary Club!

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.  
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July 8, 2015

Changing of the Guard!
President Kelly Larson takes the gavel.
July 8, 2015 Les Helfrich 2016-03-25 00:00:00Z 0

January 21, 2016

Jeff Johnson giving a presentation on our Youth Exchange Program
January 21, 2016 Les Helfrich 2016-01-21 00:00:00Z 0

January 14, 2016

President Elect Brenda Sheldon speaks about next years goals and strategies
Current President Kelly Larson and President Elect Brenda Sheldon
January 14, 2016 Les Helfrich 2016-01-16 00:00:00Z 0
Valley Events Les Helfrich 2015-09-27 00:00:00Z 0

September 5, 2015

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.
September 5, 2015 Les Helfrich 2015-09-05 00:00:00Z 0

May 7th, 2015

Guest speaker was Joe Hannan,
Palmer City Manager discussing 
"Economic Strategy for Palmer"
Thanks for a great presentation!
May 7th, 2015 Les Helfrich 2015-05-07 00:00:00Z 0

April 16th, 2015

President Les Helfrich and Sponsor Tammy Bruce welcomed  new member Teri Seward owner of Solestice Reflexology.  
April 16th, 2015 Les Helfrich 2015-04-16 00:00:00Z 0

April 10th, 2015

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April 9th, 2019

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.
April 9th, 2019 Les Helfrich 2015-04-09 00:00:00Z 0

April 2nd, 2015

Palmer Rotary had a very informative meeting with great information from Marc Van Dongen about Port Mackenzie
April 2nd, 2015 Les Helfrich 2015-04-02 00:00:00Z 0

March 26th, 2015

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. 
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March 19th, 2015

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. 
March 19th, 2015 Les Helfrich 2015-03-18 00:00:00Z 0

February 20th, 2015

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!
February 20th, 2015 Les Helfrich 2015-02-20 00:00:00Z 0

February 12th, 2015

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. 
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January 29th, 2015

Rotary District Governor Dick Sutliff was our presenting speaker. 
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September 25th, 2015

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)
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September 21st, 2014

Service Project.  Putting up some very needed benches in the Downtown Palmer Gathering District.
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September 11th, 2014

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


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September 4th, 2014

Posted by Les Helfrich

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


September 4th, 2014 Les Helfrich 2014-09-04 00:00:00Z 0

July 3rd, 2014

Before she goes back t0 Mary our exchange student gives a presentation on her experience here in Alaska
July 3rd, 2014 Les Helfrich 2014-07-03 00:00:00Z 0

District Conference - May 15-18 Anchorage

Posted by LaMarr Anderson on Mar 31, 2014











Read more below and find out what all the value you receive for your $300 Registration fee!!


District Conference - May 15-18 Anchorage LaMarr Anderson 2014-04-01 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by LaMarr Anderson on Feb 09, 2014

ImageBack by popular demand & your Rotary Hostess this week: 

Past President Stephanie Allen.  



OUR GUEST SPEAKER WILL BE:  Michale Foster - Chairman KABATA Brd Directors
Hear about the current status on the proposed Knik Arm Bridge in the midst of a change in executive directors, are there now
Image different/competing financial plans?  Many questions continue to fill the air....find out more this week!


Meeting lunch menu for pre-orders can be found by clicking on "more" below:


THIS WEEK..... LaMarr Anderson 2014-02-10 00:00:00Z 0

Delaney and Sidney at the Rotary Country Announcement Saturday Night.

Posted by Les Helfrich on Jan 21, 2014

ImageSidney (on the right) is Palmer Rotary's outbound student for next year.

Saturday night, January 25th, Sidney learned she will be going to Belgium......

Congratulations....and we look forward to learning more about you at future club meetings and having you and your family part of our club family!!

Delaney and Sidney at the Rotary Country Announcement Saturday Night. Les Helfrich 2014-01-22 00:00:00Z 0
Happy New Year.....NO MEETING THIS WEEK LaMarr Anderson 2013-12-29 00:00:00Z 0
Merry Christmas!!!! No Meeting this week. LaMarr Anderson 2013-12-22 00:00:00Z 0

Community Service Projects Completed....

Posted by LaMarr Anderson on Dec 21, 2013

ImagePalmer Rotarians contributed over $500 and individual  gifts for our 'adopted' Special Santa Program family this Christmas & holiday season.

Special thanks to Jeff and our Club's dynamic and involved exchange students for doing the shopping and gift selections this week for the three children, ages 5, 9 and 13.    Looks like these terrific women didn't have any trouble using their well-honed shopping skills!!

Thank you Les for prompting our engagement in this community service project...and to all our club's members for their very generous contributions and support.....we continue to engage Rotary ...and change lives. 

ImageAnd, the Palmer Rotary contributed $100 to the MatSu Rotaract Club to support their Christmas community service "Adopt A Family" Project.  <Rotaract clubs are modeled similar to Rotary clubs but brings together young professionals and leaders ages 18-30.  As Rotary, Rotaract has the mission of organizing service activities, develop leadership and professional skills, and enjoy peer fellowship and fun. > 

The Palmer club, along with our sister valley Rotary clubs, are pleased to support our community's young leaders who are our Rotarian's of the future!

Community Service Projects Completed.... LaMarr Anderson 2013-12-22 00:00:00Z 0

Last Week.....Alaska & The Affordable Care Act

Posted by LaMarr Anderson on Dec 21, 2013

ImageThank you to Commissioner Streur for joining us December 19th. 

As AK's  Department of Health and Social Services, Commissioner Streur provided his insights in this subject matter of great interest and differing opinions...It was a useful informative session.

Last Week.....Alaska & The Affordable Care Act LaMarr Anderson 2013-12-22 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by LaMarr Anderson on Dec 15, 2013

Rotary District 5010 Assembly & Conference...Anchorage:  May 15-18, 2014


 December 2013 Early Bird Registration Fee:  $275

 Regular Registration fee beginning Jan 1 2014:  $300 

 Here's the link to District Website for more info and registration:

REMINDER: DISTRICT CONFERENCE...REGISTER EARLY save $$ LaMarr Anderson 2013-12-16 00:00:00Z 0

Last Week: A Great time of Giving...& Taking!!

Posted by LaMarr Anderson on Dec 15, 2013




GIFT EXCHANGE was fun for all....


A sampling of what we learned about fellow Rotarians:

- Some grown men cry when their favorite beverage is taken from them!

- One of us has been arrested and spent the night in jail

- One of us was a high school basketball hero with 2 secs left in game

- One of us fell over 100' off a bridge when younger...<and has never been the same since.>

A fun and laughter filled meeting was had by all.....Thanks to all who were able to participate!!

Last Week: A Great time of Giving...& Taking!! LaMarr Anderson 2013-12-16 00:00:00Z 0
December 12th, 2013 Les Helfrich 2013-12-12 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by LaMarr Anderson on Dec 07, 2013

ImageTO MARY....Our Exchange Student


CONGRATULATIONS!!! LaMarr Anderson 2013-12-08 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by LaMarr Anderson on Nov 23, 2013

ImageMary and Jonna have provided updates on their activities and 'Bucket List' desires.

Scroll through the Exchange Student Section elsewhere in this bulletin

and on the Palmer Rotary Home page to read.


Here's the link to our club home page.  Bookmark it for quick easy reference in the future:

EXCHANGE STUDENT UPDATES.... LaMarr Anderson 2013-11-24 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by LaMarr Anderson on Nov 20, 2013


Skylar Stewart:  Wells Fargo Commercial Lender Image

(Previously Palmer Wells Fargo Branch Mngr).  Sponsored by JD.  Classification:  Loans-Commercial


Capt Mark Davey:  Director, MatSu Salvation Army. 

Sponsored by Burt Hall and Sharon Hein (our most recent new member).  

Classification:  Community Service

NEW MEMBERS..... LaMarr Anderson 2013-11-21 00:00:00Z 0

Presentation Slides Available

Posted by LaMarr Anderson on Nov 18, 2013
Dan Fauske, Pres AK Gasline Development Corp. recently provided, in his own delightful manner, a very informative presentation about our Gasline Development Corporation and ASAP...AK Stand Alone Pipeline.   If you'd like a copy of his presentation slides, just email  requesting them.Image
Presentation Slides Available LaMarr Anderson 2013-11-19 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by LaMarr Anderson on Nov 18, 2013

Image We're not done with club member birthdays.....We celebrated Joan and Craig's special days at the Nov 14th club meeting.   And Kelly turned 26 (again) this past Sunday....

But....there is another one coming for a party girl with initials seems it may be a "Milestone One"...   May involve enough candles to contribute to global warming!!!!

Stay Tuned...and read your email invite..........

RUMOR HAS IT...... LaMarr Anderson 2013-11-19 00:00:00Z 0

This Thursday....Nov 21st MEETING

Posted by LaMarr Anderson on Nov 18, 2013


  Our speaker for this week's meeting is:

Cherie LeBlanc-Shue

Image"Mat-Su United Way"

Cherie is the Susitna Rotary Club President...and a strong friend of the Palmer Rotary Club.....You'll also recognize her Executive Director:   Our own Stephenie Allen!!!   

Cherie will discuss Valley issues and how Rotary and United Way can work together to make positive changes and enhancement in our community...



CLUB MEMBERS:  PLEASE PRE-ORDER YOUR LUNCH MENU>>>>Even if just a salad.   With the increased number of guests often at our meetings, combined with the hotel's restaurant lunch's creating difficulties!!   Please help out our great hotel hostesses, Brooke and Bee, by pre-ordering your lunch.  The new lunch menu, with ordering contact information, can be found in the left column of this bulletin in the DOWNLOAD section.   Thanks!!



This Thursday....Nov 21st MEETING LaMarr Anderson 2013-11-19 00:00:00Z 0
Had Great Meetng This Week LaMarr Anderson 2013-11-14 00:00:00Z 0

Meeting This Week: Dan Fauske- Pres. AK Gasline Development Corp

Posted by LaMarr Anderson on Oct 27, 2013


                       The Alaska Gasline Development Corp’s purpose is to build a  plan for constructing an in-state natural gas line to move gas from the North Slope…a potentially big project for helping lower energy costs and diversify Alaska’s economy. 

The Alaska Gasline Development Corporation is an independent, public corporation of the State of Alaska within the Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development, but having a legal existence separate and independent of the state. AGDC was established to develop, finance and potentially operate pipeline projects within the state. The initial pipeline project to be addressed by the corporation is the Alaska Stand Alone Pipeline (ASAP) project.



Since it’s a significant subject of interest community wide, we’ve publicized this presentation and invited the interested public. As a result, we’ll again offer lunch via buffet style …..NO INDIVIDUAL PRE-ORDERS. 

Our invite to community leaders and interested public is not only to offer them the opportunity to hear about this timely and important topic, but also to acquaint more people to ROTARY and our club, and hopefully peak their interest for learning more about ROTARY and maybe future engagement with ROTARY through our club, or another one here in the valley if the Palmer Club isn't the best fit for them.   So..... strike up a conversation with a visitor, and look for opportunities to invite return visits.     

Meeting This Week: Dan Fauske- Pres. AK Gasline Development Corp LaMarr Anderson 2013-10-28 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by LaMarr Anderson on Oct 27, 2013


Take a look on the side bar and see our other upcoming club meeting speakers.....

Plan and look ahead because you no doubt know professional cohorts, bosses,  business friends and acquaintances who would be interested in attending with you.......whether to hear "big-name" people or great student and youth ambassadors.

Invite others to experience Rotary and how we influence and contribute to improving lives and communities locally and around the world.

FUTURE SPEAKERS: LaMarr Anderson 2013-10-28 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by LaMarr Anderson on Oct 15, 2013


It's time to let our club's sponsored Exchange Student, Mari Marvel, know we are thinking of her and giving her a little 'taste' of home. 

Jeff is putting together a "Care Package" to send her.

If you have some small gifts, snacks (She love's the non-swimming gold fish snacks), or donations you'd like to contribute, see Jeff at tomorrow's club meeting.  

Item's can't be too big....mailing boxes aren't that big or postage costs become a hindrance...but think of something small that you'd like to contribute.


CARE PACKAGE - MARI MARVEL LaMarr Anderson 2013-10-16 00:00:00Z 0

UPDATE to Student Exchange Information

Posted by LaMarr Anderson on Oct 15, 2013

We need and want to stay involved with our great exchange enriches their lives as well as ours.  So, scroll down and review their  sections on either our Club's web Home Page or weekly Bulletin.  The more you learn of what they are doing/want to do, the better you can identify how to maybe include them in your life's routine periodically. 

(1)  Contact information for reaching Jonna and Mary have been added to the top left section of our Home Page and well as in the Exchange Student section in the weekly Bulletin.  It's easy reference  for contacting them to accompany you for an activity or event.   They want to be active and do many things....

(2) Jonna has added an update to her "WISH LIST":

UPDATE to Student Exchange Information LaMarr Anderson 2013-10-16 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary UnCorked.....FUN AHEAD this Saturday!

Posted by LaMarr Anderson on Oct 06, 2013


You can help even if not attending!

We need volunteers from our Palmer Club Saturday, 11:30-3pm at the Menard Sports Center. We volunteered to co-sponsor this significant fund raising event.   Our Brenda has done a great job of helping set this up as our club’s representative.  But…………

Now is the time for our club to add some ‘elbow grease’ to the event…..a great deal of it up to this point has been the Wasilla Noon club. So, please consider if you can help…even if you’re not attending the event later in the evening…..A few hours of service for the club and our share of the net proceeds will be most helpful!

If you can help please email  Brenda or Stephanie    Again, it’s just from 11:30 – 3pm this Saturday

 Thank you!   There may still be some tickets available for this event.....Check with Brenda if interested.

Rotary UnCorked.....FUN AHEAD this Saturday! LaMarr Anderson 2013-10-07 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by LaMarr Anderson on Sep 29, 2013


                                           As confirmed by our "Would Never Lead Us Astray" Sgt At Arms, Craig Thorn....this event is lots of fun with warm Rotarian Fellowship regardless of beverage preferences.   There will be non-alcoholic choices as well.








Rotary UnCorked.....FUN REGARDLESS OF BEVERAGE PREFERENCE~ LaMarr Anderson 2013-09-30 00:00:00Z 0

Cabbage Classic Results.....

Posted by LaMarr Anderson on Sep 01, 2013


Not a good year for cabbage growing.....but a good year for one Palmer guesser!!

Here's this year's State Fair Giant Cabbage winner:  92.3lbs.

One Cabbage Classic participant's guess was right-on:  She is from Palmer, Alaska.  Her payout is $888!!   We presented her her check September 12th at our club meeting....

Each Palmer Rotary and State Fair Scholarship fund accounts were increased by $444 as well.   So, over a two year period, our project has raised about $1800 for student scholarships.  We still want more growth in the future, but we've done okay for our 2nd year project.


Cabbage Classic Results..... LaMarr Anderson 2013-09-02 00:00:00Z 0

Engage Rotary...Change Lives

Posted by LaMarr Anderson on Jul 29, 2013


We're missing the fellowship and engagement of many Palmer Rotarians.    We can change more lives in our community, and elsewhere, the more members get engaged....Reach out to a fellow club member you haven't seen for a while....encourage renewed engagement with us this week! 

Paraphrased from the pen of Ron Burton, President RI, "It's time for us to recognize that the real challenge we face isn't just bringing new members into Rotary.  It's helping members get engaged in Rotary...helping them realize how their Rotary service can change lives.  When we realize what we can achieve in Rotary...when we really engage Rotary, that's when lives change.  We change the lives of the people who need us.   It's time to open our eyes to the potential each of us has through Rotary.  Rotary lets us reach higher, do more, and be a part of something larger than ourselves.  No matter how much we give to Rotary, we get more in return. "

Engage Rotary...Change Lives LaMarr Anderson 2013-07-30 00:00:00Z 0

District Conference-Ketchikan

Posted by LaMarr Anderson on Mar 04, 2013



More information and registration at this link:

It'll propel your personal awareness and interest in ROTARY

District Conference-Ketchikan LaMarr Anderson 2013-03-05 00:00:00Z 0

Attendance Record Keeping

Posted by Kelly Larson on Sep 22, 2012
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As club secretary, I'm the source for updating your Rotary activities and associated make-ups.  If you desire make-up attendance credit for activities outside our normal Thursday meetings, just email me, or LaMarr, the information (date & activity) at or
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1. Before the Fair. 2 The Fair. 3. After the Fair. Mike Chmielewski 2012-09-05 00:00:00Z 0
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Thought for the week

Posted by Mike Chmielewski on Sep 04, 2012

Palmer has only three Seasons

1. Before the Fair.

2. The Fair.

3. After the Fair.
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Two important things

Posted by Les Helfrich

A big thank you to Kelly, Tammy, Dani, Bill and Cecil for volunteering to help paint the tables in Palmer this Sunday (9/21/14 at 3pm). If you couldn't make lunch today and want a makeup, this is a great opportunity. Please let me  know as soon as you can. If we all work together, this shouldn't take more than 60-90 minutes.


Also, don't forget the Social at Joan's home tomorrow (Friday the 19th) at 6pm.  Directions are below. (Craig, I'm really looking forward to your specialty).  These events are important to friendship and comradery and gives everybody a chance to relax and decompress which is very important in today's busy world. Joan is making pulled pork so we need salads, desert, chips, other fixins, drink stuff and so on.  If you need a suggestion on what to bring, email or call Joan (376-4451  or

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