Around the world at Rotary

Wednesday, September 4, 2013 - 19:00
District president, overseas guests highlight meeting
Rotary District 5010 (Alaska-Yukon) District Governor Sue Foley speaks to a meeting of the Eagle River Area Rotary Club on Thursday, Aug. 29 at Piccolino’s Restaurant in Eagle River.

Eagle River’s branch of Rotary Club International lived up to its name recently by hosting a cop from Holland, a foreign exchange student from Ecuador and a district governor whose territory spans two nations.

“Where else could you learn how a police department in the Netherlands is run?” joked District Governor Sue Foley, whose District 5010 encompasses Alaska and the Yukon Territory.

Foley was in Eagle River to speak about club projects and the upcoming 2014 district conference. As luck would have it, the multinational district governor’s visit coincided with those of a visiting Rotarian from Holland on vacation in Alaska, and the club’s foreign exchange student, Diego.

Foley used the day’s international theme to stress the district’s ability to serve as a bridge between two countries. Because of the proximity to Canada, Foley said Alaska and Yukon clubs can participate on multinational endeavors without leaving their own district.

“We’re in a very unique position,” she said.

Foley said it was an international trip for the service organization that turned her into a believer in Rotary’s benefits. About a year after first joining the club, Foley said she visited India, where she helped immunize children against polio.

Helping others, she said, “was the greatest experience of my life.”

“Life is not about stuff at all, it’s about family,” Foley said.

Foley praised the Eagle River Area Rotary for the group’s numerous community service projects.

“You guys have done a great job,” she said.

Foley said helping others is the foundation of the club’s mission.

“Service above self is the core of Rotary,” she said.

Foley encouraged the group to keep up its good work and to start thinking about making plans for the convention, which will be held in the spring of 2014.

“I look forward to seeing all of you there,” she said.

Foley said anyone wishing to learn more about Rotary in Alaska can visit

Information about the Eagle River Area Rotary Club can be found on the group’s Facebook page. The club meets Thursdays and Foley said she’s always encouraging new people to join a local club.

“We like new members in Rotary,” she said.


Contact Matt Tunseth at 694-2727 or [email protected].

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