Pillars of America

This photo, taken May 23 at Auke Lake, shows members and friends of A Trip South. A core group will kayak and bike from Juneau to Tierra del Fuego, while a handful of others will participate only in kayaking from Southeast Alaska to the lower 48. The group plans to document its experiences along the way.

The Glacier Valley Rotary Club would like to thank the community of Juneau for its overwhelming support of our 20th Anniversary Pillars of America Speaker Series. This year’s programs featured speakers Josh Shipp, Lt. Colonel (Ret.) Kevin Sweeney and Rowdy Gaines, who inspired and motivated the audience with their personal experiences and challenges.


Sincere appreciation and warm thanks to the following corporate sponsors:

Platinum level: Alaska Marine Lines, Alaska Peace Officers Association, Baxter Bruce & Sullivan, United Students of the University of Alaska Southeast - Juneau Campus, Wells Fargo and Wells Fargo Home Mortgage

Gold level: AEL&P, Alaska Pacific Bank, Bartlett Regional Hospital, Bullwinkle’s Pizza Parlor, Canton House, Coeur Alaska- Kensington Gold Mine, Dale Anderson/Merrill Lynch, GCI, Harri Plumbing, Juneau Rotary Club, Juneau School District, KINY/KSUP/Taku 105/Mix 106/1330 KXJ, Powell Realty, Shattuck and Grummett Insurance, State Farm Insurance, Taku Oil and Valley Paint Center:

Silver level: Alaskan & Proud Foodland, Anchor Electric, Breeze In, Dr. Jared Erickson, Faulkner Banfield, Filipino Community, Inc., First American Title, First Bank, First National Bank Alaska, Glacier Swim Club, Hecla Greens Creek Mining Company, Hoffman Silver Gilman & Blasco, Holt Chiropractic, Juneau Chamber of Commerce, Juneau Education Association, Juneau Gastineau Rotary Club, Jurasz, Scudder, Lingle Group /Merrill Lynch, Key Bookkeeping, Mendenhall Auto Center, Pavitt Health and Fitness, Prospector Hotel, Red Dog Saloon and Mercantile, Subway, Taku Travel and True North FCU.

We wish to thank GCI Cable TV, KATH TV, 360 North, KINY/KSUP/Taku 105/ Mix 106/1330 KXJ Radio, KTOO/KRNN/KXLL Public Radio, the Juneau Empire and Capital City Weekly for their advertising support. Special thanks to Rik Pruett of KATH TV and Tim Olson of 360 North for the television spots, John Beiler of KTOO/KRNN/KXLL Public Radio and Mike Lane of KINY/KSUP/Taku 105/Mix 106/1330KXJ for the radio spots, and Christianne Carrillo, Laura Liu, Vincent Lew and Laura Newsom for the Juneau Empire and Capital City Weekly ads. We also thank Libby Sterling for the Capital City Weekly articles, Michael Penn for the photos and Russell Stigall for the interviews of the speakers that ran in the Juneau Empire.

Thank you to the Goldbelt Hotel for complimentary accommodations for our speakers, to the Hangar on the Wharf for preparing and serving the luncheons, to Creativation Events for decorations, to Printing Trade Company and Alaska Litho for all of our printed materials, to Alaska Laundry for the table linens, to Mendenhall Auto Center for the use of vehicles, to the Rotary Interact Club for seating assistance, to Stephan Felkl for assistance with the sound system, to Teresa Rose, Taylor Vidic and Aria Moore for their musical performances, to Hearthside Books for selling speakers’ books at the events and to the teachers and administration of the Juneau School District.

Thank you,

Leslie Dahl

Chair of the Pillars Committee, Glacier Valley Rotary Club


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