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Posted: Friday, May 19, 2006

Thank you for making Rotary rose sales a success

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Rotary rose sales were a blooming success this year with the help of many Juneau people.

"Without the generosity of this community, we could not be as successful as we are," said Rotary President Cliff Stone. "Thank you Juneau."

Rotary members wish to thank Jill Herrick of the Homebuilders Association and the Glacier Valley Rotary, for allowing members to sell roses at the Home Show and Glacier Valley Boat Show.

Thanks to the media, including Dennis Egan of KINY Radio, for the Chris Burns interview and public service announcements; Rick Pruett of KATH-TV, who televised the Chris Burns' interview; Susan Fitzgerald at KTOO-FM &TV, for an interview; and Bob Hale, for display ads in the Juneau Empire.

We are grateful to Gretchen Garrett of Heritage Coffee, for complimentary coffee; Jeff and Trena Jones of the Juneau Bowling Center; Doreen Gross of Gross Alaska Inc.; John Weedman at Western Auto Marine; and Steve Allwine of Mendenhall Auto, for sales prizes.

Thanks again to Steve Allwine of Mendenhall Auto, for use of delivery vans; to Bob Jacobsen of Wings of Alaska, for free-of-charge delivery to outlying communities; to Roger Calloway of Reliable Transfer, for the refrigerated van and warehouse floor space.

A hug goes to Chuck Collins at Copy Express and Rich Stone at Alaska Litho, for posters, copies, and all their work throughout the Rotary year.

A special thank-you goes to Teresa Busch of The Plant People. She supplied this years roses. They came beautifully packaged and cut hours of work for Rotarians.

Thank you to the individual members of Rotary, who donated time and expertise to make the annual sale happen. All of you exemplify Rotary's motto: "Service Above Self."

A resounding thank-you goes to the people of Juneau, for buying the 1,800 dozen roses that brought joy and color to our community. And, finally, thank you to anyone we forgot, because, with a list this long, forgetting someone is inevitable.

Juneau's annual downtown Rotary rose sales help finance University of Alaska Southeast scholarships, Rotary student exchange programs and community projects, including construction of the Auke Bay picnic shelter and moving the Auk Kwaan totem from outside Centennial Hall to the entry area at Juneau-Douglas High School, a $10,000 project.

Thank you, Juneau.

Sally Smith

Juneau Rotary Rose Committee

Celebrate Foster Parent Appreciation this month

May is Foster Parent Appreciation Month in Alaska. It's the perfect time to reflect on the dedicated efforts of Southeast Alaska communities to provide for children in need.

Many members of our communities have made foster care a priority in their lives. This includes the foster families who give love and a safe, caring home; organizations and businesses that show their support with money or material goods; and citizens who take a name off the Foster Care Christmas Tree or donate to the Great Alaska Toy Drive.

These people deserve special thanks for their dedication to children who, because of unfortunate circumstances, find themselves in need of a temporary home. Foster parents can bring happy memories to children who have experienced stress and trauma and help them develop strong, healthy relationships. Often, it is the foster family that helps build the bridge to reunite children and their family of origin.

Foster parenting can be both challenging and rewarding, and the need is always greater than the availability of homes. If you are interested in becoming a foster parent, please call the Alaska Dept. of Health and Social Services, Office of Children's Services, for more information. You may reach Candice Heppner at 465-3740, or Ann Rausch at 465-1658. Or call the Foster Parent Information Hotline at (800) 478-7307.

During this special month, we thank the incredible foster parents who lovingly open their homes and their hearts and acknowledge their contribution to the health, safety and happiness of Alaska's children.

Candice Heppner

Office of Children's Services

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