THANKFUL FOR SERVICE:
As we enjoy our Thanksgiving and anticipate Christmas let’s remember those defending America in Iraq, Afghanistan, Alaska and elsewhere around the world. The holidays can be a difficult time for service members separated from their families. The Department of Defense has a website, “Defend America,” that links to many excellent organizations that support our troops with letters, gifts, help for families and other important assistance. Please consider giving one more gift this year—a gift that will help those who give so much for us.
I am sponsoring an essay contest for eleventh and twelfth grade students on the significance of the Electoral College to Alaska and the rest of the United States. The deadline is Friday, December 3, so if you are a student or know one who would like to enter, act quickly. Details are on my website. The student with the winning essay will have the opportunity to present the essay at the “Casting Alaska’s Electoral Votes” event on December 13 at the Anchorage Museum of History and Art auditorium at 11:00 a.m. where Alaska’s three electors will cast votes for President and Vice President of the United States.
GO FOR THE GOLD:
I am proud of all four of our Alaska athletes who competed in the Summer Olympics last August in Athens. Alaskans are justifiably pleased that Matt Emmons, a four-time NCAA national champion in riflery from UAF, won the gold medal in 50-meter prone rifle. I met Matt at the Top of the World basketball tournament in Fairbanks last Sunday.
Last Saturday I spoke to students and faculty at UAA’s Golden Key Club, an international honor society. In addition to recognizing high student achievers in academics, the club recognized several University staff and friends with honorary membership, including me. Carolyn and I enjoyed this additional interaction with academia.
MAYOR’S PRAYER BREAKFAST:
Carolyn and I attended the Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast in Anchorage last Saturday and enjoyed meeting speaker John Lind, head of the Presidential Prayer Team. You may want to join us in signing up as part of this nonpartisan prayer team.
PUBLIC SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES:
Governor Murkowski announced this week that he is seeking volunteers to serve on the Alaska Commemorative Coin Commission, Statehood Celebration Commission and the Faith-Based and Community Initiatives Council. The deadline for applying is December 15. You can also suggest someone for a panel. Apply on the web or call the Boards and Commissions office at 465-3934.
SHOOTOUT AT THE SULLIVAN:
Thanksgiving week and the Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament have gone together for many years in Alaska. Our family has enjoyed watching some of this great basketball and visiting with friends and family. We are enjoying a visit home by my son Joseph during this special week and will host Lt. General Howie Chandler at the championship game Saturday evening The Shootout gives good exposure to our State because of national broadcasts by ESPN as well as other regional broadcasts.
I will travel to Denver for the meeting of the National Lieutenant Governor’s Association next week.
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