Life took a different turn when Dave Traver moved to Anchorage, Alaska, from Palo Alto, California, 26 years ago, but it’s safe to say it was for the better. Traver, then 32 years old and a member of the Sierra Club, was struck by the state’s natural beauty, wildlife and untamed landscape. But the landscape of Traver’s life didn’t include Lions until last year, when he talked to the pastor of his church—a club member—and decided to join the Anchorage Lions Club. FAVORITE FOOD: Salmon. I just got back from dip-netting, where we go to cast nets in the river and scoop them right up. I didn’t even have to use a rod and reel, and I brought back 51 salmon. We have a deep freezer, so I stick them in there. Our family never has to buy fish. BEST PROJECT: My favorite is the Don Fridley golf tournament we host every year. It’s to benefit the Covenant House shelter for homeless adolescents. We have the tournament on a course on the Fort Richardson military base. This year I got to shuttle people around in the golf cart and help set up the luncheon after the tournament. Our summers are short, so everyone in Anchorage loves to get outdoors during the summer. CAN’T MISS TV: I used to be a big Seinfeld fan, but they’ve shuffled the reruns around. My son is a big fan of comedians, and he’s turned me onto The Colbert Report, which is very funny. FIRST CLUB MEETING: I joined after I talked to our church pastor, who was a member. I was struck by how friendly everyone was, and I how young I felt. We have three guys in our club who are 90 years old, and many of the members grew up here. I’ve lived in Anchorage for 26 years, and I’m still considered the new guy. I still love coming, though. We have great speakers—the mayor, the president of Denali gas and some of the consultants who are working on a proposed gold mine in the area have all come to talk to us, so we’re constantly learning about what’s happening in our town. THE LAST GREAT BOOK I READ: I’m not an avid reader, but I did finish a book a short while back called Speaking In Tongues about individuals who claim to have had a religious experience during a religious service. The book was interesting because the author was originally a skeptic, and now that isn’t so much the case for him. Right now though, I’m just reading a lot of the Department of Fish and Game regulations. I’M AFRAID OF: Nothing, really. Life is different up here. No snakes, and the bears seem to leave me alone. We have a creek that runs out along the back of our property, and we did just have a black bear go through our back yard. We make sure to clean up the bird seed and keep things locked up that they might be interested in, so we don’t have any problems. THE CLUB DOESN’T KNOW THAT: I met my wife in the Sierra Club when we were both living in California. We came up here on a rafting trip that was an off-shoot of the club, and really liked the area a lot. Alaska isn’t a Sierra Club kind of state, though. THREE WORDS MY CLUB USES TO DESCRIBE ME: Youngster. Energetic. Enthusiastic. FAVORITE PLACE TO VISIT: I’d love to go back to Hawaii, but I also love the Kenai Peninsula, which is about several hours south of here. It looks like Norway, and it’s absolutely beautiful. There are fjords, beaches, great fishing, and volcanoes—three active ones, actually.
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