Immediate Past Chair
Rotary Club of Anchorage East
A small town girl from Tarrytown, New York, Carolyn Jones graduated from Stanford University with distinction and received her LL.B. from Yale Law School. She practiced law for 31 years; was an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Alaska Attorney General’s Office for 23 years, and a supervising attorney in the office during the last seven years before her retirement in 1998.
Carolyn joined the Rotary Club of Anchorage East in 1987. From 1997-1998, she was the governor of R.I. District 5010. Carolyn completed a four-year term in 2009 as a Trustee on the Board of Directors of The Rotary Foundation. Carolyn’s recent Rotary activities include: Member and Chair, RI Constitution and By-Laws Committee; member, Council on Legislation Operations Committee; Chair, 2013 and 2014 TRF Peace Centers Committee; Member, 2011 RI Convention Committee and Chair, Convention Promotions Committee (New Orleans); Moderator, 2010 Rotary Regional Foundation Coordinator Institute; vice-chair, 2015 TRF Peace Symposium held in Sao Paulo, Brazil. She is the Immediate Past Chair of the Rotarian Action Group For Peace.
Carolyn has received the Rotary “Service Above Self Award” and the Rotary Foundation’s “Distinguished Service Award” as well as the Anchorage East Rotary 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award; Alaska Bar Association’s “Distinguished Service Award” and the “Making a Difference for Women Award” from Soroptimists International of Anchorage. She was named the “Volunteer of the Year” by the Russian Children’s Foundation – a nonprofit organization based in Moscow, Russia; the Alaska State Legislature recognized her for her accomplishments and the Tomsk, Russia Duma (Legislature) gave her the “Mercy & Charity Award” for her humanitarian work on behalf of the children in the Tomsk region. In 2012, Carolyn was inducted into the Alaska Women’s Hall of Fame. Carolyn was one of 10 women in the U.S. recognized at the White House as a Rotary Woman of Action in October 2014 and, most recently she was named the Athena International recipient of the 2015 Athena Leadership Award by the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce.
Carolyn has traveled to Russia 33 times in her service to Rotary – five of those trips as a Rotary Volunteer. Her story “The Children of Russia” was published in the July 2002 issue of the Rotarian and in “Chicken Soup For The Volunteers’ Soul.”
Carolyn has 2 adult daughters, Nina and Carrie, but no grandchildren. She loves to fish for salmon; hike Alaska’s many trails; see the world; and count the stars in the bottom of her champagne glass.