Posted by Walker Allen
GH Rotary President Mel Santos presiding; Invocation: Duane Fister; Pledge: led by Charlie Miller (Debbie Miller’s granddaughter) and by President Mel’s granddaughter; Song: Hal Cline led us in a verse of “God Bless America”; 4-Way Test of the Things We Think, Say or Do:  
Visiting Rotarians: Sabrina Dawn Shattuck, West Linn, OR – (working on Shelter Box project)
Guests: John Guardia, Guest of Ben Paganelli; Sue Jensen, Guest of Al and Joanne Bucholz; Sophie Alvestad, Guest of VP Paul Alvestad; Geoff Barcalow, Guest of Randy Barkalow; Evans Calas, Guest of Annie Arbenz; Reid Morris, Guest of Dave Morris; (there may have been others but they were not on the sign-in sheet)
President Mel’s Opening Comments:
  • President Mel announced that training for “1st Tee” volunteers will be held soon and had signup sheet circulating.
  • The City of Gig Harbor gave the club (including our Interact chapter) a “Certificate of Appreciation” for planting 344 trees in the park.
  • There will be a fun golf outing at Alderbrook prior to the Officer Retreat
Reports and Announcements:
  • Melanie Meyer (our Rotary Exchange Student from Switzerland)
    • Melanie is on the Peninsula High School Tennis team that has been having many matches
    • Their fund raising efforts have been very successful and have raised enough money for new uniforms.
  • Danielle (Dani) Hastun (our Rotary Exchange student from Argentina 6 years ago) thanked everyone for the hospitality – especially those who came to the reception at the home of Juanita Carbaugh.  She has graduated from the university and now works for an international foods company as a human resources specialist.
  • PDG and Paul Harris Campaign Chair, Bob Martin
    • Announced that Club Members have contributed $19,564 towards the $30,000 goal for the year/
    • Announced that there have been 5 new cases of wild polio – all in Afghanistan.
  • Recognized new Paul Harris awards:; Tim Williams (+3); Bob Ryan (+2); Steve Skibbs (+2); John Mitchell (+2); Jan Martin (+2)
  • Work Parties – Randy Barcalow
    • Wilkinson Farm posts need to be installed
    • Chamber of Commerce office renovation projects – many opportunities for “hands on” work by Rotarians
  • History Rocks Event – Jennifer Hamilton
    • Featuring WWII years – she is looking for veterans and relatives to learn about their recollections. 
  • Book Drive and Literacy Award – Jan Martin
    • Over 300 books have been collected (of which 78 went to the Philippines libraries we support) and collection continues (President Mel would like each member to bring 4 more!).   They need books for teenagers.
Fine Master – Chris Myers
Raffle Ticket Drawing – Donna Lormor
  • Hal Cline won another 10 Free
  • Bob Lutchg pulled a white chip and got $15.
Program:  Mayor Kit Kuhn spoke about “The Mayor’s Agenda”. 
  • Urged us to check out the new, robust website
  • Has goal of extreme transparency
  • Has met with each staff member
  • Managed to retain District Court and prevent some staff loss
  • Goal of “moratorium” is to bring coordination of infrastructure and new building
  • Need for growth in both commercial and residential
  • Heavy emphasis on maintaining the “culture” of downtown
  • Suggested high-rise (up to four stories) would be appropriate for the old Fred Meyer and Main and Vine stores
  • Discussed purchase of Haub (triangle) property
Meeting Adjourned at 8:30AM
Notes by Walker Allen