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Gig Harbor

Be The Inspiration
Service Above Self

We meet Fridays at 7:00 AM
Cottesmore Care Ctr.
2909 14th Ave NW
Mail to: PO Box 342
Gig Harbor, WA  98335
United States
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Ian Warren and has been approved by the Board as a new members
Ian's classification is pharmaceuticals (owner of a pharmacy) and his sponsor is Jeff Harris.
Any comments on the prospective new member should be directed to Annie Arbenz, Dave Morris, and/or Lyn Junge within 10 days after this publication.
Date of Notice: October 24, 2018
Opening Bell: By Pres. Paul Alvestad at 7:30 am. Invocation by John Duppenthaler. Pledge of Allegiance by Sharon Shaffer. National Anthem by Hal Cline and the Rotary Club Backup Singers. Four Way Test by Stan Eastberg.
Visiting Rotarians: Jacqui Curtis and Leslie Reynolds-Taylor, Port Orchard Rotary Club, and Larry Treleven from Tacoma Rotary 8.
Guests of Rotarians included Steve O’Donnell, Denise (last name unknown) from Bremerton, and prospective member Tom Stanfield.
Opening Comments by Pres. Paul included a rundown of the calendar for the next few weeks, and Rotary 101 Lesson #6 about our club endowment fund.
  • The Festival of Trees which benefits the Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital will be held again this year and Walt Paulsen could use some help with set up and take down of walls for the gift shop. He needs crew on 11/26 (1:00 pm) and 12/2 (10:00 am). Sign up sheets next week.
  • Basket Brigade. Dave Cathers needs help decorating boxes. Location: TNA hanger. Contact Dave for details.
  • Bike Build. Lee Smith needs 4 volunteers on 11/17 (Sat) at 8:00 am. Fun time at the LeMay warehouse in Tacoma. Contact Lee for details.
  • Tom Borgen needs volunteers for the Turkey Trot sponsored by the GH North Rotary Club. Thanksgiving Day, early in the morning. The Turkey Trot benefits are for our local FISH Food Bank. Contact Tom for details.
Finemaster Peter Glein looked a little tired this morning after taking care of the kids last night while Beth was at Girls Night Out. He tried to fine others whose wives/SOs got home around midnight but had no takers, so he suffered alone. He also fined everyone who voted and was roundly, booed but he did it anyway.
Raffle: Larry Olson did the raffle and, not surprisingly, Marcia Harris drew the incorrect chip.
Program: Hal Hodgins introduced today’s program: The Rotary Foundation, by Howard Svigals and Bob Martin. Excellent power point presentation by Howard and Bob did “the ask.“ Interesting points from the presentation included:
  • Charity Navigator has given The Rotary Foundation 4 stars (highest rating) for 11 years based on overhead (small) and what TRF does.
  • Howard talked about TRF’s 3 “buckets”:
  • End Polio Now (currently only 27 cases in the world) and $50M raised and matched by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation;
  • Annual Fund which goes for grants to support current projects throughout clubs (currently has $120M);
  • Endowment Fund to secure tomorrow. This is a “legacy” fund worth $1B (yes, Billion).
Closing: President Paul ended the meeting at 8:32 am.
Notes by Jill Guernsey
I guess President Paul really liked Dave's Call to Order although I am not sure Hal choked it down.
Our very own Pastor Duane did a very nice Michigan invocation.  Very much like a Washington invocation.
Hal's song was hijacked for the second week in a row.  This time with "This Land is My Land" by Woodie Guthrie.  I think that is a microphone salute by Hal.
Here is Coach introducing our visiting Rotarians, Bob Anderson and a properly chastised guest speaker Rotarian Will Boegel from Guatemala.
John is reminding us of the December 8th Club Christmas Party.  Everyone will be happy to know that my bum hip will keep me out of the snowball throwing contest.
Looks like President Paul is starting to kick back and it is not even half way through his year.
Juanita reading a Thank you/success letter from one of the Women's Prison Program who is buying her first home and writing a book.  Sounds pretty great!
Dave reminding Jill that we all had to fork over $2500 to bail her out of London.  Several offers to donate her reimbursement to the Rotary Foundation which I appreciated.
Have you ever noticed how finemasters like to point.  I was taught that is not polite.  I think this one was pointing out that Coach got a gold whistle that doesn't work.  Or maybe it was Jeff's "hidden" school colors.
Tom is introducing Dr. Will Boegel who is one of our partners in Guatemala.  He has a developing Montessori school that some of GH Interact kids have helped build.  He would like to have more kids down.
Dr. Will gave a very heart warming description of the difference his school and farm is making at Lake Atitlan.  A few bucks goes a long way down there.
The second part of the morning program was our own Tim Toerber telling us about the many changes going on at Seatac.  Might be nice if we could have a tour sometime.
Slide show prior to the opening bell. A great show of corn mazes across Washington and the Country. If you have any photos of Club events, share them with Aerin and she will put them in the opening slide show.
Opening Bell and Yell: By David Cathers for President Paul at 7:30 am. Invocation: by Duane Fister of a prayer written by Rotarian Jim Blair of Michigan. Pledge of Allegiance: by John Lantz; Song: Hal Cline was ready to start and lead the National Anthem, when someone started “This Land” by Woodie Guthrie. This is the second week in a row the National Anthem has been hijacked. Four Way Test: by Lee Smith Greeters: Geoff Barcalow Visiting Rotarians: Introduced by Coach, Bob Anderson of GH North, and Will Boegel of Guatemala. Slipping in late without introduction was Joyce Taylor Gorne of Shelton Skookum. Guests: David Holsinger as Sophie’s guest, Mary Grubbs’ husband Bill, and Glen and Diana Liebner with their daughter Elisa, who is our Club’s alternate student for the exchange program.
Opening Comments: President Paul’s opening comments; he wanted to remind everyone that there is no meeting on the Friday after Thanksgiving. He also mentioned that he would be contacting any members this week that owe more than $400 in Club dues. 
  • Calendar: Nothing is on the Club Calendar for the 1st week of November. However on the 12th we have the Veterans Day lunch Program, sign up now. Also on the 12th is the International Service Committee meeting. On the 13th, is the Community Service Committee meeting, as well as an Auction Committee meeting. Rotary After Hours is on Wednesday the 14th. The Gig Harbor Rotary Foundation meeting is on the 15th, and the Youth Services Committee meeting is on the 16th, after our regular meeting.
  • Rotary 101 Gestalt #5 – Paul Alvestad:
    • Youth Exchange - Students learn a new language, discover another culture, and truly become global citizens. Exchanges for students 15 to 19 years old are sponsored by Rotary clubs in more than 100 countries. Long-term exchanges last a full academic year.
    • STEP - The Summer Exchange program is a short-term exchange between families. The student lives with a foreign student’s family for approximately one month and then both students return to Canada or the US where the foreign student lives with the student’s family for another month.                         
    • Rotary Fellowship - International groups that share a common passion. Being part of a fellowship is a fun way to make friends around the world, explore a hobby or profession, and enhance your Rotary experience.
    • Friendship Exchange - Friendship Exchange is an international exchange program for Rotary members and friends that allows participants to take turns hosting one another in their homes and clubs. Selecting by District need to apply, deadline for app, one 5020 side
  • Classification Question: Paul presented slides of The Pringles logo man, classification of Potato Farmer; The Monopoly logo man, classification of game maker. Both of the logo men have very pronounced mustaches. The question that came up, is if these two possible members would have to have the approval of Tim Williams, as he has the classification of “pronounced mustache” covered. This bit of humor was appreciated by the club as we were reminded that this is the start of “Movember”. Movember is an annual event involving the growing of mustaches during the month of November to raise awareness of men's health issues, such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and men's suicide. The Movember Foundation runs the Movember charity event, housed at . The goal of Movember is to "change the face of men's health."
  • Christmas Party: John Duppenthaler wants to make sure that you put the Party on your calendar for December 8th, at Canterwood. Details to follow.
  • Rotary Foundation – Bob Martin announced that the club collected and sent in $7,325 in the month of October to support the Polio Program for the Rotary Foundation.
  • Festival of Trees: Walt Paulson announced that you have an opportunity to help with the set up and take down of the Festival of Trees, for Mary Bridge Hospital. Set up is November 26th and take down is December 2nd. Please mark your calendars and give him a call for all the particulars of time and place.
  • Basket Brigade: Dave Cathers announced that the Basket Brigade is coming together and that boxes are available to decorate. They are still a little short on cash. A few people wanted to donate and so Dave passed the hat and collected $561. Of course he shed a few tears with these donations.
Fines and Happy Bucks: John Winslow, was the Finemaster. He fined Coach for receiving a golden whistle in recognition of 50 years of being a referee. Coach said he tried, but the whistle didn’t work. Marc Jorgenson was fined for an announcement of their CPA firm needing interns for the tax season. Jeff Harris was called out for not wearing his school colors. Jeff replied with something about underwear, but no one wanted to go there. November in conjunction with “Movember”, we have been requested to wear blue to the meetings. John wanted to fine everyone not wearing blue. It didn’t go over too well, since almost everyone was wearing something with blue. John tried for a few bucks from Boston Red Sox fans. Not many in this group.  Happy Bucks: Juanita Carbaugh read an email she received from former member Dennis Karjala. One of the Prison Program graduates that has stayed in touch with Dennis is now buying her first house and is just finishing up writing a book. John Duppenthaler was happy for his first week in a new office. Bob Anderson just took four RYLA students to Canada and he survived without incident. Chuck Perry was happy that the elections will be over this Tuesday and we can get rid of all the advertising.
Drawing: Larry Olson ran the raffle. The pot is $113 and we are down to 15 chips. The scribe missed who won the 10 free tickets for next week and John Duppenthaler won the right to draw from the chips for the chance at the pot. He drew the white chip for $15.
Programs: We were blessed with two great programs this week:
Opal House: Tom Borgen introduced Doctor William Boegel and his wife Diane. Will is a podiatrist and Diane is also in the medical field. They were in Guatemala on a mission trip and found a great need for help. Most of the wealth in the country is held by 17 families. Unemployment is rampant, and very little services are available to the population. This is a major cause of the migration of Guatemalans to the U.S. for employment. Almost 40% of the economy in Guatemala comes from remittances from family members in the U.S. sending money back to their families for support. These funds come from people living in the U.S. legally and illegally, with minimum wage jobs. The Boegels opened Opal House to help the people of Guatemala. It is an 80 acre farm employing locals, raising coffee and avocados. On this farm they also have a school to educate and feed children; an emergency shelter for up to 4 families in need of transition housing; an after school program for girls; a clean water program; and arrange for pediatric orthopedic corrective surgery for needy children. To find out more, please visit their website;
What’s New at Seatac Airport: New member Tim Toerber is a manager of gates at Seatac Airport. He gave a very interesting presentation about the history of the airport and presentation of current and future projects at the airport.
The airport was built and opened in 1944.
In 1967 – 1973, the airport went through major expansions, including the two satellite terminals, the underground trains, and the parking garage. With expansions, the garage has 13,000 parking spaces, the largest parking garage in the country.
In 2004 the new concourse A was built.
2008 saw the building of the 3rd runway.
The airport includes 24 million square feet of pavement.
The annual passenger count has now reached 47 million, that is over 120,000 per day.
Seatac is now the 9th busiest airport in the U.S.
The airport has seen 43% growth in the last 5 years and now has over 1400 “operations” per day. An operation is landings and take offs.
For more information, go to the website:
Tim is scheduled for his classification talk on December 14, so you can ask more questions then.
President Paul ended the meeting at 8:32
Notes by Chuck Perry
10 more boxes on their way to the Philippines.  Guess what was in them?
Computers from Geoff Barcalow and lots of clothes to protect them.  There will be some happy folks who open these boxes!
Has to be some social time with Carina's lumpia.  Plan to attend the next party and share some of the fellowship.
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Vice President
Immediate Past President
The Rotary Foundation
Club Service
Community Service
International Service
Public Image
Vocational Service
Youth Services
Youth Protection Officer
Ivan Harrell Ph.D./, President of TCC
Nov 30, 2018
Report on TCC developments
Dec 07, 2018
Club Happenings
Tim Toerber
Dec 07, 2018
Classification Talk
Scott Junge
Dec 14, 2018
Gig Harbor Rotary Foundation
Sunshine Singers
Dec 21, 2018
Christmas Program
Howard Svigals & Jacques Colon, Pierce Health dept
Dec 28, 2018
A New Direction for Rotary Clubs of Pierce County replacing The Courage
Art Jarvis, Superintendent Peninsula School Distri
Jan 04, 2019
What's New in Peninsula Public Schools?
Camilla Brocker
Jan 11, 2019
Auction Kickoff
Jan 18, 2019
Club Happenings
Pam Peterson Smith
Jan 18, 2019
Reclassification Talk
Supt. Deborah Jo Wofford
Jan 25, 2019
What is happening at Washington Corrections Center for Women (WCCW)
Feb 22, 2019
Club Happenings
Bob Martin
Feb 22, 2019
Reclassification talk
Annina Liebner
Mar 01, 2019
Italy report from our Exchange Student
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