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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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John Guardia and Geoff Barcalow have been approved by the Board as new members.
John's classification is life insurance/financial services and his sponsor is Ben Paganelli.
Geoff's classification is employee benefits and his sponsor is Randy Barcalow.
Any comments on either prospective new member should be directed to Annie Arbenz and/or Dave Morris within 10 days after this publication.
Date of Notice: August 28, 2018
Slide show prior to the opening bell included Rotary Vision, pictures from Dinners for Eight, OysterFest Poster, News Tribune article and pictures from the Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting, and numerous past and present Rotary projects.
Opening Bell: Welcome by Mary Grubbs, open by President Alvestad at 7:30 am. Invocation: by John Duppenthaler. Pledge of Allegiance: by Mike Pinch; Song: “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee,” by Hal Cline (solo). Four Way Test: by Annmarie Huppert. Greeters: None noted.
Visiting Rotarians: Introduced by Coach - Blaise Gorne (Shelton). PP Joyce Taylor joined shortly after the start of the meeting. Guests: Mel Wick introduced his guest Donna Lee Cole, Al Weaver introduced Steve O’Donnell from the Bellevue Club, Sharon Shaffer introduced Glenn Olson, and Ron Roberts introduced his spouse Joann. Being the start of the campaign season, Judge Hogan introduced her guests Mary Robnett (candidate for PC Prosecutor) and Mary’s campaign manager Rachel; and Annie Arbenz introduced her guest Tim Lewis (candidate for District Court Judge). Not to be outdone, and to gain some “brownie points,” David Cathers introduced fine master John Winslow.
Opening Comments: President Alvestad noted that the restrooms are across the way and around the corner. He also referenced trees.
  • Calendar – President Alvestad highlighted the upcoming Board Meeting and the Skookum Rotary OysterFest.
  • Rotary Bucket List – President Alvestad recapped what should be on every Rotarian’s bucket list: (1) To attend an International Conference, (2) To attend a few District Conferences, (3) To hold a Rotary Office, (4) To become a Paul Harris fellow, (5) To include the Rotary Foundation in your will, (6) To attend OysterFest, and (7) To join in Rotary fellowship (how will be presented at a future meeting).
  • OysterFest – Blaise Gorne and Joyce Taylor reminded everyone to attend the Shelton Club’s OysterFest October 6-7. There are 50 non-profit food vendors, 16 Washington Wineries, monster microbrews, and entertainment. Joyce said the funnest part is the oyster shucking. The event is at the airport.
  • Rotary 101 – President Alvestad presented his “signature” action, a review of the Rotary organizational structure, including four separate entities: the Club, the GH Charitable Fund, the GH Rotary Foundation, and the Olson Foundation.
  • New Member Induction – Dave Morris introduced our newest member Geoff Barcalow and his sponsor Randy Barcalow. Dave wondered about the past success rates of father-son Rotarians. Duane Fister conducted the induction and welcomed Geoff as the “World’s Newest Rotarian” as of 8:48:10 am (PDT).
Fines and Happy Bucks: John Winslow was the fine master. Judge Hogan prepaid her fine but was fined again. Richard Pifer is off on another cruise (pictures to follow), President Paul was fined for his socks (after approval by PP Mel Santos). Fine master Winslow worked on a theme, without a lot of success. Hal Cline was fined for having multiple Facebook accounts and never-ending friend requests. Happy Bucks: Judge Hogan for Tim Williams work on a referral, Mike Pinch for Rotary’s polio eradication efforts, Mary Grubbs as she is retiring October 26, Sharon Shaffer for six nominations for Star Awards (committee of past presidents to meet next week), Randy Spitzer for a father-son 2,400 mile motorcycle trip, Howard Mackert for spending all day at the track tomorrow fulfilling auction promises, Coach for Rod Ladd coming through with corn today, Annie Arbenz for Tim Lewis running for Judge and for Zach Lester coaching her son in soccer, and Bob Lutschg for his trip to Wisconsin.
Drawing: Eric McGinnis ran the raffle. The pot was $185 and 10 chips. Randy Spitzer won the 10 free tickets for next week and Hal Cline won the right to draw from the chips for the chance at the pot. He drew the white chip for a consolation prize.
Late Announcement: President Alvestad announced that about 40 people attended the joint club picnic. He thanked everyone that helped.
Program: (Part One – Club Happenings) Corey Coryell, Community Services, started by inviting everyone to the next committee meeting on Tuesday, October 9, 5:30 pm, at Timberland Bank. Cory then briefly recapped some of the club’s current projects, including Wilkinson Fence installation, Chamber of Commerce remodel, Angel Guild shed installation, Veterans’ Day lunch event on November 12 at Oceans 5, Kayak rack storage project design, and parking day (on hold). John Duppenthaler, Club Services, talked about the “behind the scenes” work of his avenue of service, including songs, invocations, publications, photographs, and scribes. Jeannie Simmons, Youth Services, reminded everyone they meet on the third Friday of every month immediately following the Club meeting. She recapped Youth Services work in Outbound Student selection (applications due September 26), host family video production, dancing classrooms (more than 1,000 elementary students currently participating), Early Act (per Jeannie “excited little Rotarians”) and Interact at PHS (meet first and third Wednesday at 2:10 pm). Jeannie noted that getting involved in Youth Services helps you feel young again. Rod Ladd, International Committee, noted that they are all caught up and even canceled their last meeting. They meet the second Monday of the month. He summarized activity in water projects and the Rachel project. He thanked Geoff, the World’s Newest Rotarian, for his donation of 15 computers to help establish a computer lab in a Philippine High School. He also reported that he is working on a water retention/drip irrigation project update to be presented to the club. Howard Mackert, Cars for Change, noted they have had a few hiccups in the implementation of this program (liability insurance and drivers’ licensing). They have restructured and are now helping to sell cars, take donations, and help with licensing and car purchases.
Program: (Part Two – Reclassification Talk) Past President Ron Roberts shared his story (thus far) with the club. Born in Auburn, Ron attended Gonzaga after graduating from High School in 1957. He started as a Business and Finance Major at $1,500 per year for tuition, room and board. After three years, he entered law school (night school at that time). During law school he met his soon-to-be wife, Joann, also a Gonzaga student, pursuing a teaching degree. Shortly thereafter they married and started a family (not always at the most opportune times). For example, Ron gave up a job at Old National Bank so that he and Joanne could go to Great Falls, Montana, only to find Joanne was pregnant. After law school, before fulfilling a service commitment, Ron joined the law firm of Eisenhower & Carlson (he only applied to firms with more than one name, to improve his hiring chances). In July 1964, Ron sat for the Bar Exam while Joanne was preparing for Mark to join the family. Timing is everything. Ron joined the Military Police to serve his commitment to the Army. He trained in Fort Riley, Kansas, as a First Lieutenant, Executive Officer, and headed to Vietnam in August. Of course, Joanne was pregnant with Matt. His division was charged with base and convoy security. He left Vietnam in August 1966 as a Captain and was rehired by Eisenhower and Carlson. The firm had grown from nine to 30 attorneys. Ron served on the firm’s management committee and served as the Managing Partner before retirement in 1988. During that time Greg, Ben and Adam joined the family, now mom and dad and five sons, and lots more! Ron moved to Gig Harbor in 1978 and joined Rotary in 1989. He has chaired the Community Service Committee, been on the GH Foundation Board, and was President in 1992-93 (the year of the first auction). Ron was named Rotarian of the year in 1990 and remains very active in the club. He finished by showing pictures of his family and sharing how blessed he and Joann feel.
President Alvestad ended the meeting at 8:30 am.
Notes by Chuck Cuzzetto
This is a Dinners for Eight at the Coryells.  Not only do you have great food, but you get to meet Rotarian spouses.
This is Dinners for Eight at the Olsons. Here you not only get to have the Fellowship but you get to see Marty's fantastic art, and Larry is no slouch either.  You have to participate to have these opportunities.
This is an Italian dinner purchased at the Auction, so not only do you have great food and company, but you helped support our Club's projects.  So come to the next Auction and buy one of these dinners.
This issue comes to you from sunny Bruneau, Idaho and the Colyer Hereford/Angus Ranch.  Rod will be doing the next 1-2 issues.
Buck had the honor of ringing the Cow Bell to get the meeting started and he did very well, and for all of you Past Presidents, he didn't hit his thumb.
Camilla did a very nice invocation along the lines of "What you sow, so shall you reap" in a very positive sense.
President Paul leading us in the Flag Salute, I guess reminding us of the year past.  He seemed to know all of the words.
Had a trio leading us in God Bless America.  There was mixed feelings about the microphone not working during the song.
Coach did a rousing job of introducing our only visiting Rotarian, Judy Hosea.  Judy announced she and Tom will be leaving for several months to visit the Southeastern US.
President Paul reminding us that we have an event calendar on our website and we should be using  it.
If you have never been, this is a great event that supports many of the non profits in the Shelton area.  You won't believe how many ways oysters can be prepared.  Fun to watch the shucking as well; they are unbelievably fast.
Geoff Barcalow offering Mike 15 computers for Philippine schools.  Definitely a win/win situation and representative of th succcess of Rotary networking.  Thanks for thinking of the Philippines Geoff.
Finemaster Chris should be paid a buck for doing such a great job, but fined two bucks for being a lousy auctioneer.  Buck had two VIP passes for the GH Film Festival and for awhile it looked like they were going to go for $3.00.  But Rotarians came through and they went for $150., The money going for the Prison Foundation.
Can you guess what PE Hal is doing?
Jay did a great job explaining how Pac12 officiating works.  But even with 8-10 pairs of eyes on each play, things are still missed; maybe some league bias involved?  Nice informative program.
I don't have any neighbors bugging me, but this seems a simple solution.
Which one of these ladies is the blonde.  Answer later if you don't get it.
I thought this was funny!
And now the answer;  Note which leg is up.
Pre meeting slide show: Included announcements for Film Festival and Rotary Picnic. Also included the Rotary International “Vision”: “TOGETHER WE SEE A WORLD WHERE PEOPLE UNITE AND TAKE ACTION TO CREATE LASTING CHANGE-ACROSS THE GLOBE, IN OUR COMMUNITIES, AND IN OURSELVES.” Also included were four pages from the club roster of the early 90’s: Bob Martin, David Gillespie, Al Bucholz, and Jerry Walston. Amazing how much hair they had, with little or no grey.
Call to Order: President Paul opened the meeting with a ring of the bell at 7:30. The Invocation: Camilla Brocker; Song: Hal Cline, with Corey and Peter led us in ‘God Bless America’; Pledge: led by President Paul; followed by the Four Way Test: Led by Past President Mel Santos.
Visiting Rotarians: Coach introduced the visiting Rotarians: Judy Hosea. Later in the meeting we were also joined by past president Joyce Taylor. She continues to run a little late.
Guests: This week’s guests included: Geoff Barcalow (Randy’s son) who’s company has donated 15 computers to the Philippine school computer project; Dave Freeman’s grandson Evan Margel; Dan Gregory, Former member Tom Stanfield, Ed Butler; Peter Weller, Deb Miller’s brother: Mark Avni; Oliver and Rocky Pinch; Gretchen Hodgins; Jay and Wendy Stricherz.
  • A meeting of the scholarship committee was held last week, which is part of the Gig Harbor Rotary Foundation. Another meeting will be held in October. Call John Winslow if you would like to be involved.
  • Paul announced that if you want to give public opinions or letters to the editor, that you do not give it as a Rotarian, unless it has been vetted and approved by the Club Board.
  • A three GH Clubs’ Rotary (adult) Picnic is coming Sept 16th at Paul Alvestad’s, 4:00 p.m. The cost is $10 each. A map was shown on how to get to the picnic.
  • Oysterfest is being held by the Shelton-Skookum Club on October 6th. Please attend if you can. They are also looking for volunteers. See Paul if you would like to volunteer. See their website for additional information:
  • It was announced that Howard Svigals is the new District Foundation Chair beginning July 2019.
  • Remember the Gig Harbor Film Festival for this weekend.
  • Buck Frymier purchased two passes to the entire GH Film Festival at this year’s auction. As it turns out, he was unable to use them and they were auctioned off, with the proceeds to go to the Purdy Prison program. Ed Lindstrom was the winning bidder @ $150.
Raffle: Run by Donna Lormor; Marti Andersen won 10 free next week (third week in a row). Mike Pinch had his grandson draw for $173. A white chip came out of the bag after a lot of work, and won $15 instead.
Fines & Happy Bucks: Chris Myers had the duty this week as the finemaster. He questioned guest Dan Gregory about his Eastern Eagles jacket, to see if he knew the famous Eastern football player; John Eddy. No such luck. John Ciccarelli was recognized for having the average age of table members at his table drop by 80 years, as the Pinch boys were sitting where Al and Joanne normally sit. Paul Alvestad was called out for a comment he made earlier in the meeting, about cows being struck by thunder. (Didn’t he mean lightning?) He was also questioned about the picnic being an adult picnic and what type of farm entertainment was going to be had? Chris talked about how past presidents each had different things they did at the meetings. He singled out Dick Vanberg about the Rotary Clap, and wondered if anyone else got it? Happy bucks were offered by Marti Anderson for Peace Through Travel, and over 200 kids in the Jr Sailing program. Happy bucks were also given by Ed Lindstrom and Judy Hosea.
Program: Jay Stricherz – Retired Pac 12 football Ref: View from the Field
Hal Hodgins introduced our speaker who is a retired football referee for the Pac 12, and is still involved with the Pac 12 referee training and rules committee. Jay grew up in Parkland and Enumclaw. His dad was a referee and very active in sports. His family values were: Faith, Family, and Sports. Jay started refereeing his Jr year of college. As with most referees, he started with young kids games on Saturday mornings and worked his way up through the system. Joining the Pac-10 referees in 1979. The Pac-10 had just been increased from the Pac-8 in 1978. He was a referee for 35 years. He thanked Coach (Jack Stonestreet) for his help and mentoring. He also mentioned that the Tacoma Athletic Association was to be honoring Coach for over 50 years as a referee. Jay went on to show many film clips to explain what referees are looking for and to explain how the 8 officials at each game work the game. Each ref is paid $3500 per game in the Pac-12. However all the expenses for travel food and lodging are the responsibility of the officials. The Pac-12 has seven crews of 8 officials. Each crew remains together for the season and each member of the crew keeps the same position for the season. Each game has between 6 and 13 cameras covering the game. These video feeds are available to two additional people in the replay booth. When a call is questioned, the replay officials watch the video feeds to make the final call. The program was followed by many very interesting questions. The program received many compliments.
Scribe: Chuck Perry
This is Olivia Martin Gurley, an outbound exchange student to Rancagua, Chile from D-5080 (Spokane).  This was here arrival day with her 13yo Chilean sister.  Olivia happens to be my Granddaughter.
This is Olivia on in her school uniform on her first day of school on September 11.  I am sure I can convince her to send us some progress reports; I know I will get some.  Give me some feedback if you would like to know how her year goes.
We had a small but great group.  Here are the Hoppens and President Paul.
I think Jan must be laughing at one of my jokes; since John is not.
Just couldn't get Mel to pay attention to the camera.  Tim on the other hand is very photosensitive.
With the temperature in the 90's, snow doesn't seem as bad!
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
Jeff Langhelm, City of Gig Harbor Public Works Dir
Sep 28, 2018
upcoming City of Gig Harbor projects
Leslie Mayne
Oct 05, 2018
Permission to Start Dreaming - PTSD Foundation
Hon. Debra L. Stephens
Oct 12, 2018
Challenges to Access to Justice and Independence of the Courts
Oct 19, 2018
Club Happenings
Gary Glein
Oct 19, 2018
Reclassification Talk
Blase Gorne, Dick Vanberg and Mel Wick
Oct 26, 2018
Latvian Hospital Project (Club History)
Annina Liebner
Nov 02, 2018
Italy report from our Exchange Student
Bob Martin & Howard Svigals
Nov 09, 2018
The Rotary Foundation
Alan Anderson
Nov 16, 2018
Gig Harbor Canoe and Kayak Racing Team
Ivan Harrell Ph.D./, President of TCC
Nov 30, 2018
Report on TCC developments
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