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Gig Harbor

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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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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
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
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.
Brady did a very traditional invocation which I thought was great.  I think dave did to.
I am so happy to see that AnnMarie thinks the 4-Way Test is like a prayer because I agree.
Bill Evans standing in for Coach in introducing visiting Rotarians.  Don't remember any problems with names.
The Community Service meeting was also cancelled.  This calendar is on our website, but President Paul is bringing it to you each week.  RAH was a small group but very enjoyable.  Pictures to follow.
President Paul reminding us of one of our Club goals which Tom and Buck and others have been working very hard on.  We hope to see a new, better, and more functional website as a result.
Past President Betty reminding us of the upcoming GH Film Festival.  A lot of hard work goes into this and it makes GH a better community.  Thanks for your efforts Betty.
President Paul pays Mac's first fine, but not the last.
If we every have had a hot seat, this is it and Steve doesn't even look uncomfortable.  Cool under pressure!
Marti wanted to pay some big happy bucks but I don't know if that was for a trip for her or some other Rotarian.
Norma wanted us to know that there may be some tickets available for the Mackert concert/Buchanan salmon feed at the Morris Pavillion.
Hal is doing another great introduction of our weekly speaker, Carol Hendricks from the Snoqualmie Rotary Club.
Carol talked about the need for good menstrual health for school age girls in Swaziland.  The typical female will lose 3000 days due to menstruation in her lifetime, many of those during her school life.  The Days for Girls program provides reusable sanitary napkins for women and now they are being made in Swaziland, creating new jobs.
Just a summary.
Call to Order: President Paul opened the meeting with a ring of the bell at 7:30. The invocation/thoughts for the week by Brady Buskirk; Hal Cline led us in ‘God Bless America’; Pledge led by Chuck Perry; followed by the Four Way Test.
Visiting Rotarians: Coach introduced the visiting Rotarians: Bill Evans, Pt Orchard, and from Tacoma Barry & Sharon Benson, Linda Kaye Briggs (former member of our club) and Judge Kathryn Nelson.
Guests: This week’s guests included: Jennifer Barthens & Carol Hinelrus (Hal Hodgens); Susan Wadrow (Dorothy Wimberly); Geoff Barcalow (Randy’s son); Bill Grubbs (Mary) and Dave Freeman’s grandson Evan.
Opening Comments: President Paul: Last week the Buddy Bench we dedicated at Artondale Elementary (thank you Corey & the Community Service committee); the Gig Harbor Rotary fund- raising web site is under development. It will provide access to making on-line donations to the Areas of Service and to the four Gig Harbor Rotary Foundations. Stay tuned.
September Birthdays – Camilla Brocker & Cynthia Kennedy (2nd), Jim Reick (13th), Veronica Hooper (14th), Gary Imel (16th), Juanita Carbaugh (19th), Vicki Hogan (23rd ), John Dunham (28th) and Duane Fister 30th). Anniversaries of Note: Ron & JoAnn Roberts (55 yrs); Buck & Kay Frymier (53 yrs); Terry & Lynn Brown (30 yrs); John & Nicole Duppenthaler (24 yrs)
  • The Rotary Club calendar is a work in process. A strategic calendar will eventually be on Dropbox.
  • Betty Felker reminded us of the G.H. Film Festival, September 13 – 16. There is an amazing array of 80 film makers. Don’t miss it!
  • A three GH Clubs’ Rotary (adult) Picnic is coming Sept 16th at Paul Alvestad’s, 5:00 p.m. The cost is $10 each; sign-up deadline Monday Sept.10.
  • The Gig Harbor Kiwanis provided the Flag Day breakfast. The Community Service Committee provided an $800 ‘thank you’ donation (our weekly breakfast expense). A lovely thank you was received.
Fines & Happy Bucks:  Doing the honors this week was Mac Pinch. Mac pointed our Vanberg’s thick hair & sparse beard and Scott McVay’s sparse hair & dense beard. Mac suggested they may want to trade ‘beauty secrets! Thankfully the Eastern Washington smoke has cleared. Worried though about the Key Peninsula smoke near Jeff’s property. It was noted that Bill Evan’s shorts were the color of ‘farmed salmon’. Happy Bucks: Cindy Reed is headed to Europe for three weeks; Dave Cathers up-coming Basket Brigade reminder, Norma Whitacre reminder of the concert & salmon dinner at Dave Morris’. A few tickets are remaining. Contact Norma.
Raffle: Marti Andersen won 10 free next week. Lucky Hal Cline had a chance to draw for $169. The white chip netted $15 instead.
Program: Carol Hendricks – Swaziland Days for Girls
Hal Hodgins introduced our speaker who serves as the Snoqualimie Chapter Director of the project. The ‘Days for Girls’, now an international program, was launched by the Snoqualmie Rotary club in November 2013 in Swaziland, Africa (with a population of 250,000 orphans). We learned that girls worldwide miss school 5 days every month during their menstrual periods because they don’t have access to sanitary napkins or alternative supplies. This project started by providing ‘a kit’ of washable pads, liners, shield, bags and panties. The kits last up to three years. The popularity of the solution has changed from ‘a poor girls choice’ to ‘a smart girls choice’.
Originally the Snoqualmie Club made and provided ‘the kits’. The program has grown and in 2017 they started a self-sustaining leadership team. They have started five Swaziland enterprise centers, making and marketing the kits. The program is becoming locally self-sustaining. One added bonus is that the women working in the project earn income too.
This is a project accomplishing the initial 2013 vision: Girls are no longer missing school.
President Paul adjourned the meeting at 8:35.
Scribe: Marcia Harris
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
Sep 21, 2018
Club Happenings
Ron Roberts
Sep 21, 2018
ReClassification Talk
Jeff Langhelm, City of Gig Harbor Public Works Dir
Sep 28, 2018
upcoming City of Gig Harbor projects
Hon. Debra L. Stephens
Oct 12, 2018
Challenges to Access to Justice and Independence of the Courts
Annina Liebner
Nov 02, 2018
Italy report from our Exchange Student
Bob Martin & Howard Svigals
Nov 09, 2018
The Rotary Foundation
Ivan Harrell Ph.D./, President of TCC
Nov 30, 2018
Report on TCC developments
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