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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 of America
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GIG HARBOR AUCTION 2019 (PHOTOS COMPLIMENTS OF CHARLES PERRY)  These pictures will not begin to replace attending the event but should make you want to go next year.
Rod and Camilla taking a little break in the middle of preparation.  Glad to see they are still smiling.
The Hangar owners and our hosts dressed in costume of open cockpit flyers.  Bob Juranich on the left and Bill Juranich on the right.  They do great tours of the museum as well.  These planes are their life's passion and it is neat to share it.
Chuck took every picture but this one.  Thought he should be acknowledged for his hard work and great pictures.  Thanks Chuck!
It is amazing how quickly these tables get set up and covered and chaired.  They are very precisely placed to allow movement between.
Lots of people working behind the scenes, like Randy on the laptop.
John on another laptop.  I hope they are keeping track of the money and who gets what.
The Hopkins and the Paganellis doing more of the same.  This auction could be a disaster without all of their dedication and hard work; while we were all talking and drinking and eating.
Just one of nine restaurants, all were outstanding.  Our Taste of Gig Harbor can't be beat!  The staff made the food even better!
Mr. Auction and Rosalie enjoying what their baby has grown into.  This has to be close to thirty years and I think each one gets better.  Don brought his experience from the Bellarmine Auction and we are greatful.
I think that is a genuinely relaxed smile that Camilla has because it is "Hump" hour, she has made it.  Peter and Janet look pretty relaxed as well.
Jim and Carolyn Castino, all the way from Yakima, just to share our fellowship and I hope leave some Yakima bucks here.
Marliss Swayze, the widow of Judge Tom Swayze, who identified that our Club was not having fun. (In 1987)  We made up for that.  She is sharing company with Alan Anderson.
Did you notice how many beautiful ladies there were at the auction.  Pam, Jan, and Donna were three of the best!
Noah Flick, Our outbound exchange student, sold the 100 raffle tickets in a blink!  Interactors were all over helping as well.  I missed getting one of the "flashy" airplanes.sad
It is getting close to dessert time!  That is probably why everyone is smiling; that or the wine.
One of the 30+ desserts!  Ummmh, Brown Sugar Bourbon and chocolate!
Brent looks like he is going to swallow his dessert whole!  Bummer for his table.
If it wasn't for the facial hair, this could be a 10 year old Rod in a candy store!
Finally, the important part, spending money!  Richard has the right attitude (and blood alcohol level); just wave that bidder card around, the more the merrier!  Our raise the paddle brought in about $38K which may be a record.  Everything else seemed to bring in good bucks as well.  I totally skipped the silent auction because it is a little harder to see the action, but it is exciting if there is something you want.  Plan to work or be there next year!
Opening Bell: By Past Pres. Terry Brown at 7:30 am; Invocation: by Marc Jorgenson; Pledge of Allegiance: by John Ciccarelli; Song led by Hal Cline; Four Way Test: by Stan Eastberg.
Visiting Rotarians: Lou and Kathi Menendez from GH North.
Guests: Prospective member Steve O’Donnell.
Pres. Paul announced that from now until the end of his term Past Club Presidents will be asked to do the Call to Order.
  • New member Ian Warner is having health issues but hopes to be at next week’s meeting. Please contact Jeff Harris if you would like to help.
  • Liz Svigals, Howard’s wife (Howard is from Midday Rotary) was recently diagnosed with cancer. Tom Borgen is our contact if you would like to help in any way.
The Auction: Camilla received a standing ovation for a job well done. She graciously thanked everyone and called the event “magical.”
Calendar – Upcoming events include Sip and Stroll on April 6th. Lee Smith said we need more volunteers so please contact him.
Rotary 101 Wisdom #19 by Pres. Paul – Solutions and “the Big Picture.” Pres. Paul suggested that looking at the Big Picture before settling on a Solution may make life easier/better.
Inductions – Lyn Junge introduced inductees Delaine Morgan and Tom Stanfield and Duane Fister did a nice job of bringing them into the club. Their sponsors (Pam Peterson and Jill Guernsey) were asked to say a few words and they did. Delaine looked great and Tom blushed.
Attendance – Secretary Cynthia Kennedy passed around a draft list of those who have perfect attendance. If your name isn’t on there and you think it should be, please contact her:
Intergenerational Festival March 30th – sponsored by the GH North Club. Project leader Kathi Menendez and husband Lou talked a little about the program, doing something for the community, bringing people together, and building bridges, all in a day at the Boys and Girls Club. For more details, or email
Dinners for Eight – Hal Cline has been in charge of this wonderful program for years and, if allowed, would speak about it for an hour or two. But in just a few seconds (well, minutes) he did a nice job of encouraging people to sign up, especially red badgers.
Fondi Fundraiser – Rod Ladd reminded us to eat at Fondi’s on March 19th to raise money to send Interact students to Guatemala. Contact Rod if questions. You need to bring the coupon with you. Rod sent out the coupon last week and if you need another one, contact him: or 253.722.4746.
Guatemala Trip – Jeff Harris just returned from a trip to Guatemala in conjunction with a Rotary Global Grant for the Rachel Project. He described the trip as rewarding and inspirational.
Friends of Rotary – Jeff also introduced the new program, Friends of Rotary, which provides a plaque to those individuals/businesses which go out of their way to help Rotary. We are starting this program off by awarding Friends of Rotary plaques to the Restaurants and Sponsors of the Auction. And anyone can nominate anyone simply by contacting Jeff.
Finemaster Peter Glein fined Sophie (who wasn’t present) for leaving her credit card at the auction. Actually, he auctioned her card off to the highest bidder. See Peter for details. Other lost and found at the auction items were returned and members fined for leaving stuff there, except for Camilla who left her leg brace there and doesn’t want it back. Still wondering how Dorothy made it home without her shoes and why Rich Coyner left his pliers there.
Happy bucks delayed until next week.
Raffle – Larry Olson hosted. Somebody won 10 free tickets and Ben Paganelli didn’t win the jackpot.
Introduction of Program – Hal Hodgins gave us all little slips of colored paper so we could break into groups and talk about what our Club does best, what could be improved, etc. More to come about the survey results at a later date.
President Paul getting the meeting going with a smile.  I think he is starting to enjoy this job.
We got to enjoy the Hal, Dave, and Dave trio singing America the Beautiful, and it was great; but God Bless America is closer to my heart.
Coach introduced our only visitor, Rick Olson, a former member now in Marysville.  Rick does the audio for our auction.
Brent introduced his facial hairless Dad who has expressed an interest in joining our club.  That would be our fifth Father/Son combo which is cool.
President Paul wanted everyone to see Randy's haircut.  I think Paul is exaggerating the length of Randy's hair before the barber visit.
We had 3 attendees to the recent President Elect Training in Seatac, Hal, Camilla, and Tom.  All were enthused about the experience but Hal seems really pumped and ready to go.  Unfortunately, he doesn't officially start until July 1.  But, he has a lot of preparation to be ready to go July 1st.  That is what PETS is all about!
I love to catch Walt as he goes into "Happy Birthday".  Great to be in a Club with "Traditions".
MJ Pablo thanked us for supporting the need for professional clothing for members transitioning out of the service.  So far she has received 14 suits, 27 ties, and 23 other items.  Good time to clean your closet of all of those items that have "shrunk".smiley
Rod and MJ seem to be matched sartorially.  Rod was letting us know that there is a black Michael Kors coat in the auction for anyone the right size.
Another Finemaster enjoying his work.  John had lots of fines and Happy Bucks.  I am going to ask for my $5. Happy Bucks back since we had to cancel our New Zealand trip.
Jim had grandkids graduating from everywhere and one starting at WSU.  Isn't it great to see what your genes can do Jim?
The latest in footwear, the End Polio Now Converse like tennis shoe.  This is part of a fundraiser walk we will do in Denver in September.  With matching dollars from the Gates Foundation, $159. will go to the polio campaign for each pair of tennis shoes sold.
I gave a brief update on our Rotary Foundation giving.  We are over the top on Polio contributions, over $8K, but we are only half way to our $20 Annual Fund goal.  If you have not given anything, give some serious thought to contributing $50.-100. before June 1.  You cannot spend your money in a better way.
Last week we got to see what winning looks like.  This week, drawing the white chip looks like this.  Donna seems more distressed than Lee.
Camilla was the program letting us know what will be happening at the auction.  Things seem to be "hunky dory" at this point.  It was a little tense a week ago but everyone came through.  We have 316 guests coming and plenty of things for them to buy.  Nine restaurants with lots of good food, and a new hangar to try out.  Sounds EXCITING!
Camilla was having a little trouble locating The Hub, but her finger is close to the hangar we are using.  Much better parking and a nicer facility; definitely will be copacetic. (Just trying to get your lexicon going)
Slide show prior to the opening bell.
Opening Bell: By President Paul at 730 am. Invocation: by Duane Fister. Pledge of Allegiance. Song: led by Hal Cline. Four Way Test
Visiting Rotarians: Introduced by Coach. Rick Olson. Guests: Mary Pablo, Max Morgan, Rod Tayet, Steve O’Donnell
Opening Comment: Apparently Paul was so surprised by Randy’s haircut that he dispensed with other comments.
  • Next week is full of committee meetings. Check the calendar
  • Rotary After Hours. El Pueblito, March 13, 530pm – 730p
  • Hal Hodgins and Camilla Brocker gave reports on their experience at P.E.T.S. Tom Borgen talked on his experience attending as Assistant District Governor
  • Birthdays – led by Walt Paulsen
  • Fondi’s Fund Raiser – March 19. 5-8pm, Proceeds to help support the kids going to Guatemala.
Fines and Happy Bucks: John Winslow was the Finemaster. Happy Bucks: Rod – Bob Martin and Jan getting ready for Friendship Exchange “DownUnder”. Brent for Rod inspiring the EarlyActors to collect books for International. Gary Glein, 10 days in Hawaii with his family. Pam, Dragon Boat Flea Market this weekend. Bob Lutschg has moved into his new home. Jim Rieck is a proud Grandpa.
Drawing: Donna Lormor ran the raffle. The pot is $120. Ben Paganelli won 10 free tickets for next week and Lee Smith won the right to draw from the chips for the chance at the pot. He drew the white chip.
Program: Camilla Brocker gave us a pre-auction pep-talk and ran through a power point with descriptions for all live auction items.
President Paul ended the meeting at 8:35
John and Beth Dunham in sunny but cool Arizona.
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
Mar 22, 2019
Club Happenings
Danna Webster
Mar 22, 2019
This year's STAR Award recipient
Supt. Deborah Jo Wofford
Mar 29, 2019
What is happening at Washington Corrections Center for Women (WCCW)
John Doherty
Apr 05, 2019
Climate Change and the Pacific Northwest: What's True?
Stephanie Lile, Harbor History Museum
Apr 12, 2019
What's Up With That Boat? Updates on the Shenandoah and the Maritime Gallery
Apr 19, 2019
Club Happenings
Marcia Harris
Apr 19, 2019
Reclassification Talk
Mateo Santiago
Apr 26, 2019
A Guatemalan's Story: Conditions, Migration and Responsibility
Zianya Vizcaino
May 03, 2019
Mid-day cliub's Mexican exchange stuent
Mel Santos
May 10, 2019
First Tee report
Dave Gordon
May 17, 2019
Reclassification Talk
May 17, 2019
Club Happenings
Bob Cairns
May 24, 2019
International Service Projects
Jeremiah Saucier
May 31, 2019
Owner of Crossroads Treatment Ctr.; founder of Hope Recovery Ctr. /Topic: Opioid Recovery
Pam Peterson & Camilla Brocker
Jun 07, 2019
Youth Protection & Conflicts of Interest
John Moist
Jun 14, 2019
A Veteran's Thoughts on Flag Day
Jun 21, 2019
Club Happenings
Duane Fister
Jun 21, 2019
Reclassification talk
Paul Alvestad
Jun 28, 2019
Swan Song!
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