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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 of America
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Slide show prior to the opening bell.
Opening Bell: By President Paul Invocation: by Dave Freeman Pledge of Allegiance: Tony Michaelson Song: God Bless America led by Hal Cline. Four Way Test: Bob Draggoo
Visiting Rotarians: Introduced by Coach. Howard Svigals, Gary Pellett (Medford), Joyce Taylor Guests included Pam’s Auntie Joyce, her Exchange Student from years ago Anne Sophie, and son-in-law Max Morgan. Vinod Nair
Opening Comment: Movie “Breath” at Heron’s Key tonight. All three GH Rotary Clubs collaborating to support the fight against Polio. “De-Installation” next Friday, June 28. Howard Svigals, outgoing ADG – pleased to see how all three clubs are working together, kudos to our club for all our activities and contributions, we will be in good hands with Tom Borgen as new ADG.
  • Rotary Night @ Rainier’s Game
  • Hal Hodgins’ first meeting will be July 5 – yes, there will be a meeting
  • Need a few more volunteers for Courage.
  • Buck Frymier announced that the graduation of a group from the Prison Program at Yakima, sponsored by Yakima Sunrise.
  • Lee Smith – Wine Experience July 27
  • Vocational Service Award – Marcia Harris tried to define “gestalt” (together, parts make up a bigger, stronger whole) before surprising Dave Freeman with the Vocational Service Award for 2018-19. Dave’s contributions include: the Club’s “Field of Dreams”, “Head of the Harbor”, permitting and construction of Skansie Park Pavilion, plans designer for replacement of thrift shop, and a whole lot more. Thanks, Dave. Well deserved.
Paul Harris Presentations: Bob was pleased to present 10 – John Gardia, Chuck Perry (+1), Cindy Reed (+2), Deb Miller (+3), Peter Stanley (+3), Jan Martin (+4), Paul Alvestad (+4), Steve Skibbs (+5), Tim Williams (+6), and Duane Fister (+7).
Fines and Happy Bucks: Dave Cathers presented Hal with his gavel. Happy Bucks: Norma’s daughter graduated from GHHS, Bob Martin is pain free after 6 months, Peter Stanley use a clutch, however he ran off the track at 130mph – without injury, thankfully.
Drawing: Donna Lormor ran the drawing, Auntie Joyce won 10 free for next week. (Better extend you visit for that), Bob Ryan drew another white chip. Only 4 whites left.
Program: Committee reports – Club need note takers and looking for an understudy for Tim Williams. Youth – Jeannie introduced and thanked members. Duane Fister reclassification: Born and raised in Tacoma/Fircrest area. Graduated from Wilson High School, Electrician and ordained clergy. He shared some of his life’s lessons, several event’s that he doesn’t recommend, including being born a 3 month premie, being hit by a car while riding his bike, burning down his house. “I won’t do that again”
President Paul ended the meeting at 8:30
Notes by Marti Anderson
Opening Flag Raising Ceremony and Flag Salute: By the Scouts at 7:03 am
Pancakes and Sausage Breakfast: Served by Gig Harbor Kiwanis
Invocation: by President Paul Alvestad.
Pledge of Allegiance: by Paul
Song: God Bless America, led by Hal Cline.
Four Way Test: by Donna
Visiting Rotarians: Gary from Medford; Howard Svigals, Jerry, John and others.
Guests: Many Cub Scouts, Emma’s kids Jack and Willa, and nanny, Natalia
Opening Comments: Thank you to GH Kiwanis for serving breakfast.
  • June 21:  We’re having a joint viewing with other clubs of the film “Breathe” at Herron’s Key in the Maritime Room.
  • Recognition of our bugler
  • Thanks to Ron: for the use of the facility today
  • Community and Schools: Annual Fundraiser is August 22, tickets are $20/ea
  • Courage: 38 members have volunteered so far; volunteers are still needed.
  • Rotarian Rainiers Game Night: August 15, 5:15 Tailgate, 7:05 First Pitch, Tickets are $18/ea
  • De-installation and Installation Golf Tournament and Dinner: Friday, June 28 – Horseshoe Lake GC. Check your email for details and registration information.
  • Introduction of Past Service Members: several members 
Program: John Moist, Marine Corps retired, gave an inspirational presentation about the history of the development of the American flag. A number of historic flag replicas were displayed throughout the presentation.
President Paul ended the meeting at 8:29
Notes by Randy Spitzer
No 3-martini lunches, just service before self
By Dave Hall Reader columnist
As a teenager in the 60s, I was dimly aware that my dad was a member of something called Rotary.
Initially, the name made me think he had something to do with roasting chickens in the supermarket. But the more I heard my dad talk about Rotary, I understood it might be a club where businessmen got together at lunchtime and drank martinis.
At one point my dad was made president of his Rotary club, but I never recalled him participating in service projects during evenings or weekends. The club sounded boring, and I thought it was something I’d never join.
That was my view for about 40 years, until my boss at the police department “suggested” that his leadership team join local service clubs. I ended up a member of The Rotary Club of Clover Park, one of two Rotary organizations serving Lakewood and surrounding communities.
Right from the start, I realized this was not my father’s Rotary. The membership is diverse, including retired military leaders, florists, restaurant owners, public servants, insurance brokers, educators, lawyers, realtors and medical professionals. About half the members are women.
While we do meet for lunch each week, there are no martinis (or any kind of alcoholic beverages) in sight. Instead, the focus is how best to serve our community, both locally and globally.
I quickly learned of Rotary International’s initiatives to eradicate polio worldwide, and how they help bring clean water to Third World countries and provide shelter to families displaced by natural disaster. In our Lakewood community, Clover Park Rotarians have devoted many hours in the schools to boost literacy, donate dictionaries and other books, fund scholarships and spend weekends doing maintenance and repair on school facilities.
When government budgets are lean, we’ve helped build playgrounds, picnic shelters and low-income housing. Rotarians are generous to a fault, willing to open wallets and checkbooks faster than a devoted Home Shopping Network viewer. Not only do we do good stuff, but we have great fun and fellowship doing it. No martinis needed.
At the heart of Rotary’s ethos is the “Four Way Test” and it’s pretty simple: Of the things we think, say or do, we always ask: “Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build goodwill and better friendships? Will it be beneficial to all concerned?”
Because of this shared belief, Rotarians can get things done when other organizations run into roadblocks. We trust each other to do the right thing, and that trust is rarely misplaced. I’ve never met a sleazy Rotarian. They may exist, but they’re about as common as unicorns.
In an era when honesty can seem in short supply, Rotary’s culture is downright refreshing. I briefly left after changing careers 12 years ago, but it held a place in my heart.
After retiring from full-time work in 2015, I became a volunteer for ShelterBox, an international humanitarian relief organization. ShelterBox started in England as a Rotary club’s service project, and it’s an official project partner with Rotary International. On most relief deployments , the ShelterBox Response Team relies heavily on local Rotary clubs.
This led me to ask my old club to take me back, and I’m thankful they did. So now I’m privileged to serve again as a Rotarian, as well as a ShelterBox Ambassador.
While I’m correctly tagged as a “full-time golf enthusiast,” I’m just as passionate about contributing my time and mixed bag of skills to Rotary and ShelterBox. We Rotarians are serious about following our official motto, “Service Above Self.” (Fortunately, most of us don’t take ourselves that seriously.)
If becoming a Rotarian sounds intriguing to you, let me know. I’d love to help you join us.
 This was an Op Ed piece in the May 25th Rotarian.  Great PR for all Pierce County Rotary Clubs
So we get the list of who, what when back in January and we are supposed to host in March. So, February flies past in no time, and I look at the calendar and I'm like what the heck, it's already 10 days into March and I haven't even reached out to the group to whom I am to host. So I send the first email and we begin the arduous task of coordinating schedules. We have vacation, they have vacation, I have work they have lessons. Seriously!?!? So our February dinner fell through and so our first experience is going to be as hosts. It's okay, if we can feed our extremely picky young ladies, we can feed 6 adults who may or may not have food allergies or dietary restrictions. Well, I guess I have to send that email too.
Somewhere in the middle of all this I realize that the dinner isn't really supposed to be scheduled until April. I'm not late I'm early, w00t! And suddenly this enormous weight is lifted, the Hal breathing over my shoulder kinda weight; (we kid because we care). 

So we settle on April 26th, sure its only 5 days after we get back from China, but Grandpa has already committed to babysitting. We can't turn back now. We get back from China, a day late because our flights were delayed and we spend the next few days re-syncing our clocks and debating what to prepare for dinner. We settled on yakisoba and pot stickers.
The evening of the event comes, and it's time to take the girls to Grandpa's but of course, the dance shoes (for Tap class) cannot be found. Too much time is lost looking for the shoes and we now have to deliver the girls directly to dance class instead of grandpas. I know this isn't about dinners for 8, but it happened on the same day and I hurt my back so just bare with me on this tangent. So, no shoes at the dance studio. We are looking through the box of loaner shoes and I'm bending over looking for the right size. After what seemed like 20 minutes we have a pair of acceptable but not perfect (because what else would a 6yo expect from a box of abandoned shoes). I stand up and something in my back goes "DONT YOU DO THAT" and I did it anyway. Something pinched and yeah, the rest of the night was uncomfortable (physically, not because of the company). And the next weekend was my first change in a month to do some yard work because we'd been in China and that was basically out of the question at this point. So, back to the dinner.
Randy and Laurie are right on time, Jill and Tom are right behind them within 5 minutes. So, we're just waiting on Tom B and his wife. So we're waiting, and waiting and waiting. 30 minutes passes and we decide to reach out, and he is completely unaware that we are having dinner. We offer to wait and he generously declines. So we have a lovely dinner and great conversation without him. The salad and cobbler were fantastic. We had our own wine and beer from Wet Coast (it shares a parking lot with the dance studio ;). It was a great evening.
Now, this isn't exactly Tom B's fault though. Somewhere back in March, he had fallen off the email chain. It was Myself, Jill, Randy and Tom (but it was Tom with an S) on the email chain. And, since everyone including Tom S replied to all my emails I never went any farther into the addresses to make sure it was actually the correct Tom that was replying. Live and learn I guess.
So that's my story; cheers to your next dinners for 8.
Geoff B
Polio this week as of 17 April 2019

  • No wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) cases have been reported in the past week. There are three WPV1 cases reported in 2019 from Afghanistan. The total number of WPV1 cases for 2018 remains 21.
  • Three WPV1-positive environmental samples were reported in the past week: two from Jalalabad in Nangarhar province and one from Lashkargah in Hilmand province. The samples were collected between 23 February-23 March 2019.
  • No cases of wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) were reported in the past week. There are six WPV1 cases reported in 2019.  The total number of WPV1 cases in 2018 remains 12.
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Melissa Schwab
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5727 Baker Way NW, Suite 200, Gig Harbor, WA   98332
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Vice President
Immediate Past President
The Rotary Foundation
Club Service
Community Service
International Service
Public Image
Vocational Service
Youth Services
Youth Protection Officer
Paul Alvestad
Jun 28, 2019
Swan Song!
Hal Hodgins
Jul 05, 2019
The New Rotary Year!
Allison Bujacich
Jul 12, 2019
Update from the Gig Harbor Boatshop
Stephanie Hall/Cindy Niemi
Jul 19, 2019
Update on the Courage Classic
Jul 26, 2019
Club Happenings
Jenny Wellman
Aug 02, 2019
Gig Harbor Film Festival
Naomi Muindi
Aug 09, 2019
Humanitarian Projects in Kenya, Africa
Mo Fritz
Aug 16, 2019
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