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Welcome to our Club!

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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Derek Floor has been approved by the Board as a new members
Derek's classification is insurance and his sponsor is Annmarie Huppert.
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: December 3, 2018
7:30 - CALL TO ORDER – Paul Alvestad
INVOCATION – Todd Fletcher; PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – John Ciccarelli; SONG – Hal Cline; 4 WAY TEST – Dave Freeman
VISITING ROTARIANS – John Hutchinson and Jerry ???
GUESTS – Pat Ciccarelli, (and others)
WOLLOCHET CLEANUP TOMORROW, Dec 1. 8a – noon. Followed by a stop at Wet Coast
ROTARY 101 – Wisdom #8. What is the Polio Fund? A sub-fund of the Foundation. If you wish to have some or all of your Foundation $$ go to Polio, just specify as such.
AUCTION – Camilla Brocker. We have a venue! Thanks to all who signed the petition, we will be at the new hanger south of the Hub (that’s to the left of the Hub as you are facing it from the road) where there are antique planes. Next meeting Tues Dec 4 will be there to check it out. 530p to tour, 6p the meeting starts.
BUILD A BIKE (with pictures) – Lee Smith 36 very nice bikes.
FESTIVAL OF TREES – Walt Paulsen – ready for takedown Sunday
USO SHOPPING & DROPPOFF – Ben Paganelli. Date and time TBA. If you are interested in helping out, contact Ben.
FISH SALES – Don Buchanan. Sales during the next couple weeks. Proceeds to help students going to Guatemala. Thanks to Juanita for her generous support.
BASKET BRIGADE THANKS – David Cathers. 1220 boxes, 475 volunteers. Thanks so much to all for donations and volunteers.
RI CONVENTION – Hal Hodgins is attending Rotary International Convention in Hamburg June 23-29 2019 and encourages any and all to join him. Early registration discount ends December 15.
NOMINATIONS – Hal also announced that Mel Santos will be Vocational Chair for the next two years. Youth Services chair will be announced next meeting, and voting for the full ballot will be next meeting.
JEFF HARRIS has stepped up as PR Dude for next year and took the pledge to serve VERY seriously.
ANGEL GUILD– Jeff Harris. New “TUFF Shed” built as a storage unit. Donations from Rotary and Home Depot, and several volunteers will install the interior walls, electricity and paint.
FINEMASTER – Mac Pinch ditched, Peter Glein stepped in a “pinch”. Fines included Dave Morris for his Husky jacket.
Happy bucks included the great news that Randy Barcalow got from his cardiologist. Get back out there and start building fences Randy!
Cindy Reed announced that Port Angeles Rotary will “adopt” our outgoing exchange alternate, so both our students will be able to do the exchange next year.
Cory Coryell thanked Hal Cline for providing his log splitter and volunteered Hal to split everyone’s logs.
Paul Willett got to watch his daughter, Maddie, play basketball at CalPoly, but didn’t get any time to brag on how good she did. But THAT’s not news. She’s HOT!
Juanita Carbaugh- Giving Tues, Communities for Schools raised $10,000 with thanks to the match from the Morris Foundation.
RAFFLE – Lee Smith, 10 free. Mel Santos drew another white chip.
PROGRAM – Ivan Harrell, Ph.D. President of TCC – Report on TCC Development. TCC has a variety of programs to serve many aspects of our community including the Women’s Prison Program, High School 21+, Running Start, and Men of Distinction. They work to serve the needs of the under-served, to help them stay in school. There are programs to help with housing, child care, transportation, and campus food-bank. All these programs help the students focus on learning. There are new and innovative programs for those going back to school for personal enrichment, or prepare for post graduate studies, as well.
Notes by Marti Anderson
Mike and Carina golfing in Mesquite, NV.  They also worked St George, UT over as well.
Rod and Shelley in Modesto.  With the smile on Rod's face, I am guessing they are leaving the Black Bear Diner.
Slide show prior to the opening bell. A great show of the Veterans day event, and information on the Star Awards. If you have any photos of Club events, share them with Aerin and she will put them in the opening slide show.
Opening Bell: By President Paul at 7:32 am. Invocation: by Betty Felker. Pledge of Allegiance: by Mel Santos; Song: Hal Cline was assisted by Coach and Walt Paulson on God Bless America. Four Way Test: by Dave Gillespie Greeters: John Guardia Visiting Rotarians: Introduced by Coach, Ray Schuler of Tacoma #8 and slipping in late was Joyce Taylor of Shelton Skookum. Guests: Johnathan Grady, Alan Anderson, Katie McKeever, David Holsinger, Steve O’Donnell, Tom Stanfield, Jim Hansen, and Luther Chan.
Opening Comments: President Paul’s opening comments; he wanted to remind everyone that there is no meeting on the Friday after Thanksgiving.
  • Calendar: Vocational Service meeting on 11/21; Board meeting on 11/28, an agenda will be sent out to all; Festival of trees set up and take down, 11/26 and 12/2, see Walt Paulson; Youth services meeting 11/30, next door after the meeting.
  • Christmas Party: Mel Santos, announced the Christmas party 12/8, look for invitation email and sign up. Only $30 each.
  • Rotary 101 Wisdom #7 – Paul Alvestad: Donate to Rotary Direct: ; Click red “DONATE”, button; Select cause; scroll down to finish information and check out.
  • New Member Induction: Paul Alvestad swore in (as a joke) a new member to the new member committee; Lyn Junge. Then Jeff Harris introduced new member Ian Warren for his induction. Ian is a co-owner of Cost Less Pharmacy in Purdy. Ian was raised in Spokane and is a WSU Cougar. We’ll find out more when he does his classification talk. Bob Martin did another fine job of the induction.
  • Breath Movie: Bob Martin announced a showing of the movie “Breath” on December 4, at Herron’s Key. This is a three Gig Harbor Rotary Club event.
  • Turkey Trot: The North Club is a sponsor of the Turkey Trot run on Thanksgiving Morning, come run or volunteer to help.
  • Basket Brigade: Dave Cathers announced that the Basket Brigade is Ready, Thank You!!!, come and help on 11/20 4 pm and 11/21 at 11 am at the airport.
  • Nominating Committee: Hal Hodgins announced the slate of officers for the club election in December: Vice President- Randy Spitzer and Lee Smith (this is the position to go through the chairs to become president); Secretary – Cynthia Kennedy unopposed; Club Service – John Duppenthaler unopposed; Vocational Service – TBA; Youth Services – still looking for candidate; At Large – Dick Vanberg unopposed; Public Relations remaining term has been assigned to Jeff Harris. If you are interested in running for any of these positions, please contact Hal immediately, to get your name on the ballot.
Fines and Happy Bucks; Paul Willett was the finemaster. He doled out a fine to Donna for her hair color, and to Chief Kelly for toll booth pictures request on a criminal case. Happy Bucks: Jim Rieck for his son’s new restaurant. Located in the old Brix 25 location. Coach (Jack Stonestreet) was happy for the Kansas Jayhawks and for all his Rotary Drivers that get him to and from the Rotary meetings. Jeff Harris for his and Marcia’s 44th Anniversary. Bob Lutschg for his wife being cancer free. Randy for his upcoming concert. Marc Jorgenson for his Lutes costume and Bob for a new hip replacement.
Drawing: Donna Lormor ran the raffle. The pot is $150 and we are down to 12 chips. Bob Lutschg won the 10 free tickets for next week and Jim Rieck won the right to draw from the chips for the chance at the pot. He drew the white chip for $15.
Program: Alan Anderson of the Gig Harbor Canoe and Kayak Racing Team gave a great presentation about how the team is doing. He was assisted by Katie McKever and Jonathan Grady, both paddlers for the team. The team has been going for 16 years. They have won 5 of the last 6 years national titles.
Training starts in November with 10 practices a week. They train through spring when their attention turns to various regattas. Junior worlds, Olympic Hopes regatta, Nationals, and a variety of other competitions.
The best way to get more information about the team is to visit their website:
Alan said they all look forward to the Paddlers Cup in April. He hopes that the Rotary club will practice hard and win first in the Dragon Boat race.
President Paul ended the meeting at 8:32
Notes by Chuck Perry
The Color Guard did a great job and looked very crisp, as opposed to this picture, but I know you can use your imagination.
Josh Sherwin put together a great video and the following are a few of the slides he used.  The head in the lower left was a Marine who just wouldn't get out of the way!
Thought this was a very unique flag presentation.  Made me think of the moon flag.
A very happy homecoming.  Wonder if she would even have a memory of her Daddy, but she is happy to see him nonetheless.  Sacrifices on both ends of each tour of duty!
Don't know who is copying who in terms of the open mouth?  A lot of joy to be with your family and it is so easy to take for granted.
A very interesting round table discussion about foreign tours and being under fire.  I spent just over eight years in the Army Medical Corps and treated Viet Nam wounds and malaria, but never touched a weapon or heard one fired and I consider that a blessing.  I flew one flight carrying Viet Nam combat troops home and the cheers when we landed at Travis AFB and watching young men kiss the ground was very moving.
Told you about the Marine.  This is why Jill and Pat wanted to have this event happen; to honor their Fathers.
Jill shared just a bit about her Father's history and loss of one arm, but that never slowed him done.
Pat got to sum things up and thank all of those on the committee who worked so hard to put on this very FIRST event to honor Veterans.  Thank YOU Pat and Jill for making this happen.
Mel is getting ready to open another box to do another bike.  Seems like he should finish the one on the table?
Dick and Randy trying to figure out how to get those handle bars on.  Very bad if the wind up upside down.
How Mike did this selfie is beyond me.  I think the Huffy was Mike's favorite when he was a kid;  no, I think it was a Schwinn.
Just a few of the bikes!  Mike needed to use his pano feature.  In about 3 hours about 500 bikes are assembled and 30 wind up coming our way; each bike comes with a helmet.  LeMay provides the space and matches any money raised so twice as many bikes can be purchased.
PE Hal sharing some yeast laden wisdom with a newer member John Guardia.  Glad to see new members at this kind of event.  It is how we get to know each other better.
Who needs a husband when you have a BFF?  That's not Best Female Friend, it is beer, fun, and friend.
See what I mean?
Looks like Gary and Corey are hard at work on something.  Probably a new Community Service project, although their beer glasses are far from full.
Marti's husband Mark seems quite engaged with President Paul and Bob. Must have been talking about cows, not law!
John Eddy, the organizer did manage to sneak in this one picture.  All y chromosomes here but a nice balance overall.  These are always great events.  Plan to make the next one, you won't regret it.
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
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
Tacoma Pierce County Health Department and Rotary Clubs of Pierce County Community Health Initiative
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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