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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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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
Call to Order: President Paul opened the meeting by ringing the bell at 7:31. In recognition of December 7, Pearl Harbor Day, President Paul honored Al Bucholz as the one remaining member of the club who fought in WWII; enlisted at age 18; Hal Cline led us in ‘The National Anthem’; President Paul let the pledge; followed by Dave Morris leading Four Way Test.
Visiting Rotarians: Coach introduced the two visiting Rotarians: Ralph Flick and Mary Gorman, both from the Gig Harbor Midday club.
Guests: This week’s guests included: David Holsinger (Perkins); Christal Chiu (Morris); Noah Flick and Zianya Vizcaino (Reed); and Bill Grubbs (Mary Grubbs).
Featured Items:
  • President Elect Hal Hodgins presented the proposed 2019-20 board of directors and officer nominations. Ballots were distributed and collected.
  • President Paul reminded us of up-coming events including the Saturday Dec. 6th holiday party, 5:30 at Canterwood and Rotary After Hours on Wednesday the 12th.
  • Paul’s Rotary 101 training was cancelled this week, followed by a round of applause. An aside from the audience whispered this was an early Christmas present.
Youth Exchange: Cindy Reed joined the club candidates in Victoria for the final round of next year’s outbound exchange students interviews and country assignment. The club had two students in the final round: Noah is headed to Hungary and Eliza to Spain. Congratulations to all! (Note, the Pt Angeles will serve as the sponsoring club for Eliza.)
Paul Harris Awards: Bob Martin presented Paul Harris recognition to Jan Martin, Jim Rieck and Ed Lindstrom, all at the Paul Harris + 3 level.
Star Awards: Save the date, February 1, 2019 at Canterwood for the annual STAR Award dinner.
December Birthdays: Walt Paulsen led the club in celebrating December birthdays.
Finemaster: Chris Myers was on a roll this week. Highlights included Dave Morris’ ‘stiffing’ his guest for breakfast payment; Pam Petersen stuffing the club election box with 10 ballots; Randy Barcalow judged this week’s winner of the ‘Ugly Sweater’ contest; Mel Santos for offering to join the board again (he’s missing last year’s weekly fines…); Jeff Harris for the Gateway front page re: the Angel Guild storage project. Lots of happy Rotarians this week. The good news included: JoAnn Roberts is on the mend & Brent Tayet’s sharing local Rotarian support and involvement in the California fires by the EarlyAct club.
Club Election Results: Vice President, Lee Smith; Secretary, Cynthia Kennedy; Club Service, John Dupenthaler; Vocational Service, Mel Santos; Youth Service, Jeannie Simmons. Congratulations to all and thank you for stepping up to serve.
Raffle: Dick Vanberg won 10 free next week; Jeff Harris went home $15 richer.
Program: Club Happenings: Jeannie updated the club on Youth Services activities, celebrating Noah, future youth exchange student; Interact at PHS; Dancing in the Classrooms Program recognized Betty Felker for her contribution to the program. Corey briefed the club on Community Service projects funded and underway.
Tim Toerber: Classification Talk
Thirty-six year old Tim Toerber has an amazing breadth of interests and life experiences. Born in Illinois, Tim grew up with Rotary as part of his life. His Dad is a 48-year Rotarian and in 1998 Tim was a Rotary Exchange student to Brazil. He stressed the importance of Youth Exchange in broadening international experiences and understanding during the high school years. Tim found Brazilian friendships that are maintained as close friends today. After high school Tim attended college in North Dakota (a school known for its airline & flight training) starting in 2001. Completing college, Tim pursued a career in the US Army where he was assigned to ‘Special Ops’ often referred to as the ‘Night Stalkers”. While in the military, Tim served in the Middle East (Iraq & Afghanistan), and in Korea. In 2009 he was transferred to WA State where he lived off base on a sailboat. In 2013, following his Dad’s example, he joined Pierce County’s Sunrise Rotary. Tim left the military in 2014 to start a family. Currently living in Gig Harbor and working with the Port of Seattle, he continues to travel extensively (recently returning from a business trip to Spain & Portugal). Still flying, Tim’s current ‘fun project’ is restoring a Thistle sailboat.
Thanks Tim and welcome to Rotary Club of Gig Harbor!     
President Paul adjourned the meeting at 8:35.
Scribe, Marcia Harris
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.
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.
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)
T.J. Hoisington
Feb 01, 2019
Author of "If You Think You Can!: Thirteen Laws that Govern the Performance of High Achievers"
Ashley Jensen/CCS Fostercare
Feb 08, 2019
use of model
Juanita Carbaugh
Feb 15, 2019
A walk in Spain
Feb 22, 2019
Club Happenings
Bob Martin
Feb 22, 2019
Reclassification talk
Annina Liebner
Mar 01, 2019
Italy report from our Exchange Student
Camilla Brocker
Mar 08, 2019
Auction update
Hal Hodgins
Mar 15, 2019
Club Assembly
Mar 22, 2019
Club Happenings
Duane Fister
Mar 22, 2019
Reclassification talk
John Winslow & The Interact Club
Mar 29, 2019
Interact Runs the meeting!
Apr 19, 2019
Club Happenings
May 17, 2019
Club Happenings
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