Club Information

Welcome to our Club!

Gig Harbor

Rotary Connects the World
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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These are the notes from the 10/18/2019 meeting.
Of Note:
Mel’s grandson drew the blue chip (out of 15) and won $110.00!
These are the notes from the 10/11/2019 meeting.
The original document can be found on our new document server here:
Documents/Club/Activities/Weekly Meetings/2019-20/GHR 20191011 Notes.docx
Christine (Chris) Pellett has been approved by the Board as a new member.
Chris's classification is Ornamental Plant Variety Introduction and her sponsor is Walker Allen. 
Kimberly Juranich has been approved by the Board as a new member.
Kimberly's classification is Museum Management and her sponsor is Lee Smith. 
Any comments on the prospective new members should be directed to Annie Arbenz, Dave Morris, and/or Lyn Junge within 10 days after this publication.
Date of Notice: October 1, 2019.

Slide show prior to the opening bell highlighted the Gig Harbor Film Festival, Key
Peninsula Farm Tour, OysterFest, Sip and Stroll, Aloha Rotary, and member pictures.
Opening Bell: at 7:21 a.m. by President Hodgins. Invocation: by Mel Santos. Pledge
of Allegiance:
lead by Jim Good. Song: “God Bless America” led by Hal Cline, Geoff Barcalow, and guest Larry Gaffney. Four Way Test: by Jordan Poore.
Visiting Rotarians: Coach introduced Michael King.
Guests: Ken Norbe, Chris Pellet, Kurt Grimmer, Dean Burke, Larry Gaffney, David Holsinger, Jesse Young, and Oliver and Rocky Pinch.
Opening Comments: President Hodgins talked about a replacement for ClubRunner being developed by Geoff Barcalow, and shared that the three Gig Harbor Rotary Clubs are exploring a sister city relationship with Bouda, Norway. He also noted that the
calendar reflected a light week.
  •  President Hodgins introduced a bylaw change regarding attendance put forth by the Board. A motion to approve was moved and seconded. A robust conversation was held about the importance of “expected” versus “encouraged.”
The motioner and the seconder agreed to a friendly amendment to change
“encouraged” to “expected.” The motion carried by more than a two-thirds vote.
  •  Lyn Junge presented two new members (Jordan Poore and Garry Schneider)
and their sponsors (Debbie Miller and Paul Alvestad, respectively). Duane Fister conducted the induction and presented the world’s newest Rotarians to the membership.
  • Norma Whitacre announced the 2 nd Career Fair at Henderson Bay High School on Wednesday, October 16, 9:00 – noon. She has 15 volunteers so far, and could use more. Mel Santos discussed his experience last year and encouraged others to participate.
  • Exchange Student Ann-Marie Botterud recapped her busy week attending cross country activities, visiting Seattle, and having fun with Spirit Week at school in advance of Homecoming.
  •  Rod Ladd announced that the International Committee meetings are returning to Timberland Bank.
Fines and Happy Bucks: Mr. Christopher Myers was the fine Fine Master. He fined Pam Peterson for her disparaging comments about a prideful club; Steve O’Donnell for his Gateway appearance; Larry Gaffney for his recruitment campaign; Jordan Poore and Garry Schneider for their first fine; Kurt Grimmer just because; Scott Junge for connecting his retirement to Foundation donations; Brett DeSantis for showing up; Scott McVay for his team “Couging” it (and then all other Cougars); Lutes’ Coyner, Duppenthaler, Jorgenson, and Buskirk (for Bonney) for losing; and Jim Rieck for just being a loser. Happy Bucks were shared by Howard Mackert, Cindy Reed, Bob Martin,
and Pam Peterson.

Drawing: Larry Olson ran the raffle. The pot was $547 and we are down to four chips.
Mike Pinch won the 10 free tickets for next week and Gary Pellet won the right to draw from the chips for the chance at the pot. He drew a white chip so the pot moves to next week.
Sharon Shaffer coordinated a presentation for 12 amazing nominees for our Star Award. Nominators for each of the nominees were given a few minutes to tell a little about each candidate. All twelve nominees were worthy of consideration. Membership voted and turned ballots in to Sharon.

Dean Burke, CEO of Travel Tacoma and South Sound Sports Commission, presented information about tourism throughout the County. The goal is to get tourists to visit our beautiful area, stay a few nights, and leave a pile of money. With a geographic theme of Mountains, City, and Sea, the area offers a lot for tourists. Some County-wide numbers:
$1.19 billion in tourism spending, 3.33 million overnight visitors, with 1.6 million room nights. Tacoma benefits from 45% of the activity, while Gig Harbor is about 4%.
President Hodgins ended the meeting at 8:35.
Opening Bell by Pres. Hal at 7:30 am. Invocation: by Ron Roberts with a moving tribute to the 18th anniversary of 911. Pledge of Allegiance by Terry Brown. National Anthem led by Hal Cline. Four Way Test by Bob Ryan.
Visiting Rotarians: Coach introduced visiting Rotarian Blasé Gorm, aka Joyce Taylor’s husband (Skookum Club). 
Guests of Rotarians: Rep. Jesse Young; our speaker, Dan Lochner; Gary Pellett introduced his wife, Chris; Anessa and Reid Anderson, future host parents of Anne-Marie Botterud, our exchange student; potential member Jordan Poore; David Holsinger; and Michael Daniel.
Calendar – Upcoming events include:
            Harbor Hounds tomorrow (9/14)
            Auction Committee meeting next Tuesday, 9/17, at 6:00 pm at Lee Smith’s house.
Opening Comments:
            New Attendance Rule – Pres. Hal explained the proposed new rule which will be sent out (Note:  Hal is a self-described recovering lawyer so he likes things that read clearly and the attendance rules did not).  We need to vote on the proposal soon.
            Blue Badge Presentation – Lyn Junge gave a blue badge to Steve O’Donnell, who does way too many things to list here.  Has earned his blue badge in record time. 
            Gig Harbor Rotary Foundation update – Scott Junge told us what the GHF has been doing: 
1.         Creating a mission statement: To fund and to support charitable projects within our Rotary Club’s areas of service;  Community, Vocational, Education, and Youth. 
2.         Creating a vision statement:  Strengthening our community by encouraging generosity and connecting people who care with causes that matter.
3.         GHF Became a public foundation.
4.         GHF received a $14,000 refund from the IRS.
5.         Adopted policies (ie, investment and fund management policies).
6.         Awarded scholarships.
7.         Created a website which showcases what we have done.
8.         Created brochures and rack cards.
Scott reminded us that we are all members of the GH Foundation!
            Dave Morris mentioned the Conservation Easement 101 event at 6:00 – 7:00 pm, Sept 30th at Sehmel Park which will educate us on conservation easements.
            Oyster Fest – Blasé Gorm reminded us that Oyster Fest is October 5th – 6th in Shelton. 
            GH Film Festival – Betty Felker gave u an update, including over 100 entries
            STAR Awards – Sharon Shaffer thanked us for the response last week with names of potential nominees.  Keep those names coming in by Friday the 20th.  Nominee selected on 9/27 at our morning meeting.
            Dick Vanberg talked about nominating a Rotary Exchange student.  Sophomore year is the best year to go.  Call Dick for details.
Fine master Dave Cathers made all fine recipients within the last 6 months go to the front of the room, and those who didn’t stand were fined.  For those confused guests who thought that since they were sitting down they had to pay a fine, Holly from Cottesmore explained that they didn’t have to pay (it takes a village).
Happy bucks: Betty was happy to have hosted Ann Marie and others at a Dinners for 8 and encouraged us to invite her to dinner and get to know her.  Chris Ryan did an off the cuff about last weekend (lightening and football). Rodd Ladd is hitting the road again in his RV. Donna Lormor is happy to have a new hip. Marti is happy, period.  Annie is happy that her sister passed the bar exam. 
Raffle by Steve O’Donnell.  Free tickets to the film festival went to John Guardia, Steve Skibbs, and Bob Ryan.  10 free to Ben Paganelli.  Walker Allen drew a white chip, so he didn’t win.
Program:  Ben Paganelli introduced Dan Lochner from the USO Northwest.  Ben reminded us that in the past the Club has provided food to the USO.  Dan is the new manager of the USO Shali Center and is here to present some alternative ideas of what our club could do. 
The USO was founded in 1941 at the suggestion of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.  United Service Organizations (6 organizations came together to form the USO). Local USO Northwest established in 1966 and includes WA and OR with 5 USO centers, including SeaTac, the largest. 
The USO is a non-government organization.  91 cents out of every $1.00 goes directly to programs and services.  In 2018 the USO served 830,000 military and their family members. 
The USO serves and supports active military members and serve meals at various times including homecoming and departure.  He showed a great slideshow and talked about ways our Club could help.
  • Become a Volunteer
  • Sponsor a specific event, such as a “No dough dinner” at the end of each month (for about $850)
  • Donation station (as with BMW NW)
Dan Lochner can be reached thru Ben or at
President Hal ended the meeting at 8:30 am. 
Garry Schneider has been approved by the Board as a new member.
Garry's classification is Education-Administration and his sponsor is Paul Alvestad. 
Jordan Poore has been approved by the Board as a new member.
Jordan's classification is Accounting and her sponsor is Deb Miller. 
Any comments on the prospective new members should be directed to Annie Arbenz, Dave Morris, and/or Lyn Junge within 10 days after this publication.
Date of Notice: September 3, 2019.
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
Gina Cabiddu
Oct 25, 2019
Children's Home Society of Washington
Brian Tovey
Oct 25, 2019
Principal of Henderson Bay
Bob Martin
Nov 01, 2019
The Rotary International Foundation
Brooks Stanfield
Nov 08, 2019
EPA Emergency Responder
Alan Anderson
Nov 15, 2019
Update from Gig Harbor's Canoe & Kayak Team
Lyn Junge
Nov 22, 2019
Classification talk
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