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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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Angela Frantz has been approved by the Board as a new member.
Angela's classification is elder care management and her sponsor is Walker Allen. 
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: August 19, 2019.
Before the Meeting:
Slide show prior to the opening bell. Included preparation for the upcoming Courage Ride and the Birthday Bash hosted by the Communities in Schools
Opening Bell: By President Hal at 7:27 AM. Invocation: by Mike Pinch. Pledge of Allegiance: by Hal Cline; Songs: O Canada and the Star Bangled Banner, led by Ivan Gorne; Four Way Test: by Jan Martin
Visiting Rotarians: Introduced by Coach: Ralph Flick, Mid-Day Club, Garry Schneider, Clairmont Sunrise Club.
Guests: Vicki Laidig, Brian McTavish, Exchange Student, Noah Flick, Dale Fitz-Roberts, Peggy Borgen, and Jordan Poole doing our slides.
Opening Comments: Walker Allen is recovering from back surgery at Cottesmore in room 201. He is glad to welcome visitors.
  • Calendar – Wednesday Mary Bridge Foundation Celebration/Rotary After Hours, Youth Services is next Friday, Saturday is the Courage Classic, Following week, board meeting on Wednesday
  • New Member Induction Introduced by Lyn Junge, sponsored by Walker Allen, induction performed by Bob Martin – our newest member is Gary Pellett.
  • Paul Harris Fellowship Presentations Jill Guernsey, Mark Hoppen +2, John Mitchell +3, Ed Lindstrom +4, Terry Brown +4
  • KP work party - Ben Paganelli announced the work party for next Saturday (during the Courage)
  • Jeannie Simmons – Youth Services needs help with Build-a-Bike project, requested help with tutoring kids
  • Gig Harbor Film Festival - Betty Felker announced the Gig Harbor Film Festival is five weeks away, they have a new web site, https://gigharborfilm.org/. Tickets for the opening night movie, Boom, are nearly sold out, they are $45/each.
  • International Convention Ideas When Lee and Pam Peterson attended the International Convention, she picked up an idea for a park installation of flowers that are chimes. They have the chimes, and are getting ready to install.
  • Community in Schools Dick Vanberg and Pam Peterson announced that Community Schools is hosting a “Birthday Bash” as a fundraiser Thursday, Aug 22, 5;30-9:00 at John Dunham’s house.
  • Courage Volunteers are still needed
Fines: Chris Myer was the Fine master. President Hal fined his first president $1, Chris asked for anyone connected to city government, “Why can’t we support the Canoe and Kayak club?” Also fined were: Dick Vanberg, Pam Smith, Gary Pellett, Bob Martin, Ivan Gorne, Paul Willett, Jeff Harris, Randy Spitzer, and John Eddy.
Happy Bucks: Dave Freeman’s grandson landed a huge fish, Bob Lutschg is celebrating his 80th and Bob Martin’s 86th birthday, Annie Arbenz announced that her husband qualified for the International Iron Man. Tom Stanfield announced that he and Jill Guernsey were recently married, not once, but twice! Jill thanked her bridesmaids, many of them from this Rotary Club for their performance of “Goin’ to the Chapel of Love.”
Drawing: Larry Olson ran the raffle. The pot was $272. Peggy Borgen won the 10 free tickets for next week and Bob Lutschg won the right to draw from the chips for the chance at the pot. He drew the white chip for $15.
Program: District Governor Maureen (Mo) Fitz-Roberts. Since joining the Rotary Club of Comox, she has been club membership chair, district membership chair, club president (in that order), district visioning chair and an instructor at PETS and at the Rotary Leadership Institute and now the District Governor. She believes that anyone in Rotary can accomplish anything! She gave an impassioned and enthusiastic speech:
Mo and her husband realized a couple of years ago that Rotary was in the top five of their family’s priorities. Her service as district governor is her response. She talked about Rotary’s collaboration with World Vision and many organizations like it are great examples of how Rotary leverages money and peoplepower to get great things done in the world. Her plea was to “connect” to help get things done giving several examples of Rotary projects across the world. Her story of Joy with the micro-loan program illustrated her point very well. The program requires the initial applicant to find seven people willing to “guarantee” the micro-loan, which when paid off is handed off to the next person in the group until all of them had set up successful micro-businesses in their community and had paid back the loan. She called on Rotarians to get more involved in the club by volunteering to serve in projects or leadership. On a serious note, discussed the importance of establishing “Youth Protection Processes” in all of our clubs. She also asked us to support efforts to help end the victimization of children and young women across the world by becoming sustaining members of the Rotary Foundation or by making a designation in your will to Rotary Charities. Finally, Mo called on us to attend the District Conference in Victoria; the training is invaluable. “Enhance the Joy,” she entreated us, by supporting Rotary charities and by volunteering at your club.
President Hal presented a token of appreciation to Mo and ended the meeting at 8:38.
 Notes by Randy Spitzer
Call to Order: President Hal rang the bell, opening the meeting at 7:25 am.
Chuck Perry shared a thought for the day. Following the pledge led by Paul Alvestad, Hal Cline and Randy Spitzer led the club in “Amazing Grace” remembering the loss of Rotarian Al Weaver. Keith Harris led Rotarians in the 4 Way Test.
Visiting Rotarians: included Garry Schneider (Claremont Sunrise),, Bob Cairns (Port Orchard), Dennis Buschman (Tacoma Sunrise) and Gary Pellett (Medford Oregon).
Guests: This week’s guests included: Robin Denson, Jordan Poole, Nick Guardia, Naomi Mundi and Tammy Pilon
Featured Items
  • Past President Paul Alvestad surprised Jeff Harris, naming him the 2018-19 Rotarian of the Year. Lots of stories about Jeff’s life of community service and added the fact that he’s been sleeping with a Rotarian for 30 years.
  • Those celebrating August birthdays were recognized.
  • Hal Cline reminded Dinners for 8 hosts to complete their 2019 commitments.
  • Saturday, August 10th, Galloping Gertie Marathon
  • Monday, August 12th, International Committee meets at Rod Ladd’s office. Rod announced the Guy Falskow, a summer visitor to our club for many years, contributed to the clef palate project. The amount was sufficient to fund 4 operations, the last one completed this week.
  • No Community Service Committee meeting this month.
  • August 15th is the Rainier’s game and tailgate party, starts at 5:15. Join other area Rotarians in this fun evening.
  • August 16th reminder: District Governor visit.
  • Mark your calendar for the morning of Aug. 23rd, Courage Classic set up in Cle Elum & make your lodging reservations. The club will be serving breakfast to the 250+ riders the morning of the 24th. After clean up, President Paul will lead a hike through the Snoqualmie Tunnel.
Fine Master: Don Rees filled in for Mac Pinch. Lots of happy bucks including celebrating the 50th anniversary of Cottesmore.
Steve Skibbs won 10 free next week. Mel Santos had the winning ticket to draw a chip. It was white so the $224 pot continues growing next week.
Program: Bob Cairns (Pt Orchard) introduced speaker Naomi Muindi “Humanitarian Projects in Kenya Africa”
After sharing her impressive credentials, including being named a Nelson Mandela Washington Fellow in 2019, Naomi shared the situation in Kenya including how Rotary is making a difference.
East Pokot children are hindered from attending school due to: poverty & drought; non-existent parental education; migration and pastoral life style; lack of family income (90% of people depend on relief food). The area has a 4%literacy level and one of the highest poverty rates in Africa (67%). HAO (Hifadhi Africa Organization) is a development, advocacy and youth empowerment organization working to transform lives of slum dwellers, pastorialists and refugees. They transform lives through innovative education support and mentorships and provide knowledge & skills to address multiple and complex challenges. Primary Programs are: education (scholarships, e-learning, library, etc); Water sand dams, rainwater harvesting, storage tanks); livelihood (integrated irrigation farming, adopt-an-animal, distribution of relief food).
Rotary Funded Projects include: construction of sand dams; construction of a water harvesting system; student scholarships, $5,000 funded 30 needy students. This was the largest one time donation ever made to East Pokot.
Questions or further information? Contact: naomimuindi@hifadhiafrica.com or: naomindunge1993@gmail,com
Phone: 254707043000
President Hal adjourned the meeting at 8:31.
Marcia Harris, Scribe
Guy built this boat when he was 17/18 years old.  He did this under the supervision of Ed Hoppen in his boat shop on 6th Avenue in Tacoma.  This was before the Eddon Boatworks was created.  This Special Edition is to add to Allison Bujacich presentation on the current Eddon Boatworks and what they are doing.  The restoration of Guy's boat took 3 years and was all volunteer labor at the Boatworks.  Guy donated the boat when he was assured it would be restored and used to teach sailing.  He did not want his beloved boat to be a planter in someone's yard.  Enjoy the pictures, I sure enjoyed the event.
The volunteer staff polished the entire boat for this event.  The volunteer on the right is still working on the bow.  The pride in bringing this boat back to the water was evident.
88 year old Guy with the boat he finished building when he was 18.  Can you imagine the memories!
The two gentlemen on the left were in charge of the volunteers and Guy gave them much credit in getting his boat back in the water.
Someone forgot to tell Guy the champagne was for  the boat.  The good news is the boat did not sink and I don't think the volunteers wanted the boat banged up by a bottle of champagne.
This is Guy with his son, Chris and daughter, Lisa.  Lisa now owns the home Guy used to spend a month in each summer.  Guy now lives in the Parkshore Retirement Facility in Seattle, and is a happy camper.
This is son, Chris ready to take the Lightening for its first sail with his two daughters.  Very special for Guy.
And off they go into the sunset; not really but it is a nice thought.  I am sure it was a very special moment for Guy.
This is the intimate group of Rotarians enjoying some wine together without the photographer.
And this is the same group with the photographer.  I had a very enjoyable $5. glass of Cabernet Sauvignon and good conversation with all of the attendees since it was a small group.
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.
Our club is managed by AMI Association Management Inc.
Melissa Schwab
Contact herat (253) 525-5152
5727 Baker Way NW, Suite 200, Gig Harbor, WA   98332
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
David Freeman; Ed Lewis
Aug 23, 2019
PenMet Parks
Steve O'Donnell
Aug 30, 2019
Classification Talk
Sharon Shaffer
Sep 06, 2019
STAR Awards group task
Scott Junge
Sep 06, 2019
Gig Harbor Rotary Foundation Update
Dan Lochner
Sep 13, 2019
USONW Mobile Manager
Ben and Susan Paganelli
Sep 20, 2019
Sharon Shaffer
Sep 27, 2019
Star Awards presentation and vote
Dean Burke
Sep 27, 2019
Travel Tacoma + Pierce County and Tacoma South Sound Sports Commission
Simon Calcavecchia
Oct 04, 2019
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