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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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Call to Order: Past President Mel Wick rang the bell, opening the meeting at 7:30 am.
Past President Gary Glein threatened to read a chapter from his History of Rotary tome as the thought for the day. In the spirit of ‘is it fair to all concerned’, he substituted well chosen thoughts about the work of Rotary & our club. Brent Tayet led the pledge followed by Hal Cline leading the club in “God Bless America”. The 4 Way Test was led by Gary Glein who carries a copy in his pocket as an on-going reminder. He shared a story about a business negotiation situation when he used the 4 Way Test and the company’s mission to reach an amicable resolution.
Visiting Rotarians: No visiting Rotarians
Guests: This week’s guests included: Rudy Flores, introduced by Tim Williams and Mardi Glein, Peter’s daughter & Gary’s granddaughter.
Upcoming Events:
  • 5:30 Monday is an International Committee books & clothing packing party.
  • Tuesday: Community Service Committee meets.
  • Wednesday: Vocational Service meets at Timberland Bank.
  • Friday after Rotary the Youth Services committee meets next door.
  • May 16th, 5:30, Gig Harbor Yacht Club is the Alliance Volunteer Appreciation Party.
  • June 6th is the first day of the GH Farmer’s Market. Your help is needed with set up at 10am.
  • Mark your calendar for the morning of Aug. 23rd, Courage Classic set up in Cle Elum.
May Birthdays
Led by Walt Paulson, Rotarians celebrating this month include: John Mitchel, Scott & Lynn Junge, Chris Myers, Emma Conway, Randy Spitzer, Pam Peterson and Dave Morris.
Fines & Raffle:
John Winslow did a remarkable job filling in for Dave Cathers. Scott Junge offered happy bucks, celebrating Mother’s Day this Sunday, with a reminder that flowers are always a nice gift! 😊
Larry Olson had to pull a second ticket to find a 10 free winner (missed the name of the winner). The chance to draw (amid groans) went to Jeff Harris. He took home $15
Program: Mel Santos, First Tee
Mel introduced the two presenters: Brian Archer, Administrator and Allie Bourdoux, Program Director. First Tee is a national school program, open to youth 7 – 17 years old. The Gig Harbor program is co-sponsored by GH Rotary ($10,000) and the Peninsula School District at the elementary level. Using SNAG equipment, students participate in a skills challenge. The competition includes drive, chip and putt competitions. This year 6,000 PSD students were served.
The program builds skills & confidence for youth who might not have the opportunity to participate in the life-long sport of golf. Additionally, there are college scholarship opportunities. This summer First Tee is launching a new all-female class.
Past President Mel Wick adjourned the meeting at 8:30 am. Hey Mel, thanks for pinch hitting for Paul. A terrific job; just like when you were President!
Notes by Marcia Harris
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
Opening Bell: By Past President Dave Gordon at 7:30 am. Invocation: by Duane Fister. Pledge of Allegiance: by David Olson; Song: National Anthem by Hal Cline and Steve O’Donnell. Four Way Test: by Tom Stanfield.
Visiting Rotarians: Introduced by Coach: “The Lady” Mary Gorman, and Ralph Flick, members of the Mid-Day Club. Guests: Walker Allen’s sisters, Jackie and Eva; Tristan Lester, Cottesmore Remodel Project Administrator; Jerry Lee, Brookdale Administrator; Carrie Ann Ekberg, (Jack Neville’s daughter); former member Jim Hanson; Mel Wick’s friends Nancy and Woody Wright; Zianya Vizcaino, and Noah Flick, Rotary Exchange Students.
Opening Comments: by Pres. Paul Alvestad
  • Please participate in upcoming blood drives in honor of Howard Svigals wife, Elizabeth, who is undergoing cancer treatment and having a very rough time.
  • Geoff Barcalow is going to take over set up of the Club’s website, with help from a small but mighty committee.
  • Paul said something about the Dragon Boats and Richard Pifer jumping out of airplane. Stay tuned as it appears that we may know more about this next week.
  • Jeff Harris showed us the Rotary plaques that will face SR 302 and recognize Rotary’s contribution in building the Peninsula Gateway Park Pavilion.
  • Rod Ladd requested more gently used clothing to pack in the boxes going to the Philippines. Packing party is on May 13th at 5:30 pm at the Ladd-Pinch HQ.
  • Carrie Ann Ekberg invited everyone to the PenMetParks Women’s Wellness Expo on July 13th at Sehmel Park, from 8:30 am – 4:00 pm. She mentioned there will be beer and they need volunteers. Contact Annie Arbenz to volunteer.
  • Noah Flick thanked everyone for the opportunity to go to Hungary next year on the Student Exchange Program.
Inductions: Lyn Junge introduced Steve O’Donnell who is sponsored by Tom Borgen and Lee Smith. Tom said a few words about Kevin Bacon (7 degrees of separation) and we all welcomed Steve. Bob Martin did the honors.
Fines and Happy Bucks: Paul Willett was the Finemaster. David Olson paid a fine for sale of the Boys and Girls Club building to the School District. Brady Buskirk paid a fine for his namesake and their initials. Dave Gordon paid a fine for his Hawaiian shirt. Tim Toerber paid a fine for going to Paul Alvestad’s farm. Paul tried to get all Ford owners to pay a fine and we all ignored him.
Happy Bucks: Mary Gorman invited everyone to the Downtown Waterfront Alliance Volunteer Event on May 16th. Steve O’Donnell thanked all for joining the club. David Olson paid a buck for being here at same time as Emma Conway. Tom Borgen ‘fessed up about missing Dinners for 8 and paid $75 to the Club Foundation. Sharon Shafer thanked everyone who participated in the Rotary Dragon Boat race at the Paddler’s Cup last weekend! Todd Fletcher paid a buck for finally getting permits for the Cottesmore renovation. Noah Flick paid a buck for not being almost knocked into the water by one of the boats (not the Rotary boat) in the Dragon Boat races last weekend.
Drawing: Donna Lormor ran the raffle. Gary Glein won the 10 free tickets for next week and David Olson won the right to draw for $253 from the chips for the chance at the pot. He drew the white chip for $15.
Program: Hal Hodgins introduced Zianya Vizcaino, the Mid-day Club’s exchange student from Cozumel, Mexico. We learned that Cinco de Mayo is not a major holiday, but Day of the Dead is!
We learned that Cozumel is the largest of the Caribbean islands and is mostly inhabited by Americans who live there in the winter. Racoons and foxes live there too, but unlike the Americans, they don’t leave in the summer. Hurricanes occur frequently and in 2005 the island was severely damaged by Hurricane Irma (?).
Zianya showed pictures of the beach, the ocean and great places to see, including the reefs, where you may see turtles and dolphins, and the lighthouses.
She plans to study in Puerto Vallarta. Before she came to Gig Harbor she was Queen of the Navy in Mexico. She was also a part of the local Interact Club (her Dad’s Rotary Club has about 10 members), and the Scouts.
President Paul ended the meeting at 8:33 am.
Notes by Jill Guernsey       
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.
Here is my Granddaughter, Olivia on a Rotary Student trip to the Chilean desert.  They hiked and swam in pools and had a great time togeither.  I was a little surprised to see the US flag, so evidently the US is still quite acceptable.  With this iexperience, Olivia has decided French is her next language and that she wants a career in linguistics.  Before this she wanted to be a writer, so another life changing experience.  Olivia has loved her host families.  Why don't you consider hosting our inbound Norwegian student and add to your family?
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
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