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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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Opening Bell: at 7:25 a.m. Invocation: Duane Fister. Pledge of Allegiance: led by Scott Junge. Song: Hal Cline and David Cathers with “God Bless America.” Four Way Test: by Dick Vanberg. Greeters: none were noted.
Visiting Rotarians: Coach introduced Gary Pellet, Garry Schneider, and Joe Potts (the new Principal at Peninsula High School). Before the introduction of guests, President Hodgins made a special welcome to Lee Smith, rejoining us after surgery this week. Guests: There were several guests introduced. Those signed in included Michael Ewens, Ally Bujacich, Neva Smith and Ivan Zapp (Pam Peterson’s cousins), and Brogyn Morgan (Pam’s granddaughter).
Opening Comments: President Hodgins recognized Debbie Miller and publicly thanked her for helping him fulfill his responsibilities. President Hal also talked about the Courage Fundraising and Mike Pinch reported successful efforts thus far. The President also discussed his meetings with the other GH Rotary Presidents and some of their activities.
  • President Hodgins reported that mid-day’s Golferitaville is coming up July 19 and GH Rotary North’s Galloping Gertie Run is August 10 (they need volunteers) and Harbor Hounds is September 14
  • John Lantz shared news of the passing of Mel Smith. Mel recently relocated to the East Coast to be nearer his children.
  • Michael Ewens provided a brief update on the Guatemala projects and brought thank-yous to the club. He is working on a video and a blog about the projects.
  • Pam Peterson speaking for Lee Smith (because he couldn’t speak for himself) passed around a sign-up sheet for volunteering for the Wine and Food Experience. The event will be Saturday, July 27.
  • Ben Paganelli is looking for volunteers to form a work group to help the KP Lutheran Church (they provide services for the entire community, especial the KP youth). The first of three work parties is July 20 at 10:00 a.m. to assemble playground equipment.
  • President Hodgins reviewed the calendar for upcoming events, including the Women’s Wellness Expo at Sehmel Homestead Park on Saturday (Cars 4 Change will be present), and upcoming Committee meetings.
  • Cory Coryell seconded the need for volunteers on July 20 and added a need for help on Sunday, July 21, at the Rotary Aviation Zone.
Fines and Happy Bucks: John Winslow was the Fine-master this week. He fined Mark Hoppen (or Hopper) and Chuck Cuzzetto for knowing some of the guests. President Hodgins was fined for parking in the wrong spot. FM Winslow then provided a technical analysis of President Hodgins’ first meeting and fined Rod Ladd for not being the photographer last week and missing President Hodgins’ botched adjournment. Randy Spitzer was fined for cell phone interruptus, pleaded not guilty, but paid the fine anyway and Past Presidents Alvestad and Santos were fined just because. Lots of Happy Bucks, and lots to be happy for, including Howard Mackert (Cars 4 Change at WWE), Cindy Reed (Europe and the Big O), Annmarie Huppert (Speaking at WWE and Booth and Hope Recovery Golf tourney, David Cathers (Cruise and Visit with Frederick in Denmark), Coach (88th Birthday and Toy Storybook 4), Pam Peterson (Sharon Shaffer chauffeuring, Lee’s Surgery, and a Quiet House), Hal Hodgins (Help with his boat from John Eddy and Terry Brown), and Betty Felker (GH Film Festival September 26-29).
Drawing: Larry Olson ran the drawing. The pot was $133. Mel Santos won the ten free and guest Brogyn won the chance to draw. She drew a white chip so the pot moves to next week.
Camilla Brocker introduced Allison Bujacich, Community Development Director for the Gig Harbor Boatshop.
Ms. Bujacich started her presentation by stating, “There is a place for each one of you at the Boatshop.” She talked about some of the goals and strategies of the Boatshop including public programs and activities, passing down the working waterfront skill-set to the next generation, bringing the community together, and engaging and sharing the Gig Harbor maritime heritage and traditions. The ten-year-old nonprofit organization had over 5,000 visitors last year and offers about 6,000 hours of programming annually, with a focus on youth programs. They offer a wide variety of workshops and programs including boat restoration, livery (rental) services, community events, music, etc. Current major projects include the boat railway system and the House renovation.
The meeting adjourned at 8:29 a.m.
Notes by Chuck Cuzzetto
Why isn't this *#%x thing working, my first meeting too.
Three of us ought to be able to make this work.  Oh well, we didn't need the music anyway.  Next time I will bring my accordion.
And the helmet strikes the bell for the first time, and it worked.  Way to go Prez!
Walt was Coach's stand in and we had a Medford Rotarian for the second time, Blase Gorny and Joyce from Shelton Skookum, and I don't remember number 4, my apologies.
Walt did double duty also announcing Birthdays, a lot in July compared to the 4 in June, including our President Hal.
Our First Couple relaxing and enjoying breakfast.
Chris went right after our new president.  Should have waited until the end of the meeting and could have got him for knocking the bell to the floor.
Don't remember what Brady was being fined for, but it looks like he is admitting his guilt!
Gary gave an update on his hip replacement which is going very well.  He actually stood up straight but I was slow with the camera.
Past President Paul has really relaxed in just one week.  From coat and tie to THIS!  He deserved to pay.
President Hal gave a nice talk on the training of a Club President, the jobs our Club's Presidential chain is responsible for, and the significance of attending a Rotary International Convention.  I hope some of you were motivated by his talk.
After knocking the bell to the floor, here he holds on tight so it doesn't happen again.  Just didn't know his own strength.
Call to Order: President Hal rang the bell, opening his first meeting as GH Rotary President at 7:31 am.
Rod Ladd shared a thought for the day. Following the pledge led by John Ciccarelli, Hal Cline led the club in “My Country Tis of Thee’.
Bob Lutschg led Rotarians in the 4 Way Test.
Visiting Rotarians: included Blaze and Joyce Gorney
Guests: This week’s guests included: John Ciccarelli’s son Larry, Gretchen Hodgins & Pam Peterson’s son-in-law.
President Hal launched his Rotary 102 lesson with background on the history of the Rotary Wheel. Several designs variations were used until the official and current design was adopted in 1922.
Upcoming Events:
  • Monday, July 8, International Committee meets at Rod Ladd’s office.
  • Tuesday July 9th, Rotary after Hours, 5:30 at the Blend in Key Center + Gnosh Food Truck
  • Tuesday July 9th, Community Service Committee meets at Timberland Bank
  • Thursday, July 11th, the Rotary Foundation meets
  • Saturday, July 13th, Woman’s Wellness Conference is being held at Sehmel Park
  • August 15th is the Rainier’s game and tailgate party. Join other area Rotarians in this fun evening.
  • 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 Snoqualimie Tunnel.
Birthdays: Walt Paulsen led the club in celebrating July birthdays with a round of Happy Birthday.
Fine Master: Chris Myers
Lots of happy bucks.
  • No raffle tickets were available for sale today, so Marcia will need to wait a week to collect her 10 free from last week.
Program: President Hal Hodgins: Looking at the Year Ahead
Hal started by describing the road to becoming Club President:
Year 1 – Vice President & Responsible for the Auction Fund Raisin Event
Year 2 – President Elect, responsible for weekly programs. Additionally, in year 2 the person is required to attend the 3-day PETS (President Elect Training Seminar) attended by incoming club presidents from the entire zone. It is a great learning experience. Then attended the District Conference in May followed by the RI Conference in June. This year it was held in Hamburg, Germany with 25,000 attendees. The wonderful part of an International Conference is the people you meet and the international connectedness around the globe.
Looking ahead to Gig Harbor Rotary in 2019-20, Hal plans to focus on how we relate to:
The World (outside world)
Our Inside Rotary World (club)
Support & celebrate the good things the club is doing
Focusing on the inside world goals include: With the support of Geoff Barcalow, create a reliable document storage & retention system, making it easier to access and retrieve club records. Strengthen the reporting of club finances, making the documents clearer and accessible for the whole club. And thirdly, focus on club engagement including outreach to every individual club member, encouraging involvement.
President Hal adjourned the meeting at 8:15 by whacking the bell off the podium! That really is one powerful gavel.
As the meeting closed, we were asked to keep Lee Smith in your prayers. He is scheduled for surgery on Monday.
Marcia Harris, Scribe
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
Jul 26, 2019
Club Happenings
Jenny Wellman
Aug 02, 2019
Gig Harbor Film Festival
Noah Frick
Aug 02, 2019
Outbound Foreign Exchange Student
Naomi Muindi
Aug 09, 2019
Humanitarian Projects in Kenya, Africa
Maureen "Mo" Fritz-Roberts
Aug 16, 2019
District Governor
David Freeman; Ed Lewis
Aug 23, 2019
PenMet Parks
Steve O'Donnell
Aug 30, 2019
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