Posted by Chuck Cuzzetto
There was no slide show prior to the opening of the meeting.
Opening Bell: By President Paul at 7:30 am. Invocation: by Peter Glein. Pledge of Allegiance: by Marti Anderson. Song: God Bless America, led by Hal Cline. Four Way Test: by Chuck Cuzzetto.Greeters: None noted.
Visiting Rotarians: According to Coach there were no visiting Rotarians. Guests: Jeff Harris introduced John Doherty, a future speaker. Dick Vanberg introduced his wife (he thinks), Jean. Mark Hoppen welcomed Steve O’Donnell. John Duppenthaler introduced Bill Every, a hearing specialist (which brought a round of “what’s” and “huh’s”). Marcia Harris introduced School Board President Deb Krishnadasan and kept her second guest a secret. John Guardia reintroduced his son Nick.
Opening Comments: President Alvestad was stumped as there was no one working the AV (I guess it’s AVD now – audio visual digital) until Peter Glein stepped in to help. President Paul mentioned the technology committee and finance committee and told everyone to be looking for a mid year survey. He really wants your comments.
President Alvestad then asked for Rotarians to share their New Year’s resolutions. He said that the club would evaluate how members were doing at the half way point and at year end (that brought a lot of volunteers). President Paul called on Mel Santos to offer a resolution. Mel shared that he has already started cleaning his garage. The President said he planned to shed ten pounds. Peter Glein seconded the garage idea and Rod Ladd added a pound to President Paul’s offering. On a serious note, Annmarie Huppert stated she is going to start a drug and alcohol center; and on an even more serious note, Scott Junge resolved to start smoking (and probably be Annmarie’s first client).
Announcements: President Paul reminded everyone of the upcoming District Conference and then shared Wisdom #11, Rotary 101 – Leverage: Financial Leverage – using money wisely, Organizational Leverage – helping other organizations in the community, Rotarian Leverage – building future Rotarians, and Internal Leverage – meeting members’ needs.
  • Birthdays: Walt Paulsen introduced members with January birthdays: Derek Kilmer, Tim Williams, John Eddy, Scott McVay, Randy Barcalow, Paul Willett, Tom Borgen, Dave Freeman, Richard Pifer, and David Olson’s wife; and then led the group in Happy Birthday.
  • Gig Harbor Rotary Foundation: Dave Gordon shared that elections for three seats will be held at the end of January. Incumbents Ed Lindstrom, Dorothy Wimberly, and Bob Draggoo, are all expected to run again. If you are interested in running let Dave or Scott Junge know by next Friday.
  • Star Awards: Sharon Shaffer informed the group that Star Awards’ Celebration is Friday, February 1, at Canterwood, and that tickets ($40) are available online now.
  • Dinners for Eight: Hal Cline is recruiting more participation in this program. There are currently 29 couples signed up, with 40 needed to make this work. Let him know if you are interested.
  • Henderson Bay Career Fair: Richard Schmalz thanked Norma Whitaker for her working getting this event started. This pilot career fair will be held February 27. There are 80 students signed up and Richard is looking for 20 volunteers to share stories and successes of their careers. There will be a meeting next Friday, after the morning meeting to discuss.
  • Rotary After Hours: John Eddy reminded everyone about Rotary After Hours, next Wednesday, 5:30 to 7:30 pm, at Hop n Drops (formerly Hop Jacks).
Fines and Happy Bucks: David Cathers was the Finemaster. He secured bucks from Dave Gordon for his ineffective microphone use, many members for not using the Y, Hal Cline for a new song (not), Marcia Harris for her secret guest, and Bob Martin for his hip (Bob couldn’t reach his wallet to pay the fine because of his hip), Happy Bucks: Sophie Perkins for her engagement and getting a new puppy (she gave the same amount for each), Chuck Perry for his family moving back, Al Weaver for his new heart valve (the President wanted to know if it was a cow valve as he has a special deal), Howard Mackert for not being able to hear while sitting next to a hearing specialist, and Peter Glein donated cash that Coach dropped in his car and suggested Rotarians short on cash consider giving Coach a ride.
Drawing: Donna Lormor ran the raffle. The pot is $347 and we are down to seven chips. Dave Gordon won the ten free tickets for next week and Marti Anderson won the right to draw from the chips for the chance at the pot. She drew the Blue chip and won!
Program: Marcia Harris introduced Dr. Art Jarvis, Interim School Superintendent, Peninsula Schools, to address the “State of Peninsula Schools.” Dr. Jarvis has over 50 years of experience in education and over 30 years as a Superintendent. He has been a Rotarian as far back as 1985 and has been a member in several clubs including South Whidbey, Tacoma, and Renton. He also noted that January was a School Board Appreciation month and thanked the Board for their volunteer efforts, singling out Marcia Harris and Deb Krishnadasan, who were present. As the Superintendent of the areas’ largest employer, Dr. Jarvis provided his perspective of the District from his “outsider’s eye.” He reported that he sees a beautiful school district with a wonderful staff. He found a well-run school system that was financially sound. He reported that he learned of quality kids, teachers, principals and staff. He stated that the staff may be too good, working around things that should be fixed. He saw working partnerships with the community. He reflected that good schools make good communities and that good communities make good schools. He noted that the one thing that did not make sense for this district and community was the inadequate facilities. He noted that 1,000 elementary students are in portables, and that nearly one-third of students and teachers, system-wide, are in temporary facilities. With the largest kindergarten class in 25 years this year, and no room for anymore portables, facility overcrowding, especially at the elementary level, is the biggest concern. He reiterated that this was so inconsistent with the rest of the District and Community, with nearly all of the School buildings in need of renovation or replacement. He stated that he recommended to the Board that they focus on unhoused elementary students first and proposed a Capital Bond to build two new elementary schools and replace two existing schools (Evergreen and Artondale), adding 50% more classrooms. He also talked about next steps, visioning for future schools. He posed a few questions: What should a school library look like? Should it have books? How do we build the classroom for the future? Dr. Jarvis then answered questions about the CenturyTel site, property the District owns, bonds versus levies, the 60% Capital Bond threshold, growth projections, previous elections, the no campaign, and academic results.
President Alvestad ended the meeting at 8:32 am
Notes by Chuck Cuzzetto