Posted by Marcia Harris
Call to Order: President Paul opened the meeting by ringing the bell at 7:33. The invocation/thoughts for the week by Rod Ladd; After Hal Cline tried to start off with the National Anthem, the raucous masses sang ‘God Bless America’ anyway; Pledge led by Fred Labayen; followed by Tony Michaelson’s lead of Four Way Test.
Visiting Rotarians: Coach introduced the two visiting Rotarians: Joyce & Blaise Gorny from the Shelton-Skookum club. Blaise, member and former president of the Skookum Rotary, had worked on the Auce hospital project, enlisting our club in the project. His wife Joyce is a former GH Club president.
Guests: This week’s guests included: Luther Chen (Howard Mackert); Glenn Olson (Sharon Shaffer); Donna Lee Cole (Mel Wick); and Jean Vanberg (Dick Vanberg).
Opening Comments, President Paul:
  • November 16, College Colors Day (wear your college colors or the colors you are supporting for your kid’s education).
  • November 23, no Rotary meeting
  • Rotary Gestalt 4A – clarification of the ‘family’ of Rotary clubs: Earlyact (elementary & middle school); Interact (High School); Rotoract (college & post high school); RYLA (leadership program for youth 13-30) & Passport Clubs (on-line clubs)
  • Rotary Gestalt 4B: World Polio Eradication Day is October 24th
  • RV Outing at John Wayne Marina Report w/photos
  • Hal Hodgins is nominating committee chair. Open positions include: Vice President, Secretary, Director positions: Club Service, Vocational Service, Youth Service, Public Relations and Member at Large (past board member). Contact Hal for more information if you are interested.
  • Basket Brigade: Dave Cathers. With Thanksgiving less than 4 weeks away, food and financial donations are needed; workplace posters are available.
  • Rotary Foundation: New Paul Harris Society (pledge of $1,000 yr) members were recognized: Bob Ryan, Stan Eastberg, John Dupenthaler, Tim Williams and Mel Wick.
Bob Martin reminded the club that Friday is last day to make a Polio Plus donation & receive club matching points (donation in their name).
Fines & Happy Bucks:  Doing the honors this week was Mac Pinch with his usual wry humor. Dr. John Dupenthaler was fined for his new office, and Dr. John Dunham for his upscale RV (one foot shorter than Rod Ladd’s!). Gig Harbor Harbor’s Finest recognized in the GH Times included: John Dupenthaler, Howard Mackert, Marti Anderson, and Pat Schmidt. Fines for ‘the finest’ were the order of the day. The best Halloween look alike costume went to Hal Cline as Leslie Nielsen (given annually to Hal). Dave Freeman was fined for his latest gianormus home remodeling project.
Happy Bucks: Cindy Reed celebrating back from three weeks in Europe; John Eddy was also celebrating, back from his trip to France; Dave Morris was happy to award Ann Marie Huppert her blue badge; Mike Pinch always grateful for his grandsons Rocky & Oliver (who were overlooked during the introductions). Pam Smith’s happy bucks are included w/the raffle results.
Raffle: Guest Blaise Gorne won 10 free next week (hope that means we’ll see Blaise & Joyce again soon!). This was a VERY lucky week for Lee Smith. His doctor blessed him as cancer free this week and he drew the blue chip for $294!  
Program: Latvian Hospital Project
President elect Hal Hodgins introduced our speaker Dick Vanberg, who shared a club project in Auce, Latvia, initiated in 1995, completed in 2003. Mike Jansvics, Shelton Skookum club, spearheaded the project which transformed a former USSR office building into needed area hospital. The project represents a truly international Rotary effort involving money and hands on labor from 8+ countries, districts and Rotary International matching funding. Dick was the first Gig Harbor Rotarian participant. Other GH Rotarians traveled to Latvia contributing labor and expertise to the effort. In addition to Dick, the participant list includes: Mel Wick, Ole Magnuson, Connie Schick, Blaise Gorny and Jerry Whalston. The completion of a modern, clean hospital facility in 2003 was celebrated with a ribbon cutting and community parade. This amazing project with 50,000 volunteer hours truly exemplifies Service Above Self!
President Paul adjourned the meeting at 8:35.