Posted by Chuck Perry
Slide show prior to the opening bell. A great show of corn mazes across Washington and the Country. If you have any photos of Club events, share them with Aerin and she will put them in the opening slide show.
Opening Bell and Yell: By David Cathers for President Paul at 7:30 am. Invocation: by Duane Fister of a prayer written by Rotarian Jim Blair of Michigan. Pledge of Allegiance: by John Lantz; Song: Hal Cline was ready to start and lead the National Anthem, when someone started “This Land” by Woodie Guthrie. This is the second week in a row the National Anthem has been hijacked. Four Way Test: by Lee Smith Greeters: Geoff Barcalow Visiting Rotarians: Introduced by Coach, Bob Anderson of GH North, and Will Boegel of Guatemala. Slipping in late without introduction was Joyce Taylor Gorne of Shelton Skookum. Guests: David Holsinger as Sophie’s guest, Mary Grubbs’ husband Bill, and Glen and Diana Liebner with their daughter Elisa, who is our Club’s alternate student for the exchange program.
Opening Comments: President Paul’s opening comments; he wanted to remind everyone that there is no meeting on the Friday after Thanksgiving. He also mentioned that he would be contacting any members this week that owe more than $400 in Club dues. 
  • Calendar: Nothing is on the Club Calendar for the 1st week of November. However on the 12th we have the Veterans Day lunch Program, sign up now. Also on the 12th is the International Service Committee meeting. On the 13th, is the Community Service Committee meeting, as well as an Auction Committee meeting. Rotary After Hours is on Wednesday the 14th. The Gig Harbor Rotary Foundation meeting is on the 15th, and the Youth Services Committee meeting is on the 16th, after our regular meeting.
  • Rotary 101 Gestalt #5 – Paul Alvestad:
    • Youth Exchange - Students learn a new language, discover another culture, and truly become global citizens. Exchanges for students 15 to 19 years old are sponsored by Rotary clubs in more than 100 countries. Long-term exchanges last a full academic year.
    • STEP - The Summer Exchange program is a short-term exchange between families. The student lives with a foreign student’s family for approximately one month and then both students return to Canada or the US where the foreign student lives with the student’s family for another month.                         
    • Rotary Fellowship - International groups that share a common passion. Being part of a fellowship is a fun way to make friends around the world, explore a hobby or profession, and enhance your Rotary experience.
    • Friendship Exchange - Friendship Exchange is an international exchange program for Rotary members and friends that allows participants to take turns hosting one another in their homes and clubs. Selecting by District need to apply, deadline for app, one 5020 side
  • Classification Question: Paul presented slides of The Pringles logo man, classification of Potato Farmer; The Monopoly logo man, classification of game maker. Both of the logo men have very pronounced mustaches. The question that came up, is if these two possible members would have to have the approval of Tim Williams, as he has the classification of “pronounced mustache” covered. This bit of humor was appreciated by the club as we were reminded that this is the start of “Movember”. Movember is an annual event involving the growing of mustaches during the month of November to raise awareness of men's health issues, such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and men's suicide. The Movember Foundation runs the Movember charity event, housed at . The goal of Movember is to "change the face of men's health."
  • Christmas Party: John Duppenthaler wants to make sure that you put the Party on your calendar for December 8th, at Canterwood. Details to follow.
  • Rotary Foundation – Bob Martin announced that the club collected and sent in $7,325 in the month of October to support the Polio Program for the Rotary Foundation.
  • Festival of Trees: Walt Paulson announced that you have an opportunity to help with the set up and take down of the Festival of Trees, for Mary Bridge Hospital. Set up is November 26th and take down is December 2nd. Please mark your calendars and give him a call for all the particulars of time and place.
  • Basket Brigade: Dave Cathers announced that the Basket Brigade is coming together and that boxes are available to decorate. They are still a little short on cash. A few people wanted to donate and so Dave passed the hat and collected $561. Of course he shed a few tears with these donations.
Fines and Happy Bucks: John Winslow, was the Finemaster. He fined Coach for receiving a golden whistle in recognition of 50 years of being a referee. Coach said he tried, but the whistle didn’t work. Marc Jorgenson was fined for an announcement of their CPA firm needing interns for the tax season. Jeff Harris was called out for not wearing his school colors. Jeff replied with something about underwear, but no one wanted to go there. November in conjunction with “Movember”, we have been requested to wear blue to the meetings. John wanted to fine everyone not wearing blue. It didn’t go over too well, since almost everyone was wearing something with blue. John tried for a few bucks from Boston Red Sox fans. Not many in this group.  Happy Bucks: Juanita Carbaugh read an email she received from former member Dennis Karjala. One of the Prison Program graduates that has stayed in touch with Dennis is now buying her first house and is just finishing up writing a book. John Duppenthaler was happy for his first week in a new office. Bob Anderson just took four RYLA students to Canada and he survived without incident. Chuck Perry was happy that the elections will be over this Tuesday and we can get rid of all the advertising.
Drawing: Larry Olson ran the raffle. The pot is $113 and we are down to 15 chips. The scribe missed who won the 10 free tickets for next week and John Duppenthaler won the right to draw from the chips for the chance at the pot. He drew the white chip for $15.
Programs: We were blessed with two great programs this week:
Opal House: Tom Borgen introduced Doctor William Boegel and his wife Diane. Will is a podiatrist and Diane is also in the medical field. They were in Guatemala on a mission trip and found a great need for help. Most of the wealth in the country is held by 17 families. Unemployment is rampant, and very little services are available to the population. This is a major cause of the migration of Guatemalans to the U.S. for employment. Almost 40% of the economy in Guatemala comes from remittances from family members in the U.S. sending money back to their families for support. These funds come from people living in the U.S. legally and illegally, with minimum wage jobs. The Boegels opened Opal House to help the people of Guatemala. It is an 80 acre farm employing locals, raising coffee and avocados. On this farm they also have a school to educate and feed children; an emergency shelter for up to 4 families in need of transition housing; an after school program for girls; a clean water program; and arrange for pediatric orthopedic corrective surgery for needy children. To find out more, please visit their website;
What’s New at Seatac Airport: New member Tim Toerber is a manager of gates at Seatac Airport. He gave a very interesting presentation about the history of the airport and presentation of current and future projects at the airport.
The airport was built and opened in 1944.
In 1967 – 1973, the airport went through major expansions, including the two satellite terminals, the underground trains, and the parking garage. With expansions, the garage has 13,000 parking spaces, the largest parking garage in the country.
In 2004 the new concourse A was built.
2008 saw the building of the 3rd runway.
The airport includes 24 million square feet of pavement.
The annual passenger count has now reached 47 million, that is over 120,000 per day.
Seatac is now the 9th busiest airport in the U.S.
The airport has seen 43% growth in the last 5 years and now has over 1400 “operations” per day. An operation is landings and take offs.
For more information, go to the website:
Tim is scheduled for his classification talk on December 14, so you can ask more questions then.
President Paul ended the meeting at 8:32
Notes by Chuck Perry