Posted by Jill Guernsey
Tribute to Past District Governor Eldon Wiggs: Lee Smith did a lovely and moving tribute to our Past DG Eldon Wiggs (District 502, 1989-90) who passed away yesterday. Eldon had perfect attendance for over 50 years but was best known for his witty (and politically incorrect) humor. Eldon was a Rotarian at his core and passed his love of Rotary to his daughters Shannon and Deb Wiggs. He will be missed!
Opening Bell: By Pres. Paul Alvestad at 7:30 am. Invocation: by Gary Glein. Pledge of Allegiance: by Ivan Gorne. Song: National Anthem led by Hal Cline and assisted by Gretchen Hodgins. Four Way Test: by Terry Brown.
Visiting Rotarians: Introduced by Coach Jack Stonestreet: Ric Thompson from Parkland-Spanaway Club.
There were more guests today than I’ve ever seen before so if I left anyone off I apologize (ditto re spelling names). Here are the folks I heard: Tom Stanfield, Heron’s Key Marketing and Sales Director; Gretchen Hodgins (Hal’s wife), Jill and Ann Myers (Chris’ wife and daughter), Mary DesMaris, Downtown Waterfront Alliance, Mike Ketcham (former Club member), Gwen “Ladybug” Brown (Terry and Lynn’s granddaughter), Becky Good (Emma Conway’s sister), Sophia Alvestad (“first daughter”), Charles Paganelli (Ben’s son), Casey Guardia (John’s daughter), Interact members Nina Liebner, Eliza Liebner, Luis Mendoza-Bautista, Richard Winslow, and Cassie McMurtrey, Sunshine Singers Roger Tilsey, Lee Streeter, Delores Nilson, Bob Williamson, Scott Wood, Cherry Nelson, Jacquie Cerney, Peggy Braill, Suzy Reynolds, Lena Higgins(?).
Thank you to Cottesmore Servers Holly and Fay! We passed the hat (actually it as a bucket and raised $950.00.
Calendar – Paul Alvestad noted that not much happening this week because of the holidays.
Rotary 101 Wisdom #9 – Paul Alvestad noted that the District Convention will be in Victoria, BC, May 9-11, 2019. Beware the speed trap in Sequim!
EarlyAct Letters – Brent Tayet read some of the cards done by Early Act to the families in Paradise, CA, who were devastated by the recent fires.
Presentation – Mary DesMaris and the Board of the Downtown Waterfront Alliance (Peter Stanley, John Lantz, Pat Schmidt, Mike Henery, Chuck Cuzzetto) presented a check to Rotary for $12,000, for help with all the events they sponsored this year including Sip and Stroll. Note: the next Sip and troll is February 9, 2019 and volunteers are needed.
Donation Thank You – Lee Smith introduced and thanked Ric Thompson from LeMay Refuse/Waste Connections for help with raising funds and assembling bikes for kids this holiday season. They raised enough money to buy 508 bikes and helmets. Many children in our area will receive bikes!
Christmas Joke – Betty Felker – no explanation needed.
Raffle – Donna Lormor hosted. Pam Peterson won 10 free tickets and Bob Lutschg didn’t win the jackpot ($262).
Finemaster - Chris Myers was kind (must have been the season) in terms of fines.
Program - Hal Hodgins introduced the Sunshine Singers, led by Roger Telsey and with Lee Streeter on keyboard. Many songs were sung and a good time was had by all!
President Paul ended the meeting at 8:30 am
Notes by Jill Guernsey