Posted by Marcia Harris
President Mel opened the meeting at 7:27 with a Life of Billy Graham video clip.
Call to Order at 7:33, Invocation by Marcia Harris; Pledge by President Mel; “America the Beautiful” was led by Hal Cline & Todd Fletcher and Chuck Perry led us in the Four Way Test.
Visiting Rotarians: none
Guests: The Pinch ‘boys’, Ann Marie’s father Steve Gunderson, Al Abbott & Sharon Shaffer guests: Kurt Grimmer, Josh Sherwood, Alan Anderson & Missy Hill.
Opening Comments: President Mel shared that $1,000 was donated by our club for the District conference for a conference project. Mike Pinch shared that 11 returned safely from the Philippines where Rotarians replaced a roof on a retirement house.
  • Exchange student Melanie Meyer shared the highlights of the past two weeks which included a Seattle Underground tour, followed by a trip to Comas with other Rotary exchange students where she enjoyed participating in Canadian winter sports. This past week classes resumed and she has joined the Peninsula High School tennis team.
  • Walt Paulsen helped us celebrate the 10 Rotarians with March birthdays.
  • Hal Hodgins announced that 329 auction guests are registered. The last date to register is Tuesday, March 6th. If you have guests joining you who did not register as separate individuals through the on line system, please urge them to get in touch with Rod Ladd before the auction to enter their credit card numbers; it will help expedite their check in process Saturday night. There are six available VIP parking spaces at the event venue; Keith Harris auctioned off three spaces. The lucky winners were: Bob Ryan, Bob Martin and Don Buchanan.
  • Auction procurement is completed. Thank you: Peter Glein & auction team captains.
  • Cynthia Kennedy is wrapping up the perfect attendance recognition for 2017. A preliminary list was passed around for double checking.
  • Jeannie Simmons reminded the us of the March 3rd tree planting at Granville Park. Start the morning at the GH Civic Center, 8 a.m. for a pancake breakfast sponsored by Henderson Bay students. Don’t forget to bring your shovels. This is a three club event with the intent to plant a tree to represent each member of the 3 clubs.
  • Sharon Shaffer announced a Gig Harbor Dragon Boat Flea Market, today and Saturday at the old Peninsula Gardens location.
  • Don’t forget to sign up for the District Conference in early May (in Tacoma). The club will reimburse members for the registration fee.
Fine Master & Happy Bucks: Fine Master Peter Glein tapped the wallets of: Brady, Sharon, Tony, Don B, Mel and Rocky Pinch.
Drawing: Two Key Peninsula Rotarians held this week’s lucky tickets. Peter Stanley gets 10 free next week, and amid groans the Harris mojo continued. Marcia won the opportunity to draw…a white chip this week.
Program: Star Award Winner Kurt Grimmer
Mr. Gig Harbor, Kurt Grimmer was introduced by Al Abbott & Sharon Shaffer. After showing the Star Awards video (Thank you Josh Sherwood!) Al and Sharon recounted many of Kurt’s contributions/volunteer investment in the Gig Harbor community including: Downtown Walking Tours, Dragon Boats, Pen Mett Park Commissioner, Started the Super Business Group and the Waterfront Alliance. Kurt followed up, thanking the Club for the Star honor and recognizing other previous Star awardees: Pat Schmidt and Alan Anderson.
John Diones, Peninsula Auto Group (supporter of Children’s Home Society, Boys & Girls Club and Fish Food Bank) and Robin Malich (CIS supporter and volunteer at Henderson Bay HS) were the other two STAR awardees, nominees by the other two Gig Harbor area Rotary clubs.
President Mel adjourned the meeting at 8:34.
Notes by Marcia Harris