Posted by Chuck Perry
Opening Bell: By president Mel Santos at exactly 7:25 am. Invocation: by Duane Fister; Pledge of Allegiance: by president Mel; Song: National Anthem, led by Hal Cline and assisted by Paul Alvestad; Four Way Test: by Keith Harris and Bob Lutschg; Greeters: none spotted; Visiting Rotarians: Introduced by Coach (Jack Stonestreet), after he had all veterans stand in recognition of Armed Forces Day, tomorrow; Dennis Buschman, Derek Floor, and Denny Wilford.
Guests: Bill Grubbs, John Guardia, Samantha Swayze, Abigail Adams, Dan Gregory, Tom Stanfield, Sally Law, and Sue Jensen.
Opening Comments: President Mel thanked, Marti Anderson for the great picnic for Melanie, and her visiting family from Switzerland. Mel commented on how great their command was of the English language. Mel asked Tom Borgen to report on the annual Gavel dinner. Tom reported that it is planned for June 29th at Horseshoe Lake Golf Club. It will include a day of golf for those who want to play. It will include a roasting of Mel and a transfer of the gavel to Paul. Mel announced the First Tee training event. See his email for the time and place. Mel also shared a thank you letter from Nina Liebner along with photos. Nina is our outbound exchange student currently in Italy. She will be coming home in a little more than a month. She looks forward to giving a report to our club of her great adventure.
  • Exchange Student Melanie Meyer told of her trip up to Seattle with her family to visit all the Seattle attractions, including the Pike Place Market, Great Wheel and waterfront. She also had a great time at the club picnic for her family. She has a dress for the prom and is excited to go. She will be having an English test soon to “certify” her mastery of the English language. This weekend, she is switching host families back to her original family, the Johnsons.
  • Car wash for Polio: Denny Wilford from the Midday Club came forward with two students from the Gig Harbor High School Interact Club to announce the sale of tickets to a car wash to benefit a polio hospital in Africa. Suggested donations for the car wash is $10-20. However if you want to donate more, it would be gladly accepted. The event is on Saturday 5/26, at the Wollochet Shell station. The GHHS Interact Club has about 30 members and they expect all to help at the fund raiser.
  • Polio: Bob Martin reported that the club has raised over $3,200 this month for Polio Plus. He hopes to raise an additional $4,000 in order to meet President Mel’s annual goal for the Rotary Foundation. Remember that the club is matching Foundation donation points for all donations over $100 made this month to the foundation. Bob had a video which promoted that we are “this Close” on Polio eradication. The video wouldn’t play, so please visit this link to see the video: a second video of bill gates message is at: . Both worth watching. The world is down to only 8 reported cases so far this year. Down from 22 in 2017 and 78 in 2016. If you want to participate in a national vaccination day, you better do it now. The opportunity to participate will end soon with the end of Polio.
  • World Possible Donations: Deb Miller announced for Jeff Harris that we are looking for android based phones and tablets to be donated for World Possible. All donations will be completely erased of data prior to use by the program. So do not worry about your data if you donate to the program.
  • Youth Services Committee meeting: Jeanie Simmons announced that immediately following this meeting, the youth Services Committee will meet nest door. Jeanie also wanted to thank Marti Anderson, not only for putting on the picnic, but for donating the use of her house for Melanie’s family for the week that they came to visit.
  • Waterfront Farmers Market: Jill Guernsey reminded that GH Rotary is helping the merchants for the Farmers Market on June 7th. Sign-up sheets are being passed around. Please volunteer.
  • Gig Up the Harbor: Mike Henry announced that this weekend is the “Gig Up the Harbor”, sponsored by the GH Waterfront Alliance. Meet at 9AM Saturday at Skansie Park. Lunch will be served to the volunteers after 3+ hours of cleaning up the town. Please bring gloves and tools.
Fines and Happy Bucks: Chris Myers collected a few dollars from the club. He started with Paul Alvestad for being reelected to the Peninsula Light Board. Paul received 66% approval from the voting members. However, only 17% of members voted, meaning that Paul was reelected with only 11% of the Pen Light member’s votes. We think some politicians would like to know how this can be done. Bob Martin was called out for a name misspell of Bob rather than Rob for today’s program and for something to do with a picture of a prom dress. Bob Ryan was asked about a bed his wife, Meg, was having Dick Vanberg build for them. Mike Pinch was fined for the good of the order. Chris went on to thank Paul for the results of the club survey and brainstorming meeting. However suggestions to improve the club from the survey were great fodder for fines. Hal Cline for a suggestion that we skip the song for expediency. John Winslow for the suggestion we have some projects that don’t require physical participation so that some of the older members could be included. Hal Hodgins for a suggestion that we hire a professional to run the auction. Chris was looking for those that made the suggestion we have projects that include more women and one suggestion that we have less long distance parking at the Friday meetings.
Happy Bucks: Juanita went to a presentation on the local Orcas and found out they may be gone within 10 years. (NO she was not happy that they may be gone) She was looking for people to help with a solution to the problem. Howard Mackert was happy to announce his wife has added a second concert since her first concert has been sold out. Bob Martin was happy to be going to Colorado for 5 days to visit with their two sons and family. John Duppenthaler announced two signups are being passed around for a fireside on June 5 at the Dunham’s house. Buck Frymier was happy to announce the graduation of a class at the prison and the formation of a new class. Peter Glein and his wife are going to Alaska for a month. He was the happiest that they have 100% booked their house out through Air BNB while they are gone to help pay for the trip. Mary Field is happy that she is a Grandma for the first time.
Drawing: Eric McGinnis ran the raffle. John Winslow won the 10 free and Duane Fister won the right to draw from 12 chips for the chance at $212. He drew the white chip for $15.
Program: The Program was presented by Dan Gregory, assistant school superintendent and Kris Hagel, chief information officer for Peninsula School District. Unfortunately, the video portion of their presentation could not be run on the clubs systems. (The reason the club needs our own technical staff.) Please go to the following link to see this portion of the presentation: .
Dan started with a little quiz: while they tried to get the video presentation to run:
  • Start with a number between 1 and 9.
  • Multiply this number by 9.
  • Add together the digits of your answer.
  • Subtract 5 from this sum.
  • (NOTE if you did this right, your answer should be 4, no matter what number you started with from the 1-9)
  • If your answer is 1, your letter is A; If your answer is 2, your letter is B; If your answer is 3, your letter is C; If your answer is 4, your letter is D; If your answer is 5, your letter is E.
  • (NOTE if you did this right, your answer should be D, no matter what number you started with from the 1-9)
  • Now think of a country that starts with this letter, and an animal whose name starts with the last letter of the country’s name.
  • Most people will have a Kangaroo from Denmark (over half of our club had this answer, I think the rest could not do the math.)
The School district is obligated to make sure that the graduating seniors meet certain criteria as put forth by the State. However the School District feels the need to prepare our graduating students with the skills to succeed in life, and to take advantage of opportunities they encounter in their lives. This requires a skill set greater than the State requirements. A handout of additional life skills was handed out for review by the club. (See the list by going to the link provided) The club rated these skills in order of what they felt necessary to succeed in life. The following is a list of the top five as picked by GH Rotary: Communication Skills; Critical Thinking skills; Personal Responsibility; Teamwork Skills, and Initiative & Self Direction. The Peninsula School District has the goal of getting all of our graduates to be successful with these additional skills.
Notes by Chuck Perry
(Note from the editor: who knows why the answer will always be four?)