Posted by Stan Eastberg
Flag Day Celebration at Skansi Brothers Park – Flag was raised silently (bugler was a no-show) at 7:00 a.m. by Cub Scout Troop 282, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance led by the Scout troop and God Bless America led by Hal Cline. Before heading into the pavilion for breakfast, Bob Martin took a group picture in honor of our departing exchange student, Melanie Meyer. A pancake and sausage breakfast was then served by the Gig Harbor Kiwanis.
 
Call to Order at 7:40 by President Mel Santos: Invocation by Duane Fister; and a second Pledge led by President Mel.
 
Visiting Rotarians: Howard Svigals of the Gig Harbor Midday club.
Guest of Rotarians: A few guests were introduced by their hosts.
 
Comments and Announcements:
 
  • President Mel recognized the Boy Scouts (and parents) that performed the Flag raising ceremony and then thanked the Gig Harbor Kiwanis for breakfast
  • President Mel reminded everyone that the meeting on June 22 will be special and will not include time for any announcements
  • Today was the last meeting to be attended by Exchange Student Melanie Meyer as she is headed home next week. Melanie reviewed a very long list of activities she did during her stay in Gig Harbor and displayed a framed bulletin board she made at the AR Workshop last week – she will display pictures of her stay in Gig Harbor on this board as a remembrance of her time with us. She thanked the club for the support she has had throughout the year and noted that “I had an amazing year - I will never forget it”. Cindy Reed presented Melanie with a notebook containing member’s reflections, comments and well wishes which Melanie promised to read on the flight home. President Mel asked for comments from members and several members had very nice things to say to Melanie about her time spent with us.
  • Walt Paulson announced that the annual Hot August Morning Car Show will be at the regular Rotary meeting on August 4
  • The Gig Harbor Kiwanis invited (challenged?) The Rotary Club of Gig Harbor to enter a team in their golf tournament at Madrona Links Golf Course on Friday, August 17 at 1 p.m.
  • Randy Barcalow announced another work party at Wilkerson garden this Saturday from 9:00 to 12:00
  • Betty Felker announced that the dancers from Vaughn Elementary School took the gold medal award at the State Championship. She will arrange to have the dancers come to a future Rotary meeting.
  • Tom Borgen reminded everyone of the Year-End party and said it was time to pay up – see details in the emails Tom is sending to everyone. Talk to Mike Pinch about playing in the golf tournament.
  • President Mel thanked Paul Alvestad for coordinating the Flag Day celebration and noted that Paul needed a few people to stay after the meeting and help with cleanup.
 
Fines and Happy Bucks: No fines or happy bucks today.
Raffle: No raffle today.
 
Program: President-Elect Paul Alvestad introduced our speaker, Stephanie Lyle, Director of Gig Harbor History Museum. Stephanie brought a 45 star and a 48 star United States flag from the museum collection as a background for her remarks on the history of our flag and on our Flag Day celebration. A main theme of her talk was on recognizing how important the flag and our oath of allegiance are as symbols of our citizenship. She noted this was especially important when our ancestors immigrated to the United States and is still an essential element in the process of Americanization of immigrant children today. Stephanie reminded us that our flag is a strong symbol for each of us to be a better American citizen.
 
Meeting adjourned at 8:20
Notes by Stan Eastberg