Posted by Walker Allen
GH Rotary President Mel Santos presiding
Invocation: David Cathers; Pledge: led by President Mel; Song: Hal Cline, Mike Pinch and Randy Spitzer led us in a verse of “God Bless America” 4-Way Test of the Things We Think, Say or Do: Led by Jim Castino
Visiting Rotarians: Jim Castino, Mary Lynn Pannen – Rotary 8
Guests: Oliver and Rocky Pinch – guests of Mac Pinch;(there may have been others but they were not on the sign-in sheet)
President Mel’s Opening Comments:
  • President Mel showed pictures of his new company signs – United Real Estate. (Where’s the fine?!)
  • Paul Harris awards – Stan Eastberg
    • Mel Wick recognized each of his daughters, Christina and Karen, with a Paul Harris Membership. Mel’s friend Donna participated in the award.
  • Mel Wick was asked to remain up front. President Mel announced the Lifetime Achievement Award to Mel Wick. President Mel noted that these awards are only granted when the Board chooses and need not be every year nor only to a single person.
    • Walt Paulsen offered his experiences with Mel Wick:
      • Helping build the hospital in Latvia – a project of the Skookum Rotary Club. He traveled there on six occasions.
      • Heavy involvement with set up and equipping for the Courage Classic over many years.
      • Set up and tear down of the Festival of Trees to benefit Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital.
      • Adamant advocate for fiscal responsibility for the Gig Harbor Rotary Club.
    • Don Rees talked about Mel Wick involvement in local building projects and Don’s project in South America (and Mel showing up with well-used tools while many members came with price-tags still on their hammers). Big equipment was Mel’s forte.
    • Don Buchanan told of Mel’s work on Gig Harbor projects like “Head of the Harbor”. Mel takes Rotary seriously even with his extensive travels and has visited over 150 other clubs, but hasn’t found many others as well balanced as this one.
No Fine Master
Raffle Ticket Drawing
  • who won another 10 Free ?
  • One of Mel Wick’s daughter pulled a white chip and got $15.
Program: Mary Lynn Pannen, CEO of Sound Options – “The Cost of Crisis”
Ms. Pannen formed Sound Options 29 years ago to work with older adults and the chronically ill.
Several factors are contributing to the rise in the cost of longevity. Often families find themselves being “Sandwich Generations” raising younger children and caring for aging parents.
Some of the factors involved in the cost of care:
  • Type of care needed
  • Cost of care
  • Professional services
  • Location of care facilities
  • Duration of care
  • Transitional care
She suggested the START approach:
            S – Savings and Insurance
            T – Treatment in a long-term care setting
            A – Aging in place
            R – Realistic Goal Setting
            T – Time Frame
Big question: What are your end of life preferences?
The advantage of consulting with care management professionals is they know the range of options available, provide help with Elder care coaching for family and creating a Plan of Care.
Meeting Adjourned at 8:35AM
Notes by Walker Allen