Posted by Chuck Perry
Slide show prior to the opening bell. A great slide show of the international convention in Toronto. Followed by a couple of slides of 25 year old club roster pages of Paul Willett and Mel Wick.
Opening Bell: By President Paul Alvestad at exactly 7:28 am. The regular bell was missing, so Paul used the cow bell on his new gavel. Invocation: by Duane Fister; Duane also announced that he is putting together a new invocation list. Please read his email coming out this next week. Pledge of Allegiance: by president Paul; Song: God Bless America, led by Hal Cline. Four Way Test: by Fred Labayen. Greeters: none spotted; Visiting Rotarians: Introduced by Coach (Jack Stonestreet), Judy and Tom Hoséa, and another Rotarian that the scribe missed. Coach also noted that he just celebrated his 50th year in Rotary, his 65th wedding anniversary, and his 85th birthday! Guests: Dave Freeman’s grandson Evan, Vickie Rosalie (SP?), and Aerin Ginsberg, President Paul’s intern and also happens to be Brett DeSantis’ niece.
Opening Comments: President Paul introduced Aerin and said that she will be helping him to schedule the meetings agendas. If you have something for a meeting, please email Aerin at Paul also indicated he plans on showing the upcoming Rotary calendar each week as it was posted up on the screen. He had multiple requests from the crowd to increase the font size. If you missed the slide, just go to the link above to check out the calendar on line. Paul also shared some Gateway articles that involved Rotary, with slides of the articles; PHS Tiny Houses with help from GH Rotary, Vaughn 5th grade dancers with support of GH Rotary.
  • Birthdays: Walt Paulson announced the July birthdays and we all sang happy birthday..
  • International Convention: Bob Martin gave a detailed report of the international Rotary convention just held in Toronto. Our club was represented by 11 members and many spouses. One night the club members went out for a great Italian dinner. Another night included a cruise on Lake Ontario with over 100 people from District 5020. There were many great speakers including Laura Bush and Justin Trudeau. Many breakout sessions were held with additional interesting topics. The next international convention is in Hamburg Germany and then in Honolulu Hawaii. Let’s see how many club members we can get to 2020 in Honolulu.
  • Exchange Student Report: Bob Martin’s report on the convention was interrupted by a video chat call from Melanie Meyer, our exchange student that just left and went back to Switzerland. She called David Cather’s phone with video chat. Bob’s report was placed on hold as Melanie said hello to everyone and we all said hello back. We live in an amazing time, when we can video chat live to Switzerland over a cell phone. Melanie reported she is already planning a trip back to visit. Everyone enjoyed hearing from her again so soon.
  • Rotary After Hours: John Eddy announced that the next RAH will be on July 17th, a Tuesday. It will be held at the Blend, a wine tasting venue located in the heart of Key Center. We hope to get a great turnout for this RAH.
  • No Fine Button: Keith Harris auctioned off the no fine button. Bob Martin was the purchaser. No Parking spot was sold, as the parking lot is all torn up with the construction.
  • Wilkinson Park: Randy Barcalow announced a work party for this Saturday morning. Bring ladders and cordless drills.
  • 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: Peter Glein was the Finemaster. Since we had such a low attendance due to the Independence Day Holiday, he had few victims for fines. However he did extract a few dollars from those attending. Happy Bucks: Annmarie Huppert for the rising star award; Tom Borgen for the installation banquet; and Betty Felker for the upcoming GH Film Festival.
Drawing: Larry Olson ran the raffle. Marti Anderson gets 10 free next week, and Derek Young won the right to draw from the chips for the chance at the pot. He drew the white chip for $15.
Program: President Paul was this week’s program. He had a PowerPoint presentation “Strive Towards the Rotary Vision” about the direction of Gig Harbor Rotary for this Rotary Year. The slide show started with a Bruce Lee video. As usual, there were sound problems with the video. This gave Paul his first goal for this year……to get a better sound system that works all the time.
Paul showed the Rotary International Vision statement: “Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.” Through the avenues of service, with the club members and with cooperation of the three Gig Harbor Rotary Clubs, our goal is to exemplify this vision. A series of Objectives have been formulated from the board and club. The 2018 – 2019 Gig Harbor Rotary Objectives were presented as follows, the goals to meet these objectives are being developed:
  • Continue Transparency and Opportunity for Member Input.
  • Continue Frequent Reports from Avenues of Service.
  • Continue Recognition of Members for their Efforts.
  • Continue Autonomy of Avenues of Service.
  • Continue use of Clubrunner for Members Communication for Club Officers.
  • Continue Mentorship Program.
  • Continue Having Fun and Positive Social Interactions.
  • Strengthen Connection Between Club, Interact and Earlyact.
  • Strengthen Member Familiarity With and Use of Dropbox.
  • Strengthen Ties to Other Gig Harbor Rotary Clubs.
  • Strengthen Club (esp. youth) Input into Distributions From GHR Foundation.
  • Strengthen Community Recognition of Efforts Made by GHRC.
  • Explore “Rotary Only” Social Media for the 3 GH Rotary Clubs.
  • Explore Partnership with Other Rotary Clubs to establish Community or University Based Rotaract.
  • Explore Consolidation of Committees/Boards within Club/Foundations.
  • Explore/Examine/Implement/Delay Ideas raised in Brainstorming Session, Club assembly and Survey Monkey.
  • Examine Rule of 85 and Degree of Member Involvement.
  • Complete Efforts of Study Group to Make Recommendations to the Board to:
  1. Revamp Clubrunner and Create a Donor Focused Website.
  2. Develop Endowment Fundraising Strategy/Tactics.
The slide show ended with a BIG BANG slide.
Paul ended the meeting with a ringing of the cow bell on his gavel.
Notes by Chuck Perry