Posted by Jill Guernsey
Opening Bell: By Pres. Paul Alvestad at 7:30 am. Invocation: by Marti Anderson. Pledge of Allegiance: by Gary Glein. Songs: Oh, Canada, followed by The Star-Spangled Banner, led by Hal Cline and assisted by Randy Spitzer. Four Way Test: by Fred Labayen.
Visiting Rotarians: Introduced by Coach Jack Stonestreet: District Governor Craig Gillis from Campbell River, BC; Katie Hopkins (North Mason); Howard Svigals (GH Midday). Guests: Tom Borgen introduced Erin O’Neill and Eric Morton from the Peninsula School District (PSD); Jill Guernsey introduced Tom Stanfield, Heron’s Key Marketing and Sales Director; Debbie Miller introduced Jordan Poore, with The Doty Group; and Scott Junge introduced former member Jim Hansen who has visited more than some of our “active members.” Pam’s daughter and son in law, Delaine and Max Morgan, joined us, as did Mel Wick’s nurse, Tina.
Opening Comments: Pres. Paul mentioned a few upcoming events, including Harbor Hounds (9/8/18) and the Courage Classic (8/25th and 26th). Todd Fletcher gave an update on the construction project at Cottesmore while we feasted on plastic plates.
  • Tiny House Project: Eric Morton (PSD) thanked our club for our $3500 donation for a welder for students in the Skilled Trades Pre-Apprenticeship Program. He presented a short slideshow showing the various activities and accomplishments by the students this past year, including building a tiny house. 14 students graduated from this program last year. Great job, everyone who was involved in this worthwhile program supporting students in our community.
  • STAR Award Nominations Reminder: Sharon Shaffer did an excellent job of reminding us that the nominees are to be non-Rotarians in the GH area who have shown, by action and deed, their commitment to improve our community in Rotary’s spirit of Service Above Self. Nominations due to Sharon or Al Abbott by September 14th.
  • Vocational Service Award Nomination Reminder: Marcia Harris also did an excellent job of reiterating the criteria for this award, which will be awarded to a Rotarian for commitment to community service beyond Rotary. Nominations due to Marcia or Richard Schmalz by August 31st (next week).
  • Mary Bridge Children’s Courage to Support Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital: John Mitchell reminded us that The Courage is this weekend (August 25 and 26) in Mossy Rock.
  • Three-Club Rotary Picnic: Pres. Paul announced that all three GH Rotary clubs will be hosting a picnic September 16th at his house near Horseshoe Lake. Cost $10 pp; details soon.
  • Thank you to Purdy Topsoil: Scott Junge passed around a note for everyone to sign thanking Purdy Topsoil for supplying gravel for the Wilkinson Farm Fence project. In a rare moment of seriousness, he pointed out that whenever asked for help the people at Purdy Topsoil have come through.
  • Randy Barcalow announced that tomorrow, Saturday, August 25th, is the last work project for the Wilkinson Farm Fence project. He asked us to bring shovels and wheelbarrows so we could fill the fencepost holes with gravel (from Purdy Topsoil of course). He also asked us to bring stapleguns. Chuck Cuzzetto is convinced that the stapleguns will be used to staple the gravel.
Fines and Happy Bucks: Paul Willett was the Finemaster. As usual there were a few unrepeatable fines, but we all took note of the fact that the Club policy has changed and instead of fining the current president, we will fine the past president. Mel Santos laughed and emptied his wallet again. Annie Arbenz wasn’t present but that didn’t stop Paul from fining her for completing the Canadian Iron Man. Of course he did mention that there was a discount because of the Canadian dollar. Happy Bucks: Betty mentioned that there may be a 5th elementary school signing up for Ballroom Dancing; Debbie Miller said her mother is happy at Harbor Place/Cottesmore; and Randy Spitzer said that there is a Tiny House project in South Kitsap School District also, and that they have a place to put the house once completed.
Drawing: Eric McGinnis ran the raffle. The pot is not huge, and we are down to a few chips. Pam won the 10 free tickets for next week and Lee won the right to draw from the chips for the chance at the pot. He lost.
Program: District Governor Craig Gillis did an excellent presentation. But the best news of the entire day was his announcement that our very own Tom Borgen is the next Assistant Governor Area 11 Designate! Congratulations, Tom! Two things to mention re the Governor’s presentation:
  1.  A wise person once told him that people don’t give TO Rotary, they give THROUGH Rotary.
  2. Youth – Please keep doing what you are doing and extend what you are doing. The Rotary Youth Exchange program is one of our most important programs because it helps to share life experiences throughout the world. He mentioned an exchange student from Jakarta that said that the number one thing he will take home is the clean water that comes from the tap! Something we take for granted that is so vital.
President Paul ended the meeting at 8:35 am
Notes by Jill Guernsey