Posted by Alan Weaver
Opening Bell: Right on time at 7:30 am by President Paul Alvestad. Pledge of Allegiance by Dave Gillespie; Invocation by John Ciccarelli; Song “God Bless America” by Hal Cline and ably assisted by Dave Gillespie and Mike Pinch; Four Way Test by Tony Michaelson; Visiting Rotarians and Guests, unknown to this scribe who neglected to pick up the signup sheet but recognized Warren Zimmerman of the Gig Harbor Chamber of Commerce and regular guests of Dave Holsinger (of Sophie Perkins) and prospective member Tom Stanfield (of Jill Guernsey).
Various Announcements, Featured Items and “Stuff”:
  • Calendar: Nothing coming up for our club in the first week of October but on October 6th and 7th is the Shelton’s club Oyster Fest. Many of our members intend to attend. The second week of October will have at least four committee meetings.
  • Club Picnic at President Paul’s ranch and, as reported by him, had the good news in that no one became ill from the food.
  • Dave Crothers reported that the Basket Brigade of providing a Thanksgiving Day basket is gearing up and he requested volunteers to sign up.
  •  Warren Zimmerman of the Chamber of Commerce made what he called a “commercial pitch” for our members to sign up for one of two Chamber sponsored trips to Tuscany, Italy this fall for only $2,699 per person which includes air fare and hotels.
  • Communities in Schools/Peninsula chair head Dick Vanberg and his sidekick Ron Roberts reported that the committee is in need of additional math but mostly reading tutors for four local schools including Evergreen, Vaughn, Harbor Heights and Purdy. Both Dick and Ron have been active in the program for many, many years. The service involves meeting with the assigned student once per week for one hour after school on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday.
  • Lee Smith who has coordinated volunteers for the Gig Harbor Sip and Stroll event for at least the last three years is again looking for volunteers. Last year over 700 tickets were sold and over $10,000 was raised for the project.
  • Peter Glein handled the Fines and Happy Bucks portion with not much material to work with except Betty Felker was more than overjoyed that the Gig Harbor Film Festival had been ranked within the top 100 of over 5,000 film festivals in the country.
  • Raffle handled by Larry Olson with Pam Peterson Smith winning ten free tickets for next week and longtime member Mel Wick striking out in his attempt to take the $205 pot.
            At 7:55 am Hal Hodgins introduced today’s speaker Jeff Langhelm who is the City of Gig Harbor Public Works Director (who grew up in Rosedale as a member of a large Langhelm family which lived near the foot of Rosedale Hill and who, also, is Dave Gordon’s son-in-law).
                To an attentive audience Jeff gave an extremely interesting speech but which was absolutely impossible to categorize or summarize because of the numerous projects discussed and the huge number of cost figures mentioned. Here are just a few. The population of the City of Gig Harbor has increased 30% in the last three years to just over 10,300 persons. He explained that for an average or bigger project to get completed, it must be on an approved list for several years in order to attract either federal or state funding. Two of the more interesting future projects (at least to this scribe) are putting in a roundabout at the intersection of Stinson and Rosedale Streets and building an overpass from near the old Strohs store south across State 16.
                Since Jeff had spoken to us about three years ago, he quit at exactly 8:30 am with absolutely no prompting from either President Paul or Hal. Meeting adjourned ten seconds later.
Scribe: Al Weaver