Posted by Marcia Harris
Call to Order: President Paul opened the meeting with a ring of the bell at 7:30. The invocation/thoughts for the week by Brady Buskirk; Hal Cline led us in ‘God Bless America’; Pledge led by Chuck Perry; followed by the Four Way Test.
Visiting Rotarians: Coach introduced the visiting Rotarians: Bill Evans, Pt Orchard, and from Tacoma Barry & Sharon Benson, Linda Kaye Briggs (former member of our club) and Judge Kathryn Nelson.
Guests: This week’s guests included: Jennifer Barthens & Carol Hinelrus (Hal Hodgens); Susan Wadrow (Dorothy Wimberly); Geoff Barcalow (Randy’s son); Bill Grubbs (Mary) and Dave Freeman’s grandson Evan.
Opening Comments: President Paul: Last week the Buddy Bench we dedicated at Artondale Elementary (thank you Corey & the Community Service committee); the Gig Harbor Rotary fund- raising web site is under development. It will provide access to making on-line donations to the Areas of Service and to the four Gig Harbor Rotary Foundations. Stay tuned.
September Birthdays – Camilla Brocker & Cynthia Kennedy (2nd), Jim Reick (13th), Veronica Hooper (14th), Gary Imel (16th), Juanita Carbaugh (19th), Vicki Hogan (23rd ), John Dunham (28th) and Duane Fister 30th). Anniversaries of Note: Ron & JoAnn Roberts (55 yrs); Buck & Kay Frymier (53 yrs); Terry & Lynn Brown (30 yrs); John & Nicole Duppenthaler (24 yrs)
  • The Rotary Club calendar is a work in process. A strategic calendar will eventually be on Dropbox.
  • Betty Felker reminded us of the G.H. Film Festival, September 13 – 16. There is an amazing array of 80 film makers. Don’t miss it!
  • A three GH Clubs’ Rotary (adult) Picnic is coming Sept 16th at Paul Alvestad’s, 5:00 p.m. The cost is $10 each; sign-up deadline Monday Sept.10.
  • The Gig Harbor Kiwanis provided the Flag Day breakfast. The Community Service Committee provided an $800 ‘thank you’ donation (our weekly breakfast expense). A lovely thank you was received.
Fines & Happy Bucks:  Doing the honors this week was Mac Pinch. Mac pointed our Vanberg’s thick hair & sparse beard and Scott McVay’s sparse hair & dense beard. Mac suggested they may want to trade ‘beauty secrets! Thankfully the Eastern Washington smoke has cleared. Worried though about the Key Peninsula smoke near Jeff’s property. It was noted that Bill Evan’s shorts were the color of ‘farmed salmon’. Happy Bucks: Cindy Reed is headed to Europe for three weeks; Dave Cathers up-coming Basket Brigade reminder, Norma Whitacre reminder of the concert & salmon dinner at Dave Morris’. A few tickets are remaining. Contact Norma.
Raffle: Marti Andersen won 10 free next week. Lucky Hal Cline had a chance to draw for $169. The white chip netted $15 instead.
Program: Carol Hendricks – Swaziland Days for Girls
Hal Hodgins introduced our speaker who serves as the Snoqualimie Chapter Director of the project. The ‘Days for Girls’, now an international program, was launched by the Snoqualmie Rotary club in November 2013 in Swaziland, Africa (with a population of 250,000 orphans). We learned that girls worldwide miss school 5 days every month during their menstrual periods because they don’t have access to sanitary napkins or alternative supplies. This project started by providing ‘a kit’ of washable pads, liners, shield, bags and panties. The kits last up to three years. The popularity of the solution has changed from ‘a poor girls choice’ to ‘a smart girls choice’.
Originally the Snoqualmie Club made and provided ‘the kits’. The program has grown and in 2017 they started a self-sustaining leadership team. They have started five Swaziland enterprise centers, making and marketing the kits. The program is becoming locally self-sustaining. One added bonus is that the women working in the project earn income too.
This is a project accomplishing the initial 2013 vision: Girls are no longer missing school.
President Paul adjourned the meeting at 8:35.
Scribe: Marcia Harris