Posted by Chuck Cuzzetto on Nov 01, 2019
These are the notes from the 11/1/2019 meeting.

Last Friday November 1, 2019 

Slide show prior to the opening bell highlighted our exchange student Ann-Marie enjoying Halloween and flying, pictures of activity for the Philippines, and upcoming events (Veterans’ Day, Girls’ Night Out, and Aloha Rotary). 

Opening Bell: at 7:28 a.m. by President Hodgins. Invocation: by Tim Toeber. Pledge of Allegiance: lead by Stan Eastberg. Song: “God Bless America” led by Hal Cline, high-pitched Peter Glein, and former member Michael Daniel.  Four Way Test: by David Olson.  

Visiting Rotarians: Coach introduced Rick Vahl. Guests: Todd Meyer, Chris Pellett, Michael King, Michael Daniel, Robin Callahan, and a “monkey in the room.” 


Opening Comments:  

  • President Hodgins reflected on the graduation ceremony he attended at WTC Purdue with 14 graduates – all with varying backgrounds.   

  • President Hodgins recapped the calendar, a light week; and noted the following holiday schedule: no meetings 11/29 and 12/27, meeting as scheduled 1/3/2020. 

  • President Hodgins announced that Paul Alvestad has butchered the cow that someone won at the auction. The cow is aging in Paul’s living room, waiting for the winner to come pick it up and pay for it. 

  • President Hodgins presided over the Halloween Costume Contest.  Participants included Mike Pinch, Sophie Perkins, Larry Olson, John Lantz, Randy Spitzer, Mac Pinch, Chuck Perry, and President Hal.  After much (way too much) deliberation by judges Debbie Miller and Jordan Poore, a tie was declared between the StayPuff Marshmallow Man and the On A Monkey’s Back Man. 


  • Jill Guernsey reminded everyone about the Veterans’ Day luncheon on 11/11 at 11:30.  Tickets are available on Eventbrite.  

  • David Cathers provided an update on the Basket Brigade. He is expecting the need to be around 1,500 baskets again this year. 

  • Mel Santos promised a fun time for all at the Rotary Holiday Party on December 14. Twenty-two Rotarians and guests have already signed up. Tickets are $30 for a steak or salmon dinner, DJ, dancing, and reindeer games. 

  • Terry Brown introduced Rick Vahl from Eatonville Rotary to talk about Build-A-Bike. Our club has provided $1,500 in funding for the activity. 

  • Scott Junge acknowledged Dave Morris and thanked him again for his generous donation to the GH Rotary Foundation. It was significantly more than previously announced. 


Fines and Happy Bucks: 

Mr. Mac Pinch and his monkey (Everybody’s Got Something to Hide Except for Mac and His Monkey) was Fine Master. He fined Chuck Perry for his fine fitting costume, John Lantz for Zorro, Randy Spitzer for wearing the same outfit two weeks in a row, Betty Felker for costuming as Bob Felker, Jeff Harris for impersonating Dave Cathers, Tim Williams for impersonating the Walrus, Hal Cline as Leslie Nielsen, and Fred Labayen for needing a ticket.  Happy Bucks were offered by: Randy Spitzer, Betty Felker, Brent Tayet, and Gary Pellett 

Drawing: Annmarie Huppert ran the raffle. The pot was $129, with 15 chips. The scribe did not see who won the ten free. Guest Chris Pellet won the right to draw from the chips for the chance at the pot. She drew a white chip so the pot moves to next week. 



Camilla Brocker introduced our own Bob Martin to talk about the Rotary Foundation. Bob is the Foundation Chair for our club and he celebrated that 32 members have contributed a total of more than $5,000 to the current end-polio effort. He noted that our club has contributed over $600,000 to the Foundation, and counting. He is looking forward to hitting $1 million. Currently, only one-half the club participates, with 56 members still on the sideline. Two years ago the Rotary Foundation was named the Best Charitable Foundation in the World, and is always in the top ten. Polio eradication is the most visible of many of the programs of the Foundation. Bob showed a video talking about the Foundation’s efforts.  

Mike Pinch shared Foundation activity and results from the Philippines and Jeff Harris and Tom Borgen recapped efforts in Guatemala. Bob ended with a short video on how and why to get involved. 

President Hodgins ended the meeting at 8:29. 

Notes by Chuck Cuzzetto