Posted by Jill Guernsey on Sep 17, 2019
Opening Bell by Pres. Hal at 7:30 am. Invocation: by Ron Roberts with a moving tribute to the 18th anniversary of 911. Pledge of Allegiance by Terry Brown. National Anthem led by Hal Cline. Four Way Test by Bob Ryan.
Visiting Rotarians: Coach introduced visiting Rotarian Blasé Gorm, aka Joyce Taylor’s husband (Skookum Club). 
Guests of Rotarians: Rep. Jesse Young; our speaker, Dan Lochner; Gary Pellett introduced his wife, Chris; Anessa and Reid Anderson, future host parents of Anne-Marie Botterud, our exchange student; potential member Jordan Poore; David Holsinger; and Michael Daniel.
Calendar – Upcoming events include:
            Harbor Hounds tomorrow (9/14)
            Auction Committee meeting next Tuesday, 9/17, at 6:00 pm at Lee Smith’s house.
Opening Comments:
            New Attendance Rule – Pres. Hal explained the proposed new rule which will be sent out (Note:  Hal is a self-described recovering lawyer so he likes things that read clearly and the attendance rules did not).  We need to vote on the proposal soon.
            Blue Badge Presentation – Lyn Junge gave a blue badge to Steve O’Donnell, who does way too many things to list here.  Has earned his blue badge in record time. 
            Gig Harbor Rotary Foundation update – Scott Junge told us what the GHF has been doing: 
1.         Creating a mission statement: To fund and to support charitable projects within our Rotary Club’s areas of service;  Community, Vocational, Education, and Youth. 
2.         Creating a vision statement:  Strengthening our community by encouraging generosity and connecting people who care with causes that matter.
3.         GHF Became a public foundation.
4.         GHF received a $14,000 refund from the IRS.
5.         Adopted policies (ie, investment and fund management policies).
6.         Awarded scholarships.
7.         Created a website which showcases what we have done.
8.         Created brochures and rack cards.
Scott reminded us that we are all members of the GH Foundation!
            Dave Morris mentioned the Conservation Easement 101 event at 6:00 – 7:00 pm, Sept 30th at Sehmel Park which will educate us on conservation easements.
            Oyster Fest – Blasé Gorm reminded us that Oyster Fest is October 5th – 6th in Shelton. 
            GH Film Festival – Betty Felker gave u an update, including over 100 entries
            STAR Awards – Sharon Shaffer thanked us for the response last week with names of potential nominees.  Keep those names coming in by Friday the 20th.  Nominee selected on 9/27 at our morning meeting.
            Dick Vanberg talked about nominating a Rotary Exchange student.  Sophomore year is the best year to go.  Call Dick for details.
Fine master Dave Cathers made all fine recipients within the last 6 months go to the front of the room, and those who didn’t stand were fined.  For those confused guests who thought that since they were sitting down they had to pay a fine, Holly from Cottesmore explained that they didn’t have to pay (it takes a village).
Happy bucks: Betty was happy to have hosted Ann Marie and others at a Dinners for 8 and encouraged us to invite her to dinner and get to know her.  Chris Ryan did an off the cuff about last weekend (lightening and football). Rodd Ladd is hitting the road again in his RV. Donna Lormor is happy to have a new hip. Marti is happy, period.  Annie is happy that her sister passed the bar exam. 
Raffle by Steve O’Donnell.  Free tickets to the film festival went to John Guardia, Steve Skibbs, and Bob Ryan.  10 free to Ben Paganelli.  Walker Allen drew a white chip, so he didn’t win.
Program:  Ben Paganelli introduced Dan Lochner from the USO Northwest.  Ben reminded us that in the past the Club has provided food to the USO.  Dan is the new manager of the USO Shali Center and is here to present some alternative ideas of what our club could do. 
The USO was founded in 1941 at the suggestion of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.  United Service Organizations (6 organizations came together to form the USO). Local USO Northwest established in 1966 and includes WA and OR with 5 USO centers, including SeaTac, the largest. 
The USO is a non-government organization.  91 cents out of every $1.00 goes directly to programs and services.  In 2018 the USO served 830,000 military and their family members. 
The USO serves and supports active military members and serve meals at various times including homecoming and departure.  He showed a great slideshow and talked about ways our Club could help.
  • Become a Volunteer
  • Sponsor a specific event, such as a “No dough dinner” at the end of each month (for about $850)
  • Donation station (as with BMW NW)
Dan Lochner can be reached thru Ben or at
President Hal ended the meeting at 8:30 am.