Posted by Chuck Cuzzetto on Sep 30, 2019

Slide show prior to the opening bell highlighted the Gig Harbor Film Festival, Key
Peninsula Farm Tour, OysterFest, Sip and Stroll, Aloha Rotary, and member pictures.
Opening Bell: at 7:21 a.m. by President Hodgins. Invocation: by Mel Santos. Pledge
of Allegiance:
lead by Jim Good. Song: “God Bless America” led by Hal Cline, Geoff Barcalow, and guest Larry Gaffney. Four Way Test: by Jordan Poore.
Visiting Rotarians: Coach introduced Michael King.
Guests: Ken Norbe, Chris Pellet, Kurt Grimmer, Dean Burke, Larry Gaffney, David Holsinger, Jesse Young, and Oliver and Rocky Pinch.
Opening Comments: President Hodgins talked about a replacement for ClubRunner being developed by Geoff Barcalow, and shared that the three Gig Harbor Rotary Clubs are exploring a sister city relationship with Bouda, Norway. He also noted that the
calendar reflected a light week.
  •  President Hodgins introduced a bylaw change regarding attendance put forth by the Board. A motion to approve was moved and seconded. A robust conversation was held about the importance of “expected” versus “encouraged.”
The motioner and the seconder agreed to a friendly amendment to change
“encouraged” to “expected.” The motion carried by more than a two-thirds vote.
  •  Lyn Junge presented two new members (Jordan Poore and Garry Schneider)
and their sponsors (Debbie Miller and Paul Alvestad, respectively). Duane Fister conducted the induction and presented the world’s newest Rotarians to the membership.
  • Norma Whitacre announced the 2 nd Career Fair at Henderson Bay High School on Wednesday, October 16, 9:00 – noon. She has 15 volunteers so far, and could use more. Mel Santos discussed his experience last year and encouraged others to participate.
  • Exchange Student Ann-Marie Botterud recapped her busy week attending cross country activities, visiting Seattle, and having fun with Spirit Week at school in advance of Homecoming.
  •  Rod Ladd announced that the International Committee meetings are returning to Timberland Bank.
Fines and Happy Bucks: Mr. Christopher Myers was the fine Fine Master. He fined Pam Peterson for her disparaging comments about a prideful club; Steve O’Donnell for his Gateway appearance; Larry Gaffney for his recruitment campaign; Jordan Poore and Garry Schneider for their first fine; Kurt Grimmer just because; Scott Junge for connecting his retirement to Foundation donations; Brett DeSantis for showing up; Scott McVay for his team “Couging” it (and then all other Cougars); Lutes’ Coyner, Duppenthaler, Jorgenson, and Buskirk (for Bonney) for losing; and Jim Rieck for just being a loser. Happy Bucks were shared by Howard Mackert, Cindy Reed, Bob Martin,
and Pam Peterson.

Drawing: Larry Olson ran the raffle. The pot was $547 and we are down to four chips.
Mike Pinch won the 10 free tickets for next week and Gary Pellet won the right to draw from the chips for the chance at the pot. He drew a white chip so the pot moves to next week.
Sharon Shaffer coordinated a presentation for 12 amazing nominees for our Star Award. Nominators for each of the nominees were given a few minutes to tell a little about each candidate. All twelve nominees were worthy of consideration. Membership voted and turned ballots in to Sharon.

Dean Burke, CEO of Travel Tacoma and South Sound Sports Commission, presented information about tourism throughout the County. The goal is to get tourists to visit our beautiful area, stay a few nights, and leave a pile of money. With a geographic theme of Mountains, City, and Sea, the area offers a lot for tourists. Some County-wide numbers:
$1.19 billion in tourism spending, 3.33 million overnight visitors, with 1.6 million room nights. Tacoma benefits from 45% of the activity, while Gig Harbor is about 4%.
President Hodgins ended the meeting at 8:35.