Posted by Tom Borgen
Call to Order at 7:25 by President Mel. Invocation by Better Felker. Pledge- President Mel, Song- Hal Cline, Randy and Pat let the song. Four WayTest- by the person standing closest to the banner who could read? Mel did find one.
Visiting Rotarians; Barry Benson- A great friend of the club from Tacoma 8. Barry is amazed at the number of Tac 8 members who have defected across the bridge to our club over the years.
Guests of Rotarians; Tim Toerber (Annie’s friend) and next on list to be inducted into the club as a new member. Tim previously belonged to Tacoma Sunrise. By the way he oversees the flight scheduling going in and out of Seatac, should be a great classification talk!
Announcements:
  • Exchange Student; Melanie Myers- Has had a fun birthday week, even though our b-day cakes are not quite the same as they are in Switzerland. Her weekend included a movie party with friends. The fun was tempered this week with the fact she had semester finals and was happy to see them over!
  • Rotary Auction- Auction leader Hal and team provided an update. 98 tickets sold to date so please purchase online or get help from Rod. Procurement team captains should be contacting you. Mine just called me while I was writing this up so I know Dr. John and other captains are “dialing for items.” Let’s give the auction team the support they need to make things happen! It’s going to be a fun event!
  • Gig Harbor Rotary Foundation Election- Ed Lindstrom, representing the foundation board held the election for the two open board spots. Peter Stanley and Dave Gordon, both current board members were reelected to the board and ran unopposed.
  • Star Awards- Coming up Feb 2; Sharon says there are over 75 members signed up and thanks everyone for the support in honoring others for their work.
  • Sip and Stroll- Coming up Feb 10, Lee says they expect to sell out the 500 tickets. Check your email if you signed up to work the event for details.
  • Youth Exchange; Jeanie explained our club and Midday are going to move to an every other year format in hosting an exchange student. Both clubs will work closely together as the change is made. John Dunham also mentioned Daniela our previous exchange student is planning a trip to Gig Harbor.
 Fine Master and Happy Bucks; Paul Willet-Took great pleasure in fining Pres Mel against his objections he was exempt, fining all the Norwegians in the club for Trumps remarks about we need more Norwegians in the country and I think should have fined himself for explaining how to fish in Donkey creek. “Look for the silver things swimming upstream and not the brown round things going downstream”, in reference to the sewer plant being upstream. Good advice Paul!
Program: Richard Schmatz- “Vocational Service”
 Richard did a great job on this presentation! A great example of a younger member stepping up as a new Avenue of Service committee chair and board member this year and really making things happen, for this we thank you Richard! Vocational Service continues to evolve within Rotary and the Club. As Richard stated vocational service It’s really working to help others using the respective skill sets and vocations of the members. It can take the form of everything from helping member Howard Mackert establish the Cars 4 Change program to providing refurbished vehicles to those in need of transportation, The new “First Tee” program, The Prison Reentry Program classes, scholarships and mentoring to assist the women at the Purdy Prison to the Stars Awards the committee puts on every year to honor others in the community who exemplify “Service above Self” in helping others and the community. The committee is beginning to plan for next year so bring yourself and ideas to the next meeting and join the fun!
Meeting adjourned at 8:30
Submitted by Tom Borgen