Posted by Jill Guernsey
Opening Bell: By Pres. Paul Alvestad at 7:30 am. Invocation by John Duppenthaler. Pledge of Allegiance by Sharon Shaffer. National Anthem by Hal Cline and the Rotary Club Backup Singers. Four Way Test by Stan Eastberg.
Visiting Rotarians: Jacqui Curtis and Leslie Reynolds-Taylor, Port Orchard Rotary Club, and Larry Treleven from Tacoma Rotary 8.
Guests of Rotarians included Steve O’Donnell, Denise (last name unknown) from Bremerton, and prospective member Tom Stanfield.
Opening Comments by Pres. Paul included a rundown of the calendar for the next few weeks, and Rotary 101 Lesson #6 about our club endowment fund.
  • The Festival of Trees which benefits the Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital will be held again this year and Walt Paulsen could use some help with set up and take down of walls for the gift shop. He needs crew on 11/26 (1:00 pm) and 12/2 (10:00 am). Sign up sheets next week.
  • Basket Brigade. Dave Cathers needs help decorating boxes. Location: TNA hanger. Contact Dave for details.
  • Bike Build. Lee Smith needs 4 volunteers on 11/17 (Sat) at 8:00 am. Fun time at the LeMay warehouse in Tacoma. Contact Lee for details.
  • Tom Borgen needs volunteers for the Turkey Trot sponsored by the GH North Rotary Club. Thanksgiving Day, early in the morning. The Turkey Trot benefits are for our local FISH Food Bank. Contact Tom for details.
Finemaster Peter Glein looked a little tired this morning after taking care of the kids last night while Beth was at Girls Night Out. He tried to fine others whose wives/SOs got home around midnight but had no takers, so he suffered alone. He also fined everyone who voted and was roundly, booed but he did it anyway.
Raffle: Larry Olson did the raffle and, not surprisingly, Marcia Harris drew the incorrect chip.
Program: Hal Hodgins introduced today’s program: The Rotary Foundation, by Howard Svigals and Bob Martin. Excellent power point presentation by Howard and Bob did “the ask.“ Interesting points from the presentation included:
  • Charity Navigator has given The Rotary Foundation 4 stars (highest rating) for 11 years based on overhead (small) and what TRF does.
  • Howard talked about TRF’s 3 “buckets”:
  • End Polio Now (currently only 27 cases in the world) and $50M raised and matched by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation;
  • Annual Fund which goes for grants to support current projects throughout clubs (currently has $120M);
  • Endowment Fund to secure tomorrow. This is a “legacy” fund worth $1B (yes, Billion).
Closing: President Paul ended the meeting at 8:32 am.
Notes by Jill Guernsey