Posted by Chuck Perry
Slide show prior to the opening bell. 21 pictures from a global grant on a Guatemalan water project. If you have photos of any Rotary functions, please share them with Paul and he will share them with the club during the opening slide show.
Opening Bell: By President Paul Alvestad at 7:31 am. Invocation: by David Gordon, who had forgotten he was on the schedule. So Rod Ladd pulled out a standby invocation which David read to the appreciation of the club. Pledge of Allegiance: by Scribe missed the assigned lead; Song: God Bless America, led by Hal Cline and assisted by Randy Spitzer. Four Way Test: by Ron Roberts. Visiting Rotarians: Introduced by “Coach” Jack Stonestreet; Howard Svigals, Dan Rioux and Kristy Rioux. Guests: Former Club President, Jerry Gibbs, Nick Guardia, and Terry Brown’s wife of 50 years, Lynn Brown.
Opening Comments: It was announced that Kathy Davis-Hayfield, a former member has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer; stage four.
Paul announced that the club is putting together two temporary committees for finance and technology to address club management issues. These committees will be formed in January and they hope to be completed with their charged tasks within a month. Paul announced that the next Rotary After Hours (RAH) will be January 9th. No other details available.
 
Announcements:
  • District Conference: Will be held May 9-12th in Victoria. Marti Anderson spoke on things to do in Victoria, as well as ways to get there. With the Canadian dollar @.73 of the US dollar, some bargains are to be had in transportation, lodging and entertainment. More to follow.
  • Fish sales: Don announced that today was the final day for fish sales.
  • Henderson Career Fair: to be held Feb. 27th .More information to follow.
  • Gig Harbor Rotary Foundation: Dave Gordon announced that the foundation will have two board positions up for election in a few weeks. Bob Dragoo and Ed Lindstrom have both announced that they will be running for reelection.
 
Fines and Happy Bucks: Paul Willett was the Finemaster. Bob Ryan and Marc Jorgensen were fined for sending out tax packets rather than a Christmas card, Gary Glein was fined for his Tesla, and questions if Duane Fister had to do any work on the car, since he was an electrician. Paul, while in San Louise Obispo, met someone who knew Bob Dragoo and Betty Felker, so they were both fined. Then Paul had a joke about the Huskies riding a roller coaster at Disney Land, why not just ride the band bus in Eastern Washington?  Happy Bucks: Terry Brown $50 for their 50th anniversary, Gary Glein for 47 years of marital bliss, Bob Martin for a new hip, Dan Rioux for this being the best Rotary club he has found. Tom Borgen and Cindy Reed had a few more happy bucks.
Drawing: Donna Lormor ran the raffle. The pot is $311and we are down to 8 chips. Cindy Reed won the 10 free tickets for next week and Marcia Harris won the right to draw from the chips for the chance at the pot. She drew the white chip for $15.
 
Program: Howard Svigals introduced Jacques Colon from the Pierce County Department of Health. Pierce County Rotary is looking for a new county wide project to work on since the ending of the Courage Classic. PC Rotary wants to partner with the Department of health to come up with projects to serve this community. Jacques explained that there is a difference between health equality and health equity. Longevity is directly tied to social economic areas. The area of higher land values tends to have higher life expediencies. So they are looking for solutions to get health equities. This was a very interesting program. For more information, go to www.tpchd.org/healthequity . You can also get a copy of the slide show with all the maps, etc. by requesting from Aerin at  rotaryalvestad@gmail.com .
 
Happy New Year!!!!!!
 
President Paul ended the meeting at 8:35
 
Notes by Chuck Perry