Posted by Walker Allen
GH Rotary President Mel Santos presiding; Invocation: Jeff Harris; Pledge: President Mel; Song: Hal Cline and Howard Mackert led us in a verse of “God Bless America”; 4-Way Test of the Things We Think, Say or Do: Betty Felker
Visiting Rotarians: Don Buchanan announced that there were no visiting Rotarians
Guests: John Guardia, Guest of Ben Paganelli; Sue Jensen, Guest of Al and Joanne Bucholz; David Holsinger, Guest of Sophie Perkins;(there may have been others but they were not on the sign-in sheet)
President Mel’s Opening Comments:
  • President Mel showed photos of the team at SeaTac heading for the Philippines, including PDG Bob Martin (and his granddaughter Olivia, from Spokane, and soon to be a Rotary Exchange student), Jan Martin, Larry Olson, Pam Smith Lee Smith, Mac Pinch, and Mike Pinch (Carina is already there).
  • It is very important for all Club Members participate/contribute in some way to the success of the Auction. If someone is unable to attend, it is suggested that a cash contribution be made via John Mitchell (and let your Team Captain know).
  • Next Friday, the Interact Club will conduct the meeting during the absence of President Mel.
Reports and Announcements:
  • Melanie Meyer (our Rotary Exchange Student from Switzerland)
    • Last Friday she attended a Rotary Exchange Student Leadership Conference where they dressed as aliens (gold leggings, etc.)
    • Attended a Dinners 4 8 with prominent Youth Exchange Committee Members
    • On Valentine’s Day her host mother Deborah Krishnadasan prepared a breakfast of heart-shaped French Toast plus strawberries
    • They don’t do these celebrations in Switzerland
  • Rotary Auction – Hal Hodgins
    • The Ronda Mackert Concert has been set as September 23 for the Auction.
    • The masterpiece, “entry table” by Dick Vanberg was displayed. (to this note-taker, it looked like a ¼ round “birdseye maple” entry table – absolutely magnificent!
    • “Big Board” status – we’re slightly ahead of last year, but we need to reach the goals.
    • Bottles of wine are needed for the “Wine Toss” – a couple of bottles from each member are still needed – drop off at Juanita Carbaugh’s office or bring this coming Friday
  • Gateway Park Pavilion Project – Jeff Harris
    • Jeff shared pictures of various stages of the building
    • Recognized Keith Koelker for his tireless work on the Pavilion Project – including his artful post anchor base designs
    • Recognized Don Rees for the use of his shop and equipment for preparation of the wood for the pavilion
    • Recognized the efforts of numerous Rotarians in the staining and decking preparation.
  • Blue Badge Promotions – Dave Morris
    • Jennifer Hamilton
    • Camilla Brocker
  • Altrusa’s “Empty Bowls” event – Pat Schmidt
    • Held Saturday, February 17 at the Boys and Girls Club
  • Peninsula Schools Dance Program– Lillian Page, Principal of Vaughn Elementary
    • Ms Page came to thank Gig Harbor Rotary for their support of the dance program because:
      • It gave some children a chance to learn manners and customs they might not have a chance to learn otherwise.
      • It has made a huge difference in their behavior at school
  • Film Festival – Betty Felker
    • Hard to believe this is the 10th year
    • The 72-Hour event is back
  • Youth Services Committee – Jeanie Simmons
    • Attempted attendance/participation bribery – offering donuts at the meeting following our regular meeting
    • The meeting was held in Harbor Place (not sure if there were any donuts left since several Members were observed rushing to attend – very tricky Jeanie)
    • Important program that has brought us many delightful exchange students.
Fine Master – Chris Myers
  • Apparently wanting to alleviate President Mel’s chagrin at being repeatedly fined, the Finemaster quite generously provided President Mel with an envelope containing 20 crisp new one dollar bills. Apparently President Mel would have none of it, so he immediately put the $20 into the fine cup.
Raffle Ticket Drawing
  • Jim Rieck won another 10 Free (as a result of his 10 free last week)
  • Marcia Harris pulled the blue chip and won $387.
Program:
Club Assembly conducted by President-elect Paul Alvestad. We were assigned to groups based on a colored “chip” handed out as we came into the meeting. Each group was asked what we liked about our Club meetings, didn’t like, what could make them more interesting, what changes would we like to see (there was a suggestion that the Harris’ (Jeff and Marcia) be ineligible for further “winnings” .
Meeting Adjourned at 8:30AM
Notes by Walker Allen