Posted by Marcia Harris
Call to Order: President Mel Santos rang the bell at 7:30 AM, Invocation by Jan Martin; Pledge by President Mel; “God Bless America” was led by Hal Cline & Cassie McMurtrey, PHS Interact Club; Cindy Reed led us in the Four Way Test.
Visiting Rotarians: Walt Paulsen welcomed Andy Ritting from the Midday Club joined by Joyce Taylor from the Shelton – Skookum Club.
Guests: Tim & Avery Toeber, Cassie McMurtrey (Interact), Joseph Denton, former member Jim Hansen and Sue Jensen.
Opening Comments: Cassie McMurtrey provided an Interact update which includes a book and shoe drive for the Philippines, currently underway. President Mel announced that 14 club members are registered for the District Conference May 4 & 5, in Tacoma. Possibly a club record for conference participation? He also provided a gentle reminder that all members need to be respectful of speakers/presenters, even if we disagree with the message.
  • Exchange student Melanie Meyer was still in Mexico with two host families. From the pictures she’s posted, looks like a fun trip.
  • Andy Ritting presented a $1,000 Midday Club donation to the Olson Foundation. Mark your calendars: July 20th is midday’s major fund raiser: Golf-a-Rita Ville.
  • Cindy Reed announce an Old Fashion Picnic on May 11th when Melanie Meyer’s parents will be visiting. Still on Melanie’s ‘bucket list’: a speed boat ride, sailing, Paddle Boarding and water skiing. Contact Cindy or Jeannie Simmons to arrange a date.
  • Jill Guernsey & Randy Barcalow need Wilkinson Fence Work Party volunteers tomorrow, Saturday April 21st from 9:00 – noon.
Fines & Happy Bucks: Marcia Harris used Lee Smith’s no fine button to provide some Friday morning exercise: standing up for Lee Smith, Peninsula Light Board Candidate followed by another stand up exercise, reminding the few who haven’t yet voted in the Peninsula School District Bond Levy, to cast their ballot by April 24th.
Fine Master Paul Willett celebrated ‘Pot Day’. Since the intended ‘finee victims’ weren’t present, Hal Cline became the designated victim, bestowing on him a lei, a bag of munchies and an official pot hat. Does that make Hal a ‘pothead’?
Lots of happy bucks from Paul Alvestad, Dave Gordon, Buck, Mike Pinch & Howard Mackert. T
Drawing: Rod Ladd gets 10 free next week. Al Abbott’s ticket was pulled for a chance to chance to draw to draw the blue chip and he did! A happy Al went home with an extra $331.
Two Programs:
 Dave Cathers: ‘How to Fix Furniture Dings’ Dave provided many practical tips on how to restore those occasional dings in our favorite wood furniture. Tip # 1: Less is more. Then consider whether wood or veneer, the depth of scar and how to seal the repair (depends on the finish). Fixing furniture dings can require a lot of work (sounds like a guy thing for escaping to the garage). Dave concluded with a final secret, (he assured us is not an “old wives” tale), mayonnaise works!!
Thanks Dave for the practical information. Please do a follow up program on what to do when about dings/scratches on plastic furniture. 😊
Mel Wick:: Reclassification Talk”
Mel provided a very interesting reclassification talk about his family history, interesting factoids about his biography, and many major highlights of our club history. Here are a few highlights of what we learned:
  • Mel’s family history in the Tacoma/Gig Harbor area started with the immigration of his Norwegian grandparents in 1904.
  • After graduating as the first Wilson H.S. graduate class (along w/Gary Glein) and a few bumps along the road, Mel achieved a Civil Engineering and Master’s Degree from the University of Washington.
  • In the course of his fast track career at PacCar, Mel purchased his first rental unit in 1966.
  • The rental purchase marked the beginning of a very successful transition into real estate and property management.
  • 1984 marked the year when Mel joined Rotary ‘for all the wrong reasons’.
  • The club’s first big service project was funding & construction of the ‘Head of the Harbor’.
  • The 1989 R.I. annual conference in Portland changed Mel’s Rotary commitment. After Portland, Mel was no longer a club member, he became a ‘Rotarian’.
  • Early 1990’s, Joann Roberts & Lorraine Green launched the Courage Classic spaghetti feed support for Mary Bridge child sexual assault program.
  • The 2000 Latvia hospital project was another landmark in Mel’s Rotary life. The Latvia project created a new club energy & interest in international projects.
  • In his 35 years as a Rotarian, Mel has visited more than 150 other clubs. His experience qualifies him as a expert, when he states: the Rotary Club of Gig Harbor is THE BEST.
  • Mel concluded his reclassification talk by encouraging all members to attend an international conference (opportunities this June in Toronto and 2019 in Germany).
President Mel adjourned the meeting at 8:34.
Notes by Marcia Harris