Posted by Jill Guernsey
Opening Bell: By Past President Dave Gordon at 7:30 am. Invocation: by Duane Fister. Pledge of Allegiance: by David Olson; Song: National Anthem by Hal Cline and Steve O’Donnell. Four Way Test: by Tom Stanfield.
Visiting Rotarians: Introduced by Coach: “The Lady” Mary Gorman, and Ralph Flick, members of the Mid-Day Club. Guests: Walker Allen’s sisters, Jackie and Eva; Tristan Lester, Cottesmore Remodel Project Administrator; Jerry Lee, Brookdale Administrator; Carrie Ann Ekberg, (Jack Neville’s daughter); former member Jim Hanson; Mel Wick’s friends Nancy and Woody Wright; Zianya Vizcaino, and Noah Flick, Rotary Exchange Students.
Opening Comments: by Pres. Paul Alvestad
  • Please participate in upcoming blood drives in honor of Howard Svigals wife, Elizabeth, who is undergoing cancer treatment and having a very rough time.
  • Geoff Barcalow is going to take over set up of the Club’s website, with help from a small but mighty committee.
  • Paul said something about the Dragon Boats and Richard Pifer jumping out of airplane. Stay tuned as it appears that we may know more about this next week.
  • Jeff Harris showed us the Rotary plaques that will face SR 302 and recognize Rotary’s contribution in building the Peninsula Gateway Park Pavilion.
  • Rod Ladd requested more gently used clothing to pack in the boxes going to the Philippines. Packing party is on May 13th at 5:30 pm at the Ladd-Pinch HQ.
  • Carrie Ann Ekberg invited everyone to the PenMetParks Women’s Wellness Expo on July 13th at Sehmel Park, from 8:30 am – 4:00 pm. She mentioned there will be beer and they need volunteers. Contact Annie Arbenz to volunteer.
  • Noah Flick thanked everyone for the opportunity to go to Hungary next year on the Student Exchange Program.
Inductions: Lyn Junge introduced Steve O’Donnell who is sponsored by Tom Borgen and Lee Smith. Tom said a few words about Kevin Bacon (7 degrees of separation) and we all welcomed Steve. Bob Martin did the honors.
Fines and Happy Bucks: Paul Willett was the Finemaster. David Olson paid a fine for sale of the Boys and Girls Club building to the School District. Brady Buskirk paid a fine for his namesake and their initials. Dave Gordon paid a fine for his Hawaiian shirt. Tim Toerber paid a fine for going to Paul Alvestad’s farm. Paul tried to get all Ford owners to pay a fine and we all ignored him.
Happy Bucks: Mary Gorman invited everyone to the Downtown Waterfront Alliance Volunteer Event on May 16th. Steve O’Donnell thanked all for joining the club. David Olson paid a buck for being here at same time as Emma Conway. Tom Borgen ‘fessed up about missing Dinners for 8 and paid $75 to the Club Foundation. Sharon Shafer thanked everyone who participated in the Rotary Dragon Boat race at the Paddler’s Cup last weekend! Todd Fletcher paid a buck for finally getting permits for the Cottesmore renovation. Noah Flick paid a buck for not being almost knocked into the water by one of the boats (not the Rotary boat) in the Dragon Boat races last weekend.
Drawing: Donna Lormor ran the raffle. Gary Glein won the 10 free tickets for next week and David Olson won the right to draw for $253 from the chips for the chance at the pot. He drew the white chip for $15.
Program: Hal Hodgins introduced Zianya Vizcaino, the Mid-day Club’s exchange student from Cozumel, Mexico. We learned that Cinco de Mayo is not a major holiday, but Day of the Dead is!
We learned that Cozumel is the largest of the Caribbean islands and is mostly inhabited by Americans who live there in the winter. Racoons and foxes live there too, but unlike the Americans, they don’t leave in the summer. Hurricanes occur frequently and in 2005 the island was severely damaged by Hurricane Irma (?).
Zianya showed pictures of the beach, the ocean and great places to see, including the reefs, where you may see turtles and dolphins, and the lighthouses.
She plans to study in Puerto Vallarta. Before she came to Gig Harbor she was Queen of the Navy in Mexico. She was also a part of the local Interact Club (her Dad’s Rotary Club has about 10 members), and the Scouts.
President Paul ended the meeting at 8:33 am.
Notes by Jill Guernsey