Posted by Ed Lindstrom
 
Greeters: Dave Gordon and Scott Junge of Gig Harbor Rotary Foundation and Sharon Shaffer with Star Awards.
 
Opening Bell: President Hal Hodgins opened the meeting with a ringing of the bell at 7:21 a.m. Invocation by Don Rees; Pledge of Allegiance by Gary Glein. Song led by Randy Spitzer and Four Way Test led by Norma Whitacre.
 
Visiting Rotarians announced by Coach: Nate Johnson (Colorado Springs) Cindy Niemi (Tacoma #8) and Garry Schneider (Claremont Sunrise).
 
Guests: Jordan Poore, Danielle Shull, Stephanie Hall and Alan Anderson.
 
Opening Comments and Announcements:
 
            Parking Space Auction – Keith Harris
Don Rees was the highest bidder for September parking space.
 
            Courage Classic
            Hal Hodgins: Hal showed pictures from the ride and commented regarding the wonderful participation of the Club in supporting the ride with an opening morning breakfast for the riders. He acknowledged those in the Club that rode in the Courage including Hal, Tom Borgen, John Eddy, Debra Miller, Mel Santos, Mike Pinch and Randy Spitzer.
 
            Tom Borgen: Tom again thanked all the Club riders and volunteers for the morning breakfast. He invited the Club riders to make a few short comments. In particular, he thanked “the man” Mel Wick for stepping up and leading the breakfast organization. Our efforts help Mary Bridge serve approx. 400 abused children who are admitted to Mary Bridge annually, and the preliminary estimate of monies raised this year is over $360,000.
 
            Cindy Niemi: Cindy (Mary Bridge) and Stephanie Hall (Mary Bridge Courage Event Manager) again thanked the Club for its efforts and for his special involvement and effort presented Tom Borgen with the first annual “Courage Champion” plaque. Hal added his own thoughts and thanked to Tom for his leadership on the Courage.
 
            Paul Harris – Bob Martin
Bob awarded a Paul Harris (plus 4) to Buck Frymier.
 
            Gig Harbor Kayak Club - Alan Anderson
Alan, a long-time friend of the Club advised that the Kayak Club won the 2019 National Championship title in Georgia this month. Four or five of the Kayak Club team members, then travelled from that event to Hungary for the World Championships. All did well, but one member, Nevin Harrison (17 years’ old), competing against seasoned world and European champions, won her event (World Championship). In so doing, she qualified for the 2020 Olympics and is now the #1 ranked female canoeist in her event in the World.
           
Slightly used and clean clothes needed – Rod Ladd
Rod needs clothes to help pack boxes with items being sent to the Philippines.
 
Additional Comments by Hal:
Hal announced the passing of Sidney Rittenberg, a long-time friend of the Club. He also asked for volunteers to help with inputting documents into a new document retention system.
 
Fine Master and Happy Bucks: Peter Glein fined all the Courage riders for their not so “short” comments. Thus, there was no time left for additional fines.
 
Drawing: Howard Mackert won ten free tickets for next week and tickets to the Film Festival, and Marcia Harris pulled a white chip from 8 chips, to miss the pot of $349, all as handled by Larry Olson.
 
Program: Introduction of Speakers – Camilla Brocker
 
Exchange student Anne-Marie Botterus from Norway
 
Anne-Marie arrived about 1 ½ weeks ago and is living with Veronica Hooper’s family. She is a delightful young woman and jumped right in to help out last weekend in Cle Elm serving breakfast to the Courage riders. Anne-Marie presented a wonderful overview of her country and family from Nittedal, Norway. She circulated beautiful pictures of her family (all very blonde, go figure!) to supplement her power point presentation of the attractions and events in Norway. She has two sisters and two brothers. Her interests include cross country skiing, downhill skiing, biking, hiking and travelling. She is looking forward to her year with our Club and spending time with our members and their families in learning about our great part of the world.
 
Steve O’Donnell – Classification Talk
 
Steve was sponsored by Lee Smith and Tom Borgen. His wife is Julie O’Donnell to whom he has been married for 49 years. He previously worked in the investment portfolio business for over 30 years. Besides Rotary, his volunteer focus is with the Veteran Honor Flights and the Peninsula Emergency Preparedness Coalition (PEP-C). He provided information regarding emergent threats in our area and the need to “be prepared”
 
Hal adjourned the meeting at 8:33 a.m.