Posted by Marcia Harris
Call to Order: President Paul opened the meeting by ringing the bell at 7:31. In recognition of December 7, Pearl Harbor Day, President Paul honored Al Bucholz as the one remaining member of the club who fought in WWII; enlisted at age 18; Hal Cline led us in ‘The National Anthem’; President Paul let the pledge; followed by Dave Morris leading Four Way Test.
Visiting Rotarians: Coach introduced the two visiting Rotarians: Ralph Flick and Mary Gorman, both from the Gig Harbor Midday club.
Guests: This week’s guests included: David Holsinger (Perkins); Christal Chiu (Morris); Noah Flick and Zianya Vizcaino (Reed); and Bill Grubbs (Mary Grubbs).
Featured Items:
  • President Elect Hal Hodgins presented the proposed 2019-20 board of directors and officer nominations. Ballots were distributed and collected.
  • President Paul reminded us of up-coming events including the Saturday Dec. 6th holiday party, 5:30 at Canterwood and Rotary After Hours on Wednesday the 12th.
  • Paul’s Rotary 101 training was cancelled this week, followed by a round of applause. An aside from the audience whispered this was an early Christmas present.
Youth Exchange: Cindy Reed joined the club candidates in Victoria for the final round of next year’s outbound exchange students interviews and country assignment. The club had two students in the final round: Noah is headed to Hungary and Eliza to Spain. Congratulations to all! (Note, the Pt Angeles will serve as the sponsoring club for Eliza.)
Paul Harris Awards: Bob Martin presented Paul Harris recognition to Jan Martin, Jim Rieck and Ed Lindstrom, all at the Paul Harris + 3 level.
Star Awards: Save the date, February 1, 2019 at Canterwood for the annual STAR Award dinner.
December Birthdays: Walt Paulsen led the club in celebrating December birthdays.
Finemaster: Chris Myers was on a roll this week. Highlights included Dave Morris’ ‘stiffing’ his guest for breakfast payment; Pam Petersen stuffing the club election box with 10 ballots; Randy Barcalow judged this week’s winner of the ‘Ugly Sweater’ contest; Mel Santos for offering to join the board again (he’s missing last year’s weekly fines…); Jeff Harris for the Gateway front page re: the Angel Guild storage project. Lots of happy Rotarians this week. The good news included: JoAnn Roberts is on the mend & Brent Tayet’s sharing local Rotarian support and involvement in the California fires by the EarlyAct club.
Club Election Results: Vice President, Lee Smith; Secretary, Cynthia Kennedy; Club Service, John Dupenthaler; Vocational Service, Mel Santos; Youth Service, Jeannie Simmons. Congratulations to all and thank you for stepping up to serve.
Raffle: Dick Vanberg won 10 free next week; Jeff Harris went home $15 richer.
Program: Club Happenings: Jeannie updated the club on Youth Services activities, celebrating Noah, future youth exchange student; Interact at PHS; Dancing in the Classrooms Program recognized Betty Felker for her contribution to the program. Corey briefed the club on Community Service projects funded and underway.
Tim Toerber: Classification Talk
Thirty-six year old Tim Toerber has an amazing breadth of interests and life experiences. Born in Illinois, Tim grew up with Rotary as part of his life. His Dad is a 48-year Rotarian and in 1998 Tim was a Rotary Exchange student to Brazil. He stressed the importance of Youth Exchange in broadening international experiences and understanding during the high school years. Tim found Brazilian friendships that are maintained as close friends today. After high school Tim attended college in North Dakota (a school known for its airline & flight training) starting in 2001. Completing college, Tim pursued a career in the US Army where he was assigned to ‘Special Ops’ often referred to as the ‘Night Stalkers”. While in the military, Tim served in the Middle East (Iraq & Afghanistan), and in Korea. In 2009 he was transferred to WA State where he lived off base on a sailboat. In 2013, following his Dad’s example, he joined Pierce County’s Sunrise Rotary. Tim left the military in 2014 to start a family. Currently living in Gig Harbor and working with the Port of Seattle, he continues to travel extensively (recently returning from a business trip to Spain & Portugal). Still flying, Tim’s current ‘fun project’ is restoring a Thistle sailboat.
Thanks Tim and welcome to Rotary Club of Gig Harbor!     
President Paul adjourned the meeting at 8:35.
Scribe, Marcia Harris