Posted by Chuck Cuzzetto
Slide show prior to the opening bell highlighted the Rotary Vision, Dragon Boats, and upcoming events including Parkland Rotary Golf Event, Mid Day Golferitaville, BSA Night at Cheney Stadium, Women’s Wellness Expo, Breathe Movie, and the GH Film Festival.
Opening Bell: at 7:30 am. Invocation: Bob Martin. Pledge of Allegiance: led by Jim Good. Song: Hal Cline led a gaggle of Rotarians in America (My Country, ‘Tis of Thee).” Four Way Test: by David Olson. Greeters: none were noted.
Visiting Rotarians: Coach introduced mid-day members Mary Gorman, Cheri Johnson, Howard Svigals, and Denny Wilford. Guests: the only guest introduced was Janet Williams.
Opening Comments: President Alvestad recognized John Guardia and noted John’s daughter’s graduation photo at the Air Force Academy with the POTUS. In honor of D-Day, President Alvestad also recognized Al Buchholz for his WWII service in the Pacific.
  • Denny Wilford discussed his foundation for polio rehab and the need for medical equipment in Lira, Uganda. If you have any equipment, such as wheelchairs, crutches, etc., you can contact Denny through mid-day or at
  • Cheri Johnson reminded everyone about Golferitaville to be held July 19 at McCormick Woods. It is mid-day’s largest fund raiser. You can also participate in their Helicopter Happy Hour and Golf Ball Drop. (Also, mid-day’s installation of officers event will be June 27 at GH Yacht Club. All were invited.)
  • Mike Pinch reminded everyone of the golf tournament on June 28 and Mel Santos reminded of the de-installation roast and installation party (catered by BBQ2U). Emails about both events will be sent to all members.
  • President Alvestad called attention to mid-day’s presentation of the movie Breathe, being shown June 21, 6:30 pm, at Herron’s Key.
  • President Alvestad reviewed the upcoming calendar as a busy week with many committee meetings.
  • John Eddy reminded everyone again about Rotary After Hours next Wednesday, June 12, 5:30 to 7:30, at Blazing Onion. He also reminded everyone that next week’s meeting will be downtown and a celebration of Flag Day.
  • Janet Williams, representing Chew Dog Rescue announced two fund raisers for her group: Canine Innings at Cheney Stadium June 30, and Mini Golf with music, food and beverages at Performance Golf on July 28.
  • Bob Martin celebrated reaching President Paul’s Foundation goal but noted we were a little shy of his goal. He recognized Jim Rieck, Terry Brown, and Paul Alvestad for their commitment to the Foundation by becoming Paul Harris Society (PHS) members and promising $1,000 per year.
Fines and Happy Bucks: Chief Busey, filling in as Fine-master for a Peter Glein (Gary was fined), thanked President Paul for his $1,000 per year pledge, then added $1 per week. He also fined the Dragon Boaters for hogging the Blessing of the Fishing Fleet (not Dragon Boats). Paul Willett was fined for his fashion finally catching up with the season, Bob Ryan for dining at the Tides while other Rotarians were working strenuously nearby at the Farmers’ Market, and John Guardia because neither he nor his daughter made it into the Coast Guard. Happy Bucks from Ben Paganelli, John Guardia, John Duppenthaler, John Eddy, Peter Stanley, Betty Felker, Brent Tayet, Chuck Perry, Pam Peterson Smith, Howard Svigals, and Larry Olson.
Drawing: Larry Olson ran the drawing. The pot was $392 and six chips. Gary Glein won the ten free AND the chance to draw. He drew a white chip so the pot moves to next week.
Hal Hodgins talked about conflicts of interest and Rotary’s policies. He provided some examples and urged transparency, disclosure and following the four-way test.
Pam Peterson Smith led the group in a basic knowledge and test on Youth Protection. The Club formed into four groups to discuss and complete a 30-question exam. A lively discussion and dialogue concerning the topic followed. Pam and crew gathered the exam sheets for scoring and recording.
The meeting had a “rolling” adjournment as each group finished their work.
Notes by Chuck Cuzzetto