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
Last Friday 12/7/2018 Marcia Harris 2018-12-11 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Marti Anderson
7:30 - CALL TO ORDER – Paul Alvestad
INVOCATION – Todd Fletcher; PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – John Ciccarelli; SONG – Hal Cline; 4 WAY TEST – Dave Freeman
VISITING ROTARIANS – John Hutchinson and Jerry ???
GUESTS – Pat Ciccarelli, (and others)
WOLLOCHET CLEANUP TOMORROW, Dec 1. 8a – noon. Followed by a stop at Wet Coast
ROTARY 101 – Wisdom #8. What is the Polio Fund? A sub-fund of the Foundation. If you wish to have some or all of your Foundation $$ go to Polio, just specify as such.
AUCTION – Camilla Brocker. We have a venue! Thanks to all who signed the petition, we will be at the new hanger south of the Hub (that’s to the left of the Hub as you are facing it from the road) where there are antique planes. Next meeting Tues Dec 4 will be there to check it out. 530p to tour, 6p the meeting starts.
BUILD A BIKE (with pictures) – Lee Smith 36 very nice bikes.
FESTIVAL OF TREES – Walt Paulsen – ready for takedown Sunday
USO SHOPPING & DROPPOFF – Ben Paganelli. Date and time TBA. If you are interested in helping out, contact Ben.
FISH SALES – Don Buchanan. Sales during the next couple weeks. Proceeds to help students going to Guatemala. Thanks to Juanita for her generous support.
BASKET BRIGADE THANKS – David Cathers. 1220 boxes, 475 volunteers. Thanks so much to all for donations and volunteers.
RI CONVENTION – Hal Hodgins is attending Rotary International Convention in Hamburg June 23-29 2019 and encourages any and all to join him. Early registration discount ends December 15.
NOMINATIONS – Hal also announced that Mel Santos will be Vocational Chair for the next two years. Youth Services chair will be announced next meeting, and voting for the full ballot will be next meeting.
JEFF HARRIS has stepped up as PR Dude for next year and took the pledge to serve VERY seriously.
ANGEL GUILD– Jeff Harris. New “TUFF Shed” built as a storage unit. Donations from Rotary and Home Depot, and several volunteers will install the interior walls, electricity and paint.
FINEMASTER – Mac Pinch ditched, Peter Glein stepped in a “pinch”. Fines included Dave Morris for his Husky jacket.
Happy bucks included the great news that Randy Barcalow got from his cardiologist. Get back out there and start building fences Randy!
Cindy Reed announced that Port Angeles Rotary will “adopt” our outgoing exchange alternate, so both our students will be able to do the exchange next year.
Cory Coryell thanked Hal Cline for providing his log splitter and volunteered Hal to split everyone’s logs.
Paul Willett got to watch his daughter, Maddie, play basketball at CalPoly, but didn’t get any time to brag on how good she did. But THAT’s not news. She’s HOT!
Juanita Carbaugh- Giving Tues, Communities for Schools raised $10,000 with thanks to the match from the Morris Foundation.
RAFFLE – Lee Smith, 10 free. Mel Santos drew another white chip.
PROGRAM – Ivan Harrell, Ph.D. President of TCC – Report on TCC Development. TCC has a variety of programs to serve many aspects of our community including the Women’s Prison Program, High School 21+, Running Start, and Men of Distinction. They work to serve the needs of the under-served, to help them stay in school. There are programs to help with housing, child care, transportation, and campus food-bank. All these programs help the students focus on learning. There are new and innovative programs for those going back to school for personal enrichment, or prepare for post graduate studies, as well.
Notes by Marti Anderson
Friday (11/30/2018) Marti Anderson 2018-12-01 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert J Martin on Nov 27, 2018
Mike and Carina golfing in Mesquite, NV.  They also worked St George, UT over as well.
Rod and Shelley in Modesto.  With the smile on Rod's face, I am guessing they are leaving the Black Bear Diner.
Travelers of the month Robert J Martin 2018-11-27 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chuck Perry
Slide show prior to the opening bell. A great show of the Veterans day event, and information on the Star Awards. If you have any photos of Club events, share them with Aerin and she will put them in the opening slide show.
Opening Bell: By President Paul at 7:32 am. Invocation: by Betty Felker. Pledge of Allegiance: by Mel Santos; Song: Hal Cline was assisted by Coach and Walt Paulson on God Bless America. Four Way Test: by Dave Gillespie Greeters: John Guardia Visiting Rotarians: Introduced by Coach, Ray Schuler of Tacoma #8 and slipping in late was Joyce Taylor of Shelton Skookum. Guests: Johnathan Grady, Alan Anderson, Katie McKeever, David Holsinger, Steve O’Donnell, Tom Stanfield, Jim Hansen, and Luther Chan.
Opening Comments: President Paul’s opening comments; he wanted to remind everyone that there is no meeting on the Friday after Thanksgiving.
  • Calendar: Vocational Service meeting on 11/21; Board meeting on 11/28, an agenda will be sent out to all; Festival of trees set up and take down, 11/26 and 12/2, see Walt Paulson; Youth services meeting 11/30, next door after the meeting.
  • Christmas Party: Mel Santos, announced the Christmas party 12/8, look for invitation email and sign up. Only $30 each.
  • Rotary 101 Wisdom #7 – Paul Alvestad: Donate to Rotary Direct: ; Click red “DONATE”, button; Select cause; scroll down to finish information and check out.
  • New Member Induction: Paul Alvestad swore in (as a joke) a new member to the new member committee; Lyn Junge. Then Jeff Harris introduced new member Ian Warren for his induction. Ian is a co-owner of Cost Less Pharmacy in Purdy. Ian was raised in Spokane and is a WSU Cougar. We’ll find out more when he does his classification talk. Bob Martin did another fine job of the induction.
  • Breath Movie: Bob Martin announced a showing of the movie “Breath” on December 4, at Herron’s Key. This is a three Gig Harbor Rotary Club event.
  • Turkey Trot: The North Club is a sponsor of the Turkey Trot run on Thanksgiving Morning, come run or volunteer to help.
  • Basket Brigade: Dave Cathers announced that the Basket Brigade is Ready, Thank You!!!, come and help on 11/20 4 pm and 11/21 at 11 am at the airport.
  • Nominating Committee: Hal Hodgins announced the slate of officers for the club election in December: Vice President- Randy Spitzer and Lee Smith (this is the position to go through the chairs to become president); Secretary – Cynthia Kennedy unopposed; Club Service – John Duppenthaler unopposed; Vocational Service – TBA; Youth Services – still looking for candidate; At Large – Dick Vanberg unopposed; Public Relations remaining term has been assigned to Jeff Harris. If you are interested in running for any of these positions, please contact Hal immediately, to get your name on the ballot.
Fines and Happy Bucks; Paul Willett was the finemaster. He doled out a fine to Donna for her hair color, and to Chief Kelly for toll booth pictures request on a criminal case. Happy Bucks: Jim Rieck for his son’s new restaurant. Located in the old Brix 25 location. Coach (Jack Stonestreet) was happy for the Kansas Jayhawks and for all his Rotary Drivers that get him to and from the Rotary meetings. Jeff Harris for his and Marcia’s 44th Anniversary. Bob Lutschg for his wife being cancer free. Randy for his upcoming concert. Marc Jorgenson for his Lutes costume and Bob for a new hip replacement.
Drawing: Donna Lormor ran the raffle. The pot is $150 and we are down to 12 chips. Bob Lutschg won the 10 free tickets for next week and Jim Rieck won the right to draw from the chips for the chance at the pot. He drew the white chip for $15.
Program: Alan Anderson of the Gig Harbor Canoe and Kayak Racing Team gave a great presentation about how the team is doing. He was assisted by Katie McKever and Jonathan Grady, both paddlers for the team. The team has been going for 16 years. They have won 5 of the last 6 years national titles.
Training starts in November with 10 practices a week. They train through spring when their attention turns to various regattas. Junior worlds, Olympic Hopes regatta, Nationals, and a variety of other competitions.
The best way to get more information about the team is to visit their website:
Alan said they all look forward to the Paddlers Cup in April. He hopes that the Rotary club will practice hard and win first in the Dragon Boat race.
President Paul ended the meeting at 8:32
Notes by Chuck Perry
Friday (11/16/2018) Chuck Perry 2018-11-26 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jill Guernsey
Opening Bell: By Pres. Paul Alvestad at 7:30 am. Invocation by John Duppenthaler. Pledge of Allegiance by Sharon Shaffer. National Anthem by Hal Cline and the Rotary Club Backup Singers. Four Way Test by Stan Eastberg.
Visiting Rotarians: Jacqui Curtis and Leslie Reynolds-Taylor, Port Orchard Rotary Club, and Larry Treleven from Tacoma Rotary 8.
Guests of Rotarians included Steve O’Donnell, Denise (last name unknown) from Bremerton, and prospective member Tom Stanfield.
Opening Comments by Pres. Paul included a rundown of the calendar for the next few weeks, and Rotary 101 Lesson #6 about our club endowment fund.
  • The Festival of Trees which benefits the Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital will be held again this year and Walt Paulsen could use some help with set up and take down of walls for the gift shop. He needs crew on 11/26 (1:00 pm) and 12/2 (10:00 am). Sign up sheets next week.
  • Basket Brigade. Dave Cathers needs help decorating boxes. Location: TNA hanger. Contact Dave for details.
  • Bike Build. Lee Smith needs 4 volunteers on 11/17 (Sat) at 8:00 am. Fun time at the LeMay warehouse in Tacoma. Contact Lee for details.
  • Tom Borgen needs volunteers for the Turkey Trot sponsored by the GH North Rotary Club. Thanksgiving Day, early in the morning. The Turkey Trot benefits are for our local FISH Food Bank. Contact Tom for details.
Finemaster Peter Glein looked a little tired this morning after taking care of the kids last night while Beth was at Girls Night Out. He tried to fine others whose wives/SOs got home around midnight but had no takers, so he suffered alone. He also fined everyone who voted and was roundly, booed but he did it anyway.
Raffle: Larry Olson did the raffle and, not surprisingly, Marcia Harris drew the incorrect chip.
Program: Hal Hodgins introduced today’s program: The Rotary Foundation, by Howard Svigals and Bob Martin. Excellent power point presentation by Howard and Bob did “the ask.“ Interesting points from the presentation included:
  • Charity Navigator has given The Rotary Foundation 4 stars (highest rating) for 11 years based on overhead (small) and what TRF does.
  • Howard talked about TRF’s 3 “buckets”:
  • End Polio Now (currently only 27 cases in the world) and $50M raised and matched by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation;
  • Annual Fund which goes for grants to support current projects throughout clubs (currently has $120M);
  • Endowment Fund to secure tomorrow. This is a “legacy” fund worth $1B (yes, Billion).
Closing: President Paul ended the meeting at 8:32 am.
Notes by Jill Guernsey
Friday (11/9/2018) Jill Guernsey 2018-11-13 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chuck Perry
Slide show prior to the opening bell. A great show of corn mazes across Washington and the Country. If you have any photos of Club events, share them with Aerin and she will put them in the opening slide show.
Opening Bell and Yell: By David Cathers for President Paul at 7:30 am. Invocation: by Duane Fister of a prayer written by Rotarian Jim Blair of Michigan. Pledge of Allegiance: by John Lantz; Song: Hal Cline was ready to start and lead the National Anthem, when someone started “This Land” by Woodie Guthrie. This is the second week in a row the National Anthem has been hijacked. Four Way Test: by Lee Smith Greeters: Geoff Barcalow Visiting Rotarians: Introduced by Coach, Bob Anderson of GH North, and Will Boegel of Guatemala. Slipping in late without introduction was Joyce Taylor Gorne of Shelton Skookum. Guests: David Holsinger as Sophie’s guest, Mary Grubbs’ husband Bill, and Glen and Diana Liebner with their daughter Elisa, who is our Club’s alternate student for the exchange program.
Opening Comments: President Paul’s opening comments; he wanted to remind everyone that there is no meeting on the Friday after Thanksgiving. He also mentioned that he would be contacting any members this week that owe more than $400 in Club dues. 
  • Calendar: Nothing is on the Club Calendar for the 1st week of November. However on the 12th we have the Veterans Day lunch Program, sign up now. Also on the 12th is the International Service Committee meeting. On the 13th, is the Community Service Committee meeting, as well as an Auction Committee meeting. Rotary After Hours is on Wednesday the 14th. The Gig Harbor Rotary Foundation meeting is on the 15th, and the Youth Services Committee meeting is on the 16th, after our regular meeting.
  • Rotary 101 Gestalt #5 – Paul Alvestad:
    • Youth Exchange - Students learn a new language, discover another culture, and truly become global citizens. Exchanges for students 15 to 19 years old are sponsored by Rotary clubs in more than 100 countries. Long-term exchanges last a full academic year.
    • STEP - The Summer Exchange program is a short-term exchange between families. The student lives with a foreign student’s family for approximately one month and then both students return to Canada or the US where the foreign student lives with the student’s family for another month.                         
    • Rotary Fellowship - International groups that share a common passion. Being part of a fellowship is a fun way to make friends around the world, explore a hobby or profession, and enhance your Rotary experience.
    • Friendship Exchange - Friendship Exchange is an international exchange program for Rotary members and friends that allows participants to take turns hosting one another in their homes and clubs. Selecting by District need to apply, deadline for app, one 5020 side
  • Classification Question: Paul presented slides of The Pringles logo man, classification of Potato Farmer; The Monopoly logo man, classification of game maker. Both of the logo men have very pronounced mustaches. The question that came up, is if these two possible members would have to have the approval of Tim Williams, as he has the classification of “pronounced mustache” covered. This bit of humor was appreciated by the club as we were reminded that this is the start of “Movember”. Movember is an annual event involving the growing of mustaches during the month of November to raise awareness of men's health issues, such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and men's suicide. The Movember Foundation runs the Movember charity event, housed at . The goal of Movember is to "change the face of men's health."
  • Christmas Party: John Duppenthaler wants to make sure that you put the Party on your calendar for December 8th, at Canterwood. Details to follow.
  • Rotary Foundation – Bob Martin announced that the club collected and sent in $7,325 in the month of October to support the Polio Program for the Rotary Foundation.
  • Festival of Trees: Walt Paulson announced that you have an opportunity to help with the set up and take down of the Festival of Trees, for Mary Bridge Hospital. Set up is November 26th and take down is December 2nd. Please mark your calendars and give him a call for all the particulars of time and place.
  • Basket Brigade: Dave Cathers announced that the Basket Brigade is coming together and that boxes are available to decorate. They are still a little short on cash. A few people wanted to donate and so Dave passed the hat and collected $561. Of course he shed a few tears with these donations.
Fines and Happy Bucks: John Winslow, was the Finemaster. He fined Coach for receiving a golden whistle in recognition of 50 years of being a referee. Coach said he tried, but the whistle didn’t work. Marc Jorgenson was fined for an announcement of their CPA firm needing interns for the tax season. Jeff Harris was called out for not wearing his school colors. Jeff replied with something about underwear, but no one wanted to go there. November in conjunction with “Movember”, we have been requested to wear blue to the meetings. John wanted to fine everyone not wearing blue. It didn’t go over too well, since almost everyone was wearing something with blue. John tried for a few bucks from Boston Red Sox fans. Not many in this group.  Happy Bucks: Juanita Carbaugh read an email she received from former member Dennis Karjala. One of the Prison Program graduates that has stayed in touch with Dennis is now buying her first house and is just finishing up writing a book. John Duppenthaler was happy for his first week in a new office. Bob Anderson just took four RYLA students to Canada and he survived without incident. Chuck Perry was happy that the elections will be over this Tuesday and we can get rid of all the advertising.
Drawing: Larry Olson ran the raffle. The pot is $113 and we are down to 15 chips. The scribe missed who won the 10 free tickets for next week and John Duppenthaler won the right to draw from the chips for the chance at the pot. He drew the white chip for $15.
Programs: We were blessed with two great programs this week:
Opal House: Tom Borgen introduced Doctor William Boegel and his wife Diane. Will is a podiatrist and Diane is also in the medical field. They were in Guatemala on a mission trip and found a great need for help. Most of the wealth in the country is held by 17 families. Unemployment is rampant, and very little services are available to the population. This is a major cause of the migration of Guatemalans to the U.S. for employment. Almost 40% of the economy in Guatemala comes from remittances from family members in the U.S. sending money back to their families for support. These funds come from people living in the U.S. legally and illegally, with minimum wage jobs. The Boegels opened Opal House to help the people of Guatemala. It is an 80 acre farm employing locals, raising coffee and avocados. On this farm they also have a school to educate and feed children; an emergency shelter for up to 4 families in need of transition housing; an after school program for girls; a clean water program; and arrange for pediatric orthopedic corrective surgery for needy children. To find out more, please visit their website;
What’s New at Seatac Airport: New member Tim Toerber is a manager of gates at Seatac Airport. He gave a very interesting presentation about the history of the airport and presentation of current and future projects at the airport.
The airport was built and opened in 1944.
In 1967 – 1973, the airport went through major expansions, including the two satellite terminals, the underground trains, and the parking garage. With expansions, the garage has 13,000 parking spaces, the largest parking garage in the country.
In 2004 the new concourse A was built.
2008 saw the building of the 3rd runway.
The airport includes 24 million square feet of pavement.
The annual passenger count has now reached 47 million, that is over 120,000 per day.
Seatac is now the 9th busiest airport in the U.S.
The airport has seen 43% growth in the last 5 years and now has over 1400 “operations” per day. An operation is landings and take offs.
For more information, go to the website:
Tim is scheduled for his classification talk on December 14, so you can ask more questions then.
President Paul ended the meeting at 8:32
Notes by Chuck Perry
Friday (11/2/2018) Chuck Perry 2018-11-05 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Marcia Harris
Call to Order: President Paul opened the meeting by ringing the bell at 7:33. The invocation/thoughts for the week by Rod Ladd; After Hal Cline tried to start off with the National Anthem, the raucous masses sang ‘God Bless America’ anyway; Pledge led by Fred Labayen; followed by Tony Michaelson’s lead of Four Way Test.
Visiting Rotarians: Coach introduced the two visiting Rotarians: Joyce & Blaise Gorny from the Shelton-Skookum club. Blaise, member and former president of the Skookum Rotary, had worked on the Auce hospital project, enlisting our club in the project. His wife Joyce is a former GH Club president.
Guests: This week’s guests included: Luther Chen (Howard Mackert); Glenn Olson (Sharon Shaffer); Donna Lee Cole (Mel Wick); and Jean Vanberg (Dick Vanberg).
Opening Comments, President Paul:
  • November 16, College Colors Day (wear your college colors or the colors you are supporting for your kid’s education).
  • November 23, no Rotary meeting
  • Rotary Gestalt 4A – clarification of the ‘family’ of Rotary clubs: Earlyact (elementary & middle school); Interact (High School); Rotoract (college & post high school); RYLA (leadership program for youth 13-30) & Passport Clubs (on-line clubs)
  • Rotary Gestalt 4B: World Polio Eradication Day is October 24th
  • RV Outing at John Wayne Marina Report w/photos
  • Hal Hodgins is nominating committee chair. Open positions include: Vice President, Secretary, Director positions: Club Service, Vocational Service, Youth Service, Public Relations and Member at Large (past board member). Contact Hal for more information if you are interested.
  • Basket Brigade: Dave Cathers. With Thanksgiving less than 4 weeks away, food and financial donations are needed; workplace posters are available.
  • Rotary Foundation: New Paul Harris Society (pledge of $1,000 yr) members were recognized: Bob Ryan, Stan Eastberg, John Dupenthaler, Tim Williams and Mel Wick.
Bob Martin reminded the club that Friday is last day to make a Polio Plus donation & receive club matching points (donation in their name).
Fines & Happy Bucks:  Doing the honors this week was Mac Pinch with his usual wry humor. Dr. John Dupenthaler was fined for his new office, and Dr. John Dunham for his upscale RV (one foot shorter than Rod Ladd’s!). Gig Harbor Harbor’s Finest recognized in the GH Times included: John Dupenthaler, Howard Mackert, Marti Anderson, and Pat Schmidt. Fines for ‘the finest’ were the order of the day. The best Halloween look alike costume went to Hal Cline as Leslie Nielsen (given annually to Hal). Dave Freeman was fined for his latest gianormus home remodeling project.
Happy Bucks: Cindy Reed celebrating back from three weeks in Europe; John Eddy was also celebrating, back from his trip to France; Dave Morris was happy to award Ann Marie Huppert her blue badge; Mike Pinch always grateful for his grandsons Rocky & Oliver (who were overlooked during the introductions). Pam Smith’s happy bucks are included w/the raffle results.
Raffle: Guest Blaise Gorne won 10 free next week (hope that means we’ll see Blaise & Joyce again soon!). This was a VERY lucky week for Lee Smith. His doctor blessed him as cancer free this week and he drew the blue chip for $294!  
Program: Latvian Hospital Project
President elect Hal Hodgins introduced our speaker Dick Vanberg, who shared a club project in Auce, Latvia, initiated in 1995, completed in 2003. Mike Jansvics, Shelton Skookum club, spearheaded the project which transformed a former USSR office building into needed area hospital. The project represents a truly international Rotary effort involving money and hands on labor from 8+ countries, districts and Rotary International matching funding. Dick was the first Gig Harbor Rotarian participant. Other GH Rotarians traveled to Latvia contributing labor and expertise to the effort. In addition to Dick, the participant list includes: Mel Wick, Ole Magnuson, Connie Schick, Blaise Gorny and Jerry Whalston. The completion of a modern, clean hospital facility in 2003 was celebrated with a ribbon cutting and community parade. This amazing project with 50,000 volunteer hours truly exemplifies Service Above Self!
President Paul adjourned the meeting at 8:35.
Friday (10/26/2018) Marcia Harris 2018-10-29 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert J Martin on Oct 25, 2018
Corey did a very nice invocation, although we all struggled to know when it ended.
Hal had the "Dave Twins" join him in singing.  Very nice addition.
Here is Presidential Paul with his agenda on the screen.  He is using visuals well.
Lee announced that Sip 'n Stroll was a great success.  Brady obviously looks up to Lee, Walker not so much.
I got to announce that the Gates Foundation is now matching Rotary donations 3 to 1 so $100. becomes $400.  I also announced that for the next week donations to the Polio Eradication program will be matched with Club points up to $100. so a $100. donation will give you 200 points toward a PH Fellowship.  Over $3,000 and counting.  Bring your checks or cash this Friday!
I don't think Chris is raising his hand to ask for permission to speak.  More likely he was reminding us that if we hear our name, we PAY.
PP Joyce had some Happy Bucks for another successful Oysterfest and the fact the Pinchs, Martins, and President Paul attended.  Saturday was gorgeous but Sunday not so much with light rain.
Betty was so pleased with the Duck victory over the Huskies.  Glad she didn't know what the Cougars were going to do to the Ducks the next day.  Ditto for me.
I didn't mind getting fined for being the color of a pumpkin, but didn't like the shape idea.
Each of the Service Chairs gave a brief State of the Committee speech.  Here John is telling us that Club Service is in great shape with lots of fellowship opportunities.
Corey let us know that the Garden Fence and the Chamber projects are complete.  The Rotary Aviation Zone is still developing; signage with a plane on top.
Here is Rod's best Rick King impersonation.  Rod let us know that the International Service Committee is hard at work sending clothes and computers to the Philippines, Rachel computer system to Guatemala, and another water project is pending in Guatemala.  Your Foundation dollars are making the world a better place.
Jeannie let us know that we have selected our outbound exchange student, Noah Flick but we still don't know the inbound student.  Interact and Earlyact are alive and well.
A couple of PR things have been purchased, this is a banner that can be used at projects and events.  Don't know why Dick couldn't hold up his end very well.
President Paul looking at a room stand that is easily portable and gives our Club some visibility.
Gary did a reclassification talk and as you might expect is was well organized and well presented.  He talked first about his family, Linda, two sons, and grandkids.  Then he covered his education in business and then his business career first in office management and then in ownership of Nortec Plastics which he eventually sold and became a business consultant and owner of two bowling lane businesses.  Probably connected to the fact he is in the Tacoma Bowling Hall of Fame with his 9 300 games; unbelievable!
Photo Summary of the October 19th Meeting Robert J Martin 2018-10-25 07:00:00Z 0
Derek Floor has been approved by the Board as a new members
Derek's classification is insurance and his sponsor is Annmarie Huppert.
Any comments on the prospective new member should be directed to Annie Arbenz, Dave Morris, and/or Lyn Junge within 10 days after this publication.
Date of Notice: December 3, 2018
New Member Notice 2018-10-24 07:00:00Z 0
Ian Warren and has been approved by the Board as a new members
Ian's classification is pharmaceuticals (owner of a pharmacy) and his sponsor is Jeff Harris.
Any comments on the prospective new member should be directed to Annie Arbenz, Dave Morris, and/or Lyn Junge within 10 days after this publication.
Date of Notice: October 24, 2018
Corrected New Member Notice 2018-10-24 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Fred Labayen
President Paul rang the bell at 7:32am to start the meeting followed with an invocation by Cory Coryell then with pledge of allegiance by Annmarie Huppert. Hal Cline & David Gillespie led the singing with God Bless America, followed with the Four Way Test by Peter Stanley.
Visiting Rotarians: Coach announced visiting Rotarians: Past President Joyce Taylor, now with Shelton, & Bob Anderson from Gig Harbor North. Guests: Al Bucholz with his daughter Sue Jensen; Peter Glein with his wife Beth and their two kids Foster & Marty. John Lantz introduced Robin Callahan, guest of Emma Conway, who was not here. Steve & Joe Odsnell, guests of Lee Smith.
Announcements: President Paul highly praised the Rotarians who were awarded as Rotary Fellows who pledge $1,000 a year. President Paul noted the successful Oyster Feast which he attended. Paul also gave a warning to Ben Paganelli and new member John Guardia: “you are sitting at a table of lawyers”
Rotary Fellowship: Rotary Fellowship applications are available. See Paul Alvestad.
Veterans’ Day event: the forthcoming Veterans appreciation on November 12. Sign up online (link on our website calendar). Also see Ben Paganelli fora chance to join Honor Flights. Probably not in the B-17 a World War II bomber, flying somewhere? See Ben.
Christmas party: John Dupenthaler announced save the date for December 8. In keeping with our local Norwegian heritage, Fred Labayen was appointed by President Paul Alvestad as the official Pickled herring procurer for the Christmas party.
Banner: Since our Rotary sign is getting old and faded the need of upgrading was presented with a New Streamer and a Pull up sign. Credit to Sharon Shaffer. Also, our club banner is available for you to take on your trips to share with other clubs, to get one in return.
Board Meeting on October 24
Weekly programs: Hal Hodgins announced that there are only eight slots left for programs for this Rotary year (ending June!) so get your ideas to him soon.
RV Outing: Mike Pinch announced that 25 Rotarians are leaving in the evening on their respective RVs for a weekend outing.
Polio Day: Bob Martin announced the end of Polio Day October 24 and request donations within the week as any donation shall be matched times three by the Gates Foundation, and the club shall get credit for the funds raised. Rod Ladd immediately donated $1,000.
Star Awards: Past President Mel Santos announced that the Star Awards is still in the selection process and shall be announced later.
Suicide Prevention Coalition: Bob Anderson announced that great speaker and suicide survivor Kevin Hines will be at Peninsula High at 6:30 on Monday Nov. 5. Free!
Toastmasters: Betty Felker invited us all to the Toastmasters Wednesday 10/24 at noon to hear International Speaking Champion Kyle Hall. Harbor Place at Cottesmore.
Winter Sip & Stroll: Lee Smith announced the successful Sip and Stroll with over 400 participants. Thanks to all who helped.
Raffle: Larry Olson will give 10 free to John Dunham next week, and Bob Lutschg (wearing an Oban 14 rugby shirt) drew the whit chip so didn’t win $264.
Finemaster: Chris Myers as the finemaster and got the following guys fined Scott for the new landscaping of benches, Robin, Rotary fellows, Gary, Juanita welcoming her back, Followed with happy bucks Mark, Joyce for a successful oyster feast, Bob, John and Betty.
Club Happenings: John Dupenthaler announced the forthcoming Christmas party to be held on December 8. Recommends to develop more fellowship among members in sports and other group activities. Rod Ladd of International committee announced the continuous activity where we shipped 10 balikbayan boxes of clothes and computer to Father Vic brother in law of Mike. Cory Coryell talked about the Veterans Day banquet, and a project at the airport and the Angel Guild project. Richard Schmalz talked about the prison program and Star awards.
Speaker: Our guest speaker for the meeting Gary Glein was introduced by Hal Hodgins. Gary showed a very interesting career retiring at 63. So he joined Rotary and develop lots of friendship and expanded his horizon in business as well as his community service in Guatemala and locally.
There being no other matters to discuss the meeting adjourned at 8:35am
Notes by Fred Labayen
Friday (10/19/2018) Fred Labayen 2018-10-22 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chuck Cuzzetto
Slide show prior to the opening bell included pictures of Rotary events, Rotarian travelers, and Rotary gestalt.
Opening Bell: Open by President Alvestad at 7:28 am. Invocation: by Emma Conway. Pledge of Allegiance: by Mike Pinch. Song: “God Bless America,” by Hal Cline and speaker Honorable Justice Debra (aka Brenda) Stephens. Four Way Test: by Al Weaver. Greeters: None noted.
Visiting Rotarians: Introduced by Coach – Honorable Justice Stephens (Olympia) and Ralph Flick (GH MidDay). Guests: Hal Hodgins introduced his wife Gretchen, Honorable Justice Debra Stephens, her husband Craig Stephens, and Gig Harbor’s own Honorable Justice Charles Johnson. Ben Paganelli reintroduce John Guardia. Cindy Reed introduced Ralph Flick and his son Noah, our outbound exchange student. Jeff Harris reintroduced prospective member Ian Warren. Camilla Brocker introduced her mother-in-law, Omahan Betty Brocker.
Opening Comments: President Alvestad noted that the restrooms are now working. He also noted that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and was disappointed in the insensitive people that did not wear pink. He reminded the group that November is Rotary Foundation Month and men’s health issues month. For emphasis he shared a picture of Hal Hodgins celebrating “Movember” with a full beard.
  • Calendar – President Alvestad highlighted the upcoming meetings including the Auction Committee (meeting under a green awning), Vocational Committee, RV Group, and Youth Services. Check your emails and the website for more information.
  • Rotary 101 – President Alvestad reviewed Rotary Gestalt 1 and 2 and presented Rotary Gestalt 3, where there is fellowship for everyone from Gourmet Cooking to Magna Grecia (Great Greece). (Perhaps the two are related – do gourmet cooks use Great Grease in their cooking?)
  • Birthdays – Walt Paulsen acknowledged October birthdays, including Steve Skibbs, Annmarie Huppert, Chief Kelly Busey, Fred Labeyen, Cindy Reed, Sharon Shaffer, Debbie Wittmers, Howard Mackert, Al Abbott, Stan Eastberg, Gary Glein, and Tim Toerber; as well as anniversaries.
  • New Member Induction – Annie Arbenz introduced our newest member John Guardia and his sponsor Ben Paganelli. Ben shared how much he and John have in common and then either quit the club or went off on a scuba diving vacation, not clear. Duane Fister saved the day by conducting the induction and welcomed John as the “World’s Newest Rotarian” as of 7:46:45 am (PDT).
  • Veterans’ Day Event – Ben Paganelli returned to make sure Rotarians plan to attend the Veterans’ Day Celebration on November 12. Cost for Lunch is $15, free for Veterans. Ben encouraged the group to invite Veterans, Vet Techs and people who like animals.
  • Paul Harris Society Membership Presentation – Bob Martin shared some of the different ways to donate to The Rotary Foundation (TRF), including “Every Member Every Year,” “Sustaining,” and “Paul Harris Society Membership.” Bob introduced one-half of the GH Rotarians that are Paul Harris Society Members, those who choose to give $1,000 or more every year: Duane Fister, Jim Good, Rod Ladd, Ed Lindstrom, Debbie Miller, Jan Martin, and Don Rees. With the other half, introduced at a later time, this group helps the club meet its TRF $25,000 goal by giving more than half of that total!
  • Basket Brigade – David Cathers announced, without a tear, that this will be the 25th year for the basket brigade. Last year nearly 1,600 families were served. He encouraged local businesses and groups to come up with challenges to help raise items.
  • Sip ‘N Stroll – Lee Smith reminded everyone that the Sip ‘N Stroll is tomorrow. There are still tickets available and he could use a few more volunteers for backup.
Fines and Happy Bucks: David Cathers was the fine master. The group decided that Peter Glein, with one eye, would be safer on the road than Coach. Hal Cline was fined for forgetting the Honorable Justice Stephens first name (not an honorable thing to do). Cindy Reed was fined for her squirrel problem and reminded not to take it on an airplane. Paul was allowed to pass his $3 fine for his slides to someone else, but Mel Santos was absent. Annie Arbenz was fined for not wearing her badge as a good role model for new member John Guardia. Bob Martin and Rod Ladd were asked about an RV fire and Mark Hoppen was fined because “it’s been awhile.” Finally, Ben Paganelli was fined for pretending to not remember John Guardia’s name. Happy bucks were offered by Buck Frymier for Juanita Carbaugh’s pilgrimage and the latest prison program graduating class, and Steve Skibbs for the Boston Red Sox.
Drawing: Eric McGinnis ran the raffle. The pot was $237 and seven chips. Lee Smith won the 10 free tickets for next week and Rod Ladd won the right to draw from the chips for the chance at the pot. He drew the white chip for a consolation prize.
Program: The Honorable Justice Debra Stephens, Washington State Supreme Court, presented “Rights and Responsibilities Under Two Constitutions.” She introduced Justice Charles Johnson (to answer the tough questions). Justice Stephens spent some time on interpretation of the law, including “plain” language. Some examples brought back great “Schoolhouse Rock” memories of conjunction junction and the definition of the word “it.” She mentioned that ambiguity is a Justice’s best friend. She asked if a woman in a motorized wheelchair could go into a park. Coach quickly responded with, “no she can’t.” Other issues were not so clear. She compared the State and US Constitutions and finished by talking about the clash of rights and responsibilities under competing constitutional provisions.
President Alvestad ended the meeting at 8:35 am.
Notes by Chuck Cuzzetto
Friday (10/12/2018) Chuck Cuzzetto 2018-10-13 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Marti Anderson
Call to Order – Paul Alvestad
Invocation – Hal Cline; Pledge of Allegiance. Song – Hal Cline - God Bless America; 4 Way Test –Mel Santos.
Visiting Rotarians – Coach. No one signed in …. again.
Guests – Steve O’Donnell, Tom Stanfield, Sue Jensen is back!, Speaker Lesley Mayne
Featured items:
Calendar – Something Rotary every night next week, including Rotary After Hours Wed El Pueblito.
Thank you note from Snoqualmie Days for Girls
Wear pink during Oct (Breast Cancer Awareness Month) and limit your fines to no more than $1. In honor of Men’s Health month in Nov anyone with a NEW beard finds will be limited to $1.
Rotary 101 - Clarification of 501 status - Rotary CLUB funds are 501(C)4 and not tax deductible, Charitable funds such as the Rotary Foundation 501(C)3 are tax deductible.
Star of The Year Announcement – Sharon Shaffer
Danna Webster, nominated by Ben Paganelli was selected from several great terrific nominations. A highlights from her qualifications: retired teacher, Past President, Vice Pres, and secretary of Key Peninsula Community Council; Key Pen Farm Tour Chair; Key Pen, Partnership for a Healthy Community Steering Committee; Key Pen Youth Council; Mustard Seed Fund Raising; Key Pen Writers Guild; Volunteer facilitator Key Pen Civic Center; Park Volunteer; Lions Club; Founding Board member of the KP Farmer’s Market.
Membership Committee – Annie Arbenz and Lyn Junge. There are two more members “in the wings”. Emma Conway FINALLY got her blue badge. Congratulations, Emma.
International Committee– Rodney Ladd. Computer packing party Monday 530p - 7p
Veterans Day Event – Jill Guernsey. Lunch at Ocean5, Monday Nov 12. Posters and flyers available. Vets free, $15.00 for non-vets. Come support them, please!
Nominating Process – Hal Hodgins. Committee: John Eddy, Debbie Miller, Camilla Brocker, Tom Borgen, and Hal. Please contact them if interested in any positions.
Finemaster – Paul Willett.
Happy bucks included: Cindy Reed, 3 countries in 3 weeks; Jan and Bob Martin SW Nation Park Hikes, Fred, grandsons wedding and a good Dr. report, Peter Glein $2. for 2 good (or almost good) eyes. And we are looking forward to more good medical news when his reports are complete; Bob Ryan just got back from a great trip to Austria.
Raffle – Donna Lormor. 10 free- Peter Stanley. Unsuccessful attempt at the blue chip and $270.00 – Lee Smith.
Program – Leslie Mayne – Permission to Start Dreaming – PTSD Foundation. Leslie’s path from losing her son Kyle to PTSD to forming a Foundation in his memory to help those struggling with PTSD, and the amazing work they are doing for Vets and 1st responders. This goes far beyond Race for a Soldier, with monthly meetings, workshops, retreats to help victims of PTSD cope. She shared a video, which unfortunately, we could not hear. We will send the video link through ClubRunner Website:
Friday (10/5/2018) Marti Anderson 2018-10-09 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alan Weaver
Opening Bell: Right on time at 7:30 am by President Paul Alvestad. Pledge of Allegiance by Dave Gillespie; Invocation by John Ciccarelli; Song “God Bless America” by Hal Cline and ably assisted by Dave Gillespie and Mike Pinch; Four Way Test by Tony Michaelson; Visiting Rotarians and Guests, unknown to this scribe who neglected to pick up the signup sheet but recognized Warren Zimmerman of the Gig Harbor Chamber of Commerce and regular guests of Dave Holsinger (of Sophie Perkins) and prospective member Tom Stanfield (of Jill Guernsey).
Various Announcements, Featured Items and “Stuff”:
  • Calendar: Nothing coming up for our club in the first week of October but on October 6th and 7th is the Shelton’s club Oyster Fest. Many of our members intend to attend. The second week of October will have at least four committee meetings.
  • Club Picnic at President Paul’s ranch and, as reported by him, had the good news in that no one became ill from the food.
  • Dave Crothers reported that the Basket Brigade of providing a Thanksgiving Day basket is gearing up and he requested volunteers to sign up.
  •  Warren Zimmerman of the Chamber of Commerce made what he called a “commercial pitch” for our members to sign up for one of two Chamber sponsored trips to Tuscany, Italy this fall for only $2,699 per person which includes air fare and hotels.
  • Communities in Schools/Peninsula chair head Dick Vanberg and his sidekick Ron Roberts reported that the committee is in need of additional math but mostly reading tutors for four local schools including Evergreen, Vaughn, Harbor Heights and Purdy. Both Dick and Ron have been active in the program for many, many years. The service involves meeting with the assigned student once per week for one hour after school on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday.
  • Lee Smith who has coordinated volunteers for the Gig Harbor Sip and Stroll event for at least the last three years is again looking for volunteers. Last year over 700 tickets were sold and over $10,000 was raised for the project.
  • Peter Glein handled the Fines and Happy Bucks portion with not much material to work with except Betty Felker was more than overjoyed that the Gig Harbor Film Festival had been ranked within the top 100 of over 5,000 film festivals in the country.
  • Raffle handled by Larry Olson with Pam Peterson Smith winning ten free tickets for next week and longtime member Mel Wick striking out in his attempt to take the $205 pot.
            At 7:55 am Hal Hodgins introduced today’s speaker Jeff Langhelm who is the City of Gig Harbor Public Works Director (who grew up in Rosedale as a member of a large Langhelm family which lived near the foot of Rosedale Hill and who, also, is Dave Gordon’s son-in-law).
                To an attentive audience Jeff gave an extremely interesting speech but which was absolutely impossible to categorize or summarize because of the numerous projects discussed and the huge number of cost figures mentioned. Here are just a few. The population of the City of Gig Harbor has increased 30% in the last three years to just over 10,300 persons. He explained that for an average or bigger project to get completed, it must be on an approved list for several years in order to attract either federal or state funding. Two of the more interesting future projects (at least to this scribe) are putting in a roundabout at the intersection of Stinson and Rosedale Streets and building an overpass from near the old Strohs store south across State 16.
                Since Jeff had spoken to us about three years ago, he quit at exactly 8:30 am with absolutely no prompting from either President Paul or Hal. Meeting adjourned ten seconds later.
Scribe: Al Weaver
Friday (9/28/2018) Alan Weaver 2018-09-29 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chuck Cuzzetto
Slide show prior to the opening bell included Rotary Vision, pictures from Dinners for Eight, OysterFest Poster, News Tribune article and pictures from the Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting, and numerous past and present Rotary projects.
Opening Bell: Welcome by Mary Grubbs, open by President Alvestad at 7:30 am. Invocation: by John Duppenthaler. Pledge of Allegiance: by Mike Pinch; Song: “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee,” by Hal Cline (solo). Four Way Test: by Annmarie Huppert. Greeters: None noted.
Visiting Rotarians: Introduced by Coach - Blaise Gorne (Shelton). PP Joyce Taylor joined shortly after the start of the meeting. Guests: Mel Wick introduced his guest Donna Lee Cole, Al Weaver introduced Steve O’Donnell from the Bellevue Club, Sharon Shaffer introduced Glenn Olson, and Ron Roberts introduced his spouse Joann. Being the start of the campaign season, Judge Hogan introduced her guests Mary Robnett (candidate for PC Prosecutor) and Mary’s campaign manager Rachel; and Annie Arbenz introduced her guest Tim Lewis (candidate for District Court Judge). Not to be outdone, and to gain some “brownie points,” David Cathers introduced fine master John Winslow.
Opening Comments: President Alvestad noted that the restrooms are across the way and around the corner. He also referenced trees.
  • Calendar – President Alvestad highlighted the upcoming Board Meeting and the Skookum Rotary OysterFest.
  • Rotary Bucket List – President Alvestad recapped what should be on every Rotarian’s bucket list: (1) To attend an International Conference, (2) To attend a few District Conferences, (3) To hold a Rotary Office, (4) To become a Paul Harris fellow, (5) To include the Rotary Foundation in your will, (6) To attend OysterFest, and (7) To join in Rotary fellowship (how will be presented at a future meeting).
  • OysterFest – Blaise Gorne and Joyce Taylor reminded everyone to attend the Shelton Club’s OysterFest October 6-7. There are 50 non-profit food vendors, 16 Washington Wineries, monster microbrews, and entertainment. Joyce said the funnest part is the oyster shucking. The event is at the airport.
  • Rotary 101 – President Alvestad presented his “signature” action, a review of the Rotary organizational structure, including four separate entities: the Club, the GH Charitable Fund, the GH Rotary Foundation, and the Olson Foundation.
  • New Member Induction – Dave Morris introduced our newest member Geoff Barcalow and his sponsor Randy Barcalow. Dave wondered about the past success rates of father-son Rotarians. Duane Fister conducted the induction and welcomed Geoff as the “World’s Newest Rotarian” as of 8:48:10 am (PDT).
Fines and Happy Bucks: John Winslow was the fine master. Judge Hogan prepaid her fine but was fined again. Richard Pifer is off on another cruise (pictures to follow), President Paul was fined for his socks (after approval by PP Mel Santos). Fine master Winslow worked on a theme, without a lot of success. Hal Cline was fined for having multiple Facebook accounts and never-ending friend requests. Happy Bucks: Judge Hogan for Tim Williams work on a referral, Mike Pinch for Rotary’s polio eradication efforts, Mary Grubbs as she is retiring October 26, Sharon Shaffer for six nominations for Star Awards (committee of past presidents to meet next week), Randy Spitzer for a father-son 2,400 mile motorcycle trip, Howard Mackert for spending all day at the track tomorrow fulfilling auction promises, Coach for Rod Ladd coming through with corn today, Annie Arbenz for Tim Lewis running for Judge and for Zach Lester coaching her son in soccer, and Bob Lutschg for his trip to Wisconsin.
Drawing: Eric McGinnis ran the raffle. The pot was $185 and 10 chips. Randy Spitzer won the 10 free tickets for next week and Hal Cline won the right to draw from the chips for the chance at the pot. He drew the white chip for a consolation prize.
Late Announcement: President Alvestad announced that about 40 people attended the joint club picnic. He thanked everyone that helped.
Program: (Part One – Club Happenings) Corey Coryell, Community Services, started by inviting everyone to the next committee meeting on Tuesday, October 9, 5:30 pm, at Timberland Bank. Cory then briefly recapped some of the club’s current projects, including Wilkinson Fence installation, Chamber of Commerce remodel, Angel Guild shed installation, Veterans’ Day lunch event on November 12 at Oceans 5, Kayak rack storage project design, and parking day (on hold). John Duppenthaler, Club Services, talked about the “behind the scenes” work of his avenue of service, including songs, invocations, publications, photographs, and scribes. Jeannie Simmons, Youth Services, reminded everyone they meet on the third Friday of every month immediately following the Club meeting. She recapped Youth Services work in Outbound Student selection (applications due September 26), host family video production, dancing classrooms (more than 1,000 elementary students currently participating), Early Act (per Jeannie “excited little Rotarians”) and Interact at PHS (meet first and third Wednesday at 2:10 pm). Jeannie noted that getting involved in Youth Services helps you feel young again. Rod Ladd, International Committee, noted that they are all caught up and even canceled their last meeting. They meet the second Monday of the month. He summarized activity in water projects and the Rachel project. He thanked Geoff, the World’s Newest Rotarian, for his donation of 15 computers to help establish a computer lab in a Philippine High School. He also reported that he is working on a water retention/drip irrigation project update to be presented to the club. Howard Mackert, Cars for Change, noted they have had a few hiccups in the implementation of this program (liability insurance and drivers’ licensing). They have restructured and are now helping to sell cars, take donations, and help with licensing and car purchases.
Program: (Part Two – Reclassification Talk) Past President Ron Roberts shared his story (thus far) with the club. Born in Auburn, Ron attended Gonzaga after graduating from High School in 1957. He started as a Business and Finance Major at $1,500 per year for tuition, room and board. After three years, he entered law school (night school at that time). During law school he met his soon-to-be wife, Joann, also a Gonzaga student, pursuing a teaching degree. Shortly thereafter they married and started a family (not always at the most opportune times). For example, Ron gave up a job at Old National Bank so that he and Joanne could go to Great Falls, Montana, only to find Joanne was pregnant. After law school, before fulfilling a service commitment, Ron joined the law firm of Eisenhower & Carlson (he only applied to firms with more than one name, to improve his hiring chances). In July 1964, Ron sat for the Bar Exam while Joanne was preparing for Mark to join the family. Timing is everything. Ron joined the Military Police to serve his commitment to the Army. He trained in Fort Riley, Kansas, as a First Lieutenant, Executive Officer, and headed to Vietnam in August. Of course, Joanne was pregnant with Matt. His division was charged with base and convoy security. He left Vietnam in August 1966 as a Captain and was rehired by Eisenhower and Carlson. The firm had grown from nine to 30 attorneys. Ron served on the firm’s management committee and served as the Managing Partner before retirement in 1988. During that time Greg, Ben and Adam joined the family, now mom and dad and five sons, and lots more! Ron moved to Gig Harbor in 1978 and joined Rotary in 1989. He has chaired the Community Service Committee, been on the GH Foundation Board, and was President in 1992-93 (the year of the first auction). Ron was named Rotarian of the year in 1990 and remains very active in the club. He finished by showing pictures of his family and sharing how blessed he and Joann feel.
President Alvestad ended the meeting at 8:30 am.
Notes by Chuck Cuzzetto
Friday (9/21/2018) Chuck Cuzzetto 2018-09-22 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 19, 2018
This issue comes to you from sunny Bruneau, Idaho and the Colyer Hereford/Angus Ranch.  Rod will be doing the next 1-2 issues.
Buck had the honor of ringing the Cow Bell to get the meeting started and he did very well, and for all of you Past Presidents, he didn't hit his thumb.
Camilla did a very nice invocation along the lines of "What you sow, so shall you reap" in a very positive sense.
President Paul leading us in the Flag Salute, I guess reminding us of the year past.  He seemed to know all of the words.
Had a trio leading us in God Bless America.  There was mixed feelings about the microphone not working during the song.
Coach did a rousing job of introducing our only visiting Rotarian, Judy Hosea.  Judy announced she and Tom will be leaving for several months to visit the Southeastern US.
President Paul reminding us that we have an event calendar on our website and we should be using  it.
If you have never been, this is a great event that supports many of the non profits in the Shelton area.  You won't believe how many ways oysters can be prepared.  Fun to watch the shucking as well; they are unbelievably fast.
Geoff Barcalow offering Mike 15 computers for Philippine schools.  Definitely a win/win situation and representative of th succcess of Rotary networking.  Thanks for thinking of the Philippines Geoff.
Finemaster Chris should be paid a buck for doing such a great job, but fined two bucks for being a lousy auctioneer.  Buck had two VIP passes for the GH Film Festival and for awhile it looked like they were going to go for $3.00.  But Rotarians came through and they went for $150., The money going for the Prison Foundation.
Can you guess what PE Hal is doing?
Jay did a great job explaining how Pac12 officiating works.  But even with 8-10 pairs of eyes on each play, things are still missed; maybe some league bias involved?  Nice informative program.
Photo Summary of the September 14th Meeting Robert J Martin 2018-09-19 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert J Martin on Sep 19, 2018
This is a Dinners for Eight at the Coryells.  Not only do you have great food, but you get to meet Rotarian spouses.
This is Dinners for Eight at the Olsons. Here you not only get to have the Fellowship but you get to see Marty's fantastic art, and Larry is no slouch either.  You have to participate to have these opportunities.
This is an Italian dinner purchased at the Auction, so not only do you have great food and company, but you helped support our Club's projects.  So come to the next Auction and buy one of these dinners.
Rotary Social Opportunities Robert J Martin 2018-09-19 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by martin on Sep 18, 2018
I don't have any neighbors bugging me, but this seems a simple solution.
Which one of these ladies is the blonde.  Answer later if you don't get it.
I thought this was funny!
And now the answer;  Note which leg is up.
Some Things to Think About---and Smile martin 2018-09-18 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chuck Perry
Pre meeting slide show: Included announcements for Film Festival and Rotary Picnic. Also included the Rotary International “Vision”: “TOGETHER WE SEE A WORLD WHERE PEOPLE UNITE AND TAKE ACTION TO CREATE LASTING CHANGE-ACROSS THE GLOBE, IN OUR COMMUNITIES, AND IN OURSELVES.” Also included were four pages from the club roster of the early 90’s: Bob Martin, David Gillespie, Al Bucholz, and Jerry Walston. Amazing how much hair they had, with little or no grey.
Call to Order: President Paul opened the meeting with a ring of the bell at 7:30. The Invocation: Camilla Brocker; Song: Hal Cline, with Corey and Peter led us in ‘God Bless America’; Pledge: led by President Paul; followed by the Four Way Test: Led by Past President Mel Santos.
Visiting Rotarians: Coach introduced the visiting Rotarians: Judy Hosea. Later in the meeting we were also joined by past president Joyce Taylor. She continues to run a little late.
Guests: This week’s guests included: Geoff Barcalow (Randy’s son) who’s company has donated 15 computers to the Philippine school computer project; Dave Freeman’s grandson Evan Margel; Dan Gregory, Former member Tom Stanfield, Ed Butler; Peter Weller, Deb Miller’s brother: Mark Avni; Oliver and Rocky Pinch; Gretchen Hodgins; Jay and Wendy Stricherz.
  • A meeting of the scholarship committee was held last week, which is part of the Gig Harbor Rotary Foundation. Another meeting will be held in October. Call John Winslow if you would like to be involved.
  • Paul announced that if you want to give public opinions or letters to the editor, that you do not give it as a Rotarian, unless it has been vetted and approved by the Club Board.
  • A three GH Clubs’ Rotary (adult) Picnic is coming Sept 16th at Paul Alvestad’s, 4:00 p.m. The cost is $10 each. A map was shown on how to get to the picnic.
  • Oysterfest is being held by the Shelton-Skookum Club on October 6th. Please attend if you can. They are also looking for volunteers. See Paul if you would like to volunteer. See their website for additional information:
  • It was announced that Howard Svigals is the new District Foundation Chair beginning July 2019.
  • Remember the Gig Harbor Film Festival for this weekend.
  • Buck Frymier purchased two passes to the entire GH Film Festival at this year’s auction. As it turns out, he was unable to use them and they were auctioned off, with the proceeds to go to the Purdy Prison program. Ed Lindstrom was the winning bidder @ $150.
Raffle: Run by Donna Lormor; Marti Andersen won 10 free next week (third week in a row). Mike Pinch had his grandson draw for $173. A white chip came out of the bag after a lot of work, and won $15 instead.
Fines & Happy Bucks: Chris Myers had the duty this week as the finemaster. He questioned guest Dan Gregory about his Eastern Eagles jacket, to see if he knew the famous Eastern football player; John Eddy. No such luck. John Ciccarelli was recognized for having the average age of table members at his table drop by 80 years, as the Pinch boys were sitting where Al and Joanne normally sit. Paul Alvestad was called out for a comment he made earlier in the meeting, about cows being struck by thunder. (Didn’t he mean lightning?) He was also questioned about the picnic being an adult picnic and what type of farm entertainment was going to be had? Chris talked about how past presidents each had different things they did at the meetings. He singled out Dick Vanberg about the Rotary Clap, and wondered if anyone else got it? Happy bucks were offered by Marti Anderson for Peace Through Travel, and over 200 kids in the Jr Sailing program. Happy bucks were also given by Ed Lindstrom and Judy Hosea.
Program: Jay Stricherz – Retired Pac 12 football Ref: View from the Field
Hal Hodgins introduced our speaker who is a retired football referee for the Pac 12, and is still involved with the Pac 12 referee training and rules committee. Jay grew up in Parkland and Enumclaw. His dad was a referee and very active in sports. His family values were: Faith, Family, and Sports. Jay started refereeing his Jr year of college. As with most referees, he started with young kids games on Saturday mornings and worked his way up through the system. Joining the Pac-10 referees in 1979. The Pac-10 had just been increased from the Pac-8 in 1978. He was a referee for 35 years. He thanked Coach (Jack Stonestreet) for his help and mentoring. He also mentioned that the Tacoma Athletic Association was to be honoring Coach for over 50 years as a referee. Jay went on to show many film clips to explain what referees are looking for and to explain how the 8 officials at each game work the game. Each ref is paid $3500 per game in the Pac-12. However all the expenses for travel food and lodging are the responsibility of the officials. The Pac-12 has seven crews of 8 officials. Each crew remains together for the season and each member of the crew keeps the same position for the season. Each game has between 6 and 13 cameras covering the game. These video feeds are available to two additional people in the replay booth. When a call is questioned, the replay officials watch the video feeds to make the final call. The program was followed by many very interesting questions. The program received many compliments.
Scribe: Chuck Perry
Friday (9/14/2018) Chuck Perry 2018-09-17 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert J Martin on Sep 13, 2018
This is Olivia Martin Gurley, an outbound exchange student to Rancagua, Chile from D-5080 (Spokane).  This was here arrival day with her 13yo Chilean sister.  Olivia happens to be my Granddaughter.
This is Olivia on in her school uniform on her first day of school on September 11.  I am sure I can convince her to send us some progress reports; I know I will get some.  Give me some feedback if you would like to know how her year goes.
Maybe we do have an outgoing Exchange Student Robert J Martin 2018-09-13 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert J Martin on Sep 13, 2018
We had a small but great group.  Here are the Hoppens and President Paul.
I think Jan must be laughing at one of my jokes; since John is not.
Just couldn't get Mel to pay attention to the camera.  Tim on the other hand is very photosensitive.
Rotary After Hours at the Greenhouse Robert J Martin 2018-09-13 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert J Martin on Sep 13, 2018
Brady did a very traditional invocation which I thought was great.  I think dave did to.
I am so happy to see that AnnMarie thinks the 4-Way Test is like a prayer because I agree.
Bill Evans standing in for Coach in introducing visiting Rotarians.  Don't remember any problems with names.
The Community Service meeting was also cancelled.  This calendar is on our website, but President Paul is bringing it to you each week.  RAH was a small group but very enjoyable.  Pictures to follow.
President Paul reminding us of one of our Club goals which Tom and Buck and others have been working very hard on.  We hope to see a new, better, and more functional website as a result.
Past President Betty reminding us of the upcoming GH Film Festival.  A lot of hard work goes into this and it makes GH a better community.  Thanks for your efforts Betty.
President Paul pays Mac's first fine, but not the last.
If we every have had a hot seat, this is it and Steve doesn't even look uncomfortable.  Cool under pressure!
Marti wanted to pay some big happy bucks but I don't know if that was for a trip for her or some other Rotarian.
Norma wanted us to know that there may be some tickets available for the Mackert concert/Buchanan salmon feed at the Morris Pavillion.
Hal is doing another great introduction of our weekly speaker, Carol Hendricks from the Snoqualmie Rotary Club.
Carol talked about the need for good menstrual health for school age girls in Swaziland.  The typical female will lose 3000 days due to menstruation in her lifetime, many of those during her school life.  The Days for Girls program provides reusable sanitary napkins for women and now they are being made in Swaziland, creating new jobs.
Just a summary.
Photo Summary of the September 7th Meeting Robert J Martin 2018-09-13 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Marcia Harris
Call to Order: President Paul opened the meeting with a ring of the bell at 7:30. The invocation/thoughts for the week by Brady Buskirk; Hal Cline led us in ‘God Bless America’; Pledge led by Chuck Perry; followed by the Four Way Test.
Visiting Rotarians: Coach introduced the visiting Rotarians: Bill Evans, Pt Orchard, and from Tacoma Barry & Sharon Benson, Linda Kaye Briggs (former member of our club) and Judge Kathryn Nelson.
Guests: This week’s guests included: Jennifer Barthens & Carol Hinelrus (Hal Hodgens); Susan Wadrow (Dorothy Wimberly); Geoff Barcalow (Randy’s son); Bill Grubbs (Mary) and Dave Freeman’s grandson Evan.
Opening Comments: President Paul: Last week the Buddy Bench we dedicated at Artondale Elementary (thank you Corey & the Community Service committee); the Gig Harbor Rotary fund- raising web site is under development. It will provide access to making on-line donations to the Areas of Service and to the four Gig Harbor Rotary Foundations. Stay tuned.
September Birthdays – Camilla Brocker & Cynthia Kennedy (2nd), Jim Reick (13th), Veronica Hooper (14th), Gary Imel (16th), Juanita Carbaugh (19th), Vicki Hogan (23rd ), John Dunham (28th) and Duane Fister 30th). Anniversaries of Note: Ron & JoAnn Roberts (55 yrs); Buck & Kay Frymier (53 yrs); Terry & Lynn Brown (30 yrs); John & Nicole Duppenthaler (24 yrs)
  • The Rotary Club calendar is a work in process. A strategic calendar will eventually be on Dropbox.
  • Betty Felker reminded us of the G.H. Film Festival, September 13 – 16. There is an amazing array of 80 film makers. Don’t miss it!
  • A three GH Clubs’ Rotary (adult) Picnic is coming Sept 16th at Paul Alvestad’s, 5:00 p.m. The cost is $10 each; sign-up deadline Monday Sept.10.
  • The Gig Harbor Kiwanis provided the Flag Day breakfast. The Community Service Committee provided an $800 ‘thank you’ donation (our weekly breakfast expense). A lovely thank you was received.
Fines & Happy Bucks:  Doing the honors this week was Mac Pinch. Mac pointed our Vanberg’s thick hair & sparse beard and Scott McVay’s sparse hair & dense beard. Mac suggested they may want to trade ‘beauty secrets! Thankfully the Eastern Washington smoke has cleared. Worried though about the Key Peninsula smoke near Jeff’s property. It was noted that Bill Evan’s shorts were the color of ‘farmed salmon’. Happy Bucks: Cindy Reed is headed to Europe for three weeks; Dave Cathers up-coming Basket Brigade reminder, Norma Whitacre reminder of the concert & salmon dinner at Dave Morris’. A few tickets are remaining. Contact Norma.
Raffle: Marti Andersen won 10 free next week. Lucky Hal Cline had a chance to draw for $169. The white chip netted $15 instead.
Program: Carol Hendricks – Swaziland Days for Girls
Hal Hodgins introduced our speaker who serves as the Snoqualimie Chapter Director of the project. The ‘Days for Girls’, now an international program, was launched by the Snoqualmie Rotary club in November 2013 in Swaziland, Africa (with a population of 250,000 orphans). We learned that girls worldwide miss school 5 days every month during their menstrual periods because they don’t have access to sanitary napkins or alternative supplies. This project started by providing ‘a kit’ of washable pads, liners, shield, bags and panties. The kits last up to three years. The popularity of the solution has changed from ‘a poor girls choice’ to ‘a smart girls choice’.
Originally the Snoqualmie Club made and provided ‘the kits’. The program has grown and in 2017 they started a self-sustaining leadership team. They have started five Swaziland enterprise centers, making and marketing the kits. The program is becoming locally self-sustaining. One added bonus is that the women working in the project earn income too.
This is a project accomplishing the initial 2013 vision: Girls are no longer missing school.
President Paul adjourned the meeting at 8:35.
Scribe: Marcia Harris
Friday (9/7/2018) Marcia Harris 2018-09-12 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Fred Labayen
The meeting was opened by President Paul at 730am
The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Mark Hoppen; Song God Bless America by Hal Cline; The 4 Way Test led by Randy Barcalow
Visiting Rotarian: Joyce Taylor past President; Other guest: Jordan Poire guest of Debbie Miller; David Holsinger guest of Sophie Perkins; Scott Hohensinner guest speaker; Geof Barcalow guest of Randy Barcalow
President Paul announced the forthcoming Picnic on Sept.16 at 4pm
Outbound student exchange program presented by Cindy Reed showing the flyers criteria
Fining session by David Cathers and the following were fined:
Richard Schmalz birthday guy; Alec Zarelli, Richard Pifer(Timberland Bank), Mike Pinch, Bob Martin, President Paul
Happy Bucks: Bob Lutschg, Bob Martin, Cindy Reed, Sherry, and Pam
Raffle done by Donna Lormor
Guest Speaker introduced by Hal:
Scott Hohensinner. Talk was about Wheels for Water Ride across U.S. 0 states for 1,000 kids. The project raised $300,646 by Lifewater for clean water fo Ethiopia. Serve 9 schools and 9,000 children. It is an ongoing project.
Meeting adjourned at 8:30 am
Minutes taken by Fred Labayen
Friday (8/31/2018) Fred Labayen 2018-09-01 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Annie Arbenz
John Guardia and Geoff Barcalow have been approved by the Board as new members.
John's classification is life insurance/financial services and his sponsor is Ben Paganelli.
Geoff's classification is employee benefits and his sponsor is Randy Barcalow.
Any comments on either prospective new member should be directed to Annie Arbenz and/or Dave Morris within 10 days after this publication.
Date of Notice: August 28, 2018
New Member Notice Annie Arbenz 2018-08-28 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jill Guernsey
Opening Bell: By Pres. Paul Alvestad at 7:30 am. Invocation: by Marti Anderson. Pledge of Allegiance: by Gary Glein. Songs: Oh, Canada, followed by The Star-Spangled Banner, led by Hal Cline and assisted by Randy Spitzer. Four Way Test: by Fred Labayen.
Visiting Rotarians: Introduced by Coach Jack Stonestreet: District Governor Craig Gillis from Campbell River, BC; Katie Hopkins (North Mason); Howard Svigals (GH Midday). Guests: Tom Borgen introduced Erin O’Neill and Eric Morton from the Peninsula School District (PSD); Jill Guernsey introduced Tom Stanfield, Heron’s Key Marketing and Sales Director; Debbie Miller introduced Jordan Poore, with The Doty Group; and Scott Junge introduced former member Jim Hansen who has visited more than some of our “active members.” Pam’s daughter and son in law, Delaine and Max Morgan, joined us, as did Mel Wick’s nurse, Tina.
Opening Comments: Pres. Paul mentioned a few upcoming events, including Harbor Hounds (9/8/18) and the Courage Classic (8/25th and 26th). Todd Fletcher gave an update on the construction project at Cottesmore while we feasted on plastic plates.
  • Tiny House Project: Eric Morton (PSD) thanked our club for our $3500 donation for a welder for students in the Skilled Trades Pre-Apprenticeship Program. He presented a short slideshow showing the various activities and accomplishments by the students this past year, including building a tiny house. 14 students graduated from this program last year. Great job, everyone who was involved in this worthwhile program supporting students in our community.
  • STAR Award Nominations Reminder: Sharon Shaffer did an excellent job of reminding us that the nominees are to be non-Rotarians in the GH area who have shown, by action and deed, their commitment to improve our community in Rotary’s spirit of Service Above Self. Nominations due to Sharon or Al Abbott by September 14th.
  • Vocational Service Award Nomination Reminder: Marcia Harris also did an excellent job of reiterating the criteria for this award, which will be awarded to a Rotarian for commitment to community service beyond Rotary. Nominations due to Marcia or Richard Schmalz by August 31st (next week).
  • Mary Bridge Children’s Courage to Support Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital: John Mitchell reminded us that The Courage is this weekend (August 25 and 26) in Mossy Rock.
  • Three-Club Rotary Picnic: Pres. Paul announced that all three GH Rotary clubs will be hosting a picnic September 16th at his house near Horseshoe Lake. Cost $10 pp; details soon.
  • Thank you to Purdy Topsoil: Scott Junge passed around a note for everyone to sign thanking Purdy Topsoil for supplying gravel for the Wilkinson Farm Fence project. In a rare moment of seriousness, he pointed out that whenever asked for help the people at Purdy Topsoil have come through.
  • Randy Barcalow announced that tomorrow, Saturday, August 25th, is the last work project for the Wilkinson Farm Fence project. He asked us to bring shovels and wheelbarrows so we could fill the fencepost holes with gravel (from Purdy Topsoil of course). He also asked us to bring stapleguns. Chuck Cuzzetto is convinced that the stapleguns will be used to staple the gravel.
Fines and Happy Bucks: Paul Willett was the Finemaster. As usual there were a few unrepeatable fines, but we all took note of the fact that the Club policy has changed and instead of fining the current president, we will fine the past president. Mel Santos laughed and emptied his wallet again. Annie Arbenz wasn’t present but that didn’t stop Paul from fining her for completing the Canadian Iron Man. Of course he did mention that there was a discount because of the Canadian dollar. Happy Bucks: Betty mentioned that there may be a 5th elementary school signing up for Ballroom Dancing; Debbie Miller said her mother is happy at Harbor Place/Cottesmore; and Randy Spitzer said that there is a Tiny House project in South Kitsap School District also, and that they have a place to put the house once completed.
Drawing: Eric McGinnis ran the raffle. The pot is not huge, and we are down to a few chips. Pam won the 10 free tickets for next week and Lee won the right to draw from the chips for the chance at the pot. He lost.
Program: District Governor Craig Gillis did an excellent presentation. But the best news of the entire day was his announcement that our very own Tom Borgen is the next Assistant Governor Area 11 Designate! Congratulations, Tom! Two things to mention re the Governor’s presentation:
  1.  A wise person once told him that people don’t give TO Rotary, they give THROUGH Rotary.
  2. Youth – Please keep doing what you are doing and extend what you are doing. The Rotary Youth Exchange program is one of our most important programs because it helps to share life experiences throughout the world. He mentioned an exchange student from Jakarta that said that the number one thing he will take home is the clean water that comes from the tap! Something we take for granted that is so vital.
President Paul ended the meeting at 8:35 am
Notes by Jill Guernsey
Friday (8/24/2018) Jill Guernsey 2018-08-25 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Marti Anderson
Opening Bell: By Dave Gordon, standing in for Paul Invocation: by Duane Fister. Pledge of Allegiance: by XX; Song: National Anthem led by Hal Cline
Four Way Test: by XX Greeters: XX.
Visiting Rotarians: Introduced by Coach – Joyce Taylor Guests: Rosalie Buchanan, John Guardia, Jim Sheehan, Gary, Jim Waddell, David Holsinger, Hillary Bridge, Geoff Barcalow,
Opening Comments:
  • Vicki Hogan and Dave visited Mel Wick over the weekend. He is now home and doing well.
  • Tacoma ½ Marathon- this Saturday
  • Fly In Drive In – Aug 25 @ Narrows Airport.
  • Star Awards – Sharon Schaffer is soliciting for nominees. Form on line and she will have some at next week’s meeting.
  • Jack Sparrow Concert – Aug 23, 530p – 900p.benefits Communities In Schools of Peninsula. Jim Borgen and Brett and Kathy Davis-Hayfields. 6209 Reid Rd. $30.00 Call CISP 253-884-5733 or to rsvp.
  • Auction Committee meeting -Aug 28, 6pm @ Lee and Pam’s
  • Fence Project – Materials for sale. Lee bought the lumber. Contact Randy if interested in 100’ wire fencing. Next work party – perhaps the last on this project – is Aug 25.
Fines and Happy Bucks: Peter Glein was the Finemaster. Just back from ANOTHER vacation, so didn’t have any dirt on anyone.
Lots of time for Happy Bucks: Juanita- taking a leave of absence since she has lots of travel. Meeting with Derek Kilmer and concerned Rotarians regarding the whales/Columbia River Damn breaching.
Rod Ladd – Has his (4th) motorhome back.
Bob Ryan – Drove across the country with his son. Gave them time to connect and solve all the world’s problems.
Jeff Harris – Logging show on Key Peninsula this weekend.
Sophie Perkins – David went gliding this weekend – and lived to tell about it.
Howard  Mackert– Had a great day at the track, got to go fast and raise lots of money
George Bonney – Celebrated 40 year anniversary
Someone - sorry I didn’t catch who – Now has 3 sons over 50 years old
Tom Borgen – Thanks for all the support for “courage” riders
Pam Smith – Bittersweet. Back from France with 14 friends. Lost her dog recently, but Lee is picking up a new puppy this week.
Bob Martin – Celebration/ send off for his granddaughter going on a Rotary exchange to Chile
Dave Gordon – Back from a 2 week Baltic cruise
Drawing: Starting fresh with a full bag of white chips. Marti won 10 free tickets for next week and Sophie won the right to draw from the chips for the chance at the pot. She drew the white. So sorry, Sophie.
Program: Don Buchanan Reclassification Talk
Graduate of PHS. Attended Washington State College, College of Puget Sound, Olympic College, Central, FINALLY graduated from UPS in Fine Arts and Accounting. Was on the Tennis and sailing teams.
Worked for his Dad’s company, Buchanan Lumber in Olympia, which became a Log dump operation working up to 400 loads/ day. Then bought West Bay Marina, (lost all the docks in the Thanksgiving Day storm).
Had his own fish company which sold to the cruise lines, eventually morphed into Captain’s Choice smoked salmon.
Rotary Member for 43 years. 2 sons, both living in the area. Married to Rosalie (thank you for overseeing his wardrobe, Rosalie)
Tons, and TONS of community involvement over the years, over and above all his Rotary efforts. Rotary Lifetime achievement Award in 2015.
A couple quotes to take away from his “The more you say the less people listen”
Club Happenings:
Club Service: Focusing on member engagement and fast-tracking red badgers to blue
Vocational – Stars Awards, Mental Health Pilot Program, 1st Tee scholarships, Prison Transition Reentry Program. They meet the 3rd Wed of each month
Youth – Monday Aug 27, Artondale Elementary Earlyact Buddy Benches are dedicated, Interact, John would like more volunteers, Pam P and her daughter are working on Interact @ Harbor Ridge, working on host families for 2019-2020 exchange.
International – Lots of great work going on it Philippines, Guatemala, Africa, water projects, medical and literacy programs. Contact Rod if you have desk top computers to donate.
President pro tem Dave Gordon ended the meeting at 8:30 sharp
Notes by Marti Anderson
Friday (8/17/2018) Marti Anderson 2018-08-20 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alan Weaver
Opening Bell: Meeting opened by President Paul Alvestad by having past president of many moons ago Ron Roberts ring the bell from his seat. Pledge of Allegiance by John Duppenthaler; Song “God Bless America” by Hal Cline and our two British born members who added “God Save the Queen” at the end; Four Way Test by Bob Lutschg; Visiting Rotarians as introduced by “Coach” Jack Stonestreet (who tried to introduce last week’s visitors before being corrected) Mike Mitchel, Bob Anderson (GH North), Joyce Taylor (Shelton) and three invaders (from Tacoma 8) Don Hanson, Barry Benson and Fred Mathazi; Guests Dave Holsinger (of Sophie Perkins), Marc Silba, Gene Krebs and Guy Allen (all of Walker Allen) and Geoff Barcalow (Randy Barcalow’s son); and speaker Joe Piscatella. Greeters – none spotted.
President’s Comments:
  • Member Mel Wick is presently in the hospital recovering from a surgery and the Sunshine Committee of Allisha McVey and Dorothy Wimberly have been alerted.
  • President Paul displayed three screens which showed (a) the coming events for this week, (b) the list of brain storming ideas for club activities which are under consideration and (c) the future community events.
  • President Paul reported on the joint Rotary get-together at the Rainer’s baseball game which he enjoyed so much that he had to be reminded who won (Paul, it was the Dodgers).
Various Announcements:
  • Visitor Mike Mitchell pitched the second annual Rockin Rhythm and Blues Festival to be held on August 18th at the Sportsman’s Club for the benefit of soldiers and veterans – PTSD Permission to Start Dreaming .
  • Marcia Harris reminded us of the three awards granted by our club which are Star’s Award in February to a non-Rotarian, the Rotarian of the Year to a Rotarian as selected by the club president and the Vocational Service Award given in September to a Rotarian for extraordinary service over and above that given for Rotary projects.
  • John Mitchell reported on the coming Courage bike ride later this month in which we have five members participating and the club is handling the lunch portion on Sunday at Mossyrock between 9:30 am and 1:30 pm for an expected sixty riders.
  • Hal Cline was before the group again to remind those who are participating in Dinners for Eight to be sure to show up for their anointed dinners.
  • Mystery woman Cindy Reed (who was adorned with a breathing mask because of dust particles) promoted a meeting after next Friday’s meeting for those interested in Early Act and Brent Tayet reported on the Early Act benches being installed at Artondale School.
  • The Raffle was handled ably by Larry Olson and Donna Lormor with someone winning the right to ten free tickets next week. And then Hal Cline made his third appearance before the club when he successfully drew the blue chip for $764 (with President Paul muttering in the background the names of several worthy club charitable projects).
Fines and Happy Bucks:
            John Winslow ably insulted and fined a few, but not Hal Cline who to the surprise of many successfully named the three other couples coming to his Dinners for Eight that night. However, Todd Fletcher contributed a dollar because Cottesmore’s dishwasher had broken down so we had dined off paper plates and cups and plastic silverware. His protests of adding air conditioning to the meeting got him nowhere. Lastly, Annie Arbenz happily contributed to the pot by declaring that she had completed the Canadian Ironman in Whistler, BC two weeks ago which consisted of a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride and 26.2 mile run in 14 hours 35 minutes. (Don’t think her 9:01 transition time from bike to run was spent in putting on her famous high heels.) Annie, at age 35, became the third active club Rotarian to finish an Ironman, joining Paul Willett, who finished in a slower time at age 53, and this scribe, who was also slower but age 61.
Speaker: Hal Hodgins introduced fellow Rosedale resident Joe Piscatella, a nationally known author on health and the heart. Joe spoke on lifestyle versus how we choose to live with special emphasis on diet, exercise, smoking, stress and attitude. Unfortunately, those in this country have not been doing a good job with the USA ranked 169th country in health, just behind Croatia. While we have 6% of the world’s population, we have 33% of the world’s fat. Now, the average woman weighs 166 pounds and average man 195. He challenged us by inquiring whether we wanted to spend the last twenty years of life in a golf cart or wheel chair. Lastly, he described how he had changed his life style at age 32 to the better as a result of a 95% blockage in his heart.
Adjournment: Promptly at 8:30 am.
Scribe: Al Weaver
Friday (8/10/2018) Alan Weaver 2018-08-13 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chuck Cuzzetto
Opening Bell by President Paul Alvestad at 7:30 am, after an unsuccessful attempt to start at 7:10 am. Invocation by Past President Tom Borgen with words about life by Mother Teresa. Pledge of Allegiance (as it has been done since 1954) by Chuck Perry. Song “God Bless America,” by the two Hal’s, Cline and Hodgins, for the heck of it. Four Way Test by Stan Eastberg.
No greeters were observed.
Visiting Rotarians introduced by Coach (Jack Stonestreet), Don Hansen from Tacoma 8 and Bob Anderson from Gig Harbor North. Guests included past member Rick Tunnel and Chris Myers’ significantly better half, Jill.
Opening Comments: President Alvestad reviewed the busy week ahead on the calendar and urged Rotarians to visit the website at often. (Note from the WebMaster: is experiencing some problems, and if you have had difficulty accessing the website, that is why. Change your favorites/links to GigHarborRotary.ORG and you should be fine)
Courage Classic: Hal Hodgins indicated that we have five riders participating in this year’s, the 25th ride. They are about $700 short, collectively, of their fundraising goal. Donations can be accepted until August 17, so try to bring your donations next Friday. John Mitchell is again leading the effort for our Rotary stop in Morton on Sunday, August 26. It’ll be the same program as last year and volunteer information will be sent soon.
Galloping Gertie: Bob Anderson from Gig Harbor North Rotary reported that their club has 20 members and is growing. They now meet (starting in September), the first and third Monday’s of the month, 5:00 pm at Herron’s Key. (The scribe was not sure if most of the members lived there). GH North’s big fundraiser of the year is the Galloping Gertie fun run/walk. All the proceeds go to benefit children programs, especially on the Key Peninsula. They need runners, walkers, and volunteers. Their website is  
Picnic: President Alvestad very briefly mentioned there would be a three-club picnic on September 16, 4:00 pm, near Horseshoe Lake (later he mumbled, his house).
Rotary After Hours: John Eddy reported that the next After Hours would be August 8 at Ocean’s 5. We will have a private area and bowling will be $5.
Wine and Food Experience: President Alvestad reported for Camilla Brocker that the Wine and Food Experience was a success thanks in large part to the efforts of Lee Smith. Lee recruits and coordinates the volunteers for the weekend activities. He has been doing this for many years and would really like someone else to take over.
OysterFest: Late arriver and past president Joyce Taylor encouraged everyone to attend The Shelton Skookum Rotary Club’s OysterFest in Shelton on October 6 and 7. After some thought, she recalled that the oysters were provided by Taylor Shellfish. More information is available at
Birthdays: Walt Paulson led the group singing “Happy Birthday” to 22 (wow) Rotarians and at least three spouses. (Another Note from the WebMaster: please make sure your birthday, and other vital information, is up to date in ClubRunner. If you have difficulty logging in, call or text me at (253) 591-7088, or email at
Fines and Happy Bucks: Mr. Chris Myers was the Finemaster this week. He noted that since the crowd was so small, fines would be doubled. Singled out for fines were Rod Ladd, for not having his cell number in Mr. Myers’ Contact list; Walt Paulsen, for an undisclosed violation; Tom Borgen, for an effortless invocation; Cindy Reed, for wearing a mask, insinuating problems with her table; Mel Santos, for being President in the wrong year – this year the President won’t have to pay fines; John Eddy, for RAH; Gary Glein, for competitive bowling prices; and Jeff Harris, as a proxy for Marcia, for having a magic moment executive session Board Meeting. Happy Bucks from Gary Glein for his new Tesla and Cindy Reed to explain her mask and thank Marti Anderson for arranging her trip.
Drawing: Donna Lormor ran the raffle. Dick Vanberg won ten free tickets next week. Bob Ryan’s winning ticket earned him a chance to draw from two chips, with a 50-50 chance to win $614. Bob drew the …………. white chip for a generous consolation price of $15. Next week there will be just one chip (blue, we assume), so the odds are pretty good of drawing the blue chip.
Program: “Hot August Morning - Classic Car Display” and “Jim’s Classic Garage”
Hot August Morning - Classic Car Display” – Walt Paulsen talked about the car display that would be available for members to peruse at the end of the meeting. He thanked the car owners for participating and then noted the cars on display:
Rick Tunnel’s 1959 Corvette
Peter Stanley’s 2007 Boss Mustang
Rod Ladd’s 1980 Porsche
Jim Rieck’s 2003 Corvette
Hal Hodgins’ 1952 MG
Walt Paulsen’s 1962 Impala SS
Gary Glein’s 2018 Tesla
Walt then shared the story how he remarried his ex. (how he bought his car back after he had sold it). Only in Montana!
“Jim’s Classic Garage” – Jim Sullivan, owner of Jim’s Classic Garage and Teaching Museum told his story of restoring classic cars. He also shared two videos recapping his business and involvement with 25 “at risk” youth, teaching the business and passion of Classic cars. He has been at his current 12,000 square foot location for six years. He currently has 10 employees and three days per week hosts 25 students as shadow mechanics. He ships cars around the world, with England and Holland the favorite destinations. When asked which cars were in demand he said, “old jeeps and broncos are hot, mustangs are not.” His favorite car is a 1958 Corvette. He also talked about working on a WW2 “EMW,” made by Eisenacher Motorenwerk. He’s is open weekdays 7:30 am to 4:00 pm and weekends and encouraged visitors. His website is  
President Alvestad adjourned the meeting early at 8:19 am to allow Rotarians and guests to view the classic cars.
Notes by Chuck Cuzzetto
Friday (8/3/2018) Chuck Cuzzetto 2018-08-05 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chuck Perry
Slide show prior to the opening bell. A great slide show with pictures from dinners for Eight, the Mel Wick presentation, and a horse program from the vocation committee. Followed by two slides of 25-year-old club roster pages of Mark Jorgensen and Scott Junge, both looking much younger.
Opening Bell: By Past-President Mel Wick at exactly 7:30 am. Invocation: by Duane Fister. Pledge of Allegiance: by John Ciccarelli; Song: God Bless America, led by Hal Cline and assisted by Cory Coryell. Four Way Test: by Scott Junge. Greeters: None Noted. Visiting Rotarians: Introduced by Coach (Jack Stonestreet), Judy Hosea and Barry Benson. Sneaking in half way through the meeting without introduction was past president Joyce Taylor Gorney. Guests: Dave Freeman’s grandson Evan Margel, Curt Scott, the speaker, Nina Liebner, the returning outbound exchange student, and Brett DeSantis’s two daughters.
Opening Comments: Mel Wick explained that his year as club president came between Marcia Harris and Vicki Hogan. He went on to say that Marcia gave him a club running smoothly and Vicki came in and cleaned things up when he was done. They are both here at the meeting to help Mel run the meeting and to make sure that the meeting goes well with Paul gone on vacation.
  • Returning Exchange Student Nina Liebner: Was introduced by Dick Vanberg. She reported that she came back last month. She had a great year in Italy. She misses Italy and her host family. She is readjusting to life here in Gig Harbor. She is now a senior in high school and is working on college applications and trying to figure out where she will go to school after she graduates. She expressed a sincere thank you to the club for sending her. It was a crazy wonderful year and experience. After things quiet down and school starts, she will have time to come back and give a program and slide show to the club.
  • Rainiers Game: Remember the game is next Thursday, August 2nd.
  • Hot August Morning: Walt Paulson announced next week’s program. If you have a vehicle of particular interest, please bring it next week for display. The meeting will dismiss early for all to go out and view the cars. This is the club’s own little car show.
  • Gig Harbor Wine and Food Experience: Lee Smith announced that the fundraiser is this weekend and starts tonight. There are still tickets left and still time to volunteer. Since Lee is going to be gone next week, he wanted to thank the volunteers in advance.
  • Rachel Project: Jeff Harris announced that the grant for the Rachel Project has been approved. This project will cost $130,000 and will provide the Rachel systems to 55 schools in Guatemala. This will help over 10,000 students with access to information not previously available. Please visit the website for additional information. WWW.WORLDPOSSIBLE.ORG
Fines and Happy Bucks: Mac Pinch was the Finemaster. He started with a joke about the construction on our meeting facility and a fumigation for pink head lice. He went on to ask coach if he remembers when the Dead Sea was only sick? Dick Vanberg was fined for watering Jill Guernsey’s plants while she is in France. Dick responded with “Oui Oui. And Mac said “did you mean wee wee, since you are watering the plants? Brady Buskirk was fined for having a cowlick in his hair. Not only did this collect a dollar, it produced a blush from Brady, Howard Mackert was fined for not knowing which number was bigger; the number of keys on a piano or the number of his siblings? Happy Bucks: Howard Mackert for a road trip to see family, deliver a saddle to a niece and help award scholarships from his uncle’s trust. Also included a sad dollar for a rock to the windshield during the trip. Bob had a happy dollar for an RV trip to Glacier Park with the Pinches. Sammi had a happy dollar for a plane trip to the San Juan Islands, flown by non-other than today’s program presenter, Curt Scott. Marcia Harris was happy as the president of the school board to fill the vacancy on the board with Lori Glover and to hire an interim superintendent, Dr Arch Travers. Hal Hodgins was happy for raising $2500 for the Courage Bike Ride. Bob Lutschg called Mac Pinch’s phone during the fine session, which cost Bob a dollar. The last happy dollar was from Mel Wick. He just finished paying off his ex-wife from 25 years ago. Wouldn’t you know it, her attorney was Vicki Hogan before she became a Judge. That is how Vicki and Mel met..
Drawing: Larry Olson ran the raffle. The pot is $517 and we are down to 3 chips. Randy Spitzer won the 10 free tickets for next week and Bob Lutschg won the right to draw from the chips for the chance at the pot. He drew the white chip for $15.
Program: Peninsula Emergency Preparedness Coalition (PEP-C). Curt Scott, the General Chairman of PEP-C gave a great presentation of what PEP-C does and what we have to do to be prepared for an emergency. Please visit their website:
PEP-C’s purpose is to prepare the Gig Harbor, Fox Island, and Key Peninsula areas for potential emergencies. It is not so much if it will happen, but when it will happen. In a real emergency, their saying is YOYO – You’re On Your Own. You need to be prepared to survive for 21 days without help. This is because in a real emergency, help will not come for a long time. A good example of this is the recent hurricane in Puerto Rico. Many areas were without power and services for months. Curt gave a detailed presentation of the most likely issues we may have to face. Fire, storms, earthquake, cyber-attack to the electrical grid, and even a volcano. Planning is necessary and you can become involved. Contact them or attend a meeting to learn what to do to be prepared.
Past President Mel ended the meeting at 8:29.
Notes by Chuck Perry
Friday (7/27/2018) Chuck Perry 2018-07-31 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Marcia Harris
Call to Order: President Paul opened the meeting with a ring of the bell at 7:30. The invocation/thoughts for the week by Al Abbott; Hal Cline and Randy Spitzer the singing of “My Country Tis of Thee; Pledge led by Hal Cline; and the Four Way Test was led by Peter Glein.
Visiting Rotarians: Coach announced there were no visiting Rotarians and welcomed back Vicki Hogan who has been doing some traveling since her retirement.
Guests: This week’s included Emma’s two sons among others.
Opening Comments: President Paul asked that any slides or PowerPoint presentations be emailed to him by noon on Thursday before the meeting so they can be loaded on the laptop and be ready to go before Friday morning.
  • President Paul is out of town next Friday, so we in for a treat when Past President Mel Wick steps in to chair the meeting.
  • Paul reminded us of the Rainiers game & tailgate party on August 2nd.
  • Don’t forget the Wine & Food Festival next Friday and Saturday. It’s not too late to volunteer to help, and if you did volunteer, remember to show up! There is also time to sign up for the fabulous dining event
  • Duane Fister sent out a draft invocation roster last week. Take time to check it out. You have an opportunity to ‘opt out’, but if you need to do so, please notify Duane by Friday, July 27th.
  • Hal Hodgins reminded us that we have five club members participating in the Courage Classic Bike Ride on August 28th. Our riders are still in need of club member support. Please give your checks made out to “The Mary Bridge Hospital Foundation” to Hal.
  • John Eddy reported that last Tuesday’s Rotary After Hours, outside at the Blend on the “Key Peninsula’ was fun. The food provided by the KP’s Gnosh Food Truck was a hit. (Here’s a new one for your palate: a Ruben Salad. Delish!)
Fines & Happy Bucks: It was announced that fine master Pam Smith is on a LOA this year. Doing the honors this week was Chris Myers. Chris pointed to Walker Allen noticing he was ‘leaning to the left’. John Eddy offered up two truths and a lie. Bob & Christine Lutschg are celebrating their 25th anniversary this week. Next weekend, Randy Barcalow’s #3 son will be ‘tying the knot’.
Raffle: Ben Paganelli gets 10 free tickets next week. Ron Roberts had a chance for the ‘big pot’ and walked away with $15. By next Friday, the pot should top $500.
Club Happenings from the Directors:
  • John Dupenthaler educated us the volunteer opportunities under the Club Service umbrella: membership, mentorships, the sunshine team, fellowship, meeting facilities and meeting technology.
  • Corey Coryell , Community Service meets the 2nd Tuesday of the month at Timberland Bank. The committee’s budget has been allocated with the exception of $16,000. Two projects on the drawing board are: an Angel Guild storage shed and parking expansion at the Orthopedic Guild Thrift Store.
  • Ann Marie reported on a new vocational service project with the Boys & Girls Club involving transformational project mental health. The initial program has selected six, 13 year-old students for the pilot.
  • Rod Ladd provided an international update. Book packing for the Philippines was completed last week. They are currently working on the Raspberry Pi project in Guatemala and looking at a couple additional water projects in Guatemala and Africa,
Program: Reclassification Talk with Al Abbott (Club President 2012-13, Hal Cline sponsor)
Citizen of the world, Al Abbott was born in S. America and grew up in Mexico. After completing a degree in marketing & communications from Texas A & M, Al worked for the government in Laos and elsewhere in the world. After attaining a graduate degree in Art & Design, he worked with several large accounts on both the east and west coast, including Lockheed. After joining a large marketing/advertising firm, he was assigned to the Toyota account, taking him on travels worldwide.
Along the way, he met and married Virginia, a woman with similar background in art, marketing & design (in fact they attended the same college but hadn’t met). Over the course of their careers they opted out of the rat race to start their own business and raise a family. Virginia’s family lived in Gig Harbor; the rest is history. Their move here included establishing Carrot Stick Marketing, supporting a broad variety of firms including client Paul Allen.
Al is very proud of his family, Virginia his business partner, daughter Anika with an amazing voice and musical skill and Turi, a Rotary exchange student to Thailand and now a world traveler. Al, thank you for ‘resharing’ your life with us.
President Paul adjourned the meeting at 8:28.
Scribe: Marcia Harris
Friday (7/20/2018) Marcia Harris 2018-07-24 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chuck Perry
Slide show prior to the opening bell. A great slide show of the Wilkinson Farm Fence Project. Followed by three slides of 25 year old club roster pages of J. Harve Stonestreet, “Coach”, Steve Skibbs, and James A. “Jim” Thomas.
Opening Bell: By President Paul Alvestad at exactly 7:30 am. The regular bell was missing, so Paul used a glass and a spoon. Invocation: by Walker Allen Pledge of Allegiance: by Fred Labayan; Song: God Bless America, led by Hal Cline and assisted by Camilla Brocker and Pat Schmidt Four Way Test: by Jan Martin. Greeters: Tim Toerber; Visiting Rotarians: Introduced by Coach (Jack Stonestreet), None introduced, however Coach asked for a ride home after the meeting. Sneaking in half way through the meeting without introduction was Joyce Taylor. Guests: Dave Freeman’s grandson Evan, Peter Glein’s daughter Marty, John Gardia, Karen Robbins and Donna Lee Cole
Opening Comments: President Paul reminded all to sign in out in the hall. With the construction and the temporary entrance it is easy to forget. Paul also had Aerin put up the Rotary calendar. Please check it out on line from the above link..
  • Paul Harris Awards: Bob Martin with the assistance of Ed Lindstrom as “Vanna White” gave out the following Paul Harris Awards, each representing a $1,000 donation to the Rotary International Foundation:
  1. Keith Harris,        PH+2
  2. Mark Roberts      PH+2
  3. Steve Skibbs       PH+3 & 4
  4. Tim Williams       PH+4 & 5
  5. Rod Ladd             PH+6
  6. Jim Good             PH+ 7
  7. Mel Wick              PH+6,7 & 8
During the awards, the fire alarm went off. However this didn’t faze Bob, he just kept talking louder over the alarm.
  • Rotary After Hours: John Eddy announced that the next RAH will be on July 17th, a Tuesday. It will be held at the Blend, a wine tasting venue located in the heart of Key Center. We hope to get a great turnout for this RAH.
  • Pier to Table: Pat Schmidt announced the Dinner, which is Friday, July 27th, from 6 – 10P.M.. This is the first event for the GH Wine and Food Festival. The dinner has tickets available for $150 each (or $125 if you are a GH Rotarian). The food will come from the local Farmers Market vendors, along with fresh Sockeye salmon from Alaska. The location of the salmon catch will be announced at the dinner. All food will be prepared by local GH Chefs from Devoted Kiss. Wine will be served from Willamette Valley Vineyards, Beer from “7 Seas” and drinks from Heritage Distilling. Buy your tickets at A silent auction of 20 items will also take place at the dinner. Gig Harbor Rotary’s very own Chuck Cuzzetto will be the master of ceremonies. If you want to help with the dinner as a volunteer, contact Pat Schmidt or Lee Smith. Volunteers are needed.
  • Star awards: They will be awarded again in February, as announced by Sharon Shaffer. Please start thinking about who could be a great nominee. Forms will be available next month for the nominations.
Fines and Happy Bucks: Paul Willett was the Finemaster. Walker Allen was fined for his ”Where’s Waldo” socks. Kelley Busey was fined for the cities’ electronic speed signs, as an electronic distraction. Bob Martin was fined for his ability to talk over a fire alarm. Paul also found it interesting that the dragon boats actually had a dragon painted on the boat, as he thought it was named after ex-wives. Happy Bucks: Dick Vanberg for 56th wedding anniversary. Todd Fletcher was happy for having two children graduate with degrees from universities. Now all he has to do is get them to “launch”.
Drawing: Donna Lormor ran the raffle. The pot is $407 and we are down to 5 chips. Dave Freemans grandson, Evan won the 10 free tickets for next week and Mark Hoppen won the right to draw from the chips for the chance at the pot. He drew the white chip for $15.
Program: Betty Felker introduced this week’s program: “An Authors Story” – Karen Robbins, Author of “Flags Across America” and multiple other children’s books.
Karen has lived in Gig Harbor for three years, having moved from University Place.
Karen Robbins discovered her passion and purpose early in her life as an ice cream lady, Mrs. Claus, a kindergarten/first grade teacher, "Miss Karen" of Romper Room television program (age 24), a clown, Kermit the frog and mother of four sons. She's been entertaining and educating children her entire life. While raising her sons, she started writing in the magazine market. Her first national publication was in Jack and Jill magazine. She still remembers her joy as she screamed around the kitchen. She continued writing in the magazine market, then books in the education and Christian markets. She has over 300,000 copies of books in the world.
Robbins obtained a masters degree in Early Childhood Education, and went on to teach at the University of Puget Sound. She's a "Right brain creative" specializing in creating toys and books for the young child. She created two toys for Discovery Toys and holds a U.S. patent. Karen never plans to retire. Writing and creating books and toys for children is her passion and purpose. Her most recent book was a book of US flag photos that has been a number one Amazon seller. Her co-author on this book is Dale Baskin. She finds this to be funny, as it makes the book from “Baskin and Robbins”.
Robbins stayed and autographed books for those who wanted to purchase a copy.
President Paul ended the meeting at 8:31.
Notes by Chuck Perry
Friday (7/13/2018) Chuck Perry 2018-07-17 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chuck Perry
Slide show prior to the opening bell. A great slide show of the international convention in Toronto. Followed by a couple of slides of 25 year old club roster pages of Paul Willett and Mel Wick.
Opening Bell: By President Paul Alvestad at exactly 7:28 am. The regular bell was missing, so Paul used the cow bell on his new gavel. Invocation: by Duane Fister; Duane also announced that he is putting together a new invocation list. Please read his email coming out this next week. Pledge of Allegiance: by president Paul; Song: God Bless America, led by Hal Cline. Four Way Test: by Fred Labayen. Greeters: none spotted; Visiting Rotarians: Introduced by Coach (Jack Stonestreet), Judy and Tom Hoséa, and another Rotarian that the scribe missed. Coach also noted that he just celebrated his 50th year in Rotary, his 65th wedding anniversary, and his 85th birthday! Guests: Dave Freeman’s grandson Evan, Vickie Rosalie (SP?), and Aerin Ginsberg, President Paul’s intern and also happens to be Brett DeSantis’ niece.
Opening Comments: President Paul introduced Aerin and said that she will be helping him to schedule the meetings agendas. If you have something for a meeting, please email Aerin at Paul also indicated he plans on showing the upcoming Rotary calendar each week as it was posted up on the screen. He had multiple requests from the crowd to increase the font size. If you missed the slide, just go to the link above to check out the calendar on line. Paul also shared some Gateway articles that involved Rotary, with slides of the articles; PHS Tiny Houses with help from GH Rotary, Vaughn 5th grade dancers with support of GH Rotary.
  • Birthdays: Walt Paulson announced the July birthdays and we all sang happy birthday..
  • International Convention: Bob Martin gave a detailed report of the international Rotary convention just held in Toronto. Our club was represented by 11 members and many spouses. One night the club members went out for a great Italian dinner. Another night included a cruise on Lake Ontario with over 100 people from District 5020. There were many great speakers including Laura Bush and Justin Trudeau. Many breakout sessions were held with additional interesting topics. The next international convention is in Hamburg Germany and then in Honolulu Hawaii. Let’s see how many club members we can get to 2020 in Honolulu.
  • Exchange Student Report: Bob Martin’s report on the convention was interrupted by a video chat call from Melanie Meyer, our exchange student that just left and went back to Switzerland. She called David Cather’s phone with video chat. Bob’s report was placed on hold as Melanie said hello to everyone and we all said hello back. We live in an amazing time, when we can video chat live to Switzerland over a cell phone. Melanie reported she is already planning a trip back to visit. Everyone enjoyed hearing from her again so soon.
  • Rotary After Hours: John Eddy announced that the next RAH will be on July 17th, a Tuesday. It will be held at the Blend, a wine tasting venue located in the heart of Key Center. We hope to get a great turnout for this RAH.
  • No Fine Button: Keith Harris auctioned off the no fine button. Bob Martin was the purchaser. No Parking spot was sold, as the parking lot is all torn up with the construction.
  • Wilkinson Park: Randy Barcalow announced a work party for this Saturday morning. Bring ladders and cordless drills.
  • Gig Up the Harbor: Mike Henry announced that this weekend is the “Gig Up the Harbor”, sponsored by the GH Waterfront Alliance. Meet at 9AM Saturday at Skansie Park. Lunch will be served to the volunteers after 3+ hours of cleaning up the town. Please bring gloves and tools.
Fines and Happy Bucks: Peter Glein was the Finemaster. Since we had such a low attendance due to the Independence Day Holiday, he had few victims for fines. However he did extract a few dollars from those attending. Happy Bucks: Annmarie Huppert for the rising star award; Tom Borgen for the installation banquet; and Betty Felker for the upcoming GH Film Festival.
Drawing: Larry Olson ran the raffle. Marti Anderson gets 10 free next week, and Derek Young won the right to draw from the chips for the chance at the pot. He drew the white chip for $15.
Program: President Paul was this week’s program. He had a PowerPoint presentation “Strive Towards the Rotary Vision” about the direction of Gig Harbor Rotary for this Rotary Year. The slide show started with a Bruce Lee video. As usual, there were sound problems with the video. This gave Paul his first goal for this year……to get a better sound system that works all the time.
Paul showed the Rotary International Vision statement: “Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.” Through the avenues of service, with the club members and with cooperation of the three Gig Harbor Rotary Clubs, our goal is to exemplify this vision. A series of Objectives have been formulated from the board and club. The 2018 – 2019 Gig Harbor Rotary Objectives were presented as follows, the goals to meet these objectives are being developed:
  • Continue Transparency and Opportunity for Member Input.
  • Continue Frequent Reports from Avenues of Service.
  • Continue Recognition of Members for their Efforts.
  • Continue Autonomy of Avenues of Service.
  • Continue use of Clubrunner for Members Communication for Club Officers.
  • Continue Mentorship Program.
  • Continue Having Fun and Positive Social Interactions.
  • Strengthen Connection Between Club, Interact and Earlyact.
  • Strengthen Member Familiarity With and Use of Dropbox.
  • Strengthen Ties to Other Gig Harbor Rotary Clubs.
  • Strengthen Club (esp. youth) Input into Distributions From GHR Foundation.
  • Strengthen Community Recognition of Efforts Made by GHRC.
  • Explore “Rotary Only” Social Media for the 3 GH Rotary Clubs.
  • Explore Partnership with Other Rotary Clubs to establish Community or University Based Rotaract.
  • Explore Consolidation of Committees/Boards within Club/Foundations.
  • Explore/Examine/Implement/Delay Ideas raised in Brainstorming Session, Club assembly and Survey Monkey.
  • Examine Rule of 85 and Degree of Member Involvement.
  • Complete Efforts of Study Group to Make Recommendations to the Board to:
  1. Revamp Clubrunner and Create a Donor Focused Website.
  2. Develop Endowment Fundraising Strategy/Tactics.
The slide show ended with a BIG BANG slide.
Paul ended the meeting with a ringing of the cow bell on his gavel.
Notes by Chuck Perry
Friday (7/6/2018) Chuck Perry 2018-07-10 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert J Martin on Jul 08, 2018
Fashion maven Dick is adjusting Walker Sandlin's shirt as Walker Allen looks on.  This may be my first double Walker picture!
My and her mother Camilla seem to be enjoying the festivities, and no drink in their hands.  Dick seems to be hogging the camera.
Mike is working hard to get the golf scores organized, and with as many strokes as our team had, that was a lot of work!  The golf tournament was a lot of fun!  Be sure to sign up next year.
Had some First Tee equipment set up along with some of President Mel's advertising.  BTW, has he been fined yet?
This is what I meant about President Mel liking BIG trophies.  His team won the golf tournament and this was the reward.  Do they each get the trophy for 3 months?
One of President Mel's Best Buddies, Fred Couples; so it is no surprise that he might win the trophy.
President Mel's HS graduation picture for the before, with his current picture.  BTW, has he been fined yet?  I think the sales talent was real obvious in his graduation picture, especially with the hair style.laugh Great that President Mel's Mother could be there.  None of my pictures of her turned out unfortunately.
I guess with an attorney taking the Presidency, Mel administered an oath of office to incoming President Paul.  That is a first for our Club.  Some clubs to an oath of office for all incoming officers; glad we don't do it routinely, but with two more attorneys coming maybe it will happen again.
Here Dave is presenting a very elaborate gavel he has created for President Paul; complete with a cowbell.
2018 Installation Banquet Robert J Martin 2018-07-08 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert J Martin on Jul 06, 2018
Might want to call this the "Happy Trio".
Former member Jim Castino led us in the 4-Way Test.  They use the same one in Yakima where Jim is now a member.
Does the word "confident" come to mind.  With only one meeting to go President Mel should be confident.
This is Mel's new business.  Still no fine that I know of.  Think he is buying off the Finemasters; not that they could be bought!
Stan Eastberg helped Mel present his two daughters, Kristina and Karen,  and with Paul Harris Fellowships.  Any family members you might want to honor in this way?
Then Walt reminded us how much mell helped with the Courage Classic and Festival of trees for many years.
Don let us know that Mel showed up with tools for Don's mission work in Ecuador.  I don't think any of us were aware of that.
Don reminded us how Mel has always had a hand in most of our local building projects, starting with the Head of the Harbor completed the year before my Presidency.
All of these nice stories to let us know why our Rotary Board decided Mel should be awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award.  Definitely well deserved, and I don't think he is done yet.
Now in fact there was a program presented by Mary Lynn Pannen regarding a cost crisis, caring for the elderly, That is people older than me.
Nice to know that I am "likely" to live to 85, but I am planning for more than that.  If our government doesn't screw it up I think we are OK.
This is Mary Lynn and she advocates the START program.  I think the S and R are the most important: Savings and Realistic goal setting.
Photo Summary of the June 22nd Meeting Robert J Martin 2018-07-06 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alan Weaver
Opening Bell: By President Mel Santos at 7:30 am who presided at his final meeting of his term.
Invocation by Brent Tavet; Pledge of Allegiance by someone; Song “America the Beautiful” led by Dave Gillespie; Four Way Test by Jeff Harris; Greeters – none observed; Visiting Rotarians – none; and Guests David Holsinger; Susan Paganelli; Dave Freeman’s grandson Evan; former Swedish exchange student My Irenheim Jarlhed and her mother Camila Jarlhed; Betty Felker’s husband Bob; Pam Peterson Smith’s daughter Elaine Morgan; Vaughn Elementary School Principal Lillian Page and Vaughn fifth grade teacher Heidi Heistand, and some students; and Kimberly Olson.
Opening Comments: In his last meeting President Mel, obviously tongue in cheek, thanked the membership for the respect which the membership had shown him the last twelve months.
  •  Exchange Student: Swedish exchange student of two years ago My Irenheim Jarlhed was visiting with her mother Camila Jarlhed. My has just graduated high school, her year here putting her back a year, and then either college or a gap year. This August she will attend in Taiwan a Rotary get-together of former Rotary exchange students. When asked what she found most different on her return to Sweden, she said that, “except for herself, everyone else seemed more immature.”
  • Dancing Classroom: An exuberant Betty Felker introduced several members of the Vaughn Elementary School who participated and won the Washington State ballroom dance contest which consisted of several contests over the school year and involving as many as 16 to 18 teams from other schools. One young male dancer said the victory put Vaughn on the map as a dance center. Another said that she “never thought the opposite gender was something she’d want anything to do with”. (Scribe note: Her comment brought down the house!)
  • Courage: Hal Hodgins advised us that five GH Rotary members (Tom Borgen, John Eddy, Randy Barcalow, Debbie Miller and himself) had signed up to ride in the early August the Mary Bridge bike ride Courage, which in its prior life was called the Courage Classic, and that to do so each rider must raise $750 in Mary Bridge contributions. Send money for any or all of the five directly to Hal.
  • Wine & Food Experience: Lee Smith spoke on the Wine Festival scheduled for July 27th to the 29th and his need to find 82 volunteers. This year there might be shirts for those who volunteer.
  • Year End Party: Last year’s president Tom Borgen informed us that today’s golf tournament and installation party for outgoing and new officers for the period July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019 will be well attended.
  • 4th Annual Fourth of July Community Hot Dog Social: As might be expected, Jeff Harris announced that the foregoing Hot Dog Social will be at Gateway Park from 11 am to 2pm. All were encouraged to attend.
  • Scribe Note: With the Cottesmore construction all around, the scribe wonders who will bid on the preferred parking space for July (and presumably the following several months) but he is confident that smooth talking auctioneer Keith Harris will be able to pick someone’s pocket for a goodly sum.
Fines, Happy Bucks and Drawing: John Winslow handled the fines (mostly on president Mel) and happy bucks. He gave one young Vaughn dancer the right to pick the person in the audience who would pay the last $1 fine. After some though the young man pointed at his school principle. Not a good move. A proud Jeff Harris contributed a healthy $5 in honor of his beloved Oregon State Beavers which had won the College World Series the night before by beating Arkansas 5-0. Eric McGinnis handled the Drawing and someone won the right to ten free tickets next week and someone else drew unsuccessfully for the unnamed amount in the pot.
President’s Thank You’s: Since this was his last meeting, President Mel took the rest of the scheduled meeting time (plus a little more) to thank the numerous individuals who helped him make this a successful Rotary year for him. Obviously, his first went to his assistant and right-hand person Debbie Miller who made things happen. With minor exceptions, he thanked groups rather than individuals, listed in no order of importance (except for the first):
                SCRIBES                                                Basket Brigade                  Sip and Stroll
                Fine Masters                                      Dinners for Eight               Youth Services
                Courage                                               Dance at Vaughn              Various Club Officers
                Membership                                      Perfect Attendance        Auction Committee (Hal Hodgins)
                By-Laws (he was serious)              Birthdays                             Raffle
                Web Master (Tim Williams)        Purdy Prison Program    Fireside
                Farmer’s Market                              Rotary Foundation          Various Club Officers
                Foreign Exchange Program           Rotary After Hours          Book Drive
                Securing Speakers
                (The scribe apologizes if he omitted one or more of those groups president Mel thanked.)
Rotarian of the Year Award: As his last official act as club president, president Mel named this year’s Rotarian of the Year to be Ben Paganelli for a long list of activities. Pictures were taken of Ben, his wife Susan and their three children.
Meeting Adjourned about 8:40 am.
Scribe: Al Weaver
Friday (6/29/2018) Alan Weaver 2018-07-01 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Walker Allen
GH Rotary President Mel Santos presiding
Invocation: David Cathers; Pledge: led by President Mel; Song: Hal Cline, Mike Pinch and Randy Spitzer led us in a verse of “God Bless America” 4-Way Test of the Things We Think, Say or Do: Led by Jim Castino
Visiting Rotarians: Jim Castino, Mary Lynn Pannen – Rotary 8
Guests: Oliver and Rocky Pinch – guests of Mac Pinch;(there may have been others but they were not on the sign-in sheet)
President Mel’s Opening Comments:
  • President Mel showed pictures of his new company signs – United Real Estate. (Where’s the fine?!)
  • Paul Harris awards – Stan Eastberg
    • Mel Wick recognized each of his daughters, Christina and Karen, with a Paul Harris Membership. Mel’s friend Donna participated in the award.
  • Mel Wick was asked to remain up front. President Mel announced the Lifetime Achievement Award to Mel Wick. President Mel noted that these awards are only granted when the Board chooses and need not be every year nor only to a single person.
    • Walt Paulsen offered his experiences with Mel Wick:
      • Helping build the hospital in Latvia – a project of the Skookum Rotary Club. He traveled there on six occasions.
      • Heavy involvement with set up and equipping for the Courage Classic over many years.
      • Set up and tear down of the Festival of Trees to benefit Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital.
      • Adamant advocate for fiscal responsibility for the Gig Harbor Rotary Club.
    • Don Rees talked about Mel Wick involvement in local building projects and Don’s project in South America (and Mel showing up with well-used tools while many members came with price-tags still on their hammers). Big equipment was Mel’s forte.
    • Don Buchanan told of Mel’s work on Gig Harbor projects like “Head of the Harbor”. Mel takes Rotary seriously even with his extensive travels and has visited over 150 other clubs, but hasn’t found many others as well balanced as this one.
No Fine Master
Raffle Ticket Drawing
  • who won another 10 Free ?
  • One of Mel Wick’s daughter pulled a white chip and got $15.
Program: Mary Lynn Pannen, CEO of Sound Options – “The Cost of Crisis”
Ms. Pannen formed Sound Options 29 years ago to work with older adults and the chronically ill.
Several factors are contributing to the rise in the cost of longevity. Often families find themselves being “Sandwich Generations” raising younger children and caring for aging parents.
Some of the factors involved in the cost of care:
  • Type of care needed
  • Cost of care
  • Professional services
  • Location of care facilities
  • Duration of care
  • Transitional care
She suggested the START approach:
            S – Savings and Insurance
            T – Treatment in a long-term care setting
            A – Aging in place
            R – Realistic Goal Setting
            T – Time Frame
Big question: What are your end of life preferences?
The advantage of consulting with care management professionals is they know the range of options available, provide help with Elder care coaching for family and creating a Plan of Care.
Meeting Adjourned at 8:35AM
Notes by Walker Allen
Friday (6/22/2018) Walker Allen 2018-06-26 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Stan Eastberg
Flag Day Celebration at Skansi Brothers Park – Flag was raised silently (bugler was a no-show) at 7:00 a.m. by Cub Scout Troop 282, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance led by the Scout troop and God Bless America led by Hal Cline. Before heading into the pavilion for breakfast, Bob Martin took a group picture in honor of our departing exchange student, Melanie Meyer. A pancake and sausage breakfast was then served by the Gig Harbor Kiwanis.
Call to Order at 7:40 by President Mel Santos: Invocation by Duane Fister; and a second Pledge led by President Mel.
Visiting Rotarians: Howard Svigals of the Gig Harbor Midday club.
Guest of Rotarians: A few guests were introduced by their hosts.
Comments and Announcements:
  • President Mel recognized the Boy Scouts (and parents) that performed the Flag raising ceremony and then thanked the Gig Harbor Kiwanis for breakfast
  • President Mel reminded everyone that the meeting on June 22 will be special and will not include time for any announcements
  • Today was the last meeting to be attended by Exchange Student Melanie Meyer as she is headed home next week. Melanie reviewed a very long list of activities she did during her stay in Gig Harbor and displayed a framed bulletin board she made at the AR Workshop last week – she will display pictures of her stay in Gig Harbor on this board as a remembrance of her time with us. She thanked the club for the support she has had throughout the year and noted that “I had an amazing year - I will never forget it”. Cindy Reed presented Melanie with a notebook containing member’s reflections, comments and well wishes which Melanie promised to read on the flight home. President Mel asked for comments from members and several members had very nice things to say to Melanie about her time spent with us.
  • Walt Paulson announced that the annual Hot August Morning Car Show will be at the regular Rotary meeting on August 4
  • The Gig Harbor Kiwanis invited (challenged?) The Rotary Club of Gig Harbor to enter a team in their golf tournament at Madrona Links Golf Course on Friday, August 17 at 1 p.m.
  • Randy Barcalow announced another work party at Wilkerson garden this Saturday from 9:00 to 12:00
  • Betty Felker announced that the dancers from Vaughn Elementary School took the gold medal award at the State Championship. She will arrange to have the dancers come to a future Rotary meeting.
  • Tom Borgen reminded everyone of the Year-End party and said it was time to pay up – see details in the emails Tom is sending to everyone. Talk to Mike Pinch about playing in the golf tournament.
  • President Mel thanked Paul Alvestad for coordinating the Flag Day celebration and noted that Paul needed a few people to stay after the meeting and help with cleanup.
Fines and Happy Bucks: No fines or happy bucks today.
Raffle: No raffle today.
Program: President-Elect Paul Alvestad introduced our speaker, Stephanie Lyle, Director of Gig Harbor History Museum. Stephanie brought a 45 star and a 48 star United States flag from the museum collection as a background for her remarks on the history of our flag and on our Flag Day celebration. A main theme of her talk was on recognizing how important the flag and our oath of allegiance are as symbols of our citizenship. She noted this was especially important when our ancestors immigrated to the United States and is still an essential element in the process of Americanization of immigrant children today. Stephanie reminded us that our flag is a strong symbol for each of us to be a better American citizen.
Meeting adjourned at 8:20
Notes by Stan Eastberg
Friday (6/15/2018) Flag Day Stan Eastberg 2018-06-17 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert J Martin on Jun 14, 2018
This is the end result; 5 boxes of books, clothes, and computers on the way to the Philippines.
This appears to be the process; stuffing themselves with lumpia.
Seems to be a universal phenomenon and no one complaining.  Aren't you sorry you missed it?
And this is the culprit/cook.  I think Carina does enjoy feeding everyone!
Philippine Packing Party Robert J Martin 2018-06-14 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert J Martin on Jun 14, 2018
Only three to go President Mel.  Maybe Paul will ask you to continue doing the pledge.
Hal decided to do a solo "God Bless America".  Seemed to go OK in that I have heard no complaints.
Coach introducing the visiting Rotarians.  Probably had a good time with Howard Svigals name?
Didn't know President Mel was a fisherman, but he seems to be describing how big the one was that got away.  Either that or he is saying "Who, me?"
Our Secretary, Cynthia Kennedy is handing out the perfect attendance awards for the past year.  Somehow Walt stays a year ahead of me with 34 years.  Lots of folks with perfect attendance and I think that is great.
For once we are getting a check instead of handing one out.  The Waterfront Alliance, Pat as President is handing us a check for $2000. for our work with Sip 'n Stroll.  Lee of course did all of the organizing.
John is bragging about how much fun the Fireside was at the Dunham's.  The location probably had something to do with that.  Our thanks to John and Beth.
Betty reminding everyone that Vaughan Elementary is in the State Dance Competition at Todd Beamer on Saturday.  Glad to hear many of you went to cheer them on!  Vaughan won the State Championship with the Gold medal, and Purdy was third with a bronze metal.
Cindy letting us know that she is soliciting applicants for the student exchange program next year.  My Granddaughter is headed for Chile in August.  You have any family members you might want to encourage?
This is why you should be thinking of someone.  Melanie has only two weeks to go.  This past week she enjoyed the Yearbook signing and the prom and threw in a tennis banquet as well.  She has packed her year and made our year better with her presence.
Pam couldn't wait to get some money from President Mel; and many others as well.
I don't know if Sharon is laughing or screaming about her fine for the Dragon Boat Banner in the Maritime Gig.
Mary and Camilla, our very own farmer's daughters.  Both mentally and physically strong, and growing up on a farm tends to promote that.
Our photographer was so enamored with the program, he forgot to take a picture of Camilla.  When you are a farmer you get to see lots of sunrises and sunsets because harvest is daylight to dark.
This decision was certainly important in our farming community.  Both Camilla and Mary's families were Chevy users and that was true of our family as well.
Our family was red, but middle America was very green with John Deere in Iowa.  I am now green and don't see much difference.
At least we got one picture of Camilla.  The combine makes the family look very small indeed.  The header on this combine is almost twice as long as what we used in the 50's and 60"s.  Glad to see the club exposed to farm life.
Photo Summary of the June 8th Meeting Robert J Martin 2018-06-14 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert J Martin on Jun 14, 2018
Maybe if I keep my hands in my pockets I won't have to do anything!
What a job!  Sitting and talking.  Do you suppose it was about Rotary or Trivia?
So Pat, does it smell good or look good or taste good?
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Posted by Robert J Martin on Jun 14, 2018
June 30 and July 1st at Tacoma Narrows Airport there will be a plane, car, and motorcycle show.  In the past we have provided volunteer support, but all that is being requested now is our attendance.  Put it on your calendar!  You all had some nice flyers on the tables two weeks ago.  I couldn't copy it to put it in the Bulletin so I hope your visual memories are good.
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Posted by Marcia Harris
Call to Order: President Mel opened the meeting with a ring of the bell at 7:29. The invocation/thoughts for the week by John Winslow; Hal Cline went solo this week in singing ‘God Bless America; Pledge led by President Mel; and Donna Lormor led us in the Four Way Test.
Visiting Rotarians: Coach introduced visiting Rotarians: Howard Svingales from the GH Midday Club inviting us to sign up for the Margaritaville golf tournament; and also Dan Wilson.
Guests: This week’s guests included Ian from Costless Pharmacy and Todd Evans, among others.
Opening Comments: President Mel shared an update on past GH Rotarian, Dan Rioux who is leaving New York Life and is starting a new business in Austin Texas.
  • Exchange student Melanie Meyer shared with the club that she has less than 2 weeks remaining in Gig Harbor and less than 3 days of school. New American experiences this past week included: the yearbook signing event (they don’t have yearbooks back home; she has a special section of her yearbook with messages from other exchange students); attending the tennis banquet; going to the Prom last Saturday evening and helping set up the Farmer’s Market that she described as “really cute’.
  • Cynthia Kennedy celebrated 2017 with Perfect Attendance Awards. Toppin the list is Walt Paulsen (34 yrs), Bob Martin (33), Scott Junge (25), Chuck Perry (24) and Mel Wick (21). 29 others were recognized with 1 – 16 years. 41 club members with perfect attendance; pretty impressive!
  • Downtown Waterfront Alliance representatives Mike Henry and Lee Smith presented a $2,000 check for the club’s help & support of the Sip ‘n Stroll event. Lee announced that tickets for this year’s Wine and Food Festival in July will be on sale soon.
  • Rod Ladd announced that the International Committee recently awarded $2,000 for the clef palette program; a project initiated by Fred Lebayan’s former club.
  • John Dupenthaler celebrated the success of last Tuesday’s Fireside hosted by the Dunham’s. Thank you John & Beth!
  • Betty Felker reminded the club of the State finals for the Dancing in Classroom, hosted at Todd Beamer High on Saturday. Vaughn Elementary School will be competing. Thanks Betty!
  • Reminder: Next Friday is the Flag Day program, 7a.m. at Skanzie Park in downtown Gig Harbor. Mark your calendar for the baseball game at Cheney Stadium, Aug. 2. ( A fellowship activity which also counts as an attendance make-up)
  • Cindy Reed is recruiting outbound exchange program applicants for 2019-20 school year. Interviews take place next fall. Contact Cindy for more information.
  • Reminder: it’s time to sign up for the year end ‘Mel Roast’, golf tournament and installation dinner, June 29th at Horseshoe Lake.
Fine Master & Happy Bucks: Fine Master Peter Pam Peterson tapped the wallets of several board members. Sharon Shafer donated happy bucks for the new Dragon Boat Banner, carried proudly in the Maritime Gig parade. P.S. The Dragon Boat regained their first place ‘winning boat’ at this year’s race! President Mel was once again fined for missing the Farmer’s Market opening day. Pam also had some interesting slides of John Dunham at a recent Rotary work party. We need to remind you John, that watching other Rotarians work doesn’t count as a ‘make up’!
Drawing: Rod Ladd add gets 10 free next week, and amid groans the Harris mojo returned. Marcia won the opportunity to draw…a white chip this week. (it must be lucky to serve as meeting ‘scribe…the same thing happened the last time yours truly served as scribe).
Program: Mary Grubs and Camilla Brocker – “Farm Raised”
Who else but our in-coming president and ‘farmer’ Paul Alvestad would discover two other Rotarians were ‘Farm Raised’. Both Mary and Camilla were raised on Illinois farms. Their fascinating & often humorous program compared similarities and differences in their growing up experiences. There were lots of ‘fun farm facts’, here are a few:
  • Mary grew up on a family farm as their sole source of family income. The whole family worked the farm. Bartering with neighbors was essential for family survival. They raised cows & grain crops. Income was weather dependent. All her clothes were homemade until she was in high school.
  • Camilla was raised on a large commercial farm with irrigation which made their farm less weather & rain dependent.
  • Both farms’ production included soybeans, wheat, grain, cows & pigs.
  • Both grew up in small rural towns, with no stoplights and what Camilla described as ‘the middle of nowhere).
  • Common Illinois farmer comparisons:
    • What kind of truck, Ford or Chevy? Both grew up with Chevys
    • Is you tractor red or green? Both were raised with green John Deere tractors. (fyi, reds are Internationals).
    • Both were active in youth farming organizations; Mary in 4 H and she was the FFA Sweetheart. Things had changed by the time Camilla grew up; she was involved in 4 H too, but Future Farmers of America membership had opened up to women, which she joined.
  • ‘Farm Raised’ Lessons Learned:
    • Always admit when you messed up
    • Integrity
    • Always forgive
    • Follow through on responsibilities
Thank you Mary and Camilla for a fascinating program with the opportunity to get to know you better!
President Mel adjourned the meeting at 8:32.
Notes by Marcia Harris
Friday (6/8/2018) Marcia Harris 2018-06-12 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tom Borgen
Call to Order at 7:25 by President Mel. Invocation by Randy Spitzer. Pledge- President Mel, Song - Arthur Keast, one of our GH High guests sang the Star-Spangled Banner - Great voice! Four WayTest-A mystery person I did not see but heard. Guests of Rotarians; Principal Jessica Rosendahl, teachers and students from Artondale Elementary school and Four students from Gig Harbor High- See below.
  • Special Presentation; McCall Scholarship recipients GH High School.
John Winslow introduced the winners of this year’s scholarships; Matthew Hagen-George Fox College, Arthur Keast-PLU, Joyce Park-Baxter College and Maddie Willett - Cal Poly. Maddie being the daughter of our own Paul Willett. These kids are super talented and well deserving of the scholarships of which the club has given over $1.25 million over the years. Thanks to our great Foundation Team!
  • Artondale Elementary EarlyAct- Brent Tayet of our club has started a new EarlyAct program at Artondale. 12 students have formed the club and they presented their first project- Buddy Benches. The students showed a lot of poise in presenting the concept of the benches which will act as a place to bring students together to play games and have a place to connect in an area outside. It’s part of a Help Kids program at the school they are fundraising. Thanks to principal Jessica Rosendahl, teachers and students involved in Early Act and to Brent for getting it started this year! Also, thanks to Cindy R. for bringing Brent into the club!
  • Exchange Student; Melanie Myers - Had a beach day on the Key Pen. Went swimming? Big day getting nails done for the prom this weekend and last Saturday went kayaking with Hal Hodgins and Tom Borgen.
  • June Birthdays- Where was Walt to do his birthday announcement Gig? Mel stood in for him announcing; Trent Jonas, Mac Pinch, Rich Coyner, Hal Hodgins and Brent Tyett birthdays. Arthur Keast of GH High lead a rousing version of Happy Birthday dear Rotarians.
  • Auction of Parking Spot & No Fine No surprise here Rod Ladd bought the spot. Bob Martin stepped up and won the No fine button.
  • Paul Harris- Bob Martin did an excellent job along with his asst. Ed Lindstrom in presenting Paul Harris awards to; Randy Barcalow-1, John Duppenthaler-1, Ron Roberts-3, Terry Brown-3, John Ciccarelli-3 and wife Sharon with her first Paul Harris (Thanks so much) and Rod Ladd-5. Thanks to all for their ongoing support of Rotary through their generous gifts!
  • Nina Pictures- Betty Felker shared some great pictures of our Exchange student in Italy Nina who is having a great time and will be giving a full report to the club upon her return which is soon!
  • Fireside June 5- First Fireside of the year at John and Beth Dunham’s 5:30
  • Farmers Market- Club is helping kickoff the 2018 farmers market season by assisting at the event Thurs. June 7. Come check it out.
  • Year End Party and Installation Banquet- June 29- Get your tickets now!
  •  Fine Master and Happy Bucks; Paul Willett presiding with a fine on John Duppenthaler - to many syllables in name. Happy Bucks from Jill as she helped Dave Morris find his misplaced car in a shopping center parking lot - Sounds like a memory issue?
  • Drawing- With $259 in the pot Donna served up Ben Paganelli a white chip and sent him packing. Come on back next week!
Program: “Year in Review” Mel Santos and Avenues of Service
Mel lead of the recap with summary of his goals for the year; Transparency, being on time with programs, fortifying the avenue of service committees, maintaining membership (we have a waiting list again) and moving the Public Relations and branding committee up to speed. Great job this year Mel and thanks for all your efforts!!
The Avenue of Service followed with 
-Community Service Brett DeSantis- What a great variety of projects this year, Gateway Pavilion, Wilkerson Farm Fence and Chamber Commerce remodel being some highlights. New Tiny House program with the Pen High school. Little projects count too - $5,000 was given out for projects under $500
-Vocational Service- Richard Schmalz brought it home this year with his team to include new First Tee program, continued success with the prison program, STARS awards, Car donation program support and upcoming Mental Health transformation program
-International- Rod Ladd and team changed lives again with Cleft Palate operations and educational programs in the Philippines, the completion of two water projects in Guatemala as well as Raspberry Pi computers in Guatemala schools.
Youth Services- Dick Vanberg filled in for chair Jeanie Simmons with a recap of the Youth Exchange program, Interact, Early Act, Dancing in Schools, Cub Scouts and YMCA Teen program.
WOW! This club really had an impact this year and we have fun doing it- That’s Rotary!
Meeting was adjourned at 8:30
Submitted by Tom Borgen
Friday (6/1/2018) Tom Borgen 2018-06-06 07:00:00Z 0
GH Rotary President Mel Santos presiding
Note 1:  May 31 is last day for double points for contributions to Rotary Foundation (contact PDG Bob with questions).
Note 2: The installation of Paul Alvestad as Gig Harbor Rotary President for 2018-2019 will be held June 29 at Horseshoe Lake and will be preceded by a very fun golf best-ball scramble starting at noon – RSVP now.
Invocation: Mike Pinch; Pledge: led by President Mel; Song: Hal Cline and Melanie Meyer led us in a verse of “God Bless America”; 4-Way Test of the Things We Think, Say or Do:  Led by Al Abbott
Visiting Rotarians:  Gen. (retired) Stan Flemming, DO from Tacoma Narrows
Guests: Geoff Baccacalta; Brad Theel; Jared Brinkman; MaKenna Peterson; Kristen Ritchie; David Holsinger; Benjamin Stanford; Joy Stanford; Jim Warren; (there may have been others but they were not on the sign-in sheet)
President Mel’s Opening Comments:
  • President Mel opened with a video of Ronald Reagan’s “Memorial Day Tribute – Thank You”
  • Read letter of resignation from PSD Supt. Rob Manahan explaining he has difficulty making Friday morning meetings and will be seeking membership in Gig Harbor Midday.
Reports and Announcements:
  • Melanie Meyer (our Rotary Exchange Student from Switzerland)
    • Moved back to first host family – so feels comfortable
    • Went to the Taylor Swift Concert – her friends in Switzerland are jealous
    • It was a normal week at school
    • Looking forward to the 3-day weekend
  • John Winslow asked the Mildred McCall Rotary Scholarship recipients to introduce themselves:     
    • Jared Brinkman
    • Carly Cashman-DiBiase
    • Makenna Petersen
    • Kristen Ritchie
    • Benjamin Stanford
    • Bread Theel
  • PDG and Paul Harris Campaign Chair, Bob Martin
    • Announced that last week Club Members had contributed $ 5,400 towards the Polio Plus goal and now are at $ 7,200 – so the goal has been achieved – THANK YOU
    • Now we need to reach Pres Mel’s goal of $ 30,000, so please mark any further checks/contributions  to “Rotary International”
  • Richard Pifer gave an update on the “Small Grants” ($500 or less) awarded this past year:
Organization / Applicant
Compassion Summitt seminar held at Boys and Girls Club to support Peninsula School District Staff. Funds used to: purchase supplies for seminar.
None Listed
Communities in Schools
Peninsula School District Staff
Annual Christmas party and gift provided to Foster Children living in the Gig Harbor area.  This is the 11th annual event held at the Wesley Inn.  Gig Harbor Rotary has contributed in the past.
Repeat request sent directly to Committee.
Pierce County Alliance & Wesley Inn.  Requested by: Kathy Heerema & Sue Braaten.
Foster Children
Sr. to Sr. project.  Seniors from Henderson Bay and volunteering with Seniors from Herron Key to assemble 3-day emergency packs.  The packs will be assembled by this team and then distributed through the Food Bank.
Tom Borgen
Henderson Bay Staff John Selfors
Gig Harbor Community Food Bank Recipients.  This project also brings together a mentoring progam in the community.
Gig Harbor Dragons - Jt Purchase of Dragon Costume to be used in parades, community events and fund raising.  Costume is parade style Dragon costume.  Will have Rotary logo and be avalible for Rotary use.
Sharon Schaffer
Gig Harbor Dragons
Gig Harbor Dragons and Penn Met Parks
Boys & Girls Club.Teens to attend Keystone National Confrenence.
Emma Conway
Boys & Girls Club
KeyStone Club
Jt Gift with Altrusa of Gig Harbor. Benefit Youth Center Programs
Pat Schmidt
Red Barn
Red Barn - Peninsula Community
Prime & Paint Arbor at Fox Island Chapel
Walker Sandlin
Fox Island Chapel Preservation Society
Fox Island Chapel
AAUW - Tech Trek Scholarship.
Jill Guernsey
7th Grade PSD girl students week long summer and science camp at PLU.
7th Grade PSD girl students
Purchase books for community library located in Gig Harbor
Wife of Rotarian Linda Glein
Any person choosing to use the community sharing libabray
Gig Harbor Community.
Opioid education and support program for grandparents raising children on the Key Peninsula. Service provided through the KP Resource Center.
Marsha Harris
Children’s Home Society
Key Peninsula Families
Purchase Food & Protein
M. Harris
KP Community Center
KP Residents
Purchase apparel & print posters to organize event. Raise awareness that mass balloon release environmental concern.
B. DeSantis
Individual - Stella Marlo DeSantis / Wild Watch.
Greater GH Community
Purchase summer snacks for Peninsula Schools 60% KP & 40% G.H.
Communities in Schools
Middle School Students
Purchase food for Key Peninsula Food Bank
B. Paganelli
Key Peninsula Foodbank
Key Peninsula Families
Pay for utilities Key Peninsula Council
B. Paganelli
Key Peninsula Community Council
Key Peninsula Families
Rebuild Rotary Arch
R. Barcalow
Gig Harbor Rotary
Gig Harbor Rotary
Pay for utilities Key Peninsula families
M. Harris
Key Peninsula Family Resource Center
Key Peninsula Families
Christmas gifts for children in the Gig / Key Pen area.
Elly Aronson - Local High School Student
Children in GH & Key Pen
Christmas party & gifts for foster kids in the greater Gig Harbor area.
Pierce County Alliance
Children in greater Gig Harbor
Purchase classroom supplies for the CAPE program encouraging young women to enter the fields of science, technology, engineering & math.
E. Worthen
Peninsula Schools Education Foundation
Gig Harbor K-12 female students
Build A Bike
L. Smith
Waste Connections
Key Peninsula Community Center distributed the bike.
Purchase & Install shelving in Key Center Distribution Center
R. Barcalow
Mary Williams / Food for
Key Peninsula Children & families
Grant for undefined projects the help assist Key Peninsula Seniors to "age in place"
M. Harris
Edie Morgan / Mustard Seed Project
Senior Citizens located on the Key Peninsula
Scholarship funds that gives money to to famalies for early childhood education prior to Kindergarten
Janet Steiner / Curious by Nature
Pre Kindergarten kids in Gig Harbor and Key Peninsula.
Purchase food for Stewart Middle School family night to success in school.
Past Rotarian:  Hillary Bridge
Stewart Middle School / Tacoma
Tacoma students & Families
Christmas gifts for children in the Gig / Key Pen area.
Elly Aronson - Local High School Student
Children in GH & Key Pen
Christmas party & gifts for foster kids in the greater Gig Harbor area.
Pierce County Alliance
Children in greater Gig Harbor
Fireside – John Duppenthaler announced a Fireside on June 5, 5:30 to 7:30 PM at John and Beth Dunham’s home (5805 Reid Drive NW)
2019 Rotary Auction will be the 2nd Saturday in March (March 9, 2019) was announced by Camilla Brocker
My (our Rotary Exchange student from Sweden) will be visiting for two weeks beginning June 25 and staying at the home of John and Beth Dunham (5805 Reid Drive NW)
Fine Master – Peter Glein
Raffle Ticket Drawing
  • Hal Cline won another 10 Free
  • Paul Alvestad pulled a white chip and got $15.
Jim Waddell, PE (retired Civil Engineer, USACE) provided a very informative presentation about the state of declining Orca whale populations and how the declining Chinook salmon stock is affecting the Orcas.  Here are few highlights:
  • Of the Southern Resident Killer Whales (Orcas) there are currently only 26 adult female Orcas of breeding age.
    • Of these, 14 have had viable calves in the last ten years
    • Of these, 5 have had viable calves in the last five years
    • There are 12 adult males of breeding age
    • Of these, 1 known individual has fathered viable offspring (15 currently alive)
  • Resident Orcas chase and eat 1,500 17lb fish per day (80% Chinook)
  • Declining Chinook stocks and smaller Chinook cause Orcas to go to the mouth of the Columbia River in search of Chinook (and compete with seals for food)
  • BPA dams on the Columbia and Snake Rivers interfere with fish migration
  • Electric generation from the dams is less and less financially viable and have to compete with wind energy production.
  • The dams on the Snake River could be “mothballed” and allow fish to bypass the dams for migration could allow more fish to reach breeding areas in Idaho
Meeting Adjourned at 8:35AM
Notes by Walker Allen
Friday (5/25/2018) Walker Allen 2018-05-29 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chuck Perry
Opening Bell: By president Mel Santos at exactly 7:25 am. Invocation: by Duane Fister; Pledge of Allegiance: by president Mel; Song: National Anthem, led by Hal Cline and assisted by Paul Alvestad; Four Way Test: by Keith Harris and Bob Lutschg; Greeters: none spotted; Visiting Rotarians: Introduced by Coach (Jack Stonestreet), after he had all veterans stand in recognition of Armed Forces Day, tomorrow; Dennis Buschman, Derek Floor, and Denny Wilford.
Guests: Bill Grubbs, John Guardia, Samantha Swayze, Abigail Adams, Dan Gregory, Tom Stanfield, Sally Law, and Sue Jensen.
Opening Comments: President Mel thanked, Marti Anderson for the great picnic for Melanie, and her visiting family from Switzerland. Mel commented on how great their command was of the English language. Mel asked Tom Borgen to report on the annual Gavel dinner. Tom reported that it is planned for June 29th at Horseshoe Lake Golf Club. It will include a day of golf for those who want to play. It will include a roasting of Mel and a transfer of the gavel to Paul. Mel announced the First Tee training event. See his email for the time and place. Mel also shared a thank you letter from Nina Liebner along with photos. Nina is our outbound exchange student currently in Italy. She will be coming home in a little more than a month. She looks forward to giving a report to our club of her great adventure.
  • Exchange Student Melanie Meyer told of her trip up to Seattle with her family to visit all the Seattle attractions, including the Pike Place Market, Great Wheel and waterfront. She also had a great time at the club picnic for her family. She has a dress for the prom and is excited to go. She will be having an English test soon to “certify” her mastery of the English language. This weekend, she is switching host families back to her original family, the Johnsons.
  • Car wash for Polio: Denny Wilford from the Midday Club came forward with two students from the Gig Harbor High School Interact Club to announce the sale of tickets to a car wash to benefit a polio hospital in Africa. Suggested donations for the car wash is $10-20. However if you want to donate more, it would be gladly accepted. The event is on Saturday 5/26, at the Wollochet Shell station. The GHHS Interact Club has about 30 members and they expect all to help at the fund raiser.
  • Polio: Bob Martin reported that the club has raised over $3,200 this month for Polio Plus. He hopes to raise an additional $4,000 in order to meet President Mel’s annual goal for the Rotary Foundation. Remember that the club is matching Foundation donation points for all donations over $100 made this month to the foundation. Bob had a video which promoted that we are “this Close” on Polio eradication. The video wouldn’t play, so please visit this link to see the video: a second video of bill gates message is at: . Both worth watching. The world is down to only 8 reported cases so far this year. Down from 22 in 2017 and 78 in 2016. If you want to participate in a national vaccination day, you better do it now. The opportunity to participate will end soon with the end of Polio.
  • World Possible Donations: Deb Miller announced for Jeff Harris that we are looking for android based phones and tablets to be donated for World Possible. All donations will be completely erased of data prior to use by the program. So do not worry about your data if you donate to the program.
  • Youth Services Committee meeting: Jeanie Simmons announced that immediately following this meeting, the youth Services Committee will meet nest door. Jeanie also wanted to thank Marti Anderson, not only for putting on the picnic, but for donating the use of her house for Melanie’s family for the week that they came to visit.
  • Waterfront Farmers Market: Jill Guernsey reminded that GH Rotary is helping the merchants for the Farmers Market on June 7th. Sign-up sheets are being passed around. Please volunteer.
  • Gig Up the Harbor: Mike Henry announced that this weekend is the “Gig Up the Harbor”, sponsored by the GH Waterfront Alliance. Meet at 9AM Saturday at Skansie Park. Lunch will be served to the volunteers after 3+ hours of cleaning up the town. Please bring gloves and tools.
Fines and Happy Bucks: Chris Myers collected a few dollars from the club. He started with Paul Alvestad for being reelected to the Peninsula Light Board. Paul received 66% approval from the voting members. However, only 17% of members voted, meaning that Paul was reelected with only 11% of the Pen Light member’s votes. We think some politicians would like to know how this can be done. Bob Martin was called out for a name misspell of Bob rather than Rob for today’s program and for something to do with a picture of a prom dress. Bob Ryan was asked about a bed his wife, Meg, was having Dick Vanberg build for them. Mike Pinch was fined for the good of the order. Chris went on to thank Paul for the results of the club survey and brainstorming meeting. However suggestions to improve the club from the survey were great fodder for fines. Hal Cline for a suggestion that we skip the song for expediency. John Winslow for the suggestion we have some projects that don’t require physical participation so that some of the older members could be included. Hal Hodgins for a suggestion that we hire a professional to run the auction. Chris was looking for those that made the suggestion we have projects that include more women and one suggestion that we have less long distance parking at the Friday meetings.
Happy Bucks: Juanita went to a presentation on the local Orcas and found out they may be gone within 10 years. (NO she was not happy that they may be gone) She was looking for people to help with a solution to the problem. Howard Mackert was happy to announce his wife has added a second concert since her first concert has been sold out. Bob Martin was happy to be going to Colorado for 5 days to visit with their two sons and family. John Duppenthaler announced two signups are being passed around for a fireside on June 5 at the Dunham’s house. Buck Frymier was happy to announce the graduation of a class at the prison and the formation of a new class. Peter Glein and his wife are going to Alaska for a month. He was the happiest that they have 100% booked their house out through Air BNB while they are gone to help pay for the trip. Mary Field is happy that she is a Grandma for the first time.
Drawing: Eric McGinnis ran the raffle. John Winslow won the 10 free and Duane Fister won the right to draw from 12 chips for the chance at $212. He drew the white chip for $15.
Program: The Program was presented by Dan Gregory, assistant school superintendent and Kris Hagel, chief information officer for Peninsula School District. Unfortunately, the video portion of their presentation could not be run on the clubs systems. (The reason the club needs our own technical staff.) Please go to the following link to see this portion of the presentation: .
Dan started with a little quiz: while they tried to get the video presentation to run:
  • Start with a number between 1 and 9.
  • Multiply this number by 9.
  • Add together the digits of your answer.
  • Subtract 5 from this sum.
  • (NOTE if you did this right, your answer should be 4, no matter what number you started with from the 1-9)
  • If your answer is 1, your letter is A; If your answer is 2, your letter is B; If your answer is 3, your letter is C; If your answer is 4, your letter is D; If your answer is 5, your letter is E.
  • (NOTE if you did this right, your answer should be D, no matter what number you started with from the 1-9)
  • Now think of a country that starts with this letter, and an animal whose name starts with the last letter of the country’s name.
  • Most people will have a Kangaroo from Denmark (over half of our club had this answer, I think the rest could not do the math.)
The School district is obligated to make sure that the graduating seniors meet certain criteria as put forth by the State. However the School District feels the need to prepare our graduating students with the skills to succeed in life, and to take advantage of opportunities they encounter in their lives. This requires a skill set greater than the State requirements. A handout of additional life skills was handed out for review by the club. (See the list by going to the link provided) The club rated these skills in order of what they felt necessary to succeed in life. The following is a list of the top five as picked by GH Rotary: Communication Skills; Critical Thinking skills; Personal Responsibility; Teamwork Skills, and Initiative & Self Direction. The Peninsula School District has the goal of getting all of our graduates to be successful with these additional skills.
Notes by Chuck Perry
(Note from the editor: who knows why the answer will always be four?)
Friday (5/18/2018) Chuck Perry 2018-05-19 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alan Weaver
Opening Bell: By president Mel Santos at exactly 7:30 am. Invocation by Chuck Perry; Pledge of Allegiance by president Mel; Song led by Hal Cline and assisted by Annmarie Huppert; Four Way Test by Sophie Perkins; Greeters – none spotted; Visiting Rotarians – none.
Guests: Ian Warren (who introduced himself as “Jeff Harris” but the joke went over most everyone’s head including this scribe’s); Joanne Bucholz and Susan Jensen (Al Bucholz’s wife and daughter); Dave Holsinger (Sophie Perkins’ friend) and Oliver and Rocky Pinch (Mike Pinch’s young sons).
Opening Comments: President Mel thanked Dick Vanberg for presiding over the meeting last Friday while Mel and thirteen others were at the Rotary District Conference in Tacoma. Next week a member from the noon club will be present along with several Henderson Bay students to plug a car wash, the proceeds of which will go to fund polio eradication. Lastly he indicated that our club has so many projects but needs younger workers (which made Peter Stanley and his scribe breathe more easily). At this point Jill Guernsey jumped up to remind all that there will be a work party at the Rosedale street project tomorrow at 9 am.
  • Exchange Student Melanie Meyer told us of her exciting week which included indoor skydiving, attending the two day Rotary District Conference in Tacoma and welcoming her parents Robert and Susie Meyer and ten year old sister Simone from Switzerland to Tacoma. She then introduced all three to the membership. Both parents spoke briefly and sister Simone assured us that in a few years she will apply to be a Rotary Exchange student.
  • Polio: In the absence of Bob Martin, Stan Eastberg made a plea for contributions to the fund to eradicate polio. Contributions of $100 or more made during the month of May will count double towards Paul Harris award status.
  • Guatemala Project: The real Jeff Harris advised the group that the club is in the final stages of securing a global grant of up to $150,000 to place five computers in each of 500 Guatemalan rural schools for basically 4th, 5th and 6th graders.
  • Firesides are back according to John Duppenthaler as one is scheduled for Tuesday, June 5 at the home of John and Beth Dunham.
  • Annual Year End Party: Past president Tom Borgen informed us that on Friday night, June 29th at Horseshoe Lake will be the club’s annual year end golf tournament, party and installation banquet for the new officers for the July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019 club year. Mike Pinch and Tom are to provide much more information at our next meeting.
Fines and Happy Bucks: Handled by John Winslow who fined about ten members (and one nonmember) for various minor transgressions. Two important (at least to this scribe) Happy Bucks were contributed by Paul Willett whose daughter Maddie just received and has accepted) a basketball scholarship to attend Cal Poly SLO and, most importantly, by John Lantz in honor of the polio eradication program because he had contracted polio as a 14 year old while living in Minnesota.
Drawing: Dave Freeman won the ten free tickets for next week and Marti Anderson pulled a white chip to miss a pot of $179, all as handled by Larry Olson.
Program: The Program was led by president Mel who discussed the Rotary District Conference which was held in Tacoma last Friday and Saturday. He was proud of the fact that out of a club of 135 members, 14 (over 10%) had signed up to attend. The club was given two awards, one for literacy (a project headed by Jan Martin) and the other for member retention. The Friday sessions had four different workshops while the Saturday sessions had four amazing speakers: Scotty Smiley (a blind Pasco Iraq veteran), Nancy Hughes (an inventor of a stove which reduced smoke emission), Paul Kingman (an Olympic silver medalist backstroker) and Susan Ershler (a motivation speaker who had climbed the highest peak on all seven continents).
                President Mel then had eight of the fourteen conference attendees give short comments about the conference. Those speaking were Hal Hodgins, Jeff Harris, Annmarie Huppert, Cindy Reed, Tom Borgen, Mark Hoppen, Jeanie Simmons and Cindy Reed.
Adjournment: At about 8:35 am.
Notes by Al Weaver
Friday (5/11/2018) Alan Weaver 2018-05-12 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Stan Eastberg
Call to Order at 7:30 by Past President Dick Vanberg who was substituting for President Mel Santos who was attending the District Training and Conference. Invocation by Howard Mackert; Pledge led by Past President Dick; God Bless America led by Hal Cline and Chris Myers; and 4 Way Test led by Annie Arbenz.
Visiting Rotarians announced by Jack Stonestreet: Joan and Terry Toone.
Guest of Rotarians: David Holsinger; Geoff Barcalow; Kurt Grimmer; Ian Warren; Linda Glein; and Lauren Wittmers.
Comments and Announcements:
  • Walt Paulson, of Barbershop Quartet fame, led us in singing Happy Birthday to our May birthday celebrants.
  • Past District Governor Bob Martin appealed for donations to The Rotary Foundation in support of Rotary’s efforts at eradicating polio from the world. All donations to The Rotary Foundation during the month of May will be matched by points and donations made during the month will be designated for the polio program.
  • Pam Peterson announced that it will be Rotary function day at the Farmers Market on June 7 and she is looking for volunteers to staff the booth on that day. She will provide more information over the next couple of weeks.
  • Mike Henery announced the Gigging up the Harbor effort on May 19th in conjunction with the Downtown Waterfront Alliance. He too is looking for volunteers to help with weeding, bark spreading and general cleanup from 9 to 12. He noted that the Rotary light Pole Park (near the old Key Bank building) is in serious need of attention.
  • Tom Borgen was supposed to announce plans for the annual Rotary year end party and installation banquet on June 29th, but he was not in attendance. More information forthcoming in the next few weeks.
  • John Eddy announced that the next Rotary After Hours will be held on May 9 at the Tides Tavern from 5:30 to 7:00.
  • Rod Ladd announced that there will not be an International Committee Meeting this month.
  • Sharon Shaffer introduced Kurt Grimmer who as our Star Award recipient is entitled to designate a non-profit organization to receive a cash contribution from Rotary. Kurt designated the Downtown Waterfront Alliance as his choice and a check for $1,155 was presented to Mary DesMarais, Executive Director.
  • John Duppenthaler announced that there will be a club Fireside on June 5 at John Dunham’s home from 5:30 to 7:30.
  • Jeff Stillman announced that the Wings and Wheels activities will be held at Tacoma Narrows Airport on June 30 and July 1.
  • Betty Felker spoke again about the Dancing Classrooms Program and the four elementary schools in the Peninsula School District that are participating. She reminded us of the June 9 Finals at Todd Beamer High School in Federal Way featuring Vaughn Elementary participants. Please contact Betty if you are interested in attending as she is coordinating special seating for Rotary members in attendance.
Fines and Happy Bucks: Fine Master Pam Peterson nicked John Dunham for having a new red jeep and then fined Sharon Shaffer for multiple violations (i.e., not turning her phone off, forgetting to introduce Kurt Grimmer as a guest, etc.). Pam made an appeal for confidential informants to help build her book of dirt on people as fodder for more fines – nobody raised a hand to volunteer, but I guess a confidential informant wouldn’t do that anyway. Pam then assessed a fine on guest Ian Warren for letting a 75 year old take the lead in confronting a thief at his store. A highlight of the fine session was a series of pictures taken of Jeanie Simmons at the Rotary Retreat golf tournament – so who among us hasn’t had the experience of picking up golf balls on the ground because we forgot to put a bucket under the dispenser before getting our range balls. Don Rees was fined for a picture taken of him texting at the airport and Scott McVay was fined for a new boat. Finally, Pam showed pictures of the Food Packing party from the District Conference. Past President Dick noted that he had an afternoon shift which consisted of 20 minutes of training followed by 10 minutes of activity before they ran out of the oats they were packing for oatmeal – seems like the right ratio of training to activity for Past Presidents. Happy bucks included: Howard Mackert hawking a new CD and concert tickets for his wife; Mike Henery proud of his daughter’s role in the Peninsula HS musical; Mike Pinch returning a missing garment to Pam from their trip to the Philippines; and Lee Smith talking about a volunteer appreciation event sponsored by the Downtown Waterfront Alliance on May 10 at the Yacht Club.
Raffle: John Dunham claimed the 10 free and Ben Paganelli drew a white chip in the drawing.
Program: Past District Governor Bob Martin introduced our speaker Joan Toone who was speaking on the Fight Against Polio. Joan was a speaker at our club a few years ago and Bob reminded us that Joan puts a face on polio and makes it real through recounting her own experience in dealing with polio at seven years of age. In fact, with the assistance of well-chosen pictures, Joan once again captivated her audience by providing a brief history of polio and the efforts to address this dreaded disease over the decades. Her description of kids having to be put in isolation wards and often into terrifying iron lung machines with no parents, no loving pets and no cherished toys to support them was heart wrenching. She easily brought to life the reality of why people were in full panic about polio when it was rampant. Joan then reviewed Rotary International’s history with polio and the efforts begun in 1985 to eradicate polio from the face of earth. Joan talked about still suffering from a condition known as Post-Polio Syndrome, a condition that presents itself years later for many of those who are afflicted by polio. There is still no cure for polio and immunization is the only way to keep it at bay. Joan tells us that, even today, one child dies every 20 seconds from a vaccine preventable disease. However, due to the heroic efforts of Rotary and many other organizations and governments, the end-game target for polio eradication is the year 2020.
Meeting adjourned at 8:30
Notes by Stan Eastberg
Friday (5/4/2018) Stan Eastberg 2018-05-06 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Marti Anderson
We are hosting a picnic for Melanie’s parents to meet her Rotary Family
All Rotary members and their families are invited.  Would especially like to have those that have hosted and entertained Melanie through the year.
It’s a good old American Picnic. 
Sat, May 12.  400pm – 700pm
The Anderson’s  -
                13715 51st Ave NW
                Gig Harbor
Please bring a salad or dessert.  I will be making ice cream
Please rsvp.
Marti Anderson, CTC
Anderson Travel Service, Inc.
Personal Travel Planning Services
253-514-6578 -  fax 
Rotary Picnic!! Marti Anderson 2018-05-03 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Stan Eastberg
Call to Order at 7:30 by President Mel who was missing his normal coat and tie as he was dressed for a day of golf; Invocation by Ron Roberts; Pledge led by President Mel; the song, America, led by Hal Cline and Peter Glein; and 4 Way Test led by Ed Lindstrom.
Visiting Rotarians announced by Jack Stonestreet: Assistant District Governor Howard Svigal.
Guest of Rotarians: Sue Jensen, guest of Al Bucholz; David Holsinger, guest of Sophie Perkins; Geoff Barcalow, guest of Randy Barcalow; Linda Cohrs, guest of Annmarie Huppert; Tim Toerber, guest of Annie Arbenz, Jean Vanberg, guest of Dick Vanberg; Pat Lantz, guest of John Lantz; Oliver and Rocky Pinch, guests of Mac Pinch; and John Guardia, Ian Warren, Pete Clement, and Pat Delapp, Board Member of The Ripple Effect, and Michael Ewens, our speaker.
Comments and Announcements:
  • President Mel played a video tribute to the life of First Lady Barbara Bush.
  • Rod Ladd is looking for volunteers to sign up for the food packaging project in conjunction with the District Conference. With a target of packaging 50,000 meals, they need lots of help.
  • President Mel announced that he along with 13-14 other club members will not be at the meeting on Friday, May 4 as they will be attending the District Training and Conference. Past President Dick Vanberg will be our substitute President.
  • Rotary Exchange student Melanie Meyer showed pictures of her Spring Break trip to Mexico and reported that her tennis team won their match last Thursday. She also commented on the campaign activities going on at school for the ASB elections – this is all new to her as they don’t have an ASB at her school back home. Melanie will also be attending the District Conference this next week.
  • Annie Arbenz introduced Tim Toerber as our newest member to be inducted. Past District Governor Bob Martin did his usual fabulous job of inducting Tim into the club – Bob’s induction ceremony is the best I’ve seen in 40+ years of Rotary membership. Tim took the microphone for a couple of minutes to let us know he had previously been a Rotarian in the Sunrise club and that his father has also been in Rotary for over 40 years. Tim was also a former Exchange Student in Brazil.
  • Kieth Harris auctioned off the parking space (to Tim Williams for $30) and the No Fine Badge (to Scott Junge for $20 – he promised not to use the time to hawk rhodies).
  • Cynthia Kennedy was introduced to present attendance awards only to be informed by Mel that we didn’t have enough time to do it today and that we’d present the awards at future meetings
  • Randy Barcalow provided an update on the great progress being made by the Wilkinson Fence project volunteers. Randy tried to show pictures, but the laptop was not cooperating today for picture displays.
  • Hal Hodgins is in charge of programs for next year and asked for volunteers to serve on a committee for this work (Dave Gordon and Jeff Harris showed interest).
Fines and Happy Bucks: Fine Master Mac Pinch nailed Tim Toerber with his first fine as a new member and then fined Rod Ladd for the elegant cowboy boots he was wearing on this, his 61st birthday. He got Gary Glein for not wearing any socks and then fined Dave Cathers for poor drawing skills during his presentation last week on fixing nicks in wood furniture. All members of the Dragon Boat team were asked to contribute $1 for their 4th place finish. Happy Bucks were started by Annie Arbenz for 1. Time in Rotary, 2. Help from Lyn Junge with transporting a large and bulky Costco purchase, and 3. An overheard testimonial about how the Rotary Prison Program had totally changed the life of one of the participants. Randy Spitzer is happy about this being concert week for his beloved Cora Voce group, and Rod Ladd contributed $61 in honor of his 61 years on this earth. Annmarie Huppert sang praises for our own Howard Mackert who rescued her from a serious car repair issue, and Scott Junge was grateful for the birthdays of grandchildren.
Raffle: No one claimed the 10 free and Hal Cline drew a white chip in the drawing.
Program: Tom Borgen introduced Michael Ewens to provide an update on The Ripple Effect project. Michael has been a frequent and favorite speaker at this club and we were again mesmerized by his unselfish dedication to improving the lives of people in Guatemala, primarily through extensive water projects that he has been organizing and leading for the past 12-13 years. Of particular interest during this update were the many pictures he showed of the people in Guatemala that he works with and for in the effort to bring clean water to areas that have never had a reliable source of clean water before. According to Michael, these are people who live a simple life (80% live on less than $1 per day) and for whom malnutrition is common (at least 40% of the kids are malnourished). The Ripple Effect is now working with over 20 villages (closely with 9 of them) which impact over 20,000 people. A common theme in Michael’s presentation is how effectively Rotary and The Ripple Effect have been able to leverage donations for maximum benefit to so many people who desperately need the help. His efforts clearly demonstrate the impact we have on people we’ll never meet or even know much about – evidence as good as it gets of the impact of Service Above Self. Michael reminds us that teamwork and community activism are equally important and he describes in great detail the participation by the Guatemalan people in all of the projects he works on. He notes that The Ripple Effect is not engaged in doing a project, but rather that they are joining together with the communities to achieve progress.
Once again, Michael Ewens has demonstrated how the spirit and work of Rotary and those efforts supported by Rotary can make a real difference in the world. His final message to Gig Harbor Rotary is that this group has made a huge difference to people in his neighborhood in Guatemala. “You have changed their lives, not for one or two years, but for generations”.
Meeting adjourned at 8:35
Notes by Stan Eastberg
Friday (4/27/2018) Stan Eastberg 2018-04-30 07:00:00Z 0
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
Friday (4/20/2018) Marcia Harris 2018-04-23 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert J Martin on Apr 18, 2018
Conundra Robert J Martin 2018-04-18 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert J Martin on Apr 18, 2018
Hal was complaining that the churches in Milan were so "rundown".  I guess he has great expectations.
He said this "little arch" was just outside their AirB&B room.
Not man made, but just as spectacular is this Fresno sunset that Rod sent in.  Some may say it is the best thing in Fresno.
Traveler(s) of the month Robert J Martin 2018-04-18 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jennifer Hamilton
Call to Order at 7:30 by President Mel. Invocation by Bob Martin; Pledge led by Hal Cline. Song: Randy Spitzer; 4 Way Test: 
Visiting Rotarians announced by Coach – Cindy Niemi
Guest of Rotarians: _John Gardia, Ken Serber and Ian Ward; Josh Irwin; Jeff Barcalow
Comments and Announcements: two speakers today; Josh was instrumental in the auction video (with Al Abbott) also did video for the Star Awards; Josh recognized for his efforts for his contribution was provided a bonus of $500 to thank him for his service. Tim Williams is putting a week in Puerto Vallarta up for auction for $2250; Ann Marie met with 1st Tee for a golf lesson – guys were great and made the training fun (Meadow Park), provided giveaways during training, showed them the storage sheds where all the gear for the program is stored, looking forward to starting with her first team on April 23rd. Mel is working on setting up a date a Canterwood and will advise us of a date – currently 10 people from our club have volunteered to assist.
Exchange Student Report – Melanie Meyer – Last Friday walked over the Tacoma Narrows Bridge; Sunday the Anderson’s took her to the farmers market in Olympia; Tonight is the talent show at Peninsula HS (she helped plan it); next week going to Mexico for Spring Break. (Hal) She was given a piece of glass from the docent of the Museum of Glass. She has 2½ months before she returns home. May 12th her family will be in town and Rotary will announce a social event for use to get to know them.
Auction Volunteers for 2019 (Camilla Brocker) – recruiting for next year; Will be following up with volunteers from 2018; Peter Glein has been in charge of procurement for the last three years and is requesting help for 2019 (data entry, etc.)
Book Drive (Jan Martin)– turned in numbers on Monday (380 books); need ideas on what to do with some of these books (book sale, donations, etc.)
Toastmasters & Ballroom (Betty Felker) – Thank you letter from Pacific Ballroom Dance. Asked people to raise hands if anyone wanted to build leadership skills, speaking skills or lose weight; she invited everyone to attend meetings at noon at Harborplace. Passed around cards for Ad libbers group, last Thursday of every month.
Fines and Happy Bucks: (Peter Glein) – rolled into happy bucks; Annie celebrated completion a ½ iron man in San Diego; Sharon Shaffer – Kurt Grimmer featured (Star Award winner) in Gig Harbor Living; Sophie Perkins and David Holsinger went on first boat cruise; Randy Spitzer celebrating getting started with choir rehearsals; Bob and Jan Martin leave on vacation;
Raffle: Larry Olson. Randy Spitzer gets 10 free next week; Lee Smith pulled a white chip – no winner!
  • Nicole Comforto – “World Possible” – small NPO to connect offline learners to education about the world (people without internet); thank you for our past support in Guatemala and to provide their story on who they are and what they do, and to show what the donations have been used for. Showed pictures from her visits to Lima sponsored by Rotary when she was studying national education. 52% of the world’s population does not have access to the internet, these are mostly impoverished countries. Education is crucial to supporting mother’s and children’s lives, nutrition, employment, empowerment of women, economic growth and the environment. For every dollar spent on education get about $10 in return on that child’s contribution to the world. Staff was all volunteers until 2014. OER2GO- free websites that work offline created and accessible in multiple languages to deliver education (136 modules); RACHEL – Remote are community hotspot for education and learning which works anywhere the enables devices to access the websites (serves as a wifi hotspot); Chapter program in other countries – gathers local content using RACHEL; first chapter in Guatemala – have already trained 1600 teachers. In Kenya started 2nd chapter bringing RACHEL to 10k students. Have gone as far as Sierra Leone. US program is a recent program used in prisons in 14 states (including women’s prison in Purdy). Total 6 chapters estimate that they have reached of 500k learners using RACHEL. Bob Cairns from Port Orchard Rotary introduced RACHEL in Kenya. Now bringing RACHEL and Chromebooks to schools in Guatemala which is supported by the ministry of Guatemala.
  • Michelle Sabia – “Courage Bike Ride” - Thank you for support over the last 26 years; 9 Pierce county Rotary clubs involved last year; raised $45k last year; all total raised over $300k last year; raising more money and spending less; Cause is for the needs of children; 70% of patients are Medicaid; the Greatest Needs funds are truly a gift from the community; they are gifts that go beyond the medical needs of children. Information provided on the tables with statistics of the children that are helped through this funding; these services cannot be provided without this monetary support; showed a patient (Dawson) who is a recipient of these types of funds who contracted a rare condition from his leukemia treatment. Held a beach volley ball party for him while in the hospital. Got to test out new highly equipped patient bed. Also was able to attend first pitch at a Rainiers game. Will also be at the next ride. Asked that we all think of Dawson when we volunteer. Ride is the last weekend of August. Will be back in Eatonville and Pac Forest; 4 ride options based upon last year’s feedback; (1) 3.75 fat mile ride and run designed for beginners/families/trail riders ($25 fee with no fundraising minimum); (2) Cascade Cruiser – 23 mile (3) Tahoma half century, (4) two day 144 mile Northwest Brew Thru; Maps displayed and also available on Volunteer support is greatly needed – (Hillary Powell) is contact for volunteer coordination and logistics; contact info is at the bottom of the information sheet. $’s are allocated by the Board of Directors to requesting physicians.
Wrap up (Mel) – Rod Ladd announced that he had seven center pieces leftover from the auction and that they are available for purchase for $10.
Meeting adjourned at 8:30.
Notes by Jennifer Hamilton
Friday (the 13th)(4/13/2018) Jennifer Hamilton 2018-04-16 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chuck Perry
Opening bell at 7:29 A.M. by president Mel Santos; Invocation by Fred Labayan; Pledge by President Mel; Song: “My Country Tis of The”, led by Hal Kline, Al Abbott, Chris Myers, and Cory Coryell; and the Four Way Test led by Bob Martin.
Visiting Rotarians: introduced by Walt Paulson; Larry Trelevin, Tacoma 8.
Guests of Rotarians: Sue Jensen, Hillary Bridge, Ian Warren, Jeremiah Saucier, and Geoff Barcalow.
Presidents Opening Comments: A sign up sheet for 1st Tee training class is being passed around. If you sign up to help teach, you will also be required to pay a $25 fee for a State Patrol background check to work with the kids. The class will be in the next two weeks. If you didn’t get your name on thee list, just give President Mel a call to get signed up. Also announced: Dinners for Eight first hosts should be done, as the April hosts should now be scheduling for their dinner.
Banner Exchange: Donna Lormor presented two banners from Clubs she visited while recently in Thailand; Chang Mai Phuping and Rotary Club of Chang Mai. Donna went on to tell the story of how she met her Thai Rotary Friends while in the hospital on her last trip to Thailand. Afraid that this was turning into the program, clapping started and ended the story.
Exchange Student: Melanie Meyer gave her report of the week. She went to a Sounders soccer game, had an Easter Brunch and an Easter Egg Hunt, (she felt like a little kid again), it was fun, and she reported that all of her tennis games for the week were cancelled due to rain.
April Birthdays: Walt Paulsen announced all the April birthdays and the cub sang Happy Birthday to the lucky members.
Community Projects: Randy Barcalow reported that last Saturday the final fence posts were installed at Wilkinson Farm. He also reported that the Chamber of Commerce project is moving forward.
KP Pavilion Project : Jeff Harris showed the club a large photo montage of the KP Pavilion that was to be presented to Tim Keolker as a thank you for all the work he did for the project. Tim is a master builder and oversaw the construction of the pavilion. Jeff also asked that the club all stand up to support the Peninsula Schools in the upcoming bond election.
International Committee: Rod Ladd announced that the international committee has a meeting on Monday 4/9/18. The meeting is at the Ladd-Pinch international headquarters on Rosedale.
Fine Master: John Winslow dealt out some fines for the week with a lot of humor: Peter Stanley for his phone ringing and is it the truth; Donna Lormor – do you need more time?; Corey Coryell and Dick Vanberg for not having their January dinners for eight yet; Auction picture thumb drives out for 3 weeks and not turned in: Mel, Paul, Peter G. and almost Allisha McVey – however Scott McVey turned it in during the fine session; Coach for 35 years in Gig Harbor Rotary with a 4/1/83 start date; Happy bucks by Dave Gordon for 48th anniversary and Chuck Perry for 35th anniversary – 4/2/83, the day after Coach joined the club.
Drawing: Eric McGinnis ran the raffle with 10 free next week going to Mel Wick and Rod Ladd getting to draw for the $282 pot. Lucky for everyone else Rod drew a white chip and the pot will grow next week.
Program: Corey Lopardi – “Rotary Visibility” Corey is the District Chair for Club Support dealing with publicity and marketing of Rotary and our Clubs. He gave a presentation on the “Rebranding of Rotary” with changes to the logo and the “people of Action” program. You can get more information by going on the internet to: Rotary.Org > My Rotary > Member Center > Brand Center. Many of the changes have to do with trying to let the World know who and what Rotary is. This Rotary International branding change was started after the 2012 Survey by Siegal & Gale showed that 60% of people had heard of Rotary, however only 20% knew what Rotary did. Not all of the Club members agreed with what the findings were and what changes are being made to the Rotary brand image. However this is a Rotary international project and is being rolled out internationally. So this scribe wants to remind the Club members not to shoot the messenger, he has taken his time to inform our club of decisions made at the international level.
Notes by Chuck Perry
Friday (4/6/2018) Chuck Perry 2018-04-11 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Walker Allen
GH Rotary President Mel Santos presiding; Invocation: Duane Fister; Pledge: led by Charlie Miller (Debbie Miller’s granddaughter) and by President Mel’s granddaughter; Song: Hal Cline led us in a verse of “God Bless America”; 4-Way Test of the Things We Think, Say or Do:  
Visiting Rotarians: Sabrina Dawn Shattuck, West Linn, OR – (working on Shelter Box project)
Guests: John Guardia, Guest of Ben Paganelli; Sue Jensen, Guest of Al and Joanne Bucholz; Sophie Alvestad, Guest of VP Paul Alvestad; Geoff Barcalow, Guest of Randy Barkalow; Evans Calas, Guest of Annie Arbenz; Reid Morris, Guest of Dave Morris; (there may have been others but they were not on the sign-in sheet)
President Mel’s Opening Comments:
  • President Mel announced that training for “1st Tee” volunteers will be held soon and had signup sheet circulating.
  • The City of Gig Harbor gave the club (including our Interact chapter) a “Certificate of Appreciation” for planting 344 trees in the park.
  • There will be a fun golf outing at Alderbrook prior to the Officer Retreat
Reports and Announcements:
  • Melanie Meyer (our Rotary Exchange Student from Switzerland)
    • Melanie is on the Peninsula High School Tennis team that has been having many matches
    • Their fund raising efforts have been very successful and have raised enough money for new uniforms.
  • Danielle (Dani) Hastun (our Rotary Exchange student from Argentina 6 years ago) thanked everyone for the hospitality – especially those who came to the reception at the home of Juanita Carbaugh.  She has graduated from the university and now works for an international foods company as a human resources specialist.
  • PDG and Paul Harris Campaign Chair, Bob Martin
    • Announced that Club Members have contributed $19,564 towards the $30,000 goal for the year/
    • Announced that there have been 5 new cases of wild polio – all in Afghanistan.
  • Recognized new Paul Harris awards:; Tim Williams (+3); Bob Ryan (+2); Steve Skibbs (+2); John Mitchell (+2); Jan Martin (+2)
  • Work Parties – Randy Barcalow
    • Wilkinson Farm posts need to be installed
    • Chamber of Commerce office renovation projects – many opportunities for “hands on” work by Rotarians
  • History Rocks Event – Jennifer Hamilton
    • Featuring WWII years – she is looking for veterans and relatives to learn about their recollections. 
  • Book Drive and Literacy Award – Jan Martin
    • Over 300 books have been collected (of which 78 went to the Philippines libraries we support) and collection continues (President Mel would like each member to bring 4 more!).   They need books for teenagers.
Fine Master – Chris Myers
Raffle Ticket Drawing – Donna Lormor
  • Hal Cline won another 10 Free
  • Bob Lutchg pulled a white chip and got $15.
Program:  Mayor Kit Kuhn spoke about “The Mayor’s Agenda”. 
  • Urged us to check out the new, robust website
  • Has goal of extreme transparency
  • Has met with each staff member
  • Managed to retain District Court and prevent some staff loss
  • Goal of “moratorium” is to bring coordination of infrastructure and new building
  • Need for growth in both commercial and residential
  • Heavy emphasis on maintaining the “culture” of downtown
  • Suggested high-rise (up to four stories) would be appropriate for the old Fred Meyer and Main and Vine stores
  • Discussed purchase of Haub (triangle) property
Meeting Adjourned at 8:30AM
Notes by Walker Allen
Friday (3/30/2018) Walker Allen 2018-04-03 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jennifer Hamilton
Call to Order at 7:30 by President Mel. Invocation by Spencer Hutchins; God Bless America led by Hal Cline. Pledge led by Mel. Four Way Test by ?
Visiting Rotarians announced by Coach: none
Guest of Rotarians: Sharon Schaeffer introduced several members of the Gig Harbor Kayak Racing Team.
Comments and Announcements:
Mel announced an adjustment to the day’s program to allow former foreign exchange student, Daniela Hastun, who was here six years ago, from Argentina. Mel also provided feedback from the previous week’s speaker who shared his appreciation to the RCGH and how impressive the interest and enthusiasm of our members was expressed.
Exchange Student Report – Melanie Meyer – Melanie described her latest involvement and activities at Gig Harbor High, described a recent outing with Jennifer Hamilton to the UW Boat House for the Boys of 1936 Tour (pictures were projected on screen) as well as a wonderful trip to Victoria. She had a wonderful time volunteering at the auction which was a unique experience for her. She also announced that she was selling tickets in support of her tennis team as a fundraiser breakfast at Applebee’s. Please contact Marti Anderson if interested.
Visiting Exchange Student - Daniela provided an update on her experiences since she was sponsored by the RCGH six years ago. She expressed her great appreciation for what Rotary has done for her, stating “being here makes my heart feel complete.” She also described her current job working for a large international candy manufacturer in Argentina. A dinner was planned in her honor at Juanita Carbaugh’s home. Details were sent by email for those who wanted to attend.
Guatemala Water Project – Tom Borgen provided an update on the status and showed pictures of two of the villagers carrying cistern tanks on their backs to take to the village (a 45 min hike uphill since there was no other way to transport them!). The tanks will be set up by the houses to catch water off the rooves so that they can have water during the dry season.
Wilkinson Fence Work Party – Randy Barcalow provided an update confirming that great progress was made putting up posts and emphasized that the average age of volunteers was 70! On Saturday 3/24, the Chamber of Commerce floor repair begins.
Fines and Happy Bucks: Mac Pinch – Auctioneer Keith Harris auctioned off a NO Fine button for $55 to Lee Smith; a prime parking spot in front of Cottesmore was also auctioned off to Rod Ladd for $50! Nice work Keith! Mac fined Spencer Hutchins for being a socialite at Costco; and Dave Gillespie was fined for his ponytail
Raffle: Larry Olson.
Program: Alan Anderson from the Gig Harbor Kayak Club – Alan provided a spectacular short film about the growth and transition of the GHKC from a small “Parking Lot Team” to a now large and highly competitive national ranking team. He has sites on sending members of the team to the Olympics! He also provided information regarding the upcoming Paddler’s Cup, a 3 day event at which members of his team will compete against the RCGH Dragon Boat team on 4/22. A kick off party will be held that Friday, April 20th. On Saturday, April 21st the Narrows Race will take place (for serious athletes). For more information, go to . Vendors will also be on site downtown.
Wrap up (Mel)Rod Ladd announced that he had seven center pieces leftover from the auction and that they are available for purchase for $10 each.
Meeting adjourned at 8:30
Notes by Jennifer Hamilton
Friday (3/23/2018) Jennifer Hamilton 2018-03-26 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tom Borgen
Call to Order at 7:25 by President Mel. Invocation by Dwayne Fister. Pledge- President Mel, Song-Dave Gillespie- Dave brought the guitar and a Woody Guthrie song, “This Land is Your Land” Four Way Test- Tom Borgen
Visiting Rotarians; Coach announced Greg Gillis, our next Dist. Gov visiting from Canada.
Guests of Rotarians; Jeff Barcalow brought his two cute little daughters; he is son of Randy Barcalow, Mac Pinch brought his two cute sons Rocky and Oliver. Sofie brought David Holsinger, David did a great job helping out Saturday putting in fence poles at Wilkerson Farm, thanks David! Dave Morris Introduced guest Christal Chiu, the development officer for the Tacoma Rescue Mission who is holding their annual “Hope Givers” breakfast 3/20. Al Bucholz’s daughter Sue Jensen is a regular guest.
  • Rotary Auction- Mel played the inspiring video of our club’s projects and programs produced by Josh Sherwin, Al Abbott and Randy Spitzer that was shown at the Auction for the raise the paddle. Auction leader Hal thanked his team for putting on a GREAT event and fun was had by close to 380 guests. No final numbers yet but the gross could be close to $150,000!
  • Wilkerson Farm Work Party- Now that Randy is back the project is ramping back up to finish the fence around the community garden. Work party 9-12.
  • Greg Gillis- Our District Governor elect introduced himself, spoke of the progress Rotary is making in the district and thanked Bob Martin-past DG for inspiring him to take on the challenge of running one of the largest Rotary districts with 90 clubs.
  • Annie’s Arbenz- President Mel announced that Annie’s father passed away recently and read a short tribute by Annie, our thoughts go out to Annie and her family.
  • Fine Master and Happy Bucks; Pam took great pleasure in taking photos of various club members at work and having the club guess what they did, a favorite being a photo of a person sitting with their feet on their desk at work,
  • so that’s what bankers do, Richard P.? Happy bucks from Al Abbott, new dragon boats are in and Juanita Carbaugh who is happy Gary is feeling a lot better.
  • Drawing; Hal Cline won ten free, Ben Paganelli drew for $183-No Cigar!
Program: Colin Carr- “A view from the Cockpit”
Sammi McCubbins introduced Colonel Colin Carr an Air Force Academy graduate with 25 years in the Air Force, who heads up the C17 Cargo Flight Simulator training at Joint base Lewis-McChord.
Colin put on a very educational and entertaining presentation of all aspects of training pilots to operate the massive C-17 military cargo planes using high technology flight simulators. The planes burn 14,000 lbs of fuel per hour, so the cost savings along with safety and the variety of procedures that can be practiced using simulators makes it a very effective and efficient means to train pilots. The night vision training, air drops and the midair refueling were just a few of the procedures covered. The video of the air drop of cargo using parachutes was a highlight especially learning that they can now be guided to the ground. Thanks to Colin and our Military for all they do for our Country.
Meeting adjourned at 8:30
Submitted by Tom Borgen
Friday (3/16/2018) Tom Borgen 2018-03-20 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Stan Eastberg
Call to Order at 7:30 by President Mel; Invocation by Duane Fister; Pledge led by President Mel; God Bless America led by Hal Cline, Tony Michaelson, and Mike Pinch; and 4 Way Test led by Richard Schmalz.
Visiting Rotarians announced by Jack Stonestreet and Walt Paulson: Lucas Ladd from Auburn and Ryan Gilhuly fron Silverdale.
Guest of Rotarians: Sue Jensen, guest Al Bucholz; John Fister, guest of Duane Fister; David Holsinger, guest of Sophie Perkins; Rod Tayet, guest of Brent Tayet; and Jeff Barcalow, guest of Randy Barcalow.
Comments and Announcements:
  • President Mel played a video of the celebration by the girls basketball team from Gig Harbor High School following their winning of the State Championship. There was major applause when Maggie Willett was interviewed on screen. Paul Willett then provided an emotional overview of how several of the girls on the team overcame early rejection as basketball players to become state champions. Coach led the newly formed Gig Harbor Girls Cheer Squad (all Rotary Women) in a rousing cheer spelling out TIDES – coach can still blow a mean whistle.
  • Dave Morris introduced Cindy Reed who presented Brett Tayet with his blue badge and thanked him for volunteering to chair the Early Act program.
  • Rotary Exchange student Melanie Meyer reported moving to Marti Anderson’s house as her new host family. She also told of an interesting competition with her American friends involving American versus Swiss candy – I think everyone won. She is playing tennis after school and is planning on helping out at the Auction.
  • Camilla Brocker will be leading the auction effort next year and asked for volunteers to help her on Sunday to call and thank the people who attended this year’s auction.
  • Jennifer Hamilton provided an update on her work with the communications committee involving an update of the club’s website. She is also working on ways to utilize social media to keep in touch on a regular basis with our outbound Exchange students.
  • Cindy Reed reminded us that we will not be hosting an Exchange Student next year but will be supporting the Midday Club with their exchange student – anyone wanting to serve as a host next year, please contact Cindy.
  • Debbie Wittmers, subbing for John Eddy reminded us that Rotary After Hours will be on March 14 at the Green House.
  • Rod Ladd announced a meeting of the International Committee on Monday and asked that any requests for funding for international projects be communicated to him by then.
  • President Mel recognized the work by Al Abbott, Josh and Randy Spitzer on the video produced for the Raise the Paddle portion of the auction.
  • Tom Borgen reported that the Community Service Committee had granted $3,000 to the Skills Trade Program for the building of a small house. He also reported that the Gig Harbor Rotary Foundation had granted $6,000 to purchase a virtual reality welder simulator.
  • Judy Davis, Clinical Liaison with Cottesmore of Life Care invited everyone to an open house and ribbon cutting of their new premier rehab wing. The event is on Thursday, March 15 from 3-6 p.m.
Fines and Happy Bucks: Paul Willett started the fine session with a call for happy bucks. Howard Mackert reported that the IRS has finally recognized the Cars for Change Program so we can now ramp up our efforts. President Mel donated a dollar just to keep the action going. Randy Barcalow announced that he is now back in town and the work projects will start flowing again – he’ll be leading a work party next Saturday (March 17) to build the garden fence. Jan Martin announced that her Dad is 97 years young today. John Lantz is back from one month in Mexico. Jill Guernsey celebrated a granddaughter. Jeanie Simmons reported a successful tree planting work party over the weekend. Spencer Hutchins was fined by Paul for his sweater vests, and Mike Pinch was fined for something to do with Fred Labayen’s Rotary Club in the Philippines finally admitting the first woman into the club.
Raffle: Bob Ryan won the 10 free and Lee Smith won the chance to draw a chip for the $159 pot, but he drew a white chip.
Program: The program, led by Hal Hodgins, was focused on the final preparations for the auction. He reported that we were looking for 380 seats in chairs and had already secured 370 (and still counting) attendees – a record number. We had sought 150 items to auction and have received 161 items. Peter Glein provided an overview of some of the more interesting auction items which are sure to have many bidders. Terry Brown reviewed the plan for set-up and John Winslow reviewed a map of the parking plan. Various questions from the audience were answered by the Auction Committee members and final details for presenting the auction were reviewed. This is a huge effort for the club every year, and it is remarkable how it all comes together with the efforts of so many participants. Hal thanked everyone for their hard work.
Meeting adjourned at 8:30
Notes by Stan Eastberg
Friday (3/9/2018) Stan Eastberg 2018-03-12 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Marcia Harris
President Mel opened the meeting at 7:27 with a Life of Billy Graham video clip.
Call to Order at 7:33, Invocation by Marcia Harris; Pledge by President Mel; “America the Beautiful” was led by Hal Cline & Todd Fletcher and Chuck Perry led us in the Four Way Test.
Visiting Rotarians: none
Guests: The Pinch ‘boys’, Ann Marie’s father Steve Gunderson, Al Abbott & Sharon Shaffer guests: Kurt Grimmer, Josh Sherwood, Alan Anderson & Missy Hill.
Opening Comments: President Mel shared that $1,000 was donated by our club for the District conference for a conference project. Mike Pinch shared that 11 returned safely from the Philippines where Rotarians replaced a roof on a retirement house.
  • Exchange student Melanie Meyer shared the highlights of the past two weeks which included a Seattle Underground tour, followed by a trip to Comas with other Rotary exchange students where she enjoyed participating in Canadian winter sports. This past week classes resumed and she has joined the Peninsula High School tennis team.
  • Walt Paulsen helped us celebrate the 10 Rotarians with March birthdays.
  • Hal Hodgins announced that 329 auction guests are registered. The last date to register is Tuesday, March 6th. If you have guests joining you who did not register as separate individuals through the on line system, please urge them to get in touch with Rod Ladd before the auction to enter their credit card numbers; it will help expedite their check in process Saturday night. There are six available VIP parking spaces at the event venue; Keith Harris auctioned off three spaces. The lucky winners were: Bob Ryan, Bob Martin and Don Buchanan.
  • Auction procurement is completed. Thank you: Peter Glein & auction team captains.
  • Cynthia Kennedy is wrapping up the perfect attendance recognition for 2017. A preliminary list was passed around for double checking.
  • Jeannie Simmons reminded the us of the March 3rd tree planting at Granville Park. Start the morning at the GH Civic Center, 8 a.m. for a pancake breakfast sponsored by Henderson Bay students. Don’t forget to bring your shovels. This is a three club event with the intent to plant a tree to represent each member of the 3 clubs.
  • Sharon Shaffer announced a Gig Harbor Dragon Boat Flea Market, today and Saturday at the old Peninsula Gardens location.
  • Don’t forget to sign up for the District Conference in early May (in Tacoma). The club will reimburse members for the registration fee.
Fine Master & Happy Bucks: Fine Master Peter Glein tapped the wallets of: Brady, Sharon, Tony, Don B, Mel and Rocky Pinch.
Drawing: Two Key Peninsula Rotarians held this week’s lucky tickets. Peter Stanley gets 10 free next week, and amid groans the Harris mojo continued. Marcia won the opportunity to draw…a white chip this week.
Program: Star Award Winner Kurt Grimmer
Mr. Gig Harbor, Kurt Grimmer was introduced by Al Abbott & Sharon Shaffer. After showing the Star Awards video (Thank you Josh Sherwood!) Al and Sharon recounted many of Kurt’s contributions/volunteer investment in the Gig Harbor community including: Downtown Walking Tours, Dragon Boats, Pen Mett Park Commissioner, Started the Super Business Group and the Waterfront Alliance. Kurt followed up, thanking the Club for the Star honor and recognizing other previous Star awardees: Pat Schmidt and Alan Anderson.
John Diones, Peninsula Auto Group (supporter of Children’s Home Society, Boys & Girls Club and Fish Food Bank) and Robin Malich (CIS supporter and volunteer at Henderson Bay HS) were the other two STAR awardees, nominees by the other two Gig Harbor area Rotary clubs.
President Mel adjourned the meeting at 8:34.
Notes by Marcia Harris
Friday (3/2/2018) Marcia Harris 2018-03-06 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alan Weaver
Opening Bell: By Peninsula Interact President Cassie McMurtrey at exactly 7:30 am. [Scribe Note: In the absence of President Mel Santos, today’s meeting was very successfully run by Peninsula High School’s Interact Club, so much so Mel should worry about his job security. Other Interact students participating in the meeting were Tim Poe, Geni Schwesinger, Richard Winslow and Julie McMurtrey. They needed virtually no assistance from Mel’s assistant Debbie Miller.] Invocation by Annmarie Hubbert. Song “My Country Tis of Thee” led by Hal Cline and Interact’s Julie McMurtrey. Pledge of Allegiance by Interact'’ Geni Schwesinger. Four Way Test by Interact’s Richard Winslow. Greeters: The five enthusiastic Interact students mentioned above. Guests were Evangeline Taret, Tim Toerbar, Jeremy Bueloh and Bill Whitacre, who were all introduced, and, lastly, Sophie Perkins’ longtime friend DAVE HOLSINGER (who usually is successful as he was today in not being introduced, but the scribe caught sight of him) . Visiting Rotarians: If there were any, they successfully hid from this scribe’s view.
  •  Interact’s Presence: President Cassie explained why the Interact Club was running today’s meeting and that John Winslow was the club’s contract with Peninsula Interact. She then briefly listed the Interact’s past and future projects, all of which were extensive.
  • Parking Stall Auction: Keith Harris auctioned off the March parking stall for $45 to Rod Ladd who paid a generous $50.
  • Rotary Auction: Auction chairman Hal Hodgins reminded us that we were eight days away from our annual auction. Ticket sales lieutenant Rod Ladd said that 248 tickets had been paid for, about another 52 tickets had been committed but the club wished another 80 tickets be sold so as to push the total number of attendees to 380. Peter Glein reported that all of the auction items had been received (about 50% came in just last week). John Duppenthaler made a pitch for volunteers to set up and then take down tables at the event.
  • Altrusa’s Empty Bowls: Pat Schmidt reported that the Empty Bowls project had garnered about $14,000 which will go to the Boys’ and Girls’ Club and the Red Barn for meals for the youthful members.
Fines and Happy Bucks: Although Fines are usually more interesting than Happy Bucks, such was not the case today as there was no time for fines. The good news on Happy Bucks is that Annmarie Huppert’s wrist is not broken from a fall from horse riding last week, just badly strained. On the bad news side Rod Ladd’s motor home is out of commission for several weeks because of a meeting the motor home had with a stationary semi-truck.
Drawing: Someone won ten free tickets to next week’s drawing and, of course, Jeff Harris won the right to draw for the pot. He was unsuccessful this time but it makes this scribe wonder why he even buys tickets when he walks in the door. This scribe’s only consolation is that whatever Jeff takes home is immediately donated to some worthy charity. Nice to have people of such caliber in the club.
Program: Two part program today.
Knowledge Bowl: Speaker Johnathon Bell, a twenty-five year teacher with the last twenty years at Peninsula High School where he is presently teaching history and acting as faculty advisor for many of the school’s clubs, spoke on his favorite club, the Knowledge Bowl. Of “competitive teams” in the school, the Knowledge Bowl team has by far the most successful. Peninsula High School has placed in the top ten in the state out of 140 +/- teams for all but one year in the last fifteen. It is a “no cut” sport of teams of four persons and is very similar to the TV show Jeopardy except the show has three individual contestants while the Knowledge Bowl has three teams of four. To demonstrate how the game works, he set up three tables which the scribe will call Keith Harris’s table, Ron Roberts’ table and the front table. (Ron improved his table’s chance of winning by moving Bob Ryan, who had once been a participant on the real Jeopardy show, from the scribe’s table to his table.) The speaker then read five esoteric questions which his school team had answered correctly earlier in the month and virtually nobody in the audience could understand. But Bob was the only one that correctly answered a question without assistance (the front table was disqualified because of assistance provided by President Cassie). The speaker was quick to point out that the students were using knowledge which they had acquired in other Peninsula High courses, not just his.
Youth Services Committee: Jeanie Simmons, the head of the Youth Services Committee, explained what that committee did by having members describe separate facets of its work. Cindy Reed advised up that in the future the club will only be selecting outbound local Rotary students and hosting foreign Rotary students in odd numbered years (such as 2019). In odd numbered years (this year) those functions will be handled by the Mid-Day Club. Betty Felker spoke on the short but intensive student selection process (which might be called “granting paid scholarships”) in the fall as well as on the entirely separate dance education program which has been so successful. Dick Vanberg spoke on the communications to and from with outbound students and foreign students.
Adjournment by President Cassie at 8:35 am.
Notes by Al Weaver
Friday (2/23/2018) Alan Weaver 2018-02-24 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Walker Allen
GH Rotary President Mel Santos presiding; Invocation: Jeff Harris; Pledge: President Mel; Song: Hal Cline and Howard Mackert led us in a verse of “God Bless America”; 4-Way Test of the Things We Think, Say or Do: Betty Felker
Visiting Rotarians: Don Buchanan announced that there were no visiting Rotarians
Guests: John Guardia, Guest of Ben Paganelli; Sue Jensen, Guest of Al and Joanne Bucholz; David Holsinger, Guest of Sophie Perkins;(there may have been others but they were not on the sign-in sheet)
President Mel’s Opening Comments:
  • President Mel showed photos of the team at SeaTac heading for the Philippines, including PDG Bob Martin (and his granddaughter Olivia, from Spokane, and soon to be a Rotary Exchange student), Jan Martin, Larry Olson, Pam Smith Lee Smith, Mac Pinch, and Mike Pinch (Carina is already there).
  • It is very important for all Club Members participate/contribute in some way to the success of the Auction. If someone is unable to attend, it is suggested that a cash contribution be made via John Mitchell (and let your Team Captain know).
  • Next Friday, the Interact Club will conduct the meeting during the absence of President Mel.
Reports and Announcements:
  • Melanie Meyer (our Rotary Exchange Student from Switzerland)
    • Last Friday she attended a Rotary Exchange Student Leadership Conference where they dressed as aliens (gold leggings, etc.)
    • Attended a Dinners 4 8 with prominent Youth Exchange Committee Members
    • On Valentine’s Day her host mother Deborah Krishnadasan prepared a breakfast of heart-shaped French Toast plus strawberries
    • They don’t do these celebrations in Switzerland
  • Rotary Auction – Hal Hodgins
    • The Ronda Mackert Concert has been set as September 23 for the Auction.
    • The masterpiece, “entry table” by Dick Vanberg was displayed. (to this note-taker, it looked like a ¼ round “birdseye maple” entry table – absolutely magnificent!
    • “Big Board” status – we’re slightly ahead of last year, but we need to reach the goals.
    • Bottles of wine are needed for the “Wine Toss” – a couple of bottles from each member are still needed – drop off at Juanita Carbaugh’s office or bring this coming Friday
  • Gateway Park Pavilion Project – Jeff Harris
    • Jeff shared pictures of various stages of the building
    • Recognized Keith Koelker for his tireless work on the Pavilion Project – including his artful post anchor base designs
    • Recognized Don Rees for the use of his shop and equipment for preparation of the wood for the pavilion
    • Recognized the efforts of numerous Rotarians in the staining and decking preparation.
  • Blue Badge Promotions – Dave Morris
    • Jennifer Hamilton
    • Camilla Brocker
  • Altrusa’s “Empty Bowls” event – Pat Schmidt
    • Held Saturday, February 17 at the Boys and Girls Club
  • Peninsula Schools Dance Program– Lillian Page, Principal of Vaughn Elementary
    • Ms Page came to thank Gig Harbor Rotary for their support of the dance program because:
      • It gave some children a chance to learn manners and customs they might not have a chance to learn otherwise.
      • It has made a huge difference in their behavior at school
  • Film Festival – Betty Felker
    • Hard to believe this is the 10th year
    • The 72-Hour event is back
  • Youth Services Committee – Jeanie Simmons
    • Attempted attendance/participation bribery – offering donuts at the meeting following our regular meeting
    • The meeting was held in Harbor Place (not sure if there were any donuts left since several Members were observed rushing to attend – very tricky Jeanie)
    • Important program that has brought us many delightful exchange students.
Fine Master – Chris Myers
  • Apparently wanting to alleviate President Mel’s chagrin at being repeatedly fined, the Finemaster quite generously provided President Mel with an envelope containing 20 crisp new one dollar bills. Apparently President Mel would have none of it, so he immediately put the $20 into the fine cup.
Raffle Ticket Drawing
  • Jim Rieck won another 10 Free (as a result of his 10 free last week)
  • Marcia Harris pulled the blue chip and won $387.
Club Assembly conducted by President-elect Paul Alvestad. We were assigned to groups based on a colored “chip” handed out as we came into the meeting. Each group was asked what we liked about our Club meetings, didn’t like, what could make them more interesting, what changes would we like to see (there was a suggestion that the Harris’ (Jeff and Marcia) be ineligible for further “winnings” .
Meeting Adjourned at 8:30AM
Notes by Walker Allen
Friday (2/16/2018) Walker Allen 2018-02-20 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chuck Perry
Opening Bell: Rung precisely at 7:28 am by President Mel. Invocation: by Duane Fister. Pledge of Alliance: by President Mel. Song: God Bless America led by Hal Cline. Four Way Test: Led by Dick Vanberg. Greeters: None noted.
Visiting Rotarians: Introduced by Coach: Sabrina Dawn Shardlk, Tom Jaffa, Don Daniels, Sally Smith, and Bill Salina.
Guests of Rotarians: Rocky Pinch (guest of Mac Pinch), Tom Toerber (Annie Arbenz), Reed Morris (Dave Morris), Sue Jensen (Al Bucholz), Dave Holsinger (Sophie Perkins), and Jeanette Murphy. Mayor, Kit Kuhn and wife Kathy Kuhn.
Opening Comments: President Mel announced that the GH Rotary received an award from the GH Waterfront Alliance. Mel proceeded to give this award to Lee Smith as the lead chair in the Sip and Stroll and the GH Wine and Food Fest. Mel then introduced the new Gig Harbor Mayor, Kit Kuhn and his wife Kathy. Kit made several comments: The new Mission and Vision statement is now on the City website; Looks like the City is going to keep its municipal Court; the City is partnering with many organizations for a sports complex and parks in Gig Harbor North; He is in the office about 60 hours a week and everyone is welcome to his open door.
  1.  Exchange Student Report: Melanie Meyer is at a leadership conference in Tacoma today. It was announced that Melanie’s family is planning a trip here to visit. Melanie is also scheduled to attend a dinners for eight.
  2. Former Exchange Student Daniella: John Dunham announced that Daniella is coming to visit on March 17th. He expects to have a party for her. More information will follow about the party and how to RSVP.
  3. Sip and Stroll: Lee Smith announced that the Sip and Stroll scheduled for tomorrow (2/10/18) is sold out with 535 tickets. A few tickets will be available at the door. It was noted that the Gig Harbor Waterfront Alliance has many Rotarians involved with their board. Their outgoing President is Pat Schmidt and incoming President is Mike Henery, both Gig Harbor Rotarians.
  4. Bylaws Vote: Tom Borgen presented a new set of bylaws for approval by the Club. Prior to even doing his presentation, there was a motion and a second to approve. Tom had to slow things down and gave his presentation as to why the changes and a summary of the changes. The motion to approve was then made by Debbie Wittmers seconded, and approved by unanimous vote of the club. Tom then thanked the members of the bylaws committee for all the work put forth on this project; Tom Borgen, Paul Alvestad, Hal Hodgins, Pam Peterson-Smith, and Debbie Wittmers. Should anyone have any concerns or additional changes that they feel need to be made, that can be done. A review of the bylaws will be made each year by the bylaws committee as spelled out in the new bylaws.
  5. Paul Harris Awards: Bob Martin gave out Paul Harris awards to the following club members:
    • Chuck Cuzzetto                   +1
    • Peter Glein                            +1
    • John Dunham                      +2
    • Pam Peterson-Smith           +3
    • Sherlyn Iverson                    +1
    • Chris Myers                           +2
    • Stan Eastberg                       +6
    • Duane Fister                         +6
  6. Rotary Auction: Auction chairman Hal Hodgins reported on the forthcoming March 10 auction. We are now in full auction mode. Get your tickets today, get your donations today, and bring your wine for the wine toss next week. We started early for the planning, however we continue to procrastinate on ticket sales and procurement. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE get it done this week!!!.
  7. Star Awards: Sharon Shaffer proudly reported that we had great attendance and a terrific Star Awards dinner last Friday. Thank you all for attending and helping make it a great event.
  8. Altrusa Empty Bowls: Pat Schmidt announced that the Altrusa annual event is February 17th, 11A.M to 2P.M. at the Boys and Girls Club. Please plan on attending. All the bowls are made by local artisans and the soups are made by 14 local restaurants. All funds raised will be used to support food and feeding programs for the youth of the Gig Harbor / Key Peninsula area.
Fine Master and Happy Bucks: Handled by Mac Pinch, who handed down a few fines. He first asked Mayor Kit Kuhn if it was OK to fine the President. With lots of help from the crowd, Mac was given the go ahead to fine Mel. Ivan Gorne was fined for his long invocation last week. Pam Peterson was fined for an auction donation of a rent-a-husband. Mac had questions if there were any restrictions of the services provided by this rent-a-husband? He can fix things, but can he nail things or screw things? Imaginations ran wild about what this rent-a-husband could do. Brady Buskirk was fined for a picture that looked like he and his wife on the front of Gig Harbor Magazine getting married. Jeanie Simmons was fined for a bag full of “hooch” under her table. Due to time constraints, it was determined that we would skip happy bucks, only to have three happy bucks announced. Paul Willet’s daughter, Maddie, hit a 1000 point career level with GHHS basketball. Walt Paulson announced Valentine serenades were available through the Barber Shop Quartets group. Give him a call to arrange. Mike Pinch was happy for a $200 donation by Ed Lindstrom’s wife, Barbara, to go to the women’s Rotary Club in the Philippines for their projects. .
Drawing: Eric McGinnis handled the drawing. I believe Jim Rieck won ten tickets for next week and Pam Peterson-Smith won the right to draw a chip. She drew a white chip for $15.
Programs: Sally Smith and Don Daniels of the Lakewood Rotary put on a presentation about a District 5020 service project. This project is in conjunction with the District Conference on May 3, 2018. The project is to package 50,000 meals for local food banks and the Food Lifeline. The project needs $13,000 and 14 people to complete. They are looking for volunteers and financial support. President Met said he would bring the financial request to the board and will collect names of volunteers.
Richard Schmalz introduced Jeannette Murphy, who spoke to the Club as the first Prison Scholarship recipient. Jeanette has been out of WCCW for over a year. She said that the re-entry class from our program was the best to help her prepare for release and success in the outside. She felt that the interview practice and life skills taught were very helpful in her success. She is now working two jobs and is trying to give back to society. She is working with a professor on a program to teach inmates for data entry on a program for Museums. This program is setting up a data base for museums nationwide for all the displays and assets that they hold and have available. The program will help inmates for employment and job skills as well as make museums better able to serve the public. Many questions were answered and Jeanette was given a Hip-Hip Hooray for her accomplishments. The club was reminded to sign the graduation certificates for the most recent class, on their way out of today’s meeting.
Closing: Meeting closed at 8:30 am.
Notes by: Chuck Perry
Friday (2/9/2018) Chuck Perry 2018-02-13 08:00:00Z 0
Tim Toerber has been sponsored by Annie Arbenz to be a member of this club. Tim's classification is aviation services. The first date of publication is February 11, 2018. Any comments should be referred to Annie Arbenz and/or Dave Morris within 10 days of the first date of publication.
New Member Proposal 2018-02-11 08:00:00Z 0
Something to Think About Robert J Martin 2018-02-09 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert J Martin on Feb 08, 2018
Ivan gave a nice overview of what an invocation might be and then finished with his own invocation.  Very informative and helps keep things in perspective.  Thanks Ivan.
Hal & Dave did a God Bless America duet and there was some attempt by club members to follow.
President Mel is looking awfully comfortable.  I think Debbie should add a little surprise to the agenda.
Sophie was introduced by Coach so she could introduce visiting Rotarians.  They both did a marvelous job.
Mark Woodman from the Puyallup RC was peddling some "all you can eat" crab tickets.  Hope some of you "crabbed" some.
Melanie went to the boat show in Seattle and had a Swiss dinner prepared for her.  She will be gone next week attending a leadership conference.
Walt doing the February birthday and there were not many, but then it is a short month.  Yours truly was numero uno on the first of February.
Lee has Sip 'n Stroll under control.  If you are not working, I hope you bought some tickets.
Lee donated $55. for the parking stall.  I didn't have the heart to tell him he will be gone to the Philippines for half of the meetings.
Here is "Auction Hal"  giving us a progress report.  He would like to see more progress.
Pam did a great job with fines reminding us we are a vocation based organization.  I was impressed with how well the questions were answered.  The depressing part was the most common occupation was law.  I think insurance, real estate, and banking were not far behind.
President Elect Paul introducing our program, The Italian Dream, presented by Paul Spadoni.
Paul is clearly passionate about his Italian heritage and was fun listening to him.
Photo Summary of the Feb. 2nd Meeting Robert J Martin 2018-02-08 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert J Martin on Feb 08, 2018
Rod did a great job with this picture.  Betty's name and function is on the screen right above her head.
President Mel is happy to get another meeting on the road.  And he is on the downhill side.
Randy needs to find the blue line, either that or duck.  Pat doesn't need to duck.  I am sure the singing was great!
Sharon with one last plug for the STAR Banquet, which was sold out.  It was a fantastic event; thanks Sharon.
Melanie enjoyed her Birthday week in spite of finals.  She had some kind of theater experience.
PEN or 2nd VP Hal continues to plug the auction.  He is showing a little anxiety as ticket sales and procurement lag somewhat.  I know we will all come through but let's save Hal some anxiety and do so more quickly.
Pink showed up at our meeting in the guise of Donna Lormor.  Very exciting!
I am sure the smiles relate to the story of what Cindy was doing with that finger when it was injured.
I wonder if Brent was one of those Norwegians Paul fined.  If I understand President Trump correctly, we, Norwegians should be paid to be here.  I would be happy with a Norwegian tax rebate.
Richard, as Vocational Service Chair did the program and it was excellent.  The following slides give you some idea of the scope of what his committee is doing.  Thanks for your hard work Richard.
Photo Summary of the January 26th Meeting Robert J Martin 2018-02-08 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dick Vanberg on Feb 08, 2018

Sorry I haven't sent anything for a while now I have been terribly busy with the end of your school semester! I what to let the club know I am participating in most of my classes now and am contributing to the class work.

Over the holidays I met both sides of my host family for Christmas dinner and New Years!

I also have been skiing with my family as well. I enjoy it very much and would love to continue to get better.

We had a meeting with all the exchange students in our district and had a "cook off" my friends and I cooked s'mores over the fire for all my friends and there family.

I also visited Milan to help my brother move into a new apartment and we were able to see the church of Milan.
I hope everyone is having a fantastic holiday and I hope to hear from the club soon! Please pass this along to the other club members!


  Annina Liebner
Annina Liebner, our Outbound Exchange Student to Germany Dick Vanberg 2018-02-08 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alan Weaver
Opening Bell: Rung precisely at 7:30 am by President Mel Santos and without introductory music.
Invocation by Ivan Gorne (actually it was not a traditional invocation but an extremely interesting summary of the history, type and use of an invocation). Pledge of Alliance by President Mel. Song God Bless America led by Hal Cline and David Gillespie. Greeters: None spotted.
Visiting Rotarians: Mark Woodman (Downtown Puyallup).
Guests of Rotarians: Oliver and Rocky Pinch (guest of Mike Pinch), Tom Toerber (Annie Arbenz), Sue Loiland (Emma Conway) and John Guerdie (Ben Paganelli).
Opening Comments: Next week’s meeting will start ten minutes early (7:20 am) because of presentation by the Lakewood Rotary for two of its projects. Visiting Rotarian Mark Woodman, present president of the Downtown Puyallup club, announced that two upcoming events: a March 23 crab feed and March 7 Boy Scouts of America Breakfast.
  1.  Exchange Student Report: Melanie Meyer reported that in the past week she had gone to the Seattle Boat Show and had a homemade Swiss dinner with a prior host family. Next week she will be missing in action as she will be attending a student leadership conference.
  2. February Birthdays: May must have been a slow month as we only had six February birthdays.
  3. Auction Parking Space: Auctioneer Keith Harris talked Lee Smith out of $55 for a month’s parking.
  4. Rotary Auction: Auction chairman Hal Hodgins reported on the forthcoming March 10 auction in that to date the club has received $9,000 for corporate sponsorships (of goal of $45,000), has filled its goal of having ten restaurants for the event, and has procured 29 items (of goal of 125) for the silent auction) and 6 items (of 22) for live auction.
  5. Star Awards: Sharon Shaffer proudly reported that for tonight’s Star Awards dinner there are 79 members and spouses signed up when the goal of our club attendance had been only 60.
Fine Master and Happy Bucks: Handled by Pam Smith who announced the good news that a survey of our members’ occupation revealed that the most popular occupation of our members was lawyer (of whom there are thirteen). Drawing: Larry Olson handled the drawing in which Lee Smith will have an extra ten tickets next week and Dave Gordon was not successful in drawing for $130.
Program: Program chairman Paul Alvestad introduced fellow Peninsula High graduate Paul Spadoni, a now retired high school journalism teacher at Peninsula, who gave an extremely interesting (to a non-Italian) speech on his grandfather who came from Italy to the State of Washington in 1902 and settled originally in Clay City (located half way between Eatonville and Lake Kapowsin) and later brought his wife to this country. He was first described as a peasant, then laborer and later engineer. In 1946 the family started the business Spadoni Asphalt in Gig Harbor. Many years ago Paul and his wife sent their daughter as a Rotary Exchange Student to Poland for a year. After retiring from teaching in 2010 he and his wife slowly began visiting Italy more and more until now they spend three or four months a year there and have purchased a small home in the town of Montecarlo. That is the small central Italian city in which his grandmother was born and in which many of his relatives have lived since the thirteenth century. He and his wife are now fluent in Italian and he has traced the ancestry of many, many relatives.
Closing: Meeting closed right on time at 8:30 am.
Notes by Al Weaver.
Friday (2/2/2018) Alan Weaver 2018-02-05 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tom Borgen
Call to Order at 7:25 by President Mel. Invocation by Better Felker. Pledge- President Mel, Song- Hal Cline, Randy and Pat let the song. Four WayTest- by the person standing closest to the banner who could read? Mel did find one.
Visiting Rotarians; Barry Benson- A great friend of the club from Tacoma 8. Barry is amazed at the number of Tac 8 members who have defected across the bridge to our club over the years.
Guests of Rotarians; Tim Toerber (Annie’s friend) and next on list to be inducted into the club as a new member. Tim previously belonged to Tacoma Sunrise. By the way he oversees the flight scheduling going in and out of Seatac, should be a great classification talk!
  • Exchange Student; Melanie Myers- Has had a fun birthday week, even though our b-day cakes are not quite the same as they are in Switzerland. Her weekend included a movie party with friends. The fun was tempered this week with the fact she had semester finals and was happy to see them over!
  • Rotary Auction- Auction leader Hal and team provided an update. 98 tickets sold to date so please purchase online or get help from Rod. Procurement team captains should be contacting you. Mine just called me while I was writing this up so I know Dr. John and other captains are “dialing for items.” Let’s give the auction team the support they need to make things happen! It’s going to be a fun event!
  • Gig Harbor Rotary Foundation Election- Ed Lindstrom, representing the foundation board held the election for the two open board spots. Peter Stanley and Dave Gordon, both current board members were reelected to the board and ran unopposed.
  • Star Awards- Coming up Feb 2; Sharon says there are over 75 members signed up and thanks everyone for the support in honoring others for their work.
  • Sip and Stroll- Coming up Feb 10, Lee says they expect to sell out the 500 tickets. Check your email if you signed up to work the event for details.
  • Youth Exchange; Jeanie explained our club and Midday are going to move to an every other year format in hosting an exchange student. Both clubs will work closely together as the change is made. John Dunham also mentioned Daniela our previous exchange student is planning a trip to Gig Harbor.
 Fine Master and Happy Bucks; Paul Willet-Took great pleasure in fining Pres Mel against his objections he was exempt, fining all the Norwegians in the club for Trumps remarks about we need more Norwegians in the country and I think should have fined himself for explaining how to fish in Donkey creek. “Look for the silver things swimming upstream and not the brown round things going downstream”, in reference to the sewer plant being upstream. Good advice Paul!
Program: Richard Schmatz- “Vocational Service”
 Richard did a great job on this presentation! A great example of a younger member stepping up as a new Avenue of Service committee chair and board member this year and really making things happen, for this we thank you Richard! Vocational Service continues to evolve within Rotary and the Club. As Richard stated vocational service It’s really working to help others using the respective skill sets and vocations of the members. It can take the form of everything from helping member Howard Mackert establish the Cars 4 Change program to providing refurbished vehicles to those in need of transportation, The new “First Tee” program, The Prison Reentry Program classes, scholarships and mentoring to assist the women at the Purdy Prison to the Stars Awards the committee puts on every year to honor others in the community who exemplify “Service above Self” in helping others and the community. The committee is beginning to plan for next year so bring yourself and ideas to the next meeting and join the fun!
Meeting adjourned at 8:30
Submitted by Tom Borgen
Friday (1/26/2018) Tom Borgen 2018-01-30 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Marcia Harris
President Mel called the meeting to order promptly at 7:30.
The meeting’s scribe took extensive & detailed meeting minutes which sadly disappeared between Gig Harbor & Lakebay, so this report will be brief and missing many great details.
Important Announcements/Reminders:
GH Rotary Foundation Board Just a reminder, the Club will be voting on candidates for the Foundation’s Board.
AUCTION 2018 Peter Glein reminded us that auction items and sponsorships are needed NOW! For those who have difficulty with procurement, a $500 check will take care of your guilty conscience. Rod Ladd has auction tickets available. The goal is 375 attendees; please invite your generous friends and fill a table. Remember, it takes the whole club to assure another successful G.H. Rotary Event!
STAR Awards The last day to save your place is Friday, January 26th. The date is February 2nd, 5:30 pm at Canterwood. Sign up on-line, only $35/person; if you have questions or need help, contact Sharon Shaffer.
Sip & Stroll Lee Smith reminded the club of the February 10 event in downtown Gig Harbor. This is a joint project with the Waterfront Alliance. Lee could use help with a few more Rotarian servers at the businesses. Tickets are still available…get yours now!
Raffle: As to the drawing, there were no lucky Harris winners this week, although another Mr. Lucky, Lee Smith had one of the tickets. When all was said & done, a white chip was pulled, so the pot continues to grow.
Program: The highlight of the morning was Bob Ryan’s explaining his program appearances on Jeopardy a few years ago. He competed on four programs and walked away with over $35,000 (Well , that’s really not the TRUTH.) The program was taped in September, aired in November and the check arrived in January, minus Uncle Sam’s share.
Winnings aside, Bob gave us a look at Jeopardy, providing very interesting behind the scenes details. Bob described the entire process, beginning with how he was selected to participate, to being asked to bring 3 changes of clothes for his 4 appearances. Thanks Bob for a very interesting program, with a new appreciation of how ‘brainy’ you really are!!
Adjournment President Mel rang the bell, adjourning the meeting at 8:30.
Notes submitted with an expectation to be fined on Friday, by Marcia Harris
Friday (1/19/2018) Marcia Harris 2018-01-24 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Martin on Jan 21, 2018
Polio this week as of 17 January 2018

We had 22 cases last year, 14 in Afghanistan and 8 in Pakistan. Fall seems to be the big risk period.  Would hope for less than 10 cases this year and none next year.  These are exciting times.
Polio Update Martin 2018-01-21 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jennifer Hamilton
Call to Order at 7:30 by President Mel. Invocation by John Duppenthaler; Pledge led by Hal Cline.
Visiting Rotarians announced by Coach introducing Bill Evans (Port Orchard).
Guest of Rotarians: James Turner.
Comments and Announcements:
Hal Cline needs three more couples for dinners for eight; two verbally signed up under pressure;
received a thank you letter from 1st Tee; schools have agreed to dedicate equal time to this program as with the other sports programs (i.e., football, etc.).Mel would like to see members and the other clubs get together to support participation of underprivileged kids.
Exchange Student Report – Melanie Meyer – not here today (studying for finals); Cindy Reed announced surprise birthday celebration for her next Friday.
New Rotarian Induction – Duane Fister – membership status report we are at 123 with a potential new member this morning. Sponsor Lee Smith introducing Jeff Stillwell (manages the airport out of Tacoma Narrow Airport). He plays a pivotal role in our auction success each year.
Star Awards – Al Abbott – Feb 2nd honoring Kurt Bremmer from GH; sign up through Constant Contact for $35. Currently up to 38 need 60. Takes place at Canterwood. Wonderful event and a good time deserving our support
DECA Competition - Coach – Next Thursday (Jan 18th) at the Tacoma Community Center 500 students will be waiting for us to judge them; you will have one student for 3 minutes in which we ask 3 questions and then grade them. 745am – 1130am. Need representation from our club. Distributed a signup sheet to commit to a block of time to participate. Interviews start at 9am (orientation just prior). Donuts will be served!!!
Fines and Happy Bucks: John Winslow – Mel fined for multiple infractions; Bob Ryan – resolved to share too much; Jeff Stillwell (his first); Pam – fined for correlating John Winslow’s name in every Sexual Harassment statement; Happy Bucks – Tom Borgen received a Christmas pic from their foreign exchange student; Anne Marie Huppert – registered for SAMSA program.
Raffle: Paul Alvestad won ten free tickets next week and Marcia Harris did not pull a white chip from Eric McGinnis.
Program: Hal Hodgins discussed the auction; historically have netted approx. $100k; this is our key fundraising event that funds the majority of our projects; it is also the event that serves as the face of the community; it is fun and a good bonding experience. Doing a time lapse on the set up and tear down of the event; them this year is “Today and Tomorrow” with a focus on all the things we do with youth; want people in the community to realize why we need the money and what we use it for; While we work with the youth we are teaching them about community service and also model it; Keith Harris is auctioneer; video and invitation graphics by Al Abbott; Peter has lined up Moctezumas to cater; also have about 7 restaurants (with requests out to others) to provide food; sponsorships – going well so far Timberline Bank is host of event; Sponsorships make up about $20k of our event. Plan to have more table this year (approx. 380 guests); Paul Alvestad is heading up the tear down of the event.
Ticket Sales – Rod Ladd; sold only 32 tickets so far; Recognized those who signed up on line; if you have any questions or challenges on the website, contact Rod. Table Captains and Hosts – need 10 more Rotarians to host - contact Pam Smith. Rod standing by after the meeting to talk to anyone who is interested in signing up.
Procurement – currently have most of the big ticket items (ex., Holland America cruise; Tom Torrens sculpture, etc.). Missing little stuff for silent auction. Looking for unique things Introduced Team Captains. Each has received a PDF copies of the procurement forms (also hard copy provided at today’s meeting, and electronic version available on line); the team that procures the most items over $100/item will be invited to a BBQ. Target is 125 silent items, and 25 live auction events. Raise the paddle will go to Rotary directly instead of giving to other programs/causes.
Pictures from presentation available to anyone who would like one.
Status of auction will be provided weekly.
Wrap up (Mel) – Encouraged everyone to sign up and support the auction;
Meeting adjourned at 8:30
Notes by Jennifer Hamilton
Friday (1/12/2018) Jennifer Hamilton 2018-01-14 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Stan Eastberg
Call to Order at 7:30 by President Mel with a video featuring golf bloopers in honor of our speaker who will be talking about The First Tee program. Invocation by John Duppenthaler; Pledge led by President Mel; the song Crazy Beautiful Life by Dave Gillespie; and 4 Way Test led by Lee Smith.
Visiting Rotarians announced by Coach (Jack Stonestreet) – no visiting Rotarians.
Guest of Rotarians: Tim Toerber, guest of Annie Arbenz; Sue Jensen, guest of Dad, Al Bucholz; Chandler Hueckol (sp?), Ryan Kallenberger, and Brian Archer, guests of Richard Schmalz; Max Morgan, guest of Lee Smith; David Holsinger, guest of Sophie Perkins; Tanaya Lanning, guest of Mel Santos, Josh Sheanin (sp?), guest of Hal Hodgins; Oliver and Rocky, guests of Mac Pinch, and Debra Krishnadasans, host Mother for Exchange Student Melanie.
Comments and Announcements:
  • President Mel recognized Annie Arbenz for her great job of organizing the Christmas party – she, in turn, recognized her committee members and volunteers. President Mel also challenged Annie to demonstrate her juggling skills that he saw her perform with snowballs at the party – she successfully juggled 3 small cartons of coffee creamers without dropping any – very impressive.
  • President Mel asked for volunteers to share their New Year Resolutions – only Oliver Pinch shared a resolution – that he would be good in school this year (thunderous applause from Dad)
  • President Mel noted that we have completed the first half of his Rotary year and recognized Debbie Miller for all the support she has provided to him
  • President Mel provided the background story on our program today. Mel had challenged the Vocational Service Committee with finding something new for our club to be involved with and Richard Schmalz brought forward the idea of supporting The First Tee program. The idea was strongly supported by all Avenues of Service committees and by the Board, resulting in a sizable donation being made to support the expansion of The First Tee program into Junior High Schools in our area and to provide the equipment to support the instructional effort.
  • Rotary Exchange student Melanie Meyer reported attending a New Year’s Eve party and having a good time with good eats – but we didn’t learn many specifics about the party. She also made a visit to University Village in Seattle and toured the University of Washington campus. With less than full enthusiasm, she reported having to start school and having to do homework again. She admits to having lots of fun while here with us and is clearly not ready to go home yet. We also learned that her birthday is on January 20.
  • Walt Paulson led us in a celebration of Rotarians having birthdays in January.
  • Hal Cline reported that 34 couples have signed up for Dinners for 8 and he is looking for 6 more couples to step forward.
  • Rod Ladd reported that we still have about 358 sign-ups to go to reach our goal of 380 guests at the auction. He says that we go to the auction to have fun – but we must first Buy a Ticket!
  • Bob Martin (looking sharp in a coat and tie) was called on to do a new member introduction – but alas, the new member to be introduced was not here – deferred to a future meeting.
  • Bob Martin was also asked to provide an update on our hands-on projects, but he didn’t have a lot to say. The carport project is completed and no additional action has happened on the fence project.
  • Sharon Shaffer announced that 25 members (out of a target of 60) have registered for the Star Awards dinner. As an incentive, she reminded us that Chris Myers is again serving as the MC. Always a multi-tasker, Rod Ladd said it is so easy to sign up that he did it while Sharon was making her announcement.
  • John Eddy invited members to attend the next Rotary-After-Hours at The Hub in Gig Harbor from 5:30-8:00 on Wednesday, January 10. Don’t look for John to be there however, he’ll probably be traveling on business again.
Fines and Happy Bucks: Chris Myers started the fine session by complimenting Coach on his new haircut while suggesting it looked like he cut it himself. He then fined Rod Ladd for working on his phone while Sharon Shaffer was making an announcement. Chuck Perry got fined for wearing a sweater past the dates of the ugly sweater contests. Pam Peterson was fined for moving the podium out of the way of the speaker last week (really Chris, is this the best you’ve got?). John Dunham was fined for getting help in moving furniture. With his usual irreverence, Chris asked President Mel if the first half of the Rotary year was going as slow for him as it is for us – not sure if he got any fine money for that question. Chris then wrapped up the end of the College Bowl season by fining alumni from the Pac 12 schools that had lost their bowl games. Happy bucks included money for a successful cataract surgery, fund raising for the Ed Worthen eye clinic, School bond drive to be run, and a football victory for UCF over Albany.
Raffle: Duane Fister won the 10 free and surprise of surprises, Jeff Harris won the chance to draw a chip for the $216 pot. No one (except Jeff) was disappointed when he drew a white chip.
Program: Richard Schmalz introduced our speakers – Ryan Kallenberger, Executive Director of The First Tee, and Brian Archer, Program Director. The program began with a wonderful testimonial from a parent who has both a son and a daughter in The First Tee program. Jermane Walker (in full Washington State Patrol uniform) talked about how fantastic this program has been for his kids. He focused particularly on the core values his kids are learning from their participation. Ryan then showed a video overview of the National School Program which provided visual evidence of exactly how the golf and life skills instruction is done. This program has expanded exponentially since its beginning in the South Sound in 2011. There are many different levels of instruction in this program and it was interesting to learn that one of the homework assignments for participants is to record how they apply the core values and life skills taught in the program to other parts of their lives outside of golf. Ryan then talked about the SNAG program (Starting New at Golf) and asked for a volunteer who has never golfed to come forward for some basic instruction. Annmarie Huppert took up the challenge and in a few short minutes she learned how to properly grip and swing a golf club – although the people sitting at the table just in front of her were looking pretty nervous. Ryan thanked the Rotary Club of Gig Harbor for the generous support and unveiled a banner to be hung at each participating school which prominently displays the Rotary logo. At the conclusion of Ryan’s remarks, President Mel asked Don Buchanan to step forward to present a $1,500 check to The First Tee which represents the proceeds from the Salmon sales over the past two months.
Meeting adjourned at 8:30
Notes by Stan Eastberg
Friday (1/5/2018) Stan Eastberg 2018-01-07 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Walker Allen on Dec 31, 2017
GH Rotary President Mel Santos presiding
President Mel noted that Alex Zarelli is doing a masterful job as sound and media director during Randy Barcalow’s absence.
Invocation: Cory Coryell; Pledge: President Mel; Song: Hal Cline led us in a verse of “God Bless America”; 4-Way Test of the Things We Think, Say or Do: PDG Bob Martin
Visiting Rotarians: Coach announced that our Program Presenter Shari Storm is a Member of the Emerald City Rotary Club
Guests: Deb Krishnadasan’ Host Mother for Exchange Student Melanie Meyer; John Guardia, Guest of Ben Paganelli; Bob Decker, Guest of John Eddy (there may have been others but they were not on the sign-in sheet)
Opening Comments:
  • !st Tee program next week
Reports and Announcements:
  • Melanie Meyer reported that her host family (Veronica Hooper) had taken her to Crystal Mountain for skiing.She has now moved to a new Host Family – the Krishnadasans who have 3 children (2 of them are also students at PHS as is Melanie)
  • Keith Harris auctioned the Parking place for the month of January. Lee Smith “won” with a bid of $60. Lee reported he had purchased it because his wife had difficulty getting to the meeting on time and this will help.
  • Randy Barcalow is away for a couple of months and so there are no active projects.
  • Auction – Rod Ladd announced that the link for buying tickets is now active. He was looking for item donation forms (which magically appeared following his comments). Pam Peterson-Smith then reminded Members that each of us need to bring 2 new people to the Auction if we are going to meet the Club goal of having 380 guests. Come on Rotarians – this is our major fund raiser to support the many programs and projects that benefit the communities we serve.
  • Star Awards – Sharon Shaffer reminded us that the Star Awards evening is Friday, February 2. It’s a great event for the three local Rotary Clubs to honor local “Stars” (who also get to designate a local charity for a cash award). Check your emails for details. Our Club should have at least 60 attendees.
Fine-master: Mac Pinch had a few “targets” in mind, but none were present. He still managed to snare a few bucks.
Raffle: Larry Olson conducted the raffle – Evan (Dave Freeman’s grandson) won 10 free for next week and Cindy Reed drew the white chip and $15.
Program: Using Parenting Skills to Become a Better Boss (title of her book) – Shari Storm. After being in the corporate world as a boss she learned some of the real secrets to being a better boss by becoming a parent. She learned that it is not what is measured that gets done (stepping on the scales each morning doesn’t change behavior) but it’s what fun that gets done. It was a lively and interesting presentation.
Shari gave examples and a video of how to utilize the differing interests/personalities of employees to meet the needs of the organization by:
  • Articulate
  • Orchestrate
  • Celebrate – by rewarding effort
Her book was available for purchase after the meeting (she was willing to autograph it – which she assured us would make it more valuable).
President Mel adjourned at 8:30 by wishing all a “Happy New Year”.
Notes by Walker Allen
Friday (12/29/2017) Walker Allen 2017-12-31 08:00:00Z 0
President Mel opened the meeting with Andy Williams serenading us with: “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year”.
Call to Order at 7:32 by President Mel. Invocation by David Cathers; Pledge by President Mel; “America the Beautiful” was led by Hal Cline, Randy Spitzer & Mike Pinch; Peter Glein led us in the Four Way Test.
Visiting Rotarians: none
Guests: Sandt Eddy, David Holsinger, Gretchen Hodgins, Tim Toerber, Foster Glein, Tresha Allen, Lynn Brown, Bob Felker, Jill & Anna Myers, and Sunshine Singers: Cherry Nelson, Roger Telsey, Jacquie Cerny, Scott Wood and Lee.
Opening Comments: President Mel offered an apology for starting the Christmas Party schedule early. No doubt he will find a lump of coal in his stocking from Santa. A big Thank You to Annie and her committee for a fabulous Holiday Party on Dec. 16th. The snowball challenge was the highlight of the evening.
  • Exchange student Melanie Meyer was off skiing; no report.
  • Gig Harbor Rotary Foundation: Ed Lindstrom announced that there are two (3 year) positions open for the up-coming election. The two incumbents, Peter Stanley & Dave Gordon are both running again. Contact Ed for an application.
  • Randy Barcalow shared pictures of the Garden Project completion. 18 volunteers, including members of the garden club assisted with completion of the project, including some great photos shared with the club.
  • Rod Ladd reminded members that auction activities will begin in earnest Jan. 1st. It’s not too soon to begin filling tables with guests. This year’s attendee goal is 375
  • Randy Barcalow provided a Wollochet Estuary Park update. The carport is almost complete.
  • Sharon Shaffer announced the Star Awards Event February 2nd at Canterwood. Price is $35/person. Our Club’s Service Above Self nominee is Kurt Grimmer. He will be one of the three event honorees.
  • A trip down memory lane: Betty Felker shared a couple holiday jokes. In the spirit of the season, everyone laughed!
  • Hal Cline reminded all that it’s time to sign up for Dinners for Eight.
  • Don Buchanan reminder: next week, Dec. 29th is the last week for Fish sales.
  • Betty Felker shared the success of the Vaughn dancing students. They came in first, winning a gold medal at the recent regional competition. The final State competition will be held in June at Todd Beamer High School.
  • Fine Master Chris Myers asked for holiday season ‘Happy Bucks’. Two very special anniversaries are being celebrated this week: John & Pat Lance, 57 years and Terry & Lynn Brown, 49 years. Congratulations!
  • In the spirit of the season, the hat was passed around and a $845 gift was awarded to our faithful Cottesmore supporters.
  • There were no Harris winners during this week’s drawing. Sadly, your Harris scribe dozed off for a minute and failed to record the ten free next week winner and who drew the white chip. Suffice it to say, the pot will continue to grow on the 29th.
Program: Caroling with Gretchen Hodgins & The Sunshine Singers
The Sunshine Singers practice throughout the year, preforming for their various ‘Fan Groups’, generally retirement and assisted living communities. Roger Telsey serves as the group leader with Fran accompanying on the keyboard. Group sing along carols included:
Jingle Bells                  White Christmas                                 Here Comes Santa Claus
Joy to the World          Hark the Herald Angels Sing              Frosty the Snowman
Silver Bells                  Away in a Manger                               Do You Hear What I Hear
Silent Night                  God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen         First Noel
Meeting adjourned at 8:29 with President Mel wishing all a Merry Christmas!
Notes by Marcia Harris
Friday (12/22/2017) Marcia Harris 2017-12-26 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert J Martin on Dec 20, 2017
It's hard to believe you could have a good time around a group that looks like this.  But we did!
We will be having a "Kiss Polio Goodbye" program in April so I was looking for the "Perfect Kiss"  Here are Al and Joanne doing their best.
I was impressed with Al and Virginia, actually more with Virginia.  Way to go!
This one not so much!  But it did add to the levity of the evening.
Along with a great meal and fellowship, Camilla and Annie wanted to get us out of our chairs so they set up a "snowball" fight.  The snowballs were sort of cloth nerf balls.  Now does Brent look like a winner or not?
Tom looks pretty sharp as well.
But in fact age and treachery prevailed and I was the last man standing, with Betty coming in second.
The evening ended with a dance and this picture was pretty special.  Al is 92 and Joanne not far behind.  He moved really well.  I really think a great time was held by all.  We had 230 books were turned in and the committee will now decide where they go.  thanks to all who brought some and it is not too late to bring more, just let Jan know.
Christmas Party 2017 Robert J Martin 2017-12-20 08:00:00Z 0
Sign of the times Robert J Martin 2017-12-20 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert J Martin on Dec 20, 2017
PHOTO SUMMARY OF THE DECEMBER 15TH MEETING (Photos compliments of Rod Ladd)
President Mel looks like he is about to throw the Hammer of Thor.  Did the job starting the meeting 10-12 minutes early.
Don't want President Mel to hog the whole issue but he does look SO presidential.
Jennifer, our new public image Chair is looking to create a brochure for the club and would like some ideas for a tag line.  Give it some thought.
Randy gave an update on the fence project.  Lots of work to do so why don't you plan to give some time and elbow grease.
Betty let us know that our Vaughan Bay dance group won the regional Gold medal and will compete for State in June.  Let's have a big Rotary support group.
I got to present Allan with his Major Donor pin and love to see examples of giving to the Rotary Foundation.
Pat as President of the Waterfront Alliance presented the Club with a check for $8400, our share of the Wine and Food Festival proceeds.
Melanie enjoyed the GH Boat Parade and the fact she made the Honor Roll at school.
You can tell Paul was really enjoying his job as Finemaster, at least until I opened my mouth about his bra fine.  Sorry Paul, it just blurted out.
Larry Treleven from Tacoma 8 gave a great program about his family business, Sprague Pest Control, a commercial only venture.
This is the original building 25X40' and Larry's parents who were the second generation owners, his grandfather bought the business from Mr Sprague.  Great program Larry!
Photo Summary of the December 15th Meeting Robert J Martin 2017-12-20 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alan Weaver
Opening Bell: President Mel Santos said he rang the bell to open the meeting early at 7:20 am (but it was actually 7:18 am) because of the huge number of items on the agenda. (Scribe note: Mel was correct as we did not get to the speaker until exactly 8:00 am.) Invocation by Duane Fister; Pledge of Allegiance by President Mel; Song God Bless America by Hal Cline; and Four Way Test by Debbie Miller.
Guests, as introduced by Cory Coryell, were Al Bucholz’s wife Joanne, Lee Smith’s friend Jeff Stillwell, Randy Barcalow’s son Jeff and absent Annie Arbenz’s friend Tim Toerber. Visiting Rotarians were speaker Larry Treleven of Tacoma 8, Dennis Buschman of Tacoma Sunrise and Bob Cairns of Port Orchard.
Miscellaneous Unscheduled (and Completely Unorganizable) “Stuff”: (a) Marcia Harris was elected the new president of the Peninsula School District No. 401 School District. (b) Jill Guernsey looked much relieved and almost like she were having fun after last month. (c) Tomorrow is the club’s annual holiday party. (d) Two more weeks left of salmon sales. (e) Next week will be the club’s new “Christmas outfit” contest. (Scribe note: If the contest were like the club’s usual Christmas sweater contest, Joanne Bucholz would have won hands down today.) (f) Next week Hal Hodgin’s wife Gretchen and her singing group will be performing at the meeting. (g) Visiting Rotarian Bob Cairns made a pitch for Port Orchard’s drought relief program in East Pokot, Kenya. (h) We sang happy birthday to longtime server Faye Hale. (With her beautiful voice, she should have sung to us.)
Organized and Scheduled “Stuff”:
            1. Exchange Student: Swiss Exchange student Melanie Meyer reported that she had and will have a full week in that she saw the Gig Harbor boat parade while sitting in a kayak, made the honor roll (which surprised none of us), will visit the Tacoma Glass Museum, will see the boat parade in Port Orchard and will attend the Seattle Seahawk – Los Angeles Ram football game in Seattle on Sunday.
                2. Major Donor Presentation: Bob Martin presented a “major donor pin” to Al Bucholz, the club’s only remaining charter member, because Al’s lifetime generous contributions have now exceeded $10,000.
                3. Committee Update: Jennifer Hamilton reported on her plan to add a subcommittee to work on standardization and a Rotary brochure as well as a good tag line.
                4. Wilkinson Fence: Randy Barcalow reported on the progress of eight foot fence around much of the Wilkinson farm property which is on the north side of Rosedale Street just east of where the Cushman trail crosses Rosedale Street. A work party scheduled for Saturday morning at 9 am.
                5. Garden Project: The garden at the Wilkinson farm produces vegetables worth a substantial amount which have been given to the local food bank.
                6. Auction Update: Rod Ladd reported that the club’s goal is to have at least 380 attend the club’s major fund raiser, the auction on March 10, 2018. Hal Hodgins is the auction chairman.
                7. Dancing Classrooms: Betty Felker reported that the Gig Harbor representative had won the gold medal in the recent contest of six grade school students from schools located from Seattle to Olympia. She will show a video of the event for us at the next meeting. The state tournament is scheduled at Todd Beamer High School in Federal Way next June.
                8. Star Awards: Sharon Shaffer reminded us that the Star Awards Banquet is scheduled for Friday, February 2, 2018. The signup will begin next week. The nominees for the award are Kurt Grimmer from our club, John Dionas from Gig Harbor North and Robin Malich from Gig Harbor Midday.
                9. Dinners for Eight: Hal Cline is again the leader on the Dinners for Eight. So far nine had signed up. Just to prove that the dinner does not have to be in the month assigned for it, Pam Smith reported that she was scheduled to host the dinner sometime last April but the dinner is now scheduled for December 29th. That’s cutting it close.
Fines and Happy Bucks: Paul Willett handled these two. The only one of interest to the scribe was Bob Martin’s happy bucks for his Spokane granddaughter who was selected to be a Rotary Exchange Student next school year. She will not know the country to which she is assigned until sometime next summer.
Pot: Eric McGinnis handled the drawing with someone winning ten free and Randy Spitzer taking home $15 in unsuccessfully drawing for an unknown amount. It was refreshing, at least to this scribe, to see someone other than the multi-ticket purchasers Jeff Harris and Bob Ryan win the right to draw for the pot.
Speaker: Program Chairman Paul Alvestad introduced today’s speaker Larry Treleven, who spoke on Sprague Pest Control Business Expansion. Larry and his wife Jane are longtime residents of the Gig Harbor area, he is a member of Tacoma Rotary Eight and a frequent visitor to our club. Sprague Pest Control was founded in 1926 by W. B. Sprague but sold to a company employee who was Larry’s grandfather Albert Herbert Treleven, Sr. in the early 1940’s. For the last thirty-five years the company has been run by Larry and his cousin Alfie Treleven. It is a family corporation which does what its name implies, control pests (rodents). The owners presently have no intention of selling out to a larger competitor. It now employs about 300 and has expended its area of operation to nine of the country’s most western states (excluding Alaska and Hawaii) and presently runs a fleet of 258 trucks and may be in the top 20% in size of pest control firms in the country.
                Last year the company fired a number of its customers, including this scribe and many others in the audience, as it sold its individual customer business to its larger rival Orkin after the company determined that about 97% of its business came from commercial customers and only 3% from individual customers. We forgave Larry.
Adjournment: As President Mel hoped, the meeting was adjourned promptly at 8:30 am.
Notes by Alan Weaver
Friday (12/15/2017) Alan Weaver 2017-12-17 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tom Borgen
Call to Order at 7:25 by President Mel. Invocation by Camilla Brocker with great words from Mother Teresa to include; “The good you do today may be taken from you tomorrow, do the good anyway.” Pledge- President Mel, Song- Hal Hodgins, stepping in for the other Hal. Four WayTest- Cindy Reed. Visiting Rotarians; Coach with his Santa hat introduced fellow Rotarians; Howard Svigals Dist Asst gov. and Joe Flack, past president from Midday. Guests of Rotarians; Rocky and Oliver (Mac Pinch’s sons), Jeff Barcalow (Randy’s son), Wendy Flick host mom for Sebastin Oleksa the midday exchange student from Poland, Tim Toerber (Annie Arbenz’s friend), John Guardia(Ben Paganelli’s guest and potential new member) and Susan Jensen(Al Bucholz’s daughter)
  • Exchange Student; Melanie Myers spent time in Leavenworth seeing the Christmas tree lighting(fun) and getting a good look at an American version of a German town, many more lights and the German food was a bit different from her perspective. She also enjoyed making Christmas cookies this week which were “bread people.”
*      December Birthdays- Walt P. did a great job of getting the crowd into the holiday birthday spirit with a song and introductions. Donny Rees, Jeffey Harris, Bobby Heacox, Johnny Lantz, Dicky Vanberg, Walker Sandlin, Mikey Hemphill, Patty Schmidt, Jenny Hamilton, Norma Whitacre, Jeanie Simmons and Faye from Cottesmore, who has the best voice in the house were all born in December. Scribe took liberties on the names to bring back memories of youth.
  • Christmas Party- Annie and team have a great party lined up December 16 at Canterwood. Sign up on Constant Contact or call Annie or Mac if you need
Assistance. ONLY $30 per person this year!! New Members this is a great opportunity to meet your fellow members at a fun event!
  • 2018-19 Rotary Year Director Nominations/Vote- Paul announced the slate of nominees for open officer and director spots which included. Camilla Brocker,VP and future club president in RY 2020/21, Cory Coryell- Director Community Service, Rod Ladd- Director of International Service, Brady Buskirk- Treasurer. A vote was taken, and all were approved by the club. Congratulations to all and thanks for stepping up to serve!!
  • Dancing Classrooms: .Betty announced Vaughn Elementary (the club sponsors Vaughn) will be in the state dance finals at Todd Beamer High School. Go Vaughn!!
  • Sexual Harassment training; Pam, a club Youth Protection officer, provided a training session with a focus on defining Sexual Harassment and Sexual abuse and requirements for members to be trained. If you are working with youth on more than a casual basis you need additional training. Speak with Pam about the district’s online course. Thanks to all on the Youth Services committee for their efforts with Youth.
  •  Fine Master and Happy Bucks; Peter Glein- Used an “animal theme” to hunt down people and dollars during the fine session. He bagged Mac Pinch for hunting cougars in Whitley Hills. Ask Mac on that one. John Dupenthaler for his bow hunting. Something about a pack of wild dogs and Jayhawks which coach (proud Kansas alum) disagreed with and Cory (another Jayhawk) stepping in to back up coach. Win goes to Peter. A sloth came up, Stan Eastberg ended up paying a fine on that one. Peter killed it this week on the fines and received a great applause for his effort and originality. Happy bucks; Happy people this week; Cindy headed to Cabo and then Denver; who is going to pour us booze samples at Heritage while she is gone? Pat Schmidt – Waterfront Alliance received nonprofit of the year by the Chamber- Nice job! Randy Barcalow had a great train trip to Portland last weekend for Christmas shopping headed by Jim Castino, a past club member. Raffle: BenPaganelli wins 10 free and Roddy Ladd ain’t so glad as he draws a white chip.
 Program: Two guest speakers this week.
Walker Sandlin- “Smoke your Turkey” Walker did an entertaining and educational presentation on the finer points of smoking a turkey for the holidays, making everyone hungry and eager to give it a shot themselves. A video has been posted on club runner with instructions, even a Rotarian can follow so Give it a Try. Remember to use a fresh 12-16# bird and think at least three days ahead- Happy Smoking!
 Sebastian Oleksa- Midday Rotary Exchange Student from Poland
The quality of the Rotary youth exchange students is amazing, and Sebastian reconfirmed that with an excellent presentation on his home country of Poland. Some fun facts about Poland; Polish is one of the hardest languages to learn, Poland has been invaded 43 times over its history, Poland had the second constitution in the world in 1791 (you guessed it the first was the U.S.), Poland has 30 million people, Poland has doughnuts with no holes which are called Paczki. Thanks to Sebastian for sharing! 
Meeting adjourned at 8:30
Notes by Tom Borgen
Friday (12/8/2017) Tom Borgen 2017-12-12 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert J Martin on Dec 06, 2017
President Mel opens the first meeting of the last month of the year and it was as the first meeting.  I am sure you all remember that one.
Marti started us off with an invocation, well thought out and presented.  I love having our meetings start this way.
The three Stooges helped us all with the 4-Way Test.  Actually did much better than  the Marx brothers and looked better too.
After Coach asked visiting Rotarians to stand he pointed out he is having a communication problem; getting the names in a timely way.
Melanie told us all about her trip to Disneyland and what a great time all of the exchange students had.  Plus they saw Universal Studios and Knottsberry Farm as well. She also went skiing and it was quite different than Switzerland.  She was polite in saying she did enjoy it.
See how happy Annie is about the Christmas Party.  You should be happy too with the cost down to $30pp this year.  We would like to see attendance up as a result so hurry to sign up.  Also, don't forget to bring books.  You might even donate some books if you don't go.
Here is our Town Crier, I mean Club crier.  He did have something to cry about with the Basket Brigade feeding over 1500 families and he read a very touching note from one of the recipients.
Here's Larry reading off the winning raffle numbers.  Not sure he should waste the time, he could just let Jeff or Marcia draw.
PE Paul is introducing our double program, Todd Fletcher with his classification talk and Buck with the prison program.
Todd really gave us a good sense of his family with some great humor inserted.  Loved his reason for not going into medicine.
These are Todd's parents.  His Dad was a doctor and Mom a nurse in Myrtle Creek, Oregon.  My brother in law grew up near Myrtle Creek and this picture reminded me of my early plans for my career, to be a GP in a small town.  I loved my career as a dermatologist but cherish my memories of other plans.
This is Felice Davis, an Associate Superintendent of the Washington Women's Correctional Center and she gave a nice presentation on how hard the system is working to help women succeed after discharge and that they are trying to intervene before women wind up in prison.  Very nice program.  Buck introduced her.
Photo Summary of the December 1st Meeting Robert J Martin 2017-12-06 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Stan Eastberg
Last Friday
Call to Order at 7:29 by President Mel to a video featuring the song I Think I Love You by the Partridge Family (circa 1970’s) featuring David Cassidy who died on November 21 at age 67. Mel tells us that David’s last words were “so much wasted time”, and reminded us to use our time wisely. Invocation by Marti Anderson; Pledge led by President Mel; America the Beautiful started by Randy Spitzer; and 4 Way Test led by the triumvirate of Walker Allen, David Gillespie, and David Cathers.
Visiting Rotarians announced by Coach (Jack Stonestreet): Past President Joyce Taylor, now in the Shelton club. Coach also asked all of the Past Presidents in the club to rise and be recognized.
Guest of Rotarians: Tim Toerber, guest of Annie Arbenz; Jeff Stillman, guest of Lee Smith; John Guardia, guest of Ben Paganelli, Jeannette Murphy (scholarship winner from the Women’s Prison Program and our speaker in January), guest of Buck Frymier; Cheri Fletcher, guest of Todd Fletcher who was presenting his Classification Talk today; Gretchen Hodgins, guest of Hal Hodgins; Rosalie Buchanan, guest of Don Buchanan; Sue Jensen, guest of Dad, Al Bucholz; and Jim Hanson, guest of Jerry Walston.
Comments and Announcements:
  • President Mel thanked the Board members for a wonderful Board meeting. The Board has elected to position the Christmas Party as a thank-you to club members and will financially support the event to keep the costs as low for club members as possible. Canterwood Golf and Country Club has also presented our club with a very favorable deal, so Mel encourages all members to attend this event.
  • President Mel announced the appointment of Jennifer Hamilton to lead our Public Relations efforts which Mel describes as an enormous job. Expect Jennifer to be asking for help from all of us.
  • President-Elect Paul Alvestad presented the report of the Nominating Committee. Treasurer - Brady Buskirk; International Service Committee – Rod Ladd will continue as Chair; Community Service Committee – Corey Coryell will become the new Chair. Please thank these Rotarians for their willingness to step into these important leadership roles. President-Elect Paul also reported that the role of Vice President Elect - Elect, has not yet been determined, although several solid candidates are being considered. Paul says the announcement of this leadership role will be done next week.
  • Exchange Student Melanie Meyer reported on her trip to California with other Rotary exchange students – trip included visits to Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm, Universal Studios, the Hollywood Sign, and also some surfing. Sounds like a good time was had by all. After one day back in school, Melanie traveled to Whistler for skiing over the Thanksgiving holiday – her first ski experience outside of Switzerland. She also reported being very impressed with the dancers after attending the Dancing Classrooms show which Betty Felker helps organize with many of our local schools.
  • Annie Arbenz reminded us that the Christmas Party will be held at Canterwood Golf and Country Club on Saturday, December 16 at 5:30 p.m. Thanks to help from the Board and Canterwood, the cost is only $30 per person this year (down from the $40-45 in previous years) and will feature a choice of entrees to include a steak, salmon or vegetarian choice. Annie asks that everyone sign up within the next week. Sign ups will be done through the Constant Contact internet service and members will receive an email with a link for signing up. Please see Annie or Melissa Schwab if you need help signing up. You are also reminded to please provide two books (kids, youth or adult) – you can bring the books to a Rotary meeting or on the night of the event. Some of the books will be sent to the Philippines while some will be donated to the Community in Schools organization.
  • David Cathers reported on the success of the Basket Brigade Thanksgiving efforts this year. Some 1580 baskets of food were delivered this year. David and his team of volunteers were recognized with a standing ovation and a hearty Hip Hip Hooray. An additional outreach of the program this year was sending 150 baskets to people in the Cascade Locks, OR region that were so impacted by the Eagle Creek fire. David read a very emotional letter of appreciation from one of the basket recipients. A voice from the audience announced that David is a semi-finalist for the Unsung Hero Award this year sponsored by LeRoy Jewelers.
  • Lee Smith provided an update on Rotary’s participation in the Build-a-Bike program this year. Two of our members will be helping to build the bikes and we will be delivering 30 bikes that will include a Rotary emblem on the bike. This is our third year of involvement in this effort.
  • John Eddy announced that Rotary-After-Hours this month will be on Wednesday, December 13 (5:30 – 7:30) at the Tides Tavern.
  • Betty Felker reported that the Dancing Classrooms program continues to be a big success as evidenced by a wonderful Holiday show last night. Rotary received some nice recognition for our sponsorship efforts. Betty also invited everyone to attend the regional dance competition on Saturday, December 9 (2:00-3:30 p.m.) at Todd Beamer High School in Federal Way. Vaughan Elementary school will be participating in the event.
  • Walt Paulson asked for volunteers to help with the breakdown of the Festival of Trees event. He needs several people for Sunday, December 3 starting at 9:00 a.m.
  • Because of time constraints, President Mel asked Walt Paulson to do the birthday celebrations next week.
Fines and Happy Bucks: President Mel asked the Fine Masters to defer this weeks fine session and to do a double fine session next week – they reluctantly agreed, but I suspect President Mel might want to have a few dollar bills in his wallet next week.
Raffle: We started a new pot this week after Jeff Harris pulled the blue chip last week. Mike Pinch won the ten free tickets for next week and Marsha Harris (are you kidding me?) won the chance to pull the blue chip which fortunately for her, she did not do.
Program: President Elect Paul Alvestad introduced two speakers this week – Todd Fletcher for his Classification Talk and Felice Davis (technically introduced by Buck Frymier) to provide us with an update on the WCCW Purdy Prison program.
Todd Fltecher is VP Operations, Western United States, Life Care Centers of America. Todd provided us with a wonderful photographic introduction of his childhood years through the present. The outfits he was wearing in the pictures accurately reflected the normal dress of the day, but brought many chuckles from those of us who remember wearing similar attire. Todd advised our members with young children to take pictures of them dressed up in outrageous outfits because it is fun to show later in life. Todd attended Walla Walla College where he received a degree in Business Administration. He got a second degree in Long Term Health Care Administration and started his career in Life Care Centers of America which was started in 1990 and owned by his uncle. He worked in many different care facilities throughout the country as he was learning the ropes. In 1996, he and his Uncle bought Cottesmore from Inez Glass and his family moved to Gig Harbor. Todd has very nice things to say about his wife, Cheri, and his two boys and one girl – a lovely family as evidenced by the many photos. In his current role, Todd travels extensively throughout the Western region which is why we don’t see him all that often.
Felice Davis is the Associate Superintendent of the WCCW facility (Purdy Prison) where she has worked for the past four years. She worked herself up in the correction system, starting as a probation officer. She also worked for a time at the McNeil Island facility. One of her main areas of focus for reaching out to communities is to emphasize the importance of early childhood education as a way of preventing many girls from heading in a direction leading to incarceration. She referenced that there are seven primary pathways that bring women to prison – six of the pathways dealing with early trauma (e.g. domestic violence or sexual abuse). If early childhood education teachers can spot and address the trauma symptoms early, many women can be saved from the prison experience. She also noted that 56% of the Purdy’s prison population is severely mentally ill and would be better housed elsewhere. While the Purdy prison was built to house only 750 or so residents, it now houses over 1,000 residents which severely constrains the system. Developing the soft skills required for a successful reentry into society is one of her primary areas of focus. She notes that self-advocacy (people feeling good about themselves) is of huge importance for success after release. Another statistic she shared is that 70% of women incarcerated are Mothers and if I heard her correctly, some 70% of their kids become incarcerated as well. Felice appreciates the over 700 volunteers that help with their 136 programs provided to the residents. She also invited us to visit the prison – but suggests that we call first as it is after all, a prison.
Meeting adjourned at 8:31
Notes by Stan Eastberg
Friday (12/1/2017) Stan Eastberg 2017-12-03 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Martin on Nov 30, 2017
Everyone who was at the November 17th meeting will know this, but you who were not there need to know this.  Our program on the 17th was to let all of you know what our Club is doing in the way of International service and how the money you are donating to The Rotary Foundation comes back to us allowing us to complete projects.  It was also intended to encourage each of you give to The Rotary Foundation.  Our Club is no longer doing automatic quarterly donations because of accounting time and issues.  As a result, we would like all of you to sign up with TRF Direct.  I provided forms, and will have some with me this coming Friday to allow you to do this.
I am thrilled to report that 26 of you did fill out the forms and as a result those 26 will be giving to The Rotary Foundation $14,260 each year!  This commitment can be terminated at any time with a phone call or an email.  That puts us half way to President Mel's goal of $30,000.  Put another way, 20% of our members have us half way to our goal.  I would encourage the other 80% to make up the difference.  You will never give a better charitable dollar; that is you can count on the money to make a difference in people's lives.
I am proud of this Club and all that we do together, but we can do even more together.  Please ask me for a TRF Direct form and make up that other half of our goal.
Giving Success Bob Martin 2017-11-30 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chuck Perry
Opening Bell: President Mel Santos opened the meeting with a ring of the bell at 07:30 AM.; Invocation by Walker Allen with a message of Thanksgiving; Pledge of Allegiance by president Mel; Song “God bless America” led by Hal Cline assisted by Cory Coryell ;Four Way Test  led by Tom Borgen who left out the “ Of the things we think, say or do”, so it took the club a while to catch up.
Visiting Rotarians: Announced by Derek Young – Hap Brecht and John Guardic
Guests: Randy Barcalow’s son, Geoff; Al Bucholz’ daughter, Sue Jenson; and David Holsinger, a guest of Sophie’s.
Opening comments: By President Mel
  • No meeting day after Thanksgiving.
  • Storage closet is being cleaned out. If you have something in the closet, you need to claim it, or it will be sold or donated.
  • Use ClubRunner only for Rotary announcements and Rotary use. Failure to follow this rule can result in substantial fines and up to a year in prison, or some other appropriate consequences.
  • Exchange Student Report – Melanie Meyer – Report given by Cindy Reed, as Melanie is in Disneyland with the District Exchange Students. Melanie’s Birthday is in January, so think about ways to celebrate. Cindy also announced that the Youth services meeting was right after Friday’s Club meeting.
  • New Club Constitution- Tom Borgen presented a new club constitution which is required due to changes in Rotary International rules and Constitution. A motion to the change was made seconded and passed by a vote of the membership.
  • Bylaws Change- A Club Bylaws Change was presented by Paul Alvestad, to eliminate the prior board service requirement for the Vice President nominee on Club elections. The change was moved, seconded and passed by a vote of the Club.
  • Basket Brigade – Dave Cathers; This is it, the time is here. They will be serving 1426 families this year. To help, he needs you to be at the airport location, Tuesday from 4:30 pm to 8:30 pm, and /or Wednesday starting at 11:30 am for basket filling and 1:00 pm for basket delivery until all the work is done.
  • Christmas/Holiday Party December 16th – Annie Arbenz; party is Saturday Dec 16th at Canterwood at 5 pm; Sign up and payment needs to be done on line through the Constant Contact website. You will be able to find the link on the Club Website, or it will be sent out in an email. Each attendee is requested to bring two books to donate. They can be either children’s books or adult books. Oh wait a minute, no “Adult” books. You know what they mean; they need to be appropriate for general reading.
  • Festival of Trees – Walt Paulson. Program has been reduced; we are assisting with setup on  Monday 11/27th, and teardown on Sunday 12/3. See Walt if you can help. .A sign up was passed around.
  • Youth Services Committee meeting- Jeanie Simmons announced that the meeting is next door right after the club meeting.
  • Ed Worthen Eye Clinic -; Ben Paganelli announced that there is a fundraising event for the clinic. It runs from 12/1 thru  12/22. You can get your car checked out for winter driving by Glen Cove Auto Repair, located in Key Center, for $20 or more donation to the clinic. After the announcement, three additional Rotarians endorsed the services provided by Glen Cove Auto Repair.
  • Wollochet Bay Estuary project- Randy Barcalow gave the report on the project that is now done. It required 263 hours of Rotarian time to complete. Our next construction project is to install 700 feet of fencing at the Wilkinson Park community garden.
  • KP Food Bank- Mike pinch announced that a few Rotarians will be needed every three weeks for few hours to help the food bank for distribution of food. Check with Mike for the schedule and to volunteer.
 Fine Master and Happy Bucks:  Mac Pinch – had a short time due to all of the announcements. He still had a few fines for various reasons for Gary Glein, Hal Cline, Bob Dragoo, Camilla Brocker for her husband at a Sib & Paint (aka: Chug and Splat). A few happy bucks were collected and it was time for the Raffle.
Raffle- We are down to 4 chips and up to $472 in the pot. Donna Lormor drew Jeff Harris for 10 free next week, and then Jeff Harris again to draw for the pot. He drew the Blue chip to win the pot. He expects to donate most of his winnings to the Olson Foundation after taking Marcia out for an anniversary dinner.
ProgramBob Martin reports on the Rotary Foundation- (November is Rotary Foundation month.)
The presentation started with a great video on the Rotary Foundation. He reported that the Polio Plus campaign is working. We have 14 cases of reported Polio this year in the area of Afghanistan and Pakistan, down from 32 last year. The club goal for donations to the Foundation this year is $30,000. Last year we were close to $36,000. However donations are down so far for this year. We are 45% thru the Rotary Year and are only at 10% of goal. If you want to get the tax deductible benefit for this year, now is the time to donate. Who knows with Congress looking at tax laws if we will have this available as a tax deduction for next tax year. Due to accounting issues, the Club is no longer including billings for the foundation as part of the billing process. Bob has requested that each Rotarian in the Club signs up for an automatic deduction for their Foundation giving. Forms were available. Please complete the forms and get them back to Bob. He will get them processed.
Mike Pinch gave a report on the Philippines projects that have been helped with funds from the Rotary Foundation. They include: Clef Pallet surgeries, New orphanage cribs, computers in over 50 schools, and a new roof for a homeless elderly facility. This club has 9 members and spouses that are going to the Philippines this year to work on more projects.
Jeff Harris reported on our Club’s projects in Guatemala that have used Rotary Foundation grants. Multiple water projects, providing water to over 1700 homes and over 10,000 people, as well as computer projects using the Rachel computer system for schools.
Tom Borgen gave some closing comments about how we can move the needle in this world with support of the Rotary Foundation.   
Closing Bell- Mel closed the meeting at 8:31.
Notes by Chuck Perry
Friday (11/17/2017) Chuck Perry 2017-11-23 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jennifer Hamilton
Opening Bell: President Mel Santos opened the meeting with a ring of the bell at 0730 AM. Invocation by Duane Fister; Pledge of Allegiance by president Mel; Song “God bless America” led by Hal Cline ;Four Way Test 
Visiting Rotarians: Announced by Coach – none today
Guests: Randy Barcalow’s son Jeff ; Mike Pinch’s grandson’s Rocky and Oliver
Opening comments:
  • Honoring our veterans - opening video. Not a dry eye in the house!!!! (Added note – Happy Birthday USMC from Jennifer Hamilton); All veterans asked to come forward and provide branch of service, years of service, and station/assignment(s).
  • Scott Jung – request for prayers and thoughts for Bob Dragoo
  • Exchange Student Report – Melanie Meyer – last week went to a musical “Ragtime” in Seattle, went to Cheesecake Factory; invited a Swiss Dinner; joined friends to a movie that was all hand painted (frame by frame).
  • 2018 Star of the Year recipient – Al Abbott; Kurt Gremmer honored – member of Tacoma Narrows Advisory, PenMet board of commissions,
    Wednesday business group, Gig harbor dragons; greatly involved in youth in the community (Boys and Girls Club, judge for students of distinction, harbor walk tours, food and wine, etc.); appreciate to Al Abbott and Sharon Shaffer for all the work they put into this award.
  • Basket Brigade – Dave Cathers; displayed decorated boxes; have one more week to get boxes in for families in need. Covering a great deal for the Navy and JBLM. Contact Dave with any questions or go to Gig Harbor basket Brigade.
  • Christmas/Holiday Party December 16th – Annie Arbenz; party is Saturday Dec 16th at Canterwood at 5pm; signup sheet
  • Festival of Trees – Walt Paulson. Program has been reduced; we are assisting with setup on  Monday 11/27th, and teardown on Sunday the 12/3. See Walt if you can help.
  • International Committee – Rod Ladd meeting on Monday; moved funds from Africa project to Guatemala water fund.
  • Rotary Auction – Pam Peterson; partner for Rod Ladd’s table group; “Bum’s in chairs; goal is 380 people at the auction; need 30 tables hosted or have table captains. Hosted table is $750 (paid up front) fills a table of 10; Captain will fill a table GETS 10 people there. Start thinking about who you can get there; Rod Ladd (2); Peter Glein (1); Mary Grubbs and Veronica Hooper (1); Mike Pinch(1); Todd Fletcher(1); Hal Cline(1); Columbia Bank (1); Lee Smith(1); Peter Stanley (1)
Fine Master and Happy Bucks:  Pam Peterson Smith – Tom Borgen for being quoted by the editor in the Gateway on ethics; Rob Manahan for true confession or lie ($5); Dick Vanberg and Gary Glein for library conspiracy on Harbor View for Linda Glein.
Drawing: Rodd Ladd won ten free tickets next week and Pam did not pull a white chip from ___ chips, to miss the pot of $______, all as handled by Eric McGinnis.
ProgramBrett DeSantis; GH Rotary Community Service Report (see slides presented on line?)
  • Small projects (Richard Pifer) – annual budget of $5k; Max request is $500; provided list of funding priorities that meet requirements; Review of past recipients and their benefactors; Funding Request Application – reviewed on Fridays by the committee; Sponsor maintenance of the Flag, Boy Scout troops, dragon boats (paddles); encouraged members to bring awareness of community needs
  • Brett (Chair) – awareness of programs and participation; adopt a highway; build a bike; rotary bark park; head of the harbor; skansie pavilion; skansie flag; midway house; harbor history museum courtyard; rotary aviation zone; sehmel park; Cushman trail; courage classic; connie’s clock; mustard seed; donkey creek; parking day; gig harbor maritime playzone; farmers market; dragon boat paddles (start thinking now about the paddlers cup!); generator; festival of trees; YMCA; USO; CORE Committee – small group who keep touch with activity.
  • Request – a drop box has been set up to collect photos. Please forward any/all pictures to ensure we record history.; Coming up – Aviation Zone,
  • Meetings – 2nd Tuesday of every month at Timberland Bank at 5pm.
Wrap up (Mel) – Closet being cleaned out over next two weeks; please claim anything you may be storing; will be placed on the table up front at next week’s meeting (11/17). Richard Smalls now a new dad – girl Charlie Ann Smalls! Happy Veterans Day!
Notes by Jennifer Hamilton
Last Friday (11/10/2017) Jennifer Hamilton 2017-11-14 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert J Martin on Nov 08, 2017
Pizza and beer, what more could you ask for?
Didn't see Carina with a beer, but she seemed to enjoy the company.
Rob may have been the only tie in the place.  I can almost remember the days when I always had a tie.
Brett always takes a nice picture but I could never get Debbie or Alisha to look at the camera.
Mac brought the pizza and the boys.  The pizza disappeared but the boys were all over.  What a treat, on both counts.
John was definitely more interesting than my camera.  Maybe I should have stood behind John to get a good picture of Debbie and Alisha.  You could have stood anywhere in the room and had a good time.
rotary-after-hours-wet-coast-brewery Robert J Martin 2017-11-08 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert J Martin on Nov 08, 2017

Moe: 'My wife got me to believe in religion.'
Joe: 'Really?'
Moe: 'Yeah, until I married her I didn't believe in Hell.'

______________________________ _______
A man is recovering from surgery when the Surgical Nurse appears and asks him how he is feeling.
'I'm O. K. But I didn't like the four letter-words the doctor used in surgery,' he answered.
'What did he say,' asked the nurse.

______________________________ _______
While shopping for vacation clothes, my husband and I passed a display of bathing suits. It had been at least ten years and twenty pounds since I had even considered buying a bathing suit, so I sought my husband's advice.

'What do you think?' I asked. 'Should I get a bikini or an all-in-one?'

'Better get a bikini,' he replied. 'You'd never get it all in one.'

He's still in intensive care.

______________________________ _______

The graveside service just barely finished, when there was massive clap of thunder, followed by a tremendous bolt of lightning, accompanied by even more thunder rumbling in the distance...

The little old man looked at the pastor and calmly said, 'Well, she's there.'
Humor of the day Robert J Martin 2017-11-08 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 08, 2017
Linda's idea and Dick built it.  About a year ago in the Rotarian Magazine there was an article about making these.  That was not where Linda got her motivation however.
Just couldn't resist Dick's smile on this one.  Any of you want to build another for your neighborhood?
GH first mini library Bob Martin 2017-11-08 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Walker Allen
GH Rotary President Mel Santos presiding
Prior to beginning the official meeting, the President played, “I was born with a silver spoon in my mouth”, Commencement Address at Steubenville University:
Invocation: Al Abbott; Pledge: President Mel; Song: Tim Williams re-introduced us to the George M. Cohan song, “You’re a Grand Old Flag” was sung with gusto; 4-Way Test of the things we Think, Say or Do: Dave Gillespie
Visiting Rotarians: intended to be announced by newest member Derek Young but there were none
Guests: David Holsinger, Guest of Sophie Perkins; Bruce Dull, Guest of John Winslow; Tom Taylor, Guest of Dave Morris
(there may have been others but they were not on the sign-in sheet)
Opening Comments:
  • No Club meeting on November 24
  • Board meeting November 29 (not the 22nd)
  • A few Members received reminders in their badges today that they need to bring their accounts up-to-date.
Reports and Announcements:
  • Melanie Meyer
    • reported that her host family had taken her to Mt. Ellinor in the Olympics
    • went to a “Haunted House” (which was very scary)
    • enjoyed seeing the wide variety of costumes, especially little kids) which is much more spirited than in her home country of Switzerland
    • went to an indoor soccer game – which was very fast
  • Walt Paulsen introduced November birthdays and led the Club in singing “Happy Birthday”.
  • Dave Cathers announced that “Basket Brigade” boxes will be arriving on Monday. If you want boxes to decorate, call Dave (253-278-9251).
  • Annie Arbenz announced that the Christmas/Holiday Party will be “our Club only” on Saturday December 16 at Canterwood. Price and details to come, but be prepared to have FUN!
  • John Eddy announced that the next RAH (Rotary After Hours) will be Wednesday November 8 at Wet Coast Brewery – lots of fun and fellowship.
  • Don Buchanan announced that Salmon Sales officially begins next week and the proceeds will go to “First Tee” a program to help youth experience the fun, rules and challenges of golf to shape the lives of young people from all walks of life by reinforcing values like integrity, respect and perseverance through the game of golf.
Fine-master: Paul Willett wanted to levy fines on several Members, but they were not in attendance. However, he did find a “newspaper report” that was widely different than what we had heard from Past-DG Bob Martin on the “total” loss of his RV in Missoula. Bob was preparing to pay until Paul claimed the report indicated that Bob had his “daughter” with him. At that he put away his wallet and let Paul know Jan should pay.
Raffle: Larry Olson conducted the raffle – Marcia Harris (can this be true) won 10 free for next week and Rod Ladd (not again) drew the white chip and $15.
Program: Life Readiness Program at Peninsula School District. Erin O’Neil and John Selfers. They led us on a week-by-week progress of this new program. They emphasized the collaboration with private construction entities – including grants and presentations by contractors. Emphasis is on safety and work protocols (like looking the supervisor in the eye, being on the job site 30 minutes before time to clock-in. Lots of hands-on experience. They are working with a Regional Pre-Apprenticeship Collaborative. They are build an operation shed for the school district rather than building something and then tearing it down. In the near future, they will be working with masons, ironworkers and laborers. They want to build a tiny-house They are seeking industry certifications, including from Labor and Industries to give the students a leg up in gaining employment following high school graduation. A local architecture firm is working with them to upgrade their “shop”. Right now, they are planning for the senior year for the juniors and perhaps an adult education program in the evening. This seems to be the only such program in Washington state.
Classification Talk – Annmarie Huppert
We have seen an earlier presentation about her professional work as an author, a therapist and work with PTSD, so she focused on the more personal aspects of her life. She shared many personal experiences as a child and into adulthood which shaped her life. Annmarie graduated from Curtis HS, where she played varsity softball and won the “Most Inspirational” Award in her senior year. She went on to Pierce College where she earned two Associate degrees and then went to The Evergreen State College-Tacoma where she earned a B.A. in Psychology and Public Policy. She loves heavy-metal rock music, gardening, horses, hiking (Mt. Rainier), her .357 magnum, quantum physics. She wears hearing aids, is immune-challenged and has suffered TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury). She lives with her partner here in Gig Harbor. She has a son who works in Hollywood that she is very proud of. Annmarie even walked the Red Carpet with him for the premiere of one of the movies on which he did detailed artwork. Annmarie is looking forward to opportunities to serve with the Rotary Club of Gig Harbor.
Meeting adjourned at 8:30
Notes by Walker Allen
Friday (10/3/2017) Walker Allen 2017-11-06 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert J Martin on Nov 03, 2017
Sammi got the meeting going with an invocation.
Glad Hal wasn't standing next to Sammi when he was singing.  There would have been too much color shock for anyone to sing.
Looks like President Mel is pointing out something about the 4 Way Test to Dave.
Now, I really don't think Donny Boy has ever caught a salmon that small.  Maybe he is talking about the size of the smoked salmon pieces.
Melanie in her comfort wear continues to enjoy school and is looking forward to Halloween.
Can you imagine that Dave would be telling us about the Basket Brigade.  If you have never helped, give it a try.
Guess who Lyn's sponsor is?  Not sure why he looks happier than Lyn in having her join the Club.  Maybe she is going to take over all our landscaping projects?
Mark Hoppen sponsored Derek Young and neither look as happy at the Junges.  Great to have them both in the Club.
Tom letting us know we have a new club constitution to adopt to bring us up to speed in the Rotary World.  A little disappointed he is not toeing the line.
Here is Peter, once again after your money, or maybe it was procurements now that the auction season has started.
Our program speaker Dr. Jay Zadkin, a retired oncologist and Sammi's neighbor.  He spoke about cancer in general and breast cancer in particular.  He emphasized the benefit of self exam and although Washington is 13th in cancer incidence it is first in breast cancer diagnosis.
Photo Summary of the October 27th meeting Robert J Martin 2017-11-03 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chuck Perry
Call to Order at 7:24 by President Mel Santos. Music Video with a song and theme about Breast Cancer, Invocation by Sammi McCubbins, Pledge- President Mel, Song- Hal Cline led us in God Bless America, Four Way Test – led by Dave Morris with the four listed in Spanish, ie: uno , dos, etc.
Visiting Rotarians; Coach was unable to find a single visiting Rotarian.
Guests of Rotarians; Byron O’Neil, Mac Pinch’s boys, Rocky and Oliver, Al Bucholz’s daughter, Sue Jenson, Dave Freeman’s grandson, Evan, and John Cardio(SP?)
  • Smoked Salmon Sale: Don Buchanan announced that salmon sales will continue this year. They will be at every Friday meeting, starting November 10, and ending December 29. The profits from this sale will be going to support need based scholarships with “First Tee”. This is a program to help introduce children to the sport of golf. First Tee is working with the Peninsula School District physical education programs to introduce children to the sport. Both wild and farmed fish will be available in one and two pound sizes. The price remains the same as in previous years; $25/$40. You can pay with cash, checks, or bankcards. (no AMEX or Discover)
  • Exchange Student; Melanie Meyer our incoming exchange student from Switzerland gave us an update. She moved in with Veronica Hooper’s family who are her second host family. She is scheduled for multiple dinners for eight this month and looks forward to meeting many of us. She went to a Halloween store and is looking forward to the 31st.
  • Basket Brigade- Dave Cathers made the announcement that we are only a few weeks from Thanksgiving. He has boxes ready for decoration if you have a group that can help. This is year 24 and it continues to grow. Great program to serve meals to those in need. Contact Dave if you can help.
  • New Member induction- Dave Morris introduced two new proposed members. Derek Young, sponsored by Mark Hoppen. Derek serves on the county council and previously served on the city council. Lyn Junge, sponsored by Scott Junge. Lyn is the brains behind Rosedale Gardens and keeps Scott in line. Duane Fister did another exemplary job with the ceremony. The two were given their red badges and marching orders to get involved.
  • Nominations for GH Rotary Officers- Mel Santos made an announcement for Paul Alvestad that a committee has been formed to nominate the new officers for next year. The voting will be in December. If you are interested in running for office, or have a suggestion for someone, give Paul a call.
  • November Parking Space Auction: Keith Harris auctioned off the parking space for $40 to George Bonney. It went for a little less than normal, but November does have the Thanksgiving break. George is welcome to come and park in his spot on November 24. However he will be the only Rotarian at the meeting.
  • Bylaws committee- Tom Borgen announced that a vote will be held on November 10, to change the bylaws. This change is to meet the requirements made by a change to Rotary International Constitution. This will be a third world election. We will be given one option to vote for the change, or we can disband the club.
  • Fine Master and Happy Bucks; Peter Glein standing in for Paul Willett as the finemaster. Since we were supposed to wear pink at the meeting for Breast cancer Awareness, anyone not wearing some pink paid a fine. Jill was hit with a fine for campaign signs. Dave Olson wasn’t at the meeting, so he’ll have to pay next time for his signs. Happy bucks; Tom Borgen for his wife’s lost purse being turned in to the Albertsons store. Betty Felker for the fabulous start to the GH Film Festival. John Dunham for getting to move back into his house after 6 months due to a broken water pipe. Pat Schmidt for the sellout of bags for the Girls Night out. Marcia Harris for the great performance of the Gig Harbor High A cappella group at the school board meeting. Also for a picture of Connie Schick included in a presentation to the School Board by CISPS. Sammi McCubbins for $24 for 24 years survival of Breast Cancer.
  • Raffle: Conducted by Larry Olson, Deb Miller. wins 10 free next week Ron Roberts drew the white chip for the $15 consolation prize.
 Program: Dr Jay Zadkin – Breast Cancer Awareness:
Sammi McCubbins introduced Dr Jay Zadkin. He is her neighbor and is  a retired Internist and Oncologist. Dr Zadkin spoke about the “Big C”, cancer and in more detail, about breast cancer. Washington State is 13th in the nation for all types of cancer. However Washington State is first in the Nation in diagnosis of Breast Cancer. The medical profession is not sure why breast cancer is so prevalent in Washington State. Over 240,000 new cases of breast cancer are diagnosed each year in this country. If detected early, breast cancer is survivable. Women need to learn how to do self-examination and watch for signs of change in their breasts. Between the ages of 40 and 75, women should get a mammogram annually. There is a lot of misinformation about how often mammograms should be given. There are many new types of treatments and drugs available to fight this disease. The medical profession is making great inroads to fighting cancer. What was once a death sentence is now a survivable experience. There are now over 15 million people in the USA that have survived a cancer diagnosis for over 5 years. Many questions were asked and the club members were very interested in the answers. Finally at 8:33 Coach stood and thanked Dr Zakin to bring the meeting to a close..  
Notes by Chuck Perry
Friday (10/27/2017) Chuck Perry 2017-10-31 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tom Borgen
Call to Order at 7:32 by President Mel. Invocation by Dave Cathers, Pledge- President Mel, Song- In honor of Melanie Meyer our exchange student the Switzerland National Anthem was played with a followup song by Dave Cathers “When I’m 64” Four Way Test - Visiting Rotarians; Coach was on his game and located Howard Svigals our Asst. Dist Gov. Guests of Rotarians; Lyn Junge (without Scott this week), Jill Myers (Chris’s wife- Maybe she can fill in for Chris as finemaster sometime?) Bryon O’Neil, and Mark Crewson with the Purdy prison and Randy Barcalow’s. granddaughter.
  • Exchange Student; Melanie Meyer our incoming exchange student from Switzerland gave a great update on her life, a real highlight this week was getting her cross country team shirt with her name on the back as she stated “So American”. She also had the opportunity to go to the beach, participate in a fall classic of collecting apples and is headed over to get to know Veronica Hooper’s family who are hosting her soon. Time flies; seems like she just arrived in Gig Harbor!
  • Basket Brigade- Dave Cathers making great progress and just scored on 1500 boxes of Mac and Cheese as well as $100 Rod Ladd donated at the meeting. Great program to serve meals to those in need. Contact Dave if you can help.
  • Sip and Paint- Mac Pinch making last call to sign up as event is tonight.
  • Gig Harbor Film Festival- Betty was excited to announce it starts Thurs. October 26-29. What a great event; get online and check out the movies!
  • Dancing Classrooms: Program has started back up to include Vaughn Elementary. There is a district dance off December 9th with an open invite for members to attend. Contact Betty for details.
  • Blue Badge- Walt Paulson presented Marti Anderson with her blue badge. Thanks to Marti for all her hard work since she joined the club, a great addition and a lot of fun
  •  Fine Master and Happy Bucks; John Winslow presiding; Being political season John took the opportunity to fine anyone running for office or anything he could pin on anyone related to politics; Victims included Jill Guernsey, Dave Olson, Dave Morris, then pointed his fine gun at several other hapless victims; Gary Glein, Randy Spitzer, Tony Michaelson, Alec Zarelli, Betty Felker, Brett DeSantis, Paul Alvestad and even new member Brent Tayet. His fine related to “Senior Football?”. In short it was a fine bloodbath. Happy bucks; A lot of happy people this week; Jill Guernsey- New home owner right downtown. Chuck Perry- Glad his brother still has a home in Sonoma where fires hit, Mike Pinch for great time by club RV’ers who gathered in Port Townsend, Randy Spitzer for 45 yrs of marriage and Paul Alvestad who is happy about having a cow ready to make into steaks for you, call Paul. Raffle: Conducted by Larry Olson, Tom Borgen. wins 10 and is so excited he forgets to write down who drew for the pot but did not win. Think it was Brent T.
 Program: THE ROTARY FOUNDATION and DISTRICT 5020 UPDATE- Howard Svigals Asst. Dist. Governor
Purpose was to provide members with educational information on the Rotary Foundation. Howard stated TRF is a unique model which really separates Rotary from other service organizations in terms of the impact Rotary can have in serving others in the world. That would include over one billion in assets and in most years providing over a 100 million a year into project and programs. The Rotary Foundation has received very high ratings by independent organizations for the foundation’s wise use of funds and focus on sustainable projects.
The Rotary Foundation basically consists of three buckets of funds; Polio Plus, the Annual fund and the Endowment. Clubs such as ours have the opportunity each year to apply for grants, either community grants or global grants through funds which flow back to our district.
Howard also discussed Rotarian’s receiving recognition for their contributions to the foundation through programs such as becoming a Paul Harris Fellow. To keep Rotary strong please consider contributing to the Rotary Foundation each year.
Howard completed his presentation with information about our district to include the following interesting fact; Our district 5020 is the largest in the western hemisphere with 88 clubs and over 4500 members. Thanks to Howard and what a great organization we all belong to!
Meeting adjourned at 8:28
Notes by Tom Borgen
Friday (10/20/2017) Tom Borgen 2017-10-23 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Freeman
Greeters: none
Opening: President Mel Santos opened the meeting at 7:30 sharp; Invocation: Debbie Witmers; Song:  Hal Cline, America the beautiful, Pledge of allegiance: David Gillispie; The four way test: Richard Schmalz
Visiting Rotarians: announced by Ann Marie: Joyce Taylor Brown
Guests of Rotarians:  Lyn Junge, Rocky & Oliver Pinch, Debbie Castings
Reports and announcements:
  • Exchange student : Melanie Meyer: homecoming, pumpkin patch & dinners for 8
  • Rotary foundations explained by Bob Martin.
  • Beast Bus: Lee Smith described the wonderful time their party had on the Seahawks bus bash!
  • Books to the Philippines: Rod Ladd sorted out five boxes filled with books for school children being shipped to the Philippines.  
  • Star Awards: two more weeks for nominations of people doing good things. Contact Mac Pinch & Betty Felker.
  • Fines & Happy Bucks Chris Myers: Hal Cline for not singing, Rocky & Oliver for ?, “What! Can’t hear that“ Coach, “Use the mike “Buchanan, Bob Ryan just because
Drawing: 10 free?  to draw: Dave Freeman
Program: Brent Tayet’s classification talk; His mantra, Laugh, learn, love & live, Wife Chris and three children, all blond! A grad of Seattle Pacific in financial planning. Works for Edward Jones has over 11 years’ experience in commercial real-estate,
Speaker: Annemarie Huppert-Coping with Crisis. Three key components in dealing with crisis, regulate you intake of information, by taking a day at a time,  barefoot & breathing, with bad news just take your shoes off and walk in the grass, work on making educated decisions, take a break, close your eyes to sense what is going on around you.
Adjourn: The program ended as Mel gaveled the end at 8:31 AM.      
Notes by Dave Freeman
Friday (10/13/2017) David Freeman 2017-10-16 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert J Martin on Oct 12, 2017
President Mel started the meeting with Tom Petty music which was greatly appreciated by some of our members like Camilla who was wearing a Tom Petty tee shirt.
Brent did the morning invocation with a little electronic prompt, which I think is cool.  Looks like Hal is with the program.
Betty helping Hal out with God Bless America, for which he paid in the fine session.  Someone apparently wants variety.
Bill Evans from Port Orchard recently traveled to Europe to visit 3 former exchange students and while in Sardinia he just "happened" to run into Francesca who says Hi to everyone.
Peter and Donna were pushing aid for Houston via our own Dan Rioux.  All the money collected will be sent to Dan for use in relief.  Hope the Club matches some of those dollars.
Sharon reminding us that STAR Awards will be coming up in February and we need nominees of folks in our community who are trying to make a difference.  Let Sharon know if you have someone in mind.
Jan is reminding us of the literacy opportunity that Laurie Carroll, the District Governor's wife presented when he visited the three clubs.  That is let's get books in the hands of kids who have none.  More will follow.
Walt was gone so President Mel did the Birthday announcements.  Doesn't he look like he is about to break out in song?
Melanie told us about her first Homecoming Week with a dress theme for each day.  For National Day she wore red, white, and blue even though it was Swiss.  I think she is melding well.
Dave was finemaster and was able to spice it up after a slow start.  He did fine the Mayor and Chief of Police for not signing the award to the Thanksgiving Brigade that he received on National Night Out.  Gave it back to get the signatures.
Walker won the drawing but doesn't look real happy that he drew a white chip.
Paul introduced our speakers, Col. Corey Crosbie and Jennifer Wellman, the Executive Director of the Gig Harbor Film Festival.
Col. Crosbie has been in the Army for 24 years and recently purchased a home in Gig Harbor with the intent of staying here.  He pointed out the number one priority of the US Military if global and strategic readiness.  He also pointed out that although only 1% of our citizens serve in the military, 79% of the military come from families with previous military service.
I am embarrassed to say I failed to take a picture of Jennifer while she was speaking, I guess I was so enthralled by what she was saying.  This is the tenth year of the GH Film Festival and they will have 80 films this year. 60 of the film makers will be in attendance.  We always seem to be out of town so I have only been one time and really enjoyed it.
Photo Summary of the October 6th Meeting Robert J Martin 2017-10-12 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Stan Eastberg
Last Friday
Call to Order at 7:26 by President Mel to the sounds of Breakdown in recognition of Tom Petty (1950-2017) (Camilla Brocker was wearing a Tom Petty T-Shirt); Invocation by Brent Tayet; Pledge led by President Mel; “God Bless America” led by Hal Cline and Betty Felker; and 4 Way Test led by Peter Glein.
Visiting Rotarians announced by Coach: Bill Evans from Port Orchard, and Rik Zelman from Conejo Valley
Guest of Rotarians: Walker Allen introduced two sons, Guy Allen from Camus, WA and Tim Allen from Nagoya, Japan; Scott Junge introduced frequent visitor Lyn who is obviously the real brains at Rosedale Gardens; Jeanie Simmons introduced Mark Crewson from the Prison Program
Comments and Announcements:
  • In recognition of the upcoming election season, President Mel reminded everyone that Rotary is a political-free zone and political endorsements during Rotary meetings are not allowed
  • President Mel noted he had received a short correspondence from past member Dan Rioux – it simply said “miss ya’ll” – we miss him too
  • Mark Crewson from the Purdy Prison Program announced that there are 15 graduates to be recognized from the most recent class – everyone was asked to sign the letters of support on the table in the lobby at the conclusion of the meeting
  • Donna Lormor and Peter Glein passed the glass jar around the room for the final time, asking for donations to the Houston Hurricane relief effort – proceeds will be sent to Lakeway, TX through Dan Rioux for relief efforts
  • Exhange student Melanie Meyer reported that she was just finishing a week of homecoming activities at school – each day had a different theme for dressing up. She reported that pajama day on Monday wasn’t that comfortable, but for the United States dress up day she wore a Switzerland T-shirt which at least had red, white, and blue in it. She is looking forward to her first homecoming dance as she has never done something like that.
  • Walt Paulson was a no-show for leading us in the October Birthday recognitions, so President Mel did the honors and attempted to lead us in the Happy Birthday song – it was quite sad – we need Walt’s great voice to get us started and to stay on key.
  • Lee Smith was not present to tell us about Sip and Stroll, but it was announced that it is almost sold out.
  • Lee Smith was also supposed to talk about the Beast Bus party this Sunday, but Hal Hodgins baled him out by providing a final reminder to sign up and attend this great event.
  • Jan Martin reminded us that the District Governor’s wife had challenged everyone in District 5020 to collect books as part of a District wide focus on literacy. Jan, Donna Lormor, and Pam Peterson Smith are teaming up to take this on. There is District level recognition to clubs taking on 5 or more literacy projects and Jan asked members to come forward with ideas and/or become involved in the effort.
  • Ron Roberts reminded everyone of the mentoring program sponsored by Communities in Schools – they are in need of more mentors and asked for people to step forward – contact Ron, Dick Vanberg or John Ciccarelli if interested.
  • Sharon Shaffer announced the on-going effort to receive nominations for the Star Award recognition – the presentation will be on February 2, 2018 at a meeting of all three Gig Harbor Rotary clubs. Sharon asks that nominations be received by the end of October – see Sharon for the nomination forms or check your email as the nomination form was sent to all club members.
  • Jeanie Simmons announced that the kids in the Earlyact Rotary Program are looking for project ideas. Please talk to Jeanie or John Winslow about any project ideas you might have for Earlyact.
  • John Eddy reported that the next Rotary-After-Hours event will be at El Pueblito at 5:30 on Wednesday, October 11th. He reminded us that participating in this event is a great way of showing appreciation to the restaurants that support our annual auction.
Fines and Happy Bucks: Rookie Fine Master David Cathers got off to a slow start but picked up momentum as he warmed to the task. Duane Fister was fined for quickly sucking-up to the fine master and Keith Harris was fined for protecting the name of who did the sucking-up. David told Coach that Ron Roberts could probably find a mentor to help him read the names of the visiting Rotarians. David gave Jill Guernsey and Chief Kelly Busey a hard time for not signing the certificate of recognition the Basket Brigade received during the National Night Out celebration – he gave both of them a Basket Brigade bracelet to remind them to sign the certificate and get it back to him. Dave Gillespie was fined for wearing the same shirt two days in a row. Hal Cline was fined for always picking God Bless America as the song we sing each week – David would like to try other songs. In Happy Bucks, Chief Kelly Busey provided another example of criminals who do dumb things – one of his officers had stopped a motorist who had an expired license, so they called a relative to pick him up, and the relative shows up driving a stolen car – really, you can’t make this up. Annmarie Huppert (classification - Mental Health Educator) announced that in the light of the Las Vegas shooting, she is available for Mental Health triage and gave a happy buck for better days ahead. Visiting Rotarian Bill Evans reported visiting exchange students in the Czech Republic, Holland and Sardinia where he also saw our former exchange student Francesca who sends her hello to everyone. Bill also contributed a dollar in recognition of our exchange student Melanie’s “killer good English”. Rich Coyner announced that he will be involved in another day providing dental and medical services to the homeless on October 25.
Raffle: Donna Lormor conducted the raffle – not sure who won the 10 free for next week, but Walker Allen drew a white chip and collected just $15 instead of the pot of $232 he was trying for.
Program: President Elect Paul Alvestad introduced two speakers this week – Col. Corey Crosbie on “US Army Community Outreach”, and Jenny Wellman, Executive Director on the “Gig Harbor Film Festival”
Col. Corey Crosbie was welcomed with a standing ovation in recognition of his service to our country. He has served in the Army for 24 years and he and his wife just recently purchased a home in Gig Harbor and hope to make this a permanent residence. He describes it his duty to connect with the local community and to provide an update on “your” Army. Some highlights from his talk include: fewer than 1% serve in the military, but 79% of today’s soldiers come from families that previously served in the military; strategic and tactical “readiness” is the Army’s number one priority; the Army needs to be Globally Responsive and Regionally Engaged; the Army is hiring as they will need 28,000 new soldiers over the next year; the Army has soldiers serving in 140 countries. There were several slides to support Col. Crosbie’s presentation, but they were extremely busy and detailed slides and this writer couldn’t read any of the small print – ask Paul Alvestad for a copy of the slides if you are interested.
Jenny Wellman noted that the Gig Harbor Film Festival is celebrating its 10th year and currently has a budget of $160,000. This budget allows the festival to bring several film makers into town for the event. Over 80 films will be shown on two screens at the Galaxy Theater and over 60 film makers will be in attendance during the festival from October 26-29, 2017. Ms. Wellman reviewed several special events associated with the Festival and referred people to the festival brochures she had placed on each table. She noted that trailers for each of the films can be seen on the festival website ( and that posters are available for display. Tickets are available online or from the Film Festival office located at 3006 Judson Street, Suite 102.
Meeting adjourned at 8:30
Notes by Stan Eastberg
Friday (10/6/2017) Stan Eastberg 2017-10-09 07:00:00Z 0
Byron O'Neal has been sponsored by Mel Santos be a member of this club. His classification is photography. The first date of publication is October 9, 2017. Any comments should be referred to Annie Arbenz and/or Dave Morris within 10 days of the first date of publication.
New Member Notice Annie Arbenz 2017-10-09 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Marcia Harris
Call to Order at 7:30 by President Mel. Invocation by Dorothy Wimberly; Pledge by President Mel; “God Bless America” started by Randy Spitzer; and Mac Pinch led us in the 4 Way Test.
Visiting Rotarians: none
Guests: Derek Young, Linda Glein, Rocky & Oliver Pinch, Byron O’Neal, Luna Frantz, Jean Vanberg, Lucinda Wingard, Tresha Allen, David K (Walker Allen guest) & Dave Morris’ son were introduced by members.
  • Guest Lucinda Wingard shared her concern about Puerta Rican students unable to complete their senior high school year because of the devastation caused by hurricane Maria. She wondered if Rotary could sponsor students to finish their year and graduate in the U.S. Pres.
  • Exchange student Melanie Meyer shared that the past week was normal and commented on the ‘comfortable’ clothing worn to school in the U.S. compared to the more formal dress worn by students back home.
  • Keith Harris auctioned off the Rotary parking space for October. Peter Glein came up the winner with a $50 contribution to the club treasury.
  • Tim Williams announced that the Club Runner calendar has been up-dated through March. He asked club members to double check for accuracy, and for Committee Chairs to check particularly December, when many meetings are moved or cancelled due to the holidays.
  • The Grand Opening of Gateway Park on the Key Peninsula (Rotary major project) will be celebrated this weekend: Friday (tonight)) 5:00 – 7:00 and the ribbon cutting is 11:00 tomorrow (Saturday).
  • Randy Barcalow provided a Wollochet Estuary Park update. The carport is almost complete.
  • Gig Harbor October 7th Sip & Stroll has 30 tickets left @ $75. Check with Lee Smith if you still need a ticket.
  • Lee Smith announced that the Oct. 8th Beast Bus events has tickets available. See Melissa if you’d like to attend this awesome, fun event.
  • Rotary After Hours: The next scheduled event is at El Pueblito on October 11th.
Fine Master Pam Peterson & Happy Bucks: Coach & Walt Paulsen fined for their harmonizing (or lack thereof); John Winslow owes a fine for his picture on the front of The Gateway; Jill Guernsey owes a fine too for the two endorsement ads; other fines & happy bucks included: Todd, Ann Marie, Brett, Ryan, Randy & Bob Lutsch.
Raffle: This week’s scribe missed the winner of 10 free, but does remember the chance to draw; she left without the ‘pot’ but went home with an additional $15. Probably worth a Harris fine…
Program: “Report From the Other Washington!”
Speaker: Derek Kilmer, Washington’s 26th District Representative to the U.S. House of Representatives, who is also serving on the House Appropriations Committee.
Derek’s priorities are:
  • Get Government Back on Track!
  • Get the Economy Back on Track!
  • Strengthen Ethics Training for All Elected Officials!
He is currently co-chairing a bipartisan volunteer working group made up of 12 Republicans and 12 Democrats. Two of their priorities are:
  • Campaign Finance Reform
  • Redistricting Reform
Meeting adjourned at 8:33.
Notes by Marcia Harris
Friday (9/29/2017) Marcia Harris 2017-10-05 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert J Martin on Oct 05, 2017

Polio this week as of 27 September 2017
We had a new case in Pakistan so now up to 11 new wild polio cases.
HeadlinesSummary of newly-reported viruses this week:  Pakistan:  one new wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) case reported, in Lakki Marwat district, Khyber Pakhtoon province; four new WPV1-positive environmental samples, reported in Sindh and Balochistan provinces. Afghanistan: two new WPV1-positive environmental samples reported in Kandahar province. See country-specific sections for further details.

Afghanistan:  No new wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) cases were reported in the past week. The total number of WPV1 cases for 2017 remains six. The most recent case in the country had onset of paralysis on 10 July, from Zabul province, neighboring Kandahar province and Pakistan.
   Two new WPV1-positive environmental samples have been reported in Kandahar province. This brings Afghanistan’s 2017 total of WPV1 environmental positives to 10. Pakistan:  One new wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) case was reported in the past week. The case occurred in Lakki Marwat district, Khyber Pakhtoon province. Onset of paralysis was on 21 August. The total number of WPV1 cases for 2017 is now 5.
   The case is the first in the Khyber Pakhtoon province this year, following 8 WPV1 cases in the province during 2016. Five WPV1 positives from the environment were reported in Khyber Pakhtoon this year, all in Peshawar district. The last environmental sample positive from Peshawar was collected on 10 June.
Nigeria:  No new cases of wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) were reported in the past week.  The total number of WPV1 cases for 2016 remains four and no cases have been reported in 2017.  The most recent case had onset of paralysis on 21 August 2016 in Monguno Local Government Area, Borno.
Polio Update Robert J Martin 2017-10-05 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jennifer Hamilton
Opening Bell: President Mel Santos opened the meeting with a ring of the bell at 7:32 AMInvocation by Dwayne Fister; Pledge of Allegiance by President Mel; Song “Star Spangled Banner” and “Oh Canada!”  led by Randy Spitzer; and Four Way Test  led by John Winslow .
Greeters: None
Visiting Rotarians: All three Gig Harbor Clubs had a joint meeting; Ken Roberts President (GH North), Marilyn Hoppen President (GH Midday club), Mel Santos President (Rotary Club of Gig Harbor); each had their club stand for recognition and  acknowledged current District Governor Tom Carroll and his wife Laurie for their annual club visit.
Opening comments:  
  • Many thanks to from all club presidents to everyone who attended.
North Club –
  • Have meetings 2 x / month.  Program meetings and socials monthly.  Announcements are done by email or phone.
Midday Club announcements
  • Helping to support suicide prevention. Holding a workshop on 10/11 at St Anthony Hospital 5:30 pm
  • Attorney General Bob Ferguson visit next meeting Sept 26th, Noon at Gig Harbor Anthony’s Restaurant..
  • Hosting 9 Australians for Rotary friendship exchange.
  • Recognition of Stephen Rainbolt– fundraiser, coordinated golf ball drop at the Margaritaville Golf Tournament.
Morning Club
  • Randy - Work party at Wollochet Bay estuary 9 am – 12 pm Saturday 9/23
  • Betty – thanking Don Rees and his wife Bonnie for leading the hosting of the New Zealand rotary (6 couples)
  • Dave – thank you for help on Thanksgiving Basket Brigade; request for help meeting Sunday mornings to start planning. See the email he sent out.
  • Hurricane Harvey update - $1500 raised, with more to come. Please get your donations to Alec Zarelli.
Exchange Students:
  • Melanie Meyer – foreign exchange Student update  school started a month; went to Seabrook with host family; attended first football games; went to Washington State Fair; going to California next month.
  • Sebastian Oleska – from Poland; has been here for over a month;  went to Oregon to see the eclipse and Mt Rainier;  attended Rotary orientation camp and met with all foreign exchange students; going on California trip; feel it has been the best month of his life and feels that it is only getting better.  Thanks to Gene for taking him on a boat ride in Gig Harbor.
  • Marilyn Hoppen – introduction of Howard Svigals;  Introducing District 5020 Governor Tom Carroll (President of Tiburon Systems)
    • Awards – induction of a Paul Harris Fellow for substantial contribution to programs;  Recognizing Dave Stave - $3000 award
    • Appreciate of Howard, Asst. Governor/Council Chairman
    • Visit various clubs and explain how the Foundation works.
    • Past Governor Bob Martin and spouse Jan
    • Have over 100 people in the district who work on the Foundation (introduction of those in attendance); examples of some of the programs supported:  Vocational services (example)
    • 9 weeks ago, injured when he fell off his roof – received many cards
    • Appreciate for support by wife, Lori.
    • “True Rotarian” moment – realized that members of his young club were there because they WANTED to be there, and that if they had NOT created this club, then none of those people would be there or be Rotarians.  Realized that regardless of whether you go abroad and work on a project, that the commitment locally and participation in clubs/committees leverages to work that supports those efforts around the world.  We stay in Rotary because in makes a difference in our own lives.  Challenges us to be better people and be ambitious to improve lives. Most people don’t realize the work that Rotary does.  Rotary International expects local clubs take advantage of materials that advertise what we do.
    • We look to strengthen clubs.  We need to build our memberships that is reflective of the communities we serve.  We can decide how to run our clubs to be flexible and meet the needs of their members and community.
    • Tacoma District 5020 Training and Conference (5/4 – 5/5/2018) – planning for 750 attendees (handouts on all tables about the event and the speakers)
    • Rotary Direct – can pledge money from your credit card monthly (handout on the table)
    • Theme – “Rotary Making a Difference” : it is what we do; Rotary International asked a branding agency to find out how Rotary is viewed in the world; discovered that Rotary is actually unique – 1) members are made up of various people from the community; 2) they brings skills with them from their professions 3) they have passion 4) for 31 years have committed to wipe a disease off the face of the planet (perseverance);  5) conducts community service on a global basis;   NO GLOBAL ORGANIZATION DOES THIS EXCEPT ROTARY;  what makes is special to us – as Rotarians, we serve our communities and want to make them better places; Prime Minister of Sri Lanka as an example – Countries are better who have Rotary in them.  Greatest value is our commitment to service and the value of friendship. We can do so much more together than what we can do on our own.  Honest and trustworthiness are important attributes of Rotary – people trust us with their children and their money because of our reputation.  We do what we do because of our values and principles.  Quote from Saint Theresa.
  • Literacy Project – Laurie Carrol
    • More of a contest than a project;  asking clubs to donate 2 books per Rotarian;  contest between clubs in the area;  keep count of books and your book projects;  major award will be presenting at the conference.
Ring the bell: President Mel closed the meeting at 8:31 AM.
Notes by Jennifer Hamilton
Friday (9/22/2017) Jennifer Hamilton 2017-09-25 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert J Martin on Sep 20, 2017
President Mel looks like he has taken to praying that the meeting will go well.
Sarah did a nice reading from Mother Teresa which basically said keep try to do the right thing "Anyway".
Looks like Coach is agonizing over another name.  I think one of the visitors helped him out.
Gary is reminding us of the RV gathering in Port Townsend in mid October.  Currently 8 RV'rs signed up.  Cabins available for those without RVs.
Melanie continues to relax and share her week with us.  Great to see her smiling.
Don starts telling us about 3 couples from New Zealand, then up to five and there were actually six.  Great group to host.
Not sure why Peter, as Finemaster is asking for permission with the raised hand.  Maybe he is taking an oath instead.
Don't know how Jeff keeps winning the drawing, but the blue chip only once.  This time another white.  Thanks for sharing the wealth Jeff.
This is part of the speech and debate team from PHS and the current state champions.  From the left, Samantha Griffith, Jessa Moomaw, Steven Kotansky, and Griffin Bird.
Here is Steven, happy to convince us we should want the "Internet of Things", and why.
This is Jessa trying to convince us that the "Internet of Things" is not desirable and would result in more harm than good.  We all got to come to our own conclusions.  They all talked a bit fast but were really well spoken; very impressive.
Photo Summary of the September 15th Meeting Robert J Martin 2017-09-20 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert J Martin on Sep 20, 2017
New Zealand Friendship Exchange
Here they arrive off the Coho in Pt Angeles.  Six couples from District 9970, the north end of the South Island.
This is after a tour of the Harbor on a dragonboat.  Everyone said they had a great time but then I think they thought they should.
Don and Bonnie hosted dinner for 24 so the next three pictures show everyone.  Couldn't get them in one picture.
New Zealand FSE 2017 Robert J Martin 2017-09-20 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alan Weaver
Opening Bell: Right on time at 7:30 am by President Mel Santos and without introductory music. Greeter: by red-badger Sarah Systma. Invocation: also by Sarah Systma who read an inspirational poem by Mother Theresa. Song led by Randy Spitzer. Pledge of Allegiance led by President Mel. Four Way Test led by Peter Glein.
Visiting Rotarians as introduced by Coach Jack Stonestreet who were Ron Roberts’ brother-in-law Bill Salina from Great Falls, MT and Pam Deacon-Joyner from Grapeview. Guests of Rotarians as introduced by President Mel who were Al Bucholz’s wife Joanne and daughter Susan Jensen, Sophie Perkins’ friend Dave Holsinger, Scott Junge’s wife Lyn and Mac Pinch’s two young sons Oliver and Rocky.
President’s Opening Comments: Hurricane Harvey: By President Mel who said a committee consisting of Peter Glein, Jennifer Hamilton, John Dunham, himself and one other had been formed. At the next meeting the exact nature of the relief to be provided will be disclosed and there will be another opportunity to contribute to the relief. Next Week’s meeting with the two other Gig Harbor Rotary clubs will be held at our regular time but at Canterwood Golf and Country Club in order to hear a presentation by our district governor.
Announcements and Updates:
  • Exchange Student Melanie Meyer described her second week at Peninsula High School and told of meeting with a group of local Rotary exchange students at Seabrook. She is looking forward to tonight’s Fish Bowl football game between Gig Harbor and Peninsula and, being quite diplomatic, closed her presentation with “Go Hawks.”
  • Work Party is scheduled for this coming Saturday at 9 am at the head of Wollochet Bay, per Randy Barcalow.
  • Mackert Concert is scheduled at 5:30 pm this coming Sunday and Paul Alvestad took a head count.
  • Sip & Stroll scheduled for October 7 and Lee Smith is looking for volunteers.             
  • Rotary RV Group’s sojourn will be to Port Townsend on October 13 and 14. Gary Glein explained that one need not own a recreational vehicle as there are hotels in Port Townsend as Bob and Jan discovered last year.
  • Rotary Exchange will be today through Monday as a group of Rotarians from New Zealand are coming through after visiting our neighbors to the north. A year or so ago Don Rees participated in the program and spent two plus weeks in New Zealand.
  • New Flag: President Mel advised the group that there is a new flag in the room which represents the country of our foreign exchange student Melanie who, unfortunately, mentioned in her first presentation before our group that some people mix up the countries of Switzerland and Sweden. Most of those sitting on the north side of the room (the side nearest the door) thought it was the Swedish flag.
Fine Master and Happy Bucks: Fine master Peter Glein started off by throwing this scribe under the bus by pointing out that the scribe and his wife completely forgot about a Dinners for 8 earlier in the week when they were scheduled to bring the beverage (read, wine) and left the host and two other couples literally dry. Al Weaver paid the $5 fine (and brought to this meeting his would-be dinner companions a peace offering). Under Happy Bucks, Cindy Reed successfully survived her 50th high school reunion in Yakima (the scribe would have guessed a much smaller number). Tony Michelson reported that his daughter and her husband had survived Hurricane Irma in St Johns in the US Virgin Islands. Their residence did not.
Drawing: President Mel won the ten free tickets and the pot’s usual drawer Jeff Harris took a shot at $188 but was unsuccessful. Since Jeff has drawn for the pot so many times in the past couple of years, the scribe wonders how many tickets he purchases each week.
Program: Program chairman Paul Alvestad, a debater while in Peninsula High School many, many years ago, brought members of last year’s Washington State 4A championship Gig Harbor debate team to explain the different events in a debate tournament. The four fast talking debaters Jessa Moomaw, Samantha Griffith, Steven Kotansky and Griffin Bird put on an abbreviated public forum debate on why the internet ought to be expanded or controlled for privacy reasons. Later in the Rotary year Paul hopes to have debaters back to debate in a different format. The youths were much more than impressive.
Adjournment at regular 8:30 am time.
Notes by Al Weaver
Friday (9/15/2017) Alan Weaver 2017-09-15 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert J Martin on Sep 14, 2017
Doesn't everyone look miserable?  The "One Beer Rule" was voided by a unanimous vote.
President Mel is toasting all of you who didn't make it.  Too bad!
Had a little excitement when Hal came to get me because some "old" guy fell and couldn't get up.  I went over and did an assessment and since all he could tell me was his namem Dave,  and his back hurt we called for the Paramedics who arrived in about 5 minutes.  They did an assessment and transported him, I assume to St. Anthonys.  My picture of Jan, Jennifer, and her husband Will who just arrived from Florida, did not turn out because my thumb cut off part of Will's head as he is quite tall.
RAH Seven Seas Robert J Martin 2017-09-14 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chuck Perry
Opening Bell: By President Mel Santos @ 7:32 AM. Invocation: by Randy Spitzer who called for helping hands for all those in harm’s way. Pledge of Allegiance: led by President Mel. Song: God Bless America led by Hal Cline, Larry Olson and Mike Pinch. 4 Way Test: Led by David Cathers.
Visiting Rotarians: As announced by Sarah Sytsma; Bob Anderson of GH North, and Judy Hosea of Lakewood-Nomad
Guests: Sue Jensen, Al Bucholz’s daughter, Iva Barne, Sarah Sytsma’s Mother, Jesse Young, Speaker, Lyn Junge, prospective member, Beau Glover, Debbie Wittmers’ brother, and Derek Young, County Council member – Not to be confused with or related to District 26 Representative Jesse Young, todays speaker.
Opening Comments: President Mel showed a video sent by former member Dan Rioux, who returned to Texas, and now lives an hour or so away from Houston. Dan and members of his Rotary Club in Texas went on a scouting trip to Houston to see how we can help. A couple more members of our club volunteered to serve on the President’s committee to determine how to help and how to collect funds. Rod Ladd and Joanne Bucholz each started the collection effort with $100 donations. This brought tears to President Mel’s eyes and David Cathers offered a tissue.
Announcements etc.:
District Governor Meeting: September 22 meeting will be at Canterwood. Same time and no additional cost. However you must sign up so they know how many for which to set up. If you did not sign up at this meeting, please make sure you sign up this coming Friday
Outbound Exchange Student: Annina Liebner (Nina) sent an email with a picture of her arrival in Italy with her new host family. We expect to receive regular reports and they will be shared with the Club.
Exchange Student Report: Melanie Meyer from Switzerland reported on her 2nd week of school at Peninsula High School. She likes her teachers and thinks they are nice and understand that English is a second language for her. Her classmates are very helpful and explain any questions she has about what is going on and how things work. Melanie has joined the cross country team and is excited to get involved. Last weekend, she went to Seabrook with her host family. She saw her first real sunsets without them being blocked by the mountains of home. She is looking forward to this next weekend to go to Seabeck and meet all of the District 5020 exchange students.
History Museum Gala: Betty Felker announced that the History Museum is having a Masquerade for the Museum dinner and auction on Saturday Sept 22. It is being held at the Tacoma Narrows Airport, 5:30 PM to 10:00 PM. Tickets can be purchased online at WWW.HARBORHISTORYMUSEUM.ORG or call 253-858-6722.
International Committee: Rod Ladd announced that there is no committee meeting in September and the next meeting will be in October.
Suicide Prevention: Bob Anderson of the GH North Club announced a Suicide Prevention Coalition presentation and candlelight vigil at Skansie Brothers Park on Sunday 9/10 from 5-7 PM. He also had handouts and announced “Safetalk Training” for youth suicide prevention. To be held Oct. 11th, 5:30-8:30 PM, @ St Anthony Hospital medical pavilion. Call 253-753-3013 or email GHSUICIDEPREVENTION@GMAIL.COM to get more information or to sign up to attend.
GH Rotary Auction: Hal Hodgins, our 2nd VP and chairman of the auction announced that organizational meetings have been had and we are on our way to the March 10, 2018 auction. The goal is to have all procurement completed by Feb 3, 2018. Procurement will start early this year in order for this to get done. This is to allow more time for better planning, data entry, and organization. You already know what you are going to procure for the auction, so get it done now, prior to the Holidays.
36th Annual OysterFest: Presented by the Skookum Rotary Foundation is October 7th and 8th. Sarah Sytsma announced the event and had flyers available. Go to for more information. Oyster shucking contest, music, free parking, seafood, wine and microbrew tasting, free Shelton shuttle service, and great fun for all.
GH Rotary Foundation Meeting: Bob Draggoo announced that the correct date for the foundation board meeting is Thursday, September 14, at 4: PM Timberland Bank conference room.
New Zealanders Friendship Exchange visit: Don Rees announced that next Friday afternoon, a group of New Zealanders will arrive on a Friendship Exchange. If you would like to participate, please contact Don, .
Fine Master and Happy Bucks: John Winslow was the finemaster for Friday’s meeting. He did a “fine” job of collecting a few dollars. Tony Michaelson, Larry Olson, and Dick Vanberg were all called out for their pictures in the paper. Pam Smith paid $20 for Dick’s picture and his receiving the Hugh McMillan award. With Pam speaking up, it reminded John that both Pam and Lee Smith had lost weight this year. He wanted all who lost weight this year to pay a dollar from the money saved from the purchase of food. John tried to collect a few dollars from those members that are follically challenged. The Fishbowl is September 15th, which reminded John of the previous night’s Patriots loss to Kansas City Chiefs. He fined the Patriots fans in the room and even collected a happy dollar from a Chiefs fan. Howard Mackert had a happy dollar for receiving the IRS EI number for non-profit “Cars 4 Change”. Ron Roberts in honor of all the dollars collected for lost weight this year donated $2 per pound for the weight he gained this year ($20). Mary Grubbs was happy for her husband’s retirement today. (She probably has a long to do list all ready for him). George Bonney and his wife Cynthia just went to Amsterdam and visited an exchange student they hosted almost 20 years ago.
Raffle: Handled by Donna Lormor. Mel Santos won ten free tickets for next week and Joanne Bucholz drew from 13 chips for $160. Unfortunately, she drew a white chip for the $15 conciliation prize.
Program: Paul Alvestad introduced the program speaker, Jesse Young, the 26th Legislative District Representative who gave a rundown on this year’s legislature. Jesse was impressed with and commented on the caring spirit he saw in the room. Not unlike the comments from many of our club visitors. This year the legislature had three special sessions after the end of the regular session. They passed two of the three budgets for the State. (Operating and transportation budgets) The third budget, the Capital Spending Budget did not pass. This budget did not pass because the Republican caucus would not pass the CS budget until the legislature fixed the problem with the Courts decision on the Hurst case for water rights. A deal was reached between the parties and the fix was to be approved. However a group of Democrats pulled out of the deal because of lobbying from strong supporters of the Tribes. This then put the parties at an impasse and the budget did not pass. The Hurst decision was a decision by the courts that made water rights and new wells to be handled and processed by the counties rather than on a State wide basis by the Department of Ecology. The counties are not in a position to administer the water rights as is the Department of Ecology. This has caused a stop to new wells and development requiring new water sources. The legislature believes they have solved the school funding issue and met the Courts requirement for full funding of education. Basically, local levies are being eliminated and are being replaced with a State Real Estate Tax, to fund the dollars through the State for full funding. Many questions still remain to be answered on how all of this will work. Issues of teacher compensation, cost of living variances in different areas of the State, and changes to the property tax level of different areas.
Adjournment: At 8:33 am.
Notes by Chuck Perry
Friday (9/8/2017) Chuck Perry 2017-09-12 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alan Weaver
Opening Bell: By President Mel Santos a minute or so early and without the blaring sound (music?) of his previous meetings. Invocation, Song (assisted by Hal Cline) and announcing Visiting Rotarians all by Pat Schmidt whom this scribe hopes is paid more for her extra work. No greeters were spotted. Pledge of Allegiance by Richard Piper.
For Visiting Rotarians and Guests, see Pat Schmidt who walked off with the sign-in list before the scribe could pounce. She must be overworked. Visiting Rotarians included Mark Anderson and Barry Benson (president and member, respectively, of Tacoma 8). Guests included Dave Freeman’s grandson Evan, Mac Pinch’s two sons Oliver (7) and Rocky (4), Scot Junge’s wife Lyn, and one or two others.
Opening Comments: Both President Mel and Gary Glein spoke on the possibility of our club providing relief to the victims of Hurricane Harvey. Former member Dan Rioux, who has returned to Texas, now lives an hour or so away from Houston and as soon as he returns from a scouting trip to Houston will give suggestions to President Mel and Gary.
Announcements etc:
            Exchange Student Report: Melanie Meyer from Switzerland reported on her first week of school at Peninsula High School. (From the scribe’s perspective, it was a pleasure to hear a confident exchange student who can be understood from the git-go and who has a name that both can be pronounced and spelled.) Outgoing exchange student Annina Liebner from Gig Harbor High School thanked the club as she is about to depart to Italy.
                Birthdays: In the absence of Walt Paulson, Hal Cline handled the relatively few September birthdays.
                Courage Classic: Both John Mitchell and Tom Borgen reported on the revamped Courage bike ride in the Eatonville – Mossyrock area instead of the three mountain passes. They thanked the fifteen or so members plus their friends (including new exchange student Melanie) who worked providing lunch on the second day at Mossyrock High School for the 150 plus riders in the event. The riders included our members Randy Spitzer, John Eddy and Hal Hodgins (who was featured in our meeting by music and the picture of him at the start/finish holding his bike over his head). Hal finished the event by spending the night in a tent at Packwood with his wife Gretchen on their 51st wedding anniversary.
                Olson Foundation: Olson Foundation president Jeff Harris reported that the Foundation had awarded the Olson International Service Foundation Award of $500 to the Rotary Club of Parksville AM, which is about twenty five miles north of Nanaimo, BC. The award is given to encourage small clubs to do international water projects.
                Fine Master and Happy Bucks: Dave Cathers made his debut as a fine master. However, he missed a great opportunity to nail Dick Vanberg for Dick’s huge picture in yesterday’s Gateway for his work with Communities in Schools Peninsula which is described below.
                Drawings: Handled by Larry Olson in which someone won ten free tickets for next week and Rod Ladd stuck out on drawing for a modest pot.
Programs:    Two part program
 Communities in Schools Peninsula: Colleen Speer, the Executive Director of Communities in Schools Peninsula, explained that CISP is one of eleven such organizations in the State of Washington affiliated with a national organization with branches in twenty five states. The organization provides a long list of services, mostly after school, to or for the benefit of students who attend six schools on or near the Longbranch Peninsula. One of its major aims is to keep children in school. Ron Roberts, Dick Vanberg and many others of our club have participated several years in helping children to read.
Classification Talk: Norma Whitacre gave her classification talk for the second time as she was rejoining the club. She hailed originally from Yuba City which is north of Sacramento but attended Curtis High School, Green River Community College, Western Washington and received her master’s degree from the University of Puget Sound. She is now in her ideal job as the Dean for Business & Technology at Olympic College in Bremerton, where her job consists of “putting out fires” and planning as well as never ending meetings. She is married to Bill and they have an amazing daughter Amanda. She had nothing but kind words for her sponsors Marilyn Nayler, Dave Gordon and Ron Roberts.
Adjournment: At 8:30 am.
Last Friday (9/1/2017) Alan Weaver 2017-09-04 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tom Borgen
Call to Order at 7:28 by President Mel. Invocation by Walker Sandlin, Pledge- President Mel, Song-Randy Spitzer & Hal, Four WayTest-Mary Grubbs. Visiting Rotarians; Coach could not locate any visiting Rotarians this week, he will try harder in the future. Jerry Lewis, the actor who passed away last week, did make an appearance via a video shown at the start of the meeting. What a great humanitarian! Guests of Rotarians; Lyn Young(Yes!-she has officially applied for membership), Hillary Bridge, Lora Johnson, Derek Young, Mayo Allen, Wendy Flick, Meg Ryan, JoAnn Bucholz, Sebastian Oleksa and Annina Liebner our outgoing exchange student.
  • Melanie Myers our incoming exchange student from Switzerland gave a great presentation. She is 16 and will be going to PHS, her favorite subject being the arts. Her favorite activities are rowing, skiing, and baking. She did make mention jokingly that some people confuse Switzerland with Sweden.
  • Tim Williams is our official Calendar master as announced by Mel. Any meetings, events etc. should be forwarded to Tim to be posted on Club Runner. Thanks Tim for stepping up!!
  • Juanita and her Gilligans announced that the Community in Schools Event Thursday night was a great success and that 46K was raised!
  • Juanita also is seeking help in locating a small apartment for Deidre, from our Woman’s prison program, to live. She is currently residing with Juanita.
  • Courage Bike Ride- John announced the big day is Sunday for the Mossy Rock rest stop. New format this year, no spaghetti, but a great lunch will be provided. This event is an important fund raiser for Mary Bridge Children’s hospital. Special thanks to Mel Wick who has worked all 26 Courage rides over the years!!!
  • Keith did a great job of selling the parking spot for Sept, must be everyone knows the rains are coming! It fetched about $100 bucks from George Bonney.
  • Rotary after hours; John Eddy stated be at the Seven Seas Sept. 13 and lets Swap summer camp stories and get caught up. He can’t be there so he said he will buy the first round. Just kidding; you are on your own.
  • Blue Badgers-Congratulations to Debbie Miller who received her blue badge from sponsor Dave Freeman and David Olson who received his from sponsor Walker Allen. Thanks for all your efforts!
  • Outgoing Exchange Student- Annina Liebner gave an update on her upcoming adventure as a Rotary Exchange student. She is busy shopping for clothes and getting ready to head for Italy! We all wish Annina a great year abroad!
Fine Master and Happy Bucks; Peter Glein presiding; Don Buchanan got his wish and was fined. Huh? Peter did a great job with a new “fine format” in collaboration with coach. A twist on the “no fine button” where you call out a member for his great service or business. Members paid to call out; Howard Mackert, Zach Lister, Lyn Young, Chief Busey, Bob Ryan, John Mitchell, Keith Harris, Annie Arbenz and Cory Coryell to name a few of the outstanding business and professional people in our club. Best call out was by Terry Brown to John Duppenthaler his chiropractor, as he stated he “crawled in and walked out” of John’s office. Happy bucks from totalitarian eclipser- Chuck Perry, and Film Festival booster Betty Felker who stated they have 90 films slated this year. Raffle: Conducted by Larry Olson, Al Weaver won ten free and much to Jeff Harris’s bewilderment, as he bought mucho tickets, Bob Ryan again won the shot at the pot of 100 green backs, but no cigar! Bring more bucks next week, the pot is getting bigger!
 Program: Center for excellence for Global Trade and Supply Chain Management. Meg Ryan- the center Director gave an excellent presentation on the use of higher education and workforce development as a key to economic development in Washington State. This work includes programs through Highline and Shoreline colleges and their partners. A great example is the “Make it in Washington” program. It focuses on outreach and connecting with manufacturing businesses across rural Washington to assist them in all facets of doing business in the global economy to include; educational, training and strategic consulting opportunities. Meg stated the Seattle area, based upon a study by the Boston Consulting group, is ranked #5 in terms of Global competitiveness. Thanks to Meg and her group for their work in this area. For additional information on Make it in Washington use the following link;
Meeting adjourned at 8:35
Submitted by Tom Borgen
Friday (8/25/2017) Tom Borgen 2017-08-28 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Walker Allen
GH Rotary President Mel Santos presiding
Invocation: Stephen Roddy; Pledge: President Mel; Song: Hal Cline and Ivan Gorne “God Bless America”; 4-Way Test of the things we Think, Say or Do: John Winslow
Visiting Rotarians: announced by Jack Stonestreet (aka: “Coach”); Larry Treleven – Tacoma 8
Guests: Lyn Junge, Guest of Scott Junge; Mark Culverson, Guest of Buck Frymier; Jo Rodman, Guest of Buck Frymier; Byron O’Neal, Guest of ?; (there may have been others but they were not on the sign-in sheet)
Reports and Announcements:
  • Exchange Student: Cindy Reed and Richard Pifer introduced our new Rotary International Youth Exchange Student Melanie Meyers from Switzerland. She provided a brief explanation of her jacket and souvenir pins. Richard Pifer introduced Melanie’s first home hosts, Laura and Craig Johnson. Melanie will be attending Peninsula HS and will be involved with the Rotaract Club. Rotarians are needed to make this a truly Rotary experience for the Exchange program to work as it should. Please contact Richard Pifer to coordinate activities with Melanie.
  • Pocket Park: Jill Guernsey urged participation in helping renew the “pocket park” on Pioneer damaged by a fire (put out by the GHPD). The event will take place in late September.
  • CISP: Juanita Carbaugh, John Ciccarelli and Dick Vanberg pretended to be on “Gilligan’s Island” for the Birthday Bash to help fund Communities in Schools this coming Thursday, September 24. Tickets still available.
  • Park projects: Randy Barcalow gave an update on the Gateway Park and Wollochet Park projects and asked for volunteers to help out with projects when he returns in a week or so.
  • Eric McGinnis got his blue badge.
  • Concert on the Bay: Paul Alvestad reminded those who purchased the salmon dinner and Rhonda Mackert concert that it will be on September 17. Contact Paul to RSVP if you haven’t already done so.
Fine-master: Pam Peterson-Smith levied fines based on what she thought the amount ought to be.
Raffle: Dorothy Lormor conducted the raffle – Bob Ryan drew the blue chip and $369.
Program: International Service Committee and Olson Foundation
The focus is on water, sanitation and education. Rod Ladd, chair, gave the overview and introductions.
Mike Pinch reminded us how the program to provide solar panels and computers to a little rural school in the Philippines has grown, to five schools, 4,000 books, libraries, cleft lip and palate surgeries, clothing for an orphanage, re-roofing a senior citizen residence hall and providing a scholarship to a young woman to be able to complete medical school and return to her village to provide medical care to the people there.
Randy Barcalow brought us up-to-date on work we are doing in NW Guatemala with a local Rotary Club and Michael Ewens’ Ripple Effect where 1,700 homes now have access to water. And, water filters have been provided. A concrete pad has been poured for the Montessori school. Villagers are being taught how to plant, nurture and protect their vegetable gardens.
Jeff Harris reported on the water, literacy and more also going on in Guatemala. He described the RACHEL project which provides access to 50 million book pages through a hub for multiple computers. We are working with World Possible Guatemala.
John Lantz let us know about the work going on in Nicaragua as a result of a grant and support from 8 Rotary Clubs. The Hilapo 1 project is to educate children and provide training so they can provide electrical and maintenance services to maintain their own schools. They provide a medical clinic for a barrio made up of people dislocated by horrible mudslides.
Ben Paganelli gave an excellent presentation on what “sustainability” means and examples of good intentions that didn’t work out as intended.
The International Service Committee is doing yeoman work.
Meeting adjourned at 8:30
Notes by Walker Allen
Friday (8/18/2017) Walker Allen 2017-08-22 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Martin on Aug 17, 2017
1) No matter how hard you try, you can't baptize cats..
2) When your Mom is mad at your Dad, don't let her brush your hair.
3) If your sister hits you, don't hit her back. They always Catch the second person.
4) Never ask your 3-year old brother to hold a tomato.
5) You can't trust dogs to watch your food..
6) Don't sneeze when someone is cutting your hair..
7) Never hold a Dust-Buster and a cat at the same time.
8) You can't hide a piece of broccoli in a glass of milk.
9) Don't wear polka-dot underwear under white shorts.
10) The best place to be when you're sad is Grandma's lap.
1) Raising teenagers is like nailing jello to a tree.
2) Wrinkles don't hurt.
3) Families are like fudge...mostly sweet, with a few nuts.
4) Today's mighty oak is just yesterday's nut that held its ground.
5) Laughing is good exercise. It's like jogging on the inside.
6) Middle age is when you choose your cereal for the fiber, not the toy.
1) Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional.
2) Forget the health food. I need all the preservatives I can get.
3) When you fall down, you wonder what else you can do while you're down there.
4) You're getting old when you get the same sensation from a rocking chair that you once got from a roller coaster.
5) It's frustrating when you know all the answers but nobody bothers to ask you the questions.
6) Time may be a great healer, but it's a lousy beautician.
7) Wisdom comes with age, but sometimes age comes alone.
Smile, People will enjoy your company more Martin 2017-08-17 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert J Martin on Aug 17, 2017
Barry Rassin selected to be 2018-19 Rotary president
Barry Rassin, of the Rotary Club of East Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas, is the selection of the Nominating Committee for President of Rotary International for 2018-19, and will be declared president-elect on 1 September if no challenging candidates have been suggested. Rassin’s nomination follows Sam F. Owori’s death in July, just two weeks into his term as Rotary International president-elect.
New RI President selected Robert J Martin 2017-08-17 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert J Martin on Aug 17, 2017
PHOTO SUMMARY OF THE AUGUST 11TH MEETING (Photos compliments of Rod Ladd)
Does President Mel look happy or what?  I think Debbie must be doing a really good job.
Ron is doing the invocation, and it almost looks like he has a Halo.  But since we all know Ron........
When Hal invites Randy and Faye to help, I understand, but I have heard Paul's cattle call so I can't believe this went well.
Norma got to introduce several visiting Rotarians from three different Clubs and I understand she didn't screw up a single name.  I kind of miss Coach.
John wants everyone to get excited and participate in the Courage ride, this year in Mossyrock.  Will be interesting to get the 27th of August set aside and BE THERE!
Some think socks and sandals are gauche, but not me.  Rod says he will pay $5. to anyone who can identify this outlier, except the wearer of course.
The Gilligan's Island crew showed up again to promote CISP, but this time with some beauty.  Don't know if Juanita was cast as Ginger or MaryAnn, but would favor MaryAnn.  I know many of you are too young to understand.
Randy giving an update on the Hands On projects.  Had a great turnout at the Gateway staining, but lots more work to do as well as Estuary Park.  If you haven't done any work, give it a try.  Pretty cool to look at the finished project and know your signature is on there.
Paul was responsible for collecting fines, but a lot of his potential fines were absent.  Nonetheless, he did gather a few bucks from Juanita, Jill, and Cindy.
Fred is really happy here because his ticket was drawn for a try at the jackpot.  He wasn't quite as happy when he drew the white chip.
Jennifer Hamilton arrived here to be a project manager for Multicare.  Her family will arrive in 2 weeks from Orlando.  She is loving getting to know the history of Gig Harbor as well as staining boards for the Gateway Pavillion.  Welcome Jennifer!
You think John is excited about his job?  He gave a synopsis on Club Service, since that is his responsibility.  He is always in need of help so please say yes when he asks.
Photo Summary of the August 11th Meeting Robert J Martin 2017-08-17 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Marcia Harris
Call to Order at 7:31 by President Mel. Invocation by Ron Roberts; Pledge by President Mel; “God Bless America let by Hal Cline & President Elect Paul Alvestad; and Juanita Carbaugh led us in the 4 Way Test.
Visiting Rotarians: Dave Hall, Clover Park; Peter Norman, Rotary 8 and Rick Offner, GH Midday were introduced by Norma Whitacre.
Guests: David Holsinger, Derek Young and Joann Bucholz (honorary member).
  • Pres. Mel announced that District Governor Tom Carrol, planned program for today’s meeting had a serious fall this past week, resulting in numerous broken bones and other physical injuries requiring surgery. Keep Tom in your thoughts & prayers for a speedy recovery.
  • Pres. Mel also announced that contrary to current rumor, Deb has NOT been replaced as Chief of Staff!
  • Juanita Carbaugh, John Ciccarelli & Dick Vanberg announced the up-coming Birthday Bash Sponsored by Communities in Schools of Peninsula on Thursday, August 24th. The Theme is Gilligan’s Island; costumes are encouraged. Prizes to be awarded by judges Rod Ladd, Duane Fister and Chuck Perry.
  • John Mitchell encouraged members to sign up for Courage Classic. This Year it is a one day event, August 27th in Mossyrock, WA. Hal Hodgins reminded us that riders need financial support. Please support this year’s club cyclists with a check written to Mary Bridge Hospital Courage Classic. Hal is collecting the checks.
  • Randy Barcalow provided a work party update. 16 Rotarians showed up last Saturday to stain boards for the Gateway Park pavilion; Tuesday the 15th is the estuary concrete pour. Last Saturday a work party of 7 Rotarians helped prepare for the concrete pour.
  • Cindy Reed updated us on the in-coming Youth Exchange student, Melanie Myer. She is arriving Tuesday, August 16th. Thank you Cindy, for navigating the high school enrollment process. Melanie will be attending Peninsula High School.
  • Rotary After Hours: The next scheduled event is at Seven Seas on September 13th.
  • Jill announced that the Tides Tavern was recently named one of the Best Seafood restaurants in the U.S.
  • Al Abbott reminded us: The Drive In/Fly In event will be held next Saturday at the Narrows Airport.
Fine Master Paul Willett & Happy Bucks: Fun & news from Juanita, Jill Guernsey, Cindy Reed and others. This week’s scribe forgot to record raffle winners. Probably worth a fine…
Program: Jennifer Hamilton Classification Talk and John Duppenthaler – Club Service Avenue of Service
Classification Talk: Jennifer Hamilton’s sponsor was Mary Grubbs. Jennifer moved to Gig Harbor in 2016 to work in the field of project management, most recently in the health care field. Her family currently lives in Orlando, and will be moving to Gig Harbor in two weeks. Jennifer loves the outdoors and is particularly enjoying learning the history of the Gig Harbor area.
Club Service (Avenue of Service): John Duppenthaler, Club Service Director provided a great overview of the many aspects of Club Service. John has filled this role for the past year and is particularly impressed by the membership commitment and level of involvement. He described a new initiative launched last year: new member mentorships, spearheaded by Dick Vanberg and Buck. If you are interested in getting involved in Club Service, John is looking for an Engagement Coordinator (more weddings in the club’s future?)
Meeting adjourned at 8:33.
Notes by Marcia Harris
Friday (8/11/2017) Marcia Harris 2017-08-16 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jennifer Hamilton
Call to order at 7:30 by President Santos; Invocation, scheduled for Don Rees, who was late. God Bless America – Randy Spitzer because Hal was late, On his birthday!; 4 Way Test – Peter Glein
Visiting Rotarians – Coach with Debbie (guest); no visiting Rotarians this week;
Guests - Joann Bucholz (honorary member); Lyn (Scott Junge wife); Eric Young; Don Dennis (and his ’32 ford); Derick Young;
Opening Comments
Featured Items
Communities in schools of Peninsula (CISP) – Juanita Carbaugh not present, so John Ciccarelli and Dick Vanberg (nice Gilligan hats!) presenting; Party in Cathy Davis Mayfield’s yard; sign up on line; $30 ticket price; tight parking but providing an easy shuttle – pick up at Kimball Drive Park and Ride
Courage Classic – John Mitchell – August 27th at Mossy Rock High School; Signup sheet passed around; John will send out the information on the specifics; let him know if you need a ride. Hal Hodgins noted that riders who have registered will be charged the $750 pledge on Aug 16th; Need help with donations;
Birthdays – LOTS of bdays this month
Work Party Park August 5th - Randy – Gateway Park; Undercover; staining material this week; Materials donated by Don Rees of Real Carriage Door; Question asked about what kind of construction experience needed to help, Randy stated expertise not needed – he can help. Playground equipment in; working to get asphalt into lot; Rotary providing labor for the Pavilion; located at Key Peninsula in Purdy by Hwy 302. Breakfast at the Flotation Device at 730a.
Asked to replace the fencing in the Fall at the Wilkinson Park gardens; Materials list already created.
Doing the concrete slab at the estuary;
Wine & Food Festival – over 650 people;
Beast Bus coming – email regarding tickets distributed; Walker Sandlin to provide the BBQ (October 28th)
Finemaster Peter Glein – National Night Out – Jill pay fine for storm trooper uniforms; Howard Mackert – fined for parking; Tony Michaelson – Mustang parked across entrance; Lee Smith – new truck; Don Rees and Hal Cline – reminder we start at 730!
Happy Bucks – classic car show in uptown – fund raiser; Wine and Food Festival – vendors agreed one of the best events ever; Paul Willett - Daughter Maddy played national championship game
Raffle - ($373) Jeff Harris! Again!!
Program – Walt Paulson – “Hot August Morning”
Microphone passed around to members who brought their classic cars.
  • 1932 Red Ford and a 1934 coupe
  • Calloway Camaro – Howard Mackert; cancer camp on Vashon Island – fundraiser at track taking cancer patients and their parents out on the track (Aug 17th)
  • John Hopkins – 2017
  • Rodd Ladd - 1980 Porsche Targa
  • 1959 TR3
  • 1952 MGTD – rebuilt in 1982
  • Jill – 2005 Honda B2000
  • 2002 Porsche Boxster – took it out of the track and learned he had a 300 hp go cart
  • 2011 Nissan 370Z
  • 2010 JD 100 (Riding lawn mower)
  • Walt - 1962 Chevy convertible
Adjourn – early to go check out all the cars
Notes by Jennifer Hamilton
Friday (8/4/2017) Jennifer Hamilton 2017-08-08 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alan Weaver
Opening: After noise which only a few thought was music, President Mel Santos opened the meeting promptly at 7:30 am. Invocation by Cindy Reed; Pledge of Allegiance by President Mel; Song by Hal Cline as ably assisted by server Faye Hale (who, according to this scribe, should be allowed to sing solo before the whole Club) and Four Way Test by Al Abbott. No Greeters were spotted.
Visiting Rotarians: Two semi-regular attendees of Judy Hosea from Lakewood and Larry Treleven from Tacoma 8.
Guests: Chris Anderson, Byron ONeal, Sophie Perkin’s friend David Holsinger, Scott Junge’s wife Lyn, Walker Allen’s wife Tresha, Brett DeSantis’ two young children, Al Bucholz’s daughter Susan Jensen, and maybe one or two others.
Opening Comments:
                Our Friday September 22 meeting will be a joint meeting with the members of the other two Gig Harbor Rotary Clubs but at Canterwood Golf & Country Club. Meal will be free (but does that mean each member gets a rebate?). Further details to come.
                President Mel issued a Warning that our train will run on time (that is 7:30 am start, completion of club business by 8:00 am and adjournment by 8:30 am). So, if you are speaking and he stands up, you had better stop. (As usual, only honored in the breach. Hard to get the program on at 8!)
                A special Happy Birthday was sung to Luciana DeSantis, Brett’s shy nine year old daughter.
            Youth Exchange Program: Richard Pifer advised the Club that this year’s exchange student Melanie Meyer from Switzerland will arrive here on August 15th and she will be one of our Club’s few exchange students to attend Peninsula High School. During the school year she will be staying with five different host families but only two of which are of members of this Club.
                August Parking Space was auctioned off by Keith Harris for $45 (after being bidded up by Tom Borgen) to Rod Ladd who is either very generous or couldn’t hear as he paid $50 and declined change.
                Gateway Park work report was given by Randy Barcalow who unfurled a Rotary banner and announced that tomorrow’s effort at the Longbranch park will be delayed a week because he is losing too many workers to tomorrow’s Wine & Food Festival.
                Wine & Food report was given by Pat Schmidt who was looking for a few more cleanup workers tomorrow.
                CISP’s Party Bash will be on August 24th as announced by Juanita Carbaugh. She indicated that there will be several changes from last year including an additional charge.Communities in Schools, Peninsula.
Fine Master and Happy Bucks: Fine Master John Winslow started out by nailing, unfortunately, this scribe for his July 9 minutes wherein he invented a new club member “Dorothy Lormor” as handling the drawing when in fact it was Donna Lormor and not Dorothy Wimberly. (Always thought that scribes were immune from being fined.) Ed Lindstrom also contributed since he was the only male sitting at a table with four women. (You would have thought he might have shared one or two.)
Drawing: This time the scribe is positive that Donna Lormor handled the drawing and that Ben Pagenelli was unsuccessful in his drawing but is unsure how much Ben was drawing for and who won the ten free tickets.
Speaker: Paul Alvestad introduced speaker Jan Angel, the Republican state senator from this district, who spoke on Reflections of the 2017 Legislative Session. She indicated that she is on three committees (the first two of which she now chairs) which are the financial institutions and insurance (not health), the local government and the law and justice. She traced a bill traveling though the legislative process. Much of her talk was devoted to the three budgets: transportation, operation and capital. The legislative process was delayed into three extra sessions on the capital budget by inaction of the legislature on solving the Supreme Court decision in the Whatcom County Superior Court case known as Hirst which effectively held that a private well on non-city property could not be dug in this state. (This is not an accurate representation of what Hirst did, but it is a common misperception. See Tim Williams if you want clarification.)
Adjournment: As promised, at 8:30 am sharp.
Friday (7/28/2017) Alan Weaver 2017-07-31 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Walker Allen
GH Rotary President Mel Santos presiding
Invocation: Mike Pinch; Pledge: President Mel; Song: 2-Hals (Hodgins and Cline) “God Bless America”; 4-Way Test of the things we Think, Say or Do:
Visiting Rotarians: announced by Annmarie Huppert; None
Guests: Lyn Junge, Guest of Scott Junge; Theresa Mottet and Gretchen Yamaguchi, Guests of Annmarie Huppert; Abbie Waite, Guest of Duane Fister; Michael Ewens, Guest of Tom Borgen; David Hulsinger, Guest of Sophie Perkins; Bill Every, Guest of John Dupenthaler; Fred Bomonti, Guest of Howard Mackert; (there may have been others but they were not on the sign-in sheet)
Opening Comment: Scott Junge – Thank you for a gift to the Gig Harbor Rotary Foundation from Tom Borgen’s sister-in-law, Maureen Kopet, in honor of Tom’s late mother.
Reports and Announcements:
  • Michael Ewens, of the Ripple Effect, thanked the Rotary Club for their contributions to the water projects for villages in Guatemala – truly “Service above Self”. He currently has 10 full-time employees. There were 30 men digging (by hand) a hole for a water tank to serve the village. Three water projects are underway. Eight schools now have RACHEL electronic tablets. Thanks and God bless Rotary.
  • Cindy Reed reminded us that our Rotary Exchange student, Melanie Meyers (from Switzerland) will arrive August 15. We currently have five families to host, but only two are Rotary families – Marti Anderson and Veronica Hooper. More Rotarians are needed to make this a truly Rotary experience for the Exchange program to work as it should.
  • Lee Smith reminded us that the Wine & Food Festival is coming up July 29. Get tickets now – and the discount code is “Rotary”
  • Rod Ladd urged Red-Badgers who had not met with him to do so after the meeting. He announced that all of the Committee budget will go to the Guatemala and Philippines projects this year. Bob Martin advised that there are 7 cases of Polio in the Punjab area of India. That’s distressing since the vaccine for this strain are no longer being produced.
  • Randy Barcalow asked for volunteers to help out with projects:
Fine-master: Chris Myers
Raffle: Larry Olson conducted the raffle - 10 free next week goes to John Winslow and Guest Abbey Waite got the white chip and $15.
Program: Jafar Taghavi, CEO of Peninsula Light (aka Pen Light) introduced by Paul Alvestad. Title: “Then and Now”. He provided some of the history of Pen Light. It started in 1924 with the construction of the Cushman Dam. The $40 fee for incorporation was paid by one of the founders, who drove to Olympia to get the license from the Washington State Secretary of State. In December 1926, power was turned on in Gig Harbor. Interesting facts:
  • 2nd largest co-op in Washington
  • 6th oldest
  • $60 million in revenue
  • $160 million in assets
  • One of the most reliable in the nation
  • 49% of Members are retired
  • 61% are over 55
  • 84% attended college
  • Provide lots of community service, including a $50,000 matching fund (“Project Help”) from the community and employees to help those less fortunate in our community.
  • Conservation targets have been met
  • Reliability is in the top quartile in the nation
    • Undergrounding is only part of the reliability of the system
    • the Distribution Management System is another major factor that automatically “self-heals” by detecting power outages. Check out Duke Energy’s demo on how it works: (
  • There is no longer a correlation between the state of the economy and electric consumption because of extensive development of energy savers.
  • Incentives for solar installation was just approved by the Washington State Legislature.
  • Cyber security of the grid is critical. Pen Light has separate systems for administrative and power distribution.
Meeting adjourned at 8:30.
Notes by Walker Allen
Friday (7/21/2017) Walker Allen 2017-07-26 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert J Martin on Jul 19, 2017
LAUGHTER DOES MAKE YOU FEEL BETTER (And it is easier than exercise)
Two guys were discussing popular family trends on sex, marriage, and family values..
Bill said, 'I didn't sleep with my wife before we got married, did you?'
Larry replied, 'I'm not sure, what was her maiden name?'
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A little boy went up to his father and asked: 'Dad, where did my intelligence come from?'
The father replied 'Well, son, you must have got it from your mother, cause I still have mine.'

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'Mr. Clark, I have reviewed this case very carefully,' the divorce Court Judge said, 'And I've decided to give your wife £775 a week,'
That's very fair, your honor,' the husband said. 'And every now and then I'll try to send her a few bucks myself.' (I think he is Irish)
A doctor examining a woman who had been rushed to the Emergency Room, took the husband aside, and said, 'I don't like the looks of your wife at all.'
'Me neither doc,' said the husband. 'But she's a great cook and really good with the kids.'
Let's Finish with some Laughter Robert J Martin 2017-07-19 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert J Martin on Jul 19, 2017
   Summary of newly-reported viruses this week:  Pakistan – one new wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) isolated from an acute flaccid paralysis case; Afghanistan – one new WPV1-positive environmental sample.  See country-specific section below, for more details.

Afghanistan:  No new wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) cases were reported in the past week.  The total number of WPV1 cases for 2017 remains four.  The most recent WPV1 case had onset of paralysis on 16 April from Nawzad district, Hilmand province.

 Pakistan:  One new wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) case was reported in the past week, bringing the total number of WPV1 cases for 2017 to three.  It is the most recent case in the country, and had onset of paralysis on 11 June, from Killa Abdullah, Balochistan.
in Syria there have been 23 cases of vaccine related cases of polio.  There have also been two isolates of Type I polio virus in water in Punjab.  The current vaccines do not include Type I so a response plan is being prepared to deal with unexpected event.  There have been no cases of Type I polio reported.
Polio Update Robert J Martin 2017-07-19 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert J Martin on Jul 19, 2017
PHOTO SUMMARY OF THE JULY 14TH MEETING (Photos compliments of Rod Ladd)
President Mel getting the "feel" of his unique gavel.  And this only his second try!
Hal and Bob blessing this great country.  Hope they were a good duet.
John letting all 18 Red Badgers know there is a great checklist of the requirements for getting their Blue Badges and that it is in the notebook he is holding and that will be at the check in table each week.
Randy Barcalow giving an update on the Estuary Park Carport.  Another work party soon to occur.  We have at least 4 other hands on projects in the wings so plan on giving some of your time instead of money.  Randy takes care to have both weekday and weekend work times so all can participate.
Scott thought something was funny about a name or his pronunciation of that name.  Laughter will help to live longer and Scott is shooting for 100+!
PAST President Tom is happy to be back in the "ranks" instead of up front.  His smile might confirm that.
Pat is letting us know that a lot of volunteer help will be needed for the Wine & Food Festival coming up the last weekend in July.  Plan on giving some time to make this event and our community a better place to live.
Duane is inducting AnnMarie Huppert and Brent Tayet as our two newest members.  If you are really stressed out you might want to befriend AnnMarie.
Annina Liebner, our outbound exchange student will be going to Northern Italy, near Milan.  Italy is fortunate to have her and she will be a great representative of Gig Harbor and Rotary.  Will look forward to hearing about her year.
Finemaster Mac had his full 10 minutes.  He continued his phone duel with Walt and had lots of Happy Bucks like Bob's trip to France and Dick and Jean's 55th wedding anniversary.  How many happy years Dick?heartkiss
Vicki Hogan introduced our program speaker Leilani Jackson who talked about the Ruston Way project.  Don't know if that is because Vicki can see the project or because Leilani has been in Superior Court.  Hope that was clear to all of you.
Here is Leilani talking about Point Ruston, Past, Present, and Future.  The uplands are single family homes and the waterfront commercial and condos.  Great improvement of the property.
Photo summary of the July 14th Meeting Robert J Martin 2017-07-19 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chuck Perry
Opening Bell: President Mel Santos opened the meeting with a ring of the bell at 7:29 AM. This was accompanied by music from the sound system that was unrecognizable to this scribe due to genre and over modulation. Mel said the music would be better next week. Invocation by Randy Spitzer, who spoke about hope and vision; Pledge of Allegiance by president Mel; Song “God bless America” led by Bob Ryan and Hal Cline; and Four Way Test led by Dave Morris with a 1, 2, 3, & 4.
Greeter: None seen.
Visiting Rotarians: None signed in.
Guests: Dave Freeman’s grandson Evan Margel; Susan Jensen;  Lyn Junge; Rosalie Buchanan; Nina Liebner, our outgoing exchange student; Alissa Rooks; Kade Mahoney; Pam Smith’s daughter and two grandchildren Delaine, Kohyn, and Brogyn Morgan; Rebecca Cooper: Annmarie Huppert; Leilani Jackson our speaker; and Jennifer O’Hare.
Opening comments: By Mel. Asked Tom how it felt to be back in the ranks with the members. Tom said it was great to be seated again. Mel thanked Tom for all the work and looks forward to maybe some help as needed. Tom said he didn’t need any more meetings to hand out awards and thankyous. (Note: 2015/16 and 2016/17 Perfect attendance awards are still coming.)
Induction of new members: Duane Fister inducted two new members into the club. Brent Tayet, sponsored by Cindy Reed, and Annmarie Huppert sponsored by Dave Morris and John Eddy. The two newest Rotarians received the usual standing ovation and a cheer led by Coach.
Red Badge: John Duppenthaler, the Club Service Director, announced that we currently have 16, oh no make that 18, Red Badgers with today’s additions. There is a record book that is out front on Friday mornings for recording the items completed to become a Blue Badger. All Red Badgers and sponsors should take a look at the book and get those things done to get a blue badge. If you are a Red Badger and have not given your classification talk, call Paul Alvestad to get it scheduled.
Outgoing Exchange Student: Annina (Nina) Liebner, the club’s outgoing exchange student gave a little report. She will be leaving sometime around the first of September. She will be staying in North Italy, close to Milan and close to the Swiss and Austrian borders. The locals speak about 50/50 Italian and German. She is waiting for her visa. Her first host family has five children, four boys and one girl. She will visit us again before she leaves.
Dues: Rod Ladd announced that the billing for dues has gone out. Each member should have received it by email. The best and easiest way to pay the dues is online. The email is from Melissa at AMI and contains a link to pay online. All you have to do is click on the link and follow the instructions. Pay with a credit card or with EFT from your bank account. This quarter’s dues are for $258 and include all of the national annual dues, and your breakfast.
Wollochet Bay Estuary Park: Randy Barcalow gave a report on the ongoing project at the park. He showed slides of the project and said we will be needed soon for additional work!!! He had seven Rotarians at the last work party.
Fine Master and Happy Bucks: Mac Pinch was in great form as usual for his fining session as the finemaster. He had a whole ten minutes to use. He started with wishing fellow finemaster John Winslow a happy birthday. He welcomed Tom back to the ranks of the members at the meeting. He fined Walt Paulson for calling him while in front of the meeting. He went on to talk about Coach and his disabled driving license that was announced last week. (It should have been a disabled parking permit). Happy bucks were opened up and Bob was happy about a trip taken to France. Chuck Perry announced he followed Coach home from Rotary a few weeks ago and thinks that maybe it wasn’t a disabled parking permit but that Coach had it right as a disabled driving license. Dick Vanberg gave a happy buck for his and Jean’s 55th wedding anniversary. John Mitchell announced he is now the proud father of a baby girl. He announced the name; however I missed it in my notes. (Comment from the scribe: He looked as though he was way too rested for having a newborn. We hope he is helping his wife with the wakeup calls.) Bob Mackert is looking for someone with some webpage skills to help with Cars for Change.
Drawing: Ben Paganelli won ten free tickets next week and Jeff Harris pulled a white chip from 12 chips, to miss the pot of $208, all as handled by Larry Olson.
Program: Paul Alvestad introduced Vicki Hogan who in turn introduced the speaker for the program. Leilani Jackson – Point Ruston; Past, Present, and Future
As almost everyone in the room knew, Point Ruston was the site of the Asarco copper smelter from 1890-1986, when it shut down. The smelter was a toxic site, contaminating the area in lead and arsenic. The area was set up as a superfund site with the EPA and a large trust fund was set up for the clean-up of the site in 1996. However Asarco filed bankruptcy and this delayed the clean-up. By 2005, much of the clean-up was completed and a redevelopment plan was completed and agreed upon for development of the property. The site includes 97 acres. 30 acres in the water, 12 acres on stack hill and 55 acres of waterfront site. Stack Hill has been developed into single family residences. The planned development is being done by M.C. Construction, owned by Mike Cohn. The development includes a waterfront park and walk, a marina, multiple buildings for condo’s, apartments, and retail and mixed use. They currently have a theater, multiple restaurants, a fitness facility and some professional office space. Future tenants include a public market, more condos and apartments, as well as the marina. For more information, you can visit the website at: .
Adjournment: President Mel adjourned the meeting exactly at 8:30 am.
Notes by Chuck Perry
Friday (7/14/2017) Chuck Perry 2017-07-18 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert J Martin on Jul 14, 2017
PRESIDENT MEL'S FIRST MEETING JULY 7, 2017  This meeting started a little different than the typical meeting with Coach and Annie as Cheerleaders as they introduced the new Board with a "bring it on attitude".
But even before that was breakfast.  Mmmmm, Bagin!  I think Rocky would have ripped my arm off if I had tried to take his.
Here Coach and Annie do the intros with fanfare, music, and party lights.
Here is some of the Board.  Rod is behind his Uncle Mike.  Don't know who is behind John D.
Now some of the Executives show up, in the form of Paul, not sure where Hal was and still don't know who was behind John.
And the high fives began, not all of the Board seemed to know how.
Chuck did the great job with the invocation.  The moment of silence was quite brief, possibly in keeping with President Mel's desire to keep meetings on time.
Mel asked Dave to explain his unique gavek and Dave was quite accommodating.  Some very clever aspects tying in with Mel's activity with the Prison Program and with his power dressing.  Thanks for making the Club special Dave.
Here is Past President Pam playing games again.  Well at least asking three couples to play games. 
The McVays, Martins, and Junges husbands had to answer three questions about their wives.  True to form, all three men got 2 out of 3 questions correct, kind of like life in general.
Very impressed with Coach when he was introducing visiting Rotarians and did not have the list.  He simply asked any visitors to stand.  Didn't have to butcher a single name.  Way to go Coach!
Betty was announcing the upcoming GH Film Festival event, something about Dance at the Movies, a couple of Betty's favorite things.
President Mel really is not sleeping, just the luck of the shutter.  After introducing his Board he outlined his goals and I would say being on time and transparent led the list among a number of worthwhile pursuits.
President Mel announced that Debbie Miller will be his Chief of Staff and since her salary will not impact the Club Budget, no Board approval was necessary.  Mel did not announce how much he was paying her.
John doesn't have a budget either, but that doesn't make his job any easier.  If you are enjoying our meetings and social activities you should make it a point to thank John for keeping things going.
Here is how 41% of our charitable money is spent locally.  Brett has a core committee of seven and at least another 7 who attend meetings regularly.  If you have things you would like to see our Club do in Gig Harbor, talk with Brett.
Brett has a lot on her plate as Community Service Chair and you might want to keep her in your thoughts and prayers as she deals with the lost of her Father.
Rod is responsible for overseeing 22% of our charitable budget and has a committee of about 15 regular attenders who help do the work in Guatemala, the Philippines, and Africa.  Waiting for some new projects in Peru.  Join his committee and see the World!
Richard is Vocational Services Chair and the two biggies are the Prison Project and the STAR Banquet.  The Prison program has several aspects, teaching, mentoring, and educating.
Jeannie as Youth Services Director has 15% of our budget and hosting an exchange student is the biggie, but business week and RYLA are also impactful and keeping Interact and Earlyact going is no small feat.  Sharon Shaffer, John Winslow and others give her
great support.
These next two slides have to do with transparency.  So if you are ever inclined to feel that the Board is not letting you know how your money is being spent please refer back to this issue.  I am sure you will be getting this information repeatedly and who knows, it might even sink in.
This is how the money is allocated.
This gives you a three year picture of what is happening with the dollars.  If you want more say in what is happening then come to the committee meetings and speak up.  It is really a lot of fun.
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Posted by Robert J Martin on Jul 14, 2017
President Tom has a big smile for his last meeting, and why not?  It has been a great year under his leadership.  Thanks Tom.
Chief Kelly announcing the visiting Rotarians.  Seems to be really concentrating on getting this name correct.
Past President Mike giving the history of Connie's jacket and here pointing our that we used to be District 502.
President Tom thanked his Board members and here is Jeannie as the new Youth Services Chair.  Thanks for stepping up Jeannie and we know you will do a great job!
President Tom also wanted to honor some Club seniority and here is our only Charter Member, Al Bucholz with our next oldest member, Coach.  He must be doing a Hip Hip Hooray!
Can you read Walt's lips?  We had four published birthdays, Trent Jonas, Mac Pinch, Rich Coyner, and Hal Hodgins.
Dan Rioux who did a great job with 2 Earlyact groups, Purdy Elementary and Harbor Ridge Middle School.  He is unfortunately for us moving back to Austin and he will be greatly missed.  He also had a great going away party at his house.  We will miss you Dan, but it will be Austin's gain.
And guess who earned the Vocational Excellence Award?  Well deserved Juanita, thanks for all you do at work and in our Club.
Randy Barcalow receiving his Rotarian of the Year award.  Well deserved Randy and you have more than filled Ole's shoes.  Lots of projects to go.......
Believe it or not we also had a program about what is going on in the Peninsula School District in the way of programs.  Rob Manahan introduced the speakers and they were all good.
Erin O'Neil was the first and I think the last speaker.  She talked about how students are being prepared for job skills and her passion was evident.
John Selfors talked about getting real job experience for students and again with great passion and enthusiasm.
Gary Schmidt gets students into real job experience and promoted the value to these kids as future employees.
I am sorry I don't recall what Karen Dove's message was, but maybe you remember.
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Posted by Robert J Martin on Jul 14, 2017
This is going to be a huge bulletin with 44 pictures and three stories.  I am sorry this is late but too many projects at home and this is coming to you from our new trailer in Missoula, MT.  I hope you enjoy it.
This is some of the party goers doing the chicken dance.  And why would they do that?
To honor President Tom as he holds his lap chicken.  A lot of white heads and hats in the foreground don't you think?
A couple of happy campers.  Maybe Don is happy to have his Rubicon running and Howard because Don paid his bill.  Or maybe there is something in the water.
We were well entertained by Grouch Cuzzetto.  Who would have guessed?
Tom got very attached to his lap chicken so the metal one may be left out in the cold.
Tom and his first lady, Peggy did enjoy the friendly roast and the fact the year was almost over.  Great job Tom and Peggy!
"Groucho" was such a surprise I felt you needed to see him twice and this with the Groucho Marx mouth and cigar.  Great job Chuck!
And now the Installation part.  Incoming President Mel was pleasingly brief with his comments and just wants the Club to keep doing what it has been doing without necessarily any new programs.  You know you will have the Club behind you Mel and we all look forward to "Your year".
Installation Banquet 2017 Robert J Martin 2017-07-14 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alan Weaver
Opening: Entirely new format as start was at 7:25 am led by Coach Jack Stonestreet and assisted by the incoming new directors and officers to the fanfare of music (?) reminiscent of Star Wars (as if there were not sufficient noise already in the packed room).
                In the absence of outgoing president Tom Borgen, former club president Dave Cathers presented the gavel to incoming president Mel Santos who immediately called the meeting to order. Invocation by Chuck Perry; Pledge of Allegiance by president Mel; Song “America the Beautiful” led by Hal Cline; and Four Way Test led by Dave Cathers.
                Greeter: None seen.
Visiting Rotarians: Judy Hosea (Lakewood) and assistant district governor Howard Svigals (Midday) who brought Byron O’Neal and Aussa Rooksy.
Guests: Susan Jensen, Dave Freeman’s grandson Evan Margel, Lyn Junge, Mac Pinch’s young sons Oliver and Rocky, Dave Holsinger, former members Hilary Bridge and Joyce Gorny, Juanita Carbaugh’s mentee Deidre.
Gig Harbor Rotary Foundation: Chris Myers called to order a special meeting of the Gig Harbor Rotary Foundation for the sole purpose of electing three of the nine foundation trustee positions for the coming year. Candidates Paul Alvestad, Scott Junge, Tim Williams and John Winslow each gave abbreviated campaign speeches and subsequently the last three named were elected by the members present.
Fine Master and Happy Bucks: Pam Peterson-Smith fined virtually nobody but did recognize Al Abbott for his work with the Dragon Boats. She also had three married couples (Martins, Junges and McVays) demonstrate that longtime married couples do not necessarily know everything about his or her spouse. Under the Happy Buck portion, Tim Williams welcomed his eighth grandchild and coach Jack Stonestreet (86 years old, 64 years married and 50 years a Rotarian) finally got his disability permit to drive.
Drawing: Someone won ten free tickets next week and Rod Ladd struck out in his attempt to take home the pot of $178, all as handled by Dorothy Lormor.
Program: Since president Mel was the immediate past program chairman, he introduced himself in order to inform the club how he hopes to run the club in the July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018 period. He immediately introduced his “Chief of Staff” Debbie Miller (who does not have to be confirmed by anyone). He hopes to have the Club run on five basic principles: 1. Transparency; 2. On Time and Visible (meaning 7:30 am to 8:30 am and no more); 3. Fortify Avenues of Service and Committees; 4. Maintain membership at 125 members; and 5. Things will be different. He pointed out that he and all but one of the committee heads work full-time.
                Under transparency above, he pointed out that the Club receives about $116,000 revenue per year ($104,000 from the auction and $12,000 from the wine and food festival). In order to show how that expected revenue is to be spent in the forthcoming fiscal year, he had each committee head speak:
                Club Service: John Duppenthaler, $0 budget and 0% of budget. Last year approximately ten members left the club for a variety of reasons, thus depleting the waiting list. (Afterward, Dave Morris was quoted as saying that the current waiting list was “about zero, give or take.”)
                Community Service: Brett DeSantis, eight proposed projects, $47,100, 41%.
                International Service: Rod Ladd, seven projects, 25,020, 22%.
                Vocational Service: Richard Schmalz, six projects, $10,500, 9%.
                Youth Services: Jeanie Simmons, seven projects, $16,800, 15%.
                Public Relations: Outgoing president Tom Borgen (who was not there), $3,000, 3%.
                Gig Harbor Rotary Foundation: eight projects, $2,500, 2%.
                Unallocated: $10,000, 8%.
Adjournment: True to his second basic principle, president Mel adjourned the meeting exactly at 8:30 am. 
Notes by Al Weaver
Friday (7/7/2017) Alan Weaver 2017-07-08 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Freeman
Greeters: none
Opening: Tom Borgen opened the meeting at 7:29 sharp; Invocation: Mike Pinch; Song:  Hal Cline; Pledge of allegiance: Mac Pinch; The four way test: Mary Gorman
Visiting Rotarians: Mary Gorman, Midday club
Guests of Rotarians: Sue Jenson, Lyn Jung, Brent Taylor, Dave Holsinger
Rotarian of the year Award: 2017 winner is Randy Barcalow
Vocational Service Award: 2017 winner is Juanita Carbaugh
Reports and announcements:
Thanks to Ben for the bratwurst feed at the last meeting.,
Work Party at Estuary Park on Saturday July 2 at 9:00AM, 
Exchange student schedule are coming, contact Cindy Reed
Rotary Rainiers Baseball July 19th,
Golf-a-ritaville with the midday club on July 21st
Wine and food festival on July 29th
Mary Bridge courage classic on August 26th
Hot August Cars on August 4th in the parking lot.
Dan Rioux is leaving the club and returning to Austin Texas: you will be missed!!
June birthdays: Mac Pinch, Hal Hodgins, Trent Jonas, and Rich Coyner
Rotary Rainer’s Baseball, July 13th
Wine & Food Festival: July 29th
Fines & Happy Bucks: Skipped over
Drawing Dave Gordon drew the white chip.
Program: Peninsula School District Trades Council with Erin O’Neil, Gary Schmidt, Karen Dove & John Selfors. Introduction from Dr. Rob Manahan 
This wonderful program teaches the basic job preparedness skills necessary for high school graduates to be successful in the job market. It offers real world experiences in collage, career and life readiness. This program gives students a sense of the experiences and skills that it takes to do a job in the real world. Dreaming and doing fosters student aspirations. The skilled trades makes up a large portion of the course curriculum. The pre-apprentice program offers region wide job training with local skilled trades. 
The course will be taught in a re-furbished lab at Peninsula High school   
Adjourn: The program ended as Tom gaveled the end at 8:30 AM.   
Notes by Dave Freeman   
Friday (6/30/2017) David Freeman 2017-07-04 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert J Martin on Jun 28, 2017
Cub Scout Pack 202 preparing the flag for the trip up the pole.  They handle this very well.
The Bugler, Taylor Phillips from Peninsula high, bugling To The Colors on the top of the new viewing platform.  I am sure the sound carried well.
Looks to me like everyone was having a great time and there was plenty of room with the pumping station tucked away.  The park is beautiful.
Looks like this is the DC of AC/DC.  Don and Cindy are hamming it up for Rod.
Kiwanis provided some great looking pancakes and some sausage to go with them.  Looks like they have it down pat.
Gary and John seemed pleased with their breakfast.
Walker on the other hand seems to be under some duress with Al on his back and Cindy and Terese having a conversation over his plate.  He is however concentrating well.
Not sure what President Tom is auctioning off, but it is colorful.  Hope the proceeds went to a great cause!
Stephanie Lyle was the program as she talked about her Dad Keith Lile as a tail gunner.  I knew him as the second president of our Club serving 1975-76.  Our very first Dinners for Eight was at Keith and Mabel's home.  Would be great to have Stephanie in our Club.
Rod wanted to be sure you would remember Stephanie.  She is the new director of the Harbor History Museum.
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Posted by Robert Martin on Jun 28, 2017
PHOTO SUMMARY OF THE JUNE 23RD MEETING (Photos thanks to Rod Ladd)
President Tom started the meeting with Brats and his Bloody Mary.  It was a day of celebration.
Duane sharing his hospital experience which was bad but ended well.  He also shared the loss of his 97 yo Father and how helpful it was to have a Rotary family and the support provided.
Gravity seems to have taken over Mac's hair but it didn't slow down his fine skills.
Tom was the program and he spent the time recognizing and thanking the Rotarians who made it a good year.  Brett was the Community Service Chair and did a great job spending all of the money.
He thanked Donna Lormor for her efforts as Vocational Service Chair and all those who helped with the Women's Prison Project.
Rod Ladd served as International Service Chair and had projects in Guatemala and the Philippines.  He looks happy about the outcome.  Club Service, John Duppenthaler, and Youth service Directors, Veronica Hooper/Dan Rioux were absent.
Here President Tom is thanking his executive committee I think with Rotary Hats and kind words.
I think Rod took this picture just for Jeannie's smile.
This had to be for the shoe laces, which Al seems very happy with.
Photo Summary of the June 23rd meeting Robert Martin 2017-06-28 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tony Michaelson
Ring the Bell:  Tom rang the bell at 7:30am.
Invocation:  Duane Fister; Pledge:  Little Pinch; Song: Hal Cline; 4 Way Test:  Dave Freeman
Visiting Rotarians:  None
Guest of Rotarians: Christopher Jones (Dave Freeman’s grandson), Lyn Junge, Carina Pinch, Peggy Borgen and Rosalie Buchanan.
Reports and Announcements:
Board Meeting            June 28 (5:30pm)                 
Rainiers Game            July 13
Wine & Food Festival    July 29 We’re in good shape for volunteers (per Sharon)
Mary Bridge Courage Classic--In Discussion
Featured Items:
Foundation—Bob Martin. Annual Report $28,973.00 contributed by our club this year, exceeding the goal. Polio designated… $5,500.00.
Fine MasterMac Pinch. Something about the mating habits of the octopus as described to a tourist by Al Abbott on his Gig Harbor walk-about.
        Raffle—Larry Olson. Marcia Harris, $15.00.
        To meeting scribes and fine masters.
        Dick Vanberg for mentoring the 15 new members.
        Hal Cline for Dinners for Eight.
        Brett DeSantis for all of her work, particularly helping Tom with the computer.
        Ron Roberts for the years spent directing the Small Donations committee.
        Vocational Service…thank you to Donna Lormor and Buck Frymier.
        International Service…Ron Ladd.
        Teams… Larry Olson and Randy Barcalow.
        Youth Exchange was revived thanks to Mary Grubbs and crew.
        Directors…Mel, Alex, Pam, Paul, Brett, Rod, Scott and John D.
Your scribe lost track of the people who were given recognition. My apologies for not being able to keep up with all the deserving names Tom mentioned on his final Friday as President.
Adjourned: 8:30am.
Notes by Tony Michaelson
Friday (6/23/2017) Tony Michaelson 2017-06-27 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert J Martin on Jun 22, 2017
TThis was the Sunday morning interfaith service; had a minisermon befitting Rotary and some great music with the RI choir, seen here, and the Voice of Atlanta choral group.
And this is the Voice of Atlanta, definitely a southern Baptist choral group.  The blonde reminded me of Whoopi Goldberg in Sister Act.
This is the Atlanta Aquarium where we had one breakfast and it was great, although I don't know about being number one.  Definitely better than Seattle but Monterrey Bay would be competitive.
Couldn't resist a picture in picture, but this is Arch Klumpf, the Father of the Rotary Foundation which he initiated at the Atlanta Convention 100 years ago.
This is Andrew Young, former Mayor of Atlanta and then an ambassador.  He also chaired the Olympic Committee that brought the summer Olympics to Atlanta.  He is 85 years young and still going strong.  Gave a great talk on how we all need to be involved in our communities and that Rotary is a good way.  I loved it when he said he hadn't started preaching yet, but that was his whole presentation.  Hearing people like Andrew is why you should be  in Toronto next year.
Jennifer Jones, an RI Director and possibly the first female RI President interviewed one of my favorite people, Jack Nickalaus.  Jack is a polio ambassador and a new Honorary Rotarian.  A very humble family man considering he is probably the greatest golfer in history.  Again, another reason to go to an RI convention.
This was the view of the Olympic water park from the Atlanta Wheel.  It was warm and the kids were having a great time.  Wish I could have been in the water.  It was hot and humid.
Had a great Toronto promo although we missed the picture with the RCMP guy in the red suit.  The Conference is late next year so our installation will need to be earlier or really late, like June 30th.  Keep that in mind Tom.
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Posted by Walker Allen
RING THE BELL                   
Opening Comments at Boatyard Marina
Paul-  Thanks to everyone for helping with ceremony today
Scouts 202-  Kiwanis- Ron Rourke of the Marina
Wollochet Cleanup
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Stephanie Lye-   Director of History Museum spoke about her tail gunner father.
Notes by Walker Allen
Friday (6/16/2017) Walker Allen 2017-06-20 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chuck Perry
Opening: Mel Santos opened the meeting at 7:30 sharp; Mel was standing in for Tom, as he attends the International Rotary Convention Invocation: Debbie Miller gave the invocation with a strong Rotary message about the Golden Rule.(The Golden Rule will never be the same for me as I thought it was: Do unto others before they do unto you.); Pledge of allegiance: Christina Shanks, one of today’s speakers; Song: Hal Cline with “God Bless America”;  The four way test: John Winslow
Visiting Rotarians: Bill Evans of Port Orchard; Howard Svigalis, AG, of GH Mid-Day; Christina Shanks, Dan Wilson of GH Mid-Day
Guests of Rotarians: Sue Jenson, guest of Al Bucholz; Jeanne Peterson, guest of Buck Frymier; Tom Taylor, guest of Peter Stanley; Elly Aronson and Kathy Aronson, guests of Dave Cathers; Don Auburn, guest of Sophie Perkins; Gary, husband and guest of Juanita Carbaugh; Tina and Paul Andreason, Shannon Wiggs, and Mark Crewson, all guests of Buck Frymier and the meeting program.
Reports and announcements:
Bud Bay Rotary Clothing: Orders of Bud Bay Rotary embossed clothing are due in this week. If enough orders are received, we will receive a discount.
Vocational Services Award: Donna Lormor announced that nominations for the Vocational Service award are due in this next week. You can check on Club Runner for the nomination form.
Update on Deidre: Juanita Carbaugh gave an update on the release of Deidre from WCCW Purdy. She is getting out soon and will need continued emotional support. Juanita hopes that her “Family” (Rotary Club of Gig Harbor) will help her give Deidre this support. Juanita was cheered with a WOO WOO, or was it a WOOHOO? Kind of sounded like a greeting from Homer Simpson.
Cars for Change: Howard Mackert gave an update on the new nonprofit and how it will help graduates of WCCW.
Wollochet Interchange Cleanup: Paul Alvestad announced the cleanup and mowing will happen the next day. Followed by a few brews at Wet Coast Brewing.
Flag Day Celebration: The June 16th meeting is at Jersich / Skansi Park. An announcement will come out by Club Runner email. 7AM meeting time. A great program with a Kiwanis pancake breakfast, History Museum speaker and grand flag raising by Cub Scout Pack 202. All arranged by Paul Alvestad.
RAH: Rotary after Hours is Wednesday 6/14 at the Tides as announced by John Eddy.
Gavel Dinner and Marilyn Nailor Golf Tournament : We only have 29 signed up at this time. Now is the time to sign up. The signup is on line at the following link: .Through this link you can register and pay for the dinner, and register for golf or disc golf. Payment for golf will be made at the course. This dinner will honor and roast Tom and welcome in Mel as our next President.
Wine & Food Festival: July 29th, tickets are available on line. Some volunteers are still needed. Sign up for a great time.
International Committee: Rod Ladd announced the committee will meet on Wednesday 6/21 @ the Ladd/Pinch office on Rosedale.
Wollochet Estuary Project: GHRC is working on a new carport for the Pen Met Parks Wollochet Estuary caretaker house. A few volunteers are needed for this Tuesday at 9AM to help dig footings. The rest of the build will take place at a future date and signups will be available. This project is being run by Randy Barcalow.
Parking Auction:  Keith Harris auctioned off the parking spot for the balance of June and the month of July. Rod Ladd was the winning bidder at $55.00.
Fines & Happy Bucks: John Winslow extracted a few dollars from the members. Randy Spitzer for being on the phone; Keith Harris for something about a Facebook posting on Hooters; Peter Glein for an ad for an assistant on his boat for $15 bucks an hour. A few happy bucks were also collected, including from Donna Lormor on her daughter graduating from Foster Business School at the UW.
Drawing: Donna Lormor ran the raffle with 10 free going to Randy Spitzer and Dick Vanberg drawing from 16 chips for a pot of $105. Dick drew a white chip for a consolation prize of $15.00.
Life after WCCW and the Women’s Prison Program: Buck Frymier interviewed two graduates of the Women’s Prison Program; Christina Shanks and Stephanie Forrester. They gave a great picture of the issues facing women released from WCCW and how the Women’s Prison Program of the Gig Harbor Rotary has helped. The program has held 22 classes and has 425 graduates of the program. Both women gave great praise for how the program has helped.
Adjourn: The program and meeting ended at 8:30 AM with a ring of the bell by Mel.  
Notes by Chuck Perry
Friday (6/9/2017) Chuck Perry 2017-06-13 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alan Weaver
Opening Bell:  Right on time at 7:30 am by President Tom Borgen.
Opening matters:
            Greeters:  None spotted. Invocation:  red badger Eric McGinnis. Pledge of Allegance (but correctly spelled Allegiance. Sorry Tom):  Fred Labayen. Song: Scheduled to be the reliable and on key Hal Cline but before he could open his mouth “America the Beautiful” broke out from the southwest corner of the room. Four Way Test:  John Hopkins.
Visiting Rotarians:  Bob Cairns of Port Orchard.
 Guests of Rotarians:  Sophie Perkins’ friends David Holsinger and Don Asburn; Lyn Junge; Emma Conway’s two small but cute children Jack and Willa (whose accent was only minimal); and Al Bucholz’s daughter Susan Jensen.
Announcements and Reports:
  1.  New Park:  Both President Tom and Mayor Jill Guernsey reported on the opening of the remodeled Skansie Brothers Park in downtown Gig Harbor.
  2. President Tom showed a picture and reported on Bob and Jan Martin’s accident in which their camper was T-boned in Montana and left on its side but, fortunately, only very minor injuries to those involved in the accident. The woman who hit them is the wife of the owner of the largest motorhome dealer in Montana! Go figure.
  3. President Tom presented the Club’s new logo on a 6’ by 3’ canvas sign.
  4. Sharon Shaffer reported on the Food Festival scheduled for Saturday, July 29th, and the need for a few more individuals to sign up to assist.  Sharon also mentioned the Volunteer Appreciation Day event scheduled for Tuesday, June 6th at the Gig Harbor Yacht Club.
  5. The mowing cleanup of the Wollochet intersection on State Route 16 will again be handled by Paul Alvestad and his crew on June 10 and maybe later on a portion of the Cushman Trail if time permits.
  6. Veronica Hooper reported on the Girls on the Run 5 kilometer (3.1 miles for you non-runners) race for girls which will be held on June 10 at McCormick Woods.
  7. President Tom mentioned that he will be going to the International Rotary Convention in Atlanta this year as will be Walker Sandlin and his daughter who is the president of her Oklahoma Rotary Club.
  8. Paul Alvestad, as if he does not have enough to do, reported on the Club’s Tom Borgen Roast and Marilyn Naylor Memorial Golf Tournament on June 23 which will include for the first time Frisbee golf (which this scribe might be able to handle).  See the email from the Club Runner on Friday morning.
  9. The Rotary - Rainier’s baseball game (actually the Rainiers are playing baseball while the Rotarians will only be watching from the stands) will be held Thursday, July 13th and President Tom hopes to have ten to twelve of our club’s Rotarians in attendance.
  10. Since Keith Harris was not in attendance, the July Parking Space went unsold.
  11. For Two Truths and a Lie President Tom picked on four would be liars whose last name began with “M”.   Debbie Miller, John Mitchell, Chris Myers and Eric McGinnis all proved to be poor liars and were quickly seated.
Fine Master and Happy Bucks:  Mac Pinch did his usual fine job on picking on the membership, particularly those who tried to text to him while he was speaking, especially Walt Paulson.  Although there were several who spoke on Happy Bucks, the most impressive (at least to this scribe) was Fred Labayen who said that his daughter had just become an American citizen.
Drawing:  Larry Olson handled the drawing in which someone won ten free tickets for next week John Winslow successfully drew to the $621 pot. 
Program:  The program consisted of a review of what our club has accomplished since July 1, 2016 and will accomplish in the Club’s next fiscal year.  Because there were so many programs in so many areas and involving so many Rotarians this past year, it would be a disservice to attempt to name them for fear of understating what they did and by accident omitting someone who had accomplished even more.   So the scribe will not attempt to do so.
Adjournment:  President Tom adjourned the meeting a minute or two early.
Friday (6/2/2017) Alan Weaver 2017-06-06 07:00:00Z 0
Annmarie Huppert, Brent Tayet, and Jeff Stillwell have been approved by the Board as new members.
Annmarie is sponsored by Dave Morris & John Eddy and her classification is mental health counseling.
Brent Tayet is sponsored by Cindy Reed and his classification is financial planning/wealth management.
Jeff Stillwell is sponsored by Lee Smith and his classification is aviation.
The date of first publication is today, 5/30/17. Any comments should be referred to Annie Arbenz and/or Dave Morris within 10 days of the first date of publication.
New Member Notices 2017-05-30 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Freeman
Greeters: none Opening: Tom Borgen opened the meeting at 7:30 sharp; Invocation: Betty Felker; Song: Hal Cline; Pledge of allegiance: Mac, Oliver& Rocky; The four way test: Paul Alvestad
Visiting Rotarians: None
Guests of Rotarians: Sue Jenson, Lyn Jung, Brent Taylor,
Reports and announcements:
Special offer: John, of Bud Bay Clothing has a wide selection of rotary embossed clothing available on his web site.
Giggin the Harbor, thanks to Peter, Pam, Lee, Chuck, Mike, Dan & family, Tim & Carol and Hal.
Courage meeting: Thanks to John, Corry, Mel, Downtown Brown & wife Lynn, Frank & Annette
Board meeting, June 24th 5:30
History Museum: courtyard grand opening was a big success.
Farmers Market: first day is June 1
Club end of the year party: June 23rd
Rotary Rainer’s Baseball, July 13th
Wine & Food Festival: July 29th
Featured Items:
Interact scholarship recipients: John Winslow introduced the three Interact winners: Caroline, Jake, Misty
The four GHHS winners: Erica Holtz, Mia Savage, & Dick Sherwin
Fines & Happy Bucks: Pam, had several recipients of her humor including; Jill Gernsey, Scott Jung, Dick Vanberg, while Chuck Perry was happy his daughter graduated!, George Bonny was celebrating the third birthday of his granddaughter, and Pam gave $34 to celebrate her loosing 34 pounds.
Drawing: 10 free, Jeff Harris, to draw: Marcia Harris
Olson Foundation by Jeff Harris: The foundation works internationally towards improving clean water and the plight of refugees. Their overhead is a mere 2% of their intake revenues, truly an amazingly low number. Theb foundation was founded in 2006 and awards approximetly $70,000 in grants. The results are significant with clean water, education and more.
Classification talk: Marti Anderson; She has years of Rotary Service in West Seattle befor moving her family and family business to Gig Harbor in 2006. Rotary truly defines her!!! She told of the difficulties of moving a business especially a travel business and starting anew. She has had Knightly travel for 47 years. She is a Paul Harris Fellow.
Adjourn: The program ended as Tom gaveled the end at 8:30 AM.  
Notes by Dave Freeman
Friday (5/26/2017) David Freeman 2017-05-30 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by P. Anthony Michaelson
Ring the Bell: Tom rang the bell at 7:30am.
Invocation: Cindy Reed; Pledge: Peninsula HS Student ;Song: Dave Gillespie; 4 Way Test: Peter Glein
Visiting Rotarians: Larry Treleven, Tacoma 8. Jesse Young, Gig Harbor.
Guest of Rotarians: Bruce Kendall, Maya Savage, Spencer Fields, Victoria Johnson, Maddi Parker.
Reports and Announcements:
“Giggin the Harbor”              May 20              Mike Henry
Board Meeting                     May 24              Timberland Bank
HHM Courtyard Dedication    May 25              Pat Schmidt
Farmers Market Opening      June 1               Help needed with set up/take down
Vocational Services Award    June date           Donna Lormor
Interact Car Wash                 May 20              Dan Rioux
Featured Items:
  • Birthdays, Walt Paulson. Scott Junge, John Mitchell, Chris Myers, Sarah Sytsma, Emma Conway, Randy Spitzer, Brady Buskirk, Buck Frymier, Donna Lormor and Dave Morris.
  • Peninsula HS Scholarship Recipients. Six young talented ladies received scholarship awards. They will be attending UW-Seattle, CWU and University of San Diego.
Fine Master, Paul Willett.
Busy day, but one stood out. John Dunham had a sad-happy buck. His house sustained substantial water damage but thanks to his insurance agent and replacement insurance…..$200,000 in damages is fully covered.
Happy Bucks Raffle, Donna Lormor. No one won the pot worth $167.
PROGRAM: Bruce Kendall, CEO Economic Development Board, Tacoma- Pierce Co.
          Bruce and his seven employees, with a donated budget of $1.4 million dollars, focus on recruiting diversified industries with high wage jobs for Pierce County. (Econ Development 101) Out of seven possible recruits, they will bring in two businesses. This takes about 18 mos. from start to finish before they settle in. The Economic Dev. Board is working on a new marketing initiative for local companies entitled, “Place for Jobs.” Another idea on board now is called, “Live like the Mountain is Out.” This lets locals express how much they like living here. Full
page ads have been placed in the TNT and other outlets. Bruce also recognized
the impact of JBLM, the largest employer in Pierce County.
Adjourned: 8:30am.
Notes by Tony Michaelson
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Posted by Walker Allen
GH Rotary President Tom Borgen presiding
Invocation: Marcia Harris (to honor Mothers and Grandmothers who taught us to serve others); Pledge: Virginia Witt-Abbott, Member of Gig Harbor Mid-Day Rotary; Song: Randy Spitzer, “God Bless America”; 4-Way Test of the things we Think, Say or Do: - Annie Arbenz
Visiting Rotarians:  announced by Coach - Virginia Witt-Abbott, Gig Harbor Mid-Day
Guests: Lyn Junge, Guest of Scott Junge; Jeff Stillwell (Manager of the hangar we use for the Auction) \; Guest of Lee Smith (there may have been others but they were not on the sign-in sheet)
Reports and Announcements:
  • District Conference Report – Tom Borgen
  • AUCTION – Hal Hodgins, date will be the 2nd Saturday in March
  • “Giggin the Harbor” (spruce up downtown) –Mike Henery, May 20 – gather at Donkey Creek Park 9AM (bring your own tools – rakes, clippers, power washers, etc) Lunch will be provided.
  • Harbor History Museum – Tom Borgen reminded us of the dedication of the new Courtyard made possible by the Rotarians of the Rotary Club of Gig Harbor (with special thanks to Scott Junge and Rosedale Gardens) – Thursday May 25, 5 PM Arrival, 6 PM Ceremony.
  • Farmers Market opens June 1, hours of sales 3 to 7 PM – Heidi Gerling, Manager, and Pam Peterson-Smith gave an overview of our club’s involvement.  We are sponsoring two booths.  10/12 Volunteers are needed to help vendors unload their goods and set up their booths from 11AM to 3 PM.  And, 10/12 Volunteers are needed to help remove booths and goods for vendors from 7 to 9 PM.  Pam is coordinating and circulated signup sheets.
  • Kingston Rotary Golf Tournament – Randy Spitzer announced their tournament for Friday, June 16.
  • Dancing in the Schools – Betty Felker announced that thanks to a contribution from this club, there has been a lot of interest shown by more schools and the school district will be supporting expansion of the program.
  • EarlyAct and RotarAct (Purdy Elementary and Harbor Ridge) - Dan Rioux announced that these groups teamed up to raise funds to provide water filters.  They raised $726.
Participants: Jennifer Hamilton, Donna Lormor and Fred Labayen 
FINE MASTER – Peter Glein (Continued to fine other fine masters – over their objections)
Walt Paulsen won 10 free for next week and John Winslow pulled the blue chip for $621.
Anikka Abbott, Miss West Sound gave an overview of the Miss America Pageant and how it builds confidence in the young women and provides scholarships.  She also talked about her platform - Prevention Through Empowerment: Ending Domestic Violence and Stalking.  She works with the YWCA as an advocate for survivors.  She will be doing a Benefit Concert for the YWCA and Women’s Scholarship Programs at the Chapel on Echo Bay (Fox Island), Friday May 26 at 7 PM (for more information visit
Meeting adjourned at 8:30
Notes by Walker Allen
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Posted by Chuck Perry
Opening matters: Dick Vanberg presided at the meeting for President Tom Borgen and Mel Santos  who were both gone to the District Conference. He started us right on time at 7:31 am.
Greeters: None: Invocation: Rob Manahan, quick and quiet with a silent prayer; Pledge: Emma Conway was gracious to get us started;  Song: Hal Cline with his standard God Bless America; 4 Way Test: Annie Arbenz
Visiting Rotarians: None               
Guests: Scot Junge’s wife Lyn Junge, and Buck Frymier’s guest Mark Crowson.
Announcements / Reports
Harbor History Museum: Pat Schmidt announced the celebration of the new courtyard dedication to be held May 25th. There will be a sign up next week. The event is family friendly, so bring the kids. Note a few Rotarians may get together for a pre and post function at a time and place to be determined.
Women’s Prison Mentoring Program: Buck Frymier made a suggestion that each of us make a commitment to become a mentor for the program, or at least give it a try. He and his wife Kay do it together. The commitment is for only about 4 hours a month.
Rotary After Hours (RAH): John Eddy announced that this month’s RAH in on 5/10 at El Pueblito, in the back room. (Of course it’s in the back room. If it was in the front, we would probably scare away the rest of their customers.) Standard 5:30 start time.
Retreat Pictures: Saw a lot of water and great views, with lots of relaxing. They must have been working too hard and diligently during the meetings to take any additional pictures.
Boy Scouts: The Gig Harbor Rotary Club is the sponsoring organization for a Boy Scout Troop and a Cub Scout Pack. Jay Matson from the Boy Scouts came to present the new Charter for Cub Scout Pack 282. Paul Alvestad is the GHRC rep to the Boy Scouts. He accepted the new charter.
Dowtown Waterfront Alliance: Pat Schmidt reported that DWA has received the 2017 Excellence on Main Award.
Giggin the Harbor Cleanup: Mike Henery announced that the cleanup is scheduled for May 20th and everyone is invited to help. Meet at 9 am at Donkey Creek Park. Then everyone will spread out to clean and come back at noon for a lunch provided.
Two Truths and a Lie: Jeff Harris, John Hopkins, Mike Henery, and Hal Hodgins all came forward to play Two Truths and a Lie. The Club was entertained with a few tall tails.
Drawing: Donna Lormor won ten free tickets for next week and Duane Fister drew unsuccessfully for the