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Posted by Alan Weaver
President Pam Peterson-Smith opened the meeting promptly at 7:30 am after Cryer Dave Cathers had performed. For the Invocation Al Abbott read a somewhat irreverent poem and Dave Gillespie led us in one verse of "This Land Is Your Land."
Visiting Rotarians: Dave Morris introduced Cindy Reed from GH Noon Day and Beth Witte from, as she put it, "the Puyallup Rotary that does not have a crab feed".
Rotarian Exchange Student: My (pronounced "Me") Irenheim announced that her first basketball season on Gig Harbor High School's "C" team is coming to an end Friday night and she still does not know how many points she has scored in recent games since there are score keepers who keep track of those matters. Why should she? Although she said that her English is coming along fine (as is her confidence and speaking ability), she believes that members of our club are doing (to use her word) a "terrible" job on learning Swedish. She proceeded to give us a few Swedish phrases with which to practice, all completely unpronounceable, but by next week the members will have regressed even further.
"Bag & Save" (for the old timers), then "QFC", but on next Wednesday "Main & Vine": Mayor Jill Guernsey introduced Dann Kohl and his assistant Scott who spoke for a few minutes. Dann will be the manager of the new grocery store Main & Vine owned by Kroger to be opened next Wednesday at 7 am in the old QFC location. Dann explained that although Kroger owns approximately 2,600 stores, Main & Vine will be in a class by itself in that it will be "local, fresh, natural, organic."
Pam's Joke: Despite being in the food business, Dann and his assistant did not know that what you call cheese not your own is "nachos".
Reports and Announcements:
Auction: Randy Barcalow announced that it is now possible to purchase auction tickets on line.
Gig Harbor Rotary Foundation: Apparently there has been a palace coup in that Scott Junge is now President of the Gig Harbor Foundation. Outgoing president Chuck Perry was thanked profusely by Pam and Scott for his ten years of loyal service to the Foundation. (Note: this is a correction from the previous posting. Jeff Harris remains President of the Olson Foundation.)
Stars Award: Sharon Schaffer was happy to announce that the award dinner had been sold out but that she needed commitments for two more desserts, which she promptly received.
Former Exchange Student: Bob Martin announced that while trolling on Facebook recently (discovered he could chat live) he initiated a chat with Francesca Cubbedu, our Italian exchange student of two years ago, who was doing the same thing. He had a very pleasant conversation with Francesca who is now attending college in Italy and studying veterinary medicine.
Puyallup Event: Beth Witte announced that her Puyallup club was having a fund raiser on February 25 to which we were invited and that, to use her words, she would be tackling people on the way out to sell tickets to the event and its raffle.
Fines and Happy Bucks: Today's fine master Ken Uddenberg admitted there was not much material available for him. Among what there was, police chief Kelly Busey was not fined for his fine article in the Gateway concerning his position with respect to public disclosure and body cameras. Because Columbia Bank reported good earnings, all Columbia Bank employees and shareholders who were club members were nicked. Judge Vicki Hogan announced that she had decided not to run for re-election after about fifteen years on the Pierce County Superior Court bench.
Drawing: Yes, we had a drawing for ten free and for the pot, but the bad news is that the scribe has forgotten who won. The good news is that the person entitled to draw for the pot came up with a black chip, so next week's pot will be larger.
Program: As was appropriate, Buck Frymier, who has been so active in our club with prison work, introduced speaker Dona K. Zavisian who last October assumed the role as Superintendent of the Department of Corrections Center for Women at Purdy (her business card says Gig Harbor, but no one local calls it that). For thirty-five minutes she gave a very thought provoking presentation on the huge array of problems facing released prisoners, especially women prisoners. She started by saying that although the population of the United States is 5% of the world's population, the United States has approximately 20% of the those incarcerated. Although the 20% figure is suspect for any number of reasons and that there are certainly many who rightly deserve to be incarcerated, perhaps today too many are being jailed. She ended by suggesting that perhaps society should commence preventing the problem by starting earlier, far before the juvenile court level. She mentioned several programs which she hopes to initiate in the institution, both for prisoners and for employees of the prison.
Posted by Walker Allen
President Pam Peterson-Smith opened the meeting; Invocation – Led by Mike Ketcham; Pledge and Patriotic Song – “God Bless America” Led by Hal Cline; 4-Way Test of the Things We Think, Say or Do
Visiting Rotarians: Judy Hosea (Lakewood)
Guests of Rotarians: Sue Jensen – Guest of Al Bucholz; Jon Nichols – Guest of Sammi McCubbins; Cory Coryell – Guest of Gary Glein; David Holsinger – Guest of Sophie Perkins; Dan Gregory – Guest of Chuck Cuzzetto; Michael Ewen (Ripple Effect of Guatemala) – Guest of Tom Borgen; Christie Fierre – Guest of Tom Borgen; Marti Anderson – Guest of Walt Paulson
Rotary Exchange Student – My (pronounced “Me”) Irenheim – went snowboarding and climbing with Veronica Hooper’s family. She continues to be a basketball player for the Gig Harbor “C” team (and doesn’t keep track of how many points she scores).
Judy Hosea introduced Teri Tingvall Moore, the Boys and Girls Club VP for Philanthropy. She reported on the great success they have had for preventing “Summer Slide” where students lose academic skills over the summer.
Peter Glein for Auction Teams
Lee Smith seeking volunteers for Feb 13 “Sip and Stroll”
- DLTA April 1-3
- Jeff Harris for Star Awards
- Betty Felker for Toastmasters event on Feb 3.
Raffle by Donna Lormor – Larry Olson won 10 free and Peter Stanly drew the white chip and $15.
Fine Master – Chris Meyers
Jon Nichols, Guest, won a Mariners baseball hat for “Best Mariner Fan” attire.
Walt Paulson led us in singing “Take Me Out To The Ballgame”
Tom Borgen introduced Bob Dutton, “News Tribune” sports writer who talked about the remaking of the Mariners during the off-season. There have been 52 roster changes on the 40 man team. He feels the Mariners are “under the radar” for the upcoming season. He described his typical day. He noted that if the players aren’t running the clubhouse, the team is in trouble. Took a lot of questions.
Notes by Walker Allen
International Services Committee Meeting
Timberland BankFeb 08, 2016 5:30 PM
Rotary After Hours
Gig Harbor AudioFeb 10, 2016
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Winter Sip & Stroll
Feb 13, 2016
1:00 AM – 5:00 AM
Community Services Committee Meeting
Timberland BankFeb 17, 2016 5:30 PM
TBDFeb 26, 2016
Vocational Services Committee Meeting
Carrot Stick MarketingMar 02, 2016 4:30 PM
Timberland BankMar 02, 2016 5:30 PM
Rotary After Hours
GH Airport HUBMar 09, 2016
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
International Services Committee Meeting
Timberland BankMar 14, 2016 5:30 PM
Community Services Committee Meeting
Timberland BankMar 16, 2016 5:30 PM
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