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Greeters: Al Weaver & Kelly Busey
Opening: Vicky Hogan covered for Tom Borgen and opened the meeting in her usual mild meek and courteous manner.
Invocation: Ron Robert gave a wonderful invocation remembering our fellow Rotarian’s who have recently passed and those hurting.
Song: David Gillespie led us in a round of This Land Is Your Land by Woody Guthrie.
The four way test: Vicky led us thru all four stanzas.
Visiting Rotarians: Judy Hosea, David Olson, Stanley Hansen, James Hansen, Guy Falskow, Cindy Reed,and Jesse Young.
Guests of Rotarians: there were four: Thomas Tomasevic, Emma Conway, Eric McGinns guest of S. McVay , Debby Withmers, guest of A. McVay
Reports and announcements: Bob Martin told us that the Rotary Foundation has raised 20 million dollars last year and that our club has benefited from this fund with our projects in central and South America. He added that the Polio Plus campaign has raised 1.5 billion dollars since its inception and has contributed to the eradication of Polio worldwide in all but two small areas of Africa .
Dick Vanberg asked us to contribute some dollars by passing the hat for Ole’s memorial service at Sehmel Homestead park next Tuesday at 2:30 PM.
There will be a meeting of the Communities in Schools here at Cottesmore this Thursday at 5:30 PM
Fines & Happy Bucks’: Chris Myers (who seemed surprised at the early call for his services) took shots at Vicky, and at Ed for not wearing his vest in the 100 degree weather today. Complemented Chief Busey on the merits of profiling especially in identifying types like Don Buchanan. He also fined Mayor Guernsey for her managerial roll in the Dragon competition where the Gig Harbor team failed to win against 30 out of 35 teams. What! Fined David Gillespie for his role as successful realtor in the sale of the old Key Bank building on Judson Street. HAPPY BUCKS . Judy Hosea announced that the Boy’s & Girl’s Club of Gig Harbor’s building will be acquired by the PenMet Park District who will then rent the building space to the B&G Club. A win-win for both! Al Abbot announced an outdoor event at the airport next Saturday evening to raise additional funds for work on the Rotary viewing stand. Mark Jorgensen told of his dream come true as he piloted a WW2 B-25 Mitchel light bomber last weekend.
Drawing: Lee Smith was the winner of the 10 free and Dan Rioux drew a white chip for the pot.
Program: Guest speaker Jim Hansen whose credentials include stints with the American Diplomatic Service, the Daily Telegraph as a staff writer, gave us an update on the British exit from the EU or Brexet and of Europe’s views of the US.
As for Brexet the Brit’s saw the EU as not well run and polarizing with Brussels the center of attention and believed they would benefit from an exit. GB created more jobs from 2010 to 2015 that all other EU countries combined. It was a shock even to the Brits that 17 million of their own voted to exit the EU. With the exit the British Pound lost value and as a consequence their products cost less for foreign buyers and their balance of trade has jumped! With the Pound’s increased buying power tourism is up 18%, so its working out for the British.
Europe is very interested in the US presidential race for several reasons, the bleast of which is that ther is a woman nrunning. How Europians view American women-they like them and in the recent past were highly sought after forn their independence, mechanical skills, etc, and now they are terrified of one of them!
Germany has begun enforcing tighter border security in light of the recent terrorist activities in France and Belgium.
Greece is a modern day tragedy. The EU enforced overly harsh recovery measures on a failing economy and now there may never be a successful resolution of their debt crisis.
Italy feels as though they are paying more into the EU than they will ever get back. Especially in light of their country being overrun by African immigrants.
NATO remains viable and Germany has the weakest army in all of the EU and likely would need to be protected by Poland if Russia moved west.
A great program!
The program ended abruptly as Vicky politely gaveled the at 8:25 AM.
Posted by Alan Weaver
Greeters: Judy Hosea and Guy Falskow appeared to be greeting all who came in although neither is a member but both are regular attendees (Judy about every third week and Guy for one summer month each year).
Opening: President Tom Borgen got the meeting off to a quick start with Al Abbott giving the Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance and with what may be the only sign of cooperation between a Republican and a Democrat we will see this election season, Hal Cline and Randy Spitzer jointly led us in “God Bless America.”
Visiting Rotarians: Besides the aforementioned Judy Hosea and Guy Falskow, new member Marti Anderson introduced Mark Starnes of Rotary 8 and Katey Sias.
Visitors: Those visiting us today were Carrie Prudence Holden, Debbie Wittmers, Deborah Knehnidsan, Mac Pinch’s mother Jill Pinch and Mac’s two cute young boys.
President’s Comments: President Tom spent a few minutes (a) praising our six riders in last week end’s Courage Classic who were Hal Hodgins, John Eddy, Mike Ketchum, Scott McVay, Debbie Miller (who set a new standard for garb to prevent hypothermia and display of determination) and himself and (b) lauding the work of our organizer John Mitchell. Although the final figures are not in, the event raised over $500,000 and had at least 56 Rotarians from nine Pierce County clubs riding the event.
Announcements and Reports:
Food Bank: Randy Barcalow thanked those present who had recently assisted him in a Food Bank project.
Gig Harbor Rotary Foundation: Scott Junge as president of our club’s Rotary Foundation announced that the new officers for the forthcoming year are himself as president, Chris Myers as vice president, Peter Stanley as secretary and Bob Draggoo as treasurer. The trustees are Dave Gordon, Paul Alvastad, Sue Jensen and Terri White. He provided some historical background about the Melvin Natucci and the generous fund which he established.
Scott then presented Mark Starnes, president of the local Boys and Girls Club, with a check for $10,000 which came from the Natucci Fund. Mark spoke for a few minutes to inform us that the funds would be used for the Boys and Girls Club “stealth summer school” which is aimed primarily at keeping third graders reading during the summer months. It is this level which usually falls behind in reading during the summer.
Rotary International Foundation: Bob Martin reminded us that this is the 100th Anniversary of the Rotary Foundation which recently is leading in eradicating polio, giving various scholarships and funding clean water projects around the world. Our ambitious goal this year to contribute $26,500 to the Foundation (which would be about $212 per member).
Ole Magnuson’s Service: The service for Ole Magnuson who died last month will be on Tuesday August 23 at Sehmel Park at 2:30 pm.
Fine Master and Happy Bucks: Mac Pinch handled the fining and happy bucks. Surprisingly, he fined neither his mother nor his two sons.
Drawing: Yes, Randy Barcalow conducted two drawings, one for ten chips next week and one for $138, Lee Smith (although there was some confusion. Two tickets with the same number?) He did not draw the blue chip.
Speaker: Paul Alvastad, a successful graduate of the Peninsula School District, had the privilege of introducing Dr. Rob Manahan who, on July 1, succeeded Chuck Cuzzetto as Superintendent of the Peninsula School District. Rob, who graduated from Washington State University and has graduate degrees from Western Washington and the University of Washington, taught in Harbor Ridge and Kopachuck Middle School twenty-five years ago and has children and grandchildren living in the district. By fast talking and skipping much, he condensed an hour speech and slide show down to about twenty minutes. He stressed relationships, engagement, assessment and collaboration as ways to better education. He indicated that our district’s high school graduation percentage is 81% and about 69% go on to college. Our test scores rank in the top area across the state. He warned us to beware of studies ranking countries in how well their students are doing because here we attempt to educate all whereas other countries only educate a portion of its students.
Adjournment: Meeting adjourned promptly at 8:30 am.
Notes by Al Weaver
Timberland BankAug 24, 2016 5:30 PM
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