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Posted by Alan Weaver
Meeting opened promptly at 7:30 am by President Pam Peterson-Smith who seemed anxious to get to her long boating weekend after the meeting.
Invocation and Pledge: Outstanding invocation by Duane Fister who reminded us that member Marilyn Naylor had been moved from her Seattle hospital to right down the hall in Cottesmore Nursing Home. (Marilyn passed over the weekend).
Song: Hal Cline attempted to lead us in “God Bless America” on the Friday immediately before Memorial Day but the southeast table in the room started the Star Spangled Banner off-key about three seconds before the remainder of us. Actually a rather amazing conjunction as both groups kept singing to the bitter end. Four Way Test: Led by President Pam.
Visiting Rotarians: Introduced by Walt Paulsen who were Lakewood’s Judy Hosea and Gig Harbor North’s Cindy Reed and Louis and Cathy Malind.
Guests of Rotarians: Gig Harbor History Museum’s Executive Director Catharine Hensler, Al Bucholz’s daughter Sue (Al finally recognized that his wife is an honorary member), Dan Rioux’s son Hunter, Bob Ryan’s wife Meg, Bob Lutschg’s wife Christine and Gig Harbor Heritage Distillery’s president Justin Steifel and his son Hudson.
Visiting Exchange Student: Our Sardinian exchange student of several years ago Francesca Cubeddu reported that she and her brother Stefano had been visiting our country for two week and that she was leaving that day. She presently is a veterinarian student in Italy.
Present Exchange Student: Our present exchange student My Ireheim who had not been to the last two meetings indicated that in the interim she had visited the University of Washington, gone to a sorority house, gone ice skating, had worked in the rain in the cleanup Gig Harbor last Saturday, had visited Snoqualmie Pass (to which she gave an interesting pronunciation, but my Swedish is far worse) and had been asked to the prom. All in all, a full program.
Ethics Conference: Steve Roddy reported that the Ethics Conference had been a success, but much credit was due to the hard work of Juanita Carbaugh.
Golf Tournament and Installation: George Bonney and Mac Pinch have brief previews of the club golf tournament and installation of officers scheduled next month.
By-Law Change: President Pam stumbled through an esoteric by-law change involving the duties of president elect and the director at large (which only a few lawyers in the audience understood and even fewer cared). Passed unanimously.
Memorial Day Tribute: Hal Barker gave a passionate tribute to the nation’s veterans, especially like him who had served in the Submarine Corps, which had lost ninety-six submarines.
Rotary Foundation: Spencer Hutchins indicated that the giving to the Rotary Foundation is slightly down for the fiscal year ending this coming June 30th. He then gave a Paul Harris Fellowship Plus Five award to Mel Wick.
Infomercial: (mini classification talk by longer term members): As a forty year Rotary member (the last thirty with our club) Buck Frymier was given five (but took several more) minutes to describe his life coming from Richland to the University of Washington, to graduate school, to Peace Corp work in a poor part of Peru, to a hospital chief executive, to starting his own company, to feasibility studies on church/hospital possibilities in Ethiopia, to moving to Gig Harbor, having seven well educated children and ten grandchildren. (Pam admitted that she ran a risk in giving the microphone to Buck.)
Fines and Happy bucks: Handled by Chris Myers.
Drawing: Handled by Randy Barcalow with song master Hal Cline unsuccessfully attempting to draw the blue chip but received $15 for his efforts. Not sure who won the ten free tickets for next Friday.
Speaker: President-elect Tom Borgen indicated that May was Youth Awareness Month and that our speaker was Kevin Roache who worked for Washington Business Week. Kevin explained that one of the major programs of Washington Business Week was providing week long summer programs for high school students at Seattle University, Gonzaga University, Central Washington College and Pacific Lutheran University. This week he had been at Peninsula High School to encourage students wishing to learn more about business to apply to the course costing the student $1,620. We are all in business at one time or another as an employee or as an owner.
Adjournment: By President Pam promptly at 8:30 am.
Notes by Al Weaver
ANCHORED IN ETHICS SEMINAR
This whole thing was President Pam's passion and Steve and Juanita made it happen. Had attendance around 85 and the program was well received; didn't see anyone sleeping.
Steve introduced our speakers and there were three. The first two before lunch and the Keynote during and after lunch.
Our first speaker was our very own Port Orchard Rotarian, Bill Evans. Bill emphasized the value of ethics in life and business and used the 4 Way Test as the gold standard. Entertaining as always.
Dennis Trittin is a local boy since 1994 and is active on the Board of Lighthouse Christian School. He retired from Russell in 2008 and now has a second career as an author with his book "What I Wish I Knew at 18". This emphasizes the importance of ethical decision making and the impact it has on life.
Chuck Gallagher was the Keynote speaker. His theme was there is a consequence for every action and those consequences are often life long. He emphasized that ethical lapses start very small and then escalate.
He indicated that there are 5 levels of unethical behavior and they start in a subtle non threatening way as the slide above indicates. For example, selling a product to a customer that they don't need.
He seemed to like threes. Unethical behavior is like a three legged stool; it requires need, opportunity, and rationalization, and if any of these is missing the stool won't stand; therefore no unethical behavior. The above slide indicates unethical behavior is usually based on one of these three things; financial need (most common), relationship problems (girl/boy friend issues), and health issues. The latter was not so clear.
These folks all had relationship problems; John Edwards, Anthony Wiener, and the NC Governor who took off to Argentina. Chuck's problem that led him to prison was financial. Started with a "loan" from a trust and escalated to the point he couldn't pay the debt and wound up in prison. So he spoke with passion and experience.
HOW SOME OF OUR COMMUNITY SERVICE MONEY WAS SPENT
These paddles have already been in the water and Sharon says they are better than the plastic/metal paddles. Hard to see the Rotary emblem when they are in the water but otherwise they look great.
WOLLOCHET INTERCHANGE CLEANUP
Tried to do a selfie of myself on the tractor, but my arm was not long enough. So here is a picture of Paul hard at work. Had a lot of folks clipping and picking up trash as well. The area is looking FINE Thanks to ALL of the volunteers.
WE HAVE A NUMBER OF IMPORTANT EVENTS COMING UP!
First is the Installation Banquet, Friday June 24th at the Gig Harbor Golf Course with a 9 hole scramble golf tournament before. Tournament at 1:00 and cocktails at 5:30 with dinner at 6:30 and festivities to follow.
Or if you would prefer you could go to the Opening Ceremonies of the District Conference in Olympia. The Conference itself will be one day, Saturday June 25th also in Olympia with some fabulous speakers. Michael McQueen from Australia talking about how to keep organizations and business relevant to those they serve. Jean Irwin a former Ambassadorial scholar who is funny and entertaining. Finally, Marilyn Fitzgerald, a not so dumb blonde who financed (with Rotary support) a Blood bank in Indonesia and is now doing microlending work in SE Asia. She has an entertaining and moving talk "If I had a Water Buffalo". Great way to spend a Saturday.
Then on June 30th, Jan still needs volunteers to set up the Farmers Market, and for that we get a free space to use to promote Rotary and/or projects. Please sign up and make this a success.
AND TO FINISH WITH A LITTLE HUMOR
FOR THE IRISH
AND SOME MORE IRISH HUMOR (WHERE IS THE FRENCH, CANADIAN, BRAZILIAN, ETC HUMOR?) THE LAST IS PROBABLY AMERICAN HUMOR
A painter by the name of Murphy, while not a brilliant scholar, was a gifted portrait artist.
Over a short number of years, his fame grew and soon people from all over Ireland were coming to the town of Miltown Malbay, in County Clare, to get him to paint their likenesses.
One day, a beautiful young English woman arrived at his house in a stretch limo and asked if he would paint her in the nude. This being the first time anyone had made such a request he was a bit perturbed, particularly when the woman told him that money was no object; in fact, and she was willing to pay up to 10,000 pounds.
Not wanting to get into any marital strife, he asked her to wait while he went into the house to confer with Mary, his wife. They talked much about the Rightness and Wrongness of it. It was hard to make the decision but finally his wife agreed, on one condition. In a few minutes he returned.
"T'would be me pleasure to paint yer portrait, missus," he said "The wife says it's okay. "I'll paint you in the nude all right; but I have to at least leave me socks on, so I have a place to wipe me brushes."
T'is why we love the Irish.
As You Slide Down the Banister of Life In 2016 -- Remember:
Jim Baker and Jimmy Swaggert have written an impressive new book. It's called ...'Ministers do more than lay people.
HAVE A GREAT WEEK!
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