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President Pam Peterson Smith rang the bell at 7:32 AM Followed by the Club Cryer, David Cathers, Greeting of “Goooooood Morning GH Rotary”. (Sounds a lot like Robin Williams in “Good Morning Viet Nam.”)
Invocation and Pledge – Led by Don Rees; Song – “America the Beautiful “Led by Hal Cline. We tried to do two full verses, however the second verse was an awful lot of humming. This was followed by the Four Way Test led by President Pam.
Visiting Rotarians: Introduced by Duane Fister: Two: Fred Ohldenberg and Judy Hosea.
Guests of Rotarians: We had 7 guests of Rotarians: Mame Morris, Tyler Goodman, Jeff Harris, John Duppenthaler, Elly and Kathy Aronson, and Steve Whickline.
My’s weekly report: My, (pronounced Me), our Rotary Exchange Student from Sweden told about her week. She was gone last week with a group of other exchange students. They went to California, which included visits to: Disneyland; Knott’s berry farm; Universal Studios; Hollywood, including the sign on the hill and the avenue of the stars; and a day at the beach with surfing lessons. My really enjoyed the surfing. It’s kind of like snowboarding, only much warmer. She did well, even with the windy day at Newport Beach.
Nominations: Tom Borgan also announced club board and officer nominations as follows:
- Paul Alvestad- Vice President. Paul would move through the chairs to become
Club President in Rotary Year 2018-2019
- Alec Zarelli- Club Treasurer. Alec has held the position for the last two years
and had agreed to be nominated to continue for another term
- Brett DeSantis- Director of Community Service.
- Veronica Hooper- Director of Youth Service.
- Rod Ladd- Director of International Service.
Per the club bylaws, after today’s announcement of candidates by the nominating committee, club members shall be invited to propose additional nominations if they wish to do so. The nominee(s) will then be placed on the ballot. Please contact Tom immediately with anyone you would propose added to the ballot.
A club election will be held at the club meeting the first Friday in December which is December 4th.
Salmon Sale: Mel Santos reminded the Club that the salmon sale is going on now through the end of December. Proceeds of the sale are going to the international committee and are being used to do cleft pallet operations in the Philippines.
Basket Brigade: David Cathers announced the upcoming Thanksgiving Basket Brigade. You can help next Tuesday and Wednesday with basket set up and delivery. They currently have over 1200 baskets to deliver.
Festival of trees: Walt Paulson announce the opportunity to help the Festival again this year; 11/29 9AM set up striping; 11/30 set up Christmas Shop; 12/7 teardown. This is at the convention center in Tacoma.
Elly Aronson: A student in Gig Harbor does family Secret Santa sponsorships for the Holidays. She told the club about what she does and has been referred to Ron Roberts committee for possible help with funding. She is also looking for any suggestions for families.
Webmaster: Tim Williams announced how the web site is all up to date and the calendar has all the activities listed. He also thanked the four minute takers that produce the minutes for the meetings: Walker Allen; Sophie Perkins; Al Weaver; and Chuck Perry.
Red Badgers: Met with Richard Pifer after the meeting
Community Services: Stan Liebenberg and Dick Vanberg gave a report on the club’s support to USO at McCord in the deployment center. The club provides $500 of food stuffs and supplies each quarter to the center. The deployment center at McCord saw 50,000 soldiers deployed this year. Our help is greatly appreciated. Lee Smith announced that some funds are still available in the Community Services Committee and that they have decided to support the “Build A Bike” project with 24 bikes for needy children.
Fine Master – Paul Willet was left with very little time for fines. Paul made a comment that with Alvestad coming through the chairs, we may be changing the salmon sale into a lutefisk sale. A few happy dollars were given.
Raffle – By Larry Olson: I missed who was drawn for -10 Free. Ken Uddenberg drew a white chip from 14 chips and won $15 rather than the pot of $281.
Pacific Crest Trail: Tyler Goodman was introduced by his uncle, Dave Morris. Tyler gave a great slide show and presentation on hiking the entire Pacific Crest Trail with his wife, from Mexico to Canada. The trip took 136 days and multiple pairs of shoes. They encountered snow in the high desert, winds of over 70 mph, fog, rain, hot sun and many, many miles of wilderness beauty. The trip was a trip of a lifetime and a great accomplishment. One that very few people can mark off their bucket list.
Ring the Bell: Pam ended the meeting at 8:31 AM.
Notes by Chuck Perry
Posted by Alan Weaver
President Pam Peterson-Smith opened the meeting promptly at 7:30 am. John Ciccarrelli (in his “Where’s Waldo” outfit) gave a Veterans’ Day themed invocation followed by the pledge of allegiance all while the photographs of our members who were in the military service and their respective service dates flashed on the projection screen. Hal Cline led the Club in the song. Pam finished off the opening by leading us in the Four Way Test.
- Ten guests of Rotarians were introduced and which included John Duppenthaler, Katherine Hensler, Tyler Hemstead, Tom Taylor, David Holsinger, Steve Wickline and JEFF HARRIS (again), and a few others whose names were mentioned faster than this scribe could write them down.
- Our Swedish exchange student My Irenheim Jarlhed was missing in action.
- Pam announced that member Steve Whittier had resigned from the club because of his traveling schedule.
- Richard Pifer handed out Blue Badges to JOHN EDDIE and KELLY BUSEY whom he humorously introduced as a drug dealer and cop. (The capitalization is courtesy of Chris Myers.)
- The club Holiday Party is scheduled for Friday, December 18 at Canterwood Golf and Country Club.
- Walt Paulson reminded members that the club needed to provide assistance to the setting up and taking down at the Festival of Trees in early December, which is a big fund raiser for Mary Bridge Children's Hospital.
- Sharon Shaffer announced that Judd Morris from Key Peninsula had been unanimously selected as this year’s Star award winner and the presentation is scheduled for February 5, 2016.
- Sharon was also smart enough to figure out the answer to Pam’s lame joke of what a grape did when it was stepped upon: it whined.
- Peter Glein made a pitch for captains for the procurement teams for the club’s auction coming up next March 19.
- Scott Junge was in rare form acting as finemaster and some of his better fines were:
- Under the guise that the bride’s parents paid for a wedding, he fined Brady Buskirk for becoming engaged recently. (No one had the courtesy to announce or inquire about the name of the future bride, who will be KATE PUENTES and the date is April 17, 2016.)
- Marc Jorgenson again suffered in his pocket book and in a good humor for making his only mistake of showing up for the meeting. Fortunately for Mark, some of that blame was pushed over on to his partner Bob Ryan.
- Dave Gordon drew for an undisclosed amount in the drawing handled by Dorothy Lormor. Steve Wickline won the ten free tickets for next week’s drawing.
President Pam gave a short but heart filled tribute to the veterans of the club who served in the Army, Navy, Coast Huard, Air Force or Marines.
Program: Tom Borgen had the privilege of introducing the 33rd President of the United States Harry S. Truman (Seattle attorney Michael B (“Barr”) King who actually looked and sounded like the original “Give ‘em Hell, Harry”) who spoke on Making The Tough Decisions. It was truly a spell binding performance which could easily be heard out to Reid Road. The speaker emphasized three difficult decisions which the President faced during his term: the decision to drop the atomic bomb; whether to desegregate the armed forces; and what to do with General Douglas MacArthur. The performance certainly brought back memories to the several in the club who were alive during that period.
Notes by Al Weaver
Vocational Services Committee Meeting
Carrot Stick MarketingDec 02, 2015 4:30 PM
Timberland BankDec 09, 2015
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Rotary After Hours
El Pueblito RestaurantDec 09, 2015
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Auction 2016 Committee Meeting
Timberland BankDec 10, 2015 5:30 PM
International Services Committee Meeting
Timberland BankDec 14, 2015 5:30 PM
Community Services Committee Meeting
Timberland BankDec 16, 2015 5:30 PM
Rotary Holiday Party
CanterwoodDec 18, 2015
Timberland BankDec 23, 2015
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
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