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Posted by Alan Weaver
Greeters: None (where are all our new members?)
Opening: President Tom at 7:30 am sharp.
Invocation: Buck Frymier; Pledge: Annie Arbenz’s step father-in-law Evans Calas; Song: Dave Gillespie; 4 Way Test: Dave Morris. (Scribe Note: The meeting’s agenda prepared by the president and used by the scribe states after the heading 4 Way Test is given by “Whoever is standing closest to the board and can read” ((emphasis added)). Today Dave was standing closest to the board and apparently President Tom believed Dave could read. (However, today it was only the first two words of each pledge.) The scribe wonders if President Tom believes that some of us cannot read and, if so, who are they. Perhaps the president could enlighten us.)
Visiting Rotarians: As introduced by John Duppenthaler, they were Roger May of Lake Oswego, OR and perennial visitor Judy Hosea of Lakewood who, to prove she was married, brought her husband Tom.
Guests of Rotarians: As introduced by president Tom, they included the two aforementioned Tom Hosea and Evans Calas as well as Emma Conway, David Holsinger, Mary Goodfellow, Eric England, Diane O’Conner and another perennial visitor Sue Jensen (apparently Al Bucholz has ceased introducing his wife Joanne who was present and is an honorary member).
President’s Comments: Next Monday, the 24th, is World Polio Day. So far 99% of the polio in the world has been eliminated but we need to push to eliminate the last one percent.
Rotary Holiday Party: New member Camilla Crocker requested us to save December 11, 2016 as Rotary’s holiday party.
Interchange Cleaning: Paul Alvestad reported that a new date had not been selected for the cleanup of the Gig Harbor Route 16 interchange. The cleanup had been postponed due to the weather.
Basket Brigade: Dave Cathers reported on the progress of the Basket Brigade (and later that morning followed up with an email to all).
Back Packs for Kids: Rotary has been involved with the Back Packs for Kids Program for some time. Guest Diane O’Conner, who was introduced by Dave Cathers and who is new to our area, spoke on the need to put a (preferably new) book in each backpack for grade school aged kids. So far 425 backpacks are to be given out but she has received only 228 books.
New Fair Labor Law: Juanita Carbaugh advised the group that within the very near future a new labor law covering overtime for salaried employees will become effective and she wondered if the club would like to start a small group with her and attorney Ed Lindstrom in order to study the law or have a program on the subject. The prevailing mood was to have a program.
New Members: Bob Martin inducted two new members to our club: Sarah Sytsmas (a correction officer at Purdy involved in women’s education who was sponsored by Al Abbott) and Rob Manahan (Peninsula School District’s new superintendent coming from Lake Chelan after previously teaching in our district many years ago and who was sponsored by Marsha Harris).
Birthdays: The club sang Happy Birthday to about a dozen member who were born in the month of October as let by Walt Paulsen.
Chapel on Echo Bay: Guest Mary Goodfellow spoke on the project to raise money for public improvements on Fox Island and about the upcoming party.
Fines and Happy Bucks: As led by John Winslow, two unnamed members (one a female mayor of city on the Peninsula and the other a male whose name will appear on the upcoming election ballot) were found guilty of misuse of electronic equipment during the meeting and each fined $1. The most memorable (at least to this scribe) happy buck was paid by the male mentioned in the previous sentence for celebrating his 44th wedding anniversary.
Drawing: Someone won ten free tickets for next week’s drawing and Jan Martin made everyone one in the room happy except herself and her husband Bob when she drew a white chip in an effort to enhance the Martin coffers by $136.
In a deceptively entitled speech “CEO Combat Flip Flops” which could cover a huge number of subjects, Matt Griffin (who is Buck Frymier’s son-in-law) gave a fascinating talk on why one should never give up. A graduate of the United States Military Academy (West Point to most) and having represented our country in Afghanistan and Iraq before leaving the military service in 2006, Matt described his philosophy of educating young girls, then women to open local industries in their respective countries to make common place sandals. He settled on making sandals which he described it as Quixotic (the foolish impractical, especially in the pursuit of ideals) to which the Wall Street Journal devoted recent article which cautioned “don’t try this at home.” After a rocky start, his company now employs up to 150 individuals in several countries making the sandals.
Notes by Al Weaver
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