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Gig Harbor

Service Above Self

We meet Fridays at 7:00 AM
Cottesmore Care Ctr.
2909 14th Ave NW
Mail to: PO Box 342
Gig Harbor, WA  98335
United States
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Opening Bell: President Mel Santos opened the meeting with a ring of the bell at 0730 AM. Invocation by Duane Fister; Pledge of Allegiance by president Mel; Song “God bless America” led by Hal Cline ;Four Way Test 
Visiting Rotarians: Announced by Coach – none today
Guests: Randy Barcalow’s son Jeff ; Mike Pinch’s grandson’s Rocky and Oliver
Opening comments:
  • Honoring our veterans - opening video. Not a dry eye in the house!!!! (Added note – Happy Birthday USMC from Jennifer Hamilton); All veterans asked to come forward and provide branch of service, years of service, and station/assignment(s).
  • Scott Jung – request for prayers and thoughts for Bob Dragoo
  • Exchange Student Report – Melanie Meyer – last week went to a musical “Ragtime” in Seattle, went to Cheesecake Factory; invited a Swiss Dinner; joined friends to a movie that was all hand painted (frame by frame).
  • 2018 Star of the Year recipient – Al Abbott; Kurt Gremmer honored – member of Tacoma Narrows Advisory, PenMet board of commissions,
    Wednesday business group, Gig harbor dragons; greatly involved in youth in the community (Boys and Girls Club, judge for students of distinction, harbor walk tours, food and wine, etc.); appreciate to Al Abbott and Sharon Shaffer for all the work they put into this award.
  • Basket Brigade – Dave Cathers; displayed decorated boxes; have one more week to get boxes in for families in need. Covering a great deal for the Navy and JBLM. Contact Dave with any questions or go to Gig Harbor basket Brigade.
  • Christmas/Holiday Party December 16th – Annie Arbenz; party is Saturday Dec 16th at Canterwood at 5pm; signup sheet
  • Festival of Trees – Walt Paulson. Program has been reduced; we are assisting with setup on  Monday 11/27th, and teardown on Sunday the 12/3. See Walt if you can help.
  • International Committee – Rod Ladd meeting on Monday; moved funds from Africa project to Guatemala water fund.
  • Rotary Auction – Pam Peterson; partner for Rod Ladd’s table group; “Bum’s in chairs; goal is 380 people at the auction; need 30 tables hosted or have table captains. Hosted table is $750 (paid up front) fills a table of 10; Captain will fill a table GETS 10 people there. Start thinking about who you can get there; Rod Ladd (2); Peter Glein (1); Mary Grubbs and Veronica Hooper (1); Mike Pinch(1); Todd Fletcher(1); Hal Cline(1); Columbia Bank (1); Lee Smith(1); Peter Stanley (1)
Fine Master and Happy Bucks:  Pam Peterson Smith – Tom Borgen for being quoted by the editor in the Gateway on ethics; Rob Manahan for true confession or lie ($5); Dick Vanberg and Gary Glein for library conspiracy on Harbor View for Linda Glein.
Drawing: Rodd Ladd won ten free tickets next week and Pam did not pull a white chip from ___ chips, to miss the pot of $______, all as handled by Eric McGinnis.
ProgramBrett DeSantis; GH Rotary Community Service Report (see slides presented on line?)
  • Small projects (Richard Pifer) – annual budget of $5k; Max request is $500; provided list of funding priorities that meet requirements; Review of past recipients and their benefactors; Funding Request Application – reviewed on Fridays by the committee; Sponsor maintenance of the Flag, Boy Scout troops, dragon boats (paddles); encouraged members to bring awareness of community needs
  • Brett (Chair) – awareness of programs and participation; adopt a highway; build a bike; rotary bark park; head of the harbor; skansie pavilion; skansie flag; midway house; harbor history museum courtyard; rotary aviation zone; sehmel park; Cushman trail; courage classic; connie’s clock; mustard seed; donkey creek; parking day; gig harbor maritime playzone; farmers market; dragon boat paddles (start thinking now about the paddlers cup!); generator; festival of trees; YMCA; USO; CORE Committee – small group who keep touch with activity.
  • Request – a drop box has been set up to collect photos. Please forward any/all pictures to ensure we record history.; Coming up – Aviation Zone,
  • Meetings – 2nd Tuesday of every month at Timberland Bank at 5pm.
Wrap up (Mel) – Closet being cleaned out over next two weeks; please claim anything you may be storing; will be placed on the table up front at next week’s meeting (11/17). Richard Smalls now a new dad – girl Charlie Ann Smalls! Happy Veterans Day!
Notes by Jennifer Hamilton
Pizza and beer, what more could you ask for?
Didn't see Carina with a beer, but she seemed to enjoy the company.
Rob may have been the only tie in the place.  I can almost remember the days when I always had a tie.
Brett always takes a nice picture but I could never get Debbie or Alisha to look at the camera.
Mac brought the pizza and the boys.  The pizza disappeared but the boys were all over.  What a treat, on both counts.
John was definitely more interesting than my camera.  Maybe I should have stood behind John to get a good picture of Debbie and Alisha.  You could have stood anywhere in the room and had a good time.
Linda's idea and Dick built it.  About a year ago in the Rotarian Magazine there was an article about making these.  That was not where Linda got her motivation however.
Just couldn't resist Dick's smile on this one.  Any of you want to build another for your neighborhood?
GH Rotary President Mel Santos presiding
Prior to beginning the official meeting, the President played, “I was born with a silver spoon in my mouth”, Commencement Address at Steubenville University:
Invocation: Al Abbott; Pledge: President Mel; Song: Tim Williams re-introduced us to the George M. Cohan song, “You’re a Grand Old Flag” was sung with gusto; 4-Way Test of the things we Think, Say or Do: Dave Gillespie
Visiting Rotarians: intended to be announced by newest member Derek Young but there were none
Guests: David Holsinger, Guest of Sophie Perkins; Bruce Dull, Guest of John Winslow; Tom Taylor, Guest of Dave Morris
(there may have been others but they were not on the sign-in sheet)
Opening Comments:
  • No Club meeting on November 24
  • Board meeting November 29 (not the 22nd)
  • A few Members received reminders in their badges today that they need to bring their accounts up-to-date.
Reports and Announcements:
  • Melanie Meyer
    • reported that her host family had taken her to Mt. Ellinor in the Olympics
    • went to a “Haunted House” (which was very scary)
    • enjoyed seeing the wide variety of costumes, especially little kids) which is much more spirited than in her home country of Switzerland
    • went to an indoor soccer game – which was very fast
  • Walt Paulsen introduced November birthdays and led the Club in singing “Happy Birthday”.
  • Dave Cathers announced that “Basket Brigade” boxes will be arriving on Monday. If you want boxes to decorate, call Dave (253-278-9251).
  • Annie Arbenz announced that the Christmas/Holiday Party will be “our Club only” on Saturday December 16 at Canterwood. Price and details to come, but be prepared to have FUN!
  • John Eddy announced that the next RAH (Rotary After Hours) will be Wednesday November 8 at Wet Coast Brewery – lots of fun and fellowship.
  • Don Buchanan announced that Salmon Sales officially begins next week and the proceeds will go to “First Tee” a program to help youth experience the fun, rules and challenges of golf to shape the lives of young people from all walks of life by reinforcing values like integrity, respect and perseverance through the game of golf.
Fine-master: Paul Willett wanted to levy fines on several Members, but they were not in attendance. However, he did find a “newspaper report” that was widely different than what we had heard from Past-DG Bob Martin on the “total” loss of his RV in Missoula. Bob was preparing to pay until Paul claimed the report indicated that Bob had his “daughter” with him. At that he put away his wallet and let Paul know Jan should pay.
Raffle: Larry Olson conducted the raffle – Marcia Harris (can this be true) won 10 free for next week and Rod Ladd (not again) drew the white chip and $15.
Program: Life Readiness Program at Peninsula School District. Erin O’Neil and John Selfers. They led us on a week-by-week progress of this new program. They emphasized the collaboration with private construction entities – including grants and presentations by contractors. Emphasis is on safety and work protocols (like looking the supervisor in the eye, being on the job site 30 minutes before time to clock-in. Lots of hands-on experience. They are working with a Regional Pre-Apprenticeship Collaborative. They are build an operation shed for the school district rather than building something and then tearing it down. In the near future, they will be working with masons, ironworkers and laborers. They want to build a tiny-house They are seeking industry certifications, including from Labor and Industries to give the students a leg up in gaining employment following high school graduation. A local architecture firm is working with them to upgrade their “shop”. Right now, they are planning for the senior year for the juniors and perhaps an adult education program in the evening. This seems to be the only such program in Washington state.
Classification Talk – Annmarie Huppert
We have seen an earlier presentation about her professional work as an author, a therapist and work with PTSD, so she focused on the more personal aspects of her life. She shared many personal experiences as a child and into adulthood which shaped her life. Annmarie graduated from Curtis HS, where she played varsity softball and won the “Most Inspirational” Award in her senior year. She went on to Pierce College where she earned two Associate degrees and then went to The Evergreen State College-Tacoma where she earned a B.A. in Psychology and Public Policy. She loves heavy-metal rock music, gardening, horses, hiking (Mt. Rainier), her .357 magnum, quantum physics. She wears hearing aids, is immune-challenged and has suffered TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury). She lives with her partner here in Gig Harbor. She has a son who works in Hollywood that she is very proud of. Annmarie even walked the Red Carpet with him for the premiere of one of the movies on which he did detailed artwork. Annmarie is looking forward to opportunities to serve with the Rotary Club of Gig Harbor.
Meeting adjourned at 8:30
Notes by Walker Allen

Polio this week as of 27 September 2017
We had a new case in Pakistan so now up to 11 new wild polio cases.
HeadlinesSummary of newly-reported viruses this week:  Pakistan:  one new wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) case reported, in Lakki Marwat district, Khyber Pakhtoon province; four new WPV1-positive environmental samples, reported in Sindh and Balochistan provinces. Afghanistan: two new WPV1-positive environmental samples reported in Kandahar province. See country-specific sections for further details.

Afghanistan:  No new wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) cases were reported in the past week. The total number of WPV1 cases for 2017 remains six. The most recent case in the country had onset of paralysis on 10 July, from Zabul province, neighboring Kandahar province and Pakistan.
   Two new WPV1-positive environmental samples have been reported in Kandahar province. This brings Afghanistan’s 2017 total of WPV1 environmental positives to 10. Pakistan:  One new wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) case was reported in the past week. The case occurred in Lakki Marwat district, Khyber Pakhtoon province. Onset of paralysis was on 21 August. The total number of WPV1 cases for 2017 is now 5.
   The case is the first in the Khyber Pakhtoon province this year, following 8 WPV1 cases in the province during 2016. Five WPV1 positives from the environment were reported in Khyber Pakhtoon this year, all in Peshawar district. The last environmental sample positive from Peshawar was collected on 10 June.
Nigeria:  No new cases of wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) were reported in the past week.  The total number of WPV1 cases for 2016 remains four and no cases have been reported in 2017.  The most recent case had onset of paralysis on 21 August 2016 in Monguno Local Government Area, Borno.
New Zealand Friendship Exchange
Here they arrive off the Coho in Pt Angeles.  Six couples from District 9970, the north end of the South Island.
This is after a tour of the Harbor on a dragonboat.  Everyone said they had a great time but then I think they thought they should.
Don and Bonnie hosted dinner for 24 so the next three pictures show everyone.  Couldn't get them in one picture.
Barry Rassin selected to be 2018-19 Rotary president
Barry Rassin, of the Rotary Club of East Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas, is the selection of the Nominating Committee for President of Rotary International for 2018-19, and will be declared president-elect on 1 September if no challenging candidates have been suggested. Rassin’s nomination follows Sam F. Owori’s death in July, just two weeks into his term as Rotary International president-elect.
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Vice President
Past President
RI Foundation
Club Service
Community Service
International Service
Vocational Service
Director at Large
Membership Chair
Youth Services
Youth Protection Officer
Thanksgiving break
Nov 24, 2017
No meeting
Todd Fletcher & Buck Frymier
Dec 01, 2017
Classification Talk & WCCW Prison Program update
Smoke Your Turkey (Walker) Polish Exchange Student
Dec 08, 2017
Smoke Your Turkey for Christmas: Midday Exchange Student from Poland
Larry Treleven
Dec 15, 2017
Sprague Pest Control Business Expansion
Richard Schmalz
Jan 05, 2018
Vocational Service Program
Hal Hodgins
Jan 12, 2018
Rotary Auction Activity
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