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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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Call to Order at 7:30 by President Mel. Invocation by John Duppenthaler; Pledge led by Hal Cline.
Visiting Rotarians announced by Coach introducing Bill Evans (Port Orchard).
Guest of Rotarians: James Turner.
Comments and Announcements:
Hal Cline needs three more couples for dinners for eight; two verbally signed up under pressure;
received a thank you letter from 1st Tee; schools have agreed to dedicate equal time to this program as with the other sports programs (i.e., football, etc.).Mel would like to see members and the other clubs get together to support participation of underprivileged kids.
Exchange Student Report – Melanie Meyer – not here today (studying for finals); Cindy Reed announced surprise birthday celebration for her next Friday.
New Rotarian Induction – Duane Fister – membership status report we are at 123 with a potential new member this morning. Sponsor Lee Smith introducing Jeff Stillwell (manages the airport out of Tacoma Narrow Airport). He plays a pivotal role in our auction success each year.
Star Awards – Al Abbott – Feb 2nd honoring Kurt Bremmer from GH; sign up through Constant Contact for $35. Currently up to 38 need 60. Takes place at Canterwood. Wonderful event and a good time deserving our support
DECA Competition - Coach – Next Thursday (Jan 18th) at the Tacoma Community Center 500 students will be waiting for us to judge them; you will have one student for 3 minutes in which we ask 3 questions and then grade them. 745am – 1130am. Need representation from our club. Distributed a signup sheet to commit to a block of time to participate. Interviews start at 9am (orientation just prior). Donuts will be served!!!
Fines and Happy Bucks: John Winslow – Mel fined for multiple infractions; Bob Ryan – resolved to share too much; Jeff Stillwell (his first); Pam – fined for correlating John Winslow’s name in every Sexual Harassment statement; Happy Bucks – Tom Borgen received a Christmas pic from their foreign exchange student; Anne Marie Huppert – registered for SAMSA program.
Raffle: Paul Alvestad won ten free tickets next week and Marcia Harris did not pull a white chip from Eric McGinnis.
Program: Hal Hodgins discussed the auction; historically have netted approx. $100k; this is our key fundraising event that funds the majority of our projects; it is also the event that serves as the face of the community; it is fun and a good bonding experience. Doing a time lapse on the set up and tear down of the event; them this year is “Today and Tomorrow” with a focus on all the things we do with youth; want people in the community to realize why we need the money and what we use it for; While we work with the youth we are teaching them about community service and also model it; Keith Harris is auctioneer; video and invitation graphics by Al Abbott; Peter has lined up Moctezumas to cater; also have about 7 restaurants (with requests out to others) to provide food; sponsorships – going well so far Timberline Bank is host of event; Sponsorships make up about $20k of our event. Plan to have more table this year (approx. 380 guests); Paul Alvestad is heading up the tear down of the event.
Ticket Sales – Rod Ladd; sold only 32 tickets so far; Recognized those who signed up on line; if you have any questions or challenges on the website, contact Rod. Table Captains and Hosts – need 10 more Rotarians to host - contact Pam Smith. Rod standing by after the meeting to talk to anyone who is interested in signing up.
Procurement – currently have most of the big ticket items (ex., Holland America cruise; Tom Torrens sculpture, etc.). Missing little stuff for silent auction. Looking for unique things Introduced Team Captains. Each has received a PDF copies of the procurement forms (also hard copy provided at today’s meeting, and electronic version available on line); the team that procures the most items over $100/item will be invited to a BBQ. Target is 125 silent items, and 25 live auction events. Raise the paddle will go to Rotary directly instead of giving to other programs/causes.
Pictures from presentation available to anyone who would like one.
Status of auction will be provided weekly.
Wrap up (Mel) – Encouraged everyone to sign up and support the auction;
Meeting adjourned at 8:30
Notes by Jennifer Hamilton
PHOTO SUMMARY OF THE JAN 5TH MEETING (Photos compliments of Rod Ladd)
President Mel gets the meeting off to a good start.
Our Program, Ryan & Brian plus introducer, Richard and President Mel at the Head table.
It's Happy Birthday Time!  Lot of January birthdays, I guess some spring celebrating.  Walt did his usual great job, although he missed Melanie's Jan 29th Bday, but we did include her in the singing.
John Eddy reminding us of Rotary After Hours at the Hub next Wednesday.  The fact John doesn't attend should not deter you; it is a lot of fun.
Do you think Chris is pondering about how much to charge or who to fine first?  He resolved that quickly getting Coach, Rod, and Chuck Perry in succession.
Are you surprised that Jeff won the drawing once again?  The big surprise is that he did not pull the blue chip.
Don Buchanan presented a check for $1500. to First Tee, the results of the salmon sale.  Way to go Don!
President Mel and Ryan from The First Tee present the banner showing our sponsorship.  All of those seeing this are potential Rotarians, so it is a membership benefit.
Ryan and Brian did the presentation.  I think this is Ryan who did most of the talking and explaining that First Tee is more about developing character than golf, but golf is the  tool.  Ethics training starting at 4 years is a great idea.  You saw the 9 core values on the banner with our logo.
Here is a trooper giving a testimonial on the benefit of First Tee.  I don't know about you but I always agree with a man with a gun. 
The following three picture show how much fun and how good the golf training in First Tee is.  Ryan or Brian asked for a volunteer Rotarian who had NEVER played golf.  AnnMarie was the only brave Rotarian in the room and went to the front.
Here she is learning the grip of the golf club.
Here she is learning how to address the ball.
And here you get to see just how much fun golf can be!  The experience was definitely enhanced by not actually hitting a ball.  Thanks for the demonstration AnnMarie!
Call to Order at 7:30 by President Mel with a video featuring golf bloopers in honor of our speaker who will be talking about The First Tee program. Invocation by John Duppenthaler; Pledge led by President Mel; the song Crazy Beautiful Life by Dave Gillespie; and 4 Way Test led by Lee Smith.
Visiting Rotarians announced by Coach (Jack Stonestreet) – no visiting Rotarians.
Guest of Rotarians: Tim Toerber, guest of Annie Arbenz; Sue Jensen, guest of Dad, Al Bucholz; Chandler Hueckol (sp?), Ryan Kallenberger, and Brian Archer, guests of Richard Schmalz; Max Morgan, guest of Lee Smith; David Holsinger, guest of Sophie Perkins; Tanaya Lanning, guest of Mel Santos, Josh Sheanin (sp?), guest of Hal Hodgins; Oliver and Rocky, guests of Mac Pinch, and Debra Krishnadasans, host Mother for Exchange Student Melanie.
Comments and Announcements:
  • President Mel recognized Annie Arbenz for her great job of organizing the Christmas party – she, in turn, recognized her committee members and volunteers. President Mel also challenged Annie to demonstrate her juggling skills that he saw her perform with snowballs at the party – she successfully juggled 3 small cartons of coffee creamers without dropping any – very impressive.
  • President Mel asked for volunteers to share their New Year Resolutions – only Oliver Pinch shared a resolution – that he would be good in school this year (thunderous applause from Dad)
  • President Mel noted that we have completed the first half of his Rotary year and recognized Debbie Miller for all the support she has provided to him
  • President Mel provided the background story on our program today. Mel had challenged the Vocational Service Committee with finding something new for our club to be involved with and Richard Schmalz brought forward the idea of supporting The First Tee program. The idea was strongly supported by all Avenues of Service committees and by the Board, resulting in a sizable donation being made to support the expansion of The First Tee program into Junior High Schools in our area and to provide the equipment to support the instructional effort.
  • Rotary Exchange student Melanie Meyer reported attending a New Year’s Eve party and having a good time with good eats – but we didn’t learn many specifics about the party. She also made a visit to University Village in Seattle and toured the University of Washington campus. With less than full enthusiasm, she reported having to start school and having to do homework again. She admits to having lots of fun while here with us and is clearly not ready to go home yet. We also learned that her birthday is on January 20.
  • Walt Paulson led us in a celebration of Rotarians having birthdays in January.
  • Hal Cline reported that 34 couples have signed up for Dinners for 8 and he is looking for 6 more couples to step forward.
  • Rod Ladd reported that we still have about 358 sign-ups to go to reach our goal of 380 guests at the auction. He says that we go to the auction to have fun – but we must first Buy a Ticket!
  • Bob Martin (looking sharp in a coat and tie) was called on to do a new member introduction – but alas, the new member to be introduced was not here – deferred to a future meeting.
  • Bob Martin was also asked to provide an update on our hands-on projects, but he didn’t have a lot to say. The carport project is completed and no additional action has happened on the fence project.
  • Sharon Shaffer announced that 25 members (out of a target of 60) have registered for the Star Awards dinner. As an incentive, she reminded us that Chris Myers is again serving as the MC. Always a multi-tasker, Rod Ladd said it is so easy to sign up that he did it while Sharon was making her announcement.
  • John Eddy invited members to attend the next Rotary-After-Hours at The Hub in Gig Harbor from 5:30-8:00 on Wednesday, January 10. Don’t look for John to be there however, he’ll probably be traveling on business again.
Fines and Happy Bucks: Chris Myers started the fine session by complimenting Coach on his new haircut while suggesting it looked like he cut it himself. He then fined Rod Ladd for working on his phone while Sharon Shaffer was making an announcement. Chuck Perry got fined for wearing a sweater past the dates of the ugly sweater contests. Pam Peterson was fined for moving the podium out of the way of the speaker last week (really Chris, is this the best you’ve got?). John Dunham was fined for getting help in moving furniture. With his usual irreverence, Chris asked President Mel if the first half of the Rotary year was going as slow for him as it is for us – not sure if he got any fine money for that question. Chris then wrapped up the end of the College Bowl season by fining alumni from the Pac 12 schools that had lost their bowl games. Happy bucks included money for a successful cataract surgery, fund raising for the Ed Worthen eye clinic, School bond drive to be run, and a football victory for UCF over Albany.
Raffle: Duane Fister won the 10 free and surprise of surprises, Jeff Harris won the chance to draw a chip for the $216 pot. No one (except Jeff) was disappointed when he drew a white chip.
Program: Richard Schmalz introduced our speakers – Ryan Kallenberger, Executive Director of The First Tee, and Brian Archer, Program Director. The program began with a wonderful testimonial from a parent who has both a son and a daughter in The First Tee program. Jermane Walker (in full Washington State Patrol uniform) talked about how fantastic this program has been for his kids. He focused particularly on the core values his kids are learning from their participation. Ryan then showed a video overview of the National School Program which provided visual evidence of exactly how the golf and life skills instruction is done. This program has expanded exponentially since its beginning in the South Sound in 2011. There are many different levels of instruction in this program and it was interesting to learn that one of the homework assignments for participants is to record how they apply the core values and life skills taught in the program to other parts of their lives outside of golf. Ryan then talked about the SNAG program (Starting New at Golf) and asked for a volunteer who has never golfed to come forward for some basic instruction. Annmarie Huppert took up the challenge and in a few short minutes she learned how to properly grip and swing a golf club – although the people sitting at the table just in front of her were looking pretty nervous. Ryan thanked the Rotary Club of Gig Harbor for the generous support and unveiled a banner to be hung at each participating school which prominently displays the Rotary logo. At the conclusion of Ryan’s remarks, President Mel asked Don Buchanan to step forward to present a $1,500 check to The First Tee which represents the proceeds from the Salmon sales over the past two months.
Meeting adjourned at 8:30
Notes by Stan Eastberg
Here is Ricky and Cassie about to attack the root ball of the flowers which were long gone.  Cassie is not at all intimidated by the machete.
Cassie is discarding the flower foliage which now is kind of like a raisin to a grape.  We have been disappointed that no flowers grow in our pasture.
I hope Cassie gets her left hand out of the way of the machete.  Since she left with both hands, she must have.
And look at the power of that blow.  Completely severed the root ball!
I guess this root ball was a little tougher and took them both.  John Winslow was taking the pictures, but he also worked on the dismantling.  I don't intend to cast aspersions, but Cassie was the only one who was wet from top to bottom.  John also left out the pictures of the family of voles that were dislodged in the recycling.  No animals were injured in the recycling process.
It's hard to believe you could have a good time around a group that looks like this.  But we did!
We will be having a "Kiss Polio Goodbye" program in April so I was looking for the "Perfect Kiss"  Here are Al and Joanne doing their best.
I was impressed with Al and Virginia, actually more with Virginia.  Way to go!
This one not so much!  But it did add to the levity of the evening.
Along with a great meal and fellowship, Camilla and Annie wanted to get us out of our chairs so they set up a "snowball" fight.  The snowballs were sort of cloth nerf balls.  Now does Brent look like a winner or not?
Tom looks pretty sharp as well.
But in fact age and treachery prevailed and I was the last man standing, with Betty coming in second.
The evening ended with a dance and this picture was pretty special.  Al is 92 and Joanne not far behind.  He moved really well.  I really think a great time was held by all.  We had 230 books were turned in and the committee will now decide where they go.  thanks to all who brought some and it is not too late to bring more, just let Jan know.
This is the crew that moved the cement and all of the lumber on the truck into the storage container.  Had 5 people from the Garden Volunteers and 7 Rotarians.  Paul Alvestad had not yet arrived with his tractor to dig post holes and Larry Olson slept in but got there in time to move some 2X4s.  No rain, so that was great.  Next week we set posts and then the fence goes up after that.  Randy is trying to do this on weekends so those of you still working can participate.  Maximum of 3 hours on a Saturday.  give it a try!
Everyone who was at the November 17th meeting will know this, but you who were not there need to know this.  Our program on the 17th was to let all of you know what our Club is doing in the way of International service and how the money you are donating to The Rotary Foundation comes back to us allowing us to complete projects.  It was also intended to encourage each of you give to The Rotary Foundation.  Our Club is no longer doing automatic quarterly donations because of accounting time and issues.  As a result, we would like all of you to sign up with TRF Direct.  I provided forms, and will have some with me this coming Friday to allow you to do this.
I am thrilled to report that 26 of you did fill out the forms and as a result those 26 will be giving to The Rotary Foundation $14,260 each year!  This commitment can be terminated at any time with a phone call or an email.  That puts us half way to President Mel's goal of $30,000.  Put another way, 20% of our members have us half way to our goal.  I would encourage the other 80% to make up the difference.  You will never give a better charitable dollar; that is you can count on the money to make a difference in people's lives.
I am proud of this Club and all that we do together, but we can do even more together.  Please ask me for a TRF Direct form and make up that other half of our goal.
There have been 9 cases in Afghanistan and 5 in Pakistan.  The biggest reduction has been in Pakistan.  Pakistan is down from 16 at the same time last year and Afghanistan is down from 12.  We just HAVE to keep going!
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?
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Vice President
Past President
Director at Large
Club Service
Community Service
International Service
Vocational Service
Membership Chair
Public Relations
Youth Services
Youth Protection Officer
RI Foundation
Dr. Polo
Jan 19, 2018
Psychiatrist at VA
Richard Schmalz
Jan 26, 2018
Vocational Serice Committee Presentation
Paul Spadoni
Feb 02, 2018
Living in Tuscany
Buck Frymeier(15) Jeremy Rubin
Feb 09, 2018
Prison (15) Boys and Girls Club (15)
John Winslow/Interact Club
Feb 23, 2018
Interact Club Runs Meeting
Hal Hodgins
Mar 09, 2018
Auction Preparation
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Mar 16, 2018
A view from the cockpit
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Jun 15, 2018
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