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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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FOR THOSE WHO LOVE THE PHILOSOPHY OF AMBIGUITY, AS WELL AS THE IDIOSYNCRASIES OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE:
 
1. ONE TEQUILA, TWO TEQUILA, THREE TEQUILA,  FLOOR.
2. ATHEISM IS A NON-PROPHET ORGANIZATION.
3. IF MAN EVOLVED FROM MONKEYS AND APES, WHY DO WE STILL HAVE MONKEYS AND APES?
4. THE MAIN REASON THAT SANTA IS SO JOLLY IS BECAUSE HE KNOWS WHERE ALL THE BAD GIRLS LIVE.
5. I WENT TO A BOOKSTORE AND ASKED THE SALESWOMAN, "WHERE'S THE SELF- HELP SECTION?" SHE SAID IF SHE TOLD ME, IT WOULD DEFEAT THE PURPOSE.
6. WHAT IF THERE WERE NO HYPOTHETICAL QUESTIONS?
7. IF A DEAF CHILD SIGNS SWEAR WORDS, DOES HIS MOTHER WASH HIS HANDS WITH SOAP?
8. IF SOMEONE WITH MULTIPLE PERSONALITIES THREATENS TO KILL HIMSELF, IS IT CONSIDERED A HOSTAGE SITUATION?
9. IS THERE ANOTHER WORD FOR SYNONYM?
10. WHERE DO FOREST RANGERS GO TO "GET AWAY FROM IT ALL?"
11. WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU SEE AN ENDANGERED ANIMAL EATING AN ENDANGERED PLANT?
12. IF A PARSLEY FARMER IS SUED, CAN THEY GARNISH HIS WAGES?
13. WOULD A FLY WITHOUT WINGS BE CALLED A WALK?
14. WHY DO THEY LOCK GAS STATION BATHROOMS? ARE THEY AFRAID SOMEONE WILL BREAK-IN AND CLEAN THEM?
15. IF A TURTLE DOESN'T HAVE A SHELL, IS HE HOMELESS .......OR NAKED?
16. CAN VEGETARIANS EAT ANIMAL CRACKERS?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
TRAVELER(S) OF THE MONTH--THE HODGINS JUST KEEP ON TRAVELING
 
Hal was complaining that the churches in Milan were so "rundown".  I guess he has great expectations.
 
He said this "little arch" was just outside their AirB&B room.
 
Not man made, but just as spectacular is this Fresno sunset that Rod sent in.  Some may say it is the best thing in Fresno.
Call to Order at 7:30 by President Mel. Invocation by Bob Martin; Pledge led by Hal Cline. Song: Randy Spitzer; 4 Way Test: 
 
Visiting Rotarians announced by Coach – Cindy Niemi
 
Guest of Rotarians: _John Gardia, Ken Serber and Ian Ward; Josh Irwin; Jeff Barcalow
 
Comments and Announcements: two speakers today; Josh was instrumental in the auction video (with Al Abbott) also did video for the Star Awards; Josh recognized for his efforts for his contribution was provided a bonus of $500 to thank him for his service. Tim Williams is putting a week in Puerto Vallarta up for auction for $2250; Ann Marie met with 1st Tee for a golf lesson – guys were great and made the training fun (Meadow Park), provided giveaways during training, showed them the storage sheds where all the gear for the program is stored, looking forward to starting with her first team on April 23rd. Mel is working on setting up a date a Canterwood and will advise us of a date – currently 10 people from our club have volunteered to assist.
 
Exchange Student Report – Melanie Meyer – Last Friday walked over the Tacoma Narrows Bridge; Sunday the Anderson’s took her to the farmers market in Olympia; Tonight is the talent show at Peninsula HS (she helped plan it); next week going to Mexico for Spring Break. (Hal) She was given a piece of glass from the docent of the Museum of Glass. She has 2½ months before she returns home. May 12th her family will be in town and Rotary will announce a social event for use to get to know them.
 
Auction Volunteers for 2019 (Camilla Brocker) – recruiting for next year; Will be following up with volunteers from 2018; Peter Glein has been in charge of procurement for the last three years and is requesting help for 2019 (data entry, etc.)
 
Book Drive (Jan Martin)– turned in numbers on Monday (380 books); need ideas on what to do with some of these books (book sale, donations, etc.)
 
Toastmasters & Ballroom (Betty Felker) – Thank you letter from Pacific Ballroom Dance. Asked people to raise hands if anyone wanted to build leadership skills, speaking skills or lose weight; she invited everyone to attend meetings at noon at Harborplace. Passed around cards for Ad libbers group, last Thursday of every month.
 
Fines and Happy Bucks: (Peter Glein) – rolled into happy bucks; Annie celebrated completion a ½ iron man in San Diego; Sharon Shaffer – Kurt Grimmer featured (Star Award winner) in Gig Harbor Living; Sophie Perkins and David Holsinger went on first boat cruise; Randy Spitzer celebrating getting started with choir rehearsals; Bob and Jan Martin leave on vacation;
 
 
Raffle: Larry Olson. Randy Spitzer gets 10 free next week; Lee Smith pulled a white chip – no winner!
 
Program:
 
  • Nicole Comforto – “World Possible” – small NPO to connect offline learners to education about the world (people without internet); thank you for our past support in Guatemala and to provide their story on who they are and what they do, and to show what the donations have been used for. Showed pictures from her visits to Lima sponsored by Rotary when she was studying national education. 52% of the world’s population does not have access to the internet, these are mostly impoverished countries. Education is crucial to supporting mother’s and children’s lives, nutrition, employment, empowerment of women, economic growth and the environment. For every dollar spent on education get about $10 in return on that child’s contribution to the world. Staff was all volunteers until 2014. OER2GO- free websites that work offline created and accessible in multiple languages to deliver education (136 modules); RACHEL – Remote are community hotspot for education and learning which works anywhere the enables devices to access the websites (serves as a wifi hotspot); Chapter program in other countries – gathers local content using RACHEL; first chapter in Guatemala – have already trained 1600 teachers. In Kenya started 2nd chapter bringing RACHEL to 10k students. Have gone as far as Sierra Leone. US program is a recent program used in prisons in 14 states (including women’s prison in Purdy). Total 6 chapters estimate that they have reached of 500k learners using RACHEL. Bob Cairns from Port Orchard Rotary introduced RACHEL in Kenya. Now bringing RACHEL and Chromebooks to schools in Guatemala which is supported by the ministry of Guatemala.
 
  • Michelle Sabia – “Courage Bike Ride” - Thank you for support over the last 26 years; 9 Pierce county Rotary clubs involved last year; raised $45k last year; all total raised over $300k last year; raising more money and spending less; Cause is for the needs of children; 70% of patients are Medicaid; the Greatest Needs funds are truly a gift from the community; they are gifts that go beyond the medical needs of children. Information provided on the tables with statistics of the children that are helped through this funding; these services cannot be provided without this monetary support; showed a patient (Dawson) who is a recipient of these types of funds who contracted a rare condition from his leukemia treatment. Held a beach volley ball party for him while in the hospital. Got to test out new highly equipped patient bed. Also was able to attend first pitch at a Rainiers game. Will also be at the next ride. Asked that we all think of Dawson when we volunteer. Ride is the last weekend of August. Will be back in Eatonville and Pac Forest; 4 ride options based upon last year’s feedback; (1) 3.75 fat mile ride and run designed for beginners/families/trail riders ($25 fee with no fundraising minimum); (2) Cascade Cruiser – 23 mile (3) Tahoma half century, (4) two day 144 mile Northwest Brew Thru; Maps displayed and also available on Courage.org. Volunteer support is greatly needed – (Hillary Powell) is contact for volunteer coordination and logistics; contact info is at the bottom of the information sheet. $’s are allocated by the Board of Directors to requesting physicians.
 
Wrap up (Mel) – Rod Ladd announced that he had seven center pieces leftover from the auction and that they are available for purchase for $10.
Meeting adjourned at 8:30.
 
Notes by Jennifer Hamilton
Opening bell at 7:29 A.M. by president Mel Santos; Invocation by Fred Labayan; Pledge by President Mel; Song: “My Country Tis of The”, led by Hal Kline, Al Abbott, Chris Myers, and Cory Coryell; and the Four Way Test led by Bob Martin.
Visiting Rotarians: introduced by Walt Paulson; Larry Trelevin, Tacoma 8.
Guests of Rotarians: Sue Jensen, Hillary Bridge, Ian Warren, Jeremiah Saucier, and Geoff Barcalow.
Presidents Opening Comments: A sign up sheet for 1st Tee training class is being passed around. If you sign up to help teach, you will also be required to pay a $25 fee for a State Patrol background check to work with the kids. The class will be in the next two weeks. If you didn’t get your name on thee list, just give President Mel a call to get signed up. Also announced: Dinners for Eight first hosts should be done, as the April hosts should now be scheduling for their dinner.
Banner Exchange: Donna Lormor presented two banners from Clubs she visited while recently in Thailand; Chang Mai Phuping and Rotary Club of Chang Mai. Donna went on to tell the story of how she met her Thai Rotary Friends while in the hospital on her last trip to Thailand. Afraid that this was turning into the program, clapping started and ended the story.
Exchange Student: Melanie Meyer gave her report of the week. She went to a Sounders soccer game, had an Easter Brunch and an Easter Egg Hunt, (she felt like a little kid again), it was fun, and she reported that all of her tennis games for the week were cancelled due to rain.
April Birthdays: Walt Paulsen announced all the April birthdays and the cub sang Happy Birthday to the lucky members.
Community Projects: Randy Barcalow reported that last Saturday the final fence posts were installed at Wilkinson Farm. He also reported that the Chamber of Commerce project is moving forward.
KP Pavilion Project : Jeff Harris showed the club a large photo montage of the KP Pavilion that was to be presented to Tim Keolker as a thank you for all the work he did for the project. Tim is a master builder and oversaw the construction of the pavilion. Jeff also asked that the club all stand up to support the Peninsula Schools in the upcoming bond election.
International Committee: Rod Ladd announced that the international committee has a meeting on Monday 4/9/18. The meeting is at the Ladd-Pinch international headquarters on Rosedale.
Fine Master: John Winslow dealt out some fines for the week with a lot of humor: Peter Stanley for his phone ringing and is it the truth; Donna Lormor – do you need more time?; Corey Coryell and Dick Vanberg for not having their January dinners for eight yet; Auction picture thumb drives out for 3 weeks and not turned in: Mel, Paul, Peter G. and almost Allisha McVey – however Scott McVey turned it in during the fine session; Coach for 35 years in Gig Harbor Rotary with a 4/1/83 start date; Happy bucks by Dave Gordon for 48th anniversary and Chuck Perry for 35th anniversary – 4/2/83, the day after Coach joined the club.
Drawing: Eric McGinnis ran the raffle with 10 free next week going to Mel Wick and Rod Ladd getting to draw for the $282 pot. Lucky for everyone else Rod drew a white chip and the pot will grow next week.
 
Program: Corey Lopardi – “Rotary Visibility” Corey is the District Chair for Club Support dealing with publicity and marketing of Rotary and our Clubs. He gave a presentation on the “Rebranding of Rotary” with changes to the logo and the “people of Action” program. You can get more information by going on the internet to: Rotary.Org > My Rotary > Member Center > Brand Center. Many of the changes have to do with trying to let the World know who and what Rotary is. This Rotary International branding change was started after the 2012 Survey by Siegal & Gale showed that 60% of people had heard of Rotary, however only 20% knew what Rotary did. Not all of the Club members agreed with what the findings were and what changes are being made to the Rotary brand image. However this is a Rotary international project and is being rolled out internationally. So this scribe wants to remind the Club members not to shoot the messenger, he has taken his time to inform our club of decisions made at the international level.
 
Notes by Chuck Perry
POLIO UPDATE
 
We are up to 5 cases now, all in Afghanistan.  Nigeria is a8 mos. polio free and the last case in Pakistan was November 2017.
GH ROTARY AUCTION--2018
 
Now does this look like 370 people having fun or what?  In my mind this was our best auction ever and kudos to Hal and his committee.  There was energy and excitement the entire evening.  Put it on your calendar for next year!
 
Now this picture of Veronica and Jeff may look posed, but I know Chuck only  photographed  spontaneous happiness and joy.  We all felt this way the entire evening.
 
These were some vegetable skewers from Morso that were delicious, but there was lots more great food; pulled pork sliders, burger sliders, chocolate covered bacon, crab cocktail with mango salsa, and much more.  You could not begin to eat all of it.  And all of this while you are socializing and bidding.
 
Chris and Keith had the stage for the live auction and as usual did a great job.  Keith really knows how to work the crowd and keep the bidding going.
 
Now I don't know if she had the winning bid, but her number is up with authority!
 
Each year there is a little game at the Auction called Heads or Tails.  This picture shows me using my head and winning the $500. pot.  I am not sure what Juanita was thinking.
 
We had lots of VIP's at the Auction.  This happens to be District Governor Tom Carroll and his wife Laurie.  Very nice of them to attend since they get so many invitations.
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ANNINA LIEBNER DOES GERMANY (AND ITALY, AND ......)
Hello!

Sorry I haven't sent anything for a while now I have been terribly busy with the end of your school semester! I what to let the club know I am participating in most of my classes now and am contributing to the class work.

Over the holidays I met both sides of my host family for Christmas dinner and New Years!

I also have been skiing with my family as well. I enjoy it very much and would love to continue to get better.

We had a meeting with all the exchange students in our district and had a "cook off" my friends and I cooked s'mores over the fire for all my friends and there family.

I also visited Milan to help my brother move into a new apartment and we were able to see the church of Milan.
I hope everyone is having a fantastic holiday and I hope to hear from the club soon! Please pass this along to the other club members!

Best,

  Annina Liebner
Polio this week as of 17 January 2018



 
We had 22 cases last year, 14 in Afghanistan and 8 in Pakistan. Fall seems to be the big risk period.  Would hope for less than 10 cases this year and none next year.  These are exciting times.
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.
 
 
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Speakers
Dave Cathers and Mel Wick
Apr 20, 2018
Fixing Dings on Furniture and Reclassification Talk
Michael Ewens
Apr 27, 2018
Ripple Effect Guatemala
Joan Toone
May 04, 2018
Fight against polio
Flag Day Celebration
Jun 15, 2018
Jersich Park
Mel Santos
Jun 29, 2018
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