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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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Flag Day Celebration at Skansi Brothers Park – Flag was raised silently (bugler was a no-show) at 7:00 a.m. by Cub Scout Troop 282, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance led by the Scout troop and God Bless America led by Hal Cline. Before heading into the pavilion for breakfast, Bob Martin took a group picture in honor of our departing exchange student, Melanie Meyer. A pancake and sausage breakfast was then served by the Gig Harbor Kiwanis.
Call to Order at 7:40 by President Mel Santos: Invocation by Duane Fister; and a second Pledge led by President Mel.
Visiting Rotarians: Howard Svigals of the Gig Harbor Midday club.
Guest of Rotarians: A few guests were introduced by their hosts.
Comments and Announcements:
  • President Mel recognized the Boy Scouts (and parents) that performed the Flag raising ceremony and then thanked the Gig Harbor Kiwanis for breakfast
  • President Mel reminded everyone that the meeting on June 22 will be special and will not include time for any announcements
  • Today was the last meeting to be attended by Exchange Student Melanie Meyer as she is headed home next week. Melanie reviewed a very long list of activities she did during her stay in Gig Harbor and displayed a framed bulletin board she made at the AR Workshop last week – she will display pictures of her stay in Gig Harbor on this board as a remembrance of her time with us. She thanked the club for the support she has had throughout the year and noted that “I had an amazing year - I will never forget it”. Cindy Reed presented Melanie with a notebook containing member’s reflections, comments and well wishes which Melanie promised to read on the flight home. President Mel asked for comments from members and several members had very nice things to say to Melanie about her time spent with us.
  • Walt Paulson announced that the annual Hot August Morning Car Show will be at the regular Rotary meeting on August 4
  • The Gig Harbor Kiwanis invited (challenged?) The Rotary Club of Gig Harbor to enter a team in their golf tournament at Madrona Links Golf Course on Friday, August 17 at 1 p.m.
  • Randy Barcalow announced another work party at Wilkerson garden this Saturday from 9:00 to 12:00
  • Betty Felker announced that the dancers from Vaughn Elementary School took the gold medal award at the State Championship. She will arrange to have the dancers come to a future Rotary meeting.
  • Tom Borgen reminded everyone of the Year-End party and said it was time to pay up – see details in the emails Tom is sending to everyone. Talk to Mike Pinch about playing in the golf tournament.
  • President Mel thanked Paul Alvestad for coordinating the Flag Day celebration and noted that Paul needed a few people to stay after the meeting and help with cleanup.
Fines and Happy Bucks: No fines or happy bucks today.
Raffle: No raffle today.
Program: President-Elect Paul Alvestad introduced our speaker, Stephanie Lyle, Director of Gig Harbor History Museum. Stephanie brought a 45 star and a 48 star United States flag from the museum collection as a background for her remarks on the history of our flag and on our Flag Day celebration. A main theme of her talk was on recognizing how important the flag and our oath of allegiance are as symbols of our citizenship. She noted this was especially important when our ancestors immigrated to the United States and is still an essential element in the process of Americanization of immigrant children today. Stephanie reminded us that our flag is a strong symbol for each of us to be a better American citizen.
Meeting adjourned at 8:20
Notes by Stan Eastberg
This is the end result; 5 boxes of books, clothes, and computers on the way to the Philippines.
This appears to be the process; stuffing themselves with lumpia.
Seems to be a universal phenomenon and no one complaining.  Aren't you sorry you missed it?
And this is the culprit/cook.  I think Carina does enjoy feeding everyone!
Maybe if I keep my hands in my pockets I won't have to do anything!
What a job!  Sitting and talking.  Do you suppose it was about Rotary or Trivia?
So Pat, does it smell good or look good or taste good?
June 30 and July 1st at Tacoma Narrows Airport there will be a plane, car, and motorcycle show.  In the past we have provided volunteer support, but all that is being requested now is our attendance.  Put it on your calendar!  You all had some nice flyers on the tables two weeks ago.  I couldn't copy it to put it in the Bulletin so I hope your visual memories are good.
Only three to go President Mel.  Maybe Paul will ask you to continue doing the pledge.
Hal decided to do a solo "God Bless America".  Seemed to go OK in that I have heard no complaints.
Coach introducing the visiting Rotarians.  Probably had a good time with Howard Svigals name?
Didn't know President Mel was a fisherman, but he seems to be describing how big the one was that got away.  Either that or he is saying "Who, me?"
Our Secretary, Cynthia Kennedy is handing out the perfect attendance awards for the past year.  Somehow Walt stays a year ahead of me with 34 years.  Lots of folks with perfect attendance and I think that is great.
For once we are getting a check instead of handing one out.  The Waterfront Alliance, Pat as President is handing us a check for $2000. for our work with Sip 'n Stroll.  Lee of course did all of the organizing.
John is bragging about how much fun the Fireside was at the Dunham's.  The location probably had something to do with that.  Our thanks to John and Beth.
Betty reminding everyone that Vaughan Elementary is in the State Dance Competition at Todd Beamer on Saturday.  Glad to hear many of you went to cheer them on!  Vaughan won the State Championship with the Gold medal, and Purdy was third with a bronze metal.
Cindy letting us know that she is soliciting applicants for the student exchange program next year.  My Granddaughter is headed for Chile in August.  You have any family members you might want to encourage?
This is why you should be thinking of someone.  Melanie has only two weeks to go.  This past week she enjoyed the Yearbook signing and the prom and threw in a tennis banquet as well.  She has packed her year and made our year better with her presence.
Pam couldn't wait to get some money from President Mel; and many others as well.
I don't know if Sharon is laughing or screaming about her fine for the Dragon Boat Banner in the Maritime Gig.
Mary and Camilla, our very own farmer's daughters.  Both mentally and physically strong, and growing up on a farm tends to promote that.
Our photographer was so enamored with the program, he forgot to take a picture of Camilla.  When you are a farmer you get to see lots of sunrises and sunsets because harvest is daylight to dark.
This decision was certainly important in our farming community.  Both Camilla and Mary's families were Chevy users and that was true of our family as well.
Our family was red, but middle America was very green with John Deere in Iowa.  I am now green and don't see much difference.
At least we got one picture of Camilla.  The combine makes the family look very small indeed.  The header on this combine is almost twice as long as what we used in the 50's and 60"s.  Glad to see the club exposed to farm life.
Call to Order: President Mel opened the meeting with a ring of the bell at 7:29. The invocation/thoughts for the week by John Winslow; Hal Cline went solo this week in singing ‘God Bless America; Pledge led by President Mel; and Donna Lormor led us in the Four Way Test.
Visiting Rotarians: Coach introduced visiting Rotarians: Howard Svingales from the GH Midday Club inviting us to sign up for the Margaritaville golf tournament; and also Dan Wilson.
Guests: This week’s guests included Ian from Costless Pharmacy and Todd Evans, among others.
Opening Comments: President Mel shared an update on past GH Rotarian, Dan Rioux who is leaving New York Life and is starting a new business in Austin Texas.
  • Exchange student Melanie Meyer shared with the club that she has less than 2 weeks remaining in Gig Harbor and less than 3 days of school. New American experiences this past week included: the yearbook signing event (they don’t have yearbooks back home; she has a special section of her yearbook with messages from other exchange students); attending the tennis banquet; going to the Prom last Saturday evening and helping set up the Farmer’s Market that she described as “really cute’.
  • Cynthia Kennedy celebrated 2017 with Perfect Attendance Awards. Toppin the list is Walt Paulsen (34 yrs), Bob Martin (33), Scott Junge (25), Chuck Perry (24) and Mel Wick (21). 29 others were recognized with 1 – 16 years. 41 club members with perfect attendance; pretty impressive!
  • Downtown Waterfront Alliance representatives Mike Henry and Lee Smith presented a $2,000 check for the club’s help & support of the Sip ‘n Stroll event. Lee announced that tickets for this year’s Wine and Food Festival in July will be on sale soon.
  • Rod Ladd announced that the International Committee recently awarded $2,000 for the clef palette program; a project initiated by Fred Lebayan’s former club.
  • John Dupenthaler celebrated the success of last Tuesday’s Fireside hosted by the Dunham’s. Thank you John & Beth!
  • Betty Felker reminded the club of the State finals for the Dancing in Classroom, hosted at Todd Beamer High on Saturday. Vaughn Elementary School will be competing. Thanks Betty!
  • Reminder: Next Friday is the Flag Day program, 7a.m. at Skanzie Park in downtown Gig Harbor. Mark your calendar for the baseball game at Cheney Stadium, Aug. 2. ( A fellowship activity which also counts as an attendance make-up)
  • Cindy Reed is recruiting outbound exchange program applicants for 2019-20 school year. Interviews take place next fall. Contact Cindy for more information.
  • Reminder: it’s time to sign up for the year end ‘Mel Roast’, golf tournament and installation dinner, June 29th at Horseshoe Lake.
Fine Master & Happy Bucks: Fine Master Peter Pam Peterson tapped the wallets of several board members. Sharon Shafer donated happy bucks for the new Dragon Boat Banner, carried proudly in the Maritime Gig parade. P.S. The Dragon Boat regained their first place ‘winning boat’ at this year’s race! President Mel was once again fined for missing the Farmer’s Market opening day. Pam also had some interesting slides of John Dunham at a recent Rotary work party. We need to remind you John, that watching other Rotarians work doesn’t count as a ‘make up’!
Drawing: Rod Ladd add gets 10 free next week, and amid groans the Harris mojo returned. Marcia won the opportunity to draw…a white chip this week. (it must be lucky to serve as meeting ‘scribe…the same thing happened the last time yours truly served as scribe).
Program: Mary Grubs and Camilla Brocker – “Farm Raised”
Who else but our in-coming president and ‘farmer’ Paul Alvestad would discover two other Rotarians were ‘Farm Raised’. Both Mary and Camilla were raised on Illinois farms. Their fascinating & often humorous program compared similarities and differences in their growing up experiences. There were lots of ‘fun farm facts’, here are a few:
  • Mary grew up on a family farm as their sole source of family income. The whole family worked the farm. Bartering with neighbors was essential for family survival. They raised cows & grain crops. Income was weather dependent. All her clothes were homemade until she was in high school.
  • Camilla was raised on a large commercial farm with irrigation which made their farm less weather & rain dependent.
  • Both farms’ production included soybeans, wheat, grain, cows & pigs.
  • Both grew up in small rural towns, with no stoplights and what Camilla described as ‘the middle of nowhere).
  • Common Illinois farmer comparisons:
    • What kind of truck, Ford or Chevy? Both grew up with Chevys
    • Is you tractor red or green? Both were raised with green John Deere tractors. (fyi, reds are Internationals).
    • Both were active in youth farming organizations; Mary in 4 H and she was the FFA Sweetheart. Things had changed by the time Camilla grew up; she was involved in 4 H too, but Future Farmers of America membership had opened up to women, which she joined.
  • ‘Farm Raised’ Lessons Learned:
    • Always admit when you messed up
    • Integrity
    • Always forgive
    • Follow through on responsibilities
Thank you Mary and Camilla for a fascinating program with the opportunity to get to know you better!
President Mel adjourned the meeting at 8:32.
Notes by Marcia Harris
This is a picture of Robert, Susie, Simone, and Melanie at Marti Anderson's home.
This is Melanie in her prom dress provided by Jennifer Hamilton.  Gorgeous don't you think?
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.

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!


  Annina Liebner
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
Mary Lynn Pannen, CEO Sound Options
Jun 22, 2018
The Cost of Crisis
Mel Santos
Jun 29, 2018
Swan Song
Paul Alvestad
Jul 06, 2018
The New Year
Karen Robbins, author
Jul 13, 2018
Flags Across America
Jul 20, 2018
Club Happenings
Al Abbott
Jul 20, 2018
Reclassification talk
Walt Paulson
Aug 03, 2018
Hot August Morning - Classic Car Display
Joseph Piscatella
Aug 10, 2018
Road to a Healthy Heart
Aug 17, 2018
Club Happenings
Don Buchanan
Aug 17, 2018
Reclassification Talk
District Governor Craig Gillis
Aug 24, 2018
District Governor Visitation
Jay Stricherz
Sep 14, 2018
View From the Field
Hon. Debra L. Stephens
Oct 12, 2018
Challenges to Access to Justice and Independence of the Courts
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