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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: By Peninsula Interact President Cassie McMurtrey at exactly 7:30 am. [Scribe Note: In the absence of President Mel Santos, today’s meeting was very successfully run by Peninsula High School’s Interact Club, so much so Mel should worry about his job security. Other Interact students participating in the meeting were Tim Poe, Geni Schwesinger, Richard Winslow and Julie McMurtrey. They needed virtually no assistance from Mel’s assistant Debbie Miller.] Invocation by Annmarie Hubbert. Song “My Country Tis of Thee” led by Hal Cline and Interact’s Julie McMurtrey. Pledge of Allegiance by Interact'’ Geni Schwesinger. Four Way Test by Interact’s Richard Winslow. Greeters: The five enthusiastic Interact students mentioned above. Guests were Evangeline Taret, Tim Toerbar, Jeremy Bueloh and Bill Whitacre, who were all introduced, and, lastly, Sophie Perkins’ longtime friend DAVE HOLSINGER (who usually is successful as he was today in not being introduced, but the scribe caught sight of him) . Visiting Rotarians: If there were any, they successfully hid from this scribe’s view.
  •  Interact’s Presence: President Cassie explained why the Interact Club was running today’s meeting and that John Winslow was the club’s contract with Peninsula Interact. She then briefly listed the Interact’s past and future projects, all of which were extensive.
  • Parking Stall Auction: Keith Harris auctioned off the March parking stall for $45 to Rod Ladd who paid a generous $50.
  • Rotary Auction: Auction chairman Hal Hodgins reminded us that we were eight days away from our annual auction. Ticket sales lieutenant Rod Ladd said that 248 tickets had been paid for, about another 52 tickets had been committed but the club wished another 80 tickets be sold so as to push the total number of attendees to 380. Peter Glein reported that all of the auction items had been received (about 50% came in just last week). John Duppenthaler made a pitch for volunteers to set up and then take down tables at the event.
  • Altrusa’s Empty Bowls: Pat Schmidt reported that the Empty Bowls project had garnered about $14,000 which will go to the Boys’ and Girls’ Club and the Red Barn for meals for the youthful members.
Fines and Happy Bucks: Although Fines are usually more interesting than Happy Bucks, such was not the case today as there was no time for fines. The good news on Happy Bucks is that Annmarie Huppert’s wrist is not broken from a fall from horse riding last week, just badly strained. On the bad news side Rod Ladd’s motor home is out of commission for several weeks because of a meeting the motor home had with a stationary semi-truck.
Drawing: Someone won ten free tickets to next week’s drawing and, of course, Jeff Harris won the right to draw for the pot. He was unsuccessful this time but it makes this scribe wonder why he even buys tickets when he walks in the door. This scribe’s only consolation is that whatever Jeff takes home is immediately donated to some worthy charity. Nice to have people of such caliber in the club.
Program: Two part program today.
Knowledge Bowl: Speaker Johnathon Bell, a twenty-five year teacher with the last twenty years at Peninsula High School where he is presently teaching history and acting as faculty advisor for many of the school’s clubs, spoke on his favorite club, the Knowledge Bowl. Of “competitive teams” in the school, the Knowledge Bowl team has by far the most successful. Peninsula High School has placed in the top ten in the state out of 140 +/- teams for all but one year in the last fifteen. It is a “no cut” sport of teams of four persons and is very similar to the TV show Jeopardy except the show has three individual contestants while the Knowledge Bowl has three teams of four. To demonstrate how the game works, he set up three tables which the scribe will call Keith Harris’s table, Ron Roberts’ table and the front table. (Ron improved his table’s chance of winning by moving Bob Ryan, who had once been a participant on the real Jeopardy show, from the scribe’s table to his table.) The speaker then read five esoteric questions which his school team had answered correctly earlier in the month and virtually nobody in the audience could understand. But Bob was the only one that correctly answered a question without assistance (the front table was disqualified because of assistance provided by President Cassie). The speaker was quick to point out that the students were using knowledge which they had acquired in other Peninsula High courses, not just his.
Youth Services Committee: Jeanie Simmons, the head of the Youth Services Committee, explained what that committee did by having members describe separate facets of its work. Cindy Reed advised up that in the future the club will only be selecting outbound local Rotary students and hosting foreign Rotary students in odd numbered years (such as 2019). In odd numbered years (this year) those functions will be handled by the Mid-Day Club. Betty Felker spoke on the short but intensive student selection process (which might be called “granting paid scholarships”) in the fall as well as on the entirely separate dance education program which has been so successful. Dick Vanberg spoke on the communications to and from with outbound students and foreign students.
Adjournment by President Cassie at 8:35 am.
Notes by Al Weaver
Tim Toerber has been sponsored by Annie Arbenz to be a member of this club. Tim's classification is aviation services. The first date of publication is February 11, 2018. Any comments should be referred to Annie Arbenz and/or Dave Morris within 10 days of the first date of publication.
GH Rotary President Mel Santos presiding; Invocation: Jeff Harris; Pledge: President Mel; Song: Hal Cline and Howard Mackert led us in a verse of “God Bless America”; 4-Way Test of the Things We Think, Say or Do: Betty Felker
Visiting Rotarians: Don Buchanan announced that there were no visiting Rotarians
Guests: John Guardia, Guest of Ben Paganelli; Sue Jensen, Guest of Al and Joanne Bucholz; David Holsinger, Guest of Sophie Perkins;(there may have been others but they were not on the sign-in sheet)
President Mel’s Opening Comments:
  • President Mel showed photos of the team at SeaTac heading for the Philippines, including PDG Bob Martin (and his granddaughter Olivia, from Spokane, and soon to be a Rotary Exchange student), Jan Martin, Larry Olson, Pam Smith Lee Smith, Mac Pinch, and Mike Pinch (Carina is already there).
  • It is very important for all Club Members participate/contribute in some way to the success of the Auction. If someone is unable to attend, it is suggested that a cash contribution be made via John Mitchell (and let your Team Captain know).
  • Next Friday, the Interact Club will conduct the meeting during the absence of President Mel.
Reports and Announcements:
  • Melanie Meyer (our Rotary Exchange Student from Switzerland)
    • Last Friday she attended a Rotary Exchange Student Leadership Conference where they dressed as aliens (gold leggings, etc.)
    • Attended a Dinners 4 8 with prominent Youth Exchange Committee Members
    • On Valentine’s Day her host mother Deborah Krishnadasan prepared a breakfast of heart-shaped French Toast plus strawberries
    • They don’t do these celebrations in Switzerland
  • Rotary Auction – Hal Hodgins
    • The Ronda Mackert Concert has been set as September 23 for the Auction.
    • The masterpiece, “entry table” by Dick Vanberg was displayed. (to this note-taker, it looked like a ¼ round “birdseye maple” entry table – absolutely magnificent!
    • “Big Board” status – we’re slightly ahead of last year, but we need to reach the goals.
    • Bottles of wine are needed for the “Wine Toss” – a couple of bottles from each member are still needed – drop off at Juanita Carbaugh’s office or bring this coming Friday
  • Gateway Park Pavilion Project – Jeff Harris
    • Jeff shared pictures of various stages of the building
    • Recognized Keith Koelker for his tireless work on the Pavilion Project – including his artful post anchor base designs
    • Recognized Don Rees for the use of his shop and equipment for preparation of the wood for the pavilion
    • Recognized the efforts of numerous Rotarians in the staining and decking preparation.
  • Blue Badge Promotions – Dave Morris
    • Jennifer Hamilton
    • Camilla Brocker
  • Altrusa’s “Empty Bowls” event – Pat Schmidt
    • Held Saturday, February 17 at the Boys and Girls Club
  • Peninsula Schools Dance Program– Lillian Page, Principal of Vaughn Elementary
    • Ms Page came to thank Gig Harbor Rotary for their support of the dance program because:
      • It gave some children a chance to learn manners and customs they might not have a chance to learn otherwise.
      • It has made a huge difference in their behavior at school
  • Film Festival – Betty Felker
    • Hard to believe this is the 10th year
    • The 72-Hour event is back
  • Youth Services Committee – Jeanie Simmons
    • Attempted attendance/participation bribery – offering donuts at the meeting following our regular meeting
    • The meeting was held in Harbor Place (not sure if there were any donuts left since several Members were observed rushing to attend – very tricky Jeanie)
    • Important program that has brought us many delightful exchange students.
Fine Master – Chris Myers
  • Apparently wanting to alleviate President Mel’s chagrin at being repeatedly fined, the Finemaster quite generously provided President Mel with an envelope containing 20 crisp new one dollar bills. Apparently President Mel would have none of it, so he immediately put the $20 into the fine cup.
Raffle Ticket Drawing
  • Jim Rieck won another 10 Free (as a result of his 10 free last week)
  • Marcia Harris pulled the blue chip and won $387.
Club Assembly conducted by President-elect Paul Alvestad. We were assigned to groups based on a colored “chip” handed out as we came into the meeting. Each group was asked what we liked about our Club meetings, didn’t like, what could make them more interesting, what changes would we like to see (there was a suggestion that the Harris’ (Jeff and Marcia) be ineligible for further “winnings” .
Meeting Adjourned at 8:30AM
Notes by Walker Allen

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
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.
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
Star Awards Video/Star Awards
Mar 02, 2018
Sharon Shafer
Auction Preparation
Mar 09, 2018
Hal Hodgins
A view from the cockpit
Mar 16, 2018
Colin Carr
Cindi Niemi Multicare- Alan Anderson Canoe Club
Mar 23, 2018
Courage Bike Ride Update and GH Canoe Club
Corey Lopardi
Apr 06, 2018
Rotary Visibility
World Possible/courage bike ride
Apr 13, 2018
Nicole Comforto/michelle Sabia
Flag Day Celebration
Jun 15, 2018
Jersich Park
Mel Santos
Jun 29, 2018
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