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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 7:25 by President Mel. Invocation by Camilla Brocker with great words from Mother Teresa to include; “The good you do today may be taken from you tomorrow, do the good anyway.” Pledge- President Mel, Song- Hal Hodgins, stepping in for the other Hal. Four WayTest- Cindy Reed. Visiting Rotarians; Coach with his Santa hat introduced fellow Rotarians; Howard Svigals Dist Asst gov. and Joe Flack, past president from Midday. Guests of Rotarians; Rocky and Oliver (Mac Pinch’s sons), Jeff Barcalow (Randy’s son), Wendy Flick host mom for Sebastin Oleksa the midday exchange student from Poland, Tim Toerber (Annie Arbenz’s friend), John Guardia(Ben Paganelli’s guest and potential new member) and Susan Jensen(Al Bucholz’s daughter)
  • Exchange Student; Melanie Myers spent time in Leavenworth seeing the Christmas tree lighting(fun) and getting a good look at an American version of a German town, many more lights and the German food was a bit different from her perspective. She also enjoyed making Christmas cookies this week which were “bread people.”
*      December Birthdays- Walt P. did a great job of getting the crowd into the holiday birthday spirit with a song and introductions. Donny Rees, Jeffey Harris, Bobby Heacox, Johnny Lantz, Dicky Vanberg, Walker Sandlin, Mikey Hemphill, Patty Schmidt, Jenny Hamilton, Norma Whitacre, Jeanie Simmons and Faye from Cottesmore, who has the best voice in the house were all born in December. Scribe took liberties on the names to bring back memories of youth.
  • Christmas Party- Annie and team have a great party lined up December 16 at Canterwood. Sign up on Constant Contact or call Annie or Mac if you need
Assistance. ONLY $30 per person this year!! New Members this is a great opportunity to meet your fellow members at a fun event!
  • 2018-19 Rotary Year Director Nominations/Vote- Paul announced the slate of nominees for open officer and director spots which included. Camilla Brocker,VP and future club president in RY 2020/21, Cory Coryell- Director Community Service, Rod Ladd- Director of International Service, Brady Buskirk- Treasurer. A vote was taken, and all were approved by the club. Congratulations to all and thanks for stepping up to serve!!
  • Dancing Classrooms: .Betty announced Vaughn Elementary (the club sponsors Vaughn) will be in the state dance finals at Todd Beamer High School. Go Vaughn!!
  • Sexual Harassment training; Pam, a club Youth Protection officer, provided a training session with a focus on defining Sexual Harassment and Sexual abuse and requirements for members to be trained. If you are working with youth on more than a casual basis you need additional training. Speak with Pam about the district’s online course. Thanks to all on the Youth Services committee for their efforts with Youth.
  •  Fine Master and Happy Bucks; Peter Glein- Used an “animal theme” to hunt down people and dollars during the fine session. He bagged Mac Pinch for hunting cougars in Whitley Hills. Ask Mac on that one. John Dupenthaler for his bow hunting. Something about a pack of wild dogs and Jayhawks which coach (proud Kansas alum) disagreed with and Cory (another Jayhawk) stepping in to back up coach. Win goes to Peter. A sloth came up, Stan Eastberg ended up paying a fine on that one. Peter killed it this week on the fines and received a great applause for his effort and originality. Happy bucks; Happy people this week; Cindy headed to Cabo and then Denver; who is going to pour us booze samples at Heritage while she is gone? Pat Schmidt – Waterfront Alliance received nonprofit of the year by the Chamber- Nice job! Randy Barcalow had a great train trip to Portland last weekend for Christmas shopping headed by Jim Castino, a past club member. Raffle: BenPaganelli wins 10 free and Roddy Ladd ain’t so glad as he draws a white chip.
 Program: Two guest speakers this week.
Walker Sandlin- “Smoke your Turkey” Walker did an entertaining and educational presentation on the finer points of smoking a turkey for the holidays, making everyone hungry and eager to give it a shot themselves. A video has been posted on club runner with instructions, even a Rotarian can follow so Give it a Try. Remember to use a fresh 12-16# bird and think at least three days ahead- Happy Smoking!
 Sebastian Oleksa- Midday Rotary Exchange Student from Poland
The quality of the Rotary youth exchange students is amazing, and Sebastian reconfirmed that with an excellent presentation on his home country of Poland. Some fun facts about Poland; Polish is one of the hardest languages to learn, Poland has been invaded 43 times over its history, Poland had the second constitution in the world in 1791 (you guessed it the first was the U.S.), Poland has 30 million people, Poland has doughnuts with no holes which are called Paczki. Thanks to Sebastian for sharing! 
Meeting adjourned at 8:30
Notes by Tom Borgen
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.
President Mel opens the first meeting of the last month of the year and it was as the first meeting.  I am sure you all remember that one.
Marti started us off with an invocation, well thought out and presented.  I love having our meetings start this way.
The three Stooges helped us all with the 4-Way Test.  Actually did much better than  the Marx brothers and looked better too.
After Coach asked visiting Rotarians to stand he pointed out he is having a communication problem; getting the names in a timely way.
Melanie told us all about her trip to Disneyland and what a great time all of the exchange students had.  Plus they saw Universal Studios and Knottsberry Farm as well. She also went skiing and it was quite different than Switzerland.  She was polite in saying she did enjoy it.
See how happy Annie is about the Christmas Party.  You should be happy too with the cost down to $30pp this year.  We would like to see attendance up as a result so hurry to sign up.  Also, don't forget to bring books.  You might even donate some books if you don't go.
Here is our Town Crier, I mean Club crier.  He did have something to cry about with the Basket Brigade feeding over 1500 families and he read a very touching note from one of the recipients.
Here's Larry reading off the winning raffle numbers.  Not sure he should waste the time, he could just let Jeff or Marcia draw.
PE Paul is introducing our double program, Todd Fletcher with his classification talk and Buck with the prison program.
Todd really gave us a good sense of his family with some great humor inserted.  Loved his reason for not going into medicine.
These are Todd's parents.  His Dad was a doctor and Mom a nurse in Myrtle Creek, Oregon.  My brother in law grew up near Myrtle Creek and this picture reminded me of my early plans for my career, to be a GP in a small town.  I loved my career as a dermatologist but cherish my memories of other plans.
This is Felice Davis, an Associate Superintendent of the Washington Women's Correctional Center and she gave a nice presentation on how hard the system is working to help women succeed after discharge and that they are trying to intervene before women wind up in prison.  Very nice program.  Buck introduced her.
Last Friday
Call to Order at 7:29 by President Mel to a video featuring the song I Think I Love You by the Partridge Family (circa 1970’s) featuring David Cassidy who died on November 21 at age 67. Mel tells us that David’s last words were “so much wasted time”, and reminded us to use our time wisely. Invocation by Marti Anderson; Pledge led by President Mel; America the Beautiful started by Randy Spitzer; and 4 Way Test led by the triumvirate of Walker Allen, David Gillespie, and David Cathers.
Visiting Rotarians announced by Coach (Jack Stonestreet): Past President Joyce Taylor, now in the Shelton club. Coach also asked all of the Past Presidents in the club to rise and be recognized.
Guest of Rotarians: Tim Toerber, guest of Annie Arbenz; Jeff Stillman, guest of Lee Smith; John Guardia, guest of Ben Paganelli, Jeannette Murphy (scholarship winner from the Women’s Prison Program and our speaker in January), guest of Buck Frymier; Cheri Fletcher, guest of Todd Fletcher who was presenting his Classification Talk today; Gretchen Hodgins, guest of Hal Hodgins; Rosalie Buchanan, guest of Don Buchanan; Sue Jensen, guest of Dad, Al Bucholz; and Jim Hanson, guest of Jerry Walston.
Comments and Announcements:
  • President Mel thanked the Board members for a wonderful Board meeting. The Board has elected to position the Christmas Party as a thank-you to club members and will financially support the event to keep the costs as low for club members as possible. Canterwood Golf and Country Club has also presented our club with a very favorable deal, so Mel encourages all members to attend this event.
  • President Mel announced the appointment of Jennifer Hamilton to lead our Public Relations efforts which Mel describes as an enormous job. Expect Jennifer to be asking for help from all of us.
  • President-Elect Paul Alvestad presented the report of the Nominating Committee. Treasurer - Brady Buskirk; International Service Committee – Rod Ladd will continue as Chair; Community Service Committee – Corey Coryell will become the new Chair. Please thank these Rotarians for their willingness to step into these important leadership roles. President-Elect Paul also reported that the role of Vice President Elect - Elect, has not yet been determined, although several solid candidates are being considered. Paul says the announcement of this leadership role will be done next week.
  • Exchange Student Melanie Meyer reported on her trip to California with other Rotary exchange students – trip included visits to Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm, Universal Studios, the Hollywood Sign, and also some surfing. Sounds like a good time was had by all. After one day back in school, Melanie traveled to Whistler for skiing over the Thanksgiving holiday – her first ski experience outside of Switzerland. She also reported being very impressed with the dancers after attending the Dancing Classrooms show which Betty Felker helps organize with many of our local schools.
  • Annie Arbenz reminded us that the Christmas Party will be held at Canterwood Golf and Country Club on Saturday, December 16 at 5:30 p.m. Thanks to help from the Board and Canterwood, the cost is only $30 per person this year (down from the $40-45 in previous years) and will feature a choice of entrees to include a steak, salmon or vegetarian choice. Annie asks that everyone sign up within the next week. Sign ups will be done through the Constant Contact internet service and members will receive an email with a link for signing up. Please see Annie or Melissa Schwab if you need help signing up. You are also reminded to please provide two books (kids, youth or adult) – you can bring the books to a Rotary meeting or on the night of the event. Some of the books will be sent to the Philippines while some will be donated to the Community in Schools organization.
  • David Cathers reported on the success of the Basket Brigade Thanksgiving efforts this year. Some 1580 baskets of food were delivered this year. David and his team of volunteers were recognized with a standing ovation and a hearty Hip Hip Hooray. An additional outreach of the program this year was sending 150 baskets to people in the Cascade Locks, OR region that were so impacted by the Eagle Creek fire. David read a very emotional letter of appreciation from one of the basket recipients. A voice from the audience announced that David is a semi-finalist for the Unsung Hero Award this year sponsored by LeRoy Jewelers.
  • Lee Smith provided an update on Rotary’s participation in the Build-a-Bike program this year. Two of our members will be helping to build the bikes and we will be delivering 30 bikes that will include a Rotary emblem on the bike. This is our third year of involvement in this effort.
  • John Eddy announced that Rotary-After-Hours this month will be on Wednesday, December 13 (5:30 – 7:30) at the Tides Tavern.
  • Betty Felker reported that the Dancing Classrooms program continues to be a big success as evidenced by a wonderful Holiday show last night. Rotary received some nice recognition for our sponsorship efforts. Betty also invited everyone to attend the regional dance competition on Saturday, December 9 (2:00-3:30 p.m.) at Todd Beamer High School in Federal Way. Vaughan Elementary school will be participating in the event.
  • Walt Paulson asked for volunteers to help with the breakdown of the Festival of Trees event. He needs several people for Sunday, December 3 starting at 9:00 a.m.
  • Because of time constraints, President Mel asked Walt Paulson to do the birthday celebrations next week.
Fines and Happy Bucks: President Mel asked the Fine Masters to defer this weeks fine session and to do a double fine session next week – they reluctantly agreed, but I suspect President Mel might want to have a few dollar bills in his wallet next week.
Raffle: We started a new pot this week after Jeff Harris pulled the blue chip last week. Mike Pinch won the ten free tickets for next week and Marsha Harris (are you kidding me?) won the chance to pull the blue chip which fortunately for her, she did not do.
Program: President Elect Paul Alvestad introduced two speakers this week – Todd Fletcher for his Classification Talk and Felice Davis (technically introduced by Buck Frymier) to provide us with an update on the WCCW Purdy Prison program.
Todd Fltecher is VP Operations, Western United States, Life Care Centers of America. Todd provided us with a wonderful photographic introduction of his childhood years through the present. The outfits he was wearing in the pictures accurately reflected the normal dress of the day, but brought many chuckles from those of us who remember wearing similar attire. Todd advised our members with young children to take pictures of them dressed up in outrageous outfits because it is fun to show later in life. Todd attended Walla Walla College where he received a degree in Business Administration. He got a second degree in Long Term Health Care Administration and started his career in Life Care Centers of America which was started in 1990 and owned by his uncle. He worked in many different care facilities throughout the country as he was learning the ropes. In 1996, he and his Uncle bought Cottesmore from Inez Glass and his family moved to Gig Harbor. Todd has very nice things to say about his wife, Cheri, and his two boys and one girl – a lovely family as evidenced by the many photos. In his current role, Todd travels extensively throughout the Western region which is why we don’t see him all that often.
Felice Davis is the Associate Superintendent of the WCCW facility (Purdy Prison) where she has worked for the past four years. She worked herself up in the correction system, starting as a probation officer. She also worked for a time at the McNeil Island facility. One of her main areas of focus for reaching out to communities is to emphasize the importance of early childhood education as a way of preventing many girls from heading in a direction leading to incarceration. She referenced that there are seven primary pathways that bring women to prison – six of the pathways dealing with early trauma (e.g. domestic violence or sexual abuse). If early childhood education teachers can spot and address the trauma symptoms early, many women can be saved from the prison experience. She also noted that 56% of the Purdy’s prison population is severely mentally ill and would be better housed elsewhere. While the Purdy prison was built to house only 750 or so residents, it now houses over 1,000 residents which severely constrains the system. Developing the soft skills required for a successful reentry into society is one of her primary areas of focus. She notes that self-advocacy (people feeling good about themselves) is of huge importance for success after release. Another statistic she shared is that 70% of women incarcerated are Mothers and if I heard her correctly, some 70% of their kids become incarcerated as well. Felice appreciates the over 700 volunteers that help with their 136 programs provided to the residents. She also invited us to visit the prison – but suggests that we call first as it is after all, a prison.
Meeting adjourned at 8:31
Notes by Stan Eastberg
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?
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
Larry Treleven
Dec 15, 2017
Sprague Pest Control Business Expansion
Gretchen Hodgins Holiday Singalong
Dec 22, 2017
Sing Out!!!!
Shari Storm
Dec 29, 2017
Using Parenting Skills To Be a Better Boss
Ryan Kallenberger
Jan 05, 2018
First Tee of South Puget Sound - Teach kids values through Golf
Hal Hodgins
Jan 12, 2018
Rotary Auction Activity
Dr. Polo
Jan 19, 2018
Psychiatrist at VA
Richard Schmalz
Jan 26, 2018
Vocational Serice Committee Presentation
Paul Spadoni (Tentative)
Feb 02, 2018
Living in Tuscany
John Winslow/Interact Club
Feb 23, 2018
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