Posted by Chuck Perry
Opening matters: Dick Vanberg presided at the meeting for President Tom Borgen and Mel Santos  who were both gone to the District Conference. He started us right on time at 7:31 am.
Greeters: None: Invocation: Rob Manahan, quick and quiet with a silent prayer; Pledge: Emma Conway was gracious to get us started;  Song: Hal Cline with his standard God Bless America; 4 Way Test: Annie Arbenz
Visiting Rotarians: None               
Guests: Scot Junge’s wife Lyn Junge, and Buck Frymier’s guest Mark Crowson.
Announcements / Reports
Harbor History Museum: Pat Schmidt announced the celebration of the new courtyard dedication to be held May 25th. There will be a sign up next week. The event is family friendly, so bring the kids. Note a few Rotarians may get together for a pre and post function at a time and place to be determined.
Women’s Prison Mentoring Program: Buck Frymier made a suggestion that each of us make a commitment to become a mentor for the program, or at least give it a try. He and his wife Kay do it together. The commitment is for only about 4 hours a month.
Rotary After Hours (RAH): John Eddy announced that this month’s RAH in on 5/10 at El Pueblito, in the back room. (Of course it’s in the back room. If it was in the front, we would probably scare away the rest of their customers.) Standard 5:30 start time.
Retreat Pictures: Saw a lot of water and great views, with lots of relaxing. They must have been working too hard and diligently during the meetings to take any additional pictures.
Boy Scouts: The Gig Harbor Rotary Club is the sponsoring organization for a Boy Scout Troop and a Cub Scout Pack. Jay Matson from the Boy Scouts came to present the new Charter for Cub Scout Pack 282. Paul Alvestad is the GHRC rep to the Boy Scouts. He accepted the new charter.
Dowtown Waterfront Alliance: Pat Schmidt reported that DWA has received the 2017 Excellence on Main Award.
Giggin the Harbor Cleanup: Mike Henery announced that the cleanup is scheduled for May 20th and everyone is invited to help. Meet at 9 am at Donkey Creek Park. Then everyone will spread out to clean and come back at noon for a lunch provided.
Two Truths and a Lie: Jeff Harris, John Hopkins, Mike Henery, and Hal Hodgins all came forward to play Two Truths and a Lie. The Club was entertained with a few tall tails.
Drawing: Donna Lormor won ten free tickets for next week and Duane Fister drew unsuccessfully for the pot. The pot was up to $545 and down to four chips. Should be a pretty wild drawing the next week or two.
Finemaster and Happy Bucks: Mike Pinch was the finemaster. He wasn’t too excited about being the finemaster. He said it was a hard job, so he fined Mac for a dollar, only to be called out that you can’t fine another finemaster. So Mike paid the fine himself. He ended up paying all the fines himself as he went through his call outs. Chris Myers announced to a great laugh that he didn’t think he would ever have missed Tom Borgen. Ron Roberts gave a happy $5 for being back after a trip to Arizona. Spencer Hutchins was happy for spending three weeks in Ireland on his honeymoon.
Speakers: Emma Conway announced the program. She wanted to make sure that we knew she wasn’t the program. She didn’t think the Club would want her to be the program two weeks in a row. The program was a report on the Boys and Girls club of South Puget Sound. The primary speaker was Elvin Buku, the director of operations for the B&G Clubs. They operate 14 sites in three counties and serve over 1500 kids per day. They run many programs. However the real basis for their programs, is to have caring adults building relationships along with activities. They have partnered with Communities in Schools and the School Districts on may programs, like their Summer Boost Program. They have a youth of the year program. The Gig Harbor Youth of the Year, Alicia, was introduced and gave a small talk. The Club gave her a standing ovation. Elvin finished out the talk with a discussion about how GHRC and B&GC can partner to serve the youth of the community.
Adjourned: Right on time..
Notes by Chuck Perry