Posted by Walker Allen
GH Rotary President Tom Borgen presiding
Invocation: Marcia Harris (to honor Mothers and Grandmothers who taught us to serve others); Pledge: Virginia Witt-Abbott, Member of Gig Harbor Mid-Day Rotary; Song: Randy Spitzer, “God Bless America”; 4-Way Test of the things we Think, Say or Do: - Annie Arbenz
Visiting Rotarians:  announced by Coach - Virginia Witt-Abbott, Gig Harbor Mid-Day
Guests: Lyn Junge, Guest of Scott Junge; Jeff Stillwell (Manager of the hangar we use for the Auction) \; Guest of Lee Smith (there may have been others but they were not on the sign-in sheet)
Reports and Announcements:
  • District Conference Report – Tom Borgen
  • AUCTION – Hal Hodgins, date will be the 2nd Saturday in March
  • “Giggin the Harbor” (spruce up downtown) –Mike Henery, May 20 – gather at Donkey Creek Park 9AM (bring your own tools – rakes, clippers, power washers, etc) Lunch will be provided.
  • Harbor History Museum – Tom Borgen reminded us of the dedication of the new Courtyard made possible by the Rotarians of the Rotary Club of Gig Harbor (with special thanks to Scott Junge and Rosedale Gardens) – Thursday May 25, 5 PM Arrival, 6 PM Ceremony.
  • Farmers Market opens June 1, hours of sales 3 to 7 PM – Heidi Gerling, Manager, and Pam Peterson-Smith gave an overview of our club’s involvement.  We are sponsoring two booths.  10/12 Volunteers are needed to help vendors unload their goods and set up their booths from 11AM to 3 PM.  And, 10/12 Volunteers are needed to help remove booths and goods for vendors from 7 to 9 PM.  Pam is coordinating and circulated signup sheets.
  • Kingston Rotary Golf Tournament – Randy Spitzer announced their tournament for Friday, June 16.
  • Dancing in the Schools – Betty Felker announced that thanks to a contribution from this club, there has been a lot of interest shown by more schools and the school district will be supporting expansion of the program.
  • EarlyAct and RotarAct (Purdy Elementary and Harbor Ridge) - Dan Rioux announced that these groups teamed up to raise funds to provide water filters.  They raised $726.
Participants: Jennifer Hamilton, Donna Lormor and Fred Labayen 
FINE MASTER – Peter Glein (Continued to fine other fine masters – over their objections)
Walt Paulsen won 10 free for next week and John Winslow pulled the blue chip for $621.
Anikka Abbott, Miss West Sound gave an overview of the Miss America Pageant and how it builds confidence in the young women and provides scholarships.  She also talked about her platform - Prevention Through Empowerment: Ending Domestic Violence and Stalking.  She works with the YWCA as an advocate for survivors.  She will be doing a Benefit Concert for the YWCA and Women’s Scholarship Programs at the Chapel on Echo Bay (Fox Island), Friday May 26 at 7 PM (for more information visit
Meeting adjourned at 8:30
Notes by Walker Allen