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Welcome to The Rotary Club of Gig Harbor Midday

Gig Harbor Midday

SERVING OUR NEIGHBORS AT HOME AND AROUND THE WORLD

We meet Tuesdays at 12:00 PM
Anthony's Homeport
8827 North Harborview Dr
Gig Harbor, WA  98332
United States
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    Rotary Club of
    Gig Harbor Midday
    PO Box 611
    Gig Harbor, WA 98335
 
For more information about our club, please feel free to contact:
 
    Marilyn Hoppen
    (253) 459-9704 - Cell
    (360) 876-7892 - Office
    marilynhoppen@gmail.com
 
 
 

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Speakers
Laurel Schultz
May 22, 2018
Communities in Schools - Peninsula
Marilyn Hoppen
May 29, 2018
Club Assembly
Denny Wilford
Jun 05, 2018
Africa Projects
Betsy Meyer
Jun 19, 2018
Thembalethu Care Organization in South Africa
Installation Dinner 5:30 at GH Yacht Club
Jun 26, 2018
No Regular club Meeting Today
Dan Wilson
Jul 03, 2018
2018-2019 - We ARE the Inspiration!
Cheri Johnson
Jul 17, 2018
Tee it up, it's Golferitaville 2018!
Rotary 5th Tuesday
Jul 31, 2018
Rotary Social
Joe Flach
Sep 04, 2018
Harbor Hounds Day
Dan Wilson
Sep 11, 2018
Nicaragua Corner of Love Projects
Craig Gillis
Oct 09, 2018
District Govenor
Rotary Video
Oct 23, 2018
World Polio Day
Rotary 5th Tuesday
Oct 30, 2018
Rotary Social
 
 
Club Executives & Directors
President
President Elect
Secretary
Treasurer
Assistant Treasurer
Past President
Foundation Chair
Community Service Co-Chair
Community Service Chair
Membership Chair
Membership Co-Chair
International Service Co-Chair
International Service Chair
Youth Services Chair
Youth Exchange Chair
Youth Services Co-Chair
Interact Club - Henderson Bay
Interact Club - Henderson Bay
Youth Protection Officer
Scholarships
Scholarships
Exchange Counselor
Club Service Co-Chair
Club Service Chair
Public Relations Chair
Program Chair
Greeter
Golferitaville Chair
Harbor Hounds Chair
Sunshine Chair
Midday Club Foundation President
 
Home Page Stories
 
 Marilyn Hoppen
Welcoming Marilyn Hoppen
as Midday Club president
 
By Dave Stave
 
Involvement of all Gig Harbor Midday Rotary Club members will be a key initiative for Marilyn Hoppen as she assumes leadership of the club for 2017-18.
 
Hoppen is being installed as the club’s president Tuesday, June 27, at the Gig Harbor Yacht Club, 8209 Stinson Ave.  Previous president Joe Flach will pass the gavel to her at the dinner meeting which runs from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
 
“My focus this year is to encourage members to participate in a variety of service activities, foster club innovation and participation, and most of all have fun,” Hoppen said. “I want Gig Harbor Midday Rotary to be the ‘club of choice’ in Gig Harbor." 
 
Hoppen connects to Rotary with husband
Hoppen, a 41-year resident of Gig Harbor, has been in the Midday Club since August 2013. But she had been involved in Rotary for a number of years with her husband, Mark, who served as the Midday Club’s president in 2007-08.
 
“This is my first club,” she said.  “Mark is currently a member of the Rotary Club of Gig Harbor (which meets Friday mornings) and is also active with the Rotary Club of Des Moines/Normandy Park, so we are also involved with both of these clubs,” she said.
 
Hoppen grew up on Magnolia in Seattle, graduating from Queen Anne High School in 1972. She has one sister who is three years younger than her.
 
Hoppen’s education included obtaining a MBA from Pacific Lutheran University in 1981 and a BA in business administration in 1976 from the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business.
 
A shift toward human resources
Her early career idea was to be an accountant. But after spending a summer working in an accounting department – “most of which was spent in a vault,” she said, Hoppen decided to major in human resources.
 
Hoppen is the senior vice president and director of human resources for Kitsap Bank, headquartered in Port Orchard.  She is responsible for the bank’s HR and training strategy and practices.
 
Prior to joining Kitsap Bank in October 2006, Hoppen served as the regional manager for the Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM) Pacific West Region which included the nine western states of Alaska, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming.  She held that position for 15 years and has more than 30 years of experience in the human resource field.
 
“I love being an HR professional,” she said. “Every day is different and is never a dull day.”
 
No place like Gig Harbor
Hoppen said she has lived in Gig Harbor since June 19, 1976, the day after she and Mark were married. “I have had the opportunity to travel a lot,” she said, “but honestly it is difficult to find a place more beautiful than Gig Harbor. I feel very lucky to have lived here the past 41 years.”
 
Mark is the city manager of the City of Normandy Park. He served as Gig Harbor’s city administrator from 1992 to 2006.
 
He and Marilyn have one daughter, Whitney, who lives in Richmond Beach (located in Shoreline, just north of Seattle). Whitney and her husband Leonid have one son, Benjamin, who turns 2 in September. “We try to see them at least once a week,” the enthusiastic grandmother Marilyn said.
 
Hoppen said she’s been aware of the service and mission of Rotary for some time.
 
“Despite being a relatively new Rotarian, I have been involved with Rotary for a number of years with Mark. Together we have attended two Rotary International conventions and have hosted a Rotary exchange student,” Hoppen said.
 
When not involved with Rotary, she loves spending time with her family.  “I stay active running and Mark and I own a 40-foot wooden sailboat that was designed and built by his father,” she said. “I also love to cook and entertain.
 
“Rotary pretty much consumes my spare time,” she said. “However, both Mark and I are very active in the Gig Harbor community and participate in numerous events”
 
Serving on RI Membership Committee
Hoppen said she recently was appointed by Rotary International President Ian Riseley to the RI Membership Committee as an adviser for the 2017-18 Rotary year.
 
“In August I will be traveling to Rotary headquarters in Evanston, Ill., for a committee meeting and look forward to this opportunity to have an impact on the future of Rotary membership issues,” the new Midday Club president said.
 
What does Hoppen say she enjoys most about Rotary and the Midday Club?
 
“I love the members,” she said.  “Midday Rotarians are a very passionate group of people who truly want to make a difference in not only the Gig Harbor community, but throughout the world.
 
“It is great to be a Rotarian," she continued.  "As a service club, Rotary’s business is mankind and its product is service. Being a Rotarian is a chance do to good.”
 
Try a little kindness
The new Midday Club president said she has a quote by the Dalai Lama in her office at work which reads: “Be kind whenever possible.  It is always possible.” 
 
Hoppen added, “I have yet to find someone who doesn’t appreciate a little kindness. Being a Rotarian is an opportunity to spread a little kindness.” 
 
 
Welcoming new president Joe Flach
 
By Dave Stave
 
Joe Flach, the Gig Harbor Midday Rotary Club’s incoming president, wants all club members to know that he is open and eager to listen to what they have to say.
 
Flach, who is only a phone call or a tap-on-the-shoulder away, says, “I hope everyone feels free to talk to me, honestly and openly … provide feedback, criticism, compliments, complaints.  Let me know what I can do to make your Midday Rotary experience better. I may not always be able to satisfy you, but I would like to, at least, be given the chance.”
 
With that spirit of openness, Flach will become 2016-17 president at the club’s installation dinner on Thursday, June 30. The event will be from 5 to 9 p.m. at The Club at the Boatyard, 3117 Harborview Drive, on Gig Harbor’s waterfront. Midday Rotary members will be thanking outgoing president Howard Svigals for his year of service.
 
Flach, the owner of Safe Harbor Consulting LLC, and his wife, Cindy, moved to Gig Harbor in August 2008, from Verona, N.J., 16 miles west of New York City. He explained what brought him to Washington.
 
“Cindy and I were just at a point in our lives where we needed a change. I had reached a point where it made sense for me to end my relationship with my business partner and, after 18 years, we had had enough of the New Jersey-New York area.  We took about a year's time to research where we might like to relocate and the Seattle area worked its way to the top of our list.”
 
Clients all over the globe
Upon arriving in Gig Harbor, Flach developed Safe Harbor Consulting. As a management consultant, Flach specializes in crisis management, business continuity and disaster recovery planning.  
 
“I am currently a one-man shop, but I do hope to add others in the near future,” Flach said. “I help clients prepare for technology and business disasters and help them exercise/practice their responses to emergencies and crises.”
Flach works for clients all over the globe on projects ranging from a few weeks to a few months.
 
He and Cindy will celebrate their silver (25th) wedding anniversary on Sept. 28. Cindy works for Carnival Cruise Corp. as manager of disaster recovery planning in its technology department. The two have one son at home, Spencer, 12, a frequent visitor with his dad to Midday Rotary Club meetings. Spencer will be a seventh-grader at Goodman Middle School.
 
The couple have three grown children, all living on the East Coast.  Daughter Torrie, who turns 37 in August, lives in Metuchen, N.J., and has 3-year-old twins, a boy and a girl.  The Flachs’ son Tyler lives in Tampa, Fla., and has a 3-year-old boy and baby girl due on her grandpa Joe’s birthday, July 20. Son Nolan lives in Bel Air, Md., and has a soon to be 5-year-old daughter.
 
Flach’s mother Doris Kimball Flach lives in Hiawassee, Ga. He also two brothers and three sisters who live in Ohio and Georgia.
 
His early days: from Maryland to Ohio
Flach was born in Baltimore, Md., but moved to Chicago at age 5, Charleston, W.V. at 6 and Centerville (Dayton), Ohio at 11.
He graduated from Archbishop Alter High School in Kettering, Ohio, in 1976.  He earned a degree from Ohio State University in 1980 majoring in computer and information sciences. He went on to obtain an MBA from the University of Richmond in 1985 in business management.
 
He started his career in Kettering, Ohio, in 1980, working as a programmer for NCR Corporation. In 1983 he took a job as a programmer-analyst for the Bank of Virginia in Richmond, Va., where he eventually was promoted to assistant vice-president for information security and disaster recovery. In 1990, he moved to New Jersey to take a job as an internal consultant for Union Camp and in 1991 he became a consultant working for Comdisco.  
 
Flach became an independent consultant in 1998 and then joined up with a partner in 1999 to form Eagle Rock Alliance.
He explained, “When I first moved to Washington I had a job with Alaska Airlines in charge of business continuity and emergency response planning before working again as a full-time consultant for my new company, Safe Harbor Consulting.”
 
Flach enjoys writing poetry and has a poetry blog called, “Poems, Lyrics and Stuff by an Average Joe.” He plays volleyball and loves the outdoors, including hiking and exploring.
 
Flach said he is excited about his upcoming year as the Midday Club president and does not anticipate any major changes.
 
A family atmosphere
 
“The strength of our club is in the members themselves,” he said. “I love that we are not too big and not too small.  And, I love the kinship and family atmosphere that our club wears. There should be no major changes other than to continue to improve. have fun and maybe add a little more diversity in the membership.  
 
But, he added, “this club does not need ‘fixing’ and I do not see any need to force changes that are not needed.”
 
It could not have been planned this way, but it was sobering to see Gig Harbor's peace pole unveiled during a ceremony Monday, a day after the Orlando shootings. The pole, one of 200,000 around the globe, contains the words, "May peace prevail on Earth," in eight languages including the native tongue of the Puyallup Indian Reservation. It was a gift from the Gig Harbor Midday Rotary Club and was placed at the city's civic center
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Welcoming new member Luellen Lucid with Membership Chair Patricia Scott and her sponsors. Welcome to our club!
 
 
Club member Bob Anderson gave a detailed presentation on the CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) program for Pierce County. Truly effective program making a difference in the lives of children in the Foster Care system. With president Howard Svigals. 
 
 
 
 
This past Tuesday, two of our newest members shared their "Classification Talks"...as much to educate as to entertain us about them!  CIA associate to Arabian horse trainer, these two have had full careers.  Thanks to Teri White and Stephen Rainbolt for sharing.
 
 
Our guest speak, Pierce County Auditor Julie Anderson, gave an entertaining and fascinating presentation of the upcoming "election year" and the workload facing her office. Thank you for educating us on the number of elections possible in any given year. Food for thought on a couple!
 

John Burgess brought our Gig Harbor HS January Student of the Month Joe Hayes to the meeting yesterday. What an impressive young man and future Rotarian!! Here is information about Joe:

Joe is a senior at Gig Harbor HS with a 3.8 GPA. He has been an Interact Club Member for four (4) years, and is an active volunteer in the community. He is a member of the school's award winning Meistersingers, and is very involved in school leadership. Joe is recognized throughout the school as the key "go to" person for IT needs. He is also involved in his church, and an avid skier/snow boarder. Joe will be joining a team this Mid-winter Break to build houses for those in need in Mexico. He has consistently modeled "service above Self". Congratulations Joe! 

 

 

Thank you Ralph Flick (and family!!) for the delicious home-made cupcakes that we get every month celebrating birthdays & anniversaries.  What a great treat!  Tuesday was chocolate with raspberry frosting - yumm!!!
 
 
Ally Brown of the Henderson Bay HS Interact Club visited today to update us on her plans to travel to Brazil after graduating this spring and teach English for a year. She is interested in travel opportunities to learn from different cultures and was fascinated by Denny's presentation on Ethiopia. Ally works with developmentally challenged children  while attending Henderson Bay. 
Denny Wilford shared photos of his recent trip to Ethiopia where the Polio Hydrotherapy Treatment center was officially dedicated. "Cheshire House" is the project name and Denny was awarded another funding check of $2,000 from the Club. Amazing facility, only one in East Africa and already very, very active. His visitors/coworkers on this project were Dave Weaver and Omara Abe (University District Rotary), Ezra Teshome (Team Leader), Bob Cairns (Port Orchard Rotary) and Rhonda Long. 
 
George Moergeli shared this update on recent Club donations to the Foodbank program:
I will be taking a total of $139.00 to the Bischoff Food Bank tomorrow-receiving two checks for $25 and $89 in cash. Thanks everyone.
Dave Cathers was at our meeting today seeking volunteers and donations for the Turkey Basket Brigade. David was presented a check of $1,000 from the Midday Rotary. He is anticipating a 1,000 boxes full of a Turkey and all the fixings for Thanksgiving to be assembled and giving away to families in need this year.
 
Bill McCarthy, District 5020 Foundation Chair addressed us yesterday with personal and moving stories of how Rotarians make a difference through Foundation gifts and grants.  Highly motivating to learn that District Matching Gifts turn modest donations into serious Gifts to the receiving community.  Our monthly Foundation Gift donations make a difference!
 
Today was Club Assembly where members met in committees, Youth, International and Community.
 
Welcome new Club member Paul Raschke, Head of Gig Harbor Academy, with Patricia Scott Membership Chair and Vicki Stasch Sponsor.
 
October's Student of Month, Emily Davis, is shown with her parents, Club President Howard Svigals, and Fire Chief John Burgess. Emily Davis is a senior at Gig Harbor High School has a 3.9 GPA. She is involved in basketball, Students Against Cancer (STAC), the Environmental Club (GHECO), the honor society and she enjoys volunteering with Harbor WildWatch.