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Welcome to The Rotary Club of Gig Harbor Midday

Gig Harbor Midday


We meet Tuesdays at 12:00 PM
Anthony's Homeport
8827 North Harborview Dr
Gig Harbor, WA  98332
United States of America

(253) 961-6711
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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:
    Dan Wilson
    (253) 961-6711 - Cell
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Joan Storkman and Ryan Squires
Jan 22, 2019
Gig Harbor Yacht Club Junior Sail Program
Rotary 5th Tuesday
Jan 29, 2019
Rotary Social
Star Awards Banquet
Feb 01, 2019
James "Buck" Frymier
Feb 05, 2019
Rotary Prison Program, Washington Correctional Center for Women
Denny Wilford
Feb 12, 2019
Update on the Denny Wolford Foundation work in Ethiopia in post-polio treatment.
Dan Wilson
Feb 26, 2019
Midday Rotary's Diversity Goals
Rotary 5th Tuesday
Apr 30, 2019
Rotary Social
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
President Nominee
Assistant Treasurer
Past President
Foundation Chair
Foundation Co-Chair
Community Service Chair
Community Service Co-Chair
Membership Chair
Membership Co-Chair
International Service Chair
International Service Co-Chair
Youth Exchange Chair
Youth Services Chair
Interact Club - Gig Habor
Interact Club - Gig Harbor
Interact Club - Henderson Bay
Interact Club - Henderson Bay
Exchange Counselor
Youth Protection Officer
Club Service Chair
Club Service Co-Chair
Golferitaville Chair
Harbor Hounds Chair
Program Chair
Midday Charity Foundation President
Midday Club Foundation President
Home Page Stories
District Governor Craig was a real inspiration when he visited Gig Harbor Midday Rotary on October 9th.
Dan Wilson
By Dave Stave
Dan Wilson was welcomed as the Midday Rotary Club of Gig Harbor's new president at an installation dinner Tuesday, June 26, at the Gig Harbor Yacht Club.
Wilson, a former executive director for Del Monte, has been a member of Rotary since November 2011, when he joined the Enumclaw Club. He transferred to the Midday Club of Gig Harbor in 2014. He and his wife, Lois, will celebrate their 47th wedding anniversary on Nov. 27. They met at Oregon State University and have no children. Lois, previously the director of operations for the West Coast for a Norwegian ocean transportation line in San Francisco, also worked in corporate finance for CHI Franciscan Health Systems. She now is a volunteer with Franciscan Hospice.
Wilson explains how he and Lois came to Gig Harbor in 1996.
“After the mass of humanity and smog that was Manila (Philippines), we came across the Narrows Bridge on a beautiful July day, with the Sound like peaceful glass and the Olympics in all their glory.  One look and we were hooked, deciding to make Gig Harbor our home,” he said.
His work overseas
For 25 years Wilson worked for Del Monte, living in San Francisco for 13 years and then 12 years overseas including Cape Town, South Africa, as managing director, London as vice president of operations for Europe and Africa, four years in Hawaii running the Del Monte pineapple operation, and two years in Manila, The Philippines, as executive vice president for Asia-Pacific.
“After retiring, I couldn’t catch salmon and couldn’t hit the golf ball straight, so I answered a call to ministry, entering seminary at age 55,” Wilson said. “I received my master of divinity degree from the Catholic school Seattle University (…a Lutheran pastor trained by the Jesuits!) and I served three congregations: Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Stevenson, Wash., Agnus Dei Lutheran in Gig Harbor, and Hope Lutheran Church in Enumclaw, Wash.”  He completed his doctor of ministry degree from San Francisco Theological Seminary in 2014.
Wilson, 70, describes himself as “currently retired but still active in ministry.”
“I tried retiring again in 2014, but will have to see if that really sticks,” he said.
The 2018-19 Midday Rotary president was born in Yakima, Wash., and grew up in nearby Toppenish. He graduated from South Salem High School in Salem, Ore., in 1966, and earned a degree in agriculture from Oregon State University, graduating in 1970.
Wilson, the oldest of six children, thinks about all the miles he’s logged since his boyhood days in Toppenish.
“It only took me 34 years and more than a million miles to make the three-hour trip from Toppenish (to Gig Harbor),” he said.
Lessons from Crossroads
Wilson reflects on the fascinating life he had living overseas.
“I have had an interesting and eclectic career,” he said.  “As an international corporate executive, we’ve been blessed to live in three foreign countries and have done business in a total of 33 countries.  I’ve flown on the Concorde, and literally flown around the world several times. Together, Lois and I have traveled to more than 50 countries."
He said his most “amazing experience” occurred while he was in Cape Town, South Africa, in a squatter camp called Crossroads.
 “Crossroads had over 100,000 refugees, three water taps, no electricity, sewage or garbage, and yet it was there that I experienced the most amazing faith and hope from a people who had nothing,” Wilson said. “I went to Crossroads to help the people, yet, they changed my life forever. That experience eventually led me to ministry.” 
Wilson said he and Lois were in Cape Town to see the president of South Africa “as he shook his finger at the world in support of apartheid, and we left the country for the last time (in 1990) the day after Nelson Mandela walked out of prison about 20 miles away.”
As a Lutheran minister, Wilson said the “most satisfying and spiritually rewarding things I have done include baptizing new babies, baptizing a man on his death bed, being with and supporting people and families through death, and the joy of marrying couples.”
Wilson said after a life of ministry, Rotary is a natural extension of his desire to reach out to serve others.
“With our international background, Rotary’s International Service Committee was a natural fit,” he said. “We have been -- and still are -- active in supporting Corner of Love, bringing medical and dental help to remote areas of North Central Nicaragua.  We have built Habitat for Humanity homes on the Key Peninsula, Tacoma, Arizona, and Montana.  Last year we helped to build two homes in Guatemala.”
Midday Club goals for 2018-19
Wilson praised the work accomplished by his predecessor, Marilyn Hoppen.
“Marilyn has done such a wonderful job as our club president for 2017-2018.  I hope to use her theme of “FUN” to build upon Rotary’s themes for the coming year,” Wilson said.
Working with the incoming Midday Club board, the new president said six goals were set for the coming year:
  • Fifth Tuesday social events.
  • More hands-on projects.
  • Club membership diversity: education, understanding, and action.
  • Golferitaville leadership and succession planning.
  • Harbor Hounds possible event expansion.
  • Web Page and social media.
“There are, of course, other goals for membership, foundation support and polio support,” Wilson said. “I look forward to developing programs with the board to achieve those goals.”
The theme for Rotary this year is “Be the Inspiration.”  Globally Rotary will also use the theme of “People of Action.” 
“Using those goals and themes and working together with the wonderful group of Rotarians in Midday Rotary, I look forward to a great year as we live out ‘Service Above Self’ in our community and world,” Wilson said.
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
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.