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

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    Rotary Club of
    Gig Harbor Midday
    PO Box 611
    Gig Harbor, WA 98335
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    Dan Wilson
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What’s Up in April at Midday Rotary
from President Dan Wilson
‘Tis the season for project recognition as we, with great pleasure, hand out checks for many of the projects we support locally and around the world.  This month Midday Rotary is recognizing our international Denny Wilford Foundation partnership supporting medical work in Ethiopia and Uganda (Denny at right, below). 
We were also pleased to recognize our Star Award recipient, Guy Hoppen with financial support for the Gig Harbor BoatWorks.
Gig Harbor Midday Rotary is very active in youth, local, and international projects as we live into the Rotary motto of “Service Above Self.”  We hold two events each year, Golferitaville in July and Harbor Hounds in September, to raise money to support our service projects.
Our April weekly programs include presentations from Communities in Schools, Disability and Diversity Awareness programs, including a major club goal of becoming a more diverse club. 
You are invited to join us any Tuesday at noon at Anthony’s Restaurant in Gig Harbor to learn more about Midday Rotary and the work we do in our communities and around the world.
from Don & Rick
In 2002, Simon Calcavecchia moved to Australia to follow his dream of playing rugby.  After his third game of the season, he was injured in a scrum leaving him with c5/6 quadriplegia.  Now, Simon has become a children’s book author and a motivational speaker. He visits schools in order to teach a story of perseverance and growth mindset. The messages in his books are meant to inspire optimism and strength when facing life's challenges. By sharing his stories, Simon hopes that children and adults will see that they have a choice to see their challenges as opportunities for growth.
Simon presented his story to GH Midday Rotarians last week, and truly impressed our members with his incredible strength, attitude and energy. 
from Don & Rick
Dr. Jessica Schlicher of the KP Free Clinic talked to the Club last week, and accepted a check in support of the great work they are doing bringing medical care to that area’s residents. 
from Editor Don & Photographer Rick
Last week Laurel Schultz and Leslie Nitabach spoke to the Club about their organization: Communities in Schools, which serves academic and non-academic needs of underperforming students on the Key Penninsula.  The range of Services provided and the dedication of the volunteers and Staff of CIS was a revelation, and truly reflects the Rotary mission of Service Above Self.   President Dan presented a check to this exceptional group on behalf of the Midday Club. 
One of the programs that links Midday Rotary to the broader world of Rotary International is the Rotary Exchange Student program.  In recent years the Midday Club has enjoyed hosting exchange students from Poland, Turkey, and Chile.  With each inbound exchange student, we also send a local student outbound.  This year, our outbound student is in Italy while we host our inbound student from Cozumel, Mexico.
Zianya Vizcaino, has been an absolute delight for our club.  Full of enthusiasm and very engaged in culture, Zianya speaks to the club each week about her adventures and life experience in Western Washington, and teaches us about life in Mexico.  She even helped plan and present a local version of the major Mexican holiday “Dia de los Muertos” as a club social event.  Her father is a Rotarian in Cozumel.
Zianya spends 3-4 months each with different local Rotarian host families in her yearlong adventure with us.  Next year we will be sharing an exchange student from Norway with the Gig Harbor Morning Club, as we send our outbound student to Hungary.
One of the major local organizations Midday Rotary supports is the Red Barn Youth Center on the Key Peninsula.  The Red Barn provides after school activities and meals for more than 70 middle and high school students living on the Key Peninsula.  Last year, with the help of a $3,500 Rotary District Grant, we donated 30 computers to the Red Barn so that students could do their on-line assignments and research.
This year, we worked with the Red Barn to identify a major need.  From the discussion, and again with a $3,500 Rotary District Community Grant, we are installing an outdoor basketball/sport court for the students.  Red Barn is working with Pen Met Parks for a future roof over the court.

Rotarians Stephen Rainbolt, Paul Raschke, Clint Rosson, and Dan Wilson braved the still snow-covered ground to move an existing Red Barn shed to make room for the court.  We left the prep work and cement pour to the professionals.  We expect to soon stripe the court and install the basketball standards, hands on Rotarians, so the students can use the court this spring.

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.
Rotary 5th Tuesday
Apr 30, 2019
5th Tuesday NO Regular Meeting - Rotary Social TBD
Sherwin Shinn
May 07, 2019
World Wide Smiles
Club Assembly
May 21, 2019
Club Assembly
Ginger Wireman
May 28, 2019
Clean-up of Hanford Nuclear Site, Washington State Department of Ecology's Nuclear Waste Program
(No Meeting)
Jun 25, 2019
New President Installation (No Meeting)

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