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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
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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

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Cheri Johnson
Jul 17, 2018
Tee it up, it's Golferitaville 2018!
Dan Wilson
Jul 24, 2018
Club Assembly and 2018 Committee Projects
Rotary 5th Tuesday
Jul 31, 2018
Rotary Social
Jo Jensen
Aug 14, 2018
Post Prison Education Program
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
Henderson Bay Interact Club
Dec 04, 2018
Meeting at Henderson Bay High School
Merry Christmas!
Dec 25, 2018
No Meeting Today
Happy New Year!
Jan 01, 2019
No Meeting Today
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
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
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.
 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
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" 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.