Posted by Dave Stave on Jun 26, 2017
 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.”