March Meetings cancelled!

from President Rick
Due to the current coronavirus (COVID-19) situation the Midday Rotary Board has decided to cancel in-person meetings for the rest of March. That includes the meetings on March 17, 25 and 31.
An important consideration for this decision is the current nature of COVID-19 community spread in the Puget Sound area and the fact that the problem continues to grow significantly. Governor Inslee has called a state of emergency in Washington, and ordered all public schools in the state to close for six weeks.  As of March 14, the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department reports 19 presumptive COVID-19 cases in Pierce County, with one here in Gig Harbor.
There are many good recommendations of precautionary hygiene habits that can be used to mitigate person-to-person virus transmission, such as hand washing, use of sanitizers, avoiding touching eyes, nose or mouth, and covering nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing. Certainly, staying home and away from others when experiencing symptoms is a necessity. Nonetheless, “social distancing” is the strategy public health experts say is needed to stop or slow down the community spread of highly contagious diseases like coronavirus. Large gatherings of 250 people or more are now banned in Pierce County.
The decision to cancel our meetings in March is not based on any specific guidance from District 5020 or Rotary International. They leave that decision to Clubs based on their own situations.  Rather, the dynamic and changing nature of COVID-19 transmission in our area suggests that we should proceed with an abundance of caution.
Going forward, as we better understand the epidemiology of the corona virus here in Gig Harbor, we can decide whether to have in-person meetings again in April or hold alternative modes for meetings such as video or audio conferencing.
In order to continue having regular discussions on this issue, the Board will be having weekly conference calls on at our regular meeting time on Tuesdays at Noon. Dial-in information will be sent out in emails so any Club member can join in these discussions.
Thank you all for your understanding in these very uncertain times. Please stay safe and healthy.
March Meetings cancelled! 2020-03-14 07:00:00Z 0

Turning Gears

What’s Up in May at Midday Rotary
from President Dan Wilson
It’s May and with the warmer weather comes time to “warm up” the social side of Rotary as we plan for club socials and an occasional Happy Hour celebration.  Rotary lives by the Four Way Test, values Rotarians strive to adhere to, including, “Is it the truth,” “Is it fair to all concerned,” “Will it build goodwill and better friendships,” “Will it be beneficial to all concerned?”  At Midday Rotary we add a fifth test, “Is it fun!” And our club social program helps to make that fifth test happen.
This month our Rotary District 5020 holds it’s annual District Training and Leadership Assembly in Victoria May 9-11.  Rotary cares not only about “Service Above Self” but also about helping to develop leadership within our club and community.
Our weekly programs for the month include a presentation by World Wide Smiles, a local Gig Harbor Foundation providing dental work in poorer countries around the world.  We will also present a check to the Red Barn Youth Center on the Key Peninsula for the outdoor sport court we put in for the students at the Red Barn.
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.
Turning Gears President Dan Wilson 2019-05-09 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Student Exchange

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.
Rotary Student Exchange  Dan Wilson 2019-04-14 07:00:00Z 0

DG Craig Club Visit

District Governor Craig was a real inspiration when he visited Gig Harbor Midday Rotary on October 9th.
DG Craig Club Visit 2018-10-23 07:00:00Z 0

World traveler/businessman becomes 2018-19 Midday president

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.
World traveler/businessman becomes 2018-19 Midday president David Stave 2018-06-27 07:00:00Z 0