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
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.
World traveler/businessman becomes 2018-19 Midday president David Stave 2018-06-27 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Helps Disaster Victims Marilyn Hoppen 2017-10-08 07:00:00Z 0
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.” 
Marilyn Hoppen takes helm of Midday Club Dave Stave 2017-06-26 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dave Stave on Jun 23, 2016
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.”
Joe Flach new president Dave Stave 2016-06-23 07:00:00Z 0
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
Peace Pole Unvailing 2016-06-14 07:00:00Z 0
Peace Pole 2016-05-30 07:00:00Z 0
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. 
New member induction & CASA presentation. 2016-02-05 08:00:00Z 0
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.
Classification Talks are fun! 2016-02-01 08:00:00Z 0
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!
Pierce County Auditor Julie Anderson 2016-01-20 08:00:00Z 0

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! 



January Student of the Month - Gig Harbor HS 2016-01-13 08:00:00Z 0
Tuesday 1/12/16 is Food Bank Day! 2016-01-11 08:00:00Z 0
Sojourner Truth / Women in History / Black History Month Presentation 2016-01-07 08:00:00Z 0
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!!!
First Meeting of the Month Birthday Celebrations!! 2016-01-07 08:00:00Z 0
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. 
Henderson Bay Interact Club Member Ally Brown Teri White 2015-12-17 08:00:00Z 0
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. 
Denny Wilford's presentation on Polio Hydrotherapy Treatment Facility in Ethiopia. Teri White 2015-12-17 08:00:00Z 0
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.
Foodbank Donation Update Teri White 2015-12-16 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Teri White on Nov 18, 2015
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!
Celebrate Foundation Month Teri White 2015-11-18 08:00:00Z 0
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.
Turkey Basket Brigade 2015-11-10 08:00:00Z 0
Today was Club Assembly where members met in committees, Youth, International and Community.
Club Assembly 2015-11-10 08:00:00Z 0
Welcome new Club member Paul Raschke, Head of Gig Harbor Academy, with Patricia Scott Membership Chair and Vicki Stasch Sponsor.
New Member 2015-11-08 08:00:00Z 0
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.
Student of the Month 2015-11-08 08:00:00Z 0
Today's speaker was Major Don Sheppard, Pierce County Salvation Army, a very good talk about how the Salvation Army help him many years ago and the give back to the communities he and his wife gave as officers of the Salvation Army.
Major Don Sheppard, Pierce County Salvation Army 2015-11-08 08:00:00Z 0
Holmes Chiropractic GIG HARBOR TURKEY TRO 2015-11-08 08:00:00Z 0
Hey everyone....THIS is a Peace Pole that Mary came across while traveling in Brussels a few weeks ago. Start looking....you'll find them here, there and everywhere.
Peace Pole 2015-11-08 08:00:00Z 0
Collins Plimo Nakedi holds International Business Administration Degree with Concentration in Finance and Management from United States International University. He is the Co-Founder and Director of Hifadhi Africa Organization, a Kenyan based NGO that promote access to education, health care and water in Pastoralists communities and slum areas with the aim of helping the underprivileged rebuild their lives.
Collins Nakedi grow up in Natan village in the forgotten semi-arid East Pokot where there was no school. He was raised to believe that his destiny was to become a herder. It’s a lifestyle that he earlier accepted and dedicated into, believing that his destiny was sealed the hour he was born into pastoral parents. His earlier life resonated around love for cows and the community. As there was no school, none of his fourteen siblings, parents-and their parents went to school.
Leap of Hope recounts his extraordinary sacrifice and perseverance to where he’s now. School going child from Northern Kenya region literary go through thick and thin to access education and pursue their dream careers and Collins was not an exception. Many of his classmate dropout. His family’s economic instability and community reception meant the line between him remaining in school and dropping was thinner than a thread.
Leap of Hope 2015-09-23 07:00:00Z 0




When Denny Wilford was just 8 months old, he suddenly couldn’t walk any more and he had a high fever.

Diagnosis: polio.

It was August 1946 and polio was a common disease in Superior, Nebraska where his family lived — and nearly everywhere else in the world, for that matter.

As he re-learned how to walk, he walked on the side of his ankle because one leg was shorter than the other. 

But he was lucky. He lived in the United States where help was available. After surgery to allow his ankle to move, he was fitted for a brace to hold it straight.

Then, when the Wilford family moved to Olympia, Washington in 1955, the 11-year-old Denny had several more surgeries at Children’s Orthopedic Hospital to install pins and plates in his ankle to hold it rigid. Today, he can flex his foot, but he walks with what he calls a “drag” gate.

Wilford, who now lives in Port Orchard, has dedicated his life to helping eradicate polio in Africa and helping polio victims in Ethiopia.

Through his Wilford Family Foundation he created a program called Just 2 Drops — because it takes just two drops of oral polio vaccine to protect a child from the disease.

Since 2005 he has traveled to Ethiopia every year, going from house to house, village to village vaccinating children.

This year’s trip will also include a celebration.

“It’s the one year anniversary of the very last case of polio in the entire continent of Africa,” Wilford said in a recent phone interview.

For a decade, his main destination has been Cheshire, Ethiopia, where he recently opened a rehabilitation facility that provides therapy and orthotics to children and adult polio victims who’ve had corrective surgery.

“So many people missed out on the vaccine and have very severely limited mobility. They survive by begging. Many of them make their own crutches but their access to rehabilitation programs is very, very limited,” he said.

With the help of the Gig Harbor Midday Rotary Club (of which Wilford is a member), World Vision, the World Health Organization and other groups and individuals, he raised $100 million to build a state-of-the-art hydrotherapy facility in Cheshire.

On Sept. 22, Wilford flew to Ethiopia for the dedication of the facility. The U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia and the head of the Ethiopia Health organization and other dignitaries also will attend the dedication.

“It’s a beautiful building that fits in with the local architecture,” he said. “There’s a great deal of interest in it because there’s nothing else like it in Ethiopia — except perhaps in a luxury hotel. But that’s not where the people are who need the help.”

Children between the ages of 6-16 are already using the facility and, in addition to polio victims, there also are youngsters who have been maimed of crippled by land mines or automobile accidents because they, too, can benefit from therapy.

Wilford is quick to acknowledge a collaboration with Cure International, an organization located in Addis Ababa that does surgeries for free. “They have told me that everything their patients need is in our Cheshire facility,” he said.

It’s not unusual to see 50 or 60 kids in the facility at any given time. “And the kids are always happy because before they came to our facility they were outcasts. But at Cheshire, everyone is the same. Nobody’s different.”

Several dozen people often accompany Wilford on his yearly trips to Africa. This year, 30 people went on the trip, including 25 doctors.

They’ll be there for two-weeks (frequently Wilford stays in Ethiopia for several months). In addition to the visit to Cheshire, the group also will spend a few days in the city of Harar giving more vaccinations.

He always takes boxes of shoes, underwear, feminine hygiene products and other personal items with him to distribute to the villagers. “And I always take lots and lots of scarves. Whenever we vaccinate a child, we give the mother a scarf. They wrap it around their head and wear it as sort of a badge of honor,” he said.

When the Ethiopians hear WIlford’s story about his own struggle with polio, it creates a deeply personal link. “It’s very inspiring to them to know that they can get better, too,” he said. “But even if I didn’t inspire anybody to help with this, I’d still do it. It’ s my life’s mission.”

Wilford enjoys sharing his story with service clubs, high schools, church groups and others.

And, as with any humanitarian organization, the Wilford Foundation can always use donations.

“Any amount is appreciated, even small contributions,” he said. “And 100 percent of every donation goes to the project. I pay all my own expenses out of my own pocket.”

His next project is to provide equipment to the surgery center.

For information visit just2drops.com or call 360-895-1910.

One man's life mission is to eradicate polio from the planet 2015-09-23 07:00:00Z 0
Thank you Midday Rotarians for all of your help stuffing Wag Bags for Saturday's Harbor Hounds Charity Dog Walk.
wag bags 2015-09-08 07:00:00Z 0
collect to be transported to the Firefighters 2015-09-07 07:00:00Z 0
This past Tuesday Mr Ben Kodama told us his experiences as a Japanese American citizen from 1943-1945. Ben and his family were in the held in the American concentration camp during part of the war. Let us always remember and never repeat.
Mr Ben Kodama 2015-09-07 07:00:00Z 0
Midday Rotary and families assembling 100 backpacks for Middle School students of families with need in the Gig Harbor area. Good job, gang.
Backpacks 2015-09-07 07:00:00Z 0
Thanks to Ralph and his family team for the great doggy cupcakes to celerbratate September Birthdays and anniversaries. Also a gently reminder that next Tuesday is stuff the wag bag.
Everyone helps.
Cupcakes 2015-09-07 07:00:00Z 0
20 Reason to Join Rotary 2015-08-22 07:00:00Z 0
Harbor Hounds 2015-08-22 07:00:00Z 0

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Midday Rotary, Henderson Bay High join forces for Interact Club 2015-08-22 07:00:00Z 0
Gig Harbor National NIght Out 2015-08-04 07:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Gig Harbor Midday was happy Monday morning to serve our banana's in chocolate and snacks to the bike riders at the Courage Classic which supports a great cause.
2015 Courage Classic 2015-08-04 07:00:00Z 0
Howard presents to Mike Williams his PHF+1 pin for contributing $2,000 to The Rotary Foundation. Thank you Mike for your support of this important part of Rotary
PHF + 1 2015-07-30 07:00:00Z 0
Two new Gig harbor Midday Rotarians, Brady Howard and Kim Laramee, gave their Classification Talk this week. Both are very interesting and have already fit into the club.
Classification talks 2015-07-30 07:00:00Z 0
Parking at Anthony’s remains limited while they complete the construction.  When the Anthony’s parking is full please use street parking as an alternative. It is a relative short walk from Donkey Creek Park.
We received a letter from EF Recovery who owns the complex that houses the Morso wine bar.  They indicate that they have witness numerous cars parking in their lot and then heading across the street to Anthony’s for our meeting.  They are asking that we ask our members to not park in their parking lot for our Tuesday meetings.
Please do not park in the lots associated with the Morso complex.
Parking Alternatives 2015-07-21 07:00:00Z 0
President Mary passed the gavel to incoming President Howard at the Installation Dinner at the Gig Harbor Yacht Club.
Thank you, Mary, for your leadership and guidance.  What a great year we have had thanks to you.  We are looking forward to another great year working with another tremendous leader, Howard Svigalis.  
The Gavel is Passed 2015-07-01 07:00:00Z 0
We were pleased to hear from Annika Abbott, Miss Pierce County, this week.  Her story is very inspiring and she is an amazing young woman.  But, of course she is .. she comes from amazing parents!  Great job Al and Virginia Abbott.  Thank you, Annika, for all you are doing in your community!  Good luck at the Miss Washington Pageant.  We are rooting for you.
Miss Pierce County Inspires Us 2015-06-26 07:00:00Z 0
President Mary presides over her last meeting.  You have done such a wonderful job, Mary.  Guess what!  We are ALL, one and all, grateful for you Mary!
President Mary Ends Her Year 2015-06-26 07:00:00Z 0
Howard Svigals put on his "Happy the Clown" bow tie at a recent Gig Harbor Midday Rotary Club meeting.
Svigals happy to be in Gig Harbor,
steps up as club president Tuesday
During his career in telecommunications with GTE/Verizon, Howard Svigals, traveled a great deal throughout the world.
But now that he has settled with his wife in Gig Harbor and will be installed as the Midday Rotary Club of Gig Harbor’s new president on Tuesday (June 30), he is content to stay at home, attending to Rotary work and other volunteer opportunities.
Members and guests will gather at 6 p.m. at the Gig Harbor Yacht Club for the installation-fun dinner.
Svigals, who occasionally goes by the name of “Happy the Clown,” said he has lived in Gig Harbor for three years. “We ‘camped out’ in our house here while our home in Virginia was up for sale,” he said. “It wasn’t until after Labor Day (2012) that our home sold and we totally moved in here.  Meanwhile we enjoyed living here through that gorgeous summer.”
How did Svigals, and his wife, Liz, end up in Gig Harbor?
 “Our daughter, Sarah, moved to Tacoma and we were ready to downsize our home in Virginia,” Svigals explained. “I always wanted to move back to the Northwest. While visiting our daughter we fell in love with Gig Harbor.”
Student at UW
Svigals’ earlier experience in Washington goes back nearly 40 years to when he was a student at the University of Washington. He earned his master’s in business administration from the university in 1976. From there, he launched into his first job for GTE in Everett.
“I continued my career with GTE, which eventually became Verizon, working in California, Illinois, Connecticut, Virginia, Georgia, Texas and back to Virginia, where I retired in 2003,” Svigals said. “Initially I failed retirement and went back to work for a non-profit consortium in Virginia for a couple of years.”
Svigals, who has two sisters -- one older and the other younger -- was asked where he grew up.
“My typical answer is I haven’t grown up,” the new Rotary president said with a coy smile. “But as a child my father worked for IBM and we moved multiple times, living in New Jersey, New York, Northern California, Southern California, New York, Japan, and California again.
“I graduated from high school in Saratoga, Calif., where I was active in Boy Scouts, earning the rank of Eagle, and lettered in wrestling,” he said. From there Svigals attended the University of Oregon in Eugene, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in finance in 1975. He then enrolled at the UW in the master’s program.
He and Liz have been married for 32 years. “We met while I was working in Connecticut,” he explained. Sarah, their only child, is a social worker.
Work in telecommunications
During his career, Svigals was involved in finance, planning and operations for  GTE/Verizon.
“I worked in the telephone, wireless, government systems, corporate, and satellite divisions,” he said. “My positions included president of GTE Spacenet, and when I retired I was the group vice president for Verizon International-Americas as the CFO responsible for Verizon’s investments in companies throughout the Western Hemisphere.”
Svigals discussed the extensive travel he did for the company. 
“During the five years as an International CFO, I averaged over 150,000 air miles a year traveling often to Mexico, Venezuela, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Argentina, Canada and occasionally to Europe. Over my telecommunications career I also traveled to the U.S.S.R./Russia, China, Hong Kong, Israel, Taiwan, and Japan.”
“Happy” to be a clown
 So all that extensive air travel explains why he is content to be hanging around the harbor and occasionally making appearances in Pierce County as “Happy the Clown.”  But how did he get started in that fun activity?
“When I first retired I became a Freemason which qualified me to become a Shriner Clown,” Svigals said. “Shriners is an appendant body of Freemasons with a slogan of ‘Fun with a Purpose.’ It has become known as ‘The World's Greatest Philanthropy’ in its support of a network of 22 medical facilities across North America.”
He became a member of the local Tacoma Shrine group and occasionally dresses out as “Happy” the clown. “Annually the group clowns around with the Daffodil Festival Princesses which has been fun,” he said. “A new Shrine clown gets to pick their own clown name and I chose ‘Happy’ because it is a fitting name for a clown.”
Svigals said he has become an active volunteer since his retirement.
“In addition to my involvement with Rotary, I am on the board of directors and also treasurer of Harbor WIldWatch, the Gig Harbor-based environmental education group.” He also works with SCORE, a nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow, and achieve their goals through education and mentorship.    
Caring group of Rotarians
Svigals is looking forward to his year as Midday Club president, but does not anticipate any sweeping changes.  
“I have been in Rotary about a dozen years, beginning in a club in Vienna, Va., where I was newsletter chair, vocation chair, treasurer, and fundraiser chair,” he said. “When I first arrived in Gig Harbor I visited the morning (Rotary) club and our midday club about six times each, before deciding the midday club was the right one to join.”
Svigals, 61, describes the Midday Rotary Club as a “young but very good club with an excellent group of caring Rotarians. As president, there is nothing in the club that needs to be fixed,” he said. “My plans are to continue the club growth and evolution in membership and service.  
“I also want to enhance our communication within and outside the club so that we all know what it is we have accomplished and what is scheduled in the future.
“I am also personally a big supporter of the Rotary Foundation and want to increase the understanding of the work the Foundation does,” he said. “The Rotary Foundation is one part of what makes Rotary so special.  Without it, Rotary would never be able to tackle the goal of ending polio or support other worthwhile causes.”
As for going outside the community, Svigals said, “I am happy not to travel and to just enjoy life in my favorite place, Gig Harbor.” He added, however, that he sometimes slips across the Washington border into Oregon and beyond.
“I do enjoy watching college football and go to about three Oregon football games each fall in Eugene. Once a year I travel to the San Francisco area to see my family and watch the Washington Nationals, the baseball team I have followed since they were formed, play the Giants in baseball.”
                                                                == Dave Stave
Howard Svigals new president 2015-06-25 07:00:00Z 0
Nathan Celebrates Hump Day 2015-06-22 07:00:00Z 0
Midday Rotarians Serve at the US Open 2015-06-22 07:00:00Z 0
We are so proud to give our Henderson Bay Scholarship to Kristia Lloyd.  She is a remarkable young woman who will do great things in the world.  Congratulations, Kristia!  Go forth and make a difference.
Henderson Bay Scholarship Winner 2015-06-22 07:00:00Z 0
Congratulations to the graduating class of Henderson Bay High School who presented their senior projects.  Well done!  Thank you for letting our Club be a part of your celebration by providing gift bags for all of you.  Thank you to our Club members, Bob Anderson & Carol Virek, for putting the bags together.  We look forward to seeing what these tremendous young people will accomplish in their next endeavors.
Congrats to Graduates of Henderson Bay High School 2015-06-10 07:00:00Z 0
We are thrilled to have Kim Laramee transfer into our Club.  She's a seasoned Rotarian who loves contributing to the community and to Rotary.  We're so pleased to have you join us, Kim!
Welcome Kim Laramee to Gig Harbor Midday Rotary 2015-06-10 07:00:00Z 0
We are thrilled to have Teri White join our Rotary Club.  Teri's Dad was a Rotarian for 55 years with perfect attendance!  Wow!  That's going to be a record worth striving for, Teri.  We're so happy you've joined our Club to carry on your family's tradition.  Welcome!
Welcome New Member Teri White 2015-06-10 07:00:00Z 0
Gunda is right.. we are all very grateful for Marie.  She's been a wonderful addition to our Club this year, and we will miss her a lot.  
Gunda is Grateful for Marie 2015-06-10 07:00:00Z 0
Where might you find Gig Harbor Midday Rotarians on a beautiful Saturday morning?  Cleaning the road, that's where!  After a delicious breakfast, everyone picked up a bit of trash, and the road was like brand new!  Great job, Rotarians!  And don't they look good in those bright yellow official looking vests?
Cleaning up Garbage on a Beautiful Day in Gig Harbor 2015-06-10 07:00:00Z 0
Dave gave the Gratitude Stone to Ashley for doing such a wonderful job of Happy Bucks .. and always with such a Happy Smile!  Who can resist giving her a dollar? 
Dave is Grateful for Ashley 2015-05-26 07:00:00Z 0
Welcome to our visitor, Pam Holt.  We hope you'll come back soon!
Pam Holt Visits 2015-05-26 07:00:00Z 0
Dogs Love Flamingoes 2015-05-26 07:00:00Z 0
The Martins are Flamminked 2015-05-26 07:00:00Z 0
Vicki & Mary handed out scholarships to high school seniors on behalf of our Rotary Club.  How fun to be able to give money to deserving students.  Thank you all for working hard on our fundraisers all year long so we can afford to honor these students in a meaningful way.
Handing out Scholarships 2015-05-26 07:00:00Z 0
It's not often that we have TWO Students of the Month.  But we are so pleased to honor both Victoria & Danielle.  Good job to mom, Elizabeth, as these are two extraordinary girls.  Both have 3.9 GPAs and are heading off to college next year.  Great job!!
Victoria & Danielle are Students of the Month 2015-05-26 07:00:00Z 0
Fred gave the Gratitude Rock to John Burgess this week.  We're all grateful for all that John does personally and professionally for the community.  Not to mention that his department saved Fred's life last year!  Hurray for John and all of the great staff at Gig Harbor Fire & Medic!
Fred is Grateful for John 2015-05-08 00:00:00Z 0
John and Pat reminded us that Golferitaville is just around the corner and we need sponsors!  John gave away a bucket of colorful balls for the person who most recently made a call to get a sponsor.  Time for you to make a call.  You just might win a really cool prize next week!
Golferitaville is July 17th 2015-05-08 00:00:00Z 0
Teri White and Kim Laramee visited Rotary this week.  Teri filled out an application to join us, and Kim is transferring from the afternoon Club.  Welcome to both of you.  So great to have our Club growing with so many wonderful new members!
Welcome Teri & Kim 2015-05-08 00:00:00Z 0
Barbara Otto visited Rotary this week, and filled out an application to join us.  Welcome, Barbara!  We look forward to having you as a member of our Club!
Welcome Barbara Otto 2015-05-08 00:00:00Z 0
Hope you didn't miss Rotary on May 5th.  If you did ... wow .. you missed a great meeting.  Amanda Beard, winner of seven Olympic medals, was our speaker.  She's inspirational and funny.  What a pleasure to hear Amanda's story.  She's a part of the Gig Harbor community now.  Welcome to Gig Harbor, Amanda.  Thanks for visiting our club and sharing with us.
Amanda Beard, Winner of 7 Olympic Medals, Speaks at Rotary 2015-05-08 00:00:00Z 0
Linda and David McCowan proudly display their Flamingos here.  Thanks for being good sports, and thanks for supporting our charities!  Are YOU helping with Flamminking?  If not, volunteer.  It's boatloads of fun.
Happy Flammink Victims 2015-05-08 00:00:00Z 0
Congratulations to Kristia Lloyd of Henderson Bay High School who was honored as April Student of the Month.  She was a young mother at the age of 15, which helped her to grow up fast.  She's now 18 and is graduating on time.  What an inspiring story, Kristia.  Congratulations on your achievements.  We are looking forward to hearing about what you will accomplish in the future.
Kristia Lloyd is Student of the Month 2015-05-08 00:00:00Z 0
Harbor Hounds Generates Funds for Prison Pet Partnership 2015-05-08 00:00:00Z 0
Rachel Keeler, and Paisley, from the Prison Pet Partnership were our speakers.  Well, Paisley didn't say that much...  But it was a great program.  Thanks, Howard, for bringing in great speakers for us.
Presentation by the Prison Pet Partnership 2015-05-08 00:00:00Z 0
And the Gratitude Rock goes to Fred.  Wow!  Fred is a public service dynamo!  Thanks, Fred, for all you do for Rotary and the entire Gig Harbor community.
Karen is Grateful for Fred 2015-05-08 00:00:00Z 0
Catherine Hamilton visited us to tell us that the Cystic Fibrosis Walk is coming up on Sat. May 2nd.  They can use help with registration, and of course can use walkers and fund raisers.  Help if you can.  Let's beat this deadly disease!
Cystic Fibrosis Walk Coming Up 2015-04-27 00:00:00Z 0
Mary took some Interact members with her to DLTA and now three other Clubs are going to start their own Interact clubs.  You are such an inspiration, Mary!
Mary Updates Us On Interact 2015-04-27 00:00:00Z 0
Marni visits with visiting Rotarian, Mark Hoppen.  Marni will soon be leaving us to be a stay at home mom.  We'll miss you, Marni, but we know you'll continue to make a great big contribution in the world, because that's just who you are.
Marni visits with Mark 2015-04-27 00:00:00Z 0
Jane passes the Gratitude Stone to Karen.  Karen is one of those quiet steady workers we can all count on!  Thank you, Karen, for all you do for Rotary.
Jane is Grateful for Karen 2015-04-27 00:00:00Z 0
Lonna reports on Flamminking.  And Loretta told us about climbing over locked gates and visiting with the deceased.  But she brought home the bacon!  Great job, Loretta.  
Flamminking Tops $1700 2015-04-27 00:00:00Z 0
Naomi Villano, the Executive Director of the New Phoebe House, and members of her Board, spoke to us at Rotary this week.  This great organization helps women overcome life's challenges, unify with their children, rebalance their lives, and secure housing.  Want to learn more?  Check them out at www.newphoebehouse.org.
New Phoebe House Presentation 2015-04-27 00:00:00Z 0
We can always count on Spencer to do the hard labor when it's Park Clean-Up Day!  Way to go, Spencer!
Spencer Digs In 2015-04-27 00:00:00Z 0
Hurray for men that are such good guys that they will put on high heels and Walk a Mile in Her Shoes to raise money for a good cause.  Over $1700 was raised by these great guys.  
Our "Boys" Do the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes 2015-04-27 00:00:00Z 0
A great crew showed up to clean up the park.  Here's a few of the folks that helped.  Thank you all for bring your implements and digging in!
Park Clean-Up 2015-04-27 00:00:00Z 0
Natalie's Trophy for Losing March Madness 2015-04-15 00:00:00Z 0
Our District's Foundation Representative won the big winner trophy for our March Madness fundraiser.  How perfect!  As the money we donated is going to the Foundation to help eradicate polio. 
March Madness Winner 2015-04-15 00:00:00Z 0
We presented a check this week for $1,093.20 to our District Foundation to help end polio.  March Madness helped to increase the size of our Club's donation.  We are so close to eradicating polio.
Donation to End Polio 2015-04-15 00:00:00Z 0
Joe Flach promises to do the Walk A Mile In Her Shoes event on 4/24 in full drag if we can raise $1,000.  We're halfway there.  Come on, folks, we can do this!  Let's see Joe put on the ritz!
Want to See Joe in Drag? 2015-04-15 00:00:00Z 0
Tasha Smith and Joanne Nichols, from Rebuilding Hope, were our speakers.  This sexual assault center provides a wide variety of services to people in Pierce County.  Their main fundraiser is the Walk A Mile In Her Shoes event, which takes place on Fri., 4/24.  Can you walk .. or will you donate?  It's for a really great cause. 
Speakers From Rebuilding Hope 2015-04-15 00:00:00Z 0
Gunda is Grateful for Jane 2015-04-15 00:00:00Z 0
We were so happy to honor one of our Interact kids as Student of the Month.  Maddy Hiatt (seen here with her parents) is a wonderful example of Service Above Self.  Maddy is on her way to Boise State next year.  Congrats Maddy!  We know you will do great things with your life.
Student of the Month is Maddy Hiatt 2015-04-15 00:00:00Z 0
Evem the Mayor is Flamminked! 2015-04-15 00:00:00Z 0
Pat Schmidt Has Been Flamminked! 2015-04-15 00:00:00Z 0
And the Flammink Goes On! 2015-04-15 00:00:00Z 0
Walk A Mile In Her Shoes 2015-04-09 00:00:00Z 0
The Night Before Easter ... Flamingos? 2015-04-09 00:00:00Z 0
And the Gratitude Stone went to Pat!  She does a fabulous job as our Membership Chair.  We're all grateful for the wonderful work you do, Pat.  You inspire all of us!
Chuck is Grateful for Pat 2015-04-09 00:00:00Z 0
Our speaker was Ryan Blanc, CEO of the Hanger Clinic.  The Hanger Clinic is the premier provider of orthotic and prosthetic solutions and is helping our soldiers and athletes regain mobility.  It was a very interesting talk, and we appreciate the great work this Gig Harbor business is doing.
Ryan Blanc, CEO of the Hanger Clinic, Speaks 2015-04-09 00:00:00Z 0
Vicki brought Paul Raschke, head of the Gig Harbor Academy, as her guest.  Welcome, Paul.  We hope you'll visit us again soon.
Welcome to Paul Raschke 2015-04-09 00:00:00Z 0
Yep!  710 Sports Radio is promoting our Golferitaville Sponsors this year.  Chief John Burgess and Lonna gave us all of the details.  Spread the word to businesses who'd love to get this great PR.  This is what makes Golferitaville a successful fundraiser for our Rotary Club.
It's YOUR Chance to be on the Radio! 2015-04-09 00:00:00Z 0
Welcome to Marie's Family from Germany 2015-04-09 00:00:00Z 0
Cheri & Jay Johnson loaded up a truckload of wheelchairs, walkers and crutches bound for Africa.  Great job, Midday Rotary, in collecting mobility devices.  What a way in making a difference.  Thank you, Jay & Cheri, for collecting and storing.  
More Crutches Bound for Africa 2015-04-09 00:00:00Z 0
Bob & Howard Are Exhausted at DLTA 2015-04-09 00:00:00Z 0
Marilyn Hoppen & her husband, Mark, both attended DLTA.  Looks like they had a great time!
Hoppens Attend DLTA 2015-04-09 00:00:00Z 0
Bob Anderson let us know about the first meeting of the Interact Club at Henderson Bay High School.  One of their first projects may be a Suicide Awareness Walk.  We are so happy to be partnering with high school students who are motivated to change the world they live in.
Henderson Bay H.S. Has an Interact Club 2015-03-27 00:00:00Z 0
Denny and Andy were pleased to present a $1,000 check to the Olson Foundation during our meeting.  The Olson Foundation funds clean water projects throughout the world and the foundation was created in honor of the past District Governor, Floyd Olson.
Donation to the Olson Foundation 2015-03-27 00:00:00Z 0
These signs have started to pop up in the Harbor now .. along with some beautiful flamingoes.  Have you seen them?  Are YOU part of the flamminking?  If not ... get on board!  It's tons of fun.  Plus, it's raising money for charity.  Doesn't get better than that.
Watch For These Signs in the Harbor! 2015-03-27 00:00:00Z 0
Nancy gave the Gratitude Stone to Chuck this week.  She's happy to have him here in our Club.  Thanks for moving from Oregon, Chuck.  We're so glad to have you join us!
Nancy is Grateful for Chuck 2015-03-27 00:00:00Z 0
John brought his father-in-law, Ted Appel, to visit us this week.  Welcome, Ted!  We hope you'll visit us again soon.
John's Father-in-Law Visits 2015-03-27 00:00:00Z 0
Mike passed the Grateful Stone to Nancy this week!  That was very well deserved!  Nancy does so very much for Rotary and for the community.  Well more than we could ever list here.  Thank you Nancy for your giving heart!
Grateful Stone Goes to Nancy 2015-03-20 00:00:00Z 0
Nancy Wants YOU to Flammink! 2015-03-20 00:00:00Z 0
Nathan gave his classification talk, but first he proved he had St. Patrick's Day green on .. in his socks!  We learned that Nathan is a smart guy, but has retained a great sense of humor.  We also learned ten things our doctors won't tell us, but we sure wish they would!  Great to have you in our Rotary, Nathan!
Nathan's Green was in his Socks 2015-03-20 00:00:00Z 0
Loretta gave her classification talk this week.  We learned that she does Business Development for Wells Fargo, and that she's always up for having fun with friends!  Loretta has jumped in on many committees and activities in Rotary and we're so lucky to have her enthusiasm and great sense of humor.
Get to Know Loretta 2015-03-20 00:00:00Z 0
Joe says you don't have to know anything at all about basketball to participate in this.  And you might still even win!  But nonetheless, eradicating polio will be the Big Winner!
Basketball Brackets for Polio 2015-03-20 00:00:00Z 0
Marie's parents are coming to visit and we're throwing them a party!  Plan to come.  It's on April 4th.  And, by the way, Marie has now joined the Flick Family.  She's getting used to being part of a family with lots of noise and fun!
Meet Marie's Parents on April 4th 2015-03-20 00:00:00Z 0
Cheri reminded all of us to Think Pink on Tuesdays & Thursdays, which means to spend a moment on those days to get a sponsor for Golferitaville.  Talk with Cheri if you have any questions on how you can help.
Golferitaville Needs Sponsors 2015-03-20 00:00:00Z 0
Thank you all for your generosity for this week's Food or Five. George took $150.00 to the Biscoff Food Bank!  
This Week's Food or Five 2015-03-13 00:00:00Z 0
Howard attended Pacific Northwest Rotary PETS where he had the opportunity to talk with Ramesh Ferris, a 35 year old Polio survivor.  They talked about Brackets to End Polio Now.  For just $5 per bracket, you can make a difference in ending polio in the world!
Howard Attends PETS 2015-03-13 00:00:00Z 0
Mary gave the gratitude stone to Joe this week for his great love for children and his wonderful contributions to our Club.  We all love you, too, Joe! 
The Gratitude Stone Goes to Joe 2015-03-06 00:00:00Z 0
Joe is full of March Madness!  Want in?  Just $5 per bracket.  Contact Joe and let him know.  You just might be the big winner! 
March Madness is Here 2015-03-06 00:00:00Z 0
George's granddaughter, Kathy, was our speaker.  She works in the country of Georgia for CH2M Hill on work to contain pathogens around the world.  What a fascinating talk, and wonderful contribution she is making.  Thanks for visiting us Kathy! 
George's Granddaughter is our Speaker 2015-03-06 00:00:00Z 0
President Mary reminds us that the morning club's Taste of Gig Harbor is March 21st.  Sign up now for a wonderful fundraiser.
Taste of Gig Harbor 2015-03-06 00:00:00Z 0
Lonna reminds us that Golferitaville is July 17th and Flamminking is almost here!  Get your pink on and get ready to help!
July 17th is Coming 2015-03-06 00:00:00Z 0
Happy Birthday to George 2015-03-06 00:00:00Z 0
Marie visited Canada with other exchange students.  They had a great time, despite the lack of snow.  Zip lining ... canoeing ... no lack of a good time!
Marie Visits Canada 2015-03-06 00:00:00Z 0
Craig and Margaret Ross, founders of the Remann Hall Book Club, were our guests at Tuesday's meeting.  We were honored to present them with a $2500.00 donation to further their good work.  
Donation to Remann Hall Book Club 2015-03-02 00:00:00Z 0
Marie told us about visiting Arizona with her host family.  Sounded like she had a great time!
Marie Goes to Arizona 2015-03-02 00:00:00Z 0
Ron Williams, Gig Harbor City Manager, and Warren Zimmerman, Gig Harbor Chamber Director, visited Rotary to tell us about the West Sound Alliance.  The Alliance is a consortium representing cities on the West Sound to advocate for our regional transportation needs.
The West Sound Alliance 2015-03-02 00:00:00Z 0
Did you miss Rotary on Tuesday?  If so, you really missed a good speaker!  Doug Collier, our Business Person of the Year, told us about his charity, Serve the Children.  An incredible man, who has had some unbelievable experiences as he has served his passion of helping children in Liberia and India.  We were thrilled to present him with a check for his charity.
Doug Collier of Serve the Children was our Speaker 2015-03-02 00:00:00Z 0
Nancy Rimel Introduces Doug Collier 2015-03-02 00:00:00Z 0
Greg Sandstrom Visits 2015-03-02 00:00:00Z 0
Fellowship at the Meeting 2015-03-02 00:00:00Z 0
In honor of Black History Month, one of our very own Rotarians portrayed Harriet Tubman.  Such a wonderful and informative presentation on the bravery involved in running the underground railroad.
Celebrating Black History Month 2015-02-18 00:00:00Z 0
Flaminking time is almost here!  Lonna will be sending out an email for Flaminking Volunteers.  If you didn't get onboard the Flaminking Train last year... don't miss the chance this time.  It's a HOOT!  You may be too old to TP someone's house .. but you're NEVER too old to Flamink!
Lonna Wants YOU for Flaminking! 2015-02-18 00:00:00Z 0
Pam Peterson came to our meeting to remind us that the Morning Club's Taste of Gig Harbor fundraiser is coming up on March 31st, 5:30-10:00 at the Tacoma Narrows Airport.  Get your taste buds ready!
Yum! Taste of Gig Harbor is Coming Up! 2015-02-18 00:00:00Z 0
If you're ever feeling lucky ... get a raffle ticket from Andy!  The pot grows and you could be the lucky winner of some BIG bucks!
Are You Feeling Lucky? 2015-02-18 00:00:00Z 0
Denny was our speaker on 2/10/15 and whenever he's talking, he fills the house.  He updated us on Cheshire House and the latest info on eradicating polio in Africa.  You can't help but to be moved by Denny's passion and emotion.  You inspire all of us, Denny!
When Denny's the Speaker He Fills the House 2015-02-18 00:00:00Z 0
We were so happy to have Nancy back!  Broken wrist and all...  Nothing can keep a good woman down.  Especially Nancy!
Nancy's Back! 2015-02-18 00:00:00Z 0
Marni gave the grateful stone to Laura.  Two beautiful ladies .. that is, beautiful inside and out!  We are lucky to have these wonderful women in our Rotary!
Marni is Grateful for Laura 2015-02-18 00:00:00Z 0
Josh Morin Becomes the Newest Rotarian 2015-02-18 00:00:00Z 0
Simon Salceno, the exchange student for the Gig Harbor Morning Rotary Club was our guest speaker.  He shared stories about his home country of Columbia.  Simon will soon be participating in the Washington State Tennis finals!  Way to go, Simon!
Simon is our Guest Speaker 2015-02-10 00:00:00Z 0
Marie is Our Guest Speaker 2015-02-10 00:00:00Z 0
Bob Black sold a slew of raffle tickets in that cool outfit at the Star Awards!  Who could resist him?
Bob Sells Raffle Tickets 2015-02-10 00:00:00Z 0
Fun Times at the Star Awards 2015-02-10 00:00:00Z 0
Great Time at the Star Awards 2015-02-10 00:00:00Z 0
Marie & Gunda at Star Awards 2015-02-10 00:00:00Z 0
Bob & Barbara at Star Awards 2015-02-10 00:00:00Z 0
Mary & Cathryn at Star Awards 2015-02-10 00:00:00Z 0
Cheri reminds us that Golferitaville will be here before we know it.  We'll be doing a little Flaminiking soon.  Join in the fun!  Let Cheri know you don't want to be left out this year....  
Do the Flaminking! 2015-02-10 00:00:00Z 0
Welcome to Chuck Pruitt, who visited us this week.  Chuck is interested in joining Rotary.  Please come back and see us again soon, Chuck!  We'd love to have you in our Club!
Chuck Pruitt Visits 2015-02-10 00:00:00Z 0
Vicki & Marie 2015-02-10 00:00:00Z 0
Howard reminded all of us that District Training is on March 28th and 29th.  Have you ever been?  It's a great way to learn about Rotary leadership positions.  If you're an office holder, or a new member, save the date and sign up.  Great way to meet fellow Rotarians.
District Training is Coming Up 2015-02-10 00:00:00Z 0
Clyde gave the Grateful Stone to Marni.  We are all so grateful for all that Marni does for Rotary and in her community.  Plus she's just darned delightful to be around!
Clyde is Grateful for Marni 2015-02-10 00:00:00Z 0
We were delighted to hear from Stephanie Sagle about the new Harbor General Store.  After learning more about it, we cannot wait for it to open!  What a great venture you've taken on, Stephanie.  You can count on Midday Rotarians to frequent your store .. often!
Our Very Own, Stephanie Sagle, Was the Speaker 2015-01-29 00:00:00Z 0
We were happy to have a visit from Colleen Speer, Executive Director of Communities in Schools.  Please visit us any time, Colleen!
Colleen Speer Visits 2015-01-29 00:00:00Z 0
Marilyn gave the Grateful Stone to Clyde for his great picture taking skills.  Everyone yelled "take a selfie", but this time Clyde turned the camera over to someone else for the photo. Thanks, Clyde, for documenting all of our fun in pictures!
Marilyn is Grateful for Clyde 2015-01-29 00:00:00Z 0
Jannae Mitton brought a very special guest to Rotary .. her mother, Joannie.  Welcome, Joannie!  It was great to have you at the meeting.
Jannae Brings Her Momma to Rotary 2015-01-29 00:00:00Z 0
Marni was presented with a reproduction Super Bowl Flip Coin by her employer, Kitsap Bank, for having the most community service hours.  Way to go, Marni!  See ... Service Above Self pays off in many ways!
Marni Gets a Super Bowl Coin 2015-01-29 00:00:00Z 0
Who's happy today?  Seahawk Fans!!  Getting ready for the big game on Sunday.  Nathan pays up with happy bucks!  Mike just shows off his Hawk gear!
Getting our Hawk On! 2015-01-29 00:00:00Z 0
Our speaker was Rich White from Boeing.  All of us learned more about the company, its products, history, contributions to the community and economy, and about what the future holds for Boeing.  Thank you, Rich, for the informative talk.
Boeing and the Future 2015-01-26 00:00:00Z 0
Scott Bush gave the Grateful Stone to Marilyn Hoppen at the meeting.  Thank you, Marilyn, for stepping up to the critical job of Treasurer!  We appreciate your dedication to Rotary.
Scott is Grateful for Marilyn 2015-01-26 00:00:00Z 0
Bob announced a Safe Talk Workshop at Anthony's on Jan. 28th from 5:00-8:00.  Preventing suicide is at a critical place in our society now.  We can all contribute to this effort by learning how to do Safe Talk.  Contact Bob for more info.
Safe Talk Workshop Jan. 28th 2015-01-26 00:00:00Z 0
We welcomed our newest member, Kathryn Townsend, to Gig Harbor Midday Rotary.  Julie Tappero is the first member to try out our new corporate membership.  West Sound Workforce now has two members in our Rotary.  Welcome Kathryn!
Welcome New Member Kathryn Townsend 2015-01-26 00:00:00Z 0
Ashley brought a new agent from her American Family Insurance office to visit.  Welcome to Denise Goodman.  We hope we'll see you again soon at one of our lunches!
Ashley Brought A Guest 2015-01-26 00:00:00Z 0
Scott is our Party Guy.  What social activities should we do next?  Can you say SUPER BOWL?  Go Hawks!!!
The Party Guy 2015-01-19 00:00:00Z 0
Josh Morin visited our Club again.  Here's hoping you'll become a member, Josh.  We'd love to have you in our Club!
Josh Morin Visits Again 2015-01-19 00:00:00Z 0
Julia passed the Gratitude Stone to Scott Bush.  Thank you. Scott, for all the work you do on our Club's social events.  You make being in Rotary fun for all of us!
The Gratitude Stone Goes to Scott 2015-01-19 00:00:00Z 0
Jannae Mitton, owner of the Maritime Inn, is all smiles.  Her Inn is already booked up for the 2015 U.S. Open.  Congratulations, Jannae!
All Booked 2015-01-19 00:00:00Z 0
Our January Student of the month is Sarah Harper.  She, and her mom, Elaine Harper, came to the meeting.  Congratulations, Sarah, on your many accomplishments.  Way to go!
Sarah Harper is Student of the Month 2015-01-19 00:00:00Z 0
It was Ashley's turn to give her classification talk.  She's a runner and a very enthusiastic person!  We love having your youthful spirit in our Club, Ashley!  You inspire all of us.
Ashley's Classification Talk 2015-01-19 00:00:00Z 0
Barbara gave her classification talk this week.  She's a Navy brat and a Navy mom.  We're happy to have your smiling face and cheerful attitude in our Rotary Club, Barbara!
Barbara's Classification Talk 2015-01-19 00:00:00Z 0
All bets are off ... or should we say ON?  Scott Bush has coerced Howard Svigalis Joe Flach into betting on their college teams in the College Football National Championships.  Each will pay $1.00 to charity for every touchdown their teams score.  We're all cheering for high scores!
All Bets Are ON 2015-01-19 00:00:00Z 0
Our new member, Jason Stanley, always looks sharp!  Everybody else is going to have to up their game to keep up with him.  Looking good, Jason!
Jason Stanley Looks Sharp 2015-01-19 00:00:00Z 0
Nathan looks ready for the New Year and all that it brings.  Happy New Year Nathan!  And to all of you, Gig Harbor Midday Rotarians!
Happy New Year Nathan 2015-01-19 00:00:00Z 0
Although Marie missed her family on Christmas, she did have a great holiday!  And by the way, Happy New Year, Marie!
Marie's American Christmas 2015-01-19 00:00:00Z 0
Cathryn Cummings' friend, Craig, from Yakima was our speaker at the first meeting of the year.  Fascinating talk!
Cathryn's Friend Craig Speaks 2015-01-19 00:00:00Z 0
We were happy to welcome back the Guinn family and to hear about what Tawnee is doing.  She was a scholarship recipient.  What a fantastic young lady!
The Guinn Family 2015-01-19 00:00:00Z 0
Ashley is Always Happy 2015-01-19 00:00:00Z 0
Julia and her guest 2015-01-19 00:00:00Z 0
Assistant Governor Scott Seitz Visits 2015-01-19 00:00:00Z 0
On behalf of the Poulsbo Rotary Club - Happy New Year!
Get ready for a pedal stomping, heart-pumping, gear mashing grind!
The Viking Tour is a group ride on the Kitsap Peninsula which will take place on Sunday, May 17th. The tour starts and finishes in historic Poulsbo, “Little Norway”, and is held during the iconic VikingFest carnival and festival.
The ride has three different lengths for all riding levels: The Odin: a 65-mile metric-century featuring over 5,000ft of climbing and a sprint competition with a $1,000 purse. The Thor: a 35-mile metric-half-century which is fairly flat and just for those looking to have a bit of fun with a little less challenge and The Loki: a 5-mile Family Fun Ride where the whole clan can participate.
The Viking Tour is meant to be whatever you make of it. Do it for fun, do it to challenge your personal best or do it to WIN! Whatever your intent, you’ll be glad you came! We encourage professionals, amateurs, recreational riders, clubs & cycling teams to participate. It’s time for all Vikings to trim your beards, shave your legs and get ready to ride. 
Poulsbo Viking Tour 2015-01-17 00:00:00Z 0
Our former foreign exchange student from Chile, Gabby, just graduated from high school.  Ralph's wife, Wendy, and President Mary Gorman, went to Chile to see her.  Mary reported on the trip and Ralph read us a letter from Gabby.  It was fun to get caught up on Gabby's life.  We sure miss her sparkle and enthusiasm.
Gabby Graduated 2014-12-24 00:00:00Z 0
Our speakers this week were students from the Interact Club.  Wow, they have been doing amazing things this year.  It was so much fun to get to know the kids and hear about all of their activities.  The club has really grown and matured over the last few years.  We're really proud of all of you.
Welcome Interact 2014-12-24 00:00:00Z 0
John introduced Patrick and his parents to the Club.  Patrick is an amazing young man who is our Student of the Month.  One of his accomplishments is that he started a Computer Science Club at the high school.  Not to mention his 4.0!  Patrick, you're amazing, and we look forward to hearing about what you do with your life in the future!
Patrick is Student of the Month 2014-12-24 00:00:00Z 0
Sherri filled us in on the results of the family store on the Key Peninsula that we donated items for.  117 families received toys and clothes for their kids and the needed household items for the adults.  Thanks, everyone, who contributed.
Happy Families 2014-12-24 00:00:00Z 0
Andy gave the Grateful Stone to Kevin Busey who is the adult heart and soul behind the Interact Club.  Thanks, Kevin, for all you do to support the kids.  You are making such a difference in their lives!
Grateful Stone to Kevin 2014-12-24 00:00:00Z 0
Tuesday's Meeting was officially Ugly Christmas Sweater Day.  Unfortunately, only President Mary Gorman remembered...  Nice sweater, Mary!
Ugly Christmas Sweater Day 2014-12-24 00:00:00Z 0
Our foreign exchange student, Marie, had fun at the Christmas Party, but it looks like our President, Mary, had even MORE fun!
Marie and Mary at the Party 2014-12-24 00:00:00Z 0
Dancing at the Christmas Party 2014-12-24 00:00:00Z 0
Everyone had a blast at the Christmas Party.  Here's the Congo Line!  Do you spot a few Midday Rotarians in it?
Christmas Party Congo Line 2014-12-24 00:00:00Z 0
Ralph Flick was our speaker, telling us about encephalitis.  Thank you, Ralph, for sharing about this condition.  We learned a great deal from your talk.
Ralph Flick Speaks 2014-12-24 00:00:00Z 0
Jason was inducted as our newest member.  Have you met him yet?  Jason's with the Gig Harbor History Museum.  Please make him feel welcome.  We're happy to welcome you, Jason, to the Rotary Family.
Welcome Jason 2014-12-24 00:00:00Z 0
Our Community Service Committee happily presented a check to Bob Anderson for Build CASA, the group that provides court appointed special advocates for foster children.  Thank you, Bob, for all you do on behalf of foster kids.  We're happy to play a small part in that.
Supporting Build CASA 2014-12-24 00:00:00Z 0
Loretta became our newest member.  Welcome Loretta!  We are so happy to have you join our Rotary Family.  We are so excited to have you in the Rotary family.  Everyone .. be sure to get to know Loretta and make her feel welcome.
Welcome Loretta 2014-12-19 00:00:00Z 0
Howard has been practicing being President while Mary's been away.  You've done a great job, Howard.  We're looking forward to your year coming up!
Howard Steps In 2014-12-19 00:00:00Z 0
Phil, Julia and Bob are Santa's Little Helpers, delivering the presents to the Children's Home Society.  
Santa's Helpers 2014-12-19 00:00:00Z 0
Cheri shopped for items to give to the kids through the Childrens Home Society.  Thank you to all of the Rotarians that donated money.  There will be some happy children on Christmas Day!
Cheri Shops for Donations 2014-12-19 00:00:00Z 0
Dr. Laura Day shared with us about the difference Rotary makes with hearing efforts in places like Guatemala.  
Laura Day Shares 2014-12-05 00:00:00Z 0
Our holiday gifts were delivered by George to the Childrens Home Society.  We hope we've made a little bit of difference in some folks' holidays this year...
Holiday Gifts 2014-12-05 00:00:00Z 0
Mike and his wife shared the stories of their missionary adventures in the South Pacific.  What a beautiful place, and a wonderful way to make a difference in the world!
Mike's Adventures 2014-12-05 00:00:00Z 0
Mike Williams is back.  And Dave is grateful for all Mike does in the world.  So are we!!
Dave Grateful for Mike 2014-12-05 00:00:00Z 0
Have you signed up for the Holiday Party yet?  If not, better get on it!  It's going to be a lot of fun, great fellowship, food and dancing.  Let Marilyn know if you want to come!
Holiday Party Coming Soon 2014-12-05 00:00:00Z 0
Our student of the month is Britt.  With a remarkable GPA, a track star, and a fabulous volunteer .. Britt made us very proud.  Good luck at Boise State, Britt.  Great job!
Student of the Month is Britt 2014-11-26 00:00:00Z 0
Our speakers this week were Buck and Kay from the Morning Club to tell us about the work at the Purdy Women's Prison.  Mentors are needed for the women when they are released from prison.  Let Buck know if you'd like to get involved.
Buck and Kay 2014-11-26 00:00:00Z 0
Scott Hall reminded us that November is Foundation Month.  Have you made your contribution yet?  Every Rotarian Every Year is our goal.  You can do it online, give Scott your check, pay it quarterly with your dues ... lots of ways to give!
Foundation Month 2014-11-26 00:00:00Z 0
Our Community Service Committee was excited to present a $4,000 check to the Women's Prison Program this week to support all of the great work that's being done there to help the women who are transitioning back into society.
Donation to Women's Prison Program 2014-11-26 00:00:00Z 0
Robin Malich visited our Club this week.  Robin is with Communities in Schools at Henderson Bay where they have a new Interact Club.  We're looking forward to getting more involved with the students at Henderson Bay.
Robin Malich Visits 2014-11-26 00:00:00Z 0
Scott gave the Grateful Stone to Dave Stave this week.  He thanked Dave for all he does for Rotary.  And for making us laugh all of the time!
Scott Grateful for Dave 2014-11-26 00:00:00Z 0
We were happy to have Jason Stanley, the Development Director of the Harbor History Museum, visiting with us this week.  Welcome to Gig Harbor, Jason.  We hope we will see you again soon!
Jason Stanley Visits 2014-11-14 00:00:00Z 0
Everyone loves to give Happy Bucks!  This week Nathan was happy to see his friend, Larry Seaquist at our meeting.  We're always happy to see you there too, Nathan!
Happy Bucks 2014-11-14 00:00:00Z 0
The Annual Star Awards will be on February 6th.  Julie & Nancy represent our Club on the committee.  We need our Club's nominee by next Tuesday, so turn in your ideas to either of them.  Our Club honors the Business Person of the Year.  This event sells out every year between the three Rotary Clubs in Gig Harbor.  It's a great time and very inspirational.  Don't miss out!
Save the Date for the Star Awards 2014-11-14 00:00:00Z 0
Who better to tell us the history of U.S. Veterans than retired Naval Captain Larry Seaquist?  His history lesson for us was fascinating.  We all came away with a greater appreciation for the service of our Veterans.  Thank you, Captain Seaquist.
Larry Seaquist is our Veterans Day Speaker 2014-11-14 00:00:00Z 0
Can you believe the holidays are almost here?  Marilyn says to save the date for our holiday party on December 19th at Canterwood.  Great food, fellowship, music, dancing...  you do not want to miss it!  Put it on your calendar and get ready to buy your tickets.
Holiday Party 2014-11-14 00:00:00Z 0
At our meeting this week, Andy gave the history of our Rotary Club's Foundation.  It has a great start.  Time for us to see what more we can do with it to help the community.
Andy Talks About Our Foundation 2014-11-14 00:00:00Z 0
Attending a performance of the Seattle Men's Chorus has become our Club's holiday tradition.  Don't miss out!  The performance is the first Sunday after Thanksgiving.  Tickets are $80.00.  Contact Nancy Rimel to RSVP.  They are fun, fun, fun!!!
Seattle Men's Chorus 2014-11-10 00:00:00Z 0
With President Mary Gorman's theme of Gratitude .. it was perfect to hear from David George Brooke, The Gratitude Guy.  We can never be reminded enough to count our blessings every day!
Grateful for our Speaker 2014-11-10 00:00:00Z 0
Our club was thrilled to present David Cathers and the Basket Brigade with a check for $1,000.  A good start towards his fundraising goal for this year's effort.  Thank you, Rotarians, for your hard work on our fundraisers this year.  It's great to be able to support efforts such as this.
Money to Feed the Hungry 2014-11-10 00:00:00Z 0
This week's grateful stone passed from Elizabeth to Vicki.  Vicki is always happy to answer a question or lend a helping hand.  We're all grateful, Vicki, for all you do for Rotary.
Elizabeth Grateful for Vicki 2014-11-10 00:00:00Z 0
Even school kids are involved with the Basket Brigade.  Look at the wonderfully decorated boxes!  Never too young to learn to lend a helping hand.
Boxes for the Basket Brigade 2014-11-10 00:00:00Z 0
David Cathers was at our meeting to talk about the annual Basket Brigade for Thanksgiving.  What an amazing program!  This year they expect to fill 1000 baskets!  That will feed a lot of hungry families.  How can you help?  Donate food or money.  Assemble baskets.  Refer needy families.  Or do the doorbell/knock and run to deliver them.  Lots of ways to be involved.
Basket Brigade is Back 2014-11-10 00:00:00Z 0
And the Grateful Stone from Gunda goes to Elizabeth.  We are all grateful to Melissa for providing such a wonderful home to our Rotary Exchange Student, Marie.
Gunda Grateful for Marie 2014-11-03 00:00:00Z 0
Happy Bucks always make us ... well, Happy!  This week Scott Hall was happy.  Plus a lot of other folks too.  Bring your happy bucks and tell us what you're happy for!
Scott is Happy 2014-11-03 00:00:00Z 0
Katie came to our meeting to tell us about Walk 4 Water.  If you'd like to know more about this great group, check them out at their website, www.witli.com.
Walk 4 Water 2014-10-23 00:00:00Z 0
The Sheriff was in town this week!  Paul Pastor came to our meeting to talk about his department and the services they provide to Pierce County.  An interesting talk for sure!  
Sheriff Paul Pastor 2014-10-23 00:00:00Z 0
Marie shared with us that she'd like to go to the Rain Forest.  Will you take her?  Remember Marie when you are planning a fun day trip or excursion!
Marie and the Rain Forest 2014-10-23 00:00:00Z 0
Cheri reminded us that she is collecting mobility devices for Crutches4Africa.  Bring what you've collected to the meeting on Nov. 18th.  If you can't make the meeting, drop them off at Cheri's office.
Crutches 4 Africa 2014-10-23 00:00:00Z 0
It's been awhile since we've had a Fireside.  It's tentatively on the calendar for November 6th, 7:00 p.m., at Lonna's house.  This is fun for everyone.  Whether you're new to Rotary, or have been here for awhile.  Come and learn more, and get to know your fellow Rotarians better.
Fireside 2014-10-23 00:00:00Z 0
This week Barbara gave the grateful stone to Gunda.  Gunda does so much for our Rotary Club ... and also in the community.  Barbara is grateful that Gunda is helping at the Gig Harbor Film Festival.  Thank you, Gunda, for all that you do!
Barbara Grateful for Gunda 2014-10-23 00:00:00Z 0
Doesn't Marie look beautiful?  All dressed up for Homecoming!  Sounds like everyone had a great time!
Marie Went to Homecoming 2014-10-17 00:00:00Z 0
And Jeni gives the Grateful Stone ... to... Barbara!  Thank you, Barbara, for all you do to make the Gig Harbor Film Festival a huge success!  We, and all of Gig Harbor, appreciate it!
Jeni is grateful for Barbara 2014-10-17 00:00:00Z 0
Student of the Month is Ben 2014-10-17 00:00:00Z 0
Thank you, Scott Bush, for planning all of our social events.  Did you miss the Monday Night Football Party?  Darn!  If you did .. come to the next social event.  It's the best way to get to know your fellow Rotarians.
Scott is the Party Guy 2014-10-13 00:00:00Z 0
Thank you, Nathan Schlicher, for hosting us at your house for the Seahawks on Monday Night Football!  Everyone agrees .. Nathan's big screen is where it's at!  We'll be back for another Big Screen Event at his house soon!

Seahawks on Nathan's Big Screen 2014-10-13 00:00:00Z 0
President Mary invited the committee chairs to the front of the room.  Time for everyone to sign up for a committee.  Get involved!  That's how it works in Rotary!
Get Involved 2014-10-13 00:00:00Z 0
Daryl stopped in for his annual visit on behalf of Crutches 4 Africa.  We're collecting any mobility devices for this very worthy charity.  They can be dropped off at Cheri Johnson's office.  Remember .. you can collect these all year long.  A small donation can be life changing for someone in Africa.
Crutches4Africa 2014-10-13 00:00:00Z 0
Jeni gave the grateful stone to Sherri this week.  Where would we be without these two tireless workers in our Rotary?
Jeni is Grateful for Sherri 2014-10-13 00:00:00Z 0
We had a great opportunity to learn more about one of our newer members, Catherine Cummings.  She's had a fascinating life, and is a woman of great inspiration and courage.  Welcome to Rotary, Catherine.
Meet Catherine Cummings 2014-10-13 00:00:00Z 0
What a pleasure to learn about one of our new club members, John Carlson.  John is an avid sailor who has had a very interesting life.  Glad to have you in our club, John!
Meet John Carlson 2014-10-13 00:00:00Z 0
Woo Hoo!  Jeni hit the jackpot on Tuesday and went home the big winner!  Congratulations Jeni!
Jeni Hits Jackpot 2014-10-13 00:00:00Z 0
Our speakers this week were Margaret and Craig Ross who told us about the Book Club at Remann Hall, the Juvenile Detention Center.  We are donating books each month to the club in honor of our speakers.  It was great to hear more about their program and the impact it makes in these young lives.
Remann Hall Book Club 2014-10-02 00:00:00Z 0
We always love hearing about Marie's week.  This week she told us about the great time she had at Fish Bowl.  Plus, she got asked out on a date.  Marie is fitting right in.
Marie Update 2014-10-02 00:00:00Z 0
We're celebrating because Mike Williams is back ... and he's back in our Rotary Club!  Welcome home, Mike, we've missed you!
Mike is Back 2014-10-02 00:00:00Z 0
George gave the Grateful Stone this week to Sherri Ourada.  Sherri is one of those great Rotarians who always raises her hand, is always willing to help, and makes our Club a great example of Service Above Self.  Thank you, Sherri, for all you do for Rotary and our community!
Grateful for Sherri 2014-10-02 00:00:00Z 0
Raise your hand if you're coming to the party this weekend!  Scott needs to hear from you now so he knows how many to plan on.  It's going to be fun.  Bring your spouse and kids too.  Oh ... and don't forget to wear the colors of your favorite college team.  See you there!
Party!! 2014-09-26 00:00:00Z 0
Ralph gave his gratitude stone to George for all of the work he does for our club.  Tuesday was Food or Five, and George was collecting for the food bank.  Just an example of one of the many things George does for our club.
Ralph Appreciates George 2014-09-26 00:00:00Z 0
Did you know that Rotary International offers matching grants?  Joe and several others from our club attended a workshop to learn more.  This is a great way to stretch our funds for good causes.  Come next week with ideas about projects we can use for grant requests.
Grants 2014-09-26 00:00:00Z 0
Joe presented certificates of appreciation to all of the Harbor Hounds volunteers.  Sign up to help next year ... these certificates are pretty cool!
Joe Appreciates His Volunteers 2014-09-26 00:00:00Z 0
Jeni Woock told us about all of the things her Communications Committee is doing.  Want to help?  Just let Jeni know and she'll put you to work.
Communications is Key 2014-09-26 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Exchange Orientation 2014-09-22 00:00:00Z 0
Cheri thanked everyone who helped put together the Backpacks for Kids.  The need is huge, and the supplies will really be appreciated!  Great job, everyone!  Thanks, Cheri, for all you did to coordinate the effort.
Backpacks for Kids 2014-09-22 00:00:00Z 0
We hated to do it, but we had to say good-bye to Sidney!  He's been in our Club since day one.  Come visit us often, Sidney.  We're going to miss you!
Good-Bye Sidney 2014-09-22 00:00:00Z 0
Marie is a great addition to our Club.  We are sure enjoying hearing about how she's settling in at high school here in the states.

Marie is a Great Addition 2014-09-17 00:00:00Z 0
Joe Flach is King of the Hounds 2014-09-17 00:00:00Z 0
Thank you to all of our wonderful Rotarian volunteers who made Harbor Hounds a success!  You were dog-gone great!!!
Volunteers at Harbor Hounds 2014-09-17 00:00:00Z 0
Rana at Harbor Hounds 2014-09-17 00:00:00Z 0
We had a great time stuffing Wag Bags for Harbor Hounds during our Rotary Club meeting this week.  We are ready for a Harbor filled with Happy Dogs this Saturday!
Wag Bags 2014-09-11 00:00:00Z 0
Did you know that Race For a Soldier was created by our speaker, a mother to honor the suicide of her returning soldier son. Caring for our service members continues when they return home
Race For a Soldier 2014-08-28 00:00:00Z 0
Harbor Hounds is coming on Sept 13. Thank you for sharing this Facebook post with all your dog owner friends!!!
Harbor Hounds 2014-08-28 00:00:00Z 0
Howard was grateful for Phil this week. Every week a Midday Rotarian is grateful for another Rotarian in our club. A wonderful opportunity to appreciate the specialness of others.
Grateful 2014-08-28 00:00:00Z 0
The beautiful blond in the middle is Marie, our German exchange student. Our beautiful President Mary and our beautiful red head, Sherri. 3 happy Rotarians enjoying American's pass time!!
Marie, our German exchange student 2014-08-28 00:00:00Z 0
Midday Rotary, and George, did a great job this week for Food or Five. Yep, cans of food and $100.00 for a local food bank. Step up, be part of helping at Midday Rotary, Tuesdays, Anthony's, 12 noon. Thanks for sharing!!
Food or Five 2014-08-28 00:00:00Z 0
Mary wants to remind every of Lorraine ' s celebration. Sat 23rd at 12:30 at Anthonys. Party in style for our hostess.
Lorraine ' s celebration 2014-08-28 00:00:00Z 0
Our speaker on Tuesday was Dawn Shaw. Her book "Facing up to it. Living from the inside out". Dawn is a living example of patience and kindness and beauty.
Dawn Shaw "Facing up to it" 2014-08-22 00:00:00Z 0
Marni is grateful for Howard. Howard was very instrumental in Marni joining Midday Rotary. Come for a visit..meet Howard. Tuesdays, Anthonys, 12 noon!!
Marni is grateful for Howard 2014-08-20 00:00:00Z 0
Marie exchange student from Germany, 2014-08-20 00:00:00Z 0
Welcome Marie Rotary Younth Exchange Student 2014-08-18 00:00:00Z 0
Laureen Lund was our great Midday Rotary speaker. The topic, of course, FABULOUS, FIFTY and HAPPY! Thank you for a fun presentation! 
Laureen Lund 2014-08-13 00:00:00Z 0
Pat is grateful for the Rotarian spirit in Marni. Midday is grateful for both these ladies!!
Grateful 2014-08-13 00:00:00Z 0
Ok. Howard may not be quite as beautiful as Mary. He is a fine dude, stepping in for President Mary,reminding us of Rotary Night at Cheney Stadium on Aug 21. Your $10.50 is due this Friday!
Rotary Night at Cheney Stadium 2014-08-13 00:00:00Z 0
Sept 13 is Harbor Hounds. Everybody get ready to help! Spread the word!
2014 Harbor Hounds 2014-08-13 00:00:00Z 0
Midday Rotary was happy to welcome Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney, Mark Lundquist, for our noon speaker.
Mark Lundquist 2014-07-30 00:00:00Z 0
It was a happy buck day today remembering our special Lorraine Green. So many ways she cared for her Rotary friends. Aug 23, 12:30 - 3:30, Anthony's will be a special time to gather with her friends and family to celebrate Lorraine ' s life, well lived. Who's wearing the spikes?
Lorrain Green 2014-07-30 00:00:00Z 0
Howard wants to remind you of the ribbon cutting at the Skansie House, Wednesday July 30, 12 noon - 1PM This is celebrate Harbor Wildwatch and the Tourist center moving in. Keeping our fingers crossed to keep out the sewer.
Skansie House 2014-07-30 00:00:00Z 0
Everyone is having a great time with this gratitude year! George is grateful for Cheri and her 10 years of Rotary dedication!!
gratitude year! 2014-07-30 00:00:00Z 0
Thanks to President Mary for reminding us of the Club's German exchange student arriving on Aug 17. And, Let's all remember to stop by National Night at the Civic Center on Aug 5 4pm
President Mary 2014-07-23 00:00:00Z 0
Welcome to Midday Rotary ' s two newest members, Barbara and Nathan! Welcome! We meet every Tuesday at noon at Anthony's. Come find out how to be a member. "Service above self". The Rotary motto. Jeni stood in for Laura, as Barbara ' s sponsor. Bob was Nathan ' s sponsor. John presided over the induction and two new members ready to volunteer!!
2 newest members 2014-07-23 00:00:00Z 0
Andy shared a little "gratitude" with George today. Midday Rotary is grateful to have both of you as members!
gratitude 2014-07-23 00:00:00Z 0
CONGRATULATIONS to Cheri for 10 amazing Golferitavilles. Just one way Midday Rotary raises money to give to those in need!
CONGRATULATIONS to Cheri 2014-07-23 00:00:00Z 0
Our speaker at Midday Rotary was Meisha Rouse who showed us it is better to take out the but and put in the and.
Meisha Rouse 2014-07-23 00:00:00Z 0
Golferitaville 2014 Howard Svigals 2014-07-20 00:00:00Z 0
Golferitaville 2014-07-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dave Stave on Jun 28, 2014

Mary Gorman takes helm of Midday Club


                                 Geoff and Mary Gorman

By Dave Stave

Welcome, Mary Gorman, as our new Gig Harbor Midday Rotary Club president!

Mary will officially become the leader of the club for 2014-15 at an Installation Fiesta planned for Tuesday (July 1) at 6:30 p.m. at the Heritage Distillery, 3207 57th St. Ct. NW (next to the Inn at Gig Harbor).

And now … as has been the custom of outgoing president Joe Urvina at club meetings, “two truths and a lie” about a Rotarian: Mary Gorman ...

  1. Mary’s husband's name is Geoff, and it is not spelled in the more traditional ways: Jeff or Jeffrey.

  2. Mary has sold real estate for the past nine years.

  3. Mary is a native of Washington state.

And, now, which one of the three is the lie? Actually all three are true. Sorry about that, Joe!

Mary attended her first Midday Club meeting about seven years ago after being invited by Jen Kilmer (wife of current U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer, D-Wash.).

“I happened upon a Denny Wilford presentation on my first visit and was obviously impressed with the capacity to do good with a large, influential organization like Rotary,” Gorman said. Wilford, a Midday Club member, has been active in Rotary International projects, including supporting Polio Plus in Ethiopia and other parts of Africa.

Gorman: her early years in the club

Gorman recalls her first experiences as a member of the club.

“Our president, Ray Sanders, had me selling raffle tickets the first week I was inducted. It was a bit intimidating, but a great way to meet people in the club,” she said.

“Shortly thereafter, he asked me to head the Rotary Foundation for the club. He said it was a one-year commitment, but soon admitted it was for more than two years (Ray was a sneaky guy …). I also worked as the adviser to the Interact Club (for Gig Harbor High School students) from 2010(ish)-2013, which I thoroughly enjoyed. I was membership chair for a year or two as well.” 

Gorman said she met her husband-to-be Geoff while both were attending the University of Washington. The couple will be married 30 years in  November and have two children, Cole, 27, and Max, 23.

Career in real estate

Gorman is a RE/MAX professionals Realtor.

“I’ve been with RE/MAX since I started in real estate in 2005,” she said. “Being self-employed has given me the freedom to balance work and community, a life-long goal.” 

Prior to joining RE/MAX, Gorman worked for a number of companies, primarily in human resources, such as BF Goodrich Aerospace, StairMaster and Milgard Windows. 

Gorman said leadership development became her passion in her final years at BF Goodrich, and again at StairMaster and eventually Milgard.  “I was especially proud of a year-long leadership program I helped develop and teach for the lead and supervisory level at Milgard,” she said. “People in these roles were hungry for leadership skills, and we saw a marked difference in their abilities throughout the year, as well as concrete results for the company.”

What does Gorman enjoy most about her work for RE/MAX?

“Besides the freedom to manage my own day, I thoroughly enjoy meeting and getting to know my clients fairly intimately. Buying a home is a serious business decision, but certainly the emotional connection of a home plays a major role,” Gorman said.

“I feel like my job is to help my clients weigh their emotions toward a home against the true assessment of its market value. That can be a challenging process, and often I find myself getting quite close to many clients. Many have become very good friends -- including at least one who joined our club!”

Gorman was born and raised in South Seattle and graduated from Renton High School. “I’m proud to be a Washington state native,” she said.

Husband Geoff owns two FedEx Ground routes.

“Yes, the green and purple guys are franchised,” Mary Gorman said. “He started this when we moved to Gig Harbor. Prior to that he was in the technology boom and bust of the 1980s. Moving to Gig Harbor and changing lifestyles was a very deliberate decision.” 

She and Geoff bought their house in Rosedale when they moved to the community in early 2002.

Objectives in mind

What are Gorman’s goals as club president in 2014-15?

“First, I want to emphasize ‘gratitude,’ ” she said. “We have a lot to be thankful for as a club and as individuals. The exercise of stopping and giving thanks regularly will only strengthen our ability to do more good.

“Second, I’d like to facilitate members being involved in programs or roles that increase the meaningfulness of Rotary to them personally. This manifests differently for each member, but I firmly believe Rotary is a wonderful organization and want everyone to feel that connection.

“Third, our club is positioned to grow … grow with the number and type of projects we take on. Grow with the number of dollars we are able to commit. Grow in having an impact on programs we care about,” she said.

Members finding their own “sweet spot”

What will Gorman’s greatest satisfaction be in serving as the club’s president? She said many good things have already happened in the club.

“I think we are really starting to rock as a club," she said. "We’ve been through the development years, the lean years of the recession, and now we are into the performing years of a maturing club.

“I hope we look back this time next year and see that we’ve continued to grow in our existing fund-raisers and programs, but also have explored new projects," she said.

“We have ended this year with a little money in the bank. This is a wonderful opportunity to take the plunge and see how else we can serve our community, make an impact on the world, model for our youth … and have a little fun along the way.”     

Gorman said she “hopes that everyone (in the club) finds their own “sweet spot” for involvement. For some that may be running a major project. For others, it may be serving in a leadership role. For others, it may be stepping outside their comfort zone and being involved with a couple of specific events. Rotary provides so many opportunities to contribute for every person at every point in their lives,” she added.

Reading and watching movies

So what does Gorman enjoy doing in her spare time?

“I like to read and I belong a great book club. I enjoy traveling and wish I could do more. And give me a good glass of wine … I’m a happy girl. The three combined is heaven to me,” she said.

Gorman said her favorite pastime is “sneaking off to the movies,” particularly the lesser known films typically shown at The Grand Cinema in Tacoma. 

“If I finish my work early on a weekday, it is not uncommon for me to check the schedule and jet over to Tacoma for an afternoon movie. I’m often one of only a dozen people in the theater. As a member I pay $4.50 for the show, and the popcorn is free. You can’t beat that!” 

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Posted by Dave Stave on Jun 25, 2013


Image Joe Urvina

Urvina takes helm of Midday Club

The Gig Harbor Midday Rotary Club’s new president doesn’t have any trouble deciding how he will spend his weekends. It’s family first.

“My weekends primarily revolve around my family, and I wouldn’t have it any other way,” said Joe Urvina. “I do like to golf when I can get away and attend local sporting events.”

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Posted by Dave Stave on May 20, 2013


Surayia Rahman tapestry: "The Colonial Times"

A Gig Harbor couple was so inspired by a woman in Bangladesh who helped give women a lift in life through tapestries that they are producing a documentary film about her.

Cathy Stevulak and Leonard Hill spoke to the Midday Rotary Club on Tuesday, May 21, about the legacy that Surayia Rahman has left in Bangladesh, a heavily populated country on India's east border.

Stevulak and Hill explained that Bangladesh has 160 million people in an area much smaller than Washington state. The film, now being produced, shows how the work of Rahman helped inspire women to produce detailed, artistic tapestries that tell a story. First, the design is traced on the cloth, and then the women stitch the designs.

Rahman was a self-trained  artist who guided hundreds of underprivileged women in Bangladesh to create masterworks. The embroidered nakshi kantha tapestries have been given to dignitaries and are admired in collections throughout the world.

Prior to the early 1980s, there were not many work opportunities for the women of Bangladesh, Stevulak said. The garment industry has expanded widely since then, getting women out of the house and into the work force. The artisan industry also has given women a boost.

For more information on Stevulak and Hill’s effort to honor Rahman with the film, see their Website at: http://kanthathreads.com/

In another matter at Tuesday’s meeting, Midday President Scott Bush asked Rotarians for a show of hands on those planning to golf in Golferitaville on July 19 or put together teams. Several hands were raised. He also urged more sponsorships for the annual Midday  Club-sponsored event and donations of raffle prizes. The suggestion was made to go door-to-door to Gig Harbor businesses requesting prizes.


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Posted by Howard Svigals on Oct 15, 2012

Mark Hoppen received his second Paul Harris Fellow award pin.  Mark using quarterly payments has now contributed $2,000 to the Rotary International Foundation.

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Posted by Dave Stave on Jul 08, 2012

Scott Bush

Bush shares California roots
with club's past president

Like his predecessor, Scott Bush, the Gig Harbor Midday Club’s new president, came from Southern California.

But unlike Ralph Flick,  who moved from the Los Angeles area with his family to Gig Harbor as an adult and recently wrapped up his year as club president, Bush arrived in the community as a youngster.

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Posted by Dave Stave on Jun 23, 2012

Midday Club celebrates
10 years of fun, service

The Gig Harbor Midday Rotary Club got its start 10 years ago but not without some controversy within the organizing club.

The idea for a new club was born in the large Gig Harbor Rotary Club, which meets on Friday mornings. The idea of a noon club had been discussed for some time, but not everyone in the morning club agree. Finally, two groups were set up to debate the idea in front of the members.

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Posted by Dave Stave on Apr 19, 2012
Habitat's first volunteer
speaks to club April 24

The Gig Harbor Midday Rotary Club will have an unparalleled opportunity to hear the first volunteer for Habitat for Humanity speak at its meeting Tuesday (April 24).

The luncheon, featuring Clive Rainey, begins at noon at Anthony’s Homeport restaurant on North Harborview Drive,Gig Harbor. Members are encouraged to invite friends, other Rotarians and former members of the Midday Club to hear Rainey discuss how Habitat for Humanity has for 35 years helped provide simple, decent and affordable housing for those who need it.

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Posted by Dave Stave on Dec 04, 2011

Click to enlarge photo: Denny Wilford pulled a shovel full of dirt from the ground as Rotarians watched. (For more photos of the event see the “Denny groundbreaking” photo journal on the top left corner of the Midday Club’s Web page: http://www.clubrunner.ca/Portal/Home.aspx?cid=793 .)


Amid tears, ground broken
for children's therapy pool
 Hardly a dry eye could be seen during the groundbreaking ceremony for the therapy pool at Cheshire House, a residential treatment center for children with polio in Ethiopia.

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Posted by Dave Stave on Oct 24, 2011

Club lands at home port
after debating location

The Gig Harbor Midday Rotary Club set sail this summer to look for a possible new meeting location, but has decided to return to the home port.

The board of directors agreed Oct. 4 to follow the members’ recommendation and stay at Anthony’s restaurant on the harbor, the club’s meeting site for most of its 91/2 years.

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Posted by Dave Stave on Jun 27, 2011
Flick trades camera for podium
as club’s president for
The man who was behind the lens, snapping photos at Midday Rotary Club meetings for the past couple of years, soon will be behind the podium.
Ralph Flick will be installed as the club’s president at a dinner Thursday for members and guests. The event begins at 6 p.m. at the Gig Harbor Golf and Country Club. Flick will replace audiologist Laura Day, who led the club in 2010-11.
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Posted by Dave Stave on May 29, 2011

Hoppen focuses on youth
as New Generations chair

Mark Hoppen, a charter member of the Gig Harbor Midday Rotary Club since 2002, is thinking much these days about how Rotary clubs impact the lives of young people.

Hoppen, who served as the Midday Club’s president in 2007-08, is focusing his attention on youth as the newly appointed Rotary District 5020 New Generations chairman.


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Posted by Dave Stave on Apr 29, 2011

Club members, families
work to spruce up park

Gig Harbor Midday Rotary Club members and their families put the Rotary motto, “Service Above Self,” ahead of other Saturday plans when they joined with other community members for Parks Appreciation Day at Grandview Forest Park.

Photo by Laura Day / See more photographs in Parks Appreciation Day photo journal (upper right).

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Posted by Dave Stave on Apr 29, 2011

Rotary showers citizens

with praise, Star Awards

Photo: 2011 Rotary Star of the Year Awards went to (from left) Wade and Beth Perrow, Karen Jorgenson, and Mary Kenney (who was unable to attend but was represented at the dinner by her son Ted). Pete Taylor (at right) of Rotary District 5020 participated in the awards presentation. (Click on photo to enlarge.)

Four Gig Harbor-area residents, providing bright examples of community service, were honored by Gig Harbor's three Rotary Clubs at the Star of the Year Awards dinner on Friday, Feb. 4.

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Posted by Dave Stave on Jul 05, 2010
Laura Day hears call to serve
world, club as new president
Listen up. An audiologist is stepping in to become president of the Gig Harbor Midday Rotary Club today (Tuesday). And a doctor will be in the house.
Laura Day, who holds a doctorate in audiology, has been in practice helping people with their hearing issues for 23 years. For the past 12, she has owned her own practice, Harbor Audiology and Hearing Services in Gig Harbor, and has had a Tacoma office since 2008. She will be installed as the club’s president today.
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Posted by Dave Stave on Dec 21, 2005
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Midday Rotarians work and work and give and give and Nancy never slows down!! Congratulations to our Nancy, midday Rotarian of the Year! Thank you for all you do!!


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Congratulations to Lonna as Joe awards her the Rotary Rising Star Award. Yepee and congratulations!


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Madame President Mary. Has a nice ring to it , don't you think? Meeting 1! Well done!


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Marni' s been out Flaminking!


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Peaceful transition of power. ...  Out with old....great work Joe and in with the new. ..go get them, New President Mary!


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Welcome CathrynImage Cummings, newest Gig Harbor Midday Rotary member! Cathryn is our 12th new member in the Rotary Year.

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Kevin advisor for GHHS Interact arrived and presented Denny with a check for his Foundation. The money raised in the annual car wash by the interact students.Did you know that you can vaccinate a child against polio for $0.50 each. This check will vaccinate many kids thanks to Gig Harbor Rotary Interact kids!!


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Meet Debra Ross, History Museum Trustee President. Debra got Flaminked last weekend and she was pretty happy about it! Who will be Flaminked this weekend?


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Happy to be at the Harbor History Museum today. Happier to present a $5,000.00 check to Debra Ross, Trustee President and Ted Smith, Executive Director!  This completes a five year $25,000 commitment to the Museum.


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Jody, from Mary Bridge, visited to let us know how funds from The Courage Classic make a difference to children! John wants us to be involved. You can too!!



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Midday Rotary and Harbor Hounds presents a check to the Prison Pet Partnership program. This is an important program for people and pets. Congratulations!!


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Come with us...June 24, noon at the Gig Harbor History Museum to present our last major donation to the Gig Harbor History Museum. Celebrate with us...many more years of love and honor for our Historical Heritage in Gig Harbor!!!!! Reservations neededImage

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Congratulations to the Gig Harbor Midday Rotary for another win in the Maritime Parade..yes, for the Best Animal Themed Float...or would that be floaters...2 Years in a row...Midday Rotary supports our community and has FUN!!!!!

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Congratulations to Tori for being the Interact Scholarship winner in 2014. Tori will be attending the American University in the other Washington.

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Gig Harbor Midday Rotary is all about making the world a better place, with a contribution to Healing the Children. Mike from Healing The Children tells us about children in Guatemala who cannot learn because they cannot hear!

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A very happy flamingo Birthday to President Joe, Midday Rotary!!!


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Each year the Purdy Women's Prison releases about 500 women. 2 out of 3 return. The Rotary Prison Program is helping to reduce that number. There are apprenticeships, internships, re entry employment training, pen pals, mentoring and a scholarship fund, as Gunda explains. Come and help us with this project. Anthony's  noon, Tuesdays.


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Happy to announce the engagement of Catherine Cumming and Gig Harbor Midday Rotary!


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JulyImage 1, 2014....put it on your calendar, cause it is going to be a celebration and Midday Rotary Installation!!



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Better get your tickets...cause they sell out! July 26th. Wine and Food Festival. Beverly Glen thanks Gig Harbor Midday Rotary for partnering with Downtown Waterfront Alliance and local Rotarys for a fun event


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Danny, who is the Director for the 2015 US Open at Chambers Bay, shared his very interesting stories about the major golf tournament.  He moved to Gig Harbor with his wife and now two young children to manage all aspects of the tournament.  A record email signup for volunteers was very quickly oversubscribed, the course changes have been made, and transportation and housing plans are all in progress. We all learned Danny’s new found love for the Northwest and his hard work to make a great US Open the area can be proud of. 

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Kym was inducted as a new club member by Past President Laura Day Moran.  Kym is a Mortgage Advisor with Alpine Mortgage Planning and has interests in golf and dogs, a perfect match for the club’s fundraising activities.  Howard announced that Kym became the eleventh new club member this Rotary year.

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Dressed in a wig and shades, Ralph announced the theme for Harbor Hounds in the June 7th Gig Harbor Maritime Parade, Hound Dog One.  Ralph had a great video showing his car decorated as a hound dog. In his best Elvis impression he is looking for volunteers to help in decorating the car and marching in the parade in theme costumes.

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President Joe welcomed all the club members and guests.  Two future Rotarians were at lunch due to their schools Spring break, Spenser Flack and Noah Flick.  Joe asked members to make a visit to Loraine who is still home recovering.  She is loved and missed by all.

Upcoming Social events

Scott announced he is working on a May 21st or 22nd social event at a cooking place to have a cooking lesson, cook a meal and possibly an Iron Chef competition.  Before the end of April a Harbor History Museum event will be planned for an evening when we will present our last annual check.  June’s event will be a trip to Emerald Downs and July will be the Golferitaville event. 


John and Lonna gave their weekly pep talk to encourage members to get sponsors and prizes for the event.  Several new stickers are on the board showing members who have made contributions.  John awarded a sleeve of pink golf balls to the winner of his Master Trivia questions.  It ended in a three way tie as he ran out of questions.

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes

The donations are up to a whopping $1,385.  Joe announced that at the $2,000 level the guys will also put on lipstick, in addition to wearing skirts and women’s shoes for the mile walk.  Our weekly meeting restaurant, Anthony’s, contributed two dinners for two which were auctioned off to members raising $160 for the worthwhile cause. 

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Pennye Nixon-West, Executive Director, Etta Projects was today’s speaker. The Etta Project was created in 2003 to honor the life and humanitarian concerns of Etta Turner. Etta was a Rotary exchange student in Bolivia, where she died in a bus accident. See http://www.ettaprojects.org/honoring-etta.aspx for more about her life.  The mission of the Etta Projects is to partner with Bolivian communities to implement sustainable solutions to the challenges of poverty, while educating and inspiring North Americans to act for positive change, all in honor of Etta Turner. 

Our Rotary Club was one of the initial supporters of the non-profit and continues to support it annually. Their projects are guided by the needs and interests of local community members. They believe the best way to address the circumstances of poverty is to provide a forum for communities to identify their own problems and set priorities. The goal is to forge relationships that remain available to each community long after a project is concluded. Combining the resources and expertise of local governments, like-minded NGOs, and the community, they work together to develop creative solutions. Penny showed the club one of these solutions in a sustainable toilet.  Poor sanitation is one of the major causes of health problems.  

Pennye thanked the club for past donations and showed pictures of the water systems we supported.  The club presented her a check for another $500 to support the many very worthwhile Etta Projects.


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Three student members of the Gig Harbor High School Interact club came to lunch today to share with us the experiences they received at RYLA and to thank us for sponsoring them. RYLA is a leadership program coordinated by Rotary Clubs across the globe. Each year, thousands of young people participate in this program. Young people are sponsored by Rotary Clubs to attend the event which is run by the clubs’ District. Participants are chosen for their leadership potential. Rotary Clubs and the Rotary District cover all expenses for the participants. Siri Mayo, Sarah Harper and Lindsey Madsen each told us their favorite part of RYLA. They told us that the leadership lessons were great and that they learned the necessity of working together.They had the opportunity to listen to several impressive motivational speakers and said the group activities were outstanding. The students felt it was the best experience they ever had and thanked the club for the opportunity to attend.

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Money donated for three club members, Joe Flach, Joe Urvina and Clyde McDade to Walk a Mile in Her Shoes is now in excess of $1,000. At this level the trio committed to also wearing a skirt.  In an attempt to get more money donated they will create another benchmark and wear an additional woman’s item if the new level is exceeded.  Great job guys, and thank you for supporting such a great cause!  To donate see http://www.firstgiving.com/team/261335

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President Joe welcomed the members and many guests and then waited for the room to settle down as there was much chatter.

With the conclusion of the college basketball Final Four, Joe announced that the winner of the first annual March Madness Brackets to End Polio was Tim Polen, business partner of Scott Bush. Tim was at lunch celebrating his win and also his birthday.  Ashley, a club member, was runner up in the tournament, only one point behind Tim.  In last place, and not present for presentation of the last place trophy, was Denny.

New member, Marin White, was the volunteer for two truths and a lie.  We learned she has three children ages 16, 12 and 5 and began her career in banking as a bank teller and within a year and four months became a branch manager.  The lie was that she had only skydived two times and not the three she said, followed-up by her comment, only two times “so far”.

The new PR/Communications Committee will meet next week for a half hour after lunch.  All interested members are welcome to attend to discuss Facebook, ClubRunner and other external communications from the club.

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Lonna gave a very humorous classification talk including several props to tell her story.  She began with a picture of Lana Turner who was said to have said  she would have preferred to be called Lonna, and that is why her parents  named her Lonna. Holding up the DVD Napoleon Dynamite she said the movie was her childhood growing up in the rural town of Preston, Idaho. The movie was in fact written and directed by her second cousins.  Next holding up a russet potato she said they were a big part of her life as her high school mascot was the Russet Potatoes and she was at one point Miss Russet Potato. The FAA held the big dance each year and the competing high school’s mascot was the Sugar Beets.  Drawing laughter, she took off her sweater to show she was wearing her Dad’s bowling shirt.  In Preston when she grew up, the bowling alley and watching high school football were the major activities in the town.

Lonna went to the University of Washington, majoring in microbiology, and worked for a lab company that competed with her husband’s, forcing her to leave and establish her own lab company which she still runs today and which does not compete with her husband’s company.  She came to her marriage with two children and her husband had two children from a prior marriage and they have one child together.  In Shoreline, where she lived prior to Gig Harbor, she was president of the PTA and involved in many activities around her children.  On top of running her lab company which does work to certify that dental office equipment is sterile, she is a serious knitter showing us a very fancy glove she knitted.  Lonna has already become very active in the club with a great sense of humor and is a pleasure to work with. Thanks for joining the Midday club.

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Elisabeth was born and lived in Hungary through high school, with two brothers and parents who were pediatricians. After high school she moved to Sweden for several years before immigrating to New York for a few years where she would work doing facials. Next she moved to LA where she had relatives and there had her twin girls. She and her husband, who works in construction, chose to move to small Gig Harbor to raise their daughters. Elisabeth loves to brag about her daughters who are juniors, great students and love sports at Gig Harbor High School.  Her father was in Rotary in Hungary when she was growing up where community service was not the norm as it is in America today. Being in Gig Harbor for over 20 years she is happy to join Rotary and be part of the community.  Elisabeth is great to have as a club member and she is actively stepping up to host our incoming exchange student.

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President-elect, Mary Gorman, stood in for President Joe today who was home with two sick children with his wife out of town.  Mary welcomed all to the meeting and led a “Happy Clap” for the large number of guests visiting today.  As it was the first of the month, she named members’ and spouses’ birthdays and anniversaries for the month of April.  When naming Rotary anniversaries more than a handful of members will celebrate their twelfth year with the Club in April, going back to the Club’s Charter members. 

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Brad and Steph Gerards of Tillamook, Oregon, spoke today at the Rotary Club of Gig Harbor Midday on how they came to adopt their baby, Eve, 3 years ago from Ethiopia and how they plan to move to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, this summer to make a difference in the lives of the people there.  Brad, who is the son of club member Dave Stave’s good friends, will teach high school business courses at the Bingham Academy and Steph will be Mom to their children while helping Ethiopian mothers become self-sufficient so they don't have to turn their babies over to orphanages.  Founded in 1946, Bingham Academy is an international Christian school located in the capital of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa. Their vision is to provide quality Christian education within a multicultural community, developing students of integrity who can change the world for God’s glory.

They told a heartwarming story of the adoption of their daughter and the love they found for Ethiopia and the people there.  The showed us a Coke bottle with the label in Amharic, one of the 70 languages spoken in Ethiopia - and the primary language in Addis Ababa and for doing business.  It is a syllabic language and each character of the written language corresponds to a syllable.

The Gerards came to the club asking for onetime and monthly support under the SIM mission. SIM in the past stood for the “Society for International Ministries.”  Online donations can be made at https://web.simusa.org/give/index.php?FundID=040410-001&LNme=Gerards&Dsg=Support

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Today Lonna along with John Burges did a great job kicking off the club’s July 22nd fundraiser. They challenged the club members to actively participate by signing up two Sponsors, three prizes and one team.  Lonna displayed a large sign board that shows each club member’s name along with a place to put a colored dot when one of the goals is achieved for each member.  Success by all will significantly grow the net proceeds from the event.  

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Joe opened the meeting thankful the past weekend was sunny, that he had the first barbeque of the season and that the rain waited until Monday this week. The two truths and a lie were from Julia Runyan. We learned she was born and raised in Gig Harbor and went to WSU on a vocal Scholarship. The lie was that she has been in the real estate business 25 years, not the 15 she lied about.

Joe read an update from Gabby back in Chile.  She is doing well and involved in her senior year in High School, recently getting her drivers license. I know the club misses her. 

Cindy Flach, Joe’s wife, was leading in the March Madness Brackets to Stop Polio. Joe noted that she often does well in the pools although she does not watch basketball. The club raised about $100 for Rotary Polio Plus.

To date, $805 has been donated to the “walk in my shoes”. The three male walkers have committed to walk in ladies shoes and a skirt if $1,000 is raised before the April 26th Walk.

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Amy Long, a close associate of Nancy Rimel, and a mother of a young daughter with Juvenile Diabetes, shared a touching story about dealing with her five year old daughter, Megan, who has the autoimmune disease. Type 1 diabetes occurs when the body's own immune system destroys the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas.  Amy is raising money via "Megan's Team," at the South Sound 2014 Walk to Cure Diabetes, May 10, 9-12:00 at Cheney Stadium in Tacoma, WA.  It is a stroller friendly walk that starts and ends at Cheney Stadium.  The Rotary Club of Gig Harbor Midday passed the basket and collected nearly $113 and sold 19 loaves of bread totaling $190 to support the cause.  You can join the walk or make further contributions to her walking team via the web site http://www2.jdrf.org/goto/mteam.

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Mike Curto, the radio play-by-play announcer for the Tacoma Rainiers since 1999, was our speaker this week. Prior to joining the Rainiers, Curto served as the play-by-play announcer for the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes of the California League, the Bend (OR) Bandits of the Western Baseball League, and the Lafayette (IN) Leopards of the Great Central League.  Mike was very entertaining and gave us some insight into working with the Mariners AAA farm team including the ins and outs of ballplayers being called up and sent down.

The Tacoma Rainiers play in the 16 team Pacific Coast league that includes the Nashville Sounds, located nowhere near the Pacific coast. The Rainiers’ roster includes the second best 25 players, whereas the best 25 play for the major league affiliate Mariners. Mike told us about the new trend of players picking their own music to be played as they walk up to home plate to hit. The season opens on April 3rd, and 144 games are played during the season.

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A few men from the Rotary Club of Gig Harbor Midday, these guys, are signed up to walk in the upcoming "Walk A Mile in Her Shoes" fundraiser for a Sexual Abuse Shelter in Tacoma. The deal is, if the team raises $1,000 or more, the men will not only walk in her shoes, but will also don her skirt!!! There will be pictures!! If you would like to donate to this cause while also embarrassing the heck out of some of our Rotarians, you can do so through the following link. Thank you for your support. This is a serious cause, but a fun event for raising funds and raising awareness. Thank you.  http://www.firstgiving.com/team/261335

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Joe welcomed the club making note of the sunny day yesterday, Monday, after a wet weekend. Two truths and a lie this week was Jannae Mitton. We learned she had eaten monkey that was shot the same day and she was stuck in a canoe overnight in a river surrounded by hippos.  But she lied about being surrounded by a pack of wild boars. Jannae had gone to get the camera when her colleagues where surrounded.  These adventures happened while in the Peace Corps and during a college trip to Peru.

Lonna announced that with the arrival of spring next week, planning for Golferitaville will kick into full gear.   

Youth Service Scholarships

Nancy informed the club of the upcoming meeting to review student backgrounds from the three local high schools to determine who will receive the club’s annual scholarships. Members are asked to volunteer to help in the review process.  See Nancy for more information.

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In order to step-up the total proceeds the Club generates from Golferitaville, Cheri created a Helicopter Golf Ball Drop raffle. Howard presented the club with the budget for such an event, which would require, on average, each Club Member sell fifty $10 tickets. This level of raffle sales would net the club in excess of $11 to be used for our various charities. But if the members on average sold less than 30 tickets, the club could lose money on the event. Howard was trying to get buy in from the membership as to their willingnessss to commit to selling 50 tickets. Only 16 of about 30 members present at today’s lunch meeting made a commitment. Not a very strong buy in.  A new budget will be created to see if the golf ball drop can be successful with a lower commitment.

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Jeff Fong, a childhood friend of Mary and who indirectly introduced her to her husband gave us an excellent presentation on being a better photographer. Jeff began with a slide show of some his recent photos which were all great. Jeff taught us amateurs how to take decent photos. Jeff’s entertaining and informative presentation gave us hints on taking better pictures even if you take them with an SLR or point and shoot camera or a cell phone camera.  We learned about proper lighting, the rule of thirds, use of a grid, composition of the picture and getting down to the level of pets or children.  See his web site http://www.jeffreyfong.com for services he provides and his immersion trips. Thank you Jeff for the excellent presentation and the gifts he provide to a couple of members who provided business cards to him. 

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Scott announced that the club will have a bowling night and social at Towers Lanes in Tacoma from 6PM to 8PM. The cost will be $15 and all are invited to bowl or just watch.  The price includes a Taco Bar. Friends, family, and potential Rotarians are invited but we do have limited capacity so please RSVP ASAP!


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Mary’s friend, Jo Jensen, reintroduced the club to the "Walk a Mile in HER Shoes" fundraiser for Rebuilding Hope, the Sexual Assault Center for Pierce County. Five hands went up to walk for this very worthy cause. Sexual assault is not a topic that people want to talk about, let alone raise money for. Hats off to the gentlemen who care enough to offer support to women and children who have been damaged. Mary will use these numbers to challenge the other area Rotary Clubs to also participate in the walk. 

So, for Joe, Phil, Dick, Clyde, Scott....and anyone else who wants to sign up, this is the website where you can register:  www.sexualassaultcenter.com.  Joe registered and made a team page for The Rotary Club of Gig Harbor - Midday.  Feel free to join this team to get a running tally for all of us. Thanks.

Anyone wishing to donate can do so through Joe’s web page or one of our other members, once they register.  Anyone should be able to look on the team page to find anyone else who joins this team. https://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/JoeFlach/walk-a-mile-in-her-shoes-2014/team. There is no registration fee if you raise a minimum of $35, so I imagine that will be a goal most of you can easily achieve.  For the members who aren't walking, we can support "our guys" by responding to their email and Facebook requests. Let's fill their pumps with pledges!  It will be fun to go to the WA State History Museum to cheer on our team.  

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For club members who want to meet for breakfast, we will do so at Harvesters at 8am. Otherwise, we will meet at the Park and Ride on Kimball Drive. It will take about an hour if we get a good turnout.  Adult family members are welcome to pitch in but please no children.  Bring gloves. All the other equipment is supplied by the town. Thank you Jannae Mitton for making all of the arrangements.

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Twenty-one food items and fifty dollars were collected this month and taken to the Key Peninsula Food Bank by George. Thanks to all for your contributions.


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Howard inducted our ninth and tenth new members of the Rotary year. Carol was re-inducted, being a prior member, and was happy to return to membership and again be involved with the club. Marin is the Pioneer Street branch manager of Kitsap Bank in Gig Harbor and was sponsored for membership by Marilyn Hoppen. Marin, who is very active with her church, is excited about being involved in Rotary’s community service.  With the addition of these two members the club total membership grows to 50.  Thank you both for joining our club and receiving the new “Happy Clap”. 

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Join the Rotary Club of Gig Harbor Midday’s March Madness Brackets to End Polio. Donate $5 to End Polio Now for each Bracket you want to enter on the web site http://y.ahoo.it/dOsspobN.  This is not gambling and no money will be awarded.  100% of the money donated will go to End Polio Now.  The winner will get a trophy and earn bragging rights. The Yahoo brackets can also be used to enter on your own the Quicken Loan Billion Dollar Bracket Challenge to win $1 billion, (yes with a B), if your brackets  are 100% correct.

You can enter as many brackets as you want, please donate your $5 for each bracket entered at a Rotary Club of Gig Harbor Midday meeting before the Deadline. March 16th teams will be announced and the DEADLINE for submitting brackets is March 19th 10PM.  You do not need to wait until March 16th to sign up, if you sign up now you will get an email messages when the brackets are ready.

Have FUN and help end Polio.

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Today’s program was a club assembly where the membership meets in three key committees to help allocated the discretionary club money assigned to each committee. The Community Service, International and Youth committees spent the time discussing the best use of the extra funds each group benefited from due to the favorable result of the clubs fund raising events this past year.  Active involvement was heard from all the committees.


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President Joe began with the two truths and a lie from Mary Gorman.  We learned that Mary was a basketball announcer and had lunch will Bill Clinton, although the lunch was with some 3,500 others too. Mary was not in a walk on role in the 1987 Harry and the Hendersons movie, but did see one of the stars having lunch, although she did not get herself a part in the movie.

The birthdays and anniversaries for the month of March were announced by Joe. The membership gave a round of applause to George with the announcement of the upcoming 65th wedding anniversary of him and Maxine. Congratulations to both George and Maxine.

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Bob Anderson shared with club members the profile and an email from the upcoming Rotary Exchange student who will join us this coming fall for the 2014-2015 school year. Marie Schwartz is from Mappen, Germany which is near the border with the Netherlands. Marie will be attending Gig Harbor High School and will stay with three different families during her exchange student year.

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Warren who has flying in his blood spent 25 years in the military and 28 years working for the Delta airlines.  He now works for Peirce country responsible for the two airports  Thun Field in Puyallup and Tacoma Narrows in Gig Harbor along with the county ferry at Steilacoom.  He spoke about the current planning process for the Tacoma Narrows airport which dates to 1961 and began operation in 1965.  He informed us about the recently completed runway repaving, first in 50 years.  The repaving was funding mostly with federal aviation fees and resulted in a narrowing of the runways from 150 to 100 feet.  The current use and forecasted futures use only required a 100 foot width. This change resulted the airport grounds being return to a grass state and allow the airport to receive an environment grant to help pay for the paving.  The use of the airport has decline in traffic sizable and their forecast is for very limited growth in landing and takeoffs. 

Warren told us, in airport planning it is a four step process. 1. Knowing what assets you own, 2. Knowing what your traffic forecast, 3. Know your requirement or what you need, 4. Create the preferred alternatives.   The country is going through this process in in planning process.  The airport is a major asset to the community being the location of the Turkey Basket Brigade, The History Museum fund raiser site, the beginning and end point for the Tacoma Narrows running race and now is the home of the popular Hub restaurant. One of the improvements in the plan is a more useable observation area.  Thanks you Warren for an interesting presentation.

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John Burgess introduced Principal Dave Goodwin of Henderson High School and Caitlin Koechel a Junior who has excellent grades, excellent attendance, and a positive attitude.  She plays for Harbor Soccer, likes to skateboard, is active in Church, where she performs in plays. He volunteering at her church was noted as showing her Service Above Self in keeping with the Rotary Motto.   Congratulation Catlin and thank you for your service to our community.

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President Joe welcomed everyone to a nice sunny day in Gig Harbor and introduced the guests.

Today’s two truths and a lie was Bob Black. We learned he was invited to try out for the Pittsburgh Pirates and also surprisingly worked seven years as a Investment account manager.  The lie was Bob never caught his dream 300 lb. marlin despite always wanting to deep sea fish.  His tryout as a professional baseball was short lived as he learned he was only a goo average layer.   Bob still has the post card invitation he received to try out.   

President Joe took a monument to read the inscription on the gavel he has been using all year.  It read it was a gifted TO the Rotary Club of Gig Harbor North FROM the Rotary Club of Gig Harbor Midday.  It was not clear why we have a gavel that we gave away as a gift. 

Joe read a letter he from the Charitable Trust awarding the Club’s Foundation a $1,000 grant from an anonymous designator. The membership applauded the gift.



Cheri thanked Denny and Fred for quickly offering their truck to transport a couple of very large Kayaks from Costco to our storage unit in order to acquire these future raffle gifts at a very good price before they were sold out.  She also announced Golferitaville has a new Facebook page and tweeter accounts. Ray volunteered to help supply gold trivia to the accounts for tweeting.  July 26th was announced by Cheri as the Gig Harbor Wine and Food Festival which will take place on the Harbor History Museum grounds.  Tickets are on sale now for this event which has sold out in prior years.

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Doug Chase, and Brigadier General Ray Coffey, Shoreline Lunch Rotary, were the speakers this week on the military youth camp called Operation Xtreme.  Boys and girls from military families sacrifice a great deal on behalf of our nation. Faced with parental deployment and frequent moves, they often experience isolation and depression. Many of these kids have tremendous relationship needs and a low sense of self-worth according to Doug. The CRISTA camps with Camp Miracle Ranch, practically in Gig Harbor, and Island Lake camps host more than 12,000 kids each year. They offer a cost-free camping experience to youth from military families. They strive to give military kids a fun, supportive and enriching camp experience.

Doug and Ray made a pitch for help in funding from the club or as individuals. This is a very good cause.   I believe the Community Service Committee will consider giving to the camps. 


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Elisabeth was inducted by Howard as the club’s eighth new member for the Rotary year.  Elisabeth was introduced to the club by Tom Borgen, her neighbor and a member of the Morning club. She was very knowledgeable about Rotary from her father who was a Rotarian club President in their home country of Hungary. Thank you Tom and welcome Elisabeth to Rotary.

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Tom Borgen, from the Gig Harbor Rotary Morning club, gave us a brief report from his recent trip to Guatemala to review the water project that our Midday club helped fund. The project now brings water to 30 homes with much gratitude from the people. In a future meeting Tom will give us a more detailed review of the project, including pictures.

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This past weekend Mary was at PETS with some 525 other Club President Elects from the Northwest and British Columbia, Canada.   Mary was very excited about the experience despite it beginning on Valentine’s Day.  One major message she gained from the weekend was that Rotary now believes what is good for the club is good for Rotary. This new policy means if a club wants a less restrictive attendance policy than Rotary requires and it is good for the club than it is also good for Rotary.  More than 800 Rotarian’s were in attendance, the largest PETS in the world, for the seminar including the President Elect for Rotary International.  The upcoming RI President is from Taiwan where they do the Happy Clap. Mary taught the membership the rhythmic Happy Clap. 

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President Joe opened the meeting with a welcome to all and introduced his son Gavin, just back from the doctor having his cast removed.  It was a short three weeks as it was not clear it was broken before the cast was put on.  As it was the winter school break, Joe Flach also had his son at the meeting.  The two truths and the lie were from Gavin. We learned he had broken four bones and this past Sunday he built six snowmen, one for each member of his family.  We learned Gavin likes running and swimming and it was a lie when he said he did not like sports.

Bob Anderson announced there would be a Youth Committee meeting at 4:30 at Nancy Rimel’s new office near Harbor Greens.

Joe requested that all committees examine the budget he recently emailed to all for the upcoming club assembly meeting.  President Joe wants each committee to begin allocating the discretionary monies to specific projects for either this year or next year.

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Gig Harbor, WA -  On February 7th at Canterwood Golf and Country club the three Rotary Clubs of Gig Harbor (Rotary Club of Gig Harbor – known as the morning club, Rotary Club of Gig Harbor Midday and Rotary Club of Gig Harbor North – known as the evening club) come together to Celebrate the recipients of this year’s Star Awards.  Each club honors a non-Rotarian citizen of the community they feel exemplifies the ideal of Rotary –Service Above Self. 


This year, the Rotary Club of Gig Harbor named Leann O’Neill their “Citizen of The Year”, for her work as the schoolmarm in the one room Midway Schoolhouse at Gig Harbor’s Harbor History Museum.  Led by schoolmarm Leann, educators and students step back in time and relive schoolhouse life as it was at the turn of the 19th Century.

The Midway Schoolhouse was built in 1893 and is the last remaining pre-1900 schoolhouse on the peninsula that has not been moved or significantly altered. In 2004, Alice Murphy Doyle donated the schoolhouse to the society in hopes that one day the building would again be filled with the sound of student voices. The donation also included the teacher's desk, a student desk, a piano, various school books, and maps.  The school was completely restored by the Rotary Club of Gig Harbor in 2009.


The Rotary Club of Gig Harbor Midday honored Joel Schwartz, owner of Forza Coffee @ Cirque, as their “Business Person of the year”.  He is recognized for his work with firefighters, as Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Gig Harbor’s Firefighters Union Health and Welfare Trust, and as Executive Director of  Firefighters Crossing Borders.

Hugh McMillan was selected as the recipient of the “Service Above Self”, award by the Rotary Club of Gig Harbor North, for his many years of tireless dedication to the many causes in Gig Harbor, particularly his work with the youth of the community.


Hugh McMillan retired after 26-plus years of service as a CIA Operations Officer. He has been on the Peninsula Schools Education Foundation Board since its inception. He has been a volunteer photojournalist with the Peninsula Gateway and Key Peninsula News since 1980; a charter member of Communities In Schools of Peninsula; charter member of the Key Peninsula Lions; served 14 years as KPFD Fire Commissioner during which time he was elected to the Washington Fire Commissioners Association’s Board of Directors; charter member of the Peninsulas Emergency Preparedness Committee’s BOD; founder and active member of Citizens Against Crime cooperating with the Pierce County Sheriff’s Dept; member Gig Harbor chapter of the Boys and Girls Club BOD; and generally active in community supportive activities.

Each recipient is bestowed with a Rotary “Paul Harris Fellow Award”.  When a person is recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow, they are presented with a Certificate signed by the Rotary International President and the Chairman of the Trustees of The Rotary Foundation, and a lapel pin and medallion. It is one Rotary’s highest awards, given in recognition of an individual’s commitment to the ideal of Rotary.  This year, these awards will be presented by District 5020, District Governor Pete Taylor; a member of The Rotary Club of Tacoma #8.

Maureen Reilly and Jim Reynolds of Seat of the Pants Productions, will be recognized with a special Paul Harris award.  The award comes as recognition for the tireless hours of film and documentary work on behalf of the Rotary Club of Gig Harbor, for the Washington Women’s Correction Center.  This special award will be presented by: Rotary District 5020 Assistant Governor, Scott Seitz.  Scott is a member of the Rotary Club of Tacoma Narrows.

Masters of Ceremonies for this year’s event will be Patrick Williams, Past President of the Rotary Club of Gig Harbor North, and Tom Leander, Past Presidents of the Rotary Club of Gig Harbor.

Current Presidents for the Rotary Club of Gig Harbor, The Rotary Club of Gig Harbor Midday and the Rotary Club of Gig Harbor North are: Betty Felker, Joe Urvina and Heidi Holmes.

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Today’s speaker played the role of first lady, Eleanor Roosevelt, and taught us a history lesson while role playing the part.  Dressed in period dress, Cathryn gave an outstanding history dramatization, in the first person, of Mrs. Roosevelt’s life from childhood to the death of her husband, the US President. We learned of her childhood challenges with an alcoholic father and a mother who died while she was a youth, and her growing up with her grandmother. The dramatization told us about meeting the future President, her first cousin, and their courtship. The marriage was unique in that her maiden name was also Roosevelt.  They had six children, one of whom died very young. The President was stricken with polio and during her years as First Lady she acted as the legs to the President and traveled often for him.  After the President’s death, Mrs. Roosevelt continue to serve the country in key roles with the newly formed United Nations.


Cathryn did an outstanding job of role playing and teaching us all a lesson in American history. We learned she plays other roles of great women in American history and we look forward to future opportunities to learn history in this dramatic format.   


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Joe opened the meeting with a sleepy look, noting that their new eight month old foster son is on a different sleep cycle than the family, and he was up most of the night.  He began the meeting and welcomed all the members and guests. 


Joe personally thanked Nancy for all the work she did in helping organize an outstanding Star Awards event. He noted it was a great event and the best ever in the six years it has been held. The dessert dash raised over $2,200 which will generate checks in excess of $700 to each of the Star awardees’ charities.  Our own Scott Hall won the raffle of more than $300, which he said he would donate to the Star awardees’ charities too.  Thank you, Nancy and Scott.


Joe Flack gave a first report of his meeting as Community Service Chair in getting a “Wish Fish” installed in Gig Harbor.  This wish fish would be similar to the pig in The Pike Street Market in Seattle. Our wish fish would be located in a central location in town and attract locals and tourists to make a wish and contribute coins which would be donated to local charities. The wish fish has been an idea of Cheri’s for some time. Joe told us the city is excited about the idea but cautious about going forward.  Joe estimated the project could take over a year to complete and would require dedicated funding. He asked members to contact him if interested in helping with the project.

President Joe announced that Gunda would accept the position of Club Secretary next year and the club quickly voted to accept her before she changed her mind. Joe noted the club was still in need of an Assistant Treasurer. 

DLTA & District Conference

Joe encouraged more members to sign up for the DLTA (District Leadership Training Assembly) in Victoria, BC, March 29th and 30th.  A handful of members are planning on attending.  All are welcome to learn more about Rotary. The other big District event is the District Conference in early May.  This is a fun time to celebrate Rotarians and the Service Above Self provided throughout the world.  In addition to our District, the Seattle Rotary District will also be part of the Conference.  See Mary if you are interested in more information.

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Jeni, who moved to Gig Harbor from California, is a retired artist working in glass and her husband is a retired artist working in wood. They came to Gig Harbor to slow down.  Jeni was involved with the film festival and met a club member who got her interested in joining our Rotary Club.  Jen, who is on the city’s Art Commission and whose term expires soon, told us about the activities the Art Commissions is involved with in our community.  Jeni grew up in the mountains of Virginia and began college in Virginia and later graduated from college in Illinois.  Welcome Jeni.  

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Nancy, who is clearly excited to be in Gig Harbor, moved here about two years ago from California.  Her husband of 36 years is a Michigan State graduate and Nancy a University of Michigan graduate.  It must be an interesting household during football season with these rival football teams. Her husband works for a dental company whereas Nancy has 38 years as a dental hygienist.  Her license from California is not transferable to Washington but she has recently agreed to work part time with Lonna in her dental business.  They have three grown children, a 31 year old daughter who is a doctor, a 27 year old daughter who is a tax lawyer and a 22 year old recently graduated son who has begun his career as a civil engineer.  Nancy, who is a Hospital volunteer and has ice skated since she was for four, took up snowboarding at age 50 only to give it up after a second shoulder injury.  Nancy’s excitement is a fun addition to the club. Welcome Nancy.

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John shared with the club the great experience he had at the Super Bowl with his father.  Not only did he see a great game with a fabulous Seahawks’ win, but they had a fun filled pre-event time.  John talked about the parties they were able to attend and all the excitement about New York’s Times Square.

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Maddy, last year’s club Rotary exchange student, and two of her friends have been teaching a dance program at the Boy’s and Girl’s club and came to tell us about their dance program.  The trio of GHHS student teachers showed a video with the boy and girl dancers.  Maddy and the others are raising funds to hold a recital for their students, many of whom cannot afford dance shoes or the costumes they want to use.  An event is planned for February 12th at Buffalo Wild Wings in Tacoma where they earn 10% of the meal revenue if you tell them you are there for Dancing for a Purpose.  The club passed the basket to help them and the club’s generous members contributed $270 to support their worthwhile cause.

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Joe began the meeting with the ringing of the Rotary Bell to quiet down the crowd full of Seattle Seahawks Championship chat. Today’s two truths and a lie came from Nancy Sundheimer.  We learned that Nancy was the President of her sorority in college and has also moved ten times since she was married.  Her lie we learned was that she was not a cheerleader in high school.  Club members were equally divided on which activity was the lie.

Nancy Rimel said everything is ready for the Star Awards this Friday and the event begins at 5:50 at Canterwood.  We all look forward to another outstanding celebration of the great people in Gig Harbor,

Mary Gorman announced she would be off to PETS (President Elect Training Seminar) this coming weekend with some 500 other future club Presidents from the Northwest.  She also encouraged more members to sign up for the DLTA (District Leadership Training Assembly) in Victoria, BC March 29th and 30th.  About eight members are planning on attending.  All are welcome to learn more about Rotary. The next big District event is the District Conference in early May.  This is a fun time to celebrate Rotarians and the Service Above Self provided throughout the world.  In addition to our District, the Seattle Rotary District will also be part of the Conference.  See Mary if you are interested in more information.

Howard, as PR chair for the club, handed out a list of links to the club’s ClubRunner web site (alturl.com/ycdhf), Facebook page (alturl.com/y8xbk) and the inaugural District 5020 news magazine 50Twenty (alturl.com/gdbs6.  All of these web sites provide news, photos and event information about our club and the Rotary District.

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The inaugural edition of District 5020’s news magazine, 50Twenty.  It’s goal is simple: to be a vehicle where we can celebrate our triumphs, our passions and our stories; a place for conversation to foster friendship, share the values and the ideals of our District.   50Twenty is the reflection of us, of who we are and what we do.  As time goes by, it will evolve as we all evolve it. 


Let’s keep the conversation going.  I encourage and welcome your feedback, comments and suggestions. Tell us your stories so we can share them with others. 50Twenty will be published quarterly, sent to you electronically. It will be posted on the District Website.   Printed copies will be available on request.  I thank all who helped make 50Twenty possible. It is the result of great dedication by the Public Image committee and many in the district. 




Al Abbott
Rotary Club of Gig Harbor
District 5020 Public Image Chair

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Olympian January 30, 2014 

Ralph Munro is among Rotarians in South Sound working to eradicate polio worldwide.


The Omnibus Budget passed last week by Congress and signed by President Barack Obama moves our campaign to eradicate polio one step closer to reality, thanks to the leadership of Democrat Sen. Patty Murray and Republican Rep. Hal Rogers of Kentucky.

They, along with many congressional supporters from both parties, were able to increase the budget for polio eradication for the first time in many years.

In 1985, Rotary Clubs from around the world took up the challenge to eliminate polio from the face of the Earth. Polio was already eradicated in much of the developed world thanks to the Salk and Sabin vaccines, but thousands of children in Third World countries contracted polio each year. Polio left most of them as “crawlers” — people who lived the rest of their lives with contracted muscles that allowed them only to crawl on the ground and beg for food and shelter.

Beginning in the Philippines, Rotary organizations coordinated campaigns to vaccinate children. House by house, city by city and country by country, Rotarians worked alongside the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization to slowly eliminate this dreadful disease. Some areas were difficult and some were easier.

Tens of thousands of Rotarians have contributed more than $1 billion to the effort, and thousands of our members have traveled overseas at their own expense to vaccinate children in the world’s most remote locations. From the South Sound, traveling vaccinators have included Bill and Karen McCarthy, Steve and Judy Henderson, Rebecca Sherrill, George Munro, Jan Nutting and others whose names have slipped from my mind.

In 2004, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation joined the effort. They have made immense contributions to help in the fight. Bill Gates himself has told both Rotary and the Congress that he and his wife, Melinda, will match whatever contributions are made from public or private funds. And they have stuck to their word.

Rotarians continue to contribute immense amounts of money. The Gates Foundation has continued its commitment to eradication.

And now the Congress of the United States has stepped forward with new determination to eradicate the scourge of polio forever. One reason this funding received strong bipartisan support was the realization that total elimination of this terrible disease will save nearly $1 billion dollars a year in money that is currently spent to keep polio and other childhood diseases at bay.

Today, we are down to three very difficult countries — Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan. When India was declared “free of polio” last year, we all had renewed strength and determination to finish the job. But we know that completion will be the hardest step of all.

The last steps are always the most difficult, no matter what race you are in. We are fortunate here in Washington that our entire congressional delegation has been very supportive. But a special thanks needs to go out to Murray and Rogers for moving us closer to full eradication of polio. May God bless them both.

Ralph Munro, Washington’s former longtime secretary of state, belong to the Olympia Rotary Club.

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90 year old surgeon keeps a steady hand in Ethiopia

Australian surgeon Catherine Hamlin has just celebrated her 90th birthday, and for most people, this would be a good enough reason to slow down.  

By Naomi Selveratnam
World News Australia Radio

Australian surgeon Catherine Hamlin has just celebrated her 90th birthday, and for most people, this would be a good enough reason to slow down.

But Dr Hamlin says she will continue her work with women in Ethiopia with the potentially life-threatening medical condition, obstetric fistula.

When Catherine Hamlin celebrated her 90th birthday, she didn't want gifts or a party.

Instead, she says she wished for her hands to remain steady enough to continue to operate on some of the thousands of women who come to the hospital she and her late husband, Reg, established in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

Dr Hamlin says it's not difficult to feel compassion for the women coming to seek help for a painful and potentially life-threatening condition.

"These patients are very touching to people meeting them because of their poverty, because of their needs. And to know that there are young women who would be ruined if they're not repaired, you don't have to have special gifts. If you just see one it draws out your compassion in your heart."

Dr Hamlin's work involves women who have developed a hole, or fistula, near their vaginas after prolonged, obstructed births.

The condition, when untreated, can cause incontinence, as well as severe infection-- and in extreme cases, paralysis.

The work of Dr Hamlin's hospital is supported by a fund-raising group in Australia.

Chief Executive Officer of the group, Lucy Perry, says the condition is debilitating.

"They're in so much pain. They have serious internal injuries but people often forget too, because they're dripping urine, they're incontinent, just the acid in their urine eats away at their skin and their skin breaks down. Just walking is a huge discomfort to them. And just that ability to decide when you go to the toilet is such a basic human dignity that allows you to live your life properly."

Dr Hamlin says obstetric fistulas frequently lead to women being excluded from their community in rural parts of Ethiopia.

"They don't understand what is the cause of this. They think they've been cursed by God and they have no idea that it's due to a mechanical factor. Either the baby's too big or the pelvis is too small and they can't deliver normally. And they don't realise that this was the cause of them being incontinent when the baby comes out."

Dr Hamlin says when she and her husband arrived in Ethiopia as fellow doctors in 1959, they never imagined the condition would end up being the main focus of their lives.

"We happened to have come to Ethiopia. We didn't know anything about fistulas when we came. And we met these patients and we met these patients and we became very much involved straight away with trying to help them and we read all the literature about how to repair them and we contacted doctors in Egypt who were doing these operations. And we had to learn really, how to operate."

Despite being more than 20 years over Australia's retirement age, Dr Hamlin says she has no plans to stop working.

Every day, she walks from her home in Addis Ababa to the hospital, where she still operates on an average of two patients a week.

Other surgeons do many more operations - more than two-thousand a year, and almost all patients are completely cured.

Dr Hamlin says the best 90th birthday presents she can have are donations to help keep her hospital running.

Lucy Perry says even the smallest donations can make a difference.

"Anything from ten dollar packs of slippers for our patients. A ten dollar pack buys five pairs of slippers. Our patients arrive barefoot generally. So anything from small items like that right through to, we need to pay for obstetric fistula surgery, we need to pay for caesareans, we need to pay for accomodation for our long term patients who need training and more integration back into society, right up to $35,000 fully equipped midwifery centres in regional Ethiopia."

The Hamlin organisation once received Australian government funding, but that's stopped.

Now, it relies entirely on public donations to keep the hospital running.

Lucy Perry says it makes planning for the future of the hospital a challenge.

"It has had quite an impact, it was a million dollars a year. Our entire budget to run the hospital and the midwifery college is five million dollars a year so to lose 20 per cent of our income is an enormous amount. But at the same time, I've always said that if I'm doing my job properly, we'll never need to apply for AusAid funding again because we'll have enormous support from the Australian public."

Dr Hamlin says she wants donors to realise that despite the number of operations at her hospital, there are still many women in rural parts in Ethiopia suffering from obstetric fistulas.

"I just love the patients and I feel this tremendous need to awaken the Western world to this need."

Ms Perry says Dr Hamlin needs her patients as much as they need her.

"She said to me once, oh if I stop operating, I'll die. And she's still operating weekly and she's amazing. I've sat with her in theatre a number of times and she has amazing steadiness of hand. She doesn't wear glasses, she sits down to operate and the team around her sit around her. She said to me in theatre once, the day I lose the steadiness is the last day I'll operate."

Dr Hamlin's sister, Ailsa Pottie agrees.

"I think she just loves the work and people say 'oh you know you're wonderful to give up a good career in Australia', as though it's some sort of terrible hardship for her. But she just loves the people and she loves the work, and she's just committed."

But Dr Hamlin does have a plan in place to keep her work going for the women of Ethiopia, when her hands one day do become unsteady.

Lucy Perry explains.

"We have 90 midwives in training at the moment. In time, as we can deploy those midwives out into the countryside, and they can be alongside women in Ethiopia when they give birth, we will be able to reduce the incidence of obstetric fistula. And then we can look towards the future of really putting our effort into general obstetrics and really being able to give to the women of Ethiopia emergency obstetric services when they need them. So that's the vision. Catherine has said to me over the years, she had wanted to achieve that in her lifetime and last time she said that to me she said it won't be in my lifetime, but it might be in your lifetime. And I'm 50 years younger than Catherine so I've got my work cut out for me."

Catherine Hamlin says it is the dedication of her staff that helps the hospital to thrive, and will keep her foundation running for many years to come.

"I've got a good staff that are committed to help and they're inspired to go on with this work and they will keep the hospital going until we're free of fistulas in the countryside."

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Rotary District 5020 DLTA

Hotel Grand Pacific, Victoria BC

March 29 to 30, 2014


Welcome to the 2014 DTLA Information Portal.   This year our theme is BYOB - Build Your Overall Bench-strength.  Our goal is to inform and train our leaders and future leaders to work within Rotary, and inspire them to build strong clubs and develop great projects. District 5020 is fortunate in having many talented trainers to assist clubs with member training and leadership development.   DLTA is one of the most important events in our district, combining education, networking and idea sharing, all the while building friendships amongst members from the top of Vancouver Island all the way to the Columbia River. 

We welcome you to DLTA 2014 and hope it will offer you the chance to Build Your Overall Bench-strength.Image

Visit our information portal on the District 5020 website for more information and to register.

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Ralph spent a few minutes reviewing where the club was five years ago as a baseline for the visioning process.  He gave a high level overview of the club’s prior strategic plan process and the progress the club has made.  A summary report of the plan can be downloaded from the Clubrunner web site. Karen Orr returned to lead the club members in voting with red dots on their choice of priority of service activities the club should focus on in the coming years. In the near future each committee will review the findings and develop a plan for the club’s vision.

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Natasha is a senior at GHHS and has a 3.9 GPA.  She is a member of the Interact Club, and volunteers at Mary Bridge Children's Hospital.  She also enjoys drama and is part of the GHHS Wind Symphony.  Some may have seen her in the GHHS fall production of The Diary of Anne Frank.  Congratulations to Natasha!

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Jesse is a senior at GHHS.  She is a 4.0 GPA student and a National Merit Scholarship semifinalist.  She enjoys community service and is active in her church (Chapel Hill Presbyterian).  She volunteers at St. Anthony's Hospital and the Tacoma Rescue Mission.  She is a student leader at church and has been seen ringing bells for the Salvation Army.  Congratulations to Jesse!

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Ashley, one of the dedicated food servers from Anthony’s, is getting a promotion to Assistant Manager at the Bremerton Anthony’s.  Congratulations Ashley, we will miss you.


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Annika, daughter of club member Virginia and morning club Past President Al Abbott, came to the club to announce she is again competing for Miss Pierce County, the scholarship program which is part of the vast Miss America network. Her platform is supporting people impacted by stalkers.  She told us she had some personal issues with a stalker in the past.  Annika, a student at PLU, was asking for club members to help her by buying an ad in the program. Ad prices begin at $50 and you can contact her if you are interested in buying an ad.  Good luck Anikka.

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President Joe opened the meeting with a welcome to the large number of guests and GO HAWKS. The two truths and a lie today were based on Seahawks facts.  The truths were full of statistics and records, while the lie was in the detail of records where Joe replaced the quarterback name of Zorn for Hasselbeck.  Joe found the detail numbers interesting; I am not sure the members did.   

Nancy said she had three available openings for the February 7th Star Awards.  If anyone is interested see her as soon as possible.

Joe Flach announced that the first meeting for Harbor Hounds will be next week (February 4th) after the Rotary meeting.  All interested in helping with the planning should attend.

Cheri asked as for help in moving the stored Golferitaville flamingos and other items into the storage area. The cleanup will be February 4th at 3PM.

Bob Anderson encouraged members to become hosts for the upcoming school year for inbound exchanges students.  Several families who had been host families in the past are interested.  Bob is seeking new families too.  Bob also told the membership about the new ambassador program at Gig Harbor High School that helps students new to Gig Harbor adjust.  He noted this may be a project the club would want to fund along with the CASA program.

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The much anticipated presentation by Denny was outstanding. Denny, who joined Rotary in June 2005, was on his first trip to help eradicate Polio within four moths of joining.  He has made 10 trips to Africa in that short time frame.

Denny began his presentation with a brief summary of the various international programs the club has supported over the past few years.  Laura told about the program in Guatemala to help hearing impaired individuals receive hearing aids and an upcoming program to help the speech of children who have hearing disabilities. Honorary club member, Penny, spoke of the club’s support for the Etta Project in helping communities gain access to clean water.  Penny invited the club to the Etta Projects trip to Bolivia in October.  Denny bragged about the very successful student exchange program the club participated in last year, with one inbound student, Gabby, from Chile and two Gig Harbor students outbound to Norway and Thailand.  Denny also spoke of the work the club did jointly with the Olson foundation on clean water.

Rotary District (5030) Governor Ezra Teshome, originally from Ethiopia and a good friend of Denny, briefly spoke about the good work Rotary has done in Ethiopia and all that Denny has accomplished. Also Penny LeGate’s, a re-purposed journalist who worked as host of "Evening Magazine" and has been awarded the prestigious Paul Harris fellowship five times for her humanitarian work in Africa, interviewed Denny as part of the presentation. Denny’s and Penny’s friendship goes back many years. Penny’s interview with Denny brought out his emotional story of being a child in a poor family afflicted with Polio as the reason behind his continuing passion for eradicating the crippling disease and supporting the ongoing need to help in the rehabilitation of those who suffer from polio.

Denny then presented a well done PowerPoint presentation on this past November’s trip to Ethiopia in connection with National Immunization Day. He showed photos and videos of the trip including a visit to the Cheshire House where the Wilford Foundation and the club are in the process of completing the construction of a hydrotherapy pool.  Denny also told about the cooperative effort he helped establish between an America surgeon, Dr Mary, and the Cheshire House that was developed from a chance meeting Denny had this past year in the area.  He has some beautiful pictures of a lake in Awassa which you would not imagine in Africa.  The best part was hearing Denny talk about the “best feeling in the world” of giving a young child a vaccination to prevent Polio.  

Thank you Denny for your excellent presentation and your ongoing leadership by example in Service Above Self in your humanitarian loving projects in Africa.  I know the club and all your friends appreciate what you do. 


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President Joe welcomed the large audience, many who came to hear Denny speak, and a large attendance of members interested anytime Denny tells of his travels. 

The club’s newest member, Ashley, volunteered to give her two truths and a lie.  We learned that Ashley teaches five exercise classes a week and works for American Family Insurance, but she did not spend a month in Turkey last year.  It was only 19 days.

Nancy informed the club that the Star Awards Dinner for February 7th is sold out.  This annual dinner at Canterwood is a coordinated effort of all three Gig Harbor Rotary Clubs and presents three prestigious awards to the community.

The Club’s three newest members, Lonna Calas, Ashley Baisllie, and Julia Runyan received their blue club badges from President Joe. 

Happy talk was led by Seahawk super fan Scott Bush.  Club members sang you are happy when you know it and held up a buck in honor of the Seahawk’s National League Championship. Virginia and Ashley quickly gathered up the dollar bills for the weekly happy talk.

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The Honorable Jill Guernsey, the new Mayor of Gig Harbor, was our speaker at this week’s meeting.  She began her talk thanking all her friends who came to the meeting to hear her speak and thanking the club for the opportunity to be the speaker.  The Mayor is a member of the Gig Harbor Rotary Morning Club.

Mayor Jill spoke on the importance of balancing the preservation of the historical nature of Gig Harbor along with the need for future development.  She spoke very proudly of the great parks in the city and noted specifically the new all-access playground being built at Crescent Park with a marine theme.  Dual use of projects coming together is good for the community when new items are developed and also the historical marine nature of the community is maintained.  Mayor Jill feels Gig Harbor is a fabulous   waterfront community, the best in the region, and is working hard to continue to make it even better.

During the question and answer period she addressed several questions about the traffic areas around town and concurred traffic was an area that needed to be addressed. Fellow Rotarian Mayor Jill was a friendly and excellent speaker and the city of Gig Harbor is lucky to have her as the new Mayor.  Thank you Mayor.

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George reported that at this week’s meeting, Midday Rotarians gave nine items of canned goods, several boxes of Kleenex, and $115.00.  It will be delivered to the Key Peninsula Community Food Bank. Thanks to all.

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President Joe welcomed the lively crowd and the great turn out.   Mayor Jill, our speaker today, had many of her fans come to today’s meeting to hear her talk.

The two truths and a lie volunteer today was Marilyn Hoppen.  We learned that Marilyn and former club member, Mark, have been married 38 years and Math was her favorite subject in school.  We found out that Marilyn, an often seen runner around the harbor, had not run the whole Seattle Marathon in 1984 but only the half marathon.

If you are reading this please tell Howard at the January 21st meeting to win a prize.

President Joe recommends all club members consider attending the two upcoming District events: District Leadership Training Assembly “DLTA” 2014 - March 29 - 30th in Victoria and the District Conference at Whistler Resort May 2nd - 4th.

Next week’s speaker will be Denny who will update us on several international projects.  Denny is always an  interesting speaker on this very exciting topic, so we encourage all to invite guests who may be potential members of the club.

Quarterly Invoice

Treasurer Phil recently emailed all members their quarterly dues invoice. Please see Phil if you have any questions regarding the invoice.

Rotary Club of Gig Harbor Midday Foundation

Andy informed the club that on January 30th at 9 am there will be a meeting of the club’s Foundation at Ralph’s office.   All are invited and anyone interested in replacing Nancy on the board of the foundation for a three year commitment please contact Andy and attend.  The Foundation Board meets once or twice a year.


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Karen Orr from the Sunrise Tacoma Rotary Club and Scott Seitz, District Assistant Governor, facilitated the meeting today where club members listed accomplishments we want the club to be known for in five years.  Karen and Scott are trained District facilitators in the Rotary Visionary Exercise.  The process accomplished today normally is more than a half day but our club took a short cut because of the in-depth work that was accomplished recently by the club in creating a strategic plan.

Club Service, International and Vocational were the service areas where members generated an extensive list of accomplishments the club wanted to be known for in a short five years.  

After listing the many accomplishments club members were asked to “vote” for three of the best items in each category by placing stickers next to the item listed on each service area.  As meeting time was over, members who did not vote today will have an opportunity to vote before next week’s meeting.

Thank you Karen and Scott for an excellent meeting and for helping the club focus on the visionary process; it was time well spent.

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Howard spoke to the club about growing our membership. He encouraged members to Bring a Guest or “BAG” a friend, neighbor or colleague would be interested in joining the Rotary Club of Gig Harbor.  Having a guest come to a lunch meeting will sell them on Rotary as they learn about the services Rotary provides to the community and beyond along with the fun the club has.  

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Howard inducted Julia Runyan as the club’s seventh new member for the Rotary Year. Julia, a Realtor in Gig Harbor with RE/MAX, and has been very active in the community and is well known by several club members. Julia was sponsored by Vickie Stasch.  The club gave her a standing applause as a warm welcome to the Rotary Club of Gig Harbor Midday.

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Nancy announced the annual Star Awards will be held February 7 at Canterwood Golf and Country Club.  Each year the three clubs of Gig Harbor nominate a community member as Citizen of the Year (morning club) Business Person of the Year (Midday) and Service Above Self Award (GH North).  We honor these three citizens at the annual Star Award dinner.  Nancy and Julie Tapparro are on the organizing committee this year.  Nancy passed around a signup sheet at today’s meeting.  She expects this event to sell out so reserve your spot soon.  Dinner selections are Canterwood Chicken (a favorite) and salmon dinner options.  There will also be a dessert dash to raise money for the three winners’ charity of choice. The cost for Rotarians is $11 and guests $25.  Make checks payable to our club and give to Nancy.  A few club members are needed as volunteers to help at the event. 

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President Joe welcomed everyone back from the holiday break.  The club had a large attendance with a few visiting Rotarians. Today being the first meeting of January, Joe announced the club member birthdays, anniversaries and spouse birthdays for the month of January.  

The club is still in need of a new Assistant Treasurer and Club Secretary.  If interested see Phil or Vickie. Or you can contact any member of the Board. 

Denny Wilford will be our speaker in a couple of weeks.  Denny is always an interesting speaker and one members should invite guest to hear as he updates us on some very interesting international projects.   

Upcoming Social Event

Scott Bush announced the next club social event would be at Java and Clay in Gig Harbor in about two weeks.  This would be a family event with all appropriate ages welcomed. Scott will be sending out an email soon with the details. 

Host Families Needed for Rotary Exchange student.

Joe reminded the club there is a need for three host families to support our next Rotary exchange student. Each family would host the student for three months. If interested see Bob Anderson. If the club does not get at least one family soon we may be disqualified from getting an inbound student.

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The President, Jeremy, and Vice President, Megan, also spoke at our meeting.  Rotaract is a Rotary-sponsored service club for young men and women. Rotaract clubs are either community or university based, and they’re sponsored by a local Rotary club.

Our UW Tacoma club is sponsored by the "Rotary 8" club of Tacoma, which has over 350 local members. They utilize the network of Rotarians to provide opportunities for students to serve the community and organize and execute community service activities. Their activities include, food drives, a Giving Tree, and Relay for Life, totaling about six or seven events a quarter. The club, which is just over a year old, has 55 members.  These highly motivated college students take precious time from their busy schedules and perform Service above Self in support of the Rotary Moto.  Thank you and congratulations on your very successful club.


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Allie Smith and six other Interact Club members presented an excellent update on the activities of the Interact Club.  The club is doing great with over 50 members and is very active in service projects. In addition to helping with Midday Rotary Club’s fundraisers, Golferitaville and Harbor Hounds, the students help with other community events including Race over the Narrows, Basket Brigade, Turkey Trot and a very successful food drive for the FISH food bank called “Can the Man”.  After raising $400 for the Babson Family Trust at Tidefest, the interact club is finishing up a Giving Tree gift project to help needy families with toys for the holidays.

The plans for the club’s activities continue with a very aggressive program for the coming months including supporting the Etta Project by selling bracelets made in Bolivia, assisting at the soup kitchen in Tacoma, a clothing and food drive, RYLA, and a carwash to help eradicate polio. 

The students concluded their talk with thanking us for our support.  We are very proud of the club’s accomplishments and generous service projects.

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Stephanie Sagle was awarded an honorary Paul Harris Fellow for her gracious contribution to the Gig Harbor Basket Brigade. Stephanie stepped up when the Basket Brigade had a shortfall of turkeys to support the over 700 needy families.  President Joe noted that she is a wonderful person, donating so much of her time to volunteering, serving as an example of all that Rotary strives for. Congratulations Stephanie!

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Scott Hall was presented a certificate from the Rotary International Foundation Bequest Society by President Joe. Rotary confers Benefactor status on those who commit any amount in their estate plan to the Endowment Fund. Benefactors receive personalized certificates and a special insignia to wear with their Rotary pins. Congratulations and thank you Scott.   See Scott if you are drafting a new will or codicil and are interested in making a bequest to The Rotary Foundation.

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President Joe opened the meeting with a welcome to the seven Interact students from Gig Harbor High School and two Rotaract students from UW Tacoma.  A great showing of the youth for tomorrow. Joe began with the two truths and a lie. Today the facts were from the Interact Club as a group. We learned that the Interact Club helped at the Basket Brigade and had a delivery in Spanaway and that there are only five males in the club.  The lie was the average GPA for the students in Interact. The average GPA was not 3.5 but higher at 3.8.  Very impressive!

Joe reminded all that there are no meetings the next two weeks due to Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.  Our next meeting will be January 7, 2014.

New club member, Ashley, stepped up and did a great job of handling Happy Bucks in Virginia’s absence.


President Joe presented the Anthony’s servers, Ryan and Ashley, (who was off today), a holiday card with a special holiday gratuity and thanked them for their great service during the past year. 


Prison Project Reentry

Buck from the Gig Harbor Morning Rotary club was requesting more volunteer mentors to help with their Project Reentry Program. Volunteer mentors are recruited and trained by Rotarians and other community members. Having 23 volunteer mentors already signed up, Buck is looking for several more to train as a class of volunteers. This very successful program helps reduce the return of released inmates.  See Buck if interested.


RYLA - Rotary Youth Leadership Assembly.

Bob Anderson announced they we are looking for sophomores or juniors at Gig harbor High School to receive a scholarship to RYLA.

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Calvin W. Goings, Regional Administrator leading SBA’s efforts in the Pacific Northwest states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Alaska, spoke to the club this week on the importance of small businesses in the PNW and what support is offered by SBA.  It has been about three years since he last spoke to the club.  Calvin noted he visits several Rotary Clubs a year and ours is one of the nicest he attends.

He described the three “C’s” of the SBA offerings: Capital, Government Contracts and Counseling. The past year marked a record amount of Capital to small businesses with $30B nationwide and $1B in the Northwest alone.  Government Contracts to small businesses total $88B nationally and $2B in the Northwest.  It is required that 23% of government contracts are set aside for small businesses. The SBA provides counseling resources to small businesses via SCORE chapters, Women's Business Center, Small Business Development Center, U.S. Export Assistance Center and several other resources.

SBA assists small businesses in the US by out-innovating, out-building and out-competing the competition. Calvin concluded the very interesting presentation with the Administration’s success in the last few years of 40 months of job growth and adding 7.2 mi