Rotary Club of Kirkland


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We meet Mondays at 6:15 PM
Woodmark Hotel
1200 Carillon Point
Kirkland, WA  98033
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President Scott called the meeting to order at 6:30 and rich Bergdahl led the Pledge of Allegiance
Our student of the month, Ivy Ann Smith, told us the she was interviewed by “The News” because of her work to fight against bullying and that her story inspired the Lake Washington Scholl District Superintendent. She in turn chose Ivy Ann to lead a committee to spread her efforts on anti-bullying. Congratulations Ivy Ann!
Introductions of guests included Colin Cambridge, for his first visit, Casey Oiness, who was voted into membership at the recent board meeting and Scott East, from the Bellevue Nooners Club.
Harry Wagoner announced that Miracle League will start this Saturday at Perrigo Park. New uniforms will be handed out at 9:30 a.m. and the game will start at 10:00. Everyone is encouraged to volunteer. It’s a great program.
Chuck Brockway’s service will be held this Saturday at 1:30 p.m., at Holy Spirit Lutheran Church, 10021 NE 124th, in Kirkland
Eric Olsen announced that the date of our golf tournament has been set for August 18th, at Bear Creek country Club. The cost is $100 and he encouraged us to form foursomes. Includes your round of golf, a card and a bar-b-que dinner afterwards.
Rick Walter announced board meeting minutes, which included the news that Casey Oiness had been approved to be published for membership and our club is contributing a $1,000 check to Juanita High School DECA club so they can travel to the International DECA competition in Atlanta!
John Pruitt announced that the District Training Assembly will be held December 10th at Seattle U. A FREE LUNCH will be provided.
Rick extracted Happy dollars from some generous souls including Jon Woodbery who announced his 51 years of marriage to Dee.
Rotary Club of Kirkland
Monday, April 14, 2014 Meeting
President Scott Rethke called the meeting to order at 6:30 PM.  Rick Walters led us in the Pledge.
Guests included Doug Seto from Seattle #4, and Ivyanne Smith our Student of the Month from Lake Washington High School.  Ivyanne explained the Military routine the Lake Washington Dance/Drill Team performed on March 29th that won the State Dance Championship for the second year in a row.
Steve Shinstrom needs scribes and greeters for the next few weeks.  Sign-up sheets were passed around.
Eric Olsen announced the Golf Tournament will be held on August 18.  The cost will be around $100 (same as last year) and this includes the round of golf with a cart, food and other goodies.  There is room for 17 foursomes, so get your team together and polish up the clubs.
President Scott thanked Rich and Nan Bergdahl for recently hosting a new member’s party at their home.  Lots of wine, food and fellowship were had by all attending.
President Scott informed us of Chuck Brockway’s passing last Thursday.  Services will be held on Saturday, April 26, at 1:30 at the Spirit Lutheran Church (corner of 100 Ave NE and NE 124th in Juanita).
Scott Becker will host an open house this Thursday, April 17, at OPUS Bank.  Please attend and help Scott out since he’ll probably be fined for “advertising.”  Scott also announced that sponsorships for the Duck Dash have exceeded last year’s amount!
John Pruett had sign-up sheets on the tables for all the committees needed for his presidency next year.  If you didn’t sign up last night, get in touch with John and volunteer to help in some capacity.
Scribe for Spokesman from April 7, 2014
This evening was a social meeting to watch the final NCAA basketball game to determine this year's national champion.  There was very little business other than the game in which Univ. Connecticut beat Kentucky in a close game.
The little business was as follows:
VISITING ROTARIANS AND GUESTS  Christine Rose, a member of Bellevue Breakfast Club joined us.  Christine lives and works in Kirkland.  Our Student of the Month, Ivyanne Smith from Lake Washington High School was present.  And Anna Aubry accompanied husband David.
  • Unfortunately, Pat Swenson had an accident and broke bones in both arms.  Joanne Primavera circulated a get well card.
  • Scott Becker has been scoping options for our annual Christmas Party.  There were several options on the Christmas Ships this year on December 6.  Those present preferred an evening on the Argossy leaving from the Kirkland Dock at 3:30 PM and returning about 6 PM.
PROGRAM  As above, the program was the basketball game.  It ended about 8 PM
 Respectfully submitted (although very late)         Bob Webb      Scribe for the day

March 31, 2014
President Scott Rethke called the March 31, 2014 Rotary Meeting to order at 6:32pm and graciously thanked the scribe, John Pruitt and the greeter, Dave Aubry for their service.  Jim Feek led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Guests included visiting Rotarians Dan Moody and Alice Smith, from the Leavenworth Rotary Club.  Casey Oiness was a returning guest.  Heidi Corry accompanied our speaker, Heidi HawkinsManon Debuire, our student of the month from Lake Washington High School introduced her dad, Loren Debuire.
  • Terry Cole announced that he was now a married man and would be honeymooning in Scottsdale for the next several weeks!
  • Patty Sims announced the start of Miracle League.  The games will be on Saturdays from 9:30a to 11:30a on the following dates:  4/26, 5/03, 5/10, 5/17, 5/31 and 6/07.  Please contact Patty and sign up to participate!
  • Scott Becker gave a Duck Dash update announcing that he has secured $19,500 in sponsorship funds.  Help Scott reach the $25,000 sponsorship goal by referring potential sponsors to him!  He also announced that we will be trying to get the GIANT QUACKY for our Duck Dash…yes, the World’s Largest Yellow Rubber Duck that is 65 feet tall and weighs 1,100 pounds.
  • Anne Hamilton presented Ernie Norehad, Scott Becker and Jim Feek their Paul Harris Fellow recognition pins.  Ernie, Scott and Jim all have multiple Paul Harris Fellow recognitions.  The presentation of Paul Harris Fellow recognition pins is The Rotary Foundation's way of expressing its appreciation for a substantial contribution to its many programs.
  • Scott Rethke reminded us that the next Rotary meeting [April 7th] would be the NCAA Finals Watch Party.  The tip off is scheduled for 6:10pm.  Bring potential new members, family & friends to the event.   
The Kirkland Rotary Club meeting of  March 24, 2014  began at 6:30 p.m. and was led by President, Scott Rethke. 
Pledge:  Jerry Campo
Inspiration:  Scott said you should be inspired after watching “Shark Tank” on ABC, Friday nights at 9:00 p.m. Shark Tank embodies people trying to live the American Dream of inventing things and selling them.
Visiting Rotarians:
Sam Myoda, Seattle 4, Microbiologist, visited for the second time
Student of the Month:  Manon Debuire, LWHS, visited for the fourth time.  Both her younger brothers are very active in soccer and play in leagues that travel all over the United States.  Manon will give her talk next week.
Barb Seaton thanked everyone who attended last Saturday night’s Kirkland Rotary Foundation Auction.  Over $6,000 was raised to benefit the Cascadia Foundation Scholarship Fund.  It was debatable whether Mike Hunter or Dave Aubrey purchased the most items, but Rick Walter suggested he also might be in the running.  Special thanks were given to Anne Hamilton, who created a very interesting “unauction” that raised over $600.
Jerry Campo will continue to collect $16 from those who went to the hockey game and hadn’t paid him.


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