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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Joanne Primavera

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Rotary Club of Kirkland
Monday, August 24, 2015 Meeting
Rick Walters (Club Treasurer) standing in for President Rich Bergdahl, called the meeting to order at 6:30 PM.  Bob Auslander led us in the Pledge.
Anne Hamilton provided our Inspirational Moment by reading a nice thank you note from one of our scholarship winners in April. 
Son Michael Pham from the University District and our Assistant Governor
Rafael Miret, guest of Joanne Primavera
Valentina Humphrey, also a guest of Joanne
Jim & Michelle McBeath
Ginny Johnson
Patti Smith announced a Cross Kirkland Corridor celebration on August 31 from 4:30 to 6:30.
Rich Ostrander wants your unsold Duck Adoption tickets.
Ernie Norehad detailed some cautions for the August 31 Salmon Bake at his home, which is a “bachelor pad” so wear comfortable shoes and park on the side of the road off the street (be careful of large rocks in adjoining driveways).  Speed near his home is 25 mph and two boats can pull up to his dock.  Ernie also warned us about the latest scam at Home Depot and Lowe’s where men are being taken advantage of. 
James Nevers will send out an announcement tomorrow for the Salmon Bake.  Let Jim know if you’re attending and whether you’ll bring an appetizer or dessert.  The salmon and drinks will be provided.
Rick Walters gave the results of the Duck Team sales:  Bill Woods’ team was first, Ernie’s team was second, Megan Nakanishi’s team was third, and Rick Walters’ team was fourth. 
Rick also gave a big “Thank You” to Dave & Christine DeBois for the great picnic at Everest Park last week.  Over 60 people attended and the wonderful ribs didn’t last long!
Today the Club hosted the Ninth Hole at the Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament.  Several of our members spent the day there. Rick & Rich explained how smooth the day went and how Mama Duck was set up down the ninth fairway. Golfers were challenged to hit Mama with a shot and one lady did!  This was a real PR event for our Club and maybe it will turn into an annual event?  
Rick presented Ginny Johnson with her $1,000 first prize check from the Duck Race.  Ginny was gracious in her acceptance and donated the check back to the Club.  She also reminded us of the wildfires on the Eastside and asked us to help the many people who have lost their homes.
Rick also congratulated Jim & Michelle McBeath for winning $1,000 at the Duck Race (the McBeath’s had already received their check).
Dan Bartel introduced Claire Farnsworth as our speaker.  Claire spent 36 years reporting on the Seahawks for the Journal-American and the PI, then for the last 6 years actually working as a Seahawks reporter.
Claire had many interesting stories about the Seahawks, including a story about every coach the Seahawks have had over their 40-year history.
Thank you Claire for an entertaining and interesting talk about our favorite NFL team!
Rick Walters thanked everyone for attending and adjourned the meeting at 7:35 PM.
Submitted by Mike Hunter, Scribe for the Week

Rotary Minutes—July 20, 2015
The meeting was called to order by President, Rich Bergdahl at 6:30 p.m.  Don Dix lead the Flag Salute and the Inspiration Moment was given by D.V. Hurst.  DV’s topic was Viewpoint.  “Life depends on how you look at things and this determines how things come out”. 
Rich thanked Jason Overleese for Greeting,  Rick Walter and Eric Olsen for handling the front desk and me (Pat Swenson) for Scribing.
Visitors:  Cindy Weller from Maui, Gail Auslander (Bob’s wife) and Matt Norehad (Ernie’s son) visiting from L.A.
-Eric Olsen reminded everyone that the Golf Tournament is this coming Monday, July 27th at Bear Creek Country Club.  Registration starts at 10:00 am, Tee Off at 12:00.  Dinner and awards following after the golf.
-Scott Becker gave an update on the Duck Dash ($5400 so far turned in).  Ernie’s team leading, with Rick’s in second place, then Megan, then Bill.  Let Scott know if you can help on Race Day.  Branding Party is on Monday, August 3rd at Lee Johnson car dealership, starting at 5:30pm.  Pizza, drinks and cookies (by Joanne) will be provided.  Everyone welcome and all are needed to help brand the ducks for the race.
-Bob Webb asked everyone to sign up for the ticketing selling venues.  Wednesdays at the Farmers Market and Saturday & Sunday at QFC.  See him to sign up.
-Steve Shinstrom requested sign ups for Scribes and Greeters.  (No meetings on August 3rd and August 10th.)  (Duck Branding on 3rd and Race Weekend Aug 8,9)
-Dave DeBois announced the date for the Family PicnicAugust 17th.  The food this year will be barbeque ribs and other treats. 
Congratulation to the 2015 Kirkland Rotary Duck Dash Winners!!!
#1.  Ginny Johnson  $1000
#2.  Merrily Dicks     $1000
#3.  Stron4Sam       $1000
#4.  J. McBeath        $1000
#5.  Jatinder Kohli    $1000
#6.  Tammy Bennett $500 - Evaluation and 10 sessions with a personal trainer from Totally Sound Fitness
#7.  Jay Fulton - One night stay at Woodmark Hotel
#8.  Jeff Waibel - $250 Gift Certificate for custom framing at Ace Frames
#9.  Karen Oaks - $200 Children's Bike, Dr. H. Kilburn, Kirkland Pediatrics
#10.  Patty Tucker - 12 monthly wine tastings for 2, from the Grape Choice
#11.  Patty Tucker - $75 Gift Certificate to Fena Flowers
#12.  Joy McIntosh - $50 Gift Certificate to Ristorante Paradiso
#13.  Lori Richards - $50 Gift Certificate to The Lodge Sports Grill in Kirkland

Kirkland Rotary meeting on Monday the 6th of July, 2015.
The brand new President, Rich Bergdahl, opened the meeting – wait a minute! Are you telling me he missed his inaugural meeting? Thank goodness that Jason Overleese, Rotarian of the Year filled in nicely. Jason asked Samir Saluja to lead us in the Pledge.
Dr. Ernie Norehad shared with us some thoughts from many great Americans – Casey Stengel was one of them.  "Being with a woman all night never hurt no professional baseball player. It's staying up all night looking for a woman that does him in.” If that isn’t American, I don’t know what is.

The June 22, 2015 meeting of Kirkland Rotary Club was called to order by President Elect Rich Bergdahl, standing in for President John Pruitt missing his penultimate and pre-transition meeting at 6:30PM thanking Megan Nakanishi for being greeter, Rick Walter for running the front desk and yours truly for being the scribe for the night.  Harry Wagoner led us in the pledge.  Our guests tonight were Sally Otten of the Kirkland Parks Foundation, Athini and Froni  Mangoras of Georges Restaurant, and Scott East (Bellevue Rotarian). Our inspirational moment were several reports from members attending or watching the US Open in Tacoma.  Comments on the appearance of the site were mixed but a good time was had by all.


Chief Eric Olson  reminded us of the club golf tournament on July 27th with only slots for four foursomes left. Scott Becker gave a Duck dash update with a request for signups and team lists on each table.  Team leader Bill Woods announced his regret that he was opposed by team leader Megan Nakanishi, his very own granddaughter.  Dr. Bob Webb made a pitch for sales efforts to raise money for Rotary projects, good fellowship and to promote the club’s good reputation in the community.  Joanne Primavera gave a Shelter Box update. Sally Otten, guest and short program speaker  (or announcer)gave a report for the Kirkland Parks Foundation joint community project commitments with the City of Kirkland ($50,000) Rotary Club of Kirkland ($50,000)and Kirkland parks Foundation ($25,000 and almost there) for completing the $125,000 Waverly Park Community site.  Next week (7/29) is the annual transition dinner starting at 5:30 for socials followed by a meeting and ending in some mysterious hideaway in the Woodmark.  How late?  No-one would admit.


John Pruitt started the meeting at 6:30



Mogan  - Neighbor of Scott Rethke

Pete – Prsopective new member from Joanne

Merilee Dicks – Spouse of Don Dicks

Bob Brohagan – Former Rotarian from VT.

Sam Chughtai – Friend of Jason O.

Glenn Bowers – Friend of Jason O.

Cheryl Fergusson – Speaker handler

Vince Ball – Nytek General Manager of Innovation

Rich Lerz – Friend of Jason O.

Doug Sato – Seattle 4 rotarian


Al Hoviland – Pledge


Bob Cohon – Rotary Minute


Gary Bruner – Spoke about the Rotary Peace Scholarship and Introduced 3 members for their Paul Harris Award

Jim Feak – received Paul Harris Pin with 3 Rubies

Alice Volpe – Received Paul Harris with 2 Rubies

Scott Rethke – Received his first Paul Harris Award Pin



Scott Rethke – July 13th Meeting at Chainline Brewery for prospective members

Joanne Primavera - $100 minimum credit Card limit for Duck Tickets

Scott Becker – Sign up sheets for Duck Dash Sales, and Teams to be Emailed

Steve Shinstrom – Scribes and Greeters

Patti Smith – Shirt orders

John Pruitt – Reminder for Board Meeting 6.16 and Transition Dinner 6.29


Speaker – Devin Liddell – Teague consultancy – 3 futures of the automobile


Your scribe for an evening Jason Overleese




John Pruitt called the June 8, 2015 Rotary Club of Kirkland meeting to order at 6:30 and welcomed the guests.  We didn't have a pledge tonight - but the Rotary Minute Question:


For the Rotary Minute -Question. What makes our Rotary Club of Kirkland Exceptional? – here are some of the shout outs. Duck Dash, Miracle League, People, Salmon Bake, Bunko, Monday Nights, the Pledge, Beautiful Venue.


Rick Walters - took role for the attendance at the party, which was above the predicted forecast of people by 20%



·         Rich Berghdal introduced his wife Nannette

·         Ben Premack introduced Trevor McCann

·         Harry introduced his wife of 14 months

·         Scott introduced his neighbor Mohgan

·         Dan Dix introduced Bride Shirley

·         Steve Shinstrom introduced his wife Patty

·         John introduced his wife Janet



Miracle League - Rick commented on the last miracle league game, with the Mariners Moose showing up - and already looking forward to next season.  John commented that it was nice to do a JV with the other Kirkland Club


Rich - commented on the  planning retreat with the new board last weekend.  Asked the current board members to continue on if they would like because the club has been running really well.  The Retreat was held at the Market Street , and they opened it up for the meeting in the morning


Anne Hamilton - commented on the LWIT dinner that was prepared for Rotary , and thanked James Nevers for planning and setting up a great event.


Ben Premack commented on the Face Book page that he has up and running. He asks that people send pictures to him for posting on the Face Book page.

President John called the June 1, 2015 Kirkland Rotary meeting to order at 6:30 PM. 
Jason's daughter, Makana Halley, led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Samir Saluja shared his background and how it lead to his joining Rotary.  During college years he was in the Peace Corps in Brazil and Bolivia.  With this awareness of other countries he was moved toward support of foreign peoples.  Then, working for Microsoft, he wanted more involvement with his community.  The interest in international people and his local community brought him to Rotary.  Isn't Kirkland Rotary fortunate!
Ernie then added religious impact with a story of three men of cloth converting a Grizzly.
VISITING ROTARIANS AND GUESTS; Thomas Parkinson, CEO of Best Communications Group, is our speaker this evening.  Jason Overleese brought his 9 year old daughter Makana Halley.  Both these guests had a major part of the evening.
Here is link to scholarship night photos.  What a great night.



Oct 19, 2015
King County Assessor - Lloyd Hara
What does an Assessor do and the importance of the office for our community.
Oct 26, 2015
Ken McKenzie
Proposition 1 - Aquatic Center discussion. Hear from a neighborhood group pushing back!
Oct 26, 2015
Ken McKenzie
Proposition 1 - Aquatic Center discussion. Hear from a neighborhood group pushing back!


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