Rotary Club of Kirkland


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We meet Mondays at 6:15 PM
Woodmark Hotel
1200 Carillon Point
Kirkland, WA  98033
United States
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Joanne Primavera
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Rotary Club of Kirkland
Monday, November 23, 2015 Meeting
President Rich Bergdahl called the meeting to order at 6:30 PM.  GG Getz, visiting from Georgia, led us in the Pledge.
Brian Tucker inspired us with notes from his daughter, Matty, who is studying in Paris.  Matty provided comments from survivors of the tragedy that occurred in Paris a week ago.  In summary live your life to the fullest and tell loved ones how much you love them every day!
Jack & Cheryl Bloodworth, former members of our Club (this scribe was delighted to see you!)
GG Getz, a former President of our Club.  GG has joined a Club in Atlanta and is the Fellowship Chair.
Aron Healy with Franklin Temple came to our meeting after attending the Rotary Omak-Okanagan fundraiser for those affected by last summer’s wildfires.
Carly Taylor, our Student of the Month, has been accepted at two colleges so far!
Rich Bergdahl’s family was in attendance:  His mother, Loretta Brown; his brother Bruce and Bruce’s wife Carol, both of whom just arrived from Alaska; and his mother-in-law Jodie Marks.



The meeting was called to order at 6:30PM by President Rich Bergdahl, John Woodbery your scribe for tonight led the Pledge of Allegiance and Dan Bartel gave the inspiration moment as a report from having watched the Steve Jobs movie which gave recognition to creative people working as teams  who just see things differently.  Our new digital world is probably the result.

Mekonen Giogis served as greeter tonight and yours truly as Scribe.



Our guests tonight included Dr. Arun Jhaveri, certified  sustainable development professional and the first mayor of Burien, Washington from 1992-1998.  Also joining us was Jorgni Ramis (SP?) a Bellevue Lunch Club visiting Rotarian who works in Information Technology and supports what are called "Inspiration Playgrounds" for kids with disabilities who with these helps can feel included in social life.  Carly Taylor from Bellevue High School is our Student of the Month for November.  Also joining us as Scott Becker's guest was Michael Oskouian an insurance broker with Willis of Seattle, Inc.


Announcements included:

  • For Ann Hamilton not present, the Lake Washington School of Technology benefit lunch is November 3rd.
  • Don Dicks announced the Club's hands on work project for Attain Housing, a program to refurbish housing units for the next short term resident seeking an avenue back into responsible and productive life in the community. Volunteers needed for this weekend; contact Don for location and details.
  • Steve Shinstrom announced that the annual Bunco party at his house will be November 14th, theme is crazy hats so surprise us!
  • Scott Rethke announced that the night before is a warm up event at  Total Wine in Bellevue:  6:30-8:30  beer and wine available.
  • Dave  Debois announced hockey night in Everett on Saturday December 5th. More details as to where to assemble for a pre game meal to be announced.
  • Rich Bergdahl announced that the Club's $50,000 donation will be presented to the City of Kirkland on November 17th and requested some past presidents to accompany him.
  • Eric Olsen, now retired as Chief of Police of Kirkland thanked those who came to his retirement party and reported somewhat on his new life.
Kirkland Rotary Minutes
Woodmark  - 6:30 pm
Rich Bergdahl opened the meeting with a welcome.  Brian Tucker led the Pledge of Allegiance. Dave Aubrey offered a story about his parents as an inspirational moment. Dave Dubois was recognized as greeter and Patricia Sims is taking the minutes. Scott Becker took over tonight for Rick Walker. 
Visitors: Scott Becker introduced his guest Stasa Hansen from a company called Sonitrol. 
            Jim Feek introduced his guest Bob Sternoff, a past council member & entrepreneur. 
            Dave Dubois introduced Dick Carlson from Tuscon AZ.  
Rich thanked Al for attending the meeting last week.   Rich also thanked DB for coming to the meeting George for picking him up.  DB Recently moved to Aegis of Kirkland.  Joanne Primavera announced that it was DB’s birthday on Saturday.  Bill Woods and Ernie Norwood are also expecting birthdays soon.
  • Joanne Primavera presented Attain Housing formally called KITH.  Kirkland Rotarians are asked to volunteer to help fix up a house.  No skills necessary.  Once the house is occupied then Rotary will also “adopt” the family. The dates of changed to a possible date of November 4 – 8th.  Don Dicks has a checklist of what will be needed.  Please sign up. 
  • Scott Becker announced that Nigeria is now Polio free.  This will clear the entire continent of Africa from Polio. 
  • Pat Swenson called for reading buddies and John Muir elementary.  The programs starts soon (November 2nd) so please contact Pat if you can help. 
  • Anne Hamilton reminded Rotarians that the LW Institute of Technology will be holding their breakfast.   For information on how to attend, please contact Anne. 
  • Steve Shinstrom announced that Bunko is scheduled at his house on November 14th.  The theme is “Hatastic”.  Rotarians are encouraged to where their favorite hat or get creative and have fun with a new design. Signup sheets are on the table.
  • Rich Bergdahl will be holding the Christmas party at his home on Sunday December 13th.  Festivities will begin 5:30ish.  Rotary meeting will still be held on Monday the 14th.
  • Rich welcomed back Steve Shinstrom, Anne Hamilton, and Mike Hunter who have been out for a few weeks.   Gary Bruner is improving and appreciates all of the well wishes.
  • Ben’s grandfather was recently diagnosed with a terminal form of cancer.  He has been moved into hospice.  Herb Stier’s phone number is 210-260-1985 for anyone that would like to call him.
  • On Tuesday November 17th, Kirkland Rotary will be presenting $50,000 check to the Kirkland City Council.  Rich is going to ask any previous presidents who helped raise the money during their tenure to attend. The money will be used for the Waverly Beach Picnic Shelter.     
  • Dave Dubois provided the date for the annual hockey night.   There are 50 seats reserved December 5th   Everett Silver Tips. More details and signup sheets to follow
  • Brian Tucker directed Happy Dollars. $160 was raised for Happy Dollars.  Great job Brian!
Here is link to scholarship night photos.  What a great night.

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