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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 Meeting Minutes March 30, 2015
We had quite the interesting meeting tonight – a tour of Kirkland’s new police headquarters personally conducted by Chief Eric Olsen.  Several folks attended who haven’t been around much recently – it was good to see them.
Greeter was Dave Aubry.
We dined on very nice sandwiches from Jimmy Johns’, in the facility’s meeting room.  It had been beautifully set up, with additional treats, including a plentiful supply of CHOCOLATES[!] by Chief Olsen’s very efficient Executive Assistant, Patti Ball.  Everyone also received an attractive, official KPD pen and touch-screen stylus.
Prior to the meeting, we admired the Kirkland and KPD history display in the building lobby, including a beautifully restored 1948 Ford in the livery of the KPD of the time.
The meeting was called to order at 6:30 by President Pro-Tem Megan Nakinishi, President John Pruitt being out of town.
The Pledge was ably led by Jim Goings.
Guests introduction:
Mike Hunter introduced his wife Sharon and mother-in-law Evelyn.
Ben Premack introduced his friend Trevor McCann.
Kirkland Rotary meeting on Monday the 16th of March.
President Pruitt brought the meeting to order and asked Jim Feek to lead us in the Pledge.
Bob Webb shared with us some Rotary Moments:
  1. Thanked Dave Debois for the great hockey night event
  2. Wanted everyone to get the word out about Rotary
  3. Talked about his 1988 trip to Africa and how beautiful the women were but the point of this part was that Rotary had just joined the fight against Polio and now look where we are.
Announcements –
Joanne Primavera – May 31st is the Rotary Foundation Auction night – be sure to mark your calendars.
Scott Becker – raised $16,000 already from Duck Dash 2015 sponsors – a month left. He also wanted to mention that the duck dash event – just like the weekend event we are tied to is only going to be a Friday and Saturday – so the race will be Saturday.
Dave Debois – told us about hockey night and the fun had.
Reminders to all – the March 30th meeting will be at the police station.
Imagination Theatre is tonight’s event so put down your napkin and hit the road!

March 23, 2015 Minutes
Scribe:  Pat Swenson
The meeting was called to order at 6:30 p.m. by President, John Pruitt.  The flag salute was lead by Elizabeth (DeeDee) Rusnak.  Mike Hunter provided a Rotary Minute from  Adventure in Service Rotary book that was published in 1949.  Mike shared from the book that included details about the very first meeting of Rotary between 4 businessmen (including Paul Harris) to discuss the formation of a group around business and community needs.  This meeting was held on February 23, 1905 and lead to the formation of Rotary in 1907.
President John thanked Scott Becker for Greeting and Rick Walters for his efficient handling of our money.  President John also welcomed back Neil Johnson and Dwight Olson.
Rotary Club of Kirkland
Monday, March 9, 2015 Meeting
President John Pruitt called the meeting to order at 6:30 PM.  George Anderson led us in the Pledge.
Joanne Primavera inspired us with a Rotary Minute and a flag from the Port Alfred Club in South Africa.   Joanne acquired both the inspiration and flag during her recent trip to South Africa.
Kathy Feek, Dee Woodbery and Jeff Hoertz
Visiting Rotarians:  George Seto and Carl Behnke, both from Seattle #4
Dave DeBois had two announcements!  On Saturday we will have our final First Harvest event at Northwest Harvest.  Meet at 8:00 AM at the Houghton Park & Ride to carpool to Kent.
Saturday evening is our Hockey Night in Everett.  Forty-one have signed up and Dave has a couple extra tickets available.  Meet at 5:00 PM at the Austin Bar& Grill for drinks and dinner.  Megan Nakanishi is carpooling in her Suburban if you need a ride.  “Lovely” Bob Webb has already signed up!  Meet Megan and Bob at the South Kirkland Park & Ride at 4:30 PM.
Joanne Primavera reminded everyone that next Monday evening’s meeting will be dinner at the Woodmark and then we will proceed to the Kirkland Performance Center for a live radio broadcast.  Contact Joanne if you haven’t signed up yet!  No charge for the ticket if you eat dinner at the Woodmark.
John Pruitt provided the Agenda for this Wednesday’s Board Meeting at Rich Bergdahl’s office and you are invited.  Just let John know you will attend.

The meeting was called to order by President John Pruitt at 6:30 PM

Bob Webb led us in the Pledge of Allegiance


Rich Bergdahl gave an inspiring account of how a Rotarian in Sacramento California where Rich worked as a waiter for five years while on a break from college influenced his life.  The Rotarian he met encouraged him  to finish college and go to law school after he discovered Rich liked to read.   The gentleman offered to pay all of Rich’s college and law school expenses and while tempting, Rich went ahead on his own with the continual encouragement of this older Rotarian friend..  Rich’s parting comment was that you as club members are PR men and women for this club every day.


President John thanked Rich Bergdahl for being the greeter and yours truly for acting as scribe.


Our guests included spouses of Ben Premack , Dan Bartel, Bill Taylor, Jim Going, John Pruitt, Jim Feek (Kathy recently ending a year as Chamber of Commerce President),Rick Ostrander, Dave Aubry,, Rick Walter,  Mike Hunter, Steve Shinstrom and their son Alex (soon to be leaving home); and Jason Overleese’s  spouse and two kids. Tim Platt, Librarian  and  Jeff Degallier, Principal for John Muir Elementary; Kirk Rogers and spouse; Nancy Bennett Evans, Rotarian from the International district Rotary in Seattle, classification as architect; soon to be re-united as members Megan Nakananishi and Patti Sims;  Kyle and Becky (last name not heard); and last but not least Denny Delling from King County Metro.



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