Posted by Steve Shinstrom on Nov 17, 2017
Reminder No Meeting This Week
@ Woodmark
We are Meeting at 5:15-5:30 @
Dub Pub 11516 124th Ave NE, Kirkland,
Fellowship to watch our Seahawks
Play Atlanta on Monday Night Football. 
Seahawks Night at Dub Pub Steve Shinstrom 2017-11-17 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harry Wagoner on Nov 14, 2017
Scribe for 11-13 Kirkland Rotary

1.  Pledge led by Brandon

 2.  Inspirational moment:  Lead by Rich Bergdahl

3.  Scribe : Harry Wagoner

4. Guests : Mattie Vuortez. She is working on College applications.

5. Joe Gestendanner.  Benefits specialist in Redmond & another guest Monica Fratita.  Both visiting for the first time.

6. Next Monday : Dub Pub Seattle Seahawks Party

7. Christmas Party : Dec 11th. Lilac Café.  6:00pm  and cost is $50 per person

8. Dec 16th. Rotary Gift wrapping and Christmas shopping at Fred Meyer for the kids.  Breakfast, Santa and wrapping.  35 kids. 

9.  Don Dicks and Rich Bergdahl:  Present:  Polo Plus month.  Gates 2 to 1 match
Paul Harris Award Winners.  Russ & Tricia Stromberg were awarded first time pins and award certificates.  Gale Auslander will receive her pin & certificate when she is back in December 
November 13, 2017 Spokesman Harry Wagoner 2017-11-14 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mike Hunter on Nov 07, 2017
Rotary Club of Kirkland
Monday, November 6, 2017 Meeting
President Steve Shinstrom called the meeting to order at 6:30 PM.  Amy Mutal led us in the Pledge.
Guests: 
Madelyn Colantes – Student of the Month, Juanita High School
Claire Bruining
Patrick Hogan
Ambareen  Jaddi & Bilal Jaddi (Ambareen’s son doing community service to become an Eagle Scout)
Patty Shinstrom
Sharon Hunter
Announcements:
  • The food drive on October 30 resulted in 1,702 lbs. of food for Hopelink!
  • Board Meeting, Thursday evening, November 9th
  • Bunco at the Shinstrom’s home November 11th, “South of the Border” theme
  • Meeting at Dub Pub for Seahawks game, Monday evening, November 20th  Start time is 5:30.  Nice fun social gathering to watch Hawks.
  • Christmas Party at Lilac Café, December 11th at 6PM
  • Christmas Party with Santa and the children, December 16th
  • District Conference next April at the Tulalip in Marysville
  • Return your Duck Dash tickets to Rick Ostrander
November 6, 2017 Spokesman Mike Hunter 2017-11-07 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Swenson on Oct 18, 2017
Rotary Minutes for October 16, 2017
President Steve Shinstrom called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m.  The flag salute was lead by Bob Webb and the Inspiration/Rotary Minute was given by Rich Bergdahl.  He emphasized Rotary Foundation Month and Polio Plus, quoting from the October Rotarian magazine.  October is a matching month for donations from the Gates Foundation for every $1 donated they will match $2 toward Polio Plus.  President Steve thanked Bob Webb and Rich Bergdahl for staffing the front desk and Dave Aubry for Greeting.
 
Guests:  Sam Douglas and Anna Aubry (wife of David Aubry) and a current Reading Buddies Leader. 
October 16, 2017 Spokesman Pat Swenson 2017-10-18 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Aubry on Oct 09, 2017
Rotary Meeting Minutes October 9, 2017
The meeting was called to order by President Steve Shinstrom at 6:30PM. 
Brandon Honcoop led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Ernie Norehad had some words of wisdom for us regarding revenge and the damage it does to the revenge-seeker.  He followed this with another patented amusing story.
Visitors and Introductions:
John Woodbery introduced the wife of our speaker Angela McBride and her friend Carin Moore, who also happens to be John’s daughter.  Brandon Honcoop introduced Mark Friedrich and Dave Aubry introduced Sam Douglas, back for another visit.  Elizabeth Rusnak introduced Ed Fisher, who has been proposed for membership.
October 9, 2017 Spokesman David Aubry 2017-10-09 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mike Hunter on Oct 04, 2017
President Steve Shinstrom called the meeting to order at 6:30 PM.  Amy Mutal led us in the Pledge.
Guests: 
Ed Fisher & Sandra Sea-Fisher
Sam Douglas
Lauren Sommers (Patty Sims’ daughter)
Announcements:
  • October 14th Kirkland Rotary Auction:  Cancelled.  Reschedule in the spring.
  • October 14th will be a work morning at Rotary First Harvest; meet at 7:55 AM at the Houghton Park & Ride to carpool.  Lunch follows with your fellow Rotarians!
  • October 30th meeting will be at the Dub Pub in Kirkland with the downtown Rotary Club.  Bring food for Hopelink and we will have a vocational, social and community evening.
  • Friday, October 20th Warm coats for John Muir students at 10:00 AM
  • Saturday, November 11th is Bunco Night at the Shinstrom’s
October 2, 2017 Spokesman Mike Hunter 2017-10-04 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Scott Becker on Sep 27, 2017

President Steve called the meeting to order at 6:30 and introductions were made all around.

Sandra and Ed Fisher were there for their 3rd time, Former Kirkland Rotary President GG Getz is visiting from Atlanta, Don Dicks introduced the love of his life, Merrily, Ed and Lorraine Doyne, Megan Nakanishi introduced her Fiancé, Andy Starks and Mark Friedrich were also guests.

The following announcements were made:

As part of Steve’s agenda to keep Rotary fun he’s arranged for us to meet with the Downtown Club, October 30th, at the Dub Pub in Totem Lake. Dub Pub is owned by Athina Mangouras and has games Beer and 72 TV’s so we can eat and watch Monday Night Football. There will also be a can food drive competition between the two clubs so the club that donates the most weight of food, wins!

David Aubrey announced the Foundation Auction and dinner will be held October 14th at the Kirkland Women’s Club. Please be thinking of things you may have stopped using and can donate or things you might procure that can be auctioned off to benefit the club’s foundation. And the Bruner’s will be making their Legendary Spaghetti.

Brian Tucker announced that the Woodinville club will be holding its annual 0-K in October. Make sure you’re in shape-for drinking beer after jumping over the finish line.

Patty Dougherty announced a disaster preparedness program on November 6th

Bunco at the Shinstrom’s will be held November 11th

Our annual kid’s Christmas outing will be held this year on December 16th

Our Club’s annual Christmas Party will be held December 11th at Lilac Café.

Dan Bartell announced that our first Rotary First Harvest of 2018 will be held in January

Pat Swenson announced this year’s Reading Buddies Program for 4th & 5th graders at John Muir Elementary staring in November for 6 weeks. Commitment is 1 hour/week.

Rich Bergdahl announced that he needs volunteers for the front desk to help check members in for the meetings. For the newer members this is a great way to get to know your fellow Rotarians!

September 25, 2017 Spokesman Scott Becker 2017-09-27 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Meeting Minutes September 18, 2017
The meeting was called to order by President Steve Shinstrom at 6:30PM. 
Your Humble Scribe, David Aubry, led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.
President Steve thanked Patty Doherty for manning the front desk and Greeting.
Visitors and Introductions:
No introductions were done, as this is the Kirkland City Council’s Candidates’ Forum, co-sponsored with the Greater Kirkland Chamber of Commerce, and we had many outside guests in attendance.
September 18, 2017 Spokesman David Aubry 2017-09-18 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Pruitt on Sep 11, 2017
President Steve Shinstrom called the September 11, 2017 Kirkland Rotary meeting to order promptly at 6:31p.m.  Rick Walter was the greeter, Don Dicks led the Pledge of Allegiance and Rich Bergdahl was at the front desk and provided a fine Inspirational Moment, reminding us about how 9/11 brought him to Rotary and helped unify the country.
 
Visiting Rotarians were: Sue Eichler – Seattle 4, Virginia McKenzie – Seattle 4, Cary Young – Sammamish
Guests were:  Sandra Sea-Fisher and Richard Kinberg.
 
Special Guest and Speaker:  District Governor Alexander C. Hopkins 
 
Club Business and Announcements:
  • Rotary Board Meeting is Thursday, September 14th @ 5:30p.  Please RSVP with Steve S.
  • Candidate Forum is September 18th.  Please RSVP to Patti Smith.
  • “I am Jane Doe” – is a documentary film highlighting the fight against sex trafficking in America, sponsored by Seattle 4.  It will be on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 – 6:00-8:30p.  For more information go to:  http://tinyurl.com/y8xp8ozs 
  • Kirkland Oktoberfest:  Rotary volunteers will be pouring beer on September 23rd from 5:00- 8:30p.  Contact John Pruitt for more information.
  • Patty Sims announced that the October 2nd Rotary program, “Taking the Risk and Creating Your Own Gaming Company” would be an ideal program to invite the younger generation!
  • Bunko will be held November 11th at Steve Shinstrom’s.  The theme this year is “South of the Border.”
  • Christmas Party for the needy is booked for December 16th.  For more information, contact Terry Cole.
     
    Happy Dollars:  Rick Walter extracted many Happy Dollars that are used to pay for guests and other happy events.
September 11, 2017 Spokesman John Pruitt 2017-09-11 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dan Bartel on Aug 28, 2017

August 28, 2017 Spokesman

Vice President John Woodbery presiding for President Steve Shinstrom, called the meeting to order at 6:30 PM, and also provided the Rotary Minute about Knowledge, Experience, and Wisdom.

 

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Mekonen GiorgisVP John Woodbery thanked Scott Becker and Patty Doherty for staffing the front desk, Dan Bartel for scribing, and Terri Ebert for handling the Joker Pool.

 

Visiting Rotarians:  Keith Applegate from Springfield Ohio, CPA: Sveehar-Jv, Chamnai Upscale Rotary Club, India, Physician and her husband Umarini Sveedhin who is a Mechanical Engineer.

 

Guests of Elizabeth Rusnak were Sandra Sea Fisher ( Non-Profits) and her husband Ed Fisher (Project Manager-Construction Engineering for Graham Construction); and  guest of Jim Feek:  Jordan Molla (Advanced Limo USA, Limousine Service).  And Megan Nakanishi grand daughter of Bill Woods is now driving him and potentially coming back.

August 28, 2017 Spokesman Dan Bartel 2017-08-28 07:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Kirkland would like to thank everyone that participated in our 2017 Duck Dash.  Below are the results of Saturday's race.  Winners will be contacted by the club shortly.  Thank you again and special thanks to our sponsors.
 

PLATINUM SPONSORS!!!

LEE JOHNSON CHEVEROLET, EVERGREEN HEALTH, RBC WEALTH MANAGEMENT!

 

GOLD SPONSORS

Ace Frames, Hutichinson & Walter-PLLC, Nakanishi Dental Labs, Inc., The Casey Oiness Team, Guild Mortgage,  Money Tree, Safeway Stores Foundation!

 

Silver Sponsor

Conover Insurance, Heartland Payment Systems, Kirkland Urban, Viper Technology Services, Corsair Technical Services, G12 Communications, PCRG Insurance, Corsair Engineering,

John Pruitt, Richard Bienenfeld DDS, Lincoln Moving & Storage, Passport Corporation, Senior Financial Advisors, Shinstrom & Norman, Inc!

 
 
Grand Prize Winners
 
#1.  Rich Bergdahl      $1000
#2.  Nan Bergfdahl     $1000
#3.  Steve Dewalt       $1000
#4.  Jan Stroh            $1000
#5.  Sandra Wright      $1000
 
#6.  Sharon & Joe Silva           $500 Totally Sound Fitness
#7.  Rich Bergdahl      $250    Ace Frames
#8.  Scott Rethke        $200    Woodmark Hotel
#9.  Dennis DeYoung  $200    Childs Bike from Dr. H. Lee Kilburn
#10. Nan Bergdahl      Golf Outing/basket   Hutchison & Walter CPA
#11. Warren Sole        $120    Grape Choice
#12. Eva Imairo          $75      Fena Flowers
#13. Ann Norman       $50      Ristorante Paradiso
#14. Kalees Meckling   $50      Lodge Sports Grill
 
     
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2017 DUCK DASH RESULTS 2017-08-14 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Aubry on Aug 03, 2017
Rotary Meeting Minutes July 31, 2017
The meeting was called to order by President Steve Shinstrom at 6:30PM.  He had to remind your Scribe that he was supposed to take minutes that night – luckily, pen and paper were quickly found, and we have this record of the meeting.
Shoshanna Ryan, the daughter of our speaker Joel Ryan, led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
Visitors and Introductions:
Mark Shu, who is checking out our club, was introduced as a guest.
Visiting Rotarians Arati & Arun Ganacharya of the Shaniwarwada Club of Pune, India, near Mumbai.  We were treated to a short talk by Arati detailing information about their club, which celebrated its 50th anniversary last year. The club has 70 members, ALL of whom are Paul Harris Fellows.  One of their club projects is sanitation and water conservation in the surrounding villages.
July 31, 2017 Spokesman David Aubry 2017-08-03 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Scott Becker on Jul 14, 2017

Spokesman for meeting of July 10, 2017

 

President Steve called the meeting to order at 6:30 and Bob Webb led the pledge. Steve thanked Tricia Stromberg and DeeDee Rusnak for manning the front desk and yours truly for greeting and scribing.

Russ Stromberg introduced his guest Warren Saul(sp) whom he met while selling Ducks. Warren is a web designer. President Steve introduced FLOKR (First Lady of Kirkland Rotary), Patty.

Steve Acknowledged 4th of July Volunteers of note Rick, Patty and Amy for wearing the Mama Duck costume in 80% weather with David making sure Baby Duck’s head kept moving. Brian Tucker saved the day by making sure that Big Duck stayed inflated.

The Club Picnic is next Monday at the Waverly Beech Shelter. Please sign up if your coming to enjoy the evening and, or if you can help set up or take down.

Duck Dash Sales: Rick was the first to sign up. We are at QFC this Saturday and need sellers from 10-12 & 12-2. Fred Meyer is scheduled for the next weekend. Please put your money in the envelopes when Handing it in.

Pat Swenson told us that there are some great tours of Smith Tower, reminiscent of the past glory days of the former tallest building West of the Mississippi.

Rick lightened the weight of bills in our pockets by calling for Happy Dollars.

July 10, 2017 Spokesman Scott Becker 2017-07-14 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Woodbery on Jun 23, 2017

The June 23, 2017 Rotary Club of Kirkland meeting  was called to order by a healthy Scott Becker at 6:30pm.  The pledge of allegiance was led by Gail Auslander, our Greeter tonight was Terri Ebert. and John Pruitt served at the Front Desk.

Our Guests tonight were Matt & Terri Clements, Matt an electrical engineer and Terri an in IT Software sales, Scott East from a Bellevue Club was here as well as Doug Seto our Seattle 4 regular guest/assoc.  member.

 

Ernie Norehad reminded us  what Walter Winchell said that "Peace, a noun meaning a lull between two people cheating and between two countries fighting" or  "I try to be nice to people on the way up and see them on the way down" or something like that.

 

June 19, 2017 Spokesman John Woodbery 2017-06-23 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Nevers on Jun 12, 2017

President Scott Becker called the June 12, 2017 Rotary Club of Kirkland meeting to order at 6:30. Amy Mutal lead us in the Pledge. John Pruitt and Teri Ekert helped with the front desk. Patty Doherty was the greeter.

 

Guests this evening were Brandon Hencoop’s family, his wife Becca, and two daughters.

 

June 12, 2017 Spokesman James Nevers 2017-06-12 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mike Hunter on Jun 05, 2017
President –Elect (PE) Steve Shinstrom called the June 5th 2017 Rotary Club of Kirkland meeting to order at 6:30 PM.  Rich Bergdahl led us in the Pledge.
 
Guests: 
Sandy Rose (Guest of John Woodbery)
Dee Woodbery
Doug Seto, Seattle Four (Honorary Kirkland Rotary member)
Kemper Freeman from the Bellevue Club (52 years of Perfect Attendance)
June 5, 2017 Spokesman Mike Hunter 2017-06-05 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Pruitt on May 24, 2017
President Scott Becker called the May 22, 2017 Kirkland Rotary meeting to order promptly at 6:30p.m.  Terri Ebert and Ben Premack shared the greeting duties, Anne Hamilton took care of the “front desk,” and Don Dicks led the Pledge.
 
Visitors & Visiting Rotarians:  Visitors included John Maini [guest of Harry Wagoner] and Michael and Kathy Oskouian [guests of Scott Becker].  Our own visiting Rotarian, Doug Santo [from Seattle 4 Club] was presented with an honorary Blue Badge.
 
Club Business and Announcements:
  • Pat Swenson announced that the Reading Buddies recognition and final meeting for the year is Wednesday, May 23rd @ 12:00 noon.  Our Rotary club typically gives $1,000 [sometimes more] to the John Muir Elementary School library for books.  Pat has been chairing this worthwhile endeavor for 15 years!
  • Amy Mutal reminded our members of the Chainline Brewing Company Event to be held this Friday, May 26th, starting @ 5:00p.m.  There will be a food truck with Brats and other food at the Chainline location [503 6th St. S., Kirkland].  For those who don’t care for beer, there will be wine and soft drinks.
  • The final Miracle League game and party will be June 3, 2017 @ 10:30a.m.  The location is at Perrigo Park.  All are invited to participate. 
  • The Duck Dash kickoff is tentatively scheduled for June 12th.  More to follow…
  • The Transition Dinner is Monday, June 26th
  • Save the date:  July 4th parade.  We want to be well represented and armed with squirt-guns [only if the weather is warm].
  • Rich Bergdahl is looking for a couple more members to take on the front desk duties.  Please contact Rich for the details.
  • And, there will be no Rotary meeting next Monday since it is Memorial Day!
May 22, 2017 Spokesman John Pruitt 2017-05-24 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harry Wagoner on May 17, 2017
Kirkland Reporter Meeting 5-15-17
 
  1. Pledge Lead By New Member  Russ Stromberg
  2. Rick Walters Greeter
 
  1. Donate Books By Elaine Books by May 20th
  2. Rotary Social at Chainline Brewery- Friday 5-26. Great food truck and great Rotary event. 5pm to close 
  3. Miracle League at 1:30pm this Saturday.  Fraternity Volunteers this weekend. 
  4. Steve - Thanked everyone for Board Retreat at his Home last Saturday
  5. Scott Rethke - Duck Dash tickets Update. Rick will approve anything. 
  6. Steve  - Aug 21st is Salmon Bake at Auslanders home again.  Thanks Bob & Gail for hosting.  Also,  Bunco will be November 11th at Shinstroms 
 
Introduction Gail Auslander - Bob sponsor
Graduate from UW. Loves Bowling, Swimming & Skiing. Lived in Scottsdale for a bit. Approved proposal.  Welcome Gail!!!!!!!!  Distribution of the Binder and the Red Badge!!!  Pictures taken by all!!!!  
May 15, 2017 Spokesman Harry Wagoner 2017-05-17 07:00:00Z 0
President Scott called the SCHOLARSHIP NIGHT meeting to order at 6:30 PM. 
 
Your scribe was allowed to lead us in the Pledge of Allegiance.  Ernie Norehad provided an unusually brief but very sophisticated inspirational moment.
 
VISITING ROTARIANS AND GUESTS  With this being Scholarship Night we had many guests including the very impressive scholarship recipients, their parents and several friends and even a couple proud teachers.
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS
  • Patty Sims reported Miracle League is going very well and despite next year's board meeting on Saturday we should be OK with Evergreen Hospital helping out.
  • Steve Shinstrom reminded the new Board of the meeting at 10 AM at his home.   8139 NE 115th Way, Kirkland  98034
  • Amy Mutal announced our next social activity will be meeting again at the Chainlink Brewery on Friday, May 26 from 5 till 8 PM.  Don't miss it.
  • Reminder - This month's regular Board meeting is this Wednesday 5/10 at 6 PM.
  • Next week the program will be Paul Brown of the Kirkland Reporter.
May 8, 2017 Spokesman Bob Webb 2017-05-10 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mike Hunter on May 02, 2017
Rotary Club of Kirkland
Monday, May 1, 2017 Meeting
President –Elect (PE) Steve Shinstrom called the meeting to order at 6:30 PM.  James Nevers led us in the Pledge.
PE Steve explained that he is a late stand in for President Scott Becker.
Guests: 
Russ and Tricia Stromberg
Michael Maher, spouse of our speaker
Announcements:
  • Miracle League was a fun event last Saturday.  We need a pitcher for this coming Saturday since Harry cannot attend.  The next game will be this Saturday at 10:30 AM at Perrigo Park in Redmond.
  • James Nevers announced Scholarship night next week, May 8.  Please attend to support the 10 students and families/friends that will be there.
  • Rick Walter said Duck Dash is coming along with some more sponsors signed up.  The July 4th Parade requires lots of volunteers so sign up when the time comes.
May 1, 2017 Spokesman Mike Hunter 2017-05-02 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Amy Mutal on Apr 24, 2017

Rotary Club of Kirkland

Monday, April 17, 2017 Meeting Minutes

Speakers: Indra and Adrianna winners of Teen CEO, Magic Carrot Candles

Scribe: Amy Mutal

 

Guests

Gale Auslander

Todd- Father of Miracle League participant, Jacob. He shared what a positive impactful Miracle League has had on Jacob and all the other participants. He thanked the Rotary Club for all we do to make it possible and encouraged us to continue to volunteer. “It truly is a miracle”.

 

Announcements

Joanne and Patty Sims - Miracle League starts Saturday the 22nd. Looking for volunteers to participate for two hours on Saturday mornings. Sign up on Facebook or Club Runner.

Scott Becker- Thank you for Birthday/Get Well Card. Board meeting reschedule to Wednesday the 19th.

Rick Walter: Duck Dash confirmed August 14th. Please register for 4th of July Parade, need volunteers!

Rick Walter: Happy Dollars!

 

Program

Indra and Adrianna from Teen CEO, Magic Carrot Candles

1st place winners out of 9 applicants.

Awarded $2,000. Used Honorarium on equipment, buying bulk inventory, product line and marketing.

About Magic Carrot Candles:

Two seventeen-year-old girls from Seattle Washington who love making candles! Their fandom based candles are each carefully matched with the perfect scents for different places and people in books, movies, and the internet. They’re big fans of every product they make, so you can be sure they take special care to make all of our scents perfect!

 

Meeting adjourned at 7:30pm.

April 17, 2017 Spokesman Amy Mutal 2017-04-24 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Kirkland
Monday, March 27, 2017 Meeting Minutes
Speakers: Kent Sullivan and Matt McCauley, Historians of Early Kirkland
Scribe: Mike Hunter
March 27, 2017 Spokesman 2017-03-27 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Steve Shinstrom on Mar 22, 2017
President Scott called the March 20, 2017 Rotary Club of Kirkland meeting to order at 6:30pm.  Dave DeBois led us in the Pledge.  Gary Bruner did an inspirational moment commemorating the loss of his Mother-in-Law and how we need to help our disabled veterans.
 
Guests:
Scott East of Bellevue Noon,  Russ & Trish Stromberg and our past student of the month Isabella Forcino.
Announcements:
  1. Patti Sims mentioned Miracle League is coming but hasn’t had the same support as last year and some of the normal go to folks may have other commitments this year.  She is looking for someone to help chair this important set of events with her.  Please reach out to Patti if you can offer a hand.
  2. The downtown club is having a social and game night at the Brickhouse Pub in Juanita.  Starts at 5pm Wednesday the 22nd (TONIGHT) and there is no cost to attend.  However food and drinks would be on each individual.
  3. Amy said hockey night was a great success.  Having attended personally I will agree.  Thanks Amy for coordinating.
  4. Rich is doing the front desk and still looking for a few good folks to help with the fun and entertaining duty.
 
Program:

Tonight was all about prepping for the Duck Dash and getting all member assigned to a committee.  We are looking for a volunteer to spearhead coordinating the 4th of July Parade as long time coordinator Steve is going to be busy with Family Commitments.  Please let Rick know if you are willing to be coordinator.  Steve will help get all supplies and the ducks.
 
Race day committee is on track but still needs many willing to help with final take down at the end.  Jason & Steve and others are on task.
 
PR is Ann Hamilton, Bob Webb and Ben Premack to get the good word out on our race.
 
Race day will be either Saturday the 12th or Sunday the 13th depending on final decision made by the Summerfest organizing team and how many days the festival will run.
 
Meeting adjourned around 7:30.  Scribe for an evening Steve
March 20, 2017 Spokesman Steve Shinstrom 2017-03-22 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Aubry on Mar 20, 2017
Rotary Meeting Minutes March 13, 2017
The meeting was called to order by President Scott Becker at 6:30PM.  Everyone is glad to see he is on the mend from a recent bout with pneumonia.
President Scott recited some words of wisdom asserting that petting a dog will raise your mood in almost any situation.
 Bob Cohon led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Visitors and Introductions:
Matt Scarano with Edward Jones was again with us and was introduced by Pres. Scott Becker.
Several people were here with our speaker, from Electronic Rights – Rainier, a group that educates about electronic privacy and security.  These included Angie, Tyler Walker who is also a senior at WSU, and Selena, the group’s Director of Communication.
March 13, 2017 Spokesman David Aubry 2017-03-20 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mike Hunter on Mar 08, 2017
Rotary Club of Kirkland
Monday, March 6, 2017 Meeting
Vice President (VP) Rick Walter called the meeting to order at 6:30 PM.  Scott Rethke led us in the Pledge.
VP Rick inspired us with a story of a returning customer to his business.
Guests: 
Silas Hjelmstad and his dog Holly
Matt Scarano
Isabella Forcino, Student of the Month from Juanita High School
Announcements:
  • Patty Sims informed us that Miracle League is almost here!  The first game will be April 22 at Perrigo Park in Redmond with a start time of 10:30 AM (Half an hour later than last year).
  • Amy Mutal has arranged a Thunderbirds Hockey Game for us on Saturday, March 18 at the Kent ShoWare Center.  The T-Birds will play Portland, a real rivalry!  You can also have dinner at the Ram Restaurant at 5:00 PM before the game and then enjoy the game beginning at 7:05 PM.  Tickets are $26 apiece and you can pay at the front desk.
  • Jason Overleese has set the March 20 meeting for coordinating Duck Dash activities so be sure and attend!
March 6, 2017 Spokesman Mike Hunter 2017-03-08 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Pruitt on Feb 28, 2017
President-Elect Steve Shinstrom called the February 27, 2017 Kirkland Rotary meeting to order promptly at 6:30 p.m.   Rich Bergdahl was the greeter and also took care of the front desk duties.  James Nevers led the Pledge of Allegiance.  President-Elect Steve informed the club that President Scott was not feeling well but should be back to the podium in a week or so.
 
Visitors & Visiting Rotarians:  Visitors included Russ and Tricia Stromberg, guests of Joanne Primavera, and Isabella Forcino, our student of the month from Juanita High School.
 
Special Guest and Speaker was William [Bill] Kenower. 
February 27, 2017 Spokesman John Pruitt 2017-02-28 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Elizabeth Rusnak on Feb 14, 2017
Meeting Date: Monday, February 13, 2017
The meeting was called to order by Club president, Scott Becker at 6:28 p.m.  The flag salute was led by Dave DeBois.  Front desk: Terri Ebert and Isabella Forcino.
 
Inspirational Moment: Ernie Norehad shared his thoughts about nature.
 
Introduction of Visitors:
Student of the Month: Isabella Forcino of Juanita High School
Other Visitors: Darren Varnado (guest of our speaker), and Michael Soike (photographer of our speaker).
February 13, 2014 Spokesman Elizabeth Rusnak 2017-02-14 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Aubry on Feb 03, 2017
Rotary Meeting Minutes January 30, 2017. The meeting was called to order by President Pro-Tem Steve Shinstrom at 6:30PM.
Brandon Honcoop led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Thanks to Teri Ekert for manning the front desk.
Dr. Ernie Norehad regaled us with a humorous minute.
January 30, 2016 Spokesman David Aubry 2017-02-03 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joanne Primavera on Jan 23, 2017
ROTARY CLUB OF KIRKLAND SPOKESMAN
 
Meeting Date: Monday, January 23, 2017
 
The meeting is called to order by President Scott Becker, at 6:28 p.m.
The flag salute was led by Terri Ebert
Front Desk  Patti Smith
 
Introduction of Visitors:
 
Student of the Month:  Isabella Fercino
Other Visitors:   Patty Doherty introduced her friend, Minerva Butler
January 23, 2017 Spokesman Joanne Primavera 2017-01-23 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ben Premack on Jan 10, 2017
Open @ 6:30, Scott Becker presiding
Guests & Visiting Rotarians
  • Patty and Michael Endicott, guests of Joanne Primavera
  • Toby, visiting Rotarian from Hong Kong
  • Gail Aulander, wife of Bob Auslander. But, she won’t be only a guest for much longer.
  • Isabella Fercino, Student of the Month
  • Scott East, visiting from Bellevue Tuesday Club
  • Mike Hunter brought his family: Sharon (wife), Norm (Sharon’s Brother), Evelyn (Sharon’s mother) who recently became a centenarian
January 9, 2017 Spokesman Ben Premack 2017-01-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Aubry on Dec 11, 2016
Rotary Meeting Minutes December 12, 2016
 
The meeting was called to order by President Pro-Tem Rick Walter at 6:30PM.
 
Mike Hunter led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
Thanks to Rich Bergdahl for manning the front desk, with the able assistance Teri Ekert, who also Greeted.
 
Visitors and Introductions:
Jason Overleese introduced Rick Juma and his son Saleem, who will be our speaker.
December 12, 2016 Spokesman David Aubry 2016-12-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Woodbery on Nov 28, 2016

The meeting was called to order by President Scott Becker at 6:30 PM

 

Dave DeBoies led the club in the Pledge of Allegiance.  Our only guests for the meeting were our Student of the Month Varenna Knowles, her parents Phil and Sharon Knowles.

 

Announcements:

Joanne Primavera thanked all who helped with Thanksgiving food donations.  Terry Cole reminded the club of the Christmas shopping event for kids on December 17th.  The cost is paid for by the Foundation.  Amy Mutal announced that the Club Christmas party will be next Monday, December 5th at the DeLille Chateau Winery in Woodinville from 6-9 PM.

November 28, 2016 Spokesman John Woodbery 2016-11-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Aubry on Nov 20, 2016
Rotary Meeting Minutes November 21, 2016
The meeting was called to order by President Scott Becker at 6:30PM.   Eric Olsen led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
Thanks to Terri Ekert for manning the front desk, with the able assistance of Jodi Long, and at times, Amy Mutal, who also was working on the Holiday Gala.
 
We met in the Marina Room of the Woodmark and due to the typical northern latitude early sunset, were not treated to a gorgeous view of the lake and skyline as the evening came on.
 
Rick Ostrander shared a Rotary Moment involving Rotary International and the Rotary Scholars Program [exchange students].  There have been about 42,000 of them since WWII.  He recounted two students that his family knew and have stayed in contact with for decades.
 
Visitors and Introductions:
Doug Seto, our popular refugee from Seattle 4, was once again in attendance.  Our Student of the Month, Varenna, was here and will be telling us about herself and her plans next week.
November 21, 2016 Spokesman David Aubry 2016-11-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jodi Long on Nov 14, 2016

President Scott Becker opened the Rotary Club of Kirkland meeting at 6:30.  David Mutal did the pledge, and thanks to Terri Ebert and Jodi Long ran the  front deck,  and John Pruitt for greeting, and Jodi Long for scribing the meeting.   Terry Cole did the inspirational moment

 

Announcements: 

 

Brian Tucker-  Asked for Volunteers this Friday for Teen Club.  Be there at 5:30 to service pizza.  Location is at the Kirkland Teen building near QFC and behind senior center. 

 

Terry Cole- Need volunteers for Holiday Party.  We need helpers for shopping with the kids, help to take down and set up.   See sign up sheet for gift wrapping.

 

Joanne Primavera- Thank David Aubrey and Anna and the crew for coming to the tree house.  Thanks to John Pruitt for handling coats for kids while she was gone.   Donated over 1,000 coats.  Kathy will make sure the coats get worn this winter. 

 

Also see sign up sheet for bringing different food items or money for making baskets for Kirkland Nourishing Network.   Bring items to next weeks meeting.

 

Please see the calendar for November and December at each table.  

 

Let Joanne Primavera know if you are interested in walking at the HopeLink Turkey Trot.  See sign up sheet.  Rotary will pay for you to be in the turkey trot.  The walk is this Sunday November 20th.   3 mile walk from Marina to Carillon Park.   The duck should be represented.   Meet up where the sailing club meet.   Also we can sign up for bell ringing at the QFC.

 

Amy Mutal- Holiday party for the club on December 5th.  Copy of the invitation was sent via. email and at your table.  We have 30 RSVP's.  15 who have viewed and 15 who haven't opened it. Location is at Delille Chateau and catering by Laura. 

 

Steve Shinstrom- sign up for scribe.  sign up sheet is on each table.

 

Scott Becker-  We have two new students Maya Short and Kala Nazaky both from Juanita Highschool.  We will provide funding for their leadership weekend. 

 

Don Dicks- Rotary foundation works will e guest speaker next week.

 

Jason Overleese- move the speaker for next week and Jodi Long and Terry Ebert will present next week. 

 

Dave Dubious- Thanked Steve Shinstrom for Bunco.

 

Bob Webb- He is putting together PR for what our club does.  Please take photos and write articles.  Get more things into the site.  Rick Walters sent out article for Tree House.

November 14, 2017 Spokesman Jodi Long 2016-11-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rick Walter on Oct 25, 2016

Rotary Club of Kirkland Meeting – October 17, 2016

Scott Becker brought the meeting to order and Jason Overleese lead the group in the pledge of allegiance.

Visitors were recognized – Our student of the month Jorge who will be giving us a small presentation next week in his final meeting with the group. Lynn Petsel will talk later about “NOLS”. Our Speaker “Mickey” Pierce will talk on access to technology.

Announcements – Anne Hamilton talked about the Lake Washington Technical College Event; Bright Futures Benefit Breakfast on November 1, 2016.

*** Note from Editor.  Steve Shinstrom wasn't at the meeting but is announcing BUNCO is Saturday November 5th.  He will again email sign up list and then will do food the week prior.  ***...  We will need a minimum of 16 committed to host the party and as of today sign ups are a bit light.  More to follow. ***

Pat Swenson reminded us about Reading Buddies – the due date to sign on is October 25th and if you need more information, see the accompanying flyer.

Dave DeBois let us know that he is in the processing of rounding up children to participate in the Holiday event sponsored by Kirkland Rotary Foundation. More information to come.

John Pruitt told us that Operation Warm Coats gets underway this Friday – they have 5 or 6 volunteers but the more the merrier.

Brian Tucker, along with Joanne Primavera filled us in on the “K-TUB Teen Feed” event. The goal is to feed homeless kids in Kirkland. The teen feed which is sponsored by the YMCA is held at the Teen Union Building (TUB). The club’s involvement is the 3rd Friday of odd months starting with November so November 18th would be the club’s first feed. Be sure to contact Joanne if you want to be involved.

Scott Becker let us know the club is getting involved in the youth movement – We are going to help the Downtown club financially with their efforts with Interact and Rotaract clubs in our area. In addition, the club will be involved with an exchange student next fall.

October 17, 2016 Spokesman Rick Walter 2016-10-26 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Minutes for Monday, October 24th 2016
President Scott Becker opened the meeting.  Diane Lanspa welcomed members to state the pledge.  Scott thanked Rich Bergdahl for manning the front desk and Jodi Long for being our greeter today. 
Elizabeth welcomed our student of the month Jorge Azpeitia and his family Jorge and Julia Aspeitia Sr.  Other guests at her table include Carol Glennon (teacher) and Melanie Artz (year book advisor) both teachers at Juanita High School.
Amy Mutal introduced Brenda Kaufman as her guest. Brenda is the manager of Columbia Athletic Club.  Jason introduced the CEO and CFO of the NW University.   Other guests included Doug Seto visiting us from Seattle 4.
 
Student of the month presentation : Jorge Azpeitia
Thank you to Rotary.  Jorge is 16 years old and was born at Evergreen Hospital.  When he was young his family moved back to Mexico where he started school early.  When he moved back to Kirkland he was very young and did not know English.  He and his brother were enrolled in an English as a Second language class and soon he had caught up with the other kids.  He still goes back to Mexico every couple of years to stay in touch with friends and relatives.
Jorge attending Robert Frost and Kamiakin.  He is a national honor society member and has a passion for photography.  He went to Conneticut over the summer to attend photography school and even started a small photography business.  He is head of the 2016 yearbook.  He attributes his success and positive attitude to his parents and teachers Carol Glennon and Melanie Artz.   Scott presented Jorge a duck. Rotary will donate 600 lbs of food to NW Harvest in his name.
Scott reminded Rotarians that October 24th is Rotary Polio Day.
October 24, 2016 Spokesman 2016-10-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Steve Shinstrom on Oct 09, 2016
President Scott called the October 10, 2016 Rotary Club of Kirkland meeting to order at 6:30pm.  Patti Sims let us in the Pledge.  Scott thanked Rick W & Ben P for manning the front desk.  Jason Overleese was greeter and Steve Shinstrom Scribing for the evening.  Our guests for the evening included Ryan Addison from Pacific Office Automation and his wife Katherine.  They were taking a look to get a feel about Rotary.  Dan Bartel did a inspiring moment on the history of the Rotary Youth Exchange program.  Started way back in 1927 and today there are between 8 & 9 thousand students participating. each year.  Mike Hunter introduced Jorge Azpeitia our Student of the Month from Juanita High School.
 
Announcements.
 
Steve Shinstrom reminded everyone about Red, White & Blue Bunco on November 5th.  An email sign up will be coming around as he will be out of town for the next two meetings.
 
Patty Smith needs griddles and cooks for the Christmas/Holiday kids shopping extravaganza that is in the works for December 17th.  Bob Auslander generously donated $5000 to this event so the kids will be able to shop for presents.  Terry Cole and his group need as many Santa helpers as possible for the morning of shopping at Fred Meyer and Dan Bartel is working feverously on growing his beard to be Santa for the event.
 
Ben Premack said we need committed volunteers for the 11/12 Treehouse Work Party n Seattle.  Please contact Ben to add your name to the list.
 
Rich Bergdahal is back in the game and has his front desk crew started.  He would like more volunteers and has a great start with Himself, Don Dicks, Dave Aubry, Patti Smith and Rick O?  (I didn't get all the names.)  He would like a committee of 8 or more so that no one person is stuck for long periods of time at the front desk.  He will also get the new members their 4 weeks on the front desk as a great way to meet all the members.
 
October 10, 2016 Spokesman Steve Shinstrom 2016-10-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Woodbery on Oct 04, 2016

The meeting was called to order by President Scott Becker at 6:30 PM.  The club was led in the pledge by John Woodbery.  Bill Woods made a special tribute to the Pledge of Allegiance and against those who refuse to honor the traditions and privileges the flag represents for our country.

Ernie Norehad gave the Rotary Minute by reminding the members and guests that we can celebrate World Polio Day upcoming with an event at the Bill and Melinda gates Foundation on October 27th.  He also reminded everyone to get their flue shots in October.

October 3, 2016 Spokesman John Woodbery 2016-10-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joanne Primavera on Sep 27, 2016
Meeting Date: Monday, September 26, 2017
 
Although a few intrepid Rotary Club of Kirkland souls ventured out to the Woodmark, there was no official meeting.  Instead, the Presidential Debates were turned on in the library at 6:00 p.m.  Members dished up their food and they, and a few hotel guests, watched the debates.  Mike Hunter and David Aubry manned the front desk.
 
Don’t forget the Kirkland Rotary Foundation Auction this week at the Kirkland Women’s Center, 407 1st St. at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 1. 
 
Also, if you wish to join members at the Hopelink Luncheon on Monday, October 24 at 11:30 a.m., please contact Anne Hamilton anneham43@hotmail.com.  Mario Batali will be the guest speaker.  The luncheon is free, but bring a checkbook for a donation.
 
Guests present:  Terri Ebert
                          Murray Kyot
 
Submitted by Scribe:
Joanne Primavera
September 26, 2016 Spokesman Joanne Primavera 2016-09-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 21, 2016
Rotary Spokesman
 
Meeting Date: Monday, September 16, 2016
The meeting is called to order by president, Scott Becker at 6:30 p.m.  The flag salute is led by Dan Bartel.  Tonight’s Greeter is: Don Dicks. Front desk: Rich Bergdahl.
 
Introduction of Visitors:
Sondra Pichardo, daughter of Diana Lanspa, was visiting from Atlanta; Terri Ebert, Jodi Long and Steve’s wife, Patty Shinstrom.
 
Club Announcements:
  1. The board has approved new members Terri Ebert and Jodi Long. They should be inducted within a few weeks.
  2.  Patti Dougherty’s blue badge arrived.
  3. Joanne Primavera reminded everyone the Foundation Auction is Saturday, Oct. 1st at 5:30 pm at the Kirkland Women’s Club. Gary and Ingrid Bruner will be making their famous spaghetti dinner along with another surprise. Sign-ups are needed for appetizers and desserts, as well as help to set-up and take-down.  Auction items are also needed.
  4. Amy Mutual announced the Nine Club Social that will be held September 29th at Redhook Brewery.  Please RSVP directly to Amy.  This will be a fellowship night with nine Rotary clubs from the area.
  5. David DeBois is coordinating a beer-pour-team for Kirkland’s October Fest for Saturday, September 24 at 8 pm.
  6. Steve and Patty Shinstrom are hosting the annual Bunco party at their home on Saturday, November 5th at 6:00 pm.  The theme is “Red, White and Blue” (time to get creative). Bring a heavy appetizer to share.
  7. Ben Premack will be taking photos of various Rotary events and posting them to our Club’s Facebook page.  If you have photos you want posted, email them to Ben and he’ll get them posted.
  8. Scott Becker is working with the Rotaract Group of Juanita High School.
     
    Special Announcements:
    N/A
     
    Happy Dollars:
    N/A
     
    Program Speaker: Jason Overleese, our Program Chair, introduced Bryan Johnston, Seattle author (of JP Patches) and 11-time Emmy Award winner.
    Program Topic: Bryan’s topic was about his book, Almost Live, The TV Show That Wouldn’t Die”. Almost Live, the local Seattle television show that started in 1984, was the launching pad for many famous television celebrities. Even though the show officially went off the air in 1999, re-runs can still be seen on King 5 today. Bryan entertained us with the history of the show and the career path of many of the people who were part of making the show a national success.  At one point during the life of Almost Live, the ratings of that show were better than the ratings of Saturday Night Live.  Almost Live was also on Comedy Central for 2-years.  Bryan also entertained us with a few of the clips of a few of the shows, one featuring Pat Cashman (Roscoe’s Carpet Emporium Closing) that was done in one take.  Bryan fielded various questions from the audience and all were pleased with the entertaining information about the background of Seattle’s show.
     
    Lucky Ticket Drawing
    N/A
     
    The meeting was adjourned at 7:30 p.m.
    Submitted by Scribe:
    Elizabeth “DeeDee” Rusnak
September 19, 2016 Spokesman 2016-09-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joanne Primavera on Sep 19, 2016
Sorry for the delay on this.  Had a pretty tough week last week...   Steve
 
Meeting Date: Monday, August 12, 2016
 
The meeting was called to order by President, Scott Becker at 6:33 p.m.
The flag salute was led by James Nevers
Tonight’s Greeters were everyone in the club.
Mike Hunter was at the front desk.
 
Rotary Minute was introduced by James Nevers.  James talked about the Rotary Beer Fellowship that has recently been formed.  He wishes our club could join the fellowship because young people love beer and partnering with breweries in the area could attract new members.
 
Introduction of Visitors:
 
Visiting Rotarians:
Patricia Darling is the wife of our current District Governor, Bo Darling, and is a member of the Rotary Club of Mercer Island.
 
Other Visitors:   
Joanne Primavera brought Terri Ebert (for the third time).  She will submit her application for membership before the Board meeting on Wednesday night.  Terri is the human services director at Path.  Among other things, Path, a non-profit organization, supplies Polio vaccine to third world countries.  Path is also working on a vaccine to end malaria.
Maurice (Murry) Kyot joined us from Madison Park.  Murry recently relocated to Seattle and is working with Dave DeBois as a banking consultant.  Murry has been a member of the Rotary 1 club in Chicago and the Rotary 2 club in San Francisco.
September 12, 2016 Spokesman Joanne Primavera 2016-09-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Pruitt on Aug 31, 2016
Rotary Minutes 8-29-16
President-Elect Steve Shinstrom called the meeting to order at 6:31pm and graciously thanked John Pruitt for scribing, Patty Doherty for greeting, and Rick Walter for handling the front desk.
 
 
*** EDITOR's NOTE...  I want to thank all of you for the kind words when hearing about the passing of my father this past Saturday.  For those that knew Dick we will be having a celebration of his life at Inglewood Golf & CC at 2:00pm on Friday the 16th of September.  Golf/Country Club attire is preferred as that is the way he would have wanted it!!!. ***
 
 
Rick Ostrander led the Pledge of Allegiance and Ernie Norehad gave a fine inspirational minute about “Freedom is a rare and delicate thing.”
Guests included visiting Rotarians Maurice Kvit, and other special guests Jodi Long [guest of Amy and David Mutal], Roberta Lyon [spouse of the speaker] and Gail Auslander [spouse of Bob Auslander]
Announcements:
  • Scribe signup list was distributed.  Thank you for signing up for scribe and greeter.
  • Details about the holiday party for needy kids was announced.
    • Dan Bartel and Terry Cole are co-chairs.
    • Date:  December 17th [Saturday] from 7:00am until 11:00am.  Please mark this event on your calendar!
    • Location:  Peter Kirk Community Center, 352 Kirkland Avenue, Kirkland.  Also Fred Meyer at Totem Lake. 
    • Harry Wagoner and Dave DeBois are in charge of finding families for the event.  We will probably host about 40 kids.
    • Patti Smith is in charge of breakfast.
    • Dan Bartel will be Santa Claus.
    • Amy Mutal is in charge of holiday picture.
    • OPEN – Recruiting volunteers for set-up, breakfast servers, gift wrappers, entertainment, etc.
    • OPEN – Recruiting Rotary Buddies for shopping – Note that the budget is $150/a child; Fred Meyer will be giving us a 10%+ discount. 
    • Special thanks to Bob Auslander for funding much of the project and Terry Cole for initiating it.
August 29, 2016 John Pruitt 2016-09-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patty Doherty on Aug 28, 2016
 Rotary Spokesman
 
Meeting Date: Monday, August 22, 2016
The meeting is called to order by President, Scott Becker at 6:30pm.  The flag salute is led by Scott Becker Tonight’s Greeter is: Mike Hunter Front desk: Rick Ostrander Inspirational Words: Donald Dicks 
 
Introduction of Visitors:
No Visitors
August 22, 2016 Spokesman Patty Doherty 2016-08-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Steve Shinstrom on Aug 14, 2016
Duck Dash Results 2016
1.  Phyllis Pierce - $1000
2.  Frank James - $1000
3.  Rich Morse - $1000
4.  Kyle Sullivan - $1000
5.  Steve DeWalt - $1000
6.  Eva Imaino - Sound Fitness Evaluation and ten sessions with personal trainer - $500 Value
7.  Bob Cohon - One night stay at the Woodmark - $200 Value
8.  Tim Martin - $250 Gift Certificate to Ace Frames for custom framing
9.  David Walzer - Childrens Bike - $200 Value from Dr. H. Lee Kilburn, Kirkland Pediatrics
10. Rick Walter - 12 Monthly Wine Tastings from The Grape Choice - Value $120
11. Rich Lerz - $75 Gift Certificate from Fena Flowers
12. Steve Dewalt - $50 Gift Certificate to Ristorante Paradiso
13. Megan Nakanishi - $50 Gift Certificate to the Lodge Sports Grille in Kirkland
 
Duck Dash 2016 Results Steve Shinstrom 2016-08-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Amy Mutal on Jul 31, 2016
 
Meeting Date: Monday, August 1, 2016
 
The meeting is called to order by President, Scott Becker at 6:30pm. 
Flag Salute
 
Introduction of Visitors:
Visiting Rotarians: Carl Banky- Seattle 4
Visitor of Jason Overleese- his wife Veronica
 
Club Announcements:
  • Sunday, August 7th at 3pm is Friends of Youth picnic. See Joanne Primavera for information.
  • Monday, August 8th from 5:30-8:00pm Duck Dash branding party at Lee Johnson Chevrolet. There will be beer, wine and pizza.
  • Monday, August 15th 6:00-8:00pm Annual Salmon Bake. Please register on the Rotary website and let Amy Mutal know what you would like to bring to share.
  • Monday, September 12th is the 22nd Annual Peter Kirk Golf Classic. Rotary club of Kirkland is sponsoring a hole and looking for volunteers to work the tent the day of the event. This is a great way to grow membership. Please let Amy Mutal know If you’re interested in volunteering. 
  • Saturday, Sept 10th from 8-11am Northwest Harvest Kent Warehouse. 
  • Duck Dash update: Not all Rotarians have reported their sales, so please be sure to get this to Joanne Primavera as soon as possible. Please don’t wait until last minute.
  • There are a lot of open spots for Duck Dash sales. Please be sure to sign up!   
  • The fountain near Starbucks is finally landscaped! Thank you Bill Woods for seeing that this gets done.
Scott Rethke: Happy Dollars
Program was Club Assembly: Scott Becker has asked for all member to get involved!
Please let the committee chairs know what committees you are interested in. 
We heard from:
Community Service - Joanne Primavera
International Service - Alice Volpe
Club Service - David Mutal
Membership - Amy Mutal
Rotary Foundation - Donald Dicks
 
 
The meeting was adjourned at 7:40pm                            Submitted by Scribe: Amy
August 1st, 2016 Spokesman Amy Mutal 2016-08-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patty Doherty on Jul 27, 2016
Meeting Date: Monday, July 25, 2016
The meeting is called to order by President, Scott Becker at 6:30pm.  The flag salute is led by Joanna Primavera.  Tonight’s Greeter is: Patty Doherty. Front desk: Rich Bergdahl   Inspirational Words: Scott Becker – Quote by Author of Animal House.
 
Introduction of Visitors:
Visiting Rotarians:  Alex Hopkins – District Governor 2017-2018 – Woodinville and his wife Julia
 
Club Announcements:
  1. District Rotary: Announcement by Alex Hopkins – District Governor 2017-2018
  • Alex spoke about the NEW Rotary Academy that is the inside out of the Rotary Organization.  It is online: 8 lessons and emails.  For more information or to receive the Rotary Academy Registration Form 2016-2017 - Email Alex @  ach419@mindspring.com. It can also be found on the District Rotary website.
  • District Rotary Picnic on Mercer Island Sunday, August 28, 10-2:30.  We’re having it at Aubry Davis Park. If you have questions, please contact Alex Hopkins, District 5030 DGE, Woodinville Rotary Club (425) 298-0768 or (425) 492-0104 (cell).
  1. Friends of Youth
  • Joanna Primavera spoke on the “Friends of Youth” and gave out flyers for the New Ground Friends and Family Picnic on Sunday, August 7th at 3:00pm.  RSVP to http://evite.me/ezZtTSt9vY.  Contact Joanne for more information.
  1. Duck Dash
    • Bob Webb said the Patti Smith had send him an email – ASKING for Duck Dash for QFC this coming up weekend.  Bob had additional tickets to sign out if needed.
    • Patti would be sending out the sign-up sheet by email this week.
    • 2016 Duck Dash Teams (Team 2) is ahead with $2,925 in Sales.  Next week the new update sheet will be available.
  • Duck Branding Party – Aug 8th
  • Joanne gave out NEW Pre-printed envelops for Duck Dash Money Collection with instructions on how to put money and tickets in numerical order.
  1. Salmon Bake – Aug 15 (6-8pm) @ Bob & Gail Auslanders.  Look for Amy Mutal’s email.
 
Program Topic:
Scott Becker showed a video by Satya Mitra about his experience Recruiting Rotary New Members   -  From “Pacific NW Pets”
Special Announcements: N/A
Happy Dollars: N/A
Lucky Ticket Drawing: N/A
 
The meeting was adjourned at 7:35pm                            Submitted by Scribe: Patty
July 25, 2016 Spokesman Patty Doherty 2016-07-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 18, 2016
A collaborative effort by Rotary & the City of Kirkland—I’ll have mustard on mine!
 
It was a beautiful day at Waverly Beach Park under the new Picnic Shelter. Kirkland Rotary spearheaded and effort to raise money and include this project in the city plans for renovation of the park. Kirkland Rotarian Patti Smith tells us “it was a lot of work by the club, the city and the Kirkland Parks Foundation to get it built”. The design work was donated by Galen Page. Everyone was on hand to enjoy the first BBQ including the Mayor and many city officials who enjoyed a dog from Scott Rethke.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
July 11, 2016 Picnic 2016-07-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Pruitt on Jul 17, 2016
Our new President Scott Becker called the July 18, 2016 Kirkland Rotary meeting to order promptly at 6:29 p.m.  Dan Bartel was the greeter, George Anderson led the Pledge of Allegiance, and the front desk was manned by Rick Walter [scribe’s note:  I thought there was a committee to run the front desk!].
 
Scott Rethke provided a fine Inspirational Moment, with quotes from Richard Branson.  Some of the zingers were: “You don’t learn to walk by following rules.  You learn by doing, and by falling over.”  Another quote: “A business has to be involving, it has to be fun and it has to exercise your creative instincts.”  There were other great quotes; however, the scribe’s typing skills are only so good.
 
Visitors & Visiting Rotarians:  We had one guest, Adam Kushabi.  Adam was introduced to Rotary at a Duck Dash sales venue.  Adam is an architect with an office located in Bothell.  Ran ________ was a visiting Rotarian from one of India’s largest cities.  Ran is a Past-President of his Rotary Club.  He has a daughter living in the area. 
July 18, 2016 Spokesman John Pruitt 2016-07-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ben Premack on Jul 05, 2016

6:30 Meeting Open

James Nevers led the pledge

July 11th Meeting will be at the new pavilion on Waverly Beach Park to celebrate the Legacy Project

Rick Walters, inspirational moment with history of Service Above Self

Rich Bergdahl apparently doesn’t prepare, he prefers to fly by the seat of his pants and do things off the cuff.

July 11, 2016 Spokesman Transition Dinner Ben Premack 2016-07-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rick Walter on Jun 20, 2016
  
The Rotary Club of Kirkland had their annual golf tournament at Mt. Si Golf Course. The day was beautiful. Rotarian Harry Wagoner’s team won the tourney shooting 14 under.
In addition to fellowship, the Rotarians and their guests raised over $250 for the Rotary Foundation which donates to many Kirkland charities.
June 20, 2016 Rotary Golf Tournament Rick Walter 2016-06-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ben Premack on Jun 12, 2016
Meeting opened @ 6:35PM
Inspirational moment – Rick Walter
  • Story about a man who paid his way through Texas A&M on a golf scholarship.
  • Story about gambling on luggage in Las Vegas.
Guests
  • Sue Kessler, Rotarian from Seattle Four
  • Bruce Bergdahl, brother of Rich Bergdahl
June 13, 2016 Spokesman Ben Premack 2016-06-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mike Hunter on Jun 06, 2016
Rotary Club of Kirkland
Monday, June 6, 2016, Meeting at the Wilde Rover
This meeting at the Wilde Rover was the annual Duck Dash Kickoff to begin the 19th year of the Duck Dash race.  After an hour of fellowship and dinner, President Rich Bergdahl (the Club’s 78th President) called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM. 
Bill Woods reminisced about our Club’s early meetings at the Flame where steak was served at every meeting for $5.  Kirkland had three drugstores, three hardware stores and three dime stores.  Our community has changed over the years and is still a vibrant and wonderful place to live. 
Bill Taylor recalled early Duck Dash races and the first meeting that included Rick Ostrander, Dan Bartel and Tom Sturgell.  Figuring out how to move the ducks was one of the first challenges so they came up with leaf blowers in rowboats!
Guests 
Many members had spouses, friends and family in attendance. 
The incoming President of the Downtown Club, Tom Ryan, was kind enough to join us with his wife, Dana. 
Five members of the Lake Washington High School Drill Team and their teacher, Michelle, also joined our celebration.  The Drill Team members brought large Ducks that the members voted on as the best decorated.  The lucky winner received a “Glowing Duck” and each Drill Team member received a Starbucks card.
June 6, 2016 Spokesman Duck Dash Kick Off Edition Mike Hunter 2016-06-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Terry Cole on May 25, 2016
Kirkland Rotary Club Minutes
May 23, 2016
 
 
The meeting was called to (some semblance of) order by President Rich Bergdahl. 
 
After Rick Ostrander led us in the pledge, President Bergdahl offered a “Rotary Minute” around the topic “What is Rotary?”.  In simple terms, it’s getting things done!
 
The focus of this evening’s meeting was the awarding of Rotary Scholarships to nine very deserving young men and women.  Kudos to Vocational Service Chair James Nevers and his committee for all of their work in interviewing Kirkland area students and selecting an outstanding group of recipients:
 
  • Carmen Olmedo from Cascadia Community College, who will be majoring in Chemical Engineering.
  • Lucy Duoxi Su, also from Cascadia who unfortunately was not able to join us.
  • William Chae, from the International Community School, who attended with his father and his twin brother.
  • Nick Goodwin from Juanita High School, who is headed to the UW.
  • Zoe Thomas, also from Juanita High, who plans to major in nursing.
  • Olivia Thomas, our Chuck O. Morgan Scholarship recipient, who is headed to Boston University to become a writer.
  • Amanda Chau from Lake Washington High School, who was our May Student of the Month and is also involved in Rotaract.
  • Elizabeth Tucker from Lake Washington Technical Academy, who plans on becoming a National Parks Ranger.
  • Chelsea Knight from Lake Washington Institute of Technology, who plans on a career in nursing.
 
After the scholarships were presented, William Chae’s father told us of receiving a $ 50 scholarship many years ago and how much that meant to him.  He reminded us that while we Rotarians may not remember the evening, the young men and women who received the scholarships would never forget it.
 
Finally, Rick Walter (who sold the Joker Pool tickets and collected the money for the Joker Pool tickets) presided over the drawing of the Joker Pool tickets.  It turns out that the drawing of the Joker Pool tickets was won by none other than ………. Rick Walter.  Fortunately, it was the nine of spades.
 
Just a reminder, there will be no meeting next week as it is Memorial Day.  Our next meeting will be June 6th and will be at the Wilde Rover to kick off the Duck Dash.
 
Scribingly submitted, Terry Cole
 
May 23, 2016 Spokesman Terry Cole 2016-05-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Woodbery on May 16, 2016

The meeting was called to order at 6:30Pm by President Rich Bergdahl

 

Alice Volpe led us in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States.

 

Bill Woods our 50 year club Rotarian gave an inspirational moment based on his recollections from his school days in Montana.  He related a special moment when a history teacher in 1942 announced that he had been drafted for the war effort.  He recalls the teacher said to the class that we should remember that it takes courage to speak but even more courage to open your mind and listen. He also recalled his favorite President Ronald Reagan saying a responsive idea will solve the problems we face if you are willing to annoy enough people with it.

 

Our guests tonight were our favorite bartender from years back Tyson, the man with only one name.  Actually he has a last name but friends need to know only one.  Our two students of the month from Lake Washington High School were here for their last visits and presentations, Matthew Malloy and Amanda Chau with  some of their families.  Another guest was Shreedar from India who was to speak at the end of the meeting.

 

  • Announcements included that we need volunteers for Miracle League this Saturday since no sports or club team youth volunteers will be present.  Ten Rotarians indicated they can come. Twenty are needed.
  • Steve Shinstrom announced he needs signups for scribe and greeters and made a special pitch for Rotarians in the Club to respond with guest numbers that they are coming to the Wild Rover next Monday the 23rd of May for the Duck Dash kickoff.  Otherwise there may not be enough food if you just show up.
  • Ben Premack announced that  May 28th is the next Rotary First harvest activity at the food bank in Kent.  Assemble at the 70th Street park and Ride or at the facility in Kent.  Ben was also awarded a Rotary International pin for signing up his grandfather as a Rotarian.

 

Matthew and Amanda gave their combined reports to conclude their Student of the Month participation cycles with an eclectic and different approach from usual.  They came up together and did a mock interview of each other in front of the club.  From this we learned of their personal interests (Matthew has no spare time due to volunteering and other club memberships such as Beta Club, Decca, as well as basketball and track; just got a job with Kirkland Park’s Department)  Amanda was snowed with activities as well (Rotaract and taking classes at Bellevue Community College  volleyball team and friends)  Matt will attend the University of Montana but his major is not yet chosen but so far interested in biology or city planning.  Both our students  are planning senior year trips to one place or the other.  They announced that they have been classmates since kindergarten.  Elizabeth Rusnick presented them with their participation certificates and donation cards for food in their honor in Rotary First Harvest food banks (600 pounds of food each as donations in their names. The traditional racing ducks were also gifted to each.

 

A special guest tonight was Tyson our one name favorite bartender and friend to many Rotarians at the happy hour before meetings. Tyson reported that he fondly remembers the friends he made at Rotary and the advice many of them gave that aided him in the transitions of his life that are ongoing.  He has been accepted to the Foster School of Business at UW.  Wherever Tyson ends up we are confident he will be contributing to life and progress and we fully expect him to become a future Rotarian.  He already has that look. His thanking us for the inspiration he received was genuinely expressed and heart felt in the reception.

 

Patty Doherty gave her classification talk:  Having done many things in life including IT sales and lived all over from here to California, Florida and back, Patty’s classification is insurance sales.  Aflac has been her major employer but she did a few years in teaching but soon returned to her love insurance sales. From no planning whatsoever she spent a number of years in troubled spots or conditions: a husband with a drinking problem, four hurricanes in Florida  but always learned to love to serve people in their responding to helps.  She has one daughter who is now a student at USC in California.  Every time she moved away circumstances seemed to bring her back to Washington where she has acquired many friends and will stay.  She was introduced to Rotary by President Rich Bergdahl whose Rotary pin attracted her interest at a Kirkland Chamber of Commerce Meeting and when she asked about he, he said, “Come and see”  She did and here she has stayed.  We welcome you Patty Doherty, Rotarian.

 

Jason Overleese introduced our program representatives from Kineta, a pharmaceutical drug development firm. Ken North, chief fund raiser, a former banker who retired from business to shape drug development at Kineta  introduced the company and our speaker Kristin Bedard, PhD, head of Kineta’s urology research program.  Kristin explained why the pathway to an FDA drug for disease treatment takes so long. Kineta receives government grants from the NIH (National Institutes  of Health) and others that are called undiluted grants which means the government does not control the use or the means of the expenditures in research or the ability to take the drugs for governmental use once developed.  Kineta calls its programs translational development which was ambiguous to your scribe.  Some of their initiatives include  innate immune systems, dealing with chronic pain and immune oncology. FDA approval for therapeutic drug products average 12-15 years in development which partly explains why the cost is so high.  Some of their research programs include auto immune functions, research into lupus treatment products and anti-viral programs, something called one side suppressors (whatever that means) and efforts to find solutions to such killers as lupus and Ebola. New areas being worked on include immune response research, immune modulating drugs, killing cancer cells and fighting various viral infection causes.  Kineta also works on research to combat or control chronic pain.  44 people per day die from addiction to pain killing drugs that cross the blood barrier into the brain which makes addiction a problem.  Kineta is finding sources for substances that can develop drugs that will control chronic pain and not cross the blood barrier and become as addictive.  They invited us to inquire and even make a visit although some parts of the facility may not be accessed for obvious reasons of cleanliness and  the scientific precautions involved.

 

Our visiting Rotarian Shreedar gave a presentation of his club in India called Chennai Upscale in the town of Chennai.  They speak the  Tamil language in the language family group of Dravidian.  The club is only 100 days old.  Their vision is education assistance for kids in their community.  He presented slides of historic  buildings like temples although not necessarily religious as well as pictures of the kids they help.  He had only heard of Rotary and knew nothing about it but somebody suggested he help form a club.  We got to see the results so far.  President Bergdahl presented a Kirkland Rotary Club flag.  Shreedar is a mechanical engineer in India , has a son in Redmond and a daughter in Bellevue so we are likely to see more of him in the future.  He stated that for the annual cost of $60-$70 a student’s life can be saved through education in his area.  A true Rotarian in action, this one was and heartily welcomed by our club.

 

The meeting adjourned approximately 7:45Pm.

John E. Woodbery

Scribe

May 16, 2016 Spokesman John Woodbery 2016-05-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Elizabeth Rusnak on May 11, 2016
Rotary Spokesman
 
Meeting Date: Monday, May 9, 2016
The meeting is called to order by substituting president, James Nevers at 6:30 p.m.  The flag salute is led by Student of the Month, Matthew Malloy.  Tonight’s Greeter is: Elizabeth Rusnak. Front desk: Rick Walter.
 
Introduction of Visitors:
Visiting Rotarians:  Sreedhar, visiting from India; and Ann Norman from Bellevue Breakfast.
Students of the Month: Matthew Malloy and Amanda Chau of Lake Washington High School.
Other Visitors: Nick Nickolaychuk, Sandy Taylor (Happy Birthday), Wilma Bartel, Jeff Norman, Eleanor Sieverts-Ackerman, Nancy Fritz, Doug Frits, Gail Auslander, Patty Shinstrom, Jessica Olson, and Stephanie Walter.
 
Club Announcements:
  1. Board Meeting has been rescheduled to May 18th (same location, same time). Please RSVP to James Nevers.
  2. Golf Tournament will be held at Mt. Si Golf Course on June 20. Cost is $85 per person. Sign up and pay next week.
  3. Mariners Game Night on June 11.  Sign up with David DeBois.
  4. Scholarship Night will be May 23rd.
  5. Duck Dash kick-off is Monday, June 6 at the Wilde Rover. First day of selling is at Wednesday Market on June 8th. Everyone is encouraged to sign up to sell tickets.
  6. Patti Smith announced the picnic shelter at Waverly Park will be ready in June, and we’ll have our Club Picnic there on July 11th. A formal grand opening (and ribbon cutting) will likely occur in September.
  7. Miracle League game on Saturday, May 14:  NEED VOLUNTEERS. Games are at Perrigo Park in Redmond. Show-up time is 9:30. We hope to see you there.
  8. Social night at Chain Line Brewing will be on 6-16-16 at 6pm.
     
    Special Announcements:
    N/A
     
    Happy Dollars:
    N/A
     
    Program Speaker: Jerry Miner, Comedian (all the way from Tacoma)
    Program Topic: We were all entertained by the good humor of Jerry Miner. He’s been on A&E and Comedy Central.  He and his wife (who is also a comedian) travel the country.
     
    Lucky Ticket Drawing
    N/A
     
    The meeting was adjourned at 7:30 p.m.
    Submitted by Scribe:
    Elizabeth Rusnak
May 9, 2016 Spokesman Elizabeth Rusnak 2016-05-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Swenson on May 05, 2016
Rotary Minutes for May 2, 2016
Scribe:  Pat Swenson
 
Our meeting was called to order by President, Rich Bergdahl at 6:30 p.m.  Our flag salute was lead by Joanne Primavera and Bob Auslander provided a lovely Inspirational Moment on the meaning of true love.  Rich took a minute to thank our evening’s Greeter:  John Woodbery, and the awesome services of Rick Walter for manning the front desk.  Our few visitors were introduced:  Amanda Chou, a Senior from Lake Washington High School (our student of the month) who told us she is a Rotoract member at Bellevue College and will be a Rotoract at Seattle University (which she will attend in the Fall).  Jason Chemchill accompanied our speaker and Rene, a Visiting Rotarian from West Seattle Club.
 
Announcements:
  • A request for more Volunteers for Miracle League game on Saturday, May 7th.  Please come help, starting time 9:30 a.m. and done by 11:30/12:00.
  • A request for RSVPs to Jason Overleese if you plan to attend next Monday, May 9th meeting for comedian Jerry Miner.  We need lots of guests and members to meet 50.
  • Rich read a Thank You note from Eastside Baby Corner—they are very grateful for our donations.
  • Dave DeBois asked that you let him know if you plan to golf in the June 20th tournament at Mt. Si.  Cost is $85.00 and includes golf, cart and food.  Please pay at Monday night meeting.  Notify Dave at:  debois31@comcast.net.
  • Rick Walter, Steve Shinstrom, Joanne Primavera, Rich Bergdahl attended the District Conference last weekend and all had a fabulous time.  Joanne hosted an event in her suite and the golf games were lots of fun.
  • Patti Smith said Duck Dash is “all under control”. 
  • Rich reminded about the next Board Meeting...   UPDATE:  BOARD MEETING IS NOW MAY 20TH at 5:30 at Re-Max offices.  Please let Rich know if you plan to attend.
  • Dave DeBois gave a brief update on the preliminary meeting with Studio East for a potential Halloween Haunted House.  We are in a fact finding stage to see if this fund raiser activity is possible, working with the City of Kirkland and Studio East.
May 2, 2016 Spokesman Pat Swenson 2016-05-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Woodbery on Apr 27, 2016

The April 25, 2016 Kirkland Rotary Club meeting was called to order by President Rich Bergdahl at 6:30PM

 

The Inspirational /Rotary moment consisted of testimonies from those members who participated in Miracle League last Saturday at Perrigo Park in Redmond.  The stories included those kids who have been helped by having a place where they could participate in sports activities that normal kids take for granted.  For these kids, it is a miraculous opportunity.  Elizabeth Rusnick reminded us “it truly takes a village”.  The volunteer efforts of us all makes this miracle happen.

 

President Rich thanked Dave DeBois as tonight’s greeter and Rick Walter for the winding down weeks of his invaluable efforts at the front  desk we all tend to take for granted.

 

Our guests tonight were member prospect Kara Munea who recently moved to Kirkland from Ohio with her husband.  She works at Prevail Management.  Mike Hunter introduced again our current Student of the Month Forest Malcom with his father Greg Malcom as welcome guests. Jason Overleese introduced Susan Spector who came with our speaker from the Washington Autism Alliance and Advocacy organization (WAAA)

 

Announcements included: 

  • Dave DeBois let us know that the Club Golf Tournament event will return to Mount Si Golf Course on June 20th. Dave encouraged us to get our foursomes together so we are playing with special friends, even invited guests. 
  • He also announced that on June 11, 2016 we will have a mariner Baseball night at 7:00PM, tickets to cost $37.00 plus tax on the 100 level,  first base side . 
  • Also, in a busy activity report, Dave announced that on July 11th we will have the Club Picnic at Waverly Park East under the Pavilion we donated.
  • Patti Smith announced that a check was received for an amount your scribe could not hear and for a purpose not clear.  Check with Patti.
  • We have been granted a free advertisement in The Kirkland Community Living handout that goes to 1600 homes with an advertisement for the  Duck Dash and how tickets are purchased and where.
  • Cards were circulated for signatures for our friend Patti Marsh who suffers from breast cancer, a card for GG Getz in Georgia suffering from something I couldn’t catch and a thank you card from the Lake Washington School District for our sponsorship of the CEO program for entrepreneur development attitudes among participating students.
  • President Rich called up Scott Becker for a special pin award for member recruitment for the club. 
  • The next Board meeting will be at Rich Bergdahl’ s office on May 11th although he will not be present.

Next, Forest Malcom presented his Student of the Month talk which was warmly received.  A future Rotarian was in evidence. He testified that he has been aided in his exposure in Rotary to discovering some of the true passions in his life as seen from here.

April 25, 2016 Spokesman John Woodbery 2016-04-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mike Hunter on Apr 25, 2016
Rotary Club of Kirkland
Monday, April 18, 2016 Meeting
President Rich Bergdahl called the meeting to order at 6:30 PM.  Patty Doherty led us in the Pledge.
Guests: 
Chuck Kimbrough, Downtown Bellevue Club, who told us about his Club’s hosting of a 5K/10K Run/Walk for Autism to be held on April 24, 2016.  Races start and finish at the Bellevue Downtown Park.  Go to www.allinforautism.org for details.
Forrest Malcolm, Student of the Month from Lake Washington High School
Patty Doherty, Special Projects Coordinator with Aflac, soon to be our newest member!
Announcements:
  • First Miracle League game is this Saturday, April 23rd at 9:00 AM at Perrigo Park in Redmond.  A show of hands proved we have enough volunteers for this first game.
  • District Conference is April 29, 30 and May 1 in Coeur de Alene.  Kirkland Rotarians will be having dinner together Saturday evening.  Golf is also planned for Friday morning.
  • Rotary Foundation contributions for this Rotary year are due by June 30.  Contract President Rich if you want to know how close you are to becoming a Paul Harris Fellow.
  • Patti Smith announced 15 prizes are now set for the Duck Dash.  Bob Webb received a $1,000 contribution from the Safeway on 85th and now we’re on target to cover all expenses with sponsorships.  June 6th is Kickoff at the Wilde Rover and August 13th is the Duck Dash Race.  Venues are being set up this week and tickets will be available at the Kickoff.
  • Eric Olsen updated us on his son’s health and thanked members for their thoughts and prayers.
  • President Rich said the Past President Breakfast on Sunday morning was a great success and he learned a lot of history about the Club.
New Member Induction
President Rich inducted Patty Doherty, our newest member into the Club.  Joanne Primavera is Patty’s mentor.  Be sure and welcome Patty to our Club!
Program
Jason introduced Ray Copin, a retired Coast Guard pilot (Officially Coast Guard Pilot #744). 
Ray gave us a wonderful overview of the 100-year history of the Coast Guard from 1903 with the flight of Wilbur and Orville Wright at Kitty Hawk all the way to 2016.  The Coast Guard officially began in 1916 when Congress authorized airplanes, but no money, for the new service. 
Ray’s presentation included several pictures of the different aircraft used by the Coast Guard, and flown by Ray, over the years and key events that eventually led to the use of helicopters in rescues.
At the end of the program Al Hoviland added his own experiences as the skipper of a fishing boat in Alaska and the several rescues by the Coast Guard under trying conditions.
Ray received a standing ovation for his service to the Coast Guard and his country.
Thanks, Ray, for a wonderful and informative program.
Adjournment
President Rich adjourned the meeting at 7:50 PM
Submitted by Mike Hunter, Scribe for the Week
April 18, 2016 Spokesman Mike Hunter 2016-04-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mike Hunter on Apr 11, 2016
President Rich Bergdahl called the meeting to order at 6:30 PM.  Annie Becker led us in the Pledge.
Jason Overleese inspired us with details of his recent wedding in Hawaii.
Guests: 
Hugo Becker and Annie Becker, father and daughter, respectively, of Scott Becker
Patty Sims’ son Aiden
Forrest Malcolm, Student of the Month from Lake Washington High School
Tom Reeves (Speaker) and Marissa Kapfhammer
Announcements:
  • Patty Sims inspired us with a video of Miracle League players and buddies from 2011.  Miracle League will start again on Saturday, April 23d at 9:00 AM at Perrigo Park in Redmond.  There are 6 games this season with the last one on June 4th.  Plan on being there!
  • Bob Webb will coordinate the venues for the Duck Dash this summer.  Adoptions will be sold at the QFC in Kirkland and Totem Lake, Fred Meyer, and the Farmers Market Wednesday afternoons at Marina Park.  All members should plan on selling at least two times so we are publicizing Rotary in the community. 
  • Dave DeBois has the coupons ready for the Duck Adoptions, our favorites are still there plus some new ones.
  • President Rich announced the next Board Meeting on Wednesday, April 13 at 5:30 PM at his office in Kirkland
  • The Past Presidents’ Breakfast meeting will be held at Rich’s home on Sunday morning at 9:30 AM.  RSVP to Rich so there will be enough Swedish pancakes for everyone!
April 11, 2016 Spokesman Mike Hunter 2016-04-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ben Premack on Apr 07, 2016
Meeting Open @ 6:32PM. 4/4/2016
Scott Becker presiding, Rich Bergdahl on vacation
Joanne Primavera
  • Miracle League begins on May 23rd at 10:00AM
  • Rotary Foundation
    • March Auction was canceled, new date of October 1st
    • Foundation actions
      • World Bicycle Relief donation of $5,000
      • Treehouse donation of $5,000
      • FRP sent out to organizations that help homeless youth
        • Kirkland Teen Union, took a donation for remodeling a small part of the building and installing laundry facilities for the kids
Patti Smith
  • Announcement about Chief Eric Olsen’s son, Mark Olsen, who was injured while playing soccer this past weekend. He suffered from cardiac arrest and was saved by his friends and teammates. He is alive and recovering.
John Pruitt
  • Reminder about Miracle League which was formed to give disabled children the opportunity to play baseball. The local league is sponsored by our club and we volunteer to play with the children.
Guests
  • Forrest Malcom, senior at Lake Washington High School and our current student of the month
  • Brad Hunt, Kirkland Resident and member of Bellevue Rotary, brought the guest speakers and his friend Doug
Rick Walter – Happy Dollars, everyone is happy and Rick Walter is frustrated with tax season
Speakers, Jombi Kivuyo, safari guide, and Wilfred Moshi, mountaineering guide, from Tanzania
  • Jombi spoke about his company Tanzania Outdoor Adventures and going on safari
  • Wilfred spoke about his company Kili-treks and climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro
Meeting adjourned @ 7:45PM
April 4, 2016 Spokesman Ben Premack 2016-04-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Woodbery on Mar 22, 2016

The March 21, 2016 Kirkland Rotary meeting was called to order by president Rich Bergdahl at 6:30 PM.  Steve Shinstrom led us in the pledge of allegiance to the flag of the United States of America.

 

For one inspirational moment, Rick Walter reported a close encounter of a bird kind where a massive eagle nearly collided with his windshield carrying his captured road kill.  That my friends was a different kind of inspirational moment.

 

Ernie Norehad followed with a short prayer that the Lord bless our food, fellowship and our service to others, Amen.

Diana Lanspa was our capable greeter.

 

The guests recognized tonight were Ashleigh Lansing an accounting systems consultant who by the way is a Duck Dash sponsor this year. Doug Ghaemi accompanied her as our guest. Doug Seto was with us again as a regular makeup Rotarian from Seattle Four. David King our Student of the Month was here for the third week and was happy to announce he has a part time job at Bellevue Square learning retail sales.

 

For announcement we were informed that the Kirkland Downtown Rotary Club has its fund raiser this weekend (3/26)called Hops & Vine.

Scott Becker announced that the Teen CEO Program had its judging event for individuals with their established businesses with  $8,000 in prizes for the winners.  Scott also called our attention to Howard Jacobs the very capable manager of the Woodmark, so supportive of Rotary activities on this site. David Mutal announced the 520 Bridge Open Run, a 20 mile bike ride event is coming soon.  Member Bill Taylor announced that his company has the bridge link for the opening connector apparatus  sitting at his plant.

Patty Smith announced we need $3,000 more in sponsor donations and mid-April is the deadline.  The sites for Duck ticket sales will be Safeway, a different QFC and the Kirkland Wednesday market.

The next Board meeting will be held on April 13th.  It was announced that Jason Overleese and Veronica are being married on April 4th.

March 21, 2016 Spokesman John Woodbery 2016-03-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Webb on Mar 13, 2016
President Rich called the March 14, 2016 Kirkland Rotary Club meeting to order at 6:30 PM. 
 
Ernie Norehad let us in the Pledge of Allegiance.  John Pruitt provided an inspirational moment.
 
VISITING ROTARIANS AND GUESTS  Patty Doherty visited again and is hoping to join our club.  Brad Hunt, a 32 year member of the Bellevue Rotary Club visited and is helping bring a program on an African safari in the near future.  Davis Kenney is our Student of the Month from Lake Washington High.  He plans to major in Pre-Med in college next year.
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS
  • Eric Olsen updated his wife's excellent progress.  Terri had emergency surgery for a brain aneurysm about three weeks ago.  She had an excellent recovery and went back to work as a school teacher today.
  • David DeBois reviewed last Saturday's First Harvest.  There was a small group and some confusion exists regarding importance of signing up for those events.
  • David also announced that he is evaluating the possibility of having a new fundraiser in the form of a Halloween Haunted House in partnership with another organization.  A small group will report back in a month or two.
  • James Nevers announced scholarship applications are being received and he will be setting up groups to choose recipients in the next month.
March 14, 2016 Spokesman Bob Webb 2016-03-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mike Hunter on Mar 10, 2016
Rotary Club of Kirkland
Monday, March 9, 2016 Meeting – Version 2
President Rich Bergdahl called the meeting to order at 6:35 PM.  Nick Jones from the Downtown Club led us in the Pledge.
Brian Tucker read quotes from Warren Buffett as our inspiration for the evening.
Guests: 
Nick Jones, President of the Kirkland Downtown Club
Carl Behnke, Seattle #4
Sudhanshu Gore, R C Pune South, India
Doug Seto, Seattle #4
Davis Kenney, Student of the Month from Lake Washington High School
Val Schmid, wife of Sigi Schmid, our speaker
Russell & Mary Hokanson, guests of Rich Bergdahl
Nan Bergdahl
Joanne Wegener, guest of Brian Tucker
Jeff Robinson, guest of Brian Tucker
Tyler Mutal, David & Amy Mutal’s son
March 9, 2016 Spokesman Mike Hunter 2016-03-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Steve Shinstrom on Feb 28, 2016
No Meeting at the Woodmark Tonight.  We are having a combined meeting at Flatstick Pub with the Kirkland Downtown club.  Also a food drive to benefit Hopelink.  The club that brings the most food is the winner!!!.
Leap Day 2016 Steve Shinstrom 2016-02-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Aubry on Feb 25, 2016
Rotary Meeting Minutes February 22, 2016
The meeting was called to order by President Rich Bergdahl at 6:34PM.
 Rick Ostrander led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.
 Thanks to Rick Walter for manning the front desk.
We met in the Bayshore Room of the Woodmark and were treated to a gorgeous view of the lake and skyline as the evening came on.
Rick Walter shared some thoughts relating to relying on unreliable information when making financial decisions.  It is usually wise to get accurate and expert information before making such decisions.
Announcements:
President Rich announced that Teri Olsen, wife of member Eric Olsen is recovering nicely from two surgeries to repair a brain aneurysm. 
The Club board will meet March 9 at the Remax office on Kirkland Way.  All are welcome.
Next week’s meeting will be a joint meeting with the Downtown Club at the Flat Stick Pub, at 5:30.  The pub is next door to the Grape Choice at the Marina Park parking lot.  We will have pizza and mini golf – cost $20.  Do not forget to bring food items either to the meeting or to Steve Shinstrom’s office – we are in competition with the Downtown Club for most pounds of food donated.
Joanne Primavera announced that the Foundation Auction will be moved from March 5 and rescheduled to sometime in May due to members’ scheduling conflicts.
Steve Shinstrom needs scribes and greeters.
Patti Smith announced that the effort to get sponsors for the Duck Dash is going well – many members have pledged support.
Sounders Coach Sigi Schmidt will be the speaker at the March 7 meeting.  We may also have a couple of Sounders players present.
Mike Hunter announced that we will have multiple Students of the Month from Lake Washington High because the committee was unable to decide among several outstanding candidates. 
Joanne Primavera announced that Friends of Youth at 132nd & 132nd in Kirkland used some of our money to buy chairs for the facility they have there serving youth in transition.  
District Conference in Coeur D’Alene in May – President Rich is organizing golf for attending Club members.
Our outgoing Student of the Month from Juanita High, Jaspreet Singh, told us a bit about his personal and school life.  He has played football and was leading tackler in the conference and team co-captain.  He is maintaining good grades and hopes to attend UW and study Chemical Engineering.  Giving back is an important part of his life and he has been active in the local Sikh community.
February 22, 2016 Spokesman David Aubry 2016-02-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Amy Mutal on Feb 08, 2016
Rotary meeting 2/8/16
 
Rich Bergdahl called the meeting to order at 6:33pm
Dwight Olsen led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Scott Rethke – Inspirational Moment
Recently visited Disneyland and had an amazing time! Read up on Walt Disney and shared on of his famous quotes ““If you can dream it, you can do it. Always remember that this whole thing was started by a mouse.”
 
Announcements
No meeting February 15th - Presidents Day.
  • Rotary Board Meeting this month has been canceled.  Board meeting schedule for the rest of the year.  3/19, 4/13, 5/11 & 6/8.
  • District Conference is Friday, April 29, 2016 - Sunday, May 1, 2016. at Coeur d' Alene Resort. Two morning golf tee times are booked!
  • Successful Duck Dash committee meeting was held 2/8 prior to the regular meeting.
  • David Debois - Wayne Golf Course was purchased by One Bothell. Plans are to make it a recreational development for the community. Couse will be divided half King County, half Bothell. All parties involved are pleased with the outcome.
  • Joanne Primavera – Happy Chinese New Year. Brought fortune cookies to share.
  • Reminder of Kirkland Women’s Auction to support Rotary Foundation at 5:30pm on 3/5. There will be dinner and wine. Appetizers and desserts are needed.  Contact Joanne to sign up.
  • 15k extra dollars in fund. Gave 5k to Bikes, 5k to Treehouse with 5K still to be determined.
  • Washington District Bond measure. Working on getting speakers to speak to our club that represent both sides.
  • Don Dicks and Gary Bruner- Spoke about Rotary Foundation and the powerful work that’s being done. It’s all funded by what we give to support. Many new health issues face the world and Rotarians are encouraged to continue to support Rotary Foundation.
Paul Harris awards presented:
Don Dicks +6
Anne Hamilton +8
Steve Shinstrom +7
Terry Cole +6
Bob Webb +5
Brandon Honcoop +2
A huge thank you and round of applause to all!
 
You can keep track of your contribution on the RI website. Your member name is needed to login which is located on your Rotary Magazine!
Also, be sure to get your member card and carry it with you. Many Rotary clubs abroad require you have it to attend a meeting.
 
Program Speaker:
Joseph Castleberry- President of Northwest University
Author of - The New Pilgrims: How Immigrants Are Renewing America's Faith and Values.
Faith in America is experiencing a powerful religious revival particularly among immigrants, offering an exciting opportunity for spiritual renewal. The New Pilgrims compares today's immigrants to the very first religious immigrants of the sixteenth century the Pilgrims of Massachusetts. Castleberry describes the positive effect these immigrants are having, especially in terms of moral and family values, as well as more conservative politics.
 
The meeting was adjourned at 7:37pm.
 
Amy Mutal scribe for an evening.
 
 
 
 
 
February 8, 2016 Spokesman Amy Mutal 2016-02-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Scott Becker on Feb 04, 2016
The February 1, 2016 Rotary Club of Kirkland meeting was called to order at 6:30 by President Rich Bergdahl and John Pruitt led the Pledge. Mike Hunter gave the inspirational moment with news from Bill Gates that Polio should finally be wiped out by year-end 2016. The Gates Foundation has exceeded the pledge it originally made to match Rotary’s commitment to raise $750 million and has actually contributed over $1 billion to wipe out this scourge.
 
Our student of the month, Desperit (sp), was introduced to the club. He is a Senior at Juanita High School, captain of the football team and a member of the National Honor Society.
 
Amy Mutal introduced her guest, Anne Hess, the new owner of Kirkland Living Magazine.
 
Patti Smith announced that there will be a Duck Dash Committee meeting next Monday @ 5:15. She also called for sponsors and Rick Walter was the first to respond and support our signature event.
 
Joanne announced the Foundation Auction will be held March 5th at the Women’s Club. Please think about things you might have to donate.
 
Dave and Amy Mutal announced there will be a run/walk event and a bike ride, which they are coordinating, celebrating the opening of the 520 bridge. If you’d like to participate they would be glad to sign you up.
 
Rich announced that Sigi Schmid will be the speaker at our March 7th meeting and that our next board meeting is March 10th. All  are welcome to attend. Also that the district conference will be held this year at the Coeur D Alene resort. Our February 29th meeting will be at the Flatstick Pub.
 
Nourishing Networks is in need of food during this slow season of giving. Joanne announced that our Duck Dash teams will compete with the Downton Club to see who can bring in the most food, “by weight”.
 
Rich announced our officers and board for the 2016-2017 Rotary year. They are:
 
Scott Becker- President
Steve Shinstrom-President Elect
Rick Walter-Vice President
Rick Walter-Treasurer
Rich Bergdahl-Past President
Anne Hamilton-Secretary
Dave DeBois-Club Service
Joanne Premavera-Community Service
Alice Volpe-International Service
James Nevers-Vocational Service
Rotary Foundation-Don Dicks
Program Chair-Jason Overleese
Sargent at Arms-John Pruitt
Public Relations-Bob Webb
Webmaster-Steve Shinstrom
After Hours Chair-Scott Rethke
Head Duck-Patti Smith
 
David Aubrey introduced our enthusiastic speaker, Kintisha Williams, who is the Development Coordinator at Treehouse. Founded in 1988 Treehouse serves 7,000 foster kids every year from birth to 24 years old providing a safe place for them and giving great childhood experiences. Treehouse began its funding with Bake Sales providing small benefits for its foster kids. Now it is able to answer wishes these kids have as well as providing sports equipment, ASB cards, clothing, etc so they can have an assemblence of a normal scholastic experience. They also work with middle and high school students with goal setting. Going one step further to provide a sense of pride in their lifestyle Treehouse has a warehouse that includes a free store where these kids can shop six times/year, choosing 25 items of their choice. Currently they are in need of little boy’s jeans.
 
Patti Smith had the winning ticket in the Joker Pool but was not able to find the Joker., AHHHH.
 
Your Scribe for the night, Scott Becker
February 1, 2016 Spokesman Scott Becker 2016-02-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dave Aubry on Jan 31, 2016
Rotary Meeting Minutes January 5, 2016
The meeting was called to order by President Rich Bergdahl at 6:30PM.
 George Anderson led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.
 Thanks to Rick Walter for manning the front desk and to Diana Lanspa for being our Greeter.
David Mutal shared some thoughts on Inspirational Moments.  He spoke about hunger in Washington State – we have a lot of people on food stamps and who struggle sometimes to put food on the table.  This time of year is a slow time for food bank donations, following the holidays, so that’s one reason we are collecting food and other household items from members tonight, for delivery to Hopelink tomorrow..  “The best way to pursue happiness is to help other people” – George Lucas.
 
Visitors:
Patty Sims introduced her guest, Patty Doherty, who is going into insurance after retiring from Lake Washington High School.  Elizabeth Rusnak introduced our Student of the Month, Makiah Gilmer from Juanita High School, here with his coach Brad Burmester.  Ben Premack introduced his grandmother, and two other guests whose names I missed.  He also introduced Mike Veitenhans, local Director of World Bicycle Relief, who will be our speaker.
 
 Announcements:
  • Bob Cohon thanked everyone for their food bank donations this evening.
  • For the meeting on February 29, we are considering either a bowling party, perhaps with the Downtown Club, or a golf party.
  • Elizabeth Rusnak spoke about Curling Night last week – great fun, but unfortunately Dave Debois’ team did not prevail.  Elizabeth had put together a flyer explaining some of the finer points of the game which enriched the experience for the attendees.
  • The new Evergreen Point Bridge will be open April 2 for a Fun Run, and Fun Bike Ride.  
  • President Rich reminded us of the upcoming District Conference at the end of April – make your reservations early.
  • Eric Olsen announced that the Kirkland Police Department will be having a benefit Golf Tournament for Special Olympics – June 6 at Bear Creek.
  • Scott Becker thanked everyone for their support this past week in his job search.  He also reminded everyone to always RSVP for Rotary events as it is difficult to plan without an accurate count.
  • President Rich read the list of nominees for next year’s Club Board.  We voted to vote next week on shortening the period before the Board vote from 30 to seven days.  The vote was unanimous.
  • Rick Walter collected Happy Dollars – Ernie Norehad recounted that he has largely recovered from the effects of being rear-ended, then told three jokes.
  • President Rich will take any potential new members to lunch, so be sure to call him.
  • The Sounders Coach will be here at the March 7 meeting, possibly with a couple of players.  Bring kids.
  • Our Student of the Month, Makiah Gilmer, spoke to us about some of the personal and academic challenges he has overcome in his life, to the point that he now has a scholarship to attend and play football for Utah State.
Ben Premack introduced our speaker, Mike Veitenhans of World Bicycle Relief.  He showed us a short video and short slide program explaining how his organization distributes basic, sturdy bicycles to mainly African and Asian villagers.  Having a bicycle allows better school attendance and performance, better job performance, and allows farmers a more efficient way to deliver produce to markets.  They also set up supply chains and train mechanics so the bikes can remain in service under demanding conditions.  He showed some data demonstrating the positive influence these bikes can have on people’s lives.
President Rich reminded us that the Kirkland Rotary Foundation Auction is coming up, and that the ‘Amazon Smiles’ program allows one to have a donation go to Kirkland Rotary when making a purchase on Amazon.
 
Next week we will have Sherri from the Kirkland Police Department speaking to us.
 The meeting was adjourned at about 7:45PM.
Respectfully Submitted
Acting Scribe - David Aubry
January 25, 2015 Spokesman Dave Aubry 2016-02-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Elizabeth Rusnak on Jan 24, 2016
Rotary Scribe Format
Spokesman
 
Meeting Date: Monday, January 11, 2016
The meeting was called to order by Club president, Rich Bergdahl at 6:30 p.m.  The flag salute was led by James Nevers.  Tonight’s Greeter was: Dave DeBois. Front desk: Rick Walter.
 
Inspirational Moment: Samir Saluja shared his thoughts about Martin Luther King, Jr. When Samir’s father was 10-years old, he met Mahatma Gandhi. Both men (King and Gandhi) believed in solving problems using intellect rather than violence; all should be seeking the truth; and diversity and inclusion gives us hope.
 
Introduction of Visitors:
Visiting Rotarians:  Doug Seto from Seattle #4
Student of the Month: Makiah Gilmer of Juanita High School (accompanied by Brad Burmester, staff member of Juanita High School)
Other Visitors: Katia Blackburn, and Dr. Jack Saluja (Samir Saluja’s father) visiting from Pittsburg (and he also celebrated his 82nd birthday – Happy Birthday Dr. Saluja!)
 
Club Announcements:
  1. Bob Cohn announced the food drive for Hopelink. A list of items needed was provided at the meeting, and then Joanne Primavera also sent the list via email. Please bring these items to the meeting on January 25th.  Items include canned meats, canned meals, cereal, dry beans, fruit (canned or fresh), pasta, peanut butter, rice, soup, tomato products, and vegetables (canned or fresh).  Also, most needed year-round non-food items include baby items (diapers size 3-6 months, baby wipes, and formula), hygiene items (toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, soap, deodorant, razors, combs, brushes, etc.), paper items (toilet paper, paper towels, foil, Ziplocs, etc.), and household & cleaning items (dish soap, dishwasher soap, laundry soap, and general cleaning products).
  2. Ben Premack announced that Saturday’s work party at Rotary First Harvest was successful (apples and frozen corn on the cob were packed). A total of 11,200 lbs of corn was packed, providing 8,615 meals.
  3. Dave DeBois announced the Rotary Curling Night on January 21st. Come watch a game and learn about curling. A fun fellowship event. Pizza will be provided.
  4. Board meeting will be held January 13th at 5:45 at the Gateway Building.
  5. Rotary District Conference is April 29th to May 1st in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Sign up online (there’s a link to the District site on Kirkland Rotary’s website). Rich Bergdahl is forming a golf group for Friday morning, so see him if you’re interested.
  6. Rich Bergdahl read a letter from the Park Board, thanking our Club for our $50,000 contribution for the picnic shelter at Waverly Beach Park. This will also be recognized in Kirkland’s Living magazine.
  7. James Nevers/Ben Premack announced that when you purchase items on Amazon, we recommend doing so through http://www.smile.amazon.com. Doing so will ensure Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organization of your choice (Kirkland Rotary Foundation!).
  8. Rich Bergdahl is asking for ideas for celebrating Leap Year (meeting on February 29th).
  9. Ben Premack proposed that $5,000 of the excess funds from Kirkland Rotary Foundation be donated to World Bicycle Relief to support education for young women by providing them a bicycle to get to/from school. A $5,000 donation is equivalent to 40 bicycles.
  10. Patti Smith asked that we all sign up for a team for Duck Dash.
     
    Special Announcements:
    Amy and David Mutual were presented with their blue badges.  Congratulations Amy and David!
     
    Happy Dollars:
    N/A
     
    Program Speaker: Melissa Garvey, Deputy State Directory with the Nature Conservancy, MGarvey@tnc.org,  206-436-6245, http://www.washingtonnature.org/
     
    Program Topic: Climate Change: How it is impacting us, what can be done, how you can get involved.
     
     About the program: Jason Overleese introduced Melissa Garvey
    The Nature Conservancy works in 100 countries. They are largely funded by donations, grants (state and federal) and increase in public/private partnerships. They have 3,500 employees throughout the world. They are focused on thriving nature and thriving communities. They work across all political spectrums including with tribes and local businesses. Forest fires are occurring more frequently than ever before. In eastern Washington, the state experiences more frequent droughts; and the western side experiences more floods. The sea level is rising due to flood and erosion. With respect to tackling climate change, they work with diverse stake holders to reduce carbon emissions. A Washington state program called Floodplains by Design develops a natural solution to reduce flood risk to communities (by setting levies back). A program called Forest for our Futures develops a master plan for forest areas that are healthy and resilient. The goal is to reduce wild fires by 50%. There is a published plan for managing the central Washington area.
     
    There was excellent audience interaction through questions, comments and suggestions from several Rotarians. This was a great proactive program that engaged the entire group.
     
    Lucky Ticket Drawing
    N/A
     
    The meeting was adjourned at 7:45 p.m.
    Submitted by Scribe:
    Elizabeth Rusnak
January 11, 2016 Spokesman Elizabeth Rusnak 2016-01-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Aubry on Jan 10, 2016
Rotary Meeting Minutes January 4, 2016
The meeting was called to order by President Rich Bergdahl at 6:30PM.
 Eric Olsen led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.
 Thanks to Rick Walter for manning the front desk; Bill Taylor was our Greeter.
No Rotary Minute or Inspirational Minute as such, but Ernie Norehad offered us a thought: ‘Doubt is not the enemy of faith, but is an element of faith’. 
 
 
Visitors:
President Rich introduced our only guest, Loretta, his Mother.
 
Announcements:
  • Ben Premack reminded us that we have Rotary First Harvest this Saturday.  We can carpool from the Houghton Park and Ride at 405 and NE70th.   The next First Harvest work party will be March 12.  He also announced that he is the proud father of a new litter of puppies. [a Miracle!].
  • Patti Smith asked us to recruit more corporate sponsors for the upcoming Duck Dash.   Also every member needs to commit to at least two shifts selling Duck tickets in order to build community support.  This is part of the Club’s public face.
  • Dave Debois solicited interest in a Curling Night – probably January 21 at 6:30PM.  He is also looking into a Hockey Night February 20.
  • Rick Walter collected Happy Dollars.
  • Bill Woods was here but leaves for the southlands tomorrow where it’s raining.
  • There will be a Club Board meeting January 13 at Rich Bergdahl’s office.
  • Ernie Norehad then told a very funny – but polite – joke!  Has he turned over a new leaf?!
 
Jason Overleese introduced our program, consisting of meetings by the Club service branches to ‘recruit’ participants and to plan activities for this year.  We want to energize members and get a tentative calendar in place for planning purposes.  This will allow us to plan and allocate resources more effectively.
 
District Conference starts April 29 at the Coeur D’Alene Resort.  President Rich Bergdahl is promoting a golf event while there.
 
 
 The meeting was adjourned at 7:47PM.
Respectfully Submitted
Acting Scribe - David Aubry
January 4, 2016 Spokesman David Aubry 2016-01-11 00:00:00Z 0
No Meeting Tonight 2015-12-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mike Hunter on Dec 07, 2015
Rotary Club of Kirkland
Monday, December 7, 2015 Meeting
President Rich Bergdahl called the meeting to order at 6:30 PM.  Gary Bruner led us in the Pledge.
President Rich informed us of the passing of Herb Stier on December 6th.  Herb was a veteran of the Army Air Corps and one of our newest members.  Our sympathies go out to Ben Premack, Herb’s grandson, and his family.
President Rich recalled this day, December 7th in 1941 and the attack on Pearl Harbor.  His father trained pilots on PTYs during the war.  Rich also quoted from Red Skelton’s honoring of each word in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Guests: 
Casey Oiness, a new father, who has been busy the last 6 months!
Joe Salter, an HR Consultant, visiting us again
Mary Alyce Burleigh, returning after a few years absence and now a pastor at Holy Spirit Lutheran Church in Kirkland
Announcements:
  • The Holiday Party is on December 13th at Rich & Nan’s home.The festivities start at 5:00 PM and Tyson will be serving refreshments.
  • Dave DeBois reported on the successful Hockey night in Everett. The Silvertips won 3 to 1 and we had a nice dinner at Shawn O’Donnell’s restaurant before the game. Some of us were even on the “Kiss Cam” during the game!
  • Joanne Primavera brought us up to date on several projects:
    • Attain Housing, the young mother will receive her furniture this week and will attend a meeting next month;
    • John Muir family collections are being filled, bring your items to next week’s meeting;
    • Holiday Bell Ringing for the Salvation Army will be December 12th and 19th, signups look good
    • A Thank You letter was received from the Chelan Valley Hope project, “Give Naked,” for our donation of $1607 to help the families who lost homes and memories in last summer’s wild fires (recall Ginny Johnson also donated her $5,000 Duck Dash winnings to the same cause)
  • The December 21st meeting will be at the Market Street Grill in Kirkland.The previous meeting held there was great so we’re going to do it again!
  • President Rich presented Scott Becker with two pins from Rotary International for bringing in Amy & Dave Mutal, our newest members!
Program
President Rich introduced Louise Penberthy, a mediator, who spoke on “Mediation for the Non-Profit and Small Business.”  Louise has lots of experience in mediation and presented us with an overview of meditation, the benefits, how it works, and when you should try mediation.  Several members asked pertinent questions and provided insights to the benefits of mediation.
Louise can be reached at www.productivitymediation.com
                Thank you, Louise, for an interesting program.
Joker Pool
No Joker Pool this week
Adjournment
President Rich reminded us of the Holiday Party on Sunday, December 13th and asked us to bring guests who might be interested in Rotary.
Rich thanked everyone for attending and asked us to call a World War II veteran this week and thank them for their service.
Meeting was adjourned at 7:40 PM
Submitted by Mike Hunter, Scribe for the Week
December 7, 2015 Spokesman Mike Hunter 2015-12-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Amy Mutal on Dec 03, 2015
Rotary Club of Kirkland
11/30/15
 
 
Anne Hamilton filled in for Rich Bergdahl and called the meeting to order at 6:30pm.
 
All Rotarian’s turned to each other and shared what they were most thankful for this Thanksgiving Holiday.
 
Greeters: David & Amy Mutal
Scribe: Amy Mutal
Front desk setup: Scott Becker
Front Desk: Rick Walter
 
Guest: Mark and Stephanie Taylor- Carly Taylor’s parents (student of the month), Joe Salter (considering joining), and Steve H. doing a makeup from Bellevue Noon.
 
 
Announcements:
December 5th @ 7pm - Hockey night in Everett. Need two more to attend to cover paid tickets! See Dave DeBois.
December 13th 5-10pm - Holiday Party at Bergdahl’s. See email invitation for details on payment and to RSVP.
December 7th & 11th - Regular weekly meeting @ Woodmark.
December 21st - meeting at Market St Grill.
January 9th - First Harvest work party. See Ben Premack for details.
March 5th - Auction and Foundation Dinner. Stay tuned for details.
 
November is Rotary Foundation month.
 
 
Joanne Primavera: Club service opportunities…
-Attain Housing: Need baby clothes for 1 month old boy. Mother will attend Rotary meeting next month.
-John Muir Families: Need gifts. See email with list of items still needed. Bring to Meeting on Dec 7th or drop off at Banner Bank to Dave DeBois.
-The families that received the food and gift cards for Thanksgiving were very grateful!
-Bell ringing December 12th & 19th at QFC. See email to sign up.
 
Dave DeBois – Results from Apple Cup Board:
1st quarter winner is....  President Rich Bergdahl.  Prize $25
2nd quarter winner is.... President Rich Bergdahl.  Prize $50
3rd quarter winner is..... Mr. Past NW Harvest himself Dan Bartel Prize $75
 
The grand prize winner is someone who does not gamble, yet his wonderful wife went ahead and penciled him.......   Al Hoviland!
 
 
Rick Walter did Happy Dollars!
November 30, 2015 Spokesman Amy Mutal 2015-12-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mike Hunter on Nov 24, 2015
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!
 
Guests: 
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.
November 23, 2015 Spokesman Mike Hunter 2015-11-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Woodbery on Nov 02, 2015

Steve:

 

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.

 

Guests:

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.
November 2, 2015 Spokesman John Woodbery 2015-11-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patty Sims on Nov 01, 2015
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.
Announcements:
  • 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. 
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  • Scott Becker announced that Nigeria is now Polio free.  This will clear the entire continent of Africa from Polio. 
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  • 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. 
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.     
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  • 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
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  • Brian Tucker directed Happy Dollars. $160 was raised for Happy Dollars.  Great job Brian!
October 26, 2015 Spokesman Patty Sims 2015-11-02 00:00:00Z 0
October 19, 2015 Spokesman Dave Aubrey 2015-10-19 00:00:00Z 0
October 12, 2015 Spokesman Pat Swenson 2015-10-12 00:00:00Z 0
September 28, 2015 Spokeman David Aubrey 2015-09-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mike Hunter on Aug 26, 2015
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. 
Guests: 
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
 
Announcements:
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).
Program
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
August 24, 2015 Spokesman Mike Hunter 2015-08-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Steve Shinstrom on Aug 09, 2015
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
 
August 10, 2015 Steve Shinstrom 2015-08-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Swenson on Jul 22, 2015
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.
 
Announcements:
-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. 
July 20, 2015 Spokesman Pat Swenson 2015-07-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rick Walter on Jul 07, 2015
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.
July 6, 2015 Spokesman Rick Walter 2015-07-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Woodbery on Jun 22, 2015

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.

Announcements:

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.

June 22, 2015 Spokesman John Woodbery 2015-06-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jason Overleese on Jun 17, 2015

John Pruitt started the meeting at 6:30

 

Guests:

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

 

Announcements:

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

June 15, 2015 Spokesman Jason Overleese 2015-06-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Samir Saluja on Jun 08, 2015

 

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%

 

Guests:

·         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.  Benjamin@premack.com

June 8, 2015 Samir Saluja 2015-06-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Webb on Jun 02, 2015
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.
June 1, 2015 Spokesman Bob Webb 2015-06-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dave Aubry on May 20, 2015
Rotary Meeting Minutes March 18, 2015
The meeting was called to order by President John Pruitt at 6:30PM.
The Greeter was Dave Aubry; Bob Norman led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Joanne Primavera reminded us that the Kirkland Rotary Auction will be Sunday, May 31.  Sign up, bring money, and donate items to be auctioned.  There will be three different causes where the money will go; the Club will decide at the Auction on the proportion to go to each cause.
Guest introductions: Scott Wedeland and Aimee Hern.
Visiting Rotarian – Allan Glickman from the Portland, OR, New Generation Club.
Our Student of the Month Tor Jensen, who will give his talk this evening, was accompanied by his Father Eric, Mother Erica, and Stepmother Regina.
May 18, 2015 Spokesman Dave Aubry 2015-05-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ben Premack on May 10, 2015
Meeting opening at 6:30 led by President John Pruitt, Pledge led by Doug
Dan Bartell, Rotary First Harvest
·         Grant of $10K from WA Dept of Agriculture to purchase food
·         Work parties are 3x a year on the 2nd Saturday
·         We’ve had too much corn and carrots, so we traded them for tomatoes and potatoes
·         As a club, we donate $1k a year to Rotary First Harvest
Guests
·         Erica, guest of Eric Olsen
·         Bud, from the University Club
·         David, friend of Dave D.
·         Doug, because for some reason he doesn’t have his own badge yet
JoAnne, Foundation Auction
·         We need volunteers to help with setup at 5:00
·         Auction begins at 6:00 on the 31st at The Kirkland Women’s Club
Jason, Facebook page for Kirkland Rotary
·         Ben Premack has volunteered to manage our new club Facebook page
·         Send your event information and pictures to him Benjamin@Premack.com
Wavery Beach Park Shelter, Patti
·         Mike had to miss our Monday meeting because he was representing us there
·         We are up to 25% of our goal and the total estimate for installation is down $20K
Miracle League
·         Last Saturday, the Pi Kaps fraternity from UW joined us
·         Held at Perrigo park in Redmond on Saturday from 9:45 to 11:00
Scott Becker, question on donations
·         Called a special meeting of the board after the conclusion of the club meeting, John Pruitt assented
Gary Bruner, Foundation
·         Presented Paul Harris Fellowships to
o   Anne Hamilton, Paul Harris +4
o   Dave Dubois, Paul Harris inductee
o   Bob Auslander, Paul Harris +2
o   Bill Woods, Paul Harris +4
Dave Aubrey led Happy Dollars, everyone is very happy. Especially Steve Shinstrom.
Guest Speaker, Kevin Gilbert, photographer
May 11, 2015 Spokesman Ben Premack 2015-05-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joanne Primavera on May 04, 2015
The Kirkland Rotary Club meeting of May 4, 2015 began at 6:30 p.m. and was led by President, John Pruitt   Bob Webb led the pledge.
 
Rotary Minute: 
Ernie Norehad asked club members to identify the location of the headquarters for Rotary International.  After many fumbles, the correct city and state were identified: Evanston, Illinois.  He asked the address:  1560 Sherman Ave. (named after General Sherman).  Ernie said he used to drive by the Rotary International Headquarters on his way to church (long before he became a Rotarian) and always thought the three story Rotary headquarters building was very impressive.
 
Guests: 
Gail Brilling, the wife of our speaker, Steve Brilling (and a former Rotarian, herself). 
Herb and JoAnn (Jo) Stier – this was Herb’s last night as a guest.  Jo brought her very well behaved little dog, Missy.
Nan Bergdahl
Judy Kuntz, a guest of Scott Becker (who wasn’t there) to look over our club.
 
Student of the Month
Tor Jensen, student of the month from Lake Washington High School.  Tor is going to Hawaii Pacific next year, majoring in International Business and Baseball.  Tor chose Hawaii Pacific because his grandparents have a place there, they have a terrific baseball team, and he is interested in going into business.  Tor plays in the outfield for LWHS.
May 4, 2015 Spokesman Joanne Primavera 2015-05-05 00:00:00Z 0
Scholarship Night Photos 2015-04-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mike Hunter on Apr 27, 2015
Rotary Club of Kirkland
Monday, April 27, 2015 Meeting
President John Pruitt called the meeting to order at 6:30 PM.  Patti Smith led us in the Pledge.
Scott Becker provided the Rotary Minute.  Last week-end our Club contributed $2,500 to “Teen CEO.”  Scott participated in helping select the best businesses operated by teens.  A total of $6,050 was available as awards and Eastlake High School won.
Guests: 
Tonight’s meeting awarded scholarships to deserving students and those students introduced their parents and friends.
Also in attendance:  Marianna Hanefeld, Lake Washington Technical Foundation; Wendy Simmons, Emerson High School; and Lis Christiansen, International Community School
Announcements:
Harry Wagoner inspired us to attend the next Miracle League game on Saturday, May 2nd.
John Pruitt said the District Conference is coming on May 15th.
Scott Becker explained the Duck Dash to our many guests and encouraged us to find additional sponsors.  The sponsorship total is at $17,500 now and the goal is $22,000.  The deadline is drawing near because tickets have to be printed and the kickoff celebration will be June 1st at the Wilde Rover.
John Pruitt stated that the Board Meetings, normally held on the second Wednesday, will be held on the third Wednesday for May and June.
Joanne Primavera announced that we’ve helped Nepal in the past and now we’re going to purchase three Shelter Boxes for the people of Nepal.  The Shelter Boxes are essentials for people beginning to rebuild their lives in the aftermath of a disaster.
Rich Bergdahl encouraged his upcoming Board and other Club leaders to attend the Leadership Conference at the Mercer Island Community Center this Saturday.  For those attending Rich will buy lunch at the Roanoke Inn right next door.
April 27, 2015 Spokesman Mike Hunter 2015-04-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Swenson on Apr 20, 2015
Rotary Minutes for April 20, 2015
Scribe:  Pat Swenson
 
The meeting was called to order by President, John Pruitt at 6:30 p.m.  The flag salute was lead by John Woodbey.  President John thanked Diana Lanspa for Greeting and Rick Walters for handling the Front Desk.
 
Visiting Rotarians and Guests were introduced.  Tom Gailus, father of Ashley Gailus (our Student of the Month.  J.C. Storbeck from Omega Financial Investments & Insurance; Scott East an Attorney from Bellevue & Rotarian; and Arika Zwack from Realty One Group.  Late arrival:  Ingrid Bruner wife of Gary Bruner.
 
Announcements: 
Eric Olsen announced the annual Golf Tournament will be on July 27th at Bear Creek Golf Club.  Cost is $100 per person or $400 for a foursome.  Please sign up now.  You can pay at any of the meetings.
 
Joanne Primavera announced the District 5030 Conference on May 15-17, 2015 at Tulalip Resort and Casino, with golf available at Harbor Point Golf Club.  Please sign up.
 
Joanne also announced the Kirkland Rotary Auction & Dinner on May 21st, Sunday at 6:00 p.m. The dinner will be held at the Kirkland Women’s Club.   Please sign up to attend and let her know if you will be donating an item. 
 
Joanne also distributed photos of the ambulance that our donation helped secure for the Childrens’ Hospital in Nepal.  Our donations were part of a matching grant through Rotary International.
 
Jim Nevers reminded everyone there are only 8 tickets left for the 5 course gourmet wine dinner on June 5th at Lake Washington Institute of Technology.  Dinner starts at 6:30 to 9:30.  Located on the Kirkland Campus, East Building E147.  Cost is $75 per person.  Address:  11605 132nd Avenue NE, Kirkland, WA    Please contact Jim if you wish to attend.  His email:  jnevers@soundmarkwealth.com  
 
Patti Sims announced the start of Miracle League on this Saturday, April 25th  for the first game of the season.  Please show up about 9:00 am to help the players choose uniforms and begin play.
Steve Shinstrom took the podium for needed volunteers for Scribes and Greeters for the next 4 meetings.  He was successful in filling his slots.  Thank you to all that volunteered.
Brandon Honcoop announced the birth of a baby boy to Casey Oiness.  Congratulations!
President John, with deep regret, announced the resignation of Carl Boruck.  Carl has retired and he and his wife (Judy) will be traveling extensively in the next few years.  We will all miss Carl very much.
April 20, 2015 Spokesman Pat Swenson 2015-04-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mike Hunter on Apr 14, 2015
Rotary Club of Kirkland
Monday, April 13, 2015 Meeting
President John Pruitt called the meeting to order at 6:33 PM.  Bob Cohon led us in the Pledge.
John provided the Rotary Minute.  The Rotarian magazine has been published since 1911 and is the oldest continuing publication in the World.
Guests: 
Cheryl Ferguson from Kirkland, and Ashely Gailus, our Student of the Month from Lake Washington High School
Visiting Rotarians:  Bo Darling (upcoming District Governor) and his wife Patricia, and Claudia Campbell & Becca Palm, all from the Mercer Island Club
                Scott East from the Bellevue lunch Club
                Son Michael Pham, Assistant District Governor from the University Club
April 13, 2015 Spokesman Mike Hunter 2015-04-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Elizabeth Rusnak on Apr 13, 2015
 
Meeting Date: Monday, April 6, 2015
The meeting is called to order by substituting president, David Aubry at 6:30 p.m.  The flag salute is led by Rich Bergdahl.  Tonight’s Greeter is: Ben Premack. Front desk: Scott Becker.
 
Introduction of Visitors:
Visiting Rotarians: _Norman Lieberman of Lake Forest Park Rotary; Eugenio “Jing” Magno from Rotary Club West Davo City, Philippines.
Student of the Month: _Ashley Gailos of Lake Washington High School.
Other Visitors: _Herb Stier (Ben’s grandfather) and Anna Aubry.
 
Club Announcements:
  1. Scott Becker announced that Teen CEO on March 26th was successful and that a matching scholarship of $2,500 was awarded to 1 of the 8 contestants. Angela Marks also participated in this event.
  2. Patti Smith requested that Rotarians volunteer to attend the Waverly Park meeting to represent the neighborhood they live in Kirkland, to show support for our Club’s capital project for the new pavilion.
  3. Miracle League begins April 24th at 9:30 am at Perrigo Park in Redmond. Please sign up to attend.
     
    Special Announcements:
    N/A
     
    Happy Dollars:
    N/A
     
    Program Speaker: Nancy Neidzielski  Program Topic: End of life choices
     
     About the program: Jason Overleese introduced Nancy Neidzielski
    Nancy Neidzielski works for Compassion & Choices of Washington (http://www.compassionWA.org) 206-256-1636, 877-222-2816. Nancy was the lead advocate for the Death with Dignity Act (DWDA) that was passed in Washington state. The purpose of the act was to enable terminally ill adults to make their own decision about how to manage their end of life choices. Nancy became involved with DWDA when her husband Randy was diagnosed with brain cancer and she watched him deteriorate after undergoing surgeries and treatment that adversely impacted his quality of life. There are very specific steps that must be followed for a person to qualify with the DWDA. Specific information can be found on their website. States that have accepted the DWDA include WA, OR, VT, MT, and NM. Health care providers are not held liable. This is not palliative sedation. This is not euthanasia. This is not physician-assisted suicide. The correct term is aid in dying.
     
    Lucky Ticket Drawing
    N/A
     
    The meeting was adjourned at 7:15 p.m.
    Submitted by Scribe:
    Elizabeth Rusnak
April 6, 2016 Spokesman Elizabeth Rusnak 2015-04-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Aubry on Mar 30, 2015
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.
 
March 30, 2015 Spokesman David Aubry 2015-03-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Swenson on Mar 26, 2015
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.
March 24, 2013 Spokesman Pat Swenson 2015-03-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Pruitt on Mar 23, 2015
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!
  1.  
March 16, 2015 Spokesman John Pruitt 2015-03-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mike Hunter on Mar 10, 2015
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.
Guests: 
Kathy Feek, Dee Woodbery and Jeff Hoertz
Visiting Rotarians:  George Seto and Carl Behnke, both from Seattle #4
Announcements:
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.
March 9, 2015 Spokesman Mike Hunter 2015-03-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Woodbery on Mar 03, 2015

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.

March 2, 2015 Spokesman John Woodbery 2015-03-04 00:00:00Z 0
Kirkland Monday Evening Rotary Meeting, February 23, 2015
Guests
  • Bill Taylor brought his wife Sandy Taylor
  • George Anderson visiting from Palestine, Tx
  • Alex Wyruchowski, student of the month, and his family
  • Jessica Beck, estate planning attorney
  • Scott St Clair
February 23, 2015 Spokesman Ben Premack 2015-02-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Aubry on Feb 16, 2015
Rotary Meeting Minutes February 9, 2015
This is the annual Sweethearts’ Night gala the Club does every year.  A lot of faces , and spouses, we haven’t seen in a while. Greeter was Jim Going.
 
The meeting was called to order at 6:30 by President John Pruitt.
 
As a Rotary Minute, President John reminded us that we have given over $150,000 in scholarships to deserving students over the years.
Guests introduction – we did something different this time.  Spouses told something about their member-spouses that we were unlikely to know.  Jim Goings also introduced his son, who has been a photographer at the White House
Alex Wyruchowski is our Student of the Month from Juanita High School
 
February 9, 2015 Spokesman David Aubry 2015-02-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Nevers on Feb 05, 2015

Present John called February 2, 2015 meeting to order at 6:20 PM

Brandon Honcoop led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.

John Pruitt shared an inspirational moment about his time spent participating in Reading Buddies

Visiting Rotarians and Guests: Student of the Month, Alex Wyruchowski is visiting us for the first time from Juanita High School. Steve Dewalt is a visiting Rotarian from the Bellevue Tuesday morning club. George Anderson is a visiting Rotarian from Texas who has recently moved to Merrill Gardens. Doug Sato visited us again from Seattle 4. Matt Potts gave the club a brief preview of what we can expect at this year’s 10 Grand’s event put on by RBC Wealth Management. Brandon will be the point of contact for anyone interested in going.

February 2, 2015 Spokesman James Nevers 2015-02-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Webb on Jan 27, 2015
President John called January 26, 2015 Kirkland Rotary meeting to order at 6:30 PM. 
 
Bob Cohon led us in the Pledge of Allegiance .
 
Rick Walter had some thoughts on inspiration that involved Victoria, a Great Bar, a sticky wickett.  I got lost about  there.
 
VISITING ROTARIANS AND GUESTS  George Anderson is a visiting Rotarian from Texas who has recently moved to Merrill Gardens.  Hadyra Stinebuck is a Rotarian from Aurora, Colorado and has just moved to Kirkland.  She is visiting clubs in the area.  Casey Harder, our Student of the Month from Juanita High School is here for her last visit with her twin sister, McKenia, and parents Scott and Jackie
January 26, 2015 Spokesman Bob Webb 2015-01-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mike Hunter on Jan 12, 2015
Rotary Club of Kirkland
Monday, January 12, 2015 Meeting
President John Pruitt called the meeting to order at 6:30 PM.  Patti Smith led us in the Pledge.
Anne Hamilton inspired us with a story of how older and younger generations should relate to each other more so the wisdom is shared.
Guests: 
Visiting Rotarians:  Todd Morton, Bellevue Club, and George Anderson from Palestine, TX
Steve Saunders, a chiropractor, visiting us for the third time.
Casey Harder, Student of the Month from Juanita High School
Janet Pruitt, Gerard* & Carol Kern, wife and guests of John Pruitt
Veronica Paige, Makana & Luke, guests of Jason Overleese
Colt Jance, grandnephew of Al Hoviland and Alice Volpe
Bethany Honcoop (Age 3), daughter of Brandon and a delight to have with us!
*Gerard started a 60-piece wind band (no strings) a while ago and their next performance is February 21st at the Shorewood Performing Arts Center in North Seattle.  Check it out!
Announcements:
Rick Ostrander asked for volunteers on January 19th for a day of service at Everest Park eliminating invasive species (ivy and blackberries).  Wear appropriate clothes and bring water & snacks.  Tools and training will be provided.  Youth volunteers age 14-17 attending without a parent or guardian must have a signed waiver.  Go to www.greenkirkland.org for the waiver and to register for this volunteer event on MLK Day.  Rick asks that you Register by Wednesday, January 14th.
Dave DeBois thanked everyone for helping last Saturday at the First Harvest event at Northwest Harvest.  Apples and rice were processed and the Club had 15 people there.  Dave quoted large figures for the number of apples (40,000 lbs) and rice (11,000 bags) processed.
Dan Bartel announced the visit to the Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) this Saturday, January 17th from 3:30 to 5:00 PM.  After the museum tour we’ll go out to dinner at a nearby restaurant.  The entry fee will be $14.  Please bring cash or a check to pay the entry fee.
John Pruitt stated there will be no meeting next Monday evening, January 19th in honor of Martin Luther King Day.  However, there will be a Board Meeting this Wednesday, January 14th  at Rich Bergdahl’s office and you are invited.  Just let John know you will attend.
Scott Becker announced the launch of the Duck Race for this year!  A meeting will be held at 5:00 PM on January 26th, so please come early before the regular meeting to learn what’s going to happen this year with our Racing Ducks.
Program:
Dan Bartel introduced Shawn O’Donnell, our Magician for the evening.  Shawn is a member of the Port Gardner Rotary Club in Everett, and he owns two restaurants; both named “Shawn O’Donnell’s American Grill & Irish Pub.”  One is in Everett and the other is in the Smith Tower in downtown Seattle.
Shawn amazed us all with his magic tricks.  From making soft balls disappear (and reappear) to lengthening and shortening ropes, to knowing what card was in our Student of the Month’s pocket.
Excellent program for our Kids’ Night, thanks Shawn!
President John adjourned the meeting at 7:25 PM.
Submitted by Mike Hunter, Scribe for the Week
January 12, 2015 Spokesman Mike Hunter 2015-01-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Aubry on Jan 07, 2015
Rotary meeting minutes 1/5/2015
We had no Greeter this evening.  [Easy job – sign up all you people!]
President John Pruitt called us to order at 6:30PM.
Rick Ostrander led us in the Pledge.
 
Inspirational Minute: Terry Cole related that he had had a phone call from a client saying that something had happened that was going to change their relationship.  Apparently the client had just won the Lottery!
 
Introductions:  Guests: DV Hurst introduced George Anderson from Palestine, TX, who just moved here.  He was a Rotarian in Texas.
Elizabeth Rusnak introduced Casey Harder, our Student of the Month from Juanita High School.
 
Visiting Rotarians:  Rick Ostrander introduced Doug Sato, again, from Seattle 4.
 
Announcements: 
  • Dan Bartel reminded us about the scheduled Northwest harvest work party this Saturday morning, January 10.  For those wanting to car pool, meet at 8AM at the Houghton Park and Ride near the NE 70th exit on 405.
  • Dan also reminded us that the next meeting on Monday the 12th is Bring-Your-Kids.  Kids’ dinner will be $15, and there will a magician present at the meeting. 
  • Saturday, January 17th, is a club tour of MOHAI.  Bring cash or a check for $14/person.  This tour will be followed by a casual dinner out.
  • In February, the Club will once again hold its famous ‘Sweethearts Night’ in honor of Valentine’s Day.  Veal Parmagiana and pasta will be served
  • Joanne Primavera passed around sympathy cards to be signed for Bill Taylor’s grandson, Steve Shinstrom’s mother, and for Sandy Ekins, Past President of this Club, whose husband died.
  • Joanne also passed out wallet cards for us to use to help interest potential new club members.
  • President John reminded us that there will be a Club Board meeting January 6 – please RSVP and bring $10 for dinner [wine included!]
  • President John acknowledged all his Club Chairs and asked for a round of applause.
  • Buck Alboucq has died – he was Club Treasurer for 15 years.  A memorial service will be coming up.
 
*** Steve Shinstrom's Mother passed away peacefully on December 4th.  There will be a celebration of her life for those wanting to attend at Inglewood Golf & CC Friday Jan, 16 starting at 2:00pm.  She was a major Seahawks and Husky fan so folks are encouraged to wear Seahawks or Huskies clothing to honor her.***
 
Jason Overleese introduced our speaker Bob (R.K.) Bennett.  He has written a book for CEOs’ on the subject of Achieving a Sustainable Competitive Advantage (SCA), titled ‘The Playbook for the CEO’.  Mr. Bennett spoke about Strategic Alignment throughout an organization as a means of achieving an SCA.  An SCA consistently achieved leads to higher margins than most competitors.  His book is designed to allow companies to achieve this in an organized way. 
The Seven Guiding Principles of Top Organizations:
  1.  Keep central focus on customers’ needs.
  2. Pick the right customers.
  3. Differentiate how the company will serve the recognized needs of specific customers.
  4. Develop and promulgate prioritized values.
  5. All actions, decisions, etc. are to be in alignment with the central focus of customer service.
  6. Went so fast, I missed the last two
  7. Buy the book and see what they are.
Mr. Bennett discussed the symptoms of misalignment in an organization, such as internal conflict, customer complaints, variance in agendas  in the organization, poor employee morale, a focus on internal issues, etc.
The emphasis must be on the customer and his/her needs.  Remember – be selective when taking on customers – cannot be all things to all people.
The Mission Statement is important – should be about 1-1/2 pages in length.
The organization needs to differentiate – know and understand its customers on a continuous basis.
The customer must recognize this differentiation as having real value.
Success leads to high margins and customer loyalty.
Alignment is a process – organizations are either moving towards or away from perfect alignment.
Joker Pool – there are 17 cards remaining in the deck.  There is over $1000 in the pot.  Rick Walter had the winning ticket but…. Not the Joker.  Everyone better come next week and try for the big jackpot.
There will be no meeting February 19 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Meeting Adjourned at about 7:26 PM.
Respectfully submitted
David Aubry
Acting Scribe.
January 5, 2015 David Aubry 2015-01-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Cohon on Dec 01, 2014
Minutes of December 1, 2014 Rotary Meeting
 
The meeting was called to order by President John Pruitt-an unusually boisterous group was present and required multiple bell chimes to quiet down
 
The “mystery scribe” was identified as yours truly, Robert Cohon.
 
Visitors and Guests
 
The following visiting guests were introduced:
 
Eric Saunders of Kirkland Chiropractic
“Father” Ernie Norehad, who shared the story of “The Wizard Under The Sheets”
December 2, 2014 Spokesman Bob Cohon 2014-12-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joanne Primavera on Nov 30, 2014
The Kirkland Rotary Club meeting of November 24, 2014 began at 6:30 p.m. and was led by President, John Pruitt.  
 
The Pledge was led by Ernie Norehad.
 
Dan Bartell talked about the First Thanksgiving in 1621.  In 1863, President Lincoln made Thanksgiving a National Holiday after reading a letter from Sara Josepha Hale who had long advocated having a National Thanksgiving Day.
  Dan also reminded us to give Christmas gift cards from Rotary First Harvest to friends, family, and business associates.
 
Guests:
Sandy and Rick Ryan, parents of our Student of the Month, Celina Ryan.
H Bondar, husband of our speaker, NJ Shelsby.
 
Student of the Month:
Celina Ryan goes to Juanita High.  Celina said she started her school years as a soccer player.  She was selected for the Juanita High Varsity team in her freshman year, but tore her ACL and meniscus.  It was repaired twice and she is still able to play soccer.
Celina said her injury started her involvement with other clubs and activities at Juanita and helped make her the person she is today.  The injury really forced her to get to know others.  She is on the School Council, is very involved in Rebel Day when they clean up the campus, and loves to work with special needs students.
Celina thanked the members of the club for choosing her as student of the month.
November 24, 2014 Spokesman Joanne Primavera 2014-12-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harry Wagoner on Nov 17, 2014
Kirkland minutes. 11/17
 
1. Pledge.
2. Inspirational moment.
A. Soldiers attitude.
B. Remember those that served our country.
3. Guests & visiting Rotarians.
A. Todd Morton
B. Michael Pierce
C. Celina Ryan. Student of the month.
E. Kemper Freeman.
 
Announcements
1. Joanna Primavera -
2. Rick -  Bell Ringing
3. Dave. - decoration of downtown Kirkland.  Light decorating.
4. Holiday Party Dec 6th.
5. Mekonen Giorgis - Paul Harris Society Introduction  
Paul Harris medallion & certificate
6. Board contribution. To Gary Burner.
 
Happy Dollars.
 
Ann - $50 bucks for thanksgiving summit. Feeding the hunger.
Nourishing network.
Raised money by a lot of Rotarians  for the nourishing network.
 
Steve donated UW tickets for quick auction and raised $200 for the Kirkland Rotary Foundation.  Thank you Pat Swenson
 
RoseAnn Payonk Consulting was the program for the evening.
 
 
1. Ask
2. Listen
3. Learn
4. Thank/Appreciate
 
Joker pool -  Dave DeBois won & pulled Ace of Diamonds. $10 buck winner.
 
Acknowledge of guest.
 
Thought of the week.
 
Harry Wagoner
 
 
 
 
November 17, 2014 Spokesman Harry Wagoner 2014-11-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mike Hunter on Nov 11, 2014
Rotary Club of Kirkland
Monday, November 10, 2014 Meeting
President John Pruitt called the meeting to order at 6:30 PM.  James Nevers led us in the Pledge.
Guests included Doug Seto from Seattle #4, Eric Tinnel, and Celina Ryan, our Student of the Month from Juanita High School.
The Rotary Minute was given by John Woodbery who first noted that he was in the US Coast Guard Reserve in his younger days.  John read a poem of tribute to those who served in WWI from the 1918 December edition of the Rotarian Magazine.
Announcements:
Gary Bruner urged everyone to participate this month in giving to the Rotary Foundation.  The goal is 100% participation!  Foundation matching grants will be easier if our Club has complete participation.  Rick Ostrander volunteered to donate $100 to the Foundation if someone will take a cord of wood off his hands!
Rick Walter needs more members to make up their minds and pay for the December 6th Christmas Party cruise that will leave from Marina Park.  We need 60 people to sign up.  Rick’s company has generously contributed saxophone music for us on the cruise.  We will board at 3:00 PM and the boat leaves at 3:30 PM for a “three hour cruise.”
Anne Hamilton announced that we are partnering with Nourishing Network, a 501(c) 3 charity, to help feed families at John Muir Elementary School.  Nourishing Network has the facilities to hold and then provide frozen products during the Holidays.  All “Happy” dollars collected up to Christmas will be provided to Nourishing Network.
Dave DuBois asked for volunteers on Saturday, November 22, to help decorate the downtown.  Meet at 8:00 AM at the Grape Choice.  Bring gloves and a ladder.  This effort typically takes a few hours.
John Pruitt emphasized attendance at the District Conference in May, 2015.  The Board agreed to pay $100 to first time attendees at the Conference.  John also reminded everyone of this Wednesday’s Board Meeting (November 12th) at 6:00 PM at Rich Bergdahl’s office.  Please RSVP to John if you plan to attend.      
November 10, 2014 Spokesman Mike Hunter 2014-11-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Webb on Nov 05, 2014
President John called November 3, 2014 Kirkland Rotary meeting to order about 6:40 PM.
 
Carl Boruck led us in the Pledge of Allegiance .
 
Dave Aubry gave a Rotary minute and pointed out that Rotary International is unique in that it is worldwide  and not dependent on government, politics, or religion
 
VISITING ROTARIANS AND GUESTS  Our Student of the Month is Celina Ryan, a senior from Juanita High Schoo.  Doug Seto, Marc Stotz and Alexis Chavez, our speaker tonight, also joined us
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS
  • Pat Swenson announced that Reading Buddies is started this year and this section will last for six weeks until the Christmas vacation break.  More leaders are always needed and the next section will start in mid January.
  • Scott Becker reminded us it is time to sign up for the annual Christmas Party on December 6.  This year it will be a Christmas Cruise on Lake Washington leaving from and returning to the Kirkland Dock.
Your scribe for the day, Bob Webb, reminded us that the next meeting on November will be on Veterans Day.  We will have Matt McCauley speaking on the wartime history of Kirkland and especially at our meeting location, Carillon Point.  Veterans are encouraged to bring something from their military time be it uniform, photos, memento, or anything else.  Each will give a 1 minute summary of their military service.
November 3, 2014 Spokesman Bob Webb 2014-11-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jason Overleese on Oct 30, 2014
"President John Pruitt called the meeting to order at 6:30
 
 Jason Overleese led the Pledge of Allegiance
 
Dave Dubois - Rotary Moment - A concept of either providing Thanksgiving food baskets for John Muir or providing frozen meat by using funds from the club was discussed as options. Also, we are looking to adopt 5 families and provide gifts to families prior to Christmas.
 
 Brian Tucker - Polio Moment - 44 years ago 125 countries had Polio, 71 did not.  By 1991, all the America's were polio free, by 1994 the western hemisphere was polio free, by 2014, only Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan have polio. The efforts of the foundation have been swift and steady with staggering results for ending polio.
 
Rick Walters: Happy Dollars
 
 Announcements:
 John Pruitt - Marianne Webb's memorial service will be held at St. Thomas Church (Medina) at 11:00am Saturday (Nov. 1st). Please send all donations to th Overlake Hospital. Please keep Bob's family in your wishes.
 Christmas Cruise - Dec. 6th 3:30pm, $100 per person
 Bob Cohon - International Student of the month program kicked off and his team interviewed 3 students that will be joining us starting next month.
 Bob Webb - Veterans Day - ALL MILITARY VETERANS PLEASE WEAR EITHER YOUR UNIFORM OR BRING ANY MEMORABILIA FROM YOUR SERVICE. We will ask each veteran to provide a few minutes to talk about their service to our country.
 
Program: Meet the new members!
 This was a great meeting where we met the new members Samir Saluja and Ben Premak. Samir started off the program with his magical use of powerpoint, and explained how he grew up in Pittsburg and getting an early start with civil work at 4H. He had an exciting life of traveling, after graduating from Michigan, with the Grateful Dead selling burritos (not sure we want to know what was in them!), then joining the peace corps and traveling for a few more years overseas. He then went to work for Emerson electronics, and found his way to Washington and now works at Microsoft. He is a proud dad to an 18 month old boy!
 
Ben Premak provided a great story of his life that involved his roots in Texas, his love of Japanese culture, and a great story about meeting his wife on a trip to go teach English in Japan. It was fate! They were in the same program, same travel schedule, and lived within a few minutes of each other in Japan. They were married soon after! Upon graduating from Penn State with his law degree, he passed the bar exam in WA. but not after he toured Iceland for a number of months! Ben has an insatiable travel bug, and he is an avid cyclist, although now he rides his custom built dog sled training tricycle. He and his wife moved to WA. this last year, and breed a new type of dog that looks like half of a wolf mixed with a little husky. They have a small business of breeding and new puppies are on the way in couple months!  Ben is an avid Yoga practitioner, and is a constitutionalist! "
 
October 27,2014 Spokesman Jason Overleese 2014-10-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Aubry on Oct 19, 2014
Rotary meeting minutes 10/20/2014
Ben Premack was our greeter.
President John Pruitt called us to order at 6:32PM.
James Nevers led us in the Pledge.
Rotary Minute: Pat Swenson, with an assist from Scott Becker gave us a Rotary Minute.  She spoke about Reading Buddies and Math Buddies, two programs that the Club leads at John Muir Elementary.  Various adults, mostly Rotarians and spouses, come in once a week at lunch time to lead reading and math groups with small teams of students.   This provides a resource to the kids to read and discuss books of their choice and to conduct ‘number games’ that help kids understand math concepts in a fun atmosphere.
Introductions:
Guests: Scott Becker introduced Chris Forenka of Ford of Kirkland.  He is interested in getting involved in the community.
Visiting Rotarians:
John Woodbery introduced Stu Vanderhoek  of the Tuesday Bellevue Noon Club.  Sam Myoda of Seattle 4 was also introduced.
October 20, 2014 Spokesman David Aubry 2014-10-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rick Walter on Oct 16, 2014
Rotary October 13th meeting in the Marina Room –
We opened with the Pledge of Allegiance
 
Rich Bergdahl gave us a Foundation Moment – Discussed what great things Foundation does for the community and international needs. His hope is that everyone will acknowledge what Rotary International accomplishes and pledge to give at least One Dollar so that participation will reach 100%. More to come.
 
Don Dicks shared a funny story for the Inspirational Moment.
 
Guests – Christopher Stone from the Federal Way Club visited – Claire and Gabi came by to inform us all about a Geek Event happening at the Woodmark Hotel.
 
Announcements – Rick Ostrander wanted to thank everyone who participated in Rotary First Harvest – it was frozen peas and apple boxing.
Bunco was a success and Alice Volpe was the big winner.
Reading and Math Buddies – they are in a real need for volunteers – please contact Pat Swenson or Rick Ostrander if you want to help out. The program starts the first week of November.
Warm coats event is the 17th of October.
December 6th is the holiday event – Argosy Cruise out of Kirkland.
 
We had happy dollars –
 
Feature Speaker – Ralph and Diane Berthor – they represent Camp Prime Time for serious or terminally ill kids. We watched a video and it showed both kids and their parents having a great time in the mountains. They are looking for both volunteers and funding for the camp. Camp Prime Time is located 7 miles east of the Summit at White Pass.
 
Rich Bergdahl drew for the Joker but was not successful.
 
We adjourned at 7:45pm
October 13, 2014 Spokesman Rick Walter 2014-10-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Aubry on Oct 05, 2014
Rotary meeting minutes 9/29/2014
Considerably more folks here than last week – nice to see a good group.  [Or maybe it’s the rain?]
David Aubry  was our greeter and scribe.  President John Pruitt called us to order at 6:30PM.  Dan Bartel led us in the Pledge.
Rotary Minute: Rich Bergdahl, a 13-year Rotarian, talked about how the example of Rotarians in his life has influenced him for at least 30 years.
Introductions:
Guests: Rich Bergdahl introduced Samir Saluja, our [almost] newest member.  Rick Walter introduced Kelley Rose, a Property Manager with Windermere.
Visiting Rotarians:
John Woodbery introduced Roseanne Payonk of the Tuesday Bellevue Noon Club.
Announcements:
Saturday, October 11, 8AM, meet at the Houghton Park and Ride to car pool to the work party for Northwest Harvest.  For details, contact Dan Bartel.
Also October 11, at the Shinstroms, 6PM – the annual Bunco party.  The theme is ‘anything 12’.   Bring a guest.  He will send out a sign-up sheet.
Steve Shinstrom needs Scribes and Greeters.
Scott Becker thanked his volunteers who manned the booth at the Chamber Golf Tournament, whose names I failed to get down.  It was good PR for Rotary.
Gary Bruner called for interested folks to meet with him after this meeting to discuss how we can get more involvement with Rotary International Foundation in this club.
President John Pruitt reminded us that World Polio Day is approaching.  We will have a short program to mark the occasion.  President John also reminded us that we need two people to attend Rotary Academy.
The Club Board meeting will be October 8 at Rich Bergdahl’s office, 11250 Kirkland Way.  All are welcome and encouraged to attend, but please RSVP as there is a ‘social period before, followed by a dinner meeting’.  The cost is $10.  Next Monday is Monday Night Football meeting here, with ballpark food, and minimal formal business.  Bring a friend.
Jason Overleese presented Jim Nevers with his Blue badge.  Since joining, Jim has attended and participated in all our events.
President John Pruitt inducted New Member Samir Saluja, a Senior Project Manager at Microsoft.  His Sponsor is Anne Hamilton, his Mentor is Scott Rethke.
 
Happy Dollars were done by Rick Walter.  We ARE a Happy Club.
 
We also passed around a Sympathy Card for Marian Webb – she will be missed by all.
 
Jason Overleese introduced our speaker Travis Daniels from Dale Carnegie. Travis works for a family-owned franchise in Bellevue.  He spoke to us about employee engagement – both in the community and at work.  He had us engaging with each other and with him in a positive way.
Engaged people participate in the ‘life’ of their business and community culture in positive, pro-active ways.  Everyone wants to be valued and appreciated.  Surveys in the US show US employees are:
    29% - Fully engaged
    45% - Partially engaged
    26% - Disengaged [Toxic]
In 2009, 91% of US employees said that engagement is the most important part of their relationship with their employer.
Mr. Daniels then passed out small folders with a distillation of Dale Carnegie’s principles.  We were all challenged to pair off with another Rotarian this evening and decide which of Mr. Carnegie’s principles from’ How to Win Friends…’ we need to improve upon.  We need to make sure we do follow-up, with feed-back from internal and external customers and neighbors in order to see whether we have truly improved in our chosen area.
Joker Pool – Dave Debois had the winning ticket but…. Not the Joker.
Meeting Adjourned at about 7:45 PM.
Respectfully submitted
David Aubry
Acting Scribe.
September 29, 2014 David Aubry 2014-10-06 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary meeting minutes 9/22/2014
Interesting – smallest crowd I’ve ever seen – apparently we conflicted with the Kirkland Chamber’s golf tournament.  We had quite excellent steak this evening.  That’ll teach people not to show up!  [Plus because no one was here to collect money, we will all pay at the next meeting.]
Alice Volpe was our greeter.
President John Pruitt could not be here this evening, so Past President Joanne Primavera called us to order at 6:30PM.
Jim Nevers led us in the Pledge.
Introductions:
Guests: Jason Overleese introduced Samir Saluja, our [almost] newest member.
Visiting Rotarians:
Brian Tucker introduced Patricia Darling of the Mercer Island Club.  Also introduced was District Governor-elect for 2016-17, Bo Darling.
Announcements:
Saturday, October 11, 8AM, meet at the Houghton Park and Ride to car pool to the work party for Northwest Harvest.  For details, contact Dan Bartel.
Also October 11, at the Shinstroms, 6PM – the annual Bunco party.  The theme is ‘anything 12’.   Bring a guest.
September 22, 2014 Spokesman David Aubry 2014-09-26 00:00:00Z 0
President John started the Rotary Club of Kirkland meeting at 6:30.  He thanked Dan Bartel for Greeting and since there was no scribe thanked me for doing the honors.  I am an editor not writer so this will be short and sweet.
 
A special THANKS to Rich & Nan Bergdahl for opening their newly remodeled home for the annual Salmon Bake last Monday evening.  A great time was has by all and thank you to all the volunteers for cooking, bar tending, setting up etc.

Guests:  Samir Saluja & Michael Pham.  Along with our District Governor Johan Enger & his wife Karen.
 
Announcements:
  • Steve Shinstrom needs scribes and greeters and only has those now filled until Oct 13 meeting.
  • Bunco/Bunko:  Oct 11th at Shinstroms starting around 6:00pm.  Theme this year is everything “12”.  Use your creativity when it come to food and clothing...  It will be heavy appetizers and desserts as usual and sign up sheet is going out shortly.
  • Rotary First Harvest is the same morning Oct 11th and carpooling etc will be again happening from the Houghton P&R.  More info to follow as we get closer.
  • Patti Smith announced the KITH fundraiser/auction on Oct 4th at the Bellevue Red Lion.  She is hoping to have a full Rotary table or more.  Cost is $125 per person.  Contact Patti.
  • District Conference is May 15-17 2015 and right in our back yard up at Tulalip Resort and Casino.  Here is an easy way to attend your first conference as it is so close to home.
Rick Walter then worked the room for Happy Dollars as it had been almost 2 months and there was a lot of happy Rotarians.
 
District Governor John Enger gave a nice talk on his transformation from a “Rotarian” to a “Rotarian” and how he became more involved after working a project in Kenya.  He went over many points on what the district does for clubs and how everyone can get more involved.  We as a club then reviewed what we have done by committee in a power point presentation.
 
Joker Pool.  We are at about ½ of a deck left and John Pruitt had his lucky ticket drawn but alas didn’t with the pool.

Scribe on short notice Steve…
September 15, 2014 Spokesman Steve Shinstrom 2014-09-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Scott Rethke on Aug 25, 2014
John Pruitt called the meeting to order at 6:30.
 
Jason Overleese was the greeter, and Carl Boruck led the pledge of allegiance.
 
Guests/Visiting Rotarians
*Todd Morton visited us from the Bellevue Rotary Club. He attended the Everett Silvertips game with us a while back, and works in Human Resources.
*Pam Going was a guest of Jim Going.
*Assistant Governor for 5030 Son Michael Pham visited us from the University District Club. They meet at the Seattle Yacht Club (and John Pruitt was quick to point out that they pay $25 for lunch.)
 
Dates
*8/26 at 5PM at Hector’s: New member drive event + happy hour. The more the merrier!
*9/1: No meeting due to the holiday.
*9/8 at 6PM: Salmon bake at the Bergdahl’s.
*9/13 6-8PM: Autumn beer and wine tasting at Total Wine in Bellevue. $10/head.
*10/11: Rotary First Harvest and Bunco
 
Scott Becker gave an update on the Duck Dash
*$36,000 in ticket receipts/sales so far (this number does not include sponsorship dollars)
Top Sellers
Ernie Norehad $2,995
Bill Woods $2,175
Scott Becker $2,135
John Pruitt $1,665
Anne Hamilton $1,605
Brett Johnson $1,500
Rick Ostrander $1,095
A big thank you to all Rotarians and guests who worked so hard to make this a great event!
 
8/13 Rotary Board Meeting
*Minutes are coming soon.
 
Dave DeBois gave a recap of the 8/18 golf tournament at Bear Creek (Editor’s/scribe’s note: We should have the tournament every year at Bear Creek! Course is fantastic, and they take good care of us.)
*A team of non-Rotarians won.
*Normally there is debate for who should be the recipient of the infamous monkey trophy, but this year there was a landslide/”lifetime achievement” award winner – Patti Smith. Patti knocked Anne Hamilton down with her golf card….and then ran over her. Anne has a broken foot.
August 26, 2014 Spokesman Scott Rethke 2014-08-26 00:00:00Z 0
Great Puget Sound Duck Dash 2014
Winners Report
 
First Place Prize: $1000
Name: Eleanor Cohon
 
Second Place Prize: $1000
Name: James Nevers
 
Third Place Prize: $1000
Name: Robert Comfeld
 
Fourth Place Prize: $1000
Name: Steve Shinstrom
 
Fifth Place Prize: $1000
Name: Tiffany Wissner
 
Sixth Place Prize: 10 Sessions Personal Trainer -Totally Sound Fitness
Name: Richard Rekdal
 
Seventh Place Prize: 1 Night Woodmark, Dinner for 2 Bin on the Lake
Name: Lloyd Stambaugh
 
Eighth Place Prize: Gift Certificate from Ace Frames
Name: Diana Lanspa
 
Ninth Place Prize: 1 Night at Heathman
Name: Jennifer Porter
 
Tenth Place Prize: Childrens Bike Courtesy Dr. Kilburn, Kirkland Pediatrics
Name: Louis Melendez
 
Eleventh Place Prize: Salmon Feed for 10 from Tim's Seafood
Name: Brian Tucker
 
Twelfth Place Prize: Mo. Wine Tasting for 2 for a Year fm Grape Choice
Name: Mike Tinsley
Thirteenth Place Prize: Fena Flowers Gift Certificate
Name: Peggy Castleberry
 
Fourteenth Place Gift Certificate to Ristorante Paradiso
Name: Colleen Campo-White
 
Fifteenth Place Gift Certificate to Ristorante Paradiso
Name: Maureen Stolte
 
2014 Duck Dash Winners 2014-08-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Woodbery on Jul 27, 2014

The meeting of the Rotary Club of Kirkland, Washington commenced at 6:30 pm by President John Pruitt.  Jim Going led the club in the Pledge of Allegiance.

One guest, Loretta Marks the 90 year old mother of Rich Bergdahl was introduced by her son.

Announcements included: The Kirkland Down Town Rotary Club is holding a blood drive at Park Place July 29th between 9 and 3.

Scott Becker gave a Duck Dash update as follows: Only 5-6 more selling days left with three shifts on Saturday and Sunday this upcoming weekend at QFC. The team competition is going down to the wire with Dr. Norehead's team holding a slight lead of $3,730 to Scott Becker's close second place of $3,650. Next Monday night is the duck branding party at Lee Johnson Chevrolet at 6:00PM Bring all your family help and have fun.

On 9/13 the club will have a beer and wine tasting party at Total Wine in Bellevue from 6-8:00PM. Its a Husky game and a $10.00 per head entry fee will be charged.

The club has supported the KITH organization and their annual fund raiser is coming up on October the 4th, Patti Smith reported to be held at the Mercer Island Event Center. The participation fee is $125.00 and Patti will try to organize a Rotary table for the event. KITH provides housing assistance for the homeless in our community.

Steve Shinstrom announced that the annual Kirkland Rotary Bunko night will be hosted by the Shinstrom's on October 11th.

The annual Kirkland Salmon Bake will be hosted at the Bergdahl home on September 8th. Rich Bergdahl gave a special thanks to Bob Cohen for organizing the Rotary picnic at Everest Park.

The Club Board meeting will be held August 13th and President John Pruit suggested that more people should get involved in committee efforts to get more service out of self.

July 28, 2014 Spokesman John Woodbery 2014-07-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Scott Becker on Jul 16, 2014
President-Elect Rich Bergdahl called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. after a great tasting, ham and rice dinner.
 
Bob Auslander introduced his wife, Gayle; Dave DeBois introduced his guest, Laura Loomis; I introduced Seattle 4 club member Doug Seto and Friends of Youth executive director, Terry Pottmeyer and Jason Overleese introduced his guest, Susan LeMaire, who will be helping to put together a Kirkland Rotary poker tournament.
 
We called Terry Pottmeyer to the front of the room to present her with a check for $2,000, payable to Friends of Youth. Terry gave us an update on the build-out of the Friends of Youth campus, including that of seven group homes, four of which have been completed. Our donation will be put to work, very well.
 
Rick Ostrander announced that we will soon have a calendar showing the year’s events planned for our club.
 
Joanne Primavera announced several upcoming events such as the golf tournament on 8/18, at Bear Creek Country Club. Eric Olsen has been working hard to put this together. He said there will be a car from Lee Johnson given to anyone who hits a hole-in-one, raffles for everyone, as well as lunch and dinner. The club picnic will be held at Everest Park, on July 21st and Bob Cohon is chairing this event. We’ll have a Happy Hour on August 26th, at Hectors. Invite your friends and prospective members. AND the Salmon Bake will be held at Rich Bergdahl’s home, September 9th.
 
Rick announced that invoices have been sent. If yours has not arrived then he probably does not have your correct address.
 
Duck Dash Standings:
 
Ernie: $1,950
Bill; $1,585
Anne;$1,135
Scott;$1,000.
 
Teams;
Earnie’s: $3,730
Bill’s: $2,835,
Scott’s: $3,575
John’s: $ 740
 
Jason introduced tonight’s speaker, Marla Beck. Marla is president of AndelCare, Inc, an award-winning home care service company for the elderly.
Marla discussed the dangers and pitfalls of the home care industry and said that it is practically a buyer-beware situation, as there are many disreputable agencies where fraud is a daily occurrence. Between 2010 and 2030, 20% of the population will be over age 65 but Baby Boomers will be the healthiest and wealthiest seniors that there has ever been. But when the need for care arrives, the elderly fear the loss of independence more than death. The need to have discussions about health directives, long-term care solutions and to make sure legal documents are in order is extremely important. Signs that an elderly person needs help are when memory issues show up, they are less active, there are mood changes and when post-it notes start showing up around the house. When choosing elder care, make sure private care givers are checked out, thoroughly. Hiring an in-home elder care agency is probably the most secure as they are bonded and insured and the most professional.
 
The meeting was adjourned at 7:45 p.m.
 
Your scribe for the night: Scott Becker
July 14, 2014 Spokesman Scott Becker 2014-07-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joanne Primavera on Jul 06, 2014
The Kirkland Rotary Club meeting of July 7, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. and was led by President, John Pruitt.
 
Just before the meeting started, Anne presented an overview of her Facebook page for the Rotary Club of Kirkland Duck Race.  Duckie has just flown in to town and is practicing to win the race.  Duckie is consulting with our sponsors to give him tips on how to win.    
 
Dan Bartel gave an overview of Rotary First Harvest.  Please put October 11, January 10, and March 14 on your calendars to participate sorting the fruits and vegetables gathered by Rotary First Harvest at the Northwest Harvest facility in Kent.
 
Visiting Rotarians:
 
Scott East is a semi-regular visiting Rotarian.  Scott is an attorney and is also a semi-regular member from the Bellevue Tuesday noon club.
Tom Callahan made up from the Mercer Island Club.  Tom’s classification is Chocolates.
 
Guests:
 
Rick Walter introduced Ben Premack.  Ben is an attorney and has been proposed to be a member of the club and Rick is his sponsor.
 
On Wednesday, July 9, 2014, the Board approved Ben as a member.  This is a notice to the club of Ben’s application.  If there are any comments, please call John Pruitt.
 
Angela Marks brought Paula Antone to the club to check us out.
 
Anne Hamilton brought Simer Salusa.  Simer also works at Microsoft.
July 7, 2014 Spokesman Joanne Primavera 2014-07-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Steve Shinstrom on Jun 26, 2014
President Scott Rethke called the June 23, 2014 Kirkland Rotary Meeting to order at or around 6:30. Lots of greeters helping tonight. Jason Overleese let us in the pledge.
Guests in attendance were our speaker from a few weeks ago Dr. Michael Woo and our speaker for th evening Benjamin Monti.
Announcements:
  • Steve needs scribes and greeters and will have updated list at next meeting.
  • Scott Becker is doing a bang up job as our head duck. Most things are on track as we get ready for race day. Bill Woods received a gift card for being first to turn in most ducky sales. Way to go Bill!!!
  • 8/4 is Branding Party at Lee Johnson Chevrolet.
  • Bob Cohn is on 4th of July Parade patrol and more info to follow for marchers, cars etc.
  • Chief Olson reminded everyone about family picnic in the park at the Kirkland Rotary Pavilion at Everest Park. Start time is around 5:30 with more details on cost etc to follow.
  • Next Monday is our Transition Dinner as we welcome incoming President John Pruitt and his merry board. Reminder to all Paul Harris fellows to wear you pins
  • Rick Walter announced there will be a dues increase in the coming year as we are under the surrounding area and in trying to keep dinner costs in check with lower than average attendance it was felt by the board that better to raise dues instead of increasing dinner cost. We have a contract obligation of 30 for dinner each week and lately have not been getting the necessary attendance.
Rick then continued on his joking ways and extracted many a happy buck from the membership.
June 23, 2014 Spokesman Steve Shinstrom 2014-06-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Webb on Jun 18, 2014
Scribe for Spokesman from June 16, 2014
It was the annual event,  Duck Dash Kick Off.  Like others it was at the Wilde Rover.  SUMMERFEST IS THE WEEKEND OF AUGUST 8-10 WITH GREAT PUGET DUCK RACE ON THE 10TH!!!   ONLY EIGHT WEEKS AWAY!  The meeting program was completely different from the usual meeting and the business part was very short.  I'd estimate there were 50 of us present.  We had many spouses, significant others, and friends at the meeting; sorry I can't be more specific without leaving folks out.  A good time was had by all with much mixing, catching up with friends who hadn't seen each other for a while, etc..
 
BUSINESS OF THE EVENING.
      President Scott Rethke started the meeting about 6:15 by welcoming us all and introducing the star of the show, HEAD DUCK - SCOTT BECKER.
     Scott thanked his committee for their work so far including , Joanne Primavera, John Pruitt, Al Hoviland, Alice Volpe, Jason Overleese, Scott and Anne Rethke, Anne Hamilton, Rick Ostrander, Patti Smith and myself.  Anne Hamilton is handling the social media aspect of the duck Dash Al Hoviland, Jason Overleese and James Nevers will be coordinating Race Day and Mike Hunter and Rick Ostrander will be setting up and manning the  tent on Race Day. I'll be coordinating setup and sign up of ticket sales venues with Jason's help.  Scott also outlined ticket sales management and sales locations as below:
     Rick Ostrander again is managing the tickets and has $500 worth of tickets in an envelope for each of us.  If you don't have yours contact Rick.  The goal is for each of us to sell at least $500 worth.  Turn in money and ticket stubs in the proper envelopes to Patti Smith who will turn money for banking to Joanne Primavera.
     Ticket sales will start this week at Kirkland's QFC.  Signups were circulated and this Sunday is now full.  We will be selling at the Kirkland Farmers Market on Wednesday afternoons and QFC on Sundays for the next 4 weeks.  After that both weekend days are planned for QFC.  The Lake Washington High School Drill Team will again be selling on Saturdays for the next month.  A number of other locations are anticipated.
     Please sign up when you would like to sell on line with Scott or at Monday night meetings.  We are entirely open for Wednesday June 25 and Sunday June 29.
 
The dinner buffet was excellent including meatloaf and sausages, mashed potatoes, asparagus, and several cookie options for dessert.  The meeting broke up about 7:30.
 
 
 Respectfully submitted,                               Bob Webb      Scribe for the day
 
June 16, 2104 Spokesman Bob Webb 2014-06-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Pruitt on Jun 08, 2014
President Scott Rethke called the June 9, 2014 Kirkland Rotary meeting to order at 6:34p.m.  Jim Going led the Pledge of Allegiance, Carl Borak was the greeter, Scott Becker manned the front desk and Rich Bergdahl gave an inspirational moment recognizing Bill Wood’s military service during World War II.
 
Visitors & Visiting Rotarians:  Our visiting Rotarian was Doug Seto from the Seattle 4 club.  Visitors included Gail Auslander (guest/spouse of Bob Auslander), Karen Dunn (guest of _______), Loretta Marsh Brown (guest and mother of Rich Bergdahl), and our very own Tyson.  President Scott welcomed Al Hoviland and Alice Volpe back from their extended time in Kauai.
June 9, 2014 Spokesman John Pruitt 2014-06-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Terry Cole on Jun 01, 2014
Rotary Minutes June 2, 2014
35 happy Rotarians (and a couple of old grumps – you know who you are) convened Monday evening for the Rotary Club of Kirkland's June 2, 2014 meeting.  Our Greeter was Shellie Gehring, who did an “ok” job.  (I told her if she would buy me a glass of wine I would give her a good report.  But she didn’t … so I won’t.  After Jerry Campo led us in the Pledge, President Scott Rethke welcomed Ben (attorney, guest, prospective member) back once again.
 
Announcements
  • He then reminded us that the Duck Dash Kickoff will be at the Wilde Rover on June 16th, starting at 6:00pm.  For those interested, the drinking will begin earlier than that.
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  • Scott Becker announced that he has already lined up $22,000 in Duck Dash sponsorships, and could easily be talked into accepting more.
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  • Joanne Primavera announced that there will be a number of upcoming club social events, which will be announced soon.  Please contact her if you have any suggestions.
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  • Chief Eric Olsen then talked about the opening of the new police facilities at the location of the former Costco Furniture Outlet, and generously offered to host a club meeting/dinner some evening, including a tour.  Sounds like a much better deal than the last time your Scribe “toured” a police facility.
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  • Chief Olsen also announced that there are four foursomes left for our annual golf tournament at Bear Creek Country Club.  Also, he is collecting “goodie bag” stuff, so if you can get some give-away items please see Eric.
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  • President Elect John Pruitt the upcoming New Officer/Committee Chairperson orientation.  All are of course welcome to attend.
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  • Patty Sims noted that this coming Saturday is the last Miracle League game.  Volunteers are still needed.  As has been the tradition, the day will feature a BBQ, trophies, and a visit from the Mariner Moose.
 
Rick Walter then wandered about the room, extorting funds at will.
 
Our program for the evening was a chance to get to know a couple of our members better.  First, Casey Oiness talked about being a life-long Eastsider, having been born at Overlake Hospital, attending local schools, and getting his degree in Business/Finance from Seattle Pacific Univ.  Casey loves to travel, Norway and Costa Rica being two recent favorites.  Casey is a mortgage specialist with Cobalt Mortgage.
Next, Jason Overleese talked about growing up in the Houghton area, then getting his degree in International Finance from Western Washington Univ. before beginning his “career in drinking” as a representative for Budweiser.  Jason is very recently engaged, and makes his living in financial services.
Finally, and thankfully, the joker remains in the deck.
Terry Cole, Scribe de Jour
June 2, 2014 Spokesman Terry Cole 2014-06-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jason Overleese on May 27, 2014
The May 19, 2014 Kirkland Rotary Meeting was called to order by President Scott Rethke. Bill Taylor was our Greeter and Jason Overleese – Scribe.  Bob Webb led us in the Pledge of allegiance
Scott Becker – Inspirational Moment – “ You could have heard a pin drop..” Stories honoring our veterans and the accomplishments of the US military.
Guests: Josh Habenstock – Attorney in Kirkland focusing on Intellectual Property
                Sam – Returning guest from Seattle four.
Announcements:
                Dan Bartel - $1,000 was donated to 3 students for the DECA finals.
                Scott Becker – Duck Dash Kickoff party date has changed from June 9th to June 16th at the WILDE ROVER.  Tickets to be distributed at the party.
                Pat Dye – This was Pat’s last meeting with the Kirkland Rotary before moving to Boise, ID.  to start a new part of her life. We will all miss her in our club, and wish her the very best in her new adventure!!
 
Speaker: Kirk Adams – CEO – Lighthouse for the blind.
                Kirk was born in Oregon, and lost his sight at age 5. His parents moved to Aberdeen WA. For his specialized education for the blind, and then moved to Snohomish in his idle school and high school years.  He is the first blind CEO and lives with his wife in the Mt. Baker neighborhood in Seattle. The organization provides jobs and skill training for over 200 blind people in the Seattle metro area, and the manufacture products for the US military, and Boeing.  Tours are welcome, and please contact Kirk at the Lighthouse for the Blind for details.
Special Notes:
Bob Auslander spoke about his Uncle who was blinded in an accident, and between his Mother and Uncle, they created “Clairol.” Amazing story!!
May 19, 2104 Spokesman Jason Overleese 2014-05-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harry Wagoner

Kirkland rotary minutes 5/5/2014

Bill leading us in the pledge

Scribing meeting 5/5/2014 was Harry Wagoner

Newcomers.

Casey.

Updates:announcements

Patti update on miracle league.

Scott duck dash update: record breaking $21,750. June 9th save the date Wild Rover starting of the duck dash.

5/31 opening of the justice center. Ribbon cutting from 1 to 3.

Tonight's speaker. Lake Washington School District.

Guest speaker: Rita.

Competition for raising money for business development.

2nd place: Bittcoin/ Bittrust A trusted web-site company on review web-site company's.

For Example: reviews on Yelp etc. They market by Google & Tumbir.

Yearly cost to run is $30 a year.

1st place:Hard wood T's.

Pocket Tee shirts.

 

Joker pool. Scott Becker won. Just won $10 bucks.

May 5, 2014 Spokesman Harry Wagoner 2014-05-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Woodbery on Apr 27, 2014
The April 28, 2014 Rotary Club of Kirkland meeting was called to order by President John Pruitt approximately at 6:15PM.   Bill Taylor served as greeter, Rick Walter checking us all in, Bill Woods led us in the Pledge of our sacred honor to the flag of our great nation, and yours truly as Scribe.  The inspirational message from Rich Bergdahl was a report of the Chuck Brockway memorial service on Saturday April 26, 2014 at Holy Spirit Lutheran Church. The testimonies about Chuck, his life of service and the love he demonstrated to others was evident in the report.  Especially moving was the testimony of his wife Vicky who thanked everyone for loving Chuck's memory with their attendance.  Many Kirkland Rotarians were in attendance.
 
Jim Going introduced his guest, Fred Gorrell from the Paradise Valley Rotary Club who is an FAA Examiner.  His claim to recognition is a helium balloon trip record with Guinness, the record people not the "stout" people for crossing the continental US from Costa Mesa, CA to Savannah, GA in, if I heard him right, 43 hours  Wondering how this was possible, I asked him and he said, "the jet stream at up to 28,000 elevation was at times carrying him at 75 miles per hour.
 
Also introduced were Cindy and Dave Smith, parents of Iveyanne Smith our student of the month.  She disclosed something about her not many know and she said her middle name is Jellybean.  I asked her mother  she selected the name Iveyanne and she said there was a Drug Emporium commercial years ago that had a cute little girl in it with a voice calling out "Iveyanne, Iveyanne".  She liked the commercial and the name and borrowed it. I reminded her that names, no matter where they come from are eventually a reflection of who you are, not the other way around.  Iveyanne is a good example of that maxim.
 
Iveyanne thanked Kirkland Rotarians for the month and reported on her high school activities such as her devotion to the "Anti Bullying" project, serving as officers in Key Club and Beta Club with service to the community one of her passions.  We get it!  She will attend the UW next fall. The Huskies will be the better for her presence. Brandon Honcoop presented her certificate, check to Northwest Harvest in her name and a 4-Way Test plaque to keep in memory of our association.
 
Joanne Primavera reported on the District Conference in Vancouver, BC, just recently attended where the main speaker was Craig Kielburger who leads a Free the Children program. Next year the District Conference is closer to home at Tulalip.
 
Pat Dye who is moving permanently to Boise, Idaho, announced a need for the chair of the Warm Coat project next year. We will miss you Pat.
April 28, 2014 Spokesman John Woodbery 2014-04-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Scott Becker on Apr 20, 2014
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.
April 21, 2014 Spokesman Scott Becker 2014-04-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mike Hunter on Apr 13, 2014
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.
Announcements:
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.
April 14, 2014 Spokesman Mike Hunter 2014-04-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Webb on Apr 06, 2014
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.
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS
  • 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
 
April 7, 2014 Spokesman Bob Webb 2014-04-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Pruitt on Apr 03, 2014
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.
Announcements:
  • 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.   
March 31, 2014 Spokesman John Pruitt 2014-04-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joanne Primavera on Mar 26, 2014
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.
 
Announcements:
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.
March 24, 2014 Spokesman Joanne Primavera 2014-03-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dave Aubry on Mar 16, 2014
Rotary meeting minutes  3/17/2014
It is St Patrick’s Day!  [Unfortunately, that means corned beef and cabbage for dinner – your humble scribe abstained.]
Brian Tucker was our greeter
President Scott Rethke called the meeting to order at 6:30 PM.
Mike Hunter led us all in the Pledge of Allegiance.
President Scott reminded us all to pay for our attendance at the upcoming Kirkland Rotary Foundation dinner and auction this coming Saturday, March 22.  The cost is $22 per person.
Introductions:
Guests:
Student of the Month Manon Debuire from Lake Washington High School.  She recently received an award for a pottery sculpture she created.
Angela Pepke, back again.
Visiting Rotarians:
Doug Seto from Seattle 4 – his 4th or 5th visit.
New Rotarian Sam Myoda, also of Seattle 4.
Scott East of the Bellevue Club, a repeat visitor.
Announcements:
Mike Hunter reminded everyone that Jerry Campo will be collecting next week for the tickets to last weekend’s Everett Silvertips hockey game.  Everyone had a great time.
John Pruitt announced that he recently hosted a club Past Presidents meeting yesterday.  The meeting was held to help prepare him for his upcoming term as Club President.  He was advised to get well-organized and to have a good Board.
Bill Taylor announced that today was the 28th anniversary of his joining the club.  He said his uncle tried for 20 years to get him to join, before he actually did.
Rick Ostrander spoke about a past custom of Club meetings, that of having a ‘Rotary Minute’, in which an interesting fact about Rotary is discussed.  He noted that there is an article in a recent issue of the Rotary magazine about the new President of Rotary International, Gary C. K. Huang, from Taiwan.  His goal is to add 50,000 new Rotarians this year.  As part of that effort, he would like to see Rotary reestablished in China.  He believes also that Rotary has not promoted itself enough, especially regarding the work it does. [eds. note: AMEN]
Rick Walter did ‘Happy Dollars’.
Jason Overleese introduced our speaker Sara Paul of the American Cancer Society, who spoke on the history of the ACS and on its fund raiser, the Relay for Life.
Ms. Paul spoke about why she chose a career with the American Cancer Society.  She was diagnosed with a rare cancer at the age of three; after chemo, radiation, and surgery, she was cured.  The drugs she was treated with were developed with financing from ACS.
She spoke about the work done by ACS in the fields of research, education, and advocacy.  Their fund-raising effort is called ‘Relay for Life’.  The American Cancer Society was founded in 1913 – at that time cancer was not spoken of, and a diagnosis of cancer was considered a death sentence.   Ms. walked us through the growth of ACS’ efforts in fundraising, which led to the development of increasingly effective treatments.  Tests were developed to detect early cancers.  Knowledge was gained as to the various factors that increase cancer risks.
‘Relay for Life’ began in the 1980s – it is now the most successful non-profit fundraiser in history.  Ms. Paul’s theme is that one person can make a big difference.  Many of the steps forward in cancer prevention, treatment, diagnosis, and fundraising are because of the ideas and efforts of single individuals.
President Scott had the correct ticket but failed to draw the Joker.  The $10 he received and the ‘Happy Dollars’ went to Ms. Paul for ACS.
Meeting Adjourned at 7:35 PM.
Respectfully submitted
David Aubry
Acting Scribe.
 
March 17, 2014 Spokesman Dave Aubry 2014-03-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mike Hunter on Mar 09, 2014
President Scott Rethke called the meeting to order at 6:30 PM.  Jim Going led us in the Pledge and Ernie Norehad inspired us with some “Casey Stengelisms.”
Guests included Angela Pepka, guest of Anne Hamilton & Scott Becker, and Manon Debuire, our Student of the Month from Lake Washington High School.
Announcements:
John Pruitt gave us an overview of the PETS conference for incoming Rotary Presidents that he attended a few weeks ago.  John was inspired by the presentations and interesting people there. He even sat next to the incoming International President!  The motto for the new International President is “Light up Rotary.”
Barb Seaton once again confirmed that the Kirkland Rotary Foundation Auction will be on March 22nd at the Women’s Club.  Sign up to bring items and/or a dessert.  Joanne Primavera is donating 10 bags of cookies and a cooking demonstration as part of the auction.  Eric Olson explained that the donated “Police Party” is meant for little kids’ and not for adults!
Rick Ostrander desperately needs all Duck Adoption tickets from last year, so check in your desk, in the closet or other dark place for those tickets!
Scott Becker said sponsors for the Duck Dash are still needed.
President Scott said the dinner arrangements before next week’s Hockey game in Everett on March 15 will be forthcoming later this week.  There are quite a few restaurants near the Hockey Arena.
Mike Hunter thanked everyone who came to the First Harvest/Northwest Harvest work day last Saturday.  Workers included Dan Bartel, Joanne Primavera, Tim & Barb Seaton, Bob Cohon, Dave DeBois, Dave & Anna Aubry, and yours truly.  Rolled oats and beans were packaged into bags and boxes and are now ready for shipment to the food banks.      
March 10, 2014 Spokesman Mike Hunter 2014-03-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 05, 2014
Rotary Minutes for Mar 3, 2014
Meeting was started at 6:35 by President Scooter Rethke.
Pledge was led by Jim Going.
Greeters were Angela Marks, Harry Wagoner and Dave ‘Cal’ Aubry.
Guests:
Mike Hunter introduced our Student of the Month Manon Debuire from LWHS.  Manon was born in France and moved to the US in 6th grade.  She competes in gymnastics, with LWHS finishing 6th in the recent state meet.
Scott Becker introduced Sarah Rosenberger of Cobalt Mortgage, a guest of Scott Rethke.
Announcements:
Dave Aubry announced the Annual Kirkland Rotary Foundation Auction, March 22nd, 6:00-9:00 at the Kirkland Women’s Center.  Please contact Barb Seaton if you have items to donate.
Mike Hunter announced the Rotary First Harvest work party on Saturday, March 8th.  Meet at the Houghton Park and Ride at 8:00 AM.  The event is 9:00-11:30, then those interested can meet for lunch after.
Jason Overleese announced interviews for Kirkland Rotary Scholarships start this week.  Brandon Honcoop stated he will be at LWHS Wed, March 12, 1-3 PM.  We had numerous volunteers.
Dave of the woods announced we have purchased 82 pairs of shoes for $1000 for the Eastside Baby Corner.  Attaway Dave!
Scott Becker is still procuring Duck Dash sponsorships.  We have to date $18,000, with $25,000 the goal.  Race day is Aug 10, 2014.
Jerry Campo announced ‘Hockey Night in Everett’ (no Dave, not Hockey night in Canada) with the Silvertips is Saturday, March 15th at 7:05 PM.  The plan is to meet at a nearby restaurant/bar at 5:00 PM, then proceed on to Comcast Arena.  We currently have 27 signed up.  Cost is $16 pp.  Deadline for tickets is Tuesday, March 4th.  Contact Jerry Campo.
Steve Shinstrom sent around the signup sheets for Scribes and greeters.  PLEASE HELP OUT!!!
March 3, 2014 Spokesm Jerry Campo 2014-03-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Dye on Feb 24, 2014
Kirkland Rotary – Minutes, Feb. 24, 2014
 
The meeting was called to order by Club President, Scott Rethke.  The Pledge was led by Brian Tucker.  Scott thanked Angela for greeting and Pat Dye for scribing.
 
Guests:
  • Oscar Johansen, Student of the Month from Lake Washington High School and his father, Lars Johansen
  • Patrick Furlong
 
Announcements:
  • Patti Smith announced that the Club would soon be preparing meals for the Friends of Youth residents in Redmond.  Cooks will assemble at Patty Sims house to use her “big ass” oven.  Date TBD.
  • Patty Sims announced that the Miracle League will begin the end of April and is looking for volunteers to assist over the 6 week schedule.  Harry Wagoner volunteered to pitch.
  • Jerry Campo announced that so far 16 people have signed up for the Hockey game on March 15th.  Tickets are $16 per person.
  • Scott Becker announced that $17,500 has been raised to date from Duck Dash sponsors.  The goal is $25,000.  Tickets will be ready for sales the first week in June.
  • Jason Overleese will temporarily take over duties from Deedee Rusnak for the membership committee.  Please forward any new nominations to Jason.
  • Mike Hunter announced that the next Rotary First Harvest work party will be March 8th.  Volunteers can meet at the Houghton Park and Ride at 8:00 am.
  • John Woodbery announced that the Kirkland Rotary Foundation Auction will be held on March 22nd at the Kirkland Women’s Club.  They are looking for items to sell.  Please contact John or Barb Seaton.
February 25, 2014 Spokesman Pat Dye 2014-02-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Aubry on Feb 09, 2014
 
 
President Scott Rethke called the February 20, 2014 Kirkland Rotary Club meeting to order at 6:30PM.  Rick Ostrander was our greeter & John Pruitt led us all in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Introductions:
Guests:Former Rotarian Angela Petke; Becca and Jillian Honcoop; Student of the Month Oscar Johansson from Lake Washington High School; Teddy Overleese; Kay Petersen; Bob Malte, our speaker and CEO of Evergreen Hospital & Merilee Dicks
Announcements:
We will have a Rotary team building event at Hectors 5:30PM, February 20.  Bring a potential new member, and enjoy chatting with your fellow Rotarians.
Jerry Campo reminded us of the Club Hockey Night with the Everett Silvertips, March 15.  He will send an email reminding us.
Barb Seaton announced the Kirkland Rotary Foundation Auction.  Sign up to come, to donate items for the Auction, donate a home-made dessert for the dessert auction.
There is a picture montage on display here tonight featuring Chuck Brockway and past Miracle League seasons.
Scott Becker announced we are still making progress on Duck Dash sponsorships, including our newest member Harry Wagner!  We currently are at $14,500, heading towards our goal of $25,000
February 10, 2014 Spokesman David Aubry 2014-02-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mike Hunter on Jan 26, 2014
Rotary Club of Kirkland
Monday, January 27, 2014 Meeting
President Scott Rethke called the meeting to order at 6:30 PM.  Brian Tucker led us in the Pledge.
 
Guests included Dillon Gabeline (son of our speaker), Ren Singh, Amy Mutual, Jane Hengraft, Cathy & Steve Dewalt, Sandy & Mac Potts, Jessica Olson (daughter of Eric), and our own Jim Hart (who’s really a long-time member also known as Miss Kirkland)!
Cathy & Steve Dewalt invited everyone to the “Ten Grands” performance on April 4th at Benaroya Hall in Seattle.  This is “Ten Grands” seventh year and funds raised from this performance benefit the educational programs of the Seattle Symphony.  An exclusive offer for Rotarians is a private reception prior to the performance from 6:00 to 7:30 PM.  Tickets for the reception and performance are $80.  Call 206 215-4818 for more information.
 
After Cathy & Steve spoke, Mac Potts, who has been blind from a young age, performed for us on the piano keyboard and he is great!  Mac will perform at “Ten Grands” again this year, so you do not want to miss this event.
Steve Shinstrom set up a Super Bowl Pool and squares were selling fast for this Sunday’s win by the Seahawks!
January 27, 2014 Spokesman Mike Hunter 2014-01-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Scott Becker on Jan 05, 2014
President Scott Rethke called the January 6, 2014 Kirkland Rotary meeting to order at 6:30 and Jason Overleese led the Pledge. Scott announced that we were especially fortunate to have a special selection of pizza tonight and to be thankful that we don’t have to put up with our usual Fillet Mignon feast.
 
Announcements:
  1. Angela Marks introduced her guests, David and Amy Mutal, who are looking for a new Rotary club to call home. Amy is a financial advisor and a former member of Newcastle Rotary
  2. John Pruitt introduced our “Student of the Month”, Gloria Lew, who is a student at Juanita high School. She has applied to five of the top schools in California and plans to study Computer Sciences.
  3. Dan Bartel announced that our club will participate in Rotary First Harvest this weekend. We will carpool from the Houghton Park & Ride, meeting there at 8:30 a.m.
  4. Scott Becker announced that the Duck Dash is now off and running, with the ducks having been ordered and that we will be holding the event again at Summerfest, in August. Please be thinking about sponsors and donorsors, no matter how small the contribution. All of the dollars add up!
  5. Bill Taylor told us that Check Brockway has finished his treatments and says he has lots of energy and is optimistic about his recovery, going forward. He should know the results of his treatment in about a month. Please keep Chuck in your thoughts and prayers.
  6. Rick Ostrander announced the slate of officers for John Pruitt’s year as president and they are: John Pruitt, President; Rich Bergdahl, President Elect; Scott Becker, Vice President; Anne Hamilton, Secretary; Rick Walter, treasurer.
 
Jason introduced our speaker, Traci Pearce. Traci is Superintendent of Lake Washington School District and a member of Redmond Rotary. Tonight Traci talked about funding measures up for a vote in February 2014. These are an Education, Programs & Operations Levy (EPO), a Capital Projects Levy and a Bond Levy. The EPO Levy will provide 22% of general operating revenue of the school district. The Capital Projects Levy will provide monies to replace computers on a four-year cycle and maintain teacher training in technology, provide software and support staff for over 25,000 computers and security, safety and health upgrades for the district. The Bond Levy is a big one. It will provide new classroom space for a growing enrollment of the 4,000 new students expected by 2021-2022. New space will be added in three elementary schools and one middle school, additions will be made to Eastlake and Lake Washington High Schools, a STEM-focused high school on the Westside and an international-focused high school on the Eastside, as well as a funding the continuation of the current modernization schedule. The total cost of all this will be a whopping 20% increase in the current property tax assessment, or approximately $4.73 per $1,000 of property value. The Lake Washington School district does boast a 94% graduation level amongst its students.
 
Byron Schutz, who heads up the Citizens Levy Committee for Lake Washington Schools, spoke in support of the levies and is available to further explain these measures. His email address is info@vote4lwsdkids.org. the website is www.vote4lwsdkids.org.
 
The meeting was adjourned at 7:45 p.m.
Scott Becker, your scribe for tonight.
January 6, 2014 Spokesman Scott Becker 2014-01-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Swenson on Dec 15, 2013

Minutes from December 16, 2013 Meeting

By Pat Swenson, Scribe

The meeting was called to order by John Pruitt at 6:30 p.m.  The flag salute was lead by Carl Boruck and an Inspirational Moment was given by Bill Woods.  John thanked Shellie Gehring for Greeting, Rick Walter for handling our money at the front desk, and Pat Swenson for scribing. 

Guests were introduced:  Dee Woodbery, wife of John Woodbery.  Sandy Rose, grandmother of our guest exchange student speaker, Gabby Wright and  Samatha St. John with the Kirkland Chamber of Commerce.  No visiting Rotarians.

Announcements:

A big Thank You from the Club to Scott Becker for arranging the wonderful Christmas Party Cruise and to Alice Volpe for arranging the transportation from Kirkland to downtown Seattle waterfront.  Also, thank yous to Rick Walter for arranging for the live music and to Dave DeBois for the center piece decorations.  The general sentiment of the Club was that everyone had a great time and we would like to do it again next year, but leave from the waterfront in Kirkland.

Ann Hamilton thanked everyone who has contributed to Rotary International Foundation and to let everyone know that matching points are available for all November and December contributions.  We are currently at 46% participation of the membership.

Dave DeBois for Dan Bartel announced our next Rotary 1st Harvest will be January 11th.  Dave also said the John Muir gift givers list has been updated and that there are still items that need to be donated.  If shopping is not on your list of things to do, you can also contribute dollars $$$ to Dave and he will do your shopping.  Deliveries to the families will be on Friday, December 20th.  Scott Becker and Angela will help with the delivers.  Thank you to both.  Dee Dee and Chris are not available for deliveries this year, but a Big THANK YOU from the Club for their past service on this project.

Steve Shinstrom thanked everyone who has Scribed and Greeted this past year (our last meeting of the year) and asked everyone to look over the upcoming dates and help out.

Bill Woods wanted the Club to know that the Wreaths Across America project was very successful and about 3,000 wreaths were distributed to our veterans’ graves.

Don Dicks also asked members to review the information from Dave Asher for Kirkland Nourishing Network and distributing food to the families during the holiday school break.  There are any one of three roles that you can play to help:  Donate funds, purchase food items or deliver food items to the families.  Please consider helping and let Dave Asher know if you can.

Don Dicks also mentioned Rotary 1st Harvest gift certificates in the name of your donor are great gift ideas.  $1 of donation buys $30 worth of food.

December 16, 2013 Spokesman Pat Swenson 2013-12-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Elizabeth Rusnak on Dec 01, 2013

Meeting Date: Monday, December 2, 2013

Scribe:  Elizabeth Rusnak

 

Special Monday Night Football Meeting

 

Rotarians started arriving at the Woodmark Hotel around 5:30 to get a good seat and prepare their plate before kickoff for the big game between the New Orleans Saints and the Seattle Seahawks. Focus was on the game as the Seahawks started their domination early, first with a field goal and then a touchdown. And the points kept rolling in (as the Saints were marching out of town).

 

At half time, President Scott Rethke officially called the meeting to order. While there was no official flag salute, the National Anthem was sung before kickoff at Century Link Field. And the inspirational moment was on the hearts of all attending (GO HAWKS). Greeter was the Scribe and the Scribe was the Greeter (that was Elizabeth Rusnak). Did she ever have an easy night!

 

Introduction of Visitors:

There were lots of visiting Rotarians from the Kirkland morning club. The Kirkland morning club now meets at the Heathman (same time: Tuesday at 7:15 am). No official introductions for other visitors were made.

December 2, 2013 Spokesman Elizabeth Rusnak 2013-12-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Webb on Nov 17, 2013

Scribe for Spokesman from November 18, 2013

President Scott called the meeting to order at 6:35 PM.

VISITING ROTARIANS AND GUESTS Harry Wagner, guest of Terry Cole, joined us for a second visit and has interest in joining us.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

· Scott Becker reminded us that this year’s Christmas Party will happen on December 9 and be a Holiday Cruise with Argosy Cruises leaving from Seattle Pier 57(?) from 6 – 8:30 PM. Transportation is being arranged for those who want it and valet parking will be available. Cruise costs will be $79 per person. Payment is needed before the gathering so time is getting short.

· Our meeting on Monday 12/2 will be a “Watch the Seahawks” party at the “living room” just outside our usual meeting rooms at the Woodmark starting about 5:30. Don’t miss it.

· Pres. Scott reminded that our Veterans Day happy dollars raised money for wreaths decorating veterans’ graves at Sunset Hills Cemetery in Bellevue. To participate be at the Cemetery at 10 AM on Saturday 12/14.

· Dave Dubois announced people are needed to decorate downtown Kirkland this Saturday morning. Workers are asked to bring ladders if they have them. The group will meet at 8 AM at Merrill Gardens parking area.

· Anne Hamilton, our Foundation Chair, reminded us this is Foundation Month. All donations will be matched for points. So far we have only 14 percent of our members participating. Please donate so we attain our goal of 100% .

Angela Marks as our latest new member this evening. Angela is a residential real estate ANGELA MARKS, NEW MEMBER - Membership Chair Elizabeth Rusnak lead us in welcoming agent with Windermere Realty. She was sponsored by Bill Woods and Patty Sims will be her mentor.

PROGRAM Terry Pottmeyer, President and CEO of Friends of Youth told us about this very important nonprofit organization for the entire Eastside. This large organization cares for troubled young people from 11 to 24 years of age. Over 5000 individuals received help in 2012 and those numbers have been increasing over 10% annually for the last several years. The organization started 61 years ago.

     Services include residential treatment for young people who have no home and comprehensive help with counseling, living programs, transitional housing, and family counseling.

A major capital fund raising and development of a long term strategy for this huge program. The capital fund raising goal is $7.5 Million. Some of this has been raised and allowed development of a Kirkland Campus near Totem Lake and so far there are four homes for residential housing for a total of 40 young people.

     Terry gave a very comprehensive presentation of this major effort and outlined many options for volunteer support. There were many questions and a comprehensive hand out was given with many more details than can be presented here.

President Scott thanked our guest and speaker. The meeting was adjourned about 7:45.

Respectfully submitted Bob Webb Scribe for the day.

 

 

November 18, 2013 Spokesman Bob Webb 2013-11-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jason Overleese on Nov 10, 2013

The November 11, 1013 Rotary Club of Kirkland meeting was called to order at 6:30 by President Scott Rethke.  The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Bob Webb. Ernie led us in an “inspirational” moment.

Pat inrtoduced the student of the month, Haleigh Manao – part of the Cambridge program at Juanita High School.

Announcements:

1.       12/8 – Holiday Party – Royal Argosy in Seattle. Boarding is at 5:30pm, and will end at 8:30pm. Cost is $79 per person. Two options for transport…Eric Olsen can provide a bus or van for

          approximately  6-7 couples OR a coach bus for $30/couple. Both will use the city hall as a park and ride spot. The second option is to use Elliots valet services for carpools.

2.      Toys for Tots – “thumbs up” vote.

3.      DEC. 2nd – Seahawks party – bring your spouse and new membership

4.      Steve Shinstrom – “Partners for Work” vote for Deborah Moore initiative. We would have one special needs person for a greeter and support role for our club.

November 11, 2013 Spokesman Jason Overleese 2013-11-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mike Hunter on Nov 03, 2013

Rotary Club of Kirkland

Monday, November 4, 2013 Meeting

President Scott Rethke called the meeting to order at 6:30 PM.  James Nevers led us in the Pledge. Gary Bruner inspired us with a story about restoring Puffins to an island off Massachusetts.

Guests included Angela Marks, introduced by Bill Woods; visiting Rotarian Doug Seto from Seattle #4; and Student of the Month from Juanita High School, Haleigh Mana’o.

Announcements:

Scott Becker informed us the Argosy Christmas Ship Cruise/Dinner will be December 8th, leaving from the Seattle waterfront.  Scott asked for a show of hands of those who would be interested in riding a bus from City Hall to the Argosy and lots of people raised their hands.  The cost would be approximately $30 each for the bus, so with the cruise/dinner cost of $65 per person, the total is about $95 each.  The evening bus ride and cruise will be from 5:30 to 8:00 PM.  Scott will have more details later, and we can pay in advance at the front desk.

Rick Walters asked members to turn in any unsold Duck Dash tickets to him.

Barb Seaton announced the Kirkland Rotary Foundation Auction will be on March 22 so mark your calendars.  Gary and Ingrid Bruner have graciously offered to cook their great spaghetti dinner for the event.  Let Barb know if you have any auction items.  We’re sure the Dessert Auction will be a big hit again!

John Pruitt asked us to donate to the Rotary Foundation, especially since this is Rotary Foundation Month.  Donations can be made at the front desk.  Fifteen percent of our Club have already donated and the Board has agreed to match any donations during November.

DV Hurst will be in the Talent Show at Merrill Gardens on Thursday, November 14th from 6:30 to 8:00 PM.  The cost is $10 for dinner and the talent will begin after dinner.  

November 4, 2013 Spokesman Mike Hunter 2013-11-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tim Kehrli on Oct 20, 2013

The October 21, 2103 Kirkland Rotary Club meeting opened at 6:15pm by President Scott Rethke.  Pledge led by Angela Marks.  The early start for the meeting was due to the main agenda item – Kirkland City Council Candidates Forum. 

Visitors for the night included:  Angela Marks Windermere Realty; Doug Davis – President Kirkland Chamber of Commerce; Sants and Sue Contreras – Former City Council Member; Gigi Getz – Former Kirkland Rotary Member and President; Mahaila Murphy Martin – wife of Martin Morgan; Kathy Feek – wife of Jim Feek.

  

Announcements

  • Steve Shinstrom reported that the Bunco was a wonderful event with 37 attendees and far too many empty wine & beer bottles at the end of the evening.  Apparently it has already been decided that "Anythign Plaid" is the new black and theme for next year’s event.

    Pat Dye offered her thanks for the several volunteers who helped out at operation Warm at John Muir Elementary on Friday, October 18th.  The event distributed new winter coats to numerous families in the area.

    Patty Smith announced the first annual Kirkland Corridor Walk will take place at 1pm on Sunday October 27th.  The walk begin at the South Kirkland Park and Ride. Event parking is available at the South Kirkland Park and Ride, 10610 NE 38th Place, and a free shuttle will run until 4 p.m. between the end and start locations. Participants are encouraged to complete the entire 5.75 mile corridor and will be eligible to receive an original rail spike.

October 21, 2013 Spokesman Tim Kehrli 2013-10-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Woodbery on Oct 13, 2013
The Kirkland Rotary meeting on October 14, 2013 commenced with Scott Rethke presiding. Pat Dye led the Club in the Pledge of Allegiance
Introduction of Guests: Kija Stearn our Student of the Month was here. Kija is active in the Cambridge Program at her school. Karl Behke from Seattle 4 was here also a member of the Board of the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. Rick Walter's wife Stefanie was a guest. Tony and Cecile Duss, parents of Tina Duss a former Rotary Exchange student were present as guests and announced that Tina is married and will soon have twins. Scott Becker that perennial bringer of potential new members, introduced Craig Beatty, a local mortgage broker.

Announcements:

  • Pat Swenson made a Reading Buddies and Math Buddies reminder for the first week of November. More volunteers needed.
  • Anne Hamilton reported that a crew from the Club made Rotary First harvest a success on October 12th and the need for sign ups for a table at Lake Horizons (sounded like, anyway) on October 22nd and scribes and greeters needed as well.
  • Steve Shinstrom reminded everyone that this Saturday 10/19 is Bunko Night.
  • Bill Taylor wanted donations to Rotary International Foundation that will help remove the last vestiges of polio in the world. A few countries like the Horn of Africa, Nigeria and Pakistan are still reporting cases of polio. Matching points are available from the first dollar contributed so don't wait.
  • Pat Dye needs two more members to volunteer for the warm coats program this Friday, 10/18.
  • Joker Pool will start anew because Alice Volpe found the lucky joker card last week.
October 14, 2013 Spokesman John Woodbery 2013-10-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Pruitt on Oct 06, 2013

President Scott Rethke called the October 7, 2103 Kirkland Rotary meeting to order at 6:28pm and graciously thanked the scribe, John Pruitt and the greeter, Ernie Norehad for their service.

Rich Bergdahl lead the Pledge of Allegiance and Ernie Norehad gave a fine inspirational minute that wasn’t about a happy dwarf.

Guests included visiting Rotarians Christine Rose, BBRC and Jennifer Jarman, BRC.  Kaij Stern, our student of the month from Juanita High, was introduced by Elizabeth Rusnak.  Other special guests included Stephanie Walker [guest of our illustrious Treasurer, Rick Walter]; Shannon Botch [guest of Shellie Gehring]; and Angela Marks [guest of Bill Woods].

October 7, 2103 Spokesman John Pruitt 2013-10-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Taylor on Sep 29, 2013

The Rotary Club of Kirkland September 30, 2013 meeting was brought to order at 6:30 PM by President Scott. The Pledge was led by Mike Hunter.

Guests:

David Schooler, Rotary First Harvest, was introduced by Dan Bartell.  Rotary Fist Harvest is the middle man between farmers & the food banks.  Rotary First Harvest has distributed 150 million pounds of food to the Washington Food Banks in the last 30 years.  A $50 gift card will provide 1,500 lbs of food or for every $ contributed equals 30 lbs of food distributed. There is a Rotary First Harvest work party scheduled for Oct 12th.

Tim Arnold, Redmond Rotary, was introduced by Bill Taylor.  Tim asked us to support PolioPlus and Polio Eradication.

Ben Premack, guest of Rick Walters, was introduced by Rick.  Ben has just passed his bar exam and is looking to be involved in the community.

September 30, 2013 Spokesman Bill Taylor 2013-09-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mike Hunter on Sep 22, 2013

Rotary Club of Kirkland

Monday, September 23, 2013 Meeting

President Scott Rethke called the meeting to order at 6:30 PM.  Mike Hunter led us in the Pledge.

Guests included Kevin & Lexie Gasseling; Gary Wagner, a neighbor of Terry Cole’s; and Bill Branvold, a principle trombone player with the Lake Washington Symphony Orchestra. 

Bill informed us that the orchestra is now using a new model to re-form itself with the main support being from the musicians themselves.  The orchestra will have a fundraising event this Sunday afternoon, September 29, from 3 to 6 PM at the Temple B’nai Torah at 15727 NE 4th in Bellevue.  There will be live chamber music and a chance to talk with some of the musicians about the new orchestra.

Announcements:

Dan Bartel announced a First Harvest work day on Saturday, October 12th.  Meet at 8:00 AM at the Houghton Park & Ride for a fun day packing various food items down at the warehouse in Kent. 

Bill Woods said the great wine he had at the week-end tasting event has ruined him for the $10 stuff he usually buys, so Brandon Honcoop should be fined for serving such a fine wine.

           Jim Going heard an interview by Makaylaa Powers on NPR and complimented her accomplishments with her management of the Visiting Angels.
September 23, 2012 Spokesman Mike Hunter 2013-09-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Steve Shinstrom on Sep 15, 2013

President Scott Rethke started the September 16, 2013 Rotary Club of Kirkland meeting promplty at 6:30PM.  Our gest from Bellevue Rosanne ??? let us in the pledge.  Steve Shinstrom did a humorous little bit on the "Y" generation.  Y today's kids should leave home, Y should they get a job etc. 

Guest present were a plenty. Bill Woods introduced his good frient Joanne Wright, and two other ladies looking at our club, Angela Marks and Jolene (last name??). Also present were Jessica Nevers, wife of soon to be inducted James Nevers.  Grant and Daniel from Up with People were here to promote their program on September 29th.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

  • Rick Ostrander still has items left over from the salmon bake.  If you are left any items behind please contact Rick.
  • Ann Hamilton, Bill Taylor, Joanne Primavera and Scott Becker went to a recent Rotary District Conference and indicated a lot of good information was given at their break out sessions.
  • Pat Dye announced Warm Coat distribution will occur on Friday October 18th between 9:00 and approx 12:30 at John Muir Elementary
  • Jerry Campo thanked all those involved with making the salmon bake such a great success despite the rain.  Specifically the Ostranders for hosting and Bill T & Chuck B for cooking the salmon to perfection!!!.
  • Steve Shinstrom announced there is only one event that happens after the salmon bake??? … Yes in deed it is Bunco time.  This year will be “Country Club”…  It will be at the Shinstroms October 19th starting around 6:00pm.  For those Husky fans if the ASU game is televised and a night game it will be on throughout the house.  If the Cougs are on I am not sure if our TV’s will function properly J

 

September 16, 2013 Spokesman Steve Shinstrom 2013-09-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Steve Shinstrom on Aug 27, 2013

Very short brief for the August 26, 2013 Kirkland Rotary meeting.  It was the annual Rotary Salmon Bake.  This year hosted by Rick & Peggy Ostrander.  A bid thanks to them for hosting and Jerry Campo for organizing and all the other volunteers that made this evening happen.  The event was well attended and we were all glad to see chef Chuck Brockway back at the grill with his trusty side kick Bill Taylor.  The Chinook filets were enormous but in the end were delicious and none was left.  Although Mother Nature didn't cooperate we all rallied, moving the dinner tables into the Ostrander carport and had a wonderful evening. 

The next two club events will be Sept. 9th at Bear Creek for the annual golf tournament.  Contact Eric Olsen if you have an interest in playing. 

The other event for fun and fellowship will be Oct 19th at the Shinstroms.  This can only mean one thing!!!  BUNCO/BUNKO.  Theme is still up in the air and more info to follow.  Plan on 6ish at their house.

Scribe after the fact.  Steve :-)

August 26, 2013 Spokesman Steve Shinstrom 2013-08-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joanne Primavera on Aug 18, 2013

The Kirkland Rotary Club meeting of August 19, 2013 began at 6:30 p.m. and was led by President, Scott Rethke.  

Patti Smith led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Inspiration was given by Scott Becker.

Visiting Rotarians:

Ezra Teshome, District Governor

District Governor-Elect John Enger from West Seattle.

Son Michael Phan, our new Assistant District Governor

Dale Hicklin, District 5030 Conference Chair (more about that later)

Guests

Yobi Teshome, Wife of District Governor Ezra Teshome

James Nevers for the umpteenth time

The Rob Butcher, Chair, Summerfest

Phil Miller, guest of Scott Becker (who brings more prospective new members than anyone else)

August 19, 2013 Spokesman Joanne Primavera 2013-08-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Steve Shinstrom on Aug 11, 2013

The Rotary Club of Kirkland wants to thank all those that contributed to our cause and to once again make this race one to remember. 

Here are your 2013 Duck Dash Winners:

1.  Elaine Aronoff - $1000

2.  Alan Barer - $1000

3.  Sheilagh Conklin - $1000

4.  Kenny Jakel - $1000

5.  Jack Borland - $1000

6.  Coleen White - 10 Personal Training Sessions from Totally Sound Fitness

7.  Brian Laliberte - 1 Night at the Woodmark Hotel & Dinner for 2 at Bin on the Lake

8.  Karen Green - 2 hr photo session for owner and pet from Rusnak Photography

9.  Benjamin Woodhouse - Ace Frame Gift Certificate

10. Dan White - 1 Night at the Heathman Hotel

11. Jessica Busey - Childrens Bike from Dr. Kilburn @ Kirkland Pediatrics

12. Susan Stearns - Salmon Feed for 10 from Tim's Seafood

13. Jenifer Busey - Monthly Wine Tasting for 2 for a year from Grape Choice

14. Michael Pruitt - Fena Flowers Gift Certificate

15. Robin Sloane - Ristorante Paradisio Gift Certificate

2013 Duck Dash Winners!!! Steve Shinstrom 2013-08-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tim Kehrli on Jul 28, 2013

President Scott Rethke called the July 29, 2013 Kirkland Rotary Club meeting to order at approximately 6:30pm.  Pledge was led by Scott Becker and scribe was Tim Kehrli.  Following the usual pleasantries and pledge we were introduced to our guests for the evening.  The first was Laurie Marku, the Rotary District Vocational Chair.  Laurie was there to check on the status of how each club is using their chair for vocational service and offer her assistance as needed.  Unfortunately Eric Olsen, our Vocational Chair, was not in attendance so Laurie just enjoyed a great meeting and dinner.  Also visiting the meeting was Gary Redfern’s wife Elizabeth.

 

The inspirational minute (well actually several minutes) was provided byJim Feek who told a lovely story involving those who are 70 and older.  It was something about “Why Worry”, but I took my nap during the punch line and missed it.  If more information is necessary please talk to the 70 and older club members as I am sure they got the joke.

July 29, 2013 Spokesman Tim Kehrli 2013-07-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joanne Primavera on Jul 21, 2013

The Kirkland Rotary Club meeting of July 22, 2013 began at 6:30 p.m. and was led by President, Scott Rethke.  

Pledge:  Speaker, Mark Margolies

Inspiration:  Terry Cole

Visiting Rotarians: 

Alice Volpe introduced Margaret Kagawa, member of the Rotary club Alice attended on Kauai.

Guests:

Dan Bartel introduced Carol McCarty, who is the Manager of the West Division Supply Chain for McDonalds.

James McNevers had skipped a few meetings while he got married, went on a honeymoon in Tahiti, and was on a two week training.  His application to join the club is in progress.

Jason Overleese introduced Theron Manson, a dentist in the Juanita area.

July 22, 2013 Spokesman Joanne Primavera 2013-07-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Woodbery on Jun 16, 2013
The June 17, 2013 Kirkland Rotary meeting was called to order at 6:35PM by President Patricia Smith, at her penultimate occasion to lead the club. Jerry Campo led the group in our pledge of allegiance and sadly no moments of inspiration were available. (Editor Note:  Special thanks to John Woodbery for scribing at the last minute)  Tim Kehrli acted tonight in the dual role as greeter and Joker Pool salesman. Our guests tonight included Barbara Zeffries ,a visiting Rotarian from Dallas Texas, Shellie Gehrig’s guest Dave Cardenas, a former exchange student from Switzerland Pascal Kunz who reported that he is now in college at the University of Bern after two years in military service, a mandatory requirement for all Swiss citizens. 
June 17, 2013 Spokesman John Woodbery 2013-06-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mike Hunter on Jun 09, 2013

Rotary Club of Kirkland

Monday, June 10, 2013 Meeting

President Patti Smith called the meeting to order at 6:35 PM.  Al and Alice led us in the Pledge.

Guests included Janet Pruitt; James Nevers, a financial planner with Sound Mark Wealth Management; Marian Webb; Gayle Auslander; and six members of the Lake Washington High School Drill Team: Briana, Emily, Alex, Ivy Anne, Rachel and Rachel. 

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Announcements:

Patty Sims thanked members for helping with the final Miracle League game this last Saturday and then read an email from a parent [Ed’s note – Thanks also to Chris Rusnak for the great pictures!]: 

 

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This was our first year with Miracle League and we loved it. Thank you to all your staff and volunteers that made Liam smile and have fun. To see a boy who is non-verbal get so excited to put on his uniform and then say the words "happy" and "fun". It was a highlight!  He took his trophy to bed with him the first night and showed to everyone since. Thank you, again. 

I know it is sponsored by the Rotary. Is there a contact we could send a thank you note to??

Thank you so much, 

Tiffany Sutton

                               

·         Patti announced there will not be a Board meeting on Wednesday.

·         Bill Taylor asked members to sign up for the Transition Dinner on June 24. Sixty four of us have signed up so far.

June 10, 2013 Spokesman Mike Hunter 2013-06-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Pruitt on Jun 02, 2013

President Patti Smith called the June 3, 2013 Kirkland Rotary meeting to order promptly at 6:31p.m.  Carl Boruck led the Pledge of Allegiance and Patti Smith provided a fine Inspirational Moment, reminding us about the rewards of participating in the Miracle League.

 

Visitors & Visiting Rotarians:  Visitors included Merrily Dicks [guest of Don Dicks], Joanne Wright [guest of Bill Woods], Pam Rembold [Kirkland Arts Center], James _______ [student of the month], and visiting Rotarian Scott East.  President Patti Smith welcomed Allan Hoviland and Alice Volpe back from their extended time in Kauai.

 

Special Guest and Speaker:  Patti Smith introduced Mayor Joan McBride and presented our Mayor with an honorary Paul Harris Fellow Award.  The award was presented in appreciation of tangible and significant assistance given to our community. 

June 3, 2013 Spokesman John Pruitt 2013-06-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jason Overleese on May 19, 2013

Patti Smith led us in the Pledge of allegiance and opened the meeting.

Jason Overleese – Scribe

Joanne Primavera – Greeter

Inspiration  - Brian Tucker - $20 to the 20th anniversary of being in the club!

Mike Hunter introduced Nicole Shriver who spoke about her future in the aerospace industry, and her desire to go into engineering. Her passion for Aerospace comes from her experience with the NASA wish program where she visited Johnson Space Center.  She spoke about her job as a dog trainer and her love of animals. Her parents Anne and Chris Shriver were also present for dinner.

Mike presented Nicole with a gift donation to NW harvest, in her name.

May 20, 2013 Spokesman Jason Overleese 2013-05-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mike Hunter on May 12, 2013

Rotary Club of Kirkland

Monday, May 13, 2013 Meeting

President Patti Smith called the meeting to order at 6:35 PM.  Patty Sims led the Pledge and Ernie Norehad provided an Inspirational Moment regarding beer (alcohol) and water (bacteria).

Guests include Nicole Shriver, our Student of the Month from Lake Washington High School, and James Nevers, a financial planner.  Today was Nicole’s Birthday so we all sang “Happy Birthday” to her.  James provided a factoid of his life: He lived for four years in Roswell, New Mexico.

Announcements:

·         Patty Sims thanked members for helping with Miracle League this last Saturday.  More volunteers are needed for next Saturday, May 18, and the final game on Saturday, May 25.  Chris Rusnak provided each

          table with a composite picture of all the Miracle League players.  Very well done, Chris!

·         Bob Webb would like all members to have their picture on the member section of our website.  Bob will provide a list of those missing a picture and Greeters can ask those members to ‘stand against the wall’  

          and have their picture taken by Chris Rusnak.

·         Jerry Campo announced that Monday, August 26, will be the Salmon Bake at Rick & Peggy Ostrander’s home.

·         Bill Taylor updated the members on the status of Chuck Brockway and Jason Bruner, and President Patti announced that Rick’s Mother, Jeanne Ostrander, recently passed away.

May 13, 2013 Spokesman Mike Hunter 2013-05-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Scott Becker on May 05, 2013

President Patty called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. and Rick Walter, Camera #15, led the Flag Salute and John Woodberry was Greeter.

Visiting Rotarians included Scott East and our own Bob Norman. Mike Hunter introduced our Student of the Month, Nicole Shriver, from Lake Washington High School

  • Bill Taylor announced that Jason Bruner is recovering from Cushing’s Syndrome and that there is a get well card being passed around. Jason, we hope you’re recovery is quick and absolute!
  • Pat Dye announced that the Duck Dash Kick-Off Party will be held in the Tent, at The Woodmark, June 10th, at 5:30 p.m. and will include a No-Host Bar.

  • Dan Bartell thanked the Student of the Month Committee, Carl Boruck, Anne Hamilton, Jim Going, Diana Lanspa and Scott Becker, and its fearless leaders, Mike Hunter and Elizabeth Rusnak.

  • Miracle League is happening again this Saturday at 9:30 at Perrigo Park. Neil Johnson is asking for about 7 more volunteers. He brought out many Evergreen Healthcare volunteers and covered the shortage, last week. Great Job, Neil!

  • Scott Rethke announced that we will be having Club Assembly in two weeks and has requested that Rotarians send suggestions for topics to be discussed.

  • Rick Walter, Camera #15, collected a generous donation of Happy Dollars, including $51 and a couple of stories from John Woodberry celebrating his 50th wedding anniversary! Congratulations, John!

  • Pat Swenson could not attend 10 Grands so she was kind enough to donate them to a needy sole who would like to attend but did not have tickets. Bob Webb was the luck recipient!  

 

Jim going introduced our speaker, Rich Dewey, who grew up next door to Jim and is a UCLA Grad. His first job was a sports anchor in Lewiston, ID, in a 4-person office. He is now in his 20th season with FOX Sports and broadcast NFL games for 17 years.  He is now Director of FOX College Football and has won 5 Regional Emmys and 1 National Emmy. Jim, of course, takes credit for rich’s success, having grown up with him and being a mentor.  Rich Gave us an idea of how complicated his job is and that of his cameramen by handing out respective  duty-rosters to 15 Rotarians, representing 15 cameras. Rick Walter was Camera #15 and did an excellent job filming the cheerleaders the entire night!

  

President Patty adjourned the meeting at 7:45 p.m. Submitted by Scott Becker, Scribe for the evening.

May 6, 2013 Spokesman Scott Becker 2013-05-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Brian Tucker on Apr 28, 2013

President Patti called the meeting to order at 6:30pm. Jason Overlease was our Greeter, and Bill Woods led us in the flag salute.

Bob Auslander introduced his wife Gail as his guest.

Mark Truhan, our Student of the Month from Lake Washington High School, joined us for the last time with his parents Jim and Kerri. Mark spoke to his future plans, and experiences with us this past month.

Eric Olsen reminded us that the club Golf Tournament will be at Bear Creek Country Club September 9th. Those who register before July 1 will get $10 off the $100 price. Bring guests - one can also come just for the dinner following the golf.

Patty Sims reminded us to come out on Saturday for the 2nd Miracle League Game of the season. Be at Perrigo Park in Redmond at 9:30am, and bring friends and family to volunteer. We need you!

Anne Hamilton showed us the concepts for this year’s Duck Dash promotional material and posters. Thanks, Anne!

Tonight’s program was the honoring of our Kirkland Rotary Scholarship recipients for 2013. All were joined by parents, significant others, and representative from their schools. Eric Olsen led the festivities as we honored and awarded scholarships to:

· Priya Ganeson, from International Community School

· Shalliah Swinney, Lake Washington Technical Academy

· Rachel Gray, Lake Washington Institute of Technology

· Teja Christensen, Juanita High School

· Ty Baird, Juanita High School, winner of the Charles O. Morgan Scholarship

· Lisa Matsumoto, Lake Washington High School

· Ciara McGlynn, Lake Washington High School, and

· Shelby Whipple, Emerson High School

President Patti adjourned the meeting at 7:33pm.

Respectfully, and with copious quantities of notes,

Brian Tucker

April 29, 2013 Spokesman Brian Tucker 2013-04-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Aubry on Apr 21, 2013

Rotary meeting minutes  4/22/2012

Diana Lanspa was our greeter

President Patty Smith called the meeting to order at 6:33PM.

Brandon Honcoop led us all in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Introductions:

Bob Auslander introduced our Student of the Month, Mark Asera.

It was announced that today is member Jim Hart’s 90th birthday.

Dave Dubois introduced ‘Visiting Rotarian’ Bill Woods, back from his winter sojourn in the sun.  Bill announced that our suddenly wonderful weather was because he had brought the sun with him from California.

Dan Bartell introduced visitor Carol McCarty.

Pat Dye introduced her guests from Residence XII, and tonight’s speakers, Nicky, Chris, and Roberta.

April 22, 2013 Spokesman David Aubry 2013-04-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Elizabeth Rusnak on Apr 14, 2013

Rotary Meeting April 15, 2013 President Patti Smith opened the meeting at 6:30 and Rich Bergdahl led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Scott Becker was our greeter, with Elizabeth Rusnak as scribe.

Guests:

Molly B, the Courthouse Dog. There were no other visiting Rotarians or guests.

April 15, 2013 Spokesman Elizabeth Rusnak 2013-04-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joanne Primavera on Apr 07, 2013

The Kirkland Rotary Club meeting of April 8, 2013 began at 6:38 p.m. and was led by President Patti Smith.

Dave Debois was the greeter.  Pat Dye led the Pledge of Allegiance.  DV Hurst gave an Inspiration(?):  Don’t listen to anything…..

GuestsJason Overleese introduced two managers from Sleep Country, USA.  Kristina Walker manages the Totem Lake store (between the newly located 24 Fitness and the newly located My Home in the Lower Mall), and Connie Baranco manages the Burlington store. 

Dan Bartel introduced Carol McCarty, who is the Manager of the West Division Supply Chain for McDonalds.  The McDonalds West Division headquarters is located in Totem Lake.

Patti introduced Tom Olson, the Team Director from the Kirkland Boys and Girls Club.

Announcements:

Patty Sims would like you to put the following Saturday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on your calendar because Miracle League starts April 27 at Perrigo Park in Redmond (9011 196th Ave NE)

            April 27

            May 4

            May 11

            May 18

            June 1

            June 8 – Picnic and Mariner Moose

Chuck Brockway is recovering nicely from his surgery and thinks he will be back to Rotary in a couple of weeks.

Brandon Honcoop reminded everyone that 10 Grands will be held again this year at the Benaroya Hall on May 11 at 7:00 pm.  The price is $80 for the Rotary Orchestra level tickets and $99 if you wish to attend the Rotary pre-function.

Patti handed out Legacy Project Opportunities (see attached).  The club has $10,000 this year from Duck Dash Funds, and hopes to add $10,000 each of the next two years for a large project that will make a difference in the community.  Please email Patti with your comments about the proposed projects and the Board will make a decision.

Scott Becker announced a Kirkland Chamber event on April 18 at the Park Place Cinema starting at 5:00 p.m.  For $25 you will have appetizers provided by Lucia’s, beverages, and at 7:00 p.m., the movie “Starbuck.”  (I saw Starbuck last year at SIFF, and it is hilarious).

April 8, 2013 Spokesman Joanne Primavera 2013-04-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Webb on Mar 31, 2013

President Patti called the meeting to order about 6:40 PM.  Dave Aubry led us in the Pledge of Allegiance . 

VISITING ROTARIANS AND GUESTS  Dr. Amy Strock, a visiting Rotarian from Tempe Arizona was with us.  She is a practicing chiropractor.  Mike Hunter introduced our new student of the month, Mark Truhan from Lake Washington H.S.  Mark went on a student exchange to Italy last summer and is very happy to be visiting us for the month.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

·        Brian Tucker announced his the annual opportunity to join “Friends of Scouting” for support of Troop 532 in Kirkland which we sponsor.

·        John Pruitt announced there will be a Duck Dash Committee meeting at 5:30 before next Monday’s meeting.  All Rotarians are invited even if you aren’t offically on the committee.

·        Patty Sims announced Miracle League Baseball starts in three weeks and emphasized support from each of us is needed.

·        Steve Shinstrom announced that he will be on 25th Wedding Anniversary Cruise with his family on the 4th of July so he needs a replacement to chair the 4th of July Parade activity this year.

April 1, 2013 Spokesman Bob Webb 2013-04-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jerry Campo on Mar 24, 2013

Rotary Meeting March 25, 2013 President Patti Smith opened the meeting at 6:35 and led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.

David Aubry was our greeter, with Jerry Campo at scribe.

Guests:

 Luke Olsen, home on spring break, son of our Chief Eric Olsen.

Kristi Chan, our Student of the month from Lake Washington, and her father Paul Chan.

Kristi thanked us for the opportunity to see what Rotary is about and what we do for the community.  Kristi has been accepted to the UW and will start there this fall, with the hope of going to Dental School and becoming an orthodontist.

March 25, 2013 Spokemsn Jerry Campo 2013-03-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by D. "Rick" Walter on Mar 17, 2013

Rotary meeting dated March 18, 2013.  President Patti Smith opened the meeting and asked Gary Bruner to lead us in the pledge of allegiance.  She also thanked Scott Rethke for greeting and Rick Walter from scribing.  Visitors included our Student of the Month, Christy Chen.  Rick Walter was given the "Ignite" pin for bringing a qualified guest who could possibly join the group and benefit from participating in Rotary.

Announcements:

  • Jerry Campo discussed dates for the Salmon Bake and mentioned that Rick Ostrander has volunteered his home for the event. The club was asked if they prefer a Sunday or Monday for the event and it was evenly divided.
  • Patti Smith mentioned that our first Kirkland Cross Corridor Clean-up was a success.  It took about an hour and they ended up with four bags of garbage. She thanked the Rotarians who contributed their time.
  • District 5030 Conference in Coeur d’Alene, ID - Scott Rethke and Chris Rusnak will both be attending.
  • DV Hurst gave us inspirational moments while Dr. Ernie Norehad shared a less inspirational joke.

SPEAKER:

Chris Morgan introduced our speaker: Bob Malte, CEO of Evergreen Hospital. His presentation was "Health Care Reform From the Hospital Perspective".  The Affordable HealthCare Arct was considered a good attempt at helping with the 16% or 50 million Americans who are uninsured.  To bring this home, in Washington, there are over one million without health insurance.  Health insurance on average, costs employers $15,000 per employee per year.  Medicare is on the path to insolvency - this bill delays that. 5,000 people turn 65 every day - this requires Medicare coverage for them.  Add to these burdens, the rules allow you to cover your children us to age 26. Also the pre-existing condition clauses in the new act will cause significant costs. 

Bob Malte talked about "Exchanges" and what that will look like. He also discussed new approaches such as Flat fees for services and applying limits to medical assistance such as not replacing a Knee for a 92 year old person. Also doing more with medical professionals that are not doctors.

Bob took questions until the night grew old and then President Patti adjourned.

Scribe for a night  Rick Walter

March 18, 2013 Spokesman D. "Rick" Walter 2013-03-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Brian Tucker on Mar 10, 2013

Dan Bartel started off the evening showing a new video of Rotary First Harvest’s work. Thanks, Dan!

President Patti then began the meeting by thanking Barb Seaton for being our Greeter, and asking John Pruitt to lead us in the Pledge of Allegiance. He said “yes!”, and did so.

Visitors and guests included Jim Going, back from an absence, Tom Smith, and his spouse Sharon. Tom is the Pres-Elect for the First Harvest Board, as well as a member of the Bellevue Breakfast Club.

Tom thanked our Club for our support of First Harvest and walked us through its many good deeds and benefits. Dave DeBois then presented him with our Club’s $1,250 donation to further our support.

March 11, 2013 Spokesman Brian Tucker 2013-03-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Aubry on Mar 03, 2013

President Patty Smith called the March 4, 2013 Kirkland Rotary meeting to order at 6:40PM.

New Member Robert Cohan was greeter and led us all in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Introductions:

Mike Hunter introduced our new Student of the Month, Christie Chan, from Lake Washington H.S. 

Pat Dye introduced guest Rotarians from Bellevue, Dean and Debbie Franz.

March 4, 2013 Spokesman David Aubry 2013-03-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joanne Primavera on Feb 24, 2013

The Kirkland Rotary Club meeting of February 25, 2013 began at 6:30 p.m. and was led by President, Patti Smith. 

Chris Morgan led the Flag Salute.  David Aubry was the greeter.

Guests:  Rick Walter introduced Patrick McKenna, an attorney in Kirkland.

Student of the Month, Briana Balke, is from Lake Washington High School.  Since this was her last meeting with Rotary, Briana thanked the club for choosing her as the student of the month.  Briana loves to work with children with disabilities and plans to make working with them as her career in life.  Briana introduced her parents, Carol and Keith Balke.        

February 25, 20013 Spokesman Joanne Primavera 2013-02-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Dye on Feb 03, 2013

Kirkland Rotary Meeting Minutes:   Feb. 4, 2013      Submitted by:  Pat Dye

 

The meeting was called to order at 6:40 pm by President Patti Smith.  The pledge was led by Tim Kehrli and an inspirational moment was provided by D.V. Hurst.  Bob Cohen and John Woodbery served as greeters, with Pat Dye scribing.

 

Introductions:

·         Eric Olson introduced his daughter Jessica, whom he described as Brandon’s babysitter.

·         Nancy Bennett Evans was visiting from the Seattle International Club.  She works with Mulvaney G2.

·         Briana Balke, our visiting Student of the Month, from LWHS was introduced by Mike Hunter.

·         Gary Redfern introduced Elizabeth Kemmish-Redfern, former Kirkland Rotarian, as his guest

·         John Enger, DGN, and Ezra Teshome, DG Elect, were both introduced by Scott Rethke.

Bob Webb led us in a Birthday song in honor of Feb. birthdays.  Happy Birthday Gary Bruner!

Scott Becker collected Happy Dollars from Happy Rotarians.

 

President Patti asked everyone to sign the card that was being passed around for Ernie Norhead, whose wife recently passed.

February 4, 2013 Spokesman Pat Dye 2013-02-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Elizabeth Rusnak on Jan 27, 2013

Meeting Date: Monday, January 28, 2013

Scribe:  Elizabeth Rusnak

The meeting is called to order by President, Patti Smith at 6:30 p.m.

The flag salute was led by Diana Lanspa.  Tonight’s Greeter was Scott Becker.

Inspiration Moment:

Chief Eric Olsen introduced KPD Chaplain Bill Tate who gave the Inspirational Moment.  Mr. Tate told a story of a blind couple crossing the street through a very busy intersection while holding their children. As they got off course from the cross walk, all of the traffic came to a halt and motorists were shouting from their windows for the couple to “veer right” so they would safely make it back on course and through the cross walk. This story was an example of how each person can make a difference in another person’s life if we just take time to stop and smell the roses; and that we’ll always face interruptions while trying to reach our goals but we need to let others help us along the way. But most of all, the story was an example that we need to always be aware and thankful for the gifts that God has given us.

Introduction of Visitors:

Student of the Month: Ty Baird and her parents, and also the Student of the Month from November, Thomas Lewis.

Other Visitors: Anna Aubry, Patty Shinstrom, and visiting Rotarian Scott Easter

January 28, 2013 Spokesman Elizabeth Rusnak 2013-01-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Pruitt on Jan 13, 2013

President Patti Smith gaveled the second meeting of the new year to order at 6:36pm.  President Patti thanked the greeter, Scott Becker, the scribe, John Pruitt, and gave a warm welcome to our newest member Bob Cohon.

Dave DeBois led the Pledge of Allegiance; being D.V. Hurst was under the weather, we had no inspirational minute.     

Guests included visiting Rotarians Howard Manus, from the Dulles Airport Club in Virginia, and Kati & Lou Melendez from the Gig Harbor North Club.  Ty Baird, our student of the month from Juanita High School made her second visit.  Janet Pruitt was the guest of John Pruitt. 

Announcements:

·         Hey!  Our speaker had to cancel at the last minute.  Hopefully he can reschedule.

·         We are looking for a new “Joker Pool Master.”  Jim Going would like to pass the job on to another Master.  The Pool will start out with $200.

·         Dan Bartel thanked the many Rotary First Harvest Workers that included Dan, Wilma & Richard Bartel, Carl & Judy Boruck, Bob Cohon, Dave, Christine & Simon DeBois, Wife & Son, Mike & Sharon Hunter, John Pruitt, Bill & Sandy Taylor, Rick & Stephanie Walter, Diana Lanspa, John Woodbury, Dave & Anna Aubry.  8,400 Lbs. of Frozen Peas were packaged and 34,200 Lbs. of Apples were boxed.

·         A big thank you for all who participated in the Christmas Gift Program that helped three needy families.  A special thanks to Dave DeBois and Elizabeth Rusnak who headed up the Program.

·         A reminder:  You must initial the Sign-in Sheet to get credit for attending Rotary!  Also, there is a 50% attendance requirement; and yes, Rotary make-ups at other clubs and participation in Rotary activities such as Rotary First Harvest count towards the 50% requirement.

January 14, 2013 Spokesman John Pruitt 2013-01-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Webb on Jan 06, 2013

President Patti called the January 7, 2103 Kirkland Rotary meeting to order about 6:30 PM. 

Cynthia Fitzgerald led us in the Pledge.  Eric Olsen gave a moment of inspiration.  Thinking on sports that we watch so clearly, especially in the Fall, he discussed difference in results of individuals in a group working for individual goals/prestige vs. a group more intent on team goals.  Obviously in team sports like football the team emphasis is clearly better.  Eric pointed out that this is also how Rotary has been so successful. Team sport is a good example for us to remember. 

VISITING ROTARIANS AND GUESTS  Doreen Marchione, Deputy  Mayor of Kirkland and ex-mayor of Redmond was a guest of Eric Olsen.  Peggy Ostrander, Merrily Dicks, and Ingrid Bruner attended with their husbands this evening.  Ty Baird is our student of the month from Juanita HS and will attend WSU this fall.  Julian Lo, staff for Rep. Susan DelBene, also attended.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 ·        Pat Swenson thanked a multitude of people for helping with Christmas Gift Wrapping at the Bellevue Barnes and Noble.  Over $350 was earned and will be used to buy books for John Muir Elementary School.

 ·        Ann Hamilton chaired getting food for three needy families of John Muir students.  She thanked a number of folks who supported this effort in various ways.

 ·        Dan Bartel reminded us that this Saturday is Rotary 1st Harvest.  We go to the warehouse in Kent.  Please let Dan know you are coming and if you want to carpool the gathering place is at 8AM at the Houghton Park and Ride on I-405 just above Houghton. 

January 7, 2013 Spokesman Bob Webb 2013-01-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Pruitt on Dec 16, 2012

December 17, 2012 Spokesman

President Patti Smith gaveled the meeting to order at 6:26pm and graciously thanked the scribe, John Pruitt and the greeter, Neil Johnson for their service.

John Pruitt also led the Pledge of Allegiance and D.V. Hurst gave a fine inspirational minute.  President Patti introduced a program designed to provide a unique and meaningful way to remember those in Sandy Hook called, “Healing Monument – Brick by Brick.”  The project will be discussed further during a January meeting.   

Guests included visiting Rotarian Scott East, from the Bellevue Noon Club, and Bill Woods’ guest, Joanne Wright.

Caroling:  Bob Webb led us in singing some Holiday Carols…wow, was he brave!!!   

December 17, 2012 Spokesman John Pruitt 2012-12-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Swenson on Dec 09, 2012

Kirkland Rotary Meeting

Minutes for December 10, 2012

By Pat Swenson

 

The meeting was called to order by President, Patti Smith at 6:30 p.m.  The flag salute was lead by Barbara Seaton.  Greeters, Jason Overleese and Rick Walters were thanked by President Patti.  An inspirational (joke/minute) was given by D.V. Hurst---subject to interpretation and discussion.

 

There were no visiting Rotarians and no guests, except our speaker.

December 10, 2012 Spokesman Pat Swenson 2012-12-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Woodbery on Nov 25, 2012

The November 26, 2012 Kirkland Roatary meeting was called to order at 6:30PM by President Patti Smith.  Scott Becker led us in the Pledge.  She thanked Jason Overlease for being the club greeter and John Woodbery for scribing.

Visitors and guests included : Student of the Month Thomas Lewis from Juanita High School and his parents Heidi and Jesse Lewis. Sally Ryan was a first time guest of member Scott Radke and Bob Cohen had return for a second visit as his guest.

Announcements:

  • Steve Shinstrom circulated his list for volunteer greeters and scribes.
  • Don Dixon announce that the end of November is the last time for matching credits for Rotary Foundation Paul Harris accounts. The club was reminded for a “happy hour” event this Thursday at Hectors from 4-7:00PM. Bring new member prospects.
  • Pat Swenson announced that purchases of books at Barnes and Nobles through the end of the year will create donations for Rotary’s charitable efforts. It wasn’t made clear how that works. There will be gift wrapping at the John Muir Library on December 13th and 19th so check with Pat Swenson as to details and time.
  • Dave DeBois announced that Christmas gifts for needy families from the John Muir population is coming up soon. The club will donate $150.00 to each selected family to meet needs. He also announced a tree lighting ceremony by the Kirkland Down Town Association on December 1st from 4-8:00PM.
  • Scott Becker announced that we need to get an early start on Duck Dash Sponsors of $500.00 or more. Jerry Campo reminded everyone of the Holiday (Christmas, to me) Party at Lucinda’s this Sunday at 6:00PM in Kirkland. Sign up and pay ($60.00 each) right away to get a place reserved.
  • Jerry Campo announced the Apple Cup board winners as: 1st Quarter Jerry Campo; 2nd Quarter, believe it or not John Pruit; 3rd Quarter Neil Johnson and the game ender Scott Radke. $250.00 goes to Rotary from the effort.
November 26, 2012 Spokesman John Woodbery 2012-11-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Dye on Nov 18, 2012

Kirkland Rotary Minutes, Nov. 19, 2012                    

The Kirkland Rotary meeting was called to order at 6:30 pm by President Patti Smith, who also led us in the Pledge.  Patti thanked Makaylaa Powers for greeting and Pat Dye for scribing.

Guests:

·         Bob Cohen, a local attorney, was introduced as a 3rd time visitor to our club

·         Thomas Lewis, Juanita High School, was introduced by Ann Hamilton as our Student of the Month

November 19, 2012 Spokesman Pat Dye 2012-11-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jerry Campo on Nov 11, 2012

Rotary Minutes, Nov. 12, 2012

President Patti Smith opened the meeting at 6:32

Brett Johnson led the pledge, Brian Tucker was our greeter.

Rich Bergdahl gave our moving inspirational moment, a reading of the Gettysburg Address, a tribute to our Veterans on this Veterans Day Observance. Rick Walter, Gary Bruner, Tom Sturgell, Rick Ostrander and Al Hoviland were our Veterans in the crowd.

Our guests were Thomas Lewis, Juanita High Student of the Month, and Scott Early from Bellevue.

November 12, 2012 Spokesman Jerry Campo 2012-11-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Brian Tucker on Nov 04, 2012

President Patti called the meeting to order (or as best as this group can be!) at 6:32pm

Jason Overleese led us in the Pledge of Allegiance

Bob Webb was our Greeter

Visitors were Scott East (Family Law) from the Bellevue Downtown Club and Dr. Sudhir Calla, Assistant Governor from District 3050, New Delhi, India.

Guests were Sandy Taylor (Bill’s longtime girlfriend and wife), and Thomas Lewis, our Student of the Month, from Juanita High School.

Ernie Norehad delivered some thought provoking inspiration, in a little bit more than a moment!

 ANNOUNCEMENTS:

· December 13 & 19 are gift wrapping dates for the Club at Barnes & Noble’s Bellevue store. Donations we receive from the gift wrapping are for the Club to retain and put back into purchasing books for John Muir Elementary School. Pat Swenson is organizing. Watch for more info from her via email and at meetings.

· Salvation Army Bell Ringing will start soon. Neil Johnson volunteered during the meeting to get us organized and in contact with the Salvation Army. Stay tuned…Thanks, Neil!

· Anne Hamilton announced that we will be working with the Nourishing Network to assist John Muir Elementary families for the Thanksgiving Holiday week so they can replace meals not provided by the school while its closed. Anne will send out an email with more info.

· Bob Webb led us in singing Happy Birthday to Anne Hamilton, PDG Don Gregory, and Gary Redfern. Happy 29th everyone!

· Jerry Campo reminded us that the Holiday Party will be on December 2 at Lucia Restaurant in Parkplace Center, starting at 6pm. Mark your calendars, and more info will be forthcoming.

 Don Dicks began our first Program of Foundation Month (November) by congratulating us on last year’s 78% participation rate, and this year’s ~10% rate even though we’re only into the Rotary year for 4 months. Well done! The Club has a matching program for donations made by November 30 to The Rotary Foundation. If you give $100, the Club will match it and you’ll get 2X credit toward a Paul Harris Fellowship!

November 5, 2012 Spokesman... Joker Pool Edition! We have a winner at last!!! Brian Tucker 2012-11-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Elizabeth Rusnak on Oct 28, 2012

Meeting Date: Monday, October 29, 2012

Scribe:  Elizabeth “DeeDee” Rusnak

The meeting is called to order by President, Patti Smith at 6:30 p.m.

The flag salute is led by Tom Sturgell.  Tonight’s Greeter is Diana Kohn.

Inspiration Moment:

The Inspiration Moment was introduced by Terry Cole.  The topic was a rhyme provided by a friend who attended a linguistic conference. What’s the difference between “complete” and “finish”.  If you marry the right person, you are complete.  If you marry the wrong person, you are finish. If you mess around with the wrong person after marrying the right person, you are completely finished.

Introduction of Visitors:

Student of the Month: Stephanie Langford

Other Visitors: Steve and Sarah Langford (parents of Stephanie Langford)

October 29, 2012 Spokesman Elizabeth Rusnak 2012-10-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chris Rusnak on Oct 21, 2012

Meeting Date: Monday, October 22nd 2012

The meeting is called to order by President, Patti Smith at 6:29 p.m
The flag salute is led by Diana Landspa
Tonight’s Greeter is Pat Dye

Introduction of Visitors:
Visiting Rotarians:
Stephanie Langford a senior at Juanita High School is our Student of the Month.

Club Announcements:

Dan Bartel updated us of the recent Rotary First Harvest Work Party in October. Rotarians sorted and packed frozen peas and apples that were sent out to the food banks the following Monday.  Representing our club were: Jim Going, Pat Swenson, John Pruitt, John Woodbery, Diana Landspa, Dave & Christine Debois (and friend), Elizabeth Rusnak, Rick & Stephanie Walter, Scott Becker, and Dan Bartel & his brother Rick.

October 22, 2012 Spokesman Chris Rusnak 2012-10-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Pruitt on Oct 14, 2012

President Patti Smith called the joint meeting of the Rotary Club of Kirkland and the Kirkland Chamber of Commerce to order promptly at 6:21pm.  Bob Webb led us in the Pledge.

Guests included the candidates for State Representatives, District 45, Position 1, Roger Goodman and Joel Hussey; District 45, Position 2, Larry Springer and Jim Thatcher; District 48, Position 1, Bill Hirt and Ross Hunter; and District 48, Position 2, Cyrus Habib and Hank Myers.  There were also numerous guests of Rotarians and the Kirkland Chamber.

President Patti quickly turned over the meeting to Chris Morgan, who served as the able bodied moderator for the Legislative Candidate Forum for the 45th and 48th Districts.  Diana Kohn served as the official timekeeper.

Program:  There were probing questions asked by the respective candidates to their opponent and some interesting answers.  Almost all of the candidates emphasized the challenges presented by the proper funding of education.  Each table had the opportunity to pose questions to the candidates as a whole, or to direct a question to a specific candidate.  The evening ended with final statements made by the candidates regarding why they should be elected as our State Representative.   

 Reminders:
·       Bunco is coming on Saturday, October 20th @ 6:00pm!  Wear your ugly sweater/coat or top... The food theme will be anything you can eat with a stick.  Think toothpicks or skewers.  The event will again be hosted by Steve and Patty Shinstrom.  Please RSVP!

·       Anne Hamilton reminded members of the Bright Futures breakfast at LW Institute of Technology on Oct 23rd at 7:00am.  Please contact her if you are interested in attending.
·       Save the date:  The Rotary Holiday dinner party will be held Sunday, December 2nd.  It will again be held at Lucia’s in Kirkland.  Contact Jerry Campo if you would like to help with the event.  

No Joker Pool was held.  Jim Going indicated that the next opportunity to win ½ of the increasingly large pool of cash will be October 22nd.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:04pm.   Your cub reporter for the evening – John Pruitt

    

October 15, 2012 Spokesman John Pruitt 2012-10-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Steve Shinstrom on Oct 07, 2012
President Patty Smith called the Kirkland Rotary Club meeting to order at 6:30.  Terry Cole led us in the Pledge.

Guests:  Stephanie Langford a senior at Juanita High School is our Student of the Month.  Laurie Austin from Lake WA Institute of Technology, Christopher Shainen and his son Henry were her from Kirkland Arts Center.

Announcements:
  • Pat Dye thanked those that helped with another successful hand out of the coats for the Warm Coats Project at John Muir.
  • Steve Shinstrom was in need of scribes and greeters.  By the end of the meeting his sheet was full.  Thanks so much.
  • He then reminded everyone of the upcoming Bunco event of the century.  Ugly Sweater/coat or top... Food theme will be anything you can eat with a stick.  Think toothpick.  6:00pm Oct. 20th at their home.
  • Pat Swenson wants to finalize her reading buddies leaders and needs those names by next week.
  • Anne Hamilton reminded member of the Bright Futures breakfast at LW Institute of Technology on Oct 23rd at 7:00.  Contact her if you are interested in attending.
  • Dan Bartel informed us of the upcoming Rotary First Harvest this Saturday.  Meeting at 8:00am at the Houghton P&R if you want to carpool to Kent.
  • Candidates forum is next week in the Marina room.  Buffet will open around 5:45 so we can get everyone in and as much time for the candidates.

New Member Induction:  We inducted two new member, Jason Overleese & Diana Kohn.  Jason is the son of John & Teddy Overleese and has worked for Coke in the past in AZ and now moved home and has taken a position as a Financial Specialist with New York Life.  He is sponsored by Rich Bergdahl.  Diana is a small business accountant and has her own business.  She is sponsored by Scott Becker and her classification will be Self Employed Accountant.  Welcome to the club!!!

Rick Walter did a masterful job of gleaning happy dollars from the members.


October 8, 2010 Spokesman Steve Shinstrom 2012-10-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joanne Primavera on Sep 30, 2012

ImageThe Kirkland Rotary Club meeting of October 1, 2012 began at 6:30 p.m. and was led by Past-President, Pat Dye.   Chris Morgan led the Pledge.

Don Dicks honored the following with Paul Harris Fellow pins:  Anne Hamilton, plus one sapphire; Gary Redfern, plus two sapphires; Vickie Cooley, plus three sapphires.  Congratulations all.

Guests:  Peggy Ostrander, Jorge Lopez, Jason Overleese, Sarah Critchfield

Announcements:  Happy Birthday to three Halloween babies:  DV Hurst; Ernie Norehad, and Bill Woods.

The warm coats were distributed at John Muir Elementary on October 5, 2012.

Steve Shinstrom needs scribes and greeters.

The Bunco party will be October 20 at the Shinstrom’s at 6:00 p.m.  Wear an ugly sweater and bring food on a stick.

Pat Swenson is starting the Reading Buddies program at John Muir for 3rd to 5th graders the first of November.  Each book should take about six weeks.  The Reading Buddies will all be held at noon this year, but you can choose your day.  There is also a need for Math Buddies at either 11:30, noon or 12:30 p.m.
Program:  Dr. Chuck Pilcher talked about the conflicting zoning laws that led to the controversy about Potala Village, which is proposed to be built at 10th and Lake Street. 

Bill Woods and crew purchased the lucky ticket for joker pool and everyone applauded when he didn’t win.  Next week the pot will be around $7,000.  Don’t forget, you can win one-half the pot and the other half goes to the club.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:35 P.M.,

Joanne Primavera, Scribe

October 1, 2012 Spokesman Joanne Primavera 2012-10-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Woodbery on Sep 23, 2012

President Patti Smith opened the meeting at 6:30 PM and Alan Hoviland led the club in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Guests tonight included: Scott Christopher, Executive Director Kirkland Arts Center; Elizabeth Redfern, former Rotarian; Joe Valentine; Jason Overleese; Christina Alper "Banker of Personality"; Judy Fitzgerald, retired educator; GG Getz our beloved former President now tolerating the Atlanta climate and Bob Cullen.

Bill Taylor gave a commemorative recall of the founding of the Kirkland Rotary Club 75 years ago through his memories from his Uncle Dick Taylor, a founding member. Apparently 16 of the founders did not live in Kirkland and somehow got a dispensation from Rotary District 5030 to remain. He recalled a "memorable" no program night in 1972 chaired by our deceased Rotary brother Jerry Marsh, then President. There was something about Moss Bay Days hamburger stand and a donation of "kiss the Pig" by Lee Johnson. The Rotary Spokesman used to be called the Lake Zephyr. Why bring back the "good old days"? In the 50 year anniversary pamphlet Uncle Dick wrote that the club had a Pig race and current member Bill Woods said it was a "could the pigs swim" race. Go figure! Bill Taylor's conclusion was that all remains that is good about Rotary: fun, fellowship, food and community and other avenues of service. His report passed the Four Way test, still alive in Rotary
September 24, 2012 Spokesman John Woodbery 2012-09-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Scott Becker on Sep 16, 2012

President Patty called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. and asked Elizabeth Rusnak to lead us in the pledge. She then introduced Sandy Ekins, our first woman member and first woman president of Kirkland Rotary. Having joined in 1987 and being president during the 1992-1993 administration she reminisced about the day two men, one of them Bill Woods, came to her hardware store to “beg” her to join Rotary and the rest is history. Sandy continued to regale us with stories from our club’s past including the club’s first fundraiser, which was a garage sale!

After a warm greeting to Gary Redfern and Barb Seaton, Pat Swenson introduced returning guest, Sarah Crutchfield; Brandon Honcoop re-introduced Scott East; I introduced, for the 5th and final time, Diana Kohn and, for her first time, “French-Canadian”, Susan Lemaire; Bill Woods introduced Joann Wright; Dan Bartel introduced his brother, Rick; Gary Bruner introduced Chris Gorrell and Dave DeBois introduced Kay Zatine.

Birthday wishes were sung to the September nine, Joanne Primavera, Bob Auslander, Dan Bartel, Terry Cole, Brandon Honcoop, Bob Norman, Scott Rethke, Barb Stanton and Bob Webb. Happy Birthday!

September 17, 2012 Spokesman Scott Becker 2012-09-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joanne Primavera on Aug 26, 2012

The Kirkland Rotary Club meeting of August 27, 2012 began at 6:30 p.m. and was led by President, Patti Smith.   John Pruitt arrived early to greet everyone.  Pat Swenson let the Pledge of Allegiance.  DV Hurst inspired the members and guests with a Recipe for Kindness.

 

Visiting Rotarians

  Jeanette Biten, Jeweler, Rotary Club of Kirkland Downtown

  Christine Rose, non-profit development for KITH, Rotary Club of Bellevue Breakfast

  John de Lautour, Rancher, Rotary Club of Taupo, New Zeeland

  Jerry Varch, Rotary Club of Concord, CA and his wife, Carol.   Jerry presented President Patti with a Club Flag and was given one in return.

Guests

  Bill Taylor’s wife, Sandi Taylor

  Bob Auslander’s wife, Gayle Auslander

  Prospective Members:

    Diana Cohn

    Jason Overleese

    Sarah Critchfield

August 27, 2012 Spokesman Joanne Primavera 2012-08-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Steve Shinstrom on Aug 15, 2012

2012 Kirkland Rotary Club Duck Dash Winners


1.       $1,000 cash prize              Cindy Johnson
2.       $1,000 cash prize              Jonnel Bowser
3.       $1,000 cash prize              Myranda Smith Yun
4.       $1,000 cash prize              Maria Neil
5.       $1,000 cash prize              Karen Durner
6.       10 Sessions with personal trainer from Totally Sound Fitness                       Sue Warga
7.       1 night at Woodmark Hotel plus dinner for two at Bin on the Lake             Ben Hansen
8.       Shoes and gait analysis from Lake Washington Physical Therapy                 Brad Green
9.       2 hour photo session for pet and owner from Rusnak Photography          Deborah McGinnis
10.   1 night at Heathman Hotel plus brunch for two at Trellis                                 Christa Phillipson
11.   Children’s Bike from Dr. Kilburn, Kirkland Pediatrics                                         Doris Steele
12.   Salmon Feed for 10 from Tim’s Seafood                                                                Christine Fong
13.   Monthly wine tasting for two (12 months) from Grape Choice                    Joan McBride
14.   Consultation and treatment at Synergy Wellness                                              Mick Eukerman
15.   $75 gift certificate from Fena Flowers                                                                     Deb Cumming

2012 Duck Dash Winners Steve Shinstrom 2012-08-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Webb on Jul 26, 2012

President Patti called the July 27, 2012 Kirkland Rotary meeting to order at 6:27 PM.  After the Pledge, Bill Woods shared some inspiration.  He told us of a Chinese lady who had water brought home in 2 pottery containers suspended on a pole.  One had a crack and leaked so arrived only half full by the time they reached home.  That poor pot was very sad because of the leak and crack.  The Chinese lady pointed out to the pot was really special as it kept the path moist on one side thus allowing the beautiful flowers that lined it.  Morale: Good is in everyone; look for it.

VISITING ROTARIANS AND GUESTS  John de Lautour from New Zealand is back for his annual visit to family.  He auctioned off a little N.Z. coin purse (made of kangaroo scrotum-very especially soft) and brought in $45 for the club.  Summer exchange students visited and introduced by Brian Tucker who managed this super program.  Both our students previously were in Italy and are now hosting for a month here.  Josh Truhan was hosted in Italy by Matteo Bagnalasta.  Now Matteo is hosting Josh.  Similarly, Mark Truhan visited Thomas de Melgazzi a month ago and now can entertain Thomas here.   Jason Overleese (think he’s going to or has put in for membership)    Diana Kohn for 3rd visit (hope she likes us)    I may well have missed a couple.

July 27, 2012 Spokesman Bob Webb 2012-07-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Steve Shinstrom on Jul 22, 2012

Kirkland Rotary Family Picnic 2012

Photos by Chris Rusnak

No real notes this week, just letting everyone know a good time was had by all that attended.   Cheers, Steve

 


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July 23, 2012 Spokesman Steve Shinstrom 2012-07-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Neil Johnson on Jul 15, 2012

Kirkland Rotary minutes 7-16-12

·         Patty called the July 16, 2012 Kirkland Rotary Club meeting to order 6:25pm.  She introduced a former Kirkland Rotary exchange student from 2001, Ronia, who is in town until the end of July.  Greetings given from many Rotarians who fondly recall Ronia as one of the most engaging students.

·         Scott introduced his guest, Sarah Critchfield, who specializes in reverse mortgages in Juanita and Kirkland.

·         Joanne introduced a visiting guest from Maui, Cindy Wheldon.

·         Gary introduced Chris Gurrell, a retired machinist who is interested in learning more about Rotary.

·         Tim introduced his guest, Dr. Brian Wendell, a plastic surgeon with Peak Aesthetics, who is interested in joining Kirkland Rotary.

·         Bob Webb passed out the Duck Dash volunteer sign-up sheet.

·         Cynthia discussed the Guatamalan clef palate initiative.

·         Next Monday, July 23rd, Kirkland Rotary will meet in Everest Park with a 5 dollar charge per person that evening.

·         Bill Woods and Chuck Brockway facilitated Good News dollars.

·         Our speaker, Melissa Covelli, Director of Public Policy for the Gates Foundation, delivered our keynote presentation on initiatives local, international and national. 

·         Meeting adjourned 7:35pm.  Your scribe for an evening Neil Johnson

July 16, 2012 Spokesman Neil Johnson 2012-07-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Dye on Jul 08, 2012

The July 9, 2012 Kirkland Rotary Club meeting was called to order at 6:30 pm by newly elected President Patti Smith.  The pledge was led by (?) can’t remember as I forgot I was supposed to be recording minutes.  Patti gave us some opening remarks about her presidential year and said that she would be focusing on our club’s 75 years of history throughout the year.  She thanked greeter, Makaylaa Powers, and scribe, Pat Dye (that’s when I remembered!).  Bill Woods shared some of our club’s history by reading from a booklet that described where early meetings had taken place and what dinner costs used to be.  Can you believe dinner for $1.50? 

 Guests:

 ·         Bill Perry – Bellevue Sunrise Rotary

 ·         Diane Kohn – guest of Scott Becker

President Patti then introduced Patty Sims, who, with her exceptional singing voice, will be leading us in a rousing rendition of “Happy Birthday” each month to those Rotarians celebrating birthdays.  For July, those having birthdays were Bill Taylor, Pat Swenson, and Al Hoviland (he wasn’t there, but we sang to him anyway).

 

July 9, 2012 Spokesman Pat Dye 2012-07-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Steve Shinstrom on Jun 24, 2012

President Brandon called his final Kirkland Rotary Club meeting to order as President at about 6:30 on a very calm and lovely evening on the shores of Lake Washington.  This was our annual transition dinner so we were in the tent at the Woodmark and the evening was just perfect.  Chuck Brockway led us in the Pledge.  Brandon commented that he had kept a few inspirational moments in his brief case during the year in the event an evening came where no one brought their own inspiration.  He noted not once during the year did he have to pull his secret stash out and tonight he planned on reading a great one on why we live as long as we do.  Here is a link for a good laugh.  http://inspireme.net/funny_stories/why_we_live.htm

President Brandon then went around the room and the many, many guests and spouses were introduced.  Too many for your poor scribe to remember or list.

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Announcements:  
     ~Megan Nakanishi announced duck sales were going well but Friday they needed to call out the Ark due to the amount of rain that happened during the Friday Market.  She will be sending   out sign up info in the upcoming days for more sales opportunities.

     ~Steve Shinstrom discussed the upcoming parade on July 4th.  Set up will happen in line and our goal is to try and be in line behind the Summerfest group as we are now tied heavily to     them.  He will be sending out an email for volunteers who want to participate in walking, carrying signs and promoting the upcoming Duck Dash at Summerfest.

June 25, 2012 Spokesman (Trasition Dinner Edition) Steve Shinstrom 2012-06-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Woodbery on Jun 17, 2012
The June 18, 2012 Kirkland Rotary meeting opened by President Brandon Honcoop at 6:30 PM for his last regular meeting of his year. Bob Auslaner led the club and guests with the Pledge of Allegiance to our great nation. Our greeter tonight was Duck Chair Megan Nakanishi. Don Dicks gave the "inspiration" that you can't believe popular sayings attributed to Mark Twain, that paragon of moral virtue in American folklore. He heard on TV at the US Open that it was "the coldest winter this summer in Seattle" The saying was attributed to Mark Twain. It ain't true boys and girls. The closest anybody could trace such an expression to Mr. Clements was an 1879 letter that had nothing whatever to do with Seattle. Don guesses that he must have spent that summer in Paris. The moral of the story is "nothing is original". I am inspired to spend more time in Seattle immediatly after July the Fourth when the weather is predictable;

Guests: Chief Eric introduced Jerri Harris, a Monroe Rotarian and his deputy Chief in the Kirkland Police Department. Jason Overlease was in attendance. Dr. Mark Schulman, President of Saybrook University in San Francisco was visiting the area and a guest. "Chuckles" Brockway introduced Vikki Connelly as a guest.

Announcements: Megan Nakanishi, Duck Chair, reported venue assignments and urged us to sell, sell, sell. Saturday 9-11 at QFC is an open venue and Rotarians quickly volunteered. Chief Eric had a good selling day at the Wednesday Market venue. Rich Bergdahl announced the last new member social at Hector's Restaurant in Kirkland on 6/28 from 5-7:30 PM $5.00 a head is the cost. Don Dicks announced that we are now at 75% in member participation for the International Rotary Foundation compared to 58% for last year. Chuck Brockway introduced Vikki Connelly again to tell her story of bringing her daughter Christy to Miracle league. He had all the participants stand and the best number was four times in attendance by Joanne Primavera. He commended Patty Sims for her organizational efforts this year.
June 18, 2012 Spokesman John Woodbery 2012-06-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mike Hunter on Jun 10, 2012

President Brandon Honcoop called the June 11, 2012 Kirkland Rotary Club meeting to order at 6:34 PM.  He thanked Bill Taylor for greeting and Mike Hunter for scribing.  Eric Olsen led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.  Steve Shinstrom gave us an inspirational moment that involved a Nun playing golf with God involved.  Rick Walter added his story about buying lumber at Home Depot and the clerk recognizing him as a Rotarian (he was honest in pointing out an error made by the clerk).

Introductions:

Scott East, recovering nicely from hip surgery, was our only guest and visiting Rotarian from the Bellevue Club.

June 11, 2012 Spokesman Mike Hunter 2012-06-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Richard Rekdal on Jun 03, 2012
 

The June 4, 2012 Kirkland Rotary meeting was called to order at 6:30 pm by President Brandon Honcoop. The meeting was held at Wild Rover to celebrate the kickoff of this year’s Duck Dash.  Brandon thanked the Wild Rover for providing appetizers and dinner.

Announcements:

    Chuck Brockway – Stated that volunteers were still needed for the last Miracle League game this Saturday at Perrigo Park.  He asked for a show of hands for volunteers.

    Ann Hamilton – Nourishing Network announced there were 2 weeks left and the program has gone well to date.  

   Megan Nakanishi – Thanked everyone for their support this year with the Duck Dash program, as well as all the sponsors.

   Bob Web – Went over the color coded sign-up sheets for the 4th of July Parade.

   
   Steve Shinstrom – Stated that once we knew where Rotary was placed in the 4th July Parade he would send out an email regarding start time and where to meet.  Steve also stated he needed volunteers to take inventory of supplies needed for the Duck Dash in the basement of his building at 4:30, June 11, 2012.

   Rick Ostrander – Went over the highlights of selling Duck Dash tickets:

          No lost ticket sales

          No sale if under 18

          Fill ticket stub out completely

Packets will be handed out at the next meeting. 

 Meeting was adjourned at 7:25 PM, Scribe for evening Rick Rekdal.

 

June 4, 2012 Spokesman Richard Rekdal 2012-06-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Dye on May 20, 2012

Rotary Minutes, May 21, 2012, submitted by Pat Dye

The Rotary meeting was called to order at 6:30 pm by President Brandon Honcoop.  The pledge was led by Prez Brandon.  D.V. Hurst gave an impromptu inspirational moment, although he was entirely prepared, telling us why the number “13” is amazing, citing numerous facts about how the number shows up on our $1 bill.

Brandon thanked Rick Walter for greeting and Pat Dye for scribing.

Guests:

·         Jason Overleese, introduced by Rich Bergdahl

·         Neil Johnson, soon to become a member

·         Deb Soleson, friend of Jerry Campo

·         Pam Going, wife of Jim Going

·         Charlotte Cronanweth, Student of the Month from LWHS and her family

Announcements:

·         Patti Sims announced that we have 2 more weeks left for Miracle League, June 2 and 9.  Please contact Patti if you wish to sign up for these last 2 games.  We had lots of help from the fraternity last Saturday.

·         Ann Hamilton said that the Nourishing Network program is booked up through the end of the school year and thanked all who participated.

·         Megan Nakanishi announced that the Duck Dash Kick-Off will be on Monday, June 4th, beginning at 6:00 pm at the Wilde Rover in downtown Kirkland.  Dinner price is $22 at the door.  Tickets will be available for club members in 2 weeks, and the LWHS Drill Team will begin selling this Saturday.

·         Steve Shinstrom asked for everyone to sign up for Scribe and/or Greeter duties.

Rick Walter mentioned that he won $1,000 on a straight flush in Las Vegas – said it was a matter of “attitude”, as he had just taken the seat of a disgruntled player who left after doing nothing but complaining.
May 21, 2012 Spokesman Pat Dye 2012-05-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Richard Rekdal on May 13, 2012

President Brandon Honcoop called the meeting to order at 6:30 PM. He thanked Eric Olsen for Greeting and Rick Rekdal for Scribing. He asked Don Dicks to lead the group in the Pledge of Allegiance.   John Woodberry gave the inspirational moment.

Announcements:

Ann Hamilton – Nourishing Network:  It was stated that volunteers are needed to deliver food on June 1st and June 8th.  Location is John Muir Elementary.

Megan Nakanishi – Duck Dash:  Kick-off party will be June 4th at 6 PM at the Wild Rover. In addition, Kirkland Rotary has made it to the 21st century by having the Duck Dash Facebook page linked to the Rotary Web Page.  Megan also reminded everyone that the Duck is set for August 11, 2012.

Brandon H – Miracle League:  Volunteers are needed, and another game will be held this Saturday May 19th at 9:30 AM. Location is Perrigo Park Redmond WA.  

Student of the month is Charlotte Cronanweth was introduced.

May 14, 2012 Spokesman Richard Rekdal 2012-05-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Scott Becker on May 06, 2012
President Brandon opened the Kirkland Rotary meeting at 6:35 and called on Rich Bergdahl for inspiration, who in turn introduced Jason Overleese. Jason, who has moved to Kirkland from Santa Fe and is working for New York Life, passed along a message from his mom thanking Kirkland Rotary for its contribution to the new Cancer Center at Evergreen Hospital in John's name.
 
Rick Ostrander introduced Charlotte Cronenweth, our Student of the Month from Lake Washington High School. Other guests included Ingrid Bruner and Chris Griffith from the "other" Kirkland Rotary Club.
 
  • Chuck Brockway announced that there will be another Miracle League game this Saturday, at Perrigo Field, in Redmond. He asked for volunteers to arrive at 9:30 a.m.

 

  • President Brandon announced that there will be a board meeting this Wednesday at the Conover Building.

  • Anne Hamilton announced that she needs volunteers to purchase and deliver food to our needy families at John Muir Elementary School this Friday. She also said that there are plenty of funds to purchase the food and that all that is needed is for someone to purchase the items and deliver them to the school.
May 7, 2012 Spokesman Scott Becker 2012-05-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by D. "Rick" Walter on Apr 29, 2012

The April 30, 2012 Meeting of the Rotary Club of Kirkland was called to order at 6:30 by President Brandon Honcoop.  He asked Patti Smith to lead the group in the Pledge of Allegiance.  He thanked Rick Walter for acting as Greeter and Scribe.

Steve Shinstrom provided the inspirational moment by reading some very funny “Now and Then” stories.

We were visited by Gig Harbor North Rotarians Lou and Cathy (last name missed)

In addition, we had the Student of the Month – Scarlett Cronenwenth from Lake Washington and also Neil Johnson, COO of Evergreen Hospital.

Announcements:

John Woodberry wanted to thank all those who helped out – and there were many of you. Jim Feek has also offered some pre-season tickets up for auction next week.

Chuck Brockway talked about Miracle League and how much he appreciated the volunteers – However, there were twice as many kids as there were volunteers and he asked for more help in the coming week(s). Pictures will be taken on the 19th for Miracle League.

Anne Hamilton wanted to thank everyone for their help with the Nourishing Network Project and singled out Mike and Sharon Hunter for their assistance.

Don Dicks discussed the Art Studio Tours and encouraged everyone to support the Arts.

Steve Shinstrom is asking for more Scribes and Greeters so please sign up!!

April 30, 2012 Spokesman D. "Rick" Walter 2012-04-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Woodbery on Apr 22, 2012
The meeting was called to order by President Brandon Honcoop at 6:30 PM.  Don Dicks led us in the Pledge and D.V. Hurst did a stand in Norweigen joke for inspiration for  Jim Feek who was absent ? "Svenn tells Olie that a man is incomplete until he is married, then he is finished". Jim Going introduced his wife Pam, Joanne Primevera introduced former Kirkland Rotarian visiting God's country (Kirkland on a sunny day) from God's Country (Sonoma County, California practically every day) who reported that his new club has imported Miracle league and a Fourth of July Picnic complete with "Duck Dash" from here to there.
 
For announcements Patti Sims informed that this Saturday at Perrigo Park (please be there at 9:30AM) is the first Miracle league game for the season with 15 kids signed up and asked for volunteers for that blessing in giving.  Barb Seaton remined us of the Kirkland Rotary Foundation auction this Friday the 27th at the Kirkland Women's Club starting at 6:00PM for a live auction, Bruner's speghetti dionner, wine and fun to benefit the Kirkland Police Dept. waring alert system for endangered moms and the Baby day for Northwest Harvest.

Here is a link to past Miracle League seasons photos and the very heart warming video/slide show Chris Rusnak put together.  Chris thanks so much for the photos and video.
http://rotarymiracleleague.blogspot.com/
April 23, 2012 Spokesman John Woodbery 2012-04-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Elizabeth Rusnak on Apr 15, 2012

President Brandon opened the April 16, 2012 Kirkland Rotary meeting at 6:30 and Scott Rethke led the flag salute.  Pres. Brandon thanked the scribe and front desk personnel.  Gary Bruner gave an informative history of the Pledge of Allegiance as our inspirational moment: it was written by Francis Bellamy, a Baptist minister, in 1892. 

Visiting Rotarians were Gary Moed from the Rotary Club of Downtown Kirkland, and Sheriff Steve Strachan (our guest speaker) from Rotary Club of Kent. Barbara Seaton introduced her husband Tim.

Announcements

1.       Anne Hamilton announced the first week of the Kirkland Nourishing Network (KNN) was a success thanks to the hard work of Barb & Tim Seaton, and the generosity of Makaylaa Powers and Pat Swenson. The KNN is a new service project whereby Kirkland Rotary will be providing groceries to John Muir Elementary families from April 13th to June 29th. Elizabeth Rusnak volunteered to coordinate this coming Friday’s duties of grocery shopping and delivering the food to Kathy Dryden at the school. Kathy Dryden provided feedback to Anne indicating the families were very grateful for our generosity.  You Can Help Too! Sign up with Anne to take the duties for a week, or donate cash for the groceries.

 

2.       Barb Seaton announced the annual Kirkland Rotary Foundation Auction will be held Friday, April 27th at the Kirkland Women’s Club. There will be a wine and cheese pairing that starts at 6pm, followed by the spaghetti dinner (donated by Gary & Ingrid Bruner) and then the live auction. The dessert auction will wrap up the exciting evening. Lots of GREAT auction items have been donated so far, including a condo at Big White, a weekend at the Taylor’s on Hood Canal, golf packages and much more. The beneficiaries for the auction will be Northwest Baby Day and the Kirkland Police Department (to fund alarms for domestic violence victims). Cost per person is $22.00 and you can email Barb Seaton or Rachel Knight to sign up.

 

3.       Megan Nakanishi announced that the Duck Dash sponsorship has almost reached its goal, but still looking for more sponsorships. The sponsorship window closes April 30.

 

4.       Steve Shinstrom needs Greeters and Scribes.  So SIGN UP with Steve!

5.       Miracle League starts Saturday, April 28th at 9:30 am at Perrigo Park in Redmond. Chris Rusnak composed a heartwarming video from his photography of past years Miracle League games, and played this video for all to see. A total of at least 25 volunteers are needed for each game, and it only takes about 2-hours of your Saturday morning to participate.  This years’ games will be April 28, May 5th, May 12th, May 19th, June 2nd, and June 9th (the year-end party with the Mariner Moose). Sign up with Patty Sims. VOLUNTEERS GREATLY NEEDED FOR THESE EVENTS.

The principal of Juanita High School, Gary Moed, thanked all the Rotarians for their generous support of the high school students through scholarships and the Student of the Month program.

April 16, 2012 Spokesman Elizabeth Rusnak 2012-04-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rachel Knight on Apr 08, 2012

Fundraising Event

Friday April 27th, 6pm

Kirkland Women’s Club

Wine and Cheese pairing

Bruner’s Spagetti Dinner

Live Auction

Dessert Auction

$22 per person

President Brandon opened the April 9, 2012 Kirkland Rotary meeting at 6:15 and Pat Swenson led the flag salute.  Pres. Brandon thanked the greeters and front desk personnel.  Cynthia FitzGerald gave a short but sweet inspirational moment: Vision without Action is a Hallucination.. 

Anne Hamilton introduced SueJean Hwangpo, Student of the Month from LWHS, and her parents were guests.
April 9, 2012 Spokesman Rachel Knight 2012-04-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joanne Primavera on Apr 01, 2012

The Kirkland Rotary Club meeting of April 2, 2012 at 6:35 p.m. and was led by President, Brandon Honcoop.  Brandon thanked Rick Walter for greeting, although his main job was to see Joker Pool tickets (more on that later).

 

Pledge:  Rick Rekdal led the pledge.

 

Inspiration:  DV Hurst gave us some quips, such as:  “Never kick a cow pie on a hot day.”  “If you find yourself in a hold, STOP DIGGING.”

 

Visiting Rotarians:  None.

Guests:  Mekonen brought a long-time friend, Mogese Cherinet.

Sue Greenfeld introduced SueJean Hwangpo, the student of the month from Lake Washington High School.
April 2, 2102 Spokesman Joanne Primavera 2012-04-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Vickie Cooley on Mar 25, 2012

President Brandon called the March 26, 2012 Kirkland Rotary Meeting to order at 6:31 PM.  D.V. Hurst entertained us with his inspirational story of two mischievous little boys talking to the Chief of Police and becoming alarmed thinking they were being blamed for God missing.  (You had to be there.)

 

Visiting Rotarians and Guests:  Chief Eric Olsen introduced his daughter, Jessica.  Bill Woods introduced his friend, Joanne Wright; and D.V. introduced Barbara Johnson.  Visiting Rotarian Bud Sachter from the University Club

 

Announcements:  Barbara Seaton reminded us of the upcoming Kirkland Rotary Foundation Auction to be held on April 27th at 6:00 pm.  The location is the Women’s Club. If you have any auction items, please contact Barb, Rachael Knight, John Woodbury, or Dave Aubry.

 

Patti Smith reminded us of her need for us to turn in our Rotary Surveys.

 

Pat Dye commented about the upcoming District Conference in Coeur d'Alene Idaho  “Come, you’ll have a great time”!

 

Brandon followed up with request for a large truck to haul the club’s display to Idaho.

Also, Brandon announced the District is hosting hors d'oeuvres before the 10 Grands Concert in May.  The time is 5:30 pm and there will be a “no-host” bar.
March 26, 2012 Spokesman Vickie Cooley 2012-03-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Webb on Mar 18, 2012
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President Brandon called the March 19, 2012 Kirkland Rotary Meeting to order at 6:27 PM.  David Aubry lead us in the Pledge.

 

D. V Hurst gave us inspiration about the many of the most important men on the early U. S. business scene.  Of the head of the New York Stock Exchange, the World Bank, and others, many ended penniless and one committed suicide.  The stand-out was Gene Saransen, a PGA champ back then.  Gene, who died in 1995 at 92 y.o. continued to be very happy and successful to the end.  The moral!!   Enjoy what you do and live some for today.

 

VISITING ROTARIANS AND GUESTS  In view of our very prominent guest speaker there were visiting Rotarians, guests, and many many family members visiting our club meeting.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

·        Megan Nakinishi  announced with much enthusiasm that the 2012 Duck Race will be held at the new Kirkland Celebration on Saturday August 11.  We will still have a presence at the July 4 celebration, be in the parade, and sell tickets in the usual booths.  She also complimented the sponsors effort of Scott Becker and his committee.

·        Scott told us we are up to $18,000, which was last year’s total.  The goal is still $20,000 so please ask potential sponsors or pass names to Scott and his committee.

·        President Elect Patti told us we will have our annual club assembly on April 9 to help develop our plans for next year on April 9.  You have an email with a survey; please get those results to Patti in the next 2 weeks so they may be tallied and reported at the Assembly.

·        Reminder – The Kirkland Rotary Foundation Auction will be held on April   If you have any auction items please contact Barb Seaton, Rachael Knight, John Woodbury, or David Aubry.

March 19, 2012 Spokesman Bob Webb 2012-03-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mike Hunter on Mar 11, 2012

March 12, 2012 Spokesman

President Brandon Honcoop called the March 12, 2012 Kirkland Rotary Club meeting to order at 6:30 PM.  He thanked Rick Rekdal for greeting and Mike Hunter for scribing.  Jerry Campo led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.  Jim Feek offered an inspirational moment from Sven and Ollie related to what one looks like who has given up drinking, golf and skiing.

Introductions:

Rachel Knight introduced her daughter, Niki Love.

Sue Greenfeld introduced our Student of the Month, Jess (Jessica) Lund, from Lake Washington High School.

Announcements:

Dave DeBois announced the names and thanked those who attended last Saturday’s Northwest Harvest work day.  A total of 16 Kirkland Rotarians and guests were on hand to pack frozen green beans and sort & box variety food.

Photos of the event taken by Chris Rusnak can be seen on Flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/58273812@N08/sets/72157629573899643/detail/

Rich Bergdahl told us that Sigi Schmid, the Seattle Sounders FC Coach, will be our guest speaker next week.  Sigi is known as the Gentle Giant, he speaks about leadership, and likes to interact with the audience, especially kids, so bring guests and come prepared with your questions.  President Brandon sent out an email earlier this week asking us to sign up for next week so that the proper amount of food can be prepared.

March 12, 2012 Spokesman Mike Hunter 2012-03-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Aubry on Mar 04, 2012

President Brandon Honcoop called the March 5, 2012 Kirkland Rotary Club meeting to order at 6:30PM.  He thanked Rick Rekdal for greeting and Dave Aubry for scribing.  Gary Bruner led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.  Our Inspirational Moment was given by Jim Goins, who stated that everything he knows about inspiration he learned from Ernie Norehad sp[?].  On a more inspirational note, Jim gave us a great recitation, in verse, no less, of all that Rotary does locally, and world-wide to better the human condition.

Introductions:

D.V. Hurst introduced Jessica Lund, our new Student of the Month from Lake Washington High School.  She has applied to nine different colleges and universities. 

Elizabeth Rusnak introduced our ‘outgoing’ Student of the Month, who will be speaking in a few minutes.

Chuck Brockway introduced Carl Behnke [sp], a potential new member, and Lyle Cortledge [sp?], a visiting Rotarian from Billings, Montana, a place with worse weather than here.

Makaylaa introduced a woman from Key Bank [?] whose name I failed to get, who is much younger than most of us, yet is fearlessly considering our club.

Neil Johnson, the COO at Evergreen Hospital is visiting again.
March 5, 2012 Spokesman David Aubry 2012-03-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sue Greenfeld on Feb 26, 2012

President Brandon Honcoop started the February 27, 2012 Kirkland Rotary meeting at 6:35 p.m. Bob Webb led the Pledge of Allegiance and President Honcoop thanked John Pruitt and Shellie Gehring for desk duties, Dave Aubrey for greeting, and Sue Greenfeld for scribing.  Ernie Norehad provided an inspirational moment regarding four principles that included justice, tradition, honor and reason.

Introductions of Visitors

Chuck Amundson (former staff member of the Huskies) was a guest of Jim Going. Ben Wobker was a guest of Bill Woods, and Scott Becker introduced Marin Harris, Rotary Student of the Month (Alternate) from Lake Washington High School.
February 27, 2012 Spokesman Sue Greenfeld 2012-02-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Woodbery on Feb 12, 2012
Happy Valentines Day Kirkland Rotarians!!!

The February 13, 2012 Kirkland Rotary Meeting meeting began at 6:35 PM when President Brandon Honcoop opened proceedings.  Joann Burns led the Club and guests in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag

Cynthia Fitzgerald shared “A Thing of Beauty” in honor of Valentine’s day.  A quiz as to the poet listed Byron, Keats and Shelley and the member suggesting Keats was right.

As guests we had Rotarians Carl Henke from Seattle Four and Steve Duwalt from Bellevue as well as Riley, our student of the month from Lake Washington High School.

Announcements:
First Harvest services will be delivered to the community on Saturday march 10th.  Makaylaa announced that a fund raiser luncheon for KITH will be held on 3/9; contact Makaylaa for details.  Rich Bergdahl announced Rotary After Hours will  be held at hectors on February 23rd from 5-7:30PM.  Bring your new member prospects.  On March 19th at the Club Sigi Schmid, coach of the Seattle Sounders will be our speaker.  Visiting Rotarian Steve Duwalt announced that Ten Grands will be performed at Benaroya Hall on May 12th.  There may be  A Founders Room for Rotarians.  Tickets are $80.00 sign up when you can; many did tonight.

 

Don Dicks announced that we are 62% participated as donors so far this year at over $11,000.  Paul Harris Fellow Sapphire pins were presented to Alice Volpe and Cynthia Fitzgerald in recognition of their contributions to the Rotary international Foundation.

February 13, 2012 Spokesman John Woodbery 2012-02-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Dye on Feb 05, 2012

President Brandon called the February 6, 2012 Kirkland Rotary Club meeting to order at  6:30 pm.  Shellie Gehring led us in the Pledge, and D.V. Hurst offered an impromptu inspirational moment centered around a story about his “duck boat”.

Guests:

Riley (didn’t get last name)- our new Student of the Month from LWHS;  Carl Behnke – Seattle 4 Rotary;  Merrilee Dicks – wife of Don Dicks;  Sam Schwabacher – Student of the Month for Jan. with parents John Schwabacher and Joanne Shellan  

Announcements:

·         Megan Nakanishi - update on Duck Dash meeting that was held at 5:00 – we are hoping to raise $30K to $50K for sponsorships

·         Rick Ostrander – has a truck he can lend for anyone who wants to take on the job of managing and setting up Duck Dash venues during May and June

·         Joanne Primavera – Seattle Children’s Hospital is having an Academy Award fundraiser.  You may attend a showing of the Awards ceremony at Lincoln Square Cinema on Feb. 26 at 4:30.  Cost is $50.

·         Dan Bartel – Rotary First Harvest service project will be March 10

·         Pat Swenson – John Muir elementary wants to set up a math buddies tutoring program similar to our reading buddies program. If interested contact Pat at pat@1brg.com or at her office at 425-451-7919.  See Pat’s all-club email for more details.

·         Eric Olson – Scholarship Program interview volunteers are needed.  You may contact individuals in charge of specific school locations or Eric.  Contacts are Ann Hamilton, Brian Tucker, Eric Olson, Jim Going, or Joanne Burns.

·         Rich Bergdahl – our New Member/ After Hours social will be held at Hectors on Feb. 23rd at 5:00 pm.  Cost will be $5/member for appetizers with a no host bar.  All members are encouraged to come and get to know our new members.  Feel free to invite potential new members as well.

Shellie Gehring – announced that she met with Neal Johnson, COO at Evergreen Hospital to discuss membership in our club.  She indicated that he is eager to join us.
February 6, 2012 Spokesman Pat Dye 2012-02-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Scott Becker on Jan 29, 2012
The January 30, 2012 Kirkland Rotary meeting was called to order by President Brandon at 6:30.  He thanked Scott Rethke for being greeter and Scott Becker and Rick Ostrander for manning the front desk. Bob Auslander led the flag salute and Joanne Primavera gave us all some great inspiration about the cousin of a woman and three teens who died in a car crash and her forgiveness of the teenage girl who caused the crash while drunk, but survived.
 
Rick Walter introduced our Student of the Month, Sam Schwabacher, Pat Dye introduced Visiting Rotarian Nancy Benedict, from the Seattle International Club and Chuck Brockway introduced Neil Johnson, COO of Evergreen Hospital, on his second visit to the club.
 
Megan Nakanishi announced that there will be a Duck Dash meeting at 5:00 pm, on February 6th. Everyone is invited to attend. Please be thinking of anyone or any business who might be interested in being a sponsor or advertiser of the Duck Dash!
 
Pat Dye gave us an update on GG Getz saying that she successfully moved in to her new home after unpacking endless boxes and crates. She also presented us with a banner from GG's new club in Atlanta, the Gwinnett County Rotary Club. 
January 30, 2012 Spokesman Scott Becker 2012-01-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chris Rusnak on Jan 22, 2012

The January 23, 2012 Kirkland Rotary meeting was called to order by President, Brandon Honcoop at 6:33 p.m. The flag salute was led by Bob Webb.  Tonight’s Greeter & Scribe was: Chris Rusnak.

 

Inspiration Moment:

The Inspiration Moment was by Rick Walter.  The topic was a humorous story about memory and aging.

 

Club Announcements:

Scott Becker wanted to remind everyone about the next Duck Dash meeting on February 6th.  Barbara Seaton wants you to hold the date for the next Kirkland Rotary Foundation auction on April 28th.  Dan Bartel wanted to thank everyone for helping out at the Rotary Northwest Harvest last week. Thanks to all because there was 33 thousand pounds of apples and 11 thousand pounds of wax beans packaged. Kirkland Rotarians that participated in the RNWH are as follows:  Dan & Wilma Bartel, Chris & Elizabeth Rusnak, Joanne Primavera, David Debois and family, Bob Webb, Mike & Sharon Hunter, Bill & Sandy Taylor, Jim Styner, Cynthia FitzGerald, Diana Lanspa, Carl & Judy Boruck and Vickie Cooley. 

 

Don’t forget the 5030 Rotary District Conference in Coeur d’Alene is coming up fast. The conference dates are April 20th to the 22nd. Katherine Kehrli is collecting books for the Literacy Project now through Mar 31st.

Happy Dollars: Collected by Chuck Brockway.

Jim Feek told a funny and clean joke, Brian Tucker was happy for snow camping with his Boy Scout troop, Dan Bartel was thankful of the Rotary Northwest Harvest help, Brandon Honcoop was happy to get in some great skiing. Chris Rusnak & David DeBois were happy they played on the same team in a curling tournament.

January 23, 2012 Spokesman Chris Rusnak 2012-01-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jerry Campo on Jan 08, 2012

President Brandon Honcoop opened the January 9, 2012 our meeting at 6:25.  He thanked Bob Webb as greeter and Jerry Campo as scribe.   Inspirational Moment: Rick Walter, with , of course, a golf joke.

Visitors:  Scott East:  Bellevue noon Club;  Sherry Harris:  Pres-elect Monroe Club, Deputy Chief of Monroe PD;  Matt Young: outgoing Student of the Month from JHS;  Sam Schwabacher: incoming Student of the Month from JHS;  Kathy Feek: Jim Feek’s lovely bride.

January 9, 2012 Spokesman Jerry Campo 2012-01-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Aubry on Dec 18, 2011

The December 19, 2011 Kirkland Rotary meeting was called to order by President Brandon Honcoop at 6:31.  The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Rachel Knight.  Greeter was Rich Bergdahl.  The Inspirational Moment was offered by Elizabeth Rusnak.  She has been inspired by all the member support she and Dave Debois received in assembling the Thanksgiving and Christmas food and gift baskets for local families.

 

Visiting Rotarian was:  Cheryl, of the Bellevue Club, introduced by Chuck Brockway.  Guests were Molly Becker, Scott’s wife, and Ingrid Bruner, Gary’s wife, looking well after her recent bout of surgery.  Our Student of the Month, Matt Young, from Juanita High School, was in attendance. 

December 19, 2011 Spokesman David Aubry 2011-12-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Dye on Dec 11, 2011

The meeting was called to order at 6:30 pm by President Brandon Honcoop.  The pledge of allegiance was led by Brian Tucker.  Pres. Brandon thanked Jerry Campo for greeting and Pat Dye (yours truly) for scribing.

 

Guests introduced:

·         John Wheeler – introduced by Don Dicks.  John has lived in the community for 13 years and is considering joining a Rotary club.

·         Eric Wilson – guest of Scott Rethke, will be inducted next Monday night as a new member

·         Joanne Wright – guest of Bill Woods

·         Student of the Month – Matt Young, introduced by Patty Sims

Sanna Grohn was also visiting – came to hear her son’s presentation to the club.
December 12, 2011 Spokesman Pat Dye 2011-12-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by D. "Rick" Walter on Nov 27, 2011

President Brandon Honcoop opened The Kirkland Rotary Meeting after the Pledge of Allegiance, Brandon introduced our Greeter, David Aubry and our Scribe, Rick Walter.  There were some visitors including Eric Willsey visiting for the “29th time”.  In addition, current student of the month, Kristina Koumuvea and her mother, and Matt Young who will be our next student of the month.  Elizabeth Rusnak gave us our inspirational moment.

Announcements: Jerry Campo wanted to remind everyone that there are still some spots left for the December 4th Holiday party at Lucia’s.

Reminders – No meeting next week due to the holiday party mentioned above.

David DeBois let the membership know the holiday basket event for Thanksgiving went very well and that we are gearing up for the Christmas baskets.

November 28, 2011 Spokesman D. "Rick" Walter 2011-11-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Aubry on Nov 20, 2011
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Minutes of Rotary Meeting 11/21/11

 

The November 21, 2011 Kirkland Rotary meeting was called to order by President Brandon Honcoop at 6:32.  Greeter was Eric Olsen.  The Pledge of Allegiance was lead by Brian Tucker.

 

The Inspirational Moment was offered by Dr. Ernie Norehead.  His theme was ‘What’s so special about America’.  He reminded us of our country’s accomplishments and contributions.

 

Visiting Rotarians were:

Scott East, family law, from the Bellevue Tuesday noon club, introduced by Bill Taylor.

Sarah Taylor, investments, from the Kirkland morning club, introduced by Rick Ostrander.

 

Guests were Joe Castleberry, President of Northwest University, and his wife Kathleen, introduced by D.V. Hurst, Jaymette[?], from Microsoft, and Cynthia Fitzgerald, introduced by Joanne Primavera.
November 21, 2011 Spokesman David Aubry 2011-11-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Woodbery on Nov 13, 2011

President Brandon Honcoop started the Kirkland Rotary meeting at 6:30PM with the flag salute led by Bill Taylor.  Rick Walter offered as inspiration an account of his encounter at an RV Park in Pullman, WA of a rather cheerful group of firemen from Issaquah.  They had an afternoon together of bratwurst and beans or was it beer?

Our guests tonight were Eric Willsey  and Rick Rekdal, student of the month Kristina Koumuvea from Juanita High School and her friend Nicki Knight, daughter of Rachel Knight.

Announcements were:  Jerry Campo promoting the Club Christmas party at Lucias in Kirkland on December 4th  at a cost that must be prepaid of $50.00 each.

Scott Becker announced early success of sponsors for the 2012 Duck dash totaling so far $12,500 but encouraged members to  just ask anyone for the minimum sponsorships of $500.00 each; the goal this year is $25,000 compared to last year’s actual of $18,000.

Rick Ostrander  reported the sad word that long time Rotary friend Dr. Ernie McKibben has died; more to come by way of memorial service announcements as soon as learned.

Doug Carter announced that we have three families for Thanksgiving baskets and the members signed up for deliveries next week

November 14, 2011 Spokesman John Woodbery 2011-11-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sue Greenfeld on Nov 06, 2011
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President Brandon Honcoop began the November 7, 2011 Kirkland Rotary meeting around 6:30 p.m. The Pledge of Allegiance was given by Alice Volpe. President Honcoop thanked Diana Lanspa for being the greeter, Sue Greenfeld for scribing, and Megan Nakanishi and John Pruitt for the front desk. Ernie Norehad provided an inspiration moment.

Introduction of Guests

Visiting Rotarian Stan Dickison, Past District Governor, and his wife Val. Kristina Koumaeva, Juanita HS Rotary Student of the Month, Maria Elena Abundo, Rick Rekdal (an accountant and guest of Dave DeBois) and Dr. Joseph Castleberry, President of Northwest University and prospective member.

Announcements

 “Save the Date” of November 17, 2011 for a New Member Event at Hector’s.

Holiday Party of December 4, 2011 will be at 6 p.m. at Lucia’s. The cost is $50 per person. Please pay in advance.

Three families from John Muir Elementary School will be supported by our Club for Thanksgiving and Christmas. They will already be given their turkeys. We will be providing the supplemental food. More details will be forthcoming.

November 7, 2011 Spokesman Sue Greenfeld 2011-11-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Webb on Oct 30, 2011

Scribe for Spokesman from October 31, 2011

 

VISITING ROTARIANS AND GUESTS  Visiting Rotarians included Lori Pappas, our speaker and Rotarian from Ethiopia, and Robin Simmons-Bainbridge Island Rotarian and volunteer for Lori’s program in Ethiopia.  Guests included Pam Going, Jim’s wife, Jim Castlebery-President of Northwest University and interested in joining this club, and Bill Wood’s friend Joanne Wright.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

·        It’s Thanksgiving Basket time again with Elizabeth Rusnak leading.  Plan on bringing your donations for three lucky John Muir families.

·        Next week will be Rotary Foundation night.  All Paul Harris Fellows are urged to wear their medals.

 

HAPPY DOLLARS  Chuck Brockway led us in Happy Dollars this week.  As usual, a good time was had by all.   

October 31, 2011 Spokesman (the real deal) Bob Webb 2011-10-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Steve Shinstrom on Oct 30, 2011
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It was a dark and stormy night.....   (well not really stormy, actually very nice, but it sounds ghoulish, ok and it was dark)  This edition of the Spooksman will be short and sweet as Bob Webb was kidnapped by ghosts and they flew him to Colorado before he could get me his scribe notes.  Next week you will be getting two issues of the Spokesman.

Four new members proposed:

 i)       Scott Espiritu of Inslee Best  - Attorney - Proposed by Chuck Brockway

ii)      Joeph Castleberry of Northwest University  - Higher Education/President - Proposed by DV Hurst

iii)     Cynthia Fitzgerald of Leadership Graduate College of Saybrook University - Higher Education/Graduate College Dean -  Proposed by Rick Ostrander

iv)      Rick Rekdal of Rekdal, Hopkins, Howard, P.S.  - Accountant - Proposed by David DeBois

That is it and have a great weekend.  Steve

 

October 31, 2011 Spooksman Steve Shinstrom 2011-10-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Dye on Oct 23, 2011

The October 24, 2011 Kirkland Rotary meeting was called to order at 6:30 pm by President Brandon Honcoop.  Chris Morgan led us in the pledge, and an inspirational funny story about “The Golf Ball” was shared by David DeBois.

 

Visiting Rotarians and Guests:

·         Jim Owens – Bellevue Breakfast Rotary

·         Kyla Terashima, Student of the Month from  Juanita High School

·         Mr. and Mrs. Terashima, Kyla’s parents

·         Becca Honcoop, and baby Bethany

 

Announcements:

·         Steve Shinstrom thanked everyone who came to Bunco – a great time was had by all, and a large dent was made in the leftover liquor supply from the Salmon Bake.  Bill Woods was the big winner for the evening.

·         Dan Bartel – reminded everyone that Rotary First Harvest is having its fundraiser, the “Cabernet Classic”, on Thursday.  Tickets are $50/person.  See Dan if interested in attending.

·         Steve Shinstrom passed around sign-up sheets for scribe and greeters.

·         Jerry Campo reminded everyone of the Holiday Dinner to be held on Sunday, Dec. 4th at Lucia’s in Park Place.  Cost will be $50/person and needs to be paid in advance.  Sign-ups will be by email through Club Runner.

Brandon reminded everyone of John Overleese’s Memorial Service this Friday, Oct. 28th, at 2:00 pm at the Kirkland Performance Center.
October 24, 2011 Spokesman Pat Dye 2011-10-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Swenson on Oct 16, 2011

President-Elect, Patti Smith, opened the meeting at 6:30 p.m.  The flag salute was lead by Makaylaa Powers.  Tonight’s Greeter was Shellie Gehring.  Ernie Norehad delivered many amusing moments by reading from some of the local church bulletins---inspired us all to have laughter in our lives.

Guests:  Kyla Terashima, Student of the Month from Juanita High School.  Joe Castleberry from the Bellevue Breakfast Club, moving to our Club. Cynthia Fitzgerald, visiting from California and a possible new member.  Melisa and Josh, guests of our speaker, Jim Bak.  Eric Wilson, visiting for the 4th or 5th time and soon to be a new member. 

October 17, 2011 Spokesman Pat Swenson 2011-10-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jerry Campo on Oct 09, 2011

President Brandon opened the October 10, 2011 Kirkland Rotary meeting at 6:32.  Scott Becker led us in our flag salute.  Inspirational Moment by Terry Cole about a financial workshop he lead at a Senior Center.  Point was, make sure you have a will!

Guests:

John Castleberry-Bellevue Breakfast-President of NW University

Lacie Angel-Kalispell, MT Daybreak-Massage Therapist

Kyla Terashima-Juanita HS Student of the Month

Gary and Elizabeth Redfern-past members of our club!
October 10, 2011 Spokesman Jerry Campo 2011-10-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Christopher Morgan on Oct 02, 2011
President Brandon Honcoop opened the October 3, 2011 Kirkland Rotary meeting at 6:27pm.  Dave DeBois led the pledge.  Brandon thanked John and Chris for desk duties, and Megan and G.G. for greeting, and Chris for scribing.

The inspirational moment was provided by Bill Woods and Jim Feek, remembering our recently departed friend and Rotarian, John Overleese.   Jim saw John recently, and was asked to tell the group how much John loved Rotary.  Jim asked all to keep Teddy and his boys in our prayers.  Bill also spent time with John recently.  When Bill held his hand and told John the Rotarians missed him, he squeezed Bill’s hand back.  Bill then read the poem “Your Smile”.  The memorial service will be held in the next two or three weeks and will be announced to the group once details are set.

There were a number of guests and visiting Rotarians, including members of the Kirkland Chamber. 

  • Announcements were given for the First Harvest work party on October 8th meet and Houghton Park & Ride at 8:00am to carpool to Kent warehouse.

  • Bunco at the Shinstroms on October 22nd; at 6:00PM.  Theme this year is NEON.  Go wild and dress colorful.

  • Lake Washington Institute of Technology breakfast on the 25th with honorary chairman Bill Woods.

October 3, 2011 Spokesman Christopher Morgan 2011-10-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Scott Becker on Sep 25, 2011
President Brandon opened the September 26, 2011 Kirkland Rotary meeting at 6:30 p.m.   Eric led the Pledge of Allegiance. He thanked John and Sue for desk duties, Chris and Scott for greeting and Scott for scribing.
 
Pat Dye gave an inspiring Inspirational Moment and spoke to us about the Shoe Project. She told us of a family that had lost their mother and the oldest daughter had taken on the role of caring for the rest of the children. They were beneficiaries of this project and the kids showed everyone how proud they were of their shoes.
 
There were many visitors and visiting Rotarians including a 5 year-old Colt Janse and his mother, who I understood to have won the Duck Dash a few years ago. Others visitors included Marion Webb, Stephanie Walters Pam Going, Ingrid Bruner, Cheryl Gunderson (Bellevue Lunch) Steve Pullman (Charter Member of Kirkland Morning) Patty Shinstrom and Eric Wilson.
 
September 26, 2011 Spokesman Scott Becker 2011-09-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sue Greenfeld on Sep 18, 2011

President Brandon Honcoop started the meeting at 6:35 p.m. Jim Going led the Pledge of Allegiance and President Honcoop thanked John Pruitt and Doug Carter for desk duties, Dave Aubrey for greeting, and Sue Greenfeld for scribing. Ernie Norehad provided an inspiration moment.

Introductions of Visitors

Visiting Rotarians were Steve Lerian, Art manager, from San Luis Obispo-DeTolosa Club, Cheryl Gunderson, Commercial Banking, from the Bellevue Club, and Dr. Cyndy Fitzgerald, Dean, LIOS of Saybrook College, from the California Scott Valley Club. Guests included Scott Espiritu, an Attorney and a guest of Chuck Brockway.
September 19, 2011 Spokesman Sue Greenfeld 2011-09-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patti Smith on Sep 14, 2011

The day turned out to be sunny and warm for the annual golf tournament held at the Golf Club at Echo Falls. This was a new venue for us and everyone I spoke to really enjoyed the course and the amenities.  The shot gun start and the delicious buffet validated our decision!

Congratulations to the winners who are: 

First Place - Brandon Honcoop, Dave DeBois, Scott Rethke, Nelson Bryant-Repeat winners

Second Place- Bill Woods, Don Dicks, Jim Feek, Gary Justice (only one stroke behind)

Third Place - Chuck Brockway, Bob Brockway, Sam Brockway, Nathaniel Brockway- yes they allowed 4 Brockways on the course all at the same time!!

Last Place - presented with Crying Towels - Tom Sturgell, Sue Sturgell, John Woodbury, Gary Bruner. 

Women's Longest Drive - Elizabeth (Dee Dee) Rusnak  (Lady, you're no longer a novice.)

Men's Longest Drive - Scott Rethke

Women's Closest to the Pin - Marsha Tellesbo

Men's Closest to the Pin - Scott Becker 

The Anitque Monkey (now 50 years old) was presented by Bill Woods to Brandon Honcoop.  Bill explained that while his foursome was putting, Brandon walked onto the green to retreive a keepsake ball marker he had left behind. Bill muttered something about young golfers don't know anything about golf etiquette. 

 Kudos to all our sponsors and especially to Rick Walter, Brandon Honcoop and Brian Tucker. They collected a bounty of prizes that made the Speed Shopping a success.  Thanks to Weber Metals, RBC, Banner Bank, Sterling Savings, Regence Blue Shield.

 We had a special drawing for high end items dontated by Rick Walter:  Mariner's tickets won by Ernie Norehad, a costmetics basket won by Anne Hamilton and a mobile car detail won by Nathaniel Brockway. Echo Falls dontated a round of golf for two. It's not surprising but I can't remember who won that prize.

 Thanks to all for your participation and enthusiasm.

 Patti Smith

 

 

 

 

 

Rotary Golf Tournament Patti Smith 2011-09-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Swenson on Aug 28, 2011

The August 29, 2011 meeting was called to order by President, Brandon Honcoop at 6:30 p.m.  The flag salute was lead by Steve Shinstrom.  (Welcome back, Steve, from your family trip to D.C., Baltimore and New York City—thanks for leaving the hurricane, earthquake, rain, etc. behind!)  Tonight’s Greeter was John Woodbery.  Our Inspirational Moment, provided by Ernie Norehad,  “tongue in cheek” on the topics of Homeless Man and Aging.   

Visiting Rotarians and Guests were introduced:  Scott Becker, a previous Kirkland Rotarian has returned to live in Kirkland and will be rejoining our Club (Welcome Back Scott!).  Eric Wilson, friend of Scott Rethke is visiting for the second time.  Rob Simpson visiting from Australia.  Wives of Rotarians visiting to hear our speaker:  Pam Going; Wilma Bartel, Gail Auslander and Sharon Hunter)

 

Club Announcements:  Brandon announced there will be a Community Service Committee meeting before the regular Rotary meeting on September 19th at 5:30 p.m. in the lobby of the Woodmark (or Bar).  Please let Dave DuBois know if you will be attending.  Pat Dye, Committee Chair for the Shoes Project, announced a delay in the dates for the fitting of the shoes at Fred Meyer.  Fred Meyer has not completed their remodel and the shoe fittings are delayed by two weeks until 9/14 and 9/15.  Time will be 5:30 to 7:30 on those nights, check in with Pat at 5:15 p.m.  Pat has the names of those that previously volunteered; please let her know if you are still available for those new dates.

 

    

August 29, 2011 Spokesman Pat Swenson 2011-08-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Webb on Aug 21, 2011

The August 22  Kirkland Rotary meeting was called to order by President Brandon Honcoop.  Rick Ostrander led the Pledge.  Rick Walter was inspirational about flight attendants on a recent flight when there was a health emergency.  Yes, they do more than serve drinks.

 

VISITING ROTARIANS AND GUESTS  Visiting Rotarians included Dick Carlson from Tucson, John DeLatour from New Zealand, and Dr. Bill Grimes from the Bellevue Club.  Guests included Eric Willsey a lifelong friend of Scott Rethke, and Anne Hamilton guest of Bill Woods with interest in joining us.
August 22, 2011 Spokesman Delayed due to publishers vacation! Bob Webb 2011-08-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chris Rusnak on Aug 14, 2011

You will be receiving the August 15th & August 22nd Spokesman in this email.  They are one right after the other.  Thanks,  Steve 

 

 

Meeting Date: Monday, August 15th, 2011

Scribe: Chris Rusnak

The meeting is called to order by President, Brandon Honcoop at 6:30 p.m.

The flag salute is led by Jim Styner.

Tonight’s Greeter is: Joanne Burns.

 

Inspiration Moment:

The Inspiration Moment was introduced by Bill Woods.  The topic was “I Believe”. Here’s just a few inspirational words Bill spoke of: I believe that we don’t have to change friends if we understand that friends change; I believe you should always leave loved ones with loving words; I believe you should control your attitude or it will control you; I believe growing old is mandatory, but growing up is optional.

 

Introduction of Visitors:

Visiting Rotarians: Bud Saxburg, School of Business, University of Washington, Jim Hart Kirkland Rotarian, John de Lautour Rotarian from New Zealand, Dave Griffith Kirkland Rotarian morning club, Dick Carlson from Tuscon Arizona and Dave Holmes  

August 15, 2011 Spokesman Delayed due to publishers vacation :-) Chris Rusnak 2011-08-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Steve Shinstrom on Aug 07, 2011

The 2011 Kirkland Rotary Salmon Bake was held at the Kirkland Boys & Girls Club on a very nice evening on August 8, 2011.  The event was well attended and this will be a very short Spokesman as there was really no club business conducted at the event.  President Elect Patti Smith was in charge for the evening as President Brandon was home with new baby Bethany and recovering mom Becca.  Brandon says all are doing well and Bethany is a model baby...  so far.  Patti asked for all members with guests to give introductions.  There were too many in attendance for your humble scribe to remember and list but needless to say there were many.

 

QUIZ FOR THE WEEK!!!  

 

For those not at the event name the Kirkland Rotarian who is wearing these pants.  Yes, we do have a member that actually purchased and wore these pants.  Answer will be at next Monday's meeting.

 

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August 8, 2011 Spokesman Steve Shinstrom 2011-08-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Megan Nakanishi on Jul 31, 2011

Meeting Date: Monday, August 1, 2011

Scribe: Megan Nakanishi

The meeting is called to order by President, Brandon Honcoop at 6:30 p.m. The flag salute is led by Pat Swenson.  Tonight’s Greeters are: Chris Rusnik and Megan Nakanishi.

 

Inspirational Moment:

The Inspirational Moment was introduced by Jim Feek.  The topic was Kulula Airline.  Jim regaled the crowd with witty quotes from the employees of Kulula Airline, a low-cost South African airline that doesn’t take itself too seriously.  The air stewards say things like “Ladies and Gentlemen, we’ve reached cruising altitude and will be turning down the cabin lights.  This is for your comfort, and to enhance the appearance of your flight attendants.”

Introduction of Visitors:

Visiting Rotarians: Anna McCalthum (from England), John de Lautour (from Taupo, New Zealand), Christine Rose (from Bellevue Breakfast Club).

Exchange Student: Caroline Fletcher (summer exchange in France) and her exchange family member, Camille.

Other Visitors: Jessica Olsen (Eric Olsen’s daughter) celebrated her 18th birthday with us!

 

August 1, 2011 Spokesman Megan Nakanishi 2011-08-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Doug Carter on Jul 17, 2011
Rotary meeting notes for 18 July 2011

Doug Carter, Scribe

The meeting was called to order by President Branon Honcoop at 6:30pm.  Tonights greeter was Bob Auslander.  

An Inspirational Moment was provided by John Woodbery.   His wife's uncle, Leonard, recently celebrated his 95th birthday.  Leonard served in the U.S. Army during WWII in the Pacific theater.  During the battle for Muzon, Leonards position was overrun and he was grievously bayonetted.  Unable to leave his position or be rescued Leonard remain alone, wounded, throughout the night.  Leonard survived, returned to the States and was discharged on VJ day.  Despite the trauma of battle and severe wound, Leonard engaged civilian life in a positive and constructive way.  Much later in life, at 90, Leonard suffered a nearly fatal aneurysm and what might be described as a near death experience.  Recovering, Leonard's reaction was to redouble his efforts at enjoying life in the moment without worry of the past or what might come setting a positive example for all.

Visting Rotarian's included: Dwight Olson (well not a visitor but long time Kirkland Rotarian... Nice to have you back Dwight), Scot East - Bellevue, Tuesday noon
Other Visitors: Anne Hamilton, Rob Robertson, Susan Musi, PJ Glasy, Beverly Grant.
July 18, 2011 Spokesman Doug Carter 2011-07-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patti Smith on Jul 11, 2011

I want to acknowledge and thank those Rotarians who made the Duck Dash possible.  We had a gorgeous sunny day for the parade and race.  This was the setting for a near perfect race. 

 

First I want to thank our sponsors Evergreen HealthCare, Lee Johnson Auto Family, Conover Insurance, RBC Wealth Management, Ace Frames, Banner Bank, Residence XII, Visiting Angels, Highland Capital Brokerage, Money Tree, and Senior Financial Advisors.  Their support will cover most if not all our expenses.

 

I have so much respect for the committee chairs who have modified and adapted this event over the years to bring us a well oiled machine.

 

In no particular order, since one committee is as important as the next, I want to thank Steve Shinstrom for heading up the parade and all related activities. Related activities mean we use some space in his building to store all of our race paraphernalia. We used his row boat to race the ducks. Then, he drives Mama Duck in the parade in his weird trailer with a personally supplied power generator that keeps Mama Duck nice and plump.  His wife Patty wears the small duck costume and son Alex wears the large duck costume and they walk in the parade.  It’s really amusing to see what a somewhat reserved person will do to entertain parade watchers when she thinks no one knows who is inside that costume!   

 

Also thanks to those that walked or drove in the parade: Brian Tucker who rode the donated bicycle he procured,  Barb Hagstrom, her husband and two Chihuahuas for walking in the parade and Al Hoviland who drove his pretty red convertible with a huge Rotary logo on the side; Brandon & Becca Honcoop and John and Janet Pruitt.

 

Then there’s Bob Webb and the race course set up and take down crew.  Bob had a lot of running around to do.  He had to pick up the oil booms in Seattle in a pick up he borrowed from Brad Green; he picked up Al Hoviland’s row boat and then returned everything the next day.  Al Hoviland designed and help set up the race course that was really the best design and efficient course yet.  Helping with the set up, the actual race and the take down was Jerry Campo, Doug Carter, Bob Auslander, Brian Tucker, Dave Tucker, Mekonen Giorgis, Steve Shinstrom and Brandon Honcoop.  Thank you guys.

 

We have the booth set up team: Dan Bartel, Rick Ostrander, Mike and Sharon Hunter and Alice Volpe.  Mike and Sharon have set up in Marina Park so many times they can do it in their sleep and always provide refreshments for the sellers. 

 

You should volunteer to sell adoptions with Alice in the booth on Central Way.  She set up the Hilton of booths:  padded floors, the ultimate in decorations and front row reserved seats for the parade.  Pat Dye will probably agree it was a pretty plush sales venue.   Thank you Alice, Dan, Mike, and Sharon and Rick.

 

The accounting team led by Tom Sturgell is so efficient we had race results within 30 minutes after the race.  His wife Sue and he work so well together.  Barb Seaton is organized and more importantly, calm.  Joanne Primavera inputs all of our sales data into the computer and routinely bugs us to get our adoptions to her.  Then there’s rookie Rick Walters, who is in training on the accounting team. Thank you all.

 

There are the extremely necessary sales people who work the booths and the crowds.  A big thanks to Dan Bartel and Patty Sims who actually met their $500 quota that day.  Thanks to Mike and Sharon Hunter, John and Janet Pruitt, Brandon and Becca Honcoop, Sue Greenfeld, Chris Rusnak, Pat Dye and Alice Volpe for selling. After setting up the course, Bob Webb went up to sell adoptions along the parade route.  Mekonen Giorgis had stellar sales and kept asking for more jobs to do. 

 

Those of you who sold adoptions at other venues and to clients and friends before race day:  Well done!  Our top sellers this year are Brad Green, Ernie Norehad and Bill Woods.

 

A Special thank you to Brad Green and Conover Insurance.  Not only does Brad help sponsor the race, he always sells beaucoup adoptions and lends us boats and trucks.

 

While all the committees are equally important there is one guy that stands out and deserves recognition and thank yous from every member of the club.  I am just sorry that he is not here to hear this but...Rick Ostrander is irreplaceable. He not only works hard physically by setting up the venues each week and on race day, he listens to every idea I have and everyone else’s for that matter. He is eager to help solve problems.  There has been a long line of Rotarians coming into his office seeking advice on various parts of our fund raiser.  So really, Rick has been our Co Chair for the race this year. Please be sure to thank him when he gets back from Utah.

 

Patti Smith

 

 

 

Duck Dash Accolades Patti Smith 2011-07-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Webb on Jul 10, 2011

The July 11, 2011  Kirkland Rotary meeting was called to order by our new President Brandon Honcoop.  I led our Pledge to the Flag

 

VISITING ROTARIANS AND GUESTS  Visiting Rotarians included Mike Hendrickson of the Bellevue Club and Chris Ballard, our Assistant Governor from Woodinville and Dick Carlson (regular summer member getting away from heat in Tucson and visiting family. Jason, our exchange student from Taiwan is fresh back from a trip to California with the exchange student group and will be heading home this Saturday.  Guests included Merrily Dicks with Don and Anne Hamilton, and Megan Nakanishi hosted by Bill Woods (Megan is Bill’s granddaughter).
July 11, 2011 Spokesman Bob Webb 2011-07-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Steve Shinstrom on Jul 03, 2011

Could the 4th of July 2011 been any better for the Duck Dash and Parade?  I think not!!!.  Thanks to all the volunteers that gave their time to to make this such a successful event.  We couldn't have had done it without all you.  Same goes for the week before at the branding party.  Here are the winners for the 2011 Kirkland Rotary Duck Dash.

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First Place Prize: $5,000 cash

Name:John and Amy Soltys

Second Place ($500 value) Prize: Eval & 10 sessions w/pers. trainer - Totally Sound Fitness

Name: Larry Chapman

Third Place ($450 value) Prize: 1 Night stay at the Woodmark hotel, Kirkland

Name: Ann Pierson

Fourth Place ($300 value) Prize:2 VIP club tickets, Boeing Classic Golf Tournament

Name: Judi Fesilowski/Dave Thompson

Fifth Place ($250 value) Prize: Gift Certificate - Ace Frames

Name: Jeff Edwards

Sixth Place ($200 Value) Prize: Kids Bicycle presented by Kirkland Pediatrics

Name: Bob Mikolasy

Seventh Place ($100 value) Prize: Gift certificate Olive You Restaurant

Name: Heather Rutledge

Eighth Place ($100 value) Prize: Gift Certificate Milagro Cantina

Name: Thomas Miller

Ninth Place ($50 value) Prize: Gift Certificate Hoffman's Fine Pastries

Name: D.V. Hurst

Tenth Place ($50 value) Prize: Gift Certificate Ristorante Paradiso

Name: Dennis Green

 

 

 

                                                          

July 4, 2011 Spokesman (Duck Dash Recap) Steve Shinstrom 2011-07-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Dye on Jun 19, 2011

Rotary Minutes:  Transition Dinner, June 20, 2011      Submitted by:  Pat Dye

 

A good time was had by all (I hope) as the Kirkland Rotary Club celebrated the end of one year and the beginning of a new year.

 

Pat Dye, now known as Past President Pat Dye, waited until the merriment had subsided a bit, around 6:45, before calling the meeting to order.  She had to turn down the volume on Jimmy Buffet to be heard over the crowd.  After the pledge to our countries flag, led by same Past President, introductions of guests were in order.  We were thrilled to have so many folks visiting, and too many to name here.

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Following a brief interlude during which there was more music and merriment, President Pat led the club down memory lane and recapped the many ways in which Kirkland Rotary had fulfilled the RI theme of “Building Communities/Bridging Continents”.  A recap of the all of the Club Community Service activities throughout the year served to show the many ways that Kirkland Rotarians had literally and figuratively helped to “build” the Kirkland Community.   She also shared the ways in which our Club had helped to “bridge” continents with the work we helped to support in Nepal and Ethiopia.  Congratulations to the Club on a very successful year.

 

 

June 20, 2011 Spokesman (Transition Dinner Recap) Pat Dye 2011-06-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Swenson on Jun 12, 2011

The June 13, 2011 Kirkland Rotary meeting was called to order by President Pat Dye at 6:37 p.m.  President Pat thanked Carl Boruck for manning the desk and registering the members and guests.  She also thanked Joanne Primavera for standing in as an informal Greeter and Duck