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Service Above Self

We meet Mondays at 6:15 PM
Woodmark Hotel
1200 Carillon Point
Kirkland, WA  98033
United States of America
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For information on our club please contact:
Amy Mutal
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Meeting 11/25/19
Scribe : James Nevers
Meeting called to order at 6:35.
Flag Salute: John Pruitt
Inspirational Moment by John Woodbury – Quote from George Washington recommending Thanksgiving Day as a National Holiday
Visitors: Patty Shinstrom, Cherese Bourgon from Bella Sirena Salon- visiting and interested in becoming involved with Rotary- recommended to attend by Dave DeBois, and Bella Chaffey who has submitted her application to join our club.
Parents of our Student of the Month – Anisha Bhardwaj  - Mritunjay and Rubbi Kumari
Club Announcements
James Nevers asked the club if anyone was interested to volunteer for a board position next year to let him know.
Board meeting on the 11th will be a packing event instead. More information to follow
Kirkland Performance Center has thanked us for the donation for Bill Woods birthday
Steve Shinstrom thanked us for last week’s donations for Movember. $300 was raised
Patty Shinstrom asked for volunteers for Reading Buddies. 3 more are needed to make the program work this year.
We are continuing our contract with the Woodmark Hotel for next year.
Our Student of the Month, Anisha Bhardwaj gave her talk. She is a senior in the Cambridge program and has received top exam scores. She hopes to attend Wesley next year and should hear back soon. She is the president of her school’s DECA program and has been to Internationals multiple times. She has also started a junior model UN nonprofit to help bring the club into middle schools. She has also started the Redmond Youth Political Advisory Committee to perform public service in the community.
Anisha hopes to continue to server her community wherever she ends up. We thanked her for her time with us and wish her the best!
Program tonight was Music 4 Life and the presenter was David Endicott. His organization helps put musical instruments in the hands of students in need. Most instruments are donated from adults and research shows that students who play in instrument do better in other areas. They are endorsed by Rotary, an Official district 5030 project, and are now in 14 schools. They have also helped donate recorders for 3-4th graders and harmonicas. They received over $157,000 in donations last year and are on track to beat that this year.
President John ended with a historical anecdote and ended the meeting at 7:24.
Meeting 11/18/19
Scribe: Bill Taylor
Meeting called to order: 6:32 PM  Flag Salute: Bill Taylor  Greeter: Rick Ostrander “that’s who greeted me”?
Inspirational Moment:  Rotary’s Ideal of Service & Paul Harris has not changed
Student of the Month:  Anisha Bhardwaj – Juanita High School
Visitors:  Ambareen’s son, Jamal Jaddi
Club Announcements:
  • Nourishing Network:  $ or contributions to Dave DeBois by 2.45 PM Friday 11/22/19
  • Christmas Santa Pancake Breakfast:  Dec 14th at The Kirkland Senior Center
  • Warm Coats:  (130) coats were distributed to students at Robert Frost and John Muir
***  Patty Shinstrom is in dire need of Reading Buddy Leaders.  Email or call her if you would help.  shinstroms@frontier.com  or 425.260.1255.  Without leaders we may have to cancel.
Special Announcements:
  • President Elect James Nevers reached out for volunteers to be on the Rotary Board 2020-2021
  • Rick Walters mentioned that the Christmas Party/Bunco night is scheduled for Monday Jan 13th
  • Rotary Transition Diner is scheduled for June 22nd
  • Santa & Santa’s Helper can use an assistant at the Christmas Santa Pancake Breakfast
  • Don Dicks, November is Rotary Foundation Month: Pat Swenson was awarded a Multiple Paul Harris Fellow (it was a 7 or 8?)
Happy Dollars:
  • It seems like everybody pitched in with Happy Dollars to support Steve Shinstrom as he is growing a beard as the Rotary participant in the Kirkland Kiwanis "Beard Brawl".  Happy dollars are for our contribution going to help Eastside Baby Corner.  (Think No Shave November Challenge)
  • Ambareen for her oldest son’s deployment on the aircraft carrier “Theodore Roosevelt”,
  • Tricia for Plantar Fasciitis,
  • Don Dicks for 3 weeks in Australia,
  • Brian Tucker for Leavenworth Christmas lights,
  • John Woodbery for his book recommendation,
  • Rick Ostrander was happy,
  • Dave Aubry for flashbacks,
  • Bill Taylor for Mt Si Football,
  • Bill McElroy for being a Rotarian,
  • Dan Bartel for the Santa Claus Christmas party,
  • John Pruitt for something,
  • Dave DeBois for Bandon Dunes,
  • Joe for Dave’s railroad ties,
  • Pat Swenson for her extended family,
  • Diana for her daughter finding a home in the area,
  • Rick Walter for winning at the Casino,
  • …and others that I missed?
Meeting Date:  Monday, November 4, 2019
Scribe:  George Anderson
The meeting is called to order by President John Woodbery at 6:30 PM.
The flag salute is led by Margie Glenn.
(No greeter identified)
Inspiration Moment:
The Inspiration Moment was introduced by John Woodbery.  The topic was a story about a boy buying a cripple puppy because he himself was crippled.
Introduction of Visitors:
Student of the Month:  Anisha Bhardwaj from Juanita High School
Other Visitors:   Missed guests names (Sorry)
Club Announcements:
Dave Aubrey:  Delay on delivering warm coats to Muir Elementary School.  Waiting for info from school.
Rick Walter:   Christmas Party being planned for either December 15th brunch or December 16th dinner.  Email announcement to go out this week.
Steve Shinstrom:  Bunco will be sometime in 2020.
Dave DeBois:  On Thursday, KPC will host a showcase of young inventors, high school and adult, looking to demonstrate their inventions to investors.  Mention Dave’s name at the door to get in.
Special Announcements:    Dave Aubrey reported on the progress that has been made on the club project to put picnic tables, a segment of railroad, and signage commemorating the original railroad that crossed Kirkland.  A railroad semaphore tower has been contributed to the project and work on the footing is underway.  The project is located beside the cross Kirkland corridor, behind the Chain Link Brewery.
Dave Aubrey was named Rotarian of the Month for his work on the club project.
Program Speaker:  Rebecca Weaver
Program Topic:  Business Consulting in the Workplace
Rebecca has extensive experience in Human Resources in large companies.  She provides consulting services in Human Resources to small businesses, and believes a revolution is required in the Human Resources field to meet the issues identified by the #metoo movement.  She recommends anonymous venues for discussing personal HR    issues, open dialog between management and employees,  including training on how to interrupt inappropriate conversations,  management to stop lying to employees, and rethinking everything about company culture.
The meeting was adjourned but 7:34 PM.
Submitted by Scribe:                George Anderson
The meeting started at 6:30 PM at the Woodmark, called to order by President John Woodbery. 
Dave DeBois led us in the flag salute. 
A poem by Edgar Allen Guest, "It Couldn't Be Done  but he did it" was read by President Woodbery as an inspiration for us all to tackle even the hardest tasks with enthusiasm. 
Visitors were then introduced, including our Student of the Month Caroline Squires and her parents.
Announcements were:
  • Bill Woods "Turning 94" celebration at Kirkland Performance Center 10/29
  • No meeting on 11/11 due to Veterans Day
  • Board meeting at Amy Mutal's office 11/13 at 5:30 PM
  • Bunco that was scheduled at Shinstroms has been postponed due to scheduling conflict.  More to follow on new date.   
  • Brian Tucker announced progress on the Ethiopian Library project. 
  • Dave Aubry will head volunteers planting shrubbery at the legacy site Saturday at 1:)) PM
  • Pat Swenson brought a report on Reading Buddies.  Patty Shinstrom will be taking over the program and more to follow as there is a new Principal and 2nd year Librarian at John Muir.  
Upcoming speakers: Rebecca Weaver, business counseling in the work place 11/4; Dist. Gov. Bill McElroy 11/18
Caroline Squires presented her presentation on her experience as Student of the Month for October, her activities at school and community and her plans for life.  A certificate and racing duck were presented.
Happy dollars joyfully collected by Rick Walter
Debbie Dixon, life coach and yoga instructor presented that from an early life of abuse, drugs, extreme dysfunction and as a single mom at age 17 she discovered yoga and began to heal.  She has authored her book, "A Path to Freedom" and 15 years ago opened a life coaching studio to help others. She has been able to help remedy for some from what she calls a  widespread problem of dysfunction of people due to depression and anxiety.  She discovered she could help people decompress with finding the solution inside themselves and not outside. She discovered that low energy is a big part of the problem and deep breathing and meditation will help bring joy in her subjects lives.Although the program went on a bit long,  it was enjoyed by the audience as evidenced by the question and answer exchanges.
The meeting was adjourned, a little late, at 8:00 PM.
John Woodbery, Scribe
Rotary Meeting Date:  Monday, October 21, 2019
The meeting was called to order by President, John Woodbery at 6:30 p.m.  The flag salute was led by Dave Aubry.  Tonight’s Greeter was Margie Glenn.
Inspirational Moment:  Introduced by John Woodbery.  All of us have challenges in life.  Generally, there will be two roads available to us to handle this challenge.  “The Road Less Traveled”, by Robert Frost, was paraphrased for illustration purposes.
Visitors Introduced:  Kit Topaz (our speaker), Bella Chaffey, Stefan Landroyd, Cheryl Guather, Margaret Taboyz, Susan Ershlor.  No visiting Rotarians.
Announcements:  No Meeting on November 11th  (Veterans’ Day).
October 24th is Polio Donation Day.  Please be generous. 
*Warm Coats this year will be different than prior years.  We will donate $4,000 for the warm coats and two schools will receive the coats.  John Muir Elementary and another Kirkland elementary school.  The school councilors will select the needy students to receive the coats and distribute to them throughout the school year.  There will not be a “warm coats” fitting day at the school by Rotarians.
October 29th:  Reminder about Bill Woods 94th birthday celebration at KPC from 6:30 to 8:30 PM
November 11th a concert at Benaroya Hall honoring Veterans will be held.  Tickets are $15 each.
December 3rd:  Free concert to benefit SAVE the horses at Benaroya Hall.  Tickets available from Kit Topaz at kit@safehorses.org.
December 8th:  Holiday Open House (12:00 to 4:00 pm) at SAFE Horse Rescue in Redmond.  Details at www.safehorses.org/holiday
Program:  SAVE the Horses, Speaker:  Kit Topaz (non-profit director)
5 Full-Time Staff, 2 part-time staff, and 150 Volunteers.  They have leased property in Redmond with room to house 30 rescued horses.  The horses are referred to them by animal control departments along with individual citizens that observe neglected and/or abused horses.  They retain the saved horse for life, unless there is an appropriate person that wishes to adopt the horse.  A brief movie was presented that showed the dramatic improvement to the saved horses.  For further details, view their website:  www.safehorses.org  
No Happy Dollars.  No Ticket Drawings.  President John closed the meeting with a bit of light humor.
Meeting adjourned at 7:20 p.m. 
Scribe for the meeting:  Pat Swenson
            The meeting of Monday, July 15, 2019 was called to order at 6:33 by President, John Woodbery.  Rick Ostrander led the flag salute
            John provided an insprirational moment.  There are different goals for persons of different ages.  He culminated in saying an 85 year old believes touching each other provides so much satisfaction.
            The student of the month is Caroline Squires from Juanita High School.
            Visitors included:
            Bella Chaffey, Windemere Realtor and manager of a non-profit, Alexander’s Hope  https://alexandershope.org/.    Alexander’s Hope aims to spread awareness of organ donation and cardiac arrest issues of young people.
            Stefan Landvogt works for Microsoft.  He is from Germany and his father-in-law is in a Rotary Club in Germany.
            Jamie Heil, Area Director of the Kirkland Boys and Girls Club.  Jamie gave an update of what’s happening with the Kirkland club.  She also thanked us for our partnership with Miracle League.
            Cheryl Gunther and Margaret Defoy are from Jefferson House, a Memory Care Residential facility in Totem Lake.  Cheryl has submitted her application for membership.  They are both very interested in District 5030 Music Mends Minds and would like to start a chapter in Kirkland.
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