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1200 Carillon Point
Kirkland, WA  98033
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July 2nd

June 18, 2018 in the  Marina Room,  Scribes Bob and Gail Auslander.


The meeting on the call to order by President Steve Shrinstrom at 6:30 P.M. 

James Nevers  led the salute to the American Flag.

Ernie Norhead gave the inspirational moment about retirement and misbehaving.


Guests include: Deb Leventhen, a Mortgage Broker

                          Ben Briner, a Business consultant

                          Sue Cohan, Traveling to the Arctic Circl

Announcements: June 25, Transition Dinner in the Tent.  Hawaiian/Tropical theme.  Come have fun as Steve had the gavel to Rick.

                            Megan will now be finding the scribes for the future meetings.

                            More volunteers are needed for the 4th of July parade.

                            August 27, Salmon Bake at Brandon & Becca Honcoops

                            We need Duck Dash sellers at Farmer's Market and QFC

                            Steve Shrinstom asked for a volunteer to were the duck costume in the 4th of July parade.  Sign up will be at future meeting.

Happy Dollars:  Rick expertly extracted many dollars from happy Rotarians.


Speaker:  Scott Becker introduced Rich Lerz, CEO of Nytec Co. An innovation center. Developes new tech products.

The meeting began on the call to order by President Steve Shinstrom at 6:30 PM. 

 Russ Stromberg led the Club in the Pledge of Allegiance with all Rotarians and guests standing in mutual respect.  President Steve gave a charming story as inspiration of a small boy trying to buy a puppy, from a litter listed in a pet shop for $30-$50 per puppy.  The owner called out the litter  for a demonstration run and one puppy straggled behind and the owner explained he was crippled.  The boy offered to buy that one for his $2.37 and to pay $.50 a month until the full price was paid.  The owner asked why and the boy lifted his pants revealing his crippled leg with a metal brace and explained  he wanted the crippled one because maybe he was the only one who could understand what the puppy was facing.

Thanks to Rick Ostrander and John Pruitt for manning the front desk.

Guests included Sue Cohn, a former member, Joanne Wright Bill Woods' friend and companion and Patty Shinstrom, spouse of President Steve.

Two cards from scholarship awardees were sort of read and a card for Pat Swenson was circulated for signatures in comfort for her accident  and surgery for a new shoulder.

Announcements were:

(1) Next Monday, 6/11 is the Duck Dash Kick Off event at Wilde Rover, 5:30 for drinks and meal thereafter.

(2) A dual Board meeting at Rich Bergdahl's office on June 13th;

(3) July 15th is our picnic at Everest Park;

(4) Our Duck dash on August 11th;

(5) September 24th is the Kirkland Rotary Foundation Auction;

(6) Dee Dee Rusnak announced a photo art  show by spouse Chris at NW Cellars on Friday June 8th (5-8 PM) and Sunday June 10th(1-4 PM);

(7) Final Miracle League game last Saturday with 24 kids participating  Every kid got a team photo and a baseball size card with their picture; Thanks to Rotarian George Anderson for his  action shots photography contribution;

(8) Special thanks to Rotarian Jason Overleese for his able and creative assistance with the batters, some of them are difficult to communicate with and physically handicapped.

Kirkland Rotary Meeting Notes

May 7th 2018


The meeting was called to order by Club president, Steve Shinstrom at 6:30 p.m. The flag salute was led by Joanne Russ Stromberg. Front desk: Rick Ostrander and John Pruit with new member Monica helping

Introduction of Visitors:

Student of the Month: Sofia (did not capture her last name) of Lake Washington High School

Other Visitors: Members and Spouses of the Downtown Kirkland Breakfast club


Club Announcements

President Steve reminded about the golf tournament for this year will be held Monday, May 14th at Flatstick Pub in Kirkland from 4pm to 7pm. Sign-up through Steve. Club is covering the cost of pizza and 1st game. Beverages are no-host


Another successful weekend for Miracle league. Seattle University fraternity members were on hand to help with the event. More games planned for the coming weekends. Patty Sims will send out email with reminders on times and location


Scott Becker provided and update on the Duck Dash. Three new restaurants are participating with coupons, all prior restaurants have also donated. We now have $23,000 in sponsorship and will not be short. Ticket sales are expected to being June 1st

One of the downtown Rotary club members shared they are planning a Golf tournament for July 17t. President Steve will share more information via email

Past president’s dinner will be Steve’s house on Wednesday May 9th.

Thursday May 10th is the last single board meeting

Rick Walter collected Happy Dollars for the John Muir Librarian Tim Platt who is retiring at the end of the school year. Tim has been instrumental is supporting our Clubs Reading Buddy program. Over the last 15+years the program has donated over three thousand books to the school

Meeting Date: Monday, April 30, 2018
The meeting was called to order by Club president, Steve Shinstrom at 6:30 p.m.  The flag salute was led by Joanne Primavera.  Front desk: Rick Ostrander and John Pruitt.
Inspirational Moment: Ernie Norhead shared one of his infamous jokes, and all enjoyed it.
Introduction of Visitors:
Student of the Month: Teresa Trufault of Lake Washington High School
Other Visitors: Dillon Mancey (Teresa’s friend), Lacy Clay (Teresa’s mom), Dave Hofferbert (Teresa’s grandfather), Carol Merry (guest of the speaker), Andy Stark (guest of Megan N.), and Eric & Patty Shinstrom.
Club Announcements:
  1. President Steve announced he and Rick Walter attended District Conference this past weekend at the Tulalip Resort in Marysville. It was another successful conference and Rick mentioned that he was inspired by all that Rotary does. Next year’s conference will be held in Spokane.
  2. John Woodbery asked for members to consider pledging Duck Dash sponsorship money to keep the Duck Dash going.  Donating through the Kirkland Rotary Foundation allows for possible tax deduction.
  3. Ambareen Jaddi announced they had a successful day on Saturday painting the crosses for the cemetery (for Memorial Day).  They’ll need to do one more work party, so stay tuned for the email.
  4. Patti Smith announced another successful day with Miracle League on Saturday, but we REALLY need Rotarians to take time out from their schedule for the next few Saturday’s to be buddies with the kids.
  5. President Steve announced the newly designed golf tournament for this year will be held Monday, May 14th at Flatstick Pub in Kirkland from 4pm to 7pm.  Sign-up through Steve.  Club is covering the cost of pizza and 1st game.  Beverages are no-host.
  6. Joanne Primavera announced our Club project along the Cross Kirkland Corridor at the South Kirkland Park & Ride:  a bench donated by Rotary Club of Kirkland.
  7. Dan Bartel announced that Gary and Ingrid Bruner have officially relocated to Houston, TX. We hope to see them when they visit Washington.
Rotary Club of Kirkland
Monday, April 23, 2018 Meeting
President Steve Shinstrom called the meeting to order at 6:30 PM.  Jason Overleese led us in the Pledge. 
Kemper and Betty Freeman, Bellevue Club – Kemper has 52 years of perfect attendance!
Teresa Trefault – Student of the Month from Lake Washington High School
Several parents of our scholarship winners
Inspirational Moment
President Steve enlightened us with an inspirational moment around the 86,400 seconds we have every day.
  • Volunteers needed to make crosses for the Kirkland Cemetery. The date is Saturday, April 28 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM.  The location is 1129 8th Street just north of the Pacific Pride fueling station.  Bring work gloves.
  • Miracle League had a wonderful first weekend and volunteers are still needed for this coming Saturday.
  • The picture board that describes our Club is almost ready for District Conference this weekend.  A picture after the meeting of all the scholarship winners will be included on the board.
  • The May 14 Golf Tournament may turn into an evening at the Flat Stick Pub, so more details to follow.
  • The Bellevue Breakfast Club desperately needs volunteers for their Saturday Run for Autism fundraiser.  If you are interested, check the Bellevue Breakfast Club’s website for more details.
Tonight the Club honored the students from our local schools with scholarships.  Club members introduced the winners, praising them and their parents for the great achievements in their lives so far. Eight scholarships worth $1,000 each will be given to the student’s school of choice.
President Steve adjourned the meeting at 7:25 PM with his usual humorous comment.
Submitted by Mike Hunter, Scribe for the Week
Rotary Meeting Minutes April 2, 2018
The meeting was called to order at 6:32 PM by President Steve Shinstrom. 
David Mutal led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.
John Pruitt manned the front desk.
Visitors and Introductions:
Monica Fratita is here for her last visit as a ‘visitor’.  She will be inducted into the Club next week.  Mike Hunter introduced our latest Student of the Month, Teresa, a Senior at Lake Washington High School.  John Woodbery introduced his wife Dee, and announced that this month they will have been married for 56 years!  John also introduced several other guests, Patti Wright and her mother Sandra Roe, and Roger and Chris Meddys [sp?].  [Really need to improve my handwriting so I can read it!]
The District Conference at Tulalip is April 27-29.  A number of ‘Packages’ are available.  Do not forget that Miracle League starts April 21, 10AM, at Perigo Park in Redmond.  We are actually recruiting more disabled kids to participate.  Ambereen reminded us about assisting in cleaning and decorating veterans’ graves at Kirkland Cemetery.  Help is needed in placing flags on the Thursday before Memorial Day.  Dave Aubry spoke about two upcoming work parties at the site of the Club’s project on the Cross Kirkland Corridor. Volunteers led by CKC Steward Karen Story will be working 9-11AM April 9 and 23rd clearing non-native and invasive species from the area just south of the old station platform, near Kirkland Ave and Railroad Ave.  Wear work clothes, gloves and tools are provided.  James Nevers reminded us that in three weeks [April 23] we will have our Scholarships Awards Dinner.
Rick Walter spent some time extracting Happy Dollars from a number of Happy Rotarians.
Meeting notes April 9, 2018
President Steve convened the meeting late at 6:31pm; Ex Cox is urging him to get back on track…
Rick Walter led us in the Pledge, Rich Bergdahl confirmed he was indeed present, and John Pruitt did the front desk duties.
Visitors were Bret O’Rourke, Monica Fratita, Doug Sato of Seattle 4, Areli from Juanita High, Teresa from Lake Wash High, and Nan Bergdahl.
  • Steve’s 3rd to last Board Meeting is this Thursday.  He’s not counting though.
  • Next week’s meeting is at Café Veloce in Totem Lake for Tax Relief Day.  Check your email for details.
  • District Conference is April 27-29 at Tulalip Resort.  Pres Steve and Pres Elect Rick are going.  Check the District site for details or with Steve or Rick.
  • Patti Sims announced the first Miracle League Game is April 21.  We need you to show and help.  Blitz from the Hawks and the Mariner Moose will be there.
  • Dave Aubry thanked Mekonen G, Joe G, John P, Mike and Sharon H and Russ S for helping to clear the site for the Club’s new Legacy Project on the CKC.
  • Pres Steve and Harry W announce the annual Golf Tourney is on May 14 at Willow Run.  First flight at 1:00.  Check your email for details.
  • Scott B announced that we’re on track for Duck Dash sponsors, but another $7-8K is needed.  Check your email for helping track down past sponsors.

First off Special thanks to Mike Hunter for stepping in at the last minute to scribe.  We really need volunteers to take notes of the weekly meetings.


Rotary Club of Kirkland

Monday, March 26, 2018 Meeting

President Steve Shinstrom called the meeting to order at 6:30 PM.  Bob Webb led us in the Pledge. 


Alex Hopkins, our District Governor

Guadalupe Rosales – Student of the Month from Lake Washington High School, and her mother Guadalupe Acoltzi and Brittany, her sister

Wilma Bartel

Monica Fratita, visiting us again

Jadon Krewheder from Madison House

Mary Dawson from Madison House

Heather Jenks

Andy Runstadt

Rachel Brady, friend of our speaker

Bob Champoux, friend of our speaker

Inspirational Moment

President Steve enlightened us with a serious inspirational moment.

Salmon Bake at Honcoops
Aug 27, 2018
Great Food, Drinks & Fellowship!
Bunco @ Shinstroms
Oct 27, 2018 6:00 PM
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