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Rotary Club of Kirkland
Monday, May 13, 2019 Meeting
President Rick Walter called the meeting to order at 6:30 PM.  Dave DeBois led us in the Pledge. 
Margie Glenn
Scott & Neil Hayne, father & grandfather, respectively, of Nolan, who is an All Star on the Miracle League team.
Visitor Thanks
Patty Sims introduced Scott & Neil Hayne, who both thanked the Club for putting on Miracle League every year.  Nolan, Scott’s son, really enjoys Miracle League every year because it allows him to play baseball like his sister does.
Quiet Rotarian Presentation
President Rick presented Diana Lanspa with a “Quiet Rotarian” pin for always attending meetings and supporting our Club’s efforts in the community in a quiet way.  Congratulations, Diana!
Joe introduced Scott ____________, a member from the  Rotary Club in Bellevue.   Joe also introduced members Alice Volpe and Alan Hoviland, who had just returned from 3 months in Hawaii,  John Woodburry introduced guest Claudia Smith.  Our student of the month was introduced, Thayer Davis from Lake Washington High School.  Thayer runs track and field and LW is First Place in Kingco for track and field.   
James shared some Rotary International information to keep this organization in our minds. 
Amy Mutual told us the club will be playing golf on Monday, May 20 at Mt. Si Golf course.  This is a “best ball” tournament.   Prices are $50 for over 50 and $60 for the youngsters.   Let Amy know if you want to be part of a foursome; we need 20 more people to sign up.  Tee times start at 11:00 a.m. and dinner and prizes will be at 4:30 p.m.  You are invited to dinner even if you don’t play golf. 
Dee Dee Rusnak reminded us that Miracle League Baseball is taking place at Perrigo Park in Redmond on Saturdays.   Volunteers are needed and should be at the park at 10:00 a.m.  Joe spoke about his great experience volunteering at Miracle League.  
James reported that Duck Dash already has $20,000 in sponsorships, the most recent new sponsor is Delille Winery. 
President Rick Waters
  • Humor-- we love jokes
  • Rotary Guests: Margie visited again for the 3rd time. She is planning to join our group and Brian Tucker’s wife attended to support scholarship night
  • Rotary Foundation Moment:  Rotary supports polio vaccines. They provide Polio vaccinations “plus” which adds Hepatitis A and Tetanus.
  • Patty Sims:  Rotary supports baseball games for local special needs children each year. Last week  they had good weather, and a good turnout. They have another game Saturday.  If you want to help, you can just show up at the Perrigo park in Kirkland. 
  • James Nevers:  We need more  sponsors!  All sponsors get their name and  logo.
  • Steve Shinstrom:  Bunco event  was fun.   John Woodbery attended ,again, and mentioned that the only requirement for the game  was to “ check your brain at the door.”
Terri Ebert: Fun money: Bring your money to buy your tickets next week, so we can continue to raise money for scholarships.

Rotary Club of Kirkland
Monday, April 22, 2019 Meeting
President Rick Walter called the meeting to order at 6:30 PM.  George Anderson led us in the Pledge. 
Sage Boyd, Student of the Month from Lake Washington High School
Angela and Geoff Lakman, parents of Sage Boyd
Margie Glenn
Sherry Barr(?), friend of Russ & Tricia Stromberg
Paul Harris Presentation
Brandon Honcoop presented Don Dicks with his 8th Paul Harris Fellow, which means Don has given to Rotary International nine times.  Thanks, Don, for your generosity to all the work that Rotary International does around the world.  And it’s nice to have you back from Palm Desert!
  • Rick Walters announced that Harry Cummings, a long-time member of this Club, has passed away.  Harry was remembered for his kindness and skill as an architect.  He will be remembered at the District Conference along with other Rotarians that have passed away this past year.
  • Patty Sims reminded us that Miracle League will begin April 27, rain or shine, at Perrigo Park in Redmond. Volunteers are needed and they should be at the park at 10:00 AM.
  • Amy Mutal told us the Club will be playing golf on Monday, May 20th at Mt. Si Golf course.  Let Amy know if you want to be part of a foursome.  Tee times start at 11:00 AM and dinner & prizes will begin at 4:30 PM.  You’re invited to dinner even if you don’t play the game.
  • Four Rotary Clubs (including our Club) are planning a golf tournament in September so stay tuned for more details (maybe September 20th).
The meeting was brought to order by club president Rick Walter
Since Joanne Primavera already had her hand on her heart, she was asked to lead us in the pledge.
Greeter Dan Bartel and front desk jockeys John Pruitt and Rick Ostrander were all thanked for their hard work.
Our visitors were introduced, and the President shared some Rotary International information to keep this organization in our minds.
Ernie Norehad shared some inspirational moments with us – a cautionary tale of watching where you step when in a hospital.
Announcements and reminders –
  • James Nevers discussed the Duck Dash and when he mentioned that sponsorship was down, multiple Rotarians either indicated they would be a sponsor or increased their sponsorship level. What a great group.
  • Patty Sims reminded us of Miracle League and indicated that the first gathering is always the hardest to get volunteers to and encouraged the group to come be involved. The event that needs your volunteer help is Saturday the 27th – of course, you assistance is appreciated at all the games.
  • Bunco is coming up on the 27th – contact Steve Shinstrom if you have not signed up yet.
  • Terri Ebert let us know how well we did with the district 5030 blood drive!
  • There were more announcements about scholarship night and many other topics including Dave Aubry who is now running a dating service – more to come on this.
  • The Rotarian of the month was awarded to Amy Mutal for all she has done as club service chair – toping it off with a Sweetheart event. In addition, she assists in membership and is always willing to lend a hand.
Our speakers were from Sail Sand Point – Seth Muir and Bryan Rust who presented on what their organization does – provides summer camp scholarships for kids in need – rents out boats to the public and for company functions – has classes for all ages. Their mission is to bring the joy and life enhancing benefits of sailing and small boats to people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds.
Meeting was adjourned.
Rick Walter President and Scribe for an evening
Rotary Club of Kirkland
Monday, April 1, 2019 Meeting
President Rick Walter called the meeting to order at 6:30 PM.  Jim Meniketti led us in the Pledge.  After some mother and daughter Amish humor, guests were introduced.
Sage Boyd, Student of the Month from Lake Washington High School
Brian Granowitz, eLearning Developer at tableau
Long ago member Johnathan Tuttle surprised the group with an unannounced visit and gave a short 5 minute update on what he has been up to since departing the club.  Many a tear was shed with all the volunteerism he as done across the country with other Rotary clubs.  Miss you dearly Johnathan. 
Rotary Foundation Moment
President Rick informed us that in 1965 Rotary International began providing matching grants.
  • Patty Sims reminded us that Miracle League will begin April 27 at Perrigo Park in Redmond. Volunteers are needed and should be at the park at 10:00 AM.
  • Dave Aubry is excited that the railroad rails will be delivered Thursday morning at the Cross-Corridor site for our Legacy Railroad Project.  Dave has three volunteers to make sure the truck carrying the rails makes it safely onto the site.
  • James Nevers was successful in having a couple people volunteer to visit our sponsors and make sure they will again support a coupon on our Duck Dash Adoption Papers.
  • Elizabeth announced April 29th as our Scholarship Night.  Interviews are underway this week, so be sure and attend on the 29th to show support for our scholarship winners.
  • Remember the Blood Drive effort this Saturday, April 8th at St. John’s Church.  Plan to give blood or volunteer to help the effort starting at 10:00 AM.
Rotary Club of Kirkland
Monday, March 25, 2019 Meeting
President Rick Walter called the meeting to order at 6:30 PM.  Monica Fritita led us in the Pledge.  After some boating and Game Warden humor, guests were introduced.
Lily Laursen, Student of the Month from Lake Washington High School
Ross & Dana Laursen, parents of Lily Laursen
Erin Crouch, guest from the Port Townsend Rotary Club
Rotary Moment
President Rick informed us that in 1910, William Stewart Morrow moved to Ireland and was instrumental in starting Rotary Clubs there and in England.
Rotary Club of Kirkland
Monday, March 11, 2019 Meeting
President Rick Walter called the meeting to order at 6:30 PM.  Joanne Primavera led us in the Pledge.  After some farmer’s pond humor, guests were introduced.
Georgina Enciso, Student of the Month from Juanita High School
Lily Laursen, Student of the Month from Lake Washington High School
Jeffery Goodwin, Lynnwood Rotary
Mark Johnson, Lynnwood Rotary
Casey Anre’, Lynnwood Rotary
Rotary Moment
President Rick informed us that in 1922, the Rotary Clubs officially started Rotary International.
  • Amy Mutal invited all of us to join her at the Grand Opening of her new office at 520 Kirkland Way, Suite 201, this Wednesday evening (March 13) from 5:30 to 7:30 PM.  The Chamber will be there for the ribbon cutting and there will be lots of celebrating!
  • Amy also reminded us that next Monday is “Sweetheart Night.”  Invite your guests to attend for a fun evening.  Thirteen Rotarians have submitted pictures and we’ll even have a musician playing the harp as we enjoy dinner.
  • Amy also told us Bunco will be on April 27th at the Shinstrom’s home.
  • Dan Bartel updated us on the excellent turnout for the Rotary First Harvest work day last Saturday.  The Taylors, Hunters, Aubrys, Bartels (including niece Ellie), Ambareen Jaddi & her two children, Elizabeth Rusnak, Joanne Primavera, and John Woodbery helped pack 5,000 lbs. of pasta and oats for the food banks.
  • President Rick announced a Board meeting for this Wednesday, March 13.  Let Rick know if you’re coming.
  • Dave Aubry updated us on the CKC Rotary Central Station progress.  Everything looks good with funds being procured, trees being removed, and rails waiting to be placed at the site.

Student of the Month
Georgina Encisco told us about her life and how she has tutored students from other countries and helped them to learn English. She started a “Students Without Borders” club at Juanita High School which has also helped these students and others around the world.  Georgina plans to attend Western Washington University and obtain a degree in Education.  We wish you all the best Georgina!
Happy 50th Enumclaw!
President Rick had the whole Club stand as a group and be videoed while we yelled “Happy 50th Enumclaw!”  The Enumclaw Rotary Club has asked each Club in our District to do this.  Should be interesting to see what comes of all these 50th best wishes videos.
Scott Becker introduced Blaine Millet, a well published author, who spoke to us about “Word of Mouth to the 10th Power.”  Blaine explained how to build trust with your customers, so they become your marketing agents.  Better customer experiences with your company, keeping promises, along with helping them improve their businesses will build this trust. 
Thank you, Blaine, for an interesting look into how to build our businesses!
President Rick adjourned the meeting at 7:20 PM.
Submitted by Mike Hunter, Scribe for the Week
Rotary Club of Kirkland
Monday, March 4, 2019 Meeting
President Rick Walter called the meeting to order at 6:30 PM.  Jim Feek, our long-time member, led us in the Pledge.  After some Pirate humor and the correct way to say sentences, guests were introduced.
Georgina Enciso, Student of the Month from Juanita High School
Lily Laursen, Student of the Month from Lake Washington High School
Kay Taylor, Evergreen Hospital
Laurene Burton, Evergreen Hospital
Kae Peterson, Evergreen Hospital Foundation
Lucy DeYoung, Evergreen Hospital Foundation
Rotary Club of Kirkland
Monday, February 25, 2019 Meeting
President Rick Walter called the meeting to order at 6:30 PM.  Tricia Stromberg led us in the Pledge. 
Georgina Enciso, Student of the Month from Juanita High School
Karl Behnky, Seattle #4
Oscar Awards
President Rick awarded “Oscars” to Amy Mutal, Patti Smith, and David Mutal as winners of the “Who’s Going to Win an Oscar” contest.  Amy picked 17 of the winners, Patti and David tied at 16 but Patti guessed the correct Best Movie winner “Green Book” so took second place.
Rotarian of the Month
President Rick honored David Mutal as the December Rotarian of the Month for his work in organizing the Holiday Party for families.  David of course, thanked all the people who made the event go smoothly, from shopping at Fred Meyer, to breakfast, wrapping, and Santa Dan.  Thanks David, and thanks to all who made this event a success!
Paul Harris Honor
Dave Aubry awarded Brandon Honcoop a +4 Paul Harris pin for his continuing contributions to furthering the goals of Rotary International.  Thanks Brandon!
  • Joanne Primavera thanked John Woodbery, who has resigned from the Foundation Board to be our President next year.  Joanne and David Aubry are the remaining Foundation Board members. Our annual Auction for the Foundation is set for September 30th, which is a Monday evening, and it will be held at the same Church as last year.
  • Amy Mutal updated us on “Sweetheart Night,” which was cancelled earlier this month due to snow.  Now the big date is Monday, March 18th.  Everyone is welcome and if you have pictures or mementos relating to being a “Sweetheart,” pass them along to Amy.
  • Patty Sims told us Saturday, April 27th will be the first Miracle League game.  The games will last for six weeks on subsequent Saturdays, except for Memorial Day weekend.  Let Patty know if your company would like to team up and be “Buddies” for a game.  We need plenty of volunteers for the 25 or so children who want to play ball.
  • James Nevers is excited about our upcoming Duck Dash.  The date for the big race is set for Sunday, July 28th at 2:00 PM, as part of the Summerfest week-end at Marina Park.  We have a new Duck costume, and some small people are needed as volunteers to wear it to the July 4th Parade and other events.  Sponsors are always appreciated to fund the event, so think about donating this year!
  • Elizabeth Rusnak announced Scholarship night on either April 22 or 29.  Interviews at the various schools will be required prior to the special evening so plan to help interview students if you can.
  • Steve Shinstrom jumped up and told us that Bunco will be Saturday evening, April 20th at his home.  The theme is “IRS Night,” to help us recover from paying our taxes!
  • Mike Hunter explained that Saturday, March 9th is our next Rotary First Harvest workday (9:00 to 11:30 AM) at Northwest Harvest in Kent.  Meet at 8:00 AM at the Houghton Park & Ride if you want to carpool.  Let Dan Bartel know if you’re coming and enjoy lunch afterwards with our Club members.
Rotary Meeting Minutes January 28, 2019
The meeting was called to order at 6:30 PM by President Rick Walter. 
Elizabeth Rusnak led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Rick Ostrander manned the front desk.
Our Greeters were Scott Rethke and Monica Fratita
President Rick gave us a bit of humor with an “old people” joke.
Visitors and Introductions:
Elizabeth Rusnak introduced Nick Handfelt, a Senior at Juanita High, who is our Student of the Month, and his parents, Catherine and Mark.  Nick will give his ‘talk’ tonight.
Monica Fratita introduced Erin, a Visiting Rotarian from Port Townsend, who is apparently moving to Kenmore.

President Elect John called the meeting to order on behalf of President Rick who is traveling.


James Nevers, VP led us in the salute to the flag.


There being no guests or visiting Rotarians, we had a series of Ernie Norehad  stories orchestrated by Joanne Primavera's thumbs up or down signs.


Moving quickly along, the program tonight was an entertaining report of fellow members Bill Taylor and Mike Hunter doing a local version of a Rick Steves report on an Italy wine country tour obtained by Mike Hunter at a Woodinville auction which Mike and Sharon had  shared (no pun intended) the trip with Bill and Sandy Taylor.

While the town and region names were hard to follow, much less remember, the mental  image of a "Tom Tom" GPS device that never seemed to find the place directed to but gave "turn here" signals forcefully whether directionally successful or not.   Memories are made of this trip with words like a "Nest" where they rested in comfort and with beautiful scenery at a region that sounded like a pizza.  Wine shops with $2.00 per bottle wines were relished and how many sober nights there were, was soberly not mentioned.  A little down town market of everything to purchase in your imagination and somehow 200 vans entered the confusing picture.  In one of these charming places, Bill and Sandy did not sleep well because the local town men gathered under their window smoking and talking Italian until the wee wee hours.  From beautiful and majestic old walled cities, walls no longer needed for protection, the  Kirklanders  walk  among local folk was transformed by toll roads they finally figured how to use,  joined the locals at unimaginable speeds as  they moved on the Cinque Terre (fixed by editor).  There apparently they found a familiar restaurant that sounded like MacDonald's  and at another place they dined at Dino's which they enjoyed very much. From there it was on to Milan where they stayed in a hotel called a"Moxi" (either a type or a name, possibly from the Marriott system?) They found another "Moxi" in a place that sounded like  Nashville.  After arriving in Milan they turned in the rental car and used taxis like every body else. There was a beautiful and huge Cathedral they enjoyed.  Apparently you had to check your weapons with an attendant at the gate so Mike dutifully handed over his pocket knife.  Whether he got it back or not was not made clear in the account.  From Milan, they took high speed trains to Rome on which they had reserved seats but somehow an Italian lady of about age 85 had one of them but the ride was shared with her  without incident. From Rome they flew home, Mike and Sharon via London and back to Seattle.  Bill and Sharon took another route  and with coach class seats were uncomfortable enduring the long flight back home.  Pictures of the tour were passed out for the audience to enjoy the beauty of the places they visited.


President Elect  Woodbery handed each a fine bottle of Italian wine in appreciation for a great program


At the end of things, President Elect Woodbery displayed a poster of the Palouse plain created by a former speaker as photographer of nature Bruce Heinemann , using a line underneath it from a poem John and his sister had written together and  shared at his program that read: " A palette of brushless light, as used by the maker of all life, as in a dance as the imagination takes flight."  One of the posters was sent to John's sister in Texas and the other displayed at the meeting tonight.  In a thank you letter to Bruce, John wrote: "May your pursuit of the capture of art God created and provides us in nature; continue to bless those of us who can only appreciate beauty by observation"


The meeting concluded at about 7:30.


John Woodbery


Rotary Meeting Minutes January 7, 2019
The meeting was called to order at 6:30 PM by President Rick Walter. 
Jason Overleese led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.
John Pruitt manned the front desk.
Our Greeters were Patty Sims and Monica Fratita
Good crowd tonight in spite of the weather and the football game on TV.
President Rick gave us a bit of humor with a joke.
Visitors and Introductions:
Patty Sims introduced Cheryl Guenther of Jefferson House, a guest of Amy Mutal.   Elizabeth Rusnak introduced Nick Handfelt, a Senior at Juanita High, who is our Student of the Month.
Brandon Honcoop gave an International Foundation Minute which turned out to be an award presentation to your humble scribe who has unknowingly attained the status of Paul Harris Fellow Plus 2.
Jason Overleese inducted Kristin Olson, sponsored by John Woodbery, as our newest member.
Dan Bartell announced that our next Rotary First Harvest work party will be March 9.  Carpooling will be from the Houghton Park-and-Ride about 8AM.
Patti Smith asked if anyone had done any trash pick-up work on or segment of the Cross Kirkland Corridor in the last six months of 2018.  John Pruitt volunteered that he often walks there and does pick up debris.
Joe Getzendanner reported on his ‘Polar Bear Plunge’ which through great personal sacrifice, as in COLD, raised over $1800 for our Warm Coats program.
Dave Aubry reported on progress on our CKC Project.  The Kirkland Parks Foundation went life today in their effort to fund the cottonwoods removal and Native Plants portion of the project.  Dave will send out an email so everyone can see how it is progressing.
Scott Becker introduced our speaker, Dr Jane Stavem, the new Lake Washington Schools Superintendent.  She gave us a short biography – she is from Nebraska and has been a teacher and principal in public schools for many years.  She believes her personal strengths are a good fit for the District. 
She discussed plans for the future in several areas, centering on educating and graduating kids to prepare them for the future.  In 2018 the District set a record, graduating 93.6% of kids. That still means that a number of kids did not graduate and she would like to correct that omission. 
The District enrollment has grown by 26% in the past ten years; she discussed solutions to cope with this growth, both common and uncommon solutions.
The meeting was adjourned by President Rick at 7:37PM
Respectfully Submitted
Acting Scribe - David Aubry
Rotary Meeting- Dec 17, 2018
Meeting called to order 6:30pm
President: Rick Walters
David Mutal: The Pledge
Guest in attendance- None
Rotary Foundation
  • Dave Aubry and Brandon Hancoop “Special night for Rotary” presented Bob Webb with Paul Harris Fellow pin one plus 6.
  • We have a new duck! Joe G. will use old duck for Polar Bear Plunge on New Year’s Day 1pm at Marina park. Calling on all members to join. Money raised will help fund warm coats for kids. Please see email GoFundMe” link from Joe to contribute. Goal is to raise $1500.
  • Rick Walter announces DECA competition in January. Looking for judges. See Rick for more information.
  • Happy Dollars to raise $ for Woodmark staff for the Holidays. We raised just over $500.
  • Dr.Glen Curda from Overlake Medical Center. Current member and past President of Bellevue Rotary. Discussion on Common foot problems “the foot is a work of art” and debunking common myths.
Meeting close
  • Rick presents thank you gift to Dr Glen Curda.
  • No meetings for next three week. Next meeting January 7th.
Meeting Adjourned 7:40pm
Minutes by: Amy Mutal


Minutes for 12/10/18 Rotary meeting


James Nevers took over for Rick Walter and started the meeting promptly at 6:30


John and Rick did an excellent job manning the front desk


Joe led us in the Pledge

James did his own Scribing


James preformed an abbreviated induction for our newest member Jim Mennetti.


Reminder for this weekend’s 2018 Rotary Kinds Holiday Party – be sure to keep an eye out for email from Amy. If you know of anyone else who is able to attend they can use the help!


Big thanks to Amy for overseeing a great Rotary Holiday party at the Heathman hotel last week.


Joe reminded everyone that in an attempt to raise funds for Rotary Foundation he will be dressing up in the duck costume and jumping into the lake during the Polar Bear plunge. Keep an eye out for his email and the link to donate.


Tonight’s speaker was Bruce Heinemann who shared a beautiful presentation on his photography across the US and focused on Washington landscapes.



Thank you to our guests, David and Ivanka who are new to the area and looking to join a Rotary Club. Also Kristin Olson an Attorney with offices in Carillon Point was visiting as a guest of John Woodbury and Dave DeBois. She too is looking to get involved in Rotary



Meeting adjured at 715.

The meeting was started with a greeting from Kirkland Rotary President Rick Walter.

John Pruitt led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Greeters were Don Dicks and Scott Becker – Front Desk was John Pruitt and Rick Ostrander.

President Rick used the Rotary Moment to quiz the membership on who the first four Rotarians were who attended the very first meeting in Chicago – of course there was Paul Harris – nobody knew Gustave Loehr, Silvester Schiele or Hiram Shorey. However, the club did know the next four Rotary Chapters that opened after Chicago – San Francisco, Oakland, Seattle and Los Angeles.

Guests at our meeting were Chris Rusnak, former member and husband of DeeDee. We had Kristin Olson, an attorney in Kirkland who knows many of the Rotarians and is interested in joining. Joseph Castleberry, President of Northwest College came to the meeting as a special guest of our speaker.

Rotary International Foundation presentation by both Dave Aubry and Brandon Honcoop the co-chairs: Dave started out by informing the chapter about RI’s WASH imitative (Wash, Sanitation, Hygiene). This is an education campaign to teach the basic necessities for a healthy environment and productive life. Rotary Foundation has invested in more than 1,000 WASH projects in more than 100 countries. Brandon discussed Rotary Foundation Month and all of the good works of the Foundation and encouraged members to use their “Treasure” to help others around the world – and at home thru District Grants.

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