Posted by Joe Getzendanner on Aug 19, 2019
Rotary Club of Kirkland, meeting date: Monday August 19, 2019
Scribe: Joe Getzendanner
The front desk and greeting duty staffed by John Pruitt and Margie Glenn – thank you.  The formal meeting was called to order by President John Woodbery at 6:35 pm after an earsplitting microphone glitch.  Once cleared up, the flag salute was led by the scribe. 
Special guests included: member Gary Cohn’s mother, Roseanne and President John Woodbery’s friend Chris Rorer, alumni of the Air Force Academy and former member of Bellevue Rotary.
Members Rick Walter and Ernie Norehad each offered up spirited jokes to the club.  Details are fuzzy, one joke came from Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee while the other involved old golfers pretending to be older – punch lines required attendance 😉
The club Salmon Bake is on August 26th at Brandon Honcoop’s home…call to service was made for designated drivers (OPEN BAR – thanks Rick Walter) and for volunteers to help clean up post bake.  Let’s not leave this on our hosts.
Rotary Foundation Auction is September 30th at St John’s Church (downtown Kirkland)…more details coming but please mark your calendars and prepare fun “item” to donate to the auction.  4 Seahawk sideline tickets potentially being offered up by loud member at front table.  Dessert Dash will be back at this year’s auction, please leave all vegan pies at home (kidding).
The club unanimously approved the appointment of Margie Glenn as Club Secretary – thank you Margie.
Member Gary Cohn received a Paul Harris Fellow recognition for his long-standing service with the Everett Club.  Gary expressed his desire to continue giving back within the Kirkland club and specifically to apply his energy within the vocational committee.
Our guest speaker was Eitan Teiger, representing Stand With Us, an organization promoting Israeli interests abroad for the past 19 years.  Eitan has spent 10 months in the US presenting to different groups including many high schools.  While the Palestinian/Israeli conflict is clearly complex and full of violent instances, Eitan brought to our attention that Israel is comprised of many different religions and that Stand With Us views education as the best path to peace.  President John Woodbery thanked Eitan for his talk with 600 lbs of donated food to Rotary First Harvest and an authentic Duck Dash duck.
Upcoming schedule: no meeting September 2nd (for Labor Day), normal meeting time/place September 9th and then club picnic September 16th at Everest Picnic Pavilion.
Meeting adjourned by President John Woodbery at 7:40 pm.