The Rotary Club of Kirkland held a meeting on August 8, 2022 at the Courtyard by Marriott hotel.
 
President Amy Mutal rang the bell at 6:28 p.m., calling the club meeting to order.
 
Pete Anderson led the membership in the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
Attending were George Anderson, Pete Anderson, David Aubry, Bob Auslander, Rich Bergdahl, Gary Cohn*, David DeBois, Jocelyn Ellison*, Monica Fratita*, Rashmi Garimella, Mekonen Giorgis, Margie Glenn, Michael Hunter, Jim Meniketti, Amy Mutal, Rick Ostrander, Joanne Primavera, John Pruitt, Steve Shinstrom, and Rick Walter. *Attended via Zoom.
 
Guests:
There were no guests this evening.
 
Greeter:
 
Our greeters this evening were Margie Glenn and Jim Meniketti, who were at the front desk to greet members and collect dinner fees.
Announcements, Club Business:

The price of dinner going up to $40 per person, and meal tickets rise to $380.

President Amy announced that there will be a board meeting on Thursday, August 25, at the Prevail Wealth Management office, at 5:30 p.m.

The Salmon Bake will be August 20 at Bob Auslander’s house – watch for an email with details.  Bring a dessert, appetizer, or side dish.  Monica is looking into the cost of catering the whole thing, like at the holiday gift wrapping party.  Good food, reasonable price.  Members will be polled on their preferences.

Duck Dash went very well – most winners have been notified.  Jim Meniketti reported that the Club netted $39,000; that included an anonymous $15,000 donation.  We sold only 3,200+ tickets, so member interest is waning.  A group headed by Pete Anderson will investigate other fundraising options, as well as continuing to use the Duck Dash.

We are getting back to traditional service committees to carry out our activities and our social functions as we continue to pick up the threads of normal Rotary Club operations. Members will be asked tonight to sign up with one or more of the committees.

Happy Bucks:

There were no Happy Bucks this meeting.

Program:

This evening’s “program” was a club assembly.

Community Service – Joanne Primavera and Doug Evanson co-chairs.  We are looking at traditional activities and will poll members as to their preferred activities.
International Service – again co-chaired by Joanne Primavera and Doug Evanson.  We have supported a number of overseas projects in the past.  We have worked with overseas clubs and with other U.S. clubs to carry out the projects.

Vocational Services – Mike Hunter.  Vocational Services includes student-of-the-month and scholarships activities.  Mike is happy to have a co-chair.  Interviews with students are usually done on Wednesday afternoons, both in person and online.

Membership – Rick Walter.  We have two goals – to hold onto current members and to recruit new members.  We will have a booth at the upcoming car show.  Rick is trying various means to raise the Club’s profile in the community.

Rotary International Foundation – Rich Bergdahl had to leave early, so will speak to us at a later date.

Club Service – Monica Fratita and Amy Mutal are co-chairs.  This committee needs people to help organize social events, including events with the Kirkland morning club.

New member, but long-time Rotarian, Jocelyn Ellison gave Joanne Primavera a box of chocolates to share with everyone present, in honor of Ms. Ellison’s 25th anniversary as a Rotary member.  This anniversary occurred in July.

Adjournment:

President Amy rang the bell at 7:25 p.m. to adjourn the meeting.

Respectfully Submitted

Dave Aubry, Acting Scribe