Posted by John Pruitt on Feb 28, 2017
President-Elect Steve Shinstrom called the February 27, 2017 Kirkland Rotary meeting to order promptly at 6:30 p.m.   Rich Bergdahl was the greeter and also took care of the front desk duties.  James Nevers led the Pledge of Allegiance.  President-Elect Steve informed the club that President Scott was not feeling well but should be back to the podium in a week or so.
Visitors & Visiting Rotarians:  Visitors included Russ and Tricia Stromberg, guests of Joanne Primavera, and Isabella Forcino, our student of the month from Juanita High School.
Special Guest and Speaker was William [Bill] Kenower. 
Club Business and Announcements:
  • Amy Mutal announced the upcoming Rotary social event…Hockey Night with the Seattle Thunderbirds vs. Portland Winterhawks.  The location of the event is at ShoWare Center in Kent [625 W. James Street, Kent].  The date is March 18th @ 7:05p.m.  There will be an optional dinner at the Ram Restaurant before the game [at 5:00p.m.].  The restaurant is located at 512 Ramsay Way, Kent.  Contact Amy to register for the event or for more information.
  • President-Elect Steve announced that the Past-Presidents Brunch will be held on March 18th.  More details will be forthcoming.
  • Steve also announced that the planning retreat for the new Board will be held on Saturday, May 6th.
  • Save the date:  This year, Summerfest will be a Friday evening, Saturday & Sunday event, August 11-13.  The tentative plan is to have the Duck Dash on Sunday.  Please plan to be in town to sell tickets and to help with the Duck Dash.
    Program:  Jason Overleese introduced Bill Kenower, our speaker for the evening program.  Mr. Kenower is the author of Write Within Yourself: An Author’s Companion.  He is also a Featured Blogger for the Huffington Post Books section and is Editor-in-Chief of Author magazine, an online magazine for writers and dedicated readers.  He writes a popular daily blog for the magazine about the intersection of writing and our daily lives, and has interviewed hundreds of writers of every genre.
    Mr. Kenower shared his experiences and progression on becoming a writer.  He told of his journey into “Fearless Writing,” and how to develop a writer’s individual style and craft.  He also shared his experiences with his sons Sawyer and Max.  Mr. Kenower told of his approach working with his son Sawyer which was inspirational, informational and entertaining.    
    President-Elect Steve adjourned the meeting at 7:14 p.m.
    Scribe for a day, John Pruitt