Posted by Scott Becker on Jul 14, 2017

Spokesman for meeting of July 10, 2017


President Steve called the meeting to order at 6:30 and Bob Webb led the pledge. Steve thanked Tricia Stromberg and DeeDee Rusnak for manning the front desk and yours truly for greeting and scribing.

Russ Stromberg introduced his guest Warren Saul(sp) whom he met while selling Ducks. Warren is a web designer. President Steve introduced FLOKR (First Lady of Kirkland Rotary), Patty.

Steve Acknowledged 4th of July Volunteers of note Rick, Patty and Amy for wearing the Mama Duck costume in 80% weather with David making sure Baby Duck’s head kept moving. Brian Tucker saved the day by making sure that Big Duck stayed inflated.

The Club Picnic is next Monday at the Waverly Beech Shelter. Please sign up if your coming to enjoy the evening and, or if you can help set up or take down.

Duck Dash Sales: Rick was the first to sign up. We are at QFC this Saturday and need sellers from 10-12 & 12-2. Fred Meyer is scheduled for the next weekend. Please put your money in the envelopes when Handing it in.

Pat Swenson told us that there are some great tours of Smith Tower, reminiscent of the past glory days of the former tallest building West of the Mississippi.

Rick lightened the weight of bills in our pockets by calling for Happy Dollars.

Patti Smith introduced our speaker, Police Chief Cherie Harris. Chief Harris has 24 years in law enforcement and is a graduate of the FBI Academy in Quantico, VA and Western Washington University. She was police captain under former Chief Eric Olsen and is a member of the Kirkland Downtown Rotary Club. A few areas of focus that are getting the chief’s attention are Community Policing, School Resource Officers and Community Resources. She is also focused on another area of need which is the new Animal Services program. The City will now handle pet licensing, sheltering and care for lost or unwanted animals with an emphasis on Cats, bunnies and dogs. She is also in the process of choosing and animal control officer to manage it all. She currently has 27 applicants. She has also just hired her 19th police officer since becoming police chief but needs to hire more. Chief Harris finished her program by fielding a number of questions which were adeptly answered.

Steve adjourned the meeting at 7:35 p.m.