Posted by Rick Walter on Oct 10, 2018
President Rick greeted everyone and brought the meeting to order.
Diana Lanspa led us in the pledge of allegiance.
We recognized two “kinda” visitors – Jim Meniketti and Dacia Tudor who both have submitted applications of membership. We are very excited to have these two as Rotarians.
President Rick gave us a Rotary Moment – about a Rotaract in Brazil who saw the power of Rotary when delivering warm clothes to the homeless.
Announcements - 
  • Warm Coats for kids – October 19th 10am to 12:30pm – John Muir Elementary – they need volunteers to assist – talk with Joanne or Brandon.
  • NW Harvest work party on November 10 – drive there or meet up in Kirkland – great fellowship – looking for 10 volunteers – usually a lunch afterwards – contact Dan for more info.
  • DeeDee is looking for volunteers to vet the student of the months – this is happening on October 17th – let her know if you are available.
  • Our Bunco party has been rescheduled for December 1st – hope everyone can make it.
  • The Rotary holiday party is going to be on the 10th of December and we are still looking at Venues!
  • The Rotary Kids event with Fed Meyer and Santa will be the 15th of December – See David Mutal for additional information.
  • This day in Rotary – Ketchikan, AK become the $2,000 club in Rotary.
Carol Hendricks who is the Director of the Snoqualmie Chapter for “Days for Girls” gave a wonderful presentation on the need all over the world for women to be empowered when it comes to their menstrual cycle. Carol focuses her energy on Swaziland where this tiny country holds a million inhabitants of which a quarter are orphans.  In the slums of this towns, women who are on their period are sent to tents or huts to wait out their active days – losing work – school time – and feeling segregated.  Days for Girls provides them with kits that have reusable pads and covers so that they have the ability to function and not worry about staining their clothes or feeling unclean.
In addition, Carol, along with her husband Arnie, have helped these girls/women become self sufficient by showing them how to create these kits right there in their own town. By doing this, they become empowered – have the inventory right there to sell – and increase their income (an average person in Swaziland earns $40 a month).
The group really enjoyed her presentation and asked many questions –
The meeting was adjourned after the President told a corny story!