Next Rotary Club of Kirkland Meeting
Monday, December 6, 2021
Fratita Baby Shower Fun for All
Shower co-organizer Kristin Olson displays a gift.
Photos: George Anderson
Shower co-organizer Joanne Primavera displays a gift.
John Pruitt reads a card and explains a shower gift.
New dad James Nevers describes a shower gift.
Monica Fratita and Sergio view the shower on Zoom from the hospital room.
Shortly after the shower and meeting concluded, Monica delivered a baby boy.
November 29, 2021 Spokesman
The Rotary Club of Kirkland held a meeting on November 29, 2021 at the Courtyard by Marriott hotel.

President Dave DeBois rang the bell at 6:22 p.m., calling the club meeting to order.

John Pruitt led the membership in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Attending were George Anderson, David Aubry, Scott Becker, Rich Bergdahl, Bella Chaffey, Gary Cohn, Terry Cole, David DeBois, Donald Dicks, Monica Fratita, Jim Meniketti, James Nevers, Ernie Norehad, Kristin Olson, Rick Ostrander, Joanne Primavera, John Pruitt, Bill Taylor, and Rick Walter. This meeting was actually a hybrid, as Rich Bergdahl, Rick Walter and our own Monica Fratita and partner Sergio joined us via Zoom for her baby shower.
Meet the December Student of the Month
The Rotary Club of Kirkland Student of the Month program continues in December with the club's third student of the month from Juanita High School. Emma Artz is the December 2021 Rotary Student of the Month and will meet the club members on Monday, December 6. Emma is an ardent, competitive mountain biker, and plans to share some of the experiences that led her to earn a fifth place a the most recent World Cup. Beginning in January, the club will host two students per month, and their families, until the spring.
Rotary Awards Morgan Scholarship
The Rotary board of directors approved a special award of a Charles O. Morgan Communications Scholarship to support a Lake Washington High School junior’s participation in the Washington Journalism and Media Conference at George Mason University this coming summer.
Drew Fialho was selected as a National Youth Correspondent because of his excellent academic record and sincere interest in journalism and the media. During his high school career, Drew has been the student head of the LWHS student broadcasting program, KANG News.
Rotary's Four-Way Test
Welcome Prospective Members
Welcome two new prospective members to the Rotary Club of Kirkland! Isabelle Kalisa and John Storbeck have formally applied for membership in the club.
Isabelle is the director of community partnerships with HERO House Northwest, has been a Kirkland resident for over a decade, and counts among her hobbies traveling and cooking. Isabelle is just beginning the application process with visits to club meetings starting in December.
Board Decides Ducks will Dash in '22
The Rotary Club of Kirkland Board of Directors decided at its December meeting that the Great Puget Sound Duck Dash would be the club's principal fund raising project in 2022. The club's current vice president, Gary Cohn, is expected to become the Head Duck with his transition to president-elect in 2022 if confirmed during the upcoming club officer election.
The board also decided to form a Future of the Duck Dash Committee of interested club members to decide whether to continue the fund raising project after 2022.
Club Meeting Calendar Revised
Due to the configuration of the upcoming winter holidays, the club's board of directors has revised the meeting schedule. There will NOT be club meetings on the following Mondays:
  • December 27, 2021
  • January 3, 2022
November Board Meeting Highlights
The club’s board of directors met on Thursday, December 2, using the Zoom platform. The board meeting was delayed from the original November date, and the meeting planned for later in December has been cancelled.
Highlights include a healthy discussion of the meeting location, and the quality of the food provided by the Courtyard by Marriott staff. The club president is providing the feedback to the catering lead, and will wait until the next several meetings are held before collecting further feedback. The board members discussed the progress in improving the club's accessibility to current and new members through moving to a hybrid meeting format using Zoom and in-person meetings. Based on the responses from members to the recent survey, moving to a different meeting day or reducing the number of meetings each month (other than holidays or special circumstances) were not popular options.
Dec 06, 2021 6:40 PM
New Rotarians present brief classification talks introducing themselves as club members
Dec 13, 2021 6:40 PM
New Rotarians present brief classification talks introducing themselves as club members
Dec 27, 2021
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Upcoming Events
Rotary Club of Kirkland Meeting
Courtyard by Marriott Hotel
Dec 06, 2021
6:15 PM – 7:15 PM
Rotary Club of Kirkland Meeting
Courtyard by Marriott Hotel
Dec 13, 2021
6:15 PM – 7:15 PM
Rotary Holiday Gift Wrapping Party
Kirkland Woman's Club
Dec 20, 2021
5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Rotary Club of Kirkland Meeting
Courtyard by Marriott Hotel
Jan 10, 2022
6:15 PM – 7:15 PM
Rotary Board of Directors Meeting
Zoom Virtual Meeting
Jan 20, 2022
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
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The club's dinner ticket price is increased to $325 due to the increased per meal cost at the Courtyard by Marriott. Previously sold Dinner Tickets will be honored.
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Jim Feek
December 23
Join Date
Jim Meniketti
December 10, 2018
3 years
President Dave DeBois has received considerable feedback on the new venue and the quality of the food provided by the catering staff.
The comments are being shared with the catering lead. The hotel has been very accommodating and is responding to the many suggestions as best it can within the price established for the club's meals.
Please give the staff a few Mondays to respond to the requests for menu adjustments.
Russell Hampton
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