The Rotary Club of Kirkland held a meeting at The Woodmark Hotel on August 23, 2021. Rotarians attended in person; while online attendance was paused for the summer, it was resumed for this meeting and will be maintained for future meetings. This is necessary in response to The Woodmark’s decision to cancel catering service on Sundays, Mondays, and Tuesdays in response to the rise in Delta variant infections and the impact on The Woodmark staff.

President Dave DeBois rang the bell at 6:15 p.m., calling the club meeting to order.

Allan Hoviland led the membership in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Attending were George Anderson, Bob Auslander, Rich Bergdahl, Bella Chaffey, Gary Cohn, Terry Cole, Dave DeBois, Monica Fratita, Allan Hoviland, Mike Hunter, James Meniketti, James Nevers, Ernie Norehad, Rick Ostrander, Joanne Primavera, John Pruitt, Patti Smith, Bill Taylor, Alice Volpe, Rick Walter, and John Woodbery.


President Dave called on tables to introduce guests. Terry Cole introduced his wife, Michelle. Rich Bergdahl introduced his wife, Nanette. John Woodbery introduced his wife, Dee. Bella Chaffe introduced her husband, Nicholas. Mike Hunter introduced his wife, Sharon. Bill Taylor introduced his wife, Sandy. James Nevers introduced his wife, Jessica. Dave DeBois then introduced his wife, Christine.


President Dave facilitated an announcement of the cancellation of Bob Webb’s funeral. Then Dave explained to members that due to business volume and staffing concerns due to the pandemic, The Woodmark’s catering group will cease service on Sundays, Mondays, and Tuesdays. So, as much as The Woodmark would prefer to retain our meetings and to continue to service us, the club will not be meeting in-person at The Woodmark for the foreseeable future after this evening. Some discussion ensued regarding the potential for other venues and changing the club’s meeting night, but no decision could be made during this meeting.


Rick Walter kicked off the program segment as Master of Ceremonies for new baby-oriented trivia game, with tables forming teams. Quiz questions ranged from biggest baby to longest pregnancy to most pregnancies to average pregnancy to youngest Rotary district governor to youngest president of the United States. The table with 10 correct answers won and received prizes.
Next, Patti Smith began the ceremonial opening of the baby shower by asking Jennifer and James Nevers to open their presents. Gifts included a needlepoint quilt, baby brush and comb, many, many onesies, two bibs complete with troughs at the bottom, an itty-bitty down jacket, a Baby Healthcare 101 kit, super soft blanky, giraffe towel, piggy hooded bathrobe, alphabet blocks, a portable changing station, a Cat-in-the-Hat doll, and wonderful new baby books. Patti Smith reminded members to enter into the date/time/weight pool, and suggest a name for the new Nevers family member. The Nevers expressed their delight and thanks for the wonderful shower and club generosity.

Joker Pool:

There was not a Joker Pool this evening.


President Dave rang the bell at 7:22 p.m. to adjourn the meeting.

Respectfully Submitted

Gary Cohn – Acting Scribe