The Rotary Club of Kirkland held a meeting online on September 13, 2021.

Past President Steve Shinstrom rang the bell at 6:15 p.m., calling the club meeting to order.

Rich Bergstrom led the membership in the Pledge of Allegiance.

In attendance were George Anderson, David Aubry, Scott Becker, Rich Bergdahl, Bella Chaffey, Gary Cohn, Terry Cole, Monica Fratita, Margie Glenn, Brandon Honcoop, Michael Hunter, Jim Meniketti, Amy Mutal, Kristin Olson, Rick Ostrander, Joanne Primavera, John Pruitt, Steve Shinstrom, Patti Smith, and John Woodbery.

Guests:

Past President Steve asked that the guests introduce themselves. Shellie Gehring and Saundra Gregory introduced themselves to the membership. Shellie has attended several meetings and has applied to become a member. Saundra is with Sound Community Bank, is attending her first meeting, and has expressed interest in membership. Both have been involved in Rotary in the past. Christine Bell's introduction was offered by Gary Cohn during the program segment of the meeting.

Announcements:
Amy Mutal reminded Rotarians that the Duck Dash branding party is next Monday at 6 p.m. at Lee Johnson’s on 85th. There will be pizza again this year. Due to concerns about spreading the virus, high school students have not been invited to help out this year. Amy noted that if Rotarians have friends whom they know to be vaccinated, then they are welcome to bring a “safe guest” to the party. Any club members who are not vaccinated must wear masks at the event. In response to a guest question, Amy reviewed the purpose and general structure of the Duck Dash, and its contribution to club service projects.

Gary Cohn alerted members the there are five applicants in the membership process at the moment (Paul Reyes, Laura Loomis, Shellie Gehring, Matt Colpitts, Christine Bell), and club members should expect membership notice emails in the near future, hopefully after the board meeting this coming Thursday evening. In addition, two people have inquired about transferring to the club (Saundra Gregory, who is a guest this evening, and Chehara Green, who has succeeded Cheryl Guenther at Jefferson House), and the membership committee is working on those possible new members.
 
Steve Shinstrom announced that is it most likely that Bunco will be postponed until the spring due to concerns about the close proximity in which the game takes place.
 
Happy Dollars:

There were several happy Rotarians this evening, as evidenced by Happy Dollars.  Thank you to Dave Aubry (safe return from France), Rich Bergdahl (20 years in this Rotary club), George Anderson (61 years of marriage), Joanne Primavera (wine country celebration of Dr. Webb’s life), and Steve Shinstrom (travel to Alaska for fishing) Thank you all for your generosity.

Program:

Christine Bell, the new principal of Lake Washington High School, presented the program this evening. She introduced her brother and niece as well as her husband and two sons to the club in photos. Christine briefly described her background and provided an overview of the new school year at Lake Washington High School.

She shared photos of the new freshmen being greeted by the Link Crew, the mascot, various views of the high school entrance and new facilities, and discussed the approach the staff is taking this year as they integrate students back into in-person learning on campus. Christine took several questions, and explained the nature of the district’s approach to the possible Covid exposures and how the school’s Covid administrator approaches the task of managing this aspect of the school’s operation. She also responded to questions about recent events at another high school, and the status of the raptor nesting at the rear of the school.

Joker Pool:

There was not a Joker Pool this evening.

Adjournment:

Past President Steve called on several Rotarians for closing announcements, and adjourned the meeting at 7:10 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted

Gary Cohn – Acting Scribe