Service Above Self
We meet Mondays at 6:15 PM
1200 Carillon Point
Kirkland, WA 98033
Posted by Elizabeth Rusnak on Dec 02, 2013
Meeting Date:Monday, December 2, 2013
Special Monday NightFootball Meeting
Rotarians started arriving at the Woodmark Hotel around 5:30to get a good seat and prepare their plate before kickoff for the big gamebetween the New Orleans Saints and the Seattle Seahawks. Focus was on the gameas the Seahawks started their domination early, first with a field goal andthen a touchdown. And the points kept rolling in (as the Saints were marchingout of town).
At half time, President Scott Rethke officially called themeeting to order. While there was no official flag salute, the National Anthemwas sung before kickoff at Century Link Field. And the inspirational moment wason the hearts of all attending (GO HAWKS). Greeter was the Scribe and theScribe was the Greeter (that was Elizabeth Rusnak). Did she ever have an easynight!
There were lots of visiting Rotarians from the Kirklandmorning club. The Kirkland morning club now meets at the Heathman (same time:Tuesday at 7:15 am). No official introductions for other visitors were made.
Posted by Bob Webb on Nov 18, 2013
Scribe for Spokesman from November 18, 2013
President Scott called the meeting to order at 6:35 PM.
VISITING ROTARIANS AND GUESTS Harry Wagner, guest of Terry Cole, joined us for a second visit and has interest in joining us.
· Scott Becker reminded us that this year’s Christmas Party will happen on December 9 and be a Holiday Cruise with Argosy Cruises leaving from Seattle Pier 57(?) from 6 – 8:30 PM. Transportation is being arranged for those who want it and valet parking will be available. Cruise costs will be $79 per person. Payment is needed before the gathering so time is getting short.
· Our meeting on Monday 12/2 will be a “Watch the Seahawks” party at the “living room” just outside our usual meeting rooms at the Woodmark starting about 5:30. Don’t miss it.
· Pres. Scott reminded that our Veterans Day happy dollars raised money for wreaths decorating veterans’ graves at Sunset Hills Cemetery in Bellevue. To participate be at the Cemetery at 10 AM on Saturday 12/14.
· Dave Dubois announced people are needed to decorate downtown Kirkland this Saturday morning. Workers are asked to bring ladders if they have them. The group will meet at 8 AM at Merrill Gardens parking area.
· Anne Hamilton, our Foundation Chair, reminded us this is Foundation Month. All donations will be matched for points. So far we have only 14 percent of our members participating. Please donate so we attain our goal of 100% .
Angela Marks as our latest new member this evening. Angela is a residential real estate ANGELA MARKS, NEW MEMBER - Membership Chair Elizabeth Rusnak lead us in welcoming agent with Windermere Realty. She was sponsored by Bill Woods and Patty Sims will be her mentor.
PROGRAM Terry Pottmeyer, President and CEO of Friends of Youth told us about this very important nonprofit organization for the entire Eastside. This large organization cares for troubled young people from 11 to 24 years of age. Over 5000 individuals received help in 2012 and those numbers have been increasing over 10% annually for the last several years. The organization started 61 years ago.
Services include residential treatment for young people who have no home and comprehensive help with counseling, living programs, transitional housing, and family counseling.
A major capital fund raising and development of a long term strategy for this huge program. The capital fund raising goal is $7.5 Million. Some of this has been raised and allowed development of a Kirkland Campus near Totem Lake and so far there are four homes for residential housing for a total of 40 young people.
Terry gave a very comprehensive presentation of this major effort and outlined many options for volunteer support. There were many questions and a comprehensive hand out was given with many more details than can be presented here.
President Scott thanked our guest and speaker. The meeting was adjourned about 7:45.
Respectfully submitted Bob Webb Scribe for the day.
Posted by Jason Overleese on Nov 11, 2013
The November 11, 1013 Rotary Club of Kirkland meeting was called to order at 6:30 by President Scott Rethke. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Bob Webb. Ernie led us in an “inspirational” moment.
Pat inrtoduced the student of the month, Haleigh Manao – part of the Cambridge program at Juanita High School.
1. 12/8 – Holiday Party – Royal Argosy in Seattle. Boarding is at 5:30pm, and will end at 8:30pm. Cost is $79 per person. Two options for transport…Eric Olsen can provide a bus or van for
approximately 6-7 couples OR a coach bus for $30/couple. Both will use the city hall as a park and ride spot. The second option is to use Elliots valet services for carpools.
2. Toys for Tots – “thumbs up” vote.
3. DEC. 2nd – Seahawks party – bring your spouse and new membership
4. Steve Shinstrom – “Partners for Work” vote for Deborah Moore initiative. We would have one special needs person for a greeter and support role for our club.
Posted by Mike Hunter on Nov 04, 2013
Rotary Club of Kirkland
Monday, November 4, 2013 Meeting
President Scott Rethke called the meeting to order at 6:30 PM. James Nevers led us in the Pledge. Gary Bruner inspired us with a story about restoring Puffins to an island off Massachusetts.
Guests included Angela Marks, introduced by Bill Woods; visiting Rotarian Doug Seto from Seattle #4; and Student of the Month from Juanita High School, Haleigh Mana’o.
Scott Becker informed us the Argosy Christmas Ship Cruise/Dinner will be December 8th, leaving from the Seattle waterfront. Scott asked for a show of hands of those who would be interested in riding a bus from City Hall to the Argosy and lots of people raised their hands. The cost would be approximately $30 each for the bus, so with the cruise/dinner cost of $65 per person, the total is about $95 each. The evening bus ride and cruise will be from 5:30 to 8:00 PM. Scott will have more details later, and we can pay in advance at the front desk.
Rick Walters asked members to turn in any unsold Duck Dash tickets to him.
Barb Seaton announced the Kirkland Rotary Foundation Auction will be on March 22 so mark your calendars. Gary and Ingrid Bruner have graciously offered to cook their great spaghetti dinner for the event. Let Barb know if you have any auction items. We’re sure the Dessert Auction will be a big hit again!
John Pruitt asked us to donate to the Rotary Foundation, especially since this is Rotary Foundation Month. Donations can be made at the front desk. Fifteen percent of our Club have already donated and the Board has agreed to match any donations during November.
DV Hurst will be in the Talent Show at Merrill Gardens on Thursday, November 14th from 6:30 to 8:00 PM. The cost is $10 for dinner and the talent will begin after dinner.
Posted by Tim Kehrli on Oct 21, 2013
The October 21, 2103 Kirkland Rotary Club meeting opened at 6:15pm by President Scott Rethke. Pledge led by Angela Marks. The early start for the meeting was due to the main agenda item – Kirkland City Council Candidates Forum.
Visitors for the night included: Angela Marks Windermere Realty; Doug Davis – President Kirkland Chamber of Commerce; Sants and Sue Contreras – Former City Council Member; Gigi Getz – Former Kirkland Rotary Member and President; Mahaila Murphy Martin – wife of Martin Morgan; Kathy Feek – wife of Jim Feek.
Steve Shinstrom reported that the Bunco was a wonderful event with 37 attendees and far too many empty wine & beer bottles at the end of the evening. Apparently it has already been decided that "Anythign Plaid" is the new black and theme for next year’s event.
Pat Dye offered her thanks for the several volunteers who helped out at operation Warm at John Muir Elementary on Friday, October 18th. The event distributed new winter coats to numerous families in the area.
Patty Smith announced the first annual Kirkland Corridor Walk will take place at 1pm on Sunday October 27th. The walk begin at the South Kirkland Park and Ride. Event parking is available at the South Kirkland Park and Ride, 10610 NE 38th Place, and a free shuttle will run until 4 p.m. between the end and start locations. Participants are encouraged to complete the entire 5.75 mile corridor and will be eligible to receive an original rail spike.
Posted by John Woodbery on Oct 14, 2013
The Kirkland Rotary meeting on October 14, 2013 commenced with Scott Rethke presiding. Pat Dye led the Club in the Pledge of Allegiance
Introduction of Guests: Kija Stearn our Student of the Month was here. Kija is active in the Cambridge Program at her school. Karl Behke from Seattle 4 was here also a member of the Board of the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. Rick Walter's wife Stefanie was a guest. Tony and Cecile Duss, parents of Tina Duss a former Rotary Exchange student were present as guests and announced that Tina is married and will soon have twins. Scott Becker that perennial bringer of potential new members, introduced Craig Beatty, a local mortgage broker.
- Pat Swenson made a Reading Buddies and Math Buddies reminder for the first week of November. More volunteers needed.
- Anne Hamilton reported that a crew from the Club made Rotary First harvest a success on October 12th and the need for sign ups for a table at Lake Horizons (sounded like, anyway) on October 22nd and scribes and greeters needed as well.
- Steve Shinstrom reminded everyone that this Saturday 10/19 is Bunko Night.
- Bill Taylor wanted donations to Rotary International Foundation that will help remove the last vestiges of polio in the world. A few countries like the Horn of Africa, Nigeria and Pakistan are still reporting cases of polio. Matching points are available from the first dollar contributed so don't wait.
- Pat Dye needs two more members to volunteer for the warm coats program this Friday, 10/18.
- Joker Pool will start anew because Alice Volpe found the lucky joker card last week.
Posted by John Pruitt on Oct 07, 2013
President Scott Rethke called the October 7, 2103 Kirkland Rotary meeting to order at 6:28pm and graciously thanked the scribe, John Pruitt and the greeter, Ernie Norehad for their service.
Rich Bergdahl lead the Pledge of Allegiance and Ernie Norehad gave a fine inspirational minute that wasn’t about a happy dwarf.
Guests included visiting Rotarians Christine Rose, BBRC and Jennifer Jarman, BRC. Kaij Stern, our student of the month from Juanita High, was introduced by Elizabeth Rusnak. Other special guests included Stephanie Walker [guest of our illustrious Treasurer, Rick Walter]; Shannon Botch [guest of Shellie Gehring]; and Angela Marks [guest of Bill Woods].
Posted by Bill Taylor on Sep 30, 2013
The Rotary Club of Kirkland September 30, 2013 meeting was brought to order at 6:30 PM by President Scott. The Pledge was led by Mike Hunter.
David Schooler, Rotary First Harvest, was introduced by Dan Bartell. Rotary Fist Harvest is the middle man between farmers & the food banks. Rotary First Harvest has distributed 150 million pounds of food to the Washington Food Banks in the last 30 years. A $50 gift card will provide 1,500 lbs of food or for every $ contributed equals 30 lbs of food distributed. There is a Rotary First Harvest work party scheduled for Oct 12th.
Tim Arnold, Redmond Rotary, was introduced by Bill Taylor. Tim asked us to support PolioPlus and Polio Eradication.
Ben Premack, guest of Rick Walters, was introduced by Rick. Ben has just passed his bar exam and is looking to be involved in the community.
Posted by Mike Hunter on Sep 23, 2013
Rotary Club of Kirkland
Monday, September 23, 2013 Meeting
President Scott Rethke called the meeting to order at 6:30 PM. Mike Hunter led us in the Pledge.
Guests included Kevin & Lexie Gasseling; Gary Wagner, a neighbor of Terry Cole’s; and Bill Branvold, a principle trombone player with the Lake Washington Symphony Orchestra.
Bill informed us that the orchestra is now using a new model to re-form itself with the main support being from the musicians themselves. The orchestra will have a fundraising event this Sunday afternoon, September 29, from 3 to 6 PM at the Temple B’nai Torah at 15727 NE 4th in Bellevue. There will be live chamber music and a chance to talk with some of the musicians about the new orchestra.
Dan Bartel announced a First Harvest work day on Saturday, October 12th. Meet at 8:00 AM at the Houghton Park & Ride for a fun day packing various food items down at the warehouse in Kent.
Bill Woods said the great wine he had at the week-end tasting event has ruined him for the $10 stuff he usually buys, so Brandon Honcoop should be fined for serving such a fine wine. Jim Going heard an interview by Makaylaa Powers on NPR and complimented her accomplishments with her management of the Visiting Angels.
Posted by Steve Shinstrom on Sep 16, 2013
President Scott Rethke started the September 16, 2013 Rotary Club of Kirkland meeting promplty at 6:30PM. Our gest from Bellevue Rosanne ??? let us in the pledge. Steve Shinstrom did a humorous little bit on the "Y" generation. Y today's kids should leave home, Y should they get a job etc.
Guest present were a plenty. Bill Woods introduced his good frient Joanne Wright, and two other ladies looking at our club, Angela Marks and Jolene (last name??). Also present were Jessica Nevers, wife of soon to be inducted James Nevers. Grant and Daniel from Up with People were here to promote their program on September 29th.
- Rick Ostrander still has items left over from the salmon bake. If you are left any items behind please contact Rick.
- Ann Hamilton, Bill Taylor, Joanne Primavera and Scott Becker went to a recent Rotary District Conference and indicated a lot of good information was given at their break out sessions.
- Pat Dye announced Warm Coat distribution will occur on Friday October 18th between 9:00 and approx 12:30 at John Muir Elementary
- Jerry Campo thanked all those involved with making the salmon bake such a great success despite the rain. Specifically the Ostranders for hosting and Bill T & Chuck B for cooking the salmon to perfection!!!.
- Steve Shinstrom announced there is only one event that happens after the salmon bake??? … Yes in deed it is Bunco time. This year will be “Country Club”… It will be at the Shinstroms October 19th starting around 6:00pm. For those Husky fans if the ASU game is televised and a night game it will be on throughout the house. If the Cougs are on I am not sure if our TV’s will function properly J…
Posted by Steve Shinstrom on Aug 28, 2013
Very short brief for the August 26, 2013 Kirkland Rotary meeting. It was the annual Rotary Salmon Bake. This year hosted by Rick & Peggy Ostrander. A bid thanks to them for hosting and Jerry Campo for organizing and all the other volunteers that made this evening happen. The event was well attended and we were all glad to see chef Chuck Brockway back at the grill with his trusty side kick Bill Taylor. The Chinook filets were enormous but in the end were delicious and none was left. Although Mother Nature didn't cooperate we all rallied, moving the dinner tables into the Ostrander carport and had a wonderful evening.
The next two club events will be Sept. 9th at Bear Creek for the annual golf tournament. Contact Eric Olsen if you have an interest in playing.
The other event for fun and fellowship will be Oct 19th at the Shinstroms. This can only mean one thing!!! BUNCO/BUNKO. Theme is still up in the air and more info to follow. Plan on 6ish at their house.
Scribe after the fact. Steve :-)
Posted by Joanne Primavera on Aug 19, 2013
The Kirkland Rotary Club meeting of August 19, 2013 began at 6:30 p.m. and was led by President, Scott Rethke.
Patti Smith led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Inspiration was given by Scott Becker.
Ezra Teshome, District Governor
District Governor-Elect John Enger from West Seattle.
Son Michael Phan, our new Assistant District Governor
Dale Hicklin, District 5030 Conference Chair (more about that later)
Yobi Teshome, Wife of District Governor Ezra Teshome
James Nevers for the umpteenth time
The Rob Butcher, Chair, Summerfest
Phil Miller, guest of Scott Becker (who brings more prospective new members than anyone else)
Posted by Steve Shinstrom on Aug 12, 2013
The Rotary Club of Kirkland wants to thank all those that contributed to our cause and to once again make this race one to remember.
Here are your 2013 Duck Dash Winners:
1. Elaine Aronoff - $1000
2. Alan Barer - $1000
3. Sheilagh Conklin - $1000
4. Kenny Jakel - $1000
5. Jack Borland - $1000
6. Coleen White - 10 Personal Training Sessions from Totally Sound Fitness
7. Brian Laliberte - 1 Night at the Woodmark Hotel & Dinner for 2 at Bin on the Lake
8. Karen Green - 2 hr photo session for owner and pet from Rusnak Photography
9. Benjamin Woodhouse - Ace Frame Gift Certificate
10. Dan White - 1 Night at the Heathman Hotel
11. Jessica Busey - Childrens Bike from Dr. Kilburn @ Kirkland Pediatrics
12. Susan Stearns - Salmon Feed for 10 from Tim's Seafood
13. Jenifer Busey - Monthly Wine Tasting for 2 for a year from Grape Choice
14. Michael Pruitt - Fena Flowers Gift Certificate
15. Robin Sloane - Ristorante Paradisio Gift Certificate
Posted by Tim Kehrli on Jul 29, 2013
President Scott Rethke called the July 29, 2013 Kirkland Rotary Club meeting to order at approximately 6:30pm. Pledge was led by Scott Becker and scribe was Tim Kehrli. Following the usual pleasantries and pledge we were introduced to our guests for the evening. The first was Laurie Marku, the Rotary District Vocational Chair. Laurie was there to check on the status of how each club is using their chair for vocational service and offer her assistance as needed. Unfortunately Eric Olsen, our Vocational Chair, was not in attendance so Laurie just enjoyed a great meeting and dinner. Also visiting the meeting was Gary Redfern’s wife Elizabeth.
The inspirational minute (well actually several minutes) was provided byJim Feek who told a lovely story involving those who are 70 and older. It was something about “Why Worry”, but I took my nap during the punch line and missed it. If more information is necessary please talk to the 70 and older club members as I am sure they got the joke.
Posted by Joanne Primavera on Jul 22, 2013
The Kirkland Rotary Club meeting of July 22, 2013 began at 6:30 p.m. and was led by President, Scott Rethke.
Pledge: Speaker, Mark Margolies
Inspiration: Terry Cole
Alice Volpe introduced Margaret Kagawa, member of the Rotary club Alice attended on Kauai.
Dan Bartel introduced Carol McCarty, who is the Manager of the West Division Supply Chain for McDonalds.
James McNevers had skipped a few meetings while he got married, went on a honeymoon in Tahiti, and was on a two week training. His application to join the club is in progress.
Jason Overleese introduced Theron Manson, a dentist in the Juanita area.
Posted by Patti Smith
The Flag salute was led by Harry Cummings
Bill Taylor was the scribe and Cynthia Fitzgerald was the greeter
There were many guests and Rotarians, especially Past Presidents, in attendance. Guests & Past Presidents: Gail Auslander, Wilma Bartell, Molly Becker, Annie Becker, Nanette Bergdahl, Judy Boruck, Vicky Nollette, Ingrid Bruner, Joyce Cummings, Christine DeBois, Sandy Ekins (Past Pres), Kathy Feek, David ??, Becca Honcoop, Richard Jamison (Past Pres), Cindy Johnson, Elizabeth Redfern, Carol Norman, Trudy Olsen, Teddy Overleese, Janet Pruitt, Patty Shinstrom, Sue Sturgell, Sandy Taylor, Dee Woodbery, Joanne Wright… It was good to see Bob, Harry, Richard, Dwight, Ken, Sandy…
President Patti started the festivities by thanking the club for the opportunity to serve as President 2012-2013. Patti was rewarded with a good, fun board of directors and dedicated members of the club. It was an honor to celebrate the club’s 75th anniversary last August. We adopted two sections of the Cross Kirkland Corridor and look forward to more club excursions to keep the trail litter free. The club took advantage of the Seattle Foundations’ Give Big day. We were able to donate to four Kirkland nonprofits and the match increased our contributions by 9%. We set up a Legacy account for a future to-be-determined project with a commitment from the next two Presidents to continue to fund a project. Ultimately, the club members will be called on to make the decision as to the project. Patti then recognized those who invested extra time in our club by serving on the board or chairing a committee. We will be donating a book in the name of each person being recognized tonight.
Brandon Honcoop is leaving the board and joins a long list of past presidents. Brandon will stay involved and use his knowledge and experience to help the continued success of our club.
John Pruitt, Vice President. He is strategic and tactical and organized...these are all great qualities for being a successful Head Duck and future President.
Patty Sims, Secretary. Patty has been a quick study in learning all the facets of reporting to RI and reconciling their records. Her board minutes are timely and accurate. She has been the song leader on Birthday Night as well as the go to person for Miracle League. She is the equipment manager, communications manager, special events manager and snack procurer. It’s true, if you want something done ask a busy person to do it.
Eric Olsen, Vocational Director. He knows how to delegate and quickly selected committee chairs. They in turn set up the Student of the Month interviews and hosted very interesting students at our meetings. Eric’s leadership of the Scholarship committee presented us with outstanding recipients and a well run, memorable scholarship awards dinner.
Alice Volpe our International Director researched and recommended some good projects in 3 different countries. We were able to provide 2 huts for children in Gulu, Uganda who were displaced by the war. We helped the fight against malaria through the simple purchase of mosquito nets for folks in Zambia. We helped purchase an X-ray machine for a children’s orthopedic hospital in Nepal. While she set these projects up before her extended stay in Hawaii, she was quite active in following up and trouble shooting the international grants
Jerry Campo, Club Service Director. Jerry is an example of a past president stepping up once again and taking on this important job for a second year. We have enjoyed the picnic, golf tournament, salmon bake, bunko night and the Christmas party.
Dave DeBois, Community Service Director for a second year. He helped research possible new projects and found a few on his own like Sophie’s Way, Rbotics Club and reacquainted us with Eastside Baby Corner. This is our busiest committee with the most projects.
Chris Morgan, Program Chair. Chris did a fantastic job as Program Chair, as he brought us a multitude of very interesting programs covering a wide variety of topics.
Don Dicks has been International Foundation Chair for 3 years and has done a fine job. He is retiring as chair this year so let’s show our appreciation for a job well done.
Barb Seaton has been Public Relations chair for many years. Even though Barb’s job in Seattle prevents her from attending some meetings she has continued to make sure the community hears about our activities. She also takes advantage of make-ups by participating in Miracle League.
Steve Shinstrom-has been our website and communications guy for a long time. He has supported each President by soliciting for scribes and greeters. While a lot of what he does goes unseen, he has also organized the 4th of July parade and hosted Bunko night for many years. Steve often minimizes his contributions but his narrow escape from a medical disaster this year reminds us to not take him or any of our Rotarian friends for granted.
Bill Taylor- is another past president who stepped up to chair Rotary Cares. He rejuvenated the committee, and set up a phone tree to contact members we haven’t seen in a while and to send cards to those who are sick. Thankfully he helped organize tonight’s Transition Dinner.
Pat Swenson-our enthusiastic chair of Reading & Math Buddies. It goes without saying she is loved and appreciated at John Muir and by Rotary. Pat secured a nice book discount at Barnes & Noble and arranged for and organized a gift wrapping event that brought in new revenue.
Mike Hunter- was our go to guy for Student of the Month. Mike is a friend to all and a gentlemen that I know the Students were at ease at our meetings and learned a great deal about Rotary from him.
Elizabeth Rusnak, Chris Rusnak and Neil Johnson did not hesitate to step up to fill the gap in Miracle League when Chuck Brockway became ill. Elizabeth and Chris have built a special relationship with almost every child. Chris’ photographic talents are more than awesome. We appreciate his and Dee Dee’s dedication.
Neil Johnson-has taken on his responsibilities in recruiting Miracle League volunteers as if he was some big executive at Kirkland’s largest employer! I suggest we give him another job to do and it will be done well.
Chuck Brockway-it took three members to take over the work you have done with Miracle League. I want to make sure you know how much you are missed not only as a very funny Rotarian but a dedicated member as well. Your work with Miracle League is so important. The way you work with the kids and how much you help them enjoy playing baseball is commendable.
Pat Dye- who was president not long ago, once again organized the successful Warm Coat project for John Muir students. Staff at John Muir is so grateful for our contributions to their students.
Dan Bartel-did a nice job scheduling First Harvest outings and in running the family picnic. These events build the camaraderie past president Dan knows is so important.
By now Rick Walter probably thinks he has been left out of the order. Not so. I like to give special recognition to Rick. When a person joins a Rotary Club and has the CPA designation behind his name he is a big target for the job of Treasurer. I think Rick knew that and didn’t hesitate one second when asked to serve. Not only has he done a fine job managing the money, doing reports, making deposits, paying bills and so on, after collecting for dinner at the front desk every Monday night, he downs his dinner and then takes on the role of Chancellor. He has helped make our year a lot of fun...we’ve all enjoyed a good many old fashioned belly laugh’s during Happy Dollars. He has taken a great deal of responsibility as a relatively new member and serves as a role model for what it means to belong to a service club. We want to recognize Rick’s contributions by presenting you with this plaque in appreciation...
Scott Rethke- Scott will bring fresh ideas and a heck of a lot of fun to our Club. So Scott come on up to accept your new President’s pin and the gavel. Scott will encourage us to celebrate fun in Rotary, build fellowship and get involved. Scott introduced the board for 2013-2014:
President Elect: John Pruitt
Vice President: Rich Bergdahl
Treasurer: Rick Walter
Secretary: Patty Sims
Immediate Past President: Patti Smith
Community Service: Dave DeBois
International Service: Alice Volpe
Club Service: Jerry Campo
Vocational Service: Eric Olsen
Foundation: Anne Hamilton
ROTARIAN OF THE YEAR-
Listed on this plaque are the words “distinguished service, loyalty and devotion to the ideals of Rotary”.
This description of the Rotarian of the Year fits perfectly for this year’s recipient and once you learn who it is I know you will agree.
As a new member 15 years ago, this person befriended me and made me feel so welcome. This person often sat at the same table to learn more about me and made sure I knew the Rotarians at the table. He was my duck adoption selling buddy on occasion. I later learned it was his way of getting to know the new members and making them feel at home and help them get a good start.
It’s members like this person that keep the club going. We are talking about a past president who stayed loyal to the club by serving in other board positions often repeating the position when asked. He has many appreciation plaques on his office walls.
There have been a gazillion members who sought out his knowledge and advice from how our accounting is done, questions about the Duck Dash, the bylaws, the Kirkland Foundation, etc.
I, like so many of you, have sought this person’s counsel on a range of matters. I often run an idea past him or ask how he would handle a certain situation. I know that I will get a response that mirrors the ideals of Rotary. He is honest, trustworthy and ...he’s not here. Much to my dismay he is off on a family vacation and isn’t able to hear the accolades...we’ll tell him when he gets back. My office neighbor, friend and confidant Rick Ostrander is the Rotarian of the Year.
Presented by your loyal scribe (ran out of time, so please excuse the spelling and a few missing names)
Posted by John Woodbery on Jun 17, 2013
The June 17, 2013 Kirkland Rotary meeting was called to order at 6:35PM by President Patricia Smith, at her penultimate occasion to lead the club. Jerry Campo led the group in our pledge of allegiance and sadly no moments of inspiration were available. (Editor Note: Special thanks to John Woodbery for scribing at the last minute) Tim Kehrli acted tonight in the dual role as greeter and Joker Pool salesman. Our guests tonight included Barbara Zeffries ,a visiting Rotarian from Dallas Texas, Shellie Gehrig’s guest Dave Cardenas, a former exchange student from Switzerland Pascal Kunz who reported that he is now in college at the University of Bern after two years in military service, a mandatory requirement for all Swiss citizens.
Posted by Mike Hunter on Jun 10, 2013
Rotary Club of Kirkland
Monday, June 10, 2013 Meeting
President Patti Smith called the meeting to order at 6:35 PM. Al and Alice led us in the Pledge.
Guests included Janet Pruitt; James Nevers, a financial planner with Sound Mark Wealth Management; Marian Webb; Gayle Auslander; and six members of the Lake Washington High School Drill Team: Briana, Emily, Alex, Ivy Anne, Rachel and Rachel.
Patty Sims thanked members for helping with the final Miracle League game this last Saturday and then read an email from a parent [Ed’s note – Thanks also to Chris Rusnak for the great pictures!]:
This was our first year with Miracle League and we loved it. Thank you to all your staff and volunteers that made Liam smile and have fun. To see a boy who is non-verbal get so excited to put on his uniform and then say the words "happy" and "fun". It was a highlight! He took his trophy to bed with him the first night and showed to everyone since. Thank you, again.
I know it is sponsored by the Rotary. Is there a contact we could send a thank you note to??
Thank you so much,
· Patti announced there will not be a Board meeting on Wednesday.
· Bill Taylor asked members to sign up for the Transition Dinner on June 24. Sixty four of us have signed up so far.
Posted by John Pruitt on Jun 03, 2013
President Patti Smith called the June 3, 2013 Kirkland Rotary meeting to order promptly at 6:31p.m. Carl Boruck led the Pledge of Allegiance and Patti Smith provided a fine Inspirational Moment, reminding us about the rewards of participating in the Miracle League.
Visitors & Visiting Rotarians: Visitors included Merrily Dicks [guest of Don Dicks], Joanne Wright [guest of Bill Woods], Pam Rembold [Kirkland Arts Center], James _______ [student of the month], and visiting Rotarian Scott East. President Patti Smith welcomed Allan Hoviland and Alice Volpe back from their extended time in Kauai.
Special Guest and Speaker: Patti Smith introduced Mayor Joan McBride and presented our Mayor with an honorary Paul Harris Fellow Award. The award was presented in appreciation of tangible and significant assistance given to our community.
Posted by Jason Overleese on May 20, 2013
Patti Smith led us in the Pledge of allegiance and opened the meeting.
Jason Overleese – Scribe
Joanne Primavera – Greeter
Inspiration - Brian Tucker - $20 to the 20th anniversary of being in the club!
Mike Hunter introduced Nicole Shriver who spoke about her future in the aerospace industry, and her desire to go into engineering. Her passion for Aerospace comes from her experience with the NASA wish program where she visited Johnson Space Center. She spoke about her job as a dog trainer and her love of animals. Her parents Anne and Chris Shriver were also present for dinner.
Mike presented Nicole with a gift donation to NW harvest, in her name.
Posted by Mike Hunter on May 13, 2013
Rotary Club of Kirkland
Monday, May 13, 2013 Meeting
President Patti Smith called the meeting to order at 6:35 PM. Patty Sims led the Pledge and Ernie Norehad provided an Inspirational Moment regarding beer (alcohol) and water (bacteria).
Guests include Nicole Shriver, our Student of the Month from Lake Washington High School, and James Nevers, a financial planner. Today was Nicole’s Birthday so we all sang “Happy Birthday” to her. James provided a factoid of his life: He lived for four years in Roswell, New Mexico.
· Patty Sims thanked members for helping with Miracle League this last Saturday. More volunteers are needed for next Saturday, May 18, and the final game on Saturday, May 25. Chris Rusnak provided each
table with a composite picture of all the Miracle League players. Very well done, Chris!
· Bob Webb would like all members to have their picture on the member section of our website. Bob will provide a list of those missing a picture and Greeters can ask those members to ‘stand against the wall’
and have their picture taken by Chris Rusnak.
· Jerry Campo announced that Monday, August 26, will be the Salmon Bake at Rick & Peggy Ostrander’s home.
· Bill Taylor updated the members on the status of Chuck Brockway and Jason Bruner, and President Patti announced that Rick’s Mother, Jeanne Ostrander, recently passed away.
Posted by Scott Becker on May 06, 2013
President Patty called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. and Rick Walter, Camera #15, led the Flag Salute and John Woodberry was Greeter.
Visiting Rotarians included Scott East and our own Bob Norman. Mike Hunter introduced our Student of the Month, Nicole Shriver, from Lake Washington High School
- Bill Taylor announced that Jason Bruner is recovering from Cushing’s Syndrome and that there is a get well card being passed around. Jason, we hope you’re recovery is quick and absolute!
Pat Dye announced that the Duck Dash Kick-Off Party will be held in the Tent, at The Woodmark, June 10th, at 5:30 p.m. and will include a No-Host Bar.
Dan Bartell thanked the Student of the Month Committee, Carl Boruck, Anne Hamilton, Jim Going, Diana Lanspa and Scott Becker, and its fearless leaders, Mike Hunter and Elizabeth Rusnak.
Miracle League is happening again this Saturday at 9:30 at Perrigo Park. Neil Johnson is asking for about 7 more volunteers. He brought out many Evergreen Healthcare volunteers and covered the shortage, last week. Great Job, Neil!
Scott Rethke announced that we will be having Club Assembly in two weeks and has requested that Rotarians send suggestions for topics to be discussed.
Rick Walter, Camera #15, collected a generous donation of Happy Dollars, including $51 and a couple of stories from John Woodberry celebrating his 50th wedding anniversary! Congratulations, John!
Pat Swenson could not attend 10 Grands so she was kind enough to donate them to a needy sole who would like to attend but did not have tickets. Bob Webb was the luck recipient!
Jim going introduced our speaker, Rich Dewey, who grew up next door to Jim and is a UCLA Grad. His first job was a sports anchor in Lewiston, ID, in a 4-person office. He is now in his 20th season with FOX Sports and broadcast NFL games for 17 years. He is now Director of FOX College Football and has won 5 Regional Emmys and 1 National Emmy. Jim, of course, takes credit for rich’s success, having grown up with him and being a mentor. Rich Gave us an idea of how complicated his job is and that of his cameramen by handing out respective duty-rosters to 15 Rotarians, representing 15 cameras. Rick Walter was Camera #15 and did an excellent job filming the cheerleaders the entire night!
President Patty adjourned the meeting at 7:45 p.m. Submitted by Scott Becker, Scribe for the evening.
Posted by Brian Tucker on Apr 29, 2013
President Patti called the meeting to order at 6:30pm. Jason Overlease was our Greeter, and Bill Woods led us in the flag salute.
Bob Auslander introduced his wife Gail as his guest.
Mark Truhan, our Student of the Month from Lake Washington High School, joined us for the last time with his parents Jim and Kerri. Mark spoke to his future plans, and experiences with us this past month.
Eric Olsen reminded us that the club Golf Tournament will be at Bear Creek Country Club September 9th. Those who register before July 1 will get $10 off the $100 price. Bring guests - one can also come just for the dinner following the golf.
Patty Sims reminded us to come out on Saturday for the 2nd Miracle League Game of the season. Be at Perrigo Park in Redmond at 9:30am, and bring friends and family to volunteer. We need you!
Anne Hamilton showed us the concepts for this year’s Duck Dash promotional material and posters. Thanks, Anne!
Tonight’s program was the honoring of our Kirkland Rotary Scholarship recipients for 2013. All were joined by parents, significant others, and representative from their schools. Eric Olsen led the festivities as we honored and awarded scholarships to:
· Priya Ganeson, from International Community School
· Shalliah Swinney, Lake Washington Technical Academy
· Rachel Gray, Lake Washington Institute of Technology
· Teja Christensen, Juanita High School
· Ty Baird, Juanita High School, winner of the Charles O. Morgan Scholarship
· Lisa Matsumoto, Lake Washington High School
· Ciara McGlynn, Lake Washington High School, and
· Shelby Whipple, Emerson High School
President Patti adjourned the meeting at 7:33pm.
Respectfully, and with copious quantities of notes,