President Betty Felker
President Elect Richard Vanberg
Secretary Dennis Karjala
Treasurer Walker Sandlin
Past President Al Abbott
The Rotary Foundation Stan Eastberg
Community Service Richard Pifer
Vice President Pam Peterson Smith
Vocational Service Juanita Carbaugh
Club Service Marcia Harris
International Service Tom Borgen
Dinners for Eight Hal Cline
Administrative Director Regan Gonzalez
Membership David R Morris
New Generations John Winslow
Literacy Albert (Mel) Santos
Webmaster Timothy Williams
Welcome to our Club!

Service Above Self

We meet Fridays at 7:00 AM

Cottesmore Care Ctr.

2909 14th Ave NW
Mail to: PO Box 342
Gig Harbor, WA 98335
United States

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     Betty Felker, Gig Harbor Rotary 2013-2014 President

     Greetings Fellow Rotarians and Friends,

     I am honored and excited to begin July 1st as your new President for the 2013/14 Rotary year Our new theme, Engage Rotary, Change Lives, is truly a powerful one, and I know our club is up to the challenge, as we embrace change, encourage every member to be actively involved in their area of interest, and continue to strengthen our club in all areas of service.

Thank-you for giving me this honor and opportunity to serve.

Betty Felker

Regan Gonzalez is our executive director. 

(540) 947-1386
Posted by Timothy Williams

President Betty gaveled the meeting to order right at 7:30. Steve Whittier gave the invocation. We did the pledge and four way test.
Betty announced that now that the auction is over, we can get started on our Community Service Projects. It was actually that start of a Felker funny, but true too.
Jill Guernsey is throwing down the gauntlet for all us males to “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” for the Sexual Assault Center. Friday April 25. Walk, run, give money, but do something!
Pam Smith – The auction is done! It was amazing, fabulous and different. Lots of great comments. And all of our help made it light work. We have grossed over $125,000. Totals in the next few weeks. Mel Santos and Juanita Carbaugh gave a special thanks for the $33,000+ raised for the Prison Scholarship program in the Raise the Paddle portion of the auction. Kudos also to Buck Frymier (who is volunteering in Africa!). There is now more than $70,000 in the scholarship fund, less than a year since it started! This program has a really large impact on both individuals and the community, and it exists because of us.
Dave Morris introduced Randy Barcalow, our newest member. Sponsor Larry Olson said a few words, and then Bob Martin did the induction. Welcome Randy!
Gary Glein announced that we are jointly sponsoring the Food and Wine Festival with the Downtown Waterfront Alliance.  and happening July 26. While that seems a long way away, it is not, and we need sponsors, participants and volunteers. Put it on your calendar. This is another significant fundraiser for us.
Bob Martin announced there will be a bus going to the District Conference at Whistler, coordinated by the Lakewood club. They need 40 people. If they have enough, there may still be room for you! $80. Give Bob a a call if you are interested.
Annie Arbenz announced that the next Rotary After Hours is at 7 Seas Brewery this Thursday 4/17,  5:30 to 7:00.
Francesca wished us all Buongiorno, and said there was not much happening this week. She does have a bucket list and you have a copy, so see if there are things to do that can include her. She is going to Portland this week. She also had a great time at the auction!
Mac Pinch was finemaster, with a great top ten reasons why he likes being a Gig Harbor Rotarian!.
Lee Smith gets ten free tickets next week, and John Winslow drew the white chip so didn’t win $191.

Larry Olson and Mike Pinch gave a presentation on their recent trip to the Philippines. 

Posted by Timothy Williams

Invocation: Bob Martin; Walker Allen pledge
Hal Cline led us in God Bless America, ably assisted with gestures by Coach and Walt Paulson
Many visiting Rotarians and guests.
Mike Davis did the Felker funny. Blond joke.
Announcements: Dick Vanberg reported on the LTA. Good classes, Al Abbott and Buck Frymier were presenters. Did a happy clap.
Jo Jenson and Mary Gorman announced their fund raiser for the Sexual Assault Center. 5 K Run/Walk in HER Shoes. April 25.
Lots of support; Chief Davis will walk.
Pam Smith gave the last report on the auction. We are sold out at 360! Procurements are also unbelievable. Terry Brown - 3 weeks ago we were at 60%. we are now at 89% of the club procured. Howard Mackert, Annie Arbenz, and Sophie Perkins teams get an award for 100% team participation.
Sophie gets the flag (Seahawks winner flag)
Tom Borgen reminded volunteers about setting up.
Juanita Carbaugh spoke about the Raise the Paddle information. It is going to the RET program at WCCW. Without training almost 75% will return to prison in 5 years; with RET this is cut by half. Money will go for scholarships for school for RET graduates.
Fliers are out for Vocational Service Award.
Ole Magnuson is coordinating the setup at the B & G club.
Alicia McVey is coordinating the dessert dash
Jan Martin reported on the District Conference; at Whistler in a month. If you want a room you need to do it today.
Francesca gave a report on her week. She was sick last week so missed the meeting. She is much better now. She will be giving her presentation at Rotary North next week. Words this week are Nostalgia = homesick; sole = sun; pioggia = rain; nuvola = cloud; Bel tempo = nice weather. She also showed part of her video. She will be presenting in Port Orchard next week
Chris Myers did fines and happy bucks.
Terry Brown drew the white chip.
Dan Rioux classification talk. Born in NM; grew up in NH. Boys club saved his life. Enjoyed baseball. Attended Texas state on a baseball scholarship. Got an engineering degree. Got into sales, and is now with Life. Wife and three children. Oldest Taylor (11) joined him this morning. Became a Rotaian in Austin, and now enjoys us.


Posted by Timothy Williams

Al's Gateway column is now on the website to your right. Check them out.
Posted by Timothy E Williams on Feb 22, 2011

Gig Harbor Rotary has generously funded SIXTEEN Shelter Boxes for Rotary. (Boxes USA/4682-4691 & 11950-11955) Ten were used in Myanmar (Burma) July 3 2008.  The other six were used in Haiti April 30, 2010. This is an ongoing Club project.
Posted by Timothy Williams on Jun 01, 2011

There are two new web based options for Rotarians: E Clubs, and Aps for your iphone.

E Clubs are web based meetings that you can attend for makeups as well as just extending your Rotary knowledge.

Click on E Clubs to go to a website showing all of the international sites. You can select United States (hit search again) and get just the 8 US E Clubs. 

Also available are two aps for iphone, one from clubrunner, and one from Rotary. Either will find local clubs and meeting times, but the Clubrunner is really neat in that once you sign in (same sign in and password as for our club website) you have instant access to our member list and contact info, including pictures, and to all the stories on the main page. Just search for Rotary in your Ap Store Ap. Call or email me if you need help. Tim Williams,, 253-591-7088.

The Rotary Club of Gig Harbor Executive Board is held on the third Wednesday of each month at 5:30 PM at Timberland Bank. All are invited. 
This month August 21 2013
Next month Sept 18 2013
Posted by Gary A. Glein

The "Non-Profit" Foundation was founded in 2006 to honor the lifetime Rotary work of Floyd & Sandra and to support International Humanitarian projects.Since then more than $80,000 has been raised for it's endowment. It's ten person Board of Direcotrs meets quarterly. The next meeting is January 24, 2008.The current Olson project involves support of a $139,000 water project in two poor Peruvian Communities. A trip to dedicate the water system is contemplated for Spring 2008.For information contact Board President Gary Glein (253-514-8152, or write to the Foundation at PO Box 342, Gig Harbor, WA 98332.

Catch up on the lastest news in District 5020.
The latest issue is available at
Posted by Gary A. Glein

We are making progress, over $16,200 so far (since July) from 78 or 68% of our members (giving $100mor more). We are now near our goal of $14,250.  Join our many members who support this wonderful program. Since the club founding we have contributed over $210,000, have 18 Benefactors ($1000 in will) and 132 Paul Harris Fellows. Wow!! "EVERY ROTARIAN EVERY YEAR"
Posted by Gary A. Glein

The Gig Harbor Rotary Club has two significant foundations.

Gig Harbor Rotary Foundation          Educational Scholarships

Olson International Foundation       International Service Projects

Together they have more than $2.6 million in assets and fund about $130,000 per year.  Learn more about them by clicking on the Site Page to the left.

Posted by Timothy E Williams

I know, you can't see this unless you got here in the first place!

Put (copy and paste) into your browser.

Then click on LOGIN in the upper right side of the screen; If you don't remember your login name or password, click on FORGOT YOUR PASSWORD. Give your name and email and the system will send your id and password.

By the way (btw) you don't have to log in to get a lot of information!!! You can see the upcoming speakers, check out other coming events, look at the pictures of the Courage classic and the Philippines, and even check out the sites for other local clubs.

You can also login and get even more information, including a picture directory of the club, and the ability to send emails to everyone. Click on "Admin" on the upper bar after you have logged in.
If you need help, please feel free to call me at 253-591-7088, or email me at
Posted by Gary A. Glein

ClubRunner makes it easy to publish your eBulletin, and send to all your members and friends.
Posted by Gary A. Glein

Posted by Gary A. Glein

Click on "Speakers" and you can find details on our coming programs.  Then to find out about our calendar of other events; click on "Events".  Click again to get more details.  Let us know if you have information you want on the website.

Don't forget  coming Meeting committee metings listed in the "Events" area.
Club & Local Events
Rotary After Hours Blazing Onion
May 15, 2014 05:30 PM - 07:00 PM
Gig Harbor Food and Wine Festival Gig Harbor History Museum
Jul 26, 2014
Courage Classic Snoqualmie Summit
Aug 02, 2014
Apr 25, 2014
Classification talks
May 02, 2014
cop stuff
May 09, 2014
Guatemala & Peru
May 16, 2014
Peninsula Community Inclusion Program
May 23, 2014
third world healthcare
May 30, 2014
his trip to Haiti
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