Rotary Club of Kirkland


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We meet Mondays at 6:15 PM
Woodmark Hotel
1200 Carillon Point
Kirkland, WA  98033
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Joanne Primavera

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Rotary Meeting Minutes March 18, 2015
The meeting was called to order by President John Pruitt at 6:30PM.
The Greeter was Dave Aubry; Bob Norman led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Joanne Primavera reminded us that the Kirkland Rotary Auction will be Sunday, May 31.  Sign up, bring money, and donate items to be auctioned.  There will be three different causes where the money will go; the Club will decide at the Auction on the proportion to go to each cause.
Guest introductions: Scott Wedeland and Aimee Hern.
Visiting Rotarian – Allan Glickman from the Portland, OR, New Generation Club.
Our Student of the Month Tor Jensen, who will give his talk this evening, was accompanied by his Father Eric, Mother Erica, and Stepmother Regina.
The Kirkland Rotary Club meeting of May 4, 2015 began at 6:30 p.m. and was led by President, John Pruitt   Bob Webb led the pledge.
Rotary Minute: 
Ernie Norehad asked club members to identify the location of the headquarters for Rotary International.  After many fumbles, the correct city and state were identified: Evanston, Illinois.  He asked the address:  1560 Sherman Ave. (named after General Sherman).  Ernie said he used to drive by the Rotary International Headquarters on his way to church (long before he became a Rotarian) and always thought the three story Rotary headquarters building was very impressive.
Gail Brilling, the wife of our speaker, Steve Brilling (and a former Rotarian, herself). 
Herb and JoAnn (Jo) Stier – this was Herb’s last night as a guest.  Jo brought her very well behaved little dog, Missy.
Nan Bergdahl
Judy Kuntz, a guest of Scott Becker (who wasn’t there) to look over our club.
Student of the Month
Tor Jensen, student of the month from Lake Washington High School.  Tor is going to Hawaii Pacific next year, majoring in International Business and Baseball.  Tor chose Hawaii Pacific because his grandparents have a place there, they have a terrific baseball team, and he is interested in going into business.  Tor plays in the outfield for LWHS.
Meeting opening at 6:30 led by President John Pruitt, Pledge led by Doug
Dan Bartell, Rotary First Harvest
·         Grant of $10K from WA Dept of Agriculture to purchase food
·         Work parties are 3x a year on the 2nd Saturday
·         We’ve had too much corn and carrots, so we traded them for tomatoes and potatoes
·         As a club, we donate $1k a year to Rotary First Harvest
·         Erica, guest of Eric Olsen
·         Bud, from the University Club
·         David, friend of Dave D.
·         Doug, because for some reason he doesn’t have his own badge yet
JoAnne, Foundation Auction
·         We need volunteers to help with setup at 5:00
·         Auction begins at 6:00 on the 31st at The Kirkland Women’s Club
Jason, Facebook page for Kirkland Rotary
·         Ben Premack has volunteered to manage our new club Facebook page
·         Send your event information and pictures to him
Wavery Beach Park Shelter, Patti
·         Mike had to miss our Monday meeting because he was representing us there
·         We are up to 25% of our goal and the total estimate for installation is down $20K
Miracle League
·         Last Saturday, the Pi Kaps fraternity from UW joined us
·         Held at Perrigo park in Redmond on Saturday from 9:45 to 11:00
Scott Becker, question on donations
·         Called a special meeting of the board after the conclusion of the club meeting, John Pruitt assented
Gary Bruner, Foundation
·         Presented Paul Harris Fellowships to
o   Anne Hamilton, Paul Harris +4
o   Dave Dubois, Paul Harris inductee
o   Bob Auslander, Paul Harris +2
o   Bill Woods, Paul Harris +4
Dave Aubrey led Happy Dollars, everyone is very happy. Especially Steve Shinstrom.
Guest Speaker, Kevin Gilbert, photographer

Here is link to scholarship night photos.  What a great night.

Rotary Club of Kirkland
Monday, April 27, 2015 Meeting
President John Pruitt called the meeting to order at 6:30 PM.  Patti Smith led us in the Pledge.
Scott Becker provided the Rotary Minute.  Last week-end our Club contributed $2,500 to “Teen CEO.”  Scott participated in helping select the best businesses operated by teens.  A total of $6,050 was available as awards and Eastlake High School won.
Tonight’s meeting awarded scholarships to deserving students and those students introduced their parents and friends.
Also in attendance:  Marianna Hanefeld, Lake Washington Technical Foundation; Wendy Simmons, Emerson High School; and Lis Christiansen, International Community School
Harry Wagoner inspired us to attend the next Miracle League game on Saturday, May 2nd.
John Pruitt said the District Conference is coming on May 15th.
Scott Becker explained the Duck Dash to our many guests and encouraged us to find additional sponsors.  The sponsorship total is at $17,500 now and the goal is $22,000.  The deadline is drawing near because tickets have to be printed and the kickoff celebration will be June 1st at the Wilde Rover.
John Pruitt stated that the Board Meetings, normally held on the second Wednesday, will be held on the third Wednesday for May and June.
Joanne Primavera announced that we’ve helped Nepal in the past and now we’re going to purchase three Shelter Boxes for the people of Nepal.  The Shelter Boxes are essentials for people beginning to rebuild their lives in the aftermath of a disaster.
Rich Bergdahl encouraged his upcoming Board and other Club leaders to attend the Leadership Conference at the Mercer Island Community Center this Saturday.  For those attending Rich will buy lunch at the Roanoke Inn right next door.
Rotary Minutes for April 20, 2015
Scribe:  Pat Swenson
The meeting was called to order by President, John Pruitt at 6:30 p.m.  The flag salute was lead by John Woodbey.  President John thanked Diana Lanspa for Greeting and Rick Walters for handling the Front Desk.
Visiting Rotarians and Guests were introduced.  Tom Gailus, father of Ashley Gailus (our Student of the Month.  J.C. Storbeck from Omega Financial Investments & Insurance; Scott East an Attorney from Bellevue & Rotarian; and Arika Zwack from Realty One Group.  Late arrival:  Ingrid Bruner wife of Gary Bruner.
Eric Olsen announced the annual Golf Tournament will be on July 27th at Bear Creek Golf Club.  Cost is $100 per person or $400 for a foursome.  Please sign up now.  You can pay at any of the meetings.
Joanne Primavera announced the District 5030 Conference on May 15-17, 2015 at Tulalip Resort and Casino, with golf available at Harbor Point Golf Club.  Please sign up.
Joanne also announced the Kirkland Rotary Auction & Dinner on May 21st, Sunday at 6:00 p.m. The dinner will be held at the Kirkland Women’s Club.   Please sign up to attend and let her know if you will be donating an item. 
Joanne also distributed photos of the ambulance that our donation helped secure for the Childrens’ Hospital in Nepal.  Our donations were part of a matching grant through Rotary International.
Jim Nevers reminded everyone there are only 8 tickets left for the 5 course gourmet wine dinner on June 5th at Lake Washington Institute of Technology.  Dinner starts at 6:30 to 9:30.  Located on the Kirkland Campus, East Building E147.  Cost is $75 per person.  Address:  11605 132nd Avenue NE, Kirkland, WA    Please contact Jim if you wish to attend.  His email:  
Patti Sims announced the start of Miracle League on this Saturday, April 25th  for the first game of the season.  Please show up about 9:00 am to help the players choose uniforms and begin play.
Steve Shinstrom took the podium for needed volunteers for Scribes and Greeters for the next 4 meetings.  He was successful in filling his slots.  Thank you to all that volunteered.
Brandon Honcoop announced the birth of a baby boy to Casey Oiness.  Congratulations!
President John, with deep regret, announced the resignation of Carl Boruck.  Carl has retired and he and his wife (Judy) will be traveling extensively in the next few years.  We will all miss Carl very much.
Rotary Club of Kirkland
Monday, April 13, 2015 Meeting
President John Pruitt called the meeting to order at 6:33 PM.  Bob Cohon led us in the Pledge.
John provided the Rotary Minute.  The Rotarian magazine has been published since 1911 and is the oldest continuing publication in the World.
Cheryl Ferguson from Kirkland, and Ashely Gailus, our Student of the Month from Lake Washington High School
Visiting Rotarians:  Bo Darling (upcoming District Governor) and his wife Patricia, and Claudia Campbell & Becca Palm, all from the Mercer Island Club
                Scott East from the Bellevue lunch Club
                Son Michael Pham, Assistant District Governor from the University Club
Meeting Date: Monday, April 6, 2015
The meeting is called to order by substituting president, David Aubry at 6:30 p.m.  The flag salute is led by Rich Bergdahl.  Tonight’s Greeter is: Ben Premack. Front desk: Scott Becker.
Introduction of Visitors:
Visiting Rotarians: _Norman Lieberman of Lake Forest Park Rotary; Eugenio “Jing” Magno from Rotary Club West Davo City, Philippines.
Student of the Month: _Ashley Gailos of Lake Washington High School.
Other Visitors: _Herb Stier (Ben’s grandfather) and Anna Aubry.
Club Announcements:
  1. Scott Becker announced that Teen CEO on March 26th was successful and that a matching scholarship of $2,500 was awarded to 1 of the 8 contestants. Angela Marks also participated in this event.
  2. Patti Smith requested that Rotarians volunteer to attend the Waverly Park meeting to represent the neighborhood they live in Kirkland, to show support for our Club’s capital project for the new pavilion.
  3. Miracle League begins April 24th at 9:30 am at Perrigo Park in Redmond. Please sign up to attend.
    Special Announcements:
    Happy Dollars:
    Program Speaker: Nancy Neidzielski  Program Topic: End of life choices
     About the program: Jason Overleese introduced Nancy Neidzielski
    Nancy Neidzielski works for Compassion & Choices of Washington ( 206-256-1636, 877-222-2816. Nancy was the lead advocate for the Death with Dignity Act (DWDA) that was passed in Washington state. The purpose of the act was to enable terminally ill adults to make their own decision about how to manage their end of life choices. Nancy became involved with DWDA when her husband Randy was diagnosed with brain cancer and she watched him deteriorate after undergoing surgeries and treatment that adversely impacted his quality of life. There are very specific steps that must be followed for a person to qualify with the DWDA. Specific information can be found on their website. States that have accepted the DWDA include WA, OR, VT, MT, and NM. Health care providers are not held liable. This is not palliative sedation. This is not euthanasia. This is not physician-assisted suicide. The correct term is aid in dying.
    Lucky Ticket Drawing
    The meeting was adjourned at 7:15 p.m.
    Submitted by Scribe:
    Elizabeth Rusnak



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