The April 25, 2016 Kirkland Rotary Club meeting was called to order by President Rich Bergdahl at 6:30PM
The Inspirational /Rotary moment consisted of testimonies from those members who participated in Miracle League last Saturday at Perrigo Park in Redmond. The stories included those kids who have been helped by having a place where they could participate in sports activities that normal kids take for granted. For these kids, it is a miraculous opportunity. Elizabeth Rusnick reminded us “it truly takes a village”. The volunteer efforts of us all makes this miracle happen.
President Rich thanked Dave DeBois as tonight’s greeter and Rick Walter for the winding down weeks of his invaluable efforts at the front desk we all tend to take for granted.
Our guests tonight were member prospect Kara Munea who recently moved to Kirkland from Ohio with her husband. She works at Prevail Management. Mike Hunter introduced again our current Student of the Month Forest Malcom with his father Greg Malcom as welcome guests. Jason Overleese introduced Susan Spector who came with our speaker from the Washington Autism Alliance and Advocacy organization (WAAA)
- Dave DeBois let us know that the Club Golf Tournament event will return to Mount Si Golf Course on June 20th. Dave encouraged us to get our foursomes together so we are playing with special friends, even invited guests.
- He also announced that on June 11, 2016 we will have a mariner Baseball night at 7:00PM, tickets to cost $37.00 plus tax on the 100 level, first base side .
- Also, in a busy activity report, Dave announced that on July 11th we will have the Club Picnic at Waverly Park East under the Pavilion we donated.
- Patti Smith announced that a check was received for an amount your scribe could not hear and for a purpose not clear. Check with Patti.
- We have been granted a free advertisement in The Kirkland Community Living handout that goes to 1600 homes with an advertisement for the Duck Dash and how tickets are purchased and where.
- Cards were circulated for signatures for our friend Patti Marsh who suffers from breast cancer, a card for GG Getz in Georgia suffering from something I couldn’t catch and a thank you card from the Lake Washington School District for our sponsorship of the CEO program for entrepreneur development attitudes among participating students.
- President Rich called up Scott Becker for a special pin award for member recruitment for the club.
- The next Board meeting will be at Rich Bergdahl’ s office on May 11th although he will not be present.
Next, Forest Malcom presented his Student of the Month talk which was warmly received. A future Rotarian was in evidence. He testified that he has been aided in his exposure in Rotary to discovering some of the true passions in his life as seen from here.
- First Miracle League game is this Saturday, April 23rd at 9:00 AM at Perrigo Park in Redmond. A show of hands proved we have enough volunteers for this first game.
- District Conference is April 29, 30 and May 1 in Coeur de Alene. Kirkland Rotarians will be having dinner together Saturday evening. Golf is also planned for Friday morning.
- Rotary Foundation contributions for this Rotary year are due by June 30. Contract President Rich if you want to know how close you are to becoming a Paul Harris Fellow.
- Patti Smith announced 15 prizes are now set for the Duck Dash. Bob Webb received a $1,000 contribution from the Safeway on 85th and now we’re on target to cover all expenses with sponsorships. June 6th is Kickoff at the Wilde Rover and August 13th is the Duck Dash Race. Venues are being set up this week and tickets will be available at the Kickoff.
- Eric Olsen updated us on his son’s health and thanked members for their thoughts and prayers.
- President Rich said the Past President Breakfast on Sunday morning was a great success and he learned a lot of history about the Club.
- Patty Sims inspired us with a video of Miracle League players and buddies from 2011. Miracle League will start again on Saturday, April 23d at 9:00 AM at Perrigo Park in Redmond. There are 6 games this season with the last one on June 4th. Plan on being there!
- Bob Webb will coordinate the venues for the Duck Dash this summer. Adoptions will be sold at the QFC in Kirkland and Totem Lake, Fred Meyer, and the Farmers Market Wednesday afternoons at Marina Park. All members should plan on selling at least two times so we are publicizing Rotary in the community.
- Dave DeBois has the coupons ready for the Duck Adoptions, our favorites are still there plus some new ones.
- President Rich announced the next Board Meeting on Wednesday, April 13 at 5:30 PM at his office in Kirkland
- The Past Presidents’ Breakfast meeting will be held at Rich’s home on Sunday morning at 9:30 AM. RSVP to Rich so there will be enough Swedish pancakes for everyone!
- Miracle League begins on May 23rd at 10:00AM
- Rotary Foundation
- March Auction was canceled, new date of October 1st
- Foundation actions
- World Bicycle Relief donation of $5,000
- Treehouse donation of $5,000
- FRP sent out to organizations that help homeless youth
- Kirkland Teen Union, took a donation for remodeling a small part of the building and installing laundry facilities for the kids
- Announcement about Chief Eric Olsen’s son, Mark Olsen, who was injured while playing soccer this past weekend. He suffered from cardiac arrest and was saved by his friends and teammates. He is alive and recovering.
- Reminder about Miracle League which was formed to give disabled children the opportunity to play baseball. The local league is sponsored by our club and we volunteer to play with the children.
- Forrest Malcom, senior at Lake Washington High School and our current student of the month
- Brad Hunt, Kirkland Resident and member of Bellevue Rotary, brought the guest speakers and his friend Doug
- Jombi spoke about his company Tanzania Outdoor Adventures and going on safari
- Wilfred spoke about his company Kili-treks and climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro
- Eric Olsen updated his wife's excellent progress. Terri had emergency surgery for a brain aneurysm about three weeks ago. She had an excellent recovery and went back to work as a school teacher today.
- David DeBois reviewed last Saturday's First Harvest. There was a small group and some confusion exists regarding importance of signing up for those events.
- David also announced that he is evaluating the possibility of having a new fundraiser in the form of a Halloween Haunted House in partnership with another organization. A small group will report back in a month or two.
- James Nevers announced scholarship applications are being received and he will be setting up groups to choose recipients in the next month.
The March 21, 2016 Kirkland Rotary meeting was called to order by president Rich Bergdahl at 6:30 PM. Steve Shinstrom led us in the pledge of allegiance to the flag of the United States of America.
For one inspirational moment, Rick Walter reported a close encounter of a bird kind where a massive eagle nearly collided with his windshield carrying his captured road kill. That my friends was a different kind of inspirational moment.
Ernie Norehad followed with a short prayer that the Lord bless our food, fellowship and our service to others, Amen.
Diana Lanspa was our capable greeter.
The guests recognized tonight were Ashleigh Lansing an accounting systems consultant who by the way is a Duck Dash sponsor this year. Doug Ghaemi accompanied her as our guest. Doug Seto was with us again as a regular makeup Rotarian from Seattle Four. David King our Student of the Month was here for the third week and was happy to announce he has a part time job at Bellevue Square learning retail sales.
For announcement we were informed that the Kirkland Downtown Rotary Club has its fund raiser this weekend (3/26)called Hops & Vine.
Scott Becker announced that the Teen CEO Program had its judging event for individuals with their established businesses with $8,000 in prizes for the winners. Scott also called our attention to Howard Jacobs the very capable manager of the Woodmark, so supportive of Rotary activities on this site. David Mutal announced the 520 Bridge Open Run, a 20 mile bike ride event is coming soon. Member Bill Taylor announced that his company has the bridge link for the opening connector apparatus sitting at his plant.
Patty Smith announced we need $3,000 more in sponsor donations and mid-April is the deadline. The sites for Duck ticket sales will be Safeway, a different QFC and the Kirkland Wednesday market.
The next Board meeting will be held on April 13th. It was announced that Jason Overleese and Veronica are being married on April 4th.
- Rotary Board Meeting this month has been canceled. Board meeting schedule for the rest of the year. 3/19, 4/13, 5/11 & 6/8.
- District Conference is Friday, April 29, 2016 - Sunday, May 1, 2016. at Coeur d' Alene Resort. Two morning golf tee times are booked!
- Successful Duck Dash committee meeting was held 2/8 prior to the regular meeting.
- David Debois - Wayne Golf Course was purchased by One Bothell. Plans are to make it a recreational development for the community. Couse will be divided half King County, half Bothell. All parties involved are pleased with the outcome.
- Joanne Primavera – Happy Chinese New Year. Brought fortune cookies to share.
- Reminder of Kirkland Women’s Auction to support Rotary Foundation at 5:30pm on 3/5. There will be dinner and wine. Appetizers and desserts are needed. Contact Joanne to sign up.
- 15k extra dollars in fund. Gave 5k to Bikes, 5k to Treehouse with 5K still to be determined.
- Washington District Bond measure. Working on getting speakers to speak to our club that represent both sides.
- Don Dicks and Gary Bruner- Spoke about Rotary Foundation and the powerful work that’s being done. It’s all funded by what we give to support. Many new health issues face the world and Rotarians are encouraged to continue to support Rotary Foundation.
- Bob Cohon thanked everyone for their food bank donations this evening.
- For the meeting on February 29, we are considering either a bowling party, perhaps with the Downtown Club, or a golf party.
- Elizabeth Rusnak spoke about Curling Night last week – great fun, but unfortunately Dave Debois’ team did not prevail. Elizabeth had put together a flyer explaining some of the finer points of the game which enriched the experience for the attendees.
- The new Evergreen Point Bridge will be open April 2 for a Fun Run, and Fun Bike Ride.
- President Rich reminded us of the upcoming District Conference at the end of April – make your reservations early.
- Eric Olsen announced that the Kirkland Police Department will be having a benefit Golf Tournament for Special Olympics – June 6 at Bear Creek.
- Scott Becker thanked everyone for their support this past week in his job search. He also reminded everyone to always RSVP for Rotary events as it is difficult to plan without an accurate count.
- President Rich read the list of nominees for next year’s Club Board. We voted to vote next week on shortening the period before the Board vote from 30 to seven days. The vote was unanimous.
- Rick Walter collected Happy Dollars – Ernie Norehad recounted that he has largely recovered from the effects of being rear-ended, then told three jokes.
- President Rich will take any potential new members to lunch, so be sure to call him.
- The Sounders Coach will be here at the March 7 meeting, possibly with a couple of players. Bring kids.
- Our Student of the Month, Makiah Gilmer, spoke to us about some of the personal and academic challenges he has overcome in his life, to the point that he now has a scholarship to attend and play football for Utah State.
Bob Cohn announced the food drive for Hopelink. A list of items needed was provided at the meeting, and then Joanne Primavera also sent the list via email. Please bring these items to the meeting on January 25th. Items include canned meats, canned meals, cereal, dry beans, fruit (canned or fresh), pasta, peanut butter, rice, soup, tomato products, and vegetables (canned or fresh). Also, most needed year-round non-food items include baby items (diapers size 3-6 months, baby wipes, and formula), hygiene items (toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, soap, deodorant, razors, combs, brushes, etc.), paper items (toilet paper, paper towels, foil, Ziplocs, etc.), and household & cleaning items (dish soap, dishwasher soap, laundry soap, and general cleaning products).
Ben Premack announced that Saturday’s work party at Rotary First Harvest was successful (apples and frozen corn on the cob were packed). A total of 11,200 lbs of corn was packed, providing 8,615 meals.
Dave DeBois announced the Rotary Curling Night on January 21st. Come watch a game and learn about curling. A fun fellowship event. Pizza will be provided.
Board meeting will be held January 13th at 5:45 at the Gateway Building.
Rotary District Conference is April 29th to May 1st in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Sign up online (there’s a link to the District site on Kirkland Rotary’s website). Rich Bergdahl is forming a golf group for Friday morning, so see him if you’re interested.
Rich Bergdahl read a letter from the Park Board, thanking our Club for our $50,000 contribution for the picnic shelter at Waverly Beach Park. This will also be recognized in Kirkland’s Living magazine.
James Nevers/Ben Premack announced that when you purchase items on Amazon, we recommend doing so through http://www.smile.amazon.com. Doing so will ensure Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organization of your choice (Kirkland Rotary Foundation!).
Rich Bergdahl is asking for ideas for celebrating Leap Year (meeting on February 29th).
Ben Premack proposed that $5,000 of the excess funds from Kirkland Rotary Foundation be donated to World Bicycle Relief to support education for young women by providing them a bicycle to get to/from school. A $5,000 donation is equivalent to 40 bicycles.
Patti Smith asked that we all sign up for a team for Duck Dash.
Special Announcements:Amy and David Mutual were presented with their blue badges. Congratulations Amy and David!Happy Dollars:N/AProgram Speaker: Melissa Garvey, Deputy State Directory with the Nature Conservancy, MGarvey@tnc.org, 206-436-6245, http://www.washingtonnature.org/Program Topic: Climate Change: How it is impacting us, what can be done, how you can get involved.About the program: Jason Overleese introduced Melissa GarveyThe Nature Conservancy works in 100 countries. They are largely funded by donations, grants (state and federal) and increase in public/private partnerships. They have 3,500 employees throughout the world. They are focused on thriving nature and thriving communities. They work across all political spectrums including with tribes and local businesses. Forest fires are occurring more frequently than ever before. In eastern Washington, the state experiences more frequent droughts; and the western side experiences more floods. The sea level is rising due to flood and erosion. With respect to tackling climate change, they work with diverse stake holders to reduce carbon emissions. A Washington state program called Floodplains by Design develops a natural solution to reduce flood risk to communities (by setting levies back). A program called Forest for our Futures develops a master plan for forest areas that are healthy and resilient. The goal is to reduce wild fires by 50%. There is a published plan for managing the central Washington area.There was excellent audience interaction through questions, comments and suggestions from several Rotarians. This was a great proactive program that engaged the entire group.Lucky Ticket DrawingN/AThe meeting was adjourned at 7:45 p.m.Submitted by Scribe:Elizabeth Rusnak
- Ben Premack reminded us that we have Rotary First Harvest this Saturday. We can carpool from the Houghton Park and Ride at 405 and NE70th. The next First Harvest work party will be March 12. He also announced that he is the proud father of a new litter of puppies. [a Miracle!].
- Patti Smith asked us to recruit more corporate sponsors for the upcoming Duck Dash. Also every member needs to commit to at least two shifts selling Duck tickets in order to build community support. This is part of the Club’s public face.
- Dave Debois solicited interest in a Curling Night – probably January 21 at 6:30PM. He is also looking into a Hockey Night February 20.
- Rick Walter collected Happy Dollars.
- Bill Woods was here but leaves for the southlands tomorrow where it’s raining.
- There will be a Club Board meeting January 13 at Rich Bergdahl’s office.
- Ernie Norehad then told a very funny – but polite – joke! Has he turned over a new leaf?!
The Holiday Party is on December 13th at Rich & Nan’s home.The festivities start at 5:00 PM and Tyson will be serving refreshments.
Dave DeBois reported on the successful Hockey night in Everett. The Silvertips won 3 to 1 and we had a nice dinner at Shawn O’Donnell’s restaurant before the game. Some of us were even on the “Kiss Cam” during the game!
Joanne Primavera brought us up to date on several projects:
Attain Housing, the young mother will receive her furniture this week and will attend a meeting next month;
John Muir family collections are being filled, bring your items to next week’s meeting;
Holiday Bell Ringing for the Salvation Army will be December 12th and 19th, signups look good
A Thank You letter was received from the Chelan Valley Hope project, “Give Naked,” for our donation of $1607 to help the families who lost homes and memories in last summer’s wild fires (recall Ginny Johnson also donated her $5,000 Duck Dash winnings to the same cause)
The December 21st meeting will be at the Market Street Grill in Kirkland.The previous meeting held there was great so we’re going to do it again!
President Rich presented Scott Becker with two pins from Rotary International for bringing in Amy & Dave Mutal, our newest members!
The meeting was called to order at 6:30PM by President Rich Bergdahl, John Woodbery your scribe for tonight led the Pledge of Allegiance and Dan Bartel gave the inspiration moment as a report from having watched the Steve Jobs movie which gave recognition to creative people working as teams who just see things differently. Our new digital world is probably the result.
Mekonen Giogis served as greeter tonight and yours truly as Scribe.
Our guests tonight included Dr. Arun Jhaveri, certified sustainable development professional and the first mayor of Burien, Washington from 1992-1998. Also joining us was Jorgni Ramis (SP?) a Bellevue Lunch Club visiting Rotarian who works in Information Technology and supports what are called "Inspiration Playgrounds" for kids with disabilities who with these helps can feel included in social life. Carly Taylor from Bellevue High School is our Student of the Month for November. Also joining us as Scott Becker's guest was Michael Oskouian an insurance broker with Willis of Seattle, Inc.
- For Ann Hamilton not present, the Lake Washington School of Technology benefit lunch is November 3rd.
- Don Dicks announced the Club's hands on work project for Attain Housing, a program to refurbish housing units for the next short term resident seeking an avenue back into responsible and productive life in the community. Volunteers needed for this weekend; contact Don for location and details.
- Steve Shinstrom announced that the annual Bunco party at his house will be November 14th, theme is crazy hats so surprise us!
- Scott Rethke announced that the night before is a warm up event at Total Wine in Bellevue: 6:30-8:30 beer and wine available.
- Dave Debois announced hockey night in Everett on Saturday December 5th. More details as to where to assemble for a pre game meal to be announced.
- Rich Bergdahl announced that the Club's $50,000 donation will be presented to the City of Kirkland on November 17th and requested some past presidents to accompany him.
- Eric Olsen, now retired as Chief of Police of Kirkland thanked those who came to his retirement party and reported somewhat on his new life.
- Joanne Primavera presented Attain Housing formally called KITH. Kirkland Rotarians are asked to volunteer to help fix up a house. No skills necessary. Once the house is occupied then Rotary will also “adopt” the family. The dates of changed to a possible date of November 4 – 8th. Don Dicks has a checklist of what will be needed. Please sign up.
- Scott Becker announced that Nigeria is now Polio free. This will clear the entire continent of Africa from Polio.
- Pat Swenson called for reading buddies and John Muir elementary. The programs starts soon (November 2nd) so please contact Pat if you can help.
- Anne Hamilton reminded Rotarians that the LW Institute of Technology will be holding their breakfast. For information on how to attend, please contact Anne.
- Steve Shinstrom announced that Bunko is scheduled at his house on November 14th. The theme is “Hatastic”. Rotarians are encouraged to where their favorite hat or get creative and have fun with a new design. Signup sheets are on the table.
- Rich Bergdahl will be holding the Christmas party at his home on Sunday December 13th. Festivities will begin 5:30ish. Rotary meeting will still be held on Monday the 14th.
- Rich welcomed back Steve Shinstrom, Anne Hamilton, and Mike Hunter who have been out for a few weeks. Gary Bruner is improving and appreciates all of the well wishes.
- Ben’s grandfather was recently diagnosed with a terminal form of cancer. He has been moved into hospice. Herb Stier’s phone number is 210-260-1985 for anyone that would like to call him.
- On Tuesday November 17th, Kirkland Rotary will be presenting $50,000 check to the Kirkland City Council. Rich is going to ask any previous presidents who helped raise the money during their tenure to attend. The money will be used for the Waverly Beach Picnic Shelter.
- Dave Dubois provided the date for the annual hockey night. There are 50 seats reserved December 5th Everett Silver Tips. More details and signup sheets to follow
- Brian Tucker directed Happy Dollars. $160 was raised for Happy Dollars. Great job Brian!