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1200 Carillon Point
Kirkland, WA  98033
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Joanne Primavera
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Meeting Date: Monday, September 26, 2017
Although a few intrepid Rotary Club of Kirkland souls ventured out to the Woodmark, there was no official meeting.  Instead, the Presidential Debates were turned on in the library at 6:00 p.m.  Members dished up their food and they, and a few hotel guests, watched the debates.  Mike Hunter and David Aubry manned the front desk.
Don’t forget the Kirkland Rotary Foundation Auction this week at the Kirkland Women’s Center, 407 1st St. at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 1. 
Also, if you wish to join members at the Hopelink Luncheon on Monday, October 24 at 11:30 a.m., please contact Anne Hamilton  Mario Batali will be the guest speaker.  The luncheon is free, but bring a checkbook for a donation.
Guests present:  Terri Ebert
                          Murray Kyot
Submitted by Scribe:
Joanne Primavera
Rotary Spokesman
Meeting Date: Monday, September 16, 2016
The meeting is called to order by president, Scott Becker at 6:30 p.m.  The flag salute is led by Dan Bartel.  Tonight’s Greeter is: Don Dicks. Front desk: Rich Bergdahl.
Introduction of Visitors:
Sondra Pichardo, daughter of Diana Lanspa, was visiting from Atlanta; Terri Ebert, Jodi Long and Steve’s wife, Patty Shinstrom.
Club Announcements:
  1. The board has approved new members Terri Ebert and Jodi Long. They should be inducted within a few weeks.
  2.  Patti Dougherty’s blue badge arrived.
  3. Joanne Primavera reminded everyone the Foundation Auction is Saturday, Oct. 1st at 5:30 pm at the Kirkland Women’s Club. Gary and Ingrid Bruner will be making their famous spaghetti dinner along with another surprise. Sign-ups are needed for appetizers and desserts, as well as help to set-up and take-down.  Auction items are also needed.
  4. Amy Mutual announced the Nine Club Social that will be held September 29th at Redhook Brewery.  Please RSVP directly to Amy.  This will be a fellowship night with nine Rotary clubs from the area.
  5. David DeBois is coordinating a beer-pour-team for Kirkland’s October Fest for Saturday, September 24 at 8 pm.
  6. Steve and Patty Shinstrom are hosting the annual Bunco party at their home on Saturday, November 5th at 6:00 pm.  The theme is “Red, White and Blue” (time to get creative). Bring a heavy appetizer to share.
  7. Ben Premack will be taking photos of various Rotary events and posting them to our Club’s Facebook page.  If you have photos you want posted, email them to Ben and he’ll get them posted.
  8. Scott Becker is working with the Rotaract Group of Juanita High School.
    Special Announcements:
    Happy Dollars:
    Program Speaker: Jason Overleese, our Program Chair, introduced Bryan Johnston, Seattle author (of JP Patches) and 11-time Emmy Award winner.
    Program Topic: Bryan’s topic was about his book, Almost Live, The TV Show That Wouldn’t Die”. Almost Live, the local Seattle television show that started in 1984, was the launching pad for many famous television celebrities. Even though the show officially went off the air in 1999, re-runs can still be seen on King 5 today. Bryan entertained us with the history of the show and the career path of many of the people who were part of making the show a national success.  At one point during the life of Almost Live, the ratings of that show were better than the ratings of Saturday Night Live.  Almost Live was also on Comedy Central for 2-years.  Bryan also entertained us with a few of the clips of a few of the shows, one featuring Pat Cashman (Roscoe’s Carpet Emporium Closing) that was done in one take.  Bryan fielded various questions from the audience and all were pleased with the entertaining information about the background of Seattle’s show.
    Lucky Ticket Drawing
    The meeting was adjourned at 7:30 p.m.
    Submitted by Scribe:
    Elizabeth “DeeDee” Rusnak

Sorry for the delay on this.  Had a pretty tough week last week...   Steve
Meeting Date: Monday, August 12, 2016
The meeting was called to order by President, Scott Becker at 6:33 p.m.
The flag salute was led by James Nevers
Tonight’s Greeters were everyone in the club.
Mike Hunter was at the front desk.
Rotary Minute was introduced by James Nevers.  James talked about the Rotary Beer Fellowship that has recently been formed.  He wishes our club could join the fellowship because young people love beer and partnering with breweries in the area could attract new members.
Introduction of Visitors:
Visiting Rotarians:
Patricia Darling is the wife of our current District Governor, Bo Darling, and is a member of the Rotary Club of Mercer Island.
Other Visitors:   
Joanne Primavera brought Terri Ebert (for the third time).  She will submit her application for membership before the Board meeting on Wednesday night.  Terri is the human services director at Path.  Among other things, Path, a non-profit organization, supplies Polio vaccine to third world countries.  Path is also working on a vaccine to end malaria.
Maurice (Murry) Kyot joined us from Madison Park.  Murry recently relocated to Seattle and is working with Dave DeBois as a banking consultant.  Murry has been a member of the Rotary 1 club in Chicago and the Rotary 2 club in San Francisco.
Rotary Minutes 8-29-16
President-Elect Steve Shinstrom called the meeting to order at 6:31pm and graciously thanked John Pruitt for scribing, Patty Doherty for greeting, and Rick Walter for handling the front desk.
*** EDITOR's NOTE...  I want to thank all of you for the kind words when hearing about the passing of my father this past Saturday.  For those that knew Dick we will be having a celebration of his life at Inglewood Golf & CC at 2:00pm on Friday the 16th of September.  Golf/Country Club attire is preferred as that is the way he would have wanted it!!!. ***
Rick Ostrander led the Pledge of Allegiance and Ernie Norehad gave a fine inspirational minute about “Freedom is a rare and delicate thing.”
Guests included visiting Rotarians Maurice Kvit, and other special guests Jodi Long [guest of Amy and David Mutal], Roberta Lyon [spouse of the speaker] and Gail Auslander [spouse of Bob Auslander]
  • Scribe signup list was distributed.  Thank you for signing up for scribe and greeter.
  • Details about the holiday party for needy kids was announced.
    • Dan Bartel and Terry Cole are co-chairs.
    • Date:  December 17th [Saturday] from 7:00am until 11:00am.  Please mark this event on your calendar!
    • Location:  Peter Kirk Community Center, 352 Kirkland Avenue, Kirkland.  Also Fred Meyer at Totem Lake. 
    • Harry Wagoner and Dave DeBois are in charge of finding families for the event.  We will probably host about 40 kids.
    • Patti Smith is in charge of breakfast.
    • Dan Bartel will be Santa Claus.
    • Amy Mutal is in charge of holiday picture.
    • OPEN – Recruiting volunteers for set-up, breakfast servers, gift wrappers, entertainment, etc.
    • OPEN – Recruiting Rotary Buddies for shopping – Note that the budget is $150/a child; Fred Meyer will be giving us a 10%+ discount. 
    • Special thanks to Bob Auslander for funding much of the project and Terry Cole for initiating it.
 Rotary Spokesman
Meeting Date: Monday, August 22, 2016
The meeting is called to order by President, Scott Becker at 6:30pm.  The flag salute is led by Scott Becker Tonight’s Greeter is: Mike Hunter Front desk: Rick Ostrander Inspirational Words: Donald Dicks 
Introduction of Visitors:
No Visitors
Here is link to scholarship night photos.  What a great night.

Oct 03, 2016
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Swim For Life/Vietnam
Oct 10, 2016
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Dec 26, 2016
No Meeting
Christmas Holiday
Jan 02, 2017
No Meeting
New Years
Feb 20, 2017
No Meeting
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