Posted by Mike Hunter on Jan 24, 2018
Rotary Club of Kirkland
Monday, January 22, 2018 Meeting
President Steve Shinstrom called the meeting to order at 6:30 PM.  Russ Stromberg led us in the Pledge.
Kay Griffith – Inducted tonight as our newest member!
Doug Seto – Seattle #4 “Honorary Member”
Bret O’Rourke
Shellie Gehring
Andre’ Smaal – A Rotarian visiting from the Netherlands
Inspirational Moment
Rich Bergdahl announced that he and Nan have invited Attain Housing to our Club meeting on Monday, April 9.  At the meeting, Rich and Nan, who won some of the prizes from the Duck Dash, will present a check for $2,000 to Attain Housing. 
  • President Steve continues to collect boxes of food at his office for Nourishing Network.  The deadline for final collection is February 12.  Lists of what to buy are available.
  • President Steve thanked those who worked on Saturday, January 13 at Northwest Harvest in Kent (the Taylors, Hunters & Dan Bartel helped make boxes for 17,300 lbs. of apples)
  • District Conference is April 27-29 at the Tulalip.  Sign up on line.
Induction of New Member
Amy Mutal introduced Kay Griffith and inducted her into our Club.  While growing up, Kay’s family did printing for our Club so she is familiar with some of our activities.  Amy agreed to be Kay’s mentor.  Welcome Kay and we look forward to working with you on the many projects at our Club.
Banner Exchange
President Steve introduced Andre’ Smaal from the Netherlands and they exchanged Club banners.  Andre’ has been a Rotarian for 3 years, his Dad was a Rotarian, and he was a Youth Exchange Student.  One of our members took his picture and Andre’ will send it to his Club as proof that he made up a meeting and kept perfect attendance while traveling!
Barbara Posthumus from the Lake Washington School  District (LWSD) gave us an overview and lots of details on the February 13 Bond and Levy Measures.
The school district has seen a substantial increase in the number of students since 2008 and now the total is 29,572 students.  Student numbers will continue to increase with the Seattle economy continuing to grow.
The February 13 Ballot will encompass three (3) measures:  A Bond, Capital Projects Levy, and Educational Programs & Operations Levy
The total LWSD Tax Rate for all three measures will be $2.93 per thousand AV, which is a decrease from $3.16 per thousand AV.
Thanks, Barbara, for an informative and detailed presentation.  Our members appreciate the update and I am sure we will do our duty and vote.
President Steve adjourned the meeting at 7:30 PM with his usual humorous comment.
Submitted by Mike Hunter, Scribe for the Week