Posted by Rick Walter on Jan 31, 2018
Minutes from Kirkland Rotary meeting on January 29, 2018:
President Steve Shinstrom called the meeting to order.
Megan Nakanishi lead us in the Pledge of Allegiance
Visitors were introduced:
Doug Seto from Seattle Four – who joins us from time to time
Bill and Kim Steeley – Neighbors of the Stromberg’s who were probably happy this was not an Amway meeting
Bret O’Rourke – unsure of the spelling but a visitor of Steve Shinstrom
Ann Crumley visited our group – when she lived in Florida years ago she was a Rotarian and just looking at clubs she might consider joining – we have an edge I hope – she lives at Carillon Point
Joe Gertzendannier and Ambareen Jaddi came as visitors and left as members
Joanne Primavera discussed Nourishing Networks and all the food we have collected to help went the lunch program shuts down for winter and spring break
Scott Rethke and Joanne talked about an event called “Paint & Sip” as a social event for the club. Drinking and painting seemed OK with everyone
Dave Aubry – Legacy project cleared its first big hurdle by getting the OK from the city council (see prior minutes for details on this project) – Dave also mentioned we have a chance to get free railroad ties if we can get enough members to come help haul them off.
Rich Bergdahl discussed the symposium on the 30th at the Performing Arts Center on mental health and encouraged anyone who has an interest to attend.
President Elect Rick next proposed his board for next year to the membership.
President Elect Rick Walter – announced his board for approval by the membership at large:
President – Rick Walter
President Elect – John Woodbery
Vice President – James Nevers
Past President – Steve Shinstrom
Secretary – Megan Nakanishi
Treasurer – John Pruitt and Rick Ostrander
Community Service – Tricia Stromberg and Terri Ebert
International Service – Brian Tucker
Vocational Service – DeeDee Rusnak
Club Service – Amy Mutal
Rotary Foundation – Brandon Honcoop and Dave Aubry
Membership Committee – Jason Overleese
Programs Chair – Various members
Front Desk Coordinator – Rich Bergdahl
Public Relations – a team including Rick Walter  
Dan Bartel made a motion to accept the board as read – it was seconded and approved.
Amy Mutal introduced to us our newest members to Kirkland Rotary –
Joe Getzendannier and Ambareen Jaddi – both new members talked about themselves and their family and the desire to do good in the community. Amy gave them a great talk about giving back and finding others who may want to be part of the Rotarian Family. She presented them with their first Rotary pin and of course some paperwork.
Featured Speaker:
Dann Mead Smith with the Washington Policy Center – a think tank which is a 501(c) (3). This organization has been based in Seattle for 22 years and has satellite offices. Dann reminds us they are not political and are not lobbyist – they review issues important to Washington State and put out information on that topic.
They have considered: Charter Schools – State Income Tax – Carbon Tax – Remote Testimony – among other issues. Of course, the McCleary Mandate occupied much of the Education topic in Olympia last year. There were tons of questions for Mr. Smith and he tried to answer them all.
Paull Harris Award – Joanne Primavera received her Paul Harris award with multiple stones for her continued support of Rotary International – she told us how important it was to give to RI for all the good works they do. She also let us know she misses us. Taking care of her ill brother has been a full-time job. Joanne received a standing ovation.
Meeting was adjourned.