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