Next Regular Rotary Club of Kirkland
Meeting is Monday, February 13, 2023
Next Monday's meeting is Zoom only!
Past-president Rick Walter honors LWHS Student of the Month Elena Ferry.
Photos: Rick Walter
Guest Rotarian Beverly Jacobson visits from the Rotary Club of Duval.
Patti Smith and John Woodbery contemplate the speaker's message.
February 6, 2023 Spokesman
The Rotary Club of Kirkland held a meeting on February 6, 2023 at SOI Thai Restaurant & Bar.

Past-president Rick Walter, subbing for President Amy Mutal, called the meeting to order at 6:15 p.m.

Brandon Honcoop came up with a flag on his phone and led us in the pledge.

Attending were David Aubry, Scott Becker, Donald Dicks, Jocelyn Ellison, Doug Evanson, James Feek, Rashmi Garimella, Brandon Honcoop, Alan Hoviland, Jim Meniketti, Rick Ostrander, Joanne Primavera, John Pruitt, Steve Shinstrom, Karin Quirk, Patti Smith, Alice Volpe, and Rick Walter.


We had quite a few guests also: Lake Washington High School Student of the Month Elena Ferry brought her parents Doug Ferry and Caroli Pohl-Ferry, and was also accompanied by Nichole Swanger, career specialist at Lake Washington High School.  Visiting Rotarians included Beverly Jacobson from Duvall Rotary, and former Kirkland Rotary President and now-South Everett-Mukilteo Rotarian John Woodbery.

Jim Meniketti manned the front table; Rick Walter did much greeting.  As everyone paid for their own drinks and meals, no money was collected.  We had 19 members present!
Rick Walter thanked Jim Meniketti for manning the table and “taking roll”.

Announcements, Club Business, Committee Reports:

Rick Walter gave us a brief Rotary Moment by recounting the story behind the old Women’s Auxiliary, the Rotary-Anns.  This dates from when Rotary was an all-male organization.
Club Fundraising Plans Progress
In January, the Rotary Club of Kirkland membership approved moving to an annual rummage sale as the club's major fundraising project. The club's Fundraising Committee, Pete Anderson, Dave DeBois, and Rick Walter, have now formalized the fundraising committee structure and will be engaging members in commitments within the next few weeks. Gary Cohn has been researching details of school district partnership in the project, and has been able to discuss options with staff at LWHS and the district superintendent. Meetings and visits to two or three district sites are likely within the month in order for the club have adequate information to file the Building Use Application required to reserve space at schools. Dave and Gary are gathering information from the Bainbridge Island and Kirkland police departments in order to lay well-considered safety and security plans. The first rummage sale will most likely be during the last week of June or early July, depending upon location details. Members may tour the Rotary Club of Bainbridge Island Annual Auction & Rummage Sale website for background information on their project.
Rotary's Four-Way Test
Club Attendance for January 2023
The club held three meetings during January 2023, two at the SOI Thai Restaurant & Bar, and one January 30 exclusively via Zoom. Overall club attendance for the month was 53%, a better rate than all but the month of August in 2022.  The club's membership stood at 36 active members effective January 30, 34 of whom (94%) have paid dues as of February 6. 
Club Attendance for December 2022
The club held three meetings during December 2022, two at the Courtyard by Marriott and a holiday event at St. John's Episcopal Church. Not all included a Zoom option. Overall club attendance for the month was 38%, a four percent gain over the month of November.  The club's membership stood at 35 active members effective September 20, 33 of whom (94%) have paid dues as of February 6. 
Feb 20, 2023
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This Week's Meeting Attendance
Upcoming Events
Rotary Club of Kirkland Meeting
Virtual Meeting
Feb 13, 2023
6:15 PM – 7:15 PM
Rotary Board of Directors Meeting
Virtual Meeting
Feb 16, 2023
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Bye Week (No Meeting)
Feb 27, 2023
6:15 PM – 7:15 PM
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Rick Ostrander
January 7
Patti Smith
January 18
Steve Shinstrom
January 30
Join Date
Gary Cohn
January 1, 2001
22 years
Kristin Olson
January 7, 2019
4 years
Mekonen Giorgis
January 12, 2009
14 years
Bulletin Editor
Gary Cohn
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