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Duck Dash 2021 at Kirkland's Marina Park!!!
The racing ducks are corralled in the Marina Park alcove.
Photos: Rich Bergdahl
A bird's eye view of the racing ducks readied for the start in the Duck Dash Boom.
The Duck Dash finish line for the racing ducks at the end of the race course.
October 4, 2021 Spokesman
The Rotary Club of Kirkland held a meeting online on October 4, 2021.

President Dave DeBois rang the bell at 6:15 p.m., calling the club meeting to order.

John Woodbery led the membership in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Attending were George Anderson, David Aubry, Scott Becker, Christine Bell, Rich Bergdahl, Bella Chaffey, Gary Cohn, Matthew Colpitts, David DeBois, Donald Dicks, Monica Fratita, Shellie Gehring, Margie Glenn, Brandon Honcoop, Michael Hunter, Jim Meniketti, Rick Ostrander, Joanne Primavera, John Pruitt, Patti Smith, Bill Taylor, Rick Walter, John Woodbery.


There was one guest in addition to the speaker: Saundra Gregory, with Sound Community Bank, was attending her second meeting and checking out the club for possible membership. Her first visit was at the Duck Branding event, so she should be up to any challenge after that.
Welcome New Members
Welcome four new members to the Rotary Club of Kirkland!
Holiday Gift Giving Cycle Begins
Bella Chaffey, chair of the Rotary Club of Kirkland Community Service Committee, announced the start of the process to get everything planned for the club's Holiday Gifting to John Muir Elementary School families. Bella notes that before the committee can commit to a certain number of families to serve this season, the committee needs to see how much Rotarians can raise for this incredible program.
If rotarians would like to donate now, information about how to give for the Holiday Gift program is below. Bella shared at the October 4 club meeting that she personally kicked off the donations using the club's Donate web page, and found that it could not be easier to do!!

To make your Holiday Gift Donation, go to the Donate page on the website. You can find the link on the home page, at the top in the gold banner. On the donation page, where is says “Please Select Your Donation Designation”, be sure to choose the “Holiday Gift” option from the drop-down menu. On the donation page there are pre-set amounts from which to choose, and the option to fill in your own amount has been re-established on the page. (Please note that the minimum amount for this page is $10 due to bank fraud prevention rules.)
Alternatively, you could send a check to the Rotary Club of Kirkland post office box. If that is what you choose to do, please write “Holiday Gift” in the “memo” area of the check.
Rotary's Four-Way Test
Duck Dash 2021 Photo Albums Posted
Photos from racing duck branding party and this year's Great Puget Sound Duck Dash are posted to the photo album page. Just click link above to see the branding party photo slide show from the event at the Lee Johnson Auto Family site, and click on the big yellow duck to access the duck race slide show! Many thanks to George Anderson and Rich Bergdahl for the wonderful photographs.
UW Presidential Scholars Update
Last December, just before the holiday break, Rotarians heard from Dr. Philip Ballinger, special advisor to for the University of Washington's Presidential Scholars Initiative. At the time, Rotarians asked to be able to support the program and to be kept abreast of its development. Dr. Ballinger provides the club an update on the program.
Dr. Ballinger notes that some of our young people in Washington amaze us by their commitment and work to serve others and their communities. Sometimes these students do not show up on high school 'radars' that traditionally focus on highest competitive academics, athletic achievement, or relative social popularity. And yet, some of our most promising young people are quietly doing astonishing things to help others and their communities.  We want to identify and recognize these vital future community builders and leaders in Washington!
Rotary Board Members Visit Possible Venue
Club President Dave DeBois led board members on a visit to the Courtyard by Marriott at 11215 NE 124th Street in Kirkland. This location is west of I-405 at Totem Lake, on the south side of 124th across the street from the QFC. Board members met with Courtyard staff and visited two meeting rooms to determine their suitability for Monday night club meetings. The Rose Hill Room is approximately 750 s.f., and the Evergreen Room is approximately 1.150 s.f.
Board leadership is engaged in conversations with the Courtyard's management regarding menus, amenities, and costs. President Dave notes that if an arrangement can be reached, the earliest possible in-person meeting date would be October 18. Expect to learn more about this possible venue for club meetings at the next online club meeting, October 4.
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