Next Regular Rotary Club of Kirkland
Meeting is Monday, January 23, 2023
at SOI Restaurant & Bar in Kirkland Urban
There is no meeting on January 16, 2023 due to the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday
Kirkland Rotarians wrap holiday gifts for needy families at the annual holiday party.
Santa Claus and Rotarian Rick Walter give the Rotary holiday gift giving project thumbs up.
Rotarians prepare to distribute holiday gifts to John Muir Elementary families.
January 9, 2023 Spokesman
The Rotary Club of Kirkland held a meeting on January 9, 2023 at SOI Restaurant & Bar in the Kirkland Urban.

President Amy Mutal called the meeting to order at 6:15 p.m., our first meeting at SOI Restaurant  & Bar in the Kirkland Urban.  [Before the meeting began, we were moved down to a room on the main floor with fire pits and a bit of a view.]

President Amy Mutal led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Attending were Pete Anderson, David Aubry, David DeBois, Donald Dicks, Jim Meniketti, Amy Mutal, Rick Ostrander, Joanne Primavera, and John Pruitt.


This evening’s guests were our speaker, Clark Roberts, and his wife Karrie Sue Roberts and his guide dog Aurelia; the student of the month from Lake Washington High School, Stuart Barry, his father, Jeff Barry, his mother, Ginger Barry, and the high school’s career specialist, Nichole Swanger; the student of the month from Emerson High School, Ally Thompson; Dave Aubry’s wife, Anna Aubry; and former club member Dave Mutal. In addition, Sanjeev Wad, a visiting Rotarian, joined the club from the Rotary Club of Bangalore North in India.
Holiday Gift Shopping a Success!
What do you get when you add together the Rotary Club of Kirkland, the Christmas season, and Fred Meyer?
You get holiday gifts for fifteen Kirkland families, which includes over 70 children. Rotary Club of Kirkland members spent a Saturday morning shopping at Fred Meyer for these families and then held their annual wrapping part on December 19. This timing allows club members to deliver gifts to the families on the Tuesday before Christmas.
After the bows and ribbons were attached, the club members and their guests sat down for the annual Rotary Club of Kirkland Holiday Party dinner. Then the Rotarians drove the surprise holiday gift bundles to each of the homes to bring good cheer to their Kirkland neighbors.
Rotary's 2023 Scholarships Posted
Rotarians, our club's 2023 scholarship program has launched.  Our vocational service committee will gratefully accept further donations of scholarship funds, and volunteers for scholarship applicant interviews!  For 2023, the club’s allocation has been boosted to $15,000.  The board of directors approved six scholarships of $2,500 for this year.  In addition, we carry over one unclaimed scholarship from last year's awards, and have commitments for four additional, "specialty" scholarships this year, bringing our program total to $28,000.  The largest scholarship this year is the business and accounting scholarship at $5,500 co-sponsored by Hutchison & Walter and Rick Walter.  If you’re willing to sponsor a scholarship this year, or you can corral a scholarship donation from someone in our community, please get in touch with Gary Cohn as soon as practical.
Rotary's Four-Way Test
Meet the January Students of the Month
The Rotary Club of Kirkland Student of the Month program continues in January with four student of the month, three for the month and one rescheduled from November.

Ally Thompson met club members on Monday, January 9. Ally describes herself as a hardworking, intelligent woman who values community service and sharing information to expand her opinions and knowledge of things that are interesting to her. Her high priority goals include graduating from high school and getting a part time office job. One of Ally’s major accomplishments is returning to high school for a fifth year after missing many months, and maintaining her above-average GPA and relationship with my community despite great challenges. She says her most important community involvement is speaking to homeless youth and women at shelters at which she volunteers, which provides her insight on their lives, and the capacity to see life from a different perspective.
Club Members Try a New Location
During the month of January, the Rotary Club of Kirkland is meeting at SOI Restaurant & Bar in the Kirkland Urban.  Two in-person meetings are planned at SOI, on January 9 and 23, to be followed by an all-Zoom meeting on January 30 to discuss the club's meeting location and frequency, as well as major fund raising project plans.   President Amy Mutal and the board of directors have been researching alternative locations following The Courtyard by Marriott's notice to the club that Mondays would not be guaranteed in 2023.
Jan 16, 2023
Jan 23, 2023 6:40 PM
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This Week's Meeting Attendance
Upcoming Events
Rotary Board of Directors Meeting
Prevail Wealth Management
Jan 19, 2023
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Rotary Club of Kirkland Meeting
SOI Thai Restaurant & Bar
Jan 23, 2023
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Rotary Club of Kirkland Meeting
Virtual Meeting
Jan 30, 2023
6:15 PM – 7:15 PM
Rotary Club of Kirkland Meeting
Courtyard by Marriott Hotel
Feb 06, 2023
6:15 PM – 7:15 PM
Valentine's Day Sweethearts' Night
Feb 13, 2023
6:00 PM – 8:00 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
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