Next Rotary Club of Kirkland Meeting
Monday, January 24, 2022
January 10, 2022 Spokesman
The Rotary Club of Kirkland held a meeting on January 10, 2022 at the Courtyard by Marriott hotel.

President Dave DeBois rang the bell at 6:25 p.m., calling the club meeting to order.

Don Dicks led the membership in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Attending were George Anderson, Pete Anderson, Rich Bergdahl, Gary Cohn*, David DeBois, Donald Dicks, Michael Hunter, Jim Meniketti, Rick Ostrander, Joanne Primavera, John Pruitt, John Storbeck, and Rick Walter. *Attended the meeting online.


Isabelle Kalisa, who works for HERO House, was back for another visit, her third to the club. A new potential member, Rashmi Garimella, attended this evening. She works for Microsoft, is a Kirkland resident, and has submitted a membership application to the club. Club members welcomed both guests. Jeanine Nordeen from the Capital Centennial club was a guest, and discussed working with Mercy ships. She works at Smiles Dental and will be in Kirkland for a few weeks. Mike Hunter introduced Student of the Month Koumudi Thanda, who will speak later in the meeting, and her sister Kundavi Thanda, who is currently attending Utah State University.


Our greeter this evening was Jim Meniketti, who manned the front desk.
January Environment Series Expanded
The club's program series on Washington’s environment has expanded to a four-speaker series. Catherine Endicott presented the January 10 program on the North Cascades Institute's work connecting people, nature, and community through Pacific Northwest natural and cultural history. On January 24, the executive director of Save Our wild Salmon, Joseph Bogaard, will describe how a coalition is restoring abundant, self-sustaining fishable populations of salmon and steelhead, and discuss proposed dam removals. On January 31, Washington State Department of Transportation’s regional lead, Elizabeth McGovern will brief club members on the state’s work to improve fish populations by removing barriers to spawning habitats in the region, including remediation of culverts in the northwest. Finally, on February 7, Thomas Meyer will provide Rotarians an overview of the issues and campaigns on which Food & Water Watch works, from stopping fracking to cleaning up our food system, to protecting water as a human right. Thank you to club president Dave DeBois for generating this program series. For more information on Rotary programs, visit the Speakers page.
Rotary's Four-Way Test
Rotary Scholars Write: Naomi Kern
Hello all,  
I would like to thank the Kirkland Rotary Club for supporting me on my academic journey. I have had an amazing first quarter at UW! This quarter I learned about electric and magnetic interactions in Physics 122, double integrals in Math 126, rhetoric across genres in English 131, and different engineering career paths in my engineering seminar. I enjoyed the fast pace and interesting content of these classes and am excited for next quarter. I also joined one of the Campus Philharmonia Orchestras with my brother and met Huskies across various majors at our weekly rehearsals. Outside of classes, I have been enjoying running on the Burke-Gilman trail and exploring Seattle! Next quarter, I will also be starting work as an undergraduate researcher at the Lidstrom Lab, investigating the metabolism of methane-eating bacteria and their possible role in combating climate change. Thanks again and I wish all the Rotary club members a safe and happy holiday season!

Naomi Kern
UW Engineering ‘25
Rotary Scholars Write: Nelly Mex
Hello, my name is Nelly, and I am a student at the University of Washington in Seattle studying biochemistry. This past quarter has been full of struggles and achievements, but overall, I have enjoyed this experience to the fullest. I recently started working at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, where I've been learning about animal research and specific rodent service techniques. In the future, I hope to apply to a lab position where I'll be able to learn more formal research procedures. My family and I are very grateful to Kirkland Rotary for the aid provided to me. I will continue to work to my fullest potential and to make every moment meaningful!" 
Koumudi Thanda, Rotary Student of the Month from Juanita High School, speaks to club members.
Photo: George Anderson
Jan 17, 2022
Jan 24, 2022 6:40 PM
Restoring abundant, self-sustaining fishable populations of salmon and steelhead
Jan 31, 2022 6:40 PM
Learn why fish passage barriers need to be fixed to preserve fish populations
Feb 07, 2022 6:40 PM
An overview of the issues and campaigns on which Food & Water Watch works
Feb 21, 2022
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Rotary Club of Kirkland Meeting
Courtyard by Marriott Hotel
Jan 10, 2022
6:15 PM – 7:15 PM
Rotary Board of Directors Meeting
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Jan 20, 2022
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Rotary Club of Kirkland Meeting
Courtyard by Marriott Hotel
Jan 24, 2022
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Rotary Club of Kirkland Meeting
Courtyard by Marriott Hotel
Jan 31, 2022
6:15 PM – 7:15 PM
Rotary Board of Directors Meeting
Zoom Virtual Meeting
Feb 17, 2022
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
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