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General Club Assembly
October 11, 2023
This was a hybrid meeting with attendees in person and on Zoom. 
Dr. David Cotant welcomed members and guests as they arrived, and managed raffles sales for the day.
Sue Potter called the meeting order at 12:30. Continuing to shake things up a bit, President Sue started with the Pledge of Allegiance led by Gretchen Allen. This was followed by the Rotary Four Way Test led by Scott Adams. 
Jeannie provided an inspiration: Given the recent attacks on Israel, a quote from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., “Stick to love, hate is too great a burden to bear”.
Welcome and introduction of guests
  • Dave Harkness, Tacoma South Rotary
  • Karen Gilbert, West Pierce Fire & Rescue
Foundation:  Georgene asked, “Who knows what’s happening on October 24th”? Gretchen replied that it’s our foundation gathering at the Country Club, bring lots of money to give, and the first drink is on Georgene!  Please join us at 4:30 PM (okay to arrive a little later), stay and have dinner. This is a foundation fundraiser.  Let Georgene know if you can come.
Fundraising: Scott noted that the deposit was made for CPRI, to be held on October 8th. And, the fundraising committee will meet for about 15-20 minutes after the October 25th general club assembly. Joyce later noted that she has heard from West Pierce Cares regarding the Christmas shopping and Ellie has agreed to provide space and food for our Christmas wrapping party. 
Membership: Gretchen announced that Dr. Jan Lewis has been affirmed as a member. She will attend the October 18th meeting to be inducted into the club. Mike Killen is her sponsor. Gretchen also mentioned that Paul Webb will be bringing two guests next week.
Treasurer: Joyce is working on a form for fun & fines and deposits to make them more transparent.
Ramona: October 10th was World Mental Health Awareness Day. She has been working with Little Church on the Prairie to collect blankets. Please brings gently used or new blankets to the October 18th and/or October 25th general assembly meeting. Or, you can contribute cash and she will buy blankets. She will also deliver them all to Little Church who will hand them out to the homeless. 
Paige: Thank for allowing me to be a part of this amazing club. Lakewood Playhouse has a new Director that they are very excited about. December there will be storytelling at the Playhouse, and this Friday, October 13th from 7-9:30 her band will play and there will be other activities. Only $10. She also noted that the public broadcasting radio station she works for just raised $400,000, and gained many new regular subscribers.
President’s Minute
Sue thanked the membership for the grace given while she is transitioning at work and home, and everything else going on.  Her Mom has a boyfriend. Mom and her boyfriend are going to Mexico in December and they have invited Sue.
Dr. Dave Jokes of the week…
What do you call a cow and two ducks? Milk & Quakers
When does a joke become a Dad Joke? When it becomes a parent
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall…. He had a great summer too!
Putt-Putt Golf Tourney
Dave Harkness encouraged all to sign up for their annual putt-putt golf tournament at Harkness Furniture on Friday, October 20th. 5PM doors open & cocktails; 6-6:45 dinner; 7PM tee times begin. Last year they raised $77,000. They are adding a match to help provide 100 service dogs to veterans experiencing PTSD. Dave also presented Sue with a $100 gift certificate to Harness to use as we wish.
Nourish Dinner & Auction
Sue announced the Nourish Food Bank Dinner & Auction to be held Saturday, November 11, 2023 to celebrate their 50th Anniversary of serving communities with compassion, dignity, and respect. Kim Archer band, silent auction, fabulous food, Mattress Ranch cows are being auctioned.  Learn more and join us.  
Program Speaker
Karen Gilbert provided information on the West Pierce Fire & Rescue Connected Care Program. 
Ramona had the lucky ticket, but didn’t pull the Ace to win the jackpot.