Posted on Feb 22, 2019
Dave Shields
Dave Shields talked TRASH! Dave reminded us that polyethylene (plastic films and overwrap, produce bags, bubble wrap) is one of the worst pollutants in our landfills and beyond. Bainbridge’s Sakai HS is collecting PE bags or “films” for a competition to win a bench made of 10.000 recycled plastic bottles. Help by bringing your CLEAN (no dirtbags!) plastic films to Kimi “The Bag Lady”  at the Friday Rotary Meetings. 
 
Devyn Newcombe and daughter Natalie
Devyn Newcombe and her daughter Natalie gave the Viking Spirit Award to Cindy Tveit for writing (and writing...and writing...and writing) up these Highlights! Well done Cindy!
 

Important Announcements 

• Chris Carthum (Outbound Youth Exchange) looking for odd jobs to earn $$$ 
• Feb 24: Chilly Hilly booth  
• Feb 24: Eli Statue reveal 
• Dan Weedin shared that Mc is on an excursion with other Youth Exchange Students. We need one more host family for Mc for the final stretch (needs to be in the NKSD attendance area). See Dan to invite Mc to a dinner or fun event soon! 
 

Classification Talk - Harlan Harris

Harlan Harris
Each new member to our club gives a "classification talk" to tell other members something about his or her life and work. Harlan Harris gave his New Member Talk. He defines his life in 5 distinguishing features:

1. Leader  
2. Bridge
3. Violinist  
4. Overcomer  
 
Harlan’s parents divorced when he was young, and lived with his mother and sisters. He pursued violin (like his father), Scouts, football, orchestra, tennis, theater and dance. He gave college and junior college a try but it didn’t go well. He discovered he still wanted to be in music, but not a music teacher. He then discovered a deep relationship with God and Jesus and transferred his love of music to a love of ministry. And he met and married Cheryl! 
 
He moved from California to the PNW and loves it. After trying many jobs, he took some programming classes, became a father, and began to work in Internal Tech Support at Microsoft. He now works in the cloud! Through it, he discovered those first 4 defining qualities. But what is #5? 
  
5. Rotarian: Harlan is a committed Rotarian enjoying active participation on the Professional Services committee to help guide the future of work and lifelong learning. 
 

Classification Talk - Joe Bettridge

Joe BettridgeJoe Bettridge gave his New Member Talk also, but he’s not new to Rotary! Joe has been a Rotarian for 35 years, and he noted that this club is very positive and happy. His first club was in Wasilla, Alaska, and his “classification” was “Clergy.” He relates more to the titles of pastor, preacher, or minister. He does “not know how to clerge.” 
 
Joe went to UW, starting in business before changing his major. He was a frat boy in the 60s, which he said was definitely a story for another time. Then he attended a Presbyterian church service and heard his calling. He went to seminary school, got married in 1972, and moved to Alaska. In grad school he wrote a dissertation on the tribal culture of the Tlingit people. He also had the pleasure to have performed a wedding for the first female musher in the Iditarod. 
 
Joe says he learned the most about himself during periods or problems, struggles and failures. He faced his alcoholism head on and wrote heartfelt letters to 2000 people. He was treated with encouragement and compassion, and he got a second chance with life and ministry, which he now shares with others as he offers help. He believes in the words of the Rolling Stones: “You can't always get what you want, but if you try, sometime you find you get what you need.”  
 
He also finds comfort in the Serenity Prayer.
  
That’s Joe’s story — and he’s sticking to it!  
 

Don Russell - Photos from Brazil

Don Russell - Photos from BrazilDon Russell shared spectacular photos from his trip to Brazil, where he “shot” jaguars (with his camera!). Don’s trip took him to the Pantanal wetlands — 350 square miles — the largest in the world. His group drove 150 miles, only half of which was paved, stopping every 15 minutes to photograph birds. They traveled over 25 bridges, some of which were not in good shape. He went in 3 boats, on two rivers and three streams, and saw jaguars in the natural setting, from 100-200 feet away. Some were identified well enough through unique patterns on their forehead spots, that they had been named: Jaju, Medrosa, Juru, Patricia (what a coincidence!). Don was surprised to find that jaguars are very comfortable in the water. They look for fish or caiman, and even kill crocodiles by grabbing behind their heads and smothering them. Jaguars are 250-350 pounds when grown.
 
Each day, Don typically shot for an hour in one spot to see if the jaguar would do anything, then they moved to a new spot when the sighted another jaguar. He took 7000 photos in temperatures that go up to 95 or 100 in the afternoon (and this was the middle of their winter!). 
 
Don was open to talking specifics about cameras after his presentation. He used 20 megapixel Olympus cameras, taking 80% of his shots with his 90-400 zoom, and his 600mm lens the other 20% of the time.
 

Classification Talk - Kim McCoy

Kim McCoy
Kim gave this classification talk at a club meeting last October. 
 
Kim’s life began prematurely, due to a car accident, to a single parent in The Bronx. But despite her early arrival and her low birth weight of just 2 pounds and 2 ounces, she entered the world determined to thrive, despite all odds. She began her life as the proof that miracles can, and do, happen. Kim’s story illustrates who is and how it ties to Rotary’s 4-Way Test. It showed that Service Above Self is simply in her DNA. 
 
From very early on, Kim’s mom showed her the value of giving to those in need, by serving and supporting others in the most selfless ways, such as helping people with drug additions, by giving them the spare bedroom in their home to help dry out and get clean. Or making hundreds of sandwiches and desserts for the school's field trips so every kid was nourished. There were many examples of her mother’s beautiful giving nature.
  
Kim’s dad was a military man who eventually married her mother. One of the first of many lessons he taught Kim was, "Do the right thing.” The family lived in Alaska during a period of civil and racial unrest in the US, where they were surrounded by great diversity and a loving community that shielded them from the terrible happenings in our country at that time.
 
Her dad was one of 17 children born into a sharecropping family working the fields for others in North Carolina. The military drafted him and gave him his own tee shirts and underwear. He claimed he would never get out of Army because of that! He excelled in the Army, and by the time of his retirement he beat out over 1,200 applicants for a top job at IBM working with very diverse colleagues--Just miles from where as a child he and his family worked the land for others for scraps of food and a shack to live in. 
 
Her dad, just like her mom, always reached out to help others. He once found a homeless man while the family was camping and fishing in Anchorage. They took him home, nicknamed him Sarge, and cleaned him up. And nearly 48 years later Sarge attended her dad's funeral. The lesson Kim learned was: “The impact we have on others in need may not always be known, but the impact can be extraordinarily profound.” 
 
Once, when Kim was 9, while the family was traversing a dirt road leading out of the woods from a fishing excursion, Kim tossed some litter out of the car window. Her dad adjusted his rear-view mirror to stare at her, slowed down, but kept his eyes on her. He finally pulled over and said, "Go get 8t". The lesson here was far more than, "Don't Litter." There was a much larger lesson: Although her dad has passed on, Kim believes he still has her in his focus --eyes locked on her via his rear-view mirror. And now, metaphorically, she has her own rear-view mirror, and she fully understands that all that she needs to do in life is reflected in it. 
 
Here are some of Kim’s gems: 
 
As she does things in her genuine manner with integrity and love: TRUTH will emerge.
When she works with others to help level the playing field for those in need: FAIRNESS will prevail.  
When she connects people to other people, places, things, and even puppies: FRIENDSHIPS are formed and GOODWILL is done. 
When she maintains integrity and reaches out and/or steps aside at times to make room for others: It will be BENEFICIAL to all concerned. 
 She has both Service Above Self, and the living 4-Way test woven into her being – in her DNA. 
 
Kim thanked Karen Timken for sponsoring her into the club. She also shared that she is a germaphobe, so although she’s happy to shake hands or even hug at times, she does not do so just before or during meals. She explained that she will happily be at any Rotary indoor event or cold weather event, but no hot weather sunny day events due to an autoimmune disease called discoid lupus, where the sun lesions her skin. She gave her sincerely commitment to the club and offered her true dedication to our work. 
 
Kim is proud to be a Rotarian. She brings all that embodies Rotary to our club, along with her extensive 37year journey of working with nonprofits. Her most recent work has been with Girl Scouts, where she currently serves as the Regional Director, Peninsula Region, Girl Scouts of Western Washington. She has coordinated the panel that will be our featured presenters at our Friday meeting tomorrow, February 15, 2019: GIRL SCOUTS: Building Girls of Courage, Confidence, and Character, Who Make The World a Better Place.  
 
Thank you, Kim!