July 6th was our first meeting for the 2017 Rotary year. President Dave Hanson outlined his new lineup and restated our focus for the year. Kids are primary as we seek to improve on our past efforts and look to increase our visibility and look for additional avenues for Service.
Rotarians come from all walks of life; always understanding that our strengths are what gets us through. That strength is what connects us with human beings as we acknowledge ourselves as human beings. David and Pamela tell how they got through her cancer together.
The ramifications of the $15 minimum wage are beyond what many may know. Herewith is a trip through the subject as put forth by our September 29th speaker, Bob Donegan, CEO of Ivar’s:
What wage to start at–immediate or phase in?
Over what period to phase in?
What is included in income, i.e., tips, bonuses, health care benefits?
Determined by size of organization or the sector?
How is law to be enforced?
Principles agreed upon:
All employees to be treated the same
All compensation that appears on W-2 has to be included
The training phase for high school graduates, ex-convicts, and immigrants begins with a phase-in wage to work up to $15/hour.
If an employer has more than 500 personnel, this business is a large employer, which must get to the wage in 3 years. If health care insurance is included, 4 years. Tips must be included in the case of small employers.
The question arises as to whether to increase revenue by adding a service charge or raising item prices? The solutions range from one of these to another in various restaurants. The Ivar’s sites will go to $15 over 3 years…If a service charge occurs, it must be shown on the menu what it is and where it is to go. If a price rise is made, this is not necessary. No tips are expected at Ivar’s. But 40% of patrons leave tips, over and above the price rise. Parity between the out-front workers and the kitchen staff has had to be achieved. The results to date:
–People have bought fewer items.
–Customer accounts and sales are down.
–90% of employers raised wages.
–62% of employers raised prices.
–30% laid off workers.
–30 added a service charge.
Primary factor that has raised employment is the vigorous economy:
Many high rise cranes…
Record year for cruises
Hotel occupancy is over 90%
Unemployment is less than 3%.
Obviously, the economy is driving more changes than the minimum wage law. A city law requires that all employees must be given a notice of two weeks as to what their schedules will be. Initiatives regarding paid time off and gender equality will probably pass.
I encourage you to take the time to read through my quick update on happenings in the club as we approach the end of summer. And please be nice to Past Presidents Tim and Mike as they take the helm for the next two weeks as I vacation!
Relay for Life
Thanks to all who participated in and supported our efforts at this year’s Relay for Life on August 13th at Cal Anderson Park on Capitol Hill. What a great way for our club to show a presence in the community, and make a difference in such an important cause.
District 5030 Picnic
This Sunday, August 28th, District 5030 is sponsoring an Old Fashioned Summer Picnic from 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM at Aubrey Davis Park on Mercer Island. Bring a lunch (barbeques will be fired up if you want to throw something on the grill) and enjoy accoutrements and beverages courtesy of District Governor Darling and the company of fellow District 5030 Rotarians. Details and info the District 5030 website.
We’ll continue to support TINFA in an even bigger way this year. Many of you had the pleasure of attending our meeting with Emma Le Du, where we connected with one of the schools in Guatemala.
We have three needs and opportunities related to our TINFA relationship:
Need – Connect with other clubs to partner with us for a Global Grant
Need/Opportunity – Volunteer to interface with teachers in Guatemala via Skype to help familiarize them with the technology (three volunteers needed – Spanish speakers a plus)
Opportunity – Consider a trip to visit the schools in Guatemala in February
In Search of 2017/2018 President Elect
We’ve asked a few who aren’t quite ready to take on the task, and we have a few more in mind to approach. That being said, if you’re interested in the job please see me!
Debuts & Discoveries 2017 Grant Recipient
Calling all interested organizations, the time is now to submit an application to be the primary recipient of the funds from our 2017 Debuts & Discoveries event. We only have a few submissions and the deadline is fast approaching (August 29th).
Life situations have resulted in the loss of some of our members. Let’s refresh the ranks by thinking of just one person to bring to a breakfast meeting. It can be a friend, colleague, business contact, or merchant that you patronize. Our Membership Committee leaders, Colleen and Past President Tim, are here to help in any way they can.
DG Bo Darling, of hydroplane fame, used boat racing to exemplify the teamwork ethic which he champions. This led into his discourse on fellowship, membership, and continuity.
As he spoke, it was evident that these three are interdependent.
Fellowship takes place when we do things together, whether at meetings or events such as fireside chats, projects, and activities. As we know, fellowship events do bring people together, either locally or at the district level. Inspired by last year’s successful outing, he declares an 8/28 district picnic on Mercer Island, 10AM-3PM. It will be child-friendly; full families are invited. As to continuity, he pointed to the rising number of Interact and Rotaract Clubs throughout the District.
This continuity is an imperative. Essential to the organization, youth must be heard and regarded. Rotary addresses it. In that regard, all in the District will come together on 9/19 to review rules and regulations. In particular, membership criteria are to be added. Attendance requirements have been relaxed and may be changed to adapt for an individual club.
To preview the District Conference in Portland, he displayed a vertiginous video of the Rose City. To be commemorated at that time will be the 100th anniversary of Rotary Foundation and 30 years of women in Rotary (and we’ve never been the same).
A manufacturer said to a storekeeper, “Thank you, Mr. Schwartz, for your patronage.
I wish I had twenty customers like you.”
“Gee, it’s good to hear you talk like that, but I’m kind of surprised,” admitted Schwartz.
“You know that I protest every bill and never pay on time.”
The manufacturer said, “I’d still like twenty customers like you.
The problem is, I have two hundred.”
The high school kid loved fast cars, and was thrilled to land a summer job with the local Alfa Romeo service center.
“Gee, Mr. Vespucci,” he gushed, grabbing a wrench,
“I can’t wait to learn the ins and outs of fixing up these babies.”
So he was startled when Mr. Vespucci told him to put down his tools and listen up.
“The first thing you gotta learn how to do,” he instructed the kid,
“is to open the hood, stand back, and shake your head very, very sadly.”
Quite often when asked, “What is Rotary?” it is easy to respond, “We are a Service Organization”, whatever that means. Most of us then begin to enumerate the various local and international projects or causes we support; including programs which aide and promote international understanding; and who hasn’t heard about Rotary’s commitment to the eradication of worldwide polio, or how about the various local and national literacy projects; not to exclude, local food drives, tree planting, and the promotion of Rotaract clubs which introduce and involve college students in “Service Above Self”. Most important for the success of all of these endeavors is the camaraderie.
“Fellow Rotarians, It is with a heavy heart that I send you this …. Rev. David Storm passed earlier today and I wanted to make sure all of you knew of the passing of this great Rotarian. I am told he was his normal quick-wit self up till the end….just like a bright bulb that finally fades away at the end, just as he would have wanted. An amazing man dedicated to the church and our rotary club, he will be incredibly missed. As more details come out around services and other celebrations of life, I will let you know.” –Tim Lenihan, Club President
“The tributes that have come in e-mail form for David Storm cannot be exceeded in eloquence, nor can their sincerity be gainsaid. We are glad that he was honored in life and thus was able to feel the affection and respect of so many before he left us. As some may know, he held a pulpit for years in Port Angeles. At the time of the fiftieth anniversary celebration of his ordination, held in this city, the numbers of attendees were swelled by many who saw fit to travel from there to be present. Such was but one example of the esteem he engendered in the course of a fulfilled life.
Although he traumatically sustained splintering neck fractures that could have rendered him at least paralyzed, he was granted a recovery, possibly by One who decided that we might have him a bit longer.
The Rotarians and those at Merrill Gardens will miss his philosophy and good humor. He has left a hiatus in both places.”-Dr Harold Ellner
“Such a wonderful man”.-John Reynolds
“He was a fine man.”-Arnold Swanberg
“Rev. Storm was a hero to me.”-Tom Ranken
“I did not know Rev. Storm very long but, as the daughter of an Episcopal priest, I enjoyed his invocations immensely and had some memorable chats with him over breakfast. I was so impressed by his commitment to Rotary and unblemished attendance record. What a remarkable man and great role model.”-Sarah Cave
“Reverend Storm was a friend to all of us, ready at a moment’s notice to provide an invocation, and brought his sense of humor and joy to our Rotary meetings. He will be remembered well.-Lillian “Scotty” Ottaviano