Social/Networking

Time for networking and for social events is an important part of Gualala Rotary. Each month, the members have a short social time during the members meeting, and a longer time, including spouses, at the monthly dinner meeting.

Holiday Party: December 10 , 2021

Ever played “White Elephant Gift Exchange?” After reports from the chairs of the committees on Health Care scholarships, the High School Radio Project, and Membership/Meetings (also known as the FUN committee), we moved right into our gift-giving. Everyone received something charming, delightful, ooooops, or meaningful. Through some complicated rules that only Steve Chell and Ron Miles could grasp, you can get your gift taken away by someone else. Thus, Cliff started out with a nice bottle of Jameson’s, which Ron then claimed, and left Cliff with a white Teddy Bear. cindy, Annan, and Susan fought it out over the three pigs ornament. You get the picture. We ended with a new poster child for our next party: Dave Crowl got a karoke microphone. It works!

District Governor’s Visit: October 15, 2021

The District Governor asked how our Club kept going during the COVID-19 lockdown, and if we found Zoom a useful tool when we could not all meet together. He also honored our special guests, the owners of Sea Ranch Supply, Stacy and Chris Atkinson, who were one of three finalists for the District’s Ethics in Business Award. And our own Michael Combs, for his Paul Harris award.

The Kick-Out Dinner

We hold an annual “kick-out” party. Our old president is “kicked out,” and the new president installed. In 2021, the kick-out took place August 27th at the Del Mar House, the Sea Ranch.

In addition to the wonderful catered lasagne dinner accompanied by some outstanding wine of the North Coast, the old President, Jim DeWilder, received tributes, including this one from our new President, Annan Paterson:

Former Presidents of Gualala Rotary, all “kicked out.”

(To the tune of Auld Lang Syne)

Should old presidents be forgot

And never brought to mind?

Should old presidents be forgot

No, never you, Jimbo!..

For auld lang syne, my dear

For auld lang syne.

Gualala Rotary kickes ye out

For auld lang syne.

(You get the picture!)