Posted by G. Stowe Talbot on Jan 09, 2018
Flag Salute & Invocation by Tony Freeland
 
Visiting Rotarians: Yvonne Swanberg
 
Guests: Bob Tull, Michael Lawler
 
Announcements
 
President Curtis with birthdays and Rotary anniversaries.
 
Next week. 
Feb. 3 District Grants seminar will take place.
 
January 18th BBRC Rotary networking lunch at Hearthfire at noon!
 
Business Promo minute: Curtis said his company, Interconnect Systems, is celebrating its 39th anniversary this year.  Curtis has been running it since 1979.  Interconnect Systems provides businesss communication systems, mostly but not exclusively telephone systems, wiring and cabling, and business communications accessories.  Over 1500 customers. Congratulations, Curtis!  http://www.interconnectsys.com/#/
Bucks in the Bay
  • Curtis for three weeks without Rotary, busy at work, friends and family, and a road trip to Tacoma Glass Museum;
  • Bob Tull reminisced about Rotary, now almost fully retired, traveling a lot spending time at his new cabin on Orcas Island;
  • Lance Calloway great holiday lots of parties;
  • Tonja Myers says for us to “wash our hands!” - avoid the flu and get a flu shot, Rotarian Magazine from 1930;
  • Brad Cornwell offering two bottles of San Juan Vineyards wine for the raffle, his daughter headed out for a semester in Madrid Spain!
  • Terry Brown 61st birthday, visiting friends and family in California;
  • Pete Rittmueller 50 year high school reunion this year!
  • Andy Clay birthday bucks (same exact day and year as Mimi Ferlin!) And a fun surprise birthday party;
  • John Templeton started 1979 as real estate agent;
  • Karen Burke five wonderful days at Sun Peaks skiing;
  • Eddie Hansen magical Christmas at home, and kudos to Frank Zurline for organizing their awesome trip to Costa Rica;
 
Sergeant at Arms by Flo
Thoughts for the Pierce County deputy killed yesterday. 
 
Program
Brad Cornwell welcomed Yvonne Swanberg and Chris Lawler from San Juan Vineyards.  The vineyard was established 22 years ago and continues to be the only operating vineyard and winery on San Juan Island. Yvvone’s husband had the idea and initiative and bought 30 acres on Roche Harbor Road with an old school house (now converted into the tasting room).  The first vines were planted 1996. Yvonne and her husband had other partners in the early years, but they became sole owners in 2002.  In 2006 Yvonne’s husband passed away and she took over the reins. As usual with the wine business, there have been many of ups and downs with crop failures, weather issues and occasional labor shortages, but the work is still rewarding.  This year, Yvonne will be selling the business and serving as consultant going forward.
 
San Juan produces a wide range of both red and white wines. Chris Lawler talked about really concentrating on the two white grape varieties that are grown on site (the “estate varietals”: “Madeleine Angevine” and “Siegerrebe”, both fairly obscure varietals. These are very temperamental plants, but when conditions are right they grow well on the islands.  Both of these wines have won multiple awards.  Chris is expecting the new owners to expand the vineyard and improve the processes. 
 
 
Respectfully submitted,
Stowe Talbot