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DISCLAIMER: We did not have a photographer at our April 14 meeting, so the bulletin editor has made an executive decision to use stock photos from meetings over the last two years. Enjoy.
President Rose opened up the meeting right on time – whenever she rings the bell is the right time.
Pondering how to start this retelling of the Lakewood Rotary story of April 7, 2017, I had to ask myself: what if there were no hypothetical questions? Having no answer, I must report that Rose was again right on the mark, time-wise and otherwise, as she shut off all the splendid conversation in the room at exactly 12:30 with the ringing of the bell. Sadly, with the conversation cut off, Larry Clark was never able to answer my query: If you try to fail, and succeed, which have you done?
Apparently the Lakewood Rotary Club Bulletin Committee is once more subject to an austerity move. Too many words are being written. Last week’s well-written bulletin announced, “Brevity is the soul of Wit.” Many years ago Dave Sclair was the Editor-in-Chief, and he, being a responsible journalist, declared that bulletin writers were “too wordy.” As the offending wordiest of the wordy writers, I opted to follow EIC Sclair’s advice and truncated my bulletin writing by eliminating all vowels. f y wr rnd thn, y wr prbbly mzd tht y cn rd lmst nythng jst by cntxt nd cnsnnts. In spite of my good intentions, EIC Sclair reprimanded me and vowels were once again included.
This bulletin writer has been looking forward to writing during Women’s History Month, especially since Lakewood Rotary has a standing woman President. As the bell was rung on March 3rd, this bulletin writer was not pleased to see Bob Zawilski at the podium. It’s not that I do not like Bob, it’s just that there was recently a Rotary bulletin devoted completely to Bobs, Robs and Roberts. And although Bob doesn’t fit into my theme of women, I guess he can ring the bell.
President Rose rang the bell and we were off. Bob Peterson gave the invocation, and Jay Mayer led us in the pledge. Don Daniels spoke to us about the Rotary Moment, and a Rotary club, composed of five women, in Cancun, Mexico. These five women do remarkable things for their community, particularly with respect to assisting those with diabetes, or screening for diabetes. He spoke to us about the poor equipment used by law enforcement, and the fact that there are two fire trucks covering a 100-mile radius in Cancun. We should count our blessings.
President Rose started the meeting at exactly the right time – when she rang the bell. The invocation was given by Chris Kimball, and Ron Messenger led us all in the Pledge. In a major shakeup of our set routine, our fearless leader announced that we would break out into our procurement teams for the auction, and that the “normal” meeting would magically reappear in fifteen minutes. Dinner and Auction boss, Gayle Selden, got our attention, gave us some direction and told us to get busy….which we did. Various Rotarians came up with some very cool ideas for what their procurement teams might produce!
President Rose Stevens gonged us to order right on time. Scott Buser delivered the invocation and Donna Phillips led us in the Pledge. Rose said the Set Up Team again was steadfastly staffed by Bob (or Rob as he prefers) Erb and Rob (according to Rose) Hammar. [Rose, we know him as Bob]. Ward Fletcher collected a solid $680 at the Paul Harris table. Tom Crabill served as Sergeant-at-Arms and sold raffle tickets; Mary Marlin helped at the Sportsman's Dinner Auction desk. Joe Quinn is scribe and Eric Quinn was our photographer.
LAKEWOOD ROTARY BULLETIN (The Lakewood Key) for February 3, 2017: President Rose Stevens gonged us to order right on time. Bob Peterson delivered the invocation and Jim Weinand led us in the Pledge to our flag. In charge of set up again were the reliable triumvirate (that means "three amigos" in English) of Duncan Cook, Rob Erb and Bob Hammar. Steve Enquist collected a respectable $628 at the Paul Harris table. Tom Crabill served as Sergeant-at-Arms; Barb Spriggs sold raffle tickets. Troy Wilcox was the AV wizard, Joe Quinn is scribe and Bob Zawilski (not Za-wall-ski, pleeuz) was our erstwhile photographer.
Breaking news! This just in! The University of Nebraska says that elderly people that drink beer or wine at least four times a week have the highest bone density. They need it - they're the ones falling down the most.
Now, back to our regularly scheduled Rotary meeting, called to order by President Rose Stevens right on time, meaning 12:30 p.m. on Friday, January 27, 2017. Wasting no time, she gonged Greg Horn on to the stage (which is not his normal direction after hearing a gong). Greg proceeded to enlighten us with the history of Polio Plus. In 1979, some Rotary volunteer doctors inoculated many children in the Philippines against polio. This caught on at RI, and President Cliff Dochtorman declared it a Rotary International project to defeat polio worldwide. In 1985, there were 350,000 cases worldwide. In 2014, 392. In 2016, 42. So far this year: zero, possibly 1 (waiting, waiting.....) Amazing.
Everyone: THE 47th SPORTSMEN’S DINNER AND AUCTION IS HERE. We have reached a time for choosing, as was said by Ronald Reagan. Each of us has unique potential. Each of us are Rotarians. And each of us can affect change in our community. In so many respects, Lakewood Rotary already has. But we can make this year special. Tell your friends, and perhaps even your enemies—if those enemies are soft for admirable causes and a great time—to come to the McGavick Student Center at Clover Park Technical College, on Saturday, April 22. Doors open at 5:00 PM. You should also volunteer to help set up the event (contact Eric Quinn to do so, or sign up online in the Member Area in Clubrunner, in the “Volunteers” tab). This is our event. We make this happen.
The 115th Congressional session has just begun. Once more, harmony settles into the Capitol. Before long, winter will pass, the cherry blossoms will proliferate and Senators and Representatives will be seen walking merrily through the park-like grounds of Washington DC. Polite debate and earnest compromise will forge America’s way forward. The memory of the spirited election of 2016 will fade into obscurity as democracy asserts itself. At the state and local level, altruistic elected officials and efficient government employees will initiate subtle improvements to our everyday lives without adding burdensome regulatory hurdles.
Ha, ha, ha – just kidding!
Think you know something about Lakewood Rotary?
Q. What is the average dollar contribution per member over the period that Lakewood Rotary has been involved the Paul Harris Foundation? Show your work. (Remember that the early works of Pearson on regression and correlation were surpassed by Sir Francis Galton’s work with Sweet Peas.)
When you think about it…we all have a lot to be thankful for…
President Rose called the meeting to order. Rose reflected her gratitude for each of us…her fellow Rotarians. She thanked Steve Enquist and Gary Fulton who worked the Paul Harris table, raking in $1,093 today; Rob Erb, Duncan Cook and Bob Hammar who set up the room for the meeting; Eric Quinn for capturing the meeting via Kodachrome, Tom Crabill for duties as Sgt.-At-Arms, and Leon Titus for peddling raffle tickets.
Convention: Southern hospitality
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