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Through the infernal curtain, another Rotary meeting began. We were swiftly reminded that this was President Rose Stevens’s second-to-last appearance before us as President. Don Daniels is next in line. Bob Hammar gave the invocation. Ron Irwin led us in the Pledge. For our Rotary Moment, Rose spoke to us about an upcoming trip to Nepal, between October 28 and November 14, presumably. Is anyone interested in that? Contact Rose.
 President Rose Stevens rang the gong for one of the last times as our President. Admit it...that gong sound is preferable to that bell, banged clangily with a Rotary gavel. (I know "clangily" is not a real word.) But I will miss the gong. The invocation was given by Jim Rooks (the preacher's son for life) and the Pledge of Allegiance was led by Mary Moss.  Bud Montgomery collected a respectable $775 at the Paul Harris desk, Joe Quinn is the Scribe, and Walt Richardson the Photog-Guy.  Tom Crabill performed Sergeant at Arms duties and sold raffle tickets.  The setup crew was the usual reliable trio of Duncan Cook, Rob Erb, and Bob Hammar.  I am not going to start Bobbin' and Robbin' since I invented it and now we are tired of hearing it, as is Rose!
The day arrived. Even though several members were at the Atlanta Conference, those who remained decided to enjoy one another and learn about the Boeing Company. And the gong rallied the team after they were suddenly jarred awake. Our pres of the day was Dave Reames, a skilled and thoughtful leader who followed Rose's instructions to "obnoxiously fine" all of those possible. He more than met her expectations. The humor certainly helped. 
 
                                           
It’s June! Already! The end of our Rotary year is near. This is the last Bulletin I will write in The Reign of Rose. It’s also the moment that the Country Club gets inundated with white legs in khaki shorts. For this reason, I wore my sunglasses into the club just in case of momentary blindness. The khaki short count was at a low five so I removed my glasses as I entered the meeting room.
When considering a theme for today’s bulletin, the obvious choice is Memorial Day. If you, like me, had a father or grandfather, or you yourself, who served this country, honoring that memory is essential. If you, like me, have a child that served or is serving, he or she needs to be especially feted. There was a time in Lakewood Rotary when most members fit somewhere in the above categories. Not so anymore. Service is the exception now. I fear that revisionist historians will continue to minimize the roles that military service adds to and preserves the freedoms we enjoy in America. Political correctness is the “white-out” in recent history books in a wish to sanitize our culture. Be careful what you wish for!
 
President Rose rang the bell, gonged the gong and got us started on yet another meeting of the Lakewood Rotary Club.
President Rose Stevens rang us to order at 12:30. Chris Kimball gave the invocation. Rose led us in the Pledge to our flag. Duncan and Bob set up the meeting. Troy Wilcox provided AV services. Mary Marlin drew ticket sales. Tom Crabill, again, played Sergeant at Arms. Gary Fulton manned the Paul Harris table and collected $1,263.00 for the Foundation (that’s awesome).
Past President Dave Coleman, that is if you remember him, opened the meeting a fraction early. After the extraordinary fireworks of the previous evening’s thunder and lightning storm, the day seemed placid. PP Mick Johnson delivered a quiet invocation and PDG Gordon Quick led the salute to our flag. Our table was grateful for the TCGC generous supply of Margaritas. They were just the right combination of salty, savory and yummy.
 
                                     
As I write this latest version of "As Lakewood Rotary Turns," I have just returned from another rousing game of T-ball, where I am coach for a group of 4 and 5 year olds. Two of my team members chose to run to the pitcher's mound after hitting the ball instead of first base.  All three times they hit. Little Cole was so kind as to actually pick up his own hit ball and hand it to the pitcher. Politeness counts for something. Tom Hanks is famous for uttering, "There's no crying in baseball!" He was wrong. And thru all of that one solid hour of barely controlled chaos, everything ended up exceedingly well: snacks awaited each and every participant, and they were happy.
President Rose Stevens  commenced the Rotary Auction Weekend festivities in the usual fashion, with a gong. 
 
 
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.
And the meeting begins..........
Rose raised the gavel, Clint Johnson gave the invocation, and Ed Shannon led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Friday, March 17, 2017, was Saint Patrick’s Day. This author wore green. Did you?
Let us pray. Dear God, We used to have Bob Hope, and Johnny Cash, and Steve Jobs. Now, we have no hope, no cash, and no jobs. Please Lord: Don't let Kevin Bacon die. Amen.
 
                            
 
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. 
President Rose returned to us after a brief illness as she banged the gong snapping us all to attention…or least most of us. I think that a few were still asleep.
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! 
After a bit of a rough start, our President for a day, faux Rose (aka Larry Clark) rang the bell and the last Lakewood Rotary meeting of 2016 got underway.
December has begun. The flowers are blossoming. The birds are singing. And pocketbooks are bursting. Rotary began as it always does. 
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.
 
 
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Speakers
Lakewood Rotarians
Jun 30, 2017
International Exchange Students, A Conversation
Wally Endicott, Executive Director Kids at Hope NW
Jul 14, 2017
Science and Strategy of Teaching Hope
Bruce Dammeier, Pierce County Executive
Jul 21, 2017
State of the County
Jacob Mills, Kira Korsmo, Colin Lowney
Aug 11, 2017
World Affairs Conference Report
Youth Volunteers
Aug 25, 2017
Springbrook Summer Camp Report
District Governor
Sep 22, 2017
Joint Meeting Clover Park and Lakewood Rotary Clubs
Matthew Martin, Regional Manager
Sep 29, 2017
Ending Hunger. Enriching Lives.
 
 
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