Rotary Club of Lakewood - WA

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The bell rang, the gong gonged and President Rose, fresh from her relaxing trip to upstate New York, got right to it. Immediate past prez Chris Kimball gave the invocation and Don Daniels followed up by leading us in the Pledge of Allegiance.
President Rose Stevens  took a day off, but the Presidential Podium was well manned--'er staffed--by Past President Phil Eng.  Reliable Phil has been busy lately, with coordinating efforts at the recent Courage Classic Rest Stop at Nason Creek and now the upcoming "huge" Reeder Roadster Romp later this month. 
It has been 12 long and hard years since our last woman president of Lakewood Rotary, Mary Lou Sclair. 12 years of guys running the show. Dave Barry once wrote, "Guys are simple... women are not simple and they always assume that men must be just as complicated as they are, only way more mysterious. The whole point is guys are not thinking much. They are just what they appear to be. Tragically." 
Years of being a “time-Nazi” and never being late has caused me a lot of angst this week when our ever vigilant Club Secretary politely asked if I had sent the weekly bulletin to the wrong person for distribution.  I humbly confess….I forgot to submit it at all.  Tsk tsk tsk….woe is me.  Hoseb
President Rose Stevens started off her third or fourth meeting—she wasn't sure—with a Rotary Moment.  She said District 5340 in the San Diego area has a great program going.  They are running a UN program involving high school debates and international relations, as a model United Nations Conference, April 8-9, 2017 at the University of San Diego.
Rose commenced her third regular meeting as President with great enthusiasm. Barlow Buescher gave the invocation. Chris Easter led us in the Pledge. Rose gave us the Rotary Moment, and spoke to us about Rotary clubs in Mongolia. There have been 13 Clubs in Mongolia for the last 20 years, and there are nine Rotaract clubs. Since 2003, many Mongolian Rotary clubs have done 10 sanitation projects in various schools.
President Rose Stevens rang the opening bell and began her second meeting as President. The invocation was given by Scott Buser and the pledge to the glorious flag by John Warner.
240 years later, and what do we have to show for it? Well, powdered wigs are no longer seen as a fashion statement, for one. Pants, formerly known as “breeches,” have come a long way. And electric cars are replacing horses, or should I say, horsepowered cars - especially ones with 425 horsepower!
A chapter has ended. Another door closed. So long Chris. Hello, Rose. We began the Final Countdown—think Europe, or perhaps the European Union—the last meeting presided over by Christopher Kimball, who ruled with an iron fist, and bestowed terror in the hearts of his subjects. Or perhaps not.
President  Chris Kimball --"Mister Two to Go"-- started the meeting with the Rock 'n Roll quote of the day:  In 1983 Bob Dylan sang (if you can call what Bob does "singing"):  "The swift don't win; the worthy do" or something along those lines.  Yes, Chris has only one more meeting after this one, because the end of our Rotary year is in sight, and in fact we have already installed our new officers.  See below for a bit on that celebration.
President Chris Kimball opened his third-to-the-last meeting on June 10 with lots of smiles. Seems like Chris is looking ready to enjoy some time eating his lunch before a Rotary Meeting and being able to sit at more than one table. I wonder if he will handle his time out of the spotlight or if he will return with his drum set hoping incoming President Rose will let him tell one joke with a rimshot.
Above: Lakewood Rotary's Exchange Student, Cristina Coero Borga
Another exciting meeting of the Rotary Club of Lakewood commenced with an invocation from Barlow Buescher; President Chris Kimball led us in the National Anthem, with our hands on our heart, or saluting if we have served; then he read us the rock-and-roll quote of the day from a song called “The Pass,” as it came to us from the great band Rush, from the album Presto, released in 1989:
The customary invocation was delivered by a surprised, yet prepared, Bob Peterson (someone evidently forgot to tell him that he was once again invocating for us). He opened his wallet, pulled out a piece of paper with a prayer on it and led the way. Kudos to Bob.
The National Anthem was sung with gusto as all of us remembered our fallen soldiers.
The bell clanged, we prayed (well, invocated) with Mick Johnson, then visiting Rotarian Ralph Lockhart gave a special toast to the flag, the Prez’s drum rolled, we sang and we saluted the flag…thus began another meeting of the Rotary Club of Lakewood.
Then came the now-famous (infamous?) R&R quote from our esteemed President…what’s his name…
“No Matter what you do, you’ll never run away from you” Thus sayeth Paul Revere of Paul Revere and the Raiders from their 1966 album “Midnight Ride”. Profound words to live by!
President Kimball had a plan, and part of that plan was to bring us lyrics from the song "Part of the Plan" by the late Dan Fogelberg.  Get where I'm going with this? Part of the plan was "Part of the Plan"?  Get it?  Good! And you music aficionados out there might also be interested to know that Joe Walsh produced that multi-platinum album in 1974.
President  Chris Kimball  started the meeting early and, of course, with the Rock 'n Roll quote of the day:  In 1979 Neil Young wrote:  "It is better to burn out than to fade away."  I am not sure what Chris was trying to suggest to most of us retired Rotarians, or at least those of us who are both burned out and fading away!  Just kidding.
Another exciting meeting of the Rotary Club of Lakewood began with a warm welcome from President Chris Kimball. Bob Peterson gave the invocation. Then Chris led us in his customary drum-laden rendition of our national anthem. Incidentally, this writer commends Chris for his extraordinary 60-second drum solo at the Lakewood Rotary Sportsman’s Dinner and Auction (hereinafter the “Auction”) this last weekend. Like a drumstick, we will hit you with some more details on the Auction in the coming weeks, but for now, understand that the Auction was a smashing success.  
The April 15th Meeting for the Rotary Club of Lakewood was started with a wonderful invocation By Dave Coleman and a boisterous National Anthem by the Club. President Chris quoted Sir Elton John as his Rock & Roll quote of the day.
President  Chris Kimball  started the meeting on time and, predictably, with the Rock 'n Roll quote of the day:  It was the 1983 hit by Boston, from the album "Don't Look Back" and went something like this:  "I can more time to criticize...I can be strong, etc. etc."  OK, OK, so you don't want to look back.  Look forward instead to...the Lakewood Rotary Sportsman's Dinner and Auction!
Another exciting meeting of the Rotary Club of Lakewood began with another exciting ring of the bell, at 12:28 PM. We began with an eloquent invocation by one of our newest members, and preacher, Barlow Buescher. President Chris led us in the National Anthem. Morris Northcutt could not play the trumpeter this time. His loss.
Lakewood Rotary actually did meet on Friday April 1st 2016 – I have the notes to prove it!
The weekly meeting was called to order at precisely the right time – whenever the President starts it!
Bob Peterson gave the invocation. President Chris then attempted to lead us in the Canadian National Anthem (Oh Canada)....his version of an April Fool’s Day seemed to work as it drew a chuckle or two.
Just like the 1970's rock group, T. Rex, who sang "Bang a gong/Get it on", President Kimball started the proceedings in that very way on this 18th day of March, 2016.
The meeting was rung to order in the usual way….but there was a new gleam and focus from our esteemed President Chris.  He had enhanced witty retorts and snappy repartee….a lesson snatched from last week’s pummeling by club sweetheart, Gayle Selden and (Lakewood’s own version of George Hamilton) Don Daniels.
Rotary….we drafted you!  You are on the team! Teamwork began today with my table….Gayle Selden, Wynn and Vaughn Hoffman, Dr. Peter Marsh, Bill Allen, Bob Peterson, Donna Phillips and yours truly.  I saw demonstrations of leadership (reaching for the flyers on the table), and cooperation (pass the salt), camaraderie (slap on the back) and sharing (I’ll show you my dog picture if you show me yours). 
President  Chris Kimball  rang the bell and gave us the Rock 'n Roll quote of the day:  "I'd love to change the world..."  It was by Ten Years After and written in 1971.  Change the world how,  you ask?  Chris said the gist of it was to "tax the rich" until "there are no rich no more".  Well that sounds like a formula for success, right?   Not.  And a double negative to boot.
The February 19th meeting of the Rotary Club of Lakewood was started promptly at 12:30 by President Chris Kimball. The invocation was given by Dave Coleman, and the Club and You Tube sang the National Anthem. The Edgar Winter Group provided our Rock and Roll quote of the day, from the song Freeride: “The Mountain is high, the valley is low, and you are confused ‘bout which way to go. So I flew here to give you a hand, and lead you to the Promised Land...”
Two Norwegians are drinking in a bar. One says, "Did you know dat Elks have sex 10 to 15 times a day?"
"Aww heck!" says his friend, "and I yust yoined da dang Sons of Norway Lodge!”
But that is not the Rock N’ Roll quotation of the day. For that little gem, you must wait for the anthology of today’s meeting to unfold. So all of the foregoing, other than the day, place and Abe reference is ersatz. Everyone, except Donn Irwin, raise your hand if you know what ersatz means. No looking it up in your Funk and Wagnalls.

Take a ride on the Courage Classic. If you can’t ride then send money!
President Chris began the meeting early (again), claiming a busy agenda. This writer believes the Pres received his early Rotary training at another club….that likes to start early.

Above: Rock and Roll/Soul Legends, Earth, Wind and Fire

Rotary began two minutes early. President Chris Kimball strives to keep us Lakewood Rotarians on task. Good luck to him. Chris reminded us that he forgot the four-way test last week, but that this would never, ever, happen again. Ever.

The White Rabbit in ALICE IN WONDERLAND famously shrieked, "I'm late! I'm late! For a very important date! No time to say 'Hello, Goodbye'! I'm late! I'm late!" And so it was with President Kimball, frantically trying to squeeze too many things into too small a time period. So we must not dilly dally in the bulletin either, because there is so much material to cover. No jokes! No jokes! Because we're late! We're late!The White Rabbit in ALICE IN WONDERLAND famously shrieked, "I'm late! I'm late! For a very important date! No time to say 'Hello, Goodbye'! I'm late! I'm late!"
President  Chris Kimball  convened a truly somber meeting of the Rotary Club of Lakewood on January 8, 2016, at the Clover Park Technical College Rotunda because our usual venue—Tacoma Country & Golf Club—was closed.  The mood was sad due to the untimely passing of our beloved member Larry Saunders, the first Police Chief of our fair city. .
“Oh it breaks my heart to see those stars
Smashing a perfectly good guitar
I don't know who they think they are
Smashing a perfectly good guitar.”
John Hiatt, ca. 1993
The bell rang early as the Lakewood Rotary Club once again had a jam-packed schedule.
              Above: Stuffed Food Bags from this last Saturday, December 12, at Emergency Food Network.
Welcome to another exciting meeting of the Rotary Club of Lakewood! The meeting opened with President Chris Kimball’s warning that since he just returned from Florida, things might not be exactly right today. But he quoted from The Rolling Stones: “You can’t always get what you want but if you try sometime, you just might find you get what you need.”
                                                                     Ladies and Gentlemen, The Rolling Stones
I confess….in this week’s bulletin, I have fear of omission.  So, if you find it an information “overshare,” that is the reason.  If you find important data omitted….well, you talked too fast or I listened too slow.  If you sense there are interesting additions that may or may not have come up….well, I had to say something….right?  Proceed at your own risk.
Aug 26, 2016
Col. Bill Reeder
Through the Valley : My Captivity in Vietnam
Sep 02, 2016
Sarah Allen
Children's Therapy Center
Sep 09, 2016
Rose Stevens
Ongoing project in Nepal
Sep 16, 2016
Sep 23, 2016
Taryn Oestreich
The 100-70 Rule
Oct 07, 2016
Janet Runbeck and Susan Lard
Human Trafficking
Oct 14, 2016
Joanne Croghan
District Governor, Rotary District 5020
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