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Posted by Donn Irwin on Aug 19, 2016
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.
Posted by Joe Quinn on Aug 12, 2016
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.
Posted by Greg Rediske on Aug 05, 2016
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."
Posted by Judy Hosea on Jul 29, 2016
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
Posted by Joseph Quinn on Jul 22, 2016
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.
Posted by Eric Quinn on Jul 15, 2016
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.
Posted by John Magnuson on Jul 01, 2016
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!
Posted by Eric Quinn on Jun 24, 2016
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.
Posted by Joseph Quinn on Jun 17, 2016
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.
Posted by Gayle Selden on Jun 10, 2016
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.
Posted by Eric Quinn on May 20, 2016
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:
Posted by Donn Irwin on May 27, 2016
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.
Posted by Donn Irwin on May 13, 2016
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!
Posted by Greg Rediske on May 06, 2016
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.
Posted by Joseph Quinn on Apr 29, 2016
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.
Posted by Eric Quinn on Apr 22, 2016
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.
Posted by Gayle Selden on Apr 15, 2016
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.
Posted by Joseph Quinn on Apr 08, 2016
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 tell...no 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!
Posted by Eric Quinn on Mar 25, 2016
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.
Posted by Donn Irwin on Apr 01, 2016
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 prank...it seemed to work as it drew a chuckle or two.
Posted by Judy Hosea on Mar 11, 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.
Posted by Judy Hosea on Mar 04, 2016
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).
Posted by Joseph Quinn on Feb 26, 2016
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.
Posted by Gayle Selden on Feb 19, 2016
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...”
Posted by John Magnuson on Feb 12, 2016
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.
Posted by Donn Irwin on Feb 05, 2016
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
Posted by Eric Quinn on Jan 29, 2016
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.
Posted by Greg Rediske on Jan 22, 2016
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!"
Posted by Joe Quinn on Jan 08, 2016
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. .
Posted by John Magnuson on Dec 18, 2015
“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
Posted by Ron Adkins on Dec 04, 2015
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
Posted by Judy Hosea on Nov 22, 2015
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.
ShelterBox and Rotary clubs take action following earthquake in Italy
A 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck central Italy early Wednesday, killing more than 120 people and trapping an unknown number beneath rubble. Tremors were felt as far away as Rome, 100 km (65 miles) southwest of the quake's epicenter. International disaster relief agency and Rotary International project partner ShelterBox is sending a response team from its headquarters in the United Kingdom to the remote mountainous area of Italy where the destruction is most severe. The response team will arrive Friday, 26 August, to assess the area's needs. Luca Della Volta, president of ShelterBox Italia,...
Hall of Fame singer Donovan becomes a Rotary polio ambassador
Legendary singer and polio survivor Donovan Leitch, better known simply as Donovan, has joined Rotary in its fight to eradicate the paralyzing disease that afflicted him during much of his childhood. Donovan contracted polio at age three in Glasgow, Scotland. The disease weakened his right leg and left it thinner and shorter than the other. Confined to his bed for much of his childhood, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer said his father would read him poetry. In a recent interview with the Daily Express, Donovan said that listening to poetry piqued his interest in creative writing. “If I...
World Polio Day toolkit available — start planning now
Rotary's fourth World Polio Day celebration, on 24 October, will highlight extraordinary progress in the eradication campaign and emphasize the work that remains before we wipe out the virus for good. With the number of new cases worldwide nearly halved from this time last year, we have the opportunity to rally our resources and see the last case of polio this year. Health officials and Rotary's celebrity polio ambassadors will head to Atlanta, Georgia, USA, for the event, the first to be held at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It will be streamed live and then will...