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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. 
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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.
Without war, there can be no peace, right? Today is Veterans Day. On this day, we honor those who have fought for our freedom. We honor those who have given the ultimate sacrifice, to protect us from external evils, and preserve the integrity of our nation. We owe our veterans the utmost gratitude.
 
                                                
 
Above: Veterans of Lakewood Rotary, in addition to many other Veterans. Thank you. 
As I was chatting with my Puffin (not Pumpkin) teammates, the gong went off and the audience stood. Scott Buser gave the invocation and Janie Frasier led the  Pledge of Allegiance.  Rose Stevens, president, "rose" to the occasion and proceeded to keep the lively audience under control. (No small task!) And the meeting began.
The October 28th Rotary meeting got to a ghoulish start as Rose rang the bell to start the meeting.
Chris Kimball gave the invocation, and we were led in the Pledge of Allegiance. 
 
                               

President Rose grabbed our attention by ringing the bell, Dave Coleman gave the invocation and Mary Moss led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.

With the capacity of the room doubled to accept not only Lakewood Rotary members, but Clover Park Rotary as well, we had a good showing for the District Governor, Joanna Croghan.
Today Lakewood Rotary learned that victims of human trafficking exist in great numbers in Washington State. Each victim has a name, and each victim has a story. We were all reminded that we must join in the fight against human trafficking, and stand behind those organizations engaged in this fight.
It was a glorious fall day in Lakewood on September 30. The sun was shining, the temperature was moderate, it was a Rotary Friday. The only thing that could possibly ruin such a day would be to play golf on it. Which some of us did, thanks to that day-ruiner, Joe Quinn. Ben Hogan once said, "Golf is not a game of good shots. It's a game of bad shots." 
Several weeks ago it was an easy decision to say "yes" when Eric Quinn graciously asked me to write the minutes of the meeting.  After all, I enjoy journaling. Hmm.  Then the day came.  On Sept. 23 were the Lakewood Rotarians over-excited with coffee, eager to meet up and chat after vacations or just testing the novice notetaker?? We may never know.  But the race was on.  The pen was moving vigorously across the page and the number of names that flew beyond the table was remarkable.  Here is what was captured as the meeting rapidly advanced. 
 
Overcoming some technical difficulties with the microphone, President Rose Stevens  started off our Lakewood Rotary meeting right on time.  Rose called on Bob Hammar for the invocation and Mary Marlin led us in the Pledge to our flag.  In charge of set up again were the indomitable duo of Duncan Cook and Bob Hammar.  Mick Johnson was in charge of collecting $953 at the Paul Harris table, as we inch closer to the lofty goal of $1,000,000.00 in our LR club history.  It looks more impressive with all those zeros than just writing $1 million, don't you think?  Actually, no matter how you look at it we should be proud of our club's donations to the Rotary International Foundation.  Wonder how many clubs have given more, on  a per capita basis.  But we digress.  Tom Crabill did double duty, serving as Sergeant-at-Arms and selling raffle tickets too.  Walt Richardson was our eager photographer, trying hard to make us old geezers look photogenic.  Last and least, Rose made the bulletin writer also do the program.  First time for everything I guess.
Rotary began with a solemn remembrance of September 11, 2001, when our world changed forever. We all remember where we were that day. We also took a moment of silence to commemorate Linda Betz, who we shall miss. Giving the invocation was Mick Johnson, followed by Dave Coleman giving the pledge to our Nation. President Rose Stevens shared with us the Rotary Moment, telling us about Buckeye Elementary School in Arizona, where various schoolchildren are provided with weekly readers, for which many of these children is the only reading material in their impoverished homes. Buckeye Rotary visits the school and does weekly reader presentations. Rose wore a headset microphone for today’s meeting, like the great Louise Ciccone, otherwise known as Madonna. We welcome this change with open arms. We strike a pose. 
 
 
President Rose rang the bell and called the sparsely attended meeting to order. (It must have been a Friday before a holiday). Scott Buser led us in prayer and Ted Wier followed with the Pledge of Allegiance. (Ole subtly pointed out to me that there was one person sitting down during the Pledge. He said his name was Colin something….). 
A quick report on the meeting then to the good stuff: a shocking expose’ about what happened on what was formerly known as The Reeder Roadster Romp. But first, the Thursday before the meeting on Friday there was a gathering of drinking Rotarians with a boating problem. Actually, only one of the twin 37 ‘ Tollycrafts served shots. So, there is much to tattle, but first; the meeting.
 
                         
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.
 
                   
 
 
Speakers
Ginger Wireman
Jan 20, 2017
Hanford Clean-up Status
Evelyn Ryberg
Jan 27, 2017
Transfer of Wealth: A Coming Explosion
Terri Card, President CEO Greater Lakes Mental
Feb 03, 2017
Homelessness and Mental Health in Lakewood
Superintendent Deborah L. LeBeau
Feb 10, 2017
Clover Park School District
Kathleen Olson, Executive Director
Feb 17, 2017
Human Society of Tacoma-Pierce County
Mark Lindquist
Mar 03, 2017
News from the Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney's Office
John Wolfe, CEO Port of Tacoma
Mar 10, 2017
Port of Tacoma and the Northwest Seaport Alliance: Strengthening the Puget Sound Gateway
Bruce Kendall, President/CEO, EDB Tacoma/Pierce
Mar 17, 2017
Economic Development Priorities and Strategies for Tacoma/Pierce County
U.S. District Court Judge Ron Leighton
Apr 14, 2017
Reflections from a U.S. District Court Judge
 
 
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