Posted by Gayle Selden on Oct 13, 2017
The Friday, October 13th Meeting of the Rotary Club of Lakewood was called to order by President Don Daniels. From what I could tell there was no one in the room with paraskevidekatriaphobia.*
Barlow Buescher shared an invocation and Ward Fletcher led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Rob Erb had no visiting Rotarians to introduce. We had the full set up crew of Rob, Bob, Duncan and Troy getting us ready for the meeting. Tom Crabill manned the raffle desk and served as Sargent at Arms. Chuck Hellar sat at the Foundation desk and collected a record breaking amount of $2,279. Bob Zawilski took the photos below and Gayle Selden is on the keyboard.
The superstition surrounding Friday the 13th may have arisen in the Middle Ages, "originating from the story of Jesus' last supper and crucifixion" in which there were 13 individuals present in the Upper Room on the 13th of Nisan Maundy Thursday, the night before his death on Good Friday.
Sunshine was shared by both John Forkenbrock and Gayle Selden. Janie Frasier and her family could use thoughts and prayers. Send many healing energies to Janie, George and Janie’s father. John Korsmo is in his 4th week of chemotherapy treatment. He has 5 more weeks to go and could use your prayers and some cards of encouragement. John, Lisa, Beau and Kira—we are in Kamp Korsmo with you.
Phil Eng made an announcement about a Partners for Parks event on Sunday, Walk the "New" Waughop. Join Partners for Parks from 11-1 Sunday to celebrate the new trail and make donations for their next project.
Above: Lakewood Rotarians and friends (wives and mothers) present for the Walk the Waughop event on Sunday, October 15
The origin of a day of unluckiness, Friday the 13th, is credited by some to King Philip IV of France. On October 13, 1307 he carried out mass arrests in a well-coordinated dawn raid that left several thousand Knights of the Templar charged with heresy, blasphemy, various obscenities, and homosexual practices.
Bob Zawilski made an announcement that maybe visitors should be introduced.
Following the tradition on that follows the intersect of the 6th day of the week and the 13th day of the month. Visitors are to be announced after the first announcement. Visitors are announced in this way so as to not befall them with bad luck.
President Daniels then asked for visitors to be announced. Bob Zawilski introduced Johnny Walker, Manager of Crunch Fitness, who is applying for a Corporate Membership.  Barlow introduced his niece Megan, who is on a stopover before starting her winter job as a ski instructor at Crystal. Sargent at Arms, Tom Crabill, ran across the room to introduce his wife, Fae.
New Member Proposal: Charlene Miseli, proposed by Don Anderson. Charlene is Development Director for the Boys Scouts.
Tacoma South Rotary has their Putt Putt Tournament October 20th at Harkness Furniture. Event information can be found here:
Come to plant a tree on Saturday October 28 at Fort Steilacoom Park from 9am-12pm. The trees will be planted around the “New” Lake Waughop trail. This will help us meet part of Rotary International President Ian Riseley’s initiative to plant a tree for every Rotarian. Lakewood Rotary is invited to easily plant 50 trees, and the Parks department will already have dug the holes.
Also, Don Daniels is collecting two books for every Lakewood Rotarian to donate to the Tacoma Literacy Council. They can be new or used. No books of an “adult” nature, Irwin. The Lakewood Library is having a book sale next week—hit it up for some easy ways to meet District Governor Tom Carroll’s wife Laurie’s challenge to have two books per 5020 Rotarian donated to their local Communities.
It's been estimated that $800 or $900 million is lost in business on Friday the 13th, because people will not fly or do business they normally would do because of superstition.
Chris Kimball announced that we have brochures about Lakewood Rotary to share with the community members we think would make good Rotarians. He also pointed out after ten years that our main picture has a nose picker in it. It’s like the Where’s Waldo search of the year-who’s the picker? And is it a pick or scratch? I am sure the picker would say, just like Jerry Seinfeld, “It was a scratch!!!”
October 24th is End Polio Now Day worldwide. Rotary International and the Gates Foundation are going to mount an online-knowledge campaign on that day to get the word out on Polio Eradication. Share with your Facebook network and online social circles on this day.
Citation Time:
Donn Irwin paid a fine as he became a Great Grandpa on 10/10 at 10 pm. The Boy was born at 7.7lbs.
Rick Selden volunteered to pay for a trip he took with wife Sharon. They hit National Parks in Moab, Utah and California: Arches, Canyonlands, Mesa Verde, Zion and Bryce were some of the sites. He offered Don a choice between $20 or a penny per mile. Don chose $20 which was the lower amount of $37.20 for the 3720 miles they put on the Honda Pilot. Rick ended up rounding his fine to $40.
Joe Quinn offered up for a trip in Northern California, Napa area and South Lake Tahoe. It was a smoky ride down and the Napa fires hit after they had left.
Dave Betz went on three fishing trips which included the Yakutat with the worst fishing of his life in Montana and BC, where he finished out his fishing trifecta. He paid $60.
Jan Gee paid $20 to make a formal complaint. She says President Daniels should provide documentation before placing any citations. L&I is currently being served by the Washington State Grocers Association for not providing documentation before a citation occurs. This matter may be further reviewed.
Clint Johnson paid $100 to cover trips to see each of his sons in LA, Bend and Minnesota. He is also covering an Africa trip where he came home with Giardia.
Bill Potter paid $20 for surviving a Dirt Bike ride that goes over the Olympics and to the beach.  He was the slowest by far but only crashed once when he was at a complete stop.
Ted Wier paid $20 for Carol. Carol took Ted’s beloved Toyota truck and smashed it up the day before her hip surgery. He wanted to thank Zaro and the Police for their assistance. Only time will tell if the Big Smooth Ted license plate survived.
A 1993 British Medical Study concluded that there "is a significant level of traffic-related incidents on Friday the 13th as opposed to a random day, such as Friday the 6t”.
Andrew Neidtz introduced our speaker, Doug Richardson. Andrew called Doug a Founding Father of Lakewood as he was elected to the first city Council in 1996. Doug spent 17 years on the city council, 7 as Mayor. His 32-year Army Career brought him to Lakewood. He retired as a Brigadier General. Currently Doug is in his fifth year of service to the Pierce County Council. He is currently the chair of the 7-member council.
Above: Doug Richardson, Chair of the Pierce County Council
Doug started his presentation saying it was annual budget time. The budget will be passed the Tuesday before Thanksgiving but most of their work on it occurs between now and then. He said it was his favorite time of year, sarcastically.
Doug is working in tandem with the Pierce County Executive, Bruce Dammier. They are concentrating on four core areas—Public Safety, Economic Development, Nuisance Building Abatement and Homelessness & Behavioral Health.
As far as Public Safety, the county is responsible for all Felons in the county. The Pierce County Sherriff covers unincorporated Pierce County as well as University Place, Edgewood, Eatonville, Transit Police and PLU (Head of Security is a Sherriff’s Deputy). They have added 20 Deputies in the past year but population growth has exceeded that rate. He did mention that 84 deputies were sent to a special school to be able to identify when drivers may be affected by our now legal marijuana. (Next year for budget purposes do not worry about sending officers to the school, you can easily test possibly marijuana-impaired drivers by asking “would you like to eat a bag of Funyons?”)
On Nuisance Properties, the council is working to streamline documentation needed to take civil action for the county to take action against a property. One burned out house in Spanaway was recently demolished after two years of work. They would like to make that timeline shorter so the additional dumping, squatting and dangerous activities can be abated sooner.
With Behavioral Health and Homelessness, the council has a Mobile Crisis Resource Team which can help with involuntary commitment. They are also working on an MSERT program which is working toward a more proactive mental health care situation. Our member Fire Chief, Jim Sharp, said he was looking forward to this program as there are a lot of repeat medical calls that go to people that need a different type of care other than emergency medical care.
For Economic Development,  Doug talked about the Amazon253 plan for Pierce County. He said that this program involves all areas of the county, and working together is smart to allow and encourage other companies to come in to town.
Doug mentioned something about Sewers but an audience member’s Bad to the Bone ringtone made me lose my concentration. After that there was another ringer that went off. Hey guys, even on Friday the 13th your phone ringer should be off.
Pierce County is the fastest growing county in the United States so the council will continue to be busy as the years continue.
President Daniels rang the bell ending our meeting. Ron Irwin had a chance to win $731 but only won $5.
*Paraskevidekatriaphobia is the morbid, irrational fear of Friday the 13th.