Posted by Paula Olson on Nov 17, 2017
Dashing between raindrops, Lakewood Rotarians gathered for lunch, fellowship, and business. 
President Don Daniels presided. Invocation was given by Dave Coleman and we were led in the Pledge of Allegiance by Bill White. Meeting set up was by the trusty three amigos: Bob Hammar, Rob Erb, and Duncan Cook (of course, Troy Wilcox was on the AV set-up).  The Paul Harris table was manned by Bud Montgomery and $540 was collected.  Bulletin writer was yours truly Paula Olson and the camera was manned by Bob Zawilski. Raffle tickets were sold by Barbara Spriggs and the sergeant at arms was Tom Crabill. This was Tom’s last official meeting with us as he moves on to his new home.  He says he’ll come back for the December 15th Presidential roast so we have one more chance to wish him well.  There was no Sunshine Report and news about John Korsmo is that he is recovering well. We also learned that Mike McGowan has stage 4 cancer and was in the hospital in Seattle. Here is a recent update from Secretary Greg Rediske: “An update of the health report on Mike McGowan Friday: Mike was in the hospital for a scan, when they saw a duct blockage. A couple of stints later, he was fine, and is now at home doing well. Good news there...” We are thinking about you, Mike.
One visiting Rotarian was the incoming Assistant District Governor Jamie Gregory.  Gayle Selden had a table full of guests who were the Students of the Month, their parents, and school supporters. In fact, they were our first Students of the Month for the 2017-2018 school year from Clover Park High School (pictures to follow).  Tim Stults, the principle of Clover Park looked on proudly. The students are Carlo Salinger, Nick Whitten, and Malik Harris.  Carlo was present with his mom, Ola Saytor, Nick had his mom, Rita Whitten with him, and Mary Redeemer accompanied her son, Malik. These students exemplify the Clover Creed: Community, Perseverance, Honor, and Scholarship.  Carlo is a football captain and a team leader on the field. He takes AP courses and plans to study kinesiology to become an athletic trainer.  Nick also takes AP courses and works hard to maintain good grades. His passion is psychology and he hopes to be a sports psychologist to support the mentality of professional athletics. Malik has a committed voice for positive changes on and off the football field. He takes AP classes and is preparing to study sports medicine to pursue a career in personal athletic training. The boys thanked Lakewood Rotary for the honor and thanked their parents and school staff for their support. 
On to the announcements. First was the election of officers for 2018-2019. Greg Rediske, a member of the Elections Committee, gave the results of nominees, all of whom are unopposed.  Directors include Mary Horn, Mary Marlin, and Wynn Hoffman. No one threw their hat in the ring and a motion was made and seconded to close nominations for director. That motion passed unanimously.  Secretary nominee is Greg Rediske.  Again, no one came forward to challenge Greg.  A motion was made and seconded to close nominations for secretary. That motion passed unanimously.  John Lowney was nominated as treasurer.  Silence reigned and a motion was made and seconded to close nominations for treasurer. That motion passed unanimously. Finally, President-Elect nominee was Bill Potter.  After the cheering, no one came forward. A motion was made and seconded to close nominations for director. That motion passed unanimously. A motion was made to call for a vote on this slate of officers, which was seconded and passed unanimously.  While some might have worried needlessly, the club unanimously elected these officers.  Congratulations to all.
Jim Rooks announced the open house and craft fair at the Family Renewal Shelter on November 17th from 2:00 pm and November 18th from 10 am to 5 pm.  Rick Selden talked up the Bike Work Party, putting together bikes for Christmas delivery. The work party will take place at the Waste Connection site on December 2nd from 8:00 am to noon.  Delivery will take place on December 16th, details to be announced later.  Mary Horn gave an update of the Puffins’ project with EFN.  On December 9th, from noon to 2:00 pm, the first 25 people to sign up will pack food baskets.  The Tom and Jerry Presidential Roast will take place on December 15th, a not-to-be- missed meeting. The club will be doing more food basket packing around Spring Break when families are particularly needy.  John Lowney reminded everyone to get their tickets for the Christmas Dinner Dance on December 1st.  $60.00 a pop and very well worth it. 
Greg and Mary Horn took advantage of a death in the district to attend the Rotary Zone Leadership Institute at Reno, Nevada. Their heads are swelled with five days of learning, study and meetings.  One bonus was meeting the new President of Rotary International. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made an appearance by way of a poster stand up and the Horns took selfies.
No meeting next week.  If you come, lunch is on your own.  President Don announced that Dave Harkness raised over $50,000 for the Trufant Foundation.  Chief of Police Mike Zaro announced that the Fallen Officer Food and Blood Drive will take place on November 29th.  Go to the police station to donate blood and EFN to drop off food.
Past President Rose Bowman’s district fundraising project to raise money, to fix the bus for driving children to school and events in Mexico, successfully raised $14,000.  The bus was fixed and on December 1st, 10-15 Rotarians from Canada will drive to the coast to deliver the bus. 
Citations included money from John Lowney, Ted Wier, and Rick Selden for having identical jackets, which they got during their trip to the Oregon coast with their long-suffering wives. The jackets were purchased at an outlet mall in Lincoln City. John wanted sympathy because he drove for 20 hours with six Rotarians, telling him when to turn right, left, stop, go and stop for bathroom breaks. President Daniels said “Show us the money!”  Joe Quinn won second place at the American Masters Weight Lifting Contest in his age class of 70 years and older. He has a great video of a clean and jerk of 170 pounds. He said he should have won and pulled out his big fancy medal. He also pulled out $100.  Terry Roarke spent 11 days in Hawaii, which he said was very expensive.  But he found $20 at the bottom of his suitcase and gave that.
The program was given by our own Captain Rob Erb of the local Civil Air Patrol (CAP). He has a 41-year career as a pilot and a second career as a land surveyor. He has flown over 200 mission sorties (completed missions).  He functions as a maintenance officer, operations officer, and deputy commander of the fleet. Rob told us his favorite story of showing his young granddaughter his green flight suit with all its whistles and bells. She responded, “Grandpa, you look like a giant pickle.” 
Above: Presenter, Captain Rob Erb
Rob explained the four functions of the CAP: aerospace education, cadet training, emergency response, and supporting the U.S. Air Force. The CAP conducted 85% of the domestic air searches in the country. The planes are owned by the Air Force and there are 14,000 volunteers.  Rob’s squadron has 90 volunteers. Even so, Rob says the CAP is at the bottom of the Air Force pyramid. The CAP is scattered throughout Washington, more on the west coast because of the mountains where small aircraft accidents are more likely.  There are over 600 air craft, which must be reduced to the required number of 580.  So they are turning out the older planes.  The planes consist of Cessna C-172, C-182 and C-200, all owned by the Air Force.  When the CAP first started, however, all the aircraft were privately owned. The new Cessna C-182T is similar to a jet airliner with the controls and instrument panel.  
Customers of the CAP include FEMA, Homeland Security, DEA, U.S. Forest Service, Border Patrol, Washington State Patrol, and local law enforcement agencies. Their primary mission is search and rescue (SAR).  When a call comes in, the Air Force Coordination Center is the first responder and CAP is dispatched. It takes about 10 minutes for the call to wind through the system.  A plane is tasked with searching a section of a square grid of 15 by 10 miles.  There are three officers in a plane: the mission commander who handles communication with the ground, the GIB (guy in back) who is the scanner and photographer, and the mission pilot, otherwise known as the bus driver. 
The CAP flies a lot of cadets who are required to have 10 orientation flights before getting a first job as a pilot in the CAP.  The education component of the CAP mission requires Rob to lecture on various subjects.  The CAP does infrastructure inventory, such as taking pictures of the coast line of Washington, all structures on I-5, communication facilities, and the shorelines of the Hood Canal.  Damage assessment included 9/11 at New York City, being the only aircraft allowed to fly and take pictures. Locally, the CAP assessed damage at the Oso Mud Flow, flooding on the Chehalis and the 2016 Eastern Washington fires.
The CAP is also involved with air interceptions. Rob showed us a video of how that worked using an example of a Black Hawk helicopter and an F-16.  There is also counter drug work, looking for marijuana grows. That job is rare these days with the change in laws. Finally, border services also look for clandestine air fields for drug trafficking, another job that is increasingly rare. Rob showed us the CAP 75th anniversary video with their motto: “Semper vigilans” or always vigilant. One question was about whether drones are affecting the CAP workload.  Not yet said Rob.  Thank you, Rob, for a very interesting program. We are proud to have you as a member of our club.
Raffle Winner was Chief Mike Zaro, facing three white chips and one red with a pot of $1,025.  And he struck gold, pulling that solidary red chip. Good time to hit Mike up for a loan.