Posted by John Magnuson on May 26, 2017
When considering a theme for today’s bulletin, the obvious choice is Memorial Day. If you, like me, had a father or grandfather, or you yourself, who served this country, honoring that memory is essential. If you, like me, have a child that served or is serving, he or she needs to be especially feted. There was a time in Lakewood Rotary when most members fit somewhere in the above categories. Not so anymore. Service is the exception now. I fear that revisionist historians will continue to minimize the roles that military service adds to and preserves the freedoms we enjoy in America. Political correctness is the “white-out” in recent history books in a wish to sanitize our culture. Be careful what you wish for!
Start Your Engines!
 
  In an usual move, the Treasurer actually arrived at the meeting on time. Way to go, Bill!
 
President Rose gathered the gathered to their feet early. Dan Livingston gave an invocation that personalized the meaning of Memorial Day for him. Ward Fletcher led us in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag. Pay attention to those words – they mean something. Never forgetting her minions, Rose thanked Duncan, Bob, Rob, Barb, Ole, Tom and someone named Taublik? Says so, right here in my notes. I’m not getting hard of hearing; I’m getting hard of writing legibly! Guests aplenty today in the likes of Garret Lordahl (ADPhi), Sharon Selden, Sharon Rediske, Carole Wier, Tao Lin, Marilyn Z, and Karen. All visiting Rotarians from Russia will be introduced below. John Forkenbrock was silent on the bad news department. John confided that he has declared a moratorium on bad news. Well done, John! The Paul Harris folks raised 9440 Rubles today. (Ed. note: $167 or so)
 
One of the first known public tributes to war dead was in 431 B.C., when the Athenian general and statesman Pericles delivered a funeral oration praising the sacrifice and valor of those killed in the Peloponnesian War—a speech that some have compared in tone to Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.
 
Pull in Behind the Pace Car
 
Charles Heberle, Inter-Country Committee Chair, introduced our Guests of Honor.
 
  • Ashot Aleksandrovich – Construction
  • Anna Baisheva – Manager for a basketball club
  • Marina Baisheva – Architect and Design
  • Matvey Cherepanov – Institute of Ecology Division Head
  • Julia Fedeneva – English and Chinese teacher
  • Yanina Kharlamova – Jewelry Shop owner and Pianist
  • Liudmila Petrova – Lawyer and Notary
  • Konstantin Serdyukov – Furniture Business and Kitchen Design
  • Andrei Shirshov – Hotel Owner
  • Mark Soskin – Marketing and Management Consultant
  • Anisa Garipova – Outerwear Designer & Procurement
  • Sofia Soskina – School girl
  • Irina Yuhnevich – Printing Business, Creative Deputy Director
  • Lena Novomeyskaya – Business School Trainer
 
The English speaking visitors told of their hometowns; whether they belonged to Rotary or not and something about themselves, their families and businesses. There was a couple of Power Point presentations and one intriguing one by the two women from Siberia. Our speaker, who is single, assured us that associating Siberia only with ice, snow, gulags and vodka was selling it short. The Rotary Club of Novosibersk (as I understood the message) has built a park, conducts auctions to support the park, sponsored a charity ball, assists with a local school in terms of career guidance and special needs kids, an exchange program and other worthy undertakings. Sounds familiar. Rose exchanged banners and graciously accepted gifts from our guests.
 
Mary Horn gave a brief but packed report about the activities during the past week for the Russians who will be handed-off to Seattle Rotary in Bremerton.
 
In May 1868, General John A. Logan, the commander-in-chief of the Union veterans’ group known as the Grand Army of the Republic, issued a decree that May 30 should become a nationwide day of commemoration for the more than 620,000 soldiers killed in the Civil War. It wasn’t until America’s entry into World War I that the tradition was expanded to include those killed in all wars, and Memorial Day was not officially recognized nationwide until the 1970s, with America deeply embroiled in the Vietnam War.
 
Keep your Positions Behind the Pace Car
 
Jessie Black reported on the progress of Springbrook Connections. He stated that very specific increases in number of neighbors who are actually meeting and communicating with one another. This is seen as a way to improve the neighborhood that was once pretty dismal. A board of directors elected by the members is dedicated to providing resources and services to meet one another’s needs.
 
The Springbrook Community Garden project helps to provide healthy homegrown garden produce for the neighborhood. A summer campout keeps the kids busy at a time when they might otherwise be tempted by trouble. Thanksgiving and Christmas are special times for the community with myriad activities. Lakewood Rotary began the Springbrook Park project many years ago with the help of Bronco Williams and Harry Mansfield.
 
Lap 1 Begins with the Drop of the Green Flag!
     
    Rob Erb and Joan Strait gave money. Mike McGowan just got a gift. For free.
 
Fines flowed as PP Chris Kimball assaulted a rather defenseless paper target at a gun range. He bought the event at the SDA. 19/20 rounds somewhere in the target. Chris you’ve always been a “straight shooter!” Barb Spriggs sold her Boeing 757. Or maybe it was her 1928 170 Biplane. Rob Erb claimed to still be on good terms with Mrs. Erb in spite of a lengthy road trip. Lowell Johnson admitted to buying “a place” in Arizona. I’ve seen it. “A place” doesn’t do it justice. He also paid for a 25th anniversary being wed to the lovely Rondi. Joan Strait lugged her husband around the other Washington, NYC, Boston, New Hampshire, a new grandchild and a fresh law school graduate from Santa Clara. Wow, $100 is a bargain for all that! Dave Covey (ADPhi) said something about a 28 year old article about Florence – at least I think that’s what it was. Tommy gave Mike some suspenders to keep his pants up – solid move Tom!
 
 
 
The Race is Underway – 200 laps: results on Monday
 
Ed Shannon, Mon Colonel, snapped up $5 in the drawing. That might buy a golf ball!
 
Although the term Memorial Day was used beginning in the 1880s, the holiday was officially known as Decoration Day for more than a century, when it was changed by federal law. The American flag should be hung at half-staff until noon on Memorial Day, then raised to the top of the staff.
 
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