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Posted by Eric Quinn on Sep 15, 2017
Beep-boop-beep-boop-boop-bahp-beep. A drone has kidnapped the bulletin writer. Circling overhead, this drone recorded a gathering of the Rotary Club of Lakewood, being called to order by a man named Don-DAN Bot 253 (first name, designation, model, and area code, respectively, hereinafter referred to as “DANBot”).
The Drone Zone Eric Quinn 2017-09-15 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paula Olson on Sep 08, 2017
As the meeting started this overcast Friday afternoon, the far side of the room was vacant, dust balls all over. This reporter immediately wondered if there was a Nordstrom sale she didn’t know about, as all faithful Rotarian husbands would dutifully follow their wives to Nordie for a sale.  But Past-President Bob Zawilski, subbing for absent President Don Daniels, explained that this was one of the annual meetings of the Top Tier Lakewood Rotarians.
Tumbling Tumbleweeds Paula Olson 2017-09-08 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Donn Irwin on Sep 01, 2017
President Don brought the meeting to order at precisely the time he wanted it to start. Scott Buser gave the invocation and Eric Quinn led us in the pledge.
Thinking of Houston Donn Irwin 2017-09-01 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gayle Selden on Aug 25, 2017

Is this seat taken?

It was a full house for the August 25th meeting of the Rotary Club of Lakewood. President Don Daniels turned into our own Maître D’ searching for seats for our continued stream of members and guests. Despite the chaos to get us ready for the meeting Don promptly started the meeting at 12:30.

Don's Full House Gayle Selden 2017-08-25 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Magnuson on Aug 18, 2017
 
 
In the 1949 movie, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, Bing Crosby plays the lead role. By virtue of a knock on his noggin he awakens in ancient Camelot, falls for Lancelot’s lady, befriends King Arthur, runs afoul of the Wizard and ends up in the slammer.
The Big Eclipse John Magnuson 2017-08-18 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Marlin on Aug 11, 2017
 Joking that he was subbing for president DD today, Rick Selden took the reins of presidential authority as Don Daniels' trusted advisor.  And the meeting was efficiently called to order.  Ted Johnson gave the invocation and the Pledge of Allegiance was led by Jim Bisceglia.  The meeting set-up was Rob and Bob and Duncan (triple threat...).
 
             
Social Justice Meets Social Hour Mary Marlin 2017-08-11 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Greg Rediske on Aug 04, 2017
Dave Barry said, "When trouble arises and things look bad, there is always one individual who perceives a solution and is willing to take command.  Very often, that person is crazy."
Immense Knowledge Greg Rediske 2017-08-04 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joe Quinn on Jul 28, 2017
President Don Daniels called an unruly crowd of Rotarians to order with this Rotary Moment:  I think it was a past RI President who said, “If I could hold the world in my hands and get each person to perform one random act of kindness daily…” what a better world it would be.
Citations Have Meaning Joe Quinn 2017-07-28 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paula Olson on Jul 21, 2017
Welcome to another exciting meeting of the Rotary Club of Lakewood! President Don Daniels led us in his third meeting – 49 more to go. Barlow Buescher led us in the invocation and Gordy Quick led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.
The State of Pierce County Paula Olson 2017-07-21 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gayle Selden on Jul 14, 2017
The July 14th meeting of the Rotary Club of Lakewood was brought to order by President Don Daniels. Mary Covelli Johnson delivered the invocation and Kim Prentice led us in the pledge.
 
Don’s Rotary Moment included a moment of silence for Rotary International President Elect, Sam Owori, who passed away unexpectedly. Sam was from Uganda.
Help Me Obi Wan Kenobi Gayle Selden 2017-07-14 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Marlin on Jul 07, 2017
It was a perfect summer day. The sky was blue. The water on American Lake sparkled and so did the Rotarians on this special day.  Rick Selden curiously gonged the meeting to order and asked Mick Johnson to give the Invocation and Gordy Quick to lead the Pledge of Allegiance.
Don's Premier Mary Marlin 2017-07-07 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Magnuson on Jun 30, 2017
Paraphrasing Rose Stevens’ axiom, “An idea is just so many words without the action to make it happen.” (sic), must have fallen heavily on the ears of the framers of The Declaration of Independence. History reflects that Rose e-mailed and texted John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Paine, Thomas Jefferson and others, that enough was enough with England! Even though there is debate about whether the Declaration was approved and signed on July 2, 1776, July 4, 1776 or August 2, 1776 – there is little doubt that now Past President Rose’s memo prompted them to action. The War of Independence had been underway since 1775 and lasted into 1782 but Lakewood Rotarians can be proud that Rose stirred the antagonists to the Throne! Huzzah!
Pyrotechnics! John Magnuson 2017-06-30 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Eric Quinn on Jun 23, 2017
Through the infernal curtain, another Rotary meeting began. We were swiftly reminded that this was President Rose Stevens’s second-to-last appearance before us as President. Don Daniels is next in line. Bob Hammar gave the invocation. Ron Irwin led us in the Pledge. For our Rotary Moment, Rose spoke to us about an upcoming trip to Nepal, between October 28 and November 14, presumably. Is anyone interested in that? Contact Rose.
One More Time Eric Quinn 2017-06-23 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joe Quinn on Jun 16, 2017
 President Rose Stevens rang the gong for one of the last times as our President. Admit it...that gong sound is preferable to that bell, banged clangily with a Rotary gavel. (I know "clangily" is not a real word.) But I will miss the gong. The invocation was given by Jim Rooks (the preacher's son for life) and the Pledge of Allegiance was led by Mary Moss.  Bud Montgomery collected a respectable $775 at the Paul Harris desk, Joe Quinn is the Scribe, and Walt Richardson the Photog-Guy.  Tom Crabill performed Sergeant at Arms duties and sold raffle tickets.  The setup crew was the usual reliable trio of Duncan Cook, Rob Erb, and Bob Hammar.  I am not going to start Bobbin' and Robbin' since I invented it and now we are tired of hearing it, as is Rose!
A Day at the Playhouse Joe Quinn 2017-06-16 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Marlin on Jun 09, 2017
The day arrived. Even though several members were at the Atlanta Conference, those who remained decided to enjoy one another and learn about the Boeing Company. And the gong rallied the team after they were suddenly jarred awake. Our pres of the day was Dave Reames, a skilled and thoughtful leader who followed Rose's instructions to "obnoxiously fine" all of those possible. He more than met her expectations. The humor certainly helped. 
 
                                           
How's it Going at Boeing Mary Marlin 2017-06-09 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gayle Selden on Jun 02, 2017
It’s June! Already! The end of our Rotary year is near. This is the last Bulletin I will write in The Reign of Rose. It’s also the moment that the Country Club gets inundated with white legs in khaki shorts. For this reason, I wore my sunglasses into the club just in case of momentary blindness. The khaki short count was at a low five so I removed my glasses as I entered the meeting room.
Attack of the Khaki Shorts Gayle Selden 2017-06-02 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gayle Selden on Jun 02, 2017
It’s June! Already! The end of our Rotary year is near. This is the last Bulletin I will write in The Reign of Rose. It’s also the moment that the Country Club gets inundated with white legs in khaki shorts. For this reason, I wore my sunglasses into the club just in case of momentary blindness. The khaki short count was at a low five so I removed my glasses as I entered the meeting room.
Attack of the Khaki Shorts Gayle Selden 2017-06-02 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gayle Selden on Jun 02, 2017
It’s June! Already! The end of our Rotary year is near. This is the last Bulletin I will write in The Reign of Rose. It’s also the moment that the Country Club gets inundated with white legs in khaki shorts. For this reason, I wore my sunglasses into the club just in case of momentary blindness. The khaki short count was at a low five so I removed my glasses as I entered the meeting room.
Attack of the Khaki Shorts Gayle Selden 2017-06-02 07:00:00Z 0
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!
The Russians Came! John Magnuson 2017-05-26 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Donn Irwin on May 19, 2017
 
President Rose rang the bell, gonged the gong and got us started on yet another meeting of the Lakewood Rotary Club.
Get Smart Donn Irwin 2017-05-19 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Eric Quinn on May 12, 2017
President Rose Stevens rang us to order at 12:30. Chris Kimball gave the invocation. Rose led us in the Pledge to our flag. Duncan and Bob set up the meeting. Troy Wilcox provided AV services. Mary Marlin drew ticket sales. Tom Crabill, again, played Sergeant at Arms. Gary Fulton manned the Paul Harris table and collected $1,263.00 for the Foundation (that’s awesome).
Lakewood Rotary Marches On Eric Quinn 2017-05-12 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Magnuson on May 05, 2017
Past President Dave Coleman, that is if you remember him, opened the meeting a fraction early. After the extraordinary fireworks of the previous evening’s thunder and lightning storm, the day seemed placid. PP Mick Johnson delivered a quiet invocation and PDG Gordon Quick led the salute to our flag. Our table was grateful for the TCGC generous supply of Margaritas. They were just the right combination of salty, savory and yummy.
 
                                     
Mayo Cinco, Dio Dos Diesisiete John Magnuson 2017-05-05 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Greg Rediske on Apr 28, 2017
As I write this latest version of "As Lakewood Rotary Turns," I have just returned from another rousing game of T-ball, where I am coach for a group of 4 and 5 year olds. Two of my team members chose to run to the pitcher's mound after hitting the ball instead of first base.  All three times they hit. Little Cole was so kind as to actually pick up his own hit ball and hand it to the pitcher. Politeness counts for something. Tom Hanks is famous for uttering, "There's no crying in baseball!" He was wrong. And thru all of that one solid hour of barely controlled chaos, everything ended up exceedingly well: snacks awaited each and every participant, and they were happy.
Let's Play Ball! Greg Rediske 2017-04-28 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Greg Rediske on Apr 28, 2017
As I write this latest version of "As Lakewood Rotary Turns," I have just returned from another rousing game of T-ball, where I am coach for a group of 4 and 5 year olds. Two of my team members chose to run to the pitcher's mound after hitting the ball instead of first base.  All three times they hit. Little Cole was so kind as to actually pick up his own hit ball and hand it to the pitcher. Politeness counts for something. Tom Hanks is famous for uttering, "There's no crying in baseball!" He was wrong. And thru all of that one solid hour of barely controlled chaos, everything ended up exceedingly well: snacks awaited each and every participant, and they were happy.
Let's Play Ball! Greg Rediske 2017-04-28 07:00:00Z 0
Glass Half Full (or half empty) Joe Quinn 2017-04-21 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Donn Irwin on Apr 14, 2017
DISCLAIMER: We did not have a photographer at our April 14 meeting, so the bulletin editor has made an executive decision to use stock photos from meetings over the last two years. Enjoy. 
 
President Rose opened up the meeting right on time – whenever she rings the bell is the right time.
Stock Questions Donn Irwin 2017-04-14 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Donn Irwin on Apr 14, 2017
DISCLAIMER: We did not have a photographer at our April 14 meeting, so the bulletin editor has made an executive decision to use stock photos from meetings over the last two years. Enjoy. 
 
President Rose opened up the meeting right on time – whenever she rings the bell is the right time.
Stock Questions Donn Irwin 2017-04-14 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Greg Rediske on Apr 07, 2017
Pondering how to start this retelling of the Lakewood Rotary story of April 7, 2017, I had to ask myself: what if there were no hypothetical questions? Having no answer, I must report that Rose was again right on the mark, time-wise and otherwise, as she shut off all the splendid conversation in the room at exactly 12:30 with the ringing of the bell. Sadly, with the conversation cut off, Larry Clark was never able to answer my query: If you try to fail, and succeed, which have you done? 
Hypothetical Answers Greg Rediske 2017-04-07 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Greg Rediske on Apr 07, 2017
Pondering how to start this retelling of the Lakewood Rotary story of April 7, 2017, I had to ask myself: what if there were no hypothetical questions? Having no answer, I must report that Rose was again right on the mark, time-wise and otherwise, as she shut off all the splendid conversation in the room at exactly 12:30 with the ringing of the bell. Sadly, with the conversation cut off, Larry Clark was never able to answer my query: If you try to fail, and succeed, which have you done? 
 
Hypothetical Answers Greg Rediske 2017-04-07 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Magnuson on Mar 31, 2017
Apparently the Lakewood Rotary Club Bulletin Committee is once more subject to an austerity move. Too many words are being written. Last week’s well-written bulletin announced, “Brevity is the soul of Wit.”  Many years ago Dave Sclair was the Editor-in-Chief, and he, being a responsible journalist, declared that bulletin writers were “too wordy.” As the offending wordiest of the wordy writers, I opted to follow EIC Sclair’s advice and truncated my bulletin writing by eliminating all vowels. f y wr rnd thn, y wr prbbly mzd tht y cn rd lmst nythng jst by cntxt nd cnsnnts. In spite of my good intentions, EIC Sclair reprimanded me and vowels were once again included.
Beware March 32nd! John Magnuson 2017-03-31 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Marlin on Mar 24, 2017
And the meeting begins..........
Rose raised the gavel, Clint Johnson gave the invocation, and Ed Shannon led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Brevity is the Soul of Wit Mary Marlin 2017-03-24 07:00:00Z 0
Behind the Green Curtain Eric Quinn 2017-03-17 07:00:00Z 0
Behind the Green Curtain Eric Quinn 2017-03-17 07:00:00Z 0
Behind the Green Curtain Eric Quinn 2017-03-17 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Greg Rediske on Mar 10, 2017
Let us pray. Dear God, We used to have Bob Hope, and Johnny Cash, and Steve Jobs. Now, we have no hope, no cash, and no jobs. Please Lord: Don't let Kevin Bacon die. Amen.
 
                            
Stow High In Transit Greg Rediske 2017-03-10 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gayle Selden on Mar 03, 2017
 
This bulletin writer has been looking forward to writing during Women’s History Month, especially since Lakewood Rotary has a standing woman President. As the bell was rung on March 3rd, this bulletin writer was not pleased to see Bob Zawilski at the podium. It’s not that I do not like Bob,  it’s just that there was recently a Rotary bulletin devoted completely to Bobs, Robs and Roberts. And although Bob doesn’t fit into my theme of women, I guess he can ring the bell.
The March of Women Gayle Selden 2017-03-03 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Eric Quinn on Feb 24, 2017
President Rose rang the bell and we were off. Bob Peterson gave the invocation, and Jay Mayer led us in the pledge. Don Daniels spoke to us about the Rotary Moment, and a Rotary club, composed of five women, in Cancun, Mexico. These five women do remarkable things for their community, particularly with respect to assisting those with diabetes, or screening for diabetes. He spoke to us about the poor equipment used by law enforcement, and the fact that there are two fire trucks covering a 100-mile radius in Cancun. We should count our blessings. 
Let's Get To It Eric Quinn 2017-02-24 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Eric Quinn on Feb 24, 2017
President Rose rang the bell and we were off. Bob Peterson gave the invocation, and Jay Mayer led us in the pledge. Don Daniels spoke to us about the Rotary Moment, and a Rotary club, composed of five women, in Cancun, Mexico. These five women do remarkable things for their community, particularly with respect to assisting those with diabetes, or screening for diabetes. He spoke to us about the poor equipment used by law enforcement, and the fact that there are two fire trucks covering a 100-mile radius in Cancun. We should count our blessings.
Let's Get To It Eric Quinn 2017-02-24 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joe Quinn on Feb 17, 2017
President Rose Stevens  gonged us to order  right on time.  Scott Buser delivered the invocation and Donna Phillips led us in the Pledge.  Rose said the Set Up Team again was steadfastly staffed by  Bob (or Rob as he prefers) Erb and Rob (according to Rose) Hammar.  [Rose, we know him as Bob].  Ward Fletcher collected a solid $680 at the Paul Harris table.    Tom Crabill served as Sergeant-at-Arms and sold raffle tickets; Mary Marlin helped at the Sportsman's Dinner Auction desk.   Joe Quinn is scribe and Eric Quinn was our photographer.
Bob Rob-a_Ram Joe Quinn 2017-02-17 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Donn Irwin on Feb 10, 2017
President Rose started the meeting at exactly the right time – when she rang the bell. The invocation was given by Chris Kimball, and Ron Messenger led us all in the Pledge. In a major shakeup of our set routine, our fearless leader announced that we would break out into our procurement teams for the auction, and that the “normal” meeting would magically reappear in fifteen minutes. Dinner and Auction boss, Gayle Selden, got our attention, gave us some direction and told us to get busy….which we did. Various Rotarians came up with some very cool ideas for what their procurement teams might produce!
Procurement Teams: Assemble!!! Donn Irwin 2017-02-10 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joe Quinn on Feb 03, 2017
LAKEWOOD ROTARY BULLETIN (The Lakewood Key) for February 3, 2017:  President Rose Stevens  gonged us to order right on time.  Bob Peterson delivered the invocation and Jim Weinand led us in the Pledge to our flag.  In charge of set up again were the reliable triumvirate (that means "three amigos" in English) of Duncan Cook, Rob Erb and Bob Hammar.  Steve Enquist collected a respectable $628 at the Paul Harris table.    Tom Crabill served as Sergeant-at-Arms; Barb Spriggs sold raffle tickets.   Troy Wilcox was the AV wizard, Joe Quinn is scribe and Bob Zawilski (not Za-wall-ski, pleeuz) was our erstwhile photographer.
Helping Friends in Need Joe Quinn 2017-02-03 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Greg Rediske on Jan 27, 2017
Breaking news! This just in! The University of Nebraska says that elderly people that drink beer or wine at least four times a week have the highest bone density. They need it - they're the ones falling down the most.   
Now, back to our regularly scheduled Rotary meeting, called to order by President Rose Stevens right on time, meaning 12:30 p.m. on Friday, January 27, 2017. Wasting no time, she gonged Greg Horn on to the stage (which is not his normal direction after hearing a gong). Greg proceeded to enlighten us with the history of Polio Plus. In 1979, some Rotary volunteer doctors inoculated many children in the Philippines against polio. This caught on at RI, and President Cliff Dochtorman declared it a Rotary International project to defeat polio worldwide. In 1985, there were 350,000 cases worldwide. In 2014, 392. In 2016, 42. So far this year: zero, possibly 1 (waiting, waiting.....) Amazing.
He was a wise man who invented beer. (Plato) Greg Rediske 2017-01-27 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Eric Quinn on Jan 20, 2017
Everyone: THE 47th SPORTSMEN’S DINNER AND AUCTION IS HERE. We have reached a time for choosing, as was said by Ronald Reagan. Each of us has unique potential. Each of us are Rotarians. And each of us can affect change in our community. In so many respects, Lakewood Rotary already has. But we can make this year special. Tell your friends, and perhaps even your enemies—if those enemies are soft for admirable causes and a great time—to come to the McGavick Student Center at Clover Park Technical College, on Saturday, April 22. Doors open at 5:00 PM. You should also volunteer to help set up the event (contact Eric Quinn to do so, or sign up online in the Member Area in Clubrunner, in the “Volunteers” tab). This is our event. We make this happen. 
Another Time for Choosing Eric Quinn 2017-01-20 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Donn Irwin on Jan 13, 2017
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.
Brrrr....It's Cold Outside Donn Irwin 2017-01-13 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Magnuson on Jan 06, 2017
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! 
Democracy in Lakewood John Magnuson 2017-01-06 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Donn Irwin on Dec 16, 2016
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.
Ramblin' Rose's Roast Donn Irwin 2016-12-16 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Magnuson on Dec 09, 2016
Think you know something about Lakewood Rotary?
 
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.) 
One Million Dollars, and Sixty Years Young John Magnuson 2016-12-09 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Eric Quinn on Dec 02, 2016
December has begun. The flowers are blossoming. The birds are singing. And pocketbooks are bursting. Rotary began as it always does. 
West Pierce Fire, and Ice Eric Quinn 2016-12-02 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Judy Hosea on Nov 18, 2016
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.
So Much to Be Thankful For Judy Hosea 2016-11-18 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Eric Quinn on Nov 11, 2016
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. 
Honoring Our Veterans Eric Quinn 2016-11-11 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Marlin on Nov 04, 2016
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.
Reconnaissance Mission Mary Marlin 2016-11-04 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gayle Selden on Oct 28, 2016
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. 
 
                               
Trick or Treat Gayle Selden 2016-10-28 07:00:00Z 0
The Congo, Poland and Goodbye to Norm Donn Irwin 2016-10-27 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Judy Hosea on Oct 14, 2016
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.
A Gathering of All Sorts Judy Hosea 2016-10-14 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Judy Hosea on Oct 14, 2016
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.
A Gathering of All Sorts Judy Hosea 2016-10-14 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Judy Hosea on Oct 14, 2016
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.
A Gathering of All Sorts Judy Hosea 2016-10-14 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Judy Hosea on Oct 14, 2016
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.
A Gathering of All Sorts Judy Hosea 2016-10-14 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Judy Hosea on Oct 14, 2016
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.
A Gathering of All Sorts Judy Hosea 2016-10-14 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Judy Hosea on Oct 14, 2016
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.
A Gathering of All Sorts Judy Hosea 2016-10-14 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Judy Hosea on Oct 14, 2016
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.
A Gathering of All Sorts Judy Hosea 2016-10-14 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Eric Quinn on Oct 07, 2016
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.
Human Trafficking is a Reality Eric Quinn 2016-10-07 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Greg Rediske on Sep 30, 2016
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." 
Looking For Golf in All the Wrong Places Greg Rediske 2016-09-30 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Marlin on Sep 23, 2016
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. 
A Marlin Makes Her Debut Mary Marlin 2016-09-23 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joseph Quinn on Sep 16, 2016
 
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.
Joe and the Supremes Joseph Quinn 2016-09-16 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Eric Quinn on Sep 09, 2016
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. 
 
 
Strike a Pose Eric Quinn 2016-09-09 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Eric Quinn on Sep 09, 2016
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. 
Strike a Pose Eric Quinn 2016-09-09 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Donn Irwin on Sep 02, 2016
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….). 
Things on Wheels Donn Irwin 2016-09-02 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Magnuson on Aug 26, 2016
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.
 
                         
2016: A Rotary Odyssey John Magnuson 2016-08-26 07:00:00Z 0
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.
New Story August 24 2016 2016-08-23 07:00:00Z 0
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.
Social Security, and Other Fun Stuff Donn Irwin 2016-08-19 07:00:00Z 0
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. 
So Much Drama on the PCT (Pacific Crest Trail) Joe Quinn 2016-08-12 07:00:00Z 0
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. 
So Much Drama on the PCT (Pacific Crest Trail) Joe Quinn 2016-08-12 07:00:00Z 0
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." 
Men Are From Lakewood, Women Are From Lakewood Greg Rediske 2016-08-05 07:00:00Z 0
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
Summer on My Mind…or losing my Mind Judy Hosea 2016-07-29 07:00:00Z 0
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.
Strange Zucchini Breadfellows Joseph Quinn 2016-07-22 07:00:00Z 0
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.
The Miracle of Flight Eric Quinn 2016-07-15 07:00:00Z 0
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.
The Miracle of Flight Eric Quinn 2016-07-15 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gayle Selden on Jul 08, 2016
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.
 
                   
The Reign of Rose Gayle Selden 2016-07-08 07:00:00Z 0
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!
Happy Fourth of July 2016 John Magnuson 2016-07-01 07:00:00Z 0
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.
The Final Countdown Eric Quinn 2016-06-24 07:00:00Z 0
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.
One to Go Joseph Quinn 2016-06-17 07:00:00Z 0
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.
It's Time for the President to be a Woman Gayle Selden 2016-06-10 07:00:00Z 0
Meeting Number 3000, Give or Take a Few John Magnuson 2016-06-03 07:00:00Z 0
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.
Honoring the Fallen Donn Irwin 2016-05-27 07:00:00Z 0
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:
Lock, Stock and Barrel Eric Quinn 2016-05-20 07:00:00Z 0
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!
Meeting at Camp Crystal Lake Donn Irwin 2016-05-13 07:00:00Z 0
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.
Everything According to Plan Greg Rediske 2016-05-06 07:00:00Z 0
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.
Desperate Times Call for Desperate Fines Joseph Quinn 2016-04-29 07:00:00Z 0
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.  
The Tale of a Sparse Bulletin on Auction Weekend Eric Quinn 2016-04-22 07:00:00Z 0
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.
 
                    
*Insert Bulletin Title Here Gayle Selden 2016-04-15 07:00:00Z 0
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!
Don't Look Back Joseph Quinn 2016-04-08 07:00:00Z 0
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.
No Foolin' Donn Irwin 2016-04-01 07:00:00Z 0
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.
Fitting In, But Standing Out Eric Quinn 2016-03-25 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Greg Rediske on Mar 18, 2016
Just like the 1970's rock group, T. Rex, who sang "Bang a gong/Get it on", President Kimball started the proceedings in that very way on this 18th day of March, 2016.
People Always Ask Greg Rediske 2016-03-18 07:00:00Z 0
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.
 
                                          
Guess Who's Back Judy Hosea 2016-03-11 08:00:00Z 0
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). 
Teamwork Makes the Dream Work! Judy Hosea 2016-03-04 08:00:00Z 0
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.
Not Everything is Black and White Joseph Quinn 2016-02-26 08:00:00Z 0
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...”
Therapy, In More Ways Than One Gayle Selden 2016-02-19 08:00:00Z 0
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.
Stirring the Pot John Magnuson 2016-02-12 08:00:00Z 0
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
Ride Your Bike to the Auction Donn Irwin 2016-02-05 08:00:00Z 0
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.

Golf is Not a Game of Prefects Eric Quinn 2016-01-29 08:00:00Z 0
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!"
Don't Mess with the Test Greg Rediske 2016-01-22 08:00:00Z 0
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. .
 
                          
A Toast to an Irreplaceable Friend Joe Quinn 2016-01-08 08:00:00Z 0
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
 
                                                                                          
The First Day of Christmas, that Seemed Like 12 Days John Magnuson 2015-12-18 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Donn Irwin on Dec 11, 2015
 
The bell rang early as the Lakewood Rotary Club once again had a jam-packed schedule.
 
                                             
 
              Above: Stuffed Food Bags from this last Saturday, December 12, at Emergency Food Network.
Stuffing Food Bags, and Looking For Our Heroes Donn Irwin 2015-12-11 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Donn Irwin on Dec 11, 2015
 
The bell rang early as the Lakewood Rotary Club once again had a jam-packed schedule.
 
                                             
 
              Above: Stuffed Food Bags from this last Saturday, December 12, at Emergency Food Network.
Stuffing Food Bags, and Looking For Our Heroes Donn Irwin 2015-12-11 08:00:00Z 0
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
Back From Hawaii, Back to Reality Ron Adkins 2015-12-04 08:00:00Z 0
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.
Fear of Omission, but Giving Thanks Anyways Judy Hosea 2015-11-22 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joseph Quinn on Nov 13, 2015
 
President  Chris Kimball  rang the bell right on time and gave us the Rock 'n Roll quote of the day:  "Put a little love in your heart...", which was from the 1969 hit of the same name by Jackie DeShannon.  We needed a little love on this rainy, blustery Friday the 13th!
Autumn Leaves Us Wet Joseph Quinn 2015-11-13 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Greg Rediske on Nov 06, 2015
 
The first World War ended precisely on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, 1918. In 1919, that day was proclaimed Armistice Day by Woodrow Wilson. It was made a holiday again by Calvin Coolidge in 1926, and finally made an annual holiday in 1938. It became Veterans Day in 1954, when the celebration was expanded to celebrate the service of all veterans of all wars. In 1971, it went along with all other holidays designed to make a three day vacation, to be celebrated on the 4th Monday in October. Finally, in 1978, it was reinstated to always be celebrated on November 11th (with the exception of when it falls on a weekend, as far as federal holidays go).
 
                                            
Honoring Our Veterans, the Lakewood Rotary Way Greg Rediske 2015-11-06 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gayle Selden on Oct 30, 2015
 
This spooky meeting of the Rotary Club of Lakewood began with a call to order by President Chris Kimball, an Invocation by Dave Coleman and a spine-tingling singing version of the Star Spangled Banner by the club.

 

                                                                                                  

Boo: The Halloween Edition! Gayle Selden 2015-10-30 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Greg Horn on Oct 23, 2015
 
President Chris had a more-than-full plate and started the meeting 5 minutes early.
No Bounty Hunters Here Greg Horn 2015-10-23 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Donn Irwin on Oct 16, 2015
 
                   Before we begin an exposition of our latest meeting, please enjoy this video demonstrating the great work of Etta Projects:
 
                   https://vimeo.com/116831861
 
The Lakewood Rotary meeting began precisely when President Chris called it to order. Scott Buser gave the invocation and then the musically minded magnate, Chris, led us through the National Anthem with the aid of a snare drum and YouTube.
 
                   
Etta Powers, Remembered in a Very Special Way... Donn Irwin 2015-10-16 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Adkins on Oct 09, 2015
 
At 12:30, President Chris Kimball cheerily declared the meeting open.  Helping him accomplish things in good Rotary order were a great many Rotarians:
Robert Peterson performed the invocation. Morris Northcutt on trumpet and Pres Kimball on drum-and-cymbal performed the National Anthem. Pres Kimball graced us with the rock n’ roll quote of the day: “Take me tonight to the river, and wash my illusions away,” from the great album by Styx, Edge of the Century (1990). Making things happen today, Bob Hammar set up. Gary Fulton managed the Paul Harris desk. Tom Crabill took money for the raffle. Ron Adkins wrote the bulletin. Finally, Troy Wilcox took photographs.
A Tale of More than Two Committees Ron Adkins 2015-10-09 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Greg Rediske on Oct 02, 2015
 
The place was a-rockin' at the October 2nd meeting of Lakewood Rotary: Apparently the word was out that Chris was really, really back! A full house presented itself for a full agenda of goings-on, beginning with the quote of the week from '70/'80's rock legends, Kansas, from the album LEFTOVERTURE: "Gold and diamonds cast a spell/It's not for me I know it well/The riches that I see/Are waiting on the other side." Being a decade or so younger than Chris, Kansas doesn't really work for me.
Fighting the Ennui Greg Rediske 2015-10-02 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Eric Quinn on Sep 25, 2015
 
Guess who’s back? Yes, Lakewood Rotary President Christopher Kimball has returned. The party resumes. The Prez thanked past-presidents Rick Selden, Scott Buser and John Magnuson for substituting for him while he was in a galaxy far, far away.
Return of the Prez-Guy Eric Quinn 2015-09-25 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joe Quinn on Sep 18, 2015
 
President Pro Tem Rick Selden started us off by saying that President Chris Kimball  had ingested too many chocolate shakes and had a tummy ache.  Not quite, but almost true.
Who, What, and the Lakewood Y Joe Quinn 2015-09-18 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rodney Ladd on Sep 11, 2015
 
    Greetings my fellow Americans…fellow Rotarians and friends…today marks 14 years since the attack on the USA by terrorists. Many changes in national security have taken place around the world. There have been new laws, new security measures, and a new outlook on terrorism. What happened that dreadful morning of 9-11 changed many people’s lives. Usually at every Rotary meeting there is lots of laughter and fun. Not to say we didn’t have a good meeting today, but there was a different vibe in the air. More on that later.
Remembering Times Gone By Rodney Ladd 2015-09-11 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gayle Selden on Sep 04, 2015
                
Ringing the bell today was a bowtie clad, resident jokester, Past President John Magnuson. Apparently he wore the bowtie as he thought it was Bill Nye the Science Guy look-a-like day. In my opinion, Beaker might be a more appropriate scientist for John to dress like, especially since he can really talk like the Swedish Chef.
 
                                                                             
Laboring Day Gayle Selden 2015-09-04 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Magnuson on Aug 28, 2015

 

The Moon is in its final waxing gibbous phase; next will be a full moon. Forewarned is forearmed! Be on the lookout for lunacy attributable to the full moon. Lunacy -moon (lunar.) Get it? Ha! I don’t believe a word of it but I will wear a garlic clove on a braid of horsehair around my neck just in case. If nothing else, the smell should keep people away from me. By the way, this event has nothing to do with the “Parlor” in Ponders Corner that advertises a special on gibbous waxing.

Quorum Before the Storum John Magnuson 2015-08-28 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Donn Irwin on Aug 21, 2015
 
President Chris snared his drum, rang his bell, and another meeting of the Rotary Club of Lakewood got underway. Our trumpet man (Morris) wasn’t with us, so President Chris got us all on key with his communication device (aka cell phone), snared his drum once again and the National Anthem was sung.
Here Comes the Gov Donn Irwin 2015-08-21 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Adkins on Aug 14, 2015
 
We more or less worked our way to smooth sailing, beginning at 12:29.  President Chris indicated that we had a full agenda and he wanted to eke out an early start.  It seemed that he gave back the early start by explaining the attempted early start.  That’s okay; we disregarded some commercials.
Walking Down the Way Ron Adkins 2015-08-14 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Greg Rediske on Aug 07, 2015
 
Was that a feeling of angst that greeted our august president for the start of his first August meeting? I think not! Joy emanated from every corner of the room as the recently crowned King Kimball drum rolled his way to the opening bell. Shortly came the quote from Steven Tyler of Aerosmith and their song "Dream On" ("The past is gone, it went by like dusk to dawn" and so on....), followed by Dave Coleman's invocation and the singing of the national anthem (sung in our traditional musically-challenged manner,  which brings to mind the more well-known chorus from the aforementioned "Dream On": "Sing for the laughter, sing for the tears", heavy on the tears.
Da Dang Past President Lament Greg Rediske 2015-08-07 07:00:00Z 0
"Da Dang Past President Lament" Greg Rediske 2015-08-07 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Judy Hosea on Jul 31, 2015
It was a hot Friday in the city…..that city was Lakewood.  It started me thinking that since the gathering was on a lake and it was hot….why couldn’t we meet IN the lake!  On an air mattress….one with a drink holder!  And, instead of pot roast, we could have pina coladas with pineapple and a cherry!  All slathered with sun screen and zinc oxide on the nose.   Ahhhhh, such are the dreams of the everyday bulletin writer, lakeside and inside, on a hot Friday afternoon.
As the Wheel Turns Judy Hosea 2015-07-31 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joseph Quinn on Jul 24, 2015
President Pro Tem Mick Johnson rang the bell right on time, just as he learned when he was the President.
 
                                                                  
Construction Financing for the Bored/Board Person Joseph Quinn 2015-07-24 07:00:00Z 0
Da,Deux,Dos,Dois,Deux, or for Ole and Swen, “To” Rod Ladd 2015-07-17 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gayle Selden on Jul 10, 2015

The July 10th meeting of the Rotary Club of Lakewood was called to order with a jazzy bell ring by President Chris Kimball. Chris started his first meeting with a traditional Invocation by Rod Ladd and an untraditional (for Lakewood Rotary) singing of the National Anthem by the club, with the accompaniment of Chris on the Drums. He promised Morris Northcutt would bring his trumpet sometimes to accompany us too, but be prepared to sing the National Anthem every meeting for the year.

Dave Who? Gayle Selden 2015-07-10 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Greg Rediske on Jun 26, 2015
During the evening of Friday, June 26, 2015, we shall hear the last words of Dave Coleman. Or more accurately, his last words as President of Lakewood Rotary. One hopes they will be memorable, like the (truly) last words of the famous grammarian, Dominique Bouhours, "I am about to---or I am going to--die; either expression is correct."
Last Words Greg Rediske 2015-06-26 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ben Sclair on Jun 19, 2015

PP Rick Selden surveyed the room like the veteran leader he is. Shaking hands, kissing babies, you know the routine. But why? Some think he’s going to run for State Auditor. My sources tell me that President Dave heard someone yell “FORE!!!!” and he took off. As he scrambled from the room he asked PP Selden to run the meeting. And command the meeting Rick did.

FORE!!! Ben Sclair 2015-06-19 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joe Quinn on Jun 15, 2015
 
President Dave Coleman  started us off with his usual great Presidential quote.  This one was from President Calvin Coolidge, our 30th President (1923-1929):  "No man ever listened himself out of a job."  (But Dave --a man of our time, not the 1920's, actually said-- "No person ...etc.").   You might say he was just being politically correct, but really he knows Joyce would've killed him if he quoted it exactly like the above.  Well maybe kicked, not killed, is the right word. - See more at: http://www.lakewoodrotary.com/#sthash.JTFRfTVC.dpuf
So Long to Our Friend, Selen Joe Quinn 2015-06-15 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rodney Ladd on Jun 05, 2015

Well if you were in attendance at Friday’s meeting you’d have felt the electricity in the air. There was a buzz about the room. Chitter chatter all about as if something new was about to be revealed. More about that later…stay tuned my friends.

Today’s setup was done by Duncan Cook. Manning the Paul Harris desk Gary Fulton took in $645. Selling those tempting little white tickets was Bill Price. Taking photos was Ben Sclair. Writing this entertaining lil’ ditty and offering up the invocation was yours truly and Mo Saram led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.

The presidential quote of the day was that of Thomas Jefferson to John Adams in saying “I can not live without books.” Now I happened to look it up and President Dave left off… “but fewer will suffice where amusement, and not use, is the only future object.” Now I don’t know about you but that last part didn’t make any sense to me. (Maybe that’s why he left it off).  

The End is in Sight Mr. President Rodney Ladd 2015-06-05 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gayle Selden on May 29, 2015
It’s nearing the end of our Rotary year, which calls for a field trip!  This past Friday, the Rotary meeting changed locations to the Goodwill Milgard Work Opportunity Center Campus in Downtown Tacoma.
The Search for Ron's Cookie Gayle Selden 2015-05-29 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Donn Irwin on May 21, 2015

 

Lakewood Rotary’s Memorial Day-weekend meeting started off with President Dave once again quoting one of his favorite Presidents. “Confidence…thrives on honesty, on honor, on the sacredness of obligations, on faithful protection and unselfish performance. Without them it cannot live.”

Franklin D. Roosevelt.

 

As an aside, OUR President used some of his presidential license to help FDR along – changing the “it” in the quote to “we” in his reading of the quote. I liked the ad lib. It appeared to the untrained eye that some of the members may have gotten confused and forgotten that we actually had a meeting. It seemed as though there were a lot of empty chairs. Duncan Cook set things up. Leon Titus took care of the Paul Harris contributions while Bill Young doubled as Sergeant-at-Arms and official camera man. Bill also introduced visiting Rotarians. He is a busy guy! Yours truly acted the scribe. Rod Ladd gave the invocation and Rick Selden led us in the pledge to the flag.

Remembering Those Who Served Donn Irwin 2015-05-21 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Magnuson on May 15, 2015
In The Elements of Style, Professors Strunk and White admonish, “Let each word tell.” Truth be told, White came along after Strunk died and more than doubled the size of the book! I love that kind of irony. In a Creative Writing class at the UW, a Professor of mine told me “You appear to be possessed of sophomoric verbosity.” Now THAT’s irony!
 
My point is this: journalistic writing and/or adherence to Strunk and White are style choices the writer makes. They are not rules of the road. Oh, The Elements of Style, has been almost Biblical in its admonishments to parse, but they are not rules; just style choices to make. As Leon Uris once said, “It’s a good thing you don’t need to know anything about English to be a best selling author.”
 
The Elements of Style John Magnuson 2015-05-15 07:00:00Z 0
Happy Birthday, Dear Harry Greg Rediske 2015-05-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Judy Hosea on Apr 30, 2015
The first of May also is official opening weekend of the boating season!
 
It was a maiden voyage at the Paul Harris table for Nicole Hancock. She began with assistance from veteran sounder Mike McGowan, who did a short cruise before surrendering the helm to Jim Weinand. Virginia Hillyer was afloat on her own with raffle ticket sales and a confusing formula to figure out how to decide the value of the “honey pot”.
MAYDAY (international distress call), 2015 Judy Hosea 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joe Quinn on Apr 23, 2015

President Dave Coleman called to order a spirited Rotary group, and wowed the crowd with his usual great Presidential quote. This one was from President Dwight D. Eisenhower. (Remember "I like Ike"?) Ike once said: "Accomplishment is a journey, not a destination." Seems a bit like Lakewood Rotary doesn't it? We get quite a bit done, but mostly we have a lot of fun doing it.

The Support Staff today consisted of: Jim Rooks gave the invocation; Ron Irwin led us off in the Pledge; Chuck Hellar twisted our arms to buy raffle tickets; Bill Young did double duty, serving as Sergeant-at-Arms and introducing Visiting Rotarians; Steve Enquist collected $297 at the Paul Harris desk for the Rotary Foundation; Duncan Cook led the set up group, with assistance from Ward Fletcher and Mary Moss; Bob Zawilski was the Photographer; and finally Joe Quinn was the scribe. Hope we did not miss anybody.

Accomplishment is a Journey... Joe Quinn 2015-04-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rodney Ladd on Apr 16, 2015

Another edition of “How the wheels turn” as seen and recorded by Rodney Ladd.

If you were at Friday’s meeting you got to see a great setup by Duncan Cook and tear down by senior member at large Richard Simmons.

Taking in $389 at the Paul Harris desk was none other than Handsome Bob Zawilski. Selling the infamous little white (often losing but sometimes winning) tickets was diligent Bill Price. Doing double duty as Sgt at Arms and photographer was the dashing Bill Young.

President Dave promptly rang the bell at 12:30 calling the meeting to order, followed by his famous presidential quote… from Calvin Coolidge “Collecting more taxes than is absolutely necessary is legalized robbery.”

How the wheels turn Rodney Ladd 2015-04-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Greg Rediske on Apr 09, 2015

12 is the magic number. 12 meetings, and President Dave will be out of President's quotes, or at least out of Rotary meetings to use them in.

The Monica Lewinsky Lament Greg Rediske 2015-04-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Donn Irwin on Apr 02, 2015

LAKEWOOD, Wash. – Cat Pashman, er…Pat Cashman entertains Lakewood Rotarians with witty (some by half) anecdotes from and about many of his past gigs….but first:

Rotarians were greeted first and foremost by the always gorgeous Judy Hosea (my sponsor) as she awaited any last minute donations to the Sportsman’s Dinner and Auction (Saturday, April 11). The seldom seen but yet ever active Morris Northcutt was there to assist.

Bob Zawilski collected $397 in Paul Harris donations and Leon “The Enforcer” Titus sold raffle tickets and acted as our Sergeant-at-Arms.

President Dave rang the bell and got the meeting off to a start in his usual fashion – delivering a Presidential quote. This week from our 33rd President, Harry S. Truman. Harry said: “The president is always abused. If he isn’t, he isn’t doing anything”. Makes one wonder when the last time President Dave was abused…

Good Friday 2015 Donn Irwin 2015-04-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Magnuson on Mar 26, 2015

“Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and success of liberty.” Words to live by as quoted by President Dave Coleman while channeling John F. Kennedy, 35th President of these here United States of America.

Drama at TCGC John Magnuson 2015-03-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Christopher Kimball on Mar 20, 2015
 
Is it fun? Christopher Kimball 2015-03-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gayle Selden on Mar 19, 2015

President Dave Coleman (Sportsman’s Dinner Procurer) opened up the March 20th meeting with a quote from Abraham Lincoln:

“My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure.”

In Service before the meeting was Judy Hosea (SD Sponsor and Procurer), retired auction worker extraordinaire, working tirelessly to get your procurement forms and ticket sales for the Sportsman’s Dinner and Auction which is taking place on April 11. Sitting quietly next to Judy was Mick Johnson (SD Sponsor and Procurer) collecting $394 at the Foundation Desk. Bill Price was trying to keep up with the raffle ticket purchases for the $1,191 pot. Terry Roarke (SD Sponsor and Procurer) was manning the Rotary store, which needs more clientele next week. Don’t worry Terry, I am sure Ted Wier will be by next week to buy a new shirt (more on this later). Duncan Cook (SD Sponsor and Procurer) set up and cleaned up. Rod Ladd (SD Sponsor and Procurer) took photos and Gayle Selden (SD Sponsor and Procurer) is currently typing the bulletin.

Cyber Stalking and More Gayle Selden 2015-03-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Judy Hosea on Mar 12, 2015

If a person isn’t suspicious, it will have little effect on your luck….good or bad.  After all, the superstition is really an urban legend and not universal at all.  The Hispanic and Greek cultures consider Tuesday and especially the 13th, to be unlucky.  And in Italy….popular culture calls Friday the 17th as a day of bad luck. Italians even think the number 13 is lucky!  So…what is the answer?  Just to be on the safe side, I threw a little salt over my shoulder.

Throwing caution to the wind, Duncan Cook set us up for the meeting.  Mick Johnson collected $540 at the Paul Harris Desk, Tom Crabill served as our Sgt-at-Arms, and Gayle Selden and Judy Hosea collected items and reservations at the Sportsman’s Dinner table. Rod Ladd delivered the invocation and Bill Allen led us in the pledge.  All went smoothly, without incident, although President Dave quoted Sgt. Phil Esterhouse and cautioned us…“let’s be careful out there”.

 

Friday, the 13th of March Judy Hosea 2015-03-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ben Sclair on Mar 05, 2015
At 12:27, President Dave (aka Bob) Coleman rang the meeting bell which stunned quite a few members. Frida was the first March Madness Month Meeting. Those gathered at the Tacoma Country & Golf Club noted a fair number of empty chairs. It turns out a large number of members were on their way, or were already in, Bend, Ore.
 
Behind the scenes: Gayle (aka Bob) Selden worked the Sportsman’s Dinner & Auction table; James (aka Bob) Guerrero collected $482 at the Paul Harris table; Bill (aka Bob) Young quadruple-dipped as raffle ticket salesman, Sgt at Arms, introducer of Visiting Rotarians and meeting photographer; Ben (aka Bob) Sclair wrote this bulletin; Bob (aka Bob) Petersen invoked the meeting; Gary (aka Bob) Fulton led those gathered in the Pledge of Allegiance; and back in the saddle was Duncan (aka Bob) Cook on meeting set-up.
(aka Bob)* Ben Sclair 2015-03-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Magnuson on Dec 19, 2013

Mistaken Identities, or How I learned to Love My Dopplegangers

Reality TV – Why not Lakewood Rotary Tom and Jerry/Presidential Roast Parties!!?

Dec 20, 2013 John Magnuson 2013-12-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joe Quinn on Dec 12, 2013

President Mark Blanchard called us to order with his cheery Lakewood Rotary "Aloha" and got a resounding "Aloha" right back, which just proved we were awake after our nap and taking no chances with fate whatsoever, ...after all it was Friday the 13th.   (Am I mistaken or did no one even mention that?)

Dec 13, 2013 Joe Quinn 2013-12-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Judy Hosea on Dec 05, 2013

MENU

ROTARY CLUB OF LAKEWOOD

DECEMBER 6, 2013

 

APPETIZER COURSE:

Rating:  Below Average (just beneath, actually in the basement)

Dec 6, 2013 Judy Hosea 2013-12-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Greg Rediske on Nov 21, 2013

President Jefferson called a federal Thanksgiving proclamation “the most ridiculous idea ever conceived."  And yet, here we are, 6 days before another Thanksgiving Day, on the latest day possible for the event (November 28).  And here we are, at another Friday Rotary meeting called to order by the great President Mark Blanchard, who declared, "Meeting the day after Thanksgiving is the most ridiculous idea ever conceived, and I proclaim there shall be no meeting next Friday."  So there.

Nov 22, 2013 Greg Rediske 2013-11-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rodney Ladd on Nov 14, 2013
Hard to believe this is president Mark’s 18th meeting.  Where or where has the time gone.  I know they tell us when we’re young that time flies when you start getting older. Well time is certainly flying by. Your head nodding in agreement, “It’s flying by alright”,  so fast I can’t remember….more about flying later, now back to the meeting at hand.
Nov 15, 2013 Rodney Ladd 2013-11-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ben Sclair on Nov 07, 2013
Serving the Rotary Club of Lakewood today were (as follows): Mick Johnson at the Foundation table (who happened to collect $490 from members); Mary Lou Sclair sold the winning meeting raffle ticket to Jim Bisceglia (more on that later); Bill Young introduced our lone visiting Rotary (Fred Mosio from Tacoma 8 who last attended Lakewood Rotary in the basement of the Lakewood Terrace).
November 8, 2013 - Club Assembly anyone? Ben Sclair 2013-11-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Magnuson on Oct 31, 2013
 Lakewood Rotary was nursing a massive Halloween Hangover today. Snickers breath was prevalent in the confines of TCGC Dining Room
Nov 1, 2013 John Magnuson 2013-11-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joe Quinn on Oct 24, 2013

President Mark Blanchard called us to order for meeting #15 of this Rotary Year. Seems like more.

This week's helpers were:

Oct 25, 2013 Joe Quinn 2013-10-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Judy Hosea on Oct 17, 2013

Friday, October 18…..a day that will live in Lakewood Rotary history!

 

A dapper and suited PP John Lowney manned the clipboard and assumed the duties of acting President in as much as “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” was being re-enacted by Mr. Blanchard.

Oct 18, 2013 Judy Hosea 2013-10-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michael McGovern on Oct 10, 2013

Although cloudy, 55 degrees, and decidedly un-tropic-like, it was also 1233 or so, and Friday.  And this being the proud Rotary Club of Lakewood, we greeted each other with a bold and perhaps wishful “Aloha”…

Oct 11, 2013 Michael McGovern 2013-10-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Greg Rediske on Oct 03, 2013
God surely loves Rotarians, as he provided a perfect day for 14 Rotarians, wives, and friends to play golf at Tacoma Country and Golf Club, thanks to Joe Quinn's organization of the event.  I did have one embarrassing moment, however. 
Oct 4, 2013 Greg Rediske 2013-10-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rodney Ladd on Sep 26, 2013

What a day we had yesterday for the  Rotary Regatta….3 boats cast off upon overcast skies with a hope of afternoon sunshine. The Lady Barbara, the Blanchard schooner

and the Korsmo cruiser. We rolled into Docton on Maurey Isalnd and headed up the walkway. Tom Crabill and Rick Selden awaited our arrival with tables of food and bbq’s a blazing. (Rick was having fun with the charcoal  lighter fluid). 24 in all, we enjoyed fellowship and a nice steak feed. Good job on the cooking.  The sun came out and warmed our bodies…a fun time was had by all.

Sep 27, 2013 Rodney Ladd 2013-09-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ben Sclair on Sep 19, 2013
As meetings-run moves into double digits, President Mark - with cool confidence - rang the meeting bell to start the September 20, 2013 meeting of the Rotary Club of Lakewood. As always, a slew of fellow Rotarians served behind the scenes, in coordinated effort with a single goal, to make President Mark look good. They include:
"Service Trumps All," Col. Andrew Hird, September 20, 2013 Ben Sclair 2013-09-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Magnuson on Sep 12, 2013

Today’s theme: Well, let’s see; what should today’s theme be? Any good bit of writing needs a theme. Can anyone help out there? I am at a loss as to a theme. I might as well just begin writing and perhaps it will come to me. My Editor-in-Chief likes our writing to be relevant, accurate, and crisp while at the same time thematic.

Sep 13, 2013 John Magnuson 2013-09-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joe Quinn on Sep 05, 2013

President Mark Blanchard called us to order for his ninth meeting (already?) of the new Rotary Year.

The following Lakewood Rotarians provided the necessary support team:

Sep 6, 2013 Joe Quinn 2013-09-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michael McGovern on Aug 29, 2013

With a surprisingly august representation of members and guests at the beginning of this 2013 Labor Day weekend, President Mark Blanchard struck the bell and opened our meeting by acknowledging the following acts of labor: set up performed by Duncan Cook and Ward Fletcher, Paul Harris desk chaired by Mick Johnson (who collected $324 for the cause), Raffle desk attended by Bill Price, Sgt-at Arms Bill Price, the table top calendars were produced by Dave Covey, the Pledge was led by Ray Ainsworth and the Invocation was offered by Rod Ladd.

Aug 30, 2013 Michael McGovern 2013-08-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Greg Rediske on Aug 22, 2013
In researching our illustrious President Blanchard, the research department of the Lakewood Key (aka The Bulletin) discovered that the name "Blanchard" means white and brave, of French origin.  There are experts who believe further that the first Blanchard was a person of exceptional character and purity (white, as in pure). 
Aug 23, 2013 Greg Rediske 2013-08-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Judy Hosea on Aug 15, 2013
President Mark Blanchard declared that the Lakewood Rotary Club of Rotary International, which was established in Lakewood Washington in 1956, and belonging to District 5020 under the proud leadership of District Governor Pete Taylor and Assistant District Governor (and Lakewood Rotary PP), Greg Horn….was called to order.  
Aug 16, 2013 Judy Hosea 2013-08-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ben Sclair on Aug 08, 2013
Lyric sheets, with "O Canada" were spread out on all the tables. That can mean but one thing... the District Governor is visiting. Well, I suppose it could also mean we've all travelled, unknowingly, to Canada, to host a Rotary meeting. But since the view out the window looked familiar, I'll take the former. 
Tweet: Penalty on Lakewood Rotary for not being a singing club... that sang Ben Sclair 2013-08-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rodney Ladd on Aug 01, 2013

We were expecting an Aloooohaaaa today from President Mark  Blanchard, but instead we were treated to "hee haw" from PP Ron Irwin. Now I wasn’t a member back in the day when Ron ruled, but I’ve been told he got a little help from his table mates when in need.

Aug 2, 2013 Rodney Ladd 2013-08-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joe Quinn on Jul 25, 2013

President Mark Blanchard called us to order for his third meeting of the new Rotary Year but not before the membership surprised him by offering an "aloha" to our new, enthusiastic President.  

The following Lakewood Rotarians provided the necessary support team:

Jul 26, 2013 Joe Quinn 2013-07-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Magnuson on Jul 18, 2013

The Rotary Club of Lakewood

Brought to you this week by Oprah Winfrey

 

Aloha and e komo mai to Lakewood Rotary and President Mark’s second attempt at a flawless presentation before a forgiving and admiring crowd. Yeah, right! So when Mark began addressing the gathered in mime, it took a few moments to understand that it wasn’t our aging ears, rather a lack of electriculampliftoculation of his microphone.

Jul 19, 2013 John Magnuson 2013-07-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joe Quinn on Jul 11, 2013

New President Mark Blanchard called us to order for his first meeting as our fearless leader at 12:30 p.m. , welcoming us with "aloha" instead of making us say "aargh".  So that was a refreshing start after a whole year of aarghs.   Maybe he had a few first-day jitters, but he settled down nicely to run the meeting like he had done it many, many times before.

Jul 12, 2013 Joe Quinn 2013-07-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Magnuson on Jun 28, 2013

The Rotary Club of Lakewood

Installation of Officers

Tacoma County and Golf Club

Saturday June 28, 2013

 

In the famous Mel Brooks movie History of the World, Part One, King Louis XVI* notably remarks, “It’s good to be King.”

Jun 29, 2013 John Magnuson 2013-06-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rodney Ladd on Jun 27, 2013

Rodney Ladd….aka Red Leg Rod Ladd, Leader of the puffin pirates…..but wait  that was a previous episode

 

Here we are again….Friday…ready to cast off….a lawyer whispers in my ear, upon Dave’s ringing the bell, "let's either be silent or give him a raspberry"….hmmm,  in all my vast years of being savvy…a raspberry I ask, what’s a raspberry? So the lawyer (to remain anonymous) sticks out his tongue and makes a funny noise….and so the fun began.

Jun 28, 2013 Rodney Ladd 2013-06-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Greg Rediske on Jun 20, 2013
And so we arrive to President Dave's penultimate meeting.  (For you Clover Park High graduates, that means "next to the last").   
Jun 21, 2013 Greg Rediske 2013-06-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Judy Hosea on Jun 13, 2013

In Honor of all our Dads…….

When I was a baby, you would hold me in your arms.

I felt the love and tenderness, keeping me safe from harm.
I would look up into your eyes, and all the love I would see.
How did I get so lucky, you were the dad chosen for me.
There is something special about a father's love.
Seems it was sent to me from someplace up above.
Our love is everlasting, I just wanted you to know.
That you’re my special hero and I wanted to tell you so. 

June 14, 2013 - Rotary Club Of Lakewood Weekly Bull…. Judy Hosea 2013-06-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ben Sclair on Jun 06, 2013

Who's counting? President Dave Reames is. With just four opportunities to ring the bell remaining, President Dave called the meeting of the Rotary Club of Lakewood to order. Making fast, he called on President-Elect Mark Blanchard to invoke the meeting. Dave followed the invocation with a Moment of Silence for those fellow Rotarians we lost this week. Assistant Governor Greg Horn led the club in the Pledge of Allegiance.

June 7, 2013 - Welcome to NW Rotary Bank Ben Sclair 2013-06-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Magnuson on May 30, 2013

The Prelude

(You can skip this part and move directly to the meeting report.)

May 31, 2013 John Magnuson 2013-05-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joe Quinn on May 23, 2013

Admiral Dave Reames aarghed us to order promptly at 12:30 p.m.  He recited his usual imprecations such as "Damn the Doritos", "Shiver me chopped livers" and so on, but really we think he was pumping the bilge water while going down with the ship!  No not really, but we need to put him in the scuppers with a hose pipe on him.  Gosh, mine are worse than his.

May 24, 2013 Joe Quinn 2013-05-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michael McGovern on May 16, 2013

WINNER, WINNER, WINNER, WINNER, WINNER!!!!

 

So, no need to scroll down to the end of this bulletin just yet.  I can tell you right up front that it was Rick Selden with the winning ticket, and the winning touch.  He drew RED, and it was worth $837.00.  Gayle Selden was the first to step up in the creditor’s line…

May 17, 2013 Michael McGovern 2013-05-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Greg Rediske on May 09, 2013

History (from Greek <span xml:lang="el">ἱστορία - historia, meaning "inquiry, knowledge acquired by investigation").  And today was a day filled with inquiry, knowledge, and investigation.  Not a whole lot was from President Dave, sadly, though he did clarify for the masses that there are not tides on a lake.  Helpful, indeed.   

May 10, 2013 Greg Rediske 2013-05-10 00:00:00Z 0
May 3, 2013` Greg Rediske 2013-05-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dave Covey on Apr 25, 2013

In the never-ending struggle to bring the news to a disinterested reading public, the KEY is on-station as the SS Lakewood Rotary pulls away from the dock.  Attempting to improve reporting accuracy and save time for you, the reader, direct quotations will be used along with bullet-statements ………as many as can be loaded into this magazine …….er……..ahhh... this rag!  For the very best understanding, you really should have been at the meeting!  Let the quotes begin, the bullets and disclaimers fly:

Apr 26, 2013 Dave Covey 2013-04-26 00:00:00Z 0
April 19, 2013 - Loans from Bill Ben Sclair 2013-04-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Greg Rediske on Apr 11, 2013

As President Reames called the meeting one minute early on the 12th day of April, 2013, this writer couldn't help but remember the day Dave was completing a particularly spectacular round of golf, when a playing partner said to him, "Dave, you are amazing!  You really know your way around the course!  What's your secret?"  Dave calmly looked at his admirer, and replied,  "The holes are numbered."

Apr 12, 2013 Greg Rediske 2013-04-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joe Quinn on Apr 04, 2013

Admiral Dave Reames presided once again and aarghed us to order promptly at 12:30 p.m.  The following stalwart Rotarians did their thing and pitched in:

               Rod Ladd did the Invocation.

Apr 5, 2013 Joe Quinn 2013-04-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ben Sclair on Mar 28, 2013

If feels good to be back behind the keyboard... Judy Hosea took over my shift a few weeks ago so I could attend Jack's VIP day at school. Of note: I've always thought myself a VIP, but it took a 1st grade VIP day to confirm it. Apparently there are lots of VIPs. Anyway, thanks for the assist Judy.

Visiting Rotarians: Bert Stibbe (Sumner Rotary) and Neel Parikh (Tacoma 8) graced our club today, which was nice, as no guests found their way to the Tacoma Country & Golf Club.

Rotary Club 6 - March 29 Ben Sclair 2013-03-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dave Covey on Mar 21, 2013

SHIPS LOG: 1930 GMT, March 22, 2013.    The 11th Hour.

Once again the SS Lakewood Rotary finds itself aground at the Tacoma Country & Golf Club.  Strange?  Our President was sailing the  waters of Lake Steilacoom

Mar 22, 2013 Dave Covey 2013-03-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dave Covey on Mar 14, 2013

                               3 WEEKS UNTIL the SPORTSMANS DINNER

Cap’n Dave Reames rang the bell of another SS Lakewood Rotary cruise.  His support team, nearing exhaustion from the pressures of our Cap’n even before setting sail were: 

Leon Titus - Paul Harris Desk, PP Mary Lou Sclair - Sportsman’s Dinner, Bill Price – Gunny Sgt, Tabloid Scribe - PP Dave Covey, Rod Ladd – Chaplain ………and a suntanned Michael McGovern leading us in the Pledge.

Mar 15, 2013 Dave Covey 2013-03-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Judy Hosea on Mar 07, 2013

Birds of a Feather – The Rotary Bulletin for March 8th, 2013

Just as every spring, the swallows return to Capistrano, Lakewood Rotarians returned to Friday’s meeting!  After last week’s abandonment that flung the membership far afield….this week, much to the delight of Admiral-President Dave Reames, his fleet was intact, for the most part.

Mar 8, 2013 Judy Hosea 2013-03-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rodney Ladd on Feb 28, 2013
Having been given the opportunity to be the bulletin writer today due to the absence of all other writers ...I ask you to be understanding and patient .... I'll be borrowing a page from the playbooks of many famous writers ....Hoseb ...the mighty Quinn ...the silver fox Greg Rediske and the swede" Ole"and others ...thanks for the opportunity .....so here we go ....
Mar 1 2013 Rodney Ladd 2013-03-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joe Quinn on Feb 21, 2013

Captain Dave Reames "aarghed" us to order just about on time.

The Invocation was delivered by the stalwart Rod Ladd.

Pledge to our Flag was initiated by the Great Initiator, Ted Wier, one of the leaders of Partners for Parks.

Bob Zawilski was the official photographer.

Feb 22, 2013 Joe Quinn 2013-02-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Judy Hosea on Feb 14, 2013

Things to do today….

Shopping

Laundry

Oh yes….the Bulletin!

Feb 15, 2013 Judy Hosea 2013-02-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Greg Rediske on Feb 07, 2013

If Chuck Berry was writing this Bulletin, he'd start off, "Ring, ring goes the bell.....Captain Dave wants things to jell....Rotary history and auction teams......Listening hard (don't fall asleep).....Rock, rock, rock and roll.....Please don't forget your auction goal."

Sadly, it's not Chuck Berry writing the Bulletin.  He's 86 and didn't want to.  Too bad for you.

Feb 8, 2013 Greg Rediske 2013-02-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Greg Rediske on Jan 31, 2013
Things started with a loud horn, and I'm not talking Horn, as in Greg, but as in some very loud device powered by compacted air, and I'm not talking about Captain Reames exactly, either. But it was, in fact, the aforementioned Reames who orchestrated the loudness, followed by the bell, followed by the customary "aaaargghhhh".
Feb 1, 2013 Greg Rediske 2013-02-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ben Sclair on Jan 24, 2013
Captain (also known as President) Reames rang the bell to which the motley crew snapped to attention... or something closely resembling snapping. Oh, who am I kidding, everyone stood up.
January 25, 2013 Ben Sclair 2013-01-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Magnuson on Jan 17, 2013

The Very Well-to-do Rotary Club of Lakewood

January 18, 2013

President Dave called the meeting to order a little latte and then failed to put the brakes on the Ship of State at closing time too! But hey, who’s counting? There was a chorus of arrggghhs but they were notably lower case – a case of the lowers evident?

Today is National Pun Day so keep an I out on today’s bulletin.

Invocation: Rod Ladd  invocted our motto of Service Above Self.

The Pledge of Allegiance: Former Marine PP Tom Sadler led us in a rousing version of same.

Jan 18, 2013 John Magnuson 2013-01-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joe Quinn on Jan 10, 2013

Commodore Dave Reames, Presiding

 

AVAST YE SWOBS! SHIVER ME TIMBERS! (you know the rest-Aargh!)

Invocation: Chris Kimball

Pledge: Mark Blanchard

Photographer: Bill Young

Bulletin Writer: Joe Quinn

Paul Harris Desk: Mike McGowan (said he was pinch hitting for Mick Johnson, who is in Hawaii...ahhh, Rat on a Rotarian)

Sergeant at Arms:  Mary Lou Sclair

Jan 11, 2013 Joe Quinn 2013-01-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Judy Hosea on Jan 03, 2013

HAPPY NEW YEAR FELLOW ROTARIANS!

Or…according to PP Joe Quinn, “Fellow Rotundians”, after all the holiday imbibing..or because we were meeting in the Clover Park Technical College Rotunda!  (We bulletin bloggers are such a witty bunch!)

At Twelve and Thirty Bells…Admiral-President David Reames rung the crew to order…AAARRRRGH!

And, perhaps in reference to Joe’s Rotundian remarks, shouted a hearty “DAMN THE DORITOS...FULL SPEED AHEAD!”

Jan 4, 2013 Judy Hosea 2013-01-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Magnuson on Dec 20, 2012

The Rotary Club of Lakewood

12/21/12

…so much to report, but first, this just in to The Rotary Club Editorial Offices:

Dear People of Earth,

This is God. Now listen up: you were warned and not just by the Mayans.  After all, just who do think created the Mayans? Think about all those Angels and Prophets I sent down to warn you guys of your profligacy? Dozens that you know of and there were hundreds more that only I and my closest advisors knew about. But did you listen? Noooo! And now you’re paying the price. Take a last look outside and maybe now you’ll appreciate all the work I went to in those momentous  - what was it – seven days!? All gone now. The End! Boy, I just wish you had listened, you could have had so much.When I think of the potential….. wait, I’ve just been handed a note. Where are my glasses? Bear with me a moment. Hmmmm… ohhh… well I’ll be  darned. Excuse me a sec, let me fact check this on Snopes. Well now, apparently the Apocalypse has collapsed.

In the words of Roseanne Roseannadanna – Never Mind!

Sorry ‘bout that, Love ya, G

Now, back to Rotary

Dec 21, 2012 John Magnuson 2012-12-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dave Covey on Dec 13, 2012

PROMO:  Don’t miss this coming Friday’s Christmas Roast of the President  ………our annual Tom & Jerry Party, the best meeting of  the year! 

‘Clang’ went the bell.  “WELCOME ABOARD", our Cap’n briskly uttered.  The Crew’s tepid response was, “Arrrrr?”.  When challenged by the Cap’n, it grew to “ARRRRRGGGHHH”

“AVAST YEA SWABS!  SHIVER ME TIMBERS!  STEADY AS SHE GOES!  DAMN THE TORPEDOES, FULL SPEED AHEAD!”  These catchy marine phrases were spit out in rapid-fire by our esteemed Cap’n Dave Reames only to be interrupted by the peanut gallery (again?), something about Cherrios or Tostitos prompting the ever sensitive and caring Prez to retort, “Get the corn out of your ears.”   These are the familiar sounds of the SS LAKEWOOD ROTARY preparing to disembark and set sail on another Friday cruise.

Dec 14, 2012 Dave Covey 2012-12-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ben Sclair on Dec 06, 2012
Just 71 years and two hours and 35 minutes after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor President Dave rang the bell on a meeting that will live in infamy.
Standing watch for this meeting were:
  • Jim Sharp: Fall Raflle
  • Bob Zawilski: Foundation Desk
  • Bill Price: Sgt-At-Arms
  • Rose Stevens: Offering handmade items from Ecuador in support of Lakewood Rotary's World Community Service project.
  • Invocation: Kris Petersen
  • Pledge: John Magnuson
  • Photographer: Greg Rediske
Dec 7, 2012 Ben Sclair 2012-12-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joe Quinn on Nov 29, 2012

Commodore Dave Reames keel hauled Lakewood Rotary to order  right on time on the last day of November, in spite of a pulled hamstring, that he said he suffered while bowling.  Wait a minute, how do you do that?

(If he does not get healthier, we will have to put him in the scuppers with a hose pipe on him.)

After a fine invocation by Chris Kimball, our friendly curmudgeon Richard Simmons led us in the Pledge to our Flag.

Rod Ladd served as Official Photographer and Mick Johnson manned the Paul Harris Desk.

Many thanks also to Duncan Cook, who sets up for the meeting nearly every Friday and does a wonderful job of it. 

Nov 30, 2012 Joe Quinn 2012-11-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Judy Hosea on Nov 15, 2012

I’M THANKFUL I’M NOT A TURKEY.  REMEMBER, YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT!

cartoon

Nov 16, 2012 Judy Hosea 2012-11-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Greg Rediske on Nov 08, 2012
World War I officially ended on June 28, 1919, with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles, ending "the war to end all wars".  But a truce was made the previous November 11, at the eleventh hour of that day.  The first Armistice Day was celebrated, beginning at the 11th hour of November 11, 1919, by order of President Woodrow Wilson, to include a brief cessation of business activity at that time (11 am), and to include parades and other celebration.  In 1938, it was made an official holiday.  In 1954, President Eisenhower signed into law the changing of the name from Armistice Day to Veterans Day, in order to honor not just the soldiers of World War I, but all soldiers in all wars.  In 1971, the day of observance was changed to whatever Monday was closest to 11/11.  In 1978, after much upset by veterans' groups, the date of celebration was changed back to the original date of November 11.  While we still "observe" Veterans Day on a Monday, Veterans Day remains November 11.
Nov 9, 2012 Greg Rediske 2012-11-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dave Covey on Nov 01, 2012
SS LAKEWOOD ROTARY:  1930 GMT - Ships Log:  Me thinks we’ve run aground!  By the calculations of my navigator, we’re at 47 Degrees 08’ North Latitude, 122 Degrees 32’ West Longitude.  There must be some mistake, that puts our ship right in the Club House of Tacoma C&GC!  Arrrrr!  All’s well, there’s the crew awaiting orders:  “Hoist the mainsail,  jettison the poop deck, bring me cutlass and me parrot!”  signed ……..Cap’n Reames
Nov 2, 2012 Dave Covey 2012-11-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Greg Rediske on Oct 25, 2012

It was 131 years ago today that Wyatt Earp and his gun toting pals engaged in the infamous shootout at the OK Corral.  Not that today's meeting had anything in common with that bit of violence.  Not much, anyway. 

But we were late starting:  12:33, when The Skipper commanded Bob Peterson to give the Invocation, and Don Daniels to lead us in the Pledge.  Bob Zawilski was taking pictures, while Mick Johnson ran the Paul Harris desk and Tom Crabill was Sgt at Arms, with his able assistant Bill Young.

Oct 26 2012 Greg Rediske 2012-10-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ben Sclair on Oct 18, 2012
I call this bulletin... "Just the Facts"... and I will not "Cop a Plea"
President Dave Reames, at 12:30 pm on Friday, October 19, did ring the bell to start the meeting of the Rotary Club of Lakewood, hereafter named "Club" at the Tacoma Country & Golf Club. It should be noted that the assembled members of the aforementioned Club did respond collectively with a vocal... Argh!!!
The "Crew" for said meeting consisted of...
James Guerrero at the Club Foundation Desk; Mary Lou Sclair and Bill Young teamed up to fulfill the role of Sgt-At-Arms; Clint Johnson returned to the Club to invoke the meeting; Dave Covey, recently back from guiding Air Force One and Marine One to successful operations at Andrews Air Force Base led the Club in the Pledge of Allegiance; the duties of meeting scribe and photographer were handled by Ben Sclair and Greg Rediske, respectively and respectfully.
Member Bill Young did introduce the Club's lone visiting Rotarian... Charles "Charlie" Maxwell of the Rotary Club of Clover Park
Oct 19, 2012 Ben Sclair 2012-10-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joe Quinn on Oct 11, 2012

President Dave Reames arghed us to order  right on time on the very first rainy day of Fall.

The Pledge of Allegiance to our flag was led by the Lakewood YMCA’s Clayton DeNault.

Rod Ladd stepped up to do the Invocation and Greg Rediske served as Official Photog.

Mick Johnson manned the Paul Harris Desk, but it looked like he had help from his spouse, Mary Covelli Johnson. 

Sergeant at Arms was Leon Titus with a big assist from the omnipresent Bill Young.
Dave said the mic was being handled by “Cabin Boy” Tom Crabill.

Captain Hook forgot to mention that the bulletin this week is the responsibility of Joe Quinn; correcting Joe’s mistakes will be the erstwhile Editor, Greg Rediske.

Oct 12, 2012 Joe Quinn 2012-10-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michael McGovern on Oct 04, 2012
On yet another mild, sunny Friday, the faithful gathered at the regular place and time to intone an enthusiastic AAAARRRRGGGGHHHH for President Dave Reames.  So familiar has this routine become that one might suspect we’re being secretly filmed for Groundhog Day II… Same day, same time, same weather, same location, same routine, same characters… Speaking of characters, several flawless performances from today are deserving of our recognition, like the stoic James Guerrero at the Paul Harris desk; the affable Bill Young selling raffle tickets; and Tommy (the Deck Hand) Crabill as an able-bodied Sgt-at-Arms.  John Walstrum led us in the Pledge, and Rod Ladd offered the invocation.
Oct 5, 2012 Michael McGovern 2012-10-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Judy Hosea on Sep 27, 2012

Where is everybody?  Summer is over, but still there are empty tables at Rotary.  Did our members miss the memo that today’s meeting was important?  That today we would discuss major projects?  Well, too bad, so sad, if you missed it.

Ahoy Mateys!  ARRRRRRRRRRRRGH! And Captain-President Dave launched our meeting. Jim Bisceglia led us in the pledge to our flag followed by Scott Buser with the invocation.  The crew was made up of Gary Fulton at the Paul Harris desk, Bill Young, Sgt at Arms and Rose Stevens peddling her wares from Equador to help fund an international agricultural project.

Major projects, Washington Non-Profits, and more... Judy Hosea 2012-09-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dave Covey on Sep 20, 2012
The meeting hadn’t started, we were still tied up to the dock... yet Captain Dave Reames crew seemed to be aground.  To bring them back to reality, he softly said, “arrrrr….”  Then saying that he said it softly... in his command baritone voice he bellowed, “ARRRRRRRR”…which did the trick! The crew’s immediate reply was, “ARRRRRRRRR”.  Guests looked quizzically at each other but that happens all the time when visiting our home port.
September 21, 2012 Dave Covey 2012-09-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Greg Rediske on Sep 13, 2012
The return of President/Captain Dave Reames was marked by the immortal words, "Call me Ishmael"-----no wait, that's MOBY DICK.  Dave's immortal words were something like "Aaaaarghhhhhh".  Same thing.  In any event, Dave's return from vacation began smoothly thanks to the work by Steve Enquist on the Paul Harris desk, Bill Young and Mary Lou Sclair taking tickets and stuff, Bill Young snapping pictures, Bob Peterson doing the invocation, and John Lowney leading the Pledge.  Visiting Rotarians included Les Skelly from Virginia (former Clover Park President way back), Clara Gillard, District 5020 Foundation spokesperson, and our own District Governor, Judy Byron from Sidney.
Sept 14, 2012 Greg Rediske 2012-09-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ben Sclair on Sep 06, 2012

Taking a fashion cue from Past President (PP) Ben Sclair, acting President and PP John Magnuson sported short pants and blazer (plus a shirt, belt and shoes, and it is most likely safe to say undergarments of some sort, but your bulletin writer didn't check) at Friday's meeting of the Rotary Club of Lakewood. [Writer's note: PP Magnuson has only once looked finer]. PP Magnuson gazed over the gathered crew with the confidence only a Past President (and a few others) would have and rang the bell. And so began the September 7 meeting...

"Welcome Home" to the September 7 meeting bulletin Ben Sclair 2012-09-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michael McGovern on Aug 30, 2012
It’s about SERVICE…  It’s about FELLOWSHIP…  It’s about MEMBERSHIP… It’s about FRIENDSHIP…  It’s about FUN, FINES and FILLING TIME…  It’s about the PROGRAMS… It’s about the DRAWING… Many are the reasons for Rotary participation, and today about 70 of us showed up to enjoy lunch in the company of fellow members.  Some may have been celebrating the end to a convention, while others were maybe dreading the start of another one.  Regardless of the reason, somehow, on a sunny Friday and the beginning of a holiday weekend, the faithful assembled at the appointed hour, and with a robust “Aaaarrrggghhh” we were off and sailing…
Aug 31 2012 Michael McGovern 2012-08-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Magnuson on Aug 23, 2012

The Rotary Club of Lakewood
August 24, 2012


On August 24, 1956 – the year of our Charter – the weather was:
High Temp: 75.9F, Low Temp: 61F, Average Temp: 66.9F, Dewpoint: 59.9F, Wind Speed: 5.4 Knots, Precipitation Amount: 0, Inches Snow Depth: n/a, Observations: n/a

Both then and now, it was a lovely day for the good ship Lakewood Rotary to set sail. At the helm today, Captain Dave rang the ship’s bell to signify the opening of the meeting. The scurvy besotted crew responded with a hoarse Aaaarrrggghhhh acknowledging that looting and plunder lay ahead.
Aug 24, 2012 John Magnuson 2012-08-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ben Sclair on Aug 16, 2012
AAAAAAARRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHH was the collective response, from those gathered at the Tacoma Country & Golf Club on Friday, August 17, as President Dave Reames rang the bell to open the weekly meeting of the Rotary Club of Lakewood.
The bulletin for the August 17, 2012 meeting Ben Sclair 2012-08-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Greg Rediske on Aug 09, 2012

Captain Dave.  Our leader, the man who guides the good ship Lakewood Rotary thru perilous waters.  A captain in a long and distinguished line of captains: Captain Ahab, Captain Kirk, Captain Kidd, Captain Morgan (or was he just a rum distiller?), Captain Blackbeard, Captain Jack Sparrow, Captain Ron, and of course the most famous captain of lore: The Skipper of the S.S. Minnow. (Captain Dave keeps his tours to a mere 1.5 hours, avoiding the perils of a three hour tour.)

And yet, what does our Captain Dave know about the sea, really?  Does he know, for instance, that the oft-used cry "Ahoy!" comes from the dreaded war cry of the Vikings?  (That would be Norwegian Vikings, as opposed to the far-less-feared Swedish Vikings, who spent most of their time at sea trying to find their way back).  And does Captain Dave know that the nautical term "starboard" came from the Norwegian Viking reference to "steer board", or a rudder placed on the right side of the ship?  Yes, even sea captains owe much to the Norwegians....

Aug 10 2012 Greg Rediske 2012-08-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Judy Hosea on Aug 02, 2012

As Rotarians approached the venue, time seemed to slow and the atmosphere was charged with excitement.  Each one looked about, sizing up the competition.  Lakewood Rotary USA would field only the finest example of “he who serves best, profits most”!

 The first hurdle presented the steely-eyed opponents that each Rotarian in turn, faced….

 PP Mick Johnson and Michael McGovern representing Paul Harris, Bill Young weighed in as Sgt at Arms and photographer.  To succeed to the next round, team members knew they had to get by them.  There was, however a surprising newcomer and granddaughter of aforementioned Bill Young, a very small and strategic Sabrina Simmons (age 10), competing for the first time in the sport of Raffle Sales.  And what an impressive debut for this youngster who brought grown men and women to their knees!  Good effort Sabrina!  We will see a lot of her in the future, I’m sure!

Aug 3, 2012 Judy Hosea 2012-08-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michael McGovern on Jul 26, 2012

It occurs to me that I normally enjoy being part of a “majority”.  Whether in choosing our elected officials, supporting an important issue or supporting an important cause, it feels good to be part of the prevailing side.  We’re the doers.  The deciders.  The leaders.  We make things happen…

In part that feeling changed today.  No pride.  No celebration.  No enjoyment whatsoever.  Today I learned that I am part of the 75% of Lakewood Rotarians who have yet to make any commitment to the Courage Classic…  A clear majority, no doubt, but not one I will long be a part of.  Here’s the scoop, and how WE can help;

·       Volunteer Wednesday, August 1st, 6pm at Selden’s Carpet by helping to bag Trail Mix for the riders 

·       Volunteer Friday, August 3rd, right after our Rotary meeting by helping to load the truck with supplies

·       Volunteer at our rest stop at Nason Creek on Sunday, August 6th

·       Make a tax deductable donation to support OUR riders (Bud Montgomery, Dave Covey and Ray Ainsworth) at www.multicare.org/home/courage-classic ALL proceed go to support the Child Advocacy Center at Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital.

Jul 27, 2012 Michael McGovern 2012-07-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dave Covey on Jul 19, 2012

RED SKIES in the MORNING, ROTARIANS FAIR WARNING! 

This year with Captain Dave Reames on Lakewood Rotary’s command bridge, it probably is well advised for each of us to brush up on a few nautical terms:  LINES are used to convince Rotary members and tie-up the boat (not ropes).  FENDERS (not bumpers) protect the vessel.  AFT means from wherever you are, toward the stern (careful, we don’t want stern to be even suggested in our meetings).  “AYE” means yes and “AYE AYE, Sir“ is the proper response for a sailor to give to a superior conveying that the order was received and understood..  Who knows before the year is out, Capt Dave might even teach us all how to tie a BOWLINE!

Jul 20, 2012 Dave Covey 2012-07-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Magnuson on Jul 12, 2012

   This just in…

Sven an Helga liffed hup on Stavangerfjord by Oslo Norvay. Hit vas early vinter anna dang fjord had yust about totally froze over. Sven hasked Helga if she vould valk across da narrow part of da fjord to da Yeneral Store to get him some beer.  She asked him fer some money but he tolt her to yust put it on his tab.

So Helga put on her boots and big ol’ coat and valked across da frozen fjord and back to get Sven his beer. Vhen she come back she opened hup vun of da beers an give it to Sven. She den hasked him, “Sven, you alvays tell me not to run hup a big tab at da Yeneral Store. Vhy didn’t you yust give me some money?”

Sven replied, “Vell Helga, I didn’t vant to send you out dere wit some money ven I vasn’t hexactly shure how tick da ice vas yet.”

Jul 13 2012 John Magnuson 2012-07-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joe Quinn on Jul 05, 2012

Our brand spanking new President—Commodore Dave Reames— presided for the first time today and called us to order promptly at 12:30 p.m.  And it was a doozy of a meeting.

The following Rotarians stepped forward and pitched in:

               Dave Coleman provided the Invocation.

               President-Elect Mark Blanchard led us in the Pledge of Allegiance to our Flag.

               Jim Weinand, a new member of the Foundation Committee, manned the Paul Harris desk.

               Mary Lou Sclair served as the Sergeant at Arms.

               There were no Visiting Rotarians but Bill Young would have introduced them if there were!

Joe Quinn is the bulletin writer; mistakes herein are the fault of Quinn and not our Editor-in-Chief,  Greg Rediske.

Jul 6 2012 Joe Quinn 2012-07-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Judy Hosea on Jun 28, 2012

PRESIDENT BEN…..FINAL MEETING OF THE YEAR!

OH THE PRESSURE!….to be called up from the Bullpen in the bottom of the ninth to close out the season!  President “Sponge Ben Short Pants”, our favorite 40 under 40, Ben Sclair’s final meeting!

Only the most noteworthy of our Bulletin notables would ever be assigned coverage of the final meeting and that is why Past President Dave Covey, “Master of Chart Reporting”, “King of the Quick Wit” and who can turn the world on with his smile, who can take a nothing day, and suddenly make it all seem worthwhile, (or is that Mary Tyler Moore?), landed the assignment.  Alas, PP Dave is under the weather and as he brought me into this club, and I believe can also take me out…I will attempt to channel my inner Dave through this bulletin….asking myself, “what would Dave say?”(WWDS?)

Jun 29 2012 Judy Hosea 2012-06-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michael McGovern on Jun 21, 2012

Disrespectfully Formal…  That was the theme of today’s meeting as announced by presiding Past President Joe Quinn.   In an outfit that can only be described as looking like one fourth of a Barbershop Quartet, or perhaps one third of the Three Tenors, PP Quinn managed to ring the bell, and break the microphone almost simultaneously.  It’s been sad really, watching the string of Past Presidents trying to relive their “glory days” at the podium.  Steeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeerike ONE!

 

I decided early on that all of those attorney jokes that kept flooding my head would be inappropriate for this week’s bulletin, what with the Firehouse Lawyer in charge and all.  The punch lines however seemed like fair game; you can make up your own jokes… You cry when you cut up an onion.

June 22, 2012 Michael McGovern 2012-06-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Greg Rediske on Jun 14, 2012

Who was that Past President NOT ringing the bell?! Why, it was none other than Hose-B, aka Judy Hosea! Never past president (yet) of Lakewood Rotary, she was President of the Gigantic Tacoma Number Eight in 1995-96. As she expertly navigated the dangerous waters of Lakewood's oldest Rotary Club (in more ways than one), one couldn't help but be reminded of what Groucho once said, (and PP Mick Johnson pointed out today) "Only one man in a thousand is a leader of men -- the other 999 follow women."

And so we did.

Jun 15, 2012 Greg Rediske 2012-06-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Magnuson on Jun 07, 2012

The Rotary Club of Lakewood

An Observation
The tables at Friday’s Rotary meeting are blessed with a wonderful miscellany of folks that are seen and heard through the conversations that abound. For new members it is a chance to become acquainted with the “veterans” and for old friends it is catching-up on one another’s lives. The table where I sat had the likes of Past District Governor Jim Harris, Past President Gary Fulton and Past President of Tacoma 8, Judy Hosea, now “ours.” These fine Rotarians are luminaries in Pierce County business circles and have been for decades. The conversations were wonderful; the “buzz” is the stuff of which Lakewood Rotary is made. We are blessed.
Jun 8, 2012 John Magnuson 2012-06-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Greg Rediske on May 31, 2012

And so two weeks ago, Bulletin Writer Extraordinaire Judy Hosea, aka HoseB, revived a long-dormant Lakewood Rotary practice of writing  biographies of  our members, as she recounted the storied history of our own Cindy Thompson.  This was such a good idea, I decided to continue this practice, this week regaling you with the inside story of Past President John "Ole" Magnuson.

Jun 1, 2012 Greg Rediske 2012-06-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joe Quinn on May 24, 2012

Our Visiting President—I mean our real President—was here to preside today and called us to order promptly at 12:30 p.m.

The following Rotarians stepped forward and provided these club services:

Cindy Thompson, last week’s President Pro Tem, provided the Invocation.

Bill White led us in the Pledge of Allegiance to our Flag.

Gary Fulton and Mike McGowan were both working the Paul Harris desk.

Mary Lou Sclair ("Mom") served as the Sergeant at Arms.

May 25, 2012 Joe Quinn 2012-05-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Judy Hosea on May 17, 2012

Never Fear – Cindy’s Here!!

In an effort to reacquaint us with Presidents past and future, President Short Pants has relinquished the podium yet again. This week it was a move of historical consequence. Presiding over the membership was PP Cindy Thompson, having undertaken (ha ha) the role as a Lakewood Rotary first!

Your scribe, for the benefit of members who have joined the club since, thought a short bio and interview may be insightful and fun!

May 18 2012 Judy Hosea 2012-05-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Greg Horn on May 10, 2012

Set-up  Duncan Cook
Paul Harris Desk  Bob Zawilski  
Sgt. at Arms  Bill Price  
Invocation  Chris Kimball, who mentioned forgiveness that has a continuing story under Fines, below.  
Pledge of Allegiance  Bud Montgomery, newly returned from Gree Valley, AZ.  More on that story in the Fines section below, too. 
Visiting Rotarians   Sue Potter was our only visiting Rotarian 
Bulletin  PP Greg Horn 
Photographer   PP Bob Zawilski

 

May 11 2012 Greg Horn 2012-05-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michael McGovern on May 03, 2012
It was precisely 52 degrees with showers on the horizon when President-in-Waiting Dave Reames struck the bell, signaling another Ben-less meeting for Lakewood Rotary. It was sunny and 90 degrees in Phoenix while Gary Fulton chaired the Paul Harris desk, and Mary Lou Sclair multitasked as the Raffle manager, Sgt at Arms, and Introducer of guests. Mary Covelli-Johnson shared the invocation, and PP John Lowney led the pledge.
May 4, 2012 Michael McGovern 2012-05-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dave Covey on Apr 26, 2012

SLAMMED!

(follows 4/20 NOTHING Meeting)

4/27/2012 After last week’s "I GOT NOTHING Meeting", recognized by even casual observers as an extreme low point in President Ben’s illustrious year, this week’s meeting was described as SLAMMED FULL! So full that a WARNING must be issued: This Bulletin contains NO JOKES. Read at your own risk of being simply informed without journalistic tricks to keep your attention. News and nothing but the news is our new Lakewood KEY model.

Luckily, His Highness had a great supporting cast to teleprompt him thru his full agenda:
Paul Harris Desk – Gary Fulton Setup – Duncan Cook

Sgt at Arms – Leon Titus Pledge – Supt of CP Schools. Debbie LaBeau

Bulletin – PP Dave Covey Photo Guy - PP Greg Horn (Asst Gov too)

Apr 27, 2012 Dave Covey 2012-04-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Judy Hosea on Apr 19, 2012

ROME WAS BUILT IN A DAY……..TODAY, ACTUALLY!

According to tradition, on April 21, 753 B.C., Romulus and his twin brother, Remus, found Rome on the site where they were suckled by a she-wolf as orphaned infants. (So there…to all of you who profess that "Rome wasn’t built in a day!") (PS…I know the twenty-first is tomorrow, but as they are several time zones ahead of Lakewood, the twenty-first is almost closer than today, if you know what I mean!)

Apr 20, 2012 Judy Hosea 2012-04-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joe Quinn on Apr 12, 2012

President Ben Sclair called us to order –for the second time in a row this month—right on time.

A fine invocation was delivered by Carl Fynboe and Steve Mazoff led us in the Pledge to Our Flag.

Mike McGowan

with help from Gary Fulton presided at the Paul Harris desk and the Sergeant at Arms was Bill Price, who also introduced the visiting Rotarians. The official Photographer was Bob Zawilski, whose name is pronounced just the way it sounds… er, I mean, just the way it is spelled. This bulletin was written by Joe Quinn.

One Visiting Rotarian, Dave Andrews of Sumner Rotary, was introduced.

Apr 13, 2012 Joe Quinn 2012-04-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Greg Rediske on Apr 05, 2012
He won!  He won!  One of our most deserving Rotarians, a person who has won the drawing only 3 times in over 1400 drawings over 30 years, won the chance to pick the red chip, and this person did it!  About 20 white, 1 red, and this person won at least $250 (our President seemed a little clueless about the exact amount….)!  The excitement in the room was electric, as all 38 Rotarians in attendance rose as one to salute the good fortune of the winning Rotarian….or maybe not quite all 38.  And the winner was……can’t tell you here, though your excitement must be excruciating.  But as you all know by now, the Bulletin staff is intent on finding ways to increase readership, and this is one of those ways.  You’ll have to read to the bottom of the bulletin, where you’ll encounter not only wonderful facts and stuff on the way to the end, but jokes, too.  So read on, Rotarians, and Friends of Rotary.   Read on!!
Apr 6, 2012 Greg Rediske 2012-04-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Magnuson on Mar 29, 2012
The Rotary Club of Lakewood
March 30, 2012

In an effort to attract readership, last week’s bulletin writer – who shall remain nameless – interspersed jokes in the body of this serious literary effort. It is generally known that the Lakewood Rotary Bulletin is an award winner. The trophy cases at our Lakewood Bulletin Publishing office are lined with significant trophies, plaques and Letters of Commendation. We shouldn’t have to stoop to a tawdry trick like jokes to attract or retain readership. Nevertheless, because the heretofore-unnamed reporter just happens to be The Editor-in-Chief, the rest of the staff must now come up with ways to generate enthusiasm for the weekly bulletin. This week’s attempt involves money. A great deal of money. On my way home from the meeting, this reporter stopped at the 7-11 Store and bought a Mega-Millions Lottery ticket worth more than $640 million – that’s $640,000,000! In order to gain your readership, I promise that as soon as they pay me that money, I will give each one of you who reads this week’s bulletin one million dollars - $1,000,000! However, you have to be able to prove you read the bulletin. To that end, there is a test embedded in the bulletin. If you attended the meeting and read this bulletin, you should have no problem passing the test necessary to claim your one million dollars. So, let’s begin.

Lowney as PresidentJohn Lowney, our 1999 – 2000 president conducted the meeting. He claimed it would be a traditional meeting. Those orthodox amongst the gathered cheered wildly; those in short pants were more subdued.
Mar 30, 2012 John Magnuson 2012-03-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Greg Rediske on Mar 22, 2012

NOTICE: It has come to the attention of the Bulletin Writing Staff that some members don’t read the Bulletin. Rumor has it that even the PRESIDENT foregoes reading the Bulletin on occasion. The popular reasoning, the Staff has discovered, is that they were there at the meeting. Or, to quote the inimitable Pee Wee Herman from his classic film, PEE WEE’S BIG ADVENTURE, after he was asked, "Don’t you want to see the rest of the movie (about his life)?", Pee Wee replied, "I don’t have to see it, Dottie. I lived it."

Well, the Staff has met for countless hours, and after much hand-wringing and anguished wailing, we have arrived at a potential solution: jokes. Lots of jokes. And not just your "Why did the chicken cross the road" jokes, or lame Ole jokes, either. Real classic one-liners that will surely boost readership! Subsequent to this test, the Staff will meet and measure the effectiveness of this method of readership retention based on the lack of input by those who didn’t read it anyway.

And now: The Bulletin.

March 23, 2012 Greg Rediske 2012-03-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Greg Horn on Mar 15, 2012
Set-up – Duncan Cook
Paul Harris Desk – Mike McGowan
Sgt. at Arms – Tom Crabill
Invocation –Clint Johnson
Pledge of Allegiance – After a lengthy talk on why we should put more enthusiasm into the pledge to our flag, PP Tom Sadler finally kicked us into gear with the familiar words, "Ladies and gentlemen, please join us in……… "
Visiting Rotarians – I don’t believe there were any. Or if there were, they didn’t sign in.
Bulletin – Greg Horn
Photographer – Jim Early
Mar 16, 2012 Greg Horn 2012-03-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dave Covey on Mar 08, 2012

SPORTSMAN’S DINNER WELCOME:

You suspected the week before the Sportsman’s Dinner (our primary club money raiser) that there would be a lot of activity as you walked it. Correcto Mundo Anxiously awaiting our arrival were a Quintet of Sportsman’s Committee Chairs & key players: Tables - Morris Northcutt, Tickets - Mary Lou Sclair, Auction Items – Gayle Selden, Volunteer Assignments – Rick Selden, Luck of the Irish Raffle* – Gayle again and the Sportsman’s Dinner Grand Poobah himself, Paul Wulfestieg. At this late bulletin deadline, there are still tables available. Call Morris cell (253) 973-6788 or go to www.clubrunner.ca/CPrg/home/homeA.asp?cid=712

Mar 9, 2012 Dave Covey 2012-03-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Homer Dodge on Mar 01, 2012
ImageIt was a dark and stormy Friday noon. And then Ron Irwin called the meeting to order with a raunchy, raucous song and bought drinks all around for everyone over 7!!!

Well ok – so there weren’t any drinks other than coffee and tea. And there wasn’t a song. And it wasn’t such bad weather. And no, Ron was not wearing his bowling shorts either.

But hey, Ron was there – leading us through the Rotary themed event. It was just so, so Rotarianishly authentic - I’m telling you. Honestly!
March 2 at Lakewood Rotary Homer Dodge 2012-03-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Greg Rediske on Feb 16, 2012
According to our table calendars, our President’s new moniker is "Uncle Ben", either an allusion to a fascination with white rice, or perhaps because his name is Ben. In any event, Uncle Ben called us to order. Little did he know the disorder that would come soon thereafter…..but why wait?! It was during the birthday announcements, when Chris Kimball told the last joke. He told it more like Red Skelton than Jack Benny, meaning lots of laughing at his own joke before it even got told. It went like this: Greg Horn’s car was running very poorly, so he took it to his car repair guy, Steve Mazoff (apparently trying to make ends meet after a career as a lawyer. Or else it was his birthday, too.). Greg was very concerned about his car’s health. After a couple of hours, Steve told him that it was now purring like a kitten. Relieved, Greg said, "How on earth did you get it running so well?!?" To which Steve replied, "Just a little crap in the carburetor." Eyes wide in surprise, Greg responded, "How often will I have to do THAT?!?"
Feb 17, 2012 Greg Rediske 2012-02-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joe Quinn on Feb 09, 2012

President Ben Sclair called us to order just in time to catch the Invocator-- Chris Kimball-- with his mouth full, but as usual it did not bother Chris one bit, as he delivered a thoughtful yet humorous invocation anyway.

The Pledge of Allegiance to our flag was led by Dave Coleman.Steve Enquist presided at the Paul Harris desk and the Sergeant at Arms was Bill Price with help from Bill Young. The very busy official Photographer was Dr. Jim Early. This bulletin was written by Joe Quinn, and as usual Greg Rediske, Editor, cleaned up errors and made it look better.

Our Visiting Rotarian, announced by Bill Young today, was John Anderson who eagerly awaits being replaced by our own Past President Greg Horn as the Assistant District Governor for this part of District 5020.

Feb 10, 2012 Joe Quinn 2012-02-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Judy Hosea on Feb 02, 2012

Frühjahrsmüdigkeit! That’s what it is, Spring Fever!

Who can blame us, after all the weather has thrown at us over the past few weeks, today is glorious and nearly 60 degrees!

In the northern hemisphere the symptoms usually arise from mid-March to mid-April….but what is to keep them from surfacing earlier, on a perfect day when the sun is out! The fact that Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow on Thursday, well the idea of six more weeks of winter leaves this scribe a little cold. (a little cold, get it?)

So…Spring Fever and all the thoughts that surface as a result will filter through this report to my colleagues.

Feb 3, 2012 Judy Hosea 2012-02-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Greg Horn on Jan 26, 2012

Set-up – Duncan Cook   Sportsman’s Dinner Paperwork & Procurement – PP Mary Lou Sclair    Paul Harris Desk – PP Gary Fulton   Sgt. at Arms – Bill Young and trainee Tom Crabill      Invocation – Carl Fynboe    Pledge of Allegiance – Mo Sarram    Visiting Rotarians – Lynn Wilson from Clover Park and Don Anderson from Tacoma 8.   Da Bull – PP Greg Horn     Photographer – PP Greg Rediske

Jan 27, 2012 Greg Horn 2012-01-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Greg Rediske on Jan 12, 2012

In 2004, John Magnuson unveiled the history of the Sportsmans Dinner (aka The Wild Game Dinner).  Most people know that the first Wild Game Dinner was held on November 13, 1970, costing the club $270 for the social event.  And while some may argue that a few of Magnuson's historical footnotes to this event may be off a bit (some would say WAY off), this is the recorded history as printed in the Lakewood Rotary Bulletin ("The Lakewood Key").  It was in print, so it must be true:

Jan 13, 2012 Greg Rediske 2012-01-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Greg Rediske on Jan 05, 2012

He's here, he's here, he's finally here!! Yes, our wayward President Benjamin Sclair arrived on time, and as promised to the first meeting of the year 2012. As a matter of fact, he seemed to still be glowing over his winning the T. Torvald Torvaldssen III award for meetings missed while President, besting previous champ, John Magnuson. Speaking of Magnuson, he was scheduled for Bulletin writing duty, but exited stage left for Maui and golf. Apparently, he was attempting a misguided effort to reclaim the TTT III award: John---you have to miss meetings as PRESIDENT to qualify.

Jan 6, 2012 Greg Rediske 2012-01-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Homer Dodge on Dec 15, 2011

News of the Day:  PRESIDENT BEN SCLAIR MISSES THE MEETING!

Wait....that's not news is it.   Or so say the Puffins, who roasted our beloved President Ben with gusto.  And evident joy.  But he really didn't miss the meeting: he was just "late".  Given what it cost him, maybe he should have missed the meeting!

Puffins presiding:  Substitute President Mike JohnsonTom Crabill, and returning Puffins John Lowney and Homer Dodge. 

Visiting Rotarians: Keith Galbraith and "Jack" the Black Labrador from Parkland Spanaway
Lew and Ardell Samdal - Ardell is Prez of Parkland Spanaway and a UND grad.
Pepe Holf 

Dec 16, 2011 Homer Dodge 2011-12-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joe Quinn on Dec 08, 2011

PRESIDING: President Ben Sclair, clad in shorts on this crisp, clear December day, rang the bell promptly at 12:30 p.m. and another Rotary meeting was on its way.

INVOCATION: Bob Peterson stepped right up to help when the assigned "invocator" (that's not a word!) was a few minutes late. How many Rotarians carry a handy dandy invocation in their wallet just in case? OK. One is all it takes.

PLEDGE: Terry Roarke started us off on the Pledge to our Flag.

PAUL HARRIS DESK: Bob Zawilski

VISITING ROTARIANS: Bill Price announced visitors including ADG John Anderson of Sumner, Bert Stibbe of Sumner, and Charlie Lippman from out of town. (I forgot to write that down.) At that point, Cindy Thompson came in late and was fined $50 for taking a late nap when she was scheduled to do the invocation. Bob Peterson did not step forward and pay her fine.

Dec 9, 2011 Joe Quinn 2011-12-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dave Covey on Dec 01, 2011
 Rare Official Visit from our President:   Ben What’s-His-Name
Some guy in shorts wandered up to the podium and rang the bell as if he’d done it before!  At that moment we realized it was President Ben Sclair, the 3rd in the family line of Sclair Rotary Royalty.  Some had speculated he’d been overthrown with all the excitement centered on the Arab Spring, but here he was.   With sincere (or it was just great acting) apologies for his unapproved November sabbatical, he thanked those who covered for him, PP Greg Rediske, phantom himself PP Tom Sadler and even PE Dave Reames.  Along with NO meeting over Thanksgiving, one word kinda summarizes his Presidential aura for November………GONE!  
It was hard to keep track of the groveling list of “reasons” and we missed how his mail-order long green pants became a green leprechaun hat.  Let’s just forget that he’s been trying to break PP Ole’s absentee record set over 10 years ago.  No we can’t forget, at least Magnuson got approval from the Board for his “work related” month in Italy (with family) and 3 weeks solo in Korea!  
OK, let’s look forward to the future. Make sure you have on your calendar Dec 16th when the Puffins roast our shadowy leader.  Talk about a target-rich environment!  The Puffins will have a field day!  Tom & Jerrys too?  It’s always the best meeting of the year and this year will be no exception!  FUN!!!


Dec 2, 2011 Dave Covey 2011-12-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Homer Dodge on Nov 17, 2011

Wearing fashionable legacy-style full length slacks, Hizoner Greg Rediske reprised his award-winning role as Club President and chaperone of the pack.

We welcomed visiting Rotarians Ron Nelson from Tacoma Narrows and Larry Treleven from Tacoma 8.

Our Club was led in the Pledge by Bill Price and Dan Livingston gave our invocation.

Then Fearless Leader gave pretty much everyone in the room a huge break when he cut the fine for not wearing a Rotary lapel pin from $2 down to $1 – a 50% increase in leniency!

 

Nov 18, 2011 Homer Dodge 2011-11-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Judy Hosea on Nov 10, 2011

VETERANS DAY

This day will only occur once in our lifetime: 11-11-11

"It is easy to take liberty for granted, when you have never had it taken from you." -Unknown

Past President (and Marine) Tom Sadler called the meeting to order at 12:29 p.m. 11-11-11. He was anxious to get going on time while filling in for President Ben Sclair who was AWOL. Tom’s suit was pressed and shoes shined, but he was concerned about getting it back before extra charges were levied.

Service to the club was rendered by Bill Young, Sgt at Arms and Raffle, Mike McGowan and Gary Fulton at the Paul Harris desk, Judy Hosea led the pledge and is serving as your scribe. Jim Early is the official photographer. Mary Covelli Johnson gave a very meaningful Veteran’s Day invocation.

Nov 11, 2011 Judy Hosea 2011-11-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michael McGovern on Nov 10, 2011

In his best (only?) Friday shorts and fleece (FSF), Current President (CP) Ben struck the bell at precisely 1230, signaling to all that the weekend was but 90 minutes away, maybe less for the Prez… Mike McGowan presided at the Paul Harris desk, Past President (PP) Mary Lou Sclair sold us on the weekly drawing, and Bill Young did double duty as Sgt at Arms and lead photographer. The invocation was offered by Lenny Holmes, and PP Dave Betz led us in the salute to our flag.

Nov 11, 2011 Michael McGovern 2011-11-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Magnuson on Oct 27, 2011

The First Inning

The first pitch was thrown at 1232, but who’s counting….
Bobby Gee, who asked for divine guidance for our leaders, and they need it dearly, led the invocation. But how about us followers, don’t we deserve some credit or blame for having elected such leaders? Bill Larkin lead us in the Pledge of Allegiance to our flag. Bill Price introduced our visiting Rotarian, Bert Stibbe from Sumner. President Ben thanked James Guerrero at the Paul Harris desk, Bill Price, Sergeant at Arms, PP Bob Zawilski, shutterbug and Ole, scribe-for-a-day.  
Guests of Rotarians included Erik Kramer introduced by Judy Hosea, President Ben introduced Ted Mzqpryth from Olympia. I hope I got the spelling of that name correct; it was hard to hear it. Dave Reames introduced Tommy Crabill and PP Dave Covey brought the ever-lovely Florence, his most recent wife.
October 28, 2011 Meeting ... scary on so many levels John Magnuson 2011-10-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Greg Rediske on Oct 20, 2011

What do you do when your leader is gone? If you’re Lakewood Rotary, you dredge up one of the old Past Presidents (heavy on the "old") and you see what happens. This week’s Old President was none other than Bob Zawilski, or as some still call him, "Zawalski". PP Bob tried valiantly to be "Casual Yet Respectful", or whatever President Ben’s motto is. Bob stripped himself of suit jacket and tie, and put on a fleece vest. A valiant try, indeed. But he didn’t attempt the bare legs part. (For the record: there was no power point to be found.)

Oct 21, 2011 Greg Rediske 2011-10-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Greg Horn on Oct 13, 2011

In chronological order, beginning well before 12:30:

 Set-up & Tear-downDuncan Cook & Mary Moss

 Paul Harris Desk and daily raffle ticket sales – was manned by two extremely talented Rotarians. I just can’t remember who, but you know who you are. Thank you.

 Sgt. at ArmsBill Young

 Invocation – Our invocator was not present, so President Ben invoked "a moment of silence to reflect." After a lengthy period of reflection, Richard Simmons piped up with the observation, "Nice job, Mr. President".

 Pledge of AllegianceChris Kimball

Oct 14, 2011 Greg Horn 2011-10-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joe Quinn on Oct 06, 2011

President Ben Sclair called us to order right on time for another wacky, informal but respectful Lakewood Rotary meeting.

The Invocation was delivered with the rhythm and grace of an accomplished musician by Chris Kimball, who did not miss a beat.

The Pledge of Allegiance to our flag was led by long time member, Mo Sarram.

Past President Mick Johnson held court at the Paul Harris desk and the Sergeant at Arms was Bill Young, with lots of help from the indomitable Richard Simmons. The very busy official Photographer was Dr. Jim Early. This bulletin was by Joe Quinn, but blame any errors on my Editor. (Editor’s Note: No, that’s not how it works.)

Oct 7, 2011 Joe Quinn 2011-10-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Judy Hosea on Sep 29, 2011

Rotarians Up in Arms! Yikes!

September 30th Meeting of the Rotary Club of Lakewood

Armed with fork instead of pen, your scribe was caught unaware when President Ben called the meeting to order on a blustery and slightly damp afternoon. (Later Prez. Ben explained that the Lakewood Rotary Board was "back to Rotary business" and not working on the weather….thus, it was raining!)

Sep 30, 2011 Judy Hosea 2011-09-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Greg Horn on Sep 22, 2011

Just as President Ben was ready to ring the 12:30 starting bell some of our sharper Rotarians noticed that it wasn’t President Ben at the podium. It kind of looked like Ben, dressed in khaki shorts, but he had filled out a bit, was now wearing glasses, and was sporting some very stylish black knee-high stockings like a Scotsman might wear below his kilts. And he was wearing a stylish tan two-button blazer. Like something you would see in the latest issue of GQ (Gentleman’s Quarterly.)

Whoa! Was there a time warp going on here? Had time moved forward or backward? Some of the ladies went running to nearby houses looking for a pair of trousers to cover up those legs.

We all had to stop for a minute while we adjusted our clocks backward 21 years (kind of like you do when you enter Idaho.)

Sep 23, 2011 Greg Horn 2011-09-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dave Covey on Sep 15, 2011

District Governor David Stocks and Francis: The Official Visit

President Ben Sclair, in all his officialdom, strode in with determination (in shorts, of course) and brought us to order at 12:31pm – Assisting him today were:
Paul Harris Desk - Steve Enquist
Sgt At Arms - Bill Price & Richard Simmons
Bulletin – PP Dave Covey

Setup – Duncan Cook
Photographer - Oops
Invocation – PP Cindy Thompson
Pledge – PP John Magnuson

Canadian National Anthem–WE (Lakewood Rotary?) sang to honor our DG & his wife.

Sep 16, 2011 Dave Covey 2011-09-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michael McGovern on Sep 06, 2011

With West Pierce Fire and Rescue station 21 as the backdrop, a joint meeting of the Lakewood and Clover Park Rotary clubs was called to order at roughly 1230 by CP President Randy Black. The colors were presented by members of the WPFR Color Guard, and President Randy led us in the salute to our flag. A poignant and timely invocation was offered by WPFR Chaplin Larry Huffman, followed by a fabulous (that is to say on tune, in key) rendition of God Bless America by fellow Rotarian, Deputy Chief and accomplished soloist, Mitch Sagers. Frankly I was shocked. Speechless. I’m sure my mouth dropped open as I listened to the pipes on this guy. I’ve known Mitch for years; we’ve worked closely on projects in the past. Never heard him sing until today, and he made us proud!

Sep 7, 2011 Michael McGovern 2011-09-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Judy Hosea on Sep 01, 2011

"Did not"!

"Did so"!

"Did not"!

"Did so"!

Etcetera….etcetera…..etcetera! (More about that later).

 

So begins meeting number 10 in the reign of President Ben Sclair, never afraid to mix it up and make it interesting.

Sep 2, 2011 Judy Hosea 2011-09-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Greg Rediske on Aug 25, 2011

"Rowdy". That’s what our speaker called us today (as a compliment, I should point out). How exactly do you get to "rowdy" when our average age is 60? There is only one explanation for this, and that would be our youngster-of-a-President, a mere child of (barely) 41 years old.

The Lakewood Key (aka "The Bulletin") staff has been tirelessly investigating the statistical analysis of the age of Lakewood Rotary presidents. (That would be when they were president, not now. Now is easy: they are all old.) Our research staff discovered that in the last 35 years, Ben Sclair is our youngest male president (Cindy Thompson was two months younger during her term). So now you know. Elect a youngster, you get "rowdy".

Aug 26, 2011 Greg Rediske 2011-08-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Magnuson on Aug 18, 2011
 Friday August 19th
The Rotary Club of Lakewood


Fearing that our President Ben Sclair wasn’t going to appear, Past President Ron Irwin said that he was willing to step forward and run the meeting. He proclaimed in an imperious tone to our table, “The only thing I lack is a story. Does anyone here have a story? I need a story if I am The Chosen One to run the meeting.” For those of you who weren’t here in 2003-2004 and those who chose to forget 2003-2004, Ron always had a story. So, even though our President showed-up and Ron didn’t have to run the meeting, had he done so, he probably would have told this story:

A man went to his dentist, Dr. Frank Sioda, because he felt something wrong in his mouth. The dentist examined him and said "That new upper plate I put in for you six months ago is eroding. What have you been eating?" The man replied, "All I can think of is that about four months ago, my wife made some asparagus and put some stuff on it that was delicious... hollandaise sauce! I love it so much now, that I put it on everything -- meat, toast, fish, vegetables, everything!"
Frank said, "Well, that's probably the problem. Hollandaise sauce is made with lots of lemon juice, which is highly corrosive. It's eaten away your upper plate. I'll make you a new one, and this time, I'll use chrome." "Why chrome?" asked the patient.
"It's simple," said the former Lakewood Rotarian. "Everyone knows that there's no plate like chrome for the hollandaise."

Aug 19, 2011 John Magnuson 2011-08-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joe Quinn on Aug 11, 2011

 LAKEWOOD KEY FOR AUGUST 12, 2011  MEETING

PRESIDING: 

President Ben Sclair was back with us to preside, and when the Invocation-Giver did not show up as expected, Ben adroitly called for a moment of silence for us to reflect.  But then since someone forgot to mute their cell phone, it was actually a "half-moment" of silence according to Gentle Ben, who did not fine the person because he was feeling benevolent.


PLEDGE:   Col. Kris Peterson, our speaker today and resident psychiatrist led us in the Pledge to our Flag.

VISITING ROTARIANS:.  Bill Price introduced our three visiting Rotarians, who were all from Clover Park Rotary.  This writer was only quick enough to catch two names out of three, so it was nice to see Charlie Maxwell and Alice Peoples.  (Hey, if the Mariners could bat .667,  they would be in first place!)

BULLETIN:  Joe Quinn


Aug 12, 2011 Joe Quinn 2011-08-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Greg Rediske on Aug 04, 2011

Headline News:

  • Winter blizzard worst in years, kills 184 on the east coast of the U.S.

  • 7.8 earthquake rips Japan, creates giant tsunami that kills hundreds

  • Record loss set for a US corporation, $4.97 Billion

  • Unemployment increases a full percent over the previous year, worrying investors

  • Government accepts compromise on military’s ban on homosexuals

 

Aug 5, 2011 Greg Rediske 2011-08-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Greg Horn on Jul 28, 2011

In chronological order, beginning well before 12:30:

 

Set-upDuncan Cook

 

Paul Harris DeskWard Fletcher

 

Sgt. at ArmsBill Price

Jul 29, 2011 Greg Horn 2011-07-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Magnuson on Jul 21, 2011
 
Friday July 20, 2011
The Rotary Club of Lakewood


Stuff that isn’t usually in the bulletin at this point...

President Ben Sclair has vowed to make Lakewood Rotary the Eighth Wonder of the World. The first person to name the Seven Wonders of the World (1) wins one million dollars from Lakewood Rotary(2). Ready, set, go! There you have it; the challenge is made. It is now up to you (you meaning us) to make Lakewood Rotary significant and relevant to our community and to the world. Significance and relevance begin with involvement and commitment. There are numerous ways to get involved: committees that President Ben has given free rein to accomplish their objectives. All they need is your involvement. Financial commitment is another way: our riders in the Courage Classic need your commitment of money; Bud Montgomery’s umpteenthth Courage Classic and Ray Ainsworth’s Nth. All you need to do is Google Courage ClassicWashington; click on donate, enter the rider’s name and follow the guide for a donation. There is more information in this bulletin and on our website – www.lakewoodrotary.com .


Jul 22, 2011 John Magnuson 2011-07-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dave Covey on Jul 14, 2011

URBAN Times Week 3 of Prince Ben’s Reign of Terror: You would think that a non-profit, community support type organization like Rotary would not be subject to political in-fighting and nepotism. But here we have our young President whose pedigree reads ROTARY All over. His Mom, Mary Lou, was President of Lakewood Rotary 2003-04 …….best known for putting in the Ft Steilacoom Children’s Park on RI’s 100 year anniversary. His Dad, Dave, joined Lakewood Rotary, then jumped over to help start Clover Park Rotary in 1982. It didn’t take long for him to be President …….then our District Governor 1998-99. Knowing that a CP Rotarian would be a liability to his wife’s aspirations for high office, he rejoined Lakewood Rotary. With these two Rotary hybrid parents, how do we explain the young Prince Ben moving the podium, embracing technology and wearing those Bermuda shorts? It’s going to be a LONG - COLD – WINTER!

Jul 15, 2011 Dave Covey 2011-07-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Homer Dodge on Jul 07, 2011

Invocation: Mark Blanchard

Pledge: Jay Mayer

Sergeant-at-Arms: Bill Young

Visiting Rotarians: Heidi Simmons (Bill’s daughter) from Monroe, WA

Keith Galbraith – Parkland-Spanaway with "Jack"

Other visitors: Jerry Bennetti, Jim Blankenship of Boy Scouts of America, Mark Blanchard’s wife Joan and their 2 sons, our effervescent short-timer Victor, Bonnie Magnuson, and Greg Rediske’s wife Sharon.

Jul 8, 2011 Homer Dodge 2011-07-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Adkins on Jun 30, 2011

At 12:30 the bell rang as is our custom, but that was just about all that was customary. Instead of the lectern being in the southwest corner, it was moved to the east wall. President Ben Sclair (he’s the new guy) had moved stuff around, and the shifting continued.

Instead of a voiced invocation, Ben asked us to take a moment of silent meditation to reflect on the people and events that have made this country into what we will celebrate on Monday. Then John Walstrum led us in the Pledge.

Taking advantage of his control over the microphone and gavel, Ben then offered up a reflection of his own. At some point in his youth or childhood, Ben had a date with one of Mike McGowan’s daughters. Mike turned over the keys to his new car to Ben for the evening. What was he thinking? Do we dare speculate? . . . Moving on . . .

Jul 1, 2011 Ron Adkins 2011-07-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michael McGovern on Jun 23, 2011

PART 1

The second to last bell ring by President Mick was struck at 12:20, apparently not by mistake. What with all the ceremony, pomp and circumstance expected at this First Annual Installation Luncheon (FAIL?) PP Greg Rediske, drawing on his vast experience, prompted the early start. Keeping things running like a well-oiled machine were Cal (as in California) Kushen at the Paul Harris Desk, Bill Price, Sgt at Arms and Bill Young taking pictures. Visiting Rotarian, Past President of Lakewood Rotary, and all-around nice guy Ralph Lockhart shared his special version of "A Toast to Our Flag", followed by the flag salute. Chris Kimball offered the invocation.

Jun 24, 2011 Michael McGovern 2011-06-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Greg Rediske on Jun 16, 2011

The last Friday meeting completely under President Mick Johnson’s control started off in unusual fashion: Mick rang the bell, then immediately burst into an outstanding version of Kool & the Gang’s "I just want to celebrate", complete with leg kicks, and then he segued nicely into the Invocation of Chris Kimball and the Pledge led by Greg Horn. Mick paused briefly, then began crooning, "Celebrate, Celebrate, Dance to the Music!", made famous by Three Dog Night, before announcing that Jim Schultz had ably manned the Paul Harris desk while Bill Young was the ever-vigilant Sgt at Arms while also serving as the ever-artistic staff photographer.

Jun 17, 2011 Greg Rediske 2011-06-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joe Quinn on Jun 09, 2011

President Mick Johnson called us to order right on time for an unusual Lakewood Rotary meeting.

The Invocation (a very unusual and detailed one) was delivered eloquently by Carl Fynboe.

The Pledge of Allegiance to our flag was led by our new Program Committee Chairman, Bob Gee.

Cal Kushen held sway at the Paul Harris desk and the Sergeant at Arms was Jay Mayer, who introduced two visiting Rotarians from Tacoma Rotary #8. One of them was Larry Treleven; I know this because I was sitting right next to him. The other one’s name I already forgot, so I have to admit this bulletin is by Joe Quinn. Our photographer today was Bob Zawilski.

Jun 10, 2011 Joe Quinn 2011-06-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Homer Dodge on Jun 02, 2011

Jim Schultz was manning the Paul Harris station as each of us move towards our next award!

 

Bill Price was the Sergeant-at-Arms and indeed he did bring both of his arms with him so that he could help all of us put that check mark by our names!  The great conversation that happens at the desk line easily distracts me and I walk by it unthinkingly.  Thanks for all your assists Bill.

Jun 3, 2011 Homer Dodge 2011-06-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Greg Horn on May 26, 2011
Helpers at the incoming desk included:  The tag team of Bud Montgomery and Ward Fletcher took turns collecting for the Paul Harris fund.  Bill Young was Sgt. at Arms.

President-Elect Ben Sclair called our meeting to order at precisely 12:30 p.m.  He was decked out in the latest fashion, a nice pair of shorts revealing his even nicer tanned legs.  He then called on PP Cindy Thompson to give the invocation and Jim Sharp to lead us in the pledge to our flag.  Bill Young was our Sgt.-at-Arms.

May 27, 2011 Greg Horn 2011-05-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dave Covey on May 19, 2011

May 20, 2011 - Spring Arrives: Finally, Lakewood Rotary could enjoy a 70 degree day. President Mick mentioned the beautiful day, but one senses Mick doesn’t want to step down. In his warped Presidential mind (after 10+ months of being barraged by how great he is) he’s organized a secret grass roots re-nomination committee in an attempt to stop the Sclair Political Machine in its tracks. It’s either that or he’s heavily invested in oil stocks and hates to have the thermostats go up! NOTE: If you’re scratching your head, this is a traditional bulletin start that has nothing to do with what took place in the meeting ……… kinda makes you want to actually attend Lakewood Rotary instead of reading this drivel (from the liberal press).

May 20, 2011 Dave Covey 2011-05-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Judy Hosea on May 12, 2011

Friday, May 13th……I should have known!

For all of you who have been sitting around just waiting for this issue of the Lakewood Rotary Bulletin, may I offer my apologies for the late submission….you see:

#1. I had to go audition for American Idol

Helpers on this Friday include:

Bud Montgomery (tanned and well rested)….Paul Harris Desk

Jay Mayer…Sgt at Arms and Raffle

Scott Buser….Invocation

Mary Lou Sclair…Salute to our Flag

Bob Zawilski…Photographer

Judy Hosea….Scribe

President Mick Johnson…..In Charge

May 13, 2011 Judy Hosea 2011-05-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michael McGovern on May 05, 2011

At precisely 11:29 PDT, President Mick Johnson struck the bell with real gusto, bringing us to some semblance of order for the 45th week of his admirable term of office. He gleefully reminded us he has but "six weeks to go…" Robert Peterson offered a thoughtful and thankful invocation in remembrance of those who protect us, those who lead us, and Mothers (who do all of the above and more) finishing with a special thought for Dave Betz, that was either a prayerful request for, or dire warning of, freezing rain in Hawaii. Gayle Selden stepped up to lead us in the pledge, Bill Price Sgt. At Arms, Gary Fulton at the Paul Harris desk, Bill Young taking the pictures, and your newest scribe seated next to Greg I (or Rediske II) for moral and technical support.

May 6, 2011 Michael McGovern 2011-05-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Magnuson on Apr 28, 2011

In the words of some clever collegiate ditty writer:

“Another busy week has passed;
sweedle dee dum dum,
And Friday night has come at last,
sweedle dee dum dum.
Sweedle dee, sweedle dee,
sweedle dee dum dum.” 

The Alpha Delta Phi fraternity at the University of Washington boasts several Lakewood Rotarians and legacies. Sam Hunter, PP Dave Covey, PP John Magnuson, former member and son of PP Paul Reeder - Brian Reeder, Garrett Lordahl - son of PP Bob Lordahl and occasional Gig Harbor visitor Lee Gingrich. The reason this is important is that on Friday afternoons we all gathered at “The House” and sang that song, among others. Moreover Chris Miller, Alpha Delt Alum from Dartmouth was the original author of the story of Animal House. Truly an American Classic of Crude Humor, it was filmed at PP Norm Tremaine’s favorite college campus, home of The Anarchists, The University of Oregon. Now, if you think for one minute that is too much irrelevant information, read on! And thus begins this week’s Bulletin.

 


 

apr 29, 2011 John Magnuson 2011-04-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joe Quinn on Apr 21, 2011

PRESIDING:  President Mick Johnson gonged us to order promptly at 12:30 p.m.  Too bad...just when he is getting really good at this Prez stuff--running the meeting--we have to replace him...pretty soon.

INVOCATION:   Bob Gee delivered a nice invocation, but this reporter felt it would be disrespectful to take notes, so the eloquence was lost (just like the short term memory).

PLEDGE:   Leon Titus made a rare appearance, so President Mick made him lead us in the Pledge.  Just kidding, Leon!

PAUL HARRIS DESK:  Mike McGowan

Apr 22, 2011 Joe Quinn 2011-04-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Greg Rediske on Apr 14, 2011

Bedecked in his usual sartorial splendor, President Mick Johnson restored order to the room at precisely 12:30 pm on Friday, April 15, 2011. Do you realize that it is exactly 20,078 days since the chartering of the Rotary Club of Lakewood in 1956? And do you realize that the anniversary of that chartering will occur in a mere 10 days, April 25? And do you further realize that your current president of this very same Rotary club made carpeting industry history when, in 1975, he adamantly refused to install one more yard of green shag carpet, thus beginning the downfall of that once popular flooring design? All hail President Johnson and the Rotary Club of Lakewood!!

Apr 15, 2011 Greg Rediske 2011-04-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Homer Dodge on Apr 07, 2011

Sportsman’s Dinner’s a Success
Dateline Apr 9, 2011
McGavick Center, CP Tech College, Lakewood, WA

 Wait a minute, we’re getting ahead of ourselves, wasn’t there a regular Rotary meeting on Friday?  OK, President Mick Johnson rang the bell on time, Lenny Holmes gave the invocation. The front table had Cindy Thompson and Morris Northcutt juggling last minute table requests/changes for the Sportsman’s Dinner, Mike McGowan extracting RI Foundation moneys, Lowell Johnson selling the few BIG raffle tickets remaining and Bill Price selling little raffle tickets.  In addition Richard Simmons was Sgt at Arms, Duncan Cook Setup and the bulletin is a tag-team of Homer Dodge & Dave Covey.

Apr 8, 2011 Homer Dodge 2011-04-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Greg Horn on Mar 31, 2011

The usual cast of characters were at their assigned duty stations at the table on the way in. (That is our way of saying we failed to note who they were, but they know they are, and if you were at today’s meeting you probably noticed them.)  Bulletin was a shared duty by the regular writer, Greg Horn, who was not present, and his eyes & ears, Mary Covelli Johnson.

President Mick rang us in promptly at 12:30, marking the first day of his final quarter as president. Gee, has 9 months gone by already?

Apr 1 2011 Greg Horn 2011-04-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Adkins on Mar 24, 2011

And here is the news for this day, brought to you from all around the world.

TACOMA, March 25.  At 12:30 President Mick Johnson rang the bell, then announced that we would be moving along briskly because we had a packed agenda.  This was evident in the quick handoff to Kismet Kechejian for the invocation, followed by a smart lateral to Mike Block for the Pledge of Allegiance.  The balance of the day’s bench strength included Jay Mayer as Sgt at Arms, Bill Young doing the photography, Gary Fulton ably commanding the Paul Harris Desk, and Ron Adkins as your faithful scribe.

Mar 25, 2011 Ron Adkins 2011-03-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Greg Rediske on Mar 17, 2011

He looked at his watch.  Then he looked again.  Then again, only to discover the same result: 12:30.  And yet there were so few people there, several tables completely empty.  He thought, “What did I say last week…..?”  President Mick finally called the meeting to order, despite the fact that there was no disorder.  He did have a look of confusion on his face you don’t often witness, however….perhaps seen only by Mary when Mick arrives home and doesn’t see his dinner ready.  See below.

Mar 18 2011 Greg Rediske 2011-03-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joe Quinn on Mar 10, 2011

PRESIDING:  President Mick Johnson rang the bell promptly at 12:30 p.m. and another Rotary meeting was in play.

 

INVOCATION AND PLEDGE:   Dan Livingston delivered the invocation and President-Elect Ben Sclair led us in the pledge to our flag.

 

PAUL HARRIS DESK:  Gary Fulton

 

VISITING ROTARIANS:.  Bill Price announced visitors including ADG John Anderson of Sumner and...well I guess he was the only one.

 

Mar 11 2011 Joe Quinn 2011-03-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dave Covey on Mar 03, 2011

March Begins Like a LAMB!
President Mick Johnson rang the bell for our first meeting in March to a lightly attended meeting.  Where was everyone? Spring break?  State basketball tourney?  Preparing income tax? No, that couldn't be, Lakewood Rotarians wouldn't do that until April 14th.  As we get closer to the Sportsman's Dinner, we know the energy & excitement will kick in! Now, let's get out there and bring back some auction items!  Oops, sorry to scoop this week's bulletin feature story we'll just stick to the facts!
Behind the Scenes Help for this Lakewood Rotary Meeting: 
Rotary Foundation Desk - PP Gary Fulton Sgt at Arms  Bill Young  Invocation Chris Kimball Pledge PP Greg Rediske
Bulletin Writer  PP Dave Covey Photographer PP Greg Horn
Sportsman's Dinner  PDG Dave & PP Mary Lou Sclair Setup  Duncan Cook
DISCLAIMER:  Many Rotarians skim or speed read the bulletin.  Some don't even see it so we've formatted everything to emphasize the main ideas.  33 Rotarians in this one, are you one of them?

Mar 4 2011 Dave Covey 2011-03-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Judy Hosea on Feb 24, 2011

A Dickens of a Day!

For many….Thursday night was “the worst of times” with snow and record breaking low temperatures.  But, after two months of brutal recovery from a broken ankle after a slip on the ice, Gayle Selden waited until the next icy day to come back to Rotary, “the best of times”.  Welcome back Gayle!

President Mick was back too!  A remedy for the Winter of our Discontent!  (I’m just grumpy because my car was frozen shut and Tom left with the only spray can of IceMelt). 

Warming up the act was Ward Fletcher at the Paul Harris Desk, Mary Lou Sclair collecting attendees and donors for the April 9th Sportsman’s Dinner & Auction, and Bill Price serving as Sgt. at Arms and Raffle ticket sales. 

Kendall Haynes gave the invocation and Ole Magnuson led us in the pledge.

Feb 25 2011 Judy Hosea 2011-02-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Greg Rediske on Feb 17, 2011
It was a dark and stormy night, and President Mick "Green Shag" Johnson strode to the podium with a glint in his eyes that screamed out, "I mean business!" as he demanded unquestioned obedience from his adoring minions. And then the Bulletin writer remembered he wasn't writing the Great American Novel, and that it wasn't dark, stormy, or nighttime, and Mick was actually his usual kindhearted self when he called upon Bob Gee for the Invocation, and Mary Moss for the Pledge, while acknowledging the hard work at the front desk from Ron Adkins on the Paula Harris desk and Sgt At Arms Jay Mayer , and the writer then realized that with just a few more words he will have created the world's longest run-on sentence so who cares about the glory of writing the Great American Novel? And let's not forget the award-winning camera work of David Sclair. Which is clearly not much this week.
Feb 18 2011 Greg Rediske 2011-02-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joe Quinn on Feb 10, 2011
PRESIDING:  President Pro Tempore (legal words-ugh) Bob Zawilski was standing in for President Mick Johnson.  He started us off with some good cracks, one involving his hearing aids, but I did not hear it too well so maybe......
 
INVOCATION:   Dan Livingston delivered a nice invocation, including a call for peace in Egypt, which appears to be having a full blown revolution.
 
PLEDGE:   President-Elect-Elect Dave Reames led us in the Pledge to our Flag.
Feb. 11, 2011 Joe Quinn 2011-02-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Greg Horn on Feb 03, 2011
Lame Duck President Mick Johnson called our meeting to order at precisely 12:30 p.m.  He announced that he was in the last half of his term as president of Lakewood Rotary, and that sparked a rousing round of applause.  He then called on Chris Kimball to give the invocation and PP Gary Fulton to lead us in the pledge to our flag.
 
The incoming desk was worked today by:  Ward Fletcher was collecting for the Paul Harris desk.  Bill Young was Sgt. at Arms. Sportsman’s Dinner spot was manned, er – womaned by PP Mary Lou Sclair.  And Lowell Johnson was handling the distribution of the $100 Sportsman Dinner Raffle Tickets.  Speaking of the SD Raffle Tickets, better get yours before they are all gone.  Only 285 will be sold, and Bill Young has singlehandledly accounted for the sale of over 24 of them!  Bill recounted how at Burs Restaurant, he watched a stranger win $40 at the pull tabs.  He walked up and told him that if he put another $60 with his winnings he would be the proud owner of a Lakewood Rotary Raffle Ticket and have a one in 285 chance to win $10,000.  Just that easy, according to Bill.  All you have to do is ask. Oh yes, this bulletin was prepared by Greg (Elvis) Horn.
 
Feb. 4, 2011 Greg Horn 2011-02-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Adkins on Jan 27, 2011
Beginning at 12:32, things really weren't going all that well for President Mick Johnson.  Simply put, we weren't set up.  Although some suggested placing a "911" call to Duncan Cook, it was apparent that a staff member from the country club and Past President Greg Horn were stirring about to cover the oversight.
 
Carl Fynboe has been called forward to give the invocation, and, lacking a microphone, Carl rose to the occasion and projected his voice very well, so well in fact that he was immediately drafted to lead us in the Pledge of Allegiance.  Good job, Carl, and thanks for doing double duty.
 
January 28, 2011 Ron Adkins 2011-01-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dave Sclair on Jan 20, 2011
Once again, President Mick Johnson, the leader of Lakewood Rotary Club, strode to the podium and attempted to cover the world by asking Scott Buser to provide an invocation and Ed Shannon to lead us in the flag salute.

After that, things kinda went downhill, or they did until President Mick asked for the bulletin writer and photographer. Since both appeared to be AWOL, Dave Sclair quickly and with modesty agreed to provide the services needed to make sure the club went forward in the popular record. President Mick pleaded for Dave to lead the entire meeting (and it appeared to this writer that there was strong support from the assembled members), but in his shy and reserved manner, he declined to handle those chores, too!

January 21, 2011 Dave Sclair 2011-01-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Magnuson on Jan 13, 2011
On this day our president was 35,110,792 minutes old. Frankly, he doesn't look a moment older than 34 million minutes. Sensing that time was passing him rapidly by, President Mick Johnson called the meeting to order precisely on time.
 
One of the really great things about Lakewood Rotary is the fellowship that happens before each meeting. There are some wonderful conversations, lots of laughter and some serious "catching-up" going on at each table. The club has gone to the expense of installing listening devices at each table and beginning next week a recording will be made and passed through a new digital truth detector. A loud siren will sound denoting any exaggerations, prevarications, falsehoods and such. After all, the first canon of our ethos is: Is it the Truth? Look for this exciting feature beginning next week at Lakewood Rotary. Once the cameras are installed, snippets of the most exciting goings-on will be posted on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
 
Jan 14, 2011 John Magnuson 2011-01-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dave Sclair on Jan 06, 2011
The final six months of the reign of President Mick Johnson started promptly at 12:30 pm Friday, Jan. 7 when he gaveled the meeting into session but in a new location – at least for the week. Were there new faces in the crowd?  Several were present and you can learn who they were if you read about our visitors.

Bob Gee provided an eloquent invocation to get the meeting underway followed by an outstanding leadership on the pledge to our flag by president-elect Ben Sclair. Others assisting our esteemed leader with the duties of managing the meeting were: James Guerrero, Paul Harris desk; Bill Young, sergeant-at-arms; and pulling duty as both the scribe and photog was Dave Sclair (I wonder how what happened since he made up the schedule himelf.)

JAn 7, 2011 Dave Sclair 2011-01-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Magnuson on Dec 16, 2010
On Friday, Dec. 17, there was a celebration of another Christmas carol – “The 12 Tom and Jerry’s of Christmas.” You may be familiar with a parody of that song entitledMy Partridge sure made a mess in my Pear Tree” or some such thing.
 
An ersatz President Mick Johnson opened the meeting at 12:23 apologizing and lamenting the fact that it was a very full agenda and that it was a very busy day with a very full agenda. Close your eyes and just listen and you’d swear it was the real Mick! Thus began the annual Puffin’s Roast of our beloved President and Tom and Jerry party.
Dec. 17, 2010 John Magnuson 2010-12-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Judy Hosea on Dec 09, 2010
President Mick Johnson opened the meeting following 53 years of the same! 

He commended for their helpfulness: Bob Gee who gave the invocation in the form of an excerpt from a letter President George Washington sent to Congress as he left office.
Walt Richardson, who led us in the pledge to our flag. Jim Schultz, who manned the Paul Harris Desk and Jay Mayer who served as Sgt. At Arms.
 
Today's photographer …. and a very good one at that, was PP Bob Zawilski.  Yours truly is madly scribbling down all the details of the day.
Dec. 10, 2011 Judy Hosea 2010-12-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dave Sclair on Nov 18, 2010
The Nov. 19 meeting of the Rotary Club of Lakewood got underway promptly at 12:30 in the dining room at Tacoma Country & Golf Club when President Mick Johnson hit the bell.

Unfortunately, after the invocation by Chris Kimball and flag salute led by Kim Prentice, things got sorta jumbled for your faithful editor so my apologies for errors in names, dates, times and places. And in a grand tradition, I’m taking half the blame and sharing half with Bob Zawilski because he convinced me to come help the speakers set up a digital projector for which all the needed cables and wires were not available.

But, enough whining and complaining and trying to pass the blame onto others. I was scheduled as bulletin writer (and I do the scheduling) and dutifully taking notes when Zawilski asked for the afore mentioned assistance. Leaping from my chair to save the day’s program, I promptly forgot about note taking, thinking I would only be tied up for a moment or two. Well into the speaker’s presentation I recalled my assigned duties and discovered in my absence Donna Phillips and Gayle Selden had helped by writing a few notes. Unfortunately, reading their handwriting proved another challenge.
Nov. 19, 2010 Dave Sclair 2010-11-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Adkins on Nov 04, 2010
The Club assembled at the Tacoma Country and Golf Club, and at 12:28 President Mick Johnson got us off to an early start.
 
His team for the day included:  Cliff Johnson offering the Invocation; John Warner leading the Pledge of Allegiance; Past  Pres Gary Fulton staffing the Paul Harris Desk; PDG Dave Sclair serving as official photographer of the day; and Ron Adkins trying to compile a record of the proceedings for the Bulletin.
 
Visiting Rotarians included Bert Stibbe of the Sumner Club and Larry Trelevan, Sharon Uhlig, and Julie Anderson of Tacoma #8.  (I was without hearing aids and failed to catch the names of Club guests.)
Nov 5, 2010 Ron Adkins 2010-11-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dave Covey on Oct 28, 2010
 A Lakewood Rotary meeting is one of the best training grounds for a future Prez , so President Mick Johnson left town without leaving any dress guidelines!  He hadn't  figured that PE Ben Sclair would want to make a fashion statement for Halloween and come looking like a pumpkin!  Somehow, that bright orange sweater ensemble just misses, didn't you think?  Some very well-meaning Rotarians tried to give him some pointers before the meeting and were immediately put on the PE's Fine List!  Ben, Ben, Ben …….there's an old Lakewood Rotary saying, "Don't shoot the messenger – especially if one of them is your Dad!"

Actually, after ringing the bell, we heard the following: Hi, I'm your president Mick Johnson and in recognition of Halloween I have come disguised as Ben Sclair.

Trick or Treating  with Mr. Pumpkin were:
Mike McGowan – Paul Harris; Bill Young – Sgt-at-arms; Scott Buser – Invocation; Steve Enquist – Pledge; raffle sales, Mary Lou (Mom) Sclair; Dave Covey – Bulletin (covering for AWOL  Joe Quinn)
Oct 29, 2010 Dave Covey 2010-10-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dave Guttu on Oct 16, 2010
A borrowed pen and a scrounged piece of paper; thus began this bulletin writing process. Thanks go to Astrid Arola for delivering me a newsletter from the State Gambling Commission; how handy of them to have noted, “This page was intentionally left blank.” If you are ready, if you really dare, let’s see where we end up.
 
President Mick Johnson rang the bell at 12:30 to begin the September 17, 2010 meeting of the Rotary Club of Lakewood.
 
Mark Blanchard provided the invocation and Kris Peterson led us in the salute to our flag. Bill Young served double duty as Sergeant at Arms and meeting photographer. Cindy Thompson staffed the Paul Harris desk. The bulletin was done by Dave Guttu (that’s me).
Friday, Sep. 17, 2010 Dave Guttu 2010-10-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Greg Horn on Sep 09, 2010
Clover Park Rotary President Georgene Mellom rang the starting bell at 12:28 p.m.  The joint meeting was held at the Lakewood Fire Station on Steilacoom Blvd.  Pictures from New York on 9/11/2001 were shown on the screen to remind us of the horror of that day, and the brave men and women who rushed in to save others.
 
Lakewood President Mick Johnson invited  LFD’s chaplain Diane Huffman to give the invocation The American flag was presented by LFD’s Honor Guard. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by LFD’s Ken Sharp.
Bulletin by Greg Horn, Paul Harris desk was manned by Michael McGovern and food for the joint meeting was catered by Sparks Firehouse Deli in Puyallup
 
Guests of Rotarians and visiting Rotarians
Jeff Stay, Morris Northcutt’s brother-in-law, was introduced by Morris.  Gwen Young was introduced by Mo Sarram.  CP’s Heidi Wachter introduced Lakewood’s Mayor Doug Richardson.  CP’s Ken Sharp introduced Mitch Sagers, UP’s Fire Chief and Tacoma Narrows Rotary member.  Ward Fletcher introduced his guest, AlisaBeth Nash.
September 10, 2010 Greg Horn 2010-09-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Greg Rediske on Sep 02, 2010

President Mick Johnson began the meeting of September 3 with Rotary's equivalent of "Let's Play Ball!", that being the clanging of the bell.  Chris Kimball delivered the invocation, while Dave Betz led us in the pledge to the flag.  Behind the scenes were Bill Price (Sgt At Arms) and Gary Fulton (Paul Harris desk), while in front of the scenes was Bill Young, introducing our visiting Rotarians:  Roger Lilly from Tacoma 8, and Sue Potter from Clover Park.  Visitors included Rose Stevens (Ben Sclair), John Smith (Steve Enquist), Ray Miller (Debbie LeBeau), and a professor from UPS, introduced by Joel Feldman.   Joel knew his name quite well, but unfortunately the bulletin writer didn't hear it.  I'm thinking younger bulletin writers with better hearing would result in a marked improvement in the reporting herein.

Sep 3 2010 Greg Rediske 2010-09-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dave Sclair on Aug 26, 2010
     While some members wondered if he would return, others feared that he would, and sure enough, at shortly after 12:30 pm Friday, President Mick Johnson strode to the podium and struck the bell with his gavel, effectively calling the meeting of the Rotary Club of Lakewood to order once again.
     
     Carl Fynboe was called upon to present an invocation. He did that with his usual grace and elegance, pointing out the start of another school year and urging our thoughts and prayers for both students and teachers.

      Jim Bisceglia followed, leading us in the salute to our country’s flag.

      Mary Lou Sclair handled the Sargeant at arms duties selling raffle tickets and introducing our lone Rotary visitor, Joyce Oubre of Clover Park. Guests of Rotarians included, for the second time, Rose Stevens, guest of Ben Sclair, and Kismet Kechejian introduced a friend, whose name I unfortunately failed to record.

      The bulletin, scheduled to be written by Joe Quinn, was handled by Dave Sclair (do you catch on that there are a number of related folks doing things?) James Guerrero manned the Paul Harris Desk.
Aug 27, 2010 Dave Sclair 2010-08-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dave Guttu on Jan 14, 2010
Is it time for me to write another bulletin, already? Seem like you just got done suffering through my last one.

We began the January 15, 2010 meeting of the Rotary Club of Lakewood with a tuxedo adorned President Greg Horn ringing the bell promptly at 1230 hours. (That is 12:30 pm for several of you.) This was followed by his gracious welcome and a quick, "it's my birthday." Yes, today, President Greg is sixty-five years old. That is old for several of you.
Jan 15, 2010 Dave Guttu 2010-01-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joe Quinn
 
PRESIDING:  Joel Feldman opened up his very last meeting as President of Lakewood Rotary by reminding us that the Rotary Club of Lakewood has been serving this community for 53 years and….whatever.  The Club responded with an ovation to honor his service in his year as President, or because they were so relieved that the end is near.  Joel was the one who pointed out that it was not clear which it was.  And keep 'yer opinions to 'yerself.  Thanks Joel for making the sacrifices that we know were asked of you.

INVOCATION:  Dave Sclair

PLEDGE:  Joe Quinn led us in the Pledge to our Flag, and wrote this Bulletin.
June 26, 2009 Joe Quinn 0
Posted by John Magnuson
The Rotary Club of Lakewood
February 24, 2012
20,392 Days and Counting. Maybe we’ll get it right sometime.

Starting by compression…

President Ben Sclair started in low gear promptly at 12:30 despite running laps at the last minute trying to resolve the question of who gets to sit here and who gets to sit there. Those assisting the President on this day were PP Mary Lou Sclair and Gayle Selden attending to the myriad duties of collecting procurement forms, Steve Enquist at the Paul Harris desk, Tom Crabill as Sergeant At Arms, PP Greg Rediske taking pitchers, and Ole informing you via the bulletin.  Never let us forget that good man Duncan Cook sets up and takes down every week, and a fine job he does!

Dan Livingston – paying special tribute to another fallen police officer – WSP Trooper Tony Radulescu, offered the invocation prayerfully. Mike Block led us in the Pledge of Allegiance to our flag. Tom Crabill introduced our visiting Rotarians as Bob Eddington and John Davis from Clover Park, Justin Davis from University Place and Stan Kanarowski from Tacoma 8. Now what are the odds of having two visiting Rotarians with the same last name of Davis from two different clubs? You don’t think I misheard those names and have errantly reported them here? If so, I apologize but let’s just keep it between us and not tell my boss, Editor-in-Chief Greg Rediske – he is a tough boss and he’s looking for any excuse to can me!

Guests of Rotarians included the very attractive and sweeter than any woman can possibly be in addition to being a super Mom and great cook - Bonnie Magnuson. Hmmm, same last name; I wonder…?. Diane Bauml and Sandra Boe who were presenting our program. PADG and PP Dave Covey sat there taken aback while President Ben introduced the ever-lovely Florence Covey. I got to sit at the same table with these ladies! Sometimes life is just too sweet! Mary introduced Mary or did I get that wrong? Maybe Mary introduced Mary – yeah, that was it. Jan Luze made the sad announcement that former member Larry Pfingston passed away.
Feb 24, 2012 John Magnuson 0
Posted by Joe Quinn
President Mick Johnson called the unruly crowd to order about 12:32 pm, so at least one Lakewood Rotarian pointed out that he was "two minutes late."  Tough crowd to please.

Past President Joel Feldman presented more of an explanation than an invocation.  He spoke about the week of Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights.  He had a menorah with 8 candles and actually lit four of them.  Joel explained the origin of this relatively minor Jewish holiday, which stems from the time of Alexander the Great, the Syrian dynasty and the revolution of the Maccabees.  Interesting historical stuff.

First Lady Mary Johnson led us in the Pledge of Allegiance to our flag.
Dec. 3, 2010 Joe Quinn 0
Posted by Greg Rediske
Chuck Berry (now 84 years old) once sang, "Ring, ring goes the bell/The cook's in the lunchroom ready to sell".  This is pertinent because President Mick "The Carpet King" Johnson rang, rang the bell at 12:30 pm on Friday, October 22, to begin the regular meeting of the Rotary Club of Lakewood.  (Note also that there was more or less a cook from the Tacoma Country Club ready to sell, as well, making the allusion even more pertinent!  Oh, those Bulletin writers.  Are they witty or what?!?)
Oct 22 2010 Greg Rediske 0
Posted by Dave Covey
ATTEMPTED COUP by PDG QUICK - FAILS
       This headline is what's known in the business as a "hook" to tweek the reader's curiosity.  Only problem, it has nothing to do with what went on at the Lakewood Rotary meeting Friday ... but that's become more and more a standard of journalism. President Mick Johnson did NOT snap us to attention at the appointed time.  Minutes rolled by until FINALLY at 12:35 ………DING! He thanked his supporting cast for today's meeting:
  Invocation–Chris Kimball           Pledge–Ted Wier

  Paul Harris–Mike McGowan      Sgt-Bill Young

  Bulletin-Dave Covey                  Raffle-Jim Sharp

10/15/10 Dave Covey 0
Posted by Ron Adkins


The first bell rang at 12:30, and things seemed off and running except for an uncooperative PA system.  That was addressed by sharing the portable microphone. 

The invocation was offered by Kismet Kechejian of the Trinity Baptist Church (and our Club of course!).
The pledge was led by Jim Early.

Oct 8 2010 Ron Adkins 0
Posted by Judy Hosea
For the benefit of the many Rotarian's who utter the phrase, "what just happened", this is a recap to catch you up.  October 1 is a significant date for many reasons, the following, just to name a few:
 
1869 First postcard are issued – Vienna
1896 Yosemite becomes a National Park
1890 Congress creates the Weather Bureau
1893 Worst hurricane in US history, kills 1,800 (but we had the Weather Bureau!)
1903 First Baseball World Series: Pittsburgh Pirates –vs- Americans Pilgrims (Redsox)
1908 Henry Ford introduces Model T Car
1932 World Series moves to Chicago: In the 5th inning, Babe Ruth waits for 2 strikes, points and hits the next pitch into the center field bleachers
1942 Little Golden Books (for children) begins publishing
1949 Republic of China (Taiwan) forms on the island of Formosa
1952 1st ultra high frequency television station (UHF), Portland, Ore
1955 "Honeymooners" premieres
1962 "I Love Lucy" premiers
1967 Pink Floyd's 1st US tour (arrives NYC)
1971 Walt Disney World in Florida opens
1979 Pope John Paul II begins US visit
1992 Ross Perot enters Presidential Race and Cartoon Cable Network premieres
1997 Fen-Phen is withdrawn from market
….followed by a long slow news period and then:
 
2010 Lakewood Rotary President Mick Johnson rings the bell at 12:30pm to begin the 13th meeting of the Rotary year!

 

October 1, 2010 Judy Hosea 0
Posted by Dave Sclair
In only 2.5 months, President Mick Johnson has gone from novice to an experienced leader able to handle all problems, schedule changes, multiple announcements and who knows how much more. He hit the bell promptly at 12:30 pm to get the Sep. 24 meeting of the Rotary Club of Lakewood underway.

Clint Johnson got us going with an invocation, followed by Scott Buser leading us in a salute to our flag. Others assisting with the meeting today were Mike McGowan, Paul Harris desk; Mary Lou Sclair at the raffle desk; Bill Young served as sgt-at-arms and Jim Sharp was in charge of action for the fall raffle. (Sell, sell, sell!)  The bulletin and photos are by Dave Sclair

September 24, 2010 Dave Sclair 0
Posted by John Magnuson
Friday August 20, 2010 - precisely 19,880 days since the first Lakewood Rotary meeting held on March 16, 1956.
 
Armed with that information and $2, you can get a tall Americano at the Lakewood Towne Center Starbucks! And in 1940 British PM Churchill said of the Royal Air Force, "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few."
 
This shocking development just in:
 

And here in Lakewood, only 51 days into his regime, Mick Johnson has fled. Mary Covelli-Johnson filed a missing President report with the Lakewood Police last week. Lieutenant Dave Guttu, LPD, told unidentified and unreliable sources that he was surprised Mickey lasted as long as he did considering the behavior of some Rotarians.

Apparently President Mick learned just this past week that there are Rotarians who do not play golf and he was overcome with a bad case of the yips. Wife Mary told interviewers, "All of a sudden Mick got very pale, picked up his Scotty Cameron Newport 2 mid-slant putter and headed toward Chambers Bay Golf Course. I'm worried but confident he'll get over the yips in time for next week's U.S. Amateur."

In the meantime, Past President Greg Rediske - Alii Gregoipoi Ekahi - has wrested control of the club and will now conduct the meetings until further notice.
8/20/10 John Magnuson 0
Posted by Dave Sclair
     In spite of (or because of) it being Friday the Thirteenth, District Governor Bob Martin of Gig Harbor showed up for the regular meeting of Lakewood Rotary to make this his official visit.
 
      President Mick Johnson hit the bell pretty much on time and then called on Bob Gee to provide an invocation and Joe Quinn led us in the salute to the flag followed by the US National Anthem and then the Canadian National Anthem.
 
      Others assisting on the meeting were Jay Mayer selling weekly drawing tickets, Mike McGovern working the Paul Harris desk. Bill Young introduced visiting Rotarians. And, in case you missed, don't feel bad about not getting your fall raffle tickets from Ron Irwin or McGovern. They'll find you sooner or later. (Hint, if you start selling tickets before the winner is announced, the sales are much easier.)
Dave Sclair, bulletin and photographer.

There were two guests present, one brought by Stephanie Walsh for the third time and Chris Kimball had a visitor.
 
     Visitors included Percy Tilly, who was a club member years ago and was visiting here. Greg Rediske introduced our new exchange student,

  • Victor Bertelsen from Denmark. He is staying with the John Korsmo's family currently. (Going someplace or having friends over, contact Victor and include him.)
     
         President Mick read a note from Jim Skar (who he twice called Jim Sclair until Dave Sclair said he would be happy to welcome Skar into the Sclair clan if Jim was interested), whereupon Mick corrected himself for future references). Jim was having a going away party at Johnny's in Fife on Sunday afternoon and all were invited.
     
    COURAGE CLASSIC
         Bud Montgomery reported on the bike ride. It attracted 698 riders and netted $750,000 for the Mary Bridge Child Abuse endowment. For those who missed the background, Lakewood Rotary was the inspiration for this event which has grown into the Courage Classic and has raised over $6 million for the endowment. Another interesting note: only 750 pounds of waste was collected from all the rest stops as clubs push to go green and eliminate waste or recycle everything.
     
         Lots of club members helped make the rest stop enjoyable. Those individuals on set up included: Ron Adkins, Gayle Selden and Dave Guttu. Sunday afternoon and Monday morning workers were: Ron and Jeanette Adkins, Duncan Cook, Dave Guttu, Richard Simmons, Donya Martin, Ted and Carole Wier, Norm Tremaine and Bob and Janet Lordahl.
              
         And, we can't forget the riders: Riders: Dave Covey, Bud Montgomery, Cindy Thompson and Walt Richardson.
     

    FALL RAFFLE
         Irwin and McGovern handed out the packets of tickets for the fall raffle. The drawing will be held Nov. 5 and the winner can have either $3,500 cash, a 6-day taste of Ireland or a 6-night Prague & Budapest trip. Tickets are just $5 each and in your ticket kit is a mail out letter as well as other material. Buy or sell between now and Nov 5; sales are much easier than on Nov. 6!
     
    LIONS OCTOBERFEST
         Dave Reames announced that Lakewood First Lions, of which his wife Barb is a member, will be holding an Octoberfest, Oct. 2 at Clover Park Technical College's McGavick Center. Tickets are $15 each.
     
    NEXT WEEK:
         Our meeting will be downstairs in the TC&GC and Past President Greg Rediske will return to the podium because Pres. Mick will not be available. The reason: he will be playing in a golf tourney.

  • 8/13/2010 Dave Sclair 0
    Posted by Greg Rediske
    Once upon a time (or more accurately, at 12:28 pm on Friday, August 6, 2010), His Majesty the Carpet King, Mick Johnson, grandly proclaimed the commencement of the 5th meeting of his glorious reign.  All of his worshipful subjects in the kingdom of Lakewood Rotary dutifully rose at the mere striking of his bell, standing at attention, on carpet, to hear his instructions.  This time these proclamations were clearly said with the microphone on, even.
    Aug 6 2010 Greg Rediske 0
    Posted by Judy Hosea

    With a few technical difficulties, President Mick opened the meeting with an announcement that Lakewood Rotary had been serving the community for 54 years.

     

    Helping out today were Cal Kushen at the Paul Harris Desk, (He could have also been taking donations for the Lakewood Community Foundation….I would have donated….hint hint).  Bill Price manned the Raffle Desk and yours truly authored

    (actually "authoring" the Bull….I think I finally understand future past perfect).

    PP Scott Buser led us in the invocation and Ralph Johnson, the pledge to our flag.

    Jul 30 2010 Judy Hosea 0
    Posted by Dave Covey
    Clover Park Rotary Foiled in Attempted Takeover!
           If you walked into Tacoma Country & Golf Club Friday, you had to wonder.  At first, it looked like a Lakewood Rotary meeting: the same setup, same people behind the desks, the beautiful view of American Lake.  But somehow, things had changed more than the usual handing off of the gavel to a new President.  Numbers on the tables made you suspect that CP Rotary was up to something….. and sure enough, when it was time to ring the bell ……. it was one of CP  Rotary's Past Presidents, Alan Billingsley, belling – and rebelling – us to order!
    Jul 23 2010 Dave Covey 0
    Posted by Dave Guttu
    Riddle me this....what do you get when your schedule does not show you being assigned as the bulletin writer and you show up with no pen or paper? You get to know your table mates better by asking for a pen and anything on which to write. You also have the joy of playing catch-up to recording a meeting that began minutes before you knew you had to pay attention. Here we go.
    President Mick Johnson rang the bell around 12:30 (remember I wasn't paying attention) to begin the July 16th meeting of the Rotary Club of Lakewood; serving the greater Lakewood area.
    Jul 16 2010 Dave Guttu 0
    Posted by Dave Sclair
    What a night!
                The Rotary Club of Lakewood's installation gala at Tacoma Country & Golf Club June 26 was attended by a record-setting crowd that completely filled the dining room, including the extra space at the rear.
    Installation Banquet Dave Sclair 0
    Posted by Greg Horn
    At 12:30 p.m. President Mick Johnson strode confidently to the mike as if he were to tee off on an already familiar hole for his first ace of the season.  He found his first hazard, a malfunctioning microphone which only needed a little coaxing from caddy Richard Simmons.

    Invocation – Bob Gee
    Pledge of Allegiance – Bob Lordahl
    Sgt. at Arms – Jay Mayer
    Paul Harris Desk – Bill Young
    Bulletin – Greg Horn
    July 9, 2010 Greg Horn 0
    Posted by Ron Adkins
    "Are we gonna miss this guy, or what?"
     
    Soon-to-be Past President (say it ain't so!!!) Greg Horn rang the bell at 12:34PM.  Well, sorta rang the bell; actually, he used his starter horn, more or less the symbol of his loud and tumultuous term. 
     
    {As a reminder to those fellow Rotarians unaware of water events, this horn is a warning to competitors that an event will begin soon.  It is designed to carry over several miles of open water.  I don't know why they didn't just use the bagpipes.}
     
    Pres Greg opened by borrowing a quote from Richard Nixon on the occasion of his loss as a candidate to become the Governor of California:  "You won't have me to kick around anymore." 

    {Two things, Greg:  (1) Nixon did not make good on his threat to withdraw from public life; rather he went on to become President of the United States, and (2) none of us expect you will fade into the wallpaper.}
     
    Supporting Pres Greg's last official presiding over a regular Club meeting during his term were Past President Mary Lou Sclair as Sgt at Arms, Mike McGovern staffed the Paul Harris Desk, Bill Young introduced the visiting Rotarians and helped sweep in the Fines, and Ron Adkins drew the short straw for the Bulletin writers.

    SPECIAL NOTE ON INSTALLATION
    Watch your email for the special edition of your Lakewood Rotary Club bulletin with news and photos from the installation dinner!
    June 25, 2010 Ron Adkins 0
    Posted by Judy Hosea
    The countdown has begun…and it all has to do with the mantle.  Is the mantle passed, handed off, or inherited?  In history, most of these things take place with a throne in the middle of it all.  We don't have a throne.  Is leadership thrust upon our new President?  Was he born into it?  Was it his destiny, his fate or dumb luck?  And what about all this torch passing?
    President Greg, short-timer with 8 days to go, called the meeting to order.  Dan Livingston was called upon to deliver the invocation.  He spent a lot of time talking about endings and beginnings, especially where scholarly graduates were concerned.  Dave Reames let us in the pledge to the "greatest flag in the world".
    June 18, 2010 Judy Hosea 0
    Posted by John Magnuson
    On this day in history in 1509, King Henry VIII married his first wife, Katharine of Aragon. Not to be outdone, Past President Ron Irwin announced that he would wed, again, later this summer. King Henry was married 6 times during his lifetime. Past President Irwin has a long way to go to catch that record. Only longtime Lakewood Rotarian Art Hudtloff can come close there.

    And so, it began…

    Bragging about starting 2 minutes early, President Greg Horn set "… the best Rotary Club in the World …" into motion with the announcement that this meeting was his "third to last." There was thunderous applause.
    June 11, 2010 John Magnuson 0
    Posted by Dave Sclair
    Your Lakewood Rotary Bulletin comes to you from two venues this week, neither of them our normal meeting place at Tacoma Country & Golf Club. (And, we didn't check with officials at the club to see how many members made it to the club on Friday for the meeting that was actually at the LeMay  - America's Car Museum in Fife.)

    At any rate, President Greg Horn did his usual things for opening the meeting at the new temporary home for the car museum.
    June 4, 2010 Dave Sclair 0
    Posted by Greg Rediske

    Is that a good thing
    of a bad thing!


    With but five more meetings to go, counting this meeting of Friday, May 28, one ponders whether the end of the reign of King Gregoipoi Ekolu Dude is a good thing or a bad thing.
    May 28 2010 Greg Rediske 0
    Posted by Dave Guttu
    The bell was rung by short-timer President Greg Horn a few minutes before 12:30 to begin the March 21st, 2010 meeting of the Rotary Club of Lakewood.

    Bob Gee gave an inspired invocation. The pledge to our flag was led by Chris Kimball. Not announced, but serving none the less were Cindy Thompson at the Paul Harris desk and our Sergeant-at-arms Bill Young.
    May 21, 2010 Dave Guttu 0
    Posted by Dave Sclair
    If you didn't know this was the annual senior scholarship recognition luncheon for the Rotary Club of Lakewood, you would have thought you had wandered into the wrong room at the Tacoma Country & Golf Club Friday, May 14.

    With about 30 high school seniors and many of their parents on hand for the meeting, it really was a different appearing meeting when President Greg Horn hit the bell exactly at 12:30 pm.
    May 14, 2010 Dave Sclair 0
    Posted by Judy Hosea
    To the growing roar of table thunder created by the fists of impatient Rotarians, eager for the May 7 meeting of the Rotary Club of Lakewood to begin, President Greg shocked the room to silence by blasting his air horn.  (Each time he does that, it sends the little ladies playing bridge in the next room diving under their table).

    Rotarians in service:  Carl Fynboe – Invocation, with a thoughtful tribute to Mothers.  Mary Covelli-Johnson led the pledge to our flag.  Cindy Thompson peopled the Paul Harris Desk and Mary Lou Sclair pushed raffle tickets and signed in guests.
    May 6, 2010 Judy Hosea 0
    Posted by Ron Adkins
    The bell was sounded at 12:30 and we were off.  
    Before getting into today's meeting, the first meeting of Lakewood Rotary's 55th year, President Greg Horn chose to do an addendum to last week's joint meeting with the Clover Park Rotary Club.  Our speaker, of course, was General Jacoby.
    This may take a moment or two to load.  Be patient.   Ben Sclair did a video recording of the speech and posted it online.

    Clint Johnson offered the invocation, and Dave Betz led the Pledge.  Bill Price served as Sgt at Arms while Past Pres Gary Fulton staffed the Paul Harris Desk.  Bill Young introduced the visiting Rotarians, both from Clover Park:  Joyce Aubre and Ernie Heller.
    April 30, 2010 Ron Adkins 0
    Posted by Joe Quinn
    President Greg Horn called us to order early for an historic joint Lakewood-Clover Park Rotary meeting.

    The Invocation (a very brief one) was delivered by Dan Livingston.

    The Pledge of Allegiance to our flag was led by our speaker today (and the reason for the huge turnout), I Corps commanding general, Lt. General Charles Jacoby.

    And then President Greg called on Carl Fynboe and the Lakewood Rotary "quintet" to lead us in God Bless America.  This Irving Berlin tune, which some think should be our national anthem, was launched by Bulletin Writer Joe Quinn, who sang the introductory verse.   And from up front the combined clubs sounded pretty darn good actually! Thanks also to the harmony from Charles Heberle, Carl Fynboe, Bob Gee and Jim Early, the other members of this day's song leaders.

    Greg actually co-presided over this meeting with Dee Ebsen, the Clover Park Rotary President, who led  the recitation of the Four-Way Test.  (I bet they did not think the Lakewood Rotary members knew it, but we fooled them.)

    Sergeant at Arms was Bill Young, the Paul Harris desk was manned by Gary Fulton, and Visiting Rotarians were announced by Charles Heberle.  Visiting Rotarians included:  Nancy Pasternak of Bellevue, Gary North of Gig Harbor, ADG Pete Taylor of Tacoma 8, Keith Galbraith of Parkland-Spanaway, Bert Stibbe of Sumner, Walt Wojdakowski (spelled right, I checked!) of Columbus, Georgia, and ADG John Anderson of Sumner.  Hope I got all of you.
    4/23/2010 Joe Quinn 0
    Posted by Greg Rediske
    Service Above Self. The much-heralded Rotary motto. It does apparently have limitations, however. As I understand it, John "Ole" Magnuson is currently petitioning Rotary International to have our motto changed to "Service Above Self Unless A Trip To Maui Comes Up." While he waits for action on his request, we have a poor Norwegian (or half Norwegian anyway), slaving away on Ole's assigned Bulletin, while he basks in the Hawaiian sun. Some people can use the system better than others, that's the lesson I'm getting here. But I digress.
    Apr 16 2010 Greg Rediske 0
    Posted by Ron Adkins
    12:32. "DING." Everyone began to rise, but President Greg Horn quickly announced that this was merely the two-minute warning.
    Given this, we'll take this opportunity to remind you that the Tacoma Rainiers are back at Cheney Stadium, and that can mean only one thing: dig out the long underwear. You won't need suntan lotion at Cheney for two or three months.
    12:34. "DING." This time it is for real
    Apr 9 2010 Ron Adkins 0
    Posted by Greg Rediske
    'Tis the time of year when all is right with the world again: Monday is Opening Day! While all teams dream that this will be their year, only the Mariners will in fact reach the heights of great success. In honor of the glorious rebirth of baseball, I give you that most famous of poems, slightly changed with Casey being replaced at the bat (apologies to Ernest Thayer):
    Apr 2 2010 Greg Rediske 0
    Polio Plus Fund Challenge Dave Sclair 0
    Posted by Judy Hosea
        It's Spring in Lakewood and that means you choose your moment to dash into the Country Club for the meeting.  One minute it is brilliant and welcome , warming sunshine and the next the rain is pelting you with stinging nails to your flesh!  It can even do both to you between the car and the door!  Ah well.nature!  We have an abundance of that in the Pacific Northwest!

       Ron Adkins and Bill Price greeted meeting goers at the Paul Harris and Raffle Desks, respectively!  Following the on time start of the meeting by our fearless leader, President Hornblower,Carl Fynboe led us in the invocation which was so "Beautiful", someone should put it to music!  John Caulder led us in the pledge and visitors were announced by Jim Skar as follows:  (completely phonetically based on what I could hear) Nancy Paterneck - Bellevue, Bill Hurst - Clover Park, John Lowney - Renton and Burt Stibbe - Sumner.
    mar 26, 2010 Judy Hosea 0
    Posted by Dave Covey
    Pre - SPORTSMAN'S  DINNER – Meeting
        The bell rang and the peanut gallery immediately called "foul" on King Greg II for starting the meeting 2 minutes early.  He stood up there and took the heat, not because he had a lot packed into the meeting, but because his own notes said to start 10 minutes early!  He missed it because "Magnus the Moose Parts 2 & 3" were, again, victims of the antiquated projector squad.      
       Team Horn: Our Presedente thanked his meeting support staff:  Sgt at Arms - Bill Young; Paul Harris Desk - Mick Johnson; Bulletin - Dave Covey; Invocation - Scott Buser; Pledge - Bill Allen; and for the last meeting before the Sportsman's Dinner, positioned out front before the meeting, Lowell Johnson – Raffle Tickets; Morris Northcutt & Mary Lou Sclair – Dinner Reservations & Seating!
    Mar 19 2010 Dave Covey 0
    Posted by Dave Guttu
    Déjà vu. What a treat for you that you get to read my rehashed St. Patrick's Day celebration bulletin from 2009. To be a bulletin writer, the committee probably looks for people that have a hint of cleverness; they obviously never sorted out for laziness. If the rotation schedule for writers works out like this for the rest of the year, I figure I am essentially done. 
     
    Irish soda loaf, corn beef and cabbage, salad, and a few cookies were consumed while listening to Irish folk music.
     
    President Greg O'Horn took to the podium with an emerald green beer in hand. To describe the color of the beer, think lime Jell-O. The bell was rung and we began a meeting that only green beer could have organized. Many green beers. "Here's a green beer to you all" is all that was said.
    Mar 12 2010 Dave Guttu 0
    Posted by Ron Adkins
    The bell rang to get us started.

    President Greg Horn was hoping to get us underway a bit early in view of the packed agenda. In view of the fact that we only ran over by a minute or two, His Excellency, Our Esteemed Leader, must have done something right.

    Prez Greg had many, many assistants for the day. Robert Peterson offered the invocation and visiting Rotarian Keith Galbraith led the Pledge of Allegiance. Jay Mayer handled the Sgt at Arms duties and Jim Skar covered the introduction of the visiting Rotarians. Ron Adkins staffed the Paul Harris Desk, then did the Superman costume change to tackle this weekly bulletin. 
    March 5, 2010 Ron Adkins 0
    Posted by Joe Quinn
    President Greg Horn (or President Eager the First) started another unruly meeting 10 minutes early at 12:20 p.m.  We all applauded loudly when he said only one-third of his year is left.  But admit it - he is fun. 

    The Invocation was more of a movie and a song, coordinated by Carl Fynboe with much assistance from Dave Sclair.  It was all about ordinary folks singing of what it means to be a "Born Again American." 
    And then our "always do the unexpected" President Gregory I called forth the "five tenors"  (I thought there were only three) to sing God Bless America. Carl Fynboe, Jim Early, Bob Gee, Charles Heberle, and Joe Quinn tried (unsuccessfully) to transform Lakewood Rotary into a singing club.  (Maybe I just could not hear you Rotarians singing from up front because we were so darn loud!)
    Feb 26, 2010 Joe Quinn 0
    Posted by Dave Sclair
    Even though our meeting room was moved downstairs, President Greg Horn managed to find all of us and started the meeting just about on time by getting our loaner sound system to screech at us.

    Bill Allen offered an invocation for the meeting and Dave Sclair led us in the salute to our flag.
    Others providing meeting assistance were James Guerrero at the Paul Harris Desk, Jay Mayer selling raffle tickets and serving as sgt-at-arms. Sclair also was the fill-in bulletin editor, for someone.

    Visiting Rotarians were announced by Ward Fletcher and they included David Snow, Bob Eddington, Scott Dudley and woman whose name I was not able to obtain.
    Feb. 19, 2010 Dave Sclair 0
    Posted by Dave Sclair
    With a loaner sound system in place, President Greg Horn opened the Feb. 12 meeting ( 3 or 4 minutes late depending on whose watch you were checking).

    Carl Fynboeled us in an invocation and then asked Charles Heberle, Joe Quinn and Tony Robinsonto join him in leading the membership in a rousing rendition of "Let Me Call You Sweetheart" in recognition of Sunday's Valentine's Day. 

    Several of us took note that Carl suggested singing this song to "your wife and lover" on Valentine's Day would earn you lots of points … although a number of wags were heard to point out it wouldn't be a good idea to have both of them in the room at the same time. After the invocation and singing (to which I heard one person at my table comment that this was the reason we were not a singing club) Kris Peterson, shortly after to become a full-fledged member, led us in the Pledge to the Flag.
    Feb. 12, 2010 Dave Sclair 0
    Posted by Dave Sclair
    With a loaner sound system in place, President Greg Horn opened the Feb. 12 meeting ( 3 or 4 minutes late depending on whose watch you were checking).

    Carl Fynboeled us in an invocation and then asked Charles Heberle, Joe Quinn and Tony Robinsonto join him in leading the membership in a rousing rendition of "Let Me Call You Sweetheart" in recognition of Sunday's Valentine's Day. 

    Several of us took note that Carl suggested singing this song to "your wife and lover" on Valentine's Day would earn you lots of points … although a number of wags were heard to point out it wouldn't be a good idea to have both of them in the room at the same time. After the invocation and singing (to which I heard one person at my table comment that this was the reason we were not a singing club) Kris Peterson, shortly after to become a full-fledged member, led us in the Pledge to the Flag.
    Feb. 12, 2010 Dave Sclair 0
    Posted by John Magnuson
    President–elect Mick Johnson Presiding

    Some meaningful statistics: A mere 23 years ago today in 1987 The Dow Jones average closed above 2,200 for the first time. More importantly Lakewood Rotary had been around for a measly 31 years. So 23 years later here we are approaching our 54th year in the business of making the world a better place. Just imagine that – 2700 meetings give or take a dozen, and today The Dow Jones closed at 10,337 – a 3.7 multiple in 23 years. But, and it's a big but … uh, that didn't come out quite right.

    Oh dear, well it's like this: since 1973 Lakewood Rotarians have given $729,000 to the Paul Harris Foundation. From zero to $729,000 in 37 years! Let's see; that is … uh, F'[GDP]=F[GW]+F[GP]. Most of you recognize that formula as the one proving that GDP growth always equals the sum of productivity growth and workforce growth. But what the heck, it's a lot of money and a lot of dedication to a worthwhile cause.

    So, what does that have to do with the meeting on February 5, 2010? Absolutely nothing; other than the fact that this bulletin is brought to you today by the Butter Producers Association of Norway.

    The Meeting began with Mick's 2nd cousin, twice removed, Clint Johnson, leading us in the invocation. I believe it was PP Norm Tremaine who led us in the salute to our flag. If not, does it really matter?
    Feb. 5, 2010 John Magnuson 0
    Posted by Judy Hosea
    President Greg Horn is "pumped when the room is packed" and greeted the group with duck calls rather than risk driving some out with the Air-"HORN"!  

    Assisting with the meeting:
    The invocation was volunteered by Dave Coleman who we know walks around with a prayer-at-the-ready, in his pocket.  We soon discovered it was the work of a highly "disturbed" Sir Francis Drake who called on the Heavenly Father to routinely "disturb" us out of our complacency. 

    Debbie LeBeau led us in the Pledge of Allegiance, Bill Price served as Sergeant At Arms and Jim Schultz manned the Paul Harris desk.  Cindy Thompson and Mary Lou Sclair served our members helping with Sportsman's Dinner & Auction items and reservations. And the bulletin was written by Judy Hosea.
    Jan 29, 2010 Judy Hosea 0
    Posted by Dave Covey
    1st Ever Lakewood Rotary Hawaiian Shirt Day     
    Aloha! 
    President Greg Horn thought we needed something to liven up these cold winter days, so he declared Jan 22 Hawaiian Shirt Day. He gave us a warning last week, it was in the Bulletin and then he e-mailed everyone on Thursday.  Being sensitive to a few of his members who he guessed would not understand or forgot, he also had 10+ Tommy Bahamas to loan out.  

    When he called us to order, it was pointed out by the peanut gallery that Greg II was wearing a sport coat & tie … not a Hawaiian shirt!  His immediate response was, "I'm the President, I don't need no stinkin' Hawaiian shirt!"  At which time he ripped off his coat to reveal the fanciest Hawaiian shirt we'd ever seen (Oh, we of so little faith … although we were genuinely glad there was not a Speedo in sight).    

    A side benefit for the Club was revenue gained by assessing $2 from anyone who didn't have on a Hawaiian or colorful shirt.  There was one unintended consequence of Hawaiian Shirt Day … undermining the  Lakewood Police Department's chain of command when Dave Guttu became known as Magnum PI for the day! 

    Assisting at the Luau:  Sportsman's Dinnerites … PP Cindy Thompson & PP Mary Lou Sclair; Sgt at Arms - Bill Price; Paul Harris Desk – Bill Young; Bulletin – PP Dave Covey; Pledge – Bill Allen; Visiting Rotarians – Jim Skar; and Dan Livingston  had a moment of silent prayer for the people of Haiti. 

    President Greg then shared with us that by an action of the Board, another Shelter Box was purchased by Lakewood Rotary.
    Jan 22, 2010 Dave Covey 0
    Posted by Ron Adkins
    You know, we've just got to hand it our President, the misunderestimated Greg Horn. When we last saw him we were in a slightly irregular meeting place, the lower level of the Tacoma Country and Golf Club. He found the meeting and was given a rip-roaring roast. By his own estimation he likely had an extra Tom & Jerry. Then we take a two-week break since our Friday meetings fell on national holidays, shift to still another location (the Rotunda at the Clover Park Technical College), and darned if he didn't find us any way. Go figure!

    At 12:30 pm he shot out of the gate calling upon the visiting Kendall Haynes, pastor of St. Mary's Episcopal Church to offer the invocation, then turned to Dave Pritchard for the flag salute.
    Jan. 8, 2010 Ron Adkins 0
    Posted by Joe Quinn
    PRESIDING: The Puffins presided over this meeting for the annual Tom & Jerry Party and Presidential Roast of Greg Horn.  And it was a memorable meeting.  Once again Lakewood Rotary Puffins pushed the limits of propriety, dignity, and puffoonery to new lows ... and we enjoyed every minute of it.

    BARTENDERS:
      Rick and Gayle Selden, Bill Allen and Joe Quinn served up the T&J's again this year.

    INVOCATIONMark Blanchard delivered the invocation, invoking the Rotary Four-Way Test with some novel variations.

    PLEDGE:  Dan Livingston led us in the Pledge to our Flag.

    SERGEANT AT ARMS:  John Korsmo
    Dec. 18, 2009 Joe Quinn 0
    Posted by John Magnuson
    Two really important things have happened on this date:
    In 1620, 103 Mayflower pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock, and  in 1957 Jerry Lee Lewis married his cousin Myra. Other than that, December 11th has been a rather benign date. That is until this Rotary Club meeting! This Rotary Club meeting will go down in the annals of time. Why, you ask. Well, just because, that's why! Any other stupid questions?
    Dec. 11, 2009 John Magnuson 0
    Posted by Joe Quinn
    President Greg Horn opened the meeting by candidly admitting that at first he dreaded this meeting, and then eventually realized it was something important that we had to do.  He ended up feeling proud of our club and the community.  We refer to the tragic murders of four Lakewood Police Officers that gripped our community this past week and tore asunder the peace and tranquility of Lakewood, changing the lives of their loved ones and all Lakewood Police officers forever.

    Sgt. Mark Renninger and Officers Tina Griswold, Ronald Owens, and Greg Richards were shot and killed while meeting at Café Forza in Parkland, while they were preparing to start their shift.  Greg noted that Lakewood Rotary and the community at large have come together in a huge outpouring of support for the aallen officers, their families and the Lakewood Police Department.  Nine children lost a parent in this tragedy.

    INVOCATION:
      Carl Fynboe gave an appropriate and memorable invocation as emotion filled the room.
    Dec 4, 2009 Joe Quinn 0
    Posted by Greg Rediske
    The meeting of November 27 was something to behold, though no one beheld it.  The assumption was that all were comfortably digesting their Thanksgiving feasts on their recliners.  Or perhaps it was to allow President Greg to fly to Philadelphia for fun and excitement.  (Puffins: please take note.)  In any event, there was no meeting....but there is news, as the Rotary wheel just keeps on a-turning.
    Nov 27 2009 Greg Rediske 0
    Posted by Dave Sclair
    THE BIG RAFFLE DAY
    President Greg Horn opened the Nov. 20, 2009 meeting by announcing (into a working mike) that this was the June 20 meeting of the Rotary Club of Lakewood! Quickly corrected by the large crowd jammed into the dining area of Tacoma Country & Golf Club, the Prez acknowledged the correction and moved into the meeting routine, pointing out the team working to finish collecting raffle money and get all the tickets into the hopper for the drawing at the end of the meeting.

    MEETING SUPPORT STAFF
    Jim Rooks provided the day's invocation and Tony Robinson led us in the pledge to our flag.  The Paul Harris Desk was manned by President-elect Mick Johnson; Bill Price was offering raffle tickets as Sgt-at-arms.
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    Posted by Dave Covey
    Welcome District Governor Alex Alexander & Marnee
          Normally, when you have important guests coming over, you'd think that one would want to put their best foot forward.  But no, our President heads off into uncharted waters hosting the District Governor, Alex Alexander and his wife Marnee. 
       At the start of the meeting if you had your back turned, you wondered, "What the heck was that sound?"  Instead of ringing the bell like most of the 5020 Presidents, Greg II brings us to order with a duck-call-like quack, then asked if we liked it over the air horn (which he blasted briefly) then he rings the bell!  There's one thing for certain, after DG Alex helped induct Greg II at the June Installation Dinner - blindfolded party-barge cruise of Lake Steilacoom the District Governor was prepared for anything that might happen at Lakewood Rotary!
        President Greg II gleefully reminded us how lucky we were to be Lakewood Rotarians, especially today on this Friday the 13th meeting!  He thanked his "band of brothers" that slaved away behind the scenes to get this meeting off the ground: Sgt at Arms – Bill Young, Setup  - Duncan Cook, Paul Harris Desk – Gary Fulton, Greeter – Jim Skar, Invocation – Scott Buser, Bulletin – Dave Covey.  Then asked a favor from our DG to lead us in the PLEDGE.
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    Posted by Dave Guttu
    Welcome to Clover Park Rotary was announced by the blaring of the Horn. As heart rates slowly came back down to a normal pace, relative Lakewood Rotary President Greg Horn and Clover Park Rotary President Dee Ebsen opened the November 6th joint-club Veterans Day Celebration meeting at the Tacoma Country and Golf Club. This writer is not going to note in the bulletin which club anyone else is from because my publisher didn't say I had to and because it will honestly get annoying if I do.  

    Michael McGovern staffed the Paul Harris desk, Bill Price was Sergeant at Arms, and Ed Trobraugh was the Fine Master. Pastor Larry Schoenberg with Christ Lutheran Church gave the invocation. He also provided us with a historical perspective on Veterans Day. It comes from Armistice Day which was 11/11/1918: the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month; when the guns went silent. This was followed by Morris Northcutt and Jim Schultz beautifully trumpeting taps.

    Colonel Larry Saunders led us all in the Pledge of Allegiance to our flag. Richard Simmons introduced the visiting Rotarians: Alice Peoples and Jeannie Hall from Enumclaw and Jon Montgomery, a prospective new member to our club
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    Posted by Ron Adkins
    We opened in an irregular manner. President Greg Horn was off somewhere, and PP Rick Selden was standing in. Terry Fung, however, recruited Morris Northcutt to enliven things a bit, and PP Rick was sent to the back of the room. The magic hour of 12:30 was nigh, and in the nick of time interloper Fung gaveled the bell. As PP Rick worked his way forward, Fung and Northcutt tried to "bring him on" in gala fashion. Nice try, guys. PP Rick is a nice guy, but nobody tuned in to this "runway" entry.

    The crew of usual suspects did their customary work behind the scenes. Jason Whalen offered the invocation, and Donya Martin led us in the Pledge. Bill Young staffed the Sgt at Arms office and Gary Fulton covered the Paul Harris Desk. Ron Adkins composed this week's bulletin.
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    Posted by Greg Rediske

    It was not a bell.  It was not an airhorn.  It was not "hey, you guys, quiet down!"  It was none of these, but rather the sweet tones of Morris "The Bugler" Northcutt, issuing forth the crystal clear tones of "First Call", also known as "The Call to the Post".  And with that, our President led us off to the races, so to speak.  It was indeed a busy day, and Gregory Horn had his hands full fitting it all in.  And they're off!!!

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    Posted by Dave Sclair
    The Men in Pink took over the October 9 meeting of the Rotary Club of Lakewood and obviously the color got to President Greg Horn's head because he was nearly five minutes late hitting the bell to start the meeting.

    "This is the first meeting of the second quarter of my year as president," he reminded everyone as if none of us could recall such important data.

    This oration was followed by Clint Johnson presenting an eloquent invocation and Dr. Jim Rooks leading us in the salute to our flag. Others assisting with the meeting were: Bill Young, sergeant-at-arms, Mick Johnson, Paul Harris desk; and Dave Sclair, bulletin writer.
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    Posted by Greg Rediske
    Two score and 13 years ago, our Lakewood Rotary fathers brought forth on this city a new service club, conceived with fellowship and good humor, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal, and even Greg Horn can be president.  And a dandy one he is, too, especially when he doesn't blow the air horn to start the meeting.    Dan Livingston started things with another excellent invocation, while T