Stories

Title Author Date
Da,Deux,Dos,Dois,Deux, or for Ole and Swen, “To”
“Two” much fun,  or should it be “To” much fun, or “Too” much fun….however you see it, today’s meeting  by President Chris Kimball was his 2nd of many fun meetings to come.
Da,Deux,Dos,Dois,Deux, or for Ole and Swen, “To” Rod Ladd 2015-07-17 07:00:00Z
Da, Deux, Dos, Dois, Deux, or for Ole and Swen, “To”
“Two” much fun,  or should it be “To” much fun, or “Too” much fun….however you see it, today’s meeting  by President Chris Kimball was his 2nd of many fun meetings to come.
Da, Deux, Dos, Dois, Deux, or for Ole and Swen, “To” Rod Ladd 2015-07-17 07:00:00Z
Dave Who?

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
Last Words
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
FORE!!!

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
So Long to Our Friend, Selen
 
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
The End is in Sight Mr. President

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
The Search for Ron's Cookie
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
Remembering Those Who Served

 

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
The Elements of Style
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
Happy Birthday, Dear Harry
 
 
 
Happy Birthday, Dear Harry Greg Rediske 2015-05-08 00:00:00Z
MAYDAY (international distress call), 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
Accomplishment is a Journey...

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
The Monica Lewinsky Lament

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
Good Friday 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
Drama at TCGC

“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
Is it fun?
 
Is it fun? Christopher Kimball 2015-03-21 00:00:00Z
Cyber Stalking and More

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
Friday, the 13th of March

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
And So Says the Pres…

President divot Dave in all his glory promptly rang the opening bell at 12:30 calling meeting #30 to order.

Our oldest pro Richard “Sandbagger” Simmons did today’s setup. Ladies golf instructor Judy Hosea greeted those who walked by and collected auction items and procurement forms. Golf pro Rose Stevens collected $707 at the Paul Harris desk. Senior Caddy Bill Young did double duty by selling tickets and collecting money as Sgt. At Arms. PP birdie Ben Sclair took pictures. And finally myself rabbit Rod Ladd gave the invocation.

And So Says the Pres… Rodney Ladd 2015-02-27 00:00:00Z
Detours
Many members found a detour on their way to the meeting last Friday. Nyanza was blocked by a downed power pole and many members had to find their own way to get back on track to the meeting. Which way did you go? Did you remember after the meeting the road was closed?
 
President Dave called the meeting to order, making sure to thank Richard for getting us to start the meeting on time. Starting with a quote from President James Garfield, “I am trying to do two things: dare to be a radical and not a fool, which is a matter of no small difficulty.
Garfield was a President for only 20 days, assassinated.
Detours Gayle Selden 2015-02-20 00:00:00Z
The Great Debate

The illustrious members of the Lakewood Rotary Club gather together on lucky Friday the 13th to hear a powerful debate by the members of the Northwest University debate team….but first we had business to conduct.

President Dave, as is his want, started the meeting off with the Presidential quote of the week. This one uttered by Thomas Jefferson – “I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.” President Jefferson was our 3rd President and held the office from 1801-1809.

Duncan Cook set us up (thank you Duncan!), Judy Hosea gathered procurement forms and, using her charms, suggested that we get more in.

The Great Debate Donn Irwin 2015-02-13 00:00:00Z
The One Where Ole Steals a Pen
"Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish." This was the presidential quote for the day, introduced as an (original) New England Patriot quote by President Dave, uttered by John Quincy Adams, our 6th President (1825-1829).  Worked pretty well for the modern day New England Patriots, almost for the Seahawks. The good news is that Spring Training starts very soon indeed (February 20 for the M's).
The One Where Ole Steals a Pen Greg Rediske 2015-02-06 00:00:00Z
The Rotary Club of Lakewood: Meeting Number XXVII

 

January XXX,  MMXV

 

Welcome to Soup or Bowl!

 

It’s good to have a choice. For example: is the soup TCGC’s yummy Clam Chowder or their savory vegetable beef? If it is bowling; will I be on the same team as PP Ron Irwin or on the same team as my wife? It makes a difference. Will we get to wear nifty bowling team shirts?

 

(At this point, Editor-in-Chief Sclair interceded and set Bulletin Reporter Ole on a more correct course. That’s his job and it is why he gets paid the big bucks and has an office with an actual desk and view.)

 

President Dave began his meeting on Friday with a quote from Rutherford B. Hayes, (known to his closest friends as “Ruthie) the IXX President: “He serves his party best who serves his country best.”

The Rotary Club of Lakewood: Meeting Number XXVII John Magnuson 2015-01-30 00:00:00Z
de-flate

de-flate

/di flat/

verb

 
  1. Let air or gas out of (a tire, balloon, person, or similar object)

“he deflated one of the balls”

synonyms: let down, flatten, void, puncture, maybe cheated

 
  1. Cause (someone) to suddenly lose confidence or feel less important**

“the news left him feeling utterly deflated”

synonyms: subdue, humble, cow, chasten, dispirit, dismay, discourage, dishearten, squash,

crush, bring down, take the wind out of someone’s sales, knock the stuffing out of.

 

**exception:  New England Receivers…they actually experienced the opposite.

 

At 12:30 p.m. President Dave (send me in Coach) Coleman, resplendent in his #40 Seahawks jersey, called the meeting to order.  He used his veto power on the “Presidential Quote”, deferring instead to Seahawk “Words of Wisdom from the NFC Championship Game”

 

“Everything is not going to be perfect.  Life is not going to be perfect.  There’s always going to be downs.  But the real test is how you respond to that adversity, how you respond to the down moments because everything is easy when it’s all good.  When things aren’t good, it really tests your character.”

 

    -Jermaine Kearse, Seattle Seahawk and former Lakes High School football star, following his NFC Championship game winning touchdown pass reception.

 

President Dave also pointed out that the most important tool, and maybe the secret of the victory in the Colts-Patriots game, was a straight pin!  He held up a pin and obviously deflated mini football that Assistant Governor Greg Horn had provided.  (Deception goes all the way to the top!)


President Dave lauded over all the Lakewood Rotarians resplendent in their Seahawk apparel!  Even Duncan Cook found a bright green sweater!
 

The invocation was delivered by Bob Peterson and pledge to our flag by P.E.E. Rose Stevens. Several other Rotarians helped out as well: Bill Young welcomed guests and sold raffle tickets, Jim Wienand collected $555 at the Paul Harris Desk, Terry Roarke has opened a Rotary Store with shirts and hats the well-dressed Rotarians will want to have, and Judy Hosea shagged folks down at the Sportsman’s Dinner desk…..where responsible Rotarians turn in procurement forms and reserve tables for the April 11 event. Duncan Cook set up the room for today’s meeting and Bill Young also served as the official photographer and introduced visiting Rotarians.

 

Michelle Johnson, Chancellor of Pierce College and Tacoma 8 Rotarian (and former Lakewood Rotarian), was visiting as was Tyler Andrew, President & CEO of the Better Business Bureau of Washington-Oregon and Alaska, who is also a member of Tacoma 8.

 

Our President visited Tacoma 8 yesterday and was impressed at the number of Lakewood Rotary member prospects who remained there! He also was impressed to hear the program, new Tacoma Symphony Director, Sarah Ioannides, and hopes we can persuade her to come to Lakewood. (I bet Morris can help with that!)

 

 

PP Bob Zawilski introduced our wonderful exchange student, Selen! Selen is filling her date book with lots of things in February and she is in demand. Please check to see if you can include her in upcoming fun things, before her year is over and she goes back to Turkey.

 

de-flate Judy Hosea 2015-01-23 00:00:00Z
Betty butter bitter chant
President Dave Coleman kicked off the second meeting of 2015 with his usual stellar Presidential Quote:
"All this will not be finished in the first one hundred days.  Nor will it be finished in the first thousand days, nor in the life of this administration, nor even perhaps in our lifetime on this planet.  But let us begin.”   John F. Kennedy, 35th President of the United States (1961-1963).  The message is, “Stick with it, and never give up.”
Betty butter bitter chant Joe Quinn 2015-01-16 00:00:00Z
Presidential food for thought
 
 
Friday being the last meeting before Christmas and perhaps the biggest draw of all things festive and Rotary related, means only one thing…That thing being the annual Lakewood Rotary Tom & Jerry party. Now I’ve only been a member of this fine group for about 2 ½ years but this is my 3rd T & J get together. I’ve heard rumor told of wild, I mean seriously wild T & J events. Not that any of my fellow Rotarians would ever think of getting schnockered or perhaps a bit tipsy due to the heavy pours from bartenders, but all in all it’s a time where we gather for a sip of said drink, festive and merry at that…one that goes down ever so easily after the eye opening burst of yummy flavors flows past our lips. Truth be told our group is a class act that would never stoop to such accusations.
Presidential food for thought Rodney Ladd 2014-12-19 00:00:00Z
‘Christmas is… a state of mind'
As the bell was rung at 12:30, President Dave welcomed all comers to the last truly sane Rotary Meeting of 2014. Should anyone need reminding, next week (December 19) is the annual Tom & Jerry Presidential Roast.
 
As he’s done every meeting he’s led, President Dave looked to U.S. Presidents for quotes of inspiration. This week was from our 30th President, and timely in hight of the upcoming Christmas holiday, “Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas."
‘Christmas is… a state of mind' Ben Sclair 2014-12-13 00:00:00Z
Just the facts, ma'am
It was precisely at 12:33 on Friday, December 5, 2014,  at the Tacoma Country and Golf Club, that Lakewood Rotary's 59th president, aka Dave Coleman, called the meeting to order.
Just the facts, ma'am Greg Rediske 2014-12-05 00:00:00Z
"Go to Turkey because you will love it there!"
President Dave Coleman called to order what turned out to be a most memorable Rotary meeting, with the biggest turnout of the year so far, and with his usual great Presidential quote. This one was from our 36th President, Lyndon B. Johnson. Beleaguered by persistent critics in the media, Johnson said: "If one morning I walked on top of the water across the Potomac River, the headline that afternoon would read 'President Can't Swim'."
 
Dave recognized Jim Rooks, who gave a nice invocation, and Joe Quinn kick-started us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Bill Young introduced Visiting Rotarians, including Richard from Kenya who got the long distance visitor award, a Lakewood Rotary flag. Richard said he attended an international conference in Atlanta, Georgia and now is visiting friends in the Northwest. Bob Hammer of Tacoma Rotary No. 8 was looking for a better Rotary club (Bill said something like that so it must be true--he lives by the Rotary Four-Way Test). Also, we hosted Grant Blinn, James Harrison, and Andy Phillips (Donna Phillips' spouse) ...all of Clover Park if I heard correctly.
"Go to Turkey because you will love it there!" Joe Quinn 2014-11-21 00:00:00Z
Quotable
There have been many famous quotes throughout the years. Some are political, some are funny, others are sad, perhaps a few have even made you mad. Mike Wallace once said, “If there’s anything that’s important to a reporter, it is integrity, and credibility.” Aaron Schock said, “Everybody has a smartphone - everyone is a reporter.” The TV show Dragnet had one of my all time favorites…Joe Friday would say “Just the facts Ma’am.”  As a member of the bulletin staff it’s a challenge to get everything perfect and correct. Occasionally at a meeting or in our bulletin writing we might poke fun at a member…just remember it’s all in fun (and bulletin writers do enjoy some immunity).
Quotable Rodney Ladd 2014-11-14 00:00:00Z
Honoring our Veterans
A beautiful sunshiny day greeted Rotarians as they entered the Tacoma Country & Golf Club. On the screen was our yearly traditional video of pictures of Lakewood and Clover Park Rotarian veterans. Gary Fulton’s handsome headshot got the most “Ahhs” while John Magnuson’s menacing mustache garnered the most “ohhs.” The video also proved that Phil Eng is indeed a vampire as he looks exactly the same. In the crowd Ed Shannon, Gary Fulton and Jim Rooks all showed they still can fit into their uniforms—you still got it guys!
Honoring our Veterans Gayle Selden 2014-11-07 00:00:00Z
If it moves...
Two-thirds, or thereabouts, of the members of the Rotary Club of Lakewood met at the Tacoma Country & Golf Club on Friday, October 17. Where were the other third? 

Before I answer that, you should know that Duncan Cook set up the meeting, Bud Montgomery collected $461 for The Rotary Foundation, Ron Messenger served as Sgt-At-Arms, Ben Sclair and Walt Richardson took notes and photos, respectively, for this edition of the bulletin. 
If it moves... Ben Sclair 2014-10-17 00:00:00Z
"Politics Makes Me Sick"
It was President Dave Coleman who quoted President William Howard Taft:  "Politics makes me sick."
"Politics Makes Me Sick" Greg Rediske 2014-10-03 00:00:00Z
One jam-packed meeting

Friday’s meeting of the Rotary Club of Lakewood kicked off with a flourish of activity and didn’t stop until Past President Mary Lou Sclair successfully pulled a white chip from the weekly drawing bag… much to the joy of fellow Rotarians.

One jam-packed meeting Ben Sclair 2014-09-19 00:00:00Z
Lakewood Rotary: Home to America’s newest 2nd Generation Rotarian - Eric Quinn

Important preambles

There were 602.8 miles on the old Ford Pickup’s trip odometer as Bonnie and I rolled into the garage Sunday evening. That’s a lot of shifting, double-clutching and turning up the stereo over the roar of the dual pipes. The Lakewood Rotary Reeder Roadster Romp for 2014 was a roaring success

Lakewood Rotary: Home to America’s newest 2nd Generation Rotarian - Eric Quinn John Magnuson 2014-09-12 00:00:00Z
A vision, a vision, any vision. Anyone?

September 5, 2014 meeting of the Rotary Club of Lakewood was thwarted from starting right at 12:30 by a non-working microphone. President Pro Tem, Past President Ron Irwin, enlisted the skills of a very technologically minded Richard Simmons to fix the volume of the speaker. Ron quickly shrugged off the microphone mishap and continued on asking Bob Peterson for the invocation and someone else (sorry I am still learning) to lead us in the Pledge.

A vision, a vision, any vision. Anyone? Gayle Selden 2014-09-05 00:00:00Z
Let us tenderly and kindly…

President Dave led off the last meeting in August 2014 with another Presidential quote. This one by John Adams – President #2 - 1797-1801. President Adams said: “Let us tenderly and kindly cherish, therefore, the means of knowledge. Let us dare to read, think, speak and write.”

Such a quote brings to mind another quote made by yet another prominent national figure, albeit not of the same ilk. “Verbosity leads to unclear, inarticulate things” – Vice –President John Quayle.

Let us tenderly and kindly… Donn Irwin 2014-08-29 00:00:00Z
Honest, I’ll be on my best behavior

“Honest, I’ll be on my best behavior”… How many times did our parents hear that from us as we grew up. I’m sure more than once. We probably were all lil rascals at one time or another, pulling little shenanigans hoping never to be caught. Oh but the fear of being punished would keep us ever so keen. Trying to be sly and thinking we could pull one over on our folks… good luck. Boy did they know.

Honest, I’ll be on my best behavior Rodney Ladd 2014-08-22 00:00:00Z
"Gersh gurndy morn-dee burn-dee, burn-dee"

Our president of six weeks duration, Dave Coleman, started things off in his usual fashion with another gem of a quote from a U.S. President: Martin Van Buren, 8th President, 1837-1841, "It is easier to do a job right than to explain why you didn't."

"Gersh gurndy morn-dee burn-dee, burn-dee" Greg Rediske 2014-08-15 00:00:00Z
You can fool some of the people...

“You can fool some of the people all of the time and you can fool all of the people some of the time.  But you cannot fool all of the people all of the time.” Abraham Lincoln

With that, President Dave Coleman opened the meeting and welcomed Lakewood Rotarians and guests.

You can fool some of the people... Judy Hosea 2014-08-08 00:00:00Z
Back at the podium... President Coleman

President Dave Coleman called us to order, noting that it is Lakewood Rotary's 59th year of service to the community and the world.  He thanked Past President Mick Johnson for covering for him in his absence last week, but he just had to visit with Harry Truman in Independence, Missouri.  Remember..."The Buck Stops Here."

Back at the podium... President Coleman Joe Quinn 2014-08-01 00:00:00Z
No disrespect Mr. Coleman, but...

From the eyes and ears of an innocent bystander comes another edition of “Where’s Waldo”? No disrespect intended Mr. Coleman… but lucky for him, he had an excuse. Away on business or perhaps he was being a mystery shopper at Goodwill Ind.

No disrespect Mr. Coleman, but... Rodney Ladd 2014-07-25 00:00:00Z
A first for Lakewood Rotary

Welcome to the first Lakewood Key edition written by Gayle Selden. Although I was given a lot of advice, and a very large book of jokes about Sweden, I’ve kept it pretty straight. You are welcome.

A first for Lakewood Rotary Gayle Selden 2014-07-18 00:00:00Z
The Coleman Era begins...

QotD - From HST via DC: “The pessimist makes difficulties of opportunities, and the optimist makes opportunities of difficulties.”

The Coleman Era Began at 12:30 on the dot! It has been a remarkable week: the Independence Day Celebration on July 4th; the pilot program release of “Welcome to Sweden.” Take note: there are no television shows entitled: “Welcome to Norway!”

The Coleman Era begins... John Magnuson 2014-07-11 00:00:00Z
Installation Dinner Report

The Rotary Club of Lakewood

June 28, 2014

Installation /de-installation Dinner

Installation Dinner Report John Magnuson 2014-06-28 00:00:00Z
Done...

Friday, June 27 marked the final meeting of the Rotary Club of Lakewood ably led by soon-to-be past-president Mark Blanchard. President Mark rang the bell at 12:30… said Aloha for the final time and kicked off the meeting.

Done... Ben Sclair 2014-06-27 00:00:00Z
June 20, 2014

The Rotary Club of Lakewood  June 20, 2014 – Fae Day

Of course we have “Payday.” You know we have “May Day.” There’s “D-Day.” Someone can have a “hayday, or is that heyday?” So today was Fae Day. Welcome Fae!

June 20, 2014 John Magnuson 2014-06-20 00:00:00Z
June 13, 2014

President Mark Blanchard started us off with a fine “Aloha” to open one of his best meetings yet, and he does not have many left.

June 13, 2014 Joe Quinn 2014-06-13 00:00:00Z
June 6, 2014

This is Lakewood Rotary…just to be clear.  Our Assistant District Governor may be confused, but I know….THIS IS LAKEWOOD ROTARY.  Not Lions, not Kiwanis, and certainly not Indian Guides.  If it were Indian Guides….they would know it was not Lions or Kiwanis too!  Guides know that stuff.

 

June 6, 2014 Judy Hosea 2014-06-06 00:00:00Z
May 30 2014

"Aloha!", said Mark, eventually.  "Aloha" means both hello and goodbye, which is very appropriate, as Mark gets closer to the "goodbye" part.  He's 92% done, before returning to the ranks of regular Rotarians, which is slightly above the ranking of past presidents.

May 30 2014 Greg Rediske 2014-05-30 00:00:00Z
And then there were six...

Did you get the memo? Friday’s meeting was held at the McGavick Student Center on the campus of Clover Park Technical College. If you showed up at the Tacoma Country & Golf Club, after receiving no fewer than 4,287 reminders, well I’m sorry.

And then there were six... Ben Sclair 2014-05-23 00:00:00Z
May 16, 2014

In an attempt to keep reader(s) interested in the Lakewood Rotary Weekly Bull(etin), we here at the sumptuous Editorial Offices, aka The Rat Warren, have made a huge decision.

May 16, 2014 John Magnuson 2014-05-16 00:00:00Z
May 9, 2014

Rotary meeting #45/52 (just 7 left) wow

Friday May 9 , 2014

By Red leg  Rod Ladd

May 9, 2014 Rodney Ladd 2014-05-09 00:00:00Z
May 2, 2014

As I sit down to try to write this Rotary bulletin, I am wondering “How would Ole write the story of this meeting?”  Well, darned if Ole wasn’t the President pro Tem today, so that makes it easier to be entertaining.

May 2, 2014 Joe Quinn 2014-05-02 00:00:00Z
Apr 25, 2014

Spring cleaning….

Out with the old….in with the new…..

Two wonderful things happened this week along with the tried and true rituals of spring.

Apr 25, 2014 Judy Hosea 2014-04-25 00:00:00Z
Apr 18, 2014

Post Sportsman Dinner & Auction: tired but happy Lakewood Rotarians shuffled in to eventually be rung to order by the bell and the "aloha" of our 57th President, the esteemed Mark Blanchard. 

Apr 18, 2014 Greg Rediske 2014-04-18 00:00:00Z
Apr 11, 2014
What a beautiful day we had in store for us today. The sun was out , the skies were blue and auction fever was in the air. The spring flowers are opening, yellow daffodils glowing, purplish blue grape hyacinths are gracing our gardens and things are about to flourish. The bees had been busy, doing what bees do, buzzing about and getting  their bee stuff done.  
Apr 11, 2014 Rodney Ladd 2014-04-11 00:00:00Z
Apr 4, 2014

“Worrying about something is like paying interest on a debt you don't even know if you owe.” - Mark Twain

Attention All Lakewood Rotarians

Apr 4, 2014 John Magnuson 2014-04-04 00:00:00Z
To be or not to be, an Amphitheater is the question...
The curtain rose on the March 28, 2014 meeting of the Rotary Club of Lakewood at 12:30 pm. Ever the showman, President Mark announced... Aloha.
To be or not to be, an Amphitheater is the question... Ben Sclair 2014-03-28 00:00:00Z
Mar 21, 2014
Upsetting!  You win a bet, and you expect the bet to be paid, and when it's not....well......But that's not what happened at the meeting this Friday.  Although it COULD have been part of the meeting if only the debt-payer had shown up as expected. 
Mar 21, 2014 Greg Rediske 2014-03-21 00:00:00Z
Mar 14, 2014

It’s been 50 years since 73 million people tuned in to The Ed Sullivan Show to watch the Beatles perform live on American TV for the first time.  Okay, it was February, not March…but it is an event that wasn’t given its due by last month’s Rotary Bull authors.  So, today, it’s a twofer….as there are some events worth repeating and others worth forgetting.

Mar 14, 2014 Judy Hosea 2014-03-14 00:00:00Z
Mar 7, 2014

Brace yourselves for one of the longest LR bulletins ever written!

President Mark Blanchard called us to order with an "aloha" and informed us it was the 30th (or was it the 32nd?) meeting of his reign.  During the usual "aloha" response back, one wag was heard to ask "but who's counting?"  Rotary Presidents get no respect Mark, so do not take it personally!

Mar 7, 2014 Joe Quinn 2014-03-07 00:00:00Z
February 28, 2014 will forever be known as TCM
President Mark Blanchard rang the February 28 meeting (hereafter known as the Tom Crabill Meeting or TCM for short) to order on a sunny afternoon in Lakewood. Assisting President Mark were Steve Enquist (who collected $242 at the Paul Harris Desk); Bill Price (Sgt-At-Arms); Greg Rediske (photographer); Ben Sclair (bulletin writer); Rick Selden (SURPRISE - who led us in the pledge) and President Mark (invocation).
February 28, 2014 will forever be known as TCM Ben Sclair 2014-02-28 00:00:00Z
Feb 21, 2014

The Rotary Club of Lakewood

February 21, 2014

30th Aloha Meeting

Feb 21, 2014 John Magnuson 2014-02-21 00:00:00Z
Feb 14, 2014

The Play ---The Blanchard Valentine Chronicles

The Setting---Banquet room, Tacoma Country & Golf Club

The Weather---a little grey, a little windy, a light mist in the air

As seen and narrated by - -Rodney “ Red Leg “ Ladd

Feb 14, 2014 Rodney Ladd 2014-02-14 00:00:00Z
Feb 7, 2014

President Mark Blanchard called us to order with an "aloha" and got a loud response as the meeting room was packed.

Feb 7, 2014 Joe Quinn 2014-02-07 00:00:00Z
District Leadership Training Assembly (DLTA) portal now open

The 2014 DLTA Information Portal is now open and online. This year the theme is BYOB - Build Your Overall Bench-strength. The goal is to inform and train our leaders and future leaders to work within Rotary, and inspire them to build strong clubs and develop great projects. District 5020 is fortunate in having many talented trainers to assist clubs with member training and leadership development. DLTA is one of the most important events in our district, combining education, networking and idea sharing, all the while building friendships amongst members from the top of Vancouver Island all the way to the Columbia River. We welcome you to DLTA 2014 and hope it will offer you the chance to Build Your Overall Bench-strength. 

District Leadership Training Assembly (DLTA) portal now open Ben Sclair 2014-02-01 00:00:00Z
Jan 31, 2014

SEAHAWK FRIDAY!

ALOHA……GOOOOOOOO SEAHAWKS!

(bet the Seahawks wish they were going ALOHA!  ….maybe next week!)

Jan 31, 2014 Judy Hosea 2014-01-31 00:00:00Z
Jan 24, 2014
What a day!  Not only was it a spectacular day to be lorded over at Rotary by President Mark the Magnificent Blanchard, but on this very day, the first sale of canned beer took place in New Jersey in 1935: a scant 79 years ago! 
Jan 24, 2014 Greg Rediske 2014-01-24 00:00:00Z
Jan 17, 2014

The place…The Tacoma golf and Country club

The time….12:30 sharp

The reason……hmmm let me think…Now I remember where I’m going with this.  The sound a marine makes….Oorah

The sound of a student as he aces a test…Booyah

The sounds a bunch of Rotarians make….Alohaaaaa

Jan 17, 2014 Rodney Ladd 2014-01-17 00:00:00Z
January 10, 2014 - Happy New Year
After an extended break from the exhausting duties of running a weekly meeting of the Rotary Club of Lakewood, those in charge cast aside the rust with aplomb. Assisting President Mark at Friday's meeting (his 25th) were Duncan Cook (Set-Up); Mick Johnson (at the Paul Harris Foundation desk where he collected $619); Tommy Crabill (Sgt-At-Arms & Visiting Rotarians); Ben Sclair (Bulletin Writer); Rod Ladd (Photographer & Invocation); and Bill Price (Pledge of Allegiance).
January 10, 2014 - Happy New Year Ben Sclair 2014-01-10 00:00:00Z
Dec 20, 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
Dec 13, 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
Dec 6, 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
Nov 22, 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
Nov 15, 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
November 8, 2013 - Club Assembly anyone?
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
Nov 1, 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
Oct 25, 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
Oct 18, 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
Oct 11, 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
Oct 4, 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
Sep 27, 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
"Service Trumps All," Col. Andrew Hird, September 20, 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
Sep 13, 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
Sep 6, 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
Aug 30, 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
Aug 23, 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
Aug 16, 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
Tweet: Penalty on Lakewood Rotary for not being a singing club... that sang
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
Aug 2, 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
Jul 26, 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
Jul 19, 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
Jul 12, 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
Jun 29, 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
Jun 28, 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
Jun 21, 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
June 14, 2013 - Rotary Club Of Lakewood Weekly Bull….

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
June 7, 2013 - Welcome to NW Rotary Bank

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
May 31, 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
May 24, 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
May 17, 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
May 10, 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
May 3, 2013`

It is cheering to see that the rats are still around - the ship is not sinking.

So Cap'n Dave was thinking, but didn't say, as he rang the bell to begin his 9th to the last meeting as President of the Rotary Club of Lakewood. 

May 3, 2013` Greg Rediske 2013-05-03 00:00:00Z
Apr 26, 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
April 19, 2013 - Loans from Bill
Like clockwork, President Dave Reames rang the Rotary Club of Lakewood meeting bell to open the April 19, 2013 meeting. Helping out were: Ward Fletcher at the Paul Harris Desk; Bill Young as Sgt-At-Arms; Ben Sclair as bulletin author; Bob Zawilski as photographer; Rod Ladd offered up our meeting invocation; and Puffin Donn Irwin led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.
April 19, 2013 - Loans from Bill Ben Sclair 2013-04-19 00:00:00Z
Apr 12, 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
Apr 5, 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
Rotary Club 6 - March 29

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
Mar 22, 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
Mar 15, 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
Mar 8, 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
Mar 1 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
Feb 22, 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
Feb 15, 2013

Things to do today….

Shopping

Laundry

Oh yes….the Bulletin!

Feb 15, 2013 Judy Hosea 2013-02-15 00:00:00Z
Feb 8, 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
Feb 1, 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
January 25, 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
Jan 18, 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
Jan 11, 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
Jan 4, 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
Dec 21, 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
Dec 14, 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
Dec 7, 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
Nov 30, 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
Nov 16, 2012

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

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Nov 16, 2012 Judy Hosea 2012-11-16 00:00:00Z
Nov 9, 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
Nov 2, 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
Oct 26 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
Oct 19, 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
Oct 12, 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
Oct 5, 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
Major projects, Washington Non-Profits, and more...

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
September 21, 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
Sept 14, 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
"Welcome Home" to the September 7 meeting bulletin

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
Aug 31 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
Aug 24, 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
The bulletin for the August 17, 2012 meeting
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
Aug 10 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
Aug 3, 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
Jul 27, 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
Jul 20, 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
Jul 13 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
Jul 6 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
Jun 29 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
June 22, 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
Jun 15, 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
Jun 8, 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
Jun 1, 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
May 25, 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
May 18 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
May 11 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
May 4, 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
Apr 27, 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
Apr 20, 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
Apr 13, 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
Apr 6, 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
Mar 30, 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
March 23, 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
Mar 16, 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
Mar 9, 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
March 2 at Lakewood Rotary
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
Feb 17, 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
Feb 10, 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
Feb 3, 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
Jan 27, 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
Jan 13, 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
Jan 6, 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
Dec 16, 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
Dec 9, 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
Dec 2, 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
Nov 18, 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
Nov 11, 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
Nov 11, 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
October 28, 2011 Meeting ... scary on so many levels

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
Oct 21, 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
Oct 14, 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
Oct 7, 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
Sep 30, 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
Sep 23, 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
Sep 16, 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
Sep 7, 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
Sep 2, 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
Aug 26, 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
Aug 19, 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
Aug 12, 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
Aug 5, 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
Jul 29, 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
Jul 22, 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
Jul 15, 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
Jul 8, 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
Jul 1, 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
Jun 24, 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
Jun 17, 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
Jun 10, 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
Jun 3, 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
May 27, 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
May 20, 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
May 13, 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
May 6, 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
apr 29, 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
Apr 22, 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
Apr 15, 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
Apr 8, 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
Apr 1 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
Mar 25, 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
Mar 18 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
Mar 11 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
Mar 4 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
Feb 25 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
Feb 18 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
Feb. 11, 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
Feb. 4, 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
January 28, 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
January 21, 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
Jan 14, 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
JAn 7, 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
Dec. 17, 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
Dec. 10, 2011
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
Nov. 19, 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
Nov 5, 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
Oct 29, 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
Friday, Sep. 17, 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
September 10, 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
Sep 3 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
Aug 27, 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
Jan 15, 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
June 26, 2009
 
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
Feb 24, 2012
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
Dec. 3, 2010
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
Oct 22 2010
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
10/15/10
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
Oct 8 2010


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
October 1, 2010
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
September 24, 2010
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
8/20/10
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
8/13/2010
     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
    Aug 6 2010
    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
    Jul 30 2010

    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
    Jul 23 2010
    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
    Jul 16 2010
    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
    Installation Banquet
    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
    July 9, 2010
    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
    June 25, 2010
    "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
    June 18, 2010
    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
    June 11, 2010
    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
    June 4, 2010
    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
    May 28 2010

    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
    May 21, 2010
    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
    May 14, 2010
    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
    May 6, 2010
    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
    April 30, 2010
    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
    4/23/2010
    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
    Apr 16 2010
    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
    Apr 9 2010
    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
    Apr 2 2010
    '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
    Polio Plus Fund Challenge
    PolioPlus Fund US$200 Million Challenge
    Polio Plus US$200 Million Challenge Progress
    Polio Plus Fund Challenge Dave Sclair
    mar 26, 2010
        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
    Mar 19 2010
    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
    Mar 12 2010
    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
    March 5, 2010
    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
    Feb 26, 2010
    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
    Feb. 19, 2010
    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
    Feb. 12, 2010
    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
    Feb. 12, 2010
    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
    Feb. 5, 2010
    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
    Jan 29, 2010
    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
    Jan 22, 2010
    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
    Jan. 8, 2010
    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
    Dec. 18, 2009
    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
    Dec. 11, 2009
    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
    Dec 4, 2009
    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
    Nov 27 2009
    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
    Nov. 20, 2009
    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.
    Nov. 20, 2009 Dave Sclair
    Friday, the 13th
    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.
    Friday, the 13th Dave Covey
    Nov 6, 2009
    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
    Nov 6, 2009 Dave Guttu
    Oct 29, 2009
    Oct 29, 2009 Judy Hosea
    Oct. 23, 2009
    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.
    Oct. 23, 2009 Ron Adkins
    Oct 16 2009

    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!!!

    Oct 16 2009 Greg Rediske
    Oct. 9, 2009
    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.
    Oct. 9, 2009 Dave Sclair
    Oct 2 2009
    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 Terry Fung led us in the Pledge.  Other assistance to President Horn was provided by Gary Fulton at the Paul Harris funds acquisition counter, Bill Price served as Sgt at Arms and didn't even need a sidearm to do the job, while Jim Skar introduced the visiting Rotarians: Jeff Elberth from Tacoma 8, Charlie Neu from Port Townsend, and Ray Fraely from Clover Park.  There is the minor possibility that I spelled a name or two wrong, like 98%.
    Oct 2 2009 Greg Rediske
    Sept. 18, 2009
    Dear Fellow Lakewood Rotarians:
    If you were at the meeting on Friday, you will know because you can no longer hear after President Hornblower sounded the outside air horn in the dining room both to start and end the meeting. Additionally, he hit the bell with the gavel a couple of times. City Manager Andrew Neiditz noted that several local noise ordinances had been violated, but it appeared none of Lakewood's finest was in attendance to run the perpetrator in! 
    Whew, narrow escape, President Greg Nukinukihuihuihaha II!

    And so…another meeting of the historic and exclusive Lakewood Rotary began!
    Sept. 18, 2009 Judy Hosea
    September 18
    SO, THIS IS ROTARY?

             LIVE, from the Tacoma Country & Golf Club, it's Name That Tune!  No, Name The Singer  …… No, it's Friday noon, we are at the Tacoma Country & Golf Club - it must be another chapter in the eventual impeachment trial of President Greg Horn!  Was that a new suit he was wearing?  Not surprising when you found out he had invited his wife of 33 years, Mary, to be his guest.  
        12:30pm,  King Greg II grabbed the mic, brought us to order and commented on how much he enjoyed playing before "another packed house".
        Dave Coleman gave the invocation and mentioned special thanks for all those Rotarians that work with the youth of our community:  Dan Livingston of Youth for Christ proudly has announced the new opening of the $1.6 mil Tillicum Youth and Family Center, the ongoing work by David Pritchard with Young Life and Judy Hosea with the Boys & Girls Club.   Pres-Elect Mick Johnson led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.  Helping today to make the meeting happen:  Duncan Cook (setup), Bill Young (Sgt at Arms), Mike McGowan (Paul Harris desk) and Dave Covey (Bulletin).
    September 18 Dave Covey
    Sept. 11, 2009
    President Greg Horn rang the bell at about 12:30 to begin the September 11th, 2009 fifth meeting of the Rotary Club of Lakewood. I only say at about 12:30 because I am not sure my Tommy Bahama Rolax watch keeps the best time.

    Meeting assistants
    Joe Quinn
    gave an invocation that included a request for protection for the law enforcement, fire fighter, and military service members of our nation. The pledge to our flag was led by our speaker Howard Hunter. A call to the lobby brought our Sergeant-at-arms Mary Lou Sclair with the list of visiting Rotarians: Ed Trobraugh, Bob Edington, President Elect Georgene Mellom, and President Deanna Ebsen from Clover Park Rotary. Also visiting was John Anderson from Sumner Rotary, our current assistant district governor.
    Sept. 11, 2009 Dave Guttu
    Sept 4, 2009
    12:30 brought a pleasant "ding!"  Does anyone remember the Horn horn?  Do they miss it?

    12:31 and Dr. Jim Early offered today's invocation, followed by PP Joel Feldman's leading the Pledge of Allegiance.

    Zipping right along Bill Price was named as Sgt at Arms, PP Cindy Thompson as staffing the Paul Harris Desk, and Ron Adkins was identified as today's bulletin writer.
    Sept 4, 2009 Ron Adkins
    Aug. 28, 2009
    President Gregory I blew the horn to restore order at roughly 12:30 p.m.

    Providing Assistance

    He called upon Morris Northcutt for the Invocation and our speaker, Jim Mapes, to lead us in the Pledge of Allegiance to our Flag.

     The Prez recognized Ward Fletcher serving at the Paul Harris Desk and  Bill Young as the Sergeant at Arms.

    Joe Quinn is writing this bulletin so any mistakes are attributed solely to Joe.

    Aug. 28, 2009 Joe Quinn
    Aug 21, 2009
    President Greg opened the meeting at the urging of the "table of wisdom" noting the time with emphatic finger pointing at their watches. If only the mike was working!

    Able Assistants

    Once resolved, he announced that Ron Adkins worked the entry table in promotion of the upcoming HOMEBREW Festival, while 13-14 or 15-times Paul Harris Fellow, Ward Fletcher collected contributions for the RI Foundation.  (This substitute scribe would like to see the Lakewood Foundation also collect weekly contributions toward a local "Fellow of the Lakes" ….and would be the first to sign up!)  (Such are the powers of the press!)

    That left pushing the sale of the weekly raffle tickets to the capable Past President, Mary Lou Sclair. The invocation was led by Dan Livingston and the pledge by Larry Faulk.

    Aug 21, 2009 Judy Hosea
    Aug 14 2009
    Six meetings into the regime of President Greg Horn, things seem to be moving quite smoothly, at least in numerous arenas of the Rotary Club of Lakewood.
    As usual, the supreme leader called the meeting to order exactly at half past the noon hour. Fortunately for all in the room and the remainder of Tacoma Country & Golf Club, Pres. Greg simply struck the gong with  a moderate swing rather than his occasional race horns or other sound devices.

    Aug 14 2009 Dave Sclair
    Aug 7 2009
    Sound the Horn!  The Greg- Horn!  Meeting #5 and no impeachment proceedings begun as of this date.  Clearly, an unqualified success.  Actually, the Puffins are chomping at the bit to get to the Roast in December: All these stories circulating about Greg's colorful past have them salivating at the comedic possibilities......But that is for another day, and this day, King Alii Gregoipoi Ekolu, aka President Greg, opened the meeting relatively quietly, calling upon Father Clint Johnson for the Invocation, and speaker David Snow led us in the Pledge.
    Aug 7 2009 Greg Rediske
    Jul 31 2009

    You know, when it comes right down to it we must admit that President Greg Horn(e) is catching on to his role quickly.  He called us to order at 12:31 without the benefit of a starter's horn, just a simple tap on the bell.  With as close to zero "ado" as possible, he pressed "red badge" Kismet Kechejian into service to provide today's invocation,  followed by Lorna Gifford's leading us in the Pledge, and she is not yet even a "Puffin."  "Involve 'em early, by golly."

    Jul 31 2009 Ron Adkins
    Jul 24 2009

    "Welcome to the FASTEST Half Hour in Lakewood!"

     

                This was the opening quote by our President Greg II after having just 2 meetings under his belt!  Perhaps it was a direct result from last week's performance:  either a 40+minute meeting then short program or just a double scheduled program……… but we were movin' FAST & Low Level!  Fasten your safety belts, Sound the Horn, this year is going to be FUN(by the order of our Dist Gov Alex).

    Jul 24 2009 Dave Covey
    New Member Posting
    Unless written objection is received by the Secretary within 10 days, Lorna Gifford (Financial Services) will be considered elected into membership of Lakewood Rotary.
    New Member Posting Dave Sclair
    July 17 2009
    Wow! Maybe it was just me, because I had to write it all down, but we certainly had a full meeting agenda today. Guests, visitors; announcements; birthdays and anniversaries; confessions of gas; you name it and we had it.
    The July 17, 2009 meeting started three minutes late, but made up for that by going long. PresidentGreg Horn sounded the bell at 12:33. Ron Adkins read the invocation followed by Michael McGovern leading us in the pledge to our flag.

    July 17 2009 Dave Guttu
    July 10, 2009
    At 12:27 pm on Friday, July 10th, we received an alert that a new regime was afloat. President Greg Horn sounded a 3-minute warning horn, and the boaters on American Lake joined us in taking notice. The race, such as it was, would begin in moments. Those in the galley who were not adjusting hearing aids heard the explanation for the blast; others caught on as a DVD of power boats skimming over the water's surface came up on the screen. Order was more or less restored as all hands scrambled to get on deck for the launch signaled by the 12:30 bell.

    Carl Fynboe offered the invocation after a lengthy recitation of the innumerable graduates of Clover Park and Lakes High Schools, most of whom seemed unaware that this was an early kickoff to the possible class reunions of 45 and 47 years ago. Need it be said that Carl was a ranking officer in the CPSC at the time? PDG Gordon Quick, with a different fanfare to follow, led us in the pledge to the flag. And what followed? Those traditional symbols of office, choice zucchini and cherries, from the garden of said Mr. Gordon. (Oh, yes! There was that matter of the Past President's pin.)
    July 10, 2009 Ron Adkins
    June 19, 2009
    With only one more meeting left in his reign, President Joel Feldman called the meeting to order at 12:30 pm at Tacoma Country & Golf Club. He proudly pointed out that the club has been serving the community for 53 years and months (I missed the exact number).

    In this next to the finale, President Joel inducted one new member, about which more will be said later.

    Assisting with the meeting
    Bob Peterson presented the invocation and Mick Johnson led the salute to our flag. Mary Lou Sclair served as sergeant-at-arms, Cindy Thompson was at the Paul Harris Desk and Dave Sclair did the bulletin in place of John Magnuson, who is being held captive on a Pacific Island.
    June 19, 2009 Dave Sclair
    June 12, 2009
         As Rosana Roseannadana once said on Saturday Night Live, "It's always something, ya know!" A projector was needed for the meeting and getting there early to set up doesn't always provide the results wanted when there's no computer! Thank heaven for our program speaker, Melissa Covelli Derry, who had a laptop we could use. Notice the Covelli insert, we'll get back to that later, but from now on, can Lakewood Rotary plan enough to have an audio / video committee / film squad - or something? - Ya know?  
        President Joel Feldman had Richard Simmons up front to test the microphone. The test proved successful so we were called to order by Joel (not Richard). Lakewood Rotary has been serving our community for 53 years and 3 months.
       Behind the scenes to make the meeting run like clockwork were: Jim Shultz - Paul Harris Desk; Jay Mayer - Sgt at Arms; Dave Covey – Bulletin; Carl Fynboe – Invocation; and Walt Richardson - Flag Salute.
    June 12, 2009 Dave Covey
    June 5, 2009
    President Joel Feldman sharply rang the bell at 12:30 to begin the June 5th meeting of the Rotary Club of Lakewood; serving the greater Lakewood area for 53 years and, wait for it, hold, HOLD, two months.

    The pledge to our flag was led by our speaker Colonel Cynthia Murphy. The gently-reminded about invocation was by Jim Rooks.
    June 5, 2009 Dave Guttu
    APril 29, 2009
    THE GRAND OPENING
    With the countdown underway, President Joel Feldman called the meeting to order at 12:33 pm Friday, May 29 noting that Lakewood Rotary Club has been serving the community for 53 years and two months.

    INVOCATION
    Bob Peterson followed the opening remarks from Joel by providing the invocation for the day.

    FLAG SALUTE
    Ron Adkins ably led us in the salute to our country's flag.
    APril 29, 2009 Dave Sclair
    May 22 2009

    Six meetings to go for the glorious reign of King Joel, and at 12:33 pm on May 22, a hush went over the crowd.  Could this be the meeting when the sound system would begin at the same time as Joel?!?  Moments later, the high hopes of the assembled Rotarians and friends were dashed like a Brandon Morrow fastball flying over the fence in the 12th inning.  But there are still five more meetings left..Not that there wasn't plenty of help from the peanut gallery to help with the sound situation, or lack thereof: "Plug it in!"  "Turn it on!"  Who'd have thought that we had so many sound engineering experts in our midst.

    May 22 2009 Greg Rediske
    MAy 15, 2009
    President Joel Feldman rang the bell and opened the meeting of our club which has been serving Lakewood for 53 years and one month. The bell rang at 12:33, but I can honestly state that the PA system was at fault.  

    START UP STUFF
    The invocation was by Bob Peterson. Bud Montgomery led us the pledge to our flag. Bill Young introduced the visiting Rotarian; John Anderson from Sumner. Mick Johnson staffed the Paul Harris desk today. Bill Young was Sergeant-at-Arms. There was no Jan Luze and no sunshine report. Guest of Rotarians: Gayle Selden introduced her traveling partner mom Sharon and her cousin Jamie Garrett. Bud Montgomery introduced his daughter, and our speaker, Melissa, as his guest.
    MAy 15, 2009 Dave Guttu
    May 8 2009

    "Hutta, hutta, hutta!" pronounced President Joel Feldman; or at least, that's what I thought I heard as the microphone wasn't working right away, which I think translated from Swedish into "MickJohnson will start things with the Invocation".  Of course, everything in Swedish goes "hutta, hutta, hutta," according to our resident Swedish language expert, Ole Magnuson.  I think that explains the demise of the Swedish empire, this general lack of vocabulary.  Not to mention the cancellation of The Muppet Show.

    May 8 2009 Greg Rediske
    May 1 2009
    PRESIDING:  Joel Feldman reminded us that Lakewood Rotary has been doing good works for exactly 53 years and one month.

    INVOCATION:  Dave Coleman

    PLEDGE:  Bob Zawilski led us in the Pledge to our Flag.

    VISITING ROTARIANS:  Introduced by Jim Skar - We had one from as far away as Nigeria.

    GUESTS:  Guests included Sharon Rediske,  the daughter of the King of Paul Harris, Russ Klauser  (Oh, yeah, almost forgot . she is also the wife of Past President Greg Rediske).  Clint Johnson's guest was Sam Fogerty, a Lakewood attorney.  Don Anderson of our Lakewood City Council had as his guest, his son-in-law, Ryan Elter, who plans to find work in this area as a firefighter/EMT.   He already works for Rural Metro.  Dan Livingston introduced Chad Allen of the Youth For Christ Board.
    May 1 2009 Joe Quinn
    Apr 24 2009

    President Joel Feldman called us to order and informed us that the Rotary Club of Lakewood has been serving the Lakewood community for 52 years and 12 months, which we brilliantly deduced is about the same as 53 years!

    He called upon Bob Peterson for the Invocation and Bob Zawilski (pronounced ZA-WILL-SKI just like it's spelled)  to lead us in the Pledge of Allegiance to our Flag.

    Bobbing right along, Joel recognized Bob Gary Fulton serving at the Paul Harris Desk and Bob Bill Young as the Sergeant at Arms.

    Enough of that.  Jim Bisceglia announced the Visiting Rotarians.

    Apr 24 2009 Joe Quinn
    Apr 17 2009
    President Joel Feldman must be loosening up a little bit with the role of Supreme Ruler of Lakewood Rotary.  No, in the scale of dictators, he has not raised eyebrows by launched a missile or threatening to raise taxes.  But he glossed over his usually exact figures with an estimate of Lakewood Rotary serving the community ....with a statement, Oh, it's been around "53 years and 11+ months" give or take!  
    Apr 17 2009 Dave Covey
    Apr 10 2009
    Fifty-two years and 11 months, Lakewood Rotarians enter the "post-Sportsman's Dinner era .. as the dust settles.  A time of new strategerie and heavy back slappering.

    Assisting with the meeting were Gary Fulton at the Paul Harris desk, Mary Lou Sclair womaning both the raffle tickets and Sgt. Of Arms positions. ("bring home the bacon, fry it up in the pan..I am W-O-M-A-N).  Mark Blanchard offered up the invocation and just as soon as he located it, President Joel led us in the salute to our flag.
    Apr 10 2009 Judy Hosea
    Apr 03 2009
    President Joel Feldman hit the bell with a knife (claiming the gavel has been lost, strayed or stolen) five minutes late (he must have been looking for the gavel). He proceeded to remind us again that Lakewood Rotary has been serving the community for a long time ... this week he claimed it was 53 years and 11 months.

    In this last meeting before our Sportsman's Dinner and Auction, there was no program so everyone could get a few minutes to change clothes before heading to Clover Park Tech College to complete the set up.
    Apr 03 2009 Dave Sclair
    Mar 27 2009
    SPORTSMAN'S DINNER "PREVIEW" MEETING

        President Joel Feldman
    (who?) - I say again, direct from the sometimes rainy shores of Hawaii, our President Joel Feldman, called us to order.  His non-tanned face told us his resort vacation package must have included a discount to remain in the shade.  King Joel reminded us that Lakewood Rotary has been serving the community for 52 years & 11 months.  Which means arithmetically this could be our 2,752nd meeting....but between holiday cancellations, snow storms, scheduling conflicts and an occasional case of apathy....it's not!  
        Sensing priorities this week, your editor has dispensed with the normal order of the bulletin and decided to get on with the REALLY  IMPORTANT  STUFF!  
        No fair skimming this Bulletin, it is packed with important details of the Sportsman's Dinner.  And if that's not a good enough reason, maybe there's a joke in here!
    Mar 27 2009 Dave Covey
    Mar 20 2009
    Past President John Magnuson looked around the podium; Thor's Hammer, a Viking battle-axe, even a shillelagh left over from the St. Patrick's Day meeting; he desperately sought out anything with which to ring the bell and open the meeting at 12:30. A kind guest from the audience presented him with a table knife, sans beef and gravy I presume, and we began.

    PP John made a note that Torvald and Sven were seen in the area and related what he overheard from their conversation as they fished on the lake below. Torvald told Sven that he was thinking about leaving his wife because she hadn't said a single word to him in three months. Sven cautioned Torvald that he should think very carefully on that decision: a good woman like that is very hard to find.
    Mar 20 2009 Dave Guttu
    Mar 13 2009
    FRIDAY THE 13TH   OF MARCH 2009
    "BEWARE THE IDES OF MARCH" THE SOOTHSAYER WARNED JULIUS CAESAR

    THE ST. PATRICK'S DAY MEETING COMMENCED

    On this day in 1781, German born British astronomer, Sir William Herschel discovered Uranus. But on this day - March 17th - in 2009, PP Joe O'Quinn opened the meeting precisely at 12:30. President Pretender Joe warned all gathered, "Beware those not clad in GREEN for ye shall suffer the consequences of President O'Feldman's need to balance the O'Budget!" Norwegians were seen shaking in their muddy little boots.

    Stadium High School student Lauren O'Eklund played Irish songs on the lovely harp during fellowship. Personally I thought I was at the Pearly Gates and I was a'hearin' some angel a'playin' my song!
    Mar 13 2009 John Magnuson
    Mar 6 209
    President Joel Feldman called us to order and informed us that the Rotary Club of Lakewood has been serving the Lakewood community for a long time, in fact ever since it was chartered.

    He called upon Dan Livingston for the Invocation and our guest speaker Grant Clark to lead us in the Pledge of Allegiance to our Flag.
    Mar 6 209 Joe Quinn
    02/27/09
    "All Good Things Come to Those Who Wait"

    ...so said Henry Wadsworth Longfellow in his poem A Student's Tale. And wait we did, at Rotary on Friday last. It may have seemed an eternity but it was really only 12:31 when we were called to attention. Was it a "...good thing..." all that ensued? You be the judge. President Joel declared Lakewood Rotary as 52 years and 10 or 11 months young and still going strong.

    The invocation was offered by PP Scott Buser and Pledge to the Flag of The United States by PP Joe Quinn.

    Ward Fletcher manned the Paul Harris desk and Morris Northcutt and PP Mary Lou Sclair manned and womaned the Sportsman's Dinner and Auction desk. PP John Magnuson is your poet for the week. (Just you wait and see!) Two visiting Rotarians graced us with their attendance: Bob Eddington from Clover Park and Kenneth Baker of Narrows Rotary. There were guests... uh, were there guests?
    02/27/09 John Magnuson
    Feb 20 2009
    Lakewood Rotarians were recently introduced to the Swedish language by Ole Magnuson.  Nothing good has come from that, and nothing good could ever come from that.  Last week, Lakewood Rotarians were given a lesson in "blackberry" by Judy Hosea.  This might possibly be more useful than Swedish, which is used mostly by goat herders and herring lovers, but I don't recall seeing too many Rotarians fatigued by extensive texting, so I'm thinking it too will prove to be generally ignored.  
    Feb 20 2009 Greg Rediske
    Feb 13 2009
    The President gets to keep his Blackberry! This was the equivalent of "the shot heard round the world" to Generation X-Y and Z'ers. Many tech-savvy citizens in the country "high-fived" or shouted YES out their windows, while some of the more technology-challenged members of Lakewood Rotary wondered why all the fuss about fruit?

    President Bob Zawiliski, king of the PowerPoint, introduced technology as a regular part of his weekly meeting agenda.  For a year, we were entertained with a plethora of Rotary factoids broadcast on the big screen. It was not without its challenges as Bob, a "wanna-be geek" struggled with his operating system. But, every journey begins with a first step.

    President Joel is a self-admitting "John McCainish" technology challenged Rotarian. But, in the spirit of "you are never too old to learn a thing or two", we take another step today, in celebration of President's Day, to introduce all Lakewood Rotarians to the world of text messaging. After all, if the President has a Blackberry, we all had better be prepared to answer if he texts!

    Instructions: Normal recap will appear in local dialect, followed by a text version summary or comment. For example:

    I don't understand what you mean. (Standard Lakewood Rotary lingo)
    ?  (Text version explained)
    Okay .. here we go ..

    Lakewood Rotary Meeting, Feburary 13 (and Friday the 13th)
    Meeting for the 52nd consecutive year.
    2G2BT  (Too good to be true)
    Feb 13 2009 Judy Hosea
    Feb 6, 2009
    The meeting room was packed to its capacity of 130 Friday when President Joel Feldman hit the bell at 12:30 pm and called the combined meeting of the Lakewood and Clover Park Rotary Clubs to order.

    Carl Fynboe gave us an eloquent invocation, noting the appearance of Gen. Charles Jacoby at our meeting and urging us to keep members of the military in our thoughts and prayers.

    The flag salute was led by Gen. Jacoby.
    Feb 6, 2009 Dave Sclair
    New Member Proposal
    Unless written objection is received by the Secretary within 10 days, the following, John Walstrum, Ph.D. president of Clover Park Technical College will be considered elected into membership of Lakewood Rotary.
    New Member Proposal Ben Sclair
    Jan 30 2009
    12:30PM ... (check)  Tacoma Country and Golf Club. (check)  "Ding." (check)  [Indistinct shouts and murmurs.]

    Pause with me, Ron Adkins, the substitute recordist for this week's fun and frolic, to consider a matter of very little substance and, probably, no real importance. Did you notice that PE Greg Horn, substitute presiding officer, introduced what might be seen as a disturbing innovation? As those who regularly join in this congregation are aware, we are working our way up to a virtual tradition of trying to embarrass our presiding officer by engineering uncertainty in the use of the sound system. PE Greg seems to be on to this, so after the obligatory calls back and forth along the lines of: "Turn it on."  "No." "Yes." "Hold the mike closer," PE Greg switched to an alternate audio system. Okay, so PE Greg has affiliated with Toastmasters to sharpen his public skills, but are we going to allow him to bring his personal audio system from home? If this continues, will we know what to say and do once the bell rings? Just how will we continue our efforts to keep our presiding officers humble? Perhaps we should pass this issue along to the committee of Past Presidents for their consideration and recommendations.

    Well, order was restored, and we moved ahead anyway. Acknowledgements were made to the following for their service today: Bill Young, as Sgt at Arms, and Jim Schultz for staffing the Paul Harris Desk. Clint Johnson offered the invocation, and Ron Adkins led the Pledge. Tracye Kakely (and welcome back, Trayce) oversaw the introduction of visiting Rotarians and the many guests. With apologies to our visitors, the Rotarians included Tom McCleland, Charlie Maxwell, and Nick Sumich of the Clover Park Club, Bert Stibbe (and his wife) from Sumner, and Larry Treleven and Don Anderson of Tacoma&
    Jan 30 2009 Ron Adkins
    Jan 23 2009
    There were choices as you made your way down Country Club Drive: attend Rotary or attend an Estate Sale. I think I might have spotted a couple in the crowd that seemed confused by the commute and wanted to make an offer on a well-seasoned gavel or sporadically functional PA system.  

    The bell was rung at 12:30 by President Joel Feldman to open the meeting. President Joel spoke to Richard Simmons immediately about yelling at him to get things started on time. Richard said he didn't yell, but simply pointed at his watch right at 12:30. Maybe Richard likes things to be prompt or maybe he just wanted to point out a new watch.  

    We got a "1, 2" microphone check from the President and that most likely cemented any conflicted Estate Sale attendee into not making any offers on that item. A Presidential announcement that this Rotary meeting marks the 32nd year and 9th month of service, met by numerous gallery corrections to it being the 52nd year and 9th month, probably iced anyone else thinking Estate Sale offering any money for the gavel now too.
    Jan 23 2009 Dave Guttu
    New Member Proposal
    Unless written objection is received by the Secretary within 10 days, the following will be considered elected into membership of Lakewood Rotary.

    E. DeWayne Shepard
    Real Estate Professional
    Better Properties Real Estate
    Lakewood Colonial Center
    6223 Mt. Tacoma Drive SW
    Lakewood, WA 98499
    New Member Proposal Ben Sclair
    Jan 16 2009
    At 12:30 pm, Acting President Mike Turner, in great future President fashion, hammered the bell to launch us into a meeting which, in part, commemorated our service to the community over the last (what was it?) 52 years, 8 months, 2 weeks and 22 minutes. If this calculation is faulty, consider two factors:  one of my hearing aids is in the shop, and I'm unsure how we've accounted for Leap Years. Be that as it may, the long-awaited "Tom and Jerry" festivity was already underway, and we had a packed house to the delayed roasting of our most esteemed and honorable President Joel Feldman.

    PP Greg Rediske
    read an invocation written by Carl Fynboe. This particular "blessing" may not have passed muster in any known seminary, but we hope the good Lord got as much a chuckle as did the audience. And where was Carl anyway? Was he back in the other Washington to join the inauguration ceremonies with John Korsmo, head of the Puffin unit and mentioned often in his absence?

    Newest Puffin Wynn Hoffman led us in the Pledge, one of the few activities of the day that wasn't intentionally or unintentionally screwed up.

    A bunch of people were in service to the Club today. In some of the more typical posts are/were:

        Paul Harris Desk        Bill Young
        Sgt at Arms        Bill Price, Greg Horn, Terry Fung
        Sunshine        Jan Luze (who had no report)
        Bulletin            Ron Adkins
    Jan 16 2009 Ron Adkins
    Jan 09 2009
    President Joel Feldman kicked off the first meeting of the new year in his usual fashion at the Clover Park Technical College Rotunda:  he reminded us of our long tradition of serving Lakewood and the world, as Rotarians.

    Carl Fynboe provided the Invocation, by quoting from Mo Sarram's new book, Transplanted, which is the story of a man who has lived an unusual life as a Muslim and an Iranian, but also has lived the American Dream.

    Don Anderson, Lakewood City Councilman and Tacoma 8 member, led us in the Pledge of Allegiance to our flag.

    Bill Young served as the Sergeant at Arms, Joe Quinn was Bulletin writer and Jim Schultz handled the Paul Harris Desk.
    Jan 09 2009 Joe Quinn
    Election results & more
    Election Results:

    In one of the closest elections for Directors in recent memory, the three receiving the most votes, in alphabetical order, are:
    Election results & more Greg Rediske
    A Bulletin about the meeting was wasn't

    Scandal Erupts at Lakewood Rotary!

    Dateline: Lakewood, Washington.  According to unnamed sources within the underground group known as "The Puffins", a lawsuit is in the offing against one Joel Feldman, President of that group of esteemed community leaders, Lakewood Rotary.  It seems that Mr. Feldman will be named in a lawsuit alleging unauthorized cancellation of the Rotary meeting of December 19.  The lawsuit contends that Mr. Feldman was well aware of an event to be taking place that day, a "roast" of said Feldman, and that Mr. Feldman took undue advantage of his office to cancel this meeting, unilaterally.  In fact, the law, in the form of Rotary International's Constitution, says that "the club shall not fail to meet for more than two consecutive meetings." Moreover, the constitution states that "the board of directors of this club may change a regular meeting ..", though there is no mention of the club president taking such action.  Apparently this lawsuit is on a fast track, and will be added to other pending charges during the meeting of January 16 at the Tacoma Country and Golf Club.  When reached for comment, Mr. Feldman simply whined, "But the snow!  There was lots of snow!!" It remains to be seen if such a defense will hold any weight.  Don't miss this meeting, whatever you do.  The Tom & Jerry's will certainly add to the event, aka "Roast of the President".
    A Bulletin about the meeting was wasn't Greg Rediske
    Dec 12, 2008
    A nearly packed house was on hand at Tacoma Country & Golf Club for the weekly meeting of Lakewood Rotary Club. Sure enough, at 12:30 pm President Joel Feldman stepped to the rostrum and struck the bell calling the meeting to some semblance of order.

    The invocation was ably handled by Bob Gee followed by Joe Quinn leading us in the pledge to the flag.
    Dec 12, 2008 Dave Sclair
    Dec. 05, 08
    Presiding: President  Joel Feldman
    Paul Harris Desk: Bud Montgomery
    Sgt at Arms: Unknown (although Richard Simmons seemed to assume the position)
    Bulletin: Dave Covey
    Visiting Rotarians introduced by Jim Skar: Andy Faubian, Clover Park and Linn Larson, Tacoma # 8
    Invocation: Mark Blanchard
    Pledge: Dave Covey
    Dec. 05, 08 Dave Covey
    Nov 21 2008
    PREFACE Dinosaur.
    A word with which we are all familiar. Ah! But do we know its translation. "Dino-saur" means "terrible lizard." The problem is that few dinosaurs were terrible and they weren't lizards. In view of this, I hereby pledge, for the purposes of this Bulletin, that I will not cobble together words from languages we don't speak to try to describe something no one ever really saw.

    OPENING CEREMONIES
    President Joel Feldman called us to order a smidge ahead of time, asserting his right to do so since we had an extremely packed agenda. Taking a cue from this announcement, Ron Adkins gave one of the briefest invocations in memory and P-E Greg Horn pushed up toward double-quick with the Pledge of Allegiance. Jim Ray staffed the Paul Harris desk and Past President Mary Lou Sclair served as Sgt at Arms while fending off wise cracks about her 50th Wedding Anniversary.
    There was no sunshine report.
    Nov 21 2008 Ron Adkins
    Nov 21 2008

    PREFACE

    Dinosaur.

    A word with which we are all familiar. Ah! But do we know its translation. "Dino-saur" means "terrible lizard." The problem is that few dinosaurs were terrible and they weren't lizards. In view of this, I hereby pledge, for the purposes of this Bulletin, that I will not cobble together words from languages we no speak to try to describe something no one ever really saw.

    OPENING CEREMONIES

    President Joel Feldman

    called us to order a smidge ahead of time, asserting his right to do so since we had an extremely packed agenda. Taking a cue form this announcement, Ron Adkins gave one of the briefest invocations in memory and P-E Greg Horn pushed up toward double-quick with the Pledge of Allegiance.

    Jim Ray

    staffed the Paul Harris desk and Past PresidentMary Lou Sclair served as Sgt at Arms while fending off wise cracks about her 50 th Wedding Anniversary.

    There was no sunshine report.

    Nov 21 2008 Ron Adkins
    Nov 14 2008
    PRESIDING:  Joel Feldman

    INVOCATION:
      The Bulletin Writer (Joe Quinn) read a set of fundamental ethical concepts and asked the assembled Rotarians to guess the source.  No, it was not the Rotary Four-Way Test, but some similarities were noted to that excellent shorthand ethical guideline.  Actually, these ethical guidelines were paraphrased from the Qur'an, according to the excellent book,  Transplanted, by Lakewood Rotarian Mahmood "Mo" Sarram.  This book is a must read for all Rotarians.  It is so affirming of what it means to be an American, and at the same time can educate us about Islam.  Plus, it is the impressive life journey of a wise man.

    PLEDGEJoe Piscatella, our speaker, led us in the Pledge to our Flag
    Nov 14 2008 Joe Quinn
    Nov 7 2008
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    The returning President Joel Feldman called us to order at 12:30.  Ron Adkins provided the invocation, and Larry Faulk led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.

    Mike McGovern staffed the Paul Harris Desk, Bill Young served as Sgt at Arms, and Ron Adkins is writing the Bulletin.

    Nov 7 2008 Ron Adkins
    Oct 31 2008
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    It was Halloween day at Lakewood Rotary, October 31, 2008: we had no President, and we had no program.  Other than that, things went exceedingly well..With President Joel out with a bad back again, it fell to PE Gregory Horn to helm the meeting once again.  First Lady Mary put the kibosh on Greg's original costume choice (something about an Arabian with flowing robes, as I recall), so Greg snuck in a quick mask without Mary's knowledge, and before you knew it, we had Bill Clinton leading us in the Pledge.  Out of sympathy for Joel, Greg forgot to turn on the microphone for some time.  It was either out of sympathy, or he has some Swedish in his blood somewhere.  One of the two.
    Oct 31 2008 Greg Rediske
    Oct 24, 2008
    PE Greg Horn, looking very dressed - the - part, all decked out with medallion and badge, took control of the podium at 12:30 pm. He had to wrestle it away from the Great Pumpkin, but that story will come later. In the absence of Joel, a loyal voice in the wilderness announced that this was the official gathering of Lakewood Rotary members who have been meeting now for 52 years and 7 months. (Thank you Jane Whitney!)
    Oct 24, 2008 Judy Hosea
    Oct 17, 2008
    President Joel Feldman opened the meeting precisely at 12:33; the previous three minutes were constructively spent by Pres. Joel and Richard Simmons trying to get the microphone to function. This bulletin comes somewhat direct to you via a rookie writer who took six pages of notes on a complicated program presentation (thanks to Dave Sclair on his choice for me of meetings to break in on).
    Oct 17, 2008 Dave Guttu
    October 10

    The Rotary Club of Lakewood

    Friday October 10, 2008

    A mere 19,161 days since officially chartered

    Week 2 of the club's official adoption of the Swedish Language

    October 10 John Magnuson
    October 3 2008

    Begynnelsen:

    President Joel Feldman opened the meeting precisely at 12:30 on some people's watches, on other's it was 12:33. His Rotary Minute this week pertained to. to .wait a minute, I don't think he wanted to show his emotional self again.

    October 3 2008 John Magnuson
    September 26, 2008

    Rotary Club of Lakewood

    Bulletin, 9/26/08

    At 12:25, President JoelFeldman rang the bell and, as chairs and drinks went tumbling, then instructed us to sit down.  He merely had a special announcement.  The pot would be won today.  There was only one chip left in the bag, so whoever won the drawing automatically won the pot.  He then invited anyone so interested to return to the check-in desk and buy extra tickets.  Since we were meeting in the CP Tech Rotunda, those directions were necessary for some of us.  

    September 26, 2008 Ron Adkins
    September 19, 2008

    LAKEWOOD KEY FOR SEPTEMBER 19, 2008  MEETING

     

    PRESIDING:  Joel Feldman, who delivered a pretty good dissertation on the origin of the Rotary Wheel, explaining the cog, or key, the spokes and all the rest.  Remember, Joel was an engineer before he became a lawyer  (but you need to get closer to the microphone, Joel). 

     

    September 19, 2008 Joe Quinn
    September 12
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    Although he missed a couple meetings for Alaska fishing and the Reeder Roadster Romp before returning to the rostrum a week ago at the Rotunda, President Joel Feldman was right at home behind the podium at the Tacoma Golf & Country Club Friday, Sept. 12. Unfortunately, it took a few moments for him to get the mike working properly (it requires switching it to On, Joel) but from then on all went perfectly.

     

    September 12 Dave Sclair
    Sep 5 2008
    Writers, and those who mistakenly think they are writers, like titles. To be important, a work of literary significance must have one. Where would MOBY DICK be without the title? Just another fish story.and so, the title for this week's Rotary bulletin, which I'm sure you'll agree must be considered a work of literary significance, is the following:
    Thunda' in the Rotunda

    Now that we have a title, we will begin this work of literary significance.
    Sep 5 2008 Greg Rediske
    Aug 29, 2008
    This is the bulletin of Lakewood Rotary for August 29, 2008 .. or as our President Joel Feldman declared: the meeting of the 52nd year, fifth month.

    INVOCATION:

    Carl Fynboe delivered the invocation taking us to the sixth month. He was relating a great deal of thanks on behalf of well, everybody on the planet.

    FLAG SALUTE:
    Special formerly - familiar guest, Ralph (only Joel calls him Frank.I don't know why) Lockhart toasted the flag . the red, white and blue of it.
    Aug 29, 2008 Judy Hosea
    Aug 22 2008
    Home away from home and Sub Pres at rostrum again

    For the second week in a row, President - Elect Greg Horn stood at the podium sharply dressed in a suit, white shirt and necktie, hitting the gong like a novice barefoot skier hits the water - with trepidation. But, once again he survived even though we once again were at our secret meeting place - Clover Park Technical College Rotunda (you know, the round building)

    The crowd was smaller than usual, but it was made up of high-quality members, not just high-quantity.
    Aug 22 2008 Dave Sclair
    Aug 15 2008
    It's a Perfect Storm (Next Meeting 8/22 in the CP Tech Rotunda)!

          We've already lost our President Joel to fishing in just the 6th week of his administration, and now for the 2nd time he's lost the Tacoma Country & Golf Club.  So DON'T come to the crowded construction parking lot next Friday - we'll be meeting at CP Tech's Rotunda (that's the round building, Jane).  
     
    PresidingPres-Elect Greg Horn (a baptismal of sorts)
    Paul Harris Desk:   Ward Fletcher
    Sgt at Arms:    Jay Mayer
    Bulletin:  Dave Covey
    Aug 15 2008 Dave Covey
    August 8, 2008
    August 8, 2008  (8/08/08, a cool date and the opening day of the Olympics in Beijing)

    Invocation - Jim Ray
    Pledge of Allegiance - Paul Guy
    Sgt. at Arms - Bill Young
    Paul Harris Desk - Ward Fletcher
    Visiting Rotarians - Dan Livingston
    Bulletin - Greg Horn
    August 8, 2008 Greg Horn
    Aug 01 2008
    Wow! President Joel Feldman is really getting the hang of this presiding officer thing. Not only did he confidently right the bell at 12:30 pm, he moved into his agenda with a practiced voice clearly amplified by the audio system. (Has he been coming in at odd hours to master this device???) It is only August and he wields the gavel and handles the mike with authority. How does this bode for the future?  Read on.

    His "agenda" for today noted that Rotary International, as an international organization, poses no religious test for membership and is, in fact, open to persons of all faiths and persuasions. Given this, many RI functions and Club meetings open with a silent invocation, perhaps with participants meditating for a few moments according to their own lights on a theme or aspect of the work of Rotary. Pres Joel adopted this for today, suggesting that we reflect on our work toward the elimination of polio.
    Aug 01 2008 Ron Adkins
    Aug 01 2008
    Wow! President Joel Feldman is really getting the hang of this presiding officer thing. Not only did he confidently right the bell at 12:30 pm, he moved into his agenda with a practiced voice clearly amplified by the audio system. (Has he been coming in at odd hours to master this device???) It is only August and he wields the gavel and handles the mike with authority. How does this bode for the future?  Read on.

    His "agenda" for today noted that Rotary International, as an international organization, poses no religious test for membership and is, in fact, open to persons of all faiths and persuasions. Given this, many RI functions and Club meetings open with a silent invocation, perhaps with participants meditating for a few moments according to their own lights on a theme or aspect of the work of Rotary. Pres Joel adopted this for today, suggesting that we reflect on our work toward the elimination of polio.
    Aug 01 2008 Ron Adkins
    JULY 25, 2008
    PRESIDING:  Joel Feldman, who started us off in good form by reminding us of the Object of Rotary

    INVOCATION: Bud Montgomery


    PLEDGE: Mike McGowan led us in the Pledge to our Flag.

    VISITING ROTARIANS:Richard Simmons announced our Visiting Rotarians, who were Nick Sumich, Cecelia Loveless and Jim Charboneau of Clover Park, plus Amy Goings of Tacoma South.

    GUESTS:  Several guests were introduced, but the only name I could catch was Ray Beckwith, since there was no roaming mike to allow visitors to be introduced in a manner that could be heard of understood.

    SERGEANT AT ARMS: Bill Young

    PAUL HARRIS DESK: James Guerrero

    BULLETIN: Joe Quinn
    JULY 25, 2008 Joe Quinn
    JULY 18, 2008
    Next Meeting (7/25) at CP Tech Rotunda

        Sorry, didn't mean to rush ahead a week, but some of us need reminding - again and again!  Of course if you don't get or read District 5020's Best Electronic Bulletin, It doesn't qualify as a reminder - like the tree falling in the woods (with no sound?) or the bear - no, we won't even go there!  For all those wild and crazy Lakewood Rotarians that are insatiable readers of the Lakewood Key from start to finish, could you casually mention the meeting location to at least two fellow Lakewoodites?  We're all creatures of habit so we're just trying to get the word out, diminish the frustration level a little and eliminate any speeding tickets enroute to CP Tech (from the Country Club).

    And the meeting got under way

        The Honorable Joel Feldman was presiding again at our court and rang the bell a tad early (always a good sign). President Feldman's Rotary fact for the day was about the creation of the 4-Way Test:

        Herbert J. Taylor came up with the four simple precepts in 1932, when Club Aluminum Company was facing almost certain bankruptcy. In the depths of the Depression, no one was buying much aluminum. But Taylor, company president, thought that if he could convince his employees to do the right thing in every situation, they might at least win sales from their competitors One morning he sat at his desk and in a few moments wrote down what had come to him - in 24 words.
    Five ye
    JULY 18, 2008 Dave Covey
    July 11, 2008
    Meeting #1 of 50
    The Feldman Regime

    So..did you hear the one about the man who walked up to the lawyer, and asked him how much it would be to answer three questions?  The lawyer answered, "A thousand dollars."  The man shrieked, "$1000!! That's pretty expensive, isn't it?"  

    The lawyer answered, "Yes, it is; now what's your third question?"
    July 11, 2008 Greg Rediske
    JUNE 27 2008
    To loud applause, President Bob Zawilski called the meeting to order promptly at 12:30 pm and announced that this was his final hour . or at least his final hour aS leading the Rotary Club of Lakewood. (and that's when the applause erupted)

    Joel Feldman was installed as president for 2008-09 during festivities Saturday, June 28. You can view the photos of this auspicious event by clicking on the following link or pasting it into your web browser:  http://picasaweb.google.com/dsclair/RotaryInstallation

    Obviously not wanting to relinquish the mike for an extra minute, the Prez personally delivered the invocation, one he heard at the recent district conference. It pointed out that Rotary welcomes all persons of all religions and all races - no questions asked!
    JUNE 27 2008 Dave Sclair
    June 20, 2008
    Lame Duck President Robbie Z, tried to go through the motions of leading Lakewood Rotary through another meeting. However, through some tight scheduling, instead of coasting through one of his last meetings, Z found himself being watched carefully by some pretty high-up RI representatives - thanks to a pretty high-up RI Foundation award to be presented to Gordy  & Juanita Quick - more later.

    Actually, rather than latter, how about now? Because Mick Johnson had a great invocation featuring Gordy (thanks Mick, for the special words and thoughts), we had a little preview. PP Rick Selden then led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.

    Mike McGovern handled the Paul harris desk and Mary Lou Sclair once again manned (or womaned) the raffle-ticket selling spot since no one else showed up for the chore.
    June 20, 2008 Dave Covey
    JUNE 13, 2008
    Bulletin by Greg Horn and John Magnuson or John Magnuson and Greg Horn

    The Grand Opening (well, that's a little pretentious,  but at the very least it was a good opening!)

    Friday the 13th of June 2008

    As Charlie Hyde sidled into the room as modestly as possible he was greeted by an ovation that was most deserved. According to Lakewood Rotary archives he is the only member to ever - I know this may be hard to conceive - summit Mount Everest, let alone the other highest peaks on six different continents. Bravo to Charlie; we are humbled in your presence!

    Some of you are thinking that surely someone else from our club must have done that sometime or another, but nope; never been done before by a Lakewood Rotarian! We've had our share of marathoners, rowers, bikers and needle-pointers but Charlie is the only Top-of the-Worlder.

    Then he tops one of our summits in one swift stroke of the pen - $1000 for Paul Harris! Thanks Charlie.
    JUNE 13, 2008 Greg Horn
    June 6 2008
    At or about 12:30PM, President Zawilski tapped the bell to call the assembly to order.  The bell, however, had a muffled quality. Someone suggested that the bell had dug out the tea cozy it sometimes uses to ward off the winter chill.  On this, the sixth day of Jun-uary, that was certainly appropriate. Winter does not want to surrender its grip, and assailed us with rain, wind and temperature readings some 10 degrees (f) below average. I did not actually see the cozy, you understand, because I was trying to avoid looking out across American Lake and wondering if summer would ever come. June might be bustin' out all over, but not here, not today.
    June 6 2008 Ron Adkins
    MAY 30 2008
    ZAWILSKI-LESS IN LAKEWOOD

    With President Bob and other luminaries from our Club at the District Conference, it fell to Rediske #2 to run the meeting.  A victim of a ceremonious coup d'etat a scant 11 months ago, the aforementioned Rediske was also called upon to write the Bulletin, this very Bulletin which you are now reading.  The scheduled writer, Joe Quinn, managed to escape the area for the day, while all of his potential substitutes were similarly indisposed, leaving one candidate for the job.  Given this first-ever occurrence, one can expect that there will be nary a discouraging word uttered by the bulletin writer directed at the acting President.  Also, surely a first.  One can also expect that not everything is being reported accurately, given the difficulty in adjusting from running the meeting to reporting on the meeting.  Sorry about that.
    MAY 30 2008 Greg Rediske
    May 23 2008
    THE ROTARY CLUB OF LAKEWOOD
    FRIDAY MAY 23, 2008 - PRECISELY 19,006 DAYS SINCE THE FIRST LAKEWOOD ROTARY MEETING HELD ON MARCH 16, 1956. ARMED WITH THAT INFORMATION AND $2.00 YOU CAN GET A TALL AMERICANO AT THE LAKEWOOD TOWNE CENTER STARBUCKS!

    Yes, Lakewood Rotary, where on this particular day, the demographic profile of attendees finally dropped to under 60 years of age! Did you sense the youth? The vigor? You would have had to be awake to see the youth present - no small task for this group of diligent Servicers Above Selfists. Warning! There is a secret subliminal hidden message embedded in this bulletin. The Rotarian who first discovers the message wins ONE MILLION DOLLARS*.1
    May 23 2008 John Magnuson
    May 16, 2008
    The May 16 meeting was called to order at 12:30 by President Bob Zawilski with PowerPoint glowing and members anxiously awaiting the words from the podium.

    Invocation was presented by Clint Johnson and Katie Wojke led us in the pledge to our flag.

    Visiting Rotarians
    Jim Skar introduced the following visiting Rotarians - Gerald Maskawitz, Del Livingston and Charlie Maxwell.

    Sunshine Report
    The memorial service for Jo Harrison will be held at 3 pm at First Baptist Church of Lakewood, 5400 112th St. SW, with reception following at the McGavick Student Center at Clover Park technical College on Steilacoom Boulevard.
    May 16, 2008 Dan Livingston
    MAY 09 2008
    International News

    The Norwegians Have Landed!!
    At 12:29 on Friday, May 9, 2008, Lakewood Rotary President Bob "Bobby Z" Zawilski officially called to order the regular meeting of the Rotary Club of Lakewood.  Except it was no "regular" meeting: it was a meeting to be heralded throughout the land, for the Norwegian GSE Team had arrived.  Those of us who (thankfully) have Norwegian blood coursing through our veins were indeed proud.  Carl Fynboe delivered the traditional Norwegian blessing for food, in Norwegian (nice job, Carl!).  Carl then led us in the Norwegian national anthem, joined solely by the Norwegian GSE team, followed closely by a dubious rendition of our own National Anthem.
    MAY 09 2008 Greg Rediske
    May 02 2008
    May 2nd and still waiting for my May Basket!

    Prezident Bob
    called the meeting to order promptly at 12:30, while lamenting over the loss of his head table.  Maybe we can convince the Country Club to supply him with a couple TV trays!  (Bob took the loss very seriously and was convinced it was a subliminal message to diet.  It could be . maybe in an effort to save on food costs the Country Club is going to squeeze even more of us around already crowded tables until we cannot move arms to eat.  I wonder if Weight Watchers knows about this?) 
    May 02 2008 Judy Hosea
    APRIL 25 2008
    Playing to a packed house - full of sycophants, rabble rousers, ner-do-wells, roustabouts, somnambulists and all around great folks -- Prezident Bob Zawilski banged his gavel and called The Lakewood Rotary Club to order.   The date was April 25, 2008 and the time was 12:31:27.  

    A beautiful, moving invocation was performed by PDG Dave Sclair, who eulogized his amazing friend, colleague and super Rotarian, Ed Chandler. As Dave said, it is a reminder to express our love every day; we do not know when it will be too late. Indeed. 
    APRIL 25 2008 Dave Burgoyne
    An update from Jane Pryor
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    Hello All,

    I am enjoying my new job as Vice President of Development at Northwest Kidney Centers very much. After four months of driving up and down I-5, my commuting days are almost over. We just bought a house in Bothell and our home in UP is currently on the market. I thought you might enjoy the attached photo of me and Larry Hagman, alias JR Ewing from Dallas.
    An update from Jane Pryor Ben Sclair
    APR 18 2008
    Prezzzedent Zawilski clanged the copper clapper precisely at 12:30 to begin his fortieth meeting.  My, oh my, where has the time gone?  Only10 meetingz left for Bob, and P E Joel will be off and running!

    Invocation - P E Joel Feldman
    Pledge of Allegiance - The pledge was one of allegiance to our flag, and to the country for which it stands.  It was led by one of our Rotarians who I failed to note, but you know who you are.
    Sgt. at Arms - Bill Price
    Paul Harris Desk - Gary Fulton
    Bulletin -
    Greg Horn
    APR 18 2008 Greg Horn
    Apr 11 08
    Sportsman's Dinner Rises to New Heights

    Our Pres Robert Zawilski best summed it up at the start of our meeting with, "WOW!" 

    What an unbelievable event Sept. 5. The exact figures were not in yet but over 470 attendees paid over $100,000 for the silent and oral auction alone. Still to be thrown into the mix were the dinners, sponsor fees, raffle and drinks. A knowledgeable source close to the Sportsman's Dinner leadership hierarchy (Judy Hosea, Paul Wulfestieg and Cindy Thompson) but wishes to remain anonymous, threw out a figure of $137,000 gross! WOW! 

    That's almost 3 times what we did 6 years ago. Thank YOU Hierarchy! Can't forget the Queen of Procurement, Bonny Magnuson, another WOW! Thank YOU for all the great auction items! AND what a job the Hierarchy did!!! I feel another WOW coming on!

    (Adding to the WOW, are the sensational photos from teh event. We've got so many that are WOW's, that we'll put out a special photo-only edition in the next day or so!)
    Apr 11 08 Dave Covey
    April 4, 2008
    President Bob Zawilski called the April 4 meeting to order as usual at 12:30 pm and reminded everyone that setup for the Sportsdmans Dinner and Auction would continue immediately after the meeting.
    April 4, 2008 Greg Horn
    April 4, 2008
    President Bob Zawilski called the April 4 meeting to order as usual at 12:30 pm and reminded everyone that setup for the Sportsdmans Dinner and Auction would continue immediately after the meeting.
    April 4, 2008 Greg Horn
    Mar 28 2008
    It was 12:29, but some of the members chose to press President Robert Zawilski into a prompt start to the meeting.  Perhaps they wanted to rush through things so as to get home before the snow storm socked us into the Tacoma Country and Golf Club for, gosh, who knows how long.  Pres Z, however, was his usual unflappable self and continued to tinker with his famous and renowned PowerPoint set up.  As the din of pounding on water glasses persisted, the real bell sounded at 12:30, and we were officially under way.

    Mick Johnson was called to the podium to offer a very moving inspirational moment, and let me say, Mick, we could benefit from this being repeated until we have it memorized.  Norm Tremaine then led us in the Pledge, and it seems most members indeed already have this memorized.
    Mar 28 2008 Ron Adkins
    3/21/08
    PRESIDINGBob Zawilski

    INVOCATION:  Bob Peterson

    PLEDGE:  Jim Early led us in the Pledge to our Flag.


    VISITING ROTARIANSStephanie Walsh announced our Visiting Rotarians, who were Georgene Mellom and Jim Charboneau of Clover Park, plus Al Cohen of Olympia.

    GUESTS:  Our guests included Marilyn Zawilski, Jessica Bruce (a Senior at UPS and aspiring Ambassadorial Scholar perhaps?), Francine Smith of FedEx Kinko's in Lakewood, Bret Farrar (recently appointed Lakewood Police Chief) and Debbie Lebeau
    of Clover Park S.D.
    3/21/08 Joe Quinn
    Mar 14 2008
    The Greening of Lakewood Rotary

    It's our St Patrick's Day Meeting and Pres Robert O'Zawilski has decided that Lakewood Rotary needs to move a little more to the  green side of the ledger.  If not for energy savings, then toward the Irish heritage!  Little did he suspect that his St. Patrick's Day Committee would attempt a corporate takeover!  Chair Jan Luza (her German/Irish heritage to thank for the spelling today) had her Committee organized with Jimmy (his Grandmother called him Shamus) Ray as MC, Mary Lou O'Sclair as Leprechaun (a fine one at that, too), libation advisor Terrance Roarke and in case of an emergency Chief Physician Dr James F. Early was close at the ready.   
    Mar 14 2008 Dave Covey
    03 03 2008
    The Theme of Today's Bulletin is:
    Radishes - How best to prepare them

    Zee President
    opened the meeting smack dab on the dot - 12:30 - Power Point up and blocking our view of American Lake!
    03 03 2008 John Magnuson
    03/03/08
    The Theme of Today's Bulletin is:
    Radishes - How best to prepare them

    Zee President opened the meeting smack dab on the dot - 12:30 - Power Point up and blocking our view of American Lake!
    03/03/08 John Magnuson
    Feb 29, 2008
    HISTORIC DAY AT LAKEWOOD ROTARY!

    February 29, 2008: only the second Lakewood Rotary meeting on February 29 in our storied history, presided over by the inimitable President Zawilski.

    Our techno-savvy President did some checking, and the only other February 29 meeting occurred in 1980. Our nearly-forgotten Past President Rediske was called upon in his capacity as author of the slow-selling book on the history of Lakewood Rotary, 50 Years of Fellowship & Service, to recollect that day in 1980.

    He duly reported that the President was John Simmons (now residing in Wenatchee, at last report).  The reporting continued that there were apparently several club leaders, not to include John, who decided that this historic date was worthy of significant decision. Much discussion ensued on the burning question of the day, "Should we ban Swedes from Lakewood Rotary membership?" In the end, they decided to continue to allow Swedes to participate in the club, for two reasons:
    Feb 29, 2008 Greg Rediske
    02/22/08Meeting of Lakewood Rotary Club
    "LAYING IT BETWEEN THE LINES"

    Prezident Bob opened the meeting by switching on his computer and lighting the room with the inevitable PowerPoint.
    Have you procured an item for our annual Sportsman's Dinner & Auction yet???????
    Morris Northcutt led us in the invocation and Michael Lewis, the salute to the flag.


    Newer member, Marc Ritchie introduced visiting Rotarians:
        Bob Eddington - Clover Park
        Margie Ceccerelli - Clover Park
        Georgene Mellom - Clover Park
        Ernie Heller - Clover Park
        Don Anderson - Tacoma #8
        Heidi Waechter - Clover Park
    Okay..but have you filled out and turned in your procurement form?????????????????
    02/22/08Meeting of Lakewood Rotary Club Judy Hosea
    2/15/08
    Have you read the book "An Important Mess" by Eric Abrahamson?   In it, the author sheds new light on ideas of order--and shows how chaos, disorder, and mess make our world a better place!   Heck, Bob Zawilski does this every week - when he bangs his gavel, calls us to attention and creates order from chaos!   And so it happened on February 15th, at 12:32 pm.
    2/15/08 Dave Burgoyne
    2/8/08
    The weather outside might have been windy and rainy, but inside President Bob Zawilski made sure there was no draft in the room and temperatures were normal when he called to order the Feb. 8 meeting of the Rotary Club of Lakewood in our normal meeting space upstairs at the Tacoma Golf & Country Club.
    2/8/08 Dave Sclair
    2/1/08
    Lakewood Rotary, What's Up?

    It's Friday, Lakewood Rotarians have to clean up a bit to attend our Tacoma C&GC meeting ....which was moved back upstairs after the previous week's downstairs squeeze.  Perhaps our Coach Z is just trying to keep us on our toes because we have yet to meet in the same room twice in 2008!  With this being Super Bowl week Coach Z named his starting lineup:
    Invocation - PP Greg Rediske
    Pledge of Allegiance - Dave Reames
    Sgt. at Arms - Bill Young
    Paul Harris Desk - Ward Fletcher
    Bulletin - PP Dave Covey (it's easy to take notes when you can only hear half of what all is going on)
    2/1/08 Dave Covey
    1/25/08
    Prez Bob Zawilski called the meeting to order in the basement of Tacoma Country & Golf Club

    He was ably assisted in making sure all went smoothly by the following:
    Invocation - Gayle Selden
    Pledge of Allegiance - Mike Swanson
    Sgt. at Arms - PP Mary Lou Sclair
    Paul Harris Desk - Bill Young
    Bulletin - Hopalong Horn
    1/25/08 Greg Horn
    Jan 18, 2008
    Home.  HOOOME.  Ooooohm . . .  Well, that would be a bit over the top, but it was good to be back at our customary digs for the Friday gathering.

    Our President, the most esteemed Robert Zawilski, called the meeting to order promptly at 12:30 pm.  Most of us had anticipated that because we saw the listings of forthcoming events and activities projected from his laptop onto the screen blocking a substantial part of the view of American Lake.  President Bob is completely immune to comments about this particular aspect of his orchestration, so we went ahead anyway.
    Jan 18, 2008 Ron Adkins
    JAN 11, 2008
    PRESIDING:  Mr. PowerPoint - Bob Zawilski

    INVOCATION:  Mary Lou Sclair

    PLEDGE:  The Clover Park H.S. Junior ROTC Color Guard presented the colors and then Duncan Cook led us in the Pledge to our Flag.
    JAN 11, 2008 Joe Quinn
    Jan 4, 2008
    A pretty good collection of our members remembers that for the first two weeks of January our meetings moved from Tacoma Country Club to Clover Park Voc-Tec College so Prez Bob Zawilski called the meeting to order in the school's Rotunda building at 12:30 pm sharp.
    Jan 4, 2008 Greg Horn
    Dec 21, 2007
    Do you smell that? 

    That's the smell of Roasted Zawilski, aka "The World's Worst Jeopardy Player"
    Clearly born to the task, Lenny-Bob Zaholmski called the meeting  of December 21, at the Oakbrook Country Club, to order. 
    Dec 21, 2007 Greg Rediske
    Dec 14, 2007
    PowerPoint in place, Prezident Zawilski began the meeting.  PE Joel Feldman gave the invocation and James Guerrero led the salute to our flag.

    Our lone Visiting Rotarian, Burt Stibbe, Sumner Rotary (maybe he visits there sometimes too) was introduced by Tracye Kakely.

    Other visitors for the day were Dan Parshall of Portland, guest of Stibbe; John Korsmo brought Jim McFarlane and Jeff Robison, from Korsmo Construction, as well as wife, Lisa; Joe Ghilarducci was accompanied by his better half, Carolyn.
    Dec 14, 2007 Judy Hosea
    11/30/07
    And so, President Bob Zawilski allowed the gavel to touch the wood gently at 12:31 pm and another Lakewood Rotary Friday Follies began - not with bang, but a whisper. Or something like that.
    11/30/07 Dave Burgoyne
    11/30/07
    It appeared to be a capacity crowd when President Bob Zawilski hit the bell calling the Nov. 30 meeting of the Rotary Club of Lakewood to order. Pres. Bob announced that for the second meeting in a row there would be no Powerpoint show. Alas, or rather hooray, the projector will return soon, the Prez claims.

    Salute to the flag and invocation
    Miles Corrigan led those in attendance  in an invocation and Bob Gee led us in the salute to the flag.

    Visiting Rotarians
    Visiting Gina Benesh (some of you may recall her during membership as Gina Crocetti) was in attendance and Pres. Bob immediately called upon her to welcome everyone to the meeting and introduce visiting Rotarians. This group included Jack Peterson from Tacoma 8, Jim Charboneau from Clover Park and new Tacoma Sunrise member Donna Casey, wife of our own Paul Casey.
    11/30/07 Dave Sclair
    Nov 16
    With just a week left before Thanksgiving, the raffle committee busily prepping raffle ticket stubs for the big event later in the meeting and anticipation of a week without a Rotary meeting building, President Bob Zawilski called the club to order at 12:30 pm.

    Assisting him with the critical chores of the day were:


    Invocation - Janine Messenger
    Pledge of Allegiance - Mark Blanchard
    Sgt. at Arms - Bill Young
    Visiting Rotarians - Tracye Kakely
    Bulletin - Greg Horn

    Guests of Rotarians
    Ted Wier's guests were his wife Carole and Jan Reeder


    Nov 16 Greg Horn
    Ambassadorial Scholar Video
    To see the video Ron and Jeanette tried to play at Friday's meeting, click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWz17F3uJoc.
    Ambassadorial Scholar Video Ron Adkins
    11/9/07
    Less than two days in advance of the western world's moment of reflection, recalling the cessation of hostilities of the Great War for Civilization at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, President Bob Zawilski, formerly of the US Army, rang the bell to get our own Remembrance Day and veteran's recognition under way.

    Salute to the Flag and invocation
    Morris Northcutt provided a lovely rendition of Taps, followed by Jake Jacobson's invocation.
    11/9/07 Ron Adkins
    Nov 2 2007
    PRESIDING: Mr. PowerPoint - Bob Zawilski

    INVOCATION: Dave Sclair

    PLEDGE: Tony Robinson

    VISITING ROTARIANS: Katie Wojke (it used to be Wolstenholme)  introduced our Visiting Rotarians.

    GUESTS: Bob went around the room in an organized fashion, recognizing various guests, spouses, and others smart enough to join us. But this writer was not smart enough to write down those names.

    SERGEANT-AT-ARMS: Mary Lou Sclair

    PAUL HARRIS DESK: Jim Ray

    BULLETIN: I forgot to write that down too, but it was me . Joe Quinn
    Nov 2 2007 Joe Quinn
    Oct 26 2007
    On a beautiful fall day as the Washington Dawgs prepared to battle someone from down south, the the Cougs reading themselves to tackle another team from the south, President Bob Zawilski called the Oct 26 meeting of the Rotary Club of Lakewood to order precisely at 12:30 pm.

    Invocation and flag salute
    Charlie Heberle, still visiting in town, presented an invocation before Dave Coleman led us in the salute the flag (or it might have been the other day way round).
    Oct 26 2007 Dave Sclair
    Oct 19, 2007
    The Oct. 19 meeting of Lakewood Rotary was a busy one with presentations, DG Norm Watts speaking and a host of other activities.

    Ron Adkins invocation
    Visiting Rotarians:  Al Cohen - Olympia, Norm (District Gov) and Marion Watts

    Oct 19, 2007 Dan Livingston
    October 12, 2007
    For his first 13 weeks, President Bobby Z has been what we call in the Rotary president business, "Content Oriented".  Our dedicated and hard-working president has been bound and determined to get our hearts and minds on the Rotary business at hand.  On October 12, that changed in this manner:  Bobby Z became what we call in the Rotary president business, "Fine Mad".  But more on that later..
    October 12, 2007 Greg Rediske
    October 5, 2007
    We are on the road with a combined meeting of the Clover Park and Lakewood Rotary Clubs today convening at the new Gary & Carol Milgard Family HOPE Center.and it is wonderful (if I do say so myself!)

    Everyone is multi-tasking, so let me sum up.helpers today include: Mike McGowan (Foundation), Duncan Cook and Richard Simmons (Set Up/Flags/Badges, etc), Gary Fulton and Bill Price, Raffle/Visitors Check-In, etc.
    October 5, 2007 Judy Hosea
    September 28, 2007
    Who was this man, exiting his car in the TCGC parking lot? Ladened with computers, suitcases, briefcases, sample bags, deposit bags, and all the weight of the world, he appeared to own the burdens of Job.

    "I'm Bob Zawilski," he told me, "President of Lakewood Rotary, and I'm about to run a fabulous meeting."

    Indeed, thought I, this man is prepared and someone to be reckoned with; Mr. Organization Super Plus. An awesome force. And so, the gavel touched wood gently at 12:31 pm and another Lakewood Rotary Friday Follies began - not with bang, but a whisper.   Or something like that.
    September 28, 2007 Dave Burgoyne
    Sep. 21, 2007
    THE OPENING FEW MINUTES APPROXIMATED THE FOLLOWING..

    Surviving a microphone and flag malfunction, our President-for-a-Day - Joel Feldman, Esq, PE, PDQ, called upon Dr. Jim Rooks for the invocation and (supply the name of the Rotarian here and win the Lakewood Rotary Million Dollar Lottery - that's one dollar per year for one million years) for the Pledge of Allegiance.
    Sep. 21, 2007 John Magnuson
    SEP 14 2007
    The good thing about getting the meeting started early - is that it limits our chances of eating too much (less calories taken in when you're trying to listen to the meeting) and maybe we'll actually end on time.  Little did we know that Prez Z just planned to pack more stuff into the extra time!

          To try to compact all that went on at our meeting is pretty near impossible, as scribe Judy Hosea vocally complained at a previous meeting. The Bulletin Committee is asking the membership for your understanding and forgiveness this year, we're overwhelmed! And I personally can't take it anymore. I quit! Resigning .... as of right now!
    SEP 14 2007 Dave Covey
    SEP 7, 2007
    Pledge of Allegiance - Mike Lewis
    Sgt. at Arms - Jay Mayer
    Paul Harris Desk - Cindy Thompson
    Bulletin - Greg Horn


    Visiting Rotarians
    - (5) Dan Pass, Jennifer Gilbert and LaTasha Wortham Tacoma #8, Jack Roffler from Clover Park and Al Cohen from Olympia.

    Guests of Rotarians - Gary Fulton introduced his old fraternity brother Fred Brown. Ted Wier introduced his friend Bob Bronke. Lenny Holmes had as his guest son #2 Justin.
    SEP 7, 2007 Greg Horn
    Aug. 31, 2007
        Wow! If you missed Rotary on Friday, you may have missed the closest we have come yet to the Taipei or Bulgarian Congresses! It could have come to blows in the formal dining room of the Tacoma Country & Golf Club, had not our intuitive Prez brought the meeting to a close.WHEW! Well, more about that later, let's go back to the beginning!
        "ZEE man" called the meeting together right on time. Eric Herbel read an inspirational "General Robert E. Lee's Call to Prayer", addressing the Army of Northern Virginia in August of 1863, followed by the "Prayer of General George S. Patton, Jr., that was delivered to troops in France in December of 1944. This was followed by the pledge to our flag, led by Mo Sarran.
    Aug. 31, 2007 Judy Hosea
    August 24, 2007
    AUGUZT 24, 2007 - THE YEAR OF THE PIG ACCORDING TO THE CHINEZE CALENDAR, BUT ACCORDING TO THE ZWEDIZH CALENDAR, IT IZ THE YEAR OF THE Z!
    August 24, 2007 John Magnuson
    08-17-07
    We started the meeting in the usual way,
    With the invocation (Clint Johnson) and the pledge of the day (Gary Fulton)
    There were guests to greet (Bob Martin & John Calder, Visiting Rotarians),
            plus: Darrell Scheeley (Art Hudtloff), Tammy Johnson (Clint Johnson)
    And kudos to pay: (Ward Fletcher & Paul Casey, Paul Harris Desk)
                (Mary Lou Sclair, Raffle)
                (Richard Simmons, Sgt. At Arms)
                (Ole's Ghost Writer, me)
    08-17-07 Judy Hosea
    Aug 10 2007
    The bell was struck at exactly 12:30 pm by President Zawilski the Great (who Tom Sadler is still trying to find out when he joined the club) and the Aug. 10 meeting of the Rotary Club of Lakewood got underway.

    Mary Covelli-Johnson offered us an invocation (and didn't require anyone to offer an amen at the conclusion) after which Gail Selden led us in the salute to our flag (and as the Prez pointed out - the American flag this time, not the Canadian one as he turned the correct direction - was he wearing a colored wrist band to know his right from left?)
    Aug 10 2007 Dave Sclair
    030807
    The Beginning
    8%. That's the number for the day. Yes, 8% of the meetings of his Rotary year have been completed by Bobby Z going into the August 3rd meeting.Soon to be 10%!  No wonder he strode to the microphone like a man possessed. Not possessed by demons mind you (thought there may be some of that as well), but possessed with authority, Rotary knowledge, and a pre-written agenda to guide him on his way.
    030807 Greg Rediske
    July 27, 2007
    With strains of Willie Nelson's classic, "On the road again," our headliner, Bobbie PreZee, gave us a downbeat at 12:31, and a mighty roar went up from the crowd (or was that a vehicle headed to a repair bay?) at Clover Park Technical College. While some of the roadies danced around the stage completing last minute hook-up and sound-checks, PreZ invited Duncan Cook to offer an invocation and Dave Reames to start us in the Pledge.
    July 27, 2007 Ron Adkins
    July 20, 2007
    On a lovely, rainy day we are reminded of Scotland where this kind of weather is considered summer and the links are prime for play.

    Speaking of links, neophyte President Bob Zawilski, opened this "away" meeting of Lakewood Rotary with a Chambers Bay Links background, as patters of congealed dew bounded from our canvas roof.   It was our first ever Rotary Revival Tent Meeting, with the Right Reverend Robert in the pulpit!
    July 20, 2007 Dave Burgoyne
    JULY 13, 2007

    Zawilski Takes Charge!

        Dateline  July 13 - Tacoma C&GC:  How soon we forget the good 'ol days of the Rediske #2 administration. 
        Our new PrezBob must have analyzed our noon luncheons much like a Standard & Poor stock offering...give 'em plenty of space (& food), then grab the reins when they least expect it!  Like 12:30pm?
    JULY 13, 2007 Dave Covey
    JULY 6, 2007
    The reign of Zawilski the Great got underway promptly at 12:31 pm, Friday, July 6, in the dining room of Tacoma Country & Golf Club when President Bob Zawilski struck the bell with the strength and confidence of one who has been hitting the bell far longer than our new leader has actually been doing it.
    JULY 6, 2007 Dave Sclair
    JUNE 29, 2007
    As 12:30 approached, he anxiously paced back and forth, constantly checking his watch, then peering around the corner towards the doorway.

    These past 52 weeks we had witnessed a startling transformation.  What started as a slightly nervous but outwardly confident presidency just twelve months ago had blossomed into a polished appearance that reminded one of a high level Wall Street CEO ready to address the stockholders and announce record profits at their annual meeting.
    JUNE 29, 2007 Greg Horn
    State of the Union: Final Address
    In my inaugural remarks one year ago, I called for a year of "beer, fun & dancing."  And so it has been, at least for me, anyway.  But more importantly, it has been a year of great accomplishment, thanks to the hard work of so many people in the Club.  Let me count the ways:
    State of the Union: Final Address Greg Rediske
    RI Presidential Conference (Membership)
    President-Elect Wilfrid Wilkinson is hitting the ground running when it comes to Rotary membership. To illustrate the importance of membership, he will hold seven Presidential Conferences on that topic throughout the country. The first will be this July 13 and 14 in Philadelphia. On August 10th and 11th he will be in Vancouver, B.C.
    RI Presidential Conference (Membership) Ben Sclair
    Ambassadorial Scholars
    Ron Adkins announced in his capacity as District 5020 Ambassadorial Scholarship Committee Chair a bit of news he has received concerning two of the District's Scholars.
    Ambassadorial Scholars Ron Adkins
    A man and his Zucchini
    Wanted: Good home for a fresh zucchini.  Collector's Item
    By President (still!) Rediske, aka #2
    A man and his Zucchini Greg Rediske
    June 22, 2007
    VISITING ROTARIANS:   Tyler Hincy and Andy Phillips of Clover Park Rotary and Roger Lee of Tacoma #8 Rotary.

    GUESTS:  Our guests included an Ambassadorial Scholar, Khalilad Sayd, heading to Pakistan from Canada.  Ron Adkins spoke briefly but eloquently about why the Ambassadorial Scholar program is one of his passions.
    June 22, 2007 Joe Quinn
    June 15, 2007
    Visiting Rotarians - Dennis Rowley & Stella Jones of Tacoma #8, Ray Fraley from Clover Park.
    June 15, 2007 Greg Horn
    I forgot, So Here it is...
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    In my zeal to get to the fines last week, I forgot about an announcement, to be made by Bud Montgomery.  Bud got all dressed up in his Courage Classic bike-riding gear and everything, and I missed it on my notes.  Sorry, Bud!!!
    I forgot, So Here it is... Greg Rediske
    June 8, 2007
    Quinn, Johnson and Adkins among Golf's BIGGEST winners at Rotary's equivalent of the US Open
    Dateline: Friday June 8, 2007 - Oakbrook Golf and Country Club
    June 8, 2007 John Magnuson
    46 down, 3 to go..or "A Lame Duck Quacks"

    In 1982:

    • Gas cost 91 cents per gallon.
    • An average home was $82,200
    • Stamps were 20 cents
    • E.T. was the big movie of the year
    • The first CD player was sold in Japan, not yet available in the US.
    • America was beginning a difficult recession.
    • Greg Rediske joined Lakewood Rotary.
    • And Clover Park Rotary was chartered thru the efforts of a number of Lakewood Rotarians.
    46 down, 3 to go..or "A Lame Duck Quacks" Greg Rediske
    Scenes from Golf Tourney Scenes from Golf Tourney Ben Sclair
    June 1, 2007

    Anyone noticed how relaxed President Greg seems to be?   And how anxious Pres-in-waiting Bob seems to be?   It must be June, by jiminey, as the Rotary gear is about to complete its annual cycle and re-set its clock to a new 365 days.  

    Prince Greg "The Merciful" Rediske opened the meeting at 12:01 PM, asking Miles Corrigan to invocate and Paul Guy to pledge. 

    June 1, 2007 Dave Burgoyne
    The Presidential Report
    The District Conference is now complete, and I'm happy to report that Lakewood Rotary was the star of the show.  Or one of them, anyway.  We had a bunch of attendees, 2nd most of any club:
    The Presidential Report Greg Rediske
    May 25, 2007
    With a grand total of 5 more Fridays (after this meeting) before the end of June, President Greg II opened the May 25 meeting of the Rotary Club of Lakewood at the Tacoma Country & Golf Club. Providing excellent assistance for the day were Richard Simmons, sgt-at-arms, Mary Lou Sclair selling raffle tickets, Mike McGovern at the Paul harris desk and the bulletin by Dave Sclair

    May 25, 2007 Dave Sclair
    Legendary good times at the District Conference!
    If I may, please allow me to quote from 50 YEARS OF SERVICE AND FELLOWSHIP, our club history: 
    Legendary good times at the District Conference! Greg Rediske
    On the Road with Rediske #2
    Judy Hosea gave me a private tour of the new Gary & Carol Milgard Hope Center on Friday after the meeting.  What a facility!
    On the Road with Rediske #2 Greg Rediske
    May 18, 2007
    With 7 weeks of his regime remaining, Greg "Lame Duck" Rediske gaveled this week's version of the American Lake Spring Follies - better known as Lakewood Rotary - to order.

    The only dissent came from Le Dauphin, Bob Zawilski, who lamented that "No, no, I still need two months to prepare for leadership." Sorry, Bob. No Rotary president has ever had enough time!
    May 18, 2007 Dave Burgoyne
    "Seven Left!" reports Rediske #2
    Seven meetings to go in the current Rotary year, and there remains the chance that I'll finally get it right one of those meetings.  So you don't want to miss one, just in case!  The reign of Zawilski is nearly upon us.
    "Seven Left!" reports Rediske #2 Greg Rediske
    May 11, 2007
    The second meeting of the second to last month for the second Rediske!
    ..and I almost missed it.  (Any corrections or updates will be added in this format later).
    May 11, 2007 Judy Hosea
    Get ready for Nick!
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    Coming the second or third week of August:  Yannick (Nick) Athia, from Presidente Prudente, Brazil.  As you can see from the picture, Nick is good looking young man.  He is 16 years old, 5' 7", 136 lbs. (or at least that was his weight and height in July of last year).  He has a 13 year old sister (see the picture of his family taken at Universal Studios in Florida last year), his mother is a lawyer-turned-florist, and his father is a businessman. 
    Get ready for Nick! Greg Rediske
    May 4 2007
    May 4 2007 Jane Pryor
    April 27, 2007
    You may have passed a great opportunity to set your watch last Friday. Pres Rediske #2 rang the bell with great precision and, I might add, a measure of authority. Why is it that nine or ten months seem to be required for the presidents to really start demonstrating confidence and style? Perhaps it was our second consecutive week in the CP Technical College that resulted in his sense of familiarity. Whatever, he deftly introduced Jim Rooks who offered the invocation who was followed by Dave Reames who led us through the Pledge of Allegiance. Bill Young was identified as the Sgt at Arms as Ron Adkins bulletin writer. Cindy Thompson served on the Paul Harris Desk.
    April 27, 2007 Ron Adkins
    April 20, 2007
    Greg thanked Tony Robinson for arraigning the meeting space for this week at next.

    On Friday, April 20, the Lakewood Rotary Club presented their Educator of the Month awards. Tony Robinson presented the awards to Wayne Osburn from the Clover Park School District, and Kathy Thomas from the Steilacoom School District.
    April 20, 2007 Dan Livingston
    April 13, 2007
    Despite the inauspicious date (Friday the 13th), our intrepid leader, Gregory the Daring, opened the meeting with Dave "Travelin' Man" Coleman's invocation and Cal Kushen's pledge.
    April 13, 2007 Dave Burgoyne
    April 6, 2007
    The Rotary Club of Lakewood, April 6th, 2007
    Its 2,554th version and still trying to get it right!!

    KaChing!!! The cash register rang at 12:30 and continued throughout the remaining 3600 seconds! Because of the nature of the meeting - decidedly long on a cash theme - everything herein will be denominated in pennies and seconds. This is merely intended to portray that the meeting seemed reeeaaallly looonnng; especially to those who heard the cash register ring in their behalf! KaChing!!!
    April 6, 2007 John Magnuson
     

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