Posted by Tonya Winski
Was that a virtual hot tub background enhancing the view of our mighty President Mark?!  No, no, no…that was an actual hot tub that our mighty President WAS SITTING IN with his suit on (I am guessing just the top) for the entire duration of the meeting. With Zoom meetings, anything and anyplace is possible. I am not sure that I heard a bell over the bubbling hot tub, but never fear the meeting started on time at 12:30.
 
 
 
Above: Our Hot (Tub) President Mark Edgecomb
 
Being my first Bulletin-writing attempt, I know that I won’t quite hit the mark, but I’ll sure have fun trying. I also hope there isn’t a minimum word count to meet as I tend to keep things short and sweet. Finally, here’s to hoping that I don’t spell anyone’s name wrong, especially Donnnnn’s with all those nnnnns – if I do, my sincere apologies.
 
With a missing Andrew Kruse, Mark gave his best steaming hot tub invocation and Mary Jo Strom Copland led us in the Pledge of Allegiance that even my 8 year old joined in on!
 
A high-five to Leanna Christian for her continued Zoom meeting management.  
 
Guests:
Filling a Zoom square was our own Lakewood Rotary member and District Governor Greg Horn and several of the Puffin Platoon including Tonya Winski (Me), Tom George, and Brehen Freeman. Guests included Jessica James, Dave Hall, and our Speaker Lee Baleme.  
 
Sunshine report:
We were thrilled to have Gayle join us in her Zoom square, after recovering from a positive COVID-19 result. Symptoms were more cold-like that then turned into flu, but she experienced no other symptoms. Four of her store’s six employees tested positive. She also shared that both of her parents have tested positive, but have no symptoms (other than thinking that they need another nap).
 
No one was born, married, or had a Rotary anniversary on November 6th (in our Club anyways!)
 
New Member Installation:
Today, we welcomed Jessica James and Dave Hall as our newest Lakewood Rotary members! After inducting two new Puffins, our Mighty President went on to explain the Rotary packet and pins!
 
 
Above: New Member Jessica James
 
 
 
Above: New Member Dave Hall
 
Chris Kimball explained that people born in November are the happiest people on earth?! I googled this and according to the internet it is true that people born in November have the lowest rates of clinical depression, and are happier.
 
 Announcements:
Coats for Kids! A coat drive for new, washable coats will begin now and culminate on December 4, 2020 at the parking lot of Dave and Barb Reames at 9874 Gravelly Lake Drive SW.  Bring coats there between 2 and 5:00 p.m.  For boys and girls, age 5-18, sponsored by Caring for Kids and the Rotary Partners.
 
Bill Potter confirmed that we have a table and several volunteers for this year’s Build-a-Bike on Saturday, November 21....from 9-11 and 12-2.  Contact Bill to volunteer.
 
Nominations for our board and slate of officers is now open! Connect with Gayle Selden on your nomination recommendations.  
 
On Feb. 5th, 2021 Puyallup South Hill Rotary's Gold and Silver Virtual FREE Auction will be happening: “A Night at the Oscars". Learn more or register at https://southhillrotary.org/gold-and-silver-raffle-and-gala/ or call 253-625-3104.
 
The 2020-2021 Rotary Zone Institute on Nov. 12-14th. To register visit: https://zone 2627.org/2020-rotary-institute/. Note: You can choose the classes that you want to participate in from the comforts of your own home.
 
Reminder:  Rotary International Convention is June 12-16, 2021 in Taipei, Taiwan. So far, the Horns and the Edgecombs have committed.
 
Debits and Credits UPDATE:
The debits are only $70 away from goal whereas the Credits are $600 away. Tom George, a debit, pledged $71! YEAH!! Oh, but wait…there is a disclaimer: each group has about $300 in outstanding fines that still need to be paid.  An IOU does not cut it!
 
Regardless of the disclaimer, lots of folks stepped up to pay a fine, including Greg and Mary Horn who each paid $20 for their rewarding volunteer efforts at the ballot box as they witnessed so many people excited to vote for their first time! They invited others who volunteered to pay up too.
 
Jan Gee also paid a $100 fine after showing us the 4-page spread on her upcoming retirement! Congratulations Jan!!
 
Program:
Rob Erb gave a warm welcome to Lee Baleme from the Wounded Warriors Project.
 
History: The Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) began in 2003 as a small, grassroots effort providing simple care and comfort items to the hospital bedsides of the first wounded service members returning home from the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. As their post-service needs evolved, so have our programs and services, which include mental health, career counseling, and long-term rehabilitative care — improving the lives of millions of warriors and their families. This effort requires the passion and commitment of friends, supporters, and like-minded organizations who enable us to fulfill our mission and guarantee, as much as possible, that when those who serve come home, they’re afforded every opportunity to be as successful as a civilian as they were in the military.
 
Lee went on to give an in-depth explanation of many of their programs to include:
 
Through the WWP Independence Program, the most severely injured warriors are provided resources and support to help them live a more independent life, on their own terms and at home instead of in a long-term care facility. Needing this support for the rest of their lives, the WWP provides vital resources including social and recreational activities, general wellness, education, and life skills.
 
WWP Warriors to Work – in this program, they help returning vets set goals to find their next job, help with resume development, resume review, and offer a suite of employment resources.
 
WWP Warrior Care Network partners with four world-renowned academic medical centers, healing invisible wounds of service and improving the psychological healing of our nation's veterans. The Warrior Care Network program provides veterans living with PTSD, TBI, and related conditions with a path to long-term wellness.
  • Participating warriors receive a year’s worth of mental health care during a 2-3-week intensive outpatient program, using evidence-based treatments with alternative therapies.
  • Warriors who complete the Warrior Care Network program have seen a significant improvement in PTSD and depression symptoms.
Project Odyssey is a 12-week mental health program that uses adventure-based learning to help warriors manage and overcome their invisible wounds, enhance their resiliency skills, and empower them to live productive and fulfilling lives. Based on their unique needs, warriors can participate in an all-male, all-female, or couples Project Odyssey.
The program starts with a five-day mental health workshop, where warriors are challenged to step outside the comfort of their everyday routines. This opens them up to new experiences that help them develop their coping and communication skills. After the workshop, participants work together with WWP to stay engaged, achieve their personal goals, and make lifelong positive changes.
Physical Health and Wellness: Through coaching, nutritional education, adaptive sports, goal setting, and skill building, WWP empowers wounded warriors to make long-term changes so they can lead more active, healthy lives.
 
Solider Ride is a four-day cycling experience open to all, with bikes, clothes, and all other require needs provided at no cost. No injury is limiting as their provide bikes to meet all needs.
Benefit Services:
 VA-accredited staff members help warriors navigate the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Department of Defense (DoD) to get exactly what they need, so they can take care of themselves and their loved ones.
Alumni and Engagement:
Veterans who register and join Wounded Warrior Project are called Alumni. As alumni, warriors and their families find veteran help through free programs, services, and events that make healing possible. As a part of this:
 
  • Service members are visited the moment they are hospitalized.
  • Teams all over create engagement events and other opportunities to connect warriors to each other and to the community. As an example, coming up at the Puyallup VFW will be a grill and cook-off event. On day one, warriors will learn how to grill and on day two there will be a cook-off with the food being donated to local police and firefighters. 
 
More information:
WWP Home Page: https://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/
2019 Annual Report: https://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/media/i42htqen/2019_annual_report.pdf
2020  WWP Annual Warrior Survey: https://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/media/ssdj3mez/2020-annual-warrior-survey_executive-summary.pdf
WWP RESOURCE CENTER at 888.997.2586 or email: resourcecenter@woundedwarriorproject.org
(HOURS OF OPERATION: Monday - Friday 9 am - 9 pm ET)
Warriors To Work Employer Registration (Hiring wounded Veterans) https://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/programs/warriors-to-work/employer
 
Contact:
Lee Baleme lbaleme@woundedwarriorproject.org
cell: 904.716.4732
 
Meeting closing:
The meeting then promptly closed at 1:30 with our mighty President attempting to ring the bell (while still in the hot tub) with a FULL glass of wine that he assured us would stay full for the rest of the day – good thing that his daughter wasn’t pouring or I’d have my doubts that the wine would flow too much longer.  By the way, he was in Portland, OR visiting his daughter who flew in for the weekend to visit her boyfriend.
 
Note:  Read this bulletin and tell Greg Rediske so you can get a makeup.  Also, if you shop online, please do so at Amazon Smile—a portion of your purchase will be allocated to Lakewood Rotary.
Don’t miss:  11/13:  Bob Zawilski and Sally Smith – Little Food Pantries
11/20  Nicole Hancock and Eric Quinn – Rotary Auction
11/27:  No Meeting, and Happy Thanksgiving
 
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