Posted by Greg Rediske
Leon Titus. Who knew?!?  Born on April 8, 1956, he was the first current Lakewood Rotarian to be born after the club had their first regular meeting on March 16, 1956. $4 Million dollars in donations later, we are still handy, as the song says:
 
  • I could be handy, mending a fuse
    When your lights have gone
    You can knit a sweater by the fireside
    Sunday mornings go for a ride
    Doing the garden, digging the weeds
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Recognize those lyrics? “Will you still need me, will you still feed me, When I’m 64.” The Beatles, of course. Congratulations Leon and Rotary. Not to mention Gary Barton, Jim Weinand and Don Daniels who share the same age as Lakewood Rotary.
 
 
And it was only 55 years earlier when Sir Edward Elgar wrote Pomp And Circumstance March No. 1 In D for the coronation of King Edward VII. Which in turn led President William Potter I to play said march in honor of all the graduates for 2020. To think: only 5 more songs to go before Bill rides into the Past President sunset. It has been a wild musical ride these past few months…..
 
First the music, then the invocation from Charlene Miseli, highlighting the meaning of the upcoming holiday, Memorial Day. Never forget. Michael Lewis led us in the pledge to the flag, followed by Bill thanking Zoom-star Leanna Christian for her technical expertise. I’m sure a loud groan was emitted then by the assembled Zoom-ers, when it was announced that the substitute bulletin writer was one Greg Rediske. Thankfully, everyone was muted.
 
There were no visiting Rotarians, and no guests of Rotarians at this time. Storey Quinn made a brief (though not silent) appearance later, while Steve Mazoff’s cat also showed up. John Forkenbrock had no Sunshine to report, but it was later reported that Gordon and Juanita Quick are back in town, but Gordon has a hurting back. Fortunately, it was not from falling off his roof this winter---not recommended for people that are 88, Gordon.
 
Ron Banner regaled us before the meeting started and also at this point of the meeting about the goings-on at the Clover Park School District No. 400. They distributed 3000 laptops to students in need for their virtual schooling, as well as establishing many wi-fi connectivity locations. 69 meal service stops have been setup throughout Lakewood and JBLM, serving over 100,000 meals between March 17 and April 14. Child care for first responders has been set up at two elementary schools (Idlewild and Custer). The YMCA has been a terrific partner, along with the City, JBLM, and others. IB tests were cancelled, but diploma students are considered graduated, and hopefully all colleges will so agree. As to whether exchange students will be welcome, that falls under the considerably large category of “don’t know”.
 
And now it’s time for: Guess the Rotarian!!
 
 
Announcements:
 
--The Daffodil Dash is (was by the time you get this) this Saturday. James Guerrero and Jim Rooks are on a team of runners, while President Potter will be setting up a table for the event. His job seems easier.
--In these uncertain economic times, the club doesn’t want financial worry to inhibit Rotary membership. Anyone with concerns about the soon-to-be issued dues invoice of $185 need only contact a board member, including Greg Rediske (gnsrediske@msn.com), and it shall be taken care of. (Dues e-mailing: May 26, due by June 30)
--A polling was done, asking how many of the 52 members logged on would pick up a lunch at the Tacoma Country and Golf Club, if so arranged. 20 said yes, so stay tuned to see if that will happen.
--Installation of new officers: at the Zoom club meeting at 12:30 on June 26.
--The District Training (thanks District Governor Greg Horn and his fabulous assistant, Mary!) was an unqualified success. Jim Rooks termed it “fantastic!” Praise was also given for the Zoom party afterwards, as well. The Year of Horn will be fabulous, without question.
 
 
Above: Greg and Mary Horn, accepting various awards
 
--Anne Enquist is putting together a committee (volunteers?) to recognize and honor Lakewood citizens going above and beyond (outside work) to help those in need. She calls them “Covid Crushers.”
--Rapid Rapping Chris Kimball drummed and “sang” an auction call to action. The theme of the auction, as noted by co-chair Eric Quinn, is “Persevering today and inspiring tomorrow.” It starts at 1:30 p.m. on June 12 and runs through 7:30 p.m. on June 19. Procurement deadline is June 1. Website is https://lakewoodrotary.maxgiving.bid/ Famous people are pictured therein! Leanna Christian and others will be looking for online registrants (culled from our social media exposure and emails from past auctions). We have 60 items presently and would like 100. If you want to “Buy Now”, 35% over value gets you the item.
 
COVID-19: Effects
Don Daniels sells safety equipment, with 21 locations around the US, with 300 employees. At first, sales went down 10% as businesses closed. They were flooded with PPE orders, but no supply. They are still having supply difficulties from manufacturing, but sales are now up 40%. Disposable gloves, N-95 masks, thermometers, “courtesy masks”, cleaning supplies. They are buying 55 gallon containers of cleaning liquids, and re-packaging in gallon containers: when they can get the containers and pumps. Tesla is asking for 400,000 surgical masks. Most of the supply is in China, and a plane there for pick up cannot disembark the crew: load the items, then take off for another country to refill with gas. Otherwise, it’s a 14-day quarantine for the crew. Prices are rising fast, with demand exceeding supply. Dan Livingston concurred: they are selling more masks than paint. He termed the supply chain “weird”.
 
Peter Marsh volunteered that his daughter will do a Zoom meeting program for us as we’re able to schedule it. Her book is: The Fear Factor: How One Emotion Connects Altruists, Psychopaths, and Everyone In-Between. Jim Rooks and Steve Mazoff raved about the book. (I’m hoping most of us lean toward the altruism side as opposed to the other side.)
 
And finally, Eric Quinn is the new/old Bulletin Editor, desperately in search of a new Editor in Chief. 
 
The aforementioned Lakewood Rotary, 64 years old and counting, is indeed still handy. (See how I tied in the introduction?). Check out what YOU have done this year in Lakewood and in the world. With more to come:
 
 
 
DATE
COMMITTEE
RECIPIENT
USE
AMOUNT
7/11
Community Concerns
Family Renewal Shelter
 
$2,000
7/11
Courage
Puyallup Rotary
Courage rest stop supplies
$250
7/18
Military Appreciation
Air Force Association
Airmen support golf tournament
$620
7/25
World Community Service
Arghakhanchi Nepal
DSG project
$3,700
7/30
World Community Service
Tulum, Mexico
Water purification system /fountain
$1,700
8/16
Community Concerns
TALC
Tacoma Area Literacy grant
$500
8/16
Community Concerns
Springbrook Connections
Springbrook park grant
$2,000
8/16
Community Concerns
Communities in School
Communities is school grant
$2,000
8/16
Community Concerns
Lakewood Arts Festival
7th annual film-arts-books extravaganza
$500
8/23
World Community Service
TRIFC Org
training rural teachers for the blind
$1,500
8/23
World Community Service
Russia Intercountry Comm.
Siberian flooding disaster relief
$1,000
8/30
Community Concerns
Steilacoom High School
Advanced community based instruction
$1,080
8/30
Community Concerns
Lemay WCMX
Bike build project for needy children
$1,000
9/18
Rotary Foundation
Rotary Foundation
Money raised at Beerfest
$1,105
9/20
World Community Service
Rotary club of Dhulikhel
Xray machine
$3,000
9/20
World Community Service
Tacoma South Rotary
DSG water project in India. Bio sand filters
$500
9/24
 
 
 
 
9/27
World Community Service
Rotary disaster relief fund
Money raised at 9/13 & 9/20 meeting for relief to Nassau from hurricane Dorian.
$2,406
10/4
Military Appreciation
Puget Sound Honor Flight
Transport veterans to DC memorial
$1,900
10/4
World Community Service
Rotary Club of Morea
Handicap center of Morea, Tahiti to purchase 3 car seats, a laminator and a blue tooth Bose
$500
10/16
Y outh Activities & Sports
Lemay  
Additional monies for the bike build
$500
10/16
Courage
Phil Eng
Supplies for the rest stop
$623
11/22
Community Concerns
Center for Military Support
Thanksgiving meals for military students at PLU annual Thanksgiving meals
$1,000
11/22
Community Concerns
St Clare Hospital
Claire's Closet
$2,000
11/22
Military Appreciation
Wreaths across America
 
$2,000
12/12
Community Concerns
West Pierce Firefighters
Firefighters Christmas project
$1,000
12/20
Community Concerns
Gig Harbor Rotary
Ebola project
$100
12/20
Community Concerns
Rick Selden
Bike locks
$146
1/16
Community Concerns
LASA
emergency shelter
$2,750
1/23
Food baskets
Emergency food network
break bags
$2,000
1/23
Lakewood Community Foundation
Lakewood Comm. Found.
annual contribution
$2,000
1/30
World Community Service
Rotary club of Dhulikhel
bikes for girls
$1,045
3/6
Community Concerns
R. Merle minority scholarship
Training / mentoring
$2,000
3/6
Community Concerns
Lakewold Gardens
capital improvements
$2,000
2/20
international service
WAS
WAS registration and airfare, one stuident
$0
2/5
youth services
RYLA
conference registration
$0
4/26
Community Concerns
Nourish
Covid assistance
$3,000
4/26
Community Concerns
Caring for Kids
Covid assistance
$3,000
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
$52,425
 
 
NEXT WEEK:
Morris Northcutt: On the Road with Morris and his trumpet!
 
Email to gnsrediske@msn.com for makeup after reading this bulletin. You deserve it if you got this far.
 
Guess the Rotarian: John Warner, of course. 92 years young on May 30. But not 90+ in this picture.      
 
And don’t forget to use smile.amazon.com for your Amazon purchases and select Rotary Club of Lakewood Charitable Fund for your charity.
Wait. Did I say “finally” a while ago??? As Columbo used to say, “Just one more thing……”
 
Below are two of our Lakewood Rotary legends. Russ Klauser is the namesake for the Rotarian of the Year award, and Bernie Ootkin is the same for the Non-Rotarian of the Year award. Dr. Ootkin was there for meeting #1 in 1956, but did not, I’m sorry to report, deliver baby Leon a couple of weeks later.
 
 
Above: Russ Klauser
 
 
Above: Bernie Ootkin
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