Posted by Paula Olson on Sep 07, 2018
           At the sparsely attended Friday meeting, thanks to the ongoing Roadster Romp at Friday Harbor in the San Juan Islands, President Gayle Selden opened the meeting, asking Andrew Kruse to lead us in the invocation.
             Joan Strait did a fabulous job leading us in the Pledge of Allegiance.  Duncan Cook, Rob Erb, Don Daniels and Gary Fulton did the set up; Bob Zawilski  manned the Paul Harris table where $357 was collected, and took pictures; Jan Gee sold raffle tickets and acted as Sergeant at Arms; Paula Olson as bulletin writer; and Steve Enquist did official greeting.
            We had one visiting Rotarian: Mike Betts from Tacoma South. Guests included Bob Brubeck (a possible member) and Pete (last name missed, apologies from the writer).  No official Sunshine Report was given but a new offshoot club was announced: The Gnu Knee Club with Greg Horn, with Paula Olson and Rob Erb as the organizers. First meeting to be announced.
Above: The rarely seen wallet of Gordy Quick. This strange creature only survives in the darkness and hibernates year-round
            The first announcement was amazing: Harrison Prep is the third-best school in the state, partly thanks to Lakewood Rotary’s support. All attending had sore arms from the back slapping. Lakes High came in at a not-too-shabby No 10.  Rose Stevens discussed a district grant to help fill a remodeled hostel for the Nepal School for the Deaf. We helped fund the electrical and plumbing work and the district is getting bunk beds, fans and carpeting for up to 120 kids.  Rose asked that we fill her suitcase with books for children in grades 3 – 4 and chapter books for 10 to 11-year-olds. We have until October 15th to do this so clean off the grandkids’ bookshelves and bring ‘em in here.
            Mike Betts invited us to Tacoma South’s mini golf tournament with 20 holes, dinner and auction on October 12th. We can also support them by sponsoring a hole.  Rob Erb says the Pavilion looks fabulous. A work party will put the finishing touches on this Saturday while the best workers are romping with their Roadsters.  Word is those members better enjoy themselves because paybacks are a’ coming. Sally Smith announced that time is about up to buy tickets for the Touch the Sand Sea Scouts Odyssey. 
            President Gayle followed her dad’s instructions by reading his email with great enthusiasm. We gotta sell more bricks! We needed to sell 250 bricks to rake in $25,000 and so far, we only have a paltry $8,000. Thanks to the Cheney Foundation, we received $15,000 but we need 100% Rotary participation. So 38 non brick-buying members had better get to it and do it. You can put anyone or anything’s name on the brick. Some folks were glad to know they could put their beloved pet fish on the brick or a pithy few words of advice, “Get a job” or “Call your mother.” There are forms on line to take care of this business. Another concert in the park will be held on September 11th and Dave Coleman could use some helping hawking bricks.  
            Take the Youth Protection Test. Ask Joe Quinn if you have any questions about that.
             At this point in the meeting, silence fell and soft music began to play.  President Gayle dipped her head below the podium and transformed herself into the queen she thought she always was. And fine time began. Bob Zawilski paid for his birthday in Canadian money as long as he didn’t have to pay again when Greg announced the birthday boys and girls. The queen acquiesced. He paid $53.96 to commemorate the birthday that followed his last birthday in sequential order. (Yes, he really said that as not even I can make this stuff up.) Queen Gayle didn’t want to rat on a Rotarian so what did she do instead? She announced that Bill Allen finally got his rear end into a meeting after missing the last 100 or so. His excuse was he was working for a living and didn’t have time to waste sitting around the Country Club sipping cold coffee, eating salad and listening to a bunch of nonsense. But he paid $20. Joan Strait paid $20 because she and Gail are going to Egypt to see the Nile River and other stuff. 
            Barlow got the prize for the most inventive reason to pay a fine. Turns out Charlie the dog got a growth on his paw. The vet said it would cost about $3,500 to remove it. While Barlow was shopping around for a cheaper vet, Charlie took care of business and chewed it off. Being ecstatic at saving some serious cash, Barlow donated $40 to the Queen.
            Mary Lou Sclair had to sit at the old guys’ table so the Queen made all the old guys pay $2. Lots of old-guy grumbling was heard. Mo announced that he returned from a wonderful trip with his daughter and granddaughter to Eastern Europe where he was able to see sights form his youth. He paid $20. President Gayle told all of us to read Mo’s autobiography as it was an inspiring story.
            Sally Smith introduced our speaker, Liz Heath. She is the Interim Director of Communities in Schools, a non-profit organization aimed to help students succeed in school. Liz has a 40-year career in non-profit organizations but also does many other things. Liz started off telling us a story about a fundraising trip she took with Rob Erb to Boeing. On the way, they discussed how much they would ask for and decided on $25,000. They knew to keep it to more than they expected to receive. At the meeting, Rob surprised Liz by asking for $5,000 and they got it.
Above: Presenter Liz Heath
            Communities in Schools (CIS) works with students at four Lakewood schools: Clover Park High School, Four Heroes Elementary, Lochburn Middle School and Tillicum Elementary School. Liz told the story of 19 seniors at Clover Park. 13 were not targeted to graduate as of March 2018. CIS staff jumped in and worked with those students daily and weekly and all of them graduated on time. CIS is an affiliate of a national organization and has to meet standards of that organization. They are viewed every five years. Schools are selected using three criteria: where the district wants CIS involvement; based on a feeder system; and where the need is greatest. In these schools, 88% qualify for free or reduced-fee lunches.
            The CIS program consists of three tiers: an all-school event at the start of school; group work; and intensive work with kids one on one. These students are referred by the school and a community of resources focus on those students using the ABC system (Attend, Behavior, Course Completion). The CIS staff is assisted by AmeriCorps participants and a mentor program that was reactivated this year. Liz encouraged us to sign up for the mentor program or call her for more information about it. There is a great need for mentors.
            CIS is supported by private donations, reimbursement by AmeriCorps, and grants. October 5th is an auction and dinner for fundraising. Liz took member questions. CIS does not do more than work with students in schools. Mentors must commit to one hour a week during the school day. Mentors connect with students, be their friend and encourage and support them in their school work or assist with personal issues. The 13 students in danger of not graduating succeeded by working their tails off and meeting daily and weekly goals. The CIS’ budget is just under $600,000 with 20% going to administration. The goal is to double the number of schools they support. 
            Liz thanked us again for our support. Thank you, Liz, for a very interesting report and such great work helping our youth.      
Raffle winner was Steve Enquist with $1,060 in the bag.  He selected a white chip.  Better luck next time, Steve.
           Our presenter on September 14 will be Joan Toone: Putting a Face on Polio and How Rotary Helps
           One final note: read this bulletin and tell Greg Rediske to get a make-up. Also, do your online shopping on Amazon Smile so a portion of your purchase may be allocated to Lakewood Rotary. Happy shopping!