This spooky meeting of the Rotary Club of Lakewood began with a call to order by President Chris Kimball, an Invocation by Dave Coleman and a spine-tingling singing version of the Star Spangled Banner by the club.

 

                                                                                                  

 
The meeting was set up by a triple team of ghouls: Duncan Cook, Bob Hammar and Rob Erb. Bob Zawilski trick-or-treated $520 for the foundation. The devilish Leon Titus handled the raffle desk. Tom Crabill acted as Sargent-at-Arms, to suck the fine blood out of the club. Eric Quinn captured all photographic evidence of the meeting, while trickster Gayle Selden tried to pay attention to the meeting enough to have something to write.
 
                                                                                            
                                                                 
                                                     
The meeting was set up by a triple team of ghouls: Duncan Cook, Bob Hammer and Rob Erb. Bob Zawilski trick-or-treated $520 for the foundation. The devilish Leon Titus handled the raffle desk. Tom Crabill acted as Sargent at Arms to suck the fine blood out of the club. Eric Quinn captured all photographic evidence of the meeting, while trickster Gayle Selden tried to pay attention to the meeting enough to have something to write.
 
Visiting Rotarians included Carolyn McDougal from Tacoma 8, and Dick Vanburg from Gig Harbor.
Guests included Ari Stover, from Tapco Credit Union; Barlow Busher, Greg Rediske’s neighbor; Dr. Peter Marsh, Jim Rooks’s golf buddy; Shawn Mattingly, wife of Mark, and Mary Horn, Lakewood’s newest Social Security recipient (Greg and I will probably pay for him saying that and me printing that comment).
 
                                                       
 
The Rotarian Spotlight of the day was on Jason Whalen. Jason scared us all when he said he charged in six-minute increments. Born in Montana, Jason moved with his family through Oklahoma, Colorado, Montana, Oregon and Alaska before they settled in Spokane, Washington for his 8th grade year. Jason then became a Master Debater (how many are laughing now) and earned a scholarship to Gonzaga.  To pay for the rest of school, Jason joined ROTC. Jason’s two minutes were up but he is currently a business and real estate lawyer at his new firm, Ledger Square Law, and is Deputy Mayor of the city of Lakewood.
 
Ed Shannon reminded us that next Friday is our Veteran’s Day program. Make sure to squeeze into your uniform (or hat) to show your branch pride. We also have a very special guest as a speaker, a former POW, Bill Reeder.
                                                                                                                   
Rick Selden came forward as the head of the community concerns committee, to gain club approval for two projects. The club approved $2000 to LASA for emergency repairs to a duplex. The club also approved $2000 to the Lakewood Lions to run a summer program at Springbrook Park, with the Boys and Girls Club. Rick also let us know that the committee has approved $1500 for the Waste Management bike program to bring 30 bikes for youth in Lakewood. Rick ended his presentation by bribing President Chris with a small Maine Lobster, in soap form, for a recent New England trip.
 
We then watched a video about the Nepal earthquake and the help needed from the Rotary Clubs. The music on the video must’ve been the same music the parents of the Brothers Hoffman played to lull them to sleep. We passed the hat after the earthquake video and sent some money to help.
 
                                                                                                                    
 
ROTARY DATES: DLTA (District Leadership Training Assembly) is coming up some time in 2016. Chris said the dates too quickly this time around. The district website has DLSA in March of 2015, so this writer shall assume it is in March 2016; and Chris will announce the date again soon. The District Conference is June 25th, and in the great city to the south, Olympia (I hear they have a lot of blood suckers there).
Chris then sold some Husky tickets for Saturday’s baseball game. Congrats to Virginia Hillyer for her $100 win (Go Dawgs and go Virginia!). The WSU tickets to the basketball game in Pullman went unsold (Insert sarcastic “Cougars Suck” joke here).
 
And then there was Freaky Fine Time:
Mark Mattingly paid $300 in dues, and a fine for his marriage to Shawn this past August.
Leon Titus claimed an IOU was already paid, but confessed to a recent trip to Alaska and paid $100.
Chris then did a match for the Foundation. I lost track but I am sure a lot of money was raised and subsequently matched by Chris. Bob Zawilski mentioned $2000 for something, but it might’ve been a poltergeist that said that as well.
Scott Buser paid $100 for a 40th Anniversary.
 
                                                                                                                                
Our Program today was on the Lindquist Dental Clinic for children, presented by Carolyn McDougal. Lindquist Dental provides dental service for 40,000 children who can’t normally afford dental care. It provides grants, and low costs for South Sound youth. Lindquist Dental serves out of four sites in the South Sound. Check it out at linquistdental.org
 
                                                                       
 
John Caulfield won $5 in the raffle and the meeting was adjourned.
Now for some REALLY scary stuff. The Sportsman’s Dinner committee had a meeting before the regular meeting. Whenever the Sportsman's Dinner is mentioned, the membership ghosts away. As the ONLY running fundraiser for Lakewood Rotary, we need the club's support more than ever. We are looking for members to commit to complete small tasks in order to build our bigger auction. The tasks we need assistance with include: Procurement Input (enter in information from collected forms for items into the system); ticket sales person (this is a bigger task, but just is a person to head the ticket sales portion); layout and design for online registration site and program; power point person for the night of the auction; procurement chair (this is the biggest task but one we could really use a face for). If you are ready and willing to help, please do not delay in contacting Gayle Selden at gayle@edseldencarpetone.com. Many hands make light work and A LOT of money for our community. Don’t send me to the morgue with stress, or make me threaten you with bloodletting. Help your club out today and get ready to fundraise!
 
In not-so-scary news, our exchange student Cristina just finished her Varsity volleyball career at Lakes. She joined a team who had never won a set and grew it to win a match. Cristina will have more free time without sports, so please call her and invite her over for dinner, out to a play, to see a local site for a family game night etc. Her cell is 253-313-3478. Her favorite food is ice cream.
 
 
                                                                                                                                                 
 
 
 
                               
 
 
 
 
 
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