President Rose returned to us after a brief illness as she banged the gong snapping us all to attention…or least most of us. I think that a few were still asleep.
 
Welcome back Rose!
 
The perpetually eloquent Dave Coleman gave a perfect invocation – not too long, not too short and covering all of the salient points. Clint Johnson (aka Clint Black) led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
The esteemed Greg Horn was introduced by President Rose as the person to deliver the low down on yet another Rotary in Action action. Greg introduced his wife Mary, and then shared information about Rotary Leadership Training\Emerging Rotary Leaders Program. Greg stated that it was 4 days of intense training and fun. I’m not totally sure how those two functions work together but if Greg says they do then I believe it!
 
As an aside, among the people that left us in 2016 was Zsa Zsa Gabor. The woman led an interesting life and had some of the best quotes ever. Here is one I particularly enjoy: “I’m a marvelous housekeeper….Every time I leave a man, I keep his house." What a sweet lady!
 
                             
 
The worker bees for this meeting were: Rob Erb & Ward Fletcher setting up\taking down. Chuck Hellar took our money at the Paul Harris table while “Lucky” Tom Crabill took care of drawing ticket sales. (Tom, maybe you can talk someone else into doing that since you won the big drawing. Just convince them that it's good luck to do it – sort of like getting your buddies to pay to help you paint the fence). Donn Irwin wrote this and Walt Richardson provided the photo coverage. Tom C. also was the Sergeant at Arms.
 
Yours truly introduced visiting Rotarians: Virginia Ferguson from Sunrise, Debbie Ranniger of Passports Clubs of Pierce County, George Frasier (Janie’s husband) from Auburn and Bob Cammarano of #8. It was great to see Bob.
 
John Forkenbrock delivered the “Sunshine” report. Ron Adkins and Mike M. are both recovering from recent surgeries. John also reminded us of Norm Tremaine’s service tomorrow (January 14) at 1:00PM\Little Church on the Prairie.
 
Rose then got us into the announcements: Virginia Ferguson plugged Sunrise Rotary’s Feb 11th fundraising auction which provides scholarships for Lincoln High School students. Diane Formso talked about a Caring for Kids Program and then:
 
Gayle Selden\Sportsman’s Dinner & Auction Chair extraordinaire reminded us all about the upcoming Sportsman’s Dinner and Auction. She provided us some financials and gave a few examples of how the money is given back to the community – all very important stuff. She mentioned good food, good drinks, 47 years of providing good stuff for the community and the girls of Ponders Corners. Maybe I got that out of sequence and mixed it up with something about the way it used to be when the Sportsman’s Dinner was all male and gamey? I don’t know, I wish Greg or Ole would have been there to straighten it all out for me… oh vell…vat da heck.  Gayle also had handouts to let you know what team you are on for procurement. Don’t be shy – procure, PROCURE, PROCURE!
Important to note – the event is on APRIL 22nd!!
 
                               
 
Above: Lakewood Rotary Student of the Month, Kelbie Pogoncheff
 
Kim Prentice introduced our Student of the Month for January: Kelbie Pogoncheff (pronounced kel-bee P-oh-gone-cheff). 
 According to her principal, Lakes High School junior Kelbie Pogoncheff (pronounced kel-bee P-oh-gone-cheff) has one of the biggest hearts of any student at Lakes High School. She is described as empathetic, passionate and hard working.  She has, over the course of her three years at Lakes, grown in her leadership. She maintains a 3.78 GPA and is very focused on accomplishing her future goal of becoming a non-invasive pediatric cardiologist. 
 
Beyond school, work and being a help to others in any way that she can at Lakes, Kelbie has a special place in her heart for special needs students. She uses her own time to volunteer in Lakes High School’s life skills and functional transition classes. Congratulations Kelbie!
Just a note of appreciation - Kim spends a lot of time working on this project for us and then writes up the announcement for us all to be “in the know." Thank you Kim! (The entire introduction\profile on Kelbie is at the bottom of this newsletter)
 
Ask anyone and they will tell you that foundations matter. Steve Enquist came forward to announce that our Foundation is in pretty good shape. So far this year we have added $41,000 to the Foundation and have 22 Paul Harris Fellowships. Our total is $1,036,000 since inception. We have 87 Paul Harris Fellows and 9 Major Donors. You people are just plain awesome. We added another $540.00 to the Foundation today as well.
            
                             
 
Stepping up to the plate for her first Paul Harris Fellowship was Janie Frasier. Way to go Janie! Right after that Steve E. announced that Ward Fletcher is a Major Donor and was recognized with his Level II award. Ward, the world is a better place because of you!
Speaking of quotes (just kidding)…..in today’s polarized political reality, I find it interesting that not that long ago it seemed  just like the way it is today. Back in the day, Lily Tomlin once said that “No matter how cynical [things] get, it’s impossible to keep up." Ain’t it the truth!
 
This and that – Rick Selden got us to approve sending money to LASA. He ended with a reminder about the District Conference that will be run May 4-6. Go to rotary, 5020.org for more info. Jan Gee paid for a new badge, a trip to Mexico and for missing the Roast of Rose with her fellow Puffins – thank you for the $$ Jan.
 
On this cold winter's day in January, Mary Moss introduced our guest speaker, one Lt. Col. Robert Schmidt whose presentation is entitled “Operation Deep Freeze." If we thought we had some cold temperatures to deal with, we have another thing coming!
Lt. Col Schmidt did a marvelous job of introducing us to the coldest (-128F, driest 2” of precipitation, windiest (200 mph)) place on earth – Antarctica. Yes, it really is a continent.
 
                                
 
Above: Presenter, Lt. Col. Robert Schmidt
 
Operation Deep Freeze (ODF) Planning started in 1954 with the idea of furnishing logistics support for the 1957-58 Geophysical Survey. The operation is comprised of 50 members and operates under the Antarctic Treaty. The time limit for the treaty is that it will go on indefinitely (Mr. Lowney, please let Rick know that that means it will last a long time…thanks).
 
Here is a little history of the USAF and ODF. The first flight was on October 21, 1956. The plane was a C-124 Globemaster III named Miss North Carolina. The operation takes place in the southernmost port in the world. Said port can be reached only after an ice breaking ship cuts a path through the ice from the Ross Sea. The mission brings in people and equipment including vehicles, food and mail. At McMurdo Station there are approximately 1100 personnel (150 military) in the summer and 150 in the winter. At Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station the elevation is 9301 feet and the temperature varies between -120 and -15F.
 
All of this is to support science programs like atmospheric climate, climate, medical, and biological research as well as astronomy (there is a 50 meter telescope there) and oceanography.
 
It was a chilling and informative story presented perfectly by the Lt. Col. and his able assistant Tech Sgt. Tim Chacom. If you would like more information regarding Operation Deep Freeze please contact Master Sgt. Todd Wivell at 253-229-4515. Todd also made it clear that if we as a club wanted to have a meeting at McChord he would be happy to make that happen. Program committee, did you get that…call Todd at 253-229-4515.
 
In the first drawing since the big jackpot, Mary Horn had the winning number and drew a ………white chip for $5.00
 
Oh, and by the way, it was Bill Potter’s birthday.
 
In honor of the upcoming baseball season it is necessary to get things started with a Casey Stengel quote: “The secret of managing a club is to keep the five guys who hate you away from the five who are undecided."
 
Ole….I know someone reads this stuff….I just don’t know why.
 
CORRECTION on last week's bulletin: Margie Hoffman, not Connie Hoffman, did all of the work on the wreaths on the graves at the Camp Lewis cemetery.  Margie is Wynn's wife; Connie is Vaughn's wife. We apologize to the Hoffmans for the error.
   
      
 
Lakewood Rotary Student of the Month
Kelbie Pogoncheff
 
According to her principal, Lakes High School junior Kelbie Pogoncheff (pronounced kel-bee P-oh-gone-cheff) has one of the biggest hearts of any student at Lakes High School. She is described as empathetic, passionate and hard working.
 
She has, over the course of her three years at Lakes, grown in her leadership. She maintains a 3.78 GPA and is very focused on accomplishing her future goal of becoming a non-invasive pediatric cardiologist. 
 
Kelbie stretched herself even further to join student leadership this year and is a member of the ASB. Beyond school, work and being a help to others in any way that she can at Lakes, Kelbie has a special place in her heart for special needs students. She uses her own time to volunteer in Lake High School’s life skills and functional transition classes. She makes a point to sit at lunch with her life skills friends and serves as a role model to encourage her peers to do the same. She has been an advocate with school officials too, to provide more opportunities for all students connecting and supporting special needs students. 
 
Kelbie pursues her passion outside of school as well. She coaches for various sports with Special Olympics, and plans and implements summer camps through Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s Exceptional Family Members Program. She has found her calling in serving others. Lakes High School students and staff are proud to have Kelbie part of the Lancer Family. She inspires everyone to be better people. 
 
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