Posted by Greg Rediske on Jan 04, 2019
      It was not 12:29. It was not 12:31. It was, in fact, exactly 12:30 on the dot when President Gayle charmed all who gathered on the campus of the Clover Park Technical College for the first meeting of the new year, 2019 to be exact.
It was also Gayle's first trip to the other side of the mountain: her second six months as president of this illustrious club. And not a hint of an impeachment proceeding. So far.
      Eternal thanks for the moment went out to John Lowney (lunch money collections), Jim Weinand (Paul Harris table), Chuck Hellar (drawing tickets/Sgt at Arms), Eric Quinn (photography), Duncan Cook/Bob Hammar (meeting setup and take-down), Barlow Buescher (Thought for the Day, aka The Invocation), Bob Zawilski (Pledge leadership) and special thanks to our food workers: Mary Horn, Greg Horn, Rose Stevens, and Ron Irwin. I
      It was apparently Ron's idea to go to Casa Mia for the lasagna and French bread trays, which met with universal acclaim. "It was hot!!!" And not only that, but Rose, Mary/Greg and Ron provided their personal silverware to be used instead of plastic forks. So much Service Above Self. Thanks, too, for washing said silverware afterward (and presumably washing them before as well).
      Rotary guest: Jennifer, President-elect of her club in California.
      Member guests: Brian, with Dan Livingston.
      Sunshine Report from Gayle: Bill Allen's mother passed away before Christmas. Dan Livingston's mother had a tumor removed from her brain immediately before Christmas, and is now in cancer protocol.
      December was a great month for Lakewood Rotary: wreath laying, bike delivery, EFN project, helping a homeless family get through the process, and the Presidential Roast. How great was the Roast? "The best Roast ever!!!!!" declared She Who Must Be Obeyed, President Gayle. (It must be said: I thought the roast of one Greg Rediske in 2006 was the best ever. And Ben Sclair thinks his was the best ever. And probably the same for every other president who was lucky enough to have one. But it's not a contest, now is it? So I'm prepared to declare Gayle's the Best of the Decade.)
It was along about this time that John Warner presented a dozen roses to Rose, Stevens that is, who was the principal facilitator of the help given to the homeless family noted above.
By all means, marry.  If you get a good wife, you'll become happy; if you get a bad one, you'll become a philosopher.- Socrates
I was married by a judge.  I should have asked for a jury.- Groucho Marx
Business, Business:
      $1700 was raised in fines at the Roast, and that was rounded to $2000 for the Emergency Food Network. It was over the $2K amount where a club  vote is needed, and it was approved unanimously. Also approved unanimously was the slate of officers for 2019-20. We had previously agreed to close the nominations,  but apparently neglected to actually vote on the officers. As a reminder those officers will be:
      President Bill Potter; Treasurer John Lowney, Secretary Greg Rediske, Past President Gayle Selden, continuing board members Mary Horn, Mary Marlin, Wynn Hoffman, new board members (2 year term) Paula Olson, Rob Erb, Barb Spriggs, and (drum roll please) President-Elect Mark (aka Marg) Edgecomb.
    January 22, 7 pm at the City Council chambers: Lakewood Rotary will be given the Larry Saunders Award for community service. Please be there, if you can!
      World Affairs Conference: Mo Sarram told us that the theme for this year's conference is "social media". The club pays tuition and travel for two to Wisconsin. February 10 is the deadline for application for current juniors in high school. Can be children, grandchildren, relatives, friends of Lakewood Rotarians. Also on the committee is Mark (Marg) Edgecomb, who noted that his daughter's greatest memory in her life thus far is not her 17-year association with Mark (Marg), but her trip last year to the conference. Spread the word!
The secret of a good sermon is to have a good beginning and a good ending;
and to have the two as close together as possible.- George Burns
      Steve Enquist cemented this meeting as the Rose Stevens Recognition Extravaganza Meeting with the award of her 8th (!!) Paul Harris Award. He also noted that Rose is one of two Lakewood Rotarians who utilizes the direct deposit function rather than paying regularly at the front desk.
Important dates:
January 26  Annual Lions Crab Feed. 6 pm at McGavick Center. $60. 
February 2  Caring For Kids Dinner Auction. 5 pm at McGavick Center, $40.00
April 13        49th Annual Lakewood Rotary Sportsman's Dinner. 5 pm at McGavick Center. $75
Police arrested two kids yesterday, one was drinking battery acid and the other was eating fireworks. They charged one, and let the other one off.
More Announcements:
      Sally Porter Smith asked that anyone with a travel destination coming up that they would like to know any health concerns for that area, please contact her and it will be included in next week's program from Linda Henslee, travel nurse.
      Andrew Kruse noted that the next RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Assembly) is March 7-10, and interviews of Lakes High students are coming up.
A man entered a local newspaper's pun contest. He sent in 10 different puns, in the hope that at least one of the puns would win. Unfortunately, no pun in ten did.
The Winter Crown is donned: The Queen Speaks! The Queen Demands Money!
--Joe Quinn forgot his secrets-filled youth abuse and harassment binder at the Club. $20
--Terry Roarke forgot his umbrella at the Club. For 6 months. $$
--Anne Enquist forgot her puffin when travelling to the Rotary International Conference. Her reward/penalty: her very own permanent puffin to take with her on all her travels, courtesy of Ted Wier.
(A lot of fines for forgetting. I sense a theme here. You see, our average age is 65 and our median age is 68. Hence, a bountiful source of fine money.)
--Jim Weinand, Hawaii in November. $$
--Peter Marsh, Belize. "Amazing!"  $20
--Sonia Martinez, went to the Country Club instead, had her three year wedding anniversary, is pregnant, going to California soon, guiding a group ministering to the migrant community. $$
--Mo Sarram, Puerto Vallarta with all their family, $20
--Barlow Buescher, entertained 18 of Karen's family for Christmas, and got some help from the Horn B&B, $20.
Money can't buy you happiness .... But it does bring you a more pleasant form of misery.- Spike Milligan
The Program: Sally Smith introduced Luke Sturgeon from the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, whose goal is to use public policy as a tool for change. Luke said that contributions to good health include clinical care (20%) genetics (5%), lifestyle (20%) and a whopping 55% by social and economic environment. There are areas in Pierce County that present a 15-year disparity in lifespan statistics. Areas with increased poverty and infant death, poor insurance coverage, methadone users, and non-white populations are most often the same areas with that lower lifespan and poorer health. Pierce County has the 19th worst health out of 33 counties in Washington.
Above: Presenter Luke Sturgeon (standing below a map of Pierce County that demonstrates areas in red in which health care needs are the greatest)
His department is trying to focus resources in these areas with the greatest need, planning and budgeting with the community's involvement. As for Rotary, we can help with the plan to provide better opportunities by: 1. Being clear about what we're trying to do; 2. Address the causes; 3. Involve the community in the process; 4. Invest in a community of focus. Springbrook is one of the areas highlighted by the Health Department for intervention. President Gayle noted that the Pierce County Rotary Clubs are all getting this presentation, as they look at ways to make an impact on community health. For direct contact with Luke, contact him at
And the Drawing: Ward Fletcher! Again! Amazing how buying multiple tickets increases your chance of winning. This should be studied. And indulged at Lakewood Rotary meetings. But he was only rewarded with $5.00. (It turns out drawing three white chips is the same as drawing one white chip.)
      Two Swedish mechanical engineers were standing at the base of a flagpole. A woman walks by and asks what they were doing. "Ve're supposed to find da height of da flagpole," said Sven, "but ve don't have no ladder."
      The woman took a wrench from her purse, loosened a few bolts, and laid the pole down.  Then she took a measurement, and proudly announced, "Eighteen feet, six inches," and walked away. 
      Ollie laughed. "Ain't dat yust like a voman!  Ve ask for da height and she gives us da danged length!"
Sven and Ollie are currently working for the United States Government.
Next week's presentation will be from Linda Henslee, a Travel Nurse, who will present on  travelling to specific areas of the world and what to expect.
Finally, read this bulletin and tell Greg Rediske (who wrote this bulletin) so you can get a make-up. Additionally, do your online shopping at Amazon Smile so a portion of your purchase may be allocated to Lakewood Rotary.