Posted by Paula Olson on Mar 23, 2018
           President Don Daniels opened the meeting in his usual attention getting style.  Andrew Kruse led us in the invocation and Mary Marlin did a fine job leading us in the Pledge of Alliance. Meeting set up included Jan Gee at the Paul Harris table, yours truly Paula Olson, bulletin writer, Troy Wilcox and Duncan as the set up team, and a diligent individual, whose name this author could not capture, as raffle ticket seller and sergeant at arms; and finally, Rick Selden manning the auction table.
            Visiting Rotarians in attendance were Susan Adams and Dave Hall from Clover Park.  The Sunshine report told us about Lloyd Johnson having a massive heart attack in Arizona.  He’s doing better but we all need to remember him. We were guestless in Lakewood. $275.00 was collected for the foundation.  Not bad for a sparse group on a gray afternoon.
            Jim Sharp started off the announcements with information on a fund raiser for the family of fallen Deputy Dan McCartney on March 29th at the Swiss from 6 pm to 11 pm. Tickets are $10 a pop for music and cheer. If you can’t come, donations can go to the TAPCO Credit Union Deputy Dan Fund. Mary Horn asked who was attending the District meeting and the May 3rd event.  Hands went up. Kim Prentice looked for help on March 26th at the EFN to deliver break bags to the schools for students to have healthy food over spring break.  Meet at 9:30 at the bus barn aka ASC warehouse, 9219 Lakewood Dr. SW.   
            Jay Mayer from the Community Concerns Committee presented us with three proposals for expenditures of funds for our consideration/approval.  First was $3,000 for Springbrook Summer Camping program. A group motion was seconded and all voted in favor. Motion passed. Second was $2,000 for LASA’s home permanency project.  Another group motion, seconded and all voted in favor.  Motion passed.  Third was $2,000 for EFN break bag program.  A smaller group motion, seconded, and passed unanimously. We are so generous. Ted Wier announced Parks Appreciation Day on April 28th.  He will gather a work party to fix stuff, plant stuff and spread stuff.  All are welcome, especially those who can lift more than a feather.
            Gayle Selden talked auction.  Procurement deadline is March 30th. 60 out of 120 members have chipped in.  Team donations are coming in.  Send in your form even if you don’t have your item yet. Plan to attend a work party at the auction center at 3905 Steilacoom Blvd on Friday, March 29 at 5:30 pm.  Invite your friends and neighbors and come through like you always do.  Speaking of Gayle, it’s been one year since her dance with the Grim Reaper. She reported it’s been a wonderful year with new priorities. She even mentioned mom and dad and ponied up $40 in thanksgiving for her new lease on life.
             In the new member department, President Don presented Christine Vu and Charlene Miseli with their blue badges.  Hooray, ladies! Fork over the $5.00 each.  Andrew Kruse came up with the puffin which he passed to Kendra Riconosciuto who passed to Christine. At this sacred ceremony, President Don took a side trip.  He chastised the poor reporter from last week who wrote in the Bulletin that said Don told Andrew to take the puffin everywhere, including IN the bathroom. He vehemently denied saying that.  What he said he said was to take the puffin TO the bathroom. He was upset that the writer was letting the world know that the humble puffin was exposed to germs and what have you in the bathroom when what the poor thing really needed to an opportunity to relieve her/himself. While we sat with our mouths open, no one wanted to point out to the Prez, that the puffin was a stuffed bird and didn’t need to relieve him/herself. Do bulletin writers need lawyers to protect their reputations if a preposition was inserted incorrectly?
            President Don read a very gracious thank you note from last month’s educator, Conner Merrill. Rotary 5020 Member and Public Image Workshop will be at La Quinta.  There we will learn how to get new members and improve our public image.  Rotary at the Rainiers will be August 2nd. Tickets are about $17, $18.  Our International President is keen having every Rotary member plant a tree.  So far we have about 65 pictures of members planting trees and we need 120.  President Don implored us to take a picture of a tree planting.  Anyone, any tree, being planted.  Due by June 1, 2018.  Send them to Don. 
            President Don was on a roll.  In kicking off citation time, he wanted all of us to know the jeopardy the club is in with Mo in Denver and Barlow in New York at a Bruce Springsteen concert.  It seems Barlow won a lottery to get there.  Lucky!!  But back to the President. So President Don said if anything happened to him while they were gone we were going to be short one president.  Hey wait, we already have a short President. Both those guys are in for some serious citations when they get back. Barb Spriggs’ son invited her to San Jose where she attended a Power Within program regarding the power of our minds. It was a wonderful experience for her, for which she paid $20 plus another $25 for announcing her son’s third book in the Hammerhead series. Dave Hall kicked in $5.00 because President Don didn’t pay up at a Clover Park meeting.
            Mary Moss introduced our program speaker, Lt. Colonel Trace Dotson, the Operation Group Commander for Operation Deep Freeze at JBLM. He is a graduate from WSIU and his wife was president of the South Tacoma Rotary Club. He thanked us for our support and described his group’s support of local children’s charities in New Zealand. He’s been in the military 17 years. 
            Colonel Dotson started off with a description of Antarctica, one seriously cold and severe place. At its coldest, temperatures go down to -128 F and winds up to 200 mph.  Because less than 2 inches of water evaporates, the ice is 9,300 feet thick for miles and miles.  The continent changes and shifts, going down to half its size in winter.  The McMurdo station was established after the International Treaty of 1959 which goes to 2061.  Antarctica is inhabited for peaceful, scientific research purposes only. So why have a military presence? The reason is because the military is the only organization with equipment to support the work of the National Science Foundation.  Other countries participating are New Zealand, Australia, South Korea and Italy, and all share information and resources.
Above: Presenter, Lt.-Colonel Trace Dotson
            We heard about the various ways in which the military supports this work.  The Navy built a runway for planes to land and the Air Force helps maintain it.  The Navy has an ice breaker that can be used for rescue missions.  The military only planned to help out for the first five years but it is in its 62nd season with no end in sight.  The first plane to land at Antarctica was a C-124 Globemaster called “Old Shaky,” a scary experience to fly and ride in. Later LC-130s were outfitted with skis on top of their wheels to ease landing and taking off.  From 1966 – 2002, C-141 flew in there and now there are several different models of airplanes in and out.
            There are about 1,100 people in the summer months; of those, 150 are military.  In winter, the group goes down to 150 for maintenance only and no military. There are various science programs going on there.  One example is the discovery of a fish that has an antifreeze in its blood.  Research is studying ways in which that can be used in open heart surgery to keep the heart cool.
            At McChord, the operations group pulls from different squadrons for personnel.  Col. Dotson works all year in this department but the rest are only assigned for specific missions. Those run from September through November and February. In 2018, they will make two trips in the winter months of June and August to bring fresh food and mail.  It is the only unit in the world with the capacity to land in 24-hour darkness.  The other missions are to ferry scientists, equipment, food and mail back and forth.  They do airdrops of fuel in remote areas. 
            Other missions he described include one in January 1988.  The Argo Georgia got stuck in the ice.  His group dropped down the gear and equipment to make the repairs to the ship to get itself out of the ice.  In June 2011, they did a medical evacuation and in August 2011 when a scientist got cancer and they dropped medical supplies to keep her alive.  The challenge to their work is primarily the weather. It changes rapidly and without warning.  There are only five or six weather reporting stations. They must carry enough fuel for a 2,000 mile, 11 hour round trip in case they can’t land. The runway moves, it’s slippery on the ice, and pilots must estimate where to land in the dark. Only instructor pilots are qualified to fly in. Colonel Dotson has made about 20 flights into Antarctica since 2012. 
            As for the future, there is a 10 year program called AIMS that will start in 2019 to condense the buildings on base into one main building with only six smaller ones that share one roof.  The group will be busy bringing construction equipment and supplies for that purpose. They will fly C-17s.  He discussed the modifications to the planes to fly to Antarctica, including taking out all defense systems to lighten the planes, changing fluids to keep from freezing. They never turn the planes off once they land to prevent freezing up.
            President Don drew the winning number for Christine Vu for a possible $508 with 10 whites and one red.  So sorry, Christine. You got a white chip for $5.  Better luck next week when we will hear from Past President Rose Stevens and Mary Marlin for their trip to Nepal last year.  Come one and all to hear about that and it’s the last Friday of the month, so you know what that means.
       Oh yes: Read this bulletin and tell Greg Rediske, and this will count as attendance at a meeting (a make-up). Also, if you are doing online shopping, try doing so at Amazon Smile, where you can allocate a portion of your purchase to a charity of your choice, which happens to include Lakewood Rotary.