President  Chris Kimball  started the meeting early and, of course, with the Rock 'n Roll quote of the day:  In 1979 Neil Young wrote:  "It is better to burn out than to fade away."  I am not sure what Chris was trying to suggest to most of us retired Rotarians, or at least those of us who are both burned out and fading away!  Just kidding.
 
The Invocation was delivered by Dan Livingston. We sang the National Anthem, but reminded ourselves why we will never be one of those "singing Rotary clubs." Set up for this meeting was by Bob Hammar and Rob Erb (Duncan Cook must have been out of town, but that's fine....hint, hint).  Tom Crabill served as Sergeant-at-Arms, and Mike McGowan and/or Leon Titus were manning the Paul Harris table, where $251.00 was collected today.  We are inching closer to that million-dollar mark.  Writing this bull for the meeting is Joe Quinn and the official photographer today was Eric Quinn.  Barlow Buescher was selling raffle tickets. 
 
Dave Covey did a very entertaining Rotary Spotlight, but somehow managed not to talk about himself very much. Well, maybe he did show one grandchild picture.  Dave spoke of some Lakewood Rotary history, namely the history of fining philosophy of past presidents.  Dennis Shade had his My-Te-Fine Club with the $50 annual cap.  Dave Covey then invented, in an act of civil disobedience, the My-Te-Fine Liberation Front with a contribution of only $17.95 or some such silly number.  He did that, really, and Greg Rediske probably put it in his book about LR History.   (Buy one for $50--for some reason the editor thought the cost is $5--and read 60 years of entertainment. But we digress.)  Then Dave reminded us of the famous Greg Horn coin drop, which actually emerged (so to speak) during Horn's presidential roast.  We won't go into the details of that, but it was a pretty cheeky college frat boy kind of thing at which Greg excelled. Then, in an attempt to advertise the May 3rd Past Presidents' Dinner, Dave launched into a game of Name This President, where if you guessed it you got an extra raffle ticket.  He asked who could name two current LR Rotarians who had dads who were PP (Gayle Selden and Eric Quinn). He had little tidbits to remind us of PPs Ron Herbel, Norm Tremaine, Ralph Lockhart, John Magnuson, Ted Wier, Dave Reames and Dave Covey.  So that was about the only time this Spotlight even mentioned Covey.  What humility.  What creativity.  What fun.  Dave is some sort of treasure.
 
We had only one Visiting Rotarian, announced by Barlow Buescher:  John Swanson of Sumner Rotary.  Guests of Rotarians included...none (wow, that is rare.)
 
Sunshine:  John Forkenbrock had nothing to report so that was sunny enough.
Chris announced that Dan Durr, father of Spencer Durr, who many of us may know, passed away recently.
 
Military Appreciation:
Rose Stevens announced that there are flyers on the table for a military appreciation function to be held at Pioneer Park in Puyallup on Tuesday, May 3rd starting at 7:15 a.m.  $12 per ticket but $16 at the door.  Meet Brigadier General Haley of the U.S. Army 593rd.  Rose also announced that all committees should submit their 2016-17 budget requests right away to the board.
Chris announced that District Conference starts June 25 in Olympia so get registered!
Our Past Presidents' Dinner is May 3rd here at the Tacoma Country and Golf Club, where infinite wisdom will be imparted for Rose Stevens to absorb.
 
Mick Johnson announced this is the last chance to nominate someone for Rotarian of the Year and for Humanitarian of the Year.  These are called the Russ Klauser and Bernie Ootkin awards, respectively, in honor of two leading and memorable Rotarians and their families.
Donn Irwin stood up to make an announcement and also got a fine (President Chris is now perfecting all of the old tricks of Presidents Past). We are not sure what the announcement was but he gave $100 for marrying off a young son, a birthday, and his 31st wedding anniversary.
 
                
 
 
Above: Rotarian Gordy Quick, who received a much-deserved plaque from Rotary
 
President Chris said he is almost done with his coffee meetings with members and he finally caught up with Gordy Quick, who had a fine idea.  Why not help students by filing for office on the local school board?  (Another Rotary tradition...as Don Greenleaf served on CP School Board for years.)  But while Chris was on the subject of Gordy, he resolved to call Mr. Quick forward for a little presentation.  Seems Gordy suffered a recent break-in at the house and the burglar took all kinds of Rotary pins or memorabilia.  President Chris presented Gordy with a sort of plaque, complete with actual Paul Harris pin, President's pin, Past President's pin, and all of the various PH pins given as you add more and more Paul Harris awards with sapphires and even rubies.  It was a memorable and unusual thing to do, but well-deserved by a guy who has done a lot in LR and RI, even as a Rotary volunteer along with Juanita, in foreign lands such as Thailand, teaching English.  Gordy was President when this writer joined in 1987 and as few will recall, and Gordy would never admit...his board meetings lasted until almost midnight.  But he has been a real Rotarian for 54 years, since Chris Kimball was nine years old.
 
                           
 
Above: New Lakewood Rotarian, Barbara Spriggs
 
Induction:  President Chris then inducted Barbara Spriggs, a recent Alaska transplant and Rotarian up there.  Methinks Barb may have set a new record for a red badge member: she did a makeup and went to a board meeting before even getting inducted into LR.  We had better hold a Fireside immediately and order a blue badge pronto.  Mary Marlin almost ran up to deliver over the Puffin to Barb.  In her free two minutes, Barb said she was originally a Michigander (eliciting a whoop of approval from John Warner) but more recently an Alaskan.  She started out as a biologist along the Columbia River.  Then she moved with her husband up to Kotzebue, north of Nome, where they had a -90 degree wind chill once for a whole week.  Then they had stints in Ukiah, California and here in Washington at Friday Harbor.    Barb got a Master's Degree in environmental health and worked in health care in Alaska for 20 years.  She and her husband have four kids including a teacher and a published author; she lives here on American Lake.
 
Fines:  Jim Bisceglia confessed to being gone a while, down to Palm Desert.  He said it was really a Rotary rescue and reconnaissance mission, as it had been reported that Phil Eng is down there (blatant attempt to get a friend fined!).  Jim and his wife also spent a few days in South Lake Tahoe, so he ponied up $100.  John Warner said he would match that $100 because his granddaughter graduated from college, in California (not Michigan?).  Barlow Buescher also found $100 for Chris' struggling fine budget because on a recent Tuesday his nephew or niece (he said both) named a new child Andrew "Barlow"...., so they stole his moniker for a middle name.  And Chris himself paid a fine of $20 because his oldest son "finally" moved out and they are nearly empty nesters. Chris thanked Mary Covelli Johnson for helping their son find his new apartment.  His fine receipts must be getting closer to budget, but he is pretty desperate or Chris would not be fining himself so often.
 
Sportsman's Dinner:  Nothing was said about the Sportsman's Dinner this week, but I heard from an informed source that the gross collections were up this year, so hopefully the net will be pretty darn good too.  We should be proud as it was a real team effort this year.  End of editorial for this bulletin.
 
Next week's program will be Audrey Kimball, Chris's mother, who spoke last year but ran out of time for this program.  So be there for part #2 of what it was like to be in wartime England in the 1940's.  Also, it will be interesting to see if "desperate Chris" fines his own mother just to make ends meet!
 
Greg Horn announced the March and April birthdays, Rotary anniversaries and wedding anniversaries.  No room to print them all, as the editor tells me I am too long-winded already, so here are some of the highlights:  Wedding Anniversaries:  Dave and Joyce Coleman, 47 years and Ted and Carole Wier, 58 years!  RI Anniversaries:  Mike McGowan, 49 years and Chuck Kimrey, 42 years.  Then we had lots of birthdays of rather old guys, but no room for details.
 
Today's Program:  Rose introduced Peggy Fraychineaud a local attorney who has been practicing 32 years in this area, specializing mostly in Family Law.  She explained the fairly recent growth of Collaborative Law, which was introduced about 10 years ago.  Although mainly used in divorce law, collaboration is becoming more prevalent in probate and real estate law too.  It is similar to mediation.  Expert witnesses and consultants are hired jointly, instead of engaging in a battle of experts in litigation.  Chapter 7.77 of the Revised Code of Washington recognizes collaborative law by statute.  President Chris Kimball is trained as a collaborative financial specialist and helps in these matters.  In collaborative law, the discovery process (depositions, interrogatories, document productions) is totally different.  Peggy said this is a client-directed process and has proven to be a very successful approach, for example, with divorces.  If a collaborative divorce process does not work out, and the matter has to proceed to litigation, the attorneys in the collaborative process are disqualified.  But in 10 years, Peggy said, she has had only three that failed and had to transition to litigation.  This process can save thousands of dollars, lots of time, and much stress on the parties (not to mention the lawyers).  The process is more private as the only part that is public is the final divorce decree, she said.  Even the property settlement agreement can be filed "under seal" Peggy pointed out.  None of the collaborative process is admissible in court if the matter does go to litigation.   Questions from astute Rotarians yielded more facts, such as this:  The most expensive collaborative case Peggy has worked on yielded about $20,000 in legal fees, but she once earned $165,000 in legal fees in a litigated divorce.  So it does save money.  Too bad for the bankruptcy attorneys I suppose (haha).
 
             
 
 
Above: Presenter Peggy Fraychineaud, collaborating with President Chris Kimball on the raffle drawing
 
The Drawing:  Lowell Johnson had the winning ticket but only won $5.  Welcome back Lowell,...where have you been and did Chris fine you?
 
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