Posted by Donn Irwin on Mar 08, 2019
     Today is International Women’s Day and, according to Newsweek, here is a very brief educational update:
March is Women's History Month, but March 8 is specifically designated as International Women's Day—a day devoted to celebrating women.
"The day is not country, group or organization specific, and belongs to all groups collectively everywhere," according to the International Women's Day website.
     There are several colors that are frequently used for celebrating the day. Purple is frequently worn as a symbol of women, along with green and, historically, white.
     The day is generally feted around the world with activism, events that celebrate women, conferences and more. Google participates by updating the doodle on its homepage.
     The first International Women's Day took place in 1911 across much of Europe, including in Austria and Germany, according to the United Nations. More than a million people attended rallies that day to proclaim women's right to vote and hold office. 
     In 1909, the Socialist Party of America honored women on a national scale. That year was chosen because it was the one-year anniversary of the 1908 garment workers strike, according to the U.N. While the day might have changed a bit since that first national celebration, its purpose—honoring and supporting women's rights—has not wavered.
The day was used in 1913 and 1914 to protest against World War I in Europe and Russia. In 1945, the U.N. signed the Charter of the United Nations to affirm that men and women were equal. 
It wasn't until 1975 that the United Nations started celebrating International Women's Day every year on March 8, making it a formal day two years later, according to the U.N. 
Today some organizations declare a theme around the day, but there's no official overarching theme. The U.N. declared the 2019 theme "Think equal, build smart, innovate for change." The theme is intended to encourage innovative thinking on "gender equality and the empowerment of women, particularly in the areas of social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure."
     The bell rang right on time and all attendees' eyes went to the podium where President Gayle stood. Mr. Bob Hammar was called upon to give us the proverbial “thought for the day” which I thought odd as our President had basically just given us our thought for the day. Mr. Hammar gave us all some other things to think about and Ron Messenger led us all in the Pledge.
Duncan’s crew – Bob Hammar, Ward Fletcher and Rob Erb along with Duncan once again set up our meeting and packed everything away when we were done.
Paul Harris contributions ($777.00) were handled by Steve Enquist and Christine Vu while the ever-present Mr. Hammar sold raffle tickets. Mark Edgecomb took on the duties of being Sergeant-at-Arms. Donn Irwin is the scribe this week and Walt Richardson worked his magic with a camera once again.
President Gayle reminded us that today is International Women’s Day and that the writer (that would be me) should add something special about women Presidents of Rotaries… here’s to Mary Lou Sclair, Judy Hosea and Rose Stevens. You are all very special women. I hope I didn’t leave anyone out.
President Gayle led us in the 4-Way test and wanted all us to note that she didn’t use any props to get the job done.
PP Rose introduced visiting Rotarians Graham and Vicki Calder of the Nanaimo Daybreak Club. They are here attending RYLA.
Why do I have this feeling that I missed something above about Presidents….
     1911 - A plumber's daughter from Paris, having convinced an aviator friend, Charles Voisin, to instruct her in how to fly an airplane, demonstrates her flying skills to the Aero-Club of France which awards her a pilot's license, the first ever issued to a woman.
     Several guests were introduced. Anne Enquist introduced seldom seen but always appreciated Lavonne Northcutt, wife of Morris. Duncan Cook introduced his son Peter. As soon as he was done with the introduction his son took him to a doctor’s appointment. Duncan is nothing if not dedicated to Lakewood Rotary. Leon Titus introduced a prospective new member Didre Soileau of Pierce College.
    John Forkenbrock was going to catch us up on how Bob Peterson was doing but Bob showed up at the meeting and is obviously doing much better. John did say that Ted Wier is getting out of the hospital but the docs don’t know exactly what is going on with his health other than he is healing.
Jim Sharp popped up to tell us that he saw Ted as he was leaving the hospital and Ted was very excited about getting out of “Dodge”. Good news there.
     1917 - Petrograd (St. Petersburg) sees 50,000 striking workers join others celebrating International Women's Day and together they battle police over food shortages and government corruption in the beginnings of what will be known, in reference to the date in the nation's Julian calendar, as the February Revolution.
     President Gayle encouraged us all to communicate with one another better when it comes to needing medical equipment like crutches, wheelchairs, knee braces etc. I believe she implied that we are older citizens and that many of us have had the opportunity to use some of these medical supplies before - just sayin’.
Gayle survived Mardi Gras. She shared that the daytime parade on Fat Tuesday is a family affair that lasts all day (6:00AM – 4:00PM). There are BBQ’s (some not so safe) and beads – tons of beads! The night time stuff not so much a family thing.
     1994 - For the first time in its 460-year existence, the Church of England allows females to enter into the priesthood, ordaining 32 women in Bristol Cathedral in Bristol, England. Six years later the church will pass another milestone, as more women than men will be ordained as priests.
     District Membership Training is Saturday March 23rd in T-Town. It’s FREE!! Brochures are available. The District Conference is in Victoria BC from May 9-11. Eric Quinn gave all of us a True\False oral test regarding the upcoming Sportsman’s Dinner and Auction. With that said, have you purchased a ticket to the Auction? Have you procured anything? Have you sponsored a table or volunteered for the event in some way? If the answer to any of these questions is False, we need to get crackin'. We need more volunteers for the night of the event (April 13), and we need more stuff to sell. We got this, Lakewood Rotary. Our Club is truly remarkable and we can make this happen!
I KNOW I missed something about Rotary Presidents…….
     Kim Prentice introduced Karen Mauer-Smith, Principal of Lakes High School and our Student of the Month for March – Alfonso Godinez of Lakes HS.
Above: Lakewood Rotary Student of the Month, Alfonso Godinez of Lakes HS (with Kim Prentice)
     Alfonso is an exceptional person and outstanding student. They are so proud of him and how well he represents the Lancer Family in everything he does.  Alfonso maintains a 3.8 GPA while taking a rigorous course load including no less than 4 Advanced Placement classes. For those of us who have been out of school for a few years, Advanced Placement is college-level coursework that allows a student to take a test at the end of their high school class and earn college credit.
      Alfonso maintains a rigorous schedule and is actively involved in his school. He serves on ASB, is on varsity cheer and is an officer in DECA.  He was recently elected president of DECA for the whole of Washington State. In that role, he will serve 12,000 representatives from across the state.  Alfonso is the kind of student who retakes a quiz in calculus because he got a 94% and he wanted 100%. He does all of this with grace, kindness and a smile, serving others.   According to Principal Mauer-Smith, “Alfonso is very deserving of this award, and we are very fortunate to call him a Lancer.”
     Rose Stevens then called upon visiting Rotarian Graham Calder to talk about World Concerns and specifically Nepal. Graham talked about the devastation in Kathmandu after the earthquake in 2015 and the efforts of Rotary to assist in rebuilding – especially the schools.
     The tiara was donned and the fines began. Our illustrious leader noticed that Bill Allen and Ron Messenger showed up at a meeting and figured they were good for a fine. She was right! Bill gave $100.00 for the auction and Ron gave $20.00 to Gayle’s fine fund. Ron claims he hasn’t been anywhere – just working. Steve Enquist’s phone went off THREE times but he managed to get out of NOT paying a fine. Seems it was President Gayle’s business that was trying to get hold of him.
The feeling of forgetfulness lingers on.
     Anne Enquist introduced our guest speaker, Professor Loraine K. Bannai, Director of the Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality at Seattle University School of Law.
     Professor Bannai’s program, The Japanese American Incarceration and Its Current Relevance, took us on a ride back into our history to a time when America was fighting wars on two fronts and making many important decisions – not all of them good.
Above: Pressenter, Professor Loraine K. Bannai
     Professor Bannai gave us a summary of the Japanese incarceration that the US Government ordered during World War II, rounding up Japanese American citizens and putting them into camps against their will – all under the authority of Franklin Roosevelt’s Executive Order 9066 which he signed on February 19, 1949. The order authorized the Secretary of War and commanders he delegated to prescribe military areas from which any or all persons may be excluded and within the right of any person to enter, remain in, or leave may be restricted. At the same time Congress made violation of military orders a federal offense. The commander on the west coast was on Lt. Gem. John L. DeWitt who rounded up Japanese Americans and put them in what were basically prison camps.
     Three Japanese Americans sued the Federal government over this incarceration and lost. In Hirabayashi v. United States the Court stated that "(W)here, as they did here, the conditions call for the exercise of judgment and discretion by the war-making branches of government, it is not for any courts to sit in review of the wisdom of their action or substitute its judgment for theirs.”  YIKES! – Talk about handing over all of the power to the military!!
     Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black said that the court’s decision had nothing to do with race. Justice Robert Jackson wrote a vehement dissent in which he declared “so the Court, having no real evidence before it has no choice but to accept General DeWitt’s own unsworn, self serving statement, untested by any cross examination, that what he did was reasonable.” Justice Jackson stated that a judicial validation of this order “lies about like a loaded weapon ready for the hand of any authority that can bring forward a plausible claim of an urgent need….”
The Professor’s talk was informative and fascinating. It also gives one pause. If you fast forward to now, we have Executive orders very much like 9066 that are being challenged in Federal Court today.
     At last! I remember what I had forgotten. There was yet another female Rotary President that I didn’t mention. That would be our current President Gayle Selden!!
     Bill Allen won the drawing and drew a white chip.
Be here next week for the 49th Sportsman’s Auction Committee.
More importantly:
(1) Tell your friends about the Auction, even if you are not going;
(2) Buy tickets to the Auction, online or in-person;
(3) Fill out your procurement forms and procure items for the Auction--you can also donate money to the Auction;
(4) Volunteer for the Auction; and
(5) Sponsor a table at the Auction.
If you have any questions, feel free to ask Nicole Hancock or Eric Quinn. Thank you from the Auction Committee!
“It’s been proven throughout history that women’s a mystery”. Popeye the Sailor Man
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