President  Chris Kimball  started the meeting on time and, predictably, with the Rock 'n Roll quote of the day:  It was the 1983 hit by Boston, from the album "Don't Look Back" and went something like this:  "I can tell...no more time to criticize...I can be strong, etc. etc."  OK, OK, so you don't want to look back.  Look forward instead to...the Lakewood Rotary Sportsman's Dinner and Auction!
 
The Invocation was delivered nicely by Barlow Buescher.  Set up for this meeting was by Bob Hammar and Duncan Cook.  Tom Crabill served as Sergeant-at-Arms, and Judy Hoseb did her usual yeowoman (is that even a word?) work collecting the final procurement paperwork for the aforementioned Auction. Writing this bull for the meeting is Joe Quinn.  Official photographer today was Bob Zawilski (not Zawalski) who also collected $323 at the Paul Harris table.  Could we do an official countdown each week towards the $1 million goal?  Only about $30,000 left to go...$20,000 more, so get a move on....etc.??  2016 has to be the million dollar year.    Virginia Hillyer was busy doing raffle ticket sales.  Oh, I forgot, we all (?) sang the National Anthem, but I guess we did not do a memorable job on that difficult song.
 
We had only one Visiting Rotarian:  John Swanson of Sumner Rotary.  Guests of Rotarians included Barb Sprigg of Alaska, Jennifer Bond from the Tri-Cities and Don Daniels's two grandchildren (did he really say he has 12 grandchildren?) Hailey and Savannah.  Donn Irwin introduced a nice lady named Terry Taylor, a former Tacoma 8 Rotary member.  Hmmm, another raid perhaps?  Gayle Selden introduced our Rotary exchange student--Cristina--who has only 83 days left with us.  Take her to one of the local tourist attractions such as the Glass Museum or the Tacoma Art Museum.  She is now starting tennis and moving back to her first host family, some non-Rotarians named Jones.
 
Sunshine:  John Forkenbrock reported the passing of Bob Gee, whose funeral was Saturday, April 9 at Mountain View, with a Memorial at Our Savior Lutheran Church on 112th Street.
 
Rotary History:  Greg Rediske has updated his book about Lakewood Rotary's proud history, to celebrate the club's 60th anniversary. Cost: only $5.
Chris Kimball paid a fine because his son David finally paid off his student loan and he is moving out of his parents home, where he pays rent (well, Chris, which one is being celebrated?).  Anyone know of an apartment for rent?
 
Sportsman's Dinner: Gayle Selden said the Auction is only two weeks out and this is the last day for procurement forms so get 'em in.  You can fax or email to Gayle so if you wait to read this, you are already 3 days late.  We still have less than 200 tickets sold and the goal is 300.  Eric Quinn announced the auction prep work parties of April 14, 21, 22 and 23.  Sign up on the sheet or sing up online, he said. 
 
                                   
 
Paul Harris awards:  Mick Johnson announced the nominations are now open for Rotarian of the Year and non-Rotarian of the Year Paul Harris awards, which are known as the Russ Klauser and Bernie Ootkin awards, respectively in honor of two notable Rotarians. 
 
Rotary Spotlight:  If you really want to get up in front of all your Rotary friends and reveal more about yourself, call Caroline Brady at Chris's office and volunteer.
 
Past Presidents Dinner:  May 3 at the Tacoma Country and Golf Club is your chance to reminisce about the past and brainstorm for the future, so if you are a PP, please show up for this fun event.
 
Sponsoring Members is good for you...and your Paul Harris account.  Chuck Hellar said we draw names every quarter, limited to those who have sponsored a new member recently.  The drawing winner each quarter gets $250 toward their next (or first) Paul Harris and at year end there is $500 up for grabs with all sponsors in the running.  We have noticed that the odds are much, much better in these drawings than our weekly $5 drawings.  Greg Rediske won this quarter.
 
                               
 
DLTA: Greg Horn reported on the recent District Leadership Training Assembly in Victoria, B.C.  He attended and had fun, as did Rose Stevens, Sally Smith, Virginia Hillyer and Mo Sarram.  Each one spoke about some highlight of the assembly. 
 
FINES:  Chris's deficit in his annual fine budget is getting to be smaller.  Joe Quinn participated again in the National Masters Weightlifting Championships in Georgia, and promised Chris at least $50 for a silver medal and $100 for a gold medal.  He should have easily won a silver, but failed three times to clean and jerk 165 pounds so he got no medal this time but paid $50 anyway for a fun vacation in Georgia and Arizona.  Michael Lewis, like most members of the younger generation, hates to be singled out, but he did say his son--a WSU Cougar--is off to college. Also worth $50. 
 
                 
 
Dr. Peter Marsh was called upon to report on the African Safari he just enjoyed in South Africa with wife Sue.  This is fantastic and Peter passed around wildlife pictures.  They saw much wildlife each day, visited a Zulu village (bringing school supplies and Tootsie rolls to the kids) and Peter paid a fine, all to bring attention to this item on our Rotary Auction for April 23rd.  Minimum bid for this Safari for two, with lodging and all meals for a minimum bid of $2400.  What a steal!  It is worth about three to four times that much.
 
                      
 
Joan Strait said she feels guilty for being absent a lot. She's been in Montana and Idaho quite a bit.  She is proud of a grand-daughter--another WSU grad-- going to Medical School.  She forked over a Greenleaf ($20).
 
Today's Program:  President-Elect Rose Stevens introduced our Speaker, Mike Bogatay.  He graduated from Central Washington University in Ellensburg, with a degree in Philosophy.  Mike discussed an online tool for High School students who need help with career planning.  He worked for eight years in Olympia on this issue.  He has been active in Rotaract.  Mike spoke of the Work Force Development Council, which provides a free service called Work Force Central.  This is a public-private partnership, partly funded by the federal government.  He showed us Career Link, the online tool.  The objective is to connect youth early to the labor market.  The online tool helps connect students with businesses.  They survey the students with a questionnaire designed to identify their target careers.  The concept is to identify skills and strengths of students and then match that up to available careers.  It is for middle school and high school students.  We found the ranked "desired careers" interesting...with Professional Athlete ranked number one.
 
The program has practical applications too. It helps find summer internships with businesses for students, as well as job shadowing opportunities.  One web page was like a snapshot of various jobs "at a glance" showing the wage range, skills needed, educational pathways leading to that career and where to get more information.  Most school districts use this software program.  Interesting.
 
                   
 
 Above: Presenter, Mike Bogatay
 
The Drawing:  Chuck Hellar had the winning ticket but only won $5.  See what I mean?  The odds are much better in the drawing that Chuck Hellar devised!  Sponsor a new member today.
 
 
 
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