“Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and success of liberty.” Words to live by as quoted by President Dave Coleman while channeling John F. Kennedy, 35th President of these here United States of America.


Three Months and Counting….

Rod Ladd gave the invocation and Steve Mazoff led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Duncan Cook and Don Daniels upset the place. James Guerrero Paul Harrised attendees for $149, Bill Price acted the part of Sgt. at Arms, Ben Sclair took the picture (only one this week) and Ole is writing in a tardy fashion.

Bob Hamar, PP Dave Covey and Donnnn Irwinnnn got the memo on Rotary Hawaiian shirt day. Our lone visiting Rotarian was Wade Samuelson of Washington’s version of Twin Cities; Centralia-Chehalis. And he brought his daughter Allie. Guests were introduced as John Calder by Bob Peterson and our exchange student, Selen from Turkey. There was no Sunshine Report.

This just in!

Sven an Ole vus lookin’ at all da dang pretty girls inna Sears Catalog Vomen’s Clothing Section vun day. Sven – he’s da vun from Stavanger Fjord, Norway – said, “Ole, I gotta tell you, dey is some pretty girls and dey is very reasonably priced, Ay tank! Ay can’t go tru anudder cold Minnesota vinter vitout vun so Ay ban gonna get me vun.” A coupla veeks goes by an Ole sees ol Sven an asks, “Hey Sven, did you git dat voman you ordered from Sears yet?” Sven answered excitedly, “Not yet, but it vill be any day now on accounta cuz her clothes came yesterday!”

It was called “The Rediske Regime”…

And the term was 2007-2008; at that time you dared not cross paths with an angry President. There were no Presidential quotations, there were no jokes; there was only a stern countenance from the podium. There was also lots of debate about a new major project. It was eventually decided that Lakewood Rotary sponsor an International Baccalaureate program in the Clover Park School District. As has been the case, frequently, there was opposition to such an undertaking.

“Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty… I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well.” Theodor Roosevelt, 26th President of these here United States of America.

Over the course of the intervening years we donated $148,000 to that effort and now it is a reality. Harrison Prep is open and it is an IB School. Another feather in Lakewood Rotary’s cap!

Sportsman’s Dinner and Auction

Wynn Hoffman announced that before the meeting we had 226 items for the auction with a declared value of $50,261. Which means that after the meeting when all is tallied there may be close to 300 items with a value of at least $60,000. Mind you, that is a guess but that is the way this club seems to roll – lastminuteitis! PP Ted Wier upped the SDA ante by donating $150, also $100 to the Lakewood Community Foundation, $100 to the YMCA and Uncle Sam and Carole will divvy up the rest of his $1100 raffle winnings.

Rotarians of Irish Descent take note:

Patton staggered home very late after another evening with his drinking buddy, Paddy.   He took off his shoes to avoid waking his wife, Kathleen. 

He tiptoed as quietly as he could toward the stairs leading to their upstairs bedroom, but misjudged the bottom step.   As he caught himself by grabbing the banister, his body swung around and he landed heavily on his rump.   A whiskey bottle in each back pocket broke and made the landing especially painful. 

Managing not to yell, Patton sprung up, pulled down his pants, and looked in the hall mirror to see that his butt cheeks were cut and bleeding.   He managed to quietly find a full box of Band-Aids and began putting a Band-Aid as best he could on each place he saw blood.

He then hid the now almost empty Band-Aid box and shuffled and stumbled his way to bed. 

In the morning, Patton woke up with searing pain in both his head and butt and Kathleen staring at him from across the room. 

She said, 'You were drunk again last night weren't you?'

Patton said, 'Why you say such a mean thing?'

'Well,' Kathleen said, 'it could be the open front door, it could be the broken glass at the bottom of the stairs, it could be the drops of blood trailing through the house, it could be your bloodshot eyes, but mostly ....... it's all those Band-Aids stuck on the hall mirror.

Major Project in the Mill

President Dave reported that the idea of a “Park Platform” was discussed by the Lakewood Parks Department in the City Council chambers on an afternoon when lots of people thought it was going to be at the Park. It rained, if you can imagine that, so the meeting was moved to the chambers. That upset some folks. The question remains, “Has a decision been made?” Apparently “it” has been decided but we don’t know what the meaning of “it” is. I could throw in another quotation here on the meaning of the word “is” but you probably know what that “is.”

PP Ben Sclair, Editor-in-Chief of the Bulletin, and a guy who knows lots of stuff, arose to remark on the process needed to correct misinformation. There is a vocal group, including some at City Hall, who profess that the Amphitheater project is a Lakewood Rotary project and we a “cramming it down the City’s throat.” The truth is that such an undertaking has always been in the City’s Master Plan.  This information needs to be put on the offensive to refute the mistaken position that Lakewood Rotary has in this matter. We are there to take the lead in helping to implement the City’s plan. That’s what we do. See previous quotation by Teddy and don’t bother with the quotation I didn’t include by you know who.


Mo Sarram returned from the Caribbean and donated $83 for his trip and his birthday. Duncan Cook was in Hawaii at the same time the Coveys were but it took him a while to admit it - $?. PDG Gordon Quick is in Nevada and winning big! He will return April 15th. PP Mick Johnson and Mary were in Nevada for a Carpet Convention; she had fun, he didn’t - $50.

Drama at TCGC

Jen Ryles arrived in Olympia 10 years ago, after a lifetime of performing and loving music, children’s literature and theater. She studied music and drama in high school and her early college years in Seattle. Over the years, she has gained experience directing, acting, singing and supporting local performing arts groups.

Her husband Ted is an actor, singer, and performer with experience in the Juvenile Justice Program involving theater as part of offenders’ therapy.

The Olympia Family theater performance center is in downtown Olympia adjacent to the Children’s Museum. They also take performances to schools. Funded by tickets sales, they are also a 501-c-3 and fundraise.

Next week our speaker will be another performer: Pat Cashman

Larry Saunders drew a white chip for $5.

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