Posted by Joe Quinn on Aug 30, 2019
President Bill Potter always has some fun “walk on” music for us at the start of each Rotary meeting.  This time it was “Tequila”, but many other great potential song titles come to mind.  Why not: “Viva Las Vegas”, “New York, New York”, “Satisfaction”, or “Gimme Shelter”?  Or in Bill’s special case, how about “2001: A Space Odyssey”?
Bill started off by bragging about his “middle child” (her name is Morgan) who just landed a new job as a web developer.  Why not?  There have to be some perks to being the Prez!  He cannot fine himself or ask for a deposit.
Bob Hammar, John Lowney, & James Guerrero
PP (for President Potter, I suggest, but you might think of alternative meanings) called upon Mick Johnson for the Thought for the Day and Jim Weinand to lead us in the Pledge of Allegiance to our flag.
He recognized the Setup Crew of Duncan Cook, Ward Fletcher, Bob Hammar, Rob Erb, Troy Wilcox, Terry Roarke, Bob Cammarano, and Lowell Johnson, whether they were working today or not, because they do so much.  James Guerrero ably manned the Paul Harris table where he collected a respectable $657.  Chuck Hellar handled Sergeant-at-Arms and raffle ticket sales.  Phil Eng took the photos and the elder Quinn is writing this week.  We had one Visiting Rotarian:  Tony Cavarotta of the Passport Club.
Jason and his "daughter"
Guests:  Ron Banner introduced the CP School District head of Equity and Diversity; Kendra Riconosciuto introduced her 5-year old daughter; and Andrew Kruse introduced a guest too.  Please use the mic when introducing guests so the old, deaf and dumb bulletin writers can get all the names.  Jason Whalen introduced his exchange student daughter who is a PLU graduate.  Steve Mazoff introduced Jerry Dunlap and Bart Dalton of the local Kiwanis club (more below on that). 
Rob Erb gave us some Sunshine by saying that Duncan Cook is doing really well and is now home and welcoming visitors.
Kendra & Amelia
Phil Eng, Ward Fletcher and Terry Roarke were there at the Courage rest stop last weekend.  Terry spoke for them, and thanked Phil Eng for his tremendous leadership and organizing skills, for making that a success.  Many Lakewood Rotarians stood up to signify they helped out in that effort.  They even helped out Puyallup Rotary on Sunday.  Terry said he ran into his 86-year old fraternity brother at the event.
PP announced that there is a new club in District 5020—the Kitsap Crossroads club is having their charter event in Kingston soon, so see Bill for details.  President Bill also said the Membership Committee has a new card (business card size) to hand out, providing the basics about Rotary to prospective members in a really neat little package.  Rose Stevens stood up to display the actual card and President Bill suggested we place a ready supply on the entry table for distribution to all.
PP said he will be missing in action next week and so Past President Dave Coleman will preside.  (We could label him “PP” as well for that but unfortunately that abbreviation is now taken by Bill.)  We can call him “PPT” for President Pro Tem. (Ed. Note: Late substitution: Mark Blanchard will be the presiding president instead of Dave, who had something come up. So count on Mark, unless he doesn’t show up, then count on someone else. With so many past presidents, it’s not hard to find an experienced gavel-pounder.)
Announcements:  Larry Clark of Clover Park Technical College said that in three weeks, at 3:30 p.m., the college will hold a grand opening of the Center for Advanced Technology, a 64,000 square foot facility named for our own prior member, the late John Walstrom, a former leader at the college.
Gayle Selden reminded us of the CPR Training opportunity at West Pierce Fire & Rescue.  Get certified on October 5, 2019.  There are only 8 spots left, Gayle said, and the cost is $25.
Joe Quinn forgot to remind us of the Golf Outing to be held the last Friday in September here at the Club.  That would be September 27th, just before the weather turns rainy.  Since guest green fees here at TCGC have been raised to almost $110 for 18 holes (including the taxes), the committee has decided this year to charge $50 for each player, whether you are a club member or not.  This makes the event more affordable for the non-country club member Rotarians.  Don’t forget that Social Members of TCGC can use their annual certificates to play the round.  Carts are extra for those who need it.   The pizza party after the golf is $25, so overall cost:   $75 if you do not use a cart.  A real bargain.  Contact Joe Quinn if interested and pay him the money so he can pay the country club. 
Kiwanis news:  Bart Dalton noted that Clover Park Kiwanis helped us with our playground project so now payback is in order.  On September 28—a Saturday—they are building some playground equipment near the skate park (which is on Bridgeport just south of Steilacoom Boulevard SW).  This is a one-day project and what they really need are worker volunteers.  They need 60-100 of those, working in two shifts.  You can choose either 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. or noon to 5:00 p.m.  They will have 240 cubic yards of material to deposit.  No need to bring tools, which will be provided. 
Jerry Dunlap of Clover Park Kiwanis advertised their dinner and auction at $40 per ticket.  That will be held on October 4, also a Saturday. PP slipped up and charged nothing for these ads!
Don Daniels announced the dedication of the Motor Avenue Plaza on September 14th   The Lakewood Historical Society is relocating slightly to the site of the old Lakewood Terrace Restaurant, right on the plaza. See Don about this if you want another volunteer opportunity to help them get moved before the dedication.
PP DEPOSITS:   President Bill put on his banker’s hat and began accepting deposits.  He got some funds from Kendra Riconosciuto whose daughter Amelia is starting kindergarten.  Don Daniels, just back from Moorea, Tahiti, with his wife, gave some big bucks to the banker.  For their 26th wedding anniversary and that huge vacation, Don felt gracious and grateful.  He gave the Paul Harris Foundation $100.  Then, if we heard right, he added $300 for the 26th Anniversary, and another $200 for a new car.  Prices must have been very good in Tahiti?!  Not.  He also gave PP 10 coins…100 francs each.
Jim Rooks paid $100 for a fishing trip to Minnesota and some time in Alaska too.  Bill Potter complained that Jim brought him no “bribes” as was done by other Alaska visitors.  PP quipped, “It’s not corruption; it’s just influence.”  We are not sure of the context exactly, but that quote was so memorable, we just had to get it in print so Bill’s wife could see it!
Ron Banner paid $20 to support his son, who is apparently on the cusp of making the team—for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Ron Banner, Clover Park's new Superintendent, and our new member (and proud papa of Zach Banner, who made the 53 man roster!)
Andrew Kruse continued his practice of honoring fellow Rotarians.  He gave a “shout out” to “Sally, Leanna, and Ron” for attending the event at the Youth for Christ Tillicum facility.  Oh, he also gave $20 in their honor.
Larry Clark gave $20 for an anniversary visit to Victoria, B.C.
PP and the speaker, Todd Myers
OUR PROGRAM:    Jim Bisceglia introduced Todd Myers, Director of the Center for the Environment at the Washington Policy Center.  Todd has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Whitman College and a master’s degree from the Jackson School of International Studies at UW.  With nearly two decades in environmental policy, Todd’s experience includes work on a wide range of environmental issues, including spotted owl habitat, old-growth forests, and salmon recovery.  He is currently a member of the Puget Sound Salmon Recovery Council.  His book, “Eco-Fads, How the rise of trendy environmentalism is harming the environment”, has received national praise.
Todd said we put our environmental efforts all too often on what feels good or has emotional appeal.  He likened it to the down and out guy he encountered in Vegas recently.  He told the fella, “Well I’d give you money for food, if I didn’t think you would actually spend it on gambling.”  The down and outer responded, “No sir, I’ve got gambling money.”   In other words, it is or should be a matter of setting priorities when it comes to environmental protection. Another example he gave about environmental policy pertained to electric cars, which are still expensive.  Why do we provide governmental subsidies to wealthy people like Tesla owners, he asked?   They do not need it and might buy those cars anyway.
Todd spoke extensively about the current proposals under discussion to remove four dams on the lower Snake River, between the Tri-Cities and Lewiston.  The Salmon Recovery Council listed that as the ninth priority behind many more effective projects.  The questions he asked about the effort included:  Will it help the salmon at all?  What is the cost of removal?  One billion dollars?  With that money, the state could fund 12 years’ worth of effort on the streams accessing Puget Sound and the ocean, Todd said.  More bang for the same bucks it seems.
He advocated for putting the power in the hands of the citizens and taking it away from politicians, who never want to admit that they are wrong after trying something that fails.  The private citizen will adjust their spending or their choices if they do not work but government is slow to adjust like that. 
One example he gave as to the power of individuals is the “E-bird app” developed by Cornell University’s school of ornithology (which by the way is number one in that field in the U.S.).  All birdwatchers are familiar with the “E-bird app”, as it is remarkably useful for identifying birds by their songs and appearance, anywhere in the world.  By having that on so many cellular phones, Cornell was able to assemble a huge database as to birds observed, which they have shared with Nature Conservancy.  His point:  individual choice of software that works was able to amass a database with many applications for conservation, far better than a government program could do it.
Todd took questions, including this one:  What has been the effect on salmon recovery of the fairly recent removal of two dams on the Elwha River on the Olympic Peninsula?  The goal was to open up the Elwha for habitat restoration and re-establish those native salmon runs.  He said Fish & Wildlife are finding that 96% of the returning salmon are hatchery-raised salmon, just like before the dams were removed.  He conceded it may be a bit early to say for sure, but the effect so far seems minimal.
Interesting program.  We should have more programs on environmental issues. 
DRAWING:  Greg Rediske had the winning ticket but pulled the white chip for $5.
See you next week, when our own Janie Frasier will be speaking about Hope Sparks, where they “envision a world where all children and families are safe, secure and stable. Their mission is to strengthen families by inspiring courage and confidence to make a lasting change.” The substitute editor, Greg Rediske, would like to add that his daughter-in-law is chair of the board of directors of Hope Sparks.
And there’s more! John Ole Magnuson and his Sidekick will be singing a semi-original song to Judy and Tom Hosea, who graciously purchased this song at the Sportsman’s Dinner and Auction. This will be the worldwide premier presentation of said song. Please arrive early, as there may be hordes of media-types in attendance as a result.