Posted by Greg Rediske on Aug 03, 2018
It was December 16, 2011, at the Lakewood Rotary meeting at the Tacoma Country and Golf Club. The Club's president was adorned in a stylish sweater with a nice green skirt. He (yes, it was a "he".....we can't be judgmental about personal attire, after all) was near tears upon the receipt of a giant trophy, named "The T. Torvald Torvaldssen III Award", commemorating T. Torvald Torvaldssen interestingly enough.
This skirted Rotary president qualified for the prestigious award by missing about 25% of the meetings during the year that he was elected to govern, just barely eking out more misses than John "Ole" Magnuson during his year as president of Lakewood Rotary. (By the way: John is the only one who can shed much light on the fabled T. Torvald Torvaldssen.)
So it was a bit of a shock when who should stride to the microphone at 12:30 sharp but this very same past president, although adorned in more traditional garb (HIS traditional garb, anyway: shorts and shirt).  Yes, it was ol' Ben Sclair, apparently trying to fill in the missing meetings from his previous tenure. If so, we welcome it! An auspicious start it was: Paula Olson was called upon for the invocation, while Terry Roarke proved he has now mastered the Pledge ("one lousy mistake, and look!"). President-for-a-day Ben then thanked the set up wizards (Rob Erb, Duncan Cooke, Ward Fletcher and Bob Hammar) for their fine work. (It can now be reported here: the principal reason these four do set up each and every week is that they like to see their names in the Lakewood Key each and every week. Whatever it takes, all good.) Bob Zawilski was lauded for his upcoming picture taking. (Mr. Zawilski will hereafter be called simply "Z" to save keystrokes, as he was half the meeting at least.) Other helpers included Alejandro Sanchez-Perez (greeter), Mary Marlin (co-greeter), Ward Fletcher (Paul Harris: an unknown amount collected; probably thousands and thousands), and Chuck Hellar (ticket sales and Sgt-At-Arms).
So far, so good for the TTT award winner. Then the sudden flush of fame went to his not-too-thickly-covered head, and he noted that he would be available for autographs later. The limelight: it affects people. And speaking of the limelight, do you know where this expression comes from? Of course you don't. But that's why you read the Lakewood Key:
Invented in 1825, limelight was used in lighthouses and theatres by burning a cylinder of lime which produced a brilliant light. In the theatre, a performer "in the limelight" was the center of attention. 
No visiting Rotarians. Guests of Rotarians: Mary Muri, wife of our speaker Dick, introduced by Donna Phillips.
Greg Rediske reported John Korsmo's cancer surgery went well, easier than expected. Pain is under control, and he was walking the day after the surgery (which was August 2). Greg also reported than Mike McGowan said he may be coming to a Rotary meeting again soon, that he was still working regularly, and was to begin hospice in the near future.
--Pint for Polio.  Greg Horn is hosting a beer tasting event at his ski park in Orting. Over 200 home brews (along with non-alcoholic drinks as well). August 11, $35 to enter, of which $30 goes to your very own Paul Harris account. Overnight camping is $5/head. Fire dancers and lots of fun will be the order of the day and night. You may even clink your glasses in a toast. Bet you don't know where that comes from do you? Well, we at the Lakewood Key do! In earlier times it used to be common for someone to try to kill an enemy by offering him a poisoned drink.  To prove to a guest that a drink was safe, it became customary for a guest to pour a small amount of his drink into the glass of the host.  Both men would drink it simultaneously. When a guest trusted his host, he would only touch or clink the host's glass with his own.
--Floating Board meeting August 16, 4:30, picnic at Holly Hedge.
--Dave Coleman reminded us of the three concerts at the Pavilion in the Park, August 14, 21, and 28. However, the ribbon cutting will NOT be on August 14 as previously reported. It will be on Truck & Tractor day in October.
--August 4, 9 am at the Pavilion: work party needing rakes, shovels, 5-gallon buckets and bodies to work said devices. If this reminder is a moot point by the time you read it, hope you were there.
--Eric Warn reminded all of the Fox Hollow Farms fellowship event on Saturday, August 19. Eric's daughter and son-in-law are the owners of this rather famous park. Don't miss it! Free if you're a Lakewood Rotarian, or related to one.
--Don Daniels forgot to announce a sock and underwear drive for Caring for Kids. We, and he, have another chance at glory for the next two weeks: please bring NEW socks and underwear to our next two meetings. Larger sizes for bigger kids are requested as well.
--Z reported on the recent Rotary Foundation Zone Meeting, including that there will be additional funds available at the district level.
And then out came the crown! Not the dainty queen crown, but a flowery king's crown befitting someone seen in a skirt previously. Sighting a little known rule from District Governor Gordon Quick's tenure stating that non-members who were former presidents and presiding once again could keep the fine money for themselves, Ben magnanimously offered to instead donate all funds to Gayle's budget.
He proceeded to fine attending past presidents $5.00 for not jumping up to run the meeting when several of us were more than aware of the absence of Queen Gayle. Not fair! To which he responded: Tough. Or words to that effect.
Morris Northcutt played the Star Spangled Banner at the Seattle Mariners game on July 31. He not only played it, he wowed everyone with it. Even the announcers praised it for being sing-able. Perhaps this link will take you there:
Fine for Morris, after paying $100 last week: an IOU for $100, except that Ben waived it assuming the Mariners won. They did not. Fine back on again.
Z introduced Dick Muri, our state representative from the 28th District. Dick is, in no particular order, a Master of Public Administration, a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, a member of the Wrestling Hall of Fame, a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel, proud father of four children and grandfather to 10. Z described Dick as humble and thrifty. Which may or may not have led him to become a champion of the electric car. Dick is a veteran of 5 years of such ownership, and invited all to the National Drive Electric Week, with the big local celebration on Saturday, September 8, 11 to 3 in downtown Steilacoom. He expects to have 120 cars there (91 currently signed up), and a thousand visitors. Speakers include Tonia Buell with Plug in America (11 am) and Steve Marshall, leading expert in autonomous vehicle technology (12). Email Dick at to reserve your place, or just show up.
Above: Presenter, State Representative Dick Muri
Dick said that by 2030, all cars will be manufactured with a plug in capability. Pierce Transit has one electric bus now, and three more are on order. Washington has no foreseeable electric grid issues because there is more efficient power usage of late, greater capacity, and greater use of alternate sources for electricity (solar, wind). Electric car owners currently pay a $150/year flat fee for road use. This could change. Electric cars experience very little brake use: when taking the foot off the accelerator, it slows itself while generating more energy into storage. They have 1/10th of the moving parts of a gas vehicle, and are currently not a theft target.
Great job, Dick!
Next week: Lisa Hallett, latest recipient of the Bernie Ootkin Service Award and co-founder of Blue Run. She is the widow of a Stryker soldier, and she began this running therapy upon his death and in concert with her own grieving. Be there!
Raffle: Z won. Then lost. $5.00. But he can still put that money is his piggy bank. Oh, by the way: where did piggy banks come from? Well, we at the Lakewood Key know! Long ago, dishes and cookware in Europe were made of dense orange clay called "pygg". When people saved coins in jars made of this clay, the jars became known as "pygg banks".  When an English potter misunderstood the word, he made a container that resembled a pig.  And it caught on.
The past, the present, and the future walk into a bar. It was tense.
One more thing: Read this bulletin and tell Greg Rediske so you can get a make-up. If you do any online shopping, do so on Amazon Smile so a portion of your purchase may be allocated to Lakewood Rotary.