Posted by Donn Irwin on Nov 09, 2018

In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: "To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…"

The original concept for the celebration was for a day observed with parades and public meetings and a brief suspension of business beginning at 11:00 a.m.
 
The United States Congress officially recognized the end of World War I when it passed a concurrent resolution on June 4, 1926. Armistice Day was primarily a day set aside to honor veterans of World War I, but in 1954, after World War II had required the greatest mobilization of soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen in the Nation’s history, and after American forces had fought aggression in Korea, the 83rd Congress, at the urging of the veterans service organizations, amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word "Armistice" and inserting in its place the word "Veterans." With the approval of this legislation (Public Law 380) on June 1, 1954, November 11th became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.
 
Later that same year, on October 8th, President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued the first "Veterans Day Proclamation".
 
After a rousing introductory audio visual presentation honoring our armed services, president Gayle got the meeting started.
Side note: Ed Shannon stood while the Army song was being played and “ordered” all of the other “dog faces” to stand up as well. Once Ed did this for the Army the remaining armed services stood for their respective songs. It was fun to watch.
 
 
Another side note: Those members of the club that still fit into their uniforms wore them. Those that couldn’t wore what would fit.
Bob Peterson gave a wonderful “thought for the day” aka invocation. He called forward the members of our club that had served during different wars. Sadly, there were no WWII veterans amongst us. The following vets were called up front:
 
Korean Vets – Ted Wier, Bob Hammar and John Warner
Viet Nam – Joe Quinn, Walt Richardson, Greg Horn, Ed Shannon, Dr. Jim Rooks, Charles Heberle III and Gary Fulton.
Iraq, 1st Gulf War and Afghanistan – a visitor – Marshal Dawson
 
Ed Shannon led us in the Pledge to the flag.
 
We were set up by the usual cast of characters (and I do mean characters) – Duncan, Rob, Ward, Bob and Troy.
Jim Guerrero took our donations to the Foundation - $451.00. Nice!
Drawing tickets sales and SAT were one and the same person – Barlow B.
I wrote this “Key” – Donnnnn Irwin (that exaggerated Donn was for Ole’s benefit)
My boss, Eric Quinn, took the pictures.
Kendra Riconosciuto was our Greeter AND she introduced visiting Rotarians. Well she would have but there weren’t any as far as I could tell.
 
We did have a few guests though. Margie Hoffman (wife of member Wynn) introduced Pam Gassman of the Mary Bale chapter of the DAR and Donna Dahlstrom from JBLM. Dr. Rooks introduced his wife, Penny. Greg Horn introduced Marshal Dawson. Bill Allen introduced Jennifer Gonzales and Andy Kruse introduced Bobby Arkill and Mike Slaughterback of Youth for Christ, (I have to mention that Bobby was once a member of #8).
 
There were several announcements that included – Board meeting on Thursday the 15th at the Club at 5:30AM….just kidding about the time – it’s at 5:30PM, no Club meeting on Friday after Thanksgiving, first meeting of the New Year will be January 4th AT THE ROTUNDA and the Puffins will Roast (the Pres) on Dec 14th . Wreaths will be placed on Dec. 15th.
Mike Zaro plugged the Fallen Officer’s Food and Blood drive on Nov 29th. I didn’t get the location but I’m sure that you can contact the Lakewood Police Dept and get that information.
 
Rob Erb presented Wreaths Across America with a check for $1000.00. Margie Hoffman and the ladies from DAR and JBLM accepted the check.
Jay Mayer gave away $1000.00 to Youth for Christ.  Andrew Kruse, Bobby Arkill and Mike S. accepted the $$. YFC will use the money to replace the basketball hoop at the YFC facility in Tillicum.
 
 
Bob Peterson introduced our educators of the month:
Our Educator of the Month from Clover Park School District is Lee Mendenhall.
Lee was accompanied by Superintendent Doug Kernutt and Principal Rebecca Sprague.
 
 
Above: Educator of the Month, Lee Mendenhall, being presented a plaque by Bob Peterson (right).
 
Lee Mendenhall is focused on making all Woodbrook Middle School students career and college ready. Her classes provide students with instruction in digital communication, computer programming skills through her robotics course, and opportunities for students to collaborate and design by creating a yearbook for publication.
Ms. Mendenhall creates engaging learning opportunities and goes the extra mile to support student learning. She opens her classroom before school each morning to students, and her after school First Lego League Club is quite popular. Through it she teaches students to collaborate and work towards the goal of competing regionally.  She has a positive attitude and makes learning fun, challenging, and accessible.
Lee is a collaborative, innovative instructional leader who is a well-respected member of the staff.  And, she is always open to two-way communication with families in an effort to better support students.
After thanking the club for the honor Lee was given $100.00 to spend on herself.
Next up was Mary Snyder from Steilacoom Historical School District. Mary was accompanied by Executive Director of Student Services Susanne Beauchaine (Beau-Shane) and Saltar’s Point Elementary School Principal Alex Clauson.
 
 
Above: Educator of the Month, Mary Snyder (Bob Peterson on the right)
 
Mary Snyder currently acts as the district’s Social, Emotion Learning specialist.  In her role, she works diligently to help educate and support all staff and students in self-regulation strategies, student support systems, current neuro-science research and best practices around social emotional learning. 
Ms. Snyder is a gifted presenter who frequently delivers training around the district and region.  Mary’s work around student support systems in Steilacoom schools has earned her regional recognition, AND her work is currently being used in a research study by the Institute for Connecting Neuroscience with Teaching and Learning. 
While being truly passionate about her work, Mary inspires staff and students by sharing cutting edge practices and strategies in a way that provides practical application in both the classroom and whole school setting.  According to Principal Clauson, “Mary has made a profound difference in our schools while helping to change and support the lives of our students and staff.”
Mary also thanked the club and she too received $100.00 to spend on herself.
 
The tiara appeared and before you knew it Mark Blanchard was picked out of the crowd (cuz he hasn’t been around for awhile) and was cheerfully welcomed back by President Gayle. Mark has turned 65 and was so happy to be back he gave $1000.00 to the Club. It was great to see you Mark. Don’t be a stranger like that Magnuson guy.
Michael Lewis showed up and was picked on, er, chatted up by the Pres. I didn’t note any fine $$ so I don’t know if Michael paid any money for the honor of being amongst us but it was good see him back at a meeting
 
Now for the program. Charlene Miseli introduced the speaker and the program: CDR David Leingang and USO Northwest.
 
CDR Leingang opened the program by giving us a little background on himself. He spent 24 years in the Navy – flying helos mainly. He served at the Pentagon and left 30 days before the 9\11 attached that hit the area of the Pentagon where he would have been. He retired from the Navy as the Executive Officer of the Naval Station in Everett.
 
Why the USO now? When he was younger he was on a flight that had a bad landing in Chicago. Icy weather caused the plane to go all the way off of the runway and into the city streets (we saw a picture of the plane in the middle of an intersection). Folks had to wait in the icy cold for an hour and half but when they finally got to the Midway Airport there was the USO there to greet them.
In 2008 the USO helped 146,000 military members. In 2017 they helped 800,000. The USO is volunteer driven. USO Northwest has 600+ volunteers that donated 52,000 hours of their time and the largest center is at SeaTac. They have a 7200 square foot facility that can hold 200 people. That’s a far cry from the “closet sized” space they had before. The floor of the facility is made from the teak decking of the USS Colorado that was built in 1918. Battle damage is still visible in parts of the flooring.
 
 
Above: Presenter David Leingang (in the foreground is our very own Christine Vu, who works for the USO)
 
USO NW has facilities at McChord Airfield –Shali Center and at JBLM – Camp Lewis Center. Camp Lewis Center opened on the 100th Anniversary of the base and is in the ACU building.
This facility does a fund raiser called “Operation That’s My Dress” where daughters of military personnel ages 13-19 can pick out a dress from donations made to USO NW.
The Portland Center just doubled its size this year. Lakewood Rotary was lucky to have Christine Vu join us when she came to JBLM from the USO facility in Portland.
The USO also operated Mobile Canteen program that brings a grill to the local military areas in order to give the personnel something besides MRE’s to eat.
They also have “United Through Reading” program that shows videos to a child of their deployed mom or dad reading a book to them.
A white chip was drawn by guest Booby Arkill.
 
Our next meeting’s program will be “rotary Foundation in Action” presented to us by Bob Cairns.
 
 
Above: Lakewood Rotary Veterans, from the left: Bob Peterson, Joe Quinn, Gary Fulton, Ed Shannon, Walt Richardson, Johnny Walker, Bud Montgomery, Troy Wilcox, Jim Rooks, Charles Heberle, Greg Horn, (guest Marshal Dawson), Bob Hammar, Ted Wier and Jason Whalen. To any veteran we were not able to celebrate, Thank You.
 
I went to the liquor store the other day and was asked for my identification. I was fumbling around in wallet and my Block Custer Video card fell out. The guy behind the counter just shook his head saying never mind and started ringing me up.
 
Ah yes, read this bulletin and tell Greg Rediske to get a make-up. Also, do your online shopping on Amazon Smile so a portion of your purchase can be allocated to Lakewood Rotary.
 
 
 
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