Who was that Past President NOT ringing the bell?! Why, it was none other than Hose-B, aka Judy Hosea! Never past president (yet) of Lakewood Rotary, she was President of the Gigantic Tacoma Number Eight in 1995-96. As she expertly navigated the dangerous waters of Lakewood's oldest Rotary Club (in more ways than one), one couldn't help but be reminded of what Groucho once said, (and PP Mick Johnson pointed out today) "Only one man in a thousand is a leader of men -- the other 999 follow women."

And so we did.

 

Helping the First Lady for a day were Bud Montgomery at the Paul Harris desk, Tom Crabill with his advisor Bill Young as Sgt at Arms, Mo Sarram with the Invocation, Col Pat Steel with the Pledge, and Bob Zawilski on camera duty. Judy noted that the fateful day of June 18, 1987, is forever inscribed in the history books at Tacoma 8: the day the first woman (Judy) entered that hallowed club. Pat Steel was the president of Tacoma 8 that day, and he came today to offer advice to soon-to-be Lakewood Rotary President Dave Reames: Delegate everything; be charming (!!), and visit random Rotarian's homes with an empty glass and a question: "Cocktails anyone?". Judy passed along the advice her father gave her: "Don't screw it up!"
 
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Our President for A Day, PP of Tacoma 8.

Visiting Rotarian: Pat Steel was Judy's guest.

Visitors: Rod Ladd was introduced by Rick Selden. Rod will be a Lakewood Rotarian on 6/29; John Magnuson (a VERY PROUD Ole) introduced Chief Petty Officer in the US Navy, Kyle Magnuson; Gayle Selden announced our exchange student Patricia Franko, with the suggestion to get on it! as far as inviting her out some place, as time is running short. Other guests: Dave Reames brought Barbara Reames, a very close relation, while Tom brought Fae Crabill and Lowell brought Rondi Johnson. Jason Whalen brought Paul from the City of Lakewood.

Sunshine: Jim Early had a stroke, and has lost the vision in one eye. He may or may not be still in the hospital , as reports differed. Dave Covey was in the hospital, but is doing better at home (and off pain meds), with a very large kidney stone. "Very soon" is the timing for having it broken up and extricated, according to Dr. Covey.

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More Advice: A well-dressed (a suit!) Gregory Horn, Esq. set about to announce club and wedding anniversaries, but first Acting President Hosea directed him to solicit advice for almost-president Reames. Clipboard and pen in hand, Reames listened attentively, based on the look of concentration on his face. Or maybe he had to go to the restroom. One of the two. Horn (09-10) noted that Dave is already delegating very well (saying "do it yourself" after being directed by Asst Governor Greg to do something). Gary Fulton (93-94) suggested he not match wits with Magnuson, or money with McGowan. Rick Selden (90-91) suggested he check his zipper. John Magnuson (01-02) presented a sheriff's badge and a quote from the former Secretary General of the UN, the famous Swede Dag Hammersjkold. The quote was in Swedish, and the advice remained something of a secret. (It should be pointed out here, to correct Ole, that Dag was the third Sec-Gen, not the first. Fittingly, the second Sec-Gen was a Norwegian. To no one's surprise, I'm sure....). Further advice came from Ted Wier (98-99), "ask for forgiveness, not permission", Mick Johnson (10-11) (see the Groucho quote above), Joe Quinn (97-98), "when you come to a fork in the road, take it" (courtesy of Yogi Berra), John Lowney (99-00) "treat the club like your boat", including putting it on auto pilot now and again to have fun. And more: Greg Rediske (06-07) mentioned the cardinal sin of fining bulletin writers, while Bob Zawilski (07-08) said Marilyn told him to stay in good with the Partners. Got all that, Dave?!? And also remember what Groucho said, ""Learn from the mistakes of others. You can never live long enough to make them all yourself."

But Dave, as you lead our Club in the coming year, you must also remember the Rotary 4-Way Test. Examine below, and see if you can apply any or all of that Test:

Let's say you were playing in the club championship tournament finals and the match was halved at the end of 17 holes. You had the honor and hit your ball a modest 250 yards to the middle of the fairway, leaving a simple six iron to the pin. Your opponent then hits his ball, lofting it deep into the woods to the right of the fairway. Being the golfing gentleman that you are, you help your opponent look for his ball. Just before the permitted five minute search period ends, your opponent says, "Go ahead and hit your second shot and if I don't find it in time, I'll concede the match."

You hit your ball, landing it on the green, stopping about 10 feet from the pin. About the time your ball comes to rest, you hear your opponent exclaim from deep in the woods: "I found it!" The second sound you hear is a click, the sound of a club striking a ball and the ball comes sailing out of the woods and lands on the green, stopping no more than six inches from the hole.

Now here is the ethical dilemma:

Do you pull the cheating bastard’s ball out of your pocket and confront him with it or do you keep your mouth shut?

Or, as Groucho once said,  "Those are my principles, and if you don't like them...well, I have others."

Gregory Horn, Esq., then announced an extensive list of club anniversaries and Rotary anniversaries. The winners were: 65 years of marriage for Carl Fynboe, and 39 years of Lakewood Rotary for Mel Neighbors. Greg has the complete list on file.

And remember what Groucho once said, "Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend.  Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read."

Announcements:

: Dave Coleman is the new chairman of the Program Committee, with help from Bob Gee and Mary Moss. Get him ideas, as he is charged with making Dave look good. No easy task....

: Dave Reames reminded one and all of the picnic at his house, July 1, noon to whenever. Hot dogs and hamburgers provided no charge by AA Meats!! Boat rides, swimming, fun.

: Bill Young also had a reminder for the Installation Banquet on June 30. 90 paid so far, with more room available. Call him this week!

: Judy said, "Golf in Victoria 6/21, 2:30 pm. Call Selden"

: Ted Wier re-anounced the Sprint Triathlon on July 1. He'll be getting a volunteer list next meeting for a 10 am water handout to participants at Ft. Steilacoom.

Fines:

: Ron Irwin--you are wanted, and need a note of excuse for your absence. Oh, oh....

: Jason Whalen has been married 25 years, 5 good ones for $1 a year, a birthday for $1, Hawaii soon for 2 weeks for $1, daughter Olivia graduated from Bellarmine and is going to Bellmont U in Nashville, $1 for each thousand dollars of tuition. Total fine: $124. Hmmmmm....

: Mo Sarram's 51st anniverary was missed by Gregory Horn, Esq., and he's going to China. $50.

: $26 from Dave Reames for the advice; $26 from the PP's for giving it.

And, as Groucho once said, "I find television very educating.  Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book."

Program:

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Bob Gee introduced a Doctor of Jurisprudence, our own Jason Whalen, whose law career often takes a back seat to his other job, Lakewood City Councilman. Jason noted that there is a great team in place in Lakewood, and the future is bright. Taxes collected per capita are the lowest in the state for cities our size. 52% of the budget goes to the police department. There is a 10% contingency fund in place, confirming the fiscally well-managed city we live in. Two new Marriott hotels are breaking ground in early 2013. There is a huge project that will hopefully come together on Steilacoom Blvd, the Boo Han Commercial Project. Sewer extensions are being made, as they are critical to business expansion. The Lakewood Farmers Market begins July 10 thru August 28 near City Hall, 11 to 3 on Tuesdays. The city website is enhanced: sign up for automatic updates, see crime mapping in the city. In response to questions, Jason said the city supports the Crossbase Highway. Landscaping upkeep is an issue they are working on. Population growth is a little down, but it was noted by Mike McGowan that improving schools should reverse that trend. Excellent, Jason!! But you forgot to mention what Groucho once said, "A black cat crossing your path signifies that the animal is going somewhere. "

And more advice for Dave from Hose-B: "No one will remember what you did, but everyone will remember how you made them feel."

Ward Fletcher won the pot, presumably $5.

The countdown has begun! Only 16 more days before our exchange student, Patricia, leaves for home. Tick, tick, tick. Don't let her get away before you get a chance to enjoy our lovely Hungarian girl's company! (Patricia reported that she's not ready to go home yet (though her parents differ on that thought....), and she'll be visiting here again, soon!)

And so ends another exiting episode of  "The Life of Lakewood Rotary". Or, as Groucho once said, "Time flies like an arrow.  Fruit flies like a banana."

 
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