Posted by Paula Olson on Oct 12, 2018
              Since President Selden was still wandering around the world, Past President Ron Irwin subbed. The meeting was somber, without much of the usual silliness, and began in a little different fashion so we could honor our dearly departed Mike McGowan, who left us this past week. The invocation was a moment of silence for Mike; Lowell Johnson led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Duncan, Bob and Rob did the set-up; Kendra Riconosciuto staffed the Paul Harris table where a total of $1219 was collected and a $50 advance on next week’s collection; Chuck Hellar did double duty as the raffle ticket sales and Sergeant at Arms; Bob Zawilski took photos; Paula Olson wrote the bulletin; and Kendra Riconosciuto officially greeted us (as well).
 
 
 
            We had no visiting Rotarians but two guests: Cliff Matthews and his daughter, Addison Matthews.  The Sunshine Report told us that Richard Simons is in rehab and Eric Warn is going to have back surgery.
 
            Ron then announced that he wanted to have a tribute for Mike. John Magnuson started by going over to the table of our oldest members and put his hand on John Warner’s shoulder. He told us how he greeted Mike every meeting. Mike would pat his hand and ask “How ya doing, Easy Money?”  That chair was Mike’s chair ever since we moved to Tacoma Golf and Country Club for meetings. There were three things that Ron wanted to emphasize about Mike’s membership in Rotary. First was the Paul Harris Foundation. Ron called on Greg Rediske to give the history. Greg said that it started in the early ‘70s by Russ Klauser and it limped into being.  There was a meeting about how to jump start it and Mike took over and grew the foundation into the success story it is today. Ron asked us to donate $100 to the foundation in Mike’s honor and $750 came right in.
 
 
            The second contribution by Mike was the development of the Next Step program which is a mentoring program for high school students who need extra help to get into college. Steve Enquist told the story. Mike got involved in that program and stayed involved for many years. As a result, lots of kids got through college with the support of mentors. Mike also got other Rotarians involved as a show of hands indicated. Finally, Mike’s brain child was the International Baccalaureate program in the Clover Park School District. Rob Erb told that story. There was a time when the club needed a new project. Mike came up with the idea of an International Baccalaureate program.  When he pitched it to the school district, no one was interested. So Mike started a group meeting every Wednesday afternoon. He sent a teacher to IB training and he came back fired up for the program. Finally the school district came around and it was started in middle school and went up to high school. Mike found the resources to provide the books and other program necessities. Now it is so popular that students fight to get into it.
 
 
            Jim Bisceglia shared a few other words with us about Mike. He held court at that table every week. He was the rock on which the foundation of our club lay. To keep up with Mike, you had to get up early and stay up late. Mike was involved in many other club projects and we are forever grateful to him. We all send our prayers to Mike’s family. John Lowney added a couple of thoughts. Mike hired him as a 15 year old and when Mike sponsored John into Rotary, Mike paid John’s first $100 donation to Paul Harris. John donated $100 in Mike’s honor and to repay Mike.  Rest in peace, Mike.
 
            Kendra  got her blue badge today. Congrats to Kendra!
 
            Greg Horn invited us to join him and Mary in Germany next year for the International Rotary gathering. There is also a cruise involved. Contact him for more information.
 
            Eric Quinn helped us celebrate two birthday members who were absent last month: Mike Zaro and Barbara Spriggs. Eric had three questions for them: 1) what was the best meal they had had; 2) what the worst meal; and 3) an explanation for not paying a donation in honor of their birthday. Mike said his best meal came from Grandma, worst meal at the academy; he shouldn’t pay because three members reported that they got pulled over in Lakewood and did not receive tickets. Barbara told a story where she did get pulled over, she did get a ticket, but got it dismissed in court. Mike said that made four members who got lucky.
 
            Barbara said her best meal was mom’s Thanksgiving and Sunday meals, worst meal was a small can of beans while camping, and she paid $39 for reasons similar to Jack Benny. (For you youngsters out there, Jack was an old time comedian and could squeeze a penny into a diamond, he was so cheap.)
 
            Bob Peterson announced the October Educator of the Month – Andrea Morgan, the head of the Social Studies Department at Lakes High School. Andrea was nominated by Principal Karen Mauer-Smith who told us that Andrea has taught for14 years, 12 years at Lakes. Her reputation is to teach students their important role in society. She puts in a lot of extra time to help struggling students and she’s a team player.  In accepting the award, Andrea told us how honored and excited she was to receive it and how special it made her feel. She is proud that she has kept touch with her students as they go on to succeed in life, marry and have children. She now teaches their children.  She considers that history a report card on her ability as a teacher. She said Lakes is a great place to work and thanked us.
 
 
Above: Educator of the Month, Andrea Morgan
 
            Rick Selden reminded us that we need to get our forms for the bricks and to buy more. We are very close to finalizing the project and the dedication will be on October 27th at 9:00 am. He also reminded us to complete the Youth Protection test. If you are having technological trouble, he said to use the Chrome browser or to call a youth to assist.
 
            Andrew Neiditz introduced our speaker, Bill Lokey from Washington Emergency Management. Bill has 40 + years in emergency management at Pierce County, States of Washington and California and even the federal government with FEMA. He led the recovery efforts at Northridge, CA earthquake, where yours truly was a wee child and remembers it well. He was involved in recovery at the Oklahoma City bombing, 9/11 disaster at New York City, and has spent three winters at Antarctica doing research. Bill told us the history of volcano emergency management at Mount St. Helens and if Mount Rainier would erupt. Starting with Mount St. Helens, it was very active between 1931 and 1857 but had been quiet for over 100 years. Starting in March 1980, earthquakes were detected and planning for an eruption started. Later in March a crater opened up and the state scrambled to deal with it. Finally, on May 18, 1980, it erupted with a 5.1 earthquake which shook the earth, and ash and lava shot into the air, causing eight miles of destruction.  Millions of tons of ash eventually went around the world and the lava flows destroyed countless trees and anything else in its path. 57 people were killed and 200 homes destroyed. 5,000 people were stranded. 
 
 
 
Above: Presenter, Bill Lokey
 
          At the time the emergency services had a small staff. They got a lot of bad press for doing a poor job of handling this emergency. In their defense, this was a low priority but they did the best they could and learned to improvise. Several court cases came from the eruption, including one that led to a change in the law to allow the state to take over citizens’ property to dump debris collected from the eruption. A dam was built in the Toutle River to stop the flow of mud. Spirit Lake was forever changed. Eventually a tunnel was drilled to provide an outlet for the lake at a cost of $13.5 million.
Washington’s Emergency Management learned a lot and rebuilt the department to better manage, educate and warn people about an impending disaster. President Regan declared the area a disaster area for federal emergency funds on application to FEMA. Families of victims sued because they thought the restricted area was too small and businesses sued because they thought the restricted area was too large. The government was given the authority to designate the restricted areas. The experience provided lessons learned for around the world including better land use planning and changing zoning to rural; installing sensors in rivers for mud flow; title notification of possible danger; stop building around critical areas; installing warning systems; providing better training; and better public education.
 
          Generally, there are five hazards with volcano eruptions: explosions, lava flow, rock avalanches, ash fall, and mud flows.
          Turning to Mount Rainier, it erupted first about 5,600 years ago, creating a crater, then 2,900 years ago, and finally 550 years ago. The statistics Bill shared with us about the amount of mud and ash are astounding. Bill has spent many years studying Mt. Rainier beginning in 1971. He was part of a scientific team to spent time on the summit in 1971 and 1972. The main mission was to catalog where the summit got hot and how hot it got.  Now, of course that is all done by satellites. In all, Bill has summited Mt. Rainer 47 times. He showed us pictures of the summit. The effects of the earlier eruptions and the freezing and warming on the mountain are to form a network of ice caves. Bill’s work created a map of the area which included two rooms: the Bird Room where a dead sea gull was found and the Rabbit Hole, which is a narrow hole that gets smaller as you go down 90’ on his stomach to an ice cave and a lake. Bill was allowed to name the lake and he called it after his mom, Muriel. It is the highest lake in the United States. Bill’s description of his work was incredible that he was able to do it and the pictures he had proved it. He talked about the danger of climbing around the caves, the bad smells, and the freezing temperatures, once down to -8.
 
          Bill went back up in 2014 and took scientists up to take data from the caves. They have changed some. The lake moved on but a new lake was developed wider and deeper. Bill is pleased and proud that emergency planning is ongoing and he participates every quarter. Thank you, Bill, for a fascinating talk on a very interesting subject.
Walt Richardson had the winning raffle ticket but left the pot full for next week.  
 
Also, here is a gift from last week’s visit from John Magnuson, who word-smithed the following:
 
The Past President’s Lament
Lordahl of you Past Presidents! I’ll speak Lowney so you can all hear. I deSclair there’s Reames of us! There are too many to put all the names on a Reeder board.  There’s a virtual Horn of plenty. Look Quick because if we could all fly it would be a Covey of past presidents. Not unlike Haley’s Comet! There must be a Fulton of us and we must all be Neighbors. If we all had a race or a March, and you poured the Cole to it you could either lose Irwin! It wouldn’t be fair to take a Buser a taxi though. Somewhere near here in the West, there’s a Tremaine down on Main with a Greenleaf that gives plenty of Shade but it’s not so far as Dallas! One of our old cohorts took a big Rediske and got a Lockhart and Acuff. He really should have gone Strait. I’m sorry, that was kind of Wier. But you must admit, you Selden see so many past presidents in one place. Well, let’s Sadler up and get this show on the road!
 
   
 
Above: Mike McGowan, who we will forever miss and who we will never forget. Goodbye, Mike.
 
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