It is cheering to see that the rats are still around - the ship is not sinking.

So Cap'n Dave was thinking, but didn't say, as he rang the bell to begin his 9th to the last meeting as President of the Rotary Club of Lakewood. 


Helping him with the heavy lifting were Bob Zawilski at the Paul Harris Desk (a little late, but who can blame him, writing up all those "buy" orders as the Dow neared 15,000, a winning pattern he continued with the collection of $710 of Paul Harris money); Tom Crabill  was at the ticket selling table, while Bob Peterson gave the Invocation, and Mark Mattingly led us in the Pledge.  Bill Young was the award-winning photographer of the day.  (Photo reprints of today's pictures can be ordered by contacting the Editor, and sending in $5.00 per picture, which the Editor promises to possibly consider sharing with Bill.)  There were no visiting Rotarians, but Kim Prentice brought guest Deb Shanafelt.



No truth to the rumor that Dave was Captain of this ship.  Although you can clearly see him on the deck at the time, he WAS NOT the Captain!  Navigator, yes, but not Captain.



1.         Sally Porter Smith was very, very proud of the Pierce County Library System, which will be named by Michelle Obama on May 8 as one of the Top 10 library systems in the country.  The award comes with $5000, which will go to their Early Learning program.  Wow!


      Sally, and John

2.         John Warner's son and daughter-in-law's company, Warner Hanson Television, just received an Emmy nomination for their video "Over Hawaii", and are currently working on "Over Iceland".  Proud, very proud, with John paying money and everything.  Just don't know how much.

3.         John Walstrum and CPTC will be hosting 3000 people for Career Day on May 9, including Governor Jay Inslee.  Please visit, between 9 and 1.

4.         Mark Mattingly is hosting a fund raiser for Relay for Life (May 31) on May 18 at Tower Lanes.  $15 gets you unlimited bowling &/or Putt-Putt.  And it was his birthday and his daughter's birthday, too, making the fine respectable, though unknown.

5.         Gayle Selden spent a few days becoming addicted to craps at the Bellagio in Vegas, $20.


  Gayle with the "What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas" grin;  And Mr. YMCA

6.         Clayton DeNault is offering FREE initiation fees at the YMCA for all Lakewood Rotarians in May.  Tell them who you are and reap the benefit.  Also: Art Showcase from 5-7 on May 10, including visual arts and dance.  A Greenleaf was promised in the form of an IOU.

7.         Chris Kimball returned from several days at the Pantera Club rally in Phoenix.  3200 miles, $700 in gas, no tickets: only took it up to 135 mph a couple brief times.  $20  (The last Pantera was made in 1991, just so you know.)

8.         Rose Stevens and our World Community Service Committee are up for the Floyd Olson Award (for international projects).  $500 prize, if they win, at the District Conference, which happens to be May 31 to June 2.


And we take a break from this long list of accomplishments and announcements to remind everyone, as Captain Dave did,  that today is World Press Day.  The press is responsible for asking the tough questions, like:  Why does Superman stop bullets with his chest, but duck when a gun is thrown at him?  Whose idea was it to put an "s" in "lisp"?  Why do we press harder on the remote control when we know the batteries are going dead?  Why did Kamikaze pilots wear helmets?  Why do we drive on parkways and park on driveways?  And now, back to our regularly written bulletin....



9.         Deb Shanafelt from the Clover Park School District: looking for volunteers to be on their Career & Technical Education Advisory Committee.  Three meetings per year.  Contact Kim Prentice.  Next meeting is May 20 at Lakes.

10.       Joe Ghilarducci:  married 53 years:  he spent the 3, but gave $50.

11.       Jim Sharp announced that the West Pierce Fire Department climbing team finished 11th in fundraising ($22,000) out of 300 fire department teams from around the world on the Columbia Tower Climb for Leukemia and Lymphoma.   Total raised: $1.44 M

12.       John Lowney announced the gift of $500 by Sam Hunter for the Auction and the Club in general.  Sam's response:  "I'm here", to the three remaining bet-makers from the Sunriver trip: Greg Horn, Phil Eng, and Ted Wier, if I'm not mistaken.  You three know what he's saying....


      Sam, and Charles

13.       Charles Heberle posted Hawaii pictures on Facebook, which resulted in ROAR reports, which resulted in a fine of $100.  He's also PROUDLY going to Guam next week to witness the promotion of his son to Navy Captain, and then returning June 2 to St. Petersburg, Russia, to reinvigorate his democracy program there.  (Speaking of the Navy, Dick Gregory once said, "When I lost my rifle, the Army charged me 85 dollars. That is why in the Navy the Captain goes down with the ship.")

14.    Greg Horn thanked those that joined him for the Parkland Spanaway fundraiser: Mick and Mary Johnson, Mark Blanchard, Dave Reames, Judy Hosea, and John Walstrum.  Greg won a trip anywhere Alaska Airlines flies.  He was fined at Parkland Spanaway, and refused further fineage.  Assuming fineage is a word, which is doubtful.


Reprint from the Suburban Times:  "Free Puppies!  Mother, Kennel Club registered German Shepherd.  Father, Super Dog.  Able to leap tall fences in a single bound."


Sunshine report:  As reported earlier, Bud Montgomery had a nasty bike accident in Arizona.  This just in from Ole Magnuson, who heard from him today:  "Off pain meds but ribs and collarbone still sore. Cervical fusions surgery went well. Looking forward to returning home in a few weeks."  Get better quick, Bud!!


The Program:

Dave Coleman introduced Jennifer Kilmer, who went from the Paul Allen Foundation, to the Museum at Gig Harbor, to Executive Director of the Washington State Historical Museum.  This organization is a 501-C3, but is unique in that it gets two-thirds of its funding from the State of Washington, and she serves at the wish of the Governor.  The museum itself is 120,000 square feet, but they also have a Research Center (which also stores artifacts, at the old museum site), and the State Capitol Museum.  Currently on exhibition:  "Let's Ride, Motorcyling in the Northwest' (until 6/23).  In August comes "Cooper", about famed hijacker D.B. Cooper, who took a Boeing 727 and all the passengers for a ride on November 24, 1971.  (Did you know the name he used was not D.B. Cooper, but Dan Cooper?  A news report messed it up, and it stuck.)  Following this exhibition will be "In The Spirit", celebrating contemporary Native arts, and then "Douglas: A Naturalist at Work".  David Douglas was a Scottish botanist who explored the Northwest and its native plant life in the early 1800's: the "Douglas Fir" is named after him.

More than 28,000 kids visit the museum every year.  For Washington History Day, they sponsor a competition for projects on specific topics.  One such project won a gold medal nationally for its video on the Great Seattle Fire of June 6, 1889: done by middle-schoolers.


Drawing:  Winner Wynn Hoffman, of $5 instead of $713.  The elusive red chip remains among a very small amount of white chips. 


Gordy Quick has a new phone number:  253-460-2738.  Apparently, his rotary phone was no longer acceptable, and he was forced to give it up along with his JUniper phone number.  Feel free to call him for zucchini growing advice.


And why did the cowboy get a dachshund?  He wanted to get a long little doggie.


Remember: when a woman says, "What?", she's not saying she didn't hear you.  She's just giving you a second chance to change what you just said.