Posted by Gayle Selden on Sep 20, 2019
      The September 20th meeting of the Rotary Club of Lakewood was kicked off with another rousing choice for walk up music from President Bill Potter. In fact, the music was so good I danced to it and forgot to make note of what it was. I am finding I like the music to kind of shake off the post-lunch haze. Great tradition President Bill.
      Barlow Buescher gave our thought for the day and Peter Marsh led us in the pledge. And then President Bill said “HEY there is a Canadian here let’s sing O Canada”. So, we did. Hey Bill, hopefully we remember to that if the District Governor ever comes back.
      Bill thanked the meeting crew of Kendra Riconosciuto at Paul Harris (collecting $332), Jan Gee as Sergeant at Arms and our every dependable set up crew. Immediate Past President Gayle Selden is writing the bulletin but the President recognized our #1 favorite President, Secretary for life and the Ace Writer of the Bulletin committee, Greg Rediske on how amazing he writes bulletins. Bill is correct, Greg is pretty much the top of the pile. That is why I am blaming the writer's block I have experienced this weekend in trying to write The Key. It has taken me two days to write the three previous paragraphs. Deadline is looming so apologies in advance—this is not Greg’s bulletin. Thankfully, Walt Richardson took photos so there will be at least some good pictures.
      President Potter then decided that we needed a little knowledge about the Giant European House Spider. A signal for fall, those male spiders are running in and around your house looking for a mate. I usually pull out the vacuum and suck them into the Hoover disco myself. But I believe President Bill wants us to give love a chance.
      There were no visiting Rotarians and we had a very special guest from Heritage Bank who is taking over for the retiring Jay Mayer as manager of the Gravelly Lake branch, Hailey Wheeler.
      John Forkenbrock’s sunshine report include that Duncan Cook is home and that Ted Wier is walking with a cane only and getting better by the day at Frank Toby Jones.
      Hey Rotarians, we would like you to help with some Programs .We would love to hear from you. Can you talk to your members about something related to your work? Can you teach us something? How about a panel on Financial Advising? See Andrew Kruse, our Program Chair, or President Potter.
      Upcoming opportunities: Join with Clover Park Rotary to clean up the South Sound Wildlife area. Join them from 9-12 on October 12th.  Don’t forget to sign up to help the Clover Park Kiwanis with their park build September 28th. Contact Lakewood’s Non-Rotarian of the Year, Rachel Adler, at to sign up. Jay Mayer is retiring from Heritage Bank celebration October 4th, party 11-4 at the Gravelly Lake location. Tacoma South is hosting their putt putt tourney at Harkness on October 25th. Next Friday, September 27 is Lakewood Rotary’s Large Golf outing. Golf and Pizza or just pizza. Contact Joe Quinn to join (
      The Lakewood Rotary BOARD MEETING will be taking place September 26th (this coming Thursday) at a new location—Black Bear Diner, formally Cody’s. I do not remember Cody’s but it is located adjacent to the Great American Casino.
      Nicole Hancock let us know that the Lakewood Community Foundation is looking for nominations for the Larry Saunders service award (last year’s winner was Lakewood Rotary). Please nominate a person or organization for the honor.
      President Potter opened the bank and went right to Barlow, who spent a couple weeks in Greece. It was lovely and worth $50. Mark Blanchard celebrated a 44th anniversary and a 66th Birthday which equaled $100. Mark Edgecomb spent a week in Florida with his brother avoiding Hurricane Dorian and celebrating being a Part time instructor at UW Tacoma. I was certain he was instructing Performance Art but apparently it's accounting. Gordy had $1 burning a hole in his pocket and donated it in honor of Past President Daniels, who went to Omaha, Nebraska.
     Sally Smith introduced Steilacoom Kiwanis membership chair, Dick Muri, to introduce our speakers, coming to us all the way from Abbotsford Canada, Ann and Berry Penner with KiwanisSign.
A doctor out of Richland named Lewis Zirkle realized the inequality of fracture care in the world. He witnessed patients with broken legs in traction for months and decided to teach surgeons in foreign countries on the skills to use implants for repairs of fractures. After training, he saw that the care for the poor patients had not changed because of the cost of the implants. He went to the drawing board and created an implant called a "nail" that would be a low-cost implant to be used in fracture care.
Above: Presenters Ann and Berry Penner, introduced by Dick Muri (left)
      This became KiwanisSign, a project of the Pacific Northwest Kiwanis organization. They provide implants, training and kits in 52 developing countries. 330 hospitals have helped 220,000 patients receive fracture care that will help them return to life after simple accidents. is a great site that explains all they do. Sadly, these speakers were given a bulletin writer who has broken multiple bones, needed serious fracture care and experienced the inequity of medical care in a foreign country. So, as her table mates can attest, she might have been having an adverse reaction to the pictures and stories. In fact, she might have even had a flash back or two both when Barry was explaining how to insert the “nail” into a fractured leg bone. And the picture of the hospital with people lying all over the floor wasn’t truly familiar, but it did remind her of the ants crawling up the walls of her hospital room in St Lucia. This is just a reminder that you should always travel with medical insurance and make sure you get the kind that will pay to fly you out.
      Copied from the website here is some interesting information on the Nails used for fracture care: SIGN Fracture Care International “nails” are approved by the FDA for use in the USA; SIGN Fracture Care International implants are normally left permanently in place.  For use in countries where cultural traditions oppose foreign objects being permanently left in the human body, however, SIGN Fracture Care International provides a “Nail Extractor” set that enables removal of the “nail” in a second surgical procedure after the bone is healed. As a condition of the free replacement of “nails” used in surgery, each SIGN Fracture Care International “nail” implanted must be documented in pre and post-surgery case reports.  Required as part of the documentation are pre and post- surgery X-rays.  Dr. Zirkle and other US and Canadian surgeons personally review each documented case.  The cost of producing a SIGN Fracture Care International “nail” and 4 especially-designed screws to hold the bone fragments rigidly in place is approximately $100 per procedure. Thank you Ann and Berry for the fascinating presentation!
      Ann drew ticket number 666 for the raffle and Ron Irwin was holding-he had traded for it from Don Daniels. He walked away with $5
      Looking forward to Rediske’s next bulletin. Speaking of Rediske, tell Greg if you read this bulletin and you can get a make-up for a missed meeting. Furthermore, if you shop online, please do that on Amazon Smile so a portion of your purchase can be allocated to Lakewood Rotary.