The first bell rang at 12:30, and things seemed off and running except for an uncooperative PA system.  That was addressed by sharing the portable microphone. 

The invocation was offered by Kismet Kechejian of the Trinity Baptist Church (and our Club of course!).
The pledge was led by Jim Early.

 

Bud Montgomery staffed the Paul Harris Desk while Bill Young served as Sgt at Arms and introduced the visiting Rotarians.  Ron Adkins drew bulletin duty and Greg Horn was staff photographer.

The visiting Rotarians were:  Alice Peeples and Jeannie Hill of the Clover Park Club and Keith Galbraith of Parkland-Spanaway.  Keith was accompanied by a support dog.

Your scribe apologizes for failure to get all of the pertinent information on each guest, but here is what I did get.  Greg Rediske brought our Youth Exchange Student Victor Bertelsen.  Astrid Arola brought a son, Anthony.  Joanne Crane brought a friend whose name I did not catch, and Jan Reeder seems to have come unescorted.

Jan Luze's Sunshine Report noted that past member Ed John's widow fell, broke a hip and is looking to locating at an appropriate care facility.  Linda Betz has (hurray!) finished chemo.

Announcements

Past President Greg Horn proclaimed the "Hold the Line" program which comes in the wake of our "biggest loser" undertaking.  Here's the deal.  Weigh yourself and e-mail that figure to Greg.  Repeat on the first of each month until the new year.  If you maintain your weight (or even lose a little), nothing happens.  Should your weight increase, pony up $50 for Community Concerns (half there, half into a pot for the "winners).  A new "biggest loser" contest will start after January 1.

Pres Mike Johnson then read a "thank you" note from Hana Page.  Hana is one of the students we are mentoring in the Next Step program, and through that process Hana was able to spend much of the summer at MIT is Boston participating in the MITES program (Minority Introduction to Technology and Engineering Science).  Hana was selected to participate in this highly competitive program for which there were no fees, but the Club helped with her transportation costs.  FYI, Hana is a Running Start student at Pierce College and is a part-time senior at Clover Park HS.

Keith Galbraith came forward to thank the Club for its on-going support of the Family Renewal Shelter.  An additional location is moving ahead, but it is a couple of months behind schedule as they cope with permits and multiple bids.

Mighty Fine Time

Pres Mick still had lots of time on his hands, and he wasted none in recognizing Tom Sadler, a member since 1977 but  who is unable to attend very frequently these days.  Not knowing when Tom might return, President Mick moved immediately to a $100 assessment, then fished for reasons to levy such a fine.  Tom noted his grossly underpaid public service, trying to keep accountants in line, requires his presence in Olympia most Fridays.  As to the fine, an offer to FAX over a check was made, but, thanks to my impaired hearing I might not have that quite right. (Editors Note: In fact, Tom sorted through his wallet until finding a small enough bill, $100, to cover it.)

Pres-elect Ben Sclair paid $16 in recognition of his 16th wedding anniversary on Sept 24th.  Then something of a family tumult ensued, with Past DG Dave Sclair noting that a granddaughter (and daughter of Ben) had achieved some distinction as a runner.  I suspect that Dave had intended that Poppa Ben would be so proud as to offer some cash in recognition of this.  Ben was not to be outdone, and noted that he felt the achievement mattered much more to the grandfather.  I am sure that both Dad and Granddad are proud, but Dave found a $20 bill to donate.

Jim Rooks was with us today.  That hasn't happened much of late given his transitioning into retirement.  Also, it seemed he must also be very tired from overwork; he was on his feet and back in his chair in record time. But only after paying some bucks to the President's fine budget.

Steve Enquist proudly paid $5 for his Blue Badge.

Lowell Johnson, husband of Rondi Johnson, contributed $20 in recognition of his wife's  work with Hana Page.

Past Pres Greg Rediske found $50 to note the occasion of his son Lars'  wedding October 9th.

Still there was time remaining, so . . .

Keith Galbraith announced that Lakewood Rotarian Dave Coleman would be speaking to the Parkland-Spanaway meeting next week on the subject of the Murdock Charitable Trust.  This will be Dave's first presentation to any Rotary Club, and Keith suggested we might solicit Dave as well.

Then Past Pres Rick Selden noted that we have a raffle program underway and took it upon himself to remind members to sell tickets, especially since the drawing is in one month.

That seems to have prodded Mary Covelli Johnson to let us know that she had contacted her friends about purchasing tickets and consequently sold all of her tickets prior to a planned sale at Safeway.  It's easy!  Just ask!

Finally, Pres Mick related a joke about "haircuts," and I think I'll let you get that story from another Rotarian in attendance.

The Program

Past DG Dave Sclair (who does  not get  a royalty on the use of his name) moved to the  lectern to introduce today's  speaker, Joan Curtis of Steilacoom.  Joan's topic was "Bad  Boys of McNeil Island."

McNeil Island has the distinction of having served as a territorial prison (in the middle of the 19th Century), then a Federal penitentiary, and, finally, a State prison.  The first prisoners were incarcerated there in the 1870s.  Most of the offenders were convicted of trading spirits with the Indians.

One of the first "notable" prisoners was Robert Stroud who is better known as the "Birdman of Alcatraz."  Stroud entered prison when he was twenty years old and died in prison 53 years later.  He served time in McNeil, Leavenworth, and, finally, Alcatraz.

Then there was Roy Garnder who committed several robberies and was arrested and convicted several times.  Several incarcerations ended with his escapes.  In June '21 he was placed at McNeil and he escaped at Labor Day under the cover of the smoke of a brush fire.  He was recaptured and sent to Leavenworth, then to Alcatraz.  Toward the end of his life he became a tour guide on boats sailing from the San Francisco area to Alcatraz.

Another colorful fellow was Frederick Emerson Peters, a fine con man who posed as a diplomat, a doctor, a minister and a businessman (if I got the occupations right).  At McNeil he worked his way into serving as the driver for the warden.  Along the way it happened that the US Navy offered some surplus items to McNeil; by the time Peters finished negotiating with the Navy they tossed in a sub-chaser and a large motor boat.  Smooth.

Alvin Karpis was one of the most notable of the McNeill residents, partly because the FBI named him Public Enemy #1 in 1936 following the death of Ma Barker.  J. Edgar Hoover had never actually done any "field work," so things were arranged so that Hoover participated in the arrest of Karpis in New Orleans.  After his residence at McNeil, Karpis  was sent to Alcatraz and, ultimately, was deported back to his native Canada.

Mickey Cohen, notable L.A. gangster, was finally sent up for income tax evasion.  He spent the early years of the 1950s at McNeil, was released, and then ended up in prison in Atlanta.

Charles Manson.  Need anything else be said.

Vincent Halliran, very active in San Francisco with Harry Bridges and the longshoreman union, was sent to McNeil for six months.  One very curious aspect of this was that Halliran was a candidate for President of the US.  (Oh, yes, Ike won that year.)

Dave Beck, another representative of labor, was very prominent in the Pacific NW, where he served on the Parole Board and the UW Trustees.  After five years in the slammer, he was pardoned by President Ford.

The last federal prisoners left on March 2, 1981, and the State of Washington reopened the facility in July '81.

A fine presentation, indeed.

Rick Selden found one of the white chips in the weekly drawing.

 
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