Posted by Eric Quinn on Jun 22, 2018
Time is our greatest asset. But time is unforgiving. June 22 marked the second-to-last meeting of President Don Daniels.
Andrew Kruse performed the invocation. Kendra Riconosciuto led us in the Pledge. We had one visiting Rotarian: Dave Hall, from Clover Park Rotary, who also served as our presenter for the day. There were no guests. Attendance was sparse due to many of our members being in Toronto. The usual crew performed set-up: Ward, Duncan and Bob. Troy Wilcox accommodated our audio-visual needs. Bud Montgomery collected $552 for the Foundation. Chuck Hellar served as Sergeant at Arms and sold raffle tickets. Walt Richardson took photographs. Eric Quinn wrote the bulletin.
For Sunshine, John Forkebrock informed us that Dave Covey’s wife, Florence, is very sick. Our thoughts and prayers are with Florence and Dave.
A word from Mitch Hedberg: “The depressing thing about tennis is that no matter how much I play, I’ll never be as good as a wall. I played a wall once. They’re relentless.”
For announcements, President Don gave us an update on the Major Project: the grass area is now green and hydro-seeded. We are good for Summerfest. The City put in irrigation. Thanks to those who came out last Saturday to help with planting. This coming Saturday, June 30, we need 10-12 Rotarians to plant 160 plants and lay down the topsoil. Be at the Pavilion site at Fort Steilacoom Park, at 9:00 AM, with shovels, rakes and wheelbarrows.
Rose Stevens kept us informed about the status of the District Grant, which is going toward funding furniture for a new hostel for students with hearing impairment in Nepal. The Nanaimo Daybreak Rotary Club and its World Community Service Committee have committed $2,550 to this project. According to an email provided by Rose, the Nanaimo club “wanted to recognize the Lakewood Rotary Club’s unhesitatingly positive response” to this project, and voiced hope that our clubs will continue this positive relationship.
From Sally Smith: the Food Pack Project is done. Various Rotary clubs, including Lakewood Rotary, helped deliver 50,000 meals to the needy. We do amazing things when we work together. Additionally, Charlene Miseli and Sally informed us that the Sea Scouts will be having some events in July and September, and they will be sending out an email about this. Chris Kimball told us to email Mary Marlin to tell her “don’t forget to practice”—Mary purchased drum lessons from Chris at the Auction.
The greeter’s committee wants to know when its members will be out of town for purposes of appropriate scheduling.
From Comedian Demetri Martin: “The easiest time to add insult to injury is when you’re signing somebody’s cast.”
As for Citations, Ed Shannon stood up and admitted to a 52-year anniversary, and remitted a $150 check. For her birthday, Jan Gee gave $1 for each year on this earth; she also gave money for her Rotary anniversary. President Don informed us that he invited all members of the Board over to his house for the final Board meeting under his purview. However, Andrew Kruse came to the Club, the typical location for such meetings, so he could get rid of his red badge. Don failed to tell Andrew about the location change, so he could not attend—poor Andrew. Therefore, Don remitted $20 for the oversight. A motion was also made for Andrew to get his Blue Badge. This was seconded and the requirement for Andrew to attend a Board meeting to get his Blue Badge was waived. Andrew also mentioned that he and his wife took a trip for their three-year anniversary and that he would be tendering citation money to Don at some future point. Jim Weinand mentioned that Weinand and Associates, P.S. has been recognized by the City of Lakewood, and forked over some cash for the recognition.
From Rodney Dangerfield: "With my dog I don't get no respect. He keeps barking at the front door. He don't want to go out. He wants me to leave."
Then came our program: Dave Hall, from Shelter Box. Dave has been a Shelter Box ambassador since April 2017 (he is also a Paul Harris Fellow and served in law enforcement for decades). He currently “works” as a player assistant and caddie at Chambers Bay Golf Course. His wife calls him a “Going Full Golf Dork.” Dave has seen a lot of disasters, first-hand, as an emergency planner with Washington Emergency Management. He has witnessed Kurds displaced by enemy forces, women and children living in squalor. This is what triggered Dave’s involvement with Shelter Box, which is an organization that provides shelter and basic survival tools to those who have had their lives turned upside down by a natural disaster. He refers to Shelter Box as an “agile organization” that responds to disasters in a prompt fashion, and does not respond to small areas, but to the world as a whole. The question presented to Shelter Box was, initially, “what do people need in the event of a natural disaster?”
Above: Presenter, Dave Hall, for Shelter Box
85 million people have been displaced by natural disasters. The iconic “shelter box,” which is essentially a temporary shelter complete with various survival tools, was developed in 1999. The first Shelter Box tent had a British flag on it, but that was removed. The Rotary emblem is currently embedded in said tents. The shelter box tent now includes a Lumin Aid solar light to help those displaced from their homes with needed light. This is intended to help women and children avoid being harmed by other displaced persons that may have criminal motives. During a natural disaster, the safety of women and children are at great risk. Furthermore, there is typically a substantial lack of potable water after a natural disaster, and Shelter Box water filtration systems provide for up to 1000 gallons of filtered and clean water. Wow. Additionally, the shelter kits provided give displaced people the ability to repair their own home after a disaster. After all, would you rather continue to live in a tent, or take steps to repair your home? 
Shelter Box has approximately 200 paid employees and is entirely funded by charitable contributions. Volunteers are truly what makes Shelter Box work, much like Rotary. Current/recent deployments for Shelter Box include Guatemala (Fuego volcano) and the Rohingya refugee crisis. Because Shelter Box does not receive grant monies, or any money from the government, there are no “strings attached” to the money given to Shelter Box. Therefore, Shelter Box can respond to places like North Korea in the event of a natural disaster. Shelter Box does not really respond in the United States because of our well-developed infrastructure. Prior to taking questions, Dave indicated that applying the Rotary Four-Way Test, Shelter Box has helped save over 100,000 lives. What an impact we have if we put our hearts and minds to work.

Dave asked how many of us have emergency kits to respond to a natural disaster. Many hands did not go up. He noted that being displaced is terrifying and that we need to be prepared. We never know when the “Big One” might hit on the Cascadia Subduction Zone.


Another from Rodney D: "I tell ya when I was a kid, all I knew was rejection. My yo-yo, it never came back!"

Dave opened the floor for questions. He was asked what Shelter Box does when two natural disasters occur simultaneously in different parts of the world. Where does Shelter Box go first? He answered that Shelter Box will go to the place with a higher population of vulnerable people. Shelter Box does not sell emergency kits. However, with respect to the value of these tools: A basic shelter box is valued at about $1,000, fully stocked, and a shelter kit, which contains various essential survival tools and perhaps some tools to reconstruct a home ravaged by disaster, is valued at about $100-$125.
Shelter Box will be at Summerfest, and if any person is interested in helping put together a Shelter Box, show up at Fort Steilacoom Park on July 14 between 7 and 9 AM. Learn more about Shelter Box here: Thank you Dave for the very informative presentation, and all you do for Shelter Box and the Lakewood Community.
For the drawing, Gordie Quick drew white for $5.
Also: If you read this bulletin, tell Greg Rediske so you can get a make-up. And if you do any shopping online, do so at Amazon Smile so you can allocate a portion of your purchase to Lakewood Rotary.
Next week, we have a riveting presentation from all of the Lakewood Rotary committees, where they will discuss their goals and responsibilities. It is a great opportunity for all of us to learn how we might better contribute to the Club!