Greetings my fellow Americans…fellow Rotarians and friends…today marks 14 years since the attack on the USA by terrorists. Many changes in national security have taken place around the world. There have been new laws, new security measures, and a new outlook on terrorism. What happened that dreadful morning of 9-11 changed many people’s lives. Usually at every Rotary meeting there is lots of laughter and fun. Not to say we didn’t have a good meeting today, but there was a different vibe in the air. More on that later.
 
  
  Taking in $969.00 at the Paul Harris desk was James Guerrero. And speaking of James …I just happened to look at his clubrunner picture and he had hair. WOW ! Sorry James…just had to go there. While sitting at the front desk today, James and I actually had a talk about our hair. I told him mine had receded back when I was about 22, then stopped. The bald spot happened next. That’s something many of you fine Rotarians know about. Today's set up was done by Duncan Cook and helper Bob “ Big Winner” Hammar. A very fine invocation was given by Bob Peterson . Mo Sarram led us in the pledge. Walt Richardson was taking pictures and I was Sereant-at-Arms, and bull writer.
 
                                                                                                                                   
 
 There were no visiting Rotarians and no guests, and  to make my job even easier,  there were no fines for me to collect, even though PP Scott Buser, filling in for Chris Kimball, asked if anyone had anything to confess.
 
   Upcoming Rotary event for Rotary Club of Tacoma South is their annual indoor mini golf tournament. This takes place at Harkness furniture store, at 6612 South Tacoma Way. Doors open at 5:30. Dinner is served at 6pm and Tee time is 7:00. There are sign up sheets and the cost is $50.00 a person. There is a silent auction, raffle, no-host bar, and a four-piece band as well. There are sponsorship levels available. I’ve attended this event for the last 4 years and it’s a lot of fun.  It's always good to help fellow clubs out in there fundraising efforts.
 
   Speaking of golf , PP Joe Quinn made an announcement about the upcoming Lakewood Rotary event, saying a good number of people had signed up for golf and about 20 people had rsvp’d for the pizza party.
 
   Chuck Hellar announced that we should all try to round up some more candidates for membership, and he put a flyer out on the table with some places for recruitment possibilities. Local businesses and other establishments  were listed.
 
   Ted Wier handed me a small 4x6 flyer (saving the environment 1 tree at a time and paper cost too)  for Partners For Parks. The flyer advertised the 2015 event “WALK THE WAUGHOP." Help us fix the trail at Ft. Steilacoom Park on October 25, 2015, from 11am-1pm. You can come out and walk , make a pledge to support a walker , donate directly to the Waughop Lake Project, or sponsor the event with a contribution. More info can be found at  www.partnersforparks.net
 
   A moment of silence was asked for after the invocation and the room went silent to remember those men and women who lost their lives on 9-11.  Past president Scott shared with us some facts. I added a complete list from NYmag.com
 
  • Total number killed in attacks in New York: 2,753
  • Number of firefighters and paramedics killed: 343
  • Number of NYPD officers: 23
  • Number of Port Authority police officers: 37
  • Number of WTC companies in the towers that lost people: 128
  • Number of employees who died in Tower One: 1,402
  • Number of employees who died in Tower Two: 614
  • Number of employees lost at Cantor Fitzgerald: 658
  • Number of U.S. troops killed in Operation Enduring Freedom: 2,343
  • Number of nations whose citizens were killed in attacks: 115
  • Ratio of men to women who died: 3:1
  • Age of the greatest number who died: between 35 and 39
  • Bodies found "intact": 291
  • Remains found: 21,906
  • Number of families who got no remains: 1,717
  • Estimated units of blood donated to the New York Blood Center: 36,000
  • Total units of donated blood actually used: 258
  • Number of people who lost a spouse or partner in the attacks: 1,609
  • Estimated number of children who lost a parent: 3,051
  • Percentage of Americans who knew someone hurt or killed in the attacks: 20
  • FDNY retirements, January–July 2001: 274
  • FDNY retirements, January–July 2002: 661
  • Number of firefighters on leave for respiratory problems by January 2002: 300
  • Number of funerals attended by Rudy Giuliani in 2001: 200
  • Number of FDNY vehicles destroyed: 98
  • Tons of debris removed from site: 1.8 million
  • Days fires continued to burn after the attack: 99
  • Jobs lost in New York owing to the attacks: 146,100
  • Days the New York Stock Exchange was closed: 6
Point drop in the Dow Jones industrial average when the NYSE reopened: 684.81
 
 
 Today's program was from Nick K. Adams, a recently retired elementary school teacher who shared with us about “walking the stones." Nick's great great Grandfather was from Minnesota and had fought in the civil war. His grandfather had written many letters, which were later turned over to Nick to read and share with his students. Nick would go on to write 2 books. one titled “My Dear Wife and Children," and the other a children's book.
 
                                                             
 
  Apparently many famous and non-famous civil war soldiers settled here in the Pacific NW. William Hipkins was one of them. Our very own Hipkins Road was named after him.
 
  Nick shared with us that there are 82 cemeteries locally, that have civil war soldiers buried in them. He has walked through many of them documenting the headstones, by text and by photos. The main criteria to record was that of males born before 1844. Though many females were behind the scenes, and had lost lives too, it seemed not as important for documentary purposes. They should have been recognized for their contribution as well.
 
                                                                   
  
One of the funniest headstones was that of John Bottoms, whose wife was buried next to him…her name was “Fanny”. Here in Washington state, there are 5538 Union, and 438 Confederate soldiers buried, along with 12 memorials. For more info you can visit Nick's website:  www.Civil-War-Letters.com
 
Today's lucky or not-so-lucky ticket was held by Duncan Cook who drew a white chip for a $5 return. Better luck next time Duncan.  And in the words of my favorite radio talk show personality Paul Harvey   “ Good Day .”
 
Today, instead of a mystery head, we are going to part ways with a joke proffered by Rodney Ladd, author of today's bulletin:
 
“Queen Elizabeth and Dolly Parton both die on the same day, and they both go before an Angel to find out if they'll be admitted to Heaven. Unfortunately, there's only one space left that day, so the Angel must decide which of them gets in. The Angel asks Dolly if there's some particular reason why she should go to Heaven. Dolly takes off her top and says, 'Look at these, they're the most perfect breasts God ever created. And I'm sure it will please God to be able to see them every day, for eternity.' The Angel thanks Dolly and asks Her Majesty the same question. The Queen takes a bottle of Perrier out of her purse, and drinks it down. Then, she pees into a toilet and pulls the lever. The Angel says, 'OK, your Majesty, you may go in.' Dolly is outraged and asks, 'What was that all about? I show you two of God's own perfect creations and you turn me down. She pees into a toilet and she gets in! Would you explain that to me?' 'Sorry, Dolly,' says the Angel, 'but even in Heaven, a Royal Flush beats a pair, no matter how big they are.’”
 
 
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