The return of President/Captain Dave Reames was marked by the immortal words, "Call me Ishmael"-----no wait, that's MOBY DICK.  Dave's immortal words were something like "Aaaaarghhhhhh".  Same thing.  In any event, Dave's return from vacation began smoothly thanks to the work by Steve Enquist on the Paul Harris desk, Bill Young and Mary Lou Sclair taking tickets and stuff, Bill Young snapping pictures, Bob Peterson doing the invocation, and John Lowney leading the Pledge.  Visiting Rotarians included Les Skelly from Virginia (former Clover Park President way back), Clara Gillard, District 5020 Foundation spokesperson, and our own District Governor, Judy Byron from Sidney.

--Rod Ladd pronounced October 12 as the official opening of the Lakewood Rotary Golf Season.  At 1:30 following our regular meeting, we'll tee up at the Tacoma Country & Golf Club course.  $50 for golf and dinner (burgers/hot dogs/etc); $20 for golf and dinner for Country Club members, $75.00 for golf and dinner for non-Rotarian guests, and $20.00 for dinner only.  32 is the maximum number for golf.

And speaking of golf: David Feherty is a golf broadcaster, who once described Phil Mickelson this way: "Watching Phil Mickelson play golf is like watching a drunk chasing a  balloon near the edge of a cliff."  The following are other quotes from Feherty, which will sum up the golfing day on October 12 for some of us:

"It's just a glorious day. The only way to ruin a day like this would be to play golf on it."

"That ball is so far left, Lassie couldn't find it if it was wrapped in bacon."

"Not to worry, it's OK - the bunker stopped it."

--Jim Sharp noted the Tacoma South Rotary's 16th annual indoor mini golf tournament, at Harkness Furniture is on Friday, October 19, 5:30 pm.  Dinner at 6, golf at 7.  $50 each

--Chris Kimball will be interviewing our own President Reames on his radio show on the 24th, or 26th, or some other date to be determined, at noon.  I'm guessing the 24th, but I forget the radio station.  Just start surfing on the 24th at noon until you find it, and if you don't, surf on the 26th.  Or call Chris, which would be less exciting.

--Gayle Selden is looking for a few good beer drinkers to show 'em how Lakewood Rotarians do it at the Lions Octoberfest on October 6 at the Sharon McGavick Center.

--September 19, 6 pm at the Blanchards:  next Major Projects committee meeting

  Dave Covey, apparently a little miffed at the amount of foundation giving coming up.....

--Dave Covey was absent last week, but still managed to win the $1353 pot, which is promised to the Rotary Foundation, the Lakewood Community Foundation Fund, the Reames' fine budget, and the Florence Covey Foundation, the last one not being a 501C3.

The sole purpose of a child's middle name is so he can tell when he's really in trouble.


--Phil Eng (and Judy) bought a Country Club condo, $100.  Welcome back, Phil!

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Phil, looking like he just returned from fishing.  And Bob Z with check in hand, in his stockbroker shirt.

--Bob Zawilski volunteered $50 for his birthday last week, but upped it to $100, because the number was rounder and higher and as a wealthy stockbroker, he can afford it.

--Greg Rediske gave $60 for his birthday.

--John Lowney graciously leaped (leapt?) to his feet to also volunteer his $60 for a similar birthday, though he is older than Greg.

--Tom Crabill stayed with the $60 level to celebrate his and Fae's trip to Deadwood, Mt. Rushmore, Crazy Horse, Hardin, a ghost town, and a new car battery.

--Bill White has no gall bladder, and he got sick on a miserable cruise.  But he does have a new car, which apparently was worth $100.

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Bill White, noticably lighter without his gall bladder.

--Mike McGowan tested our Captain Reames on his sea phrases, and he came up lacking.  It seems Dave didn't know that  "spice the mainbrace"  is an order given aboard naval vessels to issue the crew with a drink.  Makes you wonder whether sailing with Dave would be worth the trouble.

At the Electric Company
"We would be delighted if you send in your payment.   However, if you don't, you will be."

Lakewood Rotary History Lesson, #3B:

There have been frequent references over the years to the baseball fields at Ft. Steilacoom Park, built by Lakewood Rotary, as "Cap Peterson Fields."  This is incorrect.  Here's the story:  Back in 1956, Charlie Peterson was the first member recruited for a new Rotary club in Lakewood.  Charlie was a local builder, and a real character.  He was the spearhead behind many early projects, usually related in one way or another to baseball.  When Charlie died in 1973, the Club honored him by committing to the finance and building of the baseball fields at Ft. Steilacoom Park.  So they are the Charles Peterson Fields, NOT Cap Peterson Fields.

Cap Peterson was Charlie's oldest son (Charles A Peterson: initials equal Cap).  Cap was a baseball prodigy.  After graduating from Clover Park High School, he was a "Bonus Baby", receiving from the San Francisco Giants a large bonus to sign ($64,000, or the equivalent of about $500,000 today).  He promptly became the Texas League MVP, and Minor League Player of the Year, and made his big league debut at the age of 19.  Cap played with Willie Mays, Willie McCovey, Juan Marichal, Gaylord Perry, Orlando Cepeda, Don Larsen, and fellow Lakewood Rotarian, Ron Herbel (Cap was an Honorary Lakewood Rotarian).  He played in the big leagues from 1962-69, with his best year being 1967, when he played 122 games alongside big Frank Howard (Howard in left, Cap in right).  But Cap played his entire career with kidney disease, and it forced an early retirement.  Mike McGowan and Ron Herbel were not happy with the quality of local care he was getting during  his dialysis treatments, and convinced the club to raise $175,000 towards a renal dialysis center.  Cap insisted it be named after his doctor, John A Kennedy.  The club ended up raising over $253,000 (almost $600,000 in today's dollars!!).

More Peterson history:  Before there was the Packwood Retreat, there was the Toutle Retreat, held at the Peterson's "cabin" on the Toutle River.  Lots of drinking and card playing and fishing.  Two days after Cap died from kidney disease, Mt. St. Helens erupted, sending huge mud flows down the Toutle.  The Peterson cabin was sent down the river, along with much of their property.

And that, as they say, is the rest of the story.

Teachers of the Month:

Bob Peterson introduced first Gary Wusterbarth, history teacher and AP administrator, teaching since 1984 in the Steilacoom School District.  With Gary was his principal, Brian Hanson.  Gary is also the long-time basketball coach (two time state champion, and member of the Coaches Hall of Fame).  From Clover Park, Bob announced that Mary Carlisle was the teacher of the month from the Clover Park School District.  An eighth grade teacher at Hudtloff, Mary is perhaps best known for surviving both Blanchard boys, and living to tell the tale.  Plus, she is a National Board Certified Teacher.  Great educators!

More big news!  Rod Ladd has joined the award-winning photography staff of  the Lakewood Rotary Bulletin! 


Dave Reames noted that our speaker, District Governor Judy Byron, was going to give us a "piece of her mind".  Dave Covey added more eloquently that Judy was a good friend whom he admires, and that she has been on three national immunization days overseas.

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Judy reminded us that our RI theme this year is "Peace through Service".  She is our District's second female district governor.  Having survived 23 years working in Canada's male prison system, one would assume that running District 5020 should be a relative breeze.  She said that the District "is in the business of training leaders".  Currently, they're having some difficulty in getting District volunteers, while 8 clubs don't even have a PE, and others are missing board members.  The District is proud of their new and improved website, with a new events calendar, a "service treasure chest" listing clubs' service projects (need a partner, or advice?), a newsletter on the site, and the District is active in Twitter, and Facebook.  Check it out at   She reminded all of the District Leadership Training Assembly (DLTA) on March 23 and 24 in Victoria, the District Conference on May 31 thru June 2 in Sidney, and the RI Conference on June 23-26 in Lisbon, Portugal.  To date, they have only one candidate for Ambassadorial Scholar.  Know of any candidates?  And $40,000 in District Simplified Grants are available.

The Drawing: only $250, and Bob Peterson had the opportunity to draw, but drew white, $5.00.  Bob has won 6 drawings in 8 years, including 1 big one.  He feels lucky!

And finally, from the fertile mind of Steven Wright:

Right now I'm having amnesia and deja vu at the same time. I think I've forgotten this before.
If toast always lands butter-side down, and cats always land on their feet, what happens if you strap toast on the back of a cat and drop it?
I went down the street to the 24-hour grocery. When I got there, the guy was locking the front door. I said, "Hey, the sign says you're open 24 hours." He said, "Yes, but not in a row."