Rotary began with a solemn remembrance of September 11, 2001, when our world changed forever. We all remember where we were that day. We also took a moment of silence to commemorate Linda Betz, who we shall miss. Giving the invocation was Mick Johnson, followed by Dave Coleman giving the pledge to our Nation. President Rose Stevens shared with us the Rotary Moment, telling us about Buckeye Elementary School in Arizona, where various schoolchildren are provided with weekly readers, for which many of these children is the only reading material in their impoverished homes. Buckeye Rotary visits the school and does weekly reader presentations. Rose wore a headset microphone for today’s meeting, like the great Louise Ciccone, otherwise known as Madonna. We welcome this change with open arms. We strike a pose. 
Making every gear turn—i.e. setting up the meeting—was Bob Hammar, Duncan Cook, and Troy Wilcox. James Guerrero and Mick Johnson manned the Paul Harris table and $249 was collected for the Foundation. Mary Marlin drew ticket sales. Eric Quinn wrote the bulletin. Troy Wilcox took photographs—he worked two shifts! And once again, the man who needs no introduction but for the one espoused here, Tom Crabill was sergeant at arms.
Bob Hammar introduced Debbie Ranniger from Tacoma 8 as a Visiting Rotarian. Ed Shannon introduced as his guest, Kelly Chambers, a board member of Visiting Angels, which does the Honor Flight program—and it is an amazing program.
John Forkenbrock had no Sunshine to report, which, as we all understand, is a very good thing.
Rose commenced the announcements by reminding us that September 9 (the date of the meeting) was the last day to purchase tickets for the Rick King event. She also reminded us to pay our dues. Rose pointed out that many “famous people” in the Club have not paid their dues. The Rotary golf tournament at Hawks Prairie needs more participants. This writer may have misheard the amount required to participate, but he believes that it is $80 per golfer for the tournament.
Ed Shannon then called Kelly Chambers up in order to donate $1000 toward the Honor Flight program. Thank you Kelly, for your wonderful work with Honor Flight.
FINES!!!!!!!!!!! Mick Johnson forked over $20 for recently winning the Texas Hold ‘Em tournament that this author believes was an auction item at our most recent Sportsmen’s Dinner (believe it or not but the next auction is only about seven months away). Don Anderson gave $20 in honor of John Caulfield’s winning of a service award—being inducted into the civilian hall of fame at JBLM. Bill Allen’s youngest son got a car. He relinquished $20.Denise Yoakam recently went on a life-changing journey to Alaska. She forked over $20 for the pleasure. Bob Zawilski wrote a blank check for his birthday, and gave a litany of the various charities and organizations which the Club might write the check for. These included, but are not limited to, Lakewood Rotary, Polio Plus, and Clover Park Rotary. Wow. Gordie Quick tendered $20 to celebrate the “beauty and charm” of the people at his table. Chris Kimball gave $10 to celebrate his youngest son Donald moving up to Renton to do wonderful things at the Washington Policy Center. Chris informed us that Donald is a libertarian, but that is none of our business: Don’t tread on Donald. Barbara Spriggs promised that she would donate $5 towards any of five tickets purchased to the Rick King event. John Korsmo went to Malibu in Canada for a Young Life event: $100. Sonia Martinez disgorged $10 for bring her Puffin to various locations including London and Dublin.
Then Rose, armed with her headset microphone, a la Louise Ciccone, did the Program. She really Expressed Herself. She spoke to us about all of the ongoing projects in Nepal, of which she is an integral part. There are so many needs in Nepal that not all of them can be enumerated here; but Rose laid out these projects in stark detail. She expounded on an orthopedic children’s hospital, in which children with cleft feet and various disorders were treated with help from Rotary. The Rotary organization also helped produce an embossing braille printer so that blind children can read. Rose showed us various photographs, including one evidencing the bad pollution in the capital city of Nepal: Kathmandu. Rose mentioned that she has advocated building gardens in either villages or schools, such that children can learn that valuable skill. She told us about a friend named Patrica (sic?) who had severe depression but overcame that and became a great advocate for children. It was not until halfway through the program that Rose remembered to put on her District 3292 (Nepal) volunteer uniform. Madonna would approve: She wore many different costumes.
Rose also educated us further about the life expectancy in Nepal (65.8 years); a deaf women’s group and a women’s sanitation project, where women are provided with sanitary kits; the fact that so many buildings are still practically in rubble; that villages must be re-created from nothing; and that often, in Nepal, disability is deemed to be a “curse from God,” and that those vulnerable disabled persons deserve our greatest protection.
But after the earthquake, of all of the projects in Nepal, providing living spaces is of the utmost importance. Of course, because of building codes, residents cannot build permanent structures. What does Rotary do? Rotary builds temporary shelters for these homeless victims of nature and poverty. A crucial takeaway from Rose’s presentation, other than remembering that we should not cry for Argentina, is that we should appreciate what we have. So many people in Nepal do not have electricity. So many must cook their food over a fire. For lack over a stove. For lack of a home. Rotary provides that home and that help. Thank you, Rose, for a wonderful Program.
For the raffle, John Warner, yet again, pulled a white chip for $5.