Rose commenced her third regular meeting as President with great enthusiasm. Barlow Buescher gave the invocation. Chris Easter led us in the Pledge. Rose gave us the Rotary Moment, and spoke to us about Rotary clubs in Mongolia. There have been 13 Clubs in Mongolia for the last 20 years, and there are nine Rotaract clubs. Since 2003, many Mongolian Rotary clubs have done 10 sanitation projects in various schools.
Making our meeting happen were the following: Set-up was performed by Rob Erb and Bob Hammar; Nicole Hancock drew ticket sales, and obtained $1,286 for the Foundation; Eric Quinn wrote the bulletin and Troy Wilcox took photographs; and Chuck Hellar was sergeant-at-arms.
An owl and a squirrel are sitting in a tree, watching a farmer go by. The owl turns to the squirrel and says nothing, because owls can't talk. Instead, the owl eats the squirrel, because owls are birds of prey.
Rob Erb introduced visiting Rotarians. He first introduced Cindy Nievin from Tacoma 8. He then introduced Lew and Ardel Samdal, from Parkland-Spanaway.
As far as guests, Barbara Spriggs introduced her daughter, Jennifer Bond, who is looking for a teaching job.
John Forkenbrock had no sunshine to report, which is always a good thing.
What's red and bad for your teeth? A brick.
For announcements, there were many. First, Rick Selden came up on behalf of the Community Concerns committee, with a proposal to donate $2,000 to Communities in Schools. A motion was made, and passed unanimously, to make said donation. Chuck Hellar then informed us that he attended  a meeting for the Courage Classic. He stated that there will be 625 riders this year, which is 40-50 more than there were last year. Chuck also mentioned Courage Tuesdays, which play a large part in raising the necessary funding to support the Courage Class. Charlie Hyde will be sponsoring the next Courage Tuesday. As an addendum to Chuck’s report, Dave Covey shared with us that we raised $800 last week, during the general membership meeting, toward the Courage Classic.
As a third announcement, Dave Coleman spoke to us about the Major Project, the amphitheater. There was a meeting recently related to the Major Project. Mark Blanchard and John Korsmo attended that meeting. There will be a package put together that will be going to the Planning Committee this Thursday. Dave stated that Rotary still needs to hear from “fire and planning” prior to proceeding. Dave is hoping for groundbreaking in Spring of 2017. A fourth announcement came from Bob Zawilski, who informed us about the Humaine Society Dog-a-thon, to support no-kill shelters for abused dogs. The Dog-a-thon raised $300,000 for such shelters last year. Bob incidentally gave $20 for cutting into the meeting to make his announcement. Rose reminded us that  (last Friday) was the last day to purchase Tacoma Rainiers for this week’s fellowship event at Cheney Stadium on Thursday. This author hopes you bought your tickets ($33 for a couple and $16 per person). Rose also mentioned that there is a speaking event being sponsored by Lakewood Rotary, where Rick King will be speaking. That event takes place on September 10. See our Facebook page for more details:
Rose gave a blue badge to Barlow Buescher, who gave $5 for the privilege. Tyler Andrew was to receive a blue badge as well, but he was not present.
What do a duck and a bicycle have in common? They both have handlebars, except for the duck.
Then came the fines. Bud Montgomery paid $50 for his daughter giving birth to twin boys. Gordon Quick, instead of paying a fine, gave Rose the first zucchini of the year. Janie Frasier gave $20 for a trip to Port Angeles, in search of Big Foot. Steve Mazoff paid up $100 for a trip to France. Joan Strait tendered $100 for a three-week trip in Europe, including visits to Berlin, Poland, and the Czech Republic.
My fake plants died because I did not pretend to water them.
Then came Story Time with Rose. She spoke to us about a bike ride that she took to Mexico, to Rosarito, to be exact, with her friend Jack. When the two bicyclists arrived in Rosarito, or some area in close proximity to Rosarito, Jack went off into the distance to eat. He did not return, so Rose went and looked at the lost and found. Jack was not there either, so far as this author remembers. Rose was 100 miles into Mexico, alone. She was able to get back to the States, but she thinks she will not be going on another bike trip like that any time soon. Each of our Presidents have faced trials and tribulations. That has made them strong. In other words, don't mess with Rose!
Above: Presenter, Kelly Chambers
For our Program, Kelly Chambers, a board member of Visiting Angels, a nonprofit corporation that specializes in in-home elder care, enlightened our club about Honor Flight, which is a sub-set of Visting Angels. Honor Flight is an amazing program that enables veterans, particularly World War II veterans, to go on “one last mission.” The veterans are flown to Washington D.C., to look at Arlington Cemetery, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Naval Museum and the Iwo Jima monument, among other monuments. The veterans experience the changing of the guard, and are able to go to various landmarks that commemorate the service of our veterans. Kelly told us that on these Honor Flights, there are essentially 55 veterans and 55 guardians that see to the veterans’ health and wellbeing during the tour of various monuments. Many veterans are still mobile, but Honor Flight flies any and all wheelchairs needed. On the flight home, the veterans receive a mail call, in which the veterans are given various thank-you notes from people from all over the world.
Kelly stated that on various occasions, when these veterans are being paraded through the airport terminals to go on their Honor Flight, that airline passengers stand up and clap for them. That is what Honor Flight reminds us of: the value of our veterans. Don Daniels corroborated this, as he was in an airport where veterans were paraded through for an Honor Flight, to the same applause. Kelly shared with us that her father, a Vietnam veteran, died before she had the chance to do something like this with him. To her, that may have been the impetus for her involvement in Honor Flight. Kelly shared another touching story of a 97-year-old veteran who had trouble hearing, and how she helped him along on his tour. She was convinced that his hearing was having a negative effect on his Honor Flight. But at the end of his Honor Flight, he informed her that he knew why God kept him alive for this long: to go on his Honor Flight.
Honor Flight has 130 chapters in 44 of the United States. It costs about $1,000 for each flight, per veteran. The next Honor Flights will take place in September and October. During a Q&A, it was asked what priorities are given to veterans at Honor Flight, in terms of who goes first. Kelly stated that priority is given to the oldest and sickest veterans. She also informed us that school students write thank-you notes for the vets. Thank you Kelly for speaking to us about Honor Flight!!!
For the drawing, Mark Edgecomb was the winner. He drew a white chip for $5.