Posted by Donn Irwin on Apr 19, 2019
      April 19th – another day that will live in infamy.
      Why would that be you ask? Read on.
12:30 PM – BAM! The bell rang and we were off to another fast-paced action-packed meeting. The Honorable Clint Johnson invoked us and much to the surprise of Gordy Quick, he led us in the Pledge to the flag.
Set up\take down – Duncan, Ward, Bob, Rob, Troy and Terry. As always a big thank you for your time and effort.
Paul Harris table – Chuck Hellar
Raffle tickets and SOA – Mark Edgecomb
Writer – Donn Irwin
Photographer – Eric Quinn
Guests – Gary Barton and Ron Banner, Ron being the Superintendent of Clover Park SD.
Sunshine – Our Sunshine reporter, John Forkenbrock was\is himself laid up for a while. President Gayle reported that he was in St. Joseph’s undergoing surgery. Hopefully we will have more info on John soon. Also, Bob Peterson had his gallbladder removed. Our best to both of them. Recover quickly.
All of these wonderful events happened on April 19th:
1012 Martyrdom of Alphege in Greenwich, London
1451 Alam Shah of Delhi resigns throne
1524 Pope Clemens VII fires Neth inquisitor-general French Van de Holly
1529 2nd Parliament of Spiers bans Lutheranism
1539 Charles, protestant German monarch, signs Treaty of Frankrfurt
1552 Mauritius of Saksen captures Karel
President Gayle called out a big thank you to Nicole Hancock, Eric Quinn, Sally Porter-Smith and Wynn Hoffman for the yeoman’s work they did in putting on the Sportsman’s Dinner. Along with that illustrious group The Pres called out for praise Kendra Riconoscuito, Christine Vu, Paula Olson, and Leanna Christian praising them as new members “kicking bu­_t." Yet more praise flowed as Larry, Duncan, Chris, Don, Rick, John L. and Donna P. were thanked for their hard work. And for anyone not mentioned, you know who you are and thank you for your service.
We had 70% of members participate in this event!
Other than the 1949 April 19th event, this one is huge:
1775 Minutemen Capt John Parker orders not to fire unless fired upon and the American Revolution begins in Lexington, Massachusetts. The "Shot Heard Round the World" took place in Concord later that day
Eric Quinn announced that the gross from the Auction was north of $160,000 (new record) and cautioned that it is the GROSS and not the net. Notably, Lakewood Rotary raised $26,500 through “Raise the Paddle” for Nourish Food Banks of Pierce County. There were 408 guests seated for dinner.
Please do not break your arms doing this but all participants should give themselves a pat on the back. Congratulations fellow Rotarians. You make me proud to be counted as a Lakewood Rotarian.
More April 19th stuff:
1837 Cheyney University forms as the Institute for Colored Youth
1852 California Historical Society forms
1853 Netherlands Van Hall government forms
1861 Baltimore riots - 4 soldiers, 9 civilians killed
1861 Lincoln orders blockade of Confederate ports (Civil War)
1863 Union troops and fleet occupy For Huger, Virginia
1874 Barracks on Alcatraz Island destroyed in fire
Leanna Albrcht announced that Clover Park SD is building a new school. To get info on the new school and to enter a contest to name it go to the CPSD website and click on the link provided.
Leanna then introduced Kevin Rupprecht, Principal of Harrison Prep. Next, she brought forward Lakewood Rotary’s Student of the Month for April Harrison Prep senior, Emika Fukasawa.                                    
Emika is described as a risk-taker and incredibly determined. She entered Harrison Prep as a senior and has been able to successfully navigate the challenges of learning a new school culture while mastering the rigorous IB Diploma Programme coursework. She has a natural affinity for math that will serve her well in the future. She has maintained an above average GPA and has her sights set on attending Pierce College in the fall.
Above: Lakewood Rotary Student of the Month Emika Fukasawa, accompanied by Principal Kevin Rupprecht
Emika is also a very caring individual. She demonstrates this with her peers on a daily basis by offering support and true friendship. Balance is incredibly important to her. And, she also works to maintain balance in her life by prioritizing academic success while pursuing hobbies such as soccer. Emika's teachers praise her hardworking nature and determination. Emika thanked us all for the recognition.
Barb S. says that 27 people signed up for Texas Holdem and they have room for 30. The event will be held at Thornwood Castle in June. Get in touch with Barb if you want to join in.
Mick Johnson let us know that we can nominate someone for non-Rotarian of the year and that the nomination forms are on the table. We have 10 weeks to get this done.
Gordy Quick stood up and addressed her “Royal Highness” and then launched into his audition for Lakewood Rotary’s standup comedian. Well, actually he confessed that it was good to be back. He did say he has a cash flow problem – something about tax time. He gave a check for $50.00 but asked that it not be cashed until May 1st.
Mary Horn: There will be a webinar sponsored by Rotary International focusing on improving your photography skills. The Horn’s will be hosting the webinar at their home Wednesday evening.
More April 19th.
1906 SF Earthquake ends killing 452
1909 Joan of Arc receives beatification by the Roman Catholic Church
1910 Halley's Comet seen by naked eye 1st time this trip (Curacao)
1932 President Herbert Hoover suggests 5 day work week
1939 Connecticut finally approves Bill of Rights (148 years late)
1943 Jews refuse to surrender the Warsaw Ghetto to SS officer Jürgen Stroop, who then orders its destruction, beginning the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising
Her “Royal Highness” informed the club that the program for today was canceled, so….Her Highness and Sally Smith are now the program. Said program to focus on committees. Gayle announced that she has formed an ad hoc committee to look into additional forms of fund raising. There are printed sheets of the club’s committees and their members on each table. We are to look at what committee(s) we are on (if any) and see if there are other committees we may be interested in joining and, oh yes, please update\correct any errors or old information you find in the document. We were also given Post-it-Notes so that we can jot down ideas for improving future Dinner’s.
Sally Porter Smith gave us the results of the survey that she sent out to us regarding the Sportsman’s Dinner. 58% of us would recommend the event to others. The food was rated excellent by 15.6%, 39.2 % felt that the food was good and 20 some percent thought it was average. The live auction was rated as excellent to good but many thought that the Raise the Paddle should be done earlier in the evening. (Psst – just so you know, it isn’t done earlier in the evening because a lot of folks would leave right after it thus limiting the number of people bidding on the rest of the auction items - at least that’s this reporter’s opinion).
We are to be thinking about what to do for next year’s Dinner as it will be the 50th!
1948 American Broadcasting Company (ABC) TV network debuts
1948 Chiang Kai-shek elected President of Nationalist China
1949 Donn Irwin born in Indiana. Presents himself to the world in a pike position. Everyone in the delivery room gave him a “10” except his mother who scored him as -5. Can’t say I blame her.
1971 Charles Manson sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Sharon Tate
1973 Steinbrenner replaces Mike Burke with Gabe Paul as Yankee president
1975 India launches 1st satellite with help of USSR
1982 Sally Ride is named the 1st American woman astronaut
1994 US Supreme Court outlaws excluding people from juries because of gender
1995 Chopper 4 first used on WNBC TV (NYC) news
1995 Oklahoma City bombing - a truck bomb at Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building kills 168 & injures 500
President Gayle announced the raffle ticket number and one John Lowney claimed he had the winning ticket. I’m not sure it was checked but John stuck his hand in the bag and pulled a beautiful white chip. Congrats on your $5.00 winnings John.
We collected $195.00 for the Foundation – nice work!
Fellow scribes – I will be lobbying the Board of Directors for double time pay since I had to do this work on my birthday (Hence all of the April 19th nonsense). I’ll let you know how it goes.
I wonder if Hosea is reading this stuff cuz I think Ole has figured out a way not to.
Have a great week.
And yes: If you read this bulletin, tell Greg Rediske so you can get a makeup; and yes: if you shop online, please do so at Amazon Smile so a portion of your purchase can be allocated to Lakewood Rotary.