Posted by Paula Olson on Jul 20, 2018
         Pretty new President Gayle Selden opened the meeting, asking Dan Livingston to lead us in the invocation. Rather than beguile us with words, Dan asked for silence to count our blessings.
            Ralph Johnson led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. President Selden then got her tongue all in a knot introducing who did what:  Duncan Cook, Rob Erb, Ward Fletcher, and Bob Hammar did the set up; Jim Rooks manned the Paul Harris table where $437 was collected; Joan Strait did double duty as the raffle ticket salesperson and Sergeant at Arms; Paula Olson as bulletin writer; and Charlene Miseli as the official greeter.
            Rob Erb introduced visiting Rotarians Monica Cordell, a transplant from Wyoming and Covington, Tawny Dotson, and Joyce Loveday. Our guest was Leanna Christian, Executive Director of the Lakewood YMCA who was proposed as a member. The Sunshine Report was delivered by John Forkenbrock, who reported on Mike McGowan’s poor health and started a get well card for all of us to sign. Greg Rediske reported on John Korsmo who has a long recovery period ahead of him. Let’s remember to send our thoughts and prayers to both of these fine members.
            Don Daniels, our immediate Past President, stepped in for Rose Stevens, the past Past President, to ask for approval of three service projects. First was a partnership with Port Orchard Rotary to spend $2,000 for a drip irrigation system in Kenya.  A motion was made, seconded and approved by unanimous vote. Second, in partnership with Nanaimo Rotary, expenditure of $2,550 to rebuild a school in Nepal that was damaged in the earthquake. A motion was made, seconded and approved by unanimous vote. Third, a total expenditure of $8,655 in partnership with Nanaimo Rotary to replace desks and bed for a hospital for deaf children in Nepal. A grant was obtained for $6,050 and we will be reimbursed that amount.  A motion was made, seconded and approved by unanimous vote.
            President Gayle then startled us by asking if we were hearing feedback.  No, we said. She then modified her question to only those over the age of 45 years. We looked around and no one seemed to be over 45 years old. So we shrugged our shoulders and wondered if she had more than coffee to drink at lunch, especially since she kept getting people’s names all wrong. Asking for announcements, Dave Coleman gave a short report on the Pavilion. It was used as a stage for Summerfest and looked fabulous. He encouraged everyone to go see it and thanked all who worked on it. The city has events planned during the summer.  August 14th is the formal opening of the Pavilion, and there will be concerts on August 21st and August 28th.  We need to sell 250 bricks at $100 each. Rick Selden, proud father of the President, announced that bricks will be on sale at the Farmer’s Market on July 31st. Anyone who wants to man or woman the booth should let him know asap. Joyce Loveday invited us to the American Lake Veterans Golf Tournament on August 3rd.  This is a fundraiser to benefit the American Lake Veterans Golf Course and children of Lakewood.
            In a shocking moment, President Gayle confused Greg Rediske with Greg Horn, kinda like confusing a duck with a royal Swan. Greg Horn, a soon to be Rotarian Big Shot, announced a forenamed Beer Stock, now Pint for Polio on August 11th at the lake in Orting. It’s $35 per person and $30 will go to your own personal Paul Harris fund provided you give your name and Rotary number.  No number, and it goes to Greg’s fund. The official time is 2 pm to 6 pm with the fire dancers going on after 6 pm.  What happens on the lake stays on the lake. No cost for non-beer drinkers. There will be 200 different types of home brewed beers with taster glasses provided. So if you taste all 200 of them, well, you’d better pony up the $5.00 for camping on site.  
            President Gayle reminded us that August 16th is the Floating Board Meeting.
            In a very touching moment that frankly brought some moisture to my eyes, Gordon Quick presented Gayle with a male Presidential Zucchini. Yes, you read that right. Zucchinis are both male and female but Gordon refused to educate us further, like how to tell the difference.  Check under the leaves, maybe? Thicker stems, perhaps? I hesitate to speculate further but you can.  
            Puffin Andrew Kruse is no longer a Puffin. He turned his red badge into a blue one and President Gayle started a new tradition by asking him what fun Rotarian thing he’s done and to remind us what his work involves. He said the service projects he’s worked on were the most fun and just being part of the club. He’s a Youth for Christ coordinator for Lakewood and University Place. Congrats, Andrew!
             President Gayle then donned her tiara. You know what that means, Rotarians. Open thy wallets! Rob Erb reported on his trip to 13 states, 6,000 miles in the car, 7,000 miles in the air, 7 rapids, 3 dogs, 2 kids, 2 grandkids and 110 degrees F.  He offered $20 and after scorn from the Queen, paid $40.  Chuck Hellar wanted to know how Rob was going to make up for the missing landscaping.  Skip Stephan retired in the nick of time from Western State Hospital and before it lost its funding. He went to the Annual Bach Festival at Lake Chelan and sang in the choir with his wife. He paid $5.00. Nope, not a misprint.  Andrew Neiditz left the country for a milestone birthday under the deluded belief that it wouldn’t count. He paid $65.
              Larry Clark introduced our speakers:  Tawny Dotson and Joyce Loveday from Clover Park Technical College. Joyce Loveday is the President of CPTC and has a PhD in community college leadership with 26 years in higher education. She is a Past President of Clover Park Rotary. Tawny Dotson is the Vice President for Strategic Development working on communications, marketing, HR, and strategic planning. She is a Lieutenant Colonel in the Washington Air National Guard and also holds a PhD.  She is the Past President of Tacoma South Rotary.
           Joyce first thanked us for our support of the college and bragged about her experience with “Five Rotarians Run the Yard.” She said those guys did a fabulous job for her yard. She also spoke to us about the history of CPTC.  It’s been in Lakewood for 75 years. The first classes were held in 1942 when the President asked schools near military bases to help train troops for the war effort.  War Production Training was held at Clover Park High School.  Three programs started back then are still going today. Those are aviation technology, automotive technology and welding. The main campus on Steilacoom Blvd was originally a speedway in 1910 to 1920. Then it became an air field in the 1920s and lastly a naval storage yard.
Above: Joyce Loveday
               CPTC focuses on career and technical education with onsite training.  It provided the early service of airplanes and has now moved to personal care, such as facials, massages, and hair care. You can get your car painted and repaired.  Other training in the past included broadcasting, food service in the Rainier Room, pastry art, laundry, printing, landscaping, secretarial services, technical illustration, marine mechanics, and travel consulting. The open land given by the state gave rise to the environmental science and water quality programs. In 2000, CPTC opened its South Hill campus by Thun Field for the Aircraft and Powerplant program, which is in the top five such programs in the United States with the highest first time passage rates. Other programs there include composites, non-destructive testing, flight training with a new twin engine plan.
             Next, Joyce enlightened us with what Larry Clark did at CPTC. He is the Vice President for Finance and Administration with lots of weighty balls in the air. She then reported that the 75th Anniversary Gala by the Foundation provided $88,000.
Above: Tawny Dotson
           Tawny Dotson, the Executive Director of the CPT Foundation, discussed its purpose. The foundation supports scholarships. With the average age of students being 30 years, much diversity, and a need to update or learn new skills, financial aid is necessary. The foundation also supports emergency assistance up to $250 and emerging needs such as materials for new programs.  Tawny presented President Gayle with a CPTC scarf.
           Some fast facts about CPTC include a student body numbering 6,851 with 4245 full time enrolled. The top programs are computer networking and information systems with some great faculty, in addition to practical nursing; cosmetology; automotive; retail business; and aviation maintenance technology. There are 300 full time employees. The county impact is about $147 million.
           One of the newest programs is mechatronics which combines mechanical, electrical, telecommunications and robotics.  There is also a digital entertainment design with lots of programming.  Avionics, which is the electrical systems in planes, will start in the fall of 2018 with Boeing planes.  The old hanger in Building No. 5 is being remodeled to be an open and bright place for manufacturing. It will be finished in the fall of 2019.
           The Guided Pathways program is data driven to consider the delivery of education, looking to change it in order to help more students succeed more quickly and equitably. It helps redesign career guidance programs backwards from a selected job or career field to the necessary training and education.
           The Andy Fritz Memorial 5K Walk will be held on July 28th and is a great opportunity to talk around the campus.  Andy was a former professor who died with his wife in Mexico.Questions from the members included the following: the Rainier Room is open for lunch Wednesdays through Fridays. In the late 1960s cashier training was very popular with many people going to work in one of Mike McGowan’s stores until they were stolen by big stores such as Safeway. The college is working with high schools to get students going by accepting credit for some classes with faculty going to the high school.  High school grads get their first year free if they are financially qualified.  The college is looking to incorporate technology at Harrison Prep.
           Thank you Joyce and Tawny for such an informative and interesting presentation about CPTC!
           The raffle winner was Kendra Riconosciuto and she selected a white chip.  Better luck next time, Kendra.
        TAKE NOTE: Read this bulletin and tell Greg Rediske to get a makeup for a missed meeting. Also, do your online shopping with Amazon Smile so a portion of your purchases can be allocated to Lakewood Rotary.