Another exciting meeting of the Rotary Club of Lakewood began with a warm welcome from President Chris Kimball. Bob Peterson gave the invocation. Then Chris led us in his customary drum-laden rendition of our national anthem. Incidentally, this writer commends Chris for his extraordinary 60-second drum solo at the Lakewood Rotary Sportsman’s Dinner and Auction (hereinafter the “Auction”) this last weekend. Like a drumstick, we will hit you with some more details on the Auction in the coming weeks, but for now, understand that the Auction was a smashing success.  
Chris then quoted rock-and-roll legend Prince, recently deceased, from the song “Let’s Go Crazy,” from the album Purple Rain, released in 1984: “There’s something else: the afterworld; a world of never-ending happiness. You can always see the sun, day or night.”
Why was six afraid of seven? It wasn’t. Numbers are not sentient beings and are thus incapable of feeling fear.
As for the meeting set-up, the Triad, Bob Hammar, Rob Erb and Duncan Cook made the meeting happen. Leon Titus collected monies at the Paul Harris table, raising $319 for the Rotary Foundation. Chuck Hellar drew ticket sales. Eric Quinn wrote the bulletin. Troy Wilcox, who did an excellent job on the powerpoint presentation for the Auction that displayed the many live-auction items, took photographs. Tom Crabill was sergeant-at-arms.
Chuck Hellar, in addition to drawing ticket sales, introduced John Swanson of Sumner Rotary, as a visiting Rotarian. Jim Rooks introduced his guest, Jim Palo. Tom Crabill introduced his wife Fae—who greatly assisted in putting together the amazing centerpieces for the dinner tables at the Auction—and his son Tom.
For Sunshine, John Forkenbrock had no news, which is always good news.
How many Rotarians does it take to change a light bulb? Two: One to change the light bulb and the other to hold the ladder so the first Rotarian doesn’t fall and hurt herself.
Gayle Selden, the driving force behind the Auction, spoke to us about the Auction itself, which has already happened and was a smashing success. She informed us that 310 guests were coming—which became approximately 320, if this author recalls correctly. Rotary put forth 350 items this year. Amazing. Gayle thanked the Auction Committee for all of their support and hard work. She then passed out a couple of clipboards to Nicole Brown Hancock and Eric Quinn, who would be coordinating volunteers at the Auction—both of whom performed admirably at the Auction, in this author’s opinion. Distinctly, Steve Mazoff, another barrister, proclaimed that “lawyers are taking over the world.”
Chris reminded us that the Past President’s Dinner would be occurring on May 3 at 6:00 pm. The dinner is being held at Tacoma Golf and Country Club. The District Conference will be in Olympia on June 25. Chris then informed us about a fundraiser for the Behavioral Health Contact Team, a program begun last year by the Lakewood Police Department, which pairs a mental health professional with a LWPD officer. Greater Lakes Mental Healthcare is holding a fundraising event for the program, on May 18th at the McGavick Center. Be there to support this innovative program! Chris also informed us that there are many community services opportunities available right now, and that we should contact Monica Kozakowski at Mt. Rainier Lutheran School to learn more about those opportunities. Chris also praised Rotary for nearing the $1 million dollar mark for the Foundation. Mick Johnson then spoke to the club briefly about voting for the Russ Klauser Rotarian of the Year and Bernie Ootkin Humanitarian of the Year awards.
Then Steve Enquist administered various Paul Harris (PH) awards to various great Rotarians: Tom Crabill received his second PH; Tom Crabil Jr. received his first; Rob Erb, his second; John Caulfield, his fourth; Terry Roarke, his fourth as well; Joan Strait, her sixth; and Greg Horn, who received his eighth PH. Gary Fulton was also recognized for his immeasurable commitments to the Foundation.
What do you call a Rotarian who flies a plane? A pilot.
Then we heard from Kim Prentice, who introduced us to Justin Brooks, Lakewood Rotary’s Educator of the Month. Justin teaches at Lochburn Middle School. Kim first introduced the principal at Lochburn, Josh Zarling. Then Justin told us a little about himself. He is a seventh-grade teacher of language arts and social studies. He has worked in Clover Park School District for ten years and he is a great leader of his students. He is a member of the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) team, and Lochburn’s leadership team. Justin focuses on real-life applications of social studies and language arts, making learning more fun and interactive. He has been nominated for various education-related awards recently, and Lakewood Rotary is proud to name him as April’s Educator of the Month. He received a greenback for his efforts.
Above: Justin Brooks, Lakewood Rotary Educator of the Month, accompanied by Kim Prentice
Then came the fines. NOOOOOOOOOOOO! Ron Messenger just came back from a funeral convention in New Orleans, and pleaded with Chris to give him a $20 credit for having to attend a funeral convention. Chris did not heed his pleas, and instead Ron gave $20. Astrid Arola and Charlie Hyde were not present, and therefore could not be fined. Interest is accruing. Mark Edgecomb forked over $54 for a missed birthday. Troy Wilcox paid $50 for time spent with his wife in the Dominican Republic, celebrating their 16th wedding anniversary. He then gave Chris some drumsticks he purchased while vacationing, tattooed with palm trees. Chris played his drums with the new tattooed sticks, and they worked just fine. Janie Frasier tendered $29 for a missed birthday. Leon Titus remunerated the club for his 60th birthday: $60, surprisingly. Peter Marsh gave the club $20 for a great lunch stop he had in Washington D.C. Fae Crabill also gave $20, because she got to see her son, Tom Jr. Rob Erb went to Ephrata for training, and photographed the Grand Coulee Dam while he was there. He relinquished $20 for this exotic journey.
An escalator can never be broken. It can only be “just stairs.”
For our Program, Jim Rooks, MD, and Bob Zawilski, spoke to us about sleep apnea. Both of these fantastic Rotarians gave a spirited presentation on this topic. Jim has been with the club for 26 years. He spoke to us at length about the symptoms of sleep apnea: feelings of asphyxia; excess daytime fatigue; loss of memory and judgment; irritability; and morning headaches. Other risks inherent in sleep apnea include, but are not limited to, atrial fibrillation, heart attack, and stroke. Most patients deny having sleep apnea, simply saying “My wife thinks I snore.” But sleep apnea affects a great many people in this country, as the result of constriction of the nasopharynx. Jim also addressed many of the methods of diagnosing sleep apnea, including sleep studies and electroencephalograms. He mentioned that many hospitals in the area have great sleep labs for diagnosing sleep apnea. Ways to avoid sleep apnea include the use of a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) mask, the technology of which has steadily advanced; minimized alcohol use; exercise—obesity being a major cause of sleep apnea; and other invasive and horrible procedures. He drove home the point that perhaps the best way to avoid the risks of sleep apnea is to seek an early diagnosis.
Then Bob Zawilski spoke to use about his experience with heart issues associated with sleep apnea. He gave praise to the enzymatic test that essentially saved his life. His ultimate message was that we should control our health and be proactive about our hearts. He made reference to the Agent Orange Presumptives for those who fought in Vietnam. He mentioned various diseases which arise out of contact with Agent Orange, including, but not limited to, diabetes, hodgkin’s disease, and prostate cancer. Bob then directed us to the Agent Orange Registry, which provides a support network of those with ailments related to Agent Orange. Both of these Rotarians gave an informative and thorough presentation. We thank them!
As already mentioned, further details about the Auction will be released shortly. For now, this author must inform the readers--we hope you are still reading--that Lakewood Rotary has done another excellent service to the community, and the 46th Annual Sportsman's Dinner and Auction was a great success. Thanks to everyone for making the Auction happen.
For the drawing, Ron Adkins drew the white chip.
Next week, Peggy Fraychineaud-Gross will be giving a program on collaborative law. Be there!