Posted by Greg Rediske on Oct 09, 2020
The Zoom meeting of Lakewood Rotary commenced far before the gavel called things to order. Sometimes, there is fascinating stuff to be had. For instance, Ralph Johnson was in the house, and noted that his now-retired horse is a former show horse, a “Saddlebred”. And now you shall get from this very publication more good information, via Wikipedia: The American Saddlebred is a horse breed from the United States. This breed was referred to as the "Horse America Made". Descended from riding-type horses bred at the time of the American Revolution, the American Saddlebred includes the Narragansett PacerCanadian PacerMorgan and Thoroughbred among its ancestors. Developed into its modern type in Kentucky, it was once known as the "Kentucky Saddler", and used extensively as an officer's mount in the American Civil War.
You read it here, in the always-educational Lakewood Key.
The meeting became official at 12:31 p.m., beginning with the gonging of the bell for the first time in the Edgecomb regime. Clint Johnson recited two prayers in honor of Columbus Day/Indigenous Peoples Day (Monday): one from Walt Whitman regarding the former, and a Native American penned poem. Well-researched! Jan Gee led us in the Pledge, flawlessly.
Notables: District Governor Greg Horn was here, as were Puffins Tonya Winski, Tom George, and Carole Wier. Our guests included Wendy McGowan and our speaker, Joseph Edgecomb.
---From President Mark: “It has been brought to my attention that the hour of fellowship before our Friday meeting begins is becoming too political. Your Board of Directors has asked that our club be a politics-free zone during this election season. Please help us to keep politics at the door.”
---John Lowney read a letter from Wendy McGowan, noting Mike McGowan’s recent day of birth and the anniversary of his passing. Mike was a great influence on many, certainly in our Club, for decades. Wendy wrote that Mike would be so thrilled to know the scholarship awards had been renamed the Mike McGowan Educational Incentive Awards. In further honor of Mike, Wendy pledged an annual (generous) gift to this award program. Thank you, Wendy. Thank you, Mike.
Above:  Mike McGowan
---Pickles!! It seems the Richardsons and Seldens annually turn cucumbers into pickles through magic. Bill Potter was wondering where his pickles were from last year, as President Mark was gifted one jar of the magically transformed cucumbers. And magically transferred from Rick’s Zoom screen to Mark’s. How did they do that!?!
---Rose Stevens of World Community Service announced the committee’s plan to donate $4500 from Lakewood Rotary to purchase three dialysis machines for India. With all the grants, it will come to a $30,000 total purchase. The motion to approve was unanimous.
---Board of Directors’ meeting, this coming Thursday, October 15, 5:30 (Zoom). Contact Mark if you wish to attend.
---Bob Zawilski has been given $690 by Rotarians so far, to purchase raffle tickets to help the Humane Society. The winning ticket gets a $40,000 coupon for a car purchase from Larson Automotive Group. Contact Bob to purchase your ticket. He is also still accepting donations of crockpots for a United Way project. (Just to confirm, that is “crockpots”, for cooking. Not “crackpots”.)
---Birthdays and Anniversaries got off to a rough start when DG Horn announced wedding anniversaries as Rotary anniversaries. Order was restored and he continued:
Wedding: Reames (19), Lowney (21), Stephan (50)
Rotary: Bruback (2), Miseli (3), Stevens (10), Shannon (11), Cook (20), Zawilski (23), Buser (28), Stephan (32), Rediske (38).
Birthdays: Each present was asked to note their most expensive speeding ticket:
Bob Bruback: too many to remember, but about $200; Mary Horn, when asked by Greg to “punch it and see what this’ll do” when taking out their new car discovered it could do 92 mph no problem---$175; Chris Kimball was not there, but Greg noted that in the wilds of Nevada, Chris opened up his Pantera to 171 mph. $1000 plus is what it cost.
Above: Our DG Greg Horn, thanks to Carole Wier
---Read the 5020 District magazine. This is an incredibly well-done production---first class all the way. Leanna Christian has an excellent article included.
---The Tillicum Community Center was robbed. If you would like to help in the return to normal, please call 253-584-1280.
---October 16-22: Tacoma South Charity Putt-Putt. Virtual
---November 12-14  Rotary Zone Institute.
---Pierce County Elections Volunteer sign up:  Need 37 Rotarians.
---October 17, 3 pm. World Polio Day  $30 to register, which goes to your Paul Harris. This is a big deal for DG Horn. Please consider signing up. Need your Rotary member number, which is on your Rotarian magazine, or on our club website in your roster listing (“Rotary”).
Debits and Credits, or “As the Ledger Turns”:
Debit People:  Bob Bruback, $25 for birthday, Rotary anniversary, reward for Horn’s report
                        Greg Horn, $50 for his cheerleader poster
                        Mary Horn, $70 for a birthday.
Credit People: Mark Edgecomb, $50 because his son was the speaker today.
                        Rose Stevens, $100 for a new car, birthday, Rotary anniversary
                        Joe Quinn, $50 for a trip to California in the smoke to move his eldest son.
Totals prior up to today, (-ish totals, according to our CPA president): $3060 Debit, $2260 Credit
(We here at the Key are always mindful to be solicitous to our President. Except when we’re not. I must point out that Mark indicated verbally that the Debits were at $3000.60. Nobody on the Debits would stoop to a 60-cent fine. We are here to protect the defenseless.)
The Program:
The speaker’s father introduced Joseph Edgecomb from the University of Wisconsin, where he is working on his PHD in organic chemistry. Said father guessed his age to be 24, which he will be in less than a year. So close... Joe was also a 2015 graduate of Lakes High, and later St. Martins University. The topic was: “Organic electrochemistry, focusing on how to use electricity to make interesting and valuable chemicals from low cost and sustainable sources.” Whew! We then proceeded on to electrons and protons and neutrons. And what can happen when you add or subtract an electron---it turns out some fabulous stuff can happen. One example is water desalination, taking salt out of the ocean water to make it drinkable, and doing it cost effectively. There was also biomass conversion, and the use of lignin (recovered as a byproduct of paper making). There were lots of chemical symbols and moving electrons and other such things that was far over the head of this humanities major. Note that total funding (mostly federal) for such products is over $116 Billion/year. Questions noted that electrolysis of water can show all the minerals in the water, and to remove ALL of them would make it “pure”, but bad for you. (Writer’s Note: Lakewood Water has just the right amount of minerals to make you very healthy indeed!)
(Additional writer’s note: Joe was a delight. Enthusiastic, intelligent, and clearly warm hearted, polite and I’m guessing exceedingly kind. He was fun to listen to, even if you (meaning me) couldn’t understand what he was saying in its totality. Congrats to Nicola Edgecomb on a job well done! (and Mark…..))
There was no drawing for the seemingly thousandth day in a row.
Next week: Mary Jo Strom Copland: International Convention Trip Planning
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 1 - I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize
 2 - Half the people you know are below average.
 3 – If at first you don’t succeed, skydiving is not for you.
 4 - 99% of lawyers give the rest a bad name.
 5 - A conscience is what hurts when all your other parts feel so good.
 6 - A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
 7 - All those who believe in psycho kinesis, raise my hand.
 8 - I almost had a psychic girlfriend, ..... But she left me before we met.
 9 - OK, so what's the speed of dark?
 10 - How do you tell when you're out of invisible ink?
 11 - If everything seems to be going well, you have obviously overlooked something.
 12 - Depression is merely anger without enthusiasm.
 13 - I intend to live forever ... So far, so good.
 14 - If Barbie is so popular, why do you have to buy her friends?
 15 - Eagles may soar, but weasels don't get sucked into jet engines.
 16- What happens if you get scared half to death twice?
 17 - My mechanic told me, "I couldn't repair your brakes, so I made your horn louder."
 18 - The hardness of the butter is proportional to the softness of the bread.
 19 - The problem with the gene pool is that there is no lifeguard.
 20 - The colder the x-ray table, the more of your body is required to be on it.
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