This Rotary Weekend

Monday, August 2, 2021 By: Gayle Selden
This Rotary Weekend by Gayle Selden


The July 30th meeting of Rotary Club of Lakewood was called to order by President Jim Rooks. Scott Buser led us in the gift of today and the opportunity to make a difference. Ron Irwin led us in the Flag Salute.
Dr. Rooks then thanked Lenna Christian for set up, John Lowney for fine recording and Gayle Selden for meeting recording.

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Saving Lives

Saturday, July 24, 2021 By: Eric T Quinn
Saving Lives with West Pierce

THE LAKEWOOD KEY for July 23, 2021

Jim promptly rang the meeting to order. Chris Kimball performed the invocation. Carl Bronkema led the salute to our Flag. Leanna Christian set up the meeting and co-hosted the Zoom with Jim. Eric Quinn wrote the bulletin and we all remained the designated photographers. Greg Rediske recorded the fines.

Above: The day after the meeting, Five Rotarians Ran the Yard at Zawilski’s

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Looking Forward...and Back

Sunday, July 18, 2021 By: Paula T. Olson
Looking forward…and Back

THE LAKEWOOD KEY for July 16, 2021

Our newly minted President Jim Rooks started the meeting on time. No tricks, no rap music, no dad jokes, just a nice, pleasant “okay folks let’s rock and roll” or something like that. Paula Olson read an invocation as a prayer for travelers. President Jim did a bang up job leading the Pledge of Allegiance. Leanna Christian was at the zoom helm and John Lowney was ready to take any “donations.”

            Pres Jim thanked Phil Eng for a very successful Floating Board Meeting the day before but the bad news was that Jim’s wife, Penny, lost her wedding ring. Pres Jim was offering a reward for its recovery. Mike Murtha came to the rescue by donating a metal detector to look for it. Look for an update next week.


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A Real Community

Sunday, July 11, 2021 By: Joseph F. Quinn


President Jim Rooks called his second meeting of the new Rotary Year to order right on time.  He called upon Bob Hammar who gave a fine invocation.  Jan Gee led us well in the Pledge to our flag. 
President Jim then asked for a moment of silence to honor Ward Fletcher, who passed away earlier this week.  Rick Selden then delivered a brief eulogy of Ward, noting that this quiet-spoken Rotarian always worked on projects.  Ward never raised his voice; he just did his job, Rick said.  On the Fort Steilacoom Playground project, Ward organized all of the food for the scores of volunteers.  A big job for sure.  He always helped at the Courage Classic rest stop up near Leavenworth, bringing his motor home to provide security.  Ward was the epitome of service.  (Ed. Note:  Ward was the most humble person you’d ever want to meet.  He had earned many, many Paul Harris awards but never wanted anyone to mention how many, as he did not do it for the recognition at all.)

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A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Saturday, July 3, 2021 By: Mary Marlin
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
By Mary Marlin
And it was a beautiful day in the neighborhood!! The 4th of July is soon to be celebrated, Covid is being conquered, summer weather is cooling off and Rotarians in Lakewood are looking forward to welcoming Dr. Jim Rooks as our new Lakewood Rotary President.  Bring on the fun,  the adventures, and the commitment to helping our community prosper with a variety of projects for the greater good.  And all is well!  As did our former president, Mark Edgecomb, Dr. Rooks opened the meeting of our weekly Rotary with a pre-meet at 11:30 before the real-meet at 12:30. As the Bulletin writer today,  I jumped in early to pick up helpful tidbits of information, humorous chatter, and unknown specifics that often prove helpful. 

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What a Great Year!

Tuesday, June 29, 2021 By: John W. Magnuson
What a Great Year!

The Lakewood Key for

June 25, 2021

The Rotary year ends (and begins) with the installation of officers and directors. Dr. Jim Rooks becomes our 65th president. Mark Edgecomb goes back to civilian life as a CPA. He joins the ranks of past-presidents – as PP Gary Fulton has been heard to remark, “The best job in Rotary.”

Above: Incoming Prez Dr. Jim Rooks

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Second to Last Meeting

Sunday, June 20, 2021 By: Paula T. Olson
The Second to the Last Meeting

            As President Mark started the meeting two minutes late he reminded us that it was his second to the last meeting as President. So I thought it would be good to share some pithy words of farewell in preparation for next Friday.  Dr. Seuss said “Remember me and smile, for it’s better to forget than to remember me and cry.” And smile we will.

Above:  Dr. Seuss smiles at Mark

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Letters Matter

Saturday, June 12, 2021 By: Gregory J. Rediske
THE LAKEWOOD KEY for June 11, 2021

It was two weeks ago when acclaimed bulletin writer Paula Olson noted that “words matter”. I’d like to take that one step further: letters matter, too. For instance, President Mark Edgecomb, he of short-timer status, wrote on today’s agenda that the bulletin writer this week is Greg Rediski. Not only did he then send me this agenda with that spelling, but he frequently mentions how we are cousins. I would think a person would know how to spell their cousin’s name! A name that your late aunt and uncle shared! I guess I should just be content that he pronounces it correctly, unlike, say, Bob Zawilski (Zawalski) or poor Carl Bronkema (too many different pronunciations to mention here).

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The Auction Is Here

Saturday, June 5, 2021 By: Gayle Selden
The Auction is Here!  By Gayle Selden

Mark Edgecomb rang the bell to begin the Lakewood Rotary Meeting for June 4th.
He invited Scott Buser to start the meeting with some great thoughts for Dads and Grads in June. And Mark invited himself to lead the pledge to the flag.
Mark thanked Leanna Christian for making this meeting happen, John Lowney for recording the money transactions, Gayle Selden for writing the bulletin and every single member for sending Joe Quinn pictures to use in this bulletin.

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Letters Matter

Sunday, May 30, 2021 By: Paula T. Olson
Letters Matter!

The Lakewood Key

            You know that old saying “What a difference a day makes?” Well, the same can be said for misplaced letters. Confused? What does this have to do with the Lakewood Rotary meeting on May 28th, the last Friday of the month? Keep reading. All will be revealed.

            President Mark started the meeting a minute late but none cared. Chris Kimball gave a nice invocation and President Mark led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. He’s a short timer, nearing the end of his presidential year so I think I saw a little tear in his eye. Our meeting set up was done by the incredible Leanna Christian. Our fine collector guy, John Lowney was missing and President Mark immediately fired him and put Greg Rediske in his place. I, Paula Olson, am your bulleted writer. Everyone is the photographer.

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Why an Auction?

Sunday, May 23, 2021 By: Joseph F. Quinn
for May 21, 2021

Is it True?  The Lakewood Rotary meeting of May 21 took place on the 21st day of the month, at the start of the 21st week of the 21st year of the 21st Century?  Check it out; it is essentially true.  And nobody cared, probably because all of us were too excited about the 2021 Online Rotary Auction.
As usual, a few of the faithful gathered before the meeting started just to chew the fat or shoot the bull as we on the bulletin committee are fond of saying.  Mary Moss had a good question:  as an auction team captain how do you report your team’s donations and/or procurement?  It seems the answer is that you as team captain need to submit a form listing all of your team’s procurement AND donations in order to be sure of getting the team credit.
Another revelation was President Mark Edgecomb explaining why he was participating without his usual coat and tie.  He was working from home because he has been infected with Covid-19.  All are wishing him a speedy recovery.  He does not recommend this method of losing weight and added that his appetite has been missing in action for about a week.

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Tech is Great Until It Isn't

Sunday, May 16, 2021 By: Tonya Marie Winski
For May 14, 2021

Technology is Great, Until It Isn’t

My zoom was being completely uncooperative which made being the bulletin writer very interesting. Was it just me?!  Oh the joys of technology (or maybe it’s just my old computer that I can’t seem  to part with!)

Mark opened our meeting at just around 12:31.

Our Invocation was given by Bob Hammar with a reminder of Service above Self and the Rotary way.

Mark led us in the Flag Salute.

Huge thanks to Leanna Christian for ensuring that our meetings are always running smoothly.

John Lowney has his pen at the ready to write down all of our generous contributions.   


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And Then Came Friday

Sunday, May 9, 2021 By: Mary Marlin
May 7, 2021
By Mary Marlin

 And then came Friday. Now just so you know, there is a catch-up (not the hot dog ketchup) opportunity with club members if you choose to zoom at 11:30 before the official meeting at 12:30.  President Mark Edgecomb will be available to take questions, answer questions and tell jokes! This is a great chance to meet up with fellow Rotarians and learn even more about what's happening in the world.... especially the world of Lakewood. So here is what I learned today at the informal meeting:

 John Warner generously mentioned he will be contributing $2000 to the auction! Andrew Kruse said he'd had a rough week. So did Mike Murtha when his car was broken into at Chambers Bay.  The good news is that he knows who did it!!!! Wow! Leanna has new curls. Very cute. Rick Selden is living the good life! Said that floormasters live the dream.  Mark thought it was the accountants.  (To be continued)

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A Startling Discovery

Sunday, May 2, 2021 By: John W. Magnuson

A Startling Discovery

In preparation for writing this bulletin, I did some research. I happen to have an August 8, 2003 bulletin on file. It comes as no surprise that the meeting format at the Rotary Club of Lakewood since then hasn’t changed one whit. Or, even two whits. Now some claim that the meeting format is traditional and doesn’t need alteration. Others may say that we are stuck in the whits. It is not up to me as a mere  Reporter to suggest change or keep stuff the same.  But there is something very sinister that needs disclosure. Reading that bulletin from almost 17 years ago and checking the names of those people involved with and attending that one meeting – many have mysteriously vanished! So, it is not beyond the realm of possibility that the format and conduct of meetings at Lakewood Rotary is making people disappear! Even more disturbing is the possibility that there exists a shadow group of Rotarians who control the format of the meetings and once crossed… Well, I’ll just let you draw your own conclusions, but can you say “Lakewood Rotary Mafia?

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Shooting Par at Lakewood Rotary

Sunday, April 25, 2021 By: Donn Irwin
Shooting Par at the Lakewood Rotary Club Meeting
 April 23, 2021  by Donn Irwin
A sure way to hit a par is to leave a four-foot birdie putt two inches from the hole.

Golf, a very short history:
First century Romans played a game similar to golf – it was called “paganica”.
Between the 8th and 14th centuries the Chinese played “chuiwan”. They used a club like stick to hit a small ball into a hole.
The modern game of golf originated in 15th century Scotland while the 18-hole game we have today began in 1764 and was created at St. Andrews, Scotland on the “Old Course”.
The first written record of golf in the west shows up in a document written by King James II in 1457 banning the game because it was a distraction to learning archery. (As well as many other things I would imagine).
In 1502 Jimmy the second’s wiser descendant, James IV, lifted that crazy ban…. mainly because he became a golfer himself.
The oldest golf tournament in the world is the “Open Championship”, better known to us as the British Open.


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A Different Sort of Meeting

Sunday, April 18, 2021 By: Gregory J. Rediske

A Different Sort of Meeting, Lawyer Style by Greg Rediske

I looked at my calendar: bulletin writing, April 16. Oh, no. Another meeting with a CPA running the show. A guy whose life is built around 2 + 2 equaling 4. Every. Dang. Time. But wait!!! Who is that in the Big Guy’s chair?!? Why, it’s Joe Quinn, lawyer! 2 + 2 might equal 4, or not, depending on what the judge might want to hear….Yes, a lawyer! The profession with more (scathing) jokes than any other profession (and with good reason, perhaps?). You know, the guys of whom it is said that 99% of them give the others a bad name. Lawyers, who are buried 600 feet in the ground, because deep down they’re really nice people. The age-old question:  If a lawyer is talking in the forest and there is no one around to hear him, can he still bill for it? And what’s the difference between a CPA and a lawyer? CPAs KNOW they’re boring. (Like the lady who is given 3 months to live, and the doctor advises her to immediately go out and marry a CPA. “But why?”, she understandably asks. The doctor replies, “Because 3 months will then seem like an eternity.”)

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Our DG Greg Horn

Sunday, April 11, 2021 By: Gayle Selden
THE LAKEWOOD KEY for April  9, 2021

All Hail the District Governor   by Gayle Selden
The April 9th Meeting of the Rotary Club of Lakewood was called to order by President Mark Edgecomb. Mark called on Andrew Kruse who provided an inspiring thought relating to Martin Luther King, Jr and Dietrich Bonhoeffer and our service as Rotarians. He shared this quote from Bonhoeffer, “We are not simply to bandage the wounds of victims beneath the wheels of injustice, we are to drive a spoke into the wheel itself.” A life committed to service does not come without a cost but it surely seems our work is worth it. Andrew provided a great start to the Official Visit of District Governor Greg Horn.
In honor of the District Governor, we had both the American and Canadian Anthem played.  I am thankful for Zoom as we didn’t have to sing them this time.

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Spring is Here

Sunday, April 4, 2021 By: Paula T. Olson

Springtime comes to Lakewood Rotary  by Paula Olson

                When President Mark opened the meeting on Friday, he was stepping into a special period of time with flowers coming up and bees buzzing and starting with yesterday’s April Fool’s Day on April 1st. Next, Easter or Bunny Day on April 4th for some, Passover for others and Ramadan a bit later for more others. Maybe it was the excitement that caused our Prez and our Illustrious District Gov. Greg Horn to talk about staging a coup d'état and staying in office for two or three more years. And why he was not willing to relinquish control of the meeting to our top tech person, Leanna Christian who had to get stern with the Prez so she could get the controls to mute us, since we are so wild and crazy, we can’t mute ourselves. Nonetheless, the meeting started promptly at 12:30 pm.

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State of the City

Sunday, March 28, 2021 By: Eric T Quinn
The State of the City by Eric Quinn
Lakewood Rotary Key for March 26, 2021
President Mark Edgecomb rang the meeting to order at 12:31 PM
Invocation: Chris Kimball gave the invocation. He asked a Higher Power to assist us in knowing “who to help, how to help, and when to help.”
Flag Salute. Jim Bisceglia led us in the pledge.  
Making Our Meeting Happen
Gayle Selden ran the Zoom meeting.
John Lowney handled the cash.
Eric Quinn wrote the bulletin.
Everyone at the meeting took photographs (well almost everyone)

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Puppies, Kittens and Much More

Tuesday, March 23, 2021 By: Tonya Marie Winski
The Lakewood Key for March 19, 2021   (corrected version)
Kittens, puppies and so much more!
  By Tonya Winski

Kittens, puppies, vacuuming, bells ringing, and so much more! The sights and sounds of Zoom meetings are always entertaining (and maybe just a little distracting, Barlow!).  
I’ve noticed over the past several months of reading our weekly bulletin that I am more of a meat and potatoes writer – I suppose I’ve been trained to get to the point in my writing, using the fewest words possible, so here I go with today’s bulletin: 

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