Graduation Celebration

Sunday, May 15, 2022 By: Gayle Selden
Graduation Celebration!


The Friday the 13th meeting of the Rotary Club of Lakewood was called to order by  President Jim Rooks.
Invocation was completed by Tom George; the pledge was led by Wendy McGowan.
Rob Erb introduced his set up crew of Tom George, James Osundwa and Kendra Riconosciuto. Rob later paid $20 to add Rick Selden and Bob Martin to that list.

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Ukraine - A Nation in Pain

Sunday, May 8, 2022 By: Donn Irwin
Ukraine – A Nation in Pain

“Ukraine was never a part of Russia and never will be”- Anastasia Lemesh


Like no other Rotary meeting I’ve ever attended – ever! Your scribe.

12:32            Welcome and Ring the Bell: Welcome fellow Rotarians
                     Invocation: Chris Kimball
                     Pledge of Allegiance: Phil Eng

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Wild Game Dinner Upgraded

Saturday, April 30, 2022 By: Gregory J. Rediske
The Wild Game Dinner: Upgraded

THE LAKEWOOD KEY for April 29, 2022

It was November 13, 1970, and Lakewood Rotarians (all men then) decided to volunteer their fish catch, shot ducks and deer, and whatever they happened to run over to serve up a “Wild Game Dinner”. The only thing wilder than the game was the group of men being….well, wild. Booze does that sometimes. That first event raised a negative $270, as it was intended as a social event. Subsequent years raised money because they figured they should. It became the Sportsman’s Dinner in 1995 with the admission of women (and some class), subsequently becoming the Sportsman’s Dinner and Auction, and now, The Lakewood Rotary Auction.

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Earth Day

Sunday, April 24, 2022 By: Mary Marlin
Welcome to Earth Day

For April 22, 2022

            Welcome to Earth Day…and what better place to celebrate than at Tacoma Country
and Golf Club with intelligent, fun-loving humans who treasure every Friday for a get-together to share the good.  Yes, the view of the beautiful lake, delicious food and energetic members all made the day very special.  Jim Rooks, our esteemed president, called the meeting to order two minutes after 1:30 p.m (i.e. two minutes late!) and the fun meeting began (I was told to mention that by a person who shall not be named).

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A Good Friday

Monday, April 18, 2022 By: Paula T. Olson
A Good Friday at Lakewood Rotary


 By Paula T. Olson

            This meeting started on a very auspicious and religious day. For Christians, it was Good Friday, the day of the passion and death of Jesus. For Jewish people, it was nearly the beginning of Passover, starting at sunset. For Muslim people, it was the middle of Ramadan. And for the CPAs and accountants amongst us, it was the old Tax Day. Somehow they managed to get three more days to get those returns in. And their clients are most grateful.

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District Conference 5020

Sunday, April 10, 2022 By: Joseph F. Quinn

Lakewood Rotary President Nominee Mary Horn and her spouse, What’s His Name, I mean Past District Governor Greg Horn want to remind you that the Rotary District 5020 District Conference is going to be held on May 13-14, 2022 in beautiful and historic Victoria, B.C.

Above: The double decker buses with Parliament in the background

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LakewooLd Parks

Friday, April 8, 2022 By: Eric T Quinn
We Love Our Parks!

THE LAKEWOOD KEY for April 8, 2022

President Jim Rooks (PJ) rang the hybrid meeting to order at 12:30 PM. Dave Coleman gave the invocation, and paid special attention to promoting peace in the Ukraine. Hank Kerns led us in the Pledge.
Making the Meeting happen:  Rob Erb thanked his amazing set-up crew including James Osundwa, Duncan Cook, Terry Roarke, Kendra Riconosciuto and others who stepped up. 

John Lowney collected fines.

Jan Gee is the sergeant at arms and running the raffle desk.
Eric Warn collected RI Foundation money.

Walt Richardson is the photographer.

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It's All Bull!

Sunday, April 3, 2022 By: Wendy Jo McGowan

It’s All Bull!

THE LAKEWOOD KEY for April Fool’s Day 2022

by Wendy McGowan

I didn’t think this assignment came with a byline, but I’ll accept it… graciously. My kinfolk, especially brother, father and grandfather (all astute newspapermen) will be proud.

Fortified with the holy tomes of William Strunk, E.B. White, Noah Webster, Peter Mark Roget and, of course my buddy, Google, I begin this hallowed journey of the Bull Writers. Joining the likes of Hemingway, Shakespeare, Dickens, Faulkner and Agatha Christie it’s not, but much to Ole’s anxiety, I will give it my all. Ole, I am counting on you to not fall asleep of sheer boredom. Boring or not, a little dose of the King’s English doesn’t hurt anyone. That, I am sure of. (Might that be a dangling preposition? Oh, well.)

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Onward and Upward

Friday, March 25, 2022 By: John W. Magnuson

The Lakewood Key for

March 25, 2022

Onward and upward

In order to truncate this “key” you will not encounter big words. Nope, you’ll not be confused by words such as “etymology” or “entomology.”  Frankly, it really bugs me that most people can’t distinguish the difference in these words!

12:30 Welcome and Ring the Bell, Invocation by Paula Olson and – Ye Gods! What was that caterwauling? Lakewood Rotary set Canadian-American relations back a notch by singing our respective national anthems.

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Homelessness in Pierce County

Sunday, March 20, 2022 By: Donn Irwin
Homelessness in PC
The Lakewood Key for March 18,2022

Housing will never solve homelessness but community will.

President Rooks started the meeting at exactly 12:30 p.m.  Clint Johnson invoked us. Past President (PP) Mark Edgecomb led us in the Pledge. Current President Jim Rooks (PJR) took the microphone and commanded PP Mark to return to the podium in order to present him with his PP Rotary Badge (more about this later)
Those that I could detect that were in attendance via Zoom were: Carole Wier, Gary Barton, Wynn Hoffman, Phil Eng, Eric Quinn, Ole (John Magnificenton), Leanna Christian and Nicole Hancock.

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Old Fogies Rule

Monday, March 14, 2022 By: Gregory J. Rediske
Old Fogies Rule!

The Lakewood Key for March 11, 2022

Recently at a program committee meeting, President-elect Whalen paid a curious homage to me. He said that it is a good thing to get input from old-timers: meaning me, Greg, in this case. Old-timer?!? I don’t think I look like an “old-timer”. As long as the light is quite dim anyway. And I don’t feel like an “old-timer” either. Not counting the pain getting out of bed in the morning, bending down, or exiting a chair. And it’s not like people are calling me at 9 p.m. and immediately asking if I’m still awake. Yet.  But if he thinks I’m an old-timer, then by golly, I might as well act the part, and write the part. So here we go as I bite the bullet and strike while the iron is hot to give you an old fogie’s version of the bulletin. According to Jason, I’m long in the tooth, but I haven’t kicked the bucket yet!

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Nobody's Perfict!

Monday, March 7, 2022 By: Gayle Selden
Nobody’s Perfict!


The March 5th meeting of the Rotary Club of Lakewood was called to order by President Jim Rooks. Barlow Buescher got us started with a reminder on the 4-way test and with a hope that we strive to be the best people we can. The pledge was led by Bob Martin.
President Rooks called on Charles Heberle for some insight into the Ukraine invasion by Russian forces. Charles lived in Russia for years teaching democracy. He also works on the Russian Friendship exchange for Rotary. He said this has been building for 30 years with the expansion of NATO toward Russia. There has been a difficult relationship with Russia since George W. Bush was President. Russia does not maintain its infrastructure well and has old tanks and equipment.

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A Day of Special Significance

Sunday, February 27, 2022 By: Eric T Quinn
A Day of Special Significance


President Jim Rooks (PJR) rang the meeting to order at 12:30 PM.
Tom George gave our invocation, citing to three principles: truth, peace and honesty. In his invocation, he asked that we let these tenets, and the Four-Way Test of Rotary, guide us in our everyday life.
Greg Rediske led us in the Pledge, which took special significance given the state of affairs in the Ukraine.
As for those who made our meeting happen, in the absence of Rob Erb, James Osundwa completed the setup with the help of Duncan Cook and Terry Roarke. John Lowney collected fines. Eric Quinn wrote the bulletin from Zoom and implored participants at least twice to use the microphones so he could accurately (and somewhat adequately) record the meeting. Greg Horn sold raffle tickets and Mary Marlin was at the Foundation desk. Andy Phillips was our greeter. Bob Hammar staffed the Rotary Store.

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A Fort Steilacoom Friday

Monday, February 21, 2022 By: Paula T. Olson
A Fort Steilacoom Friday


Paula T. Olson

            Friday, February 18, 2022 started like any other day and Lakewood Rotary’s meeting did as well. President Rooks rang the bell promptly and Bob Peterson gave the invocation. Wendy McGowan did a fine job of leading us in the Pledge of Allegiance. President Rooks congratulated Rob Erb and his fine team of meeting organizers: Tom George, James Osundwa, Rick Selden, Bob Martin and Kendra Riconosciuto for another excellent job. John Lowney had his hand out for all fines, Paula Olson took furious notes for the Bulletin, Barlow Buescher manned the $2.00 table and served as Sgt at Arms, and Eric Warn collected money at the Foundation desk. We’re not sure what this means but President Rooks said it, so we dutifully wrote it down: Greg Rediske monitored the Presidential gaffes (looking the term up was a fascinating experience I recommend to all but in the interest of decorum the definition will not be repeated here) and Mary Marlin, the new and official coordinator of Greeters had Bob Martin and Veronica Bronkema out there warmly shaking hands of members when they came in.

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A Fine Day it Will Be

Sunday, February 13, 2022 By: Mary Marlin
                                                                                   A Fine Day it Will Be
                                                                                  THE LAKEWOOD KEY
Welcome, Lakewood Rotarians!!  And what a fine day it will be when we can fist bump, shake hands, rub elbows or catch a quick hug for the first time in weeks!! Yes, welcome to the new normal! And speaking of normal....the bell chimed at 12:30 and Jim Rooks took the reins to begin our Friday meeting. 

     He welcomed all and soon Scott Buser gave the invocation and Bob Peterson led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Cheerful greeters, Wendy McGowan, James Osundwa, and Dwight Williams were at the front desk encouraging all to enjoy the meeting and have a great day.  (By the way, it worked!)  Making the meeting work were Rob Erb, Tom George, James Osundwa, Rick Selden, Terry Roarke, Bob Martin, Leanna Christian and Kendra Riconosciuto.  Quite the team that makes it all happen....every week! John Lowney, of course, was waiting for the fines to be paid, Greg Horn was Sergeant at Arms and the raffle encourager, Steve Enquist managed the Foundation donations, Greg Rediske monitored the president's limited gaffes and yours truly took minutes and somehow volunteered to schedule greeters.

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Resolutions and Other Disasters

Saturday, February 5, 2022 By: John W. Magnuson
Resolutions and Other Disasters

February  (how many of us still say Feb-yew-airy) 4, 2022

Broken Resolutions
It has only been 5 weeks since you made those New Year’s resolutions. I know, it seems like an eternity, right? Just for the sake of curiosity – and no one is going to see your answer; it will just be between you and me – how much weight did you gain before you decided to not lose weight?

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History and Biographies

Saturday, January 29, 2022 By: Gregory J. Rediske
History and Biographies


Jim Rooks “rang the bell” to start this meeting of Lakewood Rotary, exactly 65 years, 9 months and 3 days since the chartering of our club on April 25, 1956. 24,019 days. By that date, 44 of our 126 members had not been born yet. That’s a lot of history right there, all recorded week in and week out by your fastidious bulletin-writing historians. Emblazoned on the door of our bulletin-writers’ press room are two quotes: “History is a set of lies agreed upon.” (Napoleon), and “History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.” (Winston Churchill). Personally, I have lobbied for the removal of the Bonaparte inscription simply because he is also the guy who wrote “Women are nothing but machines for producing children.” But the darned thing is engraved above the door, so…

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AI: Making Magic Mundane

Sunday, January 23, 2022 By: Donn Irwin
AI – Making Magic Mundane
THE LAKEWOOD KEY  for January 21,2022
AI (Artificial Intelligence)
1)a branch of computer science dealing with the simulation of intelligent behavior in computers
2) the capability of a machine to imitate intelligent human behavior

In the beginning President Jim called the meeting to order at 12:30 p.m; however, there was some pre-game chatter among the Zooming members of the Lakewood Rotary tribe. Some of the chatter went like this:
Greg R. mentioned that the Board meeting went long and that President Jim wasn’t happy about it,  but lots of stuff had to get done.
Ron Banner was thanked for all of the things that he does. Greg R. wanted to know how Ron was dealing with the Covid situation. Mr. Banner was very diplomatic while giving us some insight in dealing with all of the regulations.

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Never Forget a Birthday

Monday, January 17, 2022 By: Gayle Selden
Never Forget a Birthday!
THE LAKEWOOD KEY FOR January 14, 2022

It was the January 14th meeting and the Lakewood Rotary club was separated into the Zoom Brady Brunch squares. Before the meeting there were a lot of greetings to those members who we hadn’t seen in awhile including Ralph Johnson and Mo Sarram. Also joining at meeting time was Dave Covey. Yay for Zoom.
President Jim Rooks called the meeting to order at 12:30 welcoming all. Dave Coleman gave the invocation and Kendra Riconosciuto led our pledge. Jim thanked Kendra for helping on the Zoom, John Lowney for the collecting of fines, Gayle Selden for being kind during bulletin writing and Greg Rediske for helping with everything else. There were no visiting Rotarians but Veronica Bronkema joined us. Lots of Puffins in the house including our two new puffins-- Dwight Williams and Linda McDermott.

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Back to Zooming

Sunday, January 9, 2022 By: Eric T Quinn
Back to Zooming

THE LAKEWOOD KEY for January 7  2022 meeting

President Jim Rooks (PJ) rang the virtual meeting to order at 12:30 PM. Paula Olson gave the invocation. PJ led us in the Pledge.
Making the Meeting happen:  Rob Erb and his tremendous set-up crew have their time off until we get back to our in-person meetings on February 11. Leanna Christian once again played the virtual co-host. John Lowney recorded fines. Eric Quinn played the scribe. Monitoring PJ’s  Gaffes: Greg Rediske.  (Note: Is he called PJ cuz he led the Zoom meeting while wearing his pajamas?)

From Rodney Dangerfield: “My wife and I were happy for twenty years. Then we met.”

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2021 The Rotary Year in Review

Sunday, December 26, 2021 By: Joseph F. Quinn
Lakewood Rotary Year in Review by Joe Quinn

                December 30, 2021

The First Quarter:

The second half of President Mark Edgecomb’s year started in full-Zoom fashion in January of 2021.  Lakewood Rotary’s first Little Free Pantry was unveiled.  A program on Lakewold Gardens was featured. Major Donors Rose Stevens and Phil Eng were honored for reaching the $10,000 level of giving to the Rotary Foundation.  Puffin James Osundwa asked, “What are Puffins exactly?”  Well that set off a paroxysm of explanations and photos!  A Valentine’s Eve Zoom Party was announced…so many new traditions have been born during this Covid-19 pandemic. There were 60 attendees at one Zoom meeting that Mark managed masterfully, with the help of Leanna Christian. A move away from Clubrunner to DACdb was announced by Mary Horn.  The Treasurer and the Bulletin Editor were noticed to be cringing but it worked out OK, eventually. The online auction prep started in February and one program featured Domino’s Pizza, soon to be a major sponsor. Fellowship included hikes to stay outdoors together during Covid.  The second LFP was started.  We got a thank you from Wreaths Across America, one of hundreds of small to medium gifts LR makes all year long, such as the Break Bags. Our very own DG Greg Horn reported that over 400 attended the District 5020 training.  At Lakewood Rotary, it was announced that over $6000 was raised for Rotary Foundation…in one week!!

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The Roast Photopalooza!

Sunday, December 19, 2021 By: Joseph F. Quinn
The Roast Photopalooza!  This is not the Lakewood Key for the December 17, 2021 meeting--the Roast of President Jim Rooks.  Hopefully, you will see that later this evening.  In this Unbulletin, we include only the fantastic photographs taken by Walt Richardson and Phil Eng, our duo of photographers who documented key events, key players, and other shenanigans that took place at Lakewood Rotary on Friday.

Above: The first composite photo ever used in the Lakewood Key, by Walt Richardson--A good summary of the event.

Above:  The Tom & Jerry Team, ready to tend bar and start the merriment!  Photo by Walt.

Above:  One of the merry revelers, a veteran Rotarian, Duncan Cook after Gayle gave him a drink.
Phil Eng photo.


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Rooks Roasted!

Sunday, December 19, 2021 By: Paula T. Olson
The Roasting of Doctor James Rooks


            It’s the Friday before Christmas and all through the room, everyone was stirring, hot Toddies and rum. The children were all learning at school with hopes that their grandparents would safely get home.  The Annual LR Tom & Jerry Party and Roast of the President.
Okay enough of that.

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The Lull Before the Storm

Saturday, December 11, 2021 By: Mary Marlin
The Lull Before the Storm.


 Today it is… the Friday before the Tom and Jerry hydration opportunity, which arrives next week!   Yes, the lull before the storm!  Yes, one more week for President Jim Rooks to celebrate leading the team to victory in 2021.  Simply being able to show up healthy is a mega-step in the right direction! Next week with the Puffin Roast, much will be celebrated!

Today we stood happily as the chime caught our attention. Tom George led the invocation and expressed appreciation for our individual differences that when joined together lead to our opportunities to assist others toward our common goals. President Jim admitted he forgot to ask a member to lead us in the Pledge, so he generously and thoughtfully did it himself.

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Lakewood Rotary is Dancing

Sunday, December 5, 2021 By: Gregory J. Rediske
Lakewood Rotary is Dancing!


‘Twas just past noon at the Club on December the third
Many creatures were moving: a lively Rotarian herd
Anticipation was building through the assembled throng
And not just waiting on President Rooks’ hammered “gong!”

The reason you see for the commotion and near frenzy
Was not visions of sugar plums dancing in a kid’s belfry
Lakewood Rotarians after what seemed like years in the waiting
Were about to enjoy what we generously call dancing!

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The Foundation Report and Thanksgiving

Sunday, November 21, 2021 By: Donn Irwin
The Rotary Foundation (TRF) Explained
 And Giving Thanks  by Donn Irwin

THE LAKEWOOD KEY for November 19, 2021
This rendition of the Lakewood Rotary Bulletin will have a “giving” theme – after all to give is divine, plus the speaker came to talk about The Rotary Foundation (giving) and this is the week before Thanksgiving.

At precisely the time I was picking up a cookie at the dessert\beverage table (late to the party due to construction/road work) President Jim rang the bell and commenced the meeting so I’m going to guess that it was 12:30.

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Just the Facts Ma'am

Sunday, November 14, 2021 By: Gayle Selden
Just the Facts, Ma’am
THE LAKEWOOD KEY for November 12, 2021 meeting

President Jim Rooks called the meeting to order on November 12th. Jan Gee shared a celebration of gratitude for our Veterans while Gayle Selden led the pledge with an assist from Walt Richardson.
President Rooks then thanked the Setup Crew with the addition of Bob Martin, Walt for taking the photos and Gayle for writing the bulletin. Gary Barton was running the two-dollar desk, acting as Sergeant at Arms and handling the roving mic, along with Bob Martin.

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A Veterans Day to Remember

Sunday, November 7, 2021 By: Gayle Selden
Veterans Day Program to Remember

THE LAKEWOOD KEY for November 5, 2021

Greg Rediske with
Gayle Selden

What if you had a Lakewood Rotary meeting and there wasn’t anyone to write the bulletin? Would it still exist? Would it count? Such was the dilemma posed on Friday, November 5 in the year 2021. A bulletin writer was announced, but he (or was it she? I’ll never tell…..) was not in the house. There was immediately a collective gasp of shock and surprise from all those assembled. Well, at least Gayle Selden and Greg Rediske raised their eyebrows. Might have been a gasp between them, who can tell.
So about half way through, Gayle realized that both she and GR were taking notes. What follows is a rough approximation of the events of that day, November 5th, as noted above. With two of us, it allowed room for observation and musing. Additionally, it spreads blame two ways for mistakes.  (Or maybe three or four ways…Ed.)

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Supreme Court Update

Sunday, October 31, 2021 By: Paula T. Olson
Update on the U. S. Supreme Court

THE LAKEWOOD KEY for October 29, 2021

            This Friday was special! It was this writer’s first in-person Rotary meeting since the pandemic shut us down,  and such a great delight to see everyone’s full persons! Anyone who is able should give it a go.

            President Jim opened the meeting with his usual prompt and seriousness. Puffin Andy Phillips did a great job leading us in the Pledge of Allegiance and Bob Peterson provided the invocation. Rounding out the meeting set up were our ever-faithful techie Kendra Riconosciuto, Rob Erb, James Osundwa and others. John Lowney engaged in his favorite activity: collecting money/fines, Paula Olson wrote this bulletin, and Walt Richardson took pictures. Chuck Hellar was the Sergeant at Arms and worked the $2.00 raffle desk and Gary Fulton manned the Foundation Desk.

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Gathering to Make a Difference

Sunday, October 24, 2021 By: Mary Marlin
Gathering to Make a Difference


For October 22, 2021

And the meeting began.....gently startling my coffee cup right after the intentional ding of the opening bell. Welcome, Lakewood Rotarians!  President Jim Rooks called the meeting to order and asked Clint Johnson to give our invocation. Soon after, Peter Marsh then invited fellow Rotarians and guests to join him in the Pledge of Allegiance. President Rooks then mentioned that many days have been given special names like National Nut Day, Dog Day, Mole Day, Boston Cream Pie Day (a favorite), and Make a Difference Day in March (always needed). So today we will also Make a Difference by assembling, working for the common good and enjoying our time together.

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Extra Edition: Grants and Puffins

Sunday, October 24, 2021 By: Joseph F. Quinn
Extra, Late-Breaking News from Rose Stevens:

District Grant Project Approval: Bringing Underprivileged Students Back to School, Who are at Risk of Dropping Out.

Total Project Cost $9,000.   Lakewood Rotary approved $3,000.  District match:$3,000. RC Kathmandu Heights will contribute $3,000.

1,000 Nepali children will be impacted by this project. The Nepali Rotarians will contact local schools, PTA's and local governments to identify the children at risk.  The Rotarians will meet with the families and discuss the importance of school attendance, advocating for the children to return to school.  School uniforms and books, book bags and supplies will be provided to the student.

RC Kathmandu Heights is comprised of experienced, energetic young Rotarians ages 35-45. We  partnered with this club last year for our multi-district, multi-club and multi-country project, providing 100,000 meals for the daily wage workers impacted by the Covid -19 shutdowns. 

Charter President of RC Kathmandu Heights, Samir Nepal, is our contact for this project.


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Lakewood Rotary Autumn Recipes

Sunday, October 17, 2021 By: John W. Magnuson
The LR Autumn Recipe Book… and Activity Guide


October 15, 2021

Killing two birds with one stone (that’s a figure of speech, not sporting advice) go to an apple squeeze. Many small communities support food banks with such efforts in addition to providing delicious beverages for the folks providing fruit. Attending the Whidbey Island Apple/Pear Squeeze in Coupeville yielded many gallons of sweet autumn nectar and new friendships. Steilacoom’s is cancelled this year but by reaching out to more rural communities you may find a gem.

President Jim Rooks, all nervous about the tenor of today’s meeting, opened the festivities and introduced Andrew Kruse and Charlene Miseli for the Pledge and Invocation in that order. Charlene was in Texas, but you’d never have known it. Furthermore, the invocation came from West Point on the Hudson River where her children attend the USMA. How’s that: from Lakewood to Texas to New York all in one doodad.

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On this Day in History

Sunday, October 10, 2021 By: Donn Irwin
District 5020 Governor Visit for 2021

The Lakewood Key

It all began with the ringing of the bell by President Jim at 12:31 PM.
Then it got different. Traditionally, the Club would honor the visiting District Governor (DG) from Canada with a rousing “O Canada” ……...not this time. Immediate Past DG (our very own Greg Horn) arranged for a wonderful ditty praising our northern neighbors’ wonderful traits. It was fun. It was humorous and it was taken in stride by our honored guest.

President Jim Rooks bypassed the pledge and went right to the invocation. Said words were delivered by Past President Scott Buser.

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Leadership in Crisis

Sunday, October 3, 2021 By: Gregory J. Rediske
Leading Through Crisis, by Greg Rediske


Today, October 1, 2021, is World Vegetarian Day. No one cares, I suspect. But what does matter is that tomorrow is the end of Oktoberfest in Munich. Now that is sad. More U.S. Presidents were born in October than any other month. But why is October the 10th month of the year, when it originates from the Latin “octo”, referring to the number 8? Well, we’re glad you asked. Once the Roman calendar moved into the Gregorian model, the year actually lengthened. Which brings us right to me, Gregory the bulletin writer. (The preceding volume of factual stuff was inspired by the incomparable Donn Irwin, who insists on educating Lakewood Rotarians whether they want to be smart or not. So there, Donn…..and also, get your ticker ticking properly again, please.)

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Comedy Hour?

Monday, September 27, 2021 By: Gayle Selden
Get Ready for the Comedy Show

The September 24th meeting of the Rotary Club of Lakewood was brought to order by President Jim Rooks. Jim was standing on a stage so we felt very official with the meeting set up until we learned there was a stage because it was set up for Comedy Night! So, the stage was set for hilarity. We started with a miss on the invocation by Chris Kimball as Chris missed the meeting but without missing a beat Dr. Rooks took up the mic. Walt Richardson attempted to lead the pledge but an assist by Peter Marsh was necessary to remember the start. Walt for future reference its “I pledge allegiance…”
Super Set up Crew Rob Erb, Tom George, Terry Roarke, Greg Rediske, James Osundwa and Leanna Christian got us in VIP set up (Virtual/ In Person). John Lowney was recording the fines; Gayle Selden was recording the happenings and Phil Eng was recording the photo memories. Steve Enquist was on the Foundation desk and Coach Gary Barton was working as Sergeant at Arms.
Say the name Phil Eng fast. Really fast. Apparently, I am the last to the party to hear it as “filling” as I did when he was announced on Friday.

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What is C-4?

Monday, September 20, 2021 By: Paula T. Olson
C4 – What Is It?
By Paula T. Olson and Mary Marlin

[Hint: It is not the explosive]

            Our fearless leader opened the meeting at the appointed time and Paula Olson said an appropriate invocation. President Rooks called on Gary Fulton to lead us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Pres. Rooks announced the set up group, including Rob Erb, Tom George, Greg Rediske, Terry Roarke and James Osundwa. Pres. Jim said we are in desperate need of set up help. These guys can’t keep doing it all week after week so, come on, people, call Rob Erb and find out how you can help. Mary Horn was going to collect fines until John Lowney showed up. Paula Olson and Mary Marlin are writing the bulletin with Joe Quinn as the editor. Blame him for any and all errors. Walt Richardson was official photographer and Chuck Hellar was at the front desk,  with Carol Wier collecting $2.00 for every raffle ticket.  Kendra Riconosciuto womaned the Foundation desk.

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C4-What is It?

Sunday, September 19, 2021 By: Paula T. Olson
C4 – What Is It?
By Paula T. Olson and Mary Marlin

[Hint: It is not the explosive]

            Our fearless leader opened the meeting at the appointed time and Paula Olson said an appropriate invocation. President Rooks called on Gary Fulton to lead us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Pres. Rooks announced the set up group, including Rob Erb, Tom George, Greg Rediske, Terry Roarke and James Osundwa. Pres. Jim said we are in desperate need of set up help. These guys can’t keep doing it all week after week so, come on, people, call Rob Erb and find out how you can help. Mary Horn was going to collect fines until John Lowney showed up. Paula Olson and Mary Marlin are writing the bulletin with Joe Quinn as the editor. Blame him for any and all errors. Walt Richardson was official photographer and Chuck Hellar was at the front desk,  with Carol Wier collecting $2.00 for every raffle ticket.  Kendra Riconosciuto womaned the Foundation desk.

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Airplanes and Flying are Cool!

Sunday, September 12, 2021 By: Paula T. Olson
Airplanes and Flying are Cool!

President Jim timely rang the bell and opened the meeting on Friday. Bob Hammar gave a very nice invocation and Prez Jim led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. President Jim then made an announcement: “For 40 years I’ve been chained to a beeper or cell phone and I’m leading the revolt! Turn off your cell phones. You can spend one hour without checking or answering your phones.” (Or something like that.) Anyway, then he said this: “Lawyers always do!” (meaning that lawyers don’t answer their phones. That is so wrong, Mr. President Sir, with all due respect). But what our President is trying to say is, silence your phones during meetings. Please.


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New Sheriff in Town

Sunday, September 5, 2021 By: Joseph F. Quinn
New Sheriff in Town! 
THE LAKEWOOD KEY for September 3, 2021
President Jim Rooks is settling into his role as the new sheriff in town, as he ably led our second “hybrid” meeting at Tacoma Country and Golf Club, with numerous members and guests participating remotely in the simultaneous Zoom meeting.  There were even participants in Nairobi!

Above:  The New Sheriff

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Back in the Saddle

Friday, August 27, 2021 By: Gregory J. Rediske

THE LAKEWOOD KEY for August 27, 2021

Rockin' to and fro
Back in the saddle again

Yes, just like Gene Autrey sang, we’re back in the saddle again. The last time we met as a group for a regular meeting at the Country Club was March 13, 2020. President-elect Mark Edgecomb ran the meeting in President Bill Potter’s absence. It was to be the only meeting Mark would preside over in person. Bulletin writer Irwin-with-lots-of-Ds wrote: “The question of moving forward with our meetings or not is being considered by the Board – not only if we should but where we could meet. PE Mark asked for thoughts from the members. Rick Selden asked Larry Clark to give us an update on what is going on at Clover Park Vocational. Larry reported that all face to face instruction will cease on Tuesday and that the school is setting up a day care center in the Rotunda. Steve Mazoff suggested using the time we would spend at a Rotary meeting be used to help serve the community. Gayle Selden encouraged us to check our emails for opportunities to help and Donna Phillips reminded us to follow health protocols. PE Edgecomb announced a Sportsman’s Dinner committee meeting is to take place right after our meeting and that we are welcome to attend and give our opinion on the matter.”

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A Riddle or a Puzzle

Sunday, August 22, 2021 By: John W. Magnuson
A Riddle or a Puzzle by John Magnuson

THE LAKEWOOD KEY for August 20, 2021

For example: Which is this?  Why can’t we take a picture of a man with a wooden leg?

How about this?   The day before two days after the day before tomorrow is Saturday. What day is it today?
Can you honestly answer this and which is it – riddle or puzzle? The Washington State Legislature passed bills that “hamstring First Responders” to do their jobs.  Why? Truly a riveting presentation at the meeting by Chief Mike Zaro of Lakewood Police Department and Chief Jim Sharp, 36 years of service as a fire-fighter and 8 years as West Pierce Fire District Chief. The task of a Rotary program committee has always been to inform, educate and entertain. This presentation checked two of those boxes thoroughly.

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Ivan Goes Ape

Monday, August 16, 2021 By: Donn Irwin
Ivan Goes Ape Over Meeting Notices or the Lakewood Meeting for Lucky Friday the 13th 2021. (Pick One)   By Donn Irwin of Lakewood Key Staff

Pre game chatter:
Puffin Tom George and his wife were lauded for the auction dinner they provided. Evidently the food was wonderful.
Greg Horn tooted his own……you guessed it…...horn about how busy he is building docks for local lakeside denizens. He even dropped the Trufant name in there.
A discussion was started regarding the number of meeting notices we received from President Jim. A discussion was started regarding the number of meeting notices we received. A discussion was started… get the picture. President Jim informed the current listeners that the topic would be addressed shortly during the “regular” meeting.
The “Game Farm” was discussed. Mr. Mark Blanchard stated that we are putting in park benches.
The number of meeting notices was brought up again by a later arrival to the chatter along with the mention of a fine.
It was noted some of our members were out playing golf at McChord golf course (aka Whispering Firs) for a charitable event. Oh, the sacrifices we have to make! I won’t mention any names but did notice that Mr. Erb was absent.

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Uff Da!

Saturday, August 7, 2021 By: Gregory J. Rediske
Uff da!

THE LAKEWOOD KEY for August 6, 2021 by Greg Rediske

The old man was sitting on the examining table in Dr. Rooks’ office, having his hearing checked. Jim poked his light scope in the old man’s ear and said, “Hey, you have a suppository in your ear!” “Rats,” said the old man. “Now I know where my hearing aid went.”

It's always fun to have a new president to pester with puns and jokes. Sadly, the bank of Ear, Nose, Throat jokes is quite emaciated. As you can tell. But we will carry on nonetheless because your bulletin writing committee will not be deterred. But we do wish Jim was a lawyer….

Two years ago, Dr. Rooks told me I was going deaf. I haven’t heard from him since.

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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.)