MEETING RECAP 

Writing the Wrongs

Sunday, October 2, 2022 By: Eric T Quinn
“Writing the Wrongs”
Aloha Friday began with the customary “Aloha” from President Whalen.
Because our presenter today is an excellent author, we decided to share some quotes from some of the greatest authors.
"We are cups, constantly and quietly being filled. The trick is knowing how to tip ourselves over and let the beautiful stuff out." —Ray Bradbury
Andrew Kruse gave us the thought for the day, and reminded us that we are lucky to be here today. AK is really thankful for Rotarians “not putting Band Aids on things” and looking out for the long-term good of the community.
Clint Johnson led us in the Pledge
Jason Whalen welcomed the “Zoomies”
Making our meeting happen: Rob Erb, James Osundwa, Terry Roarke and the rest of the setup committee. Walt Richardson took pictures. Chuck Hellar worked the $2 table. James Guerrero supervised the Foundation Table. John Lowney was our Sergeant at Arms. Eric Quinn wrote the bulletin. ???????

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And Now It's Fall

Sunday, September 25, 2022 By: Mary Marlin
THE LAKEWOOD KEY

And Then It was Fall.

 First it was summer. And then it was fall!  Bring on the colors, the cool breeze, the vibrant sunsets and the Friday Rotary meetings. And so it was on Friday,  September 23rd! President Jason Whalen and his conch shell announced the meeting and all members and guests stood up in respect and appreciation. Bob Hammar opened with a thoughtful prayer and Leon Titus led us with the Pledge of Allegiance.  Thoughtful thank-yous from the Pres. were given to the set-up team of Tom George, James Osundwa and Rob Erb. Bud Montgomery was accepting Foundation contributions and Leon Titus was given a standing ovation for being missed for so long and for encouraging members to buy raffle tickets.  Fine payments were registered by John Lowney with Greg Rediske maybe encouraging them? Photos were being taken by Phil Eng and Yours Truly had pen in hand for the Bulletin. 
 

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A Land of Ice

Sunday, September 18, 2022 By: Paula T. Olson
Lessons from the Land of Ice

THE LAKEWOOD KEY

            There was a warm breeze that swept through the Tacoma Country and Golf Club dining room at 12:21 pm, nine minutes before the Lakewood Rotary weekly meeting. What was it? Kinda had a fruity, Hawaiian scent to it. It was our President!  Nine minutes early! All those participating in the “How many minutes before the meeting will Jason show up” lottery got blown out of the water.
            Our fearless leader started the meeting on time, as usual blowing his horn or shell or whatever you call that thing he blows. Clint Johnson gave an Autumn invocation and Gary Fulton led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Meeting set up involved those dedicated Rotarians, including James Osundwa, Tom George, and Rob Erb. The bulletin writer is yours truly, Paula Olson; manning the $2.00 table was Mark Edgecomb, a PP, and Chuck Hellar was at the Foundation desk. Phil Eng did duty as the photographer.
 

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Trip to Another Planet

Saturday, September 10, 2022 By: Wendy Jo McGowan


Trip to another planet.

THE LAKEWOOD KEY

A-lo-HA! President Whalen (devoid of any Hawaiian garb, but decked out in his lawyerly finest) welcomed us to the weekly gathering of Lakewood Rotarians. He then called upon Bob Peterson to give the invocation. Eloquent as always, Bob expressed his thoughts and feelings, noting the passing of Queen Elizabeth II and honored her for her lifetime of service to countries around the world. Referencing the upcoming 9/11 remembrance, President Jason then led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.
 

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Punishing Puns!

Saturday, September 3, 2022 By: Gregory J. Rediske
Punishing Puns!

THE LAKEWOOD KEY


A physician, an engineer, and a lawyer were discussing which of their respective professions was the oldest.
The physician said: “Remember that, on the sixth day, God took a rib from Adam and fashioned Eve, making Him/Her the first surgeon. Therefore, medicine is the oldest profession.”
The engineer replied: “But, before that, God created the heavens and earth from chaos and confusion, and thus Her/Him was the first engineer. Therefore, engineering is older than medicine.”
Then, the lawyer spoke up: “Yes, but who do you think created all of the chaos and confusion?”
 

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A Terrible Parable

Monday, August 29, 2022 By: John W. Magnuson
A Terrible Parable

 Regarding The Four-Way Test

The Lakewood Key

Did you ever make the mistake of writing a letter of complaint to a business before your temper has cooled down? Boy, I have. In your heart and your brain you know you need to be polite and reasonable in order to get results – read that as convincing a total stranger to see things your way. Then have you ever had to write  - oh, say – The Rotary Club of Lakewood Bulletin while you are still in a foul frame of mind? Boy, I have. Two things at play here: 1. Settle down, take a breath, go to your calming place and be patient and polite to the person in the complaint department before you give them “the business.” Then: 2. When it comes to writing the Lakewood Rotary Bulletin be just as nice as can be.  Fellow Rotarians don’t identify with your problem at the business in question. Write with a smile on that pretty face of yours!
 

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DG Team Visit

Sunday, August 21, 2022 By: Joseph F. Quinn
DG Team Visit

THE LAKEWOOD KEY


Jason blew on the conch shell and called for a hearty “Aloha” on Friday, August 19, 2022.  Eric Warn did a very good impromptu job on the Invocation and someone led us in the Pledge but the inexperienced scribe missed it, because President Jason Whalen (PJW) called on him unexpectedly to lead us in the beautiful singing of O Canada.  District Governor Dale Roberts diplomatically hid behind his napkin so we could not see him laughing heartily at us butchering his national anthem!  (Actually, I made that up, as I was too busy singing off key to watch Dale at the same time.) 
 

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Supreme Court and Racism

Tuesday, August 16, 2022 By: Joseph F. Quinn
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Is This Hawaii?

Sunday, August 14, 2022 By: Mary Marlin
Are we in Hawaii?

THE LAKEWOOD KEY

 Who knew we weren't in Hawaii???  Our energetic President, Jason Whalen, retrieved his conch shell and a rousing OOOOOO startled the members and brought them to their feet.  (So sorry there was not sand to play in!)  Jason then looked for Andrew Kruse to give the invocation, but, alas, he was not there so our esteemed Pres. challenged the audience to Make it Great on this Aloha day.  He reminded us, too, that next week would be an Aloha Friday with our distinguished District Governor present and that wearing Hawaiian gear would honor his presence.  The Pledge was then recited and the meeting was called to order. A  thank you was given to the Set-up crew of Tom George, Rob Erb, Wynn Hoffman, James Osundwa, Gary Fulton and Rick Selden.  Greg Rediske recorded the fines. Bud Montgomery helped at the Foundation table. Greg Horn wished us luck with the raffle tickets. Phil Eng was busy taking pictures and Mary Marlin was attempting to catch the exciting moments of the meeting.
 

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Rotary Golf Update

Thursday, August 11, 2022 By: Joseph F. Quinn
MEMO RE:  Rotary golf at Oakbrook September 1, 2022
TO: All members
FROM:  JFQ
DATE:  August 11, 2022
Update:   Tee times have been reserved as follows:  12:27, 12:36, 12:45, and 12:54
Also: Four women want to play nine holes starting about 3:30 p.m
“Registered Players” so far:  Rick Selden, Greg Rediske, Troy Wilcox, Joe Quinn
Mark Edgecomb, Bill Potter, Lowell Johnson and Rondi Johnson
Carl Bronkema, Veronica Bronkema, Rob Erb, and Chuck Hellar
Nine-Holers:   Sharon Selden, Kris Quinn, Rachel Mazoff and Sue Hellar
16 golfers so far, so we have room for another foursome at 12:54
PAYMENT:   Dinner:  With tax and gratuity, the great dinner at Adriatic Grill is $40 per person:  Two entrees, salad and bread (menu includes Chicken Parmigiana and Salmon Penne).  Pay Joe Quinn directly so I can give one check to Adriatic.  Dinner at 5:30 p.m. and non-golfers are very welcome.  Time to pay!!
Golf: Pay directly at pro shop.   $52 for 18 holes and $17 for a cart, plus tax.
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The Rule of Law

Sunday, August 7, 2022 By: Donn Irwin
The Rule of Law
Lakewood Rotary Key for August 5th, 2022
It all began at 12:30 p.m., with the blowing of the conch shell by our esteemed President what’s his name……Jason Whalen (PJW). It is noted that PJW was NOT wearing an aloha shirt on this particular Aloha Friday but rather was clad in slacks, a dress shirt, tie and sport coat. The excuse was that he had some lawyerly business to attend to in court. This writer suspects his attire had more to do with our speaker today…..you be the JUDGE.

The support staff:
Paula Olson on invocation. Featured guest Ralph Lockhart toasted the flag and led us in the Pledge. Rob Erb, Tom George, James Osundwa, Wynn Hoffman and Rick Selden set us up for both the in-person and the Zoom portions of the meeting (forgive me if I missed anyone – it’s a big crew!). John Lowney recorded the money stuff. Donnnnnn Irwin wrote the stuff down and tried to report all of it. Walt Richardson was the “Man with the Camera” (taking over Charles Bronson’s role). Jan Gee was at the $2.00 station and Steve Enquist took our Foundation donations, which amounted to $317.00. (There was no official Sergeant at Arms so this writer is naming Jan Gee for that post during this meeting).

 

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Keeping it Potable

Sunday, July 31, 2022 By: Eric T Quinn
Keeping it Potable

THE LAKEWOOD KEY

President Jason Whalen (“Aloha Man” or “AM” for short) rang the meeting to order at 12:30 PM. AM had just gotten out of court but was able to transition quickly to his Hawaiian shirt. Tom George provided our Rotary Moment, which was briefly interrupted by Carole Wier having no sound on Zoom. Tom reminded us to follow the Four Way Test and to consider how small we are in this infinite universe. The Pledge was led by Joe Quinn.
Herein and bolded are seven quotes that indicate why “water is life” according to the Canadian Federation:

“If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water.” — Loren Eiseley
 

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Pearls of Wisdom

Sunday, July 24, 2022 By: Gregory J. Rediske
Pearls of Wisdom

THE LAKEWOOD KEY

There are three purposes to journalism: “To serve as a watchdog over those in power. To convey a sense of wisdom or context to current events. To set the tone for public discourse.” Let us assume for the moment that this Lakewood Rotary bulletin serves the purposes of journalism. Admittedly, this is open to debate…..but assuming we have aspirations of good journalism, it behooves this week’s writer to point out a critical flaw of one in power while conveying wisdom upon our readers, which may of course set the tone for future discussion, aka discourse. Our fresh new President, recently installed and brimming with enthusiasm along with a talent for conk shell blowing, has taken to starting the meetings with a loud “Aloha!”. While not entirely incorrect, neither is this completely correct. Between 6 am and 10 am, the greeting should be “Aloha Kakahiaka”; between 10 and 2, “Aloha Awakea”; between 2 and 6, “Aloha Auinala”; and 6-10 pm, “Aloha Ahiahi.” So technically, President Jason should be greeting us with “Aloha Awakea”. Journalism at its finest. You’re welcome.
 

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Groan!

Sunday, July 17, 2022 By: Wendy Jo McGowan


Above:  Non-Rotarian of the Year, Martin Olmos,  “borrowed” from West Pierce Fire & Rescue Facebook Page, with President Jason and Fire Chief Jim Sharp

Get Ready to GROAN!

by Wendy McGowan

THE LAKEWOOD KEY
 

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Wonderful Wildlife Area

Sunday, July 10, 2022 By: Paula T. Olson
The Wonderful Wildlife Center

THE LAKEWOOD KEY

Paula T. Olson

            Our new President Jason Whalen timely blew us away opening his second meeting of his tenure. Yep, Aloha Boy likes to blow his shell. Bob Peterson gave a nice invocation and Ed Shannon led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Meeting set up crew included Rick Selden, Tom George, and Rob Erb. Mary Marlin took money for the Foundation, Mark Edgecomb was the Sergeant at Arms and $2 table, John Lowney collected fine money, Gayle Selden womaned the computer, and yours truly took notes for the bulletin. We can’t forget Walt Richardson for taking pictures, this time using a real camera like the old days.

 

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In Depends Day

Sunday, July 3, 2022 By: John W. Magnuson
In Depends Day

THE LAKEWOOD KEY

Our Annual In Depends Holiday Meeting

July 1, 2022

Rotarians, all festive -- red white and blue-- in Depends, The Rotary Club of Lakewood membership set ablaze legal fireworks to celebrate the start of a joyful holiday weekend. Celebrants – obviously well-lubricated for the event – cavorted. Given the strictures of Tacoma Country and Golf Club, a modicum of decorum was urged but the decorum was by no means a hum-drum modicum in the Forum.  In short, it was epic sh**! We’ll get back to the bacchanal in a moment but first: evidence of a Cabal?
 

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A Night of Aloha

Sunday, June 26, 2022 By: Paula T. Olson
A Night of Aloha

Paula T. Olson

THE LAKEWOOD KEY

           
            If anyone were to venture into the Tacoma Country and Golf Club banquet room Saturday evening, they would believe that they had been magically transported to a resort in Hawaii. Thanks to Jan Gee and her team, the room was transformed with straw umbrellas, tiki gods, leis, and table centerpieces of candles and shells. Guests were dressed in their finest Hawaiian garb. It was the Installation Dinner for Lakewood Rotary and a wonderful night.

 

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The Father-Son Bond

Saturday, June 18, 2022 By: Eric T Quinn
The Father-Son Bond
Or “The Bond of a Father and Son and the Father’s bond with Bond”

The meeting of June 17, 2022 was rung to order by a recent winner of the Sound-to-Narrows race in his age group: President Jim Rooks. This was Jim’s last meeting as president, and he has been a great leader for Lakewood Rotary. Thank you, Jim.

Have you heard the term—Juneuary?  Well the weather feels more to me like fall than the beginning of summer so I used my favorite Masthead with a Message.  The various mastheads with a message that we often use in The Lakewood Key were all (I believe) created for us by Leanna Christian.  More about her below.  If someone else has those skills and the right software let me know. We need more of those to use in the rotation. The Editor.
 

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Planningpalooza!

Monday, June 13, 2022 By: Paula T. Olson
 Planningpalooza!

THE LAKEWOOD KEY

            President Jim started the meeting a whopping five (5) minutes early because he said it was a special meeting in a couple of ways. First, Pres Jim was turning the gavel over to President-Elect and His Honor the Mayor of Lakewood and second because we would be chatting with each other to give input on a strategic plan. A murmur of excitement pulsed through the room. Pres. Jim then called on Bob Hammar to start the meeting with an invocation. Bob Martin led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. And then the gavel was officially passed to PE Jason.
 

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June is Here!

Saturday, June 4, 2022 By: Mary Marlin
June has arrived.

THE LAKEWOOD KEY


     And June has arrived!  Did you know that June 21st or 22nd will be the longest day of the year?  And you thought that 2021 was the longest year ever!  Well, we're halfway through 2022 so bring on the fun! Jim Rooks, our esteemed president, gonged (is that a word?) the meeting to order and welcomed all members and guests to our lovely, harmonious and food-filled meeting place.  He then requested that Jan Gee give our invocation which she thoughtfully did. Carl Bronkema led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.  Kudos were given to Rob Erb and his amazing assistants Tom George, Kendra Riconosciuto, Terry Roarke and Bob Martin. Greg Rediske took note of fines. Greg Horn and Chuck Hellar were at the raffle table. Bud Montgomery accepted Foundation offers and Yours Truly attempted to keep track of the meeting as the Bulletin will be read soon by all....maybe.  Walt Richardson was diligent getting pictures too.
 

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More Bull?

Saturday, May 28, 2022 By: Wendy Jo McGowan
More bull?

The Lakewood Key

by Wendy McGowan (please read this to the very end)

Following in the footsteps of the esteemed Bull Writer, John W. Magnuson, I’ll endeavor to “give you just the facts, ma’am (or man)” along with a dribble (or did she mean drivel?)  or two of entertainment. In last week’s bulletin John W. enlightened us with his apocalyptic (I checked with Roget…for certain, that is a real word. Even Webster agreed!) Mt. St. Helens eruption tale. I’m still not clear what that day-in-history had to do with the May 20th (seeing that Mt. St. Helens blew its top on May 18) Lakewood Rotary meeting, but Ole did provide an ‘explosive’ history lesson. We didn’t expect anything less.

Knock! Knock! Who’s there? Philip. Phllip who? Philip your water bottle before your long hike up Mt. St. Helens.
 

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Where Were You?

Saturday, May 21, 2022 By: John W. Magnuson
Where were you?

The Lakewood Key

Where were you on Sunday May 18, 1980?

Our family was in Richland attending a professional association meeting. It was the final day and a grand breakfast buffet was planned. A friend and I decided to go for a run along the Columbia River. We no sooner left the parking lot, when the sun was blotted out by dark grey upside-down clouds. “Certainly, this is the apocalypse,” said my Roman Catholic friend who knows about such things. Not that we Methodists don’t know, but we – Methodists – don’t believe for one minute apocalyptic events begin in eastern Washington; California, more likely and Hollywood for sure!

 

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Graduation Celebration

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

THE LAKEWOOD KEY

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

THE LAKEWOOD KEY 

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

THE LAKEWOOD KEY
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

THE LAKEWOOD KEY

 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
A LAKEWOOD KEY extra edition regarding DISTRICT CONFERENCE

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 LAKEWOOD KEY

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

THE LAKEWOOD KEY

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

THE LAKEWOOD KEY

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

THE LAKEWOOD KEY


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

THE LAKEWOOD KEY


            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.

THE LAKEWOOD KEY

 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!

THE LAKEWOOD KEY