Money Emperor's Report

Posted by Paula Olson on Aug 07, 2020
The State of the Most Magnificent Rotary Club
 
 
                After unmuting himself, President Mark Edgecomb, fondly known to this scribe as President “M.E.” (Money Emperor because he’s a CPA, you know) opened the meeting with a solemn vow that he would conduct the meeting according to his notes, not extemporaneously like last time. Pres ME gave a gracious welcome to all LRC members, visiting Rotarians and guests.
Money Emperor's Report Paula Olson 2020-08-07 07:00:00Z 0

The Altruistic Brain

Posted by Eric Quinn
Lakewood Altruists
Meeting called to order at 12:30 p.m. right on time.
President Mark welcomed us to another “hugely exciting” meeting. He gave special thanks to Leanna Christian for hosting the Zoom meeting. John Lowney served as Sergeant at Arms.
The Altruistic Brain Eric Quinn 2020-07-31 07:00:00Z 0

Diversity at the Edge

Posted by Joe Quinn on Jul 24, 2020
Today at Lakewood Rotary our theme was diversity.
 
President Mark Edge (comb) called us to order after a pre-meeting Zoom meeting that started at 11:30 a.m.  We missed it this week, but if you want some fellowship in this time of Covid-19 and you want a behind-the-scenes look at what Lakewood Rotarians are up to, just tune in early.  The Zoom pre-meeting kicks off as early as 11:30 a.m.
Diversity at the Edge Joe Quinn 2020-07-24 07:00:00Z 0

New Members Galore!

Posted by Joe Quinn on Jul 17, 2020
Our new President Mark Edgecomb called us to order after a pre-meeting Zoom meeting that included at least a dozen Rotarians.  If you want some fellowship in this time of Covid-19 and you want a behind the scenes look at what Lakewood Rotarians are thinking, just tune in early.  I think the Zoom pre-meeting kicks off as early as 11:30 a.m.
New Members Galore! Joe Quinn 2020-07-17 07:00:00Z 0

Ed jeh Comb?

Posted by John Magnuson
The Rotary Club of Lakewood
July 10, 2020
 
Ed-jeh-comb and pulling your leg * with idiomacy
 
It is a New Year for Rotarians in Lakewood. We welcome President Edgecomb to the podium for the next 50 weeks or so.
Ed jeh Comb? John Magnuson 2020-07-10 07:00:00Z 0

Out with the Old

Posted by Greg Rediske
Out with the old, in with the new. Again.
 
President #64 in Lakewood’s long and storied history reached his Waterloo on Friday, June 26, 2020.
Out with the Old Greg Rediske 2020-06-26 07:00:00Z 0

Potter's Last Stand

Posted by Gayle Selden on Jun 19, 2020
        The June 19th meeting of the Rotary Club of Lakewood was called to order by Bill Potter after his second to the last walk up song of his Presidential year. His song was Earth, Wind and Fire’s “Do you remember?”
Potter's Last Stand Gayle Selden 2020-06-19 07:00:00Z 0

Potter's Last Stand

Posted on Jun 19, 2020
The June 19th meeting of the Rotary Club of Lakewood was called to order by Bill Potter after his second to the last walk up song of his Presidential year. His song was Earth, Wind and Fire’s “Do you remember?” President Potter picked the song because he sent out an email cancelling the July 5th meeting when he actually meant to cancel the July 3rd meeting.
Potter's Last Stand Gayle Selden 2020-06-19 07:00:00Z 0

Formal Friday

Posted by Paula Olson
Formal Friday by Paula Olson
 
 
                President Bill Potter zoomed before us dressed in his finest tuxedo, playing that catchy tune, “Where, oh Where are You Tonight?” PB got a professional haircut and clean underwear, all to kick off our very first online Auction. Great job, Mr. Prez, highlighting our auction!
Formal Friday Paula Olson 2020-06-12 07:00:00Z 0

Formal Friday

Posted by Paula Olson on Jun 12, 2020
President Bill Potter zoomed before us dressed in his finest tuxedo, playing that catchy tune, “Where, oh Where are You Tonight?” PB got a professional haircut and clean underwear, all to kick off our very first online Auction. Great job, Mr. Prez, highlighting our auction!
Formal Friday Paula Olson 2020-06-12 07:00:00Z 0

50 Seconds

Posted by Eric Quinn
Think for a moment about why you joined Rotary. Think about that for 50 seconds. Now think about the Rotarian you are today. Think about that for 50 seconds.
50 Seconds Eric Quinn 2020-06-05 07:00:00Z 0

Rose for a May Day

Posted by Joe Quinn
President Bill Potter was busy driving his daughter back from college in North Carolina, so Past President Rose Stevens was standing in  (or sitting in, it was hard to tell on Zoom) for Bill on this Rotary Friday.
Rose for a May Day Joe Quinn 2020-05-29 07:00:00Z 0
Joe's Voyage Joe Quinn 2020-05-29 07:00:00Z 0

Always Remember

Posted by Greg Rediske
Leon Titus. Who knew?!?  Born on April 8, 1956, he was the first current Lakewood Rotarian to be born after the club had their first regular meeting on March 16, 1956. $4 Million dollars in donations later, we are still handy, as the song says:
 
  • I could be handy, mending a fuse
    When your lights have gone
    You can knit a sweater by the fireside
    Sunday mornings go for a ride
    Doing the garden, digging the weeds
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Always Remember Greg Rediske 2020-05-22 07:00:00Z 0

Virtual Conferences, Pandemic Travelcade and Free Tomato Starts

       It all began with a Rainbow…..song. A little ditty called “A Light in the Black” by a group called Rainbow. President Bill opened the meeting with a welcome to everyone and then asked Bob Peterson to give us a “thought for the day”. By the way, it appears that Mr. Peterson may be leading a double life as his screen name is Robyn…just sayin’.
Jim Bisceglia led us in the pledge.
Virtual Conferences, Pandemic Travelcade and Free Tomato Starts Donn Irwin 2020-05-20 07:00:00Z 0

Bumblebees, Potter, Buffalo, and A Dane

Posted by Greg Rediske on May 08, 2020
It was 12:32 on Friday, May 8, 2020 (I just realized I don’t really need to confirm the date: doing too many board meeting minutes lately), when the esteemed and presidential William Potter I declared the meeting open with a snippet from “Flight of the Bumblebee”. Always topical, that Mr. Potter, reflecting on the recently recorded honeybees in his back yard. Interestingly (or maybe not that interesting), this song is only a snippet itself, taken from a Russian opera, “The Tale of Tsar Sultan”, obscure but for the Bumblebee part.
 
First orders of business:
Invocation: Chris Kimball
Pledge: Kim Prentice
Co-host: Leanna Christian
Financial know-how: John Lowney
Guests of Rotarians, some for longer periods of the meeting than others: Charlie Hancock (Nicole), Storey & Johanna Quinn (Eric), Lisa Korsmo, Joan Blanchard and one of her sons (Mark), Robyn Peterson (Bob), Joan Cook (Duncan), and Victor Bertelsen (our speaker for the day, with the long distance award, Denmark)
Rotarians guesting: Tom George, Sunset Rotary, formerly Fife Rotary, and according to Don Daniels, future Lakewood Rotarian!
 
Sunshine: Mary Moss reached for hair rinse and grabbed dye. A dye she was allergic to, it turns out, causing issues from which she is recovering (and present at the meeting, sans video). And Sharon Selden is on the road to becoming a bionic woman, thanks to shoulder surgery with Dr. Arroyo next Thursday (and following a trip and fall while under quarantine).
 
In the “Did You Know????” department: This writer dug deep for this part of the story, soliciting the input of our club secretary at a great investment of time and grief, to discover that over the last seven weeks of Zooming, our attendance average is 48.42. The previous seven weeks at the Country Club averaged 48.42. Very similar, I have concluded.
 
Needed: Kendra and Leanna are looking for pictures/videos from past club projects (Pavilion, playground, Springbrook, IB, etc.) Please contact them, or me if you have anything you think might be of use for the online auction festivities. gnsrediske@msn.com
 
And just so you are rewarded for indulging the bulletin writer’s attempt at reporting:
He used to work in a blanket factory, but it folded.
A chicken crossing the road is poultry in motion.
If you don't pay your exorcist, you get repossessed.
Once you've seen one shopping center, you’ve seen the mall.
 
Announcements:
--The support of El Toro on Cinco de Mayo was a success, with some wait time included.
--St. Clare hand lotion delivery: A success! Thanks to Jan Gee for obtaining the lotion and energy bars for the night staff there. Poor Mo Sarram got in trouble from Fereshteh, however, for violating his quarantine by attending. Also helping (partial list): Mark Edgecomb, Andrew Kruse, Bill Potter.
--The Paul Harris Committee led by Steve Enquist is hard at work, just finishing up voting for the Russ Klauser Rotarian of the Year selection, and the Bernie Ootkin Non-Rotarian of the year selection. Thanks again to Greg Ootkin and family for their annual donation for the Paul Harris Award. Voting should be complete by Monday night.
--By anonymous suggestion, President Bill will be supplanting our teacher/student of the month awards with some sort of recognition for local community heroes during this health crisis. More to follow.
--District Conference, the one in which our very own Greg Horn is to be sworn in (hopefully not at) as District Governor 2020-21 for 5020, has attracted more than 800 registrants for the Zoom training sessions. A normal district conference attracts 500 routinely. Great work, Greg & Mary! Mary also teased that there is a big secret reveal to occur during the concluding cocktail hour at 5 p.m. on the 16th.
--Mary Horn reported that our “adopted” family (Terry & Jessica and four children) had their car die. $1500 was raised to help replace it (thank you, Rotarians!), and a Puyallup car dealer lowered his price on a mini-van from $2700  to $1500 and voila! They have a car. Call Mary if you wish to be a client of their lawn mowing business.
--Rotary International Convention: will be held virtually. More to follow.
--Our District 5020 needs volunteers to be treasurer and webmaster for the Youth Exchange Program. On the same general subject, Eric Quinn noted that this year’s program will be only be a one semester exchange (January forward) if it happens at all (June decision).
--Sportsman’s Dinner & Auction: No longer a dinner, but the auction will go on, virtually, on June 14 or June 14-15, TBD. The mustachioed Eric Quinn said that Kendra and Wynn are working on the technical aspects, and a meeting of the committee followed this one for more decision making.
--John Lowney has made some very cool I-Pad stands to use for Zoom, Facetime, etc. Make a donation to Rotary, contact John (Johnlowney1@hotmail.com), and you can get one.
--The Courage is postponed for the year, per Phil Eng. Phil seemed unimpressed with our hot weather here (as it has been routinely over 100 in Indio for some time), but still volunteered $100, because his Visa bill is so low.
--Barb Spriggs was gifted BOYS IN THE BOAT for Mother’s Day and will donate the cost of the book to the fine budget. She is thrilled with the book so far, and thanked John Magnuson for the review.
Bumblebees, Potter, Buffalo, and A Dane Greg Rediske 2020-05-08 07:00:00Z 0

Zoomin' Worldwide

The May 1st Rotary meeting was brought to order after President Potter got our attention with REM’s “It’s the End of the World as We Know it” Here is a link to listen to an acoustic version on the You Tube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QdtSPhMsl9Y. Since Lakewood Rotarians are becoming so tech savvy, watching a you tube video is now an elementary task! A silver lining to the pandemic.
President Potter highlighted another silver lining of the pandemic: no crazy rioting and destruction for May Day. Although there might’ve have been home rioting after the Governor’s announcement after the Rotary meeting.
 
Jan Gee lead us in our thought for the day and moment of silence. The flag salute was led by someone. And President Potter reminded us all to stand. The things we forget when meeting from home. President Potter then thanked Leanna Christian for being the set up and Zoom expert for us all. Muting us when we eat cookies or type on a keyboard and disturb the meeting.
 
Visiting Rotarians included Monica Cordell from Federal Way (formally Lakewood too) and John Magnuson (Edmonds-also an Honorary Lakewood Rotarian for Life). This is what is so great about Zoom is Rotarians can join us from all over the world. Phil Eng was there from Indio, Ca. Charles Heberle joined in from Tucson, Az. Mark Blanchard from some beach somewhere. And Larry Clark joined all of us from the Death Star. I do hope Larry had evacuated before it blew up. Guests included Cristina Coereo Borga from Barge, Italy and Tracey Johnston from Oakbrook, Washington.
 
For Sunshine. Steve Mazoff shared he lost a cousin, that very morning, to Covid-19. His cousin lived in New York and was just slightly older than Steve himself. Steve reminded us that this Virus is something to be taken very seriously, it is very real and a loss just hit very close to home for all of us. Please hold the Mazoff family in comfort.
 
Bill showed off his new Covid home haircut and he challenged us to show off the same. Mark Edgecomb gave thanks to Sally Smith and Gayle Selden for making sure our idea to send a meal to the night shift medical workers happened. The meals were delivered 10pm on April 25th. As a reminder this was the date of our could’ve been 50th Annual Sportsman’s Dinner and Auction and the actual 64th Anniversary of the Rotary Club of Lakewood. Leanna Christian, Joe and Kris Quinn, Sally Smith, Bill Potter, Mark Edgecomb and the excellent sign maker Gayle Selden were in attendance when the meals were handed off (pictured below). Check out the Sub Times Article Here: https://thesubtimes.com/2020/04/27/rotary-club-of-lakewood-delivers-meals-to-st-clare/
 
 

 
Leanna Christian and other members have been working on #RotaryTakeoutTuesday to help local restaurants by suggesting to order take out from them during this time. Last week was Carrs. . .this week will be something Mexican (cause it’s the 5th of May). If you have an idea let Leanna or Gayle know. (Moonrise will be done soon Steve!) And we look forward to doing a little takeout on Tuesdays!
 
Remember to get your Russ Klauser Rotarian of the Year nominations in and your Bernie Ootkin Non-Rotarian of the year in too. Send them to Steve Enquist (steven.t.enquist@gmail.com).
 
Don’t forget to sign up for DTZ (District Training via Zoom). https://www.rotary5020.org/page/district-training-via-zoom There are a multitude of classes to choose from and a cocktail party. DE Greg Horn challenges us to take at least one class that day. Better Rotarians make a better world.
 
Have you ever wanted to attend Rotary International Conference? Well, now you can cause its online and FREE. June 20-26 Rotary International is having its first Virtual Convention. The speakers in the General Session are fantastic. So, check it out https://www.riconvention.org/en sign ups and more info coming in May. Rotary International is doing a live telethon to support Covid 19 efforts. I looked online and found a link to donate directly to Disaster Relief since the telethon was completed on the 2nd.
 
John Lowney is looking for the second key to our PO Box. Due to staffing at Kelly’s checking our PO box is not happening regularly. Start using John Lowney’s address if you need to send something to Rotary for the time being.
 
Greg Horn, with Chris Kimball on drums, highlighted our Birthdays and Anniversaries. Celebrating a Birthday May 1st was Duncan Cook and Bill Price. Other May Birthdays included Bob Hammar, Julie White, Sally Smith, Bob Lordahl, Rob Erb, Charles Herberle III, John Caufield and John Warner. Partner Pam Lowney is also celebrating a Birthday in May.
 
Anniversaries included Dan and Leah Livingston (22 years) and Jim and Jennie Weinand (44 years). Rotary anniversaries included Gary Barton (1 year), Anne Enquist (2 years), Troy Wilcox (5 years), Clayton DeNault (8 years), Gayle Selden (13 years), Bill Allen (16 years), Bill Potter (16 years), Jay Mayer (20 years), Vaughn Hoffman (32 years), Ron Irwin (39 years). I wonder if Ron joined when he was 12? Sally Smith paid $66 for her Birthday and encouraged others to do the same. Bob Hammar and Duncan Cook gave $88 just like that. John Warner gave an even $100 for Covid Relief for his 92nd Birthday.
Zoomin' Worldwide Gayle Selden 2020-05-01 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary At Home

Posted by Paula Olson on Apr 24, 2020
As Lakewood Rotarians gathered around the computer for today’s meeting, we saw little insights into who they really were. Joe Quinn held his cat, son Eric Quinn held his son, our usually creative Chris Kimball was only present as “Chris the drummer”,  Dave Covey was on his side, Larry Clark had only his picture showing, and some people had beautiful beach backgrounds to make us all jealous.
           
President Bill started the music in his usual musical way but this time, he played himself – literally. Using body parts and available hard surfaces, he played the catchy tune “We Will Rock You” by Queen. Chaz Heberle led us in the Pledge of Allegiance for which many of us properly stood, Paula Olson said a nice invocation focusing on the pandemic, and Leanna Christian hosted the electronic meeting. We each did our own photography. There were no visiting Rotarians and there were two future Rotarian guests: Storey, son of Eric and Johanna Quinn and Charlie, daughter of Nicole and Bryan Hancock. There was no Sunshine report. But many announcements.
 
First and not necessarily a typical announcement but more of a voluntary fine, Gary Barton announced that he was putting in a garden and paid a $30 fine because of the family critique he was sure to get but also that his grapes were “kicking butt this spring.” I’ll leave you to imagine what that looks like. President Bill reminded Gary to use appropriate tools for the task. For example, he cautioned that Gary shouldn’t use pipe shear as a screwdriver. We all scratched our heads for a bit over that advice. Next, Jim Rook announced that the Community Concerns Committee had $6,000 left in its budget. Since they did not have any active applications, the committee recommended that the money be divided between Nourish and Caring for Kids, giving $3,000 to each group.  President Bill said he would get a report from Nourish on the use of the van we gave them last year. A motion was made to approve this expenditure, was seconded and all voted to approve. The board had previously approved use of this expenditure.
 
Sally Porter Smith reported on her work for the club’s latest project to help our community. Since the Sportsman’s Dinner and Auction had to be cancelled, she worked to celebrate the occasion by procuring and delivering 70 meals to the ED night shift at St. Clare’s Hospital at 10:00 pm. Some members would gather in the adjoining parking lot around 9:45 pm to thank the medical staff for their dedication. Mark Edgecomb was the contact person. Gayle Selden thanked Sally for her work to make this wonderful expression of our appreciation a reality. Leanna Christian will create labels for the meals that have our club name and our expression of gratitude.
Rotary At Home Paula Olson 2020-04-24 07:00:00Z 0

The Boys in the Boat Went Zoom!

Posted by Greg Rediske
 
Zoom used to be what a rocket did when it went fast. And it was a breakfast cereal. Now it is how we communicate in the age of the pandemic. President Bill Potter “zoomed” us on to a new meeting of the Rotary Club of Lakewood, beginning with the soothing sounds of “Oh Lord it’s hard to be humble” (Mac Davis?):"Oh Lord it's hard to be humble/When you're perfect in every way/I can't wait to look in the mirror/Cause I get better looking each day/To know me is to love me/ I must be a hell of a man/Oh Lord It's hard to be humble/ But I'm doing the best that I can".
 
Visiting Rotarians: Becky Fontaine, former head of the District’s youth exchange program and past president at #8, and currently Youth Protection Officer for the District, and consequently Joe Quinn’s boss (he’s our YPO). Guests: Judy Eng, Vicki Kimball (her birthday today! And she wanted to hear Ole’s talk), Charlie Hancock (Nicole’s daughter) and Alyson Kruse (Andrew’s daughter).
 
Clint Johnson did the invocation, while Jan Gee led us in the pledge to the flag. Thanks were delivered to John Lowney for taking everyone’s money: fines, Paul Harris, etc. It should be noted that we had a record number on Zoom: 50 members, plus guests. One who was not here was Dave Covey, who had his car broken into the night before.
 
Zoom is clearly the best thing that ever happened to meetings. For instance, here is a common Zoom meeting:
12:30-12:35     Waiting for host to start the meeting
12:35-12:45     Everyone says Hi
12:45-12:48     Someone discovers virtual backgrounds
12:48-12:53     Three people can’t figure out how to mute
12:53-12:54     One person says, “Wait, let me try headphones!”
12:54-1:03       Six people hold up their dogs and/or cats for all to admire
1:03-1:04         Minutes are approved
1:04-1:07         Agenda is reviewed
1:07-1:09         Everyone asks what happened to Bob, he was here a minute ago!
1:09-1:15         Discussion of when the next meeting will occur
1:15                 Meeting ends, when the 45 minute free Zoom allowance cuts it off.
 
Announcements:
--Jim Sharp said all the firefighters are COVID-19 free, and back at work. Business as (almost) usual.
--Nicole Hancock announced that the Lakewood Community Foundation Fund (which we co-founded and support with $2000/year) had an emergency board meeting to distribute grants in these perilous times. $7475 each was awarded to Caring for Kids, EFN, Nourish, and Greater Lakes Mental Health. It was felt that these four groups will hit the most urgent needs in our community the best.
--Steve Enquist said to call Lowney with Paul Harris donations, and some are. Look for the email asking for your nominations for Russ Klauser Rotarian of the Year and Bernie Ootkin Non-Rotarian of the Year.
--Greg Horn talked of the family that Rose Stevens “discovered” when trying to make a bike delivery in December of 2018. They were being evicted as she arrived. Since then, the Horns, Rose, Scott Buser, Sally Smith, John Warner, Donna Phillips, Mo Sarram and others have stepped up to help the family. The latest example was Lakewood Hardware attempting to fix a donated lawnmower, only to discover it would cost $250; they then responded with donating a brand new lawnmower that was slightly damaged in shipping. Thanks Lakewood Hardware! (a former winner of the Bernie Ootkin award). Sally Smith donated a weed-eater during the meeting today. Still need a printer and a “beater” truck.
--Gayle Selden is planning a Happy Hour for the night of the cancelled auction, April 25. Zoom your way in! More to follow.
 
A little history:
"I am enclosing two tickets to the first night of my new play. Bring a friend; if you have one."
George Bernard Shaw wrote to Winston Churchill.
"Cannot possibly attend first night, will attend second----if there is one,” said Winston Churchill, in response.
 
The Boys in the Boat Went Zoom! Greg Rediske 2020-04-17 07:00:00Z 0

Is This Groundhog Day? 

Posted by Joe Quinn on Apr 10, 2020
President Bill Potter walked in to our virtual Zoom meeting to the sounds of Johnny Cash singing, I think, “A Boy Named Sue”.   Must have been a preview of our program speaker, his wife and the director of Nourish, Sue Potter (see below). Morris Northcutt played the Star Spangled Banner on his trumpet and brought down the house.  Or many houses actually, as numerous Rotarians did applaud loudly.
 
Bob Hammar gave us our Thought for the Day on Good Friday.  It was a memorable, ecumenical message about Rotary’s openness to all religions and even the “no religion” folks.  He spoke of the bonds of Rotary and the group’s “thirst for knowledge”.  He wove in (subtly) the Four-Way Test and longed for a “Polio-free and virus free” world.  Nice invocation if I can still use that word.
 
We lost Bill for a moment there, when the host changed, but President-Elect Mark Edgecomb stepped right into that breach to thank the entire setup committee and called for Visiting Rotarians.  There were none online.  Mark asked for Guests and Kendra Riconosciuto said she had many there including Amelia, Sawyer and her Mom—Pat.  Sorry for any misspellings but this virtual meeting stuff is tuff for us septuagenarians. 
 
Bill Potter then came back from the ionosphere. He called for Visiting Rotarians and miraculously Sue Potter unmuted her mic and admitted that she is a Clover Park Rotarian. There was no Sunshine Report, which was good news. There are no known Lakewood Rotarians who have tested positive for the coronavirus, although some of us know people who have. 
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS:  Bill Potter mentioned that the Daffodil Dash, scheduled for May 23rd has not (yet) been cancelled.  He said St. Clare Hospital has a donation page online.  Food banks are much in demand and so of course Nourish could use your donations. Rose Stevens mentioned that the Port Orchard Club is sponsoring a grant program to help in Kenya, so check that out.
 
Committee Reports:  Eric Quinn updated those assembled on the status of Youth Exchange for the upcoming school year.  It has not been cancelled, although the short youth exchanges for the summer of 2020 are not being done this year.  Eric said our desperate need, as usual, is to enlist HOST FAMILIES!  Some students are already here in District 5020, he said, so time is a-wasting.  He said the fact that schools are closed is hampering the effort at getting potential host families through the school system contacts. We need to find out if Clover Park School District will accept an incoming student.
 
As for the Auction Committee, Eric said it is pretty certain that there will be no in-person auction this year.  The Committee is working hard, he said, on the idea of an online auction.  Kendra Riconosciuto is leading the research into an online auction. We know that Gig Harbor Rotary is in the final stages of holding one, so we are watching that process.  Although some sponsorship money has been refunded, the committee has reported that well over $20,000 has been collected and not requested to be refunded.
 
The Scholarship Committee then reported, with Sally Porter Smith, Barb Spriggs and then Andrew Neiditz all weighing in.  Notifications have already gone out to the students.  Andrew thanked the hard working committee members. The scores were exceptional and the committee was very impressed with the students this year.   There were 14 scholarship applicants and six (6) awardees.  The letters went out yesterday, Andrew said. 
 
As we all know, the Major Projects Committee and the whole club selected the Lakewood Playhouse to be the recipient of all “Raise the Paddle” donations at the Sportsman’s Dinner and Auction this year, but due to the coronavirus pandemic that idea is gone.  The needs of the community have changed, and so Lakewood Rotary must pivot to meet that challenge.
 
In the spirit of Rotary’s Vocational Service, as one of the avenues of service, Andrew Kruse mentioned a good idea he has.  If anyone wants to share some thoughts on their career with the youth that Andrew serves in his Youth for Christ role, he can help with that.  Student learning is a tough challenge now while schools are closed, Andrew said, but this is an opportunity to teach in a different way.  Just email Andrew about how you might help and he will magically do a Zoom link, record your input and then post the video (somewhere) for the kids to watch. Ah, the wonders of technology that I only begin to understand!  Andrew, if you want some thoughts about a career as a lawyer, I have some volunteer names for you:  Steve Mazoff, Nicole Hancock, or Eric Quinn. Oops, there I go thinking out loud again….none of them gave me permission to write that!  Let me know if you get desperate Andrew. Barb Spriggs volunteered to talk about a career in aviation, especially for women.  Barb wisely added that she could talk about other careers as well, as many people today tackle more than one in their lifetime.   She certainly has.
 
DEPOSITS: David Swindale offered up $59 for his birthday in that number of years. Or was it $5.90?  Shades of Dave Covey! Andrew Kruse offered up $20 for missing the meeting last week because he was doing volunteer work.  Rob Erb is not good at math so he offered up $50 for his 43rd wedding anniversary. Sally Porter Smith gave $50, I think. Remember that we can still donate or send money to Lakewood Rotary or the RI Foundation using the online form that Treasurer John Lowney created.  We all received a revised version by email.  John said he has been using snail mail a lot---the US Postal Service is still operating but is a bit slower of course.  John said there will be a board meeting next week via Zoom.
Is This Groundhog Day? Joe Quinn 2020-04-10 07:00:00Z 0

Welcome to the Coronavirus Meeting Era

Posted by Donn Irwin
It happened for the first time on Friday, March 27th 2020. Lakewood Rotarians “met” online through an application called Zoom. The phenomenon has come about due to the spread of a coronavirus (dubbed Covid-19) that has pretty much shut down the people of Planet Earth. As weird as this may seem to us, the problem, better known as a pandemic, is very real and therefore we have taken the necessary steps to avoid contact with each other in order to stop the bug's spread. See pictures below (posted to the Lakewood Rotary Facebook group by Gayle Selden). 
 
 
Our esteemed Mr. Everything, Greg R. tells me that up to 46 Rotarians signed on to our virtual meeting.  For those that did not attend, I will attempt to recount the event as best I can. Unfortunately for this writer, the event was captured digitally and therefore can be seen and heard again. And again. And again. Ergo, I can’t make stuff up like I normally do but I will try to do anyway. NOTE: This writer does not have a camera yet was able to see and hear what was happening. Oh well, here goes:
 
Pre meeting: As participants came on line you could hear the banter and the pleasantries exchanged amongst the members. A couple of quotes stand out in my mind. The first is attributed to President Bill (PB): “This is going to be epic”. The second to Mary Jo Strom Copland: “….I am reading a book about a virus coming through computers”. Perfect!
 
Meeting: President Bill started the meeting by muting us all while he played his walk up music which turned out to be something from Aladdin. He then officially opened the meeting. Scott Buser gave the invocation and John Warner led us in the pledge. Instead of thanking the set up crew, President Bill thanked everyone who participated in the meeting.
 
PB informed everyone that Donn Irwin was writing things down and that it would be possible to audit his work. (Thus the disclaimer above – DI). Greg Rediske took attendance. Walt Richardson was slated to take pictures but that would have been a bit difficult so he got the day off. Ripped off from Readers Digest and their All in a Day’s Work – I’m a librarian and I forgot the word book. So I told a new patron, “We have a diverse selection of thingies.”
 
There were no visiting Rotarians. We had one guest: John Warner’s son-in-law helped him get hooked up for the meeting. I think I heard his name is David Topping but I’m not sure. Check with John or listen in again to the meeting to verify. Writer’s note: There were a lot of comments and suggestions during the meeting that might not have had any resolution or action assigned to them. The following is a compilation of the many things that were mentioned.
 
John Forkenbrock wasn’t in “attendance” so there was no Sunshine; but PB shared that he knew someone that was infected and Joe Quinn ESQ shared that many firefighters have come down with the bug.
PB asked if St. Claire Hospital needed anything. Someone in the virtual audience suggested doctors “CARE” packages. Another asked how we could get them masks and PE Mark Edgecomb talked about getting them meals. Anne Enquist announced that Walt Richardson’s wife is busy making homemade masks and asked for the club to support her with materials. Anne also mentioned as an aside that it was Walt’s 80th birthday yesterday (March 26th). Mary Jo mentioned that the My Pillow owner was converting his production plant over to making masks.
 
President Bill brought us back to the local scene by stating that the school district knows that we are here to help. Bill also mentioned that Nourish of Pierce County is switching to a “Box Model” of food distribution. Nourish has traditionally had a serve yourself, grocery shopping style of food distribution but with social distancing rules in place this form of servicing their clients won’t work, thus the “box” of food model that can just be handed out while trying to maintain everyone’s safety. Steve Mazoff mentioned that he had wanted to volunteer at Nourish but has not heard back from the person in charge as to what precautions need to be taken.
 
PB then made a few announcements regarding club activities:
- The Student\Educator of the Month programs have been suspended.
- The District Conference in Victoria BC has been canceled and the “live” part of the Sportsman’s dinner is postponed.
- Jim Rooks, esteemed leader of the Community Concerns Committee, announced that they are still meeting but have not received any new applications.
- Eric Quinn ESQ and co-head honcho of the Sportsman’s Dinner Committee announced that the live auction is indefinitely postponed. The committee is looking into what to do with the sponsor’s money and that that they are working on online auction possibilities. President Bill lauded the committee for continuing their efforts to try to figure out a way to get something done.
- Rose Stevens, Head Mistress of the World Community Service Committee, announced that Nepal is on lock down.
- Barb Spriggs, member of the Scholarship Committee, stated that the committee has been meeting and has decided to award $1000.00 scholarships to six of the fifteen applicants they reviewed. The committee modified the application to include a check list.
- Next Step Program: Steve Enquist has a young lady selected and she has accepted her place at Northwestern University. PB asked if the shut down has affected their process. Anne Enquist stated that future interviewees are in flux.
- World Affairs Conference – Mo Sarram announced that the conference has been canceled.
 
Announcements from the floor:
- Steve Enquist: International Conference in Hawaii has been canceled.
- Eric Quinn: Regarding the Youth Exchange Program, Eric is trying to find out what is happening. He needs to go to Lakes High School to see if they can host a student. He needs host families but doesn’t know what will happen with the program. The decision as to what to do will be made at the District level.
 
PB called upon John Lowney regarding payments. John announced that he can only take credit cards. For the committees that need money, send your requests to Kelly’s Tax Service. Make sure that you send completed disbursement forms, including a board members signature.
After that it got a bit confusing regarding what was being discussed but I think what was said was that, if you had registered and paid for the District Conference and have gotten a refund – send a check to cover the amount to Kelly’s Tax Service with a note.. There was a discussion about where to send money for the Rotary Foundation that got really confusing and which boiled down to – let’s wait until we start meeting in person again. Greg Horn announced the Rotary Learning Center increased from 1300 to 3900 participants in one week. Nothing ruins a Friday more than realizing that today is Tuesday.
 
 
Welcome to the Coronavirus Meeting Era Donn Irwin 2020-03-27 07:00:00Z 0

The First No Meeting But Lots of Information Bulletin

Posted by Gayle Selden on Mar 20, 2020
By the time I finish writing the bulletin the world will be different then when I started it. I started to write this Thursday evening. We just finished our first virtual board meeting with Zoom. Some of you may remember a breakfast cereal named Zoom. But the Zoom we used is a web-based video conferencing tool with a local, desktop client and a mobile app that allows users to meet online, with or without video. Zoom users can choose to record sessions, collaborate on projects, and share or annotate on one another's screens, all with one easy-to-use platform. I copied and pasted that italicized portion from Google as its easier for me and plagiarism doesn’t count in this current Covid-19 world.
 
Our board meeting was short and answered two questions. How are doing money-wise and what does Lakewood Rotary look like for now?
 
Our Treasurer, John Lowney reported that even if we collected no more money from fines, the weekly raffle or anything else for the rest of the year and we still spend all the money that committees were given to spend we would be in the black. This is because we forward fund our budget. Our only fundraiser, the Sportsman’s Dinner, funds the next fiscal year.
 
Let me give you a quick update on the Auction:
Sadly, I think we are all aware that 400 person, in the same room, events will not be happening in April. That is why the committee decided last week that we would not have a live auction. However, this does not mean the Sportsman’s Dinner is done.  We could host the same event in the future. We can host a virtual event on the 25th or around then. We can also host smaller parties or events to raise funds.
Here is what we know: Lakewood Rotary does amazing things. And these amazing things are done with money. So, we do need to fundraise. We just don’t know what this looks like just yet. If you have procured items, we will still need them! If your team was planning a party or event this may be bigger than ever! We might turn that event into a mini fundraiser. This is our opportunity to be creative to have a great time while doing so.
 
The auction committee has happily turned into the fundraising committee for Lakewood Rotary and we are up for the challenge.  Send your ideas to us at sportsmansdinner@gmail.com.
 
I touched base with Leanna Albrecht to see if the school needs any support from us, here is a little synopsis of what is going on there:
 
Clover Park School District schools are closed March 17 through April 24, per the governor’s directive, to help slow the progression of COVID-19 in our state. With the closure of schools, the district is focusing its attention on these key areas:
- Daily meal delivery for students in 68 locations in Lakewood and on JBLM
- Weekly supplemental learning packets for children in grades K-18 (secondary schools are communicating directly with families in children in grades 9-12)
- Supporting graduating seniors with completing required graduation requirements
- Providing free child care for first responders and health care workers
 
At this time, the closure is supposed to end Friday, April 24, with a return date back to school of Monday, April 27. We don’t know if this date is going to change or not at this time. Due to social distancing and other guidelines the school district is having employees handle meals and break bags. As things change Leanna, Ron Banner and Holly Bocchi know Lakewood Rotary is here for them.
 
Community Needs:
 
- Caring for Kids is collecting canned meals. If you would like to donate please drop your donation at the Clover Park main administration building on Gravelly Lake Drive. Questions 253-279-9777 (Diane Formosa).
- Nourish Pierce County has urgent volunteer needs: volunteer shifts for 8-10 volunteers at a time needed at Nourish Warehouse in Tacoma to help pack boxes which will then be delivered to food bank locations. Shifts available Monday – Friday, 1-3 pm. Email us at Volunteer@NourishPC.org.
 
Update from Chief Sharp:
Hanging in there, but it is incredibly busy, and unfortunately, I think it is only going to get busier.  At least and abundance of work and long days are keeping me from watching the news.
Older people and those with underlying medical problems are at high risk of getting the COVID-19 virus.  Unfortunately, they also have a very high mortality rate if they become infected.  With this in mind, people in these vulnerable populations have been advised to stay at home as much as possible. 
 
So, if you need groceries, medications or even someone to pop buy and smile at you from outside. we have other Rotarians who can do that for you!
 
Want to help Chief Zaro? Here is what he says:
As for anything you can do to help, just keep yourself healthy and encourage the older people you know to be safe.
 
Hear that Dad? You are supposed to stay home! Isn’t it funny how roles reverse so quickly?
The First No Meeting But Lots of Information Bulletin Gayle Selden 2020-03-20 07:00:00Z 0

Hannibal, Wars, Phoenician Fair Trade and Coronavirus - All in the Same Meeting

Posted by Donn Irwin on Mar 13, 2020
As we met for our latest Rotary meeting we are all aware of the scourge that is moving across the planet at an unprecedented pace. A type of Coronavirus labeled Covid-19 has brought the world as we know it to its knees. Local, State and the Federal governments, guided by the Center for Disease Control and Health Departments, have taken drastic measures to stop the spread of this deadly virus. Entire industries have shut down or been severely curtailed, thus creating a backlash of other industries and services being almost stopped in their tracks. This will trigger layoffs, furloughs and many small businesses shutting down. So, please, follow the advice of our health officials the respective government guidelines and hopefully we can all come together to stop this nasty bug sooner than later.
 
 
It all started with an eerie, unfamiliar silence and then, BONG, the bell rang. The startled members of Lakewood Rotary (the few of us that were there) who snapped their heads in the direction of the bell sounding and realized that our meeting had been called to order with not a single note of “walk up music”. The members also might have thought that they had time traveled to the future as President Elect (PE) Mark Edgecomb (pictured above) stood before us at the podium with, of all things, an agenda in his hands – gasp! PE Mark called upon Dave Thomas to give an invocation. Dave delivered a heartfelt, well thought out message for all of us to go forward during this though and uncertain time. Ed Shannon then led us in the Pledge. Next, Mark thanked the hardest working group this side of American Lake – our amazing set up\take down crew.
 
Sally Porter was at the Sportsman’s Dinner desk as we walked in. Mary Marlin pulled double duty handling the Paul Harris table and acting as Sergeant at Arms. I don’t know who sold tickets but we had a drawing at the end of the meeting so somebody must have. Gayle Selden was slated to write this Key but stepped up to take this writers place after he blew his assigned time a few weeks ago; ergo I took her place for this one. I won’t divulge the writer’s last name but his first name is Donnnnnnn. Eric Quinn ESQ handled the visuals.
 
Visiting Rotarians = Corey Hjalseth from Rotary 8.
Guests of Rotarians = Donna Phillips introduced her husband Andy and the visitor guy from #8, Corey, introduced his son Corey. (Not a typo).
 
PE Mark looked for John Forkenbrock to report Sunshine but John wasn’t there so there was no sunshine – that we know of. PE Mark took the opportunity to remind us all to be safe and to wash our hands. As we all know, this is a very strange and difficult time we are living in and has caused some significant changes in our lives and social habits. Covid-19, the illness caused by a caronavirus, has taken over the concerns of virtually everyone on the planet. The World Health Organization has officially deemed the illness as a Pandemic. Due to this Pandemic there are a number of changes happening with the clubs normal activities:
 
- Our meeting place here at the Tacoma Country and Golf Club will be shutting down. Note: There will NOT be a meeting on Friday March 20th. Our Lakewood Rotary Board is exploring options in regards to where we might be able to meet. However, as I write this (and since our meeting on Friday last) Governor Inslee has announced that bars, restaurants, theaters, museums and other public places are to either close or serve only items to go and there should be no more than 10 people gathered together at one time. So please stay tuned to your email\Club Runner for further updates.
- The Daffodil Festival has been canceled and by now you should be aware that the Sportsman’s Dinner and Auction has been postponed but that the committee is working to come up with alternative plans.
- The District Conference in Victoria BC has been canceled.
- Sally Smith announced that St. Leo’s Food Connection has put out the word that Springbrook will be needing food.
 
 
Leanna Albrecht of Clover Park Schools came forward to introduce our student of the month, Kayala Purdie. Leanna also introduced the Principal of Clover Park High Schools, Tim Stults. (Both pictured above)
 
Kayala Purdie is a Junior at Clover Park High School. Kayala is a hardworking, driven student. She carries a 3.98 GPA and is three-year varsity-level athlete who earned an Academic State Championship this year for wrestling in her weight class. She is a supportive and dedicated teammate who pushes her teammates to be better and do better. Kayala exemplifies our district and Warrior values as she consistently seeks to improve herself and contribute positively to our community.  She has demonstrated her commitment to lifelong learning and we are so excited to see what achievements are yet to come in her senior year. Kayala accepted her award and thank the club and then the school for all of their help. She also thanked her parents which, for this writer, was very refreshing.
 
Somehow the club moved and seconded to not have fines for this meeting.
 
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 take place right after our meeting and that we are welcome to attend and give our opinion on the matter.
 
Even though the members present at this meeting had passed a motion NOT to have fines, some went ahead and “fessed” up anyway.
Kendra Riconosciuto paid up because she went to Disneyland and a birthday. Ed Shannon paid a fine for something I didn’t catch while the Mark E. paid up a daughter’s 19th birthday. Anne Enquist paid for a milestone birthday and a family reunion (something about a check with a 7 in it was mentioned). Steve Mazoff paid a $20.00 fine for Anne Enquist’s new car (which she bought from him) and finally, Ms Mary Marlin confessed to being bad at math and gave up some money to atone for shortcoming. Thank you to all that ignored the motion and paid a fine. By the way, Mary (and Steve E., I believe) arrived at the sum of $480.00 donated to the Foundation. This from a very small group of us – you folks are amazing!
 
This writer was called upon to introduce the speaker and so had to leave his pad and pen on the table and actually speak to the masses, er, those present.
Hannibal, Wars, Phoenician Fair Trade and Coronavirus - All in the Same Meeting Donn Irwin 2020-03-13 07:00:00Z 0

Sportsman Dinner & Auction Planning

Posted by Paula Olson on Mar 06, 2020
President Bill Potter took Rotarians on the “Highway to the Danger Zone!” We went “Riding Into the Danger Zone!” and otherwise channeled Tom Cruise as Maverick in the movie "Top Gun". This is significant information, as you will learn later in this bulletin. Barlow Buescher led us in the invocation and Mark Edgecomb led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. As usual and always sensitive to the particularly competitive nature of the Set Up Committee, President Bill recognized the entire group without singling out the ones who actually did the work. They are: Duncan Cook, Ward Fletcher, Bob Hammar, Rob Erb, Troy Wilcox, Jim Rooks, Bob Cammarano, Rick Selden, Steve Mazoff, Terry Roarke. The Paul Harris table was manned by Mick Johnson. Terry Roarke sold raffle tickets, Leanna Christian served as Sergeant of Arms, yours truly, Paula Olson, is writing your bulletin, and the photographer was Eric Quinn. Past President Designate Bill advised everyone that he has only three and a half months left of his term, but he’s not counting. We are, but he seems fine. We’re not sure if he announced that to give him or us hope for the future.
 
There were no visiting Rotarians. There were two guests: Clover Park High School "Open Door" Program Principal Venetia Willis-Holbrook and the Educator of the Month Kensuke Shimizu. There was no Sunshine report. Announcements happened next. Anne Enquist talked about last year’s very popular Sportsman Dinner Auction item - the Elton John movie and dinner event. This year, to introduce the 2020 program (pictured below), she had the help of Future President and Past Flight Surgeon Jim Rook’s illegitimate twin brother Dr. Thickpin, known as “Breeze” because he’s so cool. Jim’s nickname was “Quack” because, well, I’d better not speculate or we’ll get off on the wrong foot for his presidential year. Breeze announced that Anne’s nickname is “Volleygirl” because she liked the scene in the Top Gun movie where the guys were playing volleyball. The good doctor talked about the party to take place on July 12th at the Lakewood AMC at 4:00 pm, where the new Top Gun Maverick movie will be shown in a private and exclusive showing. Just us Rotarians and selected guests, each providing a $65 ticket. You also get a BBQ at the Enquists’ house which is fabulous. Eric and Johanna will produce their signature cocktail that is currently in development and top secret; Rick Selden will provide the beer, and there will be some unique and tasty appetizers culminating in dogs and burgers with all the fixings. Last year the event sold out in two weeks. Wait and cry alone.
 
 
President Bill announced his procurement item: a roll of toilet paper. Come April 25th, that item might go for some serious cash. President Bill stated that about 30 members are going to the District Conference in the City of Victoria, British Canada. Bill promises a great time for all, especially since it happens over the celebration of Victoria Day. Mo Sarram said that there was still time for more applications for the World Affairs Conference. Mark Blanchard was roundly applauded for his careful disposal of boxes of storied club records that he kept in storage for years. Along with the applause was audible sighs of relief from those members who had information in those records that will never see the light of day.  Andrew Kruse announced that RILA will be postponed with no decision yet on rescheduling. Jim Sharp gave some advice about dealing with the virus that seems to be going around these days. Stay calm and smart. There is a lot we don’t know about it. Follow your mom’s rules: if sick, stay home. Don’t go to the ER, call your doctor for follow up. He donated $20 to the bank.
 
 
Sportsman Dinner & Auction Planning Paula Olson 2020-03-06 08:00:00Z 0

Raising Hands

Posted by Eric Quinn on Feb 28, 2020
Lakewood Rotary has fun, even when it rains sideways. We live in a state where it rains 152 days out of the year—that does not seem like much—but Lakewood Rotarians let their light shine. In fact, our club has so much fun that our President, Bill “No Agenda” Potter, opens our meetings with song and dance—and his dancing is fantastic. Charlene Miseli provided the Thought for the Day, and Rose Stevens led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
Bill “No Agenda” Potter (hereinafter “BNAP”) thanked the usual suspects in charge of set-up: Duncan Cook, Ward Fletcher, Bob Hammar, Rob Erb, Troy Wilcox, Jim Rooks, Bob Cammarano, Rick Selden, Steve Mazoff and Terry Roarke. BNAP thanked Gary Barton who stood in as Sergeant at Arms and sold tickets. Bob Zawilski or Gary Barton collected funds for the Foundation, totaling $422.00. Eric Quinn wrote the bulletin. Walt Richardson took photographs. Paula Olsen and Wynn Hoffman staffed the 50th Annual Sportsman’s Dinner and Auction table—it’s that time of year again, everybody.
 
The guests today were John Calder with CHI Franciscan, Janet Graham, Bob Lohrdahl’s daughter, Julie, and Christine Yacynych’s (formerly Christine Vu) new husband, Kenny. Andrew Kruse introduced his friend Dow.
 
As for Visiting Rotarians, Gary Barton introduced Kerri Pedrick from Clover Park—Kerri was also our speaker for the day.
 
BNAP asked Peter Marsh (pictured below) to share his thoughts about the Coronavirus (hereinafter “C-19”). Peter stated that C-19 is a “bit more lethal” than SARS. The death rate, for those who contract C-19, is 2% among the young and healthy and 10-12% among the elderly. There is an anti-viral being developed in China—where C-19 is reputed to have originated. This vaccine, if developed, should take 1-1.5 years to be available. Peter cited to experience that because C-19 is a respiratory virus, that it should die off in the warm season, as is customary with other respiratory viruses. Peter also drew a startling comparison of the microscopic image of C-19 with the Rotary wheel.
 
 
For Sunshine, John Forkenbrock informed us that Mel Neighbors, past president and the originator of the Puffin Committee, passed recently. His memorial is tentatively scheduled for March 21. Rotarians Greg Rediske and Bill Allen offered some kind words about Mel, including but not limited to Mel being the second person to win the Rotarian of the Year award.
John Forkenbrock (pictured below) also shared that Sharon Selden, who fell and dislocated her shoulder recently, is on the mend and will be having a consult for surgery soon. We wish Sharon well.
 
 
BNAP moved on to announcements:
  1. The Nourish Auction is taking place on May 29 at the Hotel Murano. Contact BNAP for further information.
  2. The Daffodil Dash is coming up on April 4. Lakewood Rotary is partnering with Tacoma 8 in taking part in that event. Jim Rooks was asked to start a running team, and thus far, himself and James Guerrero have risen to the task.
  3. The District Conference is coming up on May 15-16 in Victoria, B.C. The $250 registration is covered by Lakewood. To BNAP’s knowledge, the rooms at the Grand Pacific Hotel are 75% full.
  4. The Lewis Community Spouse’s Club annual charity event is taking place on March 13 at the McGavick Center. Tickets are $45 and the theme is “Night Circus.”  As the name implies, there will be circus entertainment!
  5. Mo Sarram informed us that applications are still being accepted for the World Affairs Seminar.
  6. The 50th Annual Sportsman’s Dinner and Auction is here! The event takes place on April 25 at the McGavick Center and we are off to a great start! Anne Enquist thanked various people and organizations that have sponsored the event:
  1. Dave Reames sponsored a table at $2,000.00
  2. The Clover Park Kiwanis Club purchased a table for eight for a total of $1,000
  3. Bob Hammar sold his ¼ page ad for $200
  4. Terry Roarke did an Auction Night Sponsor for $750
  5. Jim Weinand sponsored a table for $1,000
  6. Mike Brown sponsored a table for $1,000
  7. Ed Selden Carpet One did a $1,000 table sponsor, a $750 Auction Night sponsor and purchased eight tickets ($600) to the event
Thank you to everyone above for your generous contributions to the 50th Annual Sportsman’s Dinner and Auction!
 
Jim Rooks (pictured below) came forward on behalf of the Community Concerns Committee and asked that $2,000 be approved by the Club for capital improvements to Lakewold Gardens. A motion was made and seconded. The motion passed unanimously and the Club will provide $2,000 to Lakewold Gardens for capital improvements. Jim asked that another $2,000 be approved by the Club for post-secondary readiness training through the Palmer Scholars. The motion was made and seconded. $2,000 was allocated toward Palmer Scholars. Thank you to Jim and the Community Concerns Committee for their service to the Lakewood community.
 
 
Raising Hands Eric Quinn 2020-02-28 08:00:00Z 0

No Agenda Puts Us In A Mindful Mood

Posted by Joe Quinn on Feb 21, 2020
President Bill Potter walked up to this Scribe before the meeting to check on who the bulletin writer might be today.  But in our chat, he mentioned that he forgot his printed agenda today and would be working from his phone agenda.  Thus, our theme for this bulletin was born—The “No Agenda Bill” theme.  The meeting unfolded consistently from there!
Bill’s Walkin’ In Music was appropriately “In the Mood” by Glenn Miller.  Those youngsters who did not recognize this song really missed out on the big band sounds of the 1950’s.  Or was it the 1940’s?  It seemed like Bill had also rigged up the mic or speakers so they had that “reverb” reminiscent of announcer Vince McMahon back in the professional wrestling days.  Rob Erb got up to fix the reverb though and restore a modicum of order.
 
NO AGENDA BILL called upon Bob Peterson for our Thought for the Day, and our Pledge of Allegiance was led by Eric Quinn. At that point, Bill announced that the “dog ate my agenda” so he might be a bit slow at the switch, working from his phone to remind him of what the agenda was today.  Not to worry about slowing down; he usually talks so fast it is hard for us bulletin committee writers to keep up with him.  From memory, Bill remembered to thank the numerous Setup Committee members, or most of them.  Several Rotarians chimed in, however, to remind Bill of those he missed.  This was the first example of team strength, which is a Rotary hallmark.  We were all there to support Bill in case he forgot some minor item in his quest to perform with NO AGENDA!   Later, someone commented that it was a great meeting—so spontaneous and interactive—as we all stepped up to fill in the blanks, in any, in the agenda. There was something liberating, actually, in not following the usual routine by rote.  Sort of a ….mindfulness…about that.  A bit like doing the high wire act without a net, but he did great didn’t he? Who needs a printed agenda?! Just let it flow.
 
Bill also thanked Leon Titus, the Sergeant at Arms, who did say we had no Visiting Rotarians today.  Bill recognized Eric Warn (more on him later) and Nicole Hancock for teaming up at the Foundation desk today.  Sally Porter Smith staffed the Auction table, assisted by a hovering Barlow Buescher.  Joe Quinn was called out as the Bulletin Writer and he was asked to be kind to President Bill (never gonna happen!).  Bob Zawilski was our Photographer today. In the Sunshine Report, John Forkenbrock said Eric Warn’s wife Kathy is battling cancer.  He added that Sharon Selden (Rick’s wife and Gayle’s Mom) took a bad fall and will need surgery.  John also said his fraternity brother and long-time Lakewood Rotarian Tom Sadler is with us today.   President Bill clearly wants to recognize those who show up to meetings—he cited Kris Peterson, Dave Betz, and Sonia Martinez as good examples of folks to appreciate.
 
Even without an agenda, Bill remembered to seek out and feature any Guests of Rotary.  Sonia introduced little Gabriel, who we think is approaching seven months of age.  Donna Hastings was also introduced as someone “interested in Rotary”.   Welcome to all guests, interested in Rotary or not, and returnees who are already in our club. President Bill noted that they had recently held a great board meeting and that today both Jim Rooks and Mark Edgecomb are attending the President-Elect Training Seminar at the Doubletree Hotel near SeaTac Airport.  Noticing somewhat reduced attendance today, Bill stressed that seeking new members is a job for everybody.  We are all on that committee, he said.  He called on Chris Kimball, who is a frequent sponsor of new members and makes it a real priority.  Be mindful every day and at all times about membership, Chris said.  Well, he basically did say that.  He also noted that we need younger members and several wags expressed interest in recruiting Gabriel.  Maybe not quite that young.  Bill Potter said we need more bankers!
 
Yours truly asked a question about the upcoming District Conference/District Assembly, which is scheduled for May 15-16 in Victoria, just because I was not sure if that was on the Announcements Agenda in this NO AGENDA meeting. Apparently, it was and Bill was definitely going to get to it.  Gayle Selden let us know that so far at least 17 Rotarians, spouses, or significant others are signed up.  But we need lots more to sign up to support Greg Horn, our incoming District Governor, and Mary Horn, his hard-working support team.  Oops, there is that team concept again.  One question has been whether LR will support attendance by “subsidizing” those who sign up.  It was re-affirmed at this meeting that Rotary will reimburse any Rotarian who registers, for the full registration fee.  This year that number is $350 Canadian, which is about $250 in US dollars.  Not a bad incentive!  Gayle said the Friday night special social event was to be held at an axe-throwing place.  Thought I heard somebody shout out: “Who would hold up the targets,” but maybe that was my imagination!
 
SPORTSMAN’S DINNER AND AUCTION:  Gayle told us to procure like crazy, especially with experiences. Physical items can be brought to Ed Selden’s/Carpet One on Steilacoom Boulevard.  Lots of seats (did she say 175?) have already been sold and we now need to focus on procuring.  This year’s Raise the Paddle will be for Lakewood Playhouse, so we may consider going there as a group. Gayle asked for a show of hands to see who was interested in “Wolves” (about a ladies soccer team), or “Murder on the Nile”, or “Ragtime”, the musical.  It was also suggested that we might be able to procure and auction off some seats for one of the plays, as a silent auction or oral auction item.  Gayle also said the teams are getting competitive.  I think she said the Rick Steves team is now leading.
 
THE BANK WAS OPEN:  President NO AGENDA received a deposit for $30 from Eric Quinn, due to a recent two-week trip to Las Vegas to visit his wife’s family and to show off Baby Storey.  They saw the sun (not like Lakewood) a lot.  Mo Sarram paid a $60 fine, but we could not hear what it was for, because Leon was running with the mic, but not quite fast enough. Please wait a moment for the microphone so we can all hear what is being said!  (Besides, we do not want Leon to have a heart attack.) Sonia Martinez paid $70 for trips to Arizona and Idaho to visit family.
No Agenda Puts Us In A Mindful Mood Joe Quinn 2020-02-21 08:00:00Z 0

Happy Valentine's Day!

Posted by Mary Marlin on Feb 14, 2020
It was Valentine's Day and a memorable day it was. Lakewood Rotarians, as usual, were ready and willing to come together in spirited fashion and send love and compassion into the world through their work, their contributions and their commitments to the greater good.  Leading the team was our esteemed president, Bill Potter. His music captured the attention of all and some even knew the title of the song being played...."I Was Made for Loving You".  How appropriate!
 
Our "action-packed" meeting was called to order by our president and was soon followed by the Thought of the Day by Andrew Kruse and the Pledge of Allegiance led by Don Daniels. Kudos were given to the Set Up Crew which included Duncan Cook, Ward Fletcher, Bob Hammar, Rob Erb, Troy Wilcox, Jim Rooks, Bob Cammarano, Rick Selden, Steve Mazoff, and Terry Roarke.  The Paul Harris table was fortunate to have Christine Vu (newly married to Mr. Yacynych) collecting $242 for the day. Mark Edgecomb (not to be confused with Edgewater) was Sergeant of Arms and Ticket Sales personnel.  Leanna Christian agreed to be Photographer and Paula Olson and Sally Porter Smith (the dynamic duo) helped organize the Sportsman's Dinner contributions. Mary Marlin agreed to do her best as the Bulletin Writer.  Several guests were then introduced: Jim Weinand introduced "My Valentine, Jennie", Jim Rooks introduced April Black and Tom Morgan (who knows how to play golf!),  Charlene Miseli introduced her 16 year old daughter Amy, John Lowney introduced his daughter Shelly, and Gary Barton introduced Susan Arnold. Bill reminded members to keep it clean with minors in the room. 
 
Genuine heartfelt comments were then given to honor Don Greenleaf who recently passed away. Jim Rooks mentioned that Don had been his sponsor 31 years ago. He became the first person Jim knew in Rotary, a good friend and then his dentist. He was witty, well-dressed and punctual. And, apparently, when informed that women were soon joining Rotary, he was smart enough to marry one! Rick Selden told of Don stories that included alcohol, the Norwegian Club not honoring it, and unfortunately, glasses left on the table. Don established the Greenleaf contribution which as Greg Rediske noted is now worth $49.06!! Noted!! Apparently, Don was also a Master gardener and instrumental in setting up the Courage Classic.  His time in the Arizona sun was special to him. He is definitely missed! Bill then noted that the recent memorial for Denise Yochum had a long list of attendees. Denise organized the recent Poker Party, the one where Carl and Chris Peterson were smoked by their old man. (Bill's words!) She was definitely a dedicated Rotary member!  
 
Members then had some announcements.  Andrew Kruse mentioned upcoming events supporting our youth:  Communities in Schools Champions Breakfast on March 4th at McGavick Center from 7-8:30 and also The Tacoma Youth for Christ get together on March 14th at 7:00.  Rick Selden wanted to graciously thank John Warner for donating $2,000 for the Sportsmen's Dinner. Keep on procuring and the committee is doing great! Heads up.....the Board Meeting will be next Thursday at 5:30 (I think) here at the club. Our esteemed members, Jim Rooks and Mark Edgecomb, will be attending the president elect training seminar SOON! Major players for sure! 
 
Bob Peterson then introduced the February Student of the Month. First to be introduced was the Steilacoom HS principal, Mike Miller. Shala McKenzley (pictured below), a sophomore at Steilacoom HS, has a 3.98 grade point average, is a yearbook staff member, a track and soccer athlete, is kind and models excellent behavior and she sincerely thanked all Rotarians for the honor of being accepted as Student of the Month.
 
 
Greg Horn then presented the notification of Birthdays and Anniversaries,  there were many! Here are the birthdays: Gary Barton... Feb. 1, Barlow Buescher... Feb. 3, Mary Marlin... Feb. 3, Dave Reames...Feb. 12, Anne Enquist...Feb. 17, Mary Moss...Feb. 22.  Then came anniversaries! Johnny Walker and Millie at 9 years.  Morris Northcutt and Lavonne at 16 years. Chris Easter and Wendy at 21 years TODAY! Terry Roarke and Walli at 42 years.  Donna Phillips and Andy at 51 years.  And the winner is Mo Sarram and Fereshteh at 60 years of marriage.  Now that's something to be proud of!  And how many years have members been attending?  Eric Warn-2 years, Kendra Riconosciuto-2 years, Andrew Kruse-2 years, Christine Yacynych-2 years (and Greg Horn really appreciates your noting your name change in club runner!), Deidre Soileau-3 years, Cheri Loiland-6 years, Jim Weinand-8 years (and the best sponsor ever...mine!), Kris Peterson- 10 years, Dan Livingston-14 years, Donna Phillips- 15 years, Ward Fletcher-20 years, Chris Kimball-21 years, Michael Lewis-21 years, Dave Coleman-32 years, Mo Sarram-33 years, and the Winner is Dave Reames at 42 years!!!!  Well done, everybody! 
 
Birthday folks were then called up to share their special memories of Valentine's Day (pictured below).  Some mentioned a special cruise, yummy chocolates, being married and some memories weren't mentioned. Christine Vu Yacynych then gave $60 for getting married to her favorite person. She'll also help with pronunciation as needed.   
 
  
Happy Valentine's Day! Mary Marlin 2020-02-14 08:00:00Z 0

Up In Arms! 

Posted on Feb 07, 2020
The February 8th meeting of the Rotary Club of Lakewood was started with some rather ruckus noise coming out of the speakers. Was it music or a group of coyotes howling for relief? I went to reach for my Rotary ear plugs that I used to use when Chris Kimball was President (and played the drums to get us going with the anthem every Friday) but alas they were gone. Thank goodness that young whippersnapper President Potter turned off the noise and started the meeting. Chris Kimball gave the thought for the day and Andrew Kruse lead the flag salute.
 
Large and ruckus applause was given for the set-up committee; Nicole Hancock and her foundation collecting skills ($317); Jan Gee and her multitasking Sergeant of Arms-ing and Mary Marlin and her Sportsman Collecting skills. Special applause was given to the pinch-hitting team of Gayle Selden and Leanna Albrecht on the bulletin and photography part that you are currently enjoying.
The crowd went wild while the visiting Rotarians were introduced included Clover Park Past President and amazing Lakewood City Attorney, Heidi Wachter, and Rick Vahl from the newly formed Graham-Frederickson-Eatonville club. We were so lucky to have famous Pancake Breakfast veteran Julie, daughter of Bob and Janet Lordahl, as our guest. Her serving skills were always given 4 stars by all our patrons.
 
John Forkenbrock reminded us of the services for Denise Yochum are being held Sunday the 9th at 1pm at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom in the Cascade Building. John also asked us to keep Past President Tom Saddler in our thoughts in prayers as he is having a tough time. John also revealed that he and Tom were fraternity buddies and for a moment I left the meeting and imagined Tom helping John do a keg stand. Envision with me folks hitting a toga party with John and Tom. Totally Animal House, am I right?
 
Past President Potter revealed that the Mini Major Project that passed after last meeting was the Lakewood Playhouse renovation project. Excited to see what we can help that organization accomplish with a raise the paddle at the auction and some seed funds from the club! JLo gave a minor update on the Ted Weir bench-we are moving forward with taking the donation given to the club in Ted’s name to put a bench in a park to highlight all the work he did for and in our parks. We have collected $1200 so far for the project. John Lowney also taught us a valuable lesson in listening. . . he said he was collecting money with Open Arms but half the room heard he was “Up in Arms!” Half of us were all very concerned about John for a moment. I am not sure if it was enunciation or Chris Kimball’s drum playing that made me mishear John. Lots of Applause for open arms from the crowd after that confusion was cleared up.
 
Rick Vahl, from Waste Connections and the Graham-Frederickson-Eatonville club, came to thank Lakewood Rotary for our support of the Build A Bike program. This year they increased the built to 550 bikes. 180 volunteers built those bikes in two hours. They also worked this year on having bigger bikes for older kids and made sure they bought a helmet for every bike. Lakewood Rotary delivered 35 of those bikes to our community this past December. Rick is looking forward to partnership again next year!
 
Steve Enquist came up to hand out three more Paul Harris recognitions (pictured below). Apparently when you get your second Paul Harris like Anne Enquist did you get a kiss from the foundation chair. I thought it was a pin with a sapphire. Mark Encomb settled for a hug with his 3rd Paul Harris and Scott Buser was given a Crystal and square pin for his Level 1 Major Donor. Scott becomes the 13th major donor from Lakewood Rotary. He did not get a kiss for the award but he sure has provided amazing funding for projects that make our world a better place. Nice work all! President Potter (PP) then reminded us all that there were guests present and we should watch our behavior.
 
 
Leanna Albrecht then introduced our Educators of the Month. This month we were lucky to have two! Joining us from the Steilacoom School District was Anderson Island Elementary School Principal, Susan Greer and educator Janet Friedlos. Janet (pictured below) has had a long educational career and been a teacher, administrator and a superintendent. She believes in helping students delve deeper into the “whys” and “hows”. She takes students out of the classroom to learn and helps them expand their thought process. The Steilacoom School District has a real gem in Janet!
 
 
Idlewild Elementary principal Sheri Warrick nominated Megan Schreiber as the Clover Park educator of the month. Megan (pictured below) is in her eighth year of teaching 1st grade. She helps students build a strong foundation for the future and students feel safe, encouraged and empowered under her direction. Congrats Megan on creating the foundation for lifelong learning!
PP then said the teller line was open and the bank was taking deposits.
 
 
Ron Banner paid $20 to promote the Cops versus Teachers basketball game on March 27th at Lakes High School. You can see the match up of Ron verses his 6’9” son and NFL superstar Zach. Game starts at 5:15, Ron’s scheduled to see the orthopedic surgeon at 5:30. Rob Erb (pictured below) deposited $100 for 6 weeks away in Arizona and Texas. He saw kids and the sun! Don Anderson deposited $100 for taking his grandson to the Rose Bowl, 2 weeks in Hawaii and upgrades on his flights. He paid $1 for every 10th of an inch of rain he missed.
 
 
Up In Arms! Gayle Selden 2020-02-07 08:00:00Z 0

A Man Called Potter

We are 60% complete in the reign of Banker Potter, and what do we REALLY know about him? Of course, we know that he is dreadfully behind on his fine budget (less than 50%....look out people). We know that his surname comes from the occupational name for a maker of drinking and storage vessels (for which he must get some credit for coming from a long line of makers of beer glasses). There are of course some Potter’s who are famous, not the least of which is Harry Potter. And curiously, one of the great villains in movie history (IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE) was a banker named Mr. Potter. But let’s forget that for a moment, shall we?
 
 
So while you’re pondering over Potter, let’s jump right into the reason for this opus. That would be the further adventures of said Mr. Potter, aka Banker Potter, aka President Potter, who began the festivities of January 31 with the music of Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass and “The Lonely Bull” (1962, or 7 years before President Potter was born). Giving the invocation was Clint Johnson, and the pledge to the flag was led by Mary Moss. Thanks aplenty: Rick Selden at the Sportsman’s Dinner spot, Eric Warn taking $313 in Paul Harris money, Bob Hammar and Leanna Christian selling tickets, with Leanna doubling as Sgt At Arms. Fortunately, it was a well behaved group, and Leanna was not forced to kick anyone out. Although she was on her way to have Greg Horn sit down after one of his soliloquies. (Mary punched him, so it turned out nicely.) The setup crew was applauded, and Walt Richardson was busy taking professional photographs for this semi-professional piece of writing. Overkill on his part. President Potter mentioned cub reporter Rediske as the writer, and said he expected to see “literary greatness.” And so, from Shakespeare’s Henry VI: “My thoughts are whirled like a potter’s wheel.  I know not where I am nor what I do.” Perhaps a relevant comment, or perhaps not.
 
Tim and Moses were visiting Rotarians from Uganda, Kampala club. Bob Lordahl graced our presence with his lovely daughter, Julie.
A Man Called Potter Greg Rediske 2020-01-31 08:00:00Z 0

Revitalizing The Youth Exchange Program

So the musical selection for the entry march of President Bill Potter into the meeting room at the Tacoma Golf and Country Club on this fine and rainy Friday was from none other than our resident rock star, Chris Kimball, singing his heart out about the C-Cap Blues. If you haven’t heard this great tune, check it out on YouTube. Dave Coleman gave us a thoughtful invocation and Ron Irwin led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Before introducing the set up crew, President Bill gave a little example about Rotary Solidarity. Not what you might think, however. Turns out Bill hasn’t taken his Christmas lights down from his house. And because he thinks unlit Christmas lights are sad, he keeps them lit at night. One night this week, he noticed another house with their Christmas lights lit: fellow Rotarian Walt Richardson. If you want to see Christmas in January, go to Bill and Walt’s neighborhood. Okay, I ask you, is this solidarity or just two lazy Rotarians? Ponder that for a bit.
 
The entire set up committee gets credit for setting up: Duncan Cook, Ward Fletcher, Bob Hammar, Rob Erb, Troy Wilcox, Jim Rooks, Bob Cammarano, Rick Selden, Steve Mazoff, Terry Roarke. The Paul Harris table was manned by Eric Warn where he collected a whopping $1,562; ticket sales/Sergeant of Arms was Bob Bruback; bulletin, yours truly, Paula Olson; photographer was Leanna Christian, who warned that just because she was aiming her phone at you didn’t mean that she had a call for you. Smile because that’s how she was taking the pics. Ron Banner was the cheerful greeter. There were no visiting Rotarians. Guests include Sharon Selden and Darlene Dence. There was no Sunshine report except Ward Fletcher discovered some cancer cells and he’s looking at some treatment. Good luck with that, Ward! Stay well.
 
Announcements happened next. Denise Yochum's memorial will be held Sunday, February 9th at 1:00 pm at the Performance Lounge of the Cascade Building at Pierce College in Steilacoom. John Lowney talked about a donation for Ted Wier’s memorial, which will be a park bench. The details will come later. There is no specific goal set and John is willing to consider any other brilliant ideas to honor Ted. Greg Rediske stated that Carol Wier has three bonsai plants to give away to someone with some kind of a green thumb. This means that if your house is known as the place where plants go to die, don’t take one. They were Ted’s babies.
 
Someone made the random comment that one can’t tell if President Bill is on or off his meds. Bill felt that was a reasonable comment. Eric Warn announced that the Lions Crab Feed ticket sales are going well. It will be held on January 25th. Come prepared to dance to the Three Trick Pony Band. Bill and others will be representing our club at Rotary 8’s 110 year Anniversary Dinner. The dress code is cocktail wear for women and business wear for men. A rousting discussion ensued about what cocktail wear for women was. Would your best PJ's be okay? How about sweats if you just washed and ironed them? President Bill had to ring his bell to get folks back on track.
 
Anne Enquist talked about what a fabulous job we were doing in getting sponsors for the Sportsman Dinner and Auction. Several Blue and Gold sponsors have been collected, CHI Franciscan donated $3,500 for the bid cards, Chris Kimball kicked in $750 for a table sponsor and others amounting to about $10,000. And the auction is still a couple of months away! Anne encouraged everyone to approach your favorite business with the opportunity for some good will by sponsoring our dinner and auction. Remember, sponsored money is free money. Thanks to Larry Clark for getting us a reduction on the rental of the facility and to The Ram for donating the beer.
Revitalizing The Youth Exchange Program Paula Olson 2020-01-24 08:00:00Z 0

In The Name of Love

Posted by Gayle Selden on Jan 17, 2020
The January 17th meeting was brought to order by Bill Potter after U2’s Pride (In the Name of Love) was played over the loudspeaker. President Potter chose this piece as it is written in honor of the great Dr. Martin Luther King who is honored on Monday. The songwriters hoped that song would let individuals use their Pride for good just as Dr. King had in his life. Appears President Potter has purpose with his walk up and wake up music! And looking at MLK he has some thoughts really apparent in need today!
 
“May I stress the need for courageous, intelligent, and dedicated leadership... Leaders of sound integrity. Leaders not in love with publicity, but in love with justice. Leaders not in love with money, but in love with humanity. Leaders who can subject their particular egos to the greatness of the cause.” Martin Luther King, Jr.
 
Jan Gee provided the thought for the day and got us involved in the joining of the 4-way test! Dave Reames started the Pledge with an "Arg" which confused anyone who joined after 2012. For those who were confused, Past President Reames started every Rotary meeting with a pirates Arg. He was a man of the sea, you see, and that led to a year of pirate stories and fines called tsunamis. President Potter then thanked all for making our meeting happen including the set-up crew, Eric Warn collecting $242 at the Paul Harris table, Barlow as our Sergeant at Arms, Mike Brown as our Greeter and Walt Richardson as our photographer. The bulletin writer was absent but the immediate Past President volunteered just so people wouldn’t forget her name. Also, Nicole Hancock had a yellow writing pad in her sight lines!
 
No Visiting Rotarians were located but we did have some guests. Jim Sharp introduced Ernest Hebeisen, Assistant Chief of Prevention, and Scott Adams, Assistant Chief of Operations. Both were recently promoted in the West Pierce system. Scott’s name is on 20 Rotarians' CPR cards as he was our amazing instructor for the fall class! Greg Rediske introduced son Lars, he who was once babysat by Past President Gayle.
 
Bob Peterson was then called to the podium to introduce our Student of the Month, Jada Simpson. Accompanying Jada was Harrison Prep Assistant Principal Tracey Lund and parents John and Felicia Simpson. As a senior at Harrison Prep Jada has focused on her academics and been involved in many school activities including Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, Key Club and the Spanish Honor Society. Jada also spends her time volunteering at the Lakewood YMCA. Bob then presented her with a plaque and congratulated her on being the Kiwanis Student of the Month (pictured below). Wait, What? She got two awards? Or did our sweet 91-year-old education advocate totally have a slip of the tongue?
 
 
John Forkenbrock let us know that Eric Warn’s wife Kathy is in treatment and John Lowney’s wife Pam is also in treatment. They could both use our thoughts and prayers. Larry Clark lost a finger and we hope he is recovering well. Member Denise Yochum passed on Monday, January 13th after a long cancer battle. There will be services for Denise at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom on February 9th. Denise and her husband Eric hosted the Rotary poker party for years and were both on hand this past year at Thornwood running the poker party. Denise also volunteered many years on the Sportsman’s Dinner. She would bring in a team to fluff up the silent auction tables. She was a passionate advocate for education in Pierce County and a wonderful person.
In The Name of Love Gayle Selden 2020-01-17 08:00:00Z 0

Remembering Friends

Posted by Eric Quinn on Jan 10, 2020
In the midst of life we are in death. Today we mourn the loss of Ted Wier, a great Rotarian and champion of the Rotarian mantra of Service Above Self. Ted was a laudable man and a steadfast Rotarian. We will miss him.
 
To begin our meeting, President Bill Potter blared “At the Hop.” Barlow Buescher provided the Thought for the Day and Mo Sarram led the club in the Pledge.The setup crew was Duncan Cook, Ward Fletcher, Bob Hammar, Rob Erb, Jim Rooks, Bob Cammarano, Rick Selden, Steve Mazoff and Terry Roarke. Troy Wilcox couldn’t make it to the meeting but of course, he is indispensable to the committee.
 
“Do not fear death so much but rather the inadequate life”—Bertolt Brecht
 
Eric Warn manned the Paul Harris the Paul Harris Table and collected $387 for the Foundation. Chuck Hellar drew ticket sales. Eric Quinn wrote the bulletin. Christine Vu took photographs.
Andy Phillips was our one Visiting Rotarian. Ed Shannon’s wife, Jayne, and Jim Sharp’s wife, Brandee, were our guests. For Sunshine, John Forkenbrock mentioned that John Magnuson had back surgery and is doing well. In fact, Mr. Forkenbrock mentioned, John’s surgery “didn’t interfere with his ability to tell all of his bad jokes.” President Potter thanked the Puffin Committee for their work on the Roast.
 
 
For announcements, Jim Rooks, on behalf of the Community Concerns Committee, requested $2,700 from the club to go to LASA. A motion was made and seconded and the motion carried unanimously. Jim Rooks thanked Bob Bruback for his instrumental work in vetting LASA.
 
“Death’s in the goodbye”—Anne Sexton
 
Ron Banner got his blue badge. (Pictured below)
 
Remembering Friends Eric Quinn 2020-01-10 08:00:00Z 0

Happy New Year for 2020

In the excitement of the moment and after the walk up music ("What’s It Gonna Be?"), President Bill led off the first meeting of the new year by almost forgetting to ring the bell. We could have started 2020 off without an “official” meeting. Paula Olson delivered a wonderful prayer and Dr. Jim Rooks led us in the pledge. President Bill, as is his custom, mentioned all of the names of the “hardest-working committee in Lakewood Rotary” a.k.a the set-up committee. These folks make every meeting we have possible. The crew: Cook, Fletcher, Hammar, Erb, Wilcox, Rooks, Cammarano, Selden, Mazoff and Roarke.
 
President Potter gave a special "thank you" to John Lowney for putting together today’s meeting at the Rotunda on the Clover Park VT campus. A big thank you to you John from the club for all you do for us! Thanks too to new member Mike Brown of Domino’s Pizza for working with us to provide the food for this special meeting venue.Eric Warn took our money at the Paul Harris table and I bought my raffle ticket from Chuck Hellar, who acted as the Sergeant at Arms along with Bob Bruback. Walt Richardson was the man with the camera.
 
On this date in 1521, Martin Luther got the boot from the Catholic Church.
 
By the way, we took in $180.00 for the Foundation. By the way #2 – where is everybody? We had a small crowd today so there was plenty of pizza. For some reason we went to introduce the guests first. Steve Mazoff introduced his wife, Ellen. Eric Quinn introduced “Mom” aka Kirsten Quinn (wife of “Dad” Joe Quinn). John Lowney introduced his catering assistant, Pam….also known as Pam Lowney.
Visiting Rotarians were then introduced – there being just the one – Phil Carter of Tacoma #8 - more from Mr. Carter in a moment.
 
J.R.R. Tolkien was born on this day in 1892.
 
There was no Sunshine report – no news is good news. Next week there won’t be any “real program”. The meeting will be more of lunch and then we'll get ready to go to Ted Wier’s Memorial service at Little Church on the Prairie. It starts at 2:00PM. Greg Rediske let us know that car pooling is recommended due to lack of parking available at the church.
Happy New Year for 2020 Donn Irwin 2020-01-03 08:00:00Z 0

Judas Priest, Bill Potter, Leopard Skin, and Air Guitar: Oh, what a night.

It was the day of reckoning for President Potter: The Roast. Not to be confused with the pot roast on the menu. But where was Potter? Nowhere to be found! So Puffin Bill Julie White took the stage to the “soothing” sound of heavy metal stalwarts, Judas Priest, walked up in Potter-fashion by two other Puffins on the scene, Bill Ron Banner and Bill Shalom Aburu. And so it began.
 
The Credits: Donna Phillips took attendance. Bud Montgomery collected an astounding $1267 at the Paul Harris table. Chuck Hellar sold tickets. Bill Allen, Rick Selden, Gayle Selden and Joe Quinn forced Tom & Jerry’s on the assembled guests. Walt Richardson took outstanding photos. Puffin Bill Gary Barton gave the thought for the day/wish for the day (“roast the hell out of Potter”). Puffin Bill Bob Bruback led us in the pledge to the flag. Pictured below is the making of Tom & Jerry's featuring Bill Allen and Rick Selden: 
 
 
Finally! He arrived! Clad in leather jacket and leather chaps, it was reported by Jim Sharp that Bill was a bit the worse for wear from being at a Judas Priest concert the night before. He was a fan favorite for his body surfing over the crowd, and finally taken in out of admiration by the lead singer of Judas Priest, Rob Halford, and squired around town on Halford’s motorcycle. Until one too many bar stops resulted in President Potter vomiting all over the JP lead singer. That romance thus reached an ignominious end, and Potter was stranded outside the Airport Tavern; hence, his late arrival. As a Judas Priest fan, Bill was required to display his well-practiced air guitar talents to all of us (Pictured below). He did not disappoint. 
 
 
But there was a meeting to run, so as Bill recovered in his chair from his night of over indulgence, Bill Ron Banner introduced our visiting Rotarians: Jamie Gregory (Puyallup, and our Assistant Governor), Linn Larsen (8), Sue Potter (Clover Park and long time apologist for Mr. Potter). Guests of Rotarians included Melanie Rushforth, former 8 member entertained by Gayle Selden who also brought Lynnette Buffington, Judy Eng (by Phil), Sharon Rediske (by Greg), Johanah, Storey, and Kris Quinn (by Eric), Cyndi Barton (by Gary), Kenzie Potter (by Bill), Rand (with Bill?), and Nicolas Kiefer.
 
Did you know that Bill Potter is only 50 years old, and the median age of the Club is 68? No wonder no one knows what songs he’s playing. But it is his Roast, so we’ll grace you with some 80’s rock humor:
The fact that there’s a Highway To Hell but only a Stairway To Heaven says a lot about anticipated traffic numbers.
And for the over 68’ers, it should be noted that Bob Dylan wrote a song called “The Ballad of Frankie Lee & Judas Priest”, from which comes the band’s name.
 
Announcements:
--No meeting next week, December 27. Next meeting: January 3, at the Clover Park Technical College Rotunda. Domino’s is catering: pizza, wings, Caesar salad, cookie. Cash or checks preferred, not knowing our access to wi-fi and credit card availability. $15 for lunch, $7 for coffee/cookie. If we can use the credit card machine, 50 cents will be added to all transactions.
--110th anniversary of Tacoma 8, January 29, $75/ticket. Mark Edgecomb is supervising, hoping we will support the very generous tendency of 8 to send great members our way. Everyone needs a farm club!
--Eric Quinn: we need host families for our revitalized exchange program.
 
A man asks the devil: “How much does it cost to be the greatest guitar player in the world?”
The devil says: “Give me your soul.”
The man asks: “What can I get for a dollar?”
Devil: “Greatest bass player in the world.”
 
Judas Priest, Bill Potter, Leopard Skin, and Air Guitar: Oh, what a night. Greg Rediske 2019-12-20 08:00:00Z 0

Out of the Darkness Shall Come the Light

Our theme for this bulletin is not about superstitions such as the bad luck of Friday the 13th.  Yes, we did meet that day, but this bulletin is about the totality of the Rotary weekend.  And it is about how life goes in cycles, and about how we need to remember—in the darkest of our times on this earth—that there is light at the end of the tunnel, and there is always hope and faith in humankind.
 
President Bill Potter started off the meeting with such fitting walk-in music this time, with Bing Crosby singing Silent Night, and Bill stating with conviction that it was “the best song ever”.   Bill made it clear that Ted Wier, who passed away earlier this week, and our thoughts and fond memories of Ted, will be omnipresent during this meeting and on into the future. 
 
Scott Buser delivered the Thought for the Day and honored Ted by name and all that Ted Wier stood for.  Leanna Christian led us in the Pledge of Allegiance and then stepped forward to volunteer as photographer in the absence of the assigned lens-wielder.  Bill recognized the hardest working committee of all—the Setup Committee, whose names are too well known and too numerous to set out verbatim in this space. Besides I might forget someone and they would be ticked off.  Ward Fletcher staffed (not “manned”) the Paul Harris table and collected a worthy $367.  Barlow Buescher started as Sergeant at Arms but Mark Edgecomb wanted to do it so badly that Barlow gracefully stepped aside.
 
TIME TO TED:
When Bill announced it was “Time to Ted”, several long-time Rotarians and friends of Ted stood up to eulogize our Past President and great volunteer Ted Wier. Greg Rediske noted that Ted was the “Arm Twister Extraordinaire”, who could get you to volunteer for any job.  Rick Selden said nothing bothered Ted, as he always could roll with the punches.  Dave Covey told about travels with Ted and added several Ted stories and jokes.  What could have been a very sad and dark moment—and caused many tears of grief—turned out to be quite uplifting. Hence our theme today is that out of darkness shall come the light.
 
Bill recognized our two Greeters (and Puffins) today, Shalom Aburu and David Swindale.  Shalom later got her blue badge to replace her red badge, all for a reasonable $5 fee.  There were no Visiting Rotarians today, but President Bill did note the presence of a few Guests of Rotarians.  Serena Rotondo, who is an Americorps volunteer with West Pierce Fire and accompanied our speaker today, is one of our Lakewood Rotary Next Step “alumni”.  Rotary in Action.
 

Pictured above: Shalom Aburu receives her blue badge from President Bill.
 
SUNSHINE:
The Sunshine Committee’s John Forkenbrock said that Leanna Christian’s grandmother died recently in a tragic accident. Condolences to Leanna.  There was a sympathy card circulating for Carol Wier, John said, and we all signed that.
 
President Bill made the newest Puffin, Mike Brown, stand up so that we could all get to know him.  Mike is Nicole Hanson’s brother and a manager for several Domino’s Pizza restaurants in this area, so welcome him to our club. 
Mark Edgecomb asked about the dress code or appropriate attire for the Partners Christmas Party tonight and he was roundly roasted for asking a dumb question and no one gave him a straight answer. A typical Lakewood Rotary irreverent response, keeping it all light and not dark. No one noticed Mark taking down their names so he could fine them when he becomes the Prez.  No, just kidding.
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS:
Rose Stevens reminded us that the Western States Hospital Christmas Party is on Wednesday, December 18th, so it is not too late to attend or to provide funds for the holiday presents for the patients.  About half a dozen Rotarians are going but there is room for a few more.  Chuck Hellar said he did it last year and it was very moving as these folks are largely ignored during the holidays so they really appreciated the party. 
 
President Bill called on several LR Rotarians to discuss the upcoming busy weekend; some refer to it as the Trifecta: First, as Rob Erb noted, there is a 7:00 a.m. breakfast on Saturday at Burs Restaurant for the group going to Joint Base Lewis McChord for laying Wreaths Across America at the cemetery.  Second, we are gathering at Rick Selden’s house before 10:30 a.m to get about thirty or more bikes to deliver to designated needy kids for the holidays.  Third, as explained by Puffin David Swindale, we have about 50 (yes, you read that correctly, 50!) volunteers going to EFN to do the food bag stuffing work.  This group is gathering first at 10:30 a.m. at the Old Country Buffet for breakfast.  What an amazing Rotary weekend of giving, and of bringing light to an otherwise dark world for many folks.
 
Mary Horn mentioned the family that Rose Stevens helped with a homeless situation last Christmas. Rose found them an apartment and they are still living there. They have a two bedroom apartment for the Mom, Dad and four kids. Our own Mark Blanchard got them bunk beds which helped a lot. Rose and others are seeing to it that the family gets a meal and holiday gifts so feel free to help.
 
Bill Potter squeezed in a note that there is no Rotary meeting on December 27, the Friday after Christmas.  He then called upon this Scribe to say that the next Friday, January 3rd we will be meeting at the Clover Park Technical College Rotunda, as the Country Club will be enjoying its annual clean up (and the hard working TCGC staff will be enjoying some well-earned time off after the holiday crush).
 
This January 3rd meeting will be unusual if not unique as there will be very little talking and no audio-visual needs.  We are planning a live demonstration of Olympic Weightlifting, to include two Masters (that means age 35 or older) World Champions showing off their strength.  President Bill asked if there would be “singlets” involved and was assured there would be.  Come see many time champion Robert Arroyo, who is a Retired US Army Major, Green Beret, and very entertaining competitor, as he smashes some very heavy weights overhead! Or come to see and laugh at a 73 year old man trying to squat with over 300 pounds.
 
PAUL HARRIS AWARD:
Steve Enquist honored Barlow Buescher with his first Paul Harris award.  Steve plugged the Polio Plus Society, which only requires a $100 donation for that worthy goal of polio eradication. We already have 27 members of the Society and counting in our club.  Never afraid to put in a plug for Paul Harris, Steve noted that time is running short but it is not too late to make a 2019 tax-deductible donation.
 
Pictured above: Barlow Buescher receives his first Paul Harris Award from Steve Enquist.
Out of the Darkness Shall Come the Light Joe Quinn 2019-12-13 08:00:00Z 0

By-Laws and Homelessness in Lakewood

Posted by Donn Irwin on Dec 06, 2019
Our illustrious President approached the podium with his traditional “walk up music”, giving us all fair warning that the meeting was about to commence. This week’s musical “treat” was a little ditty by Run-DMC that is supposed to imbue the Holiday Spirit, by the title “Christmas In Hollis”. Personally, I couldn’t understand a word of what was played but, hey, everyone has their generation of music. I’ve captured the first stanza for your enlightenment:
 
"It was December 24th on Hollis Ave after dark
When I seen a man chilling with his dog in the park
I approached him very slowly with my heart full of fear
Looked at his dog, oh my God, an ill reindeer
But then I was illin' because the man had a beard
And a bag full of goodies, 12 o'clock had neared
So I turned my head a second and the man was gone
But he left his driver's wallet smack dead on the lawn
I picked the wallet up but then I took a pause
Took out the license and it cold said "Santa Claus"
A million dollars in it, cold hundreds of G's
Enough to buy a boat and matching car with ease
But I'd never steal from Santa, cause that ain't right
So I'm going home to mail it back to him that night
But when I got home I bugged, cause under the tree
Was a letter from Santa and the dough was for me"
 
Nothing says “holidays” like a song like this, eh?
By-Laws and Homelessness in Lakewood Donn Irwin 2019-12-06 08:00:00Z 0

Mr. Potter Gets a Theme Song

Posted by Greg Rediske on Nov 22, 2019
Have you ever turned on a sitcom and NOT heard a theme song? Impossible. Just doesn’t happen. Here we are at the end of November, and there’s no theme song yet for this year’s Lakewood Rotary sitcom. Sure, random songs to start the meetings. But no unifying tune to say, “Hey! It’s the Year of Potter!”
So I took it upon myself to write one. Sung to the tune of the “Beverly Hillbillies”. A one, and a two, and a……
 
Come and listen to my story ‘bout a man named Bill
He once was a banker and he is a banker still
But then one day he was at his Friday coterie
When he was offered a new job at Lakewood Rotary.
 
President that is, King of the Hill, Superstar.
 
Well the first thing you know ol’ Bill makes a speech
He says he’s the President, and you better not impeach!
He said, “My jokes will stink if I want them to!”
And sure enough, they all stunk, we all went “pee-ew!”
 
Bad, that is. Very bad. Henny Youngman bad.
 
And if that’s not enough, Potter went looking for some tunes
Songs proclaiming that President Bill has walked into the room
There was just one thing that he did not contemplate
It was that half the room each week was over 68
 
Years that is. Old. Deaf as doorposts.
 
Well it’s almost December and we’re nearly half-way there
Only six more months—wait, seven! Au contraire!
By then we’ll be adjusted and his nonsense will hit home,
But then we’ll have to get ready for ol’ Mark Edgecomb!
 
The accountant. Number cruncher. CPA.
 
Y'all come back now, y'hear?
 
As the above has yet to pass the required vetting process (and probably never will),  we began the meeting of November 22, 2019 with the soothing tones of the Beastie Boys, “No Sleep Till Brooklyn”.  Trust me, it was not of “Beverly Hillbillies” caliber. Mr. Potter (not the one from Bedford Falls, but a banker just the same) called upon Scott Buser for the Invocation/Thought for the Day, followed by Bill White leading us in the pledge to the flag. Mr. Potter admonished us to “listen faster” as he rushed through the litany of thank-yous: Christine Vu at the Paul Harris desk (and our new and beloved editor of this bulletin), who grabbed $667 from willing Rotarians (including $100 from Ed Shannon in honor of his birthday). Barlow Buescher was the ticket seller and Sgt At Arms, while Julie White and Gary Barton were ably greeting the arriving throng. Walt Richardson, using his “grown up” camera, took these amazing shots you see below, while Barlow announced our visiting Rotarians: Howard Svigals (Gig Harbor), Liz Heath (Tacoma North), and Jamie Gregory (Puyallup). Guests: Eric Quinn brought Johanah and the new baby, Storey; Bill Price brought Pat; Duncan Cook brought Joan as part of her birthday celebration; and Greg Horn brought his lucky friend Pete.
 
John Forkenbrock announced as part of the Sunshine Report that Carole Wier is cleaning out her freezer, see her if you need old frozen stuff. And Pam Lowney’s surgery went perfectly, and she’s home recuperating. (And John Lowney is still recovering nicely from his back surgery. Just don’t ask him to lift anything.)
 
And then: Gary Barton was called up to receive his blue badge. While there, he announced that the board meeting from last night was spectacular. Or at least OK. (Speaking of that: highlights of the meeting included Lowney’s report that we are currently solvent, as of yesterday, and taxes are being filed. Membership is at 121, with a new edition coming December 6. And Bill Potter promised to say that we should all use www.smile.amazon.com for purchases at that website, as we get a portion of all sales sent to our club. Simply pick Rotary Club of Lakewood Charitable Fund as your chosen charity.) And then Gary ceremoniously presented the Puffin to Julie White for safekeeping until the 6th. Sadly, the Puffin has a band-aid from some accident or another.
 
Pictured above: Gary Barton speaks before receiving his blue badge. 
 
Energizer Bunny arrested!!  Charged with battery!
 
Announcements:
David Swindale reminded all of the EFN break bag event December 14. Start at Old Country Buffet for breakfast at 10:30, then to EFN at 12 noon.
 
Greg Horn took a few minutes to recount two major events. On this very day 56 years ago, President Kennedy was assassinated. And on November 29, 2009, Lakewood lost four of its police officers to a vicious murder. Greg remembered that he was in Philadelphia enjoying the sites when Chief Larry Saunders called him to ask a favor: could Lakewood Rotary be counted on to help with serving 120 meals three times per day for a week to police officers filling in for the grieving Lakewood Police Department? The answer was a definite yes. Dave Reames, Scott Buser, local churches, Burs and more contributed to help in what Greg described as his proudest Lakewood Rotary moment. Andrew Neiditz added to the story by noting that the nine children of those officers have benefited from a trust set up during those dark days. Chris Kimball and Mike Zaro are two of those on that board with Andrew, as they help these kids with schooling and such. Bittersweet memories, indeed.
 
Pictured above: Greg Horn shares two of his memories of this date in time. 
 
Liz Heath from Tacoma North announced their fund raiser at the Spar Tavern on December 3rd, from 12 to 8.  10% of all food purchases benefit the club, and they are selling raffle tickets (250 max) for $20 each for a variety of cool prizes.
 
Gayle Selden then announced our recommended slate of officers for 2019. Nominations from the floor will be accepted until December 6. If there are none, a voice vote will be taken on the below:
Board of Directors (3 positions, 2-year term): Jan Gee, Nicole Hancock, Leanna Christian. Secretary, Greg Rediske. Treasurer, John Lowney. President-elect: Dr. Jim Rooks. Mark Edgecomb will ascend to the throne, while Bill Potter will remain on the board as Past President. Congratulations to the Club for another outstanding group to legislate for us.
Mr. Potter Gets a Theme Song Greg Rediske 2019-11-22 08:00:00Z 0

Traffic Madness! 

Posted by Gayle Selden on Nov 15, 2019
The November 15th meeting of the Rotary Club of Lakewood was called to order on time by President Bill Potter. His walk-up music was an 80s sounding keyboard song. He later credited DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince (who is now known as actor Will Smith). I actually think Bill might have been playing one of the background songs that you could play piano over on a Casio keyboard.  Either way it wasn’t as inspiring as some other music!
Traffic Madness! Gayle Selden 2019-11-15 08:00:00Z 0

Honoring Our Veterans

Posted by Paula Olson on Nov 08, 2019
On this monumental occasion of honoring our Rotarian veterans, President Bill started the meeting four - yep, you’re reading this correctly - four minutes late. Then he played the Sesame Street theme song, not even a patriotic song. Bankers! The only explanation for this. Bob Peterson gave us a heartfelt invocation appropriate for the occasion. He also shared some statistics about World War I and Armistice Day and how it was extended to include all vets in 1945.  We were led in the Pledge of Allegiance by Leanna Albrecht.  President Bill acknowledged all of the Rotarians in uniform noting that the only part of Bob Hammar’s uniform that still fits is his medals.
 
Honoring Our Veterans Paula Olson 2019-11-08 08:00:00Z 0

Bulletin Beta

Posted by Christine Vu on Nov 01, 2019
The June 15th Rotary Meeting was Rung to Order with multiple gavel bangs to quiet the chatty crowd. President Daniels had a glimmer in his eye looking forward to the end of his regime. But there are many days of work ahead for him. Don called on Scott Buser for the Invocation and Johnny Walker for the flag salute. He thanks Duncan, Rob and Bob for the meeting set up. Special recognition was given for the crew who gets to the meeting early and stays late to make sure all our stuff is in order.
Bulletin Beta Christine Vu 2019-11-01 07:00:00Z 0

Spooky Enough?

Posted by Mary Marlin on Nov 01, 2019
      A meeting of Rotarians the day after Halloween???  Wouldn't all folks be sugar-soaked, sleepless from delighting children (and some adults) with M&M's and Snickers bars, and still lamenting the witch and skeleton costumes not particularly appreciated at weekly meetings? But, alas, no such concern.  No, No! Lakewood Rotarians are up and at 'em at every meeting regardless of ghostlike chuckles or moaning heard at members' crazy jokes. We are a team.
 
Spooky Enough? Mary Marlin 2019-11-01 07:00:00Z 0

Superpowers

Posted by Joe Quinn on Oct 25, 2019
      President Bill Potter demonstrated, all day long, that he is a Superhero, with Superpowers!  He started off with his traditional walk-in music; in this case, I was told it was “Rebel Rouser”, which I accepted on faith since it came out after 1960.  Many recognized this Duane Eddy tune.
Superpowers Joe Quinn 2019-10-25 07:00:00Z 0

Hope for the Homeless

Posted by Gayle Selden on Oct 18, 2019
      The October 18th Meeting of the Rotary Club of Lakewood was called to order by President Bill Potter after a rousing round of walk up music.
Hope for the Homeless Gayle Selden 2019-10-18 07:00:00Z 0

T.C.O.B. (Taking Care of Business)

Posted by Mary Marlin on Oct 11, 2019
       Who knew the weekly Lakewood Rotary meeting would encourage members to dance?   Although no one actually did, there were several who were moving about as the music from Taking Care of Business (encouraged by our esteemed president, Bill Potter) resonated, encouraged and grabbed attention to all who were present.  Yes.....we were soon to be taking care of business!!
T.C.O.B. (Taking Care of Business) Mary Marlin 2019-10-11 07:00:00Z 0

Stayin' Alive

Posted by Donn Irwin on Oct 04, 2019

      President Bill Potter aka PBP opened the meeting with his signature walk-on song – the one that varies from week to week. This week’s iteration was “Stayin Alive”.

"Stayin' Alive" is a disco song written and performed by the Bee Gees from the Saturday Night Fever motion picture soundtrack. The song was released on 13 December 1977 as the second single from the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack. The band co-produced the song with Albhy Galuten and Karl Richardson. It is one of the Bee Gees' signature songs. In 2004, "Stayin' Alive" was placed at number 189 on the list of Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

 

        

Stayin' Alive Donn Irwin 2019-10-04 07:00:00Z 0

Pomp and Happenstance

Posted by Joe Quinn on Sep 30, 2019
WARNING:  NO EFFORT HAS BEEN MADE THIS WEEK TO INCLUDE ANY HUMOR IN THE LAKEWOOD KEY.  IF YOU FIND ANY WORDS OR PHRASES HEREIN TO BE THE LEAST BIT FUNNY, IT CAN ONLY BE ATTRIBUTED TO A WARPED SENSE OF HUMOR ON YOUR PART OR PERHAPS A SYMPTOM OF EARLY ONSET OF MENTAL DIFFICULTIES.  s/The One Percent.
Pomp and Happenstance Joe Quinn 2019-09-30 07:00:00Z 0

Autumn is Here

Posted by Gayle Selden on Sep 20, 2019
      The September 20th meeting of the Rotary Club of Lakewood was kicked off with another rousing choice for walk up music from President Bill Potter. In fact, the music was so good I danced to it and forgot to make note of what it was. I am finding I like the music to kind of shake off the post-lunch haze. Great tradition President Bill.
Autumn is Here Gayle Selden 2019-09-20 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary at Camp Crystal Lake

Posted by Greg Rediske on Sep 13, 2019
 
Some time during the Middle Ages, which as everyone knows was in the 5th to the 15th centuries, someone somewhere noted that Judas Iscariot was the 13th to arrive at dinner with Jesus on a Friday, and Friday the 13th became associated with bad luck, and some would say bad movies. On this Friday the 13th at Lakewood Rotary, President Potter reminded us all with his walk-up music, Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition”. Which includes the line “Everybody scream!”. But nobody did.
 
Rotary at Camp Crystal Lake Greg Rediske 2019-09-13 07:00:00Z 0

Hope Sparks Eternal

Posted by Paula Olson on Sep 06, 2019
      On this significant day and meeting, President Bill Potter was a no show and Past President Mark Blanchard opened the meeting. Although you would be correct that we had no musical interlude to lull us away from our lunches and focus on Rotary business, we got something much better. Gotta keep reading to find out about it. Paula Olson gave a nice Invocation and Terry Roarke led us in the Pledge of Alliance.  Meeting set up was done by Ward Fletcher, Rob Hammar, Rob Erb, Troy Wilcox, Terry Roarke, Bob Cammarano and Lowell Johnson. Jim Weinand collected $635 at the Paul Harris table. Deidre Soileau was our greeter; Chuck Hellar sold raffle ticket sales and was Sergeant at Arms; Paula Olson was bulletin writer; and Phil Eng was the photographer.
 
Hope Sparks Eternal Paula Olson 2019-09-06 07:00:00Z 0

Facing the Music

Posted by Joe Quinn on Aug 30, 2019
President Bill Potter always has some fun “walk on” music for us at the start of each Rotary meeting.  This time it was “Tequila”, but many other great potential song titles come to mind.  Why not: “Viva Las Vegas”, “New York, New York”, “Satisfaction”, or “Gimme Shelter”?  Or in Bill’s special case, how about “2001: A Space Odyssey”?
Facing the Music Joe Quinn 2019-08-30 07:00:00Z 0

Joy Is Her Name

Posted by Andrew Kruse on Aug 23, 2019
     It is pretty easy to know when Lakewood Rotary meetings begin when President Bill pumps up his walk up music before he rings the bell. I have not decided if I’m humored or mystified by President Bill’s song choices. Gordy Quick shared the Invocation about appreciation for good parents of good kids. Gordy has done a lot in our community to invest in the lives of young people and we are so thankful for his example.
Joy Is Her Name Andrew Kruse 2019-08-23 07:00:00Z 0

Treasure the Thought

Posted by Paula Olson on Aug 16, 2019
       Before the official bell ringing, some toe -apping music emanated from the presidential podium, followed by the bell dinging, followed by President Bill Potter opening the meeting. We couldn’t quite place the music but we woke up and were ready to attend. Scott Buser gave a nice Invocation and Jim Weinand led us in the Pledge of Alliance.
Treasure the Thought Paula Olson 2019-08-16 07:00:00Z 0

Misirlou

Posted by Donn Irwin on Aug 09, 2019
Desert shadows creep across purple sands.
Natives kneel in prayer by their caravans.
There, silhouetted under an eastern star,
I see my long lost blossom of shalimar
You, Misirlou, Are the moon and the sun, fairest one.
Old temple bells are calling across the sand.
We'll find our Kismet, answering love's command.
You, Misirlou, are a dream of delight in the night.
To an oasis, sprinkled by stars above,
Heaven will guide us, Allah will bless our love.
 
Misirlou by Dick Dale & The Del Tones 1963
Songwriters: Milton Leeds, N Roubanis, Bob Russell, Fred Wise
 
 
Misirlou Donn Irwin 2019-08-09 07:00:00Z 0
Social Media and the Woes of an Ex-President Gayle Selden 2019-08-02 07:00:00Z 0

Water, Water Everywhere

Posted by Greg Rediske on Jul 26, 2019
      Banker Bill is now the fifth Lakewood Rotary president (out of 64 total) whose occupation was “banker”, but only the second in the last 43 years. And yet we’ve had 4 financial advisors in just the last 13 years. But that is not nearly as interesting as what happened to Mr. Potter at his first banking job: On his second day of work, an elderly woman asked him to check her balance, so he pushed her over. Bill’s sense of humor hasn’t changed, but his job did after that second day. Job #2 went better, but for Job #3, he wrote on his resume for a position outside banking, “Worked as a pianist in a brothel for three years.” His interviewer asked about this unusual position, and Bill said, “Well, actually, I was a banker, but I don’t like to admit that.”
Water, Water Everywhere Greg Rediske 2019-07-26 07:00:00Z 0

Chasing the Dream

Posted by Paula Olson on Jul 19, 2019
      President Bill Potter opened the meeting with a nice bell ringing melody, as yet unnamed. We’ll see if he can repeat it next week. Dave Coleman gave a nice Invocation and Astrid Arola led us in the Pledge of Alliance.  Meeting set up was done by Ward Fletcher wearing all hats. He collected $205.00 at the Paul Harris table. Leanna Christian sold raffle ticket sales and was Sergeant at Arms; Paula Olson was bulletin writer; and Troy Wilcox was the photographer.
 
Chasing the Dream Paula Olson 2019-07-19 07:00:00Z 0

Bill Potter Takes the Throne

Posted by Mary Marlin on Jul 12, 2019
 
      Right on time, the gong jolted the members of Lakewood Rotary to silently stand and the Reign of Bill Potter was officially implemented, recognized or was it feared? Ah, his smile dissipated the concerns and the meeting officially began.
Bill Potter Takes the Throne Mary Marlin 2019-07-12 07:00:00Z 0

One Reign Ends...Another Begins

Posted by Joe Quinn on Jun 28, 2019
      Our third generation Rotarian President, Gayle Selden, bid us a memorable farewell today, but the Rotary story continues strongly with Bill Potter getting ready to jump into the deep end of the pool.
 
One Reign Ends...Another Begins Joe Quinn 2019-06-28 07:00:00Z 0

A Gentlewoman and Scholars

Posted by Mary Marlin on Jun 21, 2019
       As expected, President Gayle Selden began the meeting of Lakewood Rotary on time and all rose to the occasion!  The thought for the day was shared by Bob Hammar, who reminded us to share not only our monetary generosity with others, but to share our hearts as well.  Peter Marsh led us with the Pledge of Allegiance. 
A Gentlewoman and Scholars Mary Marlin 2019-06-21 07:00:00Z 0

Josea Can You See?

Posted by Andrew Kruse on Jun 14, 2019
     The prestigious Rotary Club of Lakewood began with a rich word on gratefulness, and challenge to share that with others, from Dan Livingston.  Rick Selden led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. 
Josea Can You See? Andrew Kruse 2019-06-14 07:00:00Z 0

Rotarians...Assemble!

Posted by Donn Irwin on Jun 07, 2019

The Rotary Club of Lakewood “assembled” at the Tacoma Golf and Country Club and at precisely 12:30 PM, President Gayle rang the bell for the club to come to attention and begin the meeting.

Rotarians...Assemble! Donn Irwin 2019-06-07 07:00:00Z 0

Pretty Green Dress on a Nice Rump

Posted by Greg Rediske on May 31, 2019
      Have you ever noticed how when an older person makes the news, it always starts out with “84-year old John Doe”, or “John Doe, who is 79 years old….”?
Pretty Green Dress on a Nice Rump Greg Rediske 2019-05-31 07:00:00Z 0

Honoring the Fallen

Posted by Joe Quinn on May 24, 2019
     The theme of this week’s bulletin is best exemplified by this photograph:
 
Honoring the Fallen Joe Quinn 2019-05-24 07:00:00Z 0

Lakewood Rotary is Poetry in Action

Posted by Joe Quinn on May 17, 2019
     Ever the Creative President, Gayle Selden started off the meeting with an Inspiration (in lieu of Invocation), which turned out to be a poem read by Gordie Quick, originally of Nebraska.  The inimitable Mr. Quick read an inspirational poem he had to memorize in grade school, way back in the dark ages.  The message we took away from it was….Be True to Yourself.  And so poetry became our theme for this Bulletin.
Lakewood Rotary is Poetry in Action Joe Quinn 2019-05-17 07:00:00Z 0

Return of the Swede

Posted by Greg Rediske on May 10, 2019
     Q: Why did Ole the Swede bring a rolled-up piece of sandpaper to the desert?
     A: He thought it was a map.
Return of the Swede Greg Rediske 2019-05-10 07:00:00Z 0

Timeliness

Posted by Donn Irwin on May 03, 2019
      Those gathered at the table this reporter was sitting at became a bit nervous as we observed that the Queen might not start the meeting on time. Queen Gayle has started our meetings at precisely 12:30 on every occasion I have written the Key. As the clock approached the start time, I and the other two members of the newsletter writing team that sat at the table with me noticed the Queen walking around mingling with her subjects – seemingly unaware of the time.  Her majesty then went to the podium, checking her notes. We noticed it was 12:29PM.
Timeliness Donn Irwin 2019-05-03 07:00:00Z 0

Ruff Day at Rotary

Posted by Andrew Kruse on Apr 26, 2019
Whether you heard it or not, the bell was rung by our very own Rose Stevens at 12:30 on Friday to start the last Lakewood Rotary meeting for the month of April 2019. It all began just swimmingly; Charlene Miseli led our thought of the day with a wonderful Rotary blessing and Donna Phillips led us in the pledge.
Ruff Day at Rotary Andrew Kruse 2019-04-26 07:00:00Z 0
The Post-Sportsman's Dinner Meeting Donn Irwin 2019-04-19 07:00:00Z 0

Here We Go

Posted by Mary Marlin on Apr 12, 2019
      Today is the meeting. Tomorrow is the day!!  Have you ever had a birthday, holiday, reunion or anniversary that you couldn't wait to have arrive?  Amazingly, this sounds just like the expectation folks have for the Lakewood Rotary Sportsman's Annual Dinner.  And, yes, we have waited patiently and Tomorrow is the Day!  All procurements are in. The guests are registered. The planning is complete and the members stand ready to energize McGavick Center as it has never been done before!  So get ready. One more day to go!!
Here We Go Mary Marlin 2019-04-12 07:00:00Z 0

Hunger in Our County

Posted by Paula Olson on Apr 05, 2019
            Back to sandwiches and salads and the hum and buzz of Rotarians meeting and greeting.  Her Honor President Gayle opened the meeting on time as usual.  Bob Peterson led us in a thoughtful invocation and the Pledge of Alliance was led by Don Anderson.  Meeting set up included the usual suspects: Duncan Cook, Ward Fletcher, Bob Hammar, Rob Erb, Troy Wilcox, and Terry Roarke; Ward Fletcher did double duty on the Paul Harris table where $414 was collected; Chuck Hellar sold raffle ticket sales and was Sergeant at Arms; Paula Olson was bulletin writer. Troy Wilcox was the photographer. The auction table was womaned by Christine Vu, Anne Enquist, Kendra Riconosciuto, Jan Gee, and Sally Smith.   
Hunger in Our County Paula Olson 2019-04-05 07:00:00Z 0

April Rules

Posted by Paula Olson on Mar 29, 2019
            It was pot roast day at the TG&CC and the Lakewood Rotary room was packed.  Her Honor President Gayle opened the meeting on time as usual.  Chris Kimball led us in a thoughtful invocation and the Pledge of Alliance was totally off the charts.  Who knew that Joe Quinn had such an awesome, booming voice? He led us in a rousing rendition of a medley of patriotic favorites, including the National Anthem and the Canadian Anthem.  Good use of protein infusion.   
April Rules Paula Olson 2019-03-29 07:00:00Z 0

Let's Nourish Lakewood!

Posted by Mary Marlin on Mar 22, 2019
    With Past President Chris Kimball presiding, we of Rotary knew that Gayle couldn't have been prouder. 
 
Let's Nourish Lakewood! Mary Marlin 2019-03-22 07:00:00Z 0

The Auction is Just About Here!

Posted by Mark Blanchard on Mar 15, 2019
      I heard the comments as the hour approached.  In Ed Shannon’s direction, “She always starts on time…” In John Warner’s direction, “It’s 12:29, any time now.”
At 12:30, the bell was struck and another Rotary meeting began.  Right on time.
The Auction is Just About Here! Mark Blanchard 2019-03-15 07:00:00Z 0

Do We Really Learn From History?

Posted by Donn Irwin on Mar 08, 2019
     Today is International Women’s Day and, according to Newsweek, here is a very brief educational update:
March is Women's History Month, but March 8 is specifically designated as International Women's Day—a day devoted to celebrating women.
"The day is not country, group or organization specific, and belongs to all groups collectively everywhere," according to the International Women's Day website.
Do We Really Learn From History? Donn Irwin 2019-03-08 08:00:00Z 0

March Madness and Auction Action!

Posted by Mary Marlin on Mar 01, 2019
    The bell rang. The crowd of Rotarians stood and the meeting began.  Mick Johnson delivered the Thought for the Day and reminded us that being different is a blessing to all of us. Andrew Kruse led us in the flag salute. Making the meeting Set Up happen were: Duncan Cook, Ward Fletcher, Bob Hammar, Rob Erb, Troy Wilcox and Terry Roarke.  At the Paul Harris Table were Christine Vu and Steve Enquist. Drawing Ticket Sales and Sergeant at Arms was Mark Edgecomb. Yours truly was writing the Bulletin, and Walt Richardson was the photogenic Bulletin photographer. 
March Madness and Auction Action! Mary Marlin 2019-03-01 08:00:00Z 0

Plastic Surgeon Sued for Blowing Nose

Posted by Greg Rediske on Feb 22, 2019
      Have you ever noticed how our esteemed editor, Eric Quinn, aka Quinn the Younger, comes up with witty headlines to make you think, erroneously as it turns out, that the bulletin is indeed witty? "Ides of February"; "Kerouac's Mountain"; "Gayle Force Winds", etc. It does seem that not all editors are as all-seeing and all-knowing as our own Eric. This bulletin right here is going to quote some actual headlines from actual newspapers, which will undoubtedly serve to improve your already lofty opinion of this particular communication tool, aka The Lakewood Key, aka the Rotary Bulletin. For instance: "Homicide Victims Rarely Talk to Police", and "Miracle Cure Kills Fifth Patient". How about "Marijuana Issue Sent to Joint Committee."
Plastic Surgeon Sued for Blowing Nose Greg Rediske 2019-02-22 08:00:00Z 0

The Ides of February

Posted by Joseph Quinn on Feb 15, 2019
 
 
       Beware the Ides of February…I know, Shakespeare told Julius Caesar to “Beware the ides of March”, but he did not listen either and look what happened to him!
Somehow, I just could not write about Snowmageddon, our disastrous week of heavy snow and what it did to the Tacoma area.  Too depressing.  But we can blame that or the ides of February for the very light turnout at our meeting of February 15th.
The Ides of February Joseph Quinn 2019-02-15 08:00:00Z 0

Snow-mageddon 2019

Posted by Paula Olson on Feb 08, 2019
What’s that white stuff coming down?  Is it the wildly and widely predicted winter storm?  Why weren’t all the tables filled with brave and sturdy Rotarians?  Could it be we have some snow scaredy cats amongst us?    
Snow-mageddon 2019 Paula Olson 2019-02-08 08:00:00Z 0

The Auction is Here!!!!

Posted by Mary Marlin on Feb 01, 2019
       President Gayle Selden raised her hand, the bell was alerting and the members stood. First came the Thought for the Day by Andrew Kruse to elaborate on Service Above Self.  Gary Fulton led the Flag Salute, and a thank you was given to Ward Fletcher, Terry Roarke, and Rob Erb for setting up, Jim Rooks for manning the Paul Harris table, Jan Gee for doing ticket sales, Walt Richardson for being photographer and yours truly for writing the Bulletin. (We'll see how this goes!) And thank you, Gayle, for encouraging the members to speak sloooooooowly! 
The Auction is Here!!!! Mary Marlin 2019-02-01 08:00:00Z 0

And the Award Goes To...

Posted by Greg Rediske on Jan 25, 2019
     Today was the 70th anniversary of the very first Emmy Awards. There were only 35,000 television sets in the US in 1948 and 37 stations, but it was time to award people. (There was a 600% growth in 1949. But '48, not so much.) Rudy Vallee got called away at the last second, and Walter O'Keefe hosted in his place at the Hollywood Athletic Club. "Pantomime Quiz" won for most popular show. The Best Film Made for Television went to "The Necklace", starring Arthur Shields. And Most Outstanding Television Personality went to Shirley Dinsdale (a ventriloquist).
And the Award Goes To... Greg Rediske 2019-01-25 08:00:00Z 0

Dog-Gone It, What is Happening in Lakewood Rotary?

Posted by Joe Quinn on Jan 18, 2019
Because the Editor-in-Chief of the Lakewood Key knew that all good Rotarians wanted an answer to that constant question, he invited this Club Reporter to the Lakewood Rotary Board Meeting on Thursday January 17th, 2019.  Your dogged pursuer of the truth, as an investigative journalist, attended the board meeting chaired by Bill Potter, our President-Elect, standing in for President Gayle Selden. 
 
Dog-Gone It, What is Happening in Lakewood Rotary? Joe Quinn 2019-01-18 08:00:00Z 0

Travel Healthy

Posted by Donn Irwin on Jan 11, 2019
      Our trip to the doctor to get vaccinated began right on time with President Gayle shoving off right at 12:30. Bob Peterson was called upon to lead us in an invocation which he handled nicely. Past- President Dave Coleman led us in the pledge.
Travel Healthy Donn Irwin 2019-01-11 08:00:00Z 0

Cowabunga! The Rotunda!

Posted by Greg Rediske on Jan 04, 2019
      It was not 12:29. It was not 12:31. It was, in fact, exactly 12:30 on the dot when President Gayle charmed all who gathered on the campus of the Clover Park Technical College for the first meeting of the new year, 2019 to be exact.
 
Cowabunga! The Rotunda! Greg Rediske 2019-01-04 08:00:00Z 0

Risk Management

Posted by Mary Marlin on Dec 14, 2018
      And the bell rang and the meeting was called to order.  Gayle Selden, the president? Uh, no...….there was Anne Enquist, acting president, for the official end of the year Puffin President's roast.  Get ready for the fun! As Anne welcomed all, Gayle was brought in in coronation style, crowned and seated upon her throne and given a Tom and Jerry drink while Morris Northcutt drew attention with grand entrance trumpet music.
 
               
Risk Management Mary Marlin 2018-12-14 08:00:00Z 0

Youth Protection and You

Posted by Donn Irwin on Dec 07, 2018
President Gayle opened the meeting with her usual regal air. She called on Mr. Bob Hammar (he of the two “m “and two “a” fame) to deliver an invocation, or as is now the vogue, a “thought for the day." Thankfully Mr. Hammar mentioned Pearl Harbor and the tragic events that took place there 77 years ago.
Youth Protection and You Donn Irwin 2018-12-07 08:00:00Z 0

'Tis the Season

Posted by Paula Olson on Nov 30, 2018
     The last Friday in November means that December is right around the corner and all faithful Rotarians must find their antlers and red noses to get ready to bring on the Christmas cheer.  Or not, as you are inclined. 
'Tis the Season Paula Olson 2018-11-30 08:00:00Z 0

Honoring Our Veterans

Posted by Donn Irwin on Nov 09, 2018

In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: "To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…"

Honoring Our Veterans Donn Irwin 2018-11-09 08:00:00Z 0

Magic Tricks

Posted by Eric Quinn on Nov 02, 2018
As the autumn leaves painted the sky, and the clouds meandered about, Lakewood Rotarians gathered and laughed, again. President Gayle Selden rang the bell to order in a timely manner and ensured we paid attention to all of the  minute details.
 
Magic Tricks Eric Quinn 2018-11-02 07:00:00Z 0

Idioms Dictionary

Posted by Greg Rediske on Oct 26, 2018
Jumping Jehosophat! Gayle started off at 12:30, balls to the wall and armed to the teeth with her presidential gobbledygook. By hook or by crook, she showed us her moxie by once more trying to lick us into shape.
Idioms Dictionary Greg Rediske 2018-10-26 07:00:00Z 0

Drawn Inspiration

Posted by Mary Marlin on Oct 19, 2018
      President Gayle Selden is back! Let the fun begin! After Gayle activated the gong and the meeting was called to order, the club members stood.
 
     
Drawn Inspiration Mary Marlin 2018-10-19 07:00:00Z 0

Kerouac's Mountain

Posted by Paula Olson on Oct 12, 2018
              Since President Selden was still wandering around the world, Past President Ron Irwin subbed. The meeting was somber, without much of the usual silliness, and began in a little different fashion so we could honor our dearly departed Mike McGowan, who left us this past week. The invocation was a moment of silence for Mike; Lowell Johnson led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Duncan, Bob and Rob did the set-up; Kendra Riconosciuto staffed the Paul Harris table where a total of $1219 was collected and a $50 advance on next week’s collection; Chuck Hellar did double duty as the raffle ticket sales and Sergeant at Arms; Bob Zawilski took photos; Paula Olson wrote the bulletin; and Kendra Riconosciuto officially greeted us (as well).
 
Kerouac's Mountain Paula Olson 2018-10-12 07:00:00Z 0

Stepping Up

Posted by Joe Quinn on Oct 05, 2018
         The theme of our bulletin today was self-evident:  President Gayle Selden is traveling for a few weeks and various Past Presidents have stepped up to take care of President Pro Tempore duties.  But read the Lakewood Key to see how many LR Rotarians stepped up and will continue to do so. PPT John Lowney was the first to step up as will be shown below. He rang the bell right on time and got us rolling.
 
      
Stepping Up Joe Quinn 2018-10-05 07:00:00Z 0

Scout's Honor

Posted by Donn Irwin on Sep 28, 2018
The Pledge of Allegiance, the 4 Way Test and the Scout’s Oath – all in the same meeting! If that isn’t enough to get your moral fiber recharged, I don’t know what will. Well maybe a tent revival meeting by Billy Graham, but that won’t be happening again.
Scout's Honor Donn Irwin 2018-09-28 07:00:00Z 0

Containing Ourselves, Mostly

Posted by Donn Irwin on Sep 21, 2018
Clang, clang, clang went the trolley, no….wait…ding, ding, ding, went the bell (yes!) and President Gayle opened up another edition of the Lakewood Rotary Club’s weekly meeting.
Chris Kimball gave us a meaningful invocation and Barb Spriggs led the group in the pledge to the flag.
Containing Ourselves, Mostly Donn Irwin 2018-09-21 07:00:00Z 0

End Polio Now

Posted by Eric Quinn on Sep 14, 2018
President Gayle Selden rang the meeting to order on time as usual. Bob Peterson recited his thought of the day and Jim Weinand led us in the flag salute. Those making our meeting happen included Rob Erb, Ward Fletcher (as supervisor), Duncan Cook and Bob Hammar, along with Troy Wilcox on sound, doing set-up. Barlow Buescher drew ticket sales and was Sergeant at Arms. Gary Fulton manned the Paul Harris table. Eric Quinn wrote the bulletin. Walt Richardson took photographs. Apparently there was some confusion about who was to play the greeter (perhaps it was Mark Edgecomb?). Consequently, we improvised by saying hello to everyone we saw.
End Polio Now Eric Quinn 2018-09-14 07:00:00Z 0

Away on the Romp

Posted by Paula Olson on Sep 07, 2018
           At the sparsely attended Friday meeting, thanks to the ongoing Roadster Romp at Friday Harbor in the San Juan Islands, President Gayle Selden opened the meeting, asking Andrew Kruse to lead us in the invocation.
Away on the Romp Paula Olson 2018-09-07 07:00:00Z 0

Easter Bunny

Posted by Greg Rediske on Aug 31, 2018
Dancer with the football stars. President/Queen of Lakewood Rotary. Is there nothing she can't do?
 
Note from the Editor: There was supposed to be a pic of President Gayle in an Easter Bunny costume, some years ago at the Rotary Pancake Breakfast, but the photo could not be cropped due to its age.
Easter Bunny Greg Rediske 2018-08-31 07:00:00Z 0

Good News

Posted by Mary Marlin on Aug 24, 2018
   And the meeting of Lakewood Rotary was called to order by the esteemed president, Gayle Selden (who gently encouraged yours truly to capture only the "Good News" that would surely, as usual, depict a fantastic meeting).
Good News Mary Marlin 2018-08-24 07:00:00Z 0
Community Service Eric Quinn 2018-08-17 07:00:00Z 0

Gayle-Force Winds

Posted by Joe Quinn on Aug 10, 2018
President Gayle Selden called the meeting of the Rotary Club of Lakewood to order promptly at 12:30 p.m. on an August day that did not seem that windy.  But just wait.    A somewhat sparse but vociferous crowd of Lakewood Rotarians was on hand, which just proves that “it is an ill wind that blows no good.”  (Just wait for it.)
 
                    
Gayle-Force Winds Joe Quinn 2018-08-10 07:00:00Z 0

Familiar Faces

Posted by Greg Rediske on Aug 03, 2018
It was December 16, 2011, at the Lakewood Rotary meeting at the Tacoma Country and Golf Club. The Club's president was adorned in a stylish sweater with a nice green skirt. He (yes, it was a "he".....we can't be judgmental about personal attire, after all) was near tears upon the receipt of a giant trophy, named "The T. Torvald Torvaldssen III Award", commemorating T. Torvald Torvaldssen interestingly enough.
Familiar Faces Greg Rediske 2018-08-03 07:00:00Z 0

Multiple Ways for Moving the Needle

Posted by Joe Quinn on Jul 27, 2018
The District Governor of District 5020 was our speaker for this last Friday in July 2018.  He spoke on many memorable themes but one phrase resonated with us, so we make that our theme for today.  If you are an active member of Lakewood Rotary, then you are truly making a difference or as he said, "moving the needle" with respect to one or more of the issues facing our world where Rotary International is an inspiration.
Multiple Ways for Moving the Needle Joe Quinn 2018-07-27 07:00:00Z 0

The Sun Rises at Rotary

Posted by Paula Olson on Jul 20, 2018
         Pretty new President Gayle Selden opened the meeting, asking Dan Livingston to lead us in the invocation. Rather than beguile us with words, Dan asked for silence to count our blessings.
The Sun Rises at Rotary Paula Olson 2018-07-20 07:00:00Z 0

A New Reign, and with it, Thunder

Posted by Mary Marlin on Jul 13, 2018
            Who knew that Friday the 13th would be an auspicious day for Lakewood Rotary?  Gayle Selden, our new president and known leader of the incredible auction this year, opened the meeting with enthusiastic energy and her usual welcoming smile. And the meeting began.
 
                        
A New Reign, and with it, Thunder Mary Marlin 2018-07-13 07:00:00Z 0

The Coronation

Posted by Donn Irwin on Jul 06, 2018
Just when you thought you had seen the last of him after the “mic drop” the previous week, soon-to-be-past-President (again) Don Daniels opened the meeting at his usual time – whenever he wants. Actually, the attempted opening was delayed due to technical troubles with the audio.
 
                     
The Coronation Donn Irwin 2018-07-06 07:00:00Z 0

The Final Curtain

Posted by Eric Quinn on Jun 29, 2018
On June 29, Don Daniels served his last day as Lakewood Rotary President, and we at the Rotary Club of Lakewood are quite thankful for his service to the Club. His alter ego, Diego, presided over the meeting. Diego informed us that he would perform a “magic trick” at the end of the meeting and disappear. It should be noted that we had a special meal on Diego’s dime. Rather than pot roast we had tacos. They were quite flavorful.
The Final Curtain Eric Quinn 2018-06-29 07:00:00Z 0

One More Time

Posted by Eric Quinn on Jun 22, 2018
Time is our greatest asset. But time is unforgiving. June 22 marked the second-to-last meeting of President Don Daniels.
 
             
One More Time Eric Quinn 2018-06-22 07:00:00Z 0

The Don of Time

Posted by Gayle Selden on Jun 15, 2018
The June 15th Rotary Meeting was Rung to Order with multiple gavel bangs to quiet the chatty crowd. President Daniels had a glimmer in his eye looking forward to the end of his regime. But there are many days of work ahead for him. Don called on Scott Buser for the Invocation and Johnny Walker for the flag salute. He thanked Duncan, Rob and Bob for the meeting set up. Special recognition was given for the crew who gets to the meeting early and stays late to make sure all our stuff is in order.
 
                    
The Don of Time Gayle Selden 2018-06-15 07:00:00Z 0

Homelessness, Words and Winnings

Posted by Donn Irwin on Jun 08, 2018
After today’s meeting our current President has a trio of meetings left to preside over….please keep the applause to a minimum as President Don likes to keep things on schedule…..to that end the meeting was brought to order once again at the appropriate time.
Homelessness, Words and Winnings Donn Irwin 2018-06-08 07:00:00Z 0

A Regime Inches Closer to its End

Posted by Greg Rediske on Jun 01, 2018
The 5th to the last meeting of the Daniels Regime began on time more or less, 12:29, and with a slightly different opening. To everyone's surprise, Don got close to the microphone and sang loud and clear, doing his very best Frank Sinatra imitation:
 
"And now the end is near, and so I face the final curtain.  
My Rotary friends, I'll say it clear, I'll state my case of which I'm certain.
I've lived a Rotary president's life that's full, I've travelled each and evr'y Lakewood Rotary highway.
And more, much more than this, I did it my way."
 
A Regime Inches Closer to its End Greg Rediske 2018-06-01 07:00:00Z 0

A Not Quite Memorable Day

Posted by Joe Quinn on May 25, 2018
President Don Daniels called the meeting of the Rotary Club of Lakewood to order promptly at 12:30 p.m. on this Not Quite Memorable (Not Quite Memorial) Day of May 25, 2018.  A somewhat sparse but vociferous crowd of Lakewood Rotarians was on hand.
A Not Quite Memorable Day Joe Quinn 2018-05-25 07:00:00Z 0

Things Are Warming Up

Posted by Mary Marlin on May 18, 2018
Welcome to another eventful Lakewood Rotary Club meeting. Don Daniels, ever punctual, dinged the bell and all rose to the occasion. He warmly welcomed fellow Rotarians, visiting Rotarians and guests.  He  then asked Mick Johnson to give the invocation and Ted Wier to lead us in the flag salute.
 
                  
Things Are Warming Up Mary Marlin 2018-05-18 07:00:00Z 0

Six Weeks and Counting

Posted by Paula Olson on May 11, 2018
           President Don announced with some glee that he has only six more weeks left of his presidency and he plans to shake things up. A burst of applause immediately came from the peanut gallery. A short timer President is a scary being. The club has reason to be afraid, very afraid.
Six Weeks and Counting Paula Olson 2018-05-11 07:00:00Z 0

Subliminal Messaging

Posted by John Magnuson on Apr 27, 2018
In subliminal messaging, the reader/viewer is subjected to a signal or message below the normal limits of perception. The premise is that the thought, word, or sound is embedded in the subconscious. The transmitter’s desire is to have future acts, behavior, thought, etc., influenced somehow. Now, being the erudite Rotarians you all are, such an assumption about our thoughts and deeds being subject to such frivolous influence is nonsense. Right? Look to your right. Nowhere in the Four Way Test or The Object of Rotary is there a reference to such preposterous ideas. There are no quotations by Paul Harris bark like a dog. about subliminal messaging. All quotations by our founder are forthright; no subterfuge. So, if after reading this week’s bulletin you feel the urge to do something quite out of the ordinary, it is a mere coincidence.
Subliminal Messaging John Magnuson 2018-04-27 07:00:00Z 0
There Are Only 51 More Weeks Until The Next Sportsman’s Dinner  Donn Irwin 2018-04-20 07:00:00Z 0

Friday the 13th at Lakewood Rotary

Posted by Mary Marlin on Apr 13, 2018
                With the thought of Friday the 13th looming over many minds, Rotarians took it on!  President Don Daniels was back from wherever he had been working hard.  The well-organized 48th Annual Sportsman's Dinner and Auction was soon to begin. By the way, the Sportsman's Dinner and Auction was a smashing success. The Lakewood Police Chief came fully equipped.....for his speech, and the team had once again convened to celebrate collegiality and, of course, lunch. No worries. All was well!
Friday the 13th at Lakewood Rotary Mary Marlin 2018-04-13 07:00:00Z 0

Money, Money, Money

Posted by Mary Marlin on Apr 06, 2018
 With the temporary termination of rain, the encouragement of sun and the Lakewood Rotarians eager and ready, the meeting was called to order by past president, Rose Stevens. Rob Erb called her Dose, respecting, of course, Don Daniels who is off on another adventure in a warmer climate.  Rose, gracious and organized, welcomed fellow Rotarians, visiting Rotarians and guests. (You will see that the pictures are all in the front. Sorry. That is because the regular editor is basking in Tahiti while his substitute basks in Arizona with his Apple. And the Apple is not cooperating. Apologies)
Money, Money, Money Mary Marlin 2018-04-06 07:00:00Z 0

What's in a Name?

Posted by Gayle Selden on Mar 30, 2018
Past President Greg Rediske, donning a dark suit and a 101 Dalmatians tie, pulled his 11-year-old gavel skills out of his back pocket and rang our meeting to order on March 30th. The name Greg, from the origin of Latin and Greek roots, means watchful and alert. Past President and current club Secretary Rediske has been watching us like a hawk as you will see from his fines that occurred later in the meeting.
What's in a Name? Gayle Selden 2018-03-30 07:00:00Z 0

Deep Freeze 2018

Posted by Paula Olson on Mar 23, 2018
           President Don Daniels opened the meeting in his usual attention getting style.  Andrew Kruse led us in the invocation and Mary Marlin did a fine job leading us in the Pledge of Alliance. Meeting set up included Jan Gee at the Paul Harris table, yours truly Paula Olson, bulletin writer, Troy Wilcox and Duncan as the set up team, and a diligent individual, whose name this author could not capture, as raffle ticket seller and sergeant at arms; and finally, Rick Selden manning the auction table.
Deep Freeze 2018 Paula Olson 2018-03-23 07:00:00Z 0

Musical Sun Birds

Posted by Gayle Selden on Mar 16, 2018
The March 16th Rotary meeting was called to order by President Don Daniels.
The invocation was said by Charlene Miseli’s son Nate and the pledge was by Mayor Don Anderson.
A happier President Daniels thanked the set-up crew for finding the “lost” gavel. President Don then thanked all those that were part of the Rotary meeting production including: Charlene Miseli as the greeter, Selden and Selden on the Sportsman’s Desk; Mick Johnson, who collected $404 at the Foundation desk and Barlow Buescher at the drawing. Gayle Selden was trying to think of a creative angle for the bulletin and Eric Quinn took the photos.
Musical Sun Birds Gayle Selden 2018-03-16 07:00:00Z 0

Gavel, Gavel, Who's Got the Gavel?

Posted by Donn Irwin on Mar 09, 2018
President Daniels opened the sparsely attended meeting by banging on the bell with something other than his gavel. Seems as though the setup crew had neglected to provide the gavel used to ring the bell. Our esteemed President then threatened citations (aka fines) to the VOLUNTEER set up crew because of the oversight. It was all in good fun and this reporter did not witness any actual money change hands.
Gavel, Gavel, Who's Got the Gavel? Donn Irwin 2018-03-09 08:00:00Z 0

Secret Rotarians

Posted by Donn Irwin on Mar 03, 2018

This just in…..all correspondence between Lakewood Rotary Board members, while serving their term, will be absolutely private. No exceptions. No explanation. This resolution was passed by the current board in a 30-second meeting over the past weekend at the Original Donut Shop. They took their cue from the Washington State legislature……

Secret Rotarians Donn Irwin 2018-03-03 08:00:00Z 0

Lakewood Rotary's Got Talent

Posted by Joseph Quinn on Feb 23, 2018
President Don Daniels called the meeting of the Rotary Club of Lakewood to order promptly at 12:30 p.m. and it became evident immediately that this was to be the "Lakewood Rotary's Got Talent" Day.
Lakewood Rotary's Got Talent Joseph Quinn 2018-02-23 08:00:00Z 0

Bad News Bears

Posted by Joseph Quinn on Feb 16, 2018
President Don Daniels called the Rotary Club of Lakewood to order right on time.  This bulletin should come with a warning:  what you are about to read is not all good news.  Some of what we have to write about today is grim reporting, and some is cautionary if not downright depressing.
Bad News Bears Joseph Quinn 2018-02-16 08:00:00Z 0

In Absentia

Posted by Paula Olson on Feb 09, 2018
         For some reason, about 45% of the usual Rotarians attending Friday meetings had other things to do today. There was one table with two lonely members sitting and missing members at most other tables. And they missed a great meeting dealing with changes to the Constitution and Bylaws about attendance and the real Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson, all the way from Olympia.
In Absentia Paula Olson 2018-02-09 08:00:00Z 0

The Punxsutawney Files

Posted by Joseph Quinn on Feb 02, 2018
President Don Daniels started the Groundhog Day meeting on this date, but strangely without any recognition of this important American tradition! Stay tuned, however, in this bulletin as we reveal that our very subtle President Don really did honor the furry little creature known as Punxsutawney Phil.
 
                   
The Punxsutawney Files Joseph Quinn 2018-02-02 08:00:00Z 0

Introducing J Lown

Posted by Gayle Selden on Jan 26, 2018
The January 26th meeting of the Rotary Club of Lakewood was rung to order by the pacing Don Daniels.
Dan Livingston gave the invocation and Bill Price lead us in the Pledge.
 
Below: J Lown
 
               
Introducing J Lown Gayle Selden 2018-01-26 08:00:00Z 0

Just Sayin'

Posted by John Magnuson on Jan 19, 2018
What a wonderful surprise to have PP Ron Irwin as President for a day! It is a good thing for President Don Daniels to do that. The year as president goes by so quickly – just about the time the Pres hits stride – it’s over! Having a “bench” of past presidents to rely on is a great resource.
Just Sayin' John Magnuson 2018-01-19 08:00:00Z 0

Homecoming

Posted by Donn Irwin on Jan 12, 2018
Welcome back to the Country Club! Our first meeting of the New Year back in our home.
Homecoming Donn Irwin 2018-01-12 08:00:00Z 0

Thunda at the Rotunda

Posted by Greg Rediske on Jan 05, 2018
It was recently discovered that the only men who claim to not understand women are the young, the old, and middle-aged.
Thunda at the Rotunda Greg Rediske 2018-01-05 08:00:00Z 0

The Roast of President Daniels

Posted by Mary Marlin on Dec 20, 2017
Have you ever had a festive evening at a scenic lakefront locale drinking Tom and Jerrys, eating delicious food, surrounded by chatty, excited friends with games on the table and the thought of not caring when it will end? 
 
                        
The Roast of President Daniels Mary Marlin 2017-12-20 08:00:00Z 0

The Sergeant at Arms Steals the Show

Posted by Gayle Selden on Dec 08, 2017
The December 8th meeting of the Rotary Club of Lakewood was rung to order right on time by President Don Daniels. Charlene Miseli shared the invocation and Bill Allen led us in the pledge. President Daniels thanked Bob Hammar and Rob Erb for the set up; Jim Rooks for collecting $392 at the Foundation Desk; Leon Titus on the ticket sales, Photographer Troy Wilcox and bulletin writer Gayle Selden.
The Sergeant at Arms Steals the Show Gayle Selden 2017-12-08 08:00:00Z 0
asd;flkjasdf;lkj 2017-12-02 08:00:00Z 0

Plans

Posted by John Magnuson on Dec 01, 2017
Did you see the full super moon on Sunday morning? It is also known as the full cold moon. That’s not a big news item. Neither would it be astounding to write this bulletin on the theme of The Twelve Days of Christmas. How about Advent? Ask a millennial if they even know what the story of Advent is. Not that any millenials read this. In fact, if it doesn’t fit on the screen of a smart phone, millenials probably can’t read it! What about sexual harassment? Wow! There’s news! Maybe the crack Lakewood Rotary Bulletin Committee could get an interview with Matt Lauer or Harvey Weinstein. Probably not. I know – this bulletin will just be about the meeting on December 1st and a mention about the festivities that evening hosted by the Partners in Lakewood Rotary. Just for fun we’ll throw in some speculation and innuendo.
Plans John Magnuson 2017-12-01 08:00:00Z 0
Pre-Holiday Festivities Paula Olson 2017-11-17 08:00:00Z 0

Honoring Our Heroes

Posted by Greg Rediske on Nov 10, 2017
“Without heroes, we are all plain people, and don’t know how far we can go.” – Bernard Malamud
 
Today was all about our heroes, those among us and those gone before.
Honoring Our Heroes Greg Rediske 2017-11-10 08:00:00Z 0

A Treatise on Rotarian Rights

Posted by Greg Rediske on Nov 03, 2017
It's Rotary Foundation Month! To mark the occasion, we had a speaker, but that comes later in this document. (It's kind of fun to call this a document....makes it seem somehow important. Maybe I should have called it a treatise, to drive that point home.) So anyway, this being Foundation Month, it's a good time to revisit our own history with the Foundation. As most know, there was no history on this subject for the club's first 15 years.
A Treatise on Rotarian Rights Greg Rediske 2017-11-03 07:00:00Z 0

Feeling Taxed...Or Spooked?

Posted by Donn Irwin on Oct 27, 2017
President Don, aka DD, convened the meeting with the ringing of the bell and got right to it. The invocation was led by Clint Johnson and Mary Moss (she of the jaunty hat) led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Feeling Taxed...Or Spooked? Donn Irwin 2017-10-27 07:00:00Z 0

The OD/MD Conundrum

Posted by Mary Marlin on Oct 20, 2017
Apparently subbing for Don Daniels was DD, a very familiar look-alike. He called the meeting to order and the chatty membership soon became quiet. The invocation was led by Mary Covelli Johnson and the Pledge of Allegiance was led by Mo Sarram. Set up was by Rob Erb, Duncan Cook and Bob Hammar.
The OD/MD Conundrum Mary Marlin 2017-10-20 07:00:00Z 0

Friday the 13th: Rotary

Posted by Gayle Selden on Oct 13, 2017
The Friday, October 13th Meeting of the Rotary Club of Lakewood was called to order by President Don Daniels. From what I could tell there was no one in the room with paraskevidekatriaphobia.*
Friday the 13th: Rotary Gayle Selden 2017-10-13 07:00:00Z 0

When Autumn Leaves, Where Does It Go?

Posted by John Magnuson on Oct 06, 2017
Corny jokes abound this fall season: for example - What's the ratio of a pumpkin's circumference to its diameter?  Answer? Pumpkin Pi. Oh, I can’t stop laughing over that one, but I’ll try. And I promise that’s the last of them.
When Autumn Leaves, Where Does It Go? John Magnuson 2017-10-06 07:00:00Z 0

Where's the Beef?

Posted by Donn Irwin on Sep 29, 2017

Once again, President Daniels began the meeting right on time, which, in effect, is whenever he starts it – you know, being President and all. Our fearless leader gleefully announced that, after the conclusion of today’s meeting, he is one quarter of the way through his Presidency. Do we give the President a “First 120 Days” review like we give another President a “First 100 Days” review? I’m wondering what that would look like. Maybe Eric Q. can create some polling questions, have Greg R. put them on our website and we could vote……

Where's the Beef? Donn Irwin 2017-09-29 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary, the Gathering

Posted by Greg Rediske on Sep 22, 2017
Today's meeting extravaganza was all about golf and the District Governor. Actually, it was more about the District Governor, and a little bit about golf. But after extensive research, and I do mean extensive, there appears to be absolutely no jokes or funny quotes about district governors. Must be some somewhere. Maybe if Horn gets elected. So, in the meantime, we'll stick with golf.
 
                       
Rotary, the Gathering Greg Rediske 2017-09-22 07:00:00Z 0

The Drone Zone

Posted by Eric Quinn on Sep 15, 2017
Beep-boop-beep-boop-boop-bahp-beep. A drone has kidnapped the bulletin writer. Circling overhead, this drone recorded a gathering of the Rotary Club of Lakewood, being called to order by a man named Don-DAN Bot 253 (first name, designation, model, and area code, respectively, hereinafter referred to as “DANBot”).
The Drone Zone Eric Quinn 2017-09-15 07:00:00Z 0

Tumbling Tumbleweeds

Posted by Paula Olson on Sep 08, 2017
As the meeting started this overcast Friday afternoon, the far side of the room was vacant, dust balls all over. This reporter immediately wondered if there was a Nordstrom sale she didn’t know about, as all faithful Rotarian husbands would dutifully follow their wives to Nordie for a sale.  But Past-President Bob Zawilski, subbing for absent President Don Daniels, explained that this was one of the annual meetings of the Top Tier Lakewood Rotarians.
Tumbling Tumbleweeds Paula Olson 2017-09-08 07:00:00Z 0

Thinking of Houston

Posted by Donn Irwin on Sep 01, 2017
President Don brought the meeting to order at precisely the time he wanted it to start. Scott Buser gave the invocation and Eric Quinn led us in the pledge.
Thinking of Houston Donn Irwin 2017-09-01 07:00:00Z 0

Don's Full House

Posted by Gayle Selden on Aug 25, 2017

Is this seat taken?

It was a full house for the August 25th meeting of the Rotary Club of Lakewood. President Don Daniels turned into our own Maître D’ searching for seats for our continued stream of members and guests. Despite the chaos to get us ready for the meeting Don promptly started the meeting at 12:30.

Don's Full House Gayle Selden 2017-08-25 07:00:00Z 0

The Big Eclipse

Posted by John Magnuson on Aug 18, 2017
 
 
In the 1949 movie, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, Bing Crosby plays the lead role. By virtue of a knock on his noggin he awakens in ancient Camelot, falls for Lancelot’s lady, befriends King Arthur, runs afoul of the Wizard and ends up in the slammer.
The Big Eclipse John Magnuson 2017-08-18 07:00:00Z 0

Social Justice Meets Social Hour

Posted by Mary Marlin on Aug 11, 2017
 Joking that he was subbing for president DD today, Rick Selden took the reins of presidential authority as Don Daniels' trusted advisor.  And the meeting was efficiently called to order.  Ted Johnson gave the invocation and the Pledge of Allegiance was led by Jim Bisceglia.  The meeting set-up was Rob and Bob and Duncan (triple threat...).
 
             
Social Justice Meets Social Hour Mary Marlin 2017-08-11 07:00:00Z 0

Immense Knowledge

Posted by Greg Rediske on Aug 04, 2017
Dave Barry said, "When trouble arises and things look bad, there is always one individual who perceives a solution and is willing to take command.  Very often, that person is crazy."
Immense Knowledge Greg Rediske 2017-08-04 07:00:00Z 0

Citations Have Meaning

Posted by Joe Quinn on Jul 28, 2017
President Don Daniels called an unruly crowd of Rotarians to order with this Rotary Moment:  I think it was a past RI President who said, “If I could hold the world in my hands and get each person to perform one random act of kindness daily…” what a better world it would be.
Citations Have Meaning Joe Quinn 2017-07-28 07:00:00Z 0

The State of Pierce County

Posted by Paula Olson on Jul 21, 2017
Welcome to another exciting meeting of the Rotary Club of Lakewood! President Don Daniels led us in his third meeting – 49 more to go. Barlow Buescher led us in the invocation and Gordy Quick led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.
The State of Pierce County Paula Olson 2017-07-21 07:00:00Z 0

Help Me Obi Wan Kenobi

Posted by Gayle Selden on Jul 14, 2017
The July 14th meeting of the Rotary Club of Lakewood was brought to order by President Don Daniels. Mary Covelli Johnson delivered the invocation and Kim Prentice led us in the pledge.
 
Don’s Rotary Moment included a moment of silence for Rotary International President Elect, Sam Owori, who passed away unexpectedly. Sam was from Uganda.
Help Me Obi Wan Kenobi Gayle Selden 2017-07-14 07:00:00Z 0

Don's Premier

Posted by Mary Marlin on Jul 07, 2017
It was a perfect summer day. The sky was blue. The water on American Lake sparkled and so did the Rotarians on this special day.  Rick Selden curiously gonged the meeting to order and asked Mick Johnson to give the Invocation and Gordy Quick to lead the Pledge of Allegiance.
Don's Premier Mary Marlin 2017-07-07 07:00:00Z 0

Pyrotechnics!

Posted by John Magnuson on Jun 30, 2017
Paraphrasing Rose Stevens’ axiom, “An idea is just so many words without the action to make it happen.” (sic), must have fallen heavily on the ears of the framers of The Declaration of Independence. History reflects that Rose e-mailed and texted John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Paine, Thomas Jefferson and others, that enough was enough with England! Even though there is debate about whether the Declaration was approved and signed on July 2, 1776, July 4, 1776 or August 2, 1776 – there is little doubt that now Past President Rose’s memo prompted them to action. The War of Independence had been underway since 1775 and lasted into 1782 but Lakewood Rotarians can be proud that Rose stirred the antagonists to the Throne! Huzzah!
Pyrotechnics! John Magnuson 2017-06-30 07:00:00Z 0

One More Time

Posted by Eric Quinn on Jun 23, 2017
Through the infernal curtain, another Rotary meeting began. We were swiftly reminded that this was President Rose Stevens’s second-to-last appearance before us as President. Don Daniels is next in line. Bob Hammar gave the invocation. Ron Irwin led us in the Pledge. For our Rotary Moment, Rose spoke to us about an upcoming trip to Nepal, between October 28 and November 14, presumably. Is anyone interested in that? Contact Rose.
One More Time Eric Quinn 2017-06-23 07:00:00Z 0

A Day at the Playhouse

Posted by Joe Quinn on Jun 16, 2017
 President Rose Stevens rang the gong for one of the last times as our President. Admit it...that gong sound is preferable to that bell, banged clangily with a Rotary gavel. (I know "clangily" is not a real word.) But I will miss the gong. The invocation was given by Jim Rooks (the preacher's son for life) and the Pledge of Allegiance was led by Mary Moss.  Bud Montgomery collected a respectable $775 at the Paul Harris desk, Joe Quinn is the Scribe, and Walt Richardson the Photog-Guy.  Tom Crabill performed Sergeant at Arms duties and sold raffle tickets.  The setup crew was the usual reliable trio of Duncan Cook, Rob Erb, and Bob Hammar.  I am not going to start Bobbin' and Robbin' since I invented it and now we are tired of hearing it, as is Rose!
A Day at the Playhouse Joe Quinn 2017-06-16 07:00:00Z 0

How's it Going at Boeing

Posted by Mary Marlin on Jun 09, 2017
The day arrived. Even though several members were at the Atlanta Conference, those who remained decided to enjoy one another and learn about the Boeing Company. And the gong rallied the team after they were suddenly jarred awake. Our pres of the day was Dave Reames, a skilled and thoughtful leader who followed Rose's instructions to "obnoxiously fine" all of those possible. He more than met her expectations. The humor certainly helped. 
 
                                           
How's it Going at Boeing Mary Marlin 2017-06-09 07:00:00Z 0

Attack of the Khaki Shorts

Posted by Gayle Selden on Jun 02, 2017
It’s June! Already! The end of our Rotary year is near. This is the last Bulletin I will write in The Reign of Rose. It’s also the moment that the Country Club gets inundated with white legs in khaki shorts. For this reason, I wore my sunglasses into the club just in case of momentary blindness. The khaki short count was at a low five so I removed my glasses as I entered the meeting room.
Attack of the Khaki Shorts Gayle Selden 2017-06-02 07:00:00Z 0

Attack of the Khaki Shorts

Posted by Gayle Selden on Jun 02, 2017
It’s June! Already! The end of our Rotary year is near. This is the last Bulletin I will write in The Reign of Rose. It’s also the moment that the Country Club gets inundated with white legs in khaki shorts. For this reason, I wore my sunglasses into the club just in case of momentary blindness. The khaki short count was at a low five so I removed my glasses as I entered the meeting room.
Attack of the Khaki Shorts Gayle Selden 2017-06-02 07:00:00Z 0

Attack of the Khaki Shorts

Posted by Gayle Selden on Jun 02, 2017
It’s June! Already! The end of our Rotary year is near. This is the last Bulletin I will write in The Reign of Rose. It’s also the moment that the Country Club gets inundated with white legs in khaki shorts. For this reason, I wore my sunglasses into the club just in case of momentary blindness. The khaki short count was at a low five so I removed my glasses as I entered the meeting room.
Attack of the Khaki Shorts Gayle Selden 2017-06-02 07:00:00Z 0

The Russians Came!

Posted by John Magnuson on May 26, 2017
When considering a theme for today’s bulletin, the obvious choice is Memorial Day. If you, like me, had a father or grandfather, or you yourself, who served this country, honoring that memory is essential. If you, like me, have a child that served or is serving, he or she needs to be especially feted. There was a time in Lakewood Rotary when most members fit somewhere in the above categories. Not so anymore. Service is the exception now. I fear that revisionist historians will continue to minimize the roles that military service adds to and preserves the freedoms we enjoy in America. Political correctness is the “white-out” in recent history books in a wish to sanitize our culture. Be careful what you wish for!
The Russians Came! John Magnuson 2017-05-26 07:00:00Z 0

Get Smart

Posted by Donn Irwin on May 19, 2017
 
President Rose rang the bell, gonged the gong and got us started on yet another meeting of the Lakewood Rotary Club.
Get Smart Donn Irwin 2017-05-19 07:00:00Z 0

Lakewood Rotary Marches On

Posted by Eric Quinn on May 12, 2017
President Rose Stevens rang us to order at 12:30. Chris Kimball gave the invocation. Rose led us in the Pledge to our flag. Duncan and Bob set up the meeting. Troy Wilcox provided AV services. Mary Marlin drew ticket sales. Tom Crabill, again, played Sergeant at Arms. Gary Fulton manned the Paul Harris table and collected $1,263.00 for the Foundation (that’s awesome).
Lakewood Rotary Marches On Eric Quinn 2017-05-12 07:00:00Z 0

Mayo Cinco, Dio Dos Diesisiete

Posted by John Magnuson on May 05, 2017
Past President Dave Coleman, that is if you remember him, opened the meeting a fraction early. After the extraordinary fireworks of the previous evening’s thunder and lightning storm, the day seemed placid. PP Mick Johnson delivered a quiet invocation and PDG Gordon Quick led the salute to our flag. Our table was grateful for the TCGC generous supply of Margaritas. They were just the right combination of salty, savory and yummy.
 
                                     
Mayo Cinco, Dio Dos Diesisiete John Magnuson 2017-05-05 07:00:00Z 0

Let's Play Ball!

Posted by Greg Rediske on Apr 28, 2017
As I write this latest version of "As Lakewood Rotary Turns," I have just returned from another rousing game of T-ball, where I am coach for a group of 4 and 5 year olds. Two of my team members chose to run to the pitcher's mound after hitting the ball instead of first base.  All three times they hit. Little Cole was so kind as to actually pick up his own hit ball and hand it to the pitcher. Politeness counts for something. Tom Hanks is famous for uttering, "There's no crying in baseball!" He was wrong. And thru all of that one solid hour of barely controlled chaos, everything ended up exceedingly well: snacks awaited each and every participant, and they were happy.
Let's Play Ball! Greg Rediske 2017-04-28 07:00:00Z 0

Let's Play Ball!

Posted by Greg Rediske on Apr 28, 2017
As I write this latest version of "As Lakewood Rotary Turns," I have just returned from another rousing game of T-ball, where I am coach for a group of 4 and 5 year olds. Two of my team members chose to run to the pitcher's mound after hitting the ball instead of first base.  All three times they hit. Little Cole was so kind as to actually pick up his own hit ball and hand it to the pitcher. Politeness counts for something. Tom Hanks is famous for uttering, "There's no crying in baseball!" He was wrong. And thru all of that one solid hour of barely controlled chaos, everything ended up exceedingly well: snacks awaited each and every participant, and they were happy.
Let's Play Ball! Greg Rediske 2017-04-28 07:00:00Z 0
Glass Half Full (or half empty) Joe Quinn 2017-04-21 07:00:00Z 0

Stock Questions

Posted by Donn Irwin on Apr 14, 2017
DISCLAIMER: We did not have a photographer at our April 14 meeting, so the bulletin editor has made an executive decision to use stock photos from meetings over the last two years. Enjoy. 
 
President Rose opened up the meeting right on time – whenever she rings the bell is the right time.
Stock Questions Donn Irwin 2017-04-14 07:00:00Z 0

Stock Questions

Posted by Donn Irwin on Apr 14, 2017
DISCLAIMER: We did not have a photographer at our April 14 meeting, so the bulletin editor has made an executive decision to use stock photos from meetings over the last two years. Enjoy. 
 
President Rose opened up the meeting right on time – whenever she rings the bell is the right time.
Stock Questions Donn Irwin 2017-04-14 07:00:00Z 0

Hypothetical Answers

Posted by Greg Rediske on Apr 07, 2017
Pondering how to start this retelling of the Lakewood Rotary story of April 7, 2017, I had to ask myself: what if there were no hypothetical questions? Having no answer, I must report that Rose was again right on the mark, time-wise and otherwise, as she shut off all the splendid conversation in the room at exactly 12:30 with the ringing of the bell. Sadly, with the conversation cut off, Larry Clark was never able to answer my query: If you try to fail, and succeed, which have you done? 
Hypothetical Answers Greg Rediske 2017-04-07 07:00:00Z 0

Hypothetical Answers

Posted by Greg Rediske on Apr 07, 2017
Pondering how to start this retelling of the Lakewood Rotary story of April 7, 2017, I had to ask myself: what if there were no hypothetical questions? Having no answer, I must report that Rose was again right on the mark, time-wise and otherwise, as she shut off all the splendid conversation in the room at exactly 12:30 with the ringing of the bell. Sadly, with the conversation cut off, Larry Clark was never able to answer my query: If you try to fail, and succeed, which have you done? 
 
Hypothetical Answers Greg Rediske 2017-04-07 07:00:00Z 0

Beware March 32nd!

Posted by John Magnuson on Mar 31, 2017
Apparently the Lakewood Rotary Club Bulletin Committee is once more subject to an austerity move. Too many words are being written. Last week’s well-written bulletin announced, “Brevity is the soul of Wit.”  Many years ago Dave Sclair was the Editor-in-Chief, and he, being a responsible journalist, declared that bulletin writers were “too wordy.” As the offending wordiest of the wordy writers, I opted to follow EIC Sclair’s advice and truncated my bulletin writing by eliminating all vowels. f y wr rnd thn, y wr prbbly mzd tht y cn rd lmst nythng jst by cntxt nd cnsnnts. In spite of my good intentions, EIC Sclair reprimanded me and vowels were once again included.
Beware March 32nd! John Magnuson 2017-03-31 07:00:00Z 0

Brevity is the Soul of Wit

Posted by Mary Marlin on Mar 24, 2017
And the meeting begins..........
Rose raised the gavel, Clint Johnson gave the invocation, and Ed Shannon led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Brevity is the Soul of Wit Mary Marlin 2017-03-24 07:00:00Z 0
Behind the Green Curtain Eric Quinn 2017-03-17 07:00:00Z 0
Behind the Green Curtain Eric Quinn 2017-03-17 07:00:00Z 0
Behind the Green Curtain Eric Quinn 2017-03-17 07:00:00Z 0

Stow High In Transit

Posted by Greg Rediske on Mar 10, 2017
Let us pray. Dear God, We used to have Bob Hope, and Johnny Cash, and Steve Jobs. Now, we have no hope, no cash, and no jobs. Please Lord: Don't let Kevin Bacon die. Amen.
 
                            
Stow High In Transit Greg Rediske 2017-03-10 08:00:00Z 0

The March of Women

Posted by Gayle Selden on Mar 03, 2017
 
This bulletin writer has been looking forward to writing during Women’s History Month, especially since Lakewood Rotary has a standing woman President. As the bell was rung on March 3rd, this bulletin writer was not pleased to see Bob Zawilski at the podium. It’s not that I do not like Bob,  it’s just that there was recently a Rotary bulletin devoted completely to Bobs, Robs and Roberts. And although Bob doesn’t fit into my theme of women, I guess he can ring the bell.
The March of Women Gayle Selden 2017-03-03 08:00:00Z 0

Let's Get To It

Posted by Eric Quinn on Feb 24, 2017
President Rose rang the bell and we were off. Bob Peterson gave the invocation, and Jay Mayer led us in the pledge. Don Daniels spoke to us about the Rotary Moment, and a Rotary club, composed of five women, in Cancun, Mexico. These five women do remarkable things for their community, particularly with respect to assisting those with diabetes, or screening for diabetes. He spoke to us about the poor equipment used by law enforcement, and the fact that there are two fire trucks covering a 100-mile radius in Cancun. We should count our blessings. 
Let's Get To It Eric Quinn 2017-02-24 08:00:00Z 0

Let's Get To It

Posted by Eric Quinn on Feb 24, 2017
President Rose rang the bell and we were off. Bob Peterson gave the invocation, and Jay Mayer led us in the pledge. Don Daniels spoke to us about the Rotary Moment, and a Rotary club, composed of five women, in Cancun, Mexico. These five women do remarkable things for their community, particularly with respect to assisting those with diabetes, or screening for diabetes. He spoke to us about the poor equipment used by law enforcement, and the fact that there are two fire trucks covering a 100-mile radius in Cancun. We should count our blessings.
Let's Get To It Eric Quinn 2017-02-24 08:00:00Z 0

Bob Rob-a_Ram

Posted by Joe Quinn on Feb 17, 2017
President Rose Stevens  gonged us to order  right on time.  Scott Buser delivered the invocation and Donna Phillips led us in the Pledge.  Rose said the Set Up Team again was steadfastly staffed by  Bob (or Rob as he prefers) Erb and Rob (according to Rose) Hammar.  [Rose, we know him as Bob].  Ward Fletcher collected a solid $680 at the Paul Harris table.    Tom Crabill served as Sergeant-at-Arms and sold raffle tickets; Mary Marlin helped at the Sportsman's Dinner Auction desk.   Joe Quinn is scribe and Eric Quinn was our photographer.
Bob Rob-a_Ram Joe Quinn 2017-02-17 08:00:00Z 0

Procurement Teams: Assemble!!!

Posted by Donn Irwin on Feb 10, 2017
President Rose started the meeting at exactly the right time – when she rang the bell. The invocation was given by Chris Kimball, and Ron Messenger led us all in the Pledge. In a major shakeup of our set routine, our fearless leader announced that we would break out into our procurement teams for the auction, and that the “normal” meeting would magically reappear in fifteen minutes. Dinner and Auction boss, Gayle Selden, got our attention, gave us some direction and told us to get busy….which we did. Various Rotarians came up with some very cool ideas for what their procurement teams might produce!
Procurement Teams: Assemble!!! Donn Irwin 2017-02-10 08:00:00Z 0

Helping Friends in Need

Posted by Joe Quinn on Feb 03, 2017
LAKEWOOD ROTARY BULLETIN (The Lakewood Key) for February 3, 2017:  President Rose Stevens  gonged us to order right on time.  Bob Peterson delivered the invocation and Jim Weinand led us in the Pledge to our flag.  In charge of set up again were the reliable triumvirate (that means "three amigos" in English) of Duncan Cook, Rob Erb and Bob Hammar.  Steve Enquist collected a respectable $628 at the Paul Harris table.    Tom Crabill served as Sergeant-at-Arms; Barb Spriggs sold raffle tickets.   Troy Wilcox was the AV wizard, Joe Quinn is scribe and Bob Zawilski (not Za-wall-ski, pleeuz) was our erstwhile photographer.
Helping Friends in Need Joe Quinn 2017-02-03 08:00:00Z 0

He was a wise man who invented beer.  (Plato)
 

Posted by Greg Rediske on Jan 27, 2017
Breaking news! This just in! The University of Nebraska says that elderly people that drink beer or wine at least four times a week have the highest bone density. They need it - they're the ones falling down the most.   
Now, back to our regularly scheduled Rotary meeting, called to order by President Rose Stevens right on time, meaning 12:30 p.m. on Friday, January 27, 2017. Wasting no time, she gonged Greg Horn on to the stage (which is not his normal direction after hearing a gong). Greg proceeded to enlighten us with the history of Polio Plus. In 1979, some Rotary volunteer doctors inoculated many children in the Philippines against polio. This caught on at RI, and President Cliff Dochtorman declared it a Rotary International project to defeat polio worldwide. In 1985, there were 350,000 cases worldwide. In 2014, 392. In 2016, 42. So far this year: zero, possibly 1 (waiting, waiting.....) Amazing.
He was a wise man who invented beer.  (Plato)  Greg Rediske 2017-01-27 08:00:00Z 0

Another Time for Choosing

Posted by Eric Quinn on Jan 20, 2017
Everyone: THE 47th SPORTSMEN’S DINNER AND AUCTION IS HERE. We have reached a time for choosing, as was said by Ronald Reagan. Each of us has unique potential. Each of us are Rotarians. And each of us can affect change in our community. In so many respects, Lakewood Rotary already has. But we can make this year special. Tell your friends, and perhaps even your enemies—if those enemies are soft for admirable causes and a great time—to come to the McGavick Student Center at Clover Park Technical College, on Saturday, April 22. Doors open at 5:00 PM. You should also volunteer to help set up the event (contact Eric Quinn to do so, or sign up online in the Member Area in Clubrunner, in the “Volunteers” tab). This is our event. We make this happen. 
Another Time for Choosing Eric Quinn 2017-01-20 08:00:00Z 0

Brrrr....It's Cold Outside

Posted by Donn Irwin on Jan 13, 2017
President Rose returned to us after a brief illness as she banged the gong snapping us all to attention…or least most of us. I think that a few were still asleep.
Brrrr....It's Cold Outside Donn Irwin 2017-01-13 08:00:00Z 0

Democracy in Lakewood

Posted by John Magnuson on Jan 06, 2017
The 115th Congressional session has just begun. Once more, harmony settles into the Capitol. Before long, winter will pass, the cherry blossoms will proliferate and Senators and Representatives will be seen walking merrily through the park-like grounds of Washington DC. Polite debate and earnest compromise will forge America’s way forward. The memory of the spirited election of 2016 will fade into obscurity as democracy asserts itself. At the state and local level, altruistic elected officials and efficient government employees will initiate subtle improvements to our everyday lives without adding burdensome regulatory hurdles.
 
Ha, ha, ha – just kidding! 
Democracy in Lakewood John Magnuson 2017-01-06 08:00:00Z 0

Ramblin' Rose's Roast

Posted by Donn Irwin on Dec 16, 2016
After a bit of a rough start, our President for a day, faux Rose (aka Larry Clark) rang the bell and the last Lakewood Rotary meeting of 2016 got underway.
Ramblin' Rose's Roast Donn Irwin 2016-12-16 08:00:00Z 0

One Million Dollars, and Sixty Years Young

Posted by John Magnuson on Dec 09, 2016
Think you know something about Lakewood Rotary?
 
Q. What is the average dollar contribution per member over the period that Lakewood Rotary has been involved the Paul Harris Foundation? Show your work. (Remember that the early works of Pearson on regression and correlation were surpassed by Sir Francis Galton’s work with Sweet Peas.) 
One Million Dollars, and Sixty Years Young John Magnuson 2016-12-09 08:00:00Z 0

West Pierce Fire, and Ice

Posted by Eric Quinn on Dec 02, 2016
December has begun. The flowers are blossoming. The birds are singing. And pocketbooks are bursting. Rotary began as it always does. 
West Pierce Fire, and Ice Eric Quinn 2016-12-02 08:00:00Z 0

So Much to Be Thankful For

Posted by Judy Hosea on Nov 18, 2016
When you think about it…we all have a lot to be thankful for…
 
President Rose called the meeting to order.  Rose reflected her gratitude for each of us…her fellow Rotarians.  She thanked Steve Enquist and Gary Fulton who worked the Paul Harris table, raking in $1,093 today;  Rob Erb, Duncan Cook and Bob Hammar who set up the room for the meeting; Eric Quinn for capturing the meeting via Kodachrome, Tom Crabill for duties as Sgt.-At-Arms, and Leon Titus for peddling raffle tickets.
So Much to Be Thankful For Judy Hosea 2016-11-18 08:00:00Z 0

Honoring Our Veterans

Posted by Eric Quinn on Nov 11, 2016
Without war, there can be no peace, right? Today is Veterans Day. On this day, we honor those who have fought for our freedom. We honor those who have given the ultimate sacrifice, to protect us from external evils, and preserve the integrity of our nation. We owe our veterans the utmost gratitude.
 
                                                
 
Above: Veterans of Lakewood Rotary, in addition to many other Veterans. Thank you. 
Honoring Our Veterans Eric Quinn 2016-11-11 08:00:00Z 0

Reconnaissance Mission

Posted by Mary Marlin on Nov 04, 2016
As I was chatting with my Puffin (not Pumpkin) teammates, the gong went off and the audience stood. Scott Buser gave the invocation and Janie Frasier led the  Pledge of Allegiance.  Rose Stevens, president, "rose" to the occasion and proceeded to keep the lively audience under control. (No small task!) And the meeting began.
Reconnaissance Mission Mary Marlin 2016-11-04 07:00:00Z 0

Trick or Treat

Posted by Gayle Selden on Oct 28, 2016
The October 28th Rotary meeting got to a ghoulish start as Rose rang the bell to start the meeting.
Chris Kimball gave the invocation, and we were led in the Pledge of Allegiance. 
 
                               
Trick or Treat Gayle Selden 2016-10-28 07:00:00Z 0
The Congo, Poland and Goodbye to Norm Donn Irwin 2016-10-27 07:00:00Z 0

A Gathering of All Sorts

Posted by Judy Hosea on Oct 14, 2016
With the capacity of the room doubled to accept not only Lakewood Rotary members, but Clover Park Rotary as well, we had a good showing for the District Governor, Joanna Croghan.
A Gathering of All Sorts Judy Hosea 2016-10-14 07:00:00Z 0

A Gathering of All Sorts

Posted by Judy Hosea on Oct 14, 2016
With the capacity of the room doubled to accept not only Lakewood Rotary members, but Clover Park Rotary as well, we had a good showing for the District Governor, Joanna Croghan.
A Gathering of All Sorts Judy Hosea 2016-10-14 07:00:00Z 0

A Gathering of All Sorts

Posted by Judy Hosea on Oct 14, 2016
With the capacity of the room doubled to accept not only Lakewood Rotary members, but Clover Park Rotary as well, we had a good showing for the District Governor, Joanna Croghan.
A Gathering of All Sorts Judy Hosea 2016-10-14 07:00:00Z 0

A Gathering of All Sorts

Posted by Judy Hosea on Oct 14, 2016
With the capacity of the room doubled to accept not only Lakewood Rotary members, but Clover Park Rotary as well, we had a good showing for the District Governor, Joanna Croghan.
A Gathering of All Sorts Judy Hosea 2016-10-14 07:00:00Z 0

A Gathering of All Sorts

Posted by Judy Hosea on Oct 14, 2016
With the capacity of the room doubled to accept not only Lakewood Rotary members, but Clover Park Rotary as well, we had a good showing for the District Governor, Joanna Croghan.
A Gathering of All Sorts Judy Hosea 2016-10-14 07:00:00Z 0

A Gathering of All Sorts

Posted by Judy Hosea on Oct 14, 2016
With the capacity of the room doubled to accept not only Lakewood Rotary members, but Clover Park Rotary as well, we had a good showing for the District Governor, Joanna Croghan.
A Gathering of All Sorts Judy Hosea 2016-10-14 07:00:00Z 0

A Gathering of All Sorts

Posted by Judy Hosea on Oct 14, 2016
With the capacity of the room doubled to accept not only Lakewood Rotary members, but Clover Park Rotary as well, we had a good showing for the District Governor, Joanna Croghan.
A Gathering of All Sorts Judy Hosea 2016-10-14 07:00:00Z 0

Human Trafficking is a Reality

Posted by Eric Quinn on Oct 07, 2016
Today Lakewood Rotary learned that victims of human trafficking exist in great numbers in Washington State. Each victim has a name, and each victim has a story. We were all reminded that we must join in the fight against human trafficking, and stand behind those organizations engaged in this fight.
Human Trafficking is a Reality Eric Quinn 2016-10-07 07:00:00Z 0

Looking For Golf in All the Wrong Places

Posted by Greg Rediske on Sep 30, 2016
It was a glorious fall day in Lakewood on September 30. The sun was shining, the temperature was moderate, it was a Rotary Friday. The only thing that could possibly ruin such a day would be to play golf on it. Which some of us did, thanks to that day-ruiner, Joe Quinn. Ben Hogan once said, "Golf is not a game of good shots. It's a game of bad shots." 
Looking For Golf in All the Wrong Places Greg Rediske 2016-09-30 07:00:00Z 0

A Marlin Makes Her Debut

Posted by Mary Marlin on Sep 23, 2016
Several weeks ago it was an easy decision to say "yes" when Eric Quinn graciously asked me to write the minutes of the meeting.  After all, I enjoy journaling. Hmm.  Then the day came.  On Sept. 23 were the Lakewood Rotarians over-excited with coffee, eager to meet up and chat after vacations or just testing the novice notetaker?? We may never know.  But the race was on.  The pen was moving vigorously across the page and the number of names that flew beyond the table was remarkable.  Here is what was captured as the meeting rapidly advanced. 
A Marlin Makes Her Debut Mary Marlin 2016-09-23 07:00:00Z 0

Joe and the Supremes

Posted by Joseph Quinn on Sep 16, 2016
 
Overcoming some technical difficulties with the microphone, President Rose Stevens  started off our Lakewood Rotary meeting right on time.  Rose called on Bob Hammar for the invocation and Mary Marlin led us in the Pledge to our flag.  In charge of set up again were the indomitable duo of Duncan Cook and Bob Hammar.  Mick Johnson was in charge of collecting $953 at the Paul Harris table, as we inch closer to the lofty goal of $1,000,000.00 in our LR club history.  It looks more impressive with all those zeros than just writing $1 million, don't you think?  Actually, no matter how you look at it we should be proud of our club's donations to the Rotary International Foundation.  Wonder how many clubs have given more, on  a per capita basis.  But we digress.  Tom Crabill did double duty, serving as Sergeant-at-Arms and selling raffle tickets too.  Walt Richardson was our eager photographer, trying hard to make us old geezers look photogenic.  Last and least, Rose made the bulletin writer also do the program.  First time for everything I guess.
Joe and the Supremes Joseph Quinn 2016-09-16 07:00:00Z 0

Strike a Pose

Posted by Eric Quinn on Sep 09, 2016
Rotary began with a solemn remembrance of September 11, 2001, when our world changed forever. We all remember where we were that day. We also took a moment of silence to commemorate Linda Betz, who we shall miss. Giving the invocation was Mick Johnson, followed by Dave Coleman giving the pledge to our Nation. President Rose Stevens shared with us the Rotary Moment, telling us about Buckeye Elementary School in Arizona, where various schoolchildren are provided with weekly readers, for which many of these children is the only reading material in their impoverished homes. Buckeye Rotary visits the school and does weekly reader presentations. Rose wore a headset microphone for today’s meeting, like the great Louise Ciccone, otherwise known as Madonna. We welcome this change with open arms. We strike a pose. 
 
 
Strike a Pose Eric Quinn 2016-09-09 07:00:00Z 0

Strike a Pose

Posted by Eric Quinn on Sep 09, 2016
Rotary began with a solemn remembrance of September 11, 2001, when our world changed forever. We all remember where we were that day. We also took a moment of silence to commemorate Linda Betz, who we shall miss. Giving the invocation was Mick Johnson, followed by Dave Coleman giving the pledge to our Nation. President Rose Stevens shared with us the Rotary Moment, telling us about Buckeye Elementary School in Arizona, where various schoolchildren are provided with weekly readers, for which many of these children is the only reading material in their impoverished homes. Buckeye Rotary visits the school and does weekly reader presentations. Rose wore a headset microphone for today’s meeting, like the great Louise Ciccone, otherwise known as Madonna. We welcome this change with open arms. We strike a pose. 
Strike a Pose Eric Quinn 2016-09-09 07:00:00Z 0

Things on Wheels

Posted by Donn Irwin on Sep 02, 2016
President Rose rang the bell and called the sparsely attended meeting to order. (It must have been a Friday before a holiday). Scott Buser led us in prayer and Ted Wier followed with the Pledge of Allegiance. (Ole subtly pointed out to me that there was one person sitting down during the Pledge. He said his name was Colin something….). 
Things on Wheels Donn Irwin 2016-09-02 07:00:00Z 0

2016: A Rotary Odyssey

Posted by John Magnuson on Aug 26, 2016
A quick report on the meeting then to the good stuff: a shocking expose’ about what happened on what was formerly known as The Reeder Roadster Romp. But first, the Thursday before the meeting on Friday there was a gathering of drinking Rotarians with a boating problem. Actually, only one of the twin 37 ‘ Tollycrafts served shots. So, there is much to tattle, but first; the meeting.
 
                         
2016: A Rotary Odyssey John Magnuson 2016-08-26 07:00:00Z 0

New Story August 24 2016

The bell rang, the gong gonged and President Rose, fresh from her relaxing trip to upstate New York, got right to it. Immediate past prez Chris Kimball gave the invocation and Don Daniels followed up by leading us in the Pledge of Allegiance.
New Story August 24 2016 2016-08-23 07:00:00Z 0

Social Security, and Other Fun Stuff

Posted by Donn Irwin on Aug 19, 2016
The bell rang, the gong gonged and President Rose, fresh from her relaxing trip to upstate New York, got right to it. Immediate past prez Chris Kimball gave the invocation and Don Daniels followed up by leading us in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Social Security, and Other Fun Stuff Donn Irwin 2016-08-19 07:00:00Z 0

So Much Drama on the PCT (Pacific Crest Trail)

Posted by Joe Quinn on Aug 12, 2016
President Rose Stevens  took a day off, but the Presidential Podium was well manned--'er staffed--by Past President Phil Eng.  Reliable Phil has been busy lately, with coordinating efforts at the recent Courage Classic Rest Stop at Nason Creek and now the upcoming "huge" Reeder Roadster Romp later this month. 
So Much Drama on the PCT (Pacific Crest Trail) Joe Quinn 2016-08-12 07:00:00Z 0

So Much Drama on the PCT (Pacific Crest Trail)

Posted by Joe Quinn on Aug 12, 2016

 

 

President Rose Stevens  took a day off, but the Presidential Podium was well manned--'er staffed--by Past President Phil Eng.  Reliable Phil has been busy lately, with coordinating efforts at the recent Courage Classic Rest Stop at Nason Creek and now the upcoming "huge" Reeder Roadster Romp later this month. 
So Much Drama on the PCT (Pacific Crest Trail) Joe Quinn 2016-08-12 07:00:00Z 0

Men Are From Lakewood, Women Are From Lakewood

Posted by Greg Rediske on Aug 05, 2016
It has been 12 long and hard years since our last woman president of Lakewood Rotary, Mary Lou Sclair. 12 years of guys running the show. Dave Barry once wrote, "Guys are simple... women are not simple and they always assume that men must be just as complicated as they are, only way more mysterious. The whole point is guys are not thinking much. They are just what they appear to be. Tragically." 
Men Are From Lakewood, Women Are From Lakewood Greg Rediske 2016-08-05 07:00:00Z 0

Summer on My Mind…or losing my Mind

Posted by Judy Hosea on Jul 29, 2016
Years of being a “time-Nazi” and never being late has caused me a lot of angst this week when our ever vigilant Club Secretary politely asked if I had sent the weekly bulletin to the wrong person for distribution.  I humbly confess….I forgot to submit it at all.  Tsk tsk tsk….woe is me.  Hoseb
Summer on My Mind…or losing my Mind Judy Hosea 2016-07-29 07:00:00Z 0

Strange Zucchini Breadfellows

Posted by Joseph Quinn on Jul 22, 2016
President Rose Stevens started off her third or fourth meeting—she wasn't sure—with a Rotary Moment.  She said District 5340 in the San Diego area has a great program going.  They are running a UN program involving high school debates and international relations, as a model United Nations Conference, April 8-9, 2017 at the University of San Diego.
Strange Zucchini Breadfellows Joseph Quinn 2016-07-22 07:00:00Z 0

The Miracle of Flight

Posted by Eric Quinn on Jul 15, 2016
Rose commenced her third regular meeting as President with great enthusiasm. Barlow Buescher gave the invocation. Chris Easter led us in the Pledge. Rose gave us the Rotary Moment, and spoke to us about Rotary clubs in Mongolia. There have been 13 Clubs in Mongolia for the last 20 years, and there are nine Rotaract clubs. Since 2003, many Mongolian Rotary clubs have done 10 sanitation projects in various schools.
The Miracle of Flight Eric Quinn 2016-07-15 07:00:00Z 0

The Miracle of Flight

Posted by Eric Quinn on Jul 15, 2016
Rose commenced her third regular meeting as President with great enthusiasm. Barlow Buescher gave the invocation. Chris Easter led us in the Pledge. Rose gave us the Rotary Moment, and spoke to us about Rotary clubs in Mongolia. There have been 13 Clubs in Mongolia for the last 20 years, and there are nine Rotaract clubs. Since 2003, many Mongolian Rotary clubs have done 10 sanitation projects in various schools.
The Miracle of Flight Eric Quinn 2016-07-15 07:00:00Z 0

The Reign of Rose

Posted by Gayle Selden on Jul 08, 2016
President Rose Stevens rang the opening bell and began her second meeting as President. The invocation was given by Scott Buser and the pledge to the glorious flag by John Warner.
 
                   
The Reign of Rose Gayle Selden 2016-07-08 07:00:00Z 0

Happy Fourth of July 2016

Posted by John Magnuson on Jul 01, 2016
240 years later, and what do we have to show for it? Well, powdered wigs are no longer seen as a fashion statement, for one. Pants, formerly known as “breeches,” have come a long way. And electric cars are replacing horses, or should I say, horsepowered cars - especially ones with 425 horsepower!
Happy Fourth of July 2016 John Magnuson 2016-07-01 07:00:00Z 0

The Final Countdown

Posted by Eric Quinn on Jun 24, 2016
A chapter has ended. Another door closed. So long Chris. Hello, Rose. We began the Final Countdown—think Europe, or perhaps the European Union—the last meeting presided over by Christopher Kimball, who ruled with an iron fist, and bestowed terror in the hearts of his subjects. Or perhaps not.
The Final Countdown Eric Quinn 2016-06-24 07:00:00Z 0

One to Go

Posted by Joseph Quinn on Jun 17, 2016
President  Chris Kimball --"Mister Two to Go"-- started the meeting with the Rock 'n Roll quote of the day:  In 1983 Bob Dylan sang (if you can call what Bob does "singing"):  "The swift don't win; the worthy do" or something along those lines.  Yes, Chris has only one more meeting after this one, because the end of our Rotary year is in sight, and in fact we have already installed our new officers.  See below for a bit on that celebration.
One to Go Joseph Quinn 2016-06-17 07:00:00Z 0

It's Time for the President to be a Woman

Posted by Gayle Selden on Jun 10, 2016
President Chris Kimball opened his third-to-the-last meeting on June 10 with lots of smiles. Seems like Chris is looking ready to enjoy some time eating his lunch before a Rotary Meeting and being able to sit at more than one table. I wonder if he will handle his time out of the spotlight or if he will return with his drum set hoping incoming President Rose will let him tell one joke with a rimshot.
It's Time for the President to be a Woman Gayle Selden 2016-06-10 07:00:00Z 0
Meeting Number 3000, Give or Take a Few John Magnuson 2016-06-03 07:00:00Z 0

Honoring the Fallen

Posted by Donn Irwin on May 27, 2016
The customary invocation was delivered by a surprised, yet prepared, Bob Peterson (someone evidently forgot to tell him that he was once again invocating for us). He opened his wallet, pulled out a piece of paper with a prayer on it and led the way. Kudos to Bob.
The National Anthem was sung with gusto as all of us remembered our fallen soldiers.
Honoring the Fallen Donn Irwin 2016-05-27 07:00:00Z 0

Lock, Stock and Barrel

Posted by Eric Quinn on May 20, 2016
Another exciting meeting of the Rotary Club of Lakewood commenced with an invocation from Barlow Buescher; President Chris Kimball led us in the National Anthem, with our hands on our heart, or saluting if we have served; then he read us the rock-and-roll quote of the day from a song called “The Pass,” as it came to us from the great band Rush, from the album Presto, released in 1989:
Lock, Stock and Barrel Eric Quinn 2016-05-20 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting at Camp Crystal Lake

Posted by Donn Irwin on May 13, 2016
The bell clanged, we prayed (well, invocated) with Mick Johnson, then visiting Rotarian Ralph Lockhart gave a special toast to the flag, the Prez’s drum rolled, we sang and we saluted the flag…thus began another meeting of the Rotary Club of Lakewood.
Then came the now-famous (infamous?) R&R quote from our esteemed President…what’s his name…
“No Matter what you do, you’ll never run away from you” Thus sayeth Paul Revere of Paul Revere and the Raiders from their 1966 album “Midnight Ride”. Profound words to live by!
Meeting at Camp Crystal Lake Donn Irwin 2016-05-13 07:00:00Z 0

Everything According to Plan

Posted by Greg Rediske on May 06, 2016
President Kimball had a plan, and part of that plan was to bring us lyrics from the song "Part of the Plan" by the late Dan Fogelberg.  Get where I'm going with this? Part of the plan was "Part of the Plan"?  Get it?  Good! And you music aficionados out there might also be interested to know that Joe Walsh produced that multi-platinum album in 1974.
Everything According to Plan Greg Rediske 2016-05-06 07:00:00Z 0

Desperate Times Call for Desperate Fines

Posted by Joseph Quinn on Apr 29, 2016
President  Chris Kimball  started the meeting early and, of course, with the Rock 'n Roll quote of the day:  In 1979 Neil Young wrote:  "It is better to burn out than to fade away."  I am not sure what Chris was trying to suggest to most of us retired Rotarians, or at least those of us who are both burned out and fading away!  Just kidding.
Desperate Times Call for Desperate Fines Joseph Quinn 2016-04-29 07:00:00Z 0

The Tale of a Sparse Bulletin on Auction Weekend

Posted by Eric Quinn on Apr 22, 2016
Another exciting meeting of the Rotary Club of Lakewood began with a warm welcome from President Chris Kimball. Bob Peterson gave the invocation. Then Chris led us in his customary drum-laden rendition of our national anthem. Incidentally, this writer commends Chris for his extraordinary 60-second drum solo at the Lakewood Rotary Sportsman’s Dinner and Auction (hereinafter the “Auction”) this last weekend. Like a drumstick, we will hit you with some more details on the Auction in the coming weeks, but for now, understand that the Auction was a smashing success.  
The Tale of a Sparse Bulletin on Auction Weekend Eric Quinn 2016-04-22 07:00:00Z 0

*Insert Bulletin Title Here

Posted by Gayle Selden on Apr 15, 2016
The April 15th Meeting for the Rotary Club of Lakewood was started with a wonderful invocation By Dave Coleman and a boisterous National Anthem by the Club. President Chris quoted Sir Elton John as his Rock & Roll quote of the day.
 
                    
*Insert Bulletin Title Here Gayle Selden 2016-04-15 07:00:00Z 0

Don't Look Back

Posted by Joseph Quinn on Apr 08, 2016
President  Chris Kimball  started the meeting on time and, predictably, with the Rock 'n Roll quote of the day:  It was the 1983 hit by Boston, from the album "Don't Look Back" and went something like this:  "I can tell...no more time to criticize...I can be strong, etc. etc."  OK, OK, so you don't want to look back.  Look forward instead to...the Lakewood Rotary Sportsman's Dinner and Auction!
Don't Look Back Joseph Quinn 2016-04-08 07:00:00Z 0

No Foolin'

Posted by Donn Irwin on Apr 01, 2016
Lakewood Rotary actually did meet on Friday April 1st 2016 – I have the notes to prove it!
The weekly meeting was called to order at precisely the right time – whenever the President starts it!
Bob Peterson gave the invocation. President Chris then attempted to lead us in the Canadian National Anthem (Oh Canada)....his version of an April Fool’s Day prank...it seemed to work as it drew a chuckle or two.
No Foolin' Donn Irwin 2016-04-01 07:00:00Z 0

Fitting In, But Standing Out

Posted by Eric Quinn on Mar 25, 2016
Another exciting meeting of the Rotary Club of Lakewood began with another exciting ring of the bell, at 12:28 PM. We began with an eloquent invocation by one of our newest members, and preacher, Barlow Buescher. President Chris led us in the National Anthem. Morris Northcutt could not play the trumpeter this time. His loss.
Fitting In, But Standing Out Eric Quinn 2016-03-25 07:00:00Z 0

People Always Ask

Posted by Greg Rediske on Mar 18, 2016
Just like the 1970's rock group, T. Rex, who sang "Bang a gong/Get it on", President Kimball started the proceedings in that very way on this 18th day of March, 2016.
People Always Ask Greg Rediske 2016-03-18 07:00:00Z 0

Guess Who's Back

Posted by Judy Hosea on Mar 11, 2016
The meeting was rung to order in the usual way….but there was a new gleam and focus from our esteemed President Chris.  He had enhanced witty retorts and snappy repartee….a lesson snatched from last week’s pummeling by club sweetheart, Gayle Selden and (Lakewood’s own version of George Hamilton) Don Daniels.
 
                                          
Guess Who's Back Judy Hosea 2016-03-11 08:00:00Z 0

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work!

Posted by Judy Hosea on Mar 04, 2016
Rotary….we drafted you!  You are on the team! Teamwork began today with my table….Gayle Selden, Wynn and Vaughn Hoffman, Dr. Peter Marsh, Bill Allen, Bob Peterson, Donna Phillips and yours truly.  I saw demonstrations of leadership (reaching for the flyers on the table), and cooperation (pass the salt), camaraderie (slap on the back) and sharing (I’ll show you my dog picture if you show me yours). 
Teamwork Makes the Dream Work! Judy Hosea 2016-03-04 08:00:00Z 0

Not Everything is Black and White

Posted by Joseph Quinn on Feb 26, 2016
President  Chris Kimball  rang the bell and gave us the Rock 'n Roll quote of the day:  "I'd love to change the world..."  It was by Ten Years After and written in 1971.  Change the world how,  you ask?  Chris said the gist of it was to "tax the rich" until "there are no rich no more".  Well that sounds like a formula for success, right?   Not.  And a double negative to boot.
Not Everything is Black and White Joseph Quinn 2016-02-26 08:00:00Z 0

Therapy, In More Ways Than One

Posted by Gayle Selden on Feb 19, 2016
The February 19th meeting of the Rotary Club of Lakewood was started promptly at 12:30 by President Chris Kimball. The invocation was given by Dave Coleman, and the Club and You Tube sang the National Anthem. The Edgar Winter Group provided our Rock and Roll quote of the day, from the song Freeride: “The Mountain is high, the valley is low, and you are confused ‘bout which way to go. So I flew here to give you a hand, and lead you to the Promised Land...”
Therapy, In More Ways Than One Gayle Selden 2016-02-19 08:00:00Z 0

Stirring the Pot

Posted by John Magnuson on Feb 12, 2016
Two Norwegians are drinking in a bar. One says, "Did you know dat Elks have sex 10 to 15 times a day?"
 
"Aww heck!" says his friend, "and I yust yoined da dang Sons of Norway Lodge!”
 
But that is not the Rock N’ Roll quotation of the day. For that little gem, you must wait for the anthology of today’s meeting to unfold. So all of the foregoing, other than the day, place and Abe reference is ersatz. Everyone, except Donn Irwin, raise your hand if you know what ersatz means. No looking it up in your Funk and Wagnalls.
Stirring the Pot John Magnuson 2016-02-12 08:00:00Z 0

Ride Your Bike to the Auction

Posted by Donn Irwin on Feb 05, 2016

Take a ride on the Courage Classic. If you can’t ride then send money!
President Chris began the meeting early (again), claiming a busy agenda. This writer believes the Pres received his early Rotary training at another club….that likes to start early.

 
                                          
 
Above: Rock and Roll/Soul Legends, Earth, Wind and Fire
Ride Your Bike to the Auction Donn Irwin 2016-02-05 08:00:00Z 0

Golf is Not a Game of Prefects

Posted by Eric Quinn on Jan 29, 2016

Rotary began two minutes early. President Chris Kimball strives to keep us Lakewood Rotarians on task. Good luck to him. Chris reminded us that he forgot the four-way test last week, but that this would never, ever, happen again. Ever.

Golf is Not a Game of Prefects Eric Quinn 2016-01-29 08:00:00Z 0

Don't Mess with the Test

Posted by Greg Rediske on Jan 22, 2016
 
The White Rabbit in ALICE IN WONDERLAND famously shrieked, "I'm late! I'm late! For a very important date! No time to say 'Hello, Goodbye'! I'm late! I'm late!" And so it was with President Kimball, frantically trying to squeeze too many things into too small a time period. So we must not dilly dally in the bulletin either, because there is so much material to cover. No jokes! No jokes! Because we're late! We're late!The White Rabbit in ALICE IN WONDERLAND famously shrieked, "I'm late! I'm late! For a very important date! No time to say 'Hello, Goodbye'! I'm late! I'm late!"
Don't Mess with the Test Greg Rediske 2016-01-22 08:00:00Z 0

A Toast to an Irreplaceable Friend

Posted by Joe Quinn on Jan 08, 2016
President  Chris Kimball  convened a truly somber meeting of the Rotary Club of Lakewood on January 8, 2016, at the Clover Park Technical College Rotunda because our usual venue—Tacoma Country & Golf Club—was closed.  The mood was sad due to the untimely passing of our beloved member Larry Saunders, the first Police Chief of our fair city. .
 
                          
A Toast to an Irreplaceable Friend Joe Quinn 2016-01-08 08:00:00Z 0

The First Day of Christmas, that Seemed Like 12 Days

Posted by John Magnuson on Dec 18, 2015
 
 
                                                                                
“Oh it breaks my heart to see those stars
Smashing a perfectly good guitar
I don't know who they think they are
Smashing a perfectly good guitar.”
 
John Hiatt, ca. 1993
 
                                                                                          
The First Day of Christmas, that Seemed Like 12 Days John Magnuson 2015-12-18 08:00:00Z 0

Stuffing Food Bags, and Looking For Our Heroes

Posted by Donn Irwin on Dec 11, 2015
 
The bell rang early as the Lakewood Rotary Club once again had a jam-packed schedule.
 
                                             
 
              Above: Stuffed Food Bags from this last Saturday, December 12, at Emergency Food Network.
Stuffing Food Bags, and Looking For Our Heroes Donn Irwin 2015-12-11 08:00:00Z 0

Stuffing Food Bags, and Looking For Our Heroes

Posted by Donn Irwin on Dec 11, 2015
 
The bell rang early as the Lakewood Rotary Club once again had a jam-packed schedule.
 
                                             
 
              Above: Stuffed Food Bags from this last Saturday, December 12, at Emergency Food Network.
Stuffing Food Bags, and Looking For Our Heroes Donn Irwin 2015-12-11 08:00:00Z 0

Back From Hawaii, Back to Reality

Posted by Ron Adkins on Dec 04, 2015
 
Welcome to another exciting meeting of the Rotary Club of Lakewood! The meeting opened with President Chris Kimball’s warning that since he just returned from Florida, things might not be exactly right today. But he quoted from The Rolling Stones: “You can’t always get what you want but if you try sometime, you just might find you get what you need.”
 
                                                                          
 
                                                                     Ladies and Gentlemen, The Rolling Stones
Back From Hawaii, Back to Reality Ron Adkins 2015-12-04 08:00:00Z 0

Fear of Omission, but Giving Thanks Anyways

Posted by Judy Hosea on Nov 22, 2015
I confess….in this week’s bulletin, I have fear of omission.  So, if you find it an information “overshare,” that is the reason.  If you find important data omitted….well, you talked too fast or I listened too slow.  If you sense there are interesting additions that may or may not have come up….well, I had to say something….right?  Proceed at your own risk.
Fear of Omission, but Giving Thanks Anyways Judy Hosea 2015-11-22 08:00:00Z 0

Autumn Leaves Us Wet

Posted by Joseph Quinn on Nov 13, 2015
 
President  Chris Kimball  rang the bell right on time and gave us the Rock 'n Roll quote of the day:  "Put a little love in your heart...", which was from the 1969 hit of the same name by Jackie DeShannon.  We needed a little love on this rainy, blustery Friday the 13th!
Autumn Leaves Us Wet Joseph Quinn 2015-11-13 08:00:00Z 0

Honoring Our Veterans, the Lakewood Rotary Way

Posted by Greg Rediske on Nov 06, 2015
 
The first World War ended precisely on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, 1918. In 1919, that day was proclaimed Armistice Day by Woodrow Wilson. It was made a holiday again by Calvin Coolidge in 1926, and finally made an annual holiday in 1938. It became Veterans Day in 1954, when the celebration was expanded to celebrate the service of all veterans of all wars. In 1971, it went along with all other holidays designed to make a three day vacation, to be celebrated on the 4th Monday in October. Finally, in 1978, it was reinstated to always be celebrated on November 11th (with the exception of when it falls on a weekend, as far as federal holidays go).
 
                                            
Honoring Our Veterans, the Lakewood Rotary Way Greg Rediske 2015-11-06 08:00:00Z 0

Boo: The Halloween Edition!

Posted by Gayle Selden on Oct 30, 2015
 
This spooky meeting of the Rotary Club of Lakewood began with a call to order by President Chris Kimball, an Invocation by Dave Coleman and a spine-tingling singing version of the Star Spangled Banner by the club.

 

                                                                                                  

Boo: The Halloween Edition! Gayle Selden 2015-10-30 07:00:00Z 0
No Bounty Hunters Here Greg Horn 2015-10-23 07:00:00Z 0

Etta Powers, Remembered in a Very Special Way...

Posted by Donn Irwin on Oct 16, 2015
 
                   Before we begin an exposition of our latest meeting, please enjoy this video demonstrating the great work of Etta Projects:
 
                   https://vimeo.com/116831861
 
The Lakewood Rotary meeting began precisely when President Chris called it to order. Scott Buser gave the invocation and then the musically minded magnate, Chris, led us through the National Anthem with the aid of a snare drum and YouTube.
 
                   
Etta Powers, Remembered in a Very Special Way... Donn Irwin 2015-10-16 07:00:00Z 0

A Tale of More than Two Committees

Posted by Ron Adkins on Oct 09, 2015
 
At 12:30, President Chris Kimball cheerily declared the meeting open.  Helping him accomplish things in good Rotary order were a great many Rotarians:
Robert Peterson performed the invocation. Morris Northcutt on trumpet and Pres Kimball on drum-and-cymbal performed the National Anthem. Pres Kimball graced us with the rock n’ roll quote of the day: “Take me tonight to the river, and wash my illusions away,” from the great album by Styx, Edge of the Century (1990). Making things happen today, Bob Hammar set up. Gary Fulton managed the Paul Harris desk. Tom Crabill took money for the raffle. Ron Adkins wrote the bulletin. Finally, Troy Wilcox took photographs.
A Tale of More than Two Committees Ron Adkins 2015-10-09 07:00:00Z 0

Fighting the Ennui

Posted by Greg Rediske on Oct 02, 2015
 
The place was a-rockin' at the October 2nd meeting of Lakewood Rotary: Apparently the word was out that Chris was really, really back! A full house presented itself for a full agenda of goings-on, beginning with the quote of the week from '70/'80's rock legends, Kansas, from the album LEFTOVERTURE: "Gold and diamonds cast a spell/It's not for me I know it well/The riches that I see/Are waiting on the other side." Being a decade or so younger than Chris, Kansas doesn't really work for me.
Fighting the Ennui Greg Rediske 2015-10-02 07:00:00Z 0

Return of the Prez-Guy

Posted by Eric Quinn on Sep 25, 2015
 
Guess who’s back? Yes, Lakewood Rotary President Christopher Kimball has returned. The party resumes. The Prez thanked past-presidents Rick Selden, Scott Buser and John Magnuson for substituting for him while he was in a galaxy far, far away.
Return of the Prez-Guy Eric Quinn 2015-09-25 07:00:00Z 0

Who, What, and the Lakewood Y

Posted by Joe Quinn on Sep 18, 2015
 
President Pro Tem Rick Selden started us off by saying that President Chris Kimball  had ingested too many chocolate shakes and had a tummy ache.  Not quite, but almost true.
Who, What, and the Lakewood Y Joe Quinn 2015-09-18 07:00:00Z 0

Remembering Times Gone By

Posted by Rodney Ladd on Sep 11, 2015
 
    Greetings my fellow Americans…fellow Rotarians and friends…today marks 14 years since the attack on the USA by terrorists. Many changes in national security have taken place around the world. There have been new laws, new security measures, and a new outlook on terrorism. What happened that dreadful morning of 9-11 changed many people’s lives. Usually at every Rotary meeting there is lots of laughter and fun. Not to say we didn’t have a good meeting today, but there was a different vibe in the air. More on that later.
Remembering Times Gone By Rodney Ladd 2015-09-11 07:00:00Z 0

Laboring Day

Posted by Gayle Selden on Sep 04, 2015
                
Ringing the bell today was a bowtie clad, resident jokester, Past President John Magnuson. Apparently he wore the bowtie as he thought it was Bill Nye the Science Guy look-a-like day. In my opinion, Beaker might be a more appropriate scientist for John to dress like, especially since he can really talk like the Swedish Chef.
 
                                                                             
Laboring Day Gayle Selden 2015-09-04 07:00:00Z 0

Quorum Before the Storum

Posted by John Magnuson on Aug 28, 2015

 

The Moon is in its final waxing gibbous phase; next will be a full moon. Forewarned is forearmed! Be on the lookout for lunacy attributable to the full moon. Lunacy -moon (lunar.) Get it? Ha! I don’t believe a word of it but I will wear a garlic clove on a braid of horsehair around my neck just in case. If nothing else, the smell should keep people away from me. By the way, this event has nothing to do with the “Parlor” in Ponders Corner that advertises a special on gibbous waxing.

Quorum Before the Storum John Magnuson 2015-08-28 07:00:00Z 0

Here Comes the Gov

Posted by Donn Irwin on Aug 21, 2015
 
President Chris snared his drum, rang his bell, and another meeting of the Rotary Club of Lakewood got underway. Our trumpet man (Morris) wasn’t with us, so President Chris got us all on key with his communication device (aka cell phone), snared his drum once again and the National Anthem was sung.
Here Comes the Gov Donn Irwin 2015-08-21 07:00:00Z 0

Walking Down the Way

Posted by Ron Adkins on Aug 14, 2015
 
We more or less worked our way to smooth sailing, beginning at 12:29.  President Chris indicated that we had a full agenda and he wanted to eke out an early start.  It seemed that he gave back the early start by explaining the attempted early start.  That’s okay; we disregarded some commercials.
Walking Down the Way Ron Adkins 2015-08-14 07:00:00Z 0

Da Dang Past President Lament

Posted by Greg Rediske on Aug 07, 2015
 
Was that a feeling of angst that greeted our august president for the start of his first August meeting? I think not! Joy emanated from every corner of the room as the recently crowned King Kimball drum rolled his way to the opening bell. Shortly came the quote from Steven Tyler of Aerosmith and their song "Dream On" ("The past is gone, it went by like dusk to dawn" and so on....), followed by Dave Coleman's invocation and the singing of the national anthem (sung in our traditional musically-challenged manner,  which brings to mind the more well-known chorus from the aforementioned "Dream On": "Sing for the laughter, sing for the tears", heavy on the tears.
Da Dang Past President Lament Greg Rediske 2015-08-07 07:00:00Z 0
"Da Dang Past President Lament" Greg Rediske 2015-08-07 07:00:00Z 0

As the Wheel Turns

Posted by Judy Hosea on Jul 31, 2015
It was a hot Friday in the city…..that city was Lakewood.  It started me thinking that since the gathering was on a lake and it was hot….why couldn’t we meet IN the lake!  On an air mattress….one with a drink holder!  And, instead of pot roast, we could have pina coladas with pineapple and a cherry!  All slathered with sun screen and zinc oxide on the nose.   Ahhhhh, such are the dreams of the everyday bulletin writer, lakeside and inside, on a hot Friday afternoon.
As the Wheel Turns Judy Hosea 2015-07-31 07:00:00Z 0

Construction Financing for the Bored/Board Person

Posted by Joseph Quinn on Jul 24, 2015
President Pro Tem Mick Johnson rang the bell right on time, just as he learned when he was the President.
 
                                                                  
Construction Financing for the Bored/Board Person Joseph Quinn 2015-07-24 07:00:00Z 0
Da,Deux,Dos,Dois,Deux, or for Ole and Swen, “To” Rod Ladd 2015-07-17 07:00:00Z 0

Dave Who?

Posted by Gayle Selden on Jul 10, 2015

The July 10th meeting of the Rotary Club of Lakewood was called to order with a jazzy bell ring by President Chris Kimball. Chris started his first meeting with a traditional Invocation by Rod Ladd and an untraditional (for Lakewood Rotary) singing of the National Anthem by the club, with the accompaniment of Chris on the Drums. He promised Morris Northcutt would bring his trumpet sometimes to accompany us too, but be prepared to sing the National Anthem every meeting for the year.

Dave Who? Gayle Selden 2015-07-10 07:00:00Z 0

Last Words

Posted by Greg Rediske on Jun 26, 2015
During the evening of Friday, June 26, 2015, we shall hear the last words of Dave Coleman. Or more accurately, his last words as President of Lakewood Rotary. One hopes they will be memorable, like the (truly) last words of the famous grammarian, Dominique Bouhours, "I am about to---or I am going to--die; either expression is correct."
Last Words Greg Rediske 2015-06-26 07:00:00Z 0

FORE!!!

Posted by Ben Sclair on Jun 19, 2015

PP Rick Selden surveyed the room like the veteran leader he is. Shaking hands, kissing babies, you know the routine. But why? Some think he’s going to run for State Auditor. My sources tell me that President Dave heard someone yell “FORE!!!!” and he took off. As he scrambled from the room he asked PP Selden to run the meeting. And command the meeting Rick did.

FORE!!! Ben Sclair 2015-06-19 07:00:00Z 0

So Long to Our Friend, Selen

Posted by Joe Quinn on Jun 15, 2015
 
President Dave Coleman  started us off with his usual great Presidential quote.  This one was from President Calvin Coolidge, our 30th President (1923-1929):  "No man ever listened himself out of a job."  (But Dave --a man of our time, not the 1920's, actually said-- "No person ...etc.").   You might say he was just being politically correct, but really he knows Joyce would've killed him if he quoted it exactly like the above.  Well maybe kicked, not killed, is the right word. - See more at: http://www.lakewoodrotary.com/#sthash.JTFRfTVC.dpuf
So Long to Our Friend, Selen Joe Quinn 2015-06-15 07:00:00Z 0

The End is in Sight Mr. President

Posted by Rodney Ladd on Jun 05, 2015

Well if you were in attendance at Friday’s meeting you’d have felt the electricity in the air. There was a buzz about the room. Chitter chatter all about as if something new was about to be revealed. More about that later…stay tuned my friends.

Today’s setup was done by Duncan Cook. Manning the Paul Harris desk Gary Fulton took in $645. Selling those tempting little white tickets was Bill Price. Taking photos was Ben Sclair. Writing this entertaining lil’ ditty and offering up the invocation was yours truly and Mo Saram led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.

The presidential quote of the day was that of Thomas Jefferson to John Adams in saying “I can not live without books.” Now I happened to look it up and President Dave left off… “but fewer will suffice where amusement, and not use, is the only future object.” Now I don’t know about you but that last part didn’t make any sense to me. (Maybe that’s why he left it off).  

The End is in Sight Mr. President Rodney Ladd 2015-06-05 07:00:00Z 0

The Search for Ron's Cookie

Posted by Gayle Selden on May 29, 2015
It’s nearing the end of our Rotary year, which calls for a field trip!  This past Friday, the Rotary meeting changed locations to the Goodwill Milgard Work Opportunity Center Campus in Downtown Tacoma.
The Search for Ron's Cookie Gayle Selden 2015-05-29 07:00:00Z 0

Remembering Those Who Served

Posted by Donn Irwin on May 21, 2015

 

Lakewood Rotary’s Memorial Day-weekend meeting started off with President Dave once again quoting one of his favorite Presidents. “Confidence…thrives on honesty, on honor, on the sacredness of obligations, on faithful protection and unselfish performance. Without them it cannot live.”

Franklin D. Roosevelt.

 

As an aside, OUR President used some of his presidential license to help FDR along – changing the “it” in the quote to “we” in his reading of the quote. I liked the ad lib. It appeared to the untrained eye that some of the members may have gotten confused and forgotten that we actually had a meeting. It seemed as though there were a lot of empty chairs. Duncan Cook set things up. Leon Titus took care of the Paul Harris contributions while Bill Young doubled as Sergeant-at-Arms and official camera man. Bill also introduced visiting Rotarians. He is a busy guy! Yours truly acted the scribe. Rod Ladd gave the invocation and Rick Selden led us in the pledge to the flag.

Remembering Those Who Served Donn Irwin 2015-05-21 07:00:00Z 0

The Elements of Style

Posted by John Magnuson on May 15, 2015
In The Elements of Style, Professors Strunk and White admonish, “Let each word tell.” Truth be told, White came along after Strunk died and more than doubled the size of the book! I love that kind of irony. In a Creative Writing class at the UW, a Professor of mine told me “You appear to be possessed of sophomoric verbosity.” Now THAT’s irony!
 
My point is this: journalistic writing and/or adherence to Strunk and White are style choices the writer makes. They are not rules of the road. Oh, The Elements of Style, has been almost Biblical in its admonishments to parse, but they are not rules; just style choices to make. As Leon Uris once said, “It’s a good thing you don’t need to know anything about English to be a best selling author.”
 
The Elements of Style John Magnuson 2015-05-15 07:00:00Z 0
Happy Birthday, Dear Harry Greg Rediske 2015-05-08 00:00:00Z 0

MAYDAY (international distress call), 2015

Posted by Judy Hosea on Apr 30, 2015
The first of May also is official opening weekend of the boating season!
 
It was a maiden voyage at the Paul Harris table for Nicole Hancock. She began with assistance from veteran sounder Mike McGowan, who did a short cruise before surrendering the helm to Jim Weinand. Virginia Hillyer was afloat on her own with raffle ticket sales and a confusing formula to figure out how to decide the value of the “honey pot”.
MAYDAY (international distress call), 2015 Judy Hosea 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z 0

Accomplishment is a Journey...

Posted by Joe Quinn on Apr 23, 2015

President Dave Coleman called to order a spirited Rotary group, and wowed the crowd with his usual great Presidential quote. This one was from President Dwight D. Eisenhower. (Remember "I like Ike"?) Ike once said: "Accomplishment is a journey, not a destination." Seems a bit like Lakewood Rotary doesn't it? We get quite a bit done, but mostly we have a lot of fun doing it.

The Support Staff today consisted of: Jim Rooks gave the invocation; Ron Irwin led us off in the Pledge; Chuck Hellar twisted our arms to buy raffle tickets; Bill Young did double duty, serving as Sergeant-at-Arms and introducing Visiting Rotarians; Steve Enquist collected $297 at the Paul Harris desk for the Rotary Foundation; Duncan Cook led the set up group, with assistance from Ward Fletcher and Mary Moss; Bob Zawilski was the Photographer; and finally Joe Quinn was the scribe. Hope we did not miss anybody.

Accomplishment is a Journey... Joe Quinn 2015-04-24 00:00:00Z 0

How the wheels turn

Posted by Rodney Ladd on Apr 16, 2015

Another edition of “How the wheels turn” as seen and recorded by Rodney Ladd.

If you were at Friday’s meeting you got to see a great setup by Duncan Cook and tear down by senior member at large Richard Simmons.

Taking in $389 at the Paul Harris desk was none other than Handsome Bob Zawilski. Selling the infamous little white (often losing but sometimes winning) tickets was diligent Bill Price. Doing double duty as Sgt at Arms and photographer was the dashing Bill Young.

President Dave promptly rang the bell at 12:30 calling the meeting to order, followed by his famous presidential quote… from Calvin Coolidge “Collecting more taxes than is absolutely necessary is legalized robbery.”

How the wheels turn Rodney Ladd 2015-04-17 00:00:00Z 0

The Monica Lewinsky Lament

Posted by Greg Rediske on Apr 09, 2015

12 is the magic number. 12 meetings, and President Dave will be out of President's quotes, or at least out of Rotary meetings to use them in.

The Monica Lewinsky Lament Greg Rediske 2015-04-10 00:00:00Z 0

Good Friday 2015

Posted by Donn Irwin on Apr 02, 2015

LAKEWOOD, Wash. – Cat Pashman, er…Pat Cashman entertains Lakewood Rotarians with witty (some by half) anecdotes from and about many of his past gigs….but first:

Rotarians were greeted first and foremost by the always gorgeous Judy Hosea (my sponsor) as she awaited any last minute donations to the Sportsman’s Dinner and Auction (Saturday, April 11). The seldom seen but yet ever active Morris Northcutt was there to assist.

Bob Zawilski collected $397 in Paul Harris donations and Leon “The Enforcer” Titus sold raffle tickets and acted as our Sergeant-at-Arms.

President Dave rang the bell and got the meeting off to a start in his usual fashion – delivering a Presidential quote. This week from our 33rd President, Harry S. Truman. Harry said: “The president is always abused. If he isn’t, he isn’t doing anything”. Makes one wonder when the last time President Dave was abused…

Good Friday 2015 Donn Irwin 2015-04-03 00:00:00Z 0

Drama at TCGC

Posted by John Magnuson on Mar 26, 2015

“Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and success of liberty.” Words to live by as quoted by President Dave Coleman while channeling John F. Kennedy, 35th President of these here United States of America.

Drama at TCGC John Magnuson 2015-03-27 00:00:00Z 0

Is it fun?

Posted by Christopher Kimball on Mar 20, 2015
 
Is it fun? Christopher Kimball 2015-03-21 00:00:00Z 0

Cyber Stalking and More

Posted by Gayle Selden on Mar 19, 2015

President Dave Coleman (Sportsman’s Dinner Procurer) opened up the March 20th meeting with a quote from Abraham Lincoln:

“My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure.”

In Service before the meeting was Judy Hosea (SD Sponsor and Procurer), retired auction worker extraordinaire, working tirelessly to get your procurement forms and ticket sales for the Sportsman’s Dinner and Auction which is taking place on April 11. Sitting quietly next to Judy was Mick Johnson (SD Sponsor and Procurer) collecting $394 at the Foundation Desk. Bill Price was trying to keep up with the raffle ticket purchases for the $1,191 pot. Terry Roarke (SD Sponsor and Procurer) was manning the Rotary store, which needs more clientele next week. Don’t worry Terry, I am sure Ted Wier will be by next week to buy a new shirt (more on this later). Duncan Cook (SD Sponsor and Procurer) set up and cleaned up. Rod Ladd (SD Sponsor and Procurer) took photos and Gayle Selden (SD Sponsor and Procurer) is currently typing the bulletin.

Cyber Stalking and More Gayle Selden 2015-03-20 00:00:00Z 0

Friday, the 13th of March

Posted by Judy Hosea on Mar 12, 2015

If a person isn’t suspicious, it will have little effect on your luck….good or bad.  After all, the superstition is really an urban legend and not universal at all.  The Hispanic and Greek cultures consider Tuesday and especially the 13th, to be unlucky.  And in Italy….popular culture calls Friday the 17th as a day of bad luck. Italians even think the number 13 is lucky!  So…what is the answer?  Just to be on the safe side, I threw a little salt over my shoulder.

Throwing caution to the wind, Duncan Cook set us up for the meeting.  Mick Johnson collected $540 at the Paul Harris Desk, Tom Crabill served as our Sgt-at-Arms, and Gayle Selden and Judy Hosea collected items and reservations at the Sportsman’s Dinner table. Rod Ladd delivered the invocation and Bill Allen led us in the pledge.  All went smoothly, without incident, although President Dave quoted Sgt. Phil Esterhouse and cautioned us…“let’s be careful out there”.

 

Friday, the 13th of March Judy Hosea 2015-03-13 00:00:00Z 0

(aka Bob)*

Posted by Ben Sclair on Mar 05, 2015
At 12:27, President Dave (aka Bob) Coleman rang the meeting bell which stunned quite a few members. Frida was the first March Madness Month Meeting. Those gathered at the Tacoma Country & Golf Club noted a fair number of empty chairs. It turns out a large number of members were on their way, or were already in, Bend, Ore.
 
Behind the scenes: Gayle (aka Bob) Selden worked the Sportsman’s Dinner & Auction table; James (aka Bob) Guerrero collected $482 at the Paul Harris table; Bill (aka Bob) Young quadruple-dipped as raffle ticket salesman, Sgt at Arms, introducer of Visiting Rotarians and meeting photographer; Ben (aka Bob) Sclair wrote this bulletin; Bob (aka Bob) Petersen invoked the meeting; Gary (aka Bob) Fulton led those gathered in the Pledge of Allegiance; and back in the saddle was Duncan (aka Bob) Cook on meeting set-up.
(aka Bob)* Ben Sclair 2015-03-06 00:00:00Z 0

Dec 20, 2013

Posted by John Magnuson on Dec 19, 2013

Mistaken Identities, or How I learned to Love My Dopplegangers

Reality TV – Why not Lakewood Rotary Tom and Jerry/Presidential Roast Parties!!?

Dec 20, 2013 John Magnuson 2013-12-20 00:00:00Z 0

Dec 13, 2013

Posted by Joe Quinn on Dec 12, 2013

President Mark Blanchard called us to order with his cheery Lakewood Rotary "Aloha" and got a resounding "Aloha" right back, which just proved we were awake after our nap and taking no chances with fate whatsoever, ...after all it was Friday the 13th.   (Am I mistaken or did no one even mention that?)

Dec 13, 2013 Joe Quinn 2013-12-13 00:00:00Z 0

Dec 6, 2013

Posted by Judy Hosea on Dec 05, 2013

MENU

ROTARY CLUB OF LAKEWOOD

DECEMBER 6, 2013

 

APPETIZER COURSE:

Rating:  Below Average (just beneath, actually in the basement)

Dec 6, 2013 Judy Hosea 2013-12-06 00:00:00Z 0

Nov 22, 2013

Posted by Greg Rediske on Nov 21, 2013

President Jefferson called a federal Thanksgiving proclamation “the most ridiculous idea ever conceived."  And yet, here we are, 6 days before another Thanksgiving Day, on the latest day possible for the event (November 28).  And here we are, at another Friday Rotary meeting called to order by the great President Mark Blanchard, who declared, "Meeting the day after Thanksgiving is the most ridiculous idea ever conceived, and I proclaim there shall be no meeting next Friday."  So there.

Nov 22, 2013 Greg Rediske 2013-11-22 00:00:00Z 0

Nov 15, 2013

Posted by Rodney Ladd on Nov 14, 2013
Hard to believe this is president Mark’s 18th meeting.  Where or where has the time gone.  I know they tell us when we’re young that time flies when you start getting older. Well time is certainly flying by. Your head nodding in agreement, “It’s flying by alright”,  so fast I can’t remember….more about flying later, now back to the meeting at hand.
Nov 15, 2013 Rodney Ladd 2013-11-15 00:00:00Z 0

November 8, 2013 - Club Assembly anyone?

Posted by Ben Sclair on Nov 07, 2013
Serving the Rotary Club of Lakewood today were (as follows): Mick Johnson at the Foundation table (who happened to collect $490 from members); Mary Lou Sclair sold the winning meeting raffle ticket to Jim Bisceglia (more on that later); Bill Young introduced our lone visiting Rotary (Fred Mosio from Tacoma 8 who last attended Lakewood Rotary in the basement of the Lakewood Terrace).
November 8, 2013 - Club Assembly anyone? Ben Sclair 2013-11-08 00:00:00Z 0

Nov 1, 2013

Posted by John Magnuson on Oct 31, 2013
 Lakewood Rotary was nursing a massive Halloween Hangover today. Snickers breath was prevalent in the confines of TCGC Dining Room
Nov 1, 2013 John Magnuson 2013-11-01 00:00:00Z 0

Oct 25, 2013

Posted by Joe Quinn on Oct 24, 2013

President Mark Blanchard called us to order for meeting #15 of this Rotary Year. Seems like more.

This week's helpers were:

Oct 25, 2013 Joe Quinn 2013-10-25 00:00:00Z 0

Oct 18, 2013

Posted by Judy Hosea on Oct 17, 2013

Friday, October 18…..a day that will live in Lakewood Rotary history!

 

A dapper and suited PP John Lowney manned the clipboard and assumed the duties of acting President in as much as “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” was being re-enacted by Mr. Blanchard.

Oct 18, 2013 Judy Hosea 2013-10-18 00:00:00Z 0

Oct 11, 2013

Posted by Michael McGovern on Oct 10, 2013

Although cloudy, 55 degrees, and decidedly un-tropic-like, it was also 1233 or so, and Friday.  And this being the proud Rotary Club of Lakewood, we greeted each other with a bold and perhaps wishful “Aloha”…

Oct 11, 2013 Michael McGovern 2013-10-11 00:00:00Z 0

Oct 4, 2013

Posted by Greg Rediske on Oct 03, 2013
God surely loves Rotarians, as he provided a perfect day for 14 Rotarians, wives, and friends to play golf at Tacoma Country and Golf Club, thanks to Joe Quinn's organization of the event.  I did have one embarrassing moment, however. 
Oct 4, 2013 Greg Rediske 2013-10-04 00:00:00Z 0

Sep 27, 2013

Posted by Rodney Ladd on Sep 26, 2013

What a day we had yesterday for the  Rotary Regatta….3 boats cast off upon overcast skies with a hope of afternoon sunshine. The Lady Barbara, the Blanchard schooner

and the Korsmo cruiser. We rolled into Docton on Maurey Isalnd and headed up the walkway. Tom Crabill and Rick Selden awaited our arrival with tables of food and bbq’s a blazing. (Rick was having fun with the charcoal  lighter fluid). 24 in all, we enjoyed fellowship and a nice steak feed. Good job on the cooking.  The sun came out and warmed our bodies…a fun time was had by all.

Sep 27, 2013 Rodney Ladd 2013-09-27 00:00:00Z 0

"Service Trumps All," Col. Andrew Hird, September 20, 2013

Posted by Ben Sclair on Sep 19, 2013
As meetings-run moves into double digits, President Mark - with cool confidence - rang the meeting bell to start the September 20, 2013 meeting of the Rotary Club of Lakewood. As always, a slew of fellow Rotarians served behind the scenes, in coordinated effort with a single goal, to make President Mark look good. They include:
"Service Trumps All," Col. Andrew Hird, September 20, 2013 Ben Sclair 2013-09-20 00:00:00Z 0

Sep 13, 2013

Posted by John Magnuson on Sep 12, 2013

Today’s theme: Well, let’s see; what should today’s theme be? Any good bit of writing needs a theme. Can anyone help out there? I am at a loss as to a theme. I might as well just begin writing and perhaps it will come to me. My Editor-in-Chief likes our writing to be relevant, accurate, and crisp while at the same time thematic.

Sep 13, 2013 John Magnuson 2013-09-13 00:00:00Z 0

Sep 6, 2013

Posted by Joe Quinn on Sep 05, 2013

President Mark Blanchard called us to order for his ninth meeting (already?) of the new Rotary Year.

The following Lakewood Rotarians provided the necessary support team:

Sep 6, 2013 Joe Quinn 2013-09-06 00:00:00Z 0

Aug 30, 2013

Posted by Michael McGovern on Aug 29, 2013

With a surprisingly august representation of members and guests at the beginning of this 2013 Labor Day weekend, President Mark Blanchard struck the bell and opened our meeting by acknowledging the following acts of labor: set up performed by Duncan Cook and Ward Fletcher, Paul Harris desk chaired by Mick Johnson (who collected $324 for the cause), Raffle desk attended by Bill Price, Sgt-at Arms Bill Price, the table top calendars were produced by Dave Covey, the Pledge was led by Ray Ainsworth and the Invocation was offered by Rod Ladd.

Aug 30, 2013 Michael McGovern 2013-08-30 00:00:00Z 0

Aug 23, 2013

Posted by Greg Rediske on Aug 22, 2013
In researching our illustrious President Blanchard, the research department of the Lakewood Key (aka The Bulletin) discovered that the name "Blanchard" means white and brave, of French origin.  There are experts who believe further that the first Blanchard was a person of exceptional character and purity (white, as in pure). 
Aug 23, 2013 Greg Rediske 2013-08-23 00:00:00Z 0

Aug 16, 2013

Posted by Judy Hosea on Aug 15, 2013
President Mark Blanchard declared that the Lakewood Rotary Club of Rotary International, which was established in Lakewood Washington in 1956, and belonging to District 5020 under the proud leadership of District Governor Pete Taylor and Assistant District Governor (and Lakewood Rotary PP), Greg Horn….was called to order.  
Aug 16, 2013 Judy Hosea 2013-08-16 00:00:00Z 0

Tweet: Penalty on Lakewood Rotary for not being a singing club... that sang

Posted by Ben Sclair on Aug 08, 2013
Lyric sheets, with "O Canada" were spread out on all the tables. That can mean but one thing... the District Governor is visiting. Well, I suppose it could also mean we've all travelled, unknowingly, to Canada, to host a Rotary meeting. But since the view out the window looked familiar, I'll take the former. 
Tweet: Penalty on Lakewood Rotary for not being a singing club... that sang Ben Sclair 2013-08-09 00:00:00Z 0

Aug 2, 2013

Posted by Rodney Ladd on Aug 01, 2013

We were expecting an Aloooohaaaa today from President Mark  Blanchard, but instead we were treated to "hee haw" from PP Ron Irwin. Now I wasn’t a member back in the day when Ron ruled, but I’ve been told he got a little help from his table mates when in need.

Aug 2, 2013 Rodney Ladd 2013-08-02 00:00:00Z 0

Jul 26, 2013

Posted by Joe Quinn on Jul 25, 2013

President Mark Blanchard called us to order for his third meeting of the new Rotary Year but not before the membership surprised him by offering an "aloha" to our new, enthusiastic President.  

The following Lakewood Rotarians provided the necessary support team:

Jul 26, 2013 Joe Quinn 2013-07-26 00:00:00Z 0

Jul 19, 2013

Posted by John Magnuson on Jul 18, 2013

The Rotary Club of Lakewood

Brought to you this week by Oprah Winfrey

 

Aloha and e komo mai to Lakewood Rotary and President Mark’s second attempt at a flawless presentation before a forgiving and admiring crowd. Yeah, right! So when Mark began addressing the gathered in mime, it took a few moments to understand that it wasn’t our aging ears, rather a lack of electriculampliftoculation of his microphone.

Jul 19, 2013 John Magnuson 2013-07-19 00:00:00Z 0

Jul 12, 2013

Posted by Joe Quinn on Jul 11, 2013

New President Mark Blanchard called us to order for his first meeting as our fearless leader at 12:30 p.m. , welcoming us with "aloha" instead of making us say "aargh".  So that was a refreshing start after a whole year of aarghs.   Maybe he had a few first-day jitters, but he settled down nicely to run the meeting like he had done it many, many times before.

Jul 12, 2013 Joe Quinn 2013-07-12 00:00:00Z 0

Jun 29, 2013

Posted by John Magnuson on Jun 28, 2013

The Rotary Club of Lakewood

Installation of Officers

Tacoma County and Golf Club

Saturday June 28, 2013

 

In the famous Mel Brooks movie History of the World, Part One, King Louis XVI* notably remarks, “It’s good to be King.”

Jun 29, 2013 John Magnuson 2013-06-29 00:00:00Z 0

Jun 28, 2013

Posted by Rodney Ladd on Jun 27, 2013

Rodney Ladd….aka Red Leg Rod Ladd, Leader of the puffin pirates…..but wait  that was a previous episode

 

Here we are again….Friday…ready to cast off….a lawyer whispers in my ear, upon Dave’s ringing the bell, "let's either be silent or give him a raspberry"….hmmm,  in all my vast years of being savvy…a raspberry I ask, what’s a raspberry? So the lawyer (to remain anonymous) sticks out his tongue and makes a funny noise….and so the fun began.

Jun 28, 2013 Rodney Ladd 2013-06-28 00:00:00Z 0

Jun 21, 2013

Posted by Greg Rediske on Jun 20, 2013
And so we arrive to President Dave's penultimate meeting.  (For you Clover Park High graduates, that means "next to the last").   
Jun 21, 2013 Greg Rediske 2013-06-21 00:00:00Z 0

June 14, 2013 - Rotary Club Of Lakewood Weekly Bull….

Posted by Judy Hosea on Jun 13, 2013

In Honor of all our Dads…….

When I was a baby, you would hold me in your arms.

I felt the love and tenderness, keeping me safe from harm.
I would look up into your eyes, and all the love I would see.
How did I get so lucky, you were the dad chosen for me.
There is something special about a father's love.
Seems it was sent to me from someplace up above.
Our love is everlasting, I just wanted you to know.
That you’re my special hero and I wanted to tell you so. 

June 14, 2013 - Rotary Club Of Lakewood Weekly Bull…. Judy Hosea 2013-06-14 00:00:00Z 0

June 7, 2013 - Welcome to NW Rotary Bank

Posted by Ben Sclair on Jun 06, 2013

Who's counting? President Dave Reames is. With just four opportunities to ring the bell remaining, President Dave called the meeting of the Rotary Club of Lakewood to order. Making fast, he called on President-Elect Mark Blanchard to invoke the meeting. Dave followed the invocation with a Moment of Silence for those fellow Rotarians we lost this week. Assistant Governor Greg Horn led the club in the Pledge of Allegiance.

June 7, 2013 - Welcome to NW Rotary Bank Ben Sclair 2013-06-07 00:00:00Z 0

May 31, 2013

Posted by John Magnuson on May 30, 2013

The Prelude

(You can skip this part and move directly to the meeting report.)

May 31, 2013 John Magnuson 2013-05-31 00:00:00Z 0

May 24, 2013

Posted by Joe Quinn on May 23, 2013

Admiral Dave Reames aarghed us to order promptly at 12:30 p.m.  He recited his usual imprecations such as "Damn the Doritos", "Shiver me chopped livers" and so on, but really we think he was pumping the bilge water while going down with the ship!  No not really, but we need to put him in the scuppers with a hose pipe on him.  Gosh, mine are worse than his.

May 24, 2013 Joe Quinn