Birds of a Feather – The Rotary Bulletin for March 8th, 2013

Just as every spring, the swallows return to Capistrano, Lakewood Rotarians returned to Friday’s meeting!  After last week’s abandonment that flung the membership far afield….this week, much to the delight of Admiral-President Dave Reames, his fleet was intact, for the most part.



Some of the non-skiers who escaped to Sunriver: Kris Quinn, Sharon Rediske, Pam Lowney, and lording over them all from the kneeling position, Joe Quinn

James Guerrero was the master architect of the Paul Harris table, taking in $204 in contributions to that Rotary International fund.  Mary Lou Sclair collected an armful of pledge forms and table reservations for the upcoming Sportsman’s Dinner and Auction. Leon Titus got to go through the lunch line early in order to fill his seat as Sgt. at Arms.  Rod (Red-Leg) Ladd caught it all on his Brownie Kodachrome One-Shot and quill-in-hand, Hoseb scribbled details.

Visiting Rotarians were Clara Gillard, a former district governor who provides ongoing governesque cues to our own Assistant Governor, Greg Horn. Richard Foster was visiting from Parkland Spanaway, checking us out as his new position is managing the KeyBank in Lakewood and he is considering a move.

Vicki Winters was introduced as the Chief of Staff and Executive Administrator for our Speaker, Dr. Tom Krise, President of PLU.  (more later).  Judy Hosea’s guest was Donn Irwin….who after today’s meeting is a guest-no-mo’!

Gayle Selden hopped up to deliver a rousing Sunshine report beginning with a warm “welcome back” to Jan Luze!  Gayle also reported that she had spoken to PP Joel Feldman.  Joel’s health has prevented his attending meetings, but he told Gayle that he would be coming to the Sportsman’s Dinner and had even procured items for the auction.  Joel would welcome your calls.

Gayle then reported on our procurement efforts for the auction and as they are sadly lacking….she challenged the membership:  Are you doing everything you can to support our largest fundraiser?  If not, why not?  Joel Feldman isn’t healthy enough to come to the meetings and he has been procuring items!

If you need help or suggestions, please contact your team captain, Judy Hosea or Gayle Selden.  Try to close your deals, complete the paperwork and turn in by next Friday, March 15 (ONE WEEK PAST OUR DROP DEAD DEADLINE!)

PP John Lowney, is also looking for volunteers for a number of jobs to do for the Sportsman’s Dinner.  Everything from set-up, working the event and cleanup is needed.  You can sign up online or at the meetings or by calling John Lowney.

With a scheduling conflict for the Steilacoom Historical School District, we focused on Evergreen Elementary School on Joint Base Lewis McChord.  Principal Diana Dix was on hand to see second-grade teacher (Lakewood home grown and Lakes High School graduate), Pam Martin honored as Lakewood Rotary’s “Educator of the Month”.  The award was presented in plaque form with $200 cash.  Pam mentioned that she taught with both Mark Blanchard and his wife.

TREX are for Kids!  That is something we were all shouting six years ago when we took on the Steilacoom Playground project.  Not so wonderful now, however as defective product has deteriorated to the point of needing to be replaced.  Nothing that a good lawsuit can’t finance, according to Dave Betz.  The TREX company is replacing substandard product and providing some cash.  We will need to put a group of volunteers together the last week in April to cut and replace the damaged pieces.  Contact Ted Wier if you can help with this.   The goal is to get it done in one week.  (Dave sells real wood and is not a fan of TREX.  But Dave….we haven’t had one splinter in six years either, that has to count for something!)


Donn Irwin, co-owner of IMMEDIA, with wife, Deb, became a member of Lakewood Rotary today.  Donn is a 30+ year Rotarian, formerly Tacoma 8, and as his business was relocated to the South End, it is more convenient to attend our club.  Donn will be a great addition and active member.  Welcome Donn!  Yup…Hoseb was his sponsor.

Myth or legend? 

Bill Potter has had the glove thrown at his feet and apparently, memory has faded because Tacoma 8 has once again challenged Lakewood Rotary to a softball game.  Bill wants to muster the able bodied members of our club to form a team that will remind Tacoma 8 why they haven’t called us for five years.

Note to Bill:  I have visited #8 and they have been recruiting a lot of young members (except one Rod Adkins).  You have your work cut out for you!

Ted (Fire Commissioner “Sparky”) announced that Jim Sharp has been named the new West Pierce Fire Chief earlier this week.  Congratulations Jim!  We know you will be great.  However, it did cost him a Tsunami…$100.

Andrew Neiditz was also chastised by our President for his new position as Executive Director for South Sound 911.  (it may be South Sound 411 with recent cuts, according to Dave Betz).  Andrew felt he should have some credit accumulated because he is still taking complaint calls for the City, but paid a fine anyway.

Doing his good deed, visiting Rotarian Richard Foster made an announcement for the new Sunset Rotary Club that meets on Thursday evenings at the Hub.  (I heard that they had $2 beers!).  Their first fundraiser is a bowling event called Strike for Kourageous Kids.  It will take place at Chalet Bowl on April 13th at 7pm.  $25 includes shoe rental and pizza!  Meet fellow Rotarians and bowl for a good cause!

Terry Roarke paid $50 for a month in Kauai.  Ed Shannon folded in $20 for two weeks in Mesquite, golfing.  (Wolf Creek is an OMG course in Mesquite…ask Ed!)  That was it for fines!

Our Program....


Dave Coleman asking how many have ties to PLU, the greatest University in the State if not the world.  Tom Krise at right.

PE Dave Coleman introduced the nine-months new President of PLU, Dr. Tom Krise.  He is the first non-Lutheran President in PLU’s history.  (Episcopal), replacing Dr. Loren Anderson following his retirement last May.

Thomas W. Krise, 50, became the 13th president of Pacific Lutheran University on June 1, 2012.

The University has 3,461 students studying 44 majors and 52 minors as well as graduate and professional programs in business administration, finance, creative writing, education, marriage and family therapy, and nursing. PLU hosts more than 100 students clubs and organizations and fields 20 varsity teams competing in the Northwest Conference of NCAA Division III. He is responsible for 737 employees, including a faculty of 283, organized into seven schools and divisions: Arts and Communication, Business, Education and Movement Studies, Humanities, Natural Sciences, Nursing, and Social Sciences, with a total budget of more than $110 million. He also holds a full professorship with tenure in the Department of English. He earned a B.S. in history from the United States Air Force Academy in 1983, an M.S.A. in human resources management from Central Michigan University in 1986, an M.A. in English language and literature from the University of Minnesota in 1989, and a Ph.D. in English language and literature from the University of Chicago in 1995.  He is a member of Sigma Tau Delta, Phi Kappa Phi, and Phi Beta Kappa.

Prior to his appointment as PLU's President, he was Dean of the College of the Pacific at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California, where he was responsible for 32 graduate and undergraduate programs in the arts and sciences and more than 200 faculty and staff members in 27 departments, centers, and programs with a total budget of more than $20 million.  Prior to his appointment at Pacific, he was Chair of the Department of English at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. Before moving to UCF, he served 22 years on active duty in the U.S. Air Force as a regular commissioned officer, retiring with the rank of lieutenant colonel. He was a Strategic Air Command flight commander in North Dakota followed by military-academic assignments on the faculty of the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, as a Senior Military Fellow of the Institute for National Strategic Studies in Washington, D.C., and as vice director of the National Defense University Press. He was the founder and first director of the Air Force Humanities Institute and deputy head of the Department of English and Fine Arts at the Air Force Academy, also serving as president of the faculty senate there.

His academic interests focus on early Caribbean, early American, and 17th- and 18th-century British literature. He served as general editor of the McNair Papers monograph series and managing editor of War, Literature, and the Arts: An International Journal of the Humanities. He has published numerous articles and other scholarly works, including Caribbeana: An Anthology of English Literature of the West Indies, 1657-1777 (University of Chicago Press). In 1999, he was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to teach at the University of the West Indies in Jamaica. He has worked and lectured on six continents and is a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy, was President of the Society of Early Americanists, founder of the Early Caribbean Society, and the 2002 Conference Director for the American Society for 18th-Century Studies.

The son and grandson of Army medical service officers, he was born at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas, and spent his early childhood in Washington, D.C., and on military posts across the U.S. and in Germany. He lived aboard a sailboat for the better part of two years and then attended high school on the island of St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands, where he was a deckhand, a dive master, and an Eagle Scout. He is married to Patricia Love Krise, a native of Indianapolis, who earned a B.A. from Hanover College and an M.B.A. from Miami University of Ohio. She has been a Fortune-50 manager and executive for more than 25 years, currently with the Ford Motor Company. They live at Gonyea House, the official residence of the President of PLU, in Tacoma, Washington.

The mission of Pacific Lutheran University is:  “to educate students for lives of thoughtful inquiry, service, leadership and care – for other persons, for their communities and for the earth.”

PLU is a first-class liberal arts college.   Dr. Krise looks forward to the positive changes that can come from living in such a college town as Greater Tacoma is and the emerging graduates that are critical thinkers, cross-cultured and balanced as well as articulate and poised.  He professed “wild hope” for Lutes that included 100% leadership opportunities, satisfaction serving others, graduating with experiential learning and intercultural experience.

After the closing of the program, there was a late peace offering from PP John Lowney (one of the absent multitude from last week and probably the instigator!).  He had led a merry band of cross state raiders to Sunriver, Oregon, where he claimed 22,400 feet of vertical skiing in one day with PEE Mark Blanchard.  (Yes, but did you go off the cornice?)  He presented President Dave with a bottle of “2013 SKIPTRIP” Cabernet.

dave and wine

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March 22-24 – District Leadership Conference (open to all Rotarians) in Victoria (information on the website)  Lodging at the Grand Pacific Hotel…walking distance from the ferry.

May 31-June 2 – District Conference (again…open to all Rotarians) in Sydney, BC. (information on the website).

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Drawing for $395 was a slow start…had to try twice.  Bill Price got the second number, but no screaming so $5.

Remember to turn in your auction items and procurement forms, reserve your table or dinner seat and sign up to volunteer at our club’s premier fundraiser!