A focus on crime, including crimes against Rotary.
Notes from the April 28 meeting of
The Rotary Club of Clover Park
recorded by Tom McClellan
 
President Teresa Nye welcomed everyone on a sunny Wednesday.  We also welcomed guest speaker Jim Fuda of Crime Stoppers of Puget Sound, and Joanne Miller who is regional coordinator for that group, and a Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club member.
 
Jeannie Hill offered the invocation.  Randy Black led us in the flag salute, which included an initial “speed” version, then upon a realization that something was not quite right, Randy led us in the correct version.  Sheri Hodson led us in reciting the 4-Way Test (no speed version). 
 
Sunshine Report:
Jeannie had nothing to report, although she noted that she has been reaching out to members we have not seen in a while.  Among those, Darryl Owens relayed that his current class session schedule extends too far into our meeting time, making it impossible for him to join.  He hopes that scheduling condition is going to change soon.
 
[ed. note: 12 of our current 39 members have attended fewer than 40% of meetings this Rotary year (since July).  Please reach out to our fellow members whom you have not seen, and encourage them to join us.]
 
Randy Black added his own small note of sunshine.  His niece is 26 years old, and fighting Hodgkins Disease (lymphoma).  She just successfully delivered baby Noah, and can now get back to fighting her disease.  Prayers are welcomed. 
 
Announcements:
 
President Teresa announced that April 24-30 is World Immunization Week.  Since Uncle Sam is paying for all of us to get our Covid-19 immunizations, members are encouraged to send the $25 which you would have paid for that shot to PolioPlus.  
 
Gretchen Allen has been proposed as a new member, a ReMax agent.  If anyone knows of a reason why Gretchen would not be a good addition to Rotary, please contact any board member.
 
Tom McClellan read a thank you note from the Lakewood Playhouse, in appreciation of our club’s $800 donation toward scholarships their Lakewood Institute of Theatre educational program.
 
Tom also mentioned the upcoming Rotary work day at the South Puget Sound Wildlife Area on Saturday, May 1, from 0900-1300.  
 
President’s Minute
This year the American Cancer Society’s annual Relay For Life is going to be happening virtually.  See https://secure.acsevents.org/site/STR?pg=entry&fr_id=100463 to sign up and participate.
 
Future Programs
May 5              Bruce McKenty, American Lake Veterans Golf Course
May 12            Andrew Austin, Sound Transit
May 19            Joyce Oubré, Rotary Golf Tournament Details
 
Fun And Fines
General Ed Trobaugh started off by recognizing our guest Rotarian Joanne Miller, and stressing that he believes in the importance of making guest Rotarians feel like they are more than just observers, and instead are really part of the group.  So he invited her to make $5 contribution, and to mail it to Rotary Club of Clover Park, c/o Judi Maier, 28 Silver Beach Dr., Steilacoom, WA  98388. 
 
Ed then turned his attention to our meetings designated flag salute leader Randy Black, who confessed to having a “mind lapse” that led to the sped up version of the Pledge Of Allegiance, for which Randy promised to pay $20.
 
Bob Lawrence celebrated that he and the rest of the board are trying to get the Lakewood Playhouse back up and running.  Their online classes are even drawing students from as far away as Illinois and Kentucky.  $20.
 
Joyce Oubré confessed that she had previously reported an incorrect date for the next Fundraising Committee meeting, which will be on May 11, at 2PM.  Contact Joyce at pazonjoyce@yahoo.com if you would like to be a part of that meeting.  It will involve planning for our September golf tournament fundraiser, and all of the coordinating information needed for that event.
 
Georgene Mellom gave a confession that she had really nothing noteworthy going on.
 
Tom McClellan admitted to having been a guest on CNBC, live from his backyard deck. 
https://www.cnbc.com/video/2021/04/27/tom-mcclellan-on-whether-bitcoin-and-the-sp-500-are-connected.html.  Part of that story was that Tom had prepared for a cloudy day shot and had even done a video check an hour ahead of time with the control room, when the weather was cloudy.  But then when the actual hit time came, the sun had come out, and the lighting was all wrong.  So Tom had to change the angle of the shot by 90°, adjusting the artificial lighting in the process.  But it still seemed to work okay, except that the adjusted camera angle included a deck post with two streaks of bird poop running down.  On national TV. 
 
This Week’s Program
Jim Fuda is the Executive Director of Crime Stoppers of Puget Sound, https://crimestoppers.com/, who came to address a growing problem during the pandemic of cybercrimes against kids. 
 
 
There has been a 40% increase in Internet predators in the past year.  Traffickers target kids who are vulnerable, depressed, and/or isolated from family members.  They are lured with promises of jobs, gifts, a place to go.  Once trust is built, the trafficker asks for a compromising picture of the young person, and then turns around and threatens to tell the family members about the picture if they don’t send even more graphic images.  It builds from there. 
 
Solutions for parents: Turn off location tracking on your kids’ cell phones, and check on which apps they have. 
 
Crimestoppers will pay $1000 for tips leading to conviction on bank robberies and homicides.  Call (800) 222-TIPS, or go to P3Tips.com to get a free app for your phone.  They pay lesser amounts for other crimes.
 
Fuda discussed an international effort he is leading to stop trafficking of foreign youths to the U.S.  The participants are trying to intercept the flow of trafficked young persons at the source.  The top 3 destination countries for trafficked youths are India, Brazil, and the U.S.  The top uses for the trafficked young people are prostitution, forced labor, and even organ harvesting.  Fuda created Crime Stoppers Global Solutions, www.thecsgs.org.  
 
A lot of the trafficking runs out of the middle east, and into the E.U. through eastern European countries.  One difficulty in the effort to stem that flow has been finding police agencies in eastern Europe that are not already corrupt with which the U.S. entity could work with, funneling tips that can help close cases and catch the traffickers.
 
Crime Stoppers of Puget Sound gets its funding through the Police Chiefs Association, along with some private donations to pay tipsters.  The international program is working with the U.S. State Department for anti-trafficking funding.  It has been tough to raise funding under Covid restrictions. 
 
There is an organization known as Internet Crimes Against Children, www.icac.org, which has information on operations against traffickers.  Often such information is withheld from the public in order to preserve the ongoing investigations, which means that the public ends up not knowing about the severity of the problem.
 
Rapid-DNA is being employed at the southern border to help find traffickers who are posing as relatives of the children being smuggled.  Former congressman David Reichert is leading an effort to employ this method. 
 
 
And Finally…
After such a serious topic, it can be hard to turn to a cheerful topic, but your scribe is going to give it a go.  So here is a celebration of surviving to a ripe old age:
 
Morris, an 82 year-old man, went to the doctor to get a physical.
Days later, the doctor saw Morris walking down the street with a gorgeous woman half his age on his arm.
At the next appointment, the doctor spoke to Morris and said, 'You're really doing great, aren't you?'
Morris replied, “Just doing what you said, Doc: `Get a hot momma and be cheerful.’ ''
The doctor said, “I didn't say that….  I said, `You've got a heart murmur; be careful.’ ”