Our club supports the golf therapy programs at the American Lake Veterans Golf Course, and they support the veterans who have served.
 
Notes from the August 24 meeting of
The Rotary Club of Clover Park
recorded by Tom McClellan
 
President Becky Newton wielded the gavel with aplomb, thanking our greeters Tom Faubion and Sue Potter.  Everything was set up and working properly, for which Mike Killen and David Cotant deserve credit. 
 
Georgene Mellom shared some inspirational quotes to get us all into the mood:
1. The life in front of you is far more important than the life behind you.  - - -  Joel Osteen
 
2. For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others.  For beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness.  For poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.  - - - Audrey Hepburn
 
3. We are all visitors to this time, this place.  We are just passing through.  Our purpose here is to observe, to learen, to grow, to love… and then we return home.  - - - Australian aboriginal proverb
 
Future Programs
Aug. 31    Sue Potter, Food Waste - An Environmental Problem
Sep. 7      Mary Dodsworth, Lakewood Parks Update
Sep. 14    Fellowship meeting, no speaker
 
Membership Update
Gretchen Allen noted that there are two individuals who are candidates for membership, approved by the board and with no objections from the club.  These two are still deciding about committing to membership.  Gretchen asked that every club member identify someone in our community who would be a great member of our club.  Gretchen has some printed introduction cards to share with you.
 
Foundation Minute
Georgene Mellom shared a message about the importance of supporting the Rotary Foundation.
 
Rotary’s tomorrow depends on what we do today.  You can be an important part of the Foundation’s next century of serving humanity by including a gift to Rotary’s Endowment in your estate plan.
 
Your gift will be carefully stewarded to provide funding for the programs you know and love, year after year.  The principal is never spent and available earnings are used to make a lasting difference in people’s lives.  A gift from your estate to the Endowment will provide ongoing financial support, just as your annual contributions do today.  Join the many Rotarians and friends who have made commitments to improving and enriching lives around the globe by creating your personal legacy with The Rotary Foundation. 
 
Georgene also pointed out that charter member and attorney Tom Faubion has a standing offer, that he will prepare a codicil to your will at no cost, instructing your executor to make a contribution to the Rotary Foundation as you may direct. 
 
Other Announcements
Sheri Hodson reminded everyone that she is working to reformulate club committee assignments, and wants to know everyone’s interests in terms of where you would like to serve.  We are a small club, and so it is essential that all members contribute to make our efforts successful.  She asks that everyone get in their preference forms to her by August 31.  Contact Sheri if you have not received one.
 
October 1 will be our next work party at the South Sound Wildlife Area, from 0900-1300.  See https://thesubtimes.com/2022/08/24/lakewood-south-sound-wildlife-area-community-day-october-1/.
 
Becky Newton noted that the City of Lakewood Farmers’ Market is extended, and will now also be held on Sep. 13 and 20, running from 2:00 to 6:30 PM.  And Lakewood received a 2022 smart communities award for Smart Climate Strategies, as well as a 2022 Judges Merit Award for the Lakewood Station District Subarea Plan. 
 
David Cotant presented a plaque to President Becky, resulting from an idea that David has had for a while about how club presidents sometimes have to get called away from their normal job duties.  The plaque reads:
 
“I am currently serving as President of Clover Park Rotary Club.  While my primary obligations are to this office and clients, I may also have duties to the Rotary Club that may require me to be out of the office.  I will make every effort to address the needs of this office, associates, and clients in a timely and efficient manner.  I will also attend to the needs of the Rotary Club.  Thank you.”
 
 
 
Fun And Fines
Ed Trobaugh was assisted by Jack Kammer, who was back from his travels and joined us in person.  Jack also celebrated a birthday, which served as an opportunity for Ed to remind everyone that the expectation is that birthday and anniversary celebrants should contribute a dollar per year, capped at 50. 
 
Sue Potter celebrated a phone call.  It seems that Sue and Bill’s daughter Morgan has a respectable boyfriend who telephoned Sue and Bill (yes there are some youngsters who know how to use a telephone to make actual calls), asking for permission to marry their daughter.  Sue offered up just $20, because he has not actually proposed yet.  There is an expectation of more installments yet to be paid on this transaction.
 
President Becky Newton got the chance to be interviewed by the Tacoma News Tribune in this article: https://www.thenewstribune.com/news/local/article264707819.html.  In a 6-minute video, Becky offered a recorded message about the growth of warehouses and their associated jobs in Lakewood.  Lakewood has built 2 million square feet of new warehouse space, with more coming.  That was worth $10.
 
Ramona Hinton is back now from a trip to Michigan for 14 days, seeing old friends in the upper peninsula, and playing 5 rounds of golf.  $70. 
 
 
This Week’s Program
Our scheduled guest speaker was a no-show, and so Ed Trobaugh volunteered (despite a long Army career which should have taught him not to volunteer for anything) to pinch hit.  
 
 
He gave an interesting talk about the history of the American Lake Veterans Golf Course (ALVGC) and its 9/11 Memorial Golf Tournament.  That tournament started in 2002, a year after the Sep. 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. The idea was the brainchild of Pepper Roberts, who had helped to form the 501c3.
 
The golf course was built in 1956 by staff and patients of the American Lake Veterans Hospital.  The original course had just 9 holes.  The 9/11 tournament was intended as a fundraiser to expand it to 18 holes to better serve the veterans in our community, and those who are being treated for their physical and mental injuries at the VA Hospital. 
 
As the board was contemplating how to go about accomplishing the expansion to 18 holes, board member Ken Still stepped out of the meeting to make a phone call.  Still was a former professional golfer, a one-time Ryder Cup team member, and he knew Jack Nicklaus who has his own golf course design firm.  5 minutes later, Still had secured an agreement from Nicklaus to do the design work.  It is the only golf course in the country specifically designed for handicapped golfers, with all bunkers and greens designed to allow access by the “paragolfer” and “solorider” carts. 
 
 
Our Rotary Club has supported the effort by sponsoring the 14th hole.  So did the Parkland-Spanaway Club, who sponsored #18.
 
The ALVGC also got some grants form corporate foundations.  Ed Trobaugh used to run the tournament, and now our own Jim Hairston runs it.  Jim noted that they got a check recently from the family of a recently deceased veteran who put in his will to give the ALVGC $50,000 from his estate.  The Folds Of Honor group (https://foldsofhonor.org/) which raises money for scholarships for veterans’ children, recently held a fundraiser event at the golf course and donated half the proceeds to the ALVGC.  And the Military Order of the Purple Heart, Chapter 407, also gave a big check to support the golf course.
 
 
The money raised goes to pay off the work done building the additional 9 holes, and renovating the “front 9” original holes, plus updating the special equipment for handicapped golfers.  The ALVGC is working with the VA Hospital to bring over vets for golf therapy.  It has no paid employees.  Everyone working there is an unpaid volunteer. 
 
And they are still looking for golfers and sponsors to support the upcoming 9/11 Memorial Tournament on Sep. 10.  Contact Jim Hairston at jhairston787@msn.com to participate.
 
 
Raffle:
Randy Black had the winning ticket, but had to leave early.  He entrusted Tom McClellan to serve as his proxy, which was a bad move by Randy.  With $596 in the pot, and 14 cards left in the deck of which 1 is an ace, Tom could not draw that ace.
 
 
And Finally…
Somehow the club members failed to celebrate at the Aug. 24, 2022 meeting that it was Soylent Green day.  The food at Carr's Restaurant was assuredly better than in that movie.