Don’t Zoom and drive.  And furry critters are great, especially the ones which rescue us.
Notes from the June 2 meeting of
The Rotary Club of Clover Park
recorded by Tom McClellan
 
Our Zooming days are nearing an end, but in the meantime we are grateful for our Zoomxecutrix Judi Maier for her hosting duties, and for vanquishing any and all attempted Zoom-bombers.  Soon we will be meeting again in person, at Carr’s Restaurant, and more details about that will be coming soon.
 
For this meeting, President Teresa Nye welcomed us all from an app on her phone, displayed on her car’s dashboard monitor.  We truly live in an amazing time.  Jeannie Hill offered the invocation.  Sheri Hodson led us in the flag salute.  And Tom McClellan led us all in reciting the Four Way Test.
 
Sunshine Report
Ed Trobaugh’s wife Pam is reportedly doing well after suffering a mild stroke.  Ed got her to treatment promptly at Madigan, which had a very positive result.  Ed was very complimentary of the care Pam got there.  Fortunately she is only having very minor right eye issues. 
 
We also learned that Becky Newton’s husband is suffering from some health issues.  Prayers are welcomed. 
 
Announcements
Golf Tournament forms are now available for download at https://cloverparkrotary.org/.  Look for them on the right side of the Home page, near the bottom, under “Forms”.  There is an introductory letter explaining the purpose and function of the tournament, a sponsorship form, and a team registration form to sign up individuals and foursomes. 
 
Alan Billingsley mentioned that our club’s sponsored visit of the Northwest Youth Corps to the South Sound Wildlife Area will be the week of July 12.  Alan will be supporting that effort by helping to gather up the scotch broom that they are pulling. 
 
Sheri Hodson noted that the Installation Banquet will take place on June 30.  This will be an in-person event.  Spouses and other guests are welcomed.  You should have received an email from Sheri, asking about whether you are planning to attend.  Thanks go out to all who have already responded.  If you have not yet responded, please email sheri@sherihodson.com to let her know for headcount purposes whether you will be able to attend.  The committee is still fine-tuning the venue and dinner options.  A formal evite announcement will be coming out soon with complete details. 
 
President’s Minute
Our sister club, Lakewood Rotary, is having their annual auction.  See items up for bid at https://lakewoodrotary.maxgiving.bid/items
 
Fun And Fines
Ed Trobaugh recapped contributions received to date, and gave an overview of the philosophy behind our fines.  Other clubs have higher official dues amounts, in order to raise the funds necessary to operate the club.  We prefer to do it in a more interesting way, with lower official dues, but with opportunities to contribute in honor of birthdays, anniversaries, out of town trips, noteworthy accomplishments, births, and other fun events.  
 
Ed went onto note his own 66th anniversary of being married to Pam, his high school sweetheart who waited through all 5 years of Ed’s stay at West Point to get the privilege of marrying him and becoming a camp follower.  3 children and 89 duty assignments later, they ended up in Steilacoom and unpacked for good.
 
Tho Kraus and Tad are celebrating their 29th anniversary, and coincidentally, Tho’s 29th birthday. 
 
Joyce Oubre confessed to her own unspecified birthday.  Paul Webb and Mary are celebrating their 48th anniversary.  Sheri Hodson confessed to an early departure from this week’s meeting, in order to catch a flight to California to be with family. 
 
This Week’s Program
Stuart Earley is the CEO of the Humane Society for Tacoma and Pierce County. He is also Vice President of the Pet Alliance of Washington and a board director of the Washington Federation of Animal Care and Control Agencies.
 
Previously he was CEO of the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals for 10 years.  He has served as Chief Executive of Whipsnade Wild Animal Park in Bedfordshire, England and as a Director of the Zoological Society of London and as Treasurer of the UK Zoo Federation. He has run animal welfare organizations, aquaria and zoos and has spent the last 28 years working with animals as a CEO.
 
The Tacoma Pierce County Humane Society (TPCHS) is not the pound.  They stayed open during Covid, and brought in 7,500 animals in 2020.  None were turned away, and none were euthanized due to space constraints.  They only euthanize for medical reasons or aggression, and have a 90.8% save rate.
 
The TPCHS has several programs in addition to their shelter operation.  Their Pet Food Pantry gives pet food to needy families.  The spay/neuter program fixed 800 animals last year.  They offer a community (vet) clinic for low income families.  The goal is to make it easier for pets to stay with their families. 
 
300 foster homes help deal with surges in pet intake.  That number is up 120% since pre-Covid times.  It helps to manage the pet population which is constrained by limited shelter space.
 
TPCHS has launched an education program, pushing information out to schools.  They are working on funding a new shelter site.  The current building is more than 40 years old, and not adequate for their current needs.
 
Covid resulted in a lot of people wanting to adopt animals to keep them company while working at home.  Some shelters have reported an influx of pets being brought in by families who regret adopting during Covid.  But that is not the case for TPCHS.  Their adoptee returns pre-Covid were 16%, and in 2020 it dropped to just 6%. 
 
Statewide, shelters are reporting a 30% drop in dogs coming into shelters.  Cats are still a steady influx, and that is likely to persist because several spay/neuter clinics were shut down due to Covid. 
 
Any animal that comes in gets scanned for a microchip, and reunited if they can make an identification.  New arrivals are put on a 3-day hold, to see if the owner comes forward to claim the.  Then they are spayed/neutered and put up for adoption. 
 
Find out more about how to support the TPCHS at https://www.thehumanesociety.org/.
 
And Finally…
This week is about our beloved animals.  And so just because I can, as note-taker and editor with full autonomy (bwah-ha-ha) and no editorial oversight whatsoever, here is a picture of the late Maxine alongside Libby, both wondering what could be the problem with getting all (or most) of the toys out on the floor at the same time?  If you think that’s wrong, it says more about you than it says about them.
 
 
Maxine was Shelley’s late father’s dog, and she came to spend her own final days with Shelley and me.  At 14-1/2 years of age, she was not much for the discipline of leash walks, but she enjoyed the freedom of visiting Lakewood’s big 33-acre dog park within Fort Steilacoom Park.  Max was a super-personable dog who loved people and sought attention from anyone with hands suitable for petting her.  The great thing about being in a dog park is that if you limp up to people there with that “please pet me” look, the dog-people there are for sure going to pet you. 
 
 
As for my other dog Gracie, she knows a good thing when she encounters it.  Laying by the wood stove on a fleecy dog bed is definitely a good thing.