A deputy assistant substitute stand-in served as president, and we heard about our club’s reach to help kids in Sierra Leone.
Notes from the May 25 meeting of
The Rotary Club of Clover Park
recorded by Tom McClellan
President Teresa Nye came down sick on the morning of the meeting, so the duty fell to President Elect Becky Newton.  But Becky was away, helping to dedicate Lakewood’s new temporary library location, so the duty fell to VP Sue Potter.  But Sue just got back from travel, and had to scurry up to Renton that day.  So naturally the duty to preside over the meeting fell to whichever past president was the first one to walk through the door, and that happened to be Jim Hairston.
Let the record reflect that Jim still knows how hard to hit the bell to start the meeting.  And he managed to lead us with aplomb.  He called upon David Cotant to lead us in the pledge to the flag.  And he successfully turned to Jeannie Hill for this week’s inspirational thoughts, all from Winston Churchill:
1. Life is a one-time offer.  Use it well.
2. Aim for the moon. If you miss, you may hit a star.
3. When you're twenty, you care what everybody thinks. When you're forty, you stop caring what everyone thinks. When you're sixty, you realize no one was ever thinking about you in the first place.
[Ed. Note: The last one is very similar to the quote from Rumi, the 13th century Persian poet: “Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.”]
Scott Adams completed his blue badge checklist, and was awarded the coveted blue name badge, signifying matriculation as a full-fledged Rotarian.  He was unable to gather the initials of 6 Rotarians, and so he later got to pay $1 for each of those with whom he had failed to connect.  That list is now in the custody of Finemaster Ed Trobaugh, who will levy the customary $5 fine for failing to seek out the new guy and offer a warm welcome.
Alan Billingsley shared that our adopted school, Custer Elementary, will be participating in the Lemonade Stand day, and you can help support them.  On Saturday, June 4, from 11 AM to 2 PM, the students will operating a lemonade stand as an educational project in math, entrepreneurialism, logistics, and marketing.  It will be one of several taking place that day around Lakewood.  Custer’s will be a drive-through event, and so if you are out and about on June 4, please stop by Custer at 7801 Steilacoom Blvd SW to purchase a glass of lemonade.
The Installation Banquet is June 15, at the Tacoma Country and Golf Club.  This is a solemn and also a joyful occasion, as we celebrate the leadership of outgoing president Teresa Nye and her team, and welcome the new leadership of incoming president Becky Newton.  Please plan to bring a guest.  It starts with a 6 PM social time, and dinner at 6:30 PM.  Please register with Georgene Mellom at the next meeting.
August 6 is our Golf Tournament fundraiser.  Look for a flier soon. Your job is to encourage golfers you know to participate, and look for businesses willing to serve as sponsors (in exchange for great advertising). 
Future Programs:
June 1      Kerri Pedrick, Communities In Schools
June 8      Sarah McGhinnis, Associated Ministries Youth Host Home Program
June 15    Installation Banquet           
Fun And Fines
Ed Trobaugh was back and in fine form, zeroing in right away on Katelyn Billingsley, who he believed had some useful dirt to share.  He was hoping to get Katelyn to rat on her father-in-law, Alan Billingsley.  But Katelyn wisely noted that Alan was her ride on this day, and owing to the point that Katelyn really did not want to have to walk back home after the meeting, she offered up payment in exchange for NOT ratting on a Rotarian.
It turned out that Alan had traveled all the way to Omaha, Nebraska, ON PURPOSE, for a nephew’s wedding.  Along the way, he got to visit the actual home of Arbor Day, in Nebraska City.  It was a 3-night trip, and using Ed-math, 3x5=$20.
Mike Killen traveled all the way to Ocean Shores, about which Mike reported that he saw actual sunshine (not a tanning bed).  2 nights, and 5x2=$20.
John Unfred is headed to Washington, D.C., or more specifically to the FBI training facility at Quantico, Virginia, for an FBI Executive Fellowship on active shooter response.  The Lakewood PD will miss him for the time he will be gone, but he will be training FBI agents and also receiving training that he will bring back to our community to benefit our police force.
Ed then called on Joyce Oubré, who was joining us through the intarwebs.  Joyce noted that it looks like we are going to net about $10,200 from the CPRI event, which Ed noted must be a new record.  Joyce also confessed to taking a 2-week vacation, on a jazz cruise from Amsterdam to the British isles.  $100.
This Week’s Program
Andrea Krook is the regional advocate for Children Of The Nations (COTN), a Christian nonprofit dedicated to raising children out of poverty and hopelessness so they can become leaders who transform their nations.  The organization currently serves in Sierra Leone, Malawi, Uganda, the Dominican Republic, and Haiti.  She is local to Western Washington, daughter of a retired State Trooper who had the humorous last name of Krook, and has a master’s degree in International Community Development from Northwest University.
COTN is similar to World Vision, with a focus on Africa and Caribbean countries, including Sierra Leone, Malawi, Uganda, Dominican Republic, and Haiti.  They provide holistic care to children, so that they grow up to transform the nations where they are.  This includes emotional, physical, and educational support. 
COTN runs an orphanage and school in Sierra Leone, serving a total of 1100 children orphaned by civil war and the Ebola epidemic.  Our club donated $500 to help this school with desks for the primary school students.  The old desks were beaten up, heavy, and with sharp metal edges that would tear the students’ uniforms. 
Staffers at the COTN schools are from the local area.  IN Sierra Leone, public education is only in the big cities.  COTN pushes out into remote villages.  There is good parental support for COTN schools, because parents want to see their children prosper.  COTN also offers literacy programs for adults, although the focus is on the kids.
Georgene Mellom was asked to draw the winning ticket from the bucket, and she drew her own!  But she did not draw an ace.
And Finally…
Evolution is a powerful force.