Still on Zoom through June 23, then Installation Banquet June 30.  And then we get to meet live starting July 7. 
 
Oh, and the Master Gardeners do cool things.
Notes from the May 26 meeting of
The Rotary Club of Clover Park
recorded by Tom McClellan
 
President Teresa Nye wished us all a happy Wednesday, and happy looking forward to Memorial Day weekend.  Jeannie Hill offered the invocation.  Hallie McCurdy led us in the flag salute.  And David Cotant successfully led us all in reciting the Four Way Test. 
 
There were no visiting Rotarians, but we welcomed as our guest Karen Larkin of the Pierce County Master Gardeners Program.
 
Sunshine Report: Ed Trobaugh’s wife Pam had a small stroke, and is now recovering at home.  She noticed a little bit of vision difficulty, and a call to the doctor resulted in an instruction to get her to Madigan right away.  They started treatment immediately, to good effect.
 
Jeannie Hill also spoke recently with Lisa Blevins, who regrets missing meetings due to a heavy workload.  She looks forward to joining us soon.
 
Future Programs
June 2 Stuart Earley, Tacoma Pierce County Humane Society
June 9 Ryan Wheaton, Pierce Transit
 
Announcements
The Mountain View Funeral Home is seeking volunteers to help place flags on graves in honor of Memorial Day.  The event starts at 0830 on Saturday, May 29, at Mountain View Memorial Park, 4100 Steilacoom Blvd SW., Lakewood.  Get more information and sign up at https://northstarmemorialgroup.lpages.co/mountain-view-memorial-park-memorial-day-flag-placement-registration/.
 
The Installation Banquet will be held this year on Wednesday evening, June 30, at Carr’s Restaurant.  This will be a live, in-person event.  Other details are still being formulated, so look for more information coming soon.
 
Tom Faubion has historically served as the officiant to swear in the new slate of officers and directors, and will do so again.  He spoke about the tradition of the Installation Banquet being the one mandatory meeting each year, and the opportunity it represents to thank our outgoing officers, and to welcome the new administration.  It is a chance to be a little bit formal.  Rotarians typically bring a spouse or others who are appropriate to participate and learn about Rotary. 
 
President’s Minute:
Teresa Nye had a wonderful “track day” last week in lieu of presiding over our meeting, but that just gave VP Becky Newton a chance to stretch her leadership wings.  Teresa noted that she got her car up to as fast as 111 MPH, and had no blown tires. 
 
Fun And Fines
With Ed Trobaugh out caring for Pam, and with deputy finexecutrix Marie Barth out operating from a secure undisclosed location, the task to conduct this segment fell to President Teresa.  [ed. note: That’s your tough luck for not delegating.]
 
Teresa started out by noticing that she probably ought to fine herself for playing hooky last week and going to the track. But she has lost track of the total accumulated amount on her fines tab still yet to be paid.  She then opened the floor for confessions.
 
Jim Hairston preconfessed to a planned trip to Wenatchee and Quincy, to visit family and to decorate graves for Memorial Day. 
 
Randy Black got into the preconfession theme by noting that he and Tina will be venturing off to their Arizona home for 2 weeks.  Randy plans to retire in 2-1/2 years, and then live mostly in Arizona where they will play golf 3x per week.
 
Hallie McCurdy offered not so much a confession, but a plea for help.  Her son is home from college, and he is eating her out of house and home. The pantry is empty, and this is in spite of her son WORKING AT COSTCO! 
 
This Week’s Program
Karen Larkin gave a presentation on the Pierce County Master Gardeners Program.  Karen is a retired civil engineer, who worked 30 years at the Tacoma Public Works Department, and 6 years for the State Department of Commerce.  She joined the Pierce County Master Gardener Program in 2014.  She currently is a member of the Clinic Leadership Team, the Continuing Education Team and the Speakers Bureau.  She is also a member of the Tacoma Garden Club.
 
The Master Gardener Program was started by WSU in 1973, and is now in all 50 states.  Ordinary citizens can go through training to gain certification as a master gardener, and you do not have to be any good at gardening to get started.  Interns do a 12-week course through the WSU extension, plus 90 hours of volunteer work.  CEUs are required to maintain certification.  They typically have 60-80 per class.
 
From Larkin’s presentation, here are some of the things that they do:
 
 
They host diagnostic plant clinics to educate the public.  These include operating booths at the Lakewood and Steilacoom farmers’ markets.  You can walk up and get advice about how to solve common garden problems. 
 
There is also an “office clinic” in a county-owned building at 3602 Pacific Ave. in Tacoma, next to the Health Department.  You can reach them at pierce.mg@wsu.edu.  
 
The PCMG is hoping to bring back its big annual plant sale in Puyallup next year.  It is their major fundraiser. 
 
They host demonstration gardens in Puyallup and Gig Harbor, which they hope to reopen in July.  These sites host youth programs, among other activities. 
 
There are 65 additional community gardens which the PCMG supports.  In 2018, these gardens generated 22,000 pounds of produce donated to local food banks.
 
The PCMG has established 40 “rain gardens” around Pierce County, and there is a two day class each year on how to design and build them. 
 
The “From The Ground Up” gardening workshop will be held June 19.  It is an all-day training class, costing $45.  You can sign up at www.extension.wsu.edu/pierce/mg/.  That web site also has a compilation of science based fact sheets on a lot of topics, like pest control, when to plant certain types of plants, for example.  And you can submit gardening related questions via the site for a master gardener to answer.  
 
 
And Finally…
It is one thing to protect the crops you grow from critters.  It is another thing to elevate such actions to a higher plane, though punsmanship.