The Tacoma Rainiers were named for Rainier Beer, but they don’t serve it at their games. Nor at this week’s Rotary Club meeting.
Notes from the Nov. 23 meeting of
The Rotary Club of Clover Park
recorded by Tom McClellan
President Becky Newton was back at the helm, and thanked the setup crew of Mike Killen and David Cotant, as well as greeter Tom Faubion.  Paul Webb led us in the flag salute.  And Jeannie Hill got us all in the mood of fellowship and service with 3 inspiring thoughts:
1. As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.  - - - John F. Kennedy 
2. No one has ever become poor by giving.  - - - Anne Frank
3. Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.  - - - Charles Dickens
We had several guests on this Thanksgiving-Eve meeting, including Heidi Wachter’s daughter Kate Wachter, Judi Maier’s husband Tom Wie, and Alan Billingsley’s granddaughters Hazel and Mili Billingsley.  Randy Black brought with him is office manager Terry McDougal, and the Lakewood Water District’s engineering manager, Marshall Meyer.  And we again welcomed Paige Hansen, for her last time as a guest, as she was inducted later in the meeting.
Future Programs
Nov. 30     Lonnie Peterson, New 988 Phone System for Mental Health
Dec. 7      Jake Galvan, Seattle Field Office., Drug Enforcement Agency
Dec. 14    Committee meeting day, no speaker       
Foundation Minute
Scott Adams shared information about some of the types of grants that the Rotary Foundation offers:
District Grants – fund small-scale, short-term activities that address needs in your community and communities abroad. Each district chooses which activities it will fund with these grants.
How it works: Districts may use up to 50 percent of their District Designated Fund, based on the amount of DDF generated from a District’s Annual Fund giving three years prior, including Endowment Fund earnings.
Global Grants – fund large-scale international activities with sustainable and measurable results that support Rotary’s areas of focus. Activities include humanitarian projects, scholarships, and vocational training teams.
How it works: The minimum budget for a global grant project is $30,000. The Foundation’s World Fund provides a minimum of $15,000 and maximum of $200,000. Districts contribute a minimum of $15,000 District Designated Funds (DDF) that the World Fund then matches dollar-for-dollar. Clubs may also make cash contributions for the grant which are not eligible for a World Fund match.
Next week, we will learn about Programs of Scale Grants, and Disaster Response Grants.
Christmas Shopping for Custer Elementary
Joyce Oubré provided an update on the upcoming Christmas shopping event.  This year it will again be done in conjunction with West Pierce Cares.
This is a longstanding tradition of our club, dating back to when we had “adopted” Southgate Elementary School, and Rotarians then would take a child shopping for clothes and gifts that the child wanted.  As years went by, the rules understandably changed about adults who are not screened by the school district having contact with the children, and so now the same goal is accomplished in other ways.  
Our club has $3500 line item budgeted in our Charities Account budget this year to support such shopping as part of the West Pierce Cares (WPC) program.  The shopping event this year will be Saturday, Dec. 10, 0900, at the Lakewood Target store, which is giving us a 10-15% discount and no sales tax.  WPC has arranged for Visa gift cards loaded with the $180 budgeted for each needy student.  If you can be a shopper on Dec. 10 at 9AM, please contact Joyce Oubré at
We will also have a wrapping party to get all of the gifts wrapped.  It will be Monday, Dec. 12, 5:30-7:30 PM at Carr’s Restaurant which will be opening just for us to have this event.  Carr’s will be serving a light supper and beverages for $15.  RSVP to Joyce at if you can attend, for headcount purposes.  Then we will deliver the wrapped packages to WPC on Dec. 14, to convey to the kiddos.  Joyce should be getting out an email with further specifics.
Thanksgiving Baskets
Since she had the mic, Joyce also mentioned that the distribution of Thanksgiving food baskets to 20 needy Custer families went very smoothly, because of organization by Ellie and hard work by a few Rotarians.  
New Member Induction
At this meeting, we inducted Paige Hansen as a new member. 
Paige is vice president of the board of the Lakewood Playhouse, and since 2001 she has lived in Lakewood with her husband and 2 teenage boys.  She works at KNKX, the local NPR affiliate radio station, serving as a DJ for a 3-hour jazz program each afternoon from 12-3 PM (which she pre-records, so she will be able to attend our meetings).  She has been on the Lakewood Arts Commission for 4 years, is a musician and performer, and cares a lot about housing advocacy.
Fun And Fines
Heidi Wachter hosted this week as Finexecutrix, and offered up a special game called “5 Seconds to Name 3”.  Examples included:
  • Name 3 famous Rotarians
  • Name 3 current board members
  • Name 3 Rotary Clubs in Pierce County
  • Name 3 menu items at Carr’s
That last one was offered up to the Zoomers who were attending, and just as the question was delivered, Zoom froze on them.  That is frustrating, but it is still pretty amazing that we live in a time when people can join remotely in this way.
This Week’s Program
Chris Aubertin works with the Tacoma Rainiers, having just completed his 14th season with them.  His career working in baseball has taken him to Massachusetts, New Jersey, Washington State, Texas, and New Hampshire.  His primary role with the Rainiers is grou event coordination, working with companies and individual groups looking to plan fun activities out at Cheney Stadium. 
The Tacoma Rainiers is a AAA level baseball team in its 28th season of Mariners affiliation.  Prior to 1995, it was the Tacoma Tigers, affiliated with the Oakland A’s.  They did not play in 2020 due to Covid, resumed a partial schedule in 2021, and in 2022 they are back to a normal schedule.
We also learned that new member Paige Hansen’s son works as a game day greeter at Cheney Stadium.
This is Cheney Stadium’s 62nd year.  It is named for Ben Cheney, a lumber magnate who owned the Giants way back then and fronted the money to get a stadium built in Tacoma. 
The Rainiers team name came originally from a now-defunct Seattle minor league team owned by the former owner of Rainier Brewing Company. 
2011 saw a massive renovation to Cheney Stadium, installing luxury suites, special seating, a kids play area, and outfield bleachers.  It is owned by the City of Tacoma.  The private luxury suites are enclosed, so they can be used for meetings year round. 
Most baseball players start as draftees out of high school or college, and play in “rookie ball” for a short season.  Single A is the lowest professional level.  AA is intermediate.  The Mariners’ AA team is in Arkansas.  
A and AA players get low salaries, but many have a signing bonus.  AAA level salary is $50-75k.  The major league minimum salary is $500k. 
Raffle: There was a winner who drew the ace last week, and so the pot was fairly small at $86, and amazingly Katelyn Billingsley drew an ace this week, making it two weekly winners in a row. 
And Finally…
Dads are great.