A Club Social.  And an enthusiastic winner.
 
Notes from the September 14 meeting of
The Rotary Club of Clover Park
recorded by Tom McClellan
 
President Becky Newton rang the bell with enthusiasm, stating, “Welcome to the first official social of the quarter.”  Upon some questioning from one of the members about that announcement, Becky noted, “I think the bar is next door.”
 
Jeannie Hill was absent from this meeting, on a musical performance gig, but sent along some inspirational quotes to get us in the mood, as read by Becky:
 
1. Don't judge each day by the harvest that you reap, but by the seeds that you plant. - - Robert Louis Stevenson
 
2. It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe.  - - Muhammad Ali
 
The meeting started off with an update from Ramona Hinton about our support for a school program in the Dominican Republic.  The school is San Marcos Abajo, and school starts September 19.  Our club is partnering with Ramona’s old club in Michigan, and with another club in Florida, to support this school and its 400+ students.  Bob Hildreth is a former US Army officer who is piloting this program, and he will speak to our club on Nov. 9 via Zoom, perhaps with members of the partnering Rotary Club’s attending. 
 
President Becky noted that in the spirit of club socializing, there would be no Fun and Fines on this day, so be prepared for a deferred catch up next week. 
 
There will be a club board retreat on Sep. 30, to contemplate larger issues than we can normally get through in our one-hour monthly meetings.  Becky provided some note cards, soliciting members to submit some big ideas for the board to consider.
 
To kick things off, Becky shared some comments from a recent Rotary Peace Fellow:
 
“Every day, I [am] asked the question: what led me to become a peacebuilder?  There are so many ways I could answer that question because I’ve been doing this work in one way or another my whole adult life. And even before that, I can trace the answer back to the values that were instilled in me by my parents, who were both refugees driven from their home by a genocidal dictator. I can and do share my “origin story” as a peacebuilder in terms of my family, or explain the trajectory of my career as I’ve been doing this work—but I don’t think that’s what people are really asking when they say: “Why do you do this?”
 
 
Next up was a game to find out more about each other.  [ed. note: We should call it, “Fun and Finds”].  She asked the members present, and on Zoom, to formulate answers to these questions:
 
1.  If you were offered the chance to take the “trip of a lifetime”, where would you go?
            - Europe
            - Asia
            - Africa
            - Somewhere else
 
2.  If you could bring back a fashion style from the past, what would it be?
            - Cowboy/western
            - Roaring 20s
            - 1950s
            - Other era
 
3.  If you could be a circus performer, what would your act be?
            - Elephant trainer
            - High wire
            - Clown
            - Ring master
 
4.  If you could be granted one extra hour each day, how would you like to spend it?
            - Read a favorite novel
            - Take a walk
            - Talk with your family
            - Continue working on existing projects
 
5.  What is your favorite dessert?
            - Ice cream
            - Crème Brûlée
            - Chocolate cake
            - Cheesecake
            - YESSSSS!!
 
6.  You’ve won a 1-month helper or assistant.  What would you choose?
            - Housekeeper
            - Yard work
            - Personal chef
            - Personal therapist
            - [editor’s choice: someone to help straighten out the flight of your golf balls]
 
7.  What is your least favorite household chore?
            - Laundry
            - Vacuum
            - Dishes
            - Dusting
            - [ed. note: What? No cat box?]
 
8.  Describe your high school experience in 3 words.
 
Randy Black offered: “Changed 180 degrees”, because he was formerly introverted, but then decided to play basketball and football in his junior and senior years, did well, and got a date to the prom as a result.
 
Becky Newton offered: “Shy, horses, studious.”
 
Your recorder believes that Ed Trobaugh stated “Met my wife”, but because he egregiously failed to use a microphone, which is a true crime against Rotary, the exact words were not recorded for posterity.
 
President Becky then invited members to share something about themselves that other members might not know.
 
Sheri Hodson noted that before she worked at State Farm, she managed a B. Dalton Booksellers store in Southern California.  As part of a promotion, the musical group The Temptations came to do a book signing ahead of a concert.  They used Sheri’s back room to warm up, and serenaded Sheri with “My Girl”.
 
Randy Black asserted that in his younger years, he was quite the disco dancer, a big fan of the whole Saturday Night Fever fad in the late 1970s.
 
Ramona Hinton was a 4H leader, and her kids raised sheep, chickens, pigs, and horses
 
Hallie McCurdy shared the tidbit that when she was in the fourth grade, she competed in the Miss Pre-Teen Washington pageant.  She did not win. 
 
 
Other Announcements
Alan Billingsley now has new Rotary aprons, emblazoned with our club logo.  You can get one for the princely sum of $20, ORRRR!!! You can get one for free by coming to the Oct. 1 club work party at the South Puget Sound Wildlife Area, 9 AM to 1 PM. 
 
 
Future Programs
Sep 21    Shawn Durnen, NineLine Veteran Services
Sep 28    Shakisha Ross and Zach Kaija, PSE New Innovations
Oct 5       Ellie Wilson and Andie Gernon, Habitat For Humanity house in Tillicum
 
 
Raffle
With 11 cards left in the deck, and $711 in the pot, Sue Potter had the winning ticket, and she DREW AN ACE!!!!!  Her reaction was rather subdued.
 
 
 
 
 
 
And Finally…
If only there were a catchy name for the “effect” of one thing falling, leading to another thing falling, leading to another….