A pinch-hitter speaker, who spread the wealth during the meeting to make others pinch hit, and tell some great stories about our club.  Note the baseball analogy, which will come up on the test later.
Notes from the Sep. 22 meeting of
The Rotary Club of Clover Park
 
President Teresa Nye welcomed our Zoomers and our Inpersonators to the first meeting of the autumn of 2021, this being the day of the autumnal equinox.  The length of the day and that of the night are equal on this day, which has nothing to do with the Animal House band Otis Day And The Knights.  [...a little bit softer now...]
 
 
Bob Lawrence led us in the salute to the flag.  Paul Webb led us in the Four Way Test.  And Jeannie Hill shared a couple of inspirational quotes, from luminaries Dr. Seuss and Helen Keller.
 
Sunshine Report
Jeannie Hill shared that her partner John was doing well after his hernia surgery, and thanked the members for the good wishes they shared.  And she welcomed the in-person Ed Trobaugh, whose own back surgery has been postponed.  
 
Announcements
Joyce Oubré noted that the weather forecast had interrupted the planned Sep. 18 Golf Tournament, but it has been rescheduled to Oct. 2.  She noted that this means some participants would assuredly not be able to participate, but allowed as how it may make it possible for new golfers to be part of the event.  So please stay out there beating the bushes, and finding golfers who can participate.  
 
Our golf tournament is supporting not only our own charity account fundraising, but also the ongoing mission of the American Lake Veterans Golf Course.  The renovation of the front 9 holes is well underway, a $3 million project for which only $2.3 million have thus far been raised.  They have borrowed the rest from a bank, counting on subsequent fundraising to cover the remainder. 
 
Bob Lawrence noted that the Lakewood Playhouse this weekend will be presenting Broadway Bound, the 3rd part of Neil Simon’s autobiographical trilogy.  Audience members must have a vaccination card or proof of a negative test, and must wear a mask while inside the Playhouse. 
 
Oct. 2 is the new date for the golf tournament, and it is also the date of the scheduled work party at our adopted project to renovate and maintain the South Puget Sound Wildlife Area.  All members are encouraged to support either the tournament or the work party on that date.  Alan Billingsley is coordinating the work efforts of our Rotarians and other partner groups.  There are two more benches to install, more scotch broom to pull, weeds to cut, and assorted other tasks to keep up this jewel of a bonus park in our city.  Contact Alan at alanb@toolpak.com to volunteer at the Wildlife Area project, or contact Jim Hairston at jhairston787@msn.com to help at the gold tournament.
 
Becky Newton noted that the weather-delayed celebration of the City of Lakewood’s 25th anniversary will be this Saturday, September 25, from 4-8 PM at the Colonial Center.  There will be food, prizes, and other frivolities. 
 
Future Programs
Sep. 29     Cheryl Keely, Covid Update from County Health Dept
Oct. 6        Katie Remine, Woodland Park Zoo Conservation Prgms
Oct. 13      Tiffany Speir, City of Lakewood Long Term Plan
 
 
Fun And Fines
Ed Trobaugh joined us in person this week, his back surgery having been postponed.  He noted several September anniversaries, including that of David and Judy Cotant who celebrated 10 years of wedded bliss by taking a cruise to Alaska with some other couples.  So David offered up $50 for the trip, and $10 for the 10 year anniversary.  That offer led to a bit of a stink-eye from Ed, who wondered whether any woman present would consider her wedding anniversary to only be worth $10.  
 
Ed called on Becky Newton to inquire about what is going on with development in the City of Lakewood.  Becky noted that the City staff have been “crazy busy” with all of the recent permitting activity, and the City Manager realized that they need to add staff in this area.  So Becky is going to soon be getting an assistant.
 
 
This Week’s Program
We were supposed to hear about western pond turtle restoration efforts from Emily Butler of the Department of Fish and Wildlife, but she got delayed in Seattle and could not make it to the meeting.  Thankfully, our own Tom Faubion agreed to pinch-hit, and continued some of the discussion from our meeting last week, talking about some of the great things our club has done over the past several years. 
 
 
Tom noted that we are a small club, and we need to get bigger.  There are lots of people in our community who should become Rotarians, but just are not because they have never been asked.  He challenged each of us to reach out to those we know who may fit that description, and to “make the ask”. 
 
Tom noted that there were several past presidents in attendance, and called upon them to discuss some of the club projects we did when they were in office.  First up was Paul Webb, who was president in the 2004-05 Rotary year.  Paul recalled a big project to raffle off a car, which turned into a big fellowship opportunity.  Club members had to travel far and wide to sell the tickets at other Rotary Club meetings, at the Puyallup Fair, and other venues.  Fundraising went to support a neuroscience center at the Tacoma General (TG) Hospital.  
 
The idea for that came originally from David Cotant, president in 2002-03.  It originated out of a Rotary Fellowship Group for multiple sclerosis awareness, intending to build a clinic for MS treatment.  That soon expanded to other neuroscience movement disorders, and a goal was set to raise $60,000 over 3 years to build that clinic.
 
Sue Potter had worked for TG at the time, and was able to tap some big donors for $2.5 million because of the initial commitment made by Clover Park Rotary to start with the $60k.  With a Rotary Club on board, that lent legitimacy to the project, and others got behind it.
 
David Cotant also spoke about the Rotary Action Group known as Rotarians For Hearing Regeneration (RFHR). The late Gene Pankey had suffered from hearing loss since his youth, and knew about the work of UW researchers on the issue of regeneration of cochlear hair cells.  Birds and reptiles have this ability to regenerate hearing cells, but mammals (like us) do not, which is interesting.  Gene wanted to use Rotary to generate funding to help this effort.  Clover Park Rotary put together a promotional video to support it.  That action group eventually attracted other leadership, and morphed into Rotarians For Hearing, which is continuing to do good works in this area. 
 
Sheri Hodson spoke of working with the Lakewood Playhouse on a 3-year commitment to expand access to theater arts, as part of a push for “literacy” which was a Rotary goal.  Our club’s support brought theater exposure to our adopted Southgate Elementary School, as well as summer theater camps at the Lakewood Playhouse.  We did food repacks at the Emergency Food Network.  We supported construction of the Gene Pankey House in concert with Habitat For Humanity.  We did spaghetti dinners at Southgate Elementary School for their literacy nights.  Sheri also introduced the practice of having a Rotarian at each meeting stand up and do “Two Truths And A Lie”, which was great fun.  We got to learn more about our fellow members, and who not to ever play poker with.  The key insight is that the lie was usually the more elaborate story. 
 
Bob Lawrence preceded Sheri as president in 2013-14.  In his year, we got out of our comfort zone and did remote meetings at Clover Park Technical College, and St. Clair Hospital.  The support for the Lakewood Playhouse’s educational programs resulted in the creation of the Lakewood Institute of Theater, which is now offering online instruction in our community and has branched out to students around the country, and even internationally.
 
Joyce Loveday was president 2015-16, and recalled making the transition from supporting the now-closed Southgate Elementary School to instead supporting Tyee Park.  We did campus cleanup, a clothing exchange, and a purchase of teacher supplies. 
 
Georgene Mellom joined us via Zoom, with audio but not her shining face.  She recalled being one of the first two women to be admitted to our club in 1990, and her husband was not very happy about it at the time, having her join a heretofore all male club.  She promised him she would never be president.  She was asked several times but demurred each time.  She had already been the first woman principle in the Clover Park School District since WWII, when women had to take the places of men who departed to serve in the war, and who gave up those positions when the men returned. 
 
Georgene finally agreed to serve as president in 2009-10, and gained her husband’s assent.  But he died just before Georgene took over as president.  She was conflicted about proceeding forward with the presidential assignment, but decided to do it and had the support of the whole club.  Georgene enjoyed giving out Kudos candy bars to members for outstanding performance [ed. note: typical kindergarten teacher trick, give out candy to get good behavior.]
 
This Week’s Raffle:
With $249 in the pot, 25 cards still in the deck, including 1 Ace and 1 Joker, Joyce Oubré had the winning ticket, but could not draw one of the magic cards. 
 
 
And Finally…
This week's lesson is to set your standards low, and then barely meet them. 
 
The Mariners played the Oakland Athletics (AKA the As) on Sep. 23, in Oakland, before a small crowd in the stadium, making the crowd noise and chants easy to hear on the radio. The best audio clip of the game was this:
 
“Give me an A”
“A”
“What’s that spell?”
“A”