A tornado, a finemaster, Covid, and other risky events.
Notes from the Sep. 29 meeting of
The Rotary Club of Clover Park
recorded by Tom McClellan, from a secure undisclosed location
 
President Teresa Nye’s track record for on-time starts remains stellar, and she welcomed both the Zoomers and the Inpersonators.  Jeannie Hill let us off with a pair of inspiring passages, including this one from William Faulkner:
 
“Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world...would do this, it would change the earth.”
 
Ramona Hinton led us in the salute to the flag, and Joyce Oubré led us all in reciting the 4-Way Test.
 
Guests included Alan Billingsley’s sister, Cheryl Keely, who was our guest speaker for the day.  Alan also dragged along his wife Debbie.  And Ellie Carr brought her son Nolan.  
 
Announcements
Bob Lawrence reminded everyone that the Lakewood Playhouse is back with its first production after a 15-month shutdown.  “Broadway Bound” has 3 weeks remaining in its run.  In November, there will be a combined adult and youth performance of “Something Wicked This Way Comes” by Ray Bradbury.  And they will be doing Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” in December.  https://www.lakewoodplayhouse.org/
 
Lakewood’s Film Art and Book festival is Oct. 8, 9, 10 at the McGavick Center.  Get more details at https://thesubtimes.com/2021/09/29/complete-fab-film-schedule-with-show-times-special-events-and-more/.
 
The start time for volunteers working the Golf Tournament on Saturday will vary from 0715 to 0745.  You should have received an email with your details.  And if you are not working the G.T., Alan Billingsley would be glad to have your help from 0900-1300 at the South Sound Wildlife Area work project.  Bring gloves.
 
President Teresa noted that there had been a tornado which touched ground in Battleground, WA.  Welcome autumn!
 
Teresa also noted that the 1st Baptist Church on 112th Street is looking for some help for its community Trunk Or Treat event, Oct. 31.  Volunteers please arrive at 5:15 PM.  Doors open at 6 PM, and the event finishes at 8 PM. 
 
Future Programs
Oct. 6     Katie Remine, Woodland Park Zoo Conservation Prgms
Oct. 13   Tiffany Speir, City of Lakewood Long Term Plan
Oct. 20   Club Assembly        
 
 
Fun And Fines
Ed Trobaugh was assisted by Gretchen Allen, and immediately noted the publicity which Jeannie Hill had gotten in the Suburban Times, concerning her upcoming performance at the Film, Art, and Books Festival. 
 
Ed then asked Bob Lawrence who it was that started the FAB Festival.  He noted that it was former members Ernie Heller and Charlie Maxwell, along with Sydna Koontz, originally trying to piggyback on an Asian Film Fest and add some art to it.  Bob apparently missed a committee meeting, where it was determined that Bob should be put in charge.  Bob is also grateful that a $20,000 grant from the City of Lakewood will mean it can continue next year.
 
Hallie McCurdy confessed to having taken a 2-week vacation, with no details offered about where she went or what she did.  We are left to speculate.
 
Tom Faubion offered up a Rat On A Rotarian, for which he was not fined due to having purchased an annual indulgence from the church of the perpetual fine.  Tom noted that Alan Billingsley failed to have his guests sign in.  Alan conceded culpability for his sister, but noted that his wife Debbie has been to enough meetings that she ought to be able to do it herself.  Hey Debbie, how does the bus look from down there?
 
 
This Week’s Program
Alan was called to introduce his big sister, Cheryl Keely, R.N., and Alan declined to share the story of the banana in the toaster from when they were growing up.  Cheryl has been a registered nurse since college, and had retired just before Covid hit.  That retirement lasted about 3 weeks, and then she took a job with the Tacoma Pierce County Health Department (TPCHD) in their then brand new Covid response program.  
 
 
Cheryl mentioned difficulties dealing with issues of public trust in the information.  This has led to vaccine hesitancy.  98% of the misinformation has been spread by 12-13 individuals, and then gets picked up by others. 
 
The Pfizer vaccine now has full FDA approval for those 16 and older, and is on an emergency use authorization (EUA) for 12-15.  They are hoping for approval soon for those aged 5-11.  Moderna’s and J&J vaccines are still on an EUA.
 
In WA State, 94% of cases are occurring among the unvaccinated.  Breakthrough cases in the vaccinated have come among cancer patients and others with low immune system function.
 
The Delta variant is more contagious, and is now the dominant strain.  It was only 10% in June, now 95%. 
 
The Pfizer vaccine just got approved for a 3rd (booster) dose, for some people.  J&J and Moderna applications are still pending.  Boosters are not a new thing in the vaccine world.  As an example, the Hepatitis B vaccine involves 3-4 shots over 12 months. 
 
Those who have gotten a 3rd dose already are reporting symptoms from the shot similar to whatever they manifested on their second dose.  Those who have gotten the Moderna vaccine are seeing a slower arc of decline in their antibodies.  Moderna will probably end up offering a half dose for the third shot.  Moderna is a brand new company with fewer staff, and so it has been slower to get its data into the FDA for review. 
 
There are no data yet on mixing Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, which are MRNA vaccines and very similar.  J&J is a more traditional type of vaccine with virus particles that have been inactivated with formaldehyde.  There are some data showing that because J&J is different, there may be some utility in using J&J after Moderna or Pfizer for the first 2. 
 
Getting any of the vaccines will not give you Covid, but your protection is not absolute so you can still get the virus and spread it.  This is why masks are required for everyone. 
 
“Long Covid” is still new, and thus unknown.  It has been causing some cognitive impairments.  FDA has approved simultaneous flu and Covid vaccination, and homebound people can call TPCHD to arrange a vaccine at their home.
 
 
This Week’s Raffle
With $263 in the pot, our guest speaker Cheryl Keely had the winning ticket, but no luck in drawing an ace.
 
 
And Finally…
On a recent visit to an office supply store, I noticed this display case for a product which really lives up to its name.