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Meeting Notes March 27, 2019
 
 
Notes taken by Jim Hairston          Edited by Dave Hall
 
Call to order: By President Heidi...12:28 pm.
 
Greeter: Brandon Solomonson
InvocationAlan Billingsley
Pledge of Allegiance:Victoria Hoy (Visiting Rotarian)
 
Today’s Rotary Recitation:   The Rotary Vision for 2018-2019  
 
Visiting Rotarians:
Victoria Hoy– Tacoma Narrows
Colleen Henry– Past President 
 
Today’s Guests:
Representative Mari Leavitt – 28thDistrict (Democratic member of the House of Representatives)
Bruce Barth – Marie’s Boyfriend from Montana 
Norma Jean Hansen – Guest of Charlie Maxwell  
Mike Killen – Guest of Tank Hairston
Mary Dodsworth – Director of Lakewood Parks & Recreation
 
Sunshine Report:
Georgene Mellom – on the mend
 
Future Programs:
Eric Ballentine – The Mission Continues
Mary Robnett – Pierce County Prosecutor
Club Assembly – Committee Meetings
 
Announcements:
- Mary Dodsworth thanked the club for all it does to support community projects.  
- Rotary Store bling and paraphernalia is still available!
 
Memorable Fines and Moments with Gen Ed (assisted by Brandon Solomonson)
- Sydna Koontz: Welcomed back after 4 months in Maui
- Bob Lawrence: trip to warmer climes.
- Karl Roth:  10 nights in AZ
- Several fined for missing the Literacy night event.
- Gen Ed asked visiting Rotarians’ to raise their hands with $2.00 
 
 
Today’s Program:
According to her website, State Representative Mari Leavitt is a mom, small business owner, education and PTSA leader, and strong supporter of Washington’s military families. As a child of a military family and former Deputy Director of Pierce County Human Services, Rep. Leavitt is well aware of the pressing needs for service-members, veterans, and their families including health care, housing assistance, substance use disorder services, and other supports.  She earned her A.A.S. from Tacoma Community College, B.A. and M. Ed from Western Washington University, and her Ph.D. in Community College Leadership from Oregon State University.
Representative Leavitt provided insights to what is going on in the State legislature.  She mentioned that McClery & Trueblood are two separate issues which had truly affected the tax rates recently.  Another point of interest was a discussion on the Progressive Real Estate Tax which may be implemented in the future.  For a detailed listing of bills she sponsors and co-sponsors, be sure to check out her website.
Contact Rep Levitt at:Mari.Leavitt@leg.wa.gov       Phone: 360-786-7890
 
Raffle Drawing:
No Ace was drawn.... $5.00 collected by Colleen Henry.  
 
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