Bikes, Rats, Wrapping, and Calling (South Sound) 9-1-1!
Notes by: Sheri Hodson  Edited by: Dave Hall
 
Today's Visiting Rotarians included  Past President Bryan Christensen and today’s guest speaker Andrew Nieditz. 
 
Our visitors included West Pierce Fire Assistant Chief Hallie McCurdy (soon to be a member), former member Ken SharpIngrid Willis, Fred's spouse, and Debbie Billingsley, Alan's spouse, who will be joining us for another week.
 
President Heidi’s Excellence Award went to Alan Billingsley for the second week in a row. Our club had a need to transport a dozen refurbished bicycles completed by Charlie Maxwell's "Team Build-A-Bike". Before Heidi could even ask for assistance, Alan had picked up the velocipedes and had them stored, ready to be delivered to deserving kids this holiday season!
 
 
President Heidi read a well-written thank you letter from the Lakewood Playhouse for our continued support and sponsorship of the Theater For Youth program.
 
Fred Willis suggested at this time of year as we are all doing our financial planning to consider the Rotary Foundation. We can include the Foundation in our wills. David Cotant volunteered Tom Faubion’s legal services to write a codicil to our existing wills to make it happen. (Since Tom did not protest this spontaeneous assignment, it must be true!)
 
Officer and Director Nomination slate will be coming soon!!!
 
Upcoming Dates:
 
December 2ndat 8:00 am - Christmas Shopping for approximately 29 Tyee Elementary students at Lakewood Target . Money can still be collected but needs to be received before we shop. Money can still be delivered to Judi Maier or Sheri Hodson’ s office, but deadline is Friday, November 30. 
 
December 12th  12:00- 1:30  Rotary Christmas wrapping at the West Pierce Union Hall. Box lunch to be ordered prior to the meeting.  Joyce Oubre will be emailing box lunch menu options.
 
December 13th :   If you can't make the wrapping party on 12/12, feel free to join West Pierce Firefighters at their wrapping party the next day. (Check with Karl Roth as to the time.)
 
December 19: Drop off gifts at the school(s).
December 22:  Pickup of gifts at West Pierce Union Hall from Santa.  (Joyce is considering having a pancake breakfast available to families that come for pick up.)
 
More information to come on Christmas food basket assembly and delivery.  It looks like we will be taking care of 30 Custer Elementary families. Assembly may be the 18thand delivery either December 19thor 20thdepending on the number of families picking it up at the school. 
 
Fun and Fines with General Ed, assisted by Red Badgers Susan Adams and Lisa Blevins:
 
President Heidi was fined $2/minute for every minute she cut into General Ed’s time.
 
David Cotant had trombones to celebrate his birthday (76).
 
 
Ken Sharp got to celebrate his birthday as well. 
 
Karen Fengler Nichols will carry over her Wachter.  
 
Karen George finally got to rat on fellow Rotarian John Unfred for his brief appearance on the news after someone stole a street sweeper from Lakewood Town Center. 
 
 
 
 
Katelyn Billingsley had her very first Rotary fine levied for her "ink" in the Suburban Times profile as Clover Park Rotary’s new member, which included a nice article on her business and involvement in the community. (Editor's Note: Sorry, Katelyn!)
 
Dave Hall, Susan Adams and Lisa Blevins all came a bit late to the start of the meeting, at a cost of two bucks for tardiness. 
 
 
Our program featured a presentation by South Sound 9-1-1 Executive Director (and former Lakewood City Manager) Andrew Neiditz. He provided a concise history of our local public safety dispatch and records management ancestry, and how it has developed into a consolidated, highly-functional agency. Andrew outlined how the City of Lakewood has evolved into a key player in South Sound 9-1-1's oversight and management. He also gave a progress report of the new emergency communications center, expected to begin construction during the 1st Quarter of 2020.
 
 
Ellie Carr had the winning raffle ticket but had no luck winning the $372 pot. 
 
And Finally...
 
Here's an example of both "Truth in Advertising" and "Practicing What You Preach":
 
 
 
 
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