The one where Bob Lawrence arrived early!
Meeting notes recorded by Sheri Hodson
Edited by Tom McClellan
Invocation: David Cotant
Flag Salute:  Bryan Christensen
Visiting Rotarians Paul Webb – No visiting Rotarians
Visitors: No visitors
Sunshine report:  No Karen and no sunshine report
Club Announcements: 
Upcoming Speakers
March 16th Col Leonard Kosinski
March 23rd Julie Anderson
March 30th John Munn and Jeremy Thompson
Tuesday, March 15th 5:00 – 7:00 Tyee Park Reading Night. We will be serving a Spaghetti Dinner and Little Church on the Prairie will be doing dessert. Please let Joyce know if you will be attending. It is being held at the Centerforce Building at 5204 Solberg, Lakewood. We need your help.  Wear your apron if you have one.
Saturday, March 26th 12:00 – 2:30 Break Bag Repack at EFN. This is the last of our commitment for our matching District Grant for this year. Come for some or all of it.  Please let Joyce know – the more the merrier.
Monday, March 21st at 7:00 Communities in Schools Breakfast Fundraiser at the Old Country Buffet. Alan Billingsley has already arranged a table. Jermaine Kearse, who is still a Seattle Seahawk for the moment and a Lakes High School alumnus, is the guest speaker.
Pam, an employee of Carr’s, thanked all of us for your generous gift to the Carr’s Restaurant staff. They are appreciative of the gift cards.  
Our tables had thank you notes from the kids at Tyee for their afterschool program and their trip to Lemay’s America Car Museum.
Don Sosnowski reported that we have already reached over $6700 of our $7000 goal for the Foundation with still a quarter to go!!! A reminder that for our club to earn the “Every Rotarian Every Year” award, this year we must each donate at least $100 to the Foundation – not just an average.
Jim Hairston kicked off the Rose Sale, our second fundraiser of the year. He share our goal is 1,000 dozen. The funds raised will help us fund all of our projects next year.  We can start selling now; red, pink, yellow roses for $25 a dozen. We are delivering the same week as Administrative Assistant week, which is April 26th and 27th.  Be creative on who your customers can buy them for, in addition to administrative assistants. Loved ones, clients, business partners, people who could use some cheering up (recent widow, battling an illness). This year we will also be delivering 200 dozen to JBLM for the spouses of wounded warriors.   Some Rotarians do all of their sales in honor of our military.  David Cotant, one of our consistently high sellers, shared with us he is doing a service for his fellow business owners. He reminds them of Administrative Assistant week and he tells them he will handle the gift.
Sheri Hodson went through the packet of materials.  Order forms and Important information form is also available in the Forms section of our club’s Home page,  in case you did not pick up your packet or you need more forms.  Be sure to write legibly, and cross out all credit card information if you make a copy of the form for your delivery records.  Remember we make more money if we do not take credit card payments, so checks are welcome.  Upcoming weeks will have more reminders and opportunities to sign up for volunteering.
Fun and Fines with General Ed:  Anne Winters was on microphone, money, and song-leading duty today.
Charlie Maxwell and Clarke Thomson took care of their Wachters.
Don Sosnowski celebrated 4 years of togetherness with Corinne. He reminded General Ed that he already paid for their recent engagement. When the fine was being negotiated Don had to determine if the time together was VERY happy or mediocre.  Don contributed $50.
Karen Fengler Nichols and Joe celebrated their 6th anniversary, but 24 years together (???). It turns out they were married on Leap Day 24 years ago. They celebrated by going to Park City Utah for some skiing 3 days and 4 nights. The other good news is their youngest daughter is expecting their second child. Karen contributed $100 for all the great things happening in her life.
Jeannie Hill and Don Sosnowski were busy talking when General Ed was trying to fine them for not signing in. Some thought the $2 fine was low for both not signing in and not paying attention.
Fred Willis had a $2 fine for being late.
Alice Peeples and Jeannie Hill again donated tickets to the club for a raffle.  David Cotant purchased for $50. It sounded like a wonderful event at the Puyallup Pavilion this Sunday at 2:00. They will be treated to both the orchestra and the Seattle Chorale, as well as appetizers or their own picnic lunch.
Oops not again this year!!! General Ed had to be reminded of Teresa Nye’s birthday. She was ready with a check. Teresa and Ed’s wife Pam share the same birthday. Hope he didn’t forget Pam’s birthday too!!
Bonnie Boyle made an announcement… just because she is moving does not mean she is leaving the Club!! She is still with us!!! An hour drive from her soon to be new home in Seabeck just to be with us is worth it.
General Ed gave his support of the Rose Sale and explained a bit more about the Rose sale and the soldiers’ families. He explained we started this part of the Rose Sale 10 -11 years ago and it was originally for the spouses of deployed soldiers and we took 450 Roses over to Fort Lewis at that time.  This year we will be delivering 200 to the spouses of wounded soldiers.
Today’s speaker:  Our own Charlie Maxwell gave a very interesting talk on recycling. He started his recycling career 60 years ago as a child. He and his friends collected glass beer bottles and separated them and checked them for rolled up bills before turning them in. 
In 1989 Washington legislation passed requiring 50% of waste had to be recycled. Originally LeMay tried a 3 bin process with 100% of people enrolled but only about 30% participating. It was for cans, glass, and paper/cardboard.  Plastic however was still filling the landfills.
After a few years they combined recyclables except for glass and participation increased to 100%. The average household recyclables went from 23 lbs. to 47 lbs. per month. 70% of the glass was still collected at one of the 38 glass drop off sites. Glass causes many problems when it breaks and combines with other recyclables.
2008-09 Recycling business changed. Companies starting going out of business because they had to pay to get rid of the recyclables. So with businesses closing here, China became the major purchaser of our recyclables during their rapid growth spurt. Now that growth has slowed down they are much more selective at what they take from us. The industry is hoping other parts of the world will have a need as they grow. Potential consumers are southern Asia and Africa as they grow their infrastructure. 
Need for recycled items are changing. In 2015 – with oil prices dropping so much – and plastics are made from oil – why not just make new ones instead of going to the expenses of recycling? Aluminum smelters have gone from 5 down to 1 in the state of WA. In 10 years all smelters will be gone in the US. So we will ship elsewhere to have it melted and then buy it back.
There is very little market for the glass. No one wants it.
Ecycle (computers and electronics) and light bulb recycling aren’t truly free; costs are just passed on to the consumer when they purchase the items. We have to be wary of “Commercial Recyclers”. Some take the recyclable items and dispose of them in another county as garbage, filling the landfills with recyclable items. 
Waste Connection is not looking at making a change to their food disposal. Right now with the food mixed with other garbage it helps with decomposition. During the decay process, it creates methane. The methane is trapped and is now powering 3000 homes. In the near future it is hoped it will provide enough fuel to power a 1000 trucks. Charlie had so much to share we ran out of time for questions.
Raffle Drawing:  Clarke Thomson had the right ticket, but did not draw an ace, so he was a $5 winner.
Then right after the raffle, Bob Lawrence arrived, 6 days and 22.5 hours early for our next meeting.