Alan B. Rocks the Podium, Degrees of Change, and Joyce O. Finds the Joker
President Heidi called an audible at the line of scrimmage, causing Alan Billingsley to come off the bench and run today's meeting; it was an MVP* performance! (*Most Versatile Presidential fill-in)
We were also blessed with the presence of Lakewood Rotary President Gayle Selden, who (in typical fashion) donated $20 to our club's coffers, because that's how she rolls.
The members present unanimously voted to elect the slate of Officers and Directors for the upcoming Rotary Year.
They are:
Past President: Heidi Wachter
President: Ellie Carr
President Elect: John Munn
Vice President: Teresa Nye
Secretary: Tom McClellan
Treasurer: Judi Maier
Srgt at Arms: Dave Cotant
Membership: Marie Barth
Administration: Karl Roth
Service Projects: Clarke Thomson assisted by Alan Billingsley 
Foundation: Katelyn Billingsley 
Fundraising: Joyce Oubre 
Public Image: Dave Hall
"GO Army, BEAT Navy!"--General Ed and Tom McClellan
Community Projects Update: Joyce Oubre reported a successful shopping expedition for Tyee Park Elementary families; on top of that effort, 20 refurbished bicycles will be distributed to additional Custer Elementary families who didn't receive gifts or holiday baskets. Great leadership, Joyce!!!
Reminders: Next Wednesday (12/12) we will be gathering at the West Pierce Firefighters Union Hall on Steilacoom Blvd, to wrap the gifts gifts purchased on Dec. 2nd. Please RSVP with your box lunch choice (Joyce has emailed the menu to all members.) 12/19 is a Club Assembly; 12/26 is an informal post-holiday gathering.
Our program was especially inspiring! Dr. Tim Herron and Bill Hanawalt informed us about a cutting-edge scholarship/mentoring/leadership development organization: Degrees of Change. This non-profit equips students to "learn together through college, and lead together back home." Through a rigorous selection process, Degrees of Change identifies outstanding high school graduates, combining them into cohorts, and providing full scholarships to partner colleges, such as Gonzaga University, Pacific Lutheran, Whitworth, UW Tacoma, and many others. They accomplish their programs by combining heart-led philosophy and research-based, rigorously evaluated strategies, which has paid off with amazing, successful results!
Joyce Oubre's raffle ticket was drawn for a chance at the $410 pot; she drew a joker from the deck, which netted her a week's worth of meals from the McDonald's Dollar Menu! ($20) 
Quote Of The Day: "The simplest thought is as difficult as the most complicated thought...Until one's thought!" __David Cotant
And Finally...
Here's how you know that you need to ask Santa for a new computer and internet service!