Posted by Eric Quinn on Sep 14, 2018
President Gayle Selden rang the meeting to order on time as usual. Bob Peterson recited his thought of the day and Jim Weinand led us in the flag salute. Those making our meeting happen included Rob Erb, Ward Fletcher (as supervisor), Duncan Cook and Bob Hammar, along with Troy Wilcox on sound, doing set-up. Barlow Buescher drew ticket sales and was Sergeant at Arms. Gary Fulton manned the Paul Harris table. Eric Quinn wrote the bulletin. Walt Richardson took photographs. Apparently there was some confusion about who was to play the greeter (perhaps it was Mark Edgecomb?). Consequently, we improvised by saying hello to everyone we saw.
Visiting Rotarians included Joan Toon (our presenter) and her husband, Terry, from a Rotary Club in Victoria. Additionally,  Jim Burton joined us from Lacey Rotary. For guests, Duncan Cook introduced his son, Peter. Barb Spriggs introduced us to her neighbor, Kris Sashko.
What is a vampire’s favorite dessert? Vampires aren’t real.
John Forkenbrock, who recently graduated from a walker to a cane, gave us the Sunshine Report, and informed us that Vaughn Hoffman fell and broke his leg—at the time of the meeting, he was doing rehab in Port Orchard, according to his brother Wynn. We are thinking about you, Vaughn, get better soon. In brighter news, Ward Fletcher had his last round of chemo treatment!
Rob Erb gave the first announcement, regaling those Rotarians who helped complete the remaining landscaping at the Pavilion in the Park. He indicated that he got to work most of the machinery behind the operation, while everyone else had to do the hard work. Gayle shared with us that District 5020 has created  Facebook group for all District 5020 Rotarians to share their great ideas on how to improve Rotary. Just go to your Facebook page (and if you have not started one, you should so you can join Lakewood Rotary’s Facebook page) and use the search bar on the Facebook page and type in “District 5020.” That should take you to that group. John Lowney told us all about what a success the Reeder Roadster Romp was. Approximately 24 people attended, and there was good weather on the San Juan Islands for most if not all of the trip. There was pizza, there was a catered dinner, and most importantly, there was John Lowney. What a human being that John is. Keep being human, John! Next year the Fellowship committee (one of the many great committees that you younger Rotarians should join) will be doing the Reeder Roadster Romp in proximity to Leavenworth, and will be lodging at the Sleeping Lady in said Bavarian town.
Why as six afraid of seven? It wasn't. Numbers are not sentient and thus incapable of feeling fear.
For further announcements, Gayle informed Red-Badgers in the crowd that next Thursday, September 20, is the next Lakewood Rotary Board meeting, which takes place every third Thursday at the Tacoma Golf and Country Club—usually in the Bored Room, at 5:30 PM. Rick Selden indicated that the Kiwanis Auction will be occurring on October 6. He started a table at that auction so he has room for you. Tacoma South is holding a mini-golf tournament on October 12. Furthermore, Clover Park Rotary is going to be doing an event at the Lakewood Playhouse on September 27. Gayle further stated that the Club will be inducting three new Rotarians on September 28, and in her tradition of creating new traditions, Gayle asked that we as a Club recite the Four Way Test in unison. She left cards at the table which each Lakewood Rotarian took home and placed under their pillow, to absorb each word of the Four-Way Test, even in their sleep, for collective recitation at the September 28 inductions (even in their sleep us Rotarians are thinking of Rotary—such is the dedication and conviction of this Club, tireless, unwavering, undeterred). Rose needs books for the hostel in Nepal: books for 3-4th graders, and chapter books. The last day Rose will be accepting books is October 1.
What do you call a fish with no eyes? It doesn't really matter, because it's just a fish and doesn't understand the idea of having a name.
Then came out the tiara, or as it is now called, the “Terror from the Tiara.” Gayle fined a few Rotarians who confessed to certain misdeeds/fortunes. Jim Weinand sold a duck to Gayle (?) so he paid something. Donna Phillips was not present for the meeting, so she could not pay Gayle a fine for letting her phone ring at a recent meeting—she hasn’t shown up since that meeting, interestingly. Chris Kimball paid $60 for going to a car show with family. Rob Erb gave $20 in honor of those Rotarians who did such a fantastic job at the Pavilion recently. Ed Shannon and his wife played in a golf tournament, so he paid $20. Of course, Gayle also imposed a “Sclair” on all persons sitting with Mary Lou Sclair—$2 apiece. Nicole Hancock made a very cool announcement regarding how close the Lakewood Community Foundation is coming to hitting the million-dollar mark—the foundation is at approximately $970,000. Nicole forked over $20 for the announcement. She also mentioned that the foundation is accepting nominations for the Larry Saunders service award—go to for more on that. Gayle further discussed the importance of Publicity, and how great the Lakewood Rotary website is—which is always improving. Barb Spriggs tendered $20 for the shenanigans that her and Mary Marlin got into during the Roadster Romp.
What did the farmer say when he lost his tractor? “Where’s my tractor?”
Then came our presentation. Joan Toon survived Polio. You already know enough about her. That kind of strength cannot be unknown. Her presentation on this terrible disease, and how far we in Rotary have come to defeat it, was excellent, so we will not spare any details. Joan began her presentation by asking us to imagine world of iron lungs, then imagine a world without Polio. Rotary has come so far to end this disease, but there is much work to do.
Poliomyelitis (hereinafter “Polio”)  is a disease that enters through the mouth, spreads to our intestines, then spreads to the nervous system, paralyzing us. Polio has existed for thousands of years, but became prominent in the United States in the 20th Century, where streets, and children, were sprayed with DDT to avoid the crippling disease—of course, DDT, Dichloro Diphenyl Trichloroethane, did not last that long. The first epidemic of Polio occurred in New York City in 1916. The City washed the streets with four million gallons of water a day, in a desperate attempt to cleanse the streets of Polio. This did not work. FDR was struck by Polio at age 39. He established the March of Dimes in 1938 and $2,680,000 were sent to the White House in a matter of weeks, to help fight Polio. A Polio vaccine was introduced in 1948, and six years later, an oral vaccine was made available.
Joan discussed the great works of Rotary’s End Polio Now campaign, and the strides it has taken to eradicate Polio. The campaign partnered with various humanitarian organizations, and before we knew it, South America was Polio-free. There is no cure for Polio. But there is a vaccine. Presently, the areas that still have had reported cases of Polio include Pakistan, Nigeria and Afghanistan. But the numbers have gone down substantially there as well. In fact, there has not been a reported case of Polio in Nigeria in 2 years. But a world where one child has Polio should not exist. Joan mentioned that there are several factors preventing Polio’s eradication, which include but are not limited to war, poor infrastructure and political upheaval. The newest intra-dermal drops are designed to promote herd immunity, meaning that one child that receives the drops may vaccinate ten more. The goal is to eradicate Polio entirely by 2020. Rotary made a promise 30 years ago to End Polio Now. Be the inspiration.
Joan recalled drinking from the gardening hose in her childhood, in a time when something like Polio seemed to be a distant threat. But before she knew it, Joan woke up one morning with stiff legs and was afflicted with Polio. She recalled the terror of being in a hospital, and imagined the horror that children felt when bear-hugged by an Iron Lung.  She survived, and we were so fortunate to hear her story. Thank you, Joan.
What do an elephant and a grape have in common? One of them is purple.
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For the drawing, $1,144 was in the pot. Barb Spriggs drew white and won a whopping $5.  
Finally, read this bulletin and tell Greg Rediske so you get a make-up. Furthermore, if you do any online shopping, do so on Amazon Smile so a portion of your purchase may be allocated to Lakewood Rotary. Oh yes, next week's program will be Tim Puryear, Asset Manager, NW Building LLC