Past President Dave Coleman, that is if you remember him, opened the meeting a fraction early. After the extraordinary fireworks of the previous evening’s thunder and lightning storm, the day seemed placid. PP Mick Johnson delivered a quiet invocation and PDG Gordon Quick led the salute to our flag. Our table was grateful for the TCGC generous supply of Margaritas. They were just the right combination of salty, savory and yummy.
Ingredients in The Margarita Cocktail
  1. 34 oz. Fresh squeezed lime juice.
  2. Cointreau, triple sec or another orange liqueur.
  3. 12 oz. Blanco tequila.
  4. Kosher salt (optional)
  5. Lime wheel.
  6. Cocktail or rocks glass.
Dave, the TCGC bartender, cautions against the use of bottled Margarita mix as a sugar-filled concoction not worthy of consuming.
After tweeting something Dave went on to quote Thomas Jefferson, “… he who knows most, knows best how little he knows." I thought my wife said that, but no. He recognized those helping with the festivities, Mariachi band, and piñatas, etc.: Gary Fulton - mon Capitan, Bob, Rob and Duncan, Tommy, Walt and Ole.
Our lone visiting Rotarian was Maria Harlow of Rotary Ocho. No guests and, to paraphrase Bill Withers, “Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone, It ain’t warm when she’s away,” but when John Forkenbrock doesn’t have a sadness to share, it’s a good thing.
The TCGC staff saw our empty bucket of Margaritas and brought us another round, but surprised us with some eye openers:
Tequila Amanacer!
  •  2 ounces tequila
  • 4 ounces orange juice
  • 2 ounces of Grenadine
  1. Place ice cubes in a glass.
  2. Pour in tequila and orange juice.
  3. Slowly pour in grenadine and allow it to settle at the bottom of the glass before serving.
  4. Do not stir.
  5. Serve and serve and serve
Let’s see, where was I? Oh yes PP Derek read from a loooong list of folks thanking Lakewood Rotary for our collective generosity. They included: The Rediske Family, West Pierce Firefighters, Palmer Scholars, Boys and Girls Club, USAF – (PP Captain Gary Fulton’s Alma Mater), and Wreathes Across America.
Steve Enquist reminded all to make reservations for the Million Dollar Gala, or as we like to say at our table, “Gala millones de dólares.” One week from Cinco de Mayo to doce de Mayo, (12th of May for you Norwegians.) If you have not made reservations or decided to go to the next million dollar gala, you may have a loooong wait. $100 per person, and we will hear from Rotary International President Elect Ian Riseley. We are also accepting nominations for non-Rotarian of the Year.
PP Dan Goldman revealed progress on the development of the It’s-not-an-Amphitheater in Fort Steilacoom Park. James Guerrero has stepped in as Project Architect for Paul Casey, who has taken it this far. The hope is to begin construction this coming summer- posiblemente!
Educadores del Mes!
Kim Prentice innerduced Michael Martin from Pioneer Middle School in Steilacoom and Maureen Richards from Carter Lake Elementary School in the Clover Park District. She also included Principal JoAnne Fernandez of Pioneer and Jeff Murrell of Carter Lake.
Above: Lakewood Rotary Educator of the Month, Michael Martin
Michael is the Math Teacher at Pioneer and I sure wish I had enjoyed his teaching instead of John Plesha in Edmonds. Michael is dedicated, innovative and collaborative. He is a mathematician who helps open the minds of his students by modelling a group mindset for developing an understanding of and passion for math. Do you hear that John Plesha?  Kids, parents and colleagues seek him out for problem solving and leadership. He is also the boys’ junior varsity basketball coach.
Above:  Lakewood Rotary Educator of the Month, Maureen Richards, with Kim PrenticeMaureen is a first grade teacher and cornerstone for the staff at Carter Lake. She is a veteran of 9 years with the CP District – all at Carter Lake. She chairs the Positive Behavioral Intervention and Support Committee. She is described as dedicated, supportive and positive. She is always smiling and seeks solutions.
Both of these professionals in our school communities graciously thanked Lakewood Rotary as they accepted our praise, plaques and crisp $100 bills.
Thank you Kim!Sensing that our table had drained the sunrises, the wait staff brought us a batch of these hot puppies. Yoicks!

Receta de margarita picante

  • 3 slices of muddled red peppers
  • 2 parts Herradura Tequila
  • 3/4 parts Cointreau
  • 1/2 parts lime juice
  • 1/2 parts simple syrup
  • pinch of cilantro
 Barlow and Nicole agreed that these were the best ever – Muy Bueno!! Ron Irwin demurred; he preferred the straight shots of Padron Amber, until he fell out of his chair.
Las Multa
PP Dan Coldmane then reported on his prowess as a refined finer. He insisted that claims by Presidente Rosa and PP Cristobal Kimball are noticias falsas! PP Dave Covey gave a bunch of pesos for some good reason. Duncan Cook and Bob Hammar gave $85 each for their respective cumpleaños. And we didn’t even sing Feliz Cumpleanos a Tus? Quick and Bisceglia squared off but I don’t think any money changed hands – no surpise from those two! Clayton Denault gave $20 for my wife’s good work on the Music Wall at the YMCA. Rob Erb was his usual generous self while Donnnn Irwin watched helplessly. 
Ron Irwin remarked on the circuit of American Lake by the restored Pay n’ Pak Unlimited Hydroplane on Thursday. He said the roar of the Rolls Royce 16 cylinders was surpassed only by the impending boom of thunder and lightning. Kim Prentice reported on the completion of Evergreen Elementary School on JBLM with no local tax monies paid. Barlow noted  his Eagle snack Project enlisted a Wood Duck to provide 17 eggs for the Lake Steilacoom raptors.
Above: Presenter, Diane Formosa
PP Miguel Johnson Innerduced our speaker Diane Formosa of Caring For Kids. She reported on a looong list of clothing, school supplies, books, dental kits, baby clothes, emergency meals , coloring books and crayons, McDonalds gift cards, air beds, blankets and pillows and tickets to learning and holiday fairs – all distributed directly to schools and parents and children.  Caring for Kids is a non-profit 501-c-3 all volunteer organization helping kids in Lakewood, JBLM, Steilacoom and University Place. Volunteers range in age from 65 to 82 years. CFC has been in business for 43 years. There are a reported 526 kids who are deemed homeless in the CP District. Their website is or email at
Clayton Denault caught the winning raffle ticket for $5!
Our table then reverted to the old standby: Tequila, sel y lima but not in that order. Lima wedge, followed by sel, then the shot of Tequila. What a great meeting – Ole’
Quien lee estas cosas,
Ole’ Ole
Above: A funny sight that Rodd Ladd sent to the bulletin editor for publishing. 
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