Posted by Paula Olson on Sep 08, 2017
As the meeting started this overcast Friday afternoon, the far side of the room was vacant, dust balls all over. This reporter immediately wondered if there was a Nordstrom sale she didn’t know about, as all faithful Rotarian husbands would dutifully follow their wives to Nordie for a sale.  But Past-President Bob Zawilski, subbing for absent President Don Daniels, explained that this was one of the annual meetings of the Top Tier Lakewood Rotarians.
The invocation was given by Mick Johnson and we were led in the Pledge of Allegiance by Larry Clark.  Meeting set up was done by Sally Porter Smith (SPS) and Rob Erb. Paul Harris table was manned by Mick Johnson and $210 was collected.  Bulletin writer was yours truly Paula Olson and the camera was manned by Eric Quinn.  Raffle tickets were sold by Chuck Hellar and the sergeant at arms was Mark Edgecomb.
PP Bob announced that the September 22nd meeting was the joint meeting with Clover Park and the District Governor. In addition to wearing cleaner clothes, he cautioned that if we wanted to bring a guest, let him know asap as seating will be limited.
PP Bob also gave us a Rotary moment by discussing the process by which the District gives out annual grants. Only about one half of the clubs participate in this process. There are two types of grants: local and international. In the US, most grants are for local projects and British Colombia clubs opt for international grants. In 2017, $151,000 was available for grants. There are 32 active grants and room for 10 more. All grantees must be able to close out their grants or they have to give the money back. There is a new program now allowing a group of clubs to apply for a grant with only the lead club required to qualify for the grant. The District has learned a thing or two over the years, such as looking at the timing of grants.  It wasn’t a good idea to give a grant to plant trees at the end of the rainy season in Central America.  SPS encouraged us to consider grant writing as a project.
There was no Sunshine Report and two visiting Rotarians who were also our presenters: Tawny Dotson from Tacoma South and Joyce Loveday from Clover Park.
Fines/Citations – Mick Johnson paid $50 for himself and $50 for his wife because they went on an Alaskan cruise that was wonderful.  Larry Clark’s son got married in Washington DC and it was his seventh anniversary so he paid $40.  Some tall guy in a new plaid shirt who someone identified as John Korsmo won a bid to rebuild the Paradise Inn at Mount Rainer. It’s a $20 million project although John was quick to point out that he gets very little of that.  Nonetheless Lakewood Rotary had stars in their eyes. He paid $50 but this reporter is sure that’s not the end of what he’ll pay.
Gordy Quick paid $20 because he noticed John’s new shirt. PP Bob brought up an interesting and potentially legal question, current event question or geography question, about a problem with the last bulletin, and whether the editor ought to be held responsible.  Turns out there isn’t a flood in Dallas but rather in Houston as anyone who had an electrical socket knows. Editor Quinn was flummoxed and aghast that such an error slipped past him but he was not held to account for a fine or citation. 
Tawny Dotson and Dr. Joyce Loveday gave us an update on the state of the Clover Park Technical College (CPTC) and its foundation.
Dr. Loveday, who is the dean of CPTC, first thanked Lakewood Rotary for its support over the years especially, in regards to the culinary scholarship following our use of the facility for our auction/dinner.  She answered the important question of why a technical school instead of a traditional four year college.  Generally, there are higher starting salaries, more job opportunities, better value and more hands-on experience. These factors were supported by a five year study in five different states, whose graduating students have higher salaries than those with an AA degree alone.  Pierce County is lucky as we have several colleges and universities. By 2023, 77% of all jobs will need some college; 32% of those will require mid-level education – an AA or certificate of training.
Tawny Dotson discussed the foundation which was started in 1991 when CPTC transitioned to a two-year college system. The foundation serves three essential functions. First it provides scholarships to qualified students. A student can receive up to $600 a quarter or $1,200 for two quarters. A goal of the foundation is to be able fund one half of the tuition. It has a million dollar endowment and there is an annual scholarship drive where donors provide for various scholarships. Our culinary scholarship is an example. 
The second function is emergency assistance. This financial support eases the burden on a needy student to continue to attend college. Most students are adult returnees in their 30’s complete with families and responsibilities. Some live on a shoe string to attend school and when there is a crisis, there isn’t a slush fund to draw upon. Examples are an expectant medical bill or a flat tire. These are small grants no more than $250 a quarter or a maximum of $500 a year. The foundation will be campaigning to increase its fund of $75,000 for this purpose to $150,000.
Above: Presenters Tawny Dotson (left) and Dr. Joyce Loveday (center), with Vaughn Hoffman
The third function of the foundation is for emerging needs. These are tools and technology, professional development of facility and staff, and community building. The foundation received a grant to obtain a digital microscope for its histology program.
Dr. Loveday informed us of CPTC’s 75th anniversary and the gala to celebrate on May 19, 2018. They are having a kick off of celebrating their 75th year at the end of September 2017 where they will open the time capsule from 50 years ago. Another exciting development is the approval by the state of a new center for advanced manufacturing. It will be built northwest of the McGavick Center by the old warehouse. It should be finished in the fall of 2019.
The top tier had questions. How come no handy man, plumber or electrician programs? Dr. Loveday explained the process of deciding curriculum and noted that in the electrical program, a student gains 3,000 hours toward his/her journeyman license. A plumber takes up to five years to be competent and CPTC is working the plumbers to design a program. The carpentry program can produce handy people.
What about employers who can’t find graduating students who can’t pass a drug test? Dr. Loveday explained that CPTC can’t discriminate against people who use drugs if they are functioning at school. The school trains students to have a good work ethic and directs students with substance issues to drug treatment programs.
How does CPTC develop programs that will help businesses? The school works with an advisory committee who includes business members to help develop such programs.
How many Dreamers are there? She didn’t know the number as they are very reluctant to identify themselves. There are 17,000 registered in Washington State.
Raffle Winner was Mary Horn, although there was some between her and Greg over who was actually held the winning ticket. It was a moot point when she picked a white and won $5.00.