MEETING RECAP 

Earthlings, extraterrestrials and kids. Oh, my!

Saturday, May 11, 2024
By: Horn, Gregory S.
Dear Rotarians—This week’s bulletin’s features the literary stylings of the one and only me. And if you are convinced that when any scribe describes their writing as “literary stylings” no jury will convict you of assault when you punch said scribe in the face next time you see them walking down the street, you are correct. So next time you see me (John Magnuson for those who don’t know me) I’ll expect to dodge a jab or two.

Now, if you’ve never scribed for a Rotary meeting before, you may not know that a scribe is handed an agenda for the day’s meeting before they put pen to paper. But in my short time attempting to do this job, I’ve learned rather quickly that the order of the agenda has nothing to do with the order of what happens during the actual meeting. So, if my account doesn’t match what you saw at today’s meeting, you at least know why.

President Mary started our meeting off at 12:30pm with the usual feel-good music and ring of the dinner bell. The flag was saluted followed by a beautiful salute to our mothers by Paula Olsen. For those of you who eschew the Gregorian calendar for a system that consists of tracking Netflix releases and the time until the next run of Haley’s Comet, this is your reminder that Mother’s Day is coming up this Sunday. Honor the mothers in your life accordingly.
 

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Sunday, May 5, 2024
By:
Den Tredje Mai
John Magnuson
As the celebrations on  Den Tredje Mai wind down, comparisons are made to “green beer” on St. Patrick’s Day and “Corona beer and a wedge of lime” on Cinco de Mayo.  So today we have one of Swedish Glory Month’s most important festivities – Aquavit, on Den Tredje Mai holiday.
Okay kids, select the most correct answer:
  1. President John Lowney chose to hold Friday’s meeting on Den Tredje Mai knowing that Swedish members of Lakewood Rotary would be thrilled to celebrate one of Sweden’s most important historical events.
  2. Some criminal reason of no importance.
  3. Some forgettable Norwegian reason.
  4. PM knew she wouldn’t be here today so can’t be blamed.


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Is It Real or Is It Fake, Or Enhanced Artifically, Or...?

Monday, April 29, 2024
By: Horn, Gregory S.
You have to ask yourself, is this real or is this fake as you read this recounting of the Lakewood Rotary Club’s weekly meeting for April 26, 2024. You have to do that anyway when this scribe writes so this shouldn’t be much of stretch for any of you.

President Mary (PM) rang the school bell at 12:30 with background music playing compliments of Sister Sledge.

Making it all happen: Chuck Hellar was at the Foundation Station, Barlow Buescher handled the raffle tickets with an assist from Don Daniels who was also collecting Wine & Beer Festival raffle ticket money.  Bob Peterson guided us through the Pledge, Yorleny Clapper gave a thankful invocation, the Dream Team (Tom George, Scott Baird, Wynn Hoffman, Terry Roarke, Rick Selden and Rob Erb) set us up and tore us down. Walt Richardson took the pictures and Donn Irwin acted as scribe for the day.

Barlow B and Greg R tended the cookie jar offerings.

1912 – First home run hit at Fenway Park in Boston
 

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Sunday, April 21, 2024
By: Stephen Saalfeld
Students Show the Future is Indeed Bright!

Steve Saalfeld

Rotarians—I write to you from the future! Or it might be the past. You see as I connected with President Mary before Friday’s meeting, I read the heading at the top of the meeting notes she handed me and saw that the date read “Friday, April 12, 2024.” Now for a moment, I breathed a sigh of relief and was about to hand off my pen and notepad since I knew I was signed up to scribe on Friday, April 19. Alas, it was but a clerical error and if I had to guess it was probably Greg’s fault (Geez, Greg!).
So regardless of when I’m writing from, you’re reading this in the future. So tell me…how is it? With any luck you’ll be replying from your flying car in your silver body suit and throw a stock tip or two my way. I’m poised to buy low.
The good news is Tax Day is behind us. Though maybe that’s bad news for anyone reading this who thought it was April 12. Good luck President Mary!

 

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Was It A Hat Trick? A Trifecta? A Threepeat? Or Was It A Triple Play?

Monday, April 15, 2024
By: Horn, Gregory S.
The outlook wasn't brilliant for the Lakewood Rotary nine that day:
The score stood four to two, with but one inning more to play,

They thought, "If only Mary could but get a whack at that—
We'd put up even money now, with Mary at the bat."

(apologies to Ernest Thayer’s Casey at the Bat)

And to the plate strode Mighty Mary, to save the day one more time!
She whacked that bell so smartly, and off to another meeting sublime.
 

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Sunday, April 7, 2024
By: Joseph F. Quinn
Earthquakes and Other Disasters

            By Joe Quinn

     President Mary Horn (PM) opened the meeting right on time with music, bells and whistles as is her wont. Or is it want? Anyway, she did it the way she always does…with alacrity.

The usual suspects:  Making this meeting possible were the following wonderful volunteers:

Flag Salute: Rob Erb
Rotary Moment:  Scott Buser, who waxed eloquent by quoting from Ralph Waldo Emerson
Paul Harris Desk:  Dick Ferrell
Sgt. At Arms/Raffle Desk:   Greg Horn, or Jan Gee or both
Family Dream Team/Setup Crew:  Rob Erb led his crew: Scott Baird, Tom George, Wynn Hoffman, James Osundwa and Terry Roarke
Puffins:  PM made them stand or wave
Photog: Walt Richardson
Scribe:  Joe Quinn
Cookie Jar Tender:  John Lowney
 

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The word of the day: Write! Write it down! Right?

Monday, April 1, 2024
By: Horn, Gregory S.
But, before we go any further, Mother Mary had an agenda. We all heard “We are family” and then the dinner bell.

I, too, have an agenda. I’m a rather new Rotarian and still have a lot to learn. However, my husband, Mike, was a Lakewood Rotarian for 50 years, so I remember a great deal of our club’s history. Recently, I have delved into Greg Rediske’s book “50 years of Service and Fellowship”. It has brought back so many good memories. Occasionally, when I am with other Lakewood Rotarians I am surprised that so many of the current members do not have those same memories. To be sure, I have Greg’s permission, so I will tell you. You will find them in italic amongst the bulletins I write. I hope you find them as interesting and fun-loving and historical as I do. 
 

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Sunday, March 24, 2024
By: Paula T. Olson
Red Cross to the Rescue

Paula T. Olson

            President Mary rang the dinner bell promptly at 12:30 for Friday’s meeting. Dick Ferrell led us in the Pledge of Allegiance followed by Shiru Osundwa with the invocation. Mary reminded us that today was the Tenth Anniversary of the landslide in Oso but also that it was World Water Day. She played a short video to educate us that we are lucky to live in an area surrounded by water but others are not so lucky. Water conservation is important as we are not immune to drought.
 

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Sunday, March 17, 2024
By: Horn, Gregory S.
It was a very sunny Friday . . . . full of a spring of anticipation. President Mary Horn (PMH) gathered at the podium as the sounds of We are Family were playing. Rob Erb lead us in the flag salute and Eric Warn shared some inspiring words. PMH acknowledged Debbie McVicker at the Paul Harris desk and Jan Gee at the Raffle table. Sometimes this gets called the $2 table and I have a sneaking suspicion the name derived from the infamous creation of the Rotary Foundation being set as a $2 per week donation per Russ Klauser’s suggestion. This helped members become Paul Harris fellows in a manageable financial commitment.  Now since Raffle tickets are sold at $2 each the name $2 transferred from one position to the other. At least that is my interpretation.
 

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Sunday, March 10, 2024
By: John W. Magnuson
Spring has Sprung

John Magnuson

Spring has Sprung

Serendipitously,
Spring springs ubiquitously,
And flowers bloom deliriously.

The Trillium

Mid-summer I look to see,
Where the Trillium went.
Now I remember,
It comes back each Lent.

The Crocus

My wife and I sat admiring our garden,
Then we both squirmed as something tried to poke us.
Sure enough, some aggressive little Crocus!

Yellows

Forsythia, Primrose, Tulips, Daffodils and Witch Hazel,
Saffron harbingers of spring.
Our gardens do relax us.
Until we realize, it’s time to do our taxes!

Ole

Beginning
And with that for you to dwell upon, here follows a recap of the Rotary meeting. PP Mayor Jason Whalen led us in the salute to the flag. Robert Peterson followed with a stirring invocation. PP Gary Fulton at the Paul Harris desk and Gary Barton acted as Sgt. at Arms. PP Bob Zawilski was photographer and PP Ole as scrivener – that is a $17.95 word for scribe or reporter.

 

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Sunday, March 3, 2024
By: Horn, Gregory S.
Due to the rather sobering subject matter of today’s meeting this writer is having a hard time deciding how to begin this missive. Fellow scribe Greg Rediske could possibly brighten things up with a little Scandahoovian humor. Wendy McGowan might pun us and former EIC (Editor-in Charge), the mighty Joe Quinn, could school us on legal issues while Ole might…...well, who knows what Ole (aka John Magnuson) might do. I have come to the conclusion that the best thing to do is simply get on with it so, here goes.

President Mary (PM) shocked the gathered by starting the meeting at 12:25 (I wasn’t even half way done with my salad at the time but duty called so down went the fork and up went the pen). She shared that due to the presentation by today’s speaker and the full schedule in front of her that we needed to get on with it.
 

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Lakewood Playhouse New Artistic Director – Joe Walsh

By: Gayle Selden
Lakewood Playhouse New Artistic Director – Joe Walsh
Gayle Selden
The last meeting of the month of February has come quickly to Lakewood Rotary. A question often posed if you had an extra hour every day what would you do with it? This February we get a whole extra day. 366 Days in this leap year with our bonus day coming this coming week. What could you do with 24 extra hours?
Rose Stevens was the first greeter of the day collecting food for the Little Free Pantries outside the front door of the club. Connie Coleman-Lacadie was at the table collecting Wine Fest ticket money and encouraging participation for the Lakewood Rotary Wine and Beer Festival. Leon Titus was on the Paul Harris Desk and collected $285. Jan Gee was flashing a lot of money at the raffle table.

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Tuesday, February 20, 2024
By: Horn, Mary J
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Sunday, February 18, 2024
By: Gregory J. Rediske
The Return of Ole and Friends

Greg Rediski

We writers at the Lakewood Key (aka The Lakewood Rotary Bulletin) constantly strive for semi-perfection in our prescribed duty to inform our fellow members. In pursuit of that, an extensive survey was undertaken, to identify areas of the club, and particularly regarding the Bulletin, that we could improve upon. The results came back that President Mary Horn was just dandy, the club was doing fine, but…….the bulletin needed more Swedish jokes. We heard your concern, and will make every effort to rectify this failing, starting now. (Fortunately, the survey said nothing about NEW Swedish jokes, just Swedish jokes…..)
 
 

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Monday, February 12, 2024
By: Joseph F. Quinn
A GOOD NEIGHBOR

THE LAKEWOOD KEY for February 9, 2024

By Joe Quinn

            President Mary Horn (PM) did it again!  She ran the meeting backwards, by allowing our Program Speaker to go first at 12:30 p.m.  That is the second time in the last few weeks that she has done that!  But it was worth it.  Actually, the meeting started as usual with a breathless invocation by Clint Johnson, inspired by Valentine’s Day and including a touching poem by President Abraham Lincoln.   Apparently, Clint ran all the way from the far parking lot. Our Pledge of Allegiance was led by Mark Edgecomb.

City Manager John Caulfield took the podium to introduce Lt. General Xavier Brunson, the highest-ranking officer at Joint Base Lewis McChord (JBLM), who also serves as the Commandant of I Corps, one of the largest segments of the United States Army.  Since John is the Lakewood City Manager, Rotary has all kinds of graphics that might embarrass him.  The video screen showed a picture of John  (looked like a deep fake made by AI) with a long-stemmed red rose in his mouth, surrounded by hearts. PM interrupted his intro of General Brunson, to point out the video and levy a fine.  Never to be caught unawares, John said she could have whatever money he had in his wallet or $100.  Her choice.  She chose safely and took the $100 bill. (There was a prior LR President who would have said, “No, I am like the IRS—you are ordered to pay all of the contents of your wallet, or $100, whichever is greater.”)
 

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Sunday, February 4, 2024
By: Horn, Gregory S.
Piglet: “How do you spell love?”
Pooh: “You don’t spell it. You feel it.”

If you are wondering what this conversation has to do with today’s meeting, read on. The words of Christopher Robin, Piglet, Winnie the Pooh, and Eeyore became my favorite storybook characters as a young child. I still remember Piglet’s words: “A day spent with you is my favorite day. So, today is my favorite day.”

At 12:25 on this day I heard a familiar prelude. For sure it was “We are family” by Sister Sledge. Instinct told me Mother Mary was edging toward the “dinner bell.”
 

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Sunday, January 28, 2024
By: Paula T. Olson
How to be Prepared for an Unexpected Passing

Paula T. Olson

            It was the last Friday of the month and pot roast was on the menu. President Mary rang the dinner bell exactly at 12:30 pm. Scott Buser gave a heartfelt invocation talking about some of the Founding Fathers and history of Lakewood Rotary and expressed our gratitude of their leadership. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by the cutest future Rotarian, Asa Horn, grandson of PM. Other meeting set up crew included James Guerrero at the Paul Harris table, Linda Disney as the $2.00 table/Sargent at Arms, Family Dream Team included Scott Baird, Tom George, Wynn Hoffman, Terry Roarke, Rick Selden, James Osundwa and Rob Erb. John aka “J. Lo” Lowney tended the Cookie Jar, Walt Richardson worked the camera and Paula Olson frantically took notes for the bulletin.
 

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Wednesday, January 24, 2024
By: Horn, Gregory S.
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Monday, January 22, 2024
By: Horn, Gregory S.
Connie Coleman-Lacadie greeted all who arrived at the Friday, January 19th meeting of the Rotary Club of Lakewood.  She also manned the Paul Harris desk. Barlow Buescher shared a smile at the Raffle desk. Teresa gladly collected your money for lunch. Don Daniels was slinging merch and reminding us to sell our raffle tickets. New year’s smiles abounded the room. The buffet line led to a difficult decision about which soup to choose: turkey noodle or cheeseburger. The turkey noodle sent this scribe back for seconds.
President Mary Horn called the meeting to order and asked Barlow Buescher to share a thought with us. It was so good that I grabbed my pen to make notes.  Paraphrasing the end, “We have one life. What are you doing to live it to your potential?” The room was full of silent reflection. Barlow has a gifted way with words, and I appreciate every time he shares that gift with us. Hank Kerns led those of us in the room to the flag salute. Apologies to the Zoomers, the mic was nowhere near the table, but we figured you could all follow along.
 

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Strong Heart; Sharp Brain
John Magnuson

It seems to be inevitable – the New Year’s Resolution Apathy. On January 1st I looked over a journal I keep. I was surprised to see that a year passed without me “becoming a better person.”  I wondered why and decided the answer was beyond my ken. I decided to hire The Gallop Pole folks – not to be confused with The Gallup Poll folks. The Gallop Pole folks I met with - from Mukilteo - were much cheaper than those high-falutin’ folks from Washington DC you hear about on the TV set. The Gallop Pole folks make telephone poles in Snohomish County. I set forth an objective: survey people and ask them to express their opinion as to why I didn’t become a better person in 2023.
 

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Monday, January 8, 2024
By: Donn Irwin
As has been the custom over the years, the Lakewood Rotary Club did NOT meet at the Tacoma Country and Golf Club for the first meeting of the New Year.  Instead, we gathered at The Pavilion in Fort Steilacoom Park – the building we helped build.
So, Happy New Year everyone!!  And GO DAWGS!!!!!

The ancient Babylonians are said to have been the first people to make New Year’s resolutions, some 4,000 years ago.  They were also the first to hold recorded celebrations in honor of the new year—though for them the year began not in January but in mid-March, when the crops were planted.  During a massive 12-day religious festival known as Akitu, the Babylonians crowned a new king or reaffirmed their loyalty to the reigning king.  They also made promises to the gods to pay their debts and return any objects they had borrowed.  These promises could be considered the forerunners of our New Year’s resolutions.  If the Babylonians kept to their word, their (pagan) gods would bestow favor on them for the coming year.  If not, they would fall out of the gods’ favor—a place no one wanted to be.
 

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Sunday, December 17, 2023
By: Horn, Gregory S.
Coffee drinkers:  Why do Dasher and Dancer love coffee? A. Because they're Santa's star bucks!

But wait! That is inappropriate for today’s Presidential Roast: it’s not Whalen, but Mary Horn, the Queen herself, getting tossed around with no respect at all!  And starting things off was Puffin Dick Ferrell, the Master of Ceremonies, desperately trying to find a microphone that worked.  Even with all that, the forgiving retired pharmacist thanked the set-up crew: ‘tis the season.

Puffin Jacob Cuthbertson gave the invocation, while Puffin Scott Baird led the Pledge.   Collecting Paul Harris money was Connie Coleman-Lacadie, not a Puffin; she strong-armed folks for $2,225, with a lot of help from Don Anderson’s checkbook.  Chuck Hellar sold raffle tickets and served as Sgt-at-Arms, with a bunch of helpers as the meeting progressed.  And we had TWO photographers: Walt Richardson, and Phil Eng.  Wouldn’t want to miss a photo op on this special day!
 

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Sunday, December 10, 2023
By: Joseph F. Quinn
A Glorious and Raucous Weekend
Joe Quinn
When President Mary Horn (PMH) rang the bell at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, December 8th, we had no idea what we were in for!  Eric Warn provided a serious invocation and Dave Reames led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.  PMH thanked the setup Dream Team of Rob Erb, Tom George, Wynn Hoffman, Terry Roarke, Rick Selden and James Osundwa (actually, James was out of the country so this is a reminder to PMH to fine him when he returns).
            Dick Ferrell was collecting lots at the Paul Harris desk, Jan Gee served as Sergeant at Arms and Barlow Buescher staffed the raffle table. PMH recognized the Puffins in attendance and warned them ominously that she might not be so nice to them after next week.  OOOOH! Bob Zawilski was taking photos, Joe Quinn is the Scribe and John Lowney, our conscientious Treasurer was minding the Cookie Jar. 
 

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Sunday, December 3, 2023
By: Wendy Jo McGowan
Above:  This week's banner photo actually includes someone named Banner!
Left to right: President Mary Horn, Teacher of the Month Rachel Parks, CPHS Principal Rene McCord and CPSD Superintendent Ron Banner

I didn’t hear Sister Sledge as the lead-in to yesterday’s meeting.  Of course, I could have been chatting…or, someone on the Dream Team was asleep at the wheel.  Hard to sleep through “We are family,” however.  Mother Mary’s prelude always seems to awaken the throng. But, the dinner bell did arouse me…and my trusty pencil…so to jot down the tidbits of the meeting.


The president called upon Bob Peterson to give the invocation.  As he does so well, Bob gave a meaningful homily. It was followed by Jacob Cuthbertson leading us in the Pledge of Allegiance.  It was at this juncture that several whispers were heard around my table that Greg Rediske showed up on Zoom, yet he was present in the room.  Someone spouted off, “He wants to get credit for attendance at two meetings.”  Then, I noticed that President Mary was also on Zoom. Huh???  The real Zoomers were then acknowledged: Ralph Johnson, Kendra Riconosciuto, and Rotarian, far away in the cold, northern country, Carole Weir.
 

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Sunday, November 19, 2023
By: Paula T. Olson
Training by the Youth Protection Officer
Paula T. Olson

            Having pot roast in the middle of the month was a big tip off that this meeting was different. President Mary ran her dinner bell and we all scrambled to our feet. The invocation by Commissioner Clint Johnson was a wonderful collection of thanksgiving readings including the original proclamation establishing this American holiday. The salute to our flag followed. Pres Mary acknowledged the Dream Team putting all the pieces of the meeting together, including set up crew of Wynn Hoffman, Terry Roarke, Rick Selden, James Osundwa and Rob Erb, Steve Enquist at the Foundation table where he collected a whopping $440, Gary Barton serving as Sargeant at Arms and listing of visiting Rotarians, bulletin writer Paula Olson and photographer Rob Zawilski. John Lowney presided over collecting donations to Mary’s cookie jar

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Sunday, November 19, 2023
By: Paula T. Olson
Training by the Youth Protection Officer
Paula T. Olson

            Having pot roast in the middle of the month was a big tip off that this meeting was different. President Mary ran her dinner bell and we all scrambled to our feet. The invocation by Commissioner Clint Johnson was a wonderful collection of thanksgiving readings including the original proclamation establishing this American holiday. The salute to our flag followed. Pres Mary acknowledged the Dream Team putting all the pieces of the meeting together, including set up crew of Wynn Hoffman, Terry Roarke, Rick Selden, James Osundwa and Rob Erb, Steve Enquist at the Foundation table where he collected a whopping $440, Gary Barton serving as Sargeant at Arms and listing of visiting Rotarians, bulletin writer Paula Olson and photographer Rob Zawilski. John Lowney presided over collecting donations to Mary’s cookie jar.
 

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Sunday, November 12, 2023
By: Gayle Selden
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Sunday, November 5, 2023
By: John W. Magnuson
Staff reporters for “Da Bull,” remember being told to always have a theme to our writing. Dave Sclair was our Editor in Chief in addition to being Past District Governor, past president of Clover Park Rotary, husband of past president Mary Lou Sclair and father of past president Ben Sclair. Dave consistently reminded those he met how lucky they were to meet him. Some were gullible enough to believe him.

Well crap! This just in: Our good friend Lakewood Rotarian Dave Covey died Sunday morning. Dave was a past president and assistant governor. He suffered from Parkinson’s Disease for many years. Dave was all personality all the time; he had one speed and that speed was GO! He could be exhausting, and his wife Florence had only one admonition for her loving husband: Oh Dave! Dave grew up in Port Orchard and attended the UW. He was a high school basketball standout. At the UW he changed sports and rowed on the crew. He served in the USAF as a Navigator spending one full tour in Vietnam. Ever Dave, he founded Winter Sports Club while stationed at Bien Hoa arranging ski trips to the snowcapped mountains surrounding the jungles of Vietnam! After his active-duty service Dave remained in the USAF Reserve retiring as a Colonel. He began a rowing program at Seattle Pacific College. He and Florence created Business Interiors NW and provided office furnishings to many companies throughout the region. He was very proud of his grandson Bo and granddaughter Grace. Dave lived his final days with daughter Angie. His son Boen and family live in San Diego. Cards in remembrance can be sent to Angie Moawad at 339 Shadow Pl. SE, Renton, WA 98059. A celebration of Dave’s life will be held in the spring at a day to be arranged later.
 

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Sunday, October 29, 2023
By: Donn Irwin
It all started as it should, right at 12:30PM, as President Mary Horn (PMH) rang her bell and brought us all to attention so that Scott Buser could invoke us to ask for peace, safety and protection – especially for the hostages in Gaza and for those affected by the terrible happening in Maine. Phil Eng led us in the Pledge.

Leon Titus was at the Paul Harris desk while Mark Edgecomb was multitasking as the raffle and visiting Rotarians guy AND being the Sgt. at Arms person as well.
The Dream Team - Rob Erb, Wynn Hoffman, James Osundwa and Tom George set the electronics up for the meeting.
 

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Sunday, October 22, 2023
By: Stephen Saalfeld
Rockin’ the Mic Like a Vandal…
Steve Saalfield
When you’re the bulletin writer, you learn to “take care of business” before the meeting begins. So being a wise peddler of bull, I headed for the bathroom at 12:24pm to heed nature’s call. So imagine my surprise as I was about to open the bathroom door and heard President Mary (with the enthusiastic help of Kat’s son) ringing the dinner bell FIVE MINUTES EARLY. I told nature to “hold, please” and hightailed it back to the meeting. I’ll let our faithful Lakewood Rotarian readers decide if “working under pressure” was a wise decision on my part. And for those who were there, now you know why I kept my legs crossed for most of the meeting.
 

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Sunday, October 15, 2023
By: Gregory J. Rediske
Ring, ring goes the bell, as Chuck Berry said. However, no cook in the lunchroom ready to sell, just President/Queen Mary calling out to her family of Rotarians to shut up and stand up. That done, Bob Peterson (famous for being this writer’s Western Civilization teacher in high school) gave the invocation and Scott Buser led us in the Pledge. Prior to that, we thank Leon Titus for being here so he could take Paul Harris money ($250) while Chuck Hellar strong-armed attendees for money so we could all support Rick Selden. More on that later.

Zoomers were eight in number: John Magnuson, Debbie McVicker, Charles Heberle, Rachel Mazoff, Ralph Johnson, Carole Wier, Mary Strom-Copland, and Barlow Buescher. Guests were Victoria and Greg Wittman, announced by Cat Fredrickson but actually guests of Mary Horn. Dignitaries included PDG Greg Horn, DG-elect Tony Camoroda, and PE Carl “Root Beer” Bronkema. And providing these fabulous pictures to make this bulletin worth reading: Phil Eng.
 

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Sunday, October 8, 2023
By: Joseph F. Quinn
The Future of Western State Hospital

Joe Quinn

President Mary Horn (PM) called the Rotary Family of Lakewood to order at 12:30 pm or so, with Chris Kimball called upon to do the invocation and Joe Quinn to lead us in the Pledge of Allegiance to our flag.

PM then, for some unknown reason, told us about some of the past cars she has owned.  The most notorious was a VW bug that had dings all over it, so each ding was covered with a sticker.  Most unsightly.  She squeezed it into a very small parking space only to return to find it missing.  Seems some frat boys were so incensed by its ugliness that they lifted it up over the fence and put it on their lawn.  Ah, those college days!
 

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Sunday, October 1, 2023
By: Paula T. Olson
President Mary warmed up the crowd with her signature song “We are Family” before dinging the dinner bell to officially start the meeting. Paula Olson led us in an invocation, and the Pledge of Allegiance followed. Making the meeting happen was the set-up crew of Wynn Hoffman, Terry Roarke, Rick Selden, James Osundwa, Tom George and Rob Erb. Veronica Bronkema was at the Paul Harris table, Leon Titus  was at the $2.00 table and also served as our sergeant at arms. Walt Richardson was the photographer extraordinare while Paula Olson took furious notes and John Lowney manned the Cookie Jar.

            Generous Rotarians donated $1,835 to The Rotary Foundation today and $585 last week. Amazing! But where our generosity really shone was the last Friday of the month food donation. We collected more high value food than any time in the past and bunches of money for the Little Free Pantry program. Next opportunity to wow the community is October 27th.
 

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Sunday, September 24, 2023
By: Wendy Jo McGowan
The History of the Port of Tacoma
 Wendy McGowan

I understand that an abundance of “Pun”ishments from none other than Lakewood Rotary’s “pun”ctilious punster, John Magnuson, went out over the internet recently. Apparently, the “pun”dit emailed ten puns to his favorite Rotary friends, with the hope that at least one of the puns would make them laugh.  No pun in ten did!

However, I noticed that our bombastic punster was present on Zoom today as the melody from Sister Sledge’s “We Are Family” came over the sound system while Prez Mary Horn stepped up to the podium. Sharply at 12:30 p.m. she rang the dinner bell, calling us to some semblance of order.
 

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Sunday, September 17, 2023
By: Stephen Saalfeld
You may be interested to know that I saw today was the 15th of September and wondered why I had never heard 9/15 referred to as the “Ides of September.”  That handy internet doohickey revealed that the Roman calendar designated an “Ides” for every month (Ides comes from a Latin word that means “to divide).  Turns out I was two days and a couple of dollars short as the “Ides of September” was on the 13th.  Who knew?  (The answer is probably a lot of people smarter than this guy knew this.)

 

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Sunday, September 10, 2023
By: John W. Magnuson
Garbage In / Garbage Out
Friday’s program – Recycling.

And I want to find without doubt,
Can we throw the whole City of Seattle – out?

I drove through there the other day,
And the garbage and messes are so sad, I’d say,
Especially when a few years ago it used to be,
One of the most beautiful cities, nestled there,
Alongside Puget Sound - The Salish Sea.

My question of the speaker on Friday,
Should Seattle be bulldozed into the bay?
Or does it show any redeeming grace,
Can it be recycled back as a shining place?

Yours in Scribedom,
Ole
 

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Monday, September 4, 2023
By: Donn Irwin
The Lakewood Key
 The family lunch……. uh, the Lakewood Rotary weekly meeting began promptly at 12:30 with President Mary (PM) ringing the lunch bell.
Yorleny Clapper gave the invocation and our future speaker:  Kris Peterson led us in the pledge.
Housekeeping stuff:
Rob Erb and his band of experts - Wynn Hoffman, Terry Roarke, Rick Selden and Tom George - set us up.
Scott Buser took our foundation dollars while Gary Barton collected the raffle ticket $$ and acted as the SAA (Sergeant At Arms).  (Just so ya know – the Club took in $1,000 for the Rotary Foundation today.  You continue to amaze!)
The Lakewood Key
 The family lunch……. uh, the Lakewood Rotary weekly meeting began promptly at 12:30 with President Mary (PM) ringing the lunch bell.
Yorleny Clapper gave the invocation and our future speaker:  Kris Peterson led us in the pledge.
Housekeeping stuff:
Rob Erb and his band of experts - Wynn Hoffman, Terry Roarke, Rick Selden and Tom George - set us up.
Scott Buser took our foundation dollars while Gary Barton collected the raffle ticket $$ and acted as the SAA (Sergeant At Arms).  (Just so ya know – the Club took in $1,000 for the Rotary Foundation today.  You continue to amaze!)
 

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Sunday, August 27, 2023
By: Gayle Selden
Lakewood Rotary Connects with India
Gayle Selden
The August 26th meeting of the Rotary Club of Lakewood was brought to order by the clang, clang, clanging of the bells rung by both President Mary Horn and preschooler Jabari Osundwa. Jabari’s father, James, led the invocation and Carl Bronkema led the pledge.
President Mary thanked the workers at the front desk-Connie Coleman-Lacadie, Mark Edgecomb and someone this bulletin writer missed. Set up crew was motely as usual. Thanks Terry, Rob, Rick, James and Tom. Phil Eng took the photos you are pursuing right now and Gayle Selden took notes for this bulletin while fighting flying lettuce from her seat mate Mark Edgecomb.
 

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Saturday, August 19, 2023
By: Gregory J. Rediske
Norway!!!

---Norway is the name of the country in the English language. In Norwegian, the country is called Norge.
---Although there is just one road crossing, Norway borders Russia for 120 miles.
---The first Secretary-General of the United Nations was a Norwegian, Trygve Lie, from 1946 to 1952.
---Modern and ancient skiing were both invented in Norway. Finnmark is home to the oldest preserved ski ever found, at an incredible 2,300-years old. To top it off, many Norwegian words including ski and slalom originated in Norway. And not only that, Norway invented the cheese slicer.
---On February 7, 1912, Greg Rediske’s grandfather arrived on a Titanic sister ship (the Olympic) from Norway, intent on making his fortune before returning to his farm. He got sidetracked.

Why Norway, for the intro for the bulletin this week??  Well, stay tuned….
 

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Sunday, August 13, 2023
By: Joseph F. Quinn
WE ARE FAMILY!

THE LAKEWOOD KEY

President Mary Horn, stressing family values, asked young Richard Weiss—the son of Catherine Frederickson—to ring the dinner bell to start our Friday meeting on August 11th

Bob Peterson did a nice invocation and our Program Speaker today, Charlene Miseli, led us in the Pledge of Allegiance to our flag.  Mary thanked the “tech guys” responsible for setup by name, and at our table we were thinking of alternate monikers instead of “tech guys.”  One wag suggested “IT Nerds”, but I was loudly shouted down for political incorrectness!  We should have a contest to name the setup crew something other than “setup crew” or “tech guys.”  The ladies at the Lakeside Bar playing Mahjong might suggest the loud “Test, Test” guys.

 

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Sunday, August 13, 2023
By: Joseph F. Quinn
WE ARE FAMILY!

THE LAKEWOOD KEY

President Mary Horn, stressing family values, asked young Richard Weiss—the son of Catherine Frederickson—to ring the dinner bell to start our Friday meeting on August 11th

Bob Peterson did a nice invocation and our Program Speaker today, Charlene Miseli, led us in the Pledge of Allegiance to our flag.  Mary thanked the “tech guys” responsible for setup by name, and at our table we were thinking of alternate monikers instead of “tech guys.”  One wag suggested “IT Nerds”, but I was loudly shouted down for political incorrectness!  We should have a contest to name the setup crew something other than “setup crew” or “tech guys.”  The ladies at the Lakeside Bar playing Mahjong might suggest the loud “Test, Test” guys.

 

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Sunday, August 13, 2023
By: Joseph F. Quinn
WE ARE FAMILY!

THE LAKEWOOD KEY

President Mary Horn, stressing family values, asked young Richard Weiss—the son of Catherine Frederickson—to ring the dinner bell to start our Friday meeting on August 11th

Bob Peterson did a nice invocation and our Program Speaker today, Charlene Miseli, led us in the Pledge of Allegiance to our flag.  Mary thanked the “tech guys” responsible for setup by name, and at our table we were thinking of alternate monikers instead of “tech guys.”  One wag suggested “IT Nerds”, but I was loudly shouted down for political incorrectness!  We should have a contest to name the setup crew something other than “setup crew” or “tech guys.”  The ladies at the Lakeside Bar playing Mahjong might suggest the loud “Test, Test” guys.