Mt. Rainier used to be called Teqwuma, and in the legend she was a mother carrying her baby mountains when she tripped, and that’s how we got the Cascades.  This and other info from a Nisqually tribal leader.
Notes from the April 20, 2022 meeting of
The Rotary Club of Clover Park
Recorded by Tom McClellan
 
President Teresa Nye welcomed a packed room of Rotarians, thanking setter uppers Tom Faubion, David Cotant, and Mike Killen, plus our Zoomxecutrix Sue Potter.  Jeannie Hill shared an inspirational thought to open up the meeting.
 
“Life has taught me I am not always in control. Life is full of experiences, lessons, heartbreak and pain. But, it has also shown me love, beauty, possibility and new beginnings. Embrace it all. It makes us who we are and after every storm comes a clear sky.”  - - - Toni 'Williams' Kahnke
 
Alan Billingsley led us in a salute to the flag.  And Ramona Hinton led us in reciting the Four Way Test.
 
Meeting guests included Jack Kammer, who is a Senior Loan Officer at Fairway Mortgage Corp., our speaker Hanford McCloud from the Nisqually Tribe, and his communications director Debbie Preston.
 
Jeannie Hill stated that the only sunshine she knows about is that David Cotant is about to get a full knee replacement on Monday.  
 
Future Programs
April 27    Lindsay Hotchkiss, Pierce Co. Aging and Disability Resource Center
May 4      Chief Jim Sharp, West Pierce Fire and Rescue
May 11    Shannon Bennett, City of Lakewood Human Services Programs
 
CPRI Update
The Clover Park Rotary Invitational is just 9 days away, and we have 13 squares on the board left to sell.  Joyce Oubré noted that we are still a little bit short on prizes for the board, so if you are procrastinating, please notify Alan Billingsley that you have prizes coming and what they are.  That way he can get the programs printed up in time.  It will be fun to get everyone together again.  Joyce also reminded everyone to bring some $1 bills in case you decide to make any side bets.
 
Other Announcements
Caring For Kids is hosting an open house at their new center, May 25 from 3-6 PM, at 10527 Kendrick Street, Lakewood.
 
April is Rotary’s Maternal & Child Health month. 
 
This Saturday, April 23, is Parks Appreciation Day, from 0900-1200 at any park in Lakewood.  You can sign up, or just show up with work clothes, gloves, and tools if you wish.  It will be a good warm up for our club’s May 7 work party at the South Puget Sound Wildlife Area. 
 
 
Fun And Fines
Just as Ed Trobaugh was primed to get going, Randy Black inexplicably stood up, to which Ed told Randy, “It’s not time to leave.”  And Ed took Randy’s action as invitation to inquire about what all is happening down at the Lakewood Water District.  Randy noted that May 1-7 is officially Drinking Water Week.  https://www.awwa.org/Events-Education/Drinking-Water-Week.  Randy did not clarify what we are supposed to drink for the other 51 weeks of the year. 
 
Ed proudly noted that Ed himself is now a customer of the Lakewood Water District, since it serves Steilacoom.  Randy was not able to answer how much water Ed has been using.  That cost Randy $5.
 
Ed then “introduced” Bob Lawrence, implying that some people may not know him because of how much Bob has been away lately.  Bob pleaded to Randy Black to help him out, and take away some of the attention.
 
Ramona Hinton ratted on Fred Willis for “being naughty”, without elaboration.  It was later revealed that Fred had driven his own car, after swearing off doing that.  $5. 
 
Heidi Wachter confessed to a grueling road trip with her whole family, plus another teenage daughter and her father, to visit colleges in Southern California that her 17 year old high school junior is contemplating.  These included UC San Diego, San Diego State, Loyola Marymount, Chapman, USC, UCLA, Pepperdine, and others that your faithful scribe could not record fast enough.  After all of that traveling around looking at California colleges, Heidi’s daughter wondered to her mother about perhaps touring UW.  Ed suggested that Heidi encourage her daughter to look into ROTC, as a good way to pay for college and have a guaranteed job upon graduation.  Heidi said that she had indeed once broached this subject, and Heidi did not have words to describe her daughter’s facial expressions.
 
Jim Hairston arrived late to the meeting, which Ed took time to celebrate.  Then Ed asked where Jim had been.  Jim replied, “It started on a gloomy night, down south.”  Then Jim clarified that by “down south”, he was referring to Southern California, where he golfed his way around San Diego, Monterey, Newport Beach, and Palm Desert over a five week period.  Then Jim reminded Ed that he paid for this trip last week, but was happy to revel in it once again.
 
 
This Week’s Program
Hanford McCloud came to speak about the work of the Nisqually Tribe.  He grew up on the reservation, and now serves as one of seven members of the tribal council.  He has served as a canoe guide, and from 2014 to present has been the executive director of the Nisqually Tribe’s Leschi Heritage Foundation.  
 
 
He started out speaking about Chief Leschi, who was a “chief” in that he was considered an important leader, but not the sole leader of the people collectively referred to at the time as Nisqually.  The sqwali abs are “people of the river.  McCloud spoke of Leschi’s time spent in jail at Fort Steilacoom, and his ultimate hanging. 
 
McCloud spoke of his own ancestor John McCloud, a Scotsman who came over with the Hudson’s Bay Company.  He eventually came to be a go between for the native peoples, and married a Nisqually woman.
 
In the Nisqually legend, Mt. Rainier or teq wuma was a goddess as well as a mountain, and she used to be united with the Olympic Mountains.  But she got angry with them and picked up children and left.  But she tripped and dropped her children, and that is why all of the mountains of the Cascade range are so spread out. 
 
McCloud spoke about the Medicine Creek Treaty which ceded tribal lands to the U.S. but reserved to the members of the tribe the rights to fish and hunt on all usual and customary grounds.  The tribe has interpreted this liberally, and also to mean that it can exercise stewardship over these lands.  This includes the newly formed 1300 Nisqually Park just west of Eatonville. 
 
McCloud is a weaver of cedar bark.  He uses only the soft inner bark; the older outer bark is discarded, used as tinder for fires, or used to keep insects away.  The inner bark must cure for a year before use.  It can be split to smaller sizes, depending on the application.  It can even be pounded to make a weaveable fabric for clothing.  Weaving teaches young people about the intertwining of people to their pasts.
 
 
This Week’s Raffle
With $315 in the pot, 36 cards in the deck, of which 2 were aces, Joyce Oubré had the lucky ticket, and the lucky hand, drawing an Ace of Diamonds. 
 
 
 
And Finally…
These were recently judged by a select committee of the meeting notes recording group to be the best one-liners in history:
 
If a pterodactyl goes to the bathroom in the woods does it make a noise?... ...no, the p is silent.
 
My wife was always telling me to stop doing flamingo impressions. I got so tired of her nagging, that I finally had to put my foot down.
 
What did the Buddhist say to the hot dog vendor? "Make me one with everything."
 
Did you hear about the mathematician who was afraid of negative numbers? He'd stop at nothing to avoid them.
 
What did the pirate say when he became an octogenarian? 'Aye matey'
 
My mum doubted me when I said I was going to build a bike out of spaghetti.  You should have seen her face when I rode straight pasta.
 
Just read the worst page in the entire dictionary. What I saw was disgraceful, disgusting, dishonest, and disingenuous.
 
At first I didn't really like my hair...then it grew on me.
 
What's the difference between a hippo and a zippo? One is really heavy, and the other is a little lighter.
 
I wondered why the Frisbee was getting bigger, and then it hit me.
 
My boss told me to have a good day… So I went home.
 
How come polygons never want to make friends with circles? There's no point.
 
I was just looking at my ceiling. Not sure if it’s the best ceiling in the world, but it’s definitely up there.