Help for Heroes


Greeter:  Tom Faubion

Recorder:  Heidi Wachter

Inspirational Moment: Jeannie Hill

Pledge of Allegiance:  John Unfred

Four Way Test:  Paul Webb



Introduction of Guests

Michael Stover, Homes for Heros Project

Brent Granwol, Revolution Mortgage


Visiting Rotarians -  None


Sunshine Report  -  None




Foundation minute  -  Georgene Mellom - World Immunization Week is this week, the 24-30 of April. See her if you are interested in recurring giving.



Gretchen Allen reported on the work of the Social Committee - plans are in the works for some Drinks on the Deck at Teresa’s house.  Let the Committee know your availability in July, when we are hoping for good weather (otherwise the event will be recast as ‘Bar in the Basement’. 


Gretchen Allen, Membership Chair - passed around sign-up sheets.  Members are asked to put down prospective members and their contact information.  She will do the follow up.  Be on the lookout for Rotarians you see regularly who may not yet know that they are Rotarians.


Joyce Oubre, Fundraising Chair - there remains outstanding revenue from CPRI, $2,100 from the silent auction.  She knows who owes her and she will be in contact.  Apparently some of the funds raised went directly to RI rather than our Club, to the tune of $470!  She’s working to get the money to our Club.  This amount means we are shy of last year.  For those of you still using the General’s math, this year’s CPRI was more successful than last in terms of overall money raised (it just hasn’t all made it to our Club).


Jim Hairston, Golf Committee - reminded us the Golf Committee needs to start meeting to arrange our golf tournament coming up on Aug. 12th.


Recorder next week:  Looking for someone, perhaps a pinch-hitter…Teresa Nye offered to serve May 3!!!

May 10 - Hallie McCurdy

May 17 - Scott Adams

We are looking for a Recorder for May 24th.


Joyce Oubre announced cake for anniversaries and birthdays


Future speakers: 

May 3rd  -  Committee meeting day, no speaker


Installation Banquet coming up on June 28thwe will hear more about this







President Becky Newton thanked Mike Killen for work on the website, Joyce Oubre and Heidi Wachter for serving as  Treasurer and Secretary, respectively.


President Becky Newton announced upcoming City of Lakewood events:

May 13 Kids Fishing Derby

July 15 SummerFest, including the Car Show (we want to see Teresa Nye’s car there!)

The City of Lakewood is hiring!!!  Several positions!!!  Put the word out!!! is a great resource, lots you can learn about work Rotary is doing across the globe.  It is World Immunizaton Week - Polio vaccines have saved approximately 20M children around the world.


President Becky Newton shared Rotary’s new statement on DEI:


At Rotary, we understand that cultivating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture is essential to realizing our vision of a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change. 

We value diversity and celebrate the contributions of people of all backgrounds, across age, ethnicity, race, color, disability, learning style, religion, faith, socioeconomic status, culture, marital status, languages spoken, sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity as well as differences in ideas, thoughts, values, and beliefs. 

Recognizing that individuals from certain groups have historically experienced barriers to membership, participation, and leadership, we commit to advancing equity in all aspects of Rotary, including in our community partnerships, so that each person has the necessary access to resources, opportunities, networks, and support to thrive. 

We believe that all people hold visible and invisible qualities that inherently make them unique, and we strive to create an inclusive culture where each person knows they are valued and belong. 

In line with our value of integrity, we are committed to being honest and transparent about where we are in our DEI journey as an organization, and to continuing to learn and do better.



President Becky concluded the President’s Minute with yet another corny joke:  

Why are frogs always so happy? (Wait for it…)


Because they eat whatever bugs them!!!




Teresa Nye conducted Fun & Fines, opening with her own confession to a fabulous day on the race course - she actually had the ten bucks in hand!


President Becky Newton paid for a trip Disney Land.  After a rough start it all went well for 5 days in Southern CA with kids & grandkids for some General math:  $25 for 5 days, $5 for missing Board, $38 for Anniversary, $5 for corny joke - rounded to $75.

Sheri Hodson - also spent some family time in California.  Her oldest daughter is expecting her first baby.  This will be the first grand baby. Sheri also paid $5 for being late to the meeting; she came prepared with a check for $25.

Paige Hansen - is paying for advertising “Love, Loss and What I Wore” by Nora and Delia Ephron (perfect girls’ night out) - she is all in for $5 every week of the run, which is every weekend in May at Lakewood Playhouse.  Additionally, she announced her son’s graduation from high school for $5.

Mike Killen - paid to walk a dog twice a day…his version is that he spent time in Seattle and paid $5 a day for a total of $40 to the Club.



Mike Stover, Emerald Real Estate Group spoke about the Homes for Heroes program.  He became involved because of his belief in honoring our military and first responders.  He also spoke to the importance of the money going to the people who are supposed to receive it.  This is how he came to Homes for Heroes.


He has a YouTube channel that people can use to learn more about his work with this program.  His intent is to educate people regarding real estate.  Part of the commission for a sale using the program, 30%, goes to the cause.


Over the years, Homes for Heroes nationally has returned millions to our heroes as well as to the Foundation.  This program operates by word of mouth and without advertising.  Mike himself has given approximately $1.36M since becoming involved with the program.


More information is available at and Emerald Real Estate Group is the local affiliate.  (253) 579-4892; www.EmeraldRealEstateGroup.Net





Jim Hairston, aka Tank won the raffle but didn’t draw the ace.




ADJOURN at 1:21 to enjoy a few minutes of fellowship with some tasty tasty cake!