The one where we learned what Boeing is doing about Covid, and how a big manufacturer is coming to Lakewood.
President Teresa welcomed us to another weekly meeting via Zoom.  Alan Billingsley offered up an invocation, noting our gratitude that we are at least still able to meet that way.  Hallie McCurdy led us in a flag salute. And Joyce Oubré led us in The 4-Way Test.
Sunshine Report
The good news is that Tom Faubion’s hospitalization in January resulted in a finding that he can postpone the planned-for surgery indefinitely.  Jeannie Hill noted that she got a nice message from Ellie Carr, who has been tied up with the modified elementary school schedule for her junior Rotarians, and she hopes to join us soon.  
Future Programs
Feb 10             Chief Jim Sharp, West Pierce Fire and Rescue
Feb 17             Muriel Herrera-Velasquez, Lakewood's Choice (Anti-Drug Program)
Feb 24             Jani Hitchen, Pierce Co. Council District 6
The Lakewood Lions Club annual crab-feed event is still on for this year, but as a “drive-through” event on Feb. 14.  See the details and sign up at
Teresa Nye noted that there are hospitals looking for Rotarians willing to volunteer to help with Covid vaccine sites.  Contact to get more details for how to sign up.
Alan Billingsley has been working for months on a partnership with the Lakewood Rotary Club for our South Sound Wildlife Area project.  They have just had a successful fundraising event, and thus have committed to a $1200 donation to cover the final two benches, plus $5000 for a week of the NW Youth Corps this coming summer.  Alan has hopes of securing another $5000 from the State for an additional week, having the young workers spiffing up the educational area, removing scotch broom, and doing other maintenance and improvement tasks.  With Lakewood Rotary’s commitment, we now have every Lakewood service organization joining with us in some way on this project. 
Fun And Fines
Ed Trobaugh noted that Becky Newton has had a lot of action going on down at City Hall.  She is deeply involved with the relocation of Aero Precision from Tacoma to the Lakewood Industrial Park.  This will involve moving 500 current jobs to Lakewood, with immediate openings for 160 more, and the potential to get up to 800 jobs by December 2021.  There is also 2 million square feet of industrial space in Woodbrook getting built and filled.  Amazon and Tesla have plans to move some operations to Lakewood.  Ed assessed no fine against Becky, showing instead his gratitude for the City working hard to increase employment.
Ed went on to note that for this week’s meeting, he had relocated his cellular telephone to the garage, to prevent a recurrence of the meeting interruption last week, for which he confessed his guilt. 
The next item was to call out Tom McClellan for a lofty $5 rat on Randy Black, who has just been elected to serve as a vice president of the American Water Works Association, an organization made up of many local water districts.  Randy noted that he is greatly honored to have been selected, and promised a $100 donation to the Rotary Foundation.
This Week’s Program
Ryan Tomasich is a government operations manager for The Boeing Company.  That means he is responsible for representing the company before elected and appointed public officials and their staffs, industry and business association executives, and community based organizations in the Puget Sound region.  Ryan is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University with a degree in political science.
Ryan noted the huge drop in air travel due to Covid.  April 2020 air traffic fell 89% from April 2019.  It is still down 70% overall from a year ago, and down 88% on international flights.
The Boeing Company has responded to the drop in demand for its products by suspending its dividend, and taking on $25 billion in new debt via the corporate bond market.  It is streamlining organizational layers, reducing staffing.  It has consolidated production of the 787 to Charleston SC.
Before Covid, Boeing was building 14 787s/month.  Now it is down to only 5/month.  So it makes more sense to consolidate production to one location instead of two.  The 777 production is cut form 5/month down to 2.  Boeing is still building 737, 747, 767, and 777 in Everett and Renton. 
Boeing hops to get 737 production back up to 31/month after they work off the stored inventory of 737MAX aircraft which have been grounded due to the software problem.  They have delivered 40 of those stored aircraft since the recertification.
Boeing operates the Core Plus Aerospace Program,, developing students who want a career in aerospace.  The students can take hands-on classes to satisfy math/science requirements.  Boeing has hired 700 high school grads in recent years for jobs starting at $60k/year.
Boeing offered up its Dreamlifter cargo planes to transport personal protective equipment (PPE) around the US.  They 3D-printed 40,000 face shields.
Anyone who would like to learn more about current actions at Boeing, and its response to the Covid crisis, is welcome to contact Ryan at
And Finally…
The Top 10 Reasons you know you're from The Pacific Northwet:
1. You think people who use umbrellas are either wimps or tourists
2. You know how to correctly pronounce "Sequim", "Puyallup", “Steilacoom”, and "Issaquah." (No points for correctly pronouncing “Bonney Lake”, “Milton”, “Kent”, or “Federal Way”).
3. You know that Galloping Gertie was NOT an actual cowgirl.
4. You feel guilty throwing an aluminum can in the trash.
5. You know that the rainy season begins around Oct. 1, and ends around Sep. 30, and you know how to plan around that.
6. You design a Halloween costume to fit under a raincoat.
7. You know the difference between Chinook, Coho, and Sockeye salmon
8. You consider floating bridges a pain in the butt, not an engineering marvel.
9. In winter, you go to work in the dark and come home in the dark-while only working eight-hour days.
10. You know at least eight people who work for either Microsoft, Boeing, or Starbucks.