We learned about the merits of flip phones, statistics, and how much it costs when you do nothing over the holidays.
Notes from the July 5 meeting of
The Rotary Club of Clover Park
recorded by Tom McClellan
 
With Omicron spiking, we Rotarians still gathered together although the Zoomers slightly outnumbered the inpersonators.  President Teresa Nye welcomed one and all.
 
Jeannie Hill offered up 3 inspirational quotations:
1) “For last year's words belong to last year's language. And next year's words await another voice.”  - - -T.S. Eliot
 
2) “In the end, it is not the years in your life that count, it's the life in your years.”  - - - Abraham Lincoln
 
3) “Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man.”  - - - Benjamin Franklin
 
[ed. note: That last one from B. Franklin about, “…let every new year find you a better man,” might make a good slogan for an online dating service.]
 
Future Programs
Jan. 12     Todd Myers, Environmental Legislative Update
Jan. 19     Supt. Ron Banner, Clover Park School District
Jan. 26.    Josh Castle, Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI)
 
 
Announcements
Teresa reminded everyone about the membership challenge.  All members need to submit the name of someone who would make a great Rotarian, whether or not we actually succeed in inducting that person.  Please get your names in to membership director Gretchen Allen.
 
Caring For Kids is holding its Happy Hearts Auction and dinner on Feb. 12, at 5PM.  The cost is $45.  They are looking for items to auction, sponsors, and groups to buy a table of 10.  
 
 
President’s Minute
Teresa shared an experience that helped her learn that the SIM card on her mobile phone is not the entirety of its brains.  It is just the information about the phone number and ID.  Other parts of the phone contain all of the information we hold dear, like pictures, contacts, notes, records, etc.  She learned this in a bad way, and also learned that her phone was not fully backed up, so a restoration only got her just so far.  Her advice: Don’t drop your phone!
 
Paul Webb shared a story about forgetting his phone password, and then going through a long struggle to do an iCloud password reset.
 
Tom Faubion shared that he went on a week-long trail project near Leavenworth, led by an outfitter who guided them up to the site.  On the way back, one of the members of Tom’s crew lost his phone in a creek when he fell off his horse.  They all looked for it, to no avail, and that phone had all of the pictures of their week’s efforts.  Fortunately, that same outfitter just happened to look down into the creek two weeks later and found the phone.  He sent it back to the phone’s owner, who got it dried out, and was able to get it to work again and get the information off of it. 
 
Sue Potter noted that for those who may not know how to solve a problem with their phones, there are lots of videos on YouTube that cover such topics.
 
 
Fun And Fines
Ed Trobaugh was present for this meeting, and showed off his flip phone which does not have all of these complicated problems that smart phones have.  Ed keeps contact information in a notebook, which never crashes. 
 
 
Teresa Nye actually brought a check this time to pay off her Nye Owe You, much to Ed’s pleasant surprise.
 
 
Ed reminded all January birthday folks to celebrate with a contribution to the club, and he gave special attention to wishing a happy birthday to Georgene Mellom.  She let him go on and on in wishing her a great and special happy birthday, hoping that would result in a great and special contribution, and then she reminded Ed that she had bought a “Fraley” a few months ago, exempting her from fines for a year.  Ed tried to note that it was a new calendar year in January, until he was reminded that the Rotary year runs through June 30. 
 
Becky Newton missed last week’s meeting, even though she was in town.  Working from home led her to forget that it was Wednesday, and that she had Rotary to go to.  That was worth $20.
 
Tom McClellan tithed $10 for his raffle win last week.  
 
Gretchen Allen asserted that she was grateful for a record year in real estate sales last year, which she figured was worth $100.  
 
Teresa Nye had her son Patrick home for Christmas, but flight cancelations prevented his girlfriend from joining them.  She was happy to learn that Patrick had a 3.75 GPA in his first semester at college, and that the whole lacrosse team had zero players on academic suspension.  $10.
 
Paul Webb confessed that he did nothing over the holidays, which he agreed was probably worth $10.  He then clarified that he did nothing “fineworthy”. 
 
Jim Hairston had the whole family together, 9 people in total, which he rounded up to $10.
 
Joyce Oubré hates the snow and so she has not been out much.  She and Ron did have 7 guests over for Christmas, which was worth $10.
 
Tho Kraus attended via Zoom, and noted that this past Christmas was a rather sad one, as they are mourning the passing of her mother in law. 
 
Sheri Hodson also attended via Zoom, but when Ed called upon her she was suddenly absent.  Thankfully for the rest of us, it wasn’t The Rapture.
 
Alan Billingsley had 7 grandkids over for Christmas Eve dinner, plus 6 adults, worthy of $20.  
 
Jeannie Hill had a mostly quiet Christmas, although she and John did help catch a shoplifter at Lowe’s.
 
Sheri returned, noting that she was the only one in her office and she had to step away to attend to a client.  $20
 
 
This Week’s Program
Our own Mike Killen was a math major in college, and used to teach math and statistics classes at Lakes High School before retiring.  He gave a presentation on who sometimes the way that statistics are presented can give misleading impressions to the reader/viewer. 
 
 
He started by noting that half of all Americans are of below average intelligence.  This is definitional.  Intelligence is one of the statistics which generally follows a "normal" distribution.
 
 
“Aw, people can come up with statistics to prove anything, Kent. 14 percent of all people know that.” - - - Homer Simpson
 
Mike presented several examples of bad statistics reporting.  Survey questions can sometimes be formulated to produce misleading results.
 
“There are three types of lies -- lies, damn lies, and statistics.”  - - - Benjamin Disraeli
 
Charts can mislead based on the time period selected, and the vertical axis scaling.  And TV news is known to be particularly bad at using pie charts.
 
 
“Facts are stubborn things, but statistics are pliable.” - - - Mark Twain
 
It was a thoroughly enjoyable and enlightening presentation.
 
 
This Week’s Raffle
With $75 in the pot, Tom McClellan had the winning ticket, but failed to draw an ace.  Rafflemeister Tom Faubion noted that this was the 3rd week in a row that Tom McClellan had the winning ticket.  Then he turned to presenter Mike Killen and asked, “What are the chances of that?”