The meeting was on Zoom, not at Carr's, but there were many memories of zooming cars.
Rotary Club of Clover Park
March 24, 2021 Meeting notes
President Teresa Nye welcomed everyone, and took a moment to thank our greeter and Zoom host Judi Maier, and notes recorder Tom McClellan.  David Cotant led us in the invocation. 
Judi Maier read a letter from our visiting Rotarian last week, Pete Leenhouts of the East Jefferson County Rotary.  He had sent the letter along with his fine of $10, thanking us for welcoming him at last week’s meeting.  He encouraged all of us to visit his club at their Thursday noon meetings, either via Zoom or in person someday.  You can reach him at or
You can earn extra points toward a Paul Harris award recognition for donations to the Rotary Foundation this week. 
The Golf Tournament is still on for September 18 at the American Lake Veterans Golf Course.  It may be a challenge, due to a planned renovation of the front 9 holes, so stay tuned.  The club committee working on that project will meet Tuesday, March 30 at 2 PM.  Contact Jim Hairston to attend.
The Rotary Learning Center is now available for access in a phone application, for iPhones with iOS 10.  The app will be eventually available for Android 6 and later versions.
Get started by following these steps:
  1. On your mobile device, open a browser and go to Tap the Sign In button.
  2. After you sign in, tap the menu icon ( ≡ ).
  3. Tap the Plus sign next to Learning & Reference, and choose Learning Center.
  4. To download the app, tap the No button.
  5. Use one of the buttons, to open the app store for your device, and download Go.Learn. Do not open the app right away. When the app is downloaded, return to the screen in your browser, and tap either the Yes button or the Learning Center link.
  6. When the app opens, you may hit either the Skip button, which will return you the Learning Center home page, or the Next button, to learn more.
The mobile version has some limitations. You will need to use a computer, to download certificates and/or view additional resources.  If you have questions about using the mobile app, contact Rotary's Learning Center at
Future Programs
Mar. 31           Susan Warner, Lakewold Gardens
Apr. 7              Bruce Dammeier, Pierce Co. New Crisis Recovery Center
Apr. 14            David Puszczewicz, Homeownership Center Tacoma
President’s Minute
What was your favorite car ever owned?  Do you still have it?  Do you regret selling it.
Dave Cotant remembered a Fiat 600 he had while in dental school.  It supposedly produced 24 horsepower, but Dave had some doubts about that figure.
Dave also remembered that after dental school he had a blue 1968 Dodge Charger, which assuredly had more than 24 HP.  He had to sell it to get a station wagon after the birth of his second child.
Alan Billingsley bought a Porsche 944 years ago, a 2-seater which is still in his garage.  There is little about Alan’s life right now as a business owner and grandfather that would fit into a 2-seater.
Jim Hairston remembered his 1968 Ford Mustang, which was damaged slightly by a tornado.  He sold it to his sister’s boyfriend, who totaled it. 
Sue Potter said that after years of driving minivans, her favorite car is now the Mustang convertible she just recently bought.
Judi Maier loves her new Tesla, and especially the rapid acceleration it offers.  [Ed. Note: It is not just the cars that Tesla produces acceleration.  It’s share price was below $400 back in November, more than doubling to the peak at $900 in January, and now back down to $618. 
Tom McClellan talked about his first car, a 1976 blue Datsun 280Z.  He bought it while in his 3rd year at West Point.  Buying it then was against the rules; only 4th year cadets were allowed to have cars.  To conceal that possession, Tom kept it at a Pontiac dealer in Highland Falls, NY, where cadets could keep their illicitly-owned cars for $15/month.
Sheri Hodson lived in Wisconsin as a child, then moved to Southern California as a teenager.  Her parents bought a Volkswagen convertible, which was a great beach car, although Sheri did have to share it with her siblings.
Sydna Koontz remembered the 1985 Porsche which husband Corky had bought her as a 40th birthday present.  She loved it and misses it, having sold it for an SUV which was better suited to hauling items for the job she had then.
Marie Barth years ago had a 1966 Pontiac GTO, about which Marie stated, “That sucker could fly.”
President Teresa Nye recalled once owning a 1965 Ford Thunderbird, Landau Edition.  She referred to it as a “lead sled”, noting that it was a huge car.  
Kerri Pedrick recalled a 1979 Ford truck, but did not spice up the story with any details about what events may have taken place within that truck.
Ed Trobaugh told us about buying his 1983 Mercedes 240D, which he picked up new from the factory in Stuttgart, Germany while Ed was stationed in Spain.  He still has it, with over 500,000 miles on it.  Initially Ed’s wife Pam did not like the car, but that changed when they bought Pam a car of her own liking. 
1983 Mercedes 240D - manual transmission, great driver, nice cosmetic  condition! for sale: photos, technical specifications, description
Fun And Fines
Randy Black confessed to spending 2 weeks in sunny Arizona.  $100.
Becky Newton pre-confessed to a trip to Southern California April 1-5. 
This Week’s Program
We welcomed back Nichole Ayres, the director of the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic in Lakewood.  Nichole came to speak to our club 2 years ago when the clinic was just opening, and was pleased to come back to give a report on their progress.
Nichole is the wife of an Army first sergeant and is active in the military community.  80% of her team of 17 staff members has a connection to the military.  They have tripled their staff due to high demand, and have 5 positions open. She noted that it is hard to find the right sort of people, who are both qualified and passionate about the mission of serving the military and veteran populations and their family members. 
The Lakewood clinic is one of 19 nationwide, with 6 more coming.  It operates as part of the Valley Cities network of behavioral health care offices.  They have been funded by a foundation set up by legendary hedge fund manager Steven Cohen, whose son is a Marine veteran who knew about the need for mental health services.  They serve all veterans and their family members, taking payment from insurance if the customers have it, but never turning anyone away.  Cohen’s foundation funds the first 3 years of operation, and the challenge is to make each clinic viable on its own after then.  The clinic has gotten support from Pierce County and the City of Lakewood, and the Boeing Company is a big supporter. 
The clinic has served over 1500 clients in two years.  20% were couples receiving family therapy, a higher amount than was planned at the outset.  They employ evidence-based therapies. 
When they opened 2 years ago, telehealth was a part of the plan due to the large geographic area they serve.  Now 95% of their patient contacts are done that way.  They employ a secure version of Zoom to comply with HIPAA privacy requirements.  
The clinic is now branching out, and providing service through Madigan to active duty soldiers and families, plus National Guard and Reserve members and their families.  They signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Clover Park School District in order to provide on-site mental health care to military dependents while they are at school.
For more information about the clinic, visit
And Finally…
Punctuation really matters.