On legendary road trips, and also trips to Lakewold Gardens.
Notes from the March 31 weekly meeting
of the Rotary Club of Clover Park
 
An invocation was offered by Jeannie HillHallie McCurdy led the flag salute.  Jim Hairston led us in the 4-Way Test.
 
Guests this week included Risë Windell, who was inducted as a new member, and Susan Warner and Cassandra de Kanter of Lakewold Gardens, our guest speakers.
 
There was thankfully no sunshine to report. 
 
Announcements
Wednesday was the last day to get 2x Paul Harris points for donating to the Rotary Foundation or to Polio Plus.  You can still make donations anytime without the points, either via Rotary.org, or by sending the money to Treasurer Judi Maier with a note that it is for the intended purpose.  
 
District 5020 grants are opening April 17 for consideration, and Sue Potter has attended the class, entitling to apply for one, assuming we have a project worth undertaking a grant application.  If you know of a worthy cause or project for us to get behind, speak up and let President Teresa Nye or someone on the board know.
 
Rotary has a new literacy award for clubs which have undertaken at least 5 literacy projects. 
 
Our speaker last week, Nichole Ayres of the Steven A Cohen Military Family Clinic, has been proposed as a new member of our club.  Her name was read to the club.  If anyone knows of a reason why she should not be invited to membership, please notify President Teresa Nye or Secretary Tom McClellan.  Otherwise she will be invited.
 
Future Programs
April 7      Bruce Dammeier, Pierce Co. New Crisis Recovery Center
April 14    David Puszczewicz, Homeownership Center Tacoma
April 21    TBD
April 28    Jim Fuda, Crimestoppers of Puget Sound
 
Induction of New Member
President Teresa Nye welcomed to our club its newest member, Risë Windell
 
 
She is a professional studio photographer whose studio is at 75th St. and Bridgeport Way.  She does portraits and headshots, but not events like weddings.  She does like doing photos of dogs, or dogs and their owners.  She’ll even do pictures of cats.
 
Explaining her unusual name, Risë noted that her parents named her after Norwegian-American mezzo-soprano opera singer Risë Stevens (originally Risë Steenberg), whom her parents enjoyed listening to. [Ed. Note: there is actually a bit of a resemblance.]
 
 
And just so you know, Risë’s name rhymes with Lisa.  The double-dot over the e is not an umlaut, but rather is a diaeresis.  You can type it by entering Alt+0235 on your keyboard.
 
President’s Minute
Teresa posed the question, what was your favorite road trip?
 
Marie Barth volunteered that she and husband Bruce Barth [hey Bruce, do you have internet in Montana? Maybe you could join us sometime?] took a trip years ago to the Sturgis motorcycle rally.  And unlike some poseurs who trailer their bikes to a couple of miles away and then ride in, Marie and Bruce rode the whole way.  Marie related that there was a lot of “scenery”, which for the purposes of this bulletin’s G-rating cannot be further elaborated.
 
Ed Trobaugh hijacked the floor, wanting to ensure he got in his time as finemaster.  There was a lengthy discussion about the new procedures for birthday and anniversary months, not exact dates.  And Ed never brought up a discussion of an actual road trip, per the assignment. 
 
Tom McClellan brought up a 1976 “lap around the country” his family took, which included a stop in Washington DC for the July 4 Bicentennial Celebration.  Tom had just earned his learners permit, but not yet his driver’s license, and racked up around 6,000 miles on that trip even before getting his driver’s license. 
 
Karen George told of the time she and General Bill Harrison had to fly back to his hometown in Kentucky for a funeral of a dear friend.  Because it was in Kentucky, Karen naturally arranged for a flight into Louisville, not realizing that flying into Nashville, Tennessee would have put them closer.  She resolved to make it happen, dashing to the car rental place and getting on the road, where she earned a speeding ticket for her efforts.  But they made it to the funeral on time, thanks in part to crossing from the Eastern Time Zone into Central, thus gaining an hour. 
 
This Week’s Program
Susan Warner is the new Executive Director of Lakewold Gardens in Lakewood.  Prior to coming to Lakewold, she worked in a number of roles at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma  including Executive and Artistic Director. She continues to work at Museum of Glass as a curatorial and education specialist.  Before joining the Museum of Glass, Susan was Director of Education at the Seattle Children’s Museum.  She also served as Curator of Education at the State Capital Museum in Olympia and Curator of Decorative Arts at the Dayton Art Institute.   Born in Geita, Tanzania, she lived all of her early life in East Africa.  Susan received a Bachelor of Arts in History from Southampton University in England and a Master of Arts in Education from Antioch University in Seattle.
 
 
Lakewold Gardens provides intentional encounters with the life-changing power of nature, fostering peace, creativity and healing in our communities.
 
 
The organization is moving beyond being just a public garden.  They have a garden poetry series.  There is a “Meditation In Motion” session Saturday mornings, with a meditation specialist.  Check their web site (below) for how to register. 
 
Lakewold hosts a Music From Home series of concerts, with avant garde music, and it is featured on YouTube.
 
They do host weddings, limited to 15 per year by their property tax exemption, and they are booked through the end of 2022.  
 
The staff are trying to engage with the local arts community, and their shop features not just plants but also now local art. 
 
The original carriage house currently houses their shop and storage areas.  It is a long running ambition to restore it to its original style, with a 2nd story which was removed several decades ago. The roof needs replacement, so this is a great time.  The proposed new 2nd story would include space for an artist in residence apartment, plus classroom space. They are waiting on grant funding.
 
Lakewold is hiring, with positions open for an operations manager, and a curator of music and art.
 
They have started the process of making the trails through the garden more ADA accessible.
 
The garden is open now Friday to Sunday to visit, and soon they will be in the Spring-Summer schedule which runs Wednesday to Sunday, 11 AM to 5 PM.  The cost it visit is $10.  You must pre-purchase a time-ticket for entry, due to Covid restrictions on crowd size.  Learn more at https://lakewoldgardens.org/
 
 
And Finally…  A little bit of garden humor.