The Boy Scouts are still going strong, now welcoming girls and also women leaders.  The Clover Park Rotary Invitational (CPRI) is coming.  And Teresa only has 3 months left in the longest term as president in Clover Park Rotary history.
Notes from the March 16 meeting of
The Rotary Club of Clover Park
recorded by Tom McClellan
President Teresa Nye started out by thanking setup honchos Mike Killen and David Cotant, as well as our in-person greeter Tom Faubion and our virtual one, Sue Potter.  And in honor of St. Patrick’s Day, Jeannie Hill shared some inspirational thoughts:
1. Never iron a four-leaf clover, because you don't want to press your luck.
2. May you have all the happiness that life can hold, and at the end of all your rainbows may you find a pot of gold.
3. May the wind at your back not be the result of the corned beef and cabbage you had for lunch.
Meeting Guests
We welcomed our guest speakers, Lori Brown and Karen Meier (discussed below) plus Marshall Meyer who works as a civil engineer for the Lakewood Water District.
Sunshine Report
Karen George says that Bill Harrison is doing great, and they look forward to seeing all of us soon.  Jeannie Hill also asked us to keep a good thought for the 2 Pierce County Sheriff deputies who were shot earlier this week.
Future Programs
March 23     Kim Barnard, How to be a helpful 911 caller
March 30     Battalion Chief Jeff Axtell and Scott Adams, How to be a helpful emergency victim
April 6          John Caulfield, City Manager Update
The City of Lakewood is hosting a screening of the winners of its short films festival on March 19.  Get details at
Rotary District 5020 encourages all Rotarians to attend the District Virtual Training event on April 2.  Get details at
Save the date: May 7 will be our Rotary work party at the South Puget Sound Wildlife Area.  A good opportunity to break out your boots and work gloves, to clean the area, remove non-native plants, add native ones, and other sprucing.  More details to follow.
The Clover Park Rotary Invitational (CPRI) will be April 29, and we are looking for your involvement.  It will be at the McGavick Center.  Total cost is $135 per person, which is $35 for the dinner and a $100 entry onto “the board”.  Additional entries are welcomed.  Every Rotarian is asked to donate at least one prize, meaning an item of value, a gift card, or something worth winning.  There will also be a silent auction, so items for that are also welcome.  Get your donated items to Alan Billingsley by April 13.  That is also the day on which we will hold a “Mock CPRI” during our weekly noon meeting, so everyone gets an idea of how it all works.  Online registration is available now on our club web site (scroll down to the bottom).  And Georgene Mellom will be collecting entry fees at the next several weekly meetings.  There will be volunteer opportunities during the event, so check with Ed Trobaugh.
Fun And Fines
Ed Trobaugh was granted extra time, to make up for the lost F&F segment last week.  He started out by recognizing David Cotant, who is now freshly back from 14 nights in Puerta Vallarta, Mexico.  He played golf there on a difficult course, and lost a lot of balls, which factored into the amount of the fine which your humble scribe failed to record.
Becky Newton celebrated getting to spend 4 days in Irvine, CA with grandkids.
Teresa Nye’s son Patrick is just a freshman, but is actually getting playing time on the varsity lacrosse team at his college in Florida.  The celebration of that will be added to Teresa’s new “Nye Owe You”, which will be further magnified (we hear) by a flight to Florida to go watch Patrick play.  
Randy Black, who is the general manager of the Lakewood Water District, was feeling grateful for all of the rain we have been getting, helping to store up more inventory in the aquifers.  Randy encourages everyone to be “water wise”, but don’t stop using water.  How you decide to shower, and with whom, is your own business.
Sheri Hodson was supposed to have a trip to California for a birthday long weekend, paid for by her daughters.  But that turned into a birthday whole house Covid infection.  Sheri still dutifully paid $10 for the canceled trip.
Scott Adams runs fire prevention for the West Pierce Fire and Rescue Department, was happy to have helped our finemaster with a household inspection for fire safety.  WPFR will do a prevention team inspection for free.  Sign up at
Sue Potter got some “ink” in the Suburban Times, noting that Nourish Pierce County now has 21 locations for people in need to get food.
This Week’s Program
Lori Brown is the President of the Pacific Harbors Council of the Boy Scouts of America, and Karen Meier is the Scouting Executive.  The came to give a presentation about what is new with scouting in our area.  Both of them came in as scout moms, and went on to contribute further.
The Pacific Harbors Council used to just be in the Tacoma area, but has expanded all the way out to the coast.  It serves 3128 youths, 32% of which are girls:
  • 53 Cub Scout packs, 1325 kids
  • 87 BSA Troops, 1640 boys and girls
  • 9 Venturing Crews, 31 teenagers
  • 7 Explorer Posts, 70 explorers
  • 4 Sea Ships, 62 Sea Scouts
The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law. 
The addition of girls into the Boy Scouts of America has brought a variety of changes.  One of the most impactful is that families are pulled in fewer directions, getting to have both sons and daughters participating in the same events as opposed to being on different schedules.  2021 saw the first girls earning Eagle Scout rank, including 9 in the Pacific Harbors Council.
The Council used to have 5 camp properties, and they are consolidating down to just one, Camp Thunderbird on Summit Lake in Thurston County.  They will be using it to partner with the Boys and Girls Clubs to provide outdoor programs for schools.
Lori Brown is a volunteer, and the first woman council president in 110 years.  She views it as her opportunity to give back to scouting after her sons’ great experiences.  She comes to this job after a career in the food retailing industry, including working for Fred Meyer for several years. 
The BSA is working now through a lawsuit over past sexual abuse problems in Scouting.  That resolution has been delayed by Covid, and is finally starting.  It will include an overall BSA restructuring plan.  The local council is okay, but must contribute to the global trust for compensation of abuse survivors.  There are 82,000 claims.  The Council is implementing youth safety and protection training annually.  
This week’s raffle:
With $286 in the pot, and with 37 cards in the deck of which 2 are aces, David Cotant had the lucky ticket, but not the lucky hand.  So the pot grows.
And Finally…
True story: Once upon a time, back when I was a Boy Scout, I was walking along with a fellow scout when we came upon a woman whose car’s horn got stuck so that it was beeping continuously.  Pressing more on the horn button on her steering wheel had no effect to release it from the continuous loud sound.  So I got down underneath the body of the car, and found the wires leading to the horn.  I was able to pull one of the wires out from its connection, stopping the continuous honking sound.  The lady was very grateful, and offered to compensate me and my companion for our efforts.
We declined, and explained that the Boy Scout Slogan is, Do A Good Turn Daily, meaning to do something nice for someone every day, even if it is someone you don’t know.
Also, the Boy Scout Motto comes into play: “Beep repaired.”