It was a banner day for Clover Park Rotary.  And we heard about the ways that the Washington State Patrol is serving us.
 
Notes from the November 16 meeting of
The Rotary Club of Clover Park
recorded by Tom McClellan
 
 
Mike Killen was back behind the lectern as “the stuckee” president pro tem.  And he also set up everything so that the meeting could run smoothly.  Mike did thank Tom Faubion for serving as our greeter, and specifically thanked Tom for selling Mike another set of bad raffle tickets.  [ed. note: This is what we call “foreshadowing” in the literary biz.]
 
Jeannie Hill kicked things off with some inspirational thoughts to put us all into a mood of fellowship and service:
 
1. I have never been hurt by what I have not said.  - - - Calvin Coolidge
 
2. Never apologize for having high standards. People who really want to be in your life will rise up to meet them.  - - - Ziad K. Abdelnour
 
3. Fearlessness is like a muscle. I know from my own life that the more I exercise it, the more natural it becomes to not let my fears run me.  - - - Arianna Huffington 
 
We welcomed several guests at this meeting: Our guest speaker Chris Loftis from the WA State Patrol, Asst. District Governor Tony Camoroda, Paige Hansen (via Zoom) of the Lakewood Playhouse, former club member Ernie Heller, and Municipal Court Judge Lisa Mansfield who joined us for the last time as a “guest”, since she was inducted as a member at this meeting.  
 
 
Lisa spoke to our club back on Oct. 26 about her role as the Municipal Court Judge for Lakewood, University Place, and Steilacoom.  See https://cloverparkrotary.org/Stories/clover-park-rotary-meeting-highlights-for-october-26.  And she noted at this meeting that it is clear to her that our club has a heart for service, and she is proud to join and be part of that service.
 
ADG Tony Camoroda was present at the meeting, and regretful that it has taken so long to get our club a new Rotary International banner for the new Rotary year.  So he presented us with a miniature one, of unknown provenance. 
 
 
Sunshine Report
Jeannie Hill noted that Sue Potter was away from this meeting, attending the funeral of her late father-in-law.  And Jeannie also spoke recently with Ed Trobaugh, who is doing well and taking care of wife Pam at their home.  Pam had a trip to the ER last Saturday, but everything checked out okay.  Ed is doing all of the shopping and cooking.  Their son comes on weekends from Vancouver, WA to help out.  
 
Future Programs
Nov. 23    Chris Aubertin, Tacoma Rainiers Baseball Club
Nov. 30    Lonnie Peterson, New 988 Phone System for Mental Health
Dec. 7      Jake Galvan, Seattle Field Office, Drug Enforcement Agency
 
Foundation Minute
Last week, Foundation Director Georgene Mellom covered details of the first 3 of Rotary’s 7 Areas Of Focus.  This week, she discussed the remaining 4.
 
• Saving mothers and children: Nearly 6 million children under the age of five die each year because of malnutrition, poor health care, and inadequate sanitation. We expand access to quality care, so mothers and their children can live and grow stronger.
• Supporting education: More than 775 million people over the age of 15 are illiterate. Our goal is to strengthen the capacity of communities to support basic education and literacy, reduce gender disparity in education, and increase adult literacy.
• Growing local economies: We carry out service projects that enhance economic and community development and create opportunities for decent and productive work for young and old. We also strengthen local entrepreneurs and community leaders, particularly women, in impoverished communities.
• Supporting the environment: As our newest appointed area of focus in 2020, Rotary clubs can begin applying for environment-related global grant projects beginning 1 July 2021.
 
Which cause are you most passionate about?
 
Announcements
Mike Killen noted that actual President Becky Newton had sent out a very brief survey by email, concerning topics about the future directions for our club.  If you have not responded to that, please find that email and click the link (it really is a short survey). 
 
Joyce Oubré provided an update about ongoing plans for this year’s Christmas shopping event, to be done in concert with West Pierce Cares.  Our club will be shopping for 91 students at Custer, the Clover Park Elementary Learning Center, Harrison Prep, Idlewild, Tyee Park, and Sunset Primary School in University Place.  Shoppers are needed.  West Pierce Cares will provide the shoppers with gift cards, and there will be a special shopping day at the Target store in the Lakewood Towne Center on Saturday, Dec. 10.  Shoppers can participate there, or shop on your own although Target will be offering us a discount. 
 
West Pierce Cares is going to be doing their own wrapping party on Dec. 14, and then delivering the gifts on Dec. 15-16.  Joyce is working on plans for our own club’s wrapping party, so stay tuned for further details.  Please contact Joyce and let her know if you can help as a shopper and/or a wrapper.  
 
Membership Update
Paige Hansen has been nominated and was announced to the club.  She works as a DJ for KNKX, the local NPR radio affiliate, and is on the board of the Lakewood Playhouse.  If anyone knows anything about why Paige would not make a great Rotarian, please raise the issue with any of the board members.  This is not a way to “blackball” a prospective member, but rather to raise any concerns about whether a candidate has the proper character to be a representative of our club, and of Rotary.  In our club’s history, rejections have been exceedingly rare, and there have been none in the last 20 years at least, but this is an important step in our process.
 
 
Fun And Fines
Alan Billingsley served as our finemaster pro tem, and offered up a great game of Rotary Jeopardy, but not before assessing a few noteworthy fines.  First was to President Pro Tem Mike Killen, who almost forgot to have the Fun And Fines segment.  
 
Next up was Katelyn Billingsley offering up a rat ($2) on Scott Adams, who just recently completed his master’s degree in organizational management ($5).
 
Last of the special fines was to ADG Tony Camoroda, for bringing us such a teeny banner.  $5
 
 
Then we played the Rotary Jeopardy game by table, testing members’ knowledge about club history.  Alan noted that for every question, the ruling of the judge (him) would be random and final.
 
 
This Week’s Program
Joining us this week was Washington State Patrol (WSP) Communications Director Chris Loftis, who supervises all communication and public relations activities for State Patrol Headquarters, and the 8 districts located around the state.  He gave some interesting facts and history about the State Patrol and its missions.
 
 
WSP handles all 911 calls from cell phones, and hands off calls to local agencies if appropriate or dispatches patrol officers to deal with incidents on State highways.  The WSP polices the State capitol campus.  It has:
 
926 commissioned patrol officers
1057 civilian employees
40 canines and handlers
1816 vehicles
 
WSP was started in 1921 with just 6 officers for the whole state, who rode motorcycles because they were available as WWI surplus vehicles.  Patrolmen rode the motorcycles with a sidecar, which carried their camping equipment, as they were expected to camp out wherever they were.  Starting salary was $100 per month.

Some other key dates:
1959  Start of the Aviation Division, for traffic and for VIP travel
1966  First African American Patrol Officer
1975  First women admitted (now up to 10% of patrol, and 50% of civilians)
 
WSP has the largest state-run fleet of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) of any state in the country, which are used for collision investigations plus search and rescue.  UAVs were used in the Dupont train derailment, which helped get I-5 opened much faster. 
 
The State Fire Marshal is part of the WSP, and teaches local fire departments in fire prevention and inspections.  The WSP runs an academy for new troopers lasting 12-18 months.  It runs a bomb squad, which had 320 calls last year.  Its total budget is $774 million. 
 
Attrition is a big problem, as anti-police sentiment is leading many patrol officers to want to leave.  It is also resulting in a dropff in applicants.
 
 
Raffle
There was $121 in the pot, and even though President Pro Tem Mike Killen complained about always getting sold “bum tickets”, the ones he had on this day were good enough to win the drawing.  And he PULLED AN ACE!!
 
 
 
And Finally…
Decades ago, futurists promised us that we would have flying cars.  But this is how it turned out.