America is where a single mom can rise from humble circumstances to become a Rotary District Governor (except she’s from Canada, but still).  And our club is named the “Collaborator Of The Year” (in a good way). 
Notes from the Nov. 3 meeting of
The Rotary Club of Clover Park
Recorded by Tom McClellan, photos by David Cotant
 
With our District Governor Lorna Curtis visiting, the club’s board met with her and Assistant District Governor Tony Cameroda before the start of the meeting.  At that pre-meeting meeting, Ed Trobaugh got a little bit long winded describing all of the great fundraising events our club is involved in, resulting in the meeting starting two minutes late at 12:32 PM Pacific Time.  For the record, this late start was NOT an item of discussion during Fun And Fines. 
 
President Teresa Nye thanked Jeannie Hill for serving as our meeting’s greeter, and recognized Jeannie to offer a moment of inspiration:
 
1. Success is not final. Failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts. (Winston Churchill)
2. If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant. If we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome. (Anne Bradstreet)
3. America without her soldiers would be like God without His angels. (Claudia Pemberton)
 
Teresa then welcomed our meeting guests, DG Lorna Curtis and ADG Tony Camerota.  There was thankfully no sunshine to report.
 
Future Programs:
Nov. 10   Special Veterans Day Program, Lewis Army Museum    
Nov. 17   Nichole Ayres, Cohen Veterans Network, talking about Suicide Prevention
 
Your humble scribe (and program coordinator) notes that his absence on a secret mission to an undisclosed location has made it harder to line up meeting programs and guest speakers, and so any suggestions or help you can offer in this regard will be appreciated.
 
Announcements:
For that Nov. 10 meeting, Mike Killen has sent out an email to everyone, asking for an RSVP to get a head count, and for your choice among Carr’s Restaurant’s delicious box lunch options.  Look for another email from Becky Newton this week with coordinating information about parking, route, gate entry, etc. 
 
Teresa reminded everyone about our membership challenge.  It is up to us to grow and sustain our club.  Please bring in the name of someone you thing would be a good Rotarian.  
 
Joyce Oubré shared the final tally from the Golf Tournament.  We grossed $20,198.  There were expenses totaling $4995.89, resulting in a net profit of $15,202.11.  Good job everyone.  Hopefully next year we can do even better.
 
Joyce also discussed Christmas gift shopping for Custer Elementary School students.  We have been partnering for several years with West Pierce Fire and Rescue (WPFR) with their annual gift program for elementary students.  WPFR has changed coordinators.  Shopping will be done with gift cards, and volunteers are needed to do the shopping during the first week of December.  Look for more details coming soon.
 
Membership director Gretchen Allen got new recruiting cards which we can all use to get people to come and visit a meeting.  She passed them out, and encouraged everyone to keep a few in your wallet or purse.
 
 
Fun And Fines
Ed Trobaugh started by noting President Teresa’s overdue “Wachter”, our club's traditional nickname for an IOU named for Heidi Wachter, who was rather notorious years ago for not having any money to pay her fine debts.  (Hint: this topic will come up later).
 
Ed also noted November birthday holders including David Cotant, Randy Black, Ramona Hinton, and Heidi Wachter.
 
Heidi then spoke up, noting that on this date she had brought actual money, and plans to do so at all times into the future.  On that basis, and noting Teresa Nye’s own ongoing failures to pay what she owes, Heidi proposed that the term “Wachter” be retired, and that the club henceforth refer to an owed debt as a “Nye Owe You”.  We will see if that catches on.
 
Marie Barth reported that the big remodeling project which she and husband Bruce have been undertaking to convert an old bank building in Montana into their residence is nearing completion, and they have moved in.  Marie has already taken the dogs there, and she is now back in the Lakewood area, dogless and lonely.  She plans to continue her association with our club, and will attend meetings when she is in town. 
 
Jim Hairston went to Arizona for two weeks of golf, a fine which he has put on one of the new Nye Owe You instruments.  
 
John Unfred was recognized, and he noted that police activity has been quieter lately, but other activities are picking up, including a trip to Palm Springs for four days.  He noted that the golf course was closed, but the pool and the bar were open.
 
Sue Potter is celebrating Nourish Pierce County’s 40th year of service to our community.  She keeps wishing that they could work themselves out of a job, but that is not happening yet.  They have been getting hit hard by food price increases.  She celebrated the anniversary with a $20 fine, and noted that she recently did a news interview in which she specifically mentioned Clover Park Rotary, but the editors cut out that segment.
 
Alan Billingsley concluded by sharing a Certificate of Excellence which our club had received from the WA State Department of Fish and Wildlife, recognizing our club as Collaborator Of The Year.
 
 
 
The proclamation accompanying the award read as follows:
 
For two years now the Rotary Club of Clover Park has stood out to both WDFW staff and to the Lakewood community.
This amazing collaborator has passionately sought to improve public access, reclaim community character, and further improve both recreational resources and wildlife habitat at the South Puget Sound Wildlife Area Unit (SPS WLA).
 
“The club has done an inspiring amount of work since adopting the WLA unit. Alan Billingsley, the club service director, and the Rotary Club have conducted over 8 significant community volunteer events, numerous small-focused work parties, contributed over $30,000 in funding, and pulled in over 6 other local community chapters or clubs to support site improvements at SPS WLA unit. In total there have been approximately 1600 hours of volunteer time contributed, 40 yards of debris removed, 1300 feet of fencing replaced, 3800 feet of trails improved, and over 25 acres of habitat enhanced.
 
“This partner has also directed BSA troops, Eagle Scouts, and school groups to this unit in addition to funding and leading the utilization of Conservation Youth Corps crews. A great deal of this work occurred in and around the Covid-19 Pandemic, where they strived to give the community something positive and productive to focus on where good news could be achieved.
 
“Washington State owes a great deal of thanks and respect to these community leaders, recreation advocates, and F&W stewards.
 
 
This Week’s Program
Assistant District Governor Tony Cameroda introduced our District Governor, Lorna Curtis.  Lorna has been a Rotarian since 1997, and has held many jobs at both the club level and within the District.  She worked for 37 years in municipal government, and retired as Director of Parks and Recreation for the city of Oak Bay, BC, on Vancouver Island.  She was a single mother, and is now a grandmother. 
 
 
Lorna started by announcing the awarding of Paul Harris Fellow awards to Becky Newton and Katelyn Billingsley.  She mentioned our Bronze Award from ShelterBox, and our support for the school desks in Sierra Leone through the organization, Children Of The Nations. 
 
Lorna came to Rotary because of helping a local club near Victoria with a water park project as part of her job working for her city.  She appreciated that Rotarians were so welcoming.  She described how she came from poor circumstances as a single mom, raising two sons on her own, and eventually transitioning to be able to support the Rotary Foundation. 
 
Rotary’s support for combating polio has been a great success, and it has now been 9 months and counting without a wild case of polio type 1 in the world.  Type 2 has already been eradicated, and type 3 is on the run. 
 
The District 5020 conference in May will include a tour of a food redistribution facility started by Rotarians in Victoria, where expired food is gleaned from area grocery stores, and repackaged for food banks.  
 
She talked about how Rotary used to emphasize “perfect attendance” by club members.  She proposes that we transition to “perfect engagement”, consisting of the following:
  • Introduce one person to Rotary each year
  • Attend one club social event
  • Support one club fundraiser
  • Support one club service project
 
This Week’s Raffle
With $120 in the pot, and a nearly full deck of cards, Jim Hairston had the winning ticket and drew an Ace!
 
 
And Finally…
There are lots of ways to be of service.  But being a literalist smart aleck is not one of them.