A Nimble Zoommeister, A Successful Golf Tournament, and a City Long Term Plan
Notes from the Oct. 13 meeting of
The Rotary Club of Clover Park
Recorded by Tom McClellan
It was just a moment after President Teresa Nye had rung (rang? wrung? wrought?) the bell to start the meeting that the Internet connection went down, severing the Zoomdinistas from the Inpersonators.  Your faithful scribe was among the Zoom crowd left wondering.  But it was not very long before our ace tech expert Mike Killen got things up and running again, using his own phone as a hotspot.  How very 2021!  Way to go Mike.
This was just in time to hear Jeannie Hill’s 3 inspirational messages, which were:
1. Two things to remember in life - take care of your thoughts when you are alone, and take care of your words when you are with people.  - - -Zig Ziglar
2. You can't calm the storm, so stop trying. What you can do is calm yourself. The storm will pass. - - -Timber Hawkeye, author of Buddhist Boot Camp
3. Today, be the reason someone feels welcomed, seen, heard,  valued, supported, and loved. - - -Anonymous
Sunshine Report
We learned that Ed Trobaugh was out for this meeting, taking wife Pam to a medical appointment.  And Becky Newton’s husband Jeff is going to be having major surgery on Thursday, Oct. 21, so please keep him in your prayers.
Future Programs
Oct. 20, Club Assembly         
Oct. 27, Jim Kopriva, Communications Director, City of Lakewood
Nov. 3, DG Lorna Curtis, District Governor Visit
Golf Tournament Recap
Joyce Oubré gave us an update on the nearly complete financial results from the Oct. 2 Golf Tournament fundraiser.  We took in $18k from golfers and sponsors, plus $2600 from raffles.  There was about $5100 in expenses, resulting in a net proceeds of about $15k to fund our club’s charitable efforts next year. 
President’s Minute
Teresa recently spent a bunch of time at her sewing machine, doing alterations for a friend on a wedding dress that was ordered from Spain in 2019 for a wedding that got delayed by Covid, and which dress had to get finished in time for a wedding this coming weekend.  So in addition to her car racing and tile laying expertise, our beloved president apparently has mad skills as a seamstress.  
And she also has skills as a go-cart fundracer, participating in an endurance race at a go-cart track.  Teresa opined that she prefers the creature comforts of racing in her own Cadillac hot-rod to the open cockpit, noisy, windy, low-to-the-ground go-carts she raced in.  It was still fun, and her team came in second in fundraising, bringing in $10k for Seattle Children’s Hospital.  There was no discussion of how her team fared in the actual timed racing.
Fun And Fines
With Ed Trobaugh out this week, the finemaster duties fell to deputy Alan Billingsley, who at first opened up the discussion for $5 confessions.  These included Alan’s own confession to having spent 6 days out at Westport for the recently reopened razor clam season.  The State just reopened gathering of these delicious bivalves, and raising the limit to 20/day.  So Alan’s freezer is now full. 
Alan then turned to this week’s game, which involved Rotary trivia.  Teams were arranged by tables, with team captains chosen randomly.  So were the fine amounts, which varied from $0 to $20, and for everyone at the table if the team captain got the answer wrong.
The first question, fielded by John Unfred’s table, was to name at least 10 past club presidents.  They succeeded, for no fine. 
Next up, Sheri Hodson’s table was asked where is the District 5020 training session usually held?  They correctly guessed Victoria, BC. 
Teresa Nye’s table was asked to name at least 8 service projects that our club has participated in.  They came up just short, and had to pay $15 fines.
The Zoomers team was challenged for the randomly chosen $1 fine level to state how long the club has been doing the golf tournament fundraiser.  The team got this correct at 4 years, thanks to that information being conveyed in recent club meeting bulletins.  Now you can see why it is important to read these messages.
Other game questions included the following:
  • Name 3 people who helped create the new club logo.
  • When was Alan Billingsley club president? (2008-09)
  • How many charter members are still in the club (1, Tom Faubion, as discussed at 2 recent meetings).
  • Name 5 service clubs who have helped us with our signature project at the Wildlife Area (Lakewood Rotary, Steilacoom Kiwanis, Steilacoom High School Key Club, Lakewood Kiwanis, South Tacoma Rotary, Pierce College Student Body).
This Week’s Program
Tiffany Speir is the Long Range & Strategic Planning Manager for the City of Lakewood.  She is an attorney and Certified Public Manager.  A 5th generation Alaskan, she moved to Washington for law school and has been here ever since.  Tiffany’s previous professional positions include Government Affairs Director for Pierce County, Program Manager for the South Sound Military & Communities Partnership, and Executive Officer of the Master Builders Association for Pierce County. 
Speir presented remotely due to living with a high risk person, and it all worked splendidly (thanks again, Mike Killen).  She talked about how the City of Lakewood is strategically placed along the I-5 corridor, in a place a lot of businesses are eyeing for manufacturing and warehousing activities.  The City has established 4 major areas of long range planning focus:
-2021 Energy & Climate Change Chapter Implementation
-Tree Preservation
-Establishing List of possible 2022 Comprehensive Plan amendments
-Negotiating Lakewood’s 2044 Population and Employment Targets
Lakewood has 28,005 housing units, with more renters than owner-occupants.  Its residents have a 92.3% employment rate.
Interestingly, 3,800 residents both live and work within the City.  25k come from outside to work here, and 20k residents commute away to work outside the City.
The State’s Growth Management Act governs cities’ efforts/rules/policies and what such policies must say.  The City adopted its first “Comprehensive Plan” in 2000, and has updated it since then.  By State law, it must get updated every 8-10 years. 
There is a lot of interest for warehouse and industrial space along I-5.  One difficulty is the McChord Field air corridor being too densely populated, creating worry over an air accident in the light blue areas in the eastern portion of this map:
Speir addressed the City’s climate change concerns, which include:
  • Increased peak storm events
  • Intermittent lakes (like Carp Lake) may dry up
  • Rising Puget Sound water levels which could influence Chambers Creek Dam at high tides and eventually lead to overtopping***
  • Flooding risk in the Clover Creek watershed
  • Pollutant loading in major storm events
  • Fire risk in Fort Steilacoom Park
*** [ed. note: This concern is complete baloney.  Sea levels across the globe are rising at a rate of 7” per century.  Here is a picture of the Chambers Creek Dam, revealing that we are several centuries away from an “overtopping” event.]
The City is reportedly working to mitigate these risks. 
Another area of concern for long term planning is Tree Preservation Code Review.
  • What are the specific types of trees of interest?
  • Lots of opportunity for public comment.
  • Are there heritage or landmark trees?
  • Requires balancing the often-competing interests of environmental protection, private property rights, and economic development.
The City’s 2030 growth target is a population of 72,000 (up from the current ~58k), and 34k housing units up from 28k.  Pierce County things it should be even higher, at 85k population.  The City is working to grapple with these different visions of our growth potential, and where we might put everyone in such a growth scenario. 
You can get more information by going to https://cityoflakewood.us/city-council/city-council-goals/.
The Raffle
With $314 in the pot, and with 1 Ace, 1 joker, and 22 cards in the deck, Becky Newton had the winning raffle ticket, and overcame the 1-22 odds to draw an Ace!!!
And Finally…
How heavy was that sea gull?