Curses, Milfoiled Again!
Meeting Highlights: Dave Hall    Photo Credit: Tom McClellan
The regular gathering of Clover Park Rotarians commenced at High Noon at the always-convivial Carr's Restaurant. We had two guests: Our program presenter, Paul Bucich, and Marie Barth's spouse, Bruce "Birthday" Barth. There were no visiting Rotarians in attendance.
President Heidi singled out two club members for the coveted chocolate bars of awesomeness: John Munn and Dave "My Hoodie's So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades" Hall (Disclaimer: Your note taker was so excited to be receiving a chocolate bar that he forgot to record the reasons he and John were so feted. Mea Maxima Culpa.)
Speaking of good things, our club's rep to the Lakewood Community Foundation, Bob Lawrence, gratefully accepted our check for $1,000 to the Foundation's coffers!
Feb. 8: Board of Director's Meeting, 7:30 a.m. @ Carr's.
Feb 13: Club Assembly, to include project updates and committee breakouts.
Feb. 20: Program "Hands For Peace", presented by Marco Maldonado
Feb. 27: Program "Associated Ministries Homeless Relief Programs", presented by Wendy Morris
Feb. 28: Join President Heidi for another popular Fellowship Hour at the Tacoma Golf and Country Club; starting time is "somewhere between 4:30-5:00 p.m." in the cocktail lounge. It's always a guaranteed good time!
General Ed, assisted by Lisa Blevins and Hallie "Holly" McCurdy, was "En Fuego", as usual, as he worked dilligently to build the club's coffers for President-Elect Ellie.
There were birthdays a-plenty to celebrate, including Becky Newton, Karen Fengler-Nichols, Sheri Hodson; Special recognition was accorded to Bruce Barth, who was serenaded by the club singing, "Happy Bruceday To You!"
Today's program was presented by City of Lakewood's Public Works Engineering Director, Paul Bucich. Paul explained the challenges Lakewood is facing by the invasion of Eurasian Water Milfoil in American Lake. This species of milfoil threatens fish and the overall sustainability of the city's largest lake, unlike the benign native variety of milfoil. Lakewood is working with the State Department of Ecology (DOE), JBLM, WA Military Department, and the Department of Veteran's Affairs to safely eradicate the invasive vegetation. The City has received state grants to study and respond to this rapidly-spreading threat.
Sheri Hodson was hoping to receive a $600+ birthday gift when her ticket was drawn for the weekly raffle. Sadly, "Diamonds Aren't a Girl's Best Friend", at least when there were four of them on the card she drew! 
And Finally...
Despite this motorist's best intentions to arrive on time for his job at the mall, he fell a little short of his target: