Posted by Tom McClellan on Oct 03, 2019
Another field trip, this time TO a school, where we learned about really cool new industrial techniques and instruction. And about increasingly expensive logos.
Meeting Notes from the Oct. 2 meeting of
The Rotary Club of Clover Park
Notes and photos by Tom McClellan
Edited by David Hall
We are just now starting the 4th month of Ellie Carr’s term as club president, and already we have taken 2 field trips this year.  This one was to Clover Park Technical College (CPTC) to see their brand new Center for Advanced Manufacturing Technology.  More on that below.
Ellie brought a great picnic lunch from Carr’s Restaurant for us to enjoy, also served as cashier, and then rang the non-existent bell to start the meeting.  Ellie gets the multitasking award for this week!
There were no visiting Rotarians, but we did welcome Jim Hairston’s wife of 42 legal years, Barb.  And Fred and Ingrid Willis brought their son Oliver Willis. 
Sunshine Report:
Jeannie Hill thanked everyone who came to the memorial service for her mother, Alice Peeples, the preceding Sunday.  Your scribe was in attendance, and can relay that there were many great (and colorful) stories told about Alice.  It was an honor to get to be there and hear them. 
Jeannie also mentioned that our past club secretary Bonnie Boyle was there at the service.  She loves living in Seabeck, WA, but her partner Paulina Adams is not doing well following several hospitalizations for pneumonia.  Paulina is pretty much confined at home on oxygen. 
And Jeannie also heard from Sheri Hodson, who was absent this week, visiting her father in California after he suffered a serious heart attack.  Please keep Sheri and her father in your prayers.
President Ellie skipped doing a full-fledged “President’s Minute”, but she did share that Oct. 2 was National Pumpkinseed Day (WooHoo!), and that she likes hers roasted. 
Oct. 10 is a Custer PTA “takeover” of Joyce Oubre’s McDonalds Restaurant on Steilacoom Blvd., and so if you show up to get dinner there from 1600 to 1900 hours, a big chunk of the proceeds will get donated to Custer’s PTA.
Oct. 12, 0900-1300 is our club’s final work party for this year at the South Sound Wildlife Area.  We will be replacing a decayed wooden retaining wall with one made from concrete blocks, plus doing some trail clearing and debris removal along Phillips Road.  Other service groups will be joining us.  Come in your grubby gardening clothes, and you can work that day while festooned in one of the coveted new Clover Park Rotary Official Hard Hats, complete with logo.  You’ll be the envy of all your friends, and you may wish to take your Christmas card photos while wearing it.  They are just that special. 
Future Programs:
Oct. 9              Alphonso Godinez, State Student President of the WA Deca Program
Oct. 16            Brenda Wall, Side By Side South Africa Program
Oct. 23            Mary Krauszer, Shore Friendly Pierce Program
Fun and Fines:
Despite the unfamiliar venue for this week’s meeting, Finemaster Ed Trobaugh was in fine form, being assisted by red badge holder Kerri Pedrick.  He started off by acknowledging Tom and Barbie Faubion’s wedding anniversary. They got married 47 years ago, while Tom was in law school.
Ed also acknowledged Jim and Barb Hairston’s anniversary. They have been together for 45 years, but (scandalously!) they have only been married for 42 years. 
Bob Lawrence had a “hot and humid” trip to Florida.  How hot and how humid was it?!!!  Bob refused to offer any numerical descriptions, but settled for $20.
Carr’s Restaurant was recently mentioned in The Suburban Times at  This involves a “takeover” at Carr’s on Oct. 17, 1600-2000, to benefit both Springbrook Connections and Caring For Kids.  After some discussion about how fundraisers work, Ellie Carr offered up $10, but then pivoted to Joyce Oubre doing a similar takeover event on Oct. 10 (see above).  That pivot did not go very far, but the theme of pivoting to other Rotarians came up again later, as will be covered momentarily.
But first, we learned that Hallie McCurdy went to Costa Rica for a week, communing with turtles, the rain forest, and other fun activities which were determined to be worth $50.
Now, here is where things got complicated.  It all started innocently enough, with Darryl Owens offering up a $2 rat on Brandon Solomonson, who is having the CPTC's Graphic Arts Program design a new logo for Brandon’s real estate business.  Darryl’s innocent-sounding $2 rat got looped up to $5 because his own department stands to benefit.  But Finemaster Ed sought to expand the reach of this particular fine by looping in CPTC President Joyce Loveday, since the school also stands to benefit.
Joyce quickly returned serve, and noted that it was Ed who himself had suggested a couple of years ago that John Munn and the Lakewood Playhouse solicit help from CPTC’s graphic arts students to design a new logo for the Playhouse.  That logo design idea was then copied by our own Rotary Club (see the helmet logo above).  In the end, the total tally from all of the crossfire was as follows:
$5        Darryl Owens for the inflated rat,
$10      Brandon Solomonson for the yet to be designed logo,
$5        Joyce Loveday for the general collegiate benefit,
$10      John Munn for merely standing too close to the fire, and
$2        from Ed Trobaugh for having started the whole chain of events in the first place.
Your scribe jumped into action to record photographic evidence of the finemaster getting fined, just for the historical record. 
This Week’s Program
Joyce Loveday welcomed us to CPTC, and described the construction and function of the new facility, housing the Center for Advanced Manufacturing Technology.  The 63,000 square foot building replaces an old warehouse, the last of the WWII-era buildings from the old Navy base to be razed and redeveloped.  That demolition process hit a snag, because the old warehouse once housed a dry-cleaning operation, and there were contaminated soils which had to be removed.  The college got that resolved, and the new building is gleaming and gorgeous. 
The college wanted a facility where different industrial programs could interact, collaborate, and conduct joint projects.  It features classrooms and lab areas for:
  • Mechatronics
  • Manufacturing Technology
  • Non-Destructive Testing
  • Fundamental Skills for Manufacturing and Engineering
Joyce introduced instructor and department head Jason Sawatski, who runs the mechatronics program. 
This discipline combines machines, electrical controls, computer hardware design, and software engineering to make industries move under precise control.  It involves robotics, industrial automation, and the controls for the various machines that do things to make stuff.  CPTC is training the labor force for managing those functions.  They are also training students to recognize ways in which automation can be applied to improve existing industrial processes. 
The 2-year program involves training in several disciplines:
  • Hydraulics
  • Pneumatics (air power and control)
  • AC/DC power
  • Controls (PLCs, or Programmable Logic Controllers)
  • Integrated Systems
  • Capstone Project (internship in industry or other project)
CPTC hopes to develop a 4-year Bachelor’s Degree program commencing in Fall 2020, which would be only the 9th mechatronics B.S. program in the USA.  There is apparently a lot of interest among recent 2-year program grads to come back and finish up a 4-year degree in the discipline, to improve both their subject knowledge and their opportunities for promotion and career advancement.  CPTC hopes to schedule classes in order to allow students to keep working while attending classes. 
The classroom briefing ended, and the members then went onto have a tour of the facility, but not before…
The Raffle
With $964 in the pot, 7 cards remaining, 2 of which were aces, Jim Hairston had the winning ticket and drew and Ace!!!
Some photos from the tour:
And Finally…
Talking after the tour with Jason Sawatski and one of the other instructors, a discussion ensued about the need for visualizing product design in 3 dimensions.  Seeing things in 3D has been hard for some students historically, and technical colleges once used to test for this particular style of intelligence.  In such a test, a student might be shown 3 side views of an object, and then had to choose the best picture of what the 4th side looks like (for example). 
But nowadays, this is not a concern.  Students come to CPTC with experience in video games, which involve seeing 3D representations of artificial solids in different situations and from multiple angles.  This means that visualizing objects in 3D is nothing new for their brains, and not generally a problem.  So perhaps video games are not entirely bad after all.