Posted by Tom McClellan on Apr 14, 2018
Great job, Heidi!!!!
Meeting Notes from the April 11, 2018 Meeting
of the Rotary Club of Clover Park
Notes taken by Jim Hairston
Edited by Tom McClellan
Meeting was called to order by President Elect Heidi on time, precisely at 12:30 pm.
Invocation: Tom McClellan.  Pledge of Allegiance: Becky Newton. Greeter: David Cotant
Visiting Rotarians:
Steve Schumacher from Puyallup South Hill Rotary Club, came as a guest of Riley Wyatt.
Today’s Guests:
COL(R) Mary Forbes – our guest speaker; Renae Hannah – guest of Sydna Koontz; James Billingsley, Gavin Carr, & Nolan Carr accompanying Alan Billingsley.
Future Programs:
Apr 18: Teresa Nye – How to Avoid Online Fraud
Apr 25: No Meeting – Rose Sale Delivery Day
May 2:  Melissa Moss – Catholic Community Services
Sunshine Report – No one reported sick today.
Joyce Loveday – gave an update on instructions for the rose sale. She reminded all that the money is due next week.
Riley Wyatt – Distributed a sign-up sheets for volunteers for Rose “Cooler Duty” on 23 Apr and Delivery Assistance on 24 & 25 April for those who cannot deliver all their roses they sold.  If you did not sign up, you still can by emailing Riley at
Jim Hairston provided a reminder to all to begin working on your 4-somes and Donors for our premier event this August 4, at the VA Golf Course.  The advertisement on our website contains two links (one to download a manual registration form; and one to purchase a ticket through Eventbrite).
Board Meetings: There is a schedule change for the remaining club board meetings, to which are all members are invited.  They are normally held on the 3rd Friday of the month, but the next 3 meetings will be held as follows:
April 18, 5 PM at Carr’s
May 19, Before the board retreat begins (watch for details from Heidi)
June 22, 7:30 AM at Carr’s
Memorable Fines and Moments with Gen Ed:
(assisted by our newest Blue Badger...Riley Wyatt and our guest Steve Schumacher)
Joyce Loveday - announced and invited all members of this to a Clover Park Technical College Dinner and Gala, celebrating the College's 75th Birthday and years of service in this community.  This will be a fundraising event with a goal of raising $75K to help any under-privileged students who attend CPTC. She agreed to pay a $10 fine each time she makes this announcement.
John Munn – stood to offer support to Joyce Loveday’s cause which quickly turned into a “fine fest” with General Ed offering to put up $20 if John would match it.  After listening to John’s story for more than a minute, Charlie Maxwell quickly stood and offered pay $10 if John would just sit down.  It seems that the General’s offer never came to fruition and the final result was $10 from John and $10 from Charlie.
A seemingly misdirected question about three fires in abandoned houses in Lakewood turned into “fine melee” when former Fire Chief Paul Webb was asked about the incident.  Paul pointed out that he has not been in charge for many years.  General Ed asked about the water, and it seems that there was no charge by the water district for water used to extinguish these fires according to Randy Black.  City Business Development Manager, Becky Newton responded to a question about property being available as a result of the fire, by indicating that they are waiting for more properties and will buy it, if it is available!  At this point, Marie Barth was implicated for putting property on the market when it comes available.  All total: Paul $5; Randy $10; Becky $15 and Marie $20....  And this folks is why you should to be careful to listen verrrry closely when Paul Webb is called on by the Fine Master.
Tom McClellan – fined $5 for failing to ensure that last week’s speaker, Rep. Denny Heck, signed in. [ed. note: I don’t think his autograph is worth that much, on the open market.]
Bob Lawrence – returned from a trip visiting his daughter & grandchildren. He also supervised the installation of a rock feature in his daughter’s yard while she vacationed.  4 nights and 5 days total $40.
Susan Adams - returned from a great work-free vacation in Mexico.  7 nights and $2 late fee.  Total $40.
Dave Hall – paid for spending 2 nights in a tent during a cold-weather Shelter Box training experience. Total $20.
Today’s Program:
COL(R) Mary Forbes currently serves as the Assistant Director of Veterans Services for Washington State.  Her passion for helping veterans in need is very obvious.   
The Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs helps connect veterans and their family members to the benefits and services they earned through their military service. The Central Office is located in Olympia and includes a Veterans Service Center as well as administrative support for all agency programs.
WDVA offers long-term care in our four State Veteran Homes (the Washington Soldiers Home, the Washington Veterans Home, the Spokane Veterans Home, and the Walla Walla Veterans Home for honorably discharged veterans, and in some cases, their spouses. 
The Veterans Services and Behavioral Health Divisions provide claims assistance as well as counseling services for veterans and their family members. 
One problem is that veterans do not file to take advantage of the benefits which are available to them.  Friends, family members, and others should encourage them to get into the system so that they can be served. 
For more information, the Washington State Veterans Affairs website is:
Raffle Drawing:
Jim Hairston held the winning ticket, but did not draw an Ace.... $5.00 collected.
And Finally…
He was worried about the proposed treatment for hair loss.  The doctors said that there might be unknown side effects.  But he went forward with it anyway, and ended up getting a new job as a result.