Posted by Tom McClellan on Sep 04, 2017
The Lakewood Community Foundation, plus a brand new member.
Meeting Notes recorded by Joyce Loveday
Edited by Tom McClellan
It was another punctual start for the meeting this week.  President Bryan has not missed one yet.  Perhaps this news article may explain why.
Dave Cotant led us with the invocation.  And President Bryan Christensen led us in the Pledge of Allegiance, and Four Way Test.
There were no visiting Rotarians.  Other visitors included:
  • Nolan (Grandson of Karen Fengler-Nichols) visited us from Ellensberg
  • Johnny Walker, Director of Crunch Fitness, attended as a guest of John Munn
  • Amy Schreiber attended for the first time with Pat Ahearne. Amy will be one of the St. Clare Hospital Corporate Members.
All is well with club members, so no Sunshine Report today. 
Upcoming Speakers
September 6 – Chuck Warton – AMVETS
September 13 – Diane Formoso – Caring For Kids, Lakewood
September 20 – NO MEETIING – We have a joint meeting with Lakewood Rotary this week
FRIDAY, September 22 – District Governor Tom Carroll – Combined meeting with the Lakewood Rotary Club – at the Tacoma Country & Club, 13204 Country Club Drive SW, Lakewood
Meeting Announcements
Dave Cotant announced that the “patio” at the Lakewood Theater will be used for the food and gathering space for this year’s theater benefit.  In preparation, we will have a clean-up work party there on Saturday, September 30, to power wash the area and get it looking its best.
Teresa Nye has tickets and sponsor flyers for the theater benefit. To be recognized in the promotional materials, sponsors need to get their materials in by September 15.
President Bryan displayed a plaque that new members will receive.  Once new members earn their first Paul Harris, they can turn in their plaque for the framed Paul Harris certificate presented by the club.
A moment was taken to provide an overview to new members and visitors about the club’s two fundraisers that collect money this fiscal year to be used next year for club operations and service. The theater benefit at Lakewood playhouse is the fall fundraiser, and the rose sale held during administrative assistant’s week is the spring fundraiser.
Sheri Hodson expressed thanks to Sydna Koontz, General Bill Harrison, Karen George, and especially Marie Barth for organizing the impromptu gathering at Marie’s house last Friday evening. It was an enjoyable evening, and we even had swimmers at this pool party – Neil and Heidi Wachter’s daughters.  Thank you, Marie for welcoming us into your home.
Other Announcements Not Covered at the Meeting
There is a newly posted photo album for the 2017 Installation Banquet back in June.  You can see all of the photos at
There will be a ceremony September 8 at Fort Steilacoom Park to celebrate the completion of the new trail around Waughop Lake.  Our club donated part of the funding to help complete that project.  Gather at the new lakeside shelter at 5:30 PM, and then walk the trail from 6-7 PM.
There will also be a replanting party to put in new native plants around the lake, Saturday, October 28 starting at 9 AM.  Look for a signup roster at a future meeting. 
We are still collecting school supplies for Tyee Park, to help the staff provide the required supplies in the case of students whose families cannot afford them.  See the supplies list at and bring whatever you can to the next meeting. 
The program presented by Sydna Koontz, Tom Faubion, and Joyce Loveday was about the Lakewood Community Foundation Fund, for which Clover Park Rotary is an active participant.  Because work responsibilities required Tom Faubion to leave early (and he was part of the program), fun and fines was moved to after the program.   Here are a few key points from the presentation:
The Lakewood Community Foundation Fund was organized in 1993 as a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization by the Lakewood Rotary Club and the Clover Park Rotary Club.  The intent of the fund is to address critical needs in Lakewood and to serve Lakewood residents more directly, especially its neediest.
The Foundation’s goal is to establish a $1 million endowment, which would generate $50,000 or more each year to fund projects and scholarships to benefit children, families and charities in Lakewood.
Clover Park Rotarians currently serving on the board are General Bill Harrison, Sydna Koontz, and Joyce Loveday.
The Lakewood Community Foundation Fund operates with an expense ratio of less than two percent. 
The endowment currently contains $879,650.
The Larry Saunders Service Award is a new recognition developed in partnership with the City of Lakewood to annually recognize one individual or organization for distinguished service to Lakewood. Nominations may be submitted to City Hall by September 29.
Fun and Fines
Red badger Patrick Ahearne carried the microphone and Dave Hall (the newest blue badger) collected fines to support General Ed as he led today’s fun and fines.
Teresa Nye celebrated both her 21st anniversary, and the first touchdown her son Patrick scored on the Curtis High School Vikings freshman football team - $50
Heidi Wachter gave whatever was left in her wallet for being late.
Sydna Koontz celebrating a birthday – a $50 Wachter
Last week Dave Hall submitted his club member roster, with the initials of those members who had welcomed Dave to the club, but he had to pay $2 for every member whose initials he had not secured.  Pat Ahearne hadn’t signed yet, and so Pat was fined $5. He also celebrated a birthday (a $50 Wachter for Pat).
Dave Hall paid his $15 Wachter from last week.
General Ed invited Amy Schreiber to the front of the room to tell a bit about herself, as she’ll be joining our club as a corporate member of St. Clare Hospital.  Amy has been with the Franciscan Healthcare System for 11 years.  Two of those years have been in her current role as Quality Manager at St. Clare Hospital in Lakewood.  Originally from New Jersey, she and her husband and two kids are enjoying life in Washington.
Marie was fined $2 for ratting on General Ed for not having his badge, which contrary to his accusations she did not purloin from him via subterfuge, deception, or any other evil-doing.  It merely fell off of him while he was walking around the room.  [ed. note: in the military, we used to call that “failure to safeguard essential personal equipment.”]
Scott Coles, the Carr’s cook who prepares our meal each week, held the lucky ticket, but he didn’t manage to draw an ace - $5.
And Finally…
As much as your editor despises graffiti, sometimes the editing of it can bring a smile.