Hearing about Public Health
Meeting Notes recorded by Joyce Loveday
Edited by Tom McClellan
President Jim Hairston called to order the August 31, 2016, meeting of Clover Park Rotary Club at 12:30 p.m.
The invocation was given by Jeannie Hill, and the pledge of allegiance was led by Alice Peeples. President Jim led the club in reciting the Rotary 4-way test.
One visiting Rotarian joined us for the day: Dr. Anthony Chen (our guest speaker), member of the Tacoma 8 Rotary club.
Visitors: Clarke Thomson introduced son Kai who was spending his last day of summer vacation with dad before starting 7th grade on Thursday.  Kai also wore the “greeter” badge for the day and helped Clarke welcome members as they arrived.
President Jim reminded members about the special event on Saturday, Sept 10, at which Rick King will be speaking. The event, sponsored by the Clover Park Rotary and Lakewood Rotary clubs, begins at 12:30 p.m. at the McGavick Center at CPTC. The cost is $25, which covers lunch.  The event will take the place of next week’s club meeting.
If you have not yet signed up for this special meeting, please visit this link and sign up to attend.  We need a big club push for this event to make it a success. 
Bryan Christensen announced the Theater Benefit scheduled for Thursday, September 29, at Lakewood Playhouse. Tickets are now being reserved, so invite friends and plan to join us for the production of The Hound of the Baskervilles.
Fun and Fines
General Ed asked Anne Winters to take the mic and collect money for the day’s fun and fines.
  • Birthdays - Sydna Koontz, & Chris Carr.  Since Sydna was the only one present, she basked in all of the vocal/musical attention. [ed. note: it was not the worst rendition ever.]
  • President Jim Hairston paid a Wachter for his 37th anniversary (not the 38th, as he originally announced).
  • Sheri Hodson was back after missing the last two meetings.  In the time she was gone, she participated in the wedding of her oldest daughter in Leavenworth (August 13), took Michael (her youngest) to the University of Portland for his first year of college, and had the blessing of her daughter’s wedding at their home church.  After much deliberation (and considering the costs associated with the events of the prior weeks) Sheri gave $50 to Teresa Nye's Paul Harris (for the help she's given to Sheri) and $25 to the club.
  • John Unfred paid up on a Wachter and added fines for a vacation in the Olympics (Fort Flaggler) with 4 boys, 3 dogs, all confined within a 35 ft. trailer (+ 1 wife, his own, it was noted).
  • Joyce Oubre and husband Ron went to the Olympics on their vacation, but their trip took them to Rio de Janeiro rather than Washington’s mountain range.  Joyce was in Rio for the full length of the Olympics and spent another full week in Sao Paolo – a total of 20 days - $100 to Paul Harris and $100 to the club.  [ed. note: no word on whether Joyce and Ron got caught at any gas stations with a locked bathroom]
  • David Cotant was asked to account for the injury to his wrist (and some stitches on the back of his head) which it turned out resulted from being ejected from the back of a moving golf cart on which he was hanging. No fractures, just a sprain.  His son did really well at the golf event with a two eagles. Fine: $10 an eagle – $20 total.
  • The new beautiful white BMW in the parking lot was found to belong to Heidi Wachter, who paid $50 to Paul Harris. And she had brought her checkbook this day, so no eponymous IOU.
  • Clarke Thomson had a nice vacation with family in Alberta where they camped for 4 nights.  It included an expedition to a sapphire mine, where Clarke purchased two buckets of overpriced dirt which “might” contain more sapphires, for $25 each.  Clarke offered up an equivalent $50 to club and $50 to Paul Harris.
  • Fred Willis was charged $2 for failing to sign in. He took a Wachter that will be added what he expects to pay next week for his 85th birthday.
  • General Ed Trobaugh rounded up his tithe from wining last week’s drawing to a total of $50, which he asserted amounted to a 13% contribution.  A proposal was offered to make that the new standard tithe, and it was met with a collective silence (no motion, no sound, no breathing, among those members well trained concerning such entreaties), and the proposal was met with collective ignorement.
Guest Speaker
Dr. Anthony Chen, Director of the Tacoma Pierce County Health Department, gave an interesting presentation entitled Public Health is Good for All of Us. Dr. Chen talked about the broad array of services associated with the health department and described both the regulatory and support roles it fills within our community. Some of the health services provided to Pierce County’s 800,000 residents impact the region’s oral health, parental health, water quality, environmental health, clean air for kids, communicable disease prevention, septic inspection, and refugee services. 
Alice Peeples had the lucky ticket for the day, but she didn’t manage to pull the ace from the remaining 6 cards in the deck. 
And Finally:
Paraprosdokians are figures of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected and is frequently humorous. (Winston Churchill loved them).
1. Where there's a will, I want to be in it.
2. The last thing I want to do is hurt you ... but it's still on my list.
3. Since light travels faster than sound, some people appear bright until you hear them speak.
4. If I agreed with you, we'd both be wrong.
5. We never really grow up -- we only learn how to act in public.
6. War does not determine who is right, only who is left.
7. Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
8. To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism. To steal from many is research.
9. I didn't say it was your fault, I said I was blaming you.
10. In filling out an application, where it says, "In case of emergency, notify..." I answered "a doctor."
11. Women will never be equal to men until they can walk down the street with a bald head and a beer gut, and still think they are sexy.
12. You do not need a parachute to skydive. You only need a parachute to skydive twice.
13. I used to be indecisive, but now I'm not so sure.
14. To be sure of hitting the target, shoot first and call whatever you hit the target.
15. Going to church doesn't make you a Christian, any more than standing in a garage makes you a car.
16. You're never too old to learn something stupid.
17. I'm supposed to respect my elders, but it's getting harder and harder for me to find one now.
To which your editor adds the following:
18. My mother said I’d never amount to anything, because I was a procrastinator.  I told her, “You just wait.”
19. A fool and his money are some party.
20. The early bird gets the worm, but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese.
21. If at first you don’t succeed, do it the way your mother told you.
22. From the legendary Hollywood gossip columnist, Hedda Hopper: “If you can’t say anything nice about someone, come sit next to me!”
23. Interviewer: “You look great.  What is your fitness program?”
      Betty White: “I have a 2-story house, and a bad memory.”
23. If you are offered the chance to have lunch with anyone in history, living or dead.... pick the living guy, so that lunch would not smell so bad.
24. When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.  When life gives you lemonade for free, open a lemonade stand and sell as much of it as you can for pure profit.