Talking about unemployment.
 
Meeting Notes taken by Bonnie Kern
Edited by Tom McClellan

President Joyce Loveday called the meeting to order at 12:30
 
Invocation – Fred Willis. Pledge of Allegiance - Charlie Maxwell
 
There are approximately 1.2 million Rotarians who are members other clubs around the world, and surprisingly not a single one of them came to join in our meeting this week.  They don’t know what they are missing. 

Announcements:
 
Future Programs:
Feb. 10 – Michael Bowman & Victoria Clark, Teaching Interior Design at CPTC
Feb. 17 – John Unfred, Surviving an Active Shooter Situation
Feb. 24 – Brenda Wall, The Wall of Hope Efforts in Ethiopia
 
Karen George thanked everyone who donated to the thank you gifts for the Carr’s staff.  Each staff member will receive a $20.00 gift card.
 
President Joyce announced that the Rotaract Planning Meeting has been moved to February 12 at Carr’s at 7:30 a.m.
 
Alice Peeples reminded us of the Fireside Meeting at her house at 5:30 p.m. on February 11.  Location: 5005 McChord Dr SW, Lakewood, 98499.  Please join us for food, fellowship and wonderful music.  Please park in the long driveway, not the street, and lock your car.  Feel free to bring your dogs.
 
A Fireside Meeting is intended to provide newer members with a deeper connection to Rotary, and a way to explain Rotary’s customs, purposes, and traditions in a more formal setting.  Newer members are specifically sought after to attend, but it is open to all who wish to share the gift that is Rotary. 
 
The first Rotary fireside meeting was held in the late 1920s in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada.  It sprang from the idea that amid home surroundings, Rotarians would find it easier to discuss a topic in an informal, lean-back-and-be-comfortable manner.  Since then, Rotary Clubs in all parts of the world have held such meetings to discuss topics of significance to the Club, the community, and the family of nations, and to help develop acquaintance as an instrument of service. 
 
President Joyce reminded us that February 23 is the 20th anniversary of the city of Lakewood.   It is also the 111th anniversary of Rotary, which started in in 1905 in Chicago.  Joyce led us in a few questions and answers about the 4 gentlemen who started Rotary.
 
Fun and Fines – General Ed, with help from red badgers Anne Winters and John Unfred, recognized the following Rotarians and their activities:
 
General Ed began with a raffle of 15 tickets that were left at the table – winning bid was $6.00 from Jeannie Hill, although her purchase of the tickets was to no avail in terms of winning the drawing.  There was no discussion of whose tickets they had originally been. 
 
Payments of Wachters from John Munn and Judge Grant Blinn - $50.00 each
 
Choi Halladay reported on a trip to Honolulu with his wife – four nights for $40.00
 
General Ed then offered up $2.00 for sharing a story about an encounter which he and his wife Pam once had with the late basketball star Wilt Chamberlain while in Honolulu.  That $2 fine somehow became Tom McClellan’s responsibility to actually pay.  Eyewitnesses gave conflicting stories of how that came about. 
 
Bonnie Kern paid $100.00 (as a Wachter) to celebrate the completion of chemotherapy and radiation, and a trip to Phoenix.  Once the $100 was offered up, General Ed forgot all about asking after golf scores, etc. 
 
Charlie Maxwell also traveled to Phoenix for a car show and tried to butter up a ReMax agent in hopes it would help reduce his fine. That didn’t work, and the aforementioned agent had never heard of General Ed, so Charlie gave a $50.00 Wachter.  Tears of sadness were shed all around for the glow of Ed's fame as a real estate agent not extending to this particular agent. 

Karen George - $2.00 for being late.
 
General Ed suggested that our newest member, John Unfred, could arrive in a patrol car to be parked on the street outside our upcoming Fireside meeting. [ed. note: in military parlance, this is known as a “show of force”]  No fine was assessed. 
 
This Week’s Guest Speaker – Brian Culpepper from WorkSource Pierce County
 
WorkSource is a joint venture between State and local agencies, schools, and businesses to eliminate the barriers to finding jobs.  They work as coaches to provide the level of help clients need.  They also work with a number of community and state agencies to line up services that their clients need.
 
Jobseekers often lack the skills to make connections with prospective employers through conventional means.  WorkSource helps its clients with such struggles, and also reaches out to places like the Pierce County jail to help anyone who might benefit from their services.
 
Raffle: Paul Webb had his ticket drawn (again!!), but could not find an Ace.  So the pot grows. [i.e. the size of the raffle prize, not the new state crop]
 
Late News: Frequent guest George Lin reports from Taipei that he and his family are all well following the 6.4 magnitude earthquake there, and he sends warm greetings to all of his Clover Park Rotary friends. 
 
And finally, just in case your life does not contain enough irony, consider these situations:
 
 
And here is how Mount Rushmore looks from the Canadian side:
 
 

 
 
 
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