The loss of a friend, a new member, and joy at being together.
 
Meeting Notes by Sheri Hodson, edited by Tom McClellan
 
The invocation was offered by David Cotant.  And Daidre West led us in the flag salute. 
 
Visiting Rotarians: Marie Barth introduced Dave Harkness and Kellen Harkness from Tacoma South, and Michael Batt from Tacoma South.
 
Other Visitors: Tom McClellan introduced our guest speaker, Carol Matarazzo.
 
Sunshine report:  Karen George made note of the fact that Bob Lawrence’s father recently passed away. She also routed the Gift Card envelope one more time, for buying gift cards for Carr's wait-staff.
 
Karen then gave a thorough update on the upcoming services for Larry Saunders. Larry was a member of Lakewood Rotary, previously a member of Lakewood First Lions, and he was Lakewood's first Chief of Police.  He died a few days ago unexpectedly, while jogging in Fort Steilacoom Park.  Karen will continue to keep in touch with his widow Sally throughout the year. The family has received lots of food and flowers, so none further are needed.  An account has been set up at Heritage Bank in his name. It will first go to paying for the funeral and any excess will got to the Lakewood Boys and Girls Club.
 
Service information: Visitation/Viewing Thursday, Jan. 14 from 10-2:00 at Mountain View Funeral Home.  Funeral Service Friday, Jan. 15, commencing promptly at 11:00 at the Fort Lewis North Chapel.  It is recommended you get there by 10:00.  Attendees should enter at Lewis North 41st Division Dr. gate, which is at Exit 120 off the I-5.  If you don't have military ID, tell the gate guard you are there for the Saunders funeral to receive a special pass, and follow MP instructions en route to the chapel based on your having that pass.  Refreshments will be served after the memorial service.  The Board has approved a proposal for the Club to donate $200 toward the costs of the service, refreshments, etc. Lakewood Rotary and the Lions have each donated $500.
 
Additionally, a proclamation from the City will take place Tuesday, Jan. 19 at Lakewood City Hall. All are welcome to attend.  Check the City of Lakewood web site for time and other details. 
 
Club Announcements: 
 
Future Programs
Jan. 20 - Debbie LeBeau State of the School District
Jan. 27 - District Governor Rose Bowman
Feb. 3 -  Brian Culpepper WorkSource Pierce County
 
Friday, Jan. 15 7:30 am Board Meeting.  All Rotarians welcome to attend.
 
Thursday, February 11th Fireside at Alice Peeples' house. Music (flute, piano, and Bassoon) provided by Jeannie Hill and her significant other John. Join us for a great night of fellowship. You are welcome to bring a guest. Sign-up sheet next week.  
 
Rick Ring has worked with Tyee in developing a plan for beautifying the grounds. They have areas for flowers, bushes, etc. The District will provide mulch, and some tools, and possibly some flowers. David Cotant will be coordinating the Saturday event, sometime around late April or early May from 12:00-3:00ish.
 
Joyce read a thank you letter from Lemay / Waste Connections for our contribution to their annual Build-A-Bike program.  Our contribution helped build 12 bikes that went back out into the community. They collected $22,500 this year which allowed them to build 332 bikes. Way to go Charlie Maxwell!!!
 
 
Anne Winters received her Red Badge today, and was sponsored for membership by her sister Karen Fengler Nichols.  Anne's classification is Public Affairs. Anne is married to her husband, James, and she has a son Nick, a student at TCC.  She was a member of Rotary in the Camus-Washougal Rotary Club for 7 years, including service as a Board member. Welcome Anne.  Please be sure to introduce yourself and sign her sheet.
 
Deputy Police Chief John Unfred will receive his badge next week.
 
Fun and Fines:  Heidi Wachter was helped by new red badger Anne Winters.
 
 
Ken Sharp celebrated his birthday and since he has missed so many meetings he paid $50 for his birthday and $50 for being missing in action.
 
Helen McGovern Pilant celebrated her unspecified birthday, although she noted that this one entitles her to Medicare and many new discounts. She contributed $50 to the Club and $50 to her Paul Harris.
 
Karen Fengler Nichols also had her check ready for her birthday.  Heidi excitedly noted that none of the 3 offered a Wachter, since all 3 birthday people were ready with their checks.  How strange!!!  Some people actually do that.  Go figure. 
 
Marie Barth had some ink –it was even in color!!  She was sworn in for a new term as City Council member by the absent Judge Grant Blinn.  Marie contributed $50.  Since Grant was not in attendance, there may still be more to come. 
 
There was only one confession and it was from the finemistress Heidi herself: Husband Neil Wachter has now moved into private practice in Bremerton.  She said she couldn’t pay it now, but she was happy enough for Neil to give a Wachter for $50.  Heidi also professed her happiness that it was not she who had to flip from civic city-attorney practicing in Auburn to whatever the heck kind of law that the new firm deals in.  There was no specific mention of her further happiness over not having to schlep herself all the way to work in Bremerton.
 
 
Today’s speaker:  Carol Matarazzo from the Fisher House at Madigan Army Medical Center.
 
 
Carol graciously stepped in today for executive director Jodi Land. The local Fisher House is on JBLM within walking distance of Madigan. Fisher House is a place for family members to stay while an injured service person is at Madigan. It is for Active and Retired families. It is similar to the Ronald McDonald Houses at children's hospitals.
 
The housing and meals are provided free to the families that stay there. Last year they had full occupancy throughout the year, serving a total of 173 family for an average stay of 20 days.  If their facility happens to be full, they will pay for hotels. The families that stayed this past year were 55% Army, 35% Navy, 9% Air Force and 2% Marine Corps.
 
A second location has actually opened at JBLM this past December. They can now house 10 families in one of the locations and 7 in the other. There are 66 houses worldwide, the majority in the United States.  The first Fisher House was first established in 1990 by Zachary and Elizabeth Fisher.  Each Fisher House is set up as a home away from home, with a communal kitchen and living rooms, and then private bedrooms and bathrooms for their stay.
 
You can volunteer by helping with meals, babysitting, receptionist work, cleaning the rooms or you can donate on their website. http://www.fisherhouse.org/.  They can also take donations of cooked meals, juice boxes, toys for the kids, almost anything you might imagine. They have received one of the top ratings by charity navigator.
 
Raffle Drawing:  David Cotant………no ace, so a $5 winner.
 
 
And finally...
 
Lexophile" is a word used to describe those that have a love for words, twisting around phrases such as "you can tune a piano, but you can't tuna fish", or "to write with a broken pencil is pointless."  A competition to see who can come up with the best lexophiles is held every year in an undisclosed location.  This year's winning submission is posted at the very end.  Here are some of the noteworthy entries:
 
... When fish are in schools, they sometimes take debate.  

... A thief who stole a calendar got twelve months.  

... When the smog lifts in Los Angeles, U.C.L.A.  

... The batteries were given out free of charge.  

... A dentist and a manicurist married. They fought tooth and nail. 
 
... A will is a dead giveaway.  

... With her marriage, she got a new name and a dress.  

... A boiled egg is hard to beat.  

... When you've seen one shopping center, you've seen a mall.  

... Police were summoned to a daycare center at naptime, where a three-year-old was resisting a rest.  

... Did you hear about the fellow whose entire left side was cut off?  He's all right now.  

... A bicycle can't stand alone; it's just two tired.  

... When a clock is hungry, it goes back four seconds.  

... The guy who fell onto an upholstery machine is now fully recovered.  
 
... An optometrist accidentally backed into a lens-grinding machine, and made a spectacle of himself.

... He had a photographic memory, which was never developed.  
 
... When she saw her first strands of gray hair, she thought she'd dye.  

... Acupuncture is a jab well done. That's the point of it.   
 
And the cream of the twisted crop:
... Those who get too big for their pants will be totally exposed in the end.