Blackberries, scotch broom, and beavers, OH MY!
 
Meeting called to order at precisely 12:30 by President Joyce Loveday.  Alice Peeples provided the invocation.  Randy Black led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
Bryan Christensen introduced former Clover Park Rotarian Les Skelley
 
Special guests:  Tom McClellan introduced Kathryn Smith, the guest speaker and Ellie Carr introduced our youngest Rotarian, Gavin Carr.
 
Sunshine Report:  Marie Barth reported that the sun is shining.  Charlie Maxwell's wife Kathy came through colon cancer surgery well. Please keep Kathy in your thoughts and prayers.
 
Upcoming events and/or commitments for our club:
 
Helen McGovern Pilant reported on the Courage Classic.  Lakewood and Clover Park Rotaries will be co-sponsoring the rest stop on August 8.  Please sign up if you can participate.  If you have not put your name on the sign-up sheet at a meeting, contact Helen
President Joyce Loveday reminded us of the district conference will be held in Olympia June 24-25.
 
Installation Banquet:  Sheri Hodson reminded us of the annual installation banquet to be held on June 15 at Tacoma Country Club.  Cocktails begin at 6:00, dinner is at 7:00 and will be followed by the recognition of outgoing offices and installation of the new ones.  This is a 100% participation event for our club.
 
President Joyce posed the following questions to the club:
Rotary begin in 1905 in Chicago.  In 1916 the first club was organized in what non English speaking country?  The answer is Cuba.
 
 
Fun And Fines
In the absence of General Ed, Alan Billingsley led us through a game of Rotary Jeopardy.  Topics were International Projects, Show Me the Money, and Say What?  Tables rotated selecting topics for various dollar amounts.  A total of $30.00 was raised.
 
 
Today’s Program
Kathryn Smith teaches the Environmental Sciences and Technology Program at Clover Park Technical College.
The program was established in 1993 to provide new skills for displaced timber workers.  The Flett property was acquired specifically to support the program.
 
 
This is a 6-quarter Associate’s Degree program, involving a broad field of study, including soil sampling, tree identification, hazardous waste clean-up, and includes an internship component.
 
Graduates have found jobs with a variety of companies.   The program works in partnership with and receives grants from several organizations, including the Workforce Development and Job Training Program and the Chambers/Clover Watershed Area.
The Flett Dairy Property was purchased in 1993 for the Natural Resources program.  The property is 110 total acres, including 85 acres of wetland.  The property is used for instruction in mapping and surveying, plant identification, wetland delineation, water quality testing, and ecology laboratory exercises.
 
The property has over 700 Garry Oak trees that are indigenous to the western United States, and 105 different plant species including rare lilies and a variety of animals.
 
Some of the activities that have been completed are the planting of trees to fill in areas where weeds were removed, weed management and revegetation; improving the salmon habitat along Flett Creek and revegatate the area along Lakewood Drive.  One problem was that they planted cottonwoods all along Flett Creek, hoping to provide shade for spawning salmon.  But instead it provided food for a pair of beavers who moved in.
 
Current projects include cutting blackberries and scotch broom and removing trash, completing the trail along the wetland/slope border; planting trees and native shrubs, and incorporating restoration activities into the program curriculum.   There are also several long-term restoration plans.
 
 
Drawing:  Helen McGovern Pilant had the winning ticket and won $5.00 (no Ace).  So the pot has over $1200 already, and continues to grow. 
 
And Finally - - Proofreading is important: