A Club Assembly, to lay out goals and plans for this Rotary year.
 
President James Hairston called the meeting to order at 12:30pm. 
 
Invocation given by Tom McClellan, after chasing down a microphone [ed. note: it was a brief chase, and the microphone did not put up much of a struggle.]
 
Flag salute was led by Fred Willis.
 
President Jim led the members through the Rotary Four-Way Test
 
Tom Faubion introduced Visiting Rotarians: Gary Cline and Dave Harkness from Tacoma South, and Debbie Ranniger from Tacoma Passport Club.
 
Paul Webb introduced guests Chris Mejia and Gennette Simmons from America's Credit Union.  Alan Billingsley introduced Grandson's Gavin Carr and James Billingsley (Hazel's brother).
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
Sunshine Report: Karen George reminded members to keep the Maxwells in their prayers as Kathie deals with chemotherapy.  Also, thoughts and prayers for David Cotant's father-in-law.
 
Future programs from Tom McClellan
September 28 - Our own Bonnie Kern will address Retirement Assets
October 5 - Tracy Peacock will speak about the First Tee golf and socialization program for kids
October 12 - no Wednesday meeting.  Instead, we will have a combined meeting with Lakewood Rotary on Friday, October 14 at The Tacoma Country and Golf Club.  District Governor, Joanne Croghan, will be the speaker.
 
President Jim asked if there were any Flat Paul presentations.  He reminded the club that there were numerous Flat Pauls out circulating and encouraged members to share their stories/pictures.
 
Dave Harkness invited Clover Park Rotarians, including last year’s defending champions, Ellie and Chris Carr, to the 20th Annual Mini-Golf Tournament at Harkness Furniture on Friday, October 21. 
 
 
Doors open & cocktails at 5pm, dinner at 6-6:45pm.  Tee time 7pm.  $50 per golfer.  Sign up sheets were handed out.   Proceeds will go to the Schatz Branch of the Boys and Girls Club of South Puget Sound to replace a van that was a total loss in an accident. 
 
 
Gary Cline spoke to his 21 years of working with the Boys and Girls Club and how opportunities change lives.  Their kids see ads about colleges, but don't believe they have those choices.  Each year the Boys and Girls club take their kids on college campus visits (in their van), providing them an experience for possible opportunities.
 
Bryan Christensen reported on the upcoming theater benefit.  September 29 at the Lakewood Playhouse -- The Hound of the Baskervilles.  Cordial Hour at 6:15, Performance at 7pm.  He passed around a signup for setup and take down.  90 tickets have been sold, 62 are left.  Please ask your friends and neighbors to join us for a fun evening.
 
Fred Willis wished everyone a happy Autumnal Equinox -- days will be getting shorter! [ed. note: The days have already been getting shorter ever since the summer solstice, and they will continue doing that until the winter solstice, at which point they will start getting longer.]
 
FUN AND FINES WITH GENERAL ED
Jenny Goodin assisted General Ed with collecting money AND the microphone.
 
Anniversaries:
Sydna Koontz and Corky celebrated 50 years on September 10.  $50 to club and $50 to Paul Harris. 
 
Grant Blinn (though out of town) and Kathie celebrated 19 years.  He promised (another) Wachter: $50 for an old fine will be rolled up to $100.  Heidi pointed out to General Ed that was a "Double Wachter".
 
Birthdays:
Chris Carr reminded Ed he had had a birthday.  Ed noted that actually had commented on his birthday at the August 31 meeting, but Chris was hiding out in the kitchen.  $50!  Chris also had some bad news.  Last week Rotary's A-frame sign was left out on the sidewalk.  That evening Chris noticed it as he left.  He called it in, but his staff person forgot to bring it in.  So the next morning, Chris arrived and found it still there -- unheard of -- usually on Bridgeport anything left out will be taken.  General Ed went on a hunting spree to determine who the guilty person was that left the sign out.  He started with the Man in Charge, President James Hairston!  Jim indicated the buck stopped here and paid the $5 fine.
 
Karen Fengler Nichols announced they have a new baby in the family -- her daughter gave birth on September 17 to a baby boy -- 7 pounds, 20 inches.  Karen rounded off the numbers to $30.
 
Jim Hairston ratted on a Rotarian indicating that he observed a new Cadillac Escalade in the parking lot.  Marie Barth pleaded the fifth.  It was not a loaner but a replacement -- $50.
 
Jenny led the club in Happy Birthday to Paul Webb.
 
Early leavers included Judge Grant Blinn and General Ed.
 
CLUB ASSEMBLY
President Jim reviewed Objectives, Goals for this year.
 
Objective:  Make all events fun
 
Goals:
   Service to the Community
       -  Two major fund raising events
       -  Brought Rick King to speak on September 10
       -  Continue relations with Tyee Park Elementary School
   Encourage New Generations
       -  Add four new members (net)
   Service World Event
       -  Shelter Box
       -  Stove Project in Guatemala
   Engage in Camaraderie
       - Fireside
       - President's Citation
 
Officers’ Reports:
 
Secretary - Karen Fengler Nichols
     Currently club has 40 members, 7 exempt, and 4 honorary
     Make ups - July figures:  63.2%, with make ups, 75%. Important to get make ups in
     New member packets and badges
     Annual dues -- please get them in!
     Board meeting minutes -- can now be viewed online.  Home page > member page > administration > club
        documents > minutes
 
Service Projects - Ellie Carr
Tyee Park has a new Principal.  Ellie will be meeting with him this Friday.  Hopefully, we will continue holiday basket project, Spaghetti Feed, mentoring in reading.
EFN Repack -- to occur on a Wednesday, date TBA.
Christmas shopping with the fire department
 
Foundation - Joyce Taylor
Joyce tracks and manages Paul Harris contributions - if you have any questions about your current progress toward the next Paul Harris Fellow recognition level, please contact her.
District grants are a way for money at the Foundation to come back to local clubs for support direct action.
Paul Harris Fellows Recognized:
          Karen Fengler Nichols received her framed award
 
 
          Ellie Carr received her framed award and pin.
 
 
          Georgene Mellom recognized as a Major Donor (giving over $10,000)
 
 
Membership - Paul Webb
Paul passed out a draft of a new brochure and available classifications for prospective members.  He explained the process:
Name is brought to Paul > Paul takes name to board for approval > membership form is filled out > New member proposed to club at large. If no objections, person is contacted and asked to be a member.
Any suggestions for brochure, please contact Paul.
Selling point for membership:
         - Polio Plus and how institutions like Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation believe in the value of Rotary.
         - List of local groups that CP Rotary contributes to make a difference in our community.
 
Public Relations - Bob Lawrence
Bob is out of town, but reported that his committee had nothing new, but will continue to update Facebook and website.
 
Administration - Tom McClellan
Rotary International has made some changes in policy for membership. 
       - Focus away from owners/entrepreneurs to adults that demonstrate good character, integrity and
             leadership. 
       - Roteract members can now become Rotary members. 
       - Clubs can honor someone in the community who displays Rotary ideal with an Honorary membership. 
       - A change in dues from clubs to RI
Tom announced to the club a name that has been approved by the board for membership - Sally Martinez from City of Lakewood (events person).  If you have any concerns about inviting Sally to membership, contact Jim Hairston.
 
Programs - Tom is always looking for good programs.  If you know of a good speaker or topic, contact Tom.  Upcoming schedule is on website.
 
Fundraising - Teresa Nye
Rose Sale - this year was another successful event.  Thanks to those that participated.
Theater - coming up soon.  Need bottles of wine.  Drop them off at Brian's shop.
If anyone has ideas for new fundraisers, please contact Teresa.
 
Open Discussion
 
Board meets third Friday of each month at 7:30am at Carr's in the back room.  Everyone is welcome and can be used as a meeting makeup.
 
At a later date, Judy Maier will present this year's budget.
 
Raffle
Paul Webb had the winner number AND drew the remaining ace in the deck.  He won over $200.
 
 
Meeting adjourned at 1:26pm
 
And Finally, Some Signs of the Times:
Sign over a Gynecologist's Office: 
"Dr. Jones, at your cervix." 
 
In a Podiatrist's office:
"Time wounds all heels."
 
On a Septic Tank Truck:
Yesterday's Meals on Wheels
 
At an Optometrist's Office:
"If you don't see what you're looking for, you've come to the right place."
 
On a Plumber's truck:
"We repair what your husband fixed."
 
On another Plumber's truck:
"Don't sleep with a drip. Call your plumber."
 
At a Tire Shop in Milwaukee :
"Invite us to your next blowout." 
 
On an Electrician's truck:
"Let us remove your shorts."
 
In a Non-smoking Area:
"If we see smoke, we will assume you are on fire and take appropriate action."
 
On a Maternity Room door:
"Push. Push. Push."
 
At a Car Dealership:
"The best way to get back on your feet - miss a car payment."
 
Outside a Muffler Shop:
"No appointment necessary. We hear you coming."
 
In a Veterinarian's waiting room:
"Be back in 5 minutes. Sit! Stay!"
 
At the Electric Company
"We would be delighted if you send in your payment.  However, if you don't, you will be de-lighted."
 
In a Restaurant window:
"Don't stand there and be hungry; come on in and get fed up."
 
In the front yard of a Funeral Home:
"Drive carefully. We'll wait."
 
At a Propane Filling Station:
"Thank heaven for little grills."  
 
And don't forget the sign at a CHICAGO RADIATOR SHOP:
"Best place in town to take a leak."  
 
And the best one for last............
Sign on the back of another Septic Tank Truck:
"Caution - This Truck is full of Political Promises"