Enumclaw Rotary Club Bulletin
I remember Doc Zech furiously taking notes on placemats (when we used to meet in restaurants) for the bulletin. I’ve tried to copy his good example by bringing a tablet (non-electronic) and pen to take notes. And I have taken notes. It’s just that I can’t read most of what I’ve written. Having to rely on my memory – well, sometimes not the most reliable way to report. So I’ll muddle along and perhaps what I write will spark your memory.
It’s always great to have members bring their spouses to meetings and on July 26th Holly Dickson and Joe King joined us. This summer we have had children and grandchildren of members visit our meetings and I think we should encourage family involvement at meetings. This meeting also included Nancy Merrill’s classification talk. Nancy told us about how her dedication to service evolved from a family tragedy. Nancy will be an asset to our club. We’ve welcomed some extraordinary members this past year.
The Rotary Street Fair was a success! At our August 3rd meeting Juanita reported a profit of $19,820.23. We have one outstanding bill and one sponsorship yet to arrive and the good news is the sponsorship is much higher than the bill. Jill Carlson did a fine job coordinating the Fair. She and her husband, Ted, came to the meeting and Juanita presented Jill with a check for all her hard work. It always helps to have good weather on Fair days but the key to success is all the pre-planning, coordination and the ability to shift gears when the unexpected happens. Jill keeps getting better at this job. An aside: I was asked twice where to buy ducks when working at the Rotary booth. I’m so glad those ducks are swimming elsewhere.
Randy King of the National Park Service told us all kinds of interesting facts about Mt. Rainier Park. There are quite a few up-grades taking place this summer. I didn’t know it was the first national park to allow cars and the first to charge for entrance. We were all warned of long lines to get into the park this summer. We live in the most beautiful place I’ve ever seen and we are so lucky to have Mt Rainier Park in our backyard. I’m probably not the only person who looks at the mountain every day and marvels at it’s magnificence.
September 5 Giving out pencils on the first day of school
October 14 Volunteering at Rotary First Harvest
The marble game’s jackpot is getting pretty high. Buy tickets, support the club.
Enumclaw’s Rotary Theme: Lose Yourself in Service
July 13, 2017. President Kirk Parce actually showed up today to lead our meeting. He had some lame excuse involving a vacation at a national park. So I checked up on him with fb and it does seem he and Wendy were in Glacier National Park. Kirk, let’s stick around Enumclaw and lead the club. You can have fun when your term is over.
President Kirk previewed his yearly plan to those of us who attended the joint Board Meeting and reiterated it last Thursday. Kirk is carrying on the President Mike’s regime by establishing goals for adding new members and he also seems to have further plans for us. He has broken down the year into 4 parts. We are now in the first quarter: Dreaming of Possibilities. This quarter includes the Street Fair, the Senior Center Picnic, handing out pencils the first day of school, DG Alex Hopkins club visit and a social at Scott
Grey’s place. Oh, and our regular meetings and guest speakers. And we are supposed to have fun. I, myself, live for fun so this year will be great for me.
The Street Fair is next weekend, July 28 and 29. 62 vendors signed up as of our last meeting and Jill has such abundant energy she will either push or pull enough of us to make this Fair a success. There can be no sitting on the fence with this project. I hope you are signed up to work at least one day. I saw Guido skulking around town looking for slackers.
We have 47 members
43 are “actual” members
Our goal is 55 members
It’s the weekend of Rotary Fair
The whole town soon will be there
We’ll buy ice cream and rivets
Popcorn and trivets
And a fuzzy, velveteen bear.*
*It is difficult to write a limerick suitable for everyone.
June 8, 2017
Many years ago the esteemed Dr. Zech wrote a club newsletter he called The Worker. It was a conglomeration of club news, Dr. Zech’s opinions, really strange spelling, and arcane dating methods. You could never breeze through The Worker; there were several twists and turns before you could digest this twice monthly bulletin. Dr. Zech told me he sometimes got in trouble with club members who were angry with what he wrote. Opinions, you know. So when I was asked to write a club newsletter I had to think about it because the writer’s personal bias will always show through and I want people to like me!
Last evening there was a joint meeting of the old Board and the new Board. Mike Nelson has done a fine job this year – a joyful job! Mike mostly kept us on-task (which is sometimes difficult), veering only slightly when we didn’t have Book Club day. (I read Pencils and thought it had many valuable lessons. But when the first meeting of the month rolled around I needed a lot of prompting to remember what was in those chapters.) We had good speakers – even the District people were interesting. We’ve given money to worthy projects and helped students with college expenses. And we are ending the year with money in the bank.
That said you can expect to hear from me every other week reporting on club doings. Kind of like minutes but maybe a little more interesting. We’ll see . . .