Enumclaw Rotary Bulletin

November 2, 2017:  Business Meeting:  We had a surprise guest today – Bob Baer.  Some of our newer members may not know Bob.  He was a wonderful, active member of our group and the head of our local library before retiring.  We also were told of past and future local goings-on:  Trick or Treat downtown, Boos and Brews at the Expo Center and the up-coming SoHap meeting with speaker Rotarian George Coulbourn.
Nancy reported our Polio Plus goal of $2,500 to $5,000 was met by club and community member’s contributions of $3,345.  When matched this turns into $13,380 that will go toward stamping out polio world wide.  Remember, “we are this close” to making polio a thing of the past.  We have 2 more years to work on this project.  Good work, Nancy!
Kim Balwin gave her Classification Talk today.  Kim’s official title is Operations Director of our local branch of Green River College.  Kim is from a military family and will be married this July to a Navy pilot.  Kim has been an active member since joining our group and she is part of our Scholarship committee.
Our club has again contributed to free admission for every elementary student in Enumclaw to see the play Pinocchio at EHS auditorium December 1 and 2.
Brian Bullard is our Sgt at Arms for the month and is doing a “fine” job.   (I couldn’t help myself.)

November 9, 2017:  Our program was from Nexxus (formerly Enumclaw Youth Center).  Our guests were Gary Hemminger, Christine Atkins and Michael Jackson.  The number of projects this organization has going is truely incredible.  They have taken over many projects started by the community:  backpacks, transitional housing, counselling, summer day trips, Thanksgiving meal for youth, Christmas Giving Tree, and their outdoor recreation program are but a few.  Christine works at finding housing for couch-surfing families.  It was mind-boggling to hear her describe how she goes about securing places for people to live in our very tight market housing market. This group “wants people who have needs to flourish.  (They) guide, help, push people to do better”.  Nexxus, in Auburn, is the parent organization of our Enumclaw Nexxus.   Nexxus means “connections” in Greek and their group is dedicated to forging connections between people and organizations.  If you are a contributor to United Way you can designate your donations to Enumclaw Nexxus.

November 15, 2017:  Several of our club headed to the Enumclaw Senior Center to set up, serve and clean up after our annual Rotary/Senior Center Thanksgiving.  If you have never joined in this project please sign up for the Christmas dinner at the Senior Center.  It’s a lot of fun.  We served over 140 seniors.

November 16. 2017:  Our program was Student(s) of the Month and our guests werefrom Enumclaw High School.  Phil Engerbrittsen brought our honored student, Alexandra Puzon, to the meeting.  Alexandra brought her parents and grandparents to the meeting.  I was happy to sit at their table and learned more than usual about this family.  They truely work together.  Our nefarious quiz was about the first Thanksgiving.  Usually I pull out $5 as I know I will not answer any of the convoluted facts correctly in these quizzes.  Not so at this meeting.  Alexandra’s family, Phil and I answered all the questions correctly.  A great example of working as a group with a common cause.  Alexandra told us of her goal to become a medical doctor specializing in treatment of allergies.  In the meanwhile she enjoys wrestling, pinning other girls in her 100# weight class to the mat.   Somehow, I think she will survive medical school and become a surperb doctor.


Enumclaw Rotary Bulletin

9/28/17:  This was Students of the Month Day.  Our special guests were Owen Borst from Enumclaw High School and Lauryn Ryan from White River High School.  These young people are our future and our future is in good hands.  I wonder how many Rotarians have been Students of the Month?  I had been in Rotary for several years when I remembered that I had been a SoM.  I can’t remember if it was Rotary or another group that gave me lunch that day.  I do remember I was definately not as articulate or as mature as the students we honor.

10/5/17:  Steve Cadematori brought his lovely wife, Vivian, to our first meeting of the month.  It is not an easy thing to stand up in front of people you don’t know well and talk about yourself.  I know someone who quit Rotary because he knew the dreaded Classification Talk was coming up.  But, Steve did a great job letting us get to know him.  Steve and Vivian ran Alta Crystle Resort for several years before selling it this year and moving into town.  New members are essential to the success of our club and we have gotten some great people this year. Welcome Steve.  Brian won the Marble Game and took home $164.

10/12/17:  Trip and Nancy told the story of Honor My Wishes, an organization whose purpose is to help people look at end-of-life issues.  This group has compiled several helpful, insightful ways to assist in organize thoughts about our own death, what we want at that time, and how to tell our loved ones.  There are legal issues and paperwork included as well as ways to pass along important stories you may want to pass down to your family.  There is a 3 ring binder available and all documents are available on line.

Nancy also talked about our committment to World Polio Day on October 24th.  This is the first year of a 3 year push to bring polio to an end around the world.  It’s difficult to remember that polio is still active in several countries.  My mother was a polio survivor.  She didn’t walk until she was 6 years old.  She carried the legacy of the disease in her body and suffered from it throughout her life.  Yet, she did not let it stop her from any activity.  I can remember days when she could hardly walk after a night out dancing.  (She loved to dance.)

10/14/17:  Several Rotarians met in Kent at the NW Harvest warehouse to package red pears and frozen corn for Rotary First Harvest.  I met several college students as I plucked pears from a bin into cardboard boxes.  Those kids could work circles around me.

10/19/17: STEM program lunch.  Unfortunately I was not able to attend.
10/26/17:  Our program was about the Food Ladies of Black Diamond and Ginger Passerelli was our special guest.  The Food Ladies provide a service most people (and I am one of them) don’t ever think about – who feeds First Responders.  Ginger is modest about her role but her group’s quiet impact in times of disaster is powerful.  These volunteers do more than cook meals, they provide the simple normal act of sitting down to eat a meal to people who are helpers in the midst heartbreaking tragedy.  There is a utube video of Ginger and Mike Rowe that made me laugh and cry.  My special guest at this meeting was my daughter, Cecily, who was visiting from Florida.

Some special announcements:

For those of you who may have missed this in our local paper, SoHapp is presenting Habits for Happiness/The Power of Gratitude on Saturday, November 4, at 10:30 am, at the Enumclaw Library.  The Special Guest Speaker will be our own George Coulbourn.

President Kirk asked if I would pass along an important message from Rotary International.  RI President Ian Riseley is convening 6 peace building conferences around the world.  The first meeting will be held in Vancouver BC in February 2018.  The topics will be the impact of environmental issues on health, fresh air, clean water, vegetation and food production.  This will include discussion on how improved environmental conditions are a fundamental part of building peace among communities.  The conference will bring together community leaders, youth and representatives from public, private and government sectors.  The focus of the conference is how Rotary clubs can involve their local communities in sustainable projects and peace building.  Please go to www.EnvironmentalPeace.com for more information.


Enumclaw Rotary Bulletin

First, a shout out to the ability of August and September Ss’@Arms, Nancy and Amy,  to extract fines while entertaining, enlightening, and educating us.  It’s fun to see what people do with this monthly post.  New members add their own twist to all club functions.  We all need to be shaken up a bit from time to time.

Speaking of new members, Mike Adams gave his Classification Talk at the August 10th meeting.  Mike works for MOE and he’s had some interesting and harrowing experiences as a pilot with the Civil Air Patrol.  The dichotomy of those two jobs made me think his life could be made into a old black and white TV series.  Picture this, on your small TV screen a crowd to people look up while someone says “Look, up in the sky.”  “It’s a bird.”  “It’s a plane.”  The screen flashes on a CAP plane while the announcer says “Yes, it’s a plane.  It’s Mike from the Civil Air Patrol.”  The picture on the screen changes to Mike in his CAP  jumpsuit with his fists on his hips. The American flag is superimposed while the announcer says “And who, disguised as a mild-mannered Director of Property Claims for Mutual of Enumclaw fights a never ending battle for truth, justice and the American way.”  My apologies to all Superman fans and to Mike.

Bill Felt, from the Federal Way Club, was our speaker August 17th.  The subject was International Projects.  Unfortunately I missed this meeting.

August 24 our speaker was Ken Maaz from Ashley House.  I remember when Ashley House was begun by Michael Strub.  Michael, a social worker, wanted to bring medical fragile children out of a clinical setting and into a more home-like atmosphere.  He found a house that was not quite finished in Enumclaw, big enough to house his family and enough children to make it economically feasible and Ashley House was begun.  I asked Michael where his revenue came from as the majority of families can’t afford 24/7 nursing care for their children.  He said it came from the same place hospitals get paid – health insurance, private and public.  Ashley House can care for their residents for much less than a hospital and provide a home-like atmosphere.  Thelma Struck was the next Director and she expanded the number of homes, all called Ashley House, in the area.  Times and regs have changed since Ashley House began but it remains a wonderful alternative for children who have abreviated lives.

Our illustrious leader donned an apron and BBQ’d hamburgers for us on August  31st.  We all pitched in and brought food to share.  There are some very good cooks amongst us.  Alice Peoples brought Jeannie, our speaker, and friends to share our bounty.  Our speaker was Bob Lawrence, retired Air Force, whose program was how people live and work in Antartica.  It’s amazing to me how or why people want to live in such a desolate place.  The penguins are cute.  (I was recently in Alaska and the museum in Juneau has artifacts from the ancient people who survived in that forbidding climate.  I couldn’t help wondering if they would not have high-tailed it south if they had known about the warm waters of California.)

September 5 was the first day of school and Rotarians were at each elementary school passing out pencils.

September 7th was the visitation from our dear District Governor, Alex Hopkins.  Bill brought his wife, Julie, with him.  Bill is a great speaker – lots of enthusiasm and urgency.  District 5030 has bragging rights in several areas.  The Seattle International Club was the first club to admit women, Rotary First Harvest is the longest continuing Rotary project, our District is in the top 20 for Foundation support at $250 per Rotarian per year.  There are 2,700 Rotarians in District 5030.  By the way, Alex also answers to the title “Grand Poobah”.


September 30:  Support POM.  Please consider coming to the annual dinner/auction for Plateau Outreach Ministries.  This is POM’s biggest fund raiser and it’s always a great way to have fun while supporting an organization that does so much to keep folks in our community fed and sheltered.  You can reserve your seats in advance by going to the POM website.  You can also be a table captain and invite 7 of your friends to join you.  There are always surprises at this event.  You won’t regret attending!  Unless, of course, you are out shooting a blunderbuss, George.

October 14th:  Rotary First Harvest


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.

Upcoming events:

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.

Respectfully submitted,

Laura Curnan

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.


Membership Update:

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.*


Respectfully submitted,


Laura Curnan


*It is difficult to write a limerick suitable for everyone.

Club Communique

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 . . .


Respectfully submitted,

Laura Curnan