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Longview Early Edition Rotary

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We meet Tuesdays at 7:00 AM
Student Center Ground Floor Conference Room
Lower Columbia College
1600 Maple St.
Longview, WA  98632
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Longview City Council Member Mary-Alice Wallis was the presenter giving her observations on serving on the Council as the newest member.
Club President Barb Sudar opened the meeting inviting Scott Fischer to lead the flag salute.  Tom Gunn gave the invocation incorporating the fact that one of the Club’s founding members, Don Rodman, had announced his retirement from business and talking about the vision and contributions from those founding members that include current members Dave Grocott and Ned Piper. 
Donna Hammond chose this time to make her entrance telling those assembled that it was “dark out”, “cold out” and that we needed to “get over it”.  Apparently, Donna is not a morning person!
Tori Skinner introduced Candice Whitmore from the Cowlitz Tribe who is the scheduled speaker.
Wendy Keegan thanked Barb Sudar and the Club for our involvement with the LifeWorks all-inclusive Halloween event which was a great success.
Scott Fischer started the fines part of the meeting by celebrating WSU’s football win.  As Scott is such a devoted Beaver fan, he had to explain that his second favorite team is whoever is playing against the Oregon Ducks.  Following on with WSU stories, Bill Marcum recounted that he had spent some of last week in Pullman for a Statewide Chamber meeting and that it was already a zoo by Tuesday in preparation for the ESPN “Game Day” match.  He also advertised the next Chamber Business After Hours on November 13.   Jo Brewer had appeared on the front page of the TDN talking about her support for the Emergency Support Shelter and the importance of addressing domestic violence.  Diane Craft’s granddaughter had appeared in the Columbia Heights School paper promoting their literacy program with a Pete the Cat pumpkin and her grandson had gone on his first duck hunting trip.  Tom Gunn gave the Club a check in appreciation of his recent 37th Wedding Anniversary and the recent medical checkup that showed his leukemia still in remission.  Lloyd Smith is celebrating the continued success of the homeless girl that he and Helen adopted 8 years ago who after graduating from Mark Morris and the University of Washington is now starting work at Amazon on their Echo Team.  Felicia Hering will be absent next week as she is taking her mom, Lisa, to the airport for a trip to Texas.  Pat Devin recounted her weekend experience with a cider pressing event while Kay Green had stories about Scott Fischer and Foster Farm chickens, her son being interviewed on Channel 12 about impacts to Lakeside Industries from the gas line breakage and, of course, the Coug football win.  Greg Lunde had been absent for a few weeks spending time with grandchildren as had Bill Fashing who had been a very energetic “not so secret” greeter.  Tom Renaud remarked on the surprising TDN sports coverage that had his QB grandson both throwing and catching three touchdown passes!  Tori Skinner recounted a busy week that included the District Governor’s visit Social with a lot of club member attendance and her participation as a model at the United Way  “Power of the Purse” event that generated a lot of “Rotary Love” over the ongoing success of the Dolly Parton Imagination Library project.  Barbara Sudar followed up on Wendy’s mention of the Life Works Halloween event and an experience with Laundry of Love in which she volunteered to assist a portion of our community who don’t have ready access to laundry facilities due to their living circumstances.  Brian Brault also spoke of the WSU “Game Day” where Pullman saw an influx of an additional 75,000 people with 40,000 of them trying to shoehorn into a stadium with a capacity of 33,000.  It is also the start of the Gonzaga basketball season with the Zags starting with their highest ever pre-season ranking.
Kevin Rentner game the post-event Harvest Classic report.  This year’s revenues were $15,797 made up of both sponsorships and entry fees.  After expenses of $7,189 were spent, the net profit was $8,607, which is almost exactly the same as last year’s result.  396 runners finished with the number of females exceeding the number of males, approximately 50 people volunteered and the largest team in the Corporate Challenge came from Cowlitz County Government.  Kevin thanked club members for their involvement and contributions, Bill Marcum added appreciation to Tom Gunn and Bruce Fischer who made significant contribution in printing, and radio adverts.  Another fabulous achievement by Kevin and his team that was also acknowledged in a card from the District Governor. 
Tori Skinner then re-introduced Candice Whitmore explaining that, like her own employer Goodwill Industries, she is continually surprised by the scope of activities and services that the Cowlitz Tribe provides.
Candice has been in her position for three years and her topic was to explain the Cowlitz Tribal Treatment program that provides services not just to tribal members but to anyone in the community.  Candice advise that non-tribal members currently form that majority of the client base.  She explained the importance of a “warm handoff” to get people enrolled in the program which starts with orientation with input support staff, followed up with a an assessment to determine if residential or outpatient services are more appropriate.  For the outpatient services provided locally by 12 state-certified counsellors and 3 clinical supervisors group sessions are held both in the mornings and evenings using a tribal version of treatment called  the “Red Road to Sobriety” that incorporates aspects of both the AA and the NA twelve step programs.   Current enrollment is 162 clients in Longview and 50 clients at the Vancouver center based in Hazel Dell.
Candice answered a variety of questions from club members advising that they graduate 3 – 4 people each week from the program and have two post-treatment program – a “wellbriety” group and an alumni group that includes graduates from any recovery program.  Candice finished her comments by discussing the “Healing of the Canoe” program that the tribe provides to build life skills for youth.  Candice’s own 9 year old son has participated in the program where the canoe is a metaphor for getting through life and includes going on to the water in a canoe and learning to pull as a team as well as learning about natural herb remedies as the participants learn skills for growing up and making good life choices.  Tom Gunn concluded by mentioning that the Club was very appreciative of Vashti Langford's recruitment of fifteen people from the tribe who assisted the Club with our Go4th food concession before Barb Sudar thanked Candice for her work and presentation that would be acknowledged with a donation of a book in her name to the Longview Library.
With Phil Jurmu absent from the meeting, Pat Devin was able to win the raffle!
Three of the recipients of Scholarships awarded by the Club.  Left to right - Miles Gilchrist, Grace Parcel and Gabby Bennett.
Club President Barbara Sudar chaired the meeting and Tom Gunn gave the invocation.  Bill Marcum introduced his guests: Kelso Police Chief and Kelso Rotary President Andy Hamilton and former Kelso Rotarian and currently a Redmond OR Rotarian Butch Henry.
Skip Urling was welcomed back from his Alaskan Fishing Lodge cook assignment duties apparently happy to not be cooking 30 -40 breakfasts and lunches every day.  (thought – how about cooking 30 – 40 breakfasts every week Skip!)  Jill Diehl prepaid for her next week’s absence when she will be with her five children and 15 grandchildren for a vacation in Coeur d’Alene.  Ned Piper was in campaing mode inviting everyone to a “meet and greet” at the Columbia River Reader office that evening which surprised Phil Jurmu as he assumed everyone in town already knew Ned.  Kevin finished second in the annual “Kilted Mile” race and Ron Orringer had overachieved by making a brief appearance prior to leaving a fine for leaving early.  Greg Luhn had been vacationing with his four year old grandson in a motor home but Phil Jurmu topped that with a vacation with 49 – 15 year olds.  Vacation????  Bill Fashing was in Missouri in 95 degree heat for the marriage of his eldest daughter where he apparently was identified by an eight year old as the “greatest thing” which while it surprised Bill didn’t surprise us as we also think of him as the “greatest thing”!  Peter Bennett missed last week while recuperating with his wife and in-laws following the 200 mile STP bike ride and thanked Tori Skinner for a great meeting report.
President Barb raised the issue of the Club’s opinion of declaring volunteer hours.  There was no clear consensus although it was stated that knowing and using the extent of volunteering was a valuable promotion of Rotary.  Peter Bennett has earned a Paul Harris + 1 pin.  Tori Skinner advised that the next Social is planned for August 14 at Gary and Pam Devin’s house and will be a “Sock-Hop” with a focus on collecting socks for those in need in the Longview School system.  More to come.  Kevin Rentner has posters and fliers for the Harvest Classic and was also selling Rotary Pins for the 2018/19 year sharing the proceeds with the Club.  Tom Gunn had circulated a sign- up sheet for Tenant Way Road Cleanup and then praised visiting Butch Henry for his management of contractors during the construction of the Catlyn Rotary Spray Park which led to a discussion about the recent picture in the TDN of the spray park that prominently showed the Rotary connection and then the fact that Longview committed to providing water to the Spray Park if the need arose.
Barb then introduced Bill Fashing who used a PowerPoint presentation to discuss the issue of affordable, and maybe unaffordable, housing in Cowlitz County.  There was a lot of food for thought in the various charts and graphs but unfortunately insufficient time to discuss the implications.  Bill’s final slide did indicate that in his opinion the real solution is economic development accompanied with family wage jobs so ……..
Club President Peter Bennett chaired the meeting and after the pledge of allegiance read an invocation provided by Kevin Rentner who is attending the International Rotary Convention.
This is the official grace of the Rotary Club of Makindye (ma kin dee), Kampala, Uganda who were the Club’s international partner for a literacy project in 2011 and have partnered with both the noon club and the Kelso club on water projects.
For friends and fellowship,
We thank Thee, Oh, Lord
May we always be mindful
Of the needs of others.
Jo Brewer introduced prospective member Lori Bashor and Jill Diehl introduced Kristin and Chris McGlothen.
Donna Hammond has been missed for several weeks due to her husband’s three surgeries, a trip to California, a visiting granddaughter and a trip to Wenatchee and paid an appropriate fine before embarrassing herself in front of Fire Chief Jurmu with her lack of knowledge of appropriate regulations for backyard burning.    Gary Devin reported on his trip to Joshua Tree, Ron Orringer had missed a meeting but Dennis Mahr was able to brag about attending two consecutive meetings.  Diane Craft reported on the Chamber Golf Tournament and Jill Diehl was back from a marathon road trip to Banff to watch her daughter compete in a half-marathon.  Bill Marcum also talked about the Chamber Golf giving kudos to Tom Gunn’s ability to get team photos printed and returned and thanked sponsors who are club members.  Greg Luhn had received a business award at another Rotary Club’s event and Peter Bennett reported on his Father’s Day which included a detour to Yakima for award winning tamales.
Kristin McGlothen advised the Club that she is a recent arrival to the area having been a violin teacher in Alaska where she got involved in an Environmental Contest that had High School studentsidentify a topic and then address a remediationapproach.  She had been involved in raising $12,000 over the last five years and is now looking at doing something similar in our area.  Jill Diehl offered to work with her both in her professional capacity as a School District employee but also on behalf of our Club.
Peter Bennett explained that the Board had voted to introduce a new Honorary Membership category for retired members.  Club members who are retired can apply to the Board to be moved to an Honorary status that would eliminate their dues requirement although it was hoped that they would make a voluntary contribution of $100 in lieu.  Tom Gunn passed around the signup sheets for Go4th and the Highway Cleanup program.
Diane Craft then introduced  Lisa Hedgpeth from Longview Library whose topic was the history of local monuments.
Lisa stated her talk by talking about monuments in general, why they are important as touchstones to the past and as symbols of the community.  She concentrated her remarks on three specific monuments (1) The Sundial in R.A. Long Park that unfortunately has been recently stolen.  First conceived in 1928 and finally installed in 1939 by the local chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution it commemorates the Monticello Convention.
(2) The bust of R.A. Long that sits in front of the library.  This statue was originally envisaged as a full body statue but fund raising was insufficient and Lisa gave a fascinating story about the various efforts to get funding until finally the design and cost were reduced and the necessary $2,500 spent to get the current bronze statue made and installed.
(3) The Nutty Narrows Bridge.  Conceived and financed by Amos Peters it was constructed in 1963 and its fame quickly spread with stories locally, regionally, nationally and even internationally.  The bridge was taken down refurbished and rededicated in 1983 with Mickey Mouse brining his close friends Chip and Dale to join the celebration.  In 2014 it was added to National Register and is now just one of many such structures in town.
During Q & A we learned about a connection between the Plymouth Rock and R.A. Long park and the fact that the deck of the Nutty Narrows Bridge is made from fire hose.
This year the Longview Early Edition Rotary Club will award scholarships to four local area students for the 2018-19 school year.  Awards are limited to one year and will be paid directly in one payment to the college or university following the first semester grading period.
  • Two Scholarships will be awarded to graduating seniors from R. A. Long High School, Mark Morris High School or Discovery High School, for use at the college of their choice.  To be eligible, applicants must have attended one of these high schools for at least one year.
  • One scholarship (Rotary Past President Emery B. Piper Memorial Award) will be awarded to a Castle Rock, Kalama, Toutle High School or Three Rivers Christian School graduating senior for use at the college of their choice.
  • One Scholarship (the Carl Devin Memorial award) will be awarded to a local area student who will attend Lower Columbia College.
Applicants will be judged on academic record (40%), extracurricular activities (15%), community service (15%), financial need (20%), and quality, content, and completeness of scholarship application (10%).
You must attach two letters of recommendation that include how long the writer has known the applicant, their relationship to the applicant, and why they are recommending the applicant.  Transcripts of your high school or LCC grades must also be attached.
Final selection of applicants who are scholarship winners will be made by the Longview Early Edition Rotary Scholarship Committee.  Alternates will be selected in the event a scholarship winner does not utilize his or her scholarship.  In the event there is no qualified applicant for a scholarship in one of the categories, the committee may make an additional award to an applicant in one of the other categories.
An electronic application form is available online at the following link: documents/en-ca/7dc66be9-0d60-4e3d-b6d7-7de146733e77/1
To be eligible for consideration, all applications must be completed and emailed no later than 5:00 pm Monday, April 16, 2018, to
(with high school transcripts and two letters of recommendation attached).
Early Edition Rotary Club is now accepting applications for our scholarship program.  Download the application form from this link
Tom Renaud, after an unsuccessful false start, led the pledge of allegiance and fortunately Shawn Green had engaged Gregg Luhn to ably fill in for him doing the invocation.  Scott Fischer did an admirable job in introducing visiting Rotarian and a fellow State Farm Insurance Agent Jessica Wade, her husband Todd and Pastor Mark Schmutz from the Northlake Church and the Longview Noon Club. Kevin Rentner introduced his wife and Kelso Rotarian Anne Mette Smeenk suggesting that we try and make our normal attempts at poaching a Rotarian from another Club more discreet than usual as we had multiple Rotarians in the room.
Tom Renaud paid (perhaps a guilt) fine for a story involving a package that his wife had him pick up from his daughter that he feared would occupy valuable garage space, Kevin Rentner was celebrating the return of his son from studying in London and his wife’s European travels.   Bill Marcum has a full household with 5 dogs, 2 cats, 9 people and was very appreciative of Lloyd Smith who had come by to take some pictures (not sure if the signed 8 x 10s are available from Bill or Lloyd).  Barb Sudar is still celebrating last week’s birthday bell ringing and Jessica Wade recounted that her Christmas involved a shopping list for 42 people and three events with two down and one to go.  As her son proposed marriage during one of the events we assume her shopping list has grown to 43 for next year!  Jennifer Leach’s son delivered some of the trophies of a successful duck hunt to her back porch which we hope weren’t planned for the Christmas Dinner unless she includes a local raccoon in her holiday festivities.  Apparently a trap is now set so perhaps a missed meal of duck could be offset with a raccoon roast?  Jill Diehl is still on convalescent duty for her husband Tom and his new knees, Peter Bennett had celebrated Christmas in Tacoma with his wife, daughters and new son-in-law and Kay had marked Christmas with a boat trip in Portland.
Bill Marcum started a string of bell ringing stories by thanking Scott Fischer for taking his place due to his out-of-town visitors although promptly failed the four-way test with a comment that perhaps he should have kept his bell ringing appointment and had Scott take care of his visitors!  Dave Grocott had obviously enjoyed his bell ringing although after several failed attempts to get someone to empty the kettle he called Kay Green and “viola” mission accomplished.  Tom Renaud had a similar story about an overfull kettle and Gregg Luhn explained that paying on the way into the store doesn’t work if you time your visit between different shifts (Greg obviously had a very low threshold for guilt volunteering already demonstrated by the missing Shawn Green).  Peter Bennett and Kay Green were treated to a delivery of hot chocolate by Adi from the Salvation Army and coffee by Kevin Rentner although Kay is still complaining about Peter’s over liberal distribution of candy canes.  We are thinking of trying to schedule three days of ringing next year as this continues to be a favorite Club activity.
The Nominating Committee has met and submitted a recommendation for Club and Foundation Board positions 2018/19.  Wendy Keegan proposed and Kay Green seconded a motion to accept the recommendation as written which passed unanimously.  Barb Sudar gave a Literacy Committee Report mentioning that we are reading on Tuesdayafternoons at the Highlands Neighborhood Association from 3:30 to 4:30 pm.  Our audience is small but we are working on growing it!
Peter Bennett then had Jessica Wade reintroduce herself and address the Club on the subject of the Kelso Club’s involvement with an International Project in Uganda.  Jessica explained that as part of the effort to “Give Back” she has got involved in this project in the North West Region of Uganda and has now visited Uganda twice as part of a group from her church.  There is a “lot of need” specifically with respect to diabetes and malnutrition in children and the situation has deteriorated dramatically due to the influx of refugees from South Sudan and the Republic of Congo.  Between Jessica’s two visits the local population of about 500,000 has been increased by 1.3 million refugees.  One of the tragedies of the situation is that natural and learned skills about crops, farming and nutrition have been lost when the resident population of Uganda were themselves refugees and relocated into camps, lost their ability to farm and instead fed a diet of aid food such as rice.  The International Projects being promoted are two areas to address this shortfall.  The project being led by the Kelso Club is a demonstration Garden where the population are reintroduced and trained in growing local nutritional crops and the second project that they are looking for another Club to sponsor is for an associated but separate training and education program.  By having two related but separate programs it is possible to leverage matching grants and take $30,000 in Kelso/Longview donations and convert that into $104,000.
Mark then talked about his involvement with the project which dates back 15 years when his church denomination was challenged to “stand with Africa” during the HIV/AIDS crisis. This “stand with” has evolved into “Touch Africa Now” (TAN) which is one of the project partners.  Mark also addressed some of the geo-economic influences mentioning that this specific refugee issue is the second largest after the situation in Syria. 
Kevin Rentner was then able to talk about our Club’s involvement with literacy and water projects and Jessica mentioned that the Kelso Club has been involved in five Uganda well projects and she was able to visit three of them during her visit.  Todd had accompanied Jessica on her last visit and explained that although he has travelled extensively and seen poverty up close nothing prepared him for what he saw.  He explained the attached handout and how the Rotary Club grant system works.  Jennifer Leach mentioned that the system being promoted is 100% the successful “Extension” concept used by WSU and other universities and colleges.
Peter Bennett thanked our visitors for such a comprehensive  presentation and promised that the Club Board would discuss this at a forthcoming meeting to determine if we could come aboard as a co-sponsor.  Dave Grocott won the raffle and contributed the winnings to a Club charity.
The meeting was called to order at 7:10 am
The pledge of allegiance was led by Terry Tack
Invocation was presented by Greg Luhn – asking us to all use our vision to create a new year ahead and to each discover our unique purpose.
There were neither guests or visiting Rotarians at today’s meeting
Bill shared excitement about his upcoming trip to Hawaii.  Phil was pleased and relieved to announce his daughter’s wedding in their home was a success.  Kevin reports how happy he was to have his kids home for the holidays.  Craig McN paid fines for having missed meetings due to family being home for the holidays.  Dennis was pleased to say his home was really noisy for the holidays, something he had missed.  He shared that he now has a Rotary connection in Liberia through connecting with family during the holiday.

Club Board Report – options for LEER member input sought
⦁    Finances – Bill shared the financial reports ytd 11/30/2017 for both the group and foundation – see attached
⦁    International Projects under review – it is reported that we are reviewing our options and opportunities for international projects.  There will be a meeting 1/19 at 11 am (Lifeworks tbd) for those interested in International projects and collaborative efforts with other clubs as shared last week by Jessica Wade – Kelso Rotary.  Pat asked Kevin to review and share some of the history of Uganda project w/ the group in the future.
⦁    Meeting Location – the next BOD meeting will be held at the Monticello to determine if that may be a suitable option for our entire group in the future.  
⦁    Funding Requests – criteria for applying and awarding – heading into 2018 the BOD recommends identifying more clear parameters when reviewing funding requests as well as better defining our mission/vision, objectives and intentions with our various programs. More information to come.  
⦁    Coffee Fundraiser – the fundraiser is presently at breakeven on product purchase and money collected, however we have several thousand dollars in inventory which needs to be sold in order to put us in the profit position we anticipated.  Bill will provide an update at next meeting on current intake and identify those who have not yet paid.  All made aware of the intention and focus needed to sell the last of remaining product.  BOD will then review and determine future of the Coffee Fundraising program.
Bell Ringing for The Salvation Army -  Kay reports we had over $1300 in collections during our shifts.  She is working to secure our spots for December next year.  
Literacy Committee Report – reading today 3:30 to 4:30 HNA.  Barb reports we have an opportunity for St. Helens after school involvement, but wanted to hear from the group on whether they too felt passionate about direct reading focus.  The group was pretty quiet without much input.  This will be taken to the Literacy Sub-committee meeting, next Tuesday for discussion and recommendation.  Book marks and fliers are available for anyone who would like to take some.
 Other Committee Reports/Updates – Kevin reports on Harvest Classic.  Meetings have already begun.  Kevin reports some changes in sponsorship acquisition members on his committee and that Lower Columbia School Gardens will not be a part of the program this year due to conflicts with their busy ‘harvest’ schedule.  Group was asked to think of replacement options that kids/families would enjoy
    The classification presentation was provided by Dave Grocott and was vitally interesting.  Dave spanned his life from 1929, being a depression baby to his time in Ryderwood, Chehalis, Mudd Bay, Tumwater and Longview.  He spoke of play and hard work and highlighted that things are always ‘changing’ so we must learn from and embrace change.  Dave was only able to make it to the ‘stump blowing’ to clear the land of the home he built … so he has promised another presentation to follow this cliff hanger.  A hearty round of applause was provided, he was inspiring.
    Greg Luhn was the winner of the raffle. 
 Next meeting  Dr. Dan Zorn – School Levy
Barb presented the softer side of bell ringing and notes it is way harder than we may realize, so give Peter grace for his clang.  – Meeting was adjourned
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Dec 18, 2018
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Dec 25, 2018
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Jan 01, 2019
Happy New Year
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Jan 08, 2019
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Club Business Meeting
Feb 05, 2019
Monthly Progam Chair - Scott Fischer : Invocations - Dave Grocott
Club Business Meeting
Mar 05, 2019
Monthly Progam Chair - Bruce Pollock : Invocations - Jill Diehl
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