Weekly Newsletters

Newsletters from September of 2023
thru the Spring of 2024

 

MINUTES OF MEETING OF May 21, 2024

The Speaker for our next to the last meeting before our Summer Recess was Mary Ellen Houston, owner and operator of Ollala Wines. It is located in Ollala, just north of Gig Harbor. Most of the attendees had not heard of Ollala Wines even though it has been in business since 2008. It was originally known as Croatian Wines. In addition to making wines, it offers a venue for weddings, business meetings and reunions. Of particular interest to our group are the live music concerts of various musical genres which feature food service.

Her wine making process is different from typical wineries in that instead of aging the wine in wooden casks, she uses Amphora casks which are made of clay and once filled, are placed upside down in the ground. The porous clay is said to breathe and micro-oxygenate the wine to aid in the fermentation of the sugars to alcohol. You can learn all about Ollala Wines from its comprehensive web site: www.ollalawines.com

COMING EVENTS AND OTHER NEWS:

MEETING OF MAY 29, 2024: Our Speaker will be DAVID LOBBAN one of our new members and a professional photographer on “MY VISION.”

May 29 will be our last meeting before our summer recess. We will also have a brief ceremony to swear in the new slate of officers and directors for the coming year under the leadership of our new President John Shoemaker.

Officers 2024 – 2025 Board of Directors 2024 – 2025:
President John Shoemaker Larry Baer May 2023-25
Vice-President Art Knodel Joe Hillyer May 2023-25
Secretary Charles Foster Tom Morgan May 2024-26
Treasurer Chuck Hellar Mark Adams May 2024-26

Past President:   Mike Jones
Scribes:               Phil Sloan & Charles Foster
Audio/Visual:      David Cotant
Webmaster:        John McGowen

This is the second notice that Col. Stuart Schwartz has applied for membership.

Meetings will resume in September when our 2024 Fall Season begins.

Respectfully submitted, Phil Sloan, scribe, encourages all members to sign up
soon for our summer picnic.

SAVE THIS DATE FOR OUR SUMMER PICNIC: JULY 16 at the TC&GC.
There will be entertainment.

Here is the menu for the July 16th picnic:
• Grilled Chicken Breast, Grilled Angus Hamburgers
• Potato Salad, Pasta Salad, Fruit Salad, Coleslaw and Baked Beans
• followed by Sundae Bar.

Each guest will receive:
• two drink tickets for beer, wine or well drink (others are no-host).
• Cost is $25 each (with the remainder picked up by the Cascade Club).
• Get your checks with name of attendee (check is your receipt) to Treasurer Chuck Hellar at P.O. Box 39393, Lakewood 98496 no later than July 8 to reserve your spot.
• Or to Chuck Hellar 11218 Greystone Dr. S.W. Lakewood, WA 98499
Please include Guest(s) Name For name tags
• You can send it in along with your dues check but be sure to identify who the picnic attendees are. The picnic begins at 5:30pm downstairs in our regular meeting space or patio outside.
• If the weather is poor, we will meet in the room where our noon meetings are held.

REMINDER: If you can’t attend our meetings in person, JOIN US on our ZOOM live Broadcast. A link to the zoom meeting will be emailed to each member on the morning of the meeting.

 

MINUTES OF MEETING OF May 14, 2024

The largest crowd of the Spring term was treated to another terrific program by one of our own members. Colonel Rich Wall, (USA Ret) took us behind the curtain to speak about the secret war in South East Asia during the Vietnam Era which the Special Forces fought. A career soldier, Rich served two tours in Vietnam, 1964 to 1967 and 1969 to 1970. The impressive battle ribbons on his uniform include several honors and two purple hearts.

He described the intensive training he underwent before going to the war zones and a few of their exploits all the while keeping their missions secret. While their missions generally were successful, they suffered heavy losses. He learned that LBJ was personally receiving his reports.

Scribe’s note: what a contrast there is between the sacrifices and heroism of our Armed Forces who fought in S.E. Asia to defend democracy and the protesters now occupying many of our college campuses to denounce our democracy.

COMING EVENTS

We will have only two more meetings before our summer recess. Our Spring term is ending on a high note with several new members: Welcome to Bob Williams, Al Lobban and Al Graeve. This is also the first notice that Col. Roy Schwartz has applied for membership. Let’s keep it up!

MEETING OF MAY 21, 2024: MARY ELLEN HOUSTON of OLLALA WINES on “HOW I MAKE WINE.”

MEETING OF MAY 28, 2024: OUR FINAL MEETING OF THE SPRING:
DAVID LOBBAN, one of our new members and a professional photographer on “MY VISION.”

We will also have a brief ceremony to swear in the new slate of officers and directors for the coming year.

DUES ARE DUE! Our treasurer, Chuck Hellar, has mailed the Dues Notices for the coming year. Please make your payments promptly. Chuck will also continue to serve as our treasurer for the coming year. He will be collecting the fees for our coming Summer Picnic on July 16 at the TC&GC.

SAVE THIS DATE FOR OUR SUMMER PICNIC: JULY 16 at the TC&GC.
There will be entertainment.

Here is the menu for the July picnic:
• Grilled Chicken Breast, Grilled Angus Hamburgers,
• Potato Salad, Pasta Salad, Fruit Salad, Coleslaw and Baked Beans
• followed by Sundae Bar.

Each guest will receive:
• two drink tickets for beer, wine or well drink (others are no-host).
• Cost is $25 each (with the remainder picked up by the Cascade Club).
• Get your checks with name of attendee (check is your receipt) to Treasurer Chuck Hellar at P.O. Box 39393, Lakewood 98496 no later than July 8 to reserve your spot.
• You can send it in along with your dues check but be sure to identify who the picnic attendees are. The picnic begins at 5:30pm downstairs in our regular meeting space.
• If the weather is poor, we will meet in the room where our noon meetings are held.

Respectfully submitted, Phil Sloan, scribe. I am quoting our own Ev Cooper who said: “I am continually amazed by the fascinating life experiences of our members”.

REMINDER: If you can’t attend our meetings in person, JOIN US on our ZOOM live Broadcast. A link to the zoom meeting will be emailed to each member on the morning of the meeting.

 

MINUTES OF MEETING OF May 7, 2024

Thanks to our newly elected Vice President, Dr. Art Knodel, our program had a double benefit: Art arranged for our speaker, Dr. Allen Graeve, a retired Tacoma cardio-thoracic surgeon who not only gave us a fascinating and informative talk on the history of cardiology and the advances made in the treatment and prevention of cardiac disease, he has submitted an application for membership in our club!

His talk was illustrated with slides which show that despite great improvement in survival rates, the number one killer in our country is still heart disease. He passed around excellent models of the human heart which he used in explaining how the heart works. Inflammation and plaque are primary causes of heart disease.

One of the most significant studies of heart disease is the “Framingham Heart Study” which began with the adult residents of Framingham, Mass in 1948 and has been ongoing since then. Our Dick Muri is one of the participants! Ask him about it and the watch he wears every day. Framingham Heart Study

Scribe’s note: I underwent a 4–vessel bypass in 1996 and was told at that time that my anticipated longevity was 7 years. Thanks to the great care I have received here in Tacoma, with the alleged exception of my brain, the on-going treatment has been successful.

COMING EVENTS AND OTHER NEWS:

MEETING OF MAY 14, 2024: RICH WALL, a past president of Cascade Club and a decorated Vietnam War Veteran, will be speaking on “The Secret War in S.E. ASIA.”
There will be a meeting of the Cascade Club Board at 11:15.

MEETING OF MAY 21, 2024: MARY ELLEN HOUSTON of OLLALA WINES on “HOW I MAKE WINE.”

MEETING OF MAY 28, 2024: OUR FINAL MEETING OF THE SPRING: DAVID LOBBAN, PHOTOGRAPHER AND APPLICANT FOR MEMBERSHIP IN OUR CLUB on “MY VISION.”

We have an application for membership from David Lobban. This is
the second publication.

SAVE THIS DATE FOR OUR SUMMER PICNIC: JULY 16 at the TC&GC.  The club is paying most of the costs so the fee per attendee will be only $25.00 for food and two drinks. There will be entertainment.
If the weather is poor, we will meet in the room where our noon meetings are held. Menu choices and other details will follow.

Respectfully submitted, Phil Sloan, scribe who is still looking for a co-scribe.

REMINDER: If you can’t attend our meetings in person, JOIN US on our ZOOM live Broadcast. A link to the zoom meeting will be emailed to each member on the morning of the meeting.

 

MINUTES OF MEETING OF April 30, 2024

We were treated to a fascinating presentation by our long-time member Everett Cooper, who as a Merchant Marine, served on huge ships around the world as the ship’s engineer, including crossing the Red Sea and through the Suez Canal 7 times.

The Canal was man-made for the purpose of eliminating the need for ships having to go around the Horn of Africa to travel between the East and the West. For ships traveling between Shanghai and the U.S., going through the canal instead of around the horn of Africa saves 5 days.

It was built by 1.5 million workers. It runs from North to South. It has no locks. It takes 19 hours to transit through the canal. Vessels travel in convoys. The canal is controlled by Egyptians who charge fees, based on tonnage. For example, the fee for vessels such as a 63’ sailboat is $4,000. It costs as much as $700,000 for a container ship carrying 20,000 twenty-foot-long containers!

Everett said when he was sailing in the 50’s, there were no security threats. The world has changed.

SUMMER RECESS IS NEARLY HERE:

Our last meeting of this Spring season will be on May 28. We will be in recess until September 10. For this past year, Dr. Mike Jones has been our President. He has done a great job, especially with arranging for speakers.

The roster of our officers for the next year will be:

Officers 2024 – 2025:
President: John Shoemaker
Vice President: Art Knodel
Secretary: Chuck Foster
Treasurer: Chuck Hellar

Board of Directors:
Larry Baer May 2023-25
Joe Hillyer May 2023-25
Mark Adams May 2024-26
Tom Morgan May 2024-26

Immediate Past Pres.: Michael Jones
Bulletin Scribes: Phil Sloan & Chuck Foster
Audio-Visual: David Cotant
Webmaster/ZOOMER: John McGowen

COMING EVENTS

SAVE THIS DATE FOR OUR SUMMER PICNIC: JULY 16 at the
TC&GC. The club is paying most of the costs so the fee per attendee
will be only $25.00 for food and two drinks. There will be entertainment.
If the weather is poor, we will meet in the room where our noon meetings are held. Menu choices and other details will follow.

MEETING OF MAY 7, 2024: Our speaker will be Dr. Al Graeve, a
cardiothoracic surgeon speaking on “Your Heart”.

There will be a board meeting at 11:15 on May 14th.

Welcome to our newest member, Dr. Bob Williams.

We have an application for membership from David Lobban. This is
its first publication. The second and final publication will be in our
newsletter of May 7, 2024. Inquiries may be directed to Chuck Foster,
club secretary.

REMINDER: IF you can’t attend our meetings in person, JOIN US on our ZOOM live Broadcast. A link to the zoom meeting will be emailed to each member on the morning of the meeting.

Respectfully submitted, Phil Sloan, Scribe who, after hearing the price
to transit through the Suez Canal on a sailboat, no longer fantasizes
about sailing around the world.

 

MINUTES OF MEETING OF APRIL 23, 2024

Once again, Cascade Club members received a very interesting and informative presentation. This week, retired judge and port commissioner, John McCarthy, told us how the Northern Pacific Railroad repair and maintenance facility in Edison, Washington (now part of South Tacoma) lead to the growth of South Tacoma and, more personally, lead his family to settle there.

Through historical and family photographs, he made his informative presentation meaningful and relatable. His presentation stimulated a lively question and answer session since memories of many members, as long time Tacoma residents, were stirred by his stories and photos of family and places.

To learn more about the history of the Northern Pacific, Northern_Pacific_Railroad

and about the speaker John A. McCarthy

COMING EVENTS

MEETING OF APRIL 30, 2024: Everett Cooper, one of our members and longtime Merchant Mariner, speaking on “Shipping on the Red Sea.” Scribe’s note: Everett actually was a crew member on ships passing through the Red Sea many times.

Our annual meeting will be this next week, April 30th , at which time we will vote on a slate of officers for next year.

MEETING OF MAY 7, 2024: Dr. Al Graeve M.D. , a Cardiothoracic Surgeon speaking on “Your Heart”.

There will be a board meeting May 14th at 11:15 prior to the regular noon meeting.

This is the third announcement of the application for membership of Bob H Williams DDS.

REMINDER: IF you can’t attend our meetings in person, JOIN US on our ZOOM live Broadcast.  A link to the zoom meeting will be emailed to each member on the morning of the meeting.

Respectfully submitted, Chuck Foster, scribe.

 

MINUTES OF MEETING OF April 16, 2024

Our speaker was Randy Johnson, a retired physical therapist, who in his seventies, took up a hobby which triggered Walter Mitty fantasies for all of us: he became an avid race car driver, racing highly modified Mustangs at renown tracks such as Sebring and Daytona. He began his second career in racing by learning these skills and honing them at the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving in Chandler, Arizona. He illustrated his talk with slides and videos with sound which made this scribe wonder how many of us got ticketed for speeding on our way home.

As a young man, his first muscle car was a Pontiac GTO. He said it infected him with the V-8 virus and he has been sick ever since!  In his early 70’s he began racing . He last raced at Sebring in the Spring of 2023. He illustrated his talk with broken clutches, a broken axle and other engine parts which were probably broken because of pilot error.

I feel that kudos must be given to his very tolerant wife who allows him to keep his stable of approximately a dozen historical “muscle” cars as well as his actively raced rides.

It was an entertaining presentation.

COMING EVENTS

MEETING OF APRIL 23, 2024: John McCarthy, retired Superior Court Judge and presently a Port of Tacoma Commissioner speaking on “Growing up in South Tacoma”.

MEETING OF APRIL 30, 2024: Everett Cooper, one of our members and longtime Merchant Mariner, speaking on “Shipping on the Red Sea.” Scribe’s note: Everett actually was a crew member on ships passing through the Red Sea many times.

MEETING OF MAY 7, 2024: Dr. Al Graeve M.D. , a Cardiothoracic surgeon speaking on “Your Heart”.

JULY 16, 2024 : SAVE THIS DATE FOR OUR ANNUAL Spring-Summer Party. This year it will be held at the TC&GC on the patio. Details including the menu will be forthcoming.

This is the second announcement of the application for membership of Bob H Williams DDS.

REMINDER: IF you can’t attend our meetings in person, JOIN US on our ZOOM live Broadcast.
Respectfully submitted, Phil Sloan, scribe ,whose first car was a 1950 Nash which came out of a junk yard and cost $50!

 

MINUTES OF MEETING OF April 2, 2024

Our speaker was Dr. Bob Williams, DDS who possibly knows more of our members than most of our members know each other. Dr. Bob, a partially retired dentist, now practices only one day a week when he is not traveling the world. He had just returned from Africa where he and his wife Jeri, visited the gorillas in the wild, (accompanied by a guide), sometimes coming within a few feet of one.The mention of gorillas raised the side story of his and several other dentists, oral surgeons and a wildlife officer, all under the supervision of our own Dr. Mike Jones, performing a root canal and other dental work on Ivan, the world-famous gorilla then housed in the B&I. Dr. Mike had anesthetized Ivan. When Ivan flinched, the men started to bolt to the human door before Mike assured them that Ivan was not waking up.

Dr. Bob’s topic was about the inspiring organization Guide Dogs for the Blind (GDB) a 501c3 non-profit organization which was founded in 1942. Its mission is to create exceptional partnerships between people, dogs and communities. It places about 800 highly trained guide dogs with vision impaired people for no charge. The GDB website, guidedogs.com, describes the programs in detail.

Of particular interest to our members is that after being in service for 7 years, the guide dogs are retired and replaced by younger dogs. The “retirees” are then available for adoption by qualified new owners. They make wonderful pets and generally have a life expectancy of another 7-8 years.

(note: Dr. Bob has asked for an application for membership in our club).

Coming events

NO MEETING ON APRIL 9, 2024:

MEETING OF APRIL 16, 2024 : Randy Johnson, speaking about racing Mustangs (cars.) Randy’s father and brother, Clarke, were GYROs in the past.

MEETING OF APRIL 23, 2024: John McCarthy, retired Pierce County Superior Court Judge and present Port of Tacoma Commissioner, speaking on “Growing up in South Tacoma”.

SUGGESTION: If you can’t attend the meetings in person, please join us on ZOOM.

Respectfully submitted, Phil Sloan, scribe who is looking into adopting a retiring guide dog.

 

MINUTES OF MEETING OF March 26, 2024

Our member, John Shoemaker, avoided the draft as a young man by enlisting in the army. Thus, in 1970, he found himself serving in intelligence in Da Nang, Vietnam. Since he was in intelligence, he had access to places other U. S. soldiers did not.

Fortunately for us, he took many photos at that time and when he returned, with his wife, Tina, to Vietnam in 2020 and 2024. These then-and-now photos together with his commentary provided Cascade Club members with an interesting and informative presentation.

The modernization of Da Nang and other cities in Vietnam, as shown by his photos since 1970 is remarkable. Rustic towns with dirt roads now have wide paved streets and high-rise buildings. Dirty beaches are now pristine tourist beaches.

On their later visits to Vietnam, John, and Tina, visited Ba Na’ Hills, which is a resort located west of Da Nang in the mountains at an elevation of 5,000 ft. It is reached by the Ba Na Cable car. This cable car is “the longest non-stop single track cable car” at a length of nearly 4 miles.

They also visited Sa Pa in the mountains near the border with China, where they saw a large herd of water buffalo. We learned that the largest ethnic group in Sa Pa are the Hmong and that there is a community of Hmong in Seattle. These cities are now attracting tourists from around the world.

Thank you, John, for a stimulating program.

COMING EVENTS

MEETING OF APRIL 2,2024: No fooling, our speaker will be member, Bob Williams, who will speak about guide dogs.

NO MEETING ON APRIL 9, 2024:

MEETING OF APRIL 16, 2024 : Randy Johnson, speaking about racing Mustangs (cars.) Randy’s father and brother, Clarke, were GYROs in the past.

MEETING OF APRIL 23, 2024: John McCarthy, retired Pierce County Superior Court Judge and present Port of Tacoma Commissioner, speaking on “Growing up in South Tacoma”.

SUGGESTION: If you can’t attend the meetings in person, please join us on ZOOM.

Respectfully submitted, Phil Sloan, with thanks to Chuck Foster for his summary of John Shoemaker’s presentation.

 

MINUTES OF MEETING OF March 19, 2024

We had another great presentation by one of our own members, Art Knodel, MD. Art grew up in Tacoma. His father, the late Art Knodel (Sr) was a prominent attorney known to many of us. As a new physician, Art joined a small medical group, which assigned him the role of sleep medicine specialist, a newly developing specialty, which he practiced until he retired. His talk was illustrated with Power Point slides which he has graciously made available at Sleepy slides

He also gave us two handouts which are copied below.  Several of us non-physicians were surprised to learn that sleep is medically essential to trigger actual chemical changes in our body that enable it to “flush” build-ups of bad chemicals, which accumulate while we are awake. Without sufficient sleep, we are much more likely to have accidents and make bad decisions.

His slides and comments include examples of what to do and what not to do to induce good sleep. Many people, including this scribe, have wrongfully believed that reading on one’s laptop and cell phone and other electronic devices which produce blue light help induce going to sleep.

The best news he gave us is that short daytime naps are GOOD! If you have difficulties with sleep, you are urged to carefully read the materials which Dr. Knodel has shared with us. You may reach him at a.knodel@comcast.net.

COMING EVENTS

MEETING OF MARCH 26, 2024: Another of our members, John Shoemaker, a Viet Nam Veteran will tell us about Vietnam during the war and the present day. The changes are remarkable.

MEETING OF APRIL 2,2024: No fooling, our speaker will be member, Bob Williams, who will speak about guide dogs.

NO MEETING ON APRIL 9, 2024:

JULY 16: TENTATIVELY SAVE THIS DATE FOR OUR ANNUAL SUMMER PICNIC. PENDING ARRANGEMENTS TO BE MADE, it will be held at TC&GC on its patio. Final details will be confirmed soon.

Respectfully submitted, Phil Sloan, scribe, whose mate is skeptical about the statement that afternoon naps are good.

 

 

MINUTES OF MEETING OF March 12, 2024

We had an excellent speaker, Laura Matson, speaking on behalf of the WSU Pierce County Master Gardeners Foundation Program. Her presentation was supplemented by slides on a PDF which contains such informative and interesting facts that the decision was made to simply refer the reader to those slides rather than this scribe attempting to accurately summarize her comments. They are an authoritative refence for future use. They provide a comprehensive review of how to maintain a resilient vegetable garden with ease here in the Great Northwest.

Several mates of our members were present, suggesting that they are the gardeners in their households (which is reasonable because winter gardening conflicts with football season.)

Much of Ms. Matson’s talk was about Climate Change and how your personal garden can contribute to fighting Climate Change by growing plants and trees. We all learned in elementary school that animals take in Oxygen and expel Carbon Dioxide whereas plants do the opposite and thus help the environment.

She told us how to mulch, when to fertilize and when not to water and the advantages of using TEGRO (which is free). She welcomes your questions and may be contacted at matsonl@mac.com 

COMING EVENTS

An event which is NOT COMING is a meeting on April 9, 2024. The TC&GC will not be serving food that day so members can assist their spouses with gardening that day.

MEETING OF MARCH 19, 2024: Our speaker will be Dr. Art Knodel, one of our members who will be speaking on “Sleepless in Tacoma” and his “Who are those guys?” presentation.

MEETING OF MARCH 26, 2024: Another of our members, John Shoemaker will be speaking on “Viet Nam then and now”.

MEETING OF APRIL 2, 2024: Our speaker will be Dr. Bob Williams, DDS, speaking on guide Dogs. Dr. Bob is also the dentist for several of our members.

NO MEETING ON APRIL 9, 2024.

RESPECTFULLY Submitted, Phil Sloan, scribe, who doesn’t know the difference between rhubarb and rutabaga.

To see all of Laura’s slide presentation which include the details
click this link vegigarden slides

Laura says Tagro is free if you pick up and load it unbagged.
They charge to deliver it or if you buy by the bag.

https://tagro.com/products-pricing/

 

 

 

MINUTES OF MEETING OF March 5, 2024

We were treated to an interesting and informative presentation by DL (“Larry”) Fowler who is known to many by his nickname “The Lincoln Guy”. His topic was his recent book entitled “Lincoln’s Angel: The story of Rebecca Pomroy.”

She served as a heroic Army nurse during the Civil War and then became a close confident of both President Lincoln and his wife Mary. Lincoln wrote “Mrs. Pomroy, the nation owes you a great debt for holding up my hands in times of trouble”. The then Secretary of the Navy, Gideon Welles, wrote to her “The many trials of the president were better known to you than his countrymen. ”When she encountered the weight of anguish carried by the Lincolns, she rescued them from despair and self-doubt which could have led to the collapse of the government.

Mr. Fowler describes himself as a writer of historical fiction, not as a true historian. Historians can select the “facts” as they see them but then “stick to the facts”. Historical fiction authors can embellish the facts but should base their stories on real people and real facts. He welcomes your questions and comments. He may be contacted at larry@dlfowler.com; or https://dlfowler.com

COMING EVENTS

Meeting of MARCH 12th 2024: Master Gardener Laura Matson who will present Vegetable Gardening with EASE. Our ladies are expressly invited!

Meeting of MARCH 19th 2024: Art Knodel – One of our own – Sleepless in Tacoma.

Meeting of MARCH 26th 2024: John Shoemaker – One of our own – Viet Nam; Then and Now.

Respectfully submitted, Phil Sloan, scribe, who is looking forward to finishing the book this weekend. It is a good read.

 

MINUTES OF MEETING OF February 27, 2024

A nice-sized group was treated to a fascinating review of the history of what is now Joint base Lewis-McChord. Our speaker was Alan H. Archambault, a renown military historian who spent over 35 years as the curator of several military museums, including Fort Meade in Maryland and Fort Lewis, followed by 14 years as the supervisory curator of 14 Army Museums in Washington D.C. He is the author several books which he personally illustrated with drawings of military members wearing the colorful uniforms of the day. His books are on sale at the Fort Lewis Military Museum. He now resides in Lakewood, WA.

He linked the history of the Military Bases to the exploration and settlement of the Northwestern United States and the exploration by the Lewis and Clark expeditions in their search for a route to the Pacific Ocean at the direction of Thomas Jefferson. Originally the Base was named Camp American Lake. Next, it was Camp Lewis, in honor of Merriweather Lewis. When it was made a permanent base, it became Fort Lewis. Recently Fort Lewis merged with McChord Airforce Base and is now Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

Fort Steilacoom was founded in 1889 by Bennett Hill at the request of settlers to defend them from the local Indians. At that time, the British controlled the area and ironically, they leased the land to the Hudson Bay Company. The U.S. paid off the lease and took possession of the area. Amongst the amusing anecdotes he related was the one of the infamous Pig War between the British and the U.S. over the rights to San Juan Island. In the very brief war, the only casualty was one pig.

Mr. Archambault was so entertaining and informative, it was agreed that he would return to speak again.

Messages from President Mike Jones

1. No meeting April 9 as the Country Club will have no food service.

2. Next week I will have a sign-up sheet for the meeting of March 12. Our speaker will be the Master Gardener Laura Matson who will present Vegetable Gardening with EASE. This is the second half of our gardening presentation last year when we invited the ladies to join us. This will be another chance to have the ladies at one of our meetings but I need to know how many people will be in attendance to let the Country Club set up adequate space. Therefore I will need to know who all is coming (not just extra ladies but a total count) and to that end I will have a sign-up sheet or members can call me and leave a text message at 253 229 0010 or email me at mhjonesdvm@aol.com with their attendance.

COMING EVENTS

Meeting of MARCH 5: LARRY FOWLER, Speaking on Abraham Lincoln.

Meeting of MARCH 12: Master Gardener Laura Matson who will present Vegetable Gardening with EASE. Our ladies expressly invited!

Respectfully submitted, Phil Sloan, scribe who reminds all members to be on the lookout for speakers and new members.

 

MINUTES OF MEETING OF February 20, 2024

Jessie Palmer, Senior Executive Financial Development Director of the YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties, YMCAPKC, gave a thoughtful and well-organized presentation on the history, current operations, projects, and priorities of the YMCAPKC.

• Mission: To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind,
and body for all.
• Vision: To create opportunity so all can thrive in every season of life.
• Values: Caring, Honesty, Respect, Responsibility.
• Focus: Youth Development, Healthy Living, Social Responsibility.

The YMCA was created in London in 1844 by 22-year-old George Williams and friends to serve young men entering London at the start of the industrial revolution. In 1851, the first YMCA in America was formed in Boston. The Tacoma YMCA was organized in 1883. In 1909, the downtown Tacoma YMCA was built at 714 Market Street. In 1977, driven by Bill Phillips and George Weyerhaeuser, the first family YMCA was formed on Pearl Street, which at the time was in the suburbs.

The YMCAPKC has many community centers, camps, and other locations serving folks in Pierce and Kitsap counties in many ways. They have a wonderful website showing those locations and providing much more information. https://www.ymcapkc.org/ .

Jessie related that COVID seriously impacted the YMCAPKC. Staff lost is gradually being rehired. It has taken effort to rebuild and grow membership after COVID. Several planned projects had to be delayed and/or scaled back. He mentioned four capital projects that are active. The Scott and Sis Names Family YMCA, the Gig Harbor Sports Complex-Phase 1A, the Gordon Family YMCA Playfields, and the YMCA Camp Lake Helena.

The scope, cost, and impact of these projects is impressive as are the contributions made to the world by programs and projects of the YMCA throughout its history. To learn of contributions like housing, the invention of basketball and nurturing the development of leaders of national movements go to https://www.ymcapkc.org/about-us .

Thanks Jessie for a great program!

COMING EVENTS

Meeting of FEBRUARY 27: ALAN ARCHAMBAULT, retired former head of the Fort Lewis Military Museum and author of a number of books, speaking on the establishment of Camp Lewis.

Meeting of MARCH 5: LARRY FOWLER, Speaking on Abraham Lincoln.

Respectfully submitted, Chuck Foster, scribe who reminds all members to be on the lookout for speakers and new members.

 

MINUTES OF MEETING OF February 13, 2024

On this day, the smallest group in memory showed up for the meeting, apparently because many are 49’er fans and they were still grieving their loss to the Chiefs or they recall the comic strip POGO in which a character would caution others to beware because the 13th that month was not on a Friday.

Our speaker was Mary Dodsworth, the Director of Parks, Recreation and Community Services of the City of Lakewood. She has been with the City for 23 of its 26 years of existence. In spite of the small group, Mary was undaunted and gave us an upbeat and entertaining review of the numerous projects which the City of Lakewood with other communities and citizen groups, is taking to meet its mission of promoting a Healthy and Vibrant Community.

Ms. Dodsworth showed slides which show the details for each of several projects to restore and upgrade the facilities on over 600 acres, including Springbrook Park, the Chambers Creek Trail, Waterfront property on American Lake, Steilacoom Lake Park, Steilacoom Park H-Barn Restoration, Fort Steilacoom, the Tenzi Log and the Nisqually Loop Trail.

For more details, please email to mdodsworth@cityoflakewood.us: She invites phone calls: (253) 589-2489

COMING EVENTS

Meeting of FEBRUARY 20: The Gig Harbor YMCA. Speaker and topic to be announced. Scribe’s note: Several of our members also belong to this Y.

Meeting of FEBRUARY 27: ALAN ARCHAMBAULT, retired former head of the Fort Lewis Military Museum and author of a number of books, speaking on the establishment of Camp Lewis.

Meeting of MARCH 5: LARRY FOWLER, Speaking on Abraham Lincoln.

Respectfully submitted, Phil Sloan, scribe who reminds all members to be on the lookout for speakers and new members.

 

MINUTES OF MEETING OF February 6, 2024

Our speaker was Rick Thomas, one of our members, who first gave us an obviously understated “Who Are Those Guys” presentation about himself. Rick served 30 years with the Special Forces (Green Berets) and retired as a Colonel.

He then told us about the 1st Special Forces Group Scholarship Fund (The Fund) of which he is the Volunteer Program Director. It is sponsoring a fund raising Golf Tournament to be held here at the TC&GC on May 16, 2024.

The sole purpose of The Fund is to provide scholarships for kids of Green Berets because they also have sacrificed because of their parents’ service. The Fund is a 501(c)(3) corporation and proudly gives 100% of the money it raises for scholarships at accredited post-secondary institutes (colleges/universities or vocational/technical schools). Now in its’s12th year, it has given over $295,000 for student scholarships.

The details about the scholarship fund are posted on the website: https://www.sfscholarshipfund.org/

The details about the golf tournament and how to participate are posted on the website: Special-ops-golf-tournament at TC&GC

COMING EVENTS

Meeting of FEBRUARY 13: MARY DODSWORTH of the City of Lakewood Parks Department on City Parks”.

Meeting of FEBRUARY 20: The Gig Harbor Y. Speaker and topic to be announced. Scribe’s note: Several of our members also belong to this Y.

Meeting of FEBRUARY 27: ALAN ARCHAMBAULT, retired former head of the Fort Lewis Military Museum and author of a number of books, speaking on the establishment of the Fort Lewis Military Museum.

Respectfully submitted, Phil Sloan, scribe who reminds all members to be on the lookout for speakers and new members. Also, President Mike has called for nominations for next year’s officers and directors.

 

MINUTES OF MEETING OF January 30, 2024

We all know that cows, horses, sheep, and hogs are livestock. But most of us just learned from Kathleen Clerc’s presentation, “Urban Bee Keeping” that honeybees are also classified as livestock. That is one of many fascinating facts we learned from her delightful presentation. Kathleen, who is the stepdaughter of our President, Mike Jones, is Vice President of the Pierce County Beekeepers Association, which she joined in 2021. She picked up beekeeping as a hobby during COVID. Her husband, Soliel, and several guests joined us for her interesting presentation.

We learned that there are Pierce County Laws for Urban Beekeepers. These laws are to encourage beekeeping and to protect both beekeepers and neighbors. Kathleen said beekeepers must engage with their neighbors. “Communication is key.” “Don’t be a jerk.” Invite them to participate. Honeybee keepers must register their hives with the state of Washington.

A Varroa mite infestation is the number 1 killer of honeybee hives. Hives are treated with Oxalic Acid Vaporization, OAV, to protect hives. OAV is toxic so be careful and communicate with neighbors.

She told us that bees like water with high mineral content. She built a pond for her bees. Dogs catch bees on the fly. She called these dog bites, “Flying Jalapeno Raisins.” Bees like hummingbird feeders. A 2 to 1 water to sugar ratio is best for bees, but a 4 to 1 ratio is best for hummingbirds.

She keeps an Epipen on her person in case of an allergic reaction to a bee sting. Because of the possibility of serious allergic reactions in children, minors are not invited to be members of the Pierce County Beekeepers Association.

She cautioned on the use of weed killers that might harm bees. Vinegar is safe for bees. She talked about bees swarming, which occurs when a new queen bee takes half of the bees from the hive in search of a home for a new hive. She said there is no need to fear a swarm of honeybees as they are harmless.

It was surprising to learn that bee society is democratic. They pick a leader, the queen bee, democratically, feed it, and only it, royal jelly, and tend to its every need. That is until she is too old. Then they raise the temperature by buzzing their wings until she burns to death. Normally the bees buzz to keep the hive temperature at 95 degrees.

It would cost about $500 to start beekeeping a hive. $200 if you can catch a swarm. If you get secondhand equipment, be sure to clean and sterilize it.

Honeybees get to know the keeper and are sensitive to the keeper’s emotions. There are more honeybees than needed. Other bees are endangered. She showed lists of flowers that attract various bee types. Honey tastes different depending on the flowers available to the bees. She brought several jars of honey for taste comparison. Honey does not spoil and has been used, historically, as an antibacterial.

For more information, you may go to the following website https://pcbeekeepers.org/

COMING EVENTS

MEETING OF FEBRUARY 6, 2024: Rick Thomas, one of our own members, on the SPECIAL OPS TROOPS GOLF TOURNAMENT to be held in May, 2024.

MEETING OF FEBRUARY 13, 2024: Mary Dodsworth, City of Lakewood Parks Department on City Parks.

MEETNG OF FEBRUARY 20, 2024: The Gig Harbor Y- speaker and topic to be announced.

Respectfully submitted, Phil Sloan, scribe who thanks Chuck Foster, his co-scribe, for writing the summary of the talk by Katy Clerc, step-daughter of our President Mike Jones. Will Mike’s wife Dana be a speaker soon?

 

MINUTES OF MEETING OF January 23, 2024

Our Speaker was our member, Rob Erb, who gave us a very brief personal background resume about himself to satisfy his “Who are those Guys” report. Rob then told us of his extensive service with the Civil Air Report (CAP) and the many services it provides, which are of far greater scope than most of us ever suspected.

The CAP was founded on December 1, 1941, (6 days before Pearl Harbor) as a volunteer civilian auxiliary of the United States Air Force (A/F) to provide civilian air support to aid our war effort through border and coastal patrols. Today, the CAP remains a volunteer civilian organization and is a member of the USAF Total Force which also includes A/F members on active duty, A/F Reserves and A/F National Guard members. Services of The CAP include Emergency Search and Rescue, Disaster relief, Countering drug importation and distribution; Aerospace education for youth and Aerospace education for the general public and cadets.

The CAP coordinates all searches in the U.S. The Air Force now owns all the aircraft which the CAP uses. Rob’s group is based in Bremerton. Its primary planes are Cessna 172s. The CAP supports the A/F by acting as surrogate invaders for A/F preparedness drills. CAP planes were the first aircraft after the A/F to inspect the site of the 911 attack. To qualify to fly for the CAP requires continuous, extensive training and a minimum number of flight hours and education hours each month and to be on call when needed.

We all owe Rob and his colleagues a huge debt of gratitude for their service.

COMING EVENTS AND OTHER NEWS

This is the second notice that Mark Lewington has submitted an application for membership. The Board will vote on his application at its next meeting. Any questions or comments must be submitted to our President Dr. Mike Jones.

We have resumed our “Who are those guys?” reports in which our own members re-introduce themselves to assist us in getting to know more about each other. Our member, Rick Thomas be the next presenter and he will also be speaking on the designated topics. Please contact Mike Jones to schedule your presentation if you haven’t already presented.

MEETING OF JANUARY 30, 2024: KATHLEEN CLERC ON “URBAN BEE KEEPING.”

MEETING OF FEBRUARY 6. 2024: Our member RICK THOMAS who will speak about the Special Ops Troops Benefit Golf Tournament (to be held in May, 2024.)

MEETING OF FEBRUARY 13, 2024: MARY DODSWORTH of the City of Lakewood Parks Department on City Parks”. There will also be a (Who are those Guys presentation).

RESPECTFULLY SUBMITTED, Phil Sloan, scribe who is counting the days when the pending presidential election is finally over.

COMING EVENTS

 

MINUTES OF MEETING OF January 16, 2024

Our previously scheduled speaker for this date had to postpone his presentation. Fortunately, Linda Jo Dutton, at the last minute agreed to speak to us. She is the sales director for senior living at the at the assisted care facility named “GIG HARBOR COURT.” (It is not related to THE JUDICIAL MUNICIPAL COURT of gig harbor).

Her topic was “what is the right time to think about you or your loved ones going to an assisted living facility”.

One wag said to the others at his table, “we should tell her that we are all orphans!”

She illustrated her talk with slides which define the levels of care which should be considered. They are available upon request by calling her at 253-392-4065 or through the website WWW.PEGASUSSENIORLIVING.COM .

This scribe understood her to suggest the time to make plans best suited for the prospective patient is as soon as symptoms such as changes in behavior begin, because the process of selecting the most appropriate level of care can be complicated and time consuming. Most seniors do not want to leave their home and they often don’t recognize the dangers of continuing to live on their own. It often takes time to educate the senior and/or their family members, who often don’t want to jeopardize their potential inheritance.

COMING EVENTS

Mark Lewington has submitted an application to join our merry band. Any inquiries or comments should be directed to our president Dr. Mike Jones.

We are going to resume our prior “Who are those guys?” in which our own members re-introduce themselves to assist us in getting to know more about each other. We are starting off with Rob Erb and in three weeks, Rick Thomas. They will also be speaking on their designated topics.

Meeting of JANUARY 23, 2024: ROB ERB, one of our own members, – his topic is: “My experiences with the Civil Air Patrol.”

Meeting of JANUARY 30, 2024: Kathleen Clerc on “urban bee keeping.”

Meeting of FEBRUARY 6, 2024: Rick Thomas, one of our own members, on special ops troops benefit golf tournament (to be held in MAY 2024.)

RESPECTFULLY SUBMITTED, Phil Sloan, scribe, who suspects his mate is plotting to have him evaluated.

 

MINUTES OF MEETING OF January 9, 2024

After a three-week recess for the holidays and for our first meeting of our 101st year as a club, our first speaker of 2024, David Nicandri, the retired head of the Washington State Historical Museum, continued our string of outstanding programs with a fast paced and fascinating review of “The history of the Northwest Passage in 7 maps.”

Mr. Nicandri used replicas of the historical maps which had been drawn by explorers to illustrate the evolution of maps of the western coastline of North America. As of 1770, it was still believed that there was a navigable waterway between Colonial America and the Northwest. Amongst the many explorers looking for a passage was Henry Hudson who searched but failed.

In 1773, Captain Cook was directed to find the elusive passage. Using the early maps, he sailed far north to the ice pack without success. While there, his crew acquired fur pelts for warmth. When they later sailed to warmer climes, they sold the furs for such surprisingly high prices that they returned to the Northwest to get more for resale. That was the beginning of the maritime fur trade. Captain Cook was slain in Hawaii in 1794.

In 1790, George Vancouver also searched for a Northwest Passage. While unsuccessful, in 1792, he discovered and named many places in our area, including Puget Sound which he named after a second lieutenant Peter Puget on Vancouver’s sloop DISCOVERY .

After it was realized that no Northwest water passage existed, a Northwest Passage was built-
it was a railroad.

Scribe’s Comment: It is illustrative of how young our country is to realize that as of 1770, much of our country had not yet been explored and mapped.

COMING EVENTS

MEETING OF JANUARY 16, 2024: OUR PREVIOUSLY SCHEDULED SPEAKER FOR THIS DATE HAD TO POSTPONE HIS PRESENTATION. Our speaker will be LINDA JO DUTTON. Her topic is timely and is “WHAT IS THE RIGHT TIME TO THINK ABOUT YOU OR YOUR LOVED ONES GOING TO AN ASSISTED LIVING FACILITY”.

MEETING OF JANUARY 23, 2024: ROB ERB- One of our own members. His topic is: “My experiences with the Civil Air Patrol.”

MEETING OF JANUARY 30, 2024: KATHLEEN CLERC ON “URBAN BEE KEEPING”.

RESPECTFULLY SUBMITTED, Phil Sloan, scribe who reminds you that we are starting our 101st year!

 

MINUTES OF MEETING OF December 19, 2023

Our last meeting of the 2023 Fall Season ended on a high note with an excellent presentation, with slides, by Phil Raschke, about the life and presumed death of Amelia Earhart, the pioneering female pilot who mysteriously disappeared in 1937 while on a leg of her attempt to be the first female pilot to fly solo around the world at the equator.

To this date, in spite of decades of searches, the mystery has never been solved. She was born in Kansas in 1897 and was a “tom boy”. At age 20 she took her first flight and was “hooked”. In 1923, at age 26, she became the 16th female to get a pilot’s license. Over the next several years, she set many “first to” records for women and was world famous. She had the reputation of being an “aggressive pilot“ who took unnecessary risks, which probably contributed to her disappearance. She had limited skills in morse code. A surprising fact for some of us is that she was accompanied by a navigator, Fred Noonan. They could only receive signals but could not send them. Just before they disappeared, they were dangerously low on fuel as they approached Howland, a tiny island off New Guinea, which is flat and only 1.8 miles by ½ mile and very difficult to see. Mr. Raschke said the movie “Amelia Earhart” is interesting but contains many errors.

Reminder- There will be no meeting on December 26 or January 2,2024. You might take the time to send the Christmas cards to those who you forgot until they sent cards to you. This scribe just did that in response to overlooked friends, one of whom wrote about her retired husband: “Our 3 dogs are so dear to him I sometimes think when I want his attention I should bark”.

Respectfully submitted, Phil Sloan, scribe, who has painfully learned that paying to have the septic tank pumped is not an appropriate Christmas gift for your mate.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to You and Yours

 

MINUTES OF MEETING OF December 12, 2023

There was no meeting on December 5 because of our Christmas party that evening. Those who did not attend the party missed a great time. In this scribe’s opinion, the TC&GC served its best food ever, especially the Swedish meatballs, but I digress.

Our speaker was our own member, Larry Baer, whose hobby is photography. He has travelled around the world photographing animals. Larry presented us with a fascinating slide show of his photographs featuring the polar bears in the far northern town of Churchill, Manitoba, Canada where the Churchill River empties into Hudson Bay. The economy is based on tourism where people come to see the polar bears, beluga whales and the Aurora Borealis on clear evenings (which Larry missed because of cloud cover).

Approximately 1,000 polar bears annually migrate to Churchill to wait for the months of October and November when Hudson Bay freezes over which enables them to cross the ice to hunt seals.

These polar bears do not hibernate, but they do lie low and don’t eat for months, awaiting ice to form so they can reach the seals. They are the world’s largest carnivores and are dangerous, not cuddly and friendly. The townspeople erect fences around schools and public buildings to protect themselves. Larry said the best (and safest) way to see the bears is from inside large all- terrain vehicles called Tundra Buggies.

COMING EVENTS

MEETING OF DECEMBER 19, 2023: Phil Raschke on Amelia Earhart, Fact and Fiction.

DECEMBER 26, 2023: THERE WILL BE NO MEETING. YOU CAN SLEEP LATE TO WORK OFF THE TRYTOPHAN FROM YOUR CHRISTMAS TURKEY.

JANUARY 2, 2024: THERE WILL BE NO MEETING. YOU CAN SLEEP LATE IN CASE YOU MISBEHAVED THE NIGHT BEFORE.

JANUARY 9, 2024: THERE WILL BE A MEETING! DAVID NICANDRI, RETIRED HEAD OF THE WASHINGTO STATE HISTORICAL MUSEUM ON A HISTORY OF THE NORTHWEST PASSAGE IN 7 MAPS.

FOR ALL FUTURE MEETINGS AND EVENTS REFER TO OUR WEBSITE: https://TacomaCascade.org

A word from our president Michael Jones:
Thanks to all who have brought guests this year, keep them coming and invite them to join.
Looking forward to a wonderful New Year and hope all have a beautiful Holiday Season and a Happy New Year.
Regards Michael Jones.

Respectfully submitted, Phil Sloan, scribe, who knows why polar bears do not eat penguins—do you?

 

MINUTES OF MEETING OF November 28, 2023

OUR SPEAKER was the beleaguered Pierce County Sheriff Ed Troyer. He and/or his predecessor, former Sheriff Paul Pastor, have addressed us for several years. His talk was informative, but disheartening, because of the many restrictions placed on the department.Amongst the problems are the exploding increases in juvenile crime. 75% of car thefts are committed by juveniles, with rising numbers of girls participating. Officers are prohibited from referring to gangs as gangs because some have deemed the term to be racist. They are not allowed to speak to arrested juveniles until they have an attorney present. Once arrested, they are usually released in a day. Officers are no longer allowed to chase them and if arrests are made, the juveniles are typically released in a day. In many instances the juvenile has no responsible parent who will take custody of them, so they return to the streets where they live with other juveniles and return to their lives of crime.

Because of the shortage of officers and the restrictions on them, many officers are leaving police work. The situation of Seattle officers is even more dire. Pierce County has hired 23 officers from Seattle who are being paid signing bonuses. There are 380 officers now on the waiting list hoping to be hired by Pierce County.

Sheriff Troyer cited many other examples of how police are being frustrated in meeting their oaths to protect and serve the people. For more information, check the websites: www.facebook.com/piercecounty.sheriff and

www.facebook.com/piercecounty.sheriff/videos .

 

MINUTES OF MEETING OF November 14, 2023

This week we were blessed to hear another gifted speaker. Annmarie Huppert talked about her recovery from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in her 30’s caused by a traumatic event in her life that occurred at the age of 10. Based on her experience, she has written a book, “PTSD Self Help – Transforming Survival into a Life Worth Living,” become a life coach, and developed a program using horses to aid those with PTSD recovery. She commented that her “medicine horses” are sensitive to and respond to human feelings in a helpful way. She listed the “Healing Team of Professionals” needed for aid in recovery from PTSD. They are: Yourself, Mental Health Professional, Spouse/Significant other, Healing Partner, Naturopathic Physician, Chiropractic Doctor, and Massage Therapist. Annmarie was accompanied by her friend, Randee Morrow, who is a Humane Educator. You can learn about Annmarie, her program, her book, and scheduled events at PTSDSelfHelp .

COMING EVENTS

1. REMINDER THAT THE CASCADE ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PARTY THIS YEAR IS DECEMBER 5 AT THE TACOMA COUNTRY AND GOLF CLUB. WE WILL OPEN THE DOORS AT 5PM WITH DINNER SERVED AT 6.

2. THIS IS A MEMBER AND SPOUSE (OR GUEST) EVENT

3. COST IS $50 PER PERSON WHICH WILL INCLUDE TWO DRINK TICKETS PER PERSON, LIGHT HORS D’ OEUVRES, YOUR CHOICE OF FLAT IRON STEAK & SALMON FILLET OR CHICKEN CORDON BLEU OR A VEGETARIAN DISH, FOLLOWED BY A DESSERT BUFFET. Our club will subsidize expenses above $50/person.

4. WE NEED TO SUBMIT AN EXACT HEAD COUNT WITH MENU CHOICE BY NOVEMBER 28, SO GET YOUR CHECK WITH DINNER CHOICES ON IT TO CHUCK HELLAR AT: 11218 GREYSTONE DR. SW, LAKEWOOD, 98499 AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. YOUR CHECK IS YOUR RECEIPT.

5. THIS IS A BLACK-TIE OPTIONAL EVENT AND ALWAYS A GREAT TIME.

6. REMEMBER: WE ARE NOT MEETING NOV. 21 SO MAIL YOUR PREFERENCE AND MONEY TO CHUCK ASAP.

Respectfully submitted, Chuck Foster co-scribe who is looking forward to seeing you and yours at the Christmas Party on December 5.

 

MINUTES OF MEETING OF November 7, 2023

WE WERE TREATED TODAY TO an uplifting presentation which reassured us that despite all of the turmoil in today’s world, good people are still doing good deeds simply for the sake of making people happy.

Our speaker was Lilia Anderson, the volunteer director of The Puget Sound Honor Flights, a 501c3 non- profit organization which receives no funding from the government and provides all expense – paid trips for veterans of our Armed Forces to visit the war monuments in Washington DC as a thank you for their service and to reassure them that they have not been forgotten.

The Honor Flights began with a retired Air Force Captain who was a physician whose practice included WWll Veterans. He was aware that many could not afford to travel. In 2005, he asked several if they would like to have a free trip to go see the WWll Monument which was dedicated in 2004 and other monuments in Washington DC. The first trip was such a success that the Honor Flight Network has expanded nationally. In 2013, the Puget Sound Chapter was founded. It has taken over 1,500 veterans on what for many has been their “last mission”.

The Honor Flights are now offered to Veterans of all branches of our Military of the wars of WWll, Korea, and Vietnam. Our Club Secretary and Co-scribe Chuck Foster was disappointed to learn that veterans of the American Revolutionary War are not eligible.

The flights leave on Saturday and return on Monday. The veterans visit Arlington and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the other war memorials. At the end of the visit, an emotional Mail Call ceremony is held. When they return to their home airports, current members of the military greet them. Attached are photographs of a Welcome Home Ceremony which this scribe was privileged to attend in San Diego recently. For more details and how to make donations to the program, go to the website PugetSoundHonorFlight.org

COMING EVENTS

MEETING OF NOVEMBER 14,2023: Annmarie Huppert on Life Navigation equine gestalt training. She will tell us how horses are being used to treat victims of PTSD.

MEETING OF NOVEMBER 28, 2023: Ed Troyer, Pierce County Sheriff on current topics.

THERE WILL BE NO MEETINGS ON NOVEMBER 21, DECEMBER 5*, DECEMBER 26 AND JANUARY 2, 2024.

*DECEMBER 5, 2023: OUR ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PARTY AT TC&GC. WE MUST GUARANTEE THE CLUB THAT WE WILL HAVE AT LEAST 35 ATTENDEES OR THERE WILL BE NO PARTY, SO PLEASE MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS ASAP BY CALLING MIKE JONES AT 253-229-0010 OR EMAILING HIM mhjonesdvm@aol.com.

BLACK TIE OPTIONAL. THE MENU AND PRICES WILL DEPEND ON THE NUMBER OF ATTENDEES.

Respectfully submitted, Phil Sloan, scribe who urges you to NOT procrastinate any longer and tell Mike Jones today that you will be coming to our Christmas Party. A good time is guaranteed.

 

MINUTES OF MEETING OF October 31, 2023

Maribel Galva, Director of Arts & Culture and Dali Cortes, Program Assistant – Arts & Culture of the non-profit organization, Mi Centro, gave an interesting and enlightening slide presentation on the meaning and traditions of the Dia De Los Muertos, the day of the dead, celebration. Mi Centro is a community-based non-profit that works with Latino and Indigenous Native families. It offers services in the areas of domestic violence, immigration and translation, English as a second language classes, small business assistance, arts and culture, and civic education (through the Delores Huerta Institute). It has a staff of 13 and a board of 8. There are volunteer opportunities. If interested check their website https://micentrowa.org/.

This year’s celebration will be from 11 to 5 pm on November 4 at 1208 S 10 St. in Tacoma. There will “art, altars, food, music, performers, and family friendly activities for all ages.”

The celebration is a way to honor those who have gone before. It is done differently by Latino communities around the world. Each community honors those who have gone before with their own traditions, which involve the use of flowers, foods, altars, processions, music, festivals, and the arts.

John McGowen received a message from Joe Carmen IV, one of our long time members
(as was his father) who lives mostly in Mexico, with a file called, “Spanish Dia de los Muertos The Day of the Dead in Mexico is much more than most people know.pdf.” This file nicely complements the fine presentation of our speakers. It is attached to this newsletter.

Reported with thanks to Chuck Foster, Conscripted (and reluctant) co-scribe.

COMING EVENTS

MEETING OF NOVEMBER 7, 2023: Lilia Anderson on Honor Flights. Scribe’s note: Recently I was awaiting a flight in San Diego as a group of WWll veterans arrived after an Honor Flight. There wasn’t a dry eye in the terminal.

MEETING OF NOVEMBER 14,2023: Annmarie Huppert on Life Navigation equine gestalt training.

MEETING OF NOVEMBER 28, 2023: Ed Troyer, Pierce County Sheriff on current topics.

THERE WILL BE NO MEETINGS ON NOVEMBER 21, DECEMBER 5*, DECEMBER 26 AND
JANUARY 2, 2024.

*DECEMBER 5, 2023: OUR ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PARTY AT TC&GC. WE MUST GUARANTEE THE CLUB THAT WE WILL HAVE AT LEAST 35 ATTENDEES OR THERE WILL BE NO PARTY, SO PLEASE MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS ASAP BY CALLING OR EMAILING MIKE JONES AT 253-229-0010 or mhjonesdvm@aol.com.

BLACKTIE OPTIONAL, BUT YOUR MATE WILL LOVE YOU EVEN MORE IF YOU TUXEDO UP AND SHE CAN NOW BUY A NEW DRESS.

Respectfully submitted, Phil Sloan, scribe who urges our members to attend the November 7 meeting to reflect on how the sacrifices of our WWll veterans are relevant to today’s world.

 

MINUTES OF MEETING OF October 24, 2023

Our speaker, Leanne Noren, Executive Director of the Carol Milgard Breast Center (CMBC) was introduced by Peter A. Norman, a member of the Board of Directors of the CMBC who told us that he had been a friend of the late Carol Milgard since grade school. A long-time breast cancer survivor, she had a goal of endowing a world class center for the diagnosis of breast cancer. That goal has been met and today the CMBC is recognized nationally as a leader in the diagnosis of Breast Cancer. The CMBC has partnered with Multicare, Virginia Mason- Franciscan Health System and TRA Medical Imaging.

Mr. Norman has offered to answer your questions about the CMBC Foundation. His phone number is 253-686-3494. His email address is nmnnptr@yahoo.com. He also has the excellent brochures which were on the tables during this presentation which have instructions for monthly self- examinations.

Ms. Noren told us the Mission of the Center is to find breast cancer in patients through screening and examinations. They see about 2,000 patients a month and do 24 mammograms a day. She said the tests apply pressure to the breasts but are not painful. Health Insurance companies are now required to pay 100% of the costs if the patient has a history of cancer. Because of the anxiety in awaiting the results of the tests, the goal is now to post the results within 24 hours. On average, they discover 10 positive cancer results a week.

The mission of the CMBC is screening for cancer. Positive cases are referred to other health care providers for treatment. Breast cancer in males is relatively rare, the risk of getting breast cancer in men is about 1 in 1,000.

For more information about the CMBC, go to its website, www.carolmilgardbreastcenter.org.

COMING EVENTS

MEETING OF OCTOBER 31, 2023: Maribel Galvan, Director of Arts and Culture for Mi Centro on The Day of the Dead Celebration sponsored by Mi Centro

MEETING OF NOVEMBER 7, 2023: Lilia Anderson on Honor Flights. Scribe’s note: Recently I was awaiting a flight in San Diego as a group of WWLL veterans arrived after an Honor Flight. There wasn’t a dry eye in the terminal.

MEETING OF NOVEMBER 14,2023: Annmarie Huppert on Life Navigation equine gestalt training.

MEETING OF NOVEMBER 28, 2023: Ed Troyer, Pierce County Sheriff on current topics.

THERE WILL BE NO MEETINGS ON NOVEMBER 21, DECEMBER 5*, DECEMBER 26 AND JANUARY 2, 2024.

*DECEMBER 5, 2023: OUR ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PARTY AT TC&GC. WE MUST GUARANTEE THE CLUB THAT WE WILL HAVE AT LEAST 35 ATTENDEES OR THERE WILL BE NO PARTY, SO PLEASE MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS ASAP BY CALLING OR EMAILING MIKE JONES AT 253-229-0010 or mhjonesdvm@aol.com.

BLACK TIE OPTIONAL, BUT YOUR MATE WILL LOVE YOU EVEN MORE IF YOU TUXEDO UP AND SHE CAN NOW BUY A NEW DRESS.

RESPECTFULLY SUBMITTED, PHIL SLOAN, SCRIBE WHOSE FAMILY CAN PERSONALLY ATTEST TO THE WONDERFUL CARE OF THE CAROL MILGARD BREAST CENTER.

 

MINUTES OF MEETING OF October 17, 2023

Ben Talbot, Program Director, and Allie Bordeaux, Marketing and Development Director of First Tee – South Puget Sound gave an interesting and informative presentation of the purpose, programs, partners, and value of First Tee. First Tee offers youths from 5 to 17 years of age opportunities to learn to golf at 14 locations in South Puget Sound. As they learn golf, boys and girls are given opportunities to learn life skills, manners, and sportsmanship while developing strength-of-character and self-confidence. There are about 2500 kids presently participating in First Tee – South Puget Sound programs. First Tee is in 92 South Puget Sound public schools. Youth scholarships are available so that no kid is turned away.

First Tee – South Puget Sound is a 501-C3 organization, which is housed at Meadow Park golf course. It operates with a full-time staff of 4, 3 part-time coaches, and 12 volunteers. It has several community partners. It is funded by registration fees, donations, and grants. It currently needs a van.

To learn more about this wonderful program go to https://firstteesouthpugetsound.org/.

Reported by Chuck Foster, Club Secretary and Associate Scribe.

COMING EVENTS

MEETING OF OCTOBER 24, 2023: LeAnne Noren with the Carole Milgard Breast Center. Because this is a topic of great significance, spouses, significant others and other interested persons are invited to join us. Because a large crowd is expected, please let President Mike Jones know if you are coming and if you are bringing a guest so the County Club can plan food for all. His telephone number is 253-229-0010; email: mhjonesdvm@aol.com.

MEETING OF OCTOBER 31, 2023: Maribel Galvan, Director of Arts and Culture for Mi Centro on The Day of the Dead Celebration put on by Mi Centro.

SAVE THIS DATE: DECEMBER 5, 2023: OUR ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PARTY AT TC&GC. BLACK TIE OPTIONAL – GENTLEMEN ARE ENCOURAGED TO START THEIR HOLIDAY DIETS NOW TO HAVE A 50-50 CHANCE THEIR TUXEDOS WILL FIT.

ALL DATES: LIKE THE MARINES, WE ARE STILL LOOKING FOR A FEW GOOD MEN TO BUMP UP OUR MEMBERSHIP. PLEASE CONSIDER INTRODUCING YOUR FRIENDS WHO MIGHT BE GOOD PROSPECTS FOR MEMBERSHIP.

Respectfully submitted, Phil Sloan and Chuck Foster, Scribes.

 

MINUTES OF MEETING OF October 10, 2023

A full house was treated to a great presentation by Jordin Jones, one of President Mike Jones’ two daughters. Jordin, who is in her early 30’s, Single and Beautiful, felt she was approaching the age when she would be too old to do it if she didn’t do it then, decided to tick off one of her “Bucket List” goals by hiking the 2,613 miles of the Pacific Coast Trail from the Canadian Border to Mexico. She started off unaccompanied, but soon had an entourage traveling with her- “her trail family”.

One just doesn’t buy a backpack and start hiking. To prepare for a successful venture takes months to plan for a 5 or 6 months’ ordeal which Jordin described as ranging from “absolutely miserable” to “actually incredible”. The Pacific Coast Trail Association issues by lottery a limited number of permits each year. There is a wide network of volunteers to provide services to the hikers along the way. Jordin chose the North to South route versus the South to North route, each direction has pros and cons. The hikers she met ranged in age from young teenagers to age 76. (Scribe’s note: That suggests that it is not too late for about half of our club’s members to start hiking!)

She brought equipment and photographs which illustrated the necessity to minimize the weight limitations balanced against the perceived notions of what was actually necessary. Ultimately she reduced the weight to 30 to 35 pounds, with food and water. She carried 3-5 days’ supply of food and water, depending on the route they were taking in those days.

Foot care was of paramount importance. She wore out 3 pairs of shoes. A GPS tracker helped friends and family know she was safe. Her longest distance day was 40 miles. “Trail Angels” offer assistance when needed along the way. To purchase food and supplies they had to occasionally hike or hitch rides into towns for their planned stops.

Her advice to those who may be so inclined: ”JUST DO IT”.

COMING EVENTS

MEETING OF OCTOBER 17, 2023: Ben Talbot of First Tee Youth Training in Golf: Scribe’s note: “We have members who will say, “If only I have had that training, I’d be on the circuit now.”

MEETING OF OCTOBER 24, 2023: LeAnne Noren of the Carol Milgard Breast Center. Wives, mates and partners are explicitly invited for what could be a life- saving message. Because a large crowd is expected, please let President Mike Jones know if you are coming and if you are bringing a guest so the County Club can plan food for all

Mike’s phone number is 253-229-0010 – His email address is mhjonesdvm@aol.com .

MEETING OF OCTOBER 31, 2023: The Day of the Dead celebration put on by Mi Centro. Maribel Galvan is the Director of Arts and Culture for Mi Centro.

SAVE THIS DATE: December 5, 2023 for Our annual Christmas Party: Details to follow.

Respectfully submitted, Phil Sloan, Scribe who NEVER wanted to walk the Pacific Coast Trail.

 

MINUTES OF MEETING OF October 3, 2023

With thanks to Chuck Foster, who I had hoped would assume the role of Chief Scribe, for covering for me for the start of this Cascade Club Fall Season while I was in India receiving great Ayurvedic medical care at a hospital for $132 a day, ALL inclusive.

Before an almost overflowing crowd, our speaker was Peter Stanley, the former owner of the World Renown Tides Tavern which had just celebrated its 50th anniversary.

Peter is a long-time member of our club, but he is seldom seen at our meetings. He recently sold the Tides to his son, who from all reports, is continuing to operate the Tides in the same manner which has caused the Tides to be known all over the world. From personal experience, I have had people tap me on the shoulder while I was in Europe and South America wearing a Tides sweatshirt, to tell me they have been there and loved it.

Peter came West from his home state of Connecticut to attend the University of Puget Sound. After graduating from UPS, he had no idea of what he wanted to do next but had fantasized about owning and operating a tavern and restaurant. After a search, on April 3, 1973 he purchased the derelict building which he described as filthy, dark with no windows, with rotting pilings and a collapsing dock. The abandoned building had previously housed a grocery store and bait shop and at one time was owned by the notorious 3 Fingered Jack.

Peter naively set a goal of a Grand Opening two months later for the start of Harbor Days. He made it! On that day, 300 people were waiting outside to be let in. When they closed that night, the floor was covered with 1 inch of beer, broken glass. The Tides was instantly the “Go To Place” and it has been ever since.

COMING EVENTS

MEETING OF OCTOBER 10, 2023: Our speaker will be Jordin Jones, our President’s daughter, on preparing for and walking the Pacific Coast Trail from Canada to Mexico.

MEETING OF OCTOBER 17, 2023: Ben Talbot of First Tee on Youth Training in Golf.

MEETING OF OCTOBER 24, 2023: LeAnne Noren from the Carol Milgard Breast Center. Ladies and guests are cordially invited.

MEETING OF NOVEMBER 7, 2023: Lilia Anderson on “Honor Flight” Scribe’s note: Having been at the airport in San Diego when a flight returned, it was most inspiring.

Our Fall Season is off to a great start. Let’s keep it going!

Respectfully submitted, Phil Sloan, reluctant scribe.

 

MINUTES OF MEETING OF September 26, 2023

President Mike Jones, who just returned from his trip to South Africa and Paris, opened the meeting and announced that, sadly, members Carroll Simpson and Randy Lindblad recently passed.

He then introduced Alan Anderson who gave a brief history of his involvement in founding the Gig Harbor Canoe and Kayak Team.

He then introduced Coach Alyson Morse to tell our Club about how it serves young people thorough training for and participation in local, regional, and national canoe and kayak competitions.

She proudly related that Gig Harbor Team members were award winners in the recent national competition in Sarasota, Florida. Coach Alyson gave a very interesting and informative presentation with far more information than this scribe could capture. Fortunately, the Gig Harbor Canoe and Kayak Team has an excellent website at
from which you can learn all you might want to know about the Team.

COMING EVENTS

The speaker next week on October 3rd is our own Cascade Club member Peter Stanley to present the history & founding of the Tides Tavern.

RESPECTFULLY SUBMITTED, Chuck Foster, Club Secretary, sitting in for Scribe Phil Sloan who we think, currently, is wandering around in India trying to figure how to get home.

 

MINUTES OF MEETING OF September 19, 2023

Dick Muri opened the meeting and introduced Connie Hebe. She is the Deputy Director of Public Services for the Pierce County Library System. She gave an interesting overview of the Pierce County Library System, the focuses of which are “learning, enjoyment, and community.” She pointed out that, “Public libraries have endured for centuries to provide free access to information to protect the right to think, to exchange ideas.” On their website, https://mypcls.org/about-us/, that the system provides a variety of services at 19 locations in Pierce County and online.

Expanded the focuses accomplish the following:
Learning:
• Supports growth and curiosity.
• Prepares preschoolers to learn.
• Promotes school and career success.
• Strengthens skills and knowledge.
Enjoyment:
• Helps people enjoy their free time.
• Inspires imagination.
• Fosters love of reading.
• Creates opportunities to discover.
Community:
• Connects and strengthens communities.
• Brings people together.
• Activates communities with welcoming buildings and online spaces.
• Connects people with information and community resources.

Connie described that
• They serve people where they are through “pop up” libraries.
• That the System has lots of partners. For instance, it continues to offer COVID test kits at libraries through partnership with the Pierce County Health Department.

She showed plans for the interim “brick and mortar” Lakewood Library to be located on the intersection of Gravelly Lake Drive SW and Alfaretta Street SW for which construction is underway.

There was a discussion of what was to happen with the site of the old Lakewood library building which is to be demolished.
Property taxes fund the Pierce County Library System. The Pierce County Library Foundation helps with funding. Efforts are underway to develop a strategic plan for the System in 2024.

COMING EVENTS

Our new president for this coming year, Dr. Mike, expects to be back with Vim, Vigor & Vitality for this next meeting on September 26. The speakers next week are Coach Alyson Morse and Alan Anderson who ride heard on the Gig Harbor Canoe & Kayak Team.

Please join us in-person at the TC&GC but if you are not able then join us on ZOOM.

If anyone needs help, instruction or training on the ZOOM connection process I would be glad to lead them down the garden path to becoming a ZOOM comfortable user. You all know that as technology advances it doesn’t go away, or even backwards, but continues to require us to meet its updated capabilities. Let me know if I can help. JohnMc jhmcg3@gmail.com

RESPECTFULLY SUBMITTED, Chuck Foster, Club Secretary, sitting in for Scribe Phil Sloan who, currently, is being messed around with in India but threatens to return in the not too distant future.

 

MINUTES OF MEETING OF September 12, 2023

For the first meeting of the 2023/2024 year of the Club, Mike Jones, who is in Africa with Dana, arranged a wonderful speaker, Wayne Thronson to talk about, “How I set up PGA golf tournaments.” Dick Muri chaired the meeting. Rob Erb introduced his friend, Wayne, with the following:
“Most of us who play the game of golf, and even those who don’t know the names Arnold Palmer and Jack Nickolas. Oue speaker today has competed with both of them as well as working with other big-name golfers and many other sports celebrities! Wayne started off as a young man in the insurance business and by some strange quirk of fate, wound up in the professional golfing industry. There he consulted, worked for and worked with a number of the biggest names in golf while remaining rather anonymous to the rest of the world.
He retired in 2012 from his company, Tournament Services. His son now owns and runs the business or as Wayne puts it “The business runs him.”
“I’ll let him tell you how he went from a mild-mannered insurance executive to a mild-mannered owner of a fascinating business in the professional golfing industry that most of us never heard of!”
Wayne related that he got started when he helped set up an LPGA tournament, which lead to requests to set up some PGA senior tournaments, which lead to him forming his company to provide set up services for PGA tournaments. He said that tournament sponsors often hire management companies, who hire his company, under contract, to provide everything from training volunteers, stands, roping the course, signage, to porta potties.
He distinguished between the PGA TOUR and the PGA of America. The PGA of America is composed of American professional golfers like club pros, while the PGA Tour was formed in 1968 when a subset of touring professionals broke away from the PGA of America and includes foreign players. The PGA Tour co-sanctions tournaments on the PGA TOUR, PGA TOUR Champions, Korn Ferry Tour, PGA TOUR Latinoamérica and PGA TOUR Canada. Wayne stated that, while the sponsors pay for tournaments, the PGA Tour makes all the decisions.
He talked about the Saudi funded LIV golf tournaments, which started 2 years ago when they bought 48 players to play in 7 tournaments of 54 holes, no cuts, and shotgun starts in team competition. Last year there were 13 tournaments.The PGA TOUR has typically organized 40 tournaments a year which does not include the 4 major tournaments, The Masters, The US Open, The Open Championship, and the PGA Championship. In response to the LIV tour high prize money, the PGA TOUR doubled the purses for designated events, in 2023, and signature events, in 2024. There will be a total of 8 signature events in 2024, which do not include the majors, playoff events and Players Championship. There will be smaller fields and increased purse sizes. To learn more about these events go to this site: https://sports.betmgm.com/en/blog/pga/pga-tour-what-are-elevated-events-which-tournaments-bm10/.
Wayne commented that for these tournaments 50 of the top players have to play or be fined and that in the undesignated tournaments you won’t know the players. LIV and the PGA TOUR have agreed to merge and all law suits have been dropped. There are many questions such as, “How are the players, who did not go to LIV, going to be compensated for turning down large amounts of money.” Wayne’s comment, “It’s a mess!” He then said but “golf is doing well.”
In response to a question, Wayne indicated that caddies make 5 to 10% of the golfer’s winnings.

COMING EVENTS

This Fall, we will be resuming our “who are those guys” in which new and old members give talks about themselves, what you have done and what you are now doing which will help us get to know each other better.

Next week our speaker is Connie Behe of the Pierce County Library System speaking on the Lakewood Library and the County Library System.

Please join us in-person at the TC&GC but if you are not able then join us on ZOOM.

RESPECTFULLY SUBMITTED, Chuck Foster, Club Secretary, sitting in for Scribe Phil Sloan who, currently, is messing around in India but threatens to return in the not too distant future.