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If she’s the queen, can she serve on a jury of peers?

Post by Kathleen Merryman / The News Tribune on Sep. 24, 2008 at 5:28 pm with No Comments »
September 24, 2008 5:28 pm


So how often do you get the chance to raise $1,235 for charity and make the lawyers back slowly away from you when you show up for jury duty?


Eleanor Cozart pulled it off Wednesday.


Cozart, a member of Tacoma Sunrise Rotary, showed up for the early a.m. meeting geared up to promote the club’s annual auction, with its “Knights of the Rotarian Round Table” theme. She was wearing a midnight blue velvet gown with white satin accents in the Medieval style.


She gave her pep talk for the Oct. 4 auction at the Sharon McGavick Student Center and Conference Facility at Clover Park Technical College. She was ready to step down and duck out to change into her jury duty clothes.


That’s when a rascally Rotarian called out that she should show up at the City-County building as Guinevere.


“Raise enough money, and I will,” she shot back.


That’s the thing about Rotarians. They’re always plumbing their pockets to pay for their service projects. Sunrise’s list includes housing for homeless moms and their children, scholarships, and programs at Lincoln High and Stewart Middle School.


$235 in dress-incentives came in from the floor, followed by $1,000.


That added up to “enough.”


Superior Court Judge Rosanne Buckner, who’s also a member of Sunrise Rotary, snapped a shot of Cozart waiting patiently in the jury pool with a good book.

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