Rotary Club of Olympia
The Wheel
 
Date:  February 13, 2017
 
Today’s Program: 2016 Presidential Election
 
Meeting Called to order:   @ 12:30 p.m. by President Wendy Holden
 
Invocation by:    Seth Goldstein
 
Pledge of Allegiance led by: David Young
 
Song:  God Bless America led by Gloria Strait
 
Four Way Test led by:  Jim Leonard
 
Visiting Rotarians: 
Erin Volz, Capital Centennial Club
Karen Eichman, Education
 
Guests of Rotarians: 
David Rainey
Bill Fishburn
Mary Elizabeth Karpel
 
Happy Bucks:
President Wendy offered a special Valentine’s Day message encouraging members to focus on loving one another and to always keep in mind the Golden Rule.
 
Amanda Walker, Evergreen State College, donated her birthday bucks and announced the March 4th Art of Giving Gala benefitting Evergreen.
 
Judy Henderson gave $100 in honor of her 47th anniversary, birthday, Cyndi Zechman’s birthday and donated a book for the literacy program.
 
Diane Gallegos shared that she had just returned from a trip to see her three grandchildren in Colorado.
 
Anthony Hemstad announced his career change into government service in the State Treasurer’s office.  He is enjoying working much closer to home. 
 
Exchange student Victoria (Denmark) gave happy bucks for both snow days and, since, the better weather. 
 
Dennis Cooper reported that he just returned from a water and sanitation project in Bolivia.  Gave $73 in recognition of his birthday.
 
John Hough announced the annual Rotary Foundation event will be held on March 30th and will feature projects that have been made possible through the matching program.  The cost will be $26.50 pp in recognition of the first gift made 100 years ago.
 
Nick Schmidt is grateful that SPSCC student athletes are performing as well in class as on the court.  Both teams are in playoff contention. 
 
Sean Padget said he enjoyed the orientation time he spent with our soon-to-be Rotarians and realized that this marks his 15 year anniversary as a member of the Club.  Daughter is playing rugby at WSU and her team creamed UW 78-5.
 
Bob Heck recognized the large donation WESCU announced recently in support of the Hands on Children’s Museum. 
 
Warren Carlson had a great trip to India and is glad to see MLB spring training around the corner.
Exchange student Marie (France) is excited to go to Seattle.
 
Announcements:
President Wendy shared that the prices at Indian Summer have increased significantly and so the club is considering options.  We will meet at the new Hilton Garden Inn on Henderson for all meetings in March.  She welcomes any Indian Summer members who might be able to help with negotiations. 
 
Corrina Phillips says she thinks she is the event chair for Cool Jazz this year and that means she needs help.  She is recruiting for a pr and social media lead for the event.  Please contact her if you have a little time and expertise to offer.
 
Inductions:
Sarah Clinton introduced her two new inductees:
 
Anthony Brock is Graduation Specialist for Olympia High School and earned his Bachelors in American Studies and his Masters degree at the University of Washington.  He taught in Tacoma before returning to Olympia.  His wife Rachel is a 4th grade teacher and they have a one year old girl.
 
Linda Kleingartner has worked with Fred Hutch, the Department of Health and Social Services and is consulting local companies with T.A.S.  She is a native of Washington and moved to our community in 2002.  She has twins at Capital High School. 
 
Auction
Steve Bean auctioned the eggs to lucky winner Bob Heck. 
 
Program:
Oscar Soule introduced Russell Lidman, Professor Emeritus, Seattle University to share demographics and statistics regarding the 2016 presidential election.
 
Mr Lidman was a TESC faculty member, Director of the Washington State Institute for Public Policy, First Director of Evergreen’s Master of Public Administration Program, TESC Provost, Key staff member for Governors Lowry and Locke on public policy on human services, and Director of Seattle University’s advanced degree granting Institute of Public Service before he retired. 
 
Some of his observations included:
 
Political division is at a peak now relative to recent elections.
 
Young people voted for Clinton, but fewer than in 2008 or 2012.
 
Older demographic voted republican. 
 
College grads voted for Clinton.
 
Whites of all ages voted for Trump.
 
Men voted for Trump, women for Clinton.
 
Jewish voters supported Clinton 71 to 24.
 
Popular vote went to Clinton by two points.   Just what most polls projected.
 
In Washington, 54% of the vote went to Clinton, 38% to Trump.
 
If you have any issues or questions about the above, please call Russ.  He welcomes a challenge.
 
Mr. Snappy:  Won by Micki Holden Cooper
 
Meeting adjourned:1:31 pm