Rotary Club of Olympia
The Wheel
 
 
Today’s Program: Earth Day, by Oscar Soule
 
Meeting Called to order:   12:21 by President Wendy
 
Invocation by:    Jim Balz
 
Pledge of Allegiance led by: Paul Knox
 
Song:  America the Beautiful, led by Allen Miller
 
Four Way Test led by:  Anthony Hemstad
 
Visiting Rotarians:  None
 
Guests of Rotarians: 
Stacey Houey and Barbara Soule – Oscar
Arla Harris, guest of Matt DeBord
Heidi from Bloodworks, guest of Rosemary Barnhart
Taylor Wood, guest of Jim Balz
Ralph Monroe’s cousin (name not identified)
 
Happy Bucks: Led by Debra Stephens
Jim Balz – Birthday and international dinner reminder
Matt DeBord – Downtown Olympia cleanup efforts and Rotary Park clean up.
Rosemary Barnhart – Kudos to Oscar for Mariners game coordination
Colleen Gillespie – Kitchen Remodel and career anniversary
Exchange Student Victoria – Easter Celebration
Exchange student Marie – Changed host family
Seth Goldstein – President of rabbinical association
Nick Schmidt – Final Four last week, excused from Jury Duty (that turned on him quickly)
Bob Heck - $41 for 41 years of marriage by his parents
Jewell Goddard – Happy to be alive after scary fall at home working in the yard
 
Announcements:
Marathon meeting @ 5:30 at Rants Group conference room Tuesday night
April 29th is annual auction for W. Olympia Rotary
Reminder to register for district conference
 
Auction: M’s Tix to Sean Padget, auctioned by Ralph Monroe
 
Program: Earth Day by Oscar Soule
 
David Easson – President of Batdorf and Bronson awarded environmental Protection Award for efforts in renewable energy and other environmental improvements
 
Rich Hoey – Director of Public Works for City of Olympia awarded for restoration of McAllister Springs, working collaboratively with local tribes, City of Tumwater and City of Lacey and converting all street lights to LED, saving substantial funds in the process
 
Oscar gave a presentation about local and regional successes regarding environmental impacts:
 
  1. Scotch broom control at Ft. Lewis
  2. Lake Washington clean-up
    1. Redirecting sewage and water treatment plants proved beneficial
  3. North American Wolf protections
    1. Population growth shown with net gain of 25 wolves in 2016
  4. Removal of Elwha Dams
    1. Salmon population growth and restoration to natural water flow
 
Mr. Snappy: Neil won $25 to Costco, donated by Amanda Walker
 
Meeting adjourned: 1:30