Rotary Club of Olympia
The Wheel
 
Date: 1/30/2017
 
Today’s Program: Dr. Deborah Giles, Research Director, Project Manager at the Center for Whale Research
 
Meeting Called to order: 12:20
 
Invocation by: Nancy Zussy
 
Pledge of Allegiance led by: Mark Gillispie
 
Song: God Bless America
 
Four Way Test led by: Mo Considine
 
Visiting Rotarians: Joseph Beaulieu from Lacey Rotary
 
Guest of Rotarians: Deborah Giles, Nat Jackson, Sandy Monroe, Wayne Shamel
 
Happy BucksDeborah Stevens
Oscar-Successful program prior week and daughter received an award
Victoria-Seattle Museum and Dance
Gerald-Birthday
Nat-Jump Rope for Rotary soon
Jim Balz-Story about his dad’s liquor cabinet
Nancy-Winifred Olson scholarship update
 
Announcements:
Jack Belmont-Vote for nominations
Cyndi Zechmann-Rotary Moment
Mark Elliot-Balz Community Grant Awards to the following:
            Washington Center for Performing Arts-Jill Barnes accepted award and will use grant for performance this week
            Big Brothers Big Sister-John Hicks accepted award and will use it for military children mentoring program
            Little Red Schoolhouse-Debbie Haddock accepted award and will use it for backpacks, supplies, socks, and underwear for kids in need at local schools
 
New Member Induction:
Todd Cutts, was introduced by Bob Heck, sponsored by Rashi Gupta and inducted by President Wendy Holden. Todd is the President of Water Street Consulting, based in Olympia. He comes to Olympia after serving as the City Manager for the City of SeaTac. Prior to that he was an economic development professional in SeaTAx, and for downtown associations in Long Beach, CA, and Denver, CO. He and his wife, Alison Hallberg (an Olympia native), have moved to Olympia from King County with their 3 boys (ages 11, 6 and 17). Todd is looking forward to working with Rotary to help serve the community. In particular, he looks forward to doing what he can to lend a hand with the positive evolution of downtown Olympia.
 
Scuderi Egg Auction: Terry Anderson, auctioneer, Jack Belmont won the dozen fresh eggs this week.
 
Program: Dr. Deborah Giles, Research Director, Project Manager at the Center for Whale Research
 
Laura Arnone introduced our speaker.
 
Dr. Giles spoke about the Orca population, history of studying them, the science behind it all, and some thoughts about what we can do to improve the local population. The biggest area of concern is around the food supply, mainly that the salmon population is less and less and the size of the fish is smaller and smaller.
 
Mr. Snappy: Wendy Holden - $25 to Café Vita
 
Meeting Adjourned: 1:32 by President Wendy Holden