Wheel Report for Monday October 3, 2016

Program: Superior Court Candidates


Rotary Club of Olympia

The Wheel

Date:  Monday October 3, 2016
Today’s Program: Superior Court Candidate Debate
Meeting Called to order: 12:01 by Christy Peters 
Invocation by: Vida Zvirzhys-Farler
Pledge of Allegiance led by: Dick Blinn
Song:  Gloria Strait
Four Way Test led by:  Lynn Heinold
Visiting Rotarians: John Skinder, Kelsey Hulse
Guests of Rotarians:  Justices Jim Dixon and Ann Hersh
Happy Bucks: Allen Miller (62nd Bday), Nancy Riordon (Parks national/state), Marie (Exchange student) host family made tamales; Paul Knox (UW Day of Caring 800 volunteers), Oscar Soule (Celebration of life/near miss @ Mariner Game), Fred Adair (Bday), Don Chalmers (SPSCC Experience event, many Rotarians), Vida Zvirzdys-Farler (Downtown Clean Up), Anthony Hemstad (Return from Inner Mongolia Trip), Bob Wubbena (Sharing Facts of Capital Lake), Skip Steffen (Union Gospel Mission Annual Benefit October 15), and Gerry Alexander (Husky Football Victory).
Mini- Auction: Steve Bean – Scuderi Farm Fresh Eggs sold to Justice Wilson $25.00. Tom Lally donated a Fall Rotary Travel bag with various pumpkin flavored goodies, Justice Stephens was the high bidder @ $65.00.
Kim Dinsmore – Cool Jazz, Clean Water event November 19. Various was to support – Attend, volunteer to pour wine, donate instrument and/or wine. Contact Kim for further details kad@sunsetair.com
Christy Peterson informed the club of a Membership Sub Committee. Focusing on Rotary member engagement, this sub-committee is looking for new members. Contact Christy or Sam Bovard for more details.
Judy Blinn informed members they can order club specific Rotary Logo merchandise. Sign-up sheets will be available through the next few meetings.
Reid Bates circulated on invocation form to complete the 12 open slots from now until December 2016.
Justice Wilson Moderated our Superior Court Candidate Debate. Justice Wilson provided the following context with respect to our Superior Court:
  1. Trial Court – dealing with Family and Criminal Law
  2. Hears Appeals
  3. 8 Full Time Judges; 4 year terms; currently two open seats (Position 1 and 7)
  4. Open Seats result of 2 retiring Justices (Tabor and Wickham)
Debate format: 3-minute opening remarks; 90 secs for questions
Candidates for today’s debate: Position 1: Laura Murphy and Chris Lanese; Position 7: Jim Foley and John Skinder
Opening Remarks
Candidates provided opening remarks
Candidates responded to the following questions:
Why would you make a good Judge?
What experience do you have in Criminal and Family Law and which area would provide the biggest learning opportunity?
What do you think about specialty courts?
What would you do to make the practice of law better?
Mr. Snappy: Preston Try won a $25.00 gift card to Olympia Supply Company
Meeting adjourned: by Christy Peters @ 1:30