Today's meeting featured our own Tim Stokes of SPSCC and John Doan, City of Tumwater.  They spoke on The Craft Brewing and Distilling Center now being developed.
Rotary Club of Olympia
The Wheel
Today’s Program: Craft Brewing and Distilling Center
Meeting Called to order: President Wendy Holden, 12:21 pm 
Invocation by:    Nancy Riordan who reflected on the service of our Veterans and our responsibility to vote.
Pledge of Allegiance led by: Lisa Poundstone
Song:  Star Spangled Banner, led by pianist Dennis Williams
Four Way Test led by:  Debra Stephens
Visiting Rotarians:       John Doan, Tumwater
                                      Karla Fowler, West Olympia
                                      Chris, South Puget Sound
                                      Denise Keegan, Tumwater
Guests of Rotarians: 
                                      Barbara Lind
                                      Kim Crossen, MOHAI
                                      Scot Whitney, Harlequin Productions
                                      Christina Hastings
                                      Kelly Green, SPSCC
Happy Bucks:
Nick Schmidt, SPSCC, celebrated the success of their soccer and volleyball teams and is ready for basketball season to begin.
Tom McLean announced that his daughter made the Washington Music Educators Association all-state orchestra.
Bob Heck was glad to see the Camo2Commerce program of fellow Rotarian Sean Murphy highlighted in the Alaska Airlines in-flight magazine.
Sam Bovard shared that the water project led by Bob Wubbena was recognized in the recent Rotary newsletter and reminded the members that the Book Club meets the second Tuesday of the month at 7 pm at Mercatos.  There will be a meeting on election night.
Dana Pethia and Katie Wojke announced that the Saint Martin’s Gala on Saturday evening was a tremendous success raising $1.15M for student scholarships. 
Denise Keegan celebrated her daughter’s wedding in July and said the she is now the Vice President of the Tumwater Club.  Her Club has started an Interact Club at Black Hills. 
Debra Stevens shared that her stepfather is a WWII veteran and that her father is a Washington State Cougar and that they will be attending the Apple Cup together this year.
President Wendy announced the red badge fireside will be held on 11/29 at the home of Renetta Wilson.  She also introduced Judy Henderson and John Hough who have set up a table in the front of the room for members to learn more about their Paul Harris status and points. 
Gloria Strait introduced Scot Whitney with Harlequin Productions.  Scott provided an overview of the history of the theater and the upcoming Stardust performances, as well as the 2017 shows.  Harlequin typically offers seven shows per year. 
Chris Townley with the South Puget Sound Rotary announced their annual rose sale.  Roses purchased now will be delivered on Friday, November 18th.
Jim Balz announced the Rotary Interact Veteran’s Day assembly and reception that will happen at Olympia High School this Thursday, November 10th, beginning at 9:40 a.m.
Chuck Fowler recognized the Veterans in the Club and the late Carl Lind who retired after three decades of distinguished service. 
Steve Bean auctioned off one dozen Scuderi eggs to Cyndi Zechmann for $25.
Holly Mason introduced guest speakers Dr. Tim Stokes of South Puget Sound Community College and John Doan from the City of Tumwater. 
Holly shared that if you tell anyone in the Northwest you are from Olympia and they usually connect it to the Olympia Brewery and historic brewhouse and even though they no longer operate, they have set Thurston County apart as a center for brewing and distilling.  We are home to award winning breweries, a variety of distilleries, local cideries and many other businesses that support the industry.  The college is part of an Innovation Partnership Zone, led by the Thurston Economic Development Council for Craft Brewing and Distilling, focused on creating opportunities for expansion and growth in this industry.
According to the presenters, the Center of Excellence would have a regional focus to facilitate craft brewing and distilling activities, extend industry research, education, workforce training, and public information.  Such a facility would serve as an incubator for small brewers and distillers and provide public amenities such as a museum, river walk, trail connections, and preservation of the iconic and historic Old Brewhouse.  These unique plans envisioned by the government, business, educational, cultural and private partners will enhance a new era of brewing and distilling in our region and the preservation of a rich tradition. 
Dr. Stokes said that the Center of Excellence will begin offering classes soon and is not dependent on finding the permanent building.  An RFP is being prepared to invite proposals for a building to house the program. 
More information can be found online at
Mr. Snappy: Three month membership to YMCA won by Ron Rants
Meeting adjourned: By President Wendy at 1:31 p.m.