Posted by Peter Brennan on Jun 25, 2018
Rotary Club of Olympia
The Wheel
 Date: 6/25/2018
Today’s Program:  Washington State Ferries
Meeting Called to order: President Christy Peters @ 12:20 pm
  • Invocation by: Diane Gallegos
  • Pledge of Allegiance led by: Martin Meyer
  • Song: God Bless America, led by Nancy Zussy Allen
  • Four Way Test led by: Dick Blinn
Visiting Rotarians
Guests of Rotarians
  • Outbound exchange student Maddy Hunnington-Bradley and her mother Sarah, guests of Rosemary Barnhart
  • Shelly Willis, Family Education and Support Services, guest of Heather Antanatis
  • Jonathan Pleger, Morningside Services, guest of Laurie Arnone
Happy Bucks – hosted by Victoria Byerly
  • Victoria Byerly - Is happy about her girls’ weekend retreat at Alderbrook
  • Oscar Soule  - Promoted the signups for the Rainiers’ game on August 27th.  Names of the children attending will be placed in a drawing for a visit and photo on the field before the game.
  • Kyle Cronk - Is glad to be back at Rotary after his busy schedule has taken him away recently.  The Y is celebrating the opening of the Plum Street location, which has been very busy since opening earlier in the month.  The Y has also launched a capital campaign for a Shelton site, which has already raised $1.3M.
  • Martin Meyer - Asked for members to help promote the upcoming Lakefair Races.  Posters are available.
  • Holly Mason  - Is happy to be celebrating her walking club’s 40th year of meeting at 5:22 am five days a week.  She will be out for a few weeks with hip replacement surgery and then looks forward to getting back on track with Rotary and the walking club. 
  • Fred Adair - Is thankful to be celebrating his 63rd anniversary.
  • Cheryl Selby - Announced that her youngest daughter has become an Evergreen State College Geoduck where she will be earning her Master’s degree.
  • Chuck Fowler - Shared that his wife Karla had successful hip replacement three weeks ago and is doing very well.
Exchange Students
Maddy Huntington-Bradley made a brief presentation in Portuguese about her upcoming exchange year in Brazil.  She will spend her junior year with her host family and has already been preparing for the experience by learning the language and texting with her host sister.
Polio Plus
Fred Adair provided a Polio Plus update, reporting there are currently 11 cases total in Afghanistan and Pakistan.  The cases should end by this year or early 2019, but there is more work that will need to continue to avoid future outbreaks.
Community Grants
Paul Knox, chair of the Community Grants Committee gave an overview of the recent partnership with Gateway and Lacey Rotary Clubs to secure a District Match.  Each club contributed $3,500, for a total of $10,500 and that amount was matched to provide $21,000 total for community projects.  Out of 16 proposals, the committee selected a project to renovate a playground in Rochester for Boys & Girls Club.  The hope is that the project will be completed in time for the new school year in the fall.
Program: Washington State Ferries
Jim Larson, who once lived on Orcas Island and has spent many trips on the Washington State Ferries, introduced Amy Scarton, Assistant Secretary of Ferries.
Amy shared that there are more than 1,900 employees who support the roles of transit link, tourist attraction, and economic link that the ferry system fulfills in our state.  She said that ridership doubles during the summer months, so this is a very busy time of year for them.
In 2017, state ferries transported 24.5M passengers along 10 routes and docking at 20 terminals.  During that year, the ships provided a 92% on-time performance rate, besting Alaska Airlines’ 88%.
Some of the biggest challenges to the system include a high percentage of highly skilled staff nearing retirement in the next five years and a fleet that is aging and somewhat inefficient.  She reviewed the impacts of upgrading to hybrid power that would reduce fuel consumption by almost 25%.  Upgrades are currently underway at the Mukilteo and Colman (Seattle) Docks, with the Colman project expected to be completed in six years to allow the ferry to run uninterrupted.
Future goals are being developed through a long range plan (20 years) that includes significant community input with 3,772 community members already participating.  Key themes arising include attention to improvements in technology, planning for growth, resiliency, efficiency and sustainability.
Mr. Snappy
Dennis Peterson (Rotarian #000000001) won a Starbucks gift card, donated by Jay Burney.
Meeting Adjourned: 1:25 pm by Dan Lehuta