Rotary Club of Olympia
The Wheel
Date:  Monday March 13, 2017
Today’s Program:   Lt. Paul Lower shares details of the Olympia Police Department’s K-9 program.
Meeting Called to order: 12:30 pm by President Wendy Holden 
Invocation by: Cyndi Zechmann
Pledge of Allegiance led by:  David Young
The 4 Way Test led by:  Jim Balz
Guests of Rotarians:  Dave Suderberg was the guest of Neil DeBoer.
Club Talking Time Summary Points:
  1. Mark Boyer’s table:  Good:  door greeter, more social time at tables.
  2. Sam Bovard’s table:  Good:  recognizing Rotaract students.  Improve:  business part of meeting may be too long.  Idea:  mini classification speeches.
  3. Christy Peter’s table:  Good:  dine around, more pub nights, more diversity.
  4. Bob Heck’s table:  keep happy hour, do a “wine around,” less auctions.
Happy Bucks:  Sean Murphy – 9 away from 2,000 service member placements, Jim Balz – tree plant exercise, international dinner in April, Holly Mason – grandson Cole studying ballet, Jay Burney – son invited to Cape Cod to play baseball, Mo Considine – went to Rotary meeting in Calgary, District 5020 received award for best youth exchange program.  Rosemary Barnhart – went to a circus museum in Sarasota, Victoria (exchange student from Denmark) – celebrated a birthday and went skiing in White Pass, Marie (exchange student from France) – will do some hiking with a host family, needs to raise $600 – please contact if you have odd jobs she can assist with, Bob Heck – The Hands on Children’s Museum had a great gala, Kyle Cronk – gave $100 and hired Sarah Clinton to be the YMCA Executive Director, Dave Suderberg – Procession of the Species.
Program:  Lt Paul Lower gave a presentation on the Olympia Police Department’s K-9 program.  Lt. Lower shared how integrating dogs into police work helps find criminals.   We heard how this work is very physically demanding and how the dogs often get injured.  As part of getting well, the dogs sometimes get acupuncture.  Melnic, a recently retired K-9 with the Olympia Police Department, became a tremendous ambassador for the department through a terrific photo campaign and the “Where’s Melnic” contest that had kids search for his picture at businesses throughout the city.     
Mr. Snappy:  Judy Henderson won an 18 inch strand of Chinese pearls.
Meeting adjourned: by Wendy Holden @ 1:30 pm