Posted by Matthew DeBord on Apr 16, 2018
Rotary Club of Olympia
The Wheel
Date: 4/16/2018
Today’s Program: Author and Former Olympian Columnist John Dodge
Meeting Called to order by President Christy Peters
  • Invocation by: Reid Bates “Good Timber”
  • Pledge of Allegiance led by: Norma Schuiteman
  • Song: God Bless America led by Gloria Strait
  • Four Way Test led by: Patrick Lewis
Visiting Rotarians 
Guest of Rotarians
  • President Christy Peters introduced Hannah Becker – University of British Columbia/Intern,
  • Judy Henderson introduced Audrey Henley of the Olympia Film Society,
  • Steve Bean introduced his wife Nancy and John Dodge, retired journalist from The Olympian.
  • Bob Heck introduced Tim Hume, the newest financial advisor at Kiley Juergens Wealth Management.
Happy Bucks – hosted by Sean Murphy
  • Warren Carlson attended a conference in Boulder, CO.
  • Bob Heck attended a fundraiser for the Dispute Resolution Center and was happy to see Tim Hume join Kiley Juergens Wealth Management.
  • Nick Schmidt happy to go on a trip to Arizona and to be going to a golf tournament in Coeur d’Alene, ID.
  • Dave Sederberg excited about Earth month and has a contest with flyers on the tables.
  • Lynn Heinold enjoyed a great weekend at the Tacoma Yacht Club and got to captain a yacht. 
Steve Bean auctioned off Joe Scuderi’s smoked salmon for $30 to Greg Bucove
Paul Harris Fellowships
Judy Henderson announced our newest Paul Harris Fellows Gordon Osberg and Carolyn Manger +4.
Cool Jazz Clean Water
Corinna Phillips announced that Cool Jazz Clean Water will be on November 17th.
OHS Interact Club
Wednesday April 18 is the International Dinner at OHS.
Volunteers Needed
  • Reid Bates passed around the sign-up sheet for invocations. 
  • Renetta Wilson is looking for more volunteers to be cashiers. 
Yelm Bowling Tournament
President Christy thanked exchange students Eve and Peggy for representing the club in the bowling tournament in Yelm, and presneted them with "Making a Difference" pins. 
Program:  Author and Former Olympian Columnist John Dodge
Our scheduled speaker, author Mike Lawson, was not available, so John Dodge spoke about his new book, “A Deadly Wind,” the story of the Columbus Day storm of October 12, 1962.  John worked as a columnist for The Olympian for years and, after retiring, decided to write the book, as there has never been one written on this important historical event.  The Columbus Day Storm of 1962 reportedly blew down 15 billion feet of timber, damaged 53,000 homes and caused 60 deaths.  The weather report called for winds of up to 60 mph, but the actual winds were over 100 mph (in line with a category 3 hurricane) and the storm hit at rush hour on Friday night.  The storm resulted in 2 deaths in Thurston County and the weather station in Corvallis, OR experienced 128 mph winds and was abandoned. 
John spoke about the good things happening at Andrea Griffith’s Browser’s Books in downtown Olympia.  He also said that his biography of Angela Bowen is available at the Olympia Golf and Country Club.  John said that he is happy to see The Olympian in downtown Olympia, but he is sad to see that it is now such a small paper. 
John has a blog available at  
Mr. Snappy:  Won by Fred Adair, a $25 Gift Card from Dickie’s BBQ. 
Meeting Adjourned by President Christy Peters