Posted by Laurie Dolan on Apr 02, 2018
Rotary Club of Olympia
The Wheel
Date: 4/2/2018

Today’s Program:  TVW Update by President and CEO Renee Radcliff Sinclair

Meeting Called to order: by President Christy Peters @ 12:25 pm

  • Invocation by: Debra Stephens
  • Pledge of Allegiance led by: Bob Wubbena
  • Song: “God Bless America”  led by Gloria Strait
  • Four Way Test led by: Tom Lally

Visiting Rotarians

Miguel Chu (Taiwan) -  Miguel is the father of exchange student Eve Chu.  He exchanged Rotary banners with our club.

Guest of Rotarians

  • Eve Chu, our exchange student, introduced her parents Miguel and Wella, and her brother David, who are visiting from Taiwan where Eve’s Dad is president of his Rotary Club.
  • Anthony Hemstad introduced his wife, Tereza, and his sister Rachael Hemstad.
  • Colleen Gillespie introduced Scott Spencer, a new member of her business
  • Nancy Zussy Allen introduced her husband Mark Allen

 Happy Bucks – hosted by Jim Leonard

There were 15 Happy Rotarians!  Here are the highlights:

  • Jim Leonard - 9 month old grandson (and his parents) moving closer
  • Nancy Zussy Allen - Extra office furniture give away, including a 12 ft long front counter
  • Norma Schuiteman - The Community Foundation Luncheon - April 24 - Hotel RL
  • Fred Adair - Four grandchildren here to visit last week
  • Sam Bovard - Turned 60 and Book Club next week
  • Warren Carlson - Cruise to Cuba - happy, welcoming people
  • Colleen Gillespie - Lady Irish won!  Organizing a “Trashy Magazine” Club (with wine,          of course)
  • Diane Gallegos - Delivering bookshelves and books.  Want to help? 
  • Tom Lally - Happy 63rd Birthday!
  • Kelly Cooper - Hosting Eve’s family from Taiwan
  • Eve Chu - Happy her family is in Olympia and brought candy from Taiwan for us to try
  • Dave Sederberg - Sponsor an Earth Flag for Earth Month ($50) - All sponsorship money raised will support Procession of the Species
  • Ralph Munro - Thank you for contributing to Polio Plus campaign
  • Christy Peters - NYC trip last week - got to see Jimmy Carter on Stephen Colbert!

Classification Talk:  Anthony Hemstad

Anthony earned his blue badge with a fascinating talk about his life and career. . . a combination of international trade and public policy, beginning with falling in love and marrying his Czechoslovakian wife.  Anthony’s Dad was Washington State Senator Dick Hemstad (the UTC building is named after him).  Anthony worked in Prague, Bratislava, Warsaw, and Budapest.  He has now settled down in the house in which he grew up in Olympia and is serving as a senior advisor to Duane Davidson, our Washington State Treasurer.  Sit next to Anthony whenever you can.  He has amazing stories to tell!  


Yelm Bowling Tournament

The Yelm Bowling Tournament is Monday, April 9th - 6 pm - Prairie Lanes

Carl Reder Award Nominations

Steve Bean announced that nominations are due for the Carl Rader Award by April 13th.  This award is the highest service award that we sponsor, named after Rotarian Carl Rader who “never said ‘No,’ and never quit working.”  Send nominations to either Steve Bean or Judy Blinn.

Program:  TVW Update with Renee Radcliff Sinclair

Gerry Alexander introduced Renee Radcliff Sinclair, President and CEO of TVW, who gave us front row seats to the history and evolving programming at TVW.  Renee is the fourth person to serve as CEO of TVW.  Our own Denny Heck was the first.  Before coming to TVW, Renee spent 14 years as a journalist, six years in the Washington State House of Representatives, and worked for Apple in government affairs and policy development covering 14 states.

On April 10, 1995, TVW began gavel to gavel coverage of the Washington State Supreme Court.  In January 1996 coverage of the hearings and floor action began for the House of Representatives; and in 1997 coverage began for the Senate hearings and floor action.  Almost any time of the day or night, Washingtonians can watch their government at work.

TVW documentaries are yearly winners of Emmy Awards, and some of the favorite shows include Inside Olympia, Impact, Legislative Review, TVW@Large, and The Decision.  I personally (Laurie Dolan) had the opportunity to do Capitol Classroom where I met 5 different times, over the internet, with a 5th grade classroom.  A really fun gig for this former elementary teacher!

Renee also showed some very fun, “older” footage, or our own Ralph Munro talking about his favorite places.

Mr. Snappy: Jim Phillips won Regal Cinema tickets

Meeting Adjourned: 1:30 pm by President Christy

Next Week’s Program:  Chris Wells, Executive Director of United Way of Thurston County