Posted by Victoria Byerly on Apr 30, 2018
Rotary Club of Olympia
The Wheel
Date: 4/30/2018
Today’s Program: Annual Earth Day Presentation by Oscar Soule
Meeting Called to order by President Christy Peters @ 12:20 pm
  • Invocation by: Dave Sederberg
  • Pledge of Allegiance led by: Laurie Dolan
  • Song: National Anthem, led by Gloria Strait
  • Four Way Test led by: Lori Woodland
Visiting Rotarians
Sherwin Cotler from Lacey Rotary
Guest of Rotarians  
  • Heather Antanaitis of Family Support Services and guest of Rosemary Barnhart
  • Hannah Becker, guest of Christy Peters
  • Kirsten Flynn, John Calambokidis, and Alexei Calambokidis of Cascade Research Collective and guests of Oscar Soule
Happy Bucks – hosted by Justice Debra Stephens
  • Justice Debra Stephens - Visited her daughter in Nicaragua.
  • Sarah Clinton - Announced two YMCA this Saturday.  One is the Spring Run and the other is Youth Legislature.
  • Jeff Crooks - Took a two week trip with his daughter, and brought a book to donate.
  • John Hough - Put a dessert up for bid during the last meeting and is happy to donate.
  • Sam Bovard - Went to the Country Music Awards in Las Vegas with this wife.  The Boys’ and Girls’ Club’s Breakfast is right around the corner.  There will be three alums speaking this year.
  • Heather Antanaitis - Noted Family Education and Support Services received $10,000 more than is expected and is grateful for the contributions. 
  • Dan Sederberg - Announced that the Procession of the Species was wonderful.  He gave away two T-shirts in honor of Earth Day.
  • Peggy Mueller (our exchange student from Germany) - Had a great time in California and is happy that her sister will be joining her in two weeks.
  • Laurie Tebo – Behavioral Health Resources' annual dinner is May 11 at 6:00 pm at the Hotel RL
  • Allen Miller - After receiving her Bachelor's in chemistry from Willamette, a Master's in chemistry from the UW, and a Master's education from WWU, his daughter signed her “rookie contract” to teach physics and chemistry at Garfield High School in Seattle.
  • Eve Chu (our exchange student from Taiwan) - Wants to go to a concert and needs someone to go with her.
  • Nick Schmidt - Back after being gone most of the month and a great GNAC golf championships where he served as starter at Coeur d’alene
  • President Christy reminded everyone that 5/7/18 meeting is at Indian Summer.
  • Nate Naismith will be taking headshots for Rotary/Facebook/LinkedIn/etc. for a $10 donation prior to and after the 5/14 and 5/21 meetings
Steve Bean auctioned off eggs and two different sets of theatre tickets.
Program: Oscar Soule – Earth Day Awards and Environment Update
Oscar Soule presented environmental awards as follows:
  • John Calambokidis, Cascadia Research Collective
  • Loretta Seppanen, South Sound Farm Trust
Oscar then delivered his annual environmental update.  While most Americans share a concern for the environment, only about 20% act on that concern all the time.  In terms of the public’s top priorities for 2017, the environment fell in the middle of the pack, behind things such as terrorism and the economy, but ahead of immigration and drug addiction.
The public’s priority for protecting the environment has risen 14% since 2009.  Environmental protection is a much higher priority among young people (18-29 years old – 64%) than older Americans (over 50 years old - 48%).  It will be interesting to see if (1) this concern stays high as this younger group ages, and (2) if those now in high school have an even higher commitment.
Oscar compared the language used most often in the political parties’ platforms to show their relative support for environmental issues.  While we are becoming more polarized in our thinking, there are many areas in which liberals and conservatives agree.  Hopefully this is where we may be able to dialog to achieve some results. 
Oscar touched on some of the major the issues solutions that are on professional environmentalists’ minds.
Meeting Adjourned: 1:30 pm by President Christy Peters