Posted by Bob Heck on Jun 05, 2017
Rotary Club of Olympia
The Wheel
Date: 6/05 /2017
Today’s Program: Washington State Treasurer Duane Davidson
Meeting Called to order: President Wendy Holden @ 12:20 pm
Invocation by: Sam Bovard
Pledge of Allegiance led by: Reid Bates
Song: God Bless America, led by Gloria Strait
Four Way Test led by: Craig Ottavelli
Visiting Rotarians:
“Van” Van Jepmond – Lacey Rotary Club
Guest of Rotarians:
Matt Rosenberg – guest of Anthony Hemstad
Dick Roman - guest of Chuck Fowler
Victoria Byerly  - guest of Christy Peters
Bill Fishburn - guest of Warren Carlson
Happy Bucks – hosted by Justice Debra Stephens
Justice Stephens – reminded everyone that Dine Around is being organized and encouraged all in the club to participate. She and Tom McLean are coordinating the program.
Norma Schuiteman - shared that the Community Foundation awarded over $140,000 in scholarships to Mason/Thurston County and that she had an amazing trip to the Republic of Georgia.
Judge Carol Murphy - shared that she recently celebrated a birthday and that her daughter graduated from Pope John Paul High School.
Dirk Farrar - shared he is celebrating a birthday.
Nick Schmidt – congratulated SPSCC on another successful Clipper Scramble Golf Tournament – the funds raised will provide the sustaining support for athletics scholarships. And, he shared he will travel to Orlando for the national Conference of Collegiate Athletic Directors.
Joan Houchen – Next door neighbor won essay contest “What Makes a House a Home”, it was Brad Hooper’s daughter
Bill Fishburn  - had surgery on his ear and it was a success – his hearing is returning. Bill also announced he is running for Port Commissioner and invited members from the club to his kickoff.
Sam Bovard – June 13 is the next Rotary Book Club – all members are welcome to join.
Oscar Soule – Olympia Rotary Night @ Tacoma Rainiers is coming up on August 28 – please mark your calendars. Oscar will get ticket info out to the club soon.
 Hal Marcus – Memorial will be on June 18, it is a luncheon
Andy Crow – Memorial will be on June 8 at 6pm at the Washington Center
Carl Raider Award Steve Bean acknowledged the work that Judy Blinn (as committee chair) and the entire committee did to evaluate the many nominees. The award was given to Ralph Munro.
Tie One OnChristy Peters reminded the club to bring donations of ties and scarves. Members will be able to purchase a donate tie or scarf for $5 each on June 26.
Rose Bowman Memorial ProjectBob Wubbena announced that Tacoma Rotary Club 8 has challenged each club in the district to donate $10/member. The basket was passed, and over $800 was raised during the meeting. Combined with the other club donations, the challenge was met.
Legacy Trials MarathonMartin Meyer and Bill Lahmann will have another committee meeting on June 8 – please contact them if you are interesting in supporting the event. Sponsors and volunteers are still needed.
Heidi Schaiberger – Heidi is from Colorado. She started her career in event planning and made her way to Chicago. Now in Thurston County, she works for Bloodworks NW and is excited to be a member of Rotary. Her sponsor, Gloria Strait, introduced her to the club.
Patrick Lewis – SVP/Sr. Loan Officer at Commencement Bank. He is a native of Puyallup and has spent 25 years in Banking. Kyle Cronk, his sponsor, introduced him – they have known each other since high school.
Program: Washington State Treasurer, Duane Davidson
Anthony Hemstad introduced our speaker. Before being elected State Treasurer, Duane was Benton County’s elected Treasurer. He was elected four times (2002, 2006, 2010, and 2014). He is an actively licensed certified public accountant (CPA) and has served three terms as President of the Washington State Association of County Treasurers (WSACT). Duane has been a member of several Kiwanis Clubs in Eastern WA and Thurston County. Anthony has been working w/Duane since he was elected to the State Treasurer position. Duane shared about his life and the path of his campaign for State Treasurer.
He was born and raised in Carnation, WA. He graduated from Central Washington University, where he met his wife. His career started in the State Auditor’s Office, under Auditor Brian Sonntag. The audit work motivated Duane to run for Benton County Treasurer. Since his election to the office of State Treasurer, Duane lives most of the time in Olympia on a 40-foot boat in Swantown Marina.
Duane was about ready to drop out of the race for State Treasurer when his wife passed unexpectedly. However, his family convinced him to continue. His daughter was his campaign manager (she was 17) – it truly was a family effort.
As State Treasurer, Duane said he is focused on being as a-political as possible, even though the position is partisan. He doesn’t believe it should be a non-partisan position, though.
As State Treasurer, he is focused on the following initiatives:
-Financial Education – throughout the K-12 school system
-Stopping predatory lending to WA families (especially migrant workers)
-Reducing the State Debt – this will require managing the debt going forward and publishing a Debt Affordability Study for all members of the state legislature to review prior to next session.
-Documenting the current institutional knowledge of the Office of State Treasurer and hiring quality employees to replace the staff who will be retiring in the coming years.
Mr. Snappy: Sarah Clinton won $25 to Starbucks, donated by Preston Troy
Meeting Adjourned: 1:30pm by President Wendy Holden