Posted by Tom McLean on Aug 19, 2019
Rotary Club of Olympia
The Wheel
Meeting of August 19, 2019
 
Program - Congressman Denny Heck
 
Meeting Called to Order: by President Colleen Gillespie @ 12:25 pm
 
  • Invocation by:  Seth Goldstein
  • Pledge of Allegiance led by:   Felix D’Allesandro
  • Song:  America the Beautiful, led by Gloria Strait
  • Four Way Test led by: Dottie Lehuta
 
Visiting Rotarians
  • R.G. Van Van Jepmond, Lacey
  • Jan Teague, Asst. District Governor
 
Guest of Rotarians
  • Cindy Zechmann:  Ellen Phillips (daughter)
  • Jan Teague:  Former State Senator Karen Fraser and Lucille Carlson of Olympia Kiwanis
  • Bill Lahmann:  Helen Smith, reporter from the Olympian
 
Happy Bucks – hosted by Pat Rants
 
  • Warren Carlson - Even though he has had shingles and back pain, his men’s basketball team won the gold in senior games tournament.
  • Sean Murphy - Will be leaving the club because he has accepted a job with Wal-Mart in Bentonville, Arkansas.
  • Jay Burney - Is back from 6 weeks of sabbatical; he traveled to Nevada and Portland for baseball tournaments.  He also did a sky dive from 13,000 feet and he’s happy to report the chute opened.
  • Karen Fraser - Has $5 raffle tickets in conjunction with Harbor Days, which Kiwanis runs
  • Matt DeBord - Celebrating his 39th birthday
  • Colleen Gillespie - Went to 40th class reunion in Spokane
 
Announcements
August is “Bring A Guest” Month
Next week is our last week of our Bring a Guest Drive.  Remember to invite a friend, business associate, or a neighbor that you feel would help us in our efforts to make our community and world a better place.  If you bring a guest you can buy their lunch for half price.
 
Board Meeting
Wednesday, August 21, 9 am at Bob Wubbena’s conference room at Percival Plaza.
 
Harlequin Ticket Auction:
Gloria Strait auctioned off tickets to “Blackbird,” the $70 winning bid came from Pat Rants.
 
New Member Induction:  Kathleen Buchli.  She was a Political Science major from the University of Wisconsin.  Moved to Seattle and attended law school.  She is our state Code Reviser.  Personal:  belongs to South Sound Quilting Society.  Shareholder of the Green Bay Packers.  We are looking forward to future auctions of some fantastic cheese!
 
Underwear and Socks Donations
While Colleen didn’t mention it at the meeting, it is worth noting that we collected 90 packs of underwear and socks.  At an average of 6 pairs per pack, that’s 540 pairs. Using an average of $6 per pack, that’s $540.  In addition, we gave Little Red Schoolhouse a check for $665.  Thanks to all who donated. 
 
Program – Congressman Denny Heck
Bob Heck introduced his father, Congressman Denny Heck.  His top priorities are jobs and the economy.  He serves on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.  Denny is the only member of Congress that serves on the Financial Affairs committee.  He is a 1973 graduate of The Evergreen State College (the first class!) and has been married to his wifie Paula for 43 years.
 
In his free time, he likes watching Gonzaga men’s basketball. 
 
Congressman Heck’s Presentation Highlights
 
Wait!!!! The Congressman was receiving a text of national importance!…Steve Bean’s car broke down!  A passing of the hat was encouraged to assist with towing and repairs.
 
Congressman Heck serves on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) which meets 3 floors below the capitol and behind 3 bank vault doors.  Meetings are usually twice a week. 
 
2 takeaways on HIPSCI:
 
  1. You can’t believe the number of people who get up every day whose sole thought is how to do harm to America.
  2. You can’t believe the number of people that get up every day whose sole purpose is to prevent them from doing harm to us.
It is not an accident that we haven’t had a major terrorist threat since 911.  It is because there are tens of thousands of people in the intelligence community working hard to keep us safe.
 
National Security Strategy
 
It is organized around an assessment of threat.  4 + 1 threats:  Russia, Iran, North Korea, China, and non-state actors; each represents a different threat.  The 5 actors around which our national security is built.
 
China
China's threat is both economic and military.   There are now more middle-class Chinese than total US citizens. 
 
We still have issues with intellectual property.  In China, there is an entire skyscraper filled with product copies for sale (ripped off brand name products).
 
The “Middle Kingdom” reference means the Chinese see themselves at the center of all things.
 
China is investing all over the world, especially in places with valuable mineral resources.
 
Keith Alexander, a general formerly in charge of the National Security Agency has said, “Whoever wins the race in quantum computing will rule the world.”  China is “all in” in achieving quantum computing.
 
Russia
A gas station with nukes.  Without gas, they are a well armed 3rd world country. 
 
Why is Russia instigating aggressive actions in Ukraine and Crimea and waging constant cyber warfare?  Putin has an image of regaining the glory of the former Soviet Union and he’s trying to get back to that in some fashion.  Putin seems to have a philosophy of “If I make my adversary weaker, it makes me stronger.”
 
Iran
Major exporter of terrorism.  They supply arms and illegal financing around the middle east.
 
North Korea
Kim Jung Un is the world’s most despotic tyrant.  He also has a proclivity to share the technology with others.  He has the goal of developing nuclear weapons that he can deliver around the world.  It is written into their constitution that they will have nuclear weapons.
 
Going to war with North Korea is such a terrible option since Seoul (where 11+ million live) is within 30 seconds away from 12,000 North Korean rockets.  The Congressman feels that we need to continue with sanctions.
 
The assessment of Kim is that he is a rational actor with a primary mission:  staying in power.  Nuclear weapons are his key to staying in power (who would try to attack him if he has this capability?).
 
Non-State Actors
Terrorists
 
Resources to address these threats are organized around 5 areas:
  1.      Space
  2.      Cyber space/internet
  3.      Sky
  4.      Sea
  5.      Land
Resources (funds) are allocated according to US Security Policy and Goals
  1.      We must be able to win a major conflict
  2.      We must be able to protect the homeland
  3.      We must be able to tamp down any opportunistic flare up
Our defense budget is over $700 billion per year.
 
The cold war of the 50’s and 60’s was between communism and capitalism.  We won the cold war, but Congressman Heck feels the new cold war is between values of democracy (rule of law, free and open elections) vs. authoritarianism and kleptocracy.  Moves toward authoritarianism can be seen in examples such as China with Chairman Xi and Turkey’s Erdogan throwing out term limits...and of course Vladimir Putin. 
 
Mr. Snappy: Holly Mason won 2 movie tickets, donated by Dave Bjornson.
 
Meeting Adjourned: 1:30 pm by Colleen Gillespie