Posted by Tom McLean on Aug 28, 2017
Rotary Club of Olympia
The Wheel
Date: 08/28/2017
Program: Nuclear Weapons and Climate Change
Meeting called to order by:  President Christy Peters
  • Invocation:  Nick Schmidt
  • Pledge of Allegiance:  Rotaract Students
  • Patriotic Song:  America the Beautiful, Gloria Strait leading
  • Four Way Test:  Mark Elliot
Visiting Rotarians: 
  • West Olympia - Carla Fowler
Guests of Rotarians: 
  • Terri Ryan, guest of Steve Ryan
  • Sarah Lloyd, Executive Director of Safe Place
  • Max Brown, guest of Nick Schmidt
  • Barbara Soule, guest of Oscar Soule
  • Gary Vallieres, guest of Tore Neilsen
  • Betty Jameson, wife of today's speaker
  • Susan Strobel, sister of Betty Jamieson
  • Carla Fowler, wife of Chuck Fowler
  • Mark Fouts, former Olympia Mayor
  • Barry Wilcox, Wilcox Farms and Sigma Nu
  • Susan Wilcox, Wilcox Farms
  • Interact Officers Introduced by Jim Balz:  Petra, Tatum, Debbie, Finn, Izzy
 Happy Bucks: 
  • Colleen Gillespie - Spent 3 weeks in Europe; her second day in St. Petersburg she drank clean vodka.
  • Mark Boyer - Spent 2 weeks in Italy; his family is hosting an exchange student for a year, Sarah.

Jim Balz shared some of Olympia High School Interact Club's accomplishments:

  • $200 was raised at Bearzar for Polio Plus
  • Members volunteered at the food bank
  • Members have made book donations
  • The club planted trees in observance of Martin Luther King Jr Day
  • They club held a Veteran's Day assembly
  • The annual International Dinner fundraiser, raised $13,500!

Community Grants

  • $1,500 was given to SafePlace (Sarah Lloyd, Exec Director accepted the gift).  They have provided assistance to survivors of domestic violence and abuse since 1981.
  • $1,500 was given to the Etta Projects.  They are involved in health, sanitation, and water projects.
Baseball Game at Tacoma Rainiers

Oscar Soule reminded everyone that the Rainier's game begins at 5:30 pm.

Program: Lieutenant General Arlen "Dirk" Jameson- 21ST Century Consequences: Nuclear Weapons and Climate Change

Lt. Gen. Jameson is University of Puget Sound Alumni (1962) and was in the Air Force for 36 years.  He served as Deputy Commander in Chief and Chief of Staff of U.S. Strategic Command, overseeing our nation's nuclear defense system.  He recommended watching Command and Control for background on a close call we had with nuclear weapons.


Lt. Gen. Jameson shared that the US and Russia each now have about 1,550 nuclear weapons authorized (deployed?).  This is down from about 30,000 during the cold war.


Countries are spending trillions to improve the capability of the nuclear weapons.


Climate change is also a national security issue that the military is evaluating.  Lt. Gen. Jameson sees this as one of the largest threats we face going forward.


Mr. Snappy Winner:

Lori Woodland (A gift certificate to the Olive Garden)
Submitted By: Tom McLean
Meeting Adjourned: 1:30 pm by President Christy Peters