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Hello, from the Tumwater Rotary Club!

Service Above Self

We meet Wednesdays at 12:00 PM

New Market Vocational Skills Ctr.

7299 New Market St SW
Tumwater, WA 98501
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Posted by William McCarthy

Kevin Daton, of the Washington State Department of Transportation Olympic Region, spoke today of the rising demand in road improvement demands and the corresponding drop in revenue.

The Olympic Region contains 7 Counties, 3,000 miles of roadway, and 638 bridges.  Only 27% of the WSDOT revenue comes from the Federal Government.  The amount is flat, meaning that over the next few years that % will decrease. Currently 90% of our roads are rated as fair or better.  10 years from now that could drop to 29%.  While only 23 of our bridges are Structurally Deficient now in 10 years that number could be 71.

The average driver (through gas taxes) pays only $225/year for our road maintenance & construction.  As we continue to drive ever fuel efficient vehicles that number will drop, as well as the revenue the State receives.

The new WSDOT Director has set 6 goals for the Department: Strategic Investments, Modal Integration (consider all modes of transportation), Environmental Stewardship (removal of 825 culverts impacting fish migration by 2030 as mandated by the Federal Government at a cost of $2.4 billion), Organizational Strength, Community Engagement, Use of Smart Technology.


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President Mike led the first of three Fireside Meetings to be held over the course of this Rotary year.  The purpose of these meetings is to educate our newest members about Rotary and to remind our other members about changes in programs.  Mike provided an overview of Rotary to include; Resources for more information, an overview of the District structure and key positions, our own club structure, officers, and committees.  Questions then followed which led to further information sharing.

President Mike emphasized the need to increase membership and for sponsors/mentors to help move "red badges" to "blue badges."

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Dan Smith, Water Resources Manager for the City of Tumwater and a member of our club, delivered his classification talk and the program for today. He is responsible for what we drink, flush, and drain in our City.  As Water Resources Manager he, 2 more staff, and and 8 field operations personnel are responsible for our drinking water, sanitary sewer, storm water, and reclaimed water.

60 to 70% of his time is devoted to Stormwater management.  It must be captured and cleaned before it is allowed to return to the earth and ultimately become our future drinking water sources.  This involves quality treatment and flow control before returning to our lakes and streams.  While we do not think about it, our automobile brakes deposit copper and zinc in the roadway, to the stormwater drains, and to the ultimate drinking water source.  Further, if those chemicals enter the lakes and streams it is harmful to fish.

Currently the City has significant water projects underway on Cleveland Ave, near SPSCC (rain gardens), and T Street.  He will tell us more about these projects in the future as they develop.

The City provides 967 million gallons of water per year. (470 million gallons were provided in this last summer with 141 million provided in August alone).  The City maintains 91 miles of sewer lines, 118 miles of water lines, 2600 storm drains, and performs 1700 water analyses per year.

 Reclaimed water is the next new and important topic we will hear more of in the future.  As more reclaimed water is diverted to and used as irrigation at the Tumwater Valley Golf Course more potable water can be diverted to its primary purpose thus expanding that resource as demand continues to grow.

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Today we said a final goodbye to our Charter member Jim Brown.  The service was a wonderful tribute to an "ordinary man who lived an extraordinary life." (Pastor Amy Walters). From his relationship to family and friends, to his community life, to his potato salad Jim was extraordinary.  Farewell our friend.

James George Brown

Jim was born on January 3, 1924, to parents Emmett Brown and Anna Marry Chopick Brown, the first of four boys, Jim, Jake, Vince and Patrick. In 1942, Jim joined the U.S. Army Air Corps and was a flight engineer on B-17s during the World War IT; he traveled extensively during those four years.
On May 21, 1949, Jim and Helen were married in the First Christian Church of Olympia. Jim became a member and an integral part of that congregation. The family grew and was blessed with the addition of six children, Anne-Marie, Jim, Jeff, Cindy, Bonnie and John.
Jim first joined his father and brothers in working at the Brown Lumber Company, which had the slogan, "Brown's boards build better buildings." In 1966, Jim worked for the City of Tumwater as Superintendent of Public Works. He retired in 1986 after 20 years of service. The city of Tumwater named a park after him in honor of the many contributions he made to the city; Jim Brown Park is located not far from where Jim resided for 60 years.
Jim was a member and supported many organizations he believed in: the Tumwater Rotary Club, United Way, the Red Cross, and the Tumwater Library Board. He also served two terms on the Tumwater City Council, and 24 years on the Tumwater School Board.
In 2004, Helen, his wife of 55 years, preceded him in death. On August 29,2014, Jim died from complications after surgery. He is survived by three daughters, Anne-Marie Brown, Cindy Beauchene, and Bonnie Workland (Paul); and three sons, Jim Brown (Cindy), Jeff Brown (Lorri), and John Brown (Michelle); 15 grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; foster children and numerous exchange students.
Jim will be remembered as a people-person who had a sense of humor and crossword puzzle in his hand. We will miss you, Jim Brown.


Posted by William McCarthy

We were fortunate to have PDG Ken Balsley drop by for a visit.  The program did not happen as originally scheduled so he stepped in and gave an impromptu talk on "40 years in Rotary."

Ken joined Rotary to "build the community."  He has a passion for Club Service and Membership.  Rotary should be available to all potential members regardless of the ability to pay dues, or not.  

His proudest memories are the number of people he as brought into Rotary (just under 100), bringing in six women into Lacey Rotary as soon as that was possible, helping start two new Rotary Clubs (Capital Centennial and Yelm), an Interact club, and the St, Martin's University Rotaract Club.

A person must always reflect on their own behavior as a Rotarian.

Ken espouses getting involved and spread Rotary!!

Posted by William McCarthy

Monica Langford, Community Volunteer Coordinator for the City of Tumwater, brought us up to date on the full Volunteer program.  In 2013 2819 volunteer hours were recorded.  Through the first six months of 2014 3326 volunteer hours have been recorded worth $72,746.  The City of Tumwater offers an opportunity to participate in a volunteer "event" each month.

Each month an event is offered by a different department within the City; e.g.. Roads, Parks, etc. 

Currently 13 people volunteer with the Fire Department.  The City will be working with the other jurisdictions to create volunteer opportunities with the Stream Team Program. 

Special event programs that also need community volunteers are; The Tumwater Artesian Brewfest, the United Way Day of Caring, and a Tree Planting project. In the future there may be more volunteer opportunities with the Police Department, Adopt-a-Site, and a Community Matching Grant Program.

Also with Monica was Todd Anderson with the Tumwater Parks Department who spoke about volunteerism specifically related to the City Parks Programs.  3,000 children were involved with Parks programs assisted by 430 volunteers (totaling 1500 hours).  Each Parks event needs at least 30 volunteers.  Parks events include a Basketball league, Earth Day activities, Trails Days (clearing and restoring), an annual Egg Dash, and the 4th of July celebration.



Posted by William McCarthy

Retired Washington State Trooper Glenn Cramer provided us a brief history of traffic accidents caused by misuse of alcohol. From the first auto fatality in 1899 we have experienced tremendous increases in accidents especially those related to consumption of alcohol and marijuana.  In 1995 there were 3 million traffic fatalities and 67% of those were related to such consumption.  Since the legalization of Marijuana in our State (1/13-1/14) there has been a 23% increase in Marijuana usage related accidents.

A new problem is how food and drinks are being infused with Marijuana, sometimes to extreme levels.  A document is available on this website under Downloads showing some of the products that are Marijuana infused.  Also attached to that document is a listing of the costs to Washington for every traffic  accident that occurs here.  Since Marijuana ingested through infused food and drink takes up to two hours to have an impact we could see an  increase in the number of  accidents as a result of people ingesting the food, not feeling an immediate effect, then driving.  (Like a delayed drunken reaction).

The enforcement and penalties that apply to drinking while driving apply to driving while drugged.  However, the penalties for driving while drugged do not include treatment. (no rehab, no follow up).

What can be done?  EDUCATION: about drugged driving, about the infused food and drinks,  training of law enforcement personnel (especially how to identity Marijuana impairment).  Currently six Washington counties are participating in a study of volunteer drivers to gather data about the number of marijuana related accidents and their impacts.  In a similar study in California one in 16 drivers had consumed alcohol while one in seven drivers and consumed Marijuana.


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Some of you may have heard Joan speak a few years back at our then Area 9B Foundation Dinner.  For those of you who did not you should take the time to do so.  She recently spoke at the Pacific Northwest Presidents-elect Training Seminar (PETS) and so moved Past Rotary International President Richard King that he made her a Rotary Member on the spot!

She will speak on Tuesday August 5, 2014 at 7:00 PM in Washington Hall at Centralia College.  Please see the brochure under Downloads for more information!




Posted by William McCarthy

Past District Governor Ken Balsley returned to deliver his history of Rotary part II.  He began with post World War II and Rotarians from around the world helping to draft the Charter for the United Nations.  Then he listed many of the Rotary programs that were begun subsequent to the war: Ambassadorial Scholars, Group Study Exchange (later Vocational Training Teams), and Youth Exchange.

In the 1980's Rotary began to focus on education.  However, the reality was that with disease, poverty, and hunger education would not happen.  So Rotary initiated the Health, Hunger, and Humanity program (HHH).

Also in the 1980's Rotary began its' campaign to eradicate Polio.

Again, however, even with HHH, education, and Polio immunizations there was still the issue of conflict.  The thought prevailed that if Rotary can stop wars long enough to immunize children, maybe Rotary could develop a program leading to less if not no war.  So, Rotary began the Rotary Peace Centers program educating some 60 to 70 professionals each year in the field of Peace and Conflict Resolution.

Rotary International exists to help people throughout the world and its' Foundation's motto is "To do good in the World."

Posted by William McCarthy

Today we hosted the 2014 Lake Fair Court.  For more information about each member of the court please go to:



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ImageAG Marne Obendorf Installed the 2014-15 Board of Directors and Executive Committee.  We are now officially Area 14, versus the old Area 9B West.

2013-14 President Bruce Studeman presented a check for $1,800 to Tumwater School Superintendent Mike Kirby for the Student Assistance Fund. He also presented a check for $700 to Dan Shelfer the Tumwater Boys & Girls Club Director.

Bruce then announced the 2013-14 Rotarian of the Year is David Nicandri.  He then gave specific acknowledgement and thanks to club members Gayla Gjertsen, Jerry Morrissette, the committee chairs, and theTrailer Boys.  Marne Obendorf was also acknowledged for her assistance.

2014-15 President Mike Andrews referred to a quote he had heard: "learn, earn, and return."  His reference had to do with asking the club membership to involve their families, use their skills for the benefit of the club,and  give of their knowledge and money to benefit Tumwater Rotary and Rotary International.


Posted by William McCarthy

Former State Senator Gary Alexander discussed the important Budget issues facing Washington State from 2008 to now.  The last legislative session resulted in "no new taxes hold the line."  If any excess income was received then one half was allocated to expenditures and the other half was allocated to the reserve.

The State Supreme Court "McCleary Decision" mandate defined basic education in terms of: 1) class size 2)materials and supplies 3) transportation 4) 24 credit hours more 5) revise ratios for teachers 6) all day kindergarten.

Although all of the above will result in cost increases (which means increased taxes or redirection of monies from other accounts) it is not just about money.  There will need to be measures: is it working, is it equitable?  The Court will be monitoring the results to 2018.

Another important issue is Public Safety, especially for our most vulnerable members of society.  More effort needs to be put into improved Mental Health treatment, and reduction in crimes of abuse.

Posted by William McCarthy

Ever wonder why the Rotary year begins 1 July? The international convention initially played a key role in determining the start date of our fiscal and administrative year.

Rotary's first fiscal year began the day after the first convention ended, on 18 August 1910. The 1911-12 fiscal year also related to the convention, beginning with the first day of the 1911 convention on 21 August.

At its August 1912 meeting, the Board of Directors ordered an audit of the International Association of Rotary Clubs' finances. The auditors recommended that the organization end its fiscal year on 30 June to give the secretary and treasurer time to prepare a financial statement for the convention and board, and determine the proper number of club delegates to the convention.

The executive committee concurred, and at its April 1913 meeting, designated 30 June as the end of the fiscal year. This also allowed for changes to the schedule for reporting club membership and payments. Even The Rotarian changed its volume numbering system to correspond to the fiscal year (beginning with vol. 5, July 1914).

Rotary continued to hold its annual conventions in July or August until 1917. Delegates to the 1916 event in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, approved a resolution to hold future conventions in June, mainly because of the heat in cities where most of them occurred. The next one was held 17-21 June in Atlanta, Georgia.

The term "Rotary year" has been used to signify Rotary's annual administrative period since at least 1913. An article in The Rotarian that July noted, "The Rotary year that is rapidly drawing to a close has been signalized by several highly successful joint meetings of Clubs that are so situated as to assemble together easily and conveniently."
Since the executive committee's decision in 1913, the end of the Rotary year has remained 30 June.

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Today the club enjoyed a game of Rotary Jeopardy.  While many of the experienced Rotarians answered questions many of the newer members learned more about our organization.  Thanks to visiting Rotarians "Van" Van Jepmond from Lacey and David Palmer from South Puget Sound the team of table captain Alex Williams won the free lunch!  Based on feedback from many of the members we will play the game again!

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President-elect Mike Andrews played a video of a talk he heard at the Presidents-elect Training Seminar (PETS) this year.  The speaker was Joan Toone from Vancouver Island.  She is a Polio Survivor and has been active in the Post Polio Syndrome awareness program and has been a featured speaker at many Rotary events including the recent PETS and our own Area 9 Foundation Dinner.

Polio has been documented as occurring as early as 1187 BC.  Although hard to imagine Polio attacked the western world after we began to sanitize our milk, water, and developed sewer systems.  The lack of "herd immunization" put the healthy population at risk from infected persons. In July of 1916 the first major Polio epidemic hit New York City.  the city went from 380 victims and 75 deaths previously to 27,000 victims and 6,000 deaths.  The Polio then returned every summer thereafter for years to come.  In 1928 the first Iron Lung was put into use.

Research on a cure continued with breakthroughs finally coming in the early 1950s.  Dr Salk introduced the killed virus shot in 1955.  Shortly thereafter Dr Sabin introduced the live oral vaccine.

Today Polio is only endemic in three countries; Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Nigeria.

However, another Polio problem is occurring.  After 30 or 40 years from surviving the initial onset of Polio many are suffering from Post Polio Syndrome.  It is a result of the body using different neurons and muscle groups to compensate for the nerves and muscles that were weakened by Polio.  Today there are nearly 20 million people suffering from Post Polio Syndrome.  

Remember, there is no cure for Polio only a preventative immunization.





Posted by William McCarthy

Author, Rotarian, and Evergreen State College Trustee David Nicandri provided an interesting insight to Evergreen College today.  He was appointed by the Governor to complete the term vacated by Denny Heck after his successful campaign for Congress. In the 1980s David was an adjunct professor with the College so he had some experience with the campus and its' curriculum.  

He is one of eight Trustees serving.  One of the Trustees is a student representative.  A student is chosen to serve in order for the trustees to have knowledge of the mood, thinking, problems, and counter views of the student body.

The trustees have a limited range of authority.  They share governance with the College president.  Their responsibilities are directed towards Mission, Vision, and Strategic Plans.  The next major job for the trustees is to select a successor to Les Purce who will retire in 15 months.

David talked a bit about the public perceptions of Evergreen.  There are a few professor who have contributed to polarizing students to take up unpopular causes and, at times, cause unrest in the community.  Unfortunately, the majority of the faculty do not step up to offset the negative perceptions.  There is a lack of internal discipline.

Currently the College is undergoing difficult times.  It was not built for a resident student population (so has become a commuter college which increases the carbon footprint of a school that professes to be environmental), does not have good on campus commercial amenities for students, costs are increasing, enrollments are declining (built for 12,000 students, has only 4,000), and is facing competition from the University of Washington Tacoma Campus.

The enrollment issue is severe.  Over the next 6 years there will be fewer high school graduates than there were in the previous 6 years.

The college needs a substantial endowment fund. There are many middle aged Evergreen graduates in a position to give.  Someone needs to campaign for those dollars.

Other issues facing Evergreen are structural.  The initial charter was written so the school would be an alternative liberal arts college.  A more conventional educational model needs to be introduced, while taking away from the original charter concept.  There needs to be more inter-collegiate sports activities to instill spirit and provide incentive to "stay on campus."


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ImageToday we honored our 2014 Scholarship recipients.

Brett from Tumwater High School will be attending Westminster College in Utah.  He will take up Liberal Arts and study to be a commercial airline pilot.

Logan from Tumwater High School will be attending Eastern Washington University to study Criminal Justice.

Nina from Black Hills High School (a former Lake Fair Princess) will be attending the University of Washington.  She has yet to decide between Political Science (towards a Law Degree) or Education (to be a Choral teacher).

Marissa from Black Hills High School will be attending South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) then will transfer to Western Washington University to study Psychology.

Two students were not able to attend the meeting.

Cameron from New Market Vocational Skills Center (NMVSC) will study "Green" architecture in Seattle.

Angel from NMVSC will study Culinary Arts.

Posted by William McCarthy

Tumwater School District is embarking on an innovative change to how student grades are reported. Previously the system was the typical A-F without much explanation of the students' efforts or achievements.  The transition to a new comprehensive grading system has been four years in the making.

Besides giving a student an Academic grade of A-F the new system also rates the student on Behavioral elements; Cooperation, Participation, Punctuality, Work Completion, and Preparation.  Some students will "ace" a test but do little in the classroom.  Some students may struggle with a topic but will exhibit excellent behavior.  Knowing that and which behaviors may need encouragement, a teacher and the parents can assist the student in either improving/changing behavior or moving the student to a different subject.

The new system encourages parent involvement and is designed to identify behaviors that may affect a student's ability to grasp a subject. Students who excel in subjects but do not exhibit good behavior can be counseled on how that behavior may impact their future with potential employers.  Being good in a subject is not enough.  Teamwork is necessary for success.


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Lisa Dennis-Perez talked about LOTT's mission to clean and restore water resources.  LOTT sends 11 million gallons of water per day into Puget Sound.  1 million gallons per day is redirected as reclaimed water for irrigation purposes.  The long range goal is to reclaim more water and to increase water recharge back into the groundwater to be filtered again naturally.

For Tumwater the near term projects are the delivery of reclaimed water to a storage tank near the end of the Tumwater Valley Golf Course as part of a joint venture with the City to build an overlook Park and then develop an infiltration site near Henderson Boulevard and Highway 99 by the Airport.


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Barbara Reid, LTC USA Retired presented a brief history of Captain George Vancouver's explorations of the South Puget Sound.  In particular she focused on the party led by Lt. Peter Puget.  The intent of the explorations was to find the Northwest Passage.

Captain Vancouver, who was on Captain Cook's second and third expeditions, completed Cook's work on the Northwest coast, exploring it in detail over three summers in the 1790's. In his journal, which he published in 1798, he claimed he had removed "every doubt" about the existence of a passage "between the North Pacific, and the interior of the American continent, within the limit of our researches".

The actual Northwest Passage was later discovered to be the sea route through the Arctic Ocean, along the northern coast of North America via waterways amidst the Canadian Arctic Archipelago, connecting the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

Of particular interest in the Peter Puget excursion was surveyor Whidbey's taking a sighting of 47 degrees, 3 minutes, North to find their heading back to the ship HMS Discovery waiting for them at Blake Island.  That point of bearing is now (after changes in actual longitudes & latitudes over the years to develop accuracy) located at the Olympia Port Plaza!

A further note: LTC Reid made history fun!! 

Posted by William McCarthy

Today's presentation was an update on InterCity Transit.   The Transit is managed by a 9 Member Board (from among the local jurisdiction's government leadership and three citizen representatives), with a 20 member Citizen's Advisory Committee.  300 employees operate the Transit from administration to drivers, to maintenance.

The transit runs 24 routes with 71 buses.  In addition to the fixed routes transit operates "Dash" in the downtown Olympia core from the Capitol to Farmers Market, "Dial-a Lift", and Van Pools.  The Van Pool program runs 230 ride shares which take 1700 cars/per day off of the roadways.  

The current focus of Transit includes; reducing congestion, improving the environment, and assisting "shut-ins".

Posted by William McCarthy on Apr 02, 2014

Thurston County Sheriff's K-9 Program.

Deputy Sheriff Rod Dietrich was accompanied by Officers Barry Brennan and Chris Packard, along with their working dogs.  These Shepherds are especially bred, from Slovakia and Germany, for the development of needed characteristics; protection, intelligence, courage, curiosity, drive (desire), and obedience.  A high quality puppy can cost between $6,500 and $15,000 USD.  Less than 1% of pups bred for K-9 purposes are qualified.  Of those only 50% are suited for testing.  And of those, only 50% are selected to be a K-9.

The Washington State Advisory Code (WAC) requires K-9 training to be a minimum of 300 hours and achievement Certification once.  The Washington K-9 Association recommends 400 hours and Certification annually.  The Courts have ruled that K-9 teams train at least 16 hours per month.  Thurston County K-9 teams train a minimum of 20 hours per month.

The K-9 Trainer/Officer has only one tool and that is "deploy and recall".  Rules for deployment of a K-9 dog are if there is a violent crime against a human or a major felony crime (armed robbery, arson, etc.)

Following the meeting the K-9 teams trained outdoors to the delight and awe of the Rotarians in attendance.

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Posted by Karen McCarthy on Mar 26, 2014

Skip Steffens of the Olympia Rotary Club retired from St. Peter's Hospital and 2000 and joined the Union Gospel Mission.  The Mission started by providing a cups of soup out of the back of a truck.

It has since grown to a strategic mission providing meals, showers, laundry, and a clothing bank. At one time health services were provided for up to 650 chronically ill now they are all enrolled in health insurance through the Affordable Care Act.  Dental and Vision services are still provided by the Mission.  Those Dental and Vision Services are provided by local volunteer professionals.

The Mission looks to help people with "Life Transformation."  When people join the program they are provided Drug & Alcohol Treatment in the first year, and education in the second year and beyond.

!00,000 meals are served in a year with more than 150 per seating.

Reflecting the general population of homeless people the Mission has seen an increase in mental illness and people with violence issues.  While efforts are being made to find "low barrier" shelters for such people the real need is in treatment.  We are now seeing 2nd and even 3rd generation homeless families.  Studies of such low barrier shelters has shown a success rate of positive "life change" in 98% of the women and 50-60% of the men.


Posted by William McCarthy on Mar 19, 2014

Ken Balsley, Lacey Rotarian and Past District Governor, delivered Part I of the History of Rotary.  He took us from the childhood of Paul Harris, Rotary's founder, through World War I.

Paul Harris created a world wide Family of people volunteering to help improve the quality of life for everyone.  Rotary started in Chicago and then "took off" on the West Coast during the "Progressive Movement" when young business and professional people where looking to do good in their communities.

The first community project was a public restroom for women in downtown Chicago.

The Objects of Rotary was actually written before the Four Way Test.  Rotarians recognized the need to respect all vocations (professions), to volunteer in the community, and to promote high ethical standards in business and professions.

Rotary became International with the establishment of a Rotary Club in Winnipeg, Canada in 1910.  

The Rotary Rotary Foundation was born from the 1917 International Convention in Kansas City, with seed money of $26.50.

International Service was established as the 4th Avenue of Service in 1921.

In 1939 Africa became part of the Rotary Family with the chartering of the Senegal Club.

Posted by William McCarthy on Mar 05, 2014

Tumwater City Administrator John Doan talked about the development, monitoring, and action taken relative to established Performance Measures. Performance Measures can reflect outputs, efficiencies, and outcomes (fires prevented, fewer accidents per road mile, etc.).

Tumwater Performance Measures have been developed through public input.  Surveys are one way to obtain the public input.  In 2008 the survey focus was on Economic Development, and in 2011 Public Safety.

One of the recent surveys studied the public's view of the quality of life in Tumwater. Sub topics in the survey were; growth, speeding vehicles, run down buildings, street maintenance, the Library, parks, Code Enforcement, neighborhood safety, and volunterism.

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Capital Centennial Rotarian Clair Ferris offered us some new insight into the assassination and funeral of President Abraham Lincoln.  Five people were directly involved in the plot to kill the President.  It took ten days to capture and kill John Wilkes Booth.  The rest of the conspirators were captured, tried, and executed within 90 days.  Justice was uncomplicated and swift.

The conspiracy was widespread as other targets included Vice President Andrew Johnson and Secretary of State Seward (of "Seward's Folly")

The President's Funeral lasted twenty days and he was available for viewing thirteen of those days.  His final resting place was in Springfield, Illinois. He had asked his wife (he had a premonition that he would be assassinated) that he buried in a peaceful place.

His funeral cost $13,000 which was 44 times the average annual wage of the times.  

Interesting note: The expression "Your name will be mud" comes from the fact that a Doctor Samuel Mudd had tended to John Wilkes Both's broken leg while he was attempting to escape!

Posted by William McCarthy on Feb 12, 2014

Thurston County Manager Cliff Moore expounded on the structural challenges facing the County; a property tax limit of 1% with inflation at 4%, county departments run by  elected officials in addition to the Commissioners, and Law and Justice consuming 77% of the annual budget.

The $296 million 2014 budget reflects a 9% reduction across the board and a loss of 30 positions.

Achieving a balanced budget is especially difficult when emergent issues occur such as the Littlerock Bridge failure and the Hazo-House incident.

A draft Strategic Plan has been unveiled.  Initiatives include Environment, Resources, Economics, Health, and Public Safety.


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