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Race Relations
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May 27
Rep. Dave Reichert (R-WA)
Grand Hyatt

June 3, 2015
Robin D'Angelo
Race Relations Part 2

June 10, 2015
Puget Sound's Most Influential Leaders
of the Past 35 Years
Panel w/Rob Smith, PSBJ Managing Editor







Congressman Dave Reichert
A Conversation with Mark Wright

Congressman Dave Reichert has over 40 years of public service experience. He is serving his sixth term as the Representative from the Eighth Congressional District of Washington state and currently serves on the House Ways and Means Committee, with appointments to two subcommittees: Trade and Select Revenue Measures, of which he is Chairman.
From 1971 through 1976, Reichert was a member of the U.S. Air Force Reserve. In 1972 Reichert joined the King County Sheriff’s Office and in 1997 he was elected sheriff. Under his leadership, the county saw a significant drop in violent crime. Reichert brought national recognition to the Sheriff’s Office as head of the Green River Task Force solving the largest serial murder case in U.S. history. In 2004, Reichert received the prestigious National Sheriffs’ Association’s “Sheriff of the Year” award. He served as president of the Washington State Sheriffs’ Association and an executive board member of the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs.

Reichert attended Kent Meridian High School and Concordia Lutheran College in Portland, Oregon, where he played football and met his wife of 44 years, Julie. The Reicherts currently live in Auburn and have three grown children and six grandchildren.

Rotary and The Power of One -
an idea that can change the world
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Reporter: Pete DeLaunay

Rotary International Foundation Trustee and fellow Rotarian (LA#5) Paul Netzel delivered an inspiring overview of how a single idea can change the world.  “Rotary International is the greatest humanitarian organization in the world made up of 34,000 clubs that blend members and money to achieve great things,” as he launched into a focused overview of Rotary’s 30 year  mission to eradicate polio, a new generation of peace makers and the power of one idea.

Rotarians heard a stirring overview of Rotary’s ongoing mission to eradicate polio by contributing $1.3 billion and immunizing 2 billion children living in far flung countries.  He encouraged Rotarians to remind their Congressional representative about the need to continue providing grants to eradicate the preventable disease that has claimed the lives of 1.5 million people.  Largely through the efforts of Rotary International there are now only 23 cases worldwide.  Polio Plus is one of one thousands of projects undertaken by clubs that started with the power of one idea.

Describing the Rotary International Worldwide Youth Exchange Program, he said more than 100,000 students participate very year and learn about other cultures to better their lives by fostering peace and goodwill.  “Hope and the road to peace won’t be reached as long as there is widespread poverty, illiteracy and unabated preventable diseases,” he continued.  “Since 1948 RI has invested $2.1 billion on the exchange program, and $120 million this year alone.”

In 2002 Rotary International embarked on another bold peace focused mission. “The idea was to train a new generation of peace makers, so each year we select a 50 ‘peace fellows’ and 50 more selected for a certificate program,” he said, “with about 38% of the peace fellows now engaged with non-governmental charitable organizations.”  The RI peace makers program now has an endowment of $122 million.

He concluded by showcasing Rotary International’s six areas of focus: fighting disease, saving mothers and children, growing economies, education, clean water and promoting peace.  Rotary is an incubator of enterprise developing and testing projects to benefit all of mankind.

President Tom acknowledged more than 50 Seattle #4 members in attendance at the District Conference, with 11 of our members as presenters and Mark Wright as emcee for the entire conference!  He offered special thanks to our own Ralph Davis who welcomed over 200 guests to the Seattle #4 suite, provided a selection of very fine wines from his collection and paid for it all in understated but in true Rotarian spirit.  Stay tuned for next year’s conference in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. 
For the day’s short program Rotarians welcomed ACT Theatre executive director Carlo Scandiuzzi who offered an overview of the theatre company’s long history, many performances and opportunities provide to local thespians and artisans.  “In 1996 visionaries at the company made the former Eagles building into a 5 theatre performing arts facility that can put on up to 5 shows simultaneously,” he exclaimed.  “Since then we have had 42 world premieres among 75 different productions and entertaining 175,000 guests every year.”   He read testimonials from patrons that reinforced the theatre’s importance to the Seattle community.   On the occasion of the ACT Theatre’s 50th Anniversary, he hopes to continue to expand and provide theatre the community deserves.

President Tom opened the meeting with the opening anthem by Skip Rowland, accompanied by Ken Grant on the piano and followed by Nancy Cahill with the day’s invocation.   Rotarian Carla Fowler introduced new member Rosanne Lapan who greeted fellow Rotarians at the door following the meeting.

May 20 - Paul Netzel, Rotary International
May 13  - Laureate All-Star Panel
April 29 - Scott McClellan, Former Press Secretary
April 22
- Seattle's Hidden Child Sex Trade

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