M AY 2017
TH UR STON C OUN TY C H AMBE R OF C OMME R C E
New Health Chief
Meet Schelli Slaughter Thurston County's New Public Health and Social Services Director, page 16.
INSIDE: Offut Lake
& Lady of the Lake Public House, p. 12
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Every month, the Thurston County Chamber offers several networking events, forums & workshops to the community. Here are some highlights you won't want to miss.
In this issue...
6 Caught in the Lens Photos from Chamber events.
Morning Mixxer at TwinStar Credit Union
JJoin TwinStar Credit Union on Tue., May 2 at 7:30 a.m. for the Thurston
Chamber’s Morning Mixxer. TwinStar will provide coffee and breakfast treats! Where? 4525 Intelco Loop SE, Lacey. Morning Mixxer is free to attend.
YPN at Hilton Garden Inn Y The Thurston Chamber Young Professionals Network (YPN) is a great place to interact with younger business professionals in a low-pressure environment. Join us for after hours on
12 Offut Lake Resort & Lady of the Lake
May 4 at 5:30 p.m. at Hilton Garden Inn, 2101 Henderson
Take a step back in time
Park Lane SE, Olympia. There is no cover charge to attend.
at this family-run resort.
Chamber Membership Orientation Have questions about the Thurston County Chamber? Ever wonder who we are and how we can best serve you? Come to Member Orientation on May 5 at noon and learn how to maximize your membership! Light lunch is served. Please RSVP. Location: 809 Legion Way SE, Olympia.
Doug Mah's Public Policy Column: Implementing Expectations & Ensuring Accountability
BAH at Creative Oﬃce JJoin us for Business After Hours at Creative Office, on Thursday, May 18 at 5:30 p.m. Enjoy drinks, appetizers and
16 Meet Thurston County's New Public Health & Social Services Director Schelli Slaughter's first day was March 27, taking over the role previously held by Don Sloma.
the chance to learn more about this business. Creative Office is located at 721 Legion Way SE, Olympia. BAH is free to attend.
Ma ay 24
Annual Meeting Please join our Annual Meeting on May 24 at 11:30 a.m. at the Hotel RL Olympia. We have an exciting event planned, including a keynote address by Darlene Wilczynski of the Seattle Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank, our annual report and transferring of the gavel. Don't miss it!
For more event information, please visit www.thurstonchamber.com
20 On April 17, the Seattle Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco opened its doors to host the Thurston Chamber President/CEO for a lunch & discussion. Here is the takeaway...
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PUBLISHER Thurston County Chamber of Commerce
By David Schaffert, THURSTON COUNTY CHAMBER PRESIDENT/CEO
EDITORIAL Editor: David Schaffert Phone: (360) 357-3362 Email: email@example.com
CONTRIBUTORS David Schaffert
his month’s issue of the VOICE Magazine
A strong backbone organization that is
introduces Thurston County’s new
dedicated to orchestrating the work of the
Public Health and Social Services
Director, Schelli Slaughter. Thurston Thrives is our community’s collective
Doug Mah Natasha Ashenhurst
Over the coming year, Slaughter will focus on
impact initiative in partnership with the
strengthening collaborative relationships in
Thurston County Public Health and Social
the community and working to improve the
health, safety and wellness of our community. Thurston Thrives is celebrating its fourth
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I recently received a briefing on the homeless
year in making a difference by creating better
issues impacting our region which included
access to healthier foods, protecting water
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quality, creating affordable housing, promoting
many determining factors. How can we as a
clean air, helping families increase resilience,
community put in place the infrastructure to
reducing adverse childhood experiences,
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address the challenges of homelessness?
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economy that supports community and its
My mind quickly turned to the collective
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impact model which has several key
The Chamber and its foundation are proud to
Coming together to collectively define the
support this bold effort for citizens in Thurston
problem and create a shared vision to
County to live longer and healthier lives.
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We are also proud to support the concepts
that collectively maximize the end result;
within the collective impact model. We are
Establishing shared measurements that
working as a team to align limited resources
track progress in the same way, which
with well-thought-out strategies to have
allows for continuous improvement;
maximum impact on complex social issues—
Continuous communication to build trust
including homelessness. ●
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Federal Reserve VP to Keynote Thurston Chamber’s 112th Annual Meeting The event will include the transfer of the gavel from Board Chair Jessica Coen to incoming Chair Joanna West, a review of last year’s successes and an optimistic look forward to 2017-2018. FROM the EDITOR
oin the Thurston County Chamber of Commerce for the 112th
Annual Meeting and the beginning of the Chamber’s 143rd year,
on Wednesday, May 24. Darlene Wilczynski, the top regional executive for the Federal Reserve’s Seattle branch will deliver the keynote address. Promoted to the position of regional executive last year, Wilczynski
David Schaffert, Thurston Chamber President/CEO said, “We are honored to have Darlene speak at our
Darlene Wilczynski, Vice President and Regional Executive of the Seattle Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
has worked for the bank since 1997. A veteran who served in the U.S.
meeting. Her mission—bringing people throughout our region to the
Navy for more than 22 years, she received her bachelor’s from the
table to promote vibrant and prosperous communities—parallels
United States Naval Academy and an MBA from Chapman University
the Chamber’s mission.”
in California. Getting the perspective of the community is an important part of the Federal Reserve’s work as it seeks to attain its goal of stable prices and maximum sustainable employment. Wilczynski regularly
The event will include the transfer of the gavel from Board Chair Jessica Coen to incoming Chair Joanna West, a review of last year’s successes and an optimistic look forward to 2017-2018. Cost is $35 for members, $245 for a table of seven. The cost for
meets with financial institutions as well to listen and gather
non-members is $45 per person or $315 per table. It includes a
information on topics important to the banking industry.
plated lunch. Reservations are required for this event. Register at
“We act as a convener. We get people in our region to the table talking about things. Visibility into diverse communities is especially important because it helps with our thought process. We all agree
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Earth Friendly Products Celebrates 50 Years of Green Cleaning Innovation
arth Friendly Products,
company to use the safer
the maker of ECOS
ethylhexylglycerin as a preservative
in its formulations, partnering with
cleaning products, is
the U.S. EPA to establish it as a Safer
celebrating 50 years of
green cleaning innovation, a significant achievement
“I’m proud to continue our
in the cleaning products
company’s legacy as an eco-pioneer while making Earth Friendly
industry. 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the family-owned and operated
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Products a model for green business practices,” says Kelly Vlahakis-Hanks,
company, and it celebrated this important milestone with gala
president and CEO of Earth Friendly Products. “It’s important
celebrations at its four sustainable manufacturing facilities
to me that we continue to lead as an American manufacturer,
across the U.S. throughout the month of April in conjunction
creating green jobs and supporting local economies. Since
with global Earth Day celebrations, in honor of the company’s
the beginning, our mission has been to make plant-powered
long-standing commitment to environmental protection.
cleaners that are safer for people, pets and the planet, and to do that for 50 years while supporting our employees and our
Earth Friendly Products has achieved many firsts in developing safer cleaning products. The company has received many awards for its advances in safer green chemistry, including the U.S. EPA’s coveted Safer Choice Partner of the Year. In 2016, Earth Friendly Products was the first cleaning products
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communities is very rewarding.” Earth Friendly Products has offices in Lacey, Washington, Cypress, California, Addison, Illinois, Parsippany, New Jersey and Athens, Greece. ●
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ince 2004, Dwayne Boggs has been guiding homeowners through his indepth home inspections. Dwayne built
Boggs Inspection Services from the ground up in Olympia, and it is now one of the fastest growing inspection companies in the area, growing at a rate of 25 to 30 percent each year. A member of the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI), Boggs utilizes industry standards to conduct a thorough home inspection. He has built a protocol for how he approaches a home and encourages homeowners to have a pre-listing inspection. “Generally, if you have lived in a home for a decade and haven’t been in the attic or the crawl space then there may be some issues to address before placing your home on the market,” he said. When Boggs isn’t inspecting a home, you’ll find him teaching a first-time home buying workshop or spending time in the field with his beloved dogs. ●
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In September 2016, the Thurston Chamber held its annual "Meet the Candidates" forum. This forum featured the 2016 County Commissioner race. Attendees heard from Jim Cooper, John Hutchings, Gary Edwards and Kelsey Hulse. Gary Edwards and John (Hutch) Hutchings won the race. Doug Mah moderated the debate.
Implementing Expectations & Ensuring Accountability By Doug Mah, Doug Mah & Associates, director Thurston Chamber Public Policy
he month of May kicks off the 2017
services are held accountable.
election season with the official filing period for candidates for elected office ending on May 19. Odd year elections are sometimes referred to as off-year elections
because they tend to be limited to just local races. But the 2017 election looks to be anything but off. Positions on every city council, school board, fire district, and the Port across Thurston County will be on the November ballot. Local office holders impact our daily lives more than the higher profile state and national office holders elected in even number years. How do they impact us? Local elected officials determine the rates we pay on local taxes and
"In short, our locally elected oﬃcials implement our expectations for the community and help ensure that the entities entrusted to provide these essential services are held accountable." -Doug Mah
fees for everything from property, business and occupation, and transportation taxes as well as setting sewer, water, and building permit fees. Local elected officials determine the level, quality and type of services we pay for, such as, police, fire, and parks. In short, our locally elected officials implement our expectations for the community and help ensure that the entities entrusted to provide these essential
As an organization, the public policy division for the Thurston County Chamber of Commerce places a premium on candidates that: 1) seek to understand the impact public policy changes have on business and private enterprises; 2) will work to encourage greater private sector investment in the community; and 3) enable the creation of new jobs across the region. Elections are not for the shy or the timid. Candidates must be clear and upfront on what they see are the challenges and potential solutions for our communities. And the business community must be equally clear and upfront in identifying problems and setting clear expectations for solutions as well as the conduct of our elected officials.
We believe that it is the outspoken voter who will shape our community. Join the Public Policy Division between May and November as we capture our expectations and then voice those expectations to the next set of elected officials and leaders. ●
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From left to right: Rob Pogue, Rebecca Pogue and Tom Pogue sitting at the bar at the Lady of the Lake Public House at Offut Lake Resort. The Pogue family bought Offut Lake Resort in 1998. When they purchased the property the restaurant was in ruins. They restored it and tracked down the original bar which had been sold to a brothel in the early 1900s. The bar serves over 30 kinds of bourbon, including local favorites like Sandstone Distillery's Bacon-Infused Whiskey. They also serve The Pogues Irish Whiskey—no relation—imported from one of Ireland’s last independent distilleries.
Take a Step Back in Time
At Offut Lake Resort & Lady of the Lake By Natasha Ashenhurst
No neon. Keep it small. Keep it quaint. Nothing showy. -Rebecca Pogue
e’ve all done it...traveled to a beautiful place and considered moving there permanently.
Rebecca Pogue did what we’ve all dreamed about. It was April, 1998. Rebecca and her husband Bob were living
“I asked the owner if she
in Puyallup. They had two college-aged children, Rob and Tom.
would consider selling and
Tom had just graduated from Washington State University, and
she said, ‘It is for sale’,” said
Rob was graduating from The Evergreen State College. Rebecca
was fishing by herself at Lake Offut in Tenino. It was the family’s favorite fishing and camping destination—they’d been
Rebecca went back to
going there since the boys were little.
Puyallup and told the family, including her mom and dad
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that she was buying Offut Lake Resort
Guests heading down the hill toward
and that they could join her there. They
the lake will discover the large fire pit
“I want my great-grandchildren to be
all jumped at the chance to move to their
surrounded by Adirondack chairs, the
able to swim here,” said Rebecca.
favorite place in the world.
large dock and the Lady of the Lake Tom Pogue manages the Lady of the
Restaurant and Public House.
Lake Restaurant and Public House.
When the Pogue family took over Offut Lake Resort it was simply a campground
The lake is zoned for electric boats only
After an extensive renovation, the
with docks for fishing. There was an old
and has a 5 mph speed limit. Guests
restaurant reopened in 2014. The family
restaurant on the property, but it was in
at the Resort can rent small boats or
was careful to honor the history of
larger pontoons by the hour. The Resort
the building and even brought back
raises rainbow trout to stock the lake
the original bar from what once was a
The family remembers it as it was
for fishing. Rob Pogue and his dad, Bob
then—a fun place with a lot of
Pogue, manage the grounds and are
Left: The Lade of the Lake Restaurant/Public House at Offut Lake. Center: The resort rents boats. Right: Cabins available for rent. blackberries and a lot of dust. From the beginning, they had a vision that guided every decision they would make as they improved the grounds. Rebecca explained, “No neon. Keep it small, quaint and nothing showy.” Today, it is a retreat, a destination, a haven and even a fish farm. When guests enter the resort they’ll first see a small general store and several shingled cabins with metal roofs—just like those “tiny houses” we read about in
When guests step inside Lady of the
“My mom is really good about trying to maintain our roots from when we just offered fishing and barbecue. Now we have 35 different bourbons and Wi-Fi. We constantly try and balance giving guests what they want while still maintaining our quaint and rustic charm.” -Tom Pogue
the news. Each cabin has a living room,
Lake they’ll see a large eating area overlooking the lake, including a covered patio—perfect to sip a glass of wine while watching children play on the beach. Off to the right there is the original bar, as well as a large stone fireplace and seating area with overstuffed chairs The menu is a great combination of pub food; including fish-n-chips, burgers and pasta, but dig a little deeper and guests will discover ingredients that are truly unique to the region. During
bedroom and small kitchen. Sizes vary
careful to plant native and edible plants
our visit, Tom was preparing the
and are priced accordingly.
and herbs. The staff uses environmentally
menu for the upcoming fishing derby
safe cleaning products and abstains from
and was planning to serve a Bloody
Inside the store is a wall of fishing tackle,
the use of chemicals for weed control and
Mary featuring Sandstone Distillery’s
small-sized grocery essentials and candy
Bacon-Infused whiskey. They also serve
for the children.
Top Rung beer, baked goods from 8 Rob and the staff monitor the water
Arms Bakery and Donedei Merlot and
The grounds include RV parking spots,
quality carefully and many of the
Cabernet Sauvignon crafted right down
a park, gardens and space for tent
environmentally conscious decisions
the road at Tenino’s own Gibbons Lane
the resort makes concern creating clean
water for fish and recreation.
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Pontoons are available to rent for day cruising on the electric-only lake with a 5 mph speed limit.
Lady of the Lake at Offut Lake Resort was selected as the Thurston Green Small Business of the Year.
“My mom is really good about trying
the typical guest looking for some peace
to maintain our roots from when we
nearby. “Most of us walk or bicycle to work.
just offered fishing and barbecue. Now we have 35 different bourbons and
“When Boomers visit they tell us it
We all live out here, including most of
Wi-Fi. We constantly try and balance
reminds them of where they camped
the staff. Each of us manages our own
giving guests what they want while
in the 1950s and that is exactly how we
area, but we get together and talk and
still maintaining our quaint and rustic
want it to feel. We want folks to step back
organize at least once every day,” said
charm,” said Tom.
in time, to fish, swim, play tag and roast
marshmallows. To get outside and read Most guests travel from Joint Base Lewis
a book and drink a glass of wine,” said
Tom agrees. He said, “We feel blessed.
McChord, King and Snohomish counties
We’ve been given the opportunity to nurture this resort and bring this
and Portland. They come for the fishing, the restaurant or to just unplug and
And for the Pogue family, after almost
restaurant back to life and offer it to the
unwind for the weekend. More notorious
20 years of resort ownership, life is good
community, and I am so grateful.” ●
guests arrived last year from MTV’s Real
for them, too. Their families have grown
World, which was quite a contrast from
and Rebecca has grandchildren who live
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Schelli Slaughter is the Director of Thurston County Public Health and Social Services. Her first day was March 27. She took over the role previously held by Don Sloma.
Meet Thurston County's New Public Health and Social Services Director: Schelli Slaughter Written by Rebekah Finn. Photos by Heather Harris.
n a wet Wednesday morning in April, I was able to spend a few minutes with a very busy Schelli Slaughter in her office at the Public Health and Social Services building on Lilly Road in Olympia. Although she had back-to-back meetings and had to multi-task our interview with a photo shoot, Ms. Slaughter was impeccably puttogether, and was immediately a joy to talk to. In a fly-by morning chat, I was able to gain some deep insight into this experienced leader in our community. Thurston County Roots and Years of Social Service
Hospital, to working with
Although she is new to her position, Slaughter is no stranger to Thurston County,
children in schools and being
having attended elementary school in Rochester and high school in Lacey. After
a birth doula. Her most recent
starting school at the University of Puget Sound and attending the University of North
experience is 11 years as the
Carolina at Chapel Hill, she finished up her schooling back here in Thurston County at
executive director of the Family
The Evergreen State College.
Support Center of South Sound. The Family Support Center is a
Slaughter’s professional background is incredibly diverse in the best way—she has
diverse, nonprofit organization,
done so many different things in the realm of health care and social services, from
with several different types of
counseling in the behavioral health field and conducting research at Western State
programs and services, all of
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which relate to public health. Slaughter attributes much of her readiness for the Public Health and Social Services position to her 14 years of experience at the Family Support Center and many years of local and state community leadership positions. “It’s been a pretty easy transition for me thus far. There are a lot of similarities, and I have a really strong background in social services, which is a really important part of this agency.” housing and more. Slaughter goes on to
apparent in her work and her life.
One of the aspects of her new role
describe a desire for public education
When she’s not at work or spending
that Slaughter enjoys is that she is
and service. “We are here to serve our
time with her children (three teenagers
able to continue a lot of the working
community, and we want to be a really
and a 6-year-old!), Slaughter can be
relationships she began in her
strong partner to the public and be
found running. She likes to participate
previous position, as well as forge new
accessible and available and share lots of
in community races, but assures me
partnerships. “I get to work with some
that they’re “just little ones like 5K or
of the same people in our community,
10K. The longest one I’ve done is a half
and this is an amazing department to
As the Public Health and Social Services
work for. There are lots of really great,
Director, Slaughter also serves on
committed people here who really care
the Coordinating Council of Thurston
After even only a few minutes of
about making our community healthy
Thrives, which she describes as “a
chatting with her, I’m convinced that
and safe," she said.
community-wide, collective impact
Slaughter’s ability to run multiple
effort to improve public health and
kilometers and even half marathons (in
safety -from clean air and fresh water,
addition to raising four children and
Current Work and Looking Forward
to pleasant neighborhoods and beyond
directing an agency) is only a glimpse of
What is the Thurston County Public
with the department being a partner in
Health and Social Services Department
working on these days? “We have a new board of commissioners and Board of Health [which is the governing body for the department], and they have a really strong vision for Thurston County,” explains Slaughter. “Part of that is a focus on prevention and child and family wellness, and that’s something that’s really important to me as well.” But children and families are only a portion of the department’s work. Many people may not know everything Thurston County Public Health and Social Services Department does. Their mission is to promote healthful social, economic and environmental conditions for all residents. This includes ensuring our community has clean, safe water and food, disease prevention and vaccinations, emergency preparedness,
Schelli Slaughter is a strong leader with Thurston Thrives is one of the ways
thoughtful intentions to improve health
that Thurston County Public Health
in Thurston County, equipped with the
and Social Services is involved in
knowledge and experience to bring
addressing the influencers on health that
those intentions to life.
fall outside of the realm of traditional health care. “So much of what we do
When asked what makes her excited
at our department is related to the
about her work, Slaughter looked to the
social determinants of health,” explains
future with great optimism.
Slaughter. “I’m loving this job. I think there’s a What are the social determinants of
huge opportunity that we have to really
health? Healthypeople.gov defines
make some big strides in our community
them as “the range of personal, social,
and move the needle to make Thurston
economic and environmental factors
County the healthiest, most thriving
that influence health status.” In other
county in Washington State.” ●
words, everything that makes up our lives from our genes, to where we live and what we eat, are all factors in how
Learn more. Turn to page 19 for a Q&A with Slaughter.
healthy we are. For that reason, public health and social services are truly overlapping fields, and Ms. Slaughter’s understanding of this crucial fact is
Rebekah Finn is a freelance writer for the VOICE magazine and can be contacted at email@example.com
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Q&A with Schelli Slaughter, Director, Thurston County Health
and Social Services
What are some of the challenges that public health and social services is facing today, and what priorities would you like to see addressed?
justice, behavioral health, and I’m really excited that people are seeing how interconnected we are and looking at the big picture of our health as a community. Thurston County is ranked #7 healthiest county in Washington and we should
It’s a time of a lot of change, locally, regionally, statewide,
be very proud of that, but I would like to work toward
nationally and change can be scary. People are wondering
improving that even more, pursue accreditation and really
how these changes might affect us now and in the future, but
focus on best practices and innovations in our field. Child
it can also be a great opportunity for us to evaluate what’s
and family wellness will be a big priority for us this first
really important to us and to inspire action and creative ways
year. I also would like to see our Department lead efforts in
of getting things done. Thurston County is a resilient, thriving
Thurston County to be a family friendly workplace.
community. We have to make sure that—despite funding cuts or changes in policy—our environment is protected—that we have clean and safe water and food, that people have access to affordable medical care, safe affordable housing, safe neighborhoods, and homes, free from violence; that we are prepared for emergencies and prevent disease outbreaks, and to ensure that people have a strong social support system and information they need to make informed decisions on what is healthiest and best for their family.
Is the Thurston Thrives initiative part of your scope of work? Yes, we are a partner in Thurston Thrives, a public-private collective impact effort. Action teams are aligned with our public health efforts, and we want to see how by working together across sectors we can move the needle in a significant way to be a healthier, safer, thriving community. ●
What does this first year in the director role look like for you? I will be focused on strengthening collaborative relationships in the community and working together to improve the health, safety and wellness of our community. There are new efforts and opportunities for us to work together as a region, across sectors with businesses, hospitals, schools, criminal
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Take a dollar bill from your wallet, and you’ll see a number and letter on the left-hand side. If the bill has the letter “L” and the number “12” then the San Francisco Federal Reserve issued it.
n Monday, April 17, the Seattle Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco opened its doors—and gates—to host the Thurston County Chamber’s President/CEO for a tour, lunch and discussion.
While it was an impressive field trip of an incredibly well-organized operation—imagine
issued it. The San Francisco
piles of bundled cash and a four-story vault—the meeting also exemplifies a commitment
Fed encompasses the nine
put forward by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen as well as John Williams, president and
western states and the Seattle
CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. The commitment is one of transparency,
branch serves Washington,
community outreach and data gathering at the grass roots and micro level.
Oregon, Alaska, Hawaii and parts of Idaho. The Federal
Darlene Wilczynski, vice president/regional executive of the branch explained, “We want
Reserve’s role in the nation’s
people to understand our story to remove the mystification of what we do, but we also
payment system includes
want visibility into areas of our region beyond Seattle.”
distributing currency and coin to depository institutions,
Here’s what we learned: Wilczynski has two main responsibilities in her role at the bank—
providing check collection
cash operations and community outreach.
services, operating electronic payment systems and
providing financial services to
Take a dollar bill from your wallet, and you’ll see a number and letter on the left-hand side.
the U.S. government.
If the bill has the letter “L” and the number “12” then the San Francisco Federal Reserve
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Continued from page 20 Financial institutions located within the
share economic information and then
bank’s territory send cash to the branch
listens to and takes questions from the
where it is bundled, stored and sent out
again. If a note is no longer “fit” the bank destroys the note. The Seattle branch
“Cheryl adds a dimension to our board
alone removes millions of dollars from
that we need to have—especially
circulation every month.
visibility into the southwest area of the
The branch employs 95 people, mostly in
state. We get caught up in the Seattle
dynamic and we need to look beyond this
cash operations and police services. In the center of the bank is a vault that is four stories high, comprised of six levels. Visitors to the bank can look through secure gates and view what looks like a sophisticated inventory management system—similar to what someone would see in a Walmart warehouse—that stores cash according to denomination and date. It can rack or remove a container of cash in 90 seconds. Outside the vault are rooms for processing incoming cash and sending out cash. Armored trucks come and go all day long through a carefully screened
statement. When you look at that note it says Federal Reserve—that has to have value, and we have to have trust in the integrity of the system,” said Wilczynski. “The second is people only know us through interest rates and the economy. We are bigger than that. The distribution of the cash and coin, the payment systems and the credits and debits that pass through our system impacts every single person every single day.”
CEO of Pacific Mountain Workforce
year term on the Seattle branch’s board
is in the vault at any one time? That is a secret. What we do know is that the rumor that we’d become a cashless society is false and that there was approximately $1.4 trillion in Federal Reserve notes in circulation around the world as of April 5, 2017. “The public component of our work is a role that we take very seriously. It is first and foremost in our mission
Inside the vault. How much is in the vault at any one time? That is a secret.
is an important part of the Federal Reserve’s work as it seeks to attain its goal of stable prices and maximum sustainable employment. Wilczynski regularly visits banks and financial institutions to listen and gather
small banker that the current compliance
In January 2017, Cheryl Fambles,
Each bank’s deposit is counted and
cash goes out—a lot of cash. How much
Getting the perspective of the community
banking industry. She may hear from a
and secured route and process.
tested for “fitness.” Cash comes in and
and farther south,” said Wilczynski.
information on topics important to the
Development Council, located in
recorded, and each note is sorted and
city into Spokane, Bellingham, Olympia
Tumwater, was asked to serve a twoof directors.
and regulation laws are difficult and cumbersome, and if enough banks report similar concerns then things may change. “We act as a convener. We get people in our region to the table talking
The role of the board is to provide
about things. Visibility into diverse
a regional perspective on business
communities is especially important
and the economy as well as make recommendations on monetary policy.
because it helps with our thought process. We all agree that you have to take a holistic approach toward creating
The board meets every month and they respond to a pre-submitted set of questions which then launches a discussion. The bank staff takes the board’s input and submits it to the San Francisco office as part of a formal process. A staff economist from San Francisco flies in for the meeting to
Receiving cash from regional financial institutions.
healthy communities,” she said. Wilczynski will deliver the keynote address at the Thurston Chamber’s Annual Meeting on Wed., May 24. For more information visit www.thurstonchamber.com●
Notes undergoing the verification process.
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