Speaker Date Topic
David M. Carson, Coordinator, Tumbleweed Music Fes May 28, 2020
Opportunities to Volunteer for the 2020 Tumbleweed Music Festival

The Tumbleweed Music Festival is an annual, free, open-air (mostly) music festival held every year on Labor Day Weekend in Richland’s Howard Amon Park.  2020 will be the 24th annual festival.  The festival is entirely volunteer-run; this year we are in dire need for more volunteers on the planning committee, especially the positions of Volunteer, Traditional Media PR, and Social Media Coordinators, not to mention the dozens and dozens of open volunteer slots during the festival itself.  Rotary is known for its community focus and willingness to help community events, and we’d like to ask if any of your members would be willing to step forward and help us make sure that this year’s Festival will be as successful as the past 23 years have been.

BIOGRAPHY:   In 2020, the Tumbleweed Music Festival marks its 24th annual occurrence.  Sponsored by the Three Rivers Folklife Festival and the City of Richland, Tumbleweed offers over 100 free performances and workshops over Labor Day weekend.  A free concert Friday evening opens the festival, and features several performances by younger performers.  In addition, a concert on Saturday evening of that weekend features three headline acts, and the live performance of the winner of the annual Jane Titland Memorial Songwriting contest for a nominal admission fee; Sunday evening features a Contra Dance with live band and caller, also for a nominal fee.

David M. Carson is a retired Nuclear Safety Hazard Analyst who has been a part of the Tumbleweed Festival for over 10 years; 202 marks his second year as festival coordinator.

Marie Mosley, Kennewick k City Manager Jun 04, 2020
City of Kennewick update

Marie is a native of the Tri Cities.  She graduated from Gonzaga University.  Marie is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Management Accountant.  She was an Accountant for the City of Kennewick for seven years and then an Accounting Supervisor for the City of Renton for four years.  Following Renton, she was Finance Manager for the City of Federal Way for eight years.  Marie and her family moved back to the Tri Cities in 2001 where she resumed her employment with the City of Kennewick as Finance Manager, then Support Services Executive Director and was promoted to City Manager in 2010.  Marie and her husband John have been married 37 years and live in Kennewick.  They have two grown children, Melanie and Marcus.  Melanie and her husband Nathan live in the Seattle area. She also welcomed her first grandchildren in March of 2017 – Melanie and Nathan’s twin boys, Oliver and Silas.  Marcus and wife Kate will be welcoming their first child, a son, March, 2020.

John Roach Jun 11, 2020
How positive psychology in shaping the future of work
? Jun 18, 2020
susan Jun 25, 2020
master gardeners presentation
Connie Simiele, CH2M HILL COO Plateau Rem. Co. Jul 02, 2020
11 Years of Hanford Risk Reduction ProgressCH2M HILL Plateau Remediation Company Chief Operating Off

The presentation will cover CH2M HILL Plateau Remediation Company’s work on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy to cleanup groundwater on the Hanford Site, remove radioactive buildings, manage radioactive waste and spent fuel and other activities on the Hanford Site in addition to our work to benefit the community.

BIOGRAPHY:   Connie Simiele is the chief operating officer of CH2M HILL Plateau Remediation Company, or CHPRC. CHPRC is one of four major Hanford Site contractors and is nearing the end of its successful contract performing cleanup activities on behalf of the Department of Energy.

Dave Zebell, City Manager Jul 09, 2020
City of Pasco update
? Jul 16, 2020
RYLA Presentations Jul 23, 2020
RYLA students from years past provide a report on the long term RYLA effect!
Kay Dean Bowles, Engineering Mgr Aug 06, 2020
Crystal Structure in Tube used for special applications

A brief discussion showing the link between how a tube is made, the resulting crystal structure of the tube, and how the crystal structure is measured.
BIOGRAPHY:    Kay Dean Bowles has a Master of Science degree in metallurgical engineering from the University of Idaho. He has 29 years of experience in metals processing manufacturing and development. Kay Dean has been with Sandvik for 8 years.

Jim De Yoreo, Chief Scientist for Materials Scienc Aug 13, 2020
Research at the intersection of biology nnd nanomaterials

Living systems make a wide range of nanostructured materials to serve functional requirements, such as water separation, energy generation. locomotion, global positioning and structural support. These materials often have a hierarchical form that endows a high level of function. Here I will talk about research aimed at understanding how these nanomaterials are formed and how we can borrow those principles to make synthetic nanomaterials.


Jim De Yoreo is a Battelle Fellow and Chief Scientist for Materials Science in the Physical and Computational Sciences Directorate at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), an Affiliate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and of Chemistry at the University of Washington, and Co-Director of the Northwest Institute for Materials Physics, Chemistry and Technology (NW IMPACT).  He received his PhD in Physics from Cornell University in 1985.  Following post-doctoral work at the University of Maine and at Princeton University, he became a member of the technical staff at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in 1989, where he held numerous positions. He joined Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in 2007 where he served as Deputy and then Interim Director of the Molecular Foundry before moving to PNNL in 2012. De Yoreo’s research has spanned a range of materials-related disciplines, focusing recently on interactions, assembly, and crystallization in inorganic, biomolecular and biomineral systems.  De Yoreo has authored, co-authored, or edited over 250 publications and patents. He is a recipient of the David Turnbull Lectureship of the Materials Research Society (MRS), the Laudise Prize of the International Organization for Crystal Growth (IOCG) and the Crystal Growth Award of the American Association for Crystal Growth (AACG). He served as President of the MRS and he is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the MRS, and a member of the Washington State Academy of Sciences and the IOCG and AACG Executive Committees.

? Aug 20, 2020
Dr. Jie Xiao Aug 27, 2020
Battery Technology
? cancer center maybe Sep 03, 2020
Michelle Whitney, PSD Supt. Sep 10, 2020
PSD update

Michelle Whitney has been a part of the Pasco School District for more than 20 years, starting out as a kindergarten teacher before moving on to serve as assistant principal and then principal at McLoughlin Middle School. She’s also served as the District’s Director of Human Resources, Executive Director of Teaching and Learning, and Deputy Superintendent. In July 2016, she was sworn in as Pasco School District’s new superintendent and hit the ground running. She’s been running ever since, overseeing a school district with more than 2,000 employees that serves more than 18,000 students in our community. Mrs. Whitney is a proud product of Columbia Basin College, where she received her associate’s degree before moving on to Washington State University to earn her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Education. She also received her Principal’s certification and Superintendent’s credential from WSU.

Cindy Powell, City Manager Sep 17, 2020
Key Projects in the City of Richland

This topic will focus on key projects in the City of Richland with an opportunity for a question and answer period. 



Cindy Reents, Richland City Manager – Cindy has been the City Manager for the City of Richland since December 2007 and is the first female to hold the position. She received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and her MBA from California Coast University (CCU).

In addition to serving as the City’s chief executive officer, Cindy represents the City on the Benton County Emergency Services Executive Board, TRIDEC Executive Committee, Hanford Communities Administrative Board and is the Board Chair for the Tri-Cities Rivershore Enhancement Council. Cindy is the Past President of the Washington City / County Management Association.

? Sep 24, 2020
? hanford speaker by patrick conrad Oct 01, 2020
? district governor maybe Oct 29, 2020