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West Olympia

Our motto is "Service Above Self"

We meet every Tuesday at noon in the Viewpoint Room at Westbay Marina,
2100 West Bay Drive
Olympia, WA  98502
United States
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It is hard to believe that we are more than half-way through the Rotary year. It seems like just yesterday Past-President Rob Bradley handed over the gavel, and here we are several months later moving into 2018. Our motto of “Service Above Self” is alive and strong in our club. We continue to do good things throughout our community and around the world. We surpassed our Polio Plus fundraising goal again this year with 55 of our members contributing $6,125, and our Kettle Volunteers for the Salvation Army recently raised $1,678 in local donations. Our Holiday Flair was a big success thanks to the Social Committee, and our club’s presence on Facebook continues to grow. With two new applications in process, our membership is growing to 80 members, and hopefully we’ll have even more next year. As we look to the months ahead in 2018, excitement grows for another round of service opportunities. We’ll be counting laps every week with the Garfield Track Stars, giving out another round of scholarships to aspiring high school students, and will be continuing to host our exchange student from Brazil. As a club, we’ll need to shift our focus towards our April 28th annual dinner and auction - “Be a Superhero – 2018 Go Play Gala”. We need support from members to bring in event sponsors and auction procurements. We also need members to attend the event with lots friends and family. Be sure to click the auction website and by your tickets before the end of January though, because the price goes up after that.

Thank you for this opportunity to serve as your President.  It has been an incredible experience.
 
Paul Simmons, 
Club President  (Rotary Year 2017-18)

Club Administration Committee News:

(Nothing currently reported.)

Quint Newell, Club Administration Committee Director

Membership and Vocational Service Committee News:

Impact starts with our members — people like you who want to be part of making our community and the world a better place. At club meetings, our members come together to strengthen their connections to friends and neighbors and their commitment to improving lives.
 
As our Club celebrates 42 years of serving our community, our membership continues to grow.  We have an advantage of having many “seasoned” Rotarians to ensure our legacy carries on and we have attracted amazing new members bringing fresh ideas and energy. Many of our new members have already signed up to participate on committees to help with Cool Jazz Clean Water and our upcoming auction in partnership with the South Puget Sound Rotary Club.
 
If you have a passion for improving our community and want to connect with others who feel the same way, then join us for lunch sometime – we would look forward to meeting you!

 

Sandi DiBernardo, Membership and Vocational Service Committee Director

Community Service Committee News:

(Nothing currently reported.)

Dan Young, Community Service Committee Director   

Rotary Foundation and International Service Committee News:

The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International recently approved our club's first global grant in the amount of $118,838 for a project entitled "Community Health Promotion in Rural Bolivia".  For more information about the project, and all of the entities that are contributing to it, please see our press release and check back here for periodic updates.

Steve Masini, Rotary Foundation and International Service Committee Director

Youth Service Committee News:

On April 23, 2018, the 22nd Annual Dick Nichols Awards luncheon was held to present thirteen outstanding high school seniors with the Dick Nichols Scholarship.  The recipients were:  Elizabeth Hrutaka, Black Hills; Caleb Evans, Black Hills; Ellie Potts, Capital; Chase Vandiver, Capital; Josie Kirk, North Thurston; Gunner Nielsen, North Thurston; Natalie Stagnone, Olympia; Now Peralta, Olympia; Madeline Retzlaff, River Ridge; Makenna Hansen, Timberline; Michael Barnes, Timberline; Madison Fields, Tumwater; and CJ Geathers, Tumwater.  Congratulations to all.
 
Our outbound student Qiana Barrett “Kiki” continues to enjoy her Japanese experience.  Her latest news includes mention of attending Rotary events, participating in martial arts class, enjoying school activities, and taking a trip to Tokyo.  She is looking forward to an upcoming trip to the island of Hokkaido.  Kiki will soon be returning to us as the school year is nearing completion.
 
Next years outbound student will be Rose Christensen from Capital High School.  We are awaiting for an exact location, but she will be heading to Belgium.  
     
Mila, our current inbound, continues to shine at Capital High School.  She just completed her track season and continues to dance whenever she hears music.  A special thanks, to all of you who have graced her stay with many wonderful activities.  If you did not hear, Mila was one of the “stars” of the Capital High School Talent Show.
 
 Nearing the end of another school year, June 20, 2018, please consider getting involved next year in any of a number of club activities including hosting an inbound student, volunteering with the Garfield Track Stars, attending Capital High School Interact Club activities (our own Neil Falkenburg mentors the CHS Interact Club).
 
Thanks are extended to Steve Henderson for again presenting the Law Day activities and to Shelby Hentges for the many hours and tasks necessary to complete the scholarship process.
  

An early reminder!   The Olympia School District Career & College Fair will be held on Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at Capital High School.  Our club participates yearly, so please calendar the date and join us for the evenings activities.

Rich Yescas, Youth Service Committee Director

Fundraising Committee News:

(Nothing currently reported.)

Betty Holt, Fundraising Committee Director

Public Relations Committee News:

(Nothing currently reported.)

Dick Pust, Public Relations Committee Director

 
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Janine Gates
Sep 25, 2018
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Corinn Wohl
Oct 02, 2018
Real Men Wear Pink
Qiana "Kiki" Barrett
Oct 09, 2018
Her experiences as an exchange student in Japan
Rahel Heinzer
Oct 16, 2018
Exchange student Rahel Heinzer talks about life in Switzerland
 
 
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