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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:

(Nothing currently reported.)

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

 
Speakers
Shelby Hentges
May 22, 2018
Scholarship Awards
Rob Bradley - Joint meeting with Olympia Kiwanis
May 29, 2018
"Israel - a different perspective."
Sarah Lloyd
Jun 05, 2018
Safeplace
Bob Jones
Jun 12, 2018
The Veterans Court
Lakefair Royalty
Jun 19, 2018
Meet this year's Lakefair Court
Paul Simmons and Kathy "Percy" Perciful
Jun 26, 2018
Passing of the gavel
 
 
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Community Service Committee Director
The Rotary Foundation and International Service Committee Director
Youth Service Committee Director
Fundraising Committee Director
Public Relations Committee Director
 
 
 
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