Our next meeting is May 9th at THE RED LION HOTEL  
Image result for rotary club speakers artworkFor our featured speakers this week we'll turn to a few of our newer members.  This is an opportunity to hear past experiences and why Rotary was so attractive to them.  This is always entertaining and refreshing to hear their stories.
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Past President
Dir - Comm Development Services
Dir - Int'l Development Services
Dir - Club Admin Services
Dir - Fellowship/Public Relations
Dir - Membership Services
Dir - Scholarship/Youth Leadership
Club Coordinator
RI Foundation Chair
Programs Chair
Public Relations Chair
Membership/Classification Chair
Youth Exchange Chair
Co Youth Exchange Officer
      The Rotary Club of Olympia
              Mondays at noon, The Red lion Hotel
        2300 Evergreen Park Dr. Olympia WA 98502  

Foundation Dinner 2016
The annual Foundation Banquet for Areas 13 & 14 of District 5020 was held om March 24th.  The Indian Summer Golf and Country Club was host to 200 attendees and as usual it was a special time for all.
One of the celebrations was our club's 50 year members:
  • Marv Reiner has now been in Rotary 59 years
  • Denny Peterson has just passed 51
  • Tore Nielsen is at 50
We celebrated  a new Paul Harris Fellow, Neil DeBoer, our club's Executive Secretary (Club Coordinator).  Neil also won the raffle draw and won another $1,000 credit toward his PHF+1, which will be coming his way very soon.
Other recognition awards included 52 sustaining members and 21 multiple Paul Harris Fellows.  This all occurred between March 2015 and March 2016.
Click on the PLAY button below for a very brief slideshow.  Even though there are only 6 shots, you'll love the music.


From the President
The next few week’s featured speakers are certain to grab your attention and liven up your day.  They include:
  • We have two meetings scheduled for a few of our older and newer members to tell their stories, and in particular, why Rotary.
  • Then our exchange students will reflect on their year in Olympia as they prepare to return home
  • Olympia Mayor Cheryl Selby will speak to us after now being in office almost 6 months
  • Awarding of scholarships for graduating Olympia High School students
  • One of our long time members and past president Jim Jenner will tell us about carrier pigeons.
Of course there are others so check our calendar on the menu above for information on future programs.  You will also find details of our very next program on this site's homepage in the left hand column.
Some good news about our members and membership:
  • Newest members inducted into our club include Chris Lanese, Tammy Adams, Anthony Hemstad, Tom Lally and Tom McLean.
  • Allen Miller and Kim Dinsmore were awarded a Fred Balz fellow as they have contributed to The Fred Balz Endowment for community giving.
  • Paul Harris awards were recently given to Sean Padget +3, John Hough +2, Corrina Phillips +4, Dennis Peterson +1, Judy Blinn +3 and Judy Henderson +4.  These contributions to The Rotary International Foundation are what help make it possible to fund programs like making water available and ending Polio throughout the world.
  • Geoffrey Crooks, Jewel Goddard, Joe Scuderi and Oscar Soule received recognition from Rotary International for recently recruiting  new members to our Club.
The above recognition of our Club members show how active our members are and reason that our Club continues to be able to make a difference in our community, country and the world.

Rotary Point at West Bay Park in Olympia, Washington, is the culmination of a unique partnership between the City of Olympia and the Rotary Clubs of Thurston County.
The 4 acre park is located on the western shore of one of the southernmost points of the Puget Sound and is a spectacular site that provides outstanding views of the State Capitol, ship canal and Olympic peaks.  A Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program Water Access Grant and an Aquatic Lands Enhancement Grant helped to fund acquisition, development, and shoreline enhancement.
A partnership with local Rotary Clubs resulted in a developed overlook, a handheld boat launch and other improvements.
Here is a list of the eight Rotary Clubs in Thurston County that partnered in the creation of Rotary Point at West Bay Park:
The Rotary Club of Olympia
Capital Centennial Rotary Club of Olympia
The Rotary Club of West Olympia
The Rotary Club of South Puget Sound-Olympia
The Rotary Club of Yelm
The Rotary Club of Lacey
Tumwater Rotary Club
The Gateway Rotary Club
700 W. Bay Dr. NW
Olympia, WA 9502
Dawn to Dusk
For more information, and to learn how you can support this gift to the community, visit the Rotary Point at West Bay Park website at: http://www.rotarypoint.com/


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