The Rotary Club of Olympia  
            Mondays at noon, Hotel RL
   2300 Evergreen Park Dr. Olympia WA 98502  (Map)

Submitted by Sarah Clinton, Youth Services Director
In Rotary, we understand the importance of building the next generation of community leaders and want to ensure young men and women understand the impact they make on those around them. We understand that leadership comes in many forms – serving as role models, mentors, friends, and simply doing one’s best to overcome a hard situation are all ways we can serve and lead others.
In order to highlight the impact OHS students have on serving and inspiring those around them, the Rotary Club of Olympia created THE GOLDEN BEAR AWARD. The award recognizes one student each month and honors a variety of different skills, stories, and backgrounds. Club members work with school teachers and administrators to identify students who embody Rotary’s motto of Service Above Self and inspire others through their work ethic, positive attitude, and ability to persevere.
There are no specific qualifications to receive the award and there is no application processes. THE GOLDEN BEAR is a unique opportunity to honor and recognize students who simply do the right thing and show through their actions that they value their community.
The Rotary Club of Olympia has a long tradition of working closely with the students of Olympia High School. For nearly 100 years, our club has supported students in our community through college scholarships, youth service clubs and international exchange opportunities.  The students benefit from our support. The truth is, however, that the benefit we receive through this work is several times what we are able to give. 
Working with young people is inspiring! It motivates us to ensure our community is in good shape when we pass it along to those next in line. As a parent of young children this rings especially true for me. It also gives me the opportunity to directly impact the opportunities my kids have as they move through our local school system. When I joined our club a few years ago, I was overwhelmed and didn’t know where I fit. I was not certain Rotary was the right place for me. Working with our youth programs and scholarships committee, and helping create THE GOLDEN BEAR AWARD changed my outlook on Rotary and fostered meaningful and long-lasting connections to my community and fellow members.
In Rotary, we understand the importance of building the next generation of leaders and have a vested interest in ensuring young men and women understand the responsibility we all have as citizens to be active and engaged members in our community. This is why my club has a long history of partnership with our local high school, and continues to create new opportunities for recognition, training, and mentorship of young people.
Meet Our New President  2017-2018

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Christen (Christy) Peters. Member of Olympia Rotary since July 2009

What's the most fun you've had so far in Rotary? 
Working at the Spaghetti Bowl was the first Rotary event I participated in.  What a fun time!  

What will be your most valued future contribution to Rotary?
I love to work with others in the community, I'm a positive, optimistic person, and I look forward to many future Rotary projects locally, nationally, and internationally.
Where were you born?
Iowa City, IA when father was in medical school and we then lived in Phoenix, AZ and Klamath Falls, OR, before settling in Santa Rosa, CA where I lived from 3rd grade through high school.  My parents still reside in Santa Rosa.


What school(s) did you attend, and what degrees have you earned? 

  • University of Iowa (BA in Political Science, BA in Communications-Journalism); 
  • Willamette University (J.D.; Dispute Resolution Certificate)

Tell us about your family.  
I'm married to Rick Peters (Lead Deputy Pros. Atty. for Juvenile Prosecution in Thurston Co and former Mayor of Dupont, WA).  I have three children: Molly, Adam, and Lucy.  We all love sports (soccer, gymnastics, track), music (piano, clarinet, violin), theater, and travel!

Describe your job; what you do all day.  
I am the Special Trials Division Chief, Thurston Co. Pros. Atty.  In this role I supervise the Special Victims, Domestic Violence, and District Court trial teams.  I also carry a small caseload of prosecution for child sex offenders, internet related crimes, and serious domestic violence cases.  E
very day at work is different as it is driven by arrests or crimes from the previous day (or weekend).  I generally review incoming police reports and assign where the cases will go within the office; monitor court arraignments, pre-trial hearings and train new DPAs in court/trial work.  On the management side, I work with the Prosecuting Attorney's Office (PAO) management team on budget, personnel issues, and other leadership issues that face the PAO.  I also teach for the National District Attorney's Association and the National Center for Prevention of Child Abuse.

How did you get started in this job, and how long have you been doing it? 
During my second year of law school, I started a clerkship at the Marion County District Attorney's office in Salem, OR.  At that time, I was primarily interested in Environmental Law (worked my first law school summer as a clerk in Washington DC for the DOJ in Environmental Enforcement); however, I wanted trial experience.  After a short time in the DA's office, I started to really enjoy prosecuting and working in the criminal law field. 

After law school, my husband, who is from the Seattle area, and I moved to Washington State in 1993.  I started with the Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney's office as a Juvenile Prosecutor at Remann Hall.  After approximately two years in Pierce County, I was offered a deputy prosecuting attorney position in Thurston County.  I loved the Olympia area and moved to the Thurston County prosecuting Attorney's Office in 1995, where I have been ever since.

What do you like the most about your job? 
Keeping the community safe, helping children who have been abused, working toward ending family violence.


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:

Our next meeting is Monday, December 18th at Hotel RL.

Our speaker for this meeting will be Abby Hendriken, outbound exchange student.



December 2017
Upcoming Events
Honoring Our Veterans
2018 Olympia Lakefair Races Sponsorship Form
Here is a chance for you to become an early sponsor of our 2018 Lakefair Races.  Click HERE to download and submit the sponsorship form
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Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Past President
Rotary (RI) Foundation
Club Coordinator
Youth Protection Officer


Are you interested in giving back to the local community? Do you like to have fun? If you do, then we'd like to invite you to lunch!
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