September 5th is Labor Day, no meeting. Our next meeting is September 12th at Hotel RL (formerly Red Lion Hotel)
Bob Ferguson 2013Our next meeting's speaker is Bob Ferguson, Washington State Attorney General. 

Bob Ferguson is Washington's 18th Attorney General. As the state's chief legal officer, he directs 500 attorneys and 600 professional staff providing legal services to state agencies, Governor and Legislature.

Bob received his J.D. from New York University School of Law in 1995. He earned a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Washington, where he was student body president. Bob began his legal career in Spokane where he served as a law clerk for Chief Judge W. Fremming Nielsen of the Federal District Court for Eastern Washington. He then clerked for Judge Myron Bright of the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals in the Midwest. Ferguson returned to Seattle and joined Preston, Gates, and Ellis (now K&L Gates), one of Washington's leading law firms.

In 2003, Bob was elected to the King County Council. In 2005, after the council was reduced from 13 to nine and Bob's district was eliminated, he was re-elected. He was unopposed in 2009.

Bob is a fourth-generation Washingtonian. His family homesteaded on the beautiful Skagit River, which may explain why Bob is such an enthusiastic mountain climber, backpacker, and birder. He has hiked hundreds of miles of Washington trails and climbed many of the state's highest peaks.

Bob is an internationally-rated chess master. His games have appeared in local, national and international chess publications. Bob has twice won the Washington State Chess Championship.

Bob, his wife Colleen and their 8-year-old twins, Jack and Katie, reside in the Maple Leaf neighborhood of North Seattle.

Our Newest Members
Meet our Newest Members who have joined in the past 6 months:
Char Foster
Regional Director of Group Health
South Service Area
Dan Lehuta, sponsor
Joined August 1st
Kelly Cooper
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WA State-Health-Water Quality
Dennis Cooper, sponsor
Joined June 16th
Kyle Cronk
Member pictureNon-Profit YMCA Executive
Wendy Holden, Sponsor
Joined May 16th
David Young
Jeweler - Store Manager
Judy Henderson, sponsor
Joined May 9th
Anthony Hemstad
Member pictureConsultant - International Business
Ralph Munro, sponsor
Joined April 18th
Tom Lally
Member pictureInsurance Agent - Personal
Zale Crawford, sponsor
Joined April 18th
Tom McLean
Member pictureFinancial Planner - Certified
Sean Padget, sponsor
Joined April 18th
Rashi Gupta
Member pictureLegislative Services
Sean Padget, sponsor
Joined April 11th
Tammy Adams
Member pictureReal Estate - Broker
Dennis Adams, sponsor
Joined March 28th
Chris Lanese
Member pictureLaw-Asst. Attorney General
Brian Martin, sponsor
Joined March 1st
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Past President
Club Coordinator
      The Rotary Club of Olympia
              Mondays at noon, The Red lion Hotel
        2300 Evergreen Park Dr. Olympia WA 98502  

Doing the Most Good
We received letters from non-profits in the Olympia area telling us how our foundation grants will help move their programs forward.  These grants were made out to three local charitable organizations, SafePlace, GRuB and Homes First. This is part of our semi annual giving from our Fred Balz Community Fund.
The SafePlace letter was in response to a grant given in June of this year. The desired outcome was to fund an account for incidental items like buss passes that could be accessed by women fleeing abuse who had little or no financial resources.
The Homes First letter was in response to a grant given in November of 2015. The desired outcome was to assist in refurbishing a derelict house to create a low income housing unit.
The GRuB letter was in response to a grant given in November of 2015 with a goal of assisting in improving food security for low income households by showing them how to create a raised bed garden and grow vegetables. 
You can find a copy of these letters by Clicking Here.
From the President
Our Rotary Club of Olympia joined with the Olympia Lake Run Organization to form a new Club fundraiser.  It is called The Trials Legacy Marathon and Lakefair Runs. The inaugural was held on Juy 16th 2016 and The Trials Legacy Marathon will be run on approximately 80% of the original 1984 Woman’s Olympic Trials Marathon.  The Lakefair runs was made up of a half marathon ,an 8k and a 3k run. It is hoped that this event will become a major fundraiser for our Club.
The next few week’s featured speakers are certain to grab your attention and liven up your day.  They include:
  • Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson
  • Chuck and Karla Fowler on Rotary Friendship Exchange Trip to Sweden
  • Candidates for open positions on Thurston County Board of Commissioners
  • Candidates for positions on Superior Court or Legislature
  • Medrice Coluccio on Providence’s commitment to mental health and Community Care center
  • Our District Governor Joanne Croghan's visit
  • Mike King portraying President Harry S, Truman
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.
Wendy Holden
President, Olympia Rotary Club

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:


Upcoming Events
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!
For more information about visiting our club, contact our Membership Committee Chair, Cecelia Loveless.
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