The Rotary Club of Olympia  
              Mondays at 12:00 Noon, Hotel RL
 2300 Evergreen Park Dr. Olympia WA 98502  (Map)
Cool Jazz Clean Water

Submitted by Corrina Phillips
2017 marked the 16th annual Cool Jazz Clean Water event held at the Washington Center of Performing Arts.
To most of us it’s a fun filled day of listening to our area local high school bands showcase their very talented jazz tunes.  Come evening, the Washington Center becomes the hub for some delectable wine tasting, reuniting with old friends throughout the community, and meeting new faces as well.
BUT what is Cool Jazz Clean Water; what does the event stand for; what do they do, who do they help?  Cool Jazz Clean Water is sponsored by nine local Rotary Clubs throughout Thurston County.  Cool Jazz Clean Water raises money through event sponsorships, ticket sales, auction items, and t-shirt sales.
  • 50% of the proceeds raised at the Cool Jazz Clean Water event go to third world countries for water purification projects
  • Approximately $10,000.00 per year goes to our local schools for the purchase of new refurbished band instruments
  • $2,500.00 goes to the Local Boys & Girls Club to sponsor our local youth in the Local Youth Summit
  • Camp Hope (our most recent recipient) Cool Jazz Clean Water donated $2,500.00 to the Local Chapter of Camp Hope - a program to help educate and stop the vicious cycle of domestic violence
Please join us on November 17th, 2018, for the 17th Cool Jazz Clean Water event.  Come during the day come and check out our extremely talented local school jazz bands.  Come during the evening bring your friends, family and guests and join us for another fun filled evening of great wines, great friends, and good times.
Be a sponsor, buy/sell tickets, buy a t-shirt, and donate/bid on a basket.

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, June 25 at Hotel RL.
Our program will be about the Washington State ferry System.  Our speaker will be Amy Scarton, assistant secretary for the Washington State Ferries Division.
June 2018
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