Welcome to our Club

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 of America
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West Olympia Rotary News
The West Olympia Rotary Club strives to accomplish one simple goal: Make the community we live in, which starts in West Olympia and spreads across the globe; a better place. We are 70 members strong, and continuously growing.
 
There are various negative stereotypes associated with a majority of service clubs, but our club is different. We break the mold we’ve been placed into by keeping up to date with technology, recruiting young leaders in our community, and taking on projects that can only be accomplished with the help of our members’ families and the rest of our community. If we want to change the world, we’re going to have to come together as one.
 
Our showcase fundraiser, The Westside Story, consists of a two dueling pianos and a whole lot of fun. In our second year, we’re already on pace to move the benchmark even higher from last year’s success. Mark your calendar for January 24th - this is an event unlike any other in our community that you don’t want to miss.
 
Please join us, as we meet every Tuesday at 12:00 in the View Point Room downstairs at Tugboat Annie’s. We always welcome new visitors, whether you were asked by an existing member or found us on your own. Attendance is no longer a requirement to our club, as we realize life is full of ups and downs, busy schedules, and support does not always come from a meeting every Tuesday. We would love to have you check us out!
 
Dan Young
Club President (Rotary Year 2019-2020)

Club Administration Committee News:

(Nothing currently reported.)

Evan Fagerness, Club Administration Committee Director

Membership and Vocational Service Committee News:

The top two reasons people join Rotary are to meet new people and to get more involved in their communities.  As Rotarians, we all have an active role in attracting potential new members and ensuring that our members feel valued, significant and engaged.  By having a strong and diverse membership, we expand the collective impact of our community service, charitable contribution,s and international projects.
     
Attracting prospective members involves having interesting speakers/programs weekly and sharing our good works through press releases and social media.   Members are encouraged to invite prospective members to our club meetings.  Whenever guests come to a meeting we need to make sure they feel comfortable and welcome.
 
If a guest you invite would like to become a member, you can go to our website and fill out our new member proposal form.  Once complete, the form is sent to Tiffany Scroggs, our club Secretary, and the process for membership begins.  Once orientation is completed, we schedule a classification talk, and they are officially a member.
 
Below is a fun link uncovering Rotary membership myths:
 

 

Sandi DiBernardo, Membership and Vocational Service Committee Director

Community Service Committee News:

(Nothing currently reported.)

Heather Hahn, 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:

On April 23, 2018, the 22nd Annual Dick Nichols Awards luncheon was held to present thirteen outstanding high school seniors with the Dick Nichols Scholarship.  The recipients were:  Elizabeth Hrutaka, Black Hills; Caleb Evans, Black Hills; Ellie Potts, Capital; Chase Vandiver, Capital; Josie Kirk, North Thurston; Gunner Nielsen, North Thurston; Natalie Stagnone, Olympia; Now Peralta, Olympia; Madeline Retzlaff, River Ridge; Makenna Hansen, Timberline; Michael Barnes, Timberline; Madison Fields, Tumwater; and CJ Geathers, Tumwater.  Congratulations to all.
 
Our outbound student Qiana Barrett “Kiki” continues to enjoy her Japanese experience.  Her latest news includes mention of attending Rotary events, participating in martial arts class, enjoying school activities, and taking a trip to Tokyo.  She is looking forward to an upcoming trip to the island of Hokkaido.  Kiki will soon be returning to us as the school year is nearing completion.
 
Next years outbound student will be Rose Christensen from Capital High School.  We are awaiting for an exact location, but she will be heading to Belgium.  
     
Mila, our current inbound, continues to shine at Capital High School.  She just completed her track season and continues to dance whenever she hears music.  A special thanks, to all of you who have graced her stay with many wonderful activities.  If you did not hear, Mila was one of the “stars” of the Capital High School Talent Show.
 
 Nearing the end of another school year, June 20, 2018, please consider getting involved next year in any of a number of club activities including hosting an inbound student, volunteering with the Garfield Track Stars, attending Capital High School Interact Club activities (our own Neil Falkenburg mentors the CHS Interact Club).
 
Thanks are extended to Steve Henderson for again presenting the Law Day activities and to Shelby Hentges for the many hours and tasks necessary to complete the scholarship process.
  

An early reminder!   The Olympia School District Career & College Fair will be held on Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at Capital High School.  Our club participates yearly, so please calendar the date and join us for the evenings activities.

Rich Yescas, Youth Service Committee Director

Fundraising Committee News:

(Nothing currently reported.)

Rocco Turpin, Fundraising Committee Director

Public Relations Committee News:

(Nothing currently reported.)

Dick Pust, Public Relations Committee Director

 
Speakers
Jennifer Williamson Forster
Oct 22, 2019
South Sound Reading Foundation
Pam Hetland
Oct 29, 2019
Mask or Mash
Dick Nichols and Steve Henderson
Nov 05, 2019
Thank You Dick Nichols
Ann Larson
Nov 12, 2019
City of Olympia Outreach Co-ordinator
Captain Mark Stearns
Nov 19, 2019
Salvation Army
Dr. David Nicandri
Nov 26, 2019
Driving to the Arctic Ocean
Steve Henderson
Dec 03, 2019
Rotary Friendship Exchange to Russia
Pam Hetland
Dec 10, 2019
Holiday Flair --NO NOON MEETING!
 
 
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President
President-Elect
Secretary
Treasurer
Immediate Past President
Club Administration Committee Director
Membership and Vocational Service Committee Director
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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