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

Submitted by Victoria S. Byerly, Attorney at Law
Since January is Vocational Services Month, it’s a great time to recognize the contributions that all our members make to our society.  Rotary’s emphasis on vocational service has its roots in the founding of the organization.  Vocational service involves club members serving others via their professions while adhering to the highest ethical standards, recognizing the worthiness of all professions, contributing vocational skills and talents to solving problems in our societies, and adherence to the four way test.  As a member of South Puget Sound Community College’s Foundation Board, I would like to recognize its vocational education program. 
South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) has been serving Olympia and surrounding areas for over sixty years.  In 2017, it was named as a top 50 community college by College Choice, and in years 2016 and 2017, the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program recognized it as one of the nation’s 150 best community colleges. 
I guess it’s no surprise then, that SPSCC offers more than 40 ways to earn a certificate or Associate in Applied Science.  In the fall of 2016, the biggest vocational programs were: 1) Computer Network Administration; 2) Early Childhood Education; 3) Automotive Technology; 4) Medical Assisting; and 5) Business Administration.  Other programs include the culinary arts and dental assisting.
SPSCC’s mission is to support student success in postsecondary academic transfer and workforce education that responds to the needs of the South Sound Region.  We all know how valuable education is, and that it provides tangible and intangible benefits, but the road to achieve it, can be overwhelming.  SPSCC offers another choice for students and members of the south sound, while maintaining a true dedication to excellence.  I am so pleased that SPSCC is a part of the amazing infrastructure we have for education in the south sound and look forward to its future accomplishments.   
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, January 22nd at Hotel RL.  

Our speaker for this meeting will be Scott Hanauer, CEO of Community Youth Services.




January 2018
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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Past President
Rotary (RI) Foundation
Club Coordinator
Youth Protection Officer


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