Our next meeting is Monday, December 12tat Hotel RL.
      Our Annual
  Holiday Meeting
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This next Monday join in with your fellow Rotarians and members of the Olympia Kiwanis Club for a music filled holiday meeting. We will be entertained with that wonderful Olympia High School Jazz Band as well as their chorus of singers. This meeting is always looked forward to as we get into December as many Rotarians and Kiwianians bring family and friends to join in the holiday cheer.
Our Newest Members
Meet our Newest Members who have joined in the past 6 months:

Laurie Tebo

  Behavior Health
  Wendy Holden,
  Joined September 19th

Micky Holden-Cooper

Major Account Executive
Ricoh USA
Wendy Holden, sponsor
Joined Sept 12th
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
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Wendy Holden, Sponsor
Joined May 16th
David Young
Jeweler - Store Manager
Judy Henderson, sponsor
Joined May 9th
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Past President
RI Foundation
Club Coordinator
Youth Protection Officer
      The Rotary Club of Olympia
              Mondays at noon, Hotel RL
               (Formerly The Red lion Hotel)
        2300 Evergreen Park Dr. Olympia WA 98502  

Follow Your Heart and Give
Today, Tuesday November 29, is Giving Tuesday.  This day was designated several years ago, to put the “Giving” back in Thanksgiving.  This day occurs after many opportunities for shopping and acquiring starting now on the day of Thanksgiving and extending through Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday (oops – Cyber Week!) 
We in Rotary have much to be thankful for, including each other.  In the first five months of my year as your President we have had many opportunities for fellowship, and creating goodwill.  Table talks, random assigned seating, Halloween costumes, and more.  I feel more connected to you, and I hope you feel more connected to each other as well. 
Over the month of November, we have focused on connecting to opportunities for giving, and understanding those different opportunities, focusing on the Rotary International Foundation and our own Olympia Rotary Club Foundation.  We drilled down into the impact we have had here in Olympia, in Thurston County, and around the world. 
John Hough( johnwhough@comcast.net ) and Judy Henderson ((judy@hendersonlaw.net ) staffed a Rotary International Foundation table so each of us could learn our status regarding our giving to this Foundation and our Paul Harris recognition points.  Many members have taken the opportunity to not only get that information but also to make contributions to the Rotary Foundation.  Thank you!  This is the Rotary International Foundation’s 100 year anniversary.  It started with a $26.60 contribution one hundred years ago.  Big oaks from little acorns grow. 
Bob Wubbena (rwubbena@gmail.com )and Greg Bucove ( greg@bucove.com )shared our accomplishments with water and sanitation projects around the world. In cooperation with other south sound clubs our donations have provided accessible clean water and sanitation facilities to thousands of people in dozens of communities.  The impacts are staggering.  The number of people who get Cholera and other intestinal diseases goes down.  More babies survive infancy, and more children survive into adulthood.  Girls and women can go to school or work small businesses instead of spending hours each day hauling water.  Thanks to those of you who supported Cool Jazz Clean water, which is the main funding source for these projects. 
Colleen Gillespie also made herself available to answer questions about contributions to our own Olympia Rotary Foundation’s Community Giving Fund (Also known as the Fred Balz Fund) if you would like additional information, Colleen’s email is colleen@sawstonwealth.com .
Our local community projects and scholarships for Olympia High School students were highlighted in this week’s program.  Colleen, Skip Stefan (skipsteffen@comcast.net )and Paul Knox ( pknox@unitedway-thurston.org ) talked about the good we have done for children, low income, seniors and others in Olympia and Thurston County.  Over the years thousands of our neighbors are better off because of our grants. 
Mark Boyer (marktboyer@gmail.com )  shared our accomplishments and challenges with our scholarship program.  Challenges include losing the Spaghetti Bowl as a scholarship fundraiser, which brought in around $10,000 a year (for us and West Olympia Rotary), and scholarship amounts remaining the same over many years.  We use our own Olympia Rotary Foundation dollars for these projects and scholarships, as well as partnering with Rotary International District Grants on projects. 
As I said on Monday, these are all worthy causes.  I recommend you follow your heart!  If your heart calls you to help young people who aspire to a good college education, give to our scholarship fund.  If you are called to help people in need right here at home, donate time, treasure, and talent to our local projects through the Olympia Rotary Club foundation.  And if you want to reach out to the poorest of the poor around the world, the Rotary Foundation is your ticket.  Our club colleagues listed in this note are passionate about their involvement, and would be glad to give you more information. 
We are all involved and generous people.  You likely have charitable giving commitments already – and yet – we ARE blessed, and have much to be thankful for.  Consider adding Rotary in one or more of its many forms to your giving, now that you know where the money goes and how to give.  If now is not a good time, consider planning to give. And if you are tapped out just now, consider a gift of time. 
Thank you for being among my blessings this Thanksgiving season. 
President Wendy
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
  • Our annual joint holiday meeting with Kiwanis of Olympia
  • Skip Steffen (Union Gospel Mission, Olympia)
  • Stay tuned for new programs coming in 2017
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: http://www.rotarypoint.com/


Buy Holiday Luncheon Tickets Here
Image result for holiday wreaths imagesGET LUNCH TICKETS IN ADVANCE FOR THE DEC. 12TH HOLIDAY MEETING: The cost for this year's luncheon is $22 (no club tokens) and you can purchase your tickets by credit card on line by CLICKING HERE.
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