Posted by Diane Gallegos on Mar 05, 2018
Rotary Club of Olympia
The Wheel
Date: 3/5/2018
Today’s Program: Craig Chance, Executive Director of the Thurston County Housing Authority (HATC)
Meeting Called to order: President Christy Peters @ 12:20 pm
  • Invocation by: Ralph Munro (gratitude to those who provide polio vaccinations on all levels)
  • Pledge of Allegiance led by: Felix D’Allesandro
  • Song: God Bless America, led by Debbie Draper
  • Four Way Test led by: Larry Poplack
Visiting Rotarians
  • Shellica Trevino - Rotary Club of Lacey, WA
  • Nelson Holmberg -Three Creeks Rotary Club of Vancouver, WA
Guest of Rotarians:
  • Anthony Hemstad introduced Jason Richter, Deputy Treasurer of Debt Management of the State of Washington.
  • Maureen Considine introduced Heather Antanatis from Family Education and Support Services.
  • Dick Blinn introduced Grace Takehara, marketing assistant for KMB Architects (a guest of Gretchen Sturtevant) .
  • Lori Woodland introduced Natalie Skovran, from the Family Support Center.
  • Sam Bovard introduced Shellica Trevino and Amber Wetzel from the Boys and Girls Club.
Happy Bucks
Hosted by Dennis Adams
  • Warren Carlson - Encouraged us to attend the SideWalk Fundraising Gala March 20 at SPSCC.
  • Chuck Fowler - Celebrated his 80th birthday.
  • Ralph Munro - Thanked Dennis Cooper for the legislative overview he provided to the Ralph Munro Institute for Civic Education.
  • Norma Schuiteman - Had a wonderful trip to the Galapagos to visit her son and purchased two books to donate to our literacy efforts.
  • Victoria Byerly - Celebrated her 43rd birthday on Valentine’s Day.
  • Linda Kleingartner -  Happy her twins are graduating from Capital High School.  Her daughter got a scholarship to travel to Moscow Russia though the US Dept of State this summer for a language immersion program.  Also accepted to George Washington university, reviving the presidential scholarship.  Has a $100K gap, so Linda is looking for scholarship opportuniyy for her to apply to (she is the YMCA Youth Governor).
  • Allen Miller - Happy to see that University of Virginia men’s basketball is ranked #1
  • Maureen Considine - Returned from Vancouver with the Rotary Exchange Students. One more host family is still needed for exchange student Eve at the beginning in April.
  • Sam Bovard - Book Club will meet March 13 at 6:00 PM at Waterstreet Café, 610 Water St SW.  Also there is a Boys and Girls Club Foundation for the Future fundraiser, St. Martin’s Pavilion on May 24.
  • Colleen Gillespie - Attended a conference in Pinehurst, North Carolina. She really enjoyed NC!
  • Gerry Alexander - Shared that “God Bless America” was written by Irvin Berlin who also wrote “White Christmas” and lived to be 101 years old. Royalties donated to the Boy and Girl Scouts.
  • Caroline Manger - Was the successful bidder for Harlequin tickets and the play was delightful.
Olympia Rotary Centennial 2020
Dick and Judy Blinn, along with Rusty Chalmers, are co-chairs of the Rotary Centennial 2020 Anniversary committee.  They are working hard to incorporate ideas from Club members.  Please complete the survey online or a paper version is available.
Paul Harris
Judy Henderson reminded us that the Paul Harris Dinner is March 22nd and gave a PHF +4 award to Neal DeBoer and congratulated Gerry Alexander for becoming a sustaining member.
Cool Jazz Clean Water Awards
Lori Woodland reviewed where the funds go from Cool Jazz Clean Water.
  • $10,000 for water projects
  • $10,000 for instruments in the schools
  • $ 2,500 to the Boys and Girls Club Youth Development Training Summit.  Shellica Trevino and Amber Wetzel accepted the award, and told how the funds would be used.
  • $ 2,500 to Camp Hope WA sponsored by Family Support Center of South Sound. 60 children receive a free camp experience in Shelton. Natalie Skovran gave a description of some of the fun activities provided for the children in an effort to give them increased hope for the future.
New Member Induction
Warren Carlson introduced our newest Rotarian, Sarah Lloyd, Executive Director of SafePlace in Olympia. In the Olympia Rotary tradition, Denny Peterson gave Sarah her number – 1,203,123!
Program: Thurston County Housing Authority
Gerry Alexander introduced Craig Chance, Executive Director of the Thurston County Housing Authority.  The Thurston County Housing Authority is governed by commissioners and employs 21 staff.
The mission is to provide safe, decent, and affordable housing and services to persons with disabilities, low income and at-risk individuals, and families.  The ultimate goal of the Housing Authority is to assist individuals and families to secure long-term permanent housing.  The Housing Authority programs include emergency (30-60 days), transitional (up to two years) and permanent housing.  Craig gave an example of a woman and her two daughters living in a van in our community.
The Housing Authority owns 19 multi-family housing sites in Olympia, Tumwater, and Lacey that provide families who earn a modest income.  These units are not subsidized and are managed through a professional management company.  More information can be found at the Housing Authority website
Mr. Snappy 
Grace Takehara won a $20 gift card to Batdorf and Bronson, donated by Sarah Clinton
Meeting Adjourned: 1:30 pm by President Christy Peters