The Rotary Club of Olympia  
              Mondays at 12:00 Noon, Hotel RL
 2300 Evergreen Park Dr. Olympia WA 98502  (Map)
Important Q2 Rotary Happenings
Memorial Day Holiday
May 27, 2019 - NO MEETING
The State of Recycled Products
Our June 3, 2019 meeting will feature "The State of Recycled Products" with a speaker from the City of Olympia.
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM at the Hotel RL Banquet Room
The Port of Olympia
Our June 10, 2019 meeting will feature a presentation from Port of Olympia Director Sam Gibboney.
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM at the Hotel RL Banquet Room
Book Club
On June 11, 2019, at 5:30 pm the Olympia Rotary Book Club will meet at Mercato Ristorante, 111 Market Street NE.
Our June 17, 2019 meeting will feature our annual scholarship awards.
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM at the Hotel RL Banquet Room
Mental Health Issues in Washington State
Our June 22, 2019 will feature a presentation on mental health issues in Washington State, featuring DSHS Director Cheryl Strange.
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM at the Hotel RL Banquet Room
Olympia Rotary Club’s 2018-2019 Board
Our board consists of 11 voting members and one non-voting member (Club Coordinator).   The six-director board changes each year.  Three board “directors” see their term expire, and three new directors are added.  The remaining five voting board members are the Club President, President Elect, Immediate Past President, Secretary, and Treasurer.   This year we have a change in the Treasurer position as long time treasurer Dale Hedden retires and Ned Owens fills that position.
Get to know our board members and gain their ear on issues you feel are challenging.  Here is the team for the club year 2018-2019:
Dan Lehuta, President – Dan has been a member of Olympia Rotary since 1996, and served as Club Coordinator from 2005 - 2015.
Colleen Gillespie, President Elect – Colleen joined our club in 1999 and has served on many high profile committees, including the Fred Balz Endowment Fund effort, and Program Committee.
Christy Peters, Immediate Past President – Christy’s year as president was indeed something to smile about.  Christy addressed the podium at our weekly meetings with joy and verve.
Cyndi Zechmann, Secretary – Cyndi has now served as the club’s secretary for the past 5 years.
Ned Owens, Treasurer – Ned is new to this position, taking over from Dale Hedden who served as our treasurer for 25 years.
Neil DeBoer, Club Coordinator – Our Club Coordinator handles all of the back-office activities, including bookkeeping, lunch meeting coordination and many other tasks to keep the club operating properly.
Board Directors
Geoff Crooks – The annual Cool Jazz Festival, Polio Plus activities, Youth Exchange, Rotary International Foundation grants, and other club awards.
Jim Leonard - Club administrative Services, Including Cashiers, Raffle (Mr. Snappy), Invocations, Happy Bucks, and others.
Brian Martin – Community Development Services, including Community and District Grants, Lakefair Races Event, Literacy, Rotary Point Park, and others.
Corrina Phillips – Fellowship and Public Relations, including the Program Committee, Birthday Celebrations, Book Club, Dine Around, and Public Image activities.
Debra Stephens – Membership Services, including Club Awards and Recognition, Membership Classification and Engagement, Leadership Development, Rotary Cares, and First Year committee (designed to engage red badge members).
Renetta Wilson – Scholarship and Youth Leadership, including High School Scholarships & Student Awards, RYLA and Interact Club, Golden Bear award.
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:

On Monday, May 27, there is no meeting due to the Memorial Day holiday.
On June 3, we will be back at Hotel RL for a program on the State of Recycled Products.
May 2019
Upcoming Events
Donate Now!
Image result for donate money imagesThanks to the generosity of our club members, local businesses, and others like you in our community, the Olympia Rotary Club has been able to provide financial assistance to many non-profits in the Olympia Area.  We thank you in advance for your generous support!  So, can you donate today?
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Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Immediate Past President
The Rotary Foundation
Director Scholarship/Youth Leadership
Club Coordinator
Director Club Administration
Director Community Development
Director Membership Services
Director Fellowship/Public Relations
Youth Protection Officer

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