Posted by Peter Brennan on Apr 08, 2019
Rotary Club of Olympia
The Wheel
Today’s Program:  Seasoned Rotarians
Meeting Called to order: President Dan Lehuta_ @ 12:25 pm
  • Invocation by: Judy Henderson
  • Pledge of Allegiance led by: Sean Padget
  • Song: God Bless America, led by Gloria Strait
  • Four Way Test led by: Bob Wubbena
Visiting Rotarians
Guests of Rotarians
  • Sarah Lloyd - Lisa Gosiaco, Co-Executive Director for Interfaith Works 
  • Skip Steffen - Sharon Whitehill and Lexie Beyers from the Olympia Union Gospel Mission
  • Bill Fishburn – Bill’s son, Callaghan Fishburn
Happy Bucks – hosted by Judy Blinn
  • Geoff Crooks - Just returned from a Rotary Fellowship Exchange in New Zealand
  • Heather Antanaitis - Invited members to encourage students to take the Earth Day Challenge by visiting the Parc Foundation website to earn funds for their school.
  • Tom McLean - Is a proud Texas Tech alumnus who believes they are playing in some kind of sporting event this evening.  Never bring a knife to a gun fight!
  • Allen Miller - Is a proud Virginia alumnus and is inviting members to consider attending a visit to our sister city in Japan in June.  Go Cavaliers!
  • Skip Steffen - Introduced Sharon and Lexie who shared their stories about recovery from addiction and invited the community to attend their graduation at Westwood Baptist Church at 6:30 pm on May 4th
  • Ralph Munro - Announced that Rotary International is honoring U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer from Gig Harbor. 
  • Oscar Soule - Thanked all who supported the very successful Blinzapolooza this year and encouraged members to learn about the climate action convention coming soon to Olympia High School.  Watch the Olympian for more information.  Next week will be the annual Earth Day presentation and Oscar promises he will at minimum keep himself awake through the talk.
  • Matt Debord - Celebrated a Spring Break family car trip to California.  Only two kids got sick in the car on the 19-hour return trip.  
Diane Gallegos shared the work of the Rotary Club of Yopal Columbia to support literacy in their region.  The goal of the club is to donate 1,000 pairs of shoes for school children and some bicycles for those who have to travel far to attend school.  They are building schools raising funds for books. The goal is to raise $2,000 to meet these needs.  Diane and her husband are donating $1,000 themselves and offering a $500 match to anyone who make a gift on the way out of the meeting today.
Paul Harris Fellowships
Lynn Heinold, who sponsored Christina Daniels in 2003, has donated a Paul Harris Fellow to Christina. 
Carl Reder "Service Above Self" Award Nominations
Steve Bean noted that Monday, April 15, 2019, is the deadline for nominations for the Carl Reder "Service Above Self" Award.  This award is presented annually to a member of our club for service "above and beyond" without asking for recognition. Potential winners are nominated by other members of the club. The annual winner should not know they are the recipient before the award winner is announced.  Please send nominations to Judy Blinn.
Steve auctioned off a fresh loaf of Bill Fishburn bread to Fred Adair.
New Hotel RL Manager
Ron Glandry was introduced as the current Hotel RL general manager.  Ron grew up in the area and graduated from Tumwater High School.  He was a banquet captain at the hotel in the late 1970s.
Fred Balz Community Grant Application Deadline
Mark Elliott reminded us that Tuesday, April 30, 2019 is the deadline for requests for Fred Balz community grants that support local nonprofit organizations.  If you are aware of an eligible organization with a worthwhile project for a grant, please have them complete and submit the application forms.  Forms and guidelines are available in the "Downloads" section of the club website HERE.
New Member Induction
Dennis Peterson introduced Lorie Linn as our newest Rotarian.  Lorie grew up in Olympia and has received her Bachelor’s degree in economics from Pacific Lutheran University and her Master’s degree from Washington State University.  She enjoys travel and spending time with her 12-year-old son Copper.  Her membership number will be 1,195,207 and may be referred to as such.
Program - Seasoned Rotarians
Steve Bean introduced the program which will be presented by four seasoned Rotarians who will share why they joined, and why they remain active in the club.
Dottie Lehuta joined Olympia Rotary in 1998 with a classification of Healthcare Healing.  She sees Rotarians like spring flowers as we always come back to the club after experiencing personal challenges.  She loves visiting with Rotarians from many different professions, and sees the 4 Way Test as a great guide for all we think, say and do.  She was born in St. Louis, Missouri, and learned singing from age three.  She became a professional singer and actress and then transitioned into a career in sales and public relations.  One of her favorite gigs was becoming a clown named Pickles.  She loved knowing Andy Crow and enjoying his music and her favorite memory was from a ballroom dancing demonstration that resulted in one Rotarian losing his false teeth. 
Mark Gillespie joined the club in 2004, but first joined Rotary in Tillamook, Oregon in 1989 where he served as President, Community Service Chair, and Youth Exchange Coordinator.  He has two adult children and three grandchildren.
Christina Daniels joined the club in 2003 in the classification of Mortgage Lending, when Kim Dinsmore was President.  She joined the cashier committee and found that a great way to get to know members.  Women’s Rotary Happy Hour has also been an effective networking opportunity.  She was one of the youngest members when she joined.  She enjoyed the cook book project and the many opportunities for community involvement.  Her son is in a Scout Troup that our club supports and is our most recent Paul Harris Fellow.
Felix D'Allesandro joined the club in 2011 and was sponsored by Martin Meyer.  He has enjoyed the opportunity to participate in so many social activities in addition to the meetings including the book club, pub night, ball games and the community projects.  He is looking forward to the upcoming joint-clubs project to build tiny houses for the homeless.
Mr. Snappy
Jim Larson won $25 gift card to Meconi's Italian Subs. 
Meeting Adjourned at 1:21 pm by President Dan Lehuta