Posted by Richard Hull on Dec 02, 2019
Rotary Club of Olympia
The Wheel
Today’s Program: Meals on Wheels
Meeting Called to Order: by President Colleen Gillespie  @ 12:26 pm, who led a moment of silence for Preston Troy who passed away last Tuesday
  • Invocation by: Holly Mason
  • Pledge of Allegiance led by: Dennis Cooper
  • Song: “America” led by Gloria Strait
  • Four Way Test led by: Jay Burney
Visiting Rotarians
Clair Ferris: Capital Rotary, Funeral Services
Guests of Rotarians
Kathy Saunders: Development at World Vision, guest of Tom McClain
Happy Bucks: led by Laurie Tebo
  • Thibault Brisbois (Exchange student from Belgium) enjoyed his large Thanksgiving dinner that boasted 20 guests
  • Ximena Blaires (Exchange Student from Paraguay) enjoyed her Thanksgiving dinner that featured egg nog
  • Rosemary Barnhart thanked the 14 Rotarians who will be driving Thibault to his physical therapy appointments following his upcoming knee surgery 
  • Nick Schmidt - had an excellent Thanksgiving in Seattle, and recommends the Mrs. Doubtfire musical to anyone who can make it
Remembering Preston Troy
Gerry Alexander spoke eloquently about 20 year Rotarian, Preston Troy, who passed away last week.  Gerry had known Preston for 65 years since Olympia High School.  Their paths then crossed often on the UW campus before Preston’s distinguished career at Boeing took him away for many years. However, when he retired he returned to Olympia.  The ultimate family man, Preston was remembered as quiet, unassuming, yet highly capable and a dear friend.  The epitome of “still waters run deep.”
Polio Plus Update
Ralph Munro reported on the recent World Health Organization (WHO) Reaching the Last Mile (RLM) Forum in Abu Dhabi, where global leaders and foundations (including Rotary) collectively pledged $2.6 billion as part of the funding needed to implement its Polio Endgame Strategy which aims to finally eradicate Polio within the next three years.  Ralph talked about his 14 trips to East Africa leading Rotary vaccination efforts, and the emotional aspect of knowing that the children vaccinated, whatever their future, would not have to confront being stricken with polio. 
Ralph reported on the recent announcement that the world has eradicated two of the three wild polio virus strains, leaving only the wild polio virus type still in circulation. Additionally, Nigeria – the last country in Africa to have cases of wild polio – has not seen wild polio since 2016 and the entire African region could be certified wild polio-free in 2020. Wild polio now only circulates in two countries: Pakistan and Afghanistan.
RSVP for Next Week’s Meeting
Neil DeBoer reminded everyone that they need to RSVP for next Monday’s joint holiday meeting with Kiwanis that will be held at the Indian Summer Country and Golf Club. This can be done on-line by clicking HERE.
Invocation Sign-Up
Tom Lally circulated a sign up sheet for members to lead the invocation at meetings in the first part of 2020.
Program: Meals on Wheels
Eileen McKenzieSullivan, Senior Services (South Sound), presented an overview of the Meals on Wheels program which serves 327 people in the Mason and Thurston county area, including 65 in Olympia.  To be eligible, a person must be over 60 and homebound.  She talked about how the volunteer drivers are often the only point of contact for isolated and vulnerable members of our community.  Members present then got active and participated in a “Santa’s Workshop” where they built up holiday gift bags for the Meals on Wheels recipients. The brainpower, industry, and teamwork of members finally resulted in snazzy looking gift bags along with a deep sense of collective accomplishment.
Mr Snappy
Ximena won a $20 gift certificate to Dickey’s BBQ donated by Steve Bean.
Meeting adjourned at 1:14pm