Posted by Diane Gallegos on Sep 10, 2018
Rotary Club of Olympia
The Wheel
Today’s Program: YMCA
Meeting Called to order: Dan Lehuta @ 12:29 pm
  • Invocation by: Mary Sue Wilson reflected in prayers from different faith traditions on the anniversary of 9-11. Don’t forget, and let’s think of what can we do to prevent something like this from happening in the future.
  • Pledge of Allegiance led by: Bob Whiting
  • Song: America the Beautiful, led by Gloria Strait
  • Four Way Test led by: Sarah Clinton
Visiting Rotarians
Guest of Rotarians
Sam Bovard introduced Wayne Kepfer from Bank of the Pacific
Happy Bucks – hosted by Sarah Lloyd
  • Sarah Lloyd enjoyed the Rainiers game with her family and reminded us of the Safe Place Gala on Friday.
  • Rosemary Barnhart celebrated her 78th birthday with six girlfriends since second grade as well as celebrations with family and a wonderful east coast trip with her husband.
  • Jim Larson reminded us of the Morningside event this Sunday to benefit high school students with disabilities.
  • Colleen Gillespie received her assignment for the Pebble Beach Golf Tournament at the 1895 Club and her husband will have “cell phone duty”!
  • Diane Gallegos thanked Judy Henderson for the hundreds of books she donated on behalf of Rotary Literacy Month. Rotarians are encouraged to bring a children’s book to one of the September meetings.
  • Lynn Heinold has been on her boat for 6 weeks. She recently captained her boat with passengers who were all women serving in the military as part of the “Foofaraw”.
  • Tom McLean’s team won the tennis sectionals tournament in Vancouver – they call themselves the “best of the worst”
  • Laurie Tebo from BHR thanked everyone for their support and especially Capital Medical Center. Laurie is very happy to be nine weeks post open-heart surgery.
  • Jim Balz served as auctioneer for Joe Scuderi fresh caught salmon won by Cyndi Zechman
  • Don Chalmers announced the century celebration committee meeting is Tuesday. Let him know if you are interested in serving on the committee.
  • Paul Knox encouraged Olympia Rotarians to join Gateway and Lacey Rotarians for a community build day to complete the playground in Rochester.
  • Rosemary Barnhart announced that exchange student from Chile will arrive next week.
Program: YMCA
The Honorable Gerry Alexander introduced Kyle Cronk, South Sound YMCA President/CEO. Kyle was 15-years-old when a teacher arranged for him to volunteer at the Y’s Camp Orkila on Orcas Island, where he then became a camp counselor. He’s been with the Y ever since. Kyle came to Olympia in 2015. gave a brief overview of the Y’s current and future capital improvements including the Plum Street location conversation and a plan for a Shelton YMCA.
Red and blue cow bells decorated the tables and served as “buzzers” for a rousing game of Family Feud YMCA style. Teams answered questions about the YMCA and learned more about the Y’s history, values and programs. We discovered the Y’s core values are respect, responsibility, honesty and caring. Many did not realize that basketball, volleyball, football, racquetball and Fathers’ Day were all invented by the YMCA!
Kyle also shared information about the Power Scholars Academy, a free summer learning opportunity for under-resourced students in greater Thurston County. Power Scholars Academy is a partnership between the Y and the national nonprofit Building Educated Leaders for Life (BELL). The program is designed to address summer learning loss in math and reading, and foster physical and social-emotional growth.
Mr. Snappy
John Sabo won a $25 gift certificate to Phoebes, donated by Kalo Wilcox
Meeting Adjourned: 1:30pm by President Dan Lehuta
Submitted by Diane Gallegos