This week's meeting featured our own member Nick Schmidt who spoke to us about small college athletics.
Olympia Rotary Club
The Wheel
Date:  3/7/2016
To see a slide show of the photos taken at this meeting click HERE.
Today’s Program:  Small College Athletics
Meeting Called to Order by Past President Pat Rants
Invocation by:  Loren “Skip” Steffen
Pledge of Allegiance led by:  Stella Chang
Song:  Dennis Williams
Four Way Test led by:  Renee Oram
Visiting Rotarians:  None. . . Remember to invite your friends!
There were two guests of Rotarians.
Happy Bucks:
            Nancy Zussy Allen
            Chuck Fowler
            Colleen Gillespie
            Leslie Johnson
            John Sabo
Sarah Clinton – 10 more attorneys are needed for the YMCA Mock Trials
Rotary Moment – Nancy Zussy Allen – Rotary as a community, united for a common set of goals.  Being part of a community leads to a longer, happier life!
Mary Sue Wilson bought a dozen eggs for $30.  Farm fresh eggs promote smart judicial decisions.
Rotary Bling:
Judy Blinn asked members to stand who were wearing their Rotary “bling.”
The goal next week is for EVERYBODY to stand.  Put your Rotary pin on your “Monday Clothes” right now so you can join the celebration!
Program:  Prior to introducing the program, Gerry Alexander asked the program committee members to stand and be recognized.  Do you have a good idea for a future program?  Call your favorite program committee member!
Gerry then introduced Nick Schmidt, who talked to us about Small College Athletics.  Nick is the Athletic Director at SPSCC, but he was a K-12 teacher earlier in his career.
Nick pointed out that we don’t have to go far to watch excellent college athletics.
Between SPSCC, St Martin’s and Evergreen, there are 13 different kinds of sports we can enjoy.  Between the National Collegiate Athletic Association (1910), the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (1940) and the Northwest Athletic Conference (1946), Americans love affair with college sports has been going on for a long time.  The SPSCC Clippers have a 25 year athletic history, and that is the youngest history in the league.
A Polio Plus donation was made to Nick to thank him for the great program.
Raffle Winner?  Bill Lahmann won a $25 gift certificate from Stewart’s Market.
Next Week’s Meeting?  Phyllis Mandel, who will be introducing Dr. Brian Iuliano who will speak on football concussions
The meeting was adjourned at 1:20 pm.