Our featured speaker for this meeting was Meg Martin, Interfaith Works Program Director.
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Olympia Rotary
The Wheel
April 4, 2016
President Jack Calls meeting to order at 12:21 PM
Invocation:  Sam Bovard
Pledge:  Katie Wojke
Tell:  America the Beautiful, Dennis Williams
4-Way:  Holly Mason
Gretchen-Visiting Rotarians:
Lacey-Patrick Holm, Civil engineering
Skip Steffens—Guest was new CEO of the YMCA
Mo Considine—guest was Tom (no last name heard)
Happy Bucks with Robert Coit:
John Hough—4 went to DLTA in Vancouver from our club, 500 from our district, our district conference is in May.
Jim Balz—Birthday Month and gave check for $100.
Sam Bovard—Tuesday Book Club at Mercato’s.  His Birthday, Last Week was Boy’s and Girls Club Youth of the Year.  Steve Boone put into Boy’s and Girl’s Club Hall of Fame.  May 19th is the Big Breakfast.
Wendy Holden—Grandson who had serious medical issues is on the mend.  She will be in Mexico until May.  June 4th is BHR Elegant Dinner.
Ralph Munro—Allen Miller running for County Commissioner.
Norma Schuiteman—Daughter moving to the Galapagos Islands.
Rotary Moment:
Katie Wojke—Was in Lakewood Rotary for 3 years.  Talked about her Red Badge Memories.
Special Announcements:
Martin Meyer talked about the Lakefair Run-Legacy Marathon Partnership that Rotary has with them.
Kim Dinsmore awarded a Fred Balz Fellow.
Judy Blinn talked about the Carl Reder Award.  Info and how to nominate.
Dan Lehuta gave a fun story.
Wendy Holden purchased the Scuderi Eggs for $20
Jewell Goddard introduced Interfaith Works Program Director Meg Martin
Interfaith provides shelter and services for the homeless.
Meg graduated from the University of Montana for her undergrad, and Masters from the UW
Meg started off thanking Rotary for their support of the Emergency Overnight Shelter
Rotary helped get and secure a location for Shelton as well
Meg’s History:
  • In her early 20’s had a psychotic break, experienced depression, started to self-medicate, experienced an overdose, and parents helped into drug treatment
  • Moved to Olympia with a dear friend 9 years ago
  • Started working to find people services without any money
  • 8 years ago did street outreach
  • Saw that Olympia didn’t meet homeless needs
  • So began to work in service to the homeless
November 1, 2014 Interfaith opened 37 beds that are also pet friendly.  32 different faiths are part of Interfaith.
  • 100% Occupancy-Vulnerability Based
  • 51 years old is the average age
  • 40 of the past users have moved to permanent housing
Make-up of the shelter users:
82% Mental issues
60% Physical Disabilities
60% Substance Abuse
70% All of the above at the same time
-Opened a Winter Warming Center at the 1st Christ Church this past winter 7AM-1PM
Averaged 130 per day, with the highest day count of 179.
-42 years old is the average age on the street of Olympia
  • Question from Rotarians
Does having so many homeless services attract homeless to come to Olympia?
Meg answered:  No, not according to their surveys
  • Question from Rotarian
What is going on with bathrooms downtown for homeless?
Meg answered: They are working on it.
Mr. Snappy
Gerald Pumphrey won $25 Gift Card to Browser’s Books
Meeting Adjourned 1:29PM