This week's meeting featured the awarding of scholarships to a number of Olympia High School graduates.  You can see a slide show of the photos taken by clicking HERE.  The slide show will not be available a few months after the meeting date.
Rotary Club of Olympia
The Wheel
Date:  June 13, 2016
Today’s Program:  Rotary Scholarship Winners
Meeting called to order by:  Jack Belmont
Invocation by:  Diane Gallegos 
Pledge of Allegiance led by:  Dick Cushman
Song: “Star Spangled Banner” by Dennis Williams
Four Way Test led by: Colleen Gillespie
Visiting Rotarians: 
Guests of Rotarians
Suzy Scuderi
Christine Boyer
Dennis Adam’s two daughters
Happy Bucks:--a few highlights
  • Vida Zvirzdys-Farler- encouraged people to attend the Olympia City Council meeting
  • Bill Lahmann- just returned from New Orleans visiting his daughter and loved the WWII Museum and the Whitney Plantation
  • Exchange student Manoela Pitta Lopez de Andrada – celebrated her June birthday
  • John Sabo- reminded the Club of the Olympic Flight Museum Air Show
  • Exchange student Fatiha Rahma-school is over and enjoyed the graduation party
  • Ralph Munro- happy to report from the National Committee for Polio Eradication an extra $5 million
  • Denny Peterson- celebrates his 59th wedding anniversary on June 15
  • Richard Hull- was in New Jersey last week for the rowing competition. They are taking 6 boats to nationals!
  • Maureen Considine-attended the vigil for the victims in Florida. Rabbi Goldstein was eloquent. Mo also reminded the scholarship recipients of the scholar who repaid Rotary when he was able-pay back or pay forward.
  • Exchange student Honza Vesely- great HS year in Olympia and enjoyed his second breakfast at Rotary
  • Zoe Scuderi and Hannah Nelson- as Interact leaders they thanked club members
Announcements and Misc.
  • Steve Bean – auctioned Seahawks preseason tickets for $300 and eggs for $25
  • Fred Adair- Polio Plus update that there were only 16 cases that included 5 in Afghanistan and 11 in Pakistan
  • Mark Elliot –Fred Balz committee will dispense $6000 to 4 recipients. Eileen McKenzie Sullivan from Senior Services that the Club for grant that will enable them to support intergenerational programs.
  • Bill Lahmann- asked for volunteers to support the July 16 Lakefair Run  Call Bill or Martin to sign up to help.
  • Chuck Fowler- Rotary Friendship Exchange will host 6 couples from Sweden, 6 couples will go to Sweden (Chuck and his wife will go). Rotarian Leslie Johnson has arranged a tour of the Squaxin Island Museum and Ralph Munro will host a tour of the Capitol/Legislative building
Program:  Rotary Scholarship Winners
Sean Padget introduced Kim Reykdal, Career and College Counselor at Olympia High School to introduce the students for each award. The scholarship program began in 1955 during Pat Ball’s presidential term. It began as a $300 loan to deserving students and was changed to a grant in 1968/69. The Service Above Self Award was added in 1974.
Leland P. (LP) Brown Service Above Self
Gerry Alexander shared that OP Brown was an outstanding educator and citizen. He cam to Olympia in 1918 and became the principal of Olympia HS in 1919. He was promoted superintendent of schools in 1931 and retired in 1958. He was a charter member (1920) of Rotary. LP Brown is credited with planning for the growth of the Olympic School District.
Hannah Nelson- plans to attend Brigham Young University majoring in biotechnology and reproductive medicine. Half of her tuition is being paid for by grants/scholarships.
Olivia Zoe Scuderi- plans to attend University of Washington majoring in History and Philosophy (pre-law). Zoe will be entering as a junior because she is one of 33 seniors receiving an associate’s degree when she graduates from high school.
Doug McClary Award
Gerry Alexander shared that this award is for the OHS student who excels in athletics and the classroom. Doug was a star athlete. He played football, baseball, and was an all-state basketball player. He was the student body president and valedictorian. Doug is in the Olympia High School Hall of Fame. Doug played varsity football at UW and was a starter on the basketball team. Doug died due to complications from minor surgery and his parents started the scholarship in his honor. When they passed away it transferred to Rotary.
Isaiah Fujii Bresnihan-Phi Beta Kappa award winner and has dual citizenship (US and Japan). He plans to attend Harvey Mudd College majoring in math or computer science.
David Stevens Award
David and his wife were members of the Olympia Rotary and this award in their honor is for public service.
Elsa Boyd –spent time as an exchange student in Turkey and also gave service in New Orleans. She plans to earn a dual degree from France and British Columbia.
She will major in political science and public health with a goal of becoming an international public health service provider.
Les Armstrong Award
Gloria Strait shared that she sang for Les in school and believes he was the finest choral director she has experienced. His moto was “Results not Excuses”. Steve Bean met Les when he joined Rotary in 1969 and they became friends not due to singing, but betting!
(Theodore) Jeremy Ong- played tennis and piano and plan to attend Carnegie Mellon University majoring in computer science. He earned a perfect score on the SAT.
Arkira Chantaratanonond- was active in the computer club and wants to connect young women to computer science. She plans to attend Stanford University majoring in computer science and music performance.
Ed Rogel Award
Sean Padget shared that Ed came to the Olympia area from Ritzville and served in various Rotary Clubs for 20 years. Ed was integral in making the scholarship loan into a grant.
Cheyenne Hart- played in the band with her brother Michael. She plans to attend Pacific Lutheran University majoring in linguistics and studio art.
Sarah Flotlin- is very appreciative of the award. She plans to attend Washington State University where she will study interior design.
Chick Rockey Award
Martin Meyer shared that Chick was a teacher and coach for 39 years and in 1929 took his team to the state championship. It was first awarded in 1978 for excellence in athletics, leadership and service.
James Gunter-played varsity football and baseball. He plans to attend Olympic College for baseball and then transfer to Central Washington University majoring in engineering.
Maia Halvorson-served as senior class president and was a 3 sport athlete. She plans to attend Westmont College majoring in elementary education.
Firestone, Beal, Balz Engineering Award
Sean Padget shared that Fred Balz, father of Jim Balz, was a 50 year Rotarian and a beloved physician in the area.
Michael Hart- was awarded the outstanding member of FBLA plans to study engineering at the University of Washington.
Betty Ann Balz Nursing Award
Betty Ann met Fred Balz at the Ohio State University. She pursued her studies in nursing and chemistry and became a nurse.
Madeline Backer- was one of the lead athletes on the gymnastic team that went to state. She plans to attend nursing school at Gonzaga University.
Mr. Snappy:  won by Manoela Pitta Lopez de Andrada who received a Wagner’s gift certificate and a Rotary Centennial Cookbook
Meeting adjourned at 1:35 by President Jack Belmonte