Posted by Matthew DeBord on Nov 05, 2018
Rotary Club of Olympia
The Wheel
Program: Timberland Regional Library
Meeting called to order by:  President Dan Lehuta – “I was married by a judge, I should have asked for a jury”
  • Invocation by:  Sam Bovard
  • Pledge of Allegiance led by:  Dick Cushing
  • Song:  America the Beautiful – Allen Miller
  • Four Way Test:  Kalo Wilcox
Visiting Rotarians  
Guests of Rotarians
Happy Bucks
  • Justice Debra Stephens – Proud that when the Washington State Supreme Court heard the case involving the Yakima Nation Tribal Council Chairman that they allowed him to wear his full headdress, in contract to the U.S. Supreme Court, who would not allow him to wear it into the court room. 
  • Nick Schmidt – St. Martin’s Gala raised $1.3MM for student scholarships
  • Trent Hart – Go Cougs!  Salvation Red Kettle bell ringers needed for Safeway on Saturday, December 15th.  Contact Trent via email for sign-up at
  • Caroline Manger told a couple of jokes, one including the Queen of England and a royal flush. 
  • Micky DuMont asked for volunteers and donations for Cool Jazz/Clean Water.
  • Rosemary Barnhart updated everyone that outgoing exchange student Eleanor Hendrix is in Columbia at a small school with only 3 kids in the 10-11 grades, but that she is enjoying the experience
  • Sam Bovard Auctioned off the fresh bake rye bread for $15 to Wendy Holden and the eggs to Tom Lally.
Program: Timberland Regional Library System
Jim Larsen introduced Timberland Regional Library (TRL) Director Cheryl Heywood, who he met through Pac Mountain Workforce Development. 
TRL is a public library system that provides library services to the residents of five counties in Southwest Washington State: Grays Harbor, Lewis, Mason, Pacific, and Thurston Counties. Under Washington State law, TRL is an Intercounty Rural Library District and is funded by property taxes and revenue from timber sales in the 5-county area.
In the 1960's the Washington State Library Commission initiated a demonstration project to improve library services in Grays Harbor, Lewis, Mason, Pacific and Thurston counties in response to requests from the counties' residents. Through this cooperative effort, library services were consolidated to create a more efficient and economical regional operation, to increase the size of the library collections and to provide service for the first time in several rural communities.
Citizens voted in November 1968 to unite the five counties into one library district, the Timberland Regional Library (TRL). TRL services began in 21 libraries with Becky Morrison serving as the first Executive Director. Since 1968, TRL has provided information, reading and lifelong learning services at 27 libraries offering over 1 million items to more than half a million people.
Cheryl informed the group that TRL has over 310 employees and is 90% funded by property taxes.
TRL’s best-known program - The summer reading program offered over 1,000 events and over 29,000 attendees in 2018.  TRL’s lesser-known programs:
  • 2013 strategic plan created a focus on jobs, which resulted in the Work Source network – helping improve unemployment and under-employment
  • TRL works with community colleges on High School 21, a program to help people over 21 complete their high school diploma through online coursework.
  • TRL has programs for those who are learning English as a second language.
  • TRL is involved in the Veteran’s History Project with over 170 interviews of US Veterans
  • Zineo – a free online service with over 150 magazines
  • TRL is adding interesting new community benefits including light therapy boxes, hiking backpacks and the “lucky day collection” top available books with no hold. 
  • More information is available at
Closing of branches?  This topic has been tabled by the board until August of 2019
New Olympia library?  This has been on ongoing issue and they are waiting on the City of Olympia to provide guidance on a path forward to a new building.  Contact Mike Reid ( to express support for a new library.
Mr. Snappy Winner: Greg Bucove won a $25 Fish Tale Brew Pub gift card
Meeting adjourned by President Dan Lehuta
Submitted By: Matt DeBord