Posted by Kyle Cronk on Dec 03, 2018
Rotary Club of Olympia
The Wheel
Today’s Program - Rotary Foundation
Meeting Called to Order: President Dan Lehuta @ 12:31 pm
  • Invocation by: Dennis Cooper
  • Pledge of Allegiance led by: Assistant District Governor Pat Beehler
  • Song: In honor of Steve Bean, Gloria Strait led the club in “Of Thee I Sing”
  • Four Way Test led by: Colleen Gillespie
Visiting Rotarians
  • District past president Tom Carroll
  • Shellica Trevino (incoming Lacey Rotary President)
Guest of Rotarians
  • Ryan Piles, Shellica Trevino, and Craig McElfresh of Boys and Girls Club, guests of the Warren Carlson
  • Chris Wells of United Way, guest of Wendy Holden
Happy Bucks
  • Colleen Gillespie – Enjoyed a vacation to Madrid, Spain and a cruise from Barcelona to Lisbon via the Canary Islands.
  • Oscar Soule – Spent ten days on the island of Hawaii and two weeks with son and his family on Cape Cod.  Wished all a Happy Hanukah.  Un-”happy” about Mariners trades. 
  • Bob Heck - Happy that in January 2019 he will be President-Elect of the Hands On Children's Museum.
  • Cindy Zechmann – Told a story about Tom Carroll helped her at the Post Office.
  • Trent Hart – Seeking volunteers for Salvation army Bell Ringing on the 12/15.  See Trent if you wish to volunteer.
  • Nick Schmidt – Happy the Huskies are going to the Rose Bowl.  Announced the Paul Harris Dinner will be held at Hotel RL on March 28, 2019.  You can register here.
  • Chilean Exchange Student Canela Silva Jeldres – Happy about her host family. 
  • Bob Wubbena - Provided a passionate “happy” plea for our club and other services to join forces to help solve the homeless issue in our region, particularly downtown Olympia. Bob recounted in detail, the current state of the issue, in some cases people turning to violence.
  • Skip Steffen - Seconded Bob’s plea for unity of effort. Look for more ways to engage come January.
President Dan Lehuta reminded everyone that we provide a monetary gift for Carol, our longtime server at the Hotel RL.  We passed the hat (and will do so again next week) to collect contributions for her.
Community Grants
Warren Carlson announced a $21,000 Community Grant to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Thurston County, which replaced aged playground equipment at the Rochester club.   Accepting was Ryan Piles, Rochester BGCTC Branch Director.   This was a District Community Grant involving three clubs, Olympia, Gateway, and Lacey.   The Rotary $21,000 funding was $3.500 from each club, which was then 100% matched with $10.500 from District 5020. 
The $21K purchased “Big Toys” style climbing and slide equipment and site prep for the installation, plus other play area improvements.  The Boys and Girls Clubs additionally purchased paint, sandpaper, supplies etc.  
25 to 30 Rotarians from the three clubs volunteered over three work party Saturdays to replace the rotted railroad ties that surrounded the playground, sand & paint the existing equipment, generally spiff up the area, and assemble the new playground equipment.
Paul Harris Recognition
Judy Henderson, Rotary Foundation Chair, recognized Jim Balz, Charlie Rowe and Gerry Alexander as Paul Harris Fellows. Jim Balz is a Paul Harris Fellow x4.
Program - Rotary Foundation
Judy Henderson introduced Howard Svigals, District Rotarian Foundation Chair, for his program on “How the Foundation Works”.  For an in depth explanation and to donate electronically click here.
The mission of the Rotary Foundation is “to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through our fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.”
The Rotary Foundation believes in like-minded individuals who want to share responsibility to address world-wide challenged. The Foundation’s global priorities are:
  • Promote peace
  • Fight disease
  • Provide clean water, sanitation, and hygiene
  • Save mothers and children
  • Support education
  • Grow local economies
Our Foundation consistently (11 yrs in a row) ranks 4 Stars (highest) by Charity Navigator!
The fund is divided into three buckets:
  1. PolioPlus
  2. Annual Fund
  3. Endowment Fund
The best way to get involved is to donate, you can do that by clicking here.
Mr. Snappy
Howard Svigals selected the winning ticket and Jay Burney won a gift certificate to Captain Little toy store.
Meeting adjourned at 1:30 PM by President Dan Lehuta.