Posted by Tom McLean on Feb 25, 2019
Rotary Club of Olympia
The Wheel
Today’s Program: Medical and Dental Car for the Un-and Underinsured
Meeting Called to order: by Dan Lehuta @ 12:27 pm
  • Invocation by: Nick Schmidt
  • Pledge of Allegiance led by: Bob Perry
  • Song:  God Bless America, led by Gloria Strait
  • Four Way Test led by: Gerald Pumphrey
Visiting Rotarians
  • Bob Perry, South Puget Sound Rotary
  • Tanya Mote – West Olympia Rotary
Guests of Rotarians
  • Bill Lahmann - Carly Colgan, Executive Director of South Puget Sound Habitat for Humanity
  • Gloria Strait - Tanya Mote, Executive Director of the South Puget Sound Community College Foundation
Happy Bucks – hosted by Matt DeBord
  • Colleen Gillespie - Recently attended President Elect Training (PETS).  Made her appreciate “why” she is a Rotarian.  Challenged members to ask the same “why” of themselves. 
  • Gerald Pumphrey – Discussed Rotary scholarships
  • Heather Antanaitis - Girl scout cookies have arrived.  Please pick yours up if you haven’t already.  Her daughter’s troop wants to build a dog house and would welcome help from someone who has carpentry knowledge and skills.
  • Bill Fishburn - Son is recovering well from a bout of pneumonia
  • Bob Perry - April 27, the South Sound Rotary is having their annual auction fundraiser at Little Creek Casino
  • Nick Schmidt – Discussed his relationship with the boy scouts and noted he is now teaching class at SPSCC.
  • Jen Boelts - OHS had 4 snow days, so evaluations of seniors’ resumes was delayed. OHS needs volunteers to help with senior resume day, March 7
Program Development
Program Committee would like your input for upcoming programs.  Jim Larson announced that, at our next meeting, the Program Committee will ask members to share your ideas.
Golden Bear Award
Jen Boelts and Hallie Houge told us about Caleigh Stagnone.  She is a member of Olympia HS Interact and the club co-President.  April 24 they will have the International Dinner.  Caleigh is in charge of that and getting donations from restaurants.
Paul Harris Dinner, March 28
Nick Schmidt provided an update on the Paul Harris dinner.  The 19th Annual Paul Harris dinner at the Hotel RL.  Nicole Comporto will be our guest speaker.  She is creator of World Possible, an E-learning platform.  Our club only has 3 registered members for the dinner.  Let’s step up and go!  You can register on the club website.
Gloria Strait was our auctioneer.  A dozen eggs went to Pat Rants for $20.00.  Harlequin tickets, $35.00 each at the box office, went to Heather Antanaitis for $40.00
Program: Medical and Dental Car for the Un-and Underinsured
Our presenters were Skip Steffen, Union Gospel Mission and Katie Giuliano, Executive Director of the Olympia Free Clinic. 
Skip Steffen
Skip was trained as a biochemist and worked at Providence St. Peters, where he was the lab director.  Union Gospel Mission noticed it was difficult for many to eat or drink without pain, so they organized a dental van and volunteers to provide no-fee dental care.  Around 2003, they realized they needed to build a dedicated dental center, which was part of the day center downtown.  Today they have about 1,800 visits per year.  About 30 local dentists volunteer there. 
About 60% of their clients are considered working poor and could not afford dental care.  Still a large need in the community.
In 2008, they grew out of their space and moved into a larger location.  Also started a vision clinic.  They see about 850 patients per year.  People select the frame they want.  The Lions Club helps and pays for the glasses. 
OUGM Annual payroll is around $120,000. 
Background on sleeping/camping in public locations:  The 9th Circuit Court had a ruling on homelessness.  A suit was brought against City of Boise because they were going to move some homeless people off public property.  The court found that if you evict someone from public property that cannot afford a home or hotel, you are guilty of cruel and unusual punishment.
At present, there are about 100 tents at the managed site near the Intercity Transit station, as an alternative to sleeping on public property.  OUGM provides staffing at the managed site.  Creation of more such managed sited should allow camps on public areas to be cleared.  Better transportation may also help facilitate moving some of the homeless encampments out of the downtown core.
Next step in the progression out of homelessness and tent living is moving to the tiny house community on Plum Street. 
Katie Giuliano
The Olympia Free Clinic serves un-insured or underinsured people, and people that are experiencing homeless.  They offer 3 areas of service:  Medical, mental health, and specialty clinics.
The medical clinic serves those with urgent needs such as a sprained ankle.
They have an on-site social worker that helps patients with other issues.
2,213 total patients visited them in 2018.  Patients that visit them would often go without care or would go to the hospital emergency room.
They are a public charity.  Receive donations and grants.  Operate Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evenings.
You can find out more about homelessness here:
Mr. Snappy 
Our guest Carly Colgan won $25 store credit at the Olympia High School Store, donated by Anthony Brock
Meeting Adjourned: 1:30 pm by Dan Lehuta