Posted by Richard Hull on Mar 25, 2019
Rotary Club of Olympia
The Wheel
New Greeter
Meet our new greeter, Terrence Hanson.  Terrence is a member of the Voice Academy, from North Thurston School District.  He will be a volunteer greeter/helper for the next three months as part of a program called “Partners for Work”, which is a Rotary District 5030 program initiative that we are replicating in Olympia. 
Our club is the first one in our district to do it.  The PFW program gives high school students with disabilities the opportunity to network with Rotary members and learn and practice transferable job skills that will assist them in finding their first job in the community.  Our club board approved the project in the Fall, interviewed several students, and selected Terrance. 
Terrence will serve as the greeter and help with set up, cashiering and other tasks.  His job coach, Ricki Kahn, attended with him at this meeting, and will assist with his training to learn his job tasks, before fading and allowing him to work independently once he has learned all his duties.
Meeting Called to order: by President Dan Lehuta  @ 12:28 pm
  • Invocation by: Fred Adair
  • Pledge of Allegiance led by: Martin Meyer
  • Song: “America the Beautiful”, led by Gloria Strait
  • Four Way Test led by: Larry Poplack
Visiting Rotarians
  • Mark Woodman, Youth Services - Tacoma Sunrise
  • Tony Enzler, Banking - Aberdeen, his son and their club’s exchange student from Sicily, Alessia Loreno
  • Jeff Reiner. Retail Motorcycles - Aberdeen
  • George Kychakoff, Entrepreneur - Maple Valley, and his guest Kati Saarnio from Finland
Guests of Rotarians
  • Renetta Wilson – Jen Boelts (OHS), Petra McDonnell Ingoglia, and her aunt Colleen Madden and mom Erin McDonnell
  • Jonathan Pleger – Terrence Hanson and Ricki Kahn
Happy Bucks hosted by Jim Leonard
  • Colleen Gillespie - Shared her story of tendonitis in her Achilles tendons, and showed off her new boot
  • Larry Poplack - Regaled the club with stories from his South Florida “Roads Scholar” trip
  • Oscar Soule - Announced that all are invited to this Sunday’s Blintzapalooza at Temple Beth Hatfiloh, where all the proceeds from the event benefit local nonprofit organizations
  • Nancy Zussy Allen - Reported on the upcoming barber shop music regional competitions in Olympia and Portland
  • Tom Lally - Is celebrating his 64th birthday
  • Sean Padget - Talked about his mission trip to Mexico where he helped on a project to build a pre-school
  • Heather Antanaitis - Reported on the planting of pin wheels outside the capitol building to raise awareness of preventing child abuse
  • Nick Schmidt - Was equally excited about March Madness and the upcoming Boy Scouts of America program, and shared how being a Boy Scout helped him as a teenager
  • Johnathon Pleger - Is celebrating his birthday, and thanked the club for welcoming Terrance as a greeter for our Monday meetings through the Morningside Partners for Work program
  • Micki Holden-Cooper - Was happy to pass her real estate exam, and is even happier to have finally received the certificate
  • Jim Phillips - Was proud to welcome the program speakers, and recounted that he hired the first women into the Boy Scouts organization in Washington.
Golden Bear Award
Renetta Wilson gave a golden bear award to Petra McDonnell Ingoglia, a very impressive Olympia High School student.  Jan Boelts described the plethora of Petra’s academic and service achievements, including her role as Rotary Interact secretary this year.
Paul Harris Awards
Judy Henderson announced three Paul Harris awards ahead of this Thursday’s Paul Harris banquet.  Dennis Peterson is now PH+3, Dennis Cooper is PH+4, and Neil Deboer is now PH+5. 
Steve Bean successfully auctioned a loaf of sourdough bread to Jim Phillips. 
Carl Reder Service Above Self Award
Steve then talked about the Carl Reder “Service Above Self” award, announced that the deadline for nominations is April 15th, and that nominations should be send to Judy Blinn. 
Program: Boy Scouts of America
Nick Schmidt introduced Charlene Miseli, development director, and Barb Perez, district director of the Pacific Harbors Council of the Boy Scouts of America.  Both Charlene and Barb are themselves Rotarians.
Barb shared that the Pacific Harbors Council has over 9,000 scouts with 4,500 registered adult volunteers in its organization.  It is a very active group with a long history of support from Rotary.  Charlene shared some details on the impressive fundraising that supports local resource development such as Camp Thunderbird, a dedicated Cub Scout camp and learning center.
Barb reported on some interesting statistics; such as that for every 100 youths that participate in Boy Scouts of America, one will use skills learned though Boy Scouts to save someone else life, and two will use skills learned to save their own lives.  Eight will enter into a career that they learned about through merit badges.
There was a rich discussion on the Boy Scouts of America 2017 Family Scouting initiative to give girls the same access as boys to all scouting programs.  Barb and Charlene explained the underlying rationale of trying to meet the needs of today’s modern family - particularly single parent families - with the convenience of being able to have both daughters and sons attend the same activity at the same time.
Mr Snappy
Carolyn Manger won a $25 gift certificate to Meconi Subs donated by Al Cohen
Meeting adjourned at 1:30pm