Posted by Diane Gallegos on Apr 15, 2019
Rotary Club of Olympia
The Wheel
Program: Earth Day Program and Environmental Awards by Oscar Soule
Meeting Called to Order: Colleen Gillespie @ 12:20 pm
  • Invocation by: Allen Miller
  • Pledge of Allegiance: Denny Petersen
  • Song: America the Beautiful: Gloria Strait
  • Four Way Test: Lorie Linn
Visiting Rotarians
Guest of Rotarians
  • Jim Larson introduced guests Barak Gale of Climate Reality Project and Tom Crawford from Thurston Climate Action Team
  • Whitney Holm introduced guest Chris Woods, the new CEO of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Thurston County
  • Chuck Fowler introduced former Rotary President Bill Cullen
  • Steve Bean introduced guest and friend Ted Schultz, Attorney
  • Jim Balz introduced guests Forrest Moon (“Golden Bear” recipient) along with parents Jen and Don, brother Jack, friend Isabel Antreau, and teacher Danielle Canfield.
Happy Bucks – hosted by Allen Miller
  • Colleen Gillespie -Acknowledged sadness over the burning of the Notre Dame Cathedral. Colleen had directors and committee chairs stand to acknowledge the 25 who spent an afternoon visioning the future of our Rotary Club.
  • Nancy Zussy Allen – Back from her travels with the choir. The Olympia Chorus took 5th place!
  • Richard Hall – Celebrating his birthday and shout out to Bill Cullen
  • Mark Boyer – Expecting their 4th child
  • Sam Bovard – Next Pub Night will be held at the Olympia Oyster House on May 2nd at 4PM.
  • Camela Silva Jeldres – Exchange student from Chile is now with her 3rd host family and enjoying it very much.
  • Diane Gallegos – Still time to donate for the Colombia literacy project in partnership with exchange student Elinor Hendricks and the Rotary Club of Yopal.
  • Steve Ryan – Back from travels from Puerto Rico to Barcelona
  • Jim Balz – Had a great motorcycle trip to Cuba. Reminded us to support the International Dinner at Olympia High School.
Greg Bucove Open House
Open house in memory of Greg Bucove (and support for Connie) at the Bucove home Sunday, April 28, 2019, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.   The address is 1611 East Bay Drive NE.  Appetizers and music provided by Greg's friend and piano teacher Scott Cossu.  Connie would appreciate your attendance, especially if you knew Greg or know Connie.
Golden Bear Award
Renetta Wilson introduced the recipient of Golden Bear Award for service above self and leadership in Olympia, Forrest Moon.  Danielle Canfield, Olympia HS teacher, remarked on what a wonderful student is and had Forrest  in class last year. Jim Balz announced that this is the 4th Golden Bear recipient who is also an Interact Club participant.
New Member Inductions
Jim Balz and Nancy Riordan introduced Jen Prout-Boelts.  Jen has lived in Olympia for 26 years and has great passion and commitment for her work, family, and community.
Jen has her bachelors from University of Wisconsin-Stout. Her BS degree was a double major in Marketing/Business & Education. She had very active leadership roles with both the State and National DECA program (marketing organization for high school & collegiate students).  Immediately moving west after graduation to discover new things, she found home in the Pacific Northwest, appreciating both the area for its natural beauty and the culture of a coastal community.   She has taught Marketing, Entrepreneurship, yearbook and career choices courses at the high school level for more than 25 years. She obtained her MBA in Managerial Leadership in 1993.
She worked as a marketing consultant to local small businesses and was a Director of Marketing at Batdorf & Bronson Coffee Roasters from 1994-2003. Currently she is the CTE Teacher Career & College Readiness Counselor at Olympia High School, working often with the community and business sectors for a variety of district wide events, initiatives and outreach.  She counsels both students and their parents in preparation for post high school exploration matching students’ skills, interests and in demand abilities through variety career pathways.   Before joining the Olympia High team in 2009, she had successful positions at Capital High School and North Thurston School Districts. She holds a second “hobby” job as a consultant for an international beverage magazine called Imbibe. 
Some of her volunteer activities have included: 
  • Cub Scouts Pack 205 & Boy Scouts Troop 48 
  • Thurston County Food Bank – For Kids Backpack Program
  • Mentoring work with low income kids on weekends assisting with confidence building and encouraging financial & personal independence 
  • Committee Member, Presenter & Keynote Speaker for Find Your Future
Jen is an avid hiker and backpacker; her hobbies include cooking, hot yoga, entertaining, gardening and family road trips.  Denny Peterson assigned her Rotary number 1,210,007. Watch for those entrance keypads coming to a Rotary near you!
Jen has taken a ride in a Blue Angel jet! Her husband, Brandt, is a salmon biologist with WDFW.
Program: Earth Day Program and Environmental Awards by Oscar Soule
Environmental Awards
Oscar presented our annual environmental awards.  The first award, Honoring Dr. Angela Bowen, is being honoring posthumously for her work in protecting open space. While originally from Taylorsville, Mississippi, she was the first from her rural farm family to attend college. A physician in Olympia for many years she died in 2017 and received many awards for her work as in medicine.
Dr. Bowen had a deep love and appreciation of wildlife habitat and open space. She was an avid gardener and lived on a 20-acre nature sanctuary and home in West Olympia. She love animals, including her own eight dogs (especially Weimaraner) and cats. She started a conservancy foundation and preserved the 3.2-acre rhododendron and azalea farm in NE Olympia created by Art and Peggy Zabel in the 1960’s. Dr. Bowen donated the park to the City of Olympia in 2015. She also funded improvements to the Tumwater Falls Park. She purchased the Olympia Country and Golf Club, invested millions of dollars in improvements and ensured the property would be protected from development.
Ted Schultz, executor of the estate, accepted the award for the late Dr. Bowen.
The second award went to the Thurston Climate Action Team (TCAT).  Tom Crawford, TCAT board president, was on hand to accept the award. TCAT serves as a voice of common sense on provocative issues and works collaboratively. TCAT goals include the following:
  • Minimize and mitigate the impact of climate change on Thurston County communities
  • Minimize the increasing costs of energy, transportation and consumer goods for Thurston County residents.
  • Educate Thurston County residents on how to reduce their carbon footprint.
Earth Day Program
Oscar Soule gave his 20th Earth Day talk for Rotarians!
We need a “new” normal – the old normal is not providing change quickly enough. Change usually doesn’t come from one source, bu7t happens piecemeal. Best hope for long term environmental change being implemented is by the youth of the world, not from “us”. Oscar gave an interesting summary of the history of STEM education (related to the space program) and some of the unintended consequences of increasing STEM courses and decreasing the humanities offerings. Historically STEM classes cost more to offer, and humanities courses have helped to fund STEM. With the imbalance we see the cost of education rising. It is important that we provide education for global leadership with more broadly-based offerings at colleges and universities.
Mr. Snappy: Skip Steffen won $25 Costco gift card, donated by Amanda Walker
Meeting Adjourned: 1:30 pm by Colleen Gillespie