Posted by Peter Brennan on May 14, 2018
Rotary Club of Olympia
The Wheel
Date: 5/14/2018

Today’s Program - Seasoned Rotarians

Meeting Called to order: by President Christy Peters @ 12:22 pm
Invocation by: Nick Schmidt
Pledge of Allegiance led by: Kelly Cooper
Song: My Country Tis of Thee, led by Gloria Strait
Four Way Test led by: Brian Martin
Visiting Rotarians
Guest of Rotarians
  •  Jonathan Pleger, Morningside, guest of Jim Larson
  • Pia Mueller, sister of our exchange student Peggy Mueller, guest of Kelly Cooper
  • Imani Mabwa-Childress, Golden Bear recipient, his parents Kerensa Mabwa and Jodie Mabwa-Childress , and OHS teacher Antonio McClinon, guests of Anthony Brock
Happy Bucks – hosted by Victoria Byerly
  • Christy Peters - Reported that her daughter graduated college and is headed to graduate school.
  • Sarah Clinton - With the YMCA was happy our local mock trial team was crowned national champion and thanked all the volunteers in the club who have helped.
  • Anthony Brock - Celebrated a birthday recently and recognized retiring OHS drama teacher Kathy Dorgan.
  • Skip Steffen - Promoted the upcoming Frank Sinatra big band performance planned at the Washington Center.  He also encouraged the club to fully endow the Fred Balz community grants fund so that we can have more impact in the future.
  • Oscar Soule - Recently visited Ellis Island and hopes our country will continue to embrace and welcome immigrants as we have since our beginning.  He also reminded the membership about the upcoming Rainiers game.
  • Peggy Mueller (our exchange student from Germany) - Is very happy that her sister Pia is visiting from New York and they have visited the coast recently during the great weather.  
  • Eve Chu (our exchange student from Taiwan) - Attended the Wooden Boat Show over the weekend and had a great time.
Golden Bear Award
OHS teacher Antonio McClinton was introduced by Anthony Brock to award the Golden Bear Award to Imani Mabwa-Childress.  Imani has supported the United Sports teams at OHS by working with special needs athletes.  Antonio has seen Imani demonstrate the OHS values of Pride, Courage, and Tradition in many ways and considers him an excellent role model.  Imani was awarded a gift card, certificate and special bear pin. 
Lakefair Races
Nick Schmidt announced that many mile marker sponsors have been secured for the Lake Fair races, but about 24 markers are still available. 
Paul Harris Fellowships
Judy Henderson and John Hough recognized Greg Bucove with a Paul Harris Fellow for all that he has contributed to international projects for Rotary.  Greg has been a key member of the area Rotary committee for the water side of Cool Jazz, Clean Water.  A portion of the revenues from the annual jazz festival goes to clean water and sanitation projects. He has traveled to South America several times on his own time, and at his own expense, to do the due diligence for projects for the Rotary Water and Sanitation Committee.  Congratulations to Greg for his award and thanks for his service to Rotary.
Polio Plus
Rotary International is indebted to many nations that support the eradication of polio   The USA leads in this effort.   Our Congressional leaders seem very pleased with our commitment and progress. Ralph Munro sits on our National Rotary Committee,  and they spend many hours meeting with members of Congress throughout the year.  This week Ralph and others met with key Congressional budget leaders  in Washington D.C. regarding efforts to eradicate polio. 
Senator Susan Collins, Maine
Senator Roy Blunt, Missouri
Representative Derek Kilmer, Washington
Representative Dan Newhouse, Washington. And Representative Tom Cole, Oklahoma 
Nate Naismith will again be taking headshots at our next meeting for a $10 donation to the club.
Program: Seasoned Rotarians
Steve Bean introduced his annual Seasoned Rotarians Program featuring four Rotarians explaining why they joined and why they stay active with the club.
Bill Latta joined the club in 1973 after moving to Olympia from Portland the prior year to become administrator of Memorial Clinic.  He joined to meet people in business and learn about other occupations.  He also wanted to learn about local non-profits and get involved.  He stays because he enjoys the friendships and the service projects like the scholarship program, Salvation Army bell ringing and the polio plus program.  He has 44 years of perfect attendance!
Diane Gallegos started her experience with service clubs as a member of Key Club in high school.  Later she was invited to speak at a club meeting where women were not allowed to join and found the experience very interesting.  Later she joined the Sea-Tac Club and eventually became president.  She feels she really became a Rotarian when she got involved in building a park for people living with disabilities.  When she moved to Olympia, she visited several clubs but found Olympia to be the right size and very welcoming.  She constantly refers to the 4-way test when making decisions.
Skip Steffen is a past Carl Reder awardee who had no prior experience with a service club before joining.  He first came as a guest of Dave Bjornson because he wanted to be involved with the downtown community and wanted to give back.  He has since been very involved in the community grants committee and stays in the club because of the other members and the camaraderie it provides.
Colleen Gillespie has served 24 years in Rotary and this is her third club.  The first was in 1992, after visiting with a colleague.  She was a member of the Tacoma North club and learned a lot there about the youth exchange program.  She also had the opportunity to become a reading buddy to a very shy 2nd  grade girl and enjoyed that very much.  She enjoys the fellowship opportunities membership provides and has the chance to chair several committees.  She has found it very rewarding to be involved with the committees and activities outside of the weekly meetings. 
Mr. Snappy 
Greg Bucove won a Seattle Mariners gift certificate, donated by Jewel Goddard.
Meeting Adjourned: 1:21 pm by President Christy Peters