Posted by Dirk Farrar on May 06, 2019
Rotary Club of Olympia
The Wheel
Program – The Bridge Music Project
Called to order by President Dan at 12:28
  • Invocation by Rusty Chalmers
  • Pledge by Dick Cushing
  • God Bless America by Gloria Strait
  • 4-Way test by Jay Burney
Visiting Rotarians
Bobby Williams from West Olympia
Guests of Rotarians
Happy Bucks – Hosted by Al Cohen
  • Al Cohen - Happy that he washed his car and it didn't rain!!
  • Christy Peters - Proud parent regarding kids’ accomplishments and schools
  • Fred Adair - Just back from 2 weeks in Germany and England
  • Seth Goldstein - Son is going to UW
  • Lori Tebo - Proud parent moment and BHR dinner and auction at the end of May
  • Jim Larson - Proud grandparent moment when his grandson kicked the winning goal in soccer
  • Gerry Alexander and Mark Elliott – Dressed in “Blues Brothers” style as the fabulous “Birthday Brothers,” they celebrated their 83rd birthdays.  Born weeks apart in 1936, they shared their favorite birthday thoughts and some jokes. 
New Member Induction
Introduced by Bill Lahmann, Carly Colgan was inducted as our newest member of the club.  Carly is the Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity.
Exchange Student Update
Rosemary Barnhart gave an update on our exchange students, noting next week’s program will feature them.  She needs additional host families for incoming students.  Please contact her for details and if interested.
Paul Harris Fellowships
Judy Henderson gave Paul Harris +7 award to Jim Balz for donating a total of $7000 to the Rotary Foundation.
Steve Bean auctioned the following:
  • Eggs went to Pat Rants for $18
  • Cuban baseball jersey went to Christina Daniels (after heated bidding) for $40
  • Chuck Fowler got a book for $25 (but bid against himself and could have gotten it for $15!)
Dine Around
Tom McLean announced the 12th anniversary of Dine Around and had sign-up sheets on the table. Contact Tom for more details.
Program – The Bridge Music Project
Mark Elliot introduced Bobby Williams from the Bridge Music Project as our speaker.  The Bridge Music Project is a Thurston County-based 501(c)3 Nonprofit Organization which teaches at-risk youth how music and songwriting can be used as tools to deal with life's challenges.  Over the course of eight weeks, youth work together to write collaborative songs.  At the conclusion of the program, participants record their finished pieces at a professional studio and perform a final concert. 
Youth learn from experienced musicians and guest speakers.  Through mentoring them in song writing, Bobby and volunteers equip youth with tools for self-expression and understanding that they will carry with them for the rest of their lives.  300+ youth, here and in Grays Harbor, have participated in The Bridge Music Project, having collaboratively written, recorded and performed over 37 songs.   For more information, visit the The Bridge Music Project HERE.
Mr. Snappy
Preston Troy won Mr. Snappy which was photo note cards donated by Nate Naismith.
President Dan adjourned the meeting at 1:28
Reporter - Dirk Farrar