Posted by Richard Hull on Jun 18, 2018
Rotary Club of Olympia
The Wheel
Date: 6/18/2018
Today’s Program: Project SEARCH
Meeting Called to order: by President Christy Peters @ 12:21 pm
Invocation by: Reid Bates
Pledge of Allegiance led by: Laura Arnone
Song: “God Bless America”, led by Gloria Strait
Four Way Test led by: Christina Daniels
Visiting Rotarians
Cathy Hall, retail jewelry from Tacoma #8
Guests of Rotarians
There were no guests of Rotarians
Happy BucksHosted by Sarah Lloyd
  • Dirk Farrar - Donated his birthday check and announced the arrival of his 8th grandchild
  • Jim Balz - Reported on his return to good health
  • Ralph Munro - Donated his birthday check… and $25 in honor of Oscar Soule’s wife’s work at the recent Mariners ball game
  • Oscar Soule - Announced Monday night Aug 27th as the annual trip to watch the Rainier’s play
  • Martin Meyer - Thanked those that have signed up to support Lakefair races, but noted that there were still roles open for additional helpers
  • Lynn Heinold - Has been awarded the boating family of the year award through the Olympia Yacht Club
  • Dennis Adams - Saw a plaque at a local cemetery commemorating the first Washington Secretary of State, and complemented Ralph Munro on his contributions and efforts toward it.
  • Peggy Mueller-Scheelssel - (German exchange student) - Reported on an OHS student game where teams tried to get across town without being caught by the other team
  • Eve Chu (Taiwanese exchange student) - Reported that this was her last Rotary meeting, and that the last year has been the best year of her life
  • Richard Hull - Reported that 3 Olympia crews raced the top crews in the country at US Rowing Youth Nationals, with both the girl’s and boy’s quads finishing 12th in their events.
  • Rosemary Barnhart - Is delighted that her daughter has graduated and will be attending college in San Louis Obispo
Dine Around
Tom McLean announced sign ups for Rotary Dine Around. 
Gerry Alexander Update and Auctions
Steve Bean announced that Gerry Alexander is doing much better.  Steve then auctioned 2 tickets to the August 30th Seahawks vs Raiders game - won by Tore Nielsen.
Centennial Celebration
Don Chalmers, co-Chair of the Centennial Committee, reported that the committees work is progressing well and asked for members to consider donating $30 a year for the next two years to underwrite eventual event costs.
Program:  Project SEARCH
Jim Larsen made some opening remarks on the genesis of Project SEARCH.  Started in 1996 at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Project SEARCH works with local colleges to provide a cooperative intensive 9-month internship program for high school special education students.  There are now over 500 project sites worldwide, and the 77.5% employment outcome is reportedly better than any other models.
Jim then introduced Dr. John Hurley from The Evergreen State College who described their partnership with Morningside, and the Olympia School District along with the Washington State DSHS Department of Vocational Rehabilitation.   Evergreen was the first college-based program west of the Mississippi and the most successful of all Project SEARCH replicated models in Washington State.
Jim then introduced Pam Stoutenburg from Morningside, project lead for Project SEARCH in Olympia.  Pam shared details of the program that revolve around 3 ten-week internships in addition to training on campus.  The internships cover a wide range of vocations, including food services, office jobs, mail and receiving, building maintenance, and child care.  Project SEARCH in Olympia works with 10-12 students per year, and has now seen 68 students successfully graduate the program.
Mr. Snappy
A gift certification $35 to Mediterranean Breeze, donated by Kelly Cooper, was won by Warren Carlson
Meeting adjourned at 1:26pm by President Christy Peters