Posted by Bob Heck on Jun 22, 2020
Rotary Club of Olympia
The Wheel
Today’s Program: Experience Olympia & Beyond – Thurston County Sports Commission
Meeting Called to order: President Colleen @ 12:05 pm
  • Invocation by: Colleen Gillespie
  • Pledge of Allegiance led by: Holly Mason
  • Song: N/A
  • Four Way Test led by: Gloria Strait
Visiting Rotarians
Guest of Rotarians
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Reminder - no increase next year (woo hoo!). Your club dues are due July 1, if not paid by Aug 15 - $50 late fee, if not paid by Sept 15, another $50 late fee. Please contact President Colleen or President-Elect Sean if you are unable to meet your dues commitment, the club wants to work with you!
Gloria Strait
Gloria announced that she is retiring from Rotary.  Members shared their appreciation for Gloria and her service to the club over many years.
Program: Experience Olympia and Beyond - Thurston County Sports Commission
Sarah Clinton introduced Jeff Bowe, Senior Director of Tourism for Experience Olympia & Beyond, Olympia’s Destination Marketing Organization. His goal is to attract regional athletic and tourism events to the Olympia area to boost economic activity in our region.
Jeff gave an overview of the work that Experience Olympia & Beyond does, as our Destination Marketing Organization. He talked about the various ways in which tourism dollars (or ‘clean dollars’ as he termed them) come into our community and benefit our local economy. He also gave the club information on how Experience Olympia & Beyond is working to help the county navigate re-starting tourism amidst the pandemic. He ended by sharing about the work of the Sports Commission and how outdoor sports, especially youth sports, are potentially going to be a part of what helps to lead the economic/tourism recovery in Thursday County.
Meeting Adjourned: 1:02pm by President Colleen