Posted by Bob Heck on Jun 08, 2020
Rotary Club of Olympia
The Wheel
Today’s Program: Melanie Matthews, CEO of Physicians of SW Washington
Meeting Called to order: President Colleen @ 12:08 pm
  • Invocation by: Lynn Heinold
  • Pledge of Allegiance led by:  Bret Anderson
  • Song: N/A
  • Four Way Test led by: President Colleen
Visiting Rotarians
Guest of Rotarians
Reminder: Please feel free to use the chat feature to share good news, as well as Happy Bucks.
  • Skip Steffen - Tiny Houses are shaping up. My thanks to Paul Knox and Rotarians for helping!
  • Mark Elliott - He and Nancy celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary last Friday, June 5th.  Coincidentally, Mark mentioned that he received his D.V.M. degree at Kansas State Univ. and was commissioned as a lieutenant in the Army Veterinary Corps, that same day.  He presented a $60.00 check for the Fred Balz Community Grants Fund.
Exchange Student Update
Ximena has put her name on the list for a humanitarian flight and is now waiting. It could be weeks, or moths. She is happy here and her family is enjoying having her stay with them.
Rotary Book Club
The meeting for tomorrow is postponed, the group would like to meet outside in person if possible, to observe social distance guidelines, Joe S hopes to have a meeting date/time and location out to the club soon (for next week).
Reminder - no increase next year (woohoo!). 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!
Club Meetings
Anticipate that in-person meetings will resume with a limit of 50 club members, or 5-6/table. The club leadership is working with our venue and Elyse’s Catering to ensure we can move forward with in-person meetings in a safe way, following all healthcare guidelines.
Grant Update
Family Education and Support Services – money used to create up to 400 family learning boxes. Volunteers are needed to assist in building the kits, if you’d like to join President Colleen, please reach out to her. We only need 4 additional volunteers from the club.
Tiny House Project
YouthBuild paused working on the houses, because Tumwater School District closed. Houses have now been relocated to the site downtown and thanks to many Rotarian volunteers the final work is nearly done. Help will be needed to support the flooring and other finish work – ideally later this week. If you’d like to volunteer, please reach out directly to Paul Knox. The next project, that has been funded, will be a collaborative effort with GRUB to build/place 80 gardens in homes. Paul’s email is:
Annual Club Scholarship Presentation
Join us next week for the annual presentation of the club scholarships to students at Olympia High School. After an unexpected year, we hope all club members can join us in awarding the annual scholarships – meet our recipients, hear their story and help support them as they transition to life after high school.
Program: Melanie Matthews, CEO of Physicians of SW Washington and President at MultiCare Connected Care.
Jonathan Pleger introduced Melanie. She brings more than 20 years of operations, financial, human resources and product marketing experience in health care services for specialty populations. She joined PSW in 2016. Prior to that, she served as VP of Operations for Prestige Care, Inc. She holds a master of science, social gerontology, degree from Central Missouri State University and bachelor’s degree in human development and family studies from Pennsylvania State University. She is married with two children and has lived in Olympia since 2008.
Melanie opened her presentation by talking about her 97-year-old grandmother and shared the changes in healthcare costs/service by using her grandmother’s (who is a twin) birth compared to births and healthcare costs today. Using birth as an example of a procedure, Melanie illustrated the changes in medicine over the last nearly 100 years, both in cost, but also in how services are delivered. She also shared information about how independent practitioners operate in the current healthcare system. Melanie shared an update on COVID-19 including the federal response and the impact that the pandemic has had on the healthcare delivery system. She took the attendees through the approach PSW was using to combat COVID-19. Following the presentation, the members and Melanie had an interactive Q&A session.
Meeting Adjourned: 1:08pm by President Colleen