Posted by Diane Gallegos on Jul 24, 2017
Rotary Club of Olympia
The Wheel
Date: 07/24/17
Today’s Program: Michael Fenton, Juvenile Court Administrator
Meeting Called to Order: President Christy Peters @ 12:20 pm
  • Invocation by:  Jim Cooper
  • Pledge of Allegiance led by:  Phyllis Mandel
  • Song:  My Country Tis of Thee, led by Gloria Strait
  • Four Way Test led by:  Jim Leonard
Visiting Rotarians – Gretchen Sturtevant 
  • Tumwater Rotary President Lonnie Lowe
Guest of Rotarians – Gretchen Sturtevant
  • Betty Utter
  • Karl Triebel, Attorney, WA State Supreme Court
  • Heather Antanaitis, Development Director, Family Education and Support Center
Happy Bucks – hosted by Robert Coit
  • Kim Dinsmore - $105 check for Alaska Cruise to celebrate 40th anniversary with friends (and Oprah!) as well as happy bucks for his daughter Kate’s play
  • Cyndi Zechmann Women of Rotary Happy Hour 4-6 on Wednesday
  • Diane Gallegos She and husband took 3 newly adopted grandchildren camping for the first time
  • Jim Balz – Back from 11 week motorcycle trip through Mexico and Belize
  • Steve Ryan Back from Tokyo vacation
  • Martin Meyer – Gratitude to all for support of the race – 600-700 participants
  • Sam Bovard – Please support the Boys and Girls Club auction Sept 29
  • Laurie Dolan – Happy to be celebrating 65 years with a birthday check and cancer free!
  • Wendy Holden – Grandson Logan baseball team won Greater NW Championship and going to Nationals.
  • Wendy Holden- ties and scarves are here today and will be back this fall
  • The District Governor was injured in a fall off of his roof, so he will not be visiting our meeting on July 31. Instead, (thank you Oscar!) Barbara Soule will provide a program on global infectious diseases.
  • Tom and Deborah McLean have done a great job with Dine Around. President Christy Peters awarded Oscar and Tom with Making a Difference pins for their contributions to our Club.
  • Oscar Soule donated a book for the literacy committee titled The Rise of King Felix written by Jarrett Mentink, PhD, that shares the children's story of Cy Young Award winner Felix Hernandez's journey from a boy in Venezuela to one of the top pitchers in Major League baseball. Olympia Rotary night at the baseball game will be August 28. Please let Oscar know by July 31 if you are interested in attending what is always a fun fellowship event.
  • Judy Henderson presented Laurie Dolan her Paul Harris +2 recognition. Laurie has been so busy with the legislature that this was the earliest opportunity to award Laurie. Laurie is a Past President of the Spokane Club and continues her commitment to the Foundation.
Community Grants
Skip Steffen - The Olympia Rotary Community Grants Committee is pleased to provide support to the Child Care Action Council (Chandler Fry – Raising a Reader) and Safe Place (Kellie Patton) supporting the victims of domestic violence.
Jewel Goddard introduced our program speaker, Michael Fenton.  Mike is the Juvenile Court Administer for Thurston County.  He began working with the county as a juvenile probation counselor in 1983.  He also has served as a unit supervisor and manager of the probation department.  Thurston County Juvenile Court provides legal intervention for youth up to 18 years of age who have been charged with criminal activity and/or been arrested.
The number of children housed in Thurston County’s Juvenile Detention Facility reached an all-time low last year, with an average of fewer than 15 juveniles held there each day.  That represents a 75% reduction since 1998.  At that time, the county began tracking daily populations and looking for ways to implement programs that could be tracked for effective outcomes.  Programs were adopted that were proven to work nationally and internationally.  The courts developed case management and risk assessment programs designed to get children into the right programs.  The programs combat substance abuse and address mental health issues, family problems and academic difficulties.  Mike also shared the success of the Garden Program. It was a very inspiring program!
Mr. Snappy 
Neil DeBoer won a $30 gift certificate to Drees donated by Renetta Wilson.
Meeting Adjourned at 1:30 by President Christy Peters