Posted by Richard Hull on Jul 06, 2020
Rotary Club of Olympia
The Wheel
Today’s Program: Changing of the Guard
Meeting Called to order: by President Colleen Gillespie @ 12:04 pm
  • Pledge of Allegiance led by: Sean Padget
  • Four Way Test led by: Cyndi Zechmann
Visiting Rotarians
  • Stacey Belser, North Carolina
  • Nancy Riordan, former member
Joe Scuderi announced that the book club / media club will be at Priest Point Park Rose Pavilion on Tuesday, July 14 at 6 pm. Rotarian fellowship, in person but outdoors and with social distancing, Bring a take-out dish.  You do not need to have read something recently (and tv shows count).
Program: Changing of the Guard
Colleen reflected on her past year as President and gave thanks to many Rotarians, including past president Dan Lehuta for his wisdom and support, and outgoing board members Jim Leonard, Corrina Phillips, and Renetta Wilson. She thanked Justice Debra Stevens for remaining on the board for a third year. Cyndi Zechmann was thanked as soon to be president-elect..
Colleen then talked about how many Rotarians help out behind the scenes at live meetings, such Reid Bates coordinating the invocation, Jim Leonard organizing our weekly happy bucks, the program committee led by Jim Larsen, photographer Nate Naismith, and Wheel reporters chaired by Bob Heck.
With a focus on community giving, Colleen then thanked many including Paul Knox and those on the District Grants committee, the Cool Jazz/Clean Water committee, Bob Wubbena and the Thurston County clean water effort, the annual scholarship event led by Mark Boyer and his committee, and Jen Boelts for her action in keeping scholarship program alive.
Colleen reflected that the focus for the past year was bringing the service element back to club through six events such as helping vulnerable Olympia seniors around Christmas time with holiday gift bags, the February off-site service project that saw 60 members creating over 500 weekend food kits for kids, joining Gateway and Lacey Rotary clubs to build tiny homes for the homeless, and recently over 20 Rotarians working at the food bank again.
Colleen noted that there was a goal of adding 10 new members in the past year, and we got 70% of the way there.  A lot of work went into improving admin functions; we moved to a new home at South Sound Manor, Nate has moved all historical data (including Wheels and photos) into the cloud, Neil DeBoer automated online forms, Ned Owens and Patty Pich cleaned up our financial statements, and Nate and Nick Schmidt have been prolific in putting our slide show on social media.
Colleen signed off by wishing Olympia Rotary a Happy 100th Anniversary, and then introduced Jan Teague - Assistant District Commissioner to install the new leadership team.
Jan congratulated Colleen and the Club for persevering during the pandemic. In her installation remarks, Jan talked about how Rotary International president - Holger Knaack talks about Rotary as invitation to endless opportunities, and encouraged us to focus on the ability to adapt and embrace ideas and energy from younger members. As clubs are challenged by pandemic, sharing ideas is key to staying relevant and reinventing ourselves. Jan noted the amount of on-line training at the District and RI level as an example of this.  She noted that the COVID pandemic will continue to challenge, and that leadership is needed to make fellowship innovative, and make Rotary an even better experience.
Jan then installed leadership team, saying a few words about roles and responsibilities of President - Sean Padget, Past President - Colleen Gillespie, President Elect - Cyndi Zechmann, Secretary - Jeannine Roe, Treasurer - Ned Owens, and board members Dennis Cooper, Neil DeBoer, Geoff Crooks, Reid Bates, Debra Stevens, Micki Holden-Cooper, Diane Gallegos, Richard Hull, and Jeannine Roe
Jan then passed the meeting over to President Sean Padget who thanked Colleen, both friend to friend, as well as from President to Past President, for her incredible work.  Sean then (virtually) presented Colleen her Past President pin and plaque.
Sean then welcomed new board members Micki Holden-Cooper, Diane Gallegos, Richard Hull, and Jeannine Roe, and thanked Debra Stevens for extending her time on the board.  Sean then presented some thoughts on the context and object of Rotary, including why Rotarians join and stay in Rotary (35% join to have a local impact, 36% stay because of that. 30% join to make friends, and 38% stay because of friendships. 18% join for networking, but only 5% stay for that reason. 8% join to make a global impact, and 14% stay because of that).
Sean then reflected on the 5 avenues of service, and wrapped up by saying what an honor it is to be president of Olympia Rotary in its 100th year
Meeting adjourned at 12:54pm