Posted by Bob Heck on Aug 24, 2020
Rotary Club of Olympia
The Wheel
Today’s Program: Rotarian Adventures through Russia – Steve and Judy Henderson
Meeting Called to order: President Sean @ 12:06 pm
  • Invocation by: Jim Balz
  • Pledge of Allegiance led by: President Sean
  • Song: N/A
  • Four Way Test led by: Cyndi Zechmann
Visiting Rotarians
  • Kevin Hilgers, District Friendship Chair – Victoria
  • Greg Horn – District Governor 
Guests of Rotarians
Reminder: Please feel free to use the chat feature to share good news, as well as Happy Bucks.
Will be posted in PDF format on the website for members to access.
Thurston County Food Bank
Sean gave a shout out to the work done this last weekend by Tumwater Rotary Club and the many volunteers who supported the Food Drive on both Friday and Saturday.
Diversity, Equality and Inclusion Committee
Kyle Cronk, Committee Chair, sent out a documentary for club members to watch: A Beautiful Mind (90 minutes), please view the documentary. All are invited to join the first committee meeting tomorrow, 8/26 @ 12:30pm. Please RSVP to President Sean or Kyle to get the virtual meeting information.
Jeff Crandell
Wishing Jeff a happy birthday today. He’s been battling health issues, so we ask that the club reach out and connect with him.
Program: Rotarian Adventures through Russia – Steve and Judy Henderson
In September 2019 Steve and Judy participated in the first Rotary District to District Friendship Exchange to Russia. The member(s) and their family pay their own way to travel to and from the location of the exchange. There were 11 who participated from our district, 7 Americans and 4 Canadians. They stayed with 4/5 different Rotarians for about 4/5 nights each. After the first exchange, the hosts in the other country then travel to the other district to complete the exchange. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, the visit from the Russian Rotarians will be rescheduled.
Russia, the entire country, is one Rotary District. With most of the population in the Western part of the country. This was the third Friendship Exchange that Steve and Judy have participated in. The trip covered several major cities: Moscow, Kostroma, Kazan, Saint Petersburg and Novgorod. The trains were exceptionally efficient, clean, ran on time and the group found that all other modes of transportation were just as efficient and well run. There are only 1,100 members of Rotary in Russia. Rotary only came to Russia after the fall of the Soviet Union.
Steve and Judy shared a power point presentation that highlighted each of the cities they visited, their hosts, the clubs and the tours they took part in. After the presentation, they answered questions from club members.
Meeting Adjourned: 1:00pm by President Sean