Posted by Bob Heck on Aug 03, 2020
Rotary Club of Olympia
The Wheel
Today’s Program: Chief Diversity Officer at SPSCC, Parfait Bassale’
Meeting Called to order: President Sean @ 12:06 pm
  • Invocation by: Kathy Saunders
  • Pledge of Allegiance led by: President Sean
  • Song: N/A
  • Four Way Test led by: Diane Gallegos
Visiting Rotarians
  • District Governor Greg Horn
  • Doug Mah,
  • Tim Stokes
Guests of Rotarians
Reminder: Please feel free to use the chat feature to share good news, as well as happy bucks.
Speakers' presentations will be posted in PDF format on the website for members to access
Program Committee
The program Committee will meeting today at 4pm, via Zoom – if you’d like to join this committee, please let either President Sean or Jim know.
Literacy Committee:
Judy Henderson shared that the 2020 goal for the committee is to donate 300 books this year, to participate please reach out to Judy. The focus on the books is to collect children’s book (non-religious, please). You can buy books from a local book store, or gently used is ok, too. Age range is 0-20.
Service Projects
The Thurston County Food Bank is in need of volunteers; they have opportunities for groups of 3-5 in specific shifts. Sean will be the main contact for the club to support this volunteer opportunity.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee
This committee has now been formed for our club and will be led by Kyle Cronk. This is an exciting addition to our club’s leadership and a learning opportunity for our club and our community. If you want to join the committee, please connect with Kyle or Sean.
Program: Parfait Bassale’ – Director of Equity and Inclusion @ SPSCC
Parfait is a native of Benin Republic. He used music to process hurt at a young age. Keeping up with the tradition of Blues music, songs and poetry became his preferred outlets for dealing with the pain caused by the empathy gap he witnessed in his encounters across continents and cultures. His interest in conflict resolution and prevention led him down a path of empathy and interpersonal neurobiology. He earned a Masters of Arts form Portland State University in Conflict Resolution. In addition to this training, he has years of experience leading and consulting with both private and public sectors on matters of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. He brings over 20 years of field experience, coupled with his passion and lived story to his role as Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at South Puget Sound Community College. He also co-chairs the SPSCC DEI committee.
Parfait shared his story from where he grew up and how he came to do the work he is so passionate about. He shared with the club a personal story from a few years ago and how it shaped his views and thoughts on equity, diversity and learning to be fully inclusive. His focus was on how each of us can see our own life experiences and identify ways in which we can all be the bridge between groups, individuals and ideas. Parfait shared a song he wrote and performed and also gave specific tools we can all use to be the “bridge” in our relationships, organizations and communities.
Parfait took questions from the club and committed to being a resource to the club – his presentation will be available on the club website, soon. For more about Parfait and his work, you can also visit:
Meeting Adjourned: 12:57pm by President Sean