Nov 27, 2012
by William McCarthy
Our Board Meetings are held the 4th Tuesday of every month from Noon to 1 PM at the Olympics West Retirement Inn ( 929  Trosper Rd SW, Tumwater, WA  98512)
Jun 27, 2013
by William McCarthy
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Apr 14, 2014
by William McCarthy


This month, we put our reading skills to the test.  Everything in our lives depends on consistent, accurate and constant communication.  We receive Rotary communications regularly; through our weekly meetings, club emails, club website, district website and Rotary International.

As part of your membership in our club, you receive the monthly magazine, The Rotarian.  Established in 1911, this publication offers many insightful stories about Rotary projects and clubs throughout the world.  Over 1.2 million Rotarians are reading the same magazine in 23 languages.

Please take the time each month to read through your issue.  I’m confident you will be impressed with the many activities our fellow Rotarians are involved in, as well as how we are able to assist people who do not have the same resources we have available.  If we want to promote Rotary to others, we need to be well informed!


Club Events
Volunteer Tumwater Tumwater Pioneer Park
May 17, 2014 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Trailer Event: Olympic Air Show 7637 Old Highway 99 SE
Jun 14, 2014 10:00 AM - Jun 15, 2014 06:00 PM
Poker Run 2014 New Market Vocational Skills Center
Jul 12, 2014 06:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Trailer Event: LAKEFAIR 2014 Captiol Lake
Jul 16, 2014 10:30 AM - Jul 20, 2014 11:59 PM
Trailer Event: Mushroom Festival Regional Athletic Complex
Jul 26, 2014 10:00 AM - Jul 27, 2014 06:00 PM
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President Elect Mike Andrews
President Bruce Studeman
Secretary William McCarthy
Treasurer Gayla Gjertsen
Immediate Past President Bob Solie
Foundation Alex Williams
Community Service Theresa Parsons
President Elect VP Bruce Studeman
Vocational Service Wayne Beckwith
International Service Karen McCarthy
Public Relations Joyce Neas
Membership Bob Solie
New Generations Wayne Beckwith
Literacy Karen McCarthy
Programs co-chair David Nicandri
Programs Dave Estergard
Sergeant-at-Arms Jerry Morrissette
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Hello, from the Tumwater Rotary Club!

Service Above Self

We meet Wednesdays at 12:00 PM

New Market Vocational Skills Ctr.

7299 New Market St SW
Tumwater, WA 98501
United States

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Posted by William McCarthy on Apr 02, 2014

Posted by William McCarthy

All club members working in the Corn Dog Trailer need to obtain a Food Workers Card in order to keep us in compliance with the Thurston County Health Department.

To do so go the this link on the Washington State Website



Posted by William McCarthy on Mar 04, 2014

Posted by William McCarthy

The Gates Foundation has funded a Toilet-Tech fair to tackle Global Sanitation Woes.  See the article under Download on this front page!

Posted by William McCarthy

Barbara Reid, LTC USA Retired presented a brief history of Captain George Vancouver's explorations of the South Puget Sound.  In particular she focused on the party led by Lt. Peter Puget.  The intent of the explorations was to find the Northwest Passage.

Captain Vancouver, who was on Captain Cook's second and third expeditions, completed Cook's work on the Northwest coast, exploring it in detail over three summers in the 1790's. In his journal, which he published in 1798, he claimed he had removed "every doubt" about the existence of a passage "between the North Pacific, and the interior of the American continent, within the limit of our researches".

The actual Northwest Passage was later discovered to be the sea route through the Arctic Ocean, along the northern coast of North America via waterways amidst the Canadian Arctic Archipelago, connecting the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

Of particular interest in the Peter Puget excursion was surveyor Whidbey's taking a sighting of 47 degrees, 3 minutes, North to find their heading back to the ship HMS Discovery waiting for them at Blake Island.  That point of bearing is now (after changes in actual longitudes & latitudes over the years to develop accuracy) located at the Olympia Port Plaza!

A further note: LTC Reid made history fun!! 

Posted by William McCarthy

Today's presentation was an update on InterCity Transit.   The Transit is managed by a 9 Member Board (from among the local jurisdiction's government leadership and three citizen representatives), with a 20 member Citizen's Advisory Committee.  300 employees operate the Transit from administration to drivers, to maintenance.

The transit runs 24 routes with 71 buses.  In addition to the fixed routes transit operates "Dash" in the downtown Olympia core from the Capitol to Farmers Market, "Dial-a Lift", and Van Pools.  The Van Pool program runs 230 ride shares which take 1700 cars/per day off of the roadways.  

The current focus of Transit includes; reducing congestion, improving the environment, and assisting "shut-ins".

Posted by William McCarthy on Apr 02, 2014

Thurston County Sheriff's K-9 Program.

Deputy Sheriff Rod Dietrich was accompanied by Officers Barry Brennan and Chris Packard, along with their working dogs.  These Shepherds are especially bred, from Slovakia and Germany, for the development of needed characteristics; protection, intelligence, courage, curiosity, drive (desire), and obedience.  A high quality puppy can cost between $6,500 and $15,000 USD.  Less than 1% of pups bred for K-9 purposes are qualified.  Of those only 50% are suited for testing.  And of those, only 50% are selected to be a K-9.

The Washington State Advisory Code (WAC) requires K-9 training to be a minimum of 300 hours and achievement Certification once.  The Washington K-9 Association recommends 400 hours and Certification annually.  The Courts have ruled that K-9 teams train at least 16 hours per month.  Thurston County K-9 teams train a minimum of 20 hours per month.

The K-9 Trainer/Officer has only one tool and that is "deploy and recall".  Rules for deployment of a K-9 dog are if there is a violent crime against a human or a major felony crime (armed robbery, arson, etc.)

Following the meeting the K-9 teams trained outdoors to the delight and awe of the Rotarians in attendance.

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Posted by Karen McCarthy on Mar 26, 2014

Skip Steffens of the Olympia Rotary Club retired from St. Peter's Hospital and 2000 and joined the Union Gospel Mission.  The Mission started by providing a cups of soup out of the back of a truck.

It has since grown to a strategic mission providing meals, showers, laundry, and a clothing bank. At one time health services were provided for up to 650 chronically ill now they are all enrolled in health insurance through the Affordable Care Act.  Dental and Vision services are still provided by the Mission.  Those Dental and Vision Services are provided by local volunteer professionals.

The Mission looks to help people with "Life Transformation."  When people join the program they are provided Drug & Alcohol Treatment in the first year, and education in the second year and beyond.

!00,000 meals are served in a year with more than 150 per seating.

Reflecting the general population of homeless people the Mission has seen an increase in mental illness and people with violence issues.  While efforts are being made to find "low barrier" shelters for such people the real need is in treatment.  We are now seeing 2nd and even 3rd generation homeless families.  Studies of such low barrier shelters has shown a success rate of positive "life change" in 98% of the women and 50-60% of the men.


Posted by William McCarthy on Mar 19, 2014

Ken Balsley, Lacey Rotarian and Past District Governor, delivered Part I of the History of Rotary.  He took us from the childhood of Paul Harris, Rotary's founder, through World War I.

Paul Harris created a world wide Family of people volunteering to help improve the quality of life for everyone.  Rotary started in Chicago and then "took off" on the West Coast during the "Progressive Movement" when young business and professional people where looking to do good in their communities.

The first community project was a public restroom for women in downtown Chicago.

The Objects of Rotary was actually written before the Four Way Test.  Rotarians recognized the need to respect all vocations (professions), to volunteer in the community, and to promote high ethical standards in business and professions.

Rotary became International with the establishment of a Rotary Club in Winnipeg, Canada in 1910.  

The Rotary Rotary Foundation was born from the 1917 International Convention in Kansas City, with seed money of $26.50.

International Service was established as the 4th Avenue of Service in 1921.

In 1939 Africa became part of the Rotary Family with the chartering of the Senegal Club.

Posted by William McCarthy on Mar 05, 2014

Tumwater City Administrator John Doan talked about the development, monitoring, and action taken relative to established Performance Measures. Performance Measures can reflect outputs, efficiencies, and outcomes (fires prevented, fewer accidents per road mile, etc.).

Tumwater Performance Measures have been developed through public input.  Surveys are one way to obtain the public input.  In 2008 the survey focus was on Economic Development, and in 2011 Public Safety.

One of the recent surveys studied the public's view of the quality of life in Tumwater. Sub topics in the survey were; growth, speeding vehicles, run down buildings, street maintenance, the Library, parks, Code Enforcement, neighborhood safety, and volunterism.

Posted by William McCarthy

Capital Centennial Rotarian Clair Ferris offered us some new insight into the assassination and funeral of President Abraham Lincoln.  Five people were directly involved in the plot to kill the President.  It took ten days to capture and kill John Wilkes Booth.  The rest of the conspirators were captured, tried, and executed within 90 days.  Justice was uncomplicated and swift.

The conspiracy was widespread as other targets included Vice President Andrew Johnson and Secretary of State Seward (of "Seward's Folly")

The President's Funeral lasted twenty days and he was available for viewing thirteen of those days.  His final resting place was in Springfield, Illinois. He had asked his wife (he had a premonition that he would be assassinated) that he buried in a peaceful place.

His funeral cost $13,000 which was 44 times the average annual wage of the times.  

Interesting note: The expression "Your name will be mud" comes from the fact that a Doctor Samuel Mudd had tended to John Wilkes Both's broken leg while he was attempting to escape!

Posted by William McCarthy on Feb 12, 2014

Thurston County Manager Cliff Moore expounded on the structural challenges facing the County; a property tax limit of 1% with inflation at 4%, county departments run by  elected officials in addition to the Commissioners, and Law and Justice consuming 77% of the annual budget.

The $296 million 2014 budget reflects a 9% reduction across the board and a loss of 30 positions.

Achieving a balanced budget is especially difficult when emergent issues occur such as the Littlerock Bridge failure and the Hazo-House incident.

A draft Strategic Plan has been unveiled.  Initiatives include Environment, Resources, Economics, Health, and Public Safety.


Posted by William McCarthy

Jenn Klika has been our Safeplace champion.  Today we "passed the hat" and collected $378.00.  Jenn will be converting the money collected into $20 gift cards for Fred Meyers.  The variety of products offered at Fred Meyer will allow families in need to buy clothing, food, health products, or baby supplies as needed.  Thank You Jenn!

Safeplace has published a "Wish List."  It is located on this front page under the Downloads section.  Please check the list to see if there is something you might be able to provide Safeplace.  If you purchase an item from the wish list please bring it to Jenn at a future club meeting!

Posted by William McCarthy

The success of the Gateway Rotary Club has caused a need to change meeting locations.  The club now has over seventy members and although the Hawks Prairie Restaurant has been a great venue for the meeting, we have out grown the available meeting space.  Effective, January 8, 2014, the meeting location is changed to O'Blarney's Irish Pub at 4411 Martin Way E, Olympia, WA 98516 (near the corner of College and Martin Way).  The meeting day and time remains the same at Wednesday, 7:00 a.m.  Come join us!
Apr 30, 2014
Update on the Tumwater Fire Dept
May 07, 2014
International Projects done by Club Members
May 14, 2014
The Homeless School Children Assistance Program
May 21, 2014
Scholarship Recipients Presentations
May 28, 2014
The Evergreen State College Board of Trustees
Jun 04, 2014
The Polio End Game
Jun 11, 2014
Test your Rotary Knowledge Contest
Jun 18, 2014
"Watch this Space!
Jun 25, 2014
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