Rotary Club of South Puget Sound-Olympia


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South Puget Sound-Olympia

Service Above Self

We meet Fridays at 7:00 AM
Viewpoint at Tugboat Annie's
2100 West Bay Dr NW
Olympia, WA  98502
United States
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If you know of a graduating senior in Eastern or Southern Thurston County, tell them about this...




Recently our club was honored by The Rotary Foundation. This is quite an achievement, as there are 34,644 clubs world wide!

Here are the highlights:

  • One of only 1550 clubs to achieve Top Three Highest in Per Capita Annual Giving honors in their district.
  • One of only 1184 clubs worldwide to attain status as a 100% Rotary Foundation Sustaining Member Club.
  • One of only 2244 clubs world wide to become an Every Rotaraian Every Year Club.



Mike Swarthout, South Puget Sound-Olympia Rotary President and Christine Hoffmann, South Puget Sound-Olympia Rotary Scholarship Chair, announce this year's scholarship winners. Each graduating high school senior will receive a $1,000 scholarship.

2013 winners are – Oakville High School: Bianca Eberwein and Payton Hawley; Rainier High School: Tori Skinner and Tabetha Neely; Rochester High School: Kenna Fosnacht and Amanda Bartley; Tenino High School: Preslie Blencoe and MacKenzie Shaw; New Market Skills Center: Craig Negrete. Click here for more information.





South Puget Sound Rotarians welcomed their new board and officers at a change-over dinner at Pellegrino's Event Center in Tumwater on Wednesday night. Immediate Past President and incoming Assistant District Governor, Marnee Obendorf, presided over the ceremony in installing Nancy McKinnery as the new Club President for 2013-2014 while outgoing President, Mike Swarthout, passed on the gavel. The event was well attended by Club Members and family members. Mike Swarthout acknowledged all current board members and officers with a bottle of wine specifically chosen to complement their past leadership year.

Another highlight of the evening was the announcement of the Club Rotarian of the Year. This year, the Club honored Bill Connor, a charter member of the Club. Bill's continued dedication to the club through his always present being whether at a community service event or endless hours spent helping the day of our auction, participation in selecting high school scholarship winners and attending awards ceremonies at the various south sound high schools to help recognize the chosen seniors, is truly service above self. Congratulations, Bill!



ImageThis year's annual grand charity auction, "It's A Mad Hatter Party" produced the most successful club auction to date.

 On behalf of the South Puget Sound Rotary Club, we would like to thank the individuals and businesses that made our recent auction another great success. On Saturday, April 27, our club conducted its 11th annual grand charity auction and dinner which helped us to net in excess of $86,000. Chaired by Bob Lovely and Yumi Schade (grandfather and granddaughter duo), this event takes approximately 9 months to plan by a committee of 24. With the support of all the club members and their invitees, the annual dinner and auction is the biggest fundraiser for South Puget Sound Rotary Club each year.


At the regular meeting of South Puget Sound Rotary this Friday, November 2nd, the program will be presented by Khurshida Begam, a survivor of human trafficking. Khurshida will share her personal story of victimization and the tools she learned to overcome the battles many of us would think were impossible to fight.  This program will be the official kick-off for the January 10th presentation by Elizabeth Smart and Rani Hong on this topic which the Thurston County Rotary Clubs are sponsoring at St. Martin's University.  Please come to hear this dynamic speaker to help better grasp that the problem is real in our local communities. Guests are welcome too!

Contact Marnee Obendorf ( if you have any questions, need directions or for information on the January 10th program.  Tickets are already on sale!


On Saturday night, April 28th, SPS Rotary hosted their 10th annual dinner and auction. Community support was phenomenal. The event produced $33,000 in "Share" proceeds for SafePlace and roughly $41,000 from the silent and live auctions.
ImageTen members attended the District Leadership Training this weekend in Victoria, BC for information, leadership training, interaction and FUN!


In response to President Marnee's request, SPSR Club members were either present or registered a make-up for the December 1, 2011 meeting. In actuality, we had 100% plus attendance as "Rule of 85" members Bill Connor (traveled in from Arkansas), Dave Field and George Hinkel also attended the meeting. In addition, members David Castillo and Yumi Schade brought their kids. President Marnee surprised us with a Christmas raffle and prizes -- the proceeds to benefit a local charity.


Rotary Point is the result of a public-private partnership among the seven Thurston County Rotary Clubs, the City of Olympia, and local neighborhood associations and friends.

Working together to create a lasting legacy, Rotary Point is located within the city's West Bay Park, an area adjacent to Budd Inlet and the future West Bay Trail. It is just a short walk from the 4th Avenue Bridge and Seven Oars Public Park. Groundbreaking is scheduled to occur in mid-2009.



Aug 01, 2014
Jennifer Kabat
Outbound Exchange Student - Program on her hometown
Aug 08, 2014
Danny Ryckman
Outbound Exchange Student - Program on his hometown
Aug 15, 2014
Terri Thomas - Thurston County Solid Waste
How you can help with waste reduction
Aug 22, 2014
Liz Jamieson - Thurston County EDC
Washington Center for Women in Business
Aug 29, 2014
Rotation Day (no meeting at Tugboat Annie's)
Come learn more about your fellow rotarians at their place of business!
Sep 05, 2014
Sep 12, 2014
Mike Murphy & Marty Freeman
International Committee Programs
Sep 19, 2014
Interact Club members
Come learn more about the great things our Interact Club has been up to!
Sep 26, 2014
Oct 17, 2014
Michael Proctor, District 5020 Governor
District Governor's Visit
Oct 31, 2014
Rotation Day (no meeting at Tugboat Annie's)
Come learn more about your fellow rotarians at their place of business!
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