The Rotary Club of Tumwater

Chartered April 23rd 1951


July = No theme
Aug = Membership and Extension Month
Sep = Area of Focus; Basic Education and Literacy
Oct =  Area of Focus; Economic and Community Development
Nov = Rotary Foundation Month
Dec = Area of Focus; Disease Prevention and Treatment
Jan = Vocational Service Month
Feb = Area of Focus; Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution
Mar = Area of Focus; Water and Sanitation
Apr = Area of Focus; Maternal and Child health
May = Youth Services Month
Jun = Rotary Fellowships Month
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)
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Club Executives & Directors

President Elect
Immediate Past President
Community Service
President Elect VP
Vocational Service
International Service
Public Relations
New Generations
Programs co-chair
Youth Protection Officer



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Club Information

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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Tumwater Rotary Information
George Joseph Narozonick November 16, 1925 - October 1, 2015 George was born in Manalapan, NJ to Stanley Peter and Alexandria Rose Dzielak Narozonick. He was the youngest of 10 children, who all preceded him in death (Antionette, Madeline, Mary, Amelia, Jenny, Leonard, Francis, Joan and Dick).
After graduation, he enlisted in the Navy, serving our country honorably during WWII. He was entitled to wear American Area Campaign Medal, European-African Middle Eastern Area Campaign Medal, participated in operations of assault force and build up LST's in invasion for European Continent, entitled to wear insignia for Amphibious Force, participated in operations of assault force and build up LST's in invasion of Southern France (LST 501 and LST 1087). Many years later, during the 65th anniversary of the Normandy landing, he was awarded the French Legion of Honor for his participation of this D-Day event.
After returning to New Jersey after the war, he met Vila Hannaford, a professional figure skater. They were married at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Olympia, October 10, 1947, where they have been lifelong active members. Several months after marrying, they decided to move back to New Jersey, and he worked for the U.S. Postal Service. Daughters, Linda and Barbara, were born there. Feeling a sense of entrepreneurship, they moved out west to Olympia, Washington in 1951. After working at a grocery store, liquor store, lumber mills in Shelton and Olympia and a floor covering store, they opened Capitol Floors and Interiors in 1959.
After several years of success, they sold that business and embarked on commercial property development, primarily Narozonick Square, where they opened/operated Pot Pourri Deli. George never knew a stranger and found great satisfaction in community activities and service.
He was a past president of Rotary, member of Olympia Yacht Club, Elks, VFW, American Legion, Polish Home Society, Navy League of the United States, LST Organization, and Veterans Memorial Museum. He loved playing golf, raquet ball, riding his bicycle, and walking, and way back in the day was convinced, somewhat reluctantly by his daughters, to join Mountaineers. His business legacy was being known for his honesty and fairness. We learned from him to "always leave something for the next guy" and always, always pay employees/vendors on time. His personal legacy was being a man of unwavering faith, integrity, giving wise counsel, his absolute love of family, quietly showing acts of kindness, his strong patriotism to his country, and his simple delight in welcoming each amazing day.
He is survived by his wife, Vila; daughters, Linda Marie Thompson (David) and Barbara Ann Narozonick (Dan Neuhauser; grandchildren, Scott Alan Neuhauser, Lisa Ann Nielson Henry, Anthony George Nielson, Tyson Christopher Nielson, Seth Joseph Thompson and Jin Joy Thompson; many precious great and great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Services will be held Saturday, October 17, 2015 at St. Michael's Parish, 1208 - 11th Avenue SE. Olympia: Rosary 11:20 a.m., Funeral Mass 12:00 noon, followed by a reception at St. Michael's Gathering Room. Following the reception, there will be a military flag ceremony at Mills and Mills Memorial Park.
Donations may be made to St. Vincent De Paul, c/o St. Michael's Parish or Veteran's Museum, 100 SW Veterans Way, Chehalis, WA 98532 (
We wish to express our heartfelt appreciation and thanks to Avrom and Dorina Muscan of Tumwater Meadows Adult Family Home for their tender and loving care of George. Memories may be left at


Our Youth/Vocation Services Chair Wayne Beckwith brought us up to date on one of Rotary's most valuable youth programs.  Teaching the youth today about Leadership Skills and Community Services results in the Local and Global Citizen Leaders of tomorrow. 


What is RYLA?

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is a program that originated with Rotary International. RYLA encourages servant leadership in youth by recognizing and rewarding deserving 11th grade students who are chosen to attend RYLA as an "award" for their past and present leadership and service activities. These select young people attend an all-expenses-paid camp where they are inspired by a diverse group of exceptional speakers, make life-long friends through fellowship activities, and discuss the ethical and social issues of today. These activities are conducted in an atmosphere of trust and respect. The result is that these students return to their schools and communities motivated to take on additional leadership roles and to find additional ways to serve. 

RYLA's intent is to encourage students to be more effective servant leaders. RYLA is not a camp intended to teach leadership skills (it is assumed that the students in attendance already possess those skills), however the following topics naturally arise in the course of RYLA activities and discussions:

Fundamentals of leadership
Ethics of positive leadership
Qualities of a "servant leader" 
Importance of communication skills in effective leadership
Conflict management and problem solving
Building self-esteem and self confidence
Elements of community and global citizenship
Rotary's purpose of service to the community and world

For more information about RYLA in our District 5020 please refer to the RYLA documents in the download section of this website.


Wayne Kay Beckwith Obituary
Colonel Wayne K. Beckwith, USAF, 82, of Lacey, Washington, passed away peacefully May 28, 2015 at Panorama Convalescent Home in Lacey as a result of complications from a stroke. Wayne was born January 25, 1933 in Seattle, and was raised in Seattle, Kirkland and Bellevue. He graduated from the University of Washington, then from the University of New Hampshire, and later from Auburn University in Alabama; BS degree in Forestry, Civil Engineering, and a Masters in Public Administration, with further USC graduate studies in Operations Research. He was also a graduate of Squadron Officer's School, the Armed Forces Staff College, and the Air War College. He began work in forestry, completed 28 years in the US Air Force as a pilot, and later worked in Engineering and Services. He served primarily in the Southeast US, and the Pacific/Far East Theaters, including service as a pilot in Viet Nam; he earned numerous awards throughout his Air Force career. He retired in Alaska in 1982 and became the executive director of the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce, returning to Seattle/Bellevue in 1988 where he worked in construction and project management with Heery Corporation. Wayne moved to Olympia in 1989 to work on a number of state office building projects, retiring again in 1993. Wayne was a member of Tumwater Rotary Club with a total of 34 years of Rotary service, and past president of Anchorage East and Tumwater Clubs. Rotary youth projects and vocational service, along with Junior Achievement programs, always kept him active with young people. He served twice on the Board of Trustees Thurston County Chamber of Commerce, and on a number of Chamber committees, i.e. Economic Development, Legislative, etc. Also at various times, he was a member of Thurston County Storm Water Board, Port of Olympia Study Group, North Thurston School Boundary Review Committee, and past president of two neighborhood associations. He was also a member of the Air Force Association, University of Washington Alumni Association, and Tau Beta Pi (engineering honorary). Throughout his many careers, Wayne has worked with community organizations, political leaders, foreign business leaders and congressional committees. He is also a general aviation pilot with over 5,000 hours. He was active on several volunteer committees at Panorama Community of Lacey and a member of First United Methodist Church of Olympia. Wayne was preceded in death by his former wife of 37 years, Patricia, with whom he raised five children, Forrest (Beck), Roslyn, Sally, David and Jeanie. He is survived by his wife of over 20 years, Inger, and two stepsons, Budd and Eric; his brother, Gary Beckwith; 15 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Last year we said goodbye to Jim Brown, our last remaining Charter Member.  Today we said goodbye to Jim Heath, the first new member following our Charter in 1951. 


Today we said a final goodbye to our Charter member Jim Brown.  The service was a wonderful tribute to an "ordinary man who lived an extraordinary life." (Pastor Amy Walters). From his relationship to family and friends, to his community life, to his potato salad Jim was extraordinary.  Farewell our friend.

James George Brown

Jim was born on January 3, 1924, to parents Emmett Brown and Anna Marry Chopick Brown, the first of four boys, Jim, Jake, Vince and Patrick. In 1942, Jim joined the U.S. Army Air Corps and was a flight engineer on B-17s during the World War IT; he traveled extensively during those four years.
On May 21, 1949, Jim and Helen were married in the First Christian Church of Olympia. Jim became a member and an integral part of that congregation. The family grew and was blessed with the addition of six children, Anne-Marie, Jim, Jeff, Cindy, Bonnie and John.
Jim first joined his father and brothers in working at the Brown Lumber Company, which had the slogan, "Brown's boards build better buildings." In 1966, Jim worked for the City of Tumwater as Superintendent of Public Works. He retired in 1986 after 20 years of service. The city of Tumwater named a park after him in honor of the many contributions he made to the city; Jim Brown Park is located not far from where Jim resided for 60 years.
Jim was a member and supported many organizations he believed in: the Tumwater Rotary Club, United Way, the Red Cross, and the Tumwater Library Board. He also served two terms on the Tumwater City Council, and 24 years on the Tumwater School Board.
In 2004, Helen, his wife of 55 years, preceded him in death. On August 29,2014, Jim died from complications after surgery. He is survived by three daughters, Anne-Marie Brown, Cindy Beauchene, and Bonnie Workland (Paul); and three sons, Jim Brown (Cindy), Jeff Brown (Lorri), and John Brown (Michelle); 15 grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; foster children and numerous exchange students.
Jim will be remembered as a people-person who had a sense of humor and crossword puzzle in his hand. We will miss you, Jim Brown.


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