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Chehalis

Service Above Self

We meet Wednesdays at 12:00 PM
VR Lee Building
Recreation Park
Chehalis, WA  98532
United States
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Chehalis Rotarian Allen Unzelman presents WF West Senior Heather Wilson with a $500. Chehalis Rotary Scholarship
 
 
Chehalis Rotarian Larry Gueck presents WF West Senior Michaela Guerra with a $500. Chehalis Rotary Scholarship
 
 
Larry Unzelman and Larry Gueck with Heather Wilson and Michaela Guerra
 
 

 
 
 
Chehalis, Centralia and Twin Cities Rotary clubs presenting a check to the Historical Fox Theatre for $37,500 to complete the Rotary Mezzanine Lounge. Photos courtesy of Debbie Schinnell
 

 
 
 
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The Chehalis Rotary Club recently hosted a school supply  shopping night for children in the Chehalis School District who are considered homeless.  Forty kindergarten through 12th grade students took  advantage of the opportunity to pick out their own supplies.  On average,   each child spent fifty dollars and left the Chehalis Walmart with a big smile  and ready to start a new school year.  Additional funds will be expended throughout the year to pay for fees and other items that would be difficult for families to cover.  With a total of $5,000.00 available, it is expected that up to 100 students will receive resources to help them with their education expenses this school year.

 

Fundraising proceeds from the Chehalis Rotary Corn Booth and Golf Ball Drop (both held at the SWW Fair), along with a Rotary District 5020 matching grant were used to fund this event. 

 

 
 

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Once again, the Chehalis Rotary Corn Booth at the SWW Fair proved to be a profitable endeavor for our club.  Combined with the 2nd annual golf ball drop and a District 5020 matching grant, we have earned enough seed money to fund back to school shopping for homeless children and scholarships for higher education.

 

 

 

 
 
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Congratulations to Gail Shaw for being named as the Chronicle's 2012 Person of the Year! The 1/1/2013 edition of the Chronicle includes a full story and several pictures of Gail from various stages of his life.

 

Gail Shaw

 

 
 
At the first annual Chehalis Rotary Golf Ball Drop on Saturday, August 18, 600+ golf balls were dropped from the Lewis County Public Works Manlift truck on the compacted dirt surface of the fairground grandstand arena.   For just a fleeting moment, it appeared to be snowing in August!  The balls that landed closest to the marker were:
1st place winner (of $1,000): Fred Rapp, 9 3/4 inches from marker
2nd place winner (of $500): Melody Bradley, 10 1/4 inches
3rd place (of $250):  Mark Schweisow, 13 inches
4th place (West Coast Bank Golf Basket): Lois Gueck, 16 inches
5th place (Security State Bank $50 Gift Certificate): Barbara Greatwood, 16 3/4 inches

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With a fresh coat of paint and many other improvements, the corn booth looked better than ever at the recent Southwest Washington Fair!   Our members, their families and friends of Rotary really stepped up to cover shifts and do all of the many chores necessary to ensure a successful operation.
 

 
 
Even though the sun was not shining, it was a beautiful day for Twin Cities Youth Football Association when the Rotary Foundation presented them with a check for $29,000.  This, along with other donations, has allowed for the work to begin on the long needed project of making the field behind Olympic School in Chehalis a community recreation site.Image
 

 
 

ImageThe Centralia-Chehalis Chamber of Commerce has announced that this year's Grand Marshals for the 62nd Annual Santa Parade will be Jim & Suzi Vander Stoep.  Both have been valuable members of our community for years and are being honored for their service.  Jim has been a rotarian for 57 years, serving as the Chehalis Rotary president in 1959-60.

 

 
 
 
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