***As of March 17th, all Tumwater Rotary Meetings are cancelled to comply with social distancing recommendations from the CDC. ***
Weekly Meetings:
Join us on Wednesdays at 12:00 (noon) at Pellegrino's Event Center in Tumwater located at 5757 Littlerock Rd SE, Tumwater, WA 98512
Monthly Board Meetings:
Board Meetings are held the 1st Wednesday of every month from Noon to 1 PM in place of the regular monthly meeting. 
Jan: Vocational Service Month
Feb: Peace and Conflict Resolution/Prevention
March: Water and Sanitation
April: Maternal and Child Health
May: Youth Services Month
June: Rotary Fellowships Month
July: No theme
Aug: Membership and Extension Month
Sep: Basic Education and Literacy
Oct:  Economic and Community Development
Nov: Rotary Foundation Month
Dec: Disease Prevention and Treatment
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Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Vice President
Immediate Past President
Community Service
International Service
Youth Services
Programs co-chair
Youth Protection Officer

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Club Information



We meet Wednesdays at 12:00 PM
Pellegrino's Event Center
5757 Littlerock Rd SE
Tumwater, WA  98512
United States of America
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Tumwater Rotary Information
Tumwater Rotary offers annual scholarships to Tumwater School District graduates.  We offer two to Black Hills High School and two to Tumwater High School in the amount of $2,500 each, and this year two to graduates of either New Market Skills Center or Secondary Options (one each or two to one school, depending upon applications) in the amount of $1,500 each.  These can be used for college or vocational schools.
CLICK HERE for scholarship applications! 
We have also added an additional scholarship in the amount of $1,500 for the Ralph Munro scholarship.  One will be awarded to the best submission from any of the schools.
Our club values community service, and so that is worth the most points, but consideration is also given for other things such as need and quality of submission.
The applications are due to the school counselor or other appointed person at each school by April 17th. Please spread the word!
Tumwater Rotary presented the award of Business Person of the Year to Nicole Andres & Tessa Effland for their incredible work as co-founders of 4 the Love Foundation. Their giving spirits have inspired many to leverage the power and love of our community to help hundreds of kids and families in Tumwater. Thank you for all you do for our community and for embracing the Rotary way - Service above Self. 
To every member of the Tumwater Rotary, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. Without each of  you, this year would not have been possible. I want you to know that because of your generosity and kindness, you have changed my life forever, in the most deep sense.  Not only did you help me to create lifelong relationships with people from all over the globe, you have completely changed the path of my future, and created a deeply positive impact in me that I will carry every single day for the rest of my life.  I would also like to say, and I cannot stress this enough, that you, Tumwater Rotary club, are changing the world, and I am just one example of proof.  Every student you choose to sponsor for an exchange year is in turn making connections that are changing the world, and you are the fuel to that fire.  If you take anything away form my presentation, I hope it is this. 
Meaghan Callender
Charlie Hanas, a beloved Tumwater Rotarian for many years, passed away in December.  Charlie was a sweet man who did the most wonderful tributes to our veterans.  The bus stop in front of the Olympics West Retirement Inn on Trosper Road is named after him.



Charles Hanas Charles Hanas, 98, of Olympia, Washington died peacefully December 2, 2017. He was laid to rest at Olympic Memorial Gardens in Tumwater, Washington. Charles (Charlie) was born in Sayre, Pennsylvania, on May 29, 1919 Charlie joined the U.S. Army Air Corps in March 1942 as a weather observer. He served at Frobisher Bay on Baffin Island, Canada, and Tanana, Alaska, during World War II. Charlie married his wife Margaret in Sayre January 15, 1946. He was employed by the U.S. Weather Bureau in Northway, Alaska in 1946 where Margaret and their new born son Richard traveled later. In 1948 the family moved to Bethel, Alaska. During their Bethel residency, their second son, Charles, Jr., was born in Anchorage, Alaska. From there they moved to Annette Island, Alaska in 1952. On their journey to Annette, a delay of one day in Bethel saved them from being on their scheduled airline flight the next day to Anchorage, which crashed with all aboard perishing. Charlie took an assignment as Official in Charge of Canadian outpost weather stations at Resolute Bay, N.W.T., Canada, in 1956 then to Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan in 1958. He and the family returned to Annette in 1960. His final position took him to Olympia, Washington, in 1975 where he became Meteorologist in Charge of the Olympia National Weather Service Office. He retired in 1989. Charles was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret; and granddaughter, Karen Annette Hanas. He is survived by son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Susan Hanas of Anchorage, son Charles Hanas Jr. of Ketchikan; grandchildren, Richard Hanas Jr. of Anchorage, Cody Hanas of Ketchikan, and Laney Annette Hanas of Anchorage; and sister Katherine Lord of Buffalo, New York.

In November 2017, the Tumwater Rotary Club was presented with recognition from Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation.   
For club years 2016-2017, we received the following awards and recognition: 
The Presidential Citation, for having achieved several goals within each of the areas that the 2016-17. Rotary International President, Germ, challenged clubs to work towards Foundation, Membership, Service, Youth, and Public Image.
Foundation Awards;
  • Polio Contribution,
  • Every Rotarian Every year ($100/member), and over $100 Average Contribution to the Foundation/member
  • Top Three Per Capita in Annual Fund Giving, for the top three per capita giving clubs in each district. Clubs that give at least $50 per capita to the Annual Fund are eligible. 
We should be proud that our our body of work encompasses and represents what a "top tier" Rotary Club would do, and that our financial contributions do so much "God in the World".
Please read the letter from the Rotary Foundation that describes so well just how great our club is!
Deb Nickerson was named for her work in developing and growing tomorrow's leaders in the Interact Club.
Meagan Darrow was named for her work in uniting Tumwater Rotary, the Tumwater School District, and the non-profit organization TOGETHER in a Grant to reduce absenteeism in Tumwater's Middle Schools.
Meagan noted that absenteeism is down 10% in the Middle Schools and Deb added that the graduation rate was 10% higher in the High Schools.
Two new members who had an immediate impact!!
Congratulations and Thank You!
Highlight then right click on the link below to see the video (about 5 minutes)
At the recently completed Rotary International Convention in Atlanta, Rotary International announced the assemblage of $1.2 billion (USD)  in commitments over the next three years to finish the job of eradicating Polio from the earth.  At the same time the a new phrase was unveiled for this three year campaign: the "Drop to Zero".
Please view the video by highlighting the url & then right click and then click "go to":
Children getting drinking water

Every year, Bill and Melinda Gates publish an annual letter to broaden awareness and interest in key global health and development programs. This year’s Annual Letter mentioned polio among their foundation’s ongoing efforts to fight disease and inequality, specifically, the incredible progress that’s been made towards polio eradication. Melinda Gates offers these kind words to reaffirm the important role Rotary has had leading the way to a polio-free world:

“We’re awed by the teams of vaccinators who take risks to reach each child. And we’re inspired by the infinite persistence of Rotary International. They were leading this fight long before we joined it, and they’ve just kept moving forward.”

She goes on to say, “They know going from 350,000 cases to 37 is amazing, but success is zero.” Even though a handful of polio cases have been reported this year, there is a chance these are the last cases of polio in history. This June, Bill Gates will speak at the Rotary International Convention in Atlanta, Georgia, USA to discuss how we can — and will — end polio together.