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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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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
 
 
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Club Executives & Directors
President
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Secretary
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Foundation
Community Service
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International Service
Public Relations
Membership
Youth Services
Literacy
Programs
Sergeant-at-Arms
Programs co-chair
Youth Protection Officer
 
 
TUMWATER ROTARY IN ACTION
 

TUMWATER ROTARY IS NOW A PARTNER WITH THE CITY OF TUMWATER IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD PROJECT GRANT PROGRAM.  WE SERVE AS A FISCAL SPONSOR THROUGH THE COMMUNITY MATCHING FUND.  NEIGHBORHOODS WISHING TO SEEK OUR SUPPORT SHOULD E-MAIL:  

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ARE YOU INTERESTED IN ROTARY MEMBERSHIP AND WOULD LIKE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE TUMWATER COMMUNITY?

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Hello, from Tumwater Rotary!

Tumwater

Service Above Self

We meet Wednesdays at 12:00 PM
Pellegrino's Event Center
5757 Littlerock Rd SE
Tumwater, WA  98512
United States
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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. 

Universally, community service is a way for people of all ages to come together and ignite change. People with a passion to improve themselves and others, support those in need and better their communities. But with nothing in it for themselves, what is the allure?

Debra Nickerson (far left) and the rest of the Black Hills Interact Club represent themselves with their banner at meetings.

Debra Nickerson, advisor of the Black Hills High School’s Interact Club, has been answering this question with more than just words. At 16, Nickerson was the youngest volunteer for her hometown’s Crisis Intervention Clinic. She has been involved in community service everywhere she has lived. Her long list of volunteering includes: Greenpeace in Alaska, Women’s Resource Center, Chair of Social Justice Committee at her church, Thurston Gun Sense, Sympatico Crisis Intervention Center and Black Hills Audubon for over 15 years, three of those as President. 

“I want to make a positive difference in the lives of those with whom I work and serve through my volunteer endeavors,” Nickerson shares.

Nickerson has been at Black Hills for 17 years teaching English and reading before transitioning to the position of teacher-librarian 10 years ago. She has been the advisor for the Key Club for several years and recently started an Interact Club at BHHS, partnered with Tumwater Rotary. When Tumwater Rotary was approached by TOGETHER!, it seemed only fitting that the Interact Club join in, too.

The Hub’s food Pantry after being organized after school by members of the Interact Club. (Photo Credit: Jennifer Gould)

The Interact Club, new to Black Hills only last year, is all student-directed with a helping hand from Nickerson who encourages students to bring in new ideas and create a plan to put them into action. The students have already put on bake sales, organized food bank volunteer hours and participated in several of the Tumwater Rotary events. With TOGETHER!, they tackled a new project head-on, ready for the challenge.

What is TOGETHER! doing at Black Hills? Jennifer Gould, the BHHS TOGETHER! representative explains: “Our mission is to reduce barriers to student and family success by integrating community resources with in school support systems.”

TOGETHER! has initiated something called “The Hub”, a place where students and families have access to supplies for basic needs like clothing, shoes, hygiene, food and school materials. It also supplies a place for families to access community supports for nees such as health insurance and housing. The idea started out as one-time donation and drive and evolved into setting up permanent spaces in local schools to serve the community.

At Black Hills, the Interact Club has worked with TOGETHER! to make The Hub a reality by cleaning and repainting the space, organizing supplies and actively seeking out donations not only through the school but also through the Tumwater Rotary. The Interact Club plans on taking steps to collect more donations and expanding resources for The Hub through school fundraisers and other community projects.  

Jennifer Gould is the Community School’s Program Manager at TOGETHER!, and the representative at Black Hills High School, where she works with the Interact Club.

Gould is very grateful for the effort and participation the club has put into the project. “What I love about community-school work at Black Hills is the sense of family and relationship,” she shares. ‘Students care about their school and the students who attend here.”

The Hub is helping TOGETHER! achieve their goal of bridging the gap between low-income students and academic achievement. Not only that, but it connects the school with the community, adding to the services already provided. It raises awareness for families who didn’t know they could get help from the school.

Nickerson and Gould are working to better the lives of not only people in their community, but their work is strongly impacting the thoughts of students in the club, encouraging them and getting them excited about community service.

“I want to nurture students so they can work to their full potential. Through service to others, we learn not only about the complexities of the society in which we live, but ourselves as well,” says Nickerson. “We learn humility, patience, compassion. We push ourselves to be better so we can be better for others who need us.”

The clothing closet for the Together Hub, stocked with new clothes and donations ready to be distributed.

Margy Best Richardson, community service chair for the club says, “Interact makes me aware of needs locally and globally, and teaches me how to better myself and others through simple acts of service. The Hub is inviting and a great place to get help when you need it.”

Interact and TOGETHER! have made a very obvious point of improving their communities. Community service is for all ages and a rewarding experience that teaches humility, compassion and patience. Small acts of kindness can make big impacts on those around us, which is exactly what The Hub is doing.

Anyone can help, whether you donate your time, money or clothing, TOGETHER! and the Black Hills Interact club encourage you to take the time to participate in your community.

For information about donating to The Hub, contact Black Hills High School at 360-709-7800

 
The Foundation is the $1 billion charitable arm of Rotary International. To mark the centennial, Rotary aims to raise $300 million by July 2017 for its campaign to eradicate polio and for service in communities around the world.
 
Established in 1917 with a donation of $26.50, The Rotary Foundation is dedicated to advancing world understanding, goodwill, and peace. Through grants and other resources, Rotary members develop sustainable projects that promote peace, fight disease, provide clean water, support education, save mothers and children, and grow local economies.
 
Rotary’s top priority is the global eradication of polio. Rotary launched its polio immunization program, PolioPlus, in 1985 and in 1988 became a leading partner in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative along with the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and more recently, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
 
Rotary has contributed more than $1.5 billion and countless volunteer hours to eradicate polio. Through 2018, every dollar Rotary commits to polio eradication will be matched 2-to-1 by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, up to $35 million a year. Since the initiative began, the incidence of polio has plummeted by more than 99.9 percent, from about 350,000 cases a year to less than 71 confirmed in 2015.
 
Highlight then right click on the link below to see the video (about 5 minutes)
 
 
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Speakers
SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS
May 24, 2017
What have they done & where are they going?
GAYLA GJERTSEN/ALEX WILLIAMS
May 31, 2017
Annual Financial Report to the Club
ROTARY YOUTH EXCHANGE PROGRAM
Jun 07, 2017
Bruce Studeman/Karen McCarthy/Meagan Callender
RICH SCHILTE
Jun 14, 2017
WA State Gambling Commission
KAREN McCARTHY
Jun 21, 2017
Guatemala Eco-Toilet Project
INSTALLATION OF OFFICERS
Jun 28, 2017
Led by Pat Behleer, Area 14 AG
LAKEFAIR COURT
Jul 05, 2017
Talks by Court Members
NO MEETING
Jul 12, 2017
Lake Fair Week
TBA
Jul 19, 2017
OFF SITE MEETING
Jul 26, 2017
Alaffia with Kate Cissna
NO NOON MEETING
Aug 02, 2017
Club Family Picnic at Columbus Park
TBA
Aug 09, 2017
TAMBRA DONAHUE
Aug 16, 2017
Children's Advocacy
TBA
Aug 23, 2017
HEIDI CERNIWAY
Aug 30, 2017
Tumwater Code Enforcement Officer