Gateway Rotary Club - Thurston County

Board of Directors
President Elect
Vice President
Director Youth Services
Immediate Past President
Sergeant at Arms
Club Administration
Club Service Chair
Foundation Chair
Membership Chair
Public Relations
Vocational Service
Gateway - Panorama

Chairman – Jim Olson

Secretary – Gregory Miller


Meeting Information


When – 1st and 3rd Monday of each month

Time – 11:30 a.m.

Where –


     Seventeen51 Restaurant & Bistro


     1751 Circle Lane SE

     Lacey, Washington 98503


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Gateway Rotary Information

Welcome to the Gateway Rotary Club's website!


Rotary: Making a Difference

We meet Wednesdays at 7:00 AM
O'Blarney's Pub & Restaurant
4411 Martin Way E
Olympia, WA  98516
United States
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Gateway Rotary Contact Information

The mailing address for the Gateway Rotary Club is:


Gateway Rotary Club
1401 Marvin Road NE, Suite 307, PMB 404
Lacey, WA 98516



Gateway Rotary Stories
10.18.17 - Weekly Membership Meeting
If Gateway Rotary is to be considered a dynamic, youthful, and growing club, one of our newer members demonstrates why.
Nate Peters is currently the manager for St Martin’s Annual Giving Program. This role at St Martin’s has been achieved before Nate was thirty years old.
Robert Coit, Rotarian and Executive Director of the Thurston County Food Bank, joined us to describe the first Compassionate Community Project for the City of Lacey.  A new food bank location, which will add a fresh food market and the GRuB Victory Garden is in the works for the Tanglewilde area.
The Rotary Club of Gateway-Thurston County installed its new Board of Directors on June 28, 2017. They are: President: Jeff Ott; President-Elect: Kimberley Bauman; Vice President: Len Faucher; Treasurer: Sherry Jennings; Secretary: Janet Jansen; Director of Youth Service: Maghan Goldenberger; and Past President: Eric Rowe.
Chairpersons for the upcoming year are: Administration: Christine Forrey; Service Projects: Doug Maj; Membership: Madelin White; Public Relations: Trudy Soucoup; Literacy: Laurie Carroll; Vocational: Grace Kendall; and Foundation: Janine Ezzell.
During the installation dinner the following awards and special recognition were presented: Rotarian of the Year: Doug Mah, President’s Award: Kathleen Thomas, and the Service Above Self Award: Jerry Wilkins.
Welcome as a new member of the Gateway Rotary Club.  In your initial packet, you should have received a statement for your initial dues.  The fiscal year for us is July 1 to June 30 and your dues are pro-rated depending on when you joined the club. You can pay by credit card by clicking on the below link and entering your owed amount. You may also send a check payable to: Gateway Rotary Club. You may deliver the check to Treasurer, or, mail the check to:

Gateway Rotary Club – Thurston
PMB 404
1401 Marvin Rd., NE, Suite 307
Lacey, WA 98516

Secure payment with credit card or PayPal is provided below. 


On June 16, a group of enthusiastic Gateway Rotarians lent a hand at the Pleasant Glade Elementary Field Day. Tom & Laurie Carroll, and supporter Scott Michie helped the kiddos have a great time outside celebrating the end of the school year and get some good outdoor activity.
Thanks for coming out and helping Gateway Rotary support our local schools.  
Gateway Rotarian Tom Carroll was installed as the Rotary District 5020 Governor for 2017-18 during the District Conference at the Clearwater Resort on May 6, 2017.  Members from Gateway Rotary attended the DLTA and Conference activities to include the installation dinner.
Set Up/Tear Down and Front Table Duty Roster 
Please arrive at 6:30 am to have everything set up by 6:45. Remember to put everything away after the meeting.

You are responsible for the Set Up/Tear Down and Front Desk. If for any reason you are not able to attend, please find someone to take your place and let Christine Forrey (360) 338-0925 of the change.

The Gateway Rotary Board of Directors voted at their March 7, 2017 meeting to return the general Wednesday morning meeting location to O'Blarney's Pub & Restaurant, 4411 Martin Way E, Olympia, WA 98516.  The meetings at the new location will begin on Wednesday, March 22, 2017.  So mark your calendars to begin attending the Gateway Rotary meetings at 7:00 a.m. at the new location.

Over thirty Gateway Rotary members and sailors from the USS Olympia made quick work of bagging over 800 bags for Homeless Backpack on Saturday, January 28th.  Doug Mah, the organizer for the event was extremely delighted by the turnout and successful day. About twenty Gateway members and the ten sailors enjoyed breakfast at O’Blarney’s Irish Pub prior to arriving at Homeless Backpacks. It was noted by Homeless Backpacks to be the largest group ever for them for a bagging session.

Kimberley Bauman, Designated Broker of Sound Advantage Realty in Olympia, Washington, a member of Gateway Rotary and the Thurston County REALTORS® Association, organized a community bike ride named the Tour de Lacey. This fun filled ride was created to raise much needed funds to support the Boys and Girls Clubs of Thurston County.  On November 30, 2016, Kimberley and Michelle Wickett of Axia Home Loans, the current president of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Thurston County and also a member of the Thurston County REALTORS® Association and the Gateway Rotary presented a check for $2,000 to Katya Miltimore, Executive Director, Boys and Girls Clubs of Thurston County.

Jim Olson, a longtime Lacey resident, was inducted as a new member into the Gateway Rotary satellite club at Panorama on October 17, 2016.  The District 5020 Governor, Joanne Croghan, assisted Tom Carroll with the induction of Jim.  Joanne presented her experiences this last year as the District governor as the guest speaker. Jim Olson has been involved in Rotary for many years.  He and his wife Jean have been very involved in local community volunteer services and after a brief break from Rotary, Jim is excited to get back involved.  He is looking forward to helping the Panorama satellite club grow and flourish. Welcome Jim and Jean Olson.
The Gateway Rotary Foundation is a member of AmazonSmile! AmazonSmile is a program on that gives a percentage of purchases to a designated non-profit.
Use Amazon Smile for Online Christmas Shopping by going to and select Gateway Rotary Foundation as your beneficiary, then when you shop, Gateway Rotary Foundation gets a percentage of every sale, at no cost to you! Be sure to tell everyone you know!
The money raised by Gateway Rotary Foundation goes directly to helping the local charities selected by the Gateway Rotary Club and the Gateway Rotary Foundation. Recently these included the Boys and Girls Club, Community Youth Services, Homeless Backpack, TOGETHER! and ShelterBox USA.
A new Rotary club recognized as the Gateway - Panorama Rotary Club conducted their installation meeting on July 18, 2016. Tom Carroll, District Governor Elect, presided over the installation ceremonies for the new Gateway Rotary satellite club. The new chapter meets at 11:30 a.m. on the first and third Monday each month at the Seventeen51 Restaurant & Bistro in the Panorama facility. Bill Seelye the new club’s Chairperson expressed his appreciation for all of the support in getting the club started. He is looking forward for the members to get involved in community programs and share friendship during their meetings. The new club is starting out with twelve new Rotary members. Rose Bowman of Centralia and the immediate Past District Governor welcomed the new club into Rotary and stated that this is the first satellite club in the Rotary district. She is excited to see Rotary grow under this new concept.
Kimberley Bauman, Designated Broker of Sound Advantage Realty in Olympia, Washington, a member of Gateway Rotary and the Thurston County REALTORS® Association, organized a community bike ride named the Tour de Lacey. Tour de Lacey conducted on July 9, 2016 is an organized ride that begins and ends at Huntamer Park in Lacey, Washington. The reason this fun filled ride was created was to raise much needed funds to support the Boys and Girls Clubs of Thurston County and to increase awareness of the amazing parks and trails in Lacey and the surrounding areas.  The National Association of REALTORS® and the Boys and Girls Clubs recently joined forces in an effort to strengthen communities and support the country’s youth.  Kimberley noted that, “these two outstanding community organizations really came together to make this a great event.”
Many members of Gateway Rotary and the Thurston County REALTORS® Association volunteered to help the event go smoothly.  Michelle Wickett of Axia Home Loans is the current president of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Thurston County and also a member of the Thurston County REALTORS® Association.  Michelle was excited for the opportunity for these two organizations to join forces and provide the volunteers to make this event such a success.  She was very appreciative of everyone’s participation and the monies raised for the local Boys and Girls Clubs.
Jerry Wilkins, President of the Thurston County REALTORS® Association and also a Gateway Rotary member, said, “We are proud to partner with Gateway Rotary and the local Realtor® association. This partnership will have a significant impact toward providing support to the local Boys and Girls Clubs.  It was really nice to see the readiness of Rotarians and REALTORS® to come out and support this initial event.  We are looking forward to an even greater event next year.”
Tour de Lacey also featured "Safety Town", which was a closed course for small children with balance bikes, training wheels, or simply new to riding. In "Safety Town" children learned about road safety, cycling safety and also received a helmet fitting.

Over fifteen members of Gateway Rotary plus guests participated in a Homeless Backpack Bagging Party on Saturday, April 23, 2016.  A few of the participants attended a early morning breakfast prior to the event.  As the saying goes, “Many hands make quick work” as over 725 bags were stuffed in about an hour.  Homeless Backpacks is a non-profit corporation committed to ending homelessness, by giving teens the help they need so they can focus on school, go on to graduate and become contributing citizens. Many thanks to Gateway Rotary member Corinn Wohl for organizing this event. A lot of fun was had by all.

Meeting Speakers
Doug Mah, Service Committee Chair
Nov 01, 2017
Service Committee Day: "Where does your BBB fundraising go?"
Janine Ezzell, Foundation Committee Chair
Nov 08, 2017
Rotary Foundation Day
Tom Carroll, Rotary District Governor
Nov 15, 2017
Rotary District 5020 Presentation
Nov 22, 2017
Thanksgiving Eve
Antonio McClinon
Nov 29, 2017
Unified Sports, Olympia and North Thurston
Dr. Raymond Moeller
Dec 06, 2017
Anti Aging Medicine, Kicking off Rotary's Disease Prevention and Treatment month
Aaron Everett, Director
Dec 13, 2017
Governor's Office of Regulatory Innovation and Assistance
Dr. Brian Joseph, Veterinarian
Dec 20, 2017
Washington State Department of Agriculture
Dec 27, 2017
Holiday Week
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