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  The Presidents Korner
President's Korner
10/02/16

First, I want to thank outgoing president Debra Seeman, for her leadership over the past year.  Serving in a leadership role required you to make additional sacrifices of time in order to make our club better and serve the community.  Also, I appreciate all of our board members – outgoing and the incoming members, along with our committee chairs.

I have always been interested in building things.  From a young boy in 4-H involved in woodworking, to building larger things like barns, storage sheds, garages, and even small bridges.  I’ve enjoyed teaching my boys how to use a saw and swing a hammer as well.

Maybe that’s why I was drawn to Kiwanis.  Building things.  Important things, like relationships and helping to build stronger communities seemed like a perfect fit when I was searching for a service club.  That’s why, while thinking about a theme for the coming year, BUILDING SERVICE FOR OUR COMMUNITY came right to mind.

How can we build service for our community you ask?

First, we can completely embrace the “I-Plan” which is recommended by Kiwanis International.  It includes the following:

INSPIRATION – OF EACH OTHER AND OTHERS OUTSIDE OF KIWANIS

IMPACT – MAKING REAL THINGS HAPPEN IN OUR COMMUNITY

IMAGE – MAKING SURE OUR LOGO, OUR BRAND IS OUT FOR ALL TO SEE

INVESTMENT – GIVING TIME, MONEY AND OTHER RESOURCES FOR THE BETTERMENT OF ALL

And, I’d like to add two more to this list of ‘I’ s: Over the coming year, I’ll be challenging each of you for new ideas, as well as invitations – for new guests and prospective members.

Building service for our community will of course be more than these areas of focus.  The most critical part will be your involvement and rededication to our Kiwanis mission of service.  Looking at our entire club membership, we have around a thousand years of total service.  Great experience to help make our Club excel in the coming year!


 
  Recent Programs
SafePlace Donation
10/26/15
Olympia Kiwanis President Debra Seeman, Olympia Kiwanis Raffle Co-Chairs Karen Fraser and Les Eldridge presented a check to SafePlace Director Kellie Patton at the October 26, 2015, meeting of the Olympia Kiwanis Club.  The raffle was possible thanks to the generosity of Thurston County Merchants, including Cabelas, Panowitz Jewelers, Lucky Eagle Casino, and Anthony's Restaurant as part of our annual Harbor Days celebration during Labor Day weekend each year.  This year, $2,838.21profit was raised and donated to SafePlace thanks to the raffle ticket sales efforts of our members.  SafePlace is an advocacy agency and confidential shelter for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in Thurston County.

 

Dr. Purce
Dr. Purce
Retiring TESC President - Dr. Purce
6/08/15 12:15 PM

Dr. Thomas L. "Les" Purce, the outgoing 15 year president of the Evergreen State College, spoke at the June 8, 2015 meeting of the Olympia Kiwanis Club.  Dr. Purce thanked the community for their support of this 1,000 acre college, which was before it's time when it was created to consider the ecological effects of an institution. [More]
 


Charles Shelan
Charles Shelan
Community Youth Services Executive Director
6/01/15 12:15 PM

Charles Shelan, a Past President and longtime (34 years) member of the Olympia Kiwanis Club spoke at the June 1, 2015 club meeting. Charles will be retiring the end of July from Community Youth Services after a 36 year career there as their Executive Director.

Originally called the Thurston Youth Services Society, there was confusion that this was the “correctional” institution for youth in Thurston County. Once the name was changed to Community Youth Services – AKA CYS - this private, non profit organization was able to continue it’s mission to work across the continuum of care for children youth and families.

Charles remembers a bumpy, but productive, career with CYS. [More]
 


 
  Achieving By Believing
Andrew Hughes, a senior at Olympia High School was recognized at the May 16, 2016 meeting of the Olympia Kiwanis Club for Achieving by Believing.    Andrew's parents, and his teacher Ryan Garrett were present to honor Andrew, who was voted by his class as the "MOST SPIRITED" student for the class of 2016! Andrew is a flag waver at the OHS football games and waves and parades a flag whenever the team makes a score.  He also plays in and coaches for the unified sports basketball league and volunteers as a reader at two local grade schools.  As his teacher Ryan Garrett said, "Andrew has a good attitude and believes in himself and the people around him."
Andrew was presented with a certificate and $25 Amazon gift card.
 

 
  NewsWorthy
YMCA Safe Kids Day
Bud Blake, Jan Britt, Lucille Carlson, Linda Myhre Enlow, Bob Lien, Victor Minjares, Linda Oosterman, Dave Peeler, Dan Seachord, and Tawni Sharp from the Olympia Kiwanis Club all participated in the South Sound YMCA's Safe Kids's Day on April 25, 2015, at the Briggs YMCA.  Thanks to the Safe Kids Foundation's donation of bicycle helmets and the help of our Olympia High School Key Club members, helmets were fitted and distributed, for free, to over 60 children.  Just one more way to make a difference and improve the world!


 

 


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