Honoring those who have served the children and youth of our community
Our Kiwanis Club is probably best known in Olympia as “the club with the gardens.” Our gardens have provided our local community with tons of organic produce that is distributed to many low income families in Thurston County. In my professional work I often interact with families that are anxious for the fresh vegetables to be available each year at the food bank. Their children have tasty, healthy vegetables thanks to the hard work of our club members and many other volunteers.
This legacy as “the club with the gardens” began with an idea that club member Phil Paulsrude had in 1990. He owned property that he felt could be turned into a large vegetable plot, with the produce to be donated to the local food bank. [More]
The Capital Lakefair Royalty Court
The Capital Lakefair Royalty Court presented the program for the June 30, 2014, Olympia Kiwanis meeting. These smart, lovely ladies gave us a brief glimpse into their lives and why being a part of Lakefair is important to them. We were also delighted to hear the first public announcement of the "Grand Marshall" for this year is our own Kiwanian - Sam Reed! And, did you know, the Lakefair Queen this year is Madison Murphy - a Key Club member - from Olympia High School! (center, or third from Right in photo with Sam Reed). [More]
Olympia Parks, Art, and Recreation
Stephanie Johnson, from the City of Olympia Parks, Art, and Recreation office, spoke at the May 19, 2014, meeting of the Olympia Kiwanis Club. Stephanie described the art pieces currently located throughout the city, together with the "Vote for Art" at Percival Landing. During the month of August, the public can vote on the next piece of art the city will purchase! For more information, check out their website at:
Timberline Regional Libraries
Cheryl Heywood, Director of Timberline Regional Libraries (TRL), spoke at the May 12, 2014, meeting of the Olympia Kiwanis Club. This was an "encore" presentation for Ms. Heywood. She reminded us that the Timberline Regional Libraries serve 5 counties, a population base of 425,000 people, with 27 libraries, 314 employees and a $21 million dollar budget.
But, the basis of today's presentation was all about library RESOURCES. [More]
Implications of generational differences in recruiting new members
Pam Peters, a Human Resources Consultant, spoke at the May 5, 2014, meeting of the Olympia Kiwanis Club. Ms. Peters spoke about generational differences and what we need to know about them to recruit new members.
Millennnials - people born in 1980 or after, also known as the "9 1 1 " generation, are our new Kiwanians! They want to leave their mark on the world by working for organizations that benefit society, encourage innovation, and provide them the opportunity to expand their skills. [More]
Secretary of State Kim Wyman
Secretary of State Kim Wyman spoke at the April 21, 2014, meeting of the Olympia Kiwanis Club. Ms. Wyman stated that her three goals as Secretary of State are:
* to make it easier to do business in our state
* to modernize and simplify voter registration
* to protect and preserve our heritage and archives
Fortunately, the Corporations Division is on course with an analysis of it's computer system and is set to have a new, updated program in place in 2015. This should make it easier for businesses to operate in our state.
The original federal Help America Vote grant will expire in 2015. [More]
Olympia High School "Wired Baby" program
Katie Turkot, a teacher of sophomore health classes at Olympia High School spoke to the Olympia Kiwanis Club about their "Wired Baby" program on April 14, 2014. Each high school sophomore takes a "baby" home for a night, after receiving instructions on it's care and feeding. The "baby"(s) cost about $1,000 each, and are programmed with up to 15 different infant cycles. The baby will need to be rocked, burped, fed, and have it's diaper changed. Based on the computer within the "infant", it will register neglect, not enough neck support, shaken baby syndrome or missed care. [More]
Lots of Love as Secretary of State
Olympia Kiwanian, and former Secretary of State Sam Reed presented a program he calls - Lots of Love as Secretary of State at the March 10, 2014, meeting of the Olympia Kiwanis Club.
Sam said one thing he never anticipated when he first ran for Secretary of State, was how often he would be sued. Sam was in office for less than a day, after his first (of 3) election as the Secretary of State, when, at 2 pm, he received a lawsuit naming him as a defendant in the Washington State primary election process. This case was eventually decided at the U S Supreme Court, which gave us our current "top two" primary system!
While on a trade mission to China, the busload of Washington business delegates was giving Sam a hard time about being a "Cougar", versus a "Husky". [More]
Olympia Postmaster Dean Jack spoke at the March 3, 2014, meeting of the Olympia Kiwanis Club.
A 3rd generation postal employee, Dean Jack has been the Postmaster in Olympia since November, 2012. He reminded us that Benjamin Franklin was the first postmaster in the US. And, that the U S Postal Services handles 40% of the world's mail! While there has been a 40% decline in 1st class mail since 2007, the USPS competes with other package carriers - UPS and Fed Ex mainly - for the parcel delivery business. In the 985xx zip code, there are 5 postal stations and 257 employees. [More]
Phil Owen, director of SIDEWALK , a program of Interfaith Works whose mission is to eliminate homelessness in Thurston County was the speaker at the February 3, 2014, meeting of the Olympia Kiwanis Club.
Homelessness is down 17% in the US, since 2007. In 2013, SIDEWALK placed 170 individuals in housing. By using rapid rehousing to end homelessness - a rental assistance program that combines continued case management with rent support - the cycle of homelessness can be broken. SIDEWALK is run almost entirely by volunteers, who receive 50 hours of training before they begin their volunteer activities. [More]
Olympia Washington Center for the Performing Arts
Jill Barnes, from the Olympia Washington Center for the Performing Arts (WSPA), spoke at the November 4, 2013, meeting of the Olympia Kiwanis club. Ms. Barnes reminded us that "cultural tourists" stay twice and long and spend twice as much money in a community as regular tourists.
The current Washington Center facelift will be placed on hold for November and December so theatre goers and local shops will not have to fight with street closures and the inconvenience of the remodel during the holiday season. It will resume in January, 2014 (replacing the stucco, leaking exterior with a more weather resistant exterior). [More]
OLYMPIA ROLLER DERBY!
Our own Olympia Kiwanian Hillary Hunt led the program at the October 14, 2013, Columbus Day meeting of the Olympia Kiwanis Club.
Hillary brought with her members of the national championship OLYMPIA ROLLERS women's flat track roller derby team, as well as the coach of theUnderground Derby League. There was a brief review of the history of roller derby, a review of the rules of the game, as well as the difference between WTFDA and USARS league play.
We are fortunate to have a national championship team based right here in Olympia!
2013 Olympia Kiwanis Youth Service Grants
Jane Field and Katie Raines of GRuB
10/07/13The Olympia Kiwanis Club presented checks to four local agencies at their weekly meeting on Monday, October 7, 2013, totaling $7,500! Kiwanian Grant Committee Chair Jane Field presented the checks after the club heard a brief summary from each of the recipient agencies representatives.
Robert Coit, from the Thurston County Food Bank, accepted a check for $2,000 to be applied to the "ForKids" (fork) School Backpack Meal Program. These funds will hep to provide food to 2,900 elementary school age children and about 50 middle school children throughout the four local school districts and also at the HeadStart programs in Thurston County.
Anna Robinson, from Garden Raised Bounty (GRuB), accepted a check for $2,000 to be spent toward their education of high school at risk students. [More]
Katie Gubbe and Dayquan Williams
The Olympia Kiwanis Club honored two students for Achieving by Believing at their May 19, 2014, weekly meeting.
Olympia High School Principal Matt Grant said that Dayquan Williams and Katie Gubbe are both outstanding students who started out a couple of years ago in high school struggling. Both joined the high school GRUB (Garden Raised Urban Bounty) program, and blossomed as a result. Dayquan is now planning to attend South Puget Sound Community College, and Katie has been accepted to the Evergreen State College.
Both students testified before the Washington State Senate about what working at GRUB has meant to them - seeing how food happens from start to finish! [More]
Kiwanis Law Enforcement Youth Camp
The 2014 Kiwanis Law Enforcement Youth Camp
graduated 25 high school juniors and seniors on July 26, 2014, at the WSP Academy in Shelton. Each year, a selected group of students from throughout the Pacific Northwest are chosen to participate in a week long "police academy". They learn teamwork, leadership, discipline, and even how to make a bed (properly)! Volunteer law enforcement officials from city, county, state, and federal agencies teach the students how to join their agencies, and some of the nitty gritty of law enforcement. [More]
Harbor Days Maritime Festival & Tugboat Races
For four decades, Olympia has celebrated its long maritime heritage — and the big-shouldered working boats that made it happen — with the Harbor Days Maritime Festival and Tug Boat Races. The 41st annual festival fills the last weekend of August with a fascinating mix of seafaring, food and fun you won’t want to miss. Brought to you by the Olympia Kiwanis www.olympiakiwanis.org
As many as 15 vintage and modern tugs are expected to participate, and most will be open for tours at Percival Landing all day Saturday, August 30th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. [More]
Thurston County CANCER RELAY FOR LIFE
Ten Olympia Kiwanians (and two Kiwanis spouse - Dennis Carlson and Lars Urvina) spent 48 hours supervising the 25th Annual Thurston County CANCER RELAY FOR LIFE
booth and tents of the Olympia High School Key Club June 27th and 28th. This annual event was held at the Timberline High School track. The OHS Key Club team was one of 61 teams that raised over $310,000 for cancer research. 4 male Key Club Members and 15 female Key Club members participated in the event. [More]
Thurston County Pat Sutherland Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Awards
Tenino Police Chief John Hutchins
The Olympia Kiwanis Club hosted the Thurston County Pat Sutherland Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Awards at their June16, 2014, meeting at Tugboat Annies. Tenino Police Chief John Hutchins gave the keynote address on “Ready, Relevant, Engaged”. He stated that no matter the size of the agency, all law enforcement officers are dedicated to public safety.
Voted on by their peers to receive this award, the following officers were recognized:
Olympia Police Officer Jeff Herbig was recognized for being able to do the right thing at the right time for the right reason.
Lacey Police Officer Beverly Reinhold was recognized for her continuous efforts to prevent child sex crimes, her work towards community crime prevention, and her abilities as a detective and polygraph officer.
Tumwater Police recognized Lieutenant Jay Mason for being the consummate police officer who is hungry all the time and devours knowledge and information which he shares with others.
Thurston County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Tom Tomason was recognized for his leadership of the Civil Division and organizing and training a cadre of employees to serve warrants, writs, and evections while being respectful of people
Washington State Patrol Trooper K. C. [More]
Happy Birthday Shelton Kiwanis!
Back in 1924, the Olympia Kiwanis Club sponsored the Shelton Kiwanis Club! Eight members of the Olympia Kiwanis Club went to the Shelton Kiwanis Club's 90th birthday party on May 23, 2014. Lynn Urvina, (current president of the Olympia Kiwanis Club), spoke about the history of both clubs and their service to their communities.
Ron Pannell was named "Mr. Kiwanis" by the clubs in Division 38, for his 40+ years of service in Kiwanis in Mason County! [More]
Capital City Marathon
The Milepost 25 water stop at the Capital City Marathon on May 18, 2014, was a success thanks to the efforts of the Olympia Kiwanis Club and their main work force - Olympia High School Key Club members! This water stop sees the folks from the "5 mile fun run "(is there really such a thing as a fun run?) (484 runners), the "Half Marathon" runners (1,005 runners), and the full "26.2 Capital City Marathon" runners (274 runners).
Six Kiwanians and 15 Key Club members provided the staffing to insure these healthy runners had a fun day from 0700 to 1300. Just another way to support our community!
March of Dimes for Healthier Babies
Olympia Kiwanians Jan Britt, Jane Field, Marla Kentfield, Dave Kirk, Bob Lien, Leslie Pryor, and Lynn Urvina all helped staff the registration desk for the 75th annual March of Dimes WALK AMERICA on April 27,2013, at Heritage Park. This is one of over 800 WALK AMERICA's taking place nationwide.
The WALK AMERICA fundraising campaign raises 70% of funds raised by the March of Dimes to fight childhood and prenatal diseases and birth defect.
Our Waterfront Satellite Kiwanians also provided free hot dogs for the walkers when they returned from their 8 mile walk around Capital Lake.
Welcome, Governor Greg!
PNW Kiwanis Governor Greg Holland visited the clubs in Division 38 March 18th and 19th, 2013. Pictured speaking at the Olympia Kiwanis Club's March 18th meeting, Governor Greg reminded us that there are now a variety of types of memberships and clubs. We need find the one that will work right for our members. There is the 1) TRADITIONAL Kiwanis club, that meets every week for a meal and (normally) a speaker, there is the 2) NEXT GENERATION Kiwanis Club that may not meet very often but concentrates on service. [More]
February Achieving by Believing
Rebecca Downan was recognized at the February 11th, 2013, meeting of the Olympia Kiwanis Club for Achieving by Believing. Olympia High School (OHS) Principal Matthew Grant said that Rebecca is an incredibly inspirational student who is successful in whatever environment she is in. She is a transfer student from Ethiopia, and is also a track and soccer star at OHS. For her senior project, Rebecca chose to help 9 children in Ethiopia with school supplies so they would be able to get their education. [More]
Donation to Rosie's Place - Teen Drop In Center
At the October 22, 2012, meeting of the Olympia Kiwanis Club, President Jon Halvorson (left) presented a check for $2,893.64 to Community Youth Services Director Charles Shelan (right) for Rosie's Place - Teen Drop In Center. The money was a new fundraising effort that was part of the first annual Olympia Kiwanis Sponsorship of the Harbor Days Festival - held Labor Day Weekend each year.
Thanks to all Kiwanians and community members who bought a raffle ticket. Prizes were awarded at the September 17, 2012, meeting of the Olympia Kwianis Club, and included a $3,000 diamond necklace, donated by Panowitz Jewlers, a Kayak and a portable GPS device - donated by Cabelas Sporting Goods, and other prizes. [More]
2012 KLEYC Summary
Corporal Brent Dell-WSP and Shelton Kiwanis, Trooper Bree Barton-WSP, Sheriff Casey Salisbury-Mason County Sheriff and Shelton Kiwanis, Deputy George Oplinger - Thurston County Sheriff's Office, Lieutenant Keith Huntley-WSP and Tumwater Kiwanis, Director Mark Couey-Office of the Insurance Commissioner and Olympia Kiwanis, Trooper Robert Taylor-WSP, Jan Britt - Liquor Control Board Enforcement, Retired and Olympia Kiwanis, and Sergeant John Sager-WSP, are some of the volunteer staff that make the partnership between the Washington State Patrol and the Kiwanis Law Enforcement Youth Camp a success. Not pictured: Trooper John Field-WSP, Captain Jennifer Dzubay Liquor Control Board Enforcement and CVEO Emily Lawrence, WSP.
Twenty-seven high school juniors and seniors graduated from the 36th annual Washington State Kiwanis Law Enforcement Youth Camp at the Washington State Patrol Academy on July 14, 2012. Student Cadets came from throughout the state for 6 days to learn what a police-type academy is like. [More]
City entrance signs erected.
The Olympia Kiwanis Club and their club satellite, Waterfront Kiwanis, partnered with the local Rotary Clubs and Lions Clubs of Olympia, Washington, to provide a joint service clubs welcome to the public entering the city. Four joint signs were erected to city entrances at Mud Bay and Kaiser Road, Plum Street and Union, Martin Way by Baileys, and Black Lake Boulevard by Cooper Point Road. Now, everyone entering the city will have a reminder of the local service clubs together with information on when and where they meet!
This completed a two year effort, chaired by Olympia Kiwanian Wayne Gruen, to coordinate with the City of Olympia, local Rotary and local Lions clubs. [More]