by Jon Halvorson
Welcome to new members Mike Babauta, Olympia Branch Director of the Boys & Girls Club of Thurston County and Eli Taylor, Relationship Manager, Key Bank of Olympia! And we of course thank all those new members of the past few months for getting involved with our service projects: Ken Guza, Jeff Shaw, Tom Rainey, Ali Raad and Lindsay Pryor. I encourage all members to greet them and make them feel welcome.
Key Dates: We have a number of Service Projects scheduled for this Spring so we hope you will participate and volunteer some time to: Kiwanis Two Days of Service, Sat. May 4th Garden & Wood Crews and Sunday, May 5th Build a Bike; help our Key Club youth with Sunday, May 19th Capitol City Marathon water table, and Key Club participants in the Cancer Relay for Life, Friday, June 21st -Sat.[More]
2013 Olympia Kiwanis Youth Service Grants
Jane Field and Anna Robinson 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]
South Puget Sound Community College
Dr. Timothy Stokes, the new President of South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC), spoke at the July 29, 2013, meeting of the Olympia Kiwanis Club.
SPSCC is one of 34 community colleges in our state. It is 50 years old this year, and is undergoing a $40 million dollar construction project to rebuild the HUB building - which will be 70,000 square feet, and is the center of the college. They will also be opening a satellite campus in Lacey to better serve the needs of our east side students, especially those from JBLM.[More]
Summary of the 2013 Legislative Session
State Representatives Sam Hunt (D) and Gary Alexander (R), together with State Senator Karen Fraser (D) all met amicably at the July 22, 2013, meeting of the Olympia Kiwanis Club to give members and guests a "Legislative Summary" of the 2013 Legislative Session.
While it took longer than anyone had anticipated, a balanced budget was passed while making Washington a more attractive marketplace for job. Unfortunately, while balancing the budget, some revenue sources were transferred out of other special funds - such as public works. State employee contracts are funded so that the furlough days are gone, and a 3% pay increase that was tabled is back. In addition, there is another $1 billion dollars for K-12 education, as required by the Washington State Supreme Court.[More]
2013 Lakefair Princesses
The 2013 Lakefair Court spoke at the July 1, 2013, meeting of the Olympia Kiwanis Club. Club members felt honored to hear from these six delightful young women. We are proud to have them representing our community as ambassadors to community celebrations throughout Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia. They each spoke about what being a "princess" has meant to them, so far, and how they are learning geography, fellowship, leadership, and even some dance moves.
For more information, check out the website at: http://www.lakefair.org/, and be sure to come down to Capital Lakefair, July 17 - 21st, in Olympia.[More]
Achieving By Believing
EMILY DONALDSON from Olympia High School was recognized at the April 15, 2013, meeting of the Olympia Kiwanis Club for Achieving by Believing. Emily made a conscious decision during her sophomore year to make new friends and go in a new direction. She was also fighting the stereotype from her genius older brother. While as a sophomore she was very quiet and seemed to be in her brother's shadow.
Since then, Emily has faced challenges at home and with devastating emotional situations. Now, she has emerged as an artist and writer, rich in colors and fancy. She fills the classrooms with happiness and joy.[More]
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]