by Lynn Urvina
2/01/14We have many different ways to invest in our future, and the future of the community we live in. Several of those possibilities have been highlighted for us at recent Kiwanis meetings and events. The most obvious has been our Key Club members that are currently preparing to attend their DCON or District Convention. This convention is a major focus of their Key Club year, where training and leadership skills are taught, alongside opportunities to mingle with like minded, service oriented youth.
The District Convention is an expensive endeavor, and our Key Club members have raised funds in a variety of ways. [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]
Achieving by Believing
Gustova “Gus” Marquez was recognized at the February 10, 2014, meeting of the Olympia Kiwanis club for Achieving by Believing! OHS Principal and Olympia Kiwanian Matt Grant introduced Gus, a 19 year old senior, to the club. Gus believes in himself and others, and moved to OHS in September, 2013, to complete his senior year. While Gus had struggled to get through high school in another district, after moving into an alternative school, he was able to get caught up with other students. Now, he believes in himself and others, and is assisting counseling other kids from domestic violence homes. He is encouraging, caring and compassionate, and should have been a (OHS) “BEAR” all along. [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]