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]
U S Congressman Denny Heck
U S Congressman Denny Heck gave his first presentation to a service club as a member of the U S Congress after 116 days as a congressman to the Olympia Kiwanis Club on April 29, 2013. Of course, Congressman Heck is a former Kiwanian, and past president of the Vancouver (WA) Kiwanis Club!
While he has been "officially" in office for 116 days, his time in Washington D.C. started as soon as he was elected. He has had to hire a staff, find a place to live, get an office to occupy - a lottery process for offices, and receive a committee assignment all prior to being sworn into office. Receiving a committee assignment takes as much or more political manuevering than getting elected![More]
Family Education and Support Services
Lt. Jay Mason, from the Tumwater Police Department, spoke about Family Education & Support Services (FESS) at the April 22, 2013, meeting of the Olympia Kiwanis Club.
The FESS supports families in Thurston, Mason, and Lewis Counties, and provides a variety of parenting education classes. Some classes available include:
- Parenting Tools lecture Series
- Winning at Parenting
- Consider the Children - a class for divorcing parents
- Clean and Sober Parenting
- and the Voices of Children annual writing contest
For more information, check out the website at: www.familyeducationandsupport.org.
Crackers in Paradise
Dr. Thomas B. Rainey, a member of the Olympia Kiwanis Club, spoke about his latest book, Crackers in Paradise at the April 15, 2013, meeting of the Olympia Kiwanis Club.
The book contains stories and memories of Dr. Rainey's own 7 generation Florida family, who were and are cattle ranchers in the Hillsborough Country east of Tampa in Central Florida. The original "crackers", or cattle hunters (not cowboys - they weren't boys), received 1 gold doubloon for each cattle they put on a ship to Cuba - where the cattle market was both before and after the U.S.[More]
Living with an Alzheimers Patient - Bob Peck
2/11/13Olympia Kiwanian Bob Peck, spoke at the February 11, 2013, Olympia Kiwanis Club meeting about Living with an Alzheimers Patient. Dr. Peck, also the author of the book Whether to Laugh or Cry tried to take care of his wife, who suffered from Alzheimers Disease for several years. He noted that this disease discriminates, with 60% of the victims being women.
The beginning stages of Alzheimers is when experiences never get transferred from the individual's working part of the brain to the "save" or "memory" part of the brain.[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]