As we round out the Centennial Year for Kiwanis International, I am not surprised that Kiwanis International has survived for 100 years. The passion and commitment of its members to serve their community is what makes Kiwanis a living, breathing organization and not just a charter filed away in archives in Detroit, Michigan. I am guessing that the needs of children in our community have not changed in the last 100 years – they still need support for food, clothing, shelter, and education. But how does our Club best provide this support, in modern times, and into the next 100 years?
My goal this year is to help our club understand how we can create sustainable practices that enable us to serve for the next 100 years.
What will our club need to survive the future, no matter what our future looks like? Without MEMBERS and FUNDING we cannot serve our community. [More]
10/26/15Olympia 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.
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]
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]
Olympia High School Principal, and Olympia Kiwanian Matt Grant introduced the club to November's Achieving by Believing student - Brady Ritter at the November 24, 2014, meeting of the Olympia Kiwanis Club.
Together with OHS English teacher Deb England, Brady was described as:
"Persistent, resilient, and a student who represents Olympia High School in the best way. Brady has worked hard to become a part of Olympia High School. He is the team manger of the Women's Basketball Team. He is hardworking and persisted, well organized and honest." [More]
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!