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Posted on Nov 16, 2014


Larry Pierce, Director of the Washington Youth Academy talks to Capital Rotary about the mission of the Academy.
"The mission of the Washington Youth Academy is to provide a highly disciplined, safe, and professional learning environment that empowers at-risk youth to improve their educational levels and employment potential and become responsible and productive citizens of the State of Washington".
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Posted on Nov 12, 2014


Capital Rotary wins the semi-annual Yelm Rotary bowling tournament fundraiser.
The story:  It was an exciting night in Yelm, Washington at Prairie Lanes. The Yelm Rotary Club hosted their third tournament for the Rotary Clubs in in Thurston County.  They have a Fall and Spring tournament respectively. One year ago, the Olympia-Capital Rotary Club won the first challenge by just two pins from the Hawks Prairie Club. At the Spring 2014 event, the Hawks Prairie Club handily won the tournament and captured the trophy. It goes without saying Hawks Prairie has become our nemesis, at least on the lanes.
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Habitat for Humanity

Executive Director, Curt Andino, and Marketing Director, Shanna Dutton shared their stories and talked about the new Habitat for Humanity's project on 37th Avenue in Lacey.
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Olympia Fire Department DLB 2014-10-22 00:00:00Z 0
Capital Rotary visits Mike Volz shop.  Mike specializes in restoring collectable Chrysler (Mopar) automobiles for
clients and has competed and won many awards for his restoration projects
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   Sand Hurd of Olympia talks to Capital Rotary Club on October 6 about her personal experiences with Polio.
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Posted by David Brooks on Nov 03, 2013

The new marijuana initiative approved in 2012 created a commercial retail marijuana economy in Washington State. The Liquor Control Board is tasked with establishing rules to implement the initiative. The initiative provides for marijuana producers/growers, processors and retailers. There will be 11 marijuana retailers in Thurston County that will be heavily taxed and regulated.

Lt Jay Mason of Tumwater Police Department David Brooks 2013-11-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Brooks on Oct 20, 2013

District Governor's Energizer Award Recipient Karen Johnson

Karen is our club Secretary and also the chairperson of our Community Service Committee. 

Energizer Award David Brooks 2013-10-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Brooks on Oct 20, 2013

Sandra gave an amazing presentation detailing what it takes to keep the President of the United States of America presidential wherever he travels in the world:

Around 800 people… Logistics, logistics, logistics… 3 weeks advance team prep

Transporting the “The Beast” (the presidential vehicle), helicopters and the Presidential podium

Sandra is now stateside and has worked with The Evergreen State College for four months. The Return on Investment of Evergreen graduates to the community is as follows:

$161.3M in economic impact

1,590 jobs supported

$4 generated for every state dollar invested

 US News and World Report magazine listed The Evergreen State College as the 4th Best Regional University in the West

Sandra Kaiser - Presidential Travels David Brooks 2013-10-21 00:00:00Z 0
District Governor - Pete Taylor David Brooks 2013-10-14 00:00:00Z 0
  • Youth Service recognizes the importance of empowering youth and young professionals through leadership development programs such as Rotaract, Interact, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, and Rotary Youth Exchange.
September 2013 is Youth Services Month 2013-09-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Brooks on Sep 15, 2013

Joe Kinert, an educator for 40 years, served 20 years as Director of the NewMarket Skill Center. He is now retired and is actively engaged in helping youth through Rotary Youth Programs.

RYLA - Joe Kinert David Brooks 2013-09-16 00:00:00Z 0
August is Membership and Extension month. 2013-07-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Webb on Apr 28, 2013
Reiko is was until recently the past president for the American Japanese Citizen’s League

Reiko told us about the Bon Odori festival which is a Japanese traditional summer festival that honors ancestors who have passed on, remembering all they have done in the past and celebrate their ongoing presence in life today. The Bon dance is a folk dance that depicts human activities such as digging or fishing. It will be held August 17th on Water Street in Olympia and the dancing starts at 7pm. All are welcome to participate.


Reiko Callner Mary Webb 2013-04-29 00:00:00Z 0
Amelia Reidy, Rotaract President St. Martin's Uni. Anna Powers 2013-04-22 00:00:00Z 0
Introducing our new members Erin and Margaret Margaret Tudor 2013-04-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Anna Powers on Apr 07, 2013

We were delighted to present checks to organizations we have funded in 2012 and who partnered with us to apply for Rotary District's Family Homeless Gates Grants Funds.

They are; Family Center of Thurston County represented by Shelli Slaughter, Safe Place represented by Mary Pontorolo and The Welcome Room at Madison Elementary School. 

We present checks to recipients of Gates Grants Anna Powers 2013-04-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Webb on Mar 31, 2013

 Next RI convention Lisboa, Portugal, 23-26 June 2013

Monday, April 1 is World Autism Day. One in 88 US children has an autism spectrum disorder. Learn more at www.autismspeaks.org

April 19th is Paul Harris's birthday

April is Magazine Month Mary Webb 2013-04-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Deb Bigelow on Mar 24, 2013
Tammy is the executive director for the local YWCA. Their mission statement is to “eliminate racism and empower women”. The VAW act allows federal funding for the YWCA. Safeplace had its start at the YWCA. Girls without limits and Girls Circle are two current programs that create a safe place for girls to learn about social and emotional development, foster self-esteem, and gain career awareness. They also run “The Other Bank” which provides toiletries and cleaning products essential for health and dignity. Ninety five percent of all the products are donated from the community.
Tammy Stampfli, director of the YWCA Deb Bigelow 2013-03-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Webb on Mar 17, 2013
The Prosecuting Attorney’s office handles both criminal and civil cases. They prosecute all felonies in Thurston County and any misdemeanors in the unincorporated county.
Jon Turnheim ,Thurston County Prosecuting Attorney Mary Webb 2013-03-18 00:00:00Z 0
Paul Harris Fellows at Rotary Foundation Dinner Mary Webb 2013-03-14 00:00:00Z 0
Jeanine joins the Rotoplast project to Honduras Jeanine Nordeen 2013-03-11 00:00:00Z 0
Capital Centinnial Club's 8th Birthday Party Mary Webb 2013-03-03 00:00:00Z 0
We welcome new member Marinda Panuska Miranda Panuska 2013-02-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Webb on Jan 27, 2013
Mary visited Dublin's Central club at the Hibernian Club in Dublin on 28th January. She described our club , our activities and was presented with the host club banner by the President, Sheila English
Mary Webb visits Dublin Central Rotary Club Mary Webb 2013-01-28 00:00:00Z 0
Treacy Duerfeldt presents on the Rotary Foundation Mary Webb 2013-01-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Webb on Nov 22, 2012

Children and their parents enjoyed an afternoon of crafts, singing,  fun and a visit from Santa and Mrs Claus .Many thanks to all our helpers and sponsors who made this a great, fun event for everyone.

Money raised will go to supporting projects for homeless children in the area.
Teddy Bear Tea Party Nov 2012 Mary Webb 2012-11-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Deb Bigelow on Nov 16, 2012

The Cool Jazz/Clean Water event has netted over $250,000 over the past nine years thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, door-busting attendance at the evening wine and beer events, auction donors and bidders, and donations from music-lovers throughout the community. The funds were used to build international clean water projects, buy and refurbish over 500 instruments which were distributed to four local school district music programs, and to organize and promote a youth leadership training course. The Rotary Clubs of Thurston County initiated the Cool Jazz/Clean Water Event in 2001 as a way to raise funds for an International Humanitarian Project that included water projects in Malawi Africa. 

Capital Centennial Club is delighted to be part of this event this year again, donating funds, sponsoring a gift basket and volunteering  at the event. great event for a great cause.

Cool Jazz Clean Water November 17th at the WA for Performing Arts Deb Bigelow 2012-11-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Webb on Nov 04, 2012
Jim Heath was welcomed into our club as a new member. His classification is Florist. He was a member of the Tumwater Rotary and has had 54 years of perfect attendance.
We welcome new member Jim Heath Mary Webb 2012-11-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Anna Powers on Oct 14, 2012

John  is the current Sheriff for Thurston County. His office employs 212 people and is the 6th largest region in the state. He has 84 deputies responsible for approx 260,000 people. They cover 770,000 square miles and handle 90,000 calls a year for service, which is approx 250 calls a day. Thurston County has the most fatalities in the state. The current jail is equipped for 408 individuals but is currently holding 425. They are seeing an increase in women and individuals with mental health issues becoming incarcerated. His biggest challenge is operational sustainability. He has many volunteers that assist with counseling, education and religion. The top three types of calls are for domestic violence, burglaries and property theft. The most current abused substance is prescription drugs.


John Snaza Thurston County Sheriff Anna Powers 2012-10-15 00:00:00Z 0
Port of Olympia Presentation Mary Webb 2012-10-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Webb on Sep 09, 2012
Ryan Rutledge (Hawks Prairie), Dan Jones

Dan is the founder of Thurston Talk and Ryan is the business development manager.

Thurston Talk is an on-line information source serving the Thurston County community. They have an event calendar that is free of charge. They make most of their revenue through advertising. They have an average of 50,000 viewers on their site and 21,000 Facebook followers. They have offered to write an article about the Teddy Bear Tea Party at no charge and will post it on their site a month before the event.

Dan Jones and Ryan Rutledge of Thurston Talk Mary Webb 2012-09-10 00:00:00Z 0
New member, Karen Johnson joins us. Mary Webb 2012-08-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Anna Powers on Aug 19, 2012
District Governor 5020 Judy Byron from Sydney B.C. and Assist Area Governor, Bruce Stuwe of Lacey visited our club . Judy met with the board in advance of our usual meeting and engaged directly with each officer asking them about their goals for the club in forthcoming year. She recounted her Rotary experience and talked about projects she has been involved in over the years .
 Judy inducted a returning Rotarian from PA , Karen Johnson as our newest member .
District Governor and Assistant Governor attend our meeting Anna Powers 2012-08-20 00:00:00Z 0
New Member -Jeanine Nordeen, welcomed to the club Mary Webb 2012-08-06 00:00:00Z 0
David Shaeffer, Thurston County Chamber President Anna Powers 2012-08-06 00:00:00Z 0
John Pierce - Thurston Co. PUD Anna Powers 2012-07-30 00:00:00Z 0
Capital Rotary's booth and the Mushroom Festival Mary Webb 2012-07-30 00:00:00Z 0
Bil Mc Carthy Lacey Rotary on the 5 areas or service for Rotatians Mary Webb 2012-07-23 00:00:00Z 0
Page Carter speaks about Rotary's Youth Exchange Programe Mary Webb 2012-07-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Scott Beckwith on Jun 21, 2012
Club members gathered with pupils and staff to mark the year end. Mary and Ana presented Service Above Self awards to 5th graders; Liam, Karlee and Jodie- recognizing their efforts throughout the year.
 Scott and Page presented a check for $2000 for  books. 
Celebrating Madison Elem's year end Scott Beckwith 2012-06-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rebecca Sherrell on Jun 10, 2012
Adick and Thomas tell of civil war, burnt villages, running and hiding for their lives from the age of 5 before trekking 1000km to a refugee camp in Ethiopia. For the next nine years they had  minimal food , but got an oportunity to come to America to learn English and get an education.
Lost boys- Thomas and Adick from South Sudan tell their story Rebecca Sherrell 2012-06-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Webb on Jun 03, 2012
Once again in under two hours the club packed 300 bags plastic bags for homeless children in Thurston county. Thanks to all members who participated.
Homeless Backpacking Saturday 2nd June Mary Webb 2012-06-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Anna Powers on May 20, 2012
City of Olympia Mayoral candidate and radio presenter -talked about his experience as a candidate-and he didn't miss the opportunity to interview our vice President about Rotary.
Mayoral Candidate Dick Pust talks Anna Powers 2012-05-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Webb on Apr 22, 2012
Our club will participate in a backpack pack for homeless children in Thurston County on Saturday 5th May. All members welcome to attend and help out contact Rebecca for more details
Backpack Pack for homeless children in Thurston County Mary Webb 2012-04-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Webb on Apr 06, 2012

The Club participated in the  backpack packing project  this weekend.  As you can see…over time, the backpacks have morphed into plastic bags.  In a matter of an hour and a half, our group put together over 400 bags of food for homeless children in Thurston County

Backpack Pack for Homeless Children in Thurston County Mary Webb 2012-04-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Deb Bigelow on Apr 01, 2012
On behalf of the club Deb Bigalow distributed a check to Madison Elementary for $2,000. This comprised of  $1,500 to Reading Buddies and $500 to library.
Donation to Madison Elememtary School, Olympia Deb Bigelow 2012-04-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Anna Powers on Mar 30, 2012

Members of our club went to the Rotary event in Voictoria BC. Jan participated in the Community Service, Grant writing and Service sessions while Anna participated in fund raising, club runner and youth services.


DLTA In Victoria BC Anna Powers 2012-03-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Clair Ferris on Mar 29, 2012

Clair Ferris and  David Brooks participated in the “Rebuild Thurston County” bowling event and took 1st place.  Clair plans to take target shooting practice with his trophy…it’s a guy thing!

“Rebuild Thurston County” Bowling event Clair Ferris 2012-03-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Brooks

District Governor inducts our newest member Pamela Cooke into the Club.  Pam's classification is Governmental Accountant

Newest Member - Pamela Cooke David Brooks 0