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Board of Directors and Committee Chairs
President Elect
Vice President
Director at Large
Sergeant-at-Arms (Director)
Immediate Past President
Club Administration Committee Chair
Foundation Committee Co-Chair
Foundation Committee Co-Chair
Literacy Committee Chair
Membership Committee Chair
Club Service Committee Chair
Public Relations Committee Chair
Vocational Committee Chair
Social Committee Chair
Youth Services Committee Chair
Youth Protection Officer

Serve to Change Lives

We meet In Person
Wednesdays at 7:00 AM
O'Blarney's Pub & Restaurant
4411 Martin Way E
Olympia, WA 98516
United States of America
(360) 791-6255
In Person or via our Facebook livestream every Wednesday at 7:00 am
Welcome to Gateway Rotary Club - Thurston
Gateway Rotary Club members are community leaders in Thurston County ranging across all sectors of business from nonprofit to higher education, real estate to finance. The club meets weekly to discuss community service projects and events, network amongst each other, and learn from industry leaders on community-specific news. Gateway Rotary provides members an opportunity to get involved through both local and worldwide service efforts. 
Mailing Address:
1401 Marvin Road NE 
Suite 307, PMB 404 
Lacey WA 98516
Let us know if you are interested in attending a meeting as a guest. Click Here and we will respond to you with additional information.
Gateway Rotary Stories
The Rotary Foundation and our Rotary District provide scholarships to develop emerging leaders who are seeking funding for graduate studies toward a Rotary area of focus or peace fellowship. The District Scholarship Committee needs your help with identifying outstanding candidates for these scholarships! Applications are due January 15th, 2022.
For more information, check out the committee website and YouTube video linked below.
Our Rotary District is challenging clubs to sign up more members for Rotary Direct. Clubs with the highest percentage of members signed up for Rotary Direct as of May 1, 2022, will be eligible to win one of three cash prizes that the club can use towards a local or international club project. 
First prize: $2,500  
Second Prize: $1,500  
Third Prize: $500
Rotary Direct is Rotary's recurring giving program, and it's easy, fast, and secure! For as little as $10, you can schedule a monthly, quarterly, or annual donation that empowers Rotarians to change lives in communities around the world.  Set up a MyRotary account on the RI website and then click on donate to set up your donation, or call the Rotary Contact Center at 866-976-8279.
This holiday season, Gateway Rotary is adopting two low-income single parent families in Lacey! Help make their holiday extra special by donating a gift from their wish lists (click here).
Bring gifts (unwrapped, or wrapped and labeled) to Wednesday's club meeting, arrange a pick-up time with Sylvia, or attend the upcoming Adopt-a-Family Gift Wrapping Party on Monday, December 20th at Sylvia's house (7529 Mazama St SW, Olympia, WA 98512) from 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm. Dinner, drinks, and gift wrapping supplies will be provided! Click here for more details about the event. Sylvia must collect all gifts by Sunday, December 19th or at the party the following day.
RSVP to Sylvia (360-878-6970 or for the gift wrapping party.
Mark your calendar - Volunteers are needed to help prep for the assembly of Thanksgiving Baskets. Please join us at the Lacey Food Bank, on Wednesday, November 17, at 6:00 pm to help to prep and bag "hardy produce" such as apples, potatoes, and onions.
Each year, the Thurston County Food Bank prepares and distributes more than 3,000 holiday meal boxes/ kits for families in need. The Thanksgiving meals include turkey or chicken, and all the ingredients for a traditional Thanksgiving meal including stuffing, potatoes, gravy, pies, and treats. The Food Bank needs our help to prep and bag "hardy produce" such as apples, potatoes, and onions. 
We're looking for at least 20 volunteers to get this work done. No advanced training required to volunteer. This is a good volunteer event to bring teens to help. Food Bank Staff will be present to assist.
Let me know if you have any questions.
- Doug, Service Committee Chair
It's time for the annual Gateway Rotary Book Drive. During October we will be collecting new and gently used books for South Sound Reading Foundation. Baby board books, easy readers, chapter books or your favorite young adult book are all appreciated. Also, consider putting a box with the attached flier in your place of business, maybe co-workers have books they would like to donate. Bring your books to any club meeting in October. 
Don't have extra books around? Why not donate cash using the link below?
Now get out and get some books!
Laurie Carroll
Peggy Williams
Rotary Club of Gateway – Thurston County
Club Presidents and Award History
Club Presidents
President’s Award
Rotarian of the Year
Service Above Self
Tom & Jerry Award
Tom Carroll
Mike Robbins
Jerry Wilkins
Joan Keller
Jerry Farmer
Tom Carroll
Lowell Gordon
Al Eckroth
Angelique Anderson
Tom Carroll
Mike Beehler
Amanda Carroll
Joel Birchman
Martin McElliott
Andrew Barkis
Jonathan Sprouffske
Doug Mah
Kim Bauman
Graeme Sackrison
Martin McElliott
Jerry Farmer
Jonathan Sprouffske
Janine Ezzell
Mike Bell
Tim Braniff
Eric Rowe
Kathleen Thomas
Doug Mah
Jerry Wilkins
Patrick Davidson
Jeff Ott
Laurie Carroll
Lowell Gordon
Kim Bauman
Nate Peters
Mike Jones
Troy Kirby & Nathan Mcgee
Jim Mack
Len Faucher
Crystal Zabala & Bill McGregor
Tom Carroll
Megan Schoor
Madelin White
Janine Ezzell
Megan Schoor
Mike Leonard
Mike Jones
Len Faucher
Amanda Vey
Distinguished Service Award (New 2021)
2021 Jerry Wilkins
Spirit of Service Award (New 2021)
2021 Nita Sell
Four-Way Test Award (New 2021)
2021 Sylvia Davenport &
Marnee Obendorff
Honorary Gateway Rotarian (New 2021)
Bill McGreagor
A year has slipped away from us due to COVID.  Gateway Rotary was not able to host 'BBB' {BRATS BREWS & BANDS} our annual fundraiser last year.  But we are on for this year and the date is set at September 11, 2021.
We are writing to ask you for your sponsorship support this year: NOW!   Please.  And thank you for your support in the past@!  Any investment made in BBB & Gateway Rotary was invested straight back into the community.  Can we count on your support for this year?
Displayed is the updated 2021 BBB Sponsorship form outlining the various sponsorship levels.  
Let me know if I can facilitate anything more for you.  Thank you for any consideration. 
Hereafter is a short list of the charities we have supported through our BBB event in years past:  'Big Brothers Big Sisters', 'Boys/Girls Club', 'Family Education & Support Services', 'GRUB/Victory Farmers', 'Homeless Backpacks', 'Little Red Schoolhouse', 'Morningside', 'Thurston County Food Bank', 'TOGETHER' & the 'YMCA'.  YOUR SPONSORSHIP DOLLARS GO STRAIGHT TO THESE CHARITIES & OTHERS TOO.
We hope to be successful and host a fabulous event with multiple bands playing on multiple stages in The Hub & Huntamer Park on September 11, 2021.  We also hope to raise lots of money for the communities surrounding the Lacey, Olympia, Tumwater area at the same time.  Please consider us and our ask for local charities in the form of sponsorship 2021.  Thank you.
Ed Schlich
Sponsorship Facilitator for BBB (Beers Brats & Brews)
Gateway Rotary
Lisa McLean and Daniel Pailthorp to speak on August 25, 2021, on Washington State Redistricting Commission.  Detailed census data has been received! The redistricting process can begin! Come hear about the process and what the results of the 2020 Census indicate about the changing demographics of Washington and Thurston County and the re-balancing of congressional and legislative districts.
As part of the Gateway Rotary Club’s Major Project, volunteers help staff and support Lacey’s Food Bank and Farm Stand on the third Saturday of the month in August, September, and October.  Pictured above are this month’s volunteers, Megan Schoor, Troy Oliver, Ed Schlich, Nita Sell, and Doug Mah.  Their participation is truly appreciated. The Farm Stand provides fresh produce to Food Bank families and clients. Produce is grown locally by the Olympia Kiwanis Club and other partner farms.  This is a fun and an easy service project for our community.  Volunteers are needed to stock crates and items, helping clients, site cleanup.  No advanced training required to volunteer.  Food Bank Staff will be present to assist.  Please contact Doug Mah.
Gateway member Chief Steve Brooks, Fire District 3, provided an update to the club on August 4, 2021.
Every week until the BBB on Sept. 11, 2021, we will be having a new article in Thurston Talk, both highlighting Gateway members, what we do in the community, and advertising the BBB.
Would you be so kind as to share these articles on your social media and with friends? Not only can it help drive BBB ticket sales, but also showcase the impact that Gateway has in the greater community overall throughout the year.
Please note that nothing like this is done in a vacuum, as there was a great team of Gateway members who stepped up to collect certain parts of these articles so that we represented the greater club as a whole.  
Thanks,  Troy Kirby
Gateway article No. 1 in Thurston Talk
Gateway article No. 2 in Thurston Talk
Gateway article No. 3 in Thurston Talk
Gateway article No. 4 in Thurston Talk
Gateway article No. 5 in Thurston Talk
Gateway article No. 6 in Thurston Talk
The Rotary Club of Gateway-Thurston County, which meets at the O'Blarney's Irish Pub at 7 a.m. on Wednesdays, installed its new Board of Directors during a special installation ceremony on June 24, 2021. They are: President: Amanda Vey; President-Elect: Nate Peters; Vice President: Megan Schoor; Treasurer: Michael Jones; Secretary: Jerry Wilkins; Sergeant-at Arms: Lowell Gordon; Director: Diana Cockrell; and Past President: Janine Ezzell.
Committee Chairpersons for the upcoming year are: Administration: Diana Cockrell; Service Projects: Doug Mah; Youth Service: Nathan Magee; Membership: Shannon Glen; Public Relations: Troy Kirby; Literacy: Laurie Carroll; Vocation: Mark Arras; Social: Sylvia Davenport; and Foundation: Nita Sell and David Hemenway.
During the installation meeting, the following awards and special recognition were presented by outgoing President Janine Ezzell:
Distinguished Service Award - Jerry Wilkins
President’s Award - Megan Schoor
Rotarian of the Year Award - Mike Leonard
Service Above Self Award - Mike Jones
Four Way Test Award - Marne Obendorf
Four Way Test Award - Sylvia Davenport
Spirit of Service Award - Nita Sell
We are looking for Rotarians interested in doing a little volunteer work on Wednesday, June 30, 2021, between 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm at Lacey's Food Bank.  
Please plan to spend a couple hours after work bagging produce, sorting items, and fun Rotarian fellowship - all to help the Thurston County Food Bank.  TCFB needs our help with a few different bagging/sorting projects at the Lacey Food Pantry on Martin Way East. Volunteers must wear masks and closed-toed shoes.
Volunteers will be packing produce bags (sorting and bagging produce) and sorting through nonperishable donations. No tools needed!  Please use the links below to register and sign up. 
We look forward to celebrating the first day of  COVID-19 "reopening" by spending a little time volunteering for a good cause.
Contact Doug Mah or Megan Schoor if you have any questions.
Here is the link to the event page with more information (with sign-up link):
Recently, Grace Kendall, owner of Fast Sign, purchased twenty boxed lunches and Curt Vaniman and Mike Leonard delivered the lunches to the workers at the Providence Health COVID-19 test site.  This "mini" project was completed as a Gateway Rotary Service Project. 
This was the second time Gateway Rotarians have pooled resources to donate boxed lunches to the frontline workers at the test site.  It was done to recognize the importance of their job and the personal sacrifices these workers are making for our community (recalling the flood of test being conducted before and during the Thanksgiving holiday). 
A big thank you to Grace, Mike, and Curt for modeling "Service above Self" and representing the Gateway Rotary Club.
Our club has earned the Rotary Platinum Citation, the most significant award a Rotary club can achieve, for 2019-20. During a year that was challenging for many Rotarians around the world, our club demonstrated a commitment to achieve its goals, which ultimately helps strengthen Rotary and shape our future.
The power of volunteers is incredible. Thurston county charity groups, students and volunteers united in an effort to house the unhoused in the Olympia community. Lacey, Olympia and Gateway Rotary clubs, Community Youth Services’ Youth Build and the Olympia Union Gospel Mission partnered in a construction project and built five tiny new homes.  The genesis of the project was with an application submitted to local Rotary club members proposing the idea of building the tiny homes for the homeless. Each year, Rotary clubs review such proposals requesting support. The Youth Build program with Community Youth Services proposed the tiny home project and was selected as the recipient of Rotary’s financial assistance. With funding from three different Rotary clubs and matching funds from the Rotary district level, Youth Build began their construction project at the New Market Skills Center in Tumwater with a total of $21,000.00.
Meeting Speakers
Mary Hall, Thurston County Auditor (via Zoom)
Jan 19, 2022 7:00 AM
Election Security and Preventing the Spread of Disinformation
Ramiro Chavez, Thurston County Manager (via Zoom)
Jan 26, 2022 7:00 AM
Thurston County Storm and Winter Weather Preparedness
Jerry Farmer
Feb 02, 2022 7:00 AM
Radio Industry in Thurston County
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