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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 and Zoom 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
Gateway Rotary Stories
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
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.
The book drive supporting the South Sound Reading Foundation will  run until Oct 14. Books can be dropped off at Merle Norman Cosmetics, Wigs, & Day Spa (Madelin White) and Chicago Title Thurston County (Janine Ezzell). The Foundation would like new and gently used kids books, especially easy chapter books like Julie B Jones, Magic Tree House and beginning reader books as well as board books for babies.
This year we are making a financial donation option for those non shoppers. You may make your gift online at this link.
Where business professionals and community leaders come together to get great things done.
*Join us for community service, education and connecting.
*The Gateway Rotary Club of Thurston County is one of the largest Rotary Clubs in our area.
*Founded just nine years ago, Gateway now counts approximately 110 businesses, civic and community leaders among its members.
*Each of these individuals is committed to Rotary’s “Service Above Self” philosophy that drives the club’s efforts to improve our community, our nation and the world.
Our weekly events feature prominent speakers from the community on a range of topics.  (See our Meeting Speakers and Upcoming Events)
Gateway Rotary Club brings people together to do good service.
*Our members are active in the community! We are business professionals and community leaders.
*We are people who are new to Thurston County as well as long-time and native residents.
*Our weekly meetings provide great fellowship, education and networking.
There are so many ways to get involved. Let us help you get started.
*Our club meetings are not the only ways to participate.
*We host a variety of other volunteer activities, annual events, business discussions, and social events. 
This is a Group Email to Gateway Nation, and I apologize, but since we don't have a chance to meet in person, this will be longer than I would prefer it to be:
I expect this will be my last email in this role.  I hope you will be able to join us at this coming Wednesday morning’s meeting at 0700.  In addition to a fantastic program with speaker Sheriff John Snaza, we will be honoring the outgoing board, welcoming Janine Ezzell as her presidency commences, and handing out our prestigious annual awards to members of Gateway Nation.
Curt Vaniman, representing Gateway Rotary Club, on June 5, 2020, as club members delivered sandwiches and drinks to frontline workers at the Hawk Prairie Providence Health Care COVID-19 testing site. Thank you to all our frontline workers.
Past District Governor Tom Carroll was selected by the Board of Directors of Rotary International as a recipient of the 2019-20 Service Above Self Award, Rotary International's highest honor. The award recognizes those Rotarians who have demonstrated exemplary humanitarian service, in any form and at any level, with emphasis on personal volunteer efforts and active involvement in helping others through Rotary. A maximum of 150 recipients worldwide may be selected each year. 
Please join me in congratulating Tom for this well deserved honor and to thank him for his dedication and commitment to Rotary as a whole and to our Gateway community.  Thank you Tom!
Len Faucher
President, Gateway Rotary Club
Due to Covid-19, Rotary District was unable to hold the annual District Training in person. They recognize the importance of these training sessions in providing important education and information for the new Rotary year. So They have created District Training via Zoom (DTvZ) which will offer key training courses online for free on May 16th, 2020.
Attending DTvZ will not only give you some amazing training, it will also help you connect with fellow Rotarians. So while we cannot get together in person during this time, you can still be part of Rotary with Rotarians all over our district.
Fellow Gateway Rotarians,
Our club is a vivid example of how connectivity is important for our society.  Perhaps like me, you may find yourself recharged and energized through meeting fellow Gateway Rotarians at our weekly meetings.  Social distancing and adhering to guidelines provided by government officials and our medical community will hopefully flatten the curve and shorten the effects from this coronavirus pandemic.  However, that social distancing has removed the connection that each of us so desperately needs.
After careful consideration and collaboration and in following with public health directives to ensure social distancing and minimizing larger gatherings, Gateway Rotary leadership has decided to cancel all its activities through the end of March including the next two regular Wednesday meetings (3/18 & 3/25), all service projects, and the Paul Harris Dinner. 
Gateway leadership will continue to follow the advice of local, state, and federal agencies on recommended actions and will update the club accordingly if timelines are extended.  
As always, thank you for your understanding.  
Best Regards,
Len Faucher
President, Gateway Rotary Club
We Need You!  Pleasant Glade Elementary is celebrating Read Across America with a Read Aloud Day on Tuesday, March 3, 2020.  We need volunteers to read aloud for about an hour in a classroom.  It involves a brief introduction where you tell the kids about yourselves, read one or two books to the class and then a short conversation.  The kids are amazing and this is a fun experience  (kids say the darnedest things). Volunteers may bring their own books or select from a variety of books selected by the librarian.
The school is K-5.  Once signed up, I will forward your contact information to Anne Hales and she will coordinate with you and answer any questions you may have.
You may bring your favorite read aloud books. There will be a variety of books selected for each grade level if you would prefer to choose one from the PGE library. When you arrive, Anne Hales, the librarian will provide you with a list of your classes and a map.  Currently each volunteer slot is for three class visits. The schedule could be modified if a shorter time period is necessary. The hope is that the readers will have the chance to introduce themselves, read a book or two, and have a short conversation with each class. 
You can sign up at:
 Available time slots
If you have any questions, contact me.  Laurie Carroll
We welcome you to join our 2019-2020 District Governor, Mo Fritz-Roberts, at the 2020 District Training & Conference (DTAC 2020).  The Victoria Conference Centre is the destination for a great time to reconnect, reflect and share with fellow Rotarians.
You will have the opportunity to attend training sessions, hear an array of nationally recognized speakers, and most of all, get to know and share with fellow Rotarians from around our district. Come have fun with your Rotary friends and new friends as we celebrate Rotary connecting the world and look forward to the Rotary year ahead!
Click Here to go to the District 5020 Conference web page  for the conference May 15-16, 2020 in Victoria B.C.
The Annual Paul Harris Dinner celebration will be conducted on March 19, 2020. The event starts at 5:30 pm at the Hotel RL, 2300 Evergreen Park Dr SW, Olympia, WA 9850. New Rotarians to Rotary during this year will receive a discounted price of $26.50.  In addition, new Paul Harris Fellows will also be offered the discounted price.  Early registration to all other Rotarians is $35.00 (if registered and paid by January 15th).  The post January 15th price will be $40.00.
Please go to to register for the event.  The front page will ask a question on if you are a new Rotarian/Paul Harris Fellow - if yes, it takes you to the discounted registration page ($26.50 per) or if no, it takes you to the early registration page ($35.00 per).
The Service Committee and Social Committee are joining forces to make a difference for PGE children and families. This year we are helping Pleasant Glade Elementary with both their Food Drive and their Giving Tree.
Please plan on joining us at the Club Social on December 5th, 2019. We will be meeting at the River's Edge restaurant at the Tumwater Valley Golf Course from 4 - 7 pm. Please bring the canned goods and desired presents to the Social prepared to wrap!  In addition to the gifts/canned foods, we will need wrapping paper/tape/scissors/bows/name tags for the actual wrapping of the items.
If you cannot attend the Social, you can still help! Please plan on bringing cash/canned foods to any of the upcoming meetings leading up to the December Social.
Please sign up for the specific gift you would like to purchase ahead of time to avoid duplication.
Please visit here:
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to Courtney Williams.
Meeting Speakers
BBB Committee
Jul 28, 2021 7:00 AM
Brats, Brews & Bands Festival Plan
Steve Brooks, Chief of Lacey Fire District #3
Aug 04, 2021 7:00 AM
Medical/Fire Emergency Prevention and Tips
Scott Spence
Aug 11, 2021 7:00 AM
State of the City of Lacey
Upcoming Events