The Gateway Rotary Club Board of Directors recently approved the initial distribution of funds raised from the club’s golf tournament and the Brats, Brews and Bands Festival to community service projects.

Funds in the amount of $7,000 were provided to the Boys and Girls Club of Thurston County making Gateway Rotary Club a Presenting Sponsor.  The Gateway Rotary Club was also a co-sponsor with Olympia Federal Savings Bank for the Youth of the Year for Boys and Girls Clubs of Thurston County competition conducted at the South Puget Sound Community College on January 31, 2014.

The Gateway Rotary Club also provided a $2,500 gift to the Thurston County Rotary Water Committee (a joint committee of the nine Thurston County Rotary Clubs) to help finance a major water and sanitation project for rural villages in Guatemala.  The gift will be added to the funds raised by the local Rotary Clubs annual Cool Jazz and Clean Water Event.  The Gateway Rotary Club’s gift will bring the local funds to $15,000 which will be matched by Rotary District 5020 and The Rotary International Foundation to generate over $50,000 to bring clean water and sanitation projects to the Guatemalan Villages.  Local Rotarians will help plan, design, and train the villagers to build and operate the systems over the next two years.

Funds in the amount of $2,500 were also provided to Homeless Backpacks, an organization that is committed to ending homelessness in the local counties by giving teens the help they need so they can focus on school, go on to graduate and become contributing citizens.

Mike Beehler, the President of Gateway Rotary, expressed that giving back to the community from the fundraising projects the members of the club participate in is very rewarding.  He is looking forward to more successful fund raising efforts in 2014 so as to provide additional funds to more community organizations.