Kimberley Bauman, Designated Broker of Sound Advantage Realty in Olympia, Washington, a member of Gateway Rotary and the Thurston County REALTORS® Association, organized a community bike ride named the Tour de Lacey. Tour de Lacey conducted on July 9, 2016 is an organized ride that begins and ends at Huntamer Park in Lacey, Washington. The reason this fun filled ride was created was to raise much needed funds to support the Boys and Girls Clubs of Thurston County and to increase awareness of the amazing parks and trails in Lacey and the surrounding areas.  The National Association of REALTORS® and the Boys and Girls Clubs recently joined forces in an effort to strengthen communities and support the country’s youth.  Kimberley noted that, “these two outstanding community organizations really came together to make this a great event.”
 
Many members of Gateway Rotary and the Thurston County REALTORS® Association volunteered to help the event go smoothly.  Michelle Wickett of Axia Home Loans is the current president of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Thurston County and also a member of the Thurston County REALTORS® Association.  Michelle was excited for the opportunity for these two organizations to join forces and provide the volunteers to make this event such a success.  She was very appreciative of everyone’s participation and the monies raised for the local Boys and Girls Clubs.
 
Jerry Wilkins, President of the Thurston County REALTORS® Association and also a Gateway Rotary member, said, “We are proud to partner with Gateway Rotary and the local Realtor® association. This partnership will have a significant impact toward providing support to the local Boys and Girls Clubs.  It was really nice to see the readiness of Rotarians and REALTORS® to come out and support this initial event.  We are looking forward to an even greater event next year.”
 
Tour de Lacey also featured "Safety Town", which was a closed course for small children with balance bikes, training wheels, or simply new to riding. In "Safety Town" children learned about road safety, cycling safety and also received a helmet fitting.