Posted by Jerry Wilkins on Nov 18, 2019
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.
December Social & Pleasant Glade Service Project! Jerry Wilkins 2019-11-18 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jerry Wilkins on Nov 14, 2019
Whether you are a newer member to Gateway Rotary Club or a long-time Rotarian, you can participate in the Rotary Foundation Month activities! Every gift to the Rotary Foundation transforms your gifts into service projects that change lives both close to home and around the world. For more information, visit Thank you to those that have made gifts already!
To inspire our club members to participate, The Foundation Committee is excited to announce the below fundraising opportunities now through the end of the month:
  • $25 gift = Candy Bar | Select a candy bar of your choosing for making a gift of $25 or more to the Rotary Foundation. A gift of $25 makes you an Every Rotarian Every Year donor.
  • Give $100, Get 100 | For every $100 gift to the Rotary Foundation, you become a Sustaining Member donor of the Foundation (and will receive a blue sticker for your name tag) and your gift will be matched dollar-for-dollar for Paul Harris Fellow points up to 100 points. This will get you to your next Paul Harris Fellow level much quicker.
You may make a gift online at after creating your own profile on Rotary International online here. You can also make out a check to “The Rotary Foundation” and deliver it to Nate Peters or Club Treasurer Mike Jones to be sent in.
November is Rotary Foundation Month Jerry Wilkins 2019-11-14 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jerry Wilkins on Nov 03, 2019
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).
Annual Paul Harris Dinner - March 19, 2020 Jerry Wilkins 2019-11-03 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jerry Wilkins on Oct 22, 2019
Join us for the October Young Professionals Rotaract Club meeting this Wednesday, Oct. 23, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in Harned Hall 110. The program topic is leadership and management presented by Ramiro Chavez, county manager for Thurston County. Ramiro leads a large, complex local government agency with many employees. We'll have food and a drawing for prizes!

The Rotaract Club members will be joining the Gateway Rotarian for the Pin for Polio event at O'Blarney's Irish Pub on Thursday, Oct 24 starting at 4 p.m. $2 per pint will be donated toward the Rotary International PolioPlus initiative for eradicating the Polio disease. Hope you can join us!

The Saint Martin's Young Professionals Rotaract Club is sponsored by the Gateway Rotary Club of Thurston County. Gateway Rotarians are welcome to attend all monthly programs. In this partnership, Gateway provides annual funding and speakers. Saint Martin's helps introduce Rotary to younger professionals through meeting attendance, service projects and professional development.
October Young Professionals Rotaract Club events Jerry Wilkins 2019-10-22 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Laurie Carroll on Aug 30, 2019
September we celebrate literacy and basic education, one of the six areas of focus for Rotary. Did you know that 1 in 3 American children start Kindergarten without the skills they need to learn to read? Developing literacy skills early makes it easier for kids to learn to read.  Reading aloud is the single most important activity leading to language development, sound and letter recognition, understanding of how stories work, vocabulary, and the ability to listen. 
Once again we are having a book drive, collecting new or gently used books for ages birth to high school.   These books will be donated to the South Sound Reading Foundation.  ( Their mission is to ensure that all children and families have access to books.  They are most in need of board books for babies, beginning readers (level and easy chapter books), Spanish and bilingual books and high quality non-fiction. 
So Gateway Rotarians, start cleaning out your kid’s books,  pick up books while you are at the store,  visit a garage sale, and purchase all the kids books you can find or put a box in your place of business and collect there.  Also, here is a link for an Amazon wish list for South Sound Reading Foundation.
This is a contest with the Lacey Rotary Club ending the end of October.  We have been beat soundly the past two years.  Lets not make it three in a row for them. 
September is Literacy Month Laurie Carroll 2019-08-30 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jerry Wilkins on Aug 27, 2019
This month’s Young Professionals program will feature the Lacey MakerSpace. The program will be held at the Lacey MakerSpace, on campus in Zaverl Hall, and hosted by Lacey MakerSpace Director Joseph Anderson beginning at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 28. Learn about this innovative community asset located right on the Saint Martin's campus and how it can benefit you. Join us for snacks and a prize drawing! Learn more online:  The Young Professionals Rotaract Club is sponsored by the Gateway Rotary Club of Thurston County. Gateway Rotarians are welcome to attend all monthly programs. In this partnership, Gateway provides annual funding and speakers. Saint Martin's helps introduce Rotary to younger professionals through meeting attendance, service projects and professional development.
Event information: 
  • TOMORROW— Wednesday, Aug. 28
  • 3:30-4:30 p.m. 
Lacey MakerSpace in Zaverl Hall (online campus map)

Young Professionals Rotaract Club Jerry Wilkins 2019-08-27 07:00:00Z 0
President Len Faucher presents State of the Union  Jerry Wilkins 2019-07-10 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jerry Wilkins on Jun 27, 2019

There will be a consolidated luncheon for local Rotary clubs in Area 14 and Area 13 on August 15, 2019, for the 2019-2020 Rotary District 5020 Governor Maureen Fritz-Roberts (Mo).  She has 91 clubs in the District to visit and conducting a multi-club luncheon assists her in travels to visit the clubs.
Attending club presidents will provide a two-minute verbal presentation on their clubs fundraising event(s), community involvement, and any international work with which they may be involved.
The luncheon on August 15 will be at the Saint Martin’s University Worthington Center.  The lunch will start serving at 11:45 a.m. and the meeting program will start at 12:30 p.m. and conclude at 1:30.  The meal cost will be $15 for Salad, Entree, Soup, Beverage (Iced Tea, Coffee and/or water) and a Desert.  There is a $10 cost for just Soup and Salad, Desert and Beverage.  Otherwise, there is a $3 cover charge that includes Beverage only.
President Len Faucher will be the person to make reservations with to attend.  Should a member commit to attending and then not show, the individual will be charged.
This Thursday luncheon on August 15 will be in lieu of the Gateway Rotary weekly Wednesday meeting on August 14. Please make plans to attend this event.
District Governor to speak at August 15 Luncheon Jerry Wilkins 2019-06-27 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jerry Wilkins on Jun 27, 2019
The Gateway Rotary Club is hosting the 7th Annual Brats, Brews and Bands Festival on September 7, 2019 at The Hub At Woodland Square, in Lacey, Washington.

Janine Ezzell is the Chairperson of this year’s event.  There will be a huge requirement for volunteers so mark the date on your calendar and plan to participate.  This is the club’s premier fundraising event.


BBB Sponsorship Opportunities

"Event" Sponsor - $5,000
"Octoberfest" Sponsor - $3,000
"Matterhorn" Sponsor - $2,000
"Top Brat" Sponsor - $1,000
"Brewmaster" Sponsor - $500
"Keg Club" Sponsor - $195
"Friends of BBB" - $50


One of the premiere events of the South Puget Sound area, The “BBB” features several live bands, a wide assortment of craft beers, ciders and Washington wines. There is also a variety of specialty brat offerings.

Tickets and event information is available at:

Sponsor, Volunteer and Support - Brats, Brews and Bands Festival Jerry Wilkins 2019-06-27 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jerry Wilkins on Jun 26, 2019
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 its weekly meeting on June 19, 2019. They are: President: Len Faucher; President-Elect: Janine Ezzell; Vice President: Amanda Vey; Treasurer: Michael Jones; Secretary: Jerry Wilkins; Sergeant-at Arms: Madelin White; Director, Service Projects: Doug Mah; and Past President: Kimberley Bauman.
Committee Chairpersons for the upcoming year are: Administration: John DeHan; Youth Service: Nathan Magee; Membership: Shannon Glen; Public Relations: Troy Kirby; Literacy: Laurie Carroll; Vocation: Grace Kendall; and Foundation: Nate Peters.
During the installation meeting the following awards and special recognition were presented: Rotarian of the Year: Michael Jones, President’s Award: Nate Peters, and the Service Above Self Award: Troy Kirby and Nathan Magee.
New 19-20 Board Installed and Awards Announced Jerry Wilkins 2019-06-26 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jerry Wilkins on Jun 24, 2019
Noted below is the schedule for upcoming three minute Classification Talks during a Gateway Rotary Club meeting.
Classification Talks Jerry Wilkins 2019-06-24 07:00:00Z 0
Karen was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, attended Henry J. Kaiser High School (go Cougs), South Puget Sound Community College and got my undergraduate degree at Washington State University’s Distance Degree program while raising 4 kids. She’s a marketing, sales and community outreach professional. A community-minded person, her involvement is primarily focused on Dry Tikes & Wet Wipes, where I serve as the Board Chair, and Homeless Backpacks, where I fill in the gap. She also has donated over 15 Hawaiian Dinners as auction items to several other nonprofit organizations, bringing in over $5,000 to local area charities.
Community Involvement Karen Chang Barr
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Loving Family & Community 2019-06-19 07:00:00Z 0 Community Involvement,Karen Chang Barr
Everyone is interesting if you just take the time to meet with someone and ask what they’re about. I had the awesome pleasure of taking time to sit with Gateway Rotary Incoming President Janine Ezell to find out what she’s about.For starters, she was born and raised in Olympia, attended Capital High School, then South Puget Sound Community College and completed the CTE Santa Rosa Law Enforcement Academy program. Her career endeavors include a buying Tiffany Jewelry for Talcott’s, a stint at Key Bank, a land developer, then 9 years with Chicago Title. She is currently state-certified in Washington to teach classes for lenders, agents and lenders. She’s married to husband “O” for 4 years and has a son, Jace.
Incoming President Janine Ezell Leader
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Get To Know Janine Ezzell 2019-05-20 07:00:00Z 0 Incoming President,Janine Ezell,Leader,
Gateway Rotary Club is fortunate to have such a diverse membership, including a number of veterans. Nate Magee is one our awesome vets who came to us 2 years ago, after retiring from the Army, and is an active member of Gateway.
Gateway Rotary's World Traveler 2019-04-18 07:00:00Z 0
It’s great to get to know our Gateway Rotary Club members, but because we are all so busy, it can take a while. It was a pleasure to interview my Gateway Rotary Club Membership sponsor, Doug Mah, and get to him a little, as well as learn more about his involvement with our Club’s community and the community at-large.
Gateway Rotary Club Member Spotlight On Doug Mah 2019-03-18 07:00:00Z 0
Last month, I sat down and met with our featured Gateway Rotary Club member, Scott Michie, a member since 2015. I learned that this commercial banker with Heritage Bank grew up in west Olympia, graduating from Capital High School, then on to Western Washington University, graduating with an undergraduate degree in Economics. (Is it me or are there a few Vikings in our Club?) Some of the unique experiences of this father of 13-year-old Andrew, 5-year-old Asher and amazing fiancée of Sierra, include teaching pottery in Thailand, going on a running vacation and running a marathon in Jamaica and surfs or runs when not being with the family, working or being at Rotary.
Members Scott Michie
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Getting To Know Gateway Rotary Club's Surfer 2019-02-19 08:00:00Z 0 Members,Scott Michie
Gateway Rotary Club is growing new members on a regular basis. Have you met one our newest members, Shannon Glenn?
Graduating in 2012 from Weatherwax High School, this highly-motivated gal attended Grays Harbor College, then the University of Las Vegas, completing an undergraduate degree in criminal justice. She is currently pursuing a Master of Science in organizational management and plans to graduate this May to enhance her leadership skills. She currently serves as the Alumni Relations and Community Engagement Coordinator (Community Relations) at the South Puget Sound Community College. Her family still remains in the Aberdeen area, with sister following in her footsteps at Grays Harbor College. She’s good at bat trivia and games, so if we start having a Rotary Club Game Night—watch out! Her favorites include the family vacation on Maui, Hawaii celebrating her parents’ 25th wedding anniversary (no travel agenda, no devices!), macaroni and cheese, Christmas (gratitude and opportunities to help others) and mom’s birthday. In her spare time, you’ll find Shannon kayaking on Woodard Bay or going to concerts.
Welcome to Gateway Rotary Club Shannon Glenn 2019-01-21 08:00:00Z 0
At Gateway Rotary, we have a great group of members who are from such diverse backgrounds and industries, and they all share a common trait—community. David Bader, a Gateway Rotarian since February 2018, is all about community. This Capital High School alumni is married, has a daughter and is definitely a part of this community. Prior to developing his craft in the financial and mortgage industry, he managed retail audio systems stores. He moved up north for a few years before returning to Thurston County, where he’s been a Country Financial agent for the past two years. He not only works and lives in the City of Lacey, but also supports worthy causes here. His involvement has ranged from supporting Homeless Backpacks and the Lacey Chamber Golf Tournament, to being one of the sponsors of the Lacey Police Department’s Cops & Cars event.
Community Involvement Country Financial David Bader
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Meet Gateway Rotarian David Bader 2018-12-17 08:00:00Z 0 Community Involvement,Country Financial,David Bader
We have some pretty cool members in our Rotary Club. One of them is Meghan Goldenberger.
Born in Alaska to a father who fished and built elementary school pools, and a mother, who was a nurse. She lived on the Flathead Indian Reservation in Montana for a bit, before moving to Thurston County, where she met husband in her high school in French class and married him last year. Oddly enough, her best friend Megan, who co-leads Together! with her, was also born and raised in Alaska.
Gateway Rotary Club Member Goldenberger Meghan Meghan Goldenberger Rotarian Together!
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Who is Meghan Goldenberger? Karen Chang Barr 2018-08-20 07:00:00Z 0 Gateway Rotary Club Member,Goldenberger,Meghan,Meghan Goldenberger,Rotarian,Together!
Posted by Arielle Hays on Jun 13, 2018
Amanda Vey
Family is very important to Amanda.   We learned her father, once a pilot with PanAm and then United Airlines, has  passed on, but her mother is a very lively and active 84 years young. Flying runs in her family and her sister is also and airline captain. From the pictures she shared it was clear to see she has a special bond with her family members,  especially her younger sister with whom she has had many adventures.
She met her husband, who is also a pilot, through a blind date set up by mutual friends. Over the years, they have enjoyed many adventures and vacations together. They share their lives with several fur-babies:   three dogs and multiple chickens. Amanda also enjoys vegetable gardening, canning, and a good beer from time to time.
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Classification: Amanda Conley Vey Arielle Hays 2018-06-13 07:00:00Z 0 amanda,beer,classification,vocational
Posted on Jun 07, 2018
Photo Caption: Tom Carroll & Laurie Schouboe Carroll, Yours in Rotary
In just a few weeks my lease for guiding this great organization expires, and Governor-Elect Craig Gillis will bring his vision, priorities and compassion to the role. I know he will do a fine job leading the Rotarians of what I believe to the best District in the world. I look forward to working with each of you as we continue in this amazing organization we call Rotary!
District Governor's Message 2018-06-07 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Karen Barr on May 16, 2018
This dedicated Gateway Rotarian, who helps with set up before each Rotary meeting, is a dedicated father and grandfather who enjoys walking during his leisure time. Owning his own consulting firm, Johnson Integrated Services, he is also a leader at his church and serves as an Executive Director on the John Maxwell Leadership Team. We are happy to have Ed as member, helping us to be “People of Action.”
Classification Talk: Ed Johnson Karen Barr 2018-05-16 07:00:00Z 0
Gateway Rotarians Visit Iceland Trudy Soucoup 2018-04-18 07:00:00Z 0
More on Wolf Haven International Trudy Soucoup 2018-04-06 07:00:00Z 0
Classification: Mike Leonard Karen Barr 2018-04-04 07:00:00Z 0
SPEAKER: Kim Young from Wolf Haven International Trudy Soucoup 2018-04-02 07:00:00Z 0
WA State Attorney General Visits Gateway Nate Peters 2018-03-07 08:00:00Z 0
Social: Dr. Seuss 03.01.18 Laurie Carroll 2018-03-01 08:00:00Z 0
Program: Michael Cade, Thurston EDC Nate Peters 2018-02-14 08:00:00Z 0
Classification: Dan Weiss Karen Barr 2018-02-07 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Karen Barr on Jan 03, 2018
"Life is like a Pachinko machine!”
01.03.2018 - Karen Change Barr
Pearls of wisdom relayed to us at this past Wednesday’s Gateway Rotary Club meeting by our one and only, Graeme Sackrison.
Classification: Graeme Sackrison Karen Barr 2018-01-03 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Karen Barr on Dec 06, 2017
12.06.17 - Karen Chang Barr
Lacey, Washington is home to many United States Veterans and Gateway Rotary is proud to have several members with this title. Among them is Michael Steadman, a business owner and Lacey City Council Member.
Classification: Michael Steadman Karen Barr 2017-12-06 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Karen Chang Barr on Nov 15, 2017
Club President Jeff Ott presents District 5020 Governor Tom Carroll with a book to sign for Pleasant Glade Elementary
Every week is new and interesting at Gateway Rotary, and this week’s meeting was no exception. We were treated to hearing our past-president-turned-District-Governor Tom Carroll share what he’s been doing since assuming his new role.
Visit from District Governor Tom Carroll Karen Chang Barr 2017-11-15 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Karen Barr on Oct 25, 2017
10.25.17 - Classification Talk by Troy Oliver
We, here at Gateway Rotary, are fortunate because we have interesting and diverse Club members. After listening to new  member and North Thurston Public Schools Assistant Superintendent, we can add king to our membership—1985 homecoming king that is!
Classification - Troy Oliver Karen Barr 2017-10-25 07:00:00Z 0
Gateway Rotarian Visits Spanish club Trudy Soucoup 2017-10-24 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Raymond Moeller on Oct 18, 2017
10.18.17 - Weekly Membership Meeting
If Gateway Rotary is to be considered a dynamic, youthful, and growing club, one of our newer members demonstrates why.
Nate Peters is currently the manager for St Martin’s Annual Giving Program. This role at St Martin’s has been achieved before Nate was thirty years old.
Classification Presentation - Nate Peters Raymond Moeller 2017-10-18 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Trudy Soucoup on Oct 18, 2017
10.18.17 - Pleasant Glade Elementary
A group of Gateway Rotarians were happy to join the Pleasant Glade Panthers for their first Panther Pride Assembly of the year. 
Pleasant Glade Elementary Check Presentation Trudy Soucoup 2017-10-18 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Trudy Soucoup on Aug 02, 2017
Robert Coit, Rotarian and Executive Director of the Thurston County Food Bank, joined us to describe the first Compassionate Community Project for the City of Lacey.  A new food bank location, which will add a fresh food market and the GRuB Victory Garden is in the works for the Tanglewilde area.
Thurston County Food Bank Coming to Lacey Trudy Soucoup 2017-08-02 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jerry Wilkins on Jul 01, 2017
The Rotary Club of Gateway-Thurston County installed its new Board of Directors on June 28, 2017. They are: President: Jeff Ott; President-Elect: Kimberley Bauman; Vice President: Len Faucher; Treasurer: Sherry Jennings; Secretary: Janet Jansen; Director of Youth Service: Maghan Goldenberger; and Past President: Eric Rowe.
Chairpersons for the upcoming year are: Administration: Christine Forrey; Service Projects: Doug Maj; Membership: Madelin White; Public Relations: Trudy Soucoup; Literacy: Laurie Carroll; Vocational: Grace Kendall; and Foundation: Janine Ezzell.
During the installation dinner the following awards and special recognition were presented: Rotarian of the Year: Doug Mah, President’s Award: Kathleen Thomas, and the Service Above Self Award: Jerry Wilkins.
Gateway Rotary Installs 17-18 Board Jerry Wilkins 2017-07-01 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jerry Wilkins on Jul 01, 2017
Welcome as a new member of the Gateway Rotary Club.  In your initial packet, you should have received a statement for your initial dues.  The fiscal year for us is July 1 to June 30 and your dues are pro-rated depending on when you joined the club. You can pay by credit card by clicking on the below link and entering your owed amount. You may also send a check payable to: Gateway Rotary Club. You may deliver the check to Treasurer, or, mail the check to:

Gateway Rotary Club – Thurston
PMB 404
1401 Marvin Rd., NE, Suite 307
Lacey, WA 98516

Secure payment with credit card or PayPal is provided below. 


New Member Pro-Rated Dues Payment Jerry Wilkins 2017-07-01 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jerry Wilkins on Jun 21, 2017
Set Up/Tear Down and Front Table Duty Roster 
Please arrive at 6:30 am to have everything set up by 6:45. Remember to put everything away after the meeting.

You are responsible for the Set Up/Tear Down and Front Desk. If for any reason you are not able to attend, please find someone to take your place and let Christine Forrey (360) 338-0925 of the change.
Set Up/Tear Down and Front Table Duty Roster Jerry Wilkins 2017-06-21 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Trudy Soucoup
On June 16, a group of enthusiastic Gateway Rotarians lent a hand at the Pleasant Glade Elementary Field Day. Tom & Laurie Carroll, and supporter Scott Michie helped the kiddos have a great time outside celebrating the end of the school year and get some good outdoor activity.
Thanks for coming out and helping Gateway Rotary support our local schools.  
Fun at Pleasant Glade Field Day 2017 Trudy Soucoup 2017-06-19 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jerry Wilkins on May 07, 2017
Gateway Rotarian Tom Carroll was installed as the Rotary District 5020 Governor for 2017-18 during the District Conference at the Clearwater Resort on May 6, 2017.  Members from Gateway Rotary attended the DLTA and Conference activities to include the installation dinner.
Tom Carroll Installed as District Governor Jerry Wilkins 2017-05-07 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jerry Wilkins on Mar 07, 2017

The Gateway Rotary Board of Directors voted at their March 7, 2017 meeting to return the general Wednesday morning meeting location to O'Blarney's Pub & Restaurant, 4411 Martin Way E, Olympia, WA 98516.  The meetings at the new location will begin on Wednesday, March 22, 2017.  So mark your calendars to begin attending the Gateway Rotary meetings at 7:00 a.m. at the new location.

Meetings return to O'Blarney's effective March 22 Jerry Wilkins 2017-03-07 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jerry Wilkins on Jan 28, 2017
Over thirty Gateway Rotary members and sailors from the USS Olympia made quick work of bagging over 800 bags for Homeless Backpack on Saturday, January 28th.  Doug Mah, the organizer for the event was extremely delighted by the turnout and successful day. About twenty Gateway members and the ten sailors enjoyed breakfast at O’Blarney’s Irish Pub prior to arriving at Homeless Backpacks. It was noted by Homeless Backpacks to be the largest group ever for them for a bagging session.
Gateway Members and Sailors Help Homeless Backpacks Jerry Wilkins 2017-01-28 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jerry Wilkins on Dec 03, 2016

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. This fun filled ride was created to raise much needed funds to support the Boys and Girls Clubs of Thurston County.  On November 30, 2016, Kimberley and Michelle Wickett of Axia Home Loans, the current president of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Thurston County and also a member of the Thurston County REALTORS® Association and the Gateway Rotary presented a check for $2,000 to Katya Miltimore, Executive Director, Boys and Girls Clubs of Thurston County.

Gateway Rotary Presents Check to Boys and Girls Club Jerry Wilkins 2016-12-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jerry Wilkins on Oct 16, 2016
Jim Olson, a longtime Lacey resident, was inducted as a new member into the Gateway Rotary satellite club at Panorama on October 17, 2016.  The District 5020 Governor, Joanne Croghan, assisted Tom Carroll with the induction of Jim.  Joanne presented her experiences this last year as the District governor as the guest speaker. Jim Olson has been involved in Rotary for many years.  He and his wife Jean have been very involved in local community volunteer services and after a brief break from Rotary, Jim is excited to get back involved.  He is looking forward to helping the Panorama satellite club grow and flourish. Welcome Jim and Jean Olson.
Jim Olson joins the Panorama Satellite Club Jerry Wilkins 2016-10-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jerry Wilkins on Jul 18, 2016
A new Rotary club recognized as the Gateway - Panorama Rotary Club conducted their installation meeting on July 18, 2016. Tom Carroll, District Governor Elect, presided over the installation ceremonies for the new Gateway Rotary satellite club. The new chapter meets at 11:30 a.m. on the first and third Monday each month at the Seventeen51 Restaurant & Bistro in the Panorama facility. Bill Seelye the new club’s Chairperson expressed his appreciation for all of the support in getting the club started. He is looking forward for the members to get involved in community programs and share friendship during their meetings. The new club is starting out with twelve new Rotary members. Rose Bowman of Centralia and the immediate Past District Governor welcomed the new club into Rotary and stated that this is the first satellite club in the Rotary district. She is excited to see Rotary grow under this new concept.
New Rotary Club at Panorama Jerry Wilkins 2016-07-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jerry Wilkins on Jul 09, 2016
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.
First Annual Tour de Lacey a Success Jerry Wilkins 2016-07-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jerry Wilkins on Jul 01, 2016
The Gateway Rotary Club has changed their meeting location.  Starting Wednesday, July 6th, 2016, the club will be meeting at Forrey's FORZA located at 130 Marvin Road SE, #130, Lacey, WA  98516. The location is next to Les Schwab Tires on Marvin Road.  The meeting facility is in the conference room which is in the back area of the facility. The meeting time is still 7:00 am each Wednesday morning.  We look forward to seeing you there.
OUR MEETING LOCATION HAS MOVED!! Jerry Wilkins 2016-07-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jerry Wilkins

Over fifteen members of Gateway Rotary plus guests participated in a Homeless Backpack Bagging Party on Saturday, April 23, 2016.  A few of the participants attended a early morning breakfast prior to the event.  As the saying goes, “Many hands make quick work” as over 725 bags were stuffed in about an hour.  Homeless Backpacks is a non-profit corporation committed to ending homelessness, by giving teens the help they need so they can focus on school, go on to graduate and become contributing citizens. Many thanks to Gateway Rotary member Corinn Wohl for organizing this event. A lot of fun was had by all.

Gateway Rotary stuffs bags for Homeless Backpack Jerry Wilkins 2016-04-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 16, 2015
Gateway Inducts Two New Members! John Ficker and Kris Royal became the 98th and 99th members of Gateway Rotary this morning. John is the Executive Director of the Washington State Residential Care Council, and Dr. Kris owns the Olympia Chiropractic Center. Welcome to Rotary!
Kris Royal and John Ficker Join Gateway Tom Carroll 2015-06-17 00:00:00Z 0
Gateway Rotarians Pack Bags! Tom Carroll 2015-05-09 00:00:00Z 0
Membership committee member Jacque Stahl inducts Len Faucher as Gateway Rotary's newest member.  Len is the Port of Olympia's Marine Terminal Director.  Welcome, Len!
Len Faucher Inducted as a New Member! 2015-03-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 03, 2015
February 04, 2015
Gateway welcomed Kevin Hayward this morning as our newest member! Kevin is a local State Farm Insurance Agent in Lacey. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Thurston County, and he is a Partner in Education with the North Thurston Public Schools.
Welcome to Gateway Rotary - Kevin Hayward 2015-02-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 20, 2015
January 21, 2015
Thurston County Commissioner Bud Blake was inducted this morning as a Gateway Rotarian!  The steady hands of Undersheriff (and Rotarian) Tim Braniff place a membership pin on Bud Blake's lapel.  Welcome Bud!
Commissioner Bud Blake Joins Gateway Rotary 2015-01-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 21, 2014
Oct. 22, 2014 - Today's Candidate Forum between 10th Congressional District candidates Joyce McDonald and Denny Heck turned into a candidate interview when Rep. Heck failed to attend.  (He did send his assistant to read a letter).  Doug Mah expertly set up a casual interview with the challenger Joyce McDonald using club members' questions. Today's meeting concluded this Fall's fabulous candidate forums where club members meet those running for public office and ask questions most important to them.
Candidates Forum Turns Into Candidate Interview Jeffrey Ott 2014-10-22 00:00:00Z 0
Oct. 15, 2014 - Rotary District 5020 Governor (2014-2015) made Gateway Rotary his 60th stop  of his Rotary year.  DG Proctor congratulated Gateway on our growth and our successes.  He made special presentation of Foundation awards and recognitions (see website and the Gateway Facebook Page for photos).  He left the Club on the note that next June's District Conference is in Nanaimo, BC., (June 19-21) and invited the Club to make plans on attending.
DG Proctor Visits Gateway Jeffrey Ott 2014-10-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tom Carroll on Sep 02, 2014
Welcome the newest Gateway Rotarian Jacque Stahl! Jacque is Director of Marketing and Communications at Olympia Orthopaedic Associates.
New Member Jacque Stahl! Tom Carroll 2014-09-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tom Carroll on Aug 12, 2014
Gateway Rotary Inducts New Member Mindy Owens! Rotarian and Sponsor Patrick Davidson applauds Mindy as she is welcomed as Gateway's newest member. Mindy is the Community Outreach Coordinator for Olympia Union Gospel Mission.
New Member Mindy Owens! Tom Carroll 2014-08-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tom Carroll on Jul 09, 2014

Assistant Governor Tom Carroll inducts Tom Conner as the third new member of Gateway Rotary this month. Tom is sponsored by Stephanie Rayan-Hemphill and he is the Post Adjutant for the local American Legion.





Gateway Inducts New Member! Tom Carroll 2014-07-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tom Carroll on Jun 30, 2014
Dr. Mike Beehler passes the responsibility for leading Gateway Rotary to Jonathan Sprouffske.  Sprouffske has been preparing for the role for over 24 months, serving as Vice President and President-Elect. A partner with the law firm Connolly Tacon & Meserve, President Jonathan is excited to work with the club to increase service to the community . . . and have fun doing it!
Jonathan Sprouffske Assumes Presidency Tom Carroll 2014-07-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jerry Wilkins on Apr 27, 2014
Michael Beehler, President, Gateway Rotary, along with a dozen other Gateway Rotary members, helped the Rebuilding Together Thurston County home improvement project on April 26, 2014.  The weather held out nicely as the project took most of the day.  Although we were tired at the end of the day, there was great satisfaction that we had helped restore the outside appearance of a home for someone that would not otherwise have been able to have it done.  The homeowner was very appreciative.
Gateway Rotary Helps on RTTC Project Jerry Wilkins 2014-04-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jerry Wilkins on Apr 08, 2014
Arlene Murray of Gold Star Wives of America presented information concerning their organization to the membership meeting on April 9, 2014.  Gold Star Wives is a Congressionally Chartered non-profit service organization. The charter was granted because Gold Star Wives is unique in that it is the only service organization capable of providing services to the active duty and service-connected military surviving spouses. Gateway Rotary made a contribution of $1,500 in support of their organization.
Gold Star Wives Presentation Jerry Wilkins 2014-04-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jerry Wilkins on Apr 08, 2014
Club President Mike Beehler congratulated three new members as new Rotarians. Stephanie Hemphill is the Executive Director of the Lacey Chamber of Commerce, Matt Purcell owns PCI Pest Services, and Chris Valcho is starting a new engineering firm.
Gateway Rotary Welcomes Three New Members! Jerry Wilkins 2014-04-09 00:00:00Z 0
Gateway Welcomes Ross Irwin as 75th Member Jerry Wilkins 2014-04-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jerry Wilkins on Mar 18, 2014
Gateway Rotary welcomed Doug Mah this morning as the club's newest Rotarian at their Wednesday morning meeting at O'Blarney's Irish Pub! Doug owns Doug Mah and Associates, a business consulting firm. He previously served as Mayor of the City of Olympia and was the featured speaker at Gateway's Charter Dinner.
Doug Mah Joins Gateway Rotary Jerry Wilkins 2014-03-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jerry Wilkins on Mar 08, 2014
Meet Gateway Rotary's newest member, Steve Rose! Steve is the owner of Rose Training, and recently relocated to Olympia from the Cleveland area.
Steve Rose is our newest member! Jerry Wilkins 2014-03-09 00:00:00Z 0
Thurston County Boys and Girls Club, Youth of Year at Gateway Rotary Michael Beehler 2014-02-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jerry Wilkins on Feb 08, 2014

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.

Club Provides Support to Community Projects Jerry Wilkins 2014-02-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jerry Wilkins on Jan 29, 2014

Lisa Drainville is joined by her sponsor Eric Rowe as she is inducted as the newest Rotarian in the Gateway Rotary Club. Lisa is a Media Specialist with Hibu, a multinational directories and internet services company headquartered in Reading, Berkshire, UK. It has operations in the United Kingdom, the United States, Spain and a number of countries in Latin America. 

Lisa is the 72d member of Gateway Rotary.Image

Lisa Drainville becomes 72d Gateway Rotarian Jerry Wilkins 2014-01-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jerry Wilkins on Jan 29, 2014

The Rotary District 5020 DLTA will be conducted at the Hotel Grand Pacific in Victoria BC during March 29 to 30, 2014. 


This year our theme is BYOB - Build Your Overall Bench- strength. The goal is to inform and train our leaders and future leaders to work within Rotary and inspire them to build strong clubs and develop great projects. District 5020 is fortunate in having many talented trainers to assist clubs with member training and leadership development.  DLTA is one of the most important events in our district, combining education, networking and idea sharing, all the while building friendships amongst members from the top of Vancouver Island all the way to the Columbia River.

We welcome you to DLTA 2014 and hope it will offer you the chance to Build Your Overall Bench-strength. Visit the information portal on the District 5020 website for more information and to register

The Gateway Rotary Club will assist in registration and hotel costs up to $250 for each member.

District Leadership Training Assembly Jerry Wilkins 2014-01-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tom Carroll on Jan 14, 2014

New Gateway Rotary member Trudy Soucoup receives her member pin from her sponsor Tamra Marlowe.  Trudy is executive director of Homes First!  Formerly, Trudy was the Manager of Organizational Development at Community Youth Services. She has also served on the Board of Directors for Habitat for Humanity and HOME Consortium Citizens Advisory Committee. She's also had some stints at Harlequin Productions and Wolf Haven.  Welcome Trudy!

Another Community Leader Joins Gateway Rotary! Tom Carroll 2014-01-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jerry Wilkins on Dec 30, 2013

The success of the Gateway Rotary Club has caused a need to change meeting locations.  The club now has over seventy members and although the Hawks Prairie Restaurant has been a great venue for the meeting, we have out grown the available meeting space.  Effective, January 8, 2014, the meeting location is changed to O'Blarney's Irish Pub at 4411 Martin Way E, Olympia, WA 98516 (near the corner of College and Martin Way).  The meeting day and time remains the same at Wednesday, 7:00 a.m.  Come join us!

Gateway Rotary Changing Meeting Location Jerry Wilkins 2013-12-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tom Carroll on Dec 17, 2013
Kaylee Purcell, the new President of "The (360)" Rotaract Club, receives the club charter from District Governor Pete Taylor. Gateway Rotary is the sponsoring Club, and created this new "community-based" club as an opportunity for young professionals in Thurston County to prove service to their community, while having fun! Welcome "The 360!"
Gateway Rotary Sponsors New Community-Based Rotaract Club Tom Carroll 2013-12-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jerry Wilkins on Nov 21, 2013

The Gateway Rotary Club of Lacey, WA has donated more than $1,200 to support relief efforts by ShelterBox to help families left homeless by Typhoon Haiyan’s devastation in the Philippines.

ShelterBox is an international, Rotary-affiliated organization, which responds immediately following natural and other disasters by delivering aid boxes to those who need them.

“We are incredibly appreciative of the generous donations from all of the Rotary organization,” said Tiffany Stephenson, ShelterBox USA director of communications. “Their taking immediate action makes a significant impact on our ability to bring emergency shelter and supplies to families devastated by Typhoon Haiyan as quickly as possible.”

Each green ShelterBox contains the essentials a family needs to survive in the immediate aftermath of a disaster.  The box is tailored to the needs of a particular disaster but typically contains a tent large enough to sleep 10 people, blankets, water storage and purification equipment, cooking utensils, a stove, a basic tool kit, a children’s activity pack and other vital items.

With each ShelterBox costing $1,000 to fill and transport, the Gateway Rotary Club’s donation will help people displaced by the typhoon survive until more permanent housing conditions can be restored, said Mike Beehler, president of the Gateway Rotary Club.  He added, “ShelterBox is one of the most efficient disaster relief organizations in the world, in part because of its connection with Rotary.  Members of local Rotary clubs are on scene to assure that every ShelterBox reaches people in genuine need as quickly as possible.”

Gateway Rotary Donates to ShelterBox Jerry Wilkins 2013-11-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jerry Wilkins on Nov 05, 2013

On November 6, 2013 Serry Barnes, Capital Lakefair 2014 President, and Bob Barnes, Capital Lakefair Executive Director presented an overview of the annual Lakefair event conducted in Olympia, WA.  The 2014 Lakefair will be conducted July 16-20, 2014.  This is a large community event that could use many volunteers.  For additional information concerning Capital Lakefair and their volunteer opportunities, please visit their website at .

Capital Lakefair 2014 Looking for Volunteers Jerry Wilkins 2013-11-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeffrey Ott on Oct 29, 2013


October 30, 2013 -  Gateway Rotary welcomed Mike Erickson to the club.  Mike is sponsored by Al Eckroth.  Mike was born and raised in Aberdeen, WA where he attended school and worked for the family business, Harbor Wholesale Foods, which was founded by his grandfather in 1923.  Working for his father and an uncle, Mike and his brother represented the third generation of family ownership.  Mike met his wife Janet while attending the local community college and upon graduation they married and started their family, raising two sons.  They moved their families, plus fifteen employees, and the business to Tumwater, WA in 1985 as a strategic move to gain market share throughout Washington State and into Oregon.   Today they have 275 employees with their headquarters in Lacey, WA and a distribution center in Roseburg, OR serving both states and northern California

Gateway Welcomes Michael Erickson As A New Rotarian!! Jeffrey Ott 2013-10-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeffrey Ott on Oct 22, 2013


October 23, 2013 - Gateway welcomed Ed Schlich as its newest Rotarian.  Ed was sponsored by Andrew Barkis. He was born in NYC, raised in the Bronx then Long Island before moving to South the North, NJ.  Studied history at Lynchburg College, Virginia then moved into a vineyard in Virginia to make wine with a poet after college.  From there, the wine guru at Windows On The World, One World Trade Center hired him as cellarmaster for the restaurant wine program overseeing 1500 wines and an inventory of 80,000 cases.  After rigorous training, Ed was allowed to share the wine experience with guests in the Windows On The World restaurants.  His next wine experience was with Restaurant Associates.  He help to open the 4 restaurants (Sea Grill) surrounding the skating rink at Rockefeller Center, NYC.  After 1.5 years in the company of Swiss Germans managing the company, he ‘fled’ to France for one year’s reprieve and stayed for 17 years in the wine world of France (Burgundy & Bordeaux).

Gateway Welcomes Ed Schlich as Its Newest Rotarian Jeffrey Ott 2013-10-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Amanda Carroll on Oct 17, 2013

District Governor Pete Taylor signs the form certifying "The (360)", the District's newest Rotaract Club.  "The (360)" name is based on the area code encompassing Thurston County, reflects 360 degrees of inclusion and involvement, and refers to the Rotary Wheel.  Very cool!

Gateway Sponsors New Rotaract Club: "The (360)" Amanda Carroll 2013-10-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeffrey Ott on Sep 17, 2013

Sept 18, 2013 - Gateway's membership drive maintains its steady pace with the induction of Graeme Sackrison.  Graeme is a sixty-year Lacey resident, NTHS and WWU graduate, is retired from the Employment Security Department, and a three-term Lacey Mayor. He now works on rational environmental solutions, economic development and local education. He and his wife, Cinda, are proud great-grandparents of Oliver Graeme Mollerstuen.  We look forward to Graeme's participation as a Rotarian with Gateway!

Graeme Sackrison Inducted As 59th Member of Gateway Rotary Jeffrey Ott 2013-09-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sherry Jennings on Aug 20, 2013


Aug 21, 2013What will be the hottest new attraction in Las Vegas Spring 2014? Perry Shea!!

Well, actually, it’s an exciting project that Perry Shea’s firm is working on – the world’s largest observation wheel. The High Roller observation wheel is part of Caesars Entertainment’s $550 million Linq retail/entertainment/restaurant development. Appropriately, the wheel will be 550 feet tall. Shea Carr Jewell (SCJ) is under contract to build the passenger cabin (the design and details are top secret, but Shea let us take a peek). SCJ is a fast-growing engineering and planning firm that continued to grow despite the recession and now has 40 employees in three states.

What Happens in Vegas... Doesn't Always Stay There Sherry Jennings 2013-08-21 00:00:00Z 0
Thurston County Rotary Club's Events Calendar Jerry Wilkins 2013-08-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sherry Jennings on Aug 06, 2013


August 7, 2013ON THE ROAD TO WHISTLER with Peter Taylor | 2013-14 District Governor. The DG stopped by Gateway Rotary during his "whistle stop" tour of District 5020. He presented President Mike B with his very own Whistler Whistle and showed off what was under his dress shirt. (We're not going to give it's worth waiting for the surprise!)

5020 District Governor Peter Taylor Visits Gateway Sherry Jennings 2013-08-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sherry Jennings on Jul 23, 2013


July 24, 2013 - Port of Olympia Commission Vice President Bill McGregor presented the strategic plan for 2013-2015 and discussed projects underway. One project is dredging, cleaning up, and maintaining water depths in the lower Budd Inlet. The port is actively working to increase cargo volume. Over the next 12 years, projects will be judged according to values adopted in the strategic plan such as balancing economic development, earnings, and the environment. 

Port of Olympia Commission VP Bill McGregor Presents to Gateway Sherry Jennings 2013-07-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sherry Jennings on Jul 16, 2013

July 17, 2013 - Jennifer Williamson-Forster of South Sound Reading Foundation (SSRF) serves children and families in Thurston and Mason Counties. SSRF exists to prepare children to learn, read, and succeed in school. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention conducted the Adverse Childhood Experiences study (ACE). ACEs include verbal, physical, or sexual abuse, as well as family dysfunction (e.g., incarcerated, mentally ill, or substance-abusing family member; domestic violence; or absence of a parent because of divorce or separation). A variety of social and health problems are associated with childhood exposure to ACEs.
Jennifer Williamson-Forster of South Sound Reading Foundation Presents to Gateway Sherry Jennings 2013-07-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sherry Jennings on Jul 09, 2013


July 10, 2013 - Olympia Master Builders (OMB) Executive Officer Laura Worf discussed the important role the housing industry plays in a healthy local economy. The building industry generates good paying jobs and tax revenues for cities and counties. In 2012, the 312 homes built in Thurston County created 1107 local jobs and generated $65.8 million in local income and $11.2 million in taxes and other revenues for local governments. Those homes will continue to generate revenues year after year. 

Olympia Master Builders Executive Officer Laura Worf Speaks to Gateway Sherry Jennings 2013-07-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeffrey Ott on Jul 02, 2013


July 3, 2013 - Newly minted Gateway Rotary President Mike kicked off this new 2013-2014 Rotary year with a Club Assembly focusing on the inaugural Brews, Brats, & Bands update.  President Mike had the usually raucous Gateway members and guests under good control demonstrating that he did indeed listen during District Training.  The BB&B is progressing well, though the committee is still looking for the club to sign up more keg sponsors. Ticket sales will be starting soon providing additional opportunities for Gateway members to engage in the event.


Newly Installed President Mike Beehler Kicks Off New Rotary Year! Jeffrey Ott 2013-07-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jerry Wilkins on Jun 27, 2013

The Rotary Club of Gateway-Thurston County installed its new Board of Directors on June 28, 2013 during their Annual Installation Dinner.  

The Board of Directors for the 2013-2014 Rotary Year beginning July 1, 2013 are:

President-Mike Beehler
President Elect-Jonathan Sprouffske
Vice President-Jerry Farmer
Secretary–Sherry Jennings
Treasurer-Michael Steadman
Director–Eric Rowe
Sergeant-at Arms–Andrew Barkis
Past President-Tom Carroll

Chairpersons for the upcoming year are:

Administration-Debbie O’Neill
Service Projects-Tami Hale
Membership–Tim Scheuffele
Public Relations-Jerry Wilkins
Foundation-Felix Peguero

During the installation Dinner the following awards and special recognition were presented: 

Rotarian of the Year-Al Eckroth

President’s Award-Lowell Gordon

Service Above Self Award-Angelique Anderson.

Gateway Rotary Installs New Board Jerry Wilkins 2013-06-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeffrey Ott on May 28, 2013


May 29, 2013 - Thurston County Sheriff, John Snaza, was on hand at Wednesday's meeting to speak to the club when President Tom Carroll presented the Sheriff with honorary membership to Gateway Rotary.  Snaza was elected to office on January 1, 2011 after 21 years of prior service to the County.  During his tenure in the department, Snaza has performed many different roles including being assigned to the Air Operations Unit and Marine Services Unit, narcotics investigations, gang activity investigation and Commander of the multi-agency Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team.  Sheriff Snaza joins Undersheriff Tim Braniff at Gateway.

Thurston County Sheriff John Snaza Receives Honorary Membership to Gateway Rotary Jeffrey Ott 2013-05-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jerry Wilkins on May 21, 2013

Mike Jackling and Nelly Kinsella of the Washington Health Benefit Exchange presented on May 22, 2013, how Washington Healthplanfinder offers small businesses a choice of health plans for employees, added convenience and important cost savings.  Washington residents have a new way to find, compare and enroll in health insurance.  It's called Washington Healthplanfinder, and it gives individuals, families, and small business owners the confidence to choose the plan that best fits their needs and their budget.  Washington Healthplanfinder offers:  apples-to-apples comparisons of health insurance plans; financial help to pay for copays and premiums; and expert customer support online, by phone, or in-person through a local organization, insurance broker or agent.  Go to for additional information.


Washington Health Benefit Exchange Information Jerry Wilkins 2013-05-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jerry Wilkins on May 16, 2013

ImageThe Gateway Rotary Club raised nearly $7,000 during their annual charity golf tournament conducted on May 17, 2013.  The weather held out for a great day of enjoyment on the Links Course at The Golf Course at Hawks Prairie.

The overall winning team for the tournament included Jack Feeney, Chris Johns, Jeff Feeney and Chad Poundstone.  In second place were the team of Larry Linn, Peter Watson, Ed Preston and Don Preston.

The longest drive winners were Thurston County Sheriff John Snaza for the men and Tami Hale for the women.  Closest to the hole on the designated par three holes were Alex Christiansen for the men and Tami Hale for the women.

Winners of the Gateway Rotary Cup were the team (Scott Bush, Bob Black, Phil Kiss, Ray Harvey) from the Gig Harbor-Midday Rotary Club.  The Gateway Rotary Club team (Jerry Wilkins, Lowell Gordon, Joe Vaccaro, Joe Belmonte) was in second place and the South Puget Sound Club team (Bob Lovely, Dan Yerrington, Gary Stoskopf, Bob Perry) came in third.

The success of this club fundraiser was due to the generous support of the many sponsors and golfers and resounding thanks goes out to all of them.  The opportunity for the Gateway Rotary Club to continue to support many community organizations from funds raised during these events is very much appreciated.

Gateway Rotary Golf Tournament a Success! Jerry Wilkins 2013-05-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Keller on May 07, 2013


Al, Joan, Mike and Brian loading the donated coats

May 8, 2013 - Gateway Rotarians are asked to "clean out their closets" each fall to provide warm clothing for the Clothing Bank at Sacred Heart Church.  This bank provides clothing to all who are in need. Last year, the Clothing Bank ran out of warm clothing for children, and asked us if we could help - and Gateway Rotarians stepped up to the plate; however, even on sale and in a mid-priced clothing store, young people's coats cost upwards of $60.00 each!

Coats Collected for the Clothing Bank Joan Keller 2013-05-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeffrey Ott on May 07, 2013


May 8, 2013 - Amber Smith from the the LOTT Clean Water Alliance spoke to the club about the centers many different programs and offerings.  Located at 500 Adams Street NE, in downtown Olympia, LOTT is a non-profit corporation created for the management of wastewater in the urban areas of Lacey, Olympia, Tumwater and Thurston County (LOTT).  LOTT is responsible for wastewater treatment, reclaimed water production and long-range planning.  In addition, LOTT also provides community education on the use and conservation of water through its many weekend activities and programs directed to school age children.  LOTT has a new facility that includes the new Wet Science Center.  Check out LOTT and the Science Center your next trip into town!   

Amber Smith of LOTT Clean Water Alliance Speaks to Gateway Rotary Jeffrey Ott 2013-05-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tom Carroll on Apr 23, 2013

April 24:  Gateway Rotary President Tom Carroll inducted North Thurston School District Superintendent Raj Manhas as an Honorary Member of Gateway Rotary Club.   Carroll praised the Superintendent on the performance of the school district since he assumed the leadership position, and said the Club was committed to supporting the school district and the children being served.

Gateway Inducts School Superintendent as Honorary Member Tom Carroll 2013-04-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sherry Jennings on Apr 16, 2013


April 17, 2013 - “Each year 40% of the food produced in America ends up in the landfill,” said Thurston County Food Bank (TCFB) Executive Director Robert Coit. On average, Americans throw away 20 pounds of food each month, which amounts to about $2,275 a year for a family of four. Coit advocated breaking our wasteful habits and donating the money we save to help families in need. Coit added, “We may not end poverty, but we could end hunger in our community.”

Coit reminded Gateway Rotarians that meeting our community’s need for food includes collecting perishable food as well as non-perishable canned and boxed foods. To better serve those in need, TCFB expanded its infrastructure to collect, package, and redistribute nutritious fresh food from restaurants and grocery stores in 2012. TCFB made an investment in a warehouse so food can be purchased in larger quantities for better savings. Coit noted that anyone can be a hero by donating a 37¢ can of food and giving back to the community. But don’t forget that people need fresh fruits and vegetables for balanced nutrition. TCFB needs cash donations to pay for programs to purchase food to fill the gaps from food drives and for efficient storage and distribution operations.

Thurston County Food Bank Executive Director - Robert Coit Sherry Jennings 2013-04-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sherry Jennings on Apr 09, 2013


April 10, 2013 - BREAKING:  Stunned Gateway Rotarians watched as President Tom Carroll clutched his new favorite mascot and announced that he will now wear nothing but Nikes. Members immediately passed a motion that Carroll must also wear pants.

Gateway President Ditches Dawgs for Ducks Sherry Jennings 2013-04-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sherry Jennings on Apr 09, 2013


April 10, 2013 - The Nisqually Reach Nature Center at Luhr Beach offers environmental education about the Nisqually Basin estuary ecosystem. In partnership with the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the US Geological Survey, and the Nisqually Indian Tribe, the Center conducts research to seek answers to questions about stewardship and management of the basin’s natural resources. The Center provides education to the general public about managing groundwater runoff and ensuring the health of the ecosystem’s native species, especially economically important fish and shellfish (think delicious Salmon and Spot Prawns). Outreach to schools in Thurston County and beyond includes supplemental classroom, laboratory, and field trip opportunities. The Nisqually Reach Nature Center is a nonprofit organization that welcomes public support and membership. Consider a donation or volunteering.

Nisqually Nature Center Exec Director - Daniel Hull Sherry Jennings 2013-04-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeffrey Ott on Mar 19, 2013

March 20, 2013 - Today Gateway welcomes back Angelique Anderson to the club. Angelique had to leave several months ago due to work commitments. Fortunately for us, they've changed again and she is now able to rejoin us.  Angelique is the manager of a distribution operations center for medical supplies. She is responsible for a large number of employees and the entire center. The warehouse is located in Hawks Prairie.  Next time you see Angelique, welcome her back!


Membership Chair Melissa Sasser (left) Reintroduces Angelique to Gateway

Gateway Welcomes Back Angelique Anderson Jeffrey Ott 2013-03-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michael Beehler on Mar 04, 2013

Gateway Rotary's leadership team is now complete for the 2013-14 year. In addition to the elected positions of President, Mike Beehler; President Elect, Jonathan Sprouffske; Vice-President, Jerry Farmer; Secretary, Sherry Jennings; Treasurer, Michael Steadman; Director- New Generations, Eric Rowe; and Sergeant at Arms, Andrew Barkis, we now have our committee chair roster. Chairs for the following committees are: Adminstration- Debbie O'Neill; Foundation- Felix Peguero; Membership- Tim Scheuffele; Public Relations- Jerry Wilkins; and Service- Tami Hale.

The 2013-14 Board will be meeting soon to plan the coming year, develop a budget, and broaden the involvement of all Gateway Rotarians in service to and with our community.

Gateway Rotary's 2013-14 Board and Committee chairs Michael Beehler 2013-03-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sherry Jennings on Feb 19, 2013

February 20, 2013 - Gateway Rotary reached a milestone today by inducting its 50th member. Amanda Carroll was sponsored by her father and current club President Tom Carroll. Tom is the 1st member of Gateway Rotary who piloted its charter in September 2011. Amanda is not only Gateway's newest member, but also our youngest at age 23. She brings diversity in her perspectives and knowledge from her vocation in Information Technology.


Gateway Welcomes 50th Member!! Sherry Jennings 2013-02-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeffrey Ott on Feb 12, 2013

ImageFebruary 13, 2013 - Gateway Rotary inducted it's 49th new member, Curt Vaniman.  Curt (a graduate of Western Washington) is a Senior Benefits Advisor at GHB Inc. in Olympia, working with employers in managing their employee benefits programs. In addition, he helps individuals and families with their health, life and disability coverage needs.  Curt holds the designation of Certified Senior Advisor (CSA).   Curt  has over 22 years of industry experience, including 10+ years at Regence BlueShield as a Major Accounts Manager and Senior Sales Executive.

New Gateway Member - Curt Vaniman Jeffrey Ott 2013-02-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeffrey Ott on Jan 29, 2013

January 30, 2013 - On Wednesday, Brian officially joined the Gateway Rotary club.  Sponsored by Al Eckroth, Brian is assigned to Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM). He currently holds the position of  Installation Director of Occupational Safety & Health. His last assignment was  as the Regional South Safety Director, Kandahar, Afghanistan



Brian began his safety career in 1992 as a safety intern with the University of Alabama at Birmingham Health Ed. Department. He has held positions in Operational Safety, Industrial Safety, Tactical Safety, and Base Operations Safety. He has held safety staff positions with DoD organizations such as the 10TH Mountain Division , Fort Drum NY, 2nd Infantry Division S. Korea, the 20th Special Forces Group ABN, the 82nd Airborne Div., The 377th Theater Sustainment Command Joint Navy Air Station, and the 1st Cavalry Division. He has worked as a Safety Manager, a Safety Coordinator, and a Safety Intern for private organizations such as the American Cast Iron and Pipe Company, Alloy and Metal Processors Inc., Associated Grocers of the South Inc., and Galbraith Inc.

Born in Birmingham, Al., Brian graduated from Jacksonville State University with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Industrial Technology, and Occupational Health and Safety. Brian is also a graduate of the Army Management Staff College located at Fort Belvoir, Va.

Brian is married to Jeciel and he has two sons and one daughter, Aaron age 5, Gabriel age 3, and Arielle age 2.

Please welcome Brian to Gateway Rotary the next time you see him!

Meet Gateway's Newest Rotarian - Brian Tarrance! Jeffrey Ott 2013-01-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeffrey Ott on Jan 15, 2013
Britt Smith from the America's Car Museum met the Gateway Rotary Club on Wednesday, January 16. The 165,000 square foot facility in Tacoma, next to the Tacoma Dome, houses over 350 of the LeMay's car collection that at one time included over 3,500 automobiles. The facility includes a 3.5 acre show field, galleries, a banquet hall, meeting space, car storage, a cafe, and administrative offices. Cars are rotated through the display continuously and special shows appear regularly. Currently several cars from the Indianapolis 500 museum are on exhibit but will soon make way for a collection from NASCAR.
Britt Smith: LeMay-America's Car Museum Jeffrey Ott 2013-01-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tom Carroll on Dec 06, 2012

At the December 5th Annual Meeting the club unanimously elected the following members to the 2013-14 Board of Directors:

President Elect:  Jonathan Sprouffske

Vice President: Jerry Farmer

Secretary:  Melissa Sasser

Treasurer:  Mike Stedman

Director:  Sherry Jennings

Incoming President Mike Beehler will lead this new team in planning activities for the 2013-14 Rotary Year.  Congratulations to all!



Gateway Rotary Elects New Board of Directors! Tom Carroll 2012-12-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Glenn Cramer on Dec 04, 2012

Gateway Rotary is proud to participate in the TOGETHER! annual Champions for Kids dinner, 5:30 pm, on March 11, 2013 at Saint Martin's University, Marcus Pavilion.

TOGETHER! has been serving the residents of Thurston County since 1989 with youth violence and substance abuse prevention activities.

The Champions for Kids Celebration is an annual event in which TOGETHER! and its community partners recognize those individuals in our community who go above and beyond in their dedication to youth and children.  TOGETHER!  been celebrating the community's Champions for Kids each winter since 2002!

Champions are individuals who help us make our community one in which children and youth are supported, healthy, safe and valued.  They provide a direct service to youth, are a positive role model, volunteer or exhibit a dedication beyond their employment.

Gateway Rotary has submitted Lowell Gordon as an individual to be recognized as a Champion who has made a positive difference to kids.

Gateway Rotary has committed to filling two to three tables of our club members in recognizing Lowell for his contributions.  The cost is $50 per person.  Please let Jerry Wilkins know if you intend to attend the event and the number.  You can provide him a check made out to Gateway Rotary to ensure a place at the event.  Payments can be consolidated to TOGETHER!.

You can contact Glen Cramer or Jerry Wilkins for additional information.

TOGETHER! Champions for Kids Celebration Glenn Cramer 2012-12-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sherry Jennings on Oct 09, 2012

 - John Pearce, Chairman of the Thurston Public Power Initiative presented the grassroots group’s perspectives on the benefits of choice for electric power generation and distribution. Signatures from 15,000 people were obtained to get this issue on the November ballot. You will receive your mail-in ballot shortly. The purpose of the initiative is to give the Thurston PUD the authority to create publicly funded competition to the current private service provider (PSE). For more resources and information, visit If you want to ask John a question, he can be reached by email .

John Pearce - Thurston Public Power Initiative Sherry Jennings 2012-10-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sherry Jennings on Oct 02, 2012

October 3, 2012 - Speaker Kerensa Mabwa leads GRuB’s community outreach, fundraising, and volunteer coordination. She is passionate about gardening, sustainable and accessible fresh food, and building relationships in the community. Kerensa discussed the importance of engaging youth in hands-on gardening projects to help them find their own passions and talents. Benefits of GRuB’s youth and school initiatives include educating PreK-12 students about where food comes from. Youth programs evolved from GRuB’s senior projects and continue to inspire intergenerational cooperation and community service. Kitchen Garden Projects help lower-income people prepare and nurture their own backyard and community gardens. Gateway Rotary expressed thanks to Kerensa and GRuB for providing opportunities to all community members to enjoy local, affordable, fresh produce.

If you haven’t yet visited GRuB’s new farm or if you are interested in volunteer opportunities, please contact Karensa at 360-753-5522. The farm is at 2016 Elliott Ave NW, Olympia and their website is 
Kerensa Mabwa - GRuB Community Outreach Sherry Jennings 2012-10-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeffrey Ott on Sep 25, 2012
September 26, 2012 - District Governor Judy Byron (District 5020) visited Gateway Rotary this morning.  Bryon, a resident of Sidney, BC (Vancouver Island), became a Rotarian through her experiences in the Rotary Group Study Exchange program to India in 1998.  She has been active in Rotary ever since.

Of particular interest to certain members of Gateway, DG Byron retired as a Program Officer of the Correctional Services of Canada after 23 years of working with the incarcerated male offenders.  Her soft spoken presentation did not reflect a stereotype of someone used to working within that area of occupation!  (Strangely, this too was observed by some... Like, how would they know?!)

DG Byron congratulated Gateway Rotary on being a 100% Paul Harris Club, as three members were recognized today (see the September Photo Album off the homepage). Further she reflected on the importance of individual clubs to drive Rotary - as grass roots approach - as opposed to one mandated by the District.  Byron also talked about the importance of the New Generations program and of attracting new members.  She noted this was apparently not the case for Gateway, but that the District's Membership Chair was Jerry Obendorf, just up the road in Shelton.

At the end of her presentation, DG Byron thank Gateway to be the only club that has asked her to join their club

What would be more fun that that?

Thank you, DG Byron, for the visit.  We look forward to your return!

District Governor Judy Byron Visits Gateway Rotary Jeffrey Ott 2012-09-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeffrey Ott on Sep 18, 2012
Sept. 19, 2012 - Thurston County Commissioner candidate, Andrew Barkis (R), spoke to the Gateway Rotary Club this morning.  This is the first of what club President Tom Carroll introduced as an opportunity for political candidates to speak to our Rotary Club.  Literally and figuratively speaking under the Rotary 4-Way Test, Barkis introduced himself and his campaign as the candidate interested in supporting Thurston County home and small business owners and correcting what he believes is the failings of the current commissioner
Thurston County Commissioner Candidate - Andrew Barkis Jeffrey Ott 2012-09-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Melissa Sasser on Sep 06, 2012

Denny Heck, founder of TVW and Congressional Candidate spoke about the collective efforts and drive for starting TVW (Washington’s public affairs network) on September 5th. Rotarians in attendance learned of the struggles that were surpassed in establishing Washington State’s equivalent of C-SPAN and enjoyed stories about the various persons Mr. Heck interviewed during his career. A truly enlightening as well as engaging talk for all that attended.  If you missed this meeting you can view the video at:

Founder of TVW and Congressional Candidate Denny Heck Melissa Sasser 2012-09-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Melissa Sasser on Aug 28, 2012

On August 29th Heather Daley and Kristy Dees spoke to our group about HeartStrides Therapeutic Riding and Horsemanship at Healing Hearts Ranch. Personal stories were shared allowing an understanding of how this non-profit program came to our area. Those who attended learned about this incredible program that offers great developmental opportunities for people of all ages with disabilities. If you missed this meeting you can view the video at: Or, if you would like more information about this non-profit visit:  

Healing Hearts Ranch / HeartStrides Melissa Sasser 2012-08-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tom Carroll on Aug 21, 2012
Woody Stone, Outreach Coordinator for Warrior Transition Battalion JBLM spoke about the Warrior Transition Battalion on August 22.  Rotarians were enlightened to this intensive program that helps our injured soldiers’ transition back to active duty or into civilian life.  Mr. Stone shared information on both the national and local level advising of the efforts employed by physicians, nurses, ancillary staff and family members which assure the needs of those who have been injured while serving our country are being met. It was an incredible opportunity to learn how those who have given so much in their efforts to protect and defend our country are being cared for and helped as they recover and move forward with their future endeavors.
Warrior Transition Battalion Eases Suffering Tom Carroll 2012-08-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tom Carroll on Aug 14, 2012
Thurston County Auditor (and Lacey Rotarian) Kim Wyman provided the club with an overview of the numerous state and local races facing voters this Fall, as well as the significant number of the issues on the ballot.  She answered questions regarding the election process and how election officials ensure the voting process is fair and accurate.
County Auditor Kim Wyman Discusses Fall Election Cycle Tom Carroll 2012-08-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tom Carroll on Jul 31, 2012
Bob Lovely gave a presentation on Rotary Point and how Gateway Rotarians can become involved with the project.  A new paver for Gateway Rotary has been constructed and will be placed in the next few weeks.
Rotary Point Park Update Tom Carroll 2012-08-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tom Carroll on Jul 26, 2012
Gateway Rotarians celebrated the Summer in style at the the Carroll's cabin BBQ.  34 people attended, including 15 club members.
Gateway Summer BBQ a Huge Success Tom Carroll 2012-07-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tom Carroll on Jul 24, 2012

Nisqually Land Trust Conservation Project Manager (and Tumwater City Councilperson) Nicole Hill explained the history and purpose of the Nisqually Land Trust.  The Trust acquires and manages critical lands to permanently protect the water, wildlife, natural areas, and scenic vistas of the Nisqually River watershed.  The Nisqually Land Trust was established in 1989 to protect wildlife habitat threatened by the consequences of rapid population growth. Today it conserves and restores over 3,400 acres in the Nisqually watershed.

Nicole Hill, Nisqually Land Trust Tom Carroll 2012-07-25 00:00:00Z 0
Jon Tunheim, Thurston County Prosecuting Attorney, guest speaker at April 11, 2012 meeting Jerry Wilkins 2012-04-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jonathan Sprouffske on Apr 09, 2012
Displayed here are the Gateway Rotary Committees and the club members that have signed up to participate in each respective area.
Gateway Rotary Committee Members Jonathan Sprouffske 2012-04-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Keller on Apr 07, 2012

Our club has decided to adopt the "Homeless Backpacks" organiation as our support to the local community.  Kelly Wilson from that organization visited our meeting this morning, and outlined some of the tasks we can volunteer for.  Of course, individuals can always donate money, as well, if they prefer.

A sign up sheet was distributed, and twenty of our members signed up to help out!  Good Job everyone!  I will be getting together with Kelly and we will schedule a work party very soon.

Kelly indicated she needs shoppers, packers to stuff sacks for lunches, maintenance and yard work for the house they use for storing and packing, and many more opportunities for club members, including delivering sacks to local middle schools and high schools.  Additionally, our Club will have a place on their Board of Directors. 

This is really an exciting time for our Club!  The Service Projects Committee will be brainstorming how we can raise funds for Homeless Backpacks - stay tuned!

Gateway Adopts Homeless Backpacks! Joan Keller 2012-04-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michael Beehler on Feb 01, 2012
Scott Spence made his debut as a Gateway Rotary speaker (we assume he will return) on Feb 1. Scott summarized the achievements, challenges, and future facing Lacey. Plans to improve the flow of traffic off I-5, internal traffic flow within the City, efforts to improve City service in the midst of difficult financial environment, and annexation, water rights, and tax-based revenue contrainsts symbolized his presentation. Scott, formerly Assistant City Manager until Aug, 2011 was a hit with the Gateway Rotarians and will surely be asked back periodically to keep the Club informed on Lacey issues.
Scott Spence, Lacey City Manager Michael Beehler 2012-02-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michael Beehler on Jan 17, 2012
Mike spoke about the range and depth of library services delivered by the Lacey Library, the role of the Timberland Library system in delivering service throughout SW Washington, and how the system is continuing to remain effective in their interaction with the various community's served. He shared the many services one ordinarily doesn't connect with library service, but that are available to us in our own community. An obviously enthusiastic believer in reading and literacy, Mike charged up the room with his personality and love of what he does as a staff member of the Timberland Library in our community.
Mike Wessels speaks on Lacey Library services Michael Beehler 2012-01-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jerry Wilkins on Jan 03, 2012
Dr. Raj Manhas, Superintendent of North Thurston Public School District, presented an update on the trends and accomplishments of the School District.  The results of students and teachers working together is apparent in the student achievement scores released in August by the state.  While their reading and writing student scores continue to meet or surpass the state, he noted recent significant gains this year in math and science.  Dr. Manhas updated the audience on the current financial status of the School District and reviewed the financial considerations that make up the upcoming levy proposal.  North Thurston Public Schools are facing an estimated reduction of more than $6 million in state and federal funding over the next two years.  The 2011-17 Capital Facilities Plan projects enrollment to be 17,745 in 2020 and nearly 20,000 by 2031.  The local levy is 22% of the district operating budget and supports comprehensive educational programs and helps pay for teachers.  The NTSD Board approved a 4-year, $128 million replacement levy ballot measure for February 14, 2012.
Dr. Raj Manhas is speaker at Jan 4th meeting Jerry Wilkins 2012-01-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tom Carroll on Dec 21, 2011


Please remember to always consider a donation to the Rotary Foundation.  Your contribution, added to the contributions of fellow Rotarians worldwide, will bring real change to people in need.  Your tax-deductible gift counts toward your Paul Harris Fellowship, which recognizes your commitment to helping others.  What a great way to demonstrate the spirit of this holiday season.  Simply log into the Rotary International site and make an online payment.  If you have questions, please contact Shawn Lewis or Tom Carroll for details. 

Donate to the Rotary Foundation! Tom Carroll 2011-12-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tom Carroll on Dec 20, 2011
 Port of Olympia President Bill McGregor was the featured speaker at Gateway Rotary's meeting on December 21st.  Bill described the Port's responsibilities and how the Port impacts the region.
Port Commission President Bill McGregor Tom Carroll 2011-12-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tom Carroll on Dec 14, 2011
 ImageSuperintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn spoke to Gateway Rotarians on Wednesday, December14, and shared his perspectives on the challenges of funding public education in the State of Washington.
State Superintendent Randy Dorn Speaks to Gateway Rotary Tom Carroll 2011-12-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jerry Wilkins on Dec 06, 2011

The District 5020 Governor, David Stocks was the speaker on Wednesday, December 7, 2011.  This was his first formal visit to our club since we have been chartered.  The Governor shared his views regarding the true purposes of Rotary, and how each of us can use Rotary as a mechanism to achieve real change in the world.

District Governor Visit Jerry Wilkins 2011-12-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jerry Wilkins on Nov 29, 2011

Dec. 7 and Dec. 14:  Please remember to drop off cash or gifts for our 3 adopted families for the South Sound Family Support Center.  Joan Keller, Community Service Committee, will be collecting the gifts on December 7 and again on December 14.  THANK YOU!

Mark Your Calendars! Jerry Wilkins 2011-11-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Louise Robbins on Nov 29, 2011


Gateway Rotary's first Fireside will be on Friday, December 9, from 5:30 to 7:30, at Mike and Louise Robbins' house.

Their address is 4337 Sinclair Loop NE, Lacey. Please call Mike or Louise at 918-8763 if directions are needed.  Munchies and soft drinks will be provided but BYOB!

A Fireside is intended to give Rotarians an opportunity to meet informally for a relaxing evening of fellowship, food and drink. We will be able to get acquainted with each other and match faces to names.  

Please RSVP with a phone call or send e-mail to Louise at or Mike at We look forward to seeing you!

First Fireside Louise Robbins 2011-11-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Louise Robbins on Nov 29, 2011

Community Service Project

For the FIRST Community Service Project of the Gateway Rotary Club, we have agreed to adopt three families from the South Sound Family Support Center. Joan Keller has provided a list of "Wants and Needs" for each of the family members.  If you are not able to shop, cash is always welcome!

Joan will pick up donated gifts at the Gateway Rotary morning meetings on December 7th and 14th and will deliver the gifts to the Family Support Center.

Thanks to all who have already generously signed up to bring a gift or donate cash.  If you wish to help, bring your gifts to the our next meeting.  Contact Joan Keller if you have any questions at 360-791-3507.

Community Service Project Louise Robbins 2011-11-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kelli Hegsted on Oct 05, 2011
ImageThe Charter Members and Guests celebrated on October 5, 2011. We had close to 90 rotarians and guests come together to honor our club and celebrate our charter.

Special guests included District Governor David Stocks and wife Frances, ADG Bruce Stuwe and wife Dwan, Olympia Mayor Doug Mah, District Governor Nominee Pete Taylor, along with numerous past District Governors and Assistant District Governors.

Clubs that were represented included Tumwater, West Olympia, Olympia. Capital Centennial, Lacey, South Puget Sound, Hawks Prairie, Centralia, North Mason, Tacoma 8, Longview, Skookum, and Gig Harbor. (If I missed any it was truly an oversight). A BIG thank you goes out to everyone that attended. It was fun!

Good Time was had by All Kelli Hegsted 2011-10-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kelli Hegsted on Sep 17, 2011

Now that we are officially Chartered we have a Wish List of items we need as a club.  Some have already been ordered, while others have not.

Please see the list below.

If you can help us with any of these, or money to help cover our expenses we would appreciate it very much.

Supply Wish List Kelli Hegsted 2011-09-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tom Carroll on Sep 15, 2011

The Rotary Club of Gateway-North Thurston, Washington, USA has been accepted into membership of Rotary International as of 15 September 2011! 

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Gateway Rotary Chartered Sept 15, 2011 Tom Carroll 2011-09-16 00:00:00Z 0
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Posted by Jerry Wilkins on Aug 14, 2011
The Rotary Club of Gateway - North Thurston County conducted their organizing meeting on August 10, 2011 at the Hawks Prairie Restaurant in Lacey, Washington with 23 prospective members in attendance. Meetings are every Wednesday morning at 7:00 am. After the club adopted the recommended Rotary International constitution and bylaws, a slate of officers were elected. Board members are:  President Tom Carroll; Vice President Mike Beehler; Secretary Mike Robbins; Treasurer Jerry Wilkins, and Director Kelli Hegsted. District Governor David Stocks granted the new club provisional status on August 12th.
President Tom Carroll is enthusiastic about the community’s interest in a new Rotary morning club. At the August 10 meeting, Carroll described the concept of the Rotary Club of Gateway - North Thurston County, explaining that the club will be a gateway for younger business professionals to become Rotarians; a gateway for younger Rotarians to assume club leadership; a gateway for minorities to join Rotary and diversify membership; a gateway for Thurston County youth to have a better life; and a gateway for businesses within the Gateway Development Area to participate in Rotary.
Gateway Rotary Club Initial Meeting - August 10, 2011 Jerry Wilkins 2011-08-15 00:00:00Z 0
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