Welcome to the Rotary Club of Yelm


Service Above Self

We meet Thursdays at 7:30 AM
Jody's Restaurant
404 S 1st Yelm, WA
Mailing: PO Box 2534
Yelm, WA  98597
United States
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Mark your calendar for these dates!!
Tuesday, March 31st - Yelm Rotary's Rotarian Bowling Challenge.  Come join your fellow Rotarians as we compete to see who takes home the prize this time.  For more information or to register please fgo to our events page.
Saturday, June 27th - 5th Yelm Rotary Prairie Stampede 5k Walk/Run – this is a certified run that starts and ends at Yelm Middle School.  This fun event brings runners and walkers from the surrounding area for a friendly competition.   All funds raised go to support service projects in our area. For more information see our website at www.yelmrotary.org.
Saturday, August 8th – 2nd Annual Yelm Rotary Backyard Badminton Jamboree – Held at Yelm City Park.  Yelm’s annual neighbor vs neighbor, co-worker vs co-worker and business vs business event for all ages.  Two person teams take on each other for fun, community and annual bragging rights.  

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We are excited to recognize our Rotary Students of the Month from Yelm High School.  
December 2014
For December 2014 we are happy to honor Anna Williams as our Yelm Rotary Student of the Month.  Anna Williams serves as both a Drum Major and Band President.  As Band President she is responsible for running meetings of the band council, deciding on fundraisers, and representing the band to ASB.  As Drum Major she is responsible for writing and teaching the shows to the marching band.  She was selected to be a member of the Western International Band Clinic Honor Band in November.  She always comes prepared and demonstrates maturity, responsibility, and achievement far beyond her age.  
November 2014
Calli Hyder is an outstanding student and ambassador for Yelm High School.  She was recently recognized for winning first place in the nation for job interview skills at the FFA national competition in Louisville.  In addition to this great accomplishment, Calli has many other accomplishments.  She is an honor student who is on track to attend a four year university.  Calli also provides district and community leadership for our "Plant Another Row" campaign where the high school students grow vegetables to donate to the local food banks, and works to encourage community members to do the same.  Calli is bright, articulate and wonderfully positive at school.  We are really pleased she is being recognized as Rotary Student of the Month!​
October 2014
Yelm Rotary Club is proud to announce our October 2014 Yelm High School Student of the Month. Jordan Byrd is an outstanding student. In the words of his teacher Gary Clinton.

"Jordan Byrd is an incredibly strong leader in our school that volunteers to serve in a wide variety of settings. He is incredibly active in our Sports Medicine program volunteering for body fat assessments, wrestling tournament coverage, community CPR/FA education, 9th grade CTE tours, community interviews, speaking to our advisory committee, and any other opportunities presented. He has also been very active with sports participating in football and wrestling. Through our leadership class, Jordan has helped plan school events along with leading assemblies and being an active contributor to the things that connect our students and school to the community. With everything Jordan does, our school and its students are reflected upon positively to the community." 
September 2014
Yelm Rotary Club is proud to announce our September 2014 Student of the Month, Brandon Carter. Principal Brian Wharton and our Rotary President Ken McCulloch and director Kim Lyle made the presentation Friday, October 03, 2014. Brandon was awarded a certificate along with a gift certificate to Casa Mia.


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Our first Backyard Badminton Jamboree was held yesterday, July 26th.  It was great fun for all.  We had some great competition, music and food.  Thanks to our Event sponsors, Ice Chips Candy.  Their team was the overall winner of the event and of course they are winners in our minds anyway.  Hope you all will join us next year for our Jamboree.Image


Yelm Rotary hosted the 2nd Rotarian Bowling Challenge recently at Yelm Prairie Lanes.  A total of 6 Rotary clubs from Thurston County came to compete.   The event is held 2 times a year and pits the Thurston County Rotary clubs against each other.  It is a fun evening of bowling and networking.  


It was a close match with Hawks Prairie taking the trophy home this time.  Centennial Capital was the winner in the event held last fall.  Yelm Rotary came in 3rd.  

Money raised at these events go to support our Youth programs in the Yelm community, including a Scholarship at Yelm High School and support of our Interact Club.  We look forward to our next event this fall.  


We are proud to represent the non-profits in the Yelm area.  The Yelm Area Chamber awarded us with NonProfit of the Year for 2013.  Below are club members are pictured with the award.





Yelm Community Services recently received two grants that will provide a place for members of the homeless community to wash their clothes and get cleaned up. It will also allow an ADA-accessible ramp to the studio apartment at the south end, which will provide one additional unit which will be used as a transitional living apartment, for households who are exiting the shelter but not yet financially stable enough to live on their own.


We are happy to support Project Amigo again this year.  The 25th Anniversary of Project Amigo's Fiesta Navideña can be read here:  Amigo News 




Members of the Yelm High School Interact Club and club member Kim Lyle spent a recent day outside our local Wal Mart collecting diapers.  We have been helping the Baby Closet at Young Life Hwy 507.  The Baby Closet supports teen moms that are in need of items for their babies.  There will be another Diaper Drive on Saturday, October 29th.   





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Mayor Ron Harding
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Ken Balsley
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Coke Newell
Project Amigo Update

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