Welcome to the Rotary Club of Yelm

Service Above Self

We meet Thursdays at 7:30 AM
Tahoma Valley Restaurant
15425 Mosman Ave SW
Our Mailing Address: PO Box 2534
Yelm, WA  98597
United States
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We are excited to join others in our community and help fill a summer need. Below is the 3 pickup loads of food that were donated to our summer program to help fill the first week of bags.  Each week we will be distributing about 125 bags of food to low income children in our community.  The first distribution will happen on Tuesday, June 27th.  
Getting ready to fill the bags with food.
We WANT your STUFF!! Are you cleaning our your house? Spring Cleaning? Moving? Downsizing? We are looking for donations. The Rotary Club or Yelm is a 501(c) 3 and will provide a receipt for your donations. Help us raise money to help those in our community!

Congratulations to Jeremy Walling for being nominated and chosen as YHS's Rotary Student of the Month. Jeremy was nominated by two different staff members. Jeremy was hailed by the custodial staff at YHS for his help commitment and volunteer work for the district over the summer. Jeremy was also nominated by shop teacher Ms. Sheppard for his outstanding commitment to his class. Jeremy is a leader in the classroom and volunteers his time afterward to help Ms. Sheppard keep the shop running smoothly. He consistently shows his leadership and self service during school, as well as volunteering within our community. Congratulations Jeremy!

Jeremy will be honored by Rotary Club of Yelm and the City of Yelm at their City Council Meeting on February 14th. Congratulations Jeremy!

This year the Rotary Club of Yelm received approval for a grant from District 5020 to help expand our Rotary Snack program to both Middle Schools while continuing to enhance it at the high school.  This is our first delivery to the Yelm Middle School and included food and clothing for those in need.  
This week we were excited to be a part of the Lackamas Elementary Kindness Week for the 3rd straight year.  It was a great time and we were honored to be a part of it.  This is a national program and is lead by the leadership students.  Their goal this year is to do over 8,000 acts of kindness during the week.  

We are honored to introduce our December Student of the Month, Kieran Keeslar. Kieran is an outstanding student in Beginning Drama class as well as in Drama Club's current production of The Curious Savage. He provides consistent leadership to whatever group he is working with and rises above to give others a high bar for achievement. His flexibility in also participating in the after-school Jazz Band and still maintaining excellence in both activities is astounding for a high school student. He also shows respect to students and adults alike, and his demeanor is always friendly and encouraging. Kieran is not only an asset to YHS's Drama program, but also to his community. Kieran attends most school board meetings, just to learn the processes that go into running a school district. He has also volunteered during many community events including Christmas in the Park, the Dollars for Scholars Auction and volunteering with productions at the Triad Theatre. Congrats, Kieran, on being a splendid example for others to follow! 

Kieran will be honored by Rotary Club of Yelm and the City of Yelm at their City Council Meeting on January 10th. Congratulations Kieran !

Starting the New Year out right with a donation of snacks, hygiene items and sweats for the High school. Yelm Community Schools. Member Kim Lyle did a little shopping. Thank you Walmart Yelm for you donation.

It is with great pleasure that we announce Shelby Fox as the Rotary Club of Yelm Student of the Month. Shelby is a full time running start students who is also a Teacher’s Assistant. Shelby always comes in with a smile on her face and a willing to work attitude. Shelby is actively involved with the Yelm community as well as the JBLM community as her mom is currently serving in the US Army. She recently put in extra work to get a last minute scholarship submitted and ended up winning the VFW Voice of Democracy Scholarship for our area. She will be honored next week. She is very proactive about her future and is currently applying to UW, University of Florida and University of Michigan. 

Shelby will be honored by Rotary Club of Yelm and the City of Yelm at their City Council Meeting on December 13th. Congratulations Shelby!

We are excited to announce our October Rotary Student of Month Bridget Davila from Yelm High School. Bridget is absolutely indispensable in both Advanced Drama (which is a split class with Beginning Drama students as well) and Stagecraft (also a split class) - she often leads the charge. As Drama Club President, she is a leader not only in name but also in spirit. She is an excellent example for the younger students, always jumping in with enthusiasm. 
She can be counted on to help pull in students who are not participating (without even urging her to!) and she can be trusted to lead groups within Stagecraft. She is frequently seen going out of her way to make others laugh and keep our classes and rehearsals light-hearted. Oh yes - did we mention she just earned the title role in the first-ever YHS Drama Club winter play "The Curious Savage", in which she'll be playing Ethel Savage. She's going to be a major asset to whatever college is lucky enough to get her next year!

Bridget will be honored by Rotary Club of Yelm and the City of Yelm at their City Council Meeting on November 8th. Congratulations Bridget!

We are excited to announce Chris Saleans as the September Rotary Student of the Month from Yelm High School.
Chris Saleans was selected as Yelm High School Rotary Student of the Month for September. Chris was nominated by Karla Blowers, CTE Teacher. “As an advanced student in Video Production, Chris has demonstrated both leadership and talent in the area of video production, “said Ms. Blowers.
When asked about what it is he likes about the Video Production class, Chris responded, “It’s hands-on, you don’t just sit in class and take notes, you get to come up with ideas and watch them come to life.” He said he likes working with the camera, the people he works with, and the video editing software. “You get to meet new people. You get to capture who they really are”, he said. Chris likes all aspects of the the class.
Chris has demonstrated his leadership skills by helping other students in class with basic video editing skills. He has also spent time outside of school volunteering to film events occurring within the district. This past summer, Chris gave up a day to film at Fort Stevens. Teachers were engaged in CKLA training on English Langauage Arts. He also created the CTE Advisor Recruitment video that is used to encourage local business people to get involved with YHS by sitting on the CTE Advisory Committees.
Chris has also been filming at pep assemblies, football games, in class, and around the school to obtain clips he will use in preparing a Fight Song Video that will be uploaded to the YHS website. The video is intended to get students “fired up” about being a student at the World’s Greatest High School. School spirit is contagious and Chris is hoping to spread it to all Yelm students!
Pictured are Ryan Akiyama, Yelm High School Principal, Corrina DuRocher, Asst Principal, Marsha Christiansen, Rotary Member, Chris Saleans, Kim Lyle, Rotary Member
The Rotary Club of Yelm is excited to be partnering with the Yelm High School again this year.  Pictured below is our first donation of backpacks and supplies.  We collect and donate supplies, gloves, hats, food, hygiene items, and much more throughout the school year.  Last year we donated over $1000 to this program.  
Thank you to all our wonderful Sponsors & Volunteers.  without you we could not do all that we do!
Court Sponsors:
Move Strong Fitness
Crowe Law 
Yelm Family Medical 
OBEE Credit Union
Timberline Bank 
Twin Star Credit Union
American Family Insurance
Silver Sponsors:
South Sound Hand Therapy
Mt Meadow Lavender
Other sponsors:
Jenny's Barnhouse
LNS Enterprises, LLC
Micheline Corteville
Help us welcome the new Board of Directors for the Rotary Club of Yelm.  They all assumed their new positions July 1st, 2016.
Last night, June 6th, we were honored to present 3 Scholarships to graduating seniors at Yelm High School   The recipients of our 2016 Scholarships are:
  • Brianna Feller
  • Nicole DeHan
  • Emily Greninger
Congratulations to all the 2016 Seniors!
The Rotary Club of Yelm is honored to announce Joe Donan as our 2015-16 Student of the Year. Joe Donan is an incredible choice for the Rotary Student of the Year Scholarship. Joe's high school career has shown incredible achievement in class, in multiple leadership activities and on the athletic field. Academically, Joe is a top student who is headed to the University of Washington Bothell Campus to study engineering design. During his time at YHS Joe earned multiple recognitions for his work on the Robotics Team which competed well at the state level. Joe's leadership with the team was exemplified by high levels of collaboration and teamwork which allowed the group to excel at state. Joe has also been a significant leader across campus, helping out with College Signing Day, Prairie Days, student elections and student events. Athletically, Joe competed at the district level in the pole vault and varied events on our track team. Joe is charismatic, positive and always willing to help his peers and teachers. Joe Donan embodies all the core values we communicate here at Yelm High School.
The Rotary Club of Yelm was excited to meet and host Tim Bridgman during his brief stop in Yelm on Thursday, May 19.  Tim has been on a cycle journey around the world in support of one of his favorite organizations, ShelterBox.  He is currently winding his way through the Pacific Northwest heading up to Vancouver, through the Yukon and finally finishing in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska.
Dinner with Tim Bridgman
Pictured above are Ken McCulloch, Karen McCulloch, Steve Dobosz, Janet Dobosz, Larry Hanson, Sandi Hanson, Kyle Hanson, Tim Bridgman, Howard Christensen, & Marsha Christensen
Tim on his bike as he is getting ready to leave McKenna, WA and head north to Seattle.
It really is amazing how much stuff you can get in a small space.  
All loaded and ready to go.
Several of our wonderful Yelm Rotarians spent last Saturday morning helping stuff bags for Homeless Backpacks organization. Thank you so much Claudia Johnston for helping arrange this again for us. We all look forward to our next stuffing party!
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