Welcome to the Rotary Club of Yelm

Yelm

Service Above Self

We meet Thursdays at 7:30 AM
Emma's Grillhouse
15425 Mosman Ave SW
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 go 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.  
 
February 2015
 
Pictured from left to right are
Rotarian Sandi Hanson, Rotary president Ken McCulloch, YHS principal Brian Wharton and Tayler Finch.
 
 
Tayler Finch is another shining example of the great students at Yelm High School.  Tayler is a senior honor student and will be attending Southwest Oregon College on a fastpitch scholarship.  The most descriptive adjective about Tayler is resilient.  She has not grown up in the traditional family unit, and has raised herself in many ways.  Through the turmoil and change, Tayler remains one of the most positive young adults imaginable.  At YHS Tayler has been involved with fastpitch, basketball, sports medicine, and has volunteered to coach middle school fastpitch students.  It you want to find Tayler, look for the never-ending smile.  
 
 
January 2015

Yelm Rotary is proud to announce our January 2015 Student of the Month, Ben Clark. Ben is an incredible young adult. He maintains a 3.8 grade point average with multiple honors and Advanced Placement courses. At school he is active in all bands, varsity soccer, and is vice president of National Honor Society. In the community Ben has worked with the City of Lacey, leads numerous activities within National Honor Society and was named Yelm Youth Citizen of the Year by the Yelm Area Chamber of Commerce. He has narrowed his college choices to Western Washington University and Simon Fraser University. Ben is one of many shining stars at Yelm High School.

Pictured from left to right – Ken McCulloch, president of Yelm Rotary, Ben Clark, Brian Wharton, principal Yelm High School.

Congratulations Ben, we appreciate all you do!

 
 
 
 
 

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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.  


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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.

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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 


 

 
 

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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.   

 

 

 
 
 

UPCOMING EVENTS

 

Speakers

Apr 02, 2015
Joseph A. Ingoglia
Boys and Girls Club program
Apr 09, 2015
Sylvia Henzel & Donna Kowalski
New Life Children's Home
Apr 16, 2015
Casey Cochrane
Executive Director with Yelm Area Chamber of Commerce
Apr 23, 2015
Apr 30, 2015
TBA
May 07, 2015
Jennifer Williamson Forster
South Sound Children's Reading Foundation
May 21, 2015
Doug McCrae
Owner of Salida Wine sharing "Wine 101"
May 28, 2015
Jun 04, 2015
Coke Newell
Project Amigo Update
 
 
 

Rotary Links

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