Rotary Club of Yelm

Service Above Self

We meet Thursdays at 7:30 AM
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Our Mailing Address: PO Box 2534
Yelm, WA 98597
United States of America
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Andrew Kollar
Oct 21, 2021 7:30 AM
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Welcome to September and the beginning of the school year.  We are happy to announce that we are offering our Teacher MiniGrants again this year.  
Elementary school teachers located within the Yelm Community School District are eligible to apply for a one-time Mini-Grant offered by the Rotary Club of Yelm. Mini-Grants are awarded up to $500, for classroom materials or programs that would otherwise be unfunded to aid in literacy learning. Our goal is to encourage and aid in adding more literacy projects into the classroom. Teachers must request grants individually. A teacher may apply for one (1) mini-grant per year; an individual teacher may receive no more than one (1) mini-grant per year.
Applications are due to us by September 30, 2021.  Here is a link to our form. 
10 Weeks of Summer Food program has officially started!  Contact us to find out when our next baggingwill be.
Each week we prepare bags for children under 18 in our Yelm Community.  These are designed to go to children that receive free or reduced meals during the school year. We want to help fill the void that some children and parents encounter during the summer months.  
We are at the distribution sites on Tuesdays from 10am to Noon. Come see us at Yelm City Park, Nisqually Pines Office, Rainier School Admin Parking lot and Clearwood Office by the front gate.
If you would like to make a donation to help us we would love that! Each bag of food for the kids cost approximately $10. Any amount is welcome. There is a donate button at the top of our Facebook page as well as on our website
Email or message us if you want to help on a future bagging. Also donate if you are able. We have a donate button at the top of our Facebook page.
Thanks so much for all the community support!
We are excited to announce Isabella Gutierrez as our May 2021 Student of the Month.
Isabella is currently a junior at YHS.  She has participated in Washington Student Leaders, working along side other students from various schools to represent student voices.  Isabella has served on the MTSS B team for two years, working on two committees providing student feedback.  She has worked as Junior Class  Historian this year and will  serve next year as ASB Public Relations.  She has just finished 
 a year long class careers  in education where she completed her practicum at YMS.  After graduation she hopes to work as a para while pursuing  her degree in education.  
We are happy to announce our April Yelm Rotary Student of the Month, Justin Workman.
Justin, the eldest child in a family of four is an amazing YHS senior.
He is not afraid to try, fail and retry something and is willing to put in the hours that he needs in order to be successful. He has spent countless hours after school this year helping with the shop program, helping other students, getting projects ready for the plant sale, and helping with the greenhouse to make sure that everything was set for the FFA Plant Sale. He not only wants our programs at the high school to succeed, but takes ownership of the projects and classes he is in. One honorable goal of his is to make the metal workshop a better place than when he found it. He wants to show his appreciation for all of the good times and the positive influence shop teachers have had in his life. His favorite community service project was the FFA Plant Sale because he was responsible for his own section and had fellow classmates available to help him out when needed and vice-versa, and enjoyed helping customers with their orders. He also created Plant Sale items in the metal workshop! He has plans about future projects that are going to benefit the community. Justin said, "I have never regretted my decision of joining Yelm FFA, I will never forget the days I was here. And those days will be some of the greatest and most inspiring days in my life." We appreciate Justin and his amazing contributions to YHS & Yelm!
Announcing our March 2021 Student of the Month, Joe Harrison.
Joe is an incredibly caring and dedicated 
Yelm High School

senior. He is very active in school and community activities all while maintaining great grades. He has continued to stay very involved and connected in school even during remote learning. He is in the YHS Symphonic Band and Marching Band and recently obtained the rank of Eagle Scout! This student who is a survivor and worked hard to live a normal life despite life-long health challenges has made a big difference in the lives of others through his service, especially his Eagle Scout project. His project included getting and filling backpacks for foster children to be given to them upon entering the foster system. These backpacks were filled with clothes, snacks, toiletries, blankets and toys. Joe doubled the amount of backpacks he was aiming to put together for his impactful project. Joe plans on going to the University of Colorado to study astronomy or astrophysics in the fall. They are lucky to have him as he will no doubt make a positive impact there as well!
We are happy to announce our February 2021 Student of the Month, Lenna Miskimens.
Lenna is another outstanding 2021 grad who makes YHS proud. She balances her commitments well, excelling in her academics while being involved in sports, leadership, and National Honor Society. She is also an active member of her church and community. She has taken on the roles of Basketball team captain and YHS Greenhouse manager this year as she also continues to be a leader in the classroom with a passion for helping other students. This passion along with her outgoing personality, strong work ethic and positivity will suit her well in her chosen field of psychology as she pursues this career after graduation.  The Rotary Club of Yelm and all of Yelm High School congratulates this exemplary grad!
January 2021 Student of the Month, Cassandra Shaw.We are happy to announce our January 2021 Student of the Month, Cassandra Shaw, class of 2021.
Cassandra, who goes by Cassie, is an outstanding addition to the YHS family this year. Cassie's upbeat personality is equally matched with her determination and contagious positive attitude.
When not volunteering at the Yelm Prairie Christian Center or other organizations, she is working diligently on her classwork as well as on scholarships and her college applications. According to her teacher, Joel McMillan, her attitude makes her a powerful presence in class, even via zoom. She has high expectations for herself and is always rising to the occasion. She hopes to attend one of her dream schools next year where she will study Creative Writing, screenwriting and other arts in hopes of writing and producing her own show. On her list of colleges is Stanford, Rice University, USC and more. She is aiming high! We have no doubt that Cassie will be a huge success and play an important role wherever she lands.
It is our honor to announce our December 2020 Student of the Month, Mina Siatuu from the Class of 2021.
Mina has been a student or ASB leader in some way, since her Freshman year. She serves as YHS ASB Treasurer and the FBLA Vice President and, in spite of the distance learning circumstances, has been able to learn and grow in her responsibilities. Mina is kind, calm and committed to achieving. Mina takes multiple honors and AP courses and, as not a native English speaker, has worked hard to maintain a high GPA throughout high school, especially during virtual learning. She volunteers in the community and has big plans of going to a military school upon graduation.
The Rotary Club of Yelm along with our Business Partners wish you all the best:
City of Yelm - Government
Ken McCulloch - American Family Insurance - Yelm, WA
Masonry Cafe Catering
Olympia Federal Savings
Edward Jones -Financial Advisor: Pam Ferris
Pizzeria La Gitana Of Yelm
The Shiplap Shop & Coffee House
Walmart Yelm
Yelm Food Co Op
Grocery Outlet (Yelm, WA)
We are excited to announce our November 2020 Student of the Month, Olivia Perry.
Olivia has a heart of service and is always looking to serve others. She is involved with numerous organizations both in and out of school. She is currently the YHS FFA secretary where she spends time taking minutes and works on committee’s such as Adopt a Family. She has been the head of this committee for 3 years, the past 2 of which we have had record collection numbers. Olivia also serves in other ways through her Church. She volunteers in the daycare during service and has taught some of the younger Sunday school classes. She is also an Honor Society member and summer camp leader.
In addition to being an outstanding community member, Olivia is also an excellent student. She is a running start student at Clover Park and attends classes at the High School to stay connected. She is going to school to be a pilot and has already been doing practice flying! She has maintained excellent grades throughout all of high school all while pouring herself into her volunteer activities.
She also has a competitive side to her and she loves to compete on the volleyball court as well as in FFA competitions. Olivia has played on the High school and club volleyball teams for all 4 years of high school (except for this COVID year). In FFA she has excelled in her 2 contest sales and nursery landscape. The last 2 years their Nursery Landscape team has taken 2nd place in the State. It is all due to her constant effort and study skills. She will complete this Spring again for another shot at winning first and going to Nationals. We are proud of Olivia and excited for her future!
The Rotary Club of Yelm along with our Business Partners wish you all the best:
Ken McCulloch - American Family Insurance - Yelm, WA
Masonry Cafe
Olympia Federal Savings
Edward Jones -Financial Advisor: Pam Ferris
Pizzeria La Gitana Of Yelm
The Shiplap Shop & Coffee House
Walmart Yelm
Yelm Food Co Op
Grocery Outlet
We are pleased to announce our October 2020 Student of the month Paulina Flores Hernadez - Class of 2021
Paulina is every teacher's dream. She is a hard worker and strives for academic excellence. She plays an active role in supporting her family, is responsible enough to hold a job outside of school to pay for the College in the High School credits (which also shows her determination and drive), and helps lead the YHS LatinX club. Paulina is also friendly and always willing to help her peers and teachers. Over the last few months, Paulina has volunteered after school to help several native Spanish speakers communicate with their teachers and help tutor students in both ability to communicate and content area classes. She doesn’t just do her work but she goes out of her way to help others find success. She is a leader in the YHS LatinX club, Tutors peers (both English and in Spanish) and is involved in Church activities where she mentors younger students, participates in cultural dancing, helps put on festivals and more.
She also plays Volleyball, Translates for our Latin Community, and participates in leadership activities during the summer.
Her goal is to become a kindergarten teacher and we have no doubt that this hard working young lady with a huge heart can succeed.
Thank you to our business partners. We all wish you the very best!
City of Yelm - Government
Ken McCulloch - American Family Insurance - Yelm, WA
Masonry Cafe Catering
Olympia Federal Savings
Edward Jones -Financial Advisor: Pam Ferris
Pizzeria La Gitana Of Yelm
Scotty Brown - Windermere Real Estate - Yelm
The Shiplap Shop & Coffee House
Walmart Yelm
Yelm Food Co Op
Grocery Outlet
Congratulations to our September 2020 Student of the Month from Yelm High School, BreAnna Short
BreAnna is an outstanding YHS Senior and very deserving of being honored by the Yelm Rotary Club. She overcame a rocky start to her high school career and has risen to the top, serving her school and her community in many important ways. She is involved in school leadership, FFA, helped create blankets for the homeless and fundraised for local charities just to name a few things! She is a true servant leader who cares about the outcomes of her peers and enriching their high school experiences. She also challenges herself academically to support her dreams and will pursue an Agricultural Education degree at WSU next year.
The Rotary Club of Yelm along with our Business Partners wish you all the best:

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Our annual Summer Food program, 12 weeks of Summer, has begun.  Today marks our 3rd weekly distribution.  We really appreciate all the volunteers that give of their time to help us with this project.  We have received tremendous support from the community including monetary donations, re-useable grocery bags, food, and more.  We have several businesses that are hosting PB&J Food Drives (Peanut Butter & Jelly) and we appreciate you all!
Food delivery with help from our friends at Walmart, Shey & Luke
We are proud to announce Kaylee Logan as our Student of the Year, 2017-2018.  With this honor goes a scholarship to aid in her future education.  
Kaylee is an outstanding student in addition to a community service super star.  She is a passionate, committed member of FFA.  She is talented in writing and winning grants, coordinates a program with our local food bank and the garden, as well as raises animals of her own.  Her philanthropic endeavors don’t end there as she has countless community service hours of which she is incredibly proud. Besides her outstanding dedication to community service, the other thing that truly makes Kaylee stand apart is that she is a member of the US Women’s Roller Hockey Team and has traveled internationally to compete in three World Championships.  She is extremely proud to represent our country and is working to help make roller hockey an Olympic event.  In addition to these amazing activities, she is a member of the Equestrian Team and the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary.  Kaylee is a senior at Yelm High School and looks forward to continuing her education towards a degree in Chemical Engineering.  
Congratulations on representing what Rotary is all about, Service Above Self.  
Rotary Club of Yelm was excited to participate and help sponsor the Lackamas Elementary Kindness Week. Several of our members served root beer floats during lunch to around 300 students. Then we went to the Kindness station and saw how the students were completing their tasks. With a goal of 3000 kind acts this week they will be busy!
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