Lacey Rotary Club Meeting
Saint Martin's University Norman Worthington Conference Center
Meeting opened at 12:30pm by President Dave Schneider
Pledge of Allegiance led by Treacy Duerfeldt.
Singing of God Bless America led by Verle Ketchum.
Thought for the Day:  
Tony Barrett offered a thought from Aristotle:
 "Excellence is not a singular event, it is a habit.
You are what you do."
Visiting Rotarians: Judi Hoefling introduced Mike Babauta, Gateway Club, BGCTC
Guests of Rotarians - three attended:
Steve Romines introduced Darlene, wife and care giver.
ROTARY MOMENT: President Elect Jim Burton talked of his experience with Rotary since he retired from teaching marketing in high school and moving to Olympia. Jim had always recognized Rotary for being a community service organization; that is why he joined Lacey Rotary. He will serve our Club as President year 2018-19 and looks forward to many more years of community service through Rotary. 
President Dave Schneider is organizing monthly dinner groups that will meet at a member's home or a restaurant as a social event each month in lieu of a regular meeting. 
  A school in Brazil, supported by our Club, has received $3,900 of Duck Dash funds and replied, expressing their gratitude and thanks for the money.
Please attend our meeting next week, September 7th
    with District Governor Tom Carroll.
Special Report from Steve Romines: Steve was diagnosed with Pancreatic cancer some three years ago, and underwent successful surgery and chemo-therapy. With its recurrence, he is again doing bi-weekly chemo-therapy sessions that wipe him out for a week. In September, Steve will have daily radiation treatments for five weeks; he is not undergoing surgery again due to the risks involved. Thus far, Steve has beat the odds for survivability and will fight hard for a healthy future. He emphasized how important  our personal messages of support keep his spirits up.
PROGRAM:  Turkey and the Region by Dr. Yasemin Alptekin
The Club's Director of Outreach Services, a naturalized American citizen, Yasemin reported on changes within her native country over the past century. After receiving a Phd degree from Ohio State University, Yasemin taught in a university in Turkey before committing to a life in the USA. Her home country has changed from a secular society to a Muslim controlled government.
After the country became a democratic republic in 1923, it had a diverse cultural heritage and the people spoke Ottoman, a combination of  Persian, Turkish and Arabic languages. Later, 'Turkish' was mandated as the official language, and by 1934, the government decreed relief from required religious dress. 
Nearly one hundred years later, after a number of presidents with varied convictions,  the secular country is transforming into an Islamic State.  After demonstrations in 2013 and a coup attempt in 2016, many  military officers, journalists and academics have lost jobs with allegations of being dissidents. Some government mandates deny justice and equality for women.
FELLOWSHIP by Mike Marohn 
Mike earned money for the Club by fining members for their personal involvement and political and public notoriety.
One definition of a fine:
  • Facilitated
  • Insights
  • Noodling
  • Everyone
MEDALLION:  Mike Babauta of the Lacey Boys and Girls Club thanked our Club for the support and involvement in the past.  He announced they expect this school year will be their biggest enrollment and their club will be remodeling the Lacey building for a teen center. The Lacey Boys and Girls Club would welcome any donations.
Members are called on to donate $100 to the RI foundation for this year's sustaining membership.
Save the Date for Lacey Rotary Club Meeting Sept 7th
with our District Governor Tom Carroll. 
Recurring Club Events
Board meeting – held 4th Monday of every month at 5pm at Dave's office at a new location.
District Training Assembly: Tacoma, May 3-5th, 2018 <Click here for more info>
VIDEOS of OTHER RECENT PROGRAMS (click on title to view program)
Exchange Student Experiences - Adina Niukoski on June 22nd
Olympia's Maritime History - Presentation on June 15th
Thurston ThrivesThurston County Commissioner Bud Blake
First Responders Making A Difference - Dick Garrett and Undersheriff Tim Braniff
City of Lacey Update - Scott Spence
Duck Dash 2017 Kick-Off - President-Elect Dave Schneider
Bloodworks Northwest - Heidi Schaiberger
CLUB/EVENT PHOTOS – Please see additional club photos taken by Dr. Yasemin Alptekin at the Lacey Rotary Club Facebook page:
DUCK DASH 2017 Photos (compiled by Dr. Yasemin Alptekin):
• Could not make the meeting?  Makeup a meeting online:
• Another makeup opportunity: The new Gateway - Panorama Rotary Club meets at 11:30 a.m. on the first and third Monday each month at the Seventeen51 Restaurant & Bistro at Panorama.