Posted by Ben Kirschner
Lacey Rotary Club Meeting
Saint Martin's University Norman Worthington Conference Center
Meeting opened at 12:35pm by President Dave Schneider
Pledge of Allegiance led by Mike Heelan
Thought for the Day by Yasemin Alptekin:
"Happiness is anywhere we can find it,
rarely is it where we are looking for it."
Singing of "God Bless America"
  led by Tom Nelson
 One Guest introduced by John Masterson
Gary Burris 
today's first reading as a
prospective member 
NEW MEMBER INDUCTION: Ashley Worth, classification: Commercial Lending
 Welcoming Ashley into the Club,  Don Orazem reads the induction certificate for Ashley
 whose mentor is Linnea Comstock.  Ashley's sponsor is Mitch Dietz.
As Membership Chair, Don Orazem did the first readings for Gary Burris and Justin Deutsch.  If members have any comments about proposed members, they should direct their comments to a board member.
 Members are reminded to meet Ashley and
 sign her book, else pay the fine for not 
 introducing themselves to new members. 
President Dave announced the Club will meet on January 11th, but there will be no meeting on January 18th, the day for dinner meetings.
 Duck Dash Sponsorships:  Ken Anderson encouraged all members to participate, - be a sponsor or find a new sponsor for the 2018 Duck Dash. Pickup a Duck Dash Sponsor form from Ken.
Dustin Wilson will be making a trip to the African global grant site next month,  February 21st !
 He invited other Rotarians to go along with him, but it's not necessary to stay for the full two weeks.
 Dustin plans to make a donation for, and be involved with, a tree-planting project managed by a Rotary Club in Africa.
   Dustin works on projects with the Thurston County Water Committee.  They will be traveling to Honduras this year to check on a project there.  Anyone interested in accompanying the committee can receive $750 toward the travel costs.
The Valentines Day Auction:  Jim Burton and Cynthia Pratt asked us to sign up for attending the February 9th auction, in the Indian Summer Clubhouse at $40 per person.  Bring bottles of wine for the auction wine grab; each bottle should cost about $20 per state rules.
Cynthia's husband will drive a golf cart from the Indian Summer parking lot to the front door for those who want to use it.
Watch for Jim Burton's Online Auction!   New offerings each week!
Cynthia reminds all members to donate $100 for this year's sustaining membership to the RI foundation.
PROGRAM:  Katie Rains - "GRuB at work in our Community" 
Katie is the Executive Director of GRuB, a non-profit organization providing food for the needy people in our area, worthwhile activities for teens and veterans, and new garden next to the Lacey Food Bank on Martin Way.
FELLOWSHIP by Kathy Houston
 Kathy told of eating pork and sauerkraut at New Years' in  Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where she grew up.  She then asked other members to recount their New Year traditions.
 Kathy asked  trivia questions about the New Year's eve celebration in New York, which reportedly first took place in 1907.
As the "Fine Master", Kathy did her best to raise some dollars for the Club's fund.
Ray Hardee bought the medallion and told the Club about the Boys & Girls Clubs free event, honoring the Youth of the Year candidates on January 31st at 6:00pm at the South Puget Sound Community College.  Let Ray know if you'd like to attend, or RSVP online at  or call 360-956-0755.
Mike Heelan is the happy winner of both drawings for contributions to the TRF at Rotary International
Food Bank Thursday: The third Thursday of each month at 5:30 PM, our Club supports the Food Bank at its warehouse on Mottman Road on the city's west side. Mary Segawa asked members to be there Thursday evening January 18th,  to help prepare lunches for homeless kids.
Board meeting – held 4th Monday of every month at 5pm in Dave's Law Office in Lacey.
District Conference and Training Assembly
in Tacoma, May 3-5, 2018. Dave encouraged Club members to register for the District Conference and Training Assembly
Our Club will reimburse members for the cost of registration.
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:
• Other makeup opportunities:
(1) Food Bank Warehouse every third Thursday on Mottman Road.
(2) The Gateway Club - Panorama Rotary meets at 11:30 a.m. on the first and third Monday each month at the "Seventeen-51 Restaurant & Bistro" at Panorama.