Posted by Ben Kirschner
Meeting of Lacey Rotary Club
at St Martins' University Worthington Center
 The meeting was opened by
Club President Shellica Trevino.
 Pledge of Allegiance
   led by Lisa Brager.
Song led by Irene Emmons-Perez:
   "My Country 'tis of Thee"
Thought for the Day - Greg Cuoio:
  "If you can't do great things, 
do small things in a great way."
No Visiting Rotarians
Bill McGregor, Assistant District Governor, presents awards:
Jim Burton with Bill and President Shellica received the banners. An award for Every-Rotarian-Every-Year donated to The Rotary Fund last year, 2018-19, while Jim was president. The second banner is for 100% sustaining members, each member gave at least $100 to the TRF.
Guest: Megan Litchfield, a North Thurston Interact Club member, introduced by Tony Barrett, Co-chair of the Interact Club.
  Our next meeting will be Jan. 23rd at St Martins' Worthington Center.
Irene Emmons-Perez reported the Club members who rang the bells during 48 volunteer hours in December helped collect over $3,500 in donations for the Salvation Army.
  Ray Hardee reminder: Continue supporting the Other Bank with toiletries, personal care products or cash. The Other Bank is now co-located with the Food Bank..
  Greg Cuoio: Tiny houses being built at the Market Skills Center use volunteer assistance. Lunch is available for purchase at the Center's cafeteria. See Greg if you want to help.
  Ken Anderson : Duck Dash needs sponsors to help offset the cost for the event so that ticket sales money will go to local charities instead of expenses. Pick up a form from Ken and find a sponsor from among your daily contacts. 
Each member get one sponsor ! 
 Shellica Trevino : January 30th is a special family social, an evening meeting at Yelm's Prairie Lanes for bowling, 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM. Prairie Lanes is located at 202 E. Yelm Avenue. The Club will pay for members' bowling, food is extra.
Program: Judy Jones
Thurston County Food Bank
During 2018 the food Bank served over 4 million pounds of food to 16,325 families, - 57,251 individuals. The food bank receives most food in donations from produce stores, warehouses and corporate donors, and buys other necessary items. Our club support was $12,000.
Program Chair Larry Blume with Judy Jones
The food bank opened at their new location at 7027 Martin Way East, in the old Western Meats location, now closer to many customers who live in the outlying areas. The victory farm garden on the property is operated by veterans with help from GRUB. The farm stand supplied about 600 pounds of fresh produce and five gallons of honey to 150 customers during September-November.
The summer lunch service for children delivered over 12,000 prepared lunches to kids at eleven sites where low income families reside. Preparation of meals is part of our Club's service effort on Thursday evenings at the food bank warehouse on the west side's  Mottman Road.
The pantry building should be built on-site this year and will be a store-like atmosphere where customers can use a shopping cart to gather food for themselves and their families. Judy related that there is no shortage of available food donations in Thurston County that could be used if the infrastructure for its distribution existed.
Learn more at 
 Sign up for the February 7th Valentine Dinner Auction at Indian Summer.
Our Club needs 100 people to attend and get auction items to be offered.
Bring in a nice bottle of wine for the WINE GRAB !
Tom Nelson will be our auctioneer.
March 19th: Paul Harris Dinner at the Hotel RL to recognize new Paul Harris Fellows and multiple PH Fellows and also two or more Major PH Donors from our Club to be recognized at the meeting.  A great program and a shorter one is promised for that evening.  Sign up on line or at the back table; new Rotarians / Paul Harris Fellows pay only $26.50.
Become a Sustaining Member by giving $100 ($50 matching while resources last)
Earn a Paul Harris Fellowship by giving $1,000.
A Major PH Donor is one who contributed $10,000.
FELLOWSHIP: Ken Fialkowski
Ken was creative in quizzing and fining members for the Club.
Medallion: Ken Balsley has a radio show and online presence. Visit his blog at 






 Greg Cuoio needs volunteers to be a part of a three-Club effort to build a tiny house for transitional housing. Be a mentor or a worker or just be at the Market Skills Center with high school age builders.  A grant has been acquired from 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. 
May 15 & 16, 2020: District Conference in Victoria, BC.
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June 6 - 10, 2020: Rotary Convention in Honolulu.
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VIDEOS of SOME PAST 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):
 Makeup a meeting online:
 Food Bank Warehouse on Mottman Road, third Thursday of each month.