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Lacey Rotary

Lacey Rotary is a large diverse group and includes members from a wide variety of backgrounds and professions, all dedicated to serving the community of Lacey and Thurston County through volunteerism and community leadership.

Service Above Self

For years, Rotary’s commitment to Service Above Self has been channeled through the Avenues of Service, which form the foundation of club activity.

  • Club Service focuses on strengthening fellowship and ensuring functioning of the club
  • Vocational Service encourages Rotarians to serve others through their vocations and to practice high ethical standards.  Observed each October, Vocational Service Month spotlights Rotary club projects related to this avenue, offering opportunity for clubs and districts to use their porfessional skills in service projects.
  • Community Service covers the projects and activities the club undertakes to improve life in its community
  • International Service encompasses actions taken to expand Rotary’s humanitarian reach around the globe and to promote world understanding and peace.  Rotarians can support International Service by sponsoring a project in another country, seeking international project partners to support projects in their own communities, or by personally volunteering at an international project site.​
  • New Generations Service recognizes the positive change implemented by youth and young adults through leadership and development activities as RYLA, Rotoract and Interact, service projects, and creating international understanding with Rotary Youth Exchange.

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Preserve

Work together with projects that improve the health or our world, our neighbors, and ourselves.

Engage

Through the friends we make and the lives we impact, Rotary offers us opportunities to engage with communities near and far to make a positive difference.

Empower

Join us as we help support, uplift, and promote our community through fundraisers and local events

Club Executives

“My favorite part of being in rotary is the friendships and connections that me and my family have made in the club while working together with other members to serve our community.”

“Rotary is a unique opportunity to build friendships and to improve the lives of our community near and far.”

“As a Rotary member I have experienced the power of bringing our community together to understand challenges and changes and I am involved to actively problem solve to improve quality of life for all.”

“I value the friendships I have made and what being a Rotarian means in our community and throughout the world.”

“Rotary started as an opportunity for me to network and gain visibility for work, it has developed into life-long friendships and mentors, with service at the heart of it all.”

“My favorite thing about Rotary is being around other people who want to make our community and the world a better place.”

“Rotary is a unique connection with people that originates in the needs of my local community that also serves the needs of the whole world as well. That connection, based in service, draws all people closer together.  As a Rotarian, what I do matters because it serves others and brings out the best that I have to offer.”

“Rotary allows you to take part in learning about and supporting the local/global community in ways that work best for you, all while receiving sincere encouragement from others in the club who ultimately become your friends”

“Without question, my favorite part of Rotary is the relationships that I have developed with a group of kind, compassionate, and engaged members of our community. I also enjoy Rotary because it helps me keep a pulse of what is happening locally, both in business, the nonprofit sector, and government.”

“I am involved in Rotary because I believe in Service Above Self. My favorite thing about Rotary is the fellowship and service opportunities.”

“I am the son of a Rotarian of over 50 years, and began my career being hired and mentored by a Rotarian. I became a Rotarian after experiencing many positive influences from several Rotarians and personal exposure to the many contributions made by them to the local community and globally. I choose to continue to invest in Rotary because I believe we each have a responsibility for community service and we can accomplish so much more collectively than individually.”

Our History

The moments that made Lacey Rotary the club it is today.

1905

First Rotary Club
The first Rotary Club in the world was started in Chicago.

1969

Lacey Rotary
on March 13th, 1969 the Rotary Club of Lacey held its first organizational meeting in a hallway of the Lacey Village Shopping Center.

1970

Student Exchange
Its first exchange student came to the Lacey Rotary Club in January 1970.  She was Fiona Skahill from Australia.

1970

First Scholarship
One of its first expenditures of money in 1970 was for a $125 scholarship.

1987

Interact Club
Under the leadership of club president Ken Balsley, the Lacey Rotary Club started its first Interact Club.

1990

First Duck Dash
Our clubs annual fundraiser, now over 30 years
has raised over million dollars for charity.

1995

Creates Huntamer Park
The Club donates $50,000 and builds Woodland Square Park (now Huntamer Park).

1997

Built the Chambers Lake overlook on the Chehalis Western Trail
The first of 5 amenity projects built by our club along the trail.

2019

Lacey Rotary Playground
The club celebrates its 50th anniversary by donating $55,000 and helping the city construct a playground in the new Depot District.

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