Welcome to the Rotary Club of Yelm

Yelm Rotary

Service Above Self

We meet Thursdays at 7:30 AM
Emma's Grillhouse
15425 Mosman Ave SW
Mailing: PO Box 2534
Yelm, WA  98597
United States
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The Rotary Club of Yelm was excited to meet and host Tim Bridgman during his brief stop in Yelm on Thursday, May 19.  Tim has been on a cycle journey around the world in support of one of his favorite organizations, ShelterBox.  He is currently winding his way through the Pacific Northwest heading up to Vancouver, through the Yukon and finally finishing in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska.
Dinner with Tim Bridgman
Pictured above are Ken McCulloch, Karen McCulloch, Steve Dobosz, Janet Dobosz, Larry Hanson, Sandi Hanson, Kyle Hanson, Tim Bridgman, Howard Christensen, & Marsha Christensen
Tim on his bike as he is getting ready to leave McKenna, WA and head north to Seattle.
It really is amazing how much stuff you can get in a small space.  
All loaded and ready to go.
It is with great pleasure that we recognize Nolan Lyle as our April 2016 Yelm Rotary Student of the Month. Nolan is a dedicated junior at Yelm High School. Nolan is a member of the National Honor Society as well as a Life Scout W/Troop 268-Yelm. He has been involved with the Interact Club and is the current President Elect who will become the president during his senior year. Nolan is a newly elected state officer with WCTSMA (Washington Career and Technical Sports Medicine Association) and was one of the team members that took 1st place in the Student Forum Sports Medicine State Competition 2016. On the athletic side Nolan is an active member of YHS tennis and track teams. He works at Yelm Gymnastics Center as the boys coach, Ninja Zone coach and girls team strength and conditioning coach. When looking for a volunteer Nolan is always there. 

Arizona Clowes has overcome significant life adversity that has really challenged her personally and her faith in others. She rises to the occasion when asked and strives to be a leader among her peers.  Arizona has grown into a strong, independent and caring individual that boosts up those around her and is insanely loyal to the cause.
Arizona is a role model in the classroom that her peers honestly respect and admire.
Arizona plans to attend Northwest College of Art and Design in Poulsbo.

Brianna Feller is a strong student and also attends South Puget Sound Community College.  She hopes to earn her AA degree at the same time she graduates from YHS.  At the high school Brianna serves as senior ASB treasurer and volunteers to help others whenever possible.  Brianna coordinated a school scarf fundraiser as a leadership event and organized other students to help.  The money raised by her efforts will offset costs of leadership camp for future student leaders.  Brianna has volunteered to help train new treasurers to work with the ASB office.  
Outside of school Brianna works at Casa Mia and also enjoys riding horses.  She plans to attend Arizona State University next fall with the goal of studying Communications.  

We have some great baskets again this year for our annual raffle.  Tickets are just $5 each.  The drawing will be held on May 1st at the Home & Garden Show here in Yelm.  Come see us at the food booth!
Here is a list of the baskets this year:
  • Adirondack Chair Set - Custom made by Steve Dobosz
  • Seahawks Fun – anything related to our Hawks
  • Garden Adventure – includes wheelbarrow, tools, plants, etc
  • Out on the Town – gift certificates to our wonderful fun places in and around Yelm
  • Fun & Games – Birthday party, gym memberships, games, etc
  • Hi Tech Now – Kindle Fire HD
Buy your tickets from any of our members!


January 2016 Student of the Month

​Kalista Fourre is a talented senior at Yelm High School.  Near the top of her class, Kalista has challenged herself in many ways.  As an Honors and Advanced Placement student, Kalista has maintained her academic standing while committing to a rigorous program.  Athletically, she is a 4 year letter winner in basketball as was just named Honorable Mention All League.  Kalista participated in our leadership summit this summer, performs with the band, and volunteers significant time serving as a youth basketball coach.  Always smiling, Kalista stands tall among the best YHS will graduate this year.  

Brandon Thompson is an incredible choice for December's Yelm Rotary Student of the Month.  Brandon is a gifted and dedicated student, ranking in the top 1% of his class.  From a leadership standpoint Brandon has engaged in our Leadership Summit and several leadership events during the school year.  A busy student-athlete, Brandon is a standout performer on both our YHS Football and Baseball teams.  Brandon volunteers outside of school to support youth football and "Little Buddies" programs.  Along with his family, Brandon provided support for a student who was temporarily homeless this fall.  This is typical of Brandon's personality and approach to school.  Brandon's goals include going to a 4 year university and competing in athletics.  Brandon has not ruled out pursuing admission to one of the US service academies.  

Sarah MAauley is an amazing young adult at Yelm High School.  Academically she is talented and near the top of her class, combining both YHS and Running Start workloads.   As a leader Sarah is highly active in a variety of programs including cheerleading, chamber choir and leadership summit.  Sarah also volunteered to plan and put on our highly successful sophomore orientation.  It is also quite common that Sarah spends time at school helping out teachers.  After graduation Sarah plans to pursue an ROTC program at a 4 year college, and is currently leaning toward Central Washington University.  Sarah is a great ambassador for Yelm High School.  
Sarah will be honored on Tuesday, December 8th by the Mayor of Yelm and the City Council before their City Council meeting.  

Several of our wonderful Yelm Rotarians spent last Saturday morning helping stuff bags for Homeless Backpacks organization. Thank you so much Claudia Johnston for helping arrange this again for us. We all look forward to our next stuffing party!

For October we honor Emily Greninger as our Yelm Rotary Student of the Month.  Emily is both an outstanding athlete and academic force. She has maintained a 3.6 GPA while taking AP/Honors classes as well as being involved with the sports medicine program and various other community activities. Emily has been accepted to WSU where she hopes to receive an ROTC scholarship. She is a talented bowler and was on the 2013 team that won the WIAA Academic Championship. Emily is much loved by the staff and students here at YHS. 
In recognition  of her contributions our SOTM Business Partner, Emma's Grillhouse presented her with a gift certificate.  She will also be honored by the City of Yelm at the November 10th City Council meeting.  
Pictured below are Yelm Rotary President Ken McCulloch, YHS Principal Brian Wharton, SOTM Emily Greninger and Rotarian Kim Lyle.

We are excited to be partnering with the Yelm High School again this year to honor a special student each month.  For September 2015 we honor Chloe Riggins.  Chloe Riggins is an outstanding senior leader at Yelm High School.  She serves her peers and school as an ASB officer and a leader in the school choir.  This summer, Chloe spent significant time volunteering at school and in the office helping us get ready for the opening of school.  She attended our leadership summit in August and has led or taken part in numerous events designed to make students feel a part of the YHS community.  Chloe is usually the first to jump in and help and always wears a giant smile.  In recognition  of her contributions our SOTM Business Partner, Emma's Grillhouse presented her with a gift certificate.  She will also be honored by the City of Yelm at the October 13 City Council meeting.  
Pictured below are Rotarian Kim Lyle, SOTM Chloe Riggins, YHS Principal Brian Wharton and Yelm Rotary President Ken McCulloch.

We would like to congratulate all our receipents of our first year with this new program.  It is truly a pleasure working with the Principal, Admin and staff at Yelm High School to make this possible.  

Yelm Rotary is proud to announce our first Yelm Rotary Student of the Year recipient, Ben Clark. Along with a certificate Ben will receive a $500 scholarship from our club. Ben is an incredible young adult. He maintains a 3.8 grade point average with multiple honors and Advanced Placement courses. At school he is active in all bands, varsity soccer, and is vice president of National Honor Society. In the community Ben has worked with the City of Lacey, leads numerous activities within National Honor Society and was named Yelm Youth Citizen of the Year by the Yelm Area Chamber of Commerce. He will be attending Western Washington University. Ben is one of many shining stars at Yelm High School. We are happy to have him represent our club in this honor!

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We are proud to represent the non-profits in the Yelm area.  The Yelm Area Chamber awarded us with NonProfit of the Year for 2013.  Below are club members are pictured with the award.




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