Welcome to the Rotary Club of Yelm

Service Above Self

We meet Thursdays at 7:30 AM
Tahoma Valley Restaurant
15425 Mosman Ave SW
Our Mailing Address: PO Box 2534
Yelm, WA  98597
United States
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The Rotary Club of Yelm is pleased to announce our October 2017 Student of the Month, Jared CullumJared was selected as the October 2017 Rotary Club of Yelm Student of the Month through the YHS Leadership program.  Jared maintains stellar grades while balancing challenging classes along with wind ensemble and graphic design – in other words, he is well-rounded academically. Jared is also very involved in the community. He has 250+ hours of community service and is no stranger to staying late to help clean up after an event. Jared was the Senior Patrol Leader in Boy Scout Troop 268 where he participated in ten different Eagle Scout Projects, Flag Ceremonies on Veterans and Memorial Days, and many community service activities hosted by the Yelm Lions Club.  He is now an Assistant Scoutmaster and hopes to continue his involvement in the community in any way he can. 
Jared also helped to fix our tv/video screens in the commons and the office so they could once again be used for announcements!  All of this is likely why he was chosen as the Rotary Club of Yelm Student of the Month. 
 
As this months Student of the Month, Jared received a gift card from Walmart Yelm and a savings certificate from Olympia Federal Savings.  He will be recognized the the City of Yelm - Government at an upcoming City Council meeting.   Congratulations Jared!
We are honored to announce Anisha Payne, as our September Rotary Student of the Month.  Anisha Payne, class of 2018, embodies the qualities of an outstanding Yelm Tornado senior.  She strives to always be her best self and her high energy and determination is obvious in all she does.  A Link Crew leader this year, she is passing the torch onto our younger students and infecting them with her enthusiasm about the greatest high school in the world.  She stands out on the field in the marching band, will be in the upcoming play at school and manages the football team all while maintaining good grades.  She was also on our Homecoming court this year.  We are proud that this respectful student has been honored with Student of the Month.  Anisha received a gift card from our sponsor, Walmart Yelm and will be recognized by the City of Yelm at their City Council meeting on Tuesday, October 24th.  
 
Pictured above from left to right - Rotarian Ken McCulloch, Anisha Payne, Principal Ryan Akiyama and Vice Principal Corrina DuRocher
Week 9 of our 10 weeks of Summer food distribution. Our members during our weekly distribution of food bags. Thanks Tess Street-FaughnKim LyleSandi Ramey HansonMicheline CortevilleAndre LyleTom Dewell and Giovanni.
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Thank you to our great bagging crew Jessica, Jeremiah, Angelina, Savannah Walker; Steve Dobosz Andre Lyle, Larry Hanson and Sandi Ramey Hanson.
 
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You guys Rock. Also thanks to Floyd Sheldon for getting everything ready. #10weeks #yelmrotary #serviceaboveself#rotaryrocks
We really appreciate you. #10weeks #yelmrotary #serviceaboveself

Week 8 food bags are all ready! Thank you to our great bagging crew Jessica, Jeremiah, Angelina, Savannah Walker; Madison Rodriguez; Alexandria Calvin, Ken McCullochLarry Hanson and Sandi Ramey Hanson. You guys Rock. Also thanks to Floyd Sheldon for getting everything ready.  

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Tuesday will be our 8th distribution this summer.  We will be delivering 160 bags to kids in our community.  Each week we shop, sort, bag and deliver 150-160 bags to low income families in our community.  Our community has been extremely generous with their support and time.  

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Some of our members during our weekly distribution of food bags. We have given out almost 1200 bags so far this summer. Thanks Tess Street-FaughnKim LyleSandi Ramey HansonMicheline Corteville and Steve Dobosz. We really appreciate you

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 #10weeks #yelmrotary #serviceaboveself #rotaryrocks

Week 7 food bags are ready for distribution thanks to these amazing volunteers. Thanks for giving up part of your Sunday to help us.
 
The families that we are supporting with the 150 food bags we do each week have been very grateful.  This is a wonderful program and I hope all our club Rotarians will participate.  
 
Thanks to Walmart Yelm and Ken McCulloch Insurance Agency for the bags. If any business has some re-usable grocery bags we are in need of 450 more to meet our next 3 weeks needs. #10weeks #yelmrotary #serviceaboveself
We had an amazing crew for our 5th week of packing bags.  They all helped us get the 160 bags packed and ready in no time!  This week our bag sponsors were  Olympia Federal Savings and Veterans Lending Group.  We are very appreciative to Walmart Yelm for all the support they have given us.  
 
 
 
Distribution was done on Tuesday and we had 2 crews - one a the Nisqaully Pines and the other at the Carlson Cabin.  Here is the crew at the Pines.
Another successful bagging party for our 10 weeks of Summer food program. Thank you Veterans Lending Group for the donation of bags and your time. We appreciate it.  
 
We are so grateful to our wonderful community that has come out in force to support us and help us feed the kids this summer.  Today we bagged about 150 bags of food.  Thanks to all of our sponsors and supporters for helping us with our Summer project. If you would like to help or donate please contact us. We bag every Sunday and distribute every Tuesday. Also thank you to the Yelm Lions Club and Nisqually Pines for allowing us to use their facilities for distribution. 6 more weeks. #yelmrotary #serviceaboveself#10weeks #rotaryrocks
 
Another week has come and gone.  We are so grateful to our wonderful community that has come out in force to support us and help us feed the kids this summer.  Today we passed out about 140 bags of food along with hygiene bags and water.  Thanks to all of our sponsors and supporters for helping us with our Summer project. If you would like to help or donate please contact us. We bag every Sunday and distribute every Tuesday. Also thank you to the Yelm Lions Club and Nisqually Pines for allowing us to use their facilities for distribution. 7 more weeks. #yelmrotary #serviceaboveself#10weeks #rotaryrocks
 
We started our week with a shopping trip to  Walmart Yelm .  They helped fill our list and stuff our truck.  Manager Kim wears a cape for a reason!  She was so gracious.  
 
The Rotary Club of Yelm has been supporting homeless and under-served children in the Yelm Community School District for several years.  Our main club goal is to help youth in our community.  We support them with scholarships, snack and supply programs, clothing and hygiene drives, and support the weekend food program of Homeless Backpacks at the high school, middle schools and extension school.
 
This summer we are expanding our support by adding a summer food program.  Our “10 Weeks of Summer” food program will provide weekly food bags to children in need in our community.  Many of the kids who will receive this bag don't want summer break because they know they won't get breakfast or lunch like they do during school in the food program.  Food insecurity is a real concern for these children.  Since our area is very rural, when the students are home during the summer, the free and reduced lunch programs they receive at school are not available.  Also due to the rural location of student’s homes, and lack of public transportation, it is challenging for the students to access the local food banks and/or the free dinners provided by local churches.  Our goal is to make it easier on these families and provide them something on a regular basis. 
 
We are currently working with the Yelm School District, the Yelm Lions Club, Yelm Community Services and others to provide a bag of food each week.   Rotary club members will aid in the collection, assembly and distribution of weekly food bags. We are also working with local businesses and business groups to help support this program.   Cash donations and food can be dropped off at Timberland Bank in Yelm.  Donations can also be made online at www.yelmrotary.org or by mail to Rotary Club of Yelm, PO Box 2534, Yelm, WA  98597.    
 
Distributions take place on Tuesdays from 10am to Noon at the Nisqually Pines Clubhouse 8903 Pepperidge Lance SE, Yelm and at the Carlson Scout Cabin, 301 Yelm Ave, Yelm. 
 
 
 
 
Getting ready to fill our first bags with all the food 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Some of our bags at our first distribution at the Nisqually Pines Clubhouse on June 27th. 
 

Rotary Club of Yelm Student of the Year

 
Nolan Lyle received a plaque for his award of Rotary Student of the Year along with a $500 scholarship.  Tuesday night, June 27th our Student of the Year, Nolan Lyle was recognized by the City of Yelm's Mayor and City Council. Thank you to the City for supporting and partnering with us on this great program.
 
Nolan Lyle has been a student of the Yelm Community Schools for 13yrs as a Prairie Panther, Ridgeline Storm and Yelm High School Tornado. Over the years he has accumulated numerous awards and recognitions.
Nolan has been an avid volunteer for the Rotary Club of Yelm over the past 7 years, starting with the clubs first project, his brother Andre’s Eagle Scout project. He has helped with highway clean-ups, 5k runs, Christmas in the Park and Prairie Days parades, delivering supplies for the YHS snack program, Home & Garden Show, First- Aid at the Backyard Badminton Jamboree and past President of the Yelm Community Interact Club. He has received the Rotary Club/City of Yelm Student of the month two consecutive years.  He received Boy Scouts of America’s highest honor of Eagle Scout in January.
He has participated in tennis and received the “Most Inspirational” award two consecutive years. He ran track his freshman year in the 4x100, 100 meter and pole vault. Sophomore year exclusively pole vaulted. Junior/Senior year throw discus and shot put earning him a place at districts in shot put.
Nolan received the Yelm Park Advisory Committee/City of Yelm 2016 Good Citizenship Award, National Honor Societies YHS “Most Volunteer Hours” award 2 years consecutively. He was sponsored by the Yelm American Legion Post to attend Evergreen Boys State, where he was elected Mayor of the City of Fir and was first alternate for Boys Nation in Washington DC.
During his junior and senior’s years, Nolan has worked at Yelm Gymnastics Center as the head coach for boy’s gymnastics teaching male youth ages 7-13, Ninja Zone coordinator teaching boys and girls a program that incorporates aspects of parkour, gymnastics and martial arts. Assistant girls’ team coach teaching strength and conditioning. Nolan also holds a Black Belt in TangSooDo.
In the summer of 2015 Nolan was a Camp Counselor for the Campfire Summer Camp program and earned the Silver Teapot award.
Nolan has been a 3-year Sports Medicine student, competing at the Washington Career Technical Sports Medicine Association state competition. As a sophomore, he placed 6th in CPR and First-Aid skills, as a junior placed 1st in Student Forum and as a senior placed 2nd in CPR and First-Aid Skills and held the State Officer position of Treasurer his senior year. He volunteers at the Bald Hills Fire Department as an Explorer/Cadet and through the experience of the two programs, plans to pursue a career in para-medicine (Paramedic). On June 10th, the Bald Hills Fire Department Explorers competed in the Washington Association of Fire Fighters Annual MUSTER competition at the Washington State Fire Training Academy in North Bend. Four companies competed and they brought home the Golden Fire Extinguisher trophy, the first time in 7 years. His company also placed 1st in Mass Casualty Incident/Triage, Bald Hills placed 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in that category.  He will continue to volunteer with the Fire Department this summer, take the physical ability test and work towards his EMT certificate this fall or winter.
Nolan has a compassionate heart, wants to help others and truly embodies Rotaries moto of “Service above Self”.
                                                                                                         
We are excited to join others in our community and help fill a summer need. Below is the 3 pickup loads of food that were donated to our summer program to help fill the first week of bags.  Each week we will be distributing about 125 bags of food to low income children in our community.  The first distribution will happen on Tuesday, June 27th.  
 
 
Getting ready to fill the bags with food.
We WANT your STUFF!! Are you cleaning our your house? Spring Cleaning? Moving? Downsizing? We are looking for donations. The Rotary Club or Yelm is a 501(c) 3 and will provide a receipt for your donations. Help us raise money to help those in our community!

Congratulations to Jeremy Walling for being nominated and chosen as YHS's Rotary Student of the Month. Jeremy was nominated by two different staff members. Jeremy was hailed by the custodial staff at YHS for his help commitment and volunteer work for the district over the summer. Jeremy was also nominated by shop teacher Ms. Sheppard for his outstanding commitment to his class. Jeremy is a leader in the classroom and volunteers his time afterward to help Ms. Sheppard keep the shop running smoothly. He consistently shows his leadership and self service during school, as well as volunteering within our community. Congratulations Jeremy!

Jeremy will be honored by Rotary Club of Yelm and the City of Yelm at their City Council Meeting on February 14th. Congratulations Jeremy!

This year the Rotary Club of Yelm received approval for a grant from District 5020 to help expand our Rotary Snack program to both Middle Schools while continuing to enhance it at the high school.  This is our first delivery to the Yelm Middle School and included food and clothing for those in need.  
This week we were excited to be a part of the Lackamas Elementary Kindness Week for the 3rd straight year.  It was a great time and we were honored to be a part of it.  This is a national program and is lead by the leadership students.  Their goal this year is to do over 8,000 acts of kindness during the week.  

We are honored to introduce our December Student of the Month, Kieran Keeslar. Kieran is an outstanding student in Beginning Drama class as well as in Drama Club's current production of The Curious Savage. He provides consistent leadership to whatever group he is working with and rises above to give others a high bar for achievement. His flexibility in also participating in the after-school Jazz Band and still maintaining excellence in both activities is astounding for a high school student. He also shows respect to students and adults alike, and his demeanor is always friendly and encouraging. Kieran is not only an asset to YHS's Drama program, but also to his community. Kieran attends most school board meetings, just to learn the processes that go into running a school district. He has also volunteered during many community events including Christmas in the Park, the Dollars for Scholars Auction and volunteering with productions at the Triad Theatre. Congrats, Kieran, on being a splendid example for others to follow! 

Kieran will be honored by Rotary Club of Yelm and the City of Yelm at their City Council Meeting on January 10th. Congratulations Kieran !

It is with great pleasure that we announce Shelby Fox as the Rotary Club of Yelm Student of the Month. Shelby is a full time running start students who is also a Teacher’s Assistant. Shelby always comes in with a smile on her face and a willing to work attitude. Shelby is actively involved with the Yelm community as well as the JBLM community as her mom is currently serving in the US Army. She recently put in extra work to get a last minute scholarship submitted and ended up winning the VFW Voice of Democracy Scholarship for our area. She will be honored next week. She is very proactive about her future and is currently applying to UW, University of Florida and University of Michigan. 

Shelby will be honored by Rotary Club of Yelm and the City of Yelm at their City Council Meeting on December 13th. Congratulations Shelby!

We are excited to announce our October Rotary Student of Month Bridget Davila from Yelm High School. Bridget is absolutely indispensable in both Advanced Drama (which is a split class with Beginning Drama students as well) and Stagecraft (also a split class) - she often leads the charge. As Drama Club President, she is a leader not only in name but also in spirit. She is an excellent example for the younger students, always jumping in with enthusiasm. 
She can be counted on to help pull in students who are not participating (without even urging her to!) and she can be trusted to lead groups within Stagecraft. She is frequently seen going out of her way to make others laugh and keep our classes and rehearsals light-hearted. Oh yes - did we mention she just earned the title role in the first-ever YHS Drama Club winter play "The Curious Savage", in which she'll be playing Ethel Savage. She's going to be a major asset to whatever college is lucky enough to get her next year!

Bridget will be honored by Rotary Club of Yelm and the City of Yelm at their City Council Meeting on November 8th. Congratulations Bridget!

We are excited to announce Chris Saleans as the September Rotary Student of the Month from Yelm High School.
 
Chris Saleans was selected as Yelm High School Rotary Student of the Month for September. Chris was nominated by Karla Blowers, CTE Teacher. “As an advanced student in Video Production, Chris has demonstrated both leadership and talent in the area of video production, “said Ms. Blowers.
When asked about what it is he likes about the Video Production class, Chris responded, “It’s hands-on, you don’t just sit in class and take notes, you get to come up with ideas and watch them come to life.” He said he likes working with the camera, the people he works with, and the video editing software. “You get to meet new people. You get to capture who they really are”, he said. Chris likes all aspects of the the class.
Chris has demonstrated his leadership skills by helping other students in class with basic video editing skills. He has also spent time outside of school volunteering to film events occurring within the district. This past summer, Chris gave up a day to film at Fort Stevens. Teachers were engaged in CKLA training on English Langauage Arts. He also created the CTE Advisor Recruitment video that is used to encourage local business people to get involved with YHS by sitting on the CTE Advisory Committees.
Chris has also been filming at pep assemblies, football games, in class, and around the school to obtain clips he will use in preparing a Fight Song Video that will be uploaded to the YHS website. The video is intended to get students “fired up” about being a student at the World’s Greatest High School. School spirit is contagious and Chris is hoping to spread it to all Yelm students!
 
Pictured are Ryan Akiyama, Yelm High School Principal, Corrina DuRocher, Asst Principal, Marsha Christiansen, Rotary Member, Chris Saleans, Kim Lyle, Rotary Member
 
The Rotary Club of Yelm is excited to be partnering with the Yelm High School again this year.  Pictured below is our first donation of backpacks and supplies.  We collect and donate supplies, gloves, hats, food, hygiene items, and much more throughout the school year.  Last year we donated over $1000 to this program.  
Thank you to all our wonderful Sponsors & Volunteers.  without you we could not do all that we do!
 
Court Sponsors:
Move Strong Fitness
Crowe Law 
Yelm Family Medical 
OBEE Credit Union
Timberline Bank 
Twin Star Credit Union
American Family Insurance
 
Silver Sponsors:
South Sound Hand Therapy
Mt Meadow Lavender
 
Other sponsors:
Jenny's Barnhouse
LNS Enterprises, LLC
Micheline Corteville
Shine 
Inspirah
Help us welcome the new Board of Directors for the Rotary Club of Yelm.  They all assumed their new positions July 1st, 2016.
Last night, June 6th, we were honored to present 3 Scholarships to graduating seniors at Yelm High School   The recipients of our 2016 Scholarships are:
 
  • Brianna Feller
  • Nicole DeHan
  • Emily Greninger
Congratulations to all the 2016 Seniors!
 
The Rotary Club of Yelm is honored to announce Joe Donan as our 2015-16 Student of the Year. Joe Donan is an incredible choice for the Rotary Student of the Year Scholarship. Joe's high school career has shown incredible achievement in class, in multiple leadership activities and on the athletic field. Academically, Joe is a top student who is headed to the University of Washington Bothell Campus to study engineering design. During his time at YHS Joe earned multiple recognitions for his work on the Robotics Team which competed well at the state level. Joe's leadership with the team was exemplified by high levels of collaboration and teamwork which allowed the group to excel at state. Joe has also been a significant leader across campus, helping out with College Signing Day, Prairie Days, student elections and student events. Athletically, Joe competed at the district level in the pole vault and varied events on our track team. Joe is charismatic, positive and always willing to help his peers and teachers. Joe Donan embodies all the core values we communicate here at Yelm High School.
 
 
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