The Club That Gets Things Done!

We meet Wednesdays at 7:00 AM
St Edward Catholic Church
601 West C Street
Shelton, WA  98584
United States
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Member Birthdays:
  • Mike Barnard
    November 14
  • Gayle Weston
    November 22
  • Marty Crow
    November 22
  • Jorge Nelson
    November 28
  • Kathy Haigh
    December 3
  • Alex Apostle
    December 23
  • Nancy Kissner
    December 27
Spouse Birthdays:
  • Lyle Mayner
    November 10
  • Michele Crow
    November 30
  • Inese Graudins
    December 7
  • Esther Jones
    December 11
  • Becky
    December 14
  • Susan Harris
    December 14
  • John Hinck
    Marion Spence
    November 24
Join Date:
  • Kevin Schmelzlen
    November 2, 2016
    1 year
  • Phil Grigg
    November 4, 2009
    8 years
  • Jorge Nelson
    November 9, 2016
    1 year
  • Ryan Wheaton
    November 16, 2016
    1 year
  • Mark Nault
    November 20, 2013
    4 years
  • Steve Andrewski
    November 23, 2009
    8 years
  • Scott Alsterberg
    December 11, 2013
    4 years
Today we were visited by Shelter Box, an organization partnered with Rotary to provide immediate disaster-relief shelter in disaster-torn areas.  Shelter Box accepted an additional donation from the Skookum Rotary Club, and because of Skookum's consistent support for the Shelter Box program, awarded Shelter Box the Hero Banner.
This week, our Rotary District Governor stopped by to give us a reminder of the bigger picture.
Tom Carroll, the Governor of District 5020, came to speak to the club about what it is District 5020 and Rotary as a whole does.  Especially being as close to Oysterfest as we are, it can be very easy to see Skookum Rotary as an independent organization.  And it's true that we do a great deal of work here in Shelton.  We run Oysterfest, giving our local non-profits a fundraising platform.  That funds community grants and scholarships through our own foundation.  We put on Music in the Park, we host the Science Fair, and we put on the Academic Excellence awards for our local students.  We work in this community.
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Marcelle Ciampi M.Ed. is the mother of three boys, one adult son who is on the autism spectrum. She is the lead job recruiter for ULTRA Testing, an autism educator, the author of the blog and book Everyday Aspergers, Selection Committee Chair at the ANCA World Autism Festival and is active in autism groups locally and globally. Samantha serves as a guest speaker, workshop presenter, curriculum developer, neurodiversity recruitment specialist, and more. She is working on her second book Autism in a Briefcase, written to provide insight to employers and agencies about the neurodiverse talent pool. A former schoolteacher and advocate for children with special needs, she appreciates the skills and talents of autistics. Diagnosed with Aspergers in 2012, she enjoys the arts, writing, movies, travel, and connecting with others. (More people know Sam by Sam because it’s her community pen name.) 

On November 6th, 2012, the residents of Washington’s new 10th Congressional District elected Denny Heck to be the district’s first member of the United States House of Representatives. Since taking office, Congressman Heck's top priorities have been creating jobs, growing our economy and keeping the American Dream alive for the middle class and those working to get into it. He has been a vocal advocate for military families and veterans as well as for the health and natural beauty of the Puget Sound’s environment.
What a privilege to visit the Rotarians in our District, and to see first-hand the outstanding things they are doing for their communities.  In July, Laurie and I visited Area 2 (Campbell River, Campbell River Daybreak, Courtenay, Cumberland Centennial, Comox, Strathcona Sunrise), Area 5 (Chemainus, Duncan Daybreak, Ladysmith, Saltspring Island, South Cowichan) and Area 8 (East Jefferson County, Port Angeles, Port Angeles Nor’ wester, Port Townsend, Port Townsend Sunrise, Sequim and Sequim Sunrise). A special thank you to Assistant Governors Stu Tunheim, Cher Lukefeld and Ned Luce for arranging all of the logistics.
Music In The Park - Thursday Nights 7pm at Kneeland Park
Free Admission!
The weeks band was 10 Cent Judy!  Click the read more button to find out about the band and pictures from the night!
07-13-2017 - Hurts Like Hell!
The HOST program offers support to goal-driven homeless students ages 16-21 by encouraging community-based housing and education advocacy. Students live with volunteer HOST families or in supportive transitional housing.  Participants are mentored by our Program Coordinator, located at CHOICE High School. Participants receive financial assistance, life skills development, and educational support to see them into independent adulthood.  Students can receive transition services for 6 to 12 months after graduating high school or GED
Skookum Rotary welcomes two new members!
Don Welander from CHOICE High School
Marty Crow from Mason County Habit for Humanity 

The Peninsular Railway and Lumbermen’s Museum is a museum devoted to preserving and interpreting the rich railroad and logging history of the Olympic Peninsula of Washington State. The institution is dedicated to preserving and operating the former Simpson Timber Company railroad and roundhouse properties located in Shelton, WA.

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