Reader Salute for June 19

On behalf of the Hands On Children’s Museum and the families that we serve, I am writing to express our gratitude for the generosity of the Rotary Club of South Puget Sound.

In April, South Puget Sound Rotary held an auction to raise funds for community and international service projects, as well as scholarships. They also asked the crowd to fund the exciting new Outdoor Discovery Center that will be part of the new Hands On Children’s Museum on East Bay. The half-acre center will be the first of its kind in Washington and will serve children with differing abilities. All children will find a welcoming place to play and learn in the outdoors.

In less than 15 minutes, South Puget Sound Rotary and its guests offered up $16,000 for the project. Over the years, this club has helped renovate the SafePlace Women’s Shelter, participated in the creation of Rotary Point Park, awarded scholarships at five area high schools, funded construction of clean-water wells in Zambia, and the list just goes on.

We are so honored and grateful that they chose the Hands On Children’s Museum as a key focus for their giving this year.

Patty Belmonte, Reader salute letters are subject to editing and must include a name, city and phone number for verification. Send items to Reader Salute, c/o The Olympian, PO Box 1219, Olympia, WA 98507. Fax letters to 360-357-0202.