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Longtime resident intent on helping service clubs work together

Masonic Lodge member John Adamson hands out candy on Halloween at the South Hill Mall as part of the Service Clubs of Puyallup’s outreach event.
Masonic Lodge member John Adamson hands out candy on Halloween at the South Hill Mall as part of the Service Clubs of Puyallup’s outreach event. Courtesy

Service Clubs of Puyallup may still be in its infancy, but the founder of the club, Curtis Thiel, couldn’t be more excited about it.

His new venture includes eight service clubs in Puyallup, two Lions Clubs, two Rotary Clubs, three Kiwanis Clubs and the Masonic Lodge in Puyallup.

“The goal is simply to get the clubs to work together and make Puyallup a better place,” said Thiel, adding that his vision is to increase the visibility of service clubs to the Puyallup community.

“I hear over and over that we are the best kept secret,” he said. “Service clubs give and give and because we don’t tell anybody, we don’t get new members. We need to tell the community about the good work we do so we can attract new members and future leaders.”

A Rotary member since 2000 and current assistant governor for Area 12, which includes six Rotary Clubs, Thiel is very involved in his beloved Puyallup community.

“I grew up in Puyallup, have always lived here and been in Rotary for 17 years,” said the Rogers High School graduate.

While in high school, he was in Decca and was a business major.

“I’m a big relationship and networking guy and want to pull the community together,” said Thiel, who owns Hard@Work Computers in Puyallup.

Thiel said that the clubs were all good, but they could be great if they all worked together.

“One of the trends you see is all service club’s membership is aging and we need to encourage younger folks to join in and work together,” he said.

Service Clubs of Puyallup has had four meetings so far, scheduled on the second Monday of the month. Thiel’s vision is to market the clubs by running ads to get the word out.

All the service clubs who have joined with Thiel are on board about working together.

“The goal is to do joint events. Some clubs are doing a jacket and glove drive this month and others will help with that. We are trying to help each other out,” Thiel said.

The group held a Halloween event at the South Hill Mall and gave out $750 in candy.

“The mall gave us three booths for three hours and we handed out thousands of pieces of candy, and they advertised the event on the reader board,” he said.

The goal that day was to be seen in the community, hand out information about the group and do some possible recruitment.

Always looking for new members, Thiel said anyone interested in joining can contact him through the organization’s Facebook page, PuyallupClubs, or email him at curtis@hardatworkpc.com.

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