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Terry Greer, member and past president of Stanwood Camano Rotary Club, chair of its literacy committee was our program on September 24.
Terry Greer, CPA
Starting in January 2008, their club adopted the Dolly Parton Imagination Library as the club's annual literacy project. The program gives every child from 0-5 who signs up an age appropriate book each month sent to their home. There is a "word gap" between children with parents that read to the children and those that don’t. This program helps promote literacy. September's Rotary theme is Basic Education and Literacy.
The Imagination Library is an international program that has given millions of books, supported by the Dollywood Foundation. Rotary International has supported the program and it encourages clubs to sponsor the Imagination Library in its community. Click here for a link to the R.I. material on the program
Click on the Image Above to Learn More About the Program
When the club signed up with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library and the foundation came to show the club how to run the program. Books cost about $2/book and that includes shipping. The sponsor sends the program the names, birth date and addresses of the children as well as $2/book and the program sends the book to the child.
95% of funding comes from the club. Typically $8,000/year. They are looking for additional funding as the program has grown.
Program makes the community stronger and fosters literacy. Hopefully Arlington can have a program like this. It needs a champion, maybe that is the Rotary Club of Arlington and the Arlington Education Foundation. 2,000 children in the community under 5 in Arlington.
The Arlington Education Foundation is researching starting this program here. Less than 10 hours per month to manage the program. Projected to have 1,200 children registered by year 5. $355 for 500 brochures. AEF has discussed covering costs requesting sign ups/donations, according the the AEF chair of the program, Sherri Ballew, one of our guests. AEF needs a partner like Rotary.
Our club does a service project at Camp Fire Mountain, a Boy Scout camp just east of Big Lake, each year. In the past we have generally built or repaired things. On September 13 we tore down structures on the swim beach to make room for new. Here are a few of the photos that are in the photo album section of the website and bulletin:
Brad Spangler, Senior Manager Engineering for the Snohomish County P.U.D., told us about the the P.U.D.'s tidal water power project, at our September 17 meeting.
By 2020 the PUD will need additional sources of power. It currently gets 85% of its power from the BPA. An additional 9% is purchased on the market and 6% is generated at Culmback Dam in the Sultan River Basin. The Dam forms Spada Lake and is a source for Everett's water supply. The drought has resulted in the lake being 60' down from its normal level.
Conservation is much cheaper than building more generators and the PUD offers free consultation to businesses.
The PUD has researched generating power using the tidal currents and in fact had a test sight all permitted. It is in Admiralty Inlet near Fort Casey and would have involved 2 co-centric generators 20 feet in diameter.
The platform and generator weigh about 400 tons in order to withstand the continual ebb and flow tides. There is a window from August to October only that the work of submerging and running cables to a structure on shore can occur. The cable would be 8" in diameter and the turban generators would be in about 200' of water.
Cameras and microphones were to be placed on the platform for the University of Washington to monitor how marine animals react.
The funding has been shared equally with the US Energy Department. When the cost increased from $20 million to $44 million the Energy Department pulled th plug on continued financing. The PUD could not afford to go alone. The power that the would be generated would be at a cost of $400 per megawatt. The PUD can buy energy elsewhere for $65 per megawatt.
The project is licensed for 10 years so if the cost of energy keeps rising, the option will be open to continue the research project.
More can be seen on the project by clicking here.
Rotary Club of Bungoma signed a contract for the Drilling of the well last week, and have now gotten all the clearances they need to proceed! Progress is being made!
John Simiyu and the Rotary Club of Bungoma heartfully thank all who have helped to make this possible.
They will keep us posted as the drilling continues, and then as the testing is completed to verify that what they find is potable water.
Here is a photo of getting ready to drill:
The following are notes from a few of John's emails to Joan:
"I have just received the CD for the rotary information and thank you so much for the useful information contained in it. .....
The drilling was to start on Sunday but I have not been cleared by NEMA since the officer responsible is away on a workshop in Nairobi. I hope to clear with his office next week. I will update you on the progress as we move on."
As of Wednesday, John reports:
"As hinted to you earlier, we signed the drilling of borehole agreement on Friday and attached are some photos we took during the occasion (see album)"
"Thank you so much for the duck shirts. Wow, they are fantastic. Always in our hearts. God bless you so much and reward you abundantly."
on Sep 10, 2015
It was the first golf tournament we have had since Dick Post's death. Here is a photo of Dick and some lady golfers in 2009.
Of course, it has always just been for fun hence it became the Dick Post Pre-memorial Golf Tournament. Until this year Dick always gave thanks that he was still with us.
This year Dick's son Rick, daughter-in-law Beth, and daughter Susan joined us for golf and post golf function. Of course Dick would have loved the fact that Rick showed up in Dick's favorite university's colors:
There were 8 foursomes of golfers (about 34 total golfers) and about 70 who attended the after the golf party at Chases. Several members took photos and at the time of publishing this story Dale's photos appear both on our Face Book site and as a photo album on our website. Karri took official foursome group photos and we will see if they can be added to the albums.
Ron reports that there were 3 foursomes who shot 6 under par. Dale says that his foursome was first (of course)--joining Dale and Ron were Tom Lane and Eric Alexander; 2nd the foursome of Rick Post, Beth Post, Susan Bitner and Don Henderson. Ron says that the threesome(?) of Brad Giles, Matt Rolf and Mike Zachman.
No one could find the sheets for the longest drives. Beverage cart must have been active! But who cares, it is all in fun!