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Welcome to the Rotary Club of Port Angeles

Port Angeles

Service Above Self

We meet Wednesdays at 12:00 PM
Red Lion Hotel
221 North Lincoln Street
Mailing Address - P.O. Box 730
Port Angeles, WA  98362
United States
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May 2015


May 06, 2015
May 13, 2015
Club Assembly :)
Club Assembly!
May 20, 2015
Honor Students
Honor Students Assembly
May 27, 2015
Karen Hannan
WA Council for he Arts

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You asked for it...You got it!  
The Port Angeles Rotary Club is bringing back the annual bulb sale but in order to keep it happening, you have got to order bulbs!  These bulbs come straight from Holland and are premium quality.  They come out early in the spring and come back year after year.  And better than that they help support the good work done by Rotarians in our community.  
Order your bulbs today by checking out the Bulbs, Bulbs, Bulbs!  Photo Album above, and printing your own order sheet or by calling 477-2162 OR 452-4169 to have an order form sent to you by mail or by email.  Preorders are due by May 24th.  
Payment collected in advance or on delivery. Orders will be available for pick up on Friday September 18th or Saturday, September 19th.  



Puppy Pilots is a puppy raiser club for Guide Dogs for the Blind. It covers the Sequim and Port Angeles, Washington area. Currently, we have 3 guide dog puppies-in-training. We are always looking for interested people to volunteer as puppy raisers, puppy sitters, fundraising, and promoters of our organization. We post our monthly training schedule on the meeting schedule page. If you are new and would like to visit our training, please contact Deb Cox at about specifics and further questions you may have. Thank you for your interest in this wonderful and fulfilling cause.


Puppy Raising

Puppy raising is a very rewarding experience and a wonderful contribution to Guide Dogs for the Blind.

Requirements to become a Guide Dog for the Blind puppy raiser:

  • Raisers must live in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, Utah or Washington.
  • Potential raisers must have a home interview by a local representative.
  • All members of the household must be committed to raising puppy.
  • Raisers can be adults or youth at least 9 years of age.
  • The home in question must provide a safe and secure living environment for a puppy.
  • The puppy must sleep indoors.
  • As a puppy raiser, individuals must join a local puppy raising club and attend scheduled club meetings and outings.
  • Puppy raisers must be committed to providing exercise and socialization of their pup.
  • Puppy raisers are responsible for some expenses, including food and incidentals. Such expenses may be tax-deductible depending on state tax laws.
  • Puppy raisers must present positive representation of Guide Dogs for the Blind within their community.
  • For more information about Guide Dogs for the Blind, go online to or call 1-800-295-4050

ALEXANDER JOHN PARRILL and EMILY NICOLE BASDEN are our students of the month for March.  

Composites Recycling

Speaker: Jenifer States 
Clallam County commissioners agree to award $1 million for port's composites recycling center

By Rob Ollikainen 
Peninsula Daily News

PORT ANGELES — Clallam County will award a $1 million grant to the Port of Port Angeles for development of a proposed composites recycling center.

The three county commissioners Monday agreed to tap the Opportunity Fund to help the port complete a 25,000-square-foot building at 2220 W. 18th St. near William R. Fairchild International Airport in Port Angeles. 

The $5.3 million Composite Recycling Technology Center has the potential to produce 111 jobs within five years at annual incomes ranging from $35,000 to $72,000, port officials said.

The recycling center would be part of a composites campus anchored by Angeles Composites Technologies Inc. and Westport Shipyard cabinet shops.

Commissioners Monday directed staff to prepare the paperwork to award the money. A formal vote will be taken Tuesday, May 12.

“Nothing ventured, nothing gained,” Commissioner Jim McEntire said.

“We've got to take prudent, intelligent risks and manage them.”

The port has received preliminary approval of $2 million in federal funds and $712,000 from the state for the composites center. 

The port, city of Port Angeles and Peninsula College will fund the rest with cash and in-kind contributions such as fee waivers and staff time.

Port officials have said the center will house recycling machinery to process carbon-fiber scrap trimmed from aerospace components, classes and labs for the Peninsula College Advanced Manufacturing-Composites Technology program and startup space for potential manufacturers.

“As exciting as this project is, that's not what our board is using the Opportunity Fund for,” County Administrator Jim Jones told port officials Monday.

“We're using it to give to the port to build a public port facility, and you guys have come up with this exciting project that is going to be your tenant. But even if for some reason in the world that doesn't work out, the Opportunity Fund money was used simply to create an economic building that can be used for economic development far into the future. That's what our action here is about.”

The Opportunity Fund, which consists of sales taxes returned to the county by the state Department of Commerce, can only be used for infrastructure projects and personnel in economic development offices.

The Opportunity Fund Board voted 5-1 April 23 to recommend the $1 million expenditure for the port building.

“It will be there for years to come,” Port Commissioner Colleen McAleer told the county board.

Advisory board members Mike McAleer, Dan Leinan, Joe Murray, Bill Hermann and Alan Barnard voted to allocate the money to the port.

Board member Sharon DelaBarre was absent because of a medical emergency but sent a letter casting the lone no vote.

Mike McAleer, Opportunity Fund Board vice chair and Colleen McAleer's father, said DelaBarre's concerns would have likely been assuaged at the recent meeting.

Jennifer States, port director of business development, said Gov. Jay Inslee issued a statement in support of the project Monday.

States read Inslee's statement to the county commissioners.

“I commit $712,000 of our state's Clean Energy Fund as a partial match for this innovative project, which will lower greenhouse gas while delivering much-needed jobs in Port Angeles and expand jobs across the state,” Inslee said.

The port already has allocated $190,000 to Mount Vernon-based Carletti Architects for the building's interior design.

Composites are lightweight, extremely durable materials consisting of carbon fibers imbedded in polymer resins. 

They are typically produced in sheets that are molded into components like aircraft wing struts.

Examples of items manufactured from recycled carbon-fiber composite materials include bicycle frames, snowboards, stand-up surfboards and paddles, kayak paddles, guitar bodies, computer cases and automobile hood liners, roofs and seat frames and backs.

McEntire said the building will be a “durable asset for the entire county.”

Chapman thanked McAleer, States and port Executive Director Ken O'Hollaren for working with various governments to bring the project to fruition. 

“I've been excited about this project since I heard about it two years ago,” Jones said.

“I am especially interested in the port now potentially having the anchor tenant it needs to put in a commercial barge dock. I think the transportation issue is the one issue that is holding us back from really being able to participate in the economic development of the region, because it just costs so dang much money to ship back and forth 75 miles to the I-5 corridor.” 

Jones said a barge dock would attract businesses to Port Angeles.

“I think once this gets going, we're going to look back and say this was the item that really started us out of the doldrums,” Jones said of the composites center.

WELCOME! We have this weeks and last weeks bulliten in one! Thank you all for your patience while I figure out Club Runner! -Zoe Apisdorf
March 25th

Olympic Peninsula Narcotics Enforcement Team (OPNET)

The mission of the Olympic Peninsula Narcotics Enforcement Team is to target drug violators that have a major impact on our communities and to reduce drug availability and trafficking in Washington State and Clallam County and Jefferson County, thereby improving the quality of life in our area of responsibility.


Reduce the number of drug traffickers in the communities of Clallam County and Jefferson County through the professional investigation, apprehension, and conviction of drug traffickers.

Efficiently attack, disrupt, prosecute individual and organized mid to upper level drug traffickers who do not recognize jurisdictional boundaries or limitations, and by doing so, impact drug trafficking organizations previously impregnable.

Enhance drug enforcement cooperation and coordination through multi-agency investigations, support, training of local jurisdictions, and the sharing of resources and information.

To address these issues with the foremost consideration of safety for both law enforcement and the community.


Reach Out and Read helps Washington’s youngest children be ready for kindergarten by partnering with doctors to prescribe books and encourage families to read together.  
Reach Out and Read doctors give young children new books and inspire families to read together, starting when children are babies. At each well-child checkup, medical providers teach parents how cuddling together and sharing books builds language and literacy skills that will help children be ready for school.

Sean's Note: Our club gives out scholarships every year. This club in Miami takes it to a whole new level!


Ever think of finding 600+ needles in a haystack? The idea intrigued me and so I began the “reconnect” project in 2010 for the Rotary Club of Miami.

The Rotary Club of Miami awards scholarships to local high school graduates who are now attending medical school through the Thomas Brown McClelland Trust. The Trust was set up through an endowment established by Miami Rotarian Thomas Brown McClelland upon his passing in the early 1980s. It has since awarded over $6 million in scholarships. But no effort was ever made to reach out to former recipients to track their successes and explore opportunities within the network. Hoping to track the impact, I took on the task. 

140909_brodThe magic of the Internet

I found a list of scholarship recipients and decided to see what magic the Internet could conjure up! While it was time consuming, I knew that all the recipients were now doctors, which helped. Armed with their name, medical school attended, and graduation date, I was able to find more current contact information.

I tackled the list of contacts in small batches. An introductory letter was sent, along with a survey. It was rewarding to discover their many accomplishments and how significant the scholarship awards had been in building their career. Once contact information for all alumni had been collected, a newsletter was created to connect the community. Now, twice a year, the newsletter is sent to everyone and includes alumni updates and information about current award recipients.

The effort gave birth to a Thomas Brown McClelland Trust family and I am so thrilled to be a driving force behind it. As a bonus, over $28,000 has been contributed back to the Trust by former recipients seeking to support those following in their footsteps. The search for those 600+ needles was certainly worth the time and effort.


Fellow Rotarian, Ann Murakami will present on the Rotary International Foundation and share information about the status of our planned Global Grant.  

Doing Good with Rotary.


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