Silverdale Rotary Duck Race - July 31, 2016


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District 5020 Governor Visit
Oct 15, 2015
Ron Templeton
Students of the Month
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Community Service
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International Service
Interact Club - Rotarian Advisor
Youth Services
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Membership Director
Duck Race Chair
Youth Protection Officer
Youth Exchange Officer

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3885 NW Golf Club Hill Road
Bremerton, WA  98312
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Silverdale Rotarians were honored to host Alan Monroe (pictured in photos below), Interim Executive Director of ShelterBox USA at a Club meeting and hear an inspirational update about ShelterBox’s disaster relief work worldwide.  At the end of the presentation, Silverdale Rotary International Services Chair Mike Hancock (pictured on right below) presented a check for $3,000 to purchase three ShelterBoxes, and Brian Beagle (on left below) also presented a check for $1,000 from the Beagles (both Silverdale Rotarians) for an additional box. 
In return, Alan presented to Rotary President Chuck Kraining (pictured left in photo on right) a Supporting Club Banner to recognize the years and years of support our Club has provided to ShelterBox.  Annual donations have been made possible by the enormous support from sponsors of the annual Silverdale Rotary Duck Race and the public who adopt ducks.
Every year, millions of families around the world are made homeless because of disasters and humanitarian crises.  ShelterBox responds immediately, by providing materials that bring hope, independence, and a sense of normalcy to families recovering in the aftermath of disaster.  Since ShelterBox was founded, they have responded to over 250 disasters and humanitarian crises in more than 90 different countries and provided emergency aid for well over one million people. 
Alan Monroe, himself a Disaster Response Team (DRT) member who has responded 11 times since 2009, described going into the disasters, contacting local Rotary Clubs that provide invaluable in-country information and logistics support, and receiving the grateful thanks from families who have lost everything.  For more details about ShelterBox, go to

Imagine your children being unable to do homework because you couldn’t buy them a pencil and paper.  Such is the case in the Linayanas Elementary School in Altava, central Philippines.  Students have to share precious pencils in the classroom, and none can go home. 
Wilma Lewis (pictured on right), now an employee at Seabeck Conference Center, attended that school as a child, and that’s how Chuck Kraining (pictured left), President of the Silverdale Rotary Club and Director of the Seabeck Conference Center, heard about the situation at the school.  Wilma has been personally donating to the school of 470 students for years.   Chuck introduced Wilma at an August 17 Rotary Club meeting, announced his intention to make the school his President’s Project, and invited Wilma to speak about the desperate need in the Linayanas School. 
Rotarians in the Club stepped up in an immense response, filling a room at the Conference Center with thousands of items: 1040 pencils, 751 erasers, 483 pens, 506 pencil sharpeners, 470 rulers, 5860 sheets of paper, 597 notebooks, 520 folders, 2768 crayon and much more!  pencils, pens, notebooks, pencil sharpeners, compasses, and more.   
 Each student will receive a drawstring backpack stuffed with supplies (see below) with enough leftover to supply all the classrooms.  The items filled six huge boxes that were shipped out on September 25.
While Silverdale Rotary Club is well known for the annual Duck Race, which raises funds for local students, military, and dozens of non-profit organizations, this is a great example of Rotarians’ personal generosity, giving school children in the Philippines the opportunity for a better education.

We heard from Daniela (Dani) Sanabria Forero on September 3, as she showed beautiful photos of her country, Colombia.  Dani hails from Tuluá (pronounced tool-WA, near Cali), and her father is an dentist specializing in prosthodontics, and her mother is a dentist, too, a profession Dani plans to pursue. Dani has a brother and a beloved cat named Bonito, and she plays soccer and was captain of her volleyball team at home. Dani’s sponsor Club is Club Rotario Tuluá el Lago, and Dani was active in her Interact Club.
Dani related that one of the best things about Colombia is the friendliness and hospitality of the people, and of course the COFFEE!
Dani presented President Chuck with a Colombian hat, her sponsor Rotary Club’s banner, and a bag of that famous Colombian coffee.  She presented both Elayne Burton (Youth Protection Officer) and Patti Van Patten (Youth Exchange Officer, pictured wearing the ball cap) with containers of a Colombian delicacy and a baseball cap from her sponsor Club.  Thank you Dani for telling us about yourself and your country!

Dani Forero, from Tuluá, Columbia is our new Rotary Exchange Student!  She arrived in the wee hours of August 23, and was greeted at SEATAC by her first host family the Ludwigs and Youth Exchange Officer Patti Van Patten. Pictured left to right: Wesley and Roger Ludwig, Dani, Michele and Marissa Ludwig.
We first met Dani at Rotary on August 27 and then at the Burger Bash on August 30.
Welcome, Dani!

The results are in! We can now announce that our 2015 Duck Race net proceeds are over $81,000 - all designated for charitable Rotary projects!  Thanks to our Sponsors, Rotarians, volunteers, and everyone who adopted ducks, we will indeed change lives in the 2015-16 Rotary year!

At our Rotary meeting on August 6,  we celebrated our very successful 22nd Annual Silverdale Rotary Duck Race.  Four of our top 2015 Duck Race prize winners came in person, along with the Sponsors who donated the prizes, to receive their awards. What fun!
Irene Torella (left) accepted the $1,000 Cash Prize from Kitsap Credit Union represented by Leah Olson while ticket seller Rotarian Scott Slocum looks on. Thanks to Lucky (aka Marissa Ludwig) for adding to the celebration!
 Rotarian Barbara Beagle (on right) had the pleasure of introducing Charlene Mosher of Sound Sewing (2nd from right), who presented Charles Whitmer and his wife Mary a $1,499 Singer Sewing Embroidery Machine. Mary was really excited about the prize and the free training classes and lessons that go with it!
Silverdale Rotarian Scott Park (2nd from left), co-owner of Quality Heating Electrical & AC, presented Judy Conlow with a $1,750 certificate for services while Rotarian ticket seller Evan Hansen looks on.
And for the grand finale, Chuck Capps (center), co-owner of Advantage Nissan , presented Barbara Baglio (right) with a check for $16,000 (in lieu of a 2015 Nissan Frontier pickup) while Rotarian ticket seller Elayne Burton looks on.
A HUGE THANK YOU goes to all 101 of our Duck Race Sponsors and the legions of folks who adopted Ducks.  Without you, we would have no Duck Race!  Proceeds, which exceed $75,000, will all go to Rotary projects.
For the entire list of 2015 Winners, click here.

We have a winner! Barbara Baglio of Tracyton, WA won the 2015 Silverdale Rotary Duck Race Grand Prize of a 2015 Nissan Frontier Pickup Truck or $16,000 cash donated by Advantage Nissan!  For the entire list of 2015 Winners, click here.

Thanks to Rotarian Rick Soper, videographer and producer, for this summary of our 2015 Duck Race!  Click on this link (not the image):

The 22nd Annual Silverdale Rotary Race was historic!  Under threatening clouds and a brisk onshore breeze, the Duck Dump proceeded with no stuck ducks, and 15 minutes later Duck #1 crossed the finish line – a winner!  Then #2.  And then the lightning flashed, the thunder crashed, and torrential rain blew sideways, forcing everyone off the pier and out of the water. Below are Deena and Rotarian Scott Weninger racing off the pier from their chase boat.
Then...Rain Delay!  The first ever in 22 years of Duck Races.  For almost 90 minutes everyone huddled under what cover was available, but getting wet anyway while the ducks waited unphased on an abandoned race course.
Finally the storm passed and the Race resumed in light rain.  By the end everyone was even wetter.    
Fortunately, CKHS PSTA Grad Night and other volunteers came back to wash and crate ducks, and the 13 intrepid Navy and Marine Corps volunteers (soaked to the skin) from Marine Corps Security Force Battalion Bangor, who had arrived at 8 am stayed through duck recovery, cleanup and breakdown until well after 6 pm.
Except for the weather, Race Weekend ran like the well oiled machine that Silverdale Rotarians are known for.  Ticket sellers, venues, Duck Central, Race Operations, volunteers – all meticulously planned and executed.  A huge THANK YOU to everyone who adopted ducks, all our Sponsors, and legions of volunteers!  We estimate Race proceeds to exceed $75,000 - and that will translate into countless Rotary projects and Duck Buck Grants.  Adopting Ducks Changes Lives!

Silverdale Rotarians continued a long time Whaling Days tradition by hosting their annual Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, July 25.  It was held at a new location this year at Silverdale United Methodist Church, which was right on the Parade Route!  Parade goers who lined up for blueberry pancakes, sausages, fruit, and coffee/milk were greeted by smiling Rotarians.  On left are Patti VanPatten and John Johnson and on right are Roger Ludwig and Kevin Moran.
Thanks to Rotarian Peter Matty who organized this event (pictured on left with wife Karlynn Haberly).  Thanks to Rotarians and volunteers who manned shifts, and special thanks goes to Silverdale Haggen who donated and/or provided a huge discount for all the food.

It was a rainy Saturday at the Lions Kiwanis Whaling Days Parade on July 25, but Rotarians were out in force selling Duck Tickets.  The crowd was sparse compared to past years, but that didn't dampen the enthusiam of Rotarian Scott Park (on left), who proclaimed that his ducks were more fit and faster than the others!  Really?!?  It's all in fun and for a good cause.
Rotarians Jack Jensen and Michele Ludwig (on right), braved the rain while canvassing the crowd.
Of  course for our Club the highlight of the Parade was our Advantage Nissan Duck Truck driven by President Chuck with Lucky in the back. Rotarian Roger Ludwig rode shotgun, and in front were the the CK Interact students carrying our Thank You to Our Wonderful Sponsors banner.  New this year with us in the parade was the Suquamish Clearwater Casino, our $1M Duck Sponsor, with Lisa Rodriguez and Christina.
In the video below, as the parade contingent passed the Grandstand, we can hear the emcee (past Rotarian Bud Grahn) provide color commentary.
Silverdale Rotary Duck Race - Adopting Ducks Changes Lives!


The flock of Big Ducks has landed in Silverdale and can be seen all over town between now and the Duck Race on July 26 at Whaling Days.  Kitsap Bank is another huge cash sponsor of the Silverdale Rotary Club Duck Race.

You can adopt ducks at the Silverdale Branch of Kitsap Bank during normal business hours, as well as at the Silverdale Branches of Columbia Bank and Chase Bank. Other ticket sales venues include Silverdale Haggen, Hallmark, and inside Silverdale Safeway from 10 am - 6 pm Monday-Saturday, July 20-25. 

Also Silverdale Wendy's Monday-Friday, July 20-24, 6-8 pm and noon-2 pm Thursday-Saturday, July 23-25.  Free Frosty Junior coupons with duck ticket purchase!



Our club was honored to host Bremerton Rotarian and Kitsap County Commissioner, Ed Wolfe, to share his State of the County presentation. Ed is assigned to the Central Kitsap area, and his impressive bio includes his 17 year career as founder of Wolfe Law Offices, service in the U.S. Army, and work with the U.S. State Department during the Reagan and George H. W. Bush administrations.
Developing a budget that allows our county to live within its means is Commissioner Wolfe’s top priority. With the county only seeing 17.9% of property tax revenue, much work needs to be done to ensure that the twelve county departments operate efficiently. Our commissioners are also hard at work drafting the Comprehensive Plan that maps out the growth that our area must sustain to accommodate the projected 80,000 person jump in population by 2036. At the core of the plan is the Silverdale Regional Growth Center. A stakeholders group is weighing important decisions, including the use of the space now occupied by the Silverdale Community Center; how to promote and protect our national water trails; and what to do about the 17% of area veterans who are homeless. Ed is committed to balancing economic growth with preserving our beautiful environment. “It is truly an exciting time to be in Silverdale,” Ed stated. He promises to come back to our club soon with an update on The Trails shopping complex and Harrison Hospital’s expansion.  

Rotarian Debi Brooks-Givens (pictured on right) introduced us to Bridget Burke (on left), Coordinator of Clam Island Rowing, a 30 member club that offers recreational and competitive rowing for all ages.  This club is a part of the Kitsap Sailing and Rowing Foundation. 
Bridget received a Duck Bucks grant for $980 that will enable her organization to purchase eight oars, which will allow two boats to be in the water at the same time. The club is growing in popularity, as the benefits of team rowing include full-body fitness, camaraderie and an appreciation of our salt water surroundings. Bridget brought along a sign recognizing Rotary's support that will be posted at their meetings and events.  For more information, go to

It was a fabulous evening of fun, fellowship, and recognition at Silverdale Rotary Club's 60th Installation Dinner on June 23 at the Seabeck Conference Center.  We enjoyed cocktails on the patio and a delicious German dinner in the dining room. 
One of the many highlights was a lineup of Past Presidents in attendance.  Pictured from left to right are Silverdale Rotary Past Presidents: Ed Hamilton Jan 2014 - Jun 2015; Jason Mayer Jul - Dec 2013; AG Elayne Burton 2011-12; Rich Arper 2010-11; Roger Aydt 2000-01;  Rob MacDermid 1998-99; Don Taylor 1986-87; PDG Brian Beagle 1985-86; Mike Koch 1983-84; and Jack Jensen 1974-75.
Outgoing President Ed Hamilton kept the evening light by thanking his Board members with a combination of bubbles, canned string, and numerous other Dollar Store treasures.  He presented a very surprised Barbara Beagle with the 2014-15 Rotarian of the Year award, which comes with a very meaningful $1,000 donated to The Rotary Foundation in her name.
Incoming 2015-16 President Chuck Kraining and Board Members were installed by the District 5020 Area 9 Assistant Governor, our own Elayne Burton (who also installed herself!).  Left to right are AG Elayne (Treasurer), Rick Soper (Public Relations), Cindy Holmes (President Elect), Ed Hamilton (Immediate Past President and 2016 Duck Race Chair), Don Lachata (Secretary), Debi Brooks-Givens (Community Service Chair), Kim Peterson (Communtiy Service Second Seat), Bob Cassis (Vocational Service Chair), Mariam Camery (International Service Second Seat), Mike Hancock (International Service Chair), and Jorge Nolasco (Vocational Service Second Seat).  Not pictured is Ed Ahrens (Club Administration).  Thank you to our incoming Board for agreeing to serve in these key positions!
Pictured below on left is incoming President Chuck Kraining accepting our 1955 Rotary Charter from outgoing President Ed Hamilton (on right) and AG Elayne Burton installing Chuck Kraining as incoming President.
What a night, and we all look forward to another exciting year of Silverdale Rotary!

It was with great pride and gratitude for their service to our country that Silverdale Rotarians recognized Sailors and Marines of the Quarter from the Marine Corps Security Force Battalion Bangor (MCSFB Bangor) on June 25.  These dedicated Sailors and Marines perform a range of duties, but they all have one thing in common: outstanding initiative and leadership qualities.  Congratulations and thank you to all our honorees, who received a plaque and a gift card.  Pictured below, left to right:
SSgt Eric Dale
Cpl Joel Devine – Marine of the Quarter
MAC Christopher A. Voge
MA3 Jaycob Thresher – Blue Jacket of the Quarter
MA2 Christian Scott – Junior Sailor of the Quarter
MAC Shawn Stewart
Rotarian Jorge Nolasco
Not pictured: MA1 Honaberger – Sailor of the Quarter, and Cpl Soto - Marine of the Quarter

On June 18, Silverdale Rotary was very honored to meet and recognize the Central Kitsap School District Teacher of the Year.  Rotary President Ed Hamilton (pictured on right) presented Gail with an engraved crystal and a check for $250 (which Gail immediately responded with “This will go to Camp Colman!”).  Rotary Past District Governor Brian Beagle (pictured on left) then presented Gail with a Rotary Paul Harris Fellowship, a prestigious award further recognizing Gail’s passion and commitment to the youth in our community.
Gail, a veteran educator of 37 years, and most recently in Physical Education at Cottonwood Elementary, retired at the end of the 2014-15 school year.  Congratulations, Gail, and thank you for making a difference in so many of our students’ lives!
From the CKSD website: “Gail Smith has an always-sunny outlook and works miracles with some of our most challenging students. She never complains and is always looking at ways to make things better.  Gail is a master at breaking skills down into smaller pieces so all students can be successful. She looks for ways to build her students' confidence and to fully engage them in their learning.  It's no surprise that Gail is also a valued school leader who supports other teachers through collaboration. This leadership initiative even extends to our community. It would not be an exaggeration to say that Gail has made a meaningful--often lifelong--impact in many ways.”  For more details, go to

On June 15, 2015, almost 100 2015 Silverdale Rotary Duck Race Sponsors, Rotarians, and guests gathered at the Kitsap Golf and Country Club (KG&CC) for the 2015 Duck Race Sponsor Appreciation Party.  Thanks to our 101 Sponsors, we have 73 Duck Race Prizes, and enough cash and in-kind services to cover all expenses.  Total value of Sponsorships exceeds $126,000.  What does that mean?  Every dollar from 2015 Duck Ticket sales will go to Rotary projects! 
For a complete list of 2015 Sponsors, go to 2015 Duck Race Sponsors - Thank You!
Sponsors and guests were treated to delicious hors d'oeuvres (Thank you Sponsor KG&CC!) and a short presentation by Rotarian Steve Slaton describing, with examples, how we spent 2014 Duck Race proceeds totaling $85,000. 
But that wasn't all - there were 28 door prizes, too!   Pictured is Marilynn from the Suquamish Clearwater Casino Resort with her prize.  The Resort is a long time Sponsor of the $1 Million Duck in our Annual Duck Race.
Guests also had their photos taken with our mascot Lucky (aka our Swedish Exchange Student Kim Zagerholm).  Below is Anna Neal from Good Property Management, one of our Sponsors.
Pictured: Sponsor Jim Helfrick of Reliable Storage with a door prize from Sponsor Hood Canal Oyster.
What a fun evening it was - we all had smiles on our faces.  Again, THANK YOU TO OUR WONDERFUL 2015 DUCK RACE SPONSORS!

Silverdale Rotary continues to award Duck Bucks proceeds from the 2014 Silverdale Rotary Duck Race, even while in the midst of selling Duck Tickets for the 2015 race on July 26, 2015.  On June 18 a check for $1,759 was presented to Roxanne Bryson, Executive Director of Holly Ridge Center (pictured left accepting the check from Rotarian Kim Peterson).  The funds will purchase a Triple Sand and Water Table for their Infant Toddler Program's main playground.  On June 25, Roxanne returned to Rotary to accept another check for $1,250 for the playground, and added that they are now breaking ground.
Holly Ridge Center is a private non-profit agency whose mission is to offer a caring and supportive environment for people with disabilities while providing non-discriminatory service so that they may reach their greatest potential.  For more information about the Holly Ridge Center, go to .

On June 4th the Rotary Club continued a long tradition of supporting the youth in our community.  A shortened luncheon last Thursday provided time and space for a work party.  The goal to pack 355 meal bags for homeless or at-risk youth was reached quickly.  The bags, packed with an array of easy-to-prepare or ready-made food and snacks, are provided to youth who have unreliable food sources during the weekend.  Monthly, Stand Up for Kids supplies 600 meal bags to our community.
(above:  Rotarians (l to r) Nancy Whitaker, Mariam Camery, Mechelle Hoerer and John Johnson work the food line)
Food items and cash donations were provided by the Silverdale Rotary Club members and others in our community.  When the project was complete there were well over 300 meal bags packed and Stand Up for Kids was presented a check -- made possible by excess donations -- of  $360.  Together the bags and cash will provide much needed food for youth supported by Stand Up for Kids. 

President Ed Hamilton proudly hosted Silverdale Rotary’s annual High School Scholarship Awards, welcoming 11 high school seniors to the podium to share their stories. Our Scholarship Committee chose 15 winners from 40 applications, which the Committee says was no easy feat. Hats are off to Rotarians Scott Park, Scott Weninger, Cindy Holmes, Chuck Kraining, Nancy Whitaker, and Ed Hamilton for their time and dedication to selecting these worthy students. Note that awards with an * denote an Education Assistance Grant which recognizes promising students who had to work very hard to overcome some difficult life circumstances in order to achieve high school graduation.  Altogether, $11,000 was awarded to these deserving students.  Congratulations!
Pictured left to right: Meg Sweeney, Mikayla Tougas, and Cailyn Cattell (Crosspoint Academy); Kemeka Corry, Donavan Erickson, Rebecca Young, Becky Leedham, Ashley Beeman, Savannah Young (CKHS); Brielle Stevens and Jacob Wilson (Klahowha)
Central Kitsap High School Students:
Ashley Beeman loves studying the French language and playing the flute, and she is headed to the University of Washington where she will use her passions to decide her major.  $1,000
Kemeka Corry is headed to UCLA to become a medical doctor, which is a far cry from her childhood ambition of “growing up to be the ice cream lady!” $750
Donavan Erickson stated that everything was going way too fast, but he is ready to enter the University of Washington, College of Engineering. $500
Becky Leedham credits her mom as her inspiration and her brother for his words of wisdom to “follow her heart.” She is off to Washington State University to earn a degree in business. $500
Savannah Young finished the quote “I have to keep reminding myself…” with “to always try my best.” She is excited to tackle the business curriculum at Olympic College. $500*
Rebecca Young has already earned her AA degree from Olympic College and is a Certified Nurse Assistant. She will attend Washington State University to study nursing with an emphasis in oncology. $500
Not in attendance: Kelsey Cain $1,000; Matthew Kim $750, Thomas Brehmer $750
Crosspoint Academy Students
Cailyn Cattell looks forward to attending Linfield College in Oregon and becoming a physical therapist to help athletes stay in the game. She appreciates her friends for keeping her positive. $1,000
Mikayla Tougas will attend Olympic College and transfer to Seattle Pacific University to study music and theater. She shared that her best friend is her horse, and that she is grateful for the scholarship to relieve some of her anxiety about paying for school. $750*
Meg Sweeney’s goal is to inspire, and she plans to do that by potentially teaching English in Japan. Her degree will come from Trinity Western College in British Columbia. $750
Not in attendance: Kelly McCartney $750*
Klahowya Secondary School Students
Jacob Wilson already knows success as captain of his sports teams and recently earning his Eagle Scout award. He will attend Gonzaga University with a double major of business and English. Jacob quoted his coach as encouraging him with, “Come on Wilson, just get in there and do it!” $500
Brielle Stevens describes herself as a Science Club nerd and rodeo queen. She will attend Brigham Young University, and she is honored to follow in her mom’s footsteps to become a nurse or physician’s assistant. $1,000


Silverdale Rotary attracts some first rate speakers!  The presentation at our luncheon meeting on June 11 by Dr. Bob Abel (pictured below), renowned astronomer and physics professor, was amazing and definitely beneficial to all concerned.  I, for one, know little about astronomy and never took a physics course, but I could have listened to Bob for days.

Bob is involved with the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST), a project of enormous magnitude that will forever change the way that data is gathered from tens of millions of solar systems.  Ground has already been broken on the facility on Mt. Cerro Pachon in Chile, and the telescope is scheduled to be operable in the year 2020. What is different about this telescope?  Think wider, faster, deeper. The 27 foot primary mirror will move every 30 seconds to continuously survey the sky for ten years, using a 3.2 gigapixel camera with six filters to capture 30 terabytes of data per night. Bob helped us non-geeks by explaining that the daily data downloaded from LSST will surpass the volume of the Library of Congress!

So what? So… scientists will learn more about the structure of the Milky Way; will uncover the nature of Dark Energy and Dark Matter, and will identify asteroids that will eventually impact Earth - and will potentially plan interventions to change the course of these asteroids. Wow.

Bob, whose colleagues include the guys who created Google Sky, is bringing the August 2015 all-hands meeting of the LSST team to Bremerton, WA. Kitsap County will definitely be in the news as public talks are scheduled at seeFilm, telescopes will be on the sidewalks, special art will be displayed at Collective Visions Gallery, and the Astronomy Slam will pair beer drinking with 15 minute seminars that are geared toward the general public.

Bob whetted our appetites for more info on this very cool topic, and a great Q&A can be found at I will see you in August as I drink beer in Bremerton and learn about what lies beyond the Man in the Moon.


Silverdale Rotary's Duck Race is July 26 at Whaling Days - thanks to our Sponsors and the Community of friends who buy Duck Tickets, which will be available starting June 4!  Below is the Advantage Nissan 2015 Frontier Duck Truck - grand prize (or $16,000 cash) for the Silverdale Rotary Duck Race . Thank you, Advantage Nissan!
Below, Shyla Hamilton with help from her Mom Sarah, is suiting up below as Lucky for the Mattress Ranch Commercial photo shoot.
Mattress Ranch, a very generous sponsor, donates the production of a 30 second spot and 6 weeks of air time on Comcast and Wave Broadband cable TV. Here the film crew, Lucky (aka Shyla Hamilton), Silverdale Rotary President Ed Hamilton, Ted Sadtler (iconic face of Mattress Ranch) and Chuck Capps of Advantage Nissan are filming the commercial.  Thank you Mattress Ranch!

2015 Duck Race Chair, Barbara Beagle, awarded Xin He the $100 High School T-shirt Design Contest prize for creating the winning design for our official 2015 Silverdale Rotary Duck Race T-Shirt. Xin and his teacher, Molly Mason, accepted the award and will take the plaque back to Crosspoint Academy and display it for all to see.
Pictured left to right: Barbara Beagle, Xin He, Molly Mason

On May 21, Silverdale Rotarians were pleased to meet and honor seven outstanding Students of the Month from Central Kitsap High School (CKHS), Crosspoint Academy, and Klahowya Secondary School.  In addition to excellent academic records and one Distinguished Scholar, these students participate in a long list activities; e.g,  sports, martial arts instructor, music, events production.  One student overcame tremendous physical challenges to graduate with honors. 
When we heard from the students themselves, describing their plans and aspirations such as Army ROTC, college athletics, music education, Navy dog handler, and sports physiology,we take great pride in our next generation of young adults.  The students received a plaque, letters from Congressman Derek Kilmer and Silverdale Rotary, a gift card, and a limo ride to and from lunch.  Congratulations to all these fine students!
Pictured left to right: Liam Bertolacci, Alexandra Moore, and Pauline Betz (CKHS); Tanner Zuber and Brenna McGehee (Klahowya); Cailyn Cattell and Mikayla Tougas (Klahowya)
Not pictured: Caleb Lowe

Silverdale Rotarian Kim Peterson (pictured on right) presented Doug Bekenyi (pictured left), a Central Kitsap Fire Fighter and Paramedic, with a check for $1,000 to help fund the PulsePoint Program through the Medic One Foundation.
Doug explained that PulsePoint is a smartphone app that will save lives by linking people who are trained in CPR with individuals who need the service. The alert goes out simultaneously as medical services are dispatched, and it displays the location of the nearest AED. Thanks to programs like PulsePoint, our state leads the nation in lives saved by first responders.  For an article about Pulse Point, go to .
Duck Buck grants such as these are possible because of the enormous community and sponsor support of the 2014 Silverdale Rotary Duck Race.

 Rotary President Ed Hamilton presented Andrea Hansen, Development Director for Habitat for Humanity of Kitsap County, with a check for $1,725 for the purchase of a heavy duty T swing for the Harris Court Play Structure in the new Port Orchard housing development. Harris Court will consist of 32 single-family homes for residents with low income.
As Ed stated, the Silverdale Rotary Club/Habitat for Humanity partnership is strong, as we were able to participate in the home build on May 9 (see photo on left of Rotarian Bob Cassis), and now we help the children by ensuring a fun and safe play area. 

The Rotary Club of Silverdale held a special evening meeting on Thursday, May 7 at the Kitsap Golf & Country Club to highlight the roles of leadership and service in our community. The invited attendees included Rotary members from area clubs and prospective club members, Leadership Kitsap participants, board members from the Kitsap Economic Development Alliance, and Congressman Derek Kilmer.
“As a service club we wanted to raise awareness of the importance of proactive leadership in effecting positive change through service,” said Ed Hamilton, the President of Silverdale Rotary. Continuing on, Ed said, “We do have a wealth of prospective leaders in our community. Joining a service organization such as Rotary is an excellent way for these leaders, and prospective leaders, to make a difference in people’s lives.”
While sharing some food and beverages and mingling with old friends and new acquaintances, the attendees listened attentively to short presentations from Kathy Nelson, Executive Director of Leadership Kitsap and John Powers, Executive Director of the Kitsap Economic Development Alliance (KEDA). Ms. Nelson and Mr. Powers spoke to the need for strong leadership as an essential component in effective community service.
The highlight of the event were comments from Congressman Derek Kilmer who emphasized the importance of bringing leaders together to energize and inspire service at all levels – local, national and international. Congressman Kilmer went on to say that, “The Rotary Four-Way Test encompasses the essence of leadership and service, and I use it to guide my professional actions.”
Rotary Four-Way Test
In all the things we think, say and do:
  • Is it the TRUTH?
  • Is it FAIR to all concerned?
  • Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
The event concluded with a robust question and answer period with Congressman Kilmer.
“We are very grateful to have such interest in this event, and especially grateful to have local leaders who take time to talk about the importance of the contribution each person might have in service to our community,” said Ed Hamilton. “Based on the interest shown by those attending and the inspiring comments from our presenters I see a possible opportunity to collaborate in making the Leadership and Service meeting an annual community event,” he concluded.
Left to right: Congressman Derek Kilmer, John Powers, Kathy Nelson, and Ed Hamilton


Pictured above: KACE Bee,  Mike Gass, Ed Hamilton

Silverdale Rotary's spelling team We Bee Ducks are Champions once again! In the 24th annual Kitsap Adult Center for Education (KACE) fund raiser, crack speller Mike Gass, with support from last minute alternate President Ed Hamilton, spelled his way to the umpteenth Championship.

After spelling many words we never heard of, Mike breezed his way through the championship word: kathak (Indian dance). Congratulations Mike and Ed!

Team We Bee Ducks' entry fee for the KACE fundraiser is funded by Duck Race proceeds. KACE provides vital English as a Second Language services. Another example of Duck Bucks at work in the Community!



President Elect Chuck Kraining announced on April 30 that Silverdale Rotary's share of RAGS proceeds equal $5,500 from the sale plus $1,000 from raffle tickets.  That $6,500 will go into our Scholarship Fund investment pool. Annual investment returns are used for scholarships for graduating CKSD students.   Chuck recognized Christie Scheffer for spearheading Silverdale Rotary's effort as well as everyone who worked all week at RAGS.  Way to go Christie! 

A few Rotarians in the audience on April 23 knew Irene Bowling when she was chosen to be a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar for 1986-87, representing the Silverdale Rotary Club and (then) District 502.  She spent a year at the University of Sussex in England, doing research for her PhD thesis on English contemporary music.  Irene is an accomplished pianist, competition judge, very well known piano teacher and owner of Bowling Music Studios, and she described how the Rotary program made a lasting difference in how she conducts her life.  
One of the purposes of the Ambassadorial Scholarship was to promote peace and world understanding through charitable education programs.  Through her studies, Irene met students from many nations, and they all learned about their cultural differences even as they shared their passion for music.
While in England she played in a piano recital that raised hundreds of pounds for the then very new Polio Plus program.  She emphasized how the ideals of Rotary continue to play a part in her business life.   Dr. Bowling now operates Sound FX, a mobile teaching studio with eight pianos that travels to low income schools and provides affordable lessons.  See

As a part of our Vocational Service program, Silverdale Rotary sponsors two students to attend the District 5020/5030 Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) at Pacific Lutheran University, and on April 23 we heard from one of those students. 
Wesley Ludwig (pictured right) is a junior at Central Kitsap High School and President of the CK Interact Club.  He described spending a jam packed four days (February 26-March 1,2015) with 150 students from all over Western Washington and British Columbia listening to 11 dynamic speakers, and developing lasting friendships (and their own Facebook page).  Wesley thanked the Silverdale Rotary Club for providing this exciting and worthwhile opportunity.
For more information about RYLA, go to 

On April 16, Silverdale Rotarians were pleased to meet and honor seven outstanding Students of the Month from Central Kitsap High School (CKHS), Klahowya Secondary School, and Crosspoint Academy.   The students were treated to a limo ride to/from their schools and presented with a plaque, a letter from Silverdale Rotary Club, and (new this quarter) a letter from our 6th District Representative to U.S. Congress Derek Kilmer (see following story). 
Pictured left to right: Austin Sargent and Allison Burchett (Klahowya); Alex Klussmann, Kelsy Cain, Savannah Lane, and Eli Janusch (CKHS); and Ellie Loney (Crosspoint Academy)
Following are highlights of what the students told us about themselves.
Crosspoint Academy:
Elizabeth (Ellie) Loney – After spending her spring break helping people in the Appalachians, Ellie is preparing to attend Olympic College and then transfer to a university to earn her elementary education teaching credential.
Central Kitsap High School:         
Eli Janusch – Eli is a well-rounded senior who will attend Olympic College, and then will pack up his drum set to complete a business degree as a transfer student at a university yet to be determined.
Savannah Lane – A host of family members were present to watch Savannah speak of her fulfilling work in the CK office, her love of math, and her excitement to attend Western Washington University to become a math teacher.
Kelsy Cain – Kelsy is a swimmer and science enthusiast who has already been accepted to the University of Washington to pursue a degree with a likely emphasis in oceanography.
Alex Klussmann – Leadership comes naturally to multi-linguistic Alex, as he heads up the CK soccer team and is active with the school’s environment club. Alex is college-bound with a possible ambition of becoming a medical doctor.
Klahowya Secondary School:
Allison Burchett – You can find Allison anywhere but home. She is active with DECA, ASB, sports and mentoring. She also holds two after school jobs and is preparing to attend a university in Arizona.
Austin Sargent – Austin’s passions include soccer, football and finding ways to make people laugh. He plans to attend Biola University in Southern California to continue his studies and soccer career.
Congratulations to all these fine students!

Following is the text of the letter presented to the Silverdale Rotary Students of the Month on April 16 from Congressman Derek Kilmer, 6th District, U.S. House of Representatives.
April 16, 2015
Dear Rotary Student of the Month,
While my duties in the House of Representatives prevent me from attending today’s celebration, it is my pleasure to congratulate you on receiving the distinction of Rotary Student of the Month. This recognition is an impressive testament of the hard work and dedication you have put forth throughout the school year.

I am pleased to learn that our region is home to students like you. I commend your strong work ethic and am impressed by your positive engagement in your studies and in our community. The attributes you are developing now and the commitment you have shown to leadership will prepare you for future success as one of our nation’s young leaders. As your U.S. Representative, I am proud that students like you are representing the 6th Congressional District.
Again, I am honored to offer my sincere congratulations on your achievement of Rotary Student of the Month. I urge you to continue your involvement and wish you the best in your future endeavors. Our world will be a better place because you are actively involved.
Derek Kilmer
Member of Congress

Silverdale Rotarian and Central Kitsap School District Superintendent, David McVicker, informed our club about the school district’s focus on “Engaging our Community.” The campaign is generating a two-way dialog that ensures that our community members not only know what is going on in the schools, but can also voice opinions and get involved.
There are already many programs that foster engagement including mentoring, facility improvement projects, PTAs and Booster Clubs, and stepped up use of social media. Even Mr. McVicker is tasked with tweeting on a regular basis!
Thought Exchange Programs use surveys to learn about the community’s perception of our schools. Recent results indicate that the faculty cares about the kids; the teachers are amazing; and the staff has a positive attitude. When asked about improvements needed, survey takers responded that the staff seems overwhelmed; the math is too complicate; security can be enhanced; and class sizes should be smaller. All of this will be considered as the new Strategic Plan is drafted in June.
David finished his presentation with a few words about the Smarter Balanced Assessments - a new system of standardized testing that uses computer adaptive technologies and goes beyond multiple choice answers. We Rotarians sampled a few questions, and most of us wouldn’t graduate high school if we had it to do all over again.


Rotarian Cathy Bisaillon (pictured on right, inset) presented Kitsap Foster Care Association with a $1,000 Duck Bucks grant to support its 2015 Foster Parent Appreciation Dinner. This dinner is the culmination of a tremendous partnership with Leadership Kitsap that helped the Association to drastically increase its reach in the community. The dinner not only allows foster parents to relax and network with each other while the children enjoy their own dinner and activities; but, it opens the door for new families to get involved in the foster care system.


Marvin Young (pictured on left) was on hand from Leadership Kitsap, and Jen Miller (center) accepted the check for Kitsap Foster Care Association. Jen brought her “Rotarians in Training,” three exceptionally well-mannered children. One of them spoke to our Club about the great opportunities that he has through the Association, and he honored his mother with a Happy Buck for all that she does for him and children in need.



The Rotary Annual Garage Sale was a success! A sunny day with hundreds of attendees and Rotary volunteers in high spirits! Thank you to all who invested time and hard work to this event. Some of our members worked long hours throughout the week and all day Saturday April 6-11, along with Rotarians and volunteers from East Bremerton, Bremerton, and South Kitsap Rotary Clubs.


Pictured below are Silverdale Rotarians Nancy Whitaker and Cindy Holmes pricing in Collectibles.


Pictured below are Rotarians Ellen Newberg and Jim Dudley sorting incoming donations


It was great to see the CK Interact Club help with this event!  Pictured below are Interact Club President Wesley Ludwig and VP Sam Erichsen at the big sale.


 I am very proud of our Club Members and their work ethic! We should have an event sales total by weeks end. Thank you!


Editor's Note: on April 30 our Club learned that our share of the proceeds is $6,500, which will go into the Scholarship Foundation.


From Rotarian Erin Leedham, General Manager of Kitsap Mall (pictured below, center front):  "I would like to give a shout out to the CK Interact Club.  I asked for help this week and nine of them showed up to pack first aid kits for donation to the Red Cross.  They were wonderful!"  Pictured below - Interact students and Central Kitsap Fire Dept reps.


Silverdale Rotary Club welcomed the family of our Rotary Exchange Student Kim Zagerholm from Sweden this week. We enjoyed an evening social  with them at the Seabeck Conference Center on April 7, and then hosted them again at our Rotary meeting on April 9.  What fun - and everyone speaks wonderful English!

Left to right: Kim, his older brother Simon, his Dad Mikael, his younger brother Noah, and his Mom Asa


From Kitsap County Commissioner Ed Wolfe in his Spring 2015 Newsletter:
“Newberry Hill Heritage Park is a 1,082 acre park with nearly 13 miles of trails for use by walkers, joggers, mountain bikers, and horses.  The park is home to bear, coyotes, bobcats, eagles, amphibians, and a wide variety of birds. A very active stewardship group meets monthly to plan for improvements. Volunteers from various community groups, including churches, Boy Scout troops (including Eagle Scout projects), and the Navy donate their time to work with trained park stewards. Tracyton Boy Scout Troop 1506 and the Silverdale Rotary Club have been some of the most active partners.” 
Note: our own Rotarian Nancy Whitaker is a member of the stewardship group.

Silverdale Rotarians were so proud to host and recognize representatives of the Marine Corps Security Force Battalion at Bangor – Sailors and Marines who defend the submarines home ported at there.  On March 26 we recognized two sailors for outstanding leadership and service with a plaque and gift card: MA2 Jacob Widener (Sailor of the Quarter) and MA1 Keith Lesher (Senior Sailor of the Quarter).  We heard from their supervisors how these young men work tirelessly to accomplish their mission.  Congratulations to these sailors, and WELL DONE!
Pictured left to right : Command Master Chief MACM Cliff Tatum, GySgt Jason Glover, MA2 Jacob Widener, MA1 Keith Lesher, MACS Greg Gaston 

On November 19, Silverdale Rotarian Anita Blau (pictured on left) awarded $500 in Duck Bucks to the Central Kitsap High School PTSA Grad Night Committee, represented by Lynn Harvey (on right). This is in addition to the $500 awarded in September 2014.  We received the following note from Lynn: 


"CKHS PTSA is very grateful for the opportunities to earn funds and apply for a grant from the SIlverdale Rotary. These funds are used by the Grad Night committee to provide a safe, drug and alcohol free, all night event for graduates after graduation. For the past 7 years the committee has hosted Grad Night at NBK Bangor to minimize time in transit, reduce costs, make it easier for parent volunteers (chaperones can split shifts) and to support local businesses.  Instead of taking graduates to Seattle or further, vendors bring the fun to them. Graduates will enjoy dinner, swimming, bowling, a hypnotist, games, entertainment, music, snacks, prizes and more.


In order to make the event open to all students, prices are kept as low as possible and the committee does some fundraising, applies for grants and seeks corporate sponsors. In addition, students may speak to their counselors about fee waivers. Last year nearly 140 attended, and this year we have 79 students registered already.  The support of Silverdale Rotary in this endeavor is greatly appreciated."

Silverdale Rotary has enjoyed a partnership with CKHS PTSA for many years: CKHS students, parents, and family members help tag ducks before the race and wash ducks after for our annual Silverdale Rotary Duck Race fund raiser (see photo below) , and we award some of the proceeds to keep teens safe on Grad Night.  It's WIN-WIN!

Christmas doesn't stop just because you are between the age of 14 to 18. In fact, not having the funds to have Christmas in this age group can be even more devastating if you factor in teenagers’ feelings of needing to fit in.   Since charities in Kitsap County like the Salvation Army do not provide any gifts to teens 14 and over,  the purpose of All Teens Matter is to help provide a Christmas to low income and homeless high school students ages 14 to 18.  
In November 2014, Silverdale Rotary awarded $1,000 in Duck Bucks to All Teens Matter.  On March 19, President and co-Founder Lanette Duchesneau spoke to our Club and thanked us for our support.  She related that in 2014, All Teens Matter provided a Christmas for 604 teens in Kitsap County!  They received a stocking, Christmas tree, four to six gifts, and even a complete dinner for their whole family. Silverdale Rotary’s $1,000 in Duck Bucks were certqainly put to good use!  For more information, visit
Duck Buck awards are possible thanks to the support of generous sponsors and community members who support our annual Silverdale Rotary Duck Race fund raiser.

President Elect Chuck Kraining (on left in photo below) recognized three very hard working and deserving Rotarians as Rotarians of the Month: Christie Scheffer, Michele Ludwig, and Bob Cassis.  Well done Rotarians!
Christie Scheffer (2nd from left) - February 2015 - for doing a fantastic job organizing Salvation Army Bell Ringing in 2014 and currently is charging ahead as the Club RAGS representative.  And Christie has only been a Rotarian since mid July 2014!
Michele Ludwig (2nd from right) - January 2015 - for expertly organizing and scheduling the labeling and distribution of 450 Third Grade Dictionaries to seven elementary schools in Dec 2014-Jan 2015.
Bob Cassis (on right) - November 2014 - for quietly and consistently maintaining the flags at Veterans Memorial Park and volunteering to do just about anything he is asked to do.
Congratulations to all!

Recently Silverdale and East Bremerton Rotary Clubs completed distribution of 900 hard cover dictionaries to 3rd grade students in Central Kitsap School District  (CKSD), home schooled, and Crosspoint Academy (see details in article following this one).  On February 27 we were delighted to hear directly from staff and students from Silver Ridge Elementary School about the impact that these dictionaries make on the students and their families.  Truly our Duck Race proceeds at work!
Pictured from Silver Ridge Elementary School: Back row: Principal Julie McKein, 3rd Grade Teacher Danielle Meier.  Front row: Emma Boyce, Noah Seacrist, Jordan Clark.  Upper right: Silverdale Rotary President Ed Hamilton.
CKSD Superintendent and Silverdale Rotarian David McVicker introduced our guests, who provided heartfelt, personal stories. It was so gratifying to hear from the staff and students.   Principal Julie McKein described how one 3rd grade student (not pictured) was using his dictionary to teach his Mom English.  Teacher Danielle Meier stated that not only was Dictionary Day one of the most exciting of the year for the class, and how the students love the pictures, maps, and tables in the dictionary, but for some of the students this is the first book ever they could truly call their very own.
We heard from student Emma Boyce, who said she uses the dictionary as a teaching tool while reading books at home to her sister.  Noah Seacrist talked about using the illustrations and pictures, and how he learned about longitude and latitude.  Jordan Clark read a terrificThank You Note she had written to Rotarians. 
Then, CKSD Superintendent McVicker presented a Certificate to President Ed Hamilton from the CKSD School Board, recognizing Rotary's contribution to the District.  He also thanked East Bremerton Rotarian Dick Sims, who has spearheaded this joint project for over 7 years.  President Ed went on to thank Silverdale Rotarian Michele Ludwig for coordinating the logistics of Silverdale Rotary's delivery of 450 dictionaries to seven schools. 
This  marvelous story would not be possible without the generous support of sponsors of the Silverdale Rotary Duck Race and the thousands who purchased Duck Tickets.  Adopting Ducks Changes Lives!

The Silverdale Rotary Club once again teamed with East Bremerton Rotary to deliver approximately 900 hard cover dictionaries to every third grader in the Central Kitsap School District.  Silverdale Rotarians and supporters, including all but one of our new Rotarians who joined in the last year, distributed about 450 books to excited students in seven elementary schools. In the center of the photo on left are Rotarians Mariam Camery and President Ed Hamilton at Emerald Heights Elementary School.
Thanks to community and business support of our annual Silverdale Rotary Duck Race, we are able to purchase and distribute all those dictionaries.  Above, Rotarians Michele Ludwig (who coordinated and scheduled the all the deliveries) and Natalie Bryson, explained a little bit about Rotary to 3rd graders at Cougar Valley Elementary.  It is so heartwarming to experience the appreciation and enthusiasm of the 3rd graders and school staff.
Anyone who distributes dictionaries comes away with the feeling, “I totally get it – this is why we sell ducks!”  And we have fun, too! Pictured on a "Blue Friday" at  Silverdale Elementary (with everyone shouting Go Seahawks!) are Rotarians Peter Matty (back row) and Kim Peterson and Anita Blau (center).
Rotarians Rick Soper and Frank Guthrie are having some fun below at Emerald Heights.
On February 19, three Haselwood Family YMCA staff and an advisory board member provided an update on the YMCA programs that Rotary's 5-year pledge of $200,000 supports.  To name just a few: Teen Late Night Friday and Saturday nights (free to the public); Juvenile Detention and Drug Court programs; summer camp (sports, arts, technology); sports development; Home School physical education; youth dance, cheer, mentor, and Little Einsteins programs.  Derrick Foster, Director of the Teen Center, and the other speakers enthusiastically thanked Silverdale Rotarians for our continued support.

On February 12, Silverdale Rotarians were pleased to meet and honor six outstanding Students of the Month from Central Kitsap High School (CKHS) and Klahowya Secondary School.  In addition to excellent academic records, these students participate in a long list activities; e.g, orchestra, sports, student body government, and numerous volunteer organizations.  When we heard from the students themselves, describing their plans and aspirations such as health care, environmental architecture, and mission work, we have high hopes for the next generation of young adults!
Pictured left to right: Alessandra Fleck, Mark Bayuga, Chris Baldoria, and Chloe Orr (CKHS); Chaisten Weigel and Andres Vallejo (Klahowya)

The Vocational Service Committee geared up to distribute 3rd Grade Dictionaries again this school year.  We partner with East Bremerton Rotary to give every third grader in the 12 elementary schools in Central Kitsap School District a hard cover American Heritage Dictionary.  First step is to put the Rotary labels in the books, which identifies the Rotary Clubs and includes the Four Way Test and a place for each student's name. 
Thanks to Vocational Service Chair Michele Ludwig and 2nd Chair Bob Cassis for doing the logistics and scheduling with the schools.  Thanks to United Moving and Storage (owned by an East Bremerton Rotarian) for providing the receiving and staging for pallets and pallets of dictionaries.
Pictured below is the work party on December 11 at United Moving and Storage. 
Many hands make light work!  In nothing flat they were done labeling over 900 dictionaries! Pictured below are:
Back row: Rick Soper, Frank Guthrie, CKHS Student Curtis Dodds, Rotary Exchange Student Kim Zagerholm, Kim Peterson, Bob Cassis.
Front row:  Steve Slaton, Peter Matty, and Mariam Camery.
Not pictured: photographer Michele Ludwig.
Giving out dictionaries is one of the most fun and satisfying things we Silverdale Rotarians do with our Duck Race proceeds!

Ron Templeton gave a brief history of Rotary and introduced the school representatives and their Students of the Month. After the students offered some personal remarks, Ron used a recent TED Talk to highlight the importance of “True Grit” as a key personal characteristic to achieving success.
Klahowya Secondary School
November: Kendall Kitts – Having overcome academic challenges, Kendall will attend college with goals of teaching history and coaching sports while continuing to mentor others.  
December: Danielle Frederick – Described as generous, hardworking and humble, Danielle participates in many activities and intends to achieve certification as a registered dietician. 
Central Kitsap High School
October: Jeremy Carlson – Jeremy is a key player in CK’s daily broadcast. He will soon travel to Belize and other exciting destinations as he weighs his current inclination to study environmental science.
October: Alleson Castro – A future kindergarten teacher with a bilingual emphasis, Allie enjoys her work with ASB and Knowledge Bowl.
November: Sean Barefield – Having a good grasp of his goals, Sean hopes to attend the University of Oregon or PLU to play football, major in business, and become a firefighter.
November: Jordan Black – Known to be reliable and smart, Jordan is active with school sports and will attend college to become an athletic trainer or sports broadcaster.  
Crosspoint Academy
November: Meg Sweeney – Meg’s “heart for others” is obvious as she speaks of her many service trips to help children in the Ukraine, Puerto Rico and Appalachia.
Pictured from Left to Right: Danielle Frederick, Jordan Black, Silverdale Rotary Club President Ed Hamilton, Alleson Castro, Meg Sweeney, Jeremy Carlson, Sean Barefield and Kendall Kitts


During the December 4th Silverdale Rotary Social, President Ed Hamilton had the pleasure of presenting the Central Kitsap Interact Club with their official Rotary International Charter.   Immediately after the presentation, a dozen Interact members participated in their first International Community project (see related story about food packaging). 
Pictured above are (left to right):  Hailey Junt, Sam Erichson, Kyle Gordon, Wesley Ludwig, Jason Gordon, Cheryl Junt (Central Kitsap High School Faculty Adviser), Curtis Dodds, Taylor Junt, Silverdale Rotary Club President Ed Hamilton and Chellie Labonete.  Not pictured is Silverdale Rotary Adviser Roger Ludwig.

12,000 nutritious meals were packaged for shipment!  That’s what about 40 members of the Silverdale Rotary Club, family members and friends, the new Central Kitsap Interact Club, and Children of the Nations (COTN) accomplished in a few hours at the Silverdale Rotary International Service Committee work party at the December 4 Evening Social at the Kitsap Golf and Country Club. 
At 6 meals per package, consisting of measured quantities lentils, rice, dehydrated vegetables, vegetarian flavoring, and vitamins and minerals, that’s 2,000 sealed baggies packed into 56 boxes that will go to hungry people in countries where COTN serves (Sierra Leone, Uganda, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Malawi, Liberia). 
The assembly lines were organized by COTN reps, who brought the aprons, hairnets, scales, boxes, baggies, sealers, and huge bags of ingredients to be measured into the baggies and then sealed and packed. 
The Silverdale Rotary Club provided the funding for everything, equating to $0.25/meal plus admin costs.
For more information about Children of the Nations, go to .

Silverdale Rotarians and family members are continuing a long time tradition this Holiday Season - ringing the Bells for the Salvation Army between Black Friday and Christmas.  After a 2-hour shift on Saturday after Thanksgiving in 24-degree weather and a 30-knot steady wind, Roger Eagan (pictured at right) and  several other Rotarians and family members were found alive and thriving.  Roger Eagan actually received a donation from the UPS driver for his dedication (that is some high praise!).
Rotarian Rob MacDermid reported that he and Jim Dudley were approached by two young ladies who brought them hot cocoa and cookies.  A nice gesture and a nice reflection on how our efforts are viewed in our Community.
Rotarians and family members continued ringing the bell on December 6 (see Carolyn and Dr. Mike Gass on left), and will be there on Saturdays, December 13 and 20.  Stop by to say "Hello" and you will be met with a warm Holiday greeting! 




On November 20, Rotarian Elayne Burton (left, inset) presented $1,000 in Duck Bucks to Lanette Duchesneau (right, inset) of All Teens Matter.  The purpose of All Teens Matter is to help provide a Christmas to low income or homeless high school students in our county ages 14 to 18, an age group often ignored by other charity groups during the Holidays. The need becomes greater and greater as the economic downturn continues. They receive a stocking, tree, 4 to 6 gifts, and a complete dinner for their whole family. 
Pictured below is Lanette wrapping a package for delivery by volunteers. For more information go to  Also, look for the commercial donated by Mattress Ranch (a major Duck Race Sponsor) that will air on cable.

It was with great pride and gratitude for their service to their country that Silverdale Rotarians recognized Sailors and Marines of the 3rd and 4th Quarters from the Marine Corps Security Force Battalion Bangor (MCSFB Bangor) on November 20.  These dedicated Sailors and Marines perform a range of duties, from managing weapons maintenance and accountability, managing training and qualifications, and ensuring readiness; many have deployed overseas.  One thing they all have in common: outstanding initiative and leadership qualities.  Congratulations and thank you to all our honorees, who received a plaque and a gift card.  Pictured below, left to right:
MAC Joseph Ferrer
Marine of the Quarter - LCpl Ryan Clark
Blue Jacket of the Quarter - MASN Jamie Leroy
NCO of the Quarter - Sgt Eric Dale
Senior Sailor of the Quarter MA1 Matthew Honabarger
Junior Sailor of the Quarter – MA3 Eddison Nelson
Blue Jacket of the Quarter - MASN Manuel Reyes
Silverdale Rotary President Ed Hamilton
Two Marines weren’t able to attend: Marine of the Quarter Lcpl Andrew Artrip and NCO of the Quarter Sgt Jordan Davis.  So new Silverdale Rotarian Jorge Nolasco, MCSFB Bangor Deputy Logistics Officer (center, below), made the presentations at their workplace.  Below are photos of that presentation, and their reactions!

“Readership is higher than ever,” announced Lori Maxim, Vice President of West Sound Operations for Sound Publishing, Inc.  Her enlightening presentation shed light on the newspaper group’s growth and its niche as the provider of local, relevant and unique stories that our community members depend on.
Sound Publishing started as a small independent company on Bainbridge Island in 1987.  Through acquisitions, it has grown to produce 47 monthly publications and receives hundreds of awards from the Washington Newspapers Publishing Association. The publications, including the Central Kitsap Reporter, Bremerton Patriot, Bainbridge Island Review, and Port Orchard Independent are produced in print form, and online readership is growing and now includes an optional email alert system for breaking news. La Raza is the corporation’s Spanish Language edition, which is also growing in readership.
Donna Etchey, Director of Advertising and member of the Rotary Club of Poulsbo, informed the audience of the significant discounts available for twice monthly advertisements for community organizations. Several Rotary clubs take advantage of this service now with great results. Laurie wrapped up her presentation with her appreciation of our club and its longstanding Duck Race partnership with Sound Publishing. She invited people to visit or to contact her directly at

On October 16, Rotarian Erin Leedham (pictured on right) presented $1,000 in Duck Bucks to Jane Erlandson, Executive Director of the Bremerton YMCA. Jane related that Silverdale Rotary has supported this YMCA for 23 years!  Jane described some of the programs that donations like ours underwrite: free swimming lessons for all 3rd graders in the Bremerton School District (approx 430); Teen Late Night on Friday nights where all teens, members or not, are welcome in a safe environment; and financial assistance for memberships (24% of members receive some kind of assistance).  Silverdale Rotary’s donation to this very worthy cause is made possible by the huge community and sponsor support of the annual Silverdale Rotary Duck Race.

Since 1954, a very tall Christmas Tree has lit up the skies for the Holidays in Silverdale, WA, thanks to a coordinated effort of dedicated community volunteers, Silverdale Rotary, Silverdale Dandy Lions, and Kiwanis.  Brothers Rich Arper (Silverdale Rotarian) and Roland Arper (Silverdale Dandy Lion) have continued the tradition of their father and legendary Silverdale Rotarian Bob Arper and are major driving forces behind coordinating the project.  The tree is now 128 feet tall.  On October 12, a work party cleaned up the blackberries around the tree, spread mulch, and lowered half of the 12 light strings for maintenance, changing out bulbs and fixing the wiring.  Several Silverdale Rotarians participated.  Silverdale Rotary Club has provided the funds for light bulb replacements since 1955.
Pictured above, volunteer Stephen Delazerda and Bloedel Reserve Arborist Ken Little prepare to climb all the way to the top of the 128 ft tree.  They lower and raise the light strings by pulley for bulb and electrical maintenance.  Later when the wind came up, it got even more exciting at the top of the tree!
Once all the burned out light bulbs are changed and the wiring is checked over, the string is ready to be raised back into position.  There are 12 strings of lights, and every year about half are lowered for maintenance. 
In 2012 the 8 ft star needed work (see photos at ).  In the video below, everyone carefully keeps the string off the ground as it's raised to the top of the tree!
Thanks to all the volunteers who have kept up this 60 year tradition!
To read an informal history of the Silverdale Christmas Tree, click on "Silverdale Christmas Tree History" under Download Files to the left of this page.
President Ed Hamilton proudly presented a check for $30,000 to Haselwood Family YMCA representatives at the club meeting on October 9.  The funds represent the fourth installment of our 5 year commitment to support the Y’s Teen Center through the proceeds of the Silverdale Rotary Duck Race.
Present to receive the check and to inform our club of the impact of the Y’s presence in Silverdale, were Derek Foster, Youth & Teen Outreach Director, and Jamie Nocula , Associate Executive Director.  “We have 85,000 square feet of pure awesome,” exclaimed Jamie as she opened the presentation.  More than just “swim and a gym,” the YMCA strives to serve and strengthen the local community through a variety of programs that touch residents throughout their lifespan.  The strategic plan focuses on Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility; and, the vision for 2020 includes free swim lessons for third graders, free membership for 6th graders, and expansion of services for people dealing with cancer and diabetes.
Derek lit up as he described the Y’s programs that are reaching the teens in our area.  Teen Late Nite is open to all high school students on Fridays and junior high students on Saturdays.  Free access to the gym and Teen Center provides a weekend hangout that encourages fun and safe activities including ping pong, Wii games, a homework station and a library area.  Teen Late Nite has racked up more than 7,400 youth visits resulting in over 22,000 hours of wholesome weekend activities. “Service to our area’s teenagers does not stop at the Y’s door,” explained Derek.  The Juvenile Department Partnership is impacting youth who need help getting back on track.  Through detention center visits, mentoring programs and supervised YMCA group usage, teens are given help and hope as they prepare for reintegration into society. 
Jamie and Derek closed their program with a huge thank you to the Silverdale Rotary Club and with an open invitation for our club’s members to volunteer in the Teen Center and beyond.